DULUTH, Minn., April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IKONICS Corporation (NASDAQ:IKNX), a Duluth-based imaging technology company, announced results for the first quarter of 2016.  IKONICS CEO, Bill Ulland, said, “Our first quarter is normally our softest of the year due to the seasonal nature of some of our markets and the first quarter of 2016 was no exception. However, we showed substantial improvement over the first quarter of 2015 with a 12% sales increase to $4,013,000 and improved bottom line results.  For the quarter, we realized a net loss of $193,000 or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $229,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015.”

Highlights for the quarter include a 25% increase in Ikonics Imaging sales over the first quarter of 2015; an 11% increase in Exports sales over the comparable quarter of 2015; and a 97% increase in Advanced Material Solutions (AMS) sales over the 2015 first quarter.

In April, AMS announced that it had entered into a Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Encore Composite Structures, a major aerospace company, to provide sound deadening technology for incorporation into a new generation commercial aircraft. Two other LTAs are in the process of being finalized.  Sales under these LTAs are dependent on the number of aircraft produced.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding sales, gross profits, net earnings (losses), balance sheet position, industry trends, customer agreements, new products, technologies and business 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, failure of customers to enter into anticipated agreements, introduction of new products or technologies by competitors, 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.

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IKONICS Corporation
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 and 2015
   Three Months Ended
   3/31/16  3/31/15
Net Sales $ 4,013,210  $ 3,597,889 
Cost of goods sold   2,716,536    2,497,214 
Gross profit   1,296,674    1,100,675 
Operating Expenses   1,616,980    1,571,441 
Loss from operations   (320,306)   (470,766)
Other   114    1,696 
Loss before income taxes   (320,192)   (469,070)
Income tax benefit   (127,380)   (240,123)
Net loss $ (192,812) $ (228,947)
Loss per common share-basic and diluted $ (0.10) $ (0.11)
Average shares outstanding-basic and diluted   2,018,335    2,018,253 

Condensed Balance Sheets
As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015
  3/31/2016  12/31/2015
Current assets $5,964,907 $6,721,891
Property, plant, and equipment, net  8,566,262  7,957,330
Intangible assets, net  344,291  336,096
  $14,875,460 $15,015,317
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities $1,178,810 $1,135,102
Deferred income taxes  385,000  385,000
Long term debt  -  -
Stockholders' equity  13,311,650  13,495,215
  $14,875,460 $15,015,317

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 and 2015
   3/31/2016  3/31/2015
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ (155,768) $ 491,129 
Net cash used in investing activities   (1,031,099)   (489,063)
Net cash provided by financing activities   3,765    - 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (1,183,102)   2,066 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   2,248,466    1,936,214 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,065,364  $ 1,938,280 
News Contact:  Bill Ulland
Chairman, President & CEO
(218) 628-2217