Creative Technology sees bigger US$4.9m loss for Q2 on lower revenue

Sim Wong Hoo, founder and chief executive of Creative Technology, with a Super X-Fi amp headphone amplifier. Creative said rvenue contribution from Super X-Fi products for the current quarter is not expected to be significant to the overall revenue f
Sim Wong Hoo, founder and chief executive of Creative Technology, with a Super X-Fi amp headphone amplifier. Creative said rvenue contribution from Super X-Fi products for the current quarter is not expected to be significant to the overall revenue for the group.PHOTO: CMG

SINGAPORE - Creative Technology sank deeper into the red for its second quarter ended Dec 31, dragged down by lower revenue. The group recorded a net loss of U$4.9 million, compared to a net loss of U$4.2 million a year ago.

Turnover decreased 22 per cent to U$16.2 million due to "uncertain and difficult market conditions which affected the sales of the group's products", it said in a Singapore Exchange filing on Thursday (Feb 14). Gross profit fell 18 per cent to U$4.8 million.

Loss per share came in at $0.07 compared to $0.06 a year ago. No dividend was declared for the quarter.

Creative said that it expects no significant change in the market conditions and overall market for the group's products remains challenging. Revenue is expected to be lower in this non-holiday season quarter, and the group expects to report an operating loss. Revenue contribution from Super X-Fi products for the quarter is not expected to be significant to the overall revenue for the group, it added.

In February, wholly-owned subsidiary ZiiLabs Inc settled certain patent infringement lawsuits filed in the US.

"The settlement sum of U$17.9 million will be recognised by the group as other income in the current quarter. This will offset the operating loss and is expected to result in a net profit for the current quarter," said Creative.

The counter shed $0.02 to close at $5.52 on Thursday before results were released.