Acacia Research Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results

Date : 03/13/2019 @ 8:00PM
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Acacia Research Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results

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Acacia Research Corporation(1) ("Acacia" or "the Company") (Nasdaq: ACTG) today reported results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018.

“As a result of the actions that we took during the second half of 2018 to revive Acacia’s IP business, we capitalized on three time-sensitive transactions from our legacy portfolio that generated more than $44 million in revenue during the fourth quarter,” commented Director Alfred V. Tobia Jr. “The result is a short-term spike in licensing revenue that could have otherwise been lost. These transactions demonstrate the skills of our licensing team, led by our Chief IP Officer, Marc Booth, and the ongoing value and viability of our IP business. Moreover, the elimination of wasteful spending and reallocation of resources to this business has allowed us to rebuild our IP team and employ a responsible, measured strategy to identify new opportunities to partner with patent owners to realize value from their intellectual property.”

Clifford Press, Director, added, “We are advancing our strategic plan systematically. With a streamlined cost structure, and a rebuilt IP team, we are investing in our IP portfolio. Over the course of the past eight months, we have secured and evaluated all of Acacia’s corporate assets, strengthened governance, advanced efforts to streamline the organization, and have reconstituted the Board by appointing directors with relevant experience and qualifications to provide strategic guidance and independent oversight. Our next steps are to finalize our investment strategy, and build out a new leadership team, something we expect to unveil within the next quarter.”

Business Update

Mr. Tobia added, “We have expanded our licensing group to eight professionals and restarted Acacia’s IP business engine. During the fourth quarter we closed transactions with Nokia and with Motorola on our legacy patent portfolios for a total of $44.5 million in gross revenues. We have nine portfolios currently in litigation and subsequent to the close of the fourth quarter we initiated several new partnership opportunities with patent owners that are now under option. These new opportunities were identified and secured by our licensing team, allowing us to explore assertion opportunities in partnership with the patent owners.”

Governance and Transparency Update

“The recent appointment of Maureen O’Connell and Katharine Wolanyk to our Board brings significant IP and public company experience to Acacia that will be immensely valuable as we scale our business,” Mr. Press added. “We have already taken action to streamline and simplify our financial reporting which is an initiative we will continue to advance as our business develops and operations expand.”

Fourth Quarter Financial Summary:

  • Gross revenues were $49.2 million of which $20.0 million was received in cash during the quarter.
  • Revenues, less inventor royalties and contingent legal fees were $26.4 million, or 54% of fourth quarter gross revenues.
  • Operating income was $10.0 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $11.4 million or $0.23 per diluted share.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $20.2 million or $0.41 per diluted share. See below for information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Full-Year 2018 Financial Summary:

  • Gross revenues were $131.5 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $105.0 million, or $2.10 per diluted share.
  • 2018 results also included $28.2 million in patent-related impairment charges, $4.2 million in proxy-related expenses and $2.9 million in restructuring costs.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $28.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. See below for information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
  • Cash provided by operating activities for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was $20.9 million.

Balance Sheet

  • Cash and short-term investments totaled $165.5 million as of December 31, 2018, as compared to $136.6 million as of December 31, 2017.

Investor Conference Call:

The Company will host an investor conference call and live webcast to provide a business update on Thursday, March 14, 2019, to begin at 11:00 AM (EDT) / 8:00 AM (PDT). To access the call, please dial 1-888-394-8218 (toll-free) or 1-323-701-0225 (for international callers), and reference conference ID 2573190.

The conference call will also be webcasted live on the Company’s website at http://acaciaresearch.com/events/. Following the conclusion of the live call, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for at least 30 days.

INFORMATION ABOUT NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

As used herein, “GAAP” refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. This earnings release includes financial measures, including (1) non-GAAP net income and (2) non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (“EPS”), that are considered non-GAAP financial measures as defined in Rule 101 of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s historical or future performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP Net income and EPS. We define non-GAAP net income as net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, plus unrealized change in fair value of investments, loss on investment, non-cash stock compensation charges and non-cash patent amortization charges. Non-GAAP EPS is defined as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average outstanding shares, on a fully-diluted basis, calculated in accordance with GAAP, for the respective reporting period. Additional information regarding these non-GAAP measures is available in previously disclosed SEC filings.

Non-GAAP net income does not reflect realized losses and unrealized changes to the fair value of our investment in Veritone, Inc. We had previously included unrealized changes to the fair value of our investment in Veritone, Inc. in Non-GAAP net income in our previously reported earnings releases. However, given the volatility of Veritone’s market price, we believe excluding our Veritone investment from Non-GAAP net income more accurately reflects our financial performance.

