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iRobot Reports First-Quarter 2009 Results

4/22/2009

BEDFORD, Mass., April 22, 2009 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) today announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2009. Revenue for the first quarter of 2009 decreased 0.6 percent to $56.9 million, compared with $57.3 million for the same quarter one year ago.

Gross margin for the first quarter increased to 28.5 percent of revenue ($16.2 million), compared with 26.8 percent of revenue ($15.4 million) in the first quarter of 2008. Net loss in the first quarter of 2009 improved to $1.8 million compared with $4.0 million in the first quarter of 2008. Loss per share for the first quarter of 2009 improved to $0.07 compared with $0.16 for the same period a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA loss was $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2009 compared with Adjusted EBITDA loss of $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2008.

“I am pleased to report first-quarter results significantly ahead of expectations on both top and bottom lines in a very challenging environment,” said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot. “We continue to see strong demand for our home robot products overseas, and news of the reshaping of Defense Department spending to include our technology appears at present to be positive for iRobot. Our continued focus on managing working capital further strengthened our balance sheet and increased our cash position at the end of the first quarter to more than $54 million.

“Given our strong performance in the first quarter, we are reaffirming our full-year financial guidance despite the uncertain environment,” Angle concluded.


Business Highlights

  • International home robot revenue in the first quarter of 2009 increased 69 percent from the first quarter of 2008 and comprised more than half of total home robot revenue in the quarter. Overall home robot revenue grew 9 percent for the quarter.

  • Government & Industrial revenue was generated from continued demand of the iRobot PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit.

  • Operating cash flow of $14.3 million, compared to $0.2 million in 2008, was driven by tight control of inventory and accounts receivable.

  • Jeff Beck, a seasoned high-technology executive with more than 20 years of experience, was hired to fill the key position of president and general manager in the Home Robots division.

Financial Expectations

Management provides the following expectations with respect to the fiscal year ending January 2, 2010 and the second quarter ending June 27, 2009.

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

Q2 2009:
Revenue $57-$62 million
Adjusted EBITDA Loss
($1) - ($4) million
Loss Per Share
($0.10) - ($0.14)


First Quarter Conference Call
iRobot will host a conference call tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2009, business outlook, and outlook for future financial performance. Pertinent details include:

Date: Thurs., April 23, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. EST
Call-In Number: 719-325-4809

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 5918741.


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 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 regarding anticipated revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and earnings per share for fiscal year 2009 and for the second quarter ending June 27, 2009, 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: our ability to operate in an emerging market, the financial strength of our customers and retailers, general economic conditions, our dependence on the U.S. federal government and government contracts, market acceptance of our products, 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.

This release includes Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and non-cash stock compensation. A reconciliation between net loss and Adjusted EBITDA loss is provided in the financial tables at the end of this press release.


iRobot Corporation
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
For the three months ended
March 28,
2009
March 29,
2008
(unaudited)
Revenue
Product revenue
$ 49,691
$ 50,575
Contract revenue
7,245
6,727
Total
56,936
57,302
Cost of Revenue
Product revenue
33,439
36,195
Contract revenue
7,291
5,747
Total
40,730
41,942
Gross Margin
16,206
15,360
Operating Expense
Research & development
3,578
3,973
Selling & marketing
8,966
11,458
General & administrative
7,130
6,778
Total
19,674
22,209
Operating loss
(3,468)
(6,849)
Other income (expense), net
(299)
495
Pre-tax loss
(3,767)
(6,354)
Income tax benefit
(1,980)
(2,349)
Net loss
$ (1,787)
$ (4,005)
Net loss per common share:
Basic
$ (0.07)
$ (0.16)
Diluted
$ (0.07)
$ (0.16)
Shares used in Per Common Share Calculations:
Basic
24,902
24,506
Diluted
24,902
24,506
Stock-based compensation included in above figures:
Cost of product revenue
$ 213
$ 154
Cost of contract revenue
163
59
Research & development
(3)
(33)
Selling & marketing
317
161
General & administrative
912
597
Total
$ 1,602
$ 938



