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Net Element Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides a Business Update

Financial results continue to improve as new proprietary value-added solutions begin gaining traction going into the second half of 2019

MIAMI, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire - Net Element, Inc. (NETE) (“Net Element” or the “Company”), a global technology and value-added solutions group that supports electronic payments acceptance in a multi-channel environment including point-of-sale (“POS”), e-commerce and mobile devices, today reports its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, and provides a business update.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call on August 15, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss second quarter 2019 financial results and business highlights. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing +1 (877) 303-9858, or for international callers +1 (408) 337-0139, and referencing conference code 5192255. It is recommended that participants dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

The call will also be webcast live via https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/3wb2ioct. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the www.netelement.com/en/ir website.

Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Transaction processing volume of approximately $950 million, an increase of 8.5% over the same comparable period last year.
  • Transactions processed were approximately 28.8 million, an increase of 9.7% over the same comparable period last year.
  • Net revenues of approximately $16.5 million, no change as compared to the same period last year.
  • North American Transaction Solutions revenue increased to $15.7, an increase of 9% over the same comparable period.
  • Operating expenses were $2.3 million, representing a decrease of approximately 8% as compared to $2.5 million for the same comparable period.
  • Gross margin of approximately $2.6 million or 16% of net revenue, a slight decrease from $2.65 million or 16% of net revenue for the same comparable period.
  • Net loss per share increased to $ 0.37 from $0.23 for the same comparable period, primarily due to a one-time non-cash compensation expense.

Second Quarter 2019 Significant Achievements

  • Aptito entered into a channel partner agreement with HP Inc. for sales and support of HP's line of Android-based POS devices.
  • Launched Blade, its proprietary, fully-automated, artificial intelligence (“AI”)-powered underwriting solution with predictive scoring.
  • Aptito launched cryptocurrency payment acceptance for merchants.
  • Launched Netevia Mastercard®, an exclusively-tailored business card for Unified Payments merchants.

“The first half of this year was instrumental in positioning the Company for further growth as we enter the second half.  We reduced expenses while increasing our processing volumes and transactions showing the scalability of our business and launched new proprietary value-added services utilizing our technology stack that will add to our revenues going forward,” commented Oleg Firer, CEO of Net Element. “We are well positioned to continue our growth trajectory and achieving our goals while building value for our shareholders.”

Outlook

Our strategy is to ensure that our business remains successful in a rapidly changing market, creating sustainable value for all our stakeholders, including our clients, distribution partners and shareholders.  We aim to achieve superior results for our clients by having a deep understanding of their payment acceptance needs, extensive market reach, strong product development and technology enablement.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 Compared to the Three Months Ended June 30, 2018

Net Element reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of approximately $1.5 million or $0.37 per share loss for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to a net loss of approximately $900,000 or $0.23 per share loss for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The increase in net loss attributable to stockholders of approximately $600,000 million was primarily due to the issuance of non-cash compensation (shares and options) valued, at the date of grant, of approximately $2 million which was offset by an increase of approximately in other income as a result of the reversal of $1.1 million in accrued expenses during the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2018.

The following table sets forth Net Element’s sources of revenues, cost of revenues and the respective gross margins for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and June 30, 2018.

 
                     
    Three       Three        
    Months Ended       Months Ended       Increase /
Source of Revenues   June 30, 2019   Mix   June 30, 2018   Mix   (Decrease)
North American Transaction Solutions   $ 15,737,998   95.5 %   $ 14,419,129   87.6 %   $ 1,318,869  
International Transaction Solutions     749,313   4.5 %     2,045,588   12.4 %     (1,296,275 )
Total   $ 16,487,311   100.0 %   $ 16,464,717   100.0 %   $ 22,594  
                     
    Three       Three        
    Months Ended   % of   Months Ended   % of   Increase /
Cost of Revenues   June 30, 2019   revenues   June 30, 2018   revenues   (Decrease)
North American Transaction Solutions   $ 13,444,074   85.4 %   $ 12,227,059   84.8 %   $ 1,217,015  
International Transaction Solutions     457,291   61.0 %     1,586,949   77.6 %     (1,129,658 )
Total   $ 13,901,365   84.3 %   $ 13,814,008   83.9 %   $ 87,357  
                     
    Three       Three        
    Months Ended   % of   Months Ended   % of   Increase /
Gross Margin   June 30, 2019   revenues   June 30, 2018   revenues   (Decrease)
North American Transaction Solutions   $ 2,293,924   14.6 %   $ 2,192,070   15.2 %   $ 101,854  
International Transaction Solutions     292,022   39.0 %     458,639   22.4 %     (166,617 )
Total   $ 2,585,946   15.7 %   $ 2,650,709   16.1 %   $ (64,763 )
                     
