iRobot Corp., a consumer robots firms, announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020.
Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot, stated, "Consistent with our announcement on March 23, the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe impacted our first-quarter revenue performance as we saw disruptions to our sales and manufacturing supply chain activities and it also constrained our ability to address those challenges. The impact of lower-than-expected revenue on profitability was softened by better-than-expected gross margins associated with favorable mix shifts and pricing, combined with adjustments to short-term incentive compensation, delayed implementation of certain marketing activities and shifts in the timing of certain R&D programs. We remain focused on prioritizing the health, safety and productivity of our workforce, addressing fluid near-term customer demand, managing our cost structure and positioning our business to thrive once market conditions improve."
Commenting on the company's outlook moving forward, Angle noted, "Cleaning products are increasingly top of mind with consumers today, although the uncertain economic environment now facing consumers is likely to weigh heavily on when, where and whether they will buy a new Roomba® or Braava® robot. Looking ahead, we expect that our near-term revenue will be challenged as traditional retailers work down existing inventory, prioritize demand for essential products and manage through reduced operating hours, limited foot traffic and temporary store closures. Nevertheless, we have been encouraged by strong growth over the past several weeks in e-commerce sales, modestly better-than-expected sell-through trends in domestic retail stores, and solid overall demand for our Roomba® i7 and s9 robot vacuums and Braava jet m6 robot mops. Although our longer-term visibility is suboptimal, we remain optimistic for improved second-half performance versus the first half."
Angle concluded, "We believe that our prior experience managing through turbulent macroeconomic conditions will serve us well as we move forward through these unprecedented times. In addition to the benefits of our recent tariff exclusion and ongoing focus on efficiently managing our manufacturing supply chain, we are taking actions to recalibrate our spending. I am confident that our strong financial foundation, the ongoing commitment of our teams and continued execution on our top strategic initiatives to further differentiate our robots and build our direct-to-consumer sales channel will be instrumental in helping us navigate the challenging headwinds that lie ahead."
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On March 23, 2020, iRobot withdrew its financial expectations for 2020 as a result of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, including its duration and broader macroeconomic impact, as well as the evolving tariff exclusion process. Given current market conditions and suboptimal visibility, the company is not updating its outlook at this time but will share additional insight about its plans moving forward during its first-quarter 2020 results conference call.
First-Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call
iRobot will host a conference call tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its first-quarter 2020 financial results, and discuss its outlook going forward. Pertinent conference call details include:
Wednesday, April 29
8:30 a.m. ET
A live webcast of the conference call, along with the conference call prepared remarks, will be accessible on the event section of the company's website at https://investor.irobot.com/events/event-details/q1-2020-irobot-corp-earnings-conference-call. An archived version of the broadcast will be available on the same website shortly after the conclusion of the live event. A replay of the telephone conference call will be available through May 6, and can be accessed by dialing 404-537-3406, passcode 4191017.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot®, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba® Robot Vacuum in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide. iRobot's product line, including the Roomba and the Braava® family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and technologies to enable the smart home.
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