Universal Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2018 Financial Results

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ: UEIC), the worldwide leader
in sensing and control technologies for the smart home, reported
financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31,
2018.

Paul Arling, UEI’s chairman and CEO, stated, “The connected home has
arrived. In 2018, we achieved our goal of generating over $130 million
in home automation net sales and gained traction in our advanced,
intuitive 2-way home entertainment systems. Our corporate and
manufacturing initiatives started in the second half of 2018 to address
macro challenges and free resources for strategic investments, all of
which will position UEI well for 2019 and beyond. While we have acted
quickly to respond to the punitive tariffs implemented by our government
during 2018 by broadening our sources of supply to locations outside
China, this transition delayed shipments and net sales fell short of our
expectations in the fourth quarter. But, with our solid gross margins
and increased operational efficiency, we met our fourth quarter bottom
line guidance. Meanwhile, we continue to make progress to improve supply
and expect to continue seeing positive results in the coming months. In
addition, we are excited about the rising demand for our advanced
products in both home entertainment and home automation.

“AV control is expanding into other applications like home automation.
To capture market, in collaboration with Microsoft, we unveiled Nevo®
Butler, an end-to-end voice-enabled smart home hub that unifies
entertainment control and home automation experience. Offering a
white-label digital assistant providing interoperability across
fragmented ecosystem, Nevo Butler enables service providers and consumer
electronics brands to bring voice-enabled services to their customers
while remaining in control of the consumer relationship. We believe our
efforts to enhance our competitive position, enter new markets, attract
new customers, and continually improve account service will result in
consistent and profitable growth.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended
December 31: 2018 Compared to 2017

  • GAAP net sales were $170.3 million, compared to $181.2 million;
    Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales were $169.7 million, compared to $180.7
    million.
  • GAAP gross margins were 22.0%, compared to 20.9%; Adjusted Non-GAAP
    gross margins were 27.2%, compared to 23.6%.
  • GAAP operating income was $2.6 million, compared to an operating loss
    of $0.5 million; Adjusted Non-GAAP operating income was $13.7 million,
    compared to $10.4 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $11.1 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared
    to a GAAP net loss of $16.9 million or $1.19 per diluted share;
    Adjusted Non-GAAP net income was $9.7 million, or $0.70 per diluted
    share, compared to $8.7 million, or $0.60 per diluted share.
  • At December 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $53.2 million.

Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended
December 31: 2018 Compared to 2017

  • GAAP net sales were $680.2 million, compared to $695.8 million;
    Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales were $679.9 million, compared to $696.5
    million.
  • GAAP net income was $11.9 million, or $0.85 per diluted share,
    compared to a GAAP net loss of $10.3 million or $0.72 per diluted
    share; Adjusted Non-GAAP net income was $33.6 million, or $2.39 per
    diluted share, compared to $41.1 million, or $2.81 per diluted share.

Bryan Hackworth, UEI’s CFO, stated: “To keep pace with the growing
demand for our products and services, our investment in innovation and
efforts to mitigate the effect from additional punitive US tariffs, we
are enacting strategic initiatives aimed at streamlining our business,
creating organizational efficiencies, controlling our costs, and
optimizing our operating footprint. By expanding our existing facility
in Mexico and adding capabilities in the Philippines, we are actively
upgrading our manufacturing footprint outside China. Although the
transition to advanced control technology is taking longer than
expected, new and existing customers are including significantly more
UEI technology in their next generation orders, commanding a higher
price per unit. We are confident that this, together with our continued
focus on growth through technology, innovation, and best in class
product quality and delivery, will result in continued growth and
profitability.”

Financial Outlook

For the first quarter of 2019, the company expects GAAP net sales to
range between $179 million and $187 million, compared to $164.7 million
in the first quarter of 2018. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the
first quarter of 2019 is expected to range from $0.10 to $0.20, compared
to GAAP net loss per diluted share of $0.04 in the first quarter of 2018.

