SAN DIEGO, March 22, 2013 – InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON), the provider of verykool® wireless handset solutions, today announced results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.
“There are both positive and negative aspects to our fourth quarter results,” said Joseph Ram, president and CEO of InfoSonics. “We were pleased to report a 57% growth in sales in the fourth quarter compared to the preceding third quarter, along with record sales in our core Latin American market and record total unit shipments for both the fourth quarter and the year as a whole. However, our gross profit margin was lower than the third quarter and we incurred higher R&D, marketing and carrier certification expenses which resulted in the loss for the quarter. Our gross margin was impacted by more aggressive pricing and special customer incentives formulated to stimulate sales, some of which may benefit future quarters. Our operating expenses included a high level of R&D spending as we invested heavily in a new line of ruggedized smartphones. The concurrent development of these models over the last two quarters required an expansion of our team. But now that the work is mostly behind us, we have reduced the size of the team and recorded a restructuring reserve in the quarter as we streamline all our China operations. We have also taken steps to reduce our other operating expenses. Beginning with the second quarter of 2013, we expect approximately $1.5 million in annual savings from these collective actions compared to the fourth quarter 2012 run-rate.”
Expanding his comments, Mr. Ram noted, “We are encouraged by the pace of orders in the first quarter of 2013. In addition, our R&D investment will enable us to launch a number of new smartphones during the second quarter of 2013 and we are expanding our sales efforts into the U.S. market. We remain committed to our strategy.”
InfoSonics reported net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $8.4 million, which represented a $3.5 million, or 29%, decline from $11.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The reason for the decline was the absence of low-margin Samsung distribution sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $3.5 million in distribution sales in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company transitioned away from this low-margin business in March 2012. The Company noted that although sales of verykool® products were flat compared to the prior year quarter, unit shipments increased 73%. The average selling price per unit declined 42% as a result of a shift in product mix to lower‑end products and more aggressive pricing during the quarter. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2012 amounted to $34.3 million, which represented a $0.6 million, or 2%, decrease from $34.9 million for the 2011 year. Net sales of verykool® products during 2012 grew by $10.1 million, or 47%, compared to 2011, but were more than offset by a $10.7 million decline in distribution sales.
Gross profit margin as a percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 improved to 16.0% compared to 13.5% in the 2011 fourth quarter, primarily as a result of the absence of low-margin distribution sales in the 2012 third quarter. Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $1.4 million, a 16% decline from $1.6 million in the 2011 fourth quarter. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2012 amounted to $6.8 million, a $2.3 million, or 50%, increase from $4.5 million for the 2011 year. The gross profit margin as a percent of sales for 2012 improved to 19.9% from 13.0% in the prior year period, also reflecting the significant decline in low-margin distribution sales during the year.
Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $2.5 million, an increase of 28% compared to $2.0 million in the 2011 fourth quarter. This reflects an 18% increase in SG&A expenses primarily attributable to increases in marketing expenses and increased compensation for new employees and contractors. In addition, R&D expenses rose by 64% primarily as a result of expansion of the Company’s China-based development team and a $100,000 accrual for the restructuring planned for the first quarter of 2013. For similar reasons, operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 amounted to $9.3 million, a 32% increase from $7.1 million for the 2011 year.
The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $1.2 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $359,000, or $0.03 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. The net loss for both years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 amounted to $2.5 million, or $0.18 per share.
At December 31, 2012, the Company had $6.2 million in cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents, $16.2 million of net working capital and no outstanding indebtedness. Cash balances declined by $4.1 million compared to the September 30, 2012 balances primarily as a result of the growth in receivables generated by the significantly higher level of sales in the fourth quarter, as well as the loss for the quarter.
About InfoSonics Corporation
InfoSonics is a provider of wireless handsets and related products to OEMs, carriers and distributors in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States. The Company designs, develops, manufactures, markets, sells and provides after-sales support for its own proprietary line of products under the verykool® and other private label brands. Additional information can be found on our corporate website at www.infosonics.com and www.verykool.net.
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Vernon A. LoForti
Chief Financial Officer