2015-SPY-LOGO

SPY Inc. looks to the future after a ‘disappointing’ third quarter

CARLSBAD, Calif.—SPY Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

First nine months sales were $26.6 million in 2015, a decrease of 6.1% or $1.8 million less than in the first nine months of 2014. Sales included higher closeout sales of $2.3 million in 2015, compared to $1.2 million in 2014. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 49.3% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 51.9% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Third quarter sales were $9.4 million in 2015, a decrease of 14.6% or $1.6 million less than in the same period in 2014. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 43.7% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to 49.2% for the same period in 2014.

"We are clearly disappointed by the quarter. SPY continued to experience a challenging consumer environment," said Seth Hamot, Interim CEO and Chairman. "Key accounts and e-commerce business were able to generate modest top-line growth, while our smaller, independent retail account activities were challenged."

Mr. Hamot continued, "The higher mix of lower margin goggle business relative to higher margin sun and Rx as well the higher level of closeout sales combined to contract margins. Going forward, our focus is on expanding our base of customers, growing our e-commerce business, reducing inventory levels and a laser focus on controlling costs. Our Happy LensTM Collection positions us well for the future, and we are leveraging this opportunity wherever possible."

Income from operations decreased by approximately $0.8 million to $28,000 in the nine months of 2015, compared to $0.8 million in the nine months of 2014. Total operating expenses in the nine months of 2015 were lower by $0.8 million, compared to the same period in 2014. Cash flow generated by operating activities was $0.5 million in the first nine months of 2015.

In the third quarter of 2015 we had loss from operations of $0.1 million, a $0.7 million reduction from approximately $0.6 million of operating income in the same period in 2014. Additionally, total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2015 were lower by $0.6 million, compared to the same period in 2014.

The Company incurred a net loss of $1.7 million and $1.5 million during the nine months of 2015 and 2014, respectively.

The Company incurred a net loss of $0.8 million and less than $0.1 million during the third quarter of 2015 and 2014, respectively.

The results of our operations for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 are more fully discussed in our Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2015.

SPY Inc.:

We have a happy disrespect for the usual way of looking (at life) and the need to SEE HAPPY. It is this mindset that drives us to design, market, and distribute premium products for people who "live" to be outdoors, pushing the boundaries in action sports, motorsports, snow sports, cycling and multi-sports. We actively support the lifestyle subcultures that surround these pursuits, and as a result our products serve the broader fashion, music and entertainment markets of the youth culture. Our reason for being is to create the unusual and this is what helps us deliver distinctive products to people who are active, fun and a bit irreverent, like us. Our principal products— sunglasses, goggles and prescription frames—are marketed with fun and creativity under the SPY® brand. More information about SPY may be obtained from: www.spyoptic.com, www.facebook.com/spyoptic, Twitter @spyoptic and Instagram @spyoptic.

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