7 September 2015: 2015 Brady Interim Results

(“Brady”, the “Company” or the “Group”)

INTERIM RESULTS

For the six months to 30 June 2015

Brady, the leading global provider of trading and risk management solutions for metals, recycling, energy and soft commodities, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2015.

Highlights

Performance in line with market expectations for the full year with nine significant new licence deals signed in first half of the year

· Anticipated strong performance for H2 2015 with visibility on 80% of revenues for the full year

· Continued progress on size and geographic scope of contract wins. Landmark deals include:

o Global deal with one of the world’s largest commodity companies to deploy software in eight locations around the world

o First major recycling deal outside the US for world’s largest recycling company with deployment in the Asia Pacific region as part of a global roll-out.

Financial Highlights

· Revenues of £14.2 million (H1 2014: £15.6 million). YOY reduction resulting from forex movements (£0.5 million) and timing of licence sales.

· Progress on recurring revenues

o £7.8 million recurring revenues (£8.2 million at consistent currency rates) compared to £7.9 million in H1 2014, representing organic growth of 4 per cent year on year.

o 55 per cent of total sales (H1 2014: 51 per cent).

· Strong financial position maintained – cash at bank on 30 June 2015 of £6.2 million (£7.5 million at end of July 2015)

Financial Summary:

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

6 months to

30 June

2015

6 months to

30 June

2014

Year to

31 December 2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Revenue

14,106

15,604

31,015

Recurring revenue

7,799

7,933

15,848

EBITDA before exceptional items

1,184

3,016

6,288

Operating result before exceptional items

(389)

1,440

3,174

Dividend paid (pence per share)

1.85

1.70

1.70

Adjusted earnings per share (pence) 2

0.53

2.49

5.31

Basic earnings per share (pence)

(0.53)

1.32

3.51

Cash

6,197

6,006

9,580

No exceptional items in H1 2015 or H1 2014

1Consistent currency numbers are calculated by translating the 2015 interim results at the same exchange rates as those used in the 2014 interim consolidation.

2Adjusted earnings per share, as calculated by external analysts, are based on the profit after tax adjusted for acquired intangible assets amortisation, share based compensation, exceptional items and normalised tax.

Operational Highlights:

· Nine significant new licence deals signed in first half of the year, including:

o A global deal with one of the world’s largest commodity companies to deploy software in eight locations around the world

o A significant recycling deal with the world’s largest recycling company, extending its deployment of Brady in the Asia Pacific region, as part of a global roll-out. This is our first major recycling deal signed outside the US

· Substantial progress in the Energy business with six new deals and 24 clients signed up for the upgrade route ahead of changes to the Nordic balancing market. Energy Division contribution up 23%

· Seven new clients went live in the first half

· First mobile handheld inspection device launched for recycling companies

· First Cloud-based Hedge Manager solution for commodities live

Paul Fullagar, Chairman of Brady plc, commented:

“I am pleased to see that our investments continue to pay off. This is evidenced by the ability to sign global contracts with the best names in the market place and endorses our investment in product and demonstrates our ability to service and support our clients around the world. Having established leadership in the metals market, the Group can now demonstrate global expansion with world leading clients in the recycling industry. Our transactions are increasing in value which is a reflection of our brand value.

I was delighted to be able to announce the acquisition of ScrapRunner today. This acquisition has further strengthened our offering to the recycling and scrap market as ScrapRunner is the market leading truck dispatch system designed specifically for the recycling and scrap industry.

Our Energy unit continues to grow in revenue and profitability, addressing the market needs as renewables become more influential as a power source and the increase in short term trading and regulatory changes further impacts the requirements of companies to have real-time trading solutions.

Whilst certain segments of the markets in which we operate are experiencing challenges, the long term outlook for renewables, recycling, commodities and energy provides very exciting markets and Brady is increasing market share.”

For further information please contact:

Brady plc

Gavin Lavelle, Chief Executive Officer

Martin Thorneycroft, Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 479479

Cenkos Securities

Ivonne Cantu

Alex Aylen (sales)

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7397 8900

Redleaf Polhill

Charlie Geller / David Ison

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7382 4730

About Brady

Brady plc (BRY.L) is the largest European-headquartered provider of trading and risk management software to the global commodity and energy markets. Brady combines fully integrated and complete solutions supporting the entire commodity trading operation, from capture of financial and physical trading, through risk management, handling of physical operations to back office financials and treasury settlement, for energy, refined, unrefined and scrap metals, soft commodities and agriculturals.

Brady has 30 years’ expertise in the commodity markets with some 300 customers worldwide who depend on Brady’s software solutions to deliver vital business transactions across their global operations. Brady clients include many of the world’s largest financial institutions, trading companies, miners, refiners and producers, recycling companies, scrap processors, tier one banks and a large number of London Metal Exchange (LME) Category 1 and 2 clearing members and many leading European energy generators, traders and consumers.

