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Verimatrix Announces First-Half 2021 Results

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29.07.2021, 17:45  |  123   |   |   

Regulatory News:

Verimatrix (Paris:VMX) (Euronext Paris: VMX), a global provider of security and analytics solutions that protect devices, services and applications, is today reporting its IFRS unaudited4 consolidated results and unaudited adjusted results, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2021.

(in thousands of US$) First-half 2021 First-half 2020
 
Revenue

52 194

44 170

EBITDA

11 365

7 393

Revenue software business

35 549

44 170

EBITDA software business

(883)

7 679

  Consolidated revenue (IFRS)

52 194

44 170

Operating income (IFRS)

10 618

2 349

Net income/(loss) (IFRS)

8 142

(1 923)

Commenting on these results, Amedeo D’Angelo, chairman and chief executive officer of Verimatrix, stated: “We have faced a particularly difficult second quarter, notably as Covid-19 continues to impact BtoB spending and much of our business is located in regions hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Despite tight controls on spending, the disappointing revenue slowdown impacted our profitability in the first half of 2021, when looking at profitabilty net of the positive NFC patent licensing program impact.

The core value of our offerings remains intact, but the deeper impact of the pandemic has showed us we need to adapt faster. Recent customer trends and the behaviour pattern of our historical customer base continue to shift, with an accelerated swing towards mobile use, streaming media, OTT entertainment consumption and cloud-based systems, in a context where our clients face more stringent controls on costs. Consequently, we need to respond more quickly to those changes and accelerate our own transformation into a provider of more flexible and recurring offerings that better serve the content protection needs of today. Our shift to a subscription-based business, including through SaaS offerings, needs to be more radical, even if this will affect short-term recognition of revenues. Stepping up this transformation towards a more recurring revenue model will also require a sharper commercial approach. I have asked Asaf Ashkenazi, in addition to his current responsibilities as chief operating officer, to redesign and lead the commercial organization to respond to this pressing need.

We remain committed to providing shareholder value and we will do so thanks to our unique positioning. This ongoing shift to a recurring revenue model stands as an opportunity to significantly expand the combined use of our core technologies and subscription-based services that offer unmatched security, speed, scalability and efficiency. While this will impact the recognition of revenue for the rest of 2021 and in 2022, it puts us, in the mid-term, on the right path towards an improved ability to generate recurring revenues and sound profitability. This is why we are setting ourselves on an ambious path towards 2024 where we expect to see recurring revenue represent 70% of total revenues, compared with 33% today.”

Financial Results - Key figures

Software business
(adjusted)

Company
(adjusted)

Consolidated IFRS

 
(in thousands of US$) H1 2021 H1 2020 H1 2021 H1 2020 H1 2021 H1 2020
 
Revenue

35 549

44 170

52 194

44 170

52 194

44 170

Gross profit

26 424

37 323

38 548

37 037

37 680

36 128

As a % of revenue

74.3%

84.5%

73.9%

83.9%

72.2%

81.8%

Operating expenses

(29 096)

(31 815)

(29 257)

(31 815)

(27 062)

(33 779)

Operating income

(2 672)

5 508

9 291

5 222

10 618

2 349

As a % of revenue

-7.5%

12.5%

17.8%

11.8%

20.3%

5.3%

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations (i)

-

-

-

-

8 169

(1 766)

Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations (ii)

-

-

-

-

(27)

(157)

Net income/(loss) (i) + (ii)

-

-

-

-

8 142

(1 923)

EBITDA

(883)

7 679

11 365

7 393

-

-

As a % of revenue

-2.5%

17.4%

21.8%

16.7%

 

-

-

1. Revenue and earnings

Q2 2021 and H1 2021 revenue

(in thousands of US$) Q2-2021 Q2-2020 Q2 2021
vs. Q2 2020
H1 2021 H1 2020 H1 202
vs. H1 2020
 
Recurring revenue

5 743

8 187

-30%

12 355

15 435

-20%

of which subscriptions

1 214

1 550

-22%

2 624

2 697

-3%

of which maintenance

4 529

6 637

-32%

9 731

12 737

-24%

Non-recurring revenue

9 749

15 964

-39%

23 194

28 735

-19%

             
Total Core business revenue

15 492

24 151

-36%

35 549

44 170

-20%

 
NFC patent licensing program

16 645

               -  

16 645

             -  

 
Total revenue

32 137

24 151

33%

52 194

44 170

18%

Second quarter 2021 revenue

Verimatrix revenue was $32.1 million in the second quarter of 2021, up 33% year-over-year.

