Presto Automation Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2024 Financial Results

May 21, 2024

Successful Pilots of Presto Voice™ with Pure AI and Spanish Language Capabilities

Focuses on Voice AI Solution for Drive-Thrus By Exiting Touch Pay-at-Table Solution

SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- -- Presto Automation Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), one of the largest drive-thru AI and automation technology providers to the restaurant industry, today announced financial results for the 2024 fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2024.

“We are encouraged by the significant progress we are making in our Voice AI solution across many operating metrics as we continue its roll-out to our drive-thru customers,” said Gee Lefevre, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Presto. “Given the increased challenges our customers are experiencing, we are delivering real value by optimizing their labor expenses and remain extremely excited about the potential of the Presto Voice solution across North American drive-thru operators,“ he added.

As a result of the Presto Voice opportunities, the Company has taken decisive action to focus on this solution and, as has been disclosed previously, to wind down its Touch pay-at-table product. Presto will exit this business line with the expiration of its final customer contracts at the end of June 2024.

Fiscal Third Quarter 2024 Financial Summary

  • Total revenue was $4.5 million
  • Net loss was a loss of ($18.1) million
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was a loss of ($12.2) million

*Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure defined under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” and is reconciled to net income (loss), the closest comparable GAAP measure, at the end of this release.

Recent Business Summary

  • Presto Voice with Pure AI, a transformative feature that delivers enhanced Voice AI order-taking for restaurants, was successfully piloted. Presto believes this solution, which eliminates humans-in-the-loop, will allow the machine learning to improve more quickly while still providing Presto’s recognized high level of efficiency and accuracy. Once successful, Presto plans to expand this technology at a shorter ramp-up period with a number of customer locations that have already agreed.
  • Presto also piloted its Presto Voice Spanish Voice AI ordering feature at a location in Southern California to provide a seamless and inclusive experience for all restaurant guests. We intend to roll out this feature following additional on-site testing.
  • Presto took decisive action to focus exclusively on its leading Presto Voice AI solution for drive-thru operators by winding down the Touch pay-at-table solution. This will provide clarity to our employees and customers and provide a clear path for future growth.

Liquidity Position
On May 20, 2024, the Company completed a financing of $3 million in common equity and subordinated debt from various parties including our existing investor, Remus Capital. In conjunction with this financing, Presto’s principal senior secured lender, Metropolitan Partners Group (“Metropolitan”), agreed to extend forbearance with respect to defaults under the Company’s credit facility until June 15, 2024. The capital raised together with cash-on-hand and projected revenues is expected to be sufficient to finance the Company through June 15, 2024. Metropolitan has agreed to further extend forbearance until July 15, 2024 if the Company raises $3 million in additional equity by June 7, 2024. During the forbearance period, Metropolitan has agreed to negotiate in good faith to complete an agreement to transfer its debt position to a new lender in consideration for $20 million and evidence of a minimum of $12 million of operating capital in the Company. Metropolitan will also receive convertible notes in the Company. If a transfer of the debt is not completed or if forbearance is otherwise terminated, the Company has agreed to cooperate with Metropolitan as it explores its other financial alternatives including seeking new investors or M&A options. Please refer to the Form 8-K filed by the Company on May 16, 2024 for full details.

Financial Outlook Update
Presto expects total revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2024 to be in the range of $1.6 million to $1.9 million.

Presto Automation, Inc. Fiscal Third Quarter 2024 Conference Call Details

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT
Link: You can register for the conference call at

A live audio webcast of the event will be available on the Presto Investor Relations website, An archived replay of the webcast also will be available shortly after the live event on the Presto Investor Relations website.

