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Edited Transcript of MVIS earnings conference call or presentation 18-Jul-19 9:00pm GMT

Q2 2019 MicroVision Inc Earnings Call

REDMOND Jul 19, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of MicroVision Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 9:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Lindsey Stibbard

MicroVision, Inc. - Paralegal

* Perry M. Mulligan

MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director

* Stephen P. Holt

MicroVision, Inc. - CFO

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Conference Call Participants

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* Aman Raj Gulani

B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Associate Analyst

* Glenn George Mattson

Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Research Division - VP of Equity Research

* Michael Fawzy Malouf

Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Partner, Senior Research Analyst & Head of Boston Team

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Presentation

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Editor [1]

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This transcript is incomplete due to a portion of the audio being unavailable. The following summary is not a verbatim representation of this missing audio portion and has been provided by the Company.

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Operator [2]

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[Welcome to the Q2 2019 MicroVision, Inc. Financial and Operating Results Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please note, today's event is being recorded. I will now turn the call over to Lindsey Stibbard. Please go ahead.]

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Lindsey Stibbard, MicroVision, Inc. - Paralegal [3]

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[Thank you. Good afternoon and welcome everyone to MicroVision's Second Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results Conference Call. Joining me on today's call are Perry Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer, Steve Holt, Chief Financial Officer and Sumit Sharma, Chief Operating Officer.

The information in today's conference call includes forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected customer orders; progress under and benefits of existing contracts and license agreements and the negotiation of future agreements; customer product launches; advantages of our technology; litigation; progress with prospective customers; business execution; projections of future operations and financial results; product development, applications and benefits; availability and supply of products and key components; commercialization of our technology; market opportunities and growth in demand; as well as statements containing words like opportunity, positioned, target, confident, believe, goals, focus, paths, expects, plans, will, could, would, likely, resulting, optimistic and other similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from the future results implied or expressed in the forwardlooking statements.

We encourage you to review our various SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 6, 2019, our Form 10-Q filed on April 26, 2019, and other SEC filings made from time to time in which we discuss risk factors associated with investing in MicroVision. These risk factors could cause results to differ from those implied or expressed in our forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this call, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update this information.

The financial numbers presented on the call today are included in our press release and in the 8-K filed today. Both are available from the Investor Relations section of our website. This conference call will also be available for audio replay in the Investor Relations section of MicroVision's website at www.microvision.com. We have also posted a slide deck that provides an overview of MicroVision on the Investor Relations section of our website.

And now I'd like to turn the call over to Perry Mulligan. Perry?]

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Editor [4]

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End of non-verbatim summary.

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [5]

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Thank you, Lindsey. Good afternoon, everyone. In the second quarter, we made significant progress in landing Tier 1 customers for the interactive display and display-only products and moved to the next stage of the agreements with our April 2017 contract customer.

First, let's take a look at the IoT products, our interactive display and display-only solutions. As we reported on our last call in April, we expected to receive notice of a design win for our display-only product from our licensee in the second quarter. We also indicated that we anticipated that a design win for our interactive display modules could fall shortly thereafter. Positive customer feedback during Q2 led to further discussions of potentially larger product launches and increased sales over time. Because different countries have different laser product requirements, we were asked if we could support a Class 1 laser product. While both Class 1 and Class 3 are safe for consumers, providing a Class 1 product makes it much easier to sell the product globally and enable larger volumes.

Fortunately, because of our engineering activity over the last year, we believed we could provide a module to support Class 1 products in a short amount of time without any increase in brightness.

During the quarter, we were able to demonstrate a module that can support a Class 1 laser product for our customers. We believe the likelihood of a larger-scale rollout is now higher, and we are very excited at the prospects we are facing. It is our belief that enabling Class 1 laser products for our customers could provide MicroVision an opportunity to sell well in excess of 10 million units to multiple customers with perhaps 1 million to 3 million units shipping during the first 12 to 24 months of production.

