Costar Technologies, Inc. Announces Financial Results For the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018

Costar Technologies, Inc. Announces Financial Results For the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018

($ in thousands except per share amounts)

COPPELL, Texas, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Costar Technologies, Inc. (the "Company") (OTC Markets Group: CSTI) announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 that have been reviewed by the independent accounting firm BKD, LLP.

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018

    --  Revenue of $10,917, an increase of $1,346 or 14.1% from the quarter
        ended March 31, 2017.
    --  GAAP net income of $50 or $0.03 per share based on 1,589 fully diluted
        shares outstanding, compared to GAAP net loss of ($159) or ($0.11) per
        share based on 1,493 fully diluted shares for the quarter ended March
        31, 2017.
    --  Adjusted earnings of $399 or $0.25 per diluted share compared to $252 or
        $0.17 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, an
        increase per share of 47.1%. (Adjusted earnings, a non-GAAP measure, is
        defined below.)
    --  Adjusted EBITDA of $551 compared to $316 for the quarter ended March 31,
        2017, an increase of 74.4%. (Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is
        defined below.)

"The first quarter is typically a seasonally slow period for our Company; however, this year we are off to a solid start," said James Pritchett, the Company's President and CEO. "The shipment of a $1 million sale out of the CohuHD business segment, an increase in purchases by one of Costar Video Systems' largest customers and the continued expansion of our general security business all contributed to our year-over-year revenue growth."

Mr. Pritchett continued, "Solid financial results were driven by operational performance with ongoing improvements in cost and production efficiency. The rapid acceptance of our RISE product line enabled us to discontinue older models more quickly than anticipated, resulting in an increased inventory reserve for the end-of-life products, which negatively impacted our gross profit margin for the quarter by 210 basis points. Aside from the effect of that program, our gross profit margin improved 120 basis points."

"We head into the second quarter with a solid backlog and higher growth in our general security markets. I am optimistic that 2018 will be another positive year showing year-over-year growth for our Company," concluded Mr. Pritchett.

The Company's outside independent auditors completed their analysis of the Company's financial condition. The Independent Auditor's Review Report, including financial statements and applicable footnote disclosures, is available on our website at

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company defines adjusted earnings, a non-GAAP measure, as net income excluding stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, adjustments to the fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration, transaction related expenses and the income tax effect relating to the revaluation of the Company's deferred tax asset. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, transaction and related expenses and adjustments to the fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration. The following tables reconcile the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this release to GAAP net income (loss):

                                                    Quarter         Quarter
                                                     Ended           Ended
                                                            3/31/18         3/31/17
                                                            -------         -------

    Adjusted Earnings                                           399              252


        Stock Based Compensation                               (42)            (25)

        Intangible Amortization                               (307)           (318)

        Contingent Consideration Fair Value Adjustment

        Transaction and Related Expenses                                     (68)

        Revaluation of Deferred Tax Asset

    Net Income (Loss)                                            50            (159)

                                                    Quarter         Quarter
                                                     Ended           Ended
                                                            3/31/18         3/31/17
                                                            -------         -------

    Adjusted EBITDA                                             551              316


        Interest                                               (89)           (123)

        Income Taxes                                           (18)              88

        Depreciation                                           (87)            (54)

        Amortization                                          (307)           (318)

        Transaction and Related Expenses                                     (68)

        Contingent Consideration Fair Value Adjustment

    Net Income (Loss)                                            50            (159)

These reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP measures should be considered together with the Company's financial statements. These non-GAAP measures are not meant as a substitute for GAAP, but are included solely for informational and comparative purposes. The Company's management believes that this information can assist investors in evaluating the Company's operational trends, financial performance, and cash generating capacity. Management believes these non-GAAP measures allow investors to evaluate the Company's financial performance using some of the same measures as management. However, the non-GAAP financial measures should not be regarded as a replacement for (or superior to) corresponding, similarly captioned, GAAP measures.

About Costar Technologies, Inc.

Costar Technologies, Inc. develops, designs, manufactures and distributes a range of security solution products including surveillance cameras, lenses, digital video recorders and high-speed domes. The Company also develops, designs and distributes industrial vision products to observe repetitive production and assembly lines, thereby increasing efficiency by detecting faults in the production process. Headquartered in Coppell, Texas, the Company's shares currently trade on the OTC Markets Group under the ticker symbol "CSTI". Costar was ranked as the 40(th) largest company in a&s magazine's Security 50 for 2017. Security 50 is an annual ranking by the magazine of the world's largest security manufacturers in the areas of video surveillance, access control and intruder alarms, based on sales revenue.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's ability to grow revenue and earnings, that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to risks related to the ability to diversify business across vertical markets, secure new customer wins, and launch new products. You can often identify forward-looking statements by words such as "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "expect," "predict," "potential," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations but they involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of the risks and uncertainties.

