Conference call will be held on November 30, 2023, at 11AM ET.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Zoomd Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: ZOMD) (OTC: ZMDTF) and its wholly owned subsidiary Zoomd Ltd. (collectively, “Zoomd” or the “Company“), the marketing technology (MarTech) user-acquisition and engagement platform, today reported its financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2023. The Company’s financial statements and management discussion and analysis (“MD&A“) are available on SEDAR under the Company’s profile. All currency references in this press release are in USD.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights
- Revenues were $7.1M, a 27% decline versus 3Q22, primarily due to lower revenues from the cryptocurrency sector and Zoomd’s decision to discontinue unprofitable activities.
- Gross Margins increased roughly 900 basis points to 40%, versus 3Q22, reflecting lower revenues from the cryptocurrency sector, and discontinuation of unprofitable activities which carries lower margins.
- Total operating expenses decreased 36% versus 3Q22 as the Company implements its cost saving initiatives and costs saving measures.
- Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased to $575,000 or 8% of sales, versus $15,000 in 3Q22.
- Positive cash flow generated from operating activities for the first time in 5 consecutive quarters.
(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP performance measure. Refer to “CAUTION REGARDING NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES” for further details.
Amit Bohensky, Chairman of Zoomd Technologies, stated, “During the third quarter we made tremendous strides in improving our margins and bottom line, growing our Adjusted EBITDA to $575,000 versus $15,000 in last year’s period and achieved positive cash flow from operating activities for the first time in 5 consecutive quarters. The acceleration in probability is the direct result of the implementation of our restructuring initiatives and cost saving measures, which we initially disclosed in June. These initiatives were designed to optimize our operations and financial performance. As part of this process, we discontinued various unprofitable areas of our business, resulting in operating expenses decreasing by 36% in the third quarter. We will channel our resources towards activities and solutions that have demonstrated profitability, enabling us to better position ourselves competitively in the current market.
We expanded our gross margins by approximately 900 basis points during the third quarter, largely as the result of our business transitioning away from cryptocurrency customers which carried lower margins. In addition, we discontinued some non-profitable areas of our business. While these items contributed to our revenue decline of 27% in the quarter, gross profit dollars only declined by 8%.
We remain cautious yet optimistic regarding the advertising technology space. Historically, companies tend to cut their advertising budgets during periods of economic uncertainty as a cost-saving measure. However, when the business environment becomes more stable and secure, companies often increase their advertising investment to regain market share.”
Third Quarter 2023 Highlights
- Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2023, were $7.1 million, a 27% decline relative to 3Q22. Revenues continued to be negatively affected by the global slowdown, in particular the areas of cryptocurrencies. We continue to diversify our business by increasing our exposure to sectors such as E-commerce, iGaming, transportation, and consumer product goods as well as offering a wider range of performance based products and services. Furthermore, our decision to discontinue unprofitable areas, including our publishers’ monetization business, led to a decline in revenue. Excluding both Cryptocurrency clients and non profitable operations clients that have been discontinued revenue in 3Q23 have risen in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
- Gross profit margin was 40% for the three months ended September 30, 2023, versus 31% for the same period last year. The 900 basis point increase was due to lower revenues from the cryptocurrency customers, which carry lower margins. In addition, the company exited certain non profitable areas of its business.
- Research and Development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023, were $0.7M, a 49% decrease relative to Q3 2022. Selling, General and Administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023, were $2.2M, a 30% decrease relative to Q3 2022. This decline in expenses was mainly the result of our cost savings restructuring initiatives, mainly reflect the impact of 40% reduction in headcount.
- Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2023, was $575,000 as compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $15,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2022, reflecting cost savings initiatives.
- Operating loss was $0.08M for Q3 2023, compared to an operating loss of $1.5M in Q3 2022, reflecting the cost savings initiatives.
- Net cash of $0.2M was generated from operating activities in 3Q23, reflecting positive cash generation from operating activities for the first time in 5 consecutive quarters. As of September 30, 2023, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to $1.5 million, and no long-term debt.
Amit Bohensky, Founder and Chairman, will hold a conference call to discuss the quarter’s financial results at 11AM ET on November 30, 2023.
A replay will be available after the call, in the Investors section of the Company’s website at https://zoomd.com/investors/ or via https://app.webinar.net/xyJNoQ9o8l7.
