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Deswell Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

June 28, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Investment Weekly News -- Deswell Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:DSWL) announced its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Net sales for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $7.9 million, a decrease of 16.5% compared to net sales of $9.5 million for the same quarter ended March 31, 2013. Net sales decreased by 27.4% to $3.5 million in the Company's plastic segment and decreased by 5.3% to $4.4 million in the electronic and metallic segment. The operating loss in the fourth quarter was $3.0 million, compared to an operating loss of $2.7 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2013.

Total gross margin decreased to 2.5% in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to 3.5% in the same quarter last year. Gross profit margin in the plastic segment increased to 13.1% of net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to 2.2% of net sales for the same quarter of last fiscal year. The increase in gross profit and margin in the plastic segment was mainly due to the decreases in labor costs and factory overhead, offsetting an increase in raw materials cost as a percentage of sales. Gross margin in the electronic and metallic segment decreased to negative 5.9% of net sales for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to 4.8% of net sales for the year-ago quarter. The decrease in gross profit and margin in the electronic and metallic segment was mainly attributed to increases in raw materials and labor costs as well as in factory overheads.

The Company reported a net loss of $3.1 million for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to a net loss of $2.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Deswell reported a basic and diluted loss per share of ($0.19) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 (based on 16,257,000 and 16,257,000 weighted average shares outstanding, respectively), compared to a basic and diluted loss per share of ($0.12) (based on 16,794,000 and 16,810,000 weighted average shares outstanding, respectively), for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Net sales for the year ended March 31, 2014 were $40.9 million, a decrease of 24.3%, compared to sales of $54.1 million for the corresponding period in fiscal 2013. Operating loss for the year ended March 31, 2014 was $7.2 million, compared to operating loss of $3.7 million for fiscal 2013. The Company reported a net loss of $7.5 million in fiscal 2014, compared to net loss of $2.0 million for the year ended March 31, 2013. Deswell reported basic and diluted net loss per share of ($0.46) for fiscal 2014, (based on 16,186,000 and 16,186,000 weighted average share outstanding, respectively), compared to basic and diluted loss per share of ($0.12) (based on 16,468,000 and 16,560,000 weighted average shares outstanding, respectively), for the prior fiscal year.

The Company's balance sheet remained strong at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, with $23.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2014 compared to $32.0 million at March 31, 2013. Working capital totaled $50.9 million as of March 31, 2014, versus $58.3 million as of March 31, 2013. Furthermore, the Company has no long-term or short-term borrowings as of March 31, 2014.

Mr. Edward So, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "While the global economic environment continues to be challenging, we are focused on growing our business by providing our customers the tools they need to remain competitive, such as product design assistance to reduce development costs and accelerate time to market. We are investing in new equipment and developing new capabilities to increase automation and quality assurance and we've introduced ongoing initiatives to streamline internal processes using Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing to reduce waste and increase operational efficiency. Another priority is developing our ability to leverage our existing strengths to gain exposure to related market segments to enhance our reach and drive new business growth. We are pleased to have maintained our strong balance sheet with $23 million in cash and no debt." Fourth Quarter Dividends The Company also announced that on June 10, 2014 its board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.05 per share for the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014. The dividend will be payable on June 30, 2014 to shareholders of record as of June 20, 2014. About Deswell Deswell manufactures injection-molded plastic parts and components, electronic products and subassemblies, and metallic products for original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") and contract manufacturers at its factories in the People's Republic of China. The Company produces a wide variety of plastic parts and components used in the manufacture of consumer and industrial products; printed circuit board assemblies using surface mount ("SMT") and finished products such as telephones, telephone answering machines, sophisticated studio-quality audio equipment and computer peripherals. The Company's customers include Vtech Telecommunications Ltd. and Lenbrook Industries, Ltd.

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