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VOXX International Corporation Reports Its Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), today announced financial results for its Fiscal 2018 second quarter ended August 31, 2017.

On August 31, 2017, the Company completed its sale of Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH and its subsidiaries ("Hirschmann") to a subsidiary of TE Connectivity Ltd. ("TE"). The consideration received by the Company was €148.5 million. The purchase price, at the exchange rate as of the close of business on August 31, 2017, was approximately $177.0 million and is subject to adjustment based upon the final working capital. VOXX International (Germany) GmbH, the Company's German wholly-owned subsidiary, was the selling entity in this transaction.

Due to the fact that the selling entity was VOXX International (Germany) GmbH, there are certain expenses and related income that are reported in VOXX International Corporation's continuing operations. The Hirschmann business is now accounted for in discontinued operations. Additional details can be found in the Company's Form 10-Q which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

Pat Lavelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of VOXX International Corporation stated, "The sale of Hirschmann has strengthened our balance sheet, enabled us to pay down the majority of our debt while maintaining a healthy cash position, and provides us with additional availability under our facilities to implement our strategy. We continue to focus on driving organic growth and better efficiencies within our business, while pursuing accretive acquisitions that will enable us to leverage overhead, drive sales and position us for sustainable profitability."

Second Quarter Performance Review

The following information includes financial results from continuing operations for the three-month period ended August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016.

Net sales for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter were $113.5 million, a decrease of $4.9 million or 4.1% as compared to $118.3 million reported in the comparable year-ago period.

  • Automotive segment sales were $32.7 million as compared to $38.9 million, a decline of $6.3 million or 16.1%. This was principally due to lower OEM sales, as an international program ended in the Fiscal 2018 first quarter and domestic OEM sales were impacted by the winding down of certain headrest programs with two OEM customers in anticipation of new programs beginning in the Fiscal 2018 third and fourth quarters. Additionally, the Company experienced higher aftermarket rear-seat entertainment sales as a result of the acquisition of Rosen Electronics during the Fiscal 2018 first quarter.
  • Premium Audio segment sales were $39.9 million as compared to $34.9 million, an increase of $5.0 million or 14.4%. Driving the year-over-year increase were higher sales of new products, including various lines of HD wireless desktop and bookshelf size speakers, home entertainment speakers, wireless sound bars, Klipsch Heritage products, and wireless and multi-room streaming audio systems. These increases were partially offset by lower sales of commercial speakers due to timing of certain projects and programs.
  • Consumer Accessories segment sales were $40.6 million as compared to $44.3 million, a decline of $3.7 million or 8.3%. The segment experienced higher sales of wireless speakers, Project Nursery products and new Striiv activity tracking bands, the latter of which was launched during the Fiscal 2018 second quarter. The Company also experienced an increase in international sales. Offsetting these increases were lower sales across select product lines within the hook-up and reception categories, among others.

The gross margin for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter came in at 25.0% as compared to 27.4% for the same period last year, a decrease of 240 basis points.

  • Automotive segment gross margins of 25.7% declined by 270 basis points, primarily as a result of lower OEM manufacturing sales given the timing of new programs, partially offset by an increase in sales of certain higher margin products related to the Rosen Electronics acquisition. Lower aftermarket fulfillment sales also had a positive impact on Automotive segment gross margins.
  • Premium Audio segment margins of 31.1% declined by 180 basis points. This was primarily a result of promotions of older sound bars that the Company is phasing out to make way for a new line of products. The Company anticipates gross margin improvements in the second half of Fiscal 2018. The Company also experienced lower sales of its higher margin commercial speakers for the comparable fiscal second quarter periods, which adversely impacted segment margins.
  • Consumer Accessories segment margins of 18.6% declined by 360 basis points. The year-over-year decline was primarily related to product mix, as the Company had lower sales of certain higher margin products, and higher fulfillment sales. The Company also incurred higher freight charges due to increased demand for certain remote products, incurred a one-time settlement charge related to a contract shortfall with a vendor, and had certain warranty reserves released and adjusted based on actual sales and warranty activity. These decreases were partially offset by higher sales of Project Nursery baby monitors and an increase in sales of wireless speakers, both of which positively impacted gross margins. Additionally, lower sales of action cameras positively impacted gross margins for the segment.

