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Edited Transcript of WYY earnings conference call or presentation 14-May-18 8:30pm GMT

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Q1 2018 WidePoint Corp Earnings Call

OAKBROOK TERRACE May 22, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of WidePoint Corp earnings conference call or presentation Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Jason Holloway

WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

* Jin Kang

WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP, CEO, President & Director

* Kito Mussa

WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP & CFO

* W. David Fore

Hayden IR, LLC - Director of Research

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Conference Call Participants

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* Michael Roy Crawford

B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for standing by. Welcome to WidePoint First Quarter 2018 Earnings Call. (Operator Instructions) Please note, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, David Fore with Hayden IR. Thank you. You may begin.

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W. David Fore, Hayden IR, LLC - Director of Research [2]

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Thank you, operator. Good afternoon, and thank you for joining WidePoint's 2018 First Quarter Financial Results Conference Call. With me on the call are WidePoint's President and CEO, Jin Kang; as well as Jason Holloway, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer; and WidePoint's CFO, Kito Mussa.

Jin will provide an overview of the quarter's recent developments, our confidence and overview of the strategy. Jason will provide a sales and marketing update, and Kito will provide a financial overview and outlook. At that point, we'll turn over the call over to analysts and institutional shareholders.

Before I turn the call over to Jin, I'd like to remind all participants that during this conference call any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Expressions of future goals, including guidance and similar expressions including, without limitation, expressions using the terminology: may, will, believe, expect, plans, anticipates, predicts, forecasts and expressions which reflect other than historical facts, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risk factors and uncertainties, including those discussed in the Risk Factors sections of WidePoint's annual report on Form 10-K as well as reports on Form 10-Q and SEC filings and the company's press releases. Actual results may differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to risk factors and uncertainties. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any events or circumstances that may arise after this conference call, except as required by law.

I'd like to turn the call now over to WidePoint's CEO, Jin Kang, for opening remarks. Thanks, Jin.

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Jin Kang, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP, CEO, President & Director [3]

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Thank you, Dave, and good afternoon to you all. Thank you all for joining us today to review our first quarter 2018 financial results.

Over the past year, we have executed on our new corporate strategy, which is to increase revenues from our higher-margin product lines, return to top line growth and leverage our fixed cost operating structure to return to profitability. We have reinvigorated our team and fully aligned our sales and marketing resources to support our Trusted Mobility Management, or TM2, offerings. We are now are on our third consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA, and we expect to be adjusted EBITDA positive on a quarterly basis going forward. We're confident that we've turned the corner at this point, and we will continue to make progress on our profitability.

In the first quarter, we reduced operating expenses by more than 13% compared to last year. Meanwhile, even as we are cutting costs, we are delivering top line growth. This is our second consecutive quarter of year-over-year expansion. In fact, this quarter is the strongest quarter we've seen on the top line since the third quarter of 2016.

The first quarter traditionally has been our slowest quarter of the year, so we're happy to report the strong performance today. So now we're not just working harder, we're working smarter. Externally, the changes in cost structures are fairly evident, and we've made significant changes in our corporate culture as well. We've consolidated our personnel into a small number of key locations to leverage synergies among our staff and to eliminate redundancies. We've aligned our commission structures for both internal sales force and channel partners to focus on higher-margin, profitable business opportunities. And we've rebranded our offerings under one umbrella, the WidePoint TM2. This framework is taking hold across the company, and we are actively marketing our combined solution set to both new and existing customers. Our core capabilities in Telecom Lifecycle Management, Identity Management and Bill Presentment & Analytics under the TM2 umbrella securely supports and manages our clients' mobile assets across the enterprise.

We are focusing on adding new capabilities to further differentiate ourselves from our competitors in the market. We're the only provider in the market today that can provide all 3 of these capabilities in one integrated solution. So far, we have met the guidance that we've issued previously, and we continue to anticipate that the cost-savings actions that were taken during this and preceding quarters will provide annual savings of over $3 million in our operating expenses. We remain committed to our 2018 goals of top line growth and improved profitability through our organic growth and through our upselling and cross-selling efforts. Jason will have more on this in his prepared remarks.

