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Management to Host Conference Call at 4:30 p.m.

WOODBURY, N.Y , March 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research Frontiers Inc. (REFR) announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. Management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial and operating results as well as recent developments.

  • Who: Joseph M. Harary, President & CEO, Seth Van Voorhees, CFO

  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:30PM ET

  • Dial-in Information: 1-888-334-5785

  • Questions: Email to Questions@SmartGlass.com

  • Replay: Available on Friday, March 15, 2019 for 90 days at www.SmartGlass-IR.com

Key Comments:

  • In October 2018, Gauzy Ltd., a licensee of Research Frontiers, announced that it will be producing SPD-Smart light control film for the entire SPD-SmartGlass industry.

    • Gauzy announced that its Tel-Aviv film production line has a capacity to produce up to 364 thousand square meters of film per year per shift, and that its initial production will be 1.2 meters wide, and in 2019 they will be expanding this to 1.5 meters wide rolls and in 2020 to 1.8 meters wide rolls.

  • In February 2019, Gauzy Ltd. announced its second production facility in Stuttgart, Germany to produce SPD-Smart light control film for the entire SPD-SmartGlass industry.

    • This state-of-the-art facility with specially-designed coating and curing areas that will give Gauzy the capacity to coat over one million square meters of SPD film per year. Gauzy expects the new facility to be in production by the summer of 2019.

  • The Company’s SPD-SmartGlass technology has been used in the roofs of at least four new car models over the past four months.

  • The Company’s fee income from licensing activities for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $1,488,642 as compared to $1,509,070 for the year ended December 31, 2017 representing a $20,428 decrease between these two periods.

    • This decrease in revenues was principally the result of the adoption of ASC 606 which is a different revenue recognition standard which applies to revenues reported beginning with the first quarter of 2018.

    • The Company would have reported higher fee income of $1,553,468, representing a $64,826 increase in the reported fee income for the year ending December 31, 2018 had it continued to use the accounting guidance used prior to the adoption of ASC 606.

  • Expenses decreased by $20,820 for the year ended December 31, 2018 to $3,906,861 from $3,927,681 for the year ended December 31, 2017. This represents the fourth consecutive year that expenses at the Company have decreased and the fifth consecutive year of lower operating losses for the Company compared to the prior year.

  • The Company’s net loss was $2,686,128 ($0.10 per common share) for the year ended December 31, 2018 as compared to $2,413,859 ($0.10 per common share) for the year ended December 31, 2017.

  • The Company raised approximately $3.3 million from the issuances of common stock and warrants and exercise of options and warrants in 2018.

    • The Company has also received an additional $1.1 million from the early exercise of warrants to date during the first quarter of 2019.

  • The Company believes that its current cash and cash equivalents will fund its operations at least through the end of 2020.

For more details, please see the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-K which was filed today with the SEC, the contents of which are incorporated by reference herein.

Research Frontiers (REFR) is a publicly traded technology company and the developer of patented SPD-Smart light-control film technology which allows users to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the shading of glass or plastic products, either manually or automatically. Research Frontiers has licensed its smart glass technology to over 40 companies that include well known chemical, material science and glass companies. Products using Research Frontiers’ smart glass technology are being used in tens of thousands of cars, aircraft, yachts, trains, homes, offices, museums and other buildings. For more information, please visit our website at www.SmartGlass.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

CONTACT:
Seth L. Van Voorhees
Chief Financial Officer
Research Frontiers Inc.
+1-516-364-1902
Info@SmartGlass.com

Note: From time to time Research Frontiers may issue forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. This press release contains forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ and are not guaranteed. Any forward-looking statements should be considered accordingly. "SPD-Smart" and "SPD-SmartGlass" are trademarks of Research Frontiers Inc.

