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Delivered Record First Half Results and Maintained 2021 Outlook for Record Year

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 05, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading gaming accessory maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR), reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021. The Company is also providing year-to-date performance alongside its second quarter summary results given the unusual quarterly dynamics in 2020 and 2021.

Second Quarter and First Half 2021 Summary vs. Year-Ago Period:

  • Second quarter net revenue was $78.6 million compared to $79.7 million a year ago; first half 2021 net revenue was up 50%;

  • Second quarter net income of $1.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.51 per diluted share; first half 2021 net income was up 127%;

  • Second quarter adjusted EBITDA was $5.0 million compared to $12.9 million; first half 2021 adjusted EBITDA was up 98%; and

  • Cash balance grew to $56.2 million compared to $21.2 million as of June 30, 2020.

Management Commentary

"Our excellent second quarter performance exceeded our net revenue and adjusted EBITDA outlook and produced a record first half, showcasing our ability to execute across our business even against tough comps where we outperformed the market in the year ago quarter," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach. "Our results continue to demonstrate skillful execution across our business as demand for our console gaming headsets and PC accessories remain strong. We did this while launching many new products across our console headsets and PC accessories during the quarter. Further, our announced entry into game controllers and gaming simulation hardware has been well-received and expands our portfolio into two rapidly growing markets, providing us with a significant opportunity to drive additional growth.

"We are riding on multiple, positive long-term trends as gaming accessory demand remains strong. Both Microsoft and Sony announced that the new consoles set records despite supply constraints. NPD reported that US sales of PC headsets, keyboards, and mice rose approximately 40% in the first half of 2021 year-over-year, and ROCCAT grew by approximately 200%1 during the same time, reflecting the impact of our expanding line of PC accessories and strength of our market presence."

"We continue to believe that we’re well-positioned to capitalize in the back half of the year as we expect continued strong demand for console headsets and our offerings in PC and new categories are expected to continue on their strong growth trajectory and become an increasingly meaningful part of our overall business. As we expand into new categories and increase our addressable market, we’ll continue our commitment to delivering high quality products with patented features that gamers love.

"We are confident in this strategy given our decade-long leadership position in gaming headsets, as well as the early momentum we are seeing in our new categories. From this, we are focused on our long-term revenue CAGR target of 10% to 20% while delivering category-leading EBITDA margins and maintaining a strong balance sheet. Ultimately, we believe these to be the cornerstones of our strategy to increase shareholder value."

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net revenue in the second quarter of 2021 was $78.6 million compared to $79.7 million in the year-ago quarter. The slight decline versus the year-ago quarter was driven by our outperformance of the market and competitors during last year’s surge in demand brought on by the stay at home orders. Given the unusual factors in the comparative year-ago period, we believe that it is instructive to show second quarter sales compared to the same quarter in 2019. Net revenue was up 90% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the $41.3 million generated in Q2 2019, and we believe this provides a more normalized growth rate and demonstrates the staying power and longer-term demand trends of the business.

Gross margin in the second quarter of 2021 was 36.5%, essentially flat versus 36.7% in the second quarter of 2020. Lower air freight costs and fixed cost leverage were offset by changes in business mix, a return to a more normalized level of promotional spend and higher regular freight costs.

Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2021 were $28.3 million compared to $19.3 million in the same 2020 period, with the increase primarily driven by the Company’s revenue run rate that is 60% higher than in 2019, as well as volume-related selling costs, a shift in marketing spend timing to align to new product launches, and investments to expand the Company’s portfolio in PC, controllers, and flight simulation.

Net income in the second quarter of 2021 was $1.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share (on 18.3 million weighted average diluted shares), compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.51 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding a number of adjustments to net income in both periods (as summarized below in Table 4), adjusted net income (as defined below in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures") in the second quarter of 2021 was $2.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to $6.8 million or $0.42 per diluted share. The weighted average diluted share count for the second quarter of 2021 was 18.3 million compared to 16.2 million in 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures") in the second quarter of 2021 was $5.0 million compared to $12.9 million in the year-ago quarter reflecting the above cited factors.

