SAN DIEGO, November 14, 2014 – InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON), the provider of verykool® wireless handset solutions and tablets, today announced results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014.
“It was a disappointing quarter in terms of both top and bottom line,” said Joseph Ram, president and CEO of InfoSonics, “but we are encouraged about the prospects for the coming quarter. Sales in the third quarter fell 18% compared to the same quarter last year, and we sustained a net loss of $633,000. A number of factors contributed to these results. During the quarter we transitioned our product portfolio to eliminate many of our feature phones and expand our smartphone offerings. However, because of production, certification and delivery cycles, some of our major customers could not receive the new products until the fourth quarter. In addition, we had cyclically slow sales to two large customers in South and Central America and recorded a $97,000 inventory charge for a discontinued product. On the positive side, we made some important strides to increase our participation in the U.S. and Mexican markets. Our U.S. sales grew significantly over the prior year quarter, and sales to customers in Mexico, which would have doubled had we been able to ship a container of products that was stolen while in transit to a customer, were up 31% over the prior year quarter.”
Commenting further, Mr. Ram noted: “The wireless market has been changing rapidly. Previously, most cell phones were being delivered to consumers by large carriers. Now, on a worldwide basis, more units are being delivered to consumers through open market distribution and retail channels. In order to take advantage of this change, we have accelerated our new product introduction process and retooled and expanded our portfolio with many new products that we believe are extremely competitive in terms of design, technology and price. These new products should help fuel our business in coming quarters. For the upcoming fourth quarter, we are encouraged by the strong inflow of customer orders, and are hopeful that fourth quarter sales will exceed those of the same quarter in 2013.”
InfoSonics reported net sales for the 2014 third quarter of $8.1 million, which represented a $1.7 million, or 18%, decrease from $9.9 million for the third quarter of 2013. The Company reported 50% lower sales to customers in South America and a 16% reduction in Central America. These declines were partially offset by a 31% increase in sales in Mexico and an increase of $806,000 in the United States. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, InfoSonics’ net sales were $30.2 million, which represented a $4.2 million, or 16%, increase from $26.0 million for the comparable nine month period of 2013.
Gross profit in the third quarter of 2014 was $1.2 million, a 35% decrease compared to $1.8 million for the comparable period in 2013. The gross profit margin as a percent of sales in the third quarter of 2014 declined to 14.7% compared to 18.5% for the comparable period in 2013. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, gross profit was $5.3 million, which represented a $357,000, or 7%, increase from $4.9 million for the comparable period in 2013.
Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2014 were $1.9 million, an increase of $130,000, or 7%, compared to $1.8 million in the 2013 third quarter. This reflects a $226,000, or 14%, increase in SG&A expenses and a $96,000, or 43%, decrease in R&D expenses. The higher SG&A expenses included increased personnel, marketing and insurance costs, while the decrease in R&D expenses reflects the wind-down of the Company’s China-based development team. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, operating expenses were $5.8 million, which represented a $404,000, or 6%, decrease from $6.2 million for the comparable period in 2013.
The net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $633,000 compared to net income of $34,000 in the third quarter of 2013. The third quarter of 2014 benefited from $119,000 of other income related to an insurance settlement on the theft noted above. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the net loss was $469,000 compared to a loss of $722,000 in the comparable period in 2013.
At September 30, 2014, the Company had $540,000 in cash, $15.7 million of net working capital and no outstanding funded indebtedness.
About InfoSonics Corporation
InfoSonics is a San Diego-based designer, manufacturer and provider of wireless handsets, tablets and related products to OEMs, carriers, distributors and consumers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. The company is committed to delivering quality products with innovative industrial designs that appeal to consumers and offer exceptional value. InfoSonics sells and supports its own 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