About Presto Automation
Presto (Nasdaq: PRST) provides enterprise-grade AI and automation solutions to the restaurant industry. Presto’s solutions are designed to decrease labor costs, improve staff productivity, increase revenue, and enhance the guest experience. Presto offers its AI solution, Presto Voice™, to quick-service restaurants (QSR) and has some of the most recognized restaurant names in the United States as its customers.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Performance Measures
This press release includes Adjusted EBITDA, which is a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in the United States. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful for comparing our financial performance to other companies and from period to period by excluding the impact of certain items that do not reflect our core operating performance, thereby providing consistency and direct comparability with our past financial performance and between fiscal periods. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income, adjusted to exclude interest expense, other income, net, loss on debt extinguishment and financial obligations, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, stock-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments on warrant liabilities and convertible promissory notes and merger-related ancillary costs. We include this non-GAAP measure because it is used by management to evaluate our core operating performance and trends and to make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital and new investments. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable GAAP financial measure is included below under “Reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Statements that refer to projections, forecasts, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “outlook,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “continue,” “could,” “may,” “might,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “should,” “would” and other similar words and expressions, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release or as of the date they are made. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, Presto disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements, all of which are expressly qualified by the statements in this section, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Presto cautions you that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of Presto. In addition, Presto cautions you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to the following risks and uncertainties: Presto’s limited operating history in a new and developing market makes it difficult to evaluate its current business and predict its future results; Presto’s success depends on increasing the number of franchisees of our existing restaurant customers that use its solution, and, in particular, Presto Voice, and the timing of the deployments of contracted locations; Presto’s sales cycles can be long and unpredictable, and its sales efforts require a considerable investment of time and expense; Presto may be adversely affected if it is unable to optimize the number of human agents required to operate its Presto Voice solution to improve its unit cost structure; Changes in Presto’s senior management team have impacted its organization’s focus and it is dependent on the continued services and performance of its current senior management team; Presto’s ability to recruit, retain, and develop qualified personnel is critical to its success and growth; Defects, errors or vulnerabilities in third party technology that is used in Presto’s solutions could harm its reputation and brand and adversely impact its business, financial condition, and results of operations; Presto’s pricing decisions and pricing models may adversely affect its ability to attract new customers and retain existing customers; If Presto fails to maintain a consistently high level of customer service or fails to manage its reputation, brand, business and financial results may be harmed; Changes to Presto’s AI solutions could cause it to incur additional expenses and impact its product development program; Presto is subject to legal proceedings and government investigations which are costly and time-consuming to defend and may adversely affect its business, financial position, and results of operations; Presto and certain of its third-party partners, service providers, and sub processors transmit and store personal information of its customers and their consumers. If the security of this information is compromised, Presto’s reputation may be harmed, and it may be exposed to liability and loss of business; Presto is subject to stringent and changing privacy laws, regulations and standards, and contractual obligations related to data privacy and security, and noncompliance with such laws could adversely affect its business; Security breaches, denial of service attacks, or other hacking and phishing attacks on Presto’s systems or the systems with which Presto’s solutions integrate could harm its reputation or subject Presto to significant liability, and adversely affect its business and financial results; Presto is dependent upon its customers continued and unimpeded access to the internet, and upon their willingness to use the internet for commerce; Presto’s current liquidity resources raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern and to comply with its debt covenants unless it raises additional capital to meet its obligations in the near term; Presto’s efforts to generate revenues and/or reduce expenditures may not be sufficient and may make it difficult for Presto to implement its business strategy; Presto has faced challenges complying with the covenants contained in its credit facility and, unless it can raise additional capital, it may need additional waivers which may not be forthcoming; Presto requires additional capital, which additional financing is likely to result in restrictions on its operations or substantial dilution to its stockholders, to support the growth of its business, and this capital might not be available on acceptable terms, if at all; Unfavorable conditions in the restaurant industry or the global economy could limit Presto’s ability to grow its business and materially impact its financial performance; Presto’s results of operations may fluctuate from quarter to quarter and if it fails to meet the expectations of securities analysts or investors with respect to results of operations, its stock price and the value of your investment could decline; Presto’s ability to use its net operating loss carryforwards and certain other tax attributes may be limited; Recent turmoil in the banking industry may negatively impact Presto’s ability to acquire financing on acceptable terms if at all, and worsening conditions or additional bank failures could result in a loss of deposits over federally insured levels; The restaurant technology industry is highly competitive; Presto may not be able to compete successfully against current and future competitors; Mergers of or other strategic transactions by Presto’s competitors, its customers, or its partners could weaken its competitive position or reduce its revenue; Presto’s growth depends in part on reliance on third parties and its ability to integrate with third-party applications and software; Presto’s transaction revenue is partly dependent on its partners to develop and update third-party entertainment applications. The decisions of developers to remove their applications or change the terms of our commercial relationship could adversely impact Presto’s transaction revenue; Payment transactions processed on Presto’s solutions may subject Presto to regulatory requirements and the rules of payment card networks, and other risks that could be costly and difficult to comply with or that could harm its business; Presto relies upon Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and other infrastructure to operate its platform, and any disruption of or interference with its use of these providers would adversely affect its business, results of operations, and financial condition; Certain estimates and information contained in this report are based on information from third-party sources, and Presto does not independently verify the accuracy or completeness of the data contained in such sources or the methodologies for collecting such data; Presto’s business is subject to a variety of U.S. laws and regulations, many of which are unsettled and still developing, and Presto or its customers’ failure to comply with such laws and regulations could subject Presto to claims or otherwise adversely affect its business, financial condition, or results of operations; Significant changes in U.S. and international trade policies that restrict imports or increase tariffs could have a material adverse effect on Presto’s results of operations; If Presto fails to adequately protect its intellectual property rights, its competitive position could be impaired and it may lose valuable assets, generate reduced revenue and become subject to costly litigation to protect its rights; Presto has been, and may in the future be, subject to claims by third parties of intellectual property infringement, which, if successful could negatively impact operations and significantly increase costs; Presto uses open-source software in its platform, which could negatively affect its ability to sell its services or subject it to litigation or other actions; Presto may be unable to continue to use the domain names that it uses in its business or prevent third parties from acquiring and using domain names that infringe on, are similar to, or otherwise decrease the value of its brand, trademarks, or service marks; Presto’s senior management team has limited experience managing a public company, and regulatory compliance obligations may divert its attention from the day-to-day management of its business; As a public reporting company, Presto is subject to filing deadlines for reports that are filed pursuant to the Exchange Act, and its failure to timely file such reports may have material adverse consequences on its business; As a public reporting company, Presto is subject to rules and regulations established from time to time by the SEC regarding its internal control over financial reporting. If Presto fails to establish and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures, it may not be able to accurately report its financial results or report them in a timely manner; Presto has identified material weaknesses in its internal controls over financial reporting and, if it fails to remediate these deficiencies, it may not be able to accurately or timely report its financial condition or results of operations; Presto is an emerging growth company, and it cannot be certain if the reduced disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies will make its Common Stock less attractive to investors; Presto has and will continue to incur significant costs as a result of operating as a public company; Provisions in Presto’s Charter and Bylaws may discourage, delay or prevent a merger, acquisition or other change in control in Presto’s company that stockholders may consider favorable, including transactions in which you might otherwise receive a premium for your shares; Presto’s Charter provides that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware and the federal district courts of the United States of America are the exclusive forums for substantially all disputes between it and our stockholders, which could limit its stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with Presto or its directors, officers, or employees; A market for Presto’s securities may not continue, which would adversely affect the liquidity and price of its securities; Nasdaq may delist Presto’s securities from trading on its exchange, which could limit investors’ ability to make transactions in its securities and subject Presto to additional trading restrictions; Future offerings of debt or offerings or issuances of equity securities by Presto may adversely affect the market price of Presto’s Common Stock or otherwise dilute all other stockholders; If securities or industry analysts do not publish or cease publishing research or reports about Presto, its business, or its market, or if they change their recommendations regarding Presto’s securities adversely, the price and trading volume of Presto’s securities could decline; Presto may be subject to securities litigation, which is expensive and could divert management’s attention.

