SFET First Quarter 2021 Revenues Increased 24% to $1.3 Million Year-Over-Year Driven by Increased Customer Adoption of Proxy Services & Zero Trust Solutions
Reinforced Balance Sheet with $21.5 Million in Cash Positions; Company to Execute on New Organic and Inorganic Growth Initiatives
HERZLIYA, Israel, May 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Safe-T® Group Ltd. (Nasdaq, TASE: SFET), a provider of secure access solutions and intelligent data collection, today announced its financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021.
Shachar Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The first quarter of 2021 demonstrated marked financial and operational performance for Safe-T Group as the company continued to grow while maintaining efficiency, investing in internal resources, and encouraging growth. As an innovative growth company, at the forefront of technology, we are committed to providing technological innovation and disruptive solutions. Therefore, in the last quarter we continued to invest in expanding our product portfolio and introducing it to first adopters world-wide. The company ended the quarter with its highest cash balance since its inception, a fact that has allowed us to continue to invest in recruiting quality human resources that will support the company’s continued accelerated growth in the near future.
“Following our acquisition and merger strategy, we successfully completed the implementation within Safe-T Group of Chi Cooked’s technology, which we acquired at the end of 2020. Chi Cooked presented an excellent quarter with revenue growth and profitability. The successful acquisition of Chi Cooked, which joins the successful acquisition of NetNut in 2019, provides us with a high level of confidence in the success of our next potential acquisitions, on which we have been working hard over the past few months.
“We recently announced a great achievement as we were added as an approved vendor to NASA’s Solution for Enterprise-Wide Procurement Contract Vehicle and received U.S. General Services Administration registration approval under the federal government’s Multiple Award [Schedule for Industrial Products and Services]. Since the beginning of 2021, we witnessed an acceleration in high-profile breaches globally, with the recent Colonial Pipeline attack that resulted in fuel shortages and price spikes to consumers on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. As a result, the White House has implemented an executive order pushing federal agencies to implement significant cybersecurity initiatives, including the implementation of zero-trust architecture and multi-factor authentication. I am happy to report that our ZoneZero® secure access solutions have been receiving increased procurement analysis as a result of this initiative. Furthermore, with our recent recognition and ability to sell to federal organizations and our growing channel network in the U.S., we believe we are well-positioned to seize opportunities as they emerge.
“To sum up, as part of the strategy over the past few quarters, the company has been encouraging growth while building innovation in the field of zero trust and data collection. Looking towards to the second quarter, we estimate a continued organic increase in our performance. I am confident that our strategy in addition to the acquisition and merger strategy will lead the company to continued successes in the distant and near future and to the continuation of the positive trend,” Mr. Daniel concluded.
Safe-T will provide additional details regarding its progress during its participation in the upcoming investor conferences of LD Micro Virtual Invitational XI on June 10, 2021.
Recent Business Developments:
- In April 2021, the ZoneZero® solution by the Company’s subsidiary, Safe-T Data A.R Ltd. (Safe-T Data) (i) was added as an approved vendor to NASA’s Solution for Enterprise-Wide Procurement Contract Vehicle and (ii) received U.S. General Services Administration registration approval under the federal government’s Multiple Award Schedule for Industrial Products and Services. The new approvals were obtained through Safe-T Data’s lead distributor in North America, Philemon Security, and its channel partners, accelerating procurement cycle of the ZoneZero® solutions and increasing the addressable market with federal government agencies.
- On April 13, 2021, the Company announced the availability of a joint Zero Trust Access solution by Safe-T Data and Thales. The joint solution, built on Safe-T Data’s ZoneZero® solution and Thales’s SafeNet Trusted Access, is designed to help organizations address their remote access scenarios with a simple and secure solution.
- On April 8, 2021, the Company paid the final earnout payments that were due to former shareholders of the Company’s subsidiary, NetNut Ltd. (NetNut), pursuant to the Share and Asset Purchase Agreement dated April 4, 2019. Subsequently, on April 26, 2021, the pledge in 30% of the NetNut shares, which was granted to the benefit of NetNut’s former shareholders to secure the earnout payment by the Company, has been removed, and the entire holding in NetNut is now free and clear.
First Quarter 2021 Selected Highlights:
- Between February 8, 2021 and February 12, 2021, 3,090,900 warrants from the Company’s underwritten public offering completed on April 23, 2020, were exercised into 3,090,900 American Depository Shares (“ADSs”), for an aggregate gross amount of $3.7 million.
- On February 12, 2021, the Company launched a new residential network for the multibillion-dollar sneaker resale market. The new product is the first synergy realization between the Company’s business Internet Protocol (IP) proxy platform and its consumer IP proxy solutions, utilizing the group’s advanced network capabilities.
- On February 18, 2021, the Company completed a registered direct offering of ADSs and pre-funded warrants with gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $9.75 million.
