Strong Global Entertainment Reports Third Quarter 2023 Operating Results

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Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE American: SGE) (the “Company” or “Strong Global Entertainment”) today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Operational Highlights – Quarter and Year-to-Date

  • Industry upgrades continue to drive consolidated revenue growth:
    • Third quarter revenue grew 10% and year to date total revenue increased 36% as compared to the same periods of the prior year.
    • Third quarter service revenues increased 32% and year to date service revenues more than doubled as compared to the same periods of the prior year.
  • The Company expanded its immersive product offerings in the third quarter with the announcement of a new Seismos flooring product line and securing first commercial installation.
  • Announced agreement to produce new crime drama series, Endangered, in South Africa.
  • Completed first two acquisitions following initial public offering (the “IPO”):
    • Unbounded Media Corporation (“Unbounded”), completed in third quarter, which adds production service capabilities to Strong Studios group; and
    • Innovative Cinema Solutions (“ICS”), completed subsequent to close of third quarter, adding scale to Strong Technical Services group.

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Mark Roberson, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continued to execute on our strategic growth initiatives, growing organically while also adding scale with the first two acquisitions following our IPO. Our business continues to strengthen as demand for our products and services increases, and the recent box office success of several summer releases, coupled with more and more people returning to theaters, is a demonstration of the demand for laser projection and additional enhancements that optimize the viewing experience.”

Mr. Roberson continued, “We closed two acquisitions over the past two months, adding Unbounded in September and ICS just this week. These acquisitions are initial steps in a broader growth strategy. We are excited to have both groups join the team as we continue to expand Strong Global Entertainment.”

Kyle Cerminara, Chairman of the Board, commented, “We are very excited to see Strong Global Entertainment implementing its growth plans. We believe that we have a strategy in place and a long-term view of the business that will drive meaningful growth and value for our shareholders.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Review (Compared to Third Quarter 2022)

  • Revenue grew 10.3% to $10.9 million compared to $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2022, as demand from the Company’s cinema customers continued to strengthen. In addition, Strong Global Entertainment recognized revenue from its first Seismos flooring product line during the quarter. The Company has been increasing the scope of its services and adding resources to better support its customers and to increase market share in cinema services. Revenue from installation services increased 68% for the quarter and screen sales increased 16%.
  • Gross profit increased to $2.8 million, or 25.8% of revenues, compared to $2.4 million, or 23.9% of revenue in the third quarter of 2022. Gross profit from service revenue increased to 21.8% of revenue for the third quarter of 2023 compared to 10.0% of revenues for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Income from operations was $0.2 million compared to $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, as increased gross profit was offset by increased selling, general and administrative expenses, including costs of operating as a stand-alone public company.
  • Net income was breakeven, as compared to $0.7 million or $0.13 per basic and diluted share in the prior year. The reduction in net income was primarily due to increased selling, general and administrative costs offsetting improved gross margins.
  • Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (“EBITDA”) decreased to $0.5 million as compared to $0.7 million in the prior year, primarily as a result of increased selling, general and administrative expenses in the quarter as the Company continues to execute on its acquisition strategy.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the Company’s 2023 third quarter financial results will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties can listen to the call via live webcast or by phone. To access the webcast, visit the Company’s website or use the following link: SGE Webcast Link. To access the conference call by phone, dial (877) 545-0320 (domestic) or (973) 528-0002 (international) and use participant code 375936. Please access the webcast or dial in at least five minutes before the start of the call to register.

A replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the live broadcast and accessible on the Company’s website.

About Strong Global Entertainment, Inc.
Strong Global Entertainment, Inc., (the “Company”) a subsidiary of FG Group Holdings Inc. (NYSE American: FGH), is a leader in the entertainment industry, providing mission critical products and services to cinema exhibitors and entertainment venues for over 90 years. The Company manufactures and distributes premium large format projection screens, provides comprehensive managed services, technical support and related products and services primarily to cinema exhibitors, theme parks, educational institutions, and similar venues. In addition to traditional projection screens, the Company manufactures and distributes its Eclipse curvilinear screens, which are specially designed for theme parks, immersive exhibitions, as well as simulation applications. It also provides maintenance, repair, installation, network support services and other services to cinema operators, primarily in the United States. The Company also owns Strong Studios, Inc., which develops and produces original feature films and television series.

