SAN JOSE, California - April 25, 2013 - NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.
Net revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $293.4 million, as compared to $325.6 million for the first quarter ended April 1, 2012, and $310.4 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the first quarter of 2013 was $15.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. This compared to GAAP net income of $25.1 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012, and GAAP net income of $16.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis in the first quarter of 2013 was 30.5%, as compared to 31.0% in the year ago comparable quarter, and 30.0% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating margin was 10.0% in the first quarter of 2013, as compared to 12.5% in the first quarter of 2012, and 11.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP net income was $0.50 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013, as compared to non-GAAP net income of $0.73 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012, and non-GAAP net income of $0.55 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Our non-GAAP tax rate was 34.6% in the first quarter 2013, as compared to 30.1% in the year ago comparable quarter, and 39.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The higher tax rate in the first quarter 2013, as compared with the comparable prior year quarter, reflects a shift in geographic mix of revenues, and corresponding profits, towards the Americas.
The differences between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures include adjustments, net of any tax effect, for amortization of purchased intangibles, stock-based compensation, restructuring and other charges, acquisition related compensation and expense, and litigation reserves. The accompanying schedules provide a reconciliation of financial measures computed on a GAAP basis to financial measures computed on a non-GAAP basis.
Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR commented, "The lower than expected operating margin in the first quarter was driven by product mix, primarily due to difficulties in the transition to our new ReadyNAS line of products. The transition occurred late in the quarter and difficulty securing components and some last minute bug fixes led to unanticipated delays. This marked the first time we completely replaced an entire line of products, which involved obsoleting ten models and replacing them with seven brand new models. The execution was much harder than anticipated and we learned a valuable lesson in engineering and manufacturing planning. The good news is that our supply is now in full swing and customer feedback on the new product line has been very positive."
"We continue to see large market opportunities created by the ever expanding access to high speed Internet connectivity among consumers and businesses. We are very focused today on building our product portfolios for intermediate and long term growth in all three of our business units. In retail, we continue to gain traction with the 11ac upgrade cycle and we are gaining share in the Smart Home space, specifically with our Internet video streaming solutions. In our Commercial Business Unit, the launches of the new ReadyNAS and 10GBaseT switches in the first quarter were received enthusiastically by the market, positioning us for growth in the months and years ahead. And in our Service Provider Business Unit, we introduced our first LTE gateway into the North American fixed mobile data market and have attracted interest from multiple service providers."
Christine Gorjanc, Chief Financial Officer of NETGEAR, said, "As discussed on our February earnings call, we anticipated a quarter-over-quarter decline of net revenue in the first quarter caused by weaker sell-in to our channel and service provider customers. We were further negatively impacted by our inability to ship the backlog on our new line of ReadyNAS products. Our non-GAAP operating margin came in at 10.0%, which is lower than our original guidance of 11% to 12%. Even though the second quarter is seasonally weak for retail, we expect sequential growth for both the commercial and service provider business units."
Mr. Lo added, "Our outlook for the growth drivers of our core business remains unchanged, as does our confidence in the superiority of our products. We expect to continue to open up new channels, penetrate the developing markets and enter new product categories. Looking forward, with a full quarter of AirCard product shipments weighing in, and the supply of our new ReadyNAS products back to normal, we expect second quarter 2013 net revenue to be in the range of $345 to $360 million and non-GAAP operating margin to be between 9.5% and 10.5%. Furthermore, we expect our non-GAAP tax rate to be approximately 38% in the second quarter 2013."
Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details
NETGEAR will review the first quarter 2013 results and discuss management's expectations for the second quarter of 2013 today, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern (2 p.m. Pacific). The dial-in number for the live audio call is (201) 689-8471. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on NETGEAR's website at http://investor.netgear.com. A replay of the call will be available 2 hours following the call through midnight Eastern (9 p.m. Pacific) on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by telephone at (858) 384-5517 and via the web at http://investor.netgear.com. The account number to access the phone replay is 412249.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of Big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 36,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 43,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR partner. More information is available at http://investor.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information: To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, NETGEAR uses non-GAAP financial measures, which are adjusted to exclude certain expenses and tax benefits, where applicable. We believe non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our past financial performance 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 NETGEAR's underlying operational results and trends and our marketplace performance. For example, the non-GAAP results are an indication of our baseline performance before 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 information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.