Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN) (the “Company” or “Ballantyne Strong”) today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Operational Highlights

  Strong Entertainment’s business continued to strengthen as exhibitors prepare for laser upgrades and a robust 2023 release schedule
     
  Revenue momentum continued, growing 68% for the third quarter 2022 compared to the third quarter of the prior year
     
  Strong Studios wrapping production on two projects: Safehaven is expected to start post-production and deliver in 2023. Inside the Black Box expected to be delivered and air during Q4 2022.
     
  Registration statement filed publicly with the Securities and Exchange Commission for initial public offering of the Strong Entertainment business

Mark Roberson, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our Strong Entertainment business continued to expand, and we are seeing increasing exhibitor demand in preparation for the 2023 studio release schedule. We are also in the early stages of a large capital upgrade and technology refresh cycle in the industry, with the transition from xenon projection to laser. We have been growing the scope of our services and strengthening our customer relationships to be positioned to support our customers as this cycle drives capital spending for the next several years.

“Our new Strong Studios content division is completing two new series in our first year of operation. We wrapped principal photography on Safehaven, which is expected to be delivered in 2023 and are in process of delivering Inside the Black Box, which is anticipated to air before the end of the year.”

Kyle Cerminara, Chairman of the Board, commented, “Our equity holdings continue to perform, with FG Financial launching its new merchant banking platform, Firefly expanding its digital out-of-home advertising, and GreenFirst Forest Products continuing to post strong financial results and cash flow. We are also incubating two new businesses within Ballantyne, Strong Studios and Digital Ignition, and we are very excited with the progress we’re seeing at both. We believe the Company is well positioned across multiple attractive markets, and we remain focused on driving long-term value for our shareholders.”  Third Quarter 2022 Financial Review (Compared to Three Months Ended September 30, 2021)

  Revenue increased 68.0% to $10.3 million from $6.1 million. Demand for and revenue from products and services benefited from the continuing recovery in the cinema industry. As the industry recovery has progressed, exhibitors are beginning to allocate more resources to capital improvements, including upgrading their auditoriums from xenon projection to laser projection, which helps drive demand for our products and services. We have also increased the scope of our services to better support our customers and to increase market share in cinema services. We expect the upgrades from xenon to laser to accelerate in 2023 and continue for at least the next several years.
     
  Gross profit of $2.7 million increased compared to $2.4 million. Gross profit margins were 26.7% as compared to 40.0%. Excluding the impact of employee retention credits, which favorably impacted the prior year period, gross profit during the quarter ended September 30, 2021 would have been 33.1% as compared to 26.7% in the current period. Gross profit dollars increased 35.2% excluding the employee retention credits as revenue increased with the reopening of cinemas and entertainment venues worldwide.
     
  Loss from operations was $0.3 million as compared to $0.1 million in the prior year. Excluding the impact of employee retention credits, which favorably impacted the prior year period, loss from operations during the quarter ended September 30, 2021 would have been $0.7 million. After excluding the prior year benefit from employee retention credits, operating results improved as a direct result of the rebound in revenues and gross margin in our Strong Entertainment business. Those improvements were partially offset by increases in operating expenses related to the launch of the new Strong Studios business.
     
  Net loss from continuing operations was $2.2 million, ($0.11) per basic and diluted share, as compared to net income from continuing operations of $7.1 million, $0.38 per basic and diluted share in the prior year. The increase in net loss from continuing operations was primarily the result of unrealized losses on our equity holdings in the current period and employee retention credits and gains on our equity holdings recognized in the prior year.
     
  Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of realized and unrealized losses on our equity holdings and employee retention credits, among other things, improved to $0.2 million as compared to negative $0.2 million in the prior year.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the Company’s 2022 third quarter financial results will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Interested parties can listen to the call via live webcast or by phone. To access the webcast, visit the Company’s website at ballantynestrong.com/investors or use following link: BTN Webcast Link. To access the conference call by phone, dial (888) 506-0062 (domestic) or (973) 528-0011 (international). Please access the webcast or dial in at least five minutes before the start of the call to register.

A replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the live broadcast and accessible on the Company’s website at ballantynestrong.com/investors.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Ballantyne Strong prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company discloses information regarding Adjusted EBITDA (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which differs from the commonly used EBITDA (“EBITDA”). Adjusted EBITDA both adjusts net income (loss) to exclude income taxes, interest, and depreciation and amortization, and excludes discontinued operations, share-based compensation, impairment charges, equity method income (loss), fair value adjustments, severance, foreign currency transaction gains (losses), transactional gains and expenses, gains on insurance recoveries, certain tax credits and other cash and non-cash charges and gains.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of performance defined in accordance with GAAP. However, Adjusted EBITDA is used internally in planning and evaluating the Company’s operating performance. Accordingly, management believes that disclosure of these metrics offers investors, bankers and other stakeholders an additional view of the Company’s operations that, when coupled with the GAAP results, provides a more complete understanding of the Company’s financial results.  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or to net cash from operating activities as measures of operating results or liquidity. The Company’s calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies, and the measures exclude financial information that some may consider important in evaluating the Company’s performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (i) they do not reflect the Company’s cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments, (ii) they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs, (iii) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on the Company’s debt, (iv) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements, (v) they do not adjust for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in the Company’s statements of cash flows, (vi) they do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters management considers not to be indicative of the Company’s ongoing operations, and (vii) other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate these measures differently than the Company does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period by isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. These potential differences may be caused by variations in capital structures (affecting interest expense), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age and book depreciation of facilities and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense). The Company also presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because (i) management believes these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the Company’s industry, (ii) management believes investors will find these measures useful in assessing the Company’s ability to service or incur indebtedness, and (iii) management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA internally as benchmarks to evaluate the Company’s operating performance or compare the Company’s performance to that of its competitors.

For further information, please refer to Ballantyne Strong, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 24, 2022, available online at www.sec.gov.

About Ballantyne Strong, Inc.

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.ballantynestrong.com) is a diversified holding company with operations and holdings across a broad range of industries. The Company’s Strong Entertainment segment is the largest premium screen supplier in North America, provides technical support services and related products and services to the cinema exhibition industry, and recently launched its studio operations to produce content for streaming and other entertainment outlets. Ballantyne Strong holds equity stakes in Firefly Systems, Inc., GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSX: GFP), and FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF), as well as real estate through its Digital Ignition operating business.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to the historical information included herein, this press release includes forward-looking statements, such as management’s expectations regarding its portfolio companies, the Company’s intent to pursue an initial public offering and separate listing of its Strong Entertainment business, as well as future sales and financial performance, general economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the production and release of content by our Strong Studios division, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those discussed in the “Risk Factors” section contained in Item 1A in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 24, 2022, and the following risks and uncertainties: the negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has already had, and may continue to have, on the Company’s business and financial condition; the general economic impact of the current geopolitical environment, including the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine and the impact of related sanctions being imposed by the U.S. Government and the governments of other countries; the Company’s ability to maintain and expand its revenue streams to compensate for the lower demand for the Company’s digital cinema products and installation services; potential interruptions of supplier relationships or higher prices charged by suppliers; the Company’s ability to successfully compete and introduce enhancements and new features that achieve market acceptance and that keep pace with technological developments; the Company’s ability to successfully execute its capital allocation strategy or achieve the returns it expects from these holdings; the Company’s ability to maintain its brand and reputation and retain or replace its significant customers; challenges associated with the Company’s long sales cycles; the impact of a challenging global economic environment or a downturn in the markets (such as the current economic disruption and market volatility generated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical environment); economic and political risks of selling products in foreign countries (including tariffs); risks of non-compliance with U.S. and foreign laws and regulations, potential sales tax collections and claims for uncollected amounts; cybersecurity risks and risks of damage and interruptions of information technology systems; the Company’s ability to retain key members of management and successfully integrate new executives; the Company’s ability to complete acquisitions, strategic investments, entry into new lines of business, divestitures, mergers or other transactions on acceptable terms, or at all; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current geopolitical tension and related sanctions on the companies in which the Company holds equity stakes; the Company’s ability to utilize or assert its intellectual property rights, the impact of natural disasters and other catastrophic events (such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine); the adequacy of insurance; the impact of having a controlling stockholder and vulnerability to fluctuation in the Company’s stock price. Given the risks and uncertainties, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement and should recognize that the statements are predictions of future results which may not occur as anticipated. Many of the risks listed above have been, and may further be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the cinema and entertainment industry, and general economic conditions, including the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine and related sanctions, such as inflationary pressures and disruptions in the global supply chain and the worsening economic environment. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and from historical results, due to the risks and uncertainties described herein, as well as others not now anticipated. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors, nor can it assess the impact of all such factors on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Except where required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update, withdraw or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in factors or assumptions affecting such forward-looking statements.

