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TMCNet:  Digi International Reports First Fiscal Quarter 2013 Results

[January 25, 2013]

Digi International Reports First Fiscal Quarter 2013 Results

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 25 January 2013 Release date- 24012013 - Minneapolis, MN - Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com) reported revenue of $47.0 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2013, compared with $46.7 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2012.

Net income for the first fiscal quarter of 2013 was $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $0.7 million or $0.03 per diluted share in the prior year comparable quarter. First fiscal quarter 2013 results include the operations of Etherios, Inc. beginning November 1, 2012. Etherios contributed $1.4 million in revenue for the two months since the date of acquisition.

'I am satisfied with meeting our guidance expectations for the quarter and, in particular, I am pleased with the revenue contribution from Etherios,' said Joe Dunsmore, President and Chief Executive Officer. 'We believe that this acquisition adds significantly to our end-to-end value proposition in the M2M networking solutions space.' Business Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 Revenue from growth products in the first fiscal quarter of 2013, including $1.4 million of revenue from Etherios' consulting services, was $25.8 million, or 55.0% of net sales, compared to $23.8 million, or 51.0% of net sales, in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, an increase of $2.0 million, or 8.6 %. Revenue from mature products was $21.2 million, or 45.0% of net sales, in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to $22.9 million, or 49.0% of net sales, in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, a decrease of $1.7 million, or 7.1%. Digi's growth products portfolio includes all wireless products, as well as the ARM-based embedded module product line, which leverages the iDigi platform with both wireline and wireless connectivity.

Revenue in North America was $27.0 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013, compared to $27.8 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 2.7%. Revenue in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) was $12.0 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to $11.6 million in the comparable quarter a year ago, an increase of $0.4 million, or 3.5%. Revenue in the Asia Pacific region was $6.5 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to $5.6 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, an increase of $0.9 million, or 15.4%. Latin American revenue was $1.5 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to $1.7 million in the comparable quarter a year ago, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 10.8%.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the flooding in Thailand impacted the operations of Digi's contract manufacturer near Bangkok, resulting in lower revenue for Digi of approximately $3.0 million.

Gross profit was $24.5 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to $24.4 million in the same period of the prior year, an increase of $0.1 million. The gross margin was 52.1% in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to 52.4% in the first fiscal quarter of 2012. The gross margin was lower in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 than in the comparable period a year ago primarily due to the inclusion of gross margins from Etherios' consulting services which are generally lower than Digi products margins, and manufacturing expense increases as a percent of net sales, offset partially by favorable product mix and reduced amortization of purchased and core technology. The gross margin in the first fiscal quarter of 2012 reflected an impact of less than one percentage point as a result of the Thailand flooding.

Total operating expenses in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 were $22.8 million, or 48.6% of revenue, compared to $23.6 million, or 50.6% of revenue, in the first fiscal quarter of 2012. The decrease in operating expenses in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter of the prior year primarily is due to cost containment measures that were put in place to achieve targeted expense levels. Total operating expenses for the first fiscal quarter of 2012 included a charge of $0.2 million related to the restructuring of the Breisach, Germany manufacturing operations, which resulted in a workforce reduction of 25 positions.

Net income was $1.2 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2013, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $0.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the first fiscal quarter of 2012. Etherios generated a net loss that impacted earnings per diluted share by less than one-half of a cent for the first fiscal quarter of 2013. Net income in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 included a tax benefit of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, resulting from the reversal of tax reserves for the expiration of the statutes of limitation for various U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Net income in the first fiscal quarter of 2012 included a restructuring charge of $0.2 million, net of taxes, or $0.01 per diluted share, offset by a tax benefit of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, resulting from the reversal of tax reserves for closure of various jurisdictions' tax matters, and a gain on sale of an investment of $0.1 million, net of taxes, with no earnings per diluted share impact. Digi previously estimated that the flooding in Thailand had an approximately $0.05 impact on earnings per diluted share in the first fiscal quarter of 2012.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 were $3.7 million, or 7.9% of revenue, compared to $3.0 million, or 6.4% of revenue in the first fiscal quarter of 2012.

Digi's cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, including long-term marketable securities, was $104.8 million at December 31, 2012, a decrease of $15.8 million over the comparable balance at September 30, 2012. Digi purchased Etherios, Inc. for $20.5 million as of October 31, 2012, of which $12.9 million was paid in cash, net of cash acquired. The purchase price allocation is preliminary and subject to change before finalization later in this fiscal year. Digi also repurchased 458,007 shares of its common stock for $4.3 million, of which 10,400 shares at $0.1 million were not settled at December 31, 2012. Please refer to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows that are included in this earnings release for additional cash flow details. At December 31, 2012, Digi's current ratio was 8.3 to 1 compared to 9.5 to 1 at September 30, 2012.

First Fiscal Quarter 2013 Business Highlights: iDigi Device Cloud and M2M Expertise Digi entered the saleforce.com ecosystem with the acquisition of salesforce.com Platinum Partner Etherios. The Etherios Social Machine is a new cloud-based method for integrating machines into core business processes via the Salesforce Service Cloud. Combining the iDigi Device Cloud with The Social Machine will enable virtually any machine, anywhere in the world, to connect rapidly and easily to the Service Cloud.

Validating the iDigi Device Cloud's market leadership position, the solution was named the 'Best Overall Platform' at the 2012 M2M Evolution Conference in October. Digi was honored among nine participants of the 'Battle of the Platforms Contest' for its ability to enable M2M solutions in an easy, scalable, reliable and secure manner.

Enhancing its M2M market leadership position in Europe, Digi collaborated with Deutsche Telekom to enable easy access and control of remote devices used in M2M applications throughout the continent. Digi is the first wireless gateway and router manufacturer to integrate Deutsche Telekom's industrial-grade SIM chips into its products. Digi also integrated Deutsche Telekom's SIM management functionalities into the iDigi Device Cloud.

