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    Sutron Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

    STERLING, VA--(Marketwired - Aug 13, 2014) - Sutron Corporation (NASDAQ: STRN), a global leader in hydrological, meteorological, oceanic, air quality and emergency management monitoring, control, warning and forecasting systems, announced today results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014.

    Second Quarter 2014 Results

    • Record second quarter revenue of $7.6 million, up 20% over prior year period

    • Net income of $206,000, up from a net loss of $53,000 over prior year period

    • Cash of $8.6 million, up 21% from prior year period

    Sutron reported revenue of $7.6 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 20% from $6.3 million in the same period in 2013. Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $205,765 compared to a net loss of $53,170 in the second quarter of 2013. The Company reported a second quarter income of $0.04 per basic and diluted share as compared to a loss of $0.01 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2013. 

    For the first six months of calendar year 2014, Sutron recorded revenue of $12.5 million compared to $12.8 million during the first six months of 2013. Sutron reported a net loss of $381,712 for the first six months of 2014 compared to a net loss of $22,968 for the same period of 2013. The first six months loss in 2014 results in a loss of $0.08 per basic and diluted share as compared to a loss of $0.00 per basic and diluted share in the first six months of 2013. 

    The Company's backlog as of June 30, 2014 was approximately $14.0 million, up 12.9% from the $12.4 million backlog as of December 31, 2013. The Company recorded $15.5 million in bookings for the first six months of 2014, an increase of approximately 10.4% from the $14.0 million recorded in the first six months of 2013.

    Balance Sheet and Liquidity

    • Sutron ended the second quarter of 2014 with $8.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, down from $9.1 million at December 31, 2013 and down from $9.2 million at March 31, 2014. Cash used by operating activities during the first six months of 2014 was $55,088 as compared to $167,222 cash generated by operating activities through the first six months of 2013. Capital expenditures were $453,283 for the first six months of 2014 compared to $164,747 for the first six months of 2013. The increase in capital expenditures is largely due to the acquisition of new Surface Mount Technology ("SMT") machinery during the second quarter of 2014. Due to the cash used in operating activities and the investment in SMT machinery, Free Cash Flow for the first six months of 2014 was negative $508,371 compared to Free Cash Flow of $2,475 for the first six months of 2013. Sutron defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided or used by operating activities less cash used in the purchase of property and equipment. 

    Management Commentary

    Raul McQuivey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "We are pleased that top line revenues returned to more expected levels in the second quarter after a slow first quarter, restoring us to just 2 percent below our record high sales through the first six months of last year. We were also encouraged with several unexpected orders from Federal government customers that suggests that sector may be picking up a bit. However, the overall domestic and international environments remain competitive as we continue to work diligently to win new projects."

    "We recognize that, at 2.7 percent of top line revenue, our net income as a percentage of sales for the second quarter is not at acceptable levels. In addition to increasing revenue, we are implementing cost saving initiatives that we believe will improve the bottom line. One such initiative is the acquisition of SMT machinery during the second quarter. While a significant investment for us, we expect to generate cost efficiencies by producing our own printed circuit board assemblies. We believe this will also further improve the quality, and reduce the elapsed assembly time, of the products that we deliver to our customers."

    "We continue to make progress in our R&D efforts across the organization. We have completed the development of our first Air Quality sensor which is now being tested for EPA certification. We have also completed development of the next generation of our Leading Environmental Analysis and Display Software, LEADS6®. LEADS6® is now being marketed and delivered to our customers."

    "Our bookings for the first six months of 2014 were $15.5 million. That is up roughly 10.4 percent over the $14.0 million in bookings we had for the first six months of 2013. With bookings up, a backlog of $14.0 million as of June 30, 2014, and many interesting projects we continue to pursue, we are cautiously optimistic for the remainder of 2014."

