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Nextech AR Solutions Corp. Reports Record Q1 2021 Results

Thursday May 13, 2021. 12:01 AM , from Digital Pro Sound
LiveX Platform Expected to Generate Annual Cost Savings of $6 Million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AR—Nextech AR Solutions Corp. (“Nextech” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: NEXCF) (NEO: NTAR) (CSE: NTAR) (FSE: N29) announces its financial results for the first quarter 2021 ending March 31st, 2021 and a operational Nextech AR LiveX update. Subsequently, Nextech will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter results and operations update on May 12th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Q1 Financial highlights:

Revenue for the three months ended March 31st, 2021 was $7.7 million an increase of over 200% compared to the three months ended March 31st, 2020 of $2.5 million.

Gross profit for the three months ended March 31st, 2021 was $3.3 million an increase of over 280% compared to the three months ended March 31st, 2020 of $1.4 million.

Total Bookings for the three months ended March 31st, 2021 was $2.2 million an increase of over 4,700% compared to the three months ended March 31st, 2020 of $0.5 million.

LiveX Operational Update:

Nextech is pleased to announce that its next-generation digital experience platform Nextech AR LiveX is now live. LiveX is a highly scalable all-in-one streaming platform for creators, corporate events, livestreaming, music, NFTs which is AR enhanced and advertising enabled. The platform is also being intergraded with Shopify to allow for seamless ecommerce and merchandise sales.

As a result of the successful launch of LiveX, the Company has committed all current and future events to be hosted and monetized on LiveX Platform. The LiveX Platform has demonstrated the following advantages:

With LiveX our Events are designed 10X faster allowing for cost savings and scale.

Multiple monetization options: ads, ticketing, merch sales, event sales and NFT auctions.

Better user functionality and design resulting in an improved attendee experience.

Reduction in the cost-to-serve per event, yielding a greater gross profit margin with the additional benefit of recurring revenues from monthly and annual subscriptions.

Transitioning all events to our LiveX platform will save the Company approximately $6.0 million annually relating to streamlining the engineering, development and support costs associated with earlier versions of the technology platform.

Nextech AR LiveX has the potential for further delivery efficiencies and related costs benefits through Q3 with the release of LiveX 2.0, featuring self-serve.

“Our Q1 2021 record results are a testament to the success of our diversified business model and our unique value proposition; offering Augmented Reality technology in everything that we do. Our business is growing rapidly through AR innovation and our DXP platform LiveX. LiveX is built for scale for enterprise clients targeting key verticals like education, entertainment, events, retail, medical and marketplaces. We see this as the digital experience platform of the future, today,” said Evan Gappelberg CEO and Director.

NexTech AR Solutions Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position

(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

 

Current assets

Cash

$

7,900,016

 

$

10,684,952

 

Digital Assets

 



 

 

2,546,035

 

Receivables

 

2,095,953

 

 

1,312,548

 

Contract Asset

 

360,060

 

 

244,478

 

Prepaid expenses

 

1,744,576

 

 

1,354,369

 

Inventory

 

4,673,895

 

 

3,211,675

 

 

16,774,500

 

 

19,354,057

 

Non-current assets

Equipment

 

337,036

 

 

300,558

 

Right-of-use asset

 

992,298

 

 

1,034,724

 

Intangible assets

 

3,090,162

 

 

3,500,041

 

Goodwill

 

4,847,750

 

 

4,886,513

 

Total assets

$

26,041,746

 

$

29,075,893

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

3,976,397

 

$

2,527,437

 

Deferred revenue

 

1,193,069

 

 

383,022

 

Lease liability

 

147,750

 

 

150,662

 

Contingent consideration

 

2,489,557

 

 

2,717,859

 

 

7,806,773

 

 

5,778,980

 

Non-current liabilities

Lease liability

 

836,323

 

 

877,978

 

Total liabilities

 

8,643,096

 

 

6,656,958

 

 

Shareholders’ Equity

Share capital

 

43,775,485

 

 

41,968,520

 

Reserves

 

9,113,625

 

 

6,757,098

 

Deficit

 

(35,490,460

)

 

(26,306,683

)

 

17,398,650

 

 

22,418,935

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

26,041,746

 

