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Data I/O Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results


Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ:DAIO), the leading global provider of advanced data and security programming solutions for flash, flash-memory based intelligent devices and microcontrollers, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Net sales of $5.8 million; bookings of $5.1 million
  • Gross margin as a percentage of sales of over 61%
  • Net income of $127,000 or $0.02 diluted earnings per share
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)*, excluding equity compensation, of $728,000
  • Cash & Equivalents of $15.2 million; no debt
  • Repurchased 188,000 shares as part of a $2 million buyback program authorized in October 2018
  • Automotive electronics, advanced programming and secure provisioning leadership
    • Automotive represented 56% of bookings year to date through 2Q19
    • Appointed Michael Tidwell as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
    • Added Assembly Products LLC to expand sales in New York/New England region of USA
    • Embedded Technologies Conference speaking engagements included Managed & Secure Programming for the Automotive World
    • Announced support for NXP SE050 Secure Element; the fourth NXP product supported by the SentriX®™ platform

*Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation is provided in the tables of this press release.

Management Comments

Commenting on the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, Anthony Ambrose, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation, said, "The global market for programming capital equipment in the second quarter remained in the down cycle that began last year. Automotive sales declines, semiconductor cyclicality and global supply chain uncertainty are headwinds to the deployment of capital right now, and we are adjusting our planned 2019 spending and targets accordingly. Similar to the first quarter of this year, our performance in the second quarter reflects our disciplined and effective management practices. Margin strength and expense controls led to improved earnings on lower revenue as compared to the first quarter. As we invest and plan for the next upward cycle, we took the opportunity to return cash to shareholders through the continuation of our stock buyback.

"The long-term catalysts for our business continue to be the secular growth of electronic content in automobiles and IoT devices, and the increasing need to secure these platforms. We continued to invest in market development and R&D in the second quarter at a robust level even as discretionary and variable expenses declined compared to the first quarter and the prior year period.

"The investments we have been making include our SentriX platform for IoT security. Revenue adoption remains lower than we originally planned due to the longer time required for security provisioning to be designed into OEM production models. Despite the longer adoption cycle, we remain bullish on the market opportunity and our position in this emerging market. The 5th SentriX system was brought online in Europe in the second quarter."

Financial Results

Net sales in the second quarter of 2019 were $5.8 million, as compared with $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decline in sales was a result of a cyclical downtrend in the industry that began at the end of 2017.

For the 2019 second quarter, gross margin as a percentage of sales was 61.4%, as compared to 59.0% in the second quarter of 2018. The second quarter 2019 level exceeded the higher end of the Company's anticipated 2019 target due to a favorable product mix and variances, primarily labor and overhead as well as foreign currency effects.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were $3.5 million, down from $4.0 million in the 2018 period. Spending declined across the board with the most significant reductions due to lower variable incentive compensation accrual and stock compensation. Data I/O continues to support its industry leading platform of programming and provision solutions while emphasizing ongoing expense management practices.

Operating income was $75,000 for the second quarter of 2019, down from $246,000 for the second quarter of 2018. Net income in the second quarter of 2019 was $127,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $486,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018. Included in net income is foreign currency transaction gains of $69,000 for the second quarter of 2019 and $269,000 for the same period of the prior year.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") was $364,000 in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $796,000 in the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding equity compensation, was $728,000 in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Bookings in the second quarter of 2019 were $5.1 million, compared to $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2018 and $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2019. Backlog at June 30, 2019 was $1.4 million, as compared with $2.0 million at March 31, 2019.

Data I/O's financial condition remains strong with cash of $15.2 million at June 30, 2019, up from $14.8 million at March 31, 2019. During the second quarter, approximately $908,000 was used to buyback common stock. The Company had net working capital of $19.5 million at June 30, 2019, down from $20.4 million at March 31, 2019, which reflects the cash spent on the share repurchase. The Company continues to have no debt.

Conference Call Information

A conference call discussing the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, financial results will follow this release today at 2 p.m. Pacific Time/5 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call, please dial 412-902-6510. A replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. To access the replay, please dial 412-317-0088, access code 10133624. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet; visit the News and Events section of the Data I/O Corporation website at to access the call from the site. This webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Data I/O Corporation website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Data I/O Corporation

Since 1972 Data I/O has developed innovative solutions to enable the design and manufacture of electronic products for automotive, Internet-of-Things, medical, wireless, consumer electronics, industrial controls and other markets. Today, our customers use Data I/O security deployment and programming solutions to reliably, securely, and cost-effectively bring innovative new products to life. These solutions are backed by a global network of Data I/O support and service professionals, assuring success for our customers.

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Forward Looking Statement and Non-GAAP financial measures

Statements in this news release concerning economic outlook, expected revenue, expected margins, expected savings, expected results, orders, deliveries, backlog and financial positions, as well as any other statement that may be construed as a prediction of future performance or events are forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These factors include uncertainties as to the ability to record revenues based upon the timing of product deliveries, installations and acceptance, accrual of expenses, changes in economic conditions and other risks including those described in the Company's filings on Forms 10K and 10Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), press releases and other communications.

Non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA excluding equity compensation, should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's results and facilitate the comparison of results.

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