Cemtrex Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  — Cemtrex Inc. (NASDAQ: CETX, CETXP, CETXW), a technology company driving innovation in Internet of Things (IoT), security, machine vision & artificial intelligence, and augmented & virtual reality, has reported its financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2020.

Key Fourth Quarter 2020 and Subsequent Operational Highlights

  • Received a $1 million order for a security technology system through its Advanced Technology Segment for a state-of-the-art video surveillance security system, including its Valerus software solution as well as cameras and related storage hardware, for a large correctional facility in the United Kingdom.
  • Vicon subsidiary released highly advanced updated Thermal Sensor models, a 360-degree surveillance solution that combines powerful high-end thermal technology with high-resolution PTZs (pan/tilt/zoom) for unparalleled perimeter protection in wide-open spaces like power stations, airports, corrections facilities, construction sites, and other secure facilities.
  • Engaged international investor relations specialists MZ Group to lead a comprehensive strategic investor relations and financial communications program across all key markets.
  • Subsidiary Vicon awarded a $500,000 contract from a major Pacific Northwest school district for its V1110 series Thermal Body Temperature Measurement Camera.
  • Received a $500,000 order to upgrade a security technology system through the Advanced Technology Segment for a large Tennessee based corrections facility.
  • Completed acquisition of training simulation technology company Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI) to enhance the Company’s Augmented & Virtual Reality Growth Segment and VR Training product line.
  • Subsidiary VDI now offering the Driving EssentialsXE program on the newly released Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X platforms, in addition to their full line of simulation training products for schools and public safety organizations.
  • Made a strategic investment into MasterpieceVR, the developer of a professional desktop and VR application suite that offers 3D content creation tools, primarily for virtual reality.
  • Unveiled the SmartDesk Connect, an advanced workstation that includes 4K UHD monitors, a sit-stand desk, ergonomic tabletop, with built-in wireless phone charger, all powered by a user’s laptop when connected to the SmartDesk.

Full Year 2020 Operational Highlights

  • WordPress VIP, the leading provider of enterprise WordPress, added CemtrexLabs to its prestigious Featured Agency Partner program, one of only 30 partners in this prestigious group and the first agency partner with full stack virtual and augmented reality (VR, AR & MR) capabilities.
  • Acquired two properties the Company had been leasing for its industrial segment business located in the York, PA area including a 48,000 sq ft and 25,000 sq ft facility, used for office, manufacturing, and warehousing needs.
  • Received over $300,000 in new orders for the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications from 3 different customers, representing a 500% increase in the quarter from the prior year.
  • Received orders totaling over $2 million in its Advanced Technology segment for several security surveillance systems for government and commercial buildings including correctional facilities, including software development services for web, mobile, enterprise, and virtual reality applications.
  • Granted first patent for Cemtrex’s revolutionary and groundbreaking IoT product, the SmartDesk, which increases productivity and modernizes the personal workspace.
  • Vicon subsidiary released new Thermal Body Temperature Measurement Camera, the V1100B-THM-TEMP, designed to help organizations of all types to minimize the risk of reopening their facilities during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • Closed two registered direct offering priced at-the-market of $5.5 million and $5.4 million.
  • Vicon subsidiary released advanced edge-based analytics for select camera lines, including the new V980 series which can proactively alert security operators to critical events such as theft, suspicious objects, crowds gathering and more.

Management Commentary

Cemtrex’s Chairman and CEO, Saagar Govil, commented on the results: “2020 has been a milestone year for our company as we continued to innovate, grow and expand Cemtrex. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, we increased revenues by 11% for the year, a testament to our team’s hard work and our focus on product development and strategic acquisition opportunities. We anticipate top line growth to continue in the coming year as our market returns to normal and customers reopen for business and resume purchasing.

“In our 2020 fiscal first quarter we made significant progress in restructuring our businesses for the future, improving both EBITDA and gross margins, and saw a return to generating an operating profit. In the second quarter, we continued to see improvement in our businesses despite the short-term effects of COVID-19. We remained focused on executing our development roadmap of high tech products in IoT, AR & VR, as well as in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision. We received new orders across all our business segments, including a 500% increase in new orders for development of AR/VR applications and $2 million in new orders in our Advanced Technologies segment.

