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Turtle Beach Reports Second Highest Third Quarter Results in Company History

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  • HEAR

Remains on Track to Deliver Year-over-Year Revenue Growth Following Record 2020;

Updates 2021 Outlook Due to Impact from Supply and Logistics Constraints

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 04, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading gaming accessory maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR), reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Summary vs. Year-Ago Period:

  • Net revenue was $85.3 million compared to $112.5 million a year ago when the Company posted a historic 141% increase;

  • Net income was $2.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to net income of $17.8 million, or $1.04 per diluted share;

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $6.7 million compared to $27.6 million;

  • Cash balance grew to $28.1 million compared to $27.3 million as of September 30, 2020.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 Summary vs Year-Ago Period

  • Net revenue was $256.9 million compared to $227.2 million;

  • Net income was $13.2 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, compared to $22.4 million, or $1.41 per diluted share;

  • Non-GAAP net income was $16.7 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, compared to $21.4 million, or $1.34 per diluted share;

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $27.0 million compared to $37.8 million.

Management Commentary

"Our excellent third quarter results were the second highest third quarter in our history, only outdone by our extraordinary 140% year-over-year growth in Q3 last year, and we’re pleased to see our year-to-date revenues up 13% as we remain on track to grow from our record year in 2020," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "These results reflect the continued strong demand for our products and successful expansion of our PC and other new categories, despite significant semiconductor constraints, particularly on our industry-leading wireless headsets, which we expect will hold back full year sales by an estimated $25 to $30 million."

"Console headsets continue to perform well, despite the worsening impact of industry-wide component availability, shipping delays and freight cost increases. While our team has expertly managed these dynamic supply chain issues, there are business impacts that remain out of our control. Still, our non-console headset categories in PC, microphones, game controllers, and flight simulation continue to track with our expectations and are offsetting some of the console headset revenue constraints. Our rapid portfolio expansion into new gaming categories has diversified our business and continues to drive growth. In fact, product line expansions beyond console headsets provided third quarter revenues approaching 20% of the business.

"Our expectations of the overall market during the holiday season are generally positive. While there are compelling AAA multiplayer games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo launching and new consoles performing well, we expect that the market, including sales of consoles, will continue to be constrained by supply chain impacts. Despite these challenges, we believe our strategy of leveraging the strong trends in the gaming market keep us well-positioned for future growth. We are anchored by our diversified portfolio and healthy balance sheet, leaving us poised to capitalize on our large addressable market and drive increased value for shareholders."

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $85.3 million compared to $112.5 million in the elevated comparable prior year period, which was driven by the surge in demand from stay-at-home orders and our execution-driven outperformance of the market.

Gross margin in the third quarter of 2021 was 34.3% versus 41.0% in the third quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily due to changed business mix and increased logistics and freight costs. The Company continues to expect ongoing headwinds from higher logistic costs, shipping delays, and challenges with component availability.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2021 were $27.8 million compared to $21.9 million in the same 2020 period reflecting the larger size of the business, entry into three major new product categories, selling and marketing support of new products and geographic expansion, and increased R&D for the expanded portfolio.

Net income in the third quarter of 2021 was $2.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share (on 18.3 million weighted average diluted shares), compared to net income of $17.8 million, or $1.04 per diluted share (on 17.2 million weighted average diluted shares) in the year-ago quarter reflecting the above factors.

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures") in the third quarter of 2021 was $6.7 million compared to $27.6 million in the year-ago quarter reflecting the above factors.

Balance Sheet Overview

At September 30, 2021, the Company had $28.1 million of cash and cash equivalents with no outstanding debt and no borrowings on its revolving credit facility. This compares to $27.3 million of cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2020. Inventories increased to $113.3 million as the Company intentionally manages higher levels of inventory to prioritize product availability amidst global supply chain and logistical challenges.

During the third quarter of 2021, the Company repurchased approximately 169,000 shares for $4.9 million at an average purchase price of $28.87.

Revised 2021 Outlook

For the full year 2021, the Company expects revenue to be in the range of $365 million to $380 million, up from $360 million in 2020 despite global supply challenges, logistics constraints and semiconductor shortages that the Company estimates will impact full year revenues by $25 million to $30 million. This anticipated growth remains above the Company’s original 2021 outlook at the midpoint and is driven by continued strong sell through of the Company’s core products, the expansion of its PC accessories business, and additional revenues from new market entries. The Company expects adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $36 million to $44 million, reflecting significant incremental logistics costs including the need to use more air freight due to supply chain constraints. Adjusted net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.10 to $1.45. For the full year, the Company expects the effective tax rate to be approximately 13%, a reduction from the approximately 20% estimate last quarter. Per share figures for the full year 2021 assume approximately 18 million diluted shares outstanding.

For the second half of 2021, the Company expects revenue to be in the range of $193 million to $208 million and adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $16 million to $24 million. Adjusted net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.42 and $0.79.

