UNITED STATES 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of May 2021 

Commission File Number: 001-39415 

 

Vasta Platform Limited

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Av. Paulista, 901, 5th Floor

Bela Vista

São Paulo – SP, 01310-100

Brazil
+55 (11) 3047-2655

(Address of principal executive office)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:

 

Form 20-F

X

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ITEM  
99.1. Press release dated May 14, 2021 – Vasta Platform Limited announces today its financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2021
99.2. Vasta Platform Limited Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of March 31, 2021, and for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

 

 
 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

    Vasta Platform Limited
     
     
      By: /s/ Mario Ghio Junior
        Name: Mario Ghio Junior
        Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

Date: May 17, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

São Paulo, May 14, 2021 – Vasta Platform Limited (NASDAQ: VSTA) – “Vasta” or the “Company,” announces today its financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2021 (4Q21) ended March 31, 2021. Financial results are expressed in Brazilian Reais and are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·Revenue from subscription products ex-PAR jumped 20% in the 4Q20 and 1Q21 combined (2021 commercial year to date), in comparison to the same period of last year. This increase is slightly below the 23% growth in ACV, owing to the lower number of students at partner schools due to the Covid-19 effects.

 

·The PAR learning system, which is based on textbooks, was more impacted than non-textbook products due to the reuse of textbooks by families, and its revenue decreased 16% in the 2021 commercial cycle to date versus last year. In total, revenue from subscription products increased 16% in the same comparison.

 

·Non-subscription revenue fell 65% in the commercial year to date, explained by the weakness in the textbook chain and by the migration of clients that used to purchase non-subscription products to our subscription services.

 

·Consolidated net revenue increased 10% in the 2021 commercial year to date, with subscription revenue accounting for 84% of total vs. 64% in the same period last year. In the quarter, consolidated net revenue fell 28%, resulting from 8% drop in subscription revenue and a 70% decline non-subscription revenue.

 

·Revenue from subscription products in the 1Q21 and in the 2021 commercial year to date amounted to 29% and 62% of 2021 ACV, respectively. Due to the adverse context, we expect the subscription revenue of 2021 commercial year (4Q20 to 3Q21) to be lower than the ACV 2021.

 

·In the 2021 commercial year to date, the lower net revenue drove a 15% decline in adjusted EBITDA. However, adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 0.9p.p., reflecting the higher participation of revenues from subscription products in the mix, as well as our tight control on costs and expenses. Adjusted net income totaled R$ 163 million in the 2021 commercial year to date, a 6% increase year-on-year.

 

·Our client base for the 2021 commercial year increased by 456 new clients, with a contract duration that averages more than 3.5 years. Therefore, we are well positioned to capture incremental revenue when our clients recover their student base after the pandemic.

 

·We highlight a new partnership with Colegio Fibonacci, present for 9 consecutive years among Brazil’s top 10 ranking in the National High School Exam (ENEM). With Fibonacci we will launch a set of new assessment services in Plurall and a new premium learning system in 2022.

 

·Anglo, our top-notch learning system, had the highest number of approvals in the 2021 admission tests of Brazil’s and LatAm’s best universities, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp), according to the Times Higher Education ranking.

 

·Vasta expanded its leadership in terms of top-ranked schools in the 2019 ENEM edition (last available data), with 48% and 51% more schools ranked top-1 or top-3 in their cities, respectively, than the second player.

 

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MESSAGE FROM MANAGEMENT

 

As we started 2021, at the same time we celebrated the success of our commercial cycle – when we delivered a 23% organic growth in the annual contract value (ACV) –, a second wave of Covid-19 in Brazil, much more severe than the first of 2020, materially impacted the perspectives for the present commercial year (October 2020 to September 2021). Differently from 2020, when the first wave hit the country when children were already enrolled and most of materials for that school year were already delivered, the second wave (and the social isolation measures that followed) emerged precisely when the peak of enrollments at private schools occurs, adding to an already fragile macroeconomic outlook, bringing more challenges than we could have anticipated.

 

The once small decrease in the number of private education students noticed in 2020 (-2.5%, according to Ministry of Education’s basic education census) likely turned into a more pronounced decline, thus leading to a frustration in our partner schools’ expectations on student enrollment, and, consequently, a reduction in the number of collections we supply (exceeding, in many cases, the historical percentage of returns that is embedded in the ACV calculation). This context will likely lead to a gap between the subscription revenue of 2021 commercial year and the ACV 2021.

 

Like other times in Brazil’s history, the unfavorable macroeconomic backdrop has impaired the sale of textbooks more severely, on the top of the reduction in the student number already commented. In these times, a greater volume of reuse and purchase of second-hand textbooks negatively affects the sale of new ones, and both our PAR learning systems (accounted in the subscription revenue) and the regular sale of textbooks through retail channels (impacting the non-subscription revenue) were hit. In the past, demand always returned when the situation went back to normal, which suggests that these impacts are rather temporary than structural.

 

That said, the subscription revenue captured in the 4T20 and 1T21 combined (the 2021 commercial year to date) is better understood when we split traditional learning systems and complementary solutions (ex-PAR subscription products) and textbook subscription products (PAR). While revenue of ex-PAR subscription products grew 20% year-on-year in this period, just slightly below the 23% overall ACV growth, PAR revenue declined 16% in the same period. Looking forward, although the impacts on textbook chain may be just transitory, we plan to further intensify the ongoing migration from textbook products (either PAR or spot sales) into learning systems. This strategy will enable us to increase even more the share of subscription revenue into our total revenue (which totaled 84% in the 2021 commercial year to date, versus 64% one year ago) and capture higher margins.

 

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Net revenue breakdown among business lines in the commercial cycle to date, 2021 vs. 2020 (R$ million)

 

 

Despite all challenges we have already faced in 2021, we continue to offer our clients a unique digital experience through our Plurall platform (still the absolute leader in terms of web traffic), supporting the continuation of school activities during social isolation times. We have continually expanded the range of solutions offered by Plurall, either via complementary solutions offered through Plurall Store or by the recently launched Plurall’s private classes platform, Plurall My Teacher, which allows students from partner schools to contract customized classes. Somos Integra, an important digital tool for connecting kindergarten schools and our partner schools, is already operational. These examples underscore our platform’s potential to continue expanding through a crescent number of solutions to our clients, ultimately increasing client loyalty and enhancing our long-term growth potential.

 

 

The results of our students in the most-competitive university admission tests confirm the superior quality of our products. Anglo, our top-notch learning system, had the highest number of student approvals in the admission tests of Brazil’s and LatAm’s best universities, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp), according to the Times Higher Education ranking, more than two times higher than the second player. In Medicine USP, for instance, one of the most competitive degrees, Anglo had the highest number of students approved (66), an average of 1 approved student at each 4 approved students, while pH had students that got the 1st, 3rd and 8th places.

 

The outcomes of the National High School Exam (ENEM) point in the same direction. In the 2019 edition (which results were disclosed by the end of 2020), Vasta not only maintained the leadership in terms of the number of

 

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partner schools that had the highest score in their cities as well as expanded the difference to the competitors. In 2019, Vasta was the content provider for the top-ranked school in 46% more cities than the second player, up from 28% in 2018. Considering the schools that ranked from the first to the third position in their cities, Vasta was the content provider for 51% of schools more than the second player, up from 30% in 2018.

 

Top-1 ranked schools in their cities in ENEM 2019 Top-3 ranked schools in their cities in ENEM 2019
   

Sources: INEP/MEC and Vasta.

 

We are also very proud of the NPS we reached in all our brands, showing that both students and partner schools are satisfied with our solutions, as these are the main pillars of our future. The NPS of our brands averaged 72, with Anglo and PAR having scores at the excellence levels (79 and 78, respectively). Plurall had an NPS of 54.

 

The quality of education, combined with the satisfaction of our clients, led us to increase our client base by more than 450 new schools in the 2021 commercial cycle, with an average contract duration of almost 4 years. Having long-term partnerships with a large portfolio of schools allows us to be well positioned to capture the return of students to private schools after the pandemic. Besides new schools, we highlight a new partnership with Colegio Fibonacci (Vasta’s former client), present for 9 consecutive years among Brazil’s top 10 schools in the National High School Exam (ENEM). With Fibonacci we will also launch a set of new assessment services in Plurall in 2021 and a new premium learning system for the 2022 commercial year, therefore having as a client another school that stands in ENEM top-10 ranking.

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

As discussed in more detail in our December 31, 2020 in the consolidated financial statements, the Company set up a Crisis Committee and approved some measures composed by actions that first of all safeguarded the physical and mental health of its employees and then preserved operational and financial capacity to face this period. We highlight the main initiatives carried out by Company: (i) Preserve employees’ health and safety by implementing measures such as work from home policy, temporary closure of our distribution centers re-opening with reduced operations and the adoption of health and safety measures recommended by government authorities; (ii) Ensure educational content and services delivery through online platforms; (iii) Improve the financial health identifying required measures to ensure adequate liquidity and cash position; (iv) Implement short term restructuring measures required to improve financial health, seeking to preserve jobs and the organization long term plan, including but not limited to temporary reduction in wages and working hours; (v) Plan and execute organizational changes with mid-term impact for the post-COVID world, if required; (vi) Strategic Plan for opportunities generated by the crisis; (vii) Philanthropic actions that contributes to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our Company segment; and (viii) Provide on-line campaigns to promote our products to potential new customers.

 

Related to sales and services provided to our customers, even though municipality and state-wide governments had taken some measures that could hard hit our business, for example school’s lockdown and social distancing, our customers kept their educational services through our virtual platforms. As a result, we have not had interruption in the sales and services levels contracted by our customers.

 

Despite continuity of educational services, the continuing restrictions on business will affect the Brazilian economic indicators throughout 2021. This increases the level of uncertainty over our operations, and therefore, it is likely that we will identify impacts on our revenue and profitability in the forthcoming quarters.

 

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REVENUE RECOGNITION AND SEASONALITY

 

As we release our results for the first quarter of 2021, it is important to highlight the revenue recognition and seasonality of our business.

 

Our main deliveries of printed and digital materials to our customers occur in the last quarter of each year (typically in November and December), and in the first quarter of each subsequent year (typically in February and March), and revenue is recognized when the customers obtain control over the materials. In addition, the printed and digital materials we provide in the fourth quarter are used by our customers in the following school year and, therefore, our fourth quarter results reflect the growth in the number of our students from one school year to the next, leading to higher revenue in general in our fourth quarter compared with the preceding quarters in each year. Consequently, in aggregate, the seasonality of our revenues generally produces higher revenues in the first and fourth quarters of our fiscal year. Thus, the numbers for the second quarter and third quarter are usually less relevant. In addition, we generally bill our customers during the first half of each school year (which starts in January), which generally results in a higher cash position in the first half of each year compared to the second half.

 

A significant part of our expenses is also seasonal. Due to the nature of our business cycle, we need significant working capital, typically in September or October of each year, to cover costs related to production and inventory accumulation, selling and marketing expenses, and delivery of our teaching materials at the end of each year in preparation for the beginning of each school year. As a result, these operating expenses are generally incurred between September and December of each year.

 

Purchases through our Livro Fácil e-commerce platform are also very intense during the back-to-school period, between November, when school enrollment takes place and families plan to anticipate the purchase of products and services, and February of the following year, when classes are about to start. Thus, e-commerce revenue is mainly concentrated in the first and fourth quarters of the year.

 

KEY BUSINESS METRICS

 

ACV Bookings: ACV Bookings is a non-accounting managerial metric and represents our partner schools’ commitment to pay for our solutions offerings. We believe it is a meaningful indicator of demand for our solutions. We consider ACV Bookings is a helpful metric because it is designed to show amounts that we expect to be recognized as revenue from subscription services for the 12-month period between October 1 of one fiscal year through September 30 of the following fiscal year. We define ACV Bookings as the revenue we would expect to recognize from a partner school in each school year, based on the number of students who have contracted our services, or “enrolled students,” that will access our content at such partner school in such school year. We calculate ACV Bookings by multiplying the number of enrolled students at each school with the average ticket per student per year; the related number of enrolled students and average ticket per student per year are each calculated in accordance with the terms of each contract with the related school. Although our contracts with our schools are typically for 4-year terms, we record one year of revenue under such contracts as ACV Bookings. ACV Bookings are calculated based on the sum of actual contracts signed during the sales period and assumes the historical rates of returned goods from customers for the preceding 24-month period. Since the actual rates of returned goods from sales during the period may be different from the historical average rates and the actual volume of merchandise ordered by our customers may be different from the contracted amount, the actual revenue recognized during each period of a sales cycle may be different from the ACV Bookings for the respective sales cycle. Our reported ACV Bookings are subject to risks associated with, among other things, economic conditions and the markets in which we

 

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operate, including risks that our contracts may be canceled or adjusted (including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic).

 

OPERATING PERFORMANCE

 

Student Base – Subscription Models

 

Student Base  2021 Cycle  2020 Cycle  2019 Cycle  % Chg. 2021  % Chg. 2020
Partner Schools (Core Content)   4,623    4,167    3,400    10.9%   22.6%
Partner Schools (Complementary Solutions)   1,114    636    417    75.2%   52.5%
Students (Core Content)   1,500,208    1,311,147    1,185,799    14.4%   10.6%
Students (Complementary Solutions)   348,650    213,058    133,583    63.6%   59.5%

Note: number of students to be updated after the devolution period ends.

 

When compared to the 2020 commercial year, 2021 shows strong growth both in the core product and in relation to complementary solutions. Despite all the difficulties related to the pandemic, Vasta managed to add 456 new schools to its platform, which represents an annual increase of 11% and reinforces all the competitive differentials presented throughout the year. The number of students grew even more (+14%) and surpassed the mark of 1.5 million students using our learning systems. Regarding complementary solutions, 478 new schools became our customers, which represents an annual growth of 75%, or 64% if we consider the number of students, which confirms the high potential of this segment. In the second quarter, with the end of devolution period, we will have the definitive number of students enrolled in our partner schools.

