Mad Catz

November 03, 2005 06:30 ET

Mad Catz Reports Fiscal 2006 Second Quarter Results; European Expansion and Success in Licenses and Video Game Distribution Contribute to Quarterly Growth in Net Sales

SAN DIEGO--(CCNMatthews - Nov 3, 2005) -

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third party video game accessory provider, today announced financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2005.

Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 were $23.7 million, a 14.9% increase from net sales of $20.7 million during the prior year second quarter. Gross profit for the quarter decreased 19.5% to $4.1 million from $5.0 million in the same period a year ago. Gross profit margin in the fiscal 2006 second quarter was 17.1%, compared with 24.4% in the fiscal 2005 second quarter. Sales and marketing expenses in the fiscal 2006 second quarter increased 23% to $2.9 million, or 12.2% of net sales, from $2.4 million, or 11.4% of net sales, in the prior year. For the quarter ended September 30, 2005, general and administrative expenses were $2.0 million, a 33.1% increase from $1.5 million in the same prior year period. Fiscal 2006 second quarter research and development expenses increased to $0.5 million from $0.2 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2005. The loss before income taxes for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 was $1.4 million, compared with income before income taxes of $0.6 million in the prior year fiscal second quarter. For the quarter ended September 30, 2005, the Company reported a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, in the same prior year period.

EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 was negative $0.6 million compared to EBITDA of $1.3 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2004. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the Company's net income on a U.S. GAAP basis is included in the financial tables accompanying this release.

Fiscal 2006 Second Quarter Highlights:

-- Net sales during the quarter increased 14.9% year over year

-- Worldwide sales growth:

-- European sales up 140.4%, from $2.1 million to $5.1 million,
following a 179% year over year increase in the first quarter
of fiscal 2006

-- Canadian sales up 29.7% from $1.7 million to $2.1 million

-- New licenses and product introductions supporting Mad Catz'
strategy of broadening its product portfolio into adjacent

-- NFL branded controllers at retail to coincide with the August
release of Madden 2005

-- Xbox 360 Peripheral Licensee

-- European distribution of In2Games' Real World Golf for PS2

-- North American distribution of Mastiff's Pump It Up dance game
for PS2 and Xbox

-- Shipped GameShark branded controller and accessory line to a major
U.S. retailer

-- Renewed $35 Million Asset Based Credit Facility

-- Geofrey Myers, Lang Michener LLP Senior Partner, nominated to join
the Company's Board of Directors

Commenting on the results, Darren Richardson, President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., stated, "The 15% year over year second quarter revenue growth is positive and reflects our successful expansion in the European market, as well as our ability to leverage our distribution network and take advantage of our broadened portfolio of video games and licensed products. The sales growth was particularly encouraging when compared to a reported decline in U.S. console hardware sales of 22% during the same period. Second quarter net sales highlights included the European distribution of In2Games' Real World Golf and the sale of NFL branded controllers, both of which received a favorable response in their respective markets. Fiscal 2006 second quarter net sales also reflect a partial rebound from a previous downturn in our core product sales.

"Despite the net sales growth driven by increased revenue from our European presence, video game titles and licensed products, we were unable to offset a decline in overall gross margins related primarily to higher demand for value-priced wireless controllers, the liquidation of slow-moving inventory, and our decision to reduce some prices and offer some price protection in the increasingly competitive U.S. market. We have implemented cost reduction initiatives on some of the high-volume, low-margin products that affect the margin mix and expect the impact of these changes will begin to take effect during November.

"While we are looking forward to the November launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, we anticipate modest sales contributions this fiscal year. We anticipate the real potential from this license will unfold as the installed base gathers momentum in calendar 2006.

"As reported previously, during this console transition, as in prior transitions, we anticipated challenges and took steps to mitigate their impact by introducing new revenue streams.

The success of this initiative was evident in the most recent quarter as new revenue streams -- specifically sales of video games and licensed products -- accounted for over 20% of our 2006 second quarter net sales. At the same time, our goal through this transition is to position the Company to prosper in the upcoming cycle. To do this we are building out our global distribution footprint and adding the infrastructure to support additional European sales coverage, developing products for each of the next generation of consoles, and expanding further into higher margin product categories, particularly published video games that feature an interactive hardware interface. We remain committed to driving improvements in operating results and maximizing shareholder value."

The Company will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today November 3, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. ET. Following its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed for 30 days on the Internet from the Company's Web site (, select "Investors") or for 2 days via telephone at 800/633-8284 (reservation # 21266733) or, for International callers, at 402/977-9140.

