Data I/O Reports Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Revenue Grows for Fifth Consecutive Year, with Net Sales Up 26% in 4Q17;
Fourth Quarter Net Income up 103% (33% Before Tax Benefit);
First Order for UFS programming from automotive customer
Redmond, WA, Thursday – February 22, 2018 -- Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), a leading global provider of advanced data programming and security provisioning solutions for flash-memory, flash based microcontrollers and Secure Elements, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.
Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights (on year-over-year basis unless noted)
- Net sales of $8.1 million, an 11-year high for the fourth quarter, up 26% from $6.4 million in 4Q16
- Total bookings of $7.6 million, a 11-year high for the fourth quarter
- Gross margin as a percentage of sales of 58.5%, up from 56.3% in 4Q16
- Net income of $1.5 million or $0.18 diluted earnings per share (includes $531,000 benefit from tax reform), up from $755,000 or $0.09 diluted earnings per share in 4Q16
- Cash and securities of $18.5 million at end of 4Q17 reaches 7-year high
- Continued automotive electronics traction
- Automotive orders grew 46% for the year
- Demonstrated Universal Flash Storage (UFS) solution on the PSV7000/LumenX platform and won first customer order
- Received ISO9001-2015 certification for US and China Manufacturing locations
- Momentum for SentriX™ Security Provisioning Platform
- First revenue recorded
- Received 2017 Productronica Global Technology Award in the category of Programming
“2017 was the best year in a generation for Data I/O and I congratulate our global team for their hard work and operational excellence,” said Anthony Ambrose, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation. “Our solid execution in the fourth quarter and full year in engineering, customer support, and operations extends our worldwide leadership position in device programming and security provisioning technology.
“The Company’s results reflect the share we have gained in the automotive electronics market and traction with major programming center customers around the world. 54% of our orders for the year came from OEMs in the automotive sector and 24% came from programming center customers.
“In the third quarter, we celebrated the first deployment of our SentriX Security Provisioning System which we developed to enable the democratization of security for the consumer, industrial, factory floor and Internet-of-Things (IoT) markets. Our SentriX solution enables OEMs to embed hardware roots-of-trust during the programming process and secure their connected devices from design through manufacturing and beyond. In the fourth quarter, we recorded the first revenues on the SentriX platform.
“Leveraging the success we have had within the automotive electronics sector, we have been developing high volume programming technology that enables the transition to Universal Flash Storage (UFS) from eMMC Flash Memory. The movement to UFS is being influenced by major automotive and semiconductor manufacturers, as programmable content per vehicle sharply increases to support infotainment systems, navigation, and other features in connected and autonomous cars. We demonstrated our UFS programming capability in the fourth quarter and earned our first customer orders.
“Investors and customers will have an opportunity to see Data I/O’s latest products at two upcoming trade shows from February 27-March 1: IPC APEX Expo in San Diego, California at booth 2615 to showcase the PSV7000 with LumenX technology and ConneX smart programming software, and Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany in Hall 3A, Booth 522 to demonstrate the Company’s SentriX Security Provisioning Solution.”
Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 were $8.1 million, compared with $6.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The year-over-year increase in sales was primarily a result of strong bookings in prior quarters in 2017, particularly for automotive electronics equipment to end customers and programming centers, partially offset by a decline in the wireless sector. Net sales for all of 2017 were $34.1 million, up from $23.4 million in 2016.
For the 2017 fourth quarter, gross margin as a percentage of sales was 58.5%, compared to 56.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016. For all of 2017, gross margin was 58.9%, compared to 55.0% last year. The improvement in gross margin as a percentage of sales compared to earlier periods was primarily due to higher order volume, favorable channel and product mix, and improved factory utilization.
Net income in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $1.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared with net income of $755,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Included in fourth quarter 2017 net income is a $531,000 net benefit from recent tax reform. Included in non-operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 is $140,000 for gain on sales of non-core internet domain assets. For the year, net income in 2017 was $5.4 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared to $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share in 2016. Gains on sales of non-core internet domain assets contributed non-operating income of $366,000 in 2017 and $140,000 in 2016.
As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, we recorded the impact as a $531,000 net benefit in the fourth quarter of 2017. This was made up of $67,000 of additional tax relating to the “deemed repatriation” of previously deferred foreign subsidiary “post 1986 Earnings & Profits”, and recognizing a tax benefit of $598,000 related to refundable “Alternative Minimum Tax Credits” in carryforward. We have approximately $13 million of U.S. Net Operating Losses in carryforward at December 31, 2017.
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) was $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $962,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding equity compensation, was $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Year-to-date, EBITDA was $6.0 million, compared to $2.3 million for the same period last year, while Adjusted EBITDA, excluding equity compensation, was $6.7 million in 2017 compared to $2.8 million in 2016.
Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2017 reached the highest level for the period in 11 years at $7.6 million, compared to $7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Bookings for all of 2017 were $34.3 million, a 17 year high, compared to bookings of $26.9 million in 2016. Backlog at December 31, 2017 was $4.0 million, compared to $4.6 million at September 30, 2017, and $3.2 million at December 31, 2016.
Data I/O’s financial condition remains strong with an increase in its cash position to $18.5 million at December 31, 2017, from $15.2 million at September 30, 2017, and $11.6 million at December 31, 2016. Working capital of $19.5 million at December 31, 2017, increased from $18.4 million at September 30, 2017, and $14.6 million at December 31, 2016. The Company continues to have no debt.
Conference Call Information
A conference call discussing the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017, financial results, and 2018 market outlook will follow this release today at 2 p.m. Pacific time/5 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call, please dial (612) 234-9959, passcode: DAIO. A replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. To access the replay, please dial (320) 365-3844, access code: 444325. 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 dataio.com 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, industrial/Internet-of-Things and consumer electronics markets and their programming center and contract manufacturing partners. Today, our customers manufacture hundreds of millions of products each year using Data I/O programming solutions to reliably, securely, and cost-effectively deliver their Intellectual Property into programmable devices. Our expertise in programmable integrated circuits, global supply chain processes, factory integration and IP management and protection helps bring innovative new products to life. These solutions are backed by a global network of Data I/O support and service providers, ensuring success for our customers.
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