Announces Third Quarter Results
|Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. Press Release||FlashlightNews.org - 11/13/2007|
Cobra StunLight maker reports significant reductions in costs, revenues consistent with Q2 2007
Universal Guardian's Cobra StunLight
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. - Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal, and security threats, today announced its third quarter financial results for 2007.
Revenues for the third quarter were $4,451,909 as compared to $5,445,961 in Q3 2006, an 18% decline. Third quarter revenues were, however, consistent with Q2 2007 revenues of $4,453,293. Loss per share was ($0.04) in Q3 2007 as compared to ($0.06) in Q3 2006 and ($.12) in Q2 2007. SG&A costs were $2,272,643 in Q3 2007 as compared to $4,639,563 in Q3 2006, a 52% reduction and $4,030,079 in Q2 2007, a 32% reduction.
Kevin Westcott, Universal Guardian Holding's President and COO, said, "During Q3 2007, the company has focused on significantly reducing its cost structure and discontinuing non-performing operations. We have significantly reduced our SG&A costs and are now positioned to focus on growth and profitability in our security services group and to further build our global distribution network for our products group."
"The sale of the systems group's assets is expected to close by the end of November, further reducing the cost structure of the company. The company's strategy is to grow the services business through adding new contracts, expanding our geographical reach, and expanding our corporate and IP investigative services. The products group strategy is to develop distributorships globally, including in the United States where we have suspended direct to consumer sales."
Universal Guardian Services Group ("UGSG")
The division closed the quarter with revenue remaining constant from Q2. The division has executed significant savings in SG&A costs during the quarter. SG&A costs in the UGSG have been cut from 58% of its revenue in Q1 to 37% in Q3 and are expected to be further cut in Q4. Non-performing operations have been suspended and the division is focusing its business development activities on the Asian region. The execution of a major mobile security contract linked to reconstruction efforts funded by the United States government in Afghanistan during Q3 contributed significant revenue. A number of very successful training projects have been completed for staff employed by NGO's operating in Afghanistan during the quarter.
"During Q3, time and effort was focused on achieving compliance with the new Private Security Registration requirements presently being introduced by the Government of Afghanistan and UGSG was recently recognized by the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior as a shining example and one of the companies leading the field in achieving legislative compliance," said Bruce Braes, President and COO of UGSG.
"UGSG's mission is to expand our services through the Asia Pacific region in the remainder of FY07 and into FY08," stated Kevin Westcott. "UGSG is superbly positioned being headquartered in Singapore to take advantage of the expanding opportunities being presented by the growth being experienced in a number of Asian economies. We have a growing pipeline of business in Afghanistan and expect both our investigative and consultancy operations to gather momentum in the coming months."
Universal Guardian Products Group ("UGPG")
Sale of the Cobra StunLight™ units grew in Q3 over Q2 primarily through the sale to distributors. Direct to consumer sales in the US were halted in August 2007 and new distribution channels are being developed to supply the Cobra StunLight™ to law enforcement agencies and consumers.
International distributorships for the Cobra StunLight™ are being developed and new distribution agreements were signed in Q3 for Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic. Distributors are being developed for the geographical regions of India, Brazil, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, and South Africa.
About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.
Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a range of security products and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian's global risk mitigation group includes strategic and tactical security services, as well as non-lethal and tactical products for law enforcement, military, professional security, and consumer markets.
Universal Guardian Holdings website: www.UniversalGuardian.com.