Document Security Systems, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DSS; "DSS"), a leading developer and integrator of cloud computing data security, Radio Frequency Identification ("RFID") systems and security printing technologies which prevent counterfeiting, product diversion and brand fraud, today announced second quarter 2012 revenues of $3.7 million, a 27% increase over Q2 2011. Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2012 has increased 35% from the first six months of 2011.

Gross profit for Q2 2012 was $1.3 million, a 65% increase over Q2 2011. Gross profit for the six months ended June 30, 2012 has increased 48% from the first six months of 2011, primarily due to the improved sales mix and reduced production costs.

Operating expenses for the Q2 2012 increased 22% which included a 201% increase research and development costs and a 24% increase in compensation primarily due to the personnel additions at the Company's digital division, which was acquired in May of 2011. Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased 22% from the first six months of 2011 for primarily the same reasons cited above.

Net loss for Q2 2012 was $995,000 compared to $1,112,000 in Q2 2011. The decrease in net loss was due to the significant increase in gross profit, offset by increase in operating expense primarily due to the addition of costs associated with the significant increase in research and development costs. Net loss for the first six months of 2012 increased 37% from the first six months of 2011 primarily due to two significant non-recurring items: 1) a $221,000 charge for the amortization of note discount expense as the result of the conversion of debt to equity during Q1 2012; and 2) a $361,000 gain from the change in the fair value of derivative liability realized in Q1 2011.

Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation and other non-recurring items) for Q2 2012 was a loss of $493,000, a 37% decrease from Adjusted EBITDA loss of $777,000 in Q2 2011. The Adjusted EBITDA losses improvement reflects the impact of the significant increase in stock based compensation charges during Q2 2012. Adjusted EBITDA loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012 decreased 17% from the first six months of 2011, primarily due to the increase in gross profits in 2012 only partially offset by the increases in compensation costs and research and development expenses.

As of June 30, 2012, the Company had approximately $1.5 million in cash.

Document Security System's CEO Patrick White said, "Our revenue and gross profit growth in the second quarter of 2012 continues the momentum of the first quarter and are especially pleased with the performance of our printing group. In addition, during the quarter our packaging group entered into a three year, approximately $9 million agreement which lays a solid foundation for that group. In addition, we continued to bolster our research and development efforts during the quarter, which negatively affect the bottom line in the short-term, but are expected to significantly increase our technology and patent portfolio in the future, especially for our digital solutions."

The above description of the Company's financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2012 is a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by the financial information contained in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, filed earlier today.

Management will host a teleconference and web cast today at 4:15 pm ET to discuss the results with the investment community:
Time: 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Investor Dial In (Toll Free): 877-407-9205
Investor Dial In (International): 201-689-8054
Live Webcast URL:
A replay of the teleconference will be available until August 21, 2012, which can be accessed by dialing (877) 660-6853 if calling within the U.S. or (201) 612-7415 if calling internationally. Please enter account #286 and conference ID #398897 to access the replay.

About DSS (Document Security Systems, Inc.)
DSS is comprised of four operating groups, DSS Plastics Group, DSS Printing Group, DSS Packaging Group and DSS Digital Group. Through these divisions, DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented and patent pending optical deterrent technologies that help prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud from the use of the most advanced scanners and copiers in the market.

The Company owns numerous patented and patent-pending technologies and products. DSS uses its covert and overt technologies to protect a wide range of documents including, but not limited to, consumer packaging, vital records, ID Cards/RFID, smart cards, passports, gift certificates, checks and coupons. The Company also protects digital information via secure cloud computing and disaster recovery services. Furthermore, DSS uses its extensive knowledgebase to provide comprehensive brand protection solutions to its customers. From risk analysis and vulnerability assessment, to systems integration and monitoring, DSS offers the advanced tools and knowledgebase needed to protect the world's most valuable and at-risk brands. DSS's customized solutions are designed to protect against product diversion, counterfeit, and other costly and damaging occurrences. In addition, DSS offers commercial printing services.

For more information:
Investor Relations:
Phone: 212-776-1030

Safe Harbor Statement
The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expectations for future financial performance, potential sales from new and existing customers, expected benefits from the Company's cost cutting efforts and/or statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "believes," "could," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "projects," "seeks," or similar expressions, all of which involve uncertainty and risk. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and in any subsequent reports filed with the SEC, all of which are available at the SEC's website at It is possible the company's future financial performance may differ from expectations due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the risks referred to above, and changes in economic and business conditions in the world, increased competitive activity, achieving sales levels to fulfill revenue expectations, consolidation among its competitors and customers, technology advancements, unexpected costs and charges, adequate funding for plans, changes in interest and foreign exchange rates, regulatory and other approvals and failure to implement all plans, for whatever reason. It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any forward-looking statements in this report are based on current conditions; expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Prospective investors are cautioned that such statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. The company makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statement included herein, or disclose any facts, events or circumstances that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement.


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