UrtheCast Reports 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

VANCOUVER, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its financial results for the three months ending on March 31, 2014.

Recent highlights Include:

  • UrtheCast released its first Earth imagery, captured by its medium-resolution camera (MRC) onboard the International Space Station (ISS). These pictures, as well as subsequent images can be viewed online at www.urthecast.com/firstlight.

  • UrtheCast continues to progress through its commissioning phase, which is anticipated to be completed in two stages, beginning with the MRC in the second quarter of 2014, followed by the commissioning of the Ultra HD Video Camera (HRC). Our release of the first imagery from the HRC, which is contingent on the commissioning of the Bi-axial Pointing Platform, is currently expected in the third quarter of 2014.

  • UrtheCast's web developers based in San Francisco have accelerated the development of the interactive web platform that consists of web, mobile, enterprise integration, and broadcast media components. The platform will also provide technologies such as an open application programming interface (API) for developers and third party organizations to develop value-added innovation on our platform. This will allow us to augment audience engagement and reach far beyond traditional Earth Observation business models. This initiative is ongoing with some early features to be launched in the fall of 2014.

"With the successful installation of our cameras and the release of our first light images, we've begun what is proving to be a very strong year for the company," commented Scott Larson, UrtheCast's Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the current political climate, our presence aboard the ISS has been increasingly advantageous, as the Station continues to be exempt from political conflict here on Earth. Our partnerships and business development efforts remain on track and we are looking forward to continually releasing more imagery and Ultra HD color video, as well as launching our interactive web platform. Further, our business development efforts continue to go well, with strong interest from additional distributors, which would add to our current annual commitments of $26 million."

Results of Operations

UrtheCast's total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2014 were $3.9 million (2013: $1.3 million), of which $0.9 million (2013: $0.3 million) was attributable to non-cash share-based payments. Our total expenses, net of share-based payments for the three months ending March 31, 2014, were $3.0 million (2013: $1.0 million).

  RESULTS OF OPERATIONS Three Months Ended March 31,
      2014   2013
  General and administrative expenses $ 2,554,385 $ 628,999
  Research expenditures   491,549   325,383
  Share-based payments   846,423   317,868
  Operating loss   3,892,357   1,272,250
  Net finance (income)/costs, foreign exchange (gains)/losses and changes in fair value of derivatives   (23,397)   62,612
  Net loss   3,868,960   1,334,862
  Other comprehensive loss   3,445   3,785
  Comprehensive loss $ 3,872,405 $ 1,338,647
  Net loss per share $ 0.06 $ 0.05

UrtheCast had cash reserves of $17 million at March 31, 2014 as compared to $22 million at December 31, 2013. During the quarter our net use of cash of $5.1 million was attributed to uses of $2.8 million and $3.8 million for operating and investing activities, respectively. This was reduced with the $1.5 million received from financing activities.

At March 31, 2014, we had outstanding commitments of $0.5 million for post-delivery support of our camera equipment and for other purchases of property and equipment. Therefore, we anticipate that our cash expenditures for property and equipment in 2014 will be substantially reduced, when compared to the approximately $16.9 million spent in 2013.  Based on our expected commencement of initial operations in the second half of 2014, we expect that our cash used for operating activities will increase in 2014, as compared to the $10.5 million used in 2013.  However, the reduction in cash required for property and equipment will be substantially greater than the expected increase in cash used for operations.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
As at,
      March 31, 2013 December
31,2012
Assets              
Current assets                  
     Cash and cash equivalents           $ 16,698,227 $ 21,787,577
     Restricted term deposits             440,000   440,000
     Sales tax and other receivables             526,763   469,699
     Prepaid expenses and deposits             1,610,666   2,461,539
Total current assets             19,275,656   25,158,815
Non-current assets                  
     Property and equipment             54,315,387   49,843,532
     Intangible assets             8,056,400   5,421,099
Total assets           $ 81,647,443 $ 80,423,446
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                  
Current liabilities                  
     Trade and other payables           $ 1,885,186 $ 2,417,229
Total current liabilities             1,885,186   2,417,229
Deferred revenue             32,050,000   28,900,000
Total liabilities             33,935,186   31,317,229
Total shareholders' equity             47,712,257   49,106,217
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity           $ 81,647,443 $ 10,252,997

The full financial statements and accompanying Management's Discussion & Analysis are available on UrtheCast's profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at its website www.sedar.com, and on UrtheCast's website at www.urthecast.com.

About UrtheCast Corp.

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that is developing the world's first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full color. Working with renowned aerospace partners from across the globe, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon operate two cameras on the Russian segment of the ISS. Video and still image data captured by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to exclusive partners and customers. UrtheCast's cameras will provide Ultra HD video and still imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc. Common shares of UrtheCast trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange as ticker 'UR'.

For more information visit our website at www.urthecast.com.

Forward Looking Information

This release contains certain information which, as presented, constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information involves statements that relate to future events and often addresses expected future business and financial performance, containing words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", and "intend", statements that an action or event "may", "might", "could", "should", or "will" be taken or occur, or other similar expressions and includes, but is not limited to, statements about the commissioning of the cameras and the BPP, plans to operate camera components on, and stream video footage from, the ISS, proposed image and video product offerings, expectations regarding the commencement of commercial operations, expected partners and customers to distribute such products and expected costs and revenues. Forward-looking statements and information are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the ability of UrtheCast to control or predict, and which may cause UrtheCast's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied thereby, including, but not limited to, damage which may have occurred to the cameras during launch or installation, unexpected changes in Russian or Canadian government policies, technology changes, reliance on key personnel, the potential for conflicts of interest among certain officers, directors or promoters with certain other projects, competition, risks related to the business activities of Longford Energy Inc. (now UrtheCast) prior to the reverse take-over transaction with Earth Video Camera Inc., as well as those factors discussed in the Company's annual information form dated March 26, 2014, (the "AIF") and the Company's short form base shelf prospectus dated April 7, 2014 (the "Prospectus") which are available under UrtheCast's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein, in the AIF and Prospectus, and as otherwise disclosed from time to time on UrtheCast's SEDAR profile.

Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date that statements are made and UrtheCast undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as may be required by applicable Canadian securities laws. Readers are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.

Image with caption: "Captured on April 30, 2014, at 10:15 am MST by our medium-resolution camera, Theia, UrtheCast's most recent image begins at the north end of the Gulf of California, and leads to Ajo, Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert. www.urthecast.com/firstlight (CNW Group/UrtheCast Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140512_C7800_PHOTO_EN_40198.jpg

SOURCE: UrtheCast Corp.

For further information:

Issa Nakhleh, CFO
(778) 331-7827 Direct


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