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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015

  • Revenue for Fourth Quarter reported at $31.2 million
  • Bookings for Fourth Quarter reported at $31.3 million
  • Repurchased 359,628 Shares in the Quarter for $17.7 Million Under Current Stock Repurchase Program
  • Company Declaring Quarterly Dividend of $0.50 per share
  • 200 MINI Z® Systems Ordered for the Chinese Market Opening New Markets for Z Backscatter® Technology

BILLERICA, Mass., May 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASEI) ("AS&E"), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection solutions, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. The Company reported revenues of $31.2 million as compared with revenues of $65.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, net income of $0.9 million as compared with net income of $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, and earnings per share of $0.12 as compared with earnings per share of $0.50 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, the Company reported revenues of $126.8 million as compared with revenues of $190.2 million for the prior fiscal year, net income of $1.0 million as compared with net income of $15.1 million for the prior fiscal year, and earnings per share of $0.13 as compared with earnings per share of $1.91 for the prior fiscal year.

The Company reported $31.3 million in bookings for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 as compared with $60.8 million in bookings for the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year and $88.9 million in bookings for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 as compared with the $180.2 million in bookings for the prior fiscal year. Backlog at March 31, 2015 was $138.3 million.

The Company's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share, payable on June 3, 2015 to the holders of record of the Company's common stock at the close of business on May 26, 2015. As previously reported on December 1, 2014, the Company's Board of Directors approved an expansion of the stock repurchase authorization from $35.0 million to $50.0 million. The Company repurchased 359,628 of its common stock in the quarter for $17.7 million, with a remaining balance of $13.5 million available under the program.

"Fiscal year 2015 was a challenging year for AS&E; while we did not produce the financial results we anticipated, we remain confident in the strength of our active opportunity pipeline and we continue to make meaningful progress on our strategic initiatives," said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO. "Regarding our portfolio expansion efforts, the growing adoption of the award-winning MINI Z handheld imaging system enabled us to penetrate targeted geographic and vertical markets, expanding penetration for our Z Backscatter technology. For example, we were pleased to receive an order for 200 MINI Z systems for public safety customers in China, our largest single MINI Z order to date. In support of our geographic expansion efforts, we have successfully upgraded and added new channel partners, as well as added direct sales and service resources in key growth markets. Our high-performing service business continues to produce exceptional customer satisfaction ratings, which is driving the expansion of our service offerings."

Dougherty continued, "Looking ahead, we remain committed to improving results by continuing to reduce operating costs while at the same time enhancing shareholder value by driving the execution of our strategic plan, closely assessing progress, and making course corrections as necessary."

As recently reported, the Company is fully cooperating with the General Services Administration ("GSA") Office of Inspector General's investigation into AS&E's compliance with its GSA Schedule Contract. AS&E has a longstanding history with the U.S. government and continues to actively engage with U.S. government clients; it expects to continue selling under its GSA Schedule Contract while pursuing new business opportunities with these customers during this process.

Chuck Dougherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ken Galaznik, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss the results and respond to questions. The conference call and webcast are scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To participate in the conference call, please dial (877) 303-9143 at least 10 minutes prior to its starting time. For international participants, please dial (760) 536-5194. The conference identification number is 38635891. You will be placed on hold until the conference call is ready to begin. The live webcast and presentation can be accessed at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/i7cot962.

An audio replay of the teleconference will be available, in its entirety, starting Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a one-week period by dialing (855) 859-2056. Internationally, please dial (404) 537-3406. The conference identification number is 38635891. The replay and presentation will also be available through the Company's website at http://ir.as-e.com/events.cfm.

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced, X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays — pioneered by AS&E. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com or follow us on Twitter @ase_detects).

