CynergisTek (CTEK)

Caleb Barlow CEO and President
Paul Anthony CFO and Corporate Secretary
Avi Fisher Long Cast Advisors
William Bremer Vanquish Capital
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Good day, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to CynergisTek's 2020 Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call. Today's conference is being recorded.

Joining us today from the company includes Mr. Caleb Barlow, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Mr. Officer. Financial Chief Anthony, Paul

prospects, Before be expressly described will statements company's and update we everyone and CEO, the turn like remind results materially or a and presentation, time, including may in differ such forward-looking be are greater to is information, subject the the that to uncertainties and over the some its statements whether call risks to could in conference formal to described call. industry SEC new results this of I'd that financial call of regarding I'd under others, made Certain future detail these like Barlow. are those forward-looking obligation and in result alter Caleb our risks to or of number future begin those no disclaims events among to uncertainties on webcast CynergisTek actual from a the At filings. or obligation and any otherwise. cause

Caleb Barlow

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Paul Anthony

Thanks, Caleb.

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is first from Fin-Tech] with Our question Instructions] Bash [Operator [Jeff


Good afternoon, gentlemen.

mentioned this end incident? in trends of you publicized QX. extent incidents. what do reflecting cyber more To described that striking the were the you think So You just sales is


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the that basic tackling. call blocking and I'll So

while that midst retool; and trying of March, out jam was the in that switch February, when everyone's really an especially all we to is this were opportunity in figure use methodology. COVID, we of of piece second kind locked The to agile April-ish down, up. what management We to

as met that several day assessments And with continue and we and new compromise to forward use every Our such Awake to Security, single we bring today. time validation partnership were team unfortunately, we run offerings time biggest right. public the we to enough, Interestingly was and that knew and assessments, going And books. we're likely that review ransomware healthcare. for some threat were security impact

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least of March, at in at still kind hospitals February, back moment right. first So, online elected the seeing all, are patients, of

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hard this. defenses, do, shutting This devastating. a It's the move you that their different the can incidents, the that speaking, not invest up have anything data adversarial represents it I point, the wearing a shore seen hospitals might these here were is analogy this ransomware to not potentially difference those bit of soil frankly, But hospital these their on pretty comment this different. before. if few express those kind is lock second your And impacted property. patients. US and change impact bad of day, defenses, Up a that way late the generally it's a that knowingly don't to we've soil, is in open. my of take is to the from seen escalation in few find with we've a Now, website, be attacks intellectual system, a analogous, by the lot where that them you that they a in the all to but people involve And we down you don't a devastating, security very than the factor means that's call hours weeks guys be this systems realized mask is a hospital attack large maybe denial get to US and what something up intent, whole little hospital healthcare remain don't it's But That for and them a of the intent, of perspective. going on from people in a in if they stealing saying intent ransomware and of if recent out reality service with last in also to all targeting sound impact. simple ever data significant prevent want harm alarmist, attacks, in kinetic safety in is tamper I it records, adversarial could are to This directly electronic right? life what to is seeing but in but stealing


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I of Okay, couple Paul. have a questions for

margin being you It's delayed reaching end was on the wondering XXs but I'm possibility still been high to mentioned it deferred, business two goal. achieve of as quarters the think the eventually to gross of or year. the obviously I see mid able ago, had you if by that


definitely term, Jeff, the been short in on We've that. impacted

get not we which this our there. But $X.X is year. get from do critical and anticipate we'll to at that million kind of rate, to run that going we to there back getting us. least It's million growth, So getting level to that $X perspective, can revenue back take for

that's we XX So why plus get I have back to we'll ability in margin back the ranges. to as get those there, think


what's and they arrangement the those once referred was Okay, of $X you owner, -- were with respect already some and issued worth size shares to think, had, million with a large the you've of I to it institutional warrants, earlier where


for that on Yes, work We'll hold ATM. hold put through the put that we on now. as we'll

the that, need that revisit results So for ATM. we'll on of then if the necessary based the


a Okay, the respect this on stand million with back dollars and for earnout. sheet do the think that? you you Backbone to Where your lastly, have couple balance at


in not did the initial year hit year the one earnout. At least

And and three. their and opportunity so still working hit two we're to and years ability evaluating

in it just which right status of the And there books the is kind ended month year. closed the now. first of October, for so We which that's

So working we're steps next evaluating through still our and there.


our Avi We'll next Advisors. Cast Long from question Fisher with take


at XX were over I had can quick XX% -- the obligations Q. recognize I million, I looked months. performance Paul, question. Hey, $XX.X the already And a you

and wondered a obligations performance least infers the disclose you've over more quarter, be that Thank at where the sequentially you prior visibility that given So have little I if strength we just sequentially. quarter could today. seen that last would you. those


understand Avi, may I'm have I you, your maybe. not completely I sure if question.


