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Form 10-Q for CUI GLOBAL, INC.


13-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

General

Management's discussion and analysis contains various "forward looking statements." Such statements consist of any statement other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," or "continue" or use of negative or other variations or comparable terminology.

CUI Global cautions that these forward-looking statements are further qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are necessarily speculative, and there are certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those referred to in such forward-looking statements.

Overview

CUI Global, Inc. is a Colorado corporation organized on April 21, 1998. The Company's principal place of business is located at 20050 SW 112th Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon 97062, phone (503) 612-2300. CUI Global is a platform company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition, development and commercialization of new, innovative technologies. Through its subsidiaries, CUI Global has built a diversified portfolio of industry leading technologies that touch many markets.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, CUI Global had a loss from operations of $1,773,190. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, CUI Global had a consolidated net loss of $2,249,646, with a net loss attributable to CUI Global of $2,249,646. The net loss is primarily the result of the decrease in revenues and related gross profits during the nine month period, an increase in sales, general and administrative expenses incurred in relation to the indirect costs associated with the equity raises completed during the first nine months of the year and increased sales efforts and related costs for the Vergence GasPT2 product which required significant travel and some continuing development and costs associated with safety certification of the device prior to sale and installation, continued development of the Novum and Solus products, as well as stock compensation expenses for issuances to officers and employees as bonuses for achieving corporate goals, stock issued to consultants related to investor relations activities and an impairment loss recognized related to the intangible, trademark and trade name V-Infinity during the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

CUI, Inc. - Subsidiary

CUI, Inc., is a Tualatin, Oregon based provider of electronic components including power supplies, transformers, converters, connectors and industrial controls for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Through CUI, Inc., the Company holds 352,589 common shares (representing an 11.54% interest) in Test Products International, Inc., a provider of handheld test and measurement equipment. Since its inception in 1989, CUI has been delivering quality products, extensive application solutions and superior personal service. CUI's solid customer commitment and honest corporate message are a hallmark in the industry.

Through CUI's capabilities and extensive contacts throughout Asia, CUI Global is able to continue to identify, acquire and commercialize new proprietary technologies. CUI Global will use CUI's market partners and global distribution capabilities to bring other products to market, including the Novum Digital Power Modules, Solus Power Topology, Vergence GASPT2 and other proprietary devices, described below. CUI's testing and R&D capabilities allow CUI Global to commercialize and prototype its products more efficiently and economically.

CUI defines its product into three categories: components including connectors, speakers, buzzers and control solutions including encoders and sensors; power solutions which include Novum and Solus; and test and measurement which include the Vergence GasPT2. These offerings provide a technology architecture that addresses power and related accessories as well as test and measurement capabilities to industries ranging from consumer electronics to defense and alternative energy.

V-Infinity Power

Our current power line, V-Infinity, consists of external and embedded ac-dc power supplies, dc-dc converters and basic digital point of load modules. This dynamic, broadly applicable product line accounts for a significant portion of our current revenue and recent revenue growth.

Novum™ Advanced Power

CUI entered into a non-exclusive Field of Use Agreement with Power-One, Inc. (Nasdaq: PWER) to license Power-One's Digital Power Technology patents. The license provides access to Power-One's portfolio of Digital Power Technology patents for incorporation into CUI's new line of digital point of load power modules. CUI, through its power division, manufactures a range of embedded and external power electronics devices for OEM manufacturers.

We have developed the first fully featured digital point of load dc-dc converter in the power market under our Novum Advanced Power line of products. This product is a next generation product targeted at the intermediate bus power architecture that is prolifically used in the telecom and networking communications market. In September of 2010 we released full production versions of two point of load modules. We were finalists for the prestigious Golden Mousetrap Award and EDN Innovation Award for these parts in 2010. With the shift towards smarter, smaller, and more energy efficient power requirements, engineers are seeking innovative solutions that allow them to keep pace with lower core voltages, faster transient response needs, and increasing thermal issues that they face in their designs. Our recently introduced Novum NDM2 modules, with a full suite of digital features, specifically address these growing system complexities through intelligent power management. The NDM2 series is the first to be designed by the company as part of the Ericsson cooperation announced in July 2011. The agreement formalizes a plan between the two companies to offer a multi-source digital POL platform based on the Ericsson BMR46X series, with future plans to co-develop modules outside the existing range of 10~50A. We have also developed a middle ground product to ease the customer base into the benefits of digital in power. We developed a "smart module" that allows for the benefits of digital in the design cycle but when installed functions like a highly optimized analog unit.

