Digimarc Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwired - Feb 19, 2015) - Digimarc Corporation[1] (NASDAQ: DMRC[2]) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Operational Highlights

  • Partnered[3] with Shazam to enable comprehensive content discovery everywhere. The collaboration will add Digimarc print and audio identification to Shazam's mobile app, which has more than 500 million downloads and 100 million mobile monthly active users. 
  • Partnered[4] with SGS International, a global leader in the digital imaging industry that serves top retailers and large consumer packaged goods companies, which became a certified service provider for the Digimarc© Barcode.
  • Joined[5] the GS1 US Solution Partner Program, which marked an important milestone in the market adoption of the Digimarc Barcode. 
  • Demonstrated[6] new mobile payment software development kit at Money 20/20 for securely exchanging payment information between retailers and shoppers.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $5.9 million compared to $6.8 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The decrease was due to lower license revenue reflecting the scheduled completion of quarterly license fee payments from The Nielsen Company in the first quarter of 2014 and lower reported royalties from another licensee, partially offset by increases in subscription and service revenue.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $4.2 million compared to an operating loss of $3.4 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The higher operating loss is largely due to lower license revenue, partially offset by lower operating expenses due to the completion of the licensing audit with Intellectual Ventures in January 2014. 

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $9.2 million or $(1.23) per diluted share compared to a net loss of $1.3 million or $(0.19) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 included a $6.8 million noncash income tax charge to record a full valuation allowance against deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2014. Excluding this charge, net loss would have been $2.4 million or $(0.32) per diluted share.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increased by $14.4 million, from $24.7 million at September 30, 2014 to $39.1 million at December 31, 2014. The increase reflects the sale of 684,215 shares of common stock during the quarter, which generated cash proceeds of $16.3 million, less cash used in operations of $0.8 million.

Full Year 2014 Results
Revenue for 2014 was $25.7 million compared to $35.0 million in 2013. The decrease was due to lower license revenue reflecting the scheduled completion of the quarterly license fee payments from Intellectual Ventures in the second quarter of 2013 and from The Nielsen Company in the first quarter of 2014. Outside of licensing, revenue for 2014 was up $0.7 million compared to 2013, reflecting higher subscription revenue from Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Guardian products.

Operating loss for 2014 totaled $15.2 million compared to an operating loss of $2.4 million in 2013. The higher operating loss is largely due to lower license revenue. Operating expenses were higher in 2014 reflecting continued investment in the company's product development and sales growth initiatives, mainly focused on Digimarc Discover and Barcode.

Net loss for 2014 totaled $15.8 million or $(2.22) per diluted share compared to a net loss of $0.5 million or $(0.10) per diluted share in 2013. Net loss for 2014 included a $6.8 million noncash income tax charge to record a full valuation allowance against deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2014. Excluding this charge, the net loss for 2014 would have been $9.1 million or $(1.27) per diluted share.

Conference Call
Digimarc will hold a conference call later today (Thursday, February 19, 2015) to discuss these results, as well as provide an update on market conditions and execution of strategy. Chairman and CEO Bruce Davis and CFO Charles Beck will host the call starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time). A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay via the investor section of the company's website at www.digimarc.com/investors/investor-events-and-webcasts[7].

For those who wish to listen to the call via telephone, please dial the telephone number below at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time:

Number: 866-562-9934
Conference ID: 27179680

If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 949-574-3860.

About Digimarc
Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC[8]), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is a leading innovator and provider of consumer engagement, media management, and security solutions that create digital identities for all forms of media and many everyday objects. Digimarc's digital IDs are imperceptible to humans and enable computers, networks and devices like mobile phones to better "see, hear and understand" brand impressions and other objects of interest. Digimarc has built an extensive intellectual property portfolio with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media and object discovery to enable ubiquitous computing and related technologies. Digimarc develops solutions, licenses its intellectual property, and provides development services to business partners across a range of industries. For more information and the latest news, visit www.digimarc.com[9] or follow us on Twitter @DigimarcCorp[10].

Forward-looking Statements
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