NFC patent licensing business

In the second quarter of 2021, France Brevets, Verimatrix NFC patent licensing partner, signed four licenses agreements with major OEMs, including a new one as well as the extension of pre-existing licenses with three others. These licenses generated revenues of $16.6 million for Verimatrix in the second quarter. The payment to be received in July and August 2021 will strengthen further the cash position of the Company.

Core software business

Recurring revenue from maintenance and subscription fees were $15.5 million in the second quarter of 2021, representing 59% of core business revenue. These recurring revenues are down year-over-year since:

- Maintenance revenue decreased year-over-year, mostly as a consequence of the decrease in new perpetual and term licenses to which renewable maintenance arrangements are typically part of;

- Subscription revenue temporarily decreased in the second quarter of 2021 as a consequence of customers delaying their launch of services.

Nevertheless, during the quarter, the Company continued to make firm progress in deploying its SaaS and subscription-based offering consistently with its strategy. The corresponding ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue backlog – see definition in Appendix 2 hereof) grew to $5.7 million as of June 30, 2021, up 40% year-on-year. Combined with maintenance, total company ARR was $25 million as of June 30, 2021.

Non-recurring revenues from licenses, royalties and professional services was $9.7 million in the second quarter of 2021, significantly lower than in the second quarter of 2020.

Covid-19 continues to impact BtoB spending and the ability to launch new infrastructure projects. Verimatrix’s historical business is more focused on regions) heavily hit by Covid-19, which led major customers to put new projects on hold and delay deployment of other projects, thus impacting new licenses revenue. In Latin America in particular, revenue decreased by $3.6 million in first-half of 2021 compared with first-half 2020.

First-half 2021 revenue

Verimatrix revenue was $52.2 million in the first half of 2021, up 18% year-on-year.

Revenue for the sole core software business was $35.5 million, down 20% vs. first-half 2020, due to a weaker second quarter as explained above.

Recurring revenues from maintenance and subscription fees were $12.4 million in the first-half of 2020, down 20% year-over-year.

From gross profit to net income

(in thousands of US$)   H1 2021
(adjusted,
reported)
H1 2020
(adjusted,
reported)
       
Revenue  

52 194

44 170

     
Gross profit  

38 548

37 037

As a % of revenue  

73.9%

83.9%

Research and development expenses  

(9 859)

(11 525)

Selling and marketing expenses  

(12 217)

(12 584)

General and administrative expenses  

(7 162)

(7 587)

Other gains / (losses), net  

(19)

(119)

Total adjusted operating expenses  

(29 257)

(31 815)

Operating Income  

9 291

5 222

     
EBITDA  

11 365

7 393

Adjusted gross profit

Adjusted gross profit for first-half 2021 was $38.5 million, compared with $37.0 million in first-half 2020.

Decrease in gross margin to 73.9% in first-half 2021 (vs. 84.5% in first-half 2020) is due to revenue mix (NFC patent licensing programm generating 72.8% gross margin) and a lesser absorption of fixed cost of sales expense.

Adjusted operating expenses

As anticipated, the strong euro against the U.S. dollar weighed on the operating expense and earnings for approximately $1 million in the first 6 months of 2021 compared with 2020. However, operating expenses decreased from $31.8 million for the first half of 2020 to $29.3 million for the first half of 2021 as:

- the company maintained tight controls on expenses in the context of an uncertain worldwide environment

- capitalization of research of development expenses increased year-over-year by $1 million since the company sustains its investments in new products and services.

