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Cobra Electronics Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: November 13, 2012 09:35AM
Cobra Electronics Corp. (COBR) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.
Highlight of Business Operations:The Companys consolidated tax benefit totaled $201,000 for the third quarter of 2012 and was essentially unchanged compared to the same quarter last year. The tax benefit for the third quarter of 2012 was mainly due to the return to provision variances for returns filed in the current quarter and the lower tax rate in the United Kingdom. Net earnings for the third quarter decreased $814,000, or $.12 per share, from 2011s third quarter. For the three months ending September 30, 2012 the Company reported net earnings of $564,000, or $.09 per share, compared to earnings of $1.4 million, or $.21 per share, for the comparable prior year period.
Net earnings for the first nine months of 2012 improved $729,000, or $.11 per share, from 2011. For the nine months ending September 30, 2012 the Company reported net earnings of $1.8 million, or $.27 per share, compared to net earnings of $1.1 million, or $.16 per share, for the comparable prior year period.
Selling, general and administrative expense decreased $547,000, or 8.1 percent, to $6.2 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $6.7 million in the prior years quarter and, as a percentage of net sales, were 25.9 percent and 21.8 percent, respectively. Decreases in variable selling expenses of $743,000, primarily because of lower domestic sales, and management incentive expenses of $266,000, due to the decline in consolidated operating income, were partially offset by higher engineering and fixed marketing expenses for supporting new products.
The Cobra segments pre-tax earnings for the third quarter of 2012 decreased $1.0 million when compared to the prior years third quarter. For the three month period ending September 30, 2012, the Cobra segments pre-tax earnings totaled $304,000 compared to the $1.3 million reported for the three month period ending September 30, 2011.
For the nine months ending September 30, 2012, net cash flows provided by operating activities totaled $62,000. Net cash inflows from operations and non-cash add-backs included net earnings of $1.8 million, non-cash depreciation and amortization of $2.7 million, and a decrease in accounts receivable of $5.6 million. Offsetting these inflows was an increase in inventory of $4.6 million, a decrease in accounts payable and other liabilities of $4.0 million and an increase in other assets of $1.0 million. The decrease in accounts receivable was due to the normal collection of year-end receivables and lower sales for the third quarter of 2012 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in inventory was mainly due to the holiday season build-up and lower than anticipated sales for the first nine months of 2012 as compared to 2011. The decrease in accounts payable resulted from improved payables turnover and the implementation of a cost reduction program with one of Cobras larger vendors starting January 2012 that allowed discounts for earlier payments of finished goods invoices. The decrease in other liabilities was attributable to year-end management incentive payments and lower promotional and warranty accruals due to the sales decline from the prior years fourth quarter.