Solus™ Power Topology

CUI entered into an exclusive Field of Use Agreement with California Power Research to license their BPS-5 topology, now marketed as the Solus Topology. Through the Solus Topology, we have a proprietary patented power topology for designing unique power circuits. This topology allows for higher efficiencies, densities, response time, and price competitiveness that is otherwise unavailable. Our initial product designed using this topology is in the quarter brick dc-dc converter market. Solus is an entirely new topology, rich in features that accelerate the performance trend trajectories for the big-four power conversion needs in the telecom and server markets: greater efficiency; higher power density; reduced EMI (electro-magnetic interference); and faster transient response four times as fast. We have introduced the NQB2060 Novum® one quarter brick bus converter as a prime example of the benchmark 720 watts output power performance using the Solus Topology. Since the Solus Topology maintains its effectiveness independent of the control method used, it can operate with analog voltage mode control, analog current mode control, and various digital control profiles. That unique feature opens the door for the company to implement this topology in a wide variety of power supply product platforms. We believe that this topology will allow for at least a decade of new product designs and introductions.

As the large scale networking and telecommunications companies convert to digital power, our early entry into the market, our unique Solus Topology, and our relationship with Ericsson should enhance our ability to penetrate this (according to the Darnell Group) multi-billion dollar market.

AMT ™ Encoder

Through a licensing agreement, the company has an exclusive agreement to develop, sell and distribute the AMT encoder worldwide. The AMT series modular encoder is designed with proprietary, capacitive, code-generating technology as opposed to optical or magnetic encoding. This unique device allows breakthroughs in selectable resolution, shaft-adaptation and convenient mounting solutions to bring ease of installation, reduction in SKU's, and economies of scale in purchasing. The AMT amounts to almost 2000 different encoders in one package. The company is selling and distributing the AMT through various customers. Moreover, the product is being marketed by multiple DC motor manufacturers. The AMT has been awarded several design wins from Motion Control OEM's producing a wide range of products from cash machines to robotics.

Vergence ™ GasPT2

Through an exclusive licensing contract with GL Industrial Services UK, Ltd. (GL), formerly British-based Advantica, Ltd., CUI Global owns exclusive rights to manufacture, sell, and distribute a Gas Quality Inferential Measurement Device (GASPT2) designed by GL on a worldwide basis, now marketed as the Vergence TM GasPT2.

The Vergence natural gas inferential metering device, the GasPT2, is a low cost solution to measuring natural gas quality. It can be connected to a natural gas system to provide a fast, accurate, close to real time measurement of the physical properties, such as thermal conductivity, speed of sound and carbon dioxide content. From these measurements it infers an effective gas mixture comprising four components: methane, propane, nitrogen, and measured carbon dioxide and then uses ISO6976 to calculate the gas quality characteristics of calorific value (CV), Wobbe index (WI), relative density (RD), and compression factor (Z)." An ISO, International Organization for Standardization, is a documented agreement containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines or definitions of characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

This new and innovative technology has been certified for use in fiscal monitoring by Ofgem in the United Kingdom and SNAM RETE in Italy. At present, there is no equivalent product competition. There are instruments like gas chromatographs ("GC"), but they are slow, complicated to use, and as much as double the price of the GasPT2.

By way of example, in the case of SNAM RETE, the Italian gas transmission company, there are 13 natural gas injection points for the SNAM RETE system. Those injection points will continue to use GC's for monitoring. On the other hand, there are 7,500 customer access points in the system. Those would include city gates, large industrial users, power generation plants and others. All of those customer access ports would be applicable for the Vergence Technology. In the case of ENAGAS in Spain that ratio is 6 injection points and over 300 access points.

