SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, August 8, 2014, Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation (E&S) (OTCPK: ESCC)
today reported financial results in its Form 10-Q filing for the second quarter and six months ended June 27, 2014.
Sales for the second quarter were $5.7 million, compared to sales of $5.2 million for the second quarter 2013. Net loss for the quarter was $0.9 million or $0.08 per share compared to a net loss for the second quarter 2013 of $0.4 million or $0.04 per share. Sales for the six months ended June 27, 2014 were $12.4 million, compared to sales of $9.9 million for the comparable period of 2013. Net loss for the six months ended June 27, 2014 was $1.4 million or $0.13 per share compared to a net loss of $1.8 million or $0.16 per share for the comparable period of 2013. Backlog as of June 27, 2014 was $21.4 million compared to backlog of $17.2 million as of December 31, 2013. Operating expenses for the second quarter totaled $2.5 million compared to $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2013.
Comments from David H. Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer: "Although sales volume showed improvement, the net loss for the second quarter of 2014 was larger than the comparable period of 2013. The higher net loss was attributable to higher operating expenses in the second quarter of 2014 due largely to a credit from a settlement of a dispute which reduced 2013 expenses in the second quarter of 2013. Also, sales and marketing expenses in 2014 were higher due to a bi-annual tradeshow and the redirection of production and engineering resources to sales and marketing activities. Despite the higher 2014 operating expenses and increased loss in the second quarter, higher sales helped the first half of 2014 show improvement from the comparable period of 2013, with a net loss of $1.4 million for the first half of 2014 compared to $1.8 million for the first half of 2013. Neither of the first two quarters of 2014 compares favorably to the two consecutive profitable quarters in the last half of 2013; however, the weaker sales and resulting net loss in the first half of 2014 was primarily the result of the timing of work and deliveries on customer projects rather than a negative trend in the overall business. New bookings and the sales backlog continued to improve which creates a more encouraging outlook for the remainder of 2014. Also, cash balances continued to improve from progress payments received on new customer orders. With the improved backlog and strong sales prospects we still believe that sales and overall results for 2014 will be comparable to 2013.
For the longer term we expect variable but reasonably consistent future sales and gross profits from our current product line at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses, excluding the pension expense."
About Evans & Sutherland
Evans & Sutherland in conjunction with its wholly owned subsidiary, Spitz Inc., creates innovative digital planetarium systems and cutting-edge, fulldome show content. E&S has developed Digistar 5, the world's leading digital planetarium with fulldome video playback, real-time computer graphics, and a complete 3D digital astronomy package fully integrated into a single theater system. This technology allows audiences to be immersed in full-color, 3D computer-generated interactive worlds. As a full-service system provider, E&S also offers Spitz domes, SciDome, hybrid planetarium systems including Goto optical mechanical projectors integrated with Digistar 4 and a full range of theater systems from audio and lighting to theater automation. E&S markets include planetariums, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide.
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Consolidated Statements of Operations (XLS)
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David H. Bateman
President and CEO
Evans & Sutherland
770 Komas Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84108