Posted on May. 13, 2019 by VirTra Inc

TEMPE, Ariz. — May 13, 2019 — VirTra, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTSI) (“VirTra”), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. The financial statements are available on VirTra’s website and here.

First Quarter 2019 and Recent Highlights:

  • In January 2019, the board of directors increased the company’s stock repurchase program from $1.0 million to $2.0 million; between January 1 and April 30, 2019, the company purchased an additional $318,000 of common stock
  • Launched Subscription Training Equipment and Partnership (STEP) program, allowing agencies to utilize VirTra’s products on a subscription basis, thereby increasing VirTra’s total addressable market and recurring revenue
  • Launched Driving Simulator product line and secured a $1.9 million, inaugural contract for driving simulators from the Department of State for the Republic of Mexico
  • Acquired simulated firearm technology patent portfolio to enhance its current product lineup of drop-in recoil kits with jamming as well as create new training equipment for both military and law enforcement simulation training
  • Launched the only accredited simulator training curriculum for high-risk vehicle stops
  • VirTra V-300 simulator and Threat-Fire™ used in joint behavioral study by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California, Santa Barbara to measure interdependence among emotional reactivity, stress, and anxiety
  • Debuted new drop-in recoil kits for new weapons at the Shot Show in January 2019

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

All figures in millions, except per share data

Q1 2019

Q1 2018 % Δ Q1 2019 Q4 2018

% Δ

Total Revenue


$3.29 -7% $3.05 $2.53


Gross Profit

$1.80 $2.26 -20% $1.80 $0.96


Gross Margin


68.8% -14% 59.0% 37.8%


Net Income (Loss)


($0.09) -265% ($0.31) ($1.06)


Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)


($0.01) -300% ($0.04) ($0.13)



Management Commentary
“The first quarter of 2019 marked an important point in our company’s development, as we began implementing new strategic growth initiatives, which we believe will have a substantial positive impact on our business in the years to come,” said Bob Ferris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VirTra. “In the first quarter, we launched the STEP program, a subscription model for our products that lowers the barrier to entry for many customers, we introduced new curriculum for high-risk vehicle stops, and announced our new Driving Simulator product line for which we have already secured a $1.9 million contract with an existing customer. In addition to these exciting new initiatives, we strengthened our product offerings by acquiring key patents for drop-in recoil kits, along with bolstering our management team with the addition of industry veteran Steve Handel, who is now serving as our new VP of Program Management.

“From a financial perspective, we saw many sequential improvements in our results, including a 20% increase in revenue, an 88% increase in gross profit, and gross margins increasing to 59%, which is more in-line with our historical numbers. Our balance sheet continues to remain strong with nearly $4.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and CDs. During the first quarter, we repurchased 68,239 shares of common stock at an average cost of $3.82 per share and retired all outstanding treasury shares of our common stock. Subsequent to the quarter, we repurchased an additional 14,450 shares at an average cost of $3.97 per share. In addition, new bookings for the first quarter totaled $5.3 million and backlog increased to $9.0 million, which bodes well for our business and gives us confidence in our outlook that 2019 has the potential to be a strong year for VirTra.

“While the benefits of these new initiatives will take time to come to fruition, we are confident that they will be of great value to our business over the coming quarters and years. We believe that the additions of our new programs and our ever-improving product suite, combined with our strong balance sheet, mean that VirTra is now more flexible, dynamic, and in the best position in our company’s history to capture a greater share of our core law enforcement market, while also expanding into the military market. We believe that these positive changes ultimately will translate to greater value for our loyal shareholders and better training that saves lives. This is an exciting time at VirTra, and we look forward to building on our progress throughout the year.”

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Total revenue increased 20% to $3.1 million from $2.5 million in the prior quarter and decreased 7% from $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease in total revenue was due to lower simulator and accessories sales, which were partially offset by increases in recurring extended warranty and other revenues.

Gross profit increased 88% to $1.8 million (59.0% of total revenue) from $1.0 million (37.8% of total revenue) in the prior quarter and decreased 20% from $2.3 million (68.8% of total revenue) in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit was primarily due to differences in the product mix and quantity of systems, accessories and services sold.

Net operating expense decreased 20% to $2.3 million from $2.8 million in the prior quarter and decreased 7% from $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2018. The decrease in net operating expense was due to reduced selling, general and administrative costs for labor, benefits, professional services, public company expense, research and development expenses and bad debt.

Loss from operations was $457,000 compared to a loss of $1.9 million in the prior quarter and a loss of $158,000 in the first quarter of 2018.

Net loss totaled $313,000, or $(0.04) per diluted share, compared to a loss of $1.1 million, or $(0.13) per diluted share, in the prior quarter and a loss of $86,000, or $(0.01) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018.

Cash and cash equivalents and certificates of deposit totaled $4.6 million at quarter end.

Adjusted EBITDA loss totaled $278,000 compared to a loss of $46,000 in the first quarter of 2018.

Conference Call
VirTra management will hold a conference call today (May 13, 2019) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss these results. VirTra’s Chairman and CEO, Bob Ferris, and CFO, Judy Henry, will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.

U.S. dial-in number: 877-407-8031
International number: 201-689-8031

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 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 VirTra’s IR team at 949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the investor relations section of VirTra’s website.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through May 27, 2019.

Toll-free replay number: 877-481-4010
International replay number: 919-882-2331
Replay ID: 48710

About VirTra
VirTra (NASDAQ: VTSI) is a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The company’s patented technologies, software, and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship and related training that mimics real-world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through practical and highly-effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at

About the Presentation of Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and before other non-operating costs and income (“Adjusted EBITDA”) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA also includes non-cash stock option expense and other than temporary impairment loss on investments. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently. VirTra calculates its Adjusted EBITDA to eliminate the impact of certain items it does not consider to be indicative of its performance and its ongoing operations. Adjusted EBITDA is presented herein because management believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to VirTra’s investors regarding VirTra’s financial condition and results of operations and because Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in VirTra’s industry, several of which present a form of Adjusted EBITDA when reporting their results. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of VirTra’s results as reported under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative for net income, cash flows from operating activities and other consolidated income or cash flows statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of profitability or liquidity. A reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA is provided in the following table:

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