For further information visit: www.bradyplc.com

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CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

The Group has signed important new deals in the first half of 2015 and is operating in line with management expectations for the full year. Brady’s performance has been achieved against a well-publicised environment of challenging market conditions for commodities, energy and scrap metals globally. Against this backdrop the Group continues to increase the size and geographic scope of contract wins, demonstrating its ability to deliver major contracts around the world.

The Group recorded revenue of £14.1 million (2014: £15.6 million), and reported a loss after tax of £0.4 million (2014: profit of £1.1 million) and EBITDA of £1.2 million (2014: £3.0 million). Net cash increased by £0.2 million to £6.2 million.

Revenues reduced by £1.5 million compared to H1 2014. £0.5 million of this is as a result of foreign exchange movements. The remainder is a result of the timing of licence sales. The Group recorded revenue on two significant deals in 2015, compared to three in H1 2014 (c £1.0 million each). Another significant reason for the decline was the high level of backlog revenue recognised in 2014, totalling £1.9 million compared to £0.2 million in 2015.

Recurring revenue for the period was £7.8 million (£8.2 million at consistent currency rates) compared to £7.9 million in the prior period, representing organic growth of 4 per cent year on year in underlying operations. Recurring revenues represent 55 per cent of total sales (H1 2014: 51 per cent). The gross margin for the first half of 2015 increased to 65 per cent compared to 64 per cent for the first half of 2014.

Brady has historically secured the majority of new contracts in the second half and the Board believes this pattern will be repeated in 2015. The Group has visibility on 80% of its revenue for the full year, with contracts signed, and a number of further contracts are in advanced stages of negotiation. Our focus is on securing these licences and continuing to deliver the backlog of projects and revenue that has already been agreed.

The slowdown in the Chinese economy and the related impact on the price of commodities and the general global economic impact have been speculated on recently in the media. To date we have not seen a slowdown in the level of activity in our business. However, we will of course keep the market informed should we see a deteriorating position.

Divisions

The Commodities and Recycling business units have both signed strategically important deals in the first half of 2015. The Recycling business has signed its first major deal outside of the Americas, in line with our strategy of expanding this business unit geographically. The Commodities business has signed a deal with one of the world’s largest commodity companies for ore, concentrate and refined metal on a single platform, which is to be deployed in eight locations around the world. This would not have been possible without the investment made over the past few years in our single platform, multi-asset physical commodities trading system.

The Energy business accelerated the momentum of 2014 with four new deals and two migrations to the go-forward platform. This resulted in underlying currency sales growth of 6.7 per cent and contribution growth of 52 per cent.

Strategy and Operations

More than 50 per cent of Brady’s revenues are recurring, and it has a strong licence backlog and increasing demand for services and development to support our new and existing clients. The Group continues to have a robust balance sheet, with a healthy cash position, no debt and a progressive dividend policy.

The fundamentals remain strong. The global ECTRM market for the commodity, energy and recycling sectors is estimated to be worth over $1.5 billion annually and Brady is securing an increasing share of the global market.

The Group’s strategy is to retain and strengthen its position in providing trading, risk management, settlement and logistics solutions to the global energy, metals, recycling and soft commodity markets.

Brady is signing and delivering larger licence agreements across some of the biggest names in the industry. We have over 300 clients and more than 10,000 end users of our solutions.

Brady’s strategy is to address the global market and continue to win more global deals. Today more than 35 per cent of the Group’s revenues come from outside of Europe and the Group recently signed its first major deal in Australia for the Recycling business. Further, Brady increasingly delivers solutions via the Cloud.

Brady continues to look for synergies across the Group by:

· Integrating the sales teams along geographical lines: Europe, Americas and APAC;

· Cross-selling Brady solutions into the enlarged customer base;

· Reusing technology across the Group, for example Cloud and web deployment;

· Sharing service and development resources across the Group; and

· Using the extended sales team to explore recycling deals outside of the Americas.

I would like to thank all directors and employees for their hard work and commitment during a very busy first half of the year.

Paul Fullagar

Chairman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REVIEW

The Group confirmed its global leadership position in ores, concentrates and refined metals solutions during the first half of 2015. After a competitive bid process, Brady was selected to provide a global solution to one of the world’s largest commodity companies. Our software will be deployed in eight countries and will be used by over 200 people. This endorses our strategy of investing in our solution and critical services and support around the world. To win global deals, it is a prerequisite to have global engagement and credibility with the client.

Brady already has leadership in the North American recycling market, with six of the top ten recyclers using Brady as their principal software solution. The North American recycling market is the world’s largest. The turnover in North America is estimated to be in excess of $100 billion and there are over 1,600 registered members of ISRI, the main recycling trade association. Brady’s strategy is to become the number one recycling software company globally. Therefore, it is very encouraging to sign a significant deal with a major global player in Australia. The solution will support the AAPAC region. This is our first important recycling deal outside of the Americas and underlines our international growth strategy. Brady already provides the principal solution to the customer in North America, the client’s largest region. The next step is to deploy the solution in Europe and complete the global roll-out.

