Astrotech Reports First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Results
Austin, TX - November 13, 2023
Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC) (the “Company” or “Astrotech”) reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, which ended September 30, 2023.
Financial Highlights & Recent Developments
Astrotech’s consolidated balance sheet remains strong with $39 million in cash and liquid investments, which are anticipated to support our research and development, organic growth, and potential acquisition targets.
Revenue for the quarter totaled $425 thousand compared to $38 thousand in the first quarter of the prior year due primarily to ongoing fulfillment of the previously announced 17-unit order for the TRACER 1000™ explosive trace detector (ETD) to a Romanian based security and telecommunications company and ongoing maintenance services and sales of consumables for the TRACER 1000.
Gross margin improved to 43% for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, compared to 16% in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2023.
Production and sales efforts continue for the AgLAB 1000-D2™, which utilizes the Maximum Value Process™ testing method, designed to improve yields and bottom-line profits for hemp (CBD) and cannabis (THC) producers of distilled oils.
1st Detect continues working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) toward cargo detection testing. TSA cargo detection testing is the final step to be listed on the Air Cargo Screening Technology List as an “approved” device. If approved, the TRACER 1000 will be approved for cargo sales in the United States.
On September 20, 2023, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company approved the appointment of RBSM, LLP as the Company’s new independent registered public accounting firm. An engagement letter with RBSM was executed on October 12, 2023, for the appointment for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2024.
Effective November 9, 2023, 1st Detect accepted a purchase order for seven TRACER 1000 explosive trace detectors from a Romania-based company focused on research and innovation, specializing in the supply and integration of security and telecommunications technology systems. The systems are scheduled to be delivered over the next few months.
“Fiscal year 2024 has started with strong sales at 1st Detect as we continue deliveries on a 17-unit Tracer 1000 Explosive Trace Detector order,” stated Thomas B. Pickens, III, Astrotech’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technology Officer. “We also continue to make slow but steady progress with our efforts obtaining TSA approvals and opening up the U.S. airport market. The AgLAB subsidiary has been conducting customer demonstrations and they have continued to indicate that our Maximum Value Processing method can, on average, increase ending weighted yields by 30%. This is a significant improvement in cannabinoid oil processing yields and adds to our potential customer’s bottom line.” stated Thomas B. Pickens, III.
About Astrotech Corporation
Astrotech (Nasdaq: ASTC) is a mass spectrometry company that launches, manages, and commercializes scalable companies based on its innovative core technology through its wholly owned subsidiaries. 1st Detect develops, manufactures, and sells trace detectors for use in the security and detection market. AgLAB is developing chemical analyzers for use in the agriculture market. BreathTech is developing a breath analysis tool to provide early detection of lung diseases. Astrotech is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For information, please visit www.astrotechcorp.com.
About the AgLAB-1000™ and the BreathTest-1000™
This press release contains information about our new products under development, AgLAB-1000 and BreathTest-1000. Product development involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty, and there can be no assurance that our new products will be successfully developed, achieve their intended benefits, receive full market authorization, or be commercially successful. In addition, FDA approval will be required to market BreathTest-1000 in the United States. Obtaining FDA approval is a complex and lengthy process, and there can be no assurance that FDA approval for BreathTest-1000 will be granted on a timely basis or at all.
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, the adverse impact of inflationary pressures, including significant increases in fuel costs, global economic conditions and events related to these conditions, including the ongoing wars in Ukraine and the middle east and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company’s use of proceeds from the common stock offerings, whether we can successfully complete the development of our new products and proprietary technologies, whether we can obtain the FDA and other regulatory approvals required to market our products under development in the United States or abroad, whether the market will accept our products and services and whether we are successful in identifying, completing and integrating acquisitions, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings including the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. While we do not intend to directly harvest, manufacture, distribute or sell cannabis or cannabis products, we may be detrimentally affected by a change in enforcement by federal or state governments and we may be subject to additional risks in connection with the evolving regulatory area and associated uncertainties. Any such effects may give rise to risks and uncertainties that are currently unknown or amplify others mentioned herein. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all) or will prove to have been correct. Moreover, such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views only as of the date of its publication and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. The Company assumes no obligation to correct or update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.
Company Contact: Jaime Hinojosa, Chief Financial Officer, Astrotech Corporation, (512) 485-9530