STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – May 9, 2017 – Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the Optical Interactive Sensing Technology Company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
– AirBar for MacBook Air and Windows 10 in 13.3, 14.0, 15.6 inch sizes now shipping to distribution
– 2 additional printer customers are now shipping products bring the total to 5 printer customersSigned 3 new OEM supply agreements for embedded sensor modules
– Initial manufacturing of embedded sensor modules in various sizes ranging from 42mm to 345mm
– Signed OEM agreement for development of embedded sensor module for flexible OLED display
– Signed agreement with DigiKey for distribution, marketing and sales of embedded sensor modules
“This quarter has been an inflection point for Neonode. Over the past several quarters we have been focused on our new line of embedded sensor modules incorporating our zForce Air technology for OEM customers. We took concrete steps during the first quarter to further develop the market for our new offerings. After our investments in production technology, we now have a stable manufacturing process that supports our growing business. During the quarter, we signed an agreement with DigiKey to support the global rollout of our sales and market efforts for our module business. DigiKey is a leading global electronic components distribution company that also provide global sales and marketing support,” said Thomas Eriksson, Neonode CEO.
“We are working with several OEM customers on high volume applications using our embedded sensor modules, such as the new generation of flexible and curved displays. In addition, we signed supply agreements with three new OEM customers to deliver modules to them in 2017,” concluded Mr. Eriksson.
Financial Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017
Total revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 was $2.3 million and $3.1 million, respectively. Our revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 included $2.1 million and $2.5 million, respectively, from technology license fees, a nominal non-recurring engineering fee (“NRE”) in 2017 compared to $0.7 million in 2016 and $0.2 million from sales of AirBar in the first quarter of 2017. We began selling AirBar in December 2016.
The decrease of 26% in total revenues for the three-month period 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016 is primarily due to a decrease in engineering development fees and a onetime $0.3 million increase in license fees in the first quarter 2016 related to a catch-up of license fees from HP.
We expect an incremental increase in revenues from additional license fee customers, growing sales from embedded sensor modules and sales of AirBar during 2017.
Our combined total gross margin was 95% and 81% in the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. In the three months ended March 31, 2017, license fees accounted for 91% of total revenue compared to 79% in the same period in 2016. Gross margin on AirBar sales in the three months ended March 31, 2017 was 52%.
Operating expenses decreased 19% to $3.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $3.8 million for the same period last year and we are on target with our $3 million quarterly operating expenses.
We recorded a net loss of $0.9 million, or $(0.02) loss per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to a net loss of $1.4 million, or $(0.03) loss per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
During the first quarter of 2017, we invested approximately $0.8 million in inventory included on our balance sheet. In the quarter, we manufactured 15,000 AirBar modules. In addition, our first quarter operating expenses includes an investment of approximately $0.4 million in cost related to manufacturing engineering and production set up for embedded sensor modules.
Cash and accounts receivable totaled $2.7 million at March 31, 2017 compared to $5.0 million at December 31, 2016.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call Tuesday May 9, 2017 at 10AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/4PM Central European Time (CET) featuring remarks by, and Q&A with, Thomas Eriksson, CEO, Lars Lindqvist, CFO and David Brunton, Head of Investor Relations.
The dial-in number for the conference call is toll-free: (877) 539-0733 (U.S. domestic) or +1 (678) 607-2005 (international). To access the call all participants must use the following Conference ID: #8342418. Please make sure to call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.
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Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ:NEON) develops and licenses optical interactive sensing technologies. Neonode’s patented optical interactive sensing technology is developed for a wide range of devices like automotive systems, printers, PC devices, monitors, mobile phones, tablets and e-readers. NEONODE and the NEONODE Logo are trademarks of Neonode Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. AIRBAR is a trademark of Neonode Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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