WOODBURY, NY--(Marketwired - March 13, 2017) - Research Frontiers Inc. (NASDAQ: REFR) announced its financial results for its full year ended December 31, 2016. Management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial and operating results as well as Panasonic Corporation's recent adoption of SPD-SmartGlass technology in its latest display product.

  • Who: Joseph M. Harary, President & CEO, Seth Van Voorhees, CFO
  • Date/Time: March 13, 2017, 4:30PM ET
  • Dial-in Information: 1-412-717-9591
  • Replay: Available on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for 90 days at www.SmartGlass-IR.com

Key 2016 Comments:

  • The majority of the Company's fee income comes from the activities of several licensees participating in the automotive market. The Company currently believes that the automotive market will be the largest source of its royalty income over the next several years.
  • The Company's fee income from licensing activities for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $1,236,097, as compared to $2,007,482 for the year ended December 31, 2015.
    • A substantial majority of this decrease was the result of non-recurring fees earned last year associated with the Company's participation in the Milan Expo, and non-recurring fee income under several licenses in 2015.
    • To a lesser extent, fee income from automobiles and aircraft using the Company's technology was lower in 2016 due to: (1) lower production levels of certain car models in the period; (2) lower costs to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and therefore lower royalties per car to the Company for glass incorporating the Company's technology on certain car models, and (3) a design improvement in certain aircraft that caused a short-term reduction in new window installations.
  • Production efficiencies are expected to continue and accelerate with the introduction of the higher vehicle production volumes for various car models going forward, and the Company expects that lower pricing per square foot of the Company's technology could expand the market opportunities, adoption rates, and revenues for its technology in automotive and non-automotive applications.
  • The Company expects to generate additional royalty income from the near-term introduction of additional new car and aircraft models from other OEMs, and from continued growth of sales of products using the Company's technology in markets outside of automotive and aircraft applications.
    • Panasonic Corporation's recent adoption of SPD-SmartGlass technology in a residential display application is the most recent example of the adoption of our technology in non-automotive/aircraft applications.

Research Frontiers is the developer of SPD-Smart light-control technology which allows users to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the shading of glass or plastic, either manually or automatically. Research Frontiers has built an infrastructure of over 40 licensed companies that collectively are capable of serving the growing global demand for smart glass products in automobiles, homes, buildings, museums, aircraft and boats. For more information, please visit our website at www.SmartGlass.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Note: From time to time Research Frontiers may issue forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. This press release contains forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ and are not guaranteed. Any forward-looking statements should be considered accordingly. "SPD-Smart" and "SPD-SmartGlass" are trademarks of Research Frontiers Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2016 and 2015
  2016    2015
Current assets:           
 Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,691,603    $ 5,712,310
 Short-term investments   1,523,333      1,513,784
 Royalties receivable, net of reserves of $1,110,020 in 2016 and $629,457 in 2015   1,117,146      1,314,675
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   256,892      133,465
  Total current assets   4,588,974      8,674,234
Fixed assets, net   651,655      836,216
Deposits and other assets   33,567      33,567
Total assets $ 5,274,196    $ 9,544,017
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity           
Current liabilities:           
Accounts payable $ 29,932    $ 46,734
 Accrued expenses and other   339,338      421,478
 Total current liabilities   369,270      468,212
Shareholders' equity:           
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share; authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 24,043,846 shares for 2016 and 2015   2,404      2,404
Additional paid-in capital   111,551,490      111,483,959
 Accumulated deficit   (106,648,968 )    (102,410,558)
 Total shareholders' equity   4,904,926      9,075,805
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 5,274,196    $ 9,544,017
Consolidated Statements of Operations 
Years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 
  2016   2015  
Fee income $ 1,236,097   $ 2,007,482  
Operating expenses   4,086,408     4,742,166  
Research and development   1,417,634     1,588,491  
 Total Expenses   5,504,042     6,330,657  
 Operating loss   (4,267,945 )   (4,323,175 )
Net investment income   29,535     43,319  
 Net loss $ (4,238,410 ) $ (4,279,856 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.18 ) $ (0.18 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding   24,043,846     24,007,974  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
Years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 
   2016   2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:         
Net loss  $ (4,238,410 ) $ (4,279,856 )
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:             
  Depreciation and amortization    188,501     140,170  
  Stock based compensation    67,531     725,016  
  Loss on sale of fixed asset    1,775     -  
  Bad debts    480,563     324,286  
 Change in assets and liabilities:             
  Royalty receivables    (283,034 )   (463,743 )
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets    (123,427 )   (12,213 )
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses    (98,942 )   (14,472 )
  Deferred revenue    -     -  
  Net cash used in operating activities    (4,005,443 )   (3,580,812 )
Cash flows from investing activities:             
 Purchases of fixed assets    (11,715 )   (316,185 )
 Purchase of investments    -     -  
 Proceeds from sale of fixed asset    6,000     -  
 Proceeds from sale of investment    (9,549 )   1,491,295  
  Net cash used in (provided by) investing activities    (15,264 )   1,175,110  
Cash flows from financing activities:             
 Net proceeds from issuances of common stock and exercise of options and warrants    -     548,475  
  Net cash provided by financing activities    -     548,475  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents    (4,020,707 )   (1,857,227 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year    5,712,310     7,569,537  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year  $ 1,691,603   $ 5,712,310  

Contact Information:

Seth L. Van Voorhees
Chief Financial Officer
Research Frontiers Inc.