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Qualstar Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results


Year – Over – Year Net Income Increased by 809.4%

Qualstar Corporation (QBAK), a leading manufacturer of data storage solutions and high-efficiency power supplies, today announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.

(All amounts are in thousands, except per share data):

Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2018 vs. 2017

  • Net revenue increased 42.5% to $3,231 from $2,267
  • Total operating expenses increased 13.1% to $948 from $838
  • Net income of $474 or $0.23 per basic and diluted share vs. net income of $59 or $0.03 per basic and diluted share

Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 vs. 2017

  • Net revenue increased 31.0% to $6,166 from $4,706
  • Total operating expenses increased 6.9% to $1,786 from $1,670
  • Net income of $1,064 from of $117, an increase of 809.4%, or $0.52 per basic and $0.51 per diluted share vs. $0.06 per basic and diluted share
  • Cash provided by operations of $820 vs. $768

Highlights for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

  • Strong balance sheet and no debt
  • Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents increased by 18% to $5,647 from $4,798 as of December 31, 2017
  • Revenue growth in the data storage segment is strong for both products and services
  • Increased gross profit margins for the three months ended June 30, 2018 from the same period last year by 4.4% to $1,422 from $897 and for the six months ended June 30, 2018 by 8.2% to $2,850 from $1,787 for the same period last year

“We are extremely pleased by our strong financial performance and the foundation that we have in place. We continue to experience strong momentum in our Data Storage business unit,” said Steven N. Bronson, CEO and President of Qualstar. “We also continue to explore external growth opportunities,” Mr. Bronson stated.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash increased $1,090 to $5,647 as of June 30, 2018 compared to $4,557 at June 30, 2017.

About Qualstar Corporation

Qualstar, founded in 1984, is a diversified electronics manufacturer specializing in data storage and power supplies. Qualstar is a leading provider of high efficiency and high-density power supplies marketed under the N2Power™ brand, and of data storage systems marketed under the Qualstar™ brand. Our N2Power power supply products provide compact and efficient power conversion for a wide variety of industries and applications including, but not limited to, telecom, networking, broadcast, industrial, lighting, gaming and test equipment. Our Qualstar data storage products are used to provide highly scalable and reliable solutions to store and retrieve very large quantities of electronic data. Qualstar’s products are known throughout the world for high quality and Simply Reliable™ designs that provide years of trouble-free service. More information is available at www.qualstar.com or www.n2power.com or by phone at 805-583-7744.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Statements used in this press release that relate to future plans, events, financial results, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of Qualstar's management and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Notwithstanding changes that may occur with respect to matters relating to any forward looking statements, Qualstar does not expect to, and disclaims any obligation to, publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Qualstar, however, reserves the right to update such statements or any portion thereof at any time for any reason. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause actual or future results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements: Qualstar’s ability to successfully execute on its strategic plan and meet its long-term financial goals; Qualstar’s ability to successfully implement and recognize cost savings; Qualstar’s ability to develop and commercialize new products; industry and customer adoption and acceptance of Qualstar’s new products; Qualstar’s ability to increase sales of its products; the rescheduling or cancellation of customer orders; unexpected shortages of critical components; unexpected product design or quality problems; adverse changes in market demand for Qualstar’s products; increased competition and pricing pressure on Qualstar’s products; and the risks related to actions of activist shareholders, including the amount of related costs.

For further information on these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the risk factors discussed in Qualstar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission including, but not limited to, Qualstar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ending December 31, 2017, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of such Form 10-K, and any subsequently filed reports. All of Qualstar’s filings are available without charge through the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) or from Qualstar’s website (www.qualstar.com).

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
June 30,   June 30,
2018   2017   2018   2017
Net revenues $ 3,231     $ 2,267   $ 6,166   $ 4,706
Cost of goods sold   1,809       1,370     3,316     2,919
Gross profit   1,422       897     2,850     1,787
Operating expenses:
Engineering 128 110 249 296
Sales and marketing 354 279 649 526
General and administrative   466       449     888     848
Total operating expenses   948       838     1,786     1,670
Income from operations 474 59 1,064 117
Other expenses   -       -     -     -
Income before income taxes 474 59 1,064 117
Provision for income taxes   -       -     -     -
Net income $ 474     $ 59   $ 1,064   $ 117
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.23     $ 0.03   $ 0.52   $ 0.06
Diluted $ 0.23     $ 0.03   $ 0.51   $ 0.06
Shares used in per share calculation:
Basic   2,048       2,042     2,048     2,042
Diluted   2,094       2,042     2,098     2,042
(In thousands, except share amounts)
  June 30,   December 31,
2018   2017
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,547 $ 4,698
Restricted cash 100 100
Accounts receivables, net 1,948 1,802
Inventories, net 1,679 1,564
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   124       163  
Total current assets   9,398       8,327  
Non-current assets:
Property and equipment, net 129 172
Other assets   120       68  
Total assets $ 9,647     $ 8,567  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 1,056 $ 1,065
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 300 173
Deferred service revenue, short-term 712 834
Other accrued liabilities   464       454  
Total current liabilities   2,532       2,526  
Long-term liabilities:
Other long-term liabilities 39 52
Deferred service revenue   77       93  
Total long-term liabilities   116       145  
Total liabilities   2,648       2,671  
Shareholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, no par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued - -
Common stock, no par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized, shares issued and outstanding 2,048,118 at June 30, 2018 and 2,042,019 shares at December 31, 2017 19,519 19,480
Accumulated deficit   (12,520 )     (13,584 )
Total shareholders’ equity   6,999       5,896  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 9,647     $ 8,567  

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