Phunware Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

AUSTIN, Texas, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Phunware, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHUN) (“Phunware” or “the Company”), a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“The completion of Q1 constitutes a positive operational inflection point for our business as we have quickly made our Multiscreen-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform vision become reality across a number of key fronts,” said Alan S. Knitowski, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Phunware. “Not only have we commenced the full roll out of our blockchain-enabled Mobile Loyalty Ecosystem specific to PhunToken, PhunCoin and PhunWallet as promised, but we have also executed a global distribution agreement with an anchor distribution partner that will be formally announced in the next several weeks. While we continue to work through what appears to be the final stages of the Covid pandemic operationally, we are both excited and comforted by the dramatic increase in business activity across all aspects of our software product and solution offerings for mobile, big data and the cloud. Importantly, these encompass all three of our core growth engines rolling forward, including our MaaS cloud, our data-driven loyalty marketplace and our secure, blockchain-enabled token, coin and wallet capabilities.”

First Quarter 2021 Summary Financial Results

  • Net Revenues for the quarter totaled $1.6 million
  • Multiscreen-as-a-Service (MaaS) Platform Subscriptions and Services Revenues were $1.5 million
  • Gross Margin was 58.0%
  • Non-GAAP Adjusted Gross Margin was 71.0%
  • Net Loss was $(12.4) million
  • Net Loss per Share was $(0.19)
  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Loss was $(2.4) million

“We completed Q1 with $23.5 million of cash on hand, constituting a record high for the Company since its inception,” said Matt Aune, CFO of Phunware. “Subsequent to the completion of the quarter, Phunware eliminated all of its previously outstanding 2020 convertible notes in full. This action, combined with the initiation of a $25 million At-The-Market offering against a $100 million shelf registration statement, have dramatically improved the Company’s balance sheet, operational flexibility and future business needs for both organic and inorganic growth opportunities.”

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Conference Call Information

Phunware management will host a conference call today (May 13, 2021) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing 844-369-8770 in the United States, or 862-298-0840 from international locations. The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

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Disclosure Information

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About Phunware, Inc.

Everything You Need to Succeed on Mobile — Transforming Digital Human Experience

Phunware, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHUN), is the pioneer of Multiscreen-as-a-Service (MaaS), an award-winning, fully integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides companies the products, solutions, data and services necessary to engage, manage and monetize their mobile application portfolios and audiences globally at scale. Phunware’s Software Development Kits (SDKs) include location-based services, mobile engagement, content management, messaging, advertising, loyalty (PhunCoin & Phun) and analytics, as well as a mobile application framework of pre-integrated iOS and Android software modules for building in-house or channel-based mobile application and vertical solutions. Phunware helps the world’s most respected brands create category-defining mobile experiences, with more than one billion active devices touching its platform each month. For more information about how Phunware is transforming the way consumers and brands interact with mobile in the virtual and physical worlds, visit,,, and follow @phunware, @phuncoin and @phuntoken on all social media platforms.

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Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share information)

  March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:      
Cash $ 23,469     $ 3,940  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $122 and $356 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 937     664  
Digital currencies 1,098      
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 794     304  
Total current assets 26,298     4,908  
Property and equipment, net 12     13  
Goodwill 25,911     25,900  
Intangible assets, net 79     111  
Deferred tax asset 537     537  
Restricted cash 91     91  
Right-of-use asset 1,723      
Other assets 276     276  
Total assets $ 54,927     $ 31,836  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 7,781     $ 8,462  
Accrued expenses 3,190     5,353  
Accrued legal settlement 3,000     3,000  
Lease liability 530      
Deferred revenue 2,180     2,397  
PhunCoin deposits 1,202     1,202  
Current maturities of long-term debt, net 10,012     4,435  
Warrant liability 2,499     1,614  
Total current liabilities 30,394     26,463  
Long-term debt 3,741     3,762  
Long-term debt - related party 195     195  
Deferred tax liability 537     537  
Deferred revenue 2,054     2,678  
Lease liability 1,447      
Deferred rent     180  
Total liabilities 38,368     33,815  
Stockholders’ equity (deficit)      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 71,211,399 and 56,380,111 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 7     6  
Additional paid-in capital 175,046     144,156  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (328 )   (338 )
Accumulated deficit (158,166 )   (145,803 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit) 16,559     (1,979 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $ 54,927     $ 31,836  

