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Digimarc Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Digimarc Corporation (DMRC), inventor of the Intuitive Computing Platform™ featuring Digimarc Barcode, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $4.9 million compared to $5.2 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The decrease was primarily due to lower license revenue reflecting the impact of the $3.5 million upfront license fee we realized in the third quarter of 2017 whereby we waived any future royalty obligations from this licensee in one of the licensed fields of use.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $11.5 million compared to $9.0 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The increase was primarily due to higher investment in sales, marketing, and engineering as the company continues to address important opportunities in market development and delivery of Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $8.7 million compared to an operating loss of $5.9 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The higher operating loss was primarily due to higher operating expenses. 

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $8.4 million or $(0.76) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $5.8 million or $(0.57) per diluted share in the same quarter a year-ago.

At quarter-end, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $67.7 million, compared to $60.9 million at September 30, 2017. The increase was primarily due to $12.0 million of net proceeds from the sale of common stock in a registered direct offering completed during the quarter, partially offset by higher operating expenses.

Full Year 2017 Financial Results
Revenue for the full year 2017 totaled $25.2 million compared to $21.8 million in 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher license revenue driven by a one-time $3.5 million license fee from an existing licensee. In exchange for the upfront license fee, we waived any future royalty obligations from this licensee in one of the licensed fields of use.

Operating expenses for the full year 2017 totaled $43.2 million compared to $35.2 million in 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher investment in sales, marketing, and engineering.

Operating loss for the full year 2017 totaled $26.6 million compared to an operating loss of $21.9 million in 2016. The higher operating loss was primarily due to higher operating expenses, partially offset by higher license revenue. 

Net loss for the full year 2017 totaled $25.8 million or $(2.44) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $21.7 million or $(2.36) per diluted share in 2016.

Conference Call
Digimarc will hold a conference call later today (Wednesday, February 21, 2018) 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 via the investor section of the company's website here.

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: 96755398

If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group 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 and more. Digimarc is based in Beaverton, Oregon, with technologies deployed by major retailers and consumer brands, central 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, 2016 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,


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenue:








   Service

$              3,001


$              3,017


$            12,936


$            12,667

   Subscription

1,348


1,434


5,519


5,808

   License

509


729


6,758


3,318

      Total revenue

4,858


5,180


25,213


21,793









Cost of revenue:








   Service

1,361


1,385


5,792


5,673

   Subscription

563


554


2,264


2,410

   License

133


112


502


414

      Total cost of revenue

2,057


2,051


8,558


8,497









Gross profit:








   Service

1,640


1,632


7,144


6,994

   Subscription

785


880


3,255


3,398

   License

376


617


6,256


2,904

      Total gross profit

2,801


3,129


16,655


13,296









Gross margin:








   Service

55%


54%


55%


55%

   Subscription

58%


61%


59%


59%

   License

74%


85%


93%


88%

      Percentage of gross profit to total revenue

58%


60%


66%


61%









Operating expenses:








   Sales and marketing

4,572


3,132


16,636


11,888

   Research, development and engineering

3,932


3,419


15,435


13,394

   General and administrative

2,614


2,113


9,680


8,298

   Intellectual property

345


346


1,469


1,636

      Total operating expenses

11,463


9,010


43,220


35,216









Operating loss

(8,662)


(5,881)


(26,565)


(21,920)









Other income, net

180


101


588


258









Loss before income taxes

(8,482)


(5,780)


(25,977)


(21,662)









Benefit (provision) for income taxes

112


24


206


(10)

Net loss

$             (8,370)


$             (5,756)


$           (25,771)


$           (21,672)









Earnings (loss) per common share:








Loss per common share - basic

$               (0.76)


$               (0.57)


$               (2.44)


$               (2.36)

Loss per common share - diluted

$               (0.76)


$               (0.57)


$               (2.44)


$               (2.36)

   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

11,046


10,111


10,571


9,188

   Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

11,046


10,111


10,571


9,188

 

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheet Information

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)










December 31,


December 31,


2017


2016

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents (1)

$            40,823


$            11,638

Marketable securities (1)

26,915


44,496

Trade accounts receivable, net 

6,404


5,078

Other current assets 

2,171


1,695

Total current assets 

76,313


62,907

Marketable securities (1)

-


4,392

Property and equipment, net 

4,236


3,570

Intangibles, net 

6,381


6,422

Goodwill

1,114


1,114

Other assets

326


331

Total assets 

$            88,370


$            78,736





Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$              1,914


$              1,523

Deferred revenue

3,124


2,923

Total current liabilities 

5,038


4,446

Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities

985


956

Total liabilities 

6,023


5,402





Commitments and contingencies








Shareholders' equity:




   Preferred stock

50


50

   Common stock

12


11

   Additional paid-in capital

155,793


120,985

   Accumulated deficit

(73,508)


(47,712)

Total shareholders' equity 

82,347


73,334





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$            88,370


$            78,736









(1)

Aggregate cash, cash equivalents, short- and long-term marketable securities was $67,738 and $60,526 at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

 

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Cash Flow Information

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)






Twelve-Month Information


December 31,


December 31,


2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities:




  Net loss

$           (25,771)


$           (21,672)

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




    Depreciation, amortization and write-off of property and equipment

1,430


1,336

    Amortization and write-off of intangibles

996


1,121

    Stock-based compensation

6,757


5,553

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




      Trade accounts receivable

(1,326)


(462)

      Other current assets

(476)


(208)

      Other assets

5


7

      Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

585


637

      Deferred revenue

189


(176)

        Net cash used in operating activities

(17,611)


(13,864)





Cash flows from investing activities:




    Purchase of property and equipment

(2,188)


(1,837)

    Capitalized patent costs

(819)


(790)

    Maturity of marketable securities

60,360


41,052

    Purchase of marketable securities

(38,387)


(53,914)

        Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

18,966


(15,489)





Cash flows from financing activities:




    Issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

29,677


39,700

    Exercise of stock options

1,183


668

    Purchase of common stock

(3,030)


(2,537)

        Net cash provided by financing activities

27,830


37,831





        Net increase in cash and cash equivalents (2)

$            29,185


$              8,478









     Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at beginning of period

60,526


39,186

     Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at end of period

67,738


60,526

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

$              7,212


$            21,340

 

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