DynaVox defaults on debt, delists stock from Nasdaq

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DynaVox, a South Side-based speech technology company that has seen sales of its products drop, announced in its third quarter report that it will default on a credit agreement in order to preserve cash on hand.

The company's board of directors voted not to make a voluntary $4 million prepayment on an outstanding debt that would have been due March 29. The company also has classified its $25.2 million in outstanding debt as a current liability and is in negotiations with its lenders.

On April 15, the company's Class A common stock was delisted from the Nasdaq Global Select Market due to noncompliance with the index's $1 minimum bid price requirement. It began trading on the over-the-counter marketplace April 16. On May 21, the company's stock traded at a daily range between 8 and 11 cents.

DynaVox said it plans to file paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission at the end of the fiscal year to deregulate its Class A common stock and suspend certain reporting obligations.

The company reported third quarter net losses of $6.6 million, or 58 cents per share, down from losses of $14.1 million, or $1.33 per share, during last year's third quarter.

Net sales dropped almost 40 percent to $14.9 million in the quarter, compared to $24 million during the same quarter a year ago. Sales for the company's speech generating devices decreased 39 percent and sales from DynaVox's special education software declined 28 percent.

The company's third quarter ended March 29.

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Deborah M. Todd: dtodd@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1652.


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