Press Release

VOXX International Corporation Reports Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

May 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM EDT

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), today announced financial results for its Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and year-ended February 28, 2015

Fourth Quarter Results (three months ended February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014)

Net sales for the Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter were $169.9 million compared to $187.1 million reported in the comparable year-ago period, a decline of $17.2 million or 9.2%.  Net sales were primarily impacted by four major factors: the Euro conversion, the West Coast port closure, the change in the Company's Mexico distribution model, and domestic sales that were negatively impacted by poor weather.  Taking into account the impact of the Euro conversion alone (weighted average of 1.176 vs. 1.366) net sales were down $8.2 million or 4.6%.  Additionally, the port closure negatively impacted fiscal 2015 fourth quarter sales by approximately $4 million.  On a segment basis:


Q4 2015

Q4 2014

Q4 2015 vs. Q4 2014

(Euro impact)

Q4 2014 USD

(Revised Consolidated)

Q4 2015 vs. Q4 2014

(w/ Euro conversion)

Total Net Sales

$169.9

$187.1

($9.1)

$178.1

($8.2)

   Automotive

$90.9

$93.9

($6.1)

$87.8

$3.1

   Premium Audio

$37.3

$42.7

($1.7)

$41.0

($3.7)

   Consumer Accessories

$41.5

$50.2

($1.3)

$48.9

($7.4)

   Corporate

$0.2

$0.4

-

$0.4

($0.2)

The gross margin for the Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter was 29.1%, an increase of 80 basis points as compared to 28.3% for the same period last year.  All three business segments posted increases in gross margin due to product mix shifts and better margins associated with new product launches and programs (Automotive - 28.2% vs. 27.8%; Premium Audio - 33.6% vs. 32.8%; Consumer Accessories - 26.5% vs. 24.5%).

Operating expenses for the Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter were $50.2 million as compared to operating expenses of $112.4 million in the comparable year-ago period.  The 2014 fiscal fourth quarter included non-cash impairment charges of $57.6 million and excluding this impact, operating expenses were down approximately $4.7 million or 8.6%.  This year-over-year improvement was primarily driven by a $2.1 million decrease in selling expenses, a $2.9 million decline in general and administrative costs, excluding the impairment charge, and a $0.9 million decline in engineering expenses, offset by $1.3 million of restructuring charges.

The Company reported an operating loss of $0.7 million as compared to an operating loss of $59.6 million in the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter.  Excluding the impairment charges, operating loss for the Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter was $2.0 million, a year-over-year improvement of approximately $1.3 million.  Net loss for the Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter was $14.4 million or a net loss per diluted share of $0.60 as compared to a net loss of $49.0 million or a net loss per diluted share of $2.01 for the comparable year-ago period. 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter was ($6.2) million as compared to EBITDA of ($53.4) million reported in the Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter.  Adjusted EBITDA was $5.2 million as compared to $3.8 million for the comparable Fiscal 2015 and 2014 fourth quarter periods.

Commenting on the Company's fourth quarter performance, Pat Lavelle, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "Our results this quarter were disappointing as there were a number of factors which hampered our top-line, the biggest of which were the Euro conversion and West Coast port closure.  On the positive side, our gross margins continued to increase and the steps we took to curtail our expenses in light of lower sales volumes helped drive our operating performance.  Additionally, we won a number of new programs in our Automotive segment, expanded our Premium Audio distribution driven by new product launches, and made inroads in reaching the enterprise segment for our myris biometrics product offering.  All of these developments should help drive results over the next several years."

Year-end Results (periods ended February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014)

Net sales in Fiscal 2015 were $757.5 million compared to $809.7 million reported in the comparable year-ago period, a decline of 6.5%.  Taking into account the impact of the Euro conversion (weighted average of 1.29 vs. 1.33) net sales were down $40.2 million or 5.0%.


