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VOXX International Corporation Reports its Fiscal 2023 Second Quarter Financial Results

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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), a leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive and consumer technologies for the global markets, today announced its financial results for its Fiscal 2023 second quarter ended August 31, 2022.

Commenting on the Company's results and business outlook, Pat Lavelle, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "We entered Fiscal 2023 knowing it would be a difficult year given persistent supply chain issues, inflationary pressures and fears of recession globally. We anticipated weakness in our first half based on the availability of chips, our OEM customers' production schedules and lower inventory purchases by retailers, and we planned accordingly. During the Fiscal 2023 second quarter, however, global economic conditions worsened which led to a decline in discretionary spending and retailers taking further action to mitigate risk. These factors contributed to lower sales and operating losses to date, though we expect the second half of the year to be stronger and for VOXX to return to profitability."

Lavelle continued, "While market conditions will remain challenging, our optimism has not changed. Our Automotive segment is poised for significant growth in the years ahead given the volume of new OEM awards, most of which are in front of us. We expect continued softness at retail over the next several quarters, which impacts both our automotive aftermarket and consumer electronics businesses. However, projected OEM growth, the ramp up in Onkyo production and expanded distribution, and the new opportunities at EyeLock should offset market-driven weakness and lead to better performance. As the economy improves and supply chain constraints ease, we believe VOXX has significant runway for value creation. In the interim, we have taken aggressive actions to lower expenses in the second half of the year, some of which are short-term in nature, similar to what took place in the early stages of COVID, but many of which will be fixed, resulting in a leaner and stronger VOXX."

Fiscal 2023 and Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Comparisons

Net sales in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter ended August 31, 2022, were $125.7 million as compared to net sales of $143.1 million in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter ended August 31, 2021, a decrease of $17.4 million or 12.2%.

  • Automotive Electronics segment net sales in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter were $37.2 million as compared to $45.8 million in the comparable year-ago period, a decrease of $8.5 million or 18.7%. For the same comparable periods, OEM product sales were $15.2 million as compared to $16.4 million, and aftermarket product sales were $22.0 million as compared to $29.4 million. The year-over-year decline is primarily related to lower sales of aftermarket security and satellite radio products, and lower sales of both OEM and aftermarket rear-seat entertainment products. The decline in OEM product sales was also related to ongoing supply chain issues related to components and parts, resulting in slowdowns in OEM production. This also had an impact on aftermarket sales, as did the overall state of the economy. Partially offsetting the decline were higher sales of aftermarket automotive safety electronics and accessory products, with the latter related to new soundbars for club cars which launched in Fiscal 2022.
  • Consumer Electronics segment net sales in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter were $88.0 million as compared to $97.0 million in the comparable year-ago period, a decrease of $8.9 million or 9.2%. For the same comparable periods, Premium Audio product sales were $69.2 million as compared to $76.1 million and other CE product sales were $18.8 million as compared to $20.8 million. The decline in Premium Audio product sales was primarily related to lower domestic sales of premium home theater speakers and wireless speaker products, and lower European sales. Supply chain constraints and the resulting chip shortages, along with a slowing of the economy and a decrease in consumer spending adversely impacted sales in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter. As an offset to these declines were higher sales of Onkyo and Pioneer products and higher sales from the Company's PAC Australia subsidiary. The year-over-year decline in other CE product sales was primarily related to economic conditions globally.
  • Biometrics segment net sales in both the Fiscal 2023 second quarter and Fiscal 2022 second quarter were $0.3 million. Sales for the comparable periods increased slightly driven primarily by a new customer added this Fiscal year. The Company anticipates a ramp up in sales moving forward as a result of new projects awarded and a growing pipeline across multiple industry verticals.

The gross margin in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter was 23.3% as compared to 26.0% in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter, a decline of 270 basis points. For the same comparable periods, the Company reported:

  • Automotive Electronics segment gross margin of 24.5% as compared to 23.9%, an increase of 60 basis points. The year-over-year improvement was primarily driven by steps the Company has taken to mitigate higher supply chain costs, ongoing supply chain constraints and higher tariffs, partially offset by lower margins on certain new OEM rear-seat entertainment products.

    Consumer Electronics segment gross margin of 22.6% as compared to 26.9%, a decline of 430 basis points. The year-over-year decline was primarily driven by lower sales of premium home theater speaker products and higher supply chain costs, partially offset by higher sales of Onkyo and Pioneer products, as well as pricing and sourcing adjustments undertaken by the Company.

  • Biometrics segment gross margin of 40.1% as compared to 30.4%. The year-over-year improvement in gross margin was primarily a result of tooling costs incurred during the three months ended August 31, 2021 that did not repeat in the current year, as well as more sales of licenses in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter compared to the prior year.

Total operating expenses in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter were $39.2 million as compared to $39.9 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 period, a decline of $0.7 million or 1.7%. For the same comparable periods:


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  • Selling expenses of $11.9 million were essentially flat for the comparable periods. The Company incurred higher web platform expenses and online platform fees, offset by a decrease in commission expense.
  • General and administrative expenses of $19.1 million increased by $1.2 million. The Company incurred higher depreciation and amortization expenses of approximately $0.8 million primarily due to the amortization of intangible assets of the new Onkyo subsidiary, which was not present in the prior year period. Additionally, the Company incurred higher office and occupancy expenses and professional fees related to Onkyo, and higher restructuring expenses associated with the relocation of certain OEM production. There were other offsetting factors for the comparable periods.
  • Engineering and technical support expenses of $8.3 million increased by $0.4 million, primarily due to an increase in engineering labor expense and related payroll expense associated with the Onkyo subsidiary, partially offset by a net decrease in research and development expenses.
  • Acquisition costs declined by $2.3 million as the Company incurred acquisitions costs in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter associated with the asset purchase agreement signed with Onkyo Home Entertainment Corporation and the joint venture created with Sharp Corporation to complete the transaction. There were no acquisition costs incurred in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter.

The Company reported an operating loss in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter of $10.0 million as compared to an operating loss of $2.7 million in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter.

Total other income/expense, net, in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter was a loss of $1.7 million as compared to other income, net of $1.8 million in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter, a decline of $3.5 million. The variance was primarily related to a $1.4 million net foreign currency loss in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter resulting from declines in the Japanese Yen. The Company recorded a charge of $1.0 million representing interest expense related to the interim arbitration award accrued during Fiscal 2022, with no charge recorded in the comparable year-ago period. Additionally, equity in income of equity investee declined by $0.3 million and interest and bank charges increased by $0.3 million when comparing the Fiscal 2023 and Fiscal 2022 second quarters.

Net loss attributable to VOXX International Corporation in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter was $10.2 million as compared to net income attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $0.3 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 period. The Company reported a basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $0.42 in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter as compared to basic and diluted net income per common share attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $0.01, in the comparable Fiscal 2022 period.

The Company reported an Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") loss in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter of $6.8 million as compared to EBITDA in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter of $3.2 million. Adjusted EBITDA in the Fiscal 2023 second quarter was a loss of $3.3 million as compared to Adjusted EBITDA in the Fiscal 2022 second quarter of $6.3 million.

Fiscal 2022 and Fiscal 2021 Six-Month Comparisons

Net sales in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period ended August 31, 2022, were $254.4 million as compared to net sales of $280.2 million in the Fiscal 2022 six-month period ended August 31, 2021, down $25.7 million or 9.2%.

  • Automotive Electronics segment net sales in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period were $76.8 million as compared to $88.4 million in the comparable year-ago period, a decline of $11.6 million or 13.1%. For the same comparable periods, OEM product sales were $32.0 million as compared to $31.3 million, an increase of $0.6 million or 2.0%, and aftermarket product sales were $44.8 million as compared to $57.1 million, a decline of $12.3 million or 21.5%.
  • Consumer Electronics segment net sales in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period were $177.0 million as compared to $191.1 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 six-month period, a decline of $14.1 million or 7.4%. For the same comparable periods, Premium Audio product sales were $139.1 million as compared to $147.7 million, a decline of $8.6 million or 5.8%, and Other Consumer Electronics product sales declined were $37.8 million as compared to $43.3 million, a decline of $5.5 million or 12.8%. 
  • Biometrics segment net sales for the Fiscal 2023 six-month period were $0.4 million as compared to $0.5 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 six-month period, a decline of 5.0%.

