NexTech AR Solutions Reports Record Third Quarter 2020 Results

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NexTech AR Solutions (NexTech) (OTCQB: NEXCF) (CSE: NTAR) (FSE: N29), an emerging leader in augmented reality (AR) for eCommerce, AR learning applications, and AR-enhanced video conferencing and virtual experiences, reported record results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2020. All figures are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) unless otherwise indicated.

Q3 2020 Financial highlights:

  • Total Bookings $6.7 million +327% growth over Q3 2019
  • Record revenue grows 200% to $4.7 million
  • Record backlog of $2 million
  • Gross Profit grows 344% to $3.0 million with a 63% margin
  • Working Capital of $13.6 million
  • Full report has been filed and is available on SEDAR 

Live Q3 earnings call will be after the close today at 4:30pm

  • Bridge Name: NexTech AR Solutions
  • Conference ID: 597-9019
  • Dial in: +1 (435) 777-2200
  • Toll-Free + 1 (800) 309-2350

Other Q3 Highlights:

  • Filed to up list its stock to NASDAQ Capital Market July 2nd
  • Hired Eugen Winschel 18-year SAP Executive as new COO 
  • Doubled the size of the company to 140 in Q3 from just 70 in Q2 - to continue to meet the rapid ramp up in demand and increase the company's technological capabilities
  • Company became approved Microsoft partner
  • Launched new distribution deals with well-known consumer brands including Dyson, Philips Norelco, MR. Coffee, VitaMix, Breviel and Cusinart
  • Landed $250,000 edTech AR contract with Ryerson University 
  • Appointed Ori Inbar to its Board of Directors, a recognized AR expert, having been involved in the industry for over a decade as both a startup entrepreneur and a venture capital investor through SuperVentures
  • Acquired the assets of Next Level Ninjas for $720,000 cash consideration
  • Launches “Screen AR” A New Augmented Reality Immersive Video Conferencing Software to Accelerate Business Opportunities
  • Began building Collaborative Video Conferencing Capabilities to rival Zoom and address Telemedicine and Edtech Markets

NexTech attributes this massive growth to new customer acquisitions and the expansion of services for existing customers as the demand for AR and remote work solutions intensified. 

The company is continuing to experience a rapid rise in demand for all its services. However, demand is especially high for its AR Solutions which include WebAR, AR ads, ScreenAR, Human holograms as well as custom AR solutions. Demand for the company’s AR labs for education is growing at 200% /month while every virtual event the company does has multiple AR experiences. To meet this growing demand the company is currently hiring dozens of AR/VR, Unity, and 3D modeling experts.

Evan Gappelberg, CEO of NexTech comments, “NexTech’s third quarter growth was fueled by a combination of extraordinarily strong demand across all our businesses that we operate, not just one and we see that continuing into Q4. We are unique in that we are diversified with four fast growing businesses which all have a red thread of augmented reality connecting them, creating a major product differentiation and competitive advantage. He continues, “We are uniquely positioned with our augmented reality, eCommerce and InfernoAR video conferencing and virtual experience business units to thrive in this new economy being led by a digital transformation across technology. There has never been more business opportunity in our lifetime for augmented reality, virtual learning, virtual conferences, or virtual events and eCommerce, and we see strong business trends continuing in Q4 and beyond.”

NexTech AR Solutions Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
(Unaudited - Expressed in Canadian dollars)

    
  September 30, 2020December 31, 2019
  $$
ASSETS    
Current assets   
Cash 16,388,012 2,849,344 
Receivables (Note 4) 1,132,033 403,651 
Prepaid expenses and deposits 320,024 200,650 
Contract assets 96,642 - 
Inventory 2,745,299 1,353,584 
Total current assets 20,682,010 4,807,229 
    
Non-current assets   
Equipment (Note 5) 277,258 146,555 
Right of Use Asset (Note 6) 1,116,201 - 
Intangible assets (Note 7) 2,442,199 1,420,552 
Goodwill (Note 7) 4,211,566 2,262,527 
Total non-current assets 8,047,224 3,829,634 
    
TOTAL ASSETS 28,729,234 8,636,863 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
LIABILITIES   
Current liabilities   
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Note 8) 2,052,016 1,243,528 
 Other payables (Note 9) - 230,174 
Deferred revenue 526,005 - 
Current portion of lease liability (Note 6) 116,447 - 
Contingent consideration (Note 3) 1,067,181 - 
Total current liabilities 3,761,649 1,473,702 
    
Long-term liabilities   
Long term portion of lease liability (Note 6)996,286 - 
Deferred income tax liability24,339 96,956 
Total Long-term liabilities 1,020,625 96,956 
    
