Demand for Inclusion & Usability Drives Growing Addressable Market for Digital Accessibility
TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AudioEye, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) ("AudioEye" or the "Company") today announced preliminary results of its 2017 third quarter, ending September 30, 2017. The Company secured new client cash contract bookings ("cash contract bookings" or "bookings") of $1.48 million. Year-to-date bookings through the first nine months of 2017 stand at $4.7 million, compared to new client bookings of $1.9 million for the full year 2016. In August, the Company provided a 2017 bookings outlook of $5.5 million to $6.5 million, increased from an initial projected range of $4.0 to $6.0 million.
"AudioEye's strong bookings momentum from the first two quarters continued into the third quarter, despite the traditional slow down we usually see across our business segments during the third quarter of the year," said AudioEye CEO Todd Bankofier. "We believe the market is gaining greater awareness that 15-20% of site users are not fully able to access or consume the available digital content on many sites, and this increased awareness is driving our rapid expansion in multiple vertical markets. We have experienced a recent acceleration in contracts with government and education customers. This awareness has also significantly increased demand for strategic partnerships between AudioEye and industry-dominant third-party platforms operating in our target vertical markets."
The Company also announced that its qualified new business pipeline remains in excess of $4.8 million, compared to approximately $3.2 million as of the end of the third quarter of 2016.
Third quarter bookings were anchored by two large client acquisitions, including a large federal government agency and a national restaurant ownership group.
"One of our most recent clients, an independent federal agency, was seeking to improve usability of digital resources on their site. They were drawn to the AudioEye Ally Toolbar as the ideal solution, addressing a wide range of issues from low vision to dyslexia to mobility. The Ally Toolbar positively impacts a user's ability to effectively consume the client's digital content," added Mr. Bankofier. "AudioEye was founded with a commitment to equal digital access for all, and while we still have a long way to go, we are pleased to see organizations increasingly realizing how web design decisions can either include or exclude millions of people."
AudioEye also announced that it has raised $1.5 million in additional equity proceeds to provide working capital for expansion and growth through a Common Stock Purchase agreement with certain investors for the issuance and sale of up to 12,500,000 shares of its unregistered common stock.
"Large shareholders have recognized our business execution and stepped up once again to provide us with the capital needed to fund growth," stated AudioEye Executive Chairman, Dr. Carr Bettis.
About AudioEye, Inc.
AudioEye's software enables every enterprise, from corporations to government agencies, to make their content more consumable through technology.
More accessible. More usable. More people.
AudioEye's common stock trades on the OTCQB under the symbol "AEYE." The Company maintains offices in Tucson, Atlanta and Washington D.C. For more information about AudioEye and its online accessibility solutions, please visit https://www.audioeye.com.
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