WISeKey Re-affirms its 2023 Growth Forecast; Expects to Exceed FY 2022 Revenue Guidance due to Steady Demand for Semiconductors
Projects FY 2022 revenue of over $24.5 million, an increase of more than 10% as compared to FY 2021, despite divestiture of arago GmbH
Semiconductors order growth accelerates; backlog of $36 million for IoT Semiconductor products stretches into 2024 and pipeline of opportunities totals $100 million
ZUG, Switzerland – December 21, 2022: Ad-Hoc announcement pursuant to Article 53 of SIX Listing Rules – WISeKey International Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: WKEY / SIX: WIHN) (“WISeKey” or the “Company”), a leading Swiss cybersecurity and IoT company re-affirmed its fiscal 2022 revenue forecasts as it reported solid 2022 revenue results of over $24.5 million, an increase of more than 10% compared to FY 2021, due to steady semiconductors demand and an ambitious roadmap to develop the next generation of post-quantum chips.
Carlos Moreira, WISeKey’s Founder and CEO, noted: “We continue to see solid demand for our semiconductors and next generation post-quantum chips roadmap. We are making substantial progress in the implementation of our post-quantum algorithms in Secure Semiconductors MS6001/MS6003. During the last two years, WISeKey has made considerable advancements in developing post-quantum resistant algorithms by establishing strategic R&D partnerships with MINES Saint-Etienne Research Institute (“MINES Saint-Etienne”), an internationally renowned multidisciplinary university and lab created in 1816, aiming to help the international community find cryptography algorithms that will resist future quantum computing based cyber-attacks.”
Mr. Moreira added, “For FY 2022 we expect total group revenue to exceed $24.5 million, an increase of more than 10%, as compared to $22.3 million in 2021, despite the divestiture of our AI segment. Also, we expect our revenue to continue to grow in 2023, driven by a projected sales growth for the IoT segment of at least 40%. We believe that due to our large backlog of $36 million, which we expect to deliver within the next 48 months, our $100 million pipeline of opportunities, and the significant investments we have made into expanding our salesforce, we are well positioned to continue to gain market share and expand our geographic footprint. Furthermore, the divestiture of arago GmbH had a positive impact on our liquidity, as it reduced cash burn by approximately 40% and allowed us to focus on revenue generating investments.”
Several revenue streams which are reaching maturity should contribute to our expected revenue growth for 2023, driven by our $36 million backlog and our pipeline of opportunities which totals $100 million. These include:
- WISeKey’s new SEAL/QUASARS (QUAntum resistant Secure ARchitectureS) project, a radical Trusted Platform Module based innovative solution, based upon the new WISeKey Secure RISC V platform. This project is paving the way of the Post Quantum Cryptography era, with a hybrid solution compliant with ANSSI’s recommendations.
- Satellite-related activities: We have started the commercialization of the WISeSat PocketQube satellite with 13 satellites now in orbit, launched with Space X. Our strong partnership with the Swiss Army to cooperate in the development of Space related activities using WISeSAT/Fossa low orbit PicoSatellites technology aims to establish the foundation for the development of new capacities in the field of data security.
- WISeKey is offering this IoT satellite technology to its IoT clients in a SaaS model, allowing both remote and redundant urban IoT communications for companies seeking to securely connect their assets. WISeKey Trust and Security solutions offer unique integration into an end-to-end platform that communicates in real-time with the WISeSat Satellite by ensuring the authenticity, confidentiality, and integrity of the devices and objects.
- WISe.ART NFT platform: WISe.ART’s unique competitive edge comes from its platform which is secured by WISeKey’s various security technologies enabling the authentication of digital identity based NFTs, physical objects as well as digital assets, in a safe end-to-end process. Almost 130 artists have already joined the WISe.ART NFT Marketplace with approximately 500 unique NFT products, adding a commercial NFT sales potential aggregate of $70 million worth of NFTs that increasingly see a future for tokens that upend the economics of content creation and influence on the internet.
WISeKey (NASDAQ: WKEY / SIX Swiss Exchange: WIHN) is a leading global cybersecurity company currently deploying large scale digital identity ecosystems for people and objects using Blockchain, AI and IoT respecting the Human as the Fulcrum of the Internet. WISeKey Microprocessors Secures the pervasive computing shaping today’s Internet of Everything. WISeKey IoT has an install base of over 1.6 billion microchips in virtually all IoT sectors (connected cars, smart cities, drones, agricultural sensors, anti-counterfeiting, smart lighting, servers, computers, mobile phones, crypto tokens etc.). WISeKey is uniquely positioned to be at the edge of IoT as our semiconductors produce a huge amount of Big Data that, when analyzed with Artificial Intelligence (AI), can help industrial applications to predict the failure of their equipment before it happens.
Our technology is Trusted by the OISTE/WISeKey’s Swiss based cryptographic Root of Trust (“RoT”) provides secure authentication and identification, in both physical and virtual environments, for the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. The WISeKey RoT serves as a common trust anchor to ensure the integrity of online transactions among objects and between objects and people. For more information, visit www.wisekey.com.
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