Balance Sheet Overview

At June 30, 2021, the Company had $56.2 million of cash and cash equivalents with no outstanding debt under its revolving credit facility. This compares to $21.2 million of cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2020, and $46.7 million of cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2020, with no outstanding revolving debt in either prior period. Inventories increased to over $80 million given intentional actions to pull forward shipments given global supply constraints as well as higher revenues and new products.

2021 Outlook

For the full year 2021, the Company continues to expect revenue to be approximately $385 million, up 7% from record $360 million in 2020 and constrained by anticipated semiconductor shortages. This anticipated growth is driven by continued strong sell through of the Company’s core products, the expansion of its PC accessories business, and additional revenues from new market entries. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $50 million, reflecting a 13% EBITDA margin despite increased investments to drive current and future growth. While the Company is maintaining its $50 million adjusted EBITDA outlook, the Company acknowledges and continues to monitor the dynamic ocean and land-based freight cost increases, which remain variable and prone to short-notice changes. Adjusted net income per diluted share is expected to be approximately $1.55, an increase from prior guidance of $1.50 based on the expected lower effective tax rate. For the full year we expect the effective tax rate to be approximately 20% a reduction from our approximately 27% estimate last quarter. Per share figures for the full year 2021 assume approximately 18 million diluted shares outstanding.

For the second half of 2021, the Company expects revenue to be approximately $213.4 million and adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $29.7 million. Adjusted net income per diluted share is expected to be approximately $0.88.

With respect to the Company's adjusted EBITDA outlook for the full year and second half of 2021, a reconciliation to its net income (loss) outlook for the same periods has not been provided because of the variability, complexity, and lack of visibility with respect to certain reconciling items between adjusted EBITDA and net income (loss), including other income (expense), provision for income taxes and stock-based compensation. These items cannot be reasonably and accurately predicted without the investment of undue time, cost and other resources and, accordingly, a reconciliation of the Company’s adjusted EBITDA outlook to its net income (loss) outlook for such periods is not provided. These reconciling items could be material to the Company’s actual results for such periods.

Conference Call Details

Turtle Beach Corporation will hold a conference call today, August 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its second quarter 2021 results.

Chairman and CEO Juergen Stark and CFO John Hanson will host the call, followed by a question and answer session.

Conference Call Details:
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT
Toll-Free Dial-in Number: (800) 708-4540
International Dial-in Number: (847) 619-6397
Conference ID: 50199322

For the conference call, please dial-in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time and an operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at (949) 574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.turtlebeachcorp.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to its reported results, the Company has included in this earnings release certain financial results, including adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as "non-GAAP financial measures." Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company's reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period-to-period comparisons of the Company's results. "NonGAAP Earnings" is defined as net income excluding (i) integration and transaction costs related to acquisitions, (ii) the effect of the mark-to-market requirement of the financial instrument obligation, (iii) any change in fair value of contingent consideration and (iv) the release of valuation allowances on deferred tax assets. "Adjusted EBITDA" is defined by the Company as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation (non-cash), and certain non-recurring items that we believe are not representative of core operations (e.g., the integration and transaction costs related to acquisitions, the mark-to-market adjustment for the financial instrument obligation and the change in fair value of contingent consideration). These non-GAAP financial measures are presented because management uses non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company’s operating performance, to perform financial planning, and to determine incentive compensation. Therefore, the Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to, and facilitates additional analysis by, investors. The presented non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that management does not believe reflect the Company’s core operating performance because such items are inherently unusual, non-operating, unpredictable, non-recurring, or non-cash. See a reconciliation of GAAP results to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA included below for each of the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.

