VOXX International Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results

- 3Q12 sales up 26.7% with the addition of Klipsch and continued OEM growth
- 3Q12 gross margins of 28.9%, up 770 basis points
- 3Q12 operating income of $18.4 million, a $13.0 million improvement (3Q12 vs. 3Q11)
- 3Q12 EBITDA of $18.7 million vs. $8.0 million in 3Q11, a $10.7 million improvement

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012, third quarter and nine months ended November 30, 2011.
Commenting on the Company's performance, Pat Lavelle, President and CEO stated, "Our business continued to gain traction across multiple markets, product lines and geographies, and I believe we're well positioned moving into 2012. We have a number of new products coming to market, new accounts at retail and with automotive OEMs, and several new programs and partnerships kicking off this year. The holiday season is over and while not overly robust, there was a pick-up in certain categories, which should continue into our fourth fiscal quarter, and hopefully into next year. We believe we're in a good position for organic growth and continued profitability in fiscal 2013."
Lavelle continued, "We're also pleased with our performance year to date, though we had budgeted for higher sales. Klipsch, our automotive business and international operations, have all performed at or ahead of plan, and each group has me excited about our prospects. Consumer weakness, however, primarily in the U.S. and at retail, led to a modest slowdown in our consumer accessories segments. On the positive side, the steps we took to improve margins and operating efficiencies, and to right size our expense structure, have resulted in bottom-line performance which is tracking ahead of our initial plan. As such, we believe our sales for the year will be in excess of $700 million and we're raising our EBITDA forecast to $44 million."
Net sales for the fiscal 2012 third quarter, were $206.8 million, an increase of 26.7% compared to net sales of $163.2 million in the comparable year ago period. For the nine month period ended November 30, 2011, net sales were $530.5 million, an increase of 25.5% as compared to net sales of $422.8 million for the comparable nine month period in fiscal 2011.
For the three and nine month periods ended November 30, 2011, Electronics sales were $165.9 million and $425.0, an increase of 35.3% and 36.0%, respectively over the comparable prior year periods. Accessories sales were $40.9 million and $105.5 million, an increase of 0.9% and a decrease of 4.4%, respectively. The Electronics Group was favorably impacted by the addition of Klipsch, and continued increases in the automotive OEM channel, driven by increases in domestic car sales and new OEM programs for remote start and mobile entertainment systems. Additionally, Accessories sales were up slightly for the quarter, primarily due to increased sales in international markets. Offsetting these improvements were lower sales of consumer electronics products and a decline in the audio category. As a percentage of net sales, Electronics represented 80.2% and 80.1% of the net sales for the three and nine month periods ended November 30, 2011, and Accessories represented 19.8% and 19.9% for the comparable three and nine month periods ended November 30, 2011.
The gross margin for the three months ended November 30, 2011 was 28.9%, an increase of 770 basis points as compared to 21.2% for the three months ended November 30, 2010. For the comparable nine month periods, the gross margin was 27.8% as compared to 21.1%, an increase of 670 basis points. Gross margins continue to increase throughout the year, driven by the shift in product mix more towards high-end audio and mobile OEM products. During the three and nine month periods, gross margins were also positively impacted by new product introductions, better margins in exciting product lines, lower sales in our fulfillment business, and reduced charges for required inventory provisions and a decline in warehouse and assembly expenses.
For the three and nine months ended November 30, 2011 and November 30, 2010, operating expenses were $41.4 million and $117.3 million, an increase of $12.2 million and $32.3 million, respectively. The increase was due primarily to expenses from our Klipsch acquisition, which accounted for approximately $9.8 million and $29.0 million for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2011. Additionally, this was partially related to an

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