    Shareholder Call

    The Company will hold a shareholder call to discuss its second quarter results at 11a.m. EDT on Thursday, August 14th. The dial-in details for the call are:

         United States: +1 (805) 309-0010

         Access Code: 200-983-413

    About Sutron

    Sutron Corporation, headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, is a project driven business. We provide hydrological, meteorological, oceanic, air quality and aviation real-time data collection products, systems, software and services to a diversified customer base of federal, state, local and foreign governments, engineering companies, universities, hydropower companies and other commercial entities. Our quarterly results may fluctuate substantially based upon contract awards that are difficult to project in terms of timing and may be delayed due to differing time frames in securing government approvals and funding. 

    Safe Harbor Statement

    The statements in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include without limitation any statements regarding our expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategy, products and services, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations, as well as statements that include words such as "anticipate," "if," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should" and other similar expressions are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, or achievements, including the risks of integration of acquired assets and operations and customer retention Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include those set forth in our filings with the SEC, including the disclosure under the heading "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 28, 2012. We are under no obligation to update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

       
    SUTRON CORPORATION  
    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
       
      (Unaudited)
    June 30,
    2014
        (Audited)
    December 31,
    2013
     
    ASSETS          
    Current Assets:          
      Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,751,469     $ 8,283,092  
      Restricted cash and cash equivalents   856,619       850,279  
      Accounts receivable, net   6,815,994       5,863,636  
      Inventory, net   5,381,433       4,876,641  
      Prepaid items and other assets   675,586       446,749  
      Income taxes receivable   114,060       106,897  
      Deferred income taxes   967,668       664,558  
        Total Current Assets   22,562,829       21,091,852  
                   
    Property and Equipment, Net   1,728,419       1,532,144  
    Other Assets              
      Goodwill   4,452,152       4,452,152  
      Intangibles, net of amortization   814,981       907,495  
      Deferred tax assets   50,353       77,357  
      Other Assets   105,430       81,885  
        Total Assets $ 29,714,164     $ 28,142,885  
                   
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY              
    Current Liabilities:              
      Accounts payable $ 1,189,988     $ 1,170,446  
      Accrued payroll   537,524       468,454  
      Deferred Rent   143,910       139,146  
      Deferred revenue   1,075,592       686,029  
      Other accrued expenses   3,088,090       1,520,261  
      Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings   329,445       388,687  
        Total Current Liabilities   6,364,549       4,373,023  
    Long-Term Liabilities:              
      Deferred rent   682,657       751,245  
      Deferred income taxes   -       -  
        Total Liabilities   7,047,206       5,124,268  
    Stockholders' Equity              
      Common stock, 12,000,000 shares authorized; 5,066,009 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013   50,660       50,660  
      Additional paid-in capital   5,393,582       5,340,277  
      Retained earnings   17,487,544       17,869,256  
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (264,828 )     (241,576 )
        Total Stockholders' Equity   22,666,958       23,018,617  
        Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 29,714,164     $ 28,142,885  
                   

    See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

       
       
       
    SUTRON CORPORATION  
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)  
    (Unaudited)  
       
        Three Months Ended
    June 30,
        Six Months Ended
    June 30,
     
        2014   2013     2014     2013  
                                   
    Revenue   $ 7,615,540   $ 6,343,240     $
    12,514,885
        $ 12,798,350  
                                   
    Cost of goods sold     4,689,578     3,987,068       8,027,129       7,796,037  
      Gross profit     2,925,962     2,356,172       4,487,756       5,002,313  
                                   
    Operating expenses:                              
      Selling, general and administrative expenses     1,924,213     1,467,134       3,584,062       3,101,137  
    Research and development expenses     716,167     976,254       1,585,117       1,946,393  
      Total operating expenses     2,640,380     2,443,388       5,169,179       5,047,530  
                                   
      Operating income (loss)     285,582     (87,216 )     (681,423 )     (45,217 )
                                   
    Interest and other income, net     17,660     6,046       20,533       9,249  
                                   
      Income (loss) before income taxes     303,242     (81,170 )     (660,890 )     (35,968 )
                                   
    Income tax expense (benefit)     97,477     (28,000 )     (279,178 )     (13,000 )
    Net income (loss)   $ 205,765   $ (53,170 )   $ (381,712 )   $ (22,968 )
                                   
