MICT, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

MONTVALE, N.J., May 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MICT, Inc. (Nasdaq: MICT), (the "Company"), today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Q1 2021 Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Acquired a nationwide license in China enabling the Company to offer broad range of insurance brokerage products and services through the acquisition of Beijing Fucheng, a Chinese insurance brokerage firm and its trading subsidiary
  • Achieved regulatory approval from the Hong Kong SFC to enable the acquisition of Huapei Global Securities, and allowing us to launch our stock trading platform to trade securities on major stock exchanges in Hong Kong, the United States and China
  • Commenced the development of commodity trading and futures trading platform following new financial services partnership with Shanghai Petroleum and National Gas Trading Center enabling the Company to offer financial services to its customers
  • Following launch of our insurance platform, generated $8.2 million in revenue in the first three months of operation
  • Raised a total of $114 million from capital raises to fund additional corporate development and margin facilities for our stock trading platform
  • As of March 31, 2021, cash position was approximately $123 million

Darren Mercer, MICT’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “After launching our insurance platform in late December, MICT experienced a strong ramp generating revenues of almost $9 million in our first full quarter of operation. This business continues to have strong momentum and we expect a long runway of robust growth. The prospects for our insurance business are particularly exciting as we continue to leverage strong relationships to generate leads.

“The first quarter also saw us complete the development of our stock trading platform, which is now at an advanced stage of testing and expected to have a soft launch in late June with the full rollout in July. As of March 31, 2021, we also had $123 million in cash on our balance sheet, which will provide sufficient capital to execute on our growth plans and offer our customers leveraging facilities. The opportunities for market trading in China and Southeast Asia remain enormous and we are well positioned to capitalize on them.

“It has therefore been a transformative quarter for the Company, and we have achieved a tremendous amount in a very short period of time. In terms of licenses, we obtained regulatory approval from the Hong Kong SFC, enabling us to progress towards the launch of our stock trading app, which is in the late stages of testing. We acquired a Chinese nationwide broker licensing in the insurance space, which will facilitate rapid growth in our insurance business in China. The acquisition enables us to offer b2c products direct to customers, enables us to move into higher margin insurance products, and the building of our database each month provides a strong foundation as we move to direct b2c sales during the second half of the year, which will lead to improvements in overall volume and margin.

“From a technological standpoint, we have also made remarkable progress. As already mentioned, we launched our b2b insurance platform in late December, to which we have continued to make improvements, and we have moved our stock trading platform into the final stages of testing with the expectation of a soft launch in late June. We have also begun the development of our commodities trading platform, for which we will provide further updates at the appropriate time.

“We are in great shape across all our key metrics, including in those relating to licenses, technology and operations, and our fundraisings over the course of the quarter have created a balance sheet that enables us to create and operate a number of strong fintech platforms and scale at pace in one of the largest and fastest growing fintech markets in the world.

“Finally, we have very strong management teams in each of our divisions who are executing well and very excited about Q2 and beyond. We also continue to strengthen our management and operational work force through targeted recruitment.

“Our current position is in stark contrast to this time last year when the Company had a very small market cap, was burdened with around $9M in debt, and had only $3M in cash. We were also a minority shareholder in Micronet, which was underperforming and underwhelming in the market. Whereas at March 31st 2021, we have no material liabilities and $123M cash on our balance sheet. Furthermore, Micronet, of which we are now a majority shareholder, is showing great signs of growth and productivity, having signed key orders and obtained the license to operate on the global T-Mobile network.

“Most importantly, our move to the fintech space is paying off. Our insurance business is performing well, having generated in excess of $8Min revenue during the quarter, our stock trading platform is about to come online, and the development of our commodities trading business is progressing at pace. Furthermore, we are sitting on significant cash to support and develop each of our fintech businesses” concluded Mr. Mercer.

Q1 2021 Financial Review

  • Revenue in the first quarter was $8.9 million versus $0 in the year-ago period. The increase in Q1 was attributable to the insurance division, which was launched in late December
  • Gross profit in Q1 was $1.9 million versus $0 in the year-ago period
  • R&D expenses in Q1 were $0.2 million versus $0 in the year-ago period
  • Selling & marketing expenses in Q1 was $1.0 million versus $0 in the year-ago period
  • General and administrative expenses were $4.6million in Q1 versus $0.8 million in the year-ago period
  • Operating loss in Q1 was $4.8 million versus a loss of $0.8 million in the year-ago period
  • Net loss attributable to MICT in the first quarter was $ 4.5million in the first quarter versus a loss of $1.6 million in the year-ago period. The increase in the operating loss and the net loss was the result of higher operating expenses associated with the Company’s launch into the China fintech market
  • As of March 31, 2021, cash position was approximately $123 million

About MICT, Inc.

MICT, Inc. (NasdaqCM: MICT) operates through its subsidiaries, GFH Intermediate Holdings Ltd ("GFHI") and its various fully owned subsidiaries or VIE structures. And Micronet Ltd. ("Micronet"). GFHI's versatile proprietary trading technology platform is designed to serve a large number of high growth sectors in the global fintech space. Primary areas of focus include online brokerage for equities trading and sales of insurance products in several high-growth foreign markets including Asia where GFH owns a substantial propriety database of users. Micronet operates in the growing telematics and commercial Mobile Resource Management (MRM) market, mainly in the United States and Europe. Micronet designs, develops, manufactures and sells mobile computing solutions that provide fleet operators and field workforces with computing solutions in challenging work environments.