Adjusted operating income and EBITDA

Adjusted operating income for the first half of 2021 was $9.3 million compared with $5.2 million in first-half 2020. Excluding contribution of the NFC patent licensing program which had generated $12.0 million in operating income in first-half 2021, adjusted operating loss was $2.7 million.

EBITDA for the first half of 2021 was $11.4 million, representing 22% of revenue. Excluding contribution of the NFC patent licensing program wich had generated $12.2 million in EBITDA in first-half 2021, EBITDA of core software business was negative by $0.9 million (compared with +$7.7 million in first-half 2020).

Strong growth of IFRS operating and net income

(in thousands of US$)   H1 2021 H1 2020
       
Adjusted operating income  

9 291

5 222

Fair value adjustment on deferred revenue (Item without cash impact)  

-

-

Amortization and depreciation of assets acquired through business
combinations (Items without cash impact)
 

(2 542)

(2 543)

Acquisition related expenses (*)  

1 791

(75)

Non recurring costs related to restructurations (**)  

2 102

(30)

Share based payments  

(24)

(225)

Operating income/(loss)  

10 618

 

2 349

Finance income/(loss), net  

(213)

 

(3 906)

Income tax expenses  

(2 236)

(209)

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations (i)  

8 169

(1 766)

Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations (ii)  

(27)

(157)

Net income/(loss) (i) + (ii)  

8 142

(1 923)

       
         
Sums may not equal totals due to rounding

Operating income/(loss) from continuing5 operations

In the first half of 2021, Verimatrix generated a consolidated (IFRS) operating income of $10.6 million, compared to an income of $2.3 million in first-half 2020. On top of a 78% grow of the adjusted operating income, the Company benefited from one-time profits during the first half of 2021, in the context of managing cash and operating expense:

(*) In June 2021, Verimatrix signed a settlement agreement with the selling shareholders of Verimatrix, Inc. relating to the definitive purchase price of Verimatrix, Inc. In this context, Verimatrix received an amount of $ 8.8 million in cash, significantly higher than the expected amount of $ 6.9 million, which led to record a non-recurring profit in the half-year results for $ 1.9 million.

(**) In April 2021, Verimatrix terminated a lease agreement for a building unoccupied since September 2019 in San Diego, California; as a result, the company has reversed a provision for an amount of $ 2.5 million (that as a consequence, the Company would save in rent and associated costs over the next 4 years).

Finance incomel(loss), net

Net financial expense was $0.2 million in the first half of 2021, mainly driven by the interest expense of the 29 million bullet loan note due 2026 and of the convertible bonds (“OCEANE”) due 2022 which was almost balanced by a $2.5 million non-cash IFRS profit from the change in fair value of the derivative liability related to the OCEANE.

Net income/(loss) from continuing operations

In the first half of 2021, continuing operations generated a net income (IFRS) of $8.2 million against a net loss of $1.8 million in the first half of 2020.

Net income/(loss)

In the first half of 2021, the Company generated a consolidated net income (IFRS) of $8.1 million against a net loss of $1.9 million in the first half of 2020. It is derived from the net income for the continuing operations for $8.2 million, while net income from discontinued operations was marginal (net supplemental expenses from the Silicon IP business unit sold to Rambus in December 2019).

2. Financial position

(in thousands of $) H1 2021 H1 2020
       
Cash generated by continuing operations before changes in working capital

12 028

6 651

Cash generated used in changes in working capital from continuing operations

(5 941)

(5 826)

Cash generated by continuing operations

6 087

826

 
Cash generated used in discontinued operations

(27)

(157)

 
Taxes paid  

(603)

(720)

Interests paid  

(2 061)

(3 854)

   
Net cash generated by / (used in) operating activities  

3 396

(3 904)

   
Cash flows used in investing activities, net  

(4 097)

(2 383)

Cash flows from used in financing activities, net  

(15 840)

(1 227)

   
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  

(16 541)

(7 514)

   
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period  

48 608

53 975

Foreign exchange impact  

(57)

(11)

   
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period  

32 010

46 450

Liquidity

Net debt stood at $13.7 million at June 30, 2021, compared with $11.5 million at June 30, 2020 and $11.5 million at December 31, 2020. Net debt is defined as cash on hand, cash equivalents and short-term investments, less bank overdrafts, financial debt (excluding obligations under IFRS 16 for finance leases), bank loans, private loans, and the debt component of the “OCEANE” convertible bonds due 2022 (see reconciliation with IFRS in Appendix 2 hereof).