Brady Energy’s momentum continued in the first half, signing six new contracts, including four new names and two migrations from the legacy platform. Clients include a leading European energy company, a large French industrial company and a major energy company in Norway. There are significant changes in the Nordic power settlement market and Brady has signed 24 clients who require these changes to participate in the market.

To optimise on customer engagement and the growing number of our customers involved in multiple asset classes, Brady has completed the full integration of the sales team along geographical lines. Previously, the sales team was aligned with individual product streams.

Having signed nine deals, bookings are ahead of plan and there is good sales momentum going into the second half of the year. Brady is in advanced negotiation for several major contracts and anticipates a strong second half for the business, which is traditionally second half weighted.

Group Technology

Brady started in the refined metals market, and acquired expertise and IP in the ore and concentrates market. The major product initiative in the last year has been to merge the IP for refined, ores and concentrates into a single solution. This investment has now yielded substantial bookings in less than two years. It underlines our position as market leaders and validates our strategy of acquiring selective IP and domain knowledge.

Brady sees growing demand for Cloud services and has signed two further Cloud deals in the first half. The Cloud environment has been strengthened and our first client receiving 99.995% availability has gone live.

In 2016 a major change in the Nordic power market will take place. The current settlement and balancing arrangements, where individual countries have distinct settlement systems and processes, will change to a common pan-Nordic settlement system. Therefore, anyone wishing to settle power in these regions needs to upgrade their solution to meet the new protocols. Brady has signed and engaged with 24 existing and new clients for this new functionality.

The Group has also gone live with the new Hedge Management solution to provide hedging and risk management solutions for metals, recycling and agricultural commodities. This is also delivered as an online Cloud service, vastly reducing the costs associated with accessing these solutions.

Brady Recycling has gone live with a mobile yard inspection device, allowing yard inspectors, equipped with an iPhone/iPad, to perform key tasks related to receiving loads in the recycling yard. This development also forms part of a wider initiative to expand the next generation of Brady solutions into the mobile arena.

Brady Commodities
With the knowledge that one of the leading international trading companies was considering selecting a CTRM solution to manage its global refined metal and concentrate activities, Brady Commodities focused its attention on getting this deal signed and validating our unparalleled capabilities in this space. In the area of metals, our leading multi-commodity physical trading solution now handles refined ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, as well as concentrates, scrap and recycled metals. Functionality has also been enhanced for the cotton sector, through integratedUS cotton specific functionalities such as The Seam (this helpscotton growers and buyers find the best cotton prices), equity bale redemption management, EWR warehouse integration, and AMS bale quality management throughout the system.

Hedge Manager, a Cloud-based solution designed specifically for risk management in today’s volatile commodity markets, went live with a major European aluminium producer.

Throughout the first half we have also seen significant ongoing implementations across both metals and agricultural commodities, including go-lives for:

· A major Korean consumer electronics group for its metal trading and procurement activities

· A major Brazilian investment bank for metal warehousing

· A Stamford based trading company focused on concentrates and refined metal trading

· A fund manager, based in Singapore, focused on provision of trade finance and structured finance to commodity clients.

Brady Energy
In H1 2015, Brady Energy’s momentum in winning new contracts continued, comprising four new clients and two migrations from legacy applications. To underscore our strategy two of the new clients were cross sales of new solutions into existing energy clients. New deals include:

· A joint venture between two multi-nationals deploying Brady in a power plant in Northern France, which is predicted to be one of the world’s most flexible and efficient gas-fired power plants. Our solutionallows them to assess the performance and reliability of new turbine technology

· A global organisation that is a world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health – producing high value-added gases for its international customers. Our solution is used for gas tolling

· A major regional power producer based in southern Norway, the seventh largest power producer in Norway. It will deploy the Brady solution as its main physical settlement and invoicing engine. The solution is a cross-sell as it already uses Brady ETRM

· A company 100 per cent owned by a Norwegian municipality that aims to be the market leader in the management of financial and physical Nordic power (another cross-sale)

The investment in gas functionality has materialised in the delivery of additional product functionality for a major asset-backed trading client in Continental Europe. Our solution set has been extended to allow for the capture, management and hedging of more complex gas trading structures, as part of the ETRM solution to energy trading organisations. This includes support for procurement contracts, gas storage and complex gas options as well as core gas functionality, such as gas days and locations.

Delivery of changes to support the new NBS (“Nordic Imbalance Settlement”) continues on time and on budget. The NBS project is the harmonisation of systems across the three Nordic countries and represents a fundamental change for the Nordic power market. NBS will provide a harmonised framework of operational business processes for all Nordic balance responsible parties, including reporting, performing settlement, invoicing and collateral management. As such, all market participants are required to adapt to the new rules and standards for information exchange. In addition to increasing the number of existing clients participating in the project to over 20 customers, the division has won new business as market participants gear up for the change.

The division continues to advance its adoption of new technology, with both extensions to the web portal developed last year and deployed at a number of clients, and a new data warehouse module to provide additional and easily accessible data for management and/or web reporting.

