The company is increasing emphasis on its high-velocity SaaS product, SoundHound for Restaurants, while leveraging its growing bookings backlog of more than $300M
SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 5, 2023 – SoundHound AI, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOUN), a global leader in voice artificial intelligence, today announced measures to accelerate its path to profitability. As part of a targeted restructuring, the company will increase its focus on SoundHound for Restaurants while reducing investment in new verticals and already completed language development projects. It will maintain its growing licensing business in smart devices, TV, and automotive verticals.
These measures are expected to reduce costs by approximately 40% while still enabling the company to deliver revenue growth of over 50% in 2023. As a result of this restructuring, cost reductions, and revenue growth, SoundHound expects to have much lighter capital needs going forward and become operating cash flow positive by Q4 of this year.
“We are announcing these actions today to align with the demands of a changing market by targeting profitability within 2023,” said Keyvan Mohajer, CEO and Co-founder of SoundHound. “We are reducing costs while prioritizing our highest sources of revenue growth. With over $300M in cumulative bookings backlog, SoundHound is entering the year on a positive revenue trajectory, with a strong base of global customers shipping products using our industry-leading voice AI technology.”
The company anticipates significant growth from its subscription business, SoundHound for Restaurants – a SaaS offering with very strong customer demand that directly offsets labor shortages and increased costs in the food and beverage industry. This product is poised to be the foundation for accelerated growth in 2024 due to its cumulative recurring revenues.
Having successfully completed voice AI solutions in 25 languages across multiple domains, SoundHound is now able to reduce the high cost of this effort and shift resources to optimize revenue growth with increased cost efficiency. Furthermore, the company’s global footprint will move towards strategic regions that are both high-value and low-cost. Through continued support of its current customers, with millions of products in-market, SoundHound has built a stable foundation for sustainable, long-term growth.
Throughout this journey, innovation remains at the heart of SoundHound’s DNA. On November 17, 2022, the company unveiled a breakthrough technology called Dynamic Interaction, revolutionizing the user experience in the new generation of SoundHound-powered products and services, and a significant milestone toward the company’s vision of making conversational AI more human.
SoundHound (Nasdaq: SOUN), a leading innovator of conversational intelligence, offers an independent voice AI platform that enables businesses across industries to deliver best-in-class conversational experiences to their customers. Built on proprietary Speech-to-Meaning® and Deep Meaning Understanding® technologies, SoundHound’s advanced voice AI platform provides exceptional speed and accuracy and enables humans to interact with products and services like they interact with each other—by speaking naturally. SoundHound is trusted by companies around the globe, including Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Pandora, Qualcomm, Netflix, Snap, Square, LG, VIZIO, KIA, and Stellantis. www.soundhound.com
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