NTN Buzztime, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

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"Lowering our cost base is freeing up cash flow that allows us to more aggressively invest in new technology platforms and products," said Jeff Berg, the Company's Interim CEO.  "We have changed the way we approach our business which we now segment for internal purposes into two businesses:  Classic and Next Gen.  The change allows us to optimize how we allocate human and capital resources by tying each segment's objectives to a financial and product outcome.  At Classic, we have a solid foundation of customers and operating experience on which to maximize profits and cash flow. This allows us to simultaneously invest in a re-envisioned Buzztime with the energy and innovation of a start-up enterprise we refer to as Next Gen, one which aims to engage a broad new generation of consumers in an entertainment experience that is both created for, and suited to, the retail environment."  

Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2012

Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were $6.1 million, compared to revenues of $5.9 million for the same period of 2011.  The 3% increase in revenue was primarily the result of revenue generated from the Stump! Trivia business we acquired in October 2011, offset by lower average site count and lower average revenue per site.

The Company ended the third quarter of 2012 with 3,739 subscribing venues, compared to 3,910 at the end of the third quarter of 2011.  During the third quarter of 2012, installations were lower at 163 compared with 220 in the same quarter last year, and terminations were lower at 199 compared to 214.  Customer churn was 5.3% for the quarter compared to 5.5% in the prior year period.

Total site counts

and churn percentages

Q3

2012


Q3

2011


Increase

(Decrease)

Site Count – Beginning of Quarter

3,775


3,904


(129)

Q3 Installations

163


220


(57)

Q3Terminations

(199)


(214)


(15)

Site Count - End of Quarter

3,739


3,910


(171)

Churn Percentage

5.3%


5.5%


(0.2)

Gross margin as a percentage of revenue decreased to 75% in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 78% in the third quarter of 2011.  Direct costs increased primarily due to Stump! Trivia direct expenses, which were offset by a decrease in service provider fees primarily due to fewer service calls, a decrease in content fees and a decrease in freight expense due to fewer installations and deinstallations of customer sites during the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 18%, to $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2012 from $5.2 million for the same period in 2011.  The $0.9 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to a decrease of $0.9 million for payroll and related expenses resulting from our reorganization that took place during the second quarter of 2012, decreased travel and entertainment expense of $0.2 million also related to our reorganization and decreased selling and marketing expense of $0.2 million.  These decreases were offset by increased consulting expense of $0.2 million for product development and administrative services and increased software maintenance expense of $0.1 million due to new maintenance contracts and license fees.

Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.1 million, or $0.00 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.8 million or $0.01 per share in the same period a year ago.

Conference Call

Management will review these results in a conference call today, November 8, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To access the conference call, please dial (877) 790-8271, if calling from the United States or Canada, or (954) 320-7648, if calling internationally, and use passcode 64026051.  A replay of the call will be available until November 15, 2012, which can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056, if calling from the United States or Canada, or (404) 537-3406, if calling internationally. Please use passcode 64026051 to access the replay.

The call will also be accompanied live by webcast over the Internet and accessible at the Company's Web site at http://www.buzztime.com.

About NTN Buzztime, Inc.

NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by approximately 3,700 bars and restaurants in North America since 1985, Buzztime integrates trivia, card and sports games with in- and out-of-venue messaging and communication tools.  With over 2,700,000 registered consumers and more than 52,000,000 games played each year, Buzztime players spread the word and invite friends and family to their favorite Buzztime location to enjoy an evening of fun and competition. With Buzztime entertainment and marketing solutions, bars and restaurants attract new customers, turn casual visitors into regulars, and give guests a reason to stay longer.  For the most up-to-date information on NTN Buzztime, please visit www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including but not limited to statements about changes to our organization and management strategies, cost management, investments, profits and cash flow, innovation, new consumers, benefits of our products and services and the number of locations, players and games.  These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the impact of alternative entertainment options and technologies, competitive products, and pricing, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, the risks of adverse economic conditions, failure of customer and/or player demand, integration issues and other management and operational difficulties with our reorganization or acquisitions, , termination of partnership and contractual relationships and technical problems or outages. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof, and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

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NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except par value amount)




