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Remark Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

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Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK), a diversified global technology company with leading artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and digital media properties, reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Management Commentary

“During the second quarter, we continued to broaden our base of contracts and are currently installing our AI solutions in the real estate, pharmacy, and transportation sectors, while working with additional partners to expand upon our retail deployments,” said Kai-Shing Tao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Remark Holdings. “Our focus on our customer’s return on investment is resonating with them, leading to additional organic revenue opportunities, expanding upon their existing large footprints,” Mr. Tao added.  “At the same time we’re continuing to align our cost structure, as we pursue business in a disciplined manner and lay the path to profitable growth.”

Recent Highlights

  • Completed the sale of Vegas.com and used proceeds to significantly reduce debt.
  • Entered into a “smart-building” partnership agreement with Hanvon Technology Co. Ltd, one of China’s top software companies, to utilize KanKan’s facial-recognition technology to provide entry/exit management at access points in the portfolio buildings of the software company. The partnership has already resulted in deployment at more than 1,000 access points, with plans to continue deployment to more than 10,000 building units by the end of 2019.
  • The company’s installation of 5,000 units of its pharmacy-patient terminal system in 2018 led to an additional contract to install 15,000 terminals in pharmacies in additional Chinese cities in 2019.
  • Completed the installation of KanKan’s taxi-safety-monitoring system in more than 2,000 taxis in the Chinese city of Xi’an. Remark is pursuing additional business opportunities for the taxi-safety-monitoring system in Guiyang and Chongqing, cities representing a total addressable market of approximately 25,000 vehicles and a revenue opportunity of more than $10 million.
  • Sharecare received a strategic investment led by Quest Diagnostics, further highlighting the value Sharecare is creating. Remark owns approximately five percent of Sharecare’s issued stock and continues to explore avenues to optimize the monetization of this asset to best create long-term value for its shareholders. To date, Sharecare has raised in excess of $400 million.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2018

  • On May 15, 2019, the company completed the sale of Vegas.com for an aggregate purchase price of $30.0 millionand used the proceeds to significantly reduce its obligations to its lenders. A gain of $6.5 million was recorded in discontinued operations on the sale of the Vegas.com business that formerly comprised Remark’s Travel and Entertainment segment. The results of the formerly-reported Travel and Entertainment segment are now reported as discontinued operations.
  • Revenue for the second quarter of 2019 was $2.9 million, down from $3.9 million during the comparable period of last year. Regulatory changes in China’s financial services market caused the company to discontinue its FinTech business in 2018, but the absence of FinTech revenue was partially offset by an increase in revenue from AI projects. Additionally, AI revenue in the second quarter of 2019 was more than double the $1.2 million reported during the second quarter of 2018, and significantly higher than the $0.4 million reported in the first quarter of 2019, representing the completion and passing of several proof-of-concept tests on projects and the beginning of deployment and implementation phases.
  • Total cost and expense for the second quarter of 2019 was $5.8 million, a decrease from the $10.6 million reported in the second quarter of 2018. The decrease is primarily attributable to decreases in cost of sales as a result of the discontinuance of FinTech services, in consulting fees due to declining use of external consultants, in payroll and related costs as a result of headcount reductions, and in bad debt expense.
  • Operating loss declined to $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2019 from $6.7 million in the second quarter of 2018 commensurate with the cost and expense declines.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($2.7) million from continuing operations, as compared to ($5.3) million.
  • Net loss totaled $2.8 million or ($0.06) per diluted share in the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income of $3.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the comparable period of the prior year. The income in the prior year was driven by a $10.1 million gain in the change of the fair value of the warranty liability.
  • At June 30, 2019, the cash and cash equivalents balance was $2.1 million, compared to a cash position of $1.4 million at December 31, 2018. Cash increased primarily due to timing of payments related to elements of working capital and the issuance of common stock.

 

SOURCE Remark Holdings, Inc.

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The Use of Artificial Intelligence by Startups and SMEs panel discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners) at TCE2019 Prague

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Leading law expert and tech compliance advisor to moderate the AI-related panel discussion at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

The future is almost here and there are more and more talks about AI being a key part of our daily life. But, it seems we are not quite there yet as most of the services that are available are not the real independent AI which is feared by many doomsday preachers.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, we have put together an artificial intelligence-related panel discussion which will highlight some of the most recent topics that are discussed in the sphere and can benefit many in the upcoming period.

The panel discussion will be joined by Andjela Todorovic (Software Engineering Intern at Cubic Corporation), Jiří Třečák (CEO at Supernova), Aleksander Kijek (Chief Product Officer at Nethone) and last but not least, Vojtech Chloupek (Partner at Bird & Bird).

The futuristic thinking panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina, Senior Advisor at WH Partners.

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About Dr. Robert Skalina

Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.

He is financial services and corporate lawyer and provides advice to a wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout the EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak.

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Artificial Solutions Wipes the Board with Four Podium Positions in Stevie 2019 International Business Awards Including Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year

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Artificial Solutions® (www.artificial-solutions.com), the leading specialist in enterprise-strength Conversational AI, announced today it has won awards in four Stevie® 2019 International Business Awards that were announced earlier today. The company was a Silver Stevie Winner in the prestigious Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year, Software Development Solution of the Year, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Solution of the Year. It was also a Bronze Stevie Winner in the IoT Analytics Solution category of the Awards.

