Exhibit 99.1


Title: Akerna Corp. Reports Fiscal Year 2020 Results


Sub header: Full year revenue up 16% in FY20, MJ Platform remains robust with 21% software revenue growth, and 36% quarter-over-quarter increase in software revenue compared to fiscal fourth quarter 2019. 


DENVER, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), an enterprise software, leading compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology (MJ Platform®), today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2020.


“We saw continued execution in the fourth quarter and made meaningful progress on our key initiatives focused on building scale and developing our software ecosystem. Despite COVID-related delays in consulting revenue that has since recovered, software revenue increased 36% in the quarter,” said Jessica Billingsley, CEO of Akerna. “We are heading into a busy election season that is expected to see 12 state ballot measures related to cannabis legalization for either medical or adult-use. Our scaled ecosystem is uniquely positioned to capture those opportunities, with the most robust cannabis technology suite available.”


Fiscal Fourth Quarter Financial Results


Software revenue was $2.8 million, an increase of 36% year-over-year


Software revenue represented 94% of total revenue


Total revenue was $3 million, a decrease of 17% year-over-year, due to COVID-related delays in consulting revenue during the fiscal fourth quarter


GAAP loss from operations was $6.2 million, compared to a GAAP loss from operations of $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019


Adjusted EBITDA was $3.6 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019


oSee “Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below


Cash was $24.2 million as of June 30, 2020


Fourth Quarter Platform Usage Highlights


Platform transaction volume up 50% year-over-year


Retail order volume up 53% year-over-year


Retail order value up 90% year-over-year




Full Year Fiscal 2020 Financial Results


Software revenue was $10.0 million, an increase of 21% year-over-year


Software revenue represented 79% of total revenue


Total revenue was $ 12.6 million, an increase of 16% year-over-year


GAAP loss from operations was $17.3 million, compared to a GAAP loss from operations of $12.5 million during fiscal 2019


Adjusted EBITDA was $11.5 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $7.4 million during fiscal 2019


oSee “Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below


Full Year Platform Usage Highlights


Platform transaction volume up 70% year-over-year


Retail order volume up 125% year-over-year


Retail order value up 128% year-over-year


Recent Highlights


We believe the following highlights from the last year and in the months that followed are indicators of what’s to come in our business through our commitment to product innovation, go-to-market initiatives and customer success:


integrated into leading ERP systems to provide enterprise class tax planning and financial services to our business clients;


announced the release of MJ Analytics, a next generation cannabis data analytics platform made possible through a partnership with the Business Intelligence firm Domo (NASDAQ: DOMO);


signed an agreement with Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTH) to provide CBD and Hemp retailers that use Akerna’s MJ Platform with a credit card payment processing solution;


completed the acquisitions of Ample Organics, Trellis Solutions, and solo sciences;


announced an agreement with PAX Labs, an award-winning consumer technology brand, to provide market intelligence information to help the company better understand its customers and derive actionable insights to improve the customer experience;


made a strategic investment in ZolTrain, a mobile training platform built for cannabis brand training; and


announced a strategic partnership with Isolocity to provide the first GMP-compliant, global cannabis export technology solution.





Conference Call Details


The Company will host a conference call Thursday September 24, 2020 at 8:30am ET to discuss its financial results and business highlights. A question and answer session will follow prepared remarks.


To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). Participants should request the Akerna Corp. Earnings Call or provide confirmation code 13710535. Please dial into the call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.


A replay of the call will be available through October 8, 2020, at (844) 512-2921 (domestic) or (412) 317-6671 (international). The passcode for the call and replay is 13710535.


Financial results reported in this document are preliminary. Final financial results and other disclosures will be reported in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2020, and may differ materially from the results and disclosures in this document due to, among other things, the completion of final review procedures, the occurrence of subsequent events, or the discovery of additional information.”


About Akerna


Akerna is a global regulatory compliance technology company. Akerna’s service offerings include MJ Platform®, Leaf Data Systems®, solo sciences tech platform and Ample Organics. Since its establishment in 2010, Akerna has tracked more than $18 billion in cannabis sales. Akerna is based in Denver. For more information, please visit www.akerna.com and follow us on Twitter @AkernaCorp.





