ProPhotonix Issues Preliminary Results 2018

Prophotonix Issues Preliminary Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2018 and Notice of Annual General Meeting

SALEM, NH / ACCESSWIRE / April 5, 2019 / ProPhotonix Limited (OTC Pink: STKR and London Stock Exchange – AIM: PPIX), a high technology designer and manufacturer of LED illumination systems and laser diode modules, with operations in Ireland and the United Kingdom, today announces its unaudited preliminary results for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Financial Overview

  • Full year results slightly ahead of guidance issued to the market on November 2, 2018
  • Revenue decreased 8% to $16.4 million (2017: $17.7 million)
  • Gross profit decreased 20% to $6.3 million (2017: $7.9 million)
  • Gross profit margin decreased to 38.7% (2017: 44.6%)
  • Operating (loss) profit decreased to $(1.0) million (2017: $1.2 million).
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $0.3 million (2017: $2.0 million)
  • Net (loss) income decreased 166% to ($1.3) million (2017: $2.0 million)
  • Available borrowing capacity of $0.2 million from its revolving credit facility at December 31, 2018 (2017: $0.4 million)
  • Order bookings of $16.1 million (2017: $19.6 million)
  • Order backlog decreased to $6.8 million (2017: $7.3 million)
  • Book-to-Bill ratio of 0.98 (2017: 1.11)
  • Percentage revenue by market sectors: industrial 77%, medical 19%, and homeland security & defense 4% (2017: industrial 75%, medical 21%, and homeland security and defense 4%)
  • Percentage revenue by geography: 48% Europe, 36% North America and 16% Rest of World (2017: 49% Europe, 37% North America and 14% Rest of World)

Tim Losik, President & CEO, Commented:

”2018 has been a challenging year for the Company with setbacks in revenue, gross profit, and net income. As announced in a trading update released by the Company on November 2, 2018, the Directors provided revised estimates for 2018 with revenue of $16.0 million and a net loss of $2.0 million. Actual revenue and net loss were slightly better than those described in November.

”As compared to 2017, sales decreased 8% to $16.4 million due in large part to the decline in business with one customer’s delayed new product launch; gross profit decreased 20% primarily from unabsorbed manufacturing overhead due to lower sales volumes; and these factors contributed to the Company incurring an operating loss of $1.0 million compared to an operating profit of $1.2 million in 2017. In addition, R&D costs increased $0.2 million to $1.0 million (in line with budget), Selling, General, and Administrative costs increased $0.4 million primarily due to increased stock based compensation expense, a non-cash movement in Foreign Currency Exchange loss of $0.3 million compared with 2017 and zero tax benefit in 2018 versus $0.5 million in 2017. These factors all contributed to the profit profile of the Company.

”The balance sheet remains consistent with the prior year with cash at year end of $1.9 million (2017: $2.2 million) and a current ratio of 1.68 compared to 1.62 at year end 2017.”

Customer and Product Development Initiatives

During the year, the ProPhotonix engineering and operations teams achieved several milestones. The PROdigii laser module, announced in January 2018, is a compact laser module controlled and monitored through a digital RS485 communication interface providing laser output control and performance monitoring. Integral thermal management ensures exceptional output wavelength stabilization with enhanced diode life due to superior output power control and the ability to maintain consistent power levels. The new digital laser platform is available in a range of wavelengths from 405nm to 850nm. Output powers of up 500mW continuous wave or 1W pulsed are available. The platform is ideally suited to high-speed automated inspection, 3D measurement especially in high ambient light or temperature conditions, chemical, and biomedical analysis.

In addition, significant advances have been made in the UV LED product family with enhancements in power levels of all products, features available to users, and reliability. Notably, the FX1 COBRA Cure was certified by Underwriter Laboratories (UL) during the year. The FX2 and FX3 curing products will also be submitted for UL certification in the future.

The Company’s laser module business, ProPhotonix (UK) Limited, successfully transitioned from ISO9001:2008 to ISO9001:2015 during 2018. ProPhotonix
(UK) Limited has been continuously certified to the ISO9001 standard since 2003. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 is the most recent version of the widely recognized ISO9001 standard that measures the effectiveness of a company’s quality management system and performance, with a focus on organization-wide risk-based thinking which provides additional assurance that ProPhotonix is focused on continuous improvement and achieving excellence in our customer service and delivery. Our Irish subsidiary was successfully transitioned to ISO9001:2015 in November 2017.

