Quest Solution Reports Progress on Turnaround Plan And Fiscal Year 2017 Results

Eugene, Oregon, UNITED STATES

EUGENE, Ore., May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quest Solution, Inc. (OTCQB:QUES), a specialty systems integrator focused on field and supply chain mobility announced progress on its turnaround plan and its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017.



  • Total operating expenses decreased $1M to $12.2M for year ended December 31, 2017, a $1.1 saving following the execution of August 2017 turnaround plan.
  • Efficiency steps including consolidation of operations and a 44% reduction in headcount partially impacted 2017 and will have a full impact on 2018 results.
  • $15.4M of debt was eliminated by settlement agreements; Minimal potential dilution of up to 15% of the Company shares.
  • Shareholders’ Equity as of December 31, 2017 improved by $13.6M to a deficit of $1.2 compared to a deficit of $14.8M in 2016.
  • Total liabilities as of December 31, 2017 decreased by over $20 million.

Financial Results:

  • Net cash provided from operations increased to $7.5M in fiscal year 2017 from $5.7M in 2016.
  • Revenue for 2017 was $54.5M down from $60M in 2016 due to a discharge of non-profitable business.
  • Adjusted EBITDA plus Stock Based Compensation for Fiscal Year 2017 increased by 78% to $1.78M
  • Net loss from Continuous Operations decreased from $7.5M in fiscal year 2016 to $2.4 in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • Approximately $12M decrease in Net loss attributable to the common stockholders from $14.2M ($0.4 per share) to $2.1 ($0.06 per share).


For the year ended December 31, 2017, Quest reported revenues of $54.5 million, compared to $60.0 million in the comparable 2016 period.  Gross margin improved slightly to 21% for fiscal 2017 compared to 20% in fiscal 2016, During the year the Company drove a $466,000 or 20% reduction in general and administrative expense and a $457,000 or 5% reduction in salary and benefits. During 2017 the Company expensed $750,745 in non-cash stock based compensation. Excluding the charge for non-cash stock compensation, and over $145K of tax expense included in general and administrative expense, Quest would have achieved operating income for full year 2017. Total operational expenses for 2017 were over $1M less than in 2106. Net loss attributable to the common stockholders improved significantly to $2.1million, or a loss of $0.06 per share, compared to a net loss of $14.2 million, or a loss of $0.40 per share in 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA plus Stock Based Compensation) for full year 2017 improved by 78% to $1,780,245, or 3.3% of sales, compared to $977,473, or 1.6% of sales for the previous year.

Shai Lustgarten, CEO, commented, “In July 2017, a new board of directors was elected to Quest Solution. The Board and new management team inherited a business with excellent customers and a strong reputation in the supply chain sector. We also inherited an extremely weak balance sheet, a consistent history of operating losses and the consequences of an acquisition that resulted in million of dollars of losses which coupled with these historic losses resulted in a $14M Shareholders Equity deficit. Management has initiated an aggressive turnaround plan including actions to drive a return to profitability, generate positive cash flow and improve the Company’s financial strength by negotiating with noteholders a settlement on their approximately $18M worth of notes. The plan also includes the addition of new technologies to our product offerings, and increasing margins and differentiating ourselves from our competitors. We have implemented efficiency measures by consolidating operations, cutting our headcount by approximately 44% and instituting other operational costs that favorably impacted a portion of the 2017 results. We expect that they will have a full impact on our 2018 financials. Following the close of the quarter, we announced a $15 million reduction of our notes liability. This positive development represents a significant improvement in our financial situation, but resulted in a delay in the release of our financial statements, as we needed to ensure that the transactions were properly accounted for. The combination of our efficiency measures and this meaningful debt reduction have improved Quest’s financial strength and stockholders’ equity, increased cash flow and profitability, and established the foundation for a healthier company going forward."

“We established clear goals for the turnaround of Quest and have made solid progress against these goals thus far.  These goals included: 

  • Improving the balance sheet
  • Delivering sustained profitability by realizing efficiencies
  • Improving performance by changing company culture, motivating employees and consolidating operations
  • Adding advanced new technologies to elevate Quest’s profile as a high-tech company offering unique solutions, driving margin improvement and a stronger market position   

“We are seeing tremendous opportunities in the evolving and growing markets in which we operate, and we are better positioned today to capitalize on these opportunities. Quest has built a solid base of blue chip customers and we are focused on expanding our customer reach as we continue to increase our capabilities and offerings. We remain focused on developing new and enhanced solutions to improve our competitive positioning with a particular focus on offering higher margin software solutions and services. This is a very exciting time for our Company and we remain dedicated to executing on the initiatives we’ve embarked upon to establish a profitable business with leadership position in the supply chain marketplace. I would like to thank our great team of employees, consultants and customers who have enabled us to execute this plan for the benefit of our shareholders.”

Please refer to the financial tables included below for a reconciliation of generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial results. Please refer to the financial tables included below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

About Quest Solution, Inc.
Quest Solution is a Specialty Systems Integrator focused on Field and Supply Chain Mobility. We are also a manufacturer and distributor of consumables (labels, tags, and ribbons), RFID solutions, and barcoding printers. Founded in 1994, Quest is headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, with offices in the United States.

