SOURCE: Koss Corporation

October 08, 2007 17:15 ET

Koss Q1 Sales Dip 5% on Sluggish Shipments to Europe

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS), the U.S.-based high-fidelity stereophone company, has announced results for its first quarter for the period ending September 30, 2007. Net sales for the first quarter of the Company's fiscal year dipped 5% to $12,637,606 compared to $13,325,099 for the same period one year ago. Net income fell 21% from $1,693,680 to $1,335,674. First quarter diluted earnings per share were $0.36 compared with $0.45 one year ago.

"After five years of solid growth in Europe we planned for a slowdown there this year," Michael J. Koss, President and CEO told employees at a meeting here today. "Total export sales plans were exceeded for the first quarter, but shipments to Europe fell 30% below the record levels we reported last year."

Koss went on to explain that shipments to Asia and South America were up, as well as to several key U.S. retailers.

"The U.S. performed better than expected in several retail channels," Koss said. "Our domestic retail business was up in the mass market and at superstores. Unfortunately, the U.S. improvements at retail were not strong enough to offset the reductions in Europe and in the automotive industry."

Net income slipped by 21% as a result of the lower sales performance. Koss also stated that expenses relating to new product development and legal fees for patents and trademark issues coupled to impact profit negatively.

"Reports in the press pertaining to this holiday season are worrisome," Michael Koss said. "In addition, many large U.S. retailers have initiated price cutting promotions in recent weeks in response to concerns over a variety of mixed back-to-school sales and general economic reports. These actions make us wary of some potential for sluggish re-orders on tighter than usual inventory levels for the coming holiday season."

Koss went on to say that Europe was not a stranger to the same phenomenon citing concerns raised by European distributor customers over growing credit tightening that would negatively affect their ability to re-stock their inventory.

"We are mindful of these economic issues and the affect that they can have on our customers at home and around the world," Koss said.

Koss will pay a dividend of $0.13 cents per share on October 15, 2007, to shareholders of record on September 28, 2007.

Koss Corporation markets a complete line of high-fidelity stereophones, speaker-phones, computer headsets, telecommunications headsets, active noise canceling stereophones, wireless stereophones, and compact disc recordings of American Symphony Orchestras on the Koss Classics label.

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Three Months Ended September 30              2007         2006
                                         ============ ============
Net Sales                                $ 12,637,606 $ 13,325,099
Cost of goods sold                          7,845,626    7,729,555
                                         ------------ ------------
Gross profit                                4,791,980    5,595,544
Selling, general and
 administrative expense                     2,784,026    2,932,801
                                         ------------ ------------
Income from operations                      2,007,954    2,662,743
Other income (expense)
  Royalty income                              131,250       81,249
  Interest income                              50,440       32,538
  Interest expense                                  0            0
                                         ------------ ------------
Income before income tax provision          2,189,644    2,776,530
Provision for income taxes                    853,970    1,082,850
                                         ------------ ------------
  Net income                             $  1,335,674 $  1,693,680
                                         ============ ============
Earnings per common share:
  Basic                                  $       0.36 $       0.46
  Diluted                                $       0.36 $       0.45
                                         ============ ============
Dividends per common share               $       0.13 $       0.13
                                         ============ ============

Contact Information

    Michael J. Koss
    (414) 964-5000