ClearOne, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Records GAAP EPS of $0.83 after accounting for one-time legal settlement receivable of $55 million
  • Delays in manufacturing transition contribute to revenue decrease even as unfulfilled orders keep growing
  • Overall revenue decreases by 44%
  • Non-GAAP Opex declines by 24%

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, reported financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2022.

“The continued delays in the transition of our outsourced manufacturing from China to Singapore caused us to lose revenue on our core audio conferencing products. This combined with the decline in video products, especially our professional cameras, contributed to a 44% decline in revenues. The delay in the transition is expected to affect our 2023-Q1 revenues also. However, with our recent legal settlements which have provided us with over $56 million in cash (before paying taxes) and with our new products that are expected to increase our market share due to better interoperability features, we are confident that we will be able to weather these difficult times. We also take comfort in the fact that our unfilled backlog is continuing to increase as we strive to satisfy our customers’ demand,” said Derek Graham, CEO of ClearOne.

Recent Highlights

  • On January 30, 2023, we introduced the new CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone with USB and Bluetooth connectivity that enhances the conferencing experience for the ultimate in business class performance. With simple, instant connection to personal computers, mobile devices or Bluetooth-enabled desk phones, the CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone provides users with an affordable way to upgrade home offices, executive offices, and mid-size meeting rooms with BYOD convenience and superior audio clarity for audio conferences and video meetings. The CHAT® 150 BT speakerphone also has an audio bridging feature that allows far end conference participants connected via a software conferencing application through USB, local users of the speakerphone, and far end callers on a mobile call connected through Bluetooth to all join the same call and hear each other clearly. Featuring a steerable microphone array with first-mic priority, the CHAT® 150 BT speakerphone intelligently activates the microphone closest to the person speaking, reducing interference from ambient noise. Like all ClearOne microphone products, the CHAT® 150 BT speakerphone is compatible with popular collaboration platforms including Microsoft® Teams, Zoom™, WebEx™, Google® Meet™, and many more. The new BT model retains all the class-leading features of the original CHAT® 150 speakerphone, including Advanced Noise Cancellation, Full Duplex Distributed Echo Cancellation™ and Automatic Level Control algorithms, to ensure highly intelligible, natural audio capture and playback. It also supports NFC tap-to-pair and includes a wired USB connection for compatibility with the full variety of modern devices.
  • On January 16, 2023, we introduced UNITE 260 Pro camera, a professional grade 4K Ultra HD camera featuring both a 20X optical zoom and 16X digital zoom that allows users to capture every participant in all meeting, training, and learning environments it is deployed in. Compatible with all popular meeting applications like Microsoft® Teams, Zoom™, WebEx™, and Google® Meet™, the new camera features an AI-based smart face tracking mode that keeps a selected presenter in the frame as they move about the room. Alternatively, the camera’s AI-based auto framing mode always keeps an entire group in perfect view. With dual video outputs HDMI and IP, the UNITE 260 Pro Camera is an excellent choice for a hybrid environment: streaming content while simultaneously showing it live where the presentation is occurring.
  • In November 2022, we announced the introduction of UNITE 160, a new camera that offers cutting-edge 4K UHD performance with 12x optical zoom capabilities, remote-controlled mechanical pan and tilt as well as AI-powered smart face tracking and auto framing. This camera is designed to capture all participants in large rooms while enabling automated focus on a moving presenter, making it ideal for larger spaces including board rooms, training centers, conference rooms and classrooms. This new camera offers an integrated AI-based camera tracking solution for rooms that are a fit for ClearOne’s single Versa Lite CT and a single camera. This new lower-cost camera tracking configuration eliminates the need for a DSP mixer and a control system.
  • In October 2022, we announced the introduction of UNITE 60, a new wide angle 4K USB camera featuring AI-powered smart face and voice tracking, along with electronic PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) capabilities. With a 120-degree field of view, and a plug-and-play USB 3.0 connection for video, control, and power, the new UNITE® 60 camera is ideally suited for rooms such as executive offices, huddle rooms, or smaller conference rooms. The UNITE 60 camera leverages a wide dynamic range and super-high SNR with advanced 2D and 3D noise reduction to deliver excellent visuals across varied lighting conditions. In addition to the AI auto-tracking feature, the camera can also be controlled via IR remote or UVC protocol. The camera can be paired with a wide variety of microphones and speakers.

