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Document Security Systems, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

/EINPresswire.com/ -- ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 14, 2017) -  Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE American: DSS), ("DSS"), a leader in anti-counterfeit, authentication, and diversion protection technologies whose products and solutions are used by governments, corporations and financial institutions to defeat fraud and to help ensure the authenticity of both digital and physical financial instruments, identification documents, sensitive publications, brand packaging and websites, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

"Sales for the third quarter of 2017 were impacted by the timing of some projects that slipped into the fourth quarter, especially for our printed products group. Our technology sales continued to expand, including significant growth in our AuthentiGuard product. When compared to our third quarter of 2016, overall technology sales are only down due to a one-time $150,000 settlement license we received in last year's third quarter." stated Jeff Ronaldi, CEO of DSS. "I am pleased to see that we were able to continue our string of profitable Adjusted EBITDA quarters despite the softness in sales. This reflects the core strength of our business and the impact of our continued investment in our technology-based business opportunities. Thus far in 2017, Adjusted EBITDA profit is up 104% to over $800,000 and I expect that we will finish the year with another strong fourth quarter, especially in our printed products divisions," added Ronaldi.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $4.2 million, down 16% from the same quarter in 2016. During the third quarter of 2017, the Company's technology sales, services and licensing revenue decreased by 19%, while printed products revenue decreased 15%, as compared to the third quarter of 2016. Absent the $150,000 one-time license settlement recorded in the third quarter of 2016, technology sales for the third quarter of 2017 would have reflected a 13% increase, primarily based on an increase in AuthentiGuard product sales. Overall, year-to-date revenue for 2017 is down by 4% as compared to the same period in 2016.

  • Costs and expenses for the third quarter of 2017 decreased 11%, driven by a 16% decrease in direct product costs and decreases in most other expense categories except for sales and marketing related expenses, which increased 48%, and reflects the investment in the growth of our AuthentiGuard anti-counterfeiting and authentication technology sales. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, total costs and expenses were approximately $13,257,000, a decrease of 6% from $14,128,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

  • Net loss during the third quarter of 2017 was approximately $277,000 ($0.02 per share), compared to a net loss of $27,000 ($0.00 per share) during the third quarter of 2016. The net loss increase was driven by the decrease in sales, and the impact of a one-time license settlement recorded in the third quarter of 2016. Net loss during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was approximately $726,000 ($0.05 per share), a 25% decrease compared to a net loss of $969,000 ($0.07 per share) during the first nine months of 2016. 

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 for the third quarter of 2017 was approximately $191,000 as compared to $397,000 for the third quarter of 2016, which represents a 52% decrease. The decrease was driven by the decrease in sales, and the impact of a one-time license settlement recorded in the third quarter of 2016. For the nine months ended, September 30, 2017, Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $817,000 as compared to approximately $400,000 during the first nine months of 2016, an improvement of 104%.

A full analysis of results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 is available in the Company's Form 10-Q, which is available on the Company's website at www.dsssecure.com or through the Securities and Exchange Commission's Edgar database at www.sec.gov.

ABOUT DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC.
For over 15 years, Document Security Systems, Inc. ("DSS") has protected corporations, financial institutions, and governments from sophisticated and costly fraud. DSS' innovative anti-counterfeit, authentication, and brand protection solutions are deployed to prevent attacks which threaten products, digital presence, financial instruments, and identification. AuthentiGuard®, the Company's flagship product, provides authentication capability through a smartphone application so businesses can empower a wide range of employees, supply chain personnel, and consumers to track their brands and verify authenticity.

The Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, DSS Plastics Group (DSSPG), acquired by DSS in 2006, has been manufacturing advanced plastic cards and related products for businesses worldwide for over 40 years. Utilizing DSS core anti-fraud technologies, DSSPG's expertise includes security printing, plastic card manufacturing, Enhanced Tribal Cards, RFID products, SwiftColor InkJet Plastic Cards, Secure Card Designs and Polycarbonate card production. DSSPG's vast experience and knowledge has made them a leader in the plastic card industry, and has resulted in an impressive client list consisting of numerous governmental agencies, social media giants, global technology firms, and U.S. professional sports organizations and events.

