Turtle Beach Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

09 Nov, 2015, 16:32 ET from Turtle Beach Corporation

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR), the leading-edge audio technology company and #1 in gaming audio, reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Highlights & Developments:

  • Net revenue increased 8% to $35.9 million versus the year-ago quarter (up 10% constant currency).
  • Gross margin improved 340 basis points to 26.7% versus the year-ago quarter.
  • Headset adjusted EBITDA increased to $0.3 million from a loss of $2.0 million in the year-ago quarter, with consolidated adjusted EBITDA improving to a loss of $3.3 million versus a loss of $4.5 million.
  • Launched the breakthrough hearing healthcare device HyperSound Clear™ with first order fulfillments in October.
  • Secured new $15 million term loan and favorably amended existing subordinated debt in July 2015.

"We continue to execute on the critical areas of our business that we expect will drive sustained growth and improved profitability," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "We delivered strong revenue growth and gross margin expansion as sales of our next generation headsets, several of which feature first and only innovations, increased by 69% from the third quarter last year. Year-to-date, these headsets have generated a gross margin over 1,000 basis points higher than our previous generation models. We have largely completed the transition of our product portfolio from previous gaming console generation models, emerging with an industry-leading portfolio for next gen consoles."

"In October, we completed the transition to Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic products and components, to produce our groundbreaking HyperSound Clear product as well as several of our latest gaming headsets at relatively lower costs per unit. Along with our recently announced global logistics partnership with Keuhne + Nagel, we believe we've solidified our supply chain development strategy, which is designed to support our market expansion as we manage costs, optimize inventory and maintain superior product quality."

Stark continued, "October also marked the official launch of HyperSound Clear, which was a big milestone after nearly two years of work commercializing the technology as an innovative new product for the hearing healthcare market. HyperSound Clear's launch was somewhat later than originally anticipated and the resources required to introduce the product were higher than planned. Nevertheless, we experienced strong initial pre-orders and have begun a staged rollout to our partners, some of which represent the largest corporations in hearing healthcare. We're encouraged by the early reception and expect the momentum to continue as we get more product in the channel."

"In the fourth quarter, we expect the continued strong U.S. dollar to impact our European and Australian businesses, as sales volumes and margin at our international distributors are significantly affected. To a lesser extent, softness in the broader European market and a decision to delay certain China market growth investments have also reduced our international revenues. However, in our headset business, we expect our robust North American market to benefit from the broadest, most advanced product offering in the industry during a period where the number of new generation console users is expected to surpass those of prior generations."

Third Quarter Review Net revenue in the third quarter increased 8% to $35.9 million compared to $33.3 million a year ago. The increase was attributable to higher domestic sales, driven primarily by strong consumer response to the Company's expanded portfolio of next generation headsets. This was partially offset by an overall decline in sales of previous generation headsets and softer international sales. On a constant currency basis, net revenues increased 10%.

Gross profit in the third quarter increased 23% to $9.6 million compared to $7.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin increased 340 basis points to 26.7% compared to 23.3%. The increase was driven by a product mix shift to next generation headsets, including the release of certain new models for the holiday season, and the continued channel mix shift to domestic revenues.

Operating expenses for the third quarter were $15.3 million, up slightly from $15.1 million in the same period of 2014. The increase was attributable to higher costs associated with additional headcount to support the HyperSound commercialization, increased legal and financial costs, and incremental stock compensation expense. These costs were partially offset by operating expense reductions in other functional areas.

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures") for the headset business improved to $0.3 million in the third quarter from a loss of $2.0 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA on a consolidated basis improved to a loss of $3.3 million, reflecting investments of approximately $3.6 million in the HyperSound business, compared to a loss of $4.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

During the third quarter, the Company reassessed its tax valuation allowance given the latest forecasted net taxable loss for the current year along with cumulative losses in the two preceding years. As a result, the Company concluded a full valuation allowance was required and recorded a $10.5 million non-cash valuation allowance in the third quarter. However, it should be noted that this allowance does not impact the Company's ability to utilize its net operating losses in future tax filings and is not a reflection of any future forecast.

As a result, net loss in the third quarter was $15.9 million or $(0.38) per diluted share based on 42.3 million average shares outstanding, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million or $(0.13) per diluted share based on 42.0 million average shares outstanding in the same period a year ago. Excluding the tax valuation expense, net loss in the third quarter of 2015 was $5.4 million or $(0.13) per diluted share.

The Company ended the quarter with approximately $3.1 million of cash and cash equivalents compared to $7.9 million at December 31, 2014 and $4.4 million at September 30, 2014. As of September 30, 2015, outstanding debt principal was $56.3 million compared to $44.6 million at December 31, 2014. The debt consisted of $20.6 million of borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility, $14.3 million of subordinated debt and term loans that totaled $21.4 million.

During the third quarter, the Company entered into a new $15.0 million term loan with Crystal Financial LLC, and amended its subordinated debt held by affiliates of Stripes Group LLC. As disclosed last week in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K, following the end of the third quarter, the Company amended certain covenants under the term loan and its revolving credit facility with Bank of America.

