OSLO, NORWAY – 30 March 2023 – Zwipe AS ("Zwipe" or "the company") has today released its Annual Report 2022, including the Board of Directors report and financial statements. The report and annual accounts were approved by the Board of Directors after the close of business on 29th of March 2023. The 2022 Annual Report is attached to this release and available at https://www.zwipe.com/investors/reports.
Significant events 2022
2022 operational review
In 2022, Zwipe achieved several significant milestones and entered an “execution first” strategic phase. The company finalized technological development of the Zwipe Pay product and received both Visa and Mastercard certification, becoming the first biometric payment card platform available for sale on the open market to be certified by both major payment schemes.
A primary focus for the company in 2022 was executing our signed issuer pilots, with seven issuer pilot projects in the execution phase. During the second half, we implemented software changes related to biometric performance in Zwipe Pay cards and also updated our internal test procedures. These changes resulted in a more robust product and enhanced payment transaction experience that is expected to lead to faster completion of ongoing pilot projects as well as a significantly faster pace of new project launches in the coming quarters – with streamlined execution and commercial launch in all areas.
2022 also saw the company establish Zwipe Access as a separate business line with substantial revenue potential. We completed an important pilot project for Fraport AG at Frankfurt International Airport, with Zwipe shortlisted as an access control solutions provider when Fraport moves forward with its commercial tender process in 2023. We further reinforced our strong position in the airport vertical when Civix, a leading US provider of airport security solutions, selected Zwipe’s access control technology to augment their airport security propositions. The partnership with Civix is representative of our go-to-market strategy in access control to work with system integrator partners and distributors to bring our solution to market rapidly.
2022 financial review
Zwipe reported total revenues of 3.9 mNOK during 2022 vs. 2.5 mNOK in 2021, reflecting an underlying increase in Zwipe Pay revenues of 72%. Total operating expenses were 108.1 mNOK in 2022 compared to 85.5 mNOK in 2021. After adjusting for one-off, non-recurring costs in 2022 and receipt of a government grant in 2021, operating expenses increased to 102.2 mNOK in 2022 from 92.6 mNOK in 2021. Adjusted EBITDA was -96.4 mNOK in 2022 compared to -81.7 mNOK in 2021.
Underlying net cash use in operating activities in 2022 averaged 9.0 mNOK per month, an increase of 41% from 2021. This was mainly due to higher personnel costs, but non-recurring charges also inflated the 2022 monthly average burn rate and are not expected to continue.
On 31 December 2022, cash and equivalents were 50.5 mNOK, down from 152.3 mNOK at the end of 2021. Total equity at the end of the year was 54.6 mNOK, while total liabilities were 13.0 mNOK. This resulted in an equity ratio of 81%, down slightly from 91% at end 2021.
On 22 November 2022, Zwipe announced a rights issue raising approximately 100 mNOK in capital, with the transaction now being completed. The rights issue was fully guaranteed through a combination of subscription commitments and underwriting commitments from the three largest shareholders in Zwipe. It was carried out in order to strengthen the company’s financial position and enable the transition from start-up to scale-up and achieve larger-scale commercialization. The fundraising will ensure the Group has sufficient working capital for the period covering at least 12 months from the date of close.
Conclusion and going forward
Zwipe ended the year on a positive note with sequential quarterly growth of 172% in Q4 revenue and the single largest commercial order in a quarter to date. There is reason to believe that the markets for Zwipe Pay and Zwipe Access are nearing an inflection point for increased commercial adoption of biometric technology solutions. Zwipe has good commercial traction, and expects more positive news flow in coming quarters. Our goals for 2023 include: executing the technology roadmap, completing the current R&D projects and maturing Zwipe technology to meet evolving demands; accelerating go-to-market for Zwipe's solutions to achieve large commercial scale; increasing our customer pipeline; supporting our SCM customers in becoming certified and mass production ready; executing more pilot projects in a streamlined manner; and continuing to invest intelligently in people and technology.
The aforementioned actions are expected to lead to positive business outcomes in 2023.
This is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo (Euronext Growth Oslo Rule Book – Part II) and on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, firstname.lastname@example.org. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 08:00 on 30 March 2023.
Zwipe believes the inherent uniqueness of every person is the key to a safer future. We work with great passion across networks of international organizations, industries and cultures to make convenience safe and secure. We are pioneering next-generation biometric card for payment and physical & logical access control and identification solutions. We promise our customers and partners deep insight and frictionless solutions, ensuring a seamless user experience with our innovative biometric products and services. Zwipe is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with a global presence. To learn more, visit http://www.zwipe.com.
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Danielle Glenn, CFO and Head of IR