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Sono-Tek Announces Sales of $14.8M for Fiscal Year 2021, Strong Yearend Backlog and Sales Guidance for Fiscal Year 2022

May 28, 2021 GMT

Backlog Increased 9.5% Year-over-Year

MILTON, NY - ( NewMediaWire ) - May 28, 2021 - Sono-Tek Corporation (OTCQX: SOTK), the leading developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic coating systems, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021, ended February 28, 2021 (“fiscal 2021”).

Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Backlog on February 28, 2021 was up 9.5% compared to the backlog on February 29, 2020, a result of our ongoing strategy for product line expansion with further customization and automation, which delivers increased value to our customers, and a higher average selling price to Sono-Tek.
  • During the unprecedented year of the COVID-19 pandemic, net sales for fiscal 2021 dipped only slightly to $14,833,000, down 3%, compared with $15,355,000 for fiscal 2020. This was achieved despite numerous COVID-related delays and cancelations from customers, that are estimated at 20% or more of lost potential business.  These strong results are due to the continuing success of our ongoing growth initiatives. 
  • Gross profit margin for fiscal 2021 remained strong at 47.2% compared to 47.6% in fiscal 2020. 
  • Cash and equivalents increased to $8.6 million from $7.9 million last year, the highest level ever. During the year we paid off the mortgage on our industrial park 
  • FY2022 sales are projected to exceed the pre-COVID level of $15.5 million reported in FY 2020, which was the highest ever sales level in Company history.

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Dr. Christopher L. Coccio, Chairman and CEO of Sono-Tek, commented, “In March 2020, the beginning of fiscal 2021, we prepared for the impact of COVID-19 and for potential delays and cancelations of orders due to lock downs and pandemic safety concerns.  However, looking back on the completed FY2021, we can now say that it was a year of unexpected success in many areas of our business.  Sono-Tek not only weathered the COVID-19 storm, but its impact also uncovered opportunities for us to conduct our business with increased efficiency and effectiveness, while at the same time expanding our customer base.” 

“Throughout the year, our flexibility to quickly change focus geographically and by market segment, allowed us to capture orders in places where COVID-19 conditions were stable, and shift away from areas that saw temporary declines due to the pandemic.  And, as safety concerns shifted, the strong digital migration that we’ve made over the past several years allowed us to quickly transition significant amounts of work to employees from their homes.  In many cases we found increased efficiencies were achieved with new digital connections being made in areas that had previously required in person interaction.”

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“As the world recovers from the pandemic, all indications point to continued strong demand for our products and we project our highest sales year ever in fiscal year 2022,” concluded Dr. Coccio.

Fiscal 2021 Review  (Results compared with fiscal 2020) 

 ($ in thousands)         Change
  FY 2021   FY 2020   $   %
Net Sales $ 14,833     $ 15,355     ($522 )   (3 %)
Gross Profit $ 6,997     $ 7,313       (316 )   (4 %)
     Gross Margin   47.2 %     47.6 %        
               
Operating Income $ 1,340     $ 1,115       225     20 %
     Operating Margin   9.0 %     7.3 %        
               
Net Income $ 1,121     $ 1,107     $ 14     1 %
     Net Margin   7.6 %     7.2 %        
               

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Review  (Results compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020)

 ($ in thousands)         Change
  FY 2021   FY 2020   $   %
Net Sales $ 4,097     $ 5,514     ($1,417 )   (26 %)
Gross Profit $ 1,885     $ 2,665       (780   (29 %)
     Gross Margin   46.0 %     48.3 %        
               
Operating Income $ 508     $ 749       (241   (32 %)
     Operating Margin   12 %     14 %        
               
Net Income $ 455     $ 688     ($233 )   (34 %)
     Net Margin   11.1 %     12.5 %        
               

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Overview

Cash generated by operating activities was $725,000 in fiscal 2021, compared with generating $3,254,000 in fiscal 2020.  Net capital expenditures in fiscal 2021 were $244,000 compared with $722,000 in fiscal 2020. 

At February 28, 2021, the Company had total debt of $1,002,000, representing the proceeds from a Paycheck Protection Program Loan received in fiscal 2021.  This loan was forgiven in its entirety in April 2021.  

In fiscal 2021, the Company paid off the existing mortgage related to the industrial park where the Company’s operations are located.  The total repayment was $722,000. 

Sono-Tek has a revolving credit line of $1,500,000 and a $750,000 equipment purchase facility, both of which had no outstanding borrowings at year-end.  

About Sono-Tek

Sono-Tek Corporation is the leading developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic coating systems for applying precise, thin film coatings to protect, strengthen or smooth surfaces on parts and components for the microelectronics/electronics, alternative energy, medical and industrial markets, including specialized glass applications in construction and automotive.

