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Universal Electronics Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

CYPRESS, Calif., May 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ:UEIC) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

"For the first quarter of 2011, our revenue, operating income and adjusted pro forma net income grew substantially over the same period last year, yet our profitability for the quarter fell short of our expectations," stated Paul Arling, UEI's Chairman and CEO. "During the quarter, our business was impacted by an unfavorable mix of customer orders, production capacity being below our expectations, and the natural disasters in Japan and their terrible aftermath. While the events in Japan may continue to cloud near-term visibility, we are working to correct the other challenges before us."

"While we are not satisfied with our first quarter results, we are ever more confident in the progress we have made in technology development, customer relationships and the improved positioning of UEI. Our strategy remains consistent as we focus on winning new customers and deepening relationships with existing customers to expand our penetration in global markets," concluded Arling.

Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 31: 2011 Compared to 2010

  • Net sales were $105.7 million, compared to $71.4 million.
    • Business Category revenue was $95.3 million, compared to $60.2 million.
      The Business Category contributed 90.2% of total net sales, compared to 84.4%.
    • Consumer Category revenue was $10.4 million, compared to $11.2 million.
      The Consumer Category contributed 9.8% of total net sales, compared to 15.6%.
  • Adjusted pro forma gross margins were 26.4%, compared to gross margins of 30.9%.
  • Adjusted pro forma operating expenses were $24.4 million, compared to operating expenses of $19.4 million.
  • Adjusted pro forma operating income was $3.4 million, compared to operating income of $2.7 million.
  • Adjusted pro forma net income was $2.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.
  • At March 31, 2011, cash and cash equivalents was $45.1 million.

Financial Outlook

For the second quarter of 2011, the company expects net sales to range between $117 million and $123 million, compared to $78.9 million in the second quarter of 2010. Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011 are expected to range from $0.42 to $0.52, compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.34 in the second quarter of 2010.

For the full 2011 year, the company expects net sales to range between $485 million and $510 million, compared to $331.8 million in 2010. Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for 2011 are expected to range from $2.10 to $2.40, compared to adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share of $1.27 in 2010.

Conference Call Information

UEI's management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its first quarter 2011 earnings results, review the quarterly activity and answer questions. To access the call in the U.S. please dial 877-655-6895 and for international calls dial 706-758-0299 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference. The conference ID is 60888542. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and available for replay for one year at www.uei.com. In addition, a replay of the call will be available via telephone for two business days, beginning two hours after the call. To listen to the replay, in the U.S., please dial 800-642-1687 and internationally, 706-645-9291. Enter access code 60888542.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Metrics

Non-GAAP gross margins, Non-GAAP operating expenses, and Non-GAAP net income and earnings per share are supplemental measures of the company's performance that are not required by, and are not presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP information does not substitute for any performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit is defined as gross profit excluding charges related to the write-up of inventory and depreciation related to the acquisition. Non-GAAP operating expenses is defined as cash operating expenses excluding acquisition costs and amortization of intangibles. Non-GAAP net income is net income from operations excluding the aforementioned items. A reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial results to GAAP results is included at the end of this press release.

About Universal Electronics Inc.

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 have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For All(R) brand name. For additional information, please visit our website at www.uei.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the ability of the Company to manage product costs and mix; the ability to successfully integrate the operations of Enson and its subsidiaries into our operations; the failure of Enson to perform in accordance with our expectations; the continued effects of the Japanese markets and vendors due to the recent earthquake and subsequent Tsunami; the continued leveraging of the Company's fixed cost structure resulting in increased profitability and cash flow; general economic conditions; and other factors described in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from any forward looking statement due to such risks and uncertainties.The Company undertakes no obligations 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, except share-related data)

(Unaudited)

