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Apr 20, 2018

ClearOne Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Financial Results

- Increases in Converge® Pro 2 and Beamformer Microphone Array 2 Quarter-over-Quarter
- Continued increase in Video Products Revenue Year-over-Year

SALT LAKE CITY, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, reported financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

"Our recently introduced products and the video category of our business continued to make progress in the fourth quarter," said Zee Hakimoglu, president and chief executive officer. "Notwithstanding the overall revenue decline, Converge Pro 2, our new platform for professional audio conferencing, along with our Beamforming Microphone Array 2 made significant gains in the Pro AV market and posted robust quarter over quarter revenue growth of 48%. Our video category, especially the Collaborate® suite of video collaboration products has continued its revenue growth with year over year increases. Our confidence in our solutions and the potential for success with our strategy are reinforced by these successes."

Financial Summary
The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures and reconciles those to GAAP measures in the attached tables.

  • Q4 2017 revenue was $9.3 million, compared to $10.7 million in Q4 2016 and $10.6 million in Q3 2017. The year-over-year decrease as well as sequential revenue decline reflect the continuing transition to the next generation professional audio conferencing platform, and the on-going harm of infringement of ClearOne's patents.
  • GAAP gross profit in Q4 2017 was $4.8 million, compared to $5.7 million in Q4 2016 and $6.5 million in Q3 2017. GAAP gross profit margin was 51% in Q4 2017, compared to 53% in Q4 2016 and 62% in Q3 2017. Year over year gross margin decline was mainly due to increased inventory obsolescence costs. Sequential decline in gross margin was largely due to higher than usual gross margin from the large order that was fulfilled in Q3 2017.
  • Operating expenses in Q4 2017 were $5.8 million which included net litigation proceeds of $0.8 million, compared to $6.8 million in Q4 2016 and $20.0 million in Q3 2017 which included impairment charges of $13.54 million. The majority of the decrease in operating expenses over Q4 2016 is attributable to reduced legal expenses in general in Q4 2017 and due to capitalization of legal expenses related to patent litigation. Non-GAAP operating expenses in Q4 2017 were $6.1 million, compared to $5.3 million in Q4 2016 and $6.0 million in Q3 2017. The year over year increase in Non-GAAP operating expenses was mainly due to the increase in R&D expenditure.
  • Net loss in Q4 2017 was $3.6 million, or $0.43 per share, compared to net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.12 per share, in Q4 2016 and net loss of $9.3 million, or $1.07 per share, in Q3 2017. Net loss in Q4 2017 was largely caused by the reduction in tax benefits of approximately $2.6 million due to changes in federal income tax rates effective 2018. Non-GAAP net loss was $2.3 million, or $0.27 per share, in Q4 2017, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $0.1 million in Q4 2016 and net income of $0.8 million, or $0.09 per share, in Q3 2017. Non-GAAP net loss in Q4 2017 was caused by lower revenues and increased R&D expenditures mentioned in the previous paragraphs as well as reduction in tax benefit claimed due to tax rate change.

 

($ in 000, except per share)


Three months ended December 31,



Year ended December 31,



2017



2016


Change



2017



2016


Change

GAAP
















Revenue

$

9,255


$

10,730


-14%


$

41,804


$

48,637


-14%

Gross Profit


4,753



5,690


-16%



24,009



29,487


-19%

Operating Income (Loss)


(1,052)



(1,151)


-9%



(16,193)



3,566


-554%

Net Income (Loss)


(3,608)



(1,088)


-232%



(14,172)



2,444


-680%

Earnings (Loss) Per Share (Diluted)


(0.43)



(0.12)


-258%



(1.65)



0.26


-735%

Non-GAAP
















Non-GAAP Gross Profit

$

4,759


$

5,909


-19%


$

24,036


$

30,007


-20%

Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss)


(1,337)



630


-312%



(309)



7,560


-104%

Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)


(2,297)



(168)


-1267%



(1,490)



4,994


-130%

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA


(1,171)



919


-231%



571



8,648


-93%

Non-GAAP Earnings (Loss) per share (Diluted)


(0.27)



(0.02)


-1250%



(0.17)



0.54


-132%

Balance Sheet Highlights
At December 31, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and investments were $18.6 million, as compared with $38.5 million at December 31, 2016.  A significant portion of this decrease can be attributed to patent litigation expenses ($3.4 million), share repurchases ($5.1 million), dividend payments ($2.2 million) and higher investment in inventory related to the Converge Pro 2 platform and wireless microphones ($9.5 million) which is expected to be realized in cash. The Company continued to have no debt.  

