SOURCE: Elephant Talk

Elephant Talk

April 02, 2012 08:30 ET

Elephant Talk Communications Announces Strong Growth in Mobile and Security Solutions Revenues for Fiscal Year 2011

SCHIPHOL, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Apr 2, 2012) - Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE Amex: ETAK) (www.elephanttalk.com), an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industries, today announced the results of operations for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Commenting on the 2011 performance, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steven van der Velden said, "The past year has been a period of significant operational achievements and transitional financial gains. We are pleased to have doubled our mobile and security solutions revenue during the 2011 fiscal year. In addition, the fourth quarter was an important period for the company as our higher margin mobile services division completed our largest migration ever by transferring over 600,000 users to our telecom platform in Spain. These new users provide us with monthly recurring revenue, which will continue to provide an increase in our high margin mobile revenue throughout 2012. Management believes that this significant influx of users coupled with new migrations, planned throughout 2012, will help us in reaching profitability. We recently expanded our geographic footprint in Germany through the acquisition of Ensercom that includes a 5-year contract with Telekom Deutschland. Throughout 2012 we anticipate our operations to grow and that we will be present or commencing in 8 countries with our mobile platform."

Mr. van der Velden continued, "Our recent partnership with Adeptra has already led to its first commercial contract award which is expected to go live in the month of April. We believe that this contract will serve as a turning point in our company and allow us to secure additional similar contracts through the pipeline we have assembled with Adeptra. In parallel, ValidSoft continues to focus on its key strategic plan of working with financial institutions around the world and we fully expect to monetize more of these relationships in 2012. Since we have acquired ValidSoft we have continued to dedicate substantial resources in expanding our Intellectual Property and when combined with our multiple European Privacy Seals, provides us with a significant competitive advantage today and positions us for future success."

Key Operational Highlights:

  • The company successfully completed a listing of its common stock on the NYSE Amex stock exchange.
  • A commercial and technology partnership was signed with Adeptra, the leader in auto-resolution technologies that spans the consumer lifecycle that will help retail banks to detect and prevent fraud worldwide.
    • This partnership provides financial organizations with best-in-class fraud detection and prevention functionality, as well as total control over their customer communications
  • A contract was signed with AirTouch Communications (OTCBB: ATCH) (www.airtouchinc.com) to provide a Carrier Grade Mobile Services Platform.
    • A Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) Platform in the United States will be implemented that includes a Gateway Support Network (GGSN), IN Intelligent Networking Platform, a Customer Relationship Management platform (CRM), a Full Rating & Billing Platform and a STP/Signaling Platform for AirTouch to launch its services in the United States.
  • ValidSoft was nominated for Two SC Magazine Awards and voted a finalist in the category Best Secure Transaction Solution and Best Security Solution, Financial Services.
  • ValidSoft received its second European Privacy Seal certification for its anti-fraud solutions.
  • Based on the company's financial strength and increasing recurring monthly revenue the company successfully had the going concern statement removed in the 2011 financial report (10-K).

Conference Call Reminder
As a reminder, Elephant Talk Communications will host a Shareholder Update Conference Call on April 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). Anyone interested in participating should dial 1-480-629-9760 approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to 11:00 a.m. Participants should ask for the Elephant Talk Shareholder Update conference call. To listen to the playback please utilize the webcast by visiting the company's website at www.elephanttalk.com.

This call is being webcast by ViaVid Broadcasting and can be accessed at either Elephant Talk's website at www.elephanttalk.com or ViaVid's website at http://www.viavid.net. To access the webcast, you will need to have the Windows Media Player on your desktop. For the free download of the Media Player, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/download/default.asp

Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2011

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $32,232,981, a decrease of $4,935,370 or 13.28%, compared to $37,168,351 for the year ending December 31, 2010. The decrease in revenue was the result of the expected continued revenue decrease in our low margin legacy landline business by $7,886,899, which was partly off-set by the increase in revenues of our higher margin mobile and security solutions business of $2,951,530 (or 104.42%) compared to 2010.

Cost of Service for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $28,723,265, a decrease of $6,397,651 or 18.22%, compared to $35,120,916 for the year ended December 31, 2010. The decrease in cost of service was mainly caused by the decrease in revenues in our low margin legacy landline business. Cost of service as a percent of revenue was 89.1% and 94.5% for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Despite the large decrease in total revenues, the Margin (Revenues minus Cost of Service) has increased by 71.4% following the growth in higher margin mobile and security solution business. The increase in our higher margin mobile and security solutions business is mainly due to the increasing revenues of already existing customers and a customer with a large consumer base with monthly recurring revenues coming on to our platform at the end of the 4th quarter 2011.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 were $16,589,649 and $9,620,322, respectively. SG&A expenses increased by $6,969,327, or 72.44%, in 2011 compared to 2010. This was led by an increase of 32.3% in our staffing levels on December 31, 2011 compared to December 31, 2010, largely in sales and European hires, as well as by higher marketing and selling costs. The increases in staffing levels and higher marketing and selling costs are mainly related to expected future revenues.