 

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FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

 

Net Revenue

 

Net Revenue - Values in R$ '000  1Q21  1Q20  % Y/Y  2021 Cycle  2020 Cycle  % Y/Y
Subscription   243,285    265,624    -8.4%   527,135    481,522    9.5%
   Subscription ex-PAR   201,035    219,760    -8.5%   410,444    342,415    19.9%
      Traditional Learning Systems   169,053    187,702    -9.9%   350,379    301,740    16.1%
   Complementary Solutions   31,982    32,058    -0.2%   60,065    40,676    47.7%
PAR   42,249    45,864    -7.9%   116,691    139,107    -16.1%
Non-subscription   37,547    126,794    -70.4%   97,258    273,743    -64.5%
Total   280,832    392,418    -28.4%   624,393    755,266    -17.3%

 

Net revenue from subscription products, which includes all educational solutions with recurring revenue (basically learning systems – both traditional and PAR – and complementary solutions), accounted for 87% of the company’s total revenue this quarter and was down 8% over the same period last year, responding for 29% of annual contract value (ACV) for 2021. The drop is explained by the recognition of a greater amount of the ACV in the 4Q20 (33%) and by the lower enrollments at partner schools versus their expectations at the time of the ACV formation. In the 2021 commercial cycle so far (4Q20 and 1Q21 combined), net revenue from subscription products increased 10% year-on-year, fueled by traditional learning systems (up 16%) and complementary solutions (up 48%), and partly offset by a 16% drop in the textbook-based learning system (PAR). Combined, the revenue of traditional learning systems and complementary solutions (ex-PAR subscription products) jumped 20% year-on-year on the commercial cycle to date, slightly below the 23% organic ACV growth reported.

 

Revenue from non-subscription business was down 70% by comparison with the same period last year, reflecting the impacts of the pandemic in the purchase of textbooks by schools and bookstores during the 2021 back-to-school period, in addition to the migration of former non-subscription clients to our subscription products. In the 2021 commercial cycle to date, revenue from non-subscription business was down 65%, leading to Vasta’s consolidated net revenue to fall 17% versus the same period last year.

 

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Operating Results

 

Vasta - Values in R$ ('000)  1Q21  Q20  Chg.%  2021 Cycle  2020 Cycle  Chg.%
Gross revenue   313,831    443,636    -29.3%   670,182    832,168    -19.5%
Deductions from gross revenue   (32,999)   (51,218)   -35.6%   (45,788)   (76,902)   -40.5%
Taxes   (1,596)   (3,382)   -52.8%   (3,112)   (4,727)   -34.2%
Returns   (28,974)   (32,026)   -9.5%   (38,960)   (55,046)   -29.2%
Discounts   (2,430)   (15,810)   -84.6%   (3,716)   (17,129)   -78.3%
Net revenue   280,832    392,418    -28.4%   624,395    755,266    -17.3%
Cost of services   (113,982)   (167,333)   -31.9%   (214,000)   (316,034)   -32.3%
Gross profit   166,850    225,085    -25.9%   410,394    439,232    -6.6%
Gross margin   59.4%   57.4%   2.1p.p.   65.7%   58.2%   7.6p.p.
General and administrative expenses   (98,863)   (85,928)   15.1%   (228,204)   (95,541)   138.9%
Impairment losses on trade receivables   (2,609)   (10,319)   -74.7%   (14,918)   (10,895)   36.9%
Commercial expenses   (49,509)   (37,793)   31.0%   (98,242)   (122,831)   -20.0%
Corporate expenses   (8,546)   (12,294)   -30.5%   (18,460)   (27,780)   -33.6%
Operating (loss) profit   7,323    78,751    -90.7%   50,570    182,185    -72.2%
Operating margin   2.6%   20.1%   -17.5p.p.   8.1%   24.1%   -16.0p.p.
(+) Depreciation and amortization   48,585    42,150    15.3%   93,539    75,717    23.5%
EBITDA   55,908    120,901    -53.8%   144,109    257,902    -44.1%
EBITDA margin   19.9%   30.8%   -10.9p.p.   23.1%   34.1%   -11.1p.p.
(+) Impact COVID-19   -    5,642    n.a.    5,916    5,642    n.a. 
(+) Non-recurring expenses   4,936    -    n.a.    10,451    -    n.a. 
(+) Share-based compensation plan   6,544    729    797.7%   14,447    1,133    1175.1%
(+) Provision for risks of tax, civil and labor losses   -    -    n.a.    -    1,111    -100.0%
(+) IPO cost   -    -    n.a.    50,580    -    n.a. 
Adjusted EBITDA   67,388    127,272    -47.1%   225,503    265,788    -15.2%
Adjusted EBITDA margin   24.0%   32.4%   -8.4 p.p.   36.1%   35.2%   0.9p.p.

 

In 1Q21, adjusted EBITDA declined 47% year-on-year, with a 8.4p.p. compression in the adjusted EBITDA margin, basically due to the 28% drop in net revenue that hurt the dilution of fixed costs/expenses. The increase in G&A expenses observed in the period is related to the more robust administrative structure required after the IPO (part of the incremental expenses are those associated with share-based compensation plan), which in this quarter were partly compensated by lower provisions for doubtful accounts.

 

In the 2021 commercial year so far, despite the 15% decline in adjusted EBITDA, the adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 0.9p.p., reflecting the higher participation of revenues from subscription products in the mix, combined with a tight control on costs and expenses.

 

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Net Income & Free Cash Flow

 

Vasta - Values in R$ ('000)  1Q21  1Q20  Chg.%  2021 Cycle  2020 Cycle  Chg.%
Operating (loss) profit   7,323    78,751    -90.7%   50,570    182,185    -72.2%
Net financial result   (14,252)   (39,614)   -64.0%   (25,857)   (81,380)   -68.2%
(Loss) Profit before taxes   (6,929)   39,137    -117.7%   24,713    100,805    -75.5%
Income tax and social contribution   1,412    (11,492)   -112.3%   (7,981)   (32,853)   -75.7%
Net (loss) profit for the period   (5,517)   27,645    -120.0%   16,732    67,952    -75.4%
Net margin   -2.0%   7.0%   -9.0p.p.   2.7%   9.0%   -6.3p.p.

 

In 1Q21 Vasta posted net loss of R$ 5.5 million, due to the reduction in the operating income, which more than offset the reduction in net financial result on the back of interest income on the IPO proceeds. On a cash-basis, however, the 1Q21 adjusted net income totaled R$ 33 million. In the 2021 commercial cycle to date, adjusted net income amounted R$ 163 million, 6% higher year-on-year.

 

Vasta - Values in R$ ('000)  1Q21  1Q20  Chg.%  2021 Cycle  2020 Cycle  Chg.%
(Loss) Profit before taxes   (6,929)   39,137    -117.7%   24,713    100,805    -75.5%
(-) Taxes Paid   -    (5,234)   -100.0%   -    (5,234)   -100.0%
(+) Impact COVID-19   -    5,642    -100.0%   5,916    5,642    4.9%
(+) Non-recurring expenses   4,936    -    n.a.    10,451    -    n.a. 
(+) Share-based compensation plan   6,544    729    797.7%   14,447    1,133    1175.1%
(+) Provision for risks of tax, civil and labor losses   -    -    n.a.    -    1,111    -100.0%
(+) IPO cost   -    -    n.a.    50,580    -    n.a. 
(+) Amortization of intangible assets (1)   28,300    29,881    -5.3%   56,603    49,910    13.4%
Adjusted net (loss) profit   32,851    70,155    -53.2%   162,710    153,367    6.1%
Adjusted net margin   11.7%   17.9%   -6.2p.p.   26.1%   20.3%   5.8p.p.

(1) From business combinations

 

Operating cash flow generation amounted to R$ 39 million in 1Q21, a conversion of 58% of adjusted EBITDA.

 

Vasta - Values in R$ ('000)  1Q21  1Q20  Chg.%  2021 Cycle  2020 Cycle  Chg.%
Net cash flows from operating activities   55,608    84,733    -34.4%   (36,008)   10,851    -431.8%
(-) Changes in debt-like instruments (1)   -    (66,588)   -100.0%   97,945    (66,588)   -247.1%
(-) Acquisition of property, plant and equipment   (2,481)   (5,234)   -52.6%   (393)   (6,234)   -93.7%
(-) Additions to intangible assets   (9,107)   (6,641)   37.1%   (19,674)   (15,508)   26.9%
(-) Lease liabilities paid   (4,977)   (5,979)   -16.8%   (8,605)   (16,185)   -46.8%
Operating Cash Flow (OCF)   39,043    291    13316.8%   33,265    (93,664)   -135.5%
OCF/Adjusted EBITDA   57.9%   0.2%   57.7p.p.   14.8%   -35.2%   50.0p.p.

(1) Reverse factoring, booked in the other liabilities account

 

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CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

 

Vasta will discuss its first quarter 2021 results on May 14, 2021, via a conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the call (ID: 3386226), please dial: +1 (833) 519-1336 or (914) 800-3898. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.vastaplatform.com.

 

ABOUT VASTA

 

Vasta is a leading, high-growth education company in Brazil powered by technology, providing end-to-end educational and digital solutions that cater to all needs of private schools operating in the K-12 educational segment, ultimately benefiting all of Vasta’s stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, administrators and private school owners. Vasta’s mission is to help private K-12 schools to be better and more profitable, supporting their digital transformation. Vasta believes it is uniquely positioned to help schools in Brazil undergo the process of digital transformation and bring their education skill set to the 21st century. Vasta promotes the unified use of technology in K-12 education with enhanced data and actionable insight for educators, increased collaboration among support staff and improvements in production, efficiency and quality. For more information, please visit ir.vastaplatform.com.

 

CONTACT

 

Investor Relations

+55 11 3133 7311

ri@somoseducacao.com.br

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements that can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “expect,” “should,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate” and “potential,” among others. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this press release and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our intent, belief or current expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to of various factors, including (i) general economic, financial, political, demographic and business conditions in Brazil, as well as any other countries we may serve in the future and their impact on our business; (ii) fluctuations in interest, inflation and exchange rates in Brazil and any other countries we may serve in the future; (iii) our ability to implement our business strategy and expand our portfolio of products and services; (iv) our ability to adapt to technological changes in the educational sector; (v) the availability of government authorizations on terms and conditions and within periods acceptable to us; (vi) our ability to continue attracting and retaining new partner schools and students; (vii) our ability to maintain the academic quality of our programs; (viii) the availability of qualified personnel and the ability to retain such personnel; (ix) changes in the financial condition of the students enrolling in our programs in general and in the competitive conditions in the education industry; (x) our capitalization and level of indebtedness; (xi) the interests of our controlling shareholder; (xii) changes in government regulations applicable to the education industry in Brazil; (xiii) government interventions in education industry programs, that affect the economic or tax regime, the collection of tuition fees or the regulatory framework applicable to educational institutions; (xiv) cancellations of contracts within the solutions we characterize as subscription arrangements or limitations on our ability to increase the rates we charge for the services we characterize as subscription arrangements; (xv) our ability to compete and conduct our business in the future; (xvi) our ability to anticipate changes in the business, changes in regulation or the materialization of existing and potential new risks; (xvii) the success of operating initiatives, including advertising and promotional efforts and new product, service and concept development by us and our competitors; (xviii) changes in consumer demands and preferences and technological advances, and our ability to innovate to respond to such changes; (xix) changes in labor, distribution and other operating costs; our compliance with, and changes to, government laws, regulations and tax matters that currently apply to us; (xx) the effectiveness of our risk management policies and procedures, including our internal control over financial reporting; (xxi) health crises, including due to pandemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic and government measures taken in response thereto; (xxii) other factors that may affect our financial condition, liquidity and results of operations; and (xxiii) other risk factors discussed under “Risk Factors.” Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information or future developments or to release publicly any revisions to these statements in order to reflect later events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

 

This press release presents our EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Cash Conversion Ratio, Adjusted Net (Loss) profit are information for the convenience of investors. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Cash Conversion Ratio are the key performance indicators used by us to measure financial operating performance. Our management believes that these Non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and shareholders. We also use these measures internally to establish budgets and operational goals to manage and monitor our business, evaluate our underlying historical performance and business strategies and to report our results to the board of directors.

 

We calculate EBITDA as Net profit (loss) for the period / year plus income taxes and social contribution plus/minus net finance result plus depreciation and amortization. The EBITDA measure provides useful information to assess our operational performance.

 

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus/minus: (a) share-based compensation expenses, mainly due to the grant of additional shares to Somos’ employees in connection with the change of control of Somos to Cogna (for further information refer to note 23 (a) to the Consolidated Financial Statements); (b) provision for risks of tax, civil and labor losses regarding penalties, related to income tax positions taken by the Predecessor Somos – Anglo and the Successor (Vasta) in connection with a corporate reorganization carried out by the Predecessor Somos – Anglo only FY 2019; (c) impairment losses of trade receivables caused partially by COVID-19; (d) Bonus IPO expenses, share based payments offered to certain employees and executives as result of IPO process and (e) other non-recurring expenses composed substantially by restructuring provisions;. We understand that such adjustments are relevant and should be considered when calculating our Adjusted EBITDA, which is a practical measure to assess our operational performance that allows us to compare it with other companies that operates in the same segment.

 

We calculate Free Cash Flow as the net cash flows from operating activities as presented in the statement of cash flows of our financial statements adjusted by debt-like instruments (reverse factoring instruments) less cash flows required for: (i) acquisition of property, plant and equipment; (ii) addition to intangible assets; and (iii) acquisition of subsidiaries. We consider Free Cash Flow to be a liquidity measure, therefore, we adjust our Free Cash Flow metric with amounts that directly impacted the cash flows in the period in addition to the operating activities. The Free Cash Flow measure provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by our operations, deducting for investments in property and equipment to maintain and grow our business.

 

We calculate Adjusted Cash Conversion Ratio as the cash flows from operating activities divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the relevant period.

 

We calculate Adjusted net (loss) profit as the net (loss) profit from the period as presented in Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income adjusted by the same Adjusted EBTDA items, however, added by (a) Amortization of intangible assets from M&A, that included goodwill and other assets and (b) taxes paid composed by cash effect over Income tax and social contribution expenses.

 

We understand that, although Adjusted net (loss) profit, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Cash Conversion Ratio are used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluation of companies, these measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results of operations as reported under IFRS. Additionally, our calculations of Adjusted net (loss) profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Cash Conversion Ratio may be different from the calculation used by other companies, including our competitors in the education services industry, and therefore, our measures may not be comparable to those of other companies.

