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Mad Catz® Reports Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Financial Results

Net Sales of $17.8 million; Diluted Loss per Share of $0.07

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ), today announced financial results for the fiscal 2014 second quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Key Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales in the quarter declined 43% to $17.8 million, as the Company’s sales to North America declined 51% and sales to Europe and APAC each declined 37%;
  • Gross margin was 26.7%, compared to 28.8% in the second quarter last year;
  • Total operating expenses decreased slightly year-over-year to $8.4 million;
  • Diluted loss per share of $0.07 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.01 in the second quarter last year;
  • Net position of bank loan, less cash, was $11.4 million at September 30, 2013, compared to $6.1 million at March 31, 2013 and $19.3 million at September 30, 2012;
  • Shipped the TRITTON® Pro+ True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset for Windows® PC and Mac;
  • Shipped the S.T.R.I.K.E.3 Professional Gaming Keyboard for Windows® PC;
  • Announced the Force Feedback Racing Wheel for Xbox One;
  • Entered into an agreement with Electronics Arts to create a range of Titanfall-branded gaming products around the Company’s TRITTON gaming headsets, R.A.T. mice, S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards, F.R.E.Q. gaming headsets and G.L.I.D.E. gaming surfaces; and
  • Began taking pre-orders for the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Android Micro Console, which is expected to begin shipping in limited quantities on December 10, 2013.

Summary of Financials

(in US$ thousands, except margins and per-share data)
      Three Months         Six Months    
Ended September 30, Ended September 30,
2013     2012 Change 2013     2012 Change
Net sales $17,839 $31,215 (43)% $36,523 $53,037 (31)%
Gross profit 4,770 8,987 (47)% 10,135 15,262 (34)%
Total operating expenses 8,387 8,475 (1)% 15,870 16,442 (3)%
Operating (loss) income (3,617) 512 (806)% (5,735) (1,180) 386%
Net loss ($4,545) ($450) 910% ($6,610) ($2,167) 205%
Net loss per share, basic and diluted ($0.07) ($0.01) 600% ($0.10) ($0.03) 233%
Gross margin 26.7% 28.8% (2.1)% 27.7% 28.8% (1.1)%
EBITDA (loss) (1) ($3,569) $993 (459)% ($4,963) $628 (890)%
Adjusted EBITDA (loss) (1) ($3,005) $1,556 (293)% ($4,130) $1,666 (348)%

(1) Definitions, disclosures and reconciliations regarding non-GAAP financial information are included on page 7.

Commenting on the results, Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz, said, “Our fiscal 2014 second quarter results were significantly impacted by the ongoing console transition around the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. Sales were generally down across the board during the quarter, with Saitek-branded PC and Mac products being the one of our three brands showing a gain over the prior year. Our Tritton headset business was impacted by a significant shift towards lower price point products, while sales of our legacy controller products and non-recurring games, specifically Damage Inc., also contributed to the decline in net sales.”

Summary of Key Sales Metrics
      Three Months         Six Months    
Ended September 30, Ended September 30,
(in US$ thousands) 2013     2012 Change 2013     2012 Change
Net Sales by Geography
Europe $9,477 $14,970 (37)% $19,592 $24,766 (21)%
North America 6,718 13,643 (51)% 13,318 24,082 (45)%
APAC 1,644 2,602 (37)% 3,613 4,189 (14)%
Total $17,839 $31,215 (43)% $36,523 $53,037 (31)%
Sales by Platform as a % of Gross Sales
PC and Mac 49% 31% 48% 33%
Universal 30% 24% 28% 26%
Xbox 360 11% 32% 14% 30%
Playstation 3 6% 10% 8% 8%
All Others 4% 3% 2% 3%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%
Sales by Product Category as a % of Gross Sales
Audio 41% 44% 43% 44%
Mice and Keyboards 32% 20% 31% 20%
Specialty Controllers 16% 14% 17% 14%
Accessories 8% 7% 7% 8%
Controllers 1% 5% 1% 7%
Games and Other 2% 10% 1% 7%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%
Sales by Brand as a % of Gross Sales
Mad Catz 49% 51% 48% 49%
Tritton 37% 39% 38% 40%
Saitek 13% 8% 12% 9%
Other 1% 2% 2% 2%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%

“The video game industry and Mad Catz are in front of a major milestone as the 2013 holiday season approaches and I am confident that our newest products position us to benefit from this inflection point as the console transition and rapidly growing appeal of mobile gaming gain traction. We are excited by the opportunities the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles will bring and believe our products will make a positive contribution to sales as the new consoles roll out creating a spur in sales of products for both legacy and new consoles. In addition, we believe our GameSmart initiative, including our M.O.J.O. micro console for Android, will position us for the emergence of a new industry segment for mobile products.”

Mr. Richardson concluded, “The recent announcements from Apple and Google introducing support for gaming peripherals establishes the infrastructure to support a core gaming experience on mobile. As game developers begin to take advantage of the full potential of the new operating systems, our GameSmart initiative will be well positioned to fully leverage this emerging opportunity with its one-of-a kind ecosystem of gaming accessories.”

Karen McGinnis, Chief Financial Officer of Mad Catz, added, “Fiscal 2014 second quarter net sales were affected by general weakness around the globe. On a category basis, sales of our mice and keyboards were essentially flat with the prior year quarter driven by better-than-expected gaming keyboard sales which offset weaker sales of gaming mice. Sales of our Saitek-branded products were up slightly over the prior year while our Tritton and Mad Catz-branded audio products were significantly affected by the console transition and a consumer shift towards lower price point headsets. Due to our second quarter financial results, we were in violation of the fixed charge covenant ratio in our Credit Facility as of September 30, 2013. However, we were successful in obtaining a waiver and entered into an amendment of the Credit Facility. The amendment removed the quarterly fixed charge coverage ratio requirement through March 31, 2014, established new monthly financial covenants through May 31, 2014, increased the interest rate, and lowered the inventory sublimit and overall availability on the line of credit.”

