OSLO, NORWAY – 24 August 2023 – Zwipe AS ("Zwipe" or "the company") today announces its results for the first half of 2023.
Significant events H1 2023
- Zwipe successfully completes rights issue raising approximately 100.1 million NOK in new capital.
- Zwipe and Kuwait International Bank (“KIB”) announce the first commercial launch of biometric payment cards to KIB’s Visa Infinite clients.
- Middle East Payment Services (“MEPS”) announces the commercial launch of biometric payment cards from Zwipe in partnership with Mastercard.
- Beautiful Card Corporation (“BCC”) granted approval from Mastercard to deploy biometric payment cards using Zwipe Pay.
- Zwipe signs new partnerships with Antworks Money, Wahyukartu, TBHP, and Unicard to deliver biometric payment cards (“BPCs”) in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the MEA region respectively.
- Civix and Zwipe Initiate Proof-of-Concept with Safe Skies at Richmond International Airport.
- Zwipe signs new partnerships with CardLogix, OLOID, and a large German partner to deliver biometric access cards.
H1 2023 operational review
In May, Kuwait International Bank (KIB) announced the first commercial launch of biometric payment cards based on Zwipe Pay technology to their VISA Infinite customers in Kuwait. On the back of this launch, KIB is now considering making the biometric card more widely available to cardholders across their customer base. The announcement generated extensive interest in the region from our partners to either initiate or accelerate the launch of biometric payment card programs for other issuers. Later in May, MEPS, in partnership with Mastercard, announced the second commercial launch of BPCs from Zwipe. The MEPS announcement is significant as it will enable a wide range of regional banks to launch BPCs more rapidly.
During the first half, Zwipe also signed eight new partnerships with SCMs and perso bureaus in the APAC region. Early in the third quarter, Zwipe also signed a partnership agreement with a major Japanese SCM, a first for Zwipe in this very important market in terms of both payment transaction volume and value, and a second agreement with a partner in Taiwan. These new agreements and partnerships represent expanded geographic scope for Zwipe, and Zwipe is working closely with our partners to bring biometric payment cards to issuers in these large and dynamic new markets.
Zwipe also released the market’s first available mobile enrolment solution, including a Software Development Kit (“SDK”) with reference apps for iOS and Android available in the respective Apple and Google official app stores. Mobile enrolment solutions are deemed very important by issuers considering launches of BPCs. Zwipe also refreshed our payment scheme certifications and released Zwipe Pay version 1.1, based on the updated standards from Mastercard and Visa.
On the Zwipe Access side, Zwipe initiated several proofs of concept in our target verticals in the USA and Europe. Of particular importance was the announcement that our partner Civix is performing a PoC at Richmond International Airport in conjunction with Safe Skies Alliance. In total, more than ten PoCs are underway and progressing and approximately ten more PoCs are also already in the pipeline for the second half of this year. During the first half, we also signed multiple important go-to-market partners including industry leaders Cardlogix and OLOID and roughly doubled our number of GTM partners. In total, twelve partners have signed or are in the process of signing distribution agreements. The initiation of PoCs and signing of important GTM partners makes us confident we will see commercial deployments of the Zwipe Access solution in H2 2023.
Fundraising and restructuring
In March 2023, Zwipe successfully completed a rights issue raising approximately 100.1 mNOK in capital. While the fundraising should enable Zwipe’s transition toward commercialization, we are cognizant that market adoption of biometric cards through 2023 has been slower than anticipated, impacting not only Zwipe but also Zwipe's partners and competitors. As a consequence, we announced a restructuring of the company in June – bringing down costs substantially to reflect the current realities, but not affecting our ability to serve our customers and partners. These initiatives are expected to reduce the group’s operating costs in 2023 by approximately NOK 14 million compared to 2022 and lower the cost base by approximately NOK 35 million on an annual basis. Once executed, the improvements are expected to have full impact from the fourth quarter of 2023.
The main message from the restructuring announcement is that the development of both the Zwipe Pay and Zwipe Access products has largely been completed. In the context of R&D having been largely completed, the focus of the fundraising and the restructuring has been to accelerate Zwipe’s path towards commercialization.
H2 2022 financial review
Zwipe reported total revenues of 1.7 mNOK during H1 2023, up 113% from 0.8 mNOK in H1 2022, while total operating expenses increased by 9.0 mNOK to 57.5 mNOK in H1 2023 from 48.4 mNOK in H1 2022. The above resulted in net income for H1 2023 of -55.9 mNOK, 8.5 mNOK lower than -47.4 mNOK in H1 2022.
Total net cash flow for H1 2023, including cash flow from financing and investing activities, was 25.5 mNOK compared to -42.6 mNOK in H1 2022, as Zwipe successfully completed a rights issue raising 100.1 mNOK in gross proceeds in H1 2023. Cash flow from operations and investments, before financing and facilitation, decreased by -10.8 mNOK to -59.3 mNOK from -48.6 mNOK in H1 2022. The underlying average monthly operating cash flow in the H1 2023 was -9.9 mNOK compared to -8.1 mNOK in the same period last year. The monthly net burn rate is expected to decrease by roughly 30% in the second half of 2023 compared to the first half as a result of the June restructuring announcement.
On 30 June 2023, cash and cash equivalents were 76.0 mNOK, compared to 50.5 mNOK at end 2022 and 109.7 mNOK on 30 June 2022. The development in cash balance since year-end 2022 is mainly a result of the negative operational cash flow of 59.3 mNOK plus proceeds from the rights issue in H1 2023. Total assets stood at 98.4 mNOK and total equity as of 30 June 2023 was 85.4 mNOK, giving an equity ratio of 87%.
Zwipe continues to make progress with its first Zwipe Pay commercial launches and multiple Zwipe Access PoCs being executed. But in the context of delayed volume ramp-up in biometric payment cards, the biometric access control market still being established, and a leaner organization, our focus will be on thoughtfully deploying funds to keep Zwipe on the path to real commercialization of our solutions.
CEO Robert Puskaric and CFO Danielle Glenn will present the H1 2024 results by webcast today, Thursday August 24th, at 10:00 CEST.
Date: 24 August 2023
Time: 10:00 CET
Format: Webcast and Q&A
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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 and wearables technology 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.
For more information, please contact:
Danielle Glenn, CFO and Head of IR