Gross Margin up 1360 Basis Points to 46% in Q2’23
Management to Host Conference Call Today at 5:00 p.m. ET
Brooklyn, NY, May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cemtrex Inc. (NASDAQ: CETX, CETXP), an advanced security technology and industrial services company, has reported its financial and operational results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2023.
Key Second Quarter FY 2023 and Subsequent Highlights
- Revenue for Q2’23 increased 37% to $16.1 million, compared to revenue of $11.7 million for Q2’22.
- Security segment revenues increased 47% to $9.9m in Q2’23 as border protection vertical drives new order volumes for Vicon.
- Gross margin up 1360 basis points to 46% in Q2’23 from 32% in the prior year quarter
- Operating income of $0.4 million for Q2’23 compared to operating loss of $2.9 million in Q2’22.
- Vicon launched a new suite of AI-based analytics with enhanced lineup of Vicon Roughneck AI Camera series.
- Received a $0.8 million order through Vicon Industries for a new prison being built in the United Kingdom to install a full end-to-end system of Vicon’s surveillance products including hardware and software.
- Received a $1.5 million order through Vicon Industries, in January, and a follow-up order for $1.1 million in May, from a current large border protection customer in Texas to expand its security technology system with new security solutions.
- Announced a capitalization restructure, effecting a 1-for-35 reverse stock split.
- The Company’s common stock regained full compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market.
- Cash and equivalents as of March 31, 2023 was $6.6 million.
Cemtrex Chairman and CEO, Saagar Govil, commented on the results: “The second quarter of fiscal year 2023 was highlighted by a return to operating profit driven by the sweeping efforts we have taken throughout the business. Sales execution by Vicon with multiple large orders, resulted in revenue growth of 37% year over year. In combination with operational improvements, the quarter led to a gross margin improvement of 1360 basis points to 46%. We continue to expect increases in our gross margin over the next couple of quarters as we make further enhancements in Vicon’s business. Overall operating income for the quarter increased to $0.4 million compared to an operating loss of $2.9 million a year ago.
“Our quarterly performance is now reflecting our shift in focus to the Vicon and Advanced Industrial Services (AIS) businesses. With the actions we have taken to drive business improvement and the increasing demand for security solutions, we expect to achieve a full year operating profit for FY 2024. We also believe that there is room within our inventory and asset base to draw extra liquidity in order to continue to maintain a healthy cash position.
“Turning to our businesses, year over year improving revenues in our Security segment were led by Vicon with a 47% increase, driven by strong demand from customers for its award-winning Roughneck cameras and Valerus video management software solutions. During the quarter we released a new suite of AI-based analytics in an enhanced Vicon Roughneck® AI Camera series, further improving our unified VMS platform for controlling video, access control, license plate recognition (LPR), and other integrated applications. We view this release as the first step in our AI roadmap and ultimately believe that AI is going to contribute massively to improving the security industry, and our product roadmap is intensely focused on leveraging these new AI tools to deliver features and benefits over the coming months and years.
“Vicon orders included a recent $1.5 million order and follow-up $1.1 million order from a current large border protection customer in Texas to expand its security technology system with new security solutions. Increasing modernization of the current security infrastructure is accelerating the growth of the border security market, driven by the rise of geopolitical instabilities and an increase in border threat assessments.
“Another $0.8 million order for a new prison being built in the United Kingdom includes a full end-to-end system of Vicon’s surveillance products including hardware and software, equipped with the latest smart technologies to better protect prisoners, staff and public. We see demand in the U.S and internationally from corrections facilities as a growth driver for us, as they are increasingly focusing on deploying the latest and greatest technologies.
“With Vicon on track to launch more products this year, as well as continued improvements to our core software platform Valerus, we expect to drive further growth. We believe revenues for Vicon Industries, based on our current demand, will exceed our earlier expectations of $28.0 million for fiscal year 2023 given the growing demand for our products and solutions. Additionally, we see further opportunity to grow our Gross Margin Percent in FY 2024.
“Revenue for our Industrial services segment, AIS, increased 23% during the quarter mainly due to increased demand for our services. We believe AIS will continue to expand revenues and may exceed our original 3% target of $21.8 million for fiscal year 2023 driven by continued strength in the Industrial Services market. The Gross Profit Margin for AIS improved to 36% for the quarter compared to 29% for the prior year quarter driven by increased prices and lower subcontractor costs. The Gross Margin Percent is expected to maintain or exceed approximately 34% for the FY 2023 for Advanced Industrial Services. Looking ahead, we believe that continued reshoring of manufacturing to the US as well investments in US infrastructure will play a key role in AIS’ long-term growth.
“Looking ahead, we are highly focused on Vicon’s ability to disrupt the status quo of how the security industry traditionally operates with state-of-the-art surveillance cameras and VMS software. With achieving a critical milestone of operating profit for the quarter, we are optimistic for the year ahead and the ability to achieve full year positive operating income in FY 2024 while driving attractive top line growth. We look forward to providing additional updates in the months to come as accelerate our efforts to build long-term value for our shareholders,” concluded Govil.
