How Will the Market Respond to Arotech, Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTX)’s Q3 and Year-to-Date 2016 Results?

Leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, Arotech, Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTX), announces Q3 2016 financial results.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arotech Corporation (ARTX) today announced financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial and Business Highlights:

    Total revenues of $24.3 million

    Net income of $636,000; income from continuing operations of $1.5 million

    Diluted net income per share of  $0.02; continuing operations diluted income per share of $0.06

    Adjusted EPS of $0.10 (reconciliation to diluted EPS appears in tables below)

    Adjusted EBITDA of $3.1 million (reconciliation to net income appears in tables below)

    Backlog of orders as of September 30, 2016 totaled $55 million versus $61.1 million as of the same period last year and $52 million as of June 30, 2016

“Arotech had strong gross margins in the third quarter which led to solid results,” commented Steven Esses, Arotech’s President and CEO. “Our focus on cost control is showing results, while we continue to position ourselves for important contracts that will bring back top line growth. We are encouraged with the third quarter results as they reflect strong execution on many levels. Our design, development and production efforts are leading to contract completions at or ahead of budgets in many cases.”

“Our results through three quarters, together with our forecast for the remainder of the year, lead us to confirm our previously given adjusted EBITDA and EPS guidance ($7-$8 million and $0.18-$0.20 per share), but we now expect to fall slightly below our revenue guidance of $100M for the year. The bulk of our business remains defense related, and we are finding it challenging to predict the timing of new awards.”

Third Quarter Financial Summary

Revenues for the third quarter were $24.3 million, compared to $23.3 million for the comparable period in 2015.

Gross profit for the third quarter was $7.9 million, or 32.4% of revenues, compared to $7.0 million, or 30.2% of revenues, for the prior year period.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2016 was $1.8 million, compared to Operating Income of $357,000 for the corresponding period in 2015. Included in operating income were operating expenses of $6.0 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $6.7 million in the year ago quarter.

Total other expenses were $(224,000) for the third quarter of 2016 and $(422,000) for the corresponding period in 2015.

The Company’s net income from continuing operations for the third quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(355,000), or $(0.02) per basic and diluted share, for the corresponding period last year.

The Company’s net income (including discontinued operations) for the third quarter was $636,000 or $0.02 per basic and diluted share versus a loss of $(618,000) or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of 2015.

Adjusted Earnings per Share (Adjusted EPS) was $0.10 for the third quarter of 2016 and $0.04 for the corresponding period in 2015.

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) was approximately $3.1 million for the third quarter of 2016 and $1.8 million for the corresponding period of 2015.

Arotech believes that information concerning Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA enhances overall understanding of its current financial performance. Arotech computes Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as reflected in the tables below.

Year-to-Date Financial Summary

Revenues for the first nine months of 2016 were $71.5 million, compared to $69.2 million for the comparable period in 2015. The year-over-year increase was driven, in large part, by revenue growth in the Company’s Power Systems Division.

Gross profit for the first nine months of 2016 was $22.6 million, or 31.5% of revenues, compared to $20.2 million, or 29.1% of revenues, for the prior year period.

Operating income for the first nine months of 2016 was $2.0 million versus an operating loss of $(910,000) for the corresponding period in 2015. Included in operating income was $20.6 million of operating expenses in 2016 compared to $21.7 million in the corresponding period in 2015

Total other expense for the first nine months of 2016 were $(719,000) compared to total other expense of $(943,000) for the corresponding period in 2015. The difference was driven by lower interest expense incurred as a result of less total debt outstanding and lower interest rates in 2016 as compared to 2015.

The Company’s net income from continuing operations for the first nine months of 2016 was $554,000, or $0.02 per basic and diluted income per share, compared to a net loss of $(2.8) million, or $(0.12) per basic and diluted share, for the corresponding period last year.

The Company’s net loss for the first nine months of 2016 was $(808,000), or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share, compared to a loss of $(3.3) million, or $(0.14) per basic and diluted share, for the corresponding period last year.

Adjusted Earnings per Share (Adjusted EPS) for the first nine months of 2016 was $0.16, compared to $0.04 for the corresponding period in 2015.

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) for the first nine months of 2016 was $6.2 million compared to $3.5 million for the corresponding period of 2015.

Arotech believes that information concerning Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA enhances overall understanding of its current financial performance. Arotech computes Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as reflected in the tables below.

Balance Sheet Metrics

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had $10.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, as compared to $10.7 million in cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2015.

As of December 31, 2015, Arotech has net operating loss carryforwards for U.S. federal income tax purposes of $40.7 million, which are available to offset future taxable income, if any, expiring in 2021 through 2032. Utilization of U.S. net operating losses is subject to annual limitations due to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and similar state provisions. The Company accrued $229,000 in non-cash tax expenses in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting the uncertainty of the deductibility of intangible expenses for federal income tax purposes.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had total debt of $18.2 million, consisting of $7.4 million in short-term bank debt under its credit facility and $10.8 million in long-term loans. This is in comparison to December 31, 2015 when the Company had total debt of $20.3 million, consisting of $4.1 million in short-term bank debt and $16.2 million in long-term loans.

The Company also had $7.6 million in available, unused bank lines of credit with its primary bank as of September 30, 2016, under a $15.0 million credit facility through its main bank.

The Company had a current ratio (current assets/current liabilities) of 2.1 compared with the December 31, 2015 current ratio of 1.9.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, to review the Company’s financial results and business outlook.

To participate, please call one of the following telephone numbers. Please dial in at least 10 minutes before the start of the call:

    US: 1-800-862-7084

    International: + 785-424-1181

    Conference ID: AROTECH

The conference call will also be broadcast live as a listen-only webcast on the investor relations section of Arotech’s website at http://www.arotech.com/.

A telephonic playback of the conference call will be archived on Arotech’s website for at least 90 days and a telephonic playback of the conference call will also be available by calling 1-877-481-4010 within the U.S. and 1-919-882-2331 internationally. The telephonic playback will be available beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and continue through 11:59 pm Eastern time on November 15, 2016. The replay passcode is 10510.

About Arotech Corporation

Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers and advanced battery solutions, innovative energy management and power distribution technologies, and zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates two major business divisions: Training and Simulation, and Power Systems.

Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Michigan, South Carolina, and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech’s website at www.arotech.com.

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Shares of Arotech, Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTX) are actively moving -4.08% thus far today on the news and have traded in the range of $2.25 – 2.55 during the session.  A number of research firms have recently weighed in on the stock, providing future price targets. The covering firms currently have a consensus one-year price target of $4.50 on the stock.  This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call.  This is the average number from the individual targets provided by the firms.  Analysts are projecting earnings per share of $-0.02 for the next fiscal quarter.  For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $-0.09 per share according to First Call.

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading -20.64% away from its 50-day moving average of $2.96.  Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -43.10% off of its 52-week high of $4.13 and +60.96% away from its 52-week low which is $1.46.

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In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 117.50.  Today, the stock opened at $2.45 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $2.35.  During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $2.25 and touched $2.55 as the high point.  Arotech, Corp. (NASDAQ:ARTX) has a market cap of $59.65M and has seen an average daily volume of 2,66,095 over the past three months.

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