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Universal Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2015 Financial Results

- Achieves record net sales and EPS in the fourth quarter 2015 -

SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18, 2016-- Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ: UEIC) reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

Paul Arling, UEI's Chairman and CEO, stated, “Our record fourth quarter 2015 sales and earnings results demonstrate the solid performance across our core business. Subscription broadcasting sales were particularly strong as the transition to more advanced remote control products and technologies continues. Looking ahead into 2016, the introduction of higher-end platforms will continue to ramp as our customers rollout new products throughout the year. In addition, we expect to further benefit from this trend as customers in regions around the world adopt more advanced features and devices.

“We continue to be very excited about our acquisition of Ecolink Intelligent Technology in August 2015 and remain on track with the integration. To take advantage of the opportunity in the emerging smart home market, we expect to introduce a variety of wireless security, sensing and home automation products and services with our industry partners throughout 2016,” concluded Arling.

Adjusted Pro Forma Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31: 2015 Compared to 2014

  • Net sales were $162.1 million, compared to $138.4 million.
    • Business Category revenue was $145.4 million, compared to $120.7 million. The Business Category contributed 89.7% of total net sales, compared to 87.2%.
    • Consumer Category revenue was $16.7 million, compared to $17.7 million. The Consumer Category contributed 10.3% of total net sales, compared to 12.8%.
  • Gross margins were 28.8%, compared to 30.3%.
  • Operating expenses were $31.4 million, compared to $29.1 million.
  • Operating income was $15.2 million, compared to $12.8 million.
  • Net income was $13.4 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared to $11.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share.
  • At December 31, 2015, cash and cash equivalents were $53.0 million.

Adjusted Pro Forma Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended December 31: 2015 Compared to 2014

  • Net sales were $602.8 million, compared to $562.3 million.
  • Gross margins were 27.9%, compared to 29.8%.
  • Operating expenses were $112.9 million, compared to $115.3 million.
  • Operating income was $55.0 million, compared to $52.5 million.
  • Net income was $43.3 million, or $2.79 per diluted share, compared to $41.1 million, or $2.55 per diluted share.

Financial Outlook

Bryan Hackworth, UEI’s CFO, stated, “In comparing the first quarters of 2016 and 2015, it is important to note the year-ago period reflected a higher level of royalty income. However, as we have a number of new customers transitioning to advanced platforms throughout 2016, both in the U.S. as well as in Europe, and as we begin shipping home security products to new customers in the second quarter, we expect to see continued growth in earnings.”

For the first quarter of 2016, the company expects net sales to range between $153.0 million and $161.0 million, compared to $132.7 million in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2016 are expected to range from $0.46 to $0.54, compared to adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share of $0.46 in the first quarter of 2015.

Conference Call Information

UEI’s management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its fourth quarter and the full year 2015 earnings results, review recent activity and answer questions. To access the call in the U.S. please dial 877-843-0414 and for international calls dial 315-625-3071 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference. The conference ID is 45191957. 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 855-859-2056 and internationally, 404-537-3406. Enter access code 45191957.

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 cost of goods sold and depreciation expense related to the increase in inventories and fixed assets from cost to fair market value resulting from acquisitions. Non-GAAP operating expenses are defined as operating expenses excluding amortization of intangibles acquired, employee related restructuring costs, stock-based compensation expense, changes in contingent consideration related to the acquisition of the net assets of Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc., a court ordered award to a defendant in a lawsuit for a portion of its legal fees and acquisition related expenses. Non-GAAP net income is defined as net income from operations excluding the aforementioned items and the related tax effects as well as adjustments to certain deferred tax assets and liabilities resulting from tax law changes. A reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial results to GAAP results is included at the end of this press release.

About Universal Electronics

Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) is the worldwide leader in sensing and control technologies for the smart home. For more information, please visit www.uei.com/about.

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 company’s ability to maintain and build its relationships with key customers; the company’s ability to anticipate the needs and wants of its customers and timely develop and deliver products that will meet those needs and wants; the significant percentage of our revenues attributable to a limited number of customers, the timing of new product rollout orders from the company’s customers as anticipated by management; the continued trend of the home entertainment industry in providing consumers with more advanced technologies; the successful integration of the Ecolink assets and business lines; the timely development, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies such as home security, home automation, wireless sensors and other technologies identified in this release; management's ability to manage its business to achieve its revenue and earnings as guided; the continued ability to identify and execute on opportunities that maximize stockholder value, including the effects repurchasing the company’s shares have on the company’s stock value; and the other factors described in the company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results 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)

