|iRobot Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results|
Q4 and Full-Year Results Exceed Expectations
BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT ), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.
"2016 was a fantastic year for iRobot. Our Q4 and full year 2016 results exceeded our increased expectations. Record Q4 revenue was driven by very strong sales in the United States despite having the highest number of competitors we've ever seen. Higher revenue coupled with continued improvement in gross margin allowed us to increase investment and capitalize on our momentum executing on our business strategy, while returning additional profit to shareholders and setting a strong foundation for 2017 and beyond," said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot.
"In 2017, we are expecting revenue of $770 to $785 million, which is year-over-year growth of 17% to 19%, EPS of $1.35 to $1.65 and operating income of $57 to $70 million. These expectations include the anticipated financial impact of our Japanese distributor acquisition, targeted to close at the beginning of Q2 2017. In November of 2016, we issued a press release, announcing our signed definitive agreement, and stated that for 2017 we expected a positive revenue impact of $20 to $25 million and a one-time negative impact to earnings per share of $0.25 - $0.35.
"We will achieve the 2017 performance by driving revenue growth through deeper household penetration of Roomba® in the U.S., accelerating growth in overseas markets, capitalizing on our first mover advantage in the wet floor care category, particularly in Asia where Braava® and Braava jet™ have been enthusiastically received, expanding gross margin through improved operating efficiencies and scale, and continuing to extend connectivity across more of our products, allowing us to offer more robots with mapping capabilities and cloud connectivity at more accessible price points, growing our role in the emerging Smart Home.
"There is a lot to be excited about. 2016 was a pivotal year for iRobot as we exited non-consumer businesses to focus solely on products for the home. We did so while delivering outstanding financial results for the year. Q4 was a record quarter for us and it was driven from the successful investments we made leading up to and throughout 2016, as we responded well to increasingly competitive market conditions. 2017 will be our first full year as a consumer technology company and we plan to capitalize on the investments we have been making."
Management provides the following expectations with respect to the year ending December 30, 2017. The expectations assume the acquisition is closed at the beginning of the second quarter:
Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Conference Call iRobot will host a conference call tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and full year 2016, and outlook for the full-year 2017 financial performance. Pertinent details include:
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. ET Call-In Number: 213-358-0894 Passcode: 15399077
A live, audio broadcast of the conference call will also be available at http://investor.irobot.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193096&p=irol-EventDetails&EventId=5242673 . An archived version of the broadcast will be available on the same website shortly after the conclusion of the live event. A replay of the telephone conference call will be available through February 16, and can be accessed by dialing 404-537-3406, passcode 15399077.
About iRobot Corp. iRobot designs and builds robots that empower people to do more. The company's home robots help people find smarter ways to clean and accomplish more in their daily lives. iRobot's portfolio of solutions features proprietary technologies for the connected home and advanced concepts in navigation, mobility and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com .
For iRobot Investors Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, iRobot Corp.'s expectations regarding future financial performance, future operating performance and growth, revenue growth, the timing of our acquisition of our Japanese distributor on revenue, demand for our robots, our ability to develop robots with mapping capabilities and cloud connectivity, the impact of our past investments, anticipated revenue, earnings per share and operating income for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017, and the anticipated impact of our acquisition of our Japanese distributor on revenue, earnings per share and operating income for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: our ability to operate in an emerging market, the financial strength of our customers and retailers, general economic conditions, market acceptance of our products, and competition. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot Corp. undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot Corp., see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This press release includes Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, net merger, acquisition and divestiture expense, net intellectual property litigation (income) expense, and restructuring expense . A reconciliation between net income and Adjusted EBITDA is provided in the financial tables at the end of this press release.
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