Strategic Shift to Higher Margin Professional Services Under the Tellenger Banner Continues
FAIRFAX, VA, April 12, 2022 – WaveDancer (NASDAQ: WAVD), today reported its results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, with results highlighted by expansion in gross margins driven by a sharp shift away from lower margin 3rd party software sales and toward higher margin professional services. During 2021, WaveDancer completed two key acquisitions and successfully rebranded the company as a leading provider of secure, blockchain-based supply chain management solutions.
WaveDancer CEO Jamie Benoit commented, “2021 was a transformational year dominated by change as we assembled the pieces needed to become a leader in the zero trust, blockchain, and security supply chain market. Our up-listing to NASDAQ, rebranding from IAI to WaveDancer, acquisition of Gray Matters Inc., reorganization of our legacy services business into our Tellenger subsidiary, and the new members we added to our team, both at the board and senior management levels, comprised an eventful and positive end to the year. We are excited to continue our transformation in 2022 and beyond”
Mr. Benoit continued, “This fiscal year was one of impressive growth in professional services revenues and gross profit. Our legacy business had sales of $12.6 million and its professional services revenues were 64.7% of total revenue for the fiscal year. The shift to higher margin professional services revenue helped drive substantial growth in gross margin, which expanded to 24.1% from 15.9% a year ago. We also paid down $1.5 million of debt related to the acquisition of Tellenger and began 2022 debt-free. SG&A increased in 2021 reflecting significant investments in the acquisitions that comprise the foundation of our transformation, new members of our management team, a new Maryland facility, up-listing to NASDAQ and an increase in professional fees to improve the quality of our communications, disclosures and governance. I firmly believe that we are on the cusp of a sea-change in our business and our investments in 2021 reflect our commitment to a total transformation of WaveDancer.”
Twelve Months 2021 Financial Highlights (all comparisons to prior year period unless otherwise noted)
- Total revenues increased 8.1% to $15.0 million, compared with $13.9 million.
- Professional fees increased 91.6% to $10.6 million up from $5.5 million.
- Gross profit expanded significantly, increasing to $3.6 million, compared with $2.2 million; gross margin expanded to 24.1%; higher-margin professional fees accounted for 70.5% of revenues.
- Net loss of $(1.1) million, compared with net income of $0.4 million as our gross margin growth was more than offset by our investments in SG&A.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million, compared with $0.5 million, notwithstanding significant SG&A investments
Other Key Developments Subsequent to Year End
- Company paid down all its bank debt, had its PPP loan forgiven, and finished the year with $4.9 million of cash on hand, having raised $10 million in a private offering of common stock to fund its acquisition of Gray Matters.
- SG&A increases were driven by non-cash share-based compensation, acquisition activities and investments in the infrastructure needed to execute the Company’s transformational shift in business strategy to a Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) provider of secure, blockchain-based supply chain management solutions.
- Approved for inclusion on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud, which significantly expands the availability of WaveDancer’s secure supply chain management solutions.
- Announced a partnership with Cyber Intell Solutions which is expected to enhance supply chain and communications security for customers.
- Announced a definitive agreement to acquire Knowmadics, Inc. for $90 Million in cash and stock, which will continue the company’s transformation into a leading provider of cybersecurity and blockchain enabled software solutions.
WaveDancer (www.wavedancer.com), headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a provider of zero trust software solutions, specializing in secure blockchain supply chain management (SCM), asset tracking and security. Our technologies are deployed and being used to help organizations manage very complex supply chain challenges. Initially developed to secure a complex international supply chain for a global U.S. Government (USG) national security organization, the technology has matured to address multiple operational capabilities. Customers are using the WaveDancer platform to gain unprecedented levels of accountability, auditability, and predictability from their data, while giving insights to their partners and suppliers through a controlled, distributed ledger that is immutable and can be trusted by all parties. The sophisticated blockchain technology is now available to the entirety of the USG through GovCloud.
Additional information for investors
This release may contain forward-looking statements regarding the Company’s business, customer prospects, or other factors that may affect future earnings or financial results. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Investors should read and understand the risk factors detailed in the Company’s 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For additional information contact:
Jeremy Hellman, CFA
The Equity Group
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