IKONICS Reports Third Quarter Results

Duluth, Minnesota, UNITED STATES

DULUTH, Minn., Oct. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IKONICS Corporation (Nasdaq: IKNX), a Duluth-based imaging technology company, reported results for the third quarter of 2019. Third quarter 2019 sales were $4,530,000, 3% below the record third quarter of 2018. The net loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $163,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $25,000 for the same quarter of 2018. For the nine months ended, the Company posted a net loss of $0.37 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $0.01 per diluted share for 2018.

Bill Ulland, IKONICS CEO, said: “These disappointing results partially reflect the markets we serve that are being adversely affected by the current trade war and resulting tariffs.”

“However,” he continued, “there are some bright spots. Our newly introduced IKONART product, which we sell into the craft market, is substantially exceeding sales and profit expectations and will be featured on the Home Shopping Network in January and the new PBS show ‘Make It Artsy’ to be shown in various time slots.”

He added: “Sales of our IKONICS IMAGING business unit, which sells IKONART, are up 15% over the third quarter of 2018.”

“AMS, our aerospace business, is bidding on several major jet engine projects and feedback from these customers is encouraging, although the sales cycle in aerospace is long,” Ulland said.

“Our mold etching joint research program, which combines our DTX patented films with AKK’s patented printing technology, is progressing as we have just received the AKK printer to accelerate the test work,” he said.

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 industry downturns, 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.

News Contact: 

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

IKONICS Corporation
For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018
  Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
  9/30/19  9/30/18  9/30/19  9/30/18
Net sales$4,530,361  $4,651,358  $12,655,463  $13,357,013 
Cost of goods sold 3,118,299   3,124,539   8,805,853   8,805,460 
Gross profit 1,412,062   1,526,819   3,849,610   4,551,553 
Operating expenses 1,565,871   1,548,760   4,736,004   4,517,254 
(Loss) income from operations (153,809)  (21,941)  (886,394)  34,299 
Interest expense (22,799)  (23,298)  (67,589)  (67,040)
Other Income 16,225   13,760   49,722   34,986 
(Loss) income before income taxes (160,383)  (31,479)  (904,261)  2,245 
Income tax expense (benefit) 2,361   (6,727)  (170,775)  12,399 
Net loss$(162,744) $(24,752) $(733,486) $(10,154)
Loss per common share-basic and diluted$(0.08) $(0.01) $(0.37) $(0.01)
Average diluted shares outstanding 1,978,926   1,983,553   1,981,568   1,983,553 

As of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
  9/30/19  12/31/18
Assets (unaudited)   
Current assets$8,946,474 $8,958,070
Property, plant, and equipment, net 7,934,256  8,084,742
Intangible assets, net 281,504  376,406
 $17,162,234 $17,419,218
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     
Current liabilities$2,105,893 $1,303,531
Long-term debt 2,722,063  2,821,657
Deferred income taxes   183,000
Stockholders' equity 12,334,278  13,111,030
 $17,162,234 $17,419,218

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018
  9/30/19  9/30/18
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities$(619,563) $1,071,061 
Net cash used in investing activities (90,467)  (337,584)
Net cash used in financing activities (154,368)  (103,452)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (864,398)  630,025 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,623,137   929,700 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$758,739  $1,559,725