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Digimarc Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Digimarc Corporation (DMRC), the inventor of the Intuitive Computing Platform (ICP™) featuring Digimarc Barcode, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Digimarc The Barcode of Everything(TM)

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $5.2 million compared to $4.9 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The increase in revenue was due to higher service, subscription and license revenue relative to the same quarter a year-ago.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $11.4 million compared to $11.5 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The decrease in operating expenses was due to lower general and administrative and research, development and engineering expenses, offset by higher investment in sales and marketing.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $8.3 million compared to $8.7 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The lower operating loss was primarily due to higher revenue and lower operating expenses.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $8.0 million or $(0.70) per diluted share compared to a net loss of $8.4 million or $(0.76) per diluted share in the same quarter a year-ago.

At quarter-end, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $43.7 million, compared to $49.4 million at September 30, 2018.

Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Revenue for the full year 2018 totaled $21.2 million compared to $25.2 million in 2017. The decrease in revenue was due to lower license revenue reflecting the impact of the $3.5 million upfront license fee realized in the third quarter of 2017 and $0.9 million of royalties realized in the first nine months of 2017 from the licensee. In exchange for the upfront license fee, the company waived any future royalty obligations from this licensee in one of the licensed fields of use. The decrease in license revenue was partially offset by an increase in subscription revenue reflecting growth in Digimarc Discover and Barcode revenue offset by lower Guardian revenue.

Operating expenses for the full year 2018 totaled $46.3 million compared to $43.2 million in 2017. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to higher investment in sales and marketing as the company continues to address important opportunities in market development and delivery of Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode.

Operating loss for the full year 2018 totaled $33.5 million compared to an operating loss of $26.6 million in 2017. The higher operating loss was primarily due to lower license revenue and higher operating expenses. 

Net loss for the full year 2018 totaled $32.5 million or $(2.86) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $25.8 million or $(2.44) per diluted share in 2017.

Conference Call
Digimarc will hold a conference call today (Thursday, February 21, 2019) to discuss these results, as well as provide an update on market conditions and execution of strategy. Chairman and CEO Bruce Davis and CFO Charles Beck will host the call starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time). A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay in the investor section of the company's website. The conference call script will also be posted to the company's website shortly before the call.

For those who wish to listen to the call via telephone, please dial the number below at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time:

Toll-Free Number: 866-562-9934
International Number: 706-679-0638
Conference ID: 96755402

If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at 949-574-3860.

About Digimarc
Digimarc Corporation (DMRC) is a pioneer in the automatic identification of everyday objects such as product packaging and virtually any media, including print, images and audio. Based on the patented Intuitive Computing Platform (ICP™), Digimarc provides innovative and comprehensive automatic recognition technologies to simplify search, and transform information discovery through unparalleled reliability, efficiency and security. Digimarc has a global patent portfolio, which includes over 1,100 granted and pending patents. These innovations include state-of-the-art identification technology, Digimarc Barcode, as well as Digimarc Discover® software for barcode scanning, image recognition, and more. Digimarc is based in Beaverton, Oregon, with technologies deployed by major retailers and consumer brands, global banks, U.S. states, film companies and professional sports franchises, among others. Visit digimarc.com and follow us @digimarc to learn more about The Barcode of Everything®.

Forward-looking Statements
With the exception of historical information contained in this release, the matters described in this release contain various "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements include statements and any related inferences regarding market opportunities for Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode, and other statements identified by terminology such as "will," "should," "expects," "estimates," "predicts" and "continue" or other derivations of these or other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements are statements of management's opinion and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied from the statements in this release as a result of changes in economic, business and/or regulatory factors. More detailed information about risk factors that may affect actual results are set forth in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and in subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, Digimarc undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

 

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Income Statement Information

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)










Three-Month Information


Twelve-Month Information


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2018


2017


2018


2017

Revenue:








   Service

$         3,144


$         3,001


$       12,774


$       12,936

   Subscription

1,487


1,348


6,041


5,519

   License

596


509


2,377


6,758

      Total revenue

5,227


4,858


21,192


25,213









Cost of revenue:








