QSound Labs, Inc.
NASDAQ : QSND

QSound Labs, Inc.

March 18, 2009 16:01 ET

QSound Labs Reports Fourth Quarter & Year End Results for 2008

mQFX Rolls out; Operations are Cash Flow Positive

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - QSound Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSND), a leading developer of audio and voice software solutions, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of FY2008. For the quarter ending December 31, 2008 consolidated revenues reached $500,000 versus $304,000 for Q4 2007, an increase of 64% and an increase of 26% versus Q3 2008. The net loss for the fourth quarter was $(410,000) or $(0.04) per share as compared to $(521,000) or $(0.06) per share in FY2007. The quarter included certain one time expenses incurred in connection with the Company's cost containment program. Higher revenues and lower operational expenses contributed to positive cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter of $42,000.

Consolidated revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $1,981,000 compared to $2,379,000 for the same period in FY2007, a decrease of 17%. Net loss for the year was $(2,209,000) or $(0.23) per share as compared to $(1,263,000) or $(0.13) per share in FY2007 due primarily to the decrease in revenue, the sale refund that occurred in the third quarter and higher depreciation and amortization charges.

As previously announced, the Company retained the services of investment banking firm, Kaufman Bros., L.P., to assist in exploring a range of strategic options including partnering with firms for licensing technology and M&A opportunities. These efforts are ongoing, but are unlikely to produce results by March 23, 2009 which is the required timeframe for the Company to regain compliance with Nasdaq listing standards.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

- LG shipped six new cell phone models with QSound's technology including the high profile Prada II and Cookie models. Five of those six models included both the Company's mQSynth product and components from the Company's mQFX product. These are the first LG models that have used the mQFX software components. Additional new models have shipped in early 2009 with both QSound products.

- Toshiba launched their new 40" and 46" LCD TV's with QSound's QSurround and QXpander. In the first quarter of 2009, additional new Toshiba LCD TV models were rolled out with these QSound technologies.

- Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile launched on Verizon in December with the Company's Ripp3D graphics engine. That game quickly won IGN's "Best Multi-player Mobile Game" award. The Ripp3D graphics engine will also be used in the upcoming iPhone game titles, 3D Hunting and Prey. On-line reviews of Prey have been highly favorable. The Company continues to evaluate opportunities for development with the award winning Ripp3D engine in both mobile gaming devices and phones.

- The Company began receiving royalties from Oracom's MP3 product line. Those MP3 products use multiple components of the Company's mQFX software suite.

- The Company secured rights to market noise cancellation technology and is actively pursuing licensing opportunities for this technology.

- The Company made cash payments of $674,000 to reduce the principal balance of its long term debt during the quarter, $500,000 being a one time payment. The Company is not obligated to make any additional such one-time principal payments (excluding payments required to be made from ongoing royalty streams) for all of 2009.

The launches of QSound enhanced products listed above, especially the roll-outs involving phones utilizing both the Company's mQFX technology and mQSynth, contributed to the reported increase of revenues.

Outlook for 2009

Looking towards FY2009, David Gallagher, President and CEO, had the following comments: "As we were one of the first companies to work with cell phone platform partners offering audio enhancement to the cell phone OEMs, we are excited to see that technology finally entering into mobile phones on a commercial scale. The Company continues to work with major OEMs and partners who have expressed interest in the Company's mQFX and noise cancellation products. Additionally, growth in sales of mobile games is expanding distribution opportunities for our Ripp3D engine."

"During the fourth and into the first quarter of this year, the Company has implemented a cost containment program that targets reducing operating expenses by 37% in 2009 as compared to 2008. A large part of the Company 2008 overhead was spent on maintaining the Company listing on Nasdaq and the targeted reduction assumes the elimination of those expenses. It is important to note that the cost containment program has been carried out while maintaining all core elements of the engineering and sales teams needed to continue growing the Company's business and maintaining relationships with the Company's licensees."

"For the first and second quarters of 2009, the Company expects revenues to at least match those earned in the fourth quarter. The only non-operational payments due in 2009 are for quarterly interest payments (currently calculated at 3.25%) on the convertible loan. Therefore, the net result is that the Company expects to be cash flow positive on an overall basis for the foreseeable future."

About QSound Labs, Inc.

Since its inception in 1988, QSound Labs, Inc. has built upon its original audio technology base by adding voice and graphics technologies thus creating a unique and compelling multimedia IP portfolio. The Company has also successfully established relationships with major OEMs in the consumer products market. The Company's customer and partner roster includes ARM, Broadcom, MiTAC, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sony Vaio and Toshiba among others. QSound Labs supports its customer base with offices in North America, China, Japan and Korea. For demos and to learn more about QSound, visit our web site at http://www.qsound.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995 concerning, among other things, delisting of the Company's shares from Nasdaq, ongoing efforts regarding strategic alternatives for the Company, use of Ripp3D graphics engine in upcoming iPhone game titles, continued customer interest in mQFX and noise cancellation products, expanding distribution opportunities for Ripp3D, reduction of operating expenses in 2009, and expectations of comparable revenues levels for the first 2 quarters of 2009 and cash flow positivity for the foreseeable future. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, which could cause actual results, performance or achievements of QSound, or industry results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with liquidity of the Company's shares, ability to achieve an acceptable strategic option, loss of relationships with companies that do business with QSound, successful distribution of QSound-enabled products by licensees, continued growth of demand for QSound's technologies in the mobile devices market, QSound's ability to carry out its cost containment, product development, business strategy and marketing plans, dependence on intellectual property, rapid technological change, competition, general economic and business conditions, and other risks detailed from time to time in QSound's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations, projections and opinions of QSound's management, and QSound undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to such forward-looking statements which may be made, for example to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.



