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iRobot Reports Strong Third Quarter 2008 Results

Robotic Industries Association


Robot Corp.  today announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2008. Revenue for the third quarter of 2008 grew 44.8 percent to $92.4 million, compared with $63.8 million for the same quarter one year ago. Revenue for the first nine months increased 44.3 percent to $216.9 million from $150.3 million for the first nine months of 2007. 

Gross profit for the third quarter increased to $28.9 million (31.3 percent of revenue), compared with $20.1 million (31.5 percent of revenue) in the third quarter of 2007. In the first nine months of 2008 gross profit totaled $60.8 million (28.0 percent of revenue) up from $46.5 million (30.9 percent of revenue) in the first nine months of 2007. 

Net income in the third quarter of 2008 was $3.9 million compared with a net loss in the third quarter of 2007 of $1.4 million. Net loss in the first nine months of 2008 was $4.7 million compared with a net loss of $11.7 million for the same period in 2007. Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2008 was $0.15 compared with net loss per share of $0.06 for the third quarter of 2007. For the first nine months of 2008, net loss per share was $0.19 compared with $0.48 for the same period in 2007. 

"Given the increasing economic headwinds, I am especially excited to report our 17th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth. Both businesses have executed well to date, delivering consolidated quarterly results that exceeded expectations. In the Government & Industrial division, we now have 100 percent visibility of our revenue prospects for the full year," said Colin Angle, chief executive officer of iRobot. "There is continuing uncertainty in the retail sector and our expectations for the rest of 2008 reflect our best view at this time given the current environment. In light of economic uncertainties, continuing focus on improved liquidity and working capital management is critically important to the company," he added. 

Business Highlights:
-- In the third quarter, total home robot revenue increased 56 percent year-over-year. International home robot revenue was more than double the level of Q3 2007 and comprised approximately 26 percent of total home robot revenue in the quarter.
-- Government & Industrial division delivered a record 319 iRobot PackBots in the third quarter, driving a 31 percent revenue increase over Q3 2007.
-- In the third quarter, iRobot received $40 million in orders for robots and spare parts under its current $286 million xBot contract with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
-- iRobot announced its acquisition of Nekton Research, LLC, an unmanned underwater robot and technology company based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
-- On October 6, the company's portfolio of auction rate security investments was redeemed at par for $16.2 million. 

Financial Expectations
Based on financial results for the first nine months of 2008 and the acquisition of Nekton, management today is increasing its outlook for revenue and adjusting its pre-tax expectations for full year to reflect the previously disclosed impact of the acquisition and current market conditions. Management expects revenues for the full year 2008 to be between $310 million and $315 million. Based on an estimated pre-tax loss of approximately $1 million from Nekton, coupled with continuing uncertainty about the retail market, management now expects pre-tax income of $4 - $5 million for the full year. Pre-tax income excluding Nekton remains consistent with the low end of prior guidance, and the high end of the range has been adjusted to reflect market uncertainty. The effective tax rate is expected to be 48.8 percent for the full year. The resulting EPS for the year is expected to be $0.08 - $0.10. 

Third Quarter Conference Call
iRobot will host a conference call tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2008, business outlook and outlook for future financial performance. To access the call, investors should dial 719-325-4914 approximately 10 minutes prior to the initiation of the teleconference and reference iRobot. A live, audio broadcast of the conference call also will be available at http://investors.irobot.com/events.cfm. An archived version of the broadcast will be available on the same Web site shortly after the conclusion of the live event. A replay of the telephone conference call will be available through midnight on October 30, and can be accessed by dialing 719-457-0820, access code 8467473. 

About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company's home robots help people with smarter ways to clean, and our government and industrial robots protect those in harm's way. iRobot's consumer and military robots feature iRobot AWARE(TM) robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com

For iRobot Investors
Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, iRobot Corp.'s expectations concerning future financial performance, its revenue, pre-tax income and earnings per share for full year 2008, its effective tax rate for full year 2008, and demand for and market acceptance of its products. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: general economic conditions, our ability to operate in an emerging market, fluctuations in our operating results and the seasonality of our business, our ability to enhance our current consumer robots or develop new consumer robots, our dependence on the U.S. federal government and government contracts, our ability to expand our product offering beyond our current markets, market acceptance of our products, our ability to manage our rapid growth, changes in government policies or spending priorities, and competition. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot Corp. undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot Corp., see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
 
Forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, iRobot Corporation’s expectations concerning management's plans. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot Corporation, see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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