Cobra Electronics Reports First Quarter Results Lower Store Traffic and Higher Legal Expenses Result in Seasonal Operating Loss

CHICAGO, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobra Electronics Corporation (NASDAQ: COBR), a leading global designer and marketer of mobile communications and navigation products, today reported a net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.23 per share for the first quarter of 2013 as compared to net income of $339,000, or $0.05 per share for the first quarter of 2012.  In addition, there was an operating loss of $1.7 million for the current quarter compared to operating income of $161,000 in the same quarter last year. These changes reflected a drop in net sales of $4.8 million and an increase in fixed selling, general and administrative expenses, primarily legal expenses relating to patent claims. However, gross margin was 28.9 percent compared to 28.7 percent in the prior year period, which partially offset the swing from an operating income to an operating loss.

Consolidated net sales were $21.6 million compared to $26.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, with the Cobra segment reporting a $4.6 million decrease in sales and the Performance Products Limited ("PPL") segment reporting a decrease of $206,000. The sales drop for the Cobra segment resulted from lower Eastern European sales of radar detectors, lower European sales of Two Way radios and lower domestic sales of Citizens Band radios and Inverters. The decreases in both European and domestic sales reflected a more than usual seasonal slow-down in store traffic largely as a result of weaker consumer spending and harsher global winter weather conditions, particularly in Eastern Europe. The PPL sales decrease was attributable to the continued difficult economic environment in Europe.

"While we are disappointed to report a substantially lower operating performance compared to the first quarter of 2012, we believe that our results are reflective of the slow and uneven pace of the global economic recovery that continues to impact the consumer electronics industry generally, as well as the particularly difficult economic conditions across Europe. In addition, the first quarter is traditionally our lowest sales quarter and we typically build momentum throughout the year. Therefore, we are still optimistic about Cobra's ability to achieve improved results for this year" said Jim Bazet, Cobra's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Consolidated gross margin was 28.9 percent compared to 28.7 percent in the first quarter of 2012 primarily as a result of an increased percentage of higher margin PPL sales. The gross margin for the Cobra segment was 27.4 percent, the same as in the first quarter of last year. PPL's gross margin decreased to 37.4 percent from 38.1 percent last year reflecting mainly foreign exchange losses compared to gains in the same quarter last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $8.0 million in the first quarter from $7.4 million in the prior year's quarter. Variable selling expenses declined consistent with net sales. However, fixed expenses increased primarily as a result of higher legal expenses resulting from the Fleming patent infringement lawsuit that the Company believes is without merit and is vigorously defending.

Interest expense for the first quarter of 2013 was $160,000 compared to $253,000 for the first quarter of 2012 due to a lower interest rate. Other income was $353,000 compared to other income of $493,000 in the prior year's quarter due to foreign exchange losses compared to gains in the same quarter last year.

Interest-bearing debt increased to $18.2 million as of March 31, 2013 compared to $13.4 million at March 31, 2012. Cash on hand at March 31, 2013 was $4.9 million as compared to $1.2 million at March 31, 2012 due to the timing of some significant cash receipts. Inventory at the end of the first quarter increased to $33.1 million from $30.2 million at March 31, 2012 as a result of the lower than expected sales. Accounts receivable at the end of the quarter were $13.6 million, a decrease from $17.0 million one year earlier.

In discussing the outlook for the second quarter of 2013, as well as the entire year, Mr. Bazet said, "The Company expects to achieve a lower operating income in the second quarter of 2013 than in the second quarter of 2012 due to certain initial heavy load-ins of new Truck Navigation products that will not be repeated at the same level in 2013. However, the Company anticipates a higher level of profitability in 2013 as compared to 2012 as Cobra's business will be more successful in the current economic environment from the introduction of a variety of innovative new products and planned expansion of distribution Worldwide in the remainder of this year."

Cobra will be conducting a conference call on April 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss first quarter results as well as its current strategies and outlook.  The call can also be accessed live or through replay via the Internet at http://www.cobra.com.

About Cobra Electronics
Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products.  Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations. The Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company's innovation and industry leadership.  To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at www.cobra.com.

Safe Harbor
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to factors such as the acceptance of Cobra's new and existing products by customers, the continued success of Cobra's cost containment efforts and the continuation of key distribution channel relationships.  Please refer to Cobra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a more detailed discussion of factors that may affect Cobra's performance.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)








































For the Three Months Ended







 March 31,


 March 31,







2013


2012












Net sales







$  21,577



$  26,418

Cost of sales






15,342



18,830

          Gross profit





6,235



7,588

Selling, general and administrative expense



7,961



7,427

          (Loss) earnings from operations




(1,726)



161

Other (expense) income:









          Interest expense





(160)



(253)

          Other, net





353



493

(Loss) earnings before taxes





(1,533)



401

Tax (benefit) provision





(1)



62

Net (loss) earnings






$  (1,532)



$        339












Net (loss) earnings per common share:








          Basic






$    (0.23)



$       0.05

          Diluted






$    (0.23)



$       0.05












Weighted average shares outstanding: 








          Basic






6,611



6,562

          Diluted






6,611



6,580




















Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets



(in thousands, unaudited)





























ASSETS:









  March 31,


  December 31,


  March 31,










2013


2012


2012

Current assets:













     Cash 







$

4,933

$

1,785

$

1,150

     Accounts receivable, net






13,627


20,943


17,008

     Inventories, net







33,115


38,068


30,154

     Other current assets






3,114


3,071


2,347

     Total current assets







54,789


63,867


50,659















Property, plant and equipment, net






5,253


5,323


5,305















Total other assets








14,321


14,300


14,332

Total assets







$

74,363

$

83,490

$

70,296





























LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
























Current liabilities:













     Accounts payable






$

2,375

$

5,598

$

3,975

     Accrued liabilities







6,253


7,931


6,095

     Short-term debt







18,219


20,284


13,352

     Total current liabilities






26,847


33,813


23,422















Non-current liabilities:












     Deferred taxes







818


886


1,155

     Deferred compensation






7,845


7,780


7,549

     Other long-term liabilities






704


751


648

     Total non-current liabilities






9,367


9,417


9,352















Equity:














     Shareholders' equity






38,149


40,260


37,522

     Total equity







38,149


40,260


37,522















Total liabilities and shareholders' equity




$

$74,363

$

83,490

$

70,296












SOURCE Cobra Electronics Corporation



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