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Mobilicom Reports 2023 Year-End Financial Results

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Mobilicom (Nasdaq: MOB) reported strong financial results for 2023, showcasing a 43% revenue increase to $2.3 million. The company secured significant orders from global defense manufacturers and government entities, expanding its market presence and product line. Despite a slight decrease in EBITDA, Mobilicom maintains a strong cash position of $8.4 million, with a confirmed order backlog of $1.4 million. The CEO, Oren Elkayam, highlighted the company's success in delivering cybersecure solutions for drones and robotics, anticipating continued revenue growth in 2024.
Positive
  • Revenue increased by 43% to $2.3 million in 2023.
  • Gross margin remained high at 59%.
  • Secured significant orders from global defense manufacturers and government entities.
  • Strong cash position of $8.4 million with a confirmed order backlog of $1.4 million.
  • Completed a $2.95 million capital raise in January 2024.
  • CEO emphasized success in delivering cybersecure solutions for drones and robotics.
  • Anticipated strong financial start for 2024 with additional repeat orders and new contracts.
Negative
  • EBITDA decreased from $(3.2) million in 2022 to $(4.2) million in 2023.

The reported increase in revenue by 43% for Mobilicom Limited is a positive signal for investors, indicating a growing demand for the company's cybersecurity and robust solutions in the drone and robotics sectors. The high gross margin of 59% suggests that the company maintains a strong pricing power and cost management, although it's a slight decrease from the previous year's 62%. The confirmed order backlog of $1.4 million set for fulfillment in the first half of 2024 provides visibility into future revenue, which is critical for forecasting and valuation purposes.

However, an increase in EBITDA losses from $(3.2) million to $(4.2) million raises concerns about the company's current profitability and cash flow management. While the strong cash position of $8.4 million, bolstered by a recent capital raise, offers a cushion and supports strategic plans, investors should monitor the company’s ability to control costs and move towards profitability to ensure long-term sustainability.

Mobilicom's strategic focus on the defense sector, particularly through securing orders from the U.S. Department of Defense and Israel’s Ministry of Defense, taps into a stable and growing market segment. The reliance on repeat orders and the expansion into new product lines like the MCU-70 cybersecure SDR Product indicate a deepening penetration in the market and a broadening of the company's addressable market.

The geopolitical landscape, with increased defense spending by NATO countries in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, may lead to an uptick in demand for defense-related products. Mobilicom's positioning in this sector could benefit from these macroeconomic trends, potentially leading to increased sales and market share.

The integration of Mobilicom's cybersecurity solutions into defense products, such as drones and tactical AI-enhanced mission kits, underscores the critical importance of secure communications in modern warfare. The mention of a high size-to-performance ratio for their new MCU-70 product suggests that Mobilicom is innovating in the space of lightweight yet powerful cybersecurity solutions, which is essential for the functionality of mid-sized long-range UAVs. This could indicate a competitive edge in a market that increasingly values advanced technology that does not compromise on security or performance.

Furthermore, the license-based order for ICE Cybersecurity from Israel’s Ministry of Defense reflects trust in Mobilicom's technology, which could lead to further adoption within the defense sector. As cybersecurity threats evolve, Mobilicom's ability to adapt and meet these challenges will be key to their continued growth and relevance.

SHOHAM, Israel, March 26, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mobilicom Limited (Nasdaq: MOB, MOBBW) (“Mobilicom” or “Company”), a provider of cybersecurity and robust solutions for drones and robotics, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2023.

Recent Operational Highlights:

  • Received initial production-scale order in Q3 2023 followed by additional quantity-increase order in Q4 2023 from U.S. Tier-1 drone manufacturer which delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”)
  • Chosen by the U.S.DOD for Soldiers' Next Generation Wearable Tactical AI-Enhanced Mission Kits
  • Secured $900,000 initial production-scale order from global Tier-1 Israeli-based manufacturer for loitering (kamikaze) drones platform
  • Secured initial production-scale order from another global Tier-1 Israeli-based manufacturer for use by the Israeli Defense Forces
  • Secured license-based order for ICE Cybersecurity from Israel’s Ministry of Defense for its small-sized drone program
  • Launched MCU-70, cybersecure SDR Product with high size-to-performance ratio addressing new target market for mid-sized long-range UAVs

