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Rail Vision Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results

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Rail Vision (RVSN) reported financial results for Q4 and FY 2023, highlighting revenue growth, strategic partnerships, and fundraising success. The company secured significant purchase orders, expanded in the US, and announced advancements in AI technology. Despite a net loss, Rail Vision remains optimistic about future growth and innovation.
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  • Rail Vision secured a fundraising of $8.7 million in Q1 2024, strengthening its cash position.
  • The company received an order for its Switch Yard System from a major US freight rail company.
  • Rail Vision joined NVIDIA Metropolis program to develop vision AI applications.
  • The company closed a private placement in January 2024, raising approximately $3.5 million.
  • Rail Vision signed a supply contract valued at up to $5 million with a US-based rail company.
  • The company delivered a Main Line system to a leading Latin American mining company.
  • Rail Vision completed a registered direct offering and private placement, raising $6 million in 2023.
  • The company signed an agreement with Israel Railways for the purchase of 10 Rail Vision Main Line Systems.
  • R&D expenses increased in Q4 2023, attributed to employee growth and equipment purchases.
  • General and administrative expenses decreased in Q4 2023 due to changes in exchange rates and share-based payments.
  • Net loss for Q4 2023 was $2.5 million, with cash and cash equivalents at $3.1 million as of December 31, 2023.
  • Full year 2023 saw revenues of $142,000, higher R&D and administrative expenses, and a net loss of $11.1 million.
  • Despite financial challenges, Rail Vision remains optimistic about future growth and innovation in the railway safety industry.
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Rail Vision Ltd.'s financial results indicate a pivotal phase in their growth trajectory. The company's cash position has been bolstered by recent fundraisings, which is a positive sign for liquidity and operational funding. However, the reported net loss for both the quarter and fiscal year, along with an increase in R&D expenses, suggest a strategic reinvestment back into the company's core technology and product development. This is a common pattern for development-stage tech companies where upfront costs are high before achieving economies of scale.

Investors should note the revenue generation from the sale of the company's first systems. This is a key milestone that demonstrates market validation of Rail Vision's technology. The strategic partnerships and expansion in the U.S. market could pave the way for future revenue streams and market penetration. However, it's important to assess the sustainability of these revenues and whether they can offset the R&D investments in the long run.

The partnership with industry giants like Nvidia and the expansion into the North American market are strategic moves that could significantly enhance Rail Vision's competitive edge. The affiliation with Nvidia's Metropolis program is particularly noteworthy as it connects Rail Vision to a broader ecosystem of AI and machine learning applications, potentially opening up new avenues for innovation and collaboration.

Furthermore, the supply contract with a leading U.S.-based rail and leasing services company, potentially worth up to $5 million, is a strong indicator of customer confidence and could be a bellwether for Rail Vision's future performance. It is essential to monitor how these partnerships and contracts translate into long-term financial success and market share growth, especially in a niche market like railway safety technology where adoption rates and regulatory hurdles can significantly impact scalability.

Rail Vision's focus on AI-based systems for railway safety positions it in a niche but increasingly important sector. The next generation of their AI-based system could represent a substantial technological advancement in the railway industry, which is traditionally slow to adopt new technologies due to stringent safety and regulatory requirements.

However, the technology's adoption is contingent on not just innovation, but also on regulatory approvals, customer acceptance and integration with existing railway infrastructure. The successful delivery and evaluation of their systems by prominent railway companies in the U.S. and Latin America suggest that Rail Vision is making headway in overcoming these barriers. For stakeholders, the key will be to track the rate of adoption and the potential impact of Rail Vision's technology on improving safety and efficiency in railway operations, which could be a catalyst for growth in the sector.