The move to Class 1 products resulted in decision delays of about a quarter. Consequently, we now expect display-only and interactive-display products could launch in mid-2020 with the first revenue to us likely to start in Q2 2020 and the potential for profitability depending on volumes and product mix considerations 1 quarter later.

Let me now discuss our April 2017 contract. We completed the development work required under the contract and have invoiced all of the amounts pooled. We received the final $2.5 million payment this month, bringing the total cash received under the development portion of the contract to $15 million.

We have shifted to a new phase of our relationship with this customer and this month will begin shipping product production parts. We expect product shipments to this customer will generate between $3 million and $5 million in sales through the balance of 2019. As our customer launches their product into the market, we expect to gain further insight and we'll provide guidance on what revenue we could expect to see in 2020. This program represents a high watermark in MicroVision's ability to execute a major program with a Tier 1 global technology leader, meeting the quality, performance, cost and schedule expectations of our customer.

I also want to make you aware that as this development portion of our April 2017 contract came to close, it became clear that we were overstaffed for the work we had ahead of us. During the latter part of the second quarter, we completed a reduction in headcount of approximately 25%. The engineering teams saw the majority of the reductions, but areas in SG&A were also affected. As a result of these reductions and other expense reductions, we expect our operating expense to decrease below $7 million in Q4 from the $8.4 million incurred in Q2.

Now moving to our consumer LiDAR platform opportunities, we continue to engage with our customers who are using the Explorer Kits we have shipped. There is strong customer interest, and we are looking for the lead customer that could drive the volume needed to achieve a cost-effective and successful product launch.

Finally, as we look at our automotive LiDAR vertical, we continue to have positive meetings with customers, partners and suppliers in this space. The team is continuing to develop intellectual property and follow patents in this area. We continue to look for a lead partner to help us with the investment required to bring products to market.

Let me wrap up my introductory comments by reiterating that we set out nearly 2 years ago to transform MicroVision. We believe we are now very close to design wins that could enable products that would be shipped all over the world. We have completed a large and challenging development agreement with a Tier 1 customer and are moving to the production phase of that program. These successes and others reflect the transformation of the company. I'll now turn the call over to Steve, our CFO, who will discuss the financial side of our business.

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Stephen P. Holt, MicroVision, Inc. - CFO [6]

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Thanks, Perry. Good afternoon, everyone. Second quarter revenue was $1.2 million with virtually all the revenue related to the April 2017 development contract.

Revenue in the prior quarter was $1.9 million with about $1.7 million from the April 2017 contract and $199,000 from the sale of modules.

During the quarter, we reserved the remaining value of the inventory we built for Ragentek. As a result, gross profit on product revenue was negative $1 million. Contract gross profit was $442,000 and total gross profit then was negative $583,000. In comparison, gross profit was a positive $608,000 in Q1, and we recorded a positive $333,000 in the same quarter a year ago.

Second quarter operating expenses were $8.4 million compared to the prior quarter's $8.7 million, and in comparison, operating expenses were $8.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. Second quarter operating expenses included $390,000 of severance costs related to the reduction in our workforce that Perry mentioned.

At the end of Q2, our headcount was 80. At the end of Q1, our headcount was 105. And a year ago, headcount stood at 107. Looking ahead, we expect our operating expenses over the next 2 quarters to continue to decline. We're targeting for Q4 operating expenses to be in the $6.5 million to $7 million range, and the expected reduction is due to a lower number of employees and reduced expenses for outside services and supplies.

For the second quarter, our net loss was $9 million or $0.08 per share. This compares to a loss of $8.1 million or $0.08 per share last quarter and $8.5 million or $0.10 a share in Q2 of 2018.

We ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $4.6 million, which does not include the $2.5 million payment we received in July from the April 2017 contract customer. We ended the prior quarter with $7 million and $21 million at the end of the same quarter a year ago.

During the second quarter, we raised $4.6 million from the Lincoln Park financing agreement we announced in April and another $2 million from a registered direct offering completed in April. Under the Lincoln Park agreement, we have the ability at our discretion to sell up to $6.4 million of additional common stock to Lincoln, subject to certain limitations and based on the prevailing share price at the time of each sale.

