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Blackline Safety Reports Highest Quarterly Revenue Ever – Q2 Hits $31.6M, Up 31% Year-Over-Year   

Blackline Safety Leader in Connected Gas Detection & Lone Worker Safety June 13, 2024

Company also achieves record gross profit of $18.0 million in Q2, up 44% year-over-year  

  • 29th consecutive quarter of year-over-year top-line growth 
  • Record Annual Recurring Revenue (“ARR”)(1) of $56.5 million, up 33% year-over-year 
  • Record gross margin of 57%, up from 52% year-over-year 
  • Net Dollar Retention (“NDR”)(1) of 130% compared to 118% year-over-year 
  • Net cash used in operating activities decreased 78% to $1.5 million from $7.1 million year-over-year 
  • EBITDA(1) improves by 59% year-over-year to a $1.9 million loss in Q2 2024 compared to a $4.6 million loss in Q2 2023  

 

Calgary, Canada — Blackline Safety Corp. (“Blackline”, the “Company”, “we” or “our”) (TSX: BLN), a global leader in connected safety technology, today reported its fiscal second quarter financial results for the period ended April 30, 2024. 

Commento sulla gestione  

“We achieved our highest quarterly revenue ever at $31.6 million, a 31% increase over the prior year’s second quarter. This result, coupled with our highest gross profit at $18.0 million and highest gross margin at 57% demonstrate the strength of our hardware-enabled software as a service business model as the company scales,” said Cody Slater, Blackline Safety Corp. CEO and Chair.  

“Our record ARR of $56.5 million, up 33% year-over-year, and NDR at 130%, up from 118% twelve months ago, signals the value that our loyal customers see in the Blackline Platform, our unique hardware and software connected safety solution. Our ARR growth is driven by new customer acquisition and our NDR performance is fueled by our existing enterprise customers expanding their current contracts, as both see the value in adopting our products and services to protect their people,” Slater added. 

This record-breaking quarter was driven by rising demand from customers in over 70 countries around the world for Blackline’s industry leading connected safety products and services, with Europe leading the year-over-year growth at 69%, Canada up 34% and the U.S. up 20%. The Company significantly grew its presence in a variety of verticals, including the utility and water and wastewater industries, fire and hazmat, and upstream and midstream energy sectors. This growth was a result of the contribution from the past investments in the Company’s sales teams and supporting functions to enable Blackline to serve more customers across broader markets. 

“An emerging driver of our robust financial performance is that we are now seeing customers standardize on our solutions to protect all their frontline workers. This is evidenced by our announcement earlier this week of our largest deal to date—$8.5 million—with a major North American midstream energy company, an expansion to their previously announced $3.5 million contract, whereby Blackline now protects their entire workforce,” Slater continued.   

Post quarter-end, the Company announced the successful closing of a bought deal financing and concurrent private placement, raising $34.6 million in gross proceeds strengthening its ability to finance its lease program into the future. Blackline ended the second quarter with total cash and cash equivalents of $13.2 million. The Company also has available capacity on its credit facility of $9.4 million and have renewed its lease securitization facility with CWB Maxium.  

“Our additional capital, along with our cost optimization, margin expansion and revenue growth reinforces our trajectory towards exiting fiscal 2024 with positive quarterly Adjusted EBITDA and becoming a sustainable, free cash flow company as we lead the industrial connected safety market into the future,” concluded Slater. 