RA’ANANA, Israel, March 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Rail Vision Ltd. (Nasdaq: RVSN) (“Rail Vision” or the “Company”), a development stage technology company seeking to revolutionize railway safety and the data-related market, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

“In 2023, while we faced challenges and were presented with new business opportunities, it was a year marked by significant progress and milestones for Rail Vision. We sold our first systems, demonstrating the market’s confidence in our technology and laid the groundwork for future success. At the beginning of 2024, we secured a fundraising that strengthens our cash position, enabling us to execute our business plans,” commented Shahar Hania, CEO of Rail Vision.  “Since then, we have expanded our footprint in the U.S., forged partnerships with industry leaders like Nvidia, and secured additional purchase orders from U.S.-based railway companies, as we take the first steps of achieving our objectives of increasing our presence in the North American market. We believe that with $3.1 million in cash at the end of 2023, plus the recent $8.7 million that we received in fundraisings and warrant exercises in the first quarter of 2024, we are well positioned to continue to innovate, grow, and become a leader in the railway safety industry. In addition to our business progress, we continue to innovate and have announced the next generation of our AI-based system. Looking forward, we are energized and more committed than ever to driving forward the future of railway safety and efficiency, as we position Rail Vision to reach the forefront of this vital industry.”

2023 and Recent Highlights

  • In March 2024, Rail Vision received an order for its Switch Yard System from a Class 1 freight rail company in the United States, which is one of the largest in North America, that will install and use the system on its locomotive for evaluation and testing different scenarios related to safety.

  • In February 2024, Rail Vision announced it has joined NVIDIA Metropolis, a partner program, application framework, and set of developer tools focused on bringing to market a new generation of vision AI applications.

  • In January 2024, Rail Vision closed a private placement, issuing 1,651,458 ordinary shares, 1,394,999 pre-funded warrants and 4,569,688 warrants. Gross proceeds for the offering were approximately $3.5 million prior to deducting offering expenses, which included $0.5 million that was received upon the partial conversion of a credit facility that the Company entered into in January 2024. During the first quarter of 2024, the Company raised an additional approximately $5.2 million upon the exercise of warrants.

  • In January 2024, Rail Vision signed a supply contract with leading US-based rail and leasing services company, valued at up to $5,000,000 (USD) for the purchase of its AI-based Switch Yard Systems. The first phase of the contract is valued at $1,000,000 (USD) with follow-on orders for additional Switch Yard Systems, valued at up to $4,000,000, subject to customer approval. This contract followed an extensive evaluation on the Company’s system by this customer.
  • In December 2023, Rail Vision completed the delivery of a Main Line system to a leading Latin American (LATAM) mining company. In addition to the delivery of the system, Rail Vision is providing supervision, guidance, and training services as part of the $500,000 purchase order.

  • On October 17, 2023, Rail Vision received a $500,000 purchase order for a single Main Line System and related services from a leading Latin American mining company, which was delivered to the customer in December 2023.

  • In May 2023, Rail Vision closed a registered direct offering and concurrent private placement, issuing 3,947,368 ordinary shares and pre-funded warrants and 3,947,368 warrants. In June 2023, the Company closed an additional private placement, issuing 3,947,368 ordinary shares and 3,947,368 warrants. Gross proceeds from the May and June 2023 transactions were approximately $6.0 million prior to deducting placement agent expenses and other offering expenses.

  • In January 2023, Rail Vision signed an agreement with Israel Railways for the purchase of 10 Rail Vision Main Line Systems. The initial deliveries of the systems were completed in the first quarter of 2024. 

Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Research and development (“R&D”) expenses, net for the three months ended December 31, 2023, were $1,611,000, compared to the expenses of $1,473,000 in the three months ended December 31, 2022. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in R&D employees and an increase in R&D equipment purchases.

  • General and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2023, were $986,000, compared to $1,087,000 in the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease is primarily attributed to a decrease in salaries mainly related to significant changes in USD/NIS exchange rate and decrease in share-based payments.

  • Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2023, was $2,525,000 or $0.84 per ordinary share, compared to a net loss of $2,458,000, or $1.24 per ordinary share, in the three months ended December 31, 2022.

  • As of December 31, 2023, cash and cash equivalents were $3.1 million, compared to $8.3 million as of December 31, 2022.

Full Year 2023 Financial Results

  • Revenues were $142,000 for the year ended December 31, 2023, comprised from a US-based rail and leasing services company that purchased a Rail Vision Switch Yard System during Q1 2023 and completed its evaluation during Q3 2023.

  • R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2023, amounted to $7,145,000 compared to $6,230,000 for the year ended December 31, 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to allocation of salary expenses from R&D expenses to cost of sales in 2022 and increase in R&D equipment purchases in 2023.

