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Guardforce AI Reports Revenue of $34.5 Million for 2022;


NEW YORK, April 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Guardforce AI Co., Limited (“Guardforce AI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GFAI, GFAIW), an integrated security provider specializing in secured logistics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS), today announced financial results and provided a business update for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Lei (Olivia) Wang, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Guardforce AI, stated, “2022 was an important year for Guardforce AI. We made significant strides in building our integrated AI and robotics business while strengthening our well-established secured logistics business. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the shutdown of certain customers’ facilities in the secured logistics business segment during the year, we experienced a slight decrease in revenue of less than 2.0%. Even though the robotic AI segment revenue is still a relatively small percentage of the total revenue, it grew by 245.1% in 2022.

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“In our secured logistic business, we made progress in diversifying our services by targeting the retail sector, including food and beverage businesses, which handle large amounts of cash. These businesses are also potential targets for our robotics business. Notably, we secured a 5-year contract with the Bank of Thailand to operate Consolidated Cash Centers (CCCs) in the cities of Ubonratchathani and Phitsanulok in Thailand. Currently, Guardforce AI’s subsidiary operates four CCC centers, covering 31 of Thailand’s 76 provinces. At the beginning of 2023, we secured two long-term contracts with pre-existing clients: a 3-year contract with a renowned retail chain store in Thailand and a 5-year contract with a tollway company, for our secured logistics and cash handling services, further strengthening Guardforce AI’s leading position in Thailand.

“We continue to strengthen our presence in the Asia Pacific region, as we expanded into mainland China, one of the largest and fastest-growing markets for robotics and security solutions. During 2022, we completed three acquisitions in China, providing us with immediate access to thousands of valuable clients. In February 2023, we acquired key assets from Shenzhen Kewei Robot Technology Company Ltd (“Kewei”) in China, which provided us rights to the permanent use of Kewei’s patents and expanded our customer base, including premier Fortune 500 clients. This acquisition further strengthens our capabilities in developing robotic solutions for our customers. As a growing RaaS solution provider, our goal is to capture a significant share of the rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar RaaS market.

“With an expanded global footprint and growing AI resources, we are expanding our RaaS solutions, such as Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) robot advertising, AI-based support for hotels, and other uses of AI services. We are witnessing particularly strong demand within the tourism industry. Towards that end, we have made significant progress in developing the Guardforce AI Intelligent Cloud Platform (GFAI ICP) and successfully set up three main hubs for the GFAI ICP in Mainland China, the United States, and Hong Kong, each with the ability to manage well over 10,000 robots. We also launched our AIoT Robot Advertising (RA) model and its mobile application, GFAI AD, on the Apple App Store in Asia. The AIoT RA model enables advertisers to publish advertisements on Guardforce AI’s robots and make more informed marketing decisions with data feedback from the GFAI ICP.

“The hospitality industry is an important and major market for our robotic solutions. Towards that end, we partnered with Blue Pin (HK) Limited and launched the Smart AI Hotel solution, initially in Hong Kong, which allows customers to use our concierge robots to make bookings online, check-in, and check-out. Additionally, we partnered with Riversoft Inc. to co-develop a contactless travel robotic solution known as Robot Travel Agency (“RTA”). Our goal for the RTA is to help travelers find exclusive local promotions for restaurants, events, and stores. In 2023, we will continue to enhance and develop our robotic solutions for the hospitality industry and look forward to accelerated growth through our Smart AI Solution and AIoT RA model.

“In summary, we have built a highly scalable business model and expect to resume strong organic revenue growth in 2023, in addition to accelerating the rollout of our RaaS platform through both acquisitions and organic growth strategies,” concluded Ms. Wang.

Financial Overview

Net revenue decreased by $0.68 million, or 1.9%, to $34.5 million for 2022, compared to $35.2 million for 2021. This decrease was primarily due to continued disruptions due to COVID-19 and the shutdown of certain customer facilities to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. As a percentage of revenue, gross profit margin increased from 11.6% for 2021 to 12.3% for 2022, primarily due to cost control initiatives. Operating loss was $16.9 million for 2022, compared to $3.7 million for 2021. The increase reflects higher selling, distribution, and administrative (SD&A) to support the Company’s long-term growth strategy and the provision of obsolete of inventory and impairment of robotics fixed assets recognized in 2022. A majority of the increase in operating loss is additional expenses incurred on setting up new international offices to expand and grow the Company’s robotics business, including staff expenses, rental expenses, marketing expenses, and developing related technologies capabilities. Operating loss included an approximate $0.9 million provision of obsolete inventory and $4.4 million impairment of robotics fixed assets impairment. Net loss was $18.7 million for 2022 compared to $5.5 million for 2021, or net loss per share of $14.97 (post-consolidation) for 2022 compared to $11.90 (post-consolidation) for 2021. As of December 31, 2022, and 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) of approximately $8.2 million and $15.9 million, respectively.