Zoomd (TSXV: ZOMD) (OTC: ZMDTF), founded in 2012 and began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange in September 2019, offers a mobile app user-acquisition platform, integrated with many global digital media outlets, to advertisers. The platform unifies more than 600 media sources into one unified dashboard. Offering advertisers a user acquisition control center for managing all new customer acquisition campaigns using a single platform. By unifying all these media sources onto a single platform, Zoomd saves advertisers significant resources that would otherwise be spent consolidating data sources, thereby maximizing data collection and data insights while minimizing the resources spent on the exercise. Further, Zoomd is a performance-based platform that allows advertisers to advertise to relevant target audiences using a key performance indicator-algorithm that is focused on achieving the advertisers’ goals and targets.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
CAUTION REGARDING NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES
This press release refers to “Adjusted EBITDA” which is a non-IFRS financial measure that does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The Company’s presentation of this preliminary financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. This preliminary financial measure is intended to provide additional information to investors concerning the Company’s estimated results. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, as adjusted for share-based payments and one-time non-operating expenses and is a measure of a company’s operating performance. Essentially, it’s a way to evaluate a company’s performance without having to factor in financing decisions, accounting decisions or tax environments.
Management uses this non-IFRS measure as a key metric in the evaluation of the Company’s performance and the consolidated financial results. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in their assessment of the operating performance and the valuation of the Company. However, non-IFRS financial measures are not prepared in accordance with IFRS, and the information is not necessarily comparable to other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with IFRS. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and operating profit is available in Zoomd’s MD&A located on the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com which is incorporated by reference into this press release.
DISCLAIMER IN REGARD TO FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to Zoomd’s future outlook, including as a result of the impact of general economic trends, its future ability to successfully continue its growth, its ability to improve profitability, as well as its ability to continue expanding into new geographies and industries. Forward-looking statements are based on our current assumptions, estimates, expectations and projections that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include but are not limited to general business, economic, competitive, technological, legal, privacy matters, political and social uncertainties, the extent and duration of which are uncertain at this time on Zoomd’s business and general economic and business conditions and markets. There can be no assurance that any of the forward-looking 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. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
The reader should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement.
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Newmark Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results
Conference Call to Discuss Results Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET Today
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK) (“Newmark” or “the Company”), a leading commercial real estate service provider to large institutional investors, global corporations, and other owners and occupiers, today reported its financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2023.
A complete and full-text financial results press release, including information about today’s financial results conference call and Newmark’s dividend declaration, is accessible in the “Media” section at https://nmrk.com. It is also available directly at any of the following web pages:
https://ir.nmrk.com (PDF version of the full press release, PDF of a quarterly results investor presentation, and supplemental Excel financial tables)
https://ir.nmrk.com/investors/news-releases/financial-and-corporate-releases (Links to the PDF version of the full press release, PDF of a quarterly results investor presentation, and to Excel financial tables)
https://nmrk.com/media (PDF version of the full release only)
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Today’s conference call is expected to contain forward-looking statements with respect to the Company’s financial outlook.
Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK), together with its subsidiaries (“Newmark”), is a world leader in commercial real estate, seamlessly powering every phase of the property life cycle. Newmark’s comprehensive suite of services and products is uniquely tailored to each client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and startups to blue-chip companies. Combining the platform’s global reach with market intelligence in both established and emerging property markets, Newmark provides superior service to clients across the industry spectrum. For the year ended December 31, 2023, Newmark generated revenues of approximately $2.5 billion. Newmark’s company-owned offices, together with its business partners, operate from approximately 170 offices with 7,400 professionals around the world. To learn more, visit nmrk.com or follow @newmark.
DISCUSSION OF FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ABOUT NEWMARK
Statements in this document regarding Newmark that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These include statements about the Company’s business, results, financial position, liquidity, and outlook, which may constitute forward-looking statements and are subject to the risk that the actual impact may differ, possibly materially, from what is currently expected. Except as required by law, Newmark undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see Newmark’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors and Special Note on Forward-Looking Information set forth in these filings and any updates to such risk factors and Special Note on Forward-Looking Information contained in subsequent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q or Form 8-K.
Singularity Closes $2.2M in Latest Funding Round to Provide Institutions Confidential Access to DeFi
DENVER, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Singularity, founded in late 2022, has successfully concluded its second funding round at the end of 2023, with this round led by Gumi Cryptos Capital. The funding will support the development of its protocol, aimed at facilitating compliant access to DeFi as well as ensuring commercial confidentiality for all on-chain activities, with an emphasis on institutional users.
Notable participation from investors such as Nomura’s digital asset subsidiary Laser Digital, Eureka Partners, and previous round investors including Apollo Crypto, Digital Asset Capital Management, and Gandel Invest, underscores top tier institutional and Venture Capital firms’ confidence in Singularity’s vision. With this latest round, Singularity has raised close to US$4 million since its inception.
Singularity is leading the way in developing a KYC/KYB-compliant institutional DeFi access layer, providing access to leading protocols for on-chain institutional participants while prioritizing commercial confidentiality. Users can seamlessly access existing on-chain liquidity and conduct transactions within Singularity, all while benefiting from on-chain anonymity by utilizing advanced zero-knowledge technology.
The initial cohort of institutional users comprises a significant portion of Singularity’s investors, spanning liquid funds, asset managers, and venture capitalists. Singularity stands as one of the first DeFi infrastructure protocols leveraging Noir-based zero-knowledge circuits. Noir is a domain-specific language for SNARK proving systems developed by Aztec Labs. It serves as a universal language for zero-knowledge (ZK) circuits. Users can have confidence in the commercial confidentiality of their on-chain activity protected by state-of-the-art cryptography.