Key Wireless Product Announcements Digi shows further commitment to its Freescale relationship with the introduction of the ConnectCard for i.MX28 module, a compact wireless system-on-module for developing connected portable devices based on Freescale technology.

Digi shows innovation with the new XBee PRO 900HP wireless module, a wireless module that offers three times the range of comparably priced solutions.

Reconciliation Tables: Guidance For the second fiscal quarter of 2013, Digi projects revenue in a range of $47 million to $49 million with a most likely revenue of approximately $48 million. Digi projects net income per diluted share to be in a range of $0.06 to $0.08 for the second fiscal quarter of 2013.

Digi had previously projected revenue for the full fiscal year 2013 in a range of $198 million to $220 million and net income per diluted share in a range of $0.28 to $0.48. In light of the first fiscal quarter 2013 results and guidance for the second fiscal quarter 2013, Digi expects the most likely revenue and net income per diluted share for the full fiscal year 2013 to be in the bottom half of these previously announced ranges.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2, 2013, extended the research and development tax credit for two years retroactively from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. Digi plans to record the benefit for research credits earned for the last three quarters of fiscal 2012 as a discrete tax benefit in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The discrete tax benefit is expected to be approximately $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, which has been included in our guidance. Beginning with the second fiscal quarter of 2013, our effective tax rate will include a tax benefit for the projected credit for the full year fiscal 2013.

First Fiscal Quarter 2013 Conference Call Details Digi invites all those interested in hearing management's discussion of its quarter, on Thursday, January 24, 2013 after market close at 5:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. CST), to join the call by dialing (800) 798-2801 and entering passcode 26573925. International participants may access the call by dialing (617) 614-6205 and entering passcode 26573925. A replay will be available two hours after the completion of the call, and for one week following the call, by dialing (888) 286-8010 for domestic participants or (617) 801-6888 for international participants and entering access code 62406575 when prompted. Participants may also access a live webcast of the conference call through the investor relations section of Digi's website at www.digi.com. The webcast will remain on our website for one week after the live session is completed.

A copy of this earnings release can be accessed through the financial releases page of the investor relations section of Digi's website at www.digi.com.

About Digi International Digi International is the M2M solutions expert, combining products and services as end-to-end solutions to drive business efficiencies. Digi provides the industry's broadest range of wireless products, a cloud computing platform tailored for devices and development services to help customers get to market fast with wireless devices and applications. Digi's entire solution set is tailored to allow any device to communicate with any application, anywhere in the world. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.), or 952-912-3444 (International).

Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's current expectations and assumptions. These statements often can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as 'anticipate,' 'believe,' 'estimate,' 'may,' 'will,' 'expect,' 'plan,' 'project,' 'should,' or 'continue' or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or similar terminology. Among other items, these statements relate to expectations of the business environment in which the company operates, projections of future performance, perceived marketplace opportunities and statements regarding our mission and vision. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including risks related to the highly competitive market in which our company operates, rapid changes in technologies that may displace products sold by us, declining prices of networking products, our reliance on distributors and other third parties to sell our products, delays in product development efforts, uncertainty in user acceptance of our products, the ongoing shift of our sales efforts to focus more on the delivery of broader based solutions which can be a more complex sales process, has not been a historical sales focus of our company and can involve longer sales cycles than the sale of our legacy hardware products, the ability to integrate our products and services with those of other parties in a commercially accepted manner, potential liabilities that can arise if any of our products have design or manufacturing defects, our ability to defend or settle satisfactorily any litigation, uncertainty in global economic conditions and economic conditions within particular regions of the world which could negatively affect product demand and the financial solvency of customers and suppliers, the impact of natural disasters and other events beyond our control that could negatively impact our supply chain and customers, the ability to achieve the anticipated benefits and synergies associated with acquisitions such as our recently announced purchase of Etherios, Inc., and changes in our level of revenue or profitability which can fluctuate for many reasons beyond our control. These and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified from time to time in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2012 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings, could cause the company's future results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf. Many of such factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date for which they are made. We disclaim any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures This release includes historical non-GAAP net income and net income per diluted share data, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

We understand that there are material limitations on the use of non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures are not substitutes for GAAP measures, such as net income, for the purpose of analyzing financial performance. The disclosure of these measures does not reflect all charges and gains that were actually recognized by the company. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. We believe that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. Additionally, we understand that EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, the cash requirements for the replacement of depreciated and amortized assets, or changes in or cash requirements for our working capital needs.

We believe that providing historical and adjusted net income and net income per diluted share exclusive of restructuring expenses, gain on sale of investments, and reversals of tax reserves and discrete tax benefits permits investors to compare results with prior periods that did not include these items. Management uses the aforementioned non-GAAP measures to monitor and evaluate ongoing operating results and trends and to gain an understanding of our comparative operating performance. In addition, certain of our stockholders have expressed an interest in seeing financial performance measures exclusive of the impact of matters such as the impact of decisions relating to taxes and restructuring, which while important, are not central to the core operations of our business. We believe that the presentation of EBITDA as a percentage of net sales is useful because it provides a reliable and consistent approach to measuring our performance from year to year and in assessing our performance against that of other companies. We believe this information helps compare operating results and corporate performance exclusive of the impact of our capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired. EBITDA is also used as an internal metric for executive compensation, as well as incentive compensation for the rest of the employee base, and it is monitored quarterly for these purposes.

Investor Contacts: Steve Snyder Digi International 952-912-3637 Email: steve.snyder@digi.com Tom Caden Dian Griesel Inc.

212-825-3210 Email: Tom Caden For more information, visit Digi's Web site at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).

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