   Service

1,510


1,361


5,922


5,792

   Subscription

437


563


1,907


2,264

   License

154


133


597


502

      Total cost of revenue

2,101


2,057


8,426


8,558









Gross profit:








   Service

1,634


1,640


6,852


7,144

   Subscription

1,050


785


4,134


3,255

   License

442


376


1,780


6,256

      Total gross profit

3,126


2,801


12,766


16,655









Gross margin:








   Service

52%


55%


54%


55%

   Subscription

71%


58%


68%


59%

   License

74%


74%


75%


93%

      Percentage of gross profit to total revenue

60%


58%


60%


66%









Operating expenses:








   Sales and marketing

4,755


4,572


19,140


16,636

   Research, development and engineering

3,897


3,932


15,971


15,435

   General and administrative

2,402


2,614


9,897


9,680

   Intellectual property

334


345


1,282


1,469

      Total operating expenses

11,388


11,463


46,290


43,220









Operating loss

(8,262)


(8,662)


(33,524)


(26,565)









Other income, net

258


180


1,057


588









Loss before income taxes

(8,004)


(8,482)


(32,467)


(25,977)









Benefit (provision) for income taxes

(10)


112


(39)


206

Net loss

$        (8,014)


$        (8,370)


$      (32,506)


$      (25,771)









Earnings (loss) per common share:








Loss per common share - basic

$          (0.70)


$          (0.76)


$          (2.86)


$          (2.44)

Loss per common share - diluted

$          (0.70)


$          (0.76)


$          (2.86)


$          (2.44)

   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

11,443


11,046


11,360


10,571

   Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

11,443


11,046


11,360


10,571

 

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheet Information

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)










December 31,


December 31,


2018


2017

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents (1)

$         27,278


$         40,823

Marketable securities (1)

16,378


26,915

Trade accounts receivable, net 

3,888


6,404

Other current assets 

2,100


2,171

Total current assets 

49,644


76,313

Property and equipment, net 

3,955


4,236

Intangibles, net 

6,649


6,381

Goodwill

1,114


1,114

Other assets

425


326

Total assets 

$         61,787


$         88,370





Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$           1,092


$           1,914

Deferred revenue

3,226


3,124

Total current liabilities 

4,318


5,038

Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities

854


985

Total liabilities 

5,172


6,023





Commitments and contingencies








Shareholders' equity:




   Preferred stock

50


50

   Common stock

12


12

   Additional paid-in capital

162,428


155,793

   Accumulated deficit

(105,875)


(73,508)

Total shareholders' equity 

56,615


82,347





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$         61,787


$         88,370


(1)

Aggregate cash, cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities was $43,656 and $67,738 at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Cash Flow Information

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)






Twelve-Month Information


December 31,


December 31,


2018


2017

Cash flows from operating activities:




  Net loss

$       (32,506)


$       (25,771)

  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




    Depreciation, amortization and write-off of property and equipment

1,554


1,430

    Amortization and write-off of intangibles

589


996

    Stock-based compensation

7,298


6,757

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




      Trade accounts receivable

2,516


(1,326)

      Other current assets

92


(476)

      Other assets

(57)


5

      Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

(878)


585

      Deferred revenue

182


189

        Net cash used in operating activities

(21,210)


(17,611)





Cash flows from investing activities:




    Purchase of property and equipment

(1,292)


(2,188)

    Capitalized patent costs

(747)


(819)

    Maturity of marketable securities

34,558


60,360

    Purchase of marketable securities

(24,021)


(38,387)

        Net cash provided by investing activities

8,498


18,966





Cash flows from financing activities:




    Issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

-


29,677

    Exercise of stock options

1,256


1,183

    Purchase of common stock

(2,089)


(3,030)

        Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(833)


27,830





        Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (2)

$       (13,545)


$        29,185









     Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at beginning of period

67,738


60,526

     Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at end of period

43,656


67,738

(2)    Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

$       (24,082)


$          7,212

 

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