F' 2015

F' 2014

F' 2015 vs. F' 2014

(Euro impact)

F' 2014 USD

(Revised Consolidated)

F' 2015 vs. F' 2014

(w/ Euro conversion)

Total Net Sales

$757.5

$809.7

($12.0)

$797.7

($40.2)

   Automotive

$396.4

$412.5

($8.0)

$404.5

($8.1)

   Premium Audio

$165.8

$189.2

($2.4)

$186.8

($21.0)

   Consumer Accessories

$194.1

$206.3

($1.6)

$204.7

($10.6)

   Corporate

$1.2

$1.7

-

$1.7

($0.5)

 

  • In addition to the Euro conversion impact, the Automotive segment experienced decreases in sales from its OEM manufacturing lines as a result of the temporary suspension of programs from one OEM customer, which subsequently resumed in the Fiscal 2015 third quarter and due to higher load-in sales from an OEM program in the prior fiscal year.  Additionally, lower satellite radio and portable DVD sales, as well as suspended sales in Venezuela contributed to the year-over-year decline.  Offsetting these declines were higher sales of remote start products and higher sales of devices for the Company's new Car Connection product lines.
  • Premium Audio sales declined primarily due to the Euro conversion, and lower sales for some of the Company's audio product lines, offset by increases in the Company's Commercial and Custom Installation business.
  • Consumer Accessories sales declined primarily due to lower sales of digital voice recorders, clock radios and lower comparable sales in Mexico, offset by higher sales of wireless and Bluetooth speakers, improved sales in Europe and the launch of the Company's new Singtrix product, which was introduced in the Fiscal 2015 fourth quarter.

The gross margin for the year ended February 28, 2015 was 29.6%, an increase of 120 basis points as compared to 28.4% for the prior Fiscal year.  This increase was driven by improved margins in the Automotive and Consumer Accessories segment, up 200 basis points and 90 basis points, respectively, offset by a 30 basis point decline in the Premium Audio segment.

Operating expenses for the year ended February 28, 2015 were $207.3 million as compared to operating expenses of $267.6 million reported in the comparable year-ago period, a decline of $60.3 million.  In Fiscal 2014, the Company recorded non-cash impairment charges of $57.6 million and excluding this impact, operating expenses were down $2.7 million, or 1.3%.  Driving the improvement in operating expenses were lower selling, general and administrative expenses due to lower sales commissions and other profit based compensation, advertising expense, and due to in-sourcing of IT functions, offset by higher engineering expenses as a result of higher salary and benefit expenses at VOXXHirschmann to support various customer and prospective programs.

The Company reported operating income of $16.6 million for the year ended February 28, 2015 as compared to an operating loss of $37.4 million reported in Fiscal 2014.  Lower sales volumes were partially offset by higher gross margins and lower overhead, thus contributing to the year-over-year improvement.

The Company reported total other expenses for the year ended February 28, 2015 of $15.9 million as compared to total other income of $10.7 million in the comparable period last year.  In Fiscal 2015, the Company recorded $7.4 million in charges representing the devaluation loss related to its Venezuelan bonds, resulting in a net Venezuela currency devaluation and translation loss for the year ended February 28, 2015 of $7.1 million as well as a $9.3 million charge related to the impairment of investment properties located in Venezuela.  Additionally, Other, net, decreased primarily as a result of Fiscal 2014 events that were not repeated in Fiscal 2015, such as $5.6 million received in a class action settlement and $0.9 million related to Klipsch recoveries.  Additionally, interest and bank charges were $6.9 million and $7.4 million for the year ended February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014, respectively.

The Company reported a net loss of $0.9 million or a net loss per diluted share of $0.04 as compared to a net loss of $26.6 million or a net loss per diluted share of $1.10 for the year ended February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014, respectively. 

EBITDA in Fiscal 2015 was $23.1 million as compared to an EBITDA loss of $3.1 million reported in Fiscal 2014.  Adjusted EBITDA for Fiscal 2015 was $41.5 million as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $46.5 million for the comparable year-ago period.

