The Company’s consolidated gross profit margin (on a Non-GAAP basis) was 17.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, down from 26.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 (see reconciliation table). The decrease in gross profit margin, as a percent of sales, from the previous year was primarily due to the under-absorption of expenses in certain production areas with a relatively higher fixed cost basis, such as EL production facilities, and an unfavorable product mix with a smaller proportion of total revenue derived from sales of relatively higher margin products such as rear-projection cubes.
Total operating expenses (on a Non-GAAP basis) for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased $2.9 million, or 21 percent, to $10.5 million compared with the same quarter a year ago, as expenses declined in all functions as a result of cost reduction measures implemented earlier in fiscal 2012, partially offset by increased project related expenses in research and development.
The Company’s cash balance increased $1.6 million sequentially to $17.8 million at the end of the fourth quarter compared to the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase in cash was primarily caused by a reduction in inventory and accounts receivable, which was partially offset by a reduction in accounts payable and the loss incurred.
BUSINESS OUTLOOKLooking forward, the Company remains committed to transforming its business to be more focused on markets that are growing, like digital signage, and becoming profitable, including pursuing further actions intended to more rapidly effect the Company’s strategic transformation and drive higher levels of shareholder value. In the near term, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company expects continued revenue growth in sales of digital signage products both compared to the first quarter of last year and the fourth quarter of 2012. As a result, the Company currently anticipates revenue in the range of $44 to $48 million and a Non-GAAP loss of $0.05 to a Non-GAAP profit of $0.01 in the first quarter of 2013.