Net Loss was $25,310,735 and $92,483,360 for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 respectively. The improvement of $67,172,625 was primarily the result of high non-cash financing charges in 2010.

ELEPHANT TALK COMMUNICATION CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010
December 31, December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,009,576 $ 2,245,697
Restricted cash 190,844 190,312
Accounts receivable, net of an allowance for doubtful accounts of $436,546 and $119,044 at December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010 respectively 6,441,528 5,600,562
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,522,461 2,337,914
Total Current Assets 14,164,409 10,374,485
FINANCIAL INVESTMENT IN JOINT VENTURE 323,708 --
NOTE RECEIVABLE 417,199 --
LONG TERM DEPOSITS 651,930 610,486
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 13,315,687 8,452,588
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 12,784,199 16,253,587
GOODWILL 3,154,971 3,230,786
TOTAL ASSETS $ 44,812,103 $ 38,921,932
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Overdraft $ 312,236 $ 356,738
Accounts payable and customer deposits 4,490,455 4,703,875
Deferred revenue 132,467 --
Accrued expenses and other payables 3,035,758 3,843,938
Loans payable 960,869 877,357
Total Current Liabilities 8,931,785 9,781,908
LONG TERM LIABILITIES
Trade note payable 271,915 --
Loan from related party 513,303 468,756
Total Long term Liabilities 785,218 468,756
Total Liabilities 9,717,003 10,250,664
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common stock, no par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 110,525,233 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011 compared to 88,660,848 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010 216,188,899 183,825,665
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,143,295 ) (519,020 )
Accumulated deficit (180,128,371 ) (154,818,436 )
Elephant Talk Communications Corp. Stockholders' Equity 34,917,233 28,488,209
NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST 177,867 183,059
Total Stockholders' Equity 35,095,100 28,671,268
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 44,812,103 $ 38,921,932
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
ELEPHANT TALK COMMUNICATIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, 2010 AND 2009
2011 2010 2009
REVENUES $ 32,232,981 $ 37,168,351 $ 43,650,957
COST AND OPERATING EXPENSES
Cost of service 28,723,265 35,120,916 41,452,639
Selling, general and administrative expenses 16,589,649 9,620,322 7,958,933
Non-cash compensation to officers, directors and employees 6,818,905 5,588,392 1,727,870
Depreciation and amortization of intangibles assets 5,254,708 5,312,469 3,051,461
Intangible assets impairment charge 522,726 -- --
Total cost and operating expenses 57,909,253 55,642,099 54,190,903
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (25,676,272 ) (18,473,748 ) (10,539,946 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest income 106,721 239,713 160,535
Interest expense (201,184 ) (1,802,804 ) (938,627 )
Other income 460,000 -- (480,000 )
Interest expense related to amortization of debt discount on promissory notes -- (21,094,104 ) (4,369,183 )
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities -- (48,107,969 ) (538,382 )
Amortization of deferred financing costs -- (3,238,602 ) (591,710 )
Total other income (expense) 365,537 (74,003,766 ) (6,757,367 )
LOSS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES (25,310,735 ) (92,477,514 ) (17,297,313 )
Provision for income taxes -- (800 ) (800 )
NET LOSS BEFORE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST (25,310,735 ) (92,478,314 ) (17,298,113 )
Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interest -- (5,046 ) (1,771 )
NET LOSS (25,310,735 ) (92,483,360 ) (17,299,884 )
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME
Foreign currency translation gain (loss) net of tax (624,275 ) (1,655,917 ) 190,063
(624,275 ) (1,655,917 ) 190,063
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS $ (25,935,010 ) $ (94,139,277 ) $ (17,109,821 )
Net loss per common share and equivalents - basic and diluted $ (0.24 ) $ (1.31 ) $ (0.32 )
Weighted average shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted 104,326,066 70,670,776 53,553,354
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
ELEPHANT TALK COMMUNICATIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, 2010 AND 2009
2011 2010 2009
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net loss $ (25,310,735 ) $ (92,483,360 ) $ (17,299,884 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 5,254,708 5,312,469 3,051,461
Provision for doubtful accounts 318,443 (584,722 ) 220,156
Stock based compensation 6,319,314 5,080,783 1,561,378
Noncontrolling interest -- 5,046 1,771
Amortization of Shares issued for Consultancy 499,591 507,609 162,501
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities -- 48,167,991 538,382
Amortization of deferred financing costs -- 3,238,602 --
Interest expense relating to debt discount and conversion feature -- 21,094,104 4,960,893
Intangible assets impairment charge 522,726 -- --
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable (1,372,719 ) (238,523 ) (628,082 )
Decrease (Increase) in prepaid expenses, deposits and other assets 782,920 229,343 846,491
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable, proceeds from related parties and customer deposits (140,229 ) (1,574,761 ) 602,179
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue 142,309 (131,886 ) (87,853 )
Increase (decrease) in accrued expenses and other payables (1,587,264 ) (2,730,533 ) 740,770
Net cash used in operating activities (14,570,936 ) (14,107,838 ) (5,329,837 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (7,721,307 ) (3,246,057 ) (3,869,149 )
Restricted cash 49 42 (93 )
Cash received from acquisition of subsidiary -- 58,253 --
Payments for acquisition (347,758 ) -- --
Loan to third party (448,195 ) -- (1,736,756 )
Net cash used in investing activities (8,517,211 ) (3,187,762 ) (5,605,998 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Bank overdraft -- 13,769 27,125
Deferred financing costs -- (205,326 ) (1,495,674 )
Loan from related party QAT Bridge Loan -- 2,518,220 --
Loan from related party Bridge SPA -- 2,885,000 --
Proceeds from Private Placement Offering -- 14,000,000 --
Trade note payable 271,915 -- --
Exercise of warrants & options 26,808,067 502,621 --
Placement & Solicitation fees (1,185,741 ) (1,814,766 ) (100,000 )
Proceeds from Convertible 12% secured note -- -- 5,568,000
Proceeds from Convertible 12% secured note - related parties -- -- 6,765,015
Loan from related party -- -- 34,736
Net cash provided by financing activities 25,894,241 17,899,518 10,799,202
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 957,785 183,879 (62,012 )
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 3,763,879 787,797 (198,646 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD 2,245,697 1,457,900 1,656,546
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF THE PERIOD $ 6,009,576 $ 2,245,697 $ 1,457,900
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid during the period for interest $ 39,560 $ 1,295,298 $ 21,965
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF NON-CASH INVESTING & FINANCING ACTIVITIES: 2011 2010
Shares issued to convert the notes payable and accrued interest $ -- $ 15,461,715 $ 532,583
Cash paid during the period for income taxes $ -- $ 800 $ 800
Increase in Share Capital due to Acquisitions and Non-cash Compensation $ -- $ 14,899,393 $
Increase of Share Capital due to Exercise of Warrants and Conversion of Notes $ -- $ 9,457,044 $
Warrants issued to placement agents for services, treated as deferred financing costs -- 2,565,300
Warrants and derivative liabilities for issuance of 12% Promissory Notes are considered as discount of the Promissory Notes $ -- $ -- $ 12,333,020
Warrants issued to placement agents for services, treated as deferred financing costs $ -- $ -- $ 2,129,313

