SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, August 14, 2015, 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 July 3, 2015.
Sales for the second quarter were $10.3 million, compared to sales of $5.7 million for the second quarter 2014. Net loss for the quarter was $2.7 million or $0.24 per share, compared to a net loss for the second quarter 2014 of $0.9 million or $0.08 per share. Sales for the six months ended July 3, 2015 were $18.3 million, compared to sales of $12.4 million for the comparable period of 2014. Net loss for the six months ended July 3, 2015 was $2.6 million or $0.23 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million or $0.13 per share for the comparable period of 2014. Backlog as of July 3, 2015 was $26.7 million, compared to backlog of $28.2 million as of December 31, 2014.
Comments from David H. Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer: "On April 21, 2015, the Company executed an agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to terminate its pension plan and settle the underlying pension liabilities. This is a major milestone and completes a process that began over two years ago. The Company's goal in seeking a distress termination of the pension plan is to ensure that pension benefits of all pension plan participants are paid up to the federally guaranteed limits and that the Company continues to operate as a going concern while avoiding the costly damage and disruption to the business, which would result from bankruptcy reorganization. We believe the settlement agreement has achieved that goal.
The first half of 2015 reported improved sales volume and $6.4 million of gross profit as compared to the first six months ended June 27, 2014, which reported gross profit of $4.1million. The stronger sales and improved gross profit in 2015 was attributable to stronger sales bookings over the past year. The sales backlog remained healthy despite decreasing in the first half of 2015, which supports a continuing encouraging outlook for the remainder of 2015. Operating expenses, except for a $3.6 million charge for the settlement of the pension liabilities, were comparable for the periods presented. The charge for the settlement of the pension liabilities is not a recurring expense item. Absent this charge, results would have been profitable for both periods presented. With the healthy backlog and strong sales prospects, we anticipate that sales and overall results for the remainder of 2015 will exceed the results from 2014.
We continue to expect variable but reasonably consistent future sales and gross profits from our current product lines at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses. We had a net loss for the three and six months ended July 3, 2015 due to the pension settlement charge of $3.6 million. However, the pension settlement contributed largely to total comprehensive income, which amounted to $29.1 million and $29.4 million for the three and six months ended July 3, 2015 respectively. This nearly eliminated our stockholders deficit, which was reduced from $30.7 million as of December 31, 2014 to $1.2 million as of July 3, 2015. With the settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities, we expect an improved financial position that may present opportunities for better results through the availability of credit and stronger qualification for customer projects. We remain positive for the success of the business. "
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