updated 4/28/2011 11:48:24 AM ET 2011-04-28T15:48:24

DULUTH, Minn., April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IKONICS Corporation (Nasdaq:IKNX), a Duluth based imaging technology company, announced sales for first quarter of 2011 of $3,653,000, down slightly from 2010 first quarter sales of $3,685,000. Earnings fell from $148,000, or $0.08 per share, to $37,000, or $0.02 per share.

Bill Ulland, Ikonics CEO, said weakness from two Domestic Chromaline products negatively affected first quarter sales, but was partially offset by a significant increase in sales of new technologies.

Although the first quarter is usually the company's most unpredictable because of cold weather shipping out of Duluth and the effect of the Asian holiday season on the timing of ocean shipping, this year we experienced some specific issues relating to our Domestic Chromaline business. Those sales were down 11% due to weaker than expected sales primarily from two products. Ulland said, "We have plans to address these specific issues and put Domestic Chromaline back on a growth track."

The decline in Chromaline sales was partially offset by a 74% increase in sales of new technologies, Micro Machining and Digital Texturing (DTX). "This growth builds on the base established last year, and I anticipate it will continue," Ulland said. "The strategic rationale for investing in these new technologies was to enter robust industrial markets with unique products and, thereby, supplement our traditional more mature markets. I believe this investment is beginning to pay off."

Earnings for the quarter also reflect higher personnel costs relating to the continued introduction of the new technologies, and higher costs for petroleum based raw materials. "I believe that higher revenues will absorb the increased fixed costs, and that we will pass a portion of the higher raw materials costs on to customers, as appropriate," he said.

"A challenge for the remainder of 2011 will be to manage the expected growth of our new technologies," Ulland said. "We currently are designing equipment to substantially increase our Micro Machining capacity, and we are working with our DTX printer manufacturers to finalize their designs and get printers into the hands of customers. We are also working on an alliance to increase our distribution network for DTX."

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This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding sales, gross profits, net earnings, balance sheet position, and new products, technologies and businesses initiatives that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially as a result of domestic and global economic conditions, competitive market conditions, acceptance of new products and technologies, the ability to identify and make suitable acquisitions, capital expenditure requirements, the ability to control operating costs without impacting growth as well as the factors described in the Company's Form s 10-K, and 10-Q, and other reports on file with the SEC.

IKONICS Corporation
     
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
     
   Three Months Ended
   3/31/11  3/31/10
     
Net Sales $3,653,099 $3,684,577
     
Cost of Goods Sold 2,186,256 2,200,782
     
Gross Profit 1,466,843 1,483,795
     
Operating expenses 1,443,552 1,361,093
     
Income from operations 23,291 122,702
     
Interest income 4,562 3,519
     
Income before income taxes 27,853 126,221
     
Income tax benefit 9,489 22,120
     
Net income $37,342 $148,341
     
Earnings per common share-diluted $0.02 $0.08
     
Average shares outstanding-diluted 1,981,114 1,969,433
     
Condensed Balance Sheets
As of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010
     
    3/31/11   12/31/10
    (unaudited)  
Assets    
Current assets $7,984,949 $7,811,830
Property, plant and equipment, net 4,981,188 5,012,933
Intangible assets, net 328,093 317,168
  $13,294,230 $13,141,931
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities  $837,578 $948,984
Deferred income taxes 171,000 171,000
Long term debt  --   -- 
Stockholders' equity 12,285,652 12,192,947
  $13,294,230 $13,141,931
     
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
     
   3/31/11  3/31/10
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  $ (500,000)  $ 184,442
     
Net cash used in investing activities (94,830) (73,256)
     
Net cash provided by financing activities 55,709  --
     
Net increase (decrease) in cash (539,121) 111,186
     
Cash at beginning of period 1,291,383 1,304,586
     
Cash at end of period $752,262 $1,415,772
CONTACT:  Bill Ulland
          Chairman, President & CEO
          (218) 628-2217

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