Snipp Interactive Reports Financial Results for Q3 2018

By Snipp November 28, 2018

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Snipp Interactive Inc. (“Snipp” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SPN), a global provider of digital marketing promotions, rebates and loyalty solutions, is pleased to announce its financial results for Q3 2018. All results are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and in US dollars. A copy of the complete unaudited interim financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Q3 2018 Highlights
(Refer to Non-GAAP Measures, Gross Margin, EBITDA and Bookings Backlog discussion below)

  • EBITDA in Q3 2018 improved by 1645% compared to Q3 2017, an EBITDA improvement of $236,911. Q3 2018 EBITDA was $0.25MM vs Q3 2017 EBITDA of $0.01MM.
  • EBITDA in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 improved by 48% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an EBITDA improvement of $811,176. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018 EBITDA loss was $0.89MM compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017 EBITDA loss of $1.70MM.
  • Bookings for Q3 2018 improved by 42% compared to Q3 2017, an improvement of $1.13MM. Q3 2018 Bookings were $3.82MM vs Q3 2017 Bookings of $2.69MM.
  • Bookings for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 improved by 19% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an improvement of $1.77MM. Bookings for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 were $10.94MM vs Bookings for the nine months ended September 30, 2017of $9.17MM
  • The Company generated positive cash flows from Operating Activities during the three months ended September 30, 2018 of $219,187 compared to negative cash flows from Operating Activities during the three months ended September 30, 2017 of -$1,660,528. An improvement of 858% or $1,879,715.
  • Cash flows used in Operating Activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 improved by 90% or $2,456,254 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Cash flows used in Operating Activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 of -$260,411 compared to -$2,456,254 during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Revenue for Q3 2018 decreased by 20% compared to Q3 2017. Revenue for Q3 2018 was $2.94MM compared to revenue for Q3 2017 of $3.70MM. However, this decrease was due to a significant increase in higher margin revenue, which is recognized over a longer time period. As a result, while total revenue realized in the quarter decreased, this was offset by much higher margins and lower operating expenses, resulting in a 1645% increase in EBITDA in Q3 2018 compared to Q3 2017. Gross margin in Q3 2018 was 76% compared to 69% in Q3 2017.
  • Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 decreased by 2% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $8.84MM compared to revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 of $9.04MM.
  • Bookings Backlog stood at $8.5MM at September 30, 2018, an 11% increase from Q3 2017 of $7.7MM.
  • The Company continued to focus on cost improvements from its integration efforts, resulting in the following Q3 2018 cost savings compared to Q3 2017:
       –   Salaries and compensation expenses decreased by approximately US $586k or 26%;
       –   General and administrative expenses decreased by approximately US $43k or 16%;
  • The following are cost savings recognized in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017:
       –   Salaries and compensation expenses decreased by approximately US $1473k or 21%;
       –   General and administrative expenses decreased by approximately US $130k or 15%;
       –   Professional fees decreased by approximately US $29k or 16%;
  • Completed the acquisition of Ziploop Inc., a leading machine learning and artificial intelligence based promotions, loyalty and influencer marketing platform. The integration is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018 with the full effects on further cost savings visible from Q1 2019 onwards.

“We are very pleased that our strategy is working. Achieving a cash flow profitable quarter in Q3 2018 showed the positive impact that higher margin revenue is going to have in the future. Our transition to longer-term, higher margin contracts is now three years in the making, starting in 2015 with our two acquisitions and the subsequent integration activities we began in earnest in 2016. During this period, we have seen many of our competitors fall by the wayside, faced considerable investor skepticism and watched our share price languish – ironically, while our growing list of Fortune 500 customers expanded their business with us. Today, those relationships are flourishing, resulting in an increasing number of longer-term, higher margin contracts. We consider this quarter to be a touchstone for the kind of leverage our model possesses, with margins solidly in the 70%+ range as our recurring revenue grows. We are looking forward to beginning our long-anticipated profitable growth curve and, as part of that process, unlocking the value that has been missing from our stock. We are very excited to begin a new era, with visibility farther into the future than at any time in our history,” said Atul Sabharwal, Founder & CEO of Snipp.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS:

Snipp management will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:00AM Eastern Time (US) to discuss the Company’s financial results.

To listen to the live conference call, parties in the United States and Canada should dial 877-260-1479, access code 8251153. International parties should call +1 334-323-0522 using the same access code 8251153. Please dial in approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be accessible on the “Investors” section of the Company’s website under “Presentations” at www.snipp.com. To access the live webcast, please log in 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software.

