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Universal Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2006 Financial Results

Company Provides 2007 Guidance: Net Sales to Grow 10% to 15%

Compared to 2006 and EPS to Grow 21% to 31% Compared to 2006

CYPRESS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2007--Leading wireless technology developer Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ:UEIC) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.

"Business and Consumer Category net sales grew significantly for the fourth quarter 2006 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2005 -- a great finish to what was the strongest year ever for UEI," stated Paul Arling, UEI's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our Business Category remains robust and the successful launch of new products and traction in our CEDIA efforts drove Consumer Category up significantly in the fourth quarter. We anticipate building upon these trends in 2007; in fact, we have already done so with our announcement of our expanded agreement with VIZIO. We are projecting full year 2007 revenue to grow 10 percent to 15 percent over full year 2006, as we deliver solutions to simplify the ever increasingly complex home and continue to create innovative technologies to enhance our customers' businesses."

It is important to note the adjusted figures used throughout this press release are included as management believes they provide a more meaningful measure of quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year financial performance. A formal definition of adjusted figures and table reconciling generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) amounts to adjusted figures are included in this press release.

Financial Results: Fourth Quarter 2006 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2005

  • Net sales were $69.7 million, compared to $49.3 million.
  • The Business Category contributed 71 percent of total net sales and the Consumer Category contributed 29 percent, compared to 67 and 33 percent, respectively.
  • Gross margins were 37.6 percent, compared to 36.2 percent in the third quarter 2006 and 37.9 percent in last year's fourth quarter.
  • Operating income was $6.7 million, compared to $5.3 million.
  • Net income for the 2006 fourth quarter was $5.4 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to $3.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2005.
  • Adjusted operating income was $7.3 million in the current quarter, excluding $625,000 in stock based compensation expense, compared to adjusted operating income of $5.3 million for the same quarter last year.
  • Adjusted net income for the 2006 fourth quarter was $5.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, which excludes stock based compensation charges, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Financial Results: Full Year 2006 Compared to Full Year 2005

  • Net sales were $235.8 million, compared to $181.3 million.
  • Net income was $13.5 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to $9.7 million, or $0.69 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted net income for the full year 2006 was $15.3 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, compared to $11.3 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the full year 2005.

Financial Outlook

For the first quarter of 2007, net sales are expected to range between $61.5 million and $64.5 million, compared to $54.2 million in the first quarter of 2006. Gross margins for the first quarter of 2007 are expected to be approximately 37 percent of sales plus or minus one point. GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to range from $0.25 to $0.29, compared to $0.15 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2006.

For the full year 2007, net sales are expected to range between $260 million and $271 million, reflecting growth of 10 percent to 15 percent over last year. GAAP EPS is expected to be between $1.13 per diluted share and $1.23 per diluted share, compared to $0.94 per diluted share for 2006.

UEI's Recent Highlights:

  • VIZIO selected UEI to supply the universal remote control solution for its newest line of VIZIO large format plasma televisions, scheduled to be released in 2007. This relationship, announced on February 21st, builds on UEI's status as the primary supplier of remote control devices for VIZIO's 2006 range of solutions.
  • UEI and iMerge integrated NevoSL(TM) with the iMerge SoundServer S3000 hard disk audio system, as announced on January 29th. This further enhances the value both companies' products offer to consumers and dealers.
  • Denon selected UEI to develop an advanced two-way interactive remote control to be distributed in United States, Europe and Asia in early 2007, as announced on January 4th.

Conference Call Information:

UEI's management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday February 22, 2007 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 UEI's Web site at www.uei.com. If you are unable to participate, a replay will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on February 22, 2007 until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 26, 2007. To access, please dial 1-800-642-1687 and international 706-645-9291, reservation number 8119270. The webcast replay will be available at www.uei.com.

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. UEI also delivers complete home control solutions in the professional custom installation market under the brand name Nevo(R), as well as software solutions for digital media control and enjoyment in the consumer and OEM markets under the brand SimpleCenter(TM).

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 timely development, ordering, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies identified in this release; the Company's continued ability to design products in a fashion that results in its technology being accepted by the Company's customers and the end users; the Company's continued ability to develop technologies that are accepted by the Company's customers and end users; the continued growth in the markets identified in this release to occur as anticipated by management; and other factors described in the Company's filings with the 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)
                             (Unaudited)

                                           December 31,  December 31,
                                               2006          2005
                                           ------------- -------------
                  ASSETS
------------------------------------------
Current assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents                 $     66,075   $    43,641
 Accounts receivable, net                        51,867        41,861
 Inventories, net                                26,459        26,708
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets        2,722         3,841
 Income tax receivable                                            903
 Deferred income taxes                            3,069         2,971
                                           ------------- -------------
    Total current assets                        150,192       119,925

Equipment, furniture and fixtures, net            5,899         4,352
Goodwill                                         10,644        10,431
Intangible assets, net                            5,587         6,007
Other assets                                        221           403
Deferred income taxes                             6,065         5,201
                                           ------------- -------------
    Total assets                           $    178,608   $   146,319
                                           ============= =============

   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
------------------------------------------
Current liabilities:
 Accounts payable                          $     20,153   $    22,731
 Accrued income taxes                             4,483         7,551
 Accrued compensation                             7,430         2,766
 Other accrued expenses                          11,947         9,676
                                           ------------- -------------
    Total current liabilities                    44,013        42,724
Deferred income taxes                               103            74
Deferred revenue                                                  229
Other long term liabilities                         275
                                           ------------- -------------
       Total liabilities                         44,391        43,027
Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                      175           169
  Paid-in capital                                94,733        83,220
 Accumulated other comprehensive income
  (loss)                                          2,759        (5,265)
 Retained earnings                               68,514        54,994
 Deferred stock-based compensation                               (163)
                                           ------------- -------------
 Common stock held in treasury                  (31,964)      (29,663)
                                           ------------- -------------
    Total stockholders' equity                  134,217       103,292
                                           ------------- -------------
    Total liabilities and stockholders'
     equity                                $    178,608   $   146,319
                                           ============= =============
                      UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
                    CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
               (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                             (Unaudited)

