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CUI Global, Inc. Reports Unaudited Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results



Aug 10, 2017

CUI Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUI), reported its unaudited financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Performance Summary: (Comparisons to Prior Year Period)

  • Quarterly revenue decreased 3% to $22.5 million versus $23.1 million;
  • Quarterly gross profit margin was 37%, as compared to 40%;
  • Quarterly consolidated net loss of $(1.6) million or $(0.07) per share versus $(1.5) million or $(0.07) per share;
  • Quarterly adjusted EBITDA was $(0.8) million, as compared to $0.1 million;
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $1.8 million at June 30, 2017;
  • Power and Electromechanical (P&EM) segment unaudited backlog was $19.2 million at June 30, 2017;
  • Energy segment unaudited backlog was $16.4 million at June 30, 2017.

Recent Business and Operational Highlights:

  • CUI Inc. announced the production release of ICE Switch following the receipt of UL/cUL and TUV 60950-1 safety certifications. ICE Switch is a power monitoring and switching system that allows power to be intelligently distributed across racks depending upon need and historical usage patterns. CUI Inc.'s ICE technology products - ICE Block and ICE Switch - utilize Virtual Power Systems' Intelligent Control of Energy, or ICE, software to provide peak shaving capabilities and unlock underutilized power capacity in data centers;
  • Orbital Gas Systems (US) conducted flow lab testing of its patented VE Technology helical strakes on thermowells and sampling probes with a highly respected, North American independent metering research facility. The test proved that the VE Technology was an innovative and effective solution to many of the common issues encountered by traditional sample probes and thermowells;
  • Orbital Gas Systems (UK) hosted UK and Western European natural gas innovation seminars developed in response to OFGEM's relaxation of the accuracy requirement of OFGEM-approved Calorific Value Determining Devices (CVDD) with a goal to demonstrate Orbital's innovative natural gas solutions to industry leaders;
  • Orbital Gas Systems (UK) was awarded a follow-on development contract to study the distribution of unconventional gas, such as biomethane, within the UK's regional distribution network. The follow-on underscores the company's close working relationship with a leading Energy industry services provider, DNV GL, to determine the feasibility of deploying a modified GasPT product for residential use;
  • The company announced that OFGEM, the UK's energy regulator and international energy authority, formally relaxed the accuracy requirement of OFGEM-approved CVDDs. OFGEM's decision enables CUI Global to broadly market and sell its GasPT fiscal monitoring solution to gas operators both in the UK and Western Europe.

"On a sequential basis, the ongoing recovery in the electronics industry drove very strong P&EM segment growth that offset flat revenues from our Energy business," stated William Clough, president and CEO of CUI Global. "Investments made during the electronics industry downturn to broaden our customer base and increase distributions channels are today yielding dividends. Energy segment activity was geared towards expanding the pipeline of opportunities with initiatives to drive greater awareness of the disruptive nature of our products. We ended the quarter with substantial backlogs in both business segments that, together with initiatives to lower costs and improve cash flow and profitability, portend well for a stronger second-half.

"Business momentum for our Energy products, especially for our GasPT, is building across a broader base of prospective customers and geographies," continued Mr. Clough, "In Europe, we submitted a bid for up to 1,000 GasPTs for biomethane-to-grid applications to ENGIE. We will soon initiate field trials for our odorizer product that is already eliciting interest from gas operators in continental Europe. In North America, we see traction in both our GasPT and VE sampling system products. In particular, we are closing in on an opportunity to establish GasPT as the standardized process control device for a Top-3 gas turbine manufacturer. We initiated field trials in Canada with a large energy delivery company for GasPT as a fiscal monitoring solution that is similar in scope to our project in Italy. Increased opportunity also extends to our P&EM segment, where design activity levels today indicate sustained, long-term demand for our products. In addition, beta testing of our ICE Block units in the field are proceeding very well.  We have received safety certifications for the ICE Switch product and expect certifications for the ICE Block product soon, both of which are expected to generate initial sales this year."

Concluded Mr. Clough, "The opportunities ahead of us are many and substantial, borne of a product-set that is unmatched in the marketplace. As we build our Energy business today, together with the recovery in the electronics industry, we are on a path to sustained growth."

Termination of 'At-The-Market' Equity Offering Program

Concurrently, based on recent, strong order flow in its P&EM segment, backlog of orders in both its P&EM and Energy segments and robust pipeline of opportunities for its Energy products, CUI Global announced the immediate termination of its 'At-The-Market' equity offering program associated with the company's S-3 Registration Statement filed on March 14, 2017. The company did not sell any shares under the program.