  • General and administrative expenses totaled $4,339,000 for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to $4,265,000 for the year ended December 31, 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to increase in professional services related to operating as a public company offset by share-based payments.

  • Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2023, was $11,148,000 or $4.30 per ordinary share, compared to $10,475,000 or $5.91 per ordinary share for the year ended December 31, 2022.

About Rail Vision Ltd.

Rail Vision is a development stage technology company that is seeking to revolutionize railway safety and the data-related market. The company has developed cutting edge, artificial intelligence based, industry-leading technology specifically designed for railways. The company has developed its railway detection and systems to save lives, increase efficiency, and dramatically reduce expenses for the railway operators. Rail Vision believes that its technology will significantly increase railway safety around the world, while creating significant benefits and adding value to everyone who relies on the train ecosystem: from passengers using trains for transportation to companies that use railways to deliver goods and services. In addition, the company believes that its technology has the potential to advance the revolutionary concept of autonomous trains into a practical reality. For more information, please visit https://www.railvision.io/

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and other securities laws. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, the Company is using forward-looking statements when it discusses its commitment to driving forward the future of railway safety and efficiency, as it positions itself to reach the forefront of this vital industry and and its belief that it is positioned to continue to innovate, grow, and become a leader in the railway safety industry. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based upon management’s current expectations, beliefs and projections, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain. Such expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith. However, there can be no assurance that management’s expectations, beliefs and projections will be achieved, and actual results may differ materially from what is expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company, reference is made to the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risks detailed in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 28, 2024. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, subsequent events or circumstances, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that the Company will make additional updates with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements. References and links to websites have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release. Rail Vision is not responsible for the contents of third-party websites.

Contacts

Shahar Hania
Chief Executive Officer
Rail Vision Ltd.
15 Ha’Tidhar St
Ra’anana, 4366517 Israel
Telephone: +972- 9-957-7706

Investor Relations:

Michal Efraty
+972-(0)52-3044404
michal@efraty.com



Rail Vision Ltd.
BALANCE SHEETS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data and per share data)
 
  
  December 31, 2023  December 31, 2022 
  Audited 
ASSETS      
       
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $3,066  $8,270 
Restricted cash  322   222 
Trade accounts receivable  --   115 
Inventories  977   -- 
Other current assets  336   225 
Total current assets  4,602   8,832 
         
Non-current Assets:        
Operating lease - right of use asset  889   1,151 
Fixed assets, net  430   449 
Total Non-current assets  1,319   1,600 
         
Total assets $5,921  $10,432 
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
         
Current liabilities        
Trade accounts payables $185  $56 
Current operating lease liability  285   281 
Other accounts payable  2,140   1,032 
Total current liabilities  2,610   1,369 
         
Non-current operating lease liability  524   798 
         
Total liabilities $3,134  $2,167 
         
Shareholders’ equity:        
Ordinary shares  68   46 
Additional paid in capital  68,681   63,033 
Accumulated deficit  (65,962)  (54,814)
Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)  2,787   8,265 
         
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $5,921  $10,432 



Rail Vision Ltd.
STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data and per share data)
 
       
  Year ended  Three months ended 
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2023  2022  2023  2022 
  Audited  Unaudited 
             
Revenues $142  $421   --   -- 
Cost of revenues  (61)  (661)  --   -- 
                 
Gross profit (loss)  81   (240)  --   -- 
                 
Research and development expenses, net  (7,145)  (6,230)  (1,611)  (1,473)
                 
Administrative and general expenses  (4,339)  (4,265)  (986)  (1,087)
                 
Operating loss  (11,403)  (10,735)  (2,597)  (2,560)
                 
Financing income (expenses), net  255   260   72   102 
                 
Net loss for the period  (11,148)  (10,475)  (2,525)  (2,458)
                 
Basic and diluted loss per share $(4.30) $(5.91) $(0.84) $(1.24)
                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding used to compute basic and diluted loss per ordinary share  2,587,290   1,771,803   2,998,278   1,987,005 


Rail Vision Ltd.  
AUDITED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN  SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data and per share data)

  Convertible
Preferred A Shares
  Ordinary Shares  Additional     Total 
  Number of shares  USD  Number of shares(*)  USD  paid in
capital
  Accumulated Deficit  shareholders’ equity (deficit) 
                      
BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2021  51,282   9,965   1,144,666   25   35,987   (44,339)  (8,327)
Issuance of convertible preferred shares  10,256   2,000   --   --   --   --   -- 
Conversion of convertible preferred shares into ordinary shares upon completion of initial public offering  (61,538)  (11,965)  338,459   8   11,957   --   11,965 
Issuance of units of ordinary shares and warrants in connection with the initial public offering, net of issuance costs (***)  --   --   473,405   12   13,575   --   13,587 
Conversion of convertible debt into ordinary shares upon completion of initial public offering  --   --   30,266   1   999   --   1,000 
Issuance of ordinary shares as a result of exercise of options  --   --   209   (**)   10   --   10 
Share-based payment  --   --   --   --   505   --   505 
Net loss  --   --   --   --   --   (10,475)  (10,475)
BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2022  --   --   1,987,005   46   63,033   (54,814)  8,265 
                             
Issuance of shares as a result of exercise of warrants  --   --   24,431   1   (1)  --   -- 
Issuance of units of ordinary shares and warrants, net of issuance expenses (****)  --   --   986,842   21   5,376   --   5,397 
Share-based payment  --   --   --   --   273       273 
Net loss  --   --   --   --   --   (11,148)  (11,148)
BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2023  --   --   2,998,278   68   68,681   (65,962)  2,787 


(*)On November 15, 2023, the Company effected the Reverse Split. All references to share and per share amounts referred to herein reflect the Reverse Split.
(**)Represents an amount less than $1.
(***)Issuance costs in the amount of approximately $2,060
(****)Issuance costs in the amount of approximately $603



Rail Vision Ltd.
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
 
  
  Year ended December 31,  Three months ended
December 31,
 
  2023   2022  2023   2022 
  Audited  Audited 
             
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net loss for the period $(11,148 )  $(10,475) $(2,525 )  $(2,458)
                 
Adjustments to reconcile loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Depreciation  171    150   46    35 
Share-based payment  273    505   51    125 
Exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (70 )   --   (70 )   -- 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
                 
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable  115    --   (28)   -- 
Decrease (increase) in other current assets  (111)   163   21    206 
Increase in Inventory  (977 )   --   (25 )   -- 
Change in operating lease liability, net  (8 )   (159)  76    41 
Increase (decrease) in trade accounts payable  129    (83)  (107 )   (67)
Increase (decrease) in other accounts payable  1,108    (82)  652    (31)
                 
Net cash used in operating activities  (10,518 )   (9,981)  (1,909 )   (2,149)
                 
Cash flows from investing activities                
Purchase of fixed assets  (152 )   (29)  (8 )   (14)
                 
Net cash used in investing activities                
   (152 )   (29)  (8 )   (14)
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Issuance of preferred A shares  --    2,000       -- 
Proceeds from a convertible debt  --    1,000       -- 
Proceeds from exercise of options  --    10       -- 
Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants, net of issuance expenses  5,397    13,643   2    -- 
                 
Net cash provided by financing activities  5,397    16,653   2    -- 
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  70    --   70    -- 
Increase (Decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (5,203 )   6,643   (1,845)   (2,163)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the period  8,492    1,849   5,134    10,655 
                 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period  3,289    8,492   3,289    8,492 
                 
Non Cash Activities:                
Obtaining a right-of-use asset in exchange for a lease liability  --    --   --    -- 
Conversion of preferred shares  --    11,965   --    -- 
Conversion of a convertible debt  --    1,000   --    -- 
Decrease of deferred expenses against additional paid in capital  --    56   --    -- 


 


FAQ

What was Rail Vision's cash position at the end of 2023?

Rail Vision had $3.1 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2023.

What significant orders did Rail Vision receive recently?

Rail Vision received a significant order for its Switch Yard System from a major US freight rail company.

What partnerships did Rail Vision announce in 2024?

Rail Vision joined NVIDIA Metropolis program to develop vision AI applications.

How much did Rail Vision raise in a private placement in January 2024?

Rail Vision raised approximately $3.5 million in a private placement in January 2024.

What was Rail Vision's net loss for Q4 2023?

Rail Vision reported a net loss of $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2023.

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