For the first quarter of 2019, the company expects Adjusted Non-GAAP net
sales to range between $179 million and $187 million, compared to $170.6
million in the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted Non-GAAP earnings per
diluted share are expected to range from $0.70 to $0.80, compared to
Adjusted Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.62 in the first
quarter of 2018. The first quarter Adjusted Non-GAAP earnings per
diluted share estimate excludes $0.60 per share related to, among other
things, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangibles,
changes in contingent consideration relating to acquisitions, effects of
foreign currency fluctuations, unabsorbed manufacturing overhead
resulting from factory underutilization, tariffs, restructuring costs
and the related tax impact of these adjustments. For a more detailed
explanation of Non-GAAP measures, please see the Use of Non-GAAP
Financial Metrics discussion and the Reconciliation of Adjusted Non-GAAP
Financial Results, each located elsewhere in this press release.

Conference Call Information

UEI’s management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday,
February 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its fourth
quarter and full year 2018 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 5754839. The conference call will also be broadcast
live at www.uei.com
where it will be available for replay for one year. In addition, a
replay 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 dial 404-537-3406. The access
code is 5754839.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Metrics

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, UEI provides Adjusted Non-GAAP
information as additional information for its operating
results. References to Adjusted Non-GAAP information are to non-GAAP
financial measures. These measures are not required by, in accordance
with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP
financial measures used by other companies. UEI’s management uses these
measures for reviewing the financial results of UEI, for budget planning
purposes, and for making operational and financial decisions and
believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures to investors,
as a supplement to GAAP financial measures, helps investors evaluate
UEI’s core operating and financial performance and business trends
consistent with how management evaluates such performance and trends.
Additionally, management believes these measures facilitate comparisons
with the core operating and financial results and business trends of
competitors and other companies.

Certain elements of UEI’s results of operations are presented excluding
the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations (constant
currency). To present this information, current period results for
entities reporting in currencies other than the U.S. dollar are
translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect
during the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year, rather than
the average exchange rate in effect during the current fiscal year.
Therefore, the foreign currency impact is equal to current year results
in local currencies multiplied by the change in the average foreign
currency exchange rate between the current fiscal period and the
corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. Management believes that
presenting constant currency results of operations provides useful
information to investors because they provide transparency to underlying
performance by excluding the effect that foreign currency exchange rate
fluctuations have on period-to-period comparability.

Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales is defined as net sales excluding the impact
of stock-based compensation for performance-based warrants, the impact
of the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification 606, “Revenue from
Contracts with Customers” (“ASC 606”), the revenue impact of increased
U.S. tariffs on products manufactured in China and imported into the
U.S. and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.
Adjusted Non-GAAP gross profit is defined as gross profit excluding
stock-based compensation expense, depreciation expense related to the
increase in fixed assets from cost to fair market value resulting from
acquisitions, the effect of fair value adjustments to inventories
acquired in business combinations that sold through during the period,
amortization of intangibles acquired, excess manufacturing overhead and
factory transition costs, the impact of the adoption of ASC 606, the
impact of increased U.S. tariffs on products manufactured in China and
imported into the U.S. and costs of implementing countermeasures to
mitigate this impact, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate
fluctuations. Adjusted Non-GAAP operating expenses are defined as
operating expenses excluding amortization of intangibles acquired,
stock-based compensation expense, employee related restructuring costs,
changes in contingent consideration related to acquisitions, the impact
of the adoption of ASC 606, costs incurred related to implementing
countermeasures to mitigate the impact of increased U.S. tariffs on
products manufactured in China and imported into the U.S., transaction
costs related to the sale of our Guangzhou factory, and the impact of
foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Adjusted Non-GAAP net
income is defined as net income excluding the aforementioned items,
foreign currency gains and losses, the net gain recognized on the sale
of the company’s Guangzhou factory, and the related tax effects of all
adjustments, as well as income tax expense representing the impact of
the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the effect of certain net deferred tax
asset adjustments and other nonrecurring income tax items. Adjusted
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated using Adjusted
Non-GAAP net income. A reconciliation of these financial measures to the
most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included at the end
of this press release.

