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Digi International Reports First Fiscal Quarter 2009 Results

(Minneapolis, MN, January 22, 2009) - Digi International® Inc. (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com) reported revenue of $41.4 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2009, compared with $44.6 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2008, a decrease of $3.2 million, or 7.2%.

Below is a table setting forth certain GAAP and Non-GAAP results:

A table with more detailed reconciliations between net income and net income per diluted share to non-GAAP net income and net income per diluted share is provided later in this earnings release.

"The Digi team continues to execute steadfastly on its strategy in a tough environment," said Joseph Dunsmore, Digi's CEO. "Digi is positioned with its balance sheet, strong operating margins, and market and product positioning, to gain share and emerge in a strengthened position, despite rapidly changing economic conditions."

Revenue from embedded products in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 was $18.0 million compared to $20.7 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2008, a decrease of $2.7 million, or 13.0%. Revenue from non-embedded products was $23.4 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to $23.9 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2008, a decrease of $0.5 million, or 2.2%. Revenue from embedded products includes $1.0 million of Spectrum revenue in the first fiscal quarter of 2009. Revenue from non-embedded products includes Sarian-branded revenue of $3.1 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2009. Spectrum Design Solutions, Inc. and Sarian Systems, Inc. were acquired in April 2008 and July 2008, respectively. The weakening of the Euro and UK pound sterling had an unfavorable impact on revenue of $1.4 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to the first fiscal quarter of 2008.

Revenue by geographic region is shown below:

Gross profit was $21.2 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to $23.9 million in the same period in the prior year. The gross margin was 51.4% in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to 53.6% in the first fiscal quarter of 2008. The gross margin was lower in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 than in the comparable period a year ago due to unfavorable product mix within primarily the non-embedded products, including sales of Sarian non-embedded products which provide lower gross profit margins.

Total operating expenses in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 were $20.5 million, or 49.5% of revenue, compared to $19.3 million, or 43.3% of revenue, in the first fiscal quarter of 2008. The increase in operating expenses in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to the same quarter in the prior year is primarily due to incremental ongoing operating expenses for Sarian and Spectrum.

Total other income, net decreased by $0.8 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to the same quarter in the prior year due to a decrease in interest income, net of $0.5 million and foreign currency transaction losses of $0.3 million.

Reported net income was $1.0 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2009, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the first fiscal quarter of 2008. As a result of the extension in fiscal 2009 of the research and development tax credit for two additional years beyond calendar 2007, a benefit for research and development credits earned during the last three quarters of fiscal 2008 was recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, resulting in an additional tax benefit of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income and net income per diluted share for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 were $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, as detailed later in this earnings release.

Digi's cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, including long-term marketable securities, was $70.2 million at December 31, 2008, a decrease of $3.4 million from September 30, 2008. The decrease in the cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities balance at December 31, 2008 compared to the prior quarter is a result of payments for estimated income taxes, incentive compensation payments related to prior year company performance, and unfavorable changes in working capital. Please refer to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows which is included in this earnings release for additional cash flow details. At December 31, 2008, Digi's current ratio was 6.7 to 1 compared to 6.4 to 1 at September 30, 2008.

First Fiscal Quarter 2009 Business Highlights:

Digi's Wireless Drop-In Networking

Other Launches

Reconciliation Table:

Fiscal 2009 Guidance
Digi expects revenue for the second fiscal quarter of 2009 in a range of $40 million to $46 million, and earnings per diluted share in a range of $0.01 to $0.07. As previously announced in its pre-release on January 5, 2009, Digi projects annual revenue in a range of $170 million to $200 million. Digi projects GAAP earnings per diluted share to be in a range of $0.19 to $0.47.

First Fiscal Quarter 2009 Conference Call Details
Digi invites all those interested in hearing management's discussion of its quarter, on Thursday, January 22, 2009 after market close at 5:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. CST), to join the call by dialing (866) 700-6293 and entering passcode 92000866. International participants may access the call by dialing (617) 213-8835 and entering passcode 92000866. A replay will be available two hours after the completion of the call, and for one week following the call, by dialing (888) 286-8010 for domestic participants or (617) 801-6888 for international participants and entering access code 38683029 when prompted. Participants may also access a live webcast of the conference call through the investor relations section of Digi's website, www.digi.com.

About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, is the leader in device networking for business. Digi develops reliable products and technologies that enable companies to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the web.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "target," "estimate," "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "project," "should," or "continue" or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or similar terminology. Such statements are based on information available to management as of the time of such statements and relate to, among other things, expectations of the business environment in which the Company operates, projections of future performance, perceived opportunities in the market and statements regarding the Company's mission and vision. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including risks related to the highly competitive market in which the Company operates, rapid changes in technologies that may displace products sold by the Company, declining prices of networking products, the Company's reliance on distributors, delays in the Company's product development efforts, uncertainty in consumer acceptance of the Company's products, continued or increasing weakness in North America and in other regions due to changes in economic conditions, the current uncertainty in global economic conditions which could negatively affect product demand, the recent financial crises affecting the banking system and financial markets which could negatively impact the financial solvency of the Company's customers and suppliers, the extreme volatility in fixed income, credit and equity markets which could result in actual amounts realized on the Company's debt securities or other investments that differ significantly from current market values, the ability to achieve the anticipated benefits and synergies associated with acquisitions, and changes in the Company's level of revenue or profitability. These and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Many of such factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date for which they are made. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This release includes non-GAAP net income and net income per diluted share data.

Management understands that there are material limitations on the use of non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures are not substitutes for GAAP measures, such as net income, for the purpose of analyzing financial performance. The disclosure of these measures does not reflect all charges and gains that were actually recognized by the Company. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Digi believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Digi's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate Digi's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. Digi believes that providing net income and earnings per diluted share exclusive of the impact of discrete tax benefits permits investors to compare results with prior periods that did not include these items. Management uses the aforementioned non-GAAP measures to monitor and evaluate ongoing operating results and trends and to gain an understanding of the comparative operating performance of the Company. In addition, shareholders in the Company have expressed an interest in seeing financial performance measures exclusive of the impact of decisions relating to taxes, which while important, are not central to the core operations of Digi's business.

Digi International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

Digi International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

Digi International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Investor Contacts:
S. (Kris) Krishnan
Digi International
952-912-3125
Email: S. (Kris) Krishnan

Tom Caden
Dian Griesel Inc.
212-825-3210
Email: Tom Caden

For more information, visit Digi's Web site at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).

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