TOTAL LIABILITIES 4,782,274 1,570,658 
    
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital (Note 11) 37,001,572 15,210,041 
Convertible debentures (Note 10) - 1,025,595 
Reserves (Note 11) 5,735,985 1,407,330 
Deficit (18,790,597)(10,576,761)
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 23,946,960 7,066,205 
    
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 28,729,234 8,636,863 


NexTech AR Solutions Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Loss
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
(Unaudited - Expressed in Canadian dollars)

   For the three months ended September 30,For the nine months ended September 30,
   2020 2019 2020 2019 
   $$$$
Revenue4,662,928 1,561,425 10,683,942 4,001,068 
Cost of sales(1,705,571)(895,859)(4,209,001)(2,247,258)
Gross profit2,957,357 665,567 6,474,941 1,753,810 
     
Operating expenses    
Sales and marketing3,882,636 1,048,699 6,929,946 2,559,401 
General and administrative975,876 900,272 3,666,063 1,950,931 
Research and development2,675,954 315,931 3,612,956 1,064,707 
Amortization (Note 6 &7)149,962 52,047 370,673 114,998 
Depreciation (Note 5)25,440 - 52,723 24,342 
Foreign exchange loss (gain)(15,284)8,478 (7,307)35,830 
Total operating expenses7,694,584 2,325,427 14,625,054 5,750,209 
       
Operating loss (4,737,227)(1,659,860)(8,150,113)(3,996,399)
Loss before income taxes(4,737,227)(1,659,860)(8,150,113)(3,996,399)
Deferred income tax recovery24,139 - 72,617 - 
Net loss(4,713,088)(1,659,860)(8,077,496)(3,996,399)
     
Other comprehensive income (loss)    
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations(167,617)- 12,147 - 
Total comprehensive loss(4,880,705)(1,659,860)(8,065,349)(3,996,399)
     
Loss per common share    
Basic and diluted loss per common share(0.07)(0.03)(0.12)(0.07)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding71,979,018 55,216,009 66,112,703 53,320,252 
       


NexTech AR Solutions Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Equity
For the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
(Unaudited - Expressed in Canadian dollars)

       
 Number of sharesShare capitalEquity portion of convertible debentureReservesDeficitTotal
  $$$$$
Balance, December 31, 201843,687,872 6,365,393 - 423,463(2,345,482)4,443,374 
Partial escrow cancellation(960,000)- - -- - 
Acquisition of AR Ecommerce LLC2,000,000 1,620,000 - -- 1,620,000 
Shares issued for exercise of warrants8,461,500 2,655,750 - -- 2,655,750 
Shares issued for acquisition payable100,000 66,630 - -- 66,630 
Private placement2,942,965 1,765,779 - -- 1,765,779 
Share-based payment- - - 830,732- 830,732 
Shares isued for services76,913 62,999 - -- 62,999 
Translation of foreign operations- - - -- - 
Net loss- - - -(3,996,399)(3,996,399)
Balance, September 30, 201956,309,250 12,536,551 - 1,254,195(6,341,881)7,448,865 
       
Balance, December 31, 201960,509,250 15,210,041 1,025,595 1,407,330(10,576,761)7,066,205 
Convertible debentures1,910,163 1,161,935 (1,025,595)-(136,340)- 
Shares issued for exercise of warrants4,282,128 2,987,062 - -- 2,987,062 
Shares issued for exercise of options1,938,666 895,099 - -- 895,099 
Shares issued for purchase of Jolokia1,000,000 1,491,889 - -- 1,491,889 
Shares issued to settle related party liability47,799 38,239 - -- 38,239 
Share-based payment1,063,851 855,894 - 3,550,183- 4,406,077 
Private placement1,528,036 3,208,876 - -- 3,208,876 
Short form prospectus2,035,000 13,227,500 - -- 13,227,500 
Share issuance costs- (2,074,963)- 766,325- (1,308,638)
Translation of foreign operations- - - 12,147- 12,147 
Net loss- - - -(8,077,496)(8,077,496)
Balance as at September 30, 202074,314,893 37,001,572 - 5,735,985(18,790,597)23,946,960 


NexTech AR Solutions Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
(Unaudited - Expressed in Canadian dollars)

     
  For the three months ended September 30, For the nine months ended September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019 
     
OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net loss(4,713,088)(1,659,860)(8,077,496)(3,996,399)
     
Items not affecting cash:    
Amortization of intangible assets149,962 52,047 370,673 114,998 
Amortization of right to use asset(79)- (79)- 
Deferred income tax recovery(24,139)- (72,617)- 
Depreciation of property and equipment25,440 - 52,723 24,342 
Shares issued to settle related party liability(0)- 38,239 - 
Share-based payments2,893,173 307,030 4,406,077 830,732 
Option and warrant exercised shares outstanding183,737 - - - 
     