- On March 1, 2021, Safe-T Data announced the launch of its next generation ZoneZero® v5.0, an advanced Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution that unifies all access scenarios for external and internal users and dramatically lowers business critical IT expenses.
- On March 22, 2021, Safe-T Data was named a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s March 2021 report titled, “Emerging Technologies: Adoption Growth Insights for Zero Trust Network Access” by analysts Nat Smith and Mark Wah.
- On March 25, 2021, the Company announced the appointment by Safe-T Data of Philemon Security USA as its lead distributor in North America to offer its ZoneZero® solutions to the federal agencies and commercial markets through system integrators, managed security service providers and tier one and two resellers.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021:
- Total revenues amounted to $1,347,000 (Q1 2020: $1,088,000). The increase is mainly attributed to the first-time consolidation of Chi Cooked LLC’s revenues which resulted in an increase of the proxy services revenues, and increased sales of the Zero Trust solutions, partially offset by a decrease in the revenues of the SDE product.
- Cost of revenues totaled $904,000 (Q1 2020: $551,000). The increase is mainly due to the increased proxy revenues which derived from higher internet services providers’ and salary costs.
- Research and development (R&D) expenses totaled $702,000 (Q1 2020: $394,000). The increase is mainly attributed to an increase of NetNut’s development costs due to an extension of its proxy solutions activity, subcontractors’ costs related to the new Zero Trust solutions and share-based compensation, partially offset by the cessation of development efforts related to the SDE product.
- Sales and marketing expenses )S&M( totaled $1,122,000 (Q1 2020: $862,000). The increase is primarily attributed to higher salary and professional services expenses related to the marketing and sales of the new Zero Trust solutions and the new proxy services and share-based compensation.
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses totaled $1,100,000 (Q1 2020: $577,000). The increase is mainly due to higher professional fees and salaries, as well as share-based compensation.
- IFRS net loss totaled $2,513,000, or $(0.00) basic loss per ordinary share (Q1 2020: net profit of $683,000, or $0.01 basic earnings per ordinary share).
- Non-IFRS net loss totaled $1,950,000, or $(0.00) basic loss per ordinary share (Q1 2020: loss of $989,000, or $0.01 basic loss per ordinary share).
The following table presents the reconciled effect of the non-cash expenses/income and certain expenses further described below on the Company’s net loss (profit) for the three months periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, and for the year ended December 31, 2020:
|For the Three Month
|For the Year Ended
|(thousands of U.S. dollars)||2021||2020||2020|
|Net profit (loss) for the period||(2,513||)||683||(7,845||)|
|Issuance and acquisition costs||–||156|
|Amortization and impairment of intangible assets and goodwill||270||1,053||3,781|
|Finance liabilities at fair value||(37||)||(2,754||)||(2,987||)|
|Non-IFRS net loss||(1,950||)||(989||)||(6,153||)|
Balance Sheet Highlights:
- As of March 31, 2021, shareholders’ equity totaled $26,964,000, or approximately $1.04 per outstanding ADS as of March 31, 2021, compared to shareholders’ equity of $16,216,000 on December 31, 2020. The increase is due mainly to the February registered direct offering, partially offset by the Company’s operating loss during the first three months of 2021.
- As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents balance was $21,570,000.
Use of Non-IFRS Financial Results
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, this press release contains non-IFRS financial measures of net loss for the periods presented that exclude the effect of share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets, non-cash issuance and acquisition expenses and the revaluation of finance liabilities at fair value. The Company’s management believes the non-IFRS financial information provided in this release is useful to investors’ understanding and assessment of the Company’s ongoing operations. Management also uses both IFRS and non-IFRS information in evaluating and operating its business internally, and as such deemed it important to provide this information to investors. The non-IFRS financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with IFRS, and the financial results calculated in accordance with IFRS and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of these non-IFRS measures to their most directly comparable IFRS financial measures provided in the financial statement tables herein.
About Safe-T® Group Ltd.
Safe-T Group Ltd. (Nasdaq, TASE: SFET) is a provider of access solutions and intelligent data collection.
Our cloud and on-premises solutions mitigate attacks on enterprises’ business-critical services and sensitive data, while ensuring uninterrupted business continuity. Organization’s access use cases, whether into the organization or from the organization out to the internet, are secured according to the “validate first, access later” philosophy of Safe-T’s zero trust. This means that no one is trusted by default from inside or outside the network, and verification is required from everyone trying to gain access to resources on the network or in the cloud.
The wide range of access solutions, empowered by our patented reverse-access technology and proprietary routing technology, reduce organizations’ attack surface, improve their ability to defend against modern cyberthreats and enable them smooth digital transformation and to safely migrate to the cloud.
We also offer intelligent data collection cloud service, based on our world’s fastest and most advanced & secured business proxy network which enables clients to collect accurate, transparent & sensitive data from public online sources.
Safe-T’s solutions on AWS Marketplace are available here
For more information about Safe-T, visit www.safe-t.com
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