LoJack Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Second Quarter Highlights

  • U.S. Revenue Increases 6% as Domestic Business Remains Strong
  • Domestic Dealer Unit Volume Up 8% over Second Quarter of 2011
  • International Economic and Trade Tensions Dampen Revenue Growth
  • Gross Profit Margin Percentage Climbs 110 bps to 52.1
  • Company Reiterates 2012 Guidance
 
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Canton, MA, August 6, 2012 – LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ GS: “LOJN”), the global leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.
 
Consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $31.7 million, compared with $33.5 million in the same quarter last year. U.S. Revenue improved 6% to $22.0 million from $20.8 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue from the company’s International operations for the second quarter of 2012 decreased to $6.4 million, from $9.1 million in the same quarter last year.
 
“Our domestic performance demonstrates the strides we have made to close the gap between the growth of the retail auto market and our U.S. business,” said Randy Ortiz, LoJack’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “Our domestic dealer unit volume increased 8% in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting the disciplined, targeted strategy we have implemented to focus our U.S. field team on top-volume dealer groups, strengthen our relationship with agents and expand the level of integration with our dealer partners. We believe that these initiatives increase the LoJack value proposition for both customers and consumers.”
 
“Favorable market trends also benefitted our domestic business in the second quarter,” Mr. Ortiz continued. “Market share gains among leading Japanese brands contributed to solid year-over-year unit growth during the quarter for LoJack, and we gained traction in key domestic brands. Pent-up demand fueled by a favorable automobile credit environment, lower interest rates and new products remain key drivers in the industry recovery.”
 
“Internationally, the ongoing economic downturn across Europe adversely affected the sale of new vehicles and LoJack products in the second quarter, while in emerging markets the economic outlook remains mixed and trade tensions persist,” Mr. Ortiz said. “One international market that continues on a positive trajectory is Italy, where revenue within our LoJack Italia subsidiary increased despite a decline in automobile registrations during the second quarter. Year-to-date our subscriber base in Italy is up 46% from the same period in 2011.”
 
Consolidated gross profit for the second quarter of 2012 was $16.5 million, or 52.1% of revenue, compared with $17.1 million, or 51.0% of revenue, in the same quarter last year, due to a lower cost of product revenue in the 2012 period.
 
Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2012 were $18.0 million compared with $17.1million in the second quarter of 2011, primarily related to higher personnel costs and consulting expenses.
 
Net loss to LoJack Corporation for the second quarter of 2012 was $2.2 million, or $0.13 per share, compared with net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.
 
AdjustedEBITDA for the second quarter of 2012, which includes the items reflected in Table 1, was $0.4 million, compared with $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2011.
 
Business Outlook
“We believe that the strategic steps we are taking to grow our domestic business, combined with the continued stability of the U.S. auto market, position our North American segment for a strong second half of 2012,” Mr. Ortiz said. “The U.S. production schedule is forecast to increase 12-15% in the third quarter, as Japanese makers continue to rebuild inventories following last year’s tragic tsunami and as U.S. consumers replace aging vehicles. We also expect domestic growth to be partially offset by continued economic turbulence in Europe, which will adversely affect International revenues. Based on our ongoing discussions with our top volume licensees, we believe market conditions that have impacted the timely submission of International orders should be resolved in the second half of the year. Therefore, we reiterate our guidance that our consolidated revenues for full-year 2012 will increase 3 to 7 percent over 2011 levels.”
 
Second-Quarter Financial Results Conference Call
In conjunction with its second-quarter 2012 financial results, LoJack will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 5:00 p.m. ET today.To access the webcast of the call, log onto http://www.lojack.com (click “About Us,” “Investor Relations,” and then click “Events and Presentations”). The live call can also be accessed by dialing (877) 868-1835 or (914) 495-8581. An archive of the webcast will be available on the company’s website.
 

About LoJack Corporation
LoJack Corporation, the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market more than 25 years ago, is the global leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles-having recovered nearly $4 billion USD in stolen assets worldwide. In today's rapidly changing world, LoJack's core competencies are more valuable and more relevant than ever as they are now being applied into new areas, such as the prevention, detection and recovery of stolen cargo and finding and rescuing people with cognitive conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's.

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release also contains the non-GAAP financial measure, adjusted EBITDA. The company believes that the inclusion of this non-GAAP financial measure in this press release helps investors to gain a meaningful understanding of changes in the company’s core operating results, andcan also help investors who wish to make comparisons between LoJack and other companies on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. LoJack management uses this non-GAAP measure, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring our core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of our competitors. These measures are also used by management to assist with their financial and operating decision making.
 
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