Digimarc Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Feb 24, 2016, 16:05 ET from Digimarc Corporation

BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Operational Highlights

  • Partnered with GS1 US to accelerate industry adoption of the Digimarc® Barcode. The parent organization, GS1, maintains global standards for barcodes, which are adopted by more than two million member companies to scan over five billion barcodes globally each day.
  • Added global brand deployment provider, Schawk, as a new channel partner, to facilitate adoption of Digimarc Barcode by retailers and consumer brands.
  • Launched Digimarc Discover® mobile software development kit, featuring unparalleled ease of use, reliability and speed for scanning traditional barcodes and Digimarc Barcodes, using smartphones.
  • Launched Digimarc Discover in Rockfish's mobile app that provides Walmart suppliers instant access to in store inventory information.
  • Announced a joint venture with Nielsen to assist their clients in expanding the utility of Nielsen Watermarks in radio and television to new applications.
  • Announced an agreement with Scanbuy to integrate Digimarc Discover into their ScanLife mobile app.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $5.0 million compared to $5.9 million in the same quarter a year-ago. Most of the difference was due to lower licensing revenues and timing differences in when services were performed.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 increased 6% to $8.3 million from $7.9 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The increase was due to higher investment in sales and marketing related to market development and delivery for Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode, partially offset by lower spending in other areas of the business.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $5.3 million compared to an operating loss of $4.2 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The higher operating loss was primarily due to lower revenue. 

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $5.3 million or $(0.62) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $9.2 million or $(1.23) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014. The lower net loss was largely due to a $6.8 million non-cash income tax charge in the fourth quarter of last year to record a full valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $39.2 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $43.0 million at September 30, 2015.

Full Year 2015 Financial Results
Revenue for 2015 was $22.2 million compared to $25.7 million in 2014. Revenues for the year were down $3.5 million, reflecting a $4.4 million decline in license revenue due largely to completion of payments from certain licensees. The decrease in license revenue was partially offset by growth in service and subscription revenue.

Operating expenses for 2015 decreased 4% to $31.2 million from $32.5 million in 2014. The decrease was due to lower spending in research, development and engineering, general and administrative and intellectual property, partially offset by higher investment in sales and marketing related to market development and delivery for Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode.

Operating loss for 2015 totaled $18.0 million compared to an operating loss of $15.2 million in 2014. The higher operating loss was primarily due to lower license revenue.

Net loss for 2015 totaled $17.9 million or $(2.19) per diluted share compared to a net loss of $15.8 million or $(2.22) per diluted share in 2014.

Conference Call
Digimarc will hold a conference call later today (Wednesday, February 24, 2016) to discuss these results, as well as provide an update on market conditions and execution of strategy. Chairman and CEO Bruce Davis and CFO Charles Beck will host the call starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time). A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

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

For those who wish to listen to the call via telephone, please dial the number below at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time:

Toll-Free Number: 866-562-9934             
International Number: 706-634-1493     
Conference ID: 27179684

If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 949-574-3860.

About Digimarc
Digimarc Corp. (NASDAQ: DMRC), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is inventor of the Digimarc Discover® platform featuring the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. The platform enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. They can be applied to virtually all forms of media. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally. For more information and the latest news, please visit www.digimarc.com and follow on Twitter at @Digimarc.

Forward-looking Statements
With the exception of historical information contained in this release, the matters described in this release contain various "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements include statements and any related inferences regarding growth in service and subscription revenue, lower license revenue, lower spending in research, development and engineering, general and administrative, and intellectual property, and higher investment in sales and marketing, and other statements identified by terminology such as "will," "should," "expects," "estimates," "predicts" and "continue" or other derivations of these or other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements are statements of management's opinion and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied from the statements in this release as a result of changes in economic, business and/or regulatory factors. More detailed information about risk factors that may affect actual results are set forth in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, Digimarc undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Income Statement Information

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)










Three-Month Information


Twelve-Month Information


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2015


2014


2015


2014

Revenue:








   Service

$          2,709


$          2,868


$         12,517


$         11,727

   Subscription

1,430


1,843


6,377


6,203

   License

877


1,152


3,295


7,728

      Total revenue

5,016


5,863


22,189


25,658









Cost of revenue:








