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Guardforce AI Announces Interim Results for the Period Ended June 30, 2021

December 17, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / December 17, 2021 / Guardforce AI Co., Limited (“Guardforce AI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GFAI)(NASDAQ:GFAIW) today announced its unaudited interim financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2021.

Recent Company Highlights

  • On December 9, 2021, the Company announced its planned U.S. expansion with the proposed acquisition of SBC Global Holdings Inc. with a purchase price of $2 million, paid in a mix of cash (10%) and Company’s ordinary shares (90%), with expected value of the equity portion based upon a price of $4.20 per Company share.
  • On November 30, 2021, Guardforce AI announced that its subsidiary, Guardforce Cash Solutions Security (Thailand) Co., Ltd., or GF Cash (CIT), has been selected as the authorized operator of a Consolidated Cash Center (CCC) for Hadyai CCC for a period of five years starting January 17, 2022.
  • Entered into a Transfer Agreement, on November 18, 2021, to acquire 100% of the equity interests in Macau GF Robotics Limited, a company incorporated in Macau.
  • On November 18, 2021, entered into a Transfer Agreement to acquire 100% of the equity interests in GF Robotics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a company incorporated in Malaysia.
  • Entered into a Transfer Agreement, on November 1, 2021, to acquire 100% of the equity interests in Guardforce AI Singapore Pte. Ltd., a company incorporated in Singapore.
  • Relocated our principal executive offices from Thailand to Singapore.
  • On October 1, 2021, Guardforce AI closed its initial public offering of 3,614,458 units of the Company, at a public offering price of $4.15 per unit, with each unit consisting of one ordinary share of the Company, par value $0.003 per share (the “Ordinary Share”), and one warrant to purchase one Ordinary Share, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $15 million, before underwriting discounts and other offering expenses.
  • On September 29, 2021, the Company’s Ordinary Shares started trading under the symbol “GFAI” and its warrants started trading under the symbol “GFAIW”, both on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Each Ordinary Share is being sold together with one warrant to purchase one Ordinary Share.
  • On September 28, 2021, the Company’s registration statement on Form F-1 was declared effective by the SEC.
  • On August 20, 2021, the shareholders of the Company approved a 1 for 3 reverse split of the Company’s authorized and issued ordinary shares whereby every three shares were consolidated into one share. The shareholders of the Company also approved a proposal to resolve fractional entitlements to the Company’s issued ordinary shares resulting from the Reserve Split and an increase in the Company’s authorized ordinary shares from 100,000,000 to 300,000,000.
  • In March 2021, the Company completed its majority acquisition of Handshake Networking Limited, acquiring a 51% interest in Handshake in exchange for 43,700 ordinary shares valued at $327,763.
  • On January 26, 2021, the Bank of Thailand announced that Guardforce AI subsidiary, GF Cash (CIT), had been selected as the authorized operator of the Consolidated Cash Center (CCC) in the Khon Kaen province of Thailand for a period of five years starting April 19, 2021.

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Management Commentary

Terence Yap, Chairman of Guardforce AI, commented, “As a cash logistics business historically based in Thailand, 2021 was as a year of strategic change within our business, positioning the Company for continued growth. Currently, nearly all of our revenues are derived from our secure logistics business. In 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we began to develop other non-cash related solutions and services. During this time, robotic solutions for our customers were rolled out in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region. For the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, we had generated approximately $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively in revenue from our robotic solutions business, demonstrating our progress towards our goal of diversifying our service offerings, and more importantly revenue streams as we believe trends in the security industry over the next decade will be characterized by rapid technological change, continual convergence between physical security and cybersecurity and increased competition. Against the backdrop of these industry trends, we aim to enhance shareholder value by maintaining and consolidating our leading position in the Thailand secured logistics services market as well as leveraging our competitive strengths to exploit new opportunities arising from the increasing physical and cyber convergence and the growth in regional security demand.

