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IntriCon 2012 Fourth-Quarter Sales Rise 15.1 Percent

IntriCon Corporation (NASDAQ: IIN), a designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of miniature and micro-miniature body-worn devices, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

For the 2012 fourth quarter, the company reported net sales of $16.7 million, an increase of 15.1 percent from the prior-year period. IntriCon had net income of $332,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(352,000), or $(0.06) per diluted share, for the 2011 fourth quarter.

“We are pleased to have delivered growth across all markets for both the quarter and year – in fact our body-worn device segment had a record year,” said Mark S. Gorder, president and chief executive officer of IntriCon.

“Our medical business posted its strongest revenue quarter ever, driven by increased activity from our largest customer, Medtronic, among others. In hearing health, our non-conventional personal sound amplifier products, drove modest quarterly growth despite continued softness in the conventional hearing health market. And in professional audio communications we delivered significant gains, with sales increasing 44 percent over the 2011 fourth quarter on strong demand for securities products domestically and headset products internationally.”

As a percentage of 2012 fourth-quarter sales, healthcare-related revenue (hearing health and medical combined) totaled 72.7 percent (32.8 percent hearing health and 39.9 percent medical), with professional audio communications at 27.3 percent. This compares to 2011 healthcare-related revenue of 78.2 percent (37.4 percent hearing health and 40.8 percent medical), with professional audio communications at 21.8 percent.

Gross profit margins increased to 23.5 percent from 23.1 percent in the prior-year fourth quarter. The gain was primarily due to higher sales volume, partially offset by an unfavorable product mix within the professional audio communications market.

Said Gorder, “As part of our margin enhancement program, we continued to transfer select, labor-intensive programs to our Singapore and Indonesia facilities during the fourth quarter. In an effort to drive further margin improvement and remain competitive from a cost standpoint, we will continue that shift in 2013. We’re also working to increase the percentage of proprietary IntriCon technology in all of our products by investing in our core technologies—this also will have a favorable effect on margins as we move through the 2013 year.”

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