Preliminary announcement of results for year ended 31 December 2017

15 March 2018

STILO INTERNATIONAL PLC

Stilo International plc (“Stilo”, the “Group” or the “Company”) today announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2017. The Company develops software tools and cloud services that help organisations create and process structured content in XML format so that it can be more easily stored, managed, re-used, translated and published to multiple print and digital channels.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8% increase in sales revenues to £1,894,000 (2016: £1,761,000)
  • Profit before tax of £309,000 (2016: £318,000)
  • 10% increase in operating costs, net of capitalised development costs, to £1,578,000 (2016: £1,437,000)
  • Increased investment in total product development to £656,000 (2016: £538,000) of which £213,000 capitalised (2016: £204,000)
  • Improved cash position of £1,621,000 as at 31 December 2017 (2016: £1,466,000)
  • Final dividend proposed of 0.05 pence per Ordinary Share, providing an 11% increase in total dividend to 0.10 pence for the year (2016: total 0.09 pence)

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Significant OmniMark software licence orders received from the Japan Patent Office
  • 7% increase in Migrate revenues, with customers for the period including GE, Brocade, Qualcomm, Tyco, ITT, Microchip, Tibco, Cisco, Deltek, RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board), Motorola, Tetra Pak, Viewpoint, AMAT Varian and Atmel
  • 6% increase in recurring software maintenance revenues to £929,000 (2016: £871,000)
  • Release of trial version of AuthorBridge v2
  • Launch of new web site

David Ashman, Chairman, commenting on the Company’s performance, stated:

I am pleased to report that in 2017 we increased sales by 8% to £1,894,000 and continued to invest in new product development and marketing initiatives while maintaining our levels of profitability.

Sales of OmniMark software licences to Japan were particularly strong and we saw a healthy increase in Migrate revenues as the XML DITA market grew encouragingly from previous levels. Recurring software maintenance revenues also increased during the period.

The development of AuthorBridge has taken longer than we expected, as v2 development continues into 2018. However, we recognise that this is a multi-year endeavour which will serve to underpin the future growth of the Company, and are encouraged by the feedback so far received from early customers.

Our reported profits are stated after the capitalisation of AuthorBridge development costs, as mandated by IFRS reporting standards and we anticipate amortising the accumulated capitalised costs (which now amount to £688,000) over a ten year period starting in the current financial year, following the general release of AuthorBridge v2.

With increasing cash reserves, I am pleased to propose the payment of a final dividend of 0.05 pence per share, providing a total dividend for the year of 0.10 pence per share.

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CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

I am pleased to report that in 2017 we increased sales by 8% to £1,894,000 and continued to invest in new product development and marketing initiatives while maintaining our levels of profitability.

Sales of OmniMark software licences to Japan were particularly strong and we saw a healthy increase in Migrate revenues as the XML DITA market grew encouragingly from previous levels. Recurring software maintenance revenues also increased during the period.

The development of AuthorBridge has taken longer than we expected, as v2 development continues into 2018. However, we recognise that this is a multi-year endeavour which will serve to underpin the future growth of the Company, and are encouraged by the feedback so far received from early customers.

Our reported profits are stated after the capitalisation of AuthorBridge development costs, as mandated by IFRS reporting standards and we anticipate amortising the accumulated capitalised costs (which now amount to £688,000) over a ten year period starting in the current financial year, following the general release of AuthorBridge v2.

With increasing cash reserves, I am pleased to propose the payment of a final dividend of 0.05 pence per share, providing a total dividend for the year of 0.10 pence per share.

David Ashman
Chairman
15 March 2018

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

Stilo develops software tools and cloud services that help organisations create and process structured content in XML format, so that it can be more easily stored, managed, re-used, translated and published to multiple print and digital channels.

Over recent years, many organisations have adopted industry specific XML standards eg Publishing (DocBook), Aerospace & Defence (S1000D), Finance (XBRL), Life Sciences (SPL), Software and High Tech (DITA). Stilo made the decision some years ago to focus new product development and marketing efforts on the emerging DITA standard. This standard originated within IBM to support the publishing of its technical documentation and has been increasingly adopted by other software and high tech companies. DITA is now beginning to make inroads into additional market sectors including Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Publishing.

In order to diversify beyond the DITA market, we have recently undertaken research into the XML JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite) market for scientific and scholarly publishers. Initial indications are that this could represent a promising new business opportunity for Stilo, and we will seek to address this through the incremental development of AuthorBridge and Migrate.

We continue to build upon our strong reputation for excellent products and supporting technical expertise, resulting from many years of experience in the structured content marketplace. With offices in the UK and Canada, we support clients throughout North America, Europe and Japan.