About Universal Electronics

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

Note on Forward-looking Statements

This press release and accompanying schedules contain “forward-looking
statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including net
sales, profit margin and earnings trends, estimates and assumptions; our
expectations about new product introductions; and similar statements
concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not
historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not
guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and
uncertainties, including those we identify below and other risk factors
that we identify in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and the
periodic reports filed thereafter. Risks that could affect
forward-looking statements in this press release include our ability to
anticipate the needs and wants of our customers and timely develop and
deliver products and technologies that will meet those needs and wants,
including our advanced control products, which include the continued
adoption of our recently announced Nevo Butler, nevo.ai digital
assistant, voice remote control, and intuitive 2-way home entertainment
technologies by existing and new customers; the continued incorporation
of our QuickSet technologies, including the Quickset Cloud, into
customers’ products as expected by management; the continued acceptance
and growth of our connected home products and technologies, including
security and control, temperature controllers and automation, and other
sensing technologies identified in this call; the timing of new product
rollout orders from our customers as anticipated by management; the
continued trend of the industry toward providing consumers with more
advanced technologies; the ability to successfully identify and enter
existing and new adjacent markets for our products and technologies; the
ability to attract and obtain new customers for our products and
technologies; management’s ability to manage its business to achieve its
net sales, margins, and earnings as guided, including management’s
ability to improve operating costs and efficiencies at acceptable levels
through cost containment efforts including moving our administrative,
operations, and manufacturing facilities to lower cost jurisdictions,
and effects that changes in laws, regulations and policies may have on
our business including the impact of trade regulations pertaining to
importation of our products and tariffs imposed upon them. Any of these
factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the
expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these
forward-looking statements as of February 21, 2019. We undertake no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share-related data)

(Unaudited)

   
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 53,207 $ 62,438
Restricted cash 4,901
Accounts receivable, net 144,689 151,578
Contract assets 25,572
Inventories, net 144,350 162,589
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 11,638 11,687
Assets held for sale 12,517
Income tax receivable 997   1,587  
Total current assets 380,453 407,297
Property, plant and equipment, net 95,840 110,962
Goodwill 48,485 48,651
Intangible assets, net 24,370 29,041
Deferred income taxes 1,833 7,913
Other assets 4,615   4,566  
Total assets $ 555,596   $ 608,430  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 107,282 $ 119,165
Line of credit 101,500 138,000
Accrued compensation 33,965 34,499
Accrued sales discounts, rebates and royalties 9,574 8,882
Accrued income taxes 3,524 3,670
Other accrued liabilities 24,011   28,719  
Total current liabilities 279,856 332,935
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term contingent consideration 8,435 13,400
Deferred income taxes 930 4,423
Income tax payable 1,647 2,520
Other long-term liabilities 1,768   1,603  
Total liabilities 292,636 354,881
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;
23,932,703 and 23,760,434 shares issued on December 31, 2018 and
2017, respectively
239 238
Paid-in capital 276,103 265,195
Treasury stock, at cost, 10,116,459 and 9,702,874 shares on December
31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
(275,889 ) (262,065 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (20,281 ) (16,599 )
Retained earnings 282,788   266,780  
Total stockholders’ equity 262,960   253,549  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 555,596   $ 608,430  
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

   

