EUGENE, Ore., Nov. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quest Solution, Inc. (QUES) (“Quest” or “the Company”), a provider of Supply Chain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions, announced its financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2018.
Shai Lustgarten, CEO, commented, “We are pleased to have delivered a solid third quarter, reflected in 3.6% organic growth, increased adjusted EBITDA and a strong order backlog that we believe will drive continued momentum through the end of 2018 and into 2019. In an exciting development after the close of the quarter, we announced the acquisition of HTS Image Processing, which adds patented AI technology to our portfolio of solutions, positioning us to take advantage of new opportunities in the marketplace. In addition to sales growth in the third quarter, we continued to execute our turnaround plan and reduced our total operating expense by $0.3M or 10% as compared with the third quarter of 2017. This included a reduction of approximately $0.7M or 29% in salary and benefits. We remain focused on servicing our Fortune 500 customers with our industry-tailored, end-to-end solutions that intelligently connect people, assets and data to help our customers make business-critical decisions.
“Our acquisition of HTS Image Processing significantly expands our capabilities to include AI technology solutions for use by our current blue chip customers as well as by new customers from growing verticals like Security, Safe City, Traffic Management, Parking automation, Surveillance and Access Control. The acquired AI technology is capable of machine recognition and data recording of invaluable information for managerial and marketing decision making. As the AI solutions are mainly based on sophisticated software, our new mix of products and solutions should increase our margins and generate profitability. HTS brings several existing Homeland Security anti-terror projects and discerning customers and users including: the Brookhaven National Laboratory (for access control), JFK Airport, Newark Airport, La Guardia Airport, Boston’s Logan Airport, the U.S. Department of Transportation for readers at the US/Mexico border crossing, as well as a Middle Eastern Homeland Security authority for the automated monitoring of sensitive zones.”
Mr. Lustgarten concluded: “To date in 2018 we have made excellent progress, highlighted by debt reduction, significant expense reduction and the acquisition of industry leading AI technology. With these developments we have transformed Quest and we look forward to an exciting 2019, as we continue to drive innovation, efficiency and profitability.”
Quest reported revenues of $13.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 as compared to $13.0 million in the comparable 2017 period. The increase was primarily related to strong execution by the Company’s sales team and growing customer relationships. Gross margin decreased to 20.1% in the third quarter of 2018, compared to 21.8% in the prior year period. Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2018 decreased 8.9% to $3.1 million, or 22.9% of revenue, compared to $3.4 million, or 26.1% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2017. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily related to a $0.7M reduction in salary and employee benefits expenses.
Net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.98 million, or a loss of $0.02 per share, was consistent with the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA (Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) for the third quarter of 2018 was $0.4 million as compared to $0.3 million in the prior year.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, Quest reported revenues of $42.4 million as compared to $40.9 million in the prior year period. The increase was primarily related to strong execution by the Company’s sales team and growing customer relationships. Gross margin decreased to 20.5% as compared to 21.1% in the prior year period. Total operating expenses for the first nine months of 2018 increased 16.4% to $10.6 million, or 25.1% of revenue, compared to $9.1 million, or 22.3% of revenue, in the comparable 2017 period. The increase was primarily related to non-cash changes related to issuances under the Company’s new Equity Incentive Plan, increases in sales commissions related to revenue growth, and increased professional fees.
Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $4.5 million, or a loss of $0.11 per share on a nine-month basis, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million, or a loss of $0.05 per share, in the comparable 2017 period. The increase in net loss was primarily related to non-cash changes related to issuances under the Company’s Equity Incentive Plan, increased professional fees, and the conversion of a debt instrument into common stock requiring the Company to recognize a non-cash loss on debt settlement in the amount of $1.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2018 was $1.46 million compared to $1.4 million in the prior year.
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 as well as a provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI) monitoring and surveillance solutions. Additionally the Company is 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.
The Company’s HTS Image Processing subsidiary is a leader computer vision image processing-based solutions using patented and proprietary AI technology to provide real-time surveillance and monitoring for homeland security, traffic & parking management, law enforcement and access control applications.
