SOURCE: Sutron Corporation

Sutron Corporation

August 13, 2012 12:18 ET

Sutron Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

STERLING, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 13, 2012) - Sutron Corporation (NASDAQ: STRN), a leading provider of hydrological, meteorological and oceanic monitoring products, systems and services, announced today its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2012.


For the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company reports net income of $551,670 or $.12 per share as compared to a net loss of $21,372 or $.0 per share in the second quarter in 2011. Revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 were up 77 percent to $6,804,168 as compared to $3,848,508 in the second quarter of 2011. In the second quarter, revenues of approximately $511,000 and net income of approximately $30,000 were attributable to the MeteoStar acquisition that was consummated on May 23, 2012. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2012 as a percentage of revenues was 41 percent as compared to 36 percent for the same quarter a year ago. Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2012 were $1,975,177, an increase of 36 percent compared to operating expenses of $1,453,300 for the same quarter a year ago. The increase in operating expenses was the result of approximately $160,000 of acquisition costs relating to the purchase of MeteoStar, increased sales commissions of $163,000 and increased expenses of approximately $100,000 due to MeteoStar operations subsequent to the acquisition.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was up 70 percent to $475,561 or $.10 per share as compared to net income of $280,205 or $.06 per share for the comparable period in 2011. Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were up 21 percent to $10,541,349 as compared to $8,729,127 in 2011. Gross profit for the six months ended June 30, 2012 as a percentage of revenues was 40 percent as compared to 37 percent in 2011. Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $3,533,261 as compared to operating expenses of $2,847,473 in 2011. The increase in operating expenses was the result of acquisition costs relating to the purchase of MeteoStar, increased expenses due to MeteoStar operations, increased sales commissions and increased R&D activities.

For the six months ended June 30, 2012, customer orders or bookings totaled $14,092,000 as compared to bookings of $6,379,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The backlog of customer orders at June 30, 2012 was $13,150,000 as compared to a backlog of $9,397,000 at June 30, 2011.


"We are pleased to report Q2 revenue growth of 77 percent and net income of $551,670 as compared to a loss of $21,372 in Q2 of 2011. These results are reflective of our significantly improved business base and do not yet include a full quarter contribution from our recent MeteoStar acquisition," said Raul McQuivey, Sutron's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our bookings for the first six months of 2012 were $14,092,000, up 121 percent over the comparable period in 2011, and represent 78 percent of bookings for the full year 2011. Based on strong increased backlog and planned shipments, as well as a full quarter of MeteoStar operations, we anticipate strong third quarter revenues. As stated in previous releases, fluctuations in bookings and revenue are not uncommon to our business which is highly project driven and subject to governmental approval and funding processes. We are encouraged regarding our opportunities as we continue to see significant demand both domestically and internationally for our products and systems. Our balance sheet remains strong with no debt and approximately $6.6 million of cash on hand which positions us to fund our growth both organically and through select acquisitions."

"We are very pleased with the acquisition of MeteoStar. Along with a strong customer base and suite of innovative products and services, the acquisition included 36 employees that bring to Sutron over 200 man years of expertise in the Global Meteorological Market. In May and June, we had several important meetings with key customers that we expect will result in expanded revenue opportunities. We are now in a position to expand dramatically our meteorological market. We also plan to grow MeteoStar's Air Quality and Water Quality monitoring sales both domestically and internationally."

About Sutron Corporation

Sutron Corporation, headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, is a project driven business. Our quarterly results may fluctuate substantially based upon contract awards that are difficult to project in terms of timing and may be delayed due to differing time frames in securing government approvals and funding. 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 60,000 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,  
Revenues   $ 6,804,168   $ 3,848,508  
Cost of sales     4,027,666     2,468,422  
Gross profit     2,776,502     1,380,086  
Operating expenses     1,975,177     1,453,300  
Operating income     801,325     (73,214 )
Interest and other income     15,345     24,842  
Income before income taxes     816,670     (48,372 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     265,000     (27,000 )
Net income   $ 551,670   $ (21,372 )
PER SHARE AMOUNTS:              
Basic income per share   $ 0.12   $ 0.00  
Diluted income per share   $ 0.11   $ 0.00  
    For the Six Months  
    Ended June 30,  
Revenues   $ 10,541,349   $ 8,729,127  
Cost of sales     6,338,255     5,500,416  
Gross profit     4,203,094     3,228,711  
Operating expenses     3,533,261     2,847,473  
Operating income     669,833     381,238  
Interest and other income     26,728     42,966  
Income before income taxes     696,561     424,204  
Income tax expense (benefit)     221,000     144,000  
Net income   $ 475,561   $ 280,204  
PER SHARE AMOUNTS:              
Basic income per share   $ 0.10   $ 0.06  
Diluted income per share   $ 0.09   $ 0.06  
Balance Sheets
    (Unaudited)     (Audited)  
    June 30,     December 31,  
  2012     2011  
Current Assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,813,154     $ 8,737,543  
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents     891,588       760,037  
  Certificates of deposit     926,227       924,294  
  Accounts receivable, net     6,430,900       6,754,434  
  Inventory     4,159,747       3,520,530  
  Prepaid items and other assets     475,522       322,369  
  Income taxes receivable     326,181       383,943  
  Deferred income taxes     585,000       481,000  
    Total Current Assets     18,608,319       21,884,150  
Property and Equipment, Net     1,721,323       1,524,880  
Other Assets                
  Goodwill     4,628,435       570,150  
  Other Assets     98,498       103,591  
    Total Assets   $ 25,056,575     $ 24,082,771  
Current Liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 743,436     $ 799,007  
  Accrued payroll     326,368       337,563  
  Other accrued expenses     1,825,313       1,573,409  
  Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings     483,587       201,015  
    Total Current Liabilities     3,378,704       2,910,994  
Long-Term Liabilities                
  Deferred rent     1,025,757       1,127,860  
  Deferred income taxes     76,000       69,000  
    Total Long-term Liabilities     1,101,757       1,196,860  
    Total Liabilities     4,480,461       4,107,854  
Stockholders' Equity                
  Common stock, 12,000,000 shares authorized; 4,724,632 and 4,704,632 issued and outstanding    
  Additional paid-in capital     4,316,865       4,173,828  
  Retained earnings     16,406,112       15,930,551  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (194,110 )     (176,509 )
    Total Stockholders' Equity     20,576,114       19,974,917  
    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 25,056,575     $ 24,082,771  

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