February 27, 2013 at 09:26 AM EST
ClearOne Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter, Full Year Financial Results
Company Reports Record Q4 Revenue, Exceeds $13 Million

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

For the 2012 fourth quarter, revenue increased 9% to $13.0 million from $12.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Gross profit was $7.4 million, or 57% of revenue, compared with $7.1 million, or 59% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Operating income was $39.1 million and net income was $24.5 million, or $2.67 per diluted share, which included $38.3 million of proceeds from litigation, net.  For the prior year fourth quarter, operating income was $2.1 million and net income was $1.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income, which excludes proceeds from litigation, share-based compensation and other non-operating items, was $1.2 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared with $1.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for fourth quarter 2011.  Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was $2.9 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared with $2.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for fourth quarter of 2011.

For the 2012 full year, revenue was $46.4 million compared with $46.1 million for 2011.  Gross profit was $27.3 million, or 59% of revenue, compared with $27.5 million, or 60% of revenue, for 2011.  Operating income, which included $38.5 million of proceeds from litigation was $42.5 million and net income was $26.6 million, or $2.89 per diluted share.  For the prior year, which included $3.7 million of proceeds from litigation, operating income was $10.6 million and net income was $6.9 million, or $0.75 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income was $4.0 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, compared with $5.3 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, for 2011.  Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was $8.0 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, compared with $9.0 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, for 2011.

The reconciliation between GAAP and Non-GAAP measures is available in the tables attached to this release.

"We finished 2012 with a record performance due to substantial increase in demand for our products in North America. We are optimistic that our positive momentum will be not only sustained but further propelled by the introduction of new and innovative audio and video products into our channel," said Zee Hakimoglu, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ClearOne.  "The strong cash position we currently enjoy has also allowed us to increase our commitment to our stock buy-back program.  We will also carefully evaluate over time, opportunities available to us and use the cash for selective infusions of technology, sales & marketing, infrastructure, and other investments to fuel our growth, as well as acquisitions that may strategically fit our business and are accretive to our performance."

At December 31, 2012, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $55.5 million, up from $16.7 million at the end of the prior year, and no debt.

Recent Highlights:

  • December 2012.  The company settled an arbitration proceeding for $45.0 million, subject to a 15% contingency legal fee paid to ClearOne's litigation counsel.
  • December 2012.  The company established a distribution agreement with D&H Distributing, under which D&H will distribute ClearOne's new line of software-based video conferencing solutions and its USB, analog and VoIP conference phones to authorized technology resellers and retailers in North America.
  • December 2012.  The company announced its new WS800 Digital Wireless Microphone System to complement its professionally installed audio conferencing product lines.  The microphone system uses radio-frequency digital wireless signal transmission technology with highly secure encryption and is optimized to work with CONVERGE® Pro and INTERACT® Pro products.
  • January 2013.  The company appointed video conferencing veteran Adi Regev as Vice President of its video conferencing business.  Regev will be responsible for the strategic positioning, business development and growth of the company's COLLABORATE™ portfolio of software-based video conferencing products, which includes desktop video applications, room systems, and infrastructure and management solutions.
  • February 2013.  The company's Board of Directors approved an increase in the company's stock repurchase program to $10.0 million from $3.0 million of its outstanding shares of common stock in open market or privately negotiated transactions.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

ClearOne provides non-GAAP financial information in the form of Non-GAAP net income, Adjusted EBITDA and corresponding earnings per share to investors to supplement GAAP financial information.  ClearOne believes that excluding certain items from GAAP results allows ClearOne's management to better understand ClearOne's consolidated financial performance from period to period as management does not believe that the excluded items are reflective of underlying operating performance.  Non-GAAP net income, Adjusted EBITDA and corresponding earnings per share excludes certain costs and expenses, the details of which are provided in the tables below containing the reconciliation between GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures.  The exclusion of these items in the non-GAAP presentation should not be interpreted as implying that these items are non-recurring, infrequent, or unusual.  ClearOne believes non-GAAP financial measures will provide investors with useful information to help them evaluate ClearOne's operating results and projections.  This non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  There are limitations to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.  Other companies, including companies in ClearOne's industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than ClearOne does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.  A detailed reconciliation of Non-GAAP net income to GAAP net income is included with this news release.

