Learning Technologies Group plc, the leading provider of services and technologies for digital learning and talent management, is pleased to announce a trading update for the year ending 31 December 2020.
The Board expects Group revenues to be not less than £131.0 million (2019: £130.1 million). Recurring revenues increased to c.80% (2019: 74%), driven by the ongoing performance in the Software & Platforms division and the expansion of LTG’s business in open-source learning management systems through the acquisitions of Open LMS, eCreators and eThink Education.
As expected, Content & Services saw a revenue decline due to the impact of COVID-19. However, sales momentum has increased throughout the second half of the year giving the Board confidence that Content & Services revenue will recover to pre-pandemic levels.
Adjusted EBIT is expected to be ahead of consensus1 and not less than £40.0 million (2019: £41.0 million), demonstrating the resilience of the Company amid wider market disruption and its ability to adapt its operating model in the face of significant changes in demand across the business.
The Group’s net cash position at 31 December 2020 of £70.2 million was significantly ahead of consensus of £59.6 million, driven by strong operating cash conversion and additional net cash balances of £1.6 million from the acquisitions of eCreators and eThink.
This robust capital position will enable the Group to continue its track record of acquisitions that add to LTG’s capabilities in the market – including the recently announced acquisition of Reflektive, which will complete on 29 January 2021. LTG is actively pursuing a near term pipeline of attractive opportunities to deliver further organic and inorganic growth across both Software & Platforms and Content & Services, helping to achieve our strategic goal of run-rate revenues of £230 million and run-rate Adjusted EBIT of £66 million by the end of 2022.
Further details will be provided with LTG’s full year results which are expected to be announced on 25 March 2021.
Jonathan Satchell, CEO of LTG, said:
“LTG ended 2020 on a high, with strong momentum across our divisions continuing into the new year from mid-market customers and large enterprises. The Group is well placed as businesses continue to look for best-of-breed technologies and services to develop their talent and enhance their workplace learning.
Amid the disruption of the past year, 2020 also saw an acceleration of structural trends towards digital learning and talent management. This underpins the Board’s confidence in the Group’s near-term and long-term prospects and, further to the growth we expect to deliver in the year ahead, we will continue our disciplined approach to acquisitions that bring additional benefits to our stakeholders.”
1. Company-compiled, publicly available consensus can be found at https://www.ltgplc.com/investor-information/analyst-consensus/
Consensus for FY20: Revenue of £129.0m, Adjusted EBIT of £38.3m and Net Cash of £59.6m.