Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Fire Resistant Building Materials Company Reports Record Q1-2005 Revenue of $1,400,619 (CDN), Gross Profit and Operating Income
Watkins, MN; Vancouver, BC, December 1, 2004 - International Barrier Technology Inc. (“Barrier”) (IBTGF: OTCBB; IBH: TSXV), a manufacturer of proprietary fire resistant building materials, reports financial results for the fiscal 2005 quarter ending September 30th, 2004.
Revenue in the fiscal first quarter was $1,400, 619 (CDN), a 148% increase over the previous year’s revenue of $565,088, and the highest first-quarter results in Barrier’s corporate history. Operating income was $92,730 (CDN) compared to an operating loss of $72,228 in the prior year’s quarter, resulting in the return to a profitable quarterly operation and a record quarterly operating income.
Financial highlights of Barrier’s Q1 (FY2005) include:
--Sales Volume of 1,206,300 sq.ft continued the aggressive pace established since the beginning of this calendar year and marked the third consecutive quarter exceeding one million sq.ft.
--Barrier’s gross profit and gross margin percentage on sales increased significantly to $357,772 (CDN) versus $80,459 (CDN) for the comparable quarter ended September 30, 2003. This reflects new manufacturing volumes and efficiencies.
--Total operating expenses decreased to 18.9% of revenue compared to 27% in the same quarter last year.
--Barrier has a financially strong balance sheet as of Sept. 30/04 with a working capital surplus of $2,336,053 (CDN) (deficit of $43,280 for the comparable period Sept. 30/03) and total assets over $5,000,000 (CDN) including the world technology rights and long term debt of only $740,178 (CDN).
--Mulehide Products, Inc., Barrier’s new business partner in the commercial modular business, accounted for 32.5% of sales. Demand and sales from existing territories continue to show strength and growth.
--With the recently completed acquisition of the Pyrotite technology and additional financing, Barrier has committed to a production line enhancement project being engineered by an experienced and well respected US engineering and project development company. This project is intended to double the company’s production capacity, significantly improve operating efficiencies, and serve as a model facility to enable management to secure licensing agreements with third parties globally.
“Barrier is well positioned to continue its aggressive growth this fiscal year,” said Barrier’s President Michael Huddy. “Our strong financial position, and improving efficiencies, coupled with increasing market penetration in all of our markets, has positioned us to capitalize on new opportunities. We are focused on increasing market share in our existing businesses, developing new products and markets, and developing relationships that will lead to technology licensing in the future.”
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About International Barrier Technology Inc.
International Barrier Technology, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials. Its patented, non-combustible, non-toxic Pyrotite formulation has an extraordinary capability: it releases water when exposed to the heat of fire. Barrier's award-winning Blazeguard wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application, and uniquely combine properties that increase panel strength and minimize environmental and human impact. Blazeguard customers include D.R. Horton (DHI: NYSE), KB Home (KBH: NYSE), and Lennar (LEN: NYSE). Lowe's Companies (LOW: NYSE), Stock Building Supply, and Mule-Hide Products Co., Inc. are Blazeguard distributors. Pyrotite has potential applications with engineered wood products, paint, plastics, and expanded polystyrene
Barrier is part of the DJ Building Materials Index (US)
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