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Socket Mobile Reports Profitable Second Quarter

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Socket Mobile, Inc. (OTC: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile barcode scanning and handheld computer products, reported financial results for its 2014 second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was $4.4 million, flat compared to revenue of $4.4 million for the same quarter a year ago and an increase of 16 percent sequentially from revenue of $3.8 million in the immediately preceding quarter. Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $93,000, or $0.02 per share, compared to net income of $43,000, or $0.01 per share in the second quarter of 2013 and a net loss of $72,000, or $0.01 per share in the immediately preceding quarter. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA), a non-GAAP measure of operating results, was $400,000, or $0.08 per share, in the second quarter of 2014 compared to net EBITDA income of $294,000, or $0.06 per share, in the second quarter of 2013 and net EBITDA income of $204,000 or $0.04 per share in the immediately preceding quarter.

Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $8.2 million, a decrease of 6 percent compared to revenue of $8.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $21,000, or $0.00 per share, compared to net income of $118,000, or $0.02 per share, for the same period a year ago. Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $604,000, or $0.12 per share, compared to net EBITDA earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2013 of $623,000, or $0.13 per share.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2014 were $1.6 million, flat compared to operating expenses of $1.6 million for both the same quarter a year ago, and the immediately preceding quarter. Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2014 were $3.2 million, flat compared to operating expenses of $3.2 million for the same period a year ago.

Kevin Mills, president and chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased to report a return to profitability on sequential revenue growth over the past three quarters. Our barcode scanning business is experiencing increased demand for cordless barcode scanners compatible with Apple and Android tablets and smartphones as developers deploy more and more applications in mobile point of sale and other mobile business applications. We are focused on building on our leadership position in the cordless hand scanning market and continue to expand our product offerings to serve these growing mobile markets.

"Socket announced this week our new model 8Qi cordless 2D barcode scanner targeted at the Apple and Android smartphone mobile point of sale markets. The 8Qi clips to smartphone devices to create a single-handed barcode scanner, or may be used as a stand alone barcode scanner, communicating with a smartphone or tablet cordlessly over Bluetooth®. The 8Qi software is fully compatible with our existing SocketScan10 Software Developers Kit. The 8Qi is the second barcode scanner in our smartphone-attachable 8 series, joining our Model 8Ci low cost attachable linear barcode scanning which we introduced last year.

"Last week we announced availability in August of a hands free bar code scanning solution for mobile point of sale users that will enable customers to securely scan electronic coupons by passing them under a Socket Mobile barcode scanner in auto detection mode without relinquishing control of their electronic devices.

"Our SoMo 655 family of handheld computers continues to have appeal to customers who need a business PDA or as an embedded controller device in OEM systems.

"With our family of innovative mobile solutions in retail point of sale, commercial services and healthcare markets, and widespread support from the growing registered developer community of over 1,000 developers registered to use the Socket Software Developers Kits, we believe that Socket is well positioned to continue its revenue growth. We will continue to tightly manage our expenses and remain committed to achieving sequential growth in revenues and profitability," Mills concluded.

Keywords for this news article include: Finance, Software, Socket Mobile Inc..

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