SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2016 – InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON), the provider of verykool® wireless handset solutions and tablets, today announced results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
“Although the first quarter was challenging, we see positive improvement ahead,” said Joseph Ram, President and CEO of InfoSonics. “More consumers, especially in our target Latin American markets, are recognizing the value of budget smartphones from alternate non-brand name suppliers. In addition, the currency pressure we experienced over the last couple of years against the U.S. Dollar appears to have peaked during the quarter and has eased somewhat since then, thereby improving the affordability of our smartphone products. Although we are making progress in expanding our customer base both with carrier and retail customers, the first quarter was seasonally weak and the pricing environment was extremely competitive. During the quarter we worked diligently to clear some of our older inventory at lower margins so we can refresh our product lineup for coming quarters. As product life cycles shorten, our focus is on operational efficiencies through improved production cycles and better inventory management. This should help us increase inventory turns and improve liquidity.”
We had net sales for the 2016 first quarter of $9.4 million, which represented a $5.1 million, or 35%, decrease from $14.5 million for the first quarter of 2015. The decrease was primarily attributable to the reduction of sales to a carrier customer in South America and the Caribbean and soft sales to big box retailers. Unit shipments during the quarter declined by 44% versus the comparable period in 2015, while the average selling price per unit rose 16%, reflecting our focus on selling more smartphones in the retail channel.
Gross profit in the 2016 first quarter was $1.2 million, a 54% decrease compared to $2.6 million for the comparable period in 2015. Our gross profit margin as a percent of sales in the 2016 first quarter declined to 12.5% compared to 17.6% for the comparable period in 2015.
Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2016 were $1.9 million, flat with the expense level in the 2015 first quarter. Decreased sales commissions and marketing expenses were offset by increased legal fees, certification and other general and administrative expenses. Also in the first quarter of 2016, other expense of $165,000 consisted primarily of losses on forward exchange contracts to hedge currency exposure against the Mexican Peso.
The net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $903,000, $0.06 per share, compared to net income of $532,000, $0.04 per share, in the first quarter of 2015.
At March 31, 2016, we had $438,000 in cash, $12.6 million of net working capital and no outstanding funded debt.
About InfoSonics Corporation
InfoSonics is a San Diego-based manufacturer and provider of wireless handsets, tablets and related products to carriers, distributors and consumers in the United States and Latin America under the verykool® brand. The company is committed to delivering quality products with innovative designs that appeal to consumers and offer exceptional value. Additional information can be found on our corporate website at www.infosonics.com and www.verykool.net.
Past performance in any period may not be indicative of future results in the next period or the same period in a subsequent year. We also experience seasonal revenue fluctuations that can be significant from one quarter to another. Except for the factual statements made herein, the information contained in this news release consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Words and expressions reflecting optimism, satisfaction or disappointment with current prospects, as well as words such as “believes,” “hopes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “anticipates” and variations thereof, or the use of future tense, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and our actual results could differ materially from those contained in such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, without limitation: (1) intense competition internationally, including competition from alternative business models, such as manufacturer-to-carrier sales, which may lead to reduced prices, lower sales, lower gross margins, extended payment terms with customers, increased capital investment and interest costs, bad debt risks and product supply shortages; (2) our ability to source new verykool® handsets, including LTE models, at a sufficient pace and successfully introduce them into target markets; (3) extended general economic downturn in world markets; (4) inability to secure adequate supply of competitive products on a timely basis and on commercially reasonable terms; (5) the ability of the Company to maintain and improve its gross margins despite intense competition; (6) foreign exchange rate fluctuations, devaluation of a foreign currency, adverse governmental controls or actions, political or economic instability, or disruption of a foreign market, including, without limitation, the imposition, creation, increase or modification of tariffs, taxes, duties, levies and other charges and other related risks of our international operations which could significantly increase selling prices of our products to our customers and end-users; (7) the ability to attract new sources of profitable business from expansion of products or services or risks associated with entry into new markets, including geographies, products and services; (8) an interruption or failure of our information systems or subversion of access or other system controls may result in a significant loss of business, assets, or competitive information; (9) significant changes in supplier terms and relationships or shortages in product supply; (10) loss of business from one or more significant customers; (11) customer and geographical accounts receivable concentration risk and other related risks; (12) rapid product improvement and technological change resulting in inventory obsolescence; (13) uncertain political and economic conditions internationally, including terrorist or military actions; (14) the loss of a key executive officer or other key employees and the integration of new employees; (15) changes in consumer demand for multimedia wireless handset products and features; (16) our failure to adequately adapt to industry changes and to manage potential growth and/or contractions; (17) seasonal buying patterns; (18) the resolution of any litigation for or against the Company, including claims for infringement of intellectual property; (19) the ability of the Company to have access to adequate capital to fund its operations, including the availability of vendor credit and availability under the Company’s bank line of credit; and (20) the ability of the Company to generate taxable income in future periods. Reference is also made to other factors detailed from time to time in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release.
Vernon A. LoForti
Chief Financial Officer