Mad Catz® Reports Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results and Announces Adoption of Restructuring Plan

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ), today announced financial results for the fiscal 2016 third quarter ended December 31, 2015. Mad Catz also announced the adoption of a Company-wide restructuring plan that includes several executive level and Board of Directors changes as specified in the Company’s previous announcement dated February 8, 2016.

 Key Highlights of Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter and Subsequent:

  • Fiscal 2016 third quarter net sales increased 114% to $65.0 million, the second highest quarterly net sales in the Company’s history;
  • Net sales growth driven by a 391% increase in net sales to the Americas, partially offset by a 6% decrease in net sales to EMEA and a 56% decrease in net sales to APAC;
  • Gross margin declined to 17.5% from 26.9% in the prior year quarter;
  • Total operating expenses increased 44% from the prior year period to $8.6 million;
  • Operating income increased 28% to $2.8 million;
  • Diluted net income per share was $0.02 for the fiscal 2016 third quarter, consistent with the prior year;
  • Net position of bank loans, less cash and restricted cash, of $17.7 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $12.7 million at September 30, 2015 and $10.7 million at December 31, 2014;
  • Sold no shares under the “At-the-Market” (“ATM”) equity offering program;
  • Shipped F.R.E.Q.TE™ 7.1 surround sound gaming headset for Windows PC;
  • Announced the Tritton Katana HD 7.1 surround sound gaming headset, a 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree and the First HDMI™-powered gaming headset for gaming consoles, Windows PC, smart devices and HDMI audio sources;
  • Announced the R.A.T. 1 gaming mouse, a 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree;
  • Shipped the stand-alone Rock Band™ 4 Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar Controller and the stand-alone Rock Band™ 4 Triple Cymbals Expansion Kit;
  • Announced new range of Street Fighter™ V licensed controllers, including fightsticks, Tournament Edition fightsticks and fightpad controllers;
  • Announced the E.S. PRO1™ Gaming Earbuds specifically designed for eSports gamers;
  • Announced that the Company will be the first to offer traditional video game controller hardware for the “Designed for Samsung” program;
  • Announced executive level and Board of Directors changes including the departure of Chairman of the Board, Thomas Brown; President and CEO, Darren Richardson; SVP Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, Whitney Peterson; and, the appointment of John Nyholt as Chairman of the Board; Karen McGinnis as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors; David McKeon as CFO; Tyson Marshall as General Counsel and Secretary; and Andrew Young as Chief Technology Officer; and,
  • The Board of Directors approved a restructuring plan focused on lowering operating costs, increasing efficiencies and better aligning the Company’s resources with its needs and goals.


Summary of Financials
(in thousands, except margins and per share data)
 Three Months   Nine Months  
 Ended December 31,   Ended December 31,  
  2015   2014  Change  2015   2014  Change
Net sales$65,038  $30,451   114% $116,930  $69,665   68%
Gross profit 11,405   8,178   39%  23,289   19,972   17%
Total operating expenses 8,584   5,971   44%  23,371   19,320   21%
Operating income (loss) 2,821   2,207   28%  (82)  652    (113%)
Net income (loss) 1,219   1,358    (10%)  (4,357)  (809)  439%
Net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted$0.02  $0.02   0% $(0.06) $(0.01)  500%
Gross margin 17.5%  26.9% (940) bps  19.9%  28.7% (880) bps
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$2,950  $2,713   9% $1,276  $2,156    (41%)


Definitions, disclosures and reconciliations regarding non-GAAP financial information are included on page 8.

Commenting on the Company’s fiscal 2016 third quarter results, Karen McGinnis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz, said, “Our quarterly net sales were the second highest in the Company’s history reflecting strong Rock Band 4 sales, which were partially offset by continuing softness in sales of our audio and PC gaming products. However, Rock Band sell-through was lower than originally forecast resulting in higher inventory balances as well as lower margins due to increased promotional activity with retailers.  Looking ahead, we are confident in our ability to further monetize our diverse range of products and are focused on updating and improving many of our product offerings to better leverage the opportunities we see ahead.”