About Turtle Beach Corporation

Turtle Beach Corporation (https://corp.turtlebeach.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for pioneering first-to-market features and patented innovations in high-quality, comfort-driven headsets for all levels of gamer, making it a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for the last decade. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products. Under the ROCCAT brand, Turtle Beach creates award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC accessories. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, and professionals that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events. Statements containing the words "may", "could", "would", "should", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "estimate", "target", "goal", "project", "intend" and similar expressions, or the negatives thereof, constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current belief and expectations, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.

While the Company believes that its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that its goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors, including risks and uncertainties, may affect actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by the Company or on its behalf. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, risks related to capital markets activities, the substantial uncertainties inherent in the acceptance of existing and future products, the difficulty of commercializing and protecting new technology, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on consumer demands and manufacturing capabilities; delays or disruptions in the supply of components for our products; risks relating to, and uncertainty caused by or resulting from, the COVID-19 pandemic, general business and economic conditions, risks associated with the expansion of our business including acquisitions, the integration of any businesses we acquire and the integration of such businesses within our internal control over financial reporting and operations, our indebtedness, the Company’s liquidity, and other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the Company’s other periodic reports. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement after the date of this release whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)

Table 1.

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net revenue

$

78,564

$

79,680

$

171,617

$

114,687

Cost of revenue

49,854

50,453

108,052

74,675

Gross profit

28,710

29,227

63,565

40,012

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing

15,678

9,559

27,223

17,207

Research and development

4,416

3,001

8,409

5,428

General and administrative

8,173

6,710

15,210

12,433

Total operating expenses

28,267

19,270

50,842

35,068

Operating income

443

9,957

12,723

4,944

Interest expense

73

83

170

252

Other non-operating expense (income), net

(65

)

(1,616

)

514

(1,419

)

Income before income tax

435

11,490

12,039

6,111

Income tax expense (benefit)

(1,286

)

3,286

1,480

1,462

Net income

$

1,721

$

8,204

$

10,559

$

4,649

Net income per share

Basic

$

0.11

$

0.56

$

0.67

$

0.32

Diluted

$

0.09

$

0.51

$

0.58

$

0.30

Weighted average number of shares:

Basic

15,920

14,581

15,737

14,538

Diluted

18,329

16,229

18,204

15,363

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

Table 2.

June 30,

December 31,

2021

2020

(unaudited)

ASSETS

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

56,197

$

46,681

Accounts receivable, net

28,025

43,867

Inventories

81,931

71,301

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

19,418

8,127

Total Current Assets

185,571

169,976

Property and equipment, net

6,917

6,575

Deferred income taxes

7,047

6,946

Goodwill

10,686

8,178

Intangible assets, net

6,442

5,138

Other assets

6,090

6,640

Total Assets

$

222,753

$

203,453

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Revolving credit facility

$

$

Accounts payable

47,909

42,529

Other current liabilities

32,835

36,122

Total Current Liabilities

80,744

78,651

Income tax payable

3,328

3,146

Other liabilities

4,989

5,257

Total Liabilities

89,061

87,054

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders’ Equity

Common stock, $0.001 par value - 25,000,000 shares authorized; 16,065,231 and 15,475,504 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

16

15

Additional paid-in capital

197,207

190,568

Accumulated deficit

(64,214

)

(74,773

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

683

589

Total Stockholders’ Equity

133,692

116,399

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

222,753

$

203,453

Turtle Beach Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 3.

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

$

12,448

$

31,842

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(5,816

)

(2,303

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Borrowings on revolving credit facilities

120,858

48,426

Repayment of revolving credit facilities

(120,858

)

(64,081

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options and warrants

3,262

59

Repurchase of common stock to satisfy employee tax withholding obligations

(463

)

(108

)

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

2,799

(15,704

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

85

(878

)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

9,516

12,957

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

46,681

8,249

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$

56,197

$

21,206

Turtle Beach Corporation

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures

(in thousands, except per-share data)

(unaudited)

Table 4.