Brady Energy had three new clients going live in H1 2015, including:

· A major global renewable energy company using Brady for overall market settlement in Ireland;

· A significant bank in the commodity space using our Cloud-based solution for Power Scheduling & Nomination to support cross border trading and supply activities across multiple European grid networks; and

· A German renewable energy supply company delivering clean energy to large industrial and commercial consumers using Brady’s Power Scheduling & Balancing.

Brady Recycling

Integration of Recycling sales with the rest of the Group was completed in Q1 2015. There has also been a major push to extend our sales and marketing outside of the Americas. It is very encouraging to sign a major deal in Australia for the APAC region. We have also strengthened marketing in the US and Recycling has signed a new client in ferrous scrap trading and based in Ohio.

In regards to product, we have made some excellent progress:

· Recycling launched a mobile yard inspection device, allowing yard inspectors, equipped with a mobile device (iPhone/iPad) connected via cellular/VPN or Wi-Fi, to perform key tasks related to receiving loads in the yard. Operations that previously relied on radio communications or paper documents are now done electronically in real time, improving accuracy and supplier relations through enhanced documentation, increasing frequency updates, and reducing input errors and preventing the danger of any fraudulent transactions.

· Our Buyer Workbench solution is also now available, providing full insight into how best to manage suppliers and supply chain optimisation. Everyone in the recycling industry knows that buying at the right price at predictable volumes is the key to optimal margins. Managing supplier relationships, maintaining favourable pricing and consistently securing material is a difficult balancing act. Alongside supplier contact information and activity history, our robust analytical reporting tools offer the best possible scenarios to optimise feed requirements at the best possible price, based on supplier capabilities, locational restrictions and historical activity.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Group Revenues

Revenues for the first half of 2015 were £14.1 million (H1 2014: £15.6 million). Currency exchange rates for the Norwegian Krone and the US dollar have changed materially between 30 June 2014 and 30 June 2015, with the average rate for the Norwegian Krone weakening against the pound by 17 per cent and the US dollar strengthening by 8.7 per cent. Overall exchange rate movements have reduced 2015 revenues by £0.5 million. Revenues are down against the same period last year due to the timing of licence sales with three (c £1.0 million each) sales booked in 2014 against two in 2015. Service revenues are also down due to the timing of the licence deals, as the 2015 sales occurred towards the end of the period and hence relatively little associated service fees were billed. Whereas in 2014, most of the deals were signed either in the previous year or early in the period and so more service work was performed by 30 June.

Revenue by Type

H1 2015

H1 2015 (at consistent* rates)

H1 2014

Software licence sales

2,871

2,855

3,589

Recurring (maintenance, rental and hosting)

7,799

8,184

7,933

Service fees including development

3,436

3,613

4,082

14,106

14,652

15,604

Revenue and Contribution by Business Unit

Revenue

H1 2015

Contribution

H1 2015

Revenue

H1 2015 (at consistent* rates)

Contribution

H1 2015 (at consistent* rates)

Revenue

H1 2014

Contribution

H1 2014

Commodities

6,129

1,646

6,063

1,639

7,149

2,898

Energy

5,572

934

6,375

1,151

5,964

757

Recycling

2,405

409

2,214

381

2,491

864

14,106

2,989

14,652

3,171

15,604

4,519

* Consistent currency numbers are calculated by translating the 2015 interim results at the same exchange rates as those used in the 2014 interim consolidation.

Software licence sales were £0.7 million less than the same period last year. Backlog revenue (contracts signed in 2014 but revenue recognised in 2015) amounted to £0.2 million (2014: £1.9 million) of the total software licence sales. Backlog revenue carried into the second half of 2015 amounted to £2.1 million (2014: £2.1 million).

Recurring revenue for the period was £7.8 million (£8.2 million at consistent currency rates) compared to £7.9 million in the prior period, which is organic growth of 4 per cent year on year in underlying operations. Recurring revenues represent 55 per cent of total sales (H1 2014: 51 per cent).

Service and development fees were £3.4 million (£3.6 million at consistent currency rate) against £4.0 million last year.

Operating Result by Business Unit

· Brady Commodities

Revenues decreased from £7.1 million to £6.1 million in the comparative period. Contribution also declined to £1.6 million from £2.9 million (no significant exchange rate impact). The most significant reason for the decline was the high level of backlog revenue totalling £1.5 million recognised in 2014 compared to £0.2 million in 2015. The margin moved down as the Commodity business increased staff to cope with the level of business expected in H2.

· Brady Energy

In consistent currency, revenues increased by 6.7 per cent from £6.0 million in 2014 to £6.4 million in 2015. At actual exchange rates revenues declined from £6.0 million to £5.6 million. In consistent currency, contribution increased by 52 per cent from £0.8 million to £1.2 million and at actual exchange rates by 23 per cent. Margin increased in Energy as tight cost control has resulted in the majority of sales growth dropping straight through to contribution.

· Brady Recycling

In consistent currency, revenues decreased from £2.5 million in 2014 to £2.2 million in 2015 (£2.4 million at actual currency rates). Contribution also reduced to £0.4 million from £0.9 million in the prior period (no significant exchange rate impact) partly as a result of the reduction in sales and partly as a result of an increase in staff and legal and professional fees.