PRODUCTS AND CUSTOMERS

OmniMark

Stilo’s core technology is OmniMark, a long-established development platform used to build high-performance content processing applications integral to enterprise publishing solutions.

Users include The Boeing Company, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus Defence & Space, Clarivate Analytics and Wolters Kluwer.

Sales for the year included orders from the European Parliament and the Japan Patent Office.

Migrate

Migrate is the world’s first cloud XML content conversion service and utilises OmniMark technology. Through advanced levels of automation, it enables organisations to improve turnaround times, reduce operating costs and take direct control of their work schedules, providing an attractive alternative to traditional outsourced conversion services.

Migrate sales for the year included orders from GE, Brocade, Qualcomm, Tyco, ITT, Microchip, Tibco, Cisco, Deltek, RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board), Motorola, Tetra Pak, Viewpoint, AMAT Varian and Atmel.

Using Migrate, we have helped our customers convert over one million pages of content to the DITA format.

AuthorBridge

AuthorBridge is a web-based XML authoring tool, designed for occasional content contributors who have no knowledge of XML or its complexities. It is currently targeted at large enterprises, which are looking to extend the use of DITA across different business units and potentially support thousands of users.

Development of AuthorBridge is progressing well, albeit with some slippage against original schedules. Its initial deployment in production at IBM, following extensive co-operation and testing by the central Information Developer Tools team, serves as a good foundation upon which we can build future sales.

The ongoing development of AuthorBridge continues into 2018, as we add functionality that is necessary to advance sales more generally in the DITA market.

Planned developments in 2018 also include support for the XML JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite) standard for scientific and scholarly publishers, and for the NISO STS (Standards Tag Suite) standards developed by NISO (National Information Standards Organisation).

Sales analysis by geographic region

Our customers typically comprise large organisations, and are spread globally. Geographic sales revenues were derived as follows:

Region 2017 2016
UK 2% 2%
Rest of Europe 12% 10%
North America 51% 49%
South America 3% 9%
Asia 32% 30%

North America continues to represent a significant proportion of sales revenues as adoption of the DITA XML standard has been primarily led by corporations with their headquarters based in the USA. It is anticipated that adoption of the DITA XML standard will spread internationally over the coming years.

Technical expertise

Our technical team includes leading experts in the development of XML content processing technologies and along with our support services, are very highly regarded by customers.

OmniMark is used in the development of Migrate, and both Migrate and OmniMark technologies are used in AuthorBridge, which results in very efficient integrated development and support activities.

Operations

Stilo operates from offices located in Swindon, UK and Ottawa, Canada. The technical team is based in our Ottawa office.

As of 31 December 2017, there were 18 permanent employees in the Group, complemented by the use of contractors. In 2018 we will be making additional investments in the recruitment of development personnel, but it is not anticipated that we will be growing headcount significantly, as we look to contain our costs and scale the business through technology sales.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

The results for the year ended 31 December 2017 have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

In 2017, the results for Stilo show a decrease in EBITDA to £315,000 (2016: £327,000). Pre-tax profits were £309,000 (2016: £318,000).

Total sales revenues for the year increased by 8% to £1,894,000 (2016: £1,761,000). The Group continued to benefit from recurring revenue from software maintenance contracts of £929,000 (2016: £871,000) which represents 49% (2016: 49%) of annual sales revenue.

The Group continues to maintain careful control over operating costs. Investment in additional development staff has meant that operating costs increased in the year. Operating expenses, excluding capitalised development costs, were £1,591,000 (2016: £1,449,000).

Investment in research and development continued in 2017, with total expenditure for the year of £656,000 (2016: £538,000). As a result of this investment, Stilo continues to benefit from research and development tax credits. Of this expenditure, £213,000 (2016: £204,000) relating to the development of AuthorBridge has been capitalised, and the total accumulated capitalised costs will be depreciated over a 10 year period, commencing in 2018.

There was a cash balance of £1,621,000 as at 31 December 2017 (31 December 2016: £1,466,000), and Stilo remains entirely un-geared. This Statement of Financial Position stability provides a sound financial base for the Group and will support continued investment in product development, sales and marketing. Further investment in staff recruitment is expected in 2018, however, overall costs will continue to be carefully managed in order to maintain cash reserves at a satisfactory level.

Total trade receivables were £126,000 (2016: £348,000), equating to 24 days (2016: 72 days). Overdue amounts are closely monitored.

DIVIDENDS

The Board recommends the payment of a final dividend for the year of 0.05 pence per Ordinary Share which, if approved by the shareholders at the AGM on 23 May 2018, will be paid on 30 May 2018 to shareholders on the register on 20 April 2018. The shares will be marked ex-dividend on 19 April 2018. If approved, payment of the final dividend will bring the total dividends paid to shareholders for the year to 0.10 pence per Ordinary Share.