2023 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues increased 43% year-over-year to $2.3 million driven by repeat orders
  • Gross margin remained high, at 59% compared to 62% in 2022, reflects our strong IP and know-how
  • Confirmed order backlog of $1.4 million expected to be fulfilled in first half of 2024
  • Strong cash position of $8.4 million with narrowing monthly burn rate affords Mobilicom a long cash runway to implement its strategic plans, capture market share, and ramp revenues
  • Completed $2.95 million capital raise in January 2024 adding to strong cash position at year-end
  • EBITDA decreased from approximately $(3.2) million as of December 31, 2022 to approximately $(4.2) million as of December 31, 2023.

“2023 was a transformative year for Mobilicom marked by several initial commercial scale orders from large global defense manufacturers. Our cybersecure systems are now integrated into drones and robotics purchased by the U.S. Department of Defense, Israel’s Ministry of Defense and others” stated Mobilicom CEO and Founder Oren Elkayam. “Our revenue growth, driven by our design win customer- based expansion demonstrates Mobilicom ability to deliver end-to-end systems that operate effectively under the most difficult conditions.”

“During the year, we expanded our U.S. market presence and business activities, product line and market segments. We’ve had great traction with our newly launched MCU-70, a cybersecure software defined radio that expands our reach into mid-sized and long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that delivers a superior size-to-performance ratio. Our solutions are now used in a broad range of systems from mini and small-sized drones to high-speed mid-range drone and robotics.”

“We foresee a strong financial start for 2024 based on our $1.4 million sales backlog. We anticipate additional repeat orders as well as new contracts to drive 2024 revenues. We believe that with $8.4 million in cash at the end of 2023 plus the recent $3 million fund raise in January, we are well positioned to continue to innovate, grow, and become a leading provider of cybersecure solutions for the global small-sized drone and robotics industry.”   

Key Sales and Contracts by Region:

United States

  • U.S. DoD/Leading robotics manufacturer: The U.S. DoD chose Mobilicom’s SkyHopper to be integrated into the soldiers’ next-generation wearable tactical AI-enhanced mission kits made by a leading robotics manufacturer for the U.S. defense industry, and will be integrated into the RAID System, a fully integrated communications and common control solution for uncrewed systems on land and air.
  • Repeat initial commercial-scale order from a U.S. Tier-1 defense manufacturer: Mobilicom received a follow-on order from a U.S.-based Tier-1 customer for its SkyHopper PRO, an essential component of the customer’s drone platform manufactured for the U.S. defense industry and other U.S. federal agencies.
  • Initial $150,000 order for high-payload long-range drones: This design win and initial order for two products—Mobile Ground Control Stations and the SkyHopper Pro V datalinks, is with a new customer, an innovative drone designer and manufacturer that serves commercial and defense customers in the U.S. and globally. Mobilicom’s systems will be integrated into high-payload long- range drones that are set for intensive commercial demonstrations to leading defense and commercial end users across the U.S.
  • Tier-1 customer purchases: One of the world’s large manufacturers of small-sized drones and robotics has integrated Mobilicom’s SkyHopper PRO into its new small-sized drone platform and placed an initial commercial-scale order. The customer’s small-sized drones are being manufactured for the U.S. DoD.

Europe

  • Initial order from one of Europe’s largest defense contractors: The customer is integrating two of Mobilicom’s products—the Mobile Ground Control Station and MCU Mesh networking into a paired, networked ground vehicle and drone system. This Tier-1 company serves the European market where NATO countries have increased their defense budgets significantly in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