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

   As of March 31, 2021  As of December 31, 2020
   R$ millions  R$ millions
       
Statement of Financial Position:          
Assets          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents   415.1    311.2 
Marketable Securities   259.6    491.1 
Trade receivables   486.5    492.2 
Inventories   235.4    249.6 
Taxes Recoverable and Income tax and social contribution recoverable   26.7    26.5 
Prepayments   25.9    27.5 
Other receivables   0.3    0.1 
Related parties – other receivables   2.1    2.1 
Total current assets   1,451.6    1,600.3 
Non-current assets          
Judicial deposits and Escrow Accounts   172.1    172.7 
Deferred income tax and social contribution   89.1    88.5 
Property, plant and equipment   199.5    192.0 
Intangible assets and goodwill   4,957.3    4,924.7 
Total non-current assets   5,418.0    5,377.9 
Total assets   6,869.6    6,978.2 
Liabilites and Shareholder´s Equity / Parent Company´s Net Investment          
Current liabilities          
Bonds and financing   396.8    502.9 
Lease liabilities   22.2    18.3 
Suppliers   264.1    279.5 
Income tax and social contribution payable   0.2    1.8 
Salaries and social contributions   69.1    69.1 
Contract liabilities and deferred income   46.2    47.2 
Accounts payable for business combination   9.7    17.1 
Other liabilities   8.1    4.2 
Other liabilities - related parties   140.1    135.3 
Loans from related parties   -    20.9 
Total current liabilities   956.5    1,096.3 
Non-current liabilities          
Bonds and financing   290.4    290.5 
Lease liabilities   159.7    154.8 
Accounts payable for business combination   53.2    30.9 
Provision for risks of tax, civil and labor losses   618.9    613.9 
Contract liabilities and deferred revenues   5.8    6.5 
Total non-current liabilities    1,128.0    1,096.6 
Total liabilities   2,084.5    2,192.9 
Total Shareholder's Equity / Parent Company's Net investment   4,785.1    4,785.3 
Total Liabilities and Shareholder's Equity / Parent Company's Net Investment   6,869.6    6,978.2 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

Segment Reporting

 

   Three Months Ended March 31,
   2021  2020
   Vasta
   R$ millions
Statement of Profit or Loss      
Net revenue from sales and services   280.8    392.4 
Net revenue from sales   274.9    389.1 
Net revenue from services   5.9    3.3 
Costs of goods sold and services   (114.0)   (167.3)
Gross profit   166.8    225.1 
General and administrative expenses   (162.0)   (147.1)
Other operating income, net   2.5    0.8 
Profit before finance result and taxes   7.3    78.8 
Finance income   5.5    5.1 
Finance costs   (19.7)   (44.7)
Finance result   (14.2)   (39.6)
(Loss) Profit before income tax and social contribution   (6.9)   39.2 
Income tax and social contribution   1.4    (11.5)
Net (loss) profit for the period   (5.5)   27.7 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

Segment Reporting

 

   Three Months Ended March 31,
   2021  2020
   Content & EdTech Platform
   R$ millions
Statement of profit or loss:      
Net revenue from sales and services   223.7    317.7 
Cost of goods sold and services   (76.9)   (98.2)
Gross profit   146.8    219.5 
General and administrative expenses   (143.3)   (138.9)
Other operating income, net   0.6    0.8 
Profit before finance result and taxes   4.1    81.4 
           
    Three Months Ended March 31, 
    2021    2020 
    Digital Services Platform 
    R$ millions      
Statement of profit or loss:          
Net revenue from sales and services   57.2    74.7 
Cost of goods sold and services   (37.1)   (69.1)
Gross profit   20.1    5.6 
General and administrative expenses   (18.7)   (8.2)
Other operating income, net   1.8    - 
Profit (loss) before finance result and taxes   3.2    (2.6)

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

Adjusted EBITDA

 

   Three Months Ended March 31,
   2021  2020
   Vasta
   R$ millions
(Loss) Net profit for the period   (5.5)   27.7 
(+) Income tax and social contribution   (1.4)   11.5 
(+/-) Finance result   14.2    39.6 
(+) Depreciation and amortization   48.6    42.1 
EBITDA   55.9    120.9 
(+)Share-based compensation plan   6.5    0.7 
(+)Non-recurring expenses    4.9    - 
Adjusted EBITDA   67.3    121.6 

 

Vasta Platform Limited

Free Cash Flow

 

   Three Months Ended March 31,
   2021  2020
   Vasta
   R$ millions
       
Net cash flows from (used in) operating activities   55.6    84.7 
(-) Acquisition of property, plant and equipment   (2.5)   (5.2)
(-) Additions to intangible assets   (9.1)   (6.6)
(-) Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired   (36.7)   (23.5)
(-) Changes in debt-like instruments (reverse factoring)   -    (66.6)
Free Cash Flow   7.3    (17.2)

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

 

   Three Months Ended March 31,
   2021  2020
   Vasta
   R$ millions
       
Net cash flows from (used in) operating activities   55.6    84.7 
(-) Acquisition of property, plant and equipment   (2.5)   (0.7)
(-) Additions to intangible assets   (9.1)   (6.6)
(-) Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired   (36.7)   (23.5)
(-) Changes in debt-like instruments (reverse factoring)   -    (66.6)
Free Cash Flow   7.3    (17.2)
Free Cash Flow(-) Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired   36.7    23.5 
(-) Lease liabilities paid   (5.0)   (6.0)
Adjusted FCF   39.0    0,3 
OCF/Adjusted EBITDA   57.9%   0,2%

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

      Three months ended March 31,
   Notes  2021  2020
          
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES               
 Loss before income tax and social contribution   -    (6,929)   39,137 
 Adjustments for:   -           
Depreciation and amortization   12 and 13    48,585    42,084 
Impairment losses on trade receivables   10    2,609    10,319 
Provision for tax, civil and labor risks   21    (740)   (2,025)
Interest on provision for tax, civil and labor risks   21    5,630    5,649 
Provision for obsolete inventories   11    4,838    (2,326)
Interest on bonds and financing   14    6,077    22,639 
Refund liability and right to returned goods   -    (6,220)   5,968 
Imputed interest on suppliers   -    1,452    2,118 
Interest on accounts payable for business combination   -    167    726 
Share-based payment expense   -    5,271    686 
Interest on lease liabilities   16    4,022    3,721 
Interest on marketable securities incurred and not withdrawed   26    (3,298)   - 
Disposals of right of use assets and lease liabilities   -    -    (162)
Residual value of disposals of property and equipment and intangible assets   12 and 13    14    485 
Changes in        61,478    129,019 
 Trade receivables   10    3,133    (129,584)
 Inventories   11    4,564    21,418 
 Prepayments   -    1,588    (14,583)
 Taxes recoverable / Income taxes and social contribution   -    (184)   1,094 
 Judicial deposits and escrow accounts   21    644    (485)
 Other receivables including   -    -    (1,157)
 Suppliers   15    (16,804)   (4,460)
 Salaries and social charges   19    (6)   1,373 
 Tax payable   -    (2,000)   9,995 
 Contract liabilities and deferred income   17    (3,128)   (1,829)
 Other receivables and liabilities from related parties   -    20,281    89,572 
 Other liabilities   -    2,287    13,258 
 Cash from operating activities        71,853    113,631 
Income tax and social contribution paid   -    -    (5,234)
Interest lease liabilities paid   16    (4,021)   (999)
Payment of interest on bonds and financing   14    (12,215)   (17,576)
Payment of provision for tax, civil and labor risks   21    (9)   (5,089)
Net cash from operating activities        55,608    84,733 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES        -    - 
Acquisition of property and equipment   12    (2,481)   (725)
Additions to intangible assets   13    (9,107)   (6,641)
Acquisition of subsidiaries net of cash acquired and payments of business combinations   -    (36,663)   (23,526)
Marketable securities withdrawed   -    234,819    - 
 Net cash applied in investing activities        186,568    (30,892)
 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES               
Suppliers - related parties   20    -    (37,835)
Loans from related parties   0    -    45,600 
Lease liabilities paid   16    (4,977)   (5,797)
Parent Company's Net Investment   -    -    (5,169)
Payments of bonds and financing   11    (100,000)   - 
Payments of accounts payable for business combination   -    (12,378)   - 
 Net cash applied in financing activities        (138,239)   (3,201)
 NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS        103,937    50,640 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   8    311,156    43,287 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   8    415,093    93,927 
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS        103,937    50,640 


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Vasta Platform Limited

Consolidated Bonds position

 

Issuance/Series  Issuance Date  Maturity  Applicable Index  Interest Spread on top of Applicable Index  Outstanding balance as of March 31, 2021
               R$ in millions
5th / Series 2   August 15, 2018   August 15, 2023   CDI  1.00% p.a.   102.2 
6th / Series 2   August 15, 2017   August 15, 2022   CDI  1.70% p.a.   205.0 
7th / Single   March 15, 2018   September 9, 2021   CDI  1.15% p.a.   379.1 
               Total   686.2 

 

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Exhibit 99.2

 

 

 

     
 

Vasta Platform Limited

 

 
     
 

Unaudited Interim Condensed
Consolidated Financial Statements
Three-months period ended
March 31, 2021

 

 
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

KPMG Auditores Independentes 

Rua Arquiteto Olavo Redig de Campos, 105, 6º andar - Torre A 

04711-904 - São Paulo/SP - Brasil 

Caixa Postal 79518 - CEP 04707-970 - São Paulo/SP - Brasil 

Telefone +55 (11) 3940-1500 

kpmg.com.br

 

Report of independent registered public accounting firm

 

To the Board of Directors
Vasta Platform Limited:

 

Results of Review of Interim Financial Information

 

We have reviewed the interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position of Vasta Platform Limited (the Company) as of March 31, 2021, the related interim condensed consolidated statements of profit or loss and other comprehensive income, changes in equity, and cash flows for the three months period ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, and the related notes (collectively, the interim condensed consolidated financial information). Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the interim condensed consolidated financial information for it to be in conformity with IAS 34 - Interim Financial Reporting, issued by International Accounting Standards Board - IASB.

 

We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated statement of financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2020, and the related consolidated statements of profit or loss and other comprehensive income, statement of changes in equity, and statement of cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated April 29, 2021, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying consolidated statement of financial position as of December 31, 2020, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated statement of financial position from which it has been derived.

 

Basis for Review Results

 

This interim condensed consolidated financial information is the responsibility of the Company’s management. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. A review of interim condensed consolidated financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB, the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

 

 

 

KPMG Auditores Independentes 

São Paulo – Brazil 

May 14, 2021

 

 

KPMG Auditores Independentes, uma sociedade simples brasileira e firma-membro da rede KPMG de firmas-membro independentes e afiliadas à KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), uma entidade suíça. KPMG Auditores Independentes, a Brazilian entity and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity.

 

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Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

In thousands of R$, unless otherwise stated

 

Assets  Note  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
          
Current assets         
Cash and cash equivalents  8   415,093    311,156 
Marketable securities  9   259,581    491,102 
Trade receivables  10   486,492    492,234 
Inventories  11   235,447    249,632 
Taxes recoverable      21,582    18,871 
Income tax and social contribution recoverable      5,067    7,594 
Prepayments      25,873    27,461 
Other receivables      304    124 
Related parties – other receivables  20   2,144    2,070 
Total current assets      1,451,583    1,600,244 
              
Non-current assets             
Judicial deposits and escrow accounts  21   172,104    172,748 
Deferred income tax and social contribution  22   89,077    88,546 
Property Plant and equipment  12   199,518    192,006 
Intangible assets and goodwill  13   4,957,344    4,924,726 
              
Total non-current assets      5,418,043    5,378,026 
              
Total Assets      6,869,626    6,978,270 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Unaudited Interim Condensed consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

In thousands of R$, unless otherwise stated

 

Liabilities  Note  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
          
Current liabilities         
Bonds and financing  14   396,785    502,882 
Lease liabilities  16   22,208    18,263 
Suppliers  15   264,102    279,454 
Income tax and social contribution payable      249    1,761 
Salaries and social contributions  19   69,118    69,123 
Contract liabilities and deferred income  17   46,171    47,169 
Accounts payable for business combination  18   9,738    17,132 
Other liabilities      8,056    4,285 
Other liabilities - related parties  20   140,073    135,307 
Loans from related parties  20   —      20,884 
Total current liabilities      956,500    1,096,260 
              
Non-current liabilities             
Bonds and financing  14   290,418    290,459 
Lease liabilities  16   159,650    154,840 
Accounts payable for business combination  18   53,235    30,923 
Provision for tax, civil and labor losses  21   618,907    613,933 
Contract liabilities and deferred income  17   5,845    6,538 
Total non-current liabilities      1,128,055    1,096,693 
              
Shareholder's Equity             
Share Capital      4,820,815    4,820,815 
Capital
 reserve
      44,233    38,962 
Accumulated
 losses
      (79,977)   (74,460)
Total Shareholder's Equity      4,785,071    4,785,317 
              
 Total Liabilities and Shareholder's Equity      6,869,626    6,978,270 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Unaudited Interim Condensed consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

 

In thousands of R$, except for earnings for share

 

   Note  March 31, 2021  March 31, 2020
          
Net revenue from sales and services  24   280,832    392,418 
Sales      274,884    389,088 
Services      5,948    3,330 
              
Cost of goods sold and services  25   (113,982)   (167,333)
              
Gross profit      166,850    225,085 
       -41%   -43%
Operating income (expenses)             
General and administrative expenses  25   (109,876)   (99,034)
Commercial expenses  25   (49,509)   (37,793)
Other operating income  25   2,467    812 
Other operating expenses  25   —      —   
Impairment losses on trade receivables  10 and 25   (2,609)   (10,319)
              
Profit before finance result and taxes      7,323    78,751 
              
Finance result             
Finance income  26   5,463    5,070 
Finance costs  26   (19,715)   (44,684)
       (14,252)   (39,614)
              
(Loss) profit before income tax and social contribution      (6,929)   39,137 
              
Income tax and social contribution  22   1,412    (11,492)
              
Net (loss) profit for the period      (5,517)   27,645 
              
Other comprehensive income for the period      —      —   
              
Total comprehensive (loss) profit for the period      (5,517)   27,645 
Attributable to Controlling             
              
(Loss) earning per share             
              
Basic      (0.0665)   0.3330 
Diluted      (0.0655)   0.3330 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Undaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

 

In thousands of R$, unless otherwise stated

 

      Share Capital  Capital Reserve      
   Parent Company's Net Investment  Share Capital  Share issuance costs  Share-based
compensation
reserve
  Accumulated
losses
  Total
Equity/ Net Investment
                   
                   
Balances as of December 31, 2019   3,100,083    —      —      —      —      3,100,083 
                               
