SOURCE: Wave Systems Corp.

Wave Systems Corp.

May 09, 2013 16:02 ET

Wave Reports Q1 Revenues of $5.8 Million and Reviews Recent Developments

LEE, MA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) - Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVX), the Trusted Computing company, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2013 (Q1 '13) and updated investors on its business strategy and recent developments.

In Q1 '13 Wave's total net revenues declined to $5.8 million, compared to $7.0 million in Q1 '12 and $7.1 million in Q4 '12. The decrease was principally due to continued reductions in OEM software bundling revenue which declined by $1.4 million in Q1 '13 versus Q1 '12 and by $0.5 million versus Q4 '12. The decrease in bundled software sales principally reflects lower PC shipment volumes. Total net revenues in Q1 '13 included $0.8 million in services revenues from a U.S. Government consulting contract compared to total services revenues of $0.3 million in Q1 '12 and $0.6 million in Q4 '12.

Total billings for Q1 '13 declined to $5.9 million versus $6.7 million in Q1 '12 and $9.3 million in Q4 '12, which included $1.7 million in maintenance fees to be recorded ratably through December 31, 2015. Q1 '13 total billings included $1.0 million from its Safend subsidiary, down from $1.6 million in Q1 '12 and $1.7 million in Q4 '12.

Reflecting ongoing cost reduction initiatives, Wave's combined SG&A and R&D expenses declined to $11.2 million in Q1 '13 compared to $14.6 million in Q1 '12 and $11.7 million in Q4 '12.

After a review of the quarterly operating results of Safend, Wave determined that sufficient indicators of further potential impairment existed to require an updated impairment analysis for Safend. As a result of that analysis, Q1 '13 total operating expenses include an additional $4.2 million in non-cash impairment charges to write down the value of goodwill and certain intangible assets attributed to Safend, of which $1.6 million is included in the licensing and maintenance cost of net revenues and $2.6 million is reflected in impairment of goodwill and intangible assets. Wave's Q4 '12 results also included $7.5 million in non-cash impairment charges related to Safend, of which $3.4 million was recorded as licensing and maintenance cost of net revenues.

Inclusive of the Safend impairment charges, Wave recorded a Q1 '13 net loss of $10.2 million, or ($0.10) per share, as compared to a net loss of $8.3 million, or ($0.09) per share in Q1 '12 and a net loss of $13.0 million, or ($0.13) per share in Q4 '12, which included $7.5 million in Safend impairment charges. Per share figures are based on a weighted average number of basic shares outstanding during Q1 '13, Q1 '12 and Q4 '12 of 105.4 million, 90.2 million and 104.0 million, respectively.

To illustrate its operational performance on a cash-flow basis, Wave reports EBITDAS, a non-GAAP measure defined as earnings before impairment expense, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation expense. Wave recorded negative EBITDAS of $5.2 million in Q1 '13, compared with negative EBITDAS of $6.4 million in Q1 '12 and negative EBITDAS of $4.1 million in Q4 '12.

As of March 31, 2013, Wave's total current assets were $5.9 million and total current liabilities, including the current portion of deferred revenue totaling $6.5 million, were $15.7 million. Cash and cash equivalents were $1.8 million at March 31, 2013, as compared to $2.3 million at March 31, 2012 and $2.1 million at December 31, 2012. Utilizing its At-The-Market share sale facility, Wave raised approximately $263,500 during Q1 '13 from the sale of its Class A common stock at an average price of $0.715 per share. Wave also raised an additional $1.0 million in a private placement during Q1'13. Subsequent to the close of Q1 '13, Wave raised gross proceeds of approximately $3.2 million through the sale of its Class A common stock.

CEO Commentary:
"Over the past 18 months Wave has made substantial investments in R&D and sales and marketing to position the company in the market for mobility management of Windows 8 devices as well as Windows 7 and earlier generation machines that are based on Trusted Computing Group (TCG) standards," commented Wave CEO Steven Sprague. "Windows 8 shipments have already reached 100 million units, with the launch of Windows 8 smartphones soon to follow. This growing installed base builds on over 600 million already deployed TCG-compliant devices to present a significant market opportunity.

