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Remark Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

Executing on Various Stages of Deployment of KanKan AI Technology Across Multiple Sectors

Beginning to Record Corresponding Revenues from Retail and Safety/Security Initiatives

LAS VEGAS, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Remark Holdings, Inc. (MARK), a diversified global technology company with leading artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and digital media properties, reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Management Commentary

"We closed the year on a strong note, generating solid top-line growth at both of our business segments," said Kai-Shing Tao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Remark Holdings.  "Our success in turning around Vegas.com under our ownership during the past three years has allowed us to move forward in monetizing this asset and transitioning into a pure-play AI enterprise.  Our sale of Vegas.com will allow us to substantially reduce our debt, restructure our balance sheet and streamline our cost structure, as we shift all of our attention on expanding our AI business.

"KanKan contributed $2.4 million to our fourth quarter revenues; which excludes an additional $4.6 million that will be recognized in future periods, beginning in the second quarter of 2019.  KanKan's fourth quarter delivery was its highest since we launched our AI operations.   Our operating momentum has continued in the first quarter of 2019, as we demonstrate the effectiveness of our solutions at retail, including elevating engagement, increasing sales and driving deeper connections with shoppers. 

"Looking ahead, we're focused on building on the success of our retail launch, while continuing to work with our partners in the safety and security space to develop tailored AI solutions for construction sites, campuses, restaurants, and traffic monitoring and enforcement.  As a pure-play AI company, we will be optimally positioned to maximize our resources, including our proprietary technology, to expand our business in multiple sectors, with the goal of building a stream of recurring revenues, supported by modest recurring capital costs."

Recent Strategic and Operational Highlights

  • Continued to work closely with a diverse group of clients in executing on various stages of deployment regarding KanKan AI solutions in retail, construction sites, traffic control, restaurants and entertainment.
  • Entered into an agreement to sell Vegas.com, LLC to VDC-MGG Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Remark's senior lenders, for an anticipated enterprise value of approximately $45 million. The cash proceeds of the transaction will be used to pay amounts due to Remark's senior lenders, leaving only approximately $10 million of remaining debt owed to the senior lenders.
  • The sale of Vegas.com will transform Remark into a pure play AI company and allow the company to significantly reduce debt, restructure its balance sheet and its cost structures. The sale of Vegas.com remains subject to certain closing conditions, including approval of the transaction by our stockholders. We will hold a special meeting of stockholders to obtain stockholder approval for the transaction. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place during the second quarter of 2019.

Three Months Ended December 31, 2018 compared to 2017

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was approximately $22.3 million, compared to $18.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Results reflect a $4.0 million increase in revenue resulting from transaction growth in the Travel & Entertainment segment, offset by a $.3 million decrease in revenue from the Company's other business units. Our Technology & Data Intelligence segment contributed $2.4 million in revenue from the deployment of our AI-based retail and safety solutions. A further $4.6 million was delivered for our AI- based public safety and risk management solutions, but revenue recognition will be deferred until such time as we collect the amounts due from the customer. We anticipate collections to begin in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Total cost and expense for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $32.4 million, compared to $40.0 million in 2017, driven in part by a reduction in impairment charges to $2.2 million, from $14.6 million in 2017, which included recognized losses of $5.8 million and $8.8 million, on impairments of long-lived intangible assets and goodwill respectively, which were acquired through the CBG acquisition. During the fourth quarter of 2018 we also recorded a $.6 million impairment of the remaining long-lived intangible asset acquired in the CBG acquisition, and a $1.6 million impairment of goodwill related to the sale of substantially all the remaining assets of Banks.com.
  • The Company's cost and expense for the fourth quarter of 2018 also included a $4.7 million increase in cost of revenue in the Technology and Data Intelligence segment to deliver projects, and a $1.5 million increase in paid-search costs in the Travel & Entertainment segment resulting from the competitive nature of the paid-search marketplace. Also, during the same period, Remark recorded $2.0 million less in employee stock compensation.
  • Operating loss was $10.1 million, compared to $21.4 million due to the decrease in total cost and expense.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was negative $4.6 million, compared to negative $2.2 million.
  • Net loss was $(7.1) million, or $(0.19) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(89.2) million or $(3.47) per diluted share. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 included a non-cash gain of $5.7 million related to a change in the fair value of Remark's warrant liability, which occurred due to the decrease in the Company's stock price during the period. The same period of 2017 included a non-cash loss of $66.5 million related to a change in the fair value of Remark's warrant liability, which occurred due to the increase in the Company's stock price during that period.
  • At December 31, 2018, the cash and cash equivalents balance was $14.4 million, and total restricted cash was $11.1 million, bringing the total combined cash position to $25.5 million, compared to a total combined cash position of $34.3 million at December 31, 2017. Cash decreased primarily due to an increase in total expense as the Company grew its operations in China and engaged in multiple proof-of-concept projects, the timing of payments related to elements of working capital, and paying security deposits related to the Travel & Entertainment business.

