Cortex Reports Record Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

Q4 Revenues up 73% to $2.8 Million; Recurring Access and Usage Revenues up 45% to $2.1 Million

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Nov. 28, 2014) – Cortex Business Solutions Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CBX)(OTCQX:CTPNF), an enterprise e-Procurement solutions company, reports financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter (“Q4 F2014”) and full year ended July 31, 2014 (“F2014”).

Fiscal Q4 2014 Financial Highlights vs. Same Year-Ago Quarter

  • Total revenues increased 73% to a record $2.8 million.
  • Revenue from recurring access and usage fees increased 45% to $2.1 million.
  • Cash on hand at the end of Q4 F2014 was $9,547,661, compared to $10,669,125 at the end of Q3 F2014. During Q4 F2014 the Company had an outflow $1,121,462 of which, $426,332 was the annual rebate payment leaving $695,130 as the outflow net of rebate.

Fiscal 2014 Financial Highlights vs, F2013

  • Total Revenue in F2014 was $9.0 million which was an improvement of 45% over F2013 (6.2 million) and usage fees grew 41% F2014 over F2013, an increase of $2.2 million.
  • An increase in billable transactions year over year of 26%. During F2014 there were 4.5 million billable transactions compared to 3.6 million in F2013.
  • Net cash used in operating activities improved from $(6.2 million) in F2013 to ($4.5 million) in F2014, an improvement of 27%.

Management Commentary

“Fiscal 2014 was a record year for our organization, highlighted by accelerating, sequential double-digit revenue growth throughout all four quarters,” said Art Smith, president and CEO of Cortex. “The continued growth in our Cortex Trading Partner Network also resulted in record billable transactions for the F2014 fiscal year demonstrating the organic growth power of the Cortex Network.

“While we continue to focus on growing our recurring revenue stream, we have been successful rolling out additional service offerings to our customers, including the AP Services product line. In fact, during the quarter, 2 clients signed up for the service and we expect this incremental value-added offering to be a contributor to our growth in fiscal 2015. This new growth opportunity is also in addition to our 100% e-billing solution, which continues to progress according to plan.

“Thus far in fiscal 2015, our overall activity remains strong with continued increases across our network. We also continue to ramp our U.S. sales team to further access this market opportunity. Through multiple avenues for growth, particularly our new service offerings and recurring revenue streams, we expect fiscal 2015 to be another record year for our organization.”

Fiscal Q4 2014 Financial Results

Total revenues in the Q4 F2014 increased 73% to $2.8 million compared to $1.6 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2013 (“Q4 F2013”). The key growth was in the access and usage revenue stream, which increased 45% as a result of billable transactions flowing through the network of 21% (Q4 F2014 – 1,182,665; Q4 F2013 – 974,193). This increase in billable transactions is the direct result of the sales of additional buying organizations in the fiscal year; with the suppliers starting to transact on the Network or increasing their transactions in Q4 F2014.

On a sequential basis, total revenues increased 18% compared to $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2014 (“Q3 F2014”). Recurring access and usage fees increased 3% to $2.1 million in Q4 F2014

Gross Profit net of amortization was $1,069,268 or 38% of revenue.

Net loss in Q4 F2014 was $1.6 million compared to a net loss of $1.5 million in Q4 F2013.

Fiscal Q4 2014 Operational Metrics

  • Three new 100% e-Billing solution customers were signed
  • Six new buying organizations were signed in Canada, with one signed in the U.S.
  • 581 new suppliers were added to the Cortex Network
  • Active buying organizations on the network increased by 34% for a total of 75, compared to 56 in the year-ago quarter
  • Total active suppliers on the network increased 36% to 8,236, compared to 6,047 in the year-ago quarter
  • Billable transactions increased 21% to 1,182,665, compared to 974,193 in the year-ago quarter
  • Total transactions increased 25% to 3,279,344, compared to 2,613,928 in the year-ago quarter

Full Year Fiscal 2014 Financial Result

Total revenues in F2014 increased 45% to $9 million compared to $6.2 million in F2013. Access and usage fees in F2014 increased 41% to $7.7 million compared to $5.5 million in F2013.

Gross Profit net of amortization for the F2014 was $4,288,255 or 48% of revenue.

Net loss in F2014 improved to $5.9 million or $(0.02) per diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $6.9 million or $(0.03) per diluted common share in F2013.

Net cash used in operating activities improved from ($6.2 million) in F2013 to ($4.5 million) in F2014, an improvement of 29%.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, management revisited a certain contract that the Company entered into during fiscal 2009 (the “Agreement”). As a result, the Company determined a restatement was required and as such has restated its F2013 (with F2012 comparatives) and Q1, Q2 and Q3 F2014. The details of the restatement can be found in the press release and restated financial statements and MD&A for the year ended July 31, 2013 with comparatives for the year ended July 31, 2012; the Q1 F2014; Q2 F2014 and Q3 F2014 filed on SEDAR on November 28, 2014

Conference Call

Cortex will conduct a conference call on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Time) to discuss its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended July 31, 2014. The financial results will be issued in a press release prior to the call.

Cortex management will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (8:00 a.m. Mountain time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-866-223-7781
International dial-in number: 1-416-340-2216

Please call the conference telephone number ten minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

A replay of the conference call will be available after the call through December 5, 2014.

Toll-free replay number: 1-800-408-3053
Toll replay number: 1-905-694-9451
Replay ID: 6253981

About Cortex Business Solutions

Cortex Business Solutions Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CBX)(OTCQX:CTPNF) is an enterprise e-Procurement solutions company that improves efficiencies, reduces costs and streamlines procurement and supply chain processes for its customers. Accessing the Cortex Network enhances the exchange of business critical documents, such as purchase orders, receipts and invoices, resulting in improved cash flow management and business controls, while reducing day’s outstanding and administrative costs. Cortex is a low cost, low risk solution that can be implemented quickly by leveraging clients’ existing business environment.

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