|By Business Wire||
|August 20, 2014 07:30 AM EDT||
Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT), a leading manufacturer of specialty high-tech printing systems and data acquisition products, today reported net sales of $22.4 million for the three months ended August 2, 2014, an increase of 30.1% from the same period a year earlier. Net income for the three months ended August 2, 2014 was $1.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared with net income of $696,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the same period a year earlier.
For the six months ended August 2, 2014, Astro-Med reported net sales of $43.1 million, an increase of 32.0% over the prior year. The Company reported net income of $2.6 million equal to $0.33 per diluted share. During the Company’s six-month period of the prior year, net income on a GAAP basis was $247,000, equal to $0.03 per diluted share, which includes a reserve established to address a non-compliant component in a limited number of ToughWriter Printers. The after tax cost was equal to $0.06 per diluted share. Excluding the impact of the reserve, the Company’s net income on a non-GAAP basis was $670,000 equal to $0.09 per diluted share.
“We continued our strong growth momentum in fiscal 2015 with a solid second-quarter performance,” said Gregory A. Woods, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We reported record quarterly revenues of $22.4 million, with both of our segments reporting record sales. We grew orders by 16.2% in Q2 and exited the quarter with a backlog of $14.7 million, up 4.6% from year end. The success of our channel expansion program was evident in our top-line growth and in our further penetration of international markets.
“QLS product sales increased 25.1% in the second quarter to $15.3 million, aided by the continued strength of our Kiaro! Series of color label printers. Our new wide format Kiaro! 200 printer is also opening up new market opportunities for large format applications and has been very well received by customers, who are impressed by the quality and performance of the product.
“Our Test & Measurement product group of ruggedized products and data acquisition systems grew 42.2% to $7.1 million in the quarter with solid contributions from our ruggedized printers and high-speed data acquisition systems, as well as our line of Miltope ruggedized aerospace printers. The response to our expanding product line from Tier One aviation manufacturers and airline companies continues to be very positive.
“We are focusing on growing our top line both organically and through strategic add-on acquisitions,” added Woods. “At the same time we are also working diligently to continue to improve our profitability. Our Lean transformation is proceeding nicely, and we are beginning to see the results of our operational excellence efforts on our financial performance.”
Operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased to $2.2 million, or 9.7% of net sales, compared with $887,000, or 5.2% of net sales, for the same period of fiscal 2014. The 450 basis point increase in margin reflects higher revenue, improved product mix and the ongoing success of Astro-Med’s Lean manufacturing initiatives.
At August 2, 2014, Astro-Med had cash and cash equivalents of $28.0 million, compared with $27.1 million at January 31, 2014.
Board of Directors Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
On August 18, 2014, the Directors of Astro-Med, Inc. declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share. The dividend, which represents a cash dividend of $0.28 per share on an annualized basis, is payable October 3, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 12, 2014.
Q2 Fiscal 2015 Conference Call
The second quarter fiscal 2015 financial results conference call will be held today, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. It will be broadcast in real time on the Internet through the “Investors” section of the Company’s website at www.Astro-MedInc.com. You also may participate in the conference call by dialing 888-516-2438 (U.S. and Canada) or 719-457-2668 (International) with passcode 570873. Following the live broadcast, an audio webcast of the call will be available on the Company’s website. A conference call replay also will be available for seven days by dialing 888-203-1112 (U.S. and Canada) or 719-457-0820 (International) with passcode 8273326.
Consolidated Statements of Operations In Thousands Except for Per Share Data
|Three-Months Ended||Six-Months Ended|
|August 2, 2014||August 3, 2013||August 2, 2014||August 3, 2013|
|Cost of Sales||12,777||10,271||24,915||19,980|
|Product Replacement Related Costs||-||-||-||672|
|Selling and Marketing||4,503||3,382||8,878||6,954|
|Research and Development||1,479||1,274||2,850||2,387|
|General and Administration||1,443||1,380||2,634||2,521|
|Other Income (Expense), Net||83||(25||)||(38||)||(62||)|
|Income from Continuing Operations Before Taxes||2,247||862||3,825||103|
|Income Tax Provision for Continuing Operations||812||331||1,261||11|
|Income from Continuing Operations||1,435||531||2,564||92|
|Income from Discontinued Operations, Net of Taxes||-||165||-||155|
|Earnings Per Share – Basic:|
|Net Income per share from Continuing Operations||$||0.19||$||0.07||$||0.34||$||0.01|
Net Income per share from Discontinued Operations
|Net Income per share - Basic||$||0.19||$||0.09||$||0.34||$||0.03|
|Earnings Per Share – Diluted:|
|Net Income per share from Continuing Operations||$||0.18||$||0.07||$||0.33||$||0.01|
Net Income per share from Discontinued Operations
|Net Income per share - Diluted||$||0.18||$||0.09||$||0.33||$||0.03|
|Weighted Avg Number of Common Shares - Basic||7,704||7,458||7,652||7,429|
|Weighted Avg Number of Common Shares - Diluted||7,916||7,655||7,883||7,617|
|Dividends Declared Per Common Share||$||0.07||$||0.07||$||0.14||$||0.14|
Selected Balance Sheet Data
|Cash & Marketable Securities||$||28,007||$||27,107|
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjustments in Thousands
|Three-Months Ended||Six-Months Ended|
|August 2, 2014||August 3, 2013||August 2, 2014||August 3, 2013|
|GAAP based results as reported:|
|Product Replacement Costs||-||-||-||423|
|Non-GAAP Net Income||$||1,435||$||696||$||2,564||$||670|
|GAAP based results as reported:|
|Product Replacement Costs||-||-||-||0.06|
|Non-GAAP EPS - diluted||$||0.18||$||0.09||$||0.33||$||0.09|
About Astro-Med, Inc.
Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty high tech printing systems and data acquisition systems. Products include color label printers and consumables sold under the QuickLabel Systems brand as well as rugged printers for aerospace and defense applications and data acquisition products sold under the Astro-Med brand. Astro-Med, Inc. is a member of the Russell Microcap® Index. Additional information is available by visiting www.Astro-MedInc.com
Information included in this news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact, but rather reflect our current expectations concerning future events and results. These statements may include the use the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “likely,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements, including those concerning growth through acquisitions, involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, and factors include, but are not limited to, those factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014 and subsequent filings Astro-Med makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The reader is cautioned not to unduly rely on such forward-looking statements when evaluating the information presented in this news release.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure
In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release also contains the Non-GAAP financial measures, Non-GAAP net income and diluted EPS. The Company believes that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures in this press release helps investors to gain a meaningful understanding of changes in the Company's core operating results, and also can help investors who wish to make comparisons between Astro-Med and other companies on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. Astro-Med’s management uses these non-GAAP measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring its core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of its competitors. These measures are also used by the Company’s management to assist with their financial and operating decision making.
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,240
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,606
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,431
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,259
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 923
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
Nov. 27, 2014 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,633
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
Nov. 27, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,245
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
Nov. 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,197
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people's real needs and desires.
Nov. 27, 2014 08:00 AM EST Reads: 1,201
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:45 AM EST Reads: 1,493
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:00 AM EST Reads: 1,464
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
Nov. 27, 2014 06:45 AM EST Reads: 1,353
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
Nov. 27, 2014 06:45 AM EST Reads: 1,298
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 1,192
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 1,146
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
Nov. 26, 2014 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,593
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
Nov. 24, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,708
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
Nov. 24, 2014 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,602
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, it’s an Internet of many different things. The difference ...
Nov. 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,728
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
Nov. 24, 2014 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,764