Accounting Policies (as at 4 April 2012)

General Information

Cyan Holdings plc is a company incorporated in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006. The address of the registered office is Cyan Holdings plc, Buckingway Business Park, Swavesey CB24 4UQ. The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activities are set out in the Director's Report of the 2011 Annual Report.

These financial statements are presented in pounds sterling because that is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Group operates. Foreign operations are included in accordance with the policies set out below.

Adoption of new and revised standards

In the current year, the following new and revised Standards and Interpretations have been adopted.

Improvements to IFRSs 2010 (May 2010) Improvements to IFRSs 2010
Amendment to IFRS 1 (Jan. 2010) Limited Exemption from Comparative IFRS 7 Disclosures for First-time Adopters
IAS 24 (revised Nov. 2009) Related Party Disclosures
Amendment to IAS 32 (Oct. 2009) Classification of Rights Issues
Amendments to IFRIC 14 (Nov. 2009) Prepayments of a Minimum Funding Requirement

No amendments to these financial statements have been made as a result of adopting these new and revised Standards and Interpretations.

Standards and interpretations in issue but not yet effective

At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, the following Standards and Interpretations which have not been applied in these financial statements were in issue but not yet effective:

Amendments to IFRS 1 (Dec 2010) Severe Hyperinflation and Removal of Fixed Dates for First-time Adopters
Amendments to IFRS 7 (Oct 2010) Disclosures - Transfers of Financial Assets
Amendments to IFRS 7 (Dec 2011) Disclosures - Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities
IFRS 9 Financial Instruments
IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements
IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements
IFRS 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities
IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement
Amendments to IAS 1 (June 2011) Presentation of Items of Other Comprehensive Income
Amendments to IAS 12 (Dec 2010) Deferred Tax: Recovery of Underlying Assets
Amendments to IAS 32 (Dec 2011) Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities
IAS 19 (revised June 2011) Employee Benefits
IAS 27 (revised May 2011) Separate Financial Statements
IAS 28 (revised May 2011) Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures
IFRIC 20 Stripping Costs in the Production Phase of a Surface Mine

The directors do not anticipate that the adoption of these Standards and Interpretations in future periods will have a material impact on the financial statements of the Group.

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Significant Accounting Policies


Basis of consolidation

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). The financial statements have also been prepared in accordance with IFRSs adopted by the European Union and therefore the group financial statements comply with Article 4 of the EU IAS Regulation.

The financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis. The principal accounting policies adopted are set out below.

Going concern

The directors have prepared a business plan and cash flow forecast for the period to 31 December 2012. The forecast contains certain assumptions about the level of future sales and the level of gross margins and also identified the need within the foreseeable future for additional finance to fund working capital. These assumptions are the directors' best estimate of the future development of the business.

The directors acknowledge that the Group is trading in a difficult economic environment and in markets that are new to the Group. This may impact both the Group's ability to generate positive cashflow and to raise new finance. There is a significant risk that the level of sales achieved is materially lower than the level forecast or at materially lower margins. The directors have taken steps to satisfy themselves about the robustness of sales forecasts but acknowledge that the timing of customer orders in the Group's target markets is inherently uncertain. In addition, the directors have been in communication with a number of potential investors, including current shareholders, who have expressed interest in providing the necessary funding upon evidence of firm sales orders. There does remain significant risk that the required level of funding will not be received in the necessary timescale or at all. The directors are of the opinion that this business plan is achievable. On this basis, the directors have assumed that the Group is a going concern.

There is a material uncertainty related to the assumptions described above which may cast significant doubt on the Company's ability to continue as a going concern and, therefore, it may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business. The financial statements do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern. In the event the Group ceased to be a going concern, the adjustments would include writing down the carrying value of assets, including inventories, to their recoverable amount and providing for any further liabilities that might arise.

Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and entities controlled by the Company (its subsidiaries) made up to 31 December each year. Control is achieved where the Company has the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an investee entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities.

All intra-group transactions, balances, income and expenses are eliminated on consolidation.