With respect to the Company's adjusted EBITDA outlook for the full year and second half of 2021, a reconciliation to its net income (loss) outlook for the same periods has not been provided because of the variability, complexity, and lack of visibility with respect to certain reconciling items between adjusted EBITDA and net income (loss), including other income (expense), provision for income taxes and stock-based compensation. These items cannot be reasonably and accurately predicted without the investment of undue time, cost and other resources and, accordingly, a reconciliation of the Company’s adjusted EBITDA outlook to its net income (loss) outlook for such periods is not provided. These reconciling items could be material to the Company’s actual results for such periods.

Conference Call Details

Turtle Beach Corporation will hold a conference call today, November 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its third quarter 2021 results.

Chairman and CEO Juergen Stark and CFO John Hanson will host the call, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Conference Call Details:
Date:
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT
Toll-Free Dial-in Number: (877) 303-9855
International Dial-in Number: (408) 337-0154
Conference ID: 5754117

For the conference call, please dial-in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time and an operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at (949) 574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.turtlebeachcorp.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to its reported results, the Company has included in this earnings release certain financial results, including adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as "non-GAAP financial measures." Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company's reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period-to-period comparisons of the Company's results. "Non-GAAP Earnings" is defined as net income excluding (i) integration and transaction costs related to acquisitions, (ii) the effect of the mark-to-market requirement of the financial instrument obligation, (iii) any change in fair value of contingent consideration and (iv) the release of valuation allowances on deferred tax assets. "Adjusted EBITDA" is defined by the Company as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation (non-cash), and certain special items that we believe are not representative of core operations (e.g., the integration and transaction costs related to acquisitions, the mark-to-market adjustment for the financial instrument obligation and the change in fair value of contingent consideration). These non-GAAP financial measures are presented because management uses non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company’s operating performance, to perform financial planning, and to determine incentive compensation. Therefore, the Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to, and facilitates additional analysis by, investors. The presented non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that management does not believe reflect the Company’s core operating performance because such items are inherently unusual, non-operating, unpredictable, non-recurring, or non-cash. See a reconciliation of GAAP results to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA included below for each of the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020.

About Turtle Beach Corporation

Turtle Beach Corporation (https://corp.turtlebeach.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for pioneering first-to-market features and patented innovations in high-quality, comfort-driven headsets for all levels of gamer, making it a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for the last decade. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products. Under the ROCCAT brand, Turtle Beach creates award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC accessories. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, and professionals that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events. Statements containing the words "may", "could", "would", "should", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "estimate", "target", "goal", "project", "intend" and similar expressions, or the negatives thereof, constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current belief and expectations, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.

While the Company believes that its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that its goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors, including risks and uncertainties, may affect actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by the Company or on its behalf. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, risks related to logistic and supply chain challenges, risks related to capital markets activities, the substantial uncertainties inherent in the acceptance of existing and future products, the difficulty of commercializing and protecting new technology, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on consumer demands and manufacturing capabilities; delays or disruptions in the supply of components for our products; risks relating to, and uncertainty caused by or resulting from, the COVID-19 pandemic, general business and economic conditions, risks associated with the expansion of our business including acquisitions, the integration of any businesses we acquire and the integration of such businesses within our internal control over financial reporting and operations, our indebtedness, the Company’s liquidity, and other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the Company’s other periodic reports. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement after the date of this release whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)

Table 1.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net revenue

$

85,307

$

112,494

$

256,924

$

227,181

Cost of revenue

56,034

66,358

164,086

141,033

Gross profit

29,273

46,136

92,838

86,148

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing

14,301

11,857

41,524

29,064

Research and development

4,520

3,260

12,929

8,688

General and administrative

8,962

6,799

24,172

19,232

Total operating expenses

27,783

21,916

78,625

56,984

Operating income

1,490

24,220

14,213

29,164

Interest expense

101

103

271

355

Other non-operating expense (income), net

585

(101

)

1,099

(1,520

)

Income before income tax

804

24,218

12,843

30,329

Income tax expense (benefit)

(1,819

)

6,424

(339

)

7,886

Net income

$

2,623

$

17,794

$

13,182

$

22,443

Net income per share

Basic

$

0.16

$

1.20

$

0.83

$

1.53

Diluted

$

0.14

$

1.04

$

0.72

$

1.41

Weighted average number of shares:

Basic

16,079

14,845

15,852

14,642

Diluted

18,335

17,154

18,248

15,961

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

Table 2.

