EZTD Inc. (OTCQX:EZTD), a worldwide leader of online binary options trading, reports financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015.
Financial Highlights Include:
- Net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased by 29% to $25.9 million, from $20.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2014.
- Annual volume of transactions (US $) for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased 18% to $97 million, compared with $82.1 million in 2014.
- The number of transactions for 2015 increased to 2,076,000, compared with 952,000 in 2014.
- The number of new customers was 57,400 at the end of December 2015, compared with 28,900 for the year ended December 31, 2014.
- The company achieved positive Adjusted EBITDA* of $17 thousand for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared with an Adjusted EBITDA* loss of $1.6 million in 2014.
- Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $6.2 million or $0.06 per share compared with a net loss of $8.9 million or $0.10 per share for the year ended December 31, 2014.
Recent Corporate Highlights Include:
- EZTD became fully licensed to operate in Japan, one of the largest markets worldwide for Forex (“FX”) and Contracts for Difference (“CFDs”), following its acquisition of EZInvest Securities Co. Ltd., a Japanese foreign exchange company.
- EZTD’s stock began trading in the U.S. on the OTCQB and was subsequently uplisted to the OTCQX and the company initiated a corporate investor awareness program.
- EZTD continued to build brand equity through expanded partnerships with Premier Soccer League teams across Europe, adding Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in England and AS Monaco Football Club to its roster. EZTD now has six partnerships with major professional athletic teams across Europe.
- EZTD strengthened its proprietary cutting-edge technology through enhanced artificial intelligence-based client profiling to deliver relevant real-time financial information.
Shimon Citron, CEO of EZTD Inc., said “This was an extremely successful year for EZTD in many respects, as the company executed on its strategy to increase its customer base and the value of each customer. We accomplished our results through strong business intelligence, entering new international markets, and strengthening our technology and mobile platforms.”
“We entered Japan, one of the largest markets for FX and CFDs, and are making plans to expand into other markets in Asia and the Middle East. We are also enhancing our mobile software, which we believe will maximize our growth potential with even greater competitive advantages where the demand for our electronic trading platform is rapidly expanding,” Mr. Citron continued.
He added, “Our cutting-edge business intelligence has enabled us to seize new business opportunities in a cost-effective manner and optimize the conversion of site visitors into customers through proactive engagement with consumers using real-time analytics. Its unique retention methodology provides automated real-time response to our clients’ trading needs, so they always receive strong customer support.”
Mr. Citron concluded, “We are immensely proud of our company’s success this year and look forward to another year of growth in 2016.”
Launched in 2011, EZTD Inc. (F/K/A EZTRADER Inc.), www.eztd.info/ (United States) (OTCQX: EZTD) is one of the pioneers of secure and regulated online binary trading, and maintains its position as a leading, reputable and reliable binary options platform. EZTD offers 24/7 trading on more than 120 assets including commodities, stocks, currency pairs and indices. Currently available in more than 11 languages, EZTD is growing rapidly and continues to seek exciting opportunities to further enhance its presence throughout Europe and Asia. EZTD’s advanced mobile app is one of the most user-friendly and secure trading apps and is available for both Android and iPhone. EZTrader.com is wholly owned and operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, WGM Services Ltd., with operations authorized by CySEC throughout Europe. EZTD also operates in Japan through its wholly-owned subsidiary, EZInvest Securities Co. Ltd.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. In some cases these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believe,” “anticipate, “expect,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” or in each case, their negative or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. For example, forward-looking statements are used in this press release when it is discussed that enhancing its mobile software is expected to improve the company’s growth potential. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of EZTD only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of EZTD, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. EZTD undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties affecting EZTD, reference is made to the heading “Risk Factors” in EZTD’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
-Financial Tables Follow-
|*RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET LOSS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2015 AND 2014.|
|U.S. dollars in thousands.|
|Add: Financial expenses, net||2,789||1,441|
|Add: Income taxes||–||–|
|Add: Depreciation and amortization||538||114|
|Add: Impairment of bank deposits||–||4,122|
|Add: Other expense||1,096||–|
|Add: Stock-based compensation||1,748||1,644|
The table above reconciles net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA is defined as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and a loss due to the bankruptcy of Corporate Commercial Bank in Bulgaria, which is not relevant to forward-looking analyses and is not linked to the company’s operational performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before other operating expenses related to the acquisition of a subsidiary in Japan and a regulatory fine, and expenses related to stock-based compensation. Although EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, management believes that they are useful to the company and to an investor in evaluating the company because they are widely used measures to evaluate a company’s operating performance.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
|GAAP operating loss||$||(3,365||)||$||(7,500||)|
|Amortization of acquired intangible assets||$||20||$||39|
|Impairment of bank deposit||$||–||$||4,121|
|Non-GAAP operating loss||$||(1,597||)||$||(1,695||)|
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
U.S. dollars (in thousands)
|Segregated client cash accounts||1,501||2,343|
|Receivable from credit card companies||1,874||700|
|Other current assets||856||639|
|Total current assets||4,273||3,724|
|Property and equipment, net||2,389||834|
|Intangible assets, net||380||–|
|Total non-current assets||2,769||834|
|Obligation to customers||3,922||3,127|
|Accrued expenses and other accounts payable||1,909||1,933|
|Total current liabilities||12,712||11,191|
|LONG TERM LIABILITIES:|
|Accrued severance pay, net||230||110|
|Common stock of $ 0.001 par value:|
|Authorized: 300,000,000 shares at December 31, 2015 and 2014.|
Issued and outstanding: 115,895,731 shares at December 31, 2015 and 94,385,302 at December 31, 2014.
|Additional paid-in capital||34,875||27,900|
|Total liabilities and equity||7,042||4,558|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
U.S. dollars (in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Year ended December 31,|
|Sales and marketing||20,942||17,410|
|General and administrative||4,698||3,073|
|Research and development||1,892||1,366|
|Impairment of bank deposit||–||4,122|
|Total operating expenses||29,280||27,615|
|Financial expenses, net||(2,788)||(1,441)|
|Net loss before taxes on income||(6,154)||(8,942)|
|Taxes on income||–||–|
|Net loss attributable to the Company||(6,154)||(8,942)|
|Total basic and diluted net loss per share||(0.06)||(0.10)|
|Weighted average number of common stock used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share||104,974,466||90,579,670|
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