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Universal Electronics Reports First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

-- Net Sales of $54.2 Million Grew 31% Compared to First Quarter 2005

-- Operating Income of $3.1 Million Up 86% Over First Quarter 2005

CYPRESS, Calif., May 04, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Universal Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq:UEIC): Leading wireless technology developer Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (Nasdaq:UEIC) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006.

"During the first quarter we grew net sales 31 percent over last year's first quarter, reflecting the expanding presence UEI has in wireless control technology," stated Paul Arling, the company's chairman and chief executive officer. "The greater than anticipated sales in our Business Category show just how well positioned UEI is to benefit from the growing adoption of digital technology in the home. Looking ahead, we are confident we have the appropriate framework as well as partner and customer relationships in place to continue capturing a significant portion of the digital technology market. We are further encouraged by our progress in penetrating new target markets, as we have recently announced several products and technologies in the digital media home connectivity markets."

First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

-- Net sales for the first quarter of 2006 were $54.2 million, compared to $41.5 million for the same quarter last year.

-- The Business Category contributed 79 percent of the total revenue and the Consumer Category contributed 21 percent, compared to the first quarter 2005 when the Business and Consumer Categories contributed 71 percent and 29 percent, respectively.

-- Gross margins were 34.1 percent, compared to 37.9 percent in the fourth quarter 2005 and 37.9 percent in last year's first quarter, reflecting the strong Business Category's performance impacting the product mix.

-- Operating income was $3.1 million, including $770,000 in stock based compensation expense, compared to $1.7 million for the same quarter last year, representing an 86 percent increase.

-- Net income for the 2006 first quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $1.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2005.

-- Non-GAAP net income for the 2006 first quarter was $2.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, which excludes stock based compensation charges, compared to $1.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income is included here as management believes it provides a more meaningful measure of quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year financial performance. A formal definition and table reconciling the difference between GAAP and Non-GAAP net income is included at the end of this press release.

"We continue to execute well in bringing UEI's technology and products to the market, as evidenced by the strong growth this quarter," said Rob Lilleness, the company's president and chief operating officer. "Our leading patent portfolio, technology 'know-how,' and array of wireless control solutions attract industry leaders such as Comcast, SKY, and DirecTV in subscription broadcasting, Pioneer, Panasonic, Denon and Monster in consumer electronics, and Nokia in mobile phones. We have the solutions and products in place to expand in our core industry verticals -- subscription broadcasting, consumer electronics, retail/custom installation, and computing -- while also reaching new customers in the automotive, cell phone and home networking markets."

UEI's Recent Highlights:

  • Announced on April 17th, Nokia is using SimpleCenter(TM), by SimpleDevices, to power the Home Media Server PC application, which allows consumers to manage and transfer digital media such as music, photos and videos with the Nokia N80 and a PC, using the industry-leading Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP(TM)) standard
  • Showcased its latest innovative digital access and control solutions for today's digital life at the annual NCTA National Show in Atlanta, as announced on April 6th:
  • Unveiled the Polaris(TM), a unique universal remote control, designed by users, that simplifies the complex home entertainment environment by offering simple and easy to use features and functionality yet still powerful enough to give consumers access to advanced services such as VOD and DVR
  • Introduced the Atlas DVR(TM), UEI's first learning-enabled universal remote control for mass market subscription broadcast distribution
  • Announced My Channel(TM), enabling the set top box to be the true center of the connected home
  • Introduced urcsupport.com, a web service for cable subscribers, including easy model-based search to help users easily setup their remote by simply entering their device model number and interactive online demos that walk users through set up and favorite commands
  • Announced on March 30th a partnership with Niveus to collaborate on software development for the Niveus Media Center. This partnership will bring NevoSL(TM)'s digital media access and control capabilities to the Niveus line of products.
  • Demonstrated the following products and solutions at the EH Expo March 29th - 30th in Orlando, FL, as announced on March 29th:
  • Showcased the latest features of the NevoSL and conducted training for custom installation professionals
  • Featured UEI's Helix(TM) solution, integrated with Z-Wave technology
  • Displayed UEI's broad range of standard and custom OEM control offerings

Conference Call Information:

UEI's management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday May 4, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time to review year-end results and hold a question and answer session for callers. To participate call 1-800-622-9917 ten minutes prior to start time. International dialers call 1-706-645-0366. The live call can also be accessed via the Internet through Universal's Web site at www.uei.com. If you are unable to participate, a replay will be available for two business days following the call. To access, please dial 1-800-642-1687 and international 706-645-9291, reservation number 7904235. The webcast replay will be available at www.uei.com.

About Universal Electronics

Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems.

The company's broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of infrared control software has been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. In addition, the company sells wireless control products to distributors and retailers under the One For All(R) brand name.

