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Globe Newswire 21-Nov-2023 6:00 AM
$5.6 million of revenue and other operating income from discontinued operations for fiscal year 2023
Revenue for the second half of fiscal year 2023 from the sale of QuantumCloud™ symmetric key agreement encryption technology increased from the first half of fiscal year 2023
New specialised applications of QuantumCloud™ symmetric key agreement encryption technology, including NetworkSecure™, TradeSecure™ and WalletSecure™ offerings
13 channel partnerships signed in the fiscal year, including 8 in the second half of the period, with revenue generation commenced through 6 such relationships
LONDON, Nov. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arqit Quantum Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQQ, ARQQW))) ("Arqit"), a global leader in quantum-safe encryption, today announced its operational and financial results for the full fiscal year 30 September 2023.
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As of 30 September 2023, Arqit has recognised revenue through six of its channel partnerships.
Fiscal year 2023 saw Arqit building out its go-to-market strategy and the specialised application suite that addresses specific vertical markets which we announced early in the fiscal year. We are pleased to have increased our go-to-market channels to 15 partnerships, including 8 announced in the second half of the year. In addition to our QuantumCloud™ PaaS, we now have three specialised applications which address the need for enhanced cryptographic security for enterprise firewalls, trade finance documentation and digital finance.
We are beginning to see revenue traction through our channel partnerships with revenues generated from contracts with six channel partners. Whilst revenue ramp up has been slower than anticipated, we are encouraged by the activation of many of our go-to-market channel partnerships.
Rationalizing our cost structure has been a priority during the period. In May, we announced a significant cost reduction initiative. Cost actions included a reduction in headcount to 147 at 30 September 2023 from 170 at 31 March 2023. Since the close of the fiscal year, we have taken additional cost reduction measures as we continue to build our channel partnership strategy.
Commenting, David Williams, Arqit Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said: "Arqit's symmetric key agreement platform and its specialised applications have now been reviewed by and integrated with the products of major OEMS as well as added to the product line ups of leading technology distributors and resellers. Additionally, our products are now being utilized by end users. Our products are solving pressing problems for the world in what we believe to be a novel and compelling way.
With our channel partnership go-to-market strategy now firmly established, full activation of these channels is our focus to drive product adoption. We are encouraged by the signing of new contracts and repeat revenue with our partners in the second half of the period. Much work remains to be done but our confidence in our product addressing the needs of the marketplace for stronger, simpler encryption is high."
Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Highlights
The following is a summary of Arqit's operating results for the twelve month period ended 30 September 2023. Comparison is made, where applicable, to the comparable period ended 30 September 2022. During the year Arqit reclassified intangible assets and the project development costs related to its satellite as assets held for sale and has been presented as a discontinued operation according to IFRS 5. As a result the 2022 comparative numbers have been reclassified under this new presentation.
1 Administrative expenses are equivalent to operating expenses.
2 Adjusted loss before tax is a non-IFRS measure. For a discussion of this measure, how its calculated and a reconciliation to the most comparable measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, please see "Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures" below.
Conference Call Information
Arqit will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT on 21 November 2023 with the Company's Founder, Chairman and CEO, David Williams, and CFO, Nick Pointon. A live webcast of the call will be available on the "News & Events" page of the Company's website at ir.arqit.uk. To access the call by phone, please go to this link (registration link) and you will be provided with dial in details. To avoid delays, we encourage participants to dial into the conference call fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. A replay of the webcast will also be available for a limited time at ir.arqit.uk.
