November 8, 2016

ClearOne Reports 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results

- Receives Excellent Response to Early Introduction of Next Gen Audio Conferencing Platform
- Grows Video Products Year-over-Year Sales for Fourth Consecutive Quarter
- Continues Commitment to Shareholder Value with Dividends and Stock Repurchases

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2016.

"In 2016, we are executing our business plan, and now we offer the most technically innovative products in the marketplace to meet the growing demand for audio conferencing, network media streaming, video conferencing and media collaboration, supported by a growing portfolio of more than 100 patents and patent applications," said Zee Hakimoglu, president and chief executive officer. "Combined with the strength of our diverse and loyal channel and extensive global installed customer base, we are well-positioned to benefit from our advanced line of products and the anticipated improvement in the global macroeconomic environment. While our third quarter results were negatively impacted by the transition to our next generation professional audio conferencing platform launched this June, we are pleased our video product sales more than doubled year-over-year and posted revenue growth in eight out of the nine recent quarters.

"As the only player bringing the full value chain to the professional AV market, ClearOne is well positioned to return to growth in 2017. Also, our strong balance sheet enables us to pay dividends and repurchase stock, creating shareholder value."

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

  • Q3'16 revenue was $12.9 million. Revenue in Q3'15 of $15.9 million included three quarters of licensing fees per terms of a specific agreement.  The year-over-year reduction also reflects the global economic slowdown and the transition to the next generation professional audio conferencing platform launched in June. Sequentially, revenue grew 8%, compared to $12.0 million in Q2'16, driven by growth in video and professional audio conferencing products.
  • Gross profit in Q3'16 was $7.7 million, compared to $10.2 million in Q3'15. Gross profit margin declined from 64% to 59%, caused mainly by reduced revenue, scrapping a portion of inventory related to the move from the manufacturing facility acquired with Sabine to an overseas outsourced manufacturing facility, and a shift in product and licensing mix offset partially by a lower inventory obsolescence costs in 2016. Non-GAAP Gross profit margin was 62% compared to 64%.
  • Net income in Q3'16 was $1.2 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $2.4 million in Q3'15, or $0.25 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income was $2.0 million in Q3'16, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $2.8 million in Q3'15, or $0.30 per diluted share. Third quarter of 2016 was positively impacted by lower effective tax rate when compared to the third quarter of 2015.

 

($ in 000, except per share)

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

   

2016

 

2015

 

Change

 

2016

 

2015

 

Change

GAAP

                       

Revenue

 

$12,908

 

$15,913

 

-19%

 

$37,907

 

$43,513

 

-13%

Gross Profit

 

$7,668

 

$10,188

 

-25%

 

$23,797

 

$27,640

 

-14%

Operating Income

 

$1,424

 

$3,508

 

-59%

 

$4,717

 

$7,700

 

-39%

Net Income

 

$1,209

 

$2,417

 

-50%

 

$3,532

 

$5,204

 

-32%

Earnings Per Share (Diluted)

 

$0.13

 

$0.25

 

-48%

 

$0.37

 

$0.54

 

-31%

Non-GAAP

                       

Non-GAAP Gross Profit

 

$7,958

 

$10,193

 

-22%

 

$24,098

 

$27,656

 

-13%

Non-GAAP Operating Income

 

$2,468

 

$4,188

 

-41%

 

$6,930

 

$9,621

 

-28%

Non-GAAP Net Income

 

$2,001

 

$2,843

 

-30%

 

$5,162

 

$6,426

 

-20%

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

 

$2,748

 

$4,436

 

-38%

 

$7,729

 

$10,470

 

-26%

Non-GAAP EPS (Diluted)

 

$0.22

 

$0.30

 

-26%

 

$0.55

 

$0.67

 

-19%

Year-to-date 2016 Financial Results as compared to Year-to-date 2015
For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, revenue was $37.9 million, compared to $43.5 million, reflecting, a reduced demand for our products across most regions. Net income was $3.5 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to $5.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income was $5.2 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.67 per diluted share. Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was $7.7 million, compared to $10.5 million.

Continued Investment in Shareholder Value
During the third quarter of 2016, the Company paid a cash dividend of $0.05 per share and repurchased approximately 92,000 shares of its common stock under its $10 million stock repurchase program announced in March 2016.  As of Sept. 30, 2016, the Company has acquired approximately 456,000 shares amounting to $5.1 million under the stock repurchase program. The Company intends to continue to repurchase shares of its common stock in the open market, subject to price, volume and other safe harbor restrictions.  After payments totaling $8.3 million for the dividend and stock and option repurchases during the first nine months of 2016, cash, cash equivalents and investments were $40.0 million at Sept. 30, 2016, compared with $39.8 million at December 31, 2015.  The Company continued to have no debt.

Conference Call Information
ClearOne senior management will host an investor conference call today, Nov. 8th at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time to review the company's financial results. The conference call will be available to interested parties by dialing +1-877-369-6586 (domestic) or +1-253-237-1165 (international). The conference ID is 10250716. The call will also be available through a live, listen-only audio Internet broadcast at http://investors.clearone.com/events.cfm. For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived on the same web site for at least three months.

About ClearOne
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming & signage 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, net income, adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and net income 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, net income, income 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.