About Elephant Talk Communications
Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE Amex: ETAK), (www.elephanttalk.com) is an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industry. The company enables both mobile carriers and virtual operators to offer a full suite of products, delivery platforms, support services, superior industry expertise and high quality customer service without substantial upfront investments from clients. Elephant Talk provides global telecommunication companies, mobile network operators, banks, supermarkets, consumer product companies, media firms, and other businesses a full suite of products and services that enables them to fully provide telecom services as part of their business offerings. The company offers various dynamic products that include remote health care, credit card fraud prevention, mobile internet ID security, multi-country discounted phone services, loyalty management services, and a whole range of other emerging customized mobile services. For more information, visit (www.elephanttalk.com).

About ValidSoft
ValidSoft is a subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE Amex: ETAK), (www.elephanttalk.com) and is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud relating to card, the internet, and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are at the cutting edge of the market and are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), and the integrity of the transaction itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost effective and secure manner, yet easy to use and intuitive. For more information, please visit (www.validsoft.com).

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's plans and objectives, projections, expectations and intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company also disclaims any obligation to update its view of any such risks or uncertainties or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to the forward-looking statements made here. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Elephant Talk Communications Corp.
    Mr. Steven van der Velden
    Tel: + 31 20 653 59 16
    Email Contact
    www.elephanttalk.com

    Investors Relations:
    Alliance Advisors, LLC
    Thomas P. Walsh
    Tel:+1 212-398-3486
    Email Contact

    ValidSoft:
    Emmanuelle Filsjean
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3170 8999
    Email Contact

    For UK and EU:
    Fishburn Hedges
    Zoe Gray or Haw-Yan Man
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 4321
    Email Contact