 Israel and ROW

  • $900,000 initial production-scale order from Tier-1 customer: An Israel-based Tier-1 global defense and drone manufacturer, one of the largest loitering munitions providers in the world, moved from design to initial commercial-phase with Mobilicom’s SkyHopper, which is integrated into its loitering munitions. Shipments commenced in Q4 2023 and continued into Q1 2024. Driven by the high replacement rates of loitering munitions, Mobilicom expects follow-on orders and further demand.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE): Mobilicom secured a repeat order for its robust end-to-end solutions from a leading UAE government organization. The customer purchased Mobilicom’s entire product offering, including hardware and software.
  •  Israel Ministry of Defense: The Company’s ICE Cybersecurity software drone solution was purchased by Israel’s Ministry of Defense to be used in small-sized drones for reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence gathering. The initial order was fully delivered in January 2024, with additional orders and deliveries expected in Q2 2024 and beyond.
  • Initial production-scale order from another Israeli-based global Tier-1 manufacturer: Mobilicom secured a new initial production-scale order for its SkyHopper Pro Lite from Israel’s major aerospace and aviation manufacturer for loitering drones to be deployed by the Israel Defense Forces. This follows a successful integration and testing of SkyHopper Pro in loitering drones. This order is planned to ship in Q1 2024 and is expected to be followed by larger purchases as the manufacturer demonstrates the drones to other potential customers worldwide including the U.S. DoD.
  • Leading global provider of autonomous and remote-controlled armor technology selected Mobilicom solutions: Based on a previous design win, Mobilicom’s Mobile Ground Control Station 10” Pro, MCU Mesh Networking, and SkyHopper are being installed into autonomous and remote-controlled electric vehicles for the homeland security and defense markets.

About Mobilicom

Mobilicom is a leading provider of cybersecure robust solutions for the rapidly growing defense and commercial drones and robotics market.  Mobilicom’s large portfolio of field-proven technologies includes cybersecurity, software, hardware, and professional services that power, connect, guide, and secure drones and robotics. Through deployments across the globe with over 50 customers, including the world’s largest drone manufacturers, Mobilicom’s end-to-end solutions are used in mission-critical functions.

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Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. For example, the Company is using forward-looking statements when it discusses how the Company is trusted to deliver end-to-end systems that operate effectively under the most difficult conditions, how it foresees a strong financial start for 2024 based on it $1.4 million backlog and accounts receivable, its anticipation that additional repeat orders as well as new contracts will drive 2024 revenues growth and its belief that it is positioned to continue to innovate, grow, and become a leading provider of

cybersecure solutions for the global small-sized drone and robotics industry. 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 Mobilicom Limited’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 Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are made as of this date, and Mobilicom Limited undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.

For more information on Mobilicom, please contact:

Liad Gelfer
Mobilicom Ltd
liad.gelfer@mobilicom.com

Use of Non-IFRS Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, this release also contains non-IFRS financial measures, which Mobilicom believes are the principal indicators of the operating and financial performance of its business.

Management believes the non-IFRS financial measures provided are useful to investors' understanding and assessment of Mobilicom’s ongoing core operations and prospects for the future, as the charges eliminated are not part of the day-to-day business or reflective of the core operational activities of the company. Management uses these non-IFRS financial measures as a basis for strategic decisions, and evaluating the Company's current performance. The presentation of these non-IFRS financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, or superior to, operating loss and or net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other measures of our cash flows or liquidity.

EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure that is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and other non-cash or one-time expenses.


Mobilicom Limited
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss
        
 AUD$ AUD$ $ * $ *
 For the twelve months ended, December 31, For the twelve months ended, December 31, For the twelve months ended, December 31, For the twelve months ended, December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Revenue$3,301,887  $2,327,058  $2,258,491  $1,580,881 
Cost of sales 1,357,614   883,483   928,608   600,193 
Gross margin 1,944,273   1,443,575   1,329,883   980,688 
        
Operating Expenses       
Selling and marketing expenses 2,484,905   2,464,936   1,699,675   1,674,550 
Research and development, net 2,640,258   1,662,274   1,805,936   1,129,262 
General and administration expenses 4,032,454   2,690,920   2,758,199   1,828,071 
Total operating expenses 9,157,617   6,818,130   6,263,810   4,631,883 
        
Operating loss (7,213,344)  (5,374,555)  (4,933,927)  (3,651,195)
        
Other (expenses) income 463,176   5,047,072   316,812   3,428,718 
        
Loss before income tax expenses$(6,750,168) $(327,483) $(4,617,115) $(222,477)
        