Strategy and Markets

ProPhotonix consists of two business units: the LED systems manufacturing business based in Ireland (Cork), and the laser modules production and laser diode distribution business located in the United Kingdom (Hatfield Broad Oak). Corporate headquarters and the North American sales activities are based in Salem, New Hampshire, USA. The fundamental strategy of the Company is to grow revenues from existing customers, to win new customers, release new products, and grow market share within existing market segments and to select new market segments.

Firstly, our existing customers and relationships are vital to our continuing growth and success. Their success helps feed our success and provides us with the opportunity to develop new products and market solutions for other customers and applications. Secondly, the Company’s strategy remains established in its OEM heritage as well as the development of products directed at specific markets. ProPhotonix has made and will continue to make investments in commercially attractive OEM opportunities and product development including UV LED, multi-wavelength devices and laser technology advances, in the fulfillment of our strategy. We continue to concentrate our engineering capacity in these defined projects and areas that we believe are poised for fast market expansion.

The first of these is the UV LED and laser market for various applications including: printing, curing, bonding, 3D printing, bio-luminescence, medical microscopy and other applications. The Company has launched several versions of its COBRA CureTM product and continues to work with many potential customers in their applications using this technology. We plan to continue to launch new higher power products while continuously enhancing our current product lines to serve this market during 2018 and beyond.

ProPhotonix also continues to focus on the market requirements for multi-wavelength devices and systems, both laser and LED solutions. Increasingly, customers are seeking multi-wavelength solutions requiring innovative optics, complex electronics, on-board sensing capabilities and sophisticated software control. We see opportunities which include a broad range of applications in printing, microscopy, industrial inspection and sorting, solar simulation and security markets. As announced in January 2017, the Company introduced the Cobra Multispec, a 12-wavelength modular designed line light as a follow-on product to the Cobra RGB. We intend to continue to enhance and expand this offering as market demand dictates.

ProPhotonix sells its products principally into three markets: industrial (primarily machine vision illumination), medical, and homeland security and defense. The Company expects growth opportunities in all three of these markets as described further below:

Industrial
(Machine Vision)

Within the industrial market, machine vision is the term used to describe computerized analysis for controlling manufacturing processes, for example automated inspection. In terms of quality and speed, lighting is often a critical component in machine vision and the Company manufactures both LED systems and lasers designed specifically for this market.

Medical

The medical and dental market requires many different LED systems and laser modules for unique processes, procedures, and applications. The Company provides a variety of products for medical and dental applications to current customers including a world leader in stationary imaging equipment, a portable x-ray equipment and dental imaging manufacturer. The Company intends to broaden its product marketing effort in the medical field since it offers significant long-term revenue growth opportunities.

Homeland
Security & Defense

LED systems, laser modules and laser diodes are used in a wide variety of applications in the security and defense fields. The Company currently supplies several defense sighting manufacturers in the US and Europe, as well as leading manufacturers of Auto Number Plate Recognition systems. This market offers significant growth opportunities for ProPhotonix and the Company is currently marketing its laser and LED capabilities to additional security and optical character recognition systems companies in this market space.

Outlook

Bookings in the first thirteen weeks of 2019 are $4.2 million (2018: $4.3 million) and the backlog rests at $7.8 million (2018: $7.4 million). ProPhotonix has received initial production orders for a customer delayed product launch and expects fully to ramp up production in Q2 2019. Development of the Cobra Cure UV LED products continues with ever increasing intensity, as evidenced by the two recently awarded patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office relating to the UVLED products. The Directors remain positive about our business pipeline and confident in our ability to resume growth.

Annual General Meeting and
Posting of Results

The Company will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. British Summer Time at the offices of K&L Gates LLP, One New Change, London EC4M 9AF. The Company intends to publish its final audited accounts for the year ended December 31, 2018 in April 2019.

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Contact:

ProPhotonix Limited

Tim Losik, President and CEO

Tel: +1 603 893 8778

[email protected]

Cantor
Fitzgerald Europe

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

David Foreman

Richard Salmond

Tel: +44 (0)207 894 7000

About ProPhotonix

ProPhotonix Limited, headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, is a high technology designer and manufacturer of diode-based laser modules and LED systems for industry leading OEMs and medical equipment companies. In addition, the Company distributes premium diodes for Ushio, Osram, QSI, Panasonic, and Sony. The Company serves a wide range of markets including the machine vision, industrial inspection, security, and medical markets. ProPhotonix has offices and subsidiaries in the U.S., Ireland, U.K., and Europe. For more information about ProPhotonix and its innovative products, visit the Company’s web site at www.prophotonix.com.

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