About Fundamental Global®

Fundamental Global® is a private partnership focused on long-term strategic holdings. Fundamental Global® was co-founded by former T. Rowe Price, Point72 and Tiger Cub portfolio manager Kyle Cerminara and former Chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade, Joe Moglia. Its current holdings include FG Financial Group Inc., FG Group Holdings Inc., BK Technologies Corp., GreenFirst Forest Products, Inc., iCoreConnect, Inc., FG Acquisition Corp., OppFi Inc., Hagerty Inc., and FG Communities, Inc.

The FG® logo is a registered trademark of Fundamental Global®.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company discloses information regarding Adjusted EBITDA (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which differs from the commonly used EBITDA (“EBITDA”). Adjusted EBITDA both adjusts net income (loss) to exclude income taxes, interest, and depreciation and amortization, and excludes share-based compensation, impairment charges, severance, foreign currency transaction gains (losses), transactional gains and expenses, gains on insurance recoveries, and other cash and non-cash charges and gains.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of performance defined in accordance with GAAP. However, Adjusted EBITDA is used internally in planning and evaluating the Company’s operating performance. Accordingly, management believes that disclosure of these metrics offers investors, bankers and other stakeholders an additional view of the Company’s operations that, when coupled with the GAAP results, provides a more complete understanding of the Company’s financial results.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or to net cash from operating activities as measures of operating results or liquidity. The Company’s calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies, and the measures exclude financial information that some may consider important in evaluating the Company’s performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (i) they do not reflect the Company’s cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments, (ii) they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs, (iii) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on the Company’s debt, (iv) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements, (v) they do not adjust for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in the Company’s statements of cash flows, (vi) they do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters management considers not to be indicative of the Company’s ongoing operations, and (vii) other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate these measures differently than the Company does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period by isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. These potential differences may be caused by variations in capital structures (affecting interest expense), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age and book depreciation of facilities and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense). The Company also presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because (i) management believes these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the Company’s industry, (ii) management believes investors will find these measures useful in assessing the Company’s ability to service or incur indebtedness, and (iii) management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA internally as benchmarks to evaluate the Company’s operating performance or compare the Company’s performance to that of its competitors.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to the historical information included herein, this press release contains “forward-looking statements” that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “seek,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “aim,” “should,” “will” “would,” or the negative of these words or other similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the section titled “Risk Factors” in the final prospectus related to the public offering filed with the SEC. Forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are made as of this date, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contacts:

Mark Roberson
Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. – Chief Executive Officer
(704) 471-6784
[email protected]

John Nesbett/Jennifer Belodeau
IMS Investor Relations
(203) 972-9200
[email protected]

Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  September 30, 2023   December 31, 2022
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,110     $ 3,615  
Accounts receivable, net   7,443       6,148  
Inventories, net   3,597       3,389  
Other current assets   1,337       4,547  
Total current assets   15,487       17,699  
Property, plant and equipment, net   1,522       4,607  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   4,695       237  
Finance lease right-of-use asset   1,004       606  
Film and television programming rights, net   8,205       1,501  
Intangible assets, net         6  
Goodwill   2,049       882  
Total assets $ 32,962     $ 25,538  
       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 3,576     $ 4,106  
Accrued expenses   7,326       4,486  
Payable to FG Group Holdings Inc.   1,818       1,861  
Short-term debt   2,777       2,510  
Current portion of long-term debt   37       36  
Current portion of operating lease obligations   278       64  
Current portion of finance lease obligations   203       105  
Deferred revenue and customer deposits   1,515       1,769  
Total current liabilities   17,530       14,937  
Operating lease obligations, net of current portion   4,478       234  
Finance lease obligations, net of current portion   814       502  
Long-term debt, net of current portion   169       126  
Deferred income taxes   120       529  
Other long-term liabilities   525       6  
Total liabilities   23,636       16,334  
       