“During our third quarter we received a major cash infusion of over $10 million from institutional investors which bolstered the balance sheet and fueled the Company for growth. With the financings completed, we have substantial cash to meet and accelerate the release of several exciting and innovative products we plan to deliver over the next twelve months.

“Highlights from the fourth quarter included new contracts and upgraded products under our security technology brand, Vicon. This included a first of its kind order of its Thermal Body Temperature Measurement Cameras to assist in the detection and mitigation of COVID-19 risk at a major school district in the Pacific Northwest. Vicon also began offering an upgraded Thermal Sensor model for clients like airports and correctional facilities looking for cost-effective and comprehensive solutions to enhance their perimeter surveillance systems. During the fourth quarter we also expanded our commitment to the capital markets and to shareholders through enhanced investor relations initiatives with our new partner MZ Group.

“More recently, in our first quarter of 2021, we announced the next generation SmartDesk, the SmartDesk Connect. The product is an evolution of original patented SmartDesk, providing may of the same features but also allowing users to use their own laptop instead of a built-in PC. Finally, our strategic acquisitions efforts paid off with the completion of our acquisition of Virtual Driver Interactive, a training simulation technology company, to enhance our Augmented & Virtual Reality growth segment & VR Training product line. Our investment in MasterpieceVR further complemented this segment, allowing us to capture more upside as the VR market continues to accelerate.

“Throughout the year, we have striven to drive forward our business, achieving several key milestones in our internal roadmap with a focus on innovation and product development. 2020 was marked by our significant achievements across business segments, and our fortified our balance sheet. This is an exciting time for Cemtrex, and I believe we are well positioned to create sustainable value for our shareholders,” concluded Govil.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Revenue for the full year of 2020 totaled $43.5 million, compared to revenue of $39.3 million for the full year of 2019, an 11% increase year over year. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $10.7 million, compared to $10.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase in revenues for the year were due to sales increases in the Advanced Technology Segment, with segment revenues for the years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 of $25.8 million and $19.3 million respectively, an increase of 34%. Industrial Services segment revenues for the full year 2020 decreased by 11%, to $17.8 million, primarily due to the decrease in demand for services due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Gross profit for the full year of 2020 was $19.4 million, or 44% of revenues, of which the fourth quarter contributed $5.4 million. The Company's 2020 gross margin increase was a result of the sale of products and services with higher profit margins.  

Total operating expenses for 2020 were $23.4 million, of which $6.1 million were incurred in the fourth quarter. Total operating expenses for 2019 totaled $23.0 million. The increase in total operating expenses was primarily driven by increases in personnel costs, insurance and research and development, offset by savings measures enacted during the fiscal year.

Operating activities for continuing operations used $2.2 million for the year ended September 30, 2020 compared to using $3.6 million of cash for the year ended September 30, 2019.

The Adjusted EBITDA loss decreased by 87%, with $1.063 million loss in the year ended September 30, 2020, compared to $8.035 million loss for the year ended September 30, 2019. For the fourth quarter the Adjusted EBITDA increased by 108%, with a positive Adjusted EBITDA of $311 thousand in 2020, compared to a negative Adjusted EBITDA of $3.990 million for the same period in 2019. A reconciliation table of the adjusted EBITDA is provided below.

Net loss for the full year of 2020 was $13.1 million, as compared to a net loss of $24.3 million in 2019. Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 totaled $4.4 million compared to a net loss of $16.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $19.7 million at September 30, 2020, as compared to $12.9 million at June 30, 2020 and $1.8 million at September 30, 2019.

About Cemtrex

Cemtrex, Inc. (CETX) is a leading multi-industry technology company that is driving innovation in markets such as Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR & VR), and Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision (AI & CV) in a wide range of sectors, including consumer products, industrial manufacturing, digital applications, and intelligent security & surveillance systems.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation Table

Following is a reconciliation of income from continuing operations attributable to the Company for the three months and year ended September 30, 2020 as presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to EBITDA.

