- Fourth quarter 2023 revenue up 55% from the prior year comparable period
- Operating expenses down 35% compared to the fourth quarter of 2022, excluding non-cash asset impairment
- Cash and cash equivalents totaled $10.3 million, basically in line with the September 2023 quarter
- Focus continued on core business lines, with ramped up sales initiatives in authentication, VLEPSIS, NANOWEB and battery materials
HALIFAX, NS / ACCESSWIRE / January 26, 2024 / Meta Materials Inc. (the “Company” or “META”) (NASDAQ:MMAT), an advanced materials and nanotechnology company, today announced preliminary results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023. In the fourth quarter of 2023, total revenue was approximately $2.2 million, up 55% compared to $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, and modestly higher compared to the third quarter of 2023.
The Company is focused on driving revenue growth in 2024 across four main business lines. In authentication, META has launched two new products, QUANTUM stripe for currency and NANO protect for brand protection, along with continued work for our confidential G10 central bank customer. Following presentations at the Dubai Air Show in November 2023, META is working on multiple pre-orders for the VLEPSIS multi-gigapixel wide area motion imagery system. The Company’s NANOWEB transparent conductive films are manufactured in collaboration with Panasonic Industry. Automotive heating films to protect camera, radar and lidar sensors are being tested by leading automotive OEMs and suppliers. NANOWEB EMI shielding films for microwave and combination microwave-convection ovens are also in advanced stages of testing. META is also pursuing joint development and licensing opportunities with global battery OEMs for our NPORE nanoceramic battery separators and NCORE polymer metal composite current collectors.
“Over the past three months, we restructured the business and expanded the pipeline for sales and partnerships within four dedicated product lines, bolstered by aggressive marketing efforts. Results have already proven promising, and we are redoubling our efforts in 2024 to commercialize key products, license technology and grow revenues significantly compared to 2023,” noted Uzi Sasson, META’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Total fourth quarter operating expenses are estimated to be approximately $16.1 million (including $1.6 million in restructuring expenses, $3.4 million in depreciation and amortization, and $0.5 million in stock-based compensation), down 35% from the $24.8 million incurred in the fourth quarter of 2022, resulting in the estimated fourth quarter 2023 loss from operations of approximately $14.9 million, well below the comparable fourth quarter 2022 operating loss of $24.0 million. An expected non-cash impairment of long-term assets, not included in the figures above, is still to be determined. As of December 31, 2023, cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $10.3 million, compared to $10.2 million at September 30, 2023.
“A strong capital position involves reducing expenses, managing cash and seeking out opportunities to monetize non-core assets to our advantage. We are doing so by extracting value from certain intellectual property and patents related to our medical and holography applications, and in addition working with potential strategic partners to expand our product offerings. We have identified multiple potential interested parties and intend to work cooperatively with investment bankers to divest the assets at the best valuation,” noted Mr. Sasson.
META expects to release fourth quarter and full year 2023 results in mid-to-late March. The preliminary estimated financial information has been prepared by, and is the responsibility of, the Company’s management. KPMG LLP, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, has not audited, reviewed, compiled or performed any procedures with respect to the preliminary estimated financial information provided above.
About Meta Materials Inc.
Meta Materials Inc. (META) is an advanced materials and nanotechnology company. We develop new products and technologies using innovative sustainable science. Advanced materials can improve everyday products that surround us, making them smarter and more sustainable. META® technology platforms enable global brands to develop new products to improve performance for customers in aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, 5G communications, batteries, authentication, automotive and clean energy. Learn more at www.metamaterial.com.
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