 
December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,966 $ 112,521
Restricted cash 4,623
Accounts receivable, net 121,801 97,989
Inventories, net 122,366 97,474
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,217 6,856
Income tax receivable 55 77
Deferred income taxes 7,296   5,048  
Total current assets 315,324 319,965
Property, plant, and equipment, net 90,015 76,135
Goodwill 43,116 30,739
Intangible assets, net 32,926 24,614
Deferred income taxes 8,474 6,146
Other assets 5,365   5,471  
Total assets $ 495,220   $ 463,070  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 93,843 $ 69,991
Line of credit 50,000
Accrued compensation 37,452 40,656
Accrued sales discounts, rebates and royalties 7,618 8,097
Accrued income taxes 4,745 4,263
Other accrued expenses 21,466   13,358  
Total current liabilities 215,124 136,365
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term contingent consideration 11,751
Deferred income taxes 7,891 8,456
Income tax payable 629 566
Other long-term liabilities 1,917   2,062  
Total liabilities 237,312   147,449  
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; 23,176,277 and 22,909,884 shares issued on December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively 232 229
Paid-in capital 228,269 214,710
Treasury stock, at cost, 8,824,768 and 7,008,475 shares on December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively (210,333 )

(120,938

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (15,799 )

(4,446

)

Retained earnings 255,240   226,066  
Universal Electronics Inc. stockholders' equity 257,609 315,621
Noncontrolling interest 299    
Total stockholders’ equity 257,908   315,621  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 495,220   $ 463,070  
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

   
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
Net sales $ 162,110 $ 138,389 $ 602,833 $ 562,329
Cost of sales 115,859   96,708   436,084   395,429  
Gross profit 46,251 41,681 166,749 166,900
Research and development expenses 5,477 4,369 18,141 16,975
Selling, general and administrative expenses 30,391   27,481   112,689   108,645  
Operating income 10,383 9,831 35,919 41,280
Interest income (expense), net (135 ) 32 63 11
Other income (expense), net 265   498   (7 ) (840 )
Income before provision for income taxes 10,513 10,361 35,975 40,451
Provision for income taxes 1,178   1,459   6,802   7,917  
Net income 9,335 8,902 29,173 32,534
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (4 )   (1 )  
Net income attributable to Universal Electronics Inc. $ 9,339   $ 8,902   $ 29,174   $ 32,534  
 
Earnings per share attributable to Universal Electronics Inc.:
Basic $ 0.65   $ 0.56   $ 1.91   $ 2.06  
Diluted $ 0.64   $ 0.55   $ 1.88   $ 2.01  
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 14,404   15,831   15,248   15,781  
Diluted 14,682   16,204   15,542   16,152  
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

 
Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014
Cash provided by operating activities:
Net income $ 29,173 $ 32,534
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 20,452 18,244
Provision for doubtful accounts 299 249
Provision for inventory write-downs 3,382 3,473
Deferred income taxes (5,348 ) (538 )
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options and vested restricted stock 3,069
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation (2,619 )
Shares issued for employee benefit plan 867 847
Stock-based compensation 7,913 6,444
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Restricted cash (4,623 )
Accounts receivable (29,406 ) (7,966 )
Inventories (31,877 ) (8,161 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets 774 (2,803 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 33,309 19,964
Accrued income taxes 729   1,186  
Net cash provided by operating activities 26,094 63,473
Cash used for investing activities:
Acquisition of net assets of Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc., net of cash acquired (12,265 )
Acquisition of property, plant, and equipment (32,989 ) (16,566 )
Acquisition of intangible assets (2,395 ) (1,853 )
Net cash used for investing activities (47,649 ) (18,419 )
Cash provided by (used for) financing activities:
Borrowings under line of credit 84,500
Repayments on line of credit (34,500 )
Proceeds from stock options exercised 1,712 8,122
Treasury stock purchased (89,395 ) (16,168 )
Distribution to noncontrolling interest (78 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 2,619    
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (35,142 ) (8,046 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (2,858 ) (661 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (59,555 ) 36,347
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 112,521   76,174  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 52,966   $ 112,521  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Income taxes paid $ 7,793 $ 7,178
Interest paid $ 255 $
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED PRO FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

   
Three months ended December 31, 2015 Three months ended December 31, 2014
GAAP   Adjustments   Adjusted
Pro Forma
GAAP   Adjustments   Adjusted
Pro Forma
Net sales $ 162,110 $ $ 162,110 $ 138,389 $ $ 138,389
Cost of sales (1)   115,859     (378 )   115,481     96,708    

(239

)

 

96,469

 
Gross profit 46,251 378 46,629 41,681 239 41,920
Research and development expenses (2) 5,477 (123 ) 5,354 4,369

(62

)

4,307

Selling, general and administrative expenses (3)   30,391     (4,353 )   26,038     27,481    

(2,715

)

 