iRobot Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(in thousands)
March 28,
2009
December 27,
2008
(unaudited)
(audited)
Assets
Cash and equivalents
$ 54,737
$ 40,852
Accounts receivable, net
23,192
35,930
Unbilled revenues
3,133
2,014
Inventory, net
30,742
34,560
Deferred tax assets
7,256
7,299
Other current assets
4,502
3,340
Total current assets
123,562
123,995
Property, plant and equipment, net
21,899
22,929
Deferred tax assets
4,508
4,508
Other assets
12,123
12,246
Total assets
$ 162,092
$ 163,678
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Accounts payable
$19,127
$ 19,544
Accrued expenses
10,731
10,989
Accrued compensation
5,371
6,393
Deferred revenue and customer advances
2,718
2,632
Total current liabilities
37,947
39,558
Long term liabilities
4,337
4,444
Stockholders' equity
119,808
119,676
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$ 162,092
$ 163,678



iRobot Corporation
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
For the three months ended
March 28,
2009
March 29,
2008
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss
$ (1,787)
$ (4,005)
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
1,914
1,566
Loss on disposal of fixed assets
15
45
Stock-based compensation
1,602
938
Non-cash director deferred compensation
33
24
Changes in working capital - (use) source
Accounts receivable
12,738
25,758
Unbilled revenue
(1,119)
(365)
Inventory
3,818
(994)
Other assets
(1,162)
(4,069)
Accounts payable
(417)
(16,731)
Accrued expenses
(258)
(2,061)
Accrued compensation
(1,022)
521
Deferred revenue
86
(448)
Change in long term liabilities
(107)
-
Net cash provided by operating activities
14,334
179
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment
(776)
(3,937)
Purchases of investments
-
(29,997)
Sales of investments
-
29,050
Net cash used in investing activities
(776)
(4,884)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from stock option exercises
327
570
Tax benefit of excess stock based compensation deductions
-
261
Net cash provided by financing activities
327
831
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
13,885
(3,874)
Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period
40,852
26,735
Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period
54,737
22,861



iRobot Corporation
Supplemental Information
(unaudited)
For the three months ended
March 28,
2009
March 29,
2008
Revenue by business unit (in thousands):
Home Robots
Product
$ 32,823
$ 30,093
Contract
-
55
Government & Industrial
Product
16,868
20,482
Contract
7,245
6,672
$ 56,936
$ 57,302
Direct Revenue - Home Robots (in thousands)
$ 5,652
$ 7,861
Product Lifecycle Revenue - Government & Industrial (in thousands)
$ 4,389
$ 3,203
International Revenue (in thousands):
Home Robots
$17,538
$ 10,405
Government & Industrial
$ 2,815
$ 812
Average selling prices for robot units:
Home Robots
$161
$ 158
Government & Industrial (in thousands)
$ 83
$111
Gross Margin by business unit (in thousands):
Home Robots
$ 10,152
$ 8,069
Government & Industrial
$ 6,054
$ 7,291
$ 16,206
$ 15,360
Units shipped by business unit:
Home Robots (in thousands)
183
169
Government & Industrial
150
156
Government & Industrial Funded Backlog (in thousands)
$ 12,384
$ 13,358
Days sales outstanding
42
39
Inventory turnover
4.4
3.1
Net cash provided by operating activities (in thousands)
$ 14,334
$ 179
Headcount
481
452



iRobot Corporation
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation to GAAP
(unaudited, in thousands)
For the three months ended
March 28,
2009
March 29,
2008
Net loss
$ (1,787)
$ (4,005)
Interest income, net
(21)
(569)
Income tax benefit
(1,980)
(2,349)
Depreciation
1,793
1,566
Amortization
123
-
EBITDA
(1,872)
(5,357)
Stock-based compensation expense
1,602
938
Adjusted EBITDA
$ (270)
$ (4,419)



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.

 

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.