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Cobra Electronics Reports Third Quarter Results

Sluggish Store Traffic impacts Net Sales and Operating Income

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobra Electronics Corporation (NASDAQ: COBR), a leading global designer and marketer of mobile communications and navigation products, today reported net income of $564,000, or $0.09 per share for the third quarter of 2012 as compared to  net income of $1.4 million, or $0.21 per share for the third quarter of 2011.  In addition, operating income was $304,000 for the current quarter compared to $2.3 million in the same quarter last year. This significant reduction reflected a drop in net sales to $27.7 million from $34.5 million and a gross margin of 28.1 percent compared to 29.9 percent in the prior year period.

Consolidated net sales were $27.7 million compared to $34.5 million in the third quarter of 2011, with the Cobra segment reporting lower sales of $6.9 million and the Performance Products Limited ("PPL") segment reporting an increase of $163,000, or 4.6 percent. The sales drop for the Cobra segment resulted from lower domestic sales of Citizens Band radios, Truck Navigation, Two Way radio and Detection products, but was partially offset by higher European sales. The lower domestic Citizens Band radio and Truck Navigation sales reflected significantly reduced store traffic in travel centers and in the case of Citizens Band radios, strong sales from the third quarter of 2011 that included sales of a limited edition model that was not repeated in 2012.  The drop in Two Way radio and Detection sales also reflected lower retail store traffic as certain large retailers pushed out orders into the fourth quarter. European sales included in the Cobra segment increased by nearly 6% representing higher Detection sales into Eastern Europe. The PPL sales increase was attributable to higher sales of satellite navigation products.

"While we are very disappointed to report a substantially lower operating performance from the third quarter of 2011, which primarily resulted from an unexpected slowdown in store traffic at both retail and travel centers, we are still optimistic about our fourth quarter, typically the Company's best financial quarter of the year" said Jim Bazet, Cobra's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Consolidated gross margin was 28.1 percent compared to 29.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011 primarily as a result of a less favorable product mix. The gross margin for the Cobra segment was 27.0 percent versus 29.2 percent in the same quarter last year as higher margin products represented a much smaller percentage of total sales and as a result of an unfavorable foreign exchange impact. PPL's gross margin declined to 35.3 percent from 36.0 percent last year reflecting a slightly unfavorable product mix.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to $7.5 million in the third quarter from $8.0 million in the prior year's quarter. The decrease related to variable selling expenses, which declined consistent with net sales, partially offset by higher fixed expenses, principally in the Cobra segment, that represented mainly increased salary and travel expenses.

Interest expense for the third quarter of 2012 was $277,000 compared to $272,000 for the third quarter of 2011. Other income was $336,000 compared to other expense of $899,000 in the prior year's quarter primarily due to a $274,000 gain on the cash surrender value of life insurance that the Company owns for the purpose of funding deferred compensation programs for several current and former officers of the Company as compared to a $671,000 loss in the third quarter of 2011.

Interest-bearing debt increased to $22.6 million as of September 30, 2012 compared to $20.2 million at September 30, 2011. Cash on hand at September 30, 2012 was $3.4 million as compared to $1.3 million at September 30, 2011 due to the timing of cash receipts. Inventory at the end of the third quarter increased to $38.9 million from $32.5 million the prior year as a result of ordering product within lead times for anticipated third quarter sales, which were lower than expected. Accounts receivable at the end of the quarter were $17.9 million, a decrease from $22.1 million one year earlier.

On a year-to-date basis, consolidated net sales for Cobra decreased by 3.0 percent, to $83.2 million from $85.8 million due to the sales drop in the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year. However, an improved gross margin partially offset this sales shortfall and resulted in operating income of $1.9 million for the first nine months as compared to operating income of $2.5 million for the prior year's period.  The net income for the year-to-date period was $1.8 million, or $0.27 per share, as compared to a net income of $1.1 million, or $0.16 per share in the prior year.

In discussing the outlook for the fourth quarter of 2012, as well as the entire year, Mr. Bazet said, "The Company expects to achieve better results in the fourth quarter of 2012 than in the fourth quarter of 2011 in part due to the movement of certain orders from third quarter 2012 to fourth quarter 2012. In addition, the Company anticipates a similar level of profitability in 2012 as compared to 2011."

Cobra will be conducting a conference call on November 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST to discuss third 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


For the Nine Months Ended







 Sept 30,


 Sept 30,


 Sept 30,


 Sept 30,







2012


2011


2012


2011


















Net sales




$

27,672


$

34,454


$

83,174


$

85,753

Cost of sales





19,893



24,155



58,949



61,430


Gross profit





7,779



10,299



24,225



24,323

Selling, general and administrative expense



7,475



7,952



22,315



21,847


Earnings from operations



304



2,347



1,910



2,476

Other (expense) income:















Interest expense




(277)



(272)



(765)



(795)


Other, net





336



(899)



685



(738)

Earnings before taxes




363



1,176



1,830



943

Tax (benefit) provision




(201)



(202)



25



(133)

Net earnings




$

564


$

1,378


$

1,805


$

1,076


















Net earnings per common share:














Basic




$

0.09


$

0.21


$

0.27


$

0.16


Diluted




$

0.09


$

0.21


$

0.27


$

0.16


















Weighted average shares outstanding: 














Basic





6,611



6,540



6,595



6,522


Diluted





6,633



6,540



6,610



6,522


















 



Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets



(in thousands, unaudited)

























ASSETS:






  Sept 30,


  December 31,


  Sept 30,








2012


2011


2011

Current assets:











Cash 





$

3,434

$

1,033

$

1,289


Accounts receivable, net




17,894


23,400


22,064


Inventories, net





38,946


34,093


32,487


Other current assets





3,293


2,726


2,931


Total current assets





63,567


61,252


58,771













Property, plant and equipment, net




5,373


5,367


5,485













Total other assets





14,309


13,976


13,844

Total assets





$

83,249

$

80,595

$

78,100

























LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:



















Current liabilities:











Accounts payable




$

5,870

$

7,368

$

6,655


Accrued liabilities





6,442


8,910


7,445


Short-term debt





22,578


18,655


20,172


Total current liabilities




34,890


34,933


34,272













Non-current liabilities:











Deferred taxes





914


1,159


1,203


Deferred compensation




7,730


7,392


7,242


Other long-term liabilities




742


588


533


Total non-current liabilities




9,386


9,139


8,978













Equity:












Shareholders' equity - Cobra




38,973


36,523


34,850


Total equity





38,973


36,523


34,850













Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

83,249

$

80,595

$

78,100













 

SOURCE Cobra Electronics Corporation

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