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Ballantyne Reports Financial Results For Third Quarter Of 2013

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN):
Conference call:       Today – November 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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Dial-in number:       877-941-8609; conference ID 4646495 or “Ballantyne Strong”

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN), a provider of digital equipment, screens and managed services as well as specialty lighting equipment, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Net revenues were $18.9 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared with $39.3 million in the same period of the prior year. Net earnings totaled $46 thousand, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $268 thousand, or ($0.02) per share, in the same period of the prior year.

Gary L. Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne Strong, commented, “We are making good progress on our strategic initiative to transition our business more towards managed services, which was accelerated with our October 1 st acquisition of Convergent Media Systems. The acquisition of Convergent positions the Company to capitalize on growing demand for digital signage and enterprise video solutions, and will result in substantially more of our revenue being generated through recurring managed services contracts that leverage our state-of-the-art Network Operations Centers (NOC). We are continuing to look for additional opportunities to expand our presence in markets that will further increase our managed services business.

“We are also seeing good momentum in our cinema screen business, which grew 23% over the prior year, and we are making investments to further strengthen our product offerings. During the third quarter, we made a small acquisition of a provider of unique screen coatings and paint for high-end screens. This acquisition enhances our screen business by securing ownership of the formulations and related coatings that are critical to our ongoing success. We have recently introduced a new PREMIUM HGA screen that utilizes our new HI-GAIN coating technology that we believe sets a new standard for large format screens and positions this business to continue delivering strong growth,” said Mr. Cavey.

Q3 2013 Financial Summary

Sales of theatre products and services were $18.3 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared with $38.4 million in the same period of the prior year. The decline reflects the continued softening in demand as the cinema industry’s shift to a digital equipment platform winds down.

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