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Digimarc Corporation

I, Josh Nichols , certify that this report reflects my personal beliefs about this company and that no portion of my compensation was, is or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views discussed in this report.

Disclosure

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Initiated Coverage on 01/07/2015 with a Buy Rating and Price Target of $44.00

Ratings Distribution as of March 29, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total Number of Companies with
Investment Banking Relationships
Percent of Total
Buy 158 67.8% 19 8.2%
Neutral 74 31.8% 1 0.4%
Sell 1 0.4% 0 0.0%
Total 233 100% 20 8.6%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect "Buy" rated stocks to materially outperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly attractive.
  • Neutral: We generally believe "Neutral" rated stocks will perform roughly in line with the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 over the intermediate and long term.
  • Sell: We generally expect "Sell" rated stocks to materially underperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly unattractive.

Risks and Considerations

  • Financial Results - Due to the Company's relatively small revenue base and fixed operating cost structure, the loss or delay of one large license deal or services contract could significantly impact the bottom line.
  • Financial Results - The Company has a history of operating losses. Although the Company is focused on achieving profitability, there are no assurances that the Company will meet its goals or be able to sustain profitability in future periods.
  • Financial Results - The Company has raised money via public offerings several times in the past and may need to do so again if it can not sustain positive cash flow.
  • Financial Results - Unpredictable timing of customer orders.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • Insider Ownership - Directors and executive officers collectively own a significant percentage of the Company. While this may align interest with other shareholders, investors might view a future sale by any director or officer negatively.
  • Intellectual Property - The Company's business is dependent upon the licensing of its intellectual property (IP) to customers. Should the Company fail to maintain its IP or should the Company infringe upon another vendor's IP, financial results could be negatively impacted.
  • License Agreement Expiration - Stores that the Company operates within may choose not to extend their license agreements upon maturity, which could significantly impact revenues and financial results.
  • Loss of Key Personnel - In our opinion, the current management team will be instrumental in executing the Company's growth strategy. The resignation of a key member of management would have a negative impact on the Company.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Sales Cycle - The Company's sales cycle could lengthen beyond what is normal.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.

Additional Risks and Considerations

    A small number of customers account for a substantial portion of the company's revenue, and the loss of any large contract could materially disrupt the business.