Acacia Research Corporation (“we”, "Acacia" or "the Company") (Nasdaq: ACTG) today reported results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2020.
Clifford Press, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Acacia has made significant progress in 2020 furthering our absolute return strategy. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, we acquired two attractive patent portfolios, bringing us to four acquisitions for the year. Adding these assets to our existing portfolio creates an attractive blend of licensing and litigation opportunities to pursue. We expect these additions to begin generating licensing revenues in the second quarter with significant contribution beginning in 2021.”
Al Tobia, President and Chief Investment Officer, added, “Recent market volatility has opened many corporate development opportunities and we are busy identifying, and evaluating these opportunities. Our focus remains on growing book value and leveraging our substantial net tax assets and capital partnership with Starboard Value.”
First Quarter 2020 Financial Summary:
- Cash and trading securities totaled $158.1 million as of March 31, 2020, a decrease from $168.3 million as of December 31, 2019.
- Gross revenues were $3.8 million.
- Operating loss was $3.6 million.
- GAAP net loss to common shareholders was $12.2 million or $0.24 per basic and diluted share.
IP Portfolio Acquisitions
Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, a subsidiary of Acacia acquired Excalibur IP, a portfolio of more than 2,500 patents that were spun out of Yahoo! prior to its sale to Verizon. The patents cover technologies including internet search, cloud computing, e-commerce, location-based services, mobile apps, media management and social networking. These patents have applicability to a variety of industries, including: enterprise software, web search and analytics, online shopping and advertising, and audio/video streaming among others.
In addition, the subsidiary also acquired a significant portfolio of nearly 150 patents from L3Harris. These patents cover commercial applications of Wi-Fi and Internet-of-Things technologies. These patents have applicability to a wide variety of products and markets, including consumer electronics, home and office wireless networking, home automation, smart metering, industrial wireless control systems and remote access systems.
Investor Conference Call:
The Company will host a conference call today, Monday, May 11, 2020, to discuss these results and provide a business update at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT.
To access the live call, please dial 877-407-0778 (U.S. and Canada) or 201-689-8565 (international) and reference conference ID 13703484. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcasted on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at http://acaciaresearch.com under the events and presentations tab. Following the conclusion of the live call, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for at least 30 days.
About Acacia Research Corporation
Founded in 1993, Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG) invests in Intellectual Property Assets and partners with inventors and patent owners to realize the financial value in their patented inventions. Acacia bridges the gap between invention and application, facilitating efficiency and delivering monetary rewards to the patent owner.
Information about Acacia Research Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.acaciaresearch.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including the ability to successfully implement our strategic plan, the ability to successfully build out a new leadership team within a certain timeframe, the ability to streamline financial reporting, the ability to successfully develop licensing programs and attract new business, changes in demand for current and future intellectual property rights, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments addressing licensing and enforcement of patents and/or intellectual property in general, general economic conditions and the success of our investments. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to the forgoing, and other SEC filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
The results achieved in the most recent quarter are not necessarily indicative of the results to be achieved by us in any subsequent quarters, as it is currently anticipated that Acacia Research Corporation’s financial results will vary, and may vary significantly, from quarter to quarter. This variance is expected to result from a number of factors, including risk factors affecting our results of operations and financial condition referenced above, and the particular structure of our licensing transactions, which may impact the amount of inventor royalties and contingent legal fees expenses we incur from period to period.
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|Series A redeemable convertible preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share; stated value $100 per share; 350,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; aggregate liquidation preference of $35,000 as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively|
|Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding|
|Common stock, par value $0.001 per share; 300,000,000 shares authorized; 49,813,443 and 50,370,987 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively|
|Treasury stock, at cost, 3,496,726 and 2,919,828 shares as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively|
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