$

29,075,893

 

NexTech AR Solutions Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive Loss

(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

Three months ended

Three months ended

March 31, 2021

March 31, 2020

Revenue

$

7,726,703

 

$

2,491,985

 

Cost of sales

 

(4,412,278

)

 

(1,144,136

)

Gross profit

 

3,314,425

 

 

1,347,849

 

 

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing

 

4,640,087

 

 

1,418,833

 

General and administrative

 

3,747,723

 

 

709,427

 

Research and development

 

1,793,479

 

 

239,193

 

 

10,181,289

 

 

2,367,453

 

 

Other income (expense)

Stock-based compensation

 

2,402,628

 

 

268,275

 

Amortization

 

380,220

 

 

88,253

 

Gain on digital assets

 

(219,321

)

 



 

Depreciation

 

27,950

 

 

9,849

 

Foreign exchange gain

 

(274,564

)

 

1,694

 

Financing expense

 



 

 



 

 

2,316,913

 

 

368,071

 

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(9,183,777

)

 

(1,387,675

)

Deferred income tax recovery

 



 

 

24,239

 

Net loss

$

(9,183,777

)

$

(1,363,436

)

 

Other comprehensive income (loss)

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

(52,401

)

 

488,316

 

Total comprehensive loss

$

(9,236,178

)

$

(875,120

)

 

 

Loss per common share

Basic and diluted loss per common share

 

(0.12

)

 

(0.02

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

Basic and diluted

 

77,489,618

 

 

61,378,508

 

NexTech AR Solutions Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in Canadian dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

Three months ended

Three months ended

March 31, 2021

March 31, 2020

Cashflows from operating activities

Net loss

$

(9,183,777

)

$

(1,363,436

)

 

Items not affecting cash

Amortization of intangible assets

 

380,220

 

 

88,253

 

Amortization of right to use asset

 

34,311

 

 



 

Gain on sale of bitcoin

 

(219,321

)

 

(24,239

)

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

27,950

 

 

9,849

 

Shares issued to settle related party liability

 

1,299,845

 

 

38,239

 

Stock-based compensation

 

2,402,628

 

 



 

Share-based payments

 

22,156

 

 

650,946

 

Shares issued for exercise of options

 

6,300

 

 



 

 

Changes in non-cash working capital balances

Receivables

 

(783,405

)

 

(217,245

)

Contract Asset

 

(115,582

)

Prepaid expenses

 

(390,207

)

 

(19,075

)

Bitcoin

 

2,546,035

 

 



 

Inventory

 

(1,462,220

)

 

(244,810

)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

1,448,960

 

 

(325,523

)

Deferred revenue

 

810,047

 

 



 

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(3,176,060

)

$

(1,407,041

)

 

Cashflows from investing activities

Sale of Bitcoin

 

219,321

 

 



 

Purchase of equipment

 

(50,414

)

 



 

Net cash used in investing activities

$

168,907

 

$



 

 

Cashflows from financing activities

Proceeds from exercise of options and warrants

 

486,464

 

 

712,439

 

Payment of lease obligations

 

(44,567

)

 



 

Net cash provided by financing activities

$

441,897

 

$

712,439

 

 

Change in cash during the period

 

(2,565,256

)

 

(694,602

)

Cash, beginning of period

 

10,684,952

 

 

2,849,344

 

Effects of foreign exchange on cash

 

(219,680

)

 

154,914

 

 

Cash, end of period

$

7,900,016

 

$

2,309,656

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information

Taxes paid

 



 

 



 

Interest Paid

 

1,261

 

 



 

Interest received

 

9,298

 

 



 

Conference Call Details:

Date: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Toll Free Dial-In Number: (877) 201-0168
International Dial-In Number: (647) 788-4901
Conference ID: 4288924
Webcast Link: Nextech AR Q1, 2021 Earnings Call

For those unable to join the live event, a recording of the presentation will be posted on the company’s website.

About NexTech AR

NexTech develops and operates augmented reality (“AR”) platforms that transports three-dimensional (“3D”) product visualizations, human holograms and 360° portals to its audiences altering e-commerce, digital advertising, hybrid virtual events (events held in a digital format blended with in-person attendance) and learning and training experiences.

