iRobot rebounded in the second quarter, as the robotic floor care manufacturer reported a rise in sales, noting in particular the growth in its premium cleaning robots.
Revenue for the second quarter of 2020 ended June 27 was $279.9 million, an increase of 8% from $260.2 million in the second quarter of 2019. The growth primarily reflected a 43% increase in premium robot (list price of $500 or higher) revenue. The second-quarter revenue performance was highlighted by 13% growth in the U.S. and 43% in Japan over the prior year period, which more than offset a 14% decline in EMEA.
Net income per share was $2.07 for the second quarter of 2020, compared with net income per share of $0.25 in the second quarter of 2019. Net income was $58.6 million compared with $7.2 million in the previous second quarter.
Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot, said, “Consistent with our business update last month, iRobot delivered a stronger-than-expected second-quarter performance as demand strengthened meaningfully during the quarter. Our top-line results were highlighted by 43% growth in our premium robots. Quarterly revenue in each major geographic region surpassed our initial targets entering the quarter, led by 13% growth in the U.S. and 43% expansion in Japan. Our return to operating profitability reflected the combination of higher revenue, notable improvement in our gross margin and disciplined expense management.”
“We are making tangible progress in our strategy to differentiate our robots through their ability to deliver an exceptional cleaning experience as our product mix continued to shift toward our premium robots,” Angle noted. “Maintaining a clean home has taken on greater prominence during this pandemic. Consumers are increasingly realizing that our floor cleaning robots, particularly our premium products such as the Roomba i7 Series and s9 Series, along with the Braava jet m6, possess the cleaning efficacy, thoughtful intelligence and home understanding to become trusted cleaning companions.”
Angle continued, “We move into the second half of 2020 with relatively low inventory levels at retailers and solid year-to-date sell-through momentum globally. Despite considerable macroeconomic uncertainty and limited visibility into the timing and magnitude of second-half orders, we are incrementally more optimistic about our second-half revenue growth prospects than we were in mid-June. Rather than an expected decline in annual revenue, we now anticipate 2020 revenue will be relatively unchanged to slightly higher than 2019.”