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DGAP-News Report on Wisekey by Research Dynamics: 2016 earnings update (deutsch)

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Report on Wisekey by Research Dynamics: 2016 earnings update

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EQS Group-News: Research Dynamics / Schlagwort(e): Research Update

Report on Wisekey by Research Dynamics: 2016 earnings update

17.05.2017 / 17:30

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This report is published by Research Dynamics, an independent research

boutique

Vertical integration to fuel top line

FY2016 Result in line with expectation

WISeKey's FY2016 results were in line with the company's pre-announced

figures in April 2017. Total consolidated revenue (including acquisitions

and partnership) came in at CHF11.0 million (v/s CHF2.3 million last year)

which was largely on account of the inclusion of Inside Secure business in

the last quarter of 2016. The semiconductor segment (76% of total revenue)

performed as per our estimates. Operating loss widened significantly to

CHF36.2 million as compared to loss of CHF6.5 million. This was on account

of significant increase in sales and marketing costs and general

administrative costs related to acquisition and cost of listing on stock

exchange. Including the impact of share based compensation and accounting

book losses arising out of corporate restructuring of CHF24.8 million, net

loss for the year was CHF35.9 million v/s loss of CHF6.1 million in FY2015.

We believe FY2017 to be a transformative year as the results of acquisition

and JVs will play their part, impacting the top-line positively. The

acquisitions of the semiconductor/IoT business VaultIC and the specialist in

managed public key infrastructure solutions QuoVadis should start showing

positive results in 2017 in terms of monetization of WISeKey's business

model with its vertical platform. We believe the company will be able to

make profit at the net level in FY2017.

Credit Facility to help leverage IP and Patent Portfolio

WISeKey recently announced that it has entered into a non-binding term sheet

credit facility of USD25 million with Global Asset Management Firm, (a

leading US AMC) specialized in IP asset backed financing. Of the USD25

million, USD16.2 million shall be used to refinance the loan outstanding

under the existing credit facility with ExWorks Capital (used to acquire

QuoVadis earlier this year). The remaining amount shall be used to acquire

new IoT/Semiconductor patents to be integrated into WISeKey. The capital

would further allow the company to boost its operations and strengthen its

roots in Silicon Valley. The new credit facility shall provide WISeKey with

additional cash to leverage its IP and patent portfolios to access

additional growth capital. Patent acquisition of 'INSIDE Secure' in 2016

allowed the company to acquire 17 new IoT patents, and providing certified

hardware, software and system certification, provisioning and management of

cybersecurity services. As it is backed by one of the largest AMC in US's

with significant expertise in defending patent portfolio, this will boost

WISeKey to monetize on its extensive IP and patent tool and prepare itself

for immense internet connectivity.

Strategic acquisitions in 2016-17 to improve topline

WISeKey's acquisition of VaultIC in 2016, the semiconductor business segment

of INSIDE Secure and the acquisition QuoVadis in 2017 along with partnership

with SAP, Microsoft, MasterCard, CenturyLink and Cisco have opened doors for

WISeKey to be a global leader in the technology security space. In addition,

the acquisition of QuoVadis has improved WISeKey's strategic position in the

Digital Certificate market. Through these acquisitions, WISeKey has expanded

its client base by adding more than 300 large cap and 3000 overall customers

worldwide including Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Recently announced

partnership and JVs in high growth market as Argentina and India provide

significant growth opportunity in terms of client base and revenue

visibility over long term. The company is looking for additions in client

base in European cyber security and Blockchain space.

Blockchain as a Service for US enterprises

Last year, WISeKey launched its first Blockchain Center of Excellence in

Mauritius to develop a Blockchain platform to assist the government to

create Blockchain Ecosystem. Since then, additional Blockchain Center of

Excellences were launched in Rwanda and Argentina as well as the intention

of establish an IoT Blockchain Center of Excellence in the Canton of

Zug/Switzerland to deploy a Trusted Blockchain as a Service platform.

WISeKey is also in process of establishing an IoT Blockchain Centre of

Excellence in New York aiming to deploy a Trusted Blockchain as a Service

platform. The center, which is expected to become operational in Q3 2017,

will offer a Blockchain Platform to US based enterprises, facilitating the

rapid adaptation of on-board Blockchain based solutions and services.

At the center, WISeKey will be cooperating with U.S. based participating

companies, on building points of view, proof of concepts, policies,

educational materials including addressing all the distributed ledger

capabilities across different Blockchain schemes (public, consortium and

private), with industry virtualization.

Opportunities ahead

It is expected that the global spending in cybersecurity space will exceed

USD 1 trillion cumulatively over the next five years. Owing to the

complexity of equipments and device automation at a rapid space, it is

imminent that the sector has lots to offer in managing trillions of devices.

Spending into cybersecurity is driven mainly by cybercrimes and protecting

data from access to unauthorized persons. Recent increase in cybercrime

rates have forced for better measures to track and prevent the crimes,

requiring use of certified hardware and software. WannaCry ransomware

infected more than 230,000 computers in nearly 150 countries, demanding

ransom payments in Bitcoins and prohibiting the user access to its personal

database.. Such attacks could also move into the IoT world, similarly as to

what has happened already in the past where compromised video cameras were

used in botnets. This creates opportunities for companies such as WISeKey

with its offerings for digital identity ecosystems.

According to the WISeKey management the operations of the Indian JV is right

on track. The Indian partners have committed to generate USD20 million of

revenues for the Joint Venture in India during the period 2017-2019. The

company in India is partnering with reputed enterprises such as IPL, Bajaj,

Mahindra to deploy its IoT platform in India. This in our opinion is a

perfect opportunity for WISeKey to leverage the Indian governments push for

digital India , Internet of Things and smart city initiatives.

Valuation

We are positive on the management's strategy of synergistic mergers to

create an all-round cyber security portfolio. We also remain confident on

the JVs to rope in additional benefits from developing countries thereby

acquiring niche markets and create a platform for future cash flows. Having

entered into an era of technological dependencies and IoT being the next big

thing, have already created buzz among the general population, which gives

opportunity to securitization/privatization of the data form arising

malwares. On a pro forma basis, the consolidated revenue for WISeKey, Vault

IC and QuoVadis generated revenue of CFH52 million in 2016. Going forward,

we believe this revenue could increase given the incremental revenues from

the Indian JV. Moreover successful integration of QuoVadis can offer further

upside to the stock. However, we prefer to be conservative with our

estimates given the high R&D cost and marketing expenses will have an impact

on the profit despite the increase in total revenue. On account of WISeKey's

current valuation we continue to remain positive on the stock and arrive at

a share price of CHF14.3 (CHF15.0 previously).

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