Universal Electronics Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

May 2, 2012

Contacts:  Paul Arling (UEI) 714.820.1000
Becky Herrick (IR Agency) 415.433.3777

CYPRESS, CA – Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ: UEIC) reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Paul Arling, UEI’s Chairman and CEO, stated: “For the 2012 first quarter, we experienced several positive trends, including our strong performance with subscription broadcasting customers and the continued success of our international expansion initiatives. Our market share with our consumer electronics customers grew during the quarter, although we experienced lighter than expected sales to this group due to the overall softness in the sales of televisions and other consumer electronics products. We believe this weakness is short-term in nature, as market data shows consumers across the globe are using their home entertainment systems more than ever. We remain quite optimistic about the long-term prospects for consumer electronics products and UEI.”

“Market share growth has been driven by broadening our existing relationships as well as forming new affiliations, including with a major Korean TV manufacturer and with several new customers in Eastern Europe. In addition, we are furthering our presence in Latin America where Pay TV adoption continues its rapid growth. Looking ahead, we remain confident in our strategy to build our market share by adding new customers, expanding relationships with current customers, introducing innovative products and technologies, and broadening our position in new regions.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31: 2012 Compared to 2011

  • Net sales were $103.7 million, compared to net sales of $105.7 million.
    • Business Category revenue was $92.4 million, compared to $95.3 million.
      The Business Category contributed 89.1% of total net sales, compared to 90.2%.
    • Consumer Category revenue was $11.3 million, compared to $10.4 million.
      The Consumer Category contributed 10.9% of total net sales, compared to 9.8%.
  • Adjusted pro forma gross margins were 27.6%, compared to gross margins of 26.4%.
  • Adjusted pro forma operating expenses were $24.8 million, compared to operating expenses of $24.4 million.
  • Adjusted pro forma operating income was $3.8 million, compared to operating income of $3.4 million.
  • Adjusted pro forma net income was $2.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share.
  • At March 31, 2012, cash and cash equivalents was $24.3 million.

Financial Outlook
For the second quarter of 2012, the company expects net sales to range between $113.0 million and $119.0 million, compared to $121.7 million in the second quarter of 2011.  Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of 2012 are expected to range from $0.33 to $0.43, compared to adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share of $0.46 in the second quarter of 2011.

For the full 2012 year, the company expects net sales to range between $465.0 million and $485.0 million, compared to $468.6 million in 2011.  Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for 2012 are expected to range from $1.55 to $1.75, compared to adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share of $1.55 in 2011.

Conference Call Information
UEI’s management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its first quarter 2012 earnings results, review recent activity and answer questions.  To access the call in the U.S. please dial 877-655-6895 and for international calls dial 706-758-0299 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference.  The conference ID is 73735202 .  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 73735202.

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 charges related to the write-up of inventory and depreciation related to the acquisition.  Non-GAAP operating expenses is defined as cash operating expenses excluding acquisition costs, amortization of intangibles and other employee related restructuring costs. Non-GAAP net income is net income from operations excluding the aforementioned items.  A reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial results to GAAP results is included at the end of this press release.

About Universal Electronics Inc.
Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems.  The company’s broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of infrared control software have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For All® brand name. For additional information, please visit our website at www.uei.com.

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 benefits anticipated by the Company due to the Company’s ability to gain market share; the Company’s ability to attract new customers and retain and expand our relationships with its existing customers; general economic conditions; the strength and growth prospects of the consumer electronics and broader retail industries; and other factors described in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The actual results that 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.