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01 Communique Provides Quarterly Update on Business Developments and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

·13 min read

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2021 / 01 Communique Laboratory Inc. (the "Company") (TSXV:ONE)(OTCQB:OONEF) is pleased to report that the Company made significant developments throughout 2020 to help ensure the successful commercialization of its IronCAP™ technology and build revenue from its remote access service business.

Andrew Cheung, 01 Communique CEO, stated, "We are pleased with our developmental and commercialization progress in 2020 and our new business partnership arrangements that showcase our IronCAP™ products. Our goal is to offer products with the most advanced and secure quantum safe cryptographic system available, and as such, we have developed what we believe to be the first-to-market enterprise level cybersecurity software for the quantum computing era. Our strong partnerships show there is confidence and reliability in our IronCAP™ and IronCAP X™ products. In 2021, we will continue to focus on adding more partnerships to increase our visibility, product use and revenue growth."

Business Development Highlights:
In 2020, the Company focused on the key initiatives of its fiscal 2021-2025 business plan designed to achieve growth in revenues and earnings. The Company continued working to help ensure the successful commercialization of IronCAP X™ and IronCAP™ API by securing major new global enterprise partners and expects to add more new partners throughout fiscal 2021 and beyond. Discussions with other leading technology firms are currently in progress.

Highlights of fiscal 2020 are as follows:
On October 19, 2020, the Company commenced trading on the OTCQB market which the Company believes will increase visibility to U.S. investors and provide improved liquidity for investors in all jurisdictions.

On April 23, 2020, the IronCAP X™ personal usage end-to-end email encryption/authenticity product was made available free to individual subscribers through a simple download from our web site. The Company believes it to be the world's first product of its kind that is safe against conventional and future quantum computer attacks addressing the growing concern about email authenticity and personal information that can be collected, shared, and maliciously hacked. Version 1.1 was released in August 2020.

On July 20, 2020, the Company signed a partnership agreement with a global technology and system integration company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Under the agreement, 01 Communique would provide tools to showcase the strength of IronCAP™ cryptographic system ensuring safety against cyber-attacks.

On October 29, 2020, 01 Communique entered a joint business relationship with PwC, one of the world's leading professional services firm, to bring IronCAP™'s post-quantum cryptography technology and its related services to enterprise customers.

On December 8, 2020, 01 Communique and ixFintech announced the introduction of the world's first quantum-safe Bitcoin ATM machine, DAEM (Digital Asset Exchange Machine) by ixFintech, using IronCAP™'s quantum-safe cryptographic technology. The work is the result of a previous MOU with ixFintech to adopt IronCAP™ as their quantum computing security solution in the development of future technology solutions.

On December 14, 2020, the Company signed a partnership agreement with U.K. based Mirata Ltd. to provide patent-pending IronCAP™ post-quantum cybersecurity technology to their web-based technology solutions. Mirata services and solutions include email security, website hosting and server management, e-learning, web software and application development, etc. using both a cloud-based platform and a single-server platform.

In March 2020, the Company along with business partner Hitachi Solutions Create announced a 3-month free usage offer of DoMobile remote access services in Japan. DoMobile, which is marketed by Hitachi Solutions Create, is based on our I'm InTouch remote access service. The offer was intended to support the business community with increased telecommunications usage during the coronavirus pandemic. User numbers and revenue for DoMobile increased substantially during fiscal 2020.

On June 9, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued the Company a receipt for its Patent Application No.16/893,709 for a Cryptographic System and Method that facilitates sending encrypted emails to a recipient. In August IronCAP X™ v1.1 was released utilizing the June 9th patent application, offering a personal usage email encryption with a "seamless invitation" to automatically insert an invitation to non-IronCAP X™ recipients to join IronCAP X™ and read the encrypted message. The end-to-end encryption of emails in IronCAP X™ offers complete protection and privacy for all our emails; including attachments.

On October 7, 2020, the Company entered into a non-binding agreement for a drawdown equity facility of up to $5 million with Alumina Partners (Ontario) Ltd. ("Alumina Partners"), a subsidiary of Alumina Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm. The agreement was structured with the goal to provide the Company quick access to capital when required. The agreement provides for equity private placement offerings, to be conducted in drawdowns of up to $250,000 per tranche over a period of 24 months with the timing of each tranche to be made by the Company at its sole discretion. The amount and terms of each tranche will be subject to the mutual agreement of the Company and Alumina Partners.

