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exactEarth Announces Q2 Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Press Release From: exactEarth Ltd
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019

exactEarth Ltd. ("the Company"), a leading provider of Satellite-AIS data services, announces its financial results for the three- and six-month periods ended April 30, 2019. All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

Q2 Fiscal 2019 Highlights:

  • Revenue was $3.9 million in Q2 2019, up 23% compared to $3.2 million in Q2 2018;
  • Subscription-based revenue was 81% of total revenue in Q2 2019 and Q2 2018;
  • Subscription-based revenue increased 24% in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018;
  • Order bookings were $6.0 million in Q2 2019 compared to $2.6 million in Q2 2018;
  • Revenue backlog was $24.6 million at the end of Q2 2019 compared to $25.9 million at the end of Q2 2018;
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was ($1.6) million in Q2 2019 compared to ($1.6) million in Q2 2018;
  • Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $13.5 million at the end of Q2 2019 compared to $4.8 million at the end of Fiscal 2018;
  • Completed the roll-out of exactView RT with all 58 payloads in orbit, creating the world's first global, real-time Satellite-AIS service;
  • Expanded channel partner relationships with a three-year agreement with MarineTraffic, a global ship tracking and maritime intelligence provider; and
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, exactEarth celebrated its 10th Anniversary, having created the Satellite-AIS market and officially launched its commercial operations in June 2009.

"In Q2, the deployment of exactView RT was completed and we now have 58 satellite payloads providing Satellite-AIS data, making us the only fully-global real-time Satellite-AIS service on the market," said Peter Mabson, CEO of exactEarth. "This unique functionality continues to drive demand for our services, which is reflected in our strong orders and revenue growth numbers for the quarter and the year-to-date period. In particular, we continue to make deeper inroads in the commercial market through our own direct sales efforts and through the expansion of our channel partner relationships, such as the one we signed at quarter-end with MarineTraffic and the one we signed with IHSMarkit last year. As a result of these efforts, our sales in the commercial market in Q2 were up 51% year-over-year, which is a clear indication of the importance of real-time data in a market where participants face a strong competitive dynamic."

"Subsequent to quarter-end, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the formation of exactEarth. Over a decade ago, we realized that AIS transmissions could potentially be received from space and we proved our thesis with the launch of the world's first commercial AIS satellite in April 2008 utilising the patented Satellite-AIS detection technology developed by our founding team. From those humble beginnings, we pioneered the growth of a new market that gave the maritime community a completely new and innovative way to view the world's shipping industry. With the deployment of exactView RT now completed, we continue to pioneer new capabilities and applications in the Satellite-AIS market, setting the standard for real-time data delivery, superior vessel detection and rapid update rate, among other things. I want to thank the entire team – past and present – for their efforts in creating a market, and a market leader, and we look forward to capitalizing on our potential in the coming decade and beyond."

Q2 and Year-to-Date Fiscal 2019 Financial Review

Total revenue in the three-month period ended April 30, 2019 ("Q2 2019") was $3.9 million, up 23% compared to $3.2 million in the three-month period ended April 30, 2018 ("Q2 2018"). Total revenue in the six-month period ended April 30, 2019 ("YTD 2019") was $7.4 million, up 24% compared to $6.0 million in the six-month period ended April 30, 2018 ("YTD 2018").

Revenue from commercial customers for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $2.9 million and $5.3 million, up 51% and 44% from the same periods last year. The increases reflect growing market interest in the Company's real-time Satellite-AIS service, exactView RT and expansion of the Company's channel partner strategy. Revenue from government customers for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $1.1 million and $2.1 million, down 19% and 9% from the same periods last year.

Order bookings for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods were $6.0 million and $9.0 million, compared to $2.6 million and $6.0 million in the same periods last year. Order bookings will fluctuate on a quarter-to-quarter basis reflecting the timing to complete new customer agreements. Revenue backlog at April 30, 2019 was $24.6 million compared to $25.9 million at the end of Q2 2018. Revenue backlog was impacted in Q2 2019 due to the renegotiation of a long-term customer contract. The Company believes that the renegotiation positions it to generate greater levels of revenue on a variable basis over time as compared to a fixed payment schedule.

Subscription Services revenue for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $3.2 million and $6.3 million, up 24% and 25% from the same periods last year. Subscription Services revenue for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods represented 81% and 85% of total revenue compared to 81% and 84% in the same periods last year.

Data Products revenue for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $0.3 million and $0.4 million compared to $0.6 million and $0.7 million in the same periods last year. Data Products revenue is generated from on-demand customer requests, which results in some variability in quarter-to-quarter revenue levels. Other Products & Services revenue for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $0.4 million and $0.7 million compared to $0.03 million and $0.3 million in the same periods last year.