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2018   2017 2018   2017
Net sales $ 170,303 $ 181,152 $ 680,241 $ 695,790
Cost of sales 132,776   143,300   538,437   530,083  
Gross profit 37,527 37,852 141,804 165,707
Research and development expenses 6,112 5,557 23,815 21,416
Factory transition restructuring charges 6,145
Selling, general and administrative expenses 28,843   32,775   119,654   127,476  
Operating income (loss) 2,572 (480 ) (1,665 ) 10,670
Interest income (expense), net (1,164 ) (858 ) (4,690 ) (2,534 )
Gain on sale of Guangzhou factory 36,978
Other income (expense), net (506 ) (850 ) (4,457 ) (848 )
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes 902 (2,188 ) 26,166 7,288
Provision for income taxes 12,009   14,666   14,242   17,611  
Net income (loss) $ (11,107 ) $ (16,854 ) $ 11,924   $ (10,323 )
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.80 ) $ (1.19 ) $ 0.85   $ (0.72 )
Diluted $ (0.80 ) $ (1.19 ) $ 0.85   $ (0.72 )
Shares used in computing earnings (loss) per share:
Basic 13,804   14,172   13,948   14,351  
Diluted 13,804   14,172   14,060   14,351  
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
Year Ended December 31,
2018   2017
Cash provided by (used for) operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 11,924 $ (10,323 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 33,602 31,312
Provision for doubtful accounts 305 166
Provision for inventory write-downs 8,655 4,119
Gain on sale of Guangzhou factory (36,978 )
Deferred income taxes 3,967 7,597
Shares issued for employee benefit plan 1,062 648
Employee and director stock-based compensation 8,820 11,943
Performance-based common stock warrants 163 683
Impairment of China factory equipment 4,907 4,100
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable and contract assets 5,455 (22,192 )
Inventories (19,870 ) (29,916 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (587 ) (4,477 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (7,386 ) 10,970
Accrued income taxes (1,184 ) 4,535  
Net cash provided by operating activities 12,855 9,165
Cash provided by (used for) investing activities:
Proceeds from sale of Guangzhou factory 51,291
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (20,142 ) (40,384 )
Refund of deposit received toward sale of Guangzhou factory (5,053 )
Acquisitions of intangible assets (2,521 ) (1,949 )
Acquisition of net assets of Residential Control Systems, Inc.   (8,894 )

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

23,575 (51,227 )
Cash provided by (used for) financing activities:
Borrowings under line of credit 68,000 157,000
Repayments on line of credit (104,500 ) (68,987 )
Proceeds from stock options exercised 864 1,442
Treasury stock purchased (13,824 ) (39,085 )
Contingent consideration payments in connection with business
combinations
(3,858 )  
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (53,318 ) 50,370
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and
restricted cash
2,756   (803 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (14,132 ) 7,505
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year 67,339   59,834  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 53,207   $ 67,339  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Income taxes paid $ 7,658 $ 8,280
Interest paid $ 4,981 $ 2,751
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2018     2017   2018     2017  
Net sales:
Net sales – GAAP $ 170,303 $ 181,152 $ 680,241 $ 695,790
Stock-based compensation for performance-based warrants (584 ) (439 ) 163 683
Adoption of ASC 606 (1) 860 3,802

U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China (2)

(1,459 ) (1,858 )
Constant currency adjustment (3)   618         (2,420 )    
Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales $ 169,738   $ 180,713   $ 679,928   $ 696,473  
 
Cost of sales:
Cost of sales – GAAP $ 132,776 $ 143,300 $ 538,437 $ 530,083
Adjustments to acquired tangible assets (4) (284 ) (162 ) (758 ) (1,185 )
Stock-based compensation expense (22 ) (18 ) (85 ) (71 )
Excess manufacturing overhead and factory transition costs (5) (3,979 ) (5,074 ) (17,904 ) (10,542 )
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (38 ) (37 ) (113 )
Adoption of ASC 606 (1) 527 3,294

U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China (2)

(8,570 ) (9,654 )
Constant currency adjustment (3) 3,136     (5,409 )  
Adjusted Non-GAAP cost of sales 123,584   138,008   507,884   518,172  
Adjusted Non-GAAP gross profit $ 46,154   $ 42,705   $ 172,044   $ 178,301  
 
Gross margin:
Gross margin – GAAP 22.0

 %

20.9

 %

20.8 % 23.8 %
Stock-based compensation for performance-based warrants

(0.3

)%

(0.2 )% 0.0 % 0.1 %
Adjustments to acquired tangible assets (4) 0.2

 %

0.1

 %

0.1 % 0.2 %
Stock-based compensation expense 0.0

 %

0.0

 %

0.0 % 0.0 %
Excess manufacturing overhead and factory transition costs(5) 2.3

 %

2.8

 %

2.6 % 1.5 %
Amortization of acquired intangible assets

 %

0.0

 %

0.0 % 0.0 %
Adoption of ASC 606 (1) 0.1

 %

 %

0.0 % %

U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China (2)