You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions, or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable laws.




                                                                          March 31, 2018               December 31,
                                                                          --------------              -------------

                                                                            (Reviewed)                  (Audited)


    Current assets

       Cash and cash equivalents                                                               $17                        $196

       Accounts receivable, less
        allowance for doubtful accounts
        of $164 and $97 in 2018 and 2017,
        respectively                                                                         7,180                       7,246

       Inventories, net of reserve for
        obsolescence of $1,052 and $815
        in 2018 and 2017, respectively                                                      10,318                       9,529

       Prepaid expenses                                                                        772                         790

                                     Total current assets                                      18,287                      17,761

    Non-current assets

       Property and equipment, net                                                             857                         861

       Deferred financing costs, net                                                            23                          26

       Deferred tax asset, net                                                               2,916                       2,916

       Trade names, net                                                                      2,582                       2,667

       Distribution agreement, net                                                             606                         624

       Customer relationships, net                                                           5,421                       5,600

       Covenant not to compete, net                                                            118                         126

       Patents, net                                                                              7                           7

       Technology, net                                                                         385                         402

       Goodwill                                                                              5,574                       5,574

       Other non-current assets                                                                 96                          96
                                                                                               ---                         ---

                                     Total non-current assets                                  18,585                      18,899

                                     Total assets                                             $36,872                     $36,660


    Current liabilities

       Accounts payable                                                                     $4,002                      $3,829

       Accrued expenses and other                                                            1,914                       2,532

       Line of credit                                                                          961

       Current maturities of long-term
        debt                                                                                   991                         740

       Contingent purchase price                                                               346                         346

       Current maturities of notes
        payable, related party                                                                 766                         753
                                                                                               ---                         ---

                                     Total current liabilities                                  8,980                       8,200

    Long-Term liabilities

       Long-term debt, net of current
        maturities                                                                           3,978                       4,476

       Contingent purchase price, net of
        current portion                                                                      1,101                       1,101

       Notes payable, related party, net
        of current maturities                                                                  608                         805
                                                                                               ---                         ---

                                     Total long-term liabilities                                5,687                       6,382

                                     Total liabilities                                         14,667                      14,582

    Stockholders' Equity

       Preferred stock

       Common stock                                                                              3                           3

       Additional paid-in capital                                                          156,844                     156,767

       Accumulated deficit                                                               (130,121)                  (130,171)

      Less common stock held in
       treasury, at cost                                                                   (4,521)                    (4,521)

                                     Total stockholders' equity                                22,205                      22,078

                                      Total liabilities and stockholders'
                                      equity                                                  $36,872                     $36,660




                                                                         Three Months Ended March 31,

                                                                              2018                               2017
                                                                              ----                               ----

                                                              (Reviewed)                           (Reviewed)

    Net revenues                                                          $10,917                             $9,571

    Cost of revenues                                                        6,782                              5,857
                                                                            -----                              -----

    Gross profit                                                            4,135                              3,714

    Selling, general and
     administrative expenses                                                3,291                              3,129

    Engineering and development
     expense                                                                  689                                644

    Transaction and related
     expense                                                                                  68

                                                                             3,980                              3,841

    Income (loss) from operations                                             155                              (127)
                                                                              ---                               ----

    Other income (expenses)

                                    Interest expense                            (89)                             (123)

                                    Other income, net                              2                                  3

    Total other expenses, net                                                (87)                             (120)
                                                                              ---                               ----

    Income (loss) before taxes                                                 68                              (247)

    Income tax provision
     (benefit)                                                                 18                               (88)
                                                                              ---                                ---

    Net income (loss)                                                         $50                             $(159)
                                                                              ===                              =====

    Net income (loss) per share:

                                    Basic                                      $0.03                            $(0.11)

                                    Diluted                                    $0.03                            $(0.11)

    Weighted average shares

                                    Basic                                      1,546                              1,493

                                    Diluted                                    1,589                              1,493

CONTACT: Scott Switzer, Chief Financial Officer, Costar Technologies, Inc., (469) 635-6800

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