Immersion Corporation Reports First Quarter 2009 Results

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 4, 2009 Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leader in developing and licensing touch feedback technology (, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Revenues from Continuing Operations for the first quarter of 2009 were $7.0 million, an increase of 1% compared to revenues from Continuing Operations of $6.9 million for the first quarter of 2008 and a decrease of 8% compared to revenues from Continuing Operations of $7.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Total revenue generated during the first quarter of 2009 by the Company was $7.5 million, $531,000 of which was included within Gain from Discontinued Operations.

Immersion commenced the divestiture of its 3D line of business during the first quarter of 2009. Income and expenses directly attributable to the 3D business are presented as “Discontinued Operations” in the Company’s statement of operations.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2009 was $(7.5) million, or $(0.27) per share, compared to net loss for the first quarter of 2008 of $(2.6) million, or $(0.08) per share and net loss of $(9.7) million, or $(0.35) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2008, which included one-time charges of $2.6 million related to the divesture of the 3D line of business.

"Demand for Immersion’s proprietary TouchSense solutions was strong as we posted sequential and annual growth for this line of business during the first quarter. Touch screens in mobile phones is fueling demand for haptics in that market segment. We estimate that in 2008 our TouchSense technology shipped in 15% of touch screen phones worldwide. Based on our current design wins with the top three handset manufacturers globally, we expect that number to grow to approximately 25% of 2009 touch screen phone shipments. Separately, we have begun to generate royalty license revenue from agreements with semiconductor companies and believe that this is the beginning of an important new revenue stream for Immersion," said Immersion president and CEO Clent Richardson.

"Domestic Medical sales were lower than expected primarily due to sluggishness in the rate of capital purchases from hospitals and other facilities caused by the overall economy, as well as seasonal fluctuations. The relocation of our Medical line of business to our headquarters, combined with cost-cutting initiatives, are expected to improve the operational and financial performance of that business. Given the reduced trajectory of our revenue growth rate, we have taken aggressive and prudent actions to decrease expenses across the company to achieve cash-flow breakeven and turn the corner on sustained profitability as quickly as possible. We will begin to experience the benefits of these actions in the second quarter, though the major payoff will be realized starting in the second half of 2009 and into next year. We are sizing the company appropriately to align with current revenue forecasts, while improving operational efficiency to capitalize on an unmistakable opportunity to shape the future of the user experience in digital devices,” concluded Richardson.

As of March 31, 2009, Immersion had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaling $80.9 million, compared to $85.7 million as of December 31, 2008.

Corporate Highlights

Immersion recently:

  • Announced its first licensee in the high-growth robotic surgery market with MAKO Surgical, an innovator in robotically-assisted orthopedic surgery.
  • Announced an exclusive new distribution agreement for its medical simulation products with Gadelius K.K., one of Japan’s prominent distributors of medical devices and industrial equipment.
  • Announced the first-ever haptic medical simulation, Endobronchial Ultrasound with Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (EBUS-TBNA), which provides realistic multi-modal virtual reality training for the procedure that diagnoses and stages lung cancer.
  • Announced the sale of its CyberGlove® business to a private equity firm. The sale is part of the divestiture of the Company’s 3D line of business to focus its attention on the Medical and Touch lines of business.

Conference Call Information

Immersion will host a conference call with company management on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time) to discuss financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. To participate on the live call, analysts and investors should dial +1 800.218.0204 at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call. A replay of the call will be available until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on May 11, 2009 by dialing +1 800.405.2236 and entering the passcode 11130326#. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available for one year within the investor relations section of Immersion's corporate Web site at

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