Heartcore Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

(MENAFN- GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) NEW YORK and TOKYO, May 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HeartCore Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTCR) (“HeartCore” or“the Company”), a leading enterprise software and consulting services company based in Tokyo, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

First Quarter 2024 and Recent Operational Highlights

  • Sold a Go IPO Client Warrant for $9 million. During the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, the Company received $5 million, with the remaining $4 million received in April 2024. Due to specific accounting treatments and stipulations in the warrant agreement, HeartCore will not recognize the $9 million as revenue on the balance sheet until the client becomes a publicly listed company, which is expected to occur in Fall 2024.
  • Disbursed first dividend payment of $0.02 per share on May 3, 2024
  • Expanded partnership with Heart-Tech Health
  • Engaged with Onside Content to develop AI-based content marketing evaluation and reporting index solution
  • Formed an Artificial Intelligence Software Development Division
  • Signed 12 th , 13 th , and 14 th Go IPO Contract
  • Established HeartCore Luvina Vietnam Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Luvina Software Joint Stock Company
  • Signed with Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation to implement its CMS platform

Management Commentary
“The first quarter brought promising developments for our software business, marking a pivotal shift as this division turned profitable for the quarter,” said HeartCore CEO Sumitaka Kanno Yamamoto.“This success stems from our proactive cost reduction initiatives without having taken our foot off the gas pedal from a sales & marketing standpoint, which have significantly improved our margins in this division. Moreover, the establishment of two new divisions within HeartCore has bolstered this momentum, demonstrating encouraging traction since its inception and contributing to the profitability of our software arm. We believe that our strategic joint venture and partnership with Luvina Software Joint Stock Company offers a dependable and cost-effective IT outsourcing and software development partner, with forecasts projecting roughly $1 million in sales within its first year, which is all attributable to HeartCore's P&L. Additionally, our recently formed AI software development division has already secured two deals within its first month, signaling promising opportunities for further expansion of our enterprise software capabilities and customer portfolio.”

“Additionally, though the optics of our quarterly results reflect a decline, it's crucial to note that these figures do not encompass the significant sale of a Go IPO client warrant in March that totaled $9 million. As we explained in a previous press release yesterday, a total of $9 million was received by our team following the sale of a Go IPO's client's warrants in Q1 2024, but due to specific accounting treatments and stipulations, we cannot record this amount as revenue unless and until the client goes public. Despite this accounting nuance, we've already put the capital to work by allocating it to various strategic initiatives, including our dividend payment which was disbursed on May 3rd.”

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results
Revenues were $5.0 million compared to $8.7 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to lower revenues from GO IPO consulting services as the Company's two IPO consulting customers successfully listed on the Nasdaq in the same quarter last year, offset by increases in revenue from the sale of on-premises software, and customized software development and services.

Gross profit decreased to $2.0 million compared to $5.6 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to the aforementioned reason above.

Operating expenses decreased to $2.7 million compared to $3.3 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to lower selling expenses and general and administrative expenses.

Net loss was about $1.5 million or $(0.06) per diluted share compared to a net income of $1.8 million or $0.10 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.2 million compared to $1.0 million on December 31, 2023.

2024 Strategic Outlook
HeartCore CEO Sumitaka Kanno Yamamoto added:“Looking forward to the remainder of the year, our focus remains on expanding our enterprise software business through ongoing cost reduction strategies and identifying synergistic opportunities with our subsidiaries and divisions to optimize operational efficiencies and capabilities. Building on the momentum of a profitable quarter within this arm, we remain committed to sustaining this trajectory throughout 2024 as we strive towards overall profitability. Additionally, our dedicated Go IPO team continues to uphold its white-glove approach, guiding our expanding pipeline of clients through the comprehensive IPO process. With an optimistic outlook on the IPO market, we anticipate announcing the completion of several IPOs this year and reaping the benefits of additional Go IPO warrants.”

About HeartCore Enterprises, Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, HeartCore Enterprises is a leading enterprise software and consulting services company. HeartCore offers Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to enterprise customers in Japan and worldwide. The Company also provides data analytics services that allow enterprise businesses to create tailored web experiences for their clients through best-in-class design. HeartCore's customer experience management platform (CXM Platform) includes marketing, sales, service and content management systems, as well as other tools and integrations, which enable companies to enhance the customer experience and drive engagement. HeartCore also operates a digital transformation business that provides customers with robotics process automation, process mining and task mining to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises. HeartCore's GO IPOSM consulting services helps Japanese-based companies go public in the U.S. Additional information about the Company's products and services is available at and .

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as“believed,”“intend,”“expect,”“anticipate,”“plan,”“potential,”“continue,” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, and there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors, risks, and uncertainties are discussed in HeartCore's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond HeartCore's control which could, and likely will materially affect actual results, and levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects HeartCore's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties, and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy, and liquidity. HeartCore assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. The contents of any website referenced in this press release are not incorporated by reference herein.