During Q4 of 2017, the Company paid a cash dividend of $0.07 per share and repurchased approximately 119,000 shares amounting to $1.0 million. As of December 31, 2017, the Company has acquired approximately 1.1 million shares amounting to $11.2 million since this program commenced in March 2016.

ClearOne senior management will host an investor conference call, the details of which will be announced later, after the financial results of the 2018 first quarter results are available.  

About ClearOne
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the Company can be found at www.clearone.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, ClearOne uses non-GAAP measures of gross profit, operating income (loss), net income (loss), adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and net income (loss) per share, which are adjusted to exclude certain costs, expenses, gains and losses we believe appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our past financial performance from period to period and also our prospects for the future. These adjustments to our current period GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of ClearOne's underlying operational results and trends and our marketplace performance. The non-GAAP results are an indication of our baseline performance before certain gains, losses, or other charges that are considered by management to be outside of our core operating results. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods.  The presentation of this additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for gross profit, operating income (loss), net income (loss), income (loss) per share or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are limitations to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.  Other companies, including companies in ClearOne's industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than ClearOne does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes. A detailed reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included with this release below.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains "forward-looking" statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne's predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated.  Such forward-looking statements and any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations and forecasts of future growth and value, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with, and is modified in its entirety by, the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "10-K") filed by the Company for the same period with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and all of the Company's other public filings with the SEC (the "Public Filings"). In particular, the financial information contained herein is subject to and qualified by reference to the financial statements contained in the 10-K, the footnotes thereto and the limitations set forth therein. Investors may not rely on the press release without reference to the 10-K and the Public Filings.

Contact:
Investor Relations
801-975-7200
investor_relations@clearone.com
http://investors.clearone.com

CLEARONE, INC

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value)








As at


 December 31, 2017


 December
31, 2016

ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,571


$

12,100

Marketable securities


2,689



5,030

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of  $472 and $187, respectively


7,794



7,461

Inventories, net


14,415



11,377

Distributor channel inventories


1,555



1,530

Prepaid expenses and other assets


1,862



2,642

     Total current assets


33,886



40,140

Long-term marketable securities


10,349



21,365

Long-term inventories, net


8,708



1,664

Property and equipment, net


1,549



1,513

Intangibles, net


6,543



5,677

Goodwill





12,724

Deferred income taxes


6,531



4,654

Other assets


311



387

     Total assets

$

67,877


$

88,124

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$

4,122


$

3,545

Accrued liabilities


1,843



1,894

Deferred product revenue


4,635



3,882

Total current liabilities


10,600



9,321

Deferred rent


103



103

Other long-term liabilities


607



1,251

Total liabilities


11,310



10,675







Shareholders' equity:






Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 8,319,022 and 8,812,644 shares issued and outstanding


8



9

Additional paid-in capital


47,464



46,669

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


(65)



(205)

Retained earnings


9,160



30,976

Total shareholders' equity


56,567



77,449

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

67,877


$

88,124

 

CLEARONE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)














Three months ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenue

$

9,255


$

10,730


$

41,804


$

48,637

Cost of goods sold


4,502



5,040



17,795



19,150

Gross profit


4,753



5,690



24,009



29,487













Operating expenses:












Sales and marketing


2,603



2,337



10,996



10,032

Research and product development


2,395



2,083



9,342



8,564

General and administrative


1,564



2,421



7,161



7,325

Impairment of intangibles


33





769



Impairment of goodwill






12,724



Legal proceeds, net


(790)





