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- Increased total revenue 421% compared to fiscal 2015 -

Austin, TX (September 26, 2016) - 

Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

"In fiscal 2016, Astrotech's revenue increased over four times to $2.7 million compared to fiscal 2015, and we continued to lay the foundation for future growth," said Thomas B. Pickens III, Chairman and CEO of Astrotech Corporation. "Our 1st Detect subsidiary achieved significant milestones with our partners. We won a key government contract to develop next-gen explosive trace detection (ETD) systems for aviation security, for which there are over 15,000 ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) installations worldwide approaching end of life. We were also awarded the next stage for the Next Generation Chemical Detection (NGCD) Program, for which the U.S. military plans to procure an estimated 770 units. Furthermore, in July, we realigned resources, which reduced costs and will improve the subsidiary’s bottom line.

"Additionally, we positioned Astral Images to be a technology leader in automated image correction and enhancement in the digital media industry. We extended our product line with revolutionary Ultra-High Definition/High-Dynamic Range (UHD/HDR) technology, fostered relationships with post-production houses, and hired an industry leader to drive sales as the new HDR10 standard market begins to ramp.

"In summary, we advanced Astrotech's primary focus of building start-up companies for profitable divestiture to market leaders. We are excited about our market opportunities and our 2017 growth prospects," concluded Mr. Pickens.

Fiscal Year Financial Highlights

Revenue, costs of goods sold, SG&A, and R&D are expected to continue to fluctuate based on the timing of contract revenue.

  • Revenue increased to $2.7 million for the year ended June 30, 2016, compared to $513 thousand for the year ended June 30, 2015, primarily reflecting 1st Detect's income from research-based, fixed-price, government-related subcontracts.

  • Gross profit was $339 thousand for the year ended June 30, 2016, compared to $89 thousand for the year ended June 30, 2015.

  • Loss from operations was $13.8 million for the year ended June 30, 2016, compared to $16.1 million for the year ended June 30, 2015, reflecting reduced SG&A, partially offset by increased R&D.

  • Cash and investments at June 30, 2016 were $25.7 million. In February 2016, the Company received 100% of the $6.1 million indemnity holdback related to the sale of Astrotech Space Operations to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation in August 2014.

  • Astrotech Corporation had no debt at June 30, 2016.


Highlights of Astrotech's Subsidiaries

1st Detect


  • Advancing Aviation Security with Smiths Detection Inc.

    • Won a contract with Smiths Detection to develop next generation ETD systems for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) using 1st Detect’s breakthrough chemical analyzer technology. The ETD technology development phase is expected to last through September 2017 and yield a solution that delivers far greater accuracy than the current generation of IMS technology while greatly expanding the library of detectable explosives and improving passenger and carry-on baggage screening and other homeland security operations.

    • Smiths Detection Inc., a subsidiary of Smiths Group (LSE: SMIN, ADR: SMGZY), is the leading incumbent provider of IMS instrumentation.


  • Furthering NGCD with Battelle Memorial Institute

    • Completed the brassboard stage, the second step of the technology development phase, for its multi-sample identifier detector (MSID) solution for the U.S. military's three-phase, multi-year NGCD development program.

    • Secured, in August 2016, the award for the prototype stage, the third and final step of the technology development phase, for which 1st Detect will sell its chemical analyzer to Battelle for integration into prototype units for performance testing in a variety of military operational environments.

    • Battelle Memorial Institute is one of the leading providers of instrumentation to the military.


  • Enhanced Competitive IP Portfolio

    • Granted six U.S. patents during fiscal 2016, bringing total to 16 granted U.S. patents, six granted foreign patents, eight pending U.S. patent applications, and 10 pending foreign patent applications at June 30, 2016.


  • Addressing Large and Diverse Industrial and Commercial Markets Requiring Customized Solutions

    • Continuing to explore and educate the market.

    • Focusing on customer-funded, joint-development programs.


Astral Images



  • Positioning Astral Images as the Leading Solution for Automated Image Correction and Enhancement

    • Launched new UHD/HDR color match conversion software package, Astral HDR ICE™, for upgrading digital and traditional films to the new HDR10 standard at a fraction of the cost of competing manual solutions.

    • Appointed Rob Hummel, motion picture technology expert with a successful track record at Disney, DreamWorks, Sony, and Warner Bros., as SVP of Business Development to lead sales expansion.

    • Selected to perform limited film restoration by a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector.




  • Continued long-term efforts to use the unique power of microgravity to develop a novel vaccine and therapeutic products, including pursuing an investigational drug application with the Food and Drug Administration for Salmonella in conjunction with NASA.


About Astrotech Corporation

Astrotech Corporation (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. Sourced from Oak Ridge Laboratory’s chemical analyzer research, 1st Detect develops, manufactures, and sells powerful, highly sensitive, and accurate mass spectrometers that can be used in explosive and chemical warfare detection for the Department of Homeland Security and the military. Sourced from decades of image research from the laboratories of IBM and Kodak combined with classified satellite technology from government laboratories, Astral Images sells film-to-digital image enhancement, defect removal and color correction software, and 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. For information, please visit
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.



Company Contact:

Eric Stober 

Chief Financial Officer

Astrotech Corporation 

(512) 485-9530

IR Contact:

Cathy Mattison 

LHA Investor Relations 

(415) 433-3777

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