Data I/O Announces Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results

REDMOND, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Oct 26, 2009 -- Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated device programming systems, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Revenues for the third quarter of 2009 were $5.3 million, compared with $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2008 and $3.9 million in the second quarter of 2009. In accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), net income in the third quarter of 2009 was $331,000, or $0.04 per share, compared with net income of $1.2 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2008.

Gross margin as a percentage of sales in the third quarter of 2009 was 56.2 percent, compared with 59.7 percent in the third quarter of 2008 and 48.3% in the second quarter of 2009. This gross margin percentage decline compared to the third quarter of 2008 was primarily due to the impact of decreased sales volume relative to fixed operating costs. Our ability to generate a 56.2% gross margin on $5.3 million in sales was due primarily to achieving improved direct material margins and the actions taken over the past year to reduce labor and overhead. Backlog at the end of the quarter was $876,000.

Reflecting our continued emphasis on controlling costs and the past year's restructuring actions, operating expenses were $2.7 million for the third quarter of 2009 compared with $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2008.

The company's cash position improved by $571,000 during the third quarter, with cash at September 30, 2009 at $15.3 million compared to $11.6 million at September 30, 2008. This reflects the continuing efforts to improve collections and manage inventory. Delinquent accounts over 60 days have been reduced to $110,000 from $2.0 million one year ago, with the overall accounts receivable balance at $3.5 million and $7.8 million at September 30, 2009 and 2008 respectively. We have continued to focus on reducing our inventories which are at $4.3 million at September 30, 2009, down from $5.3 million one year ago. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $701,000 for the third quarter of 2009.

"While orders were down from the third quarter of last year in all geographies, we were pleased to see a 37% growth in orders over the second quarter of 2009 with growth in all geographies," said Fred Hume, President and CEO. "We are also pleased that we have been able to grow cash during the downturn and return to profitability; however, we continue to operate in challenging economic times. At the start of the fourth quarter we are seeing progressively stronger sales funnels worldwide."

"We are excited to announce that we have shipped our new FlashCORE III programmers in our FlashPAK during the quarter. FlashCORE III is also available in our ProLINE RoadRunner, FLX, and PS product families," said Hume. "We invite you to see our new products at the upcoming Productronica trade show in Munich on November 10th."

Conference Call Information

A conference call discussing the third quarter of 2009 financial results will follow this release today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time/5:00 p.m. Eastern time. To listen to the conference call, please dial (612) 234-9960 passcode: DAIO. A taped replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for one week. To access the replay, please dial (320) 365-3844, access code: 119417. The conference call will also be simultaneously web cast over the Internet; visit the News and Events section of the Data I/O Corporation website at to access the call from the site. This web cast will be recorded and available for replay on the Data I/O Corporation website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Data I/O Corporation

With over 35 years of expertise in delivering intellectual property to programmable devices, Data I/O offers complete, integrated manufacturing solutions in wireless, automotive, programming center, semiconductor, and industrial control market segments for OEM, ODM, EMS and semiconductor companies. Data I/O provides hardware and software solutions for turn-key programming and device testing services, as well as in-system (on-board), in-line (right before use at the SMT line), or in-socket (off-line) programming. These solutions are scalable for small, medium and large volume applications with different device mixes. Data I/O Corporation has headquarters in Redmond, Wash., with sales and services worldwide. For further information, visit the company's website at

Forward Looking Statement

Statements in this news release concerning future results from operations, financial position, economic conditions, product releases and any other statement that may be construed as a prediction of future performance or events are forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These factors include uncertainties as to levels of orders, ability to record revenues, release schedules, market acceptance of new products, changes in economic conditions and market demand, pricing and other activities by competitors, and other risks including those described from time to time in the Company's filings on Forms 10K and 10Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), press releases and other communications.

                           DATA I/O CORPORATION

(in thousands except
 per share data)            Third Quarter            Nine Months Ended
                      -------------------------  -------------------------
                       09/30/   09/30/  Percent   09/30/   09/30/  Percent
                        2009     2008   Change     2009     2008   Change
                      -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------
Net sales               5,317    7,807    -31.9%  13,593   22,018    -38.3%
Gross margin            2,990    4,664    -35.9%   7,315   12,983    -43.7%
Gross margin as
 percent of sales        56.2%    59.7%    -3.5%    53.8%    59.0%    -5.2%
Operating expenses:
  Research &
   development          1,055    1,093     -3.5%   3,096    3,358     -7.8%
  Selling, general
   and administrative   1,577    2,231    -29.3%   4,760    6,545    -27.3%
  Provision for
   restructure             23        0               203        7
                      -------  -------           -------  -------
    Total operating
     expenses           2,655    3,324    -20.1%   8,059    9,910    -18.7%
  Gain on sale             13        0                15    2,115
                      -------  -------           -------  -------
 income (loss)            348    1,340              (729)   5,188
    income  (expense)                79            (44)                            144                4
                                            -------    -------                      -------    -------
Income  (loss)  from
  operations  before
  taxes                                        427        1,296                            (585)      5,192
    Income  tax
      Expense  (benefit)              96              90                              231            142
                                            -------    -------                      -------    -------
Net  income  (loss)                  331        1,206                            (816)      5,050
                                            =======    =======                      =======    =======

                                            -------    -------                      -------    -------
Total  diluted
  Earnings  (loss)  per
  share                                      0.04          0.13                          (0.09)        0.56
                                            =======    =======                      =======    =======

Diluted  weighted
  average  shares
  outstanding                        8,983        9,167                          8,906        9,097

                                                      CONDENSED  BALANCE  SHEET
                                                              (in  thousands)

                                                                                09/30/      12/31/
                                                                                  2009          2008
                                                                                -------    -------

Cash  and  cash
  equivalents                                                        $15,331    $13,304
Accounts  receivable,
  net                                                                            3,495        5,659
Inventories                                                              4,272        5,039
Other  current  assets                                                266            408
Land,  building  and
  equipment                                                                1,725        2,290
Other  long-term
  assets                                                                          105            111
                                                                                -------    -------
        Total  assets                                                $25,194    $26,811
                                                                                =======    =======

Current  liabilities                                          $  4,636    $  5,695
Long  term  liabilities                                              142            276
Shareholders'  equity                                          20,416      20,840
                                                                                -------    -------
        Total  liabilities
          and  shareholders'
          equity                                                          $25,194    $26,811
                                                                                =======    =======

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