SANTA ANA, Calif.--(SRS Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRSL), the industry leader in surround sound, audio enhancement, and voice post-processing technologies, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.)--
“During the year, we also succeeded in gaining market presence, technology leadership and touchpoint relationships in mobile, tablet and PC market segments and maintained our leading position in the flat panel TV category.”
Revenues in the fourth quarter 2011 increased 23% to $8.7 million from $7.1 million in the same period a year ago. For the full year 2011, revenues increased to a record $32.9 million from $31.2 million in 2010. Excluding royalty recoveries and the prior year settlement of a patent dispute, 2011 revenue increased by $3.3 million or 11%, primarily due to increased licensing revenue in the mobile and PC markets. Revenue from royalty recoveries for 2011 was $483,000, compared to $1.2 million in the prior year and 2010 revenues also included a one-time patent dispute settlement of $900,000.
Operating expenses in the fourth quarter 2011 were $7.6 million, an increase of 2% or $162,000 from the same period a year ago. For the full year 2011, operating expenses increased 11% to $31.2 million from $28.1 million in 2010. The increase was primarily due to the company’s investment in research and development, new product development, and human resources required to expand global presence in developing regions.
Net income in the fourth quarter 2011 was $740,000 or $0.05 per diluted share, an improvement from a net loss of $431,000 or $(0.03) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2010. For the full year 2011, net income totaled $1.1 million or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.0 million or $0.19 per diluted share in 2010.
During the fourth quarter 2011, under a stock repurchase program authorized in February 2011, the company repurchased 355,200 shares or 2% of its outstanding common shares at an aggregate purchase price of $2.0 million. For the full year 2011, the company repurchased 848,000 shares of its common shares at an aggregate purchase price of $5.9 million.
Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter 2011 increased substantially to $546,000 from $66,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010. For the full year 2011, cash flow from operations decreased 33% to $1.0 million from $1.5 million in 2010. Quarter-end cash and cash equivalents, and short-term and long-term investments totaled $38.3 million as of December 31, 2011, as compared to $39.8 million at the end of the prior quarter.
“In 2011, we achieved record revenues for the third consecutive year. Despite challenging macro-economic conditions, we concluded the year with profitability, a strong cash position and remained debt free. Moreover, we succeeded in laying down a solid strategic foundation and building critical mass as we had set out to do. These accomplishments should certainly facilitate our ability to take advantage of the business opportunities in the connected consumer markets for years to come,” said Thomas C.K. Yuen, SRS Lab’s Chairman and CEO. “During the year, we also succeeded in gaining market presence, technology leadership and touchpoint relationships in mobile, tablet and PC market segments and maintained our leading position in the flat panel TV category.
“Our gain in market presence is best exemplified by the fact that we were again named in 2011 as one of America’s Greatest Brands, our TruVolume volume leveling technology moving forward towards a patent grant, an achievement that others have failed to accomplish, and our technology leadership position elevating significantly because of our revolutionary Multi Dimensional Audio (MDA) program which has been heralded as a game changer by multiple publications in the industry. But, most significantly, our persistent philosophy of providing the right mix of cutting edge technology, customer service, and support has helped us forge invaluable relationships with our touchpoint partners such as Qualcomm, TI, and Intel, which should enable us to leverage their immense combined footprint in the consumer market.”
“I believe that with these advantages in place and deals in progress, we are ideally positioned to secure multiple key design wins in 2012 within our current market segments. I also anticipate our growing leadership and momentum in the high-growth mobility markets to position us favorably towards several significant opportunities that we have been working on for the past two years. Not considering the impact of these new opportunities, we expect our annual revenue growth in 2012 to top 15% based on our existing licensing business along with a steady improvement of our operating margins and leveling off of the expenses, resulting in earnings improvement and a sizeable increase in shareholder value.”
SRS Labs will hold a conference call later today (March 12, 2012) to discuss these fourth quarter and full year 2011 financial results. Chairman and CEO Thomas C.K. Yuen, CFO Chuck McBride, and CTO Alan Kraemer will host the call starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
Dial-In Number: 1-877-353-2262
Conference ID#: 45841541
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 Group at 1-949-574-3860.
Investors may also listen to the conference call live online via a link available on the SRS Labs investor relations home page at www.srslabs.com.
The website will host a replay of the call available after 6:00 p.m. Eastern time. Investors may also listen to the replay by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering conference ID#: 45841541, available until March 26, 2012.
About SRS Labs, Inc.
Founded in 1993, SRS Labs is the industry leader in audio signal processing for consumer electronics across the four screens: TV; PC; Mobile Phones; and Automotive Entertainment Systems. Beginning with the audio technologies originally developed at Hughes Aircraft, SRS Labs holds over 150 worldwide patents and is recognized by the industry as the foremost authority in research and application of audio post processing technologies based on the human auditory principles. Through partnerships with leading global CE companies, semiconductor manufacturers, software developers, and content aggregators, SRS is recognized as the de facto standard in audio enhancement, surround sound, volume leveling, audio streaming, and voice processing technologies. SRS solutions have been included in over two billion electronic products sold worldwide including flat panel HDTVs, AV products, STBs, PCs, mobile phones, and automotive entertainment and telematics systems. For more information, visit www.srslabs.com.
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|SRS LABS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||5,850,224||$||10,697,827|
|Accounts receivable, net||1,430,997||1,191,847|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,804,610||1,069,900|
|Total Current Assets||36,922,831||31,992,574|
|Property and equipment, net||1,247,343||672,220|
|Intangible assets, net||2,518,041||2,761,432|
|Deferred income taxes, net||11,782,197||8,597,619|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Total Current Liabilities||2,995,901||2,553,265|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock—$0.001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding||—||—|
|Common stock—$0.001 par value; 56,000,000 shares authorized; 15,154,926 shares issued and 14,306,695 shares outstanding at December 30, 2011 and 14,807,070 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2010||15,156||14,808|
|Additional paid-in capital||72,615,408||68,520,878|
|Treasury stock at cost, 848,231 shares at December 31, 2011||(5,905,422||)||—|
|Total Stockholders’ Equity||54,101,274||54,793,580|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity||$||57,097,175||$||57,346,845|
|SRS LABS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cost of sales||326,603||121,302||776,695||349,621|
|Operating expenses (i):|
|Sales and marketing||3,335,128||3,441,384||14,929,976||13,470,852|
|Research and development||2,294,735||2,312,623||8,849,119||8,060,246|
|General and administrative||2,014,128||1,728,416||7,395,326||6,526,171|
|Total operating expenses||7,643,991||7,482,423||31,174,421||28,057,269|
|Operating income (loss)||694,312||(538,898||)||919,043||2,813,499|
|Other income, net||52,397||65,585||209,920||245,127|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||746,709||(473,313||)||1,128,963||3,058,626|
|Income taxes (benefit)||6,366||(42,275||)||10,725||52,153|
|Net income (loss)||$ 740,343||$ (431,038||)||1,118,238||$ 3,006,473|
|Net income (loss) per common share:|
|Weighted average common shares used in the per share calculations:|
(i) Includes share-based compensation expense as follows:
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Sales and marketing||241,342||191,018||939,139||703,876|
|Research and development||149,951||135,023||580,331||551,934|
|General and administrative||255,322||253,531||976,160||997,920|
|Total share-based compensation expense||646,615||579,572||2,495,630||2,253,730|