YTD
                     
    Six       Six        
    Months Ended       Months Ended       Increase /
Source of Revenues   June 30, 2019   Mix   June 30, 2018   Mix   (Decrease)
North American Transaction Solutions   $ 30,101,504   95.5 %   $ 28,385,746   87.5 %   $ 1,715,758  
International Transaction Solutions     1,432,990   4.5 %     4,061,365   12.5 %     (2,628,375 )
Total   $ 31,534,494   100.0 %   $ 32,447,111   100.0 %   $ (912,617 )
                     
    Six       Six        
    Months Ended   % of   Months Ended   % of   Increase /
Cost of Revenues   June 30, 2019   revenues   June 30, 2018   revenues   (Decrease)
North American Transaction Solutions   $ 25,212,812   83.8 %   $ 24,291,131   85.6 %   $ 921,681  
International Transaction Solutions     948,700   66.2 %     3,141,211   77.3 %     (2,192,511 )
Total   $ 26,161,512   83.0 %   $ 27,432,342   84.5 %   $ (1,270,830 )
                     
    Six       Six        
    Months Ended   % of   Months Ended   % of   Increase /
Gross Margin   June 30, 2019   revenues   June 30, 2018   revenues   (Decrease)
North American Transaction Solutions   $ 4,888,692   16.2 %   $ 4,094,615   14.4 %   $ 794,077  
International Transaction Solutions     484,290   33.8 %     920,154   22.7 %     (435,864 )
Total   $ 5,372,982   17.0 %   $ 5,014,769   15.5 %   $ 358,213  
                     

Net revenues consist primarily of service fees from transaction processing. Net revenues were approximately $16.5 million for each of the three months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018. It should be noted that the dollar volume of transactions processed by our International segment has been showing improvement due to the boarding of  a large merchant account in the beginning of the year where the integration was completed during the second quarter of this year. In June of 2019, the dollar volume processed increased 7% from the previous month. This trend significantly improved in the month of July of 2019, as the dollar volume processed increased 46% from the previous month. We believe that this trend will continue and improve the overall performance and strategic vision of our International segment.

Cost of revenues represents direct costs of generating revenues, including commissions, mobile operator fees, interchange expense, processing, and non-processing fees. Cost of revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were approximately $13.9 million as compared to approximately $13.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Operating Expenses Analysis:

Operating expenses were approximately $5.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to $4.1 million for three months ended June 30, 2018. Operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 primarily consisted of selling, general and administrative expenses of approximately $2.3 million, non-cash compensation of approximately $2.0 million, bad debt expense of approximately $0.1 million and depreciation and amortization of approximately $0.7 million. Operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018, primarily consisted of selling, general and administrative expenses of approximately $2.5 million, bad debt expense of approximately $0.9 million, and depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $0.7 million.

The components of our selling, general and administrative expenses are reflected in the table below.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and 2018 consisted of operating expenses not otherwise delineated in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss, as follows:

                 
Three months ended June 30, 2019                
                 
Category   North American
Transaction
Solutions
  International
Transaction
Solutions
  Corporate Expenses
& Eliminations
  Total
Salaries, benefits, taxes and contractor payments   $ 318,487     $ 95,231     $ 799,417     $ 1,213,135  
Professional fees     133,316       72,497       345,723       551,536  
Rent     -       15,277       51,277       66,554  
Business development     56,184       489       4,944       61,617  
Travel expense     35,511       5,084       33,299       73,894  
Filing fees     1,078       -       17,704       18,782  
Transaction gains     -       (12,974 )     -       (12,974 )
Office expenses     83,122       4,147       12,990       100,259  
Communications expenses     41,746       65,717       18,447       125,910  
Insurance expense     -       -       36,267       36,267  
Other expenses     286       2,745       61,059       64,090  
Total   $ 669,730     $ 248,213     $ 1,381,127     $ 2,299,070  
                 
                 
Three months ended June 30, 2018                
                 
Category   North American
Transaction
Solutions
  International
Transaction
Solutions
  Corporate Expenses
& Eliminations
  Total
Salaries, benefits, taxes and contractor payments   $ 377,541     $ 349,068     $ 569,863     $ 1,296,472  
Professional fees     95,298       96,207       417,268       608,773  
Rent     -       24,058       45,987       70,045  
Business development     32,378       916       1,252       34,546  
Travel expense     43,782       5,194       40,211       89,187  
Filing fees     -       -       12,508       12,508  
Transaction losses     -       37,301       -       37,301  
Office expenses     103,741       8,310       10,451       122,502  
Communications expenses     33,927       41,999       24,211       100,137  
Insurance expense     -       -       34,247       34,247  
Other (income) expenses     (475 )     4,684       89,569       93,778  
Total   $ 686,192     $ 567,737     $ 1,245,567     $ 2,499,496  
                 