Operating expenses for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter were $38.7 million as compared to $34.6 million in the Fiscal 2017 second quarter, an increase of $4.1 million or 11.9%. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was primarily related to higher advertising and marketing expenses, higher expenses related to the implementation of a new payroll and time and attendance system, and an increase in headcount in certain business units to support expected sales growth. Additionally, the Company incurred severance expense due to restructuring activities across certain business segments. These increases were partially offset by a decline in occupancy costs related to the consolidation of the Company's shared services into one location, which was completed during the Fiscal 2017 fourth quarter. The increase in engineering and technical support expenses was primarily timing related in support of new OEM programs which will be launching in the Fiscal 2018 third and fourth quarters.

Total other expenses for the three months ended August 31, 2017 were $6.1 million as compared to $0.04 million in total other income in the comparable year-ago period. In the Fiscal 2018 second quarter, the Company recorded a $1.4 million gain related to its investment in RxNetworks, which was sold to a third party, and also accounted for net foreign currency losses of $7.4 million. Included in the foreign currency losses for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter are losses on forward contracts totaling $6.6 million incurred in conjunction with the sale of Hirschmann. These represented the biggest changes in total other (expenses) income for the comparable second quarter periods.

The Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $19.8 million, and net income from discontinued operations, net of tax of $34.9 million, resulting in net income of $15.0 million for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter. This compares to net income from continuing operations of $3.5 million, which includes an income tax benefit of $5.5 million, and a net loss from discontinued operations, net of tax of $2.2 million. This resulted in net income of $1.3 million for the Fiscal 2017 second quarter. The year-over-year improvement in net income was $13.8 million when comparing the three months ended August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively.

Net income attributable to VOXX International Corporation was $17.1 million for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter as compared to net income attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $3.0 million for the Fiscal 2017 second quarter. Taking into account foreign currency translation adjustments, derivatives designated for hedging, pension plan adjustments and unrealized holding losses on available-for-sale investment securities, net of tax, comprehensive income attributable to VOXX International Corporation was $39.3 million as compared to $2.3 million for the three-month periods ended August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively. On an earnings per share basis, both basic and diluted, the Company reported earnings per share attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $0.71 for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter as compared to $0.12 for the Fiscal 2017 second quarter.

The Company reported Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") of $29.4 million and negative Adjusted EBITDA of $1.4 million for the Fiscal 2018 second quarter. This compares to EBITDA of $6.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.9 million for the comparable year-ago period.

Balance Sheet Update

For the period ended August 31, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $45.8 million as compared to cash and cash equivalents of $1.0 million reported as of February 28, 2017, an increase of $44.9 million. The Company's total debt of $18.7 million as of August 31, 2017 declined by $91.8 million as of February 28, 2017 as the Company used the net proceeds from the sale of Hirschmann to reduce the majority of its total debt position. Total long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs as of August 31, 2017 was $8.8 million as compared to $97.7 million as of February 28, 2017, an increase of $88.9 million. Further details can be found in Footnote 15 of the Company's Form 10-Q which will be filed shortly with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Lavelle continued, "We're anticipating a stronger second half of Fiscal 2018 based on a number of new products coming to market. We have three new rear-seat entertainment programs which will enhance our Automotive business; new products and improved distribution within our Premium Audio group; and several new products under 808 Audio, Project Nursery, Singtrix and RCA that should lead to growth. Overall, we believe VOXX is well positioned to generate profitability in the second half of the year, with a much stronger platform as we move into Fiscal 2019."

Conference Call and Webcast Information

VOXX International will be hosting its conference call on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties can participate by visiting www.voxxintl.com, and clicking on the webcast in the Investor Relations section or via teleconference (toll-free number: 877-303-9079; international: 970-315-0461 / conference ID: 94408456).

Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per common share are not financial measures recognized by GAAP. EBITDA represents net income (loss) attributable to VOXX International Corporation, computed in accordance with GAAP, before interest expense and bank charges, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, gains on the sale of discontinued operations, losses on forward contracts, and investment gains. Depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation are non-cash items. Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per common share represents the Company's diluted earnings per common share based on Adjusted EBITDA.