Income tax expenses (121,797)  (13,986)  (83,309)  (9,501)
        
Loss after income tax expenses$(6,871,965) $(341,469) $(4,700,424) $(231,978)
        
Loss per share - basic and diluted (0.52)  (0.05)  (0.35)  (0.03)
        
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted 1,328,152,166   664,158,704   1,328,152,166   664,158,704 

* US Dollars numbers presented solely for convenience of the reader



Mobilicom Limited
Reconciliation table of EBITDA to Loss after income tax expenses
        
 AUD$ AUD$ $ * $ *
 For the twelve months
ended, December 31,
 For the twelve months
ended, December 31,
 For the twelve months
ended, December 31,
 For the twelve months
ended, December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Loss after income tax expense$(6,871,965) $(341,469) $(4,700,424) $(231,978)
Financial expenses (income), net (463,176)  (5,047,072)  (316,812)  (3,428,718)
Depreciation 412,093   375,516   253,075   255,106 
Share-based compensation 882,055   309,256   603,326   210,092 
Income tax expense 121,797   13,986   83,309   9,501 
EBITDA$(5,919,196) $(4,689,783) $(4,160,835) $(3,195,498)
        

* US Dollars numbers presented solely for convenience of the reader



 Mobilicom Limited
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
        
 AUD$ AUD$ $ * $ *
 December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Assets       
        
Current assets       
Cash and cash equivalents$12,259,185  $18,917,416  $8,385,283  $12,851,506 
Restricted cash 86,880   59,126   59,426   40,166 
Trade and other receivables, net 1,429,209   828,351   977,578   562,740 
Inventories 1,366,635   838,658   934,779   569,740 
Total current assets 15,141,909   20,643,551   10,357,066   14,024,152 
        
Non-current assets       
Property, plant and equipment, net 117,758   135,878   80,547   92,309 
Right-of-use assets 672,954   426,817   460,300   289,957 
Total non-current assets 790,712   562,695   540,847   382,266 
        
Total assets$15,932,621  $21,206,246  $10,897,913  $14,406,418 
        
Liabilities       
        
Current liabilities       
Trade and other payables$2,076,052  $1,608,846  $1,420,018  $1,092,966 
Lease liabilities 327,046   333,850   223,700   226,800 
Financial liability 1,572,818   1,097,520   1,075,808   745,598 
Total current liabilities 3,975,916   3,040,216   2,719,526   2,065,364 
        
Non-current liabilities       
Lease liabilities 334,909   95,403   229,078   64,812 
Employee benefits 295,542   203,636   202,151   138,339 
Governmental liabilities on grants received 6,666   6,084   4,560   4,133 
Total non-current liabilities 637,117   305,123   435,789   207,284 
        
Total liabilities 4,613,033   3,345,339   3,155,315   2,272,648 
        
Net assets$11,319,588  $17,860,907  $7,742,598  $12,133,770 
        
Equity       
        
Issued capital 41,855,722   41,636,762   28,629,314   28,285,844 
Reserves 388,674   276,988   265,853   188,172 
Accumulated losses (30,924,808)  (24,052,843)  (21,152,569)  (16,340,246)
        
Total equity$11,319,588  $17,860,907  $7,742,598  $12,133,770 
        
* US Dollars numbers presented solely for convenience of the reader      


FAQ

What was Mobilicom's revenue increase in 2023?

Mobilicom's revenue increased by 43% to $2.3 million in 2023.

What is Mobilicom's cash position at the end of 2023?

Mobilicom's cash position at the end of 2023 was $8.4 million.

Which government entity purchased Mobilicom's ICE Cybersecurity software drone solution?

Israel's Ministry of Defense purchased Mobilicom's ICE Cybersecurity software drone solution.

What was the EBITDA for Mobilicom in 2023 compared to 2022?

Mobilicom's EBITDA decreased from $(3.2) million in 2022 to $(4.2) million in 2023.

What did Mobilicom's CEO highlight as the company's success in 2023?

Mobilicom's CEO highlighted the company's success in delivering cybersecure solutions for drones and robotics in 2023.

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