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CompoSecure Reports Record Full Year 2022 Financial Results and Issues 2023 Outlook

FY Net Sales up 41% to $378.5 Million; FY Net Income up 58% to $131.8 Million; FY Adj. EBITDA up 33% to $136.2 Million

Q4 Net Sales up 25% to $93.8 Million; Q4 Net Income up 12% to $22.4 Million; Q4 Adj. EBITDA up 44% to $30.6 Million

Expects 2023 Net Sales Between $400-$425 Million; Adj. EBITDA Between $145-$155 Million

SOMERSET, N.J., March 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CompoSecure, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMPO), a leader in metal payment cards, security, and authentication solutions, today announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.

“Our fourth quarter performance capped off a remarkable year for CompoSecure. For the full year 2022, we established records across all key financial metrics and demonstrated impressive domestic, international and fintech customer growth,” said Jon Wilk, President and CEO of CompoSecure. “Our ability to deliver these results despite the uncertain macroeconomic conditions speaks to the durability of our business driven by deep customer relationships, best-in-class products, and strong sales execution. Looking ahead, we are well positioned to continue driving organic growth, which is supported by positive card issuer trends. We also remain committed to prudent investments in product innovation across payment card and security technologies to deliver long term shareholder value.”

Full Year 2022 Financial Highlights (vs. FY 2021)

  • Net Sales: Net Sales increased 41% to $378.5 million compared to $267.9 million.
  • Gross Profit: Gross Profit increased 52% to $219.6 million or 58% of Net Sales, compared to $144.8 million or 54.1%.
  • Net Income/EPS: Net Income increased 58% to $131.8 million compared to $83.4 million. Net Income per share attributable to class A common stockholders was $1.21 (Basic) and $1.13 (Diluted).
  • Adjusted Net Income/Adjusted EPS: Adjusted Net Income (a non-GAAP measure) was $83.0 million. Adjusted EPS (a non-GAAP measure), which includes both class A and class B shares, was $1.10 (Basic) and $0.94 (Diluted) (see reconciliation of non-GAAP measures shown in table below).
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) increased 33% to $136.2 million compared to $102.3 million.
  • Balance Sheet: As of December 31, 2022, the Company had $13.6 million of cash and cash equivalents and $363 million of total debt, which includes $233 million of term loan, and $130 million of exchangeable notes.
  • Shares Outstanding: As of December 31, 2022, the Company had approximately 76.7 million shares outstanding which includes approximately 16.4 million class A shares and approximately 60.3 million class B shares (for more information on shares outstanding, both Basic and Diluted, please refer to the Company’s 10-K and the accompanying earnings presentation).

Q4 2022 Financial Highlights (vs. Q4 2021)

  • Net Sales: Net Sales increased 25% to $93.8 million compared to $75.3 million, with the increase primarily driven by strong sales execution, growth from new and existing programs, and continued international demand.
  • Gross Profit: Gross Profit increased 28% to $50.3 million or 53.6% of Net Sales, compared to $39.3 million or 52.2%. The increase in Gross Profit and margin was primarily driven by improved operational efficiencies and volume.
  • Net Income/EPS: Net Income increased 12% to $22.4 million compared to $20.0 million. Net Income per share attributable to class A common stockholders was $0.14 (Basic) and $0.14 (Diluted).
  • Adjusted Net Income/Adjusted EPS: Adjusted Net Income (a non-GAAP measure) was $17.7 million. Adjusted EPS (a non-GAAP measure), which includes both class A and class B shares, was $0.23 (Basic) and $0.20 (Diluted) (see reconciliation of non-GAAP measures shown in table below).
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) increased 44% to $30.6 million compared to $21.2 million, with the increase primarily driven by Net Sales growth, margin expansion, as well as managing investments related to Arculus.

Recent Operational Highlights

  • Enhanced security for cardholders:
    • Secure Authentication – received approval from Visa and Mastercard to add secure authentication to payment cards using FIDO2 technology and working on pilots with several customers.
    • Biometric Card – includes a fingerprint sensor on a metal payment card delivering enhanced security at the point of a transaction.
    • Dynamic CVV – converts the 3-digit CVV code from a static number printed on the back of the metal card to a tiny e-ink screen that refreshes the CVV periodically.
  • Launched innovative payment card designs:
    • LED Card – makes the issuing bank logo light up with LEDs when a contactless transaction is initiated at the point of sale.
    • Lux Glass™ Card – CompoSecure is the first to manufacture a transparent payment card made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass with a metal bezel.
    • Echo Mirror™ Card – a buffed stainless-steel payment card with a mirror-like finish, and a protective coating.
  • Enhancing Arculus cold storage wallet B2B and B2C functionality to include support for more than 10K coins, superior security for card to mobile device communication, and expanded wallet connect and Defi access.
  • Successfully completed and received independent SOC 2 Type 2 audit attestation.