Conference Call Information

Mr. Tao will hold a conference call today April 1, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss these financial results. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

Toll-Free Number: 800-289-0438
International Number: 323-794-2423
Conference ID: 8109233

Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization.

The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously and available for replay via the investor section of the Company's website here.

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 pm Eastern time on the same day through April 5, 2019.

Toll-Free Replay Number: 844-512-2921
International Replay Number: 412-317-6671
Replay ID: 8109233

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About Remark Holdings, Inc.
Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) delivers an integrated suite of AI solutions that enable businesses and organizations to solve problems, reduce risk and deliver positive outcomes. The company's easy-to-install AI products are being rolled out in a wide range of applications within the retail, financial, public safety and workplace arenas. The company also owns and operates digital media properties that deliver relevant, dynamic content and ecommerce solutions. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with additional operations in Los Angeles, California and in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hangzhou, China. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.remarkholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, competitive environment and regulation. Words such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those discussed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in Remark Holdings' Annual Report on Form 10-K and Remark Holdings' other filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements reflect Remark Holdings' current views with respect to future events, are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Given such uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which represent Remark Holdings' estimates and assumptions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Remark Holdings undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Contact:
Alison Davidson
Remark Holdings, Inc.
adavidson@remarkholdings.com
702-701-9514

Investor Relations Contact:
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The Plunkett Group, Inc.
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914-582-4187

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REMARK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands, except par values)



December 31,


2018


2017

Assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,410



$

22,632


Restricted cash

11,138



11,670


Trade accounts receivable, net

6,369



3,673


Prepaid expense and other current assets

12,128



5,518


Notes receivable, current

100



290


Total current assets

44,145



43,783


Notes receivable



100


Property and equipment, net

10,570



13,387


Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

2,005



1,030


Intangibles, net

17,930



23,946


Goodwill

18,514



20,099


Other long-term assets

644



1,192


Total assets

$

93,808



$

103,537


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Accounts payable

$

30,876



$

17,857


Accrued expense and other current liabilities

24,664



18,795


Deferred merchant booking

4,664



9,027


Contract Liability

4,063



3,691


Note payable

3,000



3,000


Current maturities of long-term debt, net of unamortized discount and debt issuance cost

35,314



38,085


Total current liabilities

102,581



90,455


Warrant liability

1,383



89,169


Other liabilities

2,968



3,501


Total liabilities

106,932



183,125






Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)








Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued




Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 39,053,312 and 28,406,026 shares issued and outstanding; each at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

39



28


Additional paid-in-capital

308,018



220,117


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

32



115


Accumulated deficit

(321,213)



(299,848)


Total stockholders' equity (deficit)

(13,124)



(79,588)


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

93,808



$

103,537



See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 


REMARK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



Year Ended December 31,


2018


2017

Revenue, net

$

79,110



$

70,601


Cost and expense




Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization)

24,628



16,909


Sales and marketing 1

38,391



33,252


Technology and development 1

13,332



11,642


General and administrative 1

33,344



19,391


Depreciation and amortization

10,875



11,070


Impairments

2,209



14,646


Other operating expense 1

1,084



1,070


Total cost and expense

123,863



107,980


Operating loss

(44,753)



(37,379)


Other income (expense)




Interest expense

(6,491)



(4,645)


Other income, net

282



23


Change in fair value of warrant liability

27,879



(64,139)


Other gain (loss)

858



(317)


Total other income (expense), net

22,528



(69,078)


Loss before income taxes

(22,225)



(106,457)


Benefit from (provision for) income taxes

667



(278)


Net loss

$

(21,558)



$

(106,735)


Other comprehensive income (loss)




Foreign currency translation adjustments

(83)



131


Comprehensive loss

$

(21,641)



$

(106,604)






Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

34,545



23,763






Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.62)



$

(4.49)






1 Includes share-based compensation as follows:




  Sales and marketing

$

129



$


  Technology and development

(280)



716


  General and administrative

13,098



3,504


  Other operating expense

$

1



$







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