United-Guardian Reports Year-End Earnings And Appointment Of New Director

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United-Guardian, Inc., (NASDAQ:UG) reported today that net sales for FY-2015 were up 4.1% over last year, increasing from $13,449,679 in 2014 to $14,006,244 in 2015. Net income was also up, increasing from $4,050,416 ($0.88 per share) in 2014 to $4,606,929 ($1.00 per share) in 2015. 

"The increase in sales and earnings for 2015 was primarily due to very strong sales of one of our Lubrajel ® products in China during the first nine months of 2015," said Ken Globus, President of United-Guardian. "Due to a number of factors, including some customers in China overestimating their inventory requirements during the first nine months of 2015, we did not see any significant sales of this product into China in either the fourth quarter of 2015 or the first quarter of this year. This negatively affected our fourth quarter 2015 sales, and is also expected to impact our sales for the first half of 2016. We are hoping to see a resumption of sales of this product into China in the second half of this year." 

"On a much more positive note, we have received FDA approval to market our new single-dose form of Renacidin ®, our proprietary urological product, and expect sales of this product to begin around April 1 st. We are hopeful that those sales, along with the potential for additional revenue later this year from our new line of Lubrajel 'Natural' products, as well as the expected resumption of sales into China in the second half of the year, will at least partially offset the expected reduction in sales in China for the first half of 2016." 

Mr. Globus also announced that the company's Board of Directors has appointed Mr. S. Ari Papoulias to fill the vacancy that resulted from the resignation of one of the Board members due to a job conflict. Mr. Papoulias holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, an MBA in Finance, and has extensive business and financial experience. Mr. Papoulias will also serve on the company's Audit Committee. 

"We are very excited to welcome Ari to our Board," said Mr. Globus. "We believe that his business and financial experience will be extremely valuable to the company as we continue our efforts to grow the business in an increasingly competitive marketplace." 

United-Guardian is a manufacturer of cosmetic ingredients, personal and health care products, pharmaceuticals, and specialty industrial products.
   
RESULTS FOR THE YEARS ENDED  
DECEMBER 31, 2015 AND DECEMBER 31, 2014  
       
STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
               
    Years ended December 31,    
    2015     2014    
               
Net sales  $   14,006,244   $   13,449,679    
               
Costs and expenses:               
Cost of sales    5,202,158     5,317,707    
Operating expenses    1,862,290     1,910,585    
Research and development   648,211     730,412    
Total costs and expenses   7,712,659     7,958,704    
Income from operations      6,293,585     5,490,975    
               
Other income:              
Investment income    332,705     239,592    
Loss from sale of asset   (879 )   ---    
Income from damage settlement   ---     24,403    
Total other income   331,826     263,995    
Income from operations before income taxes   6,625,411     5,754,970    
               
Provision for income taxes    2,018,482     1,704,554    
Net income $   4,606,929   $   4,050,416    
               
Earnings per common share (basic and diluted)  $   1.00   $ .88    
               
Weighted average shares (basic and diluted)    4,594,319     4,596,439    
       
       
BALANCE SHEET DATA  
       
    December 31,    
    2015     2014    
               
Current assets $   14,517,960   $   14,663,071    
Net property, plant, and equipment   1,096,113     1,207,903    
Other asset   74,118     68,042    
Total assets $   15,688,191   $   15,939,016    
               
Current liabilities  $   988,367   $   974,970    
Deferred income taxes    118,010     227,108    
Total Liabilities $   1,106,377   $   1,202,078    
               
Stockholders' equity  $   14,581,814   $   14,736,938    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   15,688,191   $   15,939,016    
               

NOTE:   This press release contains both historical and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements about the company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events, such as financial performance, business prospects, and similar matters, are being made in reliance upon the "safe harbor" provisions of that Act. Such statements are subject to a variety of factors that could cause Registrant's actual results or performance to differ materially from the anticipated results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For further information about the risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's business please refer to the company's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Contact: Robert S. Rubinger(631) 273-0900

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