The Company’s solutions are environmentally-friendly, efficient and highly reliable and enable dramatic reductions in overspray, savings in raw material, water and energy usage and provide improved process repeatability, transfer efficiency, high uniformity and reduced emissions.

Sono-Tek’s growth strategy is focused on leveraging its innovative technologies, proprietary know-how, unique talent and experience, and global reach to further develop microscopic coating technologies that enable better outcomes for its customers’ products and processes.
For further information, visit  www.sono-tek.com.

Safe Harbor Statement  
We discuss expectations regarding our future performance, such as our business outlook, in our annual and quarterly reports, press releases, and other written and oral statements. These “forward-looking statements” are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data and our operating plans. They are inherently uncertain, and investors must recognize that events could turn out to be significantly different from our expectations. These factors include, among other considerations, general economic and business conditions; political, regulatory, tax, competitive and technological developments affecting our operations or the demand for our products; the duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic; the extent and duration of the pandemic’s adverse effect on economic and social activity, consumer confidence, discretionary spending and preferences, labor and healthcare costs, and unemployment rates, any of which may reduce demand for some of our products and impair the ability of those with whom we do business to satisfy their obligations to us; our ability to sell and provide our services and products, including as a result of continued pandemic related travel restrictions, mandatory business closures, and stay-at home or similar orders; any temporary reduction in our workforce, closures of our offices and facilities and our ability to adequately staff and maintain our operations resulting from the pandemic; the ability of our customers and suppliers to continue their operations as result of the pandemic, which could result in terminations of contracts, losses of revenue, and further adverse effects to our supply chain; maintenance of increased order backlog, including effects of any COVID-19 related cancellations; the imposition of tariffs; timely development and market acceptance of new products and continued customer validation of our coating technologies; adequacy of financing; capacity additions, the ability to enforce patents; maintenance of operating leverage; consummation of order proposals; completion of large orders on schedule and on budget; continued sales growth in the specialty glass and portable electronics markets; successful transition from primarily selling ultrasonic nozzles and components to a more complex business providing complete machine solutions and higher value subsystems; and realization of increased annual revenues as forecasted. We refer you to documents that the company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which includes Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs containing additional important information.

For more information, contact:

Stephen Bagley
Chief Financial Officer
Sono-Tek Corporation
info@sono-tek.com  

SONO-TEK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

    Fiscal Year Ended  
    February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020  
             
Net Sales   $14,832,877     $15,354,619  
Cost of Goods Sold     7,835,837       8,041,378  
Gross Profit     6,997,040       7,313,241  
                 
Operating Expenses                
Research and product development     1,644,598       1,427,543  
Marketing and selling     2,789,880       3,403,133  
General and administrative     1,222,101       1,367,073  
Total Operating Expenses     5,656,579       6,197,749  
                 
Operating Income     1,340,461       1,115,492  
                 
Other Income (Expense):                
Interest Expense     (39,843 )     (33,038 )
Interest and Dividend Income     22,558       101,592  
Other Income     24,691       29,401  
Income before Income Taxes     1,347,867       1,213,447  
                 
Income Tax Expense     227,225       106,005  
                 
Net Income   $ 1,120,642     $ 1,107,442  
                 
Basic Earnings Per Share   $ .07     $ .07  
                 
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ .07     $ .07  
                 
Weighted Average Shares – Basic     15,428,411       15,302,367  
                 
Weighted Average Shares – Diluted     15,672,253       15,359,088  

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

SONO-TEK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

    Fiscal Year Ended  
    February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
Net Income   $ 1,120,642     $ 1,107,442  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     463,076       406,731  
Stock based compensation expense     47,633       90,305  
Bad debt expense     -       25,000  
Inventory reserve     91,000       (77,098
Deferred tax expense     (129,723     36,707  
(Increase) Decrease in:                
Accounts receivable     (828,100     443,190  
Inventories     (305,790 )     (646,777 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets     2,382       241,307  
(Decrease) Increase in:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     763,269       1,063,730  
Customer deposits     (482,149     499,132  
Income taxes payable     (17,054     64,349  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities     725,186       3,254,018  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
Purchase of equipment, furnishings and leasehold improvements     (344,353 )     (722,241 )
Patent costs paid     (6,000 )      
Capital expenditure grant proceeds     100,000        
Sale (purchase) of marketable securities, net     (344,230)       (1,853,534
Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Investing Activities     (594,583)       (2,575,775
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
Proceeds from note payable - bank     1,001,640        
Repayment of long-term debt     (707,716 )     (162,815 )
Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities     293,924       (162,815 )
                 
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     424,527       515,428  
                 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:                
Beginning of year     3,659,551       3,144,123  
End of year   $ 4,084,078     $ 3,659,551  
                 
                 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosure:                
                 
Interest Paid   $ 39,843     $ 33,038  
Income Taxes Paid   $ 374,004     $ 4,948  

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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