March 31,

2011

December 31,

2010

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 45,088 $ 54,249
Accounts receivable, net 77,159 86,304
Inventories, net 64,463 65,402
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,740 2,582
Deferred income taxes 6,259 6,256
Total current assets 195,709 214,793
Property, plant, and equipment, net 77,918 78,097
Goodwill 30,992 30,379
Intangible assets, net 35,215 35,994
Other assets 5,433 5,464
Deferred income taxes 7,743 7,806
Total assets $ 353,010 $ 372,533
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 44,000 $ 56,086
Notes payable 27,800 35,000
Accrued sales discounts, rebates and royalties 6,076 7,942
Accrued income taxes 2,009 5,873
Accrued compensation 30,573 30,634
Other accrued expenses 13,238 13,157
Total current liabilities 123,696 148,692
Long-term liabilities:
Deferred income taxes 11,371 11,369
Income tax payable 1,212 1,212
Other long-term liabilities 49 56
Total liabilities 136,328 161,329
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding -- --
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 20,923,123 and 20,877,248 shares issued on March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively 209 209
Paid-in capital 168,154 166,940
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income 2,210 (489 )
Retained earnings 135,897 134,070
306,470 300,730
Less cost of common stock in treasury, 5,931,793 and 5,926,071 shares on March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively (89,788 ) (89,526 )
Total stockholders' equity 216,682 211,204
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 353,010 $ 372,533

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2011 2010
Net sales $ 105,712 $ 71,376
Cost of sales 78,133 49,312
Gross profit 27,579 22,064
Research and development expenses 3,257 2,769
Selling, general and administrative expenses 21,787 16,608
Operating income 2,535 2,687
Interest (expense) income, net (85 ) 83
Other (expense) income, net (34 ) 43
Income before provision for income taxes 2,416 2,813
Provision for income taxes (589 ) (977 )
Net income $ 1,827 $ 1,836
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.12 $ 0.13
Diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.13
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 14,976 13,700
Diluted 15,383 14,093

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2011 2010
Cash provided by operating activities:
Net income $ 1,827 $ 1,836
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 4,309 1,579
Provision for doubtful accounts 6 81
Provision for inventory write-downs 882 791
Deferred income taxes 124 184
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 34 84
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation (158 ) (70 )
Shares issued for employee benefit plan 156 160
Stock-based compensation 1,032 1,185
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 10,559 7,029
Inventories 1,129 (2,415 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (83 ) 7
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (15,601 ) (6,209 )
Accrued income taxes (3,930 ) 691
Net cash provided by operating activities 286 4,933
Cash (used for) provided by investing activities:
Acquisition of Enson Assets Limited, net of cash acquired (138 ) --
Term deposit -- 49,246
Acquisition of property, plant, and equipment (2,338 ) (1,221 )
Acquisition of intangible assets. (283 ) (439 )
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities (2,759 ) 47,586
Cash used for financing activities:
Payment of debt (7,200 ) --
Proceeds from stock options exercised 101 153
Treasury stock purchased (371 ) (1,327 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 158 70
Net cash used for financing activities (7,312 ) (1,104 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 624 (999 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,161 ) 50,416
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 54,249 29,016
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 45,088 $ 79,432

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED PRO FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2011

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2010

GAAP

Adjustments

Adjusted
Pro Forma

GAAP

Adjustments

Adjusted
Pro Forma

Net sales $ 105,712 $ -- $ 105,712 $ 71,376 $ -- $ 71,376
Cost of sales (2) 78,133 (277 ) 77,856 49,312 -- 49,312
Gross profit 27,579 277 27,856 22,064 -- 22,064
Research and development expenses 3,257 -- 3,257 2,769 -- 2,769
Selling, general and administrative

expenses (1)

21,787 (633 ) 21,154 16,608 -- 16,608
Operating income 2,535 910 3,445 2,687 -- 2,687
Interest (expense) income, net (85 ) -- (85 ) 83 -- 83
Other (expense) income, net (34 ) -- (34 ) 43 -- 43
Income before provision for income taxes 2,416 910 3,326 2,813 -- 2,813
Provision for income taxes (3) 589 145 734 977 -- 977
Net income $ 1,827 $ 765 $ 2,592 $ 1,836 $ -- $ 1,836
Earnings per share diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.05 $ 0.17 $ 0.13 $ -- $ 0.13
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(1) To reflect $0.6 million of amortization expense relating to intangible assets acquired as part of the Enson Assets Limited acquisition.
(2) To reflect $0.3 million of depreciation expense relating to the mark-up in fixed assets from cost to fair value as part of the Enson Assets Limited acquisition.
(3) To reflect the tax effect of the adjustments.

SOURCE: Universal Electronics Inc.

Universal Electronics Inc.
Paul Arling, 714-820-1000
or
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Becky Herrick, 415-433-3777