Summary of Key Sales Metrics 
  Three Months   Nine Months  
  Ended December 31,   Ended December 31,  
(in thousands)  2015   2014  Change  2015   2014  Change 
Net Sales by Geography            
 Americas$47,002  $9,573   391% $79,003  $22,281   255%
 EMEA 16,702   17,825    (6%)  32,000     37,104    (14%)
 APAC 1,334   3,053    (56%)  5,927   10,280    (42%)
  $65,038  $30,451   114% $116,930  $69,665   68%
Sales by Platform as a % of Gross Sales            
 Next gen consoles (a) 79%  21%    71%  19%  
 PC and Mac 14%  43%    19%  44%  
 Universal 5%  25%    6%  23%  
 Smart devices 2%  5%    3%  8%  
 Legacy consoles (b) -%  6%    1%  6%  
   100%  100%    100%  100%  
Sales by Category as a % of Gross Sales            
 Specialty controllers 72%  22%    67%  23%  
 Audio 16%  47%    18%  43%  
 Mice and keyboards 6%  23%    8%  23%  
 Accessories 4%  4%    3%  4%  
 Games and other 1% - %    2%  1%  
 Controllers 1%  4%    2%  6%  
   100%  100%    100%  100%  
Sales by Brand as a % of Gross Sales            
 Mad Catz 78%  34%    72%  34%  
 Tritton 15%  44%    17%  39%  
 Saitek 6%  17%    9%  18%  
 Other 1%  5%    2%  9%  
   100%  100%    100%  100%  
 (a) Includes products developed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U.      
 (b) Includes products developed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.      


Restructuring Plan

On February 5, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a restructuring plan focused on lowering operating costs, increasing efficiencies and better aligning its workforce with the needs of the business. The plan consists of a reduction in the number of positions across the organization equal to approximately 37% of the total workforce and includes changes at the executive level. As a result of these actions, the Company expects to record a pre-tax cash restructuring charge of approximately $3.0 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, comprised primarily of severance and benefits afforded to terminated employees and executive officers (inclusive of amounts due Messrs. Richardson and Peterson pursuant to their amended and restated employment agreements, dated as of April 22, 2014). The Company anticipates that the actions associated with these headcount reductions will be substantially completed by the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, and that these actions will result in annual savings in excess of $5.0 million starting in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

In addition and as announced yesterday on February 8, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors approved several changes to its executive leadership team and Board of Directors composition, effective immediately. Those changes include:


  • Thomas Brown resigned from the Company’s Board, including from his roles as Chairman of the Board and member of the Audit Committee;
  • Darren Richardson agreed to resign from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors; and,
  • Whitney Peterson agreed to resign from his position as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Company.


  • Mr. John Nyholt as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Nyholt has been a director of the Company since October 2013;
  • Karen McGinnis as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Company’s Board.  Ms. McGinnis was previously Chief Financial Officer of the Company;
  • David McKeon as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. McKeon was previously VP, Corporate Controller of the Company;
  • Tyson Marshall as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  Mr. Marshall was previously Associate General Counsel of the Company; and,
  • Andrew Young as Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Young was previously Vice President, Product Development of the Company.

Ms. McGinnis, added, “Today, we are announcing a restructuring plan that we strongly believe will enable Mad Catz to be more competitive and increase our focus on operational, technological and commercial actions that will help us achieve our long-term vision. These changes will allow us to operate more effectively and help create an organization that is more agile, able to pursue growth and regain share in our core markets by simplifying our processes and reducing our operating costs, thus increasing our competitiveness and profitability without compromising the quality of our product offering. This realignment of our resources will also enable us to better support strategic initiatives that will make our product slate more competitive, help us gain added consumer interest and create sustainable shareholder value.

“In closing, I’d like to recognize the tremendous value that Thomas, Darren and Whitney have brought to Mad Catz during their tenure, thank them for their many contributions throughout the years and wish them the very best.”

The Company will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast on February 9, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing (212) 231-2927. Following its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed for 30 days at the Company's Web site (, select “About Us/Investor Relations”) or via telephone at (800) 633-8284 (reservation #21804861) or, for International callers, at (402) 977-9140.

About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands.  Mad Catz products cater to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows® PC and Mac® computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.  Mad Catz distributes its products through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers around the globe.  Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mad Catz maintains offices in Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company’s website at

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Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Nine Months
  Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
   2015   2014   2015   2014 
Net sales  $65,038   $30,451   $116,930   $69,665 
Cost of sales   53,633    22,273    93,641    49,693 
Gross profit 11,405   8,178   23,289   19,972 
Operating expenses:        
Sales and marketing 4,865   2,673   12,038   8,562 
General and administrative 2,600   2,337   8,132   8,210 
Research and development 1,007   852   2,869   2,220 
Amortization of intangible assets 112   109   332   328 
Total operating expenses 8,584   5,971   23,371   19,320 
Operating income (loss)   2,821    2,207    (82)   652 
Other expense:        
Interest expense, net (657)  (238)  (1,278)  (563)
Foreign currency exchange loss, net (657)  (83)  (750)  (500)
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities 1,200   1   283   56 
Other income 18   13   40   92 
Total other expense (96)  (307)  (1,705)  (915)
Income (loss) before income taxes   2,725    1,900    (1,787   (263)
Income tax expense   (1,506   (542   (2,570   (546
Net income (loss)  $1,219   $1,358   $(4,357  $(809
Net income (loss) per share:        
Basic$0.02  $0.02  $(0.06) $(0.01)
Diluted$0.02  $0.02  $(0.06) $(0.01)
Shares used in per share computations:        
Basic 73,469,571   64,488,798   73,469,571   64,240,446 
Diluted 73,902,905   64,644,470   73,469,571   64,240,446 

