Annual Recurring Revenue1 Increases 54%
Subscription Gross Profit Margin Expands to 85.5%
Beaverton, Ore. – November 6, 2023 Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.
"Q3 was another strong quarter for Digimarc. We delivered a 54% year-over-year increase in our ending Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) while driving a 1,000-basis point year-over-year increase in subscription gross profit margin," said Digimarc CEO Riley McCormack. "Our focus on being easy to begin doing business with and excellent at guiding customers along their product digitization journey is paying off, and our recent expansion of Digimarc Validate to the digital domain provides an additional accelerant as it significantly increases our Total Addressable Market (TAM) and meaningfully strengthens our moats -- across all areas of our business. It is becoming clear to many stakeholders that our legacy as the pioneer and widely recognized leader of digital watermarking, coupled with our history of building massive, multinational, multistakeholder, and mission critical systems on top of our technology, has ideally positioned us to provide the foundational layer of a safe, fair, trusted, and authentic internet, something that was needed before the rise of generative artificial intelligence, but is absolutely required today."
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Subscription revenue for the third quarter of 2023 increased to $4.8 million compared to $4.1 million for the third quarter of 2022, primarily reflecting higher subscription revenue from new and existing commercial contracts.
Service revenue for the third quarter of 2023 increased to $4.2 million compared to $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2022, primarily reflecting higher service revenue from the Central Banks.
Total revenue for the third quarter of 2023 increased to $9.0 million compared to $7.8 million for the third quarter of 2022.
Gross profit margin for the third quarter of 2023 increased to 58% compared to 53% for the third quarter of 2022. Excluding amortization expense on acquired intangible assets, subscription gross profit margin increased to 85% from 75% while service gross profit margin decreased to 54% from 57% for the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022.
Non-GAAP gross profit margin for the third quarter of 2023 increased to 76% compared to 72% for the third quarter of 2022.
Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2023 decreased $3.3 million, or 17%, to $16.4 million compared to $19.7 million for the third quarter of 2022, primarily reflecting $1.4 million of lower severance costs incurred for organizational changes, $1.1 million of lower compensation costs due to lower headcount, partially offset by annual compensation adjustments, and $0.6 million of lower contractor and consulting expenses.
Non-GAAP operating expenses for the third quarter of 2023 decreased $2.3 million, or 15%, to $13.2 million compared to $15.5 million for the third quarter of 2022.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2023 was $10.7 million or $(0.53) per share compared to $14.9 million or $(0.76) per share for the third quarter of 2022.
Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2023 was $5.9 million or $(0.29) per share compared to $9.3 million or $(0.47) per share for the third quarter of 2022.
At September 30, 2023, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $33.3 million compared to $34.5 million at June 30, 2023.
1 Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) is a company performance metric calculated as the aggregation of annualized subscription fees from all of our commercial contracts as of the measurement date.
Digimarc will hold a conference call today (Monday, November 6, 2023) to discuss these financial results and to provide a business update. CEO Riley McCormack, CFO Charles Beck, and CLO Joel Meyer 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 prepared remarks.
The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and 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 call in via telephone to ask a question, please dial the number below at least five minutes before the scheduled start time:
Toll-Free Number: 877-407-0832
International Number: 201-689-8433
Conference ID: 13737195
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Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) is a global leader in product digitization. A pioneer in digital watermarks, Digimarc connects every physical and digital item to a digital twin that enables the capture of product data, records events and interactions, and supports powerful new automations. Trusted to deter counterfeiting of global currency for more than 20 years, Digimarc is also recognized for ensuring product authenticity, improving plastics recycling, and more, with a commitment to promoting a prosperous, safer, and more sustainable world. In 2023, Digimarc was named to the Fortune 2023 Change the World list and honored as a 2023 Fast Company World Changing Ideas finalist. See more at digimarc.com.
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