Fiscal 2020 results:
The Company reported a comprehensive loss for fiscal 2020 of $657,168 (2019 - $313,757). The Company reduced its adjusted loss by $71,868 for the year to $538,938 from $610,806 in 2019. The adjusted loss excludes stock-based compensation of $112,390 (2019 - $139,384) and depreciation of $5,840 (2019 -$5,376) which are non-cash expenses and the one-time reversal of an accrued liability which had been included in 2019 of $441,809. While the Company made a larger investment in the development and commercialization of its IronCAP™ technology during fiscal 2020 with an increase in operating expenses there was also an increase in revenue from its remote access service which allowed the Company to reduce its adjusted loss for the year.

The Company strengthened its balance sheet during the year completing the year with $1,022,337 of cash, cash equivalents and guaranteed investment certificate.

Fourth quarter 2020 results:
For the fourth quarter the Company reported a comprehensive loss of $173,827 compared to a profit in 2019 of $238,494. The adjusted loss for the quarter was $156,687 59 (2019 - $177,070) a reduction of $20,383. The adjusted loss excludes the one-time reversal of an accrued liability in 2019 as well as non cash operating expenses.

Revenue for the quarter was $171,964 compared to $80,832 in 2019 an increase of $91,132 a result of an increase in revenue from the Company's remote access service business.

Cash operating expenses to operate the business (excludes stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and withholding tax), for the fourth quarter were $285,199 (2019 - $237,254) an increase of $47,945. The Company continues to make an investment in the development of products based on its IronCAP™ technology and hence an increase in research and development costs. SG&A increased as there were additional costs incurred during the quarter pertaining to listing the Company's common shares on the OTCQB market. In addition, the Company is executing on sales and marketing activities to commercialize IronCAP X™ as well as continuing in efforts to build partnerships with companies for the integration of the IronCAP™ API with third party applications.

Conference Call Reminder and Information:
01 Communique will host a live teleconference allowing for questions and answers later today at 10:00AM EST to discuss the Company's results as well as providing an update on the business prospects for IronCAP™ and IronCAP X™.

January 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Dial in Numbers:

Within Canada (647) 374-4685 or (647) 558-0588
Within the USA (646) 558 8656 or (669) 900 9128
Webinar ID when prompted is 832 7263 0612
Passcode: 724051661

About 01 Communique
Established in 1992, 01 Communique (TSXV:ONE)(OTCQB:OONEF) has always been at the forefront of technology. The Company's cyber security business unit focuses on post-quantum cybersecurity with the development of its IronCAP™ technology. IronCAP™'s patent-pending cryptographic system is an advanced Goppa code-based post-quantum cryptographic technology that can be implemented on classical computer systems as we know them today while at the same time can also safeguard against attacks in the future post-quantum world of computing. The Company's remote access business unit provides its customers with a suite of secure remote access services and products under its I'm InTouch and I'm OnCall product offerings. The remote access offerings are protected in the U.S.A. by its patents #6,928,479 / #6,938,076 / #8,234,701; in Canada by its patents #2,309,398 / #2,524,039 and in Japan by its patent #4,875,094. For more information, visit the Company's web site at www.ironcap.ca and www.01com.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain statements in this news release may constitute "forward-looking" statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, such statements use such words as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan", "intend", "are confident" and other similar terminology. Such statements include statements regarding the commercial success of IronCAP X™, the future of quantum computers and their impact on the Company's product offering, the functionality of the Company's products and the intended product lines for the Company's technology and the potential licensing of the Company's technology. These statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this news release. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed under "Risk and Uncertainties" in the Company's Management`s Discussion and Analysis document filed on SEDAR. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management of the Company believes are reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Brian Stringer
Chief Financial Officer
01 Communique
(905) 795-2888 x204
Brian.stringer@01com.com

01 Communique Laboratory Inc.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
As of October 31, 2020 and October 31, 2019

