NTN Buzztime, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results


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CARLSBAD, Calif., August 9, 2019, — NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE American: NTN), reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.


“During the second quarter, Buzztime Entertainment improved net loss compared to the prior year period and delivered its 13th consecutive quarter of positive EBITDA and gained traction on three important growth initiatives,” said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO. “Upon test-marketing our new capital-light product, called Buzztime Basic, we signed over 80 locations in the first 75 days after it was released. After releasing a new mobile app, we achieved over 37,000 downloads. We launched our new ad platform in limited beta and began seeing transactions on the open exchange, both on a local and national basis. In addition, we completed a Nielsen study designed to measure the value of our audience, revealing we have one of the largest place-based advertising networks in the country and confirming we have a great market opportunity.”


“The investments we made in the tablet platform continue to pay off in new markets. We’ve secured a second order from our jail partner that provides for $3.0 million of revenue through 2020 and continue to see momentum in our hardware and platform segment. In the third quarter, we will reduce our SG&A run rate to help ensure our prudent use of capital and keep our investments focused. Our new products present an exciting trajectory for growth, and we believe we will be better positioned to capture these market opportunities down the road,” concluded Mr. Krishnan.


Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2019


Total revenues were $5.2 million, compared to $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2018. The year over year decrease reflects lower subscription and professional development revenue, partially offset by increases in advertising revenue. Direct costs were $1.7 million, compared to $1.9 million for the same period in 2018. Gross margin was 67%, compared to 66% for the same period in 2018, reflecting decreased equipment sales in the current period that typically carry lower gross margins. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased to $3.4 million, compared to $3.7 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting cost management measures. Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $98,000, or $0.03 per share, improved from a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $132,000, or $0.05 per share, in the prior year quarter. Net loss was $90,000, improved from a net loss of $124,000 in the prior year quarter. EBITDA was $686,000, compared to $691,000 in the prior year quarter.


EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Although EBITDA is positive this quarter, it may not be positive in future quarters. A detailed description and reconciliation of EBITDA and management’s reasons for using this measure is set forth at the end of this press release.


Metric Review for the Quarter Ended June 30 , 2019


The site count was 2,609 at June 30, 2019, compared to 2,632 at March 31, 2019. Management anticipates that site count will continue to fluctuate.






Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $3.0 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $2.8 million at December 31, 2018. For the first six months in 2019, cash flow from operations was $1.3 million, increasing from $239,000 in the same period last year.


Conference Call


Management will review the results on a conference call with a live question and answer session today, August 9, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call, please use passcode 8597009 and dial:


  (877) 307-1373 for the live call and (855) 859-2056 for the replay, if calling from the United States or Canada; or
  (678) 224-7873 for the live call and (404) 537-3406 for the replay, if calling internationally.


The call will also be accompanied live by webcast that will be accessible at the company’s website at The replay of the call will be available until August 16, 2019.


Forward-looking Statements


This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current views of future events and operations, including statements regarding the ability of the company’s new products to increase the company’s growth, the impact of the company’s planned reduction in selling, general and administrative expense, and management’s view regarding the company’s ability to capture market opportunities. These risks and uncertainties include the risks of unsuccessful execution or launch of products, platforms or brands, risks associated with customer retention and growth plans, the impact of alternative entertainment options and technologies and competitive products, brands, technologies and pricing, adverse economic conditions, the regulatory environment and changes in the law, failure of customer and/or player acceptance or demand for new or existing products, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, termination of partnership and contractual relationships and technical problems or outages. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.’s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.


About Buzztime:


Buzztime (NYSE American: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative technology that helps its customers acquire, engage and retain its patrons. Most frequently used in bars and restaurants in North America, the Buzztime tablets, mobile app and technology offer engaging solutions to establishments that have guests who experience dwell time, such as casinos, senior living, and more. Casual dining venues license Buzztime’s customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games. Buzztime’s platform creates connections among the players and venues and amplifies guests’ positive experiences. Buzztime’s in-venue TV network creates one of the largest digital out of home ad audiences in the US and Canada. Buzztime hardware solutions leverages the company’s experience manufacturing durable tablets and charging systems, enabling a diverse group of businesses including corrections, point-of-sale and loyalty with product implementation. Buzztime games have also been recently licensed by other businesses serving other markets. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter@buzztime.




Kirsten Chapman, LHA Investor Relations, 415-433-3777





Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except par value amount)



