SOURCE: Sutron Corporation

Sutron Corporation

May 11, 2011 10:08 ET

Sutron Reports First Quarter Operating Results

STERLING, VA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Sutron Corporation (NASDAQ: STRN), a leading provider of hydrological, meteorological and oceanic monitoring products, systems and services, announced today its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011.


Net income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 was down 10 percent to $301,577 or $.07 per share as compared to net income of $333,743 or $.07 per share in the first quarter in 2010. Revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 were flat at $4,880,619 as compared to $4,899,840 in the first quarter of 2010.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2011 as a percentage of revenues was 38 percent as compared to 39 percent for the same quarter a year ago due to increased project costs. Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2011 were $1,394,174, a decrease of 1 percent compared to operating expenses of $1,405,753 for the same quarter a year ago.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, customer orders or bookings totaled $3,479,000 as compared to bookings of $4,278,000 in the first quarter of 2010. The backlog of customer orders at March 31, 2011 was $10,346,000 as compared to $11,286,000 at March 31, 2010.


"Despite operating during a period of economic turmoil, we can report continued profitability for 29 consecutive quarters," said Raul McQuivey, Sutron's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We also continue to strengthen our balance sheet. As of March 31, 2011, we are pleased to report cash of approximately $10,073,000, working capital of $17,482,032 and no long-term debt. During the first quarter of 2011, we hired several new systems engineers. Additional staff was needed to help meet the demands of delivering our systems backlog and to make systems engineers more available to engage customers and pursue sales opportunities. During the first quarter, we delivered our new 8310 datalogger. We are currently developing other new products that we believe will strengthen our competitive position and expand our growth. We expect these products to be released late in 2011. We anticipate using our cash to make strategic acquisitions that will complement our business and add to our growth. We are also focused on growth through increasing our strategic alliances. We continue to aggressively market our products and services world-wide. We continue to be optimistic in regards to both our domestic and international business."

About Sutron Corporation

Sutron Corporation, headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, is a project driven business. Our quarterly results may fluctuate substantially based upon large contract awards that are difficult to project in terms of timing and may be delayed due to the differing time frames in securing government approvals. We provide hydrological, meteorological and oceanic real-time data collection products, systems, software and services to a diversified customer base of federal, state, local and foreign governments, engineering companies, universities and hydropower companies. Over 50,000 Sutron stations have been installed worldwide. We manufacture our dataloggers, satellite transmitters and sensors. Our product and systems are designed to offer commonality of components and uniform interfaces in order to build modular, open, distributed systems that provide excellent performance regardless of the number of sensors or field stations.

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                                                   For the Three Months
                                                      Ended March 31,
HIGHLIGHTS OF OPERATING RESULTS                     2011          2010
                                                ------------- -------------
Revenues                                        $   4,880,619 $   4,899,840
Cost of sales                                       3,031,993     2,988,329
                                                ------------- -------------
Gross profit                                        1,848,626     1,911,511
Operating expenses                                  1,394,174     1,405,753
                                                ------------- -------------
Operating income                                      454,452       505,758
Interest and other income                              18,125        12,985
                                                ------------- -------------
Income before income taxes                            472,577       518,743
Income tax expense (benefit)                          171,000       185,000
                                                ------------- -------------
Net income                                      $     301,577 $     333,743
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Basic income per share                          $        0.07 $        0.07
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Diluted income per share                        $        0.06 $        0.07
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                                   Balance Sheets

                                                (Unaudited)    (Audited)
                                                  March 31,   December 31,
                                                    2011          2010
                                                ------------  ------------
Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $  9,048,976  $  9,627,961
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents             1,024,146       796,189
  Accounts receivable, net                         5,668,126     5,380,975
  Inventory                                        3,415,878     3,758,702
  Prepaid items and other assets                     455,638       560,460
  Deferred income taxes                              508,000       477,000
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Current Assets                         20,120,764    20,601,287

Property and Equipment, Net                        1,637,357     1,706,971
                                                ------------  ------------
Other Assets
  Goodwill                                           570,150       570,150
  Other Assets                                       105,609       108,769
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Assets                               $ 22,433,880  $ 22,987,177
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Current Liabilities:
  Accounts payable                              $    721,801  $  1,119,684
  Accrued payroll                                     93,180       490,197
  Other accrued expenses                           1,575,937     1,543,086
  Billings in excess of costs and estimated
   earnings                                          247,814       361,699
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Current Liabilities                     2,638,732     3,514,666
Long-Term Liabilities
  Deferred rent                                    1,199,613     1,234,385
  Deferred income taxes                              114,000        99,000
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Long-term Liabilities                   1,313,613     1,333,385
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Liabilities                             3,952,345     4,848,051
                                                ------------  ------------
Stockholders' Equity
  Common stock                                        45,787        45,757
  Additional paid-in capital                       3,766,900     3,732,184
  Retained earnings                               14,711,454    14,409,877
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss               (42,606)      (48,692)
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Stockholders' Equity                   18,481,535    18,139,126
                                                ------------  ------------
     Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 22,433,880  $ 22,987,177
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