Verimatrix has a solid financial position to face its ongoing transformation. The Company’s financial debt matures in June 2022 (EUR 16 million “OCEANE“ convertible bonds) and February 2026 ($29 million unitranche bullet private loan).

As of June 30, 2021, the company’s consolidated cash position was $32.0 million, compared with $46.5 million at June 30, 2020 and $48.6 million at December 31, 2020, the decrease being due to the partial early reimbursement of the untitranche loan note for $15 million in March 2021.

Cash flows

Cash position decreased by $14.4 million in the first-half of 2021, due to the partial early reimbursement of the untitranche loan note for $15 million in March 2021.

Operating activities generated $6.1 million of cash flow in the first-half of 2021, compared with $0.7 million in the first half of 2020.

Interest expense used $2.1 million of cash in the first half-2021 compared with $3.9 million in the first half-2020, due to the impact of the partial reimbursement of the unitranche loan note combined with a decrease in the interest rate pursuant to the loan note agreement.

Investing activities used $4.1 million, including capitalized R&D for $3,9 million.

Financing activities used $15.8 million of cash in first-half 2021, mostly due to partial early reimbursement of the untitranche loan note for $15 million in March 2021.

3. Business outlook

Verimatrix had the objective to deliver a mid-single digit core business revenue growth in 2021 year-over-year (including a double-digit growth of recurring revenues) and a globally flat EBITDA target compared with 2019.

As explained above, the continued impact of Covid-19 and the accelerated trends in customers’ behaviour in recent months have triggered further strategic decisions and a priorities refocus towards a more recurring revenue model. The Company has therefore reset its objectives as follows:

  • 2021 core business revenue target revised to approximately $90 million (including c. $75 million for the core business)
  • Improvement of the quality of the revenue mix in the mid term with 70% recurring revenues in 2024 (compared with 33% today)

Verimatrix will hold an investor update in the fourth quarter of 2021 which will be the occasion to give further details as to the current business model transition it is undertaking and the objectives it has set.

Live webcast/Conference call

Verimatrix is scheduled to hold an audio webcast conference today, July 29 at 6 p.m. CET (Paris) to comment on first-half 2021 results. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible using the following link: https://channel.royalcast.com/landingpage/verimatrix/20210729_1/

The presentation will be available online prior to the conference call on the homepage of Verimatrix's investor website : investors.verimatrix.com. The call will also be accessible by dial-in on one of the following numbers France: +33 (0) 1 7037 7166; UK +44 (0) 33 0551 0200; USA +1 212 999 6659; Password: Verimatrix

The replay of the event will be available using the following link:

https://channel.royalcast.com/landingpage/verimatrix/20210729_1/ or directly from the Verimatrix website : investors.verimatrix.com

Financial calendar

  • Third-quarter 2021 revenue: October 20, 2021 (after market close)

About Verimatrix

Verimatrix (Euronext Paris: VMX) helps power the modern connected world with security made for people. We protect digital content, applications, and devices with intuitive, people-centered and frictionless security. Leading brands turn to Verimatrix to secure everything from premium movies and live streaming sports, to sensitive financial and healthcare data, to mission-critical mobile applications. We enable the trusted connections our customers depend on to deliver compelling content and experiences to millions of consumers around the world. Verimatrix helps partners get to market faster, scale easily, protect valuable revenue streams, and win new business. Visit www.verimatrix.com.