Forward Looking Statements


Certain statements made in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding our belief that having a scaled ecosystem gives us more opportunities to leverage our footprint and increase wallet share by providing more value to our clients and management’s conference call in relation thereto. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other important factors, many of which are outside Akerna’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others that may affect actual results or outcomes, include (i) Akerna’s ability to maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its management and key employees, (ii) changes in applicable laws or regulations, (iii) changes in the market place due to the coronavirus pandemic or other market factors, (iv) and other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in Akerna’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including those under “Risk Factors” therein. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All information herein speaks only as of the date hereof, in the case of information about Akerna, or the date of such information, in the case of information from persons other than Akerna. Akerna undertakes no duty to update or revise the information contained herein. Forecasts and estimates regarding Akerna’s industry and end markets are based on sources believed to be reliable; however, there can be no assurance these forecasts and estimates will prove accurate in whole or in part.


Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:


In addition to our results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we believe the following non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating our operating performance. We use the following non-GAAP financial information to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance. However, non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP.


Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. We attempt compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP items excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the schedule titled, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization and Adjusted EBITDA attached to this release for a reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Adjusted EBITDA.


Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.





Adjusted EBITDA


We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, when considered with the financial statements determined in accordance with GAAP, is helpful to investors in understanding our performance and allows for comparison of our performance and credit strength to our peers. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered alternatives to net loss as determined in accordance with GAAP as indicators of our performance or liquidity.


We define EBITDA as net loss before interest income and expense and changes in fair value of convertible notes, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude the effects of the following items for the reasons set forth below:


Share-based compensation expense, because this represents a non-cash charge and our mix of cash and share-based compensation may differ from other companies, which effects the comparability of results of operations and liquidity;


Cost incurred in connection with business combinations that are required to be expensed as incurred in accordance with GAAP, because business combination related costs are specific to the complexity and size of the underlying transactions as well as the frequency of our acquisition activity these costs are not reflective of our ongoing operations;


Costs incurred in connection with debt issuance when we elect the fair value option to account for the debt instrument because if we had not elected the fair value option such costs would be recognized as an adjustment to the effective interest and excluded from EBITDA;


Restructuring costs because we believe these costs are not representative of operating performance; and


Equity in earnings (losses) of investees because our share of the operations of investees is not representative of our own operating performance and may not be monetized for a number of years.






Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of June 30, 2020 and 2019



   2020   2019 
Current assets:        
Cash  $24,155,828   $21,867,289 
Restricted cash   500,000    500,000 
Accounts receivable, net   1,861,534    1,257,274 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   1,215,341    577,674 
Total current assets   27,732,703    24,202,237 
Non-current assets:          
Fixed assets, net   131,095     
Investment, net   246,308     
Capitalized software, net   2,629,304     
Intangible assets, net   7,493,975     
Goodwill   20,254,309     
Other non-current assets   41,925     
Total non-current assets   30,796,916     
Total Assets  $58,529,619   $24,202,237 
Liabilities and Equity          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $4,861,928   $1,818,116 
Current contingent consideration   389,000     
Deferred revenue   368,685    624,387 
Current portion of long-term debt   6,135,364     
Total current liabilities   11,754,977    2,442,503 
Long-term debt   10,200,236     
Total liabilities   21,955,213    2,442,503 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)          
Preferred stock, par value $0.0001; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none are issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and 2019  $   $ 
Common stock, par value $0.0001; 75,000,000 shares authorized, 13,258,707 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020, and 10,589,746 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019   1,321    1,059 
Additional paid-in capital   72,906,924    47,325,421 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   63,000     
Accumulated deficit   (41,101,091)   (25,566,746)
Total stockholders’ equity   31,870,154    21,759,734 
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiary   4,704,252     
Total equity   36,574,406    21,759,734 
Total liabilities and equity  $58,529,619   $24,202,237 






Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three Months and Years Ended June 30, 2020 and 2019



