Innova Gaming Group announces Q1 financial results

Revenue +16% to $5.4 million

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ - INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. ("INNOVA" or the "Company") (TSX: IGG), today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016. All figures in this press release are in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.

Highlights – Operations

  • Deployed 63 LT-3 ticket dispensers ("LT-3") in Q1-2016. 1,940 LT-3 terminals were deployed as of the end of Q1. 1,984 terminals are currently deployed.
  • Initiated a normal course issuer bid to leverage our strong balance sheet and free cash flow to purchase shares for cancellation in support of the fair market valuation of INNOVA Gaming shares.
  • Received approval from the World Lottery Association for Diamond Game Enterprises ("Diamond Game"), a wholly owned subsidiary of INNOVA, to join as an Associate Member.
  • Announced INNOVA's sponsorship of the Public Gaming Research Institute's Smart-Tech 2016 Conference, held in New York City from April 6-8 as part of a commitment to growing our industry leading reputation within the global lottery sector.

Highlights – Financial

  • Revenue in Q1-2016 of $5.4 million, compared to $4.6 million in Q1-2015
  • Average LT-3 WPU3 (win-per-unit) and ARPU3 (average revenue per unit) of $133 and $29, respectively
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $1.1 million in Q1-2016, compared to $1.4 million in Q1-2015
  • Adjusted EPS2 of $0.02 in Q1-2016, compared to $0.05 in Q1-2015

"Since our initial public offering twelve months ago, we have not only delivered on the goals we set for growth but have matured to become an established leader in our space," said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. "Although the timing of some deployments originally slated for Q1 2016 shifted to Q4 2015 in response to revised customer directives, we still generated strong revenue growth of over 16% compared to Q1 2015 and continued to roll out LT-3 terminals across our network.

Our solid reputation and demand for LT-3 terminals position us well to deliver on our target deployment range of 300 to 360 units over the course of 2016."

Selected Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Information








For the three month

 period ended March 31,




2016

2015

$

$

Revenue 



5,365,088

4,644,123

Gross profit



4,753,471

4,265,471

Net income 



863,768

34,143

Total assets 



36,254,666

35,109,394

Total long term financial liabilities



4,178,627

4,127,883




2016

2015

$

$

Adjusted earnings per share





Basic and diluted earnings per Common Share



0.04

0.00

Acquisition related costs



0.00

0.02

Audit adjustment 



0.00

0.01

Stock based compensation



0.01

0.00

Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss



(0.03)

0.02

Adjusted EPS(2)



0.02

0.05

Weighted average number of basic and diluted Common Shares



20,450,000

16,700,000


















Reconciliation of net earnings to adjusted EBITDA





Net income 



863,768

34,143

Interest and financing costs (net of interest income)



40,186

68,335

Income taxes



(38,063)

62,284

Depreciation and amortization



618,249

485,663

Acquisition related costs



7,090

411,842

Audit adjustment 



-

95,807

Stock based compensation



177,259

-

Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss



(542,235)

265,006

Adjusted EBITDA(1)



1,126,254

1,423,080




(1)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure. See "Non Non-IFRS Measures".

(2)

Adjusted EPS is a non-IFRS measure. See "Non Non-IFRS Measures".

(3)

Win-per-Unit and Average Revenue per Unit are non-IFRS measures. See "Non-IFRS Measures".

 

Revenue

LT-3 revenue grew by $1.3 million or 34% compared to the same period in 2015. This was partially offset by a decrease in AGP revenue of $0.6 million or 64%.  LT-3 revenue growth was primarily attributable to 464 additional machine deployments relative to the previous year, most significantly in Ontario, Missouri, and Maryland (Veterans' program), as well as a full quarter of operation for the Michigan Lottery which was only in the process of being rolled out in Q1 2015. Average LT-3 WPU increases reflect the maturation of WPU and ARPU in more established LT-3 install locations, as well as the result of new game features introduced in the Ontario market in Q4 2015. The significant increase in AGP WPU is primarily due to the removal of the lower WPU AGP machines in Texas. Total AGP revenue was lower due mainly to machine reductions in Texas.

The machine reductions in Texas resulted from the termination of an equipment lease agreement between Diamond Game and Blue Stone Entertainment LLC ("Blue Stone") on January 5, 2016. Prior to the termination, Blue Stone operated donation-based terminals leased from Diamond Game ("Terminals") at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo's (the "Pueblo") two entertainment centers in Texas, pursuant to a separate agreement between Blue Stone and the Pueblo. The Terminals, which have been removed from the Pueblo's entertainment centers, are part of a class of products previously referred to in the Company's communications as alternative gaming products, or AGPs.

In connection with the Company's initial public offering, the Company entered into an EBITDA support agreement with Amaya Inc. having a term of up to five years from its effective date which the Company believes will substantially mitigate any adverse financial impact resulting from the abovementioned development in Texas. Accordingly, the Company recognized $380,850 of EBITDA support compensation as part of other non-operating income.  A copy of the EBITDA support agreement is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cost of products

Cost of products was higher by $0.2 million or 62% compared to the same period in 2015 due mainly to higher machine service and data line expenses related to additional machine deployments. 

Selling expenses

Selling expenses were relatively flat as compared to the same period in 2015.

General and administrative expenses

General and administrative expenses increased by $1.0 million or 28% compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was largely driven by: higher salaries and wages expense of $0.5 million, resulting from hiring of senior management personnel; $0.4 million of increased public company cost, including higher audit and legal fees, consulting, directors and investor relations expenses; and stock based compensation expense of $0.2 million.

Financial expenses

Financial expenses decreased by $0.8 million due mainly to a foreign exchange gain of $0.5 million compared to a foreign exchange loss of $0.3 million for the same period in 2015.