More information about UEI can be obtained at http://www.uei.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed herein are the following: the failure of the company's business lines to grow and expand in the manner we anticipate, including our Business category; the failure of the consumer electronics, digital media/technologies, and CEDIA markets to grow as we anticipate; the growth of, acceptance of and the demand for our products and technologies, including new products and our home connectivity line of products and software, in the various markets and geographical regions we serve, including the subscription broadcasting cable, satellite, consumer electronics, retail, home automation, automotive, and cellular industries, not materializing as we believe; the possible dilutive effect our stock based compensation programs may have on our EPS and stock price; our inability to deliver the new products and our home connectivity line of products and software at the time and in the quantities we anticipate; and other factors listed from time to time in our press releases and SEC filings. All forward looking statements included in this release are based upon information we have as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.


                      UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
                      CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                            (In thousands)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                March 31, December 31,
                                                  2006        2005
                                                --------- ------------
                    ASSETS
                   --------
Current assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents                      $ 51,379     $ 43,641
 Accounts receivable, net                         40,980       41,861
 Inventories, net                                 22,485       26,708
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets         2,552        3,841
 Income tax receivable                               903          903
 Deferred income taxes                             2,978        2,971
                                                ----------   ---------
    Total current assets                         121,277      119,925

Equipment, furniture and fixtures, net             4,957        4,352
Goodwill                                          10,478       10,431
Intangible assets, net                             5,900        6,007
Other assets                                         403          403
Deferred income taxes                              5,327        5,201
                                                ----------   ---------
    Total assets                                 148,342      146,319
                                                ==========   =========

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    --------------------------------------
Current liabilities:
 Accounts payable                               $ 19,792     $ 22,731
 Accrued income taxes                              8,340        7,551
 Accrued compensation                              2,810        2,766
 Other accrued expenses                            7,047        9,676
                                                ----------   ---------
    Total current liabilities                     37,989       42,724

Deferred income taxes                                 80           74
Deferred Revenue                                                  229
                                                ----------   ---------
       Total liabilities                          38,069       43,027

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                       171          169
  Paid-in capital                                 86,251       83,220
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss             (3,610)      (5,265)
 Retained earnings                                57,130       54,994
 Deferred stock-based compensation                   (81)        (163)
 Common stock held in treasury                   (29,588)     (29,663)
                                                ----------   ---------
    Total stockholders' equity                   110,273      103,292
                                                ----------   ---------
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  148,342      146,319
                                                ==========   =========



                      UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
                    CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
               (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         March 31,
                                                       2006     2005
                                                     -------- --------

Net sales                                            $54,173  $41,502
Cost of sales                                         35,685   25,786
                                                     -------- --------
Gross profit                                          18,488   15,716
Research and development                               1,846    1,600
Selling, general and administrative expenses          13,512   12,432
                                                     -------- --------
Operating expenses                                    15,358   14,032
                                                     -------- --------
Operating income                                       3,130    1,684
Interest income, net                                    (272)    (218)
Other expense (income), net                              161     (952)
                                                     -------- --------
Income before income taxes                             3,241    2,854
Provision for income taxes                            (1,105)    (998)
                                                     -------- --------
Net income                                           $ 2,136  $ 1,856
                                                     ======== ========
Earnings per share:
     Basic                                           $  0.16  $  0.14
                                                     ======== ========
     Diluted                                         $  0.15  $  0.13
                                                     ======== ========
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
     Basic                                            13,643   13,518
                                                     ======== ========

     Diluted                                          14,240   14,082
                                                     ======== ========

To supplement UEI's consolidated financial statements presented in
accordance with GAAP, UEI uses non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS
financial measures internally. The presentation of this financial
information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a
substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in
accordance with GAAP.

UEI's management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures
provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance
by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of our core
business operating results. UEI believes that both management and
investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures
in assessing UEI's performance and when planning, forecasting and
analyzing historical and future periods. These non-GAAP financial
measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to UEI's
historical performance. UEI believes these non-GAAP financial measures
are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with
respect to supplemental information used by management in its
financial and operational decision making.



                      UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Net Income and Net Income Per Share
               (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                              (Unaudited)


The following table reconciles UEI's non-GAAP financial results for
the first quarter 2006, which excludes stock compensation expense and
the related tax effect, to its actual financial results in accordance
with generally accepted accounting principles.


                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                        March 31,
                                                      2006      2005
                                                    --------  --------

Net income, as reported according to GAAP           $ 2,136   $ 1,856
Plus:
   Stock-based compensation expense                     770         0
Less:
    Tax effect of excluding stock-based
     compensation expense                              (254)        0
Non-GAAP net income                                 $ 2,651   $ 1,856
                                                    ========  ========

GAAP earnings per share
      Diluted                                       $  0.15   $  0.13
                                                    ========  ========
Non-GAAP earnings per share:
      Diluted                                       $  0.19   $  0.13
                                                    ========  ========
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
     Diluted                                         14,240    14,082
                                                    ========  ========

SOURCE: Universal Electronics Inc.

Universal Electronics Inc.
Paul Arling, 714-820-1000
or
Kirsten Chapman, 415-433-3777 (IR Agency)