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iRobot Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results

2/11/2009
Company Delivers 24 Percent Annual Revenue Growth

BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 11, 2009 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) today announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 27, 2008. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 decreased 8.1 percent to $90.7 million, compared with $98.7 million for the same quarter one year ago. Revenue for the full year increased 23.5 percent to $307.6 million from $249.1 million for the full year 2007.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter decreased to 36.1 percent of revenue ($32.7 million), compared with 36.6 percent of revenue ($36.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2007. For the full year, 2008 gross margin totaled 30.4 percent of revenue ($93.5 million), down from 33.2 percent of revenue ($82.6 million) for the full year 2007.

Pre-tax income in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $10.2 million compared with $12.1 million for the same period a year ago. For the full year, pre-tax income was $1.1 million compared with $0.5 million in 2007.

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $5.4 million compared with $20.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Net income for the full year 2008 was $0.8 million compared with $9.1 million for the same period in 2007. The 2007 quarterly and annual results include an $8.6 million tax benefit, largely associated with the release of deferred federal tax allowances, while the 2008 quarterly and annual results include $4.8 million and $0.4 million of tax expense, respectively.

“In the fourth quarter, we took actions to put the company in a more financially sound position. We aggressively managed inventory levels and focused on improving liquidity in light of the current market environment,” said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot.

“Despite the difficult environment, we generated positive operating cash flow of more than $19 million in the fourth quarter. We entered 2009 with a strong cash position of $40.9 million and a more efficient operating model.

“2009 will continue to present challenges for domestic home robot sales but aggressive management of the company’s and our retailers’ inventory in the fourth quarter of 2008 has positioned us well in the current environment. We expect international demand for home robots to continue to be strong. Growth in our Government & Industrial division will be fueled by sales of PackBot FasTac in the beginning of the year and by the sale of new products later in the year,” Angle concluded.

Business Highlights:

  • Government & Industrial division delivered record revenue of $42.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, a 69 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2007.

  • International home robot revenue in the fourth quarter of 2008 was more than double the level of the fourth quarter of 2007 and comprised almost half of total home robot revenue in the quarter. Overall home robot revenue grew 20 percent for the full year.

  • In the fourth quarter, the company received commitments for $5.7 million in funding for its Warrior robot. In 2009 iRobot has announced orders totaling $13 million for robots and spare parts under its $286 million xBot contract bringing total orders to date to $80 million.

  • The company completed the integration of Nekton Research, LLC, which was acquired on September 8, 2008.

Financial Expectations

Our outlook for future performance is based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Management provides the following expectations with respect to the year ending January 2, 2010 and the first quarter ending March 28, 2009.

 

Fiscal Year 2009
Revenue $290-$310 million
Adjusted EBITDA
$14-$17 million
Earnings Per Share
$0.00 - $0.04

 

Q1 2009
Revenue $50-$55 million
Adjusted EBITDA Loss
($6) - ($4) million
Loss Per Share
($0.18) - ($0.12)

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Conference Call
iRobot will host a conference call tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and full year 2008, business outlook, and outlook for future financial performance. Pertinent details include:

Date: Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. EST
Call-In Number: 719-325-4835

A live, audio broadcast of the conference call also will be available at http://investors.irobot.com/events.cfm. An archived version of the broadcast will be available on the same Web site shortly after the conclusion of the live event. A replay of the telephone conference call will be available and can be accessed by dialing 719-457-0820, access code 4192943.

About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people with smarter ways to clean, and our government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot AWARE™ robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

For iRobot Investors
Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, iRobot Corp.’s expectations concerning future financial performance, its revenue for the first quarter of 2009 and the full year 2009, its Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2009 and the full year 2009, its earnings/loss per share for the first quarter of 2009 and the full year 2009, inventory control, and demand for and market acceptance of its products. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: general economic conditions, our ability to operate in an emerging market, fluctuations in our operating results and the seasonality of our business, our ability to enhance our current consumer robots or develop new consumer robots, our dependence on the U.S. federal government and government contracts, our ability to expand our product offering beyond our current markets, market acceptance of our products, our ability to manage our rapid growth, changes in government policies or spending priorities, and competition. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot Corp. undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot Corp., see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In evaluating its business, iRobot considers and uses Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of its operating performance. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and non-cash stock compensation. The Company also presents Adjusted EBITDA because it believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a measure of financial performance.

