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Universal Electronics Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter 2024

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC) reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2024. “Focused on building for a better future and expanding our end market reach, we ...

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.: Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC) reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2024.

“Focused on building for a better future and expanding our end market reach, we continue to shift sales and product development resources to our climate control and home automation channels,” said UEI Chairman and CEO Paul Arling. “We are very encouraged by numerous customer wins and are confident that there are many more to come. We now have won projects with six of the top ten HVAC equipment manufacturers worldwide. We have and will continue to optimize our manufacturing footprint and execute cost-savings initiatives while continuing to invest in the resources required to build momentum in the connected home markets. We performed as expected in the first quarter and gross margins increased significantly year-over-year. With all these actions, including our mounting project wins, we expect to grow the bottom-line and deliver full year profitability. We believe our best years are ahead of us, and our employees around the world remain hard at work to make this a reality.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31: 2024 Compared to 2023

  • GAAP net sales were $91.9 million, compared to $108.4 million; Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales were $91.9 million, compared to $108.4 million.
  • GAAP gross margins were 28.3%, compared to 22.8%; Adjusted Non-GAAP gross margins were 29.6%, compared to 25.4%.
  • GAAP operating loss was $6.9 million, compared to GAAP operating loss of $59.5 million, including a $49.1 million non-cash charge for goodwill impairment; Adjusted Non-GAAP operating loss was $2.2 million, compared to $3.6 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $8.6 million, or $0.67 per share, compared to $61.4 million including the aforementioned non-cash charge, or $4.81 per share; Adjusted Non-GAAP net loss was $2.5 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to $3.5 million, or $0.28 per share.
  • At March 31, 2024, cash and cash equivalents were $26.9 million. During the first quarter of 2024, the company repurchased approximately 95,000 shares in the open market for $0.8 million.

Financial Outlook

For the second quarter of 2024, the company expects GAAP net sales to range between $90.0 million and $100.0 million, compared to $107.4 million in the second quarter of 2023. GAAP loss per share for the second quarter of 2024 is expected to range from $0.53 to $0.43, compared to GAAP loss per share of $0.81 in the second quarter of 2023.

For the second quarter of 2024, the company expects Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales to range from $90.0 million and $100.0 million, compared to $107.4 million in the second quarter of 2023. Adjusted Non-GAAP loss per share is expected to range from a loss of $0.10 per share to $0.00 per share, compared to loss per share of $0.06 in the second quarter of 2023. The second quarter 2024 Adjusted Non-GAAP loss per share estimate excludes $0.43 per share related to, among other things, excess manufacturing overhead costs, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangibles, litigation costs, foreign currency gains and losses 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, May 2, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its first quarter 2024 earnings results, review recent activity and answer questions. To attend the call please register here to receive a computer-generated dial-in number and a unique pin number. The conference call will also be broadcast live on the investor section of the UEI website where it will be available for replay for 90 days.

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. Management believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures to investors, as a supplement to GAAP financial measures, help 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.

Adjusted Non-GAAP net sales is defined as net sales. Adjusted Non-GAAP gross profit is defined as gross profit excluding the impact of excess manufacturing overhead costs, factory transition costs, stock-based compensation expense and depreciation expense related to the increase in fixed assets from cost to fair market value resulting from acquisitions. Adjusted Non-GAAP operating expenses are defined as operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles acquired, costs associated with certain litigation efforts, goodwill impairment and factory restructuring costs. Adjusted Non-GAAP net income (loss) is defined as net income (loss) excluding the aforementioned items, foreign currency gains and losses, and the related tax effects of all adjustments. Adjusted Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per diluted share is calculated using Adjusted Non-GAAP net income (loss). 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. (NASDAQ: UEIC) is the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices and designs, develops, manufactures, ships and supports hardware and software control and sensor technology solutions. UEI partners with many Fortune 500 customers, including Comcast, Vivint Smart Home, Samsung, LG, Sony and Daikin to serve video, telecommunications, security service providers, television, smart home and HVAC system manufacturers. For over 37 years, UEI has been pioneering breakthrough innovations such as voice control and QuickSet cloud, the world's leading platform for automated set-up and control of devices in the home. For more information, visit www.uei.com.