Revenue recognition

Revenue is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable and represents amounts receivable for goods and services provided in the normal course of business, net of discounts, VAT and other sales related taxes.

Revenue is recognised when it is probable that economic benefits will flow to the Group and delivery of product has occurred, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collectability is reasonably assured.

Depending on the delivery conditions, title and risk must have passed to that customer and acceptance of the product, when contractually required, must have been obtained, or, in cases where such acceptance is not contractually required, when management has established that all aforementioned conditions for revenue recognition have been met and no further post-shipment obligations exist other than obligations under warranty.

Given that there exists a right of return for sales to the majority of Cyan's distributors, revenue is recognised at an amount that reflects a reduction for the estimated level of returns.

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Leases are classified as finance leases whenever the terms of the lease transfer substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership to the lessee. All other leases are classified as operating leases. The Group currently only holds operating leases. Rentals payable under the operating leases are charged to income on a straight-line basis over the term of the relevant lease.

Foreign currencies

The individual financial statements of each group company are presented in the currency of the primary economic environment in which it operates (its functional currency). For the purpose of the consolidated financial statements, the results and financial position of each group company are expressed in pounds sterling, which is the functional currency of the Company, and the presentation currency for the consolidated financial statements.

In preparing the financial statements of the individual companies, transactions in currencies other than the entity's functional currency (foreign currencies) are recorded at the rates of exchange prevailing on the dates of the transactions. At each balance sheet date, monetary assets and liabilities that are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated at the rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items carried at fair value that are denominated in foreign currencies are translated at the rates prevailing at the date when the fair value was determined. Non-monetary items that are measured in terms of historical cost in a foreign currency are not retranslated.

Exchange differences are recognised in profit or loss in the period in which they arise except for exchange differences on monetary items receivable from or payable to a foreign operation for which settlement is neither planned nor likely to occur, which form part of the net investment in a foreign operation, and which are recognised in the foreign currency translation reserve and recognised in profit or loss on disposal of the net investment.

For the purpose of presenting consolidated financial statements, the assets and liabilities of the group's foreign operations are translated at exchange rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. Income and expense items are translated at the average exchange rates for the period, unless exchange rates fluctuate significantly during that period, in which case the exchange rates at the date of transactions are used. Exchange differences arising, if any, are classified as equity and recognised in the group's foreign currency translation reserve. Such translation differences are recognised as income or as expenses in the period in which the operation is disposed of.

Operating loss

Operating loss is stated before investment income and finance costs.

Retirement benefit costs

Payments to defined contribution retirement benefit schemes are charged as an expense as they fall due. These were the only payments made by the Group in the year under review.


The tax expense represents the sum of the tax currently payable and deferred tax.

The tax currently payable is based on taxable profit for the year. Taxable profit differs from net profit as reported in the income statement because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The Group's liability for current tax is calculated using tax rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the balance sheet date.

Deferred tax is the tax expected to be payable or recoverable on differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities in the financial statements and the corresponding tax bases used in the computation of taxable profit, and is accounted for using the balance sheet liability method. Deferred tax liabilities are generally recognised for all taxable temporary differences and deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised. Such assets and liabilities are not recognised if the temporary difference arises from the initial recognition of goodwill or from the initial recognition (other than in a business combination) of other assets and liabilities in a transaction that affects neither the taxable profit nor the accounting profit.

Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for taxable temporary differences arising on investments in subsidiaries and associates, and interests in joint ventures, except where the Group is able to control the reversal of the temporary difference and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.

The carrying amount of deferred tax assets is reviewed at each balance sheet date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profits will be available to allow all or part of the asset to be recovered.

Deferred tax is calculated at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the period when the liability is settled or the asset is realised. Deferred tax is charged or credited in the income statement, except when it relates to items charged or credited directly to equity, in which case the deferred tax is also dealt with in equity.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when there is a legally enforceable right to set off current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when they relate to income taxes levied by the same taxation authority and the Group intends to settle its current tax assets and liabilities on a net basis.

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Property, plant and equipment

Fixtures and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and any recognised impairment loss.

