Settlement helps Koss earnings, but costs rise

$1.4 million recovery boosts profit

Koss Corp. headquarters at 4129 North Port Washington Ave. in Milwaukee.

The settlement of a lawsuit against American Express allowed Koss Corp. to post a sharp increase in earnings during the third quarter, but the company’s sales were essentially flat while costs increased.

Koss Corp. headquarters at 4129 North Port Washington Ave. in Milwaukee.
Koss Corp. headquarters at 4129 North Port Washington Ave. in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee-based headphone maker reported net income of $896,686, or 12 cents per diluted share, up from $57,218, or 1 cent per share, in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue was up just $503 to $6 million in the third quarter.

The earnings jump came as Koss recorded $1.4 million in recoveries from unauthorized transactions. Koss in February reached a settlement agreement with American Express over the credit card company’s role in former Koss executive Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva’s embezzlement of $34 million.

The settlement called for Koss to receive the gross proceeds of $3 million, offset by some attorneys’ fees and other costs. Also during the quarter, Koss had a lawsuit against Park Bank dismissed. The company is appealing the ruling.

The proceeds of the settlement were partially offset by a 5 percent increase in selling, general and administrative expenses, which were reported as $2.1 million.

Michael J. Koss, chairman and chief executive officer, said sales for the quarter were consistent with last year.

“New distributors and new OEM business are starting to have a positive impact on sales but are being offset by lower sales in a drug store chain and some existing OEM business,” Koss said. “A new product has generated very nice sales in U.S. mass retail and is beginning to get good placement in export markets.”

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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