                               
Net investments   (5,169)   —      —      —      —      (5,169)
Share based payment contributions   686    —      —      —      —      686 
Net profit for the period   27,645    —      —      —      —      27,645 
                               
Balance as of March 31, 2020   3,123,245    —      —      —      —      3,123,245 
                               
                               
Balance as of December 31, 2020   —      4,961,988    (141,173)   38,962    (74,460)   4,785,317 
                               
Net loss for the period   —      —      —      —      (5,517)   (5,517)
Share based compensation granted and issued (Note 23)   —      —           5,271    —      5,271 
Balance as of March 31, 2021   —      4,961,988    (141,173)   44,233    (79,977)   4,785,071 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

 

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Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

 

In thousands of R$ unless otherwise stated

 

      For the three months ended
March 31,
   Notes  2021  2020
          
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES             
 (Loss) profit before income tax and social contribution      (6,929)   39,137 
 Adjustments for:             
Depreciation and amortization  12 and 13   48,585    42,084 
Impairment losses on trade receivables  10   2,609    10,319 
Provision for tax, civil and labor losses  21   (740)   (2,025)
Interest on provision for tax, civil and labor losses  21   5,630    5,649 
Provision for obsolete inventories  11   4,838    (2,326)
Interest on bonds and financing  14   6,077    22,639 
Refund liability and right to returned goods      (6,220)   5,968 
Imputed interest on suppliers      1,452    2,118 
Interest on accounts payable for business combination      167    726 
Share-based payment expense      5,271    686 
Interest on lease liabilities  16   4,022    3,721 
Interest on marketable securities incurred and not withdrawed  26   (3,298)   —   
Disposals of right of use assets and lease liabilities      —      (162)
Residual value of disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets  12 and 13   14    485 
              
Changes in      61,478    129,019 
 Trade receivables  10   3,133    (129,584)
 Inventories  11   4,564    21,418 
 Prepayments      1,588    (14,583)
 Taxes recoverable / Income taxes and social contribution      (184)   1,094 
 Judicial deposits and escrow accounts  21   644    (485)
 Other receivables including      —      (1,157)
 Suppliers  15   (16,804)   (4,460)
 Salaries and social charges  19   (6)   1,373 
 Tax payable      (2,000)   9,995 
 Contract liabilities and deferred income  17   (3,128)   (1,829)
 Other receivables and liabilities from related parties      20,281    89,572 
 Other liabilities      2,287    13,258 
 Cash from operating activities      71,853    113,631 
Income tax and social contribution paid      —      (5,234)
Interest lease liabilities paid  16   (4,021)   (999)
Payment of interest on bonds and financing  14   (12,215)   (17,576)
Payment of provision for tax, civil and labor losses  21   (9)   (5,089)
Net cash from operating activities      55,608    84,733 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES             
Acquisition of property and equipment  12   (2,481)   (725)
Additions to intangible assets  13   (9,107)   (6,641)
Acquisition of subsidiaries net of cash acquired and payments of business combinations      (36,663)   (23,526)
Marketable securities withdrawed      234,819    —   
 Net cash from (applied in) investing activities      186,568    (30,892)
              
 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES             
              
Suppliers - related parties  20   —      (37,835)
Loans from related parties      —      45,600 
Payments of loans from related parties      (20,884)   —   
Lease liabilities paid  16   (4,977)   (5,797)
Parent Company's Net Investment      —      (5,169)
Payments of bonds and financing  11   (100,000)   —   

 

 

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Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

      For the three months ended
March 31,
   Notes  2021  2020
          
Payments of accounts payable for business combination     (12,378) 
 Net cash applied in financing activities      (138,239)   (3,201)
              
 NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS      103,937    50,640 
              
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  8   311,156    43,287 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  8   415,093    93,927 
              
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS      103,937    50,640 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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Notes to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

(Amounts expressed in thousands of R$, unless otherwise indicated)

 

1.The Company and Basis of Presentation

 

1.1 The Company

 

Vasta Platform Ltd. (herein referred to as the “Company”, or previously named “Vasta Platform”, “Vasta’s Parent Company” or “Business”) is a publicly-held company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on October 16, 2019, with headquarters in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The Company is a technology-powered education content providing end-to-end educational and digital solutions that cater to all needs of private schools operating in the K-12 educational segment. Vasta’s fiscal year begins on January 1 of each year and ends on December 31 of the same year.

 

The Company has built a “Platform as a Service,” solution or PaaS, with two main modules: Content & EdTech Platform and Digital Services. The Company’s Content & EdTech Platform combines a multi-brand and tech-enabled array with digital and printed content through long-term contracts with partner schools.

 

Since July 31, 2020, VASTA Platform Ltd. is a publicly-held company registered with SEC (“The US Securities and Exchange Commission) and its shares are traded on Nasdaq Global Select Market under ticker symbol “VSTA”.

 

1.2 Corporate reestructuring and business acquisitions

 

VASTA Platform, from October 11, 2018 until July 23, 2020, was not a separate legal entity. The Business (here mentioned when the company presented its financial statements combined with other entities) comprised combined carved-out historical balances of certain assets, liabilities and results of operations related to the delivery of educational content for private sector basic and secondary education (“K-12 curriculum”) previously carried out by the legal entity Cogna Educação S.A. and its subsidiaries (hereinafter referred to as “Cogna” or “Parent Entity”, or in combination with its subsidiaries, “Cogna Group”).

 

On October 11, 2018, Cogna (the ultimate Parent Entity) acquired control over Somos Educação S.A (hereinafter referred to as “Somos” or in combination with its subsidiaries, which included Somos Educação S.A. and Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A (“Somos Sistemas” or “Anglo”) hereinafter referred to as “Somos Group”) for a consideration of R$6.3 billion (the “Acquisition”) comprised of R$5.7 billion in cash and R$0.6 billion which was deposited in a restricted escrow account. In addition, R$ 3.3 billion of this amount was allocated to K-12 Business of the Somos Group for purpose of the combined carve-out financial statements. As a result of the Acquisition, VASTA Platform Limited represents the combination of the K-12 curriculum acquired and held by Somos (“Somos – Anglo”) and the K-12 Business held by Cogna (“Pitagoras” (operations included in the legal entity Saber Serviços Educacionais S.A.) or in combination with Somos – Anglo.

 

As part of an effort to streamline its operations, Cogna Group performed a comprehensive corporate restructuring concluded on December 31, 2019, to enhance the corporate structure (i.e. reducing the number of legal entities in the Cogna Group and improving overall synergies). As all entities that were involved in the corporate restructuring are under common control, this reorganization was accounted for using the historical basis of the related assets and liabilities as recorded by Cogna Group and did result in an overall change in the shareholding structure.

 

Beginning January 1st, 2020, the business activities were restructured in the legal entity Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A (“Somos Sistemas”). On January 7, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of the entire ownership interest in Pluri. On February 13, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of the entire ownership interest in Mind Makers, see Note 5.

 

On July 23, 2020, prior to the completion of the Initial Public Offiering – IPO, the Board of Directors’ Meeting approved the Contribution Agreement formalizing by Vasta’s Parent Company and the Cogna to contribute 100% of the shares issued by Somos Sistemas held by Cogna to Vasta Platform’s share capital. After the contribution, Somos Sistemas became wholly owned by Vasta’s Parent Company, which, in turn, continued to be controlled by Cogna. In addition, Cogna contributed with shareholders capital on amount R$ 2.426 in cash on July 23, 2020.

 

 

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On July 31, 2020 the Company held its public offering at amount of US$ 19.00 per Class A common share, pursuant to the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the “Offering”), reaching the total amount of US$ 333,522 (R$ 1,836,317) with the issuance of 18,575,492 Vasta’s class A common shares. The Company incurred incremental costs directly attributable to the public offering in the amount of R$ 141,173, net of taxes.

 

On November 20, 2020, the Company acquired an ownership interest in Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda. See Note 5.

 

On December 31, 2020 the Consolidated Financial Statements are comprise by the following entities, which are all fully owned by Company:

 

·Vasta Platform Ltd. (“Vasta’s Parent Company”);

·Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. (“Somos Sistemas”);

·Livraria Livro Fácil Ltda (“Livro Fácil”);

·Colégio Anglo São Paulo Ltda. (“Colégio Anglo”);

·A & R Comercio e Serviços de Informática Ltda. (“Pluri”);

·Mind Makers Editora Educacional (“Mind Makers”); and

·Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda. (“Meritt”).

 

On March 2, 2021, the Company acquired an ownership interest in Sociedade Educational da Lagoa Ltda.(“SEL”). See Note 5.

 

On March 31, 2021 the Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are comprised by the following entities, which are all fully owned by Company:

 

·Vasta Platform Ltd. (“Vasta’s Parent Company”);

·Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. (“Somos Sistemas”);

·Livraria Livro Fácil Ltda (“Livro Fácil”);

·Colégio Anglo São Paulo Ltda. (“Colégio Anglo”);

·A & R Comercio e Serviços de Informática Ltda. (“Pluri”);

·Mind Makers Editora Educacional (“Mind Makers”);

·Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda. (“Meritt”); and

·Sociedade Educacional da Lagoa Ltda. (“SEL”)

 

1.3 Initiatives carried out by the Company and impacts of Covid-19 pandemic

 

It is well accepted now that the global Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic changed the world growth prospects and added risks to Companies in an unprecedent scenario. In Brazil, as elsewhere, government at municipal and state-wide levels-imposed restrictions to contain the contamination, including social distancing, school shutdowns, travel restrictions, lockdowns, closure of non-essential businesses, among others. This caused major disruptions in the economy, affecting supply, demand and logistics chains, as well as employment and, most importantly, impacting society as a whole.

 

In response to this scenario, the Company established a Crisis Committee and developed plans to protect the business, the health of its employees and its customer base. We highlight below the main initiatives carried out by the Company through 2020 and kept in 2021 three months period ended March 31, 2021.

 

1) Preserved employees’ health and safety organizing and coordinating remote work, reducing operations or closing down distribution centers and adopting protective equipment and social distancing rules

 

2) Ensured educational content and services delivery through online platforms.

 

3) Implemented measures to ensure adequate liquidity and cash position.

 

4) Implemented short term restructuring measures, including but not limited to temporary reduction in wages and working hours, seeking to preserve jobs and payroll continuity.

 

5) Planned and executed organizational changes with mid-term impact for the post-COVID world.

 

6) Strategic Plan for opportunities generated by the crisis.

 

 

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7) Philanthropic actions that contributed to mitigate the impacts on COVID-19 on our Company segment; and

 

8) Provided on-line campaigns to promote our products to potential new customers.

 

As a result of our actions, despite school lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, our customers were able to continue providing their educational services through our virtual platforms. As a result, the Company recorded no interruption in the sales and service levels contracted by our customers.

 

Despite continuity of educational services, the continuing restrictions on business will affect the Brazilian economic indicators throughout year. This increases the level of uncertainty over our operations, and therefore, it is likely that we will identify impacts on our revenue and profitability in the forthcoming quarters.

 

2.Basis of preparation and presentation of Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of Vasta Platform, the reporting entity, have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and interpretations as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”).

 

a.Vasta Platform’s Interim Condensed Combined Financial Statements

 

The Interim Condensed Combined Financial Statements were prepared until July 23, 2020 (completion of corporate restructuring described in note 1.2) which included the three-month period ended as of March 31, 2020. After July 23, 2020, the Company applied the guidelines presented in the item b.

 

The Combined Financial Statements have been prepared in order to present the Business’ historical financial condition, the performance of its operations and its respective cash flows. The Combined Financial Statements materially reflect the financial statements of the “K-12 curriculum” private business as if it were operated as a separate entity from the Parent Entity. The entities that were part of these combine were Somos Sistemas, Livro Fácil, Colégio Anglo, Mind Makers and Pluri.

 

The combined assets, liabilities and results of operations of the Business are based on the historical accounting records of the Parent Entities. The balances in trade receivables, inventories, property plant and equipment, intangible assets and goodwill, suppliers, bonds and financing, provision for risks of tax, civil and labor losses, financial expenses related to said bonds and financing, revenue and costs of goods sold and services relating to the Business were individually identified.

 

b.Vasta’s Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Since July 23, 2020, the Company has prepared the Consolidated Financial Statements which include the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries. Since all entites were under common control as of the date of the initial public offering, the results for the three-months period ended March 31, 2021 are presented as if consolidated for the entire period.

 

c.Functional and Presentation Currency

 

The Interim Condensed Consolidated are presented in thousands of Brazilian Reals (“R$”), which is the Company functional currency. All financial information presented in R$ has been rounded to the nearest thousand, except as otherwise indicated.

 

d.Measurement basis

 

The Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements were prepared based on historical cost, except for certain assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value, as explained in the accounting policies below.

 

 

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3.Significant accounting policies

 

The Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of March 31, 2021 should be read in conjunction with Consolidated Financial Statements as of December 31, 2020, considering that its purpose is to provide an update on the activities, events and significant circumstances in relation to those disclosed in the Consolidated Financial Statements. Therefore, Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements focus on new activities, events and circumstances and do not duplicate the information previously disclosed, except when Management judges that the maintenance of the information is relevant. The accounting policies have been consistently applied to all consolidated companies. There are no new accounting policies that could be applicable since January 1, 2021 or early adopted in the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

4.Use of estimates and judgements

 

There were no changes on such estimates calculation and methodologies applied in judgements even new accounting policies that could be applicable since of January 1, 2021 or earlier adopted in the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

5 Business Combinations

 

As mentioned in Note 1.2 the Company concluded some acquisition to improve its portfolio of educational solutions on January 7, 2020; February 13, 2020; November 20, 2020 and March 2, 2021, respectively Pluri, Mind Makers, Meritt and SEL. The company’s direct/indirect interest in subsidaries is presented below:

 

   March 31, 2021
   Interest (%)
Livraria Livro Fácil Ltda. ("Livro Fácil")   100%
A & R Comercio e Serviços de Informática Ltda. (“Pluri”)   100%
Mind Makers Editora Educacional (“Mind Makers”)   100%
Colégio Anglo São Paulo   100%
Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda (“Meritt”)   100%
Sociedade Educacional da Lagoa Ltda. (“SEL”)   100%

 

The Company’ business combinations are described below:

 

Business Combinations during 2020

 

A & R Comercio e Serviços de Informática Ltda. (“Pluri”), Mind Makers Editora Educacional (“Mind Makers”), Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda (“Meritt”).