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 annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 and the periodic reports filed and furnished since then. Risks that could affect forward-looking statements in this press release include: our continued ability to timely develop and deliver products and technologies that will be accepted by our customers, both near- and long-term; our ability to attract new customers and to successfully capture sales in all markets we serve, including in the home automation, climate control, and connected home markets as anticipated by management; our ability to continue optimizing our manufacturing footprint and realize the lower concentration risks in the time frame and to the extent expected by management; our ability to maintain our market share in the traditional subscription broadcast market as expected by management; our ability to manage through the worldwide inflationary pressures and macroeconomic conditions, including continued lower consumer spending; the continued commitment of our customers to their product development and ordering strategies and patterns that translate into greater demand for our technologies and products as anticipated by management; our ability to continue to manage our business, inventories and cash flows to achieve our net sales, margins and earnings through financial discipline, operational efficiency, product line management, liquidity requirements, capital expenditures and other investment spending expectations, including our ability to execute on our stock repurchase programs; the Company’s continued ability to successfully enforce its patented technology against Roku; the continued fluctuation in our market capitalization; the direct and indirect impact we may experience with respect to our business and financial results and management’s ability to anticipate and mitigate the impact stemming from the continued economic uncertainty affecting consumers’ confidence and spending, natural disasters or other events beyond our control, public health crises (including an outbreak of infectious disease), governmental actions, including the effects of political unrest, war, terrorist activities, or other hostilities; the effects and uncertainties and other factors more fully described in our reports filed with the SEC; and the effects that changes in or enhanced use of laws, regulations and policies may have on our business including the impact of trade regulations pertaining to importation of our products. Since it is not possible to predict or identify all of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results, the above list should not be considered a complete list. Further, 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 May 2, 2024, and 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)

 

 

March 31, 2024

 

December 31, 2023

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

26,914

 

 

$

42,751

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

99,481

 

 

 

112,596

 

Contract assets

 

 

5,664

 

 

 

4,240

 

Inventories

 

 

83,236

 

 

 

88,273

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

11,755

 

 

 

7,325

 

Income tax receivable

 

 

3,180

 

 

 

3,666

 

Total current assets

 

 

230,230

 

 

 

258,851

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

42,144

 

 

 

44,619

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

25,132

 

 

 

25,349

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

17,239

 

 

 

18,693

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

6,727

 

 

 

6,787

 

Other assets

 

 

1,469

 

 

 

1,573

 

Total assets

 

$

322,941

 

 

$

355,872

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

49,756

 

 

$

57,033

 

Line of credit

 

 

46,000

 

 

 

55,000

 

Accrued compensation

 

 

18,389

 

 

 

20,305

 

Accrued sales discounts, rebates and royalties

 

 

4,018

 

 

 

5,796

 

Accrued income taxes

 

 

774

 

 

 

1,833

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

 

19,729

 

 

 

21,181

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

138,666

 

 

 

161,148

 

Long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Operating lease obligations

 

 

11,477

 

 

 

12,560

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

1,984

 

 

 

1,992

 

Income tax payable

 

 

434

 

 

 

435

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

725

 

 

 

817

 

Total liabilities

 

 

153,286

 

 

 

176,952

 

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; 25,508,370 and 25,346,383 shares issued on March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively

 

 

255

 

 

 

253

 

Paid-in capital

 

 

339,141

 

 

 

336,938

 

Treasury stock, at cost, 12,599,981 and 12,459,845 shares on March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively

 

 

(371,203

)

 

 

(369,973

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

(22,349

)

 

 

(20,758

)

Retained earnings

 

 

223,811

 

 

 

232,460

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

169,655

 

 

 

178,920

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

322,941

 

 

$

355,872

 

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Net sales

$

91,900

 

 

$

108,377

 

Cost of sales

 

65,912

 

 

 

83,684

 

Gross profit

 

25,988

 

 

 

24,693

 

Research and development expenses

 

7,821

 

 

 

8,360

 

Factory restructuring charges

 

1,064

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

24,011

 

 

 

26,782

 

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