The term Adjusted EBITDA is not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and is not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and when assessing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider Adjusted EBITDA in isolation, or as a substitute for net income (loss) or other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Among other things, Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s actual cash expenditures. Other companies may calculate similar measures differently than iRobot, limiting their usefulness as comparative tools. iRobot compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally.

 

iRobot Corporation
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
For the three months ended
For the twelve months ended
December 27,
2008
December 29,
2007
December 27,
2008
December 29,
2007
(unaudited)
(audited)
Revenue
Product revenue
$ 82,712
$ 93,308
$ 281,187
$ 227,457
Contract revenue
7,990
5,432
26,434
21,624
Total
90,702
98,740
307,621
249,081
Cost of Revenue
Product revenue
51,302
57,779
190,250
147,689
Contract revenue
6,687
4,827
23,900
18,805
Total
57,989
62,606
214,150
166,494
Gross Margin
32,713
36,134
93,471
82,587
Operating Expense
Research & development
3,935
4,008
17,566
17,082
Selling & marketing
11,415
14,786
46,866
44,894
General & administrative
7,144
4,045
28,840
20,919
Litigation & related expenses
-
1,677
-
2,341
Total
22,494
24,516
93,272
85,236
Operating (loss) income
10,219
11,618
199
(2,649)
Other income, net
9
488
926
3,151
Pre-tax income
10,228
12,106
1,125
502
Income tax expense (benefit)
4,806
(8,609)
369
(8,558)
Net income
$ 5,422
$ 20,715
$ 756
$ 9,060
Net income per common share:
Basic
$ 0.22
$ 0.85
$ 0.03
$ 0.37
Diluted
$ 0.21
$ 0.81
$ 0.03
$ 0.36
Shares used in Per Common Share Calculations:
Basic
24,775
24,448
24,654
24,229
Diluted
25,451
25,519
25,533
25,501
Stock-based compensation included in above figures:
Cost of product revenue
$ 199
$ 171
$ 753
$ 692
Cost of contract revenue
162
94
462
386
Research & development
133
125
359
377
Selling & marketing
322
241
1,055
1,074
General & administrative
815
665
3,310
2,182
Total
$ 1,631
$ 1,296
$ 5,939
$ 4,711

 

iRobot Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(audited, in thousands)
December 27,
2008
December 29,
2007
Assets
Cash and equivalents
$ 40,852
$ 26,735
Short term investments
-
16,550
Accounts receivable, net
35,930
47,681
Unbilled revenues
2,014
2,244
Inventory, net
34,560
45,222
Deferred tax assets
7,299
5,905
Other current assets
3,340
2,268
Total current assets
123,995
146,605
Property, plant and equipment, net
22,929
15,694
Deferred tax assets
4,508
4,293
Other assets
12,246
2,500
Total assets
$ 163,678
$ 169,092
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Accounts payable
$19,544
$ 44,697
Accrued expenses
10,989
7,987
Accrued compensation
6,393
4,603
Deferred revenue and customer advances
2,632
1,578
Total current liabilities
39,558
58,865
Long term liabilities
4,444
-
Stockholders' equity
119,676
110,227
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$ 163,678
$ 169,092

 

