Remark Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

LAS VEGAS, March 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK), a diversified global technology company with leading artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and digital media properties, including Vegas.com, reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Management Commentary
“We are pleased to announce our increased guidance today as our businesses continue to outperform our initial expectations,” said Kai-Shing Tao, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “In 2017, our FinTech business generated our first significant revenue amounts from our KanKan operations, and we have quickly been able to monetize KanKan’s other AI technologies as evidenced by our recent successes in securing significant contracts.”

“Here in Las Vegas, our Vegas.com operations continue to do well, primarily driven by increases in show ticket sales, and we look forward to what 2018 will bring with new product enhancements to our offerings,” concluded Mr. Tao.

Three-Month and Twelve-Month 2017 Financial Results
Net revenue for the quarter was $18.6 million, a 24% increase year-over-year. Net revenue for 2017 was $70.6 million, a 19% increase year-over-year. The company’s quarterly and full year financial results include Fanstang, which the company acquired in September 2016 and which was only a nominal part of the company’s financial results for the same periods of 2016.

Three Months Ended December 31st:  2017 Compared to 2016

  • Net revenue was $18.6 million, compared to $15.0 million.
  • Total cost and expense was $40.0 million, compared to $24.7 million.
  • Operating loss was $21.4 million, compared to $9.7 million.
  • Net loss was $89.2 million, or $3.47 per diluted share, compared to $8.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 included a $66.5 million non-cash charge related to a change in the fair value of the company’s warrant liability, which occurred as a result of the significant increase in the company’s stock price during the period. For the fourth quarter of 2016, the company recorded a $3.1 million gain related to the change in the fair value of the company’s warrant liability during the period.
  • At December 31, 2017, the cash and cash equivalents balance was $22.6 million, and total restricted cash was $11.7 million, bringing the total combined cash position to $34.3 million, compared to a total combined cash position of $18.5 million at December 31, 2016.

Twelve Months Ended December 31st:  2017 Compared to 2016

  • Net revenue was $70.6 million, compared to $59.3 million.
  • Total cost and expense was $108.0 million, compared to $81.9 million.
  • Operating loss was $37.4 million, compared to $22.6 million. Operating loss for 2017 included a $14.6 million non-cash charge related to the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets purchased from China Branding Group Limited (including Fanstang) in September 2016.
  • Net loss was $106.7 million, or $4.49 per diluted share, compared to $31.7 million, or $1.54 per diluted share. Net loss for 2017 included a $64.1 million non-cash charge related to the change in the fair value of the company’s warrant liability, compared to a $5.8 million gain recorded for 2016.

2018 Financial Outlook
The company increased its limited guidance regarding certain revenue and EBITDA expectations.

For 2018, company management expects to generate consolidated net revenue in excess of $120 million. KanKan’s Artificial Intelligence Platform will be the primary driver of the growth as its revenue rapidly increases. For the year ending December 31, 2018, management expects KanKan to generate more than $50 million in net revenue.

Remark Holdings management also indicated it expects its travel & entertainment segment to generate gross revenue of more than $375 million and net revenue between approximately $70 million to $80 million, with an EBITDA margin approximating 12% to 15% of net revenue, during 2018.

Conference Call Information
Mr. Tao and Remark Holdings’ CFO Douglas Osrow will hold a conference call today (March 29, 2018) at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (5:30 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss these financial results. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.

Toll-Free Number: 888-882-4478
International Number: 323-701-0225
Conference ID: 5682880

Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact the Liolios Group at 949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously and available for replay via the investor section of the company’s website here.

A replay of the call will be available after 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on the same day through April 2, 2018.

Toll-Free Replay Number: 844-512-2921
International Replay Number: 412-317-6671
Replay ID: 5682880

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About Remark Holdings, Inc.
Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) primarily focuses on the development and deployment of artificial-intelligence-based solutions for businesses in many industries. Additionally, the company owns and operates digital media properties that deliver relevant, dynamic content. The company’s U.S. operations are headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with additional operations in Los Angeles, California, and its China operations are headquartered in Chengdu, China with additional operations in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.remarkholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, competitive environment and regulation. Words such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those discussed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in Remark Holdings’ Annual Report on Form 10-K and Remark Holdings’ other filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements reflect Remark Holdings’ current views with respect to future events, are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Given such uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which represent Remark Holdings’ estimates and assumptions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Remark Holdings undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Contact:
Douglas Osrow
Remark Holdings, Inc.
dosrow@remarkholdings.com
702-701-9514 ext. 3025

Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover or Tom Colton
Liolios Group, Inc.
MARK@liolios.com
949-574-3860

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REMARK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

December 31,

2017

2016

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

22,632

$

6,893

Restricted cash

11,670

9,405

Trade accounts receivable

3,673

1,372

Prepaid expense and other current assets

5,518

3,323

Notes receivable, current

290

181

Assets held for sale

Total current assets

43,783

21,174

Restricted cash

2,250

Notes receivable

100

190

Property and equipment, net

13,387

15,531

Investment in unconsolidated affiliate

1,030

1,030

Intangibles, net

23,946

37,406

Goodwill

20,099

26,763

Other long-term assets

1,192

1,355

Total assets

$

103,537

$

105,699

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Accounts payable

$

17,857

$

16,546

Accrued expense and other current liabilities

16,679

13,965

Deferred merchant booking

9,027

6,991

Deferred revenue

5,807

4,072

Note payable

3,000

Current maturities of long-term debt, net of debt issuance cost

38,085

100

Capital lease obligations

179

Total current liabilities

90,455

41,853

Long-term debt, less current portion and net of debt issuance cost

37,825

Warrant liability

89,169

25,030

Other liabilities

3,501

3,591

Total liabilities

183,125

108,299

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 28,406,026
and 22,232,004 shares issued and outstanding; each at December 31, 2017
and 2016, respectively

28

22

Additional paid-in-capital

220,117

190,507

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

115

(16)

Accumulated deficit

(299,848)

(193,113)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

(79,588)

(2,600)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

103,537

$

105,699

 

 

REMARK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Year Ended December 31,

2017

2016

Revenue, net

70,601

59,328

Cost and expense

Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization)

16,909

11,155

Sales and marketing

23,600

19,541

Technology and development

3,551

2,796

General and administrative

37,689

36,460

Depreciation and amortization

11,070

10,299

Impairments

14,646

1,159

Other operating expense

515

515

Total cost and expense

107,980

81,925

Operating loss

(37,379)

(22,597)

Other income (expense)

Interest expense

(4,645)

(4,685)

Other income, net

23

29

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(9,157)

Change in fair value of warrant liability

(64,139)

5,790

Other loss

(317)

(313)

Total other income, net

(69,078)

(8,336)

Income (loss) before income taxes

(106,457)

(30,933)

Provision for income taxes

(278)

(746)

Net loss

(106,735)

(31,679)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

Foreign currency translation adjustments

131

Comprehensive loss

(106,604)

(31,679)

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

23,763

20,529

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

(4.49)

(1.54)

 

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