Zebra Technologies Announces 2012 First Quarter Financial Results

Zebra Technologies Announces 2012 First Quarter Financial Results

Lincolnshire, IL, April 27, 2012─Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) today announced 2012 first quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.58, up 7.4% from $0.54 from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2011. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, increased 2.8% to $243,875,000 from $237,301,000 for the first quarter of 2011.

"Strategically-driven activities to gain share, penetrate targeted industries more deeply and extend geographic reach led to sales growth in all geographic regions," stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra's chief executive officer. "Our formidable product line, extensive global channel relationships and business diversity enabled us to win more business with customers in a broad range of industries. In a challenged business environment, we matched excellent execution with effective control over operating expenses. We continued to invest in those areas critical to Zebra's long-term success. This year, we are on target to deliver a high number of innovative new printer products. These and other solutions are enabling our customers to gain greater visibility into assets, transactions and people across their value chains. We remain confident in Zebra's future and our ability to accelerate growth and deliver higher returns for our shareholders."

As of March 31, 2012, Zebra had $362,244,000 in cash and investments, and no long-term debt. Net inventories were $126,119,000, and net accounts receivable were $157,114,000.

Discussion and Analysis

  • Net sales for the first quarter of 2012 included year-over-year growth in all four of the company's geographic regions. Sales growth of supplies and card printers were notably strong. The impact of movements in foreign exchange, net of hedges, was not material to sales growth.
  • Gross margin of 49.1%, versus 50.6% a year ago, primarily reflects movements in product mix.
  • Operating expense growth of 2.9% includes a modest increase in administrative expenses, as well as higher sales and marketing expenses which were principally related to activities supporting the company's geographic expansion and market development activities. This growth was partially offset by a decline in engineering expenses. Operating profit margin decreased from 18.7% to 17.2%.


Stock Purchase Update 

During the first quarter of 2012, Zebra repurchased 264,567 shares of Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Common Stock. At March 31, 2012, the company had 3,231,632 shares remaining in its stock buyback authorization, and 51,908,000 shares of common stock were outstanding.

Second Quarter Outlook

Zebra announced its financial forecast for the second quarter of 2012. Net sales are expected within a range of $250,000,000 to $260,000,000. Diluted earnings per share are expected within a range of $0.58 to $0.63.

Conference Call Notification

Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of Zebra's conference call discussing the company's financial results for the first quarter of 2012. The conference call will be held at 11:00 AM Eastern Time today. To listen to the call, visit the company's website at http://www.zebra.com.

Forward-looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, the statements regarding the company's financial forecast for the second quarter of 2012 stated in the paragraph above captioned "Second Quarter Outlook." Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the company's forward-looking statements. These statements represent estimates only as of the date they were made. Zebra undertakes no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the date of this release.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zebra's industry, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors include customer acceptance of Zebra's hardware and software products and competitors' product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit, capital markets volatility, may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in our ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships. Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra's ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of a large investment portfolio, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of our international sales. The outcome of litigation in which Zebra may be involved is another factor. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra's sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of our financial results. When used in this release and documents referenced, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the company or its management, are intended to identify such forwardlooking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the company's future operations and results can be found in Zebra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, readers are referred to Zebra's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

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About Zebra Technologies

A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions. Our extensive portfolio of barcode, receipt, card, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies, as well as real-time location solutions give a digital voice to assets, people and transactions that provides greater visibility into mission-critical information. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.