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Oct 22, 2014
European Sales Continue to Sag as Koss Reports Quarterly Results

MILWAUKEE, WI -- (Marketwired) -- 10/22/14 -- Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS), the U.S. based high-fidelity headphone company, has reported its first quarter results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

"Sales, especially in Europe, remain soft. We have begun to see the full impact of our cost reduction initiatives in the quarter ended September 30, 2014," Michael J. Koss, President and CEO, told employees here today. "Sales in Europe were off approximately $1.0 million with Ukraine and Czech Republic accounting for most of this sales decline compared to the same quarter last year. U.S. sales changes were impacted by a large promotional load-in order with a customer in last year's first quarter. When adjusted for that load-in sale, U.S. sales were actually higher this quarter as compared to last year."

Sales for the first quarter were $5,469,486 compared to $6,824,339 for the same three month period one year ago, a 19.9% decrease. The three month net loss was $94,998, compared to net income of $79,402 for the first quarter last year. Diluted loss per common share for the quarter was $0.01 compared with diluted income per common share of $0.01 for the same three month period one year ago.

"While we are certainly disappointed with recent sales figures, especially in the export markets, we have taken actions to significantly reduce our costs and conserve cash," Koss said. "These cost reductions included suspending our Mexico operations and curtailing the STRIVA product line development. There were also many other actions that helped reduce selling, general and administrative expenses by almost $1.0 million from last year's levels." Koss also noted that Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) from operations, which excludes unauthorized transaction related costs and recoveries, was $227,964 for the current quarter, compared to $174,052 for the same quarter last year.*

The Company determined that based on the financial results, the Company would not declare a dividend for the quarter ending September 30, 2014. The Company will determine whether to declare and the amount of any future dividends on a quarter-by-quarter basis.

* This is a non-GAAP financial measure for which reconciliation is provided along with the financial statements accompanying this release.

Koss Corporation markets a complete line of high-fidelity headphones, speaker-phones, computer headsets, telecommunications headsets, active noise canceling headphones, wireless headphones, and compact disc recordings of American Symphony Orchestras on the Koss Classics label.

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Three Months Ended
September 30
2014 2013
Net sales $ 5,469,486 $ 6,824,339
Cost of goods sold 3,626,769 4,512,694
Gross profit 1,842,717 2,311,645
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,938,993 2,884,481
Unauthorized transaction related costs and recoveries, net 52,492 (708,716 )
Total operating expenses 1,991,485 2,175,765
Income (loss) from operations (148,768 ) 135,880
Other expense:
Interest expense (4,333 ) (7,606 )
Income (loss) before income tax provision (benefit) (153,101 ) 128,274
Income tax provision (benefit) (58,103 ) 48,872
Net income (loss) $ (94,998 ) $ 79,402
Income (loss) per common share:
Basic $ (0.01 ) $ 0.01
Diluted $ (0.01 ) $ 0.01
Dividends declared per common share $ -- $ 0.06
Three Months Ended
September 30
2014 2013
Net income (loss) $ (94,998 ) $ 79,402
Interest expense 4,333 7,606
Income tax provision (benefit) (58,103 ) 48,872
Unauthorized transaction related costs and recoveries, net 52,492 (708,716 )
Depreciation of equipment and leasehold improvements 161,653 209,819
Amortization of product software development expenditures -- 364,539
Stock-based compensation expense 162,587 172,530
EBITDA from operations $ 227,964 $ 174,052

Michael J. Koss
President & CEO
(414) 964-5000
Email Contact

Source: Koss Corporation

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