"With these investments completed, Wave's management and Board of Directors developed and are implementing a company-wide program of personnel and spending reductions that bring Wave's overhead into closer alignment with current revenue trends and the company's financial position. Combined with previous actions, these reductions are intended to reduce overall spending across all departments by approximately $10 million per year, until such time as Wave's revenue, working capital and cash flow could support increased investment. These additional cost reduction initiatives are currently underway and are anticipated to reduce Wave's cash burn without any significant one-time costs or charges.

"The global rollout of Windows 8 devices is an important development for Trusted Computing awareness, and the simplicity and ROI of our standards-based solutions are finally being more broadly recognized," Mr. Sprague continued. "Because Wave's solutions are able to work across Windows 8 PCs, tablets and forthcoming smartphones, as well as earlier generation PCs, an enterprise is now able to leverage our solutions across most or all of their devices."

The key benefits of Wave's Trusted Computing-based solutions include:

  • Eliminating passwords to access services one password at a time
  • Making devices safe to lose
  • Enabling the private use of public cloud services
  • Only known devices with known capabilities have access to sensitive data and services

Mr. Sprague added, "Many IT managers are recognizing that mobility is transforming computing and that device-based identity is the most secure, efficient and cost-effective means to deliver security and a great user experience across a variety of devices. We have seen some indication of this reflected in new enterprise customer wins in Europe and the U.S. Windows 8 is also bringing Trusted Computing capabilities to consumer devices for the first time on a broad scale. This is a significant development as it substantially expands the Trusted Computing market opportunity. It also enables enterprise and government to deliver and secure a broad range of B-to-C solutions across healthcare, financial services, entertainment and other verticals using our solutions.

"Today we unveiled a pilot version of Wave Knowd, a web service that utilizes hardware-based machine identification to enable and measure the strength of secure identity relationships with Internet services. Using Knowd, consumers will be able to increase their security and lessen their reliance on passwords, while also managing their 'trust score' to enable the most secure connections.

"Interest in Wave's portfolio of solutions is also being bolstered by a range of governmental standards and regulations supporting TCG standards. FICAM, FIPS, NIST and NSTIC, along with ESG and others in Europe all support TCG standards. We are also continuing our efforts to expand our distribution reach through agreements such as today's with Fujitsu. We believe that Wave is well positioned for this growing market opportunity."

Social Media Disclosure Policy
In response to the SEC's recent commentary on the use of social media for corporate disclosure, Wave is notifying investors, the media and others interested in the company that in the future, it might choose to communicate material information via social media channels or, it is possible that information it discloses through social media channels may be deemed to be material. Therefore, Wave encourages investors, the media and others interested in Wave to review the information made available by Wave through:

Wave also plans to use the "BUZZ hub" landing page on its corporate website to host social media disclosures and/or links to/from such disclosures. Any updates to the list of social media channels Wave will use to announce material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the company's website at

Director John McConnaughy to Retire
As disclosed in Wave's proxy, John E. McConnaughy, Jr. will retire as a Director at the expiration of his term at Wave's Annual Meeting on June 20, 2013. "The company and the Board of Directors thank John for his many years of valuable service," said Mr. Sprague. "His insight, business experience, common-sense and personality will be missed."

About Wave Systems
Wave Systems Corp. reduces the complexity, cost and uncertainty of data protection by starting inside the device. Unlike other vendors who try to secure information by adding layers of software for security, Wave leverages the security capabilities built directly into endpoint computing platforms themselves. Wave has been a leading expert in this growing trend, leading the way with first-to-market solutions and helping shape standards through its work as a board member for the Trusted Computing Group.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), including all statements that are not statements of historical fact regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the company, its directors or its officers with respect to, among other things: (i) the company's financing plans; (ii) trends affecting the company's financial condition or results of operations; (iii) the company's growth strategy and operating strategy; and (iv) the declaration and payment of dividends. The words "may," "would," "will," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "intend" and similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company's ability to control, and that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Wave assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements.

