STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – May 8, 2019 – Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the optical interactive sensing technology company, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
“We are executing on our business plan, and see a growing number of customer design activities for both licensing and module projects. I am happy with the progress we are making and I am confident that we are on the right track to achieve revenue growth and profitability,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Neonode Inc.
FINANCIAL SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER 2019
- Net sales totaled $2.0 million compared to $2.4 million for the same period last year.
- Net loss totaled $0.6 million compared to a net loss of $0.7 million for the same period last year.
- Loss per share totaled $0.07 compared to a loss per share of $0.12 for the same period last year.
- Net cash used in operating activities totaled $0.5 million compared to $0.6 million for the same period last year.
BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE QUARTER
- Release of zForce CORE 1.5 with strong customer interest.
- Signed agreement with Convergence to sell zForce sensor modules in North America.
BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS SINCE THE END OF THE QUARTER
- Signed collaboration agreement with FineTek who will serve as a system integrator and future electronic manufacturing partner for Neonode zForce technology.
- Assigned a portfolio of patents to Aequitas Technologies LLC as part of an agreement to share potential proceeds generated from a licensing and monetization program.
- Received purchase order for sensor modules of approximately $0.6 million from industry leading medical device OEM who will use our sensor module in a retrofit touch display system for an X-Ray machine. Delivery expected to begin in June 2019.
THE CEO’S COMMENTS
We have reshaped our business, working methodology and processes to become more market and customer focused. Our business plan now targets specific markets and use cases providing a solid customer base and pathway to future growth and profitability. There are no shortcuts or easy fixes in the development of our embedded sensor business, but I am satisfied with the progress we are making.
Our strategy going forward is centered around the following initiatives:
- Capitalize and build on our successful Touch Interaction business by increasing our market position and sales reach. We provide solutions for both high and low volume product implementations through an expanded use case offering. We have an established track record with our touch on display solutions and will use our strong presence to grow our market share.
- Capture growth opportunities for our Mid-Air Interaction and Object Sensing solutions in automotive entry systems. The automotive market is one of the new technology frontiers and represents a significant market opportunity for us to leverage our existing relationships with Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs to gain additional market share.
Our targeted use cases for basic touch, high-image quality display touch, ruggedized display touch and entry systems for automotive systems allow us to capitalize on our competitive advantages in high value markets.
We have a growing number of design activities for both sensor modules and licensing applications with existing and new customers. The latest release of our touch on display license technology has been very well received and is generating opportunities for printers, e-readers and automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. We expect that two of our most important printer customers will increase and expand printer shipments with our technology. We are also in final license negotiations with a new Chinese printer customer for a solution targeting the Chinese market. We are performing an in-depth analysis of the automotive IVI market and are engaging with all relevant OEM and Tier 1 supplier partners for discussions and pre-design activities.
In our module business, we are beginning to receive initial orders for production volumes from our medical device, taximeter and aircraft instrumentation customers. We anticipate that order volumes will expand over time. Our tailgate solution for automotive entry systems has been well received and we expect to be entering into first evaluation projects soon. We are completing relevant testing to meet automotive ISO9001, ISO 16750 and GMW 3175 certification requirements.
Increasing our reach and effectiveness of marketing and sales is a continuous activity. In order to improve our sales presence in the U.S. market we have signed a marketing and sales agreement with Convergence Promotions LLC to coordinate our expanding network of sales representatives in the U.S. We have increased our marketing and trade show activities to support this new sales relationship and to increase awareness of our selected use case offerings. After the quarter ended we entered into a system integrator and manufacturing partner cooperation agreement with Finetek Co. Ltd of Korea supporting both our licensing and module business in Asia and globally. We plan to further grow our presence in Asia by replicating our model with Convergence and are evaluating and negotiating with qualified sales and marketing partners in the region.
In summary, we are executing on our plan and see positive customer response with numerous discussions ongoing and actual shipments happening. This makes me confident that we are on the right track to achieve revenue growth and profitability.
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW FOR THE QUARTER
Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 decreased by 15% year over year, mainly due to a $0.3 million decrease in license fees from one printer customer, as a result of their decision to move to an alternative technology platform. Operating expenses continued on a run rate below plan, down by 20%, and net loss decreased by 24% compared to the first quarter 2018. Cash used by operations decreased by 18% year over year, and cash and accounts receivables totaling $7.6 million allows us to continue to execute according to our plan. Our first quarter Form 10Q is available for download from the Investors section of our website at neonode.com.
On May 6, 2019, Neonode assigned a portfolio of patents to Aequitas Technologies LLC. The portfolio contains two patent families comprising nine US patents, five non-U.S. patents and three pending U.S. patent applications. The assignment provides Neonode the right to share potential proceeds generated from a licensing and monetization program.
ORGANIZATION AND STAFF
Neonode Inc., a Delaware Incorporated Company, with its executive head office in Stockholm, Sweden are organized in four wholly owned subsidiaries located in Sweden, Japan, Korea and Taiwan and with a majority owned subsidiary in Kungsbacka, Sweden. At the end of the first quarter, our company had a workforce of 55 people, including ten consultants compared to a workforce of 53 people at the same date last year. Our workforce primarily is located in Sweden.
FUTURE REPORTING DATES
Q2 Interim Report 2019, August 14, 2019
Q3 Interim Report 2019, November 6, 2019
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Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ:NEON) develops, manufactures and sells advanced sensor modules based on our company’s proprietary ZFORCE AIR technology. Neonode ZFORCE AIR Sensor Modules enable touch interaction, mid-air interaction and object sensing and are ideal for integration in a wide range of applications within the automotive, consumer electronics, medical, robotics and other markets. Our company also develops and licenses user interfaces and optical interactive touch solutions based on its patented ZFORCE CORE technology. To date, Neonode’s technology has been deployed in approximately 70 million products, including 4 million cars and 66 million consumer devices.
NEONODE, the NEONODE logo, ZFORCE and ZFORCE AIR are trademarks of Neonode Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. ZFORCE CORE is a trademark of Neonode Inc.
For further information please visit www.neonode.com
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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, but are not limited to, statements relating to expectations, future performance or future events, business plan and strategy, revenue guidance for 2019 from license fees and module sales, proceed from patent licensing, revenue from patent monetization, customer shipments and orders, and product cost, performance, and functionality matters. These statements are based on current assumptions, expectations and information available to Neonode management and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Neonode’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.
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 are made as today’s date, and Neonode undertakes no duty to update or revise them.