CARLSBAD, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.
"In the fourth quarter, we were able to get our costs in line with revenues, generate a profit and increase our cash position. Since then, we also put in place the leadership necessary in both sales and marketing with the addition of Barry Chandler as our Chief Marketing Officer and Kirk Nagamine as our Chief Revenue Officer, allowing us to solidify the Company's vision and strategic plan by sharpening our product and launch plan," said Jeff Berg, the Company's interim CEO.
"The revamp of the product and technology platform to provide much more ROI to our customers is in the midst of rapid development. The first tangible indication of this can be seen in the successful pilot launch of one of our new products with encouraging data showing key engagement metrics, such as visits, gameplay and registration rates, up anywhere from 50% to well over 1,000%+. We have a lot of work to do over the next few quarters, but we are excited about our product and market positioning," added Mr. Berg.
Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2012
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $5.9 million, compared to revenues of $6.1 million for the same period of 2011. The 3% decrease in revenue was primarily the result of lower average site count, offset by revenue generated from the Stump! Trivia business we acquired in October 2011.
The Company ended the fourth quarter of 2012 with 3,638 subscribing venues, compared to 3,932 at December 31, 2011. During the fourth quarter of 2012, installations were lower at 100 compared with 254 in the same quarter last year, and terminations were lower at 201 compared to 232. Customer churn was 5.4% for the quarter, a slight improvement from 5.9% in the prior year period.
Gross margin as a percentage of revenue remained relatively flat at 75% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 74% in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 25%, to $3.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 from $5.1 million for the same period in 2011. The $1.3 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to a decrease in payroll and related expenses resulting from a reorganization that took place during the second quarter of 2012 and a reversal of an accrued liability due to the favorable outcome of a sales tax assessment.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.6 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to net loss of $1.0 million or $0.02 per share in the same period a year ago.
Results for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2012
Revenues for 2012 were $24.1 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, compared to revenue of $23.9 million for the prior year.
For the full year of 2012, installations were lower by approximately 40%; however, terminations were also lower by approximately 11% compared with the full year of 2011. Customer churn was 23.7% for 2012, an improvement from 25.7% in the prior year.
Gross margin as a percentage of revenue decreased to 74% for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to 76% in the prior year.
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 11% to $18.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $20.4 million for the prior year period. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to a decrease in payroll and related expenses resulting from a reorganization that took place in the second quarter of 2012 and the reversal of an accrued liability resulting from the favorable outcome of a sales tax assessment.
Net loss for the full year of 2012 was $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to net loss of $3.4 million or $0.06 per share in the same period a year ago.
Management will review these results in a conference call today, March 28, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. ET.
To access the conference call, please dial (877) 790-8271, if calling from the United States or Canada, or (954) 320-7648, if calling internationally, and use passcode 26770514. A replay of the call will be available until April 4, 2013, which can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056, if calling from the United States or Canada, or (404) 537-3406, if calling internationally. Please use passcode 26770514 to access the replay.
The call will also be accompanied live by webcast over the Internet and accessible at the Company's Web site at http://www.buzztime.com.
NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by approximately 3,600 bars and restaurants in North America since 1985, Buzztime integrates trivia, card and sports games with in- and out-of-venue messaging and communication tools. With over three million registrations on the Buzztime platform and more than 52 million games played each year, Buzztime players spread the word and invite friends and family to their favorite Buzztime location to enjoy an evening of fun and competition. With Buzztime entertainment and marketing solutions, bars and restaurants can turn casual visitors into regulars, and give guests a reason to stay longer. For the most up-to-date information on NTN Buzztime, please visit www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including but not limited to statements about our the Company's vision and strategic plan, our product and launch plan, ROI to our customers, rapid development, product pilot launch, number of visits, gameplay and registration rates, other benefits of our products and services and the number of locations, players and games. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the risks of unsuccessful execution of plans and development, the impact of alternative entertainment options and technologies and competitive products and pricing, adverse economic conditions, failure of customer and/or player demand, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, termination of partnership and contractual relationships and technical problems or outages. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof, and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.
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