The Board’s policy is to maintain payment of a steady and progressive dividend, well covered and paid subject to maintaining sufficient funds within the business with regard to prudent forecasts of future capital requirements, without the need for debt funding.

OUTLOOK

The Directors are aware that material orders from two key customers for OmniMark and Migrate will not be repeated in 2018 and the revenue shortfall will need to be offset by new business sales to maintain the current level of revenues. To support this, we are undertaking additional investments in sales and marketing with the objective of further broadening the customer base and accelerating the growth of Authorbridge.

We are encouraged by the sales pipeline for new business prospects, but at the current time it is far too early to know what the outcome will be for 2018.  However, Stilo has the balance sheet, and product portfolio, not to shy away from incurring costs today in order to sharpen the Group’s long term growth curve and deliver sustainable value growth to investors.

ENQUIRIES

Stilo International plc
Les Burnham, Chief Executive
T +44 1793 441 444

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nominated Adviser)
Neil Baldwin T +44 203 368 3554
Mark Brady  T +44 203 368 3551

SI Capital (Broker)
Andy Thacker
Nick Emerson
T +44 1483 413500


Society for Scholarly Publishing 2018 | May 30-June 1, Chicago, IL

Stilo will be exhibiting at this year's Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) annual conference. You will find us in the exhibit hall (booth number 418B).

The theme for this year's conference is:

Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: What’s working, what’s holding us back, where do we go from here?
As the Society for Scholarly Publishing celebrates its 40th anniversary, the theme for the conference highlights the many crossroads within scholarly publishing, including past and future practices, changing revenue models, funding challenges, regulation changes, technological innovations, and reaching new markets while maintaining established ones. These crossroads introduce new challenges as well as new opportunities for scholarly publishing and for the communities it serves and push us to keep up with the changing needs of researchers and academics who both generate and use the content. As we look back, could we have predicted forty years ago where scholarly publishing would be today? How can we anticipate the needs for the future? What questions do we need to be asking—and answering—to move forward?

Tracks:

  • Fueling Scholarship
  • Reimaging Research
  • Tools and Technology
  • Industry Crossroads
  • Marketing/Sales/Strategy
  • Practical Skills
  • New Challenges/New Innovations

Find out more and register for the conference

 


Stilo will be making a presentation as part of the Sponsored Sessions track:

Wednesday, May 30 | 12.30pm - 1.15pm
A New Approach to XML JATS/STS Content Conversion & Editing using Web-based Tools

XML-based workflows are becoming increasingly well-established. Moving to an XML-based publishing environment can save time and money and make new publishing paradigms possible. In this session, we introduce you to two new web-based tools for publishers looking to target the NISO XML JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite) and STS (Standards Tag Set) specifications:

Migrate - a cloud service that automates the conversion of content, including MS Word and HTML, to XML JATS & STS

AuthorBridge - a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to create and edit XML JATS & STS contentDiscover how Stilo can help you significantly reduce your ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.

Speaker: Patrick Baker, Stilo International
As VP of Development and Professional Services, Patrick heads up all new product development at Stilo and is actively engaged in the successful deployment of content processing solutions for publishing clients. Major ongoing product development efforts include OmniMark, the leading high-performance content processing platform; Migrate, the world's first cloud XML content conversion service; and AuthorBridge, a web-based XML editor for non-technical users. Patrick has been associated with best practices for complex content processing for over a decade, and has successfully delivered custom solutions on behalf of organizations in the automotive, airline, defence and commercial publishing sectors. With a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from McGill University, Patrick leads an expert team of highly talented content processing specialists. Twitter Handle: @StiloInt


WEBINAR | How to keep the reuse you have when you move to DITA

Broadcast | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Presented by Helen St. Denis, Conversion Services Manager
Introduced by Les Burnham, CEO
Stilo International

You are moving to DITA, but you’ve already got reuse happening in your legacy format. Reuse mechanisms don’t usually match DITA’s. How can you keep the added value of content reuse when you move the content to the new format?

You may have your reused content in text insets, common files, or snippets. Text insets and snippets can be big or small, contain any amount or type of content, from a single word or phrase to one or more entire topics, and anywhere in between.

Reuse in DITA, though, happens at the element level, whether by conref or topicref. So we've got to get your content into a form that is readily reusable as we republish the legacy information, as well as available for reuse in new publications.

Thankfully, there's a quick and easy way to do this, and we'll show you how. Join Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how to keep the reuse you already have when you move to DITA.

View recording (registration required)

This is the second in a new programme of Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinars for 2018. Check our website for updates - new topics and dates being added soon! You can also find more Stilo DITA Knowledge Series resources at stilo.com/knowdita