We present EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per common share in this Form 10-Q because we consider them to be useful and appropriate supplemental measures of our performance. Adjusted EBITDA and diluted adjusted earnings per common share help us to evaluate our performance without the effects of certain GAAP calculations that may not have a direct cash impact on our current operating performance. In addition, the exclusion of certain costs or gains relating to non-recurring events allows for a more meaningful comparison of our results from period-to-period. These non-GAAP measures, as we define them, are not necessarily comparable to similarly entitled measures of other companies and may not be an appropriate measure for performance relative to other companies. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per common share should not be assessed in isolation from, are not intended to represent, and should not be considered to be more meaningful measures than, or alternatives to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.

About VOXX International Corporation

VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) has grown into a worldwide leader in the Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Consumer Accessories and Premium Audio industries. Today, the Company has an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and many of the world's leading automotive manufacturers. The Company has an international footprint and a growing portfolio, which comprises over 30 trusted domestic and global brands. Among the Company's brands are Klipsch®, RCA®, Invision®, Jensen®, Audiovox®, Terk®, Acoustic Research®, Advent®, Code Alarm®, Car Connection®, 808®, AR for Her®, Prestige®, EyeLock, Jamo®, Energy®, Mirage®, Mac Audio®, Magnat®, Heco®, Schwaiger®, and Oehlbach®. For additional information, please visit our Web site at www.voxxintl.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information contained herein, statements made in this release that would constitute forward-looking statements may involve certain risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements made in this release are based on currently available information and the Company assumes no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, may cause actual results to differ materially from the results suggested in the forward-looking statements. The factors include, but are not limited to risks that may result from changes in the Company's business operations; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; significant competition in the automotive, premium audio and consumer accessories businesses; our relationships with key suppliers and customers; quality and consumer acceptance of newly introduced products; market volatility; non-availability of product; excess inventory; price and product competition; new product introductions; foreign currency fluctuations and concerns regarding the European debt crisis; restrictive debt covenants; the possibility that the review of our prior filings by the SEC may result in changes to our financial statements; and the possibility that stockholders or regulatory authorities may initiate proceedings against VOXX International Corporation and/or our officers and directors as a result of any restatements. Risk factors associated with our business, including some of the facts set forth herein, are detailed in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017.

Company Contact:
Glenn Wiener, President
GW Communications
Tel: 212-786-6011
Email: gwiener@GWCco.com

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VOXX International Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




August 31, 2017


February 28, 2017

Assets


(unaudited)



Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

45,821



$

956


Accounts receivable, net


70,956



79,971


Inventory, net


142,053



122,352


Receivables from vendors


617



634


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


23,543



12,332


Income tax receivable


1,644



1,596


Assets held for sale, current




55,507


Total current assets


284,634



273,348


Investment securities


8,763



10,388


Equity investments


21,340



21,926


Property, plant and equipment, net


66,197



65,589


Goodwill


53,916



53,905


Intangible assets, net


153,403



154,939


Deferred income taxes


23



23


Other assets


6,541



1,699


Assets held for sale, non-current




86,669


Total assets


$

594,817



$

668,486


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

44,146



$

46,244


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


49,227



32,110


Income taxes payable


2,320



703


Accrued sales incentives


13,033



13,154


Current portion of long-term debt


6,770



9,215


Liabilities held for sale, current




28,641


Total current liabilities


115,496



130,067


Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs


8,842



97,747


Capital lease obligation


849



926


Deferred compensation


3,624



3,844


Deferred income tax liabilities


28,757



27,627


Other tax liabilities


3,328



3,194


Other long-term liabilities


3,389



2,125


Liabilities held for sale, non-current




11,641


Total liabilities


164,285



277,171


Commitments and contingencies





Stockholders' equity:





Preferred stock:





No shares issued or outstanding





Common stock:





Class A, $.01 par value, 60,000,000 shares authorized, 24,068,105 and 24,067,444 shares issued and 21,900,011 and 21,899,370 shares outstanding at August 31, 2017 and February 28, 2017, respectively


256



256


Class B Convertible, $.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 2,260,954 shares issued and outstanding


22



22


Paid-in capital


295,847



295,432


Retained earnings


173,445



159,369


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(15,478)



(43,898)


Treasury stock, at cost, 2,168,094 and 2,168,074 shares of Class A Common Stock at August 31, 2017 and February 28, 2017, respectively


(21,176)



(21,176)


Total VOXX International Corporation stockholders' equity


432,916



390,005


Non-controlling interest


(2,384)