 

On January 7, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of the entire ownership interest of Pluri for R$ 26,000. Pluri is an entity based in the State of Pernambuco specialized in solutions such as consulting and technologies for education systems. This acquisition is in line with the Company’s strategy of focusing on the distribution of its operations to another region. The agreement is also subject to certain additional earn-outs, associated with achievements defined in the agreement, such as revenue and profit, that could increase the purchase price by an additional R$ 1,706 over the life of the earn-out period.

 

On February 13, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of the entire ownership interest of Mind Makers, a company that offers computer programming and robotics courses and helps students develop skills relevant to their educational progress, such as coding and product development, as well as entrepreneurial and social and emotional skills including teamwork, leadership and perseverance. The total purchase price was R$ 18,200, R$ 10,000 of which was payable upon signing the agreement, with half of the remaining balance payable in 2021 and the other half of the remaining balance payable in 2022, with the 2021 and 2022 payments subject to certain adjustments. The agreement is also subject to certain additional earn-outs, associated with achievements defined in the agreement, such as revenue and profit, that could increase the purchase price by an additional R$ 5,421 over the life of the earn-out period.

 

On November 20, 2020, the Company acquired the ownership interest of Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda. in order to improve its current integrated educational platform of educational assessments, which will allow the Company to monitor students’ performance and educational tests in real time, as well as improvements in randomization in test questions and alternatives. The purchase price was R$ 3,500, of which R$ 3,200 was paid

 

 

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in cash and R$ 300 in installments that are still outstanding and accrue contractual charges according to the CDI. The agreement is also subject to certain earn-outs, that could increase the purchase price by an additional R$4,030 over the life of the earn-out period.

 

Business Combination during 2021

 

Sociedade Educacional da Lagoa Ltda. (“SEL”)

 

On March 2, 2021, the Company announced the execution by its subsidiary, Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. (“Somos Sistemas”), of a Purchase Agreement to acquire (the “Acquisition”), subject to certain conditions precedent, Sociedade Educacional da Lagoa Ltda. (“SEL”). SEL provides technical and pedagogical services to education platforms, including the maintenance of such platforms, development and improvement of contents and training of professionals. Founded in 1997, SEL currently serves, direct or indirectly, 441 schools, 272 thousand K-12 students and approximately 503 thousand students in the post-secondary and continuing education segment.

 

The consideration paid was R$ 65,000, of which R$ 38,124 was paid in cash. The remaining balance, R$ 26,876 is subject to certain post-closing price adjustments. The consideration will be divided in installments over a 4-year period (each installment adjusted by the positive variation of 100% of CDI index).

 

Assets and liabilities involved in the Business Combinations and Consideration transferred

 

The acquisitions were accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting, i.e. the consideration transferred and the identifiable assets and liabilities acquired were measured at fair value, while goodwill is measured as the excess of consideration paid over those items.

 

The following table presents the assets and liabilities acquired for each business combination:

 

   SEL
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents   1,461 
Other receivables   180 
Total current assets   1,641 
      
Non-current assets     
Property Plant and equipment   611 
Other intangible assets   1,810 
Intangible assets - Customer Portfolio (ii)   18,783 
Intangible assets - Software (ii)   1,296 
Total non-current assets   22,500 
      
Total Assets   24,141 
      
Current liabilities     
Salaries and social contributions   1 
Taxes payable   16 
Income tax and social contribution payable   33 
Total current liabilities   50 
      
      
Total liabilities   50 
      
Equity   4,012 
      
Total liabilities and Equity   4,062 
Net assets (A)   24,091 
Total of Consideration transferred (B)   65,000 
Goodwill (B – A) (i)   40,909 

 

(i) Goodwill is recognized based on expected synergies from combining the operations of the acquirees and of the acquiror, as well as an expected increase in the Company’s market-share due to the penetration of the Company’s products and services in regions where the Company did not operate before. Also, the current tax law allows the deductibility of the acquisition date goodwill and fair value of net assets acquired when a non-substantive action is taken after acquisition by the Company (i.e. when the Company merges or spins off the companies acquired) and therefore the tax and accounting bases of the net assets acquired are the same as of the acquisition date.

 

 

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(ii) As result of purchase price allocation, the Company identified R$ 18,873 and R$ 1,296 respectively, customer portfolio (“SESI”) and Educational Software applied in the “SESI” learning system, see Note 13.  

 

From the date of acquisition to March 31, 2021, SEL contributed to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements net sales and services, also net profit in the amount of R$ 581 and R$ 282. As if acquired in January 1, 2020, SEL had contributed to net sales and services and net loss for the three months period, respectively R$ 282,068 and R$ 4,500

 

6 Financial Risk Management

 

The Company has a risk management policy for regular monitoring and managing the nature and overall position of financial risks and to assess its financial results and impacts on its cash flows. Counterparty credit limits are also periodically reviewed or whenever the Company identifies significant changes in financial risk.

 

The economic and financial risks reflect the behavior of macroeconomic variables such as interest rates as well as other characteristics of the financial instruments maintained by the Company. These risks are managed through control and monitoring policies, specific strategies and limits.

 

The Company maintained its approach and strong cash and marketable securities position, as well as its treasury policy, during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

a.Financial risk factors

 

The Company’s activities expose it to certain financial risks mainly related to market risk, credit risk and liquidity risk. Management and Group’s Board of Directors monitors such risks in line with their capital management policy objectives.

 

This Note presents information on the Company’s exposure to each of the risks above, the objectives of the Company, measurement policies, and the Company’s risk and capital management process.

 

The Company has no derivative transactions.

 

a.       Market risk - cash flow interest rate risk

 

This risk arises from the possibility of the Company incurring losses because of interest rate fluctuations that increase finance costs related to financing and bonds raised in the market and obligations for acquisitions from third parties payable in installments. The Company continuously monitors market interest rates in order to assess the need to contract financial instruments to hedge against volatility of these rates. Additionally, financial assets also indexed to the CDI (daily average of overnight interbank loan) and IPCA (broad consumer price index) partially mitigate any interest rate exposures.

 

Interest rates contracted are as follows:

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020  Interest rate
Bonds         
  Private Bonds – 5th Issuance - serie 1   —      100,892   CDI + 1.15% p.a.
  Private Bonds – 5th Issuance - serie 2   102,158    102,868   CDI + 1.00% p.a.
  Private Bonds – 6th Issuance - serie 2   204,951    206,733   CDI + 1.70% p.a.
  Private Bonds – 7th Issuance - single   379,071    381,850   CDI + 1.15% p.a.
Financing and Lease Liabilities - Mind Makers   1,023    998   TJPLP + 5% p.a.
Financing and Lease Liabilities   181,858    173,103   IPCA
Accounts Payable for Business Combination   62,973    48,055   100% CDI
Loans from related parties   —      20,884   CDI + 3.57%
    932,034    1,035,383    

 

 

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b.Credit risk

 

Credit risk arises from the potential default of a counterparty to an agreement or financial instrument, resulting in financial loss. The Company is exposed to credit risk in its operating activities (mainly in connection with trade receivables, see Note 10 and financial activities that includes reverse factoring deposits with banks and other financial institutions and other financial instruments contracted.

 

The Company mitigates its exposure to credit risks associated with financial instruments, deposits in banks and short-term investments by investing in prime financial institutions and in accordance with limits previously set in the Company’s policy. See (Notes 8 and 9).

 

To mitigate risks associated with trade receivables, the Company adopts sales policy and analysis of the financial and equity condition of its counterparties. The sales policy is directly associated with the level of credit risk the Company is willing to accept in the normal course of its business.

 

The diversification of its receivable’s portfolio, the selectivity of its customers, as well as the monitoring of sales financing terms and individual position limits are procedures adopted to minimize defaults or losses in the realization of trade receivables. Thus, the Company does not have significant credit risk exposure to any single counterparty or any group of counterparties having similar characteristic.

 

Furthermore, the Company reviews the recoverable amount of its trade receivables at the end of each reporting period to ensure that adequate credit losses are recorded (Note 10). The Company limits its exposure to credit risks associated with financial instruments, bank deposits and financial investments by making its investments in financial institutions for which credit risk is monitored, according to limits previously established in the Company’ policy. When necessary, appropriate provisions are recognized to cover this risk.

 

c.Liquidity risk

 

Covid 19 - Impacts

 

In order to cover possible liquidity deficiencies or mismatches between cash and cash equivalents and short-term debt and financial obligations, the Company continues to operate in the finance markets with transactions such as reverse factoring as long as this credit line is offered by banks and accepted by Company suppliers.

 

This is the risk of the Company not having enough funds and or bank credit limits to meet its short-term financial commitments, due to mismatching terms in expected receipts and payments.

 

The Company continuously monitors its cash balance and the indebtedness level and implemented measures to allow access to the capital markets, when necessary. It also endeavors to assure they remain within existing credit limits. Management also continuously monitors projected and actual cash flows and the combination of the maturity profiles of the financial assets, liabilities and takes into consideration its debt financing plans, covenant compliance, internal liquidity targets and, if applicable, regulatory requirements.

 

Cash surplus generated by the Company is handled in short-term deposits being those investments composed by enough liquidity providing to the Company the appropriate undertake with going concern presumption.

 

The table below presents the maturity of the Company’s financial liabilities.

 

Financial liabilities by maturity ranges

 

March 31, 2021  Less than one year  Between one and two years  Over two years  Total
Bonds and financing (Note 14)   396,785    290,418    —      687,203 
Lease Liabilities (Note 16)   22,208    31,930    127,720    181,858 
Accounts Payable for business combination (Note 18)   9,738    14,749    38,486    62,973 
Suppliers (Note 15)   156,969    —      —      156,969 
Reverse Factoring (Note 15)   107,133    —      —      107,133 
Other liabilities - related parties (Note 20)   140,073    —      —      140,073 
    832,906    337,097    166,206    1,336,209 

 

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

Financial liabilities by maturity ranges

 

The table below reflects the estimated interest rate based on CDI for 12 months (2,22% p.a) extracted from BACEN (Brazilian Central Bank) on March 31,2021, being its amounts payable for principal and interest based on undiscounted contractual amounts and, therefore, do not reflect the financial position presented as of March 31,2020:

 

March 31, 2021  Less than one year  Between one and two years  Over two years  Total
Bonds and financing   405,604    296,873    —      702,476 
Lease Liabilities   23,563    33,878    135,511    192,951 
Accounts Payable for business combination   9,954    15,077    39,341    64,373 
Suppliers   156,969    —      —      156,969 
Reverse Factoring   114,193    —      —      114,193 
Other liabilities - related parties   140,073    —      —      140,073 
    850,356    345,827    174,852    1,371,035 

 

On March 31, 2021, the Company had positive working capital of R$ 496,096 (R$ 503,984 on December 31, 2020) mainly due to current suppliers and accounts payables with related parties, such as bonds outstanding, suppliers, loans and other liabilities.

 

Capital management

 

The Company’s objectives when managing capital are to safeguard its ability to continue as a going concern in order to provide returns for shareholders and benefits for other stakeholders and to maintain an optimal capital structure to reduce the cost of capital.

 

In order to maintain or adjust the capital structure of the Company, management can make, or may propose to the shareholders when their approval is required, adjustments to the amount of dividends paid to shareholders, return capital to shareholders, issue new shares or sell assets to reduce, for example, debt.

 

The Company monitors capital on the basis of the gearing ratio. This ratio corresponds to the net debt expressed as a percentage of total capitalization. Net debt comprises financial liabilities less cash and cash equivalents. Total capitalization is calculated as equity as shown in the consolidated balance sheet plus net debt.

 

The Company’s main capital management objectives are to safeguard its ability to continue as a going concern, optimize returns, allow consistency of operations to other stakeholders and to maintain an optimal capital structure reducing financial costs and maximizing the returns. In addition, the Company monitors adequate financial leverage, and to mitigate risks that may affect the availability of capital in Company development. As a result of the IPO, see Note 1.2, the Company reduced its net debt improving its gearing ratio and adjusting its capital structure aiming to face new capital challenges from COVID-19 and investing in new ventures through acquisitions.

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
       
Net debt (i)   921,116    1,138,988 
Total equity   4,785,071    4,785,317 
Total capitalization (ii)   3,863,955    3,646,329 
Gearing ratio - % - (iii)   24%   31%

 

(i)Net debt comprises financial liabilities (note 7) net of cash and equivalents.

(ii)Refers to the difference between Equity and Net debt.

(iii)The Gearing Ratio is calculated based on Net Debt/Total Capitalization.

 

Sensitivity analysis

 

The following table presents the sensitivity analysis of potential losses from financial instruments, according to the assessment of relevant market risks made by Management and presented above.

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

A probable scenario over a 12-month horizon was used, with a projected rate of 2,22% p.a. as per CDI reference rates disclosed by B3 S.A. (Brazilian stock exchange). Two further scenarios are presented, stressing, respectively, a 25% and 50% deterioration of the projected rates.

 

   Index - % per year  Balance as March  31, 2021  Base scenario  Scenario I  Scenario II
Financial Assets  102,4% of CDI   404,126    9,197    11,497    14,946 
Marketable Securities  104% CDI   259,581    5,908    7,385    9,600 
       663,707    15,105    18,882    24,546 
                        
Accounts Payable for Business Combination  100% of CDI   (62.973)   (1,400)   (1,749)   (2,274)
Bonds  CDI + 1.15%   (687,203)   (15,449)   (19,311)   (25,104)
       (750,176)   (16,849)   (21,060)   (27,378)
                        
Net exposure      (86,469)   (1,744)   (2,178)   (2,832)
                        
Interest Rate -% p.a     —      2.22%   2.78%   3.61%
      —      —      25%   50%

7       Financial Instruments by Category

 

The Business holds the following financial instruments:

 

   Fair Value Hierarchy  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Assets - Amortized cost         
 Cash and cash equivalents  1   415,093    311,156 
 Marketable Securities  1   259,581    491,102 
 Trade receivables  2   486,492    492,234 
 Other receivables  2   304    124 
 Related parties – other receivables  2   2,144    2,070 
       1,163,614    1,296,686 
              
Liabilities - Amortized cost             
 Bonds and financing  2   687,203    793,341 
 Lease liabilities  2   181,858    173,103 
 Reverse Factoring  2   107,133    110,513 
 Suppliers  2   156,969    168,941 
 Accounts payable for business combination  2   62,973    48,055 
 Other liabilities - related parties  2   140,073    135,307 
 Loans from related parties  2   —      20,884 
       1,336,209    1,450,144 

 

The Company’s financial instruments on March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 are recorded in the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Position at amounts that are consistent with their fair values.

