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Guardforce AI Reports Interim Financial Results for the First Half of 2023, and Provides Business Update

02 October 2023

NEW YORK, Oct. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Guardforce AI Co., Limited (“Guardforce AI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GFAI, GFAIW), an integrated security provider specializing in secured logistics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robot-as-a-Service (“RaaS”), today provided a business update and announced interim financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2023 ("1H 2023").

Additionally, the Company announced that it has entered into an agreement expected to enhance its balance sheet by converting $13.4 million of debt and $2.5 million of accrued and unpaid interest in exchange for 2,947,150 restricted ordinary shares at $5.40 per share on September 28, 2023. The conversion price represents an approximately 29% premium to the closing price of the prior day.

Lei (Olivia) Wang, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Guardforce AI, stated, “We are pleased to report that revenue increased 8.7% to $18.4 million for the first half of 2023. Although we saw a decrease in our robotics AI solutions revenue due to the lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first half of 2023, we remain extremely confident in the outlook for our robotics AI solutions. As we receive ongoing feedback from our clients, we are customizing our robots by implementing AI and value-added applications. We have approximately 1,800 robots in use by our clients in the market, and we have a better understanding of our clients’ demands and requirements. By integrating open-source AI models into our next-level solutions, we are confident that the implementation of AI increases the service efficiency and lowers the cost for our clients.

“During the first half of the year, we secured two long-term contracts with pre-existing clients for our secured logistics and cash handling services in Thailand. This past month, we secured a two-year contract with a pre-existing client for our end-to-end cash management solutions in Thailand. Furthermore, following our business strategy of diversifying our client base, in the past 6 months, half of our top 15 clients have shifted from banks to retail and chain stores, which are our main target clients in the AI and robotics sector.

“In the robotics AI business sector, we see a continued demand for robots that have the latest AI technology. We now have a clearer go-to-market strategy and business model for the robotics and AI implementations. Towards that end, we recently partnered with leading security provider, Concorde Security Pte Ltd ("Concorde"), to co-launch a new robotic security solution in Singapore. By combining Concorde’s security solutions with our robotic AI automation, we're further enhancing our security offerings to our clients. In the hospitality industry, we have partnered with Blue Pin (HK) and launched the Smart AI Hotel solution, which allows customers to use our concierge robots to make bookings online, check-in, and check-out. We were also awarded an advertising contract for our innovative Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) Robot Advertising (RA) in Macau. Our AIoT RA model enables advertisers to publish advertisements on Guardforce AI's robots and make more informed marketing decisions with data feedback from the Guardforce AI Intelligent Cloud Platform (GFAI ICP). We will continue to enhance and develop our robotic solutions with innovative AI technology for the hospitality and security industries and look forward to partnering with other companies within these markets to further accelerate growth.

“Lastly, we strengthened our balance sheet by raising net proceeds of approximately $23 million gross proceeds in the first half of 2023. We plan to further enhance our balance sheet by converting $13.4 million of debt and $2.5 million of accrued interest in exchange for ordinary shares at a conversion price of $5.40 per share, which is more than a 29% premium to the previous closing price of our stock on September 28, 2023. The lender has been our long-term strategic partner and has been supportive of our business development. Given that the conversion price is at a premium to market, we believe this transaction is in the best long-term interests of the Company and our shareholders. We also believe this transaction illustrates the lender’s confidence in our business outlook. Overall, we are now in a much stronger financial position, significantly improving our balance sheet, and having built a highly scalable business model that we believe will drive significant value for shareholders.”

Financial Overview

Net revenue increased by $1.47 million or 8.7%, to $18.4 million for 1H 2023, compared to $16.9 million for 1H 2022. This increase was primarily due to our Cash-In-Transit business, demand for our Guardforce Digital Machine and revenue increase from Beijing Wanjia Security System Co., Ltd which we acquired in June 2022. Gross profit increased to $2.5 million for 1H 2023 compared to $1.9 million for the same period last year, and gross margin increased from 11.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2022, to 13.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2023, primarily due to cost control initiatives and higher profit margin from our robotics AI solution business.

For the 1H 2023, total selling, distribution, and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased slightly by 0.05% to $6.98 million compared to $6.97 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. Our business model includes free trials to collect product feedback for new feature development, and advertising models require a certain amount of robot deployments in place. As a result, the Company recognized an impairment loss on robots’ assets in accordance with IFRS accounting principles. Operating loss was $11.9 million for 1H 2023, compared to $5.5 million for 1H 2022, which included an approximate $4.7 million provision and impairment of inventory and fixed assets, as well as a $1.3 million of impairment on goodwill. Adjusted net loss (non-IFRS) was $2.40 million compared with $3.04 million in 2022. As of June 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022, the Company had approximately $26.0 million and $8.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, respectively.

