Universal Electronics Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

May 1, 2014

SANTA ANA, CA – Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ: UEIC) reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

– Increases Net Sales 13% and Operating Income 38% Compared to the First Quarter of 2013 –

“Our first quarter results reflect the continued strong performance across all areas of our business,” stated Paul Arling, UEI’s Chairman and CEO. “Many of the innovations we developed and patented over the last decade provide us with multiple applications for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. UEI QuickSet™ is deployed in over 70 million devices around the world, and our Control Plus technology is being rolled out by a major player in the home entertainment space later this year. We were recently selected by Samsung to deliver the control intelligence that powers its WatchON application in Samsung’s Galaxy S® 5 smartphone. In addition, UEI’s technology is pre-installed into Samsung’s Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. Wearables are a growing segment within consumer electronics devices, and the smartwatch market in particular is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 70%, from 15 million units in 2014 to nearly 400 million units by 2020, according to Next Market Insights. These are just a few examples of how UEI is expanding into new applications. As increasingly intelligent devices hit the market, UEI’s advanced control technologies position us squarely in the middle of emerging trends in the connected home.”

Adjusted Pro Forma Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31: 2014 Compared to 2013

  • Net sales were $129.8 million, compared to $114.7 million.
  • Business Category revenue was $118.4 million, compared to $104.6 million. The Business Category contributed 91.2% of total net sales in both periods.
  • Consumer Category revenue was $11.4 million, compared to $10.1 million. The Consumer Category contributed 8.8% of total net sales in both periods.
  • Gross margins were 28.3%, compared to 28.6%.
  • Operating expenses were $28.0 million, compared to $26.5 million.
  • Operating income was $8.8 million, compared to $6.4 million.
  • Net income was $6.4 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to $4.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share.
  • At March 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents was $90.4 million.

Bryan Hackworth, UEI’s CFO, stated: “We have generated a significant amount of cash during the past 12 months as our cash balance has increased to $90.4 million at March 31, 2014 compared to $28.7 million a year prior.  We continue to evaluate the potential uses of our cash including internal investments as well as mergers and acquisitions. However, at this time we believe repurchasing our shares is the best alternative given our bright future and our recent trading price.  As a result, our Board of Directors has authorized us to purchase up to one million shares. Purchases may be made in open-market transactions, block transactions on or off an exchange, or in privately negotiated transactions.”

Financial Outlook

For the second quarter of 2014, the company expects net sales to range between $141 million and $149 million, compared to $136.1 million in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of 2014 are expected to range from $0.56 to $0.66, compared to adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share of $0.53 in the second quarter of 2013, which has been adjusted to reflect the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense.

Conference Call Information

UEI’s management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its first quarter 2014 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 28618053. 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 28618053.

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 depreciation expense related to the increase in fixed assets from cost to fair market value resulting from acquisitions. Non-GAAP operating expenses are defined as operating expenses excluding amortization of intangibles acquired, employee related restructuring costs and stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP net income is defined as net income from operations excluding the aforementioned items and the related tax effects.  A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial results to GAAP results is included at the end of this press release.

About Universal Electronics

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, 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 continued strength across its entire business; the continued innovation of products and advanced technologies, such as the company’s QuickSet™ and Control Plus technologies, that will attract new customers in existing and new markets; the continued expansion of the company’s technologies into smart devices (such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, IPTV devices, game consoles, smartwatches and over-the-top-services), including the benefits anticipated by management due to Samsung selecting the company to embed its technology into the Samsung WactchON application found in Samsung’s Galaxy S® 5 smartphone, and the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo; the successes anticipated by management from the growth expected in consumer electronics, particularly in the Wearables segment; and the other factors described in the company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The actual results 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.

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