                            Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                               December 31,          December 31,
                              2006      2005        2006       2005
                            --------- ---------  ---------- ----------

Net sales                   $ 69,691  $ 49,319   $ 235,846  $ 181,349
Cost of sales                 43,464    30,621     149,970    114,222
                            --------- ---------  ---------- ----------
Gross profit                  26,227    18,698      85,876     67,127
Research and development       1,838     1,628       7,412      6,580
Selling, general and
administrative expenses       17,673    11,723      59,947     48,870
                            --------- ---------  ---------- ----------
Operating expenses            19,511    13,351      67,359     55,450
                            --------- ---------  ---------- ----------
Operating income               6,716     5,347      18,517     11,677
Interest income, net            (343)     (206)     (1,401)      (845)
Other (income) expense, net     (104)      (21)        498     (2,152)
                            --------- ---------  ---------- ----------

Income before income taxes     7,163     5,574      19,420     14,674
Provision for income taxes    (1,731)   (2,051)     (5,900)    (4,973)
                            --------- ---------  ---------- ----------
Net income                  $  5,432  $  3,523   $  13,520  $   9,701
                            ========= =========  ========== ==========
Earnings per share:
     Basic
                            $   0.39  $   0.26   $    0.98  $    0.72
                            ========= =========  ========== ==========
     Diluted                $   0.37  $   0.25   $    0.94  $    0.69
                            ========= =========  ========== ==========
Shares used in computing
 earnings per share:
     Basic
                              13,982    13,472      13,818     13,462
                            ========= =========  ========== ==========
     Diluted                  14,717    13,984      14,432     13,992
                            ========= =========  ========== ==========

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 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 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
                GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Tables
               (In thousands, except pershare amounts)
                             (unaudited)

                                   Three Months Ended
                                      December 31,

                    2006     2006    2006     2005     2005    2005
                     GAAP    Adj.   Non-GAAP   GAAP    Adj.   Non-GAAP
                              (1)      (4)              (3)      (4)

Net sales           69,691       -   69,691   49,319       -   49,319
Cost of sales       43,464      (6)  43,458   30,621       -   30,621
Gross profit        26,227       6   26,233   18,698       -   18,698
Research and
 development         1,838     (79)   1,759    1,628       -    1,628
Selling, general
 and
 administrative
 expenses           17,673    (540)  17,133   11,723       -   11,723
Operating expenses  19,511    (619)  18,892   13,351       -   13,351
Operating income     6,716     625    7,341    5,347       -    5,347
Interest income,
 net                  (343)            (343)    (206)      -     (206)
Other (income)
 expense, net         (104)            (104)     (21)      -      (21)
Income before
 income taxes        7,163     625    7,788    5,574       -    5,574
Provision for
 income taxes       (1,731)   (223)  (1,954)  (2,051)    201   (1,850)
Net income           5,432     402    5,834    3,523     201    3,724

Earnings per share
 diluted             $0.37   $0.03    $0.40    $0.25   $0.02    $0.27

                                   Twelve Months Ended
                                      December 31,

                    2006     2006    2006     2005     2005    2005
                     GAAP    Adj.   Non-GAAP   GAAP    Adj.   Non-GAAP
                              (1)      (4)              (2)      (4)

Net sales          235,846       -  235,846  181,349       -  181,349
Cost of sales      149,970     (26) 149,944  114,222       -  114,222
Gross profit        85,876      26   85,902   67,127       -   67,127
Research and
 development         7,412    (370)   7,042    6,580       -    6,580
Selling, general
 and
 administrative
 expenses           59,947  (2,368)  57,579   48,870  (1,592)  47,278
Operating expenses  67,359  (2,738)  64,621   55,450  (1,592)  53,858
Operating income    18,517   2,764   21,281   11,677   1,592   13,269
Interest income,
 net                (1,401)          (1,401)    (845)            (845)
Other expense
 (income), net         498              498   (2,152)          (2,152)
Income before
 income taxes       19,420   2,764   22,184   14,674   1,592   16,266
Provision for
 income taxes       (5,900)   (987)  (6,887)  (4,973)          (4,973)
Net income          13,520   1,777   15,297    9,701   1,592   11,293

Earnings per share
 diluted             $0.94   $0.12    $1.06    $0.69   $0.12    $0.81

(1) The adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP consolidated
 statements of income for the three and twelve months ended December
 31, 2006 consist of share-based compensation expense for employee
 stock options and the related income tax effect, as recognized in
 accordance with SFAS 123R. The consolidated statements of income for
 the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2005 do not include
 the effect of share-based compensation expense, because UEI
 implemented SFAS 123R effective January 1, 2006.

(2) The adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP consolidated
 statements of income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005
 exclude the second quarter 2005 write down of a receivable due from a
 former European distributor.

(3) The adjustment between the GAAP and non-GAAP consolidated
 statements of income for the three months ended December 31, 2005
 includes the tax effect of the second quarter 2005 write down of a
 receivable due from a former European distributor.

(4) The non-GAAP consolidated statements of income are not in
 accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting
 principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other
 companies. UEI's management believes these non-GAAP measures, when
 shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, facilitate
 the comparison of results for current periods with past periods.

CONTACT: UEI
Paul Arling, 714-820-1000
or
IR Agency for UEI
Kirsten Chapman, 415-433-3777

SOURCE: Universal Electronics Inc.