Financial Summary

The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures and reconciles those to GAAP measures in the attached tables.

  • Q4 2022 revenue was $4.0 million, compared to $7.2 million in Q4 2021 and $6.3 million in Q3 2022. The decrease in year-over-year revenue as well as in sequential revenue was mainly due to (a) a decline in revenue from video products due to decline in demand and (b) our inability to fulfill the demand for our core audio conferencing and beamforming microphone arrays due to ongoing delays with the transition of our outsourced manufacturing from China to Singapore.
  • GAAP gross profit in Q4 2022 was $1.3 million, compared to $2.6 million in each of Q4 2021 and Q3 2022. GAAP gross profit margin was 31% in Q4 2022, compared to 37% in Q4 2021 and 41% in Q3 2022. Gross Profit margin decreased year over year as well as sequentially mainly due to increase in material costs due to supply chain constraints and increased administration costs as a percentage of revenue partially offset by reduction in inventory obsolescence and freight and tariff costs.
  • Operating expenses in Q4 2022 were $3.9 million, compared to $5.1 million in Q4 2021 and $3.7 million in Q3 2022. Non-GAAP Operating expenses in Q4 2022 were $3.4 million, compared to $4.4 million in Q4 2021 and $3.0 million in Q3 2022. The decrease in year-over-year as well as sequential Non-GAAP Operating expenses was mainly due to the deep-cost cutting measures initiated in 2022 partially offset by an increase in bonuses for executives and other employees.
  • GAAP net income in Q4 2022 was $24.0 million, or $0.97 per share, compared to a net loss of $(2.3) million, or $(0.10) per share, in Q4 2021 and a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per share, in Q3 2022. The change from net loss to net income both year-over-year and sequentially was primarily due to the recognition of a gain of $33.6 million related to the one-time legal settlement receivable of $55 million net of unamortized capitalized legal expenses of $21.4 million. This gain was partially offset by operating loss and provision for income tax.
($ in 000, except per share)

Three months ended December 31,

 

Year ended December 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

Change in %

Favorable/

(Adverse)

 

2022

 

2021

 

Change in %

Favorable/

(Adverse)

GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

4,021

 

$

7,202

 

(44

)

$

25,205

 

$

28,967

 

(13

)

Gross profit

 

1,264

 

 

2,638

 

52

 

9,457

 

 

11,916

 

(21

)

Operating expenses

 

3,854

 

 

5,114

 

25

 

16,679

 

 

19,411

 

14

Operating loss

 

(2,590

)

 

(2,476

)

(5

)

 

(7,222

)

 

(7,495

)

4

Net income (loss)

 

24,028

 

(2,284

)

1,152

 

20,556

 

(7,694

)

367

 

Diluted income (loss) per share

 

0.97

 

(0.10

)

1,070

 

0.83

 

(0.39

)

313

 

Non-GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP operating expenses

 

3,358

 

 

4,429

 

24

 

14,062

 

 

16,996

 

17

Non-GAAP operating loss

 

(2,092

)

 

(1,788

)

(17

)

 

(4,597

)

 

(5,070

)

9

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

 

(2,292

)

 

(1,596

)

(44

)

 

(5,165

)

 

(5,269

)

2

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

 

(2,062

)

 

(1,678

)

(23

)

 

(4,383

)

 

(4,660

)

6

Non-GAAP diluted loss per share

 

(0.09

)

 

(0.07

)

(29

)

 

(0.19

)

 

(0.27

)

30

 

Balance Sheet Highlights

As of December 31, 2022, cash, cash equivalents and investments were $1.0 million, as compared with $4.1 million as of December 31, 2021. As of December 31, 2022, the Company carried an aggregate debt of $3.9 million on account of senior convertible notes issued in December 2019, and a short-term bridge loan obtained in Q4 2022. The Company’s cash position was strengthened by the receipts in excess of $56 million in the first quarter of 2023 pursuant to legal settlements. The Company also repaid the short-term bridge loan in January 2023.