Now that we have a stabilized and a growing company, we are looking for the other opportunities for vertical and horizontal integrations of products, services and customers to continue our growth trajectory. We are positioning the company for continued growth and profitability on a GAAP basis. Lastly, we are on track for the U.S. Coast Guard to start on September 1 of this year, and we will provide updates on the rollout as we approach the launch date.

Now I'll turn the call over to Jason, who will provide an update on our sales and marketing efforts and the sales pipeline. Kito will then follow with details of our financial performance in his prepared remarks. Jason?

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Jason Holloway, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer [4]

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Thank you, Jin. Good afternoon, fellow shareholders. In the first quarter, we successfully closed a number of recompetes, including, but not limited to: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, valued at more than $4 million over 3 years; the Department of Health and Human Services; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Department of Homeland Security Headquarters; and a Department of Homeland Security component agency.

We've also had a busy start to the second quarter. In April, we announced additional awards with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and one the institutes of NIH for wireless management services as well as 4 follow-on federal successful recompetes for the Identity Management group.

The total sales pipeline has increased 20% over the same period last year, with 15% more from potential commercial customers. Cross-selling opportunities to existing customers is tracking to expectations, with a typical closed cycle of 6 to 9 months. To be clear, there is always the chance we may not close any of the opportunities in our sales pipeline. That said, we are focused on 3 very large commercial deals in the pipeline that we are trying to close in 2018, which would raise our profile in the industry and give us nice momentum going forward.

I am pleased with the core sales team we have in place, who are working very hard to identify new opportunities and close deals. We are 100% focused on delivering growth and will continue to maintain our momentum throughout 2018.

Now I will hand the call over to Kito.

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Kito Mussa, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [5]

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Thank you, Jason. I'll first discuss the progress we made towards achieving our financial goals, then dive into the details of our first quarter results, and then turn it back over to Jin. Also, you can find additional information on our first quarter 2018 Form 10-Q report, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission just prior to the earnings call.

We finished our first quarter with an 8% increase in revenues to $20.1 million from $18.6 million last year. We narrowed our GAAP net losses to $462,000 from $1.2 million last year, and we reported positive adjusted EBITDA of approximately $87,000 as compared to negative $722,000 last year. Our increased revenue for the quarter was primarily driven by a $1.8 million U.S. Air Force recompete contract, which we were awarded and delivered in the first quarter of 2018.

Our improved gross profit, lower GAAP net losses and positive adjusted EBITDA were predominantly driven by cost-savings actions taken last year, which removed more than $3 million in annual costs from our operations. We are carefully watching our costs and will continue to drive savings through automation of our services wherever practical. Additionally, there were no significant onetime charges or any significant fundamental changes in either our contracts with customers or our operations during the first quarter that impacted our results.

In terms of our financial position, we exited the first quarter with cash of approximately $7.4 million, net working capital of approximately $2.6 million and approximately $4.1 million available to draw down against our credit facility with Access National Bank. The increase in cash was temporary in nature due to administrative accounts payable processing delays at the end of the month. Also, as previously disclosed this month, we successfully renewed our credit facility with Access National Bank through April 2019.

Before I turn it back over to Jin, I'd like to reiterate that as a company, we've cut costs, we've rightsized the company in both employees and properties and we've continued to execute on our plan in 2018. We were adjusted EBITDA positive for this quarter and the previous 2 quarters, and we expect to be adjusted EBITDA positive going forward as we pursue our longer-term goal of GAAP profitability.

So with that, I'd like to turn it back over to Jin.

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Jin Kang, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP, CEO, President & Director [6]

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Thank you, Kito. Thank you, Jason. At this time, we are ready for questions from our participants. Operator, will you please open up the calls for questions?

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question is from Mike Crawford with B. Riley.

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [2]

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Can we start with the segment breakout between managed services revenue and carrier services?

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Kito Mussa, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [3]

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Sure. What do you want to know?

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [4]

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Well, how about the revenue and the margins for each?

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Kito Mussa, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [5]

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We -- yes, we don't break out -- well, one, we don't have segments, Mike, so we don't -- one of the things we've done with the new revenue standard is that we've gone in and taken a look at how we're disclosing our sources of revenue. So what we've done in our Q is we've gone in and we've broken out in little further detail the types of revenues we get within our managed services component. So on Note 14 we had for the quarter, we had about $4.9 million in managed service fees, about $604,000 billable service fees. These are basically time and material-related contracts. And then reselling and other, this will be everything else. It's about $2.8 million is what we had for the first quarter of 2018.

