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Document Security Systems, Inc. Announces 2016 Second Quarter Financial Results

ROCHESTER, NY — (Marketwired) — 08/15/16 — (NYSE MKT: DSS), (DSS) (“Company”), a leader in anti-counterfeiting and authentication solutions, reported results for the second quarter of 2016.

“During the second quarter and for the first half of 2016, the Company achieved Adjusted EBITDA profitability for the first time in our history. Our focus has been on our strong customer relationships and high value product offerings in our printed products group and leveraging those strengths to fund the early stages of our next generation products, to provide support to our intellectual property monetization investments, and maintain corporate overhead requirements. While we are very pleased to have achieved this important milestone, we are laser focused on achieving the next level of success that will come with increasingly meaningful sales of our next-generation products including AuthentiGuard, which, when achieved, will provide significant incremental revenue and profit potential to the Company. Furthermore, we are deep into the life cycle of several of our IP monetization investments with several that have seen reduced activity recently that has lowered our costs associated with these investments. As we see these efforts to their conclusions over the coming quarters, we will continue to seek returns from these investments at the lowest possible cost,” said Jeff Ronaldi, CEO of Document Security Systems.

After a very strong first quarter, revenue for the second quarter of 2016 dipped slightly to $4.1 million, down 3% from the same year ago period, but maintained strong year over year growth of 10% for the first half of 2016. During the first half of the year, the Company has achieved a 15% increase in sales of printed products, which are comprised of its packaging, ID card and security printing products sales, as the Company has benefited from increases in demand for a wide variety of the Company–s products and solutions in these areas. Revenues from technology sales, services and licensing have decreased 23% during the first half of 2016, primarily due to a strategic decision to reduce hardware sales at the Company–s digital division and the absence of a one-time license fee of $150,000 realized in the second quarter of 2015 that has not recurred in 2016.

Costs and expenses for the second half of 2016 decreased 10% from the first half of 2015. To date in 2016, direct costs of goods sold as percentage of total revenue decreased to 59% from 61% primarily due to the growth in sales of higher margin products in 2016. In addition, during the second quarter and first half of 2016, expenses have decreased in nearly every category, including significant decreases in stock-based compensation and professional fees. Professional fees decreases have been driven by reductions in litigation related matters, primarily due to variations in the timing and stage of the Company–s various litigation matters. As a result, operating losses have decreased 78% and 70% during the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively, as compared to the same periods in 2015.

Net loss during the second quarter was approximately $318,000 ($0.01 per share), which was a 70% decrease in net loss of $1.0 million ($0.02 per share) in the second quarter of 2015. Net loss during the first half of 2016 was approximately $942,000 ($0.02 per share), which is a 65% decrease in net loss of $2.7 million ($0.06 per share) in the first half of 2015. The significant decreases in net loss during both periods has been primarily the result of the Company–s ability to increase sales of higher margin products while simultaneously reducing its operating cost base and benefitting from significant decreases in professional fees.

Results as measured by Adjusted EBITDA were especially strong during the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and asset impairments as well as other non-recurring items, was approximately $112,000 during the second quarter of 2016 compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $239,000 in the second quarter of 2015, a 147% improvement. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, Adjusted EBITDA was $3,000 as compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.1 million for the same period in 2015. The significant improvement in Adjusted EBITDA results have been driven by significant increases in Adjusted EBITDA profits derived from the Company–s Printed Products groups along with reductions in corporate cost overhead. Adjusted EBITDA results from the Company–s DSS Technology Management group continue to fluctuate, primarily driven by variability in professional fee costs underlying the Company–s intellectual property monetization efforts (see further discussion about the use of adjusted EBITDA, below). Once again, the significant improvement reflected both the increase in revenues and the decrease in costs in nearly every expense category.

Document Security Systems, Inc.–s (NYSE MKT: DSS) products and solutions are used by governments, corporations and financial institutions to defeat fraud and to protect brands and digital information from the expanding world-wide counterfeiting problem. DSS technologies help ensure the authenticity of both digital and physical financial instruments, identification documents, sensitive publications, brand packaging and websites. DSS continually invests in research and development to meet the ever-changing security needs of its clients and offers licensing of its patented technologies.

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Forward-looking statements that may be contained in this press release, including, without limitation, statements related to the Company–s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, potential value, intentions and adequacy of resources, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and contain words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar words and phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected in any forward-looking statement. In addition to the factors specifically noted in the forward-looking statements, other important factors, risks and uncertainties that could result in those differences include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company–s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2016. Forward-looking statements that may be contained in this press release are being made as of the date of its release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA as a non-GAAP financial performance measurement. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by the Company by adding back to net income (loss) interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, as further adjusted to add back stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring items, and impairments of investments and intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA is provided to investors to supplement the results of operations reported in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides an additional tool for investors to use in comparing its financial results with other companies in the industry, many of which also use Adjusted EBITDA in their communications to investors. By excluding non-cash charges such as amortization, depreciation, stock-based compensation and impairment charges, as well as non-operating charges for interest and income taxes, investors can evaluate the Company–s operations and its ability to generate cash flows from operations and can compare its results on a more consistent basis to the results of other companies in the industry. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate potential acquisitions, establish internal budgets and goals, and evaluate performance of its business units and management. The Company considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important indicator of the Company–s operational strength and performance of its business and a useful measure of the Company–s historical and prospective operating trends. However, there are significant limitations to the use of Adjusted EBITDA since it excludes interest income and expense and income taxes and non-recurring items, all of which impact the Company–s profitability and operating cash flows, as well as depreciation, amortization, impairment charges and stock-based compensation. The Company believes that these limitations are compensated by clearly identifying the difference between the two measures. Consequently, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income and loss presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA as defined by the Company may not be comparable with similarly named measures provided by other entities. The following is a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA loss:

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