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Safeguard Scientifics Announces Full Year And Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Mar 09, 2022 4:39 PM

Cash proceeds of $60.8 million from exits during 2021 
Repurchases of 4.5 million common shares during 2021 
Initiates evaluation of strategic options

Conference call and webcast on March 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

RADNOR, Pa., March 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE) (“Safeguard” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the full year and three months ended December 31, 2021.


  • Capital Return
    • On October 7, 2021, Safeguard completed a modified Dutch auction self-tender that resulted in the repurchase of 4.3 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $39.0 million, or $9.06 per share, including transaction costs.
    • Safeguard also repurchased 236,159 shares on the open market for $1.6 million, or $6.94 per share during the second and third quarters of 2021.

  • Exits & Deployments

    • During the fourth quarter, Safeguard received $2 million of additional proceeds resulting from the resolution of certain contingent consideration terms under the 2018 sale of AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions.
    • During the third quarter, Flashtalking was acquired by Mediaocean resulting in Safeguard receiving $44.8 million of cash proceeds upon the closing. As a result of this exit and the collection of $0.2 million of escrow amounts in the fourth quarter, Safeguard reported a gain on Flashtalking of $32.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2021.
    • During the first quarter, Zipnosis was acquired by Bright Health Group (BHG), a national integrated healthcare company. Safeguard received $3.5 million of cash proceeds and $15.3 million of preferred equity in BHG resulting in a gain of $17.3 million (see “Safeguard Company Performance” below for subsequent developments).
    • Safeguard also received $10.1 million of cash proceeds, including escrow amounts resolved to-date, from the exits of WebLinc, Velano Vascular and T-REX Group in separate transactions.
    • Safeguard’s 2021 deployments were limited to $1.7 million to Aktana in the third quarter and $1.0 million to Trice Medical in the first quarter. The aggregate of $2.7 million of deployments was less than the $5 million to $7 million expected at the beginning of the year primarily due to certain expected deployments being postponed until 2022.
    • Subsequent to year-end, Safeguard funded a $2 million convertible loan to Prognos Health, with other existing investors also participating.

  • Safeguard Company Performance

    • BHG completed an initial public offering during the second quarter resulting in the conversion of Safeguard’s BHG preferred stock into 1.3 million shares of common stock (subject to lock-up) and an unrealized gain of $7.4 million for the quarter. During the third and fourth quarters, Safeguard’s shares of Bright Health common stock experienced unrealized declines in fair value of $11.9 million and $6.3 million, respectively. Based on the closing price as of December 31, 2021, the fair value of Safeguard’s Bright Health common stock was $4.5 million.  
    • During 2021, two Safeguard companies raised growth equity capital. Syapse raised $68 million in the first quarter from new investors and Trice raised capital in the third quarter in a financing led by a strategic investor, resulting in aggregate unrealized dilution gains of $9.3 million for both transactions.
    • The aggregate trailing twelve-month revenues ending September 30, 2021 for Safeguard’s ten companies, which excludes Flashtalking (exited in August 2021), Bright Health and Other Ownership Interests, was $246 million, down 7.1% from the comparable prior period.
  • Financial Results
    • Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $24.8 million at December 31, 2021.
    • The carrying value of the Company’s ownership interests totaled $26.5 million at December 31, 2021, which includes the Bright Health common stock noted above. The total cost of Safeguard’s ownership interests was $155.8 million.
    • Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $8.6 million, or $0.51 per share, compared with a net loss of $7.4 million, or $0.35 per share, for the same period in 2020.
    • Net income for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $27.0 million, or $1.36 per share, as compared with a net loss of $37.6 million, or $1.81 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2020.

  • Operating Costs

    • Safeguard continued to reduce its operating costs throughout 2021.   General and administrative expenses totaled $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to $1.6 million for the comparable period of 2020. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $7.2 million as compared to $9.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
    • Safeguard also continued to lower its corporate expenses,1 which totaled $0.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to $1.2 million for the comparable period of 2020, a 33% decline. Corporate expenses totaled $3.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, as compared to $5.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, a 25% annual decline.

