MILWAUKEE, Jan. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Koss Corporation (NASDAQ:KOSS), the U.S. based high-fidelity headphone company, has reported its second quarter results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. 

"It was a difficult quarter with softening of sales to Scandinavia and Asia as well as certain European markets. The declines were partially offset by strong sales in the export OEM business as well as improved sales in the U.S.," Michael J. Koss, Chairman and CEO, told employees here today.  "Earnings were negatively impacted by this change in sales mix."

Sales for the second quarter were $6,687,797, which is a 7.5% decrease from sales of $7,229,341 for the same three month period one year ago.  The three month net income was $140,112, compared to $386,632 for the second quarter last year.  Diluted and basic income per common share for the quarter was $0.02 compared to income per common share of $0.05 for the three month period one year ago. 

In the first six months, export OEM sales helped drive increased export sales overall despite the weakness in Scandinavia and Asia.  Distributor sales in other countries such as Paraguay, Ukraine, Russia and Japan along with continued strength in the Czech Republic also contributed to the sales increase.  Domestic sales were up due to strong sales to distributors and to on-line retail.

Sales for the six months ended December 31, 2016, increased by 2.2% to $13,036,503 compared with $12,760,603 for the same six month period a year ago.  Six month net income was $224,323 compared to $285,828 for the same six months last year.  Diluted and basic income per common share was $0.03 compared with $0.04 for the same six month period a year ago.

Koss Corporation markets a complete line of high-fidelity headphones, wireless Bluetooth® speakers, computer headsets, telecommunications headsets, active noise canceling headphones, wireless headphones, and compact disc recordings of American Symphony Orchestras on the Koss Classics® label.

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    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    December 31   December 31
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Net sales   $ 6,687,797     $ 7,229,341     $ 13,036,503     $ 12,760,603  
Cost of goods sold   4,481,086     4,566,518     8,887,533     8,451,445  
Gross profit   2,206,711     2,662,823     4,148,970     4,309,158  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   1,987,391     1,989,114     3,763,162     3,754,860  
Unauthorized transaction related (recoveries) costs, net   (3,404 )   37,475     34,096     74,950  
Interest expense   118     757     964     6,075  
Income before income tax provision   222,606     635,477     350,748     473,273  
Income tax provision   82,494     248,845     126,425     187,445  
Net income   $ 140,112     $ 386,632     $ 224,323     $ 285,828  
Income per common share:                
Basic   $ 0.02     $ 0.05     $ 0.03     $ 0.04  
Diluted   $ 0.02     $ 0.05     $ 0.03     $ 0.04  

CONTACT:Michael J. KossChairman & CEO(414)

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