Nortech Systems Reports First Quarter Results

MINNEAPOLIS – Nortech Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: NSYS) today reported net sales of $26.1 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared with $25.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2014 was $236,000, compared with $224,000 for the same period in 2013. Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $86,000, or $0.03 per diluted common share. For the first quarter of 2013, net income of $141,000, or $0.05 per diluted common share, was favorably impacted by the tax benefit related to the retroactive reinstatement of research and development tax credits. Without last year’s tax credit, Nortech would have reported first quarter net income of $71,000, or $0.03 per diluted common share.

“We’re pleased to see our pretax profits rise 13 percent on a slight sales increase,” said Rich Wasielewski, Nortech Systems’ president and CEO. “While the mixed economic recovery is impacting each of our customers differently, we continue focusing on improving our operating performance by managing the areas under our control and actively working on building a qualified sales pipeline.” He added that the company is encouraged by its overall 90-day backlog increasing six percent during the quarter.

Industry analysts expect the North American EMS market will continue to recover slowly in 2014 and forecast modest growth with some volatility from quarter to quarter.

“We’re committed to our corporate values and long-term goals, aimed at strengthening our organization, increasing shareholder value and helping our customers thrive,” concluded Wasielewski.

Conference Call
Nortech Systems announces a conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Thursday,
May 8, 2014, to discuss the company’s first quarter results. Anyone interested in participating in the conference can access the call by dialing 877-407-8031 from within the United States, or 201-689-8031 if calling internationally. An audio webcast and replay of this conference call can be accessed at the investor relations portion of Nortech Systems’ website at www.nortechsys.com or at www.investorcalendar.com. A podcast (MP3 download) will also be available. The telephone replay will be available through May 22, 2014, by dialing 877-660-6853 (from U.S.) or 201-612-7415 (International). To access the replay, the conference ID 13580718 is required.

About Nortech Systems Incorporated
Nortech Systems Incorporated (www.nortechsys.com), based in Wayzata, Minn., is a full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider of wire and cable assemblies, printed circuit board assemblies, and higher-level complete box build assemblies for a wide range of industries. Markets served include industrial equipment, aerospace/defense and medical. The company has manufacturing capabilities and operating partners in the U.S., Asia and Latin America. Nortech Systems Incorporated is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol NSYS.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While this release is based on management’s best judgment and current expectations, actual results may differ and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, without limitation: volatility in market conditions which may affect market supply of and demand for the company’s products; increased competition; changes in the reliability and efficiency of operating facilities or those of third parties; risks related to availability of labor; commodity and energy cost instability; general economic, financial and business conditions that could affect the company’s financial condition and results of operations; as well as risk factors listed from time to time in the company’s filings with the SEC.

Condensed Statements of Income

Three months ended Mar 31
                 Unaudited
      2014       2013

Net Sales

$26,149,142 $25,925,401

Income from Operations

        236,221         223,622

Other Expenses

      (100,064)       (103,533)

Income before
Income Taxes

        136,157         120,089

Income Tax
(Benefit) Expense

         50,000          (21,000)

Net Income

         86,157           141,089

Net Income Per
Basic & Diluted
Common Share

           $0.03            $0.05

Weighted Avg
Number of
Common Shares
Basic

        2,742,992         2,742,992

Weighted Avg
Number of
Common Shares
Diluted

        2,747,858         2,742,992

Condensed Balance Sheets

Mar 31, 2014
   Unaudited
December 31, 2013

Accounts Receivable

$15,409,447 $16,030,848

Inventories

18,794,263 17,427,470

Other Current Assets

1,906,290 1,457,524

Property and
Other Long-term
Assets

11,136,174 11,159,579

Total Assets

$47,246,174 $46,075,421

Line of Credit

$7,625,468 $7,234,983

Accounts Payable

8,632,089 8,185,012

Other Current
Liabilities

4,106,846 3,946,543

Long-Term Liabilities

4,852,684 4,773,435

Shareholders’ Equity

  22,029,087 21,935,448

Total Liabilities and
Shareholders’ Equity

$47,246,174 $46,075,421

Contact:
Paula Graff
Nortech Systems Inc. (952) 345-2244
Warren Djerf
Brookside Communications Group
(952) 920-3908 / warren@brookcomm.net