4.4

 %

 %

1.2 % %
Constant currency adjustment (3) (1.5 )%

 %

0.6 % %
Adjusted Non-GAAP gross margin 27.2

 %

23.6

 %

25.3 % 25.6 %
 
Operating expenses:
Operating expenses – GAAP $ 34,955 $ 38,332 $ 143,469 $ 155,037
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (1,401 ) (1,401 ) (5,602 ) (5,472 )
Stock-based compensation expense (1,990 ) (2,449 ) (8,736 ) (11,872 )
Employee related restructuring costs (517 ) (901 ) (7,008 )
Change in contingent consideration 1,275 200 717 (3,000 )
Adoption of ASC 606 (1) (63 ) (8 )

U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China (2)

(150 ) (350 )
Constant currency adjustment (3) 596 (955 )
Transaction costs related to sale of Guangzhou factory (1,912 ) (1,912 )
Other (251 ) (483 ) (1,025 ) (849 )
Adjusted Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 32,454   $ 32,287   $ 126,609   $ 124,924  
 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Operating income (loss):
Operating income (loss) – GAAP $ 2,572 $ (480 ) $ (1,665 ) $ 10,670
Stock-based compensation for performance-based warrants (584 ) (439 ) 163 683
Adjustments to acquired tangible assets (4) 284 162 758 1,185
Excess manufacturing overhead and factory transition costs (5) 3,979 5,074 17,904 10,542
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 1,401 1,439 5,639 5,585
Stock-based compensation expense 2,012 2,467 8,821 11,943
Employee related restructuring costs 517 901 7,008
Change in contingent consideration (1,275 ) (200 ) (717 ) 3,000
Adoption of ASC 606 (1) 396 516

U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China (2)

7,261 8,146
Constant currency adjustment (3) (3,114 ) 3,944
Transaction costs related to sale of Guangzhou factory 1,912 1,912
Other 251   483   1,025   849  
Adjusted Non-GAAP operating income $ 13,700   $ 10,418   $ 45,435   $ 53,377  
 
Adjusted Non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net sales 8.1 % 5.8 % 6.7 % 7.7 %
 
Net income (loss):
Net income (loss) – GAAP $ (11,107 ) $ (16,854 ) $ 11,924 $ (10,323 )
Stock-based compensation for performance-based warrants (584 ) (439 ) 163 683
Adjustments to acquired tangible assets (4) 284 162 758 1,185
Excess manufacturing overhead and factory transition costs (5) 3,979 5,074 17,904 10,542
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 1,401 1,439 5,639 5,585
Stock-based compensation expense 2,012 2,467 8,821 11,943
Employee related restructuring costs 517 901 7,008
Change in contingent consideration (1,275 ) (200 ) (717 ) 3,000
Adoption of ASC 606 (1) 396 516

U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China (2)

7,261 8,146
Constant currency adjustment (3) (3,114 ) 3,944
Transaction costs related to sale of Guangzhou factory 1,912 1,912
Foreign currency (gain) loss 427 1,089 4,441 1,429
Gain on sale of Guangzhou factory (36,978 )
Other 251 483 1,025 849
Income tax provision on adjustments (1,955 ) (2,532 ) (3,616 ) (9,705 )
Other income tax adjustments (6) 11,244   16,057   10,713   16,975  
Adjusted Non-GAAP net income $ 9,737   $ 8,658   $ 33,584   $ 41,083  
 
Diluted shares used in computing earnings (loss) per share:
GAAP 13,804 14,172 14,060 14,351
Adjusted Non-GAAP 13,894 14,395 14,060 14,615
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share:
Diluted earnings (loss) per share – GAAP $ (0.80 ) $ (1.19 ) $ 0.85 $ (0.72 )
Total adjustments $ 1.50 $ 1.79 $ 1.54 $ 3.53
Adjusted Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 0.70 $ 0.60 $ 2.39 $ 2.81
 

Contacts

Paul Arling (UEI) 714.918.9500
Becky Herrick (IR Agency)
415.433.3777

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