Equity:      
Common stock, no par value          
Additional paid-in-capital   15,589        
Accumulated deficit   (807 )      
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,456 )     (5,024 )
Net parent investment         14,228  
Total equity   9,326       9,204  
Total liabilities and equity $ 32,962     $ 25,538  


Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
Net product sales $ 7,994     $ 7,690     $ 23,609     $ 22,076  
Net service revenues   2,926       2,213       15,100       6,370  
Total net revenues   10,920       9,903       38,709       28,446  
Total cost of products   5,809       5,541       17,579       16,233  
Total cost of services   2,289       1,991       8,779       5,538  
Total cost of revenues   8,098       7,532       26,358       21,771  
Gross profit   2,822       2,371       12,351       6,675  
Selling and administrative expenses:              
Selling   500       498       1,652       1,723  
Administrative   2,139       1,368       9,983       4,138  
Total selling and administrative expenses   2,639       1,866       11,635       5,861  
Gain on disposal of assets               1        
Income from operations   183       505       717       814  
Other (expense) income:              
Interest expense, net   (88 )     (31 )     (206 )     (82 )
Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)   126       518       (183 )     646  
Other income, net   18       11       16       15  
Total other income (expense)   56       498       (373 )     579  
Income before income taxes   239       1,003       344       1,393  
Income tax expense   (205 )     (233 )     (349 )     (417 )
Net income (loss) $ 34     $ 770     $ (5 )   $ 976  
               
Net income (loss) per share:              
Basic $ 0.00     $ 0.13     $ 0.00     $ 0.16  
Diluted $ 0.00     $ 0.13     $ 0.00     $ 0.16  


Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2023       2022  
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net (loss) income $ (5 )   $ 976  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:      
(Recovery of) provision for doubtful accounts   (32 )     10  
Benefit from obsolete inventory   (47 )      
Provision for warranty   131       9  
Depreciation and amortization   2,438       521  
Amortization and accretion of operating leases   48       52  
Deferred income taxes   (430 )     (116 )
Stock-based compensation expense   890       97  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   (1,223 )     (395 )
Inventories   (158 )     (556 )
Current income taxes   154       503  
Other assets   (7,864 )     1,133  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   5,549       (3,572 )
Deferred revenue and customer deposits   (257 )     (420 )
Operating lease obligations   (57 )     (50 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (863 )     (1,808 )
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures   (288 )     (197 )
Acquisition of programming rights   (511 )     (407 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (799 )     (604 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Principal payments on short-term debt   (358 )     (228 )
Principal payments on long-term debt   (27 )     (20 )
Borrowings under credit facility   6,790        
Repayments under credit facility   (4,483 )      
Payments on finance lease obligations   (99 )      
Proceeds from initial public offering   2,411        
Payments of withholding taxes for net share settlement of equity awards   (117 )      
Net cash transferred (to) from parent   (3,001 )     1,285  
Net cash provided by financing activities   1,116       1,037  
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   41       70  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash   (505 )     (1,305 )
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   3,615       4,494  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 3,110     $ 3,189  

Strong Global Entertainment, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
               
Net income (loss) $ 34     $ 770     $ (5 )   $ 976  
Interest expense, net   88       31       206       82  
Income tax expense   205       233       349       417  
Depreciation and amortization   129       154       2,438       521  
EBITDA   456       1,188       2,988       1,996  
Stock-based compensation expense   124       25       890       97  
IPO related expenses               475        
Unbounded acquisition related expenses   42             42        
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss   (126 )     (518 )     183       (646 )
Severance and other   7             7        
Adjusted EBITDA $ 503     $ 695     $ 4,585     $ 1,447  

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