    Net income (loss) per share:                              
                                   
      Basic income (loss) per share   $ 0.04   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.08 )   $ 0.00  
      Diluted income (loss) per share   $ 0.04   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.08 )   $ 0.00  
                                   
    Comprehensive income:                              
                                   
      Net income (loss)   $ 205,765   $ (53,170 )   $ (381,712 )   $ (22,968 )
                                   
      Foreign currency translation adjustments     4,780     (60,344 )     (23,252 )     (56,317 )
                                   
    Comprehensive income (loss)   $ 210,545   $ (113,514 )   $ (404,964 )   $ (79,285 )
                                   

    See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

     
     
     
    SUTRON CORPORATION
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    (Unaudited)
     
                      Accumulated    
              Additional       Other    
      Common   Stock   Paid-In   Retained Comprehensive  
      Shares   Par Value   Capital   Earnings   Loss   Total
    Balances, December 31, 2012 5,039,632   $ 50,397   $ 5,185,325   $ 17,073,351   $ (182,603)   $ 22,126,470
    Net loss -     -     -     (22,968)     -     (22,968)
    Foreign currency translation adjustment -     -     -     -     (56,317)     (56,317)
    Amortization of stock based compensation -     -     80,080     -     -     80,080
    Exercise of stock options 7,252     72     17,854     -     -     17,926
    Balances, June 30, 2013 5,046,884   $ 50,469   $ 5,283,259   $ 17,050,383   $ (238,920)   $ 22,145,191
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
    Balances, December 31, 2013 5,066,009   $ 50,660   $ 5,340,277   $ 17,869,256   $ (241,576)   $ 23,018,617
    Net loss -     -     -     (381,712)     -     (381,712)
    Foreign currency translation adjustment -     -     -     -     (23,252)     (23,252)
    Amortization of stock based compensation -     -     53,305     -     -     53,305
    Exercise of stock options -     -     -     -     -     -
    Balances, June 30, 2014 5,066,009   $ 50,660   $ 5,393,582   $ 17,487,544   $ (264,828)   $ 22,666,958
                                     

    See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

       
       
       
    SUTRON CORPORATION  
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
    (Unaudited)  
       
      Six Months Ended
    June 30,
     
      2014     2013  
    Cash Flows from Operating Activities:              
    Net (loss) $ (381,712 )   $ (22,968 )
    Noncash items included in net (loss):              
      Depreciation   227,123       192,680  
      Amortization of intangibles   92,514       67,170  
      Deferred income taxes   (276,106 )     36,000  
      Stock based compensation   53,305       80,080  
      Tax benefit from stock options exercised   -       (12,996 )
    Change in current assets and liabilities, net of the impact of acquisitions:              
      Accounts receivable   (952,358 )     256,599 )
      Inventory   (504,792 )     (435,285 )
      Prepaid expenses and other assets   (228,836 )     (58,632 )
      Income tax receivable   (7,163 )     (61,449 )
      Accounts payable   19,541       (151,510 )
      Accrued expenses   1,636,899       138,976
      Deferred revenues   389,563       25,582  
    Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings   (59,242 )     233,196  
    Deferred rent   (63,824 )     (120,221 )
    Net Cash (Used) Provided by Operating Activities   (55,088 )     167,222  
                   
    Cash Flows from Investing Activities:              
      Restricted cash and cash equivalents   (6,340 )     (8,057 )
      Purchase of property and equipment   (423,398 )     (164,747 )
      Other assets   (23,545 )     4,418  
      Business acquisition   -       (1,214,330 )
    Net Cash Used by Investing Activities   (453,283 )     (1,382,716 )
                   
    Cash Flows from Financing Activities:              
      Tax benefit from stock options exercised   -       12,996  
      Proceeds from stock options exercised   -       4,930  
    Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   -       17,926  
                   
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (23,252 )     (56,317 )
    Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (531,623 )     (1,253,885 )
    Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period   8,283,092       7,576,374  
    Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $ 7,751,469     $ 6,322,489  
                   

    See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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