“Our goal of expanding our Robots as a Service (RaaS) platform to efficiently offer more AI value-added services for our customers is most evident in our recently announced U.S. expansion through the proposed acquisition of SBC Global Holdings Inc. This strategic expansion is in-line with our goal of increasing the speed of transformation and enhancing our technological capabilities by acquiring or establishing partnerships with technology innovators in the cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics and related fields. Lastly, this acquisition allows us to expand and gain access to our target markets, increasing our international presence,” Terence Yap concluded.

Financial Summary for Six Months Ended June 30, 2021

  • Loss from operations was $1.3 million compared to $0.8 million in the same period of 2020. EBITDA was $1.4 million on non-IFRS measurement, compared to $1.4 million in the same period of 2020, an increase of 2%.
  • Net loss remained consistent at $1.6 million compared the same period of 2020. Non-IFRS net income was $1.5 million, an increase of 7.5% compared to $1.4 million in the same period of 2020. This was mainly due to an increase in cost of revenues and allowance on withholding tax receivables.
  • Loss per share was $0.09. Non-IFRS earnings per share was $0.09, an increase of 12.5% compared to $0.08 in the same period of 2020.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $2 million, an increase of 74.9% compared to $1.2 million in the same period of 2020 was mainly due to the collection of the withholding tax refund of approximately $0.7 million in January 2021.
  • Revenue was approximately $18.4 million, compared to $18.7 million in the same period of 2020 primarily due to the severe spread of COVID-19 in Thailand from March to May 2020 significantly reducing the number of customer orders.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2021, the Company generated approximately $0.1 million in revenue from our cyber security business.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2021, our cost of revenue was $16.3 million, an increase of $905,283, or 5.9%, compared to $15,441,180 for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Cost of revenue as a percentage of our revenues increased from 82.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2020 to 88.8% for the six months ended June 30, 2021. This increase was mainly due to the increase in fuel consumption costs in 2021 by approximately 35.8%.
  • As a percentage of revenue, our gross margin was 11.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 17.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2020, primarily due to increase in labor costs of overtime, fuel consumption costs and reallocation of rental expense in 2021.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2021, our total administrative expenses were $3.3 million, a decrease of $822,924, or 20.1%, compared to $4.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease was mainly due to absence of severance payment due to no employee layoffs, a decrease in employee compensation and related expenses due to the reduction in necessary manpower in 2021, and a decrease in rental expense for our Thailand office.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2021, our income tax expense was $nil, a decrease of $58,368, as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2020. We are subject to various rates of income tax under different jurisdictions. No income tax expense was due as there was no taxable profit reported in 2020.

Reconciliations of IFRS measures to non-IFRS measures presented above are included at the end of this document.

JUNE INTERIM OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the six months ended June 30,

2021

2020

$

% of

Revenue

$

% of Revenue

Revenue

18,405,025

100.0

%

18,728,786

100.0

%
Cost of revenue

(16,346,463)

(88.2)

%

(15,441,180)

(82.5)

%
Gross margin

2,058,562

11.8

%

3,287,606

17.5

%
Provision for withholding tax receivables

(98,226)

(0.5)

%

-

-

Administrative expenses

(3,271,608)

(17.8)

%

(4,097,532)

(21.9)

%
Loss from operations

(1,311,272)

(6.5)

%

(806,926)

(4.4)

%
Other income

237,178

1.3

%

32,452

0.2

%
Foreign exchange loss, net

(40,137)

0.2

%

(310,207)

(0.9)

%
Finance costs

(440,952)

(2.4)

%

(435,713)

(2.3)

%
Loss before income tax expense

(1,555,183)

(7.8)

%

(1,520,394)

(7.4)

%
Provision for income taxes

-

-

(58,368)

(0.3)

%
Net loss for the year

(1,555,183)

(7.8)

%

(1,578,762)

(7.7)

%
Net loss attributable to:
Equity holders of the Company

(1,555,274)

(1,573,342)

Non-controlling interests

91

(5,420)

(1,555,183)

(1,578,762)

Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

For the six months ended June 30,

2021

2020

Revenue

$

18,405,025

$

18,728,786

Cost of revenue

(16,346,463)

(15,441,180)

Gross margin

2,058,562

3,287,606

Provision for withholding taxes receivable

(98,226)

-

Administrative expenses

(3,271,608)

(4,097,532)

Loss from operations

(1,311,272)

(806,926)

Other income, net

237,178

32,452

Foreign exchange loss, net

(40,137)

(310,207)

Finance costs

(440,952)

(435,713)

Loss before provision for income taxes

(1,555,183)

(1,520,394)

Provision for income taxes

-

(58,368)

Loss for the year

(1,555,183)

(1,578,762)

Less: net loss (profit) attributable to non-controlling interests

(91)

5,420

Loss attributable to equity holders of the Company

$

(1,555,274)

$

(1,573,342)

Loss per share

Basic and diluted (loss) profit for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company*

$

(0.09)

$

(0.09)

Weighted average number of shares used in computation:

Basic and diluted*

17,486,264

17,090,926

* Giving retroactive effect to the reverse split on August 20, 2021.

REVENUE

Disaggregation information of revenue by service type is as follows:

For the six months ended June 30,

2021

Percentage of Total

2020

Percentage of Total

Service Type

$

Revenue

$

Revenue

Cash-In-Transit - Non-Dedicated Vehicles (CIT Non-DV)

$

5,939,614

32.3

%

$

5,964,178

31.8

%

Cash-In-Transit - Dedicated Vehicle to Banks (CIT DV)

2,380,880

12.9

%

2,438,017

13.0

%

ATM Management

5,806,020

31.5

%

6,267,452

33.5

%

Cash Processing (CPC)

1,401,421

7.6

%

1,443,220

7.7

%

Cash Center Operations (CCT)

1,540,291

8.4

%

1,595,889

8.5

%

Cheque Center Service (CDC)

31,081

0.2

%

30,285

0.2

%

Others **

251,890

1.4

%

223,342

1.2

%

Cash Deposit Management Solutions (GDM)

849,956

4.6

%

637,877

3.4

%

Robotics AI solutions

203,872

1.1

%

128,250

0.7

%

Total

$

18,405,025

100.0

%

$

18,728,786

100.0

%

**

Others include primarily revenue from express cash and coin processing services.

Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

June 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,725,129

$

8,414,044

Accounts receivable, net

5,790,229

5,468,911

Withholding taxes receivables

-

690,487

Other current assets

2,462,654

1,584,884

Deferred costs

38,880

-

Inventory

2,553,957

495,081

Amount due from related parties

7,422

373,268

Total current assets

18,578,271

17,026,675

Restricted cash

1,667,081

1,715,866

Fixed assets, net

9,075,078

7,884,354

Right-of-use assets

2,868,604

4,190,351

Intangible assets, net

189,438

223,408

Goodwill

329,534

-

Withholding taxes receivable, net

3,359,752

3,534,552

Deferred costs

68,040

-

Deferred tax assets, net

972,384

1,038,346

Other non-current assets

330,416

361,275

Total Assets

$

37,438,598

$

35,974,827

Liabilities and (Deficit) Equity

Current liabilities:

Trade and other payables

$

3,050,006

$

1,540,411

Short-term borrowings from financial institutions

2,687,057

494,994

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

1,556,425

2,211,984

Current portion of finance lease liabilities, net

790,704

632,105

Other current liabilities

1,349,427

1,249,106

Deferred revenue

43,200

-

Income tax payables

-

284,627

Amount due to related parties

3,142,503

1,670,469

Total current liabilities

12,619,322

8,083,696

Long-term borrowings from financial institutions

-

993,869

Operating lease liabilities

1,482,152

2,106,429

Long-term borrowings from related parties

19,381,520

19,085,812

Finance lease liabilities, net

825,841

1,023,366

75,600

-

Provision for employee benefits

6,547,498

6,841,673

Total liabilities

40,931,933

38,134,845

Commitments and Contingencies

(Deficit) Equity

Ordinary shares* - par value $0.003 authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 17,587,388 shares at June 30, 2021; par value $0.003 authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 17,356,090 shares at December 31, 2020