About ClearOne

ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio  and visual communications.  The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability.  More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.

This release contains "forward-looking" statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne's predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated.  Such forward-looking statements, including acquisitions or investments the company may make to fuel growth, the purchase of common stock under the company's stock repurchase program and any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

http://investors.clearone.com

Contact:
Brent Johnson
Investor Relations
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com

CLEARONE INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value)





As of

December 31, 2012

As of

December 31, 2011

ASSETS



Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$           55,509

$           16,683

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $60 and $149, respectively

8,388

8,457

Inventories

10,873

12,565

Deferred income taxes

3,148

2,987

Prepaid expenses and other assets

1,369

740

Total current assets

79,287

41,432

Long-term inventories, net

1,955

1,905

Property and equipment, net

1,708

2,338

Intangibles, net

4,258

2,690

Goodwill

3,472

1,153

Deferred income taxes

1,195

Other assets

64

41

Total assets

$           91,939

$           49,559




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$             2,302

$             2,814

Accrued liabilities

2,143

2,234

Income taxes payable

14,782

300

Deferred product revenue

3,593

3,404

Total current liabilities

22,820

8,752

Deferred income taxes

-

101

Deferred rent

422

494

Other long-term liabilities

2,029

548

Total liabilities

25,271

9,895




Shareholders' equity:



Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 9,258,206 and 9,098,152 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

9

9

Additional paid-in capital

40,814

40,073

Treasury stock at cost - 94,744 as of December 31, 2012

(384)

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

26,229

(418)

Total shareholders' equity

66,668

39,664

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$           91,939

$           49,559




CLEARONE INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share value)








Quarter ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,


2012

2011


2012

2011

Revenue

$          13,036

$         11,965


$          46,417

$           46,067

Cost of goods sold

5,625

4,855


19,089

18,522

Gross profit

7,411

7,110


27,328

27,545







Operating expenses:






Sales and marketing

1,903

1,846


8,112

8,120

Research and product development

2,265

1,880


8,261

7,128

General and administrative

2,374

1,262


6,934

5,427

Proceeds from litigation, net

(38,250)

-


(38,500)

(3,702)

Total operating expenses

(31,708)

4,988


(15,193)

16,973







Operating income

39,119

2,122


42,521

10,572

Other income (expense), net

(7)

10


34

24

Income before income taxes

39,112

2,132


42,555

10,596

Provision for income taxes

14,598

711


15,908

3,667

Net income

$          24,514

$           1,421


$          26,647

$             6,929







Basic earnings per common share

$              2.69

$             0.16


$              2.93

$               0.77

Diluted earnings per common share

$              2.67

$             0.15


$              2.89

$               0.75







Basic weighted average shares outstanding

9,109,552

9,095,333


9,107,234

9,027,934

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

9,192,714

9,237,214


9,214,685

9,271,811




CLEARONE INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(Dollars in thousands, except per share value)










Quarter ended December 31, 2012


Quarter ended December 31, 2011


GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP


GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP

Revenue

$     13,036

$                -

$       13,036


$      11,965

$             -

$       11,965

Cost of goods sold

5,625

(3)

5,622


4,855

(43)

4,812

Gross profit

7,411

3

7,414


7,110

43

7,153









Operating expenses:








Sales and marketing

1,903

(13)

1,890


1,846

(12)

1,834

Research and product development

2,265

(11)

2,254


1,880

(6)

1,874

General and administrative

2,374

(1,394)

980


1,262

(156)

1,106

Proceeds from litigation

(38,250)

38,250

-


-

-

-

Total operating expenses

(31,708)

36,832

5,124


4,988

(174)

4,814









Operating income

39,119

(36,829)

2,290


2,122

217

2,339

Other income (expense), net

(7)

-

(7)


10

-

10

Income before income taxes

39,112

(36,829)

2,283


2,132

217

2,349

Provision for income taxes

14,598

(13,540)

1,058


711

110

821

Net income

$     24,514

$    (23,289)