Group Margin

The gross margin for the first half of 2015 increased to 65 per cent compared to 64 per cent for the first half of 2014.

Selling and Administrative Costs

Selling and administrative costs grew to £9.6 million from £8.6 million in the same period last year. The main contributor to this movement was an increase in non-technical staff costs of £0.6 million.

Research and development expenditure represented 25 per cent (£3.5 million) of the Group’s revenues in the first half of 2015 compared to 24 per cent (£3.7 million) in the first half of 2014. This is in line with the Group’s commitment to ensuring that its product offering is maintained and up-to-date. Of the above research and development cost, £1.1 million was capitalised (2014: £0.7 million).

Profitability

Loss before taxation for the first half of 2015 was £0.4 million compared to a profit before taxation of £1.5 million for the first half of 2014. Loss after taxation for the first half of 2015 was £0.4 million, compared to a profit of £1.1 million for the first half of 2014.

EBITDA for the first half of 2015 was £1.2 million compared to £3.0 million for the first half of 2014. The EBITDA margin for the first half of 2015 was 8 per cent compared to 19 per cent for the first half of 2014.

Adjusted earnings per share for the first half of 2015 were 0.53 pence compared to 2.49 pence for the first half of 2014. Basic earnings per share for the first half of 2015 were negative 0.53 pence per share compared to an EPS of 1.32 pence per share for the first half of 2014.

Balance Sheet

The balance sheet continues to be dominated by goodwill and other intangible assets, largely as a natural consequence of the completion of acquisitions. As the majority of acquisitions were denominated in foreign currency, most of which have weakened significantly against sterling between balance sheet dates, there has been a combined reduction in carrying value of £1.4 million which has been charged to reserves.

The Group continues to enjoy a strong balance sheet with net cash balances at 30 June 2015 of £6.2 million (H1 2014: £6.0 million) increasing to £7.5 million by the end of July 2015.

Cash Flow

Cash outflow from operations in H1 2015 was £1.0 million compared to a cash inflow of £1.1 million for the same period in 2014. This is significantly different to EBITDA of £1.1 million. The main reasons for the difference are the changes in working capital, with payables reducing as a result of 2014 year-end bonuses being paid and receivables increasing. This was due to the large licence deals being signed towards the end of H1 with cash only being received in July 2015. Cash at 31 July 2015 was £7.5 million. Brady has no debt.

Investing activities this year consisted solely of capitalised development and fixed asset purchases of £1.1 million and £0.3 million respectively compared to £0.7 million and £0.3 million in 2014.

The Group paid a dividend in May 2015 of £1.5 million, compared to £1.4 million paid in May 2014, an increase of 11 per cent. Consistent with prior years, the Board is not recommending the payment of an interim dividend for 2015.

Market

H1 has seen a drop in most commodity prices across the board. For example, we are experiencing a six-year low in copper prices, with oversupply expected to double this year, and demand to remain weak with China’s economy expanding at the slowest pace since 1990. Whilst Brady’s revenues do not directly correlate to commodity and energy prices, the volatility in the underlying prices creates opportunities for traders and consumers to benefit from lower input prices. Commodity producers are focusing on cost reduction. With a pick up in the US economy offset by a slowdown in China’s growth, the Group believes that the general rebound in the global economy has yet to be reflected in overall increased demand for commodities and energy. Commodity prices are cyclical and will recover in due course. The Group also recognises ongoing opportunities as a result of the further deregulation of the European energy market.

The change in commodity driven businesses has shifted dramatically over the past five years with bank revenues declining from $8.7 billion to $3.8 billion and commodity trading companies increasing from $411.8 billion to $816.4 billion. With over 50 per cent of revenues deriving from the trading community, Brady views this market shift favourably.

The activities of the scrap recycling industry in the United States generate nearly $105.8 billion annually in economic benefits in the US. All told, the US scrap recycling industry accounts for 0.68 per cent of the nation’s total economic activity, making it similar in size to the data processing and hosting industry, the dental industry and the automotive repair industry. Brady is perfectly placed, with six of the top ten US recyclers using Brady as their principal processing solution, to address the needs of this growing market sector, particularly in light of increased regulatory demands.

Brady believes that the ECTRM market spends over $1.5 billion annually on software. As the largest European software company with a growing global market share, the Group continues to see significant potential for further growth.

Outlook

The Group has demonstrated good sales performance in the first half of 2015 considering the overall market conditions, with bookings ahead of plan.

For the second half, the Group still has a significant revenue backlog of contracts that have been signed but the revenue not yet recognised, which, when added to the new sales in the first half, underpins the remainder of 2015 and beyond.

The Group’s tendency to secure the majority of new contracts in the second half appears to be trending again in 2015, with significant new licence opportunities in advanced discussions. We look forward to signing and announcing further business in the second half of the year.