   Service

1,209


1,270


5,488


5,077

   Subscription

685


860


3,113


3,020

   License

90


83


346


334

      Total cost of revenue

1,984


2,213


8,947


8,431









Gross profit:








   Service

1,500


1,598


7,029


6,650

   Subscription

745


983


3,264


3,183

   License

787


1,069


2,949


7,394

      Total gross profit

3,032


3,650


13,242


17,227









Gross margin:








   Service

55%


56%


56%


57%

   Subscription

52%


53%


51%


51%

   License

90%


93%


89%


96%

      Percentage of gross profit to total revenue

60%


62%


60%


67%









Operating expenses:








   Sales and marketing

2,778


2,044


9,275


7,974

   Research, development and engineering

3,120


3,262


12,465


13,711

   General and administrative

1,921


2,042


7,954


8,972

   Intellectual property

500


506


1,525


1,793

      Total operating expenses

8,319


7,854


31,219


32,450









Operating loss

(5,287)


(4,204)


(17,977)


(15,223)









Other income, net

25


4


109


55









Loss before income taxes

(5,262)


(4,200)


(17,868)


(15,168)









Provision for income taxes

(41)


(4,969)


(66)


(652)

Net loss

$         (5,303)


$         (9,169)


$        (17,934)


$        (15,820)









Earnings (loss) per common share:








Loss per common share - basic

$           (0.62)


$           (1.23)


$           (2.19)


$           (2.22)

Loss per common share - diluted

$           (0.62)


$           (1.23)


$           (2.19)


$           (2.22)

   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

8,485


7,453


8,198


7,187

   Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

8,485


7,453


8,198


7,187









Cash dividends declared per common share:

$               -


$               -


$               -


$            0.22

 


Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheet Information

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)










December 31,


December 31,


2015


2014

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents (1)

$              3,160


$              6,122

Marketable securities (1)

33,027


32,201

Trade accounts receivable, net 

4,616


4,545

Other current assets 

1,487


2,611

Total current assets 

42,290


45,479

Marketable securities (1)

2,999


749

Property and equipment, net 

3,010


2,976

Intangibles, net 

6,613


6,720

Goodwill

1,114


1,114

Other assets

338


378

Total assets 

$            56,364


$            57,416





Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$              1,657


$              1,379

Deferred revenue

3,023


3,660

Total current liabilities 

4,680


5,039

Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities

226


203

Total liabilities 

4,906


5,242





Commitments and contingencies








Shareholders' equity:




   Preferred stock

50


50

   Common stock

9


8

   Additional paid-in capital

77,439


60,222

   Accumulated deficit

(26,040)


(8,106)

Total shareholders' equity 

51,458


52,174





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$            56,364


$            57,416





(1)

Aggregate cash, cash equivalents, short- and long-term marketable securities was $39,186 and $39,072

at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

 

Digimarc Corporation

Consolidated Cash Flow Information

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)






Twelve-Month Information


December 31,


December 31,


2015


2014

Cash flows from operating activities:




  Net loss

$           (17,934)


$           (15,820)

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




    Depreciation and amortization and write-off of property and equipment

1,237


974

    Amortization and write-off of intangibles

1,196


1,340

    Change in allowance for doubtful accounts

(7)


(23)

    Stock-based compensation

5,077


5,403

    Deferred income taxes

-


2,085

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




      Trade accounts receivable, net

(64)


1,316

      Other current assets

1,124


(1,028)

      Other assets

40


192

      Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

125


(635)

      Deferred revenue

(534)


(537)

        Net cash used in operating activities

(9,740)


(6,733)





Cash flows from investing activities:




    Purchase of property and equipment

(1,218)


(1,399)

    Capitalized patent costs and purchased intellectual property

(895)


(1,190)

    Sale or maturity of marketable securities

110,029


78,174

    Purchase of marketable securities

(113,105)


(79,971)

        Net cash used in investing activities

(5,189)


(4,386)





Cash flows from financing activities:




    Issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

12,896


15,989

    Exercise of stock options

1,514


1,487

    Purchase of common stock

(2,443)


(2,392)

    Cash dividends paid

-


(1,654)

        Net cash provided by financing activities

11,967


13,430





        Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (2)

$             (2,962)


$              2,311









     Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at beginning of period

39,072


34,964

     Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at end of period

39,186


39,072

(2)    Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

$                 114


$              4,108

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