Data I/O Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Year 2011
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Data I/O Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Year 2011

REDMOND, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 28, 2012 -- Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading global provider of advanced programming and IP management solutions used in the manufacturing of flash and flash-based intelligent devices, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.


Financial Results
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $5.7 million, down 17.6% compared with $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $7.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. On a product basis, the sales decrease was primarily in Data I/O's automated PS family, which were down 31% year-over-year, while non-automated systems were down 15% compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $3,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared with net income of $611,000 or $0.07 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2010.

All regions had a decline in revenue, with Americas down 27%, Europe down 20%, and Asia down 5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Data I/O ended the fourth quarter with a backlog of $0.8 million, compared to $1.6 million at December 31, 2010, and $1.3 million at the end of the third quarter of 2011.

"This month, we introduced our newest automated system, the FLXHD, a duplication system for the rapidly growing e-MMC device market. This system greatly increases the number of devices that can be programmed simultaneously. It is being demonstrated at the Apex trade show in San Diego this week," said Fred Hume, President and CEO. "For Data I/O, mobile devices, especially smart phones and tablets, are growing rapidly and we continue to view this segment as a core driver of our future business."

Orders for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $5.1 million compared with $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. While Asia was basically flat, Americas were down 25% and Europe was down 32% in the fourth quarter. In the Americas, the decline in orders is primarily related to wireless business in that region, particularly in Mexico and Canada. We believe the decline in European orders primarily relates to the overall economic uncertainty throughout the Euro zone. Orders for the RoadRunner family were up 10% and the FLX family up more than seven-fold, while other product families were down compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.

"We are pleased to have the new RoadRunner3 and Factory Integration Software, which were highlights for the quarter, and together with the new FLXHD show strong opportunities in our current sales funnels, said Mr. Hume."

Gross margin as a percentage of sales in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 54.5%, compared with 56.4% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 55.9% in the third quarter of 2011. This gross margin decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 and third quarter of 2011 was primarily due to the impact of decreased sales volume relative to fixed operating costs.

Operating expenses decreased by $76,000, from $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $3.3 million the same period in 2010, and decreased sequentially by $408,000 compared to $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, the operating expenses change consisted of reduced incentive compensation plan expense of $234,000 due to the financial results, offset in part by $89,000 of other higher Selling, General and Administrative expenses primarily due to the Productronica trade show in November 2011, increased marketing personnel costs, and an increase in Research and Development of $69,000 primarily associated with the Azido initiative.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, revenue increased 1% to $26.7 million, from $26.4 million for 2010. For the year 2011, net income was $1.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to $3.0 million, or $0.33 per share, for 2010. For the year 2011, gross margin as a percentage of sales was 57.1%, compared with 58.1% in 2010. The change in gross margin percentage was primarily due to higher service expense of $285,000, product mix-related higher materials cost of $184,000, and increased factory variances of $148,000, offset in part by lower engineering costs associated with software development contracts compared to 2010.

Operating expenses in 2011 were $2 million higher than in 2010 primarily related to costs associated with accelerating product development initiatives, costs associated with Azido, higher personnel costs, and the costs associated with outside contractors and consultants, offset in part by $422,000 of lower incentive compensation due to the financial results. The use of net operating losses in carry forward continued to result in a low percentage rate income tax expense which was related to foreign, state and federal alternative minimum taxes during the period.

The Company's cash position at December 31, 2011 decreased $260,000 during the quarter to $18.1 million primarily due to Data I/O's share repurchase program. Accounts receivable decreased to $4.4 million at December 31, 2011 compared to $5.0 million at December 31, 2010 primarily due to the decrease in sales volume in the fourth quarter. Inventories were at $4.0 million at December 31, 2011, up from $3.6 million at December 31, 2010 and from $3.8 million at the end of the third quarter of 2011 due to new product inventory and purchases for an expected higher sales level during the fourth quarter. Deferred revenue decreased to $1.5 million at December 31, 2011 compared to $1.6 million at December 31, 2010, but increased from $1.4 million at September 30, 2011.