Forward-looking Statement

This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, business prospectus, growth strategy and liquidity. Such forward-looking statements and their implications involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise required by law, the Company is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact information:
Tel: (201) 225-0190

(In Thousands, except Share and Par Value data)

    March 31,
    December 31,
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 123,403     $ 29,049  
Trade accounts receivable, net     9,282       523  
Inventories     1,935       2,002  
Other current assets     2,918       1,756  
Related party     174       -  
Held for sales assets     449       350  
Total current assets     138,161       33,680  
Property and equipment, net     466       417  
Intangible assets, net     17,135       17,159  
Goodwill     27,219       22,405  
Investment and loan to Huapie     -       3,038  
Right of use assets     564       291  
Long-term deposit and prepaid expenses     283       266  
Restricted cash escrow     477       477  
Total long-term assets     46,144       44,053  
Total assets   $ 184,305     $ 77,733  

(USD In Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Data)

    March 31,
    December 31,
Maturity of long term bank loans   $ 660     $ 884  
Trade accounts payable     5,909       838  
Related party     -       163  
Other current liabilities     5,249       5,102  
Total current liabilities     11,818       6,987  
Long term escrow     477       477  
Lease liability     332       164  
Deferred tax liabilities     4,049       4,256  
Accrued severance pay     148       153  
Total long term liabilities     5,006       5,050  
Stockholders’ Equity:                
Common stock; $0.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 114,177,951 and 68,757,447 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     114       68  
Additional paid in capital     208,428       102,195  
Additional paid in capital - preferred stock     138       138  
Capital reserve related to transaction with the minority shareholder     (174 )     (174 )
Capital reserve from currency translation     410       (196 )
Accumulated loss     (44,427 )     (39,966 )
MICT, Inc. stockholders’ equity     164,489       62,065  
Non-controlling interests     2,992       3,631  
Total equity     167,481       65,696  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 184,305     $ 77,733  

(In Thousands, Except Share and Loss Per Share data)

    Three months ended
March 31,
    2021     2020  
Revenues   $ 8,935     $ -  
Cost of revenues     6,992       -  
Gross profit     1,943       -  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     231       -  
Selling and marketing     1,001       -  
General and administrative     4,568       770  
Amortization of intangible assets     926       -  
Total operating expenses     6,726       770  
Loss from operations     (4,783 )     (770 )
Share in investee losses     -       (640 )
Other income     87       -  
Financial expenses, net     (566 )     (224 )
Loss before provision for income taxes     (5,262 )     (1,634 )
Taxes on income (benefit)     (356 )     1  
Total net loss     (4,906 )     (1,635 )
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests     (445 )     -  
Net loss attributable to MICT, Inc.     (4,461 )     (1,635 )
Basic and diluted loss per share from continued operation     (0.05 )     (0.15 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic and diluted     88,554,624       11,089,532  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing financial measurements based on generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S., or GAAP, we provide additional financial metrics that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, or non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, to understand and compare operating results across accounting periods, for financial and operational decision making, for planning and forecasting purposes and to evaluate our financial performance.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect our ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful comparisons and analysis of trends in our business, as they exclude expenses and gains that are not reflective of our ongoing operating results. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies.

The non-GAAP financial measures do not replace the presentation of our GAAP financial results and should only be used as a supplement to, not as a substitute for, our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.

The non-GAAP adjustments, and the basis for excluding them from non-GAAP financial measures, are outlined below:

  Amortization of acquired intangible assets - We are required to amortize the intangible assets, included in our GAAP financial statements, related to the Transaction and the Acquisition. The amount of an acquisition’s purchase price allocated to intangible assets and term of its related amortization are unique to these transactions. The amortization of acquired intangible assets are non-cash charges. We believe that such charges do not reflect our operational performance. Therefore, we exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets to provide investors with a consistent basis for comparing pre- and post-transaction operating results.
  Expenses related to beneficial conversion feature expense - Those expenses are non-cash expenses and are related to the difference between the stock price at the closing of the Note Purchase Agreements and the conversion price of $1.10 per share.
  Stock-based compensation is share based awards granted to certain individuals. They are non-cash and affected by our historical stock prices which are irrelevant to forward-looking analyses and are not necessarily linked to our operational performance.
  Expenses related to the purchase of a business - These expenses relate directly to the purchase of the GFH I transaction and consist mainly of legal and accounting fees, insurance fees and other consultants. We believe that these expenses do not reflect our operational performance. Therefore, we exclude them to provide investors with a consistent basis for comparing pre- and post-Vehicle Business purchase operating results.
  Expenses related to settlement agreement - These expenses relate directly to the settlement agreement with Maxim and Sunrise. More information can be found in the legal proceeding part.

The following table reconciles, for the periods presented, GAAP net loss attributable to MICT to non-GAAP net income attributable to MICT. and GAAP loss per diluted share attributable to MICT to non-GAAP net loss per diluted share attributable to MICT.:

    Three months ended
 March 31,
    (Dollars in Thousands, other than share and per share amounts)  
    2021     2020  
GAAP net loss attributable to Mict, Inc.   $ (4,461 )   $ (1,635 )
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     786       -  
Expenses related to settlement agreements     465       -  
Income tax-effect of above non-GAAP adjustments     (199 )     -  
Total Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Mict, Inc.   $ (3,409 )   $ (1,635 )
Non-GAAP net loss per diluted share attributable to Mict, Inc.   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.15 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding used in per share calculations     85,554,624       11,089,532  
GAAP net loss per diluted share attributable to Mict, Inc.   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.15 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding used in per share calculations     85,554,624       11,089,532  

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