SoundHound raises $25m, just 2 weeks after axing 40% of its workforce

Speech and music recognition firm SoundHound has closed $25 million in most well-liked fairness financing from a gaggle of unnamed monetary and strategic buyers.

The announcment arrived on Tuesday (January 24), lower than two weeks after the corporate was reported to have axed almost half of its employees (200 individuals).

In an SEC submitting on January 5, SoundHound confirmed that the corporate was lowering its workforce “by roughly 40%”.

SoundHound says that it closed the financing on Friday January 20.

The buyers within the newest financing had been a mixture of present shareholders and new capital suppliers, SoundHound mentioned on Tuesday, including that the popular fairness that the buyers subscribed into might be convertible into class A shares within the firm.

SoundHound went public on the Nasdaq inventory change in April 2022 after closing a $2.1 billion merger with particular objective acquisition firm (SPAC) Archimedes Tech SPAC Companions.

The popular fairness might be robotically transformed on or after the one-year anniversary of the issuance date if sure value situations are met, the corporate added.

As well as the fairness financing, SoundHound says additionally it is within the strategy of refinancing its present debt with a brand new minimally dilutive facility that it says will present incremental capital and defer present amortization funds.

Based on SoundHound, the refinancing, along with the corporate’s value discount measures, is anticipated to lead to working value financial savings in extra of $60 million as the corporate expects to grow to be GAAP working money circulation constructive by the top of 2023.

In the identical launch, the corporate issued its upbeat earnings outlook for 2022, anticipating income of about $31 million, on the high-end of its earlier steering, and gross margin in extra of 70%.

“SoundHound believes that burgeoning market demand and vital advances in expertise are creating the situations for an explosion in conversational AI, and SoundHound’s next-generation services are on the heart of this revolution.”

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Income development in 2023 is forecast to realize momentum to about 50% yr over yr, owing to the corporate’s sturdy buyer base and nicely over $300 million bookings basis, it says.

SoundHound additionally attributed its anticipated sturdy outcomes this yr to rising demand for its voice AI-enabled customer support merchandise.

In 2022, the corporate made plenty of key partnerships and integrations, together with an settlement with Qualcomm that noticed SoundHound’s voice AI being built-in with Snapdragon platforms.

The corporate additionally expanded its partnership with Snap and made new offers with VIZIO, Sq. and Toast. 

In Might 2022, SoundHound signed a seven-year settlement with Hyundai to incorporate SoundHound’s Edge+Cloud voice AI expertise, music recognition software program, voice commerce answer, and multiple-language conversational intelligence in plenty of Hyundai’s car fashions globally.

Two months later, SoundHound introduced the same partnership with Stellantis, fashioned from the merger of Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Cars and France’s Peugeot.

Different partnerships over the previous yr had been with LG, HARMAN Worldwide, DPCA, and DMI.

In 2019, SoundHound partnered with Pandora to launch voice management on the Pandora app.


“SoundHound believes that burgeoning market demand and vital advances in expertise are creating the situations for an explosion in conversational AI, and SoundHound’s next-generation services are on the heart of this revolution,” the corporate says.

SoundHound’s fairness financing and debt refinancing comes as SoundHound, like different tech firms, climate the present macroeconomic downturn.

“After we set course in early 2021 to grow to be publicly listed, high-tech firms like SoundHound had been the darlings of the investor group,” CEO Keyvan Mohajer was quoted by tech information outlet Gizmodo as saying in an inside electronic mail.

“Corporations who may obtain excessive development, regardless of excessive prices, had been seen as engines of a future financial system. Nevertheless, because of altering financial situations, together with excessive rates of interest, rising inflation, and fears of recession, firms with our profile turned a lot much less fascinating,” Mohajer added.

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