Nortech Posts Sales Increase in Q4, Fiscal 2011


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Nortech Systems Incorporated today reported net sales of $29.1 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, a 6% increase over net sales of $27.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $466,432, compared with $253,248 for the fourth quarter of 2010. The company reported quarterly net income of $234,783, or $0.09 per diluted common share, in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with $137,051, or $0.05 per diluted common share, for the same period of 2010.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the company reported net sales of $114.2 million, up 14% from $99.8 million reported for the 2010 fiscal year. Nortech Systems reported operating income of $1.5 million for fiscal 2011, compared with $1.2 million for the 2010 fiscal year. Net income for fiscal 2011 was $1.2 million, or $0.43 per diluted common share. This includes a non-operating gain, net of tax, of $528,007, or $0.19 per diluted common share, from the January 2011 acquisition of certain assets associated with the EMS operations of Winland Electronics, Inc. For fiscal 2010, net income was $506,766, or $0.18 per diluted common share.

"Our 2011 fiscal year finished with solid momentum," said Mike Degen, Nortech Systems' president and CEO. "Fourth quarter results, in particular, benefited from sales attributed to our Winland acquisition, a favorable product mix and continued cost improvements in our manufacturing operations and supply chain.

"We're pleased with the progress made in the second half of the year on the continued integration of our two most recent acquisitions," continued Degen. "The life sciences/medical products facility is beginning to gain traction while our newest EMS contract manufacturing facility retained and expanded its customer base."

Degen said Nortech's organic business had mixed results in 2011. Industrial customers were impacted by softness in the semiconductor market and the sluggish economy. Medical OEM customers showed more resilience to economic pressures and Nortech's defense-sector demand stabilized.

At the start of the 2012, Nortech Systems realigned its sales and marketing, engineering and related support functions to better serve customers, capitalize on recent acquisitions and foster broader collaboration across the company. Nortech is committed to delivering excellence and customer satisfaction through technical expertise, supply chain management skills and advanced business processes.

In conclusion, Degen said Nortech Systems' objective is to continue outpacing the U.S. EMS industry's revenue growth through business development efforts with existing and new customers in the company's three primary markets--industrial, medical, and defense.

Conference Call Nortech Systems announces a conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, March 8, 2012, to discuss the company's fourth 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 March 22, 2012, by dialing 877-660-6853 (from U.S.) or 201-612-7415 (International). To access the replay, the account number 286 and conference ID 389323 are both required.

About Nortech Systems, Incorporated

Nortech Systems Incorporated, based in Wayzata, Minnesota, is a full-service 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. For more information, visit www.nortechsys.com.

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