In addition to these numbers, there are currently 8,000 gas turbines in operation worldwide. Each of those turbines is subject to variances in natural gas quality. Depending on the quality of the gas, those very expensive machines can be tuned to run more efficiently and therefore longer with much cleaner emissions. Currently, because of the delay in information from the GC's, such tuning cannot be effectively accomplished. Operators attempt to deal with the delay by placing the monitoring station miles away from the turbine or creating large holding tanks to maintain the gas until an analysis can be completed. The use of the Vergence Technology, will enable those operators to place the GasPT2 units right next to the turbines and by interfacing them with the machine's process control software, the tuning can be accomplished on almost a real-time basis; thus, allowing the turbines to run longer, more efficiently, and cleaner.

ISO 9001:2008 Certification

CUI, Inc. is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems standards and guidelines. CUI is registered as conforming to the requirements of standard:
ISO 9001:2008, The Quality Management System is applicable to Design, Development and Distribution of electromechanical components for OEM manufacturing. ISO 9001 is accepted worldwide as the inclusive international standard that defines quality.

The certification of compliance with ISO 9001:2008 recognizes that our policies, practices and procedures ensure consistent quality in the design services, technology and products we provide our customers.

CUI Japan and the discontinued operations of Comex Electronics -Subsidiaries

In July 2009, CUI Global acquired, as a wholly owned subsidiary, Comex Instruments, Ltd., now known as CUI Japan and 49% of Comex Electronics Ltd. Both companies are Japanese based providers of electronic components. Effective July 1, 2011, CUI Global entered into an agreement to convey its 49% ownership interest in Comex Electronics to the owners of the remaining 51% who are the original founders and were the original owners of Comex Instruments, for $617,975 in the form of a five year note receivable bearing interest at 4% per annum. As of September 30, 2012 the Comex Electronics note receivable is current in accordance with the agreed terms. The operations of CUI Japan are not affected by this divestment. As such, the operations of Comex Electronics are reported as discontinued operations for the current and comparable periods. CUI Global will continue to maintain its 100% ownership of CUI Japan.

Intellectual Property

The Company relies on various intellectual property laws and contractual restrictions to protect its proprietary rights in products, logos and services. These include confidentiality, invention assignment and nondisclosure agreements with employees, contractors, suppliers and strategic partners. The confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements with employees, contractors and suppliers are in perpetuity or for a sufficient length of time so as to not threaten exposure of proprietary information.

CUI Global continues to file and protect its intellectual property rights, trademarks and products through filings with the US Patent and Trademark Office and, as applicable, internationally.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

General

Cash and cash equivalents from continuing operations at September 30, 2012 are $3,451,087. Operations and investments in patents and equipment have been funded through cash from operations, proceeds from equity financings and borrowings from financial institutions during the three month period.

Cash provided by (used in) operations

Operating requirements generated negative cash flow from continuing operations of $1,098,022 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, versus positive cash flow from continuing operations of $264,625 for the same period last year. The change in cash provided by (used in) operations is primarily the result of the increased net loss incurred during the first nine months of 2012, an increase in trade accounts receivable, an increase in inventory, a decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets, decreased deposits, increase in accounts payable, increased accrued expenses and an increase in unearned revenue.

During the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 common stock and stock options have been used as a form of payment to certain consultants, note holders, employees and directors. For the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, a total of $948,370 and $183,532, respectively, was recorded for compensation and services expense including amortization of deferred compensation related to equity given, or to be given, to employees, directors and consultants for services provided.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012 the Company had no cash flow from discontinued operations as compared to a positive cash flow in the prior year comparative period of $22,141.

As the Company focuses on technology development and product line additions during 2012, it will continue to fund research and development together with related sales and marketing efforts for its various product offerings with cash flows from continuing operations and cash on hand.

