Beaverton, Ore. — February 21, 2019 — Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC), the inventor of the Intuitive Computing Platform (ICP™) featuring Digimarc Barcode, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $5.2 million compared to $4.9 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The increase in revenue was due to higher service, subscription and license revenue relative to the same quarter a year-ago.
Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $11.4 million compared to $11.5 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The decrease in operating expenses was due to lower general and administrative and research, development and engineering expenses, offset by higher investment in sales and marketing.
Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $8.3 million compared to $8.7 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The lower operating loss was primarily due to higher revenue and lower operating expenses.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $8.0 million or $(0.70) per diluted share compared to a net loss of $8.4 million or $(0.76) per diluted share in the same quarter a year-ago.
At quarter-end, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $43.7 million, compared to $49.4 million at September 30, 2018.
Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Revenue for the full year 2018 totaled $21.2 million compared to $25.2 million in 2017. The decrease in revenue was due to lower license revenue reflecting the impact of the $3.5 million upfront license fee realized in the third quarter of 2017 and $0.9 million of royalties realized in the first nine months of 2017 from the licensee. In exchange for the upfront license fee, the company waived any future royalty obligations from this licensee in one of the licensed fields of use. The decrease in license revenue was partially offset by an increase in subscription revenue reflecting growth in Digimarc Discover and Barcode revenue offset by lower Guardian revenue.
Operating expenses for the full year 2018 totaled $46.3 million compared to $43.2 million in 2017. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to higher investment in sales and marketing as the company continues to address important opportunities in market development and delivery of Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode.
Operating loss for the full year 2018 totaled $33.5 million compared to an operating loss of $26.6 million in 2017. The higher operating loss was primarily due to lower license revenue and higher operating expenses.
Net loss for the full year 2018 totaled $32.5 million or $(2.86) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $25.8 million or $(2.44) per diluted share in 2017.
Digimarc will hold a conference call today (Thursday, February 21, 2019) 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 in the investor section of the company's website. The conference call script will also be posted to the company’s website shortly before the call.
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: 96755402
If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at 949-574-3860.
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, image recognition, and more. Digimarc is based in Beaverton, Oregon, with technologies deployed by major retailers and consumer brands, global 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®.
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, 2017 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Investor Relations for Digimarc