The gross margin in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period was 24.6% as compared to 26.4% in the Fiscal 2022 six-month period, a decline of 180 basis points. Within the segments for the same comparable periods:

  • Automotive Electronics segment gross margin was 23.3% as compared to 25.4%, down 210 basis points. 
  • Consumer Electronics segment gross margin of 25.0% as compared to 26.7%, down 170 basis points. 
  • Biometrics segment gross margins of 36.3% as compared to gross margin of 25.5%.

Total operating expenses in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period were $79.2 million as compared to $77.0 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 six-month period, an increase of $2.2 million, or 2.9%. Within this and for the same six-month periods ended August 31, 2022 and August 31, 2021:

  • Selling expenses increased by $0.8 million, or 3.6%.
  • General and administrative expenses increased by $1.7 million, or 4.5%.
  • Engineering and technical support expenses increased by $2.6 million, or 18.1%. 
  • Acquisition costs declined by $2.9 million, or 95.5%.

The Company reported an operating loss in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period of $16.7 million as compared to an operating loss of $3.1 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 six-month period.

Total other income/expense, net, for the six-month period ended August 31, 2022, was a loss of $3.9 million as compared to total other income, net, of $4.5 million for the six-month period ended August 31, 2021, a decline of  $8.4 million. Within this and for the same six-month periods ended August 31, 2022 and August 31, 2021:

  • Interest and bank charges increased by $0.5 million
  • Equity in income of equity investees declined by $1.4 million.
  • Interim arbitration award increased by $2.0 million
  • Other, net increased by $4.4 million, with $4.0 million of the increase related to net foreign currency losses primarily driven by declines in the Japanese Yen.

Net loss attributable to VOXX International Corporation in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period was $16.7 million as compared to net income attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $3.0 million in the comparable Fiscal 2022 period. The Company reported a basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $0.69 in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period as compared to basic and diluted net income per common share attributable to VOXX International Corporation of $0.12 in the comparable Fiscal 2022 period.

EBITDA in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period was a loss of $11.0 million as compared to EBITDA in the Fiscal 2022 six-month period of $9.6 million. Adjusted EBITDA in the Fiscal 2023 six-month period was a loss of $3.4 million as compared to Adjusted EBITDA in the Fiscal 2022 six-month period of $14.7 million.

Seaguard Electronics LLC
On March 3, 2022, the Arbitrator issued a Partial Final Award on Bifurcated Issue in the amount of $39,444, plus $798 for its attorneys' fees and costs. On March 11, 2022, the Arbitrator fixed the schedule of the patent portion of the bifurcated arbitration, with a trial date set for October 16, 2023. The Company has put its suppliers on notice of its indemnification rights with respect to the alleged infringing products. On March 14, 2022, Seaguard filed a Petition in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division, to confirm the Partial Final Award. On April 25, 2022, the Company filed its opposition to Seaguard's Petition to Confirm and a Counter-Petition to Vacate the Partial Final Award. On May 31, 2022, the Court ordered the matter taken under submission for decision without oral hearing.

During Fiscal 2022, the Company recorded an accrual for the interim arbitration award in the amount of $39,444. During the three and six-months ended August 31, 2022, the Company accrued additional charges of $1.0 million and $2.0 million, respectively, representing interest due on the award when paid. At August 31, 2022, the Company has a total accrued balance of $41,417 on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet related to the interim arbitration award, to be paid if confirmed and not vacated by the U.S. District Court or an appellate court.

