Strong client response drives 11% year over year growth, a gross margin of 50%, with $725K USD in recurring revenue from acquired client base including 7 of top 10 US Fortune 500 insurance companies in the United States
VIQ Solutions Inc. ("VIQ" or the "Company") (TSX Venture Exchange: VQS and OTC Markets: VQSLF), a global provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture technology and transcription services, today announced significant growth in Insurance directly attributable to recent acquisitions and its modernized solution portfolio, powered by Artificial Intelligence. All figures are in USD.
Acquisition growth was augmented by new organic revenue from clients acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic in four key markets including 43 in Law Enforcement.
VIQ’s Insurance portfolio represented 25% of total revenue at the end of Q1, and is forecasted to generate approximately 50% gross margin, $8.8 - $9.0 million revenue in 2020.
To meet increased market demand, VIQ is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Turry as VP Insurance Sales. Mr. Turry is responsible for increasing transcription service revenue in the insurance vertical and for expanding the market of VIQ’s sophisticated solutions to new and existing clients.
Mr. Turry joined VIQ Solutions in February through the acquisition of WordZ. He brings 28 years of extensive background in transcription services and workflow transformation. During his time at WordZ, Mr. Turry served as president and, with focused execution, created a world-class service organization. In his new role, he is focused on enabling client digital transformation faster and at lower cost.
VIQ Solutions, augmented by recent acquisitions, boasts an impressive client portfolio that includes 7 of the top 10 insurance agencies and 11% growth in wallet share within the acquisition client base. In 2018 billed revenue for VIQ Solutions insurance portfolio was $6.4 million, and in 2019 billed revenue was $7.1 million.
VIQ Solutions leads the digital transformation with cutting edge technologies, NetScribe™, powered by aiAssist™ and MobileMic Pro™, that deliver faster and more accurate transcripts while securely protecting confidential information. VIQ services reduce costs, decreased turnaround times, and increase transcript accuracy improving claim efficiency and providing much needed digitized innovation to the industry.
"VIQ Solutions offers the insurance industry a unique combination of powerful technology and services expertise to the insurance industry to support the creation of evidence, resulting in improved customer experience," said Joel Turry, Vice President, Sales, Insurance Vertical, VIQ Solutions. "I intend to apply my deep industry knowledge to foster new relationships, drive digital transformation, and provide efficient, secure, and reliable solutions and services to top-tier insurance companies around the nation."
"VIQ set out to acquire companies in 2018 that aligned with our technology and segmentation strategy so we could influence client improvement and create scale for our acquired companies," said Susan Sumner, COO, VIQ Solutions. "The results clearly prove that the market sees the value of our combined organization, not only within the Insurance industry but also in the Law Enforcement communities we serve. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have added 43 new Law Enforcement agencies further validating the value in our enhanced portfolio and stringent security protocols."
For more information about VIQ, please visit viqsolutions.com or call 800-263-9947.
About VIQ Solutions Inc.
VIQ Solutions is a global expert in video capture software and audio recording with voice-to-text capabilities. VIQ provides a cyber-secure AI technology and service platform to law enforcement, immigration, medical, legal, insurance, courts, and transcription service providers, enabling them to unlock the value of their enterprise digital media and streamline their document-creation workflow, using artificial intelligence tools for measurable business gains.
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