In a statement released on Monday, the company said it had completed a comprehensive strategic and functional review of all aspects of its operations.
Financial results for the year reflect “multiple initiatives to reposition the group which include one-time strategic planning expenses, restructuring costs as a result of senior management changes, refocus on more profitable business lines in Besco, and the sale of Eff-Tech, which was deemed to be a noncore business subsidiary.
The company incurred non-recurring charges to the tune of $4 million. And overall, the BAS statement said the net loss attributable to shareholders adjusted for these one-time charges as a result of the strategic review was $0.3 million.
Total consolidated net revenues of $31.3 million were down $1.4 million, in addition to the sale of goods, which was also down $2.1 million from 2017. But the supply of services increased by $0.7 million, which the group said was in-line with its strategy to grow recurring service revenues across all subsidiaries.
Total operating expenses also increased $1.9 million, of which $1.8 million were one-time restructuring costs.
Other expenses include non-recurring charges for accounts receivable and inventory write-downs of $1 million. Operating expenses for the year, adjusted for these one-time charges, were $11.3 million, a $0.7 million improvement over prior year.
BAS paid dividends of $0.5 million during the financial year. But in December, the company’s board decided to temporarily suspend dividend payments, while the company focused on implementing its strategic plan.
The Group also accelerated its debt repayment by $0.6 million to reduce their total bank debt by $1.3 million.
Leslie Rans, chief executive officer, said: “The recent comprehensive strategic and functional review included initiatives to reposition and refocus the group on profitable business lines and margin maximisation. Operational growth, benefits and synergies from these initiatives will be the focus for the Group during the fiscal year 2018-19.
“We would like to take the time to thank our employees for their hard work and our clients for their continued support. Additionally, we would like to thank Dr James King and Mrs J. Patricia Lynn for their long years of invaluable service to the group as they retire from the board of directors.”
- BAS is a holding company with multiple subsidiaries providing a myriad of services that are distinct in nature but are also strategically complementary and synergistic. Companies in the group include: BAS-Serco, Besco, CCS, Otis, Weir Enterprises and Eastbourne Properties Limited