About ClearOne

ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops, and sells conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability, and scalability. Visit ClearOne at www.clearone.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, ClearOne uses non-GAAP measures of gross profit, operating income (loss), net income (loss), adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and net income (loss) per share, which are adjusted to exclude certain costs, expenses, gains and losses we believe appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our past financial performance from period to period and also our prospects for the future. These adjustments to our current period GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of ClearOne’s underlying operational results and trends and our marketplace performance. The non-GAAP results are an indication of our baseline performance before certain gains, losses, or other charges that are considered by management to be outside of our core operating results. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for gross profit, operating income (loss), net income (loss), income (loss) per share or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are limitations to the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Other companies, including companies in ClearOne’s industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than ClearOne does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes. A detailed reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in this release below.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking” statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne’s predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated. Such forward-looking statements and any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations and forecasts of future growth and value and the possible outcomes of litigation, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with and is modified in its entirety by, the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “10-K”) filed by the Company for the same period with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and all of the Company’s other public filings with the SEC (the “Public Filings”).

In particular, the financial information contained herein is subject to and qualified by reference to the financial statements contained in the 10-Q, including the footnotes thereto, as well as the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 (the “10-K”), the footnotes thereto and the limitations set forth therein. Investors may not rely on the press release without reference to the 10-Q, the 10-K, and the Public Filings.

 

CLEARONE, INC

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value)

 

 

December 31,

2022

December 31,

2021

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

984

 

$

1,071

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

1,790

 

Legal settlement receivable

 

55,000

 

 

 

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $326

 

3,603

 

 

4,991

 

Inventories, net

 

8,961

 

 

10,033

 

Income tax receivable

 

1,071

 

 

7,535

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

7,808

 

 

4,021

 

Total current assets

 

77,427

 

 

29,441

 

Long-term marketable securities

 

 

 

1,220

 

Long-term inventories, net

 

2,707

 

 

3,567

 

Property and equipment, net

 

383

 

 

744

 

Operating lease – right of use assets, net

 

1,047

 

 

1,537

 

Intangibles, net

 

2,071

 

 

25,086

 

Other assets

 

115

 

 

4,597

 

Total assets

$

83,750

 

$

66,192

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

1,284

 

$

5,388

 

Accrued liabilities

 

3,041

 

 

2,549

 

Deferred product revenue

 

63

 

 

54

 

Short-term debt

 

3,732

 

 

3,481

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

8,120

 

 

11,472

 

Long-term debt

 

 

 

1,535

 

Operating lease liability

 

492

 

 

1,026

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

1,008

 

 

655

 

Total liabilities

 

9,620

 

 

14,688

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 23,955,767 and 22,410,126 shares issued and outstanding

 

24

 

 

22

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

74,910

 

 

72,795

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(288

)

 

(241

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(516

)

 

(21,072

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

74,130

 

51,504

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

83,750

$

66,192

 

 

CLEARONE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

December 31,

Year ended

December 31,

 

2022

2021

2022

2021

Revenue

$

4,021

 

$

7,202

 

$

25,205

 

$

28,967

 

Cost of goods sold

 

2,757

 

 

4,564

 

 

15,748

 

 

17,051

 

Gross profit

 

1,264

 

 

2,638

 

 

9,457

 

 

11,916

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing

 

1,244

 

 

1,716

 

 