Consolidated
Balance Sheets
As at December 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007
(Expressed in United States dollars under United States GAAP)

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December 31, December 31,
2008 2007
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(unaudited)
ASSETS:
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 408,332 $ 1,232,255
Accounts receivable 521,720 506,648
Inventory - 12,217
Note receivable - current portion - 27,400
Deposits and prepaid expenses 136,935 188,568
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1,066,987 1,967,088

Property and equipment 192,251 258,414
Deferred development costs 205,457 194,915
Intangible assets 2,713,407 70,260
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$ 4,178,102 $ 2,490,677
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY:
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 196,393 $ 262,718
Current portion of long term debt 44,000 -
Deferred revenue 326,840 22,820
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567,233 285,538

Pension benefit liability 106,129 5,079
Note payable 1,573,703 -
Convertible loan 1,000,000 1,000,000
Debt discount (795,571) (881,780)
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2,451,494 408,837
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Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 48,250,672 47,675,739
Warrants 2,386,741 1,027,114
Contributed surplus 2,962,983 2,959,339
Deficit (51,688,744) (49,479,722)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (185,044) (100,630)
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1,726,608 2,081,840
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$ 4,178,102 $ 2,490,677
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Consolidated
Statements of Operations and Deficit
(Expressed in United States dollars under United States GAAP)

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Three months ended Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2008 2007 2008 2007
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(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
REVENUE:
Royalties and
license fees $ 450,783 $ 251,835 $ 1,777,195 $ 2,142,834
Product sales 49,473 52,620 203,392 236,305
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500,256 304,455 1,980,587 2,379,139

Sale refund - - 285,912 -
Cost of product
sales 5,162 15,593 42,890 86,930
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495,094 288,862 1,651,785 2,292,209

EXPENSES:
Marketing 233,240 179,463 1,105,264 1,215,544
Operations 29,990 37,839 141,832 141,234
Product engineering 138,020 238,962 859,066 787,024
Administration 214,693 270,686 1,095,581 1,117,356
Foreign exchange
loss (gain) 44,767 2,645 48,554 3,751
Depreciation and
amortization 206,903 55,140 432,790 206,291
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867,613 784,735 3,683,087 3,471,200

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OPERATING PROFIT: (372,519) (495,873) (2,031,302) (1,178,991)

OTHER ITEMS:
Interest income 1,048 12,747 16,007 72,559
Interest (35,448) (19,535) (93,629) (81,240)
Accretion of debit
discount (29,002) (8,389) (86,209) (33,271)
Gain on sale of
capital assets 33,127 - 10,493 586
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(30,275) (15,177) (153,338) (41,366)
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Loss before taxes (402,794) (511,050) (2,184,640) (1,220,357)
Foreign withholding
tax (7,453) (9,928) (24,382) (42,485)
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NET LOSS FOR PERIOD (410,247) (520,978) (2,209,022) (1,262,842)
DEFICIT BEGINNING OF
PERIOD (51,278,497) (48,958,744) (49,479,722) (48,216,880)
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DEFICIT END OF
PERIOD (51,688,744) (49,479,722) (51,688,744) (49,479,722)
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INCOME PER COMMON
SHARE $ (0.04) $ (0.05) $ (0.23) $ (0.13)
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Consolidated
Statements of Cash Flows
(Expressed in United States dollars under United States GAAP)

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Three months ended Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2008 2007 2008 2007
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Cash provided by
(used in): (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)

OPERATIONS:
Income for the period $ (410,247) $ (520,978) $(2,209,022) $(1,262,842)
Prior period
adjustments
Items not requiring
(providing) cash:
Depreciation and
amortization 206,903 55,140 432,790 206,291
Employee future
benefits 661 (95,551) - (95,551)
Accretion of debt
discount 29,002 8,389 86,209 33,271
Imputed interest on
loan 37,414 - 37,414 -
Stock based
compensation (5,680) (1,861) 19,675 213,541
Gain on sale of capital
assets (10,493) - (10,493) (586)
Other 637 (354) - (2,076)
Changes in working
capital balances 193,788 288,692 327,802 (339,253)
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41,985 (266,523) (1,315,625) (1,247,205)
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FINANCING:
Issuance of common
shares, net - - 1,918,530 156,499
Note payable (673,733) - 1,711,929 -
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(673,733) - 3,630,459 156,499
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INVESTMENTS:
Note receivable - - 2,707 36,000
Purchase of property
and equipment - (4,331) (30,502) (18,243)
Purchase of deferred
development costs (75,000) - (75,000) -
Purchase of intangible
assets 35,067 (4,847) (3,048,374) (11,858)
Proceeds on sale of
capital assets 12,412 - 12,412 586
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(27,521) (9,178) (3,138,757) 6,485
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Increase (decrease) in
cash (659,269) (275,701) (823,923) (1,084,221)
Cash and cash
equivalents beginning of
period 1,067,601 1,507,956 1,232,255 2,316,476
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Cash and cash
equivalents end of
period $ 408,332 $ 1,232,255 $ 408,332 $ 1,232,255
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Contact Information

  • QSound Labs, Inc.
    David Gallagher
    (403) 291-2492
    Website: www.qsound.com