ASTROTECH PRESS RELEASE
Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ:ASTC), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2009 of its fiscal year 2009.
Third Quarter Results
The Company posted a third quarter fiscal year 2009 net income of $3.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share on revenue of $11.8 million compared with a third quarter fiscal year 2008 net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, on revenue of $6.6 million.
Nine Months Results
Astrotech Corporation’s net income for the nine months ended March 31, 2009 was $2.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share on revenue of $21.6 million compared to a net loss of $34.5 million, or ($4.92) per diluted share, on revenue of $19.5 million for first nine months of the prior fiscal year. The Company’s results for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 include $30.2 million of non-cash debt conversion expense upon consummation of the exchange of its Convertible Subordinated Notes and Senior Convertible Notes into shares of common stock in October 2007.
As of March 31, 2009 the Company had cash and restricted cash-on-hand of $4.5 million and our working capital was approximately $3.3 million. Restricted cash, which consists of advance payments on a government contract to modify certain spacecraft processing facilities and restricted deposits relating to bank covenants, totaled $3.2 million at March 31, 2009. The Company carries a liability of $0.3 million for obligations under this construction contract.
On March 24, 2009, the Company repurchased 300,000 shares at a price of $0.40 per share pursuant to its previously announced program to repurchase up to $6.0 million of the Company’s common stock and outstanding convertible notes due October 2010. As of March 31, 2009, including the shares repurchased on March 24, 2009, the Company had repurchased 311,660 shares of common stock at a cost of $237,320 under the program, which represents an average cost of $0.76 per share. In October 2008, the Company purchased $1,750,000 principal amount of its outstanding convertible notes at a price of $1,085,000 plus accrued interest.
The Company maintains a $6.0 million financing facility with Green Bank, N.A., consisting of a $4.0 million term loan and a $2.0 million revolving credit facility. On March 31, 2009, $3.6 million of the term loan, which was outstanding, expires in February 2011. During fiscal Q3 2009, the Company renewed the one-year revolving credit facility through February 2010 on terms substantially similar to the previous facility.
Update of Ongoing Operations
During the quarter, the Company changed its name from SPACEHAB, Incorporated to Astrotech Corporation in order to better reflect its new vision and direction. In conjunction with the name change, the Company changed its Nasdaq stock ticker symbol from SPAB to ASTC, which went into effect on May 4, 2009. Astrotech Corporation continues to maintain its Astrotech Space Operations business unit, as well as new business initiatives, Astrogenetix, AirWard and 1st Detect.
Astrotech Space Operations
During the quarter, revenue more than doubled from $5.0 million to $11.6 million as compared to the three-month period the previous year. Additionally, the Company’s completed mission manifest for the same period increased more than threefold from two missions to seven, as compared to the same period the previous year.
The Company provided spacecraft processing support on numerous NASA missions including $6.7 million in support of its Space Tracking and Surveillance System Satellite (STSS); the Kepler spacecraft; the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Satellite (LRO), and its secondary payload the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS); the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) satellite; and, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O (GOES-O), cumulatively. Additionally, the Company received $2.6 million in government contracts from the construction of payload processing equipment and facilities; and, $2.3 million in contracts supporting several commercial space leaders including ATK, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Of these, completed missions include the LRO/LCROSS satellites, OCO, and Kepler. The remaining missions will realize revenues in the coming quarter(s).
Announced in April 2009, the Company formalized a $1.8 million contract with RSC Energia, Russia’s largest manufacturer of aerospace and space equipment. RSC Energia will utilize Astrotech Space Operation’s Cape Canaveral, Florida payload processing facilities and receive support services from Astrotech Space Operations to prepare its Mini Research Module (MRM1) for flight aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle during the STS-132 mission. Space Shuttle mission STS-132 is currently scheduled for an April 2010 launch to ferry the MRM1 to the ISS, which will be permanently attached to the bottom port of the ZARYA module, and ultimately operate as a docking port extension for the Russian Soyuz and Progress vehicles.