Capital Expenditures and Investments

CUI Global invested $0 in patent costs during the first nine months of 2012 as compared to $6,646 for the same period last year. It is expected that investment in patent costs will continue throughout 2012 as patents are pursued in order to protect the rights to use its product developments.

The Company invested $39,940 in other intangible assets during the first nine months of 2012 as compared to $37,418 for the same period last year.

During the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, there was $559,713 and $343,086 invested in property and equipment, respectively.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012 the Company had no cash flow provided by or used in discontinued investing activities as compared to a positive cash flow in the prior year comparative period of $195,278.

Financing activities

During the first nine months of 2012, the Company received proceeds of $13,532,285 from the sales of common stock and exercise of warrants, $1,528,900 of payments were made against the demand notes payable, $4,000,000 of payments were made against notes and loans payable, $3,000,000 of payments were made against related party notes and loans payable, and $35,000 of payments were made against convertible notes payable, related party. During the first nine months of 2011, the Company received proceeds of $673,652 on demand notes payable, $58,531 of payments were made against notes and loans payable net of proceeds, $487,208 of payments were made against notes and loans payable, related party, $35,000 of proceeds were received from a convertible note payable, related party and $50,000 of proceeds were received in relation to the exercise of warrants. CUI Global may raise the capital needed to fund the further development and marketing of its products as well as payment of its debt obligations.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, there was no cash flow related to discontinued financing activities. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net cash used in discontinued financing activities for discontinued operations included $648,218 of payments made against notes and loans payable.

Recap of liquidity and capital resources

During the first nine months of 2012, the Company continued to improve its financial strength which included raising $13,532,285 from the sales of common stock and exercise of warrants, net of offering costs, as well as significant reductions of debt principal. As of September 30, 2012 the Company had an accumulated deficit of $75,895,147.

The Company may seek to raise additional capital for the commercialization and further development of its product and technology offerings as well as to further reduce debt. The Company believes its operations and existing financing structure will provide sufficient cash to meet its short-term working capital requirements for the next twelve months. As the Company continues to expand and develop its technology and product lines as well as retire debt, additional funding sources may be required. The Company will attempt to raise these funds through borrowing instruments or issuing additional equity. However, there is no assurance the Company will be able to raise such additional capital. The failure to raise capital or generate product sales in the expected time frame will have a material adverse effect on the Company.

At September 30, 2012, the Company maintained a $4,000,000 revolving working capital line of credit with the Business Credit division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, part of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (NYSE: WFC), interest payable monthly at the Daily Three Month LIBOR plus 3.25% (3.61225% at September 30, 2012). Effective April 3, 2012, the Wells Fargo LOC expiration was extended to July 31, 2015 and the interest rate reduced to the Daily Three Month LIBOR plus 3.25%. As of the date of this filing, the Company is compliant with all covenants on the line of credit with Wells Fargo Capital Finance. At September 30, 2012, there was no balance outstanding on the line of credit.

The Company expects the revenues from CUI, Inc. and CUI Japan to help cover operating and other expenses for the next twelve months of operations. If revenues and the funds raised in 2012 through the sales of equity are not sufficient to cover all operating and other expenses, additional funding may be required. There is no assurance the Company will be able to raise such additional capital. The failure to raise capital or generate product sales in the expected time frame will have a material adverse effect on the Company.

Results of Operations

Revenue

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, revenue was $29,193,827 and $30,147,628, respectively. The revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 is comprised of $28,202,861 from CUI products, $954,549 from CUI Japan products, and $36,417 for freight. The revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 is comprised of $29,799,472 from CUI products, $298,402 from CUI Japan products, and $49,754 for freight.

During the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, revenue was $10,712,306 and $10,728,215, respectively. The revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 is comprised of $10,355,624 from CUI products, $341,847 from CUI Japan products and $14,835 from freight. The revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2011 is comprised of $10,498,181 from CUI products, $217,382 from CUI Japan products and $12,652 from freight.