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Year Ended
September 30, 2020
In Thousands2020 2019  2020  2019 
Net loss from continuing operations (GAAP measure)$2,387 $5,665  $8,894  $11,303 
Non-GAAP adjustments:           
Interest expense paid in equity shares 96  302   2,859   1,590 
Income Tax Benefits 1,877  619   2,074   (1,336)
Depreciation and amortization 725  754   2,898   3,014 
Adjusted Net Income/ (Loss)$311 $(3,990) $(1,063) $(8,035)

Forward-Looking Statements

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


  September 30,  September 30, 
Assets 2020  2019 
Current assets        
Cash and equivalents $19,490,061  $1,769,994 
Restricted cash  1,582,798   1,088,091 
Short-term investments  887,746   412,730 
Accounts receivables, net  6,686,797   6,458,984 
Accounts receivables - related party  1,432,209   771,519 
Notes receivable - short-term  -   1,713,371 
Inventory –net of allowance for inventory obsolescence  6,793,806   5,207,155 
Prepaid expenses and other assets  1,188,317   1,455,765 
Total current assets  38,061,734   18,877,609 
Property and equipment, net  9,558,936   16,776,552 
Right-of-use assets  2,728,380   - 
Assets held for sale  8,323,321   - 
Goodwill  4,370,894   4,370,894 
Notes receivable - long-term  -   1,586,918 
Deferred tax asset  -   2,282,867 
Other  744,207   497,857 
Total Assets $63,787,472  $44,392,697 
Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable $2,857,817  $4,236,945 
Current portion of long-term liabilities  7,034,510   6,817,534 
Lease liabilities - short-term  721,036   22,718 
Deposits from customers  29,660   33,074 
Accrued expenses  2,392,487   2,673,646 
Deferred revenue  1,651,784   1,433,803 
Accrued income taxes  89,318   419,541 
Total current liabilities  14,776,612   15,637,261 
Long-term liabilities        
Loans payable to bank, net of current portion  1,871,201   2,240,526 
Long-term lease liabilities, net of current portion  2,027,406   20,061 
Notes payable, net of current portion  6,029,999   2,817,661 
Mortgage payable, net of current portion  2,355,542   - 
Other long-term liabilities  1,063,733   1,221,549 
Series 1 preferred stock dividends payable  1,081,690   - 
Paycheck Protection Program Loans  2,169,437   - 
Deferred revenue - long-term  467,329   489,535 
Total long-term liabilities  17,066,337   6,789,332 
Total liabilities  31,842,949   22,426,593 
Commitments and contingencies  -   - 
Stockholders’ equity        
Preferred stock , $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized,        
Series 1, 3,000,000 shares authorized, 2,156,784 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and 2,110,718 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (liquidation value of $10 per share)  2,157   2,111 
Series A, 1,000,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019  1,000   1,000 
Series C, 100,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020  100   - 
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 17,622,539 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and 3,962,790 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019  17,623   3,963 
Additional paid-in capital  63,313,336   40,344,837 
Accumulated deficit  (33,172,690)  (20,067,685)
Treasury stock at cost  (148,291)  - 
Accumulated other comprehensive income  853,643   796,004 
Cemtrex stockholders’ equity  30,866,878   21,080,230 
Non-controlling interest  1,077,645   885,874 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $63,787,472  $44,392,697 

Cemtrex Inc. and Subsidiaries


  For the year ended 
  September 30, 2020  September 30, 2019 
Revenues $43,518,384  $39,265,041 
Cost of revenues  24,153,937   23,702,367 
Gross profit  19,364,447   15,562,674 
Operating expenses        
General and administrative  21,570,666   21,528,145 
Research and development  1,827,286   1,481,879 
Total operating expenses  23,397,952   23,010,024 
Operating loss  (4,033,505)  (7,447,350)
Other income (expense)        
Other Income  1,821,029   (62,705)
Loss on equity interests  -   (342,776)
Interest expense  (4,607,453)  (4,785,506)
Total other expense, net  (2,786,424)  (5,190,987)
Net loss before income taxes  (6,819,929)  (12,638,337)
Income tax benefit/(expense)  (2,073,835)  1,335,584 
Loss from continuing operations  (8,893,764)  (11,302,753)
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  (812,895)  (10,559,963)
Net loss  (9,706,659)  (21,862,716)
Less income in noncontrolling interest  227,116   502,225 
Net loss $(9,933,775) $(22,364,941)
Preferred dividends  (3,171,230)  (1,965,500)
Net loss available to Cemtrex, Inc. shareholders $(13,105,005) $(24,330,441)
Other comprehensive income        
Foreign currency translation gain  57,639   1,624,253 
Other comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest  (35,345)  (344,952)
Comprehensive income  22,294   1,279,301 
Comprehensive loss $(13,082,711) $(23,051,140)
Loss Per Share-Basic        
Continuing Operations $(1.28) $(6.07)
Discontinued Operations $(0.08) $(4.66)
Loss Per Share-Diluted        
Continuing Operations $(1.28) $(6.07)
Discontinued Operations $(0.08) $(4.66)
Weighted Average Number of Shares-Basic  9,611,516   2,267,501 
Weighted Average Number of Shares-Diluted  9,611,516   2,267,501 