About Guardforce AI Co., Ltd.

Guardforce AI Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: GFAI, GFAIW) is a global security solutions provider, building on its legacy secured logistic business, while expanding to integrated AI and Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) business. With more than 40 years of professional experience and a strong customer foundation, Guardforce AI is developing RaaS solutions that improve operational efficiency, quickly establishing its presence in the Asia Pacific region, while expanding globally. For more information, visit Twitter: @Guardforceai

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that do not relate to historical facts but are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can generally (although not always) be identified by their use of terms and phrases such as anticipate, appear, believe, continue, could, estimate, expect, indicate, intend, may, plan, possible, predict, project, pursue, will, would and other similar terms and phrases, as well as the use of the future tense. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of the business of the Company, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control, including the risks described in our registration statements and reports under the heading "Risk Factors" as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date hereof. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Relations:
David Waldman or Natalya Rudman
Crescendo Communications, LLC
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Guardforce AI Corporate Communications
Hu Yu
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Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)
 
  For the six months ended
June 30,
 
  2023  2022 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) 
Revenue $18,413,292  $16,942,522 
Cost of sales  (15,939,067)  (14,998,727)
Gross profit  2,474,225   1,943,795 
         
Stock based compensation  -   (252,095)
Provision for and write off of withholding tax receivable  (561,277)  (263,340)
Provision for expected credit loss on trade and other receivables  (870,408)  - 
Provision for obsolete inventories  (3,090,283)  - 
Impairment loss on fixed assets  (1,591,766)  - 
Impairment of goodwill  (1,263,040)  - 
Selling, distribution and administrative expenses  (6,981,660)  (6,977,996)
Operating loss  (11,884,209)  (5,549,636)
         
Other income, net  77,765   46,859 
Foreign exchange losses, net  (583,661)  (745,759)
Finance costs  (584,897)  (410,861)
Loss before income tax  (12,975,002)  (6,659,397)
         
Provision for income tax (expense) benefit  (874,431)  320,183 
Net loss for the period  (13,849,433)  (6,339,214)
Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests  30,214   32,392 
Net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company $(13,819,219) $(6,306,822)
         
Loss per share        
Basic and diluted loss attributable to the equity holders of the Company $(4.35) $(7.16)
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:        
Basic and diluted  3,174,282   880,618 



Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)
 
  As of
June 30,
2023
  As of
December 31,
2022
 
  (Unaudited)     
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $24,738,377  $6,930,639 
Restricted cash  17,059   - 
Trade receivables  5,127,998   5,400,186 
Other receivables  -   817,564 
Other current assets  2,380,718   1,743,008 
Withholding tax receivable, net  536,974   757,024 
Inventories  1,636,245   5,105,770 
Amounts due from related parties  7,716,503   14,508,873 
Total current assets  42,153,874   35,263,064 
         
Non-current assets:        
Restricted cash  1,274,956   1,300,005 
Property, plant and equipment  6,018,408   8,066,761 
Right-of-use assets  3,323,870   4,171,409 
Intangible assets, net  6,954,467   5,793,143 
Goodwill  1,416,405   2,679,445 
Withholding tax receivable, net  1,921,073   1,934,072 
Deferred tax assets, net  634,619   1,511,753 
Other non-current assets  397,030   447,322 
Total non-current assets  21,940,828   25,903,910 
Total assets $64,094,702  $61,166,974 
         
Liabilities and Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Trade and other payables $3,065,838  $2,633,995 
Borrowings  3,509,709   3,181,616 
Borrowing from a related party  1,666,846   3,148,500 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  1,645,233   1,774,192 
Current portion of finance lease liabilities, net  200,383   398,136 
Other current liabilities  2,837,287   2,477,369 
Amounts due to related parties  3,703,038   3,868,691 
Convertible note payables  606,786   1,730,267 
Total current liabilities  17,235,120   19,212,766 
         
Non-current liabilities:        
Borrowings  13,727,574   13,899,818 
Operating lease liabilities  1,686,803   2,340,075 
Borrowings from related parties  1,437,303   1,455,649 
Finance lease liabilities  229,747   233,550 
Other non-current liabilities  -   43,200 
Provision for employee benefits  4,775,062   4,849,614 
Total non-current liabilities  21,856,489   22,821,906 
Total liabilities  39,091,609   42,034,672 
         
Equity        
Ordinary shares – par value $0.12 authorized 300,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 6,883,223 shares at June 30, 2023; par value $0.12 authorized 7,500,000 shares, issued and outstanding 1,618,977 shares at December 31, 2022  826,022   194,313 
Subscription receivable  (50,000)  (50,000)
Additional paid in capital  65,150,407   46,231,302 
Legal reserve  223,500   223,500 
Warrants reserve  251,036   251,036 
Accumulated deficit  (42,588,233)  (28,769,014)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  1,281,904   1,112,494 
Capital & reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company  25,094,636   19,193,631 
Non-controlling interests  (91,543)  (61,329)
Total equity  25,003,093   19,132,302 
Total liabilities and equity $64,094,702  $61,166,974 



Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)
 
  For the six months ended
June 30,
 
  2023  2022 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss $(13,849,433) $(6,339,214)
Adjustments for:        
Depreciation and Amortization of fixed and intangible assets  2,619,001   2,697,378 
Stock-based compensation  -   252,095 
Provision for and write off of withholding tax receivable  561,277   263,340 
Provision for expected credit loss on trade and other receivables  869,519   - 
Provision for obsolete inventories  3,090,282   - 
Impairment loss on fixed assets  1,591,766   - 
Impairment on goodwill  1,263,040   - 
Finance costs  584,897   506,818 
Loss from fixed assets disposal  41,965   24,530 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Decrease (Increase) in trade and other receivables  157,279   (205,716)
Increase in other assets  (719,595)  (968,103)
Decrease (Increase) in inventories  296,824   (5,521,429)
Decrease (Increase) in amounts due from/to related parties  639,807   (6,111,443)
Decrease (Increase) in deferred tax assets  874,431   (325,083)
Increase in Trade and other payables and other current liabilities  1,285,317   1,265,752 
(Decrease) Increase in withholding tax receivable  (374,013)  663,095 
Increase (Decrease) in provision for employee benefits  20,774   (29,812)
Net cash used in operating activities  (1,046,862)  (13,827,792)
         
Cash flows from investing activities        
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment  (829,231)  (2,309,334)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment  -   4,120 
Acquisition of intangible assets  (217,077)  (3,082,880)
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired  -   (1,793,614)
Deposits paid for business acquisitions  -   (2,160,000)
Net cash used in investing activities  (1,046,308)  (9,341,708)
         
Cash flows from financing activities        
Proceeds from issue of shares  20,867,386   18,275,728 
Proceeds from exercise of warrants  506,693   1,423,690 
Cash paid for the cancellation of fractional shares  (49,664)  - 
Proceeds from borrowings  1,756,738   - 
Repayment of borrowings  (1,937,096)  (840,762)
Payment of lease liabilities  (1,267,979)  (1,483,203)
Net cash generated from financing activities  19,876,078   17,375,453 
         
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash  17,782,908   (5,794,047)
Effect of movements in exchange rates on cash  16,840   (519,523)
Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at January 1,  8,230,644   15,853,811 
Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at June 30, $26,030,392  $9,540,241 
         
Non-cash investing and financing activities        
Equity portion of purchase consideration paid for acquisition of subsidiaries  -   4,579,879 
Equity portion of purchase consideration paid for acquisition of assets (Note 20)  1,848,000   - 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS, we use the non-IFRS adjusted EBITDA as financial measures for our consolidated results.

We believe that adjusted EBITDA helps identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain income or expenses that we include in loss from operations and net loss. We believe that these non-IFRS measures provide useful information about our core operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making. We present the non-IFRS financial measures in order to provide more information and greater transparency to investors about our operating results.

EBITDA represents net loss before (i) finance costs, provision for income tax benefit, depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, which we do not believe are reflective of our core operating performance during the periods presented.

Non-IFRS adjusted net loss represents net loss before (i) finance costs, income tax benefit and depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, (ii) certain non-cash expenses, consisting of stock-based compensation expense and allowance for, write off of withholding tax receivables, (iii) impairment of assets including trade and other receivables, inventories, fixed assets and goodwill.

Non-IFRS loss per share represents non-IFRS net (loss) income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods. Non-IFRS diluted (loss) earnings per share represents non-IFRS net (loss) income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods on a diluted basis.

The table below is a reconciliation of our net loss to EBITDA and non-IFRS net loss for the periods indicated:

  For the six months
ended

June 30,
 
  2023  2022 
Net loss – IFRS $(13,849,433) $(6,339,214)
Finance costs  584,897   410,861 
Provision for income tax expense (benefit)  874,431   (320,183)
Depreciation and amortization expense  2,619,001   2,697,378 
EBITDA  (9,771,104)  (3,551,158)
Stock based compensation  -   252,095 
Provision for and write off of withholding taxes receivable  561,277   263,340 
Provision for expected credit loss on trade and other receivables  869,519   - 
Provision for obsolete inventories  3,090,282   - 
Impairment loss on fixed assets  1,591,766   - 
Impairment of goodwill  1,263,040   - 
Adjusted net loss (Non-IFRS) $(2,395,220) $(3,035,723)
Non-IFRS loss per share        
Loss per share attributable to equity holders of the Company        
Basic and diluted $(0.75) $(3.45)
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:        
Basic and diluted  3,174,282   880,618 

 


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