Universal Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 Financial Results
CYPRESS, Calif., Feb 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ:UEIC) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.
"During the fourth quarter, we continued to execute on our strategy to expand customer relationships, win new customers and invest in new products and technologies with a focus on offering our customers and consumers the technology and solutions that meet their future needs," stated Paul Arling, UEI's Chairman and CEO. "Most recently, at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in January, we announced the availability of our Quickset application on the new suite of remote controls and high-definition (HD) set-top boxes from DIRECTV(R). The adoption of our Quickset application featuring our XMP-2(TM) technology demonstrates not only our focus on making the increasingly complex home entertainment experience simpler for consumers, but also our dedication to offering our subscription broadcasting customers cost-effective technology solutions."
Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 31: 2009 Compared to 2008
Bryan Hackworth, UEI's CFO, commented, "The fourth quarter of 2009 represented the second consecutive quarter where we achieved the highest quarterly revenue in the history of UEI. The $84.9 million in net sales for the quarter included a higher contribution from our Consumer Category, which increased from 17.3% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 21.8% in the fourth quarter of 2009."
Financial Results for the Twelve-months Ended December 31: 2009 Compared to 2008
"During 2009, we benefitted from a significant customer purchasing a large majority of their remote controls from us. In 2010, we expect this customer to return to a more traditional dual source arrangement, where UEI will continue to supply 100% of the chipsets, but will share the full remote volume. We estimate this will decrease our sales to this customer by approximately $25 million year-on-year. However, growth in other customers and the conversion of prospects, both domestically and internationally, as well as the impact of the business and asset acquisition from Zilog, will, we believe, more than offset this shift," concluded Hackworth.
For the first quarter of 2010, net sales are expected to range between $71 million and $74 million, compared to $71.1 million in the first quarter of 2009. The company anticipates gross margins for the first quarter of 2010 to be approximately 32.5% of sales, plus or minus one point, compared to 30.1% of sales in the first quarter of 2009. For the first quarter of 2010, operating expenses are expected to range from $20.3 million to $20.9 million, compared to first quarter 2009 operating expenses of $19.9 million. Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2010 are expected to range from $0.12 to $0.16, compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.06 in the first quarter of 2009.
For the full 2010 year, net sales are expected to range between $325.0 million and $340.0 million, compared to $317.6 million in 2009. Earnings per diluted share for 2010 are expected to range from $1.20 to $1.35, compared to earnings per diluted share of $1.05 in 2009.
Conference Call Information
UEI's management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its fourth quarter and year end 2009 earnings results, review the quarterly and yearly 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 52254418. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and available for replay for one year at http://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 52254418.
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). For additional information, please visit our website at http://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 timing and success of the Company's recently announced Quickset and XMP-2(TM) technologies; the ability of the Company to continue winning new customers and expanding existing relationships; the continued growth emanating from the integration of the business and assets acquired from Zilog; the Company's ability to maintain its worldwide market share; the continued softness in our worldwide markets due to the current economic environment;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)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||29,016||$||75,238|
|Accounts receivable, net||64,392||59,825|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,423||3,461|
|Deferred income taxes||3,016||2,421|
|Total current assets||
|Equipment, furniture and fixtures, net||9,990||8,686|
|Intangible assets, net||11,572||5,637|
|Deferred income taxes||7,837||7,246|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accrued sales discounts, rebates and royalties||6,028||4,848|
|Accrued income taxes||3,254||2,334|
|Other accrued expenses||8,539||6,813|
|Total current liabilities||61,954||62,317|
|Deferred income taxes||153||130|
|Income tax payable||1,348||1,442|
|Other long term liabilities||122||313|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding||--||--|
|Common stock, $.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 19,140,232 and 18,715,833 shares issued at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively||191||187|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||1,463||750|
|Less cost of common stock in treasury, 5,449,962 and 5,070,319 shares at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively||(79,826||)||(72,449||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||169,730||153,353|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||233,307||$||217,555|
UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
|Cost of sales||56,329||53,378||215,938||190,910|
|Research and development expenses||2,280||1,858||8,691||8,160|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||18,250||15,646||70,974||67,269|
|Interest income, net||95||368||471||3,017|
|Other (expense) income, net||(80||)||548||(241||)||311|
|Income before provision for income taxes||8,095||8,727||22,177||24,089|
|Provision for income taxes||(2,255||)||(2,894||)||(7,502||)||(8,283||)|
|Earnings per share:|
|Shares used in computing earnings per share:|
UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Cash provided by operating activities:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||6,801||6,084||4,675|
|Provision for doubtful accounts||363||442||23|
|Provision for inventory write--downs||3,480||2,671||2,146|
|Deferred income taxes||(1,141||)||(448||)||219|
|Tax benefit from exercise of stock options and vested restricted stock||408||431||3,339|
|Excess tax benefit from stock--based compensation||(250||)||(344||)||(3,320||)|
|Shares issued for employee benefit plan||741||633||631|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||552||(1,888||)||837|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||(2,096||)||15,557||3,982|
|Accrued income and other taxes||702||662||(2,119||)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||23,987||30,152||19,937|
|Cash used for investing activities:|
|Acquisition of equipment, furniture and fixtures||(6,171||)||(5,945||)||(4,802||)|
|Acquisition of intangible assets||(1,172||)||(1,475||)||(1,381||)|
|Acquisition of assets from Zilog Inc.||(9,502||)||--||--|
|Net cash used for investing activities||(66,091||)||(7,420||)||(6,183||)|
|Cash (used for) provided by financing activities:|
|Proceeds from stock options exercised||3,275||1,158||12,597|
|Treasury stock purchased||(7,747||)||(26,689||)||(14,519||)|
|Excess tax benefit from stock--based compensation||250||344||3,320|
|Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities||(4,222||)||(25,187||)||1,398|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash||104||(8,917||)||5,383|
|Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||(46,222||)||(11,372||)||20,535|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year||75,238||86,610||66,075|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of year||$||29,016||$||75,238||$||86,610|
Supplemental Cash Flow Information - Income taxes paid were $7.3 million, $8.2million and $8.1 million in 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively.
SOURCE: Universal Electronics Inc.
Paul Arling, 714-820-1000
Kirsten Chapman, 415-433-3777