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Spectra : Interim Results – Six Months Ending 30/06/2020

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09/08/2020 | 08:50am EDT

Spectra Systems Corporation

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

Spectra Systems Corporation (the "Company"), a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for banknote and product authentication, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

Financial highlights:

  • Revenue of $6,519k (2019: $6,402k)

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $2,442k (2019: $2,461k)

  • Adjusted earnings2 per share of US $4.6 cents (2019: US $4.8 cents)

  • Cash generated from operations of $2,283k (2019: $1,993k)

  • Special annual 2019 dividend up 28.5% to US$0.09 per share ($4,123k in aggregate) paid in June 2020

  • Strong, debt-free balance sheet, with cash3 of $10,906k (2019: $11,142k) at 30 June

  • $40,000 donated to US and UK charities supporting the fight against hunger during Covid-19

  • 1 Before stock compensation expense

  • 2 Before amortization and stock compensation expense

  • 3 Does not include $1,344k (2019: $1,099k) of restricted cash and investments

Operational highlights:

  • Execution of a new contract with a central bank to enhance existing authentication sensors to detect a unique type of counterfeit notes

  • Continued research funding for future sensor technology development for a central bank

  • Strong sales of optical materials for K-cups

  • Launch of a new phosphor which outperforms existing leading materials and can be sold at a significant discount to incumbents

  • Successful production of fully printed, machine-readable polymer banknotes with covert taggants

  • Ongoing Covid-19 studies on Aeris banknote decontamination efficacy at a major University with Bio-Safety Level IV facilities

  • Four lottery contract renewals for the secure transactions group

Commenting on the results, Nabil Lawandy, Chief Executive Officer, said:

"The Company's first half revenues and earnings are fully in line with last year and the Board's expectations for H1 and our cash generated by operations is up by 14% relative to H1 2019. We have obtained new business from a long standing central bank customer which supports our position as the technology leaders for difficult technological requirements. Our K-Cup business continues to grow and we have introduced a new phosphor into the optical materials market which outperforms the best incumbent product on both brightness as well as price. Our machine readable polymer technology has been successfully incorporated into fully finished house banknotes which will serve as standards for the full rollout of the product to central banks. Furthermore, discussion with central banks during H1 have reinforced our belief that worldwide demand for banknotes will be significantly higher this year than last year and that this will positively impact our earnings in H2 of this year."

"Finally, our secure transactions group continues to win renewal contracts and our Aeris banknote cleaning system has attracted unprecedented attention from potential central bank and casino customers during the first half of 2020. We are optimistic that the Covid 19 fueled interest in Aeris will result in a sale of a unit in 2021."

The Board therefore believes that the Company is on track to achieve record earnings for the full year and expects both revenue and earnings to significantly exceed market expectation for the full year.


Spectra Systems Corporation

Dr. Nabil Lawandy, Chief Executive Officer Tel: +1 (0) 401 274 4700

WH Ireland Limited

Chris Fielding, Managing Director Corporate Finance Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 1650

Chief Executive Officer's statement


Having achieved a number of key commercial milestones, as described in the Review of Operations below, Spectra Systems is on track to deliver an excellent performance for the full 2020 financial year and expects to significantly exceed market expectations for 2020, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Revenue was up 2% at $6,519k (2019: $6,402k) during the first half of the year. Revenue this year will be biased towards the second half of 2020 with significant positive earnings anticipated throughout H2. Increased revenues are expected from pre-production development contracts as well as larger demand for our materials to meet increased banknote demands of one of our existing central bank customers.

Adjusted EBITDA (before stock compensation expense) for the half year was flat at $2,442k compared to the prior year of $2,461k.

Having generated cash from operations of $2,283k (2019: $1,993k), cash at the period end amounted to $10,906k (2019: $11,142k), excluding $1,344k of restricted cash and investments (2019: $1,099k). This is notwithstanding $4,123k paid to shareholders during June in the form of the Company's special dividend of $0.09 per share.

Based on the expected revenue and earnings for the second half of the year, as well as the lowered cash requirements, the Company anticipates a similar end of the year dividend relative to the 2018 dividend paid in June 2019.

Review of Operations

Physical and Software Authentication Business

The Authentication Systems business, which includes security phosphor materials, generated revenue of $5,826k (2019: $5,722k) and Adjusted EBITDA of $2,286k (2019: $2,280k).

Authentication Systems revenues were primarily in the form of direct sales of materials and equipment to an existing central bank customer and royalty and licence payments by our licensee. Revenues in the first half of the year are in line with H1 2019.

