NTN Buzztime, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results

Mar 24, 2011, 16:15 ET from NTN Buzztime, Inc.

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

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"We continue to make progress on our key initiatives designed to meet two core strategic objectives: create compelling, addictive and contagious game experiences and to translate the player experiences into real value for subscribing clients. We believe these initiatives once fully executed will ultimately increase our customer retention rates.  In the short term, however, we have only nominally improved our quarter over quarter churn rate.  With that said, we were able to operate on a more profitable basis the second half of the year and generate cash during the year.  We feel confident in our ability to invest that cash in the business in ways that will improve the Buzztime experience so that our active player base increases and our customer venues will increasingly recognize the value of Buzztime in their establishments," said NTN Buzztime's CEO Michael Bush.

Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2010

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $6.3 million, compared to revenues of $6.6 million for the same period of 2009.  The 4.1% decrease in sales was largely the result of lower site count in the fourth quarter of 2010 than in the comparable 2009 period.

The Company ended the fourth quarter of 2010 with 3,925 subscribing venues, compared to 4,016 at December 31, 2009, a decrease of 2.3%.  During the fourth quarter of 2010, installations were lower at 223 compared with 301 in the same quarter last year and terminations were down to 313 compared to 336.  Customer churn was 7.9% for the quarter down from 8.3% in the prior year period.

Total site counts

and churn percentages

Q4

2010

Q4

2009

Decrease

Site Count – Beginning of Quarter

4,015

4,051

(36)

Q4 Installations

223

301

(78)

Q4Terminations

(313)

(336)

(23)

Site Count - End of Quarter

3,925

4,016

(91)

Churn Percentage

7.9%

8.3%

(0.4)

Gross margin as a percentage of revenue improved to 76.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 74.4% in the fourth quarter of 2009, primarily due to a decrease in direct costs from communications expense as the Company completed the conversion of customers from satellite to broadband, offset by an increase in depreciation and amortization expense resulting from increased equipment purchases to support new customers.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter declined by approximately $0.4 million, or 9.1%, to $4.4 million from $4.9 million a year ago. The improvement was attributable to several factors:  decreased professional fees resulting from less consulting expense and legal fees related to the asset acquisitions in 2009; decreased selling and marketing expense due to reduced trade show attendance and market research costs; decreased facilities expense due to reduced rent and other occupancy related costs; and a decrease in bad debt expense due to improved collection experience.

Net profit for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.2 million or $0.00 per share in the same period a year ago.

Results for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2010

Revenues from continuing operations were $25.3 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, compared to revenue of $25.8 million for the prior year. Net loss from continuing operations was $0.4 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $1.5 million a year ago.

For the full year of 2010, installations were down approximately 15% while terminations were up approximately 18% compared with the full year of 2009.  Customer churn was 28.8% for 2010, up from 25.0% in the prior year.

Total site counts

and churn percentages

FY

2010

FY

2009

Increase

Decrease

Site Count – Beginning of Year

4,016

3,746

270

Installations

1,053

1,239

(186)

Terminations

(1,144)

(969)

175

Site Count - End of Year

3,925

4,016

(91)

Churn Percentage

28.8%

25.0%

3.8

Gross margin as a percentage of revenue improved to 76.0% in 2010 from 75.0% in fiscal year 2009.

Selling, general and administrative expenses declined $1.1 million, or 5.6%, to $18.9 million in 2010 from $20.0 million in the prior year. The decrease was due to several factors, primarily decreased professional fees of $0.5 resulting from less consulting expense, legal fees related to the asset acquisitions in 2009 and lower auditing fees; decreased selling and marketing expense of $0.3 million due to reduced trade show attendance and market research costs; decreased facilities expense of $0.3 million due to reduced rent, maintenance and telephone costs; and a decrease of $0.1 million in I-AM TV transition related expenses including the shipping costs associated with the acquired assets.  The decrease was offset by increased personnel and related expenses of $0.3 million resulting from increased headcount, health insurance expenses, temporary labor, stock compensation and annual merit increases.

Conference Call

Management will review these results in a conference call today, March 24, 2011, 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 52552348. Please dial in several minutes prior to the start time for registration purposes.

A replay will be available until March 31, 2011, which can be accessed by dialing (800) 642-1687 if calling from the United States or Canada or (706) 645-9291 if calling internationally. Please use passcode 52552348 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 Buzztime

NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by approximately 3,900 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 1,500,000 registered consumers and more than 50,000,000 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 investing cash, improving user experience, increasing benefits of Buzztime's system, new customers and visitors, length of visits, added value and 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 risks of adverse economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, failure of customer and/or player demand, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, 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.