 Consolidated Balance Sheets
 (in thousands)
   2015   2015 
Current assets:   
 Cash$3,986  $5,142 
 Restricted cash 5,780     - 
 Accounts receivable, net 26,944   7,823 
 Other receivables 1,384   560 
 Inventories 27,738   15,479 
 Deferred tax assets 169   2,245 
 Income taxes receivable 341   967 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,707   1,293 
   Total current assets 69,049   33,509 
Deferred tax assets 7,585   7,605 
Other assets 606   418 
Property and equipment, net 3,682   3,376 
Intangible assets, net 2,377   2,584 
   Total assets$83,299  $47,492 
Current liabilities:   
 Bank loans$27,502  $7,920 
 Accounts payable 28,351   16,404 
 Accrued liabilities 12,778   4,196 
 Notes payable 637   1,015 
 Income taxes payable 536   141 
   Total current liabilities 69,804   29,676 
Notes payable, less current portion 158   36 
Warrant liabilities 904   1,187 
Deferred tax liabilities 43   43 
Deferred rent 691   762 
   Total liabilities 71,600   31,704 
Shareholders' equity:   
 Common stock 63,485   63,128 
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,212)  (5,123)
 Accumulated deficit (46,574)  (42,217)
   Total shareholders' equity 11,699   15,788 
   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$83,299  $47,492 

 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 (in thousands)
  Nine Months
  Ended December 31,
   2015   2014 
Cash flows from operating activities:   
 Net loss$(4,357) $(809)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash   
   used in operating activities:   
 Depreciation and amortization   1,711     1,549 
 Accrued and unpaid interest expense on note payable   -     10 
 Amortization of deferred financing fees   262     57 
 Loss on disposal of assets   4     8 
 Stock-based compensation   357     376 
 Change in fair value of warrant liabilities   (283)    (56)
 Provision for deferred income taxes   2,096     114 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
 Accounts receivable   (19,150)     (7,314)
 Other receivables   (825)    511 
 Inventories   (12,277)    (1,460)
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (1,168)    (49)
 Other assets   114     36 
 Accounts payable   12,031     2,585 
 Accrued liabilities   8,698     (292)
 Deferred rent   (71)    553 
 Income taxes receivable/payable   1,019     (50)
   Net cash used in operating activities (11,839)  (4,231)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
 Purchases of intangible assets (125)    - 
 Purchases of property and equipment   (1,600)    (1,604)
   Net cash used in investing activities (1,725)  (1,604)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
 Borrowings on bank loans   103,629     53,839 
 Repayments on bank loans   (84,047)    (44,824)
 Payment of financing fees   (818)     (50)
 Changes in restricted cash   (5,780)    - 
 Borrowings on notes payable   95     - 
 Repayments on notes payable   (501)    (791)
 Proceeds from exercise of stock options   -     236 
 Payment of expenses related to issuance of common stock   (164)    - 
   Net cash provided by financing activities 12,414   8,410 
Effects of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash (6)  (181)
   Net increase in cash (1,156)  2,394 
Cash, beginning of period 5,142   1,496 
Cash, end of period$3,986  $3,890 

 Supplementary Data
 Adjusted EBITDA (Loss) Reconciliation (non-GAAP)
 (in thousands)
  Three Months Nine Months
  Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
   2015   2014   2015   2014 
Net income (loss)$1,219  $1,358  $(4,357) $(809)
 Depreciation and amortization   673     440     1,711     1,536 
 Stock-based compensation   95     136     357     376 
 Change in fair value of warrant liabilities   (1,200)    (1)    (283)    (56)
 Interest expense, net   657     238     1,278     563 
 Income tax expense   1,506     542     2,570     546 
Adjusted EBITDA$2,950  $2,713  $1,276  $2,156 

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP (“Generally Accepted Accounting Principles”) financial measure, represents net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation and change in the fair value of warrant liabilities. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor is it being presented as an alternative to operating or net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. As defined, Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation. Our management believes, however, that in addition to the performance measures found in our financial statements, Adjusted EBITDA is a useful financial performance measurement for assessing our Company’s operating performance. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measurement of operating performance in comparing our performance on a consistent basis over prior periods, as it removes from operating results the impact of our capital structure, including the interest expense resulting from our outstanding debt, and our asset base, including depreciation and amortization of our capital and intangible assets. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure for our lender.



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