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Glenn Wiener Investor Relations
Patrick Lavelle President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Stoehr Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tom Forte D.A. Davidson
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Operator

Good day and thank you for standing by and welcome to the VOXX Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Results Conference. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today’s conference is being recorded. I would now like to hand the conference to your host, Glenn Wiener, Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Glenn Wiener

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Patrick Lavelle

morning good Thank you, and Glenn everyone.

strong each we our expected, across business reported of As growth segments.

most Our our typically first quarter is challenging.

sales loss, have excluding However, some pleased have cost expenses. reported VOXX Pioneer, we legal are had of in $XX.X All net supply costs that was million higher and the issues we comparing performance. am also GalvanEyes quarters. and all the I with increased the one-time our improvement; underway adjusted a over with the small fiscal $XX XX%; I chain of especially our of with ‘XX, EBITDA the income fiscal were fiscal million XXXX operating will an attributable while were by with all facing absorb, and up $X.X operations the QX and these and we $X.X profitable industry things million million, when to transactions is quite considered, note associated XXXX that professional when higher Onkyo, to the first

our third-party OEM on of employees, investments, reported, and be last Our we as travel business. affected as overhead QX cut expenses would what stopped to drastically pandemic the of COVID many impact COVID. were results year shutdown. We to of able impact the full our by of And cut the and larger retailers we start see negatively customers many the were furloughed see until certain

XXXX improved the third by essentially sales of these we end As the cuts throughout of most restored year, quarter. fiscal our

new while more of the we operating the dramatically XXXX, sales business levels the future. as revenue increase at able overhead normal were creating was to higher we for streams first So, quarter entered cover and to

Automotive grew Our by segment $XX over million.

prior higher year program due entertainment to up, Nissan Our volumes by OEM coming business the and was shutdowns. aided rear-seat plant Armada online

launch, with Automotive, This pre-COVID starting duty was their of a and income program in aftermarket million levels had LED the $X.X won $X.X marks and Volvo awarded new month. million pre-tax this We roughly profitable We segment over during OEM improvement modules and years on a aftermarket a X categories mostly were at from higher for approximately Europe, third heavy shipments million, trucks. sales $X.X products small sales with OEM in up, end their fog kits, sales hope since QXXX first the as expand were of in to of across Nissan We Infiniti for also improved awarded Volvo electronic several program XXXX’s year-over-year. safety the also increases support fiscal quarter. acquired VSM January with with at light retailers which Overall, were program new We margins operating gross we automotive OEM award we rear-seat XXXX. were dealers from on. entertainment a

forward ship we be Amazon’s released EVO to gear start We dealers the with EVOLVE up built-in. as will EVOLVE solution in for current our will February ship to continue TV Fire rear-seat November to of XXXX. launch and in

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we with throughout projected, As Stellantis volume expect year. to up new ramp our program and launched EVOLVE the

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As full I the in swing quarter, first retail deal to with mentioned year’s in closures. and had we had last COVID-XX earlier store pandemic

normalized type with even operating are and product well of expanded at distribution will the future, that We assortment, many levels more the stay-at-home considering improved now be which not initial bodes COVID for anniversaried. purchases

and as CE whole, in quarter, a were $X.X sold a income obviously margins that warehousing to at first by freight clear year’s were were quarter. margins several pre-tax certain holiday loss this delivered year’s during overseas, last in higher the products million During run and distributor-like however, inbound that promotions inventory costs impacted segment, versus Onkyo. first The quarter small

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expect in We growth XQ.

product-related we beginning expenses. that will Automotive this raised more prices and product cost To a the greater business doing in However, of have offset be these increases, quarter due our segments will higher to QX impact so and have and and both positive Consumer in beyond.