ASSETS

September 30,

2012

December 31,

2011

Current Assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$         2,405

$         1,374

Restricted cash

50

Accounts receivable, net

1,086

750

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

832

624




Total current assets

4,323

2,798

Broadcast equipment and fixed assets, net

3,915

4,255

Software development costs, net

1,776

1,320

Deferred costs

711

1,132

Goodwill

1,281

1,236

Intangible assets, net

567

845

Other assets

53

61




Total assets

$       12,626

$       11,647




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:



Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$         1,192

$         1,329

Accrued compensation

865

757

Sales taxes payable

645

764

Income taxes payable

112

77

Obligations under capital leases—current portion

160

286

Deferred revenue

611

463

Other current liabilities

285

192




Total current liabilities

3,870

3,868

Obligations under capital leases, excluding current portion

42

164

Deferred revenue, excluding current portion

199

186

Deferred rent

976

756

Other liabilities

269

323




Total liabilities

5,356

5,297

Commitments and contingencies






Shareholders' equity:



Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $.005 par value, $161

    liquidation preference, 5,000 shares authorized; 156 and 161 shares issued and

    outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

1

1




Common stock, $.005 par value, 84,000 shares authorized; 71,081 and 60,927 

   shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011,

   respectively

355

305

Treasury stock, at cost, 503 shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

(456)

(456)

Additional paid-in capital

118,926

116,497

Accumulated deficit

(112,351)

(110,719)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

795

722




Total shareholders' equity

7,270

6,350




Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$       12,626

$       11,647











 

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 (In thousands, except per share data)





Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenues

$        6,050

$        5,872

$      18,131

$      17,766






Operating expenses:





Direct operating costs (includes depreciation and amortization)

1,519

1,312

4,690

4,244

Selling, general and administrative

4,257

5,180

14,442

15,386

Depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation and amortization

    included in direct costs)

175

175

540

504






Total operating expenses

5,951

6,667

19,672

20,134






Operating income (loss)

99

(795)

(1,541)

(2,368)

Other (expense) income, net

(23)

(5)

(57)

36






Income (loss) before income taxes

76

(800)

(1,598)

(2,332)

Provision for income taxes

(22)

(37)

(26)

(48)






Net income (loss)

$             54

$         (837)

(1,624)

(2,380)






Net loss per common share – basic

$          0.00

$        (0.01)

$        (0.02)

$        (0.04)






Net loss per common share – diluted

$          0.00

$        (0.01)

$        (0.02)

$        (0.04)






Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

70,876

60,404

68,537

60,394






Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

71,373

60,404

68,537

60,394






 

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)





Nine Months ended

September 30,


2012

2011

Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:



Net loss

$        (1,624)

$        (2,380)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization

2,190

2,313

Provision for doubtful accounts

101

(16)

Stock-based compensation

163

242

Loss on sales of securities available-for-sale

30

Loss from disposition of equipment and capitalized software

1

164

Changes in assets and liabilities:



Accounts receivable

(437)

51

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(200)

32

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(34)

461

Income taxes payable

32

(5)

Deferred costs

422

(333)

Deferred revenue

160

66

Deferred rent

220

76




Net cash provided by operating activities

994

701

Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:



Capital expenditures

(966)

(1,302)

Software development expenditures

(1,061)

(760)

Proceeds from sales of securities-available-for-sale

134

Acquisitions

(50)

Changes in restricted cash

50




Net cash used in investing activities

(2,027)

(1,928)

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities:



Proceeds from rights offering, net

2,310

Proceeds from note payable

123

Principal payments on capital leases

(247)

(336)

Payments on note payable

(29)

(4)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options.

36

Tax withholding related to net-share settlement of restricted stock units

(1)




Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

2,033

(181)




Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

1,000

(1,408)




Effect of exchange rate on cash

31

(36)




Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,374

3,906




Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$         2,405

$         2,462




COMPANY CONTACT:
Kendra Berger
Chief Financial Officer
NTN Buzztime, Inc.
(760) 438-7400

CCG CONTACT:
Mark Collinson
Partner
CCG Investor Relations
(310) 954-1343

SOURCE NTN Buzztime, Inc.



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