$         1,225


$        1,421

$        107

$         1,528









Basic earnings per common share

$         2.69


$           0.13


$          0.16


$           0.17

Diluted earnings per common share

$         2.67


$           0.13


$          0.15


$           0.17









Basic weighted average shares outstanding

9,109,552


9,109,552


9,095,333


9,095,333

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

9,192,714


9,192,714


9,237,214


9,237,214

















The adjustments consist of the following:








Share-based compensation


$             65




$          56


Amortization of purchased intangibles


301




130


Legal expenses for litigation relating to indemnification of former officers, intellectual property claims and our claim for damages

376




31


Acquisition related expenses


57




-


Proceeds from litigation, net of legal expenses and special bonus to key litigation participants


(37,628)




-


Total of adjustments before taxes


(36,829)




217


Income taxes affected by the above adjustments


(13,540)




110


Total adjustments


$    (23,289)




$        107





CLEARONE  INC.

(Dollars in thousands, except per share value)









UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME










Year ended December 31, 2012


Year ended December 31, 2011


GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP


GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP

Revenue

$    46,417

$              -

$       46,417


$    46,067

$            -

$       46,067

Cost of goods sold

19,089

(6)

19,083


18,522

(43)

18,479

Gross profit

27,328

6

27,334


27,545

43

27,588









Operating expenses:








Sales and marketing

8,112

(58)

8,054


8,120

(25)

8,095

Research and product development

8,261

(37)

8,224


7,128

(18)

7,110

General and administrative

6,934

(2,670)

4,264


5,427

(1,207)

4,220

Proceeds from litigation

(38,500)

38,500

-


(3,702)

3,702

-

Total operating expenses

(15,193)

35,735

20,542


16,973

2,452

19,425









Operating income

42,521

(35,729)

6,792


10,572

(2,409)

8,163

Other income (expense), net

34

-

34


24

-

24

Income before income taxes

42,555

(35,729)

6,826


10,596

(2,409)

8,187

Provision for income taxes

15,908

(13,059)

2,849


3,667

(805)

2,862

Net income

$    26,647

$  (22,670)

$         3,977


$      6,929

$  (1,604)

$         5,325









Basic earnings per common share

$        2.93


$           0.44


$        0.77


$           0.59

Diluted earnings per common share

$        2.89


$           0.43


$        0.75


$           0.57









Basic weighted average shares outstanding

9,107,234


9,107,234


9,027,934


9,027,934

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

9,214,685


9,214,685


9,271,811


9,271,811

















The adjustments consist of the following:








Share-based compensation


$         241




$       187


Amortization of purchased intangibles


679




393


Legal expenses for litigation relating to indemnification of former officers, intellectual property claims and our claim for damages

902




872


Acquisition related expenses


327




-


Proceeds from litigation, net of legal expenses and special bonus to key litigation participants


(37,878)




(3,861)


Total of adjustments before taxes


(35,729)




(2,409)


Income taxes affected by the above adjustments


(13,059)




(805)


Total adjustments


$  (22,670)




$  (1,604)





CLEARONE INC.

(Dollars in thousands, except per share value)








UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EBITDA











Quarter ended December 31,


Year ended December 31,



2012

2011


2012

2011

GAAP net income


$       24,514

$         1,421


$      26,647

$        6,929

Adjustments:







Provision for income taxes


14,598

711


15,908

3,667

Depreciation and amortization


874

348


1,864

1,220

Non-GAAP EBITDA


39,986

2,480


44,419

11,816

Proceeds from litigation, net of legal expenses and special bonus to officers


(37,628)

-


(37,878)

(3,861)

Share-based compensation


65

56


241

187

Legal expenses for litigation relating to indemnification of former officers, intellectual property claims and our claim for damages


376

31


902

872

Acquisition related expenses


57

-


327

-

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA


$         2,856

$         2,567


$        8,011

$        9,014








Basic weighted average shares outstanding


9,109,552

9,095,333


9,107,234

9,027,934

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


9,192,714

9,237,214


9,214,685

9,271,811








Basic Adjusted EBITDA per common share


$           0.31

$           0.28


$          0.88

$          1.00

Diluted Adjusted EBITDA per common share


$           0.31

$           0.28


$          0.87

$          0.97

 

SOURCE ClearOne

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