Universal Electronics Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

May 7, 2015

- Increased net income 16% over first quarter 2014 -

- Maintains long-term financial outlook of average annual sales growth of 5% to 10% and average earnings growth of 10% to 20% -

SANTA ANA, CA – May 7, 2015– Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ: UEIC) reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

Paul Arling, UEI's Chairman and CEO, stated: “During the first quarter of 2015, we performed as expected with net income increasing 16% compared to the first quarter of 2014. We continued to maintain strong relationships with our customers in subscription broadcasting, OEMs and smart device manufacturers to integrate both our traditional remote control solutions as well as our newest innovations into their current and future devices. In fact, many of our customers are focusing on introducing new, more differentiated remote controls that provide consumers with increasingly sophisticated capabilities including new connectivity protocols, voice control navigation and new design aesthetics, among others. While offering consumers more advanced technologies has been a longstanding trend in the home entertainment industry, it is now happening more quickly and more broadly than ever before. While in the short term we expect to see below average order volumes as some of our customers deplete existing inventories in advance of their new product rollouts, in the second half of 2015 we expect to begin benefitting from this growing trend.”

“Our strategy to build relationships with key customers in targeted geographies has served us well for nearly 30 years. By attracting brands in regions that represent the highest growth potential, we have been successful in winning new customers and taking share in subscription broadcasting, consumer electronics and now game consoles, smart TVs, as well as smart devices. The market is once again evolving, and we continue to be at the forefront of changing trends in home entertainment by ensuring we develop the innovative solutions that proactively address the needs of our customers and consumers,” concluded Arling.

Adjusted Pro Forma Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31: 2015 Compared to 2014

•   Net sales were $132.7 million, compared to $129.8 million.

•   Business Category revenue was $121.5 million, compared to $118.4 million. The Business Category contributed 91.6% of total net sales, compared to 91.2%.

•   Consumer Category revenue was $11.2 million, compared to $11.4 million. The Consumer Category contributed 8.4% of total net sales, compared to 8.8%.

•   Gross margins were 28.4%, compared to 28.3%.

•   Operating expenses were $28.6 million, compared to $28.0 million.

•   Operating income was $9.1 million, compared to $8.8 million.

•   Net income was $7.4 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.40 per diluted share.

•   At March 31, 2015, cash and cash equivalents was $97.1 million.

Bryan Hackworth, Senior Vice President and CFO, stated: “During the first quarter, we repurchased approximately 69,000 shares for $4.0 million at an average stock price of $57.89. Given the positive long-term trends in our industry, our stronger than ever market position and the trading range of our stock, we plan to aggressively buy back our shares over the next three months.”

Financial Outlook

For the second quarter of 2015, the company expects net sales to range between $143.0 million and $151.0 million, compared to $146.3 million in the second quarter of 2014. Adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015 are expected to range from $0.63 to $0.73, compared to adjusted pro forma earnings per diluted share of $0.66 in the second quarter of 2014.

Hackworth continued: “While there are normal ebbs and flows in our sales figures from time-to-time, the long-term outlook for our business remains unchanged. We continue to expect average annual sales growth of between 5% and 10% and average earnings growth of between 10% and 20%.”

Conference Call Information

UEI’s management team will hold a conference call today, Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, to discuss its first quarter 2015 earnings results, review recent activity and answer questions. To access the call in the U.S. please dial 877-843-0414 and for international calls dial 315-625-3071 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference. The conference ID is 24098012. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and available for replay for one year at www.uei.com. In addition, a replay of the call will be available via telephone for two business days, beginning two hours after the call. To listen to the replay, in the U.S., please dial 855-859-2056 and internationally, 404-537-3406. Enter access code24098012.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Metrics

Non-GAAP gross margins, Non-GAAP operating expenses, and Non-GAAP net income and earnings per share are supplemental measures of the company's performance that are not required by, and are not presented in accordance with GAAP. The Non-GAAP information does not substitute for any performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit is defined as gross profit excluding depreciation expense related to the increase in fixed assets from cost to fair market value resulting from acquisitions. Non-GAAP operating expenses are defined as operating expenses excluding amortization of intangibles acquired, employee related restructuring costs, and stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP net income is defined as net income from operations excluding the aforementioned items and the related tax effects. A reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial results to GAAP results is included at the end of this press release.

About Universal Electronics

Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems. The company's broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of infrared control software have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For All® brand name. For additional information, visit our website at www.uei.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the company’s ability to maintain and build its relationships with key customers; the company’s ability to anticipate the needs and wants of its customers and timely develop and deliver products that will meet those needs and wants; the continued success in winning new customers and growing its market share; the timing of new product rollout orders from the company’s customers as anticipated by management; the continued trend of the home entertainment industry in providing consumers with more advanced technologies; management's ability to manage its business to achieve its revenue and earnings as guided; and the other factors described in the company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results the company achieves may differ materially from any forward-looking statement due to such risks and uncertainties. The company undertakes no obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

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