NTN Buzztime, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

Launches Buzztime Entertainment App in Open Beta Expanding Target Market

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CARLSBAD, Calif., May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE American: NTN), reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

"As Buzztime continues to evolve, we remain committed to creating engagement between players, brands and venues," said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO.  "Focused on developing more easily accessible technology and services that get us to more markets faster, our initiatives are poised to increase our target market with offerings that are equally engaging, but less expensive and let consumers use their own devices.  We have begun pre-selling our capital-light sitehub in a few test markets under the brand Buzztime Basic and are building a solid backlog of sites.  Initial feedback from the market has been positive, and we continue to build confidence in our plan for both network and revenue growth.  We recently launched our new ad exchange buying platform with only a fraction of our inventory and have already secured several deals.

"Last week, we launched our mobile app in open beta, enabling players to compete in trivia on their own devices at any of the 2,600 Buzztime bars, restaurants, and other locations.  The mobile-only offering increases convenience to consumers and reduces costs to venues, accelerating expansion of our audience funnel, vertical markets, and potential locations.  As our go-to-market strategies begin to unfold, we expect to fuel revenue growth in subscription, events, advertising, as well as in-game transactions," concluded Krishnan.

Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
Total revenues were $4.8 million, compared to $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, due to decreases in hardware, professional development and subscription revenue. Direct costs were $1.5 million and gross margin was 69%, compared to $2.0 million and 66% for the same period in 2018, reflecting both fewer equipment sales and favorable product mix. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased to $3.5 million, compared to $4.0 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting cost management measures. Net loss was $313,000, or $0.11 per share, improved from a net loss of $409,000, or $0.16 per share, in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA was $512,000 for the first quarter of 2019, up from $325,000 in the prior year quarter.

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP).  Although EBITDA is positive this quarter, it may not be positive in future quarters. A detailed description and reconciliation of EBITDA and management's reasons for using this measure is set forth at the end of this press release.

Metric Review for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
The site count was 2,632 at March 31, 2019, compared to 2,639 at December 31, 2018.  Management anticipates that site count will continue to fluctuate.

Liquidity
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $2.9 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $2.8 million at December 31, 2018. First quarter 2019 cash flow from operations reached $780,000, increasing $900,000 from a use of $120,000 in the same period last year.  

Conference Call
Management will review the results on a conference call with a live question and answer session today, May 13, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call, please use passcode 5953379 and dial:

  • (877) 307-1373 for the live call and (855) 859-2056 for the replay, if calling from the United States or Canada; or
  • (678) 224-7873 for the live call and (404) 537-3406 for the replay, if calling internationally.

The call will also be accompanied live by webcast that will be accessible at the company's website at http://www.buzztime.com/investors. The replay of the call will be available until May 20, 2019.

Forward-looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including statements regarding the ability of the company's initiatives to increase the company's target market, and management's expectations regarding future revenue growth and market expansion.  These risks and uncertainties include the risks of unsuccessful execution or launch of products, platforms or brands, risks associated with customer retention and growth plans, the impact of alternative entertainment options and technologies and competitive products, brands, technologies and pricing, adverse economic conditions, the regulatory environment and changes in the law, failure of customer and/or player acceptance or demand for new or existing products, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, termination of partnership and contractual relationships and technical problems or outages. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

About Buzztime:
Buzztime (NYSE American: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative technology, including performance analytics and secure payment with Europay, MasterCard® and Visa® (EMV) chip card readers or with near-field communication (NFC) technology to accept Apple, Android and Samsung Pay. Most frequently used in bars and restaurants in North America, the Buzztime tablets and technology offer engaging solutions to establishments that have guests who experience dwell time, such as casinos, senior living and more. Casual dining venues license Buzztime's customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, customized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime's platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests' positive experiences.  The Buzztime platform has also been recently resold and the content licensed for other businesses serving other markets.  For more information, please visit http://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.

