SOURCE: Zoom Telephonics, Inc.

Zoom Telephonics, Inc.

October 30, 2013 16:13 ET

Zoom® Telephonics Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2013

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2013) - Zoom Telephonics, Inc. ("Zoom") (OTCQB: ZMTP), a leading manufacturer of modems and other communication products, today reported net sales of $2.5 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, down 25.8% from $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2012. Zoom reported a net loss of $252 thousand or $0.03 per share for Q3 2013, compared to a net loss of $155 thousand or $0.02 per share for Q3 2012.

Gross profit was $640 thousand or 25.1% of net sales in Q3 2013, down from $859 thousand or 25.0% of net sales in Q3 2012. 

Operating expenses were $874 thousand or 34.3% of net sales in Q3 2013, versus $993 thousand or 28.9% of net sales in Q3 2012. Selling expenses decreased $96 thousand to $335 thousand from Q3 2012 to Q3 2013 due primarily to reductions in retailer advertising costs, salaries, and commissions. G&A expenses increased $18 thousand to $313 thousand from Q3 2012 to Q3 2013 due primarily to increases in legal costs relating to patents and trademarks. R&D expenses decreased $41 thousand to $226 thousand from Q3 2012 to Q3 2013 due primarily to decreased firmware consulting costs.

Zoom's net sales of $8.4 million for the first three quarters of 2013 were down 25.6% from net sales of $11.2 million for the first three quarters of 2012. Zoom's net loss was $536 thousand for the first three quarters of 2013, up from a net loss of $480 thousand for the first three quarters of 2012, as lower gross profit was not fully offset by lower operating expenses. Zoom's gross profit dropped $390 thousand to $2.4 million for the first three quarters of 2013 due to lower sales.

Operating expenses were $2.9 million or 34.2% of net sales for the first three quarters of 2013, versus $3.2 million or 28.6% for the first three quarters 2012. Selling expenses decreased $302 thousand to $1.2 million from first three quarters of 2012 to the first three quarters of 2013 due primarily to lower sales commissions, retailer advertising costs, freight, and salaries. G&A expenses increased $100 thousand to $1.0 million from the first three quarters of 2012 to the first three quarters of 2013 due primarily to increased legal costs relating to patents and trademarks. R&D expenses decreased $151 thousand to $0.7 million from the first three quarters of 2012 to the first three quarters of 2013 due primarily to decreased certification and firmware consulting costs.

In August 2013 Zoom completed a rights offering to its shareholders, netting $249 thousand after expenses.

Zoom's cash balance on September 30, 2013 was $51 thousand, down $145 thousand from December 31, 2012, as a result of a $619 thousand decrease in bank debt and net loss of $536 thousand, partially offset by Zoom's $570 thousand decrease in net accounts receivable and $249 thousand in funds from the rights offering. Zoom's current ratio improved from 2.3 on December 31, 2012 to 2.6 on September 30, 2013. 

"Weak sales in Q3 2013 were due primarily to the ongoing decline of dial-up modem sales, increased cable modem competition in the USA, and disappointing sales outside the USA," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President and CEO. "We've been successful in cutting some product costs and operating expenses, but we need to find a way to grow our sales. We are working on some new products that should help. However, ZoomGuard development has been slower than expected in spite of significant effort and expense. Our focus remains on selling what we have, completing our new products, and lowering our costs."

Zoom has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. You may access the conference call by dialing (866) 393-7958 or (706) 643-5255. The conference ID is 93928604. The call will also be simulcast to stock analysts and other interested parties on Zoom's website, www.zoomtel.com/Q3, and to other financial and investor-oriented websites. 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 Telephonics, 207 South Street, Boston, MA 02111, telephone (617) 753-0897, email investor@zoomtel.com, or visit Zoom's website at www.zoomtel.com

About Zoom Telephonics
Founded in 1977 in Boston, Zoom Telephonics, Inc. designs, produces, markets, and supports modems and other communication products under the Zoom, Hayes®, and Global Village® brands. For more information about Zoom and its products, please see www.zoomtel.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom Telephonics' plans, expectations, and intentions. Actual results may be materially different from expectations as a result of known and unknown risks, including: the potential need for additional funding which Zoom may be unable to obtain; declining demand for certain of Zoom's products; delays, unanticipated costs, interruptions or other uncertainties associated with Zoom's production and shipping; Zoom's reliance on several key outsourcing partners; uncertainty of key customers' plans and orders; Zoom's dependence on key employees; 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; 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 Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

   
   
ZOOM TELEPHONICS, INC.  
Condensed Balance Sheets  
In thousands  
(Unaudited)  
   
    09/30/13     12/31/12  
                 
ASSETS                
                 
Current assets:                
                 
  Cash   $ 51     $ 196  
  Marketable securities     20       44  
  Accounts receivable, net     1,396       1,966  
  Inventories     2,548       2,630  
  Prepaid expenses and other     196       262  
                 
    Total current assets     4,211       5,098  
                 
Property and equipment, net     52       26  
                 
    Total assets   $ 4,263     $ 5,124  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
                 
                 
Current liabilities:                
  Bank debt   $ 292     $ 911  
  Accounts payable     1,060       931  
  Accrued expenses     297       380  
                 
    Total current liabilities     1,649       2,222  
                 
    Total liabilities     1,649       2,222  
                 
Stockholders' equity:                
                 
  Common stock and additional paid-in capital     34,252       33,974  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     362       368  
  Unrealized gain (loss) on securities     (293 )     (269 )
  Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)     (31,707 )     (31,171 )
                 
    Total stockholders' equity     2,614       2,902  
                 
    Total liabilities & stockholders' equity   $ 4,263     $ 5,124  
   
   
   
ZOOM TELEPHONICS, INC.  
Condensed Statements of Operations  
In thousands, except for per share data  
(Unaudited)  
   
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    9/30/13     9/30/12     9/30/13     9/30/12  
                                 
Net sales   $ 2,547     $ 3,435     $ 8,364     $ 11,243  
Cost of goods sold     1,907       2,576       5,986       8,475  
                                 
  Gross profit     640       859       2,378       2,768  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
  Selling     335       431       1,157       1,459  
  General and administrative     313       295       1,008       908  
  Research and development     226       267       698       849  
    Total operating expenses     874       993       2,863       3,216  
                                 
  Operating profit (loss)     (234 )     (134 )     (485 )     (448 )
                                 
Other income (expense), net     (17 )     (20 )     (48 )     (29 )
                                 
  Income (loss) before income taxes     (251 )     (154 )     (533 )     (477 )
                                 
Income tax expense (benefit)     1       1       3       3  
                                 
  Net income (loss)   $ (252 )   $ (155 )   $ (536 )   $ (480 )
                                 
Earnings (loss) per share:                                
                                 
  Basic Earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (0.07 )
  Diluted Earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (0.07 )
                                 
                                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:                                
                                 
  Basic     7,517       6,974       7,155       6,974  
  Diluted     7,517       6,974       7,155       6,974