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Consolidated Statements of Operations  
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2013     2012  
Net revenues:                
  Licensing     4,993,726       6,658,267  
  Services     800,000       323,870  
Total net revenues   $ 5,793,726     $ 6,982,137  
Operating expenses:                
  Licensing - cost of net revenues     2,038,599       689,630  
  Services - cost of net revenues     107,361       61,830  
  Selling, general, and administrative     7,366,003       9,547,783  
  Research and development     3,848,982       5,017,479  
  Impairment of goodwill     2,590,000       -  
  Total operating expenses     15,950,945       15,316,722  
Operating loss     (10,157,219 )     (8,334,585 )
Other income (expense):                
  Net currency transaction gain     1,631       23,600  
  Net interest expense     (58,167 )     (2,105 )
Total other income (expense)     (56,536 )     21,495  
Net loss     (10,213,755 )     (8,313,090 )
Loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.09 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period     105,390,753       90,233,603  
Consolidated Supplemental Schedule  
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2013     2012  
Total net revenues   $ 5,793,726     $ 6,982,137  
Net increase (decrease) in deferred revenue and unpaid deferrals     97,388       (278,806 )
Total billings (Non-GAAP)   $ 5,891,114     $ 6,703,331  
Net loss as reported   $ (10,213,755 )   $ (8,313,090 )
Net interest expense     58,167       2,105  
Income tax (benefit) expense     -       -  
Depreciation and amortization     315,909       526,789  
Stock-based compensation expense     437,706       1,355,752  
Impairment of goodwill and amortizable intangible assets     4,205,000       -  
EBITDAS (Non-GAAP)   $ (5,196,973 )   $ (6,428,444 )

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
As supplemental information, we provide the non-GAAP performance measures that we refer to as total billings and EBITDAS. Total billings is provided in addition to, but not as a substitute for, GAAP total net revenues. Total billings means the sum of total net revenues determined in accordance with GAAP, plus the increase or minus the decrease in deferred revenue. We consider total billings an important measure of our financial performance, as we believe it best represents the continued increase in our software license upgrades. Total billings is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and, as calculated by us, may not be consistent with computations of total billings by other companies. EBITDAS is defined as net income (loss) before impairment expense, interest income (expense), income taxes, depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation. EBITDAS should not be construed as a substitute for net income (loss) or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (all as determined in accordance with GAAP) for the purpose of analyzing our operating performance, financial position and cash flows, as EBITDAS is not defined by GAAP. However, we regard EBITDAS as a complement to net income (loss) and other GAAP financial performance measures, including an indirect measure of operating cash flow.

Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2013     2012  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,823,136     $ 2,112,769  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $-0- at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012     2,999,413       5,034,422  
  Pledged receivables     690,284       1,801,683  
  Prepaid expenses     419,409       421,769  
    Total current assets     5,932,242       9,370,643  
  Property and equipment, net     832,365       871,568  
  Amortizable intangible assets, net     2,230,550       4,028,333  
  Goodwill     1,448,000       4,038,000  
    Other assets     327,918       324,614  
Total Assets     10,771,075       18,633,158  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit                
Current liabilities:                
  Secured borrowings     599,180       1,537,710  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     8,621,887       7,570,723  
  Current portion of capital lease payable     25,762       44,658  
  Deferred revenue     6,482,497       5,949,087  
    Total current liabilities     15,729,326       15,102,178  
  Other long-term liabilities     98,227       97,996  
  Royalty liability     4,408,186       4,486,129  
  Long-term deferred revenue     1,961,857       1,812,312  
    Total liabilities     22,197,596       21,498,615  
Stockholders' Equity (Deficit):                
Common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 150,000,000 shares as Class A; 106,644,576 shares issued and outstanding in 2013 and 105,007,873 in 2012     1,066,446       1,050,079  
Common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 13,000,000 shares as Class B; 35,556 shares issued and outstanding in 2013 and 2012     355       355  
Capital in excess of par value     394,636,649       393,000,325  
Accumulated deficit     (407,129,971 )     (396,916,216 )
    Total Stockholders' Deficit     (11,426,521 )     (2,865,457 )
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit   $ 10,771,075     $ 18,633,158  
Conference call: Today, Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
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