Gavin Lavelle

Chief Executive

Consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 30 June 2015

Six months to 30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

Six months to 30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

Before exceptional items

2014

Exceptional item

2014

2014

Notes

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Revenue

4

14,106

15,604

31,015

31,015

Cost of sales

(4,915)

(5,577)

(10,977)

(10,977)

Gross profit

9,191

10,027

20,038

20,038

Selling and administrative expenses

(9,580)

(8,587)

(16,864)

(2,143)

(19,007)

Operating result

(389)

1,440

3,174

(2,143)

1,031

Finance income

26

19

58

58

(Loss)/profit for the period before taxation

(363)

1,459

3,232

(2,143)

1,089

Income tax expense

(71)

(392)

(380)

(250)

(630)

(Loss)/profit for the period attributable to shareholders of Brady plc

(434)

1,067

2,852

(2,393)

459

Other comprehensive income

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

(1,816)

(1,213)

(2,970)

(2,970)

Movement in actuarial valuation of defined benefit pension schemes

(286)

(185)

(1,205)

(1,205)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(2,536)

(331)

(1,323)

(2,393)

(3,716)

EBITDA

1,184

3,016

6,288

(2,393)

3,895

Earnings per share (pence)

7

Basic

(0.53)

1.32

3.51

(2.95)

0.56

Diluted

(0.53)

1.30

3.47

(2.91)

0.56

Adjusted

0.53

2.49

5.31

(2.95)

2.36

All of the above relate to continuing operations.

Consolidated interim statement of financial position

30 June 2015

30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

30 Jun 2014

(unaudited)

31 Dec 2014

Notes

£’000

£’000

£’000

Assets

Non-current assets

Goodwill

10

16,724

21,296

17,567

Other intangible assets

11

12,689

14,405

13,429

Deferred tax asset

505

600

542

Property, plant and equipment

991

868

1,076

30,909

37,169

32,614

Current assets

Trade and other receivables

6,493

6,805

6,209

Accrued income

1,829

2,351

1,159

Cash and cash equivalents

12

6,197

6,006

9,580

14,519

15,162

16,948

Total assets

45,428

52,331

49,562

Equity

Share capital

833

813

817

Treasury shares

(3)

(3)

(3)

Share premium account

37,025

36,167

36,350

Merger reserve

680

680

680

Merger relief reserve

530

1,348

530

Equity reserve

612

935

890

Foreign exchange reserve

(9,042)

(5,469)

(7,226)

Capital reserve

1

1

1

Retained earnings

429

2,975

2,327

Total equity

31,065

37,447

34,366

Liabilities

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

3,593

4,133

4,466

Deferred income

5,210

5,855

5,389

Current tax payable

593

790

690

9,396

10,778

10,545

Non-current liabilities

Deferred tax liabilities

2,571

3,219

2,789

Pension obligations

2,396

887

1,862

4,967

4,106

4,651

Total liabilities

14,363

14,884

15,196

Total equity and liabilities

45,428

52,331

49,562

Consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

30 June 2015

Share capital

Treasury shares

Share premium account

Merger reserve

Merger relief reserve

Equity reserve

Foreign exchange reserve

Capital reserve

Retained earnings

Total equity

Equity attributable to equity holders of Brady plc:

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Balance at 1 January 2014

811

(3)

36,018

680

1,348

819

(4,256)

1

3,472

38,890

Dividends

(1,378)

(1,378)

Increase in equity reserve in relation to options issued

116

116

Exercise and cancellation of options

Allotment of shares following exercise of options

2

149

151

Transactions with owners

2

149

116

(1,378)

(1,111)

Profit for the period

1,067

1,067

Other comprehensive income:

Movement in actuarial valuation of defined benefit pension plan

(185)

(185)

Exchange difference on translation of foreign operations

(1,213)

(1,213)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(1,213)

882

(331)

Balance at 30 June 2014

813

(3)

36,167

680

1,348

935

(5,469)

1

2,976

37,448

Increase in equity reserve in relation to options issued

116

116

Exercise and cancellation of options

(161)

161

Transfer of reserves

(818)

818

Allotment of shares

4

183

187

Transactions with owners

4

183

(818)

(45)

979

303

Profit for the period

(608)

(608)

Other comprehensive income:

Movement in actuarial valuations of defined benefit pension plan

(1,020)

(1,020)

Exchange difference on translation of foreign operations

(1,757)

(1,757)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(1,757)

(1,628)

(3,385)

Balance at 31 December 2014

817

(3)

36,350

680

530

890

(7,226)

1

2,327

34,366

Dividends

(1,525)

(1,525)

Increase in equity reserve in relation to options issued

69

69

Exercise and cancellation of options

(347)

347

Allotment of shares following exercise of options

16

675

691

Transactions with owners

16

675

(278)

(1,178)

(765)

Profit for the period

(434)

(434)

Other comprehensive income:

Movement in actuarial valuation of defined benefit pension plan

(286)

(286)

Exchange difference on translation of foreign operations

(1,816)

(1,816)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(1,816)

(720)

(2,536)