 

iRobot Corporation
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
For the three months ended
For the twelve months ended
December 27, 2008
December 29, 2007
December 27, 2008
December 29, 2007
(unaudited)
(audited)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income
$ 5,422
$ 20,715
$ 756
$ 9,060
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
1,894
1,322
7,029
5,311
Loss on disposal of fixed assets
151
-
231
48
Stock-based compensation
1,631
1,296
5,939
4,711
In-process research and development relating to
acquisition of Nekton Research LLC
-
-
200
-
Benefit from deferred tax assets
(1,967)
(10,198)
(1,967)
(10,198)
Non-cash director deferred compensation
24
28
95
111
Changes in working capital - (use) source
Accounts receivable
10,391
(12,524)
12,221
(19,171)
Unbilled revenue
258
513
230
(283)
Inventory
8,036
(1,511)
10,662
(24,332)
Other assets
5,888
(229)
(1,042)
595
Accounts payable
(11,810)
(1,251)
(25,350)
17,012
Accrued expenses
1,597
2,886
3,002
967
Accrued compensation
(1,869)
(2,985)
1,634
(624)
Deferred revenue
(101)
438
1,026
1,121
Change in long term liabilities
(108)
-
4,444
-
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
19,437
(1,500)
19,110
(15,672)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment
(1,228)
(3,896)
(14,817)
(10,352)
Purchase of Nekton Research LLC, net of cash received
2
-
(9,743)
-
Change in other assets
-
(2,500)
-
(2,500)
Purchases of investments
-
(8,200)
(29,997)
(52,950)
Sales of investments
16,197
17,950
46,547
101,200
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
14,971
3,354
(8,010)
35,398
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under revolving credit line
-
-
5,500
-
Repayment of borrowings under revolving credit line
(5,500)
-
(5,500)
-
Income tax withholding payment associated with stock option exercise
-
-
-
(1,588)
Proceeds from stock option exercises
103
55
1,011
1,388
Tax benefit of excess stock based compensation deductions
1,326
1,626
2,006
1,626
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
(4,071)
1,681
3,017
1,426
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
30,337
3,535
14,117
21,152
Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period
10,515
23,200
26,735
5,583
Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period
40,852
26,735
40,852
26,735

 

 

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iRobot Corporation
Supplemental Information
(unaudited)
For the three months ended
For the twelve months ended
December 27,
2008
December 29, 2007
December 27,
2008
December 29,
2007
Revenue by business unit (in thousands):
Home Robots
Product
$ 48,123
$ 73,481
$ 173,547
$ 144,413
Contract
-
45
55
70
Government & Industrial
Product
34,589
19,827
107,640
83,044
Contract
7,990
5,387
26,379
21,554
$ 90,702
$ 98,740
$ 307,621
$ 249,081
Direct Revenue - Home Robots (in thousands)
$ 8,183
$ 13,314
$ 30,697
$ 33,770
Product Lifecycle Revenue - Government & Industrial (in thousands)
$ 8,652
$ 6,180
$ 20,004
$ 20,668
International Revenue (in thousands):
Home Robots
$23,159
$ 10,326
$ 65,942
$ 21,723
Government & Industrial
$ 475
$ 3,057
$ 6,045
$ 10,923
Average selling prices for robot units:
Home Robots
$150
$ 158
$ 150
$ 148
Government & Industrial (in thousands)
$ 85
$126
$ 92
$ 132
Gross Margin by business unit (in thousands):
Home Robots
$ 16,074
$ 26,636
$ 49,769
$ 46,605
Government & Industrial
$ 16,639
$ 9,498
$ 43,702
$ 35,982
$ 32,713
$ 36,134
$ 93,471
$ 82,587
Units shipped by business unit:
Home Robots (in thousands)
293
441
1,054
898
Government & Industrial
306
108
951
471
Government & Industrial Funded Backlog (in thousands)
$ 8,401
$ 26,095
$ 8,401
$ 26,095
Days sales outstanding
38
46
38
46
Inventory turnover
6.0
5.1
6.0
5.1
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (in thousands)
$ 19,437
$ (1,500)
$ 19,110
$ (15,672)
Headcount
479
423
479
423

 

About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware® robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

For iRobot Investors
Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, iRobot Corp.’s expectations concerning management's plans, objectives and strategies. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot Corp. undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot Corp., see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Contact:

Elise Caffrey
Investor Relations
iRobot Corp.
(781) 430-3003
ecaffrey@irobot.com
Nancy Smith
Media Relations
iRobot Corp.
(781) 430-3323
nsmith@irobot.com