Qualstar Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ending December 31, 2016

Qualstar reports its second consecutive quarter of positive cash flow - well positioned for future profitability.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.--()--Qualstar® Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK), a manufacturer of data storage solutions and high-efficiency power supplies, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 Financial Results

Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $2.2 million, compared with $2.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $0.4 million or 15.4%. Loss from operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was consistent with the quarter ended December 31, 2015 at $0.4 million. Net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $(0.20) and $(0.21) for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

Data Storage segment revenues were $0.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, compared with $1.3 million for the same period last year, a decrease of $0.5 million or 38.5%, primarily due to pricing competition in the industry. Power supply segment revenues were $1.4 million for the quarter, compared with $1.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $0.1 million, or 7.7%, due to timing of orders shipped to manufacturers.

Gross margin was 18.2% of revenues or $0.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, a significant decrease from the gross margin of 42.3% of revenues or $1.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Gross margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 included a $0.5 million charge for slow moving and obsolete inventory. Without this provision, gross margin was 40.9% of revenues or $0.9 million. Operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2016 were $0.8 million or 36.4% of revenues, compared with $1.5 million, or 57.7% of revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2015.

Year Ended December 31, 2016 Financial Results

Qualstar reported revenues of $9.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, a decrease of 14.5% compared with $11.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Net loss from operations for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $1.2 million or $(0.59) per basic and diluted share. This compares with a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2015 of $2.6 million, or $(1.29) per basic and diluted share.

Gross margin was 27.7% of revenues or $2.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, a slight decrease from the gross margin of 28.2% of revenues or $3.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2016 included a $1.0 million charge for slow moving and obsolete inventory. Without this provision, gross margin was 38.3% of revenues or $3.6 million. Operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $3.8 million or 40.4% of revenues, compared with $5.7 million, or 51.8% of revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Steven N. Bronson, Chief Executive Officer and President of Qualstar, said, “We recognize that competition in the data storage industry has created pressure on maintaining our market share. However, investments we have made in our cost structure are beginning to emerge as we were able to keep our expenses in line with the decline in sales.”

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash was $3.8 million at December 31, 2016, a decrease of $0.2 million from December 31, 2015. The decrease in cash is attributed to operating activities.

“Cash flow continues to improve, as we see the benefits from our previous cost cutting measures,” stated Mr. Bronson. “Despite the market headwinds that continue to be quite challenging, I am very pleased with our progress and remain energized about Qualstar’s future,” Mr. Bronson continued. “Over the past year, we have taken a variety of actions to strengthen our core business and we continue to explore strategic options.”

About Qualstar Corporation

Qualstar, founded in 1984, is a diversified electronics manufacturer specializing in data storage and power supplies. Qualstar is a leading provider of high efficiency and high density power supplies marketed under the N2Power™ brand, and of data storage systems marketed under the Qualstar™ brand. Our N2Power power supply products provide compact and efficient power conversion for a wide variety of industries and applications including, but not limited to, telecom, networking, broadcast, industrial, lighting, gaming and test equipment. Our Qualstar data storage products are used to provide highly scalable and reliable solutions to store and retrieve very large quantities of electronic data. Qualstar’s products are known throughout the world for high quality and Simply Reliable™ designs that provide years of trouble-free service. More information is available at www.qualstar.com or www.n2power.com or by phone at 805-583-7744.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Statements used in this press release that relate to future plans, events, financial results, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of Qualstar's management and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Notwithstanding changes that may occur with respect to matters relating to any forward looking statements, Qualstar does not expect to, and disclaims any obligation to, publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Qualstar, however, reserves the right to update such statements or any portion thereof at any time for any reason. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause actual or future results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements: Qualstar’s ability to successfully execute on its strategic plan and meet its long-term financial goals; Qualstar’s ability to successfully implement and recognize cost savings; Qualstar’s ability to develop and commercialize new products; industry and customer adoption and acceptance of Qualstar’s new products; Qualstar’s ability to increase sales of its products; the rescheduling or cancellation of customer orders; unexpected shortages of critical components; unexpected product design or quality problems; adverse changes in market demand for Qualstar’s products; increased competition and pricing pressure on Qualstar’s products; and the risks related to actions of activist shareholders, including the amount of related costs.

For further information on these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the risk factors discussed in Qualstar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission including, but not limited to, Qualstar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ending December 31, 2016, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of such Form 10-K, and any subsequently filed reports. All of Qualstar’s filings are available without charge through the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) or from Qualstar’s website (www.qualstar.com).

     
QUALSTAR CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended

December 31,

    Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2016   2015     2016    

2015

Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited  

Unaudited

 
Net revenues $ 2,231 $ 2,607 $ 9,417 $ 10,978
Cost of goods sold   1,822       1,529       6,824       7,889  
Gross profit   409       1,078       2,593       3,089  
Operating expenses:
Engineering 140 353 990 1,360
Sales and marketing 296 544 1,229 1,938
General and administrative   393       591       1,587       2,399  
Total operating expenses   829       1,488       3,806       5,697  
Loss from operations (420 ) (410 ) (1,213 ) (2,608 )
Other income   13       1       3       2  
Loss before income taxes (407 ) (409 ) (1,210 ) (2,606 )
Provision for income taxes   -       20       -       20  
Net loss $ (407 )   $ (429 )   $ (1,210 )   $ (2,626 )
 
Net loss per share:
Basic and Diluted $ (0.20 )   $ (0.21 )     (0.59

)

 

$

(1.29

)
Shares used to compute net loss per share:
Basic and Diluted     2,042       2,042       2,042       2,042  
 
 
QUALSTAR CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 
December 31,
 
2016     2015  
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,691 $ 3,863
Restricted cash 100 100
Accounts receivable, net 1,583 1,630
Inventories, net 1,360 2,444
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 166       219  
Total current assets 6,900       8,256  
Property and equipment, net 286 446
Other assets 77       25  
Total assets $ 7,263     $ 8,727  
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 888 $ 756
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 222 332
Deferred service revenue 787 994
Other accrued liabilities 359       467  
Total current liabilities 2,256       2,549  
 
Other long-term liabilities 63 27
Deferred service revenue, long term 105       104  
Total long term liabilities 168       131  
Total liabilities 2,424       2,680  
 
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, no par value; 5,000 shares authorized; no shares issued
Common stock, no par value; 50,000 shares authorized; 2,042 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively 19,063 19,061
Accumulated deficit (14,224 )     (13,014 )
Total shareholders’ equity 4,839       6,047  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 7,263     $ 8,727  

Contacts

Qualstar Corporation
Steven N. Bronson
Chief Executive Officer
805-583-7744 ext. 154

Contacts

Qualstar Corporation
Steven N. Bronson
Chief Executive Officer
805-583-7744 ext. 154