Fiscal Second Quarter 2024 and Recent Financial and Operational Highlights 

  • Total revenue of $31.6 million, a 31% increase over the prior year’s Q2 
  • Service revenue of $16.8 million, a 30% increase over the prior year’s Q2 
  • Product revenue of $14.8 million, a 32% increase over the prior year’s Q2 
  • ARR(1) growth continues to be strong with 33% growth year-over-year to $56.5 million 
  • European market growth of 69% over the prior year’s Q2 
  • Canadian market achieved 34% growth over the prior year’s Q2 
  • United States growth continues to be strong with a 20% increase over the prior year’s Q2 
  • Achieved product gross margin of 34%, up from 26% from the prior year’s Q2  
  • Achieved service gross margin of 77%, up from 75% from the prior year’s Q2  
  • Total Q2 expenses of $21.8 million, up $2.6 million year-over-year, an 11% decrease as a percentage of revenue  
  • Significant improvement in net cash used in operating activities to $1.5 million from $7.1 million over the prior year’s Q2, a 78% decrease  
  • Generated gross proceeds of $34.6 million through a bought deal financing and concurrent private placement which closed June 12, 2024 
  • Renewed lease securitization facility with CWB Maxium for $15.0 million and USD $30.0 million  
  • Several large contract wins, including a $1.5 million contract with major U.S. utility provider in California, $1.7 million service upgrade with a U.S. upstream energy company in Texas and a $1.4 million deal with a water utility provider in Australia  

(1) Il presente comunicato stampa presenta alcune misure finanziarie non-GAAP e supplementari, tra cui gli indicatori di prestazione chiave utilizzati dal management e tipicamente utilizzati dalle aziende del settore del software-as-a-service, nonché indici non-GAAP per aiutare i lettori a comprendere le prestazioni della Società. Ulteriori dettagli su queste misure e rapporti sono inclusi nelle sezioni "Indicatori di prestazione chiave" e "Misure finanziarie non-GAAP e supplementari" di questo comunicato stampa.

Punti salienti finanziari 

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Informazioni finanziarie chiave 

Total revenue for the fiscal second quarter was $31.6 million, an increase of 31% compared to $24.1 million in the prior year’s quarter. Total revenue for each geographical market increased with the European markets leading the year-over-year growth at 69% while other regions also demonstrated strong growth with Canada up 34%, United States up 20% and Rest of World up 3%.  

Service revenue during the fiscal second quarter was $16.8 million, an increase of 30% compared to $12.9 million in the prior year’s quarter. Software services revenue increased 28% to $14.5 million. The increase in software services revenue is attributable to new activations of devices sold over the past 12 months as well as net growth within the existing customer base of $3.2 million which resulted in NDR of 130%. Rental revenue increased 42% to $2.2 million compared to $1.6 million in the prior year’s quarter.  

Product revenue during the fiscal second quarter was $14.8 million, a 32% increase compared to $11.2 million in the prior year’s quarter. The increase in the current year period reflects the results of the Company’s past investments in the global sales team and its targeted demand generation and sales development activities.  

Overall, gross margin percentage(1) for the fiscal second quarter was 57%, a 5% increase compared to the prior year’s quarter. The increase in total gross margin percentage(1) was due to a combination of higher sales volume and continued cost optimization across the business. Product revenue comprised 47% of total revenue in the second quarter, compared to 46% in the prior year’s quarter, while service revenue made up 53% of total revenue for the quarter, compared to 54% in the prior year’s quarter.  

Service gross margin percentage(1) increased to 77% compared to the prior year’s quarter of 75%. This was primarily due to continued service revenue growth, through additional value-added features and scale absorbing more fixed cost of sales. 

Product gross margin percentage(1) for the fiscal second quarter increased to 34% from 26% in the prior year’s quarter. The improvement reflects the increased volume of product sales year-over-year, wherein more fixed product costs of sales were absorbed, as well as the Company’s focus on manufacturing line efficiency.  

Total expenses for the second fiscal quarter were $21.8 million, an increase of $2.6 million compared to the prior year’s quarter of $19.2 million, due to increases in sales and marketing expenses. General and administrative expenses and product research and development costs remained largely consistent in the current quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter. However, Q2 total expenses as a percentage of revenue(1) decreased 11% year-over-year compared to prior year’s Q2. 

Net loss for the fiscal second quarter was $4.3 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $6.6 million or $0.09 per share in the prior year’s quarter. Net loss decreased due to an increase in total revenue and overall gross profit. 