Visit the Snipp website at http://www.snipp.com/ for Snipp’s full suite of solutions and examples of Snipp programs.

Non-GAAP Measures
Snipp uses certain performance measures throughout this document that are not recognizable under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles or IFRS (“GAAP”). These performance measures include Gross Margin and EBITDA. Management believes that these measures provide supplemental financial information that is useful in the evaluation of the Company’s operations.

Investors should be cautioned, however, that these measures should not be construed as alternatives to measures determined in accordance with GAAP and IFRS as an indicator of Snipp’s performance. The Company’s method of calculating these measures may differ from that of other organizations, and accordingly, these may not be comparable.

EBITDA
Snipp defines earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) as revenue minus operating expenses excluding non-cash operating expenses of stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization (interest and taxes are not included in the Company’s operating expenses).

Gross Margin
Snipp defines Gross Margin as revenue less campaign infrastructure. The Company’s calculation of Gross Margin is not a financial measure that is recognized under GAAP. Investors should be cautioned that the Company’s defined Gross Margin should not be construed as an alternative measure to other measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Bookings Backlog
Snipp defines Bookings Backlog as future revenue from existing customer contracts to be recognized in future quarters. Bookings get translated into revenues based on IFRS principles and the Bookings Backlog reflects how revenues in future quarters are steadily being booked today.

The Following are calculations of EBITDA:

  Three   Three   Nine   Nine  
  Months Ended   Months Ended   Months Ended   Months Ended  
  September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017  
  USD   USD   USD   USD  
Net loss before interest, foreign exchange and taxes (284,244 ) (589,284 ) (2,559,912 ) (3,432,070 )
         
Amortization of intangibles 485,723   441,462   1,433,665   1,259,911  
Depreciation of equipment 7,860   11,367   22,388   35,956  
Stock-based compensation 41,975   150,858   212,219   433,387  
         
EBITDA 251,314   14,403   (891,640 ) (1,702,816 )
                 

The Following are calculations of Gross Margin: 

  Three   Three   Nine   Nine  
  Months Ended   Months Ended   Months Ended   Months Ended  
  September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017  
  USD   USD   USD   USD  
Revenue   2,944,231     3,701,586     8,836,090     9,035,693  
                 
Less:                
Campaign infrastructure   700,656     1,146,200     3,210,525     2,515,682  
                 
Gross Margin   2,243,575     2,555,386     5,625,565     6,520,011  
                 
                 

Q3 2018 Financials

     
SNIPP INTERACTIVE INC.    
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)    
(Unaudited)    
As at    
  September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSETS    
     
Current    
Cash $ 1,377,700   $ 386,630  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of   3,231,326     3,815,278  
$24,693 (2017 – $24,693)    
Deposits, prepaid expenses and other assets   629,064     498,151  
     
    5,238,090     4,700,059  
     
Equipment   51,028     66,329  
Unallocated Purchase Price – Ziploop   525,000      
Intangible assets   4,477,403     5,121,845  
Goodwill   3,343,129     3,343,129  
     
  $ 13,634,650   $ 13,231,362  
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY     
     
Current    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 2,890,856   $ 2,542,885  
Deferred revenue   796,950     959,881  
Due to related parties   70,870     44,972  
Working Capital Line of Credit       933,159  
     
    3,758,676     4,480,897  
     
Shareholders’ equity     
Common shares   29,523,285     26,186,684  
Warrants   421,796     421,796  
Contributed surplus   5,082,318     4,797,541  
Deficit   (23,988,539 )   (21,395,878 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (1,162,886 )   (1,259,678 )
     
    9,875,974     8,750,465  
     
  $ 13,634,650   $ 13,231,362  
     

 

         
SNIPP INTERACTIVE INC.        
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)        
(Unaudited)        
  Three Three Nine Nine
  Months Ended Months Ended Months Ended Months Ended
  September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017
         
         
REVENUE $ 2,944,231   $ 3,701,586   $ 8,836,090   $ 9,035,693  
         
EXPENSES        
Salaries and compensation   1,655,686     2,241,702     5,420,830     6,893,986  
General and administrative   218,685     261,645     729,390     859,491  
Campaign infrastructure   700,656     1,146,200     3,210,525     2,515,682  
Professional fees   27,871     6,208     157,197     186,692  
Marketing and investor relations   42,464     15,025     119,628     79,676  
Travel   45,844     16,403     88,449     55,140  
Bad debt expense   1,711         1,711     147,842  
Amortization of intangibles   485,723     441,462     1,433,665     1,259,911  
Depreciation of equipment   7,860     11,367     22,388     35,956  
Stock-based compensation   41,975     150,858     212,219     433,387  
    3,228,475     4,290,870     11,396,002     12,467,763  
                         
