NTN Buzztime, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
Launches Buzztime Entertainment App in Open Beta Expanding Target Market
CARLSBAD, Calif., May 13, 2019, — NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE American: NTN), reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
“As Buzztime continues to evolve, we remain committed to creating engagement between players, brands and venues,” said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO. “Focused on developing more easily accessible technology and services that get us to more markets faster, our initiatives are poised to increase our target market with offerings that are equally engaging, but less expensive and let consumers use their own devices. We have begun pre-selling our capital-light sitehub in a few test markets under the brand Buzztime Basic and are building a solid backlog of sites. Initial feedback from the market has been positive, and we continue to build confidence in our plan for both network and revenue growth. We recently launched our new ad exchange buying platform with only a fraction of our inventory and have already secured several deals.
“Last week, we launched our mobile app in open beta, enabling players to compete in trivia on their own devices at any of the 2,600 Buzztime bars, restaurants, and other locations. The mobile-only offering increases convenience to consumers and reduces costs to venues, accelerating expansion of our audience funnel, vertical markets, and potential locations. As our go-to-market strategies begin to unfold, we expect to fuel revenue growth in subscription, events, advertising, as well as in-game transactions,” concluded Krishnan.
Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
Total revenues were $4.8 million, compared to $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, due to decreases in hardware, professional development and subscription revenue. Direct costs were $1.5 million and gross margin was 69%, compared to $2.0 million and 66% for the same period in 2018, reflecting both fewer equipment sales and favorable product mix. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased to $3.5 million, compared to $4.0 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting cost management measures. Net loss was $313,000, or $0.11 per share, improved from a net loss of $409,000, or $0.16 per share, in the prior year quarter. EBITDA was $512,000 for the first quarter of 2019, up from $325,000 in the prior year quarter.
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 this quarter, it 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.
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $2.9 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $2.8 million at December 31, 2018. First quarter 2019 cash flow from operations reached $780,000, increasing $900,000 from a use of $120,000 in the same period last year.
Management will review the results on a conference call with a live question and answer session today, May 13, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call, please use passcode 5953379 and dial:
- (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 that will be accessible at the company’s website at http://www.buzztime.com/investors. The replay of the call will be available until May 20, 2019.
This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current views of future events and operations, including statements regarding the ability of the company’s initiatives to increase the company’s target market, and management’s expectations regarding future revenue growth and market expansion. These risks and uncertainties include the risks of unsuccessful execution or launch of products, platforms or brands, risks associated with customer retention and growth plans, the impact of alternative entertainment options and technologies and competitive products, brands, technologies and pricing, adverse economic conditions, the regulatory environment and changes in the law, failure of customer and/or player acceptance or demand for new or existing products, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, termination of partnership and contractual relationships and technical problems or outages. 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 American: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative technology, including performance analytics and secure payment with Europay, MasterCard® and Visa® (EMV) chip card readers or with near-field communication (NFC) technology to accept Apple, Android and Samsung Pay. Most frequently used in bars and restaurants in North America, the Buzztime tablets and technology offer engaging solutions to establishments that have guests who experience dwell time, such as casinos, senior living and more. Casual dining venues license Buzztime’s customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, customized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime’s platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests’ positive experiences. The Buzztime platform has also been recently resold and the content licensed for other businesses serving other markets. For more information, please visit http://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.
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