STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ:NEON), the optical interactive sensing technology company, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $2.3 million compared to $1.6 million for the same quarter last year. Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 was $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net loss of $2.2 million, or $0.05 per share, for the third quarter of last year. The 41% increase in total net revenues for the third quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016 is primarily related to continued growth in license fees and sales revenues from AirBar.

“I am happy to report that we have taken the initial step to deliver on our strategy with the first sales in the sensor component business. We manufactured and sold our first touch sensor components to twelve customers, who are in the process of designing new products that use our standardized components. We are now selling and actively marketing our sensors through various sales channels; direct to OEM customers, through Tier 1s and partner networks as well as together with distributors, such as Digi-Key. Our sales strategy opens up a significantly larger addressable market, from customers with small volume products to high volume products with the largest global OEMs. Although, we are able to supply the broader market with sensor components, in the short and mid-term our focus is on selected key markets,” said Thomas Eriksson, CEO.

“To conclude, we will continue to support our customers in our solid and profitable licensing business while increasing our marketing efforts to capitalize on our investments and expand the markets for our hardware sensor components. The solid base from our licensing business provides a stepping stone for the expansion, into larger and more lucrative markets for our sensor components. We believe the combination of licensing and hardware provides a solid foundation for the future growth of the company, and we look forward to working together with the new Board of Directors to continue to position Neonode as a leading supplier of advanced sensor technology,” concluded Mr. Eriksson.

During the quarter we improved our financial position through a $9.1 million, net of selling expenses, private placement. We also added four members to our Board of Directors in order to oversee the company’s future growth and add new capabilities. Ulf Rosberg has been elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board (“Board”) and Åsa Hedin, Per Eriksson and Andreas Bunge joined the Board and have been appointed to serve on various committees. All four new members of our Board bring broad experience and knowledge from different backgrounds in the technology sector.

Third Quarter 2017 Business Metrics

  • Sold first embedded sensor components* to 12 customers
  • Revenue from licensing was approximately $2.1 million or 90 percent of total revenues.
  • Revenue from AirBar (B2C) was approximately $0.2 million or 9 percent of total revenues.
  • Operating expenses totaled $3.6 million
  • Net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share

* Sensor components, previously referred to as sensor modules, are supplied as a family of different lengths for numerous applications in the area of touch and gesture control for various customer segments. The sensor components are based on a generic hardware and software platforms for scalability and easy customer implementations.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call Thursday November 9, 2017 at 10AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)/4PM Central European Time (CET) 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: #99886749. Please make sure to call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.

To register for the call, and listen online, please click:
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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 – 11/9/2017 (13:00PM EST) to 12/9/2017 (23:59PM EST). To access the recording, please use one of these Dial-In Numbers (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406, and the Conference ID #99886749.

About Neonode

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.

For more information please visit www.neonode.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, but are not limited to, statements relating to expectations, future performance or future events, and product cost, performance, and functionality matters. These statements are based on current assumptions, expectations and information available to Neonode management and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Neonode’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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.

Copyright Neonode Inc. 2017. All rights reserved. Neonode is a registered trademark of Neonode Inc.

For more information, please contact:

Investor Relations:
David Brunton
Email: david.brunton@neonode.com

CFO
Lars Lindqvist
E-mail: lars.lindqvist@neonode.com


       
NEONODE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
       
  September 30,  December 31, 
  2017  2016 
ASSETS (Unaudited)  (Audited) 
Current assets:      
Cash $6,872  $3,476 
Accounts receivable, net  620   1,548 
Projects in process  299   - 
Inventory  2,065   696 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,208   1,949 
Total current assets  12,064   7,669 
         
Investment in joint venture  3   3 
Property and equipment, net  3,637   2,031 
Total assets $15,704  $9,703 
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $759  $1,286 
Accrued payroll and employee benefits  1,085   1,001 
Accrued expenses  148   172 
Deferred revenues  1,299   1,921 
Current portion of capital lease obligations  570   228 
Total current liabilities  3,861   4,608 
         
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion  1,840   960 
Total liabilities  5,701   5,568 
         