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [6]

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I see the Q just filed after the call started.

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Kito Mussa, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [7]

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No worries.

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [8]

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So I can get the rest of that from there. The commercial --- 3 large commercial deals you're pursuing, one, why such a long sales cycle? And then two, are these companies ones that you've had pilots with or previously been pursuing and now are coming back for, perhaps, a bigger bite?

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Jason Holloway, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer [9]

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Yes, that is correct. So the long sales cycle, Mike, that's just the nature of our business. We've actually stated that before. So unfortunately, that is the sales cycle. And number two, yes, one of the 3 large deals. There's been a number of extensive interaction of, not only meeting with the customer, but significant RFP work, determining the requirements. And we've already done a significant number of preselling as well as a number of satisfactory demos. So there's been a lot of activity on that side.

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [10]

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Jason, maybe a follow-up to that. Were there other companies that also started down this pilot path that are no longer in the pipeline? Or how would you quantify what's in now versus how much is maybe -- turned out to be a -- not to work out?

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Jin Kang, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP, CEO, President & Director [11]

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So I think the -- what you're asking is what is the quality of these 3 large opportunities. And I think the opportunities that we're mentioning here, we consider it qualified opportunities. And this is within our sales pipeline. And what that means is that we have a -- what we put in our sales pipeline are those opportunities that we have a 50% or greater chance of a win. That's what we put in here. Were there other customers that were in this pipeline that we didn't ultimately win? There have been a few, but we feel pretty good about these opportunities.

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [12]

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Okay, yes. That's exactly what I was asking. And then, separately, on the Coast Guard. So September 1 sounds like a hard start date. And in the past, there had been some expectations for certain revenue levels that were significant. And how much should we rely on that past kind of expectation for what the Coast Guard could mean for WidePoint? Or maybe you can maybe reset what the Coast Guard might mean to the company once it gets up and running full swing.

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Jin Kang, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP, CEO, President & Director [13]

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So the 1st of September is the current tentative date. We feel that, that's a pretty solid date, but as the federal government does, they have the right to change any of these dates. But we feel that it's a fairly strong date. In terms of the size of the opportunity, in terms of revenue, we're probably looking at roughly $7 million, $7.5 million in annual revenues. So that's a pretty material piece of work once we get fully ramped up. So if we start 1st of September, a lot of the work has been completed in terms of implementation and configuration. We could probably see the revenues coming in probably towards the end of October, beginning of November, assuming a September 1 start.

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Michael Roy Crawford, B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Senior MD, Co-Head of The Discovery Group & Senior Analyst [14]

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Okay, great. And then final question is, given the run rate -- recurring revenue run rate you're on now plus the addition just of the Coast Guard, that gets you up to the ballpark of what in the past, you've called a targeted financial model with significantly better margins at that kind of $90 million-ish revenue that might be possible once the Coast Guard's fully up and running. And I'm wondering if there's any difference in thoughts on what the financial profile might look like now at that level.

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Kito Mussa, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [15]

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No, good question, Mike. This is Kito. You're not too far of the mark. Probably closer to, I'd say, probably like the mid-80s, potentially up to the high end, as you mentioned. As far as the profit profile, I mean, it'd be very similarly situated to our traditional customers. So I mean, I wouldn't see a huge, huge change in terms of the profit profile. The only thing that helps us is if we can do the onboarding a little more efficiently, and we get better each time we do this. That certainly helps. But it wouldn't be anything significant that we should change what's been previously put out there.

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Operator [16]

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Ladies and gentlemen, we are out of time for questions today. I'd like to turn the call back to Jin Kang for closing remarks.

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Jin Kang, WidePoint Corporation - Executive VP, CEO, President & Director [17]

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Thank you, operator. We thank you all for joining us today on our first quarter call. We look forward to connecting with you all on our second quarter 2018 call in August. We appreciate everyone taking the time to join us today. Thank you again, and have a great evening.

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Operator [18]

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Thank you. This concludes today's conference. Thank you for your participation. You may disconnect your lines at this time.