MIAMI, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ:NETE) (“Net Element” or the “Company”), a global technology and value-added solutions group that supports electronic payments acceptance in a multi-channel environment including point-of-sale (“POS”), e-commerce and mobile devices, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 and provided an update on recent strategic and operational initiatives.

Conference Call:

On May 15, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. EST the Company will host a conference call to discuss 2018 first quarter financial results and business highlights. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing +1 (877) 303-9858, or for international callers +1 (408) 337-0139, and referencing conference code 9977817. It is recommended that participants dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

The call will also be webcast live from https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/xq5chuwu. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the www.netelement.com/en/ir website.

First Quarter 2018 Results:

Net revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 increased to $16 million, an increase of 18% compared to $14 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. The increase is primary due to organic growth in the North American Transaction segment, which experienced 27% growth over the prior year.

-- Total transactions dollars processed globally during the first quarter of 2018 were $839 million, an increase of 51% compared to $557 million in the first quarter of 2017 o Total transactions dollars processed geographically in North America in Q1 2018 were $642 million, an increase of 37% compared to $470 million in Q1 2017 o Total transactions dollars processed in international markets in Q1 2018 were $197 million, an increase of 140% as compared to $82 million in Q1 2017 -- Total number of transactions processed during the first quarter of 2018 was approximately 30 million, an increase of 11% as compared to 27 million transactions processed during the first quarter of 2017.

United States accounted for 87% of our total revenues, while international revenues were 13% in the first quarter of 2018. Growth across all categories was organic:

-- North American Transaction Solutions segment:Continued organic growth of small- and medium-sized business (“SMB”) merchants with emphasis on value-added offerings. Revenues for this segment were $14 million, an increase of 27% over the same period of the prior year -- International Transaction Solutions segment:As a result of the consolidation of Online and Mobile Solutions segments during 2017, revenues for the International Solutions segment were $2 million, a decrease of 22% over the same period of the prior year

“We are pleased to have made a strong start to the year, becoming more competitive for our sales partners and merchants while continuing to deliver growth,” commented Oleg Firer, CEO of Net Element. “We expect to continue to improve growth across all segments during the year.”

First Quarter 2018 Highlights:

-- CNBC cast member of “Halftime Report” and “Fast Money”, Jon Narjarian joins Board of Directors -- Appointed seasoned fintech executive Mr. Jonathan Fichman to the Board of Directors -- CEO, Oleg Firer, joined the Advisory Board of CoinBoost and presented at NASDAQ Market Site -- Prestigious Enterprise Ethereum Alliance welcomed Net Element to its network of innovative companies -- Launched Netevia, our proprietary multi-channel payments platform; Netevia to provide same business-day settlement and funding for merchants

Outlook

On February 7, 2018, Net Element launched a future-ready multi-channel payments platform, Netevia. Connecting and simplifying payments across sales channels through a single integration point, Netevia delivers end-to-end payment processing though easy-to-use APIs. This model complements Net Element’s ability to perform in a multi-channel environment, including point-of-sale (POS), e-commerce, and mobile devices.

Netevia will form part of the recently-announced technology solution to connect with merchants and customers via an efficient blockchain technology enabled transaction processing ecosystem with an ability to build value added service for platforms users.

North America Transaction Solutions segment will continue to lead our growth with focus on improving margin through value-added offerings.

International Transaction Solutions segment will see improvement through its newly launched payment facilitator solution offering for SMB segment.

As previously stated in our recent press releases and our filings, the Company is in the best financial position in its history and poised for continued growth. We are pleased to present the progress we have made during the first quarter and are working diligently to increase shareholder value by growing revenues, reducing expenses and creating proprietary payment services technology and services that benefit our merchants and their customers.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 compared to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

We reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1,610,847 or ($0.42) per share for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to a net loss of $2,487,498 or ($1.51) per share for the three months ended March 31, 2017. This resulted in a decrease in net loss attributable to stockholders of $876,651 primarily due to an increase in revenues and decreases in general and administrative expenses, non-cash compensation, and bad debt expenses.

