SOURCE: Sierra Monitor Corporation

Sierra Monitor Corporation

March 05, 2013 09:30 ET

Sierra Monitor Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2012

Reports Record Sales for the Twelve Months of 2012; Sales Increased 21% Year Over Year; Net Income Up 38% in 2012

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2013) - Sierra Monitor Corporation (OTCQB: SRMC), a company that designs, manufactures and sells electronic safety and environmental instrumentation, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Financial Highlights

  • Annual sales of approximately $18.8 million for the period ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 21% over the approximately $15.5 million reported for the prior year
  • Annual net income increased 38% to approximately $1.2 million or $0.12 per share (basic and diluted), compared to net income of approximately $0.9 million or $0.09 per share (basic and diluted) for the previous year
  • Fourth quarter sales were approximately $3.9 million compared to approximately $3.6 million in the prior year, an increase of 8%
  • Fourth quarter net income was $135,503 or $0.01 per share (basic and diluted), compared to net income of $143,388 or $0.01 per share (basic and diluted) in the same prior year period
  • Ended the fourth quarter of 2012 with over $ 2.3 million of cash on hand and no bank debt
  • Adopted a dividend policy and approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock which was payable on November 15, 2012

Fourth Quarter Business Highlights

  • Supplied toxic gas sensors for installation in a new 240,000-barrel-per-day state-owned refinery in Quanzhou, China.
  • Increased the OEM customer base for ProtoCessor protocol gateways including design wins and initial shipments to a manufacturer of specialized air handlers, and orders for engineering development from a window controls company and a major lighting controls company.
  • Continued supplying propane detectors that are being installed to support a nationwide major big box deployment of high technology propane tank filling stations.
  • Shipped combustible and toxic gas sensors for Sierra Monitor's first installation on an offshore oilfield service barge in Indonesia.
  • Delivered FieldServer Gateways for construction projects in Qatar including the Doha International Airport terminal. The Gateways will provide inter-connection between fire panels and building management systems.
  • A twenty-year customer in the wastewater treatment industry installed their first new generation high point count gas detection controller and ordered four additional controllers.

2012 Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and the Year
Net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 were $3,851,409, compared to $3,572,927 reported for the same period of 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, sales increased 21% to $18,759,030 compared to $15,529,041 for the same period of 2011.

Sierra Monitor posted GAAP net income of $135,503, or $0.01 per share (basic and diluted), for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to GAAP net income of $143,388, or $0.01 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period of 2011. Sierra Monitor posted GAAP net income of $1,195,829, or $0.12 per share (basic and diluted), for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to GAAP net income of $868,947, or $0.09 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period of 2011.

Sierra Monitor posted non-GAAP net income of $265,859 or $0.03 per share (basic and diluted), for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to non-GAAP net income of $76,606 or $0.01 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period of 2011. Sierra Monitor posted non-GAAP net income of $1,667,968 or $0.17 per share basic and $0.16 per share diluted, for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to non-GAAP net income of $1,123,084, or $0.11 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period of 2011.

See Table C of this release for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP revenue.

Cash Position
Sierra Monitor had $2,306,258 in cash at December 2012 with no bank borrowings. Net trade receivables at December 31, 2012 were $1,913,185. At December 31, 2012, the Company's days sales outstanding were 42 days.

"2012 was a banner year for Sierra Monitor," said Gordon R. Arnold, president and chief executive officer. "We reported record sales and earnings growth and shipped the largest order in the company's history for gas and fire detection instruments for a petroleum pipeline booster station in Kuwait," he noted. "We continued to expand sales and customer support activities beyond our existing domestic regions for both gas detection and FieldServer products opening offices in Singapore and Europe. The company also achieved another milestone in its history by adopting a dividend policy and approving a quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock which was payable on November 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10, 2012. We continue to invest in our growing family of gas detection and FieldServer products and I am delighted with the team's progress and look forward to further successes in 2013," Mr. Arnold stated.

