IKONICS Reports Second Quarter Results

20:00 EDT 5 Aug 2015 | Globe Newswire

DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IKONICS Corporation (NASDAQ:IKNX), a Duluth-based imaging technology company, reported 2015 second quarter sales of $4,654,000, 6% below the record second quarter of 2014.  Most of this difference is attributable to weak export sales, which continue to suffer from the strong U.S. dollar. Earnings fell to $28,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to $0.10 per share, for the comparable quarter in 2014.

Bill Ulland, IKONICS CEO, said: “I believe the strong U.S. dollar will be with us for a while, and, as with most companies that have a strong export business, we will feel pricing and sales pressure. Consequently, we are increasing our efforts to reduce costs.”

Ulland went on to say that IKONICS Advanced Materials Solutions (AMS) aerospace division continues to be a very bright spot. Sales for the quarter were up 67% over the second quarter of 2014 and up 40% for the year.

“We now are getting repeat and continual business as the aircraft utilizing our technology enters into commercial service, and we are negotiating long term agreements to supply this business.  We are transitioning from small periodic orders to growing production orders, which will allow us to maximize production efficiency.  We broke ground on the 27,000 square foot expansion for AMS on August 6th.” 

Ulland noted that recent independent test results confirm the value of AMS’s Precision Abrasive Machining (PAM) technology to the industry. “The report demonstrates that the PAM method of machining composite materials is much less damaging to the composites than other methods.  I believe this may prove to be very important to the aerospace industry, both civilian and military.” 

The report may be viewed on IKONICS web site at

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding sales, gross profits, net earnings, balance sheet position, industry trends and new products, technologies and businesses initiatives that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially as a result of downturns in the aerospace industry, unexpected production delays by the Company’s customers, lack of acceptance of new products and technologies, introduction of new products or technologies by competitors, the effects of federal budget sequestration, domestic and global economic conditions, inherent risk and uncertainty in the protection of intellectual property rights, the ability to control operating costs without impacting growth as well as the factors described in the Company's Forms 10-K, and 10-Q, and other reports on file with the SEC.

IKONICS Corporation
For the Three Months and Six Months Ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 6/30/15 6/30/14 6/30/15 6/30/14
Net sales$  4,653,548  $  4,924,747  $  8,251,437  $  9,389,323 
Cost of goods sold 3,013,806   3,213,875   5,511,020   5,919,298 
Gross profit 1,639,742   1,710,872   2,740,417   3,470,025 
Operating expenses 1,445,060   1,417,892   3,016,501   2,861,872 
Income (loss) from operations 194,682   292,980   (276,084)  608,153 
Other 1,510   1,552   3,206   3,510 
Income (loss) before income taxes 196,192   294,532   (272,878)  611,663 
Income tax expense (benefit) 168,468   96,100   (71,655)  208,316 
Net income (loss)$  27,724  $  198,432  $  (201,223) $  403,347 
Earnings (loss) per common share-diluted$  0.01  $  0.10  $  (0.10) $  0.20 
Average shares outstanding-diluted 2,018,792   2,019,721   2,018,253   2,016,774 


Condensed Balance Sheets
As of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014
 6/30/15 12/31/14
Current assets$  8,662,610  $  8,857,243 
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,656,667   5,416,848 
Intangible assets, net 325,113   353,871 
 $  14,644,390  $  14,627,962 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities$  951,715  $  744,497 
Deferred income taxes 545,000   545,000 
Long term debt -   - 
Stockholders' equity 13,147,675   13,338,465 
 $  14,644,390  $  14,627,962 


For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
 6/30/15 6/30/14
Net cash provided by operating activities$  469,418  $  364,377 
Net cash used in investing activities (36,854)  (983,691)
Net cash provided by financing activities -   44,730 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 432,564   (574,584)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,936,214   1,704,300 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$  2,368,778  $  1,129,716 


News Contact: Bill Ulland			
Chairman, President & CEO
(218) 628-2217              	

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