STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – AUGUST 9, 2016 – Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the optical interactive sensing technology company, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.
• Total revenue increased 13% compared to the first half of 2015
• License fees increased 394% from automotive customers and 65% from printer customers, compared to the first half of 2015
• Signed our first supply agreement for a tailgate sensor module with an U.S. automotive OEM
• Key retail channels established for AirBar through Ingram Micro in the United States, Europe, and Asia
• Completed the interactive steering wheel development project with Autoliv
“Our automotive business grew 25% on a quarter over quarter basis and we expect the number of cars with our technology to increase and our opportunities to continue to expand. We are well on our way of reaching our goal of 1.3 million cars with our technology in 2016. In the first half of this year our customers shipped 500,000 cars using our technology. In this quarter, we signed our first supply agreement with an auto OEM using our tailgate sensor module and took a significant step towards delivering automotive qualified sensor modules. We expect to grow our business beyond infotainment systems by supplying sensors for door handles, tailgates, steering wheels and other touch and gesture automotive applications in the coming years. Our goal is to be the premier supplier of sensors to the automotive industry”, said Thomas Eriksson, Neonode CEO.
“We completed setting up and configuring our manufacturing facility and will begin ramping the production of AirBar. We are on track to make the initial shipments of AirBar to our pre-order customers by the end of August. We, along with Ingram Micro, have established key retail sales channels in the U.S., Europe and Asia and are planning to begin delivery of AirBar in the fourth quarter. We will start by delivering AirBar to the U.S. followed by Europe and then Asia. We are also working with Ingram Micro to establish retail channels in India and China. AirBar is now ready to allow millions of people around the world to touch enable their PCs with an affordable plug and touch device”, concluded Mr. Eriksson.
Financial Results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016
Net revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 were $2.6 million and $5.7 million, respectively, compared to net revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 of $2.8 million and $5.0 million, respectively. Our net revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 included $2.0 million and $4.5 million, respectively, from technology license fees and $0.6 million and $1.2 million, respectively, in non-recurring engineering services (“NRE”) related to our touch solutions for customers. Our net revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 included $1.5 million and $3.3 million, respectively, from technology license fees and $1.3 million and $1.7 million, respectively, in NRE services related to our touch solutions for customers.
The decrease of 7% in net revenues for the three month period 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015 is due to a decrease in NRE fees within all segments. The increase of 13% in net revenues for the six month period 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015 is primarily due to an increase in license fees from printer and automotive customers, offset by a decrease in license fees from E-reader customers and NRE services from all segments. The decrease in NRE fees is due to the transition from custom design solutions where we collect up-front fees for design services to standardized sensor modules which require limited to no custom design services. In the future, we expect to sell sensor modules to our automotive customers for applications such as interactive door handles, lift gate systems, steering wheels and infotainment systems. We will also sell sensor modules to our printer customers and AirBar our first consumer sensor module that touch enables PCs. We expect all of these sensor modules to generate more revenue and gross margins than our current custom designed solutions provide under a royalty based license fee.
The license fee revenue distribution per market for the second quarter 2016 is 51% for printers, 33% for automotive and 16% for E-Readers compared to 51% for printers, 11% for automotive and 38% for E-Readers in the second quarter 2015.
Gross margin was $2.2 million and $4.7 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively, compared to $2.0 million and $4.0 million for the same periods in 2015, respectively. Gross margin as a percentage of net revenue was 85% and 83% for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to 73% and 79% for the same periods in 2015, respectively. Our cost of revenues includes the direct cost of production of certain customer prototypes, costs of Company employed engineering personnel and engineering consultants to complete the engineering design contract. Our total operating expenses were $3.5 million and $7.3 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively, compared to $3.8 million and $7.8 million for the same periods in 2015, respectively.
We recorded a net loss of $1.3 million, or $(0.03) per share and $2.7 million, or $(0.06) per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million, or $(0.04) per share and $3.9 million, or $(0.10) per share, respectively, in the comparable periods in 2015.
We expect to be able to show profitability on a monthly basis during 2016. For 2017 we expect to see increased revenue, improved margins and reduced costs.
Cash and accounts receivable totaled $1.7 million at June 30, 2016 compared to $7.2 million at December 31, 2014. Common shares on a fully diluted basis totaled approximately 45.6 million shares on June 30, 2016.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call Tuesday August 9, 2016 at 10AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) featuring remarks by, Thomas Eriksson, CEO, Lars Lindqvist, CFO, David Brunton, Head of Investor Relations, Gunnar Frojdh, VP Automotive and Remo Behdasht, VP AirBar Devices.
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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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