As mentioned earlier, in the second quarter, we took steps to reduce our ongoing operating expenses by approximately $3 million during the second half of 2019. We are currently examining a number of additional options, including non-dilutive options to increase our cash balance and bolster the balance sheet. While we cannot comment today on what form that financing might be, we are confident that funds will be available. I'll now turn the call back over to Perry for some comments before opening the call to questions.

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [7]

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Thank you, Steve. Since assuming the CEO role 20 months ago, MicroVision has undergone an important transition from developing technology to providing solutions to our customers. The achievements described in this call should illustrate why our customers have confidence in our ability to deliver. As we enter the second half of 2019, we are now beginning a new phase of that journey. This month, we will begin shipping components to our April 2017 Tier 1 customer for their product launch. We expect to hear this quarter that our interactive display and display-only modules will be adopted for smart speaker applications that we believe have the potential to set a new standard for this product category when launched next year.

As we go forward, we expect to work with our customers to support their production plans and ensure the successful launches of their products.

We are very excited by the opportunity that a Class 1 solution provides for us. Integrating this solution into our hardware, we believe is an enabler that unlocks access to mass markets sooner. With that, we will now open the call for questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) The first question comes from Mike Malouf with Craig-Hallum Capital Group.

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Michael Fawzy Malouf, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Partner, Senior Research Analyst & Head of Boston Team [2]

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If we could just focus a little bit on the change in the Class 1 lasers. Obviously, we always thought 3R was safe, but maybe you can give us a little more color with regards to why they wanted to go to Class 1? And what kind of trade-offs do we have with Class 1, you say it's not as -- it's as bright but are there any other trade-offs with regards to size or with regards to cost or anything else that we should know about?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [3]

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So I think, Mike, historically, we've talked about -- to our customers, and we're focused on the Class 3R product launch because it was the fastest time to market. As the customer reviewed our product opportunities and use cases, the excitement grew and the notion of trying to potentially larger launches became more evident. Class 1 simply makes it easier to deploy a global solution. Both are safe, but Class 1 simply allows them to get to more countries sooner easier. So from that perspective, that's the difference in the Class 1 and Class 3R kits. Does that answer your question?

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Michael Fawzy Malouf, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Partner, Senior Research Analyst & Head of Boston Team [4]

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Yes, just wanted to know if there is any trade-offs with regards to cost or size or such.

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [5]

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At this point in time, we believe that we can adopt the solutions required into our hardware module, and don't expect it to have a significant impact on costs or other performance issues.

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Michael Fawzy Malouf, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Partner, Senior Research Analyst & Head of Boston Team [6]

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Okay. Great. Good. All right. And then so was this a real hang-up between launching this year and launching next year? Was just a shift in the need to do Class 1?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [7]

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I just want to -- I'd answer it slightly differently, Mike. I think that unchecked, the Class 3R product was ready to launch. I think that has people reviewed the potential of this being truly a market impact, a market leader -- an important aspect of the market portfolio, Class 1 became a question that when answered really sort of opens up a larger opportunity for us. So I don't think it's a sticking point, I don't think it was an impediment, I think it was an increased opportunity.

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Michael Fawzy Malouf, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Partner, Senior Research Analyst & Head of Boston Team [8]

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Got it. Okay, great, and then a question on the April 17 product. You expect orders this month, this month being just within the next couple of weeks I guess or it's you say orders this quarter?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [9]

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We expect the orders to be shipping this month for the April 2017 contract and that's it. (inaudible) balance of the year.

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Michael Fawzy Malouf, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Partner, Senior Research Analyst & Head of Boston Team [10]

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That's great. And then -- and when do you think we'll have some visibility on exactly what product that's going into?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [11]

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Well, we have not been able to comment historically on the customer's launch plan. I don't believe that's been formalized and I can't make any comment on it, Mike. So I don't -- I can't answer the question.

