STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – March 12, 2015 – Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the optical touch technology company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.
- Signed agreement with Global Tier One PC OEM for zForce PLUSTM touch enabled All In One PCs and Monitors
- Signed agreement with Autoliv for zForce DRIVETM Active Sensor Steering Wheel applications
- Volvo and an additional 2 automotive OEMs are in production using zForce CORETM touch technology for the in-car infotainment system
- At the Geneva International Motor Show, Koenigsegg and another global automotive OEM launched new models that include zForce CORE touch for the in-car infotainment system
- Amazon began shipping e-readers using zForce CORE touch solution in Q4 2014, but with revenue recognition for Neonode in Q1 2015
- HP printers with zForce CORE touch solutions continues to ramp with 20+ models currently in the worldwide market
- As of December 31, 2014 we have 59 patents issued globally and 117 pending
“I am excited to announce that we recently signed an agreement with one of the largest PC OEMs where we, along with our partners, will deliver touch and proximity modules for their PC products”, said Neonode CEO Thomas Eriksson.
“We continue to work with the leading printer OEMs developing multiple products for 2015 and beyond. These printer OEMs represent the majority of volumes for the printer market”, continued Mr. Eriksson.
“After 5 years of intense integration and development work we now have multiple automotive OEMs in production and more are coming to production during 2015 to begin shipping worldwide. Our zForce technology has been integrated into cars ranging from extremely high end to economy, which really show the versatility of our solutions. I am also happy to notice that the reviews on the Volvo XC90 have been very positive”, concluded Mr. Eriksson.
Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2014
Fourth quarter 2014 consolidated net revenues increased 54% to $1.7 million compared to $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2014. On a year-over-year basis, fourth quarter 2014 revenues increased by 72%, primarily due to increased license fees and NRE fees earned from completed development projects.
Operating expenses increased 13% to $4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $3.8 million for the same quarter in 2013 due to several factors including legal expense related to patent filings and non-recurring events, an increase in headcount, primarily in our sales and engineering departments due to increased activities in the automotive, printer and PC segments. Consolidated fourth quarter net loss was $3.1 million or $0.08 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $3.0 million or $0.08 loss per share for the comparable quarter in 2013.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2014
Net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $4.7 million, compared to $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Our net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 included $3.1 million from license fees due to product shipments from 16 customers and $1.6 million in NRE services from 22 customers. Our net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 included $2.9 million from license fees due to product shipments from 12 customers and $800,000 in NRE services from 22 customers.
The increase in overall net revenues in the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to the year ended December 31, 2013 is primarily due to an increase in license fees and NRE fees from customers. NRE fee revenue doubled in 2014 compared to 2013.
Gross margin was $3.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Our gross margin increased primarily due to improved profitability of NRE services combined with an increase of our license fees compared to 2013. The gross margin related to our license fees is 100%. As license fees as a percentage of our total revenue increase, our gross margin will increase.
Operating expenses increased 16% to $17.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $15.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The increase in operating expenses for 2014 compared to 2013 is primarily due to the same factors that were previously explained for the quarter.
As a result of the factors discussed above, we recorded a net loss of $14.2 million, or $0.36 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to a net loss of $13.1 million, or $0.37 per share for the year ended December 31, 2013.
Cash totaled $6.1 million at December 31, 2014 compared to $8.8 million at December 31, 2013. Common shares on a fully diluted basis totaled 45.7 million on December 31, 2014 compared to 40.4 million at December 31, 2013.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call Thursday March 12, 2015 at 10AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) featuring remarks and Q&A hosted by 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: #92050468. Please make sure to call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time. To register for the call, and listen online, please click: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=947672&s=1&k=5CABFEADAC6855B0A5ED81ABD80B3CAB
For interested individuals unable to join the live event, a digital recording for replay will be available for 30 days after the call’s completion – 3/12/2015 (13:00PM EDT) to 4/12/2015 (23:59PM EDT). To access the recording, please use one of these Dial-In Numbers (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406, and the Conference ID # 92050468.
Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ:NEON) develops and licenses the next generation of MultiSensing® touch technologies, allowing companies to differentiate themselves by making high performing touch and proximity sensing solutions at a competitive cost. Neonode is at the forefront of providing unparalleled user experiences that offer significant advantages for OEM’s. This includes state-of-the-art technology features such as low latency pen or brush sensing with high speed scanning, proximity-, pressure-, and depth sensing capabilities and object-size measuring on any surface.
Neonode’s patented MultiSensing touch technology is developed for a wide range of devices like wearable’s, notebooks, all in one computers, monitors, mobile phones, tablets and e-readers, toys and gaming consoles, printers and office equipment and automotive systems. NEONODE, the NEONODE Logo, ZFORCE and MULTISENSING are trademarks of Neonode Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. ZFORCE CORE, ZFORCE PLUS and ZFORCE DRIVE are trademarks of Neonode Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information please visit www.neonode.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
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These risks, uncertainties, and factors are discussed under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Neonode’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including Neonode’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K. You are advised to carefully consider these various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although Neonode management believes that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are reasonable, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be fulfilled. Forward-looking statements are made as of today’s date, and Neonode undertakes no duty to update or revise them.
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