June 30,



December 31,


Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $2,727   $2,536 
Restricted cash   51    50 
Accounts receivable, net   732    1,143 
Income taxes receivable   8     
Site equipment to be installed   1,689    2,539 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   506    517 
Total current assets   5,713    6,785 
Restricted cash, long-term   200    200 
Operating lease right-of-use assets   2,245     
Fixed assets, net   3,845    4,667 
Software development costs, net   2,464    2,018 
Deferred costs   377    424 
Goodwill   695    667 
Other assets   100    103 
Total assets  $15,639   $14,864 
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $283   $271 
Accrued compensation   632    572 
Accrued expenses   372    444 
Sales taxes payable   67    87 
Income taxes payable       1 
Current portion of long-term debt   1,083    1,000 
Current portion of obligations under operating leases   363     
Current portion of obligations under financing leases   25    45 
Current portion of deferred revenue   518    1,267 
Other current liabilities   231    337 
Total current liabilities   3,574    4,024 
Long-term debt   2,235    2,729 
Obligations under operating leases   3,090     
Obligations under financing leases   31    41 
Deferred revenue   17    30 
Deferred rent       1,123 
Other liabilities   25     
Total liabilities   8,972    7,947 
Commitments and contingencies          
Shareholders’ equity:          
Series A 10% cumulative convertible preferred stock, $0.005 par value, $156 liquidation preference, 156 shares authorized; 156 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018   1    1 
Common stock, $0.005 par value, 15,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,882 and 2,875 shares issued at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively   14    14 
Treasury stock, at cost, 10 shares at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018   (456)   (456)
Additional paid-in capital   136,648    136,552 
Accumulated deficit   (129,805)   (129,394)
Accumulated other comprehensive income   265    200 
Total shareholders’ equity   6,667    6,917 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $15,639   $14,864 







(In thousands, except per share data)



Three months ended

June 30,


Six months ended

June 30,

   2019   2018   2019   2018 
Subscription revenue  $3,800   $4,041   $7,633   $8,106 
Hardware revenue   595    590    800    1,269 
Other revenue   831    1,020    1,625    2,037 
Total revenues   5,226    5,651    10,058    11,412 
Operating expenses:                    
Direct operating costs (includes depreciation and amortization)   1,717    1,937    3,201    3,904 
Selling, general and administrative   3,422    3,658    6,891    7,679 
Depreciation and amortization (excluding depreciation and amortization included in direct costs   89    83    185    169 
Total operating expenses   5,228    5,678    10,277    11,752 
Operating loss   (2)   (27)   (219)   (340)
Other expense, net   (88)   (73)   (173)   (167)
Loss before income taxes   (90)   (100)   (392)   (507)
Income tax provision       (24)   (11)   (26)
Net loss   (90)   (124)   (403)   (533)
Series A preferred stock dividend   (8)   (8)   (8)   (8)
Net loss attributable to common shareholders  $(98)  $(132)  $(411)  $(541)
Net loss per common share – basic and diluted  $(0.03)  $(0.05)  $(0.14)  $(0.22)
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted   2,870    2,514    2,868    2,512 
Comprehensive loss:                    
Net loss  $(98)  $(124)  $(403)  $(533)
Foreign currency translations adjustment   32    (43)   65    (91)
Total comprehensive loss  $(58)  $(167)  $(338)  $(624)







(In thousands)



Six months ended

June 30,

   2019   2018 
Cash flows provided by operating activities:          
Net loss  $(403)  $(533)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   1,454    1,336 
Provision for doubtful accounts   27    36 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets   144     
Scrap expense   4    28 
Transfer of fixed assets to sales-type lease   6    10 
Stock-based compensation   109    251 
Amortization of debt issuance costs   5    17 
Loss from disposition of equipment and capitalized software   16    23 
Changes in assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   384    (108)
Site equipment to be installed   465    (111)
Operating lease liabilities   (58)    
Prepaid expenses and other liabilities   12    (176)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (20)   145 
Income taxes   (10)   14 
Deferred costs   47    234 
Deferred revenue   (866)   (848)
Deferred rent       (99)
Other liabilities   23    20 
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,339    239 
Cash flows used in investing activities:          
Capital expenditures   (79)   (280)
Capitalized software development expenditures   (639)   (424)
Net cash used in investing activities   (718)   (704)
Cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities:          
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock related to registered direct offering       1,381 
Payment on long-term debt   (417)   (364)
Principal payments on financing leases   (30)   (88)
Payment of preferred stockholder dividends   (8)   (8)
Tax withholding related to net share settlement of vested restricted stock units   (13)    
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (468)   921 
Effect of exchange rate on cash   39    (49)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   192    407 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   2,786    3,378 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   2,978    3,785 







(In thousands)


A schedule reconciling the Company’s consolidated net loss calculated in accordance with GAAP to EBITDA is included in the supplemental table below. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with GAAP, nor should EBITDA be considered as an alternative to statements of cash flows as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is included herein because the Company believes it is a measure of operating performance that financial analysts, lenders, investors and other interested parties find to be a useful tool for analyzing companies like Buzztime that carry significant levels of non-cash depreciation and amortization charges in comparison to their net income or loss calculation in accordance with GAAP.


The following table reconciles our net loss per GAAP (in thousands) to EBITDA:



Three months ended

June 30,


Six months ended

June 30,

   2019   2018   2019   2018 
Net loss per GAAP  $(90)  $(124)  $(403)  $(533)
Interest expense, net   69    94    136    187 
Income tax provision       24    11    26 
Depreciation and amortization   707    697    1,454    1,336 
Total EBITDA  $686   $691   $1,198   $1,016 



The following information was filed by Ntn Buzztime Inc (NTN) on Friday, August 9, 2019 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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