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Austin, TX (February 17, 2015) - 



  • Net income of $20.9 million (attributable to Astrotech Corporation), or $1.04 per diluted share for the year to date fiscal 2015.

  • Recognized year-to-date EBITDA of $21.9 million from continuing operations, which includes a gain from the sale of our former ASO business.

  • Astrotech initiated a $5 million share repurchase program. Through the end of calendar year 2014, we repurchased $0.4 million of Astrotech stock.

  • Astrotech recruited leading industry executive Bob Kibler to be CEO of 1st Detect.

  • 1st Detect released a key new product, the iONTRAC, to the petrochemical industry.



Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), a leader in commercializing space technology and chemical detection technologies for use in the research, security, industrial, process flow and healthcare markets, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended December 31, 2014.


“This was an important transition quarter for Astrotech Corporation as we prepared for 1st Detect’s evolution from a research and development organization to one that will be focused on commercialization of its technology," said Thomas B. Pickens III, Chairman and CEO of Astrotech Corporation. “With ample resources provided by the sale of Astrotech Space Operations (ASO), we have attracted the premier talent necessary to take 1st Detect to the next level. In addition, we are actively seeking acquisitions to complement our 1st Detect technology or technology companies that are positioned to be dominant in their respective industries.”


Second Quarter Results
The Company posted second quarter fiscal year 2015 net loss of ($2.4) million, or ($0.12) per diluted share, compared with a second quarter fiscal year 2014 net loss of ($2.6) million or ($0.13) per diluted share. It also posted year to date fiscal year 2015 net income of $20.9 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, which was primarily the result of a $25.6 million gain ($23.7 million after-tax) related to the sale of our former ASO business to Lockheed Martin, compared with a second quarter year to date fiscal year 2014 net loss of ($1.3) million or ($0.07) per diluted share.


Financial Tables for Second Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 [PDF 45KB]


Financial Position and Liquidity
Working capital was $41.5 million as of December 31, 2014, which primarily consisted of $42.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and a working capital receivable held in escrow of $0.6 million related to the sale of our former ASO business. Additionally, the Company continues to record a receivable of $6.1 million for an amount held in escrow related to the sale, which is not included in working capital. The Company believes it will fully realize $0.6 million in February 2015 and the remaining $6.1 million held in escrow in February 2016.


About Astrotech Corporation

Astrotech is a leader in identifying and commercializing space technology for terrestrial use. 1st Detect Corporation is developing what we believe is a breakthrough miniaturized mass spectrometer, the MMS-1000™, while Astrogenetix, Inc. is a biotechnology company utilizing microgravity as a research platform for drug discovery and development. Astral Images provides an advanced film scanning and digital defect removal solution. All are wholly owned subsidiaries of the parent.


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, continued government support and funding for key space programs, product performance and market acceptance of 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.



Joshua Elbaum
VP, Marketing
+1 (512) 485-9530

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