iRobot Corporation Rides U.S. Growth to a Great Quarter


iRobot has seen an "overwhelmingly positive response" to its new Braava jet floor mopping robot, IMAGE SOURCE: IROBOT CORPORATION

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iRobot Corporation announced solid first-quarter results Tuesday after the market close, and the market rewarded the home-robot specialist for its efforts, with shares up as much as 9.8% in Wednesday's early trading. Let's take a closer look at what iRobot accomplished in its latest quarter:

iRobot results: The raw numbers

Data source: iRobot Corporation.

What happened with iRobot this quarter?

  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) rose 7.6% year over year, to $14.1 million.
  • These results were largely ahead of guidance, which called for Q1 revenue of $125 million to $135 million, EPS ranging from a loss of $0.03 per share to net income of $0.04 per share, and adjusted EBITDA of $8 million to $11 million.
  • Home Robot revenue grew 14.9% year over year, to $127.7 million, including:
  • 55.5% year-over-year growth in domestic home-robot sales, to $63.2 million, based on continued momentum for the new Roomba 980, and an "overwhelmingly positive response" to the recently launched Braava jet floor-mopping robot. In fact, Braava jet achieved iRobot's highest day-one unit sales in company history.
  • An 8.4% decline in international home-robot sales, to $64.5 million, in line with expectations, given distributor order timing in the EMEA region. Japan achieved a "small" increase year over year given successful new marketing programs in the country.
  • Successful marketing campaign in Q4 resulted in year-over-year sell-through of more than 70%, causing U.S. retailers to restock shelves ahead of expectations in Q1.
  • Shortly after the quarter's end, closed the previously announced sale of defense and security business for up to $45 million in total consideration, including a $15 million milestone-based contingent payment.
  • Executed an $85 million accelerated stock-repurchase transaction shortly thereafter, funded partly by proceeds from the sale.
  • Separately repurchased just more than $12 million in common shares, bringing year-to-date repurchases to nearly $100 million.

What management had to sayiRobot Co-founder and CEO Colin Angle called the results "outstanding," noting that iRobot sustained its momentum, even on the heels of a record holiday season last quarter.

Angle also spoke to the longer-term potential for the new Braava jet -- which is still only available in the U.S. -- to diversify revenue away from the complementary Roomba line:

Looking forwardFor the current quarter, iRobot expects home-robot revenue of $145 million to $150 million, or year-over-year growth of roughly 6% to 10%. This should translate to adjusted EBITDA of $9 million to $12 million, and earnings per share of $0.06 to $0.14. By comparison, analysts' consensus estimates predicted second-quarter earnings of just $0.01 per share on revenue of $128.4 million.

Finally, for the full year 2016, iRobot reiterated previous guidance for revenue of $630 million to $642 million, EPS of $1.20 to $1.40, and adjusted EBITDA of $80 million to $90 million.

In the end, with iRobot's divestiture of the defense and security business complete, the company is free to hone its focus on taking as much share of the home-robot market as possible. Given its impressive performance stateside, as well as the impending launch of Braava jet in China and Japan, where hardwood floors are the norm, I think investors have every reason to celebrate today's results, and look forward to the future.

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