Outlook For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company has revised its outlook and now expects net revenue for the headset business to range between $82 million to $92 million compared to $91.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. This revision is due to the aforementioned weakness in the Company's European and Australian markets, and the decision to delay certain market growth investments in China. Headset gross margin is expected to improve and be in the range of 31% or better, compared to 28.2% in the year-ago quarter.

Revenue from HyperSound is expected to be approximately $2 million in the fourth quarter with net investment on an adjusted EBITDA level expected to range between $3.3 million and $4.3 million.

Headset adjusted EBITDA is expected to show improvement over the $13.7 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2014. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $9.5 million and $13.0 million, compared to $10.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Net income on a consolidated basis for the fourth quarter is expected to improve to a range between $3.5 million and $7.0 million, or $0.08 and $0.16 per diluted share.

For the full year 2015, the Company has revised its outlook and now expects headset revenue to range between $160 million and $170 million compared to $185.5 million in 2014, with the vast majority of the decline being driven by the international business due to the aforementioned reasons. Headset gross margin is expected to be at least 26%, reflecting reduced operating leverage due to the lower revenues.

Revenue from HyperSound is expected to range between $2 million and $3 million in 2015, with net investment on an adjusted EBITDA level to range between $13 million and $14 million. This investment is higher than expected due to the later launch and more conservative ramp plans.

Headset adjusted EBITDA in 2015 is expected to be between $2 million and $5 million, with consolidated adjusted EBITDA loss expected to range between $12 million and $8 million. Net loss on a consolidated basis in 2015 is expected to range between $33 million and $29.5 million, or $(0.78) and $(0.70) per diluted share.

Conference Call Details Turtle Beach Corporation will hold a conference call today, November 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time (4:30 p.m. Eastern) to discuss its third quarter results.

CEO Juergen Stark and CFO John Hanson will host the call, followed by a question and answer session.

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015 Time: 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) Toll-Free Dial-in Number: (877) 303-9855 International Dial-in Number: (408) 337-0154 Conference ID: 64711004

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at (949) 574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/bd6av6ih and via the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.turtlebeachcorp.com

A replay of the conference call will be available after 4:30 p.m. Pacific time on the same day through November 16, 2015.

Toll-Free Replay Number: (855) 859-2056 International Replay Number: (404) 537-3406 Replay ID: 64711004

Non-GAAP Financial Measures In addition to its reported results, the Company has included in this earnings release certain financial results, including adjusted EBITDA that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as "non-GAAP financial measures." Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company's reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period to period comparisons of the Company's results. "Adjusted EBITDA" is defined by the Company as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation (non-cash), and certain special items that we believe are not representative of core operations. See a reconciliation of GAAP results to adjusted EBITDA included below for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.

The adjusted EBITDA outlook for the fourth quarter and full year 2015 have not been reconciled to the Company's net loss outlook for the same periods because certain items that would impact interest expense, provision for income taxes and stock-based compensation, which are reconciling items between net loss and adjusted EBITDA, cannot be reasonably predicted. Similarly, the Company has not reconciled its constant currency sales outlook for the full year 2015 to net revenue because applicable foreign currency exchange rates cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA outlook to net loss outlook for the fourth quarter of and full year 2015, and of constant currency sales outlook to net revenue outlook for the full year 2015, is not available without unreasonable effort.

About Turtle Beach Corporation Turtle Beach Corporation (www.turtlebeachcorp.com) designs leading-edge audio products for the consumer, commercial and healthcare markets. Under the Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com), the Company markets a wide selection of quality gaming headsets catering to a variety of gamers' needs and budgets, for use with video game consoles, including officially-licensed headsets for the Xbox One and PlayStation®4, as well as for personal computers and mobile/tablet devices. Under the HyperSound brand (www.hypersound.com), the Company markets pioneering directed audio solutions that have applications in digital signage and kiosks, consumer electronics and healthcare.

Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events. Forward looking statements are based on management's statements containing the words "may", "could", "would", "should", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "estimate", "target", "project", "intend" and similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.

While the Company believes that its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that its goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors, including risks and uncertainties, may affect actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by the Company or on its behalf. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the substantial uncertainties inherent in acceptance of existing and future products, the difficulty of commercializing and protecting new technology, the impact of competitive products and pricing, general business and economic conditions, risks associated with the expansion of our business including the implementation of any businesses we acquire, our indebtedness, and other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the Company's other periodic reports. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement after the date of this release whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

Table 1.