About Sierra Monitor Corporation
Sierra Monitor Corporation designs, manufactures and sells electronic safety and environmental instrumentation. The company's unique protocol translator product lines enable communication between disparate electronic systems overcoming protocol language barriers. By enabling communication between central building automation systems and many electronic subsystems, such as fire panels, chillers and air handlers, Sierra Monitor assists with the integration of energy saving building automation systems. The company's products improve the safety and comfort of workers while contributing to climate and natural resource protection. Sierra Monitor's intelligent hazardous gas detection systems can be found in a broad range of applications including alternate fuel vehicle maintenance facilities, US Navy ships, wastewater treatment facilities, refineries, offshore oil platforms, chemical plants, parking garages and underground telephone vaults providing 24/7 protection of personnel and facilities.

The Company's vision is to capitalize on the expanding worldwide demand for knowledge-based products and services that improve operational performance, productivity, efficiency and safety in building automation, industrial and military applications, while reducing our customers' resource and energy consumption.

Table A
SIERRA MONITOR CORPORATION
 
Statements of Operations
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
    For the three months ended December 31,   For the twelve months ended December 31,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
Net sales   $ 3,851,409   $ 3,572,927   $ 18,759,030   $ 15,529,041
Cost of goods sold     1,615,132     1,489,795     8,318,419     6,341,341
    Gross profit     2,236,277     2,083,132     10,440,611     9,187,700
                             
Operating expenses                        
  Research and development     526,430     556,593     2,167,548     2,204,610
  Selling and marketing     980,359     799,328     4,081,745     3,459,110
  General and administrative     541,587     499,014     2,236,415     2,087,382
      2,048,376     1,854,935     8,485,708     7,751,102
    Income from operations     187,901     228,197     1,954,903     1,436,598
                             
  Interest income     61     161     269     1,025
    Income before income taxes     187,962     228,358     1,955,172     1,437,623
Income tax provision     52,459     84,970     759,343     568,676
    Net income   $ 135,503   $ 143,388   $ 1,195,829   $ 868,947
Net income available to common shareholders per common share                        
    Basic   $ 0.01   $ 0.01   $ 0.01   $ 0.01
    Diluted   $ 0.01   $ 0.01   $ 0.12   $ 0.09
Weighted average number of common shares used in per share computations:                        
    Basic     10,004,311     9,901,177     9,926,961     9,899,060
    Diluted     10,168,529     10,080,738     10,139,431     10,101,075
                             
                             
                             
Table B
 
SIERRA MONITOR CORPORATION
Balance Sheet
 
Assets   December 31, 2012   December 31, 2011
    Unaudited    
             
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,306,258   $ 1,212,426
  Trade receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts of approximately $83,000 and $65,000 respectively     1,913,185     1,647,948
  Inventories, net     2,994,804     3,918,161
  Prepaid expenses     280,363     223,362
  Income tax deposit     120,796     10,655
  Deferred income taxes     335,730     366,618
    Total current assets     7,951,136     7,379,170
             
Property and equipment, net     289,505     399,558
Other assets     135,393     140,558
    Total assets   $ 8,376,034   $ 7,919,286
             
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 713,973   $ 918,706
  Accrued compensation expenses     259,546     497,197
  Other current liabilities     89,989     323,114
  Income taxes payable     -     11,362
    Total current liabilities     1,063,508     1,750,379
             
Deferred tax liability     59,419     108,337
    Total liabilities     1,122,927     1,858,716
             
Commitments and contingencies            
Shareholders' equity:            
  Common stock, $0.001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 10,004,311 and 9,901,177 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     10,004     9,901
  Additional paid-in capital     2,871,898     2,775,250
  Retained earnings     4,371,205     3,275,419
    Total shareholders' equity     7,253,107     6,060,570
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 8,376,034   $ 7,919,286
                 
                 
                 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The accompanying news release dated March 5, 2013 contains non-GAAP financial measures. Table C reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures in that news release to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures include non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP net income and basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per share.

