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| Feb 21, 2018

Digimarc Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

by Feb 21, 2018

Beaverton, Ore. — February 21, 2018 — Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC), inventor of the Intuitive Computing Platform™ featuring Digimarc Barcode, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $4.9 million compared to $5.2 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The decrease was primarily due to lower license revenue reflecting the impact of the $3.5 million upfront license fee we realized in the third quarter of 2017 whereby we waived any future royalty obligations from this licensee in one of the licensed fields of use.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $11.5 million compared to $9.0 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The increase was primarily due to higher investment in sales, marketing, and engineering as the company continues to address important opportunities in market development and delivery of Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $8.7 million compared to an operating loss of $5.9 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The higher operating loss was primarily due to higher operating expenses. 

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $8.4 million or $(0.76) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $5.8 million or $(0.57) per diluted share in the same quarter a year-ago.

At quarter-end, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $67.7 million, compared to $60.9 million at September 30, 2017. The increase was primarily due to $12.0 million of net proceeds from the sale of common stock in a registered direct offering completed during the quarter, partially offset by higher operating expenses.

Full Year 2017 Financial Results
Revenue for the full year 2017 totaled $25.2 million compared to $21.8 million in 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher license revenue driven by a one-time $3.5 million license fee from an existing licensee. In exchange for the upfront license fee, we waived any future royalty obligations from this licensee in one of the licensed fields of use.

Operating expenses for the full year 2017 totaled $43.2 million compared to $35.2 million in 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher investment in sales, marketing, and engineering.

Operating loss for the full year 2017 totaled $26.6 million compared to an operating loss of $21.9 million in 2016. The higher operating loss was primarily due to higher operating expenses, partially offset by higher license revenue. 

Net loss for the full year 2017 totaled $25.8 million or $(2.44) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $21.7 million or $(2.36) per diluted share in 2016.

Conference Call
Digimarc will hold a conference call later today (Wednesday, February 21, 2018) to discuss these results, as well as provide an update on market conditions and execution of strategy. Chairman and CEO Bruce Davis and CFO Charles Beck will host the call starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time). A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay via the investor section of the company's website here.

For those who wish to listen to the call via telephone, please dial the number below at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time:

Toll-Free Number: 866-562-9934
International Number: 706-679-0638
Conference ID: 96755398

If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 949-574-3860.

About Digimarc

Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) is a pioneer in the automatic identification of everyday objects such as product packaging and virtually any media, including print, images, and audio. Based on the patented Intuitive Computing Platform (ICP™), Digimarc provides innovative and comprehensive automatic recognition technologies to simplify search, and transform information discovery through unparalleled reliability, efficiency and security. Digimarc has a global patent portfolio, which includes over 1,100 granted and pending patents. These innovations include state-of-the-art identification technology, Digimarc Barcode, as well as Digimarc Discover® software for barcode scanning and more. Digimarc is based in Beaverton, Oregon, with technologies deployed by major retailers and consumer brands, central banks, U.S. states, film companies and professional sports franchises, among others. Visit digimarc.com and follow us @digimarc to learn more about The Barcode of Everything™.

Forward-looking Statements
With the exception of historical information contained in this release, the matters described in this release contain various “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements include statements and any related inferences regarding market opportunities for Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode, and other statements identified by terminology such as “will,” “should,” “expects,” “estimates,” “predicts” and “continue” or other derivations of these or other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements are statements of management's opinion and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied from the statements in this release as a result of changes in economic, business and/or regulatory factors. More detailed information about risk factors that may affect actual results are set forth in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, Digimarc undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

Company Contacts:

Charles Beck
Chief Financial Officer
503-469-4721
Charles.Beck@digimarc.com

Matt Glover
Liolios Group, Inc.
Investor Relations for Digimarc
949-574-3860

DMRC@liolios.com

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