Supplementary non-IFRS financial information

Verimatrix uses performance indicators that are not strictly accounting measures in accordance with IFRS. They are defined in Appendix 2 of this press release. They should be considered as additional information, which cannot replace any other strictly accounting-based operating or financial performance measure, as presented in the consolidated financial statements, including the income statement set out in Appendix 1 hereof.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning Verimatrix. Although Verimatrix believes its expectations to be based on reasonable assumptions, they do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Accordingly, the Company’s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements owing to a number of risks and uncertainties. For a more detailed description of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the "Risk factors" section of the 2020 universal registration document filed with the French financial market authority (the Autorité des marchés financiers – the “AMF”) on April 30, 2021, available on: investors.verimatrix.com

Appendix 1Consolidated income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement (IFRS)

The following tables are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Consolidated income statement

(In thousands of US$) First-half 
2021
First-half 
2020
 
Revenue

52 194

44 170

Cost of sales

(14 514)

(8 042)

     
Gross profit

37 680

36 128

 
Research and development expenses

(10 605)

(12 421)

Selling and marketing expenses

(13 140)

(13 696)

General and administrative expenses

(7 191)

(7 680)

Other gains / (losses), net

3 874

18

     
Operating profit (loss)

10 618

2 349

 
Cost of financial debt, net

(3 390)

(3 561)

Other financial income/(loss), net

3 177

(345)

     
Profit (loss) before income tax

10 405

(1 557)

Income tax expenses

(2 236)

(209)

     
Net income/(loss) from continuing operations (i)

8 169

(1 766)

Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations (ii)

(27)

(157)

Net income/(loss) (i) + (ii)

8 142

(1 923)

Consolidated balance sheet

Assets
(In thousands of US$) June
 30, 2021
December
31, 2020
 
Goodwill

115 231

115 231

Intangible assets

22 011

21 344

Property and equipment

12 010

12 626

Other receivables

7 027

6 208

 
Non-current assets

156 279

155 409

 
Inventories

409

459

Trade receivables

52 387

40 956

Other receivables

3 999

14 833

Derivative financial instruments

44

341

Cash and cash equivalents

32 010

48 608

 
Current assets

88 848

105 197

     
Total assets

245 127

260 606

 
Equity and liabilities
(In thousands of US$) June
 30, 2021
December
31, 2020
 
Ordinary shares

41 518

41 396

Share premium

94 749

267 067

Reserves and retained earnings

11 270

(150 644)

Income / (loss) for the period

8 142

(10 407)

Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

155 680

147 412

 
Non-controlling interests

-

-

 
Total equity

155 680

147 412

 
Borrowings

37 956

55 134

Convertible bonds

-

17 452

Derivative financial instruments

-

3 256

Provisions

1 199

990

Deferred tax liabilities

327

1 831

Non-current liabilities

39 482

78 663

 
Borrowings

1 531

1 246

Convertible bonds

17 594

-

Trade payables

6 275

6 148

Other liabilities

14 048

16 403

Derivative and financial instruments

870

4

Provisions

520

1 311

Unearned revenues

9 127

9 418

Current liabilities

49 966

34 530

 
Total liabilities

89 448

113 193

     
Total equity and liabilities

245 127

260 606

Consolidated cash flow statement

(In thousands of US$)   June 30,
2021
  June 30,
2020
   
Income / (loss) for the period  

8 169

 

(1 768)

Non cash income statement items from continuing activities  

3 859

 

8 419

Changes in working capital from continuing operations  

(5 941)

 

(5 826)

Cash used in discontinued operations  

(27)

 

(157)

Cash generated by operating activities  

6 060

669

 
Taxes paid  

(603)

 

(720)

Interests paid  

(2 061)

 

(3 854)

Net cash generated by / (used in) operating activities  

3 396

 

(3 904)

     
Purchases of property and equipment

(177)

(192)

Purchases of intangible assets

(3 920)

(2 191)

Cash flows from investing activities

(4 097)

(2 383)

 
Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares, net of issuance costs

76

-

Loan repayments  

(15 058)

(59)

