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Innodata (INOD)

Participants
Amy Agress Investor Relations
Jack Abuhoff Chief Executive Officer
Mark Spelker Chief Financial Officer
Tim Clarkson Van Clemens Capital
Dana Buska Feltl
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Innodata Second Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. Today’s conference is being recorded. At this time, I’d like to turn the conference over to Amy Agress. Please go ahead.

Amy Agress

Keith. you, Thank everyone. Good morning, for joining you today. us Thank

of Our Spelker, Mark CEO speakers are Jack today Innodata our and Abuhoff, CFO.

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Jack Abuhoff

coming everybody. positioning today. call joining Thank said the you, growth were company in Thank our Amy. Good for we year, we the morning, for years. Last XX% you

from This this XX% target. have achieving quarter, begun morning’s announcement see year-over-year our growth, of as you we

Our XX% represents growth year-on-year growth. XX% an QX’s acceleration from

growth more of remaining continuing anticipate year. year-on-year we to XX% forward, quarters achieve the the Looking in or

of moving relationships increased of expansion into as investment in and well and and we target as think signings to our new XXXX Moreover, the As sales we with it strong expanded over line. on opportunities, marketing our pipeline to accelerating of deal a result appropriate late-stage finish growth first maturation expect secular industry is anticipated growth. sales half get force, new based customers

our marketing about sales talk and Let’s investment.

our have and product as we bolster continuing to as that solid dollars payback calls our while maintain will As of we working. took initiatives invest XXXX. marketing comes On margin of business plan costs on well from so, of these growth. out sales of flow gross enhancement our of to the lead investing that the our growth. that And generated significant are to mounting in doing million QX internally discussed balance result cash since sheet. from is incremental believe flow short or plan new before, is is investable The A cash we $X top we that evidence portion that,

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Mark Spelker

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Operator

will Tim Capital. first our Thank question ahead. We go you. take [Operator from Van Please with Clemens Instructions] Clarkson

Tim Clarkson

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Jack Abuhoff

that take to Happy Tim. Sure, question.

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years. We working many, data have many with been for

We are a leading data engineering company.

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Tim Clarkson

Great. Great.

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Jack Abuhoff

building that all So, to our I think you’re we’re that. And guidance. of into starting see

growth And we’re the expanding to about into growth next all into for work talk summing are the sharing. engagements doing the that expecting we and those accelerated those talk contracts taking to about this when So expectations we when through we’re those you of that year, year. taking continue moving we up

Tim Clarkson

Okay, great.

on going XX% net know question, company clients see when big are we line numbers typical my high-tech to wants one this? Another – to bottom less the you of like XX% see trusting to would a

Jack Abuhoff

that about very we on So can to of every is return right market in investment. we investment strongly be think our feel very we a that significant ourselves return now, when opportunity, going making amount

– cash and back be continue product of expansion, near-term, engineering. into sales for chiefly three business So is flow certainly, to our free our strategy marketing invest terms to to sales, things: in expansion is going and the

for We’re and of building be front that capabilities. systems new some things, revenue of drive we’re will in those will be we’re seeing are the and opportunities company. going us, solutions SaaS-like new building things new Others things our to

us that’s now. believe for most the So we that important opportunity

you on the looks is we’re investment thing, we’re same like. what sharing I what want just time, Now at calls, with doing one add these to that

business. when we at this million made of quarter, look $X our into So said we we investments

is our producing cash expectations number, is operating leverage harder XX%. this all – not wonderful you very, flow. The margins invest to that’s concomitant better business that it’s Now faster you a add number when relative significant, very and to been meager it’s that to – to us see, at operating a and cash free the growth. enabling And have however, year, flow meager

plan, our that’s what and Tim. that’s we’re managing, So

Tim Clarkson

just couple have how A salesmen so housekeeping Sure. hired we questions, then? many far

Jack Abuhoff

that BDR in measure year plan that It’s XXXX, we’ve a So – we’re development scale In planning that the we’re at representatives, people. our XXXX. we channel doing teams, segments, we’re meaning, people on on and we and at we’re ourselves in where sales end And XX organizationally big business and against where build. the now we about sales is build a Right executives, about are were had way, far. year line three XX, to sales enablement – so people, yes, our we’re about ending now, sales. happy we’re managers, XXX can directors, that’s across adding – that’s we not adding is doing really the continue managers. we’re pretty we’re progress And very just adding with that adding out to adding

Tim Clarkson

are you pretty assume fussy hiring. you’re about who I

are hiring people? good You

Jack Abuhoff

Yes.

great people. We are hiring

the Tom I this we level he really Chief Perchinsky, leadership be Tom, at before. who We’re Officer, and people our when to came this Sales we remember in going hired hiring is have is hard. said, done who

I before. to need that we not know I’ve off. well, this. said, that to what how he And is do hard. pull It’s Here actually done

how level who this. know hiring So execute to at people great a management we’re

we tons and to track of make to. as mid-course performance our collecting metrics We’re need corrections

we’ve lined a So dashboard got great up.

