NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pareteum Corporation (OTC Pink Open Market: TEUM), a global cloud communications platform company, today announced that it has completed the restatement of operating and financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2018 and the interim periods within fiscal 2018. The Company expects to complete the process and file full year 2019 financial information in late 2020 or early January 2021 and become current with respect to the filing of its financial results for the first three quarters of fiscal 2020 shortly after filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 2019 fiscal year. Over the last year, the Company implemented significant changes to strengthen governance and management, and effected additional remedial measures and controls. Pareteum's Board of Directors is committed to the highest managerial and governance standards and is actively working to deliver long-term, sustainable, shareholder value.
"Reporting our 2018 restated results marks a significant milestone as we work to complete the restatement," said Bart Weijermars, Pareteum's interim CEO. "Over the past year, the new management team and the Independent Directors of the Board, have worked diligently to improve our internal controls and ensure that we have the right processes, people and discipline of a world class organization in place. The fundamentals of our industry and our business are strong and Pareteum is committed to taking actions that are consistent with our ethics and values and fully meet the expectations of both internal and external stakeholders."
Full Year 2018 Financial Results:
Revenue grew 50% to $20.3 million for the fiscal year 2018, compared to $13.5 million in the prior year, driven by the Artilium acquisition effective in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Net loss was $(18.0) million in the fiscal year 2018, compared to a net loss of $(12.5) million in the prior year, driven by an increase in restructuring and acquisition costs of Artilium of $6.3 million and lower gross margins due to the Artilium product mix.
As discussed in the Form 10-K filed today, the Company restated results for 2018. The following information summarizes the impact of the restatement.
Restructing & Acquisition
Depreciation & Amortization
Loss from Ops
Income (Benefit) Tax
The Form 10-K report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today contains audited restated financial information for 2018, including quarterly information during those periods. We believe that the restatement to bring Pareteum fully current is nearing completion and tremendous progress has been made. As we approach completion, the Company intends to provide additional periodic updates. Following the completion of the restatement and catch-up on prior financials, Pareteum intends to return to a normal cadence for public company reporting, including for the full year 2020.
Recent Business Highlights:
"We believe the growth trajectory of our business is very positive and this will become evident once we have completed the restatement," continued Mr. Weijermars. "Our industry and competitive landscape are in the midst of a significant digital transformation. Cloud-based technologies are helping customers reimagine their commercial models in ways that will affect global demand for our offerings in the future. The Pareteum platform continues to deliver mobility and connectivity services, engineered to support and perform in an increasingly virtual world. As a result, we are experiencing higher levels of activity across our network in key areas including messaging, consumer mobile and IoT. Our products and services today have significant traction in the market despite the unexpected impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic this year. We are laser-focused on continuing to grow and scale the business while upholding the highest standards throughout our operations."
In addition to strengthening its governance and leadership team, Pareteum has achieved many positive milestones in the business, including continuing to add new partners, subscribers and offerings in addition to increased growth and engagement with existing customers. Highlights include the following:
Liberty Global: expanded our partnership with this multinational telecommunications company to build a pan-European Voicemail platform that will provide Liberty Global with the flexibility and scalability to deliver their services, the next step in our long-standing relationship;
Vodafone: extended and expanded our contract enabling this communications leader to deliver connectivity services under one platform;
Strattner Technologies: announced a partnership to launch the Strattner Voice brand, A GSM network complementing the company's satellite communications network, Strattner.Space, demonstrating that the Pareteum Experience Cloud provides the flexibility and scalability to power a diverse range of services for the mobile communications market;
Genza: announced a partnership with this Geneva-based communications company to build an MVNO serving the UK market that provides access to the voice and SMS capabilities of the best cellular networks as well as fully programmable B2C messaging capabilities across a wide range of mobile and social channels; and
Pareteum SmartSIM: launched a multi-country, multi-network cellular data connectivity solution for IoT and mobile broadband use cases that facilitates seamless inventory management and logistics and can be fully managed and controlled remotely with the best connectivity experience irrespective of where it is used globally
"We believe we are well positioned to capitalize on this disruptive and growing global marketplace, providing exceptional service to our customers and enabling them to meet their requirements for global connectivity and collaboration," concluded Mr. Weijermars. "We continue to work towards completing the restatements in the coming weeks and implementing processes and controls to improve day-to-day operations, create a stronger company and deliver long-term value for shareholders."
Finally, the company expects to deliver growth as its reporting becomes current with 2019 and 2020 financial results.
About Pareteum Corporation
Pareteum is an experienced provider of Communications Platform as a Service solutions. Pareteum empowers enterprises, communications service providers, early stage innovators, developers, IoT, and telecommunications infrastructure providers with the freedom and control to create, deliver and scale innovative communications experiences. The Pareteum platform connects people and devices around the world using the secure, ubiquitous, and highly scalable solution to deliver data, voice, video, SMS/text messaging, media, and content enablement. For more information please visit: www.pareteum.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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