Sales Increase Nine Percent from Prior-Year Period

MINNEAPOLIS – Nortech Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: NSYS), a leading provider of full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS), today reported net sales of $29.0 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, a nine percent increase over net sales of $26.5 million for the first quarter of 2015.

For the first quarter of 2016, operating income was $221,000, compared with an operating loss of $202,000 for the first quarter of 2015. First quarter net income of $63,000, or $0.02 per diluted common share, compares with a net loss of $193,000, or $0.07 per diluted common share, in the prior year.

“Our revenue improvement was aided by last year’s acquisition,” said Rich Wasielewski, Nortech Systems’ president and CEO. “Our new medical device engineering services accounted for more than half of the increase.” The acquisition was made in the third quarter of 2015.

“Performance was mixed across customers and markets, with medical and defense showing revenue and backlog growth,” he continued. “The industrial market faced the most headwinds, especially the transportation, semiconductor and energy sectors.”

The overall revenue increase, higher gross margin and fixed-cost leveraging accounted for the quarterly profit improvement, according to Wasielewski. In addition, Nortech generated $1.3 million in operating cash flow.

“We’re encouraged by our first quarter results,” he concluded. “We expect volatility to continue through the first half of the year, but our order pipeline and early engagement opportunities give us optimism for the remainder of 2016.”

Conference Call
Nortech Systems will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 5, 2016, to discuss the company’s first quarter results. Anyone interested in participating in the conference can access the call by dialing 866-932-0173 from within the United States, or 785-424-1630 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 19, 2016, by dialing 877-481-4010 (from U.S.) or 919-882-2331 (International). To access the replay, the conference ID 10023 is required.

About Nortech Systems Incorporated

Nortech Systems Incorporated (www.nortechsys.com), based in Maple Grove, 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 operations in the U.S., Latin America and Asia. 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.

Consolidated Statement of Operations:

Three months ended March 31,

Unaudited

2016

2015

Net Sales

$28,950,042

$26,539,622

Income (Loss) from Operations

220,948

(201,601)

Interest Expense

(132,022)

(95,186)

Income (Loss) before Income Taxes

88,926

(296,787)

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

26,000

(104,000)

Net Income (Loss)

62,926

(192,787)

Net Income (Loss) per Basic and Diluted Common Share

$0.02

($0.07)

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares:
    Basic

2,746,325

2,742,992

    Diluted

2,748,771

2,742,992

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

March 31, 2016
Unaudited

December 31, 2015

Accounts Receivable

$16,192,500

$18,431,746

Inventories

21,246,345

20,185,445

Other Current Assets

2,305,554

1,755,548

Property and Other Long-term Assets

16,408,267

16,192,348

Total Assets

$56,152,666

$56,565,087

     
Accounts Payable

$12,197,858

$13,041,377

Other Current Liabilities

6,806,047

6,630,333

     
Line of Credit – Long-term

8,223,127

7,691,237

Long-term Debt and Other Long-term Liabilities

6,589,858

6,930,284

     
Shareholders’ Equity

22,335,776

22,271,856

     
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

$56,152,666

$56,565,087