24,766

 
Operating income 10,383 4,854 15,237 9,831 3,016 12,847
Interest income (expense), net (135 )

(135

)

32

32
Other income (expense), net   265         265     498         498  
Income before provision for income taxes 10,513 4,854 15,367 10,361 3,016 13,377
Provision for income taxes (4)   1,178     822     2,000     1,459     626     2,085  
Net income 9,335 4,032 13,367 8,902 2,390 11,292
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest   (4 )      

(4

)

 

         
Net income attributable to Universal Electronics Inc. $ 9,339   $ 4,032   $ 13,371   $ 8,902   $ 2,390   $ 11,292  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Universal Electronics Inc. $ 0.64   $ 0.27   $ 0.91   $ 0.55   $ 0.15   $ 0.70  
 
 
Twelve months ended December 31, 2015 Twelve months ended December 31, 2014
GAAP Adjustments Adjusted
Pro Forma
GAAP Adjustments Adjusted
Pro Forma
Net sales $ 602,833 $ $ 602,833 $ 562,329 $ $ 562,329
Cost of sales (5)   436,084     (1,181 )   434,903     395,429     (946 )   394,483  
Gross profit 166,749 1,181 167,930 166,900 946 167,846
Research and development expenses (6) 18,141 (428 ) 17,713 16,975 (323 ) 16,652
Selling, general and administrative expenses (7)   112,689     (17,507 )   95,182     108,645     (9,949 )   98,696  
Operating income 35,919 19,116 55,035 41,280 11,218 52,498
Interest income (expense), net 63 63 11 11
Other income (expense), net   (7 )       (7 )   (840 )       (840 )
Income before provision for income taxes 35,975 19,116 55,091 40,451 11,218 51,669
Provision for income taxes (8)   6,802     4,949     11,751     7,917     2,621     10,538  
Net income 29,173 14,167 43,340 32,534 8,597 41,131
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest   (1 )       (1 )            
Net income attributable to Universal Electronics Inc. $ 29,174   $ 14,167   $ 43,341   $ 32,534   $ 8,597   $ 41,131  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Universal Electronics Inc. $ 1.88   $ 0.91   $ 2.79   $ 2.01   $ 0.53   $ 2.55  
 
(1)   To reflect depreciation expense of $0.3 million and $0.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to the mark-up in fixed assets from cost to fair value as a result of acquisitions. Also, to reflect the effect of fair value adjustments to inventories sold through during the three months ended December 31, 2015 of $0.1 million. The inventory fair value adjustments relate to inventories purchased as a part of the Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc. acquisition.
(2) To reflect stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.
(3) To reflect amortization expense of $1.2 million and $0.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to intangible assets acquired as part of acquisitions; to reflect stock-based compensation expense of $1.9 million and $1.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively;to reflect other employee related restructuring costs of $0.7 million and $0.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively; and to reflect an increase in contingent consideration of $0.6 million related to the acquisition of the net assets of Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc. for the three months ended December 31, 2015.
(4) To reflect the tax effect of the adjustments. In addition, the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 include adjustments of $0.6 million and $0.7 million, respectively, related to the write-off of acquisition-related deferred tax assets resulting from a tax law change in China. Partially offsetting this adjustment for the three months ended December 31, 2014 is an adjustment to net deferred tax assets of $0.6 million resulting from the expiration of a tax holiday at one of our factories in China.
(5) To reflect depreciation expense of $1.0 million and $0.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to the mark-up in fixed assets from cost to fair value as a result of acquisitions. Also, to reflect the effect of fair value adjustments to inventories sold through during the four months period ended December 31, 2015 of $0.2 million. The inventory fair value adjustments relate to inventories purchased as a part of the Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc. acquisition.
(6) To reflect stock-based compensation expense for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.
(7) To reflect amortization expense of $3.6 million and $3.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to intangible assets acquired as part of acquisitions; to reflect stock-based compensation expense of $7.4 million and $6.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively; to reflect other employee related restructuring costs of $1.0 million and $0.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively; to reflect an increase in contingent consideration of $0.6 million related to the acquisition of the net assets of Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc. for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015; and to reflect $4.6 million related to a court ordered award to a defendant in a lawsuit for a portion of its legal fees and $0.2 million of acquisition related expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.
(8) To reflect the tax effect of the adjustments. In addition, the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 include adjustments of $0.6 million and $0.7 million, respectively, related to the write-off of acquisition-related deferred tax assets resulting from a tax law change in China. Partially offsetting this adjustment for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 is an adjustment to net deferred tax assets of $0.6 million resulting from the expiration of a tax holiday at one of our factories in China.

Source: Universal Electronics Inc.

UEI
Paul Arling, 714-918-9500
or
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Becky Herrick, 415-433-3777