LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 5, 2019 - Wrap Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Wrap”) (Nasdaq: WRTC), an innovator of modern policing solutions, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
2019 YTD Highlights
- In March 2019 we welcomed less-lethal industry pioneer and 25-year veteran Thomas Smith as our President. He immediately focused on scaling domestic and international sales. Mr. Smith’s efforts resulted in the July 2019 announcement of our first large international distributor order valued at over $1 million.
- By the end of Q2 our sales team inked distribution agreements with nine domestic distributors representing 38 states and seven international distributors representing 12 countries. We recently commenced first shipments to new international customers.
- In late May 2019 we released an updated version of our BolaWrap 100 remote restraint device featuring an integrated green line laser. We have demonstrated our BolaWrap 100 product to over 150 agencies across the country, often with media in attendance.
- During Q2 we rapidly expanded our training and support activities and have engaged eight contract regional Master Instructors. As of June 30, 2019, over 65 agencies had received BolaWrap 100 training with approximately 390 training officers at those agencies certified as BolaWrap 100 instructors qualified to train their departments.
- We were recently granted our fifth U.S. patent and have eight other U.S. patents pending on our remote restraint device and technology. We have foreign patents pending, targeting the European Union (17 countries) and 17 other countries. We are also being awarded U.S. and foreign tradenames to support our international branding strategy.
- In June 2019 we leased and occupied a 11,000 square foot facility in Tempe, Arizona that we expect to provide additional assembly, warehouse and training space for expected growth during the balance of 2019 and in 2020.
“We are excited to be showing the upgraded BolaWrap 100 product with its integrated green line laser to domestic and international customers,” said David Norris, CEO of Wrap Technologies. “The ability to more reliably target a subject has been met with very favorable response from agency heads and trainers.
“In the first six months we elected to accelerate international distribution and engage domestic distributors to target a larger number of smaller agencies throughout the U.S. With over 15,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, distributors offer the ability to sell to these customers more rapidly and efficiently. Our recent funding allows us to build the organization to support multiple distribution channels, provide professional training and build production capacity.
“Our branding and media efforts are positioning our BolaWrap solution as a new category of remote restraint for early engagement that is low on the use of force continuum. The need for less lethal early restraint is clear for many encounters including many with the mentally ill. Awareness is rapidly growing that BolaWrap can be a useful tool to help restrain the mentally ill involved in an estimated 1 in 10 police encounters and 1 in 4 fatal encounters. Since we began product demonstrations last year, BolaWrap has appeared on television more than 500 times and has been viewed on social media more than 35,000,000 times.
“July was a busy month for our team as we added new international and domestic distributors and accelerated our training activities. We have nine domestic distributors covering 38 states and ten international distributors covering 17 countries. We now have ten Master BolaWrap Instructors nationwide to support our distributors and expedite the sales cycle.
“We continue to innovate and add to our IP portfolio. We plan to continue to enhance our remote restraint offerings to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies.”
Q2 Financial Summary
As a result of the June 2019 follow-on public offering, the Company improved its financial position and ended the second quarter with $21.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and working capital of $22.1 million. Other than $0.2 million of long-term right-of-use operating lease liability, the Company has no other debt not included in working capital. Stockholders’ equity was $22.5 million at June 30, 2019.
Second quarter revenues were slowed as we waited to ship the improved BolaWrap 100 model with its integrated green line laser. This enhanced product began shipping in late May 2019 and we are building production for larger product shipments that we expect to deliver to customers in the second half of 2019. Revenues were $48,948 for the second quarter and $162,901 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. There were no comparable prior period revenues.
Gross profit margin was 40% for the second quarter and 49% for the six months ended June 30, 2019. We have just commenced product sales and we are establishing distribution and related production. We intend to rely on both direct and distributor sales both domestically and internationally and changes in sales channels can impact margins. A variety of other factors impact margins including product updates, raw material and component changes and warranty costs. Due to the startup nature of our sales activities we do not believe historical margins should be relied on as an indicator of future margins.
Selling, general and administrative costs for the second quarter were $1,481,187, compared to $581,575 during the year-ago quarter. We have expanded our sales, training and support activities as we commenced sales. Selling, general and administrative costs for the six months ended June 30, 2019 were $2,669,063, compared to $920,742 for the prior comparable period. In the near term we expect to expend additional resources on the marketing and selling of our products, training distributors and customers and administratively supporting our operations.
Research and development costs for the second quarter were $516,213, compared to $193,629 during the year-ago quarter. Research and development costs for the six months ended June 30, 2019 were $891,032, compared to $289,614 for the prior comparable period. Increased costs related to increased research and production development personnel and increased consulting costs related to developing systems for monitoring research and production. We expect our research and development costs will vary depending on specific research projects and levels of internal and external staffing and prototype costs.
The net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $1,914,074, or $(0.07) per share, compared to $775,542, or $(0.03) per share, during the prior year’s second quarter. The net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $3,394,855, or $(0.12) per share, compared to $1,210,920, or $(0.05) per share. The net loss for each six-month period included $600,898 and $172,973, respectively, of non-cash stock-based compensation expenses.
About Wrap Technologies (WRTC)
Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company's BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to entangle an individual at a range of 10-25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company's Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement to safely and effectively control encounters, especially those involving an individual experiencing a mental crisis. For information on the Company please visit www.wraptechnologies.com. Examples of recent media coverage are available as links under the "Media" tab of the website.
BolaWrap is a trademark of Wrap Technologies, Inc. All other trade names used herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.
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