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(in thousands, except per share and per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended March 31, Nine Months Ended March 31,
Platform $2,191  $3,088  $6,432  $11,617 
Transaction  2,261   3,519   7,798   9,699 
Total Revenue  4,452   6,607   14,230   21,316 
Cost of revenue:                
Platform  1,642   2,743   4,165   10,951 
Transaction  2,032   3,084   6,992   8,561 
Depreciation and impairment  612   291   3,656   873 
Total cost of revenue  4,286   6,118   14,813   20,385 
Gross profit  166   489   (583)  931 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development (1)  2,661   5,496   14,443   16,877 
Sales and marketing (1)  2,048   2,127   5,883   6,753 
General and administration (1)  10,757   7,408   27,556   19,608 
Total operating expenses  15,466   15,031   47,882   43,238 
Loss from operations  (15,300)  (14,542)  (48,465)  (42,307)
Change in fair value of warrants and convertible promissory notes  626   1,599   26,937   61,043 
Interest expense  (3,126)  (2,991)  (10,441)  (9,397)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt           (8,095)
Other financing and financial instrument (costs) income, net  (250)     1,141   (1,768)
Other income, net     257   92   2,612 
Total other income (expense), net  (2,750)  (1,135)  17,729   44,395 
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes  (18,050)  (15,677)  (30,736)  2,088 
Provision for income taxes  45   3   41   8 
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) $(18,095) $(15,680) $(30,777) $2,080 
Reconciliation of net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to common stockholders for net income (loss) per share            
Less deemed dividend attributable to anti-dilution provision  (9,000)     (10,500)   
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to common stockholders  (27,095)  (15,680)  (41,277)  2,080 
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders:                
Basic $(0.32) $(0.30) $(0.60) $0.05 
Diluted $(0.32) $(0.30) $(0.60) $0.04 
Weighted-average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share attributable            
to common stockholders, basic  83,744,950   51,453,368   68,395,804   44,173,570 
Weighted-average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share attributable            
to common stockholders, diluted  83,744,950   51,453,368   68,395,804   54,539,795 

