IKONICS Reports Second Quarter Results

DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IKONICS Corporation (NASDAQ:IKNX), a Duluth-based imaging technology company, reported 2015 second quarter sales of $4,654,000, 6% below the record second quarter of 2014. Most of this difference is attributable to weak export sales, which continue to suffer from the strong U.S. dollar. Earnings fell to $28,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to $0.10 per share, for the comparable quarter in 2014.

Bill Ulland, IKONICS CEO, said: “I believe the strong U.S. dollar will be with us for a while, and, as with most companies that have a strong export business, we will feel pricing and sales pressure. Consequently, we are increasing our efforts to reduce costs.”

Ulland went on to say that IKONICS Advanced Materials Solutions (AMS) aerospace division continues to be a very bright spot. Sales for the quarter were up 67% over the second quarter of 2014 and up 40% for the year.

“We now are getting repeat and continual business as the aircraft utilizing our technology enters into commercial service, and we are negotiating long term agreements to supply this business. We are transitioning from small periodic orders to growing production orders, which will allow us to maximize production efficiency. We broke ground on the 27,000 square foot expansion for AMS on August 6th.”

Ulland noted that recent independent test results confirm the value of AMS’s Precision Abrasive Machining (PAM) technology to the industry. “The report demonstrates that the PAM method of machining composite materials is much less damaging to the composites than other methods. I believe this may prove to be very important to the aerospace industry, both civilian and military.”

The report may be viewed on IKONICS web site at http://ikonics.uberflip.com/i/545691-ams-precision-abrasive-machining-technology.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding sales, gross profits, net earnings, 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, the effects of federal budget sequestration, domestic and global economic conditions, 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 and Six Months Ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
6/30/15 6/30/14 6/30/15 6/30/14
Net sales$ 4,653,548 $ 4,924,747 $ 8,251,437 $ 9,389,323
Cost of goods sold 3,013,806 3,213,875 5,511,020 5,919,298
Gross profit 1,639,742 1,710,872 2,740,417 3,470,025
Operating expenses 1,445,060 1,417,892 3,016,501 2,861,872
Income (loss) from operations 194,682 292,980 (276,084) 608,153
Other 1,510 1,552 3,206 3,510
Income (loss) before income taxes 196,192 294,532 (272,878) 611,663
Income tax expense (benefit) 168,468 96,100 (71,655) 208,316
Net income (loss)$ 27,724 $ 198,432 $ (201,223) $ 403,347
Earnings (loss) per common share-diluted$ 0.01 $ 0.10 $ (0.10) $ 0.20
Average shares outstanding-diluted 2,018,792 2,019,721 2,018,253 2,016,774

Condensed Balance Sheets
As of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014
6/30/15 12/31/14
Current assets$ 8,662,610 $ 8,857,243
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,656,667 5,416,848
Intangible assets, net 325,113 353,871
$ 14,644,390 $ 14,627,962
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities$ 951,715 $ 744,497
Deferred income taxes 545,000 545,000
Long term debt - -
Stockholders' equity 13,147,675 13,338,465
$ 14,644,390 $ 14,627,962

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
6/30/15 6/30/14
Net cash provided by operating activities$ 469,418 $ 364,377
Net cash used in investing activities (36,854) (983,691)
Net cash provided by financing activities - 44,730
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 432,564 (574,584)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,936,214 1,704,300
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$ 2,368,778 $ 1,129,716

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

Source:IKONICS Corporation