 

The fair value of financial assets and liabilities was determined based on available market information and appropriate valuation methodologies for each case. However, significant judgment is required to interpret market data and produce the most appropriate estimates of realizable values, Consequently, the estimates of fair value do not necessarily indicate the amounts that could be realized in the current market. The use of different market inputs and/or valuation methodologies could have a material impact on the estimated fair value.

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

8       Cash and cash equivalents

 

a.Composition

 

The balance of this account comprises the following amounts:

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Cash   640    13 
Bank account   10,327    10,996 
Financial investments (i)   404,126    300,147 
    415,093    311,156 

 

(i)The Company invests in a short-term fixed income investment funds with daily liquidity and no material risk of change in value. Financial investments presented an average gross yield of 102,4% of the annual CDI rate on March 31, 2021 (101,7% on December 31, 2020). All investments are highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value and correspond to the cash obligations for the period.

 

9       Marketable securities

 

a.Composition

 

   Credit
Risk
  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Financial bills (LF)  AAA   150,306    149,720 
Financial treasury bills (LFT)  AAA   109,275    341,382 
       259,581    491,102 

 

The average gross yield of securities is based on 104% CDI on March 31, 2021 (104% CDI on December 31, 2020).

 

10       Trade receivables

 

The balance of this account comprises the following amounts:

 

a.Composition

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Trade receivables   489,613    501,498 
Related Parties (Note 20)   27,865    22,791 
( - ) Impairment losses on trade receivables   (30,986)   (32,055)
    486,492    492,234 
b.Maturities of trade receivables

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Not yet due   424,631    425,327 
Past due          
Up to 30 days   14,593    8,456 
From 31 to 60 days   6,257    10,931 
From 61 to 90 days   1,727    8,764 
From 91 to 180 days   11,848    15,539 
From 181 to 360 days   18,889    18,038 
Over 360 days   11,668    12,279 
Total past due   64,982    74,007 
           
Customers in bankruptcy   —      2,164 
 Related partiess (note 20)   27,865    22,791 
Provision for impairment of trade receivables   (30,986)   (32,055)
           
    486,492    492,234 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

The gross carrying amount of trade receivables is written off when the Company has no reasonable expectations of recovering the financial asset in its entirety or a portion thereof. Collection efforts continue to be made, even for the receivables that have been written off, and amounts recoverable are recognized directly in the Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income upon collection.

 

c.Impairment losses on trade receivables

 

The Company measures impairment losses on trade receivables at an amount equal to lifetime expected credit losses (“ECL”) estimated using a provision matrix monthly. This matrix is prepared by analyzing the receivables established each month (in the 12-month period) and the related composition per default range and by calculating the recovery performance. In this methodology, for each default range an estimated loss likelihood percentage is established, which considers current and prospective information on macroeconomic factors that affect the customers’ ability to settle the receivables.

 

The Company also recognizes impairment losses on trade receivables at 100% over customers that filed for bankruptcy, based on historical experience, which has indicated that these receivables are generally not recoverable.

 

The credit risk and expected credit losses associated with amounts due from related parties is not significant.

 

The following table details the risk profile of trade receivables based on the Company’s provision matrix as of March 31, 2021 and as of March 31, 2020.

 

Covid 19 Impacts

 

The Company had approximately 177 days of days of sales outstanding as of December 31, 2020 for individual and corporate customer, which increased to 202 days as of March 31, 2021 because of credit terms extension. All credit limits were granted based on credit sales limits after analyses considering impacts of COVID-19.

 

d.Expected credit losses for aging

 

   As of March 31, 2021  As of December 31, 2020
    Expected credit loss rate (%)    Lifetime ECL (R$)    Expected credit loss rate (%)    Lifetime ECL (R$) 
Not yet due   0.18%   773    0.10%   432 
Past due                    
Up to 30 days   7.92%   1,155    6.19%   523 
From 31 to 60 days   16.54%   1,035    12.92%   1,413 
From 61 to 90 days   27.63%   477    20.64%   1,809 
From 91 to 180 days   48.54%   5,751    43.66%   6,785 
From 181 to 360 days   65.42%   12,357    51.67%   9,320 
Over 360 days   80.89%   9,438    78.26%   9,609 
         30,986         29,891 
Customers in bankruptcy (i)   100.00%   —      100.00%   2,164 
Impairment losses on trade receivables        30,986         32,055 

 

(i)During the three-months period ended March 31, 2020 the Company’s Management recorded 100% impairment losses from three of its customers that went bankrupt. All those corporate customers were national booksellers that were present in the main cities of the country and therefore were considered as strategic marketplaces for the sale of our published materials to final customers (students, teachers, and schools). The Company did not identify impairment losses in its current customers for the three-months period ended March 31, 2021.

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

The following table shows the changes in impairment losses on trade receivables for the three months period ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

e.Changes on provision

 

   March 31, 2021  March 31, 2020
Opening balance   32,055    22,524 
  Additions   2,609    10,456 
  Reversals   —      (137)
  Additions of acquisitions    —      1,615 
Write offs (i)   (3,678)   (1,126)
Closing balance   30,986    33,332 

 

(i)The Company has assessed credits line alongside its customers, and some credit lines were renegotiated. Due to historical losses and lack of prospects of credit recovery alongside those customers, the Company recognized R$ 3,678 as write-off.

 

11       Inventories

 

The balance of this account comprises the following amounts:

 

a.Composition

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Finished products (i)   155,101    168,328 
Work in process   50,087    52,322 
Raw materials   22,830    20,485 
Imports in progress   2,646    2,642 
Right to returned goods (ii)   4,783    5,855 
    235,447    249,632 

 

(i)That amounts are net of slow-moving items and net realizable value.

 

(ii)Represents the Company’s right to recover products from customers where customers exercise their right of return under the Company’s returns policies, where the Company estimates the volume of goods returned based on experience and foreseen expectations. The right to returned goods provision has been reducing due to changes in the commercial approach alongside with main distributors that allows the Company to be more assertive on sales, even in times of COVID- 19, even though sales returns for the three months period ended March 31, 2021 increased against the same period in 2020. See Note 25

 

Changes in provision for losses with slow-moving inventories, net realizable value and provision for goods returned are broken down as follows:

 

b.Changes in provision

 

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   March 31, 2021  March 31, 2020
Opening balance   62,210    69,080 
Additions   5,910    1,382 
(Reversals)   (1,072)   (3,708)
   Inventory losses (i)   (5,591)   —   
Closing balance   61,457    66,754 

 

(i)Refers substantially to R$ 5,100 related to physical books previously provisioned and destroyed, once the Company does not foresee sales for that material for the current fiscal year. The remaining R$ 491 refers to paper destruiction applied in the learning system manufactured.

 

Covid 19 Impacts

 

The Company assessed its inventories and corresponding accounting estimates and as result did not identify relevant impacts due to obsolescence or depreciation of inventories due to COVID-19 and its effects.

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

12       Property Plant and Equipment

 

The cost, depreciation weighted average rates and accumulated depreciation are as follows:

 

      March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
   Weighted   average depreciation rate  Cost  Accumulated depreciation  Net Book value  Cost  Accumulated depreciation  Net Book value
                                  
IT equipment  10% - 33%   28,412    (25,849)   2,564    27,036    (25,557)   1,479 
Furniture, equipment and fittings  10% - 33%   37,766    (27,217)   10,549    36,314    (26,406)   9,908 
Property, buildings and improvements  5%-20%   51,573    (32,706)   18,867    51,407    (31,429)   19,978 
In progress  -   399    —      399    315    —      315 
Right of use assets  12%   255,637    (88,951)   166,687    241,906    (82,033)   159,873 
Land      453    —      453    453    —      453 
Total      374,240    (174,722)   199,518    357,431    (165,425)   192,006 

 

Changes in property plant and equipment are as follows:

 

   IT equipment  Furniture, equipment and fittings  Property, buildings and improvements  In progress  Right of use assets  Land  Total
As of December 31, 2020   1,479    9,908    19,978    315    159,873    453    192,006 
Additions (i)   1,269    962    166    84    13,731    —      16,212 
Additions by business combination   107    504    —      —      —      —      611 
Disposals   —      (14)   —      —      —      —      (14)
Depreciation   (292)   (811)   (1,277)   —      (6,918)   —      (9,297)
Transfers   —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
As of March 31, 2021   2,564    10,549    18,867    399    166,687    453    199,518 

 

(i)Refers substantially to IFRS 16, new lease agreements of R$ 13,731 which the Company considers it part of its digital learning solutions through computer tablets that have been part of current learning system solutions in a period of COVID 19. See the corresponding lease liability in Note 16.

 

 

   IT equipment  Furniture, equipment and fittings  Property, buildings and improvements  In progress  Right of use assets (i)  Land  Total
As of December 31, 2019   2,486    12,366    19,682    4,538    145,436    453    184,961 
Additions   —      97    628    —      12,242    —      12,967 
Additions by business combination   97    114    —      —      —      —      211 
Disposals   (55)   (330)   (100)   —      (3,169)   —      (3,654)
Depreciation   (392)   (729)   (1,120)   —      (4,391)   —      (6,632)
Transfers   —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
As of March 31, 2020   2,136    11,518    19,090    4,538    150,118    453    187,853 

 

(i)Refers substantially to IFRS 16, of R$ 12,242 refers to lease contracts previously signed and renewed based on contractual terms. See the corresponding lease liability in Note 16.

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

Covid 19 Impacts

 

The Company assesses, at each reporting date, even more with COVID 19 advent, whether there is an indication that a property plant and equipment asset may be impaired. If any indication exists, the Company estimates the asset’s recoverable amount. There were no indications of impairment of property plant and equipment as of March 31, 2021.

 

13       Intangible Assets and Goodwill

 

The cost, weighted average amortization rates and accumulated amortization of intangible assets and goodwill comprise the following amounts:

 

      March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
   Weighted   average amortization rate  Cost  Accumulated amortization  Net Book value  Cost  Accumulated amortization  Net Book value
Software  15%   209,728    (127,484)   82,244    204,213    (120,798)   83,414 
Trademarks  5%   631,935    (65,176)   566,759    631,935    (58,349)   573,586 
Customer Portfolio  8%   1,132,575    (206,407)   926,168    1,113,792    (184,934)   928,858 
Goodwill  -   3,348,336    —      3,348,336    3,307,805    —      3,307,805 
Platform content production  33%   58,664    (33,549)   25,115    53,069    (29,248)   23,821 
In progress  -   2,480    —      2,480    999    —      999 
Other Intangible assets  33%   38,283    (32,041)   6,242    38,283    (32,040)   6,243 
       5,422,001    (464,658)   4,957,344    5,350,096    (425,369)   4,924,726 

 

Changes in intangible assets and goodwill were as follows:

 

   Software  Customer Portfolio  Trademarks  Platform content production  Other Intangible assets  In progress (i)  Goodwill (ii)  Total
As of December 31, 2020   83,414    928,858    573,586    23,821    6,243    999    3,307,805    4,924,726 
Additions   2,031    —      —      5,595    —      1,481    —      9,107 
Additions by business combination   1,810    —      —      —      —      —      60,988    62,798 
Amorization   (6,686)   (21,473)   (6,827)   (4,301)   (1)   —      —      (39,288)
Transfers (iii)   1,674    18,783    —      —      —      —      (20,457)   —   
As of March 31, 2021   82,244    926,168    566,759    25,115    6,242    2,480    3,348,336    4,957,344 

 

(i)Substantially refers to development of the projects related to Plurall Platform. The Company has invested in changes in its digital platform that include substantially “Plurall Digital Transformation” in the amount of approximately R$ 5.6 million, and project related to learning systems, in the amount of R$ 1.4, which had its investments accelerated due to education demands created by COVID-19 pandemic.

 

(ii)Refers to software pre-existing in the subsidiary SEL acquired through business combination and applied to learning system development. In addition, the Company recognized R$ 60,988 as goodwill on SEL acquisition, see Note 5.

 

(iii)Refers to purchase price allocation from Meritt acquisition which the Company identify R$ 378 corresponding substantially to softwares (“ENEM” + R$ 340 and “Lista do Dia” R$ 38 -both with useful life of 10 years). In addition, as mentioned in the Note 5, the Company identified R$ 18,873 as customer portfolio with useful life of 7 years and software R$ 1,296 with useful life of 10 years.

 

 

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Vasta Platform Limited

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

Covid 19 Impacts

 

The Company opted to maintain investments in strategic projects and those related to improving the provision of services, given that they are considered essential for long-term growth, and partially reduced investments related to non-strategic projects or administrative area, such as IT projects or improvement in performance indicator reports. The Company will continue to evaluate COVID impacts on its business and cash flow and may postpone its plans to expand through acquisitions or investments.

 

   Software  Customer Portfolio  Trademarks  Platform content production  Other Intangible assets  In progress  Goodwill  Total
As of December 31, 2019   76,325    1,010,722    584,035    9,426    4,563    14,051    3,286,263    4,985,385 
Additions   2,538    —      —      3,574    —      529         6,641 
Additions by business combination   2    4,686    16,060    —      175    —      13,979    34,902 
Amorization   (3,838)   (23,254)   (6,627)   (1,557)   (176)   —      —      (35,452)
Transfers   —      —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
As of March 31, 2020   75,027    992,154    593,468    11,443    4,562    14,580    3,300,242    4,991,476 

 

Goodwill impairment test

 

During the year, the Company evaluated circumstances that could indicate impairment of its goodwill caused by impacts of Covid-19 and carried out a sensitivity analysis in the long-term model and cash flows, including any impacts / risks that could be estimated based on our best estimate of future cash flows. The conclusion of these tests conducted by the Company for the year ended December 31, 2020, showed that no adjustments were required to these assets. Further, the Company assessed the circumstances that could indicate impairment for the three months period ended March 31, 2021 and there no additional tests were required.