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows (in thousands)

  Three Months Ended March 31, Nine Months Ended March 31,
     2024    2023    2024    2023
Research and development $240 $1,154 $2,859 $1,886
Sales and marketing  138  245  745  581
General and administrative  1,629  2,997  5,013  6,805
Total* $2,007 $4,396 $8,617 $9,272

* For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2024, such amount reflects $1,260 and $3,934 respectively, of stock-based compensation expense related to earn out shares attributable to option and RSU holders. For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2023, such amount reflects $1,604 and $3,479, respectively, of stock-based compensation expense related to earn out shares attributable to option and RSU holders.

(in thousands, except share and par value)
     March 31,    June 30,
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $4,235  $15,143 
Restricted cash     10,000 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $415 and $746, respectively  1,246   1,831 
Inventories  181   629 
Deferred cost, current  1,068   2,301 
Prepaid and other current assets  1,427   1,162 
Total current assets  8,157   31,066 
Deferred cost, net of current portion  125   92 
Investment in non-affiliate  2,000   2,000 
Property and equipment, net  577   909 
Intangible asset, net  8,126   10,528 
Goodwill  1,156   1,156 
Other long-term assets  291   936 
Total assets $20,432  $46,687 
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $4,106  $3,295 
Accrued liabilities  4,167   4,319 
Financing obligations, current  3,540   1,676 
Debt, current  50,271   50,639 
Convertible promissory notes and embedded warrants, current  8,490    
Deferred revenue, current  960   1,284 
Total current liabilities  71,534   61,213 
Financing obligations, net of current portion     3,000 
Warrant liabilities  7,043   25,867 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion  15   299 
Other long-term liabilities  8   1,535 
Total liabilities $78,600  $91,914 
Stockholders' deficit:        
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value–1,500,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2024 and June 30, 2023, respectively; no shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and June 30, 2023, respectively      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value–100,000,000,000 and 180,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2024 and June 30, 2023, respectively, and 107,175,894 shares issued with 104,175,894 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and 57,180,531 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023  10   5 
Treasury stock at cost, 3,000,000 and 0 shares held at March 31, 2024 and June 30, 2023, respectively  (750)   
Additional paid-in capital  208,612   190,031 
Accumulated deficit  (266,040)  (235,263)
Total stockholders' deficit  (58,168)  (45,227)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $20,432  $46,687 

