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4 March, 2021 - 16:27 By Tony Quested

1Spatial ahead of market forecast and maps clear route to global expansion

Cambridge geospatial data specialist 1Spatial has mapped out a clear route to global expansion based on a strong trading update for the year to January 31.

The AIM-quoted group expects to report solid progress in key financial metrics, delivering results ahead of current market expectations due to a robust performance in the second half.

Revenue for the year is expected to be more than £24 million (FY 2020: £23.4m), with recurring revenue having increased year on year. The order book of committed revenue and longer-term contracts also increased year on year. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in excess of £3.2m (FY 2020: £3.2m).

The group delivered a significantly improved cash performance with net cash increasing to approximately £4.3m at January 31 (£3.9m). 

The increase in net cash is after payment of deferred consideration of €0.7m (£0.6m), and the result of a strongly positive operating cash flow and a positive free cash flow for the full year. 

The board says it is confident that the group’s progress over the last year is set to continue in the coming year. 

CEO Claire Milverton, said: “I am delighted to report such a solid set of numbers and significantly improved cash performance against the challenging backdrop of the global pandemic. 

“Our expertise in the cleansing and management of location data means we sit right at the heart of changes across multiple sectors. Whether that be in helping governments and energy providers prepare to meet the green agenda, supporting the investment in infrastructure upgrades as the world’s economies prepare for post-COVID recovery, or implementing digital transformation strategies. We closed the year strongly and look to the future with increasing confidence.”

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