Net loss before interest, foreign exchange and taxes    (284,244 )   (589,284 )   (2,559,912 )   (3,432,070 )
         
Interest income (expense)   835     (15,704 )   (7,798 )   (72,354 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   9,176     (32,239 )   3,235     (55,149 )
Provision for taxes   (14,895 )       (28,186 )    
Net loss for the period   (289,128 )   (637,227 )   (2,592,661 )   (3,559,573 )
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS        
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to loss        
Cumulative translation adjustment   86,556     (47,867 )   96,792     24,018  
Comprehensive loss for the period $ (202,572 ) $ (685,094 ) $ (2,495,869 ) $ (3,535,555 )
Basic and diluted loss per common share $ (0.00 ) $ (0.00 ) $ (0.01 ) $ (0.02 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   217,252,775     177,536,675     204,690,208     150,784,635  
         

 

         
SNIPP INTERACTIVE INC.        
CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS    
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)        
(Unaudited)        
  Three Three Nine Nine
  Months Ended Months Ended Months Ended Months Ended
  September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017
         
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Net loss for the period $ (289,128 ) $ (637,227 ) $ (2,592,661 ) $ (3,559,573 )
Items not involving cash:        
Amortization of intangibles   485,723     441,462     1,433,665     1,259,911  
Depreciation of equipment   7,860     11,367     22,388     35,956  
Stock-based compensation   41,975     150,858     212,219     433,387  
Changes in non-cash working capital items:        
Accounts receivable   (348,482 )   (317,151 )   583,952     509,177  
Deposits, prepaid expenses and other assets   310,494     (24,102 )   (130,913 )   (389,983 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (24,039 )   (127,643 )   347,972     (80,144 )
Deferred revenue   (13,931 )   (1,160,802 )   (162,931 )   (897,143 )
Due to related parties   48,715     2,710     25,898     (28,253 )
         
Net cash flows used in operating activities   219,187     (1,660,528 )   (260,411 )   (2,716,665 )
         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Additions to equipment   (739 )   (1,689 )   (7,088 )   (4,335 )
Cash paid for acquisition of Ziploop   (25,000 )       (25,000 )    
Additions to intangible assets   (242,521 )   (343,620 )   (789,223 )   (1,048,438 )
         
Net cash flows used in investing activities   (268,260 )   (345,309 )   (821,311 )   (1,052,773 )
         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Proceeds from common shares issued           3,018,950     3,375,076  
Share issuance costs           (109,791 )   (19,927 )
Repayment of working capital line of credit       (270,846 )   (933,159 )   (1,172,163 )
         
Net cash flows provided by financing activities       (270,846 )   1,976,000     2,182,986  
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash    86,556     (47,867 )   96,792     24,018  
         
Change in cash for the period   37,483     (2,324,550 )   991,070     (1,562,434 )
         
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   1,340,217     3,137,735     386,630     2,375,619  
         
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 1,377,700   $ 813,185   $ 1,377,700   $ 813,185  
         

About Snipp:
Snipp is a global loyalty and promotions company with a singular focus: to develop disruptive engagement platforms that generate insights and drive sales. Our solutions include shopper marketing promotions, loyalty, rewards, rebates and data analytics, all of which are seamlessly integrated to provide a one-stop marketing technology platform. We also provide the services and expertise to design, execute and promote client programs. SnippCheck, our receipt processing engine, is the market leader for receipt-based purchase validation; SnippLoyalty is the only unified loyalty solution in the market for CPG brands. Snipp has powered hundreds of programs for Fortune 1000 brands and world-class agencies and partners.

Snipp is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices across the United States, Canada, Ireland, Europe, and India. The company is publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Venture Exchange (TSX-V) in Canada and is also quoted on the OTC Pink marketplace under the symbol SNIPF. Snipp was selected to the TSX Venture 50®, an annual ranking of the strongest performing companies on the TSX Venture Exchange, in 2015 and 2016. Snipp is ranked amongst the top 500 fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, for the third year in a row.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:


Snipp Interactive Inc.
Jaisun Garcha 

Chief Financial Officer
investors@snipp.com

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