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Logitech Raises Profitability Outlook for Fiscal Year 2015 Following Strong Q1 Results

 

Company Reports Sales Growth, Improved Profitability and Increased Cash Flow

NEWARK, Calif. July 23, 2014 and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 24, 2014 — Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) today announced preliminary unaudited and unreviewed financial results for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015.

  • Q1 sales were $484 million, up 1 percent over the prior year, with retail sales up 3 percent.
  • Q1 GAAP operating income was $25 million, with GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.13, compared to $0.01 in the same quarter a year ago.
  • Q1 non-GAAP operating income was $44 million, with non-GAAP EPS of $0.23, compared to $0.07 a year ago.
  • Q1 cash flow from operations was approximately $28 million.

“We have started the new fiscal year with a strong Q1 performance, delivering sales growth, year-over-year improvement in profitability and improved cash generation,” said Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “Q1 sales in our Growth category – which includes PC Gaming, Tablet and Other Accessories, and Mobile Speakers – were up 17 percent, with Mobile Speakers sales more than doubling over last year. As planned, our cost reduction actions continue to drive increased operating leverage. As we proceed through Fiscal Year 2015, we will continue to focus both on accelerating sales growth and on achieving our improved outlook for profitability.”

Outlook

For Fiscal Year 2015, Logitech confirmed its outlook of $2.16 billion in sales and raised its outlook for non-GAAP operating income from $145 million to approximately $170 million.

Prepared Remarks Available Online

Logitech has made its prepared written remarks for the financial results teleconference available online on the Logitech corporate Web site at http://ir.logitech.com, in the Calendar section.

Financial Results Teleconference and Webcast

Logitech will hold a financial results teleconference to discuss the preliminary results for Q1 FY 2015 on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and 14:30 Central European Summer Time. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Logitech corporate website at http://ir.logitech.com.

Update on Audit Committee Investigation

As previously disclosed, Logitech’s Audit Committee, with the assistance of independent advisors, is conducting an independent investigation of certain accounting matters related to the Company’s previously issued financial statements. Related to the Audit Committee’s investigation, the Company is performing additional work associated with its Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which might result in adjustments to the previously issued financial statements. The Audit Committee has not reached any conclusion because the investigation is ongoing.

In addition, preliminary financial information for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 was compiled by the Company and has not yet been reviewed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The financial information for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 may be subject to adjustment. This depends on the outcome of the Audit Committee’s investigation as well as changes in reserves and estimates resulting from subsequent events and other information available through the filing date of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Accordingly, the preliminary results for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 and the results for the corresponding period of Fiscal Year 2014 contained in this press release may be subject to potentially material adjustment. Until the investigation and related additional work are complete, Logitech will be unable to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2014 and also expects to delay the filing of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Complete financial information for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015, including balance sheet and cash flow statement, will be provided when the Company files its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Also related to the investigation, Logitech has asked the SIX Swiss Exchange for an extension to the July 31, 2014 filing deadline for the Company’s annual report, and the Company expects to postpone the Annual General Meeting, which would have been held in September 2014.

Logitech continues to devote significant resources to complete and file all required periodic reports with the SEC and SIX Swiss Exchange as soon as possible following completion of the investigation.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

To facilitate comparisons to Logitech’s historical results, Logitech has included non-GAAP adjusted measures, which exclude share-based compensation expense, amortization of other intangible assets, restructuring charges (credits), other restructuring-related charges, investment impairment (recovery), benefit from (provision for) income taxes and other items detailed under “Supplemental Financial Information” after the tables below. Logitech believes this information will help investors to evaluate its current period performance and trends in its business. With respect to the Company’s outlook for non-GAAP operating income, most of these excluded amounts pertain to events that have not yet occurred and are not currently possible to estimate with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Therefore, no reconciliation to GAAP amount has been provided for Fiscal Year 2015.

About Logitech
Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding: the Company’s preliminary first quarter financial results, the Company’s ability to increase operating leverage, accelerate sales growth and achieve its outlook for profitability, as well as Fiscal Year 2015 revenue and operating income. The forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Logitech’s actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: the results of the Audit Committee’s investigation and the completion of the additional work related to the Company’s Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K; any adjustments resulting from the review of the preliminary financial results for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 by the Company’s independent auditors or from the review of subsequent events, including reserves and estimates, through the dates of filing the Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Fiscal Year 2015 First Quarter Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q; if our product offerings, marketing activities and investment prioritization decisions do not result in the sales, profitability or profitability growth we expect, or when we expect it; the demand of our customers and our consumers for our products and our ability to accurately forecast it; if we fail to innovate and develop new products in a timely and cost-effective manner for our new and existing product categories; if we do not successfully execute on our growth opportunities in our new product categories or our growth opportunities are more limited than we expect; if sales of PC peripherals in mature markets are less than we expect; the effect of pricing, product, marketing and other initiatives by our competitors, and our reaction to them, on our sales, gross margins and profitability; if our products and marketing strategies fail to separate our products from competitors’ products; if we do not fully realize our goals to lower our costs and improve our operating leverage; if there is a deterioration of business and economic conditions in one or more of our sales regions or operating segments, or significant fluctuations in exchange rates; the effect of changes to our effective income tax rates. A detailed discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in Logitech’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013 and our Amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, available at www.sec.gov, under the caption Risk Factors and elsewhere. Logitech does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Note that unless noted otherwise, comparisons are year over year.

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