Continued Financial Strength and Excellence in Programming Technologies; Announces $2 Million Share Repurchase Program
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), a leading global provider of advanced data programming and security provisioning solutions for flash-memory, flash based microcontrollers, secure elements and authentication ICs, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Third Quarter 2018 Highlights
- Net sales of $6.5 million
- Bookings of $7.0 million
- Gross margin as a percentage of sales of 63.0%, above target of 57%
- Net income of $342,000 or $0.04 diluted earnings per share
- Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)*, excluding equity compensation, of $1.0 million
- Cash/securities of $18.9 million at end of 3Q18; No debt
- Continued automotive electronics traction
• Automotive represented 58% of bookings year to date
• Won fourth award for universal flash storage (UFS) support on Lumen®X programmer
• Bosch Agreement was extended by 2.5 years and UFS products were added
- Momentum for SentriX® Security Provisioning Platform
• 4th system deployment to a US-based customer
• Partnership with DigiCert to enable PKI certificate management
• Joined the Trusted Firmware project alongside Board members from ARM, Texas Instruments, Google, Cypress Semiconductor and Linaro
• Presented at Arm TechCon 2018 and IoT Device Security Summit in October
- Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $2 million share repurchase program to be implemented in the fourth quarter and run for one year
*Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation is provided in the tables of this press release.
Commenting on the third quarter, Anthony Ambrose, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation, said, “Now three quarters through 2018, we remain confident in the strength of our business and the progress we are achieving as we maintain focus on our long term growth strategies in the automotive electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. The Company’s incredibly strong performance in 2017 created challenging comparables for 2018, particularly with programming center customers working through their capacity from strong orders last year. While certain segments for equipment sales have declined from last year, we were pleased with the overall increase in September activity which brought bookings in the third quarter to $7.0 million. This heightened bookings activity continued into October. We continue to invest for the long term, and deliver continuous business process improvement measures to fortify our current operations and financial position.
“In the third quarter, we also announced a 2.5 year extension to our 5 year supply agreement with Bosch and included Universal Flash Storage (UFS) support. UFS is the next generation of managed NAND technology and is considered a necessary protocol as 1 terabyte or more in memory will be needed for infotainment in automobiles and other processing requirements. Automotive electronics continues to be our primary growth driver and remained strong in the third quarter, delivering 61% of our bookings.
“Continued R&D investments enabled significant advancements for our SentriX® Security Provisioning platform as well. SentriX is the model for the industry in helping IoT and other electronics manufacturers of any size and volume provision secret credentials into their devices in a secure and cost-effective manner. During the third quarter, we deployed our 4th SentriX system to a partner in the United States.
“We expanded our partner activities in the quarter as well. DigiCert was added for certificate management and marks our 12th partner for the SentriX platform that includes some of the world’s largest silicon manufacturers, security technology specialists and programming centers. Based upon our recent engagements with microcontroller suppliers and their partners, it is abundantly clear that future microcontroller products will feature security, and we are well positioned with our SentriX platform and strategy.
“The third quarter was also strong for operational and financial performance. Gross margins in the third quarter set a modern era record at 63%. In the past six years, our annualized gross margins have increased from about 48% to over 59%. With our operating performance, outlook for continued long term growth, strong financial condition, and mission to deliver value for shareholders, the Board has authorized a stock buyback program to begin in the fourth quarter for one year with a provision for a total of $2 million in share repurchases.”
Net sales in the third quarter of 2018 were $6.5 million, as compared with $9.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, and $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decline in sales was a result of substantial demand during 2017, particularly for automotive electronics and programming center customers.
For the 2018 third quarter, gross margin as a percentage of sales was 63.0%, an improvement as compared to 62.1% in the third quarter of 2017, and 59.0% in the second quarter of 2018. The third quarter 2018 level is higher than we had anticipated due to product mix, and favorable currency impacts. Cost reduction and manufacturing improvement efforts also contributed to the strength of our gross margins. We are ahead of schedule on realizing the benefits of these initiatives for 2018, although certain tariffs and commodity prices have partially mitigated the overall impact.
Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2018 were $3.7 million, down from $4.1 million in the 2017 period, and $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. Spending on research and development to support the Company’s two primary initiatives was $1.8 million which is flat as compared with both the third quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018. SG&A expenses of $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 were down from $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. The spending as compared with prior periods primarily reflects reduced commission payouts due to lower sales and lower incentive compensation accruals. The Company continues to actively engage in market development initiatives for its SentriX platform while emphasizing ongoing expense management practices.
Operating income was $404,000 for the third quarter of 2018, down from $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, and up from $246,000 in the second quarter of 2018. Net income in the third quarter of 2018 was $342,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017 and $486,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018. Included in non-operating income are a currency gain of $108,000 for the third quarter of 2018, a currency loss of $66,000 in the third quarter of 2017 and a currency gain of $269,000 for the second quarter of 2018.
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) was $742,000 in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.1 million in the prior year period and $796,000 in the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding equity compensation, was $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.3 million in the prior year period and $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2018.
Bookings in the third quarter of 2018 were $7.0 million, compared to $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2017, and $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. As previously disclosed, the Company experienced a sharp increase in bookings in September 2018 as compared to earlier in the third quarter. This higher level of order activity toward the end of the third quarter contributed to backlog at September 30, 2018, of $3.1 million, as compared with $1.9 million at June 30, 2018.
Data I/O’s financial condition remains strong with cash at $18.9 million at September 30, 2018, up from $16.6 million at June 30, 2018, and $18.5 million at December 31, 2017. Cash at the end of the third quarter as compared to the end of the second quarter of 2018 reflects a decrease in accounts receivable of $2.6 million due to strong collections. Net working capital of $20.6 million at September 30, 2018, increased by $400,000 from $20.2 million at June 30, 2018, and by $1.1 million from $19.5 million at December 31, 2017. The Company continues to have no debt.
Conference Call Information
A conference call discussing the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, financial results will follow this release today at 2 p.m. Pacific Time/5 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call, please dial (612) 288-0329, passcode: DAIO. A replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. To access the replay, please dial (320) 365-3844, access code: 455943. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet; visit the News and Events section of the Data I/O Corporation website at dataio.com to access the call from the site. This webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Data I/O Corporation website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the conference call.