Evans & Sutherland Reports 2014 Results

SALT LAKE CITY--()--Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation (E&S) (OTCPK: ESCC) today reported financial results in its Form 10-K filing for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Sales for 2014 were $26.5 million, compared to sales of $29.6 million for 2013. The net loss for 2014 was $1.3 million or $0.12 per share, compared to a net income of $1.2 million or $0.11 per share for 2013. Revenue backlog as of December 31, 2014 was $28.2 million compared to backlog of $17.2 million as of December 31, 2013.

Comments from David H. Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer:

“Sales and gross profit for 2014 were lower than 2013, which is the primary reason for the net loss for 2014 as compared to net income for 2013. This was due to unexpected changes to customer schedules, which delayed several installations and not the result of a downward trend in the business. To the contrary, new sales bookings were extraordinarily strong, leading to a 65% increase in the sales backlog to $28.2 million as of December 31, 2014 compared with backlog of $17.1 million as of December 31, 2013. Sales prospects remain very strong, which supports an encouraging outlook for 2015 and 2016. We believe that sales for 2015 will exceed sales recorded in 2014, which is expected to lead to improved results. Cash balances have also improved to $7.0 million as of December 31, 2014 compared to cash balances of $3.4 million as of December 31, 2013. The increase in cash is attributable to progress payments received on customer orders and it is being used to purchase required inventory for customer deliveries. As a result, cash balances dropped to approximately $5.5 million midway through the first quarter of 2015.

“We have made significant progress toward the settlement of our Pension Plan liabilities through the distress termination application process. Recent correspondence with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation indicates that the application process should result in a settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that should enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern. However, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome as of the date of our 10-K filing.

“Customer interest in all of our products remains strong, and we intend to continue to aggressively pursue opportunities in the digital theater and other markets served by our products, as well as development and improvement of new and innovative products. We expect variable future sales and gross profits from our current product line at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses, not including the expense of the Pension Plan. With relief from the burden of the Pension Plan, we believe an improved financial position may present opportunities for better results through the availability of credit and stronger qualification for customer projects.

“Our outlook for the business remains positive.”

Statements in this press release which are not historical, including statements regarding E&S’ or management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans, or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company assumes no obligation except as required by law to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information or future events or developments. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “goal,” “believe,” “confident” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance together with the negative of such expressions. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the Company’s ability to successfully market both new and existing products domestically and internationally; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; results of the Board's evaluation of alternatives available to enhance value for shareholders; and market and general economic conditions. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

E&S is a registered trademark of Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation.

(In thousands, except share and per share data)      
Years Ended
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
Sales $ 26,466 $ 29,583
Cost of sales   16,989     18,212  
Gross profit   9,477     11,371  
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 6,873 6,024
Research and development 2,187 2,382


  1,147     965  
Total operating expenses   10,207     9,371  
Operating income (loss) (730 ) 2,000
Other expense, net   (552 )   (730 )
Income (loss) before income tax provision (1,282 ) 1,270
Income tax provision   (23 )   (97 )
Net income (loss) $ (1,305 ) $ 1,173  
Net income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted $ (0.12 ) $ 0.11  
Comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
Net income (loss) $ (1,305 ) $ 1,173
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Reclassification of realized gains from sales of marketable
securities to net income (loss) - (27 )
Unrealized gain on marketable securities - 20
Reclassification of pension expense to net income (loss) 406 728
Decrease (increase) to minimum pension liability   (16,422 )   9,334  
Other comprehensive income (loss)   (16,016 )   10,055  
Total comprehensive income (loss) $ (17,321 ) $ 11,228  
(In thousands)
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
Cash and restricted cash $ 7,749 $ 4,396
Marketable securities - 229
Net receivables, billed and unbilled 6,285 7,943
Inventories, net 4,163 3,025
Prepaid expenses and deposits 635 568
Property, plant and equipment, net 4,803 7,405
Intangibles and other assets   1,821     2,136  
Total assets $ 25,456   $ 25,702  
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 1,852 $ 2,616
Customer advances and deposits 9,257 5,515
Pension and retirement obligations 40,611 24,098
Debt obligations 2,362 5,357
Other liabilities 2,077 1,514
Stockholders' deficit   (30,703 )   (13,398 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 25,456   $ 25,702  
(In thousands)
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
$ 28,173   $ 17,165  


Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation
David H. Bateman, 801-588-1674
President and CEO


Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation
David H. Bateman, 801-588-1674
President and CEO