Income taxes

Income taxes decreased by $0.1 million due mainly to adjustments in the temporary differences arising mainly from deferred revenue and prepaid costs.

Auditor

Effective April 19, 2016, the Corporation accepted the resignation of MNP LLP, Chartered Accountants, Toronto, Ontario ("MNP"), as the auditor of the Corporation, and appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Accountants, Toronto, Ontario, as the new auditor of the Corporation. MNP was first appointed auditor of the Corporation on April 19, 2015.

Conference Call

INNOVA will host a conference call later today, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its 2016 first quarter financial results. Richard Weil, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of INNOVA and Stephen Koo, Chief Financial Officer, will chair the call.


Participant Dial-in

Webcast

Reference Number

Conference Call

 

647-427-7450; or

1-888-231-8191

               

http://bit.ly/1SqPTAu

 


Replay

(available for 2 weeks)

416-849-0833; or

1-855-859-2056


1930897

 

INNOVA's interim consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Measures

INNOVA's financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). In this press release, as a complement to results provided in accordance with IFRS, INNOVA discloses and discusses certain non‐IFRS financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS, WPU and ARPU as well as other measures discussed elsewhere in this release. These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of INNOVA's results of operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of INNOVA's financial information reported under IFRS. These measures are used to provide investors with supplemental measures of INNOVA's operating performance. For a full description of these measures and, where applicable, a reconciliation to the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, please refer to the "Non‐IFRS Measures and Financial Indicators" section in INNOVA's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

About INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.

INNOVA develops unique games and products for the global gaming industry, with particular focus on state and provincial lotteries. Through the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond Game, INNOVA focuses on enhancing the revenues of government-sponsored lotteries and other regulated operators by offering its unique "extended play" products in traditional and non-traditional gaming venues. Its primary product is the LT-3, an instant ticket vending machine that dispenses tickets while simultaneously displaying the result of each ticket on a video monitor in an entertaining fashion. For more information, please visit www.innovagaminggroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included herein, including those that express management's expectations or estimates of our future performance or future events, including with respect to the deployment of additional machines, the creation of higher sales volumes and ongoing revenue and the expected mitigation of adverse financial impact as a result of the EBITDA support agreement, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, regulatory and competitive uncertainties, contingencies and risks that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in INNOVA's annual information form dated March 28, 2016, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and in other filings that INNOVA has made and may make with applicable securities authorities in the future. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect INNOVA's current views with respect to future events, and except as required by law, INNOVA does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect, in particular, new information or future events, or otherwise.

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position





March
31
2016

$

December
31
2015

$




ASSETS



Current



Cash

10,666,250

11,098,280

Accounts receivable

2,548,841

2,305,545

Inventories

1,968,584

1,910,159

Prepaid expenses and deposits

1,286,670

901,220

Income taxes receivable

325,173

409,492


16,795,518

16,624,696




Property, equipment, and intangibles

10,613,607

10,174,121

Deferred income taxes

8,845,541

8,310,577


36,254,666

35,109,394




LIABILITIES



Current



Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

2,548,521

2,707,467

Customer deposits

4,550

5,900

Deferred revenue

1,153,468

1,263,022

Current portion of equipment financing

1,519,366

1,307,678

Current portion of long term debt

375,992

369,442


5,601,897

5,653,509




Deferred revenue

2,061,722

2,214,173

Equipment financing

1,395,988

1,380,293

Deferred income taxes

283,991

-

Long term debt

436,926

533,417


9,780,524

9,781,392




SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Share capital

21,841,033

21,735,920

Share issuance reserve

807,548

630,289

Retained earnings

3,825,561

2,961,793


26,474,142

25,328,002


36,254,666

35,109,394

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income







For the three month 

period ended March 31,




2016

2015

$

$






Revenue 



5,365,088

4,644,124

Cost of products 



611,617

378,653

Gross Profit



4,753,471

4,265,471






Selling 



349,245

370,611

General and administrative



4,454,928

3,482,611

Income (loss) from operations



(50,702)

412,249






Financial (gain) loss, net 



(495,070)

311,322

Other non-operating (income) expenses 



(381,337)

4,500

Income before income taxes



825,705

96,427






Current income tax provision expense (recovery) 



107,795

(226,085)

Deferred income tax expense (recovery) 



(145,858)

288,369

Net income and comprehensive income



863,768

34,143






Basic and diluted earnings per share (note 16)



0.04

0.00

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows






For the three month 

period ended March 31,



2016

2015

$

$





Cash flows (used in) from operating activities



Net income 

863,768

34,143

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided 



by operating activities:


(Gain) / loss on sale of property and equipment

(487)

4,500


Depreciation and amortization expense

618,249

485,663


Share-based compensation

177,259

-


Unrealized foreign exchange loss / (gain)

(512,380)

493,383


Deferred income tax expense (recovery)

(145,858)

288,369


Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue

(152,451)

363,640

Changes in non-cash operating elements of working capital 

(872,702)

22,973


(24,602)

1,692,671

Cash from (used in) investing activities



Purchase of property and equipment

(542,762)

(421,057)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

487

4,792


(542,275)

(416,265)

Cash flows (used in) financing activities



Repayment of debt

(89,941)

-

Repayment of equipment financing

(332,185)

(382,428)


(422,126)

(382,428)

Increase (decrease) in cash

(989,003)

893,978

Cash – beginning of period

11,098,280

3,136,182

Effects of foreign exchange on cash

556,973

28,108

Cash – end of period

10,666,250

4,058,268

 

SOURCE INNOVA Gaming Group

For further information: Jonathan Ross, CFA, LodeRock Advisors, INNOVA Investor Relations, jon.ross@loderockadvisors.com, Tel: (905) 334-0095


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