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

Net Income (Loss)

GAAP Net Income (Loss)

$

1,721

$

8,204

$

10,559

$

4,649

Adjustments, net of tax:

Non-recurring business costs

851

1,402

Gain on acquisition-related settlement

(1,702

)

(1,702

)

Change in fair value consideration

223

238

Acquisition integration costs

76

44

216

244

Non-GAAP Earnings

$

2,648

$

6,769

$

12,177

$

3,429

Diluted Earnings Per Share

GAAP- Diluted

$

0.09

$

0.51

$

0.58

$

0.30

Non-recurring business costs

0.05

0.07

Gain on acquisition-related settlement

(0.10

)

(0.11

)

Change in fair value consideration

0.01

0.01

Acquisition integration costs

0.01

0.02

Non-GAAP- Diluted

$

0.14

$

0.42

$

0.67

$

0.22

Turtle Beach Corporation

GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 5.

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2021

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (1)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

78,564

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

78,564

Cost of revenue

49,854

(410

)

-

(90

)

-

49,354

Gross Profit

28,710

410

-

90

-

29,210

Operating expenses

28,267

(698

)

(322

)

(1,851

)

(1,075

)

24,321

Operating income

443

1,108

322

1,941

1,075

4,889

Interest expense

73

Other non-operating expense (income), net

(65

)

-

(65

)

Income before income tax

435

Income tax benefit

(1,286

)

Net income

$

1,721

Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,954

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2021

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (1)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

171,617

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

171,617

Cost of revenue

108,052

(647

)

-

(487

)

-

106,918

Gross Profit

63,565

647

-

487

-

64,699

Operating expenses

50,842

(1,200

)

(625

)

(3,240

)

(1,876

)

43,901

Operating income

12,723

1,847

625

3,727

1,876

20,798

Interest expense

170

Other non-operating expense (income), net

514

514

Income before income tax

12,039

Income tax expense

1,480

Net income

$

10,559

Adjusted EBITDA

$

20,284

(1) Other includes certain non-recurring business costs.

Turtle Beach Corporation

GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Table 5. (continued)

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2020

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (2)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

79,680

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

79,680

Cost of revenue

50,453

(593

)

-

(280

)

-

49,580

Gross Profit

29,227

593

-

280

-

30,100

Operating expenses

19,270

(435

)

(220

)

(1,126

)

(63

)

17,426

Operating income

9,957

1,028

220

1,406

63

12,674

Interest expense

83

Other non-operating expense (income), net

(1,616

)

1,388

(228

)

Income before income tax

11,490

Income tax expense

3,286

Net income

$

8,204

Adjusted EBITDA

$

12,902

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

Adj

As

Adj

Adj

Stock

Adj

Reported

Depreciation

Amortization

Compensation

Other (2)

EBITDA

Net revenue

$

114,687

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

114,687

Cost of revenue

74,675

(1,184

)

-

(338

)

-

73,153

Gross Profit

40,012

1,184

-

338

-

41,534

Operating expenses

35,068

(877

)

(443

)

(2,067

)

(343

)

31,338

Operating income

4,944

2,061

443

2,405

343

10,196

Interest expense

252

Other non-operating expense (income), net

(1,419

)

1,367

(52

)

Income before income tax

6,111

Income tax expense

1,462

Net income

$

4,649

Adjusted EBITDA

$

10,248

(2) Other includes certain business acquisition costs and change in fair value of contingent consideration.

1 The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service/Dollars and Units/US- Tech POS Monthly/YTD 2021 update

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Contacts

For Investor Information, Contact:
Cody Slach or Alex Thompson
Gateway Investor Relations
On Behalf of Turtle Beach
949.574.3860
HEAR@gatewayir.com

For Media Information, Contact:
MacLean Marshall
Sr. Director –PR/Communications
Turtle Beach Corp.
858.914.5093
maclean.marshall@turtlebeach.com

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