Changes in non-cash working capital items    
Receivables(867,929)324,915 (728,382)(150,727)
Prepaid expenses and deposits(124,034)60,877 (119,374)(576,969)
Inventory(1,160,476)(817,608)(1,488,357)(1,372,975)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities119,806 891,524 600,593 12,065 
Other payables- 183,770 (230,174)183,770 
Deferred revenue526,005 - 526,005 - 
Net cash used in operating activities(2,991,622)(657,305)(4,722,169)(4,931,163)
     
INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Cash acquired in a business combination- - - 128,670 
Cash paid for acquisition of HootView- - - (85,664)
Cash paid for acquisition of Next Level Ninjas(719,895)- (719,895)- 
Purchase of equipment(68,022)- (68,022)(12,125)
Net cash used in investing activities(787,917)- (787,917)30,881 
     
FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Proceeds from exercise of options and warrants1,765,700 - 3,882,161 2,655,750 
Payment of lease obligations(39,475)- (39,475)- 
Net proceeds from short term prospectus12,118,689 - 12,118,689 - 
Net proceeds from private placement- 1,426,179 3,009,047 1,765,779 
Net cash provided by financing activities13,844,914 1,426,179 18,970,422 4,421,529 
     
Foreign exchange40,438 - 78,332 (170,542)
     
Net change in cash10,105,815 768,874 13,538,668 (649,295)
Cash, beginning6,282,197 228,689 2,849,344 1,646,858 
Cash, ending16,388,012 997,563 16,388,012 997,563 
     

(Above excerpts from the condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statement notes).

Non-IFRS Measures
This News Release makes reference to certain non-IFRS measures such as “Total Bookings” and “Backlog”. These non-IFRS measures are not recognized, defined, or standardized measures under IFRS. Our definition of Total Bookings and Backlog will likely differ from that used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited.

Total Bookings and Backlog should not be considered a substitute for or in isolation from measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. These non-IFRS measures should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated interim financial statements and the related notes thereto as at and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020. Readers should not place undue reliance on non-IFRS measures and should instead view them in conjunction with the most comparable IFRS financial measures. See the reconciliations to these IFRS measures below:

  Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
   2020  2019  2020  2019
Total Bookings $6,660,239 $1,561,425 $12,899,530 $4,001,068
Total Revenue  4,662,928  1,561,425  10,683,942  4,001,068
Adjustment for bookings  1,997,311  -  2,215,588  -
Adjustment for backlog  -  -  218,277  
Backlog  1,997,311  -  1,997,311  -

In accordance with the company’s stock option plan the company has issued 200,000, 3-year options priced at $7.70CDN and pursuant to a consulting agreement with Felix Ritscher Head of IT and Security previously announced on November 6th, 2020, 4,100 common shares were also issued with a 4-month restriction.

About NexTech AR
NexTech is one of the leaders in the rapidly growing Augmented Reality market estimated to grow from USD $10.7B in 2019 and projected to reach USD $72.7B by 2024 according to Markets & Markets Research; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 46.6% from 2019 to 2024.

The company is pursuing four verticals:

InfernoAR: An advanced Augmented Reality and Video Learning Experience Platform for Events, is a SaaS video platform that integrates Interactive Video, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality in one secure platform to allow enterprises the ability to create the world’s most engaging virtual event management and learning experiences. Automated closed captions and translations to over 64 languages. According to Grandview Research the global virtual events market in 2020 is $90B and expected to reach more than $400B by 2027, growing at a 23% CAGR. With NexTech’s InfernoAR platform having augmented reality, AI, end-to-end encryption and built in language translation for 64 languages, the company is well positioned to rapidly take market share as the growth accelerates globally.

ARitize™ For eCommerce: The company launched its SaaS platform for webAR in eCommerce early in 2019. NexTech has a ​‘full funnel’ end-to-end eCommerce solution for the AR industry including its Aritize360 app for 3D product capture, 3D/AR ads, its ARitize white label app it’s ‘Try it On’ technology for online apparel, 3D and 360-degree product views, and ‘one click buy’.

ARitize™ 3D/AR Advertising Platform: Launched in Q1 2020 the ad platform will be the industry's first end-to-end solution whereby the company will leverage its 3D asset creation into 3D/AR ads. In 2019, according to IDC, global advertising spend will be about $725 billion.

ARitize™ Hollywood Studios: The studio is in development producing immersive content using 360 video, and augmented reality as the primary display platform.

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On behalf of the Board of NexTech AR Solutions Corp.
Evan Gappelberg
CEO and Director

For further information, please contact:

Evan Gappelberg
Chief Executive Officer
info@nextechar.com   

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