IR AGENCY CONTACT:
Kirsten Chapman, LHA Investor Relations, buzztime@lhai.com, 415-433-3777  


NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except par value amount)
ASSETS March 31,2019 December 31,2018
Current Assets: (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $       2,666 $        2,536
Restricted cash 50 50
Accounts receivable, net 848 1,143
Site equipment to be installed 2,183 2,539
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 461 517
Total current assets 6,208 6,785
Restricted cash, long-term 200 200
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,264 --
Fixed assets, net 4,319 4,667
Software development costs, net 2,276 2,018
Deferred costs 427 424
Goodwill 681 667
Other assets 100 103
Total assets $     16,475 $      14,864
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $          480 $           271
Accrued compensation 404 572
Accrued expenses 416 444
Sales taxes payable 77 87
Income taxes payable 12 1
Current portion of long-term debt 1,000 1,000
Current portion of obligations under operating leases 244 --
Current portion of obligations under financing leases 32 45
Current portion of deferred revenue 1,194 1,371
Other current liabilities 198 233
Total current liabilities 4,057 4,024
Long-term debt 2,482 2,729
Obligations under operating leases 3,186 --
Obligations under financing leases 36 41
Deferred revenue 23 30
Deferred rent -- 1,123
Total liabilities 9,773 7,947
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $0.005 par value, $156 liquidation preference, 156 shares authorized; 156 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 1 1
Common stock, $0.005 par value, 15,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,878 and 2,875 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 14 14
Treasury stock, at cost, 10 shares at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 (456 ) (456 )
Additional paid-in capital 136,606 136,552
Accumulated deficit (129,707 ) (129,394 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 233 200
Total shareholders' equity 6,691 6,917
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $     16,475 $     14,864

 

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except par value amount) (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
ASSETS March 31,2019 December 31,2018
Current Assets: (unaudited) Three months endedMarch 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $       2,666 $        2,536 2019 2018
Restricted cash 50 50 Revenues
Accounts receivable, net 848 1,143 Subscription revenue $    3,833 $    4,065
Site equipment to be installed 2,183 2,539 Hardware revenue 205 679
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 461 517 Other revenue 794 1,017
Total current assets 6,208 6,785 Total revenues 4,832 5,761
Restricted cash, long-term 200 200 Operating expenses:
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,264 -- Direct operating costs (includes depreciation and amortization) 1,484 1,967
Fixed assets, net 4,319 4,667 Selling, general and administrative 3,469 4,021
Software development costs, net 2,276 2,018 Depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation and amortization included in direct costs 96 86
Deferred costs 427 424 Total operating expenses 5,049 6,074
Goodwill 681 667 Operating loss (217 ) (313 )
Other assets 100 103 Other expense, net (85 ) (94 )
Loss before income taxes (302 ) (407 )
Total assets $     16,475 $      14,864 Provision for income taxes (11 ) (2 )
Net loss $     (313 ) $     (409 )
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities: Net loss per common share – basic and diluted $    (0.11 ) $    (0.16 )
Accounts payable $          480 $           271
Accrued compensation 404 572 Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted 2,866 2,510
Accrued expenses 416 444
Sales taxes payable 77 87 Comprehensive loss:
Income taxes payable 12 1 Net loss $     (313 ) $     (409 )
Current portion of long-term debt 1,000 1,000 Foreign currency translations adjustment 33 (48 )
Current portion of obligations under operating leases 244 -- Total comprehensive loss $     (280 ) $     (457 )
Current portion of obligations under financing leases 32 45
Current portion of deferred revenue 1,194 1,371
Other current liabilities 198 233
Total current liabilities 4,057 4,024
Long-term debt 2,482 2,729
Obligations under operating leases 3,186 --
Obligations under financing leases 36 41
Deferred revenue 23 30
Deferred rent -- 1,123
Total liabilities 9,773 7,947
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $0.005 par value, $156 liquidation preference, 156 shares authorized; 156 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 1 1
Common stock, $0.005 par value, 15,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,878 and 2,875 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 14 14
Treasury stock, at cost, 10 shares at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 (456 ) (456 )
Additional paid-in capital 136,606 136,552
Accumulated deficit (129,707 ) (129,394 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 233 200
Total shareholders' equity 6,691 6,917
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $     16,475 $     14,864

 


NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands, except par value amount) (unaudited) (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data) (In thousands)
ASSETS March 31,2019 December 31,2018
Current Assets: (unaudited) Three months endedMarch 31, Three months endedMarch 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $       2,666 $        2,536 2019 2018 2019 2018
Restricted cash 50 50 Revenues Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
Accounts receivable, net 848 1,143 Subscription revenue $    3,833 $    4,065 Net loss $     (313 ) $   (409)
Site equipment to be installed 2,183 2,539 Hardware revenue 205 679 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 461 517 Other revenue 794 1,017 Depreciation and amortization 747 639
Total current assets 6,208 6,785 Total revenues 4,832 5,761 Provision for doubtful accounts 30 8
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets 72 --
Restricted cash, long-term 200 200 Operating expenses: Scrap expense 2 7
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,264 -- Direct operating costs (includes depreciation and amortization) 1,484 1,967 Stock-based compensation 59 117
Fixed assets, net 4,319 4,667 Selling, general and administrative 3,469 4,021 Amortization of debt issuance costs 3 8
Software development costs, net 2,276 2,018 Depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation and amortization included in direct costs 96 86 Loss from disposition of equipment and capitalized software 8 2
Deferred costs 427 424 Total operating expenses 5,049 6,074 Changes in assets and liabilities:
Goodwill 681 667 Operating loss (217 ) (313 ) Accounts receivable 264 (327 )
Other assets 100 103 Other expense, net (85 ) (94 ) Site equipment to be installed 87 397
Loss before income taxes (302 ) (407 ) Operating lease liabilities (28 ) --
Total assets $     16,475 $      14,864 Provision for income taxes (11 ) (2 ) Prepaid expenses and other liabilities 58 (407 )
Net loss $     (313 ) $     (409 ) Accounts payable and accrued expenses 2 (37 )
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Income taxes payable 10 7
Current Liabilities: Net loss per common share – basic and diluted $    (0.11 ) $    (0.16 ) Deferred costs (3 ) 148
Accounts payable $          480 $           271 Deferred revenue (184 ) (176 )
Accrued compensation 404 572 Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted 2,866 2,510 Deferred rent -- (50 )
Accrued expenses 416 444 Other liabilities (34 ) (47 )
Sales taxes payable 77 87 Comprehensive loss: Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 780 (120 )
Income taxes payable 12 1 Net loss $     (313 ) $     (409 )
Current portion of long-term debt 1,000 1,000 Foreign currency translations adjustment 33 (48 ) Cash flows used in investing activities:
Current portion of obligations under operating leases 244 -- Total comprehensive loss $     (280 ) $     (457 ) Capital expenditures (41 ) (169 )
Current portion of obligations under financing leases 32 45 Capitalized software development expenditures (355 ) (203 )
Current portion of deferred revenue 1,194 1,371 Net cash used in investing activities (396 ) (372 )
Other current liabilities 198 233
Total current liabilities 4,057 4,024 Cash flows used in financing activities:
Payment on long-term debt (250 ) (182 )
Long-term debt 2,482 2,729 Principal payments on financing leases (18 ) (44 )
Obligations under operating leases 3,186 -- Tax withholding related to net share settlement of vested restricted stock units (5 ) --
Obligations under financing leases 36 41 Net cash used in financing activities (273 ) (226 )
Deferred revenue 23 30
Deferred rent -- 1,123 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 111 (718 )
Total liabilities 9,773 7,947 Effect of exchange rate on cash 19 (25 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period 2,786 3,378
Commitments and contingencies Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period 2,916 2,635
Shareholders' equity:
Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $0.005 par value, $156 liquidation preference, 156 shares authorized; 156 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 1 1
Common stock, $0.005 par value, 15,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,878 and 2,875 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 14 14
Treasury stock, at cost, 10 shares at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 (456 ) (456 )
Additional paid-in capital 136,606 136,552
Accumulated deficit (129,707 ) (129,394 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 233 200
Total shareholders' equity 6,691 6,917
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $     16,475 $     14,864

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION of GAAP TO NON-GAAP
(unaudited)
(In thousands)

A schedule reconciling the Company's consolidated net loss calculated in accordance with GAAP to EBITDA is included in the supplemental table below. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with GAAP, nor should EBITDA be considered as an alternative to statements of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is included herein because the Company believes it is a measure of operating performance that financial analysts, lenders, investors and other interested parties find to be a useful tool for analyzing companies like Buzztime that carry significant levels of non-cash depreciation and amortization charges in comparison to their net income or loss calculation in accordance with GAAP.

