Knowledge Technology Solutions PLC (âKTSâ), the independent provider of real-time market data services, announces its preliminary results for the year ended 30 June 2005.
Financial and business highlights:
â¢ Turnover up 62% to Â£1.25 million (2004: Â£770,185)
â¢ Group loss before tax of Â£966,536 (2004: Â£940,161)
â¢ Cash position of Â£1.7 million
â¢ KTS MarketTerminal with O2 service launched in April, providing mobile access to essential international market data and news
â¢ Sales achieved by overseas market data services reseller, broadening international distribution network
â¢ In discussions with several large stockbrokers to provide MarketTerminal under their own brand
Dr Marc Pinter-Krainer, Chief Executive of Knowledge Technology Solutions PLC, said:
"We are pleased to have continued to grow sales and improve our service to customers. We recognise, however, that vigorous competition among desktop data applications providers has created a tough trading environment, which we are responding to by pursuing a strategy to broaden and deepen KTSâs share of the market. Whilst this difficult environment has reduced our expectations for next year, moving towards profitability remains of paramount importance, and revenues from additional growth opportunities will help accelerate progress in this regard."
Chief Executiveâs Review
KTS has made further progress in the year to 30 June 2005. Revenues from our international and UK-only financial news and data services have grown steadily from our install base, now more than 130 separate organisations. These range from investment banks and stockbrokers to legal practices and financial media organisations. However, market conditions for desktop market data display applications have been challenging and the Board has been pursuing additional new growth activities and business partnerships to complement income from desktop subscriptions.
During the year, sales increased month-on-month resulting in a year-end turnover of Â£1.25m, an increase of 62% compared with the previous year (2004: Â£770,185). We have continued to work to contain costs, and are pleased that group losses before tax of Â£966,536 were broadly in line with 2004âs (2004: Â£940,161). The small increase in loss for the year resulted from stepping up investment in our technical and customer support headcount and meeting the cost of international data and news feeds associated with our premium service MarketTerminal. Careful cost management has allowed our cash position of Â£1.7m to remain strong, however.
As in previous years, we have maintained accounting best practice by writing off research and development costs as incurred.
We have continued to improve the functionality of both QuoteTerminal and MarketTerminal. New content added to our international service includes extensive foreign exchange data provided by ComStock Europe. With the standard MarketTerminal subscription, users can now access live prices and exchange rates for more than 170 currencies, including spot and forward rates as well as historical prices.
Looking ahead, we are eager to focus on the intrinsic strengths of our technology, which is very flexible and adaptable and requires little or no input from clients when rolled out to individual desktops. Over the next 12 months we will be targeting new corporate clients with a strongly tailored MarketTerminal service that meets precisely their individual needs. For example, if clients require data and live prices from a particular exchange, or wish to have additional functionality, we can provide these at an agreed fee. We expect this approach to reduce our fixed data and exchange feed costs, while providing clients with a stronger, more bespoke, service.
Another measure to boost revenues includes expanding our sales reach by using market data services resellers. We have already had success with resellers after achieving sales with third party distributors in Turkey. Following our positive experiences in Turkey we are seeking to broaden our international distribution network to include other European countries. MarketTerminal inherently lends itself very well to this approach as it is internet-delivered, browser-based and requires no download or installation.
Again, via partnerships, we are in discussions with several large private client and institutional stockbrokers to provide MarketTerminal under their own brand name. This approach offers the opportunity to reach a far wider user base, while offering little risk or cost to KTS.
The benefits from partnerships can be seen through collaboration with O2. Launched in April, the KTS MarketTerminal with O2 service provides mobile access to essential international market data and news delivered via O2âs "always on" GPRS, 3G and WLAN data connections. We are pleased to report a growing number of sales enquiries for this service.
We are pleased to have continued to grow sales and improve our service to customers. We recognise, however, that vigorous competition among desktop data applications providers has created a tough trading environment, which we are responding to by pursuing a strategy to broaden and deepen KTSâs share of the market. Whilst this difficult environment has reduced our expectations for next year, moving towards profitability remains of paramount importance, and revenues from additional growth opportunities will help accelerate progress in this regard.