The Company will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast on November 7, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing (212) 231-2915. Following its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed for 30 days at the Company's Web site (, select “About Us/Investor Relations”) or for 7 days via telephone at (800) 633-8284 (reservation #21682087) or, for International callers, at (402) 977-9140.

About Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz products cater to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows® PC and Mac® computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Mad Catz distributes its products through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers around the globe. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mad Catz maintains offices in Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company’s website at

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Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)


      Three Months     Six Months
Ended September 30, Ended September 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Net sales $17,839 $31,215 $36,523 $53,037
Cost of sales 13,069 22,228 26,388 37,775
Gross profit 4,770 8,987 10,135 15,262
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 3,923 4,000 6,829 7,239
General and administrative 3,015 2,820 6,248 5,776
Research and development 1,167 1,217 2,178 2,238
Acquisition related items 53 206 152 724
Amortization of intangibles 229 232 463 465
Total operating expenses 8,387 8,475 15,870 16,442
Operating (loss) income (3,617) 512 (5,735) (1,180)
Other (expense) income:
Interest expense, net (135) (251) (253) (520)
Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain, net (392) (250) (416) 6
Change in fair value of warrant liability (317) (120) (334) 70
Other income 26 12 97 77
Total other expense (818) (609) (906) (367)
Loss before income taxes (4,435) (97) (6,641) (1,547)
Income tax (expense) benefit (110) (353) 31 (620)
Net loss ($4,545) ($450) ($6,610) ($2,167)
Net loss per share:        
Basic and diluted ($0.07) ($0.01) ($0.10) ($0.03)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted 63,689,909 63,467,779 63,584,235 63,465,104

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)


      September 30,     March 31,
2013 2013
Current assets:
Cash $1,907 $2,773
Accounts receivable, net 10,025 13,884
Other receivables 2,377 1,374
Inventories 27,743 23,795
Deferred tax assets 251 257
Income tax receivable 366 344
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,771 2,711
Total current assets 46,440 45,138
Deferred tax assets 381 370
Other assets 368 359
Property and equipment, net 2,783 2,977
Intangible assets, net 3,221 3,679
Total assets $53,193 $52,523
Current liabilities:
Bank loan $13,270 $8,888
Accounts payable 18,758 15,573
Accrued liabilities 6,353 6,652
Contingent consideration 1,277 1,650
Income taxes payable 0 258
Total current liabilities 39,658 33,021
Contingent consideration 1,089 2,214
Warrant liability 483 149
Deferred tax liabilities 154 152
Other long-term liabilities 50 109
Total liabilities $41,434 $35,645
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 60,637 60,102
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,745) (3,701)
Accumulated deficit (46,133) (39,523)
Total shareholders' equity 11,759 16,878
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $53,193 $52,523

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)


      Six Months
Ended September 30,
2013     2012
Operating activities:
Net loss (6,610) ($2,167)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 1,409 1,563
Amortization of deferred financing fees 16 92
Provision for deferred income taxes (2) (13)
Stock-based compensation 347 384
Contingent consideration, net of payments (711) 170
Change in fair value of warrant liability 334 (70)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 4,105 (8,352)
Other receivables (940) (87)
Inventories (3,697) 3,191
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (992) (677)

Other assets

(65) (9)
Accounts payable 3,332 2,593
Accrued liabilities (280) 87
Income taxes receivable/payable (262) (300)
Net cash used in operating activities (4,016) (3,595)
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (690) (566)
Net cash used in investing activities (690) (566)
Financing activities:
Borrowings on bank loan 34,417 39,153
Repayments on bank loan (30,035) (33,926)
Payment of financing costs (15) (100)
Payment of contingent consideration (787) (888)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 188 7
Net cash provided by financing activities 3,768 4,246
Effects of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash 72 (13)
Net (decrease) increase in cash (866) 72
Cash, beginning of period 2,773 2,474
Cash, end of period $1,907 $2,546

Supplementary Data

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (non-GAAP)

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)


      Three Months     Six Months
Ended September 30, Ended September 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Net loss ($4,545) ($450) ($6,610) ($2,167)

Interest expense, net

135 251 253 520
Income tax expense (benefit) 110 353 (31) 620
Depreciation and amortization 731 839 1,425 1,655
EBITDA (loss) (3,569) 993 (4,963) 628
Stock-based compensation 194 237 347 384
Change in fair value of warrant liability 317 120 334 (70)
Acquisition related items 53 206 152 724
Adjusted EBITDA (loss) ($3,005) $1,556 ($4,130) $1,666

EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, represents net loss before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, we revised our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to exclude stock-based compensation, the gain/loss on the change in the fair value of the related warrant liability, goodwill impairment, if any, and acquisition related items. We believe that excluding these non-operating, non-cash items from EBITDA better reflects our underlying performance than the previously calculated EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor is it being presented as an alternative to operating or net income as an indicator of operating performance and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. As defined, Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation. We believe, however, that in addition to the performance measures found in our financial statements, Adjusted EBITDA is a useful financial performance measurement for assessing our Company’s operating performance. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measurement of operating performance in comparing our performance on a consistent basis over prior periods, as it removes from operating results the impact of our capital structure, including the interest expense resulting from our outstanding debt, and our asset base, including depreciation and amortization of our capital and intangible assets. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure for our lender.


Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Karen McGinnis, 619-683-9830
Chief Financial Officer
Joseph Jaffoni, Norberto Aja, Jim Leahy