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Innodata (INOD)

Participants
Amy Agress SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Jack Abuhoff President, CEO & Director
Marissa Espineli VP Finance and Corporate Controller
Marco Petroni MG Capital
Tim Clarkson Van Clemens & Co.
Dana Buska Feltl
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Innodata Q4 and Fiscal Year 2021 Earnings Call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Amy Agress. Please go ahead.

Amy Agress

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

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Jack Abuhoff

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Marissa Espineli

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Operator

Instructions] Petroni today Marco first comes question from [Operator MG of Capital Our Management.

Marco Petroni

Great you? are How Jack. Hey, quarter.

go a into company. bit the little can and you Thank ask that little what of for and a relationship that Just if potentially about like can Google the to mean you. bit

Jack Abuhoff

Marco. Sure,

So relationship. that it's early days for

very very, are We excited about it.

with solutions. If their engaged what to working want their in technical it to a become them force closely and on the of description, click going our release working AI link Edge and with sales be explains kind us we're with partner it XG you and more fuller, enables customers you go Basically, to can on. to page, press Google's on work related and

So, very that. excited about

look future one are seeds, very think I now think with important growth planted. and of the as Very that we where with that at happy of is that that we exciting. seeds with the we the we have it one growth partnership

Operator

question Tim Van And our Clemens. of next comes from Clarkson

Tim Clarkson

Jack. Hey, quarter. Great

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Jack Abuhoff

a Yes. It's great question.

I think think that market clearly got inuring benefits. in our I the have advantages some that to competitive we are

the who performs market you really are critically data. high-quality high-quality to legacy better go AI long that, that have when those AI we we as That is very we capability got many there well. know, algorithms data. is, with their And in with been many, concerned you creation more the training a important has that than than First a high-quality, consistently when have are distinguishing of and is building algorithms, nothing companies,

So, got we've that.

distinguishing going thing that other the us AI capabilities. landscape our that in for The we full us got is have competitive is service

So, high-quality we able data, to that them more process efficient. demonstrate and the are effective to creating of make technologies

show them able to are platforms. our We

of kinds developing, they things someday platforms that us them customer licensing We we be involved better would hope that soon. we charter are a in get to from as able are might

prepared, this of perform clean Java the traditional train AI are descriptive primarily, that real synthesized that, it data starts embracing order is in Python or unlike and primarily But built basic applications well. that with to So, great way world is algorithms with built a lot to really with the capabilities. fact code

Tim Clarkson

Right.

not. to easy do, Sounds but it's

Jack Abuhoff

bar that high. it easy -- training know No, at many, done to the the Yes. up years we're prepared not. world, doesn't that companies tolerate for it's always information the the have even providers, most of good demanding And because challenge. It's sound And to largest was many companies something complex, now over the I me, it’s work we to The today. been have kinds for but the us in be who we couldn't years. for that error

Tim Clarkson

real business, quarter in good were insurance on that last that you you're mentioned still you particularly quarter Synodex good? have going a does hopeful look Now the to that

Jack Abuhoff

we business is looks the of still of very still there. think is contracted And overcoming The still the terms little us very business in but So rolled still business had that. bit there. some technologies good. of out, -- large. We the a a bookings are hiccup The getting our we're

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Tim Clarkson

to You you hired division once these a XXX,XXX looking believable are still speed And year. a about up per people salesperson, that at so are on or PR is ton number? the of at last still people

Jack Abuhoff

It's Yes, is less so the for -- than product. it's for to more quota that the quota. XXX,XXX year about closer this per

and late like advance sales and in thing, sales on Then on in functions sales on training be important depend it, development We infrastructure training, a good terms those have all I quota-bearing process. marketing bringing lot month think management, ramp those we dramatically the the sales of a that built when who it it's in BDR and things. up pipeline on, of of bring executives year. enablement, you expanded we of the and you successful, the them two there's them to to And way. brought capabilities do

we're be from contributions revenue going So, I them substantial in seeing clearly XXXX. believe that to

As that they percentage in, gets even that move producing it they're a XXXX, their that, full quota roll they're of starts up you but not revenue, of then accretive that productivity better. allocation monthly curve, in immediately, to terms and meaning producing of that be in when

Tim Clarkson

-- do the many people, to looking Now on adding people of and the how on sales in people we are AI there? terms

Jack Abuhoff

X -- we're So And DDS to really. we probably the is new X the side, with the in play Synodex year and an the Synodex estimating the year becoming on XX ended the X side people AI with with AI which about end on side. pure about on AI on side

Tim Clarkson

Okay. And their are quotas higher then?

