Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) today announced financial results for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014.
Sales for Q1 FY 2014 were $478 million, up 2 percent from $469 million in Q1 FY 2013, with exchange rates having no impact. Excluding those retail product categories that the Company is exiting (reported in the financial statements as “Retail – Other”), sales for Q1 FY 2014 were up 5 percent year over year. The Company posted a small operating profit compared to an operating loss of $59 million in the same quarter a year ago. Net income for Q1 FY 2014 was $ 1 million ($0.01 per share) compared to a net loss of $51 million ($0.32 per share) in the prior year. Gross margin for Q1 FY 2014 was 35.2 percent, up from 31.0 percent a year ago.
The Company’s total retail sales for Q1 increased by 5 percent year over year, up 12 percent in the Americas and 4 percent in Asia, and down 3 percent in EMEA. Excluding “Retail – Other,” Logitech’s retail sales for Q1 FY 2014 increased by 8 percent over the prior year. OEM sales decreased by 6 percent and sales for the LifeSize division decreased by 18 percent.
“These results – sales growth and significant year-over-year profitability improvement – demonstrate our turnaround is on track,” said Bracken P. Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “I’m happy to see double-digit sales growth in our Americas region. And I’m pleased with the performance in our growth categories: Combined, tablet accessories, PC gaming and wireless speakers grew about 90 percent year over year.
“Logitech continues to be focused on becoming faster and more profitable. We’ve shortened key product cycles and delivered early momentum for the product lines we launched into retail environments in Q1, including tablet accessories, PC gaming peripherals and our UE BOOM wireless speaker. There is more to come. I am excited about the potential within the business and remain committed to improving our profitability in FY 2014.”