Introduces 2014 Outlook for the Combined Company
– SAN DIEGO, California, March 27, 2014 –
Parametric Sound Corporation (NASDAQ: PAMT) today filed an amendment to its Current Report on Form 8-K originally filed on January 16, 2014 which includes audited financial statements for Turtle Beach (VTB Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries) along with unaudited pro forma financial information of the combined companies as of and for the year ended December 31, 2013.
- Merger between Parametric Sound and Turtle Beach successfully closed January 15, 2014 and the teams are now fully integrated.
- Corporate name change to Turtle Beach Corporation and ticker symbol change to HEAR is underway and expected to be complete by May. The new name will not affect our business, operations, reporting requirements or stock price but will require a new CUSIP.
- First-to-market with three Xbox One compatible headsets at retail on March 6, including a licensed model for the highly anticipated game Titanfall released on March 11.
- Sony PlayStation® 4 and Microsoft Xbox® One consoles continue to report strong sales, providing a rapidly growing installed base of new generation platforms, which we estimate to be over 10 million units already.
- Sales for the first quarter of 2014 are trending positively and expected to increase approximately 10% over the same period in 2013, which was a strong quarter, and more than 50% over the same period in 2012.
- Received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the marketing of a product incorporating the HyperSound® Audio System as a hearing improvement device.
- HyperSound sales team in place and driving revenue growth in multiple commercial segments. Development of first product for hearing impaired listeners underway for anticipated 2015 launch. R&D staffing expanded and pursuing further HyperSound technology advancements.
- Work continues and is progressing well on improving the company’s credit facility to provide a global line more suited to the company’s needs and growth plans.
“We are very excited about the strong prospects we believe exist for our Turtle Beach and HyperSound businesses,” said Juergen Stark, chief executive officer of Parametric Sound. “The recent merger has created a company with significant growth opportunities in consumer, commercial and healthcare audio. Our plan is to leverage our proprietary audio technology and operational strengths to continue to bring to market innovative, high quality audio products that elevate the consumer experience and drive sustainable growth and increased shareholder value.”
2013 Turtle Beach (VTB Holdings, Inc.) Review
The audited consolidated financial statements of Turtle Beach for years ended December 31, 2013 and prior relate to a pre-Closing period, and therefore all information presented herein, including any per share information, relates to Turtle Beach on a standalone basis and not Parametric Sound or the combined company. The first combined results will be reported for the first quarter ending March 31, 2014.
2013 net revenue was $178.5 million, compared with $207.1 million in 2012. As expected, transitions of both the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation consoles in 2013 contributed to a down year for the gaming industry. Microsoft’s delayed implementation of headset audio for the Xbox One console until March 2014 also meaningfully reduced our Q4 revenues. 2013 Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) was $13.9 million, compared with $47.4 million in the year ago period. See the accompanying tables at the end of this release for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA.
“The gaming industry experienced a cyclical event last year as Microsoft and Sony each introduced new consoles for the first time in eight years,” commented Stark. “The temporary headwinds we experienced throughout most of last year, as consumers delayed purchases in advance of the introduction of new consoles, have begun to ease. The consumer response to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has been overwhelmingly positive creating a rapidly growing installed base, which we estimate to be over 10 million units already. As the leader in gaming headsets we are well positioned to benefit from the anticipated growth in the segment as consumers purchase new consoles over the next three years and beyond.”
For 2014, the company currently forecasts net revenues in the Turtle Beach headset segment to be in the range of $210 to $230 million representing growth of approximately 24% over 2013 levels at the mid-point of the range. The strong anticipated revenue growth is primarily driven by the expected rebound in the core console gaming headset market, which we expect to be a multi-year trend. Net revenues from HyperSound are expected to be in the range of $1 to $4 million consistent with our expectations for the early stages of commercializing that technology. Gross margins are expected to be approximately 30%, a 150 basis point increase over 2013 with further improvement expected in 2015 as Turtle Beach’s gaming headset product portfolio for new consoles expands and HyperSound becomes a more material part of the revenues.
Full Year Adjusted EBITDA for the Turtle Beach headset segment is expected to be in the range of $30 to $35 million representing growth of over 100% from 2013 and an Adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 15% at the mid-point of the range, up from approximately 8% in 2013 (approximately a 700 basis point improvement). The company plans to invest approximately $10 million dollars in HyperSound in 2014 in order to capitalize on the broad array of expected future opportunities for this technology. Total company Adjusted EBITDA for 2014 therefore is expected to be in the range of $20 to $25 million, representing anticipated growth of approximately 140% over the pro-forma combined company Adjusted EBITDA for 2013 at the mid-point of the range. The combined Adjusted EBITDA range for 2014 also reflects approximately $3 million of additional public company associated general and administrative costs. As of the completion of the merger, the combined company had approximately 37 million shares outstanding.
Stark concluded, “We believe 2014 represents the initial stage of the post console transition rebound for the gaming industry and Turtle Beach. The recent launch of our Xbox One compatible headset is another step towards returning our business to a more normalized run rate. In addition, we continue to be very excited about the market opportunities from our HyperSound technology. We expect our top-line momentum to accelerate in 2015 driven by the introduction of a full line of Turtle Beach headsets for new generational consoles including more mid-tier and high-end styles, and fully wireless options. At the same time, we expect that the commercialization of HyperSound will begin contributing much more meaningfully to our financial results in 2015 as we continue to grow the commercial business for HyperSound and introduce the first HyperSound product for people with hearing impairments.”
Conference Call Details
Juergen Stark, CEO, and John Hanson, CFO, will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss the financial results and outlook today, March 27, 2014, at 1:30 PM Pacific Time / 4:30 PM Eastern Time. To participate in the conference call, investors should dial (877) 303-9855 (domestic) or (408) 337-0154 (international) 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A simultaneous audio-only webcast of the call may be accessed on the Internet at www.parametric sound.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the company’s website through June 30, 2014, and a recorded replay of the call will be available one week at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and entering conference ID number 17105196.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to its reported results, Parametric Sound has included in this earnings release certain financial results that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as “non-GAAP financial measures.” Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period to period comparisons of the Company’s results. These non-GAAP financial measures relate to presenting Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by the Company, for the years ended December 31, 2013, and 2012. Please see a reconciliation of GAAP results to Adjusted EBITDA which is included below for the years ended December 31, 2013, and 2012.
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About Parametric Sound:
Parametric Sound Corporation is an audio technology company that markets innovative products under the Turtle Beach and HyperSound brands.
The company designs and markets premium audio peripherals for video game consoles, personal computers and mobile devices under the brand Turtle Beach (TurtleBeach.com), including officially-licensed headsets for the next-generation Xbox® One and PlayStation® 4 consoles. Turtle Beach is the leading brand in video game audio and the official audio provider for Major League Gaming, the world’s largest eSports league, and Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers.
Under the brand HyperSound (HyperSound.com), the company markets pioneering directed audio solutions that beam sound to a specific listening area without the ambient noise of traditional speakers. HyperSound has applications in digital signage and kiosks, consumer electronics and health care.
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