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

ASSETS

(unaudited)

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

3,074

$

7,908

Accounts receivable, net

30,254

61,059

Inventories

49,736

38,400

Deferred income taxes

5,053

4,930

Prepaid income taxes

1,210

1,482

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,466

3,818

Total Current Assets

93,793

117,597

Property and equipment, net

5,366

6,722

Goodwill

80,974

80,974

Intangible assets, net

39,297

39,726

Deferred income taxes

1,128

Other assets

2,141

821

Total Assets

$

221,571

$

246,968

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Revolving credit facilities

$

20,617

$

36,863

Term loan

21,410

1,923

Accounts payable

32,884

35,546

Other current liabilities

9,313

14,525

Total Current Liabilities

84,224

88,857

Term loan, long-term portion

5,769

Series B redeemable preferred stock

15,826

14,916

Deferred income taxes

5,053

648

Subordinated notes - related party

13,323

Other liabilities

2,165

5,592

Total Liabilities

120,591

115,782

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' Equity

Common stock, $0.001 par value - 100,000,000 and 50,000,000 shares authorized; 42,437,116 and 42,027,991 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

42

42

Additional paid-in capital

134,350

128,084

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

(33,082)

3,289

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(330)

(229)

Total Stockholders' Equity

100,980

131,186

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

221,571

$

246,968

     

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)

Table 2.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2015

September 30, 2014

September 30, 2015

September 30, 2014

Net Revenue

$

35,887

$

33,325

$

78,188

$

93,909

Cost of Revenue

26,323

25,576

62,106

69,053

Gross Profit

9,564

7,749

16,082

24,856

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing

7,142

7,962

21,849

22,660

Research and development

2,963

2,797

8,641

6,866

General and administrative

5,393

4,311

16,124

12,582

Business transaction costs

3,744

Restructuring charges

(173)

336

Total operating expenses

15,325

15,070

46,950

45,852

Operating loss

(5,761)

(7,321)

(30,868)

(20,996)

Interest expense

1,540

866

3,158

6,161

Other non-operating expense, net

347

334

629

239

Loss before income tax benefit

(7,648)

(8,521)

(34,655)

(27,396)

Income tax expense (benefit)

8,232

(2,883)

1,716

(9,550)

Net loss

$

(15,880)

$

(5,638)

$

(36,371)

$

(17,846)

Net loss per share:

Basic

$

(0.38)

$

(0.13)

$

(0.86)

$

(0.46)

Diluted

$

(0.38)

$

(0.13)

$

(0.86)

$

(0.46)

Weighted average number of shares:

Basic

42,345

41,962

42,185

38,869

Diluted

42,345

41,962

42,185

38,869

      

Turtle Beach Corporation

GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 3.

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2015

As Reported

Adj

Depreciation

Adj

Amortization

Adj

Stock Compensation

Other (1)

Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

35,887

$

$

$

$

$

35,887

Cost of Revenue

26,323

(325)

(28)

(185)

25,785

Gross Profit

9,564

325

28

185

10,102

Operating Expense

15,325

(1,142)

(205)

(1,068)

173

13,083

Operating loss

(5,761)

1,467

233

1,253

(173)

(2,981)

Interest expense

1,540

Other non-operating expense, net

347

347

Loss before income tax benefit

(7,648)

Income tax expense

8,232

Net loss

$

(15,880)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(3,328)

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2015

As Reported

Adj

Depreciation

Adj

Amortization

Adj

Stock Compensation

Other (1)

Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

78,188

$

$

$

$

$

78,188

Cost of Revenue

62,106

(503)

(55)

(727)

60,821

Gross Profit

16,082

503

55

727

17,367

Operating Expense

46,950

(4,040)

(631)

(3,921)

(336)

38,022

Operating loss

(30,868)

4,543

686

4,648

336

(20,655)

Interest expense

3,158

Other non-operating expense, net

629

629

Loss before income tax benefit

(34,655)

Income tax expense

1,716

Net loss

$

(36,371)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(21,284)

(1) Other includes Restructuring charges of $(173) and $336 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively.

      

Table 3. (continued)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2014

As Reported

Adj

Depreciation

Adj

Amortization

Adj

Stock Compensation

Other (2)

Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

33,325

$

$

$

$

$

33,325

Cost of Revenue

25,576

(48)

(66)

(151)

25,311

Gross Profit

7,749

48

66

151

8,014

Operating Expense

15,070

(1,243)

(245)

(1,368)

12,214

Operating loss

(7,321)

1,291

311

1,519

(4,200)

Interest expense

866

Other non-operating expense, net

334

334

Loss before income tax benefit

(8,521)

Income tax benefit

(2,883)

Net loss

$

(5,638)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(4,534)

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2014

As Reported

Adj

Depreciation

Adj

Amortization

Adj

Stock Compensation

Other (2)

Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

93,909

$

$

$

$

$

93,909

Cost of Revenue

69,053

(155)

(80)

(219)

68,599

Gross Profit

24,856

155

80

219

25,310

Operating Expense

45,852

(4,184)

(728)

(3,697)

(3,744)

33,499

Operating loss

(20,996)

4,339

808

3,916

3,744

(8,189)

Interest expense

6,161

Other non-operating expense, net

239

239

Loss before income tax benefit

(27,396)

Income tax benefit

(9,550)

Net loss

$

(17,846)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(8,428)

(2) Other includes Business transaction charges of $3,744 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

      

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