The decrease in revenues during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 is primarily the result of the slow first quarter of 2012 associated with a decrease in electronic components orders received during the fourth quarter of 2011 which occurred in conjunction with an overall slow down within the electronic components industry during that period.

There was a slight decrease in revenues during the three months ended September 30, 2012 which is primarily attributable to the timing of customer orders and production schedules.

Although sales revenues during the first nine months were less than the previous year, the Company experienced a significant uptick in orders received during the nine months and held a backlog of customer orders of approximately $14.7 million as of September 30, 2012 as compared to a backlog of customer orders of approximately $9.1 million as of September 30, 2011.

Cost of revenues

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the cost of revenue was $18,174,099 and $18,565,279, respectively. For the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the cost of revenue was $6,778,965 and $6,706,311, respectively.

The cost of revenues as a percentage of revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 increased to 62.25% from 61.58% during the prior year comparative period. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, the cost of revenue as a percentage of revenue increased to 63.28% from 62.51% in the prior year period. This percentage will vary based upon the product mix sold during the period and is also dependent upon the competitive markets in which the Company competes as well as foreign exchange rates.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses include such items as wages, commissions, consulting, general office expenses, business promotion expenses and costs of being a public company, including legal and accounting fees, insurance and investor relations.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, SG&A expenses increased $1,698,405. The increase is primarily associated with indirect expenses incurred in relation to the equity raises completed during the first nine months of the year, increased sales efforts and related costs for the Vergence GasPT2 product which required significant travel and some continuing development and costs associated with safety certification of the device prior to sale and installation, as well as stock compensation expenses for issuances to officers and employees as bonuses for achieving corporate goals and stock issued to consultants related to investor relations activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2012. As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A expenses increased 6.93% as compared to the first nine months of 2011. Management expects the SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenues to improve during the remainder of 2012 as there were significant expenses in early 2012 associated with the aforementioned items along with lower revenues during the first nine months of 2012 as compared to the prior year.

Research and Development

The research and development costs are related to the development of technology and products. Research and development costs were $558,833 and $529,863, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The expense is associated with continued research and development of new and existing technologies including the Novum digital power modules, Solus advanced power topology, Vergence GasPT2, and other products.

Impairment Loss

The Company recorded a $278,428 impairment loss related to intangible, trademark and trade name V-Infinity during the first nine months of 2012, and $0 during the first nine months of 2011.

Bad Debt

The bad debt expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $32,979 and $77,449, respectively. The bad debt expense for both periods relates to several individual customers.

Other Income

Other income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, consisted of $20,622 of interest income, $19,177 of gain on foreign exchange, $2,000 of rental income, $1,323 of miscellaneous income and $339 from the recovery of bad debts. Other income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, consisted of $17,614 from the recovery of bad debts, $9,762 of gain on foreign exchange, $8,542 of interest income and $235 of miscellaneous income.

Investment Income

The Company recognized income of $36,473 on equity investment in affiliate for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. For the same period ended 2011, the Company recognized income of $21,457 on equity investment in an affiliate.

Convertible debt and amortization of debt discount and debt offering costs

The Company recorded an expense of $18,333 and $55,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, and $19,167 and $316,414 for the same periods in 2011, for the amortization of debt discount and debt offering costs. The decrease in expense in 2012 is related to the reduction in the debt discount related to the 2009 and 2010 reductions of debt and related debt discounts associated with the convertible note and note payable used to fund the acquisition of CUI, Inc.

Interest Expense

The interest expense of $460,510 and $686,913 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 respectively is for interest on the bank operating line of credit, bank loans, and secured and unsecured promissory notes. The decrease is primarily due to the reduction of debt in 2011 and during the first nine months of 2012 through principal payments.

Profit (loss) from discontinued operations

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012 there was no activity associated with the discontinued operations of Comex Electronics which were divested effective July 2011. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, there was a profit from discontinued operations of $442,881 which included a gain on the divestment of Comex Electronics during the period of $603,034.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make judgments, assumptions and estimates that affect the amounts reported. Note 2 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements describes the significant accounting policies used in the preparation of the consolidated . . .

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