Planar Announces Fiscal Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Planar Announces Fiscal Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Company reports 80% year over year growth in quarterly sales of Digital Signage products

BEAVERTON, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Planar Systems, Inc. (NAS: PLNR) , a global leader in digital display technology, recorded sales of $39.4 million and GAAP loss per share of $0.06 in its second fiscal quarter ended March 29, 2013. On a Non-GAAP basis (see reconciliation table), loss per share was $0.03 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

"I am pleased we were able to exceed our expectations for both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of 2013," said Gerry Perkel, Planar's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We were able to grow revenue over 20 percent, excluding EL product line revenue, compared to the second quarter of 2012, buoyed by 80 percent growth in sales of Digital Signage products."


  • Sales of Digital Signage products and Touch Monitors totaled $18.7 million, representing 71 percent growth compared with the second fiscal quarter of 2012
  • Unveiled an all new website optimized for wide-screen desktop, touch and mobile devices for a better engagement and overall user experience
  • Announced Planar® UltraRes™, a new line of Ultra HD resolution displays uniquely designed to help professionals across industries reap value from high-resolution information
  • Honored with Products of the Year, Best New Product Awards at Digital Signage Expo 2013
    • Planar Mosaic and Planar UltraLux Series are recognized by Signage Solutions Magazine and Digital Signage Magazine
  • Released 3D BIM Models of LCD Displays and Video Walls through Autodesk Seek enabling architects, engineers and designers to easily integrate 3D BIM models of Planar displays into building plans


The Company's total revenue increased 5 percent compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012. As previously announced, the Company sold the assets comprising its Electroluminescent (EL) product line during the first quarter of 2013. Excluding revenue associated with EL products, the Company's total revenue increased 22 percent compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales of Digital Signage products totaled $13.4 million in the second quarter of 2013, an 80 percent increase from the same period a year ago. This increase was driven by higher sales of tiled LCD systems and signage monitors, which increased 78 percent and 128 percent respectively compared with the same period a year ago. The Company continues to experience increased demand for its digital signage products as both the number of customers as well as the product portfolio have expanded. Sales of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) products declined 14 percent (increased 4 percent without EL) to $26.0 million compared with the same quarter a year ago. This decrease was primarily driven by lower sales of EL displays and high-end home products, partially offset by increased sales of rear-projection cubes and touch monitors which grew 17 and 51 percent respectively compared to the same period a year ago.

The Company's consolidated gross profit margin, as a percentage of sales, (on a Non-GAAP basis) was 20.4 percent in the second quarter of 2013, up from 19.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 (see reconciliation table). The increase in gross profit margin, as a percent of sales, from the previous year was primarily due to a favorable mix of product sales, with a greater portion of total revenue derived from sales of higher margin tiled LCD systems and rear-projection cubes.

Total operating expenses (on a Non-GAAP basis) for the second quarter of 2013 decreased $3.4 million, or 27 percent, to $9.4 million compared with the same quarter a year ago, as expenses declined in all functions as a result of cost reduction measures implemented in fiscal 2012.

The Company's cash balance decreased $6.4 million sequentially to $12.9 million at the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The decrease in cash was primarily caused by a decrease in accounts payable and the loss incurred in the quarter, partially offset by decreases in inventory and accounts receivable.


Looking forward, the Company remains committed to transforming its business to be more focused on becoming profitable and on markets that are growing, such as digital signage. As part of the Company's on-going effort to improve efficiency, the Company recently completed the consolidation of its US manufacturing operations into a single facility. As a result, the Company expects to record a $2.4 million restructuring charge in third quarter of 2013, comprised of a $0.3 million non-cash charge for leasehold improvements and other property, plant and equipment associated with the vacated facility and the remaining $2.1 million charge representing the estimated present value of future lease payments, less an assumption for sub-lease income. Additionally, the Company expects sequential growth in sales of Digital Signage and Touch products in the third quarter of 2013, partially offset by sequential decline in sales of various other Commercial and Industrial products. Therefore, the Company currently anticipates revenue and Non-GAAP earnings, excluding the restructuring charge mentioned above, in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 to be similar to the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The Company also continues to expect the second half and full fiscal year of 2013 to be profitable on a Non-GAAP basis.

Results of operations and the business outlook will be discussed in a conference call today, May 6, 2013, beginning at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. The call can be heard via the Internet through a link on Planar's website,, or through numerous other investor sites, and will be available for replay until June 6, 2013. The Company intends to post on its website a transcript of the prepared management commentary from the conference call shortly after the conclusion of the call.