Mr. Lavelle continued, "Despite the impact the Euro conversion is expected to have on our results, we anticipate our first quarter revenues will grow in US and Euro denominated business.  We're executing our strategy and have taken more costs out of our operations to help drive bottom-line performance.  Our balance sheet continues to improve and we remain active in the M&A markets.  Our management team and Board remain committed to enhancing shareholder value and we believe the steps we've taken this past year will position us well for the future."

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and diluted adjusted earnings per common share are not financial measures recognized by GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss), computed in accordance with GAAP, before interest expense and bank charges, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, certain foreign currency remeasurements, relocation and restructuring charges, impairment charges, certain recoveries, settlements and costs and foreign exchange gains or losses relating to our acquisitions. Depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and impairment expenses are non-cash items. Diluted adjusted earnings per common share represent the Company's diluted earnings per common share based on adjusted EBITDA.

We present adjusted EBITDA and diluted adjusted earnings per common share in this Form 10-K 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 costs relating to the Company's acquisitions, restructuring, relocations, remeasurements, impairments, stock-based compensation, settlements and recoveries 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. Adjusted EBITDA should not be assessed in isolation from or construed as a substitute for EBITDA prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and diluted adjusted earnings per common share 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.

Form 10-K Filing and Conference Call Information

The Company intends to file its Form 10-K for the period ended February 28, 2015 with the Securities and Exchange Commission by close of business tomorrow, May 14, 2015, within the SEC deadline. 

Additionally, the Company will be hosting its conference call on Thursday, May 14, 2015 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: 36388186).  For those unable to join, a replay will be available approximately four hours after the call has been completed and will last for one week (replay number: 855-859-2056; international replay: 404-537-3406; conference ID: 36388186).

About VOXX International Corporation

VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ:VOXX) has grown into a worldwide leader in many automotive and consumer electronics and accessories categories, as well as premium high-end audio.   Today, VOXX International Corporation has an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and most of the world's leading automotive manufacturers.   The Company has an international footprint in Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America, and a growing portfolio, which now comprises over 30 trusted brands. Among the key domestic brands are Klipsch®, RCA®, Invision®, Jensen®, Audiovox®, Terk®, Acoustic Research®, Advent®, Code Alarm®, CarLink®, 808®, AR for Her®, and Prestige®. International brands include Hirschmann Car Communication®, Klipsch®, Jamo®, Energy®, Mirage®, Mac Audio®, Magnat®, Heco®, Schwaiger®, Oehlbach® and Incaar™.  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, 2015.

Company Contact:

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


 

 

VOXX International Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014

(In thousands, except share data)



February 28,
 2015


February 28,
 2014

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,448



$

10,603


Accounts receivable, net

102,766



147,054


Inventory

156,649



144,339


Receivables from vendors

3,622



2,443


Investment securities, current

275




Prepaid expenses and other current assets

26,370



15,897


Income tax receivable

1,862



2,463


Deferred income taxes

1,723



3,058


Total current assets

301,715



325,857


Investment securities

12,413



14,102


Equity investments

21,648



20,628


Property, plant and equipment, net

69,783



83,222


Goodwill

105,874



117,938


Intangible assets, net

158,455



174,312


Deferred income taxes

717



760


Other assets

6,908



10,331


Total assets

$

677,513



$

747,150


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

71,403



$

55,373


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

51,744



64,403


Income taxes payable

3,067



3,634


Accrued sales incentives

14,097



17,401


Deferred income taxes

1,060



9


Current portion of long-term debt

6,032



5,960


Total current liabilities

147,403



146,780


Long-term debt

79,455



103,222


Capital lease obligation

733



6,114


Deferred compensation

4,650



5,807


Other tax liabilities

5,157



11,060


Deferred tax liabilities

34,327



34,963


Other long-term liabilities

9,648



9,620


Total liabilities

281,373



317,566


Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock:




No shares issued or outstanding (see Note 9)




Common stock:




Class A, $.01 par value; 60,000,000 shares authorized, 24,003,240 and 23,988,240 shares issued, 21,873,790 and 22,172,968 shares outstanding at February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014, respectively

