SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, March 12, 2015, Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation (E&S) (OTCPK: ESCC)
today reported financial results in its Form 10-K filing for the year ended December 31, 2014.
Sales for 2014 were $26.5 million, compared to sales of $29.6 million for 2013. The net loss for 2014 was $1.3 million or $0.12 per share, compared to a net income of $1.2 Million or $0.11 per share for 2013. Revenue backlog as of December 31, 2014 was $28.2 million compared to backlog of $17.2 million as of December 31, 2013.
Comments from David H. Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer:
"Sales and gross profit for 2014 were lower than 2013 which is the primary reason for the net loss for 2014 as compared to net income for 2013. This was due to unexpected changes to customer schedules which delayed several installations and not the result of a downward trend in the business. To the contrary, new sales bookings were extraordinarily strong leading to a 65% increase in the sales backlog to $28.2 million as of December 31, 2014 compared with backlog of $17.1 million as of December 31, 2013. Sales prospects remain very strong which supports an encouraging outlook for 2015 and 2016. We believe that sales for 2015 will exceed sales recorded in 2014, which is expected to lead to improved results. Cash balances have also improved to $7.0 million as of December 31, 2014 compared to cash balances of $3.4 million as of December 31, 2013. The increase in cash is attributable to progress payments received on customer orders and it is being used to purchase required inventory for customer deliveries. As a result, cash balances dropped to approximately $5.5 million midway through the first quarter of 2015.
We have made significant progress toward the settlement of our Pension Plan liabilities through the distress termination application process. Recent correspondence with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation indicates that the application process should result in a settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that should enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern. However, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome as of the date of our 10-K filing.
Customer interest in all of our products remains strong and we intend to continue to aggressively pursue opportunities in the digital theater and other markets served by our products as well as development and improvement of new and innovative products. We expect variable future sales and gross profits from our current product line at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses not including the expense of the Pension Plan. With relief from the burden of the Pension Plan, we believe an improved financial position may present opportunities for better results through the availability of credit and stronger qualification for customer projects.
Our outlook for the business remains positive."
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.
Visit the E&S website at http://www.es.com.
Statements in this press release which are not historical, including statements regarding E&S' or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans, or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company assumes no obligation except as required by law to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information or future events or developments. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "should," "plan," "goal," "believe," "confident" and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance together with the negative of such expressions. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the Company's ability to successfully market both new and existing products domestically and internationally; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; results of the Board's evaluation of alternatives available to enhance value for shareholders; and market and general economic conditions. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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