Posted on Mar. 28, 2019 by VirTra Inc

Full Year Revenue up 9% to Record $18.1 Million, Driving Adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 Million and Net Income of $0.8 Million

TEMPE, Ariz. — March 28, 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 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. The financial statements are available on VirTra’s website and here.

Fourth Quarter 2018 and Recent Highlights:

  • Repurchased $382,000 of common stock from November 14, 2018 to December 31, 2018; in January 2019, the company’s board of directors increased the stock repurchase program from $1.0 million to $2.0 million; as of March 28, 2019, the company purchased an additional $261,000 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 recoil kits as well as create new training equipment for both military and law enforcement simulation training
  • Launched new Law Enforcement training curriculum for high-risk vehicle stops

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Highlights:

All figures in millions, except per share data

Q4 2018

Q4 2017 % Δ FY 2018 FY 2017

% Δ

Total Revenue


$2.4 7% $18.1 $16.5


Gross Profit

$1.0 $0.9 2% $11.0 $10.2


Gross Margin


39.5% -5% 61.1% 61.9%


Net Income (Loss)


$0.5 -325% $0.8 $3.3


Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)


$0.06 -317% $0.10 $0.39



Management Commentary
“2018 was a milestone year as it marked the 25th anniversary as a company and was one of our most successful years ever,” said Bob Ferris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VirTra. “Our progress operationally produced solid financial results, highlighted by 9% revenue growth to a record $18.1 million and an 8% increase in adjusted EBITDA, reflecting the leverage in our business model.

“We also achieved several operational milestones throughout the year, which included deploying simulators to three of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country, securing new contracts with the Department of State, as well as launching new products and services such as the internationally accredited curriculum, V-VICTA. From a capital allocation standpoint, thanks to our consistent positive cash flows and solid balance sheet, we acted opportunistically on our share repurchase program, acquiring $643,000 of our common stock in the open market since mid-November.

“Looking ahead, the decisions we made during 2018 placed us in an even stronger position for 2019 as we work to bolster our product suite, push more into the military market, and increase our recurring revenue with the STEP program. We’ve already made measurable progress in each of these areas, and we are optimistic that the changes we are implementing will have several positive effects for VirTra and our shareholders in 2019 and the years ahead.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Total revenue increased 7% to $2.5 million from $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in total revenue was due to higher sales of simulators, accessories, and scenarios.

Gross profit increased 2% to $957,000 (37.8% of total revenue) from $940,000 (39.5% of total revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to differences in the type and quantity of systems and accessories sold.

Net operating expense increased 14% to $2.8 million from $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in net operating expense was due to increases in accounting, legal, consultant and bad debt expenses.

Loss from operations was $1.9 million compared to a loss of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Net loss totaled $1.1 million or $(0.13) per diluted share, compared to net income of $470,000 or $0.06 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.

At December 31, 2018, backlog totaled approximately $6.8 million. Cash and cash equivalents and certificates of deposit totaled $6.0 million at quarter end.

Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Total revenue increased 9% to a record $18.1 million from $16.5 million in 2017. The increase in total revenue was driven by higher sales of simulators, accessories, licensing fees, warranties and other services.

Gross profit increased 8% to $11.0 million (61.1% of total revenue) from $10.2 million (61.9% of total revenue) in the 2017. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to differences in the type and quantity of systems and accessories sold.

Net operating expense increased 13% to $10.0 million from $8.9 million in 2017. The increase in net operating expense was due to increases in general and administrative and research and development expenses.

Additionally, the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 included an impairment loss on investment in That’s Eatertainment Corp., formerly known as, Modern Round Entertainment Corp., a related party, recorded as operating expense. The year-over-year increase in professional services included non-recurring legal and public company expense directly related to the Company’s qualification and Securities and Exchange Commission registration and Nasdaq listing in March 2018.

Income from operations was $1.0 million compared to $1.3 million in 2017.

Net income totaled $0.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $3.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the comparable period a year ago. The decrease in net income was primarily due to a $2.5 million tax benefit recorded in 2017 compared to a $310,000 income tax expense in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 8% to $1.9 million from $1.8 million in 2017.

Conference Call
VirTra management will hold a conference call today (March 28, 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 April 11, 2019.

Toll-free replay number: 877-481-4010
International replay number: 919-882-2331
Replay ID: 45322

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 income to Adjusted EBITDA is provided in the following table:

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