Second Quarter FY 2023 Financial Results
Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2023, and 2022 was $16.1 million and $11.7 million, respectively, an increase of 37%. This increase is mainly due to increased demand for the Company’s products and services. The Security segment revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2023, increased by 47% to $9.9 million. The Security segment increase was due to an increased demand for security technology products under the Vicon brand. The Industrial Services segment revenues for the quarter increased by 23% to $6.2 million, mainly due to increased demand for the segment’s services.
Gross Profit for the second quarter of 2023 was $7.3 million, or 46% of revenues as compared to gross profit of $3.8 million, or 32% of revenues for the year ago period, mainly attributed to increased prices, reduced shipping expenses, and lower subcontractor costs.
Total operating expenses for three months ended March 31, 2023, were $6.9 million, compared to $6.7 million in the prior year’s quarter. The increase was due to an increase in research and development expenses for the period.
Operating income for the second quarter of 2023 was $0.4 million as compared to an operating loss of $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2022. The decrease in the loss was primarily due to an increase in gross profit for the period.
Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 was $0.6 million, as compared to a net loss of $4.7 million in 2022, a decrease of 87%. Net loss decreased in the second quarter as compared to the same period last year primarily due to the increase in revenue and gross profit for the period.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $6.6 million at March 31, 2023, as compared to $9.9 million at September 30, 2022.
Inventories increased to $8.6 million at March 31, 2023, from $8.5 million at September 30, 2022.
Second Fiscal Quarter 2023 Results Conference Call
Cemtrex Chief Executive Officer Saagar Govil and Chief Financial Officer Paul Wyckoff will host the conference call, followed by a question-and-answer period.
To access the call, please use the following information:
|Date:||Thursday, May 11, 2023|
|Time:||5:00 p.m. Eastern time, 2:00 p.m. Pacific time|
|Toll-free dial-in number:||1-877-407-0792|
|International dial-in number:||1-201-689-8263|
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact MZ Group at 1-949-491-8235.
The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at https://viavid.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1609895&tp_key=8207c45bec and via the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.cemtrex.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time through May 25, 2023.
|Toll-free replay number:||1-844-512-2921|
|International replay number:||1-412-317-6671|
Cemtrex Inc. (CETX) is a company that owns two operating subsidiaries: Vicon Industries Inc and Advanced Industrial Services Inc.
Vicon Industries, a subsidiary of Cemtrex Inc., is a global leader in advanced security and surveillance technology to safeguard businesses, schools, municipalities, hospitals and cities. Since 1967, Vicon delivers mission-critical security surveillance systems, specializing in engineering complete security solutions that simplify deployment, operation and ongoing maintenance. Vicon provides security solutions for some of the largest municipalities and businesses in the U.S. and around the world, offering a wide range of cutting-edge and compliant security technologies, from AI-driven video analytics to fully integrated access control solutions. For more information visit www.vicon-security.com
AIS – Advanced Industrial Services, a subsidiary of Cemtrex, Inc., is a premier provider of industrial contracting services including millwrighting, rigging, piping, electrical, welding. AIS Installs high precision equipment in a wide variety of industrial markets including automotive, printing & graphics, industrial automation, packaging, and chemicals. AIS owns and operates a modern fleet of custom designed specialty equipment to assure safe and quick installation of your production equipment. Our talented staff participates in recurring instructional training, provided to ensure that the most current industry methods are being utilized to provide an efficient and safe working environment. For more information visit www.ais-york.com
For more information visit www.cemtrex.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the closing of the offering, gross proceeds from the offering, our new product offerings, expected use of proceeds, or any proposed fundraising activities. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by such forward looking statements. Statements made herein are as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as of any subsequent date. These risks and uncertainties are discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” contained in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release and we undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.
