STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – November 9, 2017 – Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the optical interactive sensing technology company, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Net revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $2.3 million compared to $1.6 million for the same quarter last year. Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 was $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net loss of $2.2 million, or $0.05 per share, for the third quarter of last year. The 41% increase in total net revenues for the third quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016 is primarily related to continued growth in license fees and sales revenues from AirBar.
“I am happy to report that we have taken the initial step to deliver on our strategy with the first sales in the sensor component business. We manufactured and sold our first touch sensor components to twelve customers, who are in the process of designing new products that use our standardized components. We are now selling and actively marketing our sensors through various sales channels; direct to OEM customers, through Tier 1s and partner networks as well as together with distributors, such as Digi-Key. Our sales strategy opens up a significantly larger addressable market, from customers with small volume products to high volume products with the largest global OEMs. Although, we are able to supply the broader market with sensor components, in the short and mid-term our focus is on selected key markets,” said Thomas Eriksson, CEO.
“To conclude, we will continue to support our customers in our solid and profitable licensing business while increasing our marketing efforts to capitalize on our investments and expand the markets for our hardware sensor components. The solid base from our licensing business provides a stepping stone for the expansion, into larger and more lucrative markets for our sensor components. We believe the combination of licensing and hardware provides a solid foundation for the future growth of the company, and we look forward to working together with the new Board of Directors to continue to position Neonode as a leading supplier of advanced sensor technology,” concluded Mr. Eriksson.
During the quarter we improved our financial position through a $9.1 million, net of selling expenses, private placement. We also added four members to our Board of Directors in order to oversee the company’s future growth and add new capabilities. Ulf Rosberg has been elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board (“Board”) and Åsa Hedin, Per Eriksson and Andreas Bunge joined the Board and have been appointed to serve on various committees. All four new members of our Board bring broad experience and knowledge from different backgrounds in the technology sector.
Third Quarter 2017 Business Metrics
– Sold first embedded sensor components* to 12 customers
– Revenue from licensing was approximately $2.1 million or 90 percent of total revenues.
– Revenue from AirBar (B2C) was approximately $0.2 million or 9 percent of total revenues.
– Operating expenses totaled $3.6 million
– Net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share
* Sensor components, previously referred to as sensor modules, are supplied as a family of different lengths for numerous applications in the area of touch and gesture control for various customer segments. The sensor components are based on a generic hardware and software platforms for scalability and easy customer implementations.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call Thursday November 9, 2017 at 10AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)/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: #99886749. Please make sure to call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.
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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 – 11/9/2017 (13:00PM EDT) to 12/9/2017 (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 #99886749.
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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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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