Reimbursement of lease commitments under IFRS16  

(858)

(1 168)

Cash flows from financing activities  

(15 840)

 

(1 227)

     
Effect of exchange rate fluctuation  

(57)

 

(11)

     
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  

(16 598)

 

(7 525)

     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period  

48 608

 

53 975

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period  

32 010

 

46 450

Appendix 2 - Supplementary non-IFRS financial information - Reconciliation of IFRS results with adjusted results

The performance indicators presented in this press release that are not strictly accounting measures are defined below. These indicators are not defined under IFRS, and do not constitute accounting elements used to measure the company’s financial performance. They should be considered as additional information, which cannot replace any other strictly accounting-based operating or financial performance measure, as presented in the company’s consolidated financial statements and their related notes. The company uses these indicators because it believes they are useful measures of its recurring operating performance and its operating cash flows. Although they are widely used by companies operating in the same industry around the world, these indicators are not necessarily directly comparable to those of other companies, which may have defined or calculated their indicators differently than the company, even though they use similar terms.

Adjusted gross profit is defined as gross profit before (i) the amortization of intangible assets related to business combinations, (ii) any potential goodwill impairment, (iii) share-based payment expense and (iv) non-recurring costs associated with restructuring and business combinations and divestiture undertaken by the company.

Adjusted operating income/(loss) is defined as operating income/(loss) before (i) the amortization of intangible assets related to business combinations, (ii) any potential goodwill impairment, (iii) share-based payment expense and (iv) non-recurring costs associated with restructuring and business combinations and divestiture undertaken by the company.

EBITDA is defined as adjusted operating income before depreciation, amortization and impairment expenses not related to business combinations.

Annual Recurring Revenue, or ARR, corresponds annualized value of all recurring revenues from current contracts at the time of measurement. ARR includes all contract types that are recurring in nature, such as maintenance & support, SaaS and non-SaaS subscriptions, and for which revenue is currently being recognized. The ARR is a rolling number that accumulates over time whereas the Total Contract Value (or TCV) metric also used by the Company, is typically used to measure (new or incremental) sales bookings within a period. The Company computes an ARR for SaaS and non-SaaS subscriptions and another combining subscriptions and maintenance.

Net debt reconciliation

(in thousands of US$)   June 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
June 30,
2020
     
Cash and cash equivalents

32 010

48 608

46 450

Private loan note due 2026, at fair value

(28 076)

(42 491)

(42 307)

Other loans

(56)

(117)

(200)

Convertible bonds due 2022 (OCEANE), at fair value

(17 594)

(17 542)

(15 431)

 
Net cash/(debt)  

(13 716)

(11 542)

(11 488)

       
Financial lease commitments under IFRS16

(11 353)

(13 773)

(15 505)

       
Net cash/(debt) including IFRS 16  

(25 069)

(25 315)

(26 993)

 


1 As of this quarter, recurring revenue will now exclude revenue from royalties, which have become more lumpy and less regular. It exclusively comprises maintenance and support fees and subscription fees. Previous periods have been restated to take into account this change and allow comparison with June 30, 2021.
2 Annual Recurring Revenue - See “Supplementary non-IFRS financial information” at the end of the press release; Company updated its ARR definition to better reflect generation of committed recurring revenues.
3 Veririmatrix uses performance indicators that are not strictly accounting measures in accordance with IFRS; definitions of adjusted financial measures are presented in Appendix 2 hereof.
4 The consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2021 were reviewed by the board of directors on July 28, 2021; the statutory auditors have substantially completed their imited scope audit.
5 Continuing operations include the core software business and the NFC patent licensing program. It excludes any impact of the Silicon IP business divested in December 2019, accounted for in the line item “net income/(loss) from discontinued operations”.

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Verimatrix Announces First-Half 2021 Results Regulatory News: Verimatrix (Paris:VMX) (Euronext Paris: VMX), a global provider of security and analytics solutions that protect devices, services and applications, is today reporting its IFRS unaudited4 consolidated results and unaudited adjusted …

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