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Turtle Beach Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results Exceeding Outlook, Raises Full Year Guidance

  (August 10, 2017)

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR), a leading gaming headset and audio accessory company, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter:

  • Net revenue of $19.1 million versus $29.4 million, reflecting the expected lingering impact from higher holiday channel inventory.
  • Gross margin improved to 33.0% compared to 17.4%. Excluding $0.7 million in non-recurring savings, Q2-17 gross margin was approximately 29.2%.
  • Operating expenses were reduced to $11.3 million compared to $45.6 million ($14.4 million excluding $31.2 million asset impairment charge).
  • Net loss improved to $7.1 million, or $(0.14) per share, compared to a net loss of $42.6 million, or $(0.86) per share (net loss of $11.4 million or $(0.23) per share excluding impairment).
  • Adjusted EBITDA improved to $(2.8) million compared to $(6.3) million.

"Our results for the second quarter continue to be encouraging in light of the sales pressure we faced as a result of high channel inventory carried over from the 2016 holiday season," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "We believe the fact that we were still able to significantly grow gross margin and cut the operating loss despite lower revenue leaves us well positioned for later periods when we expect revenue growth to resume."


"In preparation for what we expect to be a strong 2017 holiday season, we recently announced a slate of exciting new product launches," continued Stark. "This includes our XO Three and Recon 150 headsets, which refresh a fan-favorite model with proven market leadership to a new price point of $69.95. Our upcoming Stealth 600 and 700 launches will bring unprecendented features to the prime $99 and $149 price points, and current sales indicate our new Recon Chat headsets propelled Turtle Beach to #1 in the chat category across both console platforms.

"Given these products, estimated channel inventories that are now lower than last year, as well as a solid lineup of expected new game launches in the second half of 2017, we are raising our full-year outlook, which projects significant year-over-year profit growth. We expect our results will allow us to improve our balance sheet and further our long-term growth opportunities in areas such as PC gaming, virtual reality and eSports."

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net revenue in the second quarter was $19.1 million compared to $29.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline was largely due to lower sales of marquee games during the 2016 holiday season, leading to higher-than-normal channel inventory and a slower market in the first half of 2017.

Gross margin in the second quarter improved significantly to 33.0% compared to 17.4% in the year-ago quarter. The increase was due to costs in the year-ago quarter associated with the launch of HyperSound Clear 500P that did not reoccur, as well as supply chain and logistics improvements. Gross margin in the second quarter of 2017 also included approximately $0.7 million in non-recurring savings related to royalty and tariff refunds. Excluding this benefit, gross margin was approximately 29.2%.

Gross margin in the headset segment also increased significantly to 33.3% compared to 24.5% in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the aforementioned royalty and tariff refunds, headset gross margin was 29.6%. The increase in headset margin was due in part to lower levels of returns, as well as supply chain and logistics improvements compared to a year ago.

Operating expenses in the second quarter were reduced to $11.3 million compared to $45.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, which included a $31.2 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge associated with HyperSound. Excluding the impairment, year-over-year operating expenses declined 22% due to a continued focus on cost management across the business.

Net loss improved significantly to $7.1 million, or $(0.14) per share, compared to a net loss of $42.6 million, or $(0.86) per share, in the second quarter of 2016. Excluding the $0.63 per share non-cash goodwill impairment charge, net loss in the second quarter of 2016 was $11.4 million or $(0.23) per share. The improvement was primarily driven by lower HyperSound investments related to the transition to a license model and overall cost management initiatives.

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures") improved significantly to $(2.8) million compared to $(6.3) million in the year-ago quarter.

Balance Sheet Highlights

At June 30, 2017, the Company had approximately $1.2 million of cash, unchanged compared to June 30, 2016. As a result of the Company's $60 million revolving credit facility, Turtle Beach generally does not hold a large cash balance.

Total outstanding debt principal at June 30, 2017 improved to $39.7 million compared to $41.5 at June 30, 2016. The debt consisted of $5.2 million of revolving debt, $13.9 million in term loans and $20.6 million in subordinated debt.

Increased 2017 Outlook

For the third quarter of 2017, Turtle Beach expects net revenue to range between $36-$40 million compared to $38.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. This includes several million dollars of revenue pushed from the third quarter into the fourth due to the expectation that some retailers will load in for the holiday season slightly later than last year. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $1 million compared to $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. Net loss for the third quarter is expected to range between $(0.04)-$(0.08) per share, compared to a net loss of $(0.91) per share in the third quarter of 2016, which included $(0.81) per share in charges related to the HyperSound restructuring. Excluding the charges, net loss was $(0.10) per share.

