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Locafy Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2024 Results By Investing.com

May 1, 2024



Company Striving Towards Near-Term Profitability Following Go-to-Market Approach Revamp and Cost Reduction Initiatives

New Pay-Per-Click SEO Pricing Model Gaining Strong Traction in Multiple Market Sectors

Streamlined Operations Results in Record Quarterly Gross Margin of 83.6%

PERTH, Australia, May 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Locafy Limited (Nasdaq: LCFY, LCFYW) (Locafy or the Company), a globally recognized software-as-a-service technology company specializing in entity-based search engine optimization (SEO), today reported financial results for the 2024 fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2024. All financial results are reported in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Recent Operational Highlights

  • Announced in early April, Locafy’s new proprietary Performance-Based SEO Pricing Model allows customers to access pay-per-click SEO. The Company believes that this model is the first of its kind for the SEO software space. Performance-based SEO is expected to boost Locafy revenues through increased sales velocity, scalability, and its subscription revenue opportunity.
  • Since announcing the release of Locafy’s Performance Based SEO solutions, the Company has presented approximately 50 qualified proposals to customers, totaling more than $750,000 in new potential SEO services revenue. As of the date of this press release, several of these proposals have already been converted to deals.
  • In February 2024, Locafy announced a $500,000 services contract with Localista, an Australian directory business. As of the date of this press release, the Localista contract is on track to be completed during the 2024 fiscal fourth quarter. Once completed, as pursuant to the contract, Locafy will also share in any advertising revenue growth demonstrated by Localista.
  • Cost reduction initiatives resulted in cost of sales and operating expenses decreases of 59% and 47% compared to the 2023 fiscal third quarter, respectively; gross margin increased to Locafy’s quarterly record of 83.6%.
  • Services revenue increased 26.6% to $126,000 from $100,000 in the comparable year-ago period. Under the revamped pricing model, the company expects these revenues to continue to grow, which is expected to drive increased subscription revenues once services are delivered.
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Management CommentaryIn our 2024 fiscal third quarter, we focused on completing our product offering and go-to-market strategy revamp, said Locafy CEO Gavin Burnett. We listened to the feedback from our advertising and publishing clients, and successfully launched our proprietary pay-per-click SEO model for which they have indicated interest. We believe that this model allows us to improve our targeted marketing efforts and streamline our cost structure, as it can be supported by significantly leaner sales and operational teams. Even as we faced sales delays in our subscription and advertising revenue segments in the 2024 fiscal third quarter, our subscription revenue decline ended in January, and we are now poised to rebound well in the coming quarters. Also, we have successfully lowered our cost of sales and operating expenses by 59% and 47% over our 2023 fiscal third quarter, respectively, and believe that we are nearing a steady run rate and break-even profitability point for our business in the coming quarters.

We now define our three core markets as digital agency resellers, who provide our technology to clients, publishers, who monetize their digital properties through advertising, and direct clients, who publish their online business data through our directory assets, continued Burnett. We are seeing significant business development success and preliminary contracts signed with clients in each market and look forward to completing the onboarding processes for early adopters in the coming months. We believe that our underlying SEO solutions have proven their effectiveness through a wealth of trials and paid engagements in recent quarters. With this product offering revamp complete, we are ready to capitalize on our technology and drive Locafy revenue that matches the value we provide. We are confident that this model will help us unlock significant growth opportunities both for clients and for our business as we head into fiscal 2025.

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2024 Fiscal Third Quarter Financial ResultsResults compare the 2024 fiscal third quarter end (March 31, 2024) to the 2023 fiscal third quarter end (March 31, 2023) unless otherwise indicated. All financial results are reported in Australian Dollars (AUD).