“We look forward to launching in the coming months with our early institutional users. We focused on designing and building in 2023, and, in what was a very difficult year for primary markets, our investors’ commitments validate the institutional need to transact on-chain without information leakages” said Jemma Xu, co-founder of Singularity, “We have an exciting product roadmap ahead with more integrations and multichain deployments. Our immediate focus is on growing our institutional user base.”
“We are proud to support Singularity in their efforts to advance DeFi accessibility. Singularity addresses a crucial need in the market, providing institutional users with both the compliance and the commercial confidentiality necessary to participate in DeFi. We look forward to partnering with Singularity in this journey,” said Miko Matsumura, Managing Partner at Gumi Cryptos Capital.
“We are excited to support Singularity on its journey to bring private and compliant DeFi accessibility to institutions.” said Jez Mohideen, CEO of Laser Digital.
Users can both leverage the underlying existing on-chain liquidity and transact within the Singularity, obfuscating both wallet addresses and order details. At launch, Singularity will be integrated with some of the major DeFi protocols and will continue to grow its integrations to provide users with a diversity of on-chain strategies.
Singularity, a protocol developed by PG Foundation, is a compliant institutional DeFi access layer that provides access to popular protocols for institutional on-chain participants with commercial confidentiality. Users will have their wallet addresses obfuscated whilst leveraging existing DeFi liquidity. Singularity uses the state-of-the-art UltraPLONK proof system with zero-knowledge circuits based on Noir.
Kakao Brain Debuts ‘KARA-CXR’, a Web-Based Radiology Report Service Powered by Large-Scale AI
“AI Assistant for Radiologists”
- Kakao Brain introduced last month a web-based radiology report Research Use Only (RUO) service powered by its large-scale artificial intelligence (AI), “KARA-CXR.”
- Kakao Brain plans to expand the interactive functions supporting various imaging medical examinations through the advancement of large-scale multi-modal generation AI technology.
SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Kakao Brain has unveiled the research use only (RUO) web-based solution powered by “KARA-CXR” (short for “Kakao Brain AI for Radiology Assistant-CXR”), a large-scale AI algorithm that instantly generates preliminary radiology reports for doctor’s review when chest X-ray images are uploaded onto the web.
Through this user-friendly and seamless solution, medical researchers can experience various functions such as: receiving two types of AI interpretations of chest X-ray images together (a simple report and a detailed full report); ability to upload multiple DICOM files at once and receiving multiple reports simultaneously; and being able to share the AI interpretations within the research group or medical community. It also features compliant security measures that anonymize and protect any personal information contained in DICOM files.
Kakao Brain started developing ‘KARA-CXR’ in 2022, collaborating with 11 leading university hospitals and large medical institutions. Partners include: Ewha Womans University Medical Center (Seoul, Mok-dong), Ajou University Hospital, Soonchunhyang Medical Center (Cheonan, Gumi, Seoul), Chungnam National University Hospital, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Inha University Hospital, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, among others. ‘KARA-CXR’ has analyzed over 16 million chest X-ray images and readings. KARA-CXR is built on Kakao Brain’s healthcare-specialized large-scale generative AI model, and the research team is preparing to publish the results in influential academic journals.
Kakao Brain is preparing to obtain the European Union certification and seek approval from the US FDA and Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. Kakao Brain is committed to the expansion of AI-powered radiology solution to address the inefficiency in the existing interpretation and reporting process, a shortage of radiologists, and to unburden healthcare professionals from the increasing workload. As an RUO tool, KARA-CXR is currently available for research use only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Kim Il-doo, CEO of Kakao Brain, stated, “As KARA-CXR was developed using high-quality data and the latest technology involving large-scale learning and generative AI, I hope that it will eventually play a great role in enhancing the workflow for the radiologists, not to mention improving the efficiency of chest x-ray image interpretation.” He also added, “We are planning to go beyond generating AI interpretations of chest X-rays by expanding the algorithms to include interactive functions that support a variety of medical imaging tests, by utilizing the advanced large-scale multi-modal generative AI technology.”
Kakao Brain is a Korea-based global AI technology company. Founded in 2017, Kakao Brain aims to develop AI technology that will change people’s lifestyle and embraces the challenge of asking the ‘Unthinkable Question’ to spark innovation, allowing everyone to live better lives. Kakao Brain has developed numerous innovative AI technologies and services designed to enhance people’s quality of life through continuous technological innovation. These include the large-scale language model KoGPT and the image generation model Karlo. Additionally, Kakao Brain contributes to the development of the AI technology community by releasing ‘Coyo,’ a dataset consisting of approximately 740 million images and text. More information about Kakao Brain can be found on their official website: https://KakaoBrain.com/.
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