31-Oct-20

31-Oct-19

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

962,337

$

283,712

Guaranteed investment certificate

60,000

300,000

Accounts receivable

202,974

96,055

Prepaid expenses and other assets

25,343

11,124

1,250,654

690,891

Right-of-use asset

19,339

-

Plant and equipment

15,914

16,335

Total assets

$

1,285,907

$

707,226

Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

151,111

$

140,962

Deferred revenue

7,679

8,907

Lease liability

18,704

-

Liability component of debenture

-

390,703

117,494

540,572

Shareholders' deficit

Share capital

43,408,952

41,414,233

Contributed surplus

5,704,436

5,668,916

Warrants

266,135

598,247

Compensation options

-

99,200

Equity

(48,271,110

)

(47,613,942

)

1,108,413

166,654

Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit

$

1,285,907

$

707,226


01 Communique Laboratory Inc.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
For the 3 and 12 month periods ended October 31, 2020 and 2019

for the 3 months ended

for the years ended

31-Oct-20

31-Oct-19

31-Oct-20

31-Oct-19

Revenue

$

171,964

$

80,832

$

521,791

$

283,107

Expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

170,377

158,532

586,101

562,200

Research and development

131,962

104,967

455,177

384,007

Withholding taxes

16,633

6,334

50,805

24,635

318,972

269,833

1,092,083

970,842

Loss before accretion of liability component of debenture, interest, other income and expense

(147,008

)

(189,001

)

(570,292

)

(687,735

)

Interest on debenture

12,718

15,000

57,718

60,000

Accretion on liability portion of debenture

17,165

4,320

30,997

17,731

Loss before other income and expense

(176,891

)

(208,321

)

(659,007

)

(765,466

)

Interest income

2,155

5,006

3,030

9,900

Interest expense

(909

)

-

1,191

-

Reversal of accrued liability

-

441,809

-

441,809

Profit (loss) for the period and comprehensive profit (loss)

$

(173,827

)

$

238,494

$

(657,168

)

$

(313,757

)

Basic loss per common share

$

(0.00

)

$

0.00

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.00

)

Diluted loss per common share

$

(0.00

)

$

0.00

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.00

)

Weighted average number of common shares

Basic

86,125,334

80,212,646

81,720,040

77,488,373

Diluted

86,125,334

80,212,646

81,720,040

77,488,373


01 Communique Laboratory Inc.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the 3 and 12 month periods ended October 31, 2020 and 2019

for the 3 months ended

for the years ended

31-Oct-20

31-Oct-19

31-Oct-20

31-Oct-19

Cash provided by (used in):

Operating activities:

Comprehensive loss for the period

$

(173,827

)

$

238,494

$

(657,168

)

$

(313,757

)

Adjustments to reconcile loss for the period to net cash flows from operating activities:

Depreciation of property and equipment

1,500

1,439

5,840

5,376

Amortization of right-of-use asset

11,061

-

44,244

-

Stock-based compensation expense

15,640

24,806

112,390

139,384

Accretion on liability portion of debenture

17,165

4,320

30,997

17,731

Change in non-cash working capital

71,123

(385,574

)

(112,217

)

(481,346

)

(57,338

)

(116,515

)

(575,914

)

(632,612

)

Financing activities:

Exercise of stock options

92,500

2,500

92,500

2,500

Exercise of warrants

788,775

-

788,775

-

Exercise of compensation options

140,000

-

140,000

-

Exercise of debenture warrants

52,000

-

52,000

-

Redemption of debenture

(200,000

)

-

(200,000

)

-

Proceeds from private placement

-

-

202,000

437,000

Issuance costs on private placement

-

-

(10,438

)

(31,279

)

Lease payments made

(11,778

)

-

(44,879

)

-

Total cash provided by financing activities

861,497

2,500

1,019,958

408,221

Investing activities:

Proceeds from guaranteed investment certificate

50,000

-

360,000

700,000

Purchase of guaranteed investment certificate

(100,000

)

(120,000

)

(300,000

)

Purchase of property and equipment

(3,002

)

(311

)

(5,419

)

(5,657

)

46,998

(100,311

)

234,581

394,343

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

851,157

(214,326

)

678,625

169,952

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

111,180

498,038

283,712

113,760

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

962,337

$

283,712

$

962,337

$

283,712


SOURCE: 01 Communique Laboratory, Inc.



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