Data I/O Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Recovery in Automotive Electronics

REDMOND, Wash. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 29, 2020Third Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Net sales of $5.9 million; bookings of $5.6 million
  • Gross margin as a percentage of sales of 55.1%
  • Net loss of ($707,000) or ($0.09) per share
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization excluding equity compensation, (EBITDAS)*, of $169,000
  • Cash & Equivalents of $13.0 million; no debt. One-time repatriation of cash from China to the US totaling $2.16 million, after a dividend withholding tax payment of $240,000
  • Release and installations of Next Generation SentriX® Security Deployment System and SentriX Product Creator™ Software Tool Suite
  • Automotive electronics, advanced programming and secure provisioning leadership
    • Automotive Electronics represented approximately 60% of third quarter 2020 bookings
    • Win at Asia-based automotive electronics manufacturer for multiple PSV family systems
    • 320th PSV family system deployed

*EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation is provided in the tables of this press release.

Management Comments

Commenting on the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, Anthony Ambrose, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation, said, “We are excited to report strong growth sequentially from the second quarter in revenues and bookings, while year-over-year third quarter revenues increased 56%. Our turnaround in financial performance in the third quarter of 2020 is bolstered by what appears to be a bottoming out of our primary addressable market for automotive electronics in the second quarter.

“We are seeing strength and return to normalcy in China and parts of Asia. EMEA, Americas, and much of Asia still have travel restrictions which are forcing remote meetings with customers and partners. Despite the difficulty of not meeting in person, we were able to win a significant multi-system order in the third quarter for UFS and other programming requirements at a large, multinational tier 1 automotive electronics supplier. Data I/O’s award-winning support, installed base in automotive electronics, and performance for value were key factors in the decision.

“Continued advancements were made for our SentriX platform in the third quarter. Earlier this week, we announced the next generation SentriX Security Deployment as-a-Service including updated hardware and SentriX Product Creator. SentriX Product Creator is the software tool suite used by OEMs, silicon vendors and programming facilities to define and collaborate on security features provisioned on SentriX. The SentriX Product Creator tool supports two security deployment models: fully customizable and SentriX GO pre-configured security profiles. These enhancements greatly simplify the customer experience for deploying common IoT security use cases, such as device authentication, cloud onboarding, establishing and managing identity, and secure boot. We support both custom and SentriX GO models on several semiconductor families, and expect to have more to announce in the fourth quarter.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Sally Washlow to the Board of Directors, effective October 28, 2020. As a consultant, and former Chief Executive Officer for Cedar Electronics Corporation, Ms. Washlow brings experience to the board as an operating leader in the security and automotive electronics markets. From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Washlow was the CEO of Cedar Electronics Corporation, a supplier of radar detectors, GPS systems, dash cameras and other electronic products, and led the integration of the Cobra and Escort electronics businesses. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Costar Technologies, Inc. (OTC Markets Group: CSTI), a provider of security solutions and industrial vision products. She will serve on Data I/O’s Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees. Ms. Washlow replaces J.D. Delafield, who resigned. We would like to thank Mr. Delafield for his service on the board and wish him well in his future endeavors.

“As I am sure you are aware, 2020 has been an extraordinary year in management. We took sharp and distinct action at the onset of COVID-19, with our temporary measures doing their job in preserving cash while we maintained our capabilities to innovate and deliver as an essential business. As conditions improved in the third quarter, we began to return to more normal operations. By preserving human and financial capital, maintaining our research and development and supporting our customers despite travel restrictions, we believe we are emerging stronger than our competition, better equipped to address the needs of our customers and able to produce operating leverage as the recovery takes hold. This is reflected in the progress shown in our third quarter 2020 financial performance.”

Financial Results

Net sales in the third quarter of 2020 were $5.9 million, as compared with $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2019 and $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increase from prior periods primarily reflects incremental demand in Asia and the automotive electronics market and higher recurring and consumable revenues from the Company’s continuously expanding installed base of machines throughout the world.

For the 2020 third quarter, gross margin as a percentage of sales was 55.1%, as compared to 52.6% in the third quarter of 2019 and 52.4% in the second quarter of 2020. The 2020 third quarter gross margin was primarily impacted by fixed costs being spread over higher revenue as compared to prior periods, and a favorable channel and revenue mix as compared to the second quarter of 2020.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2020 were $3.38 million, up $335,000 from $3.04 million in the 2019 period. Data I/O continues to invest in research and development and SentriX, while emphasizing ongoing expense management practices.

An operating loss of ($100,000) for the third quarter of 2020 improved from an operating loss of ($878,000) and ($1.04 million) from the second quarter of 2020 and third quarter of 2019, respectively. Net loss in the third quarter of 2020 was ($707,000), or ($0.09) per share, compared with a net loss of ($844,000), or ($0.10) per share, for the third quarter of 2019. Included in net income are foreign currency transaction gains/(losses) of ($271,000) for the 2020 period and $226,000 for the third quarter of 2019, and a dividend withholding tax expense in the third quarter of 2020 for approximately $240,000 in connection with cash repatriated from China into the US.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was ($197,000) in the third quarter of 2020, compared to EBITDA of ($566,000) in the third quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding equity compensation, was $169,000 in the third quarter of 2020, compared to adjusted EBITDA of ($306,000) in the third quarter of 2019.

Bookings in the third quarter of 2020 were $5.6 million, compared to $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2020, and $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2019. Backlog at September 30, 2020 was $2.8 million, unchanged from June 30, 2020 and up from $1.7 million at September 30, 2019.

Data I/O’s financial condition remains strong with cash of $13.0 million at September 30, 2020, as compared with $13.3 million at June 30, 2020 and $13.9 million at December 31, 2019. The Company took steps to provide additional cash flexibility and reduce quarterly currency fluctuations with a one-time transfer of cash from its China subsidiary to the US. The Company had net working capital of $18.3 million at September 30, 2020, a slight increase from $18.0 million at June 30, 2020. The Company continues to have no debt.

Conference Call Information

A conference call discussing financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 will follow this release today at 2 p.m. Pacific Time/5 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call, please dial 412-902-6510. A replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. To access the replay, please dial 412-317-0088, access code 10149037. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet; visit the News and Events section of the Data I/O Corporation website at to access the call from the site. This webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Data I/O Corporation website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the conference call.

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