Adjusting for non-cash compensation, we have a non-GAAP adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1,528,836, or $0.40 loss per share, for the quarter ending March 31, 2018, as compared to a non-GAAP adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1,891,094, or $1.00 loss per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Three Three Increase / Source of Revenues Months Ended Mix Months Ended Mix (Decrease) March 31, 2018 March 31, 2017 ----------------------------------- -------------- -------- -------------- -------- ------------- North American Transaction Solution $ 13,966,617 87.4 % $ 10,964,919 80.9 % $ 3,001,698 International Transaction Solutions 2,015,777 12.6 % 2,597,022 19.1 % (581,245 ) - ---------- - ----- - - ---------- - ----- - - --------- - Total $ 15,982,394 100.0 % $ 13,561,941 100.0 % $ 2,420,453 - ---------- - ----- - - ---------- - ----- - - --------- -

Net revenues were $15,982,394 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to $13,561,941 for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase was driven by a $3,001,698 increase in net revenues from our North American Transaction Solutions segment due to organic growth, which was partially offset by a $581,245 decrease in net revenues from our International Transaction Solutions segment as we reorganized our international business and consolidated our mobile payments operations with Pay Online.

Three % of Three % of Increase / Gross Margin Months Ended revenues Months Ended revenues (Decrease) March 31, 2018 March 31, 2017 ----------------------------------- -------------- ------- -------------- ------- ------------ North American Transaction Solution $ 1,902,545 13.6 % $ 1,503,469 13.7 % $ 399,076 International Transaction Solutions 461,515 22.9 % 598,480 23.0 % (136,965 ) - --------- -- ---- - - --------- -- ---- - - -------- - Total $ 2,364,060 14.8 % $ 2,101,949 15.5 % $ 262,111 - --------- -- ---- - - --------- -- ---- - - -------- -

Gross Margin for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $2,364,060, or 14.8% of net revenue, as compared to $2,101,949, or 15.5% of net revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The primary reason gross margin percentage decreased was due to increased business mix from our North American Transaction Solutions segment offset by a decrease in our mobile payments business in our International Transaction Solutions segment that typically had higher margins than North America.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018 were $2,446,480 as compared to $2,831,160 for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The $384,680 reduction in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to decreases in salaries and benefits ($338,787), professional fees ($106,582) and rent ($72,010).

General and administrative variances increase / (decrease) for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2017 were as follows:

North Internation Corporate American al Expenses & Category Transaction Transaction Elimination Total s Solutions Solutions ------------------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Salaries, benefits, taxes and contractor payments $ (103,076 ) $ (72,143 ) $ (163,568 ) $ (338,787 ) Professional fees (54,238 ) (156,664 ) 104,320 (106,582 ) Rent — (56,036 ) (15,974 ) (72,010 ) Business development 51,990 (9,271 ) (1,045 ) 41,674 Travel expense 13,500 (8,798 ) (20,931 ) (16,229 ) Filing fees — — 5,009 5,009 Transaction (gains) losses — 60,591 (698 ) 59,893 Office expenses 29,853 (11,197 ) (61,580 ) (42,924 ) Communications expenses 1,214 7,652 6,170 15,036 Insurance expense — (2,537 ) (12,008 ) (14,545 ) Other expenses (1,326 ) 1,703 84,408 84,785 - -------- - -------- - -------- - -------- Total $ (62,083 ) $ (246,700 ) $ (75,897 ) $ (384,680 ) - -------- - -------- - -------- - --------

Salaries and benefits were $1,328,923 for the three months ended March 31, 2108 as compared to $1,667,710 for the three months ended March 31, 2018. A $300,000 reduction in discretionary bonus and an increase in sales incentives charged to cost of sales versus salaries were the primary reason for the decrease.

Professional fees were $567,108 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to $673,690 for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The reduction in professional fees was primarily due to a decrease of $156,664 from the re-organization of our International Transaction Solutions segment operations.

Rent expense was $81,054 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to $153,064 for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The decrease of $72,010 was primarily due to reduction of $56,036 in rent as International Transaction Solutions moved to less expensive office space.

