Chyron reports 2006 revenues up 9% from 2005

Chyron Corporation (OTCBB: CYRO) announced that for its third quarter ended September 30, the Company generated net income of $0.2 million on revenues of $6.4 million. For the first nine months of 2006 the Company reported net income of $1.3 million on revenues of $19.9 million.

Third quarter revenues of $6.4 million were $0.1 million lower than the comparable prior year’s quarter. Third quarter revenues included approximately $0.3 million in sales from the Company’s ChyTV product line. Revenues of $19.9 million for the first nine months were $1.6 million or nine percent higher than the $18.3 million reported for the first nine months of 2005.

Gross margins for the third quarter improved to 70 percent compared to 60 percent in last year’s comparable quarter, and for the nine months improved to 68 percent compared to 61 percent for the same period in 2005. The gross margin increases resulted from lower material costs driven by greater interchangeability of components across product lines and, as a result, the ability to purchase in greater quantities at larger discounts.

Operating expenses of $4.4 million for the third quarter were $0.9 million higher than the $3.5 million incurred in the third quarter of 2005, primarily due to $0.3 million increased spending on product development in both the broadcast graphics and ChyTV product lines, $0.2 million from the adoption of a new accounting standard in 2006 that requires expensing of stock options, $0.3 million from increased trade show and other marketing costs and $0.1 million in legal and other consulting costs. Operating expenses of $12.2 million for the nine months were $1.1 million higher than the prior year period primarily due to $0.8 million increased spending on product development and $0.3 million in stock options expense.

Net income per share for the third quarter was $0.00 as compared to the $0.01 for the third quarter of 2005, whereas net income per share for the nine months was $0.03 as compared to $0.00 for the prior year’s nine month period.

Michael Wellesley-Wesley, Chyron President and CEO, commented, “When viewed in the context of our 2006 business plan Chyron’s third quarter performance is acceptable. After the strong revenue and earnings rebound we experienced in the second quarter, our third quarter performance reflects order slippage and revenue deferral pending customer acceptance. Yet we are ahead of our profits plan for the first nine months of 2006 and expect a strong fourth quarter performance. Overall we continue to expect that the second half of 2006 will show revenue increases over the first half of 2006 as well as the comparable prior year period.

“Some significant events took place in the third quarter that underpin our conviction that real progress continues to be achieved. Gross margins expanded to 70 percent as compared to 60 percent in last year’s comparable quarter. International revenues were $2.0 million versus $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2006 and $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2005. Quarterly ChyTV sales exceeded $0.3 million for the first time. We launched the first of our new mobile TV and channel branding products at a very successful IBC tradeshow in September and won a number of major technology awards. More importantly we are experiencing strong interest in these products which will have meaningful impact on revenues in 2007 if not sooner. All remaining convertible debenture debt was converted to restricted common stock at the end of the quarter, leaving only a bank term loan balance of less than one million dollars, the lowest debt level that the Company has had in over fifteen years. Most crucially for our future we continued to attract and hire a number of talented software engineers and a senior product manager.”

At September 30, 2006, the Company had cash on hand of $4.4 million and working capital of $5.0 million. For the nine months ended September 30, cash of $2.9 million was provided by operating activities, $0.6 million was used by investing activities and $0.3 million was used in financing activities (primarily repayments on the Company’s bank term loan). Shareholders’ equity grew to $3.7 million at September 30, 2006, through earnings as well as the conversion of all remaining convertible debentures into restricted common shares in September, which had the effect of increasing shareholders’ equity by $2.7 million.