The following table reconciles our net loss per GAAP (in thousands) to EBITDA:

NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NTN BUZZTIME, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Three months ended March 31,
Consolidated Balance Sheets CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 2019 2018
(In thousands, except par value amount) (unaudited) (unaudited) Net loss per GAAP $      (313 ) $      (409 )
(In thousands, except per share data) (In thousands) Interest expense, net 67 93
ASSETS March 31,2019 December 31,2018 Income tax provision 11 2
Current Assets: (unaudited) Three months endedMarch 31, Three months endedMarch 31, Depreciation and amortization 747 639
Cash and cash equivalents $       2,666 $        2,536 2019 2018 2019 2018 Total EBITDA $       512 $       325
Restricted cash 50 50 Revenues Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
Accounts receivable, net 848 1,143 Subscription revenue $    3,833 $    4,065 Net loss $     (313 ) $   (409)
Site equipment to be installed 2,183 2,539 Hardware revenue 205 679 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 461 517 Other revenue 794 1,017 Depreciation and amortization 747 639
Total current assets 6,208 6,785 Total revenues 4,832 5,761 Provision for doubtful accounts 30 8
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets 72 --
Restricted cash, long-term 200 200 Operating expenses: Scrap expense 2 7
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,264 -- Direct operating costs (includes depreciation and amortization) 1,484 1,967 Stock-based compensation 59 117
Fixed assets, net 4,319 4,667 Selling, general and administrative 3,469 4,021 Amortization of debt issuance costs 3 8
Software development costs, net 2,276 2,018 Depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation and amortization included in direct costs 96 86 Loss from disposition of equipment and capitalized software 8 2
Deferred costs 427 424 Total operating expenses 5,049 6,074 Changes in assets and liabilities:
Goodwill 681 667 Operating loss (217 ) (313 ) Accounts receivable 264 (327 )
Other assets 100 103 Other expense, net (85 ) (94 ) Site equipment to be installed 87 397
Loss before income taxes (302 ) (407 ) Operating lease liabilities (28 ) --
Total assets $     16,475 $      14,864 Provision for income taxes (11 ) (2 ) Prepaid expenses and other liabilities 58 (407 )
Net loss $     (313 ) $     (409 ) Accounts payable and accrued expenses 2 (37 )
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Income taxes payable 10 7
Current Liabilities: Net loss per common share – basic and diluted $    (0.11 ) $    (0.16 ) Deferred costs (3 ) 148
Accounts payable $          480 $           271 Deferred revenue (184 ) (176 )
Accrued compensation 404 572 Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted 2,866 2,510 Deferred rent -- (50 )
Accrued expenses 416 444 Other liabilities (34 ) (47 )
Sales taxes payable 77 87 Comprehensive loss: Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 780 (120 )
Income taxes payable 12 1 Net loss $     (313 ) $     (409 )
Current portion of long-term debt 1,000 1,000 Foreign currency translations adjustment 33 (48 ) Cash flows used in investing activities:
Current portion of obligations under operating leases 244 -- Total comprehensive loss $     (280 ) $     (457 ) Capital expenditures (41 ) (169 )
Current portion of obligations under financing leases 32 45 Capitalized software development expenditures (355 ) (203 )
Current portion of deferred revenue 1,194 1,371 Net cash used in investing activities (396 ) (372 )
Other current liabilities 198 233
Total current liabilities 4,057 4,024 Cash flows used in financing activities:
Payment on long-term debt (250 ) (182 )
Long-term debt 2,482 2,729 Principal payments on financing leases (18 ) (44 )
Obligations under operating leases 3,186 -- Tax withholding related to net share settlement of vested restricted stock units (5 ) --
Obligations under financing leases 36 41 Net cash used in financing activities (273 ) (226 )
Deferred revenue 23 30
Deferred rent -- 1,123 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 111 (718 )
Total liabilities 9,773 7,947 Effect of exchange rate on cash 19 (25 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period 2,786 3,378
Commitments and contingencies Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period 2,916 2,635
Shareholders' equity:
Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $0.005 par value, $156 liquidation preference, 156 shares authorized; 156 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 1 1
Common stock, $0.005 par value, 15,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,878 and 2,875 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 14 14
Treasury stock, at cost, 10 shares at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 (456 ) (456 )
Additional paid-in capital 136,606 136,552
Accumulated deficit (129,707 ) (129,394 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 233 200
Total shareholders' equity 6,691 6,917
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $     16,475 $     14,864

 

 

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