IKONICS Reports Earnings for First Quarter of 2015

DULUTH, Minn., April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IKONICS Corporation (Nasdaq:IKNX), a Duluth-based imaging technology company, reported sales of $3,598,000 for the first quarter of 2015, a 19% drop over the same quarter of 2014. The Company incurred a net loss of $229,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to a profit of $0.10 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2014.

Bill Ulland, Ikonics' CEO, said that a confluence of events, some unique and one ongoing, affected these results:

  • The first quarter of 2014 benefited substantially from an initial stocking order of $569,000 for high-margin Ikonics Imaging product. Although sales continue to this customer, repeat orders of that magnitude did not occur in the first quarter of 2015.
  • We experienced unusually high employee medical expenses of over $200,000 in the first quarter of 2015, which was more than 50% higher than what Ikonics usually incurs each quarter. Ikonics self-insures up to a specified amount before our stop loss insurance kicks in.
  • The delayed startup of a significant new customer impacted Domestic Chromaline sales for the quarter.
  • The strong U.S. dollar had a negative impact on sales and margins for our export business–as it did for many other export industries. "I don't see any evidence of this trend abating soon," Ulland said.

"The challenging first quarter had a bright spot," he said. "Our AMS aerospace business experienced a 21% increase over the first quarter of last year, and we are planning for some important new business. We have achieved approved vendor status in the supply chain for four new commercial jets, and we have quotes outstanding for several millions of dollars of additional aerospace work for the next two to four years. We do not expect to get all this business, but these requests for quotes were unsolicited and we believe reflect our reputation in the aerospace industry as a high quality and reliable supplier."

"Further securing our future, we are now being specified in on major programs and, although that is no guarantee of continued business, once a supplier is specified it is usually for the long term and these projects are expected to run for several years."

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding sales, gross profits, net earnings, capital expenditures, balance sheet position, industry trends and new products, technologies and businesses initiatives that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially as a result of downturns in the aerospace industry, unexpected production delays by the Company's customers, lack of acceptance of new products and technologies, introduction of new products or technologies by competitors, domestic and global economic conditions, changes in credit and capital markets, inherent risk and uncertainty in the protection of intellectual property rights, the ability to control operating costs without impacting growth as well as the factors described in the Company's Forms 10-K, and 10-Q, and other reports on file with the SEC.

IKONICS Corporation
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014
Three Months Ended
3/31/15 3/31/14
Net sales $3,597,889 $4,464,577
Cost of goods sold 2,497,214 2,705,424
Gross profit 1,100,675 1,759,153
Operating expenses 1,571,441 1,443,980
Income (loss) from operations (470,766) 315,173
Other 1,696 1,958
Income (loss) before income taxes (469,070) 317,131
Income tax expense (benefit) (240,123) 112,216
Net income (loss) $ (228,947) $204,915
Earnings (loss) per common share-diluted $ (0.11) $0.10
Average shares outstanding- diluted 2,018,253 2,015,992
Condensed Balance Sheets
As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014
3/31/15 12/31/14
Current assets $9,151,714 $8,857,243
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,632,072 5,416,848
Intangible assets, net 365,424 353,871
$15,149,210 $14,627,962
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities $1,489,914 $744,497
Deferred income taxes 545,000 545,000
Long term debt -- --
Stockholders' equity 13,114,296 13,338,465
$15,149,210 $14,627,962
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014
3/31/15 3/31/14
Net cash provided by operating activities $491,129 $353,997
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (489,063) 71,898
Net cash provided by financing activities -- 13,050
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 2,066 438,945
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,936,214 1,704,300
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $1,938,280 $2,143,245

CONTACT: Bill Ulland Chairman, President & CEO (218) 628-2217

Source:IKONICS Corporation