(790)



Total operating expenses


5,805



6,841



40,202



25,921













Operating income (loss)


(1,052)



(1,151)



(16,193)



3,566













Other income, net


36



118



300



312

Income (loss) before income taxes


(1,016)



(1,033)



(15,893)



3,878

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes


2,592



55



(1,721)



1,434

Net income (loss)

$

(3,608)


$

(1,088)


$

(14,172)


$

2,444













Basic weighted average shares outstanding


8,384,938



8,860,186



8,576,588



9,021,980

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


8,384,938



9,089,328



8,576,588



9,306,034













Basic earnings (loss) per common share

$

(0.43)


$

(0.12)


$

(1.65)


$

0.27

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$

(0.43)


$

(0.12)


$

(1.65)


$

0.26













Net income (loss)


(3,608)



(1,088)



(14,172)



2,444













Comprehensive income:












Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities, net of tax


(32)



(180)



36



(1)

Change in foreign currency translation adjustment


16



(57)



104



(38)

Comprehensive income (loss)


(3,624)



(1,325)



(14,032)



2,405

 

CLEARONE, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)














Three months ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016

GAAP gross profit

$

4,753


$

5,690


$

24,009


$

29,487

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move




211





494

Stock-based compensation


6



8



27



26

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

4,759


$

5,909


$

24,036


$

30,007













GAAP operating income (loss)

$

(1,052)


$

(1,151)


$

(16,193)


$

3,566

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move




211





494

Stock-based compensation


150



173



665



667

Amortization of intangibles


258



266



964



1,122

Impairment of intangible asset


33





769



Impairment of goodwill






12,724



Legal proceeds, net


(910)





(910)



Legal expenses, acquisition expenses, re-audit expenses, restructuring expenses, etc. not related to regular operations


184



1,131



1,672



1,711

Non-GAAP operating income (loss)

$

(1,337)


$

630


$

(309)


$

7,560













GAAP net income (loss)

$

(3,608)


$

(1,088)


$

(14,172)


$

2,444

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move




211





494

Stock-based compensation


150



173



665



667

Amortization of intangibles


258



266



964



1,122

Impairment of intangible asset


33





769



Impairment of goodwill






12,724



Legal proceeds, net


(910)





(910)



Legal expenses, acquisition expenses, re-audit expenses, restructuring expenses, etc. not related to regular operations


184



1,131



1,672



1,711

Loss on disposal of assets related to wireless microphones manufacturing








53

Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments


1,596



(861)



(3,202)



(1,497)

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

(2,297)


$

(168)


$

(1,490)


$

4,994













GAAP net income (loss)

$

(3,608)


$

(1,088)


$

(14,172)


$

2,444

Number of shares used in computing GAAP income per share (diluted)


8,384,938



9,089,328



8,576,588



9,306,034

GAAP income (loss) per share (diluted)

$

(0.43)


$

(0.12)


$

(1.65)


$

0.26

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

(2,297)


$

(168)


$

(1,490)


$

4,994

Number of shares used in computing Non-GAAP income per share (diluted)


8,384,938



9,089,328



8,576,588



9,306,034

Non-GAAP income (loss) per share (diluted)

$

(0.27)


$

(0.02)


$

(0.17)


$

0.54













GAAP total net income (loss)

$

(3,608)


$

(1,088)


$

(14,172)


$

2,444

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move




211





494

Stock-based compensation


150



173



665



667

Depreciation


130



171



580



723

Amortization of intangibles


258



266



964



1,122

Impairment of intangible asset


33





769



Impairment of goodwill






12,724



Legal proceeds, net


(910)





(910)



Legal expenses, acquisition expenses, re-audit expenses, restructuring expenses, etc. not related to regular operations


184



1,131



1,672



1,711

Loss on disposal of assets related to wireless microphones manufacturing








53

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes


2,592



55



(1,721)



1,434

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

(1,171)


$

919


$

571


$

8,648

 

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