2023 Financial Outlook
CompoSecure expects Net Sales for the full year 2023 to range between $400-$425 million and expects Adjusted EBITDA in 2023 to range between $145-$155 million.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call and live audio webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its financial and operational results, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Dial-in registration link: here
Live webcast registration link: here

If you have any difficulty registering or connecting with the conference call, please contact Elevate IR at (720) 330-2829.

A live webcast and replay of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

About CompoSecure
Founded in 2000, CompoSecure (Nasdaq: CMPO) is a technology partner to market leaders, fintechs and consumers enabling trust for millions of people around the globe. The company combines elegance, simplicity and security to deliver exceptional experiences and peace of mind in the physical and digital world. CompoSecure’s innovative payment card technology and metal cards with Arculus security and authentication capabilities deliver unique, premium branded experiences, enable people to access and use their financial and digital assets, and ensure trust at the point of a transaction. For more information, please visit and

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management. Although the Company believes that its plans, intentions, and expectations reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or realize these plans, intentions, or expectations. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning the Company’s possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events, or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. In some instances, these statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates” or “intends” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. You should not put undue reliance on these statements which speak only as of the date hereof. You should understand that the following important factors, among others, could affect the Company’s future results and could cause those results or other outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the Company’s forward-looking statements: the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company or others; the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers, compete within its industry and retain its key employees; the possibility that the Company may be adversely impacted by other economic conditions (including the rapidly evolving conflict between Russian and the Ukraine), business, and/or competitive factors; future exchange and interest rates; and other risks and uncertainties included under “Risk Factors” in other Company filings that have been made or will be made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) and that may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The Company believes EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s financial performance. The Company uses these measures internally to establish forecasts, budgets and operational goals to manage and monitor its business, as well as evaluate its underlying historical performance and to measure incentive compensation, as we believe that these non-GAAP financial measures depict the true performance of the business by encompassing only relevant and controllable events, enabling the Company to evaluate and plan more effectively for the future. Due to the forward-looking nature of the financial guidance included above, specific quantification of the charges excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures included in such financial guidance, including with respect to depreciation, amortization, interest, and taxes, that would be required to reconcile the non GAAP financial measures included in such financial guidance to GAAP measures are not available, so it is not feasible to provide accurate forecasted non-GAAP reconciliations without unreasonable effort. Consequently, no disclosure of estimated comparable GAAP measures is included, and no reconciliation of the forward looking non-GAAP financial measures is included. In addition, the Company’s debt agreements contain covenants that use a variation of these measures for purposes of determining debt covenant compliance. The Company believes that investors should have access to the same set of tools that its management uses in analyzing operating results. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS should not be considered as measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP, and the items excluded from EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS are significant components in understanding and assessing the Company’s financial performance. Accordingly, these key business metrics have limitations as an analytical tool. They should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of the Company’s liquidity and may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Please refer to the tables below for the reconciliation of GAAP measures to these non-GAAP measures for the quarters and years ended December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021.

Corporate Contact
Anthony Piniella
Head of Communications, CompoSecure
(908) 898-8887

Investor Relations Contact
Sean Mansouri, CFA
Elevate IR
(720) 330-2829

CompoSecure, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
 (in thousands)
 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
Cash and cash equivalents$13,642  $21,944 
Accounts Receivable, net 37,272   27,925 
Inventories 42,374   25,806 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,824   2,596 
Property and equipment, net 22,655   22,177 
Right of use asset, net 8,932   5,246 
Deferred tax asset 25,569   25,650 
Derivative asset - interest rate swap 8,651   - 
Deposits and other assets 24   10 
TOTAL ASSETS$162,943  $131,354 
Current portion of long-term debt$14,372   12,500 
Current portion of lease liabilities 1,846   1,119 
Accounts payable 7,127   7,058 
Accrued expenses 10,154   10,131 
Deferred issuance costs -   23,107 
Commission payable 3,317   3,089 
Bonus payable 8,177   3,512 
Long-term debt, net of deferred finance costs 216,276   233,132 
Convertible notes, net of debt discount 127,348   126,897 
Derivative liability - convertible notes 285   552 
Warrant liability 16,341   35,271 
Line of credit -   15,000 
Earnout liability 15,090   38,427 
Lease liabilities 7,766   4,709 
Tax receivable agreement liability 26,842   24,500 
Total stockholders' (deficit) (291,998)  (407,650)


CompoSecure, Inc. 
Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(in thousands, except per share amounts) 
 Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31, 
  2022   2021  2022   2021 
Net sales$93,790  $75,300 $378,476  $267,948 
Operating expenses:        
Cost of sales 43,514   36,025  158,832   123,099 
Selling, General and administrative 25,425   30,076  104,749   63,424 
Total operating expenses 68,939   66,101  263,581   186,523 
Income from operations 24,851   9,199  114,895   81,425 
Total other income (expense), net (1,872)  9,962  21,280   1,132 
Income before income taxes 22,979   19,161  136,175   82,557 
Income tax provision (622)  857  (4,360)  857 
Net income 22,357   20,018  131,815   83,414 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 20,113   16,864  113,158   80,260 
Net income attributable to CompoSecure, Inc$2,243  $3,154 $18,657  $3,154 
Net income per share attributable to Class A common stockholders -basic$0.14  $0.21 $1.21  $0.21 
Net income per share attributable to Class A common stockholders - diluted$0.14  $0.12 $1.13  $0.12 
Weighted average shared used to compute net income per share attributable to Class A common stockholders - basic 16,059   14,930  15,372   14,930 
Weighted average shared used to compute net income per share attributable to Class A common stockholders - diluted 16,059   94,570  32,555   94,570 