Planar Systems Inc. (NAS: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world's leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to Planar's business operations and prospects, including statements relating to the Company's expected levels of revenue, revenue growth, restructuring charges and Non-GAAP earnings/profitability for the third quarter, second half, and full fiscal year in 2013 and the other statements made under the heading "Business Outlook,". These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws. These and other forward-looking statements, which may be identified by the inclusion of words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "goal" and variations of such words and other similar expressions, are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Many factors, including the following, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: poor or further weakened domestic and international business and economic conditions; changes or continued reductions in the demand for products in the various display markets served by the Company; any delay in the timing of customer orders or the Company's ability to ship product upon receipt of a customer order; the extent and timing of any additional expenditures by the Company to address business growth opportunities; any inability to reduce costs or to do so quickly enough, in either case, in response to reductions in revenue; adverse impacts on the Company or its operations relating to or arising from any inability to fund desired expenditures, including due to difficulties in obtaining necessary financing; changes in the flat-panel monitor industry; changes in customer demand or ordering patterns; changes in the competitive environment including pricing pressures or the ability to keep pace with technological changes; technological advances; shortages of manufacturing capacity from the Company's third-party manufacturing partners or other interruptions in the supply of components the Company incorporates in its finished goods including as a result of natural disasters like the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan; future production variables resulting in excess inventory and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

Note Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company's earnings release contains Non-GAAP financial measures that exclude share-based compensation and the requirements of Topic 718 of the FASB Accounting Standards CodificationTM, "Compensation-Stock Compensation". The Non-GAAP financial measures also exclude impairment and restructuring charges, gains or losses on the sale of assets, the amortization of intangible assets related to previous acquisitions, various tax charges including the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets, the gain or loss on foreign currency due to the non-cash nature of the charge, and various other adjustments. The Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. The Non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company has provided reconciliations of the Non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Planar Systems, Inc.
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three months endedSix months ended
Mar. 29, 2013 Mar. 30, 2012Mar. 29, 2013 Mar. 30, 2012
Cost of Sales 31,429   30,335  64,595   67,532 
Gross Profit8,0127,20719,02117,718
Operating Expenses:
Research and development, net1,8282,7673,8555,486
Sales and marketing5,0446,70610,10413,643
General and administrative2,9133,7016,3267,780
Amortization of intangible assets148175295350
Loss (gain) on sale of assets (177)  -  1,314   - 
Total Operating Expenses9,75613,86722,08827,777
Income (Loss) from operations(1,744)(6,660)(3,067)(10,059)
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest, net486656
Foreign exchange, net95(163)(13)263
Other, net 181   279  296   321 
Net non-operating income (expense)324122348590
Income (loss) before taxes(1,420)(6,538)(2,719)(9,469)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (140) 127  43  392 
Net Income (loss)$(1,280) $(6,665)$(2,762) $(9,861)
Net Income (loss) per share - basic($0.06)($0.33)($0.13)($0.49)
Net Income (loss) per share - diluted($0.06)($0.33)($0.13)($0.49)
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic20,64320,03120,55819,927
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted20,64320,03120,55819,927
Planar Systems, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
Mar. 29, 2013Sep. 28, 2013
Accounts receivable, net18,82518,604
Other current assets 2,948  2,829 
Total current assets64,55371,185
Property, plant and equipment, net2,9483,554
Intangible assets, net270565
Other assets 10,081  6,580 
$77,852 $81,884 
Accounts payable13,46311,686
Current portion of capital leases759449
Deferred revenue1,6191,659
Other current liabilities 12,073  15,915 
Total current liabilities27,91429,709
Long-term portion of capital leases807545
Other long-term liabilities 4,674  5,111 
Total liabilities33,39535,365
Common stock185,532184,556
Retained earnings (deficit)(137,718)(134,751)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,357) (3,286)
Total shareholders' equity 44,457  46,519 
$77,852 $81,884 
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Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(In thousands, unaudited)
For the three months ended
Mar. 29, 2013Mar. 30, 2012
Gross Profit:
GAAP Gross Profit8,012 7,207 
Share-based compensation28 23 
Total Non-GAAP adjustments28 23 
Research and Development:
GAAP research and development expense1,828 2,767 
Share-based compensation(35)(24)
Total Non-GAAP adjustments(35)(24)
Sales and Marketing:
GAAP sales and marketing expense5,044 6,706 
Share-based compensation(82)(30)
Total Non-GAAP adjustments(82)(30)
General and Administrative:
GAAP General and Administrative Expense2,9133,701
Share-based compensation(279)(294)
Total Non-GAAP adjustments(279)(294)
Operating Expenses: