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Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 13, 2018
Remark Holdings, Inc.
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Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On August 14, 2018, Remark Holdings, Inc. (“Remark”, “we”, “us” or “our”) issued a press release announcing our financial results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2018. A copy of such release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On August 13, 2018, our Board of Directors (the “Board”) appointed Alison Davidson as Interim Chief Financial Officer and as our principal financial officer and principal accounting officer, replacing Kai-Shing Tao in such positions. Ms. Davidson, age 43, has served as our Vice President, Finance since February 2014. From November 2006 until December 2013, Ms. Davidson served as the Vice President of Finance at Aristocrat Technologies Inc., a global subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, a gaming machine manufacturer. Ms. Davidson started her career in public accounting at KPMG as a senior auditor before moving to Hutchison Whampoa, Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 investment holding company, auditing their global subsidiaries. Ms. Davidson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Houston and is a licensed CPA.
In connection with Ms. Davidson’s appointment as Interim Chief Financial Officer, on August 13, 2018, the Compensation Committee of the Board increased Ms. Davidson’s annual base salary to $300,000 and awarded Ms. Davidson options to purchase 350,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $3.51 per share, which options have a term of 10 years and vest with respect to 50% of such options on the grant date and 25% of such options on each of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The options were awarded under our 2017 Incentive Plan.
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Remark Holdings, Inc.
August 14, 2018
/s/ Alison Davidson
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Remark Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
Growth Outlook Remains Strong Supported by Breadth of AI Agreements
Deployment of KanKan Retail and Workplace & Public Safety Products Proceeding on Plan
Vegas.com Q2 Show Ticket Volume and Traffic Conversion increased 10% and 23%
LAS VEGAS, NV - August 14, 2018 - 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 second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
“We continue to make solid progress in signing new AI agreements, and in working with our clients to begin deploying our AI technology across multiple sectors in China and Southeast Asia, while driving revenue growth at our largest digital media property, Vegas.com,” said Kai-Shing Tao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Remark Holdings. “Given the size and breadth of the AI contracts we’ve secured and our deployment efforts underway, we remain well positioned to accelerate our revenue growth in the months ahead. Our unique market position is supported by our ability to leverage our advanced AI technologies to deliver accessible and practical solutions across the financial, workplace and public safety sectors. Defined by rapid deployment, low maintenance costs and highly-accurate and actionable results, our platform applies the power of AI to deliver simple solutions to complex problems.”
KanKan Artificial Intelligence Platform Recent Operational Highlights
Continued to work closely with a diverse group of clients to begin deployment of KanKan’s facial recognition and behavior analysis technologies in multiple venues and added new clients, including C.P. Lotus Corporation
Commenced the roll-out of KanKan Smart Eyes for Retail, the Company’s first SaaS-based AI retail product. Through local partners, KanKan has secured agreements for the product in more than 10,000 stores in Shanghai, China. Designed for small and medium-sized retail environments, the solution applies advanced computer-vision and data-analysis technologies to provide store operators with powerful insights, enabling them to make quicker decisions that better serve their customers, supporting more informed sales opportunities.
KanKan’s AI Platform was ranked among the top-ten in a global study of facial recognition technology providers conducted by MegaFace, based on the accuracy of KanKan’s algorithm in accurately identifying faces. The results can be accessed at: http://megaface.cs.washington.edu/results/facescrub.html
KanKan’s cognitive computing technology has been utilized to deliver a new search platform for Shanghai Education Resource Center. The multi-media search platform employs KanKan’s AI technology to accurately search for and retrieve structured information from a vast universe of unstructured sources, spanning digital libraries, video-on-demand, live broadcast, digital TV, video surveillance and Internet advertising. The search platform represents an innovative solution for the education industry, fulfilling a need for faster, more convenient and more accurate access to vast data sources.
KanKan was chosen by Allinone (AIO), a leading big data marketing and consulting company serving China's film market, to support the industry's first and only full-process system covering data analysis, forecasting and consulting on film performance from pre-release to post-release across China's entertainment market. The Company has partnered with AIO to utilize its KanKan AI technology to support the design and build-out of the data processing and analytics system. As part of the partnership, Remark has also invested $1 million USD (6.6 million RMB) in the venture and is providing its technology services.
Travel & Entertainment Segment Three-Month Operational Highlights
Show ticket volume and conversion of traffic increased 10% and 23%, respectively, during the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017.
Three Months Ended June 30: 2018 compared to 2017
Revenue increased approximately 20% to $20.7 million, compared to $17.3 million. The increase was primarily due to an increase in the KanKan business and an increase in show ticket revenue in the Travel & Entertainment segment.
Total cost and expense was $27.8 million, compared to $21.9 million. The increase was primarily due to an increase in cost of revenue and payroll costs for the KanKan business and an increase in paid search costs for the Travel & Entertainment segment.
Operating loss was $(7.0) million, compared to $(4.7) million due to the increase in total cost and expense.
Adjusted EBITDA was $(3.3) million, compared to $(1.5) million.
Net income was $3.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(4.3) million or $(0.19) per diluted share. Net income for the second quarters of 2018 and 2017 included non-cash gains of $10.1 million and $1.8 million, respectively, related to a change in the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability, which occurred due to the decrease in the Company’s stock price during the periods.
At June 30, 2018, the cash and cash equivalents balance was $7.0 million, and total restricted cash was $11.7 million, bringing the total combined cash position to $18.7 million, compared to a total combined cash position of $34.3 million at December 31, 2017. Cash decreased primarily due to an increase in total expense as we grew our operations in China and engaged in multiple proof-of-concept projects, the timing of payments related to elements of working capital, and paying security deposits related to our Travel & Entertainment business.
2018 Financial Outlook
The Company provided guidance regarding certain revenue and Adjusted EBITDA expectations. For the year ending December 31, 2018, management is fine tuning its outlook to reflect the impact of the lending industry regulatory audit on its revenue for its FinTech business. The Company now expects consolidated revenue of approximately $100 million in 2018.
Overall, the Company is pleased with the progress it’s making in deploying its KanKan Artificial Intelligence Platform. After taking into account the impact of the lending industry regulatory audit, management now expects KanKan to generate approximately $25-to-$30 million in gross revenue in 2018. The Company’s forecast is directly supported by the agreements it has signed in the retail and workplace & public safety sectors and the actual deployment steps it’s currently taking in conjunction with its clients.
The Company is monitoring the China lending industry to determine any potential impact on its 2018 revenue forecast. The Company is working directly with its large banking clients to adjust and scale its proven AI solution, as well as launch a third product covering loans for parking spots. As the Company’s AI contracts move to the deployment stage, the Company will begin to record revenue from both upfront fees and ongoing licensing fees, with each contract having differing fee arrangements based on the product deployed.
Remark’s Board of Directors continues to look for a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). While the search for a permanent candidate continues, Alison Davidson, Vice President of Finance, has been appointed to serve as Interim CFO.
Conference Call Information
Mr. Tao will hold a conference call today August 14, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss these financial results. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
Toll-Free Number: 888-599-8686
International Number: 323-994-2093
Conference ID: 2295678
Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization.
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 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 18, 2018.
Toll-Free Replay Number: 844-512-2921
International Replay Number: 412-317-6671
Replay ID: 2295678
About Remark Holdings, Inc.
Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) delivers an integrated suite of AI solutions that enable businesses and organizations to solve problems, reduce risk and deliver positive outcomes. The company’s easy-to-install AI products are being rolled out in a wide range of applications within the retail, financial, public safety and workplace arenas. The company also owns and operates digital media properties that deliver relevant, dynamic content and ecommerce solutions. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with additional operations in Los Angeles, California and in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hangzhou, China. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.remarkholdings.com.
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