VOXX International Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter ended November 30, 2012.

Fiscal Third Quarter Highlights:

Sales increased 17.5%, driven by the Hirschmann acquisition and increases in mobile OEM and in accessories.
Gross margins of 28.8% ahead of internal projections due to product mix and increases in select categories; operating expenses, excluding Hirschmann decreased by $2.1 million or 5.1%.
Company reports net income of $13.2 million or $0.56 per diluted share, up $4.3 million.
EBITDA of $25.8 million, increased $6.6 million; Adjusted EBITDA of $25.7 million, increased $3.5 million.
Fiscal 2013 nine-month Adjusted EBITDA of $49.1 million, up $7.0 million; Company reaffirms FY13 Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $61 million on strength of 3Q performance.

Commenting on the Company's performance, Pat Lavelle, President and CEO stated, "From a bottom-line perspective, we had one of the best quarters in our history and our business performed well, especially considering continued weakness in the international markets. Our domestic operations met plan with sales reaching targets and gross margins slightly ahead of internal projections. We've also placed greater emphasis on managing our core overhead and saw expenses, less Hirschmann, decline by over 5%. What we can control, we're controlling and we're on track to deliver the Adjusted EBITDA guidance we gave last quarter."

Lavelle continued, "Domestically, we had strong placement at retail driven by new products and through new channels. We also saw increases in our mobile OEM business on the heels of programs with Ford and Nissan which began last quarter. While overall retail sales during the Holiday season were lighter than anticipated, we're hoping the recently passed legislation will provide some clarity for consumers and give them confidence moving into 2013. With modest improvements in Germany and China, coupled with continued strength in our core domestic markets, we should be well positioned to improve on our performance next year, especially with new products coming to market in the 2nd half of the calendar year. The reception we've received so far at the Consumer Electronics Show this week has been nothing short of spectacular."

Fiscal Third Quarter Performance
Net sales for the fiscal 2013 third quarter were $243.0 million, an increase of 17.5% compared to net sales of $206.8 million in the comparable year ago period.

Electronics sales were $201.5 million and $165.9 million for the comparable fiscal third quarters, an increase of 21.4%. Driving this increase was primarily the addition of Hirschmann sales, which accounted for $39.5 million during the fiscal 2013 third quarter. Excluding the impact of Hirschmann, Electronics sales declined approximately $3.9 million or 2.4% with the declines primarily in consumer products, mobile audio and in the international markets. Offsetting this decline were increases in mobile OEM sales, particularly at Invision on the strength of new OEM programs with Ford and Nissan for rear-seat entertainment, higher sales of headphones and sound bars, and new product offerings. For the three months ended November 30, 2012, Electronics sales represented 82.9% of net sales as compared to 80.2% in the comparable prior year period.

Accessories sales for the fiscal 2013 third quarter were $41.6 million, an increase of 1.7% as compared to sales of $40.9 million in the comparable prior year period. The Accessories group was favorably impacted by higher domestic sales of new wireless speakers, digital antennas and both portable power lines and power supply systems. This growth was partially offset by declines internationally. Accessories represented 17.1% of net sales for the three months ended November 30, 2012 as compared to 19.8% in the comparable prior year period.

The gross margin for the three months ended November 30, 2012 was 28.8%, a decrease of 10 basis points as compared to 28.9% for the fiscal 2012 third quarter, though margins did come in ahead of internal projections. This slight year-over-year decline was principally due to unfavorable swings between hedged costs and related sales, as well as lower sales of higher margin car speakers at Audiovox Germany. This was offset by higher margins in select consumer, accessories and mobile product categories, the addition of Hirschmann sales, and as a result of exiting some lower margin products. The Company reiterated its prior gross margin guidance of 28.0% for the fiscal year.

Operating expenses for the fiscal 2013 third quarter were $50.2 million, an increase of $8.8 million over $41.4 million reported in the fiscal 2012 third quarter. As a percentage of net sales, operating expenses increased to 20.6% as compared to 20.0% for the periods ended November 30, 2012 and November 30, 2011, respectively. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by the addition of Hirschmann, which accounted for $10.9 million, as well as increases advertising expenses. Offsetting this were

The following information was filed by Voxx International Corp (VOXX) on Friday, January 11, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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