SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2011 – InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON) a provider of wireless handset solutions serving Latin America and Asia Pacific, today announced results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Commenting further on the results and strategy, Mr. Ram noted, “As recently reported, we expect that the first quarter of 2011 represented the final quarter of significant revenues from our Samsung distribution business. Starting in the second quarter of 2011, although we may have small amounts of distribution sales, we anticipate that our business will consist substantially of the development, manufacture and sale of our own proprietary line of verykool® wireless products. As our distribution revenues phase out and the mix of our business shifts primarily to verykool® products, we expect that our gross profit margin should increase. We are also eliminating expenses associated with the distribution business, which should further decrease our sales break-even point. We generated $1.3 million in cash from operations this quarter, and ended the quarter with $20.1 million of working capital that we believe is adequate to support us through this transitional period.”
InfoSonics reported net sales for the first quarter of 2011 of $9.5 million, compared to $27.5 million for the first quarter of 2010. The decrease in net sales was due to a $19.1 million reduction in the company’s distribution sales caused by an Argentine import tariff, which increased the price of imported handsets by up to 30 percent. This decrease was partially offset by a $1.1 million increase in net sales of the company’s verykool branded products.
Gross margin in the first quarter of 2011 was 8.6 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010. The improvement in gross margin reflects a higher percentage of total sales derived from the company’s verykool® product line which generate higher margins than our legacy distribution business. Branded sales represented 32% of net sales in the first quarter of 2011 compared to only 7% in the same period of the prior year.
Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2011 were $1.8 million, compared to $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2010. Selling, general and administrative expenses declined by 27% from $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2010 to $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, related mostly to reductions in variable expenses linked to the decline in the company’s distribution sales. This expense decline was partially offset by an increase of $337,000 in research and development expenses related to the company’s China development subsidiary, which was established during the second quarter of 2010.
The net loss for the first quarter of 2011 was $894,000, or $0.06 per share, compared to a net loss of $567,000, or $0.04 per share, in the first quarter of 2010.
The company ended the first quarter of 2011 with $13.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. This represented a $1.3 million increase from $12.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010. At March 31, 2010, the company had $20.1 million of net working capital and no outstanding indebtedness.
About Infosonics Corporation
InfoSonics is a provider of wireless handsets and related products to carriers and distributors in Latin America and Asia Pacific. The Company distributes products supplied by OEMs and also 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