Lite Access Technologies
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  • Lite Access Technologies (TSXV:LTE) has reported disappointing results for the first quarter of 2020
  • Total revenue and gross margins for the period were both lower than the same periods in 2019
  • The company cited three core issues as the causes for the decrease in revenue
  • Despite the shaky start to 2020, Lite Access is expecting significant growth for this year and beyond
  • Shares in the company are currently up 1.15 per cent to $0.44, with a market cap of $13.48 million

Lite Access Technologies’ (TSXV:LTE) heavily-hit results for the first quarter of 2020 have not shaken its confidence for the future.

The company uses emerging micro trenching technologies and deployment techniques to improve the process of fibre optic installation.

Total reported revenue for 2020’s first quarter was C$1,109,539, a drastic change from the C$6,796,437 achieved in 2019’s first quarter.

The company’s UK operations were central to the drop in revenue. Transitioning from its previous Gigaclear contract to a new one with CityFibre resulted in no cash contributions coming from the UK.

A slowing Canadian market also added to revenue decline, as did the lack of a major contract. This was even more evident when compared to the company’s abnormally successful first quarter last year. Lite Access signed a significant deal with a major Canadian telecommunications customer in 2019.

The company’s gross margins for the quarter were also down to $186,790 (17 per cent) from $2,126,675 (31 per cent) reported last year.

Despite the considerable change in results, Lite Access President and CEO, Carlo Shimoon, remains positive.

“Our financial performance in Q1 reflected right-sizing our UK operations and winding down our previous contract with Gigaclear, as well as engaging with CityFibre to negotiate the Lowestoft contract and commencing mobilization efforts in November 2019 in anticipation of ramp up in 2020.

“Despite this, efficient operations and capital discipline remain a core focus. As such, we maintained positive gross margins and minimal EBITDA loss during the quarter,” he said.

In February and March this year, Lite Access completed non-brokered private placement for $3.5 million in proceeds. The funds are expected to provide acquisition opportunities and fuel for growth initiatives.

Shimoon concluded the announcement with a positive outlook, saying that they expect significant growth throughout 2020 and beyond.

“In January, we commenced initial ramp up of operations in Lowestoft, and expect to be fully ramped by April 2020. In February, we began ramp up in the second city contract and expect to be fully ramped up there by May 2020.

“We look forward to successfully meeting KPIs on the two substantial contracts with CityFibre. We expect these to be the first of many more major fibre infrastructure builds across the UK as the partnership progresses,” he added.

Shares in Lite Access are currently up 1.15 per cent to $0.44, with a market cap of $13.48 million at 2:09 pm EST.

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