For more information on DSS and its Plastics Group subsidiary, visit our websites at http://www.dsssecure.com and http://dssplasticsgroup.com.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Forward-looking statements that may be contained in this press release, including, without limitation, statements related to the Company's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, potential value, intentions and adequacy of resources, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and contain words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "plans," "intends" and similar words and phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected in any forward-looking statement. In addition to the factors specifically noted in the forward-looking statements, other important factors, risks and uncertainties that could result in those differences include, but are not limited to, our ability to continue the growth in sales of AuthentiGuard and manage our expenses, as well as those risks disclosed in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2017. Forward-looking statements that may be contained in this press release are being made as of the date of its release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

 
DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
2017
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
2016
  % change   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2017
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2016
  % change
Revenue                                  
  Printed products $ 3,767,000     $ 4,449,000   -15%   $ 11,553,000     $ 12,148,000   -5%
  Technology sales, services and licensing   432,000       531,000   -19%     1,276,000       1,243,000   3%
    Total revenue $ 4,199,000     $ 4,980,000   -16%   $ 12,829,000     $ 13,391,000   -4%
                                   
Costs and expenses                                  
  Costs of goods sold, exclusive of depreciation and amortization $ 2,401,000     $ 2,875,000   -16%   $ 7,380,000     $ 7,816,000   -6%
  Sales, general and administrative compensation   920,000       1,081,000   -15%     2,761,000       3,082,000   -10%
  Depreciation and amortization   352,000       349,000   1%     1,042,000       1,049,000   -1%
  Professional fees   198,000       162,000   22%     556,000       704,000   -21%
  Stock based compensation   12,000       2,000   500%     203,000       88,000   131%
  Sales and marketing   117,000       79,000   48%     292,000       245,000   19%
  Rent and utilities   167,000       164,000   2%     462,000       449,000   3%
  Other operating expenses   205,000       222,000   -8%     561,000       695,000   -19%
    Total costs and expenses $ 4,372,000     $ 4,934,000   -11%   $ 13,257,000     $ 14,128,000   -6%
                                   
Operating income (loss)   (173,000 )     46,000   -476%     (428,000 )     (737,000 ) -42%
                                   
Other expenses                                  
  Interest expense $ (58,000 )   $ (68,000 ) -15%   $ (171,000 )   $ (218,000 ) -22%
  Amortized debt discount   (41,000 )     -   100%     (113,000 )     -   100%
    Other expense $ (99,000 )   $ (68,000 ) 46%   $ (284,000 )   $ (218,000 ) 30%
                                   
Loss before income taxes   (272,000 )     (22,000 ) 1136%     (711,000 )     (955,000 ) -26%
                                   
Income tax expense   5,000       5,000   0%     14,000       14,000   0%
                                   
Net loss $ (277,000 )   $ (27,000 ) 926%   $ (726,000 )   $ (969,000 ) -25%
                                   
Loss per common share:                                  
  Basic and diluted $ (0.02 )   $ (0.00 ) 100%   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.07 ) -29%
                                   
Shares used in computing loss per common share:                                  
  Basic and diluted   14,087,849       12,977,903   9%     13,793,946       12,975,053   6%
                                   
                                   
                                   
DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
As of  
    September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016  
ASSETS   (Unaudited)        
                 
Current assets:                
  Cash   $ 4,223,005     $ 5,871,738  
  Restricted cash     336,172       177,609  
  Accounts receivable, net of $50,000 allowance for uncollectible accounts     1,799,005       1,890,981  
  Inventory     1,913,111       1,206,377  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     308,223       350,289  
    Total current assets     8,579,516       9,496,994  
                 
Property, plant and equipment, net     4,484,284       4,573,841  
Investment     484,930       -  
Other assets     45,821       45,821  
Goodwill     2,453,597       2,453,349  
Other intangible assets, net     1,387,039       1,896,018  
                 
Total assets   $ 17,435,187     $ 18,466,023  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
                 
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 1,706,607     $ 2,212,653  
  Accrued expenses and deferred revenue     1,012,719       1,290,593  
  Other current liabilities     2,957,033       2,996,310  
  Short-term debt     3,611,560       -  
  Current portion of long-term debt, net     752,180       1,202,335  
    Total current liabilities     10,040,099       7,701,891  
                 
Long-term debt, net     1,607,752       5,249,569  
Other long-term liabilities     1,624,500       2,184,843  
Deferred tax liability, net     59,830       45,619  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders' equity                
                 