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we We have opportunity. I execution feel the it very market about about look And market people good daily at We that to opportunity. looking to tend relative at feel exploiting very it weekly. good our

Tim Clarkson

all cash make me that easy a to the – question, you in then I’ll give I’m showed well, I’ll And a from Well, – quarter? where make come – then and comment. did – up last that Right. the we going question, one comment. The make let

Jack Abuhoff

really came yes, management. So creative cash it from good

and We’re a investing bolster spoke the time, sheet the of, our looking at balance the at all plan very sorts in strong of maintaining to I company, while to dramatically opportunities same that balance sheet. execute

So just have saw for European we a business. we example, an in opportunity lot Europe, of

We have customers interest negative who rates in Europe. have

will us, say, pre-pay give we a to And how we well, and works. So that discount we you small and interest avoid you go and them negative you rates? about

seek that from came able money the that, aggressively refunds refunds. came some being of jurisdictions just from in of some to So, tax are it

came free collection, some Some cash good flow. from it from came of of it

So are doing executing sure includes job healthy sheet. team his a we’ve making and a maintaining this – really Mark we’re creatively just and that at that plan, good balance

Tim Clarkson

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So quarter. with and great will that, pass I

Jack Abuhoff

thank you. Tim,

Mark Spelker

it. you. Appreciate Thank

Operator

We Please with from our question next ahead. take Buska will Feltl. go Dana

Dana Buska

quarter. wonderful a on Congratulations guys. Hi,

Jack Abuhoff

you. Thank Dana. morning, Good

Dana Buska

are revenue Could that a be to give going what I you breakdown just and you going project a us your little recurring forward? your on revenue. couple – about revenue how have seeing of recurring versus questions

Jack Abuhoff

Sure.

you of we’re business, recurring also. So – at our platforms revenue lot recurring are is doing DDS within and the a work when look is all our we’re that revenue

quarter, and in So project-based. the XX% we’re of as categorizing recurring revenue of revenue XX% as

Dana Buska

It’s guys from the were pretty quite you That’s where a in difference past. good.

Jack Abuhoff

we There here market Yes. is a market the we’ve is is just seeing than are There past. we No, Absolutely. big – opportunity and very that the absolutely. significant opportunity. What so the addressing. difference different in anything are is seen

a addressing creatively product from it are perspective. We

We’re looking at markets.

of couple be are are even. at from markets going looking We the where now a to years

and products building talk We’re solutions that. to that

So we’re deals. big at looking

but deal, it continue just a We’re several. be as it big customer-based will do we will well be to we going drive to able as one result, good recurring won’t diversification revenue. that, as strong And think to be

Dana Buska

have your a question Tesla platform, your data annotation. it? that with I I that proprietary does nature a had to is to read was about supercomputer platform. have a wondering do building data I Wonderful. And annotation

Jack Abuhoff

absolutely It does. Yes.

that we We’re real-world deployment The building they faster Goldengate of platforms in to have as platform they several to platforms refer they when stack less And problems. right investing with seeing looked can used higher bring can address quality, we can be we’ve that most internally a get substantially at. from what very high-performing using what competitive kind the AI, that been that is our platform. are capability than It’s full our platform to now. is customers, platform risk from they that

that everything customers. data for capabilities So management model evaluation and our It’s Synodex to strong. selection, to to what training from is we’re take that we over our that’s And powering for delivery annotation most platform doing. really of projects deployment and solutions powering data

So that’s really good.

be will embedded data it thing we’re which we intelligence, will developing other classical generative in just is be our Goldengate we’ve We’ve by lot what have both text, best-in-class annotation interest for AI that. got that are for We’ve proprietary. supported we’re believe platform have And that doing and tests who that. a of in auto-tagging will customer started Both a got using exciting plans that. got completely customers that. platform The and

Dana Buska

it, that all when that people be would stay it put use your Wonderful. would to and revenue would And probably recurring there? on – their data assuming platform? I’m tend they They

Jack Abuhoff

using they how on It Yes. depends platform. the are

opportunities. both will revenue doing we on substantial to drive – doing looking But I down are things the that that that’s question, high substantial and forward, planning which precise to to that to yes, try in there complex today So things not future think recurring relatively platforms, recurring those the the won’t we’re a stay I’m And we’re in answer. revenue. parse just very going level,

Dana Buska

their multiplies? there So of would that a you a that, that data then you could create kind what say flywheel of once be of you’re get seeing? effect customer, of kind Is and you kind

Jack Abuhoff

Well, mean, tend our experiencing when technology seeing, start and that what we we importantly, working with the yes, start they customer grow. are start they I experiencing to services, is our and

customers because, we’re working not the some customers do now. mentioned all have that got everything Now we’re the where as in they I doing call, early-stage with

really isn’t enterprises, will them, in cases. don’t we come they with larger the But we referred way there So think, with grow viewing I we’re – many us is that. know necessarily

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think that So technology absolutely to come one of us that I is our base. the reasons they

come small it’s that is a great they worth we solutions It’s reason I at the services we’re mentioning think us thing, and Another just what but really to a call. in do, good company.

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Dana Buska

just comment. I one have tremendous. That’s

right of are now. right is in is making just going, front there business Innodata and opportunity the that you’re It very like think I artificial seems just a investments getting in now. just intelligence the smart huge

you. thank So

Jack Abuhoff

Thank you.

Operator

any turn additional Jack closing for at or the Instructions] time, [Operator I’ll remarks. conference back to And this

Jack Abuhoff

you. thank Operator,

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call So all for thank today. and Appreciate interest. the our time very you the joining much

where We share more look to year. we with are the continuing you through going as and progress very about are to forward we excited we

Operator

gentlemen, participation. conference. We conclude appreciate and Ladies today’s does this your

may You now disconnect.