Cemtrex, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|March 31,||September 30,|
|Cash and equivalents||$||6,634,037||$||9,895,761|
|Trade receivables, net||7,271,488||5,399,216|
|Trade receivables - related party||408,464||-|
|Inventory –net of allowance for inventory obsolescence||8,561,026||8,487,817|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||2,588,400||2,421,644|
|Assets of discontinued operations||-||3,971,693|
|Total current assets||26,122,375||31,767,767|
|Property and equipment, net||5,052,796||5,280,442|
|Royalties receivable - related party||678,330||-|
|Note receivable - related party||761,585||761,585|
|Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accounts payable - related party||3,368||19,133|
|Lease liabilities - short-term||732,680||754,495|
|Deposits from customers||74,762||73,144|
|Accrued income taxes||57,150||94,848|
|Liabilities of discontinued operations||-||805,219|
|Total current liabilities||25,738,436||25,514,795|
|Loans payable to bank||73,407||110,331|
|Long-term lease liabilities||1,564,613||1,822,468|
|Other long-term liabilities||575,900||807,898|
|Paycheck Protection Program Loans||70,816||97,120|
|Deferred Revenue - long-term||581,193||607,309|
|Total long-term liabilities||6,596,536||5,605,295|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock , $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, Series 1, 3,000,000 shares authorized, 2,183,463 shares issued and 2,119,363 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2023 and 2,079,122 shares issued and 2,015,022 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2022 (liquidation value of $10 per share)||2,183||2,079|
|Series C, 100,000 shares authorized, 50,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31 31, 2023 and September 30, 2022||50||50|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 828,570 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and 754,711 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2022||828||755|
|Additional paid-in capital||67,042,743||66,641,698|
|Treasury stock, 64,100 shares of Series 1 Preferred Stock at March 31, 2023 and September 30, 2022||(148,291||)||(148,291||)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||2,283,876||2,377,525|
|Total Cemtrex stockholders’ equity||7,380,364||13,944,796|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||40,404,180||$||45,757,628|
Cemtrex, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
|For the three months ended||For the six months ended|
|Cost of revenues||8,734,916||7,976,236||15,662,543||14,167,381|
|General and administrative||5,318,267||5,424,669||10,482,605||10,713,844|
|Research and development||1,615,341||1,239,334||3,445,054||2,471,008|
|Total operating expenses||6,933,608||6,664,003||13,927,659||13,184,852|
|Total other expense, net||(958,634||)||(1,222,561||)||(2,103,951||)||(1,694,827||)|
|Net loss before income taxes||(553,761||)||(4,116,783||)||(3,650,514||)||(7,887,648||)|
|Income tax benefit/(expense)||-||-||-||-|
|Loss from Continuing operations||(553,761||)||(4,116,783||)||(3,650,514||)||(7,887,648||)|
|Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax||14,232||(685,140||)||(3,225,389||)||(1,444,098||)|
|Less income/(loss) in noncontrolling interest||55,265||(80,676||)||(3,898||)||(132,548||)|
|Net loss attributable to Cemtrex, Inc. shareholders||$||(594,794||)||$||(4,721,247||)||$||(6,872,005||)||$||(9,199,198||)|
|Income (loss) per share - Basic & Diluted|
|Weighted Average Number of Shares-Basic & Diluted||815,498||688,255||788,265||673,943|
|Weighted Average Number of Shares-Diluted||815,498||688,255||788,265||673,943|
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
|For the six months ended|
|Cash Flows from Operating Activities||2023||2022|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||448,388||610,327|
|Loss on disposal of property and equipment||64,908||30,558|
|Noncash lease expense||420,411||293,506|
|Bad debt expense||(1,543||)||(1,839||)|
|Interest expense paid in equity shares||32,145||1,521,992|
|Accounts payable paid in equity shares||102,500||-|
|Accrued interest on notes payable||1,290,615||329,264|
|Amortization of original issue discounts on notes payable||883,467||583,333|
|Gain/(loss) on marketable securities||58||(159,905||)|
|Discharge of Paycheck Protection Program Loans||-||(971,500||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities net of effects from acquisition of subsidiaries:|
|Trade receivables - related party||(408,464||)||14,641|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(166,756||)||(708,456||)|
|Accounts payable - related party||(15,765||)||-|
|Operating lease liabilities||(356,176||)||(201,578||)|
|Deposits from customers||1,618||(288,503||)|
|Income taxes payable||(37,698||)||(312,006||)|
|Net cash used by operating activities - continuing operations||(5,383,060||)||(7,596,110||)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities - discontinued operations||2,488,144||133,512|
|Net cash used by operating activities||(2,894,916||)||(7,462,598||)|
|Cash Flows from Investing Activities|
|Purchase of property and equipment||(263,732||)||(706,392||)|
|Proceeds from sale of property and equipment||11,026||230,901|
|Investment in MasterpieceVR||-||(500,000||)|
|Proceeds from sale of marketable securities||-||176,945|
|Purchase of marketable securities||-||(4,626,862||)|
|Net cash used by investing activities - continuing operations||(252,706||)||(5,425,408||)|
|Net cash provided by investing activities - discontinued operations||-||(2,349||)|
|Net cash used by investing activities||(252,706||)||(5,427,757||)|
|Cash Flows from Financing Activities|
|Proceeds from notes payable||-||8,000,000|
|Payments on notes payable||(544,370||)||(901,763||)|
|Payments on Paycheck Protection Program Loans||(10,033||)||-|
|Payments on bank loans||(365,724||)||(613,900||)|
|Net cash (used)/provided by financing activities||(920,127||)||6,484,337|
|Effect of currency translation||(126,593||)||(150,076||)|
|Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||(4,067,749||)||(6,406,018||)|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period||11,473,676||17,186,323|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period||$||7,279,334||$||10,630,229|
|Balance Sheet Accounts Included in Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash|
|Cash and equivalents||$||6,634,037||$||8,970,324|
|Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||$||7,279,334||$||10,630,229|
Investor Relations Chris Tyson Executive Vice President – MZ North America Direct: 949-491-8235 CETX@mzgroup.us www.mzgroup.us