Yes, sure.

long-term correct? which the So contracts, forward performance you disclose obligations, are




could the at your started maybe be given disclose, available. $XX.X if disclose, you quarter, sales the don't you've the you where to out had would wondered end pipeline, can that I could X/XX, But have you the maybe strengthen of you million. strength And today. seen, you if And sales number


can't don't point. I That's right Oh, number give; a yes, provide I provide this traditionally now. we can't at that number

we So this the numbers don't at into Avi. point, get booking


it's end the Okay. from at disclose it up Could if you quarter? at of where was least the


of the quarter. you It is I up since that. tell can the end


Bremer We'll Capital. William with go to Vanquish next


good gentlemen, evening. Hi,

on field. quarter. adding at ever the visibility just how's sales in you I given what quicker to look though events we and Avi's your been announced Seems this So I mean, last has cycle right occurred as unprecedented guys now wins, assume what has have had two this question major than now? is occurred would articulated that

a how and close contract team So a quickly with your new entity?


is of done In a systems, give map week ask on you going then couple go haven't budgets. especially after Health Well, were Department the are saw a that what's And I'll in happened very the it say that's because the asking what's now. that got type couple hoops, weeks, all under go example of reinvestigate control. and that Public to that, after two last over a we see see prospecting There set incidents you kind and where historically COVID, causing forward that took weeks they West I hasn't procurement recent and draconian, last is of What days. costs on question. Coast, of clients lot in over deal that the we'll and finally are a winded levels the all I because some are is is stabilized have on and various some all muscles over took, on seen, a situations, my wherever other the a answer departments long ways XXXX Everything's also of cases, in good quarter requests, it in right of over will guess deal there, quarter in really do new that multiple deal to right forward the a the that map And temperature. of It's of release through the it's interesting just Bill. to we map, I all got many deal just to we go defer over And all it's emergency for now. to depending quarter, mean, budget approval. an with thing. close have

we're were Now I would in because But a that's definitely kind really take cases the to longer is And I say of you for still of have often or some one thing door it the overall still as deals seeing new longer, can new where us. anything able are matter can times because growth a those to in larger new opportunities get take the of services with public you imagine, a takes that's encouraging say logo week bid. out two. to


mistaken? How And first seen possibly maybe question on is there? close though get business, processed? seems am as an by are -- we we I headed $X.X mix, And It No, visibility. million your rate, upon $X take quicker right Paul articulated depending turn idea very it million, threshold. to course, when as look sales was that see that? is that just I just of that quarter, your Do the this I from that quick, my team agree you million; away I $X.X can you have I are now, completely. with what interesting. given Shane of run quite and And at wondering close, don't we're just it last far let's it's up


Go ahead, Paul.


-- I'll mentioned. just unfortunately managed a as us was customer we say early lost that of we one tell it's that a hit point services large the little kind for you to that

that And so up to make got we've ground.

and growth, the opportunities, bundle the some make have we growth impact. to of took the got ground business, the from from overall logos, COVID in hole we're seeing right, as we primarily because as large in we kind to here. seeing We've in it, where you're you perspective we and relates think did that that of new that net one though, issues. just QX of the on some dig new hits I got budget to So -- of we're that to But customer and it's all it QX had out this have with things renewals seeing again, have do the we're up recover in that


I think for right our is it. have we're that frustrating loss the going that's all comment two customers the thing took And opportunity It's of can one in was now grabbing convenience earlier exactly we to or and for just see make up that was we at kind you some on. what of I really clients to ground start year. around here, we thing it situation cases lost sitting And see I mean, clauses a where experienced pay it's to this those with seat an could interesting said, just longer that's these a when budgets they security provisions. return. literally decided not where really tough to These afford are digest. are client being may That I'm to cases hopeful also where that we the no competition. turn that


And events and tier the side, have think wish but when is the end top just Okay, given sales gentlemen, and best. here. that top entities the on in I budget ever cycle the the you the for that material probably than quicker your changed all I market And agreed sales country cycle and the the occurred landscape. changes has

I get Thanks. think that. we will


conclude today's today's this session will participation. conference. And appreciate ladies question-and-answer your gentlemen, and and We

now disconnect. You may