TORONTO, ON–(August 30, 2016) –Lingo Media Corporation (TSX VENTURE: LM) (OTCQB: LMDCF) (“Lingo Media” or the “Company“), an EdTech company that is ‘Changing the way the world learns English’ through innovative online and print-based technologies and solutions, announces its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 reporting revenues of $1,549,397 and a net profit of $631,183 or $0.02 per share. All figures are reported in Canadian Dollars and are in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards unless otherwise noted.
Michael Kraft, President & CEO of Lingo Media, stated, “We are pleased to report our financial results for the second quarter of 2016 during which we earned $0.02 per share, while investing over $1 million in our digital content library, and significantly improving our balance sheet since the beginning of this year. For the period ended June 30, 2015, we reported a foreign exchange gain of $132,633 as compared to a loss of $215,571 for the same period in 2016, which negatively impacted our financial results by $348,204 period-over-period. However, we were able to generate significant cash during the period, which allowed us to invest $1,081,157 towards development of our digital content library, a key focus of our product strategy to position the company for future growth. Additionally, for the period ended June 30, 2016, our cash and cash equivalents increased to $1.5 million as compared to $409,000 as of December 31, 2015. Likewise, our book value increased by $3 million to $7 million or $0.21 per share as of June 30, 2016 as compared to December 31, 2015.”
Mr. Kraft added, “Lingo Media continues to increase its investment in its sales management and marketing efforts. During the quarter, we focused on expanding our sales network, including new partnerships with Telefonica in Peru and Gale Cengage globally. Additionally, we are making progress in opening new markets beyond Latin America including Asia, where we are beginning to generate incremental revenues from our suite of digital learning products.”
Q2 2016 Operational Highlights
- Online English Language Learning:
- released ELL Studio, a speech recognition and practice pronunciation mobile app that enables learners to practice their spoken English skills anywhere, any time
- launched partnership with Telefonica Educación Digital S.L.U. to market, sell and distribute ELL Technologies’ full suite of English language training products in Peru
- entered into a distribution agreement with Gale, a subsidiary of Cengage Learning, whereby Gale is marketing and selling a co-branded version of ELL Scholar, named Gale-Lingo, as a self-study solution for digital libraries world wide, excluding Latin America
- started marketing and selling, English for Success, a series of lessons and activities derived from ELL Library as a premium solution for governments and other institutions
- Print-Based English Language Learning:
- Continued expanding the market forPEP Primary English and Starting Linetextbook programs in China
Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2016
|Second Quarter Ended June 30th||2016||2015|
|Income before amortization, share-based payments, depreciation, finance charges and taxes||1,054,115||1,372,090|
|Amortization, share-based payments, and depreciation||249,733||183,145|
|Finance charges, taxes, foreign exchange||173,199||209,842|
|Total comprehensive income||624,319||993,552|
|Earnings per share||$||0.02||$||0.04|
- Revenue for the period ended June 30, 2016 totalled $1,549,397 as compared to $1,794,659 in 2015, a 14% decrease.
- Operating expenses for the period ended June 30, 2016 totalled $495,282 compared to $422,569 in 2015, a 17% increase reflecting sales and marketing efforts.
- Net profit for the period ended June 30, 2016 was $631,183 or $0.02 per share (basic) based on 32.9 million weighted number of common shares as compared to 979,103 for 2015 or $0.04 per share (basic) on 25.9 million weighted number of common shares.
- Income before amortization, share-based payments, depreciation, finance charges and taxes was $1,054,115 compared to $1,372,090 in 2015.
Financial Highlights for the Six Month Period Ended June 30, 2015
|Six Month Period Ended June 30||2016||2015|
|Income before amortization, share-based payments, depreciation, finance charges and taxes||1,548,051||1,704,254|
|Amortization, share-based payments and depreciation||475,465||394,143|
|Finance charges, taxes and foreign exchange||390,573||105,579|
|Total comprehensive income||$||736,107||$||1,140,150|
|Earnings per share||$||0.02||$||0.05|
- Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2016 totalled $2,306,255 compared to $2,446,286 for the same period in 2015, a 6% decrease.
- Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2016 totalled $758,204 as compared to $742,032 for the same period in 2015, a 2% increase.
- Net profit for the six months was $682,013 or $0.02 earnings per share (basic) based on 31.0 million weighted number of common shares as compared to net profit $1,204,532 or $0.05 per share (basic) on 23.3 million weighted number of common shares for the same period in 2015.
- Income before amortization, share-based payments, depreciation, finance charges and taxes was $1,548,051, compared to $1,704,254 in 2015.
Balance Sheet as at June 30, 2016
- Cash and cash equivalents as at June 30, 2016 totalled $1,479,831 as compared to $409,022 as at December 31, 2015, an increase of $1,070,809 from operations and from the exercise of warrants and stock options.
- Current ratio improved to 4.68:1 for the period ended June 30, 2016 as compared to 2.86:1 as at December 31, 2015.
- Total liabilities as at June 30, 2016 totalled $629,212 as compared to $1,186,167 as at December 31, 2015, an improvement of $556,955 after loans payable of $580,000 were repaid in full and retired.
- Book value improved to $7,034,519 as at June 30, 2016 as compared to $4,046,784 as at December 31, 2015.
Mr. Kraft continued, “During the second half of 2016, we expect our revenue and profitability to trend in a similar fashion or greater as we gain sales transaction in Latin America and new markets in Asia. We look forward to providing our shareholders with updates as we continue to enter new markets, secure sales contracts and achieve revenue and earnings milestones.”
The unaudited condensed interim financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and Management Discussion & Analysis are available atwww.sedar.com.
Lingo Media is a global EdTech company that is ‘Changing the way the world learns English’, developing and marketing products for learners of English through various life stages, from classroom to boardroom. By integrating education and technology, the company empowers English language educators to easily transition from traditional teaching methods to digital learning.
Lingo Media provides both online and print-based solutions through two distinct business units: ELL Technologies and Lingo Learning. ELL Technologies provides online training and assessment for English language learning, while Lingo Learning is a print-based publisher of English language learning programs in China.
Lingo Media has formed successful relationships with key government and industry organizations internationally, with a particularly strong presence in Latin America and China, and continues to both extend its global reach and expand its product offerings.
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