Safe Harbor Statement: The foregoing press release contains statements concerning AS&E's financial performance, markets and business operations that may be considered "forward-looking" under applicable securities laws. AS&E wishes to caution readers of this press release that actual results might differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. Factors which might cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements contained herein include the following: significant reductions, delays or cancellations (in full or in part) in procurements of the Company's systems by the United States and other governments; disruption in the supply of any source component incorporated into AS&E's products; litigation seeking to restrict the use of intellectual property used by the Company; limitations under certain laws on the Company's ability to protect its own intellectual property; potential product liability claims against the Company; global political trends and events which affect public perception of the threat presented by drugs, explosives and other contraband; global economic developments and the ability of governments and private organizations to fund purchases of the Company's products to address such threats; the potential insufficiency of Company resources, including human resources, capital, plant and equipment and management systems, to accommodate any future growth; technical problems and other delays that could impact new product development and the Company's ability to adapt to changes in technology and customer requirements; competitive pressures; lengthy sales cycles both in United States government procurement and procurement abroad; future delays in federal funding, the market price of the company's stock prevailing from time to time, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to the company from time to time, the company's cash flows from operations and market and general economic conditions. These and certain other factors which might cause actual results to differ materially from those projected are detailed from time to time in AS&E's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which important factors are incorporated herein by reference. AS&E undertakes no obligation to update forward looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in future operating results, financial condition or business over time. Readers are further advised to review the "Risk Factors" set forth in the Company's most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K, which further detail and supplement the factors described in this Safe Harbor Statement. Among other disclosures, the Risk Factors disclose risks pertaining to that portion of the Company's business that is dependent on United States government contracting as well as international customers.

AMERICAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended
March 31,
2015
March 31,
2014
March 31,
2015
March 31,
2014
Total net sales and contract revenues $ 31,167 $ 65,576 $ 126,750 $ 190,249
Total cost of sales and contracts 17,164 44,147 69,488 113,599
Gross profit 14,003 21,429 57,262 76,650
Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 7,771 9,087 32,707 31,805
Research and development 5,298 6,364 23,390 22,089
Total expenses 13,069 15,451 56,097 53,894
Operating income 934 5,978 1,165 22,756
Interest and other expense, net (30) (31) (118) (23)
Income before provision for income taxes 904 5,947 1,047 22,733
Provision for income taxes 27 1,992 68 7,616
Net income $ 877 $ 3,955 $ 979 $ 15,117
Income per share - Basic $ 0.12 $ 0.50 $ 0.13 $ 1.92
Income per share - Diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.50 $ 0.13 $ 1.91
Weighted average shares - Basic 7,288 7,870 7,723 7,846
Weighted average shares - Diluted 7,289 7,905 7,729 7,881
The results of operations reported herein may not be indicative of future financial conditions or results of future operations.
AMERICAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 68,835 $ 62,143
Restricted cash and investments 6,193 14,603
Short-term investments, at fair value 24,533 88,649
Accounts receivable, net 22,124 34,317
Unbilled costs and fees 1,848 2,491
Inventories 40,983 32,935
Other current assets 13,187 10,234
Total current assets 177,703 245,372
Non-current assets:
Building, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 8,711 12,969
Restricted cash and investments 208 313
Other assets 6,486 6,857
Total assets $ 193,108 $ 265,511
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 7,200 $ 10,618
Customer deposits 13,956 16,589
Deferred revenue 7,355 10,934
Other current liabilities 12,664 24,350
Total current liabilities 41,175 62,491
Non-current liabilities:
Lease financing liability -- 1,404
Other non-current liabilities 1,526 4,221
Total liabilities 42,701 68,116
Stockholders' equity 150,407 197,395
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 193,108 $ 265,511
AMERICAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
For the Fiscal Year Ended
March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 979 $ 15,117
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used for) provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 4,565 5,303
Provision for contracts, inventory, and accounts receivable reserves 674 1,328
Amortization of bond premium 832 1,551
Deferred income taxes 2,655 378
Stock based compensation expense 2,771 2,501
Other (49) --
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 12,183 (5,813)
Unbilled costs and fees 643 2,384
Inventories (8,271) 13,761
Prepaid expenses and other assets (5,237) 3,636
Accounts payable (3,418) 2,247
Accrued income taxes (2,338) 244
Customer deposits (2,633) 390
Deferred revenue (6,501) (6,430)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (7,991) (4,051)
Net cash (used for) provided by operating activities (11,136) 32,546
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of short-term investments (29,211) (69,668)
Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments 92,471 88,040
Purchases of property and equipment (2,580) (1,821)
Net cash provided by investing activities 60,680 16,551
Cash flows from financing activities:
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash and investments 8,515 (1,399)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,074 3,525
Repurchase of shares of common stock (36,472) (12,306)
Repayment of leasehold financing (653) (1,488)
Payment of common stock dividend (15,607) (15,713)
Reduction of income taxes paid due to the tax benefit from employee stock option expense 291 9
Cash used for financing activities (42,852) (27,372)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 6,692 21,725
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 62,143 40,418
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 68,835 $ 62,143

CONTACT: Public Relations Contact: Dana Harris Red Javelin Communications, Inc. dana@redjavelin.com 978-440-8392 Laura Berman American Science and Engineering, Inc. lberman@as-e.com 978-262-8713

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