SOURCE: Zoom Technologies, Inc.

April 29, 2005 08:00 ET

Zoom Technologies Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2005

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 29, 2005 -- Zoom Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM), a leading manufacturer of modems and other data communication products, today reported net sales of $6.4 million for its first quarter ending March 31, 2005, down 17.4% from $7.8 million for the first quarter of 2004. Zoom's DSL modem net sales for the first quarter of 2005 rose 51% from the first quarter of 2004, but this increase was offset by a 44% decline in dial-up modem net sales in the same time period.

Zoom reported a net loss of $1.3 million or $.15 per diluted share for its first quarter ending March 31, 2005, compared to a net loss of $0.6 million or $.07 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2004, with the change due to lower gross profit, partially offset by reduced operating expenses.

Gross profit was $1.5 million or 23.8% of net sales in the first quarter of 2005, down from $2.3 million or 29.7% of net sales in the first quarter of 2004. The lower gross profit resulted primarily from lower sales and lower margins realized on those sales. Gross margins were lower primarily because of the continuing product sales shift away from dial-up modems, Zoom's highest margin product category, and because of lower absorption of manufacturing overhead due to lower sales.

Operating expenses were $2.7 million or 41.8% of net sales in the first quarter of 2005 compared to $2.9 million or 36.7% of net sales in the first quarter of 2004. Selling expenses declined by $.1 million primarily due to lower dial-up modem sales and lower associated selling expenses. General and administrative expenses declined $.1 million, primarily due to lower personnel costs. R&D expenses rose $.1 million, reflecting higher costs for personnel and outside services.

Zoom's cash balance on March 31, 2005 was $7.6 million, down from $9.4 million on December 31, 2004, due primarily to the quarter's loss and an increase in inventory of $1.2 million. The inventory increase was primarily due to a push-out of some customers' orders and the increase of work-in-process of Zoom's new Wireless-G ADSL modem. The mortgage on Zoom's headquarters is due in January 2006, and has therefore been reclassified from a long-term to a current liability. Zoom intends to make a decision on mortgage refinancing later this year.

"Our number one priority is growing Zoom's sales," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President and CEO. "To do this we need to continue to grow our ADSL revenues, and to build the sales momentum for our voice over the Internet products and services. We began shipping our first Wireless-G ADSL modems in late March, and our sales of this product are encouraging. We are also encouraged by the progress we are making with our VoIP hardware and Global Village phone services."

Zoom has scheduled a conference call for Friday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. You may access the conference call by dialing (800) 210-9006 for calls made within the United States and dialing (719) 457-2621 for calls made from outside the United States. The call will also be simulcast to stock analysts and other interested parties on Zoom's website ( and other financial and investor-oriented websites via the CCBN / StreetEvents network. Shortly after the conference call, a recording of the call will be available on Zoom's website. For additional information, please contact Investor Relations, Zoom Technologies, 207 South Street, Boston, MA 02111, telephone (617) 423-1072, email, or visit Zoom's website at

About Zoom Technologies

Zoom Technologies, Inc. designs, produces, markets, and supports communications products under the Zoom and Hayes® brands, and provides voice over the Internet services under the Global Village brand. Zoom is headquartered in Boston, and its European sales and support center is in the UK. Zoom markets its products in over forty countries, and provides multi-lingual support from its offices in Boston, Florida, and the UK. For more information about Zoom and its products, please see

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations, and intentions, including statements relating to sales of Zoom's new VoIP and DSL products and Zoom's mortgage. Actual results may be materially different from expectations as a result of known and unknown risks, including: the uncertainty of market acceptance and growth of VoIP and of DSL modem markets; the uncertainty of Zoom's ability to grow its sales or more successfully penetrate those markets; Zoom's reliance on a relatively limited number of customers for sale of its DSL modems; Zoom's increasing reliance on international sales; the uncertainty of the regulatory environment of VoIP products; uncertainty of new product development and introduction, including budget overruns, project delays, and the risk that newly introduced products may contain undetected errors or defects or otherwise not perform as anticipated; other delays in shipments of products; Zoom's dependence on one or a limited number of suppliers for certain key components; rapid technological change; competition; and other risks set forth in Zoom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zoom cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Zoom expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in the Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

                      ZOOM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
                    Consolidated Balance Sheets
                           In thousands
                                                 Mar 31,       Dec 31,
                                                  2005          2004
                                                -------       --------
  Current assets:
    Cash                                        $ 7,608       $  9,439
    Accounts receivable, net                      2,674          3,349
    Inventories, net                              6,245          5,031
    Prepaid expenses and other                      303            530
                                                -------       --------
      Total current assets                       16,830         18,349
  Property and equipment, net                     2,641          2,703
                                                -------       --------
      Total assets                              $19,471       $ 21,052
                                                =======       ========
  Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable                            $ 1,842       $  2,007
    Accrued expenses                              1,146          1,275
    Current portion of long-term debt             5,050            230
                                                -------       --------
      Total current liabilities                   8,038          3,512
    Long-term debt                                    -          4,872
                                                -------       --------
      Total liabilities                           8,038          8,384
                                                -------       --------
  Stockholders' equity:
    Common stock and additional
     paid-in capital                             30,767         30,662
    Treasury stock                                   (7)            (7)
    Accumulated other comprehensive
     income (loss)                                  488            523
    Retained earnings (deficit)                 (19,815)       (18,510)
                                                -------       --------
      Total stockholders' equity                 11,433         12,668
                                                -------       --------
      Total liabilities &
       stockholders' equity                     $19,471       $ 21,052
                                                =======       ========

                      ZOOM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
              Consolidated Statements of Operations
               In thousands, except per share data
                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                  3/31/05      3/31/04
                                                ---------     --------
  Net sales                                     $   6,436     $  7,792
  Cost of goods sold                                4,904        5,480
                                                ---------     --------
    Gross profit                                    1,532        2,312
  Operating expenses:
    Selling                                         1,120        1,226
    General and administrative                        823          954
    Research and development                          749          678
                                                ---------     --------
    Total operating expenses                        2,692        2,858
                                                ---------     --------
    Operating profit (loss)                        (1,160)        (546)
  Other income (expense), net                        (145)         (12)
                                                ---------     --------
    Income(loss) before income taxes               (1,305)        (558)
  Income tax expense(benefit)                           -            -
                                                ---------     --------
    Net income (loss)                           $  (1,305)    $   (558)
                                                =========     ========
   Basic earnings (loss) per share:
    Earnings (loss) per share                   $   (0.15)    $  (0.07)
   Diluted earnings (loss) per share:
    Earnings (loss) per share                   $   (0.15)    $  (0.07)
                                                =========     ========
   Weighted average number of
    shares outstanding:
    Basic                                           8,967        8,136
    Diluted                                         8,967        8,136
                                                =========     ========

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Robert Crist
    Zoom Technologies, Inc.