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORPORATED
Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2018 and 2017

2018

2017

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,969,416

$

1,737,847

Royalties receivable, net of reserves of $1,094,774 in 2018 and $1,051,424 in 2017

689,677

597,441

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

52,729

29,697

Total current assets

3,711,822

2,364,985

Fixed assets, net

313,177

482,561

Deposits and other assets

33,567

33,567

Total assets

$

4,058,566

$

2,881,113

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

133,486

$

58,090

Accrued expenses and other

273,606

254,833

Deferred revenue

50,570

824

Total current liabilities

457,662

313,747

Warrant liability

501,414

-

Shareholders’ equity:

Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share; authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 27,665,211 in 2018 and 24,043,846 in 2017

2,767

2,404

Additional paid-in capital

114,787,657

111,627,789

Accumulated deficit

(111,690,934

)

(109,062,827

)

Total shareholders’ equity

3,099,490

2,567,366

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

4,058,566

$

2,881,113

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORPORATED
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

2018

2017

2016

Fee income

$

1,488,642

$

1,509,070

$

1,236,097

Operating expenses

3,043,460

3,127,979

4,086,408

Research and development

863,401

799,702

1,417,634

Total Expenses

3,906,861

3,927,681

5,504,042

Operating loss

(2,418,219

)

(2,418,611

)

(4,267,945

)

Warrant market adjustment

(278,044

)

-

-

Net investment income

10,135

4,752

29,535

Net loss

(2,686,128

)

(2,413,859

)

(4,238,410

)

Basic and diluted net loss per common share

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.18

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

25,956,232

24,043,846

24,043,846

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORPORATED
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity
Years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

Common Stock

Additional Paid-in

Accumulated

Shares

Amount

Capital

Deficit

Total

Balance, December 31, 2015

24,043,846

$

2,404

$

111,483,959

$

(102,410,558

)

$

9,075,805

Share-based compensation

-

-

67,531

-

67,531

Net Loss

-

-

-

(4,238,410

)

(4,238,410

)

Balance, December 31, 2016

24,043,846

2,404

111,551,490

(106,648,968

)

4,904,926

Share-based compensation

-

-

76,299

-

76,299

Net Loss

-

-

-

(2,413,859

)

(2,413,859

)

Balance, December 31, 2017

24,043,846

2,404

111,627,789

(109,062,827

)

2,567,366

Adoption of ASC 606

-

-

-

58,021

58,021

Issuance of capital stock

3,562,809

357

3,026,273

-

3,026,630

Exercise of options and warrants

58,556

6

64,286

-

64,292

Share-based compensation

-

-

69,309

-

69,309

Net Loss

-

-

-

(2,686,128

)

(2,686,128

)

Balance, December 31, 2018

27,665,211

$

2,767

$

114,787,657

$

(111,690,934

)

$

3,099,490

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORPORATED
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

2018

2017

2016

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(2,686,128

)

$

(2,413,859

)

$

(4,238,410

)

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

Depreciation and amortization

181,047

175,643

188,501

Warrant market adjustment

278,044

-

-

Share based compensation

69,309

76,299

67,531

Loss on sale of fixed asset

-

-

1,775

Bad debts

43,350

56,415

480,563

Change in assets and liabilities:

Royalties receivable

(77,565

)

463,290

(283,035

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(23,032

)

227,195

(123,427

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

94,169

(56,347

)

(98,941

)

Deferred revenue

49,746

824

-

Net cash used in operating activities

(2,071,060

)

(1,470,540

)

(4,005,443

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of fixed assets

(11,663

)

(6,549

)

(11,715

)

Proceeds from sale of fixed asset

-

-

6,000

Proceeds from sale of investment

-

1,523,333

(9,549

)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(11,663

)

1,516,784

(15,264

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Net proceeds from issuances of common stock and warrants and exercise of options and warrants

3,314,292

-

-

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

3,314,292

-

-

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

1,231,569

46,244

(4,020,707

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

1,737,847

1,691,603

5,712,310

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

2,969,416

$

1,737,847

$

1,691,603