September 30,

December 31,

2021

2020

(unaudited)

ASSETS

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

28,058

$

46,681

Accounts receivable, net

36,989

43,867

Inventories

113,288

71,301

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

16,605

8,127

Total Current Assets

194,940

169,976

Property and equipment, net

7,276

6,575

Deferred income taxes

8,638

6,946

Goodwill

10,686

8,178

Intangible assets, net

6,107

5,138

Other assets

8,631

6,640

Total Assets

$

236,278

$

203,453

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Revolving credit facility

$

$

Accounts payable

55,526

42,529

Other current liabilities

36,015

36,122

Total Current Liabilities

91,541

78,651

Income tax payable

3,798

3,146

Other liabilities

7,322

5,257

Total Liabilities

102,661

87,054

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders’ Equity

Common stock, $0.001 par value - 25,000,000 shares authorized; 16,043,808 and 15,475,504 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

16

15

Additional paid-in capital

194,969

190,568

Accumulated deficit

(61,591

)

(74,773

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

223

589

Total Stockholders’ Equity

133,617

116,399

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

236,278

$

203,453

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 3.

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2021

September 30, 2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

$

(10,279

)

$

32,638

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(7,045

)

(3,918

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Borrowings on revolving credit facilities

120,858

185,486

Repayment of revolving credit facilities

(120,858

)

(201,141

)

Proceeds from sale of equity securities

-

4,372

Proceeds from exercise of stock options and warrants

4,408

2,155

Repurchase of common stock to satisfy employee tax withholding obligations

(463

)

(215

)

Repurchase of common stock

(4,882

)

-

Net cash used for financing activities

(937

)

(9,343

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(362

)

(361

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(18,623

)

19,016

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

46,681

8,249

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$

28,058

$

27,265

Turtle Beach Corporation

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)

Table 4.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

Net Income

GAAP Net Income

$

2,623

$

17,794

$

13,182

$

22,443

Adjustments, net of tax:

Non-recurring business costs

2,113

3,322

Gain on acquisition-related settlement

(1,702

)

Change in fair value consideration

126

366

Acquisition integration costs

29

26

215

273

Non-GAAP Earnings

$

4,765

$

17,946

$

16,719

$

21,380

Diluted Earnings Per Share

GAAP- Diluted

0.14

$

1.04

$

0.72

$

1.41

Non-recurring business costs

0.12

0.18

Gain on acquisition-related settlement

(0.11

)

Change in fair value consideration

0.01

0.02

Acquisition integration costs

0.00

0.01

0.02

Non-GAAP- Diluted

$

0.26

$

1.05

$

0.92

$

1.34

Turtle Beach Corporation

GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 5.

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2021

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (1)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

85,307

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

85,307

Cost of revenue

56,034

(458

)

-

105

-

55,681

Gross Profit

29,273

458

-

(105

)

-

29,626

Operating expenses

27,783

(614

)

(321

)

(1,603

)

(2,881

)

22,364

Operating income

1,490

1,072

321

1,498

2,881

7,262

Interest expense

101

Other non-operating expense (income), net

585

-

585

Income before income tax

804

Income tax benefit

(1,819

)

Net income

$

2,623

Adjusted EBITDA

$

6,677

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2021

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (1)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

256,924

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

256,924

Cost of revenue

164,086

(1,105

)

-

(382

)

-

162,599

Gross Profit

92,838

1,105

-

382

-

94,325

Operating expenses

78,625

(1,814

)

(946

)

(4,843

)

(4,757

)

66,265

Operating income

14,213

2,919

946

5,225

4,757

28,060

Interest expense

271

Other non-operating expense (income), net

1,099

1,099

Income before income tax

12,843

Income tax benefit

(339

)

Net income

$

13,182

Adjusted EBITDA

$

26,961

(1)

Other includes certain non-recurring business costs.

Turtle Beach Corporation

GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 5. (continued)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2020

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (2)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

112,494

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

112,494

Cost of revenue

66,358

(645

)

-

(284

)

-

65,429

Gross Profit

46,136

645

-

284

-

47,065

Operating expenses

21,916

(596

)

(223

)

(1,288

)

(37

)

19,772

Operating income

24,220

1,241

223

1,572

37

27,293

Interest expense

103

Other non-operating expense (income), net

(101

)

(175

)

(276

)

Income before income tax

24,218

Income tax expense

6,424

Net income

$

17,794

Adjusted EBITDA

$

27,569

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2020

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (2)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

227,181

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

227,181

Cost of revenue

141,033

(1,828

)

-

(623

)

-

138,582

Gross Profit

86,148

1,828

-

623

-

88,599

Operating expenses

56,984

(1,474

)

(665

)

(3,354

)

(381

)

51,110

Operating income

29,164

3,302

665

3,977

381

37,489

Interest expense

355

Other non-operating expense (income), net

(1,520

)

1,192

(328

)

Income before income tax

30,329

Income tax expense

7,886

Net income

$

22,443

Adjusted EBITDA

$

37,817

(2)

Other includes certain business acquisition costs and change in fair value of contingent consideration.

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Contacts

For Investor Information, Contact:
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Gateway Investor Relations
On Behalf of Turtle Beach
949.574.3860
HEAR@gatewayir.com

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Sr. Director –PR/Communications
Turtle Beach Corp.
858.914.5093
maclean.marshall@turtlebeach.com