  Common stock, $.02 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 15,939,327 shares issued and outstanding (13,502,653 on December 31, 2016)     318,787       270,053  
  Additional paid-in capital     106,123,997       104,338,002  
  Subscriptions receivable from related party     (300,000 )     -  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (35,551 )     (45,343 )
  Accumulated deficit     (102,004,227 )     (101,278,611 )
  Total stockholders' equity     4,103,006       3,284,101  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 17,435,187     $ 18,466,023  
                 
                 
                 
DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
For the Nine Months Ended September 30:  
(Unaudited)  
             
    2017     2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
  Net loss   $ (725,617 )   $ (968,585 )
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from (used by) operating activities:                
    Depreciation and amortization     1,041,789       1,049,387  
    Stock based compensation     203,111       87,738  
    Paid in-kind interest     54,000       58,000  
    Change in deferred tax provision     14,211       14,211  
    Amortization of deferred financing costs     113,286       15,863  
  Decrease (increase) in assets:                
    Accounts receivable     91,976       19,501  
    Inventory     (706,735 )     (250,529 )
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     70,838       (24,683 )
    Restricted cash     (158,563 )     105,316  
  Increase (decrease) in liabilities:                
    Accounts payable     (506,749 )     169,394  
    Accrued expenses and other liabilities     (867,702 )     108,138  
Net cash (used) provided by operating activities     (1,376,155 )     383,751  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (438,350 )     (192,614 )
  Proceeds from sale of intangibles     -       495,000  
  Purchase of intangible assets     (4,903 )     (72,953 )
Net cash (used) provided by investing activities     (443,253 )     229,433  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
  Payments of long-term debt     (612,419 )     (1,229,902 )
  Issuances of common stock, net of issuance costs     783,094       (92 )
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities     170,675       (1,229,994 )
                 
Net decrease in cash     (1,648,733 )     (616,810 )
Cash at beginning of period     5,871,738       1,440,256  
Cash at end of period   $ 4,223,005     $ 823,446  
                 

1 ADJUSTED EBITDA
The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA as a non-GAAP financial performance measurement. The Company calculates Adjusted EBITDA by adding back to net income (loss): interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, and impairment charges as further adjusted to add back stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA is provided to investors to supplement the results of operations reported in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides an additional tool for investors to use in comparing the Company's financial results with other companies in the industry, many of which also use Adjusted EBITDA in their communications to investors. By excluding non-cash charges such as amortization, depreciation, stock-based compensation and impairment charges, as well as non-operating charges for interest and income taxes, investors can evaluate the Company's operations and its ability to generate cash flows from operations and can compare its results on a more consistent basis to the results of other companies in the industry. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate potential acquisitions, establish internal budgets and goals, and evaluate performance of its business units and management. The Company considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important indicator of the Company's operational strength and performance of its business and a useful measure of the Company's historical and prospective operating trends. However, there are significant limitations to the use of Adjusted EBITDA since it excludes interest income and expense and income taxes and non-recurring items such as goodwill impairments, each of which impact the Company's profitability and operating cash flows, as well as depreciation, amortization, impairment charges and stock-based compensation. The Company believes that these limitations are compensated by clearly identifying the difference between the two measures. Consequently, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income and loss presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA as defined by the Company may not be comparable with similarly named measures provided by other entities. The following is a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA loss:

                             
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2017     2016     % change   2017     2016   % change
  (unaudited)     (unaudited)         (unaudited)     (unaudited)    
                                     
Net Loss: $ (277,000 )   $ (27,000 )   926%   $ (726,000 )   $ (969,000 ) -25%
Add backs:                                    
  Depreciation & amortization   352,000       349,000     1%     1,042,000       1,049,000   -1%
  Stock based compensation   12,000       2,000     500%     203,000       88,000   131%
  Interest expense   58,000       68,000     -15%     171,000       218,000   -22%
  Amortization of note discount   41,000       -     100%     113,000       -   100%
  Income Taxes   5,000       5,000     0%     14,000       14,000   0%
                                     
                                     
Adjusted EBITDA   191,000       397,000     -52%     817,000       400,000   104%
                                     
                                     
Adjusted EBITDA, by group (unaudited)                                    
                                     
  Printed Products $ 585,000     $ 770,000     -24%   $ 1,845,000     $ 2,039,000   -10%
  Technology Management   (192,000 )     (8,000 )   2300%     (327,000 )     (675,000 ) -52%
  Corporate   (202,000 )     (365,000 )   -45%     (701,000 )     (964,000 ) -27%
                                     
    191,000       397,000     -52%     817,000       400,000   104%
                                     

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