The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world’s most coveted prizes. The International Business Awards® (IBA) are open to all organizations worldwide: large and small, public and private, for-profit and non profit and attracted over 4000 entries.

“Recognition in any award is an honor. To win four International Stevies in four key tech-categories, including the highly contested Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year is amazing and a massive endorsement of the whole team at Artificial Solutions who have worked so hard to make Teneo an industry-leading solution,” comments Andy Peart, CMSO of Artificial Solutions.

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year recognizes overall achievement in product innovation. Artificial Solutions entry included the wide range of advanced enhancements made to Teneo in the last 12 months that has raised the bar for other conversational AI platforms. Judges commented that Teneo’s hybrid approach and broad support linguistic and lexical factors is truly impressive and that the company really streamlines the digital transformation journey using the sophisticated AI platform.

Teneo Developers, launched earlier this year, was honored for the best tool or resources for designing, creating or testing software applications. Judges for the Software Development Solution category commented that Visual UI platform to solve the problem of conversational UI is interesting. The problem being solved here could have very high returns.

Teneo’s revolutionary hybrid approach was awarded in the Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning category that recognizes solutions that enable computer-based systems to exhibit intelligent behavior in complex situations to solve problems, communicate with people, and perceive and interact with the physical world. Judges commented: Very impressed with how they combined classical ML with advanced NLP. Their use cases are great, and they managed to solve real and practical problems for companies.

The IoT Analytics Solution category recognized Teneo as one of the best applications for measuring and transforming Internet of Things (IoT) data into business intelligence. Judges commented that it showed Innovative use of cutting-edge technology and was a feature rich analytics solution while adhering data privacy laws.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2019 IBAs received entries from organizations in 74 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the ANDAZ Hotel am Belvedere, Vienna, Austria on 19 October.

 

SOURCE Artificial Solutions International AB

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Aquaculture technology provider UMITRON launches Fish Appetite Index (FAI), the world’s first real-time ocean-based fish appetite detection system.

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UMITRON PTE. LTD. (Singapore, Co-founder/ Managing Director Masahiko Yamada) launches Fish Appetite Index (FAI), the world’s first real-time ocean-based fish appetite detection system. UMITRON FAI uses efficient machine learning and image analysis techniques to extract relevant data from video streams that can then be used to accurately quantify fish appetite. FAI software has already been rolled out to existing customers to optimize their feeding operations.

Over the past twenty years the aquaculture industry has been expanding at an exponential rate with annual production tripling during this brief time span. At the same time, however, aquaculture feed prices have also risen dramatically. This presents an ever-growing challenge for farmers since feed costs account for a majority of their operational overhead. Farmers must walk a tight line: underfeeding their fish risks lower growth rates and slower time to market, while overfeeding increases costs and potentially harms the environment. New data analytics technologies such as IoT devices and machine learning offer farmers a solution to improve their feeding operations.

The FAI algorithm takes in the same visual information that humans would and then scores fish appetite and presents it in an easy to understand chart. When used in tandem with a smart feeder such as UMITRON CELL, the feed time intervals and amounts can be automatically adjusted with minimal human interference. Farm operators can utilize FAI to fine-tune their feeding schedules, ensuring fish are always satiated. This is easily done via their smartphones with the UMITRON app, where they can check and remotely adjust feed settings based on the FAI feedback.

FAI benefits farmers by reducing wasted feed, improving profitability as well as environmental sustainability. FAI in combination with technology such as CELL allows farmers to stay onshore during dangerous weather conditions or holidays while still keeping a close eye on their fish stocks. Furthermore, it reduces the need for every employee to be an expert at feeding and instead frees workers to focus on other tasks that improve fish welfare.

Existing UMITRON customers have already begun using FAI alongside CELL. “Today, there are many companies developing machine-learning algorithms for a variety of industries but only testing them under ideal conditions. The UMITRON Fish Appetite Index on the other hand is already being embraced by our existing customers at their ocean-based farm sites where it operates under real world conditions. It might be difficult for some of our potential customers to completely trust artificial intelligence at first, but FAI is an important tool that can be used to increase productivity and reduce waste,” said Masahiko Yamada, managing director of UMITRON.  “Our appetite analysis approach is being developed with customer feedback in mind. UMITRON will continue to develop similar value-added software services that can be automatically rolled out to our existing customer base. Also, we are open to developing other practical applications after discussions with potential customers or equipment partners,”  added Takuma Okamoto, CTO of UMITRON.

UMITRON is looking for partners interested in using FAI for species such as Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, European sea bass, and gilthead sea bream. Similarly, UMITRON is looking for feeding system manufacturing partners who wish to utilize data analysis software such as FAI to improve their current products.

UMITRON will participate in AquaNor, which will be held in Trondheim, Norway from August 20-23, and The Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo from August 21-23 in Tokyo, Japan. Interested parties should contact UMITRON in advance to set up an informational meeting.

 

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