Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK)

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) AI Key To Future Growth

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK)

Shares of Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) gained 5.98% as investors reacted to the company’s 3D augmented reality product being selected as the core technology behind Sina Weibo new mobile application. Developed by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, KanKan, the 3D facial tracking technology can track and recognize movements of various facial features.

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK)

Sina Weibo Collaboration

According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Kai-Shing Tao, integration of the technology in Sina Weibo app, SuishouPai app, demonstrates the company’s ability to monetize its technologies. The use of the facial recognition technology should also help Remark Holdings better understand various facial expression which could lead to further improvements in the AI technology.

“We not only created a facial tracking system that we believe is far superior to existing technologies, but we also created 3D filters that can be used socially among friends or used to identify business opportunities in various industries, such as in the cosmetics field,” Tao in a statement.

Some observers believe that the value of the Sina Weibo deal has yet to be fully factored into the stock price of Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK). The share price has struggled to break through the $3 -$4.50 trading range despite the value of the assets that the company owns.

The stock is currently rated as a ‘strong buy’ by one analyst firm according to data compiled by Zacks Investment Research.

KanKan AI Prospects

KanKan has inked lucrative deals with tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), Tencent Holdings Ltd (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) and Sina Weibo, something that could have catapulted the stock up the charts. However, that has not been the case. The management has already indicated that the recently announced deals have the potential to take the company’s artificial revenue from zero as of the start of the year, to $20 million as of next year.

The expected revenue could be much higher as tech giants continue to come up with unique ways of integrating artificial intelligence into their operations and products. The Remark Holdings subsidiary could continue to elicit interest given the investment it has made on the emerging technological spectacle.

“Artificial intelligence is the most exciting and disruptive force in technology today. It has the power to rapidly change business fundamentals. Remark’s AI technology platforms are on the forefront,” said Tao.

A further testament to Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) credibility on AI is the naming of KanKan latest product, Heterogeneous Multi-Intelligence System, among the top three in Alibaba’s ‘Best AI Products’.

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About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) Seven Figure Contract

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK)

Shares of Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) gained 7.93% after one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises awarded the company’s subsidiary, KanKan, a seven-figure contract. The contract is for the supply of facial and object recognition technology to a Shanghai municipal health agency.

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK)

MARK Stock Performance

Wednesday’s rally helped reverse a sell-off that had pushed Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) from $4.20 to$3.60. Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) has underperformed the overall industry after struggling to rise above January trading levels. It awaits to be seen if the seven-figure contract is the catalyst that will help push the stock to new highs. MARK has a 52-week high of $4.87 a share.

The technology utilizes artificial intelligence to ensure food service workers wear hats and masks all the time. KanKan is to install the technology in 200 restaurants as part of the trial phase ahead of a potential expansion to 2,000 facilities.

“This contract shows that we are able to monetize our artificial-intelligence technology, including facial and object recognition,” said Kai-Sheng Tao, Remark Holding’s Chairman and CEO, “and it sets the foundation for us to potentially triple our business with the city of Shanghai in 2018 and expand to most of the eight million restaurants located in cities throughout China.”

Remark’s Revenue Growth

The KanKan Artificial Intelligence platform has been a key driver of Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK)’s revenue. With the unit meeting and surpassing expectations, Mr. Tao remains confident of the company meeting its revenue and growth metrics for the year.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) generated revenues of $17.3 million, compared to $15 million reported last year. Revenue for the first six months of the year totaled $32.6 million compared to $29.2 million last year.

Net loss for the quarter dropped to (-$4.3) million or (-$0.19) a share from (-$5.4) million or (-$0.27) a share as of the second quarter of 2016. Net loss for the first six months of the year nearly halved to (-$4.3) million from (-$7.8) million as of last year.

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About the author: James Marion is a University of Houston student studying Business with a concentration in Finance. James has interned with several investment professionals and hopes to pursue a career as a professional stock analyst after graduation.