Arqit supplies a unique Symmetric Key Agreement Platform-as-a-Service which makes the communications links of any networked device or cloud machine or data at rest secure against current and future forms of attack on encryption – even from a quantum computer. Arqit's Symmetric Key Agreement Platform delivers a lightweight software agent that allows devices to create encryption keys locally in partnership with any number of other devices. The keys are computationally secure and operate over zero trust networks. It can create limitless volumes of keys with any group size and refresh rate and can regulate the secure entrance and exit of a device in a group. The agent is lightweight and will thus run on the smallest of end point devices. The product sits within a growing portfolio of granted patents but also works in a standards compliant manner which does not oblige customers to make a disruptive rip and replace of their technology. Arqit was recently awarded the Innovation in Cyber Award at the UK National Cyber Awards and Cyber Security Software Company of the Year Award at the UK Cyber Security Awards. www.arqit.uk
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Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures
Arqit presents adjusted loss before tax, which is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with IFRS. Although Arqit's management uses this measure as an aid in monitoring Arqit's on-going financial performance, investors should consider adjusted loss before tax in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Adjusted loss before tax is defined as loss before tax excluding change in fair value of warrants, which is non-cash. There are limitations associated with the use of non-IFRS financial measures, including that such measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies due to potential differences among calculation methodologies. There can be no assurance whether (i) items excluded from the non-IFRS financial measures will occur in the future, or (ii) there will be cash costs associated with items excluded from the non-IFRS financial measures. Arqit compensates for these limitations by using adjusted loss before tax as a supplement to IFRS loss before tax and by providing the reconciliation for adjusted loss before tax to IFRS loss before tax, as the most comparable IFRS financial measure.
IFRS and Non-IFRS loss before tax
Arqit presents its consolidated statement of comprehensive income according to IFRS and in line with SEC guidance. Consequently, the changes in warrant values are included within that statement in arriving at profit before tax. The changes in warrant values are non-cash. After this adjustment is made to Arqit's IFRS profit before tax of $74.0 million, Arqit's non-IFRS adjusted loss before tax is $84.6 million, as shown in the reconciliation table below.
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|Change in fair value of warrants||(10,638||)||(117,394||)|
|Adjusted loss before tax||$||(84,687||)||$||(63,986||)|
The change in fair value of warrants arises as IFRS requires certain of our outstanding warrants to be carried at fair value within liabilities with the change in value from one reporting date to the next being reflected against profit or loss in the period. It is non-cash and will cease when the warrants are exercised, are redeemed, or expire.
Other Accounting Information
As of 30 September 2023, we had $33.1 million of total liabilities, $6,519 which related to certain of our outstanding warrants, which are classified as liabilities rather than equity according to IFRS and SEC guidance. The warrant liability amount reflected in our consolidated statement of financial position is calculated as the fair value of the warrants as of 30 September 2023. Our liabilities other than warrant liabilities were $33.1 million, and we had total assets of $99.8 million including cash of $44.5 million.
Caution About Forward-Looking Statements
This communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Arqit's expectations and beliefs concerning future events and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. These factors are difficult to predict accurately and may be beyond Arqit's control. Forward-looking statements in this communication or elsewhere speak only as of the date made. New uncertainties and risks arise from time to time, and it is impossible for Arqit to predict these events or how they may affect it. Except as required by law, Arqit does not have any duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements in this communication or elsewhere after the date this communication is issued. In light of these risks and uncertainties, investors should keep in mind that results, events or developments discussed in any forward-looking statement made in this communication may not occur. Uncertainties and risk factors that could affect Arqit's future performance and cause results to differ from the forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to: (i) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Arqit, (ii) the ability to maintain the listing of Arqit's securities on a national securities exchange, (iii) changes in the competitive and regulated industries in which Arqit operates, variations in operating performance across competitors and changes in laws and regulations affecting Arqit's business, (iv) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations, and identify and realise additional opportunities, (v) the potential inability of Arqit to successfully deliver its operational technology, (vi) the risk of interruption or failure of Arqit's information technology and communications system, (vii) the enforceability of Arqit's intellectual property, and (viii) other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in Arqit's annual report on Form 20-F (the "Form 20-F"), filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on 21 November 2023 and in subsequent filings with the SEC. While the list of factors discussed above and in the Form 20-F and other SEC filings are considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realisation of forward-looking statements.