Other general and administrative expenses were $93,713 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to $8,928 for the three months ended March 31, 2017, representing an increase of $84,785. The increase was caused primarily by an $83,155 increase in corporate franchise taxes in 2018 due to a higher assessment and a credit taken in 2017.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Regulation G Disclosure

To supplement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company provides additional measures of its operating results by disclosing its adjusted net loss attributable to Net Element, Inc. stockholders. Adjusted net loss attributable to Net Element, Inc. stockholders is calculated as net loss attributable to Net Element, Inc. stockholders excluding non-cash share-based compensation. Net Element discloses this amount on an aggregate and per share basis. These measures meet the definition of non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that application of these non-GAAP financial measures is appropriate to enhance the understanding by the Company’s investors of its historical performance through use of a metric that seeks to normalize period-to-period earnings.

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pursuant to Regulation G, a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures with the comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 is presented in the following Non-GAAP Financial Measures Table.

GAAP Share-based Adjusted Compensation Non-GAAP -------------- ------------ -------------- Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 Net (loss) income attributable to Net Element Inc stockholders $ (1,610,847 ) $ 82,011 $ (1,528,836 ) Basic and diluted earnings per share $ (0.42 ) $ 0.02 $ (0.40 ) Basic and diluted shares used in computing earnings per share 3,853,130 3,853,130

GAAP Share-based Adjusted Compensation Non-GAAP -------------- ------------ -------------- Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 Net (loss) income attributable to Net Element Inc stockholders $ (2,487,498 ) $ 596,404 $ (1,891,094 ) Basic and diluted earnings per share $ (1.32 ) $ 0.32 $ (1.00 ) Basic and diluted shares used in computing earnings per share 1,890,961 1,890,961

Additional information regarding Net Element’s results for its three months ended March 31, 2018 may be found in Net Element’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 14, 2018 and may be obtained from the SEC’s Internet website at http://www.sec.gov.

About Net Element

Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ:NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service transactional and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprise (“SME”) in the U.S. and selected emerging markets. In the U.S. it aims to grow transactional revenue by innovating SME productivity services using blockchain technology solutions and Aptito, our cloud-based, restaurant and retail point-of-sale solution. Internationally, Net Element’s strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions. Net Element was ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500™. In 2017 we were recognized by South Florida Business Journal’s as one of 2016’s fastest growing technology companies. Further information is available at www.NetElement.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Words such as "continue," "will," "may," "could," "should," "expect," "expected," "plans," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, many of which are generally outside the control of Net Element and are difficult to predict. Examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to whether blockchain technologies will in fact play a key role in future commerce in the payments industry; whether the Company will be successful in the development of a decentralized crypto-based ecosystem to act as a framework for a number of value-added services that can connect merchants and consumers directly utilizing blockchain technology whether through its platform called Netevia or otherwise, wheter the Company will continue to improve growth across all segments going forward. Additional examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to (i) Net Element's ability (or inability) to obtain additional financing in sufficient amounts or on acceptable terms when needed; (ii) Net Element's ability to maintain existing, and secure additional, contracts with users of its payment processing services; (iii) Net Element's ability to successfully expand in existing markets and enter new markets; (iv) Net Element's ability to successfully manage and integrate any acquisitions of businesses, solutions or technologies; (v) unanticipated operating costs, transaction costs and actual or contingent liabilities; (vi) the ability to attract and retain qualified employees and key personnel; (vii) adverse effects of increased competition on Net Element's business; (viii) changes in government licensing and regulation that may adversely affect Net Element's business; (ix) the risk that changes in consumer behavior could adversely affect Net Element's business; (x) Net Element's ability to protect its intellectual property; (xi) local, industry and general business and economic conditions; and (xii) adverse effects of potentially deteriorating U.S.-Russia relations, including, without limitation, over a conflict related to Ukraine, including a risk of further U.S. government sanctions or other legal restrictions on U.S. businesses doing business in Russia. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements can be found in the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed by Net Element with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Net Element anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause its plans, intentions and expectations to change. Net Element assumes no obligation, and it specifically disclaims any intention or obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