For Investor Relations Inquiries:

Mark Roberson John Nesbett / Jennifer Belodeau
Ballantyne Strong, Inc. - Chief Executive Officer IMS Investor Relations
704-994-8279 203-972-9200
IR@btn-inc.com jnesbett@institutionalms.com

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands, except par values)(Unaudited)

    September 30, 2022     December 31, 2021  
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,191     $ 8,731  
Restricted cash     151       150  
Accounts receivable, net     4,900       4,631  
Inventories, net     3,666       3,271  
Other current assets     4,760       4,992  
Total current assets     17,668       21,775  
Property, plant and equipment, net     13,345       6,226  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     335       3,975  
Finance lease right-of-use asset     63       -  
Note receivable, net of current portion     -       1,667  
Equity holdings     35,624       41,133  
Film and television programming rights, net     1,449       -  
Intangible assets, net     8       69  
Goodwill     871       942  
Other assets     1       22  
Total assets   $ 69,364     $ 75,809  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 4,378     $ 4,245  
Accrued expenses     4,089       2,994  
Short-term debt     2,686       2,998  
Current portion of long-term debt     213       23  
Current portion of operating lease obligations     114       577  
Current portion of finance lease obligations     12       -  
Deferred revenue and customer deposits     2,277       3,292  
Total current liabilities     13,769       14,129  
Operating lease obligations, net of current portion     287       3,586  
Finance lease obligations, net of current portion     51       -  
Long-term debt, net of current portion and deferred debt issuance costs, net     5,056       105  
Deferred income taxes     4,980       5,594  
Other long-term liabilities     631       118  
Total liabilities     24,774       23,532  
                 
Commitments, contingencies and concentrations                
                 
Stockholders’ equity:                
Preferred stock     -       -  
Common stock     222       213  
Additional paid-in capital     53,752       50,807  
Retained earnings     14,992       23,591  
Treasury stock     (18,586 )     (18,586 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (5,790 )     (3,748 )
Total stockholders’ equity     44,590       52,277  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 69,364     $ 75,809  

