Digimarc Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

(Editor's note: The invisble barcode has yet to begin yielding visible profits. While the benefits of an invisible barcode watermark all over product packaging to facilitate retailer scanning seem tangible, we are skeptical about the idea that consumers will have any inclination to whip out their cellphones and scan packages looking for invisible codes.  First, this is a time constrained world and second, ample resouces already exist for consumers to scan barcodes or QR codes and get meaningful data. )  
BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 totaled $5.6 million compared to $5.4 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The increase was primarily due to higher service revenue.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2016 totaled $8.7 million compared to $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily due to higher investments in sales and marketing as the company continues to address important opportunities in market development and delivery for Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode.

Operating loss for the third quarter of 2016 totaled $5.3 million compared to an operating loss of $4.5 million in the same quarter a year-ago. The higher operating loss was primarily due to higher operating expenses. 

Net loss for the third quarter of 2016 totaled $5.2 million or $(0.55) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.5 million or $(0.54) per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015.

At quarter-end, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $66.3 million, compared to $31.9 million at June 30, 2016. The increase was due to proceeds from the sale of common stock in an underwritten public offering completed in August 2016.

Conference Call
Digimarc will hold a conference call later today (Wednesday, November 2, 2016) 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 here[1].

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

Toll-Free Number: 866-562-9934
International Number: 706-679-0638
Conference ID: 8340839

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

About Digimarc
Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC[2]), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the inventor of Digimarc Discover® software and the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode[3] for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. Digimarc Discover software enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. They can be applied to virtually all forms of media. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio[4], with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally. For more information and the latest news, please visit www.digimarc.com[5] and follow on Twitter at @Digimarc[6].

Forward-looking Statements
With the exception of historical information contained in this release, the matters described in this release contain various "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements include statements and any related inferences regarding market opportunities for Digimarc Discover and Digimarc Barcode, and other statements identified by terminology such as "will," "should," "expects," "estimates," "predicts" and "continue" or other derivations of these or other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements are statements of management's opinion and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied from the statements in this release as a result of changes in economic, business and/or regulatory factors. More detailed information about risk factors that may affect actual results are set forth in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, Digimarc undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.


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