1,310


Total stockholders' equity


430,532



391,315


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

594,817



$

668,486


VOXX International Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




Three Months Ended
August 31,


Six Months Ended
August 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016

Net sales


$

113,470



$

118,325



$

228,293



$

232,225


Cost of sales


85,049



85,882



169,728



167,809


Gross profit


28,421



32,443



58,565



64,416











Operating expenses:









Selling


10,652



9,924



23,061



21,306


General and administrative


20,640



18,021



40,837



38,148


Engineering and technical support


7,383



6,609



14,037



14,655


Total operating expenses


38,675



34,554



77,935



74,109


Operating loss


(10,254)



(2,111)



(19,370)



(9,693)











Other (expense) income:









Interest and bank charges


(1,843)



(1,729)



(3,635)



(3,293)


Equity in income of equity investees


1,927



1,545



3,730



3,353


Investment gain


1,416





1,416




Other, net


(7,629)



223



(8,636)



(257)


Total other (expense) income, net


(6,129)



39



(7,125)



(197)











Loss from continuing operations before income taxes


(16,383)



(2,072)



(26,495)



(9,890)


Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations


3,465



(5,543)



(3,963)



(6,940)


Net (loss) income from continuing operations


(19,848)



3,471



(22,532)



(2,950)











Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (Note 2)


34,931



(2,167)



32,710



(1,866)


Net income (loss)


15,083



1,304



10,178



(4,816)


Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest


(2,023)



(1,716)



(3,898)



(3,528)


Net income (loss) attributable to VOXX International Corporation


$

17,106



$

3,020



$

14,076



$

(1,288)











Other comprehensive income (loss):









Foreign currency translation adjustments


20,480



(680)



27,839



3,516


Derivatives designated for hedging


(134)



(21)



(1,186)



(512)


Pension plan adjustments


1,810



6



1,690



(52)


Unrealized holding gain (loss) on available-for-sale
investment securities, net of tax


81



(3)



77



(8)


Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax


22,237



(698)



28,420



2,944


Comprehensive income attributable to VOXX International Corporation


$

39,343



$

2,322



$

42,496



$

1,656











Earnings (loss) per share - basic:









Continuing operations


$

(0.74)



$

0.21



$

(0.77)



$

0.02


Discontinued operations


$

1.45



$

(0.09)



$

1.35



$

(0.08)


Attributable to VOXX International Corporation


$

0.71



$

0.12



$

0.58



$

(0.05)











Earnings (loss) per share - diluted:









Continuing operations


$

(0.74)



$

0.21



$

(0.77)



$

0.02


Discontinued operations


$

1.45



$

(0.09)



$

1.35



$

(0.08)


Attributable to VOXX International Corporation


$

0.71



$

0.12



$

0.58



$

(0.05)











Weighted-average common shares outstanding (basic)


24,160,680



24,160,324



24,160,502



24,160,324


Weighted-average common shares outstanding (diluted)


24,160,680



24,242,447



24,160,502



24,255,341


Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) Attributable to VOXX International Corporation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per Common Share

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




Three Months Ended
August 31,


Six Months Ended
August 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016

Net income attributable to VOXX International Corporation


$

17,106



$

3,020



$

14,076



$

(1,288)


Adjustments:









Interest expense and bank charges (1)


1,730



1,722



3,406



3,310


Depreciation and amortization (1)


4,340



4,247



8,477



8,490


Income tax expense (benefit)


6,207



(2,261)



2,144



(3,653)


EBITDA


29,383



6,728



28,103



6,859


Stock-based compensation


157



188



299



363


Gain on sale of discontinued operation


(36,118)





(36,118)




Loss on forward contracts attributable to sale of business


6,618





6,618




Investment gain


(1,416)





(1,416)




Adjusted EBITDA


$

(1,376)



$

6,916



$

(2,514)



$

7,222


Diluted income per common share attributable to
VOXX International Corporation


$

0.71



$

0.12



$

0.58



$

(0.05)


Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per common share attributable to
VOXX International Corporation


$

(0.06)



$

0.29



$

(0.10)



$

0.30


(1)

For purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA for the Company, interest expense and bank charges, as well as depreciation and amortization have been adjusted in order to exclude the non-controlling interest portion of these expenses attributable to EyeLock LLC.

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