 

The Company is comprised of two separate CGUs (each one of its reportable operating segments, as per Note 27), for which the recoverable amount has been determined based on value-in-use calculations, Goodwill is allocated to each CGU as per below:

 

Content & EdTech Platform   3,337,608 
Digital Platform   10,728 
    3,348,336 

 

 

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14       Bonds and financing

 

The balance of bonds and financing comprises the following amounts:

 

   December 31, 2020  Payment of interest (i)  Payment (i)  Interest accrued  Transfers  March 31, 2021
Bonds with Related Parties   502,743    (12,215)   (100,000)   6,052    —      396,580 
Finance   139    —           25    41    205 
Current liabilities   502,882    (12,215)   (100,000)   6,077    41    396,785 
                               
Bonds with Related Parties   289,600                   —      289,600 
Finance   859                   (41)   818 
Non-current liabilities   290,459    —      —      —      (41)   290,418 
                               
Total   793,341    (12,215)   (100,000)   6,077    —      687,203 

 

(i)On March 15, 2021, the Company, substantially settled bonds with related parties amounting to R$ 100,000 and R$ 1,488, respectively principal and interest, as follow: 5th Issuance, 1st series – R$ 101,488. In addition, the Company settled only interest on the following bonds: 5th Issuance, 2nd series – R$ 1,451, 6th Issuance, 2nd series – R$ 3,613 and 7th Issuance, single – R$ 5,663. This measure is part of a commitment with shareholders through the IPO.

 

   December 31, 2019  Additions by business combination  Payment of interest (i)  Interest accrued  March 31, 2020
Bonds with Related Parties   440,947    —      (17,576)   6,469    429,840 
Current liabilities   440,947    —      (17,576)   6,469    429,840 
                          
Bonds   1,200,000    —      —      16,170    1,216,170 
Finance leases   —      998    —      —      998 
Non-current liabilities   1,200,000    998    —      16,170    1,217,168 
                          
Total   1,640,947    998    (17,576)   22,639    1,647,008 
                          
(i)On March 15, 2020, the Company, substantially settled interest ob bonds with related parties amounting R$ 17,576 referred to the following bonds: Issuances 5, series 1 and 2; 6th series 1 and 2; 7th single and 8th single.

 

 

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a.Bonds’ description

 

See below the bonds outstanding on March 31, 2021:

 

Subscriber  Related Parties  Related Parties  Related Parties
Issuance  5th  6th  7th
Serie  Serie 2  Serie 2  Single
Date of issuance  08/15/2018  08/15/2017  08/15/2018
Maturity Date  08/15/2023  08/15/2022  08/16/2021
First payment after  60 months  60 months  36 months
Remuneration payment  Semi-annual interest  Semi-annual interest  Semi-annual interest
Financiais charges  CDI + 1,00% p,a,  CDI + 1,70% p,a,  CDI + 1,15% p,a,
          
Principal amount (in million R$)  100  200  378

 

b.Bond’s maturities

 

The maturities range of these accounts are as follow:

 

   March 31, 2021
Maturity of installments  Total  %
2021   396,785    57.7%
2022   238,840    34.8%
2023   51,051    7.4%
2024 onwards   527    0.1%
Total non-current liabilities   290,418    42.3%
           
    687,203    100.0%

 

c.Debit commitment

 

On November 19, 2019, all rights and obligations related to bonds issued by Saber with third parties were transferred to Cogna, under the condition that R$ 1,535,800 of the amounts should be transferred to the Company through the Corporate Restructuring. Through this process, the Company is subject to the following clauses: (i) the acceleration of the other debentures originally issued by Saber; (ii) the grant by us of any liens on our assets or capital stock; (iii) a change in control by Cogna of Saber’s subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions. Additionally, we have agreed until the maturity of the private debentures that: (i) we will allocate at least 50% of the use of proceeds from any liquidity event to repay such debentures; (ii) we will not obtain any new loans unless the proceeds of such loans are directed to repay our debentures with Cogna; and (iii) we will not pledge shares and/or dividends.

 

The Company complied with all debit commitment in the period applicable on March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

 

 

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15       Suppliers

 

The balance of this account comprises the following amounts:

 

a.Composition

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Local suppliers   118,770    128,639 
Related parties (note 20)   24,750    20,985 
Copyright   13,450    19,317 
Reverse Factoring (i)   107,133    110,513 
    264,102    279,454 

 

(i)Some of the Company’s domestic suppliers sell their products with extended payment terms and may subsequently transfer their receivables due by the Company to financial institutions without right of recourse, in a transaction characterized as “Reverse Factoring”. The Company charged interest over the payment term at a rate that is commensurate with its own credit risk.

 

16       Lease liabilities

 

The lease agreements have an average term of 7 years and weighted average rate of 14.32% p.a.

 

   March 31, 2021  March 31, 2020
Opening balance   173,103    153,714 
Additions for new lease agréments (i)   13,731    12,242 
Cancelled contracts   —      (3,331)
Interest   4,022    3,721 
Payment of interest   (4,021)   (999)
Payment of principal   (4,977)   (5,797)
Closing balance   181,858    159,550 
           
Current liabilities   22,208    12,636 
Non-current liabilities   159,650    146,914 
    181,858    159,550 

 

(i)Refers to new lease agreements R$ 13,731 which the Company has embed part of its digital learning solutions in the computer tablets being part of them which the Company has embed part of its digital learning solutions in the computer tablets. Those new sublease agreements (digital learning) refer to lease terms of 36 months, which the rates negotiated are 10,3% p.a to 10,88% p.a depending on the contract.

 

Short-term leases (lease period of 12 months or less) and leases of low-value assets (such as personal computers and office furniture) are recognized on a straight-line basis in rent expenses for the period and are not included in lease liabilities. Fixed and variable lease payments, including those related to short-term contracts and to low-value assets, were the following for the three months periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

   For the period ended
March 31,
   2021  2020
Fixed Payments   8,998    5,797 
Payments related to short-term contracts and low value assets, variable price contracts (note 24)   9,777    4,819 
    18,775    10,616 

 

 

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17       Contract liabilities and deferred income

 

The balance of this account comprises the following amounts:

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Refund liability (i)   34,713    42,005 
Sales of 'employees' payroll (iii)   1,956    2,348 
Deferred income in leaseback agreement (ii)   6,364    6,665 
Other liabilities   8,983    2,689 
    52,016    53,707 
           
Current   46,171    47,169 
Non-current   5,845    6,538 
    52,016    53,707 

 

(i) Refers to the customers right to return products.

 

(ii) In March 2018, the predecessor Somos-Anglo entered into a sales and leaseback agreement of a property located at Avenida João Dias in the city of São Paulo in the amount of R$ 25,500. This transaction included deferred income of R$ 9,104, which has been appropriated according to the lease term of the property (120 months).

 

(iii) Refers to deferred income related to the sale of a 5-year exclusivity to process our Company employees’ payroll to Banco Itaú for R$ 7,000 thousand, in August 2017. This income will be recognized on a straight-line basis throughout the contract term as “Other Operating income” as the Company believes that the rights of exclusivity are transferred to Itaú over this year.

 

18       Accounts payable for business combination

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Pluri   3,129    12,817 
Mind Makers   15,041    15,000 
Livro Fácil   13,545    15,907 
Meritt   4,331    4,331 
SEL (i)   26,927    —   
    62,973    48,055 
           
Current   9,738    17,132 
Non-current   53,235    30,923 
    62,973    48,055 

 

(i)Refers to the SEL acquisition and it remaining consideration outstanding and accrued contractual CDI charges over a 4-year period.

 

See the movement below:

 

   March 31, 2021
Opening balance   48,055 
Additions   65,000 
Payment   (50,502)
Interest adjustment   167 
Others   253 
Closing balance   62,973 

 

(a)A & R Comercio e Serviços de Informática Ltda. (“Pluri”)

 

On January 7, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of Pluri for R$ 26 million, of which R$ 15,6 million was paid in cash, R$ 10,4 million in installments and accrued contractual CDI charges. The agreement is also subject to certain additional earn-outs that could increase the purchase price by an additional R$1,7 million over the life of the earn-out period.

 

 

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(b)Mind Makers Editora Educacional (“Mind Makers”)

 

On February 13, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of Mind Makers for R$ 18,2 million, of which R$ 10 million was paid in cash and R$ 8,2 million in installments and and accrued contractual CDI charges. The agreement is also subject to certain additional earn-outs that could increase the purchase price by an additional R$5,4 million over the life of the earn-out period.

 

(c) Meritt Informação Educacional Ltda. (“Meritt”)

 

On November 20, 2020, the Company concluded the acquisition of Meritt for R$ 3,5 million, of which R$ 3,2 million was paid in cash and R$ 0,3 million in installments and are still outstanding and accrued contractual CDI charges. The agreement is also subject to certain earn-outs that could increase the purchase price by an additional R$4,0 million over the life of the earn-out period.

 

(d) Sociedade Educacional da Lagoa Ltda. (“SEL”)

 

On March 2, 2021, as mentioned in note 1.2, the Company announced the execution by its subsidiary, Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. (“Somos Sistemas”), of a Purchase Agreement to acquire (the “Acquisition”), subject to certain conditions precedent, Sociedade Educacional da Lagoa Ltda. (“SEL”). The consideration paid is R$ 65,000, of which R$ 38,124 was paid in cash and the remaining consideration outstanding and accrued contractual CDI charges over a 4-year period.

 

The maturities of such balances as of March 31, 2021 are shown in the table below:

 

   As of March 31, 2021
Maturity of installments  Total  %
2021   9,738    15.5 
           
2022   14,749    23.4 
2023   22,623    35.9 
2024   15,563    24.7 
2025   300    0.5 
Total non-current liabilities   53.235    84.5 
           
    62,973    100.0 

 

The maturities of such balances as of December 31, 2020 are shown in the table below:

 

   As of December 31, 2020
Maturity of installments  Total  %
2021   17,132    35,7 
           
2022   13,811    28,7 
2023   17,112    35,6 
Total non-current liabilities   30.923    64,3 
           
    48,055    100,0 

 

19       Salaries and Social Contribution

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Salaries payable   25,360    15,891 
Social contribution payable (i)   22,180    30,511 
Provision for vacation pay and 13th salary   18,688    15,920 
Provision for profit sharing (ii)   1,894    5,880 
Others   996    921 
    69,118    69,123 

 

(i)Refers to the effect of social contribution over restricted share unit’s compensation plans issued on July 31 and November 10, 2020. The Company records the taxes over the shares on monthly basis according to the Company’s share price.

 

 

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(ii)The provision for profit sharing is based on qualitative and quantitative metrics determined by Management. In 2020, some metrics were reviewed over COVID 19. According to the Company policy, the provision for profit sharing will be paid in the second quarter

 

20       Related parties

 

As presented in note 1, the Company is part of Cogna Group and some of the Company’s transactions and arrangements involve entities that pertain to the Cogna Group. The effect of these transactions is reflected in this Consolidated Financial Statements, with these related parties segregated by nature of transaction measured on an arm’s length basis and determined by intercompany agreements and approved by the Company’s Management. Furthermore, all of them are settled in cash, except for certain intangibles described in item d.

 

The balances and transactions between the Company and its affiliates have been eliminated in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements. The balances and transactions between related parties are shown below:

 

   March 31, 2021
   Other receivables (i)  Trade receivables (Note 10)  Indemnification asset (Note 20b)  Other payments (ii)  Suppliers (note 15)  Bonds (Note 14)
Acel Adminstração de Cursos Educacionais Ltda   —      1,849    —      —      29    —   
Anhanguera Educacional Participacoes SA.   —      413    —      —      —      —   
Centro Educacional Leonardo Da Vinci SS   —      98    —      —      —      —   
Cogna Educação S.A.   —      —      154,457    2,002    —      686,180 
Colégio Ambiental Ltda   —      562    —      —      —      —   
Colégio JAO Ltda.   —      1,192    —      —      —      —   
Colegio Manauara Lato Sensu Ltda.   —      3,138    —      —      14    —   
Colegio Visao Eireli   —      273    —      —      —      —   
Conlégio Cidade Ltda   —      230    —      —      —      —   
Curso e Colégio Coqueiro Ltda   —      317    —      —      —      —   
ECSA  Escola A Chave do Saber Ltda   —      458    —      —      —      —   
Editora Atica S.A.   —      991    —      80,223    8,171    —   
Editora E Distribuidora Educacional S.A.   —      528    —      10,831    88    —   
Editora Scipione S.A.   —      607    —      12,453    1,953    —   
Educação Inovação e Tecnologia S.A.   —      —      —      229    —      —   
EDUFOR Serviços Educacionais Ltda   —      10    —      —      —      —   
Escola Mater Christi Ltda.   —      138    —      —      —      —   
Escola Riacho Doce Ltda   —      292    —      —      1    —   
Maxiprint Editora Ltda.   13    367    —      —      26    —   
Nucleo Brasileiro de Estudos Avançados Ltda   —      440    —      —      —      —   
Papelaria Brasiliana Ltda   —      567    —      —      —      —   
Pitagoras Sistema De Educacao Superior Ltda.   —      127    —      —      —      —   
Saber Serviços Educacionais S.A.   1,689    3,740    —      —      1,195    —   
Saraiva Educacao S.A.   —      5,197    —      32,107    12,181    —   
SGE Comercio De Material Didatico Ltda.   —      6    —      41    660    —   
Sistema P H De Ensino Ltda.   —      2,951    —      2,187    170    —   
Sociedade Educacional Alphaville Ltda   —      228    —      —      —      —   
Sociedade Educacional Doze De Outubro Ltda.   —      294    —      —      —      —   
Sociedade Educacional NEODNA Cuiaba Ltda   —      172    —      —      —      —   
Sociedade Educacional Parana Ltda.   —      47              11      
Somos Idiomas SA   145    —      —      —      —      —   
Somos Operações Escolares S.A.   294    1,277    —      —      —      —   
SSE Serviços Educacionais Ltda.        1,354              249      
Others   3    —      —      —           —   
    2,144    27,865    154,457    140,073    24,750    686,180 

 

(i)Refers to other receivables related to cost sharing agreements where substantially Saber Serviços Educacionais (“Saber”), a Cogna Group entity, takes services from the Company.

(ii)Refers substantially to “Reverse Factoring” contracts for raw material purchases, specifically graphics and paper, which the Company reimburses Atica and Scipione. See item a, below.

