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Logitech to Restructure After 2% Drop in Sales

Logitech will eliminate a layer of management following 2% drop in sales for fiscal year 2012 and 44% drop in net income.


Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) announced sales were down 2 percent overall for fiscal year 2012 from $2.36 billion to $2.32 billion.

Logitech, which makes webcams and remote controls for retail, stopped focusing on the custom installation market several years ago. Sales for Q4 FY 2012 were $532 million, down 3 percent from $548 million in Q4 FY 2011. Excluding the unfavorable impact of exchange rates, sales decreased by 2 percent compared to the prior year. Operating income was $24 million compared to $4 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Net income for Q4 FY 2012 was $28 million ($0.17 per share) compared to net income of $3 million ($0.02 per share) in Q4 of FY 2011. Gross margin for the quarter was 36.4 percent compared to 32.8 percent in the same quarter one year ago.

Logitech's retail sales for Q4 FY 2012 decreased year over year by 2 percent, primarily due to a 17 percent drop in sales in North and South America.

For the full year, operating income was $72 million, down 50 percent from $143 million a year ago. Net income for the full fiscal year was $71 million ($0.41 per share), down 44 percent from $128 million ($0.72 per share) in FY 2011. Gross margin for FY 2012 was 33.5 percent compared to 35.4 percent in FY 2011.

"I look forward to leading Logitech to improved performance," says Bracken Darrell, Logitech president. "To get back to sustained, profitable growth, we need to be simpler, faster and more consumer-centric. Some of this transformation has already begun, with the management team's work to reinvigorate the product portfolio. We now need to simplify the organization through restructuring. With board approval, I have eliminated a layer of business and sales executive management; the leaders of our business groups and sales regions now report directly to me. In addition, we will consolidate brand management and product portfolio management under the leadership of the business groups, and streamline most other functions. I expect most of this restructuring to be completed by the end of the current quarter, freeing up resources to pursue our growth opportunities. The restructuring should result in a reduction of approximately $80 million in annual operating costs."

"I believe the organizational streamlining that Bracken is driving is a decisive step for Logitech's future," says Guerrino De Luca, Logitech chairman and chief executive officer. "Looking ahead, I am also excited about what I believe is a strong lineup of new products with a much clearer value proposition to consumers. We expect that increasingly differentiated products will provide strong up-sell opportunities across all of our businesses. The majority of these new products will launch in Q2."

Logitech expects to benefit from a stronger product portfolio, the simplification of the organization and processes, and cost savings from the restructuring, resulting in improved financial performance in the second half of Fiscal 2013.




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Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

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Posted by D Bendell  on  05/14  at  05:11 PM

Maybe they now realize that letting their products be mass merchandised at cost all over the Internet wasn’t such a good idea! That it is cheaper to buy thru amazon than my local distributors like DandH! When you do that distributors are less likely to motivate their dealers to buy and promote lines that are so badly distributed on the Internet.
Harmony used to be a margin product! Why would I want to add more Logitech business to a broken distribution model?

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