Liquidmetal® Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: LQMT), the foremost authority on commercial applications of amorphous alloys, reported results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.
During 2019, the Company announced and completed a corporate restructuring (the “Restructuring”) that was focused on the shifting of internal manufacturing efforts to partnered sources, right-sizing the Company’s expense structure and employee base, and maximizing the value of the Company’s proprietary and financial assets, while also maintaining the Liquidmetal brand. The Company notes the following highlights with respect to these efforts:
- Successful completion of initial orders with Dongguan Yihao Metal Materials Technology Co. Ltd. during the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. The Company continues to seek transition and development projects to be manufactured under this arrangement.
- Entering into a manufacturing partnership with Eutectix in February 2020, that combines licensed IP, specialized equipment, and facilities to support manufacturing performed by Eutectix in Tolleson, AZ.
- Entering into a corporate lease agreement for the Company’s Lake Forest, CA, facility in January 2020. The lease will provide predicable rental income for at least the next five years.
- Actively investing excess capital in investment grade debt securities to improve returns while maintaining liquidity and minimizing credit risk.
- Successful completion of higher volume transition orders with existing customers to provide them with ample inventory for 2020, while the Company validates outsourced manufacturing options.
“Partnering with Yihao has significantly expanded our production capabilities and lowered our costs, improving our competitive position,” said Liquidmetal COO Dr. Bruce Bromage. “The Eutectix partnership re-establishes US-based production, which some customers prefer. Moreover, as a top-tier BMG manufacturer, Eutectix recycles BMG alloys within the US, overcoming a major obstacle for US operations. We will work closely with Eutectix to develop new applications with new alloys and new markets.”
2019 Financial Summary
Revenues were $1,373 thousand in 2019 and $532 thousand in 2018. The increase was primarily driven by the completion of transition orders with existing customers during 2019, as well as continued product development efforts with the goal of furthering the commercialization of the Company’s technology and generating sustained part deliveries.
Cost of goods sold was $832 thousand in 2019 and $1,164 thousand in 2018. This decrease was primarily attributable to decreases in book markdowns of raw materials inventory, taken in 2018, which were offset by higher production volumes in 2019.
Selling, marketing, general and administrative expense was $5.4 million in 2019 and $5.9 million in 2018. The decrease is primarily due lower costs associated with employee compensation, inclusive of non-cash stock-based compensation, offset by one-time severance expenses of $273 thousand associated with the Restructuring.
Research and development expenses decreased to $1.3 million in 2019, from $2.4 million in 2018. The decrease was primarily driven by reductions in personnel and internal development projects due to the Restructuring.
Cash and restricted cash totaled $19.5 million at December 31, 2019, as compared to $35.2 million at December 31, 2018. The change is primarily associated with the purchase of investments in debt securities, which have resulted in an increase interest and investment income to $459 thousand during 2019 from $259 thousand during 2018.
For a more detailed and complete analysis of the Company’s financial results, please refer to the Company’s December 31, 2019 Form 10-K, which was filed earlier today.
About Liquidmetal Technologies
Lake Forest, California-based Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. is the leading authority and developer of parts made with amorphous alloys, also known scientifically as Bulk Metallic Glasses or BMGs. The non-crystalline atomic structure of these materials imparts unique performance properties, including the ability to injection-mold with micron-level precision, lustrous finishes, high strength, hardness and corrosion resistance, and remarkable elasticity. Liquidmetal Technologies is the first company to produce amorphous alloy parts commercially, enabling significant improvements in products across a wide array of industries. For more information, go to www.liquidmetal.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements," including but not limited to statements regarding the advantages of Liquidmetal's amorphous alloy technology, manufacturing of customer parts and other statements associated with Liquidmetal's technology and operations. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from Liquidmetal's expectations and projections. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things; customer adoption of Liquidmetal's technologies and successful integration of those technologies into customer products; potential difficulties or delays in manufacturing products incorporating Liquidmetal's technologies; Liquidmetal's ability to fund its current and anticipated operations; the ability of third party suppliers and manufacturers to meet customer product requirements; general industry conditions; general economic conditions; and governmental laws and regulations affecting Liquidmetal's operations. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors can be found in Liquidmetal's public periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under the heading "Risk Factors" in Liquidmetal's 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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