NexTech focuses on developing AR solutions however most of the Company’s revenues are derived from three e-Commerce platforms: vacuumcleanermarket.com (“VCM”), infinitepetlife.com (“IPL”) and Trulyfesupplements.com (“TruLyfe”). VCM and product sales of residential vacuums, supplies and parts, and small home appliances sold on Amazon.

To learn more, please follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook, or visit our website.

On behalf of the Board of Nextech AR Solutions Corp.
Evan Gappelberg
CEO and Director

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Total Bookings and Backlog are not defined by and does not have a standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. These non-IFRS financial performance measures are defined below. Non-IFRS financial measures are used by management to assess the financial and operational performance of the Company. The Company believes that these non-IFRS financial measure, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, enables investors to evaluate the Company’s operating results, underlying performance and prospects in a similar manner to the Company’s management. As there are no standardized methods of calculating these non-IFRS measures, the Company’s approaches may differ from those used by others, and accordingly, the use of these measures may not be directly comparable. Accordingly, this non-IFRS measure is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Total Bookings: the total dollar value of technology services and license services included in contracts with our customers. ‘Value’ is the total revenue (recognizable or not) associated with each transaction, as opposed to the amount invoiced or recognized as revenue in the period. This information provides the user with information on the performance of our sales efforts in the period as there is a timing difference between when we close a deal and when it is ultimately ‘earned’ as defined in IFRS for revenue due to the term of our contracts and delivery timelines.

Backlog: the estimated unearned portion of technology services and license services in customer contracts that are in process and have not been completed as at the specified date. This includes billed and unbilled amounts within each contract. Since our revenue is recognized as earned, this will translate to total bookings to date less earned revenue recognized on the financial statements. This information provides the user with an estimate of the work expected to be completed and earned in the future at a given point in and is used by management to allocate resources to our revenue delivery team.

Please refer to the Company’s most recent management discussion and analysis for further information and reconciliations for these non-IFRS measures.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Please refer to our cautionary language on forward-looking statements and the other matters set forth at the end of this press release. Nextech’s unaudited financial statements for the quarter ending March 31, 2021 and notes thereto (the “financial statements”), and the MD&A are available on our website at www.nextechar.com and are filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All figures are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) unless otherwise indicated.

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws, which reflects the Company’s current expectations regarding future events, including with respect to the Company’s financial outlook. In some cases, but not necessarily in all cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as “plans”, “targets”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “an opportunity exists”, “is positioned”, “estimates”, “intends”, “assumes”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate” or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, nor guarantees or assurances of future performance but instead represent management’s current beliefs, expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events and operating performance. Specifically, NexTech’s forecast on Total Bookings is considered forward-looking information. The foregoing demonstrates NexTech’s objectives, which are not forecasts or estimates of its financial position but are based on the implementation of its strategic goals, growth prospects and growth initiatives. Management’s assessments of, and outlook for, Total Bookings set out herein are generally based on the following assumptions: (a) NexTech’s results of operations will continue as expected, (b) the Company will continue effectively execute against its key strategic growth priorities, (c) the Company will continue to retain and grow its existing customer base and market share, (d) the Company will be able to take advantage of future prospects and opportunities, and continue to realize on synergies, (e) there will be no changes in legislative or regulatory matters that negatively impact NexTech’s business, (f) current tax laws will remain in effect and will not be materially changed, (g) economic conditions will remain relatively stable throughout the period, and (h) the industries NexTech operates in will continue to grow consistent with past experience. The Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable in the circumstances, given the time period for such projections and targets. The achievement of target revenue set out above is subject to significant risks including: (a) that the Company will be unable to effectively execute against its key strategic growth priorities and (b) the Company will be unable to continue to retain and grow its existing customer base and market share. These estimates have been prepared by and are the responsibility of management.

Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the final short form prospectus of the Company dated August 12, 2020. NexTech does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

The NEO has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-looking statements regarding the Company increasing investors awareness are based on the Company’s estimates and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements of NexTech to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, including capital expenditures and other costs. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. NexTech will not update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information that are incorporated by reference herein, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Contacts

Evan Gappelberg
investor.relations@Nextechar.com

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