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Solid Balance Sheet Backs Operational Expansion to Meet Increasing Demand
ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland, May 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG, OTCQB: KRKNF) announced it has filed its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. Additional information concerning the Company, including its unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, can be found at www.sedar.com. Unless otherwise stated, all dollar amounts are Canadian dollar denominated.
Q1 2019 Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $1.4 million for the 3 months ended March 31, 2019, as compared to nil in Q1 2018;
- Net loss of $0.8 million, versus net loss of $1.5 million in Q1, 2018;
- Quarter end cash balance of $5.0 million, up slightly from $4.9 million at the end of 2018;
- Quarter end total assets of $18.7 million as compared to $14.0 million at the end of 2018;
- Kraken has $2.1 million in previously awarded funding to draw upon from government agencies. This amount is not recorded in our financial statements until the cash is received and as such is an off-balance sheet asset at the end of Q1, 2019.
“Q1 2019 was a busy quarter for Kraken as we ramped headcount and capacity in both Canada and Germany to meet increasing demand and expected contract awards,” said Kraken CEO Karl Kenny. “We shipped our first commercial SeaVision unit, and near the end of the quarter, we shipped our first battery system to Ocean Infinity. We expect battery shipments to Ocean Infinity and other customers to ramp throughout the year. In our sensor and systems business, we are working towards closing on several contracts; are nearing the final stages of several large military pursuits; and have made our final submission on an Ocean Supercluster initiative. Our pipeline remains robust and we are confident we will have success on at least some of our larger contract pursuits. Given this visibility, we are reiterating our fiscal 2019 revenue forecast of at least $15 million, more than doubling our 2018 revenue and expect to be profitable.”
- Announced that long-standing customer, ECA Group, is part of the winning consortium for Belgium and Dutch Navy mine hunting program. ECA Group’s share of the contract is valued at approximately €450 million. Upon successful contract executions and if all contract options are exercised as quoted, Kraken’s portion of the program is expected to be in excess of C$35 million;
- $0.6 million contract from Public Works and Procurement Canada under the Defence Innovation Research Program to develop a low frequency, ultra-wideband Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) for use in underwater operational environments;
- $1.7 million of purchase orders from Ocean Infinity for AquaPix SAS sensors and support;
- Received proceeds of more than $3.2 million from the exercise of 5.8 million warrants at $0.40 per share (Ocean Infinity) and 3.1 million warrants at $0.30 (investors from April 2017 private placement);
- $1 million contract for ThunderFish® from Government of Canada under Canada’s BCIP program;
- $1 million financial contribution from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Innovation and Business Development Funding program. The funding will be used for the initial phase of the OceanVision™ project that Kraken plans to pursue as part of the Ocean Supercluster initiative;
- Subsequent to Q1, Kraken was awarded a $0.6 million contract for subsea battery solution for a military customer;
- Recently moved into a new 19,000 square foot facility in Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland and a 4,000 square foot assembly facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Forward Looking Guidance
While Kraken is still an early stage company and quarterly results can be variable, we entered 2019 with a backlog of approximately $10.5 million, all of which is expected to get recognized in revenue in 2019. Our guidance for the fiscal year remains unchanged, and we expect revenues of at least $15.0 million and to be net income positive. Our guidance excludes any benefit of larger program opportunities we are pursuing such as the Ocean SuperCluster and various large foreign navy minehunting program upgrades. The timing and scope of major contract wins remains variable and increased investments in product development, manufacturing capacity, and sales development may impact net income.
ABOUT KRAKEN ROBOTICS INC.
Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Toronto, Ontario; Bremen & Rostock, Germany; and Boston, Massachusetts. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter. For more information, please visit www.krakenrobotics.com, www.krakenrobotik.de, www.krakenpower.de. Find us on social media on Twitter (@krakenrobotics), Facebook (@krakenroboticsinc) and LinkedIn.
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