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Financial Tables Follow
QUEST SOLUTION, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
|For the three months||For the nine months|
|ending September 30,||ending September 30,|
|Cost of goods sold|
|Cost of goods sold||10,745,156||10,132,067||33,687,461||32,263,124|
|Total costs of goods sold||10,745,156||10,132,067||33,687,461||32,263,124|
|General and administrative||686,501||481,287||1,723,510||1,308,395|
|Salary and employee benefits||1,597,239||2,258,873||6,425,584||6,045,564|
|Depreciation and amortization||439,641||440,433||1,312,218||1,324,345|
|Total operating expenses||3,086,383||3,389,679||10,630,233||9,128,813|
|Income (loss) from operations||(387,372||)||(557,692||)||(1,948,790||)||(505,183||)|
|Other income (expenses):|
|Other (expenses) income||(226,200||)||(13,202||)||(1,381,045||)||(10,758||)|
|Total other expenses||(529,139||)||(329,890||)||(2,343,601||)||(1,085,905||)|
|Net Loss Before Income Taxes||(916,511||)||(887,582||)||(4,292,391||)||(1,591,088||)|
|Provision for Income Taxes|
|Total Provision for Income Taxes||(15,859||)||(15,300||)||(44,356||)||(91,409||)|
|Net Loss attributable to Quest Solution Inc.||$||(932,370||)||$||(902,882||)||$||(4,336,747||)||$||(1,682,497||)|
|Less: Preferred stock – Series C dividend||(47,540||)||(47,450||)||(142,490||)||(141,071||)|
|Net loss attributable to the common stockholders||$||(979,910||)||$||(950,422||)||$||(4,479,237||)||$||(1,823,568||)|
|Net (loss) per share - basic||$||(0.02||)||$||(0.03||)||$||(0.11||)||$||(0.05||)|
|Net loss per share from continuing operations - basic||$||(0.02||)||$||(0.03||)||$||(0.11||)||$||(0.05||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic||48,709,773||35,812,210||42,592,783||35,587,238|
QUEST SOLUTION, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|Accounts receivable, net||10,669,289||6,387,734|
|Other current assets||14,120||126,187|
|Total current assets||12,727,887||8,139,725|
|Fixed assets, net||64,101||92,803|
|Trade name, net||1,926,731||2,359,481|
|Customer Relationships, net||4,467,402||5,310,938|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY / (DEFICIT)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||11,408,860||$||13,239,810|
|Accrued interest on note payable||-||38,430|
|Line of credit||4,636,680||3,667,417|
|Accrued payroll and sales tax||2,381,202||1,531,233|
|Deferred revenue, net||9,157||761,194|
|Current portion of note payable||8,751,524||3,429,025|
|Notes payable, related parties||426,000||106,500|
|Other current liabilities||119,234||121,117|
|Total current liabilities||27,732,657||22,894,726|
|Long term liabilities|
|Note payable, related party||1,704,000||3,222,900|
|Accrued interest, related party||5,295||165,014|
|Long term portion of note payable||130,294||130,294|
|Deferred revenue, net||-||452,024|
|Other long term liabilities||430,759||439,833|
|Stockholders’ equity / (deficit)|
|Series A Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares designated and 0 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.||-||-|
|Series B Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 1 share designated and 0 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.||-||-|
|Series C Preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 15,000,000 shares designated, 4,828,530 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively, liquidation preference of $1.00 per share and a cumulative dividend of $0.06 per share.||4,829||4,829|
|Common stock; $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares designated, 48,433,472 and 36,828,371 shares outstanding of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.||48,710||36,828|
|Common stock to be repurchased by the Company||(230,490||)||(230,490||)|
|Additional paid-in capital||38,328,107||34,495,659|
|Total stockholders’ equity / (deficit)||(669,858||)||(1,248,168||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity / (deficit)||$||29,333,147||$||26,056,623|
QUEST SOLUTION, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
|For the three months||For the nine months|
|ending September 30,||ending September 30,|
|Adjusted EBITDA Calculation:||2018||2017||2018||2017|
|Depreciation & Amortization||439,641||440,433||1,312,218||1,324,345|
|Non Cash stock compensation||46,706||416,548||1,124,553||565,593|
|Debt conversion expenses||-||-||1,264,237||-|
|Merger Related costs*||-||-||-||7,001|
|One time nonrecurring costs||442,630||-||976,508||-|
|Adjusted EBITDA as a % of Net Revenue||3.08||%||2.39||%||3.45||%||3.44||%|
* The merger related costs are fees from an independent valuation firm and legal firm which were related to the business acquisitions.