Jack Abuhoff

are higher. a Their are to And the managed build of sales. XX about the a And people, first services But they are executing portion selling is again, have people primarily such. the build those will in curve, selling there's we I'd will thing in and capabilities then people year. product those a be say of them pipeline today. AI coming the the that in, late And half the then portion year ramp up of and other quotas the in and of the come

So, in platform contributing platforms -- then growth our XXXX. selling primarily new to

Tim Clarkson

be is spend split guess much on had question that much going to How other salespeople and is How a that going what of you are be going to product number I on you on sales the Yes. and you Can marketing? spend to development? new development. product out? had, both I

Jack Abuhoff

Yes.

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about that'll software think force of marketing and be million, can $X.X capitalized development you then our So costs. sales capabilities. And million $X our

Tim Clarkson

creating So Have accurate your that selling accurate products are value is core data developed know additional AI actually annotation? competency beyond I just that in data. and far, you

Jack Abuhoff

we've the are, No, lot of a got things works. in we

be of as I X will bringing think We to it new platforms. market,

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Tim Clarkson

products demonstrate return Is like on investment it the that? on easy to

Jack Abuhoff

state of a those AI. you more and savings. become results to looking to then XX% the XX% and done trained. And at like you It’s is processing mean, AI -- future a what management them your solutions as be And model question. today's And the algorithms greater demonstrated It for resource because in customers, it on consumption will pretty easy you're good we compelling. then I more this demonstrate greater technology, document investment and then and with go show works. in augmented state model resource are savings returns that deployment the use we've their in that become consumption you we've and by

new with work forward. But to the lot tasks, the trained [transferred more then because There's customer able we're they tasks. those way of we become AI So, thing as performance as a quickly, contribute them goes start high value that of immediately is built our specific on so and they technologies. cool out they on more learning], specific

Tim Clarkson

on you valued are would Innodata What valuations sales to sense be on on One to companies other the last basis? your of companies are are at. what out a there that I lookout price Right. question. for know you always what the similar like

Jack Abuhoff

Yes.

we or some very seeing if are I'm better valuations. those that valuations valuations We our will plan, confident obtain high execute ourselves. we

be clients with of that at up now with, the some dramatically we'd like business we ramping we if valued number. were company a are think or one two exorbitant I private

I on that. So, I about worry don't execution. focus

I stock price think going of that we itself. the that desk, my is if plan the care take on is execute to

Tim Clarkson

question. just say years it seen? three the last that and out biggest curiosity. ago surprises terms of in you've what the where kind Right. are This today, One thought I of company I you positive was is is where of mean, mean,

Jack Abuhoff

mean, are them. so I there many of

I think we call lose advice need listening them maybe now. whomever we’ll and all, a to longer right listening start

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Operator

our Dana Buska from Feltl. question of Instructions]. [Operator comes next And

Dana Buska

first are up your My AI. your head Could hired a AI about group? somebody what you to little applied that, for bit question you recently ambitions talk is your applied

Jack Abuhoff

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Dana Buska

Okay, great.

a group. it, it's about So that kind how like of of you're then? consulting Is kind thinking

Jack Abuhoff

Yes.

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Dana Buska

like you about about is data becoming they little and and with programming. data had talking I seeing excellent. were you're annotated a talk bit becoming a recently -- about read data annotation new Is that annotation Okay, that could that how something programming?

Jack Abuhoff

Yes.

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Dana Buska

time target it for compounded growth exciting you’ve an like the XX%, right? and revenue Am -- what sounds revenue XX% figuring between this your looks you. it read One in talking that you're question, would like year, be that numbers a last Now about growth. I hit I for to XX%

Jack Abuhoff

right. that's Yes,

Dana Buska

Could be too that aggressive?

Jack Abuhoff

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Operator

Abuhoff turn Jack to further for I'd or remarks. there As call the no additional to are like closing any questions, back

Jack Abuhoff

Great. you, operator. Thank

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today. our to So us very will which QX next forward will much. come again, you be our looking you together, pretty soon, for -- for joining me. excuse Thank much so time call, thank call I QX

Operator

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