Second Quarter and Year-to-Date 2017 Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, CUI Global produced consolidated total revenues of $22.5 million and year-to-date revenues of $40.3 million. Total revenues for the second quarter decreased 3% year-over-year, compared to $23.1 million in the second quarter of 2016. For the second quarter, the Power and Electromechanical segment contributed revenues of $18.2 million and the Energy segment contributed $4.3 million. For the year-to-date period, the Power and Electromechanical segment contributed revenues of $31.8 million and the Energy segment contributed $8.5 million. The revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 were lower than the comparable period due to lower revenue in our Energy segment associated with lower translated revenue at the Company's UK operations due to the lower value British pound Sterling following Brexit, timing of customer project delivery schedules and the temporary halt of deliveries of gas related metering, monitoring and control systems, specifically GasPT units in Italy due to a regulatory hurdle. The Italian contract is still in place and the Company expects deliveries to return to previous levels as soon as the regulatory issue is resolved. Partially offsetting the decrease in the Energy segment in the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, was a $2.8 million and $3.4 million, increase in revenue in the Power and Electromechanical segment, respectively, due to the timing of customer delivery schedules and sell through activity at distributors.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, the cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue increased to 63% from 60% during the prior-year comparative period. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue increased to 66% from 61% during the prior-year comparative period. This percentage will vary based upon the power and electromechanical product mix sold, the mix of natural gas systems sold, contract labor necessary to complete gas related projects, the competitive markets in which the Company competes, and foreign exchange rates. The cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue for the Energy segment for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was 62% compared to 52% in the three months ended June 30, 2016 and the cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue for the Power and Electromechanical segment for the three month period ended June 30, 2017 was 64% compared to 65% during the prior-year comparative period. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue for the Energy segment was 65% compared to 54% in the prior-year comparable period and the cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue for the Power and Electromechanical segment was 66% compared with 64% during the six months ended June 30, 2016.  The higher cost percentage in the Energy segment was due to a less favorable product mix and the change in the Power and Electromechanical segment was primarily related to higher sales volumes at slightly lower margins during the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the prior-year comparable periods. As previously noted, the Energy segment was affected by a temporary halt in shipments of higher margin GasPT units to an Italian customer until a regulatory issue can be resolved.

The sales order backlog at June 30, 2017 was a consolidated $35.6 million. Of that, the Power and Electromechanical segment held a backlog of customer orders of approximately $19.2 million and the Energy segment held a backlog of approximately $16.4 million.

Gross profit was $8.2 million, or 37%, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 versus $9.2 million, or 40%, in the same period of 2016. During the three months ended June 30, 2017, the Power and Electromechanical segment generated gross profit margins of 36%, while the Energy segment generated gross profit margins of 39%. This compares to 36%   for the Power and Electromechanical segment and 48% for the Energy segment in the three months ended June 30, 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017 gross profit was $13.9 million, or 35%, versus $17.2 million or 39%, in the same period of 2016.  For the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the Power and Electromechanical segment gross profit margins decreased to 34% from 36% and the Energy segment gross profit margins decreased to 35% from 46%.

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, SG&A decreased $0.3 million and $1.0 million, compared to the prior-year comparative period. These decreases are largely due to $0.5 million lower bonuses in the Other category and $0.8 million in severance costs incurred in the Power and Electromechanical segment for the transition of the R&D team to CUI-Canada in 2016 and for various positions within the Energy segment that did not recur in 2017. SG&A as a percent of revenue remained unchanged at 39% of total revenue during the three-month period ended June 30, 2017 and for the six month period ended June 30, 2017, SG&A increased to 43% from 42% in the six months ended June 30, 2016.

The company reported a net loss of $1.6 million or $(0.07) per share (EPS) for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 as compared with a net loss of $1.5 million or $(0.07) per share in the prior year period. For the six months ended June 30, net loss was $(5.4) million or $(0.26) per share (EPS) compared to a net loss of $(4.1) million or $(0.20) in the same period last year. The consolidated net loss for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, was primarily the result of lower revenue in the Energy segment related to lower sales of gas related metering, monitoring and control systems, including GasPT, lower gross profit margins in both the Power and Electromechanical segment and the Energy segment, and the ongoing amortization of intangible assets related to the Orbital Gas Systems Limited and CUI-Canada acquisitions. In 2017, a lower value of the British pound Sterling due to the recent Brexit vote resulted in lower translated revenue at our U.K. operations, but did not have a significant effect on operating or net loss.

The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 were a loss of $(0.9) million and a loss of $(4.1) million, respectively. EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 was a loss of $(0.5) million and a loss of $(2.2) million.

As of June 30, 2017, CUI Global held cash and cash equivalents of $1.8 million, a decrease of $(2.8) million since December 31, 2016. Operations, other intangible assets, and equipment, have been funded through cash on hand and debt during the six months ended June 30, 2017.

About CUI Global, Inc.

Delivering Innovative Technologies for an Interconnected World . . . . .

CUI Global, Inc. is a publicly traded company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition and development of innovative companies, products and technologies. From Orbital Gas Systems' advanced GasPT platform targeting the energy sector, to CUI Inc.'s digital power platform serving the networking and telecom space, CUI Global and its subsidiaries have built a diversified portfolio of industry leading technologies that touch many markets. As a publicly traded company, shareholders are able to participate in the opportunities, revenues, and profits generated by the products, technologies, and market channels of CUI Global and its subsidiaries. But most importantly, a commitment to conduct business with a high level of integrity, respect, and philanthropic dedication allows the organization to make a difference in the lives of their customers, employees, investors and global community.

For more information please visit www.cuiglobal.com.

Important Cautions Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company may experience significant fluctuations in future operating results due to a number of economic, competitive, and other factors, including, among other things, our reliance on third-party manufacturers and suppliers, government agency budgetary and political constraints, new or increased competition, changes in market demand, and the performance or reliability of our products. These factors and others could cause operating results to vary significantly from those in prior periods, and those projected in forward-looking statements. Additional information with respect to these and other factors, which could materially affect the Company and its operations, are included in certain forms the Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts

Jeff Schnabel
CUI Global, Inc.
Main: 503-612-2300
press@cuiglobal.com     

Jody Burfening/Sanjay M. Hurry
LHA
212-838-3777
cuiglobal@lhai.com

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