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Operator [12]

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The next question comes from Aman Gulani with B. Riley FBR.

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [13]

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You might be on mute, Aman.

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Aman Raj Gulani, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Associate Analyst [14]

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Can you hear me?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [15]

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Now we can.

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Aman Raj Gulani, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Associate Analyst [16]

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Okay. Yes, so my first question is regarding the Class 1 laser. Is that something that will be utilized with your April 2017 customer?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [17]

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Yes, we can't provide any more color on the April 2017 contract, and we've already described in the previous press releases about that product.

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Aman Raj Gulani, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Associate Analyst [18]

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Got it, okay. And I think has -- for the April 2017 contract, has the customer gave you an indication of when they might start shipping to their customers?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [19]

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We obviously have some indication, but we just can't share information with you at the time, but we're starting production. So you can think about it.

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Aman Raj Gulani, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Associate Analyst [20]

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Okay. Got it. Last question from me. Are you seeing any opportunity in the space within the mixed reality VR space?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [21]

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Yes. We've done some work in the AR, VR space. We think that laser beam scanning have some attributes that make it very applicable in that space, but we don't have any specific comments on anything that we can talk about today.

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Operator [22]

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The next question comes from Glenn Mattson with Ladenburg Thalmann.

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Glenn George Mattson, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Research Division - VP of Equity Research [23]

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So on April 17 contract, just from what I understand, I remember there were some pricing issues with some components perhaps that were going into Europe product and trying to get final terms all worked out on that. Has that all been settled at this point? And is it -- is there a full understanding of the pricing involved between your customer as well as your components and all that?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [24]

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Yes. We've got that and that's why we are able to give you a revenue range, yes.

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Glenn George Mattson, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Research Division - VP of Equity Research [25]

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And did you -- I missed. Did you say $3 million to $5 million in 2019?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [26]

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Yes, yes.

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Glenn George Mattson, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Research Division - VP of Equity Research [27]

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So that's a bit lower than I think people were expecting. Is that the end customer perhaps pushed out a launch date or you simply just can't comment on that at this point?

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [28]

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That's from the forecast that we see today. Certainly, it could always change, but that's the forecast that we see today.

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Stephen P. Holt, MicroVision, Inc. - CFO [29]

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Well, and it's not atypical for these products to have a ramp to them. So this is a preliminary review. We had questions already on the call about whether there's a launch date, that hasn't been defined. So how this unfolds in the next few months, we'll keep you apprised as soon it's visible.

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Glenn George Mattson, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Research Division - VP of Equity Research [30]

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Okay. And the cash needs and cash burns that is certainly an issue at this point. So is it -- I guess last time, you came quickly with announcements shortly after stating similar language on the call that you thought that there would be -- funds would be available, that you're confident funds would be available and then within a few days we had announcements about that. Is it -- is that kind of thing how you're thinking about this time or is it something that will go over the next few months, we're going to have to figure or we'll have to wait to find out how you expect to fund the operation through the rest of the year?

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Stephen P. Holt, MicroVision, Inc. - CFO [31]

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Yes, we're looking at several different options, and I really can't comment on the timing or which option may ultimately come to fruition. So can't give you a lot of specifics. But we ended the quarter at $4.6 million, if you add in the $2.5 million payment for July you're kind of at $7.1 million. It's kind of similar to where we were at start of the previous quarter. So we obviously know that we need to bolster our cash balances but just can't get into the specifics.

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Operator [32]

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(Operator Instructions) This concludes our question-and-answer session. I would like to now turn the conference back over to Perry Mulligan for any closing remarks.

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Perry M. Mulligan, MicroVision, Inc. - CEO & Director [33]

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Thank you, operator. In closing, I want to once again thank our employees, business partners and our investors for their continued support. We are committed to keep you informed of our progress as we go forward and remain excited about the opportunities ahead of us. Operator?

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Operator [34]

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The conference has now concluded. Thank you for attending today's presentation. You may now disconnect.