 

 

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   December 31, 2020
   Other receivables  Trade receivables (Note 10)  Indemnification asset (Note 20b)  Other payments 

Loans

 

(i)

 

  Suppliers (Note 15)  Bonds (Note 14)
Acel Adminstração de Cursos Educacionais Ltda   —      2,899    —      —      —      36    —   
Anhanguera Educacional Participacoes SA.   —      413    —      —      —      —      —   
Centro Educacional Leonardo Da Vinci SS   —      63    —      —      —      —      —   
Cogna Educação S.A.   —      —      153,714    1,354    20,884    —      691,451 
Colégio Ambiental Ltda   —      315    —      —      —           —   
Colégio JAO Ltda.   —      772    —      —      —      —      —   
Colegio Manauara Lato Sensu Ltda.   —      2,838    —      —      —      173    —   
Colégio Motivo Ltda.   —      1,250    —      —      —      249    —   
Colegio Visao Eireli   —      115    —      —      —      —      —   
Conlégio Cidade Ltda   —      155    —      —      —           —   
Curso e Colégio Coqueiro Ltda   —      188    —      —      —           —   
ECSA  Escola A Chave do Saber Ltda   —      435    —      —      —           —   
Editora Atica S.A.   —      1,193    —      72,158    —      7,392    —   
Editora E Distribuidora Educacional S.A.   —      528    —      9,547    —      89    —   
Editora Scipione S.A.   —      414    —      13,408    —      1,386    —   
Educação Inovação e Tecnologia S.A.   —      —      —      229    —      0    —   
EDUFOR Serviços Educacionais Ltda   —      10    —      —      —           —   
Escola Mater Christi Ltda.   —      216    —      —      —      104    —   
Escola Riacho Doce Ltda   —      253    —      —      —           —   
Maxiprint Editora Ltda.   13    367    —      —      —      26    —   
Nucleo Brasileiro de Estudos Avançados Ltda   —      391    —      —      —           —   
Papelaria Brasiliana Ltda   —      1,478    —      —      —           —   
Pitagoras Sistema De Educacao Superior Ltda.   —      127    —      —      —      —      —   
Saber Serviços Educacionais S.A.   1,686    3,710    —      —      —      2,658    100,892 
Saraiva Educacao S.A.   —      804    —      36,454    —      8,010    —   
SGE Comercio De Material Didatico Ltda.   —      6    —      41    —      661    —   
Sistema P H De Ensino Ltda.   —      2,348    —      2,116    —      163    —   
Sociedade Educacional Alphaville Ltda   —      190    —      —      —           —   
Sociedade Educacional Doze De Outubro Ltda.   —      231    —      —      —      36    —   
Sociedade Educacional NEODNA Cuiaba Ltda   —      101    —      —      —           —   
Somos Idiomas SA   79    —      —      —      —      —      —   
Somos Operações Escolares S.A.   292    980    —      —      —      —      —   
    2,070    22,791    153,714    135,307    20,884    20,985    792,343 

 

(i)Unitll December 31, 2020 the Company held loan with Cogna Educação S.A. on amount of R$ 20,884 being paid on January 21, 2021.

 

 

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   Three months ended March 31, 2021  Three months ended March 31, 2020
Transactions held:  Revenues  Finance costs  Cost Sharing (note 20c)  Sublease (note 20e)  Revenues  Finance costs (i)  Cost Sharing (note 20c)  Sublease (note 20e)
 A & R Comercio e Serviços de Informática Ltda (“Pluri”)   —      —      —      —      3,926    —      —      —   
 Acel Administracao De Cursos Educacionais Ltda.   271    —      —      —      138    —      —      —   
 Centro Educacional Leonardo Da Vinci SS   35    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Cogna Educação S.A.   —      5,929    —      —      —      85    —      —   
 Colégio Ambiental Ltda   242    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Colégio Cidade Ltda   75    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Colegio JAO Ltda.   432    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Colégio Manauara Lato Sensu Ltda.   174    —      —      —      371    —      —      —   
 Colégio Motivo Ltda.   9    —           —      372    —      —      —   
 Colégio Visão Ltda   158    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Cursos e Colégio Coqueiros Ltda   121    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Ecsa  Escola A Chave Do Saber Ltda.   50    —      —      —      148    —      —      —   
 Editora Atica S.A.   780    —      1,396    856    3,024    78    11,989    5,106 
 Editora E Distribuidora Educacional SA.   —      —      7,149    —      1,834    —      9,161    825 
 Editora Scipione SA.   641    —      —      —      553    —      —      —   
 Escola Mater Christi   26    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Escola Riacho Doce Ltda   38    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Maxiprint Editora Ltda.   —      —      —      —      463    —      —      —   
 Nucleo Brasileiro de Estudos Avancados Ltda   23    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Saber Serviços Educacionais S.A.   17    —      —      —      436    —      —      —   
 Saraiva Educacao SA.   1,064    —      —      914    1,236    —      —      1,133 
 Sistema P H De Ensino Ltda.   967    —      —      —      1,877    —      —      —   
 Sociedade Educacional Alphaville SA   71    —      —      —      68    —      —      —   
 Sociedade Educacional Doze De Outubro Ltda   101    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Sociedade Educacional Neodna Cuiaba Ltda.   75    —      —      —      101    —      —      —   
 Sociedade Educacional Parana Ltda.   —      —      —      —      406    —      —      —   
 SOE Operações Escolares SA.   50    —      —      —      —      —      —      —   
 Somos Educação S.A.   —      —      —      —      —      857    —      —   
 Somos Idiomas Ltda   —      —      —      65    —      —      —      —   
 Somos Operações Escolares SA.   167    —      —      —      —      29,132    —      181 
 SSE Serviços Educacionais Ltda.   83    —      —      —      3,926    —      —      —   
 Others   —      —      —      —      240    —      —      —   
    5,670    5,929    8,545    1,835    15,193    30,152    21,150    7,245 

 

(i)       Refers to debentures interest; see Note 14.

 

 

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Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

a.Suppliers and other arrangements with related parties

 

The Company, as consequence of carve-out process on December 31, 2019 kept reverse factoring operations (specifically raw material purchases with Group Cogna’s affiliates) until then owner of assets and liabilities. After the carve-out process on January 1, 2020, the Company assumed those commitments. However, the Company took into account the fact that those contracts would last one year or least after the carve-out data basis, and the cost and benefit of transferring the contracts from the Group Cogna’s affiliates to the Company would be higher than keep them with Group Cogna. As consequence, the Management decided to reimburse the Cogna Group for those expenses inasmuch as the contracts expirated. On March 31, 2021 part of those commitments added up R$ 140,073 (R$ 135,307 as of December 31, 2020). As of December 31, 2020, the Company has settled remaining contracts committed with Related Parties orderly and the Cogna Group has been transferring the remaining services and current contracts to the Company.

 

b.Guarantees related to contingencies acquired through past business combination

 

In December 2019, the Company and Cogna Group signed the agreement to legally bind the indemnification from the seller in connection with the acquisition of Somos by Cogna Group, in order to indemnify the Company for any and all losses that may be incurred related to all contingencies or lawsuits events related to the Predecessor up to the maximum amount of R$ 154,4 million as of March 31, 2021 (R$ 153,7 million as of December 31, 2020). See Provision for risks of tax, civil and labor losses and judicial deposits and escrow account footnote (note 20).

 

c.Cost sharing agreements with related parties

 

The Company expensed certain amounts based on an apportionment from Cogna Group related to shared services, including the shared service center, IT expenses, propriety IT systems and legal and accounting activities, and shared warehouses and other logistic activites based on agreement. Those expenses, R$ 8,545 for the three months period ended March 31, 2021 (R$ 21,150 for the three months period ended March 31, 2020) are related to these apportionments.

 

d.Brand and Copyrights sharing agreements with related parties

 

In November and December 2019, the Company and its related parties entered into brand and copyrights sharing agreements with related parties, as follows:

 

On November 11, 2019, the Company and EDE (Cogna Group’s Parent Company) entered into a copyright license agreement whereby EDE agreed to grant a license, at no cost, to Company, for commercial exploitation and use of copyrights related to the educational platform materials. This agreement is valid for three years.

 

On November 6, 2019, the Company entered into a trademark license agreement (as amended in 2020) with EDE whereby Company was granted at no cost rights to use related to the trademark “Pitágoras.” This agreement is valid for a period of 20 years, automatically and successively renewable for the same period.

 

On December 6, 2019, the Company also entered into two trademark license agreements (as amended in 2020) whereby the rights to use related to certain trademarks, such as “Somos Educação”, “Editora Atica”, “Editora Scipione,” “Atual Editora,” “Par Plataforma Educacional,” “Sistema Maxi de Ensino,” “Bilingual Experience,” “English Stars” and “Rede Cristã de Educação,” were granted at no cost to certain related parties. This agreement is valid for a period of 20 years, automatically and successively renewable for the same period.

 

e.Lease and sublease agreements with related parties

 

The Company and its related parties also shared the infrastructure of leased warehouses and other properties, which are direct expenses of the Cogna Group. The expenses related to these lease payments were recognized in the consolidated financial statements according to assumptions defined by Management based on utilization of these properties by the Company.

 

 

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Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

However, as part of its corporate restructuring (Note 1), the Company entered into lease and sublease agreements with its related parties on December 5, 2019, to continue to share these leased warehouses and other properties, as follows:

 

e.1       Commercial lease agreement

 

Lessee Entity Counterpart lease agreement (Lessor) Monthly payments Maturity Rate State of the property in use
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Editora Scipione S.A. R$35 60 months from the agreement date Inflation index Pernambuco (Recife)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Editora Ática S.A. R$30 60 months from the agreement date Inflation index Bahia (Salvador)

 

e.2       Commercial sublease agreement

 

Entity

 

(Sublessor)

 

Counterpart sublease agreement (Sublessee) Monthly payments Maturity Rate State of the property in use
Editora e Distribuidora Educacional S,A (“EDE”) Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. R$ 390 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São Paulo)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Editora Ática S.A. R$439 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São José dos Campos)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. SGE Comércio de Material Didático Ltda, (“SGE”), R$15 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São José dos Campos)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Somos Idiomas S.A. R$ 3 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São José dos Campos)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Saraiva Educação S,A, (“Sariva”) R$ 113 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São José dos Campos)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Livraria Livro Fácil Ltda,(“Livro Fácil”) R$ 82 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São José dos Campos)
Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A. Editora e Distribuidora Educacional S,A (“EDE”) R$ 43 September 30, 2025 Inflation index São Paulo (São José dos Campos)

 

The income from these lease and sublease agreements with related parties were recognized in the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of March 31, 2021 amount R$ 1,835 (R$ 7,245 for the three months period ended March 31, 2020) (Note 25).

 

f.Compensation of key management personnel

 

Key management personnel include the members of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, the CEO and the vice-presidents, for which the nature of the tasks performed were related to the activities of the Company.

 

For the three months period ended March 31, 2021, key management compensation, including charges and variable compensation added up R$ 1,376 (R$ 1,293 for the three months period ended March 31, 2020). The Audit Committee and Board of Directors were stablished in July 2020 as IPO outcome.

 

For the Company management members, the following benefits are granted: healthcare plan, share-based compensation plan, discounts on monthly tuition of K-12 in the Cogna Group’s schools, besides discounts over the Company’ own products.

 

See below the key management’s person remuneration by nature:

 

a)Short term benefits - Short-term benefits include fixed compensation (salaries and fees, vacation, mandatory bonus, and “13th salary” bonus), payroll charges (Company share of contributions to social security – INSS) and variable compensation such as profit sharing, The short term benefits for the three months period ended March 31, 2021 amounted to R$ 1,376 (R$ 817 for the three months period ended March 31, 2020), including payroll charges.

 

 

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Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

b)Long term benefits - The Company offered also to certain key management personnel payment based in its restricted shares units - ILP, amount that added up R$ 1,745 for the three period ended March 31, 2021 (R$ 476 for the three months period ended March 31, 2020) including payroll charges.

 

The Key management personnel compensation expenses comprised the following:

 

   March, 31 2021  March, 31 2020
Short-term employee benefits (i)   1,376    817 
Share-based compensation plan (ii)   1,745    476 
    3,121    1,293 

 

(i)The Company, as a result of COVID-19, has been reviewed some short-term benefits not based on legal obligation, for example bonus based on performance to key management personnel. As a consequence, the expense over those short-term benefit has been reversed.

(ii)Refers substantially to share-based compensation plan, considered as ILP which included payroll charges.

 

(g)Guarantees related to finance

 

According to Note 14, on November 21, 2018, Mind Makers entered into a bank credit note (cédula de crédito bancário) in favor of Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais S.A. – BDMG, for an aggregate amount of R$1,676 with maturity on November 15, 2026. A personal lien to secure this bank credit note was granted by certain individuals, including, our Chief Executive Officer.

 

21       Provision for tax, civil and labor losses and Judicial deposits and escrow accounts

 

The Company classifies the likelihood of loss in judicial/administrative proceedings in which it is a defendant. Provisions are recorded for contingencies classified as probable and in an amount that Management, in conjunction with its legal advisors, believes is enough to cover probable losses or when related to contingences resulting from business combinations.

 

In connection with the acquisition of Somos Group ( Vasta’s predecessor) by Cogna Group, provisions for contingent liabilities assumed by Cogna were recognized when potential non-compliance with labor and civil legislation arising from past practices of subsidiaries acquired were identified. Thus, at the acquisition date, Cogna reviewed all proceedings whose responsibility were transferred to assess whether there was a present obligation and if the fair value could be measured reliably. The contingent liabilities are composed as follows:

 

a.Composition

 

   March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
Proceedings whose likelihood of loss is probable          
Tax proceedings (i)   580,659    575,724 
Labor proceedings (ii)   6,591    6,591 
Civil proceedings   —      —   
    587,250    582,315 
           
Liabilities assumed in Business Combination          
Labor proceedings (ii)   31,338    31,305 
Civil proceedings   319    313 
    31,657    31,618 
           
Total of provision for tax, civil and labor losses   618,907    613,933 

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 

Three-months period ended March 31, 2021

 

(i) Primarily refers to income tax positions taken by the Somos (Vasta Predecessor) and the Company (Sucessor) in connection with a corporate restructuring held by the predecessor in 2010. In 2018, given a tax assessment via an Infraction Notice received by the predecessor for certain periods opened for tax audit coupled with unfavorable jurisprudence on a similar tax case also reached in 2018, the Company reassessed this income tax position and recorded a liability, including interest and penalties.

 

(ii) The Company is a party to labor demands, which mostly refer to proportional vacation, salary differential, night shift premium, overtime, social charges, among others. There are no individual labor demands with material values that require specific disclosure.

 

The changes in provision for the three months periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 were as follows:

 

   December 31, 2020  Additions  Reversals  Interest  Total effect on the result  Payments  March 31, 2021
                      
Tax proceedings   575,724    92    —      4,843    4,935    —      580,659 
Labor proceedings   37,896    126