(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
Cash Flows from Operating Activities        
Net income (loss) $(30,777) $2,080 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization  2,431   1,262 
Impairment of intangible assets  4,056    
Impairment of inventory  425    
Stock-based compensation  4,683   5,794 
Earnout share stock-based compensation  3,934   3,478 
Contra-revenue associated with warrant agreement  462   1,073 
Noncash expense attributable to fair value liabilities assumed in Merger     34 
Change in fair value of liability classified warrants, net of anti-dilution warrants issued  (25,467)  (12,555)
Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs  4,046   2,433 
Change in fair value of embedded warrants and convertible promissory notes  (1,470)  (48,271)
Debt issuance costs associated with convertible promissory notes  388    
Loss on extinguishment of debt and financing obligations     8,095 
Paid-in-kind interest expense  5,675   4,604 
Share and warrant cost on termination of convertible note agreement     2,412 
Forgiveness of PPP Loan     (2,000)
Change in fair value of unvested founder shares liability  (1,391)  (1,392)
Noncash lease expense  256   264 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment     16 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net  586   (689)
Inventories  22   474 
Deferred costs  825   7,769 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  125   (742)
Other long-term assets      
Accounts payable  202   1,480 
Vendor financing facility      
Accrued liabilities  (443)  (2,137)
Deferred revenue  (608)  (8,954)
Other long-term liabilities  (137)  (247)
Net cash used in operating activities  (32,177)  (35,719)
Cash Flows from Investing Activities        
Purchase of property and equipment  (396)  (229)
Payments relating to capitalized software  (3,034)  (3,584)
Investment in non-affiliate     (2,000)
Net cash used in investing activities  (3,430)  (5,813)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities        
Proceeds from the exercise of common stock options  282   280 
Proceeds from the issuance of term loans and promissory notes  6,400   60,250 
Payment of debt issuance costs  (435)  (1,294)
Repayment of term loans  (10,000)  (32,980)
Proceeds from issuance of premium financing  884    
Repayment of premium financing  (663)   
Payment of penalties and other costs on extinguishment of debt     (6,144)
Proceeds from the issuance of convertible notes  6,960    
Proceeds from issuance of financing obligations      
Principal payments of financing obligations  (527)  (3,669)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock  11,798   1,100 
Contributions from Merger and PIPE financing, net of transaction costs and other payments     49,840 
Payment of deferred transaction costs     (1,890)
Net cash provided by financing activities  14,699   65,493 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  (20,908)  23,961 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year  25,143   3,017 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $4,235  $26,978 
Supplemental Disclosure of Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities        
Capitalization of stock-based compensation expense to capitalized software $323  $916 
Issuance of warrants  148   1,352 
Capital contribution from shareholder in conjunction with Credit Agreement     2,779 
Issuance of warrants in conjunction with Credit Agreement  6,643   2,705 
Issuance of warrants in conjunction with Lago Term Loan     843 
Convertible note conversion to common stock     41,392 
Reclassification of warrants from liabilities to equity     830 
Recognition of liability classified warrants upon Merger     9,388 
Recognition of Unvested Founder Shares liability     1,588 
Forgiveness of PPP Loan     (2,000)
Transaction costs recorded in accounts payable and accrued liabilities  300    
Right of use asset in exchange for operating lease liability     308 
Deemed dividend associated with anti-dilution adjustment  10,500    
Forfeiture of Common Stock in exchange for Convertible Notes  750    

Reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP Results
(In thousands, unaudited)
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  March 31, March 31,
Adjusted EBITDA                
Net income (loss) $(18,095) $(15,680) $(30,777) $2,080 
Interest expense  3,126   2,991   10,441   9,397 
Provision for income taxes  45   3   41   8 
Other (income) expense, net     (257)  (92)  (2,612)
Depreciation and amortization  665   418   2,431   1,262 
Impairment of Intangible assets        4,056    
Impairment of Inventory        425    
Stock-based compensation expense  747   2,792   4,683   5,793 
Earnout stock-based compensation expense  1,260   1,604   3,934   3,479 
Change in fair value of warrants and convertible promissory notes  (626)  (1,599)  (26,937)  (61,043)
Restructuring expense  414      414    
Loss on extinguishment of debt and financial obligations           8,095 
Other financing and financial instrument (costs) income, net  250      (1,141)  1,768 
Deferred compensation and bonuses earned upon closing of the Merger           2,232 
Public relations fee due upon closing of the Merger           250 
Adjusted EBITDA $(12,214) $(9,728) $(32,522) $(29,291)

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