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(In thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
Net product sales   $ 7,690     $ 4,086     $ 22,076     $ 11,811  
Net service revenues     2,584       2,030       7,366       5,170  
Total net revenues     10,274       6,116       29,442       16,981  
Cost of products sold     5,543       2,624       16,234       7,831  
Cost of services     1,991       1,044       5,538       3,078  
Total cost of revenues     7,534       3,668       21,772       10,909  
Gross profit     2,740       2,448       7,670       6,072  
Selling and administrative expenses:                                
Selling     499       411       1,723       1,158  
Administrative     2,533       2,155       7,887       6,775  
Total selling and administrative expenses     3,032       2,566       9,610       7,933  
Loss from operations     (292 )     (118 )     (1,940 )     (1,861 )
Other income (expense):                                
Interest income     -       21       7       54  
Interest expense     (91 )     (28 )     (238 )     (284 )
Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)     517       162       382       (56 )
Unrealized (loss) gain on equity holdings     (1,301 )     8,376       (3,752 )     8,376  
Other income (expense), net     11       1,692       (187 )     1,847  
Total other (expense) income     (864 )     10,223       (3,788 )     9,937  
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity method holding loss     (1,156 )     10,105       (5,728 )     8,076  
Income tax expense     (245 )     (2,696 )     (292 )     (2,788 )
Equity method holding loss     (798 )     (323 )     (2,578 )     (1,468 )
Net (loss) income from continuing operations     (2,199 )     7,086       (8,598 )     3,820  
Net income from discontinued operations     -       -       -       14,649  
Net (loss) income   $ (2,199 )   $ 7,086     $ (8,598 )   $ 18,469  
                                 
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share                                
Continuing operations   $ (0.11 )   $ 0.38     $ (0.45 )   $ 0.21  
Discontinued operations     -       -       -       0.81  
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share   $ (0.11 )   $ 0.38     $ (0.45 )   $ 1.02  

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(In thousands)(Unaudited)

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net (loss) income from continuing operations   $ (8,598 )   $ 3,820  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income from continuing operations to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:                
Provision for (recovery of) doubtful accounts     11       (249 )
Provision for obsolete inventory     -       69  
Provision for warranty     9       46  
Depreciation and amortization     1,038       985  
Amortization and accretion of operating leases     166       620  
Equity method holding loss     2,578       1,468  
Adjustment to SageNet promissory note in connection with prepayment     202       -  
Unrealized loss on equity holdings     3,752       (8,376 )
Deferred income taxes     (435 )     2,124  
Stock-based compensation expense     511       686  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (394 )     1,287  
Inventories     (556 )     (793 )
Current income taxes     117       (6 )
Other assets     1,455       (2,028 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (1,490 )     (1,373 )
Deferred revenue and customer deposits     (975 )     2,002  
Operating lease obligations     (161 )     (617 )
Net cash used in operating activities from continuing operations     (2,770 )     (335 )
Net cash provided by operating activities from discontinued operations     -       510  
Net cash (used in) proivided by operating activities     (2,770 )     175  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Capital expenditures     (858 )     (650 )
Acquisition of programming rights     (407 )     -  
Purchase of common shares of FG Financial Group, Inc.     (2,000 )     -  
Purchase of common shares of GreenFirst Forest Products, Inc.     -       (9,977 )
Receipt of SageNet promissory note     2,300       -  
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations     (965 )     (10,627 )
Net cash provided by investing activities from discontinued operations     -       12,761  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (965 )     2,134  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Principal payments on short-term debt     (487 )     (509 )
Principal payments on long-term debt     (114 )     -  
Proceeds from stock issuance, net of costs     -       6,310  
Payments of withholding taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards     (15 )     (80 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options     -       9  
Payments on capital lease obligations     (5 )     (2,106 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities from continuing operations     (621 )     3,624  
Net cash used in financing activities from discontinued operations     -       (155 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (621 )     3,469  
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (184 )     (43 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash from continuing operations     (4,540 )     (7,381 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash from discontinued operations     -       13,116  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash     (4,540 )     5,735  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period     8,882       4,787  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   $ 4,342     $ 10,522  

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. and SubsidiariesSummary by Business Segments(In thousands)(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
                         
Strong Entertainment                                
Revenue   $ 9,904     $ 5,822     $ 28,446     $ 16,121  
Gross profit     2,371       2,154       6,674       5,428  
Operating income     732       1,028       1,522       2,150  
Adjusted EBITDA     817       641       1,838       1,056  
                                 