About Guardforce AI Co., Ltd.

Guardforce AI Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: GFAI, GFAIW) is a global security solutions provider, building on its legacy secured logistic business, while expanding and transforming into an integrated AI and Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) business. With more than 40 years of professional experience and a strong customer foundation, Guardforce AI is developing RaaS solutions that improve operational efficiency, quickly establishing its presence in the Asia Pacific region, while expanding globally. For more information, visit Twitter: @Guardforceai

Safe Harbor Statement

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Guardforce AI Corporate Communications
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Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Profit and Loss
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

  For the years ended
December 31,   2022  2021  2020           Revenue $34,477,948  $35,153,190  $37,648,782 Cost of sales  (30,246,724)  (31,084,833)  (31,374,098)Gross profit  4,231,224   4,068,357   6,274,684              Provision for and write off of withholding taxes receivable  (448,243)  (190,038)  (1,722,762)Provision for obsolete inventory  (942,882)  –   – Impairment loss on fixed assets  (4,408,037)  –   – Selling, distribution and administrative expenses  (15,320,201)  (7,582,043)  (6,674,472)Operating loss  (16,888,139)  (3,703,724)  (2,122,550)             Other income, net  88,732   285,220   52,956 Foreign exchange gains, net  (590,965)  (1,821,175)  68,924 Finance costs  (1,143,478)  (984,843)  (898,748)Loss before income tax  (18,533,850)  (6,224,522)  (2,899,418)             Provision for income tax (expense) benefit  (132,208)  732,868   (242,837)Net loss for the year  (18,666,058)  (5,491,654)  (3,142,255)Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests  101,264   9,727   16,231 Net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company $(18,564,794) $(5,481,927) $(3,126,024)             Loss per share            Basic and diluted loss attributable to the equity holders of the Company $(14.97)* $(11.90)* $(7.26)**             Weighted average number of shares used in computation:            Basic and diluted  1,239,852*  460,719*  430,381** *Giving retroactive effect to the 2023 share consolidation on January 31, 2023.  **Giving retroactive effect to the 2021 and 2023 share consolidation on August 20, 2021 and on January 31, 2023, respectively.

Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

  As of December 31,   2022  2021        Assets      Current assets:      Cash and cash equivalents $6,930,639  $12,728,783 Restricted cash  –   1,600,000 Trade receivables  5,400,186   4,939,568 Other receivables  817,564   – Other current assets  1,743,008   1,275,981 Withholding taxes receivable, net  757,024   – Inventories  5,105,770   1,387,549 Amount due from related parties  14,508,873   26,007 Total current assets  35,263,064   21,957,888          Non-current assets:        Restricted cash  1,300,005   1,525,028 Property, plant and equipment  8,066,761   9,897,301 Right-of-use assets  4,171,409   2,364,993 Intangible assets, net  5,793,143   164,316 Goodwill  2,679,445   329,534 Withholding taxes receivable, net  1,934,072   3,531,953 Deferred tax assets, net  1,511,753   1,635,638 Other non-current assets  447,322   345,586 Total non-current assets  25,903,910   19,794,349 Total assets $61,166,974  $41,752,237          Liabilities and equity        Current liabilities:        Trade and other payables $2,633,995  $1,028,721 Borrowings  947,559   933,110 Borrowings from related parties  3,148,500   13,506,184 Current portion of operating lease liabilities  1,774,192   2,366,045 Current portion of finance lease liabilities, net  398,136   619,301 Other current liabilities  2,477,369   1,824,635 Amount due to related parties  6,102,748   2,217,752 Convertible note payables  1,730,267   – Total current liabilities  19,212,766   22,495,748          Non-current liabilities:        Borrowings  432,179   859,120 Operating lease liabilities  2,340,075   – Borrowings from related parties  14,923,288   5,332,803 Finance lease liabilities, net  233,550   666,455 Other non-current liabilities  43,200   54,000 Provision for employee benefits  4,849,614   5,819,132 Total non-current liabilities  22,821,906   12,731,510 Total liabilities  42,034,672   35,227,258          Equity        Ordinary shares – par value $0.12* authorized 7,500,000 shares, issued and outstanding 1,618,977* shares at December 31, 2022; par value $0.12* authorized 7,500,000 shares, issued and outstanding 529,766* shares at December 31, 2021  194,313   63,606 Subscription receivable  (50,000)  (50,000)Additional paid in capital  46,231,302   15,379,595 Legal reserve  223,500   223,500 Warrants reserve  251,036   251,036 Accumulated deficit  (28,769,014)  (10,204,220)Accumulated other comprehensive income  1,112,494   821,527 Capital & reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company  19,193,631   6,485,044 Non-controlling interests  (61,329)  39,935 Total equity  19,132,302   6,524,979 Total liabilities and equity $61,166,974  $41,752,237  *Giving retroactive effect to the 2023 share consolidation on January 31, 2023.

