SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, May 9, 2014, Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation (E&S) (OTCPK: ESCC)
today reported financial results in its Form 10-Q filing for the first quarter ended March 28, 2014.
Sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $6.7 million, compared to sales of $4.7 million for the first quarter 2013. Net loss for the quarter was $0.6 million or $0.05 per share compared to a net loss for the first quarter 2013 of $1.4 million or $0.12 per share. Sales backlog as of March 28, 2014 was $19.7 million compared to $17.2 million as of December 31, 2013. Operating expenses for the quarter totaled $2.5 million compared to $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2013.
Comments from David H. Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer:
"Although sales volume and the $551 net loss in the first quarter of 2014 showed improvement to the comparable period of 2013, which reported a loss of $1,357, it did not compare favorably to the most recent two consecutive profitable quarters in the last half of 2013. The weaker sales and resulting net loss for the first quarter 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 were strong and the sales backlog improved which creates a more encouraging outlook for the remainder of 2014. Also cash balances improved as a result of progress payments received on new customer orders. With the improved backlog and strong sales prospects, we believe that sales and results for the remainder of 2014 will improve resulting in annual levels comparable to 2013.
We continue to expect variable but reasonable consistent future sales and gross profits from our current product lines at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses excluding the current expense of the Pension Plan. The success of our efforts to settle our pension liabilities for an amount that the business can satisfy remains critical to the long term viability of the Company. We believe an improved financial position that would result from relief of the Pension Plan burden 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