WEST MELBOURNE, Florida – November 6, 2019 – BK Technologies Corporation (NYSE American: BKTI) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019.
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, revenues totaled approximately $11.8 million, compared with approximately $13.3 million for the third quarter last year. Operating income for the third quarter 2019 totaled approximately $295,000, compared with operating income of approximately $878,000 for the third quarter last year. Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was approximately $238,000, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of approximately $650,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, for the same quarter last year.
Net income for the third quarter 2019 includes unrealized losses on investments in securities totaling approximately $258,000, compared with losses of approximately $191,000 for the same quarter last year.
The Company had approximately $17.1 million in working capital as of September 30, 2019, of which $11.7 million was comprised of cash, cash equivalents and trade receivables. This compares with working capital of approximately $21.0 million as of December 31, 2018, of which $17.0 million was comprised of cash, cash equivalents and trade receivables.
Tim Vitou, BK’s President, commented, “During the third quarter of 2019, sales to legacy federal customers showed strength, including a previously announced order for $3.4 million from the U.S. Forest Service. However, we experienced sluggish demand in the third quarter from public safety customers in state and international markets compared with the same quarter last year. Our gross profit margins continued their improvement from early in the year, exceeding 43% for the quarter. For the third quarter, although engineering and product development expenses increased from the same quarter last year, they declined by approximately 15.4% from the preceding quarter.”
Mr. Vitou continued, “The success of our key new product development initiatives is vital to BK’s future growth and success. Reflecting the importance of these programs, we recently announced the appointment of a new Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Branko Avanic, whose primary focus is to complete the development of our multiband product, with an emphasis on maximizing performance, functionality and quality. As a Ph.D. with over 30 years in land mobile radio product development, we are excited about Dr. Avanic’s addition to the executive team and believe he will make positive contributions that can be translated to new products and sales growth moving forward.”
For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, sales totaled approximately $32.7 million, compared with approximately $38.7 million for the same period last year. Operating loss for the nine-month period of 2019 totaled approximately $2.0 million, compared with operating income of approximately $3.0 million for the same period last year. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 totaled approximately $1.3 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $1.2 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year.
The financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 include a gain on investment in securities totaling approximately $186,000, compared with losses of approximately $1.4 million for the nine-month period last year.
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call and webcast for investors at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 844-602-0380 (international/local participants dial 862-298-0970) and asking to be connected to the “BK Technologies Corporation Conference Call” a few minutes before 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 7, 2019. The call will also be webcast at http://www.bktechnologies.com. An online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for 30 days following the call at http://www.bktechnologies.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the completion of the call until November 18, 2019 by dialing 877-481-4010 PIN# 55679 (international/local participants dial 919-882-2331 PIN# 55679).
About BK Technologies, Inc.
BK Technologies Corporation is an American holding company deeply rooted in the public safety communications industry, with its operating subsidiary manufacturing high-specification communications equipment of unsurpassed reliability and value for use by public safety professionals and government agencies. BK Technologies is honored to serve our public safety heroes with reliable equipment when every moment counts. The Company’s common stock trades on the NYSE American market under the symbol “BKTI”. Maintaining its headquarters in West Melbourne, Florida, BK Technologies can be contacted through its web site at www.bktechnologies.com or directly at 1-800-821-2900.