Commitments and contingencies        
         
Stockholders’ equity:        
Series B Preferred stock, 54,425 shares authorized with par value $0.001 per share; 83 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. (In the event of dissolution, each share of Series B Preferred stock has a liquidation preference equal to par value of $0.001 per share over the shares of common stock)  -   - 
Common stock, 100,000,000 shares authorized with par value $0.001 per share; 58,594,503 and 48,844,503 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively  59   49 
Additional paid-in capital  192,795   183,667 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  34   (171)
Accumulated deficit  (182,026)  (179,040)
Total Neonode Inc. stockholders’ equity  10,862   4,505 
Noncontrolling interests  (859)  (370)
Total stockholders’ equity  10,003   4,135 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $15,704  $9,703 
         

        

       
NEONODE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
 
  2017  2016  2017  2016 
Revenues:            
License fees $2,072  $1,637  $6,158  $6,117 
Sensor components  211   -   634   - 
Non-recurring engineering  22   2   174   1,228 
Total revenues  2,305   1,639   6,966   7,345 
Cost of revenues:                
Sensor components  151   -   510   - 
Non-recurring engineering  -   33   137   1,013 
Total cost of revenues  151   33   647   1,013 
                 
Total gross margin  2,154   1,606   6,319   6,332 
                 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  1,668   2,014   4,283   5,734 
Sales and marketing  743   666   2,158   2,151 
General and administrative  1,154   1,067   3,365   3,167 
                 
Total operating expenses  3,565   3,747   9,806   11,052 
Operating loss  (1,411)  (2,141)  (3,487)  (4,720)
                 
Other expense:                
Interest expense  24   17   59   32 
Other expense, net  -   49   -   91 
Total other expense  24   66   59   123 
                 
Loss before provision for income taxes  (1,435)  (2,207)  (3,546)  (4,843)
                 
(Benefits from) provision for income taxes  (24)  55   (71)  234 
Net loss including noncontrolling interests  (1,411)  (2,262)  (3,475)  (5,077)
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests  296   100   489   217 
Net loss attributable to Neonode Inc. $(1,115) $(2,162) $(2,986) $(4,860)
                 
Loss per common share:                
Basic and diluted loss per share $(0.02) $(0.05) $(0.06) $(0.11)
Basic and diluted – weighted average number of common shares outstanding  55,166   46,252   50,959   44,627 
                 


       
NEONODE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
 
  2017  2016  2017  2016 
             
Net loss $(1,411) $(2,262) $(3,475) $(5,077)
Other comprehensive income (loss):                
Foreign currency translation adjustments  83   (36)  205   (102)
Comprehensive loss  (1,328)  (2,298)  (3,270)  (5,179)
Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests  296   100   489   217 
Comprehensive loss attributable to Neonode Inc. $(1,032) $(2,198) $(2,781) $(4,962)
                 


    
NEONODE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
    
  Nine months ended
September 30,
 
  2017  2016 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss (including noncontrolling interests) $(3,475) $(5,077)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Stock-based compensation expense  56   224 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  -   91 
Depreciation and amortization  672   206 
         
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  933   1,066 
Projects in process  (299)  95 
Inventory  (1,222)  (940)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (52)  (438)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (675)  319 
Deferred revenues  (629)  737 
Net cash used in operating activities  (4,691)  (3,717)
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchase of property and equipment  (643)  (851)
Investment in joint venture  -   (3)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  -   5 
Net cash used in investing activities  (643)  (849)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net of offering costs  9,082   7,911 
Proceeds from note payable  1,713   - 
Payments on note payable  (1,713)  - 
Principal payments on capital lease obligations  (301)  (57)
Net cash provided by financing activities  8,781   7,854 
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (51  (92)
         
Net increase in cash  3,396   3,196 
Cash at beginning of period  3,476   3,082 
Cash at end of period $6,872  $6,278 
         
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:        
Cash paid for income taxes $15  $179 
Cash paid for interest $59  $15 
         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities        
Purchase of equipment with capital lease obligations $1,287  $1,022