About Mad Catz

Mad Catz is a worldwide leader of innovative peripherals in the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz designs and markets a full range of accessories for video game systems and publishes video game software, including the industry leading GameShark brand of video game enhancements. Mad Catz has distribution through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products. Mad Catz has its operating headquarters in San Diego, California and offices in Canada, Europe and Asia. For additional information go to

Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the Company's business prospects that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information or future events or developments. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "should," "plan," "goal," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the ability to maintain or renew the Company's licenses; competitive developments affecting the Company's current and future products; first party price reductions; the ability to successfully market both new and existing products domestically and internationally; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; or a downturn in the market or industry. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators.

-tables follow-

As previously disclosed, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, the Company determined that it no longer met the criteria to continue filing as a foreign private issuer. Accordingly, the Company now reports its results and prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP as opposed to Canadian GAAP, which was previously followed.

Consolidated Statements Of Operations
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2005 2004(a) 2005 2004(a)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Net sales $23,744 $20,670 $38,536 $37,389

Cost of sales 19,686 15,628 32,160 28,233
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Gross profit 4,058 5,042 6,376 9,156

Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 2,904 2,362 5,373 4,497
General and
administrative 1,985 1,491 3,651 3,002
Research and
development 481 183 959 392
Amortization of
intangible assets 201 201 402 402
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Total operating
expenses 5,571 4,237 10,385 8,293
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Operating income (loss) (1,513) 805 (4,009) 863
Interest expense, net (293) (217) (619) (458)
Foreign exchange gain
(loss), net 329 (16) (31) (124)
Other income 101 15 215 31
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Income (loss) before
income taxes (1,376) 587 (4,444) 312
Income tax expense
(benefit) (155) 254 (1,111) 200
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Net income (loss) $(1,221) $333 $(3,333) $112
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Basic and diluted net
income (loss) per
share: $(0.02) $0.01 $(0.06) $0.00
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Shares used in
calculating basic and
diluted net income per
share 54,244,383 53,462,716 54,244,383 53,462,716
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(a) Recasted in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

September 30, March 31,
2005 2005
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Current assets:
Cash $1,478 $1,085
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of
$5,401 and $6,329 at September 30, 2005
and March 31, 2005, respectively 18,798 17,549
Other receivables 131 1,804
Inventories 26,841 26,865
Deferred tax assets 3,636 3,636
Other current assets 1,582 895
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Total current assets 52,466 51,834

Deferred tax assets 578 578
Property and equipment, net 2,287 1,831
Intangible assets, net 3,036 3,438
Goodwill 22,297 21,455
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Total assets $80,664 $79,136
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Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Bank loan $20,553 $12,100
Accounts payable 16,842 19,209
Accrued liabilities 2,363 3,434
Accrued taxes payable 303 1,490
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40,061 36,233

Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, no par value, unlimited
shares authorized; 54,244,383 shares
issued and outstanding at September 30,
2005 and March 31, 2005 46,746 46,746
Accumulated other comprehensive income 7,547 6,514
Accumulated deficit (13,690) (10,357)
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Total shareholders' equity 40,603 42,903
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Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $80,664 $79,136
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Supplementary Data
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

Geographical Sales Data
The Company's net sales are attributable to the following countries:

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2005 2004 2005 2004
--------- -------- -------- --------
Net Sales
United States $16,398 $16,785 $27,044 $31,022
Europe 5,135 2,136 8,254 3,251
Canada 2,147 1,655 3,143 2,977
Other countries 64 94 95 139
--------- -------- -------- --------
$23,744 $20,670 $38,536 $37,389
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EBITDA Reconciliation
EBITDA represents net income (loss) plus interest, taxes, depreciation
and amortization.

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2005 2004(a) 2005 2004(a)
--------- -------- -------- -------

Net income (loss) $(1,221) $333 $(3,333) $112

Interest expense 293 217 619 458
Income tax expense (benefit) (155) 254 (1,111) 200
Depreciation and amortization 474 460 927 929
--------- -------- -------- -------

EBITDA $(609) $1,264 $(2,898) $1,699
========= ======== ======== =======

(a) Recasted in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

EBITDA represents net income (loss) plus interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor is it being presented as an alternative to operating income or net income as an indicator of operating performance and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. As defined, EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation. We believe, however, that in addition to the performance measures found in our financial statements, EBITDA is a useful financial performance measurement for assessing our Company's operating performance. Our management uses EBITDA as a measurement of operating performance in comparing our performance on a consistent basis over prior periods, as it removes from operating results the impact of our capital structure, including the interest expense resulting from our outstanding debt, and our asset base, including depreciation and amortization of some of our assets.

Contact Information

  • Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
    Cy Talbot, 619-683-9830
    Jaffoni & Collins Incorporated
    Carol Young or Joseph Jaffoni, 212-835-8500