SOURCE: Sutron Corporation

Sutron Corporation

November 11, 2009 09:19 ET

Sutron Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

STERLING, VA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2009) - Sutron Corporation (NASDAQ: STRN), a leading provider of hydrological, meteorological and oceanic monitoring products, systems and services, announced today its financial results for three months and nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Financial Highlights

Net income for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009 was $407,341 or $.09 per share compared to net income of $186,867 or $.04 per share for the same quarter last year. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $872,792 or $.19 per share compared to net income of $692,667or $.15 per share for the nine month period last year. Revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009 were $4,536,850 compared to $4,395,775 in the third quarter of 2008. Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 were $12,898,779 compared to $12,239,838 in the same nine-month period of 2008. The backlog of customer orders at September 30, 2009 was $17,203,000 as compared to $8,701,000 at September 30, 2008.

"We are pleased to report a 118% increase in earnings in the third quarter as well as more than doubling our backlog," said Raul McQuivey, Sutron's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our gross margin as a percentage of revenues improved to 42.4% in the third quarter of 2009 as compared to 35% in the third quarter of 2008. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to the product mix resulting in increased sales of higher margin products and due to a small foreign currency gain of approximately $4,000 in 2009 as compared to a foreign currency loss of approximately $106,000 in 2008. Our operating income increased 82% to $573,869 in the third quarter of 2009 as compared to $314,643 in 2008 due to the increase in revenues and to the improved gross margin. Product development expenses increased 33.5% in the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year due to an increase in R&D personnel and activities and lower direct billings by R&D personnel."

"Customer orders increased significantly in the third quarter of 2009 and totaled approximately $9,505,000 as compared to orders of approximately $5,505,000 in 2008. We received a major contract award from a Spanish consortium, UTE Dominion-ADASA, of approximately $4,200,000 in September 2009 for 631 rainfall, hydrological, meteorological, and agricultural monitoring stations in Venezuela. We also received large orders from various government agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, NASA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA's National Ocean Survey in the third quarter. Due to the buildup in our backlog, we anticipate significant shipments in the fourth quarter and that we will have a record year in 2009."

"We ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of approximately $5.1 million which includes restricted cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1.5 million. We continue to be optimistic in regards to our future business. We are closely following global economic stimulus plans and believe that we will receive significant customer orders in 2009 and 2010 as a result of increased federal and foreign government spending."

About Sutron Corporation

Sutron was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Sterling, Virginia. Sutron designs, manufactures and sells hydrological, meteorological and oceanic monitoring products, systems, software and services to a diversified customer base of federal, state, local and foreign governments, engineering companies, universities and hydropower companies.

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                        SUTRON CORPORATION
                        FINANCIAL SUMMARY


                                                          (Unaudited)
                                                     For the Three Months
                                                      Ended September 30,
OPERATING RESULTS                                      2009        2008
                                                    ----------- -----------
Revenues                                            $ 4,536,850 $ 4,395,775
Cost of sales                                         2,613,524   2,856,044
                                                    ----------- -----------
      Gross profit                                    1,923,326   1,539,731
                                                    ----------- -----------
Operating expenses:
   Selling, general and administrative expenses         905,980     892,955
   Research and product development expenses            443,477     332,133
                                                    ----------- -----------
      Total operating expenses                        1,349,457   1,225,088
                                                    ----------- -----------
      Operating income                                  573,869     314,643
Interest and other income, net                           20,772      22,224
                                                    ----------- -----------
      Income before income taxes                        594,641     336,867
Income tax expense                                      187,300     150,000
                                                    ----------- -----------
Net income                                          $   407,341 $   186,867
                                                    =========== ===========

Net income per share:
      Basic income per share                        $       .09 $       .04
                                                    =========== ===========
      Diluted income per share                      $       .08 $       .04
                                                    =========== ===========





                                                        (Unaudited)
                                                    For the Nine Months
                                                    Ended September 30,
OPERATING RESULTS                                     2009         2008
                                                  ------------ ------------
Revenues                                          $ 12,898,779 $ 12,239,838
Cost of sales                                        7,645,785    7,865,910
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Gross profit                                   5,252,994    4,373,928
                                                  ------------ ------------
Operating expenses:
   Selling, general and administrative expenses      2,877,887    2,497,538
   Research and development expenses                 1,215,067      908,376
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Total operating expenses                       4,092,954    3,405,914
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Operating income                               1,160,040      968,014
Interest and other income, net                         215,752       88,653
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Income before income taxes                     1,375,792    1,056,667
Income tax expense                                     503,000      364,000
                                                  ------------ ------------
Net income                                        $    872,792 $    692,667
                                                  ============ ============

Net income per share:
      Basic income per share                      $        .19 $        .15
                                                  ============ ============
      Diluted income per share                    $        .18 $        .14
                                                  ============ ============



                               BALANCE SHEETS

                                                (Unaudited)     (Audited)
                                                September 30,  December 31,
                                                    2009          2008
                                                ------------  ------------
ASSETS
Current Assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                    $  3,654,855  $  3,705,475
   Restricted cash and cash equivalents            1,458,535       784,920
   Accounts receivable, net                        5,755,794     3,872,527
   Inventory                                       3,798,136     4,053,788
   Prepaid items and other assets                    302,657       302,633
   Income taxes receivable                            83,454       983,875
   Deferred income taxes                             339,000       308,000
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Current Assets                       15,392,431    14,011,218

Property and Equipment, Net                        1,925,080       372,745
                                                ------------  ------------
Other Assets
   Goodwill                                          570,150       570,150
   Other Assets                                      131,662        95,057
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Assets                             $ 18,019,323  $ 15,049,170
                                                ============  ============

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current Liabilities:
   Accounts payable                             $  1,028,340  $  1,200,721
   Accrued payroll                                   458,288       129,142
   Other accrued expenses                          1,124,522       794,307
   Notes payable - current                                 -         2,765
   Bank credit facility                              228,621             -
   Billings in excess of costs and estimated
    earnings                                          53,041       139,117
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Current Liabilities                   2,892,812     2,266,052

Long-Term Liabilities
   Deferred rent                                   1,344,488             -
   Deferred income taxes                              62,000        59,000
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Long-term Liabilities                 1,406,488        59,000
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Liabilities                           4,299,300     2,325,052
                                                ------------  ------------

Stockholders’ Equity
   Common stock                                       45,707        45,707
   Additional paid-in capital                      2,888,137     2,778,775
   Retained earnings                              10,881,897    10,009,105
   Accumulated other comprehensive loss              (95,718)     (109,469)
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Stockholders’ Equity                 13,720,023    12,724,118
                                                ------------  ------------
       Total Liabilities and Stockholders’
        Equity                                  $ 18,019,323  $ 15,049,170
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