POET Technologies Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

May 28th, 2020

TORONTO, Ontario, May 28, 2020 – POET Technologies Inc. (“POET” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture: PTK; OTCQX: POETF), the designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for the data center and tele-communication markets, today reported its unaudited condensed consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. The Company’s financial results as well as the Management Discussion and Analysis have been filed on SEDAR. All financial figures are in United States dollars (“USD”) unless otherwise indicated.

First Quarter Financial (non-IFRS) and Recent Business Highlights:

  • Successfully completed proof of concept for the Optical Interposer platform;
  • Received $13M of the $18M in remaining consideration due from the Buyer of DenseLight, with the balance of $5M currently scheduled to be transferred to POET on May 31, 2020;
  • $294,000 of convertible debentures converted into 985,000 units of the Company;
  • Extended the expiry dates of 12,545,350 warrants from March 21, 2020 to July 23, 2020; and
  • Ended period with cash and cash equivalents of $12.3M, compared to $1.4M on December 31, 2019 and $1M on March 31, 2019.

Management Comments
“Building on the accomplishments we’ve made over the past year, we continue to execute on our product development milestones in 2020,” commented Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, Chairman & CEO. “The sale of our DenseLight subsidiary in late 2019 provided us the ability to focus entirely on the POET Optical Interposer platform. We successfully completed a series of milestones proving the fundamental concepts and viability of the Optical Interposer platform and are now well into the design of optical engines for data center transceivers. This accomplishment served to validate our long-standing vision for POET’s technology and we continue to engage closely with prospective customers on product design, development and deployment programs.”

“Complementing this key milestone, we’ve recruited and added to the POET team a number of accomplished individuals with proven expertise in photonics technology, products and applications. Additionally, we are actively evaluating POET’s Optical Interposer platform technology with potential partners for markets beyond data center transceivers, such as high-speed computing for artificial intelligence applications and co-packaging of optics with next-generation switching devices.”

Financial Summary
Due to the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, DenseLight Semiconductor Pte Ltd (“DenseLight”), the Company is required to report the activities of DenseLight as a discontinued operation with effect from January 1, 2019. The financial statements filed today reflect this classification.  While the Company operated as a single integrated entity until November 8, 2019, the Closing Date of the sale transaction, the financial data below, presents the net operations of DenseLight in prior periods as a single line titled “Income (loss) from discontinued operations (net of taxes)”. The net operations of the Company do not include discontinued operations in the first quarter of 2020 due to closing the sale in November 2019. Comparative results include those of discontinued operations. The following discussion and the summary table presented at the bottom of this press release are on a proforma, non-IFRS basis.  The required IFRS presentation of the Company’s Financial Statements can be found in its recent filings on SEDAR.  

The Company reported a net loss before taxes of ($3.5) million, or ($0.01) per share, in the first quarter of 2020 compared with a net loss before taxes of ($2.7) million, or ($0.01) per share, in the first quarter of 2019 and net income before taxes of $3.2 million, or $0.01 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2019. The net income in the fourth quarter of 2019 included the gain of $8.7 million on the sale of DenseLight. The loss in the first quarter of 2020 includes R&D of $1.4 million compared to $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase is a result of a redistribution of R&D activities and costs that were typically accounted for by DenseLight when the organization operated as a single entity. These costs are now accounted for solely by POET. Non-cash expenses in the first quarter of 2020 included stock-based compensation of $0.8 million and depreciation and amortization of $0.2 million. Non-cash stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization were $0.7 million and $48,000 in the first quarter of 2019 and $0.6 million and $0.1 million respectively in the fourth quarter of 2019. Non-cash stock-based compensation included in discontinued operations in the first quarter of 2019 was $0.1 million. The Company had a recovery of stock-based compensation of ($0.3) million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from discontinued operations due to closing the sale of DenseLight during the quarter. Depreciation and amortization is not recognized for discontinued operations.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company had debt related finance costs of $217,000 compared to nil in the first quarter of 2019 and $448,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Of the finance costs recognized in the first quarter of 2020, $108,000 was non-cash compared to nil in the first quarter of 2019 and $254,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019.  There were no debt-related finance costs in the first quarter 2019 because the Company did not incur debt prior to the second quarter of 2019.

On a non-IFRS basis, cash flow from operations in first quarter of 2020 was ($2.0) million compared to ($3.7) million in the prior quarter and ($1.5) million in the first quarter of 2019.

During the first quarter of 2020, holders of certain convertible debentures converted $294,000 worth of debentures into 985,000 units of the Company. There were no conversions of debentures in prior periods.

Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures
Certain financial information presented in this press release is not prescribed by IFRS. These non-IFRS financial performance measures are included because management has used the information to analyze the business performance and financial position of POET prior to the sale of its DenseLight subsidiary. These non-IFRS financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These non-IFRS financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. 
In order to provide the combined business performance and relative financial position prior to the sale of DenseLight, certain non-IFRS financial performance measures have been combined to show an aggregate number. Such proforma combined numbers are illustrative only and actual figures may vary materially.


About POET Technologies Inc.
POET Technologies is a design and development company offering integration solutions based on the POET Optical Interposer™ a novel platform that allows the seamless integration of electronic and photonic devices into a single multi-chip module using advanced wafer-level semiconductor manufacturing techniques and packaging methods. POET’s Optical Interposer eliminates costly components and labor-intensive assembly, alignment, burn-in and testing methods employed in conventional photonics. The cost-efficient integration scheme and scalability of the POET Optical Interposer brings value to any device or system that integrates electronics and photonics, including some of the highest growth areas of computing, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles and high-speed networking for cloud service providers and data centers. POET is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Allentown, PA and Singapore. More information may be obtained at

Shareholder Contact:
Shelton Group
Brett L. Perry
[email protected]

Company Contact:
Thomas R. Mika, EVP & CFO
[email protected]

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