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essensys PLC

18 February 2021

18 February 2021

essensys plc

("essensys" or the "Group")

Trading Update for the six months ended 31 January 2021

Strong US growth continues and UK performance resilient

essensys plc (AIM:ESYS), the leading global provider of mission critical software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms and on-demand cloud services to the flexible workspace industry, is pleased to announce an unaudited trading update for the half year ended 31 January 2021.

The Group has delivered a robust performance in the first half of the year with revenue in line with management expectations at GBP10.6m. Despite the continued impact of Covid-19 the Group's US business continues to grow strongly with half year recurring revenue increasing 18% to GBP4.42m from GBP3.76m whilst the UK business continues to prove its resilience.

Connect site churn remains very low at 3% year to date. The Group closed the half year with 431 live Connect sites, a net increase of 8% year-on-year (400 as at 31 January 2020), and has an additional 38 new Connect sites contracted for delivery.

On a constant currency basis(1) , Group revenue was GBP10.8m (H1 FY20: GBP11.4m) with recurring revenue slightly ahead of the prior year at GBP9.8m (H1 FY20 GBP9.7m). New site openings continue to be impacted by the pandemic which resulted in an expected reduction in non-recurring revenues during the period. Marketplace revenues were also moderated as significantly reduced occupancy in customer sites led to reduced service utilisation.

Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) run rate at GBP19.9m was slightly ahead of H1 FY20 (GBP19.7m) (on a constant currency basis). Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the half year is expected to be in line with management expectations.

Net cash at half year end was in line with management expectations at GBP5.9m.

Throughout the period the Group has continued to increase its investment in go to market activities and product development to reflect the growing market opportunity. This is resulting in an increase in pipeline opportunities, particularly amongst more traditional property owners and operators who are increasingly providing flexible workspace solutions. During H1 FY21 the Group signed contracts with 18 new customers including a number of high value strategic accounts which are expected to provide significant long-term expansion opportunities. The Group's new integrated software platform is expected to be launched in March 2021, as planned.

Notwithstanding continued uncertainty around the short-term impact of Covid-19, the Group continues to expect current year financial performance to be in line with market estimates.

Mark Furness, CEO commented:

"In what has been a challenging year for the flexible workspace sector we are pleased to continue to deliver results in line with expectations. The strength of our US business, high levels of recurring revenue and very strong retention rates have underpinned our performance.

Despite the short-term effect of Covid-19, the longer-term impact will be increased adoption of flexible workspace solutions by companies of all sizes. We continue to see traditional landlords and commercial real estate companies accelerate the development of their own flexible workspace products and services, which we believe will be a key driver of our future growth.

The strength of our performance during the ongoing pandemic and the increasing market opportunity, allied to contracted new Connect sites, a healthy pipeline and new product development, provide us with confidence in the long-term opportunity for essensys."


(1) Revenue translated into GBP using the average exchange rate for the comparative prior period

(2) Adjusted for share option charges and exceptional costs

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For further information, please contact:

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About essensys plc

essensys is the leading global provider of mission-critical SaaS platforms and on-demand cloud services to the high growth flexible workspace industry. essensys' software was specifically designed and developed to help solve the complex operational challenges faced by multi-site flexible workspace operators as they grow and scale their operations. The Group's technology allows operators to deliver a range of differentiated, flexible and customer-specific services to a broad base of tenants across multiple locations and helps operators to manage the cost, operational and technological challenges they typically encounter.

essensys' two SaaS platforms, Connect and Operate, address these complex operational challenges, and reduce costs by simplifying the day-to-day management of flexible workspaces and the provision of on-demand IT, technology and infrastructure services to tenants. essensys' platforms automate key tasks and processes and help flexible workspace providers deliver highly efficient, customer-centric workspace solutions and member experiences with enterprise class services.

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