Sierra Monitor continues to provide all information required in accordance with GAAP and does not suggest or believe non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Sierra Monitor believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its operating results primarily because they exclude amounts the Company does not consider part of ongoing operating results when assessing the overall Company performance.

We believe that our non-GAAP financial measures facilitate the comparison of results for current periods with results for past periods. We exclude the following items from non-GAAP financial measures:

Depreciation and Amortization of Tangible and Intangible Assets
In accordance with GAAP, depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets includes depreciation of purchased capital assets and amortization of intangible assets including third party approval fees. We exclude these amounts from our internal measures for budget and planning purposes.

Provision for Bad Debt Expense
We maintain an allowance for doubtful accounts, which is analyzed on a periodic basis to ensure that it is adequate to the best of management's knowledge. We exclude these amounts from our internal measures for budget and planning purposes.

Provision for Inventory Losses
We evaluate our inventories for excess or obsolescence on a quarterly basis. Inventories identified as slow moving or obsolete are determined based on historical experience and current product demand. The quarterly analysis is used to adjust the provision for inventory losses. We exclude the provision for inventory losses from our internal measures for budget and planning purposes.

Deferred Income Taxes
The effect of changes in deferred tax balances is non-cash and is not comparable across periods or with other companies. We exclude these amounts from our internal measures for budget and planning purposes. There are no deferred income taxes reported in the current reporting periods.

Stock-based Compensation Expense
Our non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation expenses, which consist of expenses for stock options. While stock-based compensation is an expense affecting our results of operations, management excludes stock-based compensation from our budget and planning process. For these reasons we exclude stock-based compensation expenses from our non-GAAP financial measures. We compute weighted average dilutive stocks using the methods required by GAAP for both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted net income per share.

Sierra Monitor refers to these non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating and measuring the performance of our ongoing operations and for planning and forecasting in future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate our internal comparisons to historical operating results. We are reporting non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that the inclusion of comparative numbers provides consistency in our financial reporting. We compute non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and year to year.

Sierra Monitor believes that non-GAAP measures have significant limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Sierra Monitor's financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate Sierra Monitor's financial results in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Because of these limitations, Sierra Monitor qualifies the use of non-GAAP financial information in a statement when non-GAAP information is presented. In addition, the exclusion of the charges and expenses indicated above from the non-GAAP financial measures presented does not indicate an expectation by Sierra Monitor management that similar charges and expenses will not be incurred in subsequent periods.

   
   
   
Table C  
SIERRA MONITOR CORPORATION  
   
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Results  
   
(Unaudited)  
   
    For the three months ended
December 31,
    For the twelve months ended
December 31,
 
    2012   2011     2012   2011  
                             
GAAP Net Income   $ 135,503   $ 143,388     $ 1,195,829   $ 868,947  
Adjustments:                            
  Depreciation and amortization     70,428     73,938       290,679     285,815  
  Provision for bad debt expense     2,500     (31,430 )     17,934     (17,273 )
  Provision for inventory losses     929     (61,557 )     35,887     (26,557 )
  Deferred income taxes     30,888     (68,208 )     30,888     (68,208 )
  Stock based compensation expense     25,611     20,475       96,751     80,360  
Total adjustments to GAAP net income     130,356     (66,782 )     472,139     254,137  
Non-GAAP Net Income   $ 265,859   $ 76,606     $ 1,667,968   $ 1,123,084  
                             
Non GAAP Net Income Per Share:                            
  Basic   $ 0.03   $ 0.01     $ 0.17   $ 0.11  
  Diluted   $ 0.03   $ 0.01     $ 0.16   $ 0.11  
Weighted-average number of shares used in per share computations:                            
  Basic     10,004,311     9,901,177       9,926,961     9,899,060  
  Diluted     10,168,529     10,080,738       10,139,431     10,101,075  
                             
                             
                             

Contact Information

  • Sierra Monitor Investor Relations Contact:
    Steve Polcyn
    408-262-6611 ext. 134
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