SAN DIEGO, August 14, 2012 – InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON)), a provider of wireless handset solutions serving Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2012.
“We are pleased to report growth in revenue over the prior year and a record quarterly gross profit margin, despite having a small loss for the quarter,” said Joseph Ram, president and CEO of InfoSonics. “Sales of our verykool® products in the second quarter of 2012 almost doubled in comparison to the same quarter of the prior year. This reflects an 81% increase in sales to customers in Latin America compared to the prior year, as well as incremental sales of private label OEM products to customers in Europe and Asia.”
Commenting further on the results, Mr. Ram noted, “This was a milestone quarter for us because it was the first full quarter after exiting the distribution business. Our business is now comprised almost entirely of our own verykool® products and we were able to report 28% year-over-year revenue growth, despite the absence of distribution sales. We shipped 145% more handsets this quarter compared to the prior year quarter as we expanded our distribution channels and introduced more entry level products into our portfolio. The higher sales mix of entry level phones resulted in a 19% decrease in the average selling price of our handsets compared to the prior year. Our focus on our own verykool® products and exit from the low-margin distribution business had a dramatic impact on our gross profit margin percentage, which rose to a record 25.3% compared to 14.3% in the same quarter last year. On the other hand, operating expenses increased due in large part to a $225,000 addition to our bad debt reserve. We have also strategically added resources to expand our geographic market reach and our development capabilities, which we hope will benefit future quarters and which we think is necessary to maintain revenue growth in these challenging global economic times.”
InfoSonics reported net sales for the second quarter of 2012 of $8.1 million, which represents a 28% increase over $6.3 million for the second quarter of 2011. Gross profit in the second quarter of 2012 was $2.1 million, a 128% increase over $903,000 in the 2011 second quarter. Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2012 were $2.4 million, an increase of 42% compared to $1.7 million in the 2011 second quarter. This reflects a 47% increase in SG&A expenses primarily attributable to an increase in bad debt reserves, increases in personnel, commissions on higher sales volume and increased marketing and travel expenses. In addition, R&D expenses rose by 26% primarily as a result of expansion of the Company’s development team. The net loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $265,000, or $0.02 per share, compared to a net loss of $822,000, or $0.06 per share, in the second quarter of 2011.
At June 30, 2012, the Company had $11.5 million in cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents, $18.4 million of net working capital and no outstanding indebtedness. Cash balances declined by $3.8 million compared to the March 31, 2012 balances as inventories and inventory deposits were built up in preparation for anticipated customer shipments in the coming quarter and obligations to suppliers were paid down.
About Infosonics Corporation
InfoSonics is a provider of wireless handsets and related products to OEMs, carriers and distributors in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. 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 at www.verykool.net.
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Vernon A. LoForti
Chief Financial Officer