Balance at 30 June 2015

833

(3)

37,025

680

530

612

(9,042)

1

429

31,065

Consolidated interim statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2015

Six months to 30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

Six months to

30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Operating activities

Profit/(loss) for the period before exceptional items

(434)

1,067

2,852

Exceptional items

(2,393)

Profit/(loss) for the period

(434)

1,067

459

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

279

287

573

Amortisation of intangible assets

1,294

1,289

2,540

Impairment of goodwill

2,528

Interest receivable

(26)

(19)

(58)

Tax charge/(credit)

71

392

630

Employee equity settled share options

69

116

232

Changes in trade and other receivables

(1,223)

(1,054)

(71)

Changes in trade and other payables

(1,012)

(969)

(624)

Taxes paid

(420)

Net cash inflow from operating activities

(982)

1,109

5,789

Investing activities

Cash payments to acquire property, plant and equipment

(252)

(265)

(618)

Cash payments on capitalised development

(1,093)

(669)

(1,801)

Interest received

26

58

Net cash outflow from investing activities

(1,319)

(934)

(2,361)

Financing activities

Proceeds from other share issues

691

152

338

Dividends paid

(1,525)

(1,378)

(1,378)

Net cash outflow from financing activities

(834)

(1,226)

(1,040)

Net changes in cash and cash equivalents

(3,135)

(1,051)

2,388

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

9,580

7,222

7,222

Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents

(248)

(165)

(30)

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

6,197

6,006

9,580

Selected explanatory notes

1. Nature of operations and general information

Brady plc and its subsidiaries’ principal activity is the provision of trading, risk management and settlement solutions to the energy, metals, recycling and soft commodities industries, through the delivery of client focused software and services.

The Group provides the leading trading and risk management software for global commodity markets. The Group provides a complete integrated solution supporting entire commodities trading operations.

Brady plc, a public limited liability company, is the Group’s ultimate parent company. It is registered in England and Wales. The address of Brady plc’s registered office is Riverside House, 7th Floor, 2A Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared using the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as adopted by the European Union and as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2014. The auditor’s report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The consolidated financial statements have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and are available on the Group’s website, www.bradyplc.com.

Brady plc’s shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM. Brady plc’s consolidated interim financial statements are presented in British pounds (£), which is also the functional currency of the ultimate parent company.

2. Accounting policies

The accounting policies applied by the Group are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2014.

The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the Group for the purposes of preparation of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

3. Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

The key assumptions concerning the future, and other key sources of estimating uncertainty at the reporting date, that have a risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying values of assets and liabilities within the next financial period are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2014.

4. Segment analysis reporting

Operating Segments

In accordance with IFRS 8, “Operating Segments”, information for the Group’s business units has been derived using the information used by the chief operating decision maker. The Executive Directors have been identified as the chief operating decision makers and the Board is responsible for the allocation of resources to business units and assessing their performance. The Group is organised into three business units comprising different market sectors within the ECTRM market and each business unit is able to operate globally. The three business units are Commodities, Energy and Recycling. The profit measure used by the Board is business unit contribution, which is operating profit for the business unit before the allocation of central and shared expenses, the amortisation of acquired intangible assets, interest income, interest expense and before exceptional items and taxation.

The tables below show an analysis of the results by operating segment:

Six months to 30 Jun 2015

Revenues

Six months to 30 Jun 2015

Contribution

Six months to 30 Jun 2014

Revenues

Six months to 30 Jun 2014

Contribution

2014

Revenues

2014 Contribution

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Commodities business unit

6,129

1,646

7,149

2,898

14,420

5,859

Energy business unit

5,572

934

5,964

757

12,589

2,816

Recycling business unit

2,405

409

2,491

864

4,006

787

14,106

2,989

15,604

4,519

31,015

9,462

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(806)

(801)

(1,613)

Central and shared costs

(2,572)

(2,278)

(4,675)

Operating result before exceptional items

(389)

1,440

3,174

Add back:

Depreciation

279

297

573

Amortisation of capitalised development

488

478

928

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

806

801

1,613

EBITDA

1,184

3,016

6,288

Revenue by Geography

An analysis of sales revenue by geographical market is given below:

Six months to

30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

Six months to

30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

EMEA

10,231

9,568

21,096

Americas

3,415

4,205

7,206

APAC

460

1,831

2,713

14,106

15,604

31,015

The Group generates revenue from software licence sales, recurring support and maintenance and rental fees and the provision of associated consulting and development services. Revenues can be analysed as below:

Six months to

30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

Six months to

30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Software licence sales

2,871

3,589

7,541

Recurring support and maintenance and rental revenues

7,799

7,933

15,848

Service fees including development

3,436

4,082

7,626

14,106

15,604

31,015

5. Share issues

The Company made various allotments of ordinary 1 pence shares during the period on the exercise of various share options. This increased the Company’s ordinary shares issued and fully paid at the end of the period by 1,601,553 (year ended 31 December 2014: 222,500).

6. Share buyback

During the period under review, the number of ordinary shares held in treasury has remained at 4,306.

7. Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic earnings per share is based on the profits attributable to the shareholders of Brady plc divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period. All earnings per share calculations relate to continuing operations of the Group. Separate calculations have been prepared related to the profit before and after exceptional items.

Profits/(loss) attributable to shareholders

£’000

Weighted average number of shares

Basic earnings per share amount in pence

Six months ended 30 June 2015

(434)

82,226,920

(0.53)

Six months ended 30 June 2014

1,067

81,134,261

1.32

Year ended 31 December 2014 before exceptional items

2,852

81,316,778

3.51

Year ended 31 December 2014

459

81,316,778

0.56

The calculation of the diluted earnings per share is based on the profits attributable to the shareholders of Brady plc divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period, as adjusted for dilutive share options. All earnings per share calculations relate to continuing operations of the Group. Separate calculations have been prepared related to the profit before and after exceptional items.

Dilutive options

Anti-dilutive options

Diluted earnings per share amount in pence

Six months ended 30 June 2015

1,828,701

(0.53)

Six months ended 30 June 2014

930,961

3,045,374

1.30

Year ended 31 December 2014 before exceptional items

933,817

1,747,971

3.47

Year ended 31 December 2014

933,817

1,747,971

0.56

The calculation of the adjusted earnings per share, as calculated by external analysts, is based on the profit after tax adjusted for acquired intangible assets amortisation, share based compensation, exceptional items and normalised tax and is calculated as follows:

Six months to

30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

Six months to

30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Profit for the year

(434)

1,067

459

Add back:

Exceptional items

2,393

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

806

801

1,613

Share based compensation

68

116

232

Tax charge

71

392

380

Deduct:

Normalised tax at 15% (2014: 15%)

(77)

(356)

(762)

Adjusted profit

434

2,020

4,315

Adjusted profits attributable to shareholders

£’000

Weighted average number of shares

Basic adjusted earnings per share amount in pence

Six months ended 30 June 2015

434

82,226,920

0.53

Six months ended 30 June 2014

2,020

81,134,261

2.49

Year ended 31 December 2014

4,315

81,316,778

5.31

8. Dividends

During the period Brady plc paid dividends of £1,525,000 to its equity shareholders (period ended 30 June 2014: £1,378,000).

9. Exceptional Items

There were no exceptional costs in the period. Exceptional costs in the period ended 31 December 2014 can be summarised as follows:

Six months

30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

Six months

30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Impairment of goodwill

2,528

Provision in respect of overseas tax enquiry regarding transfer pricing

250

Other professional fees relating to enquiry

72

Release of SAI earnout

(457)

2,393

10. Goodwill

The net carrying amount of Group goodwill can be analysed as follows:

Goodwill on consolidation

Purchased goodwill

Total

£’000

£’000

£’000

Gross carrying amount

20,116

90

20,206

Accumulated impairment

(3,392)

(90)

(3,482)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2015

16,724

16,724

Gross carrying amount

20,959

90

21,049

Accumulated impairment

(3,392)

(90)

(3,482)

Carrying amount at 31 December 2014

17,567

17,567

There were no changes in the net carrying amount of purchased goodwill. Changes in the net carrying amount of goodwill on consolidation can be summarised as follows:

Total

£’000

Carrying amount at 1 January 2015

17,567

Foreign exchange movement on retranslation

(843)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2015

16,724

11. Other intangible assets

Intangible assets comprise the following:

30 Jun 2015 (unaudited)

30 Jun 2014 (unaudited)

31 Dec 2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Capitalised development

5,815

4,573

5,210

Acquired software

4,837

6,892

5,773

Acquired customer contracts

2,037

2,940

2,446

12,689

14,405

13,429

The carrying value of intangible assets at 30 June 2015 can be split into the following cash generating units:

Capitalised development

costs

Acquired

software

Acquired

customer

contracts

Total

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Commodities business unit

2,694

673

234

3,601

Energy business unit

2,582

3,085

1,421

7,088

Recycling business unit

539

1,079

382

2,000

Carrying amount at 30 June 2015

5,815

4,837

2,037

12,689

Changes in the net carrying amount of Group intangible assets can be summarised as follows:

Capitalised development

costs

Acquired

software

Acquired

customer

contracts

Total

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Carrying amount at 1 January 2015

5,210

5,773

2,446

13,429

Additions in the period

1,093

1,093

Amortisation in the period

(488)

(567)

(239)

(1,294)

Forex movement on retranslation

(369)

(170)

(539)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2015

5,815

4,837

2,037

12,689

12. Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise the following:

30 Jun 2015

(unaudited)

30 Jun 2014

(unaudited)

31 Dec 2014

£’000

£’000

£’000

Cash and cash equivalents

6,197

6,006

9,580

13. Financial statements

The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2014 included in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group’s statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2014 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. This statement can be obtained from the Company’s registered office at Riverside House, 7th Floor, 2A Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA and will be available on the Company’s website www.bradyplc.com.

7 September 2015: 2015 Brady Interim Results