These non-GAAP measures are presented because they are important metrics used by management as a means to assess financial performance.

There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP net income and EPS versus net income and EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP and these non-GAAP measures should not be considered alternatives to financial metrics derived in accordance with GAAP. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP net income and EPS and evaluating non-GAAP net income and EPS in conjunction with net income and EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP.

The table below titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) and EPS to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and EPS (In thousands, except share and per share data)” provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures presented to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Due to uncertainties related to our ability to utilize certain deferred tax assets in future periods, we have recorded a full valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets for the periods presented herein. Tax expense for the periods presented reflects foreign taxes withheld on revenue agreements with licensees in foreign jurisdictions and other state taxes, and the impact of the full valuation allowance recorded for net operating loss and foreign tax credit related tax assets generated during the periods. As such, no tax benefit was recognized for net operating loss and foreign tax credit related tax benefits generated during the applicable periods presented. Accordingly, there are no income tax effects related to our adjustments to arrive at our non-GAAP measures included herein.

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ABOUT ACACIA RESEARCH CORPORATION

Founded in 1993, Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG) invests in Intellectual Property Assets and partners with inventors and patent owners to realize the financial value in their patented inventions. Acacia bridges the gap between invention and application, facilitating efficiency and delivering monetary rewards to the patent owner.

Information about Acacia Research Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.acaciaresearch.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including the ability to successfully implement our strategic plan, the ability to successfully build out a new leadership team within a certain timeframe, the ability to streamline financial reporting, the ability to successfully develop licensing programs and attract new business, changes in demand for current and future intellectual property rights, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments addressing licensing and enforcement of patents and/or intellectual property in general, general economic conditions and the success of our investments. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to the forgoing, and other SEC filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

The results achieved in the most recent quarter are not necessarily indicative of the results to be achieved by us in any subsequent quarters, as it is currently anticipated that Acacia Research Corporation’s financial results will vary, and may vary significantly, from quarter to quarter. This variance is expected to result from a number of factors, including risk factors affecting our results of operations and financial condition referenced above, and the particular structure of our licensing transactions, which may impact the amount of inventor royalties and contingent legal fees expenses we incur period to period.

 

ACACIA RESEARCH CORPORATIONSUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands, except share and per share information)(Unaudited)

       

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Three Months EndedDecember 31,

Year EndedDecember 31,

2018   2017 2018   2017   Revenues $ 49,203   $ 3,458   $ 131,506   $ 65,402   Portfolio operations: Inventor royalties 11,002 13 35,168 4,952 Contingent legal fees 11,756 646 31,501 16,682 Patent acquisition expenses — — 4,000 — Litigation and licensing expenses - patents 1,689 3,626 8,866 18,219 Amortization of patents 11,560 5,443 27,120 22,154 Impairment of patent-related intangible assets — — 28,210 2,248 Other portfolio expenses 400   1,200   2,602   1,200   Total portfolio operations 36,407   10,928   137,467   65,455   Net revenue (loss) 12,796 (7,470 ) (5,961 ) (53 )

General and administrative expenses (including non-cash stockcompensation expense (credit) of ($489) and ($317) for the threemonths and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, and($4,183) and $8,885 for the three months and year endedDecember 31, 2017, respectively)

2,778   (140 ) 18,850   27,219   Operating income (loss) 10,018 (7,330 ) (24,811 ) (27,272 ) Other income (expense): Change in fair value of investment, net (5,142 ) (104,042 ) (59,103 ) 42,239 Loss on sale of investment (15,390 ) — (19,095 ) — Gain on conversion of loans and accrued interest — — — 2,671 Gain on exercise of Primary Warrant — — — 4,616 Equity in losses of investee — (90 ) — (220 ) Other income (expense) (629 ) 1,000 (1,629 ) 1,000 Interest income and other 173   182   969   1,605   Total other income (expense) (20,988 ) (102,950 ) (78,858 ) 51,911   Income (loss) from operations before provision for income taxes (10,970 ) (110,280 ) (103,669 ) 24,639 Provision for income taxes (397 ) (20 ) (1,179 ) (2,955 ) Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries (11,367 ) (110,300 ) (104,848 ) 21,684 Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries (2 ) 97   (181 ) 496   Net income (loss) attributable to Acacia Research Corporation $ (11,369 ) $ (110,203 ) $ (105,029 ) $ 22,180     Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted $ (11,369 ) $ (110,203 ) $ (105,029 ) $ 22,147     Basic and diluted income (loss) per common share $ (0.23 ) $ (2.18 ) $ (2.10 ) $ 0.44     Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic 49,639,172   50,590,460   49,969,062   50,495,119   Weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted 49,639,172   50,590,460   49,969,062   50,692,012        

