- $4.0m positive operating cash flows for the quarter
- Increased cash holdings, consolidated net cash position of $7.9m
Ava Risk Group Limited (ASX: AVA), (“Ava Group” or “the Company”), a market leader of risk management services and technologies, today releases its cash flow report (Appendix 4C) and provides an update on the key areas of activity for the quarter ended 30 June 2020.
Ava Group is a security technology and services company, that develops and commercialises a range of high security perimeter and access control products to protect military, government, industrial and commercial critical assets and infrastructure. These products are sold through its Future Fibre Technologies (FFT) and BQT Solutions (BQT) brands. In addition, the Company operates Ava Global, its international secure logistics division, delivering clients with reliable secure delivery for bank notes, precious metals, and other valuables.
Key areas of activity during the final quarter of the 2020 financial year related to:
- Our strategies for delivering profitable growth and generating positive cashflow produced an increase of $4.1m in net cash holdings as at 30 June 2020, reflective of a growth in revenues, customer cash collections and positive EBITDA performance.
- During Q4 we received a $1.5m payment relating to the IMOD contract for FFT’s data network security technology, and as announced via the ASX, the Company will receive additional IMOD payments of circa$1.3m in September and circa $2.6m in November 2020. The total contract value for this project is estimated at US$11.9m (A$16.7m). We recognised $1.3m of revenue in Q4, and a total of $5.0m in FY2020. To date, 800 units have been shipped to the end user, generating a total of $5.3m in revenue. We expect the balance of circa $10m, excluding tax credits, to be recognised as revenue in FY2021. Ava Group holds a Bank Guarantee as security for ~US$2.1m (~A$2.9m),to cover payment.
- The Company conducted a performance review of its Senior Management Team along with an employee survey to track and benchmark certain KPI’s and improvement programs that we have rolled out over the past 18 months.
- Several strategy sessions and a strategic review of the Technology Group formed the basis for our FY21 budget and focussed our strategic goals for the coming year.
- Services Division saw the benefits of our strategy implemented in the past 12 months, including to broaden out our customer base and service offerings.
- Across the Ava Group, and outside of usual business activity, managing the impacts of COVID-19 was a key focus of the board and management during Q4. The business continued its programme initiated in Q3 to educate our employees and to maintain appropriate COVID-19 hygiene measures, including supporting work from home infrastructure and support reducing the need for people to come into our offices across the globe, based on local conditions. The health and safety of our staff and customers remains a paramount priority for the business.
- The Company applied for and received A$333k in loan funding under the US federal government’s coronavirus support programme, the “Payroll Protection Programme (PPP)”. Ava Group expects to satisfy the government’s criteria during H1 FY2021 for these loans to be forgiven, and the proceeds recognised as other income.
- The Services Division continued to provide a full range of services to all of its customers, despite the continued reduction in air freight capacity around the world due to COVID-19. These restrictions allowed Ava Global the opportunity to innovate and offer a range of bespoke cargo and charter aircraft solutions to ensure that it could continue to deliver currency, precious metals and other valuable goods for its customers. Client activity has significantly increased during Q4, with the addition of both new clients, and a wider breadth of services offered as a result. This has been ably facilitated thanks to the depth of skills and experience within the Services Division.
- For the Technology Division, both FFT and BQT implemented additional COVID-19 control measures to enable us to continue production at our factories, ship and deliver orders, and to provide service support to keep products running smoothly. FFT continued its marketing efforts of its Aura IQ conveyor health monitoring solution, with several “Proof of Value” Trials underway around the world during the quarter. During the quarter BQT received a significant new contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) for the supply of its security products to a number of DoD sites around Australia. Deliveries started in June with further deliveries for the remainder of the order expected during H1 FY2021. FFT also released it latest update of its proprietary event classification software, FOSS, targeted for use in the Pipeline monitoring market with customer acceptance trials underway with promising results to date.
- Operating expenditure for the quarter of $11.7m was mostly comprised of product manufacturing and operating costs ($7.6m), staff costs ($2.9m), and administration and corporate costs ($0.9m).
- During the quarter the Company made payments of approximately $203,000 to Directors and their associates. This includes all Executive Directors and Non-executive fees and salaries, and consultancy and service fees paid to related or associated parties of Directors including in respect of subsidiary operations whereby directors are related parties.
Commentary on Appendix 4C Cash Flow Report
Net operating cashflows in the quarter were positive $4.0m an improvement of $2.9m on the previous quarter. This was due to increased cash collections from customers compared the prior quarter, up $6.7m, with much of this coming from improved trading by the Services Division. Associated operating costs were circa $3.8m higher compared to the prior quarter, driven by higher product manufacturing and operating costs which increased $2.8m compared to the prior quarter. The Group also continued development of the Aura Ai and Aura IQ platforms, continuing its R&D spending and intellectual property spending during the quarter, but at a reduced level compared to the previous quarter.
Cash receipts from customers in Q4 included $1.5m from the Indian MoD project. The next payment from this project is expected during September, being an amount of USD$0.9m (A$1.3m), in line with the 120 days project payment terms.
At 30 June 2020 the Company had $7.9m cash at bank.
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|Rob Broomfield, CEO & Executive Director||Leigh Davis, CFO & Company Secretary|
|Ava Risk Group Ltd||Ava Risk Group Ltd|
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About Ava Group
The Ava Group, comprising world leading technology divisions Future Fibre Technologies (FFT) and BQT Solutions (BQT), and international secure logistics services division Ava Global, is a market leader in the provision of risk management services and technologies, trusted by some of the most security conscious commercial, industrial, military and government clients in the world.
The Group features a range of complementary solutions including intrusion detection for perimeters, pipelines and data networks, biometric and card access control as well as the secure international logistics and storage of high value assets. Through decades of innovation, the Ava Group continues to build upon a comprehensive portfolio of premium services and technologies for the most complex and demanding markets.
Our business truly serves a global market, with our knowledgeable team spread across six continents, providing market and industry expertise directly to customers. With thousands of sites protected, the Ava Group is proven to deliver first class services and technologies that surpass the expectations of our partners and end users.
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