Conference Call Information
A conference call discussing the fourth quarter and 2011 financial results will follow this release today at 2 p.m. Pacific time/5 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call, please dial (612) 288-0340 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: 237885. 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
Celebrating 40 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 is the leader in programming and 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.

Summary Financial Data Below

                            DATA I/O CORPORATION                            
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                    
                  (in thousands, except per share amounts)                  
                                  Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended 
                                     December 31,          December 31,     
                                 --------------------  -------------------- 
                                    2011       2010       2011       2010   
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net Sales                        $   5,723  $   6,947  $  26,666  $  26,396 
Cost of goods sold                   2,604      3,030     11,431     11,052 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
  Gross margin                       3,119      3,917     15,235     15,344 
Operating expenses:                                                         
  Research and development           1,361      1,292      5,470      4,159 
  Selling, general and                                                      
   administrative                    1,815      1,959      8,304      7,685 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Total operating expenses         3,176      3,251     13,774     11,844 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
  Gain on sale of assets                 -          -          -         13 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Operating income (loss)            (57)       666      1,461      3,513 
Non-operating income (expense):                                             
  Interest income                       52         22         97         52 
  Interest expense                     (12)        (2)       (14)       (11)
  Foreign currency transaction                                              
   gain (loss)                          (3)       (46)      (248)      (268)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
  Total non-operating income                                                
   (loss)                               37        (26)      (165)      (227)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Income (loss) before income                                                 
 taxes                                 (20)       640      1,296      3,286 
Income tax (expense) benefit            23        (29)      (233)      (274)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net income                       $       3  $     611  $   1,063  $   3,012 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
  Basic earnings per share       $    0.00  $    0.07  $    0.12  $    0.33 
  Diluted earnings per share     $    0.00  $    0.07  $    0.11  $    0.33 
Weighted-average basic shares        9,246      9,026      9,181      8,997 
Weighted-average diluted shares      9,312      9,159      9,320      9,122 

                            DATA I/O CORPORATION                            
                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                        
                      (in thousands, except share data)                     
                                                  December 31,  December 31,
                                                      2011          2010    
                                                 ------------- -------------
CURRENT ASSETS:                                                             
  Cash and cash equivalents                      $      18,120 $      18,942
  Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance                               
   for doubtful accounts of $115 and $138                4,351         4,975
  Inventories                                            3,964         3,570
  Other current assets                                     543           528
                                                 ------------- -------------
    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                26,978        28,015
Property, plant and equipment - net                      1,489         1,256
Intangible software technology-net                       2,793             -
Other assets                                                85           153
                                                 ------------- -------------
    TOTAL ASSETS                                 $      31,345 $      29,424
                                                 ============= =============
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                                                        
  Accounts payable                               $       1,122 $       1,234
  Accrued compensation                                   1,255         1,578
  Deferred revenue                                       1,464         1,572
  Other accrued liabilities                                710           770
  Accrued costs of business restructuring                    -            58
  Income taxes payable                                      72           108
  Current portion long-term debt                             -            92
                                                 ------------- -------------
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                            4,623         5,412
Long-term other payables                                   253            47
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                        
  Preferred stock -                                                         
    Authorized, 5,000,000 shares, including                                 
     200,000 shares of Series A Junior                                      
    Issued and outstanding, none                             -             -
  Common stock, at stated value -                                           
    Authorized, 30,000,000 shares                                           
    Issued and outstanding, 9,207,730 and                                   
     9,027,867 shares                                   23,414        22,172
  Accumulated earnings                                   1,964           900
  Accumulated other comprehensive income                 1,091           893
                                                 ------------- -------------
      TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                        26,469        23,965
                                                 ------------- -------------
      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $      31,345 $      29,424
                                                 ============= =============

Joel Hatlen 
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Data I/O Corporation
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