255



255


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

22



22


Paid-in capital

292,427



290,960


Retained earnings

157,629



158,571


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(33,235)



(1,873)


Treasury stock, at cost, 2,129,450 and 1,815,272 shares of Class A Common Stock at February 28, 2015 and February 28, 2014, respectively

(20,958)



(18,351)


Total stockholders' equity

396,140



429,584


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

677,513



$

747,150


 

 

VOXX International Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Years Ended February 28, 2015, February 28, 2014 and February 28, 2013

(In thousands, except share and per share data)



Year

Ended


Year

Ended


Year

Ended


February 28,
 2015


February 28,
 2014


February 28,
 2013

Net sales

$

757,498



$

809,709



$

835,577


Cost of sales

533,628



579,461



598,755


Gross profit

223,870



230,248



236,822


Operating expenses:






Selling

54,136



55,725



51,976


General and administrative

114,849



118,852



114,653


Engineering and technical support

37,157



34,161



26,971


Goodwill impairment charge



32,163




Intangible and long-lived asset impairment charges



25,398




Restructuring expense

1,134



1,324




Acquisition related costs





1,526


Total operating expenses

207,276



267,623



195,126


Operating income (loss)

16,594



(37,375)



41,696


Other (expense) income:






Interest and bank charges

(6,851)



(7,394)



(8,288)


Equity in income of equity investee

5,866



6,070



4,880


Venezuela currency devaluation, net

(7,104)



177



(477)


Impairment of Venezuela investment properties (Note 1(p))

(9,304)






Other, net

1,495



11,867



(2,156)


Total other (expenses) income, net

(15,898)



10,720



(6,041)








Income (loss) from operations before income taxes

696



(26,655)



35,655


Income tax expense (benefit)

1,638



(58)



13,163


Net (loss) income

(942)



(26,597)



22,492








Other comprehensive (loss) income:






Foreign currency translation adjustments

(33,170)



5,575



(1,281)


Derivatives designated for hedging, net of tax

3,258



(648)



(174)


Pension plan adjustments, net of tax

(1,423)



(288)



(1,031)


Unrealized holding loss on available-for-sale investment securities arising during the period, net of tax

(27)



(15)



(38)


Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

(31,362)



4,624



(2,524)


Comprehensive (loss) income

$

(32,304)



$

(21,973)



$

19,968


Net (loss) income per common share (basic)

$

(0.04)



$

(1.10)



$

0.96








Net (loss) income per common share (diluted)

$

(0.04)



$

(1.10)



$

0.95


Weighted-average common shares outstanding (basic)

24,330,361



24,109,270



23,415,570


Weighted-average common shares outstanding (diluted)

24,330,361



24,109,270



23,617,101


 

 

VOXX International Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Net (Loss) Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




Fiscal


Fiscal


Fiscal



2015


2014


2013

Net (loss) income


$

(942)



$

(26,597)



$

22,492


Adjustments:







Interest expense and bank charges


6,851



7,394



8,288


Depreciation and amortization


15,565



16,183



16,446


Income tax expense (benefit)


1,638



(58)



13,163


EBITDA


23,112



(3,078)



60,389


Stock-based compensation


521



641



435


Venezuela bond remeasurement


7,396






Impairment of long-lived assets in Venezuela


9,304






Circuit City recovery




(940)




Net legal settlements




(4,443)



1,661


Unanticipated customer settlement payment




(4,370)




Asia warehouse relocation




(208)



789


Restructuring charges


1,134



1,324




Goodwill impairment charges




32,163




Intangible and long-lived asset impairment charges




25,398




Acquisition related costs






1,526


Loss/(gain) on foreign exchange as a result of Hirschmann acquisition






2,670


Adjusted EBITDA


$

41,467



$

46,487



$

67,470


Diluted (loss) earnings per common share


$

(0.04)



$

(1.10)



$

0.95


Diluted adjusted EBITDA per common share


$

1.70



$

1.93



$

2.86


 

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