Highlighted by strong profitable growth
D-BOX Technologies Inc. (“D-BOX” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: DBO) a world leader in haptic and immersive experiences, announced today financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 ended June 30, 2022. All dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian currency.
“We are pleased with our strong financial performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 with revenues more than doubling year-over-year to $7.1 million, driven by ticket sales of blockbuster movies like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” along with the full reopening of entertainment venues,” said Sébastien Mailhot, President and Chief Executive Officer of D-BOX. “In fact, rights for use revenue in the first quarter of 2023 represented a record quarter for D-BOX in terms of tickets sold across movie-theatres equipped with our haptics-based seats. Equally important, it marked our fourth consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA, demonstrating the leverage in our operating model.”
“Although the release of several movies with a broad appeal in the first quarter was unprecedented for the theatrical market, we have diverse growth drivers like themed entertainment, professional simulation, Sim Racing and PC gaming that should continue our profitable growth momentum throughout the year. The partnership deal with Vesaro is for the deployment of a Formula 1 – licensed, Sim Racing entertainment centre. A first venue equipped with 60 immersive racing simulators will be installed in London, England by the end of calendar 2022 with the potential for 30 venues worldwide over the next five years. In collaboration with Mercedes, we also showcased two D-BOX Motion Zones (mini-theatres) and five racing simulators at the Grand Prix de France last month to recreate the exhilarating experience of driving a Formula One racing car. Participating in this prestigious event enhances customer engagement for our racing simulation systems and elevates our brand globally as we’re proud owners of the first haptic system licensed by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). On the home entertainment front, we’re expecting revenue recognition from new haptics-integrated gaming chairs before the end of the calendar year. As a result, we’re highly optimistic about our growth potential for fiscal 2023 and beyond,” Mr. Mailhot added.
“We met all our financial targets for the first quarter of 2023 with the exception of gross margin, which was affected by inflationary pressure and supply-chain issues for electronic components,” said David Montpetit, Chief Financial Officer of D-BOX. “To cope with these current market disruptions, we have implemented pricing increases for our products and built up our inventory of components. These actions should mitigate the impact on our gross margin.”
First Quarter Overview
Total revenues increased 125% to $7.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, driven by ticket sales of blockbuster movies like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and the full reopening of entertainment venues following the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.
Rights for use, rental and maintenance revenues surged 356% year-over-year to $2.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, while revenues related to system sales improved 69% to $4.3 million. Both business segments benefited from the absence of government-imposed health measures in North American and European markets during the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to more restrictive measures during the same period last year.
Gross profit excluding amortization* amounted to $4.3 million, or 60% of sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $1.9 million, or 59% of sales, in the same period of 2022. The year-over-year increase can mainly be attributed to the growth of rights for use, rental and maintenance revenues that generate higher margins.?
Selling and marketing expenses totaled $1.5 million, or 22% of sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $1.1 million, or 36% of sales, in the first quarter of 2022. Administration expenses reached $1.6 million, or 22% of sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $1.0 million, or 32% of sales, in the same period of 2022.
Research and development (R&D) expenses attained $0.9 million, or 12% of sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $0.5 million, or 16% of sales, in the same period last year.
Profit totaled $29 thousand in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to a loss of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2022.
Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $0.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to -$0.6 million in the same period of 2022. It marked the fourth consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA for the Corporation.
At quarter-end, D-BOX had a cash position and undrawn credit facilities totaling $6.7 million. On July 8, 2022, the Corporation signed an agreement with the National Bank of Canada [“NBC”] related to a loan amounting to $1 million for the ongoing operations and working capital of the Corporation. This loan bearing interest at the Canadian Prime Rate plus 1.75% is repayable in monthly principal payments of $19 thousand from the 6th month after the first disbursement, and the balance at maturity 12 months after the second disbursement. The loan is secured by second-ranking hypothec and security interests on all assets of the Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary and is guaranteed by the Business Development Bank of Canada (“BDC”).
Additional Information Regarding the First Quarter Ended June 30, 2022
The financial information relating to the first quarter ended June 30, 2022 should be read in conjunction with the Corporation’s audited consolidated financial statements and the Management’s Discussion and Analysis dated August 11, 2022. These documents are available at www.sedar.com.
Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures*
D-BOX uses two non-IFRS financial performance measures in its MD&A and other communications. The non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Investors are cautioned that the disclosure of these metrics is meant to add to, and not to replace, the discussion of financial results determined in accordance with IFRS. Management uses both IFRS and non-IFRS measures when planning, monitoring and evaluating the Corporation’s performance. The two non-IFRS performance measures are described as follows:
1) Adjusted EBITDA provides useful and complementary information, which can be used, in particular, to assess profitability and cash flows from operations. It consists of profit (loss) excluding amortization, financial expenses net of income, income taxes (recovery), impairment charges, share-based payments, foreign exchange (gain) loss and non-recurring expenses related to restructuring costs. The following table reconciles adjusted EBITDA to profit (loss):
2) Gross profit excluding amortization is used to evaluate the Corporation’s capacity to generate funds through product sales by considering the cost of these products while excluding the main non-cash item, namely amortization.
D-BOX creates and redefines realistic, immersive entertainment experiences by moving the body and sparking the imagination through effects: motion, vibration and texture. D-BOX has collaborated with some of the best companies in the world to deliver new ways to enhance great stories. Whether it’s movies, video games, music, relaxation, virtual reality applications, metaverse experience, themed entertainment or professional simulation, D-BOX creates a feeling of presence that makes life resonate like never before. D-BOX Technologies Inc. (TSX: DBO) is headquartered in Montreal with offices in Los Angeles, USA and Beijing, China. Visit D-BOX.com.