NET ELEMENT, INC.UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, December 31, 2018 2017 -------------- -------------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash $ 9,190,957 $ 11,285,669 Accounts receivable, net 5,133,698 5,472,856 Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,881,628 2,282,614 - ------------ - ------------ Total current assets, net 16,206,283 19,041,139 Fixed assets, net 51,218 58,268 Intangible assets, net 2,898,765 3,127,760 Goodwill 9,643,752 9,643,752 Other long term assets 462,980 460,511 - ------------ - ------------ Total assets 29,262,998 32,331,430 - ------------ - ------------ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable 6,375,505 6,785,459 Accrued expenses 3,478,918 3,674,430 Deferred revenue 1,176,843 1,712,591 Notes payable (current portion) 1,455,376 2,493,973 - ------------ - ------------ Total current liabilities 12,486,642 14,666,453 Notes payable (net of current portion) 5,044,211 4,521,449 - ------------ - ------------ Total liabilities 17,530,853 19,187,902 - ------------ - ------------ STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Series A convertible preferred stock ($.0001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and — — December 31, 2017) Common stock ($.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized and 3,855,833 and 3,853,100 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 386 385 and December 31, 2017 Paid in capital 183,201,232 183,119,222 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,490,923 ) (2,530,238 ) Accumulated deficit (168,966,916 ) (167,356,070 ) Stock subscriptions receivable — (50,585 ) Noncontrolling interest (11,634 ) (39,186 ) - ------------ - ------------ Total stockholders’ equity 11,732,145 13,143,528 - ------------ - ------------ Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 29,262,998 $ 32,331,430 - ------------ - ------------

NET ELEMENT, INC.UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

Three Months Ended March 31, ---------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ------------ Net revenues Service fees $ 15,982,394 $ 12,729,663 Branded content — 832,278 - ---------- - ---------- Total Revenues 15,982,394 13,561,941 Costs and expenses: Cost of service fees 13,618,334 10,650,748 Cost of branded content — 809,244 General and administrative 2,446,480 2,831,161 Non-cash compensation 82,011 596,404 Bad debt expense 121,274 279,759 Depreciation and amortization 703,538 657,363 - ---------- - ---------- Total costs and operating expenses 16,971,637 15,824,679 - ---------- - ---------- Loss from operations (989,243 ) (2,262,738 ) Interest expense, net (243,238 ) (269,688 ) Other income (expense) (350,813 ) (5,773 ) - ---------- - ---------- Net (loss) before income taxes (1,583,294 ) (2,538,199 ) Income taxes — — - ---------- - ---------- Net loss (1,583,294 ) (2,538,199 ) Net (income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest (27,553 ) 50,701 - ---------- - ---------- Net loss attributable to Net Element, Inc. stockholders (1,610,847 ) (2,487,498 ) Foreign currency translation 39,315 12,103 - ---------- - ---------- Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders $ (1,571,532 ) $ (2,475,395 ) - ---------- - ---------- Loss per share - basic and diluted $ (0.42 ) $ (1.51 ) Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted 3,853,130 1,647,606 - ---------- - ----------

NET ELEMENT, INC.UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

Three Months Ended March 31, ---------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ------------ Cash flows from operating activities Net loss attributable to Net Element, Inc. stockholders $ (1,610,847 ) $ (2,487,498 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities Noncontrolling interest 27,553 (50,701 ) Share based compensation 82,011 596,404 Depreciation and amortization 703,538 657,363 Non cash interest 16,759 46,135 Changes in assets and liabilities Accounts receivable 1,032,930 510,498 Deferred revenue (535,748 ) (445,953 ) Prepaid expenses and other assets (308,648 ) (231,755 ) Accounts payable and accrued expenses (545,306 ) 449,284 - ---------- - ---------- Net cash used in operating activities (1,137,758 ) (956,223 ) - ---------- - ---------- Cash flows from investing activities Purchase of portfolios and client acquisition costs (401,980 ) (403,585 ) Purchase of fixed and changes in other assets (2,393 ) 355 - ---------- - ---------- Net cash used in investing activities (404,373 ) (403,230 ) - ---------- - ---------- Cash flows from financing activities Proceeds from common stock — 1,437,132 Proceeds from indebtedness — 92,000 Repayment of indebtedness (515,834 ) (92,680 ) Related party advances (33,027 ) 57,159 - ---------- - ---------- Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (548,861 ) 1,493,611 - ---------- - ---------- Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (3,720 ) 57,288 - ---------- - ---------- Net decrease (increase) in cash (2,094,712 ) 191,446 Cash at beginning of period 11,285,669 621,635 - ---------- - ---------- Cash at end of period $ 9,190,957 $ 813,081 - ---------- - ---------- Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information Cash paid during the period for: Interest $ 226,479 $ 166,394 - ---------- - ---------- Taxes $ 4,140 $ 64,314 - ---------- - ----------

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