5,517

 

 

6,736

 

Research and product development

 

984

 

 

1,541

 

 

4,390

 

 

5,794

 

General and administrative

 

1,626

 

 

1,857

 

 

6,772

 

 

6,881

 

Total operating expenses

 

3,854

 

 

5,114

 

 

16,679

 

 

19,411

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

(2,590

)

 

(2,476

)

 

(7,222

)

 

(7,495

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(135

)

 

(145

)

 

(420

)

 

(514

)

Other income, net

 

33,597

 

 

15

 

 

35,102

 

 

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

30,872

 

(2,606

)

 

27,460

 

(7,977

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

6,844

 

(322

)

 

6,904

 

(283

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

24,028

$

(2,284

)

$

20,556

$

(7,694

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

 

23,952,590

 

 

22,403,408

 

 

23,937,962

 

 

19,859,817

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

24,947,851

 

 

22,403,408

 

 

25,189,147

 

 

19,859,817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic income (loss) per share

$

1.00

$

(0.10

)

$

0.86

$

(0.39

)

Diluted income (loss) per share

$

0.97

$

(0.10

)

$

0.83

$

(0.39

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

24,028

 

(2,284

)

 

20,556

 

(7,694

)

Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities, net of tax

 

 

(15

)

 

(2

)

 

(28

)

Change in foreign currency translation adjustment

 

(22

)

 

(1

)

 

(45

)

 

(27

)

Comprehensive income (loss)

 

24,006

 

(2,300

)

 

20,509

 

(7,749

)

 

CLEARONE, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

December 31,

 

Year ended

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

GAAP operating loss

$

(2,590

)

$

(2,476

)

$

7,222

$

(7,495

)

Stock-based compensation

 

24

 

 

37

 

 

113

 

 

137

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

474

 

 

651

 

 

2,512

 

 

2,288

 

Non-GAAP operating loss

$

(2,092

)

$

(1,788

)

$

(4,597

)

$

(5,070

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net income (loss)

$

24,028

$

(2,284

)

$

20,556

$

(7,694

)

Stock-based compensation

 

24

 

 

37

 

 

113

 

 

137

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

474

 

 

651

 

 

2,512

 

 

2,288

 

Other income adjustment

 

(33,623

)

 

 

 

(35,151

)

 

 

Tax effect

 

6,805

 

 

 

 

6,805

 

 

 

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

(2,292

)

$

(1,596

)

$

(5,165

)

$

(5,269

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net income (loss)

$

24,028

$

(2,284

)

$

20,556

$

(7,694

)

Number of shares used in computing GAAP diluted income (loss) per share

 

24,947,851

 

 

22,403,408

 

 

25,189,147

 

 

19,859,817

 

GAAP diluted income (loss) per share

$

0.97

$

(0.10

)

$

0.83

$

(0.39

)

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

(2,292

)

$

(1,596

)

$

(5,165

)

$

(5,269

)

Number of shares used in computing Non-GAAP diluted income (loss) per share

 

24,947,851

 

 

22,403,408

 

 

25,189,147

 

 

19,859,817

 

Non-GAAP diluted income (loss) per share

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.19

)

$

(0.27

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net income (loss)

$

24,028

$

(2,284

)

$

20,556

$

(7,694

)

Stock-based compensation

 

24

 

 

37

 

 

113

 

 

137

 

Interest expense

 

135

 

 

145

 

 

420

 

 

514

 

Depreciation

 

56

 

 

95

 

 

263

 

 

378

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

474

 

 

651

 

 

2,512

 

 

2,288

 

Other income adjustment

 

(33,623

)

 

 

 

(35,151

)

 

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

6,844

 

(322

)

 

6,904

 

(283

)

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

(2,062

)

$

(1,678

)

$

(4,383

)

$

(4,660

)

 

Contacts

Narsi Narayanan

385-426-0565

[email protected]
http://investors.clearone.com

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