– Improves 2016 Net Loss by $4.3 million compared to 2015 –
– Buzztime Selected to Deliver Order and Pay with EMV Functionality to Buffalo Wild Wings –
CARLSBAD, Calif., Mar. 6, 2017 — NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Also, after a thorough evaluation and competitive pilot, Buffalo Wild Wings has selected Buzztime to provide menu, order and pay functionality, including EMV, for guests at all of Buffalo Wild Wings’ domestic corporate and franchise locations, which will expand the scope of the two companies’ existing partnership.
“Fourth quarter provided a strong close to 2016, as significant operational efforts throughout the year increased gross margin to 65% and improved the bottom line by $4.3 million,” said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO. “Now, we are excited Buffalo Wild Wings awarded Buzztime the order and pay with EMV functionality. We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings throughout the years and are thrilled to expand our relationship. We believe technology used to improve entertainment and service is critical to the guest experience. In 2017, we will continue investing in the platform as well as driving revenue with our growing distribution channels. We are excited to build upon our successes and generate shareholder value.”
Buzztime launched its ordering and payment technology in the market close to two years ago and will now add Buffalo Wild Wings to the growing list of customers adopting Buzztime’s ordering, payment and EMV technology. The Buzztime handheld form factor invites multiple players at the table, and by using technology to continually augment entertainment and service, it enhances the guest experience. The guest-facing tablets provide valuable data and insights to store management. Further, EMV payment functionality provides security and fraud protection while enabling payment at the table.
Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2016
Total revenues were $6.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. This was up compared to $5.4 million for the third quarter of 2016 due to increases in sales-type lease and other revenue, but down compared to $6.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 reflecting expected lower sales-type lease revenue, partially offset by increases in other revenues. Direct costs were $2.1 million, down 38% from $3.3 million for the same period in 2015 due to the lower sales-type lease revenues as well as reduced scrap and repair costs. As a result, gross margin increased to 65%, up from 49% in the prior year quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $4.0 million for the same period in 2015. Net loss was $459,000, or $0.22 per share, improving from $990,000, or $0.54 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. EBITDA was $390,000, up from $52,000 in the same period last year.
EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Although EBITDA is positive for the fourth quarter of 2016, EBITDA may not be positive in future quarters. A detailed description and reconciliation of EBITDA and management’s reasons for using this measure is set forth at the end of this press release.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2016
Total revenues were $22.3 million for 2016, compared to $24.5 million for 2015 reflecting expected lower sales-type lease revenue that offset increases in other revenues. Direct costs were $7.7 million, down 39% from $12.6 million for 2015 due to the lower sales-type lease revenues as well as reduced scrap and repair costs. As a result, gross margin also increased to 65%, up from 49% in 2015. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $16.5 million, down 9% compared to 2015. Net loss was $2.9 million, or $1.54 per share, improving $4.3 million from $7.2 million, or $3.93 per share, for 2015. EBITDA was $578,000, compared to an EBITDA loss of $3.6 million in 2015.
Metric Review for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2016
The site count was 2,814 venues and, as expected, decreased compared to 2,848 as of September 30, 2016. Management anticipates the net count will continue to fluctuate. As of December 31, 2016, BEOND platform installations increased to 1,996 locations, or 71% of the installed base, compared to 1,968 or 69% of the installed base, as of September 30, 2016.
Cash and cash equivalents were $5.7 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $3.2 million as of December 31, 2015, reflecting $2.7 million raised in November 2016. Working capital, as of December 31, 2016, was $4.0 million, flat from December 31, 2015. Subsequent to quarter close, the company signed an amendment to its credit facility with its primary lender, East West Bank, providing flexibility with short-term working capital..
Management will review the results on a conference call with a live question and answer session today, March 6, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call, please use passcode 76178694:
- (877) 307-1373 for the live call and (855) 859-2056 for the replay, if calling from the United States or Canada; or
- (678) 224-7873 for the live call and (404) 537-3406 for the replay, if calling internationally.
The call will also be accompanied live by webcast over the Internet and accessible at the company’s website at https://www.buzztime.com. The replay of the call will be available until March 16, 2017.
This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management’s current views of future events and operations. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include statements about our growth plans, delivery of order and payment technology, value of our product to our customers and their guests, security and fraud protection for our customers and their guests, future investments in our product platform and expansion of partnership. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.’s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.
Buzztime (NYSE MKT: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative dining technology to bars and restaurants in North America. Venues license Buzztime’s customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, nationwide competitions, personalized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime’s platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests’ positive experiences. Founded in 1984, Buzztime has accumulated over 9 million player registrations and over 136 million games were played in 2016 alone. For more information, please visit https://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.
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