ShotSpotter Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Company Achieves Second Consecutive Quarter of Profitability with Net Income of $0.4 Million and Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA of $2.3 Million

NEWARK, Calif., Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ShotSpotter, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSTI), the leader in gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Revenues increased 8% to $10.0 million, up from $9.2 million for the third quarter of 2018; revenues increased 19% to $29.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, up from $25.0 million for the prior year period.
  • Gross profit margin increased by 5% points to 60% from 55% for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Net income totaled $446,000, an improvement from a net loss of $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 increased to $2.3 million as compared to $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Added 11 net new “go-live” square miles of coverage during the quarter. 
  • Strong balance sheet with $26.1 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter.
  • 2019 revenue guidance reduced to a range of $40 million to $40.5 million. Company continues to expect GAAP profitability for the full year of 2019.
  • Named a winner of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ for North America - one of the few law enforcement focused companies selected.
    1. See the section below titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for more information about adjusted EBITDA, and its reconciliation to GAAP net income (loss).

Management Commentary

“We continued to make progress on many of our key growth initiatives though our third quarter results were impacted by longer than anticipated sales cycles,” said Ralph Clark, CEO of ShotSpotter. “From a financial perspective, revenue for the third quarter of 2019 grew modestly year-over-year while we generated a significant increase in adjusted EBITDA compared to the same quarter in 2018. We are pleased that our positive cash flow and second consecutive quarter of GAAP profitability demonstrate the unique leverage in our operating model, giving us confidence in maintaining our outlook to achieve GAAP profitability for the full year.

“Operationally, we added 11 net new live miles during the quarter, which consisted primarily of existing customer expansions and was net of some anticipated minor attrition. While our quarterly results reflect the inherent variability in our business quarter-to-quarter, our long-term business fundamentals and growth prospects remain strong. We have also made good progress with Missions, the pipeline for which has grown ahead of plan and includes prospects who are new to ShotSpotter.

“We are very pleased that we recently received notification that we were awarded a $4.6 million multi-year contract for our solutions in Puerto Rico and expect that to go live in early 2020. While this award is subject to final contract negotiation and execution, we are excited to once again have the opportunity to help Puerto Rico address their gun violence problems. On the international front, we are continuing to develop strong leads abroad.”

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenues for the third quarter of 2019 increased 8% to $10.0 million from $9.2 million for the same period in 2018. The increase in revenues was due to growth in the number of miles covered, which was driven by expanded deployments with current customers as well as the addition of new customers.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2019 increased 18% to $6.0 million (60% of revenues) from $5.0 million (55% of revenues) for the same period in 2018.

Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2019 decreased 15% to $5.6 million from $6.6 million for the same period last year. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to higher expenses in 2018 related to litigation and our acquisition of the HunchLab assets. Management expects operating expenses to increase moderately on a dollar basis in all expense categories in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Net income totaled $446,000 or $0.04 per share (based on 11.4 million basic and 11.9 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding), an improvement from net loss of $1.4 million or $(0.13) per share (based on 10.8 million basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding) for the same period in 2018. 

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $2.3 million, up from $0.2 million in the same period last year.

Financial Outlook

The company is reducing its full year 2019 revenue outlook to reflect the timing uncertainty of closing certain contracts, primarily in new international markets. For the full year 2019, the company now expects revenues of $40 million to $40.5 million compared to its previous guidance last quarter of $42 million to $44.5 million. There is no change to the company’s expectation of GAAP profitability for the full year of 2019. 

The company is introducing financial guidance for the full year of 2020. The company currently expects revenues of $48 million to $50 million. Management also expects to remain GAAP profitable, with both gross margin and net margin expansion in 2020 compared to 2019. 

The company’s financial outlook statements are based on current expectations. The preceding statements are forward-looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set forth under “Safe Harbor Statement” below. 

Conference Call

ShotSpotter will hold a conference call today (November 12, 2019) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss these results and provide an update on business conditions.