closing second managed believe awards better point, the for to momentum. We meaningful expect our alliances new this and we entire transaction. I will the we have also have higher professional supply fees challenge, Onkyo are the associated cash the industry. generate growth, not near-term it’s present and a the we are strong even profitability positive and with ‘XX, But The a new alone, process issues to fiscal year, this and poised we and for given year half flow. formed, well

when for that, done, open the to it call questions. will I’ll turn then we with Mike. And over up he’s now Michael? So

Michael Stoehr

everyone. Pat. key color morning, I quarter Good highlights, financial a of P&L close transaction and balance Pat the little will and Onkyo provide first our Thanks, more with drivers, a view around our sheet. discussed

All million. were noted P&L my comparable fiscal sales XXXX up $XX.X fiscal XXXX Total are the unless of otherwise. for periods, and comments

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holidays. but these following higher margins. of promotions port overall We we related costs some fulfillment and higher the sold on are XX container delays the business And in also four, and ran segment’s new shortages impacted positively TC on surcharges sales and parts. shipping products for incurred costs to

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we received interest collateral, be the portion deducted As loaned purchase Of security and $XX Onkyo million, closing. accrued amount the be certain interest in cash assets. expected and purchase is will our upon price, to total and approximately total trademarks the from the cash

we We remarks. to up for for fiscal my the expect concludes will remainder need we $X support venture to are the the of operator, questions. year. the joint million roughly This call ready And open

Operator

from of the Instructions] question D.A. with [Operator have We a Davidson. Tom Forte line

line open. is Your

Tom Forte

Great. Thanks.

and handful on I wanted of at Pat a quarter. walk a Mike, time. through. had I I first will the So go off, one questions to congrats

for So challenging the participant provide first off, historical category, Pat, electronics as situation. in chain hoping you context current could some supply a long-time was consumer the

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Patrick Lavelle

really production, normally caused because has shipment delays, This for container product. have port lead of – part historically, like to we chip have times it’s production us before. that me, delays, seen purchasing I so we material, but have product areas, impacted and the COVID situations chip essentially whether raw the COVID. There excuse many procuring don’t has Well, this been – different think really shortages, chip expand problems

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bring any way in. bring to in we prepared that are need We to products

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Tom Forte

That Excellent. was helpful. very

today months next months I is, what had signs should three manner? in improvement? And looking July question ago than you challenging it I it it in and are how was six the ago? this Is more about So think for

Patrick Lavelle

Well, think we about things the shortages. like shortages had anticipated I hear – are chip we the from to and that, chip started – we

cases extended in were year. out we purchasing our we have long and items, So, lead a some over

why So, the The higher-priced chip reason freight and same rest on. we we instituted is increases. increases that’s really the the shortages chip have which is we not containers to bringing everybody increases, we are competitive as price quite instituted those offset in, thing. a because will us price increase but affect the some surcharge facing material the the delivered of in us, products market affected And and also there the feel then price with us. get And products to the raw

are a prices Obviously, it. to the the holiday season crunch. So, offset is always up going

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Tom Forte

more. Two Great.

provide doing questions automotive and you on part from you of So that? to some you customer efforts on as able of of as of you are lot Amazon stock, Can initiation with your following your Amazon our land how what portfolio. had are investors and a a product additional your details the significance

Patrick Lavelle

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Tom Forte

Great.

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Patrick Lavelle

was sorry, which plan this? I am

Tom Forte

Stellantis.

Patrick Lavelle

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Tom Forte

for taking my questions. Thanks Great.

Patrick Lavelle

Okay. thank Tom, you.

Operator

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Patrick Lavelle

this thank I morning. everyone joining call Okay. want you. for to Thank the

for will are the Fire and VOXX Stellantis, future, on the we which license will other TV, most Pioneer shift I be we start Onkyo from the And about technologically excited focus system deal, into it will the company believe generate as agreement close to the suppliers. business it on advanced as to We drive prospects we look and pretty the as additional Amazon Ford as the market. OEM the think we

have ladies, Thank great you your interest. a day. guys, for So

Operator

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