Gross Margin for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was 8% and 23% compared to 27% and 27% in the same periods last year. Gross margin decreased for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods due to the increase in cost of revenue, partially offset by higher revenue. Cost of revenue increased due to higher satellite operating costs related to the Second-Generation Constellation and increased terrestrial data costs, partially offset by lower data processing and project related costs and the SIF operating grants.

"As mentioned in our Q1 2019 earnings release, with all 58 exactView RT payloads now in orbit, certain elements of our agreement with Harris Corporation came into effect in the second quarter; this has put pressure on our Gross Margin that is expected to remain in place for the short- to mid-term," said Sean Maybee, CFO of exactEarth. "However, over the longer-term, we expect to return to more traditional Gross Margin levels, which we believe will be driven by capitalizing on the growing exactView RT opportunities in our sales pipeline and through a number of initiatives we are pursuing to reduce costs related to both our first-and second-generation constellations."

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $1.8 million and $3.8 million compared to $2.2 million and $3.6 million in the same periods last year. The decrease in Q2 2019 was primarily due to lower payroll-related expense, lower valuation of outstanding deferred share units and reductions in insurance, legal and consulting fees and travel expenses, partially offset by an increase in bad debt expense of $0.1 million. The increase in SG&A expense for the YTD 2019 period was primarily due to an increase in bad debt expense of $0.6 million, partially offset by lower payroll-related expense, lower valuation of outstanding deferred share units and reductions in insurance, legal and consulting fees and travel expenses.

Product development and research and development ("R&D") expense for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $0.2 million and $0.5 million compared to $0.5 million and $1.0 million in the same periods last year. The Company's product development and R&D activities continue to be focused primarily on the development of web-based functionality, data processing capabilities and analytics-based product offerings.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was ($1.6) million and ($2.5) million compared to ($1.6) million and ($2.7) million in the same periods last year.  Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2019 was impacted by higher cost of revenue, partially offset by higher revenue, the SIF operating grant, and lower SG&A, product development and R&D expenses. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA for the YTD 2019 period was due to higher revenue, the SIF operating grant and lower product development and R&D, partially offset by higher cost of revenue and SG&A expense. (Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure and is defined below)

Net loss for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was ($2.2) million, or ($0.10) per share, and ($3.4) million, or ($0.16) per share, compared to ($2.0) million, or ($0.09) per share, and ($3.6) million, or ($0.17) per share, in the same periods last year. Net loss for Q2 2019 increased primarily due to the higher cost of revenue and interest expense, partially offset by an increase in revenue and lower product development and R&D, and depreciation and amortization expenses.

Cash used in operations for the Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 periods was $0.8 million and $3.0 million compared to $0.7 million and $1.6 million of cash used in operations in the same periods last year. The increase in cash used in operations was primarily due to working capital changes. The Company's cash balance at January 31, 2019 was $13.5 million compared to $4.8 million at October 31, 2018. The increase was due primarily to the completion of a Convertible Debenture financing in Q1 2019.

As at April 30, 2019, the Company had 21,728,654 shares outstanding on a non-diluted basis.

*Non-IFRS Measures

We measure Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), plus offering related expenses, unrealized foreign exchange losses, share-based compensation costs, restructuring costs and impairment losses, less unrealized foreign exchange gains and gains from insurance settlements. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful supplemental information as it provides an indication of the income generated by our main business activities before taking into consideration how they are financed or taxed and exclude the impact of items that are considered by management to be outside of the Company's ongoing operating results. Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net income (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of our performance or to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity and cash flows.

We define Subscription Revenue as the dollar sum of fully executed contracts for our products and/or services to our customers that are subscription-based, typically sold with a one-year period of service and recognized in our "Subscription Services" segmented revenue.


About exactEarth Ltd.

exactEarth is a leading provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situational awareness solutions. Since its establishment in 2009, exactEarth has pioneered a powerful new method of maritime surveillance called Satellite AIS ("S-AIS") and has delivered to its clients a view of maritime behaviours across all regions of the world's oceans unrestricted by terrestrial limitations. exactEarth has deployed an operational data processing supply chain involving a constellation of satellites, receiving ground stations, patented decoding algorithms and advanced "big data" processing and distribution facilities. This ground-breaking system provides a comprehensive picture of the location of AIS equipped maritime vessels throughout the world and allows exactEarth to deliver data and information services characterized by high performance, reliability, security and simplicity to large international markets. For more information, visit exactearth.com.

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