COMPANY CONTACT: Kendra Berger Chief Financial Officer NTN Buzztime, Inc. (760) 438-7400 CCG CONTACT: Mark Collinson Partner CCG Investor Relations (310) 954-1343

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NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except par value amount)

December 31,

ASSETS

2010

2009

    Current Assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents       

$  3,906

$  3,637

    Accounts receivable, net

549

606

    Investment available-for-sale

184

180

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets

588

634

         Total current assets

5,227

5,057

Broadcast equipment and fixed assets, net

3,638

3,809

Software development costs, net

1,094

1,374

Deferred costs

839

1,080

Goodwill

1,261

1,202

Intangible assets, net

1,025

1,585

Other assets

41

190

         Total assets

$  13,125

$  14,297

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

    Accounts payable

$  423

$  422

    Accrued compensation

628

1,075

    Accrued expenses

451

788

    Sales taxes payable

856

855

    Income taxes payable

8

    Obligations under capital leases—current portion

376

300

    Deferred revenue

520

523

    Other current liabilities

74

294

         Total current liabilities

3,336

4,257

Sales taxes payable, excluding current portion

128

Obligations under capital leases, excluding current portion

105

173

Deferred revenue, excluding current portion

124

82

Other liabilities

99

239

         Total liabilities

3,664

4,879

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders' equity:

    Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $.005 par value, $161 liquidation preference, 5,000 shares authorized; 161 shares issued and outstanding

1

1

    Common stock, $.005 par value, 84,000 shares authorized; 60,751 and 60,359 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively

304

302

    Treasury stock, at cost, 503 shares at December 31, 2010 and 2009

(456)

(456)

    Additional paid-in capital

116,114

115,740

    Accumulated deficit

(107,284)

(106,868)

    Accumulated other comprehensive income

782

699

         Total shareholders' equity

9,461

9,418

         Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$  13,125

$  14,297

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2010

2009

2010

2009

Revenues

$  6,342

$  6,616

$  25,309

$  25,814

Operating expenses:

Direct operating costs (includes depreciation and amortization)

1,474

1,691

6,063

6,460

Selling, general and administrative

4,425

4,866

18,906

20,031

Depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation and amortization included in direct costs)

157

163

665

919

Total operating expenses

6,056

6,720

25,634

27,410

Operating income (loss)

286

(104)

(325)

(1,596)

Other income (expense):

    Interest income

1

1

3

$  72

    Interest expense

(20)

(31)

(101)

(66)

    Other income

59

29

65

184

         Total other income (expense)

40

(1)

(33)

190

Income (loss) before income taxes

326

(105)

(358)

(1,406)

    Provision for income taxes

(4)

(91)

(42)

(95)

Net income (loss)

$  322

$  (196)

(400)

$  (1,501)

Net income (loss) per common share – basic

$  0.01

$  0.00

$  (0.01)

$  (0.03)

Net income (loss) per common share – diluted

$  0.01

$  0.00

$  (0.01)

$  (0.03)

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

60,248

59,850

60,134

58,188

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

60,746

59,850

60,134

58,188

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA *

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Twelve months ended

December 31,

2010

2009

Cash flows provided by operating activities:

    Net loss

$  (400)

$  (1,501)

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

         Depreciation and amortization

3,203

3,193

         Provision for doubtful accounts

191

227

         Gain on contract termination

(11)

         Stock-based compensation

299

180

         Loss from disposition of equipment and capitalized software

270

267

         Changes in assets and liabilities:

              Accounts receivable

(131)

(181)

              Prepaid expenses and other assets

41

95

              Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(1,082)

139

              Income taxes payable

169

(161)

              Deferred costs

244

393

              Deferred revenue

38

(148)

              Net cash provided by operating activities

2,831

2,503

Cash flows used in investing activities:

    Capital expenditures

(1,323)

(1,910)

    Software development expenditures

(845)

(1,138)

    Deposits on capital expenditures

(28)

    Trademark license

(35)

(94)

              Net cash used in investing activities

(2,203)

(3,170)

Cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities:

         Principal payments on capital leases

(425)

(155)

         Proceeds from exercise of stock options

61

28

         Proceeds from sale of common stock

750

              Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(364)

623

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

264

(44)

Effect of exchange rate on cash

5

319

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

3,637

3,362

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$       3,906

$        3,637

SOURCE NTN Buzztime, Inc.



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