WALLA WALLA, Wash., May 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTEC) announced today that the resolution of the intellectual property litigation between its subsidiary Visys N.V. and Tomra Sorting N.V., formerly BEST N.V., has resulted in a revision of the Company's fiscal 2014 second quarter financial results, which were disclosed in a press release dated April 24, 2014.
On April 29, 2014, subsequent to the end of the fiscal 2014 second quarter, Key Technology and its subsidiary, Visys N.V., entered into a Settlement Agreement with Tomra Systems ASA and Tomra Sorting N.V., formerly BEST N.V. This agreement ends the previously-disclosed litigation in Belgium, the Netherlands and elsewhere related to alleged infringement of intellectual property rights owned by Tomra Sorting and Visys. Under the Settlement Agreement, the parties have resolved all disputes and waived all future rights of action related to this litigation and associated intellectual property.
As a result of the settlement, Key Technology has recorded an additional accrual of approximately $550,000, pre-tax, which has been recognized in the 2014 fiscal second quarter, ended March 31, 2014. Consequently, certain of the quarter's financial results have been revised. Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased by $550,000 to $11.2 million. The net loss for the quarter increased to $697,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to the previously-disclosed net loss of $334,000, or $0.05 per diluted share.
Jack Ehren, President and CEO, commented, "We are very pleased to have reached a settlement of this long-standing litigation and to put this matter behind us. The settlement enables us to now fully focus on our current and future opportunities."
About Key Technology
Key Technology, an ISO-9001 certified company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield, and reduce cost. With worldwide sales representation, the company maintains demonstration and testing facilities at its headquarters and manufacturing divisions in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; and at Key Technology in Beusichem, the Netherlands, and Hasselt, Belgium. The company's common stock trades on the Global Market tier of The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol KTEC.
Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may relate to expected results of operations or gross margins; expected trends in sales, orders, earnings and other financial measures; projected expenses, including general and administrative expenses; national and international economic conditions; the effect of foreign exchange fluctuations; or other future occurrences. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of economic, competitive and governmental risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, industry consolidation increasing competition in the food processing equipment industry; advances in technology by competitors adversely affecting our sales and profitability; a variety of factors that could increase our cost of operations and reduce gross margins and profitability, including expansion into new markets, complex projects and applications, and integrated product offerings; acquisitions that may harm our operating results; the failure of our independent sales representatives to perform as expected, thereby harming our net sales; our dependence on certain suppliers leaving us temporarily without adequate access to raw materials or products; significant investments in unsuccessful research and development efforts adversely affecting our business; and increased or unanticipated costs associated with product warranties adversely affecting our profitability. These and other risk factors are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in Item 1A, "Risk Factors," of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release as a result of subsequent developments, except as may be required by law.
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|Key Technology, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Statement of Selected Operating Information|
|(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended March 31,||Six Months Ended March 31,|
|Net sales||$ 31,598||$ 35,486||$ 54,323||$ 55,339|
|Cost of sales||21,334||22,673||37,889||36,043|
|Sales and marketing||4,650||4,740||9,424||8,596|
|Research and development||3,142||2,296||5,572||4,033|
|General and administrative||2,992||2,836||5,407||4,965|
|Amortization of intangibles||439||148||876||152|
|Total operating expenses||11,223||10,020||21,279||17,746|
|Gain (loss) on disposition of assets||(6)||29||—||50|
|Earnings (loss) from operations||(965)||2,822||(4,845)||1,600|
|Other income (expense)||(93)||10||(158)||(53)|
|Earnings (loss) before income taxes||(1,058)||2,832||(5,003)||1,547|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||(361)||686||(1,701)||275|
|Net earnings (loss)||$ (697)||$ 2,146||$ (3,302)||$ 1,272|
|Net earnings (loss) per share|
|- basic||$ (0.11)||$ 0.38||$ (0.53)||$ 0.23|
|- diluted||$ (0.11)||$ 0.38||$ (0.53)||$ 0.23|
|Shares used in per share calculations - basic||6,298||5,687||6,287||5,493|
|Shares used in per share calculations - diluted||6,298||5,692||6,287||5,498|
|Key Technology, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Selected Balance Sheet Information|
|(Unaudited, in thousands)|
March 31, 2014
| September 30, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 13,362||$ 17,601|
|Trade accounts receivable, net||13,028||17,725|
|Total current assets||67,548||72,573|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||16,720||17,259|
|Intangible assets, net||10,265||10,982|
|Total current liabilities, including current portion of long-term debt||27,852||30,235|
Source:Key Technology, Inc.