Zebra Technologies Announces 2012 Second Quarter Financial Results

Zebra Technologies Announces 2012 Second Quarter Financial Results 

Strong 10% sales growth in North America offsets challenged business conditions in Europe 

Lincolnshire, IL, July 31, 2012─Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) today announced 2012 second quarter continuing operations diluted earnings per share of $0.58, compared with $0.60 for the second quarter of 2011. Results for the second quarter of 2012 include acquisition expenses of $1,252,000, which reduced earnings by $0.02 per share. Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, increased 0.6% to $247,077,000 from $245,541,000 for the second quarter of 2011.

"Zebra's second quarter results reflect the challenged business environment in Europe, as well as high growth in North America," stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra's chief executive officer. "During the quarter, we introduced innovative new products, including the ZT200 series of tabletop printers, to serve more of our customers' supply chain visibility needs. In addition, our recently completed acquisition of LaserBand positions Zebra for additional profitable growth and high returns in delivering patient identification and asset management solutions to healthcare providers worldwide. Looking ahead, we will remain nimble in managing the business through the current business climate. At the same time, we have great confidence in our business over the long term and our ability to build shareholder value."

As of June 30, 2012, Zebra had $386,822,000 in cash and investments, and no long-term debt. Net inventories were $116,689,000, and net accounts receivable were $156,146,000.

Discussion and Analysis

  • Net sales for the second quarter of 2012 included year-over-year growth of 10.4% in North America and 5.4% in Latin America, which offset sales declines of 6.2% in Asia Pacific and 8.8% in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Record printers shipped during the second quarter included record sales of mobile and desktop printers and growth in card printers. Movements in foreign exchange rates decreased sales by $4,846,000 due to a weaker euro against the U.S. dollar and lowered earnings by $0.05 per share.
  • Gross margin of 48.7%, versus 49.6% a year ago, primarily reflects movements in product mix and foreign exchange rates.
  • Operating expense growth of 7.9% included higher costs related to merger and acquisition activity, higher consulting fees, and increased expenditures on information services and maintenance contracts.
  • The decline in the effective income tax rate from 28.3% a year ago to 23.6% for the current quarter was largely the result of the implementation of a new legal-entity structure for the company's non-U.S. operations, and a reduction in the statutory income tax rate for the U.K.


Stock Purchase Update 
During the second quarter of 2012, Zebra returned $14.9 million to shareholders through the repurchase of 409,296 shares of Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Common Stock. At June 30, 2012, the company had 2,822,336 shares remaining in its stock buyback authorization, and 51,683,426 shares of common stock were outstanding.

Third Quarter Outlook 
Zebra announced its financial forecast for the third quarter of 2012. Net sales are expected within a range of $245,000,000 to $255,000,000. Diluted earnings per share are expected within a range of $0.60 to $0.69.

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 second 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 third quarter of 2012 stated in the paragraph above captioned "Third 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 forward-looking 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) offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an organization's assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater business value. The company's extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including RFID and real-time location solutions, illuminates mission-critical information to help customers take smarter business actions. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.