For the full year 2017, Turtle Beach is increasing its financial outlook reported in May proportional with the second quarter outperformance. Net revenue is now expected to range between $157-$162 million (from $155-$160 million in the May outlook) compared to $174 million in 2016. This year-over-year decline reflects the higher channel inventory impact on first half revenues and an approximate $6-$7 million year-over-year decline in old-gen headset sales, bringing this business to a close in 2017. This also assumes no material revenue from HyperSound. The Company now expects to generate $11-$13 million in consolidated adjusted EBITDA in 2017 (from $10-$12 million in the May outlook) compared to $4 million in 2016. This includes an approximately $1 million expected adjusted EBITDA loss from HyperSound in 2017. Net loss in 2017 is now expected to range between $(0.06)-$(0.10) per share (from $(0.08)-$(0.12) per share in the May outlook) based upon 49.3 million diluted shares outstanding. This is compared to a net loss of $(1.79) per share in 2016 (or a loss of $(0.33) per share in 2016 excluding the goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, HyperSound restructuring reserves and other restructuring charges).

A table summarizing this outlook has been provided at the end of this release.

With respect to the Company's adjusted EBITDA outlook for the third quarter and full year 2017, a reconciliation to its net loss outlook for the same periods has not been provided because of the variability, complexity, and lack of visibility with respect to certain reconciling items between adjusted EBITDA and net loss, including other income (expense), provision for income taxes and stock-based compensation. These items cannot be reasonably and accurately predicted without the investment of undue time, cost and other resources and, accordingly, a reconciliation of the Company's adjusted EBITDA outlook to its net loss outlook for such periods is not available without unreasonable effort. These reconciling items could be material to the Company's actual results for such periods.

Conference Call Details

Turtle Beach Corporation will hold a conference call today, August 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern) to discuss its second quarter 2017 results.

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

Conference Call Details:
Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT
Toll-Free Dial-in Number: (877) 303-9855
International Dial-in Number: (408) 337-0154
Conference ID: 61787822

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

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here 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 8:00 p.m. ET on the same day through August 17, 2017.

Toll-Free Replay Number: (855) 859-2056
International Replay Number: (404) 537-3406
Replay ID: 61787822

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 six months ended June 30, 2017.

About Turtle Beach Corporation

Turtle Beach Corporation (http://corp.turtlebeach.com) designs innovative, market-leading audio products. Under its award-winning Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com), the Company is the clear market share leader with its wide selection of acclaimed gaming headsets for use with Xbox One and PlayStation®4, as well as personal computers and mobile/tablet devices. Under the HyperSound brand (www.hypersound.com), the Company develops and licenses pioneering directed audio solutions with applications in digital signage and kiosks, consumer electronics and hearing healthcare. The Company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

Cautionary Note on 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. 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, risks related to the Company's liquidity, the substantial uncertainties inherent in the 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, the outcome of our HyperSound strategic review process 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, 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.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)


Table 1.




June 30,
 2017


December 31,
 2016

ASSETS

(unaudited)



Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,238



$

6,183


Accounts receivable, net

9,995



54,633


Inventories

20,916



21,698


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,712



4,121


Total Current Assets

36,861



86,635


Property and equipment, net

3,348



4,311


Intangible assets, net

1,529



1,618


Deferred income taxes

586



543


Other assets

1,310



1,693


Total Assets

$

43,634



$

94,800


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




Revolving credit facilities

$

5,176



$

35,905


Term loan

4,626



2,647


Accounts payable

12,070



11,927


Other current liabilities

10,455



16,414


Total Current Liabilities

32,327



66,893


Term loan, long-term portion

8,306



10,442


Series B redeemable preferred stock

18,181



17,480


Subordinated notes - related party

19,289



17,881


Other liabilities

2,239



2,800


Total Liabilities

80,342



115,496


Commitments and Contingencies




Stockholders' Equity




Common stock, $0.001 par value - 100,000,000 shares authorized; 49,386,006 and 49,251,336 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

49



49


Additional paid-in capital

147,432



146,615


Accumulated deficit

(183,787)



(166,800)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(402)



(560)


Total Stockholders' Equity

(36,708)



(20,696)


Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

43,634



$

94,800


 

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)


Table 2.





Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2017


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2017


June 30, 2016

Net Revenue

$

19,112



$

29,362



$

33,464



$

53,390


Cost of Revenue

12,811



24,249



24,947



44,915


Gross Profit

6,301



5,113



8,517



8,475


Operating expenses:








Selling and marketing

5,529



7,121



9,978



12,721


Research and development

1,697



2,040



3,087



4,064


General and administrative

4,070



5,287



8,241



10,570


Goodwill and intangible asset impairment

?



31,152



?



31,152


Restructuring charges

(30)



?



268



225


Total operating expenses

11,266



45,600



21,574



58,732


Operating loss

(4,965)



(40,487)



(13,057)



(50,257)


Interest expense

1,835



1,686



3,675



3,465


Other non-operating expense (income), net

(214)



704



(265)



1,069


Loss before income tax expense

(6,586)



(42,877)



(16,467)



(54,791)


Income tax expense (benefit)

475



(304)



520



(207)


Net loss

$

(7,061)



$

(42,573)



$

(16,987)



$

(54,584)










Net loss per share:








Basic

$

(0.14)



$

(0.86)



$

(0.34)



$

(1.14)


Diluted

$

(0.14)



$

(0.86)



$

(0.34)



$

(1.14)


Weighted average number of shares:








Basic

49,346



49,230



49,299



47,934


Diluted

49,346



49,230



49,299



47,934


 

Turtle Beach Corporation

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)





Table 3.













Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2017


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2017


June 30, 2016

Net Income (Loss)


GAAP Net Loss

$

(7,061)



$

(42,573)



$

(16,987)



$

(54,584)










Goodwill and intangible asset impairment

?



31,152



?



31,152


Business transition charges

(30)



?



621



225


Non-GAAP Loss

(7,091)



(11,421)



(16,366)



(23,207)










Diluted Earnings Per Share








GAAP - Diluted

$

(0.14)



$

(0.86)



$

(0.34)



$

(1.14)










Goodwill and intangible asset impairment

$

?



$

0.63



$

?



$

0.65


Business transition charges

$

?



$

?



$

0.01



$

?


Non-GAAP - Diluted

$

(0.14)



$

(0.23)



$

(0.33)



$

(0.49)










 

Turtle Beach Corporation

GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(unaudited)



Table 4.







Three Months Ended


June 30, 2017


As
Reported


Adj

Depreciation


Adj

Amortization


Adj

Stock
Compensation


Other (1)


Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

19,112



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

19,112


Cost of Revenue

12,811



(193)



?



1



?



12,619


Gross Profit

6,301



193



?



(1)



?



6,493














Operating Expense

11,266



(1,251)



(86)



(432)



30



9,527














Operating loss

(4,965)



1,444



86



431



(30)



(3,034)














Interest expense

1,835












Other non-operating expense, net

(214)











(214)














Loss before income tax expense

(6,586)












Income tax expense

475












Net loss

$

(7,061)







Adjusted EBITDA


$

(2,820)





Six Months Ended


June 30, 2017


As
Reported


Adj

Depreciation


Adj

Amortization


Adj

Stock
Compensation


Other (1)


Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

33,464



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

33,464


Cost of Revenue

24,947



(314)



?



86



(353)



24,366


Gross Profit

8,517



314



?



(86)



353



9,098














Operating Expense

21,574



(1,899)



(170)



(903)



(268)



18,334














Operating loss

(13,057)



2,213



170



817



621



(9,236)














Interest expense

3,675












Other non-operating expense (income), net

(265)











(265)














Loss before income tax expense

(16,467)












Income tax expense

520












Net loss

$

(16,987)







Adjusted EBITDA


$

(8,971)




(1) Other includes business transition costs and restructuring charges.

 

 

Table 4. (continued)





Three Months Ended


June 30, 2016


As
Reported


Adj

Depreciation


Adj

Amortization


Adj

Stock
Compensation


Other (2)


Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

29,362



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

29,362


Cost of Revenue

24,249



(160)



(1,371)



(125)



?



22,593


Gross Profit

5,113



160



1,371



125



?



6,769














Operating Expense

45,600



(1,051)



(95)



(953)



(31,152)



12,349














Operating loss

(40,487)



1,211



1,466



1,078



31,152



(5,580)














Interest expense

1,686












Other non-operating expense (income), net

704











704














Loss before income tax benefit

(42,877)












Income tax benefit

(304)












Net loss

$

(42,573)







Adjusted EBITDA


$

(6,284)


 


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2016


As
Reported


Adj

Depreciation


Adj

Amortization


Adj

Stock
Compensation


Other (2)


Adj

EBITDA

Net Revenue

$

53,390



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

?



$

53,390


Cost of Revenue

44,915



(337)



(2,442)



(246)



?



41,890


Gross Profit

8,475



337



2,442



246



?



11,500














Operating Expense

58,732



(2,134)



(253)



(1,959)



(31,377)



23,009














Operating loss

(50,257)



2,471



2,695



2,205



31,377



(11,509)














Interest expense

3,465












Other non-operating expense (income), net

1,069











1,069














Loss before income tax benefit

(54,791)












Income tax benefit

(207)












Net loss

$

(54,584)







Adjusted EBITDA


$

(12,578)




(2) Other includes goodwill impairment and restructuring charges.

 

 

Table 5.






















Fiscal 2017 Outlook






FY 17



Q3 17

Q3 16


FY 17

Prior

FY 16


Guidance

Actual


Guidance

Guidance¹

Actual








Net Revenue

$36M - $40M

 $38.4M


$157M - $162M

$155M - $160M

$174M








Adjusted EBITDA

~$1.0M

$0.5M


$11M -  $13M

$10M - $12M

$4M








EPS

$(0.04) - $(0.08)

$(0.91)


$(0.06) - $(0.10)

$(0.08) - $(0.12)

$(1.79)








Normalized EPS

$(0.04) - $(0.08)

$(0.10)²


$(0.06) - $(0.10)

$(0.08) - $(0.12)

$(0.33)³








(1) Reported on May 9, 2017.



(2) Excludes $(0.81) per share in charges related to the HyperSound restructuring.


(3) Excludes $(1.46) per share in goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, HyperSound restructuring reserves and other restructuring charges.

 

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