Balance Sheet Update
As of August 31, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $4.3 million as compared to $27.8 million as of February 28, 2022. Total debt as of August 31, 2022 was $37.7 million as compared to $13.2 million as of February 28, 2022. The increase in total debt for the comparable periods is primarily related to $27.4 million outstanding on the Company's Domestic Credit Facility as of August 31, 2022, partially offset by the absence of debt related to the Company's Euro Asset-Based Lending Obligation for VOXX Germany. Debt associated with the Company's Florida mortgage declined by $0.2 million and debt associated with the Company's shareholder loan payable to Sharp Corporation declined by $0.7 million. Total long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs as of August 31, 2022 was $36.3 million as compared to $9.8 million as of February 28, 2022.

Conference Call Information

The Company will be hosting its conference call and webcast on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Non-GAAP Measures
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not financial measures recognized by GAAP. EBITDA represents net (loss) income attributable to VOXX International Corporation, computed in accordance with GAAP, before interest expense and bank charges, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, foreign currency losses (gains), restructuring expenses, acquisition costs, certain non-routine legal and professional fees, and awards. Depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and foreign currency losses (gains) are non-cash items.

We present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in our Form 10-Q because we consider them to be useful and appropriate supplemental measures of our performance. Adjusted EBITDA helps us to evaluate our performance without the effects of certain GAAP calculations that may not have a direct cash impact on our current operating performance. In addition, the exclusion of certain costs or gains relating to certain events allows for a more meaningful comparison of our results from period-to-period. These non-GAAP measures, as we define them, are not necessarily comparable to similarly entitled measures of other companies and may not be an appropriate measure for performance relative to other companies. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be assessed in isolation from, are not intended to represent, and should not be considered to be more meaningful measures than, or alternatives to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.

About VOXX International Corporation 
VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) has grown into a leader in Automotive Electronics and Consumer Electronics, with emerging Biometrics technology to capitalize on the increased need for advanced security. Over the past several decades, with a portfolio of approximately 35 trusted brands, VOXX has built market-leading positions in in-vehicle entertainment, automotive security, reception products, a number of premium audio market segments, and more. VOXX is a global company, with an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and many of the world's leading automotive manufacturers. For additional information, please visit our website at www.voxxintl.com

Safe Harbor Statement
Except for historical information contained herein, statements made in this release constitute forward-looking statements and thus may involve certain risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements made in this release are based on currently available information and the Company assumes no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, may cause actual results to differ materially from the results suggested in the forward-looking statements. The factors include, but are not limited to the: risk factors described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2022, and other filings made by the Company from time to time with the SEC. The factors described in such SEC filings include, without limitation: the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Company's results of operations, global supply shortages and logistics costs and delays; cybersecurity risks; risks that may result from changes in the Company's business operations; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; significant competition in the automotive electronics, consumer electronics and biometrics businesses; our relationships with key suppliers and customers; quality and consumer acceptance of newly introduced products; market volatility; non-availability of product; excess inventory; price and product competition; new product introductions; foreign currency fluctuations; and restrictive debt covenants. Many of the foregoing risks and uncertainties are, and will be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the War in the Ukraine  and any worsening of the global business and economic environment as a result. The Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations Contact:                                                        
Glenn Wiener, GW Communications (for VOXX)                               
Email: gwiener@GWCco.com

 

Tables to Follow

 

VOXX International Corporation and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




August 31,
2022



February 28,
2022




(unaudited)





Assets







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

4,326



$

27,788


Accounts receivable, net



80,375




105,625


Inventory



192,931




174,922


Receivables from vendors



218




363


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



19,569




21,340


Income tax receivable



3,746




734


Total current assets



301,165




330,772


Investment securities



1,225




1,231


Equity investment



22,185




21,348


Property, plant and equipment, net



48,441




49,794


Operating lease, right of use asset



4,106




4,464


Goodwill



71,412




74,320


Intangible assets, net



94,599




101,450


Deferred income tax assets



38




40


Other assets



3,651




3,245


Total assets


$

546,822



$

586,664


Liabilities, Redeemable Equity, Redeemable Non-Controlling Interest, and Stockholders' Equity







Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

50,851



$

76,665

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