ShotSpotter management will host the presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time)
U.S. dial-in: 1-877-451-6152
International dial-in: 1-201-389-0879
Conference ID: 13695569

The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously and available for replay via the investor section of the company’s website at

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact ShotSpotter’s investor relations team at 1-949-574-3860.

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on the same day through December 12, 2019.

U.S. replay dial-in: 1-844-512-2921
International replay dial-in: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13695569

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA: ShotSpotter discloses the following non-GAAP financial measure in this release and the earnings call referencing this press release: Adjusted EBITDA, which represents the company’s net income or loss before interest (income) expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by management internally to understand and evaluate the company’s core operating performance and trends across accounting periods and in connection with developing future operating plans, making strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital and considering initiatives focused on cultivating new markets for our solutions. In particular, the exclusion of these expenses in calculating adjusted EBITDA facilitates comparisons of the company’s operating performance on a period-to-period basis.

ShotSpotter believes adjusted EBITDA also provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors. For example, ShotSpotter adjusts EBITDA for stock-based compensation expense because that expense often varies for reasons that are generally unrelated to financial and operational performance in any particular period. Stock-based compensation is utilized by ShotSpotter to attract and retain employees with a goal of long-term retention and the alignment of employee interests with those of the Company and its stockholders, rather than to address operational performance for any particular period.   

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. Accordingly, use of adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of ShotSpotter’s financial results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (1) adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation; and (2) other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures differently, which reduces the usefulness of the metric as a comparative measure. Because of these and other limitations, you should consider adjusted EBITDA alongside our GAAP-based financial performance measures, in particular net income or loss, and our other GAAP financial results.

The following table presents a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income or loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, for each of the periods indicated:

  Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
GAAP net income (loss) $ 446     $ (1,441 )   $ 471     $ (3,027 )
Interest income   (131 )     (23 )     (335 )     (72 )
Income taxes   (7 )     (76 )     33       (32 )
Depreciation and amortization   1,239       991       3,641       2,766  
Stock-based compensation expense   716       748       2,375       1,823  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,263     $ 199     $ 6,185     $ 1,458  

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements regarding the company’s business plans, international expansion, expectations regarding the timing and ability to negotiate and execute definitive contracts with new and existing customers, including Puerto Rico future sales and expenses, our ability to act opportunistically on strategic M&A opportunities and expand our SaaS platform into adjacent growth markets, our ability to capitalize on market opportunities, the ability to achieve near and long-term growth and profitability objectives, and revenue, operating expense and GAAP profitability guidance for the remainder of 2019 and full year 2020, as well as gross margin, net margin expansion for full year 2020. Words such as "expect," "anticipate," "should," "believe," "target," "project," "goals," "estimate," "potential," "predict," "may," "will," "could," "intend," variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond the company’s control. The company’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to: the company’s ability to successfully negotiate and execute contracts with new and existing customers, including Puerto Rico in a timely manner, if at all, the company’s ability to maintain and increase sales; the availability of funding for the company’s customers to purchase the company’s solutions; the complexity, expense and time associated with contracting with government entities; the company’s ability to maintain and expand coverage of existing public safety customer accounts and further penetrate the public safety market; the company’s ability to sell its solutions into international and other new markets; the lengthy sales cycle for the company’s solutions; changes in federal funding available to support local law enforcement; the company’s ability to deploy and deliver its solutions; and the company’s ability to maintain and enhance its brand, as well as other risk factors included in the company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other SEC filings. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Except as required by law, the company undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations.

About ShotSpotter, Inc.

ShotSpotter (NASDAQ: SSTI) provides precision-policing solutions for law enforcement to help deter gun violence and make cities, campuses and facilities safer. The company’s flagship product, ShotSpotter® Flex™, is the leading gunshot detection, location and forensic system trusted by over 100 cities. ShotSpotter® Missions™ uses artificial intelligence-driven analysis to help strategically plan patrol missions and tactics for maximum crime deterrence. ShotSpotter has been designated a Great Place to Work® Company.