HeartCore Investor Relations Contact:
Gateway Group, Inc.
Matt Glover and John Yi
(949) 574-3860


March 31, December 31,
2024 2023
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,219,251 $ 1,012,479
Accounts receivable 3,086,203 2,623,682
Investments in marketable securities 408,266 642,348
Investment in equity securities - 300,000
Prepaid expenses 3,942,371 536,865
Current portion of long-term note receivable 100,000 100,000
Due from related party 41,948 44,758
Other current assets 223,222 234,761
Total current assets 9,021,261 5,494,893
Non-current assets:
Property and equipment, net 688,826 763,730
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,271,955 2,467,889
Intangible asset, net 4,356,250 4,515,625
Goodwill 3,276,441 3,276,441
Long-term investment in equity securities 300,000 -
Long-term investment in warrants 1,325,421 2,004,308
Long-term note receivable 200,000 200,000
Deferred tax assets 381,307 369,436
Security deposits 325,267 348,428
Long-term loan receivable from related party 160,974 182,946
Other non-current assets 22,566 71
Total non-current assets 13,309,007 14,128,874
Total assets $ 22,330,268 $ 19,623,767
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 2,015,959 $ 1,757,038
Accrued payroll and other employee costs 550,916 723,305
Due to related party 256 1,476
Short-term debt 66,081 135,937
Current portion of long-term debts 446,601 371,783
Insurance premium financing 157,917 -
Factoring liability 179,414 562,767
Operating lease liabilities, current 374,671 396,535
Finance lease liabilities, current 16,512 17,445
Income tax payables 150,174 162,689
Deferred revenue 1,791,697 2,166,175
Other current liabilities 5,268,130 216,405
Total current liabilities 11,018,328 6,511,555
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debts 1,524,485 1,770,352
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 1,959,671 2,135,160
Finance lease liabilities, non-current 58,087 66,779
Deferred tax liabilities 1,219,750 1,264,375
Other non-current liabilities 191,933 208,732
Total non-current liabilities 4,953,926 5,445,398
Total liabilities 15,972,254 11,956,953
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred shares ($0.0001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023) - -
Common shares ($0.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 20,864,144 and 20,842,690 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively) 2,085 2,083
Additional paid-in capital 19,686,511 19,594,801
Accumulated deficit (16,096,819 ) (14,763,469 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 347,087 331,881
Total HeartCore Enterprises, Inc. shareholders' equity 3,938,864 5,165,296
Non-controlling interests 2,419,150 2,501,518
Total shareholders' equity 6,358,014 7,666,814
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 22,330,268 $ 19,623,767


For the three months
ended March 31,
For the three months
ended March 31,
2024 2023
Revenues $ 5,046,732 $ 8,734,150
Cost of revenues 3,014,543 3,101,066
Gross profit 2,032,189 5,633,084
Operating expenses:
Selling expenses 219,707 568,642
General and administrative expenses 2,406,303 2,685,207
Research and development expenses 89,134 79,624
Total operating expenses 2,715,144 3,333,473
Income (loss) from operations (682,955 ) 2,299,611
Other income (expenses):
Changes in fair value of investments in marketable securities (234,082 ) -
Changes in fair value of investments in warrants (678,887 ) 193,365
Interest income 2,594 31,605
Interest expenses (36,661 ) (39,840 )
Government grants - -
Other income 97,016 14,201
Other expenses (25,194 ) (29,457 )
Total other income (expenses) (875,214 ) 169,874
Income (loss) before income tax provision (1,558,169 ) 2,469,485
Income tax expense (benefit) (80,167 ) 661,448
Net income (loss) (1,478,002 ) 1,808,037
Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests (144,652 ) (74,252 )
Net income (loss) attributable to HeartCore Enterprises, Inc. $ (1,333,350 ) $ 1,882,289
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustment 10,295 (25,034 )
Total comprehensive income (loss) (1,467,707 ) 1,783,003
Less: comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests (149,563 ) (76,542 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to HeartCore Enterprises, Inc. $ (1,318,144 ) $ 1,859,545
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to HeartCore Enterprises, Inc.
Basic $ (0.06 ) $ 0.10
Diluted $ (0.06 ) $ 0.10
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 20,854,714 19,066,160
Diluted 20,854,714 19,066,160


For the three months
ended March 31,
For the three months
ended March 31,
2024 2023
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss) $ (1,478,002 ) $ 1,808,037
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash
used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expenses 188,085 123,312
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,173 758
Non-cash lease expense 93,133 76,017
Deferred income taxes (80,780 ) (17,284 )
Stock-based compensation 91,712 915,228
Warrants received as noncash consideration - (4,009,335 )
Changes in fair value of investments in marketable securities 234,082 -
Changes in fair value of investments in warrants 678,887 (193,365 )
Gain on termination of lease (469 ) -
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (523,110 ) (66,833 )
Prepaid expenses (3,257,972 ) (45 )
Other assets (18,618 ) 78,241
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 295,799 (94,363 )
Accrued payroll and other employee costs (149,603 ) (178,733 )
Due to related party (1,161 ) 2,544
Operating lease liabilities (90,035 ) (73,147 )
Income tax payables (2,387 ) 678,725
Deferred revenue (300,011 ) (167,873 )
Other liabilities 5,060,658 70,057
Net cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities 741,381 (1,048,059 )
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment - (9,409 )
Repayment of loan provided to related party 10,814 11,955
Payment for acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired - (724,910 )
Net cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities 10,814 (722,364 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Payments for finance leases (4,474 ) (5,658 )
Proceeds from short-term debt 68,138 -
Repayment of short-term and long-term debts (207,486 ) (265,255 )
Repayment of insurance premium financing (14,772 ) (36,517 )
Net proceeds from factoring arrangement - 173,582
Net repayment of factoring arrangement (383,353 ) -
Payments for debt issuance costs - (448 )
Capital contribution from non-controlling shareholder 67,195 -
Net cash flows used in financing activities (474,752 ) (134,296 )
Effect of exchange rate changes (70,671 ) (62,692 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 206,772 (1,967,411 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of the period 1,012,479 7,177,326
Cash and cash equivalents - end of the period $ 1,219,251 $ 5,209,915
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:
Interest paid $ 37,098 $ 16,968
Income taxes paid $ 117,524 $ -
Non-cash investing and financing transactions
Operating lease right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities $ 125,735 $ -
Insurance premium financing $ 172,689 $ 389,035
Liabilities assumed in connection with purchase of property and equipment $ - $ 6,288
Common shares issued for acquisition of subsidiary $ - $ 3,150,000


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