VIQ Solutions Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results

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PHOENIX, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VIQ Solutions Inc. (“VIQ” or the “Company”) (TSX and Nasdaq: VQS), a global provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture technology and transcription services, today reported its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2022. Results are reported in US dollars and prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).

“We ended a challenging 2022 with a 48% increase in year over year revenue which 93% is Annual Recurring Revenue (“ARR”)1 and a 53% increase in year over year net new bookings,” said Sebastien Paré, VIQ’s Chief Executive Office. “We delivered on our promise to gradually return to organic growth post pandemic in 2023 and to bring end-to-end workflow technologies to clients around the world to solve key problems like the critical shortage of court reporters and the need to move content securely to the cloud. As our customers find more efficient ways to create and digitize delivery of their evidentiary content, we continue to execute our strategy to extend our Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) to targeted verticals through scale, industry specific content, optimized workflow, and human knowledge.”

“The positive impact our AI-powered, NetScribe™ technology has had in our most mature markets was impressive and underscores the value of VIQ IP. Productivity and efficiency gains reflected in gross margin post migration reached 55.8% in the United States and 61.6% in the United Kingdom. This is a material improvement from the gross margin ranges noted post-acquisition. Australia, representing 53% of our revenue exiting 2022 is scheduled to complete migrations onto the platform in 2023 which will further improve margins.”

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $10.2 million, an increase of $2.7 million, or 35%, from the same period in the prior year.
  • Gross profit of $4.8 million, an increase of $1.5 million, or 45%, from the same period in the prior year.
  • Net loss of $2.2 million, a decrease of $1.5 million, from the same period in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of negative $1.2 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 35%, from the same period in the prior year.

Full Year 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $45.8 million, an increase of $14.8 million, or 48%, from the same period in the prior year.
  • Gross profit of $21.9 million, an increase of $7.0 million, or 47%, from the same period in the prior year.
  • Net loss of $8.7 million, a decrease of $11.0 million, or 56%, for the same period in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was negative $3.4 million, a decrease $1.5 million, or 31% from the same period in the prior year.

1 Represents a non-IFRS measure. Please refer to the “Non-IFRS Measures” section below and the reconciliation tables at the end of this press release.

On January 13, 2023, the Company entered a senior debt facility with Beedie Investments Ltd. (“Beedie”), pursuant to which Beedie has agreed to advance up to $15 million to the Company (the “Loan”). $12 million of the Loan has been advanced to the Company as an initial advance with an additional $3 million available to the Company to be drawn in subsequent advances in a minimum of $1 million for growth initiatives.

“As macroeconomic headwinds changed, we adjusted our focus, aligning our global resources, conducting a 10% reduction in headcount, and restructured to improve Adjusted EBITDA as we work to evolve into a leaner, more data driven company,” said Alexie Edwards, VIQ Chief Financial Officer. “In January 2023, we refinanced our legacy debt facility eleven months ahead of maturity with a built-in facility for growth initiatives. We believe this facility provides us with the necessary liquidity to support growth.”

Nasdaq

As previously disclosed, on September 27, 2022, the Company received a letter from Nasdaq indicating that the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) because the closing bid price per share for the Company’s common shares had closed below $1.00 for the previous 30 consecutive business days (the “Bid Price Rule”). The Company was given until March 27, 2023, to regain compliance with the Bid Price Rule.

On March 28, 2023, the Company was granted an additional 180-day grace period, or until September 25, 2023, to regain compliance with the Bid Price Rule following the Company’s notification to Nasdaq that it would seek to implement a reverse stock split, if necessary, to regain compliance with the Bid Price Rule. To regain compliance with the Bid Price Rule and qualify for continued listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market, the minimum bid price per share of the Company’s common shares must be at least $1.00 for at least 10 consecutive business days on or prior to September 25, 2023. If the Company fails to regain compliance during the additional compliance period, then Nasdaq will notify the Company of its determination to delist the Company’s common shares, at which point the Company would have an opportunity to appeal the delisting determination to a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel (the “Panel”), but there can be no assurance that the Panel would grant the Company’s request for continued listing.

Conference Call Details

VIQ will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. The call will consist of updates by Sebastien Paré, VIQ’s CEO, Alexie Edwards, VIQ’s CFO, and Susan Sumner, VIQ’s President and COO, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Investors may access a live webcast of the call on the Company’s website at www.viqsolutions.com/investors or by dialing 1-888-440-4052 (North America toll-free) or +1-646-960-0827 (international) to be connected to the call by an operator using conference ID number 4983233. Participants should dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website through the same link approximately one hour after the conference call concludes.

For the full release, including statements, view the release online.

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