EBITDA(1) for the fiscal second quarter was $(1.9) million or $(0.03) per share compared to $(4.6) million or $(0.06) per share in the prior year’s quarter. The $2.7 million improvement in EBITDA(1) is primarily due to the increase in total gross profit.  

Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fiscal second quarter was $(2.0) million or $(0.03) per share compared to $(4.5) million or $(0.06) per share in the prior year’s quarter. The $2.5 million improvement in Adjusted EBITDA(1) is primarily due to the increase in total gross profit. 

At the end of the fiscal second quarter, Blackline had total cash and cash equivalents on hand of $13.2 million and $9.4 million available on its senior secured operating facility and $54.4 million available on its lease securitization facility. There was a net increase in cash and cash equivalents in the fiscal second quarter of $1.8 million as compared to a net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the prior year’s quarter of $6.1 million. There was significant improvement in net cash used in operating activities which used $1.5 million of net cash compared to $7.1 million year-over-year. Investing activities provided net cash of $2.1 million for the fiscal second quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter wherein investing activities used net cash of $7.3 million. This was slightly offset by a decrease in net cash provided by financing activities which is primarily due to net repayments from the lease securitization facility of $1.5 million during the quarter. Subsequent to the end of the period, the Company closed a bought deal financing and concurrent private placement, raising gross proceeds of $34.6 million.  

Blackline’s Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis on Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the three and six-months ended April 30, 2024, are available on SEDAR+ under the Company’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca. All results are reported in Canadian dollars. 

Conferenza telefonica

A conference call and live webcast have been scheduled for 11:00 am ET on Thursday, June 13, 2024. Participants should dial 1-844-763-8274 or +1-647-484-8814 at least 10 minutes prior to the conference time. A live webcast will also be available at https://www.gowebcasting.com/13182. Participants should join the webcast at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to register and install any necessary software. If you cannot make the live call, a replay will be available within 24 hours by dialing 1-855-669-9658 or +1-604-674-8052 and entering access code 0724. 

 

Informazioni su Blackline Safety Corpo. 

Blackline Safety is a technology leader driving innovation in the industrial workforce through IoT (Internet of Things). With connected safety devices and predictive analytics, Blackline enables companies to drive towards zero safety incidents and improved operational performance. Blackline provides wearable devices, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and enhance overall productivity for organizations with coverage in more than 100 countries. Armed with cellular and satellite connectivity, Blackline provides a lifeline to tens of thousands of people, having reported over 232 billion data-points and initiated over seven million emergency alerts. For more information, visit BlacklineSafety.com and connect with us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn and Instagram.  

 

INVESTOR/ ANALYST CONTACT
Shane Grennan, Chief Financial Officer
sgrennan@blacklinesafety.com
+1 403 630 8400 

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Christine Gillies, Chief Product and Marketing Officer
cgillies@blacklinesafety.com
+1 403 629 9434

 

Misure finanziarie non-GAAP e supplementari 

This press release presents certain non-GAAP and supplementary financial measures, including key performance indicators used by management typically used by the Company’s competitors in the software-as-a-service industry, as well as non-GAAP ratios to assist readers in understanding the Company’s performance. These measures do not have any standardized meaning and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

L'amministrazione usa queste misure finanziarie non-GAAP e supplementari, così come i rapporti non-GAAP e gli indicatori chiave di prestazione per analizzare e valutare la prestazione di funzionamento. Blackline inoltre crede che le misure finanziarie non-GAAP e supplementari definite sotto siano comunemente usate dalla comunità di investimento per gli scopi di valutazione e siano misure complementari utili di redditività e forniscano le metriche utili nell'industria di Blackline.  

In tutto questo comunicato stampa, sono usati i seguenti termini, che non hanno un significato standardizzato sotto GAAP. 