Company Contact:

Alan Stewart, CFO
ShotSpotter, Inc.
+1 (510) 794-3100

Investor Relations Contacts:

Matt Glover
Gateway Investor Relations
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JoAnn Horne
Market Street Partners
+1 (415) 445-3240

ShotSpotter, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
Revenues $ 9,984     $ 9,211     $ 29,837     $ 25,045  
Cost of revenues   4,019       3,898       12,300       10,795  
Impairment of property and equipment         271             632  
Total costs   4,019       4,169       12,300       11,427  
Gross profit   5,965       5,042       17,537       13,618  
Operating expenses                              
Sales and marketing   2,426       2,453       7,494       6,202  
Research and development   1,358       1,196       4,026       3,687  
General and administrative   1,803       2,912       5,669       6,764  
Total operating expenses   5,587       6,561       17,189       16,653  
Operating income (loss)   378       (1,519 )     348       (3,035 )
Other income (expense), net                              
Interest income, net   131       23       335       72  
Other expense, net   (70 )     (21 )     (179 )     (96 )
Total other income (expense), net   61       2       156       (24 )
Income (loss) before income taxes   439       (1,517 )     504       (3,059 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (7 )     (76 )     33       (32 )
Net income (loss) $ 446     $ (1,441 )   $ 471     $ (3,027 )
Net income (loss) per share, basic $ 0.04     $ (0.13 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.29 )
Net income (loss) per share, diluted $ 0.04     $ (0.13 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.29 )
Weighted average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share, basic   11,449,946       10,780,996       11,275,195       10,481,901  
Weighted average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share, diluted   11,917,382       10,780,996       11,865,319       10,481,901  

ShotSpotter, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)

  September 30,     December 31,  
  2019     2018  
Current assets              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 26,138     $ 10,218  
Accounts receivable and unbilled revenue   6,785       15,267  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,985       1,527  
Restricted cash         60  
Total current assets   34,908       27,072  
Property and equipment, net   16,574       16,504  
Operating lease right-of-use asset   627        
Goodwill   1,379       1,379  
Intangible assets, net   243       242  
Other assets   1,518       1,922  
Total assets $ 55,249     $ 47,119  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity              
Current liabilities              
Accounts payable $ 716     $ 1,307  
Deferred revenue, short-term   20,584       23,102  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   4,643       4,427  
Total current liabilities   25,943       28,836  
Deferred revenue, long-term   755       1,060  
Other liabilities   383       76  
Total liabilities   27,081       29,972  
Stockholders' equity              
Common stock   57       55  
Additional paid-in capital   125,235       114,618  
Accumulated deficit   (96,906 )     (97,377 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (218 )     (149 )
Total stockholders' equity   28,168       17,147  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 55,249     $ 47,119  

ShotSpotter, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

  Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2019     2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:              
Net income (loss) $ 471     $ (3,027 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization   3,641       2,766  
Impairment of property and equipment         632  
Stock-based compensation   2,375       1,823  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable   8,482       (3,472 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (303 )     (891 )
Accounts payable   (617 )     715  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   (73 )     860  
Deferred revenue   (2,825 )     3,109  
Net cash provided by operating activities   11,151       2,515  
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Purchase of property and equipment   (3,672 )     (7,426 )
Investment in intangible and other assets   (59 )     (36 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,731 )     (7,462 )
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon secondary offering   11,247        
Payment of line of credit costs         (10 )
Payments of offering costs   (445 )      
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   443       523  
Repurchases of common stock   (3,466 )      
Proceeds from exercise of warrants   71       988  
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan   642       421  
Net cash provided by financing activities   8,492       1,922  
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   15,912       (3,025 )
Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents   (52 )     (164 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year   10,278       19,597  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 26,138     $ 16,408  

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