52,763

52,069

Subscription receivable

(50,000)

(50,000)

Additional paid in capital

2,409,864

2,082,795

Legal reserve

223,500

223,500

Deficit

(6,277,569)

(4,722,294)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

98,353

204,249

Total deficit attributable to equity holders of the Company

(3,543,089)

(2,209,681)

Total equity attributable to non-controlling interests

49,754

49,663

Total deficit

(3,493,335)

(2,160,018)

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

37,438,598

$

35,974,827

*

Giving retroactive effect to the reverse split on August 20, 2021.

Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

For the six months ended June 30,

2021

2020

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

2,042,948

$

1,168,130

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,224,468)

(194,249

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(1,653)

536,019

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(554,527)

(178,354)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(737,700)

1,331,546

Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year

10,129,910

7,687,721

Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of year

$

9,392,210

$

9,019,269

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS, we use the non-IFRS adjusted EBITDA as financial measures for our consolidated results.

We believe that adjusted EBITDA help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain income or expenses that we include in income from operations and net income. We believe that these non-IFRS measures provide useful information about our core operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making. We present the non-IFRS financial measures in order to provide more information and greater transparency to investors about our operating results.

EBITDA represents net income before (i) finance costs, income taxes and depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, which we do not believe are reflective of our core operating performance during the periods presented.

Non-IFRS adjusted net income represents net income before (i) finance costs, income taxes and depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, (ii) certain non-cash expenses, consisting of stock-based compensation expense and allowance for withholding tax receivables.

Non-IFRS earnings per share represents non-IFRS net income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods. Non-IFRS diluted earnings per share represents non-IFRS net income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods on a diluted basis.

The table below is a reconciliation of our net income to EBITDA and non-IFRS net income for the periods indicated:

For the six months ended June 30,

2021

2020

Net loss - IFRS

$

(1,555,183)

$

(1,578,762)

Finance costs

440,952

435,713

Income taxes

-

58,368

Depreciation and amortization expense

2,542,432

2,486,283

EBITDA

1,428,201

1,401,602

Allowance for withholding tax receivables

98,226

-

Stock-based compensation expenses

-

18,826

Adjusted net income (Non-IFRS)

$

1,526,427

$

1,420,428

Non-IFRS earnings per share
Basic and diluted profit for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company*

$

0.09

$

0.08

Weighted average number of shares used in computation:
Basic and diluted*

17,486,264

17,090,926

*

Giving retroactive effect to the reverse split on August 20, 2021.

ABOUT Guardforce AI

Guardforce AI Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:GFAI)(NASDAQ:GFAIW) is a leading integrated security solutions provider that is trusted to protect and transport the high-value assets of public and private sector organizations. Developing and introducing innovative technologies that enhance safety and protection, Guardforce AI helps clients adopt new technologies and operate safely as the Asia Pacific business landscape evolves.

For more information, visit www.guardforce.ai.

forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. We make such forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and other federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements provide our current expectations or forecasts of future events. Forward-looking statements include statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “will” or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions we have made in light of our industry experience, perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this press release you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (many of which are beyond our control) and assumptions, including the risks described in the reports and other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual operating and financial performance and cause our performance to differ materially from the performance anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of these assumptions prove incorrect or change, our actual operating and financial performance may vary in material respects from the performance projected in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

CONTACTS

Corporate Contact:

Yu Hu

Email: yu.hu@guardforceai.com

Phone: (+852) 2838-3500

Media Relations:

Patrick Yu

Email: patrick.yu@fleishman.com

Phone: (+852) 2586-7877

Investor Relations:

Shannon Devine

Email: GFAI@mzgroup.us

Phone: +1 203-741-8811

SOURCE: Guardforce AI Co., Limited

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