STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – May 10, 2016 – Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the optical touch technology company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
• Revenues increased 38% compared to Q1 2015
• Car infotainment systems revenues increased 528% to $575,000 compared to $92,000 in Q1 2015
• 4 new car models launched in Q1, bringing the total to 30
• Printer systems revenues increased 107% to $1.3 million compared to $0.6 million in Q1 2015
• Started initial production of AirBar sensors
• Signed distribution agreements with Ingram Micro Europe and USA
“Our automotive business grew 33% on a quarter over quarter basis and we expect the number of cars with our technology to increase and our opportunities to continue to expand. We believe the commitment from our customers to our technology is proof that our automotive offerings are among the best and most competitive in the market place. We continue to build a solid foundation for growth. In addition to infotainment touch displays, we are expanding into new automotive applications including: gesture based input, door handle sensors, tailgate sensors, and of course our DRIVE steering wheel. We are at the beginning of what we believe will be an exciting growth period for our automotive business”, said Thomas Eriksson, Neonode CEO.
“We are rapidly expanding our presence with new sensor modules in commercial, automotive and consumer businesses. Our sensor modules will be manufactured in our fully automated production facility located in Gothenburg, Sweden. We have developed sensor modules for different applications such as printers and automotive. The first product is our AirBar for PC’s. I am happy to report that we started initial production and we are on plan to ramp to mass-production over the coming months. We entered into sales and distribution agreements with Ingram Micro for Europe and North America and intend to include Asia in the near term”, concluded Mr Eriksson.
Financial Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016
Net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were $3.1 million compared to $2.3 million in net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2015. Our net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 include $2.5 million in license fees and $0.6 million from non-recurring engineering fees (“NRE”) compared to $1.8 million in license fees and $0.5 million from NRE for the same quarter in 2015.
The 38% increase in net revenues for the three month period 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015 is primarily due to an increase in license fees from printer and automotive customers, offset by a decrease in license fees from e-Reader customers, plus a slight increase in NRE revenues primarily from automotive customers. The final development milestone of the initial steering wheel development agreement with Autoliv was not completed as scheduled in the first quarter of 2016 and as a result our first quarter net revenues did not include the $0.5 million NRE revenue related to this development milestone.
The license fee revenue distribution per market for the first quarter 2016 is 51% for printers, 23% for automotive and 26% for e-Readers compared to 34% for printers, 5% for automotive and 61% for e-Readers in the first quarter 2015.
Gross margin was $2.5 million and $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Our cost of revenues includes the direct cost of production of certain customer prototypes, costs of company employed engineering personnel and engineering consultants to complete the customer engineering design contract. Our gross margin increased in the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 due to the increase in our license revenues. The gross margin related to our license fees is 100% and our gross margin increases as license fees as a percentage of our total revenue increase.
Operating expenses decreased 4.0% to $3.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to $4.0 million for the same period last year. The 4.0% decrease is due to several factors including lower non-cash stock option expense plus lower travel and professional services expenses. The decrease in these specific operating expenses is partially offset by a lower allocation of engineering development expenses related to customer included on the balance sheet.
As a result of the factors discussed above, we recorded a net loss of $1.4 million, or $(0.03) loss per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to a net loss of $2.1 million, or $(0.05) loss per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
Cash and accounts receivable totaled $3.6 million at March 31, 2016 compared to $4.4 million at December 31, 2015. Common shares on a fully diluted basis totaled 45.9 million on March 31, 2016.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 10AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) featuring remarks by, and Q&A with, Thomas Eriksson, CEO, Lars Lindqvist, CFO and David Brunton, Head of Investor Relations.
The dial-in number for the conference call is toll-free: (877) 539-0733 (U.S. domestic) or +1 (678) 607-2005 (international). To access the call all participants must use the following Conference ID: #95074877. Please make sure to call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.
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For interested individuals unable to join the live event, a digital recording for replay will be available for 30 days after the call’s completion – 5/10/2016 (13:00PM EDT) to 6/10/2016 (23:59PM EDT). To access the recording, please use one of these Dial-In Numbers (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406, and the Conference ID #95074877.
Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ:NEON) develops and licenses optical interactive sensing technologies. Neonode’s patented optical interactive sensing technology is developed for a wide range of devices like automotive systems, printers, PC devices, monitors, mobile phones, tablets and e-readers. NEONODE and the NEONODE Logo are trademarks of Neonode Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. AIRBAR is a trademark of Neonode Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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These risks, uncertainties, and factors are discussed under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Neonode’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including Neonode’s Annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K. You are advised to carefully consider these various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although Neonode management believes that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are reasonable, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be fulfilled. Forward-looking statements are made as of today’s date, and Neonode undertakes no duty to update or revise them.
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