Location Sciences shares fall despite first half progress

Having enjoyed success with its Verify platform, location data verification company, Location Sciences (AIM:LSAI), posted robust progress in its financial performance during the first half of FY20.

Despite Verify revenues being ‘significantly’ short of management expectations, the successful launch of Verify Audience in the US contributed to first half revenue of £650,385, up 43% year-on-year from £454,872 for the previous first half. This was led by Verify revenues increasing 39%, to £157,526, up from £113,536 during H1 2019.

Similarly, the company noted that it had success in reducing costs, with administrative expenses down by 35%, from £1,204,558 to £785,066 year-on-year for the first half.

Despite these areas of notable progress, the company finished the first half in the red, with an EBITDA loss of £334,630. This, however, represents a 63% reduction on previous first-half losses of £908,970 – so Location Sciences are still on a healthy trajectory.

During the six month period, the company expanded its cash reserves from £1,493,904 to £1,652,969, which puts it on a strong footing going forwards.

Location Sciences response

Commenting on the results and the company’s outlook, Chief Executive Mark Slade stated:

“Although COVID has impacted our short-term revenues from Verify, I’m encouraged by the medium-term strategic partnerships we are working on with key agencies and suppliers, particularly in the US. Launching our audience verification platform in the US following successful trials, has been a critical milestone for the business and we are optimistic this will start to have a meaningful impact on revenues in the final quarter of the year. We hope shareholders can appreciate the work going on behind the scenes to build momentum and keep costs as low as possible. As part of our drive to improve shareholder communications, we will also be increasing our social media presence and welcome shareholders to follow our progress and activity on Linkedin and Twitter.”

Investor notes

Despite some notable progress, under-performing revenues saw Location Sciences shares dip by 4.48% or 0.023p, to 0.50p a share 15/09/20 12:30 BST. This price far short of its year-to-date high of 1.88p near the end of January, but ahead of its nadir of 0.43p seen at the start of July.

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Jamie Gordon
Senior Journalist at the UK Investor Magazine. Also a contributing writer at the Investment Observer, UK Property Journal and UK Startup Magazine. Postgraduate of King's College London with a specialisation in Business Ethics. Interested in Development Economics and David Hume.