ASTROTECH REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2009 AND ANNOUNCES EXPLORATION OF STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES

Austin, TX (September 28, 2009) - 

Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.

 

Fourth Quarter Results


The Company posted a fourth quarter fiscal year 2009 net income of $2.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share on revenue of $10.4 million compared with a fourth quarter fiscal year 2008 net loss of $1.5 million, or $(0.11) per diluted share on revenue of $6.1 million.

 

Fiscal Year Results


Astrotech’s net income for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 was $4.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted share on revenue of $32.0 million compared to a net loss of $36.0 million, or $(4.26) per diluted share on revenue of $25.5 million for the prior fiscal year. These results represent a 25.2% increase in revenue over fiscal year 2008. Additionally, this marks the first time since 2005 that the Company has reported net income for the fiscal year.

 

Liquidity


As of June 30, 2009, we had cash on hand of $4.7 million and our working capital was approximately $8.4 million. The Company maintains a $6.0 million financing facility with Green Bank, N.A., consisting of a $4.0 million term loan and a $2.0 million revolving credit facility. On June 30, 2009, $3.6 million of the term loan, which expires in February 2011, was outstanding. During third quarter fiscal year 2009, the Company renewed the one-year revolving credit facility through February 2010 on terms substantially similar to the previous facility. At June 30, 2009, the Company had no outstanding liability under the revolving credit facility.

 

Update of Ongoing Operations


Astrotech’s growth strategy is to build on its industry-leading ground support operations and offer a more comprehensive set of services to government and commercial satellite customers through its wholly owned and largest subsidiary, Astrotech Space Operations (“ASO”). Specifically, the Company has developed and has begun to offer an End-to-End Mission Assurance capability that leverages Astrotech’s core-competency in ground processing services to provide pre-launch mission design and planning services and post-launch command-and-control and data management services. This initiative offers new opportunities to meet what the Company believes is an increasing demand from commercial and government customers for a cost-effective and reliable provider of these services.

The Company has a backlog of $25.4 million as of June 30, 2009. The majority of this backlog is for ASO pre-launch satellite processing services, which include hardware launch preparation; advance planning; use of unique satellite preparation facilities; and, spacecraft checkout, encapsulation, fueling, transport, and remote control through launch.

 

Strategic Financial and Business Alternatives


Astrotech also announced today that its Board of Directors has engaged investment banking firm Lazard Ltd. to advise the Company in exploring strategic financial and business alternatives to enhance shareholder value. Lazard Middle Market is the midcap focused financial advisory business of Lazard.

 

The range of alternatives which may be considered could include strategic acquisitions, a sale of some or all of the company’s assets or a variety of other possible transactions. There can be no assurance regarding the timing of or whether the Company will elect to pursue any of the strategic alternatives it may consider, or that any such alternatives will result in changes to the Company’s plans or will be consummated.

 

About Astrotech Corporation

 

Astrotech is one of the first commercial space companies and remains a strong entrepreneurial leader in the aerospace industry. The Company serves our government and commercial satellite and spacecraft customers with our pre-launch services from our Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary and incubates space technology businesses now having formed three companies; the 1st Detect Corporation, which is developing a breakthrough mini-mass spectrometer first developed for the International Space Station; Astrogenetix, Inc., which is producing biotech products in space and has recently developed a vaccine candidate for Salmonella; and AirWard Corporation, which is drawing on its space heritage of sending cargo to space by selling hazardous material containers for the airline industry.

 

Statements in this document may contain 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 & 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.