Corporate and Other                                
Revenue   $ 370     $ 294     $ 996     $ 860  
Gross profit     369       294       996       644  
Operating loss     (1,024 )     (1,146 )     (3,462 )     (4,011 )
Adjusted EBITDA     (620 )     (815 )     (2,194 )     (3,046 )
                                 
Consolidated                                
Revenue   $ 10,274     $ 6,116     $ 29,442     $ 16,981  
Gross profit   $ 2,740     $ 2,448     $ 7,670     $ 6,072  
Operating loss   $ (292 )   $ (118 )   $ (1,940 )   $ (1,861 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 197     $ (174 )   $ (356 )   $ (1,990 )

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. and SubsidiariesReconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA(In thousands)(Unaudited)

    Quarters Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021  
                                                 
    Strong Entertainment     Corporate and Other     Discontinued Operations     Consolidated     Strong Entertainment     Corporate and Other     Discontinued Operations     Consolidated  
Net income (loss)   $ 315     $ (2,514 )   $ -     $ (2,199 )   $ 7,685     $ (599 )   $ -     $ 7,086  
Net income from discontinued operations     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations     315       (2,514 )     -       (2,199 )     7,685       (599 )     -       7,086  
Interest expense (income), net     33       58       -       91       25       (18 )     -       7  
Income tax expense     202       43       -       245       2,327       369       -       2,696  
Depreciation and amortization     153       183       -       336       216       129       -       345  
EBITDA     703       (2,230 )     -       (1,527 )     10,253       (119 )     -       10,134  
Stock-based compensation expense     -       142       -       142       -       213       -       213  
Equity method holding loss (income)     -       798       -       798       414       (91 )     -       323  
Realized gain on equity holdings     -       -       -       -       (1,689 )             -       (1,689 )
Unrealized loss (gain) on equity holdings     631       670       -       1,301       (7,648 )     (728 )     -       (8,376 )
Foreign currency transaction income     (517 )     -       -       (517 )     (162 )     -       -       (162 )
Employee retention credit     -       -       -       -       (527 )     (90 )     -       (617 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 817     $ (620 )   $ -     $ 197     $ 641     $ (815 )   $ -     $ (174 )
    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021  
                                                 
    Strong Entertainment     Corporate and Other     Discontinued Operations     Consolidated     Strong Entertainment     Corporate and Other     Discontinued Operations     Consolidated  
Net (loss) income   $       (322 )   $ (8,276 )   $         -     $   (8,598 )   $ 7,719     $ (3,899 )   $ 14,649     $ 18,469  
Net income from discontinued operations     -       -       -       -       -       -       (14,649 )     (14,649 )
Net (loss) income from continuing operations     (322 )     (8,276 )     -       (8,598 )     7,719       (3,899 )     -       3,820  
Interest expense, net     85       146       -       231       84       146       -       230  
Income tax expense     242       50       -       292       2,406       382       -       2,788  
Depreciation and amortization     521       517       -       1,038       687       298       -       985  
EBITDA     526       (7,563 )     -       (7,037 )     10,896       (3,073 )     -       7,823  
Stock-based compensation expense     -       511       -       511       -       686       -       686  
Equity method holding loss     -       2,578       -       2,578       1,150       318       -       1,468  
Employee retention credit     -       -       -       -       (1,576 )     (336 )     -       (1,912 )
Realized gain on equity holdings     -       -       -       -       (1,689 )     -       -       (1,689 )
Unrealized loss (gain) on equity holdings     1,695       2,057       -       3,752       (7,648 )     (728 )     -       (8,376 )
Foreign currency transaction (income) loss     (383 )     1       -       (382 )     56       -       -       56  
Gain on property and casualty insurance recoveries     -       -       -       -       (148 )     -       -       (148 )
Severance and other     -       222       -       222       15       87       -       102  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 1,838     $ (2,194 )   $ -     $ (356 )   $ 1,056     $ (3,046 )   $ -     $ (1,990 )
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