We have advanced our machine-readable covert polymer substrate development to the stage of fully manufactured banknotes with all of the key security features central banks require. This is a key achievement that could increase authentication revenues by an order of magnitude as we move up the banknote production supply chain through the combination of substrate and security in the polymer substrate once we have the opportunity to roll the product out to a large number of central banks at the rescheduled Banknote Conference in July 2021. In the meantime, we have diligently worked on establishing marketing relationships with key representation agencies around the globe.

Another outgrowth of the polymer supplier relationship is the development of a new type of machine - readable security thread which is based on using similar polymer substrates which are compatible with security thread manufacturing. This has been described to two potential licensing partners in the first half of this year.

We have also been contracted by a long standing central bank customer to develop a new technology for relatively rare and exotic counterfeits. This contract provides new opportunities to enhance our machine-readable sales opportunities for upcoming tenders with other central banks.

With the TruBrand authentication product having been successfully introduced in the Chinese tobacco market with over 6 million packs with our smartphone authentication in retail stores in 2019, we are back on track after a delay due to Covid-19, to undertake a large scale gravure printing trial with our existing customer in H2 which has the potential to take the sales volumes into the hundreds of millions of units in 2021. In addition, we have had a successful trial with another implementation of the technology for tobacco packaging which is being marketed to other manufacturers in China and Europe. In addition, working with our polymer partner, we have developed a new product family, a smartphone readable packaging film for use in the brand authentication market where print is not an option. This is being actively marketed to large brands such as Apple and BAT.

On the software security side of the Company's business, The Secure Transactions Group, formed around the various gaming technology acquisitions made in 2012, generated an Adjusted EBITDA of $156k (2019: $181k) on revenue of $693k (2019: $680k). The H1 results are in line with 2019. The group has renewed four lottery contracts during the first half of 2020, demonstrating the stickiness of our lottery customer base.


The Company's strategy for increasing revenue and earnings continues to be focused on both brand authentication and a robust effort to commercialize our covert security technologies with an emphasis on polymer banknotes and technology driven existing central bank customers. The brand authentication sector offers short-term growth potential and some very large opportunities for smartphone-based technology, while the covert banknote security sector provides stable long-term, multi-decade revenues once new contracts are executed.

Over the past four months, the Company has continued to explore possibilities of diversifying the business beyond authentication in areas where we can support this initiative with our world class core competencies in optics, engineering, physics and chemistry. We have identified certain intellectual property owned by another company, obtained academic feedback from Harvard University on this technology, and are now in the process of having the issued patents valued through an independent third party which has expertise in this area. The current candidate technology has applications to biotech assays, point of care testing and metrology. We expect to have made a decision on this specific technology by the end of H2.


The Company continues to have numerous long-term and shorter-term prospects. The shorter-term opportunities are expected in the 2020-2022 period and the longer-term opportunities are expected in the 2023-2025 time frame.

The important, near-term opportunities are:

  • Fulfillment of large orders for materials to a long standing central bank customer;

  • Additional funding beyond the currently contracted research program with a long standing central bank customer;

Execution of a multi-million dollar sensor development contract with a long standing central

bank customer;


Increased number of tobacco packs sold in China with our TruBrand materials and

smartphone App. Management is confident that TruBrand will reach several hundred

million packs in 2021;

Adoption of our phosphors for use by a supplier of products to a major Asian central bank;

  • Expansion of the optical materials business with compostable K-cup customers;

  • Sales of our newest patent pending phosphour product; and

  • Sale of our first Aeris banknote decontamination system to a gaming casino.

The longer-term opportunities are:

  • A licensing and supply agreement for polymer-based technology developed with a major central bank;

 Supply of further upgraded sensor capability to a long standing central bank customer following the contracted development phase; and

 Sale of secure polymer substrate to central banks, which combines high security and a durable substrate in one product.

The combination of these prospects, both short and longer term, has positioned the company to continue its revenue growth and earnings through 2025 while continuing to develop cutting edge technologies as needed to remain the innovation leaders in the authentication industry.

Nabil M. Lawandy

Chief Executive Officer September 7, 2020

Statements of income and other comprehensive income for the half year ended 30 June 2020


Product Service

License and royalty

Total revenues

Cost of sales

Gross profit

Operating expenses

Research and development General and administrative Sales and marketing

Total operating expenses

Operating profit

Interest and other income Foreign currency gain (loss)

Half Year to 30 Jun 2020 Unaudited

NoteUSD '000

Half Year to 30 Jun 2019 Unaudited USD '000

Full Year to 31 Dec 2019 Audited USD '000


  • 4,436 $ 1,191 892 6,519 2,168 4,351

4,434 $ 8,427

1,033 2,982

935 1,825

6,402 13,234

1,969 3,847

4,433 9,387

823 1,330 300 2,453 1,898

79 (1)

891 1,741

1,403 2,851

209 446


1,930 4,349

76 197

(7) (11)