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands, except per share information)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
Net revenues $ 1,646     $ 2,640  
Cost of revenues 692     1,091  
Gross profit 954     1,549  
Operating expenses:      
Sales and marketing 556     605  
General and administrative 2,758     3,945  
Research and development 1,052     861  
Total operating expenses 4,366     5,411  
Operating loss (3,412 )   (3,862 )
Other expense:      
Interest expense (2,219 )   (101 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt (5,768 )    
Loss on change in fair value of warrant liability (885 )    
Other expense (79 )    
Total other expense (8,951 )   (101 )
Loss before taxes (12,363 )   (3,963 )
Income tax expense      
Net loss (12,363 )   (3,963 )
Other comprehensive income (loss):      
Cumulative translation adjustment 10     (72 )
Comprehensive loss $ (12,353 )   $ (4,035 )
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted $ (0.19 )   $ (0.10 )
Weighted-average common shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted 64,587     40,095  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
Operating activities      
Net loss $ (12,363 )   $ (3,963 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 33     49  
Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs 1,642     13  
Amortization of right-of-use asset 114      
Loss on change in fair value of warrant liability 885      
Impairment of right-of-use asset 77      
Loss on extinguishment of debt 5,768      
Bad debt recovery (234 )   (16 )
Stock-based compensation 1,055     635  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable (40 )   783  
Prepaid expenses and other assets (490 )   (108 )
Accounts payable (682 )   851  
Accrued expenses (2,287 )   643  
Lease liability 64      
Deferred revenue (841 )   (792 )
Net cash used in operating activities (7,299 )   (1,905 )
Investing activities      
Purchase of digital currencies (1,098 )    
Net cash provided by investing activities (1,098 )    
Financing activities      
Proceeds from borrowings, net of issuance costs 9,981     2,595  
Proceeds from related party bridge loans     560  
Payments on senior convertible notes (11,835 )    
Net repayments on factoring agreement     (627 )
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock 65     15  
Proceeds from sales of common stock, net of issuance costs 29,705      
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 27,916     2,543  
Effect of exchange rate on cash and restricted cash 10     (76 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and restricted cash 19,529     562  
Cash and restricted cash at the beginning of the period 4,031     362  
Cash and restricted cash at the end of the period $ 23,560     $ 924  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information      
Interest paid $ 567     $ 98  

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information      
Issuance of common stock for payment of legal and board of director fees $ 66     $ 492  
Equity classified cash conversion feature of Senior Convertible Note $     $ 219  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation

Our non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") (our "non-GAAP financial measures"). Our non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. They are not measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to revenue or net loss, as applicable, or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other businesses. Our non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our operating results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations include: (i) Non-cash compensation is and will remain a key element of our overall long-term incentive compensation package, although we exclude it as an expense when evaluating its ongoing operating performance for a particular period, (ii) Our non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect the impact of certain charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of ongoing operations, and (iii) other companies in our industry may calculate our non-GAAP financial measures differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

We compensate for these limitations to our non-GAAP financial measures by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using our non-GAAP financial measures only for supplemental purposes. Our non-GAAP financial measures include adjustments for items that may not occur in future periods. However, we believe these adjustments are appropriate because the amounts recognized can vary significantly from period to period, do not directly relate to the ongoing operations of our business and complicate comparisons of our internal operating results and operating results of other peer companies over time. Each of the normal recurring adjustments and other adjustments described in this paragraph help management with a measure of our operating performance over time by removing items that are not related to day-to-day operations or are non-cash expenses.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(In thousands, except percentages)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Net loss $ (12,363 )   $ (3,963 )
Add back:  Depreciation and amortization 33     49  
Add back:  Interest expense 2,219     101  
EBITDA (10,111 )   (3,813 )
Add back: Stock-based compensation 1,055     635  
Add back: Loss on extinguishment of debt 5,768      
Add back: Loss on change in fair value of warrant liability 885      
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,403 )   $ (3,178 )

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Gross profit $ 954     $ 1,549  
Add back:  Amortization of intangibles 4     7  
Add back:  Stock-based compensation 210     51  
Adjusted gross profit $ 1,168     $ 1,607  
Adjusted gross margin 71.0 %   60.9 %

Supplemental Information
(In thousands, except percentages)

  Three Months Ended March 31,   Change
  2021   2020   Amount   %
Net Revenues              
Platform subscriptions and services $ 1,521     $ 2,391     $ (870 )     (36.4 ) %
Application transaction 125     249     (124 )     (49.8 ) %
Net revenues $ 1,646     $ 2,640     $ (994 )     (37.7 ) %
Platform subscriptions and services as a percentage of net revenues 92.4 %   90.6 %        
Application transactions as a percentage of net revenues 7.6 %   9.4 %        


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