  • Outlook

    • Safeguard expects follow-on deployments for its remaining ownership interests for 2022 of $5 million to $9 million
    • Safeguard will continue to closely manage corporate expenses in 2022 and has established a target of $3.5 million to $4.0 million for the year, exclusive of transaction related expenses if any.   
    • Safeguard has engaged Houlihan Lokey as its financial advisor to evaluate strategic alternatives for the Company.

“We made significant progress in 2021 maximizing the value of our portfolio company interests, driving exits, and returning cash to our shareholders. These efforts resulted in the successful self-tender transaction in Q3 2021 where we repurchased approximately $40 million of our stock or 22% of our outstanding shares. We remain excited about the portfolio and executing our strategy in 2022. We also recognize that there might be other avenues to further maximize shareholder value. To that end, we engaged Houlihan Lokey as our financial advisor to help us evaluate strategic transactions that may further maximize value to our shareholders,” said Eric C. Salzman, Chief Executive Officer.

1 Corporate expenses are general and administrative expenses excluding depreciation, severance, stock-based compensation and other non-recurring items. See full reconciliation in the financial section of this statement.


Fully Diluted


(in millions)
(in millions)
 Initial Revenue Stage: Up to $1 million 
 Revenue of $1 million to $5 million 
Moxe Health CorporationHealthcare201627.6%25.4%$3.7 $7.5
 Revenue of $5 million to $10 million 
Lumesis, Inc.Financial Services201243.2%43.3% 1.6  5.6
 Revenue of $10 million to $20 million 
Clutch Holdings, Inc.Digital Media201341.7%33.0% 4.4  16.9
InfoBionic, Inc.Healthcare201425.2%22.1% -  22.0
meQuilibriumHealthcare201531.9%22.9% 2.2  14.0
Syapse, Inc.Healthcare201411.1%8.9% 5.4  25.0
Trice Medical, Inc.Healthcare201412.6%9.0% 1.2  11.8
 Revenue of $20 million to $50 million 
Aktana, Inc.Healthcare201613.4%11.4% -  15.9
Prognos Health, Inc.Healthcare201128.5%24.6% 2.6  12.6
 Revenue greater than $50 million 
MediaMath, Inc.Digital Media200913.2%10.1% -  15.5
 Other Ownership Interests 
Bright Health GroupHealthcare2021   4.5  -
All othersVarious    0.9  9.0
    TOTAL:$26.5 $155.8

** Based on information provided by each respective company. Assumes the conversion or exercise of all currently outstanding securities including the issuance of all shares available under authorized employee equity programs. Does not reflect liquidation preferences, priority payments, proceeds from option and/or warrant exercises or other company-specific transaction-related obligations in a liquidation or exit transaction.


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Date: March 9, 2022

Time: 5 p.m. ET


Live Number: 844-200-6205

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Speakers: Chief Executive Officer, Eric C. Salzman; and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mark A. Herndon

Format: Discussion of the full year and fourth quarter’s financial results followed by Q&A