Depreciation is charged so as to write off the cost or valuation of assets over their estimated useful lives, using the straight-line method, on the following bases:

Fixtures and equipment 20% - 50%

The gain or loss arising on the disposal or retirement of an asset is determined as the difference between the sales proceeds and the carrying amount of the asset and is recognised in income.

Research and development expenditure

Expenditure on research activities is recognised as an expense in the period in which it is incurred.

In the event that an internally generated intangible asset arising from the Group's development activities then it will be recognised only if all of the following conditions are met:

  • an asset is created that can be identified (such as software and new processes);
  • the project from which the asset arises meets the Group's criteria for assessing technical feasibility;
  • it is probable that the asset created will generate future economic benefits; and
  • the development cost of the asset can be measured reliably.

Internally-generated intangible assets are amortised on a straight-line basis over their useful lives. Where no internally-generated intangible asset can be recognised, development expenditure is recognised as an expense in the period in which it is incurred.


Inventories are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost comprises direct materials and, where applicable, direct labour costs and those overheads that have been incurred in bringing the inventories to their present location and condition. Cost is calculated using the weighted average method. Net realisable value represents the estimated selling price less all estimated costs of completion and costs to be incurred in marketing, selling and distribution.

Financial instruments

Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised in the Group's balance sheet when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.

Financial assets

The Group has only two classes of financial assets being cash and cash equivalents and loans and receivables.

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Loans and receivables

Trade receivables, loans and other receivables that have fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market are classified as loans and receivables. All the group's loans and receivables are short-term receivables and no interest is accounted for on these balances.

Impairment of financial assets

Financial assets are assessed for indicators of impairment at each balance sheet date. Financial assets are impaired where there is objective evidence that, as a result of one or more events that occurred after the initial recognition of the financial asset, the estimated future cash flows of the investment have been impacted.

For certain categories of financial asset, such as trade receivables, assets that are assessed not to be impaired individually are subsequently assessed for impairment on a collective basis. Objective evidence of impairment for a portfolio of receivables could include the Group's past experience of collecting payments, an increase in the number of delayed payments in the portfolio past the average credit period of 15 days, as well as observable changes in national or local economic conditions that correlate with default on receivables.

The carrying amount of the financial asset is reduced by the impairment loss directly for all financial assets with the exception of trade receivables, where the carrying amount is reduced through the use of an allowance account. When a trade receivable is considered uncollectible, it is written off against the allowance account. Subsequent recoveries of amounts previously written off are credited against the allowance account. Changes in the carrying amount of the allowance account are recognised in profit or loss.

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash on hand and demand deposits, and other short-term highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to a known amount of cash and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value.

Financial liabilities

All the Group's financial liabilities are classified as 'other financial liabilities'.

Other financial liabilities

Other financial liabilities, including borrowings, are initially measured at fair value, net of transaction costs. Other financial liabilities are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method, with interest expense recognised on an effective yield basis. The effective interest method is a method of calculating the amortised cost of a financial liability and of allocating interest expense over the relevant period. The effective interest rate is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash payments through the expected life of the financial liability, or, where appropriate, a shorter period.


Provisions are recognised when the Group has a present obligation as a result of a past event, and it is probable that the Group will be required to settle that obligation. Provisions are measured at the directors' best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the obligation at the balance sheet date, and are discounted to present value where the effect is material.

Share-based payments

The Group has applied the requirements of IFRS 2 Share-based Payment. In accordance with the transitional provisions, IFRS 2 has been applied to all grants of equity instruments after 7 November 2002 that were unvested at 1 January 2005.

The Group issues equity-settled share-based payments to certain employees. Equity-settled share-based payments are measured at fair value (excluding the effect of non market-based vesting conditions) at the date of grant. The fair value determined at the grant date of the equitysettled share-based payments is expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on the Group's estimate of shares that will eventually vest and adjusted for the effect of non market-based vesting conditions.

Fair value is measured by use of the Black Scholes model. The expected life used in the model has been adjusted, based on management's best estimate, for the effects of non-transferability, exercise restrictions, and behavioural considerations.

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Page last up-dated: 4 April 2012