Indicatori di performance chiave 

L'azienda riconosce i ricavi dei servizi in modo proporzionale alla durata del periodo di servizio, in base alle disposizioni dei contratti stipulati con i clienti. I termini degli accordi, insieme agli alti tassi di fidelizzazione dei clienti, forniscono all'Azienda un notevole grado di visibilità sui ricavi a breve termine. Per misurare le prestazioni dell'azienda e le tendenze dei clienti, il management utilizza diverse metriche, tra cui quelle indicate di seguito, che vengono utilizzate per preparare i piani finanziari e definire le strategie future. Gli indicatori chiave di prestazione possono essere calcolati in modo diverso da quelli utilizzati da altre società.  

  • “Annual Recurring Revenue” is the total annualized value of recurring service amounts (ultimately recognized as software services revenue) of all service contracts at a point in time. Annualized service amounts are determined solely by reference to the underlying contracts, normalizing for the varying revenue recognition treatments under IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. It excludes one-time fees, such as for non-recurring professional services, and assumes that customers will renew the contractual commitments on a periodic basis as those commitments come up for renewal, unless such renewal is known to be unlikely. We believe that ARR provides visibility into future cash flows and is a fair measure of the performance and growth of our service contracts.  

  • “Net Dollar Retention” compares the aggregate service revenue contractually committed for a full period under all customer agreements of our total customer base as of the beginning of the trailing twelve-month period to the total service revenue of the same group at the end of the period. It includes the effect of our service revenue that expands, renews, contracts or is declined, but excludes the total service revenue from new activations during the period. We believe that NDR provides a fair measure of the strength of our recurring revenue streams and growth within our existing customer base.  

 

Misure finanziarie non-GAAP 

Una misura finanziaria non-GAAP: (a) rappresenta la performance finanziaria storica o prevista in futuro, la posizione finanziaria o la liquidità della Società; (b) rispetto alla sua composizione, esclude un importo che è incluso in, o include un importo che è escluso da, la composizione della misura finanziaria più comparabile presentata nel bilancio primario consolidato; (c) non è presentato nel bilancio primario della Società; e (d) non è un rapporto. 

Le misure finanziarie non-GAAP presentate e discusse in questo comunicato stampa sono le seguenti: 

"L'EBITDA è utile agli analisti di borsa, agli investitori e ad altre parti interessate per valutare le prestazioni operative, in quanto presenta i risultati della Società che escludono l'impatto di alcune voci non monetarie o non operative. L'EBITDA è calcolato come utile al lordo di interessi passivi, interessi attivi, imposte sul reddito, svalutazione e ammortamento.  

"L'EBITDA rettificato è utile agli analisti di borsa, agli investitori e ad altre parti interessate per valutare le prestazioni operative, presentando i risultati della Società che escludono l'impatto di alcune voci non operative e di alcune voci non monetarie e non ricorrenti, come le spese di compensazione basate su azioni. L'EBITDA rettificato è calcolato come utile al lordo di interessi passivi, interessi attivi, imposte sul reddito, svalutazione e ammortamento, spese di compensazione basate su azioni, perdite (guadagni) su cambi e transazioni con impatto non ricorrente, se presenti. La Società considera una voce come non ricorrente quando non è ragionevolmente probabile che un ricavo, un costo, una perdita o un guadagno analogo si verifichi nei due anni successivi o non si sia verificato nei due anni precedenti. 

Riconciliazione delle misure finanziarie non-GAAP 

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Rapporti non-GAAP 

Un rapporto non-GAAP è una misura finanziaria presentata sotto forma di rapporto, frazione, percentuale o rappresentazione simile e che ha una misura finanziaria non-GAAP come uno o più dei suoi componenti. 

Non-GAAP ratios presented and discussed in this news release are as follows:

"L'EBITDA per azione comune è utile agli analisti di borsa, agli investitori e ad altre parti interessate per valutare le performance operative e finanziarie. L'EBITDA per azione comune è calcolato sulla stessa base dell'utile (perdita) netto per azione comune, utilizzando il numero medio ponderato di base e diluito di azioni comuni in circolazione nei periodi presentati. 

