Astrotech Reports Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results
Austin, TX - May 14, 2018 -
Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 ended March 31, 2018. “In the third quarter, we made progress at 1st Detect, announcing two key milestones regarding our newly developed TRACER 1000, which detects trace amounts of military, commercial, and homemade explosives, plus narcotic substances such as fentanyl,” said Thomas B. Pickens III, Chairman and CEO of Astrotech.
TSA Cargo Qualification: The TRACER 1000 was accepted into the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s Air Cargo Screening Qualification Test (ACSQT) program to address the needs of airports and cargo facilities worldwide as they endeavor to screen 100% of checked luggage and other cargo that is transported on passenger aircraft, as mandated by the 9/11 Commission Act.
TSA Checkpoint Qualification: The TRACER 1000 began testing for passenger screening at airport security checkpoints, entering the Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E) phase of TSA’s qualification process. A successful DT&E phase will lead to Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) Certification, a significant endorsement that foreign governments and other U.S. government agencies consider before procuring ETDs. Certification is also a major step towards being listed on TSA’s Qualified Products List (QPL), and subsequently being deployed in airports worldwide.
“We believe our mass spectrometry-based instrumentation provides far superior detection capabilities compared to existing screening technologies, and we are excited about its continued positive feedback from TSA and its market potential,” continued Pickens. “We are also pleased with the progress being made at Astral Images in gaining market acceptance for its Astral ICE product suite, including the granting of a key patent.”
Astral Images was awarded one new US patent: ‘UHD High Dynamic Range Aesthetic Match (Continuation)’ (US), and 1st Detect was awarded two new patents: ‘Mass Spectrometers Having Real Time Ion Isolation Signal Generators’ (US), and ‘End Cap Voltage Control of Ion Traps’ (international).
Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Highlights
Revenue, costs of goods sold, SG&A, and R&D are expected to continue to fluctuate based on the timing of projects.
Total operating expenses have been cut by $336 thousand, or 10.5%, from the prior year third quarter. For the nine months ended March 31, 2018, total operating expenses have decreased $806 thousand, or 8.1%, compared to the nine months ended March 31, 2017, as we focus on securing certification for the TRACER 1000 and marketing Astral ICE.
During the current fiscal year, the Company has spent a total of $9.1 million on all projects and SG&A, compared to $11.1 million during the same period in the prior fiscal year. This represents a decrease of 18.0% in total spending. The Company has realigned its resources to focus on the TRACER 1000, as opposed to the government subcontracts and R&D hybrid of the previous year. This has allowed the Company to streamline its operations, which has resulted in the aforementioned savings.
At March 31, 2018, cash and investments were $6.3 million, and there was no debt.
Astrotech (NASDAQ: ASTC) is an innovative science and technology company that invents, acquires, and commercializes technological innovations sourced from research institutions, laboratories, universities, and internally, and then funds, manages, and builds proprietary, scalable start-up companies for profitable divestiture to market leaders to maximize shareholder value. 1st Detect develops, manufactures, and sells chemical analyzers for use in the security, defense, healthcare, food and beverage, and environmental markets. Sourced from decades of image research from IBM and Kodak laboratories, Astral Images sells film-to-digital image enhancement, defect removal and color correction software, as well as post-processing services providing economically feasible conversion of television and feature 35mm and 16mm films to the new 4K ultra-high definition (UHD), high- dynamic range (HDR) format necessary for the new generation of digital distribution. Sourced from NASA’s extensive microgravity research, Astrogenetix is applying a fast-track, on-orbit discovery platform using the International Space Station to develop vaccines and other therapeutics. Demonstrating its entrepreneurial strategy, Astrotech management sold its state-of-the-art satellite servicing operations to Lockheed Martin in August 2014. Astrotech has operations throughout Texas and is headquartered in Austin.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, whether we can successfully develop our proprietary technologies and whether the market will accept our products and services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings including the annual report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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