Profit before taxes




Benefit (provision) for income taxes




Net income







Earnings per share



Other comprehensive income (loss)

Unrealized gain (loss) on currency exchange

Reclassification for realized loss in net income


$ $

0.04 0.04



$ $

0.04 $ 0.09

0.04 $ 0.09

3 (16)

7 11

Total other comprehensive income (loss)Comprehensive income

All of the Group's operations are continuing




10 1,998





Balance sheets as of 30 June 2020

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents Trade and other receivables Unbilled and other receivables Inventory

Prepaid expenses

Total current assets

Non-current assets

Property, plant and equipment, net Operating lease right of use assets, net Intangible assets, net

Restricted cash and investments Deferred tax assets

Other assets

Total non-current assets

As of 30 Jun 2020 Unaudited USD '000


  • 10,906 $












As of 30 Jun 2019 Unaudited USD '000

11,142 $ 14,250

2,011 1,497

- 295

3,011 3,081

229 189

16,393 19,312

1,651 1,684

1,233 1,104

6,490 6,347

1,099 1,344

1,400 1,400

151 138

As of 31 Dec 2019

Audited USD '000


12,024 12,017

Total assets


  • 27,795 $

    28,417 $ 31,329

    Current liabilities Accounts payable

    Accrued expenses and other liabilities Operating lease liabilities, short term Taxes payable

    Deferred revenue

    Total current liabilities

    Non-current liabilities

    Operating lease liabilities, long term Deferred revenue

    Total non-current liabilities

    Total liabilities


    • 356 $





329 $ 357

701 636

242 191

3 203

887 1,219


2,162 2,606

1,094 592 1,686 3,880

1,017 945

498 667

1,515 3,677

1,612 4,218

Stockholders' equity Common stock

Additional paid in capital - common stock Accumulated other comprehensive loss Accumulated deficit

Less: Common stock held in treasury

Total stockholders' equity







459 459

55,465 55,505

(103) (119)


(2) 24,740


(2) 27,111

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity







Statements of cash flows for the half year ended 30 June 2020

Cash flows from operating activities Net income

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities

Depreciation and amortization Stock based compensation expense Lease amortization expense Allowance for doubtful accounts

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

Accounts and other receivables

Unbilled and other receivables Inventory

Prepaid expenses Accounts payable Operating leases

Accrued expenses and other liabilities Deferred revenue

Net cash provided by operating activitiesHalf Year to 30 Jun 2020


Unaudited USD '000

  • 1,895 $

515 29 131 -821








Half Year to 30 Jun 2019

Unaudited USD '000

1,988 $ 4,335

484 1,037

47 87

126 256

- (1)

(795) (420)

- (156)

258 189

(87) (47)

60 88

(100) (223)

(127) 7

139 637

Full Year to 31 Dec 2019

Audited USD '000


1,993 5,789

Cash flows from investing activities Restricted cash and investments Payment of patent and trademark costs Purchases of property, plant and equipment Net cash used in investing activities

- (171) (329) (500)

- (245)

(67) (249)

(273) (522)

(340) (1,016)

Cash flows from financing activities Dividends paid

Acquisition of treasury stock

Proceeds from exercise of stock options Net cash used in financing activities

Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents



(3,213) (3,213)


3 (5,112)


32 (3,183)



32 (3,183)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


(1,520) 1,588


12,662 12,662







Notes to financial information

1. Basis of preparation

This report was approved by the Directors on 4 September 2020.

This financial information has been prepared using the recognition and measurement principles of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Group has not elected to apply IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

The principal accounting policies used in preparing the interim results are those the Company expects to apply in its financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2020 and are unchanged from those disclosed in the Company's Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2019.

The results for the half year are unaudited. The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2019 does not constitute the full statutory accounts for that period. The Annual Report and financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The Independent Auditors' Report on the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 was unmodified and did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis.

2. Earnings per share

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on the net income divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share is calculated by considering the dilutive impact of common stock equivalents under the treasury stock method as if they were converted into common stock as of the beginning of the period or as of the date of grant, if later. The following table shows the calculation of basic and diluted earnings per common share.

Half Year

Half Year

Full Year

to 30 Jun 2020

to 30 Jun 2019

to 31 Dec 2019


Net income


  • 1,895,000 $

1,988,000 $ 4,335,000


Weighted average common shares

Effect of dilutive securities:

Stock Options

Diluted weighted average common shares

45,820,928 2,747,538 48,568,466

45,839,118 45,868,615

2,633,209 2,701,377



Earnings per common share:



$ $

0.04 0.04

$ $

0.04 0.04

$ $

0.09 0.09

3. Copies of this statement are available to the public on the Company's website athttp://www.spsy.com.


Spectra Systems Corporation published this content on 08 September 2020 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 08 September 2020 12:49:06 UTC

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