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 second quarter and first half of 2022, ended June 30, 2022, including Bookings1 of $4.4 million, representing an increase of 159% compared to Q12022 and a 20% gain in the number of net new clients during the quarter. Additionally, the Company reaffirmed its previously announced full year 2022 goals. Results are reported in US dollars and prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
“Our innovative technology, solid infrastructure, comprehensive solutions and editing expertise put us in a unique position to accelerate growth and increase market penetration globally. Digital modernization spend continues to increase in our sector and our differentiated technology, combined with human expertise, helps to solve our customers’ productivity and delivery challenges amid labor constraints that are evident in the global verbatim documentation industry,” said Sebastien Paré, VIQ’s Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Paré continued, “After navigating COVID related headwinds for 26 months, we placed a sharper focus on our key performance indicators to provide greater transparency and measures of success. Based on our Bookings and the recovery in our production capacity for the first half of the year, we anticipate organic revenue growth, excluding acquisitions, to meet expectations. Bookings, active clients, production volumes, and annual delivered content have all increased to new highs in Q2, while the cost to produce a minute of documentation dropped by 8.5% in Q22022 when compared to Q12022. We achieved a positive EBIDTA month in June 2022, and we are on track to achieve positive Adjusted EBITDA in the second half of the year.”
“We delivered a strong second quarter of 2022 with Bookings of $4.4 million representing an increase of 159% from Q12022. With our strong client relationships and comprehensive solution portfolio, we capitalized on healthy demand across the markets we serve, adding new orders from existing clients and creating relationships with new accounts. The significant growth in our bookings is a positive indicator, and while it takes time to flow through as revenue, it is expected to positively contribute to future organic revenue growth,” said Susan Sumner, VIQ’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Sumner continued, “We have also seen consistent improvement in our gross margin as we work diligently to integrate the volume from our fourth quarter 2021 acquisitions to take advantage of productivity gains from implementing NetScribe™, powered by aiAssist™. Further, during Q22022 we expanded our global workforce and increased utilization of fixed costs that negatively impacted Q12022 due to shutdowns of courts.”
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:
- Revenue of $12.4 million compared to $8.2 million in the same quarter of 2021;
- Gross profit was $6.1 million, or 49.3% of revenue, compared to $4.0 million, or 48.6% of revenue, in the same quarter of 2021;
- Net loss was $3.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, versus net loss of $10.5 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the same quarter in 2021; and
- Adjusted EBITDA1 was negative $0.7 million versus a negative Adjusted EBITDA of $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2021.
First Half of 2022 Financial Highlights:
- Revenue of $23.9 million compared to $16.4 million in the first half of 2021;
- Gross profit was $11.6 million, or 48.5% of revenue, compared to $8.0 million, or 48.6% of revenue, in the same period of 2021;
- Net loss was $5.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, versus net loss of $12.2 million, or $0.49 per diluted share in the same period in 2021; and
- Adjusted EBITDA was negative $1.7 million versus Adjusted EBITDA of essentially nil in the first half of 2021.
“We saw the recovery in production capacity in June which led to a positive Adjusted EBITDA for that month. We expect to generate positive cashflow from operations and improving liquidity in the back half of 2022, and we are pleased that despite the impact of the Great Resignation, primarily in Australia, we still expect to achieve our full year 2022 revenue and gross margin goals,” said Alexie Edwards, VIQ’s Chief Financial Officer.
1 Please refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” below in this news release.
2022 Priorities and Reaffirming Goals for Full Year 2022:
VIQ is reaffirming its goals for 2022. Financial expectations include generating at least $50 million in revenue with an expected gross margin in the range of 47%-55%.
The growth in Bookings reflects the continued demand for innovative solutions and services to support the transformation of document workflows making evidentiary content secure and more accessible. The Company is poised to continue generating long-term recurring revenue and SaaS contracts rather than strictly up-front licensing contracts. The transition has been underway for some time and is now accelerating amid a return to organic revenue growth post the COVID era.
Conference Call Details
VIQ will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its Second Quarter 2022 results on Thursday, August 11 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. The call will consist of updates by Sebastien Paré, VIQ CEO, Alexie Edwards, VIQ CFO, and Susan Sumner, VIQ 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.
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Please view the release online for Financial Outlook information.
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About VIQ Solutions
VIQ Solutions is a global provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture technology and transcription services. VIQ offers a seamless, comprehensive solution suite that delivers intelligent automation, enhanced with human review, to drive transformation in the way content is captured, secured, and repurposed into actionable information. The cyber-secure, AI technology and services platform are implemented in the most rigid security environments including criminal justice, legal, insurance, government, corporate finance, media, and transcription service provider markets, enabling them to improve the quality and accessibility of evidence, to easily identify predictive insights and to achieve digital transformation faster and at a lower cost.
Certain statements included in this press release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements or information are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.
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Forward-looking statements or information are based on several factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such statements and information, but which may prove to be incorrect. Although VIQ believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable when made, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because VIQ can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified in this press release, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, recent initiatives and that sales and prospects may provide incremental value for shareholders. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions that have been used.
Forward-looking information is necessarily based on a number of opinions, assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company as of the date of this press release, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, included but not limited to the factors described in greater detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s annual information form dated March 31, 2022, in the Company’s annual report form on Form 20-F and in the Company’s other materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively.
These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect the Company, however, these factors should be considered carefully. There can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and the Company expressly disclaims any obligations to update or alter statements containing any forward-looking information, or the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.