OTI Turnaround Advances, With Strong FY 2010 Results, Improvement in all Fundamentals, Showing Non-GAAP Operating Profitability. Trend Expected to Continue in 2011

/ Source: GlobeNewswire
  • Revenues Increased by 71% from $31.4 Million to $53.6 Million
  • Non-GAAP Operating Profit of $2.8 Million
  • Gross Margin Increased to 54%

ISELIN, N.J., March 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --On Track Innovations Ltd., (OTI) (Nasdaq:OTIV), a global leader in contactless smart card solutions, today announced that as previously forecasted, its planned turnaround is proceeding apace, with results of operations, revenues and gross margins all increasing substantially during the year ended December 31, 2010 while maintaining similar level of operating expenses as in 2009. The following are various financial figures that compare fiscal year of 2010 to 2009.

  • Total revenues of $53.6 million, a 71% increase compared to $31.4 million last year.
  • Revenues from Licensing and Transaction Fees of $4.0 million, a 37% increase compared to $2.9 million last year.
  • Gross margin increased to 54% vs. 47% last year.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses of $26.1 million, an 8% increase compared to $24.1 million last year. GAAP operating expenses of $30.1 million, a 5% increase compared to $28.7 million last year.
  • Non-GAAP operating profit of $2.8 million, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of $9.4 million last year. GAAP operating loss was $1.2 million, a 92% decrease compared to $14.1 million last year.
  • Strong balance sheet with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $24.0 million as of December 31, 2010. This amount does not include the proceeds from the public offering of February 2011.

Oded Bashan, Chairman and CEO of OTI, said: "In 2010, we demonstrated our strategy of focusing on unique products and turnkey solutions, in the fields of SmartID, payments, parking and petroleum, with improvement in all fundamentals - higher gross margin, increased level of revenues, all while maintaining similar level of operating expenses."

Mr. Bashan continued: "We are opening 2011 in a unique position - we are financially stronger after a successful raise of about $16.9 million in net proceeds, and after successful 2010, where we have presented improved results, solid non-GAAP profitability and advancements in our planned turnaround. The successful execution of large scale projects, the introduction of new products to existing markets, the further establishment of strategic channel partners are all significant contributors to our success and are expected to further strengthen our pipeline of opportunities,   resulting in another successful financial year. We expect revenues in 2011 to be heavily back-loaded and grow to $55-$60 million. We also expect 2011 to be operating profitable on a non-GAAP basis as a result of our expectation to become profitable in the second half of 2011."

Discontinued Operations

During the fourth calendar quarter of 2009, the Company signed an agreement for the sale of the assets of OTI's subsidiary Millennium Card's Technology Ltd ("MCT") including the machinery and inlay production IP of OTI to SMARTRAC NV. Results for the discontinued operations have been separated and are presented separately for both 2009 and 2010 financial statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, OTI uses non-GAAP measures of operating expenses, operating income, net income and earnings per share, which are adjustments from results based on GAAP to exclude non-cash equity-based compensation charges related to employees and non employees in accordance with the requirements of Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 718 (originally issued as SFAS No. 123(R)) and ASC Subtopic 505-50 - Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees (formerly EITF 96-18); amortization of intangible assets; and results from discontinued operations. OTI management believes the non-GAAP financial information provided in this release provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and enhances the understanding of the Company's on-going economic performance. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating the business and as such deemed it important to provide all this information to investors. Reconciliations between GAAP measures and non-GAAP measures are provided later in this press release.

Conference call and Webcast Information

The Company has scheduled a conference call and simultaneous Web cast for March 28, 2011, at 9:00 AM ET to discuss operating results and future outlook. To participate, call: 1-888-668-9141 (U.S. toll free), 1-800-227-297 (Israel toll free). To listen to the Web cast, use the following link: http://www.otiglobal.com/Investors_Introduction

For those unable to participate, the teleconference will be available for replay until midnight April 4th, by calling U.S 1-888-782-4291 or on the web at: http://www.otiglobal.com/Investors_Introduction

About OTI

Established in 1990, OTI (Nasdaq:OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking and loyalty programs. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards.

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Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements: 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other Federal securities laws.  Whenever we use words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or similar expressions, we are making forward-looking statements. Because such statements deal with future events and are based on OTI's current expectations, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results, performance or achievements of OTI could differ materially from those described in or implied by the statements in this press release. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our goals, beliefs, future growth strategies, objectives, products, plans, future results of operations or current expectations. For example, we are using forward looking statements when we discuss our expectation to continue advancing our turnaround in 2011 and continue the trend of annual operating profitability on a non-GAAP basis in 2011 and that 2011 revenues will be heavily back-loaded and grow to $55-$60 million, with non-GAAP operating profitability expected mainly in the second half of the year. Forward-looking statements could be impacted by the effects of the protracted evaluation and validation periods in the U.S. and other markets for contactless payment cards, market acceptance of new and existing products and our ability to execute production on orders, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009 and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be achieved. Except as otherwise required by law, OTI disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

CONTACT: OTI Contact: Galit Mendelson Vice President of Corporate Relations 732 429 1900 ext. 111 galit@otiglobal.com Investor Relations: Miri Segal MS-IR LLC 917-607-8654 msegal@ms-ir.com