L'"EBITDA rettificato per azione ordinaria" è utile agli analisti finanziari, agli investitori e ad altre parti interessate per valutare le prestazioni operative e finanziarie. L'EBITDA rettificato per azione comune è calcolato sulla stessa base del reddito netto (perdita) per azione comune, utilizzando il numero medio ponderato di base e diluito di azioni comuni in circolazione durante i periodi presentati. 

Misure finanziarie supplementari 

Una misura finanziaria supplementare: (a) è, o è destinato a essere, divulgato su base periodica per descrivere la performance finanziaria storica o prevista in futuro, la posizione finanziaria o il flusso di cassa della Società; (b) non è presentato nel bilancio della Società; (c) non è una misura finanziaria non-GAAP; e (d) non è un rapporto non-GAAP. 

Le misure finanziarie supplementari presentate e discusse in questo comunicato stampa sono le seguenti: 

  • “Gross margin percentage” represents gross margin as a percentage of revenue 
  • “Annual Recurring Revenue” represents total annualized value of recurring service amounts of all service contracts  
  • “Net Dollar Retention” represents the aggregate service revenue contractually committed 
  • “Product gross margin percentage” represents product gross margin as a percentage of product revenue 
  • “Service gross margin percentage” represents service gross margin as a percentage of service revenue 
  • “Total expenses as a percentage of revenue” represents total expenses as a percentage of total revenue 
 

Nota relativa alle dichiarazioni previsionali 

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to, among other things, the Company's expectation that gross proceeds from the bought deal financing and private placement will strengthen its ability to finance the lease program into the future; Blackline's expectation that its additional capital, along with its cost optimization, margin expansion and revenue growth puts Blackline in an even stronger position to exit fiscal 2024 with positive quarterly Adjusted EBITDA and become a sustainable, free cash flow company; Blackline's expectation to lead the industrial connected safety market into the future; and Blackline's expectation that service revenue growth will continue through additional value-added features and its scale absorbing more fixed cost of sales. Blackline provided such forward-looking statements in reliance on certain expectations and assumptions that it believes are reasonable at the time. The material assumptions on which the forward-looking information in this news release are based, and the material risks and uncertainties underlying such forward-looking information, include: expectations and assumptions concerning business prospects and opportunities, customer demands, the availability and cost of financing, labor and services, that Blackline will pursue growth strategies and opportunities in the manner described herein, and that it will have sufficient resources and opportunities for the same, that other strategies or opportunities may be pursued in the future, and the impact of increasing competition, business and market conditions; the accuracy of outlooks and projections contained herein; that future business, regulatory, and industry conditions will be within the parameters expected by Blackline, including with respect to prices, margins, demand, supply, product availability, supplier agreements, availability, and cost of labour and interest, exchange, and effective tax rates; projected capital investment levels, the flexibility of capital spending plans, and associated sources of funding; cash flows, cash balances on hand, and access to the Company’s credit facility being sufficient to fund capital investments; foreign exchange rates; near-term pricing and continued volatility of the market; accounting estimates and judgments; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow to meet current and future obligations; the Company’s ability to obtain and retain qualified staff and equipment in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the Company’s ability to carry out transactions on the desired terms and within the expected timelines; forecast inflation, including on the Company’s components for its products, the impacts of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and between Israel and Hamas on the global economy; and other assumptions, risks, and uncertainties described from time to time in the filings made by Blackline with securities regulatory authorities. Although Blackline believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because Blackline can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information addresses future events and conditions, which by their very nature involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including the risks set forth above and as discussed in Blackline’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form for the year ended October 31, 2023 and available on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca. Blackline’s actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking information and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking information will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits Blackline will derive therefrom. Management has included the above summary of assumptions and risks related to forward-looking information provided in this press release in order to provide readers with a more complete perspective on Blackline’s future operations and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not exhaustive. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and Blackline disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.