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) and EPS to Non-GAAP Net Income and EPS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)    

Three Months EndedDecember 31,

Year Ended December 31, 2018   2017 2018   2017   GAAP net income (loss) $ (11,369 ) $ (110,203 ) $ (105,029 ) $ 22,180     Add back: Change in fair value of investment, net 5,142 104,042 59,103 (42,239 ) Loss on sale of investment 15,390 — 19,095 — Non-cash stock compensation expense (489 ) (4,183 ) (317 ) 8,885 Patent amortization expense 11,560 5,443 27,120 22,154 Impairment of patent-related intangible assets —   —   28,210   2,248     Pro forma non-GAAP net income $ 20,234   $ (4,901 ) $ 28,182   $ 13,228     Pro forma non-GAAP net income per common share — diluted $ 0.41   $ (0.10 ) $ 0.56   $ 0.26   GAAP weighted-average shares — diluted 49,670,274   50,750,021   50,037,920   50,692,012    

ACACIA RESEARCH CORPORATIONSUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION, (CONTINUED)(In thousands)(Unaudited)

       

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2017 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 128,809 $ 136,604 Trading securities - debt 33,642 — Trading securities - equity 3,012 — Accounts receivable 32,884 153 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,125   2,938 Total current assets 201,472 139,695   Investment at fair value 7,459 104,754 Other investments 8,195 2,195 Patents, net of accumulated amortization 6,587 61,917 Other non-current assets 236   207 $ 223,949   $ 308,768   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 8,347 $ 7,956 Royalties and contingent legal fees payable 22,688   1,601 Total current liabilities 31,035 9,557   Other liabilities 1,674   3,552 Total liabilities 32,709 13,109 Total stockholders’ equity 191,240   295,659 $ 223,949   $ 308,768    

ACACIA RESEARCH CORPORATIONSUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION, (CONTINUED)(In thousands)(Unaudited)

     

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

Three Months EndedDecember 31,

Year EndedDecember 31,

2018   2017 2018   2017 Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests in operatingsubsidiaries

$ (11,367 ) $ (110,300 ) $ (104,848 ) $ 21,684

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) including noncontrollinginterests in operating subsidiaries to net cash provided by (used in)operating activities:

Gain on conversion of loans and accrued interest — — — (2,671 ) Gain on exercise of Primary Warrant — — — (4,616 ) Change in fair value of investment, net 5,142 104,042 59,103 (42,239 ) Loss on sale of investment 15,390 — 19,095 — Depreciation and amortization 11,563 5,463 27,145 22,243 Non-cash stock compensation (489 ) (4,183 ) (317 ) 8,885 Impairment of patent-related intangible assets (1,000 ) — 28,210 2,248 Other 1,070 99 564 (374 ) Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (22,312 ) 147 (28,189 ) 26,597 Prepaid expenses and other assets (25 ) 739 (208 ) (135 ) Accounts payable and accrued expenses (89 ) 259 963 (6,349 ) Royalties and contingent legal fees payable 15,495   (18,223 ) 19,359   (12,307 )   Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 13,378   (21,957 ) 20,877   12,966     Cash flows from investing activities: Investment in Investee — — (7,000 ) (31,514 ) Sale of investment 8,657 — 19,097 — Advances to Investee — — — (4,000 ) Purchases of property and equipment (34 ) (2 ) (34 ) (2 ) Purchase of short-term investments (36,886 ) (23,443 ) (102,769 ) (448,388 ) Sales and maturities of short-term investments 34,132   80,870   66,640   467,790     Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 5,869   57,425   (24,066 ) (16,114 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Repurchase of common stock — — (4,634 ) — Proceeds from exercises of stock options — 65 257 745 Repurchases of restricted common stock —   (10 ) (229 ) (45 )   Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities —   55   (4,606 ) 700  

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 19,247 35,523 (7,795 ) (2,448 )   Cash and cash equivalents, beginning 109,562   101,081   136,604   139,052     Cash and cash equivalents, ending $ 128,809   $ 136,604   $ 128,809   $ 136,604       Footnotes:   (1)  

As used herein, “Acacia Research Corporation,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Acacia Research Corporation and/or itswholly and majority-owned operating subsidiaries. All intellectual property investment, development, licensing andenforcement activities are conducted solely by certain of Acacia Research Corporation’s wholly and majority-ownedoperating subsidiaries.

Investors:Hayden IRRob Fink, 646-415-8972actg@haydenir.com

orMedia:Sloane & CompanyJoe Germani / Kristen Duarte, 212-486-9500jgermani@sloanepr.com / kduarte@sloanepr.com

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