Rated in the Top 1% of global solution providers, Quest specializes in the design, deployment and management of enterprise mobility solutions including Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), Mobile Cloud Analytics, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), and proprietary Mobility software. Our mobility products and services offering is designed to identify, track, trace, share and connect data to enterprise systems such as CRM or ERP solutions. Our customers are leading Fortune 500 companies from several sectors including manufacturing, retail, distribution, food / beverage, transportation and logistics, health care and chemicals / gas / oil.

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Financial Tables Follow


  For the twelve months 
  ending December 31, 
  2017  2016 
Total Revenues  54,458,845   60,047,124 
Cost of goods sold        
Cost of goods sold  43,089,210   47,952,579 
Gross profit  11,369,635   12,094,545 
Operating expenses        
General and administrative  1,713,791   2,327,889 
Salary and employee benefits  7,951,970   8,409,223 
Depreciation and amortization  1,762,937   1,792,326 
Professional fees  674,374   754,411 
Other operating expenses  145,056   - 
Total operating expenses  12,248,128   13,283,849 
Income (loss) from operations  (878,493)  (1,189,304)
Other income (expenses):        
Gain on intangible  -   - 
Write-off of other assets  (10)  (450,000)
Gain on extinguishment of other liabilities  -   150,000 
Interest expense  (1,555,350)  (4,531,263)
Restructuring expense  (26,880)  (544,941)
Gain on foreign currency  -   129,589 
Other (expenses) income  29,560   11,001 
Total other expense  (1,559,233)  (5,235,614)
Net Loss Before Income Taxes  (2,431,175)  (6,424,918)
(Provision) benefit for Income Taxes        
Current  -   (1,068,352)
Total Benefit for Income Taxes  -   (1,068,352)
Net loss from continuing operations $(2,431,175) $(7,493,270)
Net loss from discontinued operations  -   (6,851,875)
Net loss attributable to Quest Solutions Inc. $(2,431,175) $(14,345,145)
Less: Preferred stock – Series C dividend  (289,695)  (101,075)
Net loss attributable to the common shareholders $(2,141,480) $(14,244,070)
Net loss per share – basic $(0.06) $(0.40)
Net loss per share – diluted $(0.06) $(0.40)
Net loss per share from continuing operations – basic $(0.06) $(0.21)
Net loss per share from continuing operations – diluted $(0.06) $(0.21)
Net loss per share from discontinued operations – basic $-  $(0.19)
Net loss per share from discontinued operations – diluted $-  $(0.19)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic and diluted  35,814,751   35,947,523 



  Year Ended 
  December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016 
Current assets        
Cash $24,634  $289,479 
Restricted Cash  684,610   665,220 
Accounts receivable, net  6,387,734   10,589,677 
Inventory  439,720   531,593 
Prepaid expenses  476,840   272,926 
Deferred tax asset, current  -   - 
Other current assets  126,187   772,966 
Assets held for disposal  -   - 
Total current assets  8,139,725   13,121,862 
Fixed assets, net  92,803   136,835 
Deferred tax asset, non-current  -     
Goodwill  10,114,164   10,114,164 
Trade name  2,359,481   2,936,481 
Intangibles, net  -   - 
Customer Relationships, net  5,310,938   6,435,652 
Other assets  39,513   47,563 
Total assets $26,056,624  $32,792,557 
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $13,239,810  $10,566,066 
Accrued interest and liabilities, related party  38,430   - 
Line of credit  3,667,417   5,059,292 
Advances, related party  -   100,000 
Accrued payroll and sales tax  1,531,233   1,829,934 
Deferred revenue, net  761,194   879,026 
Current portion of note payable  3,429,025   9,782,925 
Note payable, related party current  106,500   - 
Other current liabilities  121,118   227,932 
Liabilities held for disposal  -   - 
Total current liabilities  23,894,727   28,445,175 
Long term liabilities        
Note payable, related party, net of debt discount  3,222,900   17,515,345 
Accrued interest and liabilities, related party  165,014   629,238 
Long term portion of note payable  130,294   130,294 
Deferred revenue, long term  452,024   565,423 
Other long term liabilities  439,832   332,270 
Total liabilities  27,304,791   47,617,745 
Stockholders’ (deficit)      
Series A Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares designated, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively -  - 
Series B Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 1 share designated, 0 shares and 0 share issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively -  - 
Series C Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 15,000,000 shares designated, 4,828,530 and 3,143,530 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, liquidation preference of $1 per share and a cumulative dividend of $0.06 per share  4,829   3,144 
Common stock; $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 36,828,371 and 35,095,763 shares issued and outstanding of December 31, 2017 and 2016 respectively  36,828   35,095 
Common stock to be repurchased by the Company  (230,490)  (230,490)
Warrants paid-in capital  120,000   - 
Additional paid-in capital  34,375,660   18,302,262 
Accumulated (deficit)  (35,554,994)  (32,935,199)
Total stockholders’ (deficit)  (1,248,167)  (14,825,188)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ (deficit) $26,056,624  $32,792,557 



  Year Ended 
  December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016 
Operating profit  $  (878,493  $  (1,189,304
Depreciation   61,223    90,626 
Amortization   1,701,714    1,701,700 
Tax expense included in G&A   145,056     
EBITDA   1,029,500    603,022 
Stock base compensation   750,745    374,451 
Adjusted EBITDA  $1,780,245   $  977,473 

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