   Three Months   Full Year 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Software  $2,827,616   $2,082,390   $9,976,580   $8,256,492 
Consulting   131,000    1,480,352    2,379,947    2,307,129 
Other   45,022    59,184    216,749    259,496 
Total revenues   3,003,638    3,621,926    12,573,276    10,823,117 
Cost of revenues   1,818,565    1,083,232    6,209,724    4,633,844 
Gross profit   1,185,073    2,538,694    6,363,552    6,189,273 
Operating expenses                    
Product development   1,088,938    2,518,072    3,206,310    5,565,097 
Sales and marketing   2,117,118    3,263,092    7,792,480    7,498,114 
General and administrative   3,126,027    2,602,470    11,320,715    5,638,408 
Depreciation and amortization   1,036,378        1,315,898     
Total operating expenses   7,368,461    8,383,634    23,635,403    18,701,619 
Loss from operations   (6,183,388)   (5,844,940)   (17,271,851)   (12,512,346)
Other income (expense)                    
Interest (expense) income, net   (2,084)   21,974    156,678    91,239 
Change in fair value of Convertible Notes   766,000        766,000     
Other       (91)   (254)   17,892 
Total other income   763,916    21,883    922,424    109,131 
Net loss before income tax expense   (5,419,472)   (5,823,057)   (16,349,427)   (12,403,215)
Income tax expense   (30,985)       (30,985)    
Equity in losses of investee   (3,692)       (3,692)    
Net loss   (5,454,149)   (5,823,057)   (16,384,104)   (12,403,215)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiary   748,584    -    849,759     
Net loss attributable to Akerna stockholders  $(4,705,565)  $(5,823,057)  $(15,534,345)  $(12,403,215)
Basic and diluted weighted average common stock outstanding   13,098,468    6,623,787    11,860,212    6,045,382 
Basic and diluted net loss per common share  $(0.36)  $(0.88)  $(1.31)  $(2.05)






 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Years Ended June 30, 2020 and 2019



   2020   2019 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss  $(16,384,104)  $(12,403,215)
Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities          
Bad debt expense   1,094,507    345,941 
Stock-based compensation expense   1,166,130    3,884,111 
Depreciation and amortization   1,315,898     
Equity in losses of investee   3,692     
Debt issuance costs classified as financing   1,177,390     
Change in fair value of convertible notes   (766,000)    
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   (998,000)    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (1,621,262)   (1,572,889)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (592,807)   (351,144)
Other assets   (58,925)    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   1,602,751    893,845 
Deferred revenue   (286,922)   154,756 
Net cash used in operating activities   (14,347,652)   (9,048,595)
Cash flows from investing activities          
Developed software additions   (3,102,728)    
Furniture, fixtures, and equipment additions   (156,636)    
Cash paid for business combinations, net of cash acquired   (88,720)    
Investment in equity method investee   (250,000)    
Cash received in connection with the reverse merger       18,843,483 
Net cash provided by investing activities   (3,598,084)   18,843,483 
Cash flows from financing activities          
Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt   17,164,600     
Cash paid for debt issuance costs   (1,177,390)    
Proceeds from the exercise of warrants   4,247,065     
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock       10,000,000 
Net cash provided by financing activities   20,234,275    10,000,000 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and restricted cash   2,288,539    19,794,888 
Cash and restricted cash - beginning of period   22,367,289    2,572,401 
Cash and restricted cash - end of period  $24,655,828   $22,367,289 






Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA

For the Three Months and Years Ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 


The reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and years ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 is as follows:


   Three Months   Full Year 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Net loss  $(5,454,149)  $(5,823,057)  $(16,384,104)  $(12,403,215)
Interest income (expense) and change in fair value of convertible notes   (768,084)   21,974    (609,322)   91,239 
Income tax provision   30,985        30,985     
Depreciation and amortization   1,036,378        1,315,898     
EBITDA   (5,154,870)   (5,801,083)   (15,646,543)   (12,311,976)
Stock-based compensation expense   371,532    3,884,110    1,166,130    3,884,110 
Business combination and merger related costs   1,026,929    432,500    2,829,228    1,080,870 
Debt issuance costs related to fair value option debt instruments   1,177,390        1,177,390     
   Changes in fair value of contingent of consideration   (998,000)       (998,000)    
Equity in losses of investee   3,692        3,692     
 Adjusted EBITDA  $(3,573,327)  $(1,484,473)  $(11,468,103)  $(7,346,996)






The following information was filed by Akerna Corp. (KERN) on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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