Contact:
Investor Relations
+1-801-975-7200
investor_relations@clearone.com 
http://investors.clearone.com

CLEARONE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value)

 
   

September 30, 2016

 

 December 31, 2015

ASSETS

           

Current assets:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

12,273

 

$

13,412

Marketable securities

   

7,060

   

7,161

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $49 and $54, respectively

   

8,483

   

8,692

Inventories, net

   

11,991

   

13,447

Distributor channel inventories

   

1,538

   

1,628

Prepaid expenses and other assets

   

2,216

   

1,806

     Total current assets

   

43,561

   

46,146

Long-term marketable securities

   

20,721

   

19,204

Long-term inventories, net

   

1,753

   

2,018

Property and equipment, net

   

1,409

   

1,589

Intangibles, net

   

5,902

   

6,638

Goodwill

   

12,724

   

12,724

Deferred income taxes

   

5,093

   

5,093

Other assets

   

117

   

117

     Total assets

 

$

91,280

 

$

93,529

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

           

Current liabilities:

           

Accounts payable

 

$

3,587

 

$

2,815

Accrued liabilities

   

2,085

   

2,243

Deferred product revenue

   

4,271

   

4,549

Total current liabilities

   

9,943

   

9,607

Deferred rent

   

122

   

150

Other long-term liabilities

   

1,260

   

1,203

Total liabilities

   

11,325

   

10,960

             

Shareholders' equity:

           

Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 8,892,042 and 9,183,957 shares issued and outstanding

   

9

   

9

Additional paid-in capital

   

46,455

   

46,291

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

   

32

   

(166)

Retained earnings

   

33,459

   

36,435

Total shareholders' equity

   

79,955

   

82,569

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

91,280

 

$

93,529

 

CLEARONE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)

                         
   

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

   

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

Revenue

 

$

12,908

 

$

15,913

 

$

37,907

 

$

43,513

Cost of goods sold

   

5,240

   

5,725

   

14,110

   

15,873

Gross profit

   

7,668

   

10,188

   

23,797

   

27,640

                         

Operating expenses:

                       

Sales and marketing

   

2,389

   

2,752

   

7,695

   

8,126

Research and product development

   

2,116

   

2,132

   

6,481

   

6,128

General and administrative

   

1,739

   

1,796

   

4,904

   

5,686

Total operating expenses

   

6,244

   

6,680

   

19,080

   

19,940

                         

Operating income

   

1,424

   

3,508

   

4,717

   

7,700

                         

Other income, net

   

100

   

54

   

194

   

244

Income before income taxes

   

1,524

   

3,562

   

4,911

   

7,944

Provision for income taxes

   

315

   

1,145

   

1,379

   

2,740

Net income

 

$

1,209

 

$

2,417

 

$

3,532

 

$

5,204

                         

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

   

8,921,480

   

9,139,329

   

9,076,305

   

9,119,925

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

   

9,164,165

   

9,615,684

   

9,452,616

   

9,583,951

                         

Basic earnings per common share

 

$

0.14

 

$

0.26

 

$

0.39

 

$

0.57

Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.13

 

$

0.25

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.54

 

CLEARONE, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)

                         
   

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

   

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

GAAP gross profit

 

$

7,668

 

$

10,188

 

$

23,797

 

$

27,640

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move

   

283

   

-

   

283

   

-

Stock-based compensation

   

7

   

5

   

18

   

16

Non-GAAP gross profit

 

$

7,958

 

$

10,193

 

$

24,098

 

$

27,656

                         

GAAP operating Income

 

$

1,424

 

$

3,508

 

$

4,717

 

$

7,700

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move

   

283

   

-

   

283

   

-

Stock-based compensation

   

175

   

193

   

494

   

648

Amortization of intangibles

   

280

   

314

   

856

   

943

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

   

306

   

173

   

580

   

330

Non-GAAP operating Income

 

$

2,468

 

$

4,188

 

$

6,930

 

$

9,621

                         

GAAP net income

 

$

1,209

 

$

2,417

 

$

3,532

 

$

5,204

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move

   

283

   

-

   

283

   

-

Stock-based compensation

   

175

   

193

   

494

   

648

Amortization of intangibles

   

280

   

314

   

856

   

943

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

   

306

   

173

   

580

   

330

Loss on disposal of assets related to wireless microphones manufacturing

   

-

   

-

   

53

   

-

Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

   

(252)

   

(254)

   

(636)

   

(699)

Non-GAAP net income

 

$

2,001

 

$

2,843

 

$

5,162

 

$

6,426

                         

GAAP net income

 

$

1,209

 

$

2,417

 

$

3,532

 

$

5,204

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

   

9,164,165

   

9,615,684

   

9,452,616

   

9,583,951

GAAP income per share (diluted)

 

$

0.13

 

$

0.25

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.54

Non-GAAP net income

 

$

2,001

 

$

2,843

 

$

5,162

 

$

6,426

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

   

9,164,165

   

9,615,684

   

9,452,616

   

9,583,951

Non-GAAP income per share (diluted)

 

$

0.22

 

$

0.30

 

$

0.55

 

$

0.67

                         

GAAP total net Income

 

$

1,209

 

$

2,417

 

$

3,532

 

$

5,204

Inventory scrap related to wireless manufacturing move

   

283

   

-

   

283

   

-

Stock-based compensation

   

175

   

193

   

494

   

648

Depreciation

   

180

   

194

   

552

   

605

Amortization of intangibles

   

280

   

314

   

856

   

943

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

   

306

   

173

   

580

   

330

Loss on disposal of assets related to wireless microphones manufacturing

   

-

   

-

   

53

   

-

Provision for income taxes

   

315

   

1,145

   

1,379

   

2,740

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

2,748

 

$

4,436

 

$

7,729

 

$

10,470

 

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