  • Total operating revenue decreased 28.3% to $2.9 million from $4.1 million in the comparable year-ago period.
    • Subscription revenue decreased 36.9% to $2.0 million from $3.1 million in the comparable year-ago period. Compared to the 2024 fiscal second quarter, subscription revenue decreased 8.9%. The decline in subscription revenues ceased in January 2024, forming a base from which the Company expects to grow in the coming quarters.
    • Advertising revenue decreased 10.8% to $213,000 from $239,000 in the comparable year-ago period. The Company is currently implementing advertising technology from diDNA, a leading ad tech provider, to its digital properties through the recently announced partnership between Locafy and diDNA. When combined with Locafy’s existing Keystone technology, which is also applied to these digital properties to improve search traffic, Locafy expects this initiative to drive increased revenues and higher advertising yields to produce a synergistic result for Locafy and diDNA.
    • Data revenue decreased 2.5% to $645,000 from $662,000 in the comparable year-ago period.
    • Services revenue increased 26.6% to $126,000 from $100,000 in the comparable year-ago period. The revenue in the 2024 fiscal third quarter included the recognition, on a project-complete basis, of $101,875 out of the $500,000 total contract fee in relation to the Company’s SEO consulting engagement with Localista. Management expects to complete the remaining project within the 2024 fiscal fourth quarter.
  • Other income decreased 91.0% to $26,000 from $285,000 in the comparable year-ago period. As previously reported, the variance is attributed to the Company’s assessment (as at the respective reporting period) of the extent and likelihood of its ability to claim a Research & Development tax incentive in Australia, as was possible in prior years.
  • Cost of sales decreased 58.9% to $483,000 from $1.2 million in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Gross margin for the 2024 fiscal third quarter improved to 83.6% from 71.5% in the comparable year-ago period. This is attributable to a reduction in third party technology costs.
  • Operating expenses decreased 47.0% to $5.0 million from $9.4 million in the comparable year-ago period. This is primarily due to a significant reduction in headcount and associated costs, a reduction in third party technology costs, and the capitalization of certain R&D activities. These cost reductions resulted from technology upgrades implemented during the past 12 months, including incorporating technologies acquired from Jimmy Kelley Digital, resulting in the introduction of new SEO solutions that the Company is now bringing to market.
  • Net loss for the year to date was $2.1 million, or $1.63 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million, or $4.91 per diluted share, in the comparable year-ago period.
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Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)In accordance with its revamped go-to-market strategy, Locafy no longer views its traditional KPIs as adequate indicators of the long-term success of the Company’s business. Therefore, Locafy has updated its KPIs to focus on Monthly Recurring Revenue driven across the platform. Unless otherwise specified, KPI data has been recorded as of the 2024 fiscal third quarter end (March 31, 2023).

  • Monthly recurring revenue (MRR) for the 2024 fiscal third quarter was $266,000, a 34.8% decrease from the comparable year-ago period, and a 15.5% decrease compared to the 2024 fiscal second quarter.

For more information, please see Locafy’s investor relations website at investors.locafy.com.

About LocafyFounded in 2009, Locafy’s (Nasdaq: LCFY, LCFYW) mission is to revolutionize the US$700 billion SEO sector. We help businesses and brands increase search engine relevance and prominence in a specific proximity using a fast, easy, and automated approach. For more information, please visit www.locafy.com.

About Key Performance IndicatorsLocafy defines MRR as the value of all recurring subscription contracts with active entitlements as at the end of each month. MRR across a period is the average of each month’s MRR within that period.

Locafy’s recent platform upgrade caused a significant change to the calculation of average page metrics, and Locafy management no longer views total active reseller count and total end user count as relevant indicators of the performance of Locafy’s technology. The Company may introduce additional KPIs in future quarters if deemed relevant long-term indicators of performance.

Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release may be identified by the use of words such as subject to, believe, anticipate, plan, expect, intend, estimate, project, may, will, should, would, could, can, the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions, or by discussions of strategy, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors and risk factors, including those discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on October 11, 2023, and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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Investor Relations ContactTom Colton or Chris Adusei-PokuGateway Investor Relations(949) [email protected]

-Financial Tables to Follow-

Locafy Limited Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income(Unaudited)
 
  3 months to31 Mar 2024AUD $     9 months to31 Mar 2023AUD $  
Revenue 911,839     2,947,522  
Other income 25,641     32,241  
Technology expense (225,833 )   (676,447 )
Employee benefits expense (721,580 )   (2,322,417 )
Occupancy expense (27,959 )   (75,055 )
Advertising expense (46,287 )   (179,151 )
Consultancy expense (193,137 )   (657,926 )
Depreciation and amortization expense (360,382 )   (1,079,660 )
Other expenses (4,628 )   (46,962 )
Reversal / (Impairment) of financial assets     67,146  
Operating loss (642,326 )   (1,990,709 )
Financial cost (19,372 )   (97,660 )
Loss before income tax (661,698 )   (2,088,369 )
Income tax expense      
Loss for the period after tax (661,698 )   (2,088,369 )
           
Other comprehensive income          
Items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit and loss          
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations (26,895 )   (9,251 )
Total comprehensive profit/(loss) for the period (688,593 )   (2,097,620 )
           
Earnings per share          
Basic loss per share (0.51 )   (1.63 )
Diluted loss per share (0.51 )   (1.63 )
           
Locafy Limited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
 
  As at31 Mar 2024AUD $(unaudited)     As at31 Dec 2023AUD $(audited)     As at30 Jun 2023AUD $(audited)  
Assets                
Current assets                
Cash and cash equivalents 484,590     724,581     3,174,700  
Trade and other receivables 1,011,347     868,492     1,288,513  
Other assets 523,506     453,763     356,782  
Total current assets 2,019,443     2,046,836     4,819,995  
Non-current assets                
Property, plant and equipment 286,419     317,618     380,018  
Right of use assets 245,539     268,558     314,596  
Intangible assets 4,652,855     4,022,887     3,720,272  
Total non-current assets 5,184,813     4,609,063     4,414,886  
Total assets 7,204,256     6,655,899     9,234,881  
                 
Liabilities                
Current liabilities                
Trade and other payables 1,853,108     1,289,251     2,507,573  
Borrowings 271,600     271,600     301,600  
Provisions 214,082     226,547     214,465  
Accrued expenses 379,464     357,776     512,611  
Lease liabilities 124,795     120,287     85,165  
Contract and other liabilities 132,529     139,120     152,211  
Total current liabilities 2,975,578     2,404,581     3,773,625  
Non-current liabilities                
Lease liabilities 237,011     269,500     332,578  
Provisions 32,656     33,559     48,271  
Accrued expenses 90,450     90,450     90,450  
Total non-current liabilities 360,117     393,509     471,299  
Total liabilities 3,335,695     2,798,090     4,244,924  
Net assets 3,868,561     3,857,809     4,989,957  
                 
Equity                
Issued capital 48,398,895     47,805,798     47,930,486  
Reserves 2,774,951     2,696,635     2,404,933  
Accumulated losses (47,305,288 )   (46,644,624 )   (45,345,462 )
Total equity 3,868,558     3,857,809     4,989,957  
                 
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Locafy Limited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows(unaudited)
 
  3 months to31 Mar 2024AUD $     9 months to31 Mar 2024AUD $  
Cash flows from operating activities          
Receipts from customers (inclusive of GST) 653,810     2,492,938  
Payments to suppliers and employees (inclusive of GST) (869,017 )   (4,183,032 )
R&D Tax Incentive and government grants     561,501  
Financial cost (19,372 )   (97,660 )
Net cash used by operating activities (234,579 )   (1,226,253 )
           
Cash flows from investing activities          
Purchase of intellectual property (483,422 )   (1,673,644 )
Maturity of term deposit     40,000  
Net cash used by investing activities (483,422 )   (1,633,644 )
           
Cash flows from financing activities          
Proceeds from issue of shares 567,632     567,632  
Payment for share issue costs (45,747 )   (291,333 )
Repayment of borrowings     (30,000 )
Leasing liabilities (27,981 )   (55,937 )
Net cash from financing activities 493,904     190,362  
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (224,097 )   (2,669,535 )
Net foreign exchange difference (15,894 )   (20,575 )
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 724,581     3,174,700  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 484,590     484,590  
           





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