Cemtrex Inc. and Subsidiaries


  For the year ended 
  September 30,  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities 2020  2019 
Net loss $(9,706,659) $(21,862,716)
Net loss from discontinued operations  (812,895)  (10,559,963)
Net loss from continuing operations  (8,893,764)  (11,302,753)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided/(used) by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  2,898,399   3,013,986 
Gain/(loss) on disposal of property & equipment  37,910   471,019 
Amortization of right-of-use assets  816,550   - 
Change in allowance for inventory obsolescence  636,981   - 
Change in allowance for doubtful accounts  (265,203)  - 
Amortization of original issue discounts on notes payable  944,778   108,222 
Share-based compensation  191,416   622,232 
Interest expense paid in equity shares  2,859,125   1,590,374 
Income tax expense/(benefit)  2,073,835   (1,335,584)
Loss on equity interests  -   342,776 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities net of effects from acquisition of subsidiaries:        
Accounts receivable  37,390   3,082,635 
Accounts receivable - related party  (660,690)  (61,799)
Inventory  (2,223,632)  1,341,569 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  267,448   (240,732)
Other assets  (246,350)  (27,418)
Other liabilities  (157,816)  1,221,549 
Accounts payable  (846,340)  (2,114,250)
Operating lease liabilities  (816,549)  - 
Deposits from customers  (3,414)  (17,545)
Accrued expenses  (4,820)  (493,921)
Deferred revenue  195,775   228,024 
Income taxes payable  (121,191)  - 
Net cash used by operating activities - continuing operations  (3,280,162)  (3,571,616)
Net cash provided/(used) by operating activities - discontinued operations  (812,895)  7,507,090 
Net cash provided/(used) by operating activities  (4,093,057)  3,935,474 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities        
Net change in self-insured benefit deposits  (494,707)  (1,659,480)
Purchase of property and equipment  (1,566,014)  14,000 
Purchase of marketable securities  (475,016)  (398,291)
Payments received on notes receivable  3,300,289     
Net cash provided/(used) by investing activities - continuing operations  764,552   (2,043,771)
Net cash provided by investing activities - discontinued operations  -   8,883,541 
Net cash provided/(used) by investing activities  764,552   6,839,770 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities        
Proceeds from notes payable  8,485,000   2,595,000 
Payments on notes payable  (851,640)  (414,859)
Issuance of notes receivable  -   (3,300,289)
Proceeds on bank loans  3,831,100   - 
Payments on bank loans  (778,090)  (1,440,535)
Proceeds from securities purchase agreements  12,462,648   - 
Expenses on securities purchase agreements  (840,728)  - 
Proceeds from at-the-market offerings  -   957,784 
Expenses on at-the-market offerings  -   (41,438)
Proceeds from the issuance of Series B Preferred Stock  -   500,000 
Expenses from the issuance of Series B Preferred Stock  -   (25,000)
Settlement of Series B Preferred Stock in cash  -   (273,092)
Revolving line of credit  (425,812)  (925,124)
Purchases of treasury stock  (338,775)  - 
Payments on capital lease liabilities  (22,718)  (24,286)
Net cash provided/used by financing activities - continuing operations  21,520,985   (2,391,839)
Net cash used by financing activities - discontinued operations  -   (9,465,508)
Net cash provided/(used) by financing activities  21,520,985   (11,857,347)
Effect of currency translation  22,294   1,624,253 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash  18,192,480   (1,082,103)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period  2,858,085   2,315,935 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period $21,072,859  $2,858,085 
Balance Sheet Accounts Included in Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash        
Cash and equivalents $19,490,061  $1,769,994 
Restricted cash  1,582,798   1,088,091 
Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash $21,072,859  $2,858,085 

Investor Relations
Chris Tyson
Executive Vice President – MZ North America
Direct: 949-491-8235

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