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(Updated - April 12, 2021 4:33 PM EDT)
MIND Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) reported Q4 EPS of ($0.29), $0.22 worse than the analyst estimate of ($0.07). Revenue for the quarter came in at $6.4 million versus the consensus estimate of $8.78 million.
Rob Capps, MIND's Co-Chief Executive Officer, stated, "It is suffice to say that we are glad to put this past year behind us. Despite the challenges and business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we accomplished a great deal in fiscal 2021 and began to see an uptick in activity during the second half. While our fourth quarter results for fiscal 2021 came in roughly as expected, the highlight was our record backlog, which increased 73% sequentially over the third quarter. In recent months, we have continued to experience an increase in orders and inquiries for marine exploration applications, particularly for our source controllers, and we expect essentially all these orders to be completed within fiscal 2022. Thus, we expect revenues from continuing operations in fiscal 2022 to exceed those of fiscal 2021.
"We are also seeing other indications of a recovery in fiscal 2022. We recently expanded our long-standing relationship with PGS, a leading integrated marine geophysical company. Under this new framework agreement, we expect to provide advanced source controller technology over the coming years, adding to the GunLink and SourceLink products currently deployed in the PGS fleet. We have also recently received orders for new seismic source controllers or upgrades of systems that we previously sold and, based on current discussion with existing and potential customers, we believe demand for our source controllers will continue.
"We are also addressing the need for specific applications in our primary marine and maritime security markets by introducing new technologies and products. As you may recall, we developed a revolutionary sonar technology ('MA-X') in fiscal 2020 that has afforded new opportunities. We have focused much of our product development activity on sensor systems specifically for the rapidly-growing un-manned vehicle market and entered into an agreement with a major European defense contractor for the joint offering of synthetic aperture sonar ('SAS'). We also began the development of passive sonar arrays based on our existing SeaLink technology, which has anti-submarine warfare ('ASW') and maritime security applications.
"As we pursue our initiatives to expand our product offerings and market penetration, we are internally developing new technologies to strengthen our existing portfolio and create new solutions to address the global marine marketplace. While some of these projects have long lead times and unpredictable sales cycles, our goal is to grow our total revenues to $140 million over the next five years with an EBITDA margin of over 20%. Key growth drivers over the next five years include rising global demand for autonomous vehicles, both surface and underwater, the need for higher resolution sonar systems and build-up of ASW capabilities.
"We are proud of the progress we have achieved over the past year in exiting the land leasing business and transitioning to a global provider of innovative marine technology solutions. Going forward, we have confidence that the positive trend for order flow will continue in fiscal 2022 and beyond. We have taken the necessary steps to control expenses in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining a healthy balance sheet with zero debt as of today. We plan to continue to execute our strategy to become the leading provider of innovative marine technology and products, and we believe that the Company is well-positioned to capture both internal and non-organic growth opportunities as they develop," concluded Capps.
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