Guardforce AI Co., Limited and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

  For the years ended
December 31,   2022  2021  2020 Cash flows from operating activities         Net loss $(18,666,058) $(5,491,654) $(3,142,255)Adjustments for:            Depreciation  5,365,312   4,981,259   4,979,274 Amortization of intangible assets  616,095   51,383   54,745 Provision for obsolete inventories  942,882   –   – Impairment loss on fixed assets  4,408,037   –   – Stock-based compensation  252,095   –   100,936 Finance costs  1,083,276   909,093   650,492 (Decrease) Increase in deferred tax assets  121,169   (732,868)  (30,135)Recovery of doubtful accounts, net  (7,394)  –   (2,872)(Decrease) Increase in provision for withholding tax receivables  (147,002)  190,038   1,012,543 Write off of withholding tax receivables  595,245   –   710,219 Loss/(Gain) from fixed assets disposal  24,250   4,438   (431)Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            Decrease/(Increase) in trade and other receivables  428,772   (26,740)  389,320 (Increase)/Decrease in other current assets  (332,188)  236,234   123,764 (Increase) in inventories  (2,876,443)  (967,994)  (484,745)(Increase)/ Decrease in amount due from related parties  (15,725,707)  352,432   (373,003)(Increase)/Decrease on other non-current assets  (151,170)  (58,431)  162,998 (Decrease) in trade and other payables  (694,981)  (437,086)  (561,769)Decrease/(Increase) in other current liabilities  947,020   1,944,617   (670,072)Increase in income tax payables  –   –   272,972 Increase/(Decrease) in amount due to related parties  3,884,995   (361,815)  529,489 Decrease in withholding taxes receivable  258,989   88,353   799,606 (Increase)/Decrease in provision for employee benefits  (193,639)  297,905   386,425 Net cash (used in) generated from operating activities  (19,866,445)  979,164   4,907,501              Cash flows from investing activities            Acquisition of property, plant and equipment  (3,726,186)  (5,235,480)  (1,405,190)Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment  5,235   –   – Acquisition of intangible assets  (3,242,537)  (13,235)  (26,316)Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired  (1,765,933)  24,276   – Net cash used in investing activities  (8,729,421)  (5,224,439)  (1,431,506)             Cash flows from financing activities            Proceeds from issue of shares  20,346,353   13,244,329   – Proceeds from exercise of warrants  3,014,710   –   – Proceeds from a convertible note  1,500,000   –   – Proceeds from borrowings  3,426,096   1,563,444   7,363,163 Repayment of borrowings  (4,499,358)  (1,334,930)  (5,371,766)Payment of lease liabilities  (2,849,816)  (2,819,531)  (3,124,361)Net cash generated from (used in) financing activities  20,937,985   10,653,312   (1,132,964)             Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash  (7,657,881)  6,408,037   2,343,031 Effect of movements in exchange rates on cash held  34,714   (684,136)  99,158 Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year  15,853,811   10,129,910   7,687,721 Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of year $8,230,644  $15,853,811  $10,129,910              Non-cash investing and financing activities            Equity portion of purchase consideration paid for acquisition of subsidiaries $4,579,880  $327,763  $-              

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited interim condensed 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 helps identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain income or expenses that we include in income (loss) from operations and net income (loss). 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 (loss) income before (i) finance costs, income tax benefit 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 (loss) income represents net (loss) income before (i) finance costs, income tax benefit and depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, (ii) certain non-cash expenses, consisting of stock-based compensation expense, allowance for and write off of withholding tax receivables, provision for obsolete inventory and impairment loss on fixed assets.

Non-IFRS (loss) earnings per share represents non-IFRS net (loss) income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods. Non-IFRS diluted (loss) earnings per share represents non-IFRS net (loss) 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 years ended
December 31,   2022  2021  2020 Net loss – IFRS $(18,666,058) $(5,491,654) $(3,142,255)Finance costs  1,143,478   984,843   898,748 Income tax expense (benefit)  132,208   (732,868)  242,837 Depreciation and amortization expense  5,981,407   5,032,642   5,034,019 EBITDA  (11,408,965)  (207,037)  3,033,349 Written off/ Provision for withholding tax receivables  448,243   190,038   1,722,762 Provision for obsolete inventories  942,882   –   – Impairment loss on fixed assets  4,408,037   –   – Foreign exchange losses (gains), net  590,965   1,821,175   (68,294)Adjusted net (loss) income (Non-IFRS) $(5,018,838) $1,804,176  $4,687,817              Non-IFRS (loss) earnings per share            Basic and diluted (loss) profit for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company $(4.05) $3.92  $10.89              Weighted average number of shares used in computation:            Basic and diluted  1,239,852*  460,719*  430,381** *Giving retroactive effect to the 2023 share consolidation on January 31, 2023.  **Giving retroactive effect to the 2021 and 2023 share consolidation on August 20, 2021 and on January 31, 2023, respectively.

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