Variance                
                 
Category   North American
Transaction
Solutions
  International
Transaction
Solutions
  Corporate Expenses
& Eliminations
  Total
Salaries, benefits, taxes and contractor payments   $ (59,054 )   $ (253,837 )   $ 229,554     $ (83,337 )
Professional fees     38,018       (23,710 )     (71,545 )     (57,237 )
Rent     -       (8,781 )     5,290       (3,491 )
Business development     23,806       (427 )     3,692       27,071  
Travel expense     (8,271 )     (110 )     (6,912 )     (15,293 )
Filing fees     1,078       -       5,196       6,274  
Transaction gains     -       (50,275 )     -       (50,275 )
Office expenses     (20,619 )     (4,163 )     2,539       (22,243 )
Communications expenses     7,819       23,718       (5,764 )     25,773  
Insurance expense     -       -       2,020       2,020  
Other (income) expenses     761       (1,939 )     (28,510 )     (29,688 )
Total   $ (16,462 )   $ (319,524 )   $ 135,560     $ (200,426 )
                 

Salaries, benefits, taxes and contractor payments remained relatively steady on a consolidated basis for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2018. This was primarily due to the Company’s continued monitoring of operations and labor costs necessary to maintain or increase revenues, including a reduction of the labor force in our International Transaction Solutions segment, which was partially offset by an increase in corporate expenses.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Regulation G Disclosure

To supplement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company provides additional measures of its operating results by disclosing its adjusted net loss attributable to Net Element, Inc. stockholders. Adjusted net loss attributable to Net Element stockholders is calculated as net loss attributable to Net Element stockholders excluding non-cash share-based compensation. Net Element discloses this amount on an aggregate and per share basis. These measures meet the definition of non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that application of these non-GAAP financial measures is appropriate to enhance the understanding by the Company’s investors of its historical performance through use of a metric that seeks to normalize period-to-period earnings.  A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures with the comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and June 30, 2018,  is presented in the following tables.

       
    GAAP  Share-based
Compensation 
  Adjusted Non-GAAP 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2019      
Net loss attributable to Net Element Inc stockholders $ (1,537,447 ) $ 2,005,840 $ 468,393  
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ (0.37 ) $ 0.48 $ 0.11  
Basic and diluted shares used in computing earnings per share   4,199,076       4,199,076  
Three Months Ended June 30, 2018      
Net loss attributable to Net Element Inc stockholders $ (903,731 ) $ 22,500 $ (881,231 )
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ (0.23 ) $ 0.01 $ (0.22 )
Basic and diluted shares used in computing earnings per share   3,855,866       3,855,866  
       
    GAAP  Share-based
Compensation 
  Adjusted Non-GAAP 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2019      
Net loss attributable to Net Element Inc stockholders $ (2,658,293 ) $ 2,020,847 $ (637,446 )
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ (0.66 ) $ 0.50 $ (0.16 )
Basic and diluted shares used in computing earnings per share   4,032,258       4,032,258  
Six Months Ended June 30, 2018      
Net loss attributable to Net Element Inc stockholders $ (2,514,578 ) $ 104,511 $ (2,410,067 )
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ (0.65 ) $ 0.03 $ (0.62 )
Basic and diluted shares used in computing earnings per share   3,854,506       3,854,506  
       

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP measures exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company's financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations.

About Net Element
Net Element, Inc. (NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service transactional and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprise ("SME") in the U.S. and selected emerging markets. In the U.S. it aims to grow transactional revenue by innovating SME productivity services using blockchain technology solutions and Aptito, our cloud-based, restaurant and retail point-of-sale solution. Internationally, Net Element's strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions. Net Element was ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte's 2017 Technology Fast 500™.  In 2017 we were recognized by South Florida Business Journal's as one of 2016's fastest growing technology companies. Further information is available at www.NetElement.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Words such as "continue," "will," "may," "could," "should," "expect," "expected," "plans," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, many of which are generally outside the control of Net Element and are difficult to predict. Examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to whether blockchain technologies will in fact play a key role in future commerce in the payments industry; whether the Company will achieve further growth or achieve its goals and when the Company will reach profitability. Additional examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to (i) Net Element's ability (or inability) to obtain additional financing in sufficient amounts or on acceptable terms when needed; (ii) Net Element's ability to maintain existing, and secure additional, contracts with users of its payment processing services; (iii) Net Element's ability to successfully expand in existing markets and enter new markets; (iv) Net Element's ability to successfully manage and integrate any acquisitions of businesses, solutions or technologies; (v) unanticipated operating costs, transaction costs and actual or contingent liabilities; (vi) the ability to attract and retain qualified employees and key personnel; (vii) adverse effects of increased competition on Net Element's business; (viii) changes in government licensing and regulation that may adversely affect Net Element's business; (ix) the risk that changes in consumer behavior could adversely affect Net Element's business; (x) Net Element's ability to protect its intellectual property; (xi) local, industry and general business and economic conditions; and (xii) adverse effects of potentially deteriorating U.S.-Russia relations, including, without limitation, over a conflict related to Ukraine, including a risk of further U.S. government sanctions or other legal restrictions on U.S. businesses doing business in Russia. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements can be found in the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed by Net Element with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Net Element anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause its plans, intentions and expectations to change. Net Element assumes no obligation, and it specifically disclaims any intention or obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

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