CompoSecure, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
 Year Ended December 31,
  2022   2021 
Net income$131,815  $83,414 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities  
Depreciation 8,575   10,428 
Equity-based compensation expense 11,465   6,113 
Amortization of deferred finance costs 2,345   1,654 
Inventory Reserve 1,668   600 
Change in fair value of earnout consideration liability (23,337)  (9,575)
Revaluation of warrant liability (18,930)  (3,485)
Change in fair value of derivative liability (266)  - 
Deferred tax expense (benefit) 3,193   (857)
Changes in assets and liabilities   
Accounts receivable (9,347)  (19,133)
Inventories (18,237)  3,792 
Prepaid expenses and other assets (1,228)  (1,519)
Accounts payable 68   4,637 
Deposits (14)  - 
Accrued expenses 23   1,665 
Other liabilities 4,990   46 
Net cash provided by operating activities 92,783   77,780 
Acquisition of property and equipment (9,053)  (4,746)
Net cash used in investing activities (9,053)  (4,746)
Business combination and PIPE financing -   60,826 
Proceeds from convertible notes -   127,400 
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan and exercise of equity awards 82   - 
Proceeds from Term Loan -   250,000 
Payment of line of credit (15,000)  (5,000)
Deferred finance costs related to debt origination -   (1,860)
Payment of term loan (16,878)  (240,000)
Payment of Tax receivable agreement liability (110)  - 
Distributions pursuant to the business combination -   (218,300)
Distributions to Holdings's members (36,293)  (22,334)
Payment of issuance cost related to business combination (23,833)  (15,244)
Net cash used in financing activities (92,032)  (64,512)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (8,302)  8,522 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 21,944   13,422 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$13,642  $21,944 
Supplementary disclosure of cash flow information   
Cash paid for interest expense$21,379  $10,101 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activity:   
Derivative asset - interest rate swap$8,651  $- 
Issuance costs payable$-  $23,107 


CompoSecure, Inc.
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31,
   2022   2021   2022   2021 
Net income $22,357  $20,018  $131,815  $83,414 
Depreciation  1,998   2,615   8,575   10,428 
Interest expense, net  6,182   3,098   22,544   11,928 
Taxes  622   (857)  4,360   (857)
EBITDA $31,159  $24,874  $167,294  $104,913 
Special management bonus expense  -   4,384   -   4,384 
Equity compensation expense  3,730   4,989   11,465   6,113 
Mark to market adjustments (1)  (4,310)  (13,060)  (42,533)  (13,060)
Adjusted EBITDA $30,579  $21,187  $136,226  $102,350 
(1) Includes the changes in fair value of warrant liability, derivative liabilities and earnout consideration liability.


CompoSecure, Inc.
Non-GAAP Adjusted EPS Reconciliation
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
   2022   2022 
  (in thousands) except per share amounts
  Basic Diluted Basic Diluted
Net income $22,357  $22,357  $131,815  $131,815 
Add: provision for income taxes  622   622   4,360   4,360 
Income before Income taxes  22,979   22,979   136,175   136,175 
Income tax expense (1)  (4,784)  (4,784)  (22,423)  (22,423)
Adjusted net income  18,195   18,195   113,752   113,752 
Less: mark-to-market adjustments (2)  (4,227)  (4,227)  (42,267)  (42,267)
Add: stock-based compensation  3,730   3,730   11,465   11,465 
Adjusted net income $17,698  $17,698  $82,950  $82,950 
Common shares outstanding used in computing earnings per share, basic:        
Class A and Class B common shares (3) 76,384   76,384   75,697   75,697 
Common shares outstanding used in computing earnings per share, diluted:        
Warrants (Public and Private) (4)  -   8,094   -   8,094 
Options and restricted common shares  -   3,859   -   4,183 
Total Shares outstanding used in computing adjusted earnings per share  76,384   88,337   75,697   87,974 
Adjusted earnings per share (5) $0.23  $0.20  $1.10  $0.94 
1) Calculated using the Company's blended tax rate.      
2) Includes the changes in fair value of warrant liability and earnout consideration liability.  
3) Assumes both Class A shares and Class B shares participate in earnings and are outstanding at the end of the period.
4) Assumes treasury stock method, valuation at assumed fair market value of $18.00.   
5) The Company did not include the effect of Exchangeable Notes to its total shares outstanding used in diluted adjusted net income per share.

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