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About Safeguard Scientifics
Historically, Safeguard Scientifics has provided capital and relevant expertise to fuel the growth of technology-driven businesses. Safeguard has a distinguished track record of fostering innovation and building market leaders that spans more than six decades. Safeguard is currently pursuing a focused strategy to value-maximize and monetize its ownership interests over a multi-year time frame to drive shareholder value. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements.” Our forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Safeguard’s ability to maximize the value of monetization opportunities of its ownership interests and drive total shareholder returns. Safeguard’s initiatives taken or contemplated to enhance and unlock value for all of its shareholders, Safeguard’s efforts to execute on and implement its strategy to streamline its organizational structure, reduce its operating costs, pursue monetization opportunities for ownership interests and maximize the return of value to its shareholders, Safeguard’s ability to create, unlock, enhance and maximize shareholder value, the effect of Safeguard’s management succession plan on driving increased organizational effectiveness and efficiencies, the ability of the management team to execute Safeguard’s strategy, the availability of, the timing of, and the proceeds that may ultimately be derived from the monetization of ownership interests, Safeguard’s projections regarding the reduction in its ongoing operating expenses, Safeguard’s projections regarding annualized operating expenses and expected severance expenses, monetization opportunities for ownership interests, and the amount of net proceeds from the monetization of ownership interests that will enable the return of value to Safeguard shareholders after satisfying working capital needs and the timing of such return of value. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future operational or financial performance and are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties, risks and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and/or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, our ability to make good decisions about the monetization of our ownership interests for maximum value or at all and the return of value to our shareholders, our ability to successfully execute on our strategy to streamline our organizational structure and align our cost structure to increase shareholder value, whether our strategy will better position us to focus our resources on the highest-return opportunities and deliver enhanced shareholder value, the ongoing support of our existing ownership interests, the fact that our companies may vary from period to period, challenges to achieving liquidity from our ownership interests, fluctuations in the market prices of our publicly traded holdings, if any, competition, our inability to obtain maximum value for our ownership interests, our ability to attract and retain qualified employees, market valuations in sectors in which our ownership interests operate, our inability to control our ownership interests, our need to manage our assets to avoid registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, risks, disruption, costs and uncertainty caused by or related to the actions of activist shareholders, including that if individuals are elected to our Board with a specific agenda, it may adversely affect our ability to effectively implement our business strategy and create value for our shareholders and perceived uncertainties as to our future direction as a result of potential changes to the composition of our Board may lead to the perception of a change in the direction of our business, instability or a lack of continuity that may adversely affect our business, and risks associated with our ownership interests, including the fact that most of our ownership interests have a limited operating history and a history of operating losses, face intense competition and may never be profitable, the effect of economic conditions in the business sectors in which our companies operate, and other uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to predict or control. As a result of these and other factors, the Company’s past operational and financial performance should not be relied on as an indication of future performance. Further information on the above risk factors and other potential factors that could affect our future business, operating results and financial condition is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including risks under the heading “Risk Factors.” The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements or other information contained in this press release.

Mark Herndon
Chief Financial Officer
(610) 975-4913

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

  December 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $24,764  $15,601 
Ownership interests  4,549    
Other current assets  965   462 
Total current assets  30,278   16,063 
Ownership interests in and advances  21,972   50,398 
Other assets  1,778   2,574 
Total Assets $54,028  $69,035 
Liabilities and Equity        
Other current liabilities $1,734  $3,470 
Total current liabilities  1,734   3,470 
Lease liability - non-current  1,678   2,053 
Other long-term liabilities  50   637 
Total equity  50,566   62,875 
Total Liabilities and Equity $54,028  $69,035 

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Operating expenses $1,135  $1,631  $7,153  $9,466 
Operating loss  (1,135)  (1,631)  (7,153)  (9,466)
Other income (loss), net  (5,992)  (663)  22,035   (7,708)
Interest, net  79   52   276   261 
Equity income (loss), net  (1,586)  (5,111)  11,846   (20,702)
Net income (loss) before income taxes  (8,634)  (7,353)  27,004   (37,615)
Income tax benefit (expense)            
Net income (loss) $(8,634) $(7,353) $27,004  $(37,615)
Net income (loss) per share:                
Basic $(0.51) $(0.35) $1.36  $(1.81)
Diluted $(0.51) $(0.35) $1.36  $(1.81)
Weighted average shares used in computing income (loss) per share:                
Basic  16,798   20,829   19,827   20,751 
Diluted  16,798   20,829   19,827   20,751 

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
Financial Data
(in thousands)

Additional Financial Information

Non-GAAP Measures

In discussing financial results and guidance, the Company refers to the measure "corporate expenses" which is not in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We use this non-GAAP financial measure internally to make operating and strategic decisions, including evaluating our overall performance and as a factor in determining compensation for certain employees. We have defined corporate expenses as general and administrative costs excluding stock based compensation, severance costs, and non-recurring items and other.  Non-recurring items and other includes accruals related to the Company's LTIP plan that will not be paid until reaching a specified threshold within that plan. We believe presenting this non-GAAP financial measure provides additional information to facilitate comparison of our historical operating costs and their trends, and provides additional transparency on how we evaluate our cost structure. We also believe presenting this measure allows investors to view our performance using the same measure that we use in evaluating our performance and trends.

Corporate expenses reconciliation:

  Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Corporate expenses $825  $1,219  $3,865  $5,216 
Stock based compensation  310   (14)  1,779   965 
Severance costs     147   774   2,020 
Non-recurring items and other     279   735   1,265 
General and administrative expenses $1,135  $1,631  $7,153  $9,466 

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