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Coda Octopus Group, Inc. recently released its quarterly report, revealing a mixed performance in its Marine Technology Business. The report showed an increase in equipment sales and software sales, while equipment rentals and services declined.
Equipment sales for the current six-month period reached $5,072,716, representing a 26.3% increase compared to the previous six-month period. This growth indicates a strong demand for Coda Octopus Group’s marine technology products.
However, equipment rentals decreased by 41.6% to $785,330 in the same period. This decline may be attributed to the impact of the pandemic, as there were fewer opportunities for customers to rent equipment.
On the other hand, software sales experienced significant growth, with a 44.9% increase to $636,593 in the current six-month period. This suggests a growing market for Coda Octopus Group’s software solutions, which customers are using to enhance their marine technology operations.
Services saw a decrease of 40.0% in sales, amounting to $912,949 in the current six-month period. This decline could be due to the reduction in expenditures relating to the Thermite® product line development, which slowed down during the pandemic. However, the company plans to re-engage with customers and expects to spend more on developing this range of products in the future.
Research and Development (R&D)
In terms of research and development (R&D) expenditures, there was an 18.5% decrease in the current six-month period compared to the previous six-month period. This reduction aligns with the company’s strategy of shifting its focus to marketing, business development, and global brand building. The decrease in R&D expenditures was observed in both the Services and Products segments.
Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses (SG&A)
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) increased by 1.2% in the current six-month period, primarily due to higher legal and professional fees. However, non-cash charges, including depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation charges, decreased from 23.3% to 14.2% in the current six-month period.
Overall, Coda Octopus Group reported an increase in operating income, net income before taxes, and net income in the current six-month period compared to the previous six-month period. This growth can be attributed to the increase in revenues, gross profit margins, and decrease in total operating expenses. Additionally, the company saw a significant increase in other income, largely due to interest earned on certified deposit accounts.
The company finished the period with a working capital of $38,338,739, cash of $23,455,118, and stockholders’ equity of $48,310,741. Despite the accumulated deficit of $11,770,302, Coda Octopus Group remains financially stable and has a $4,000,000 revolving line of credit with HSBC NA.
The report also discussed the impact of currency fluctuations on the company’s financials, highlighting that exchange rate movements can affect sales, profitability, and financial position, particularly when the functional currencies of its foreign subsidiaries are translated into USD for financial reporting.
In conclusion, Coda Octopus Group, Inc. experienced growth in equipment sales and software sales, but a decline in equipment rentals and services. The company is shifting its focus to marketing, business development, and global brand building, and has addressed a material weakness in its internal controls. Despite the challenges of the pandemic and currency fluctuations, the company remains financially stable and continues to innovate in the marine technology industry.
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