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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
[X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the year ended December 31, 2014
or
[  ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from _____________________ to ___________________________
 
 
Commission file number 0-8771
 
 
EVANS & SUTHERLAND COMPUTER CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Utah
87-0278175
(State or other jurisdiction of
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)
Identification No.)
   
770 Komas Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah
84108
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 801-588-1000
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
NONE
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
 
Title of Each Class
Common Stock, $0.20 par value

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. [  ] Yes  [x ] No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act.  [ ] Yes  [x] No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.       [ x ] Yes       [  ] No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). [ x ] Yes  [  ] No

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.[x]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company.  See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 Large accelerated filer [  ]           Accelerated filer [  ]                         Non-accelerated filer [  ]                       Smaller reporting company [x]
                                                                                                                                                                             (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  [  ] Yes    [x ] No

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common stock of the registrant held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 27, 2014 the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter was $2,920,092 based on the closing sale price of $0.46 as reported by the Over-the-Counter Market. Shares of common stock held by each executive officer and director and by each person who owns 5% or more of the outstanding common stock, based on Schedule 13D and 13G filings, have been excluded since such persons may be deemed affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination of affiliate status for other purposes.

The number of shares of the registrant’s Common Stock outstanding as of March 5, 2015 was 11,089,199.

 
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DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE:

 
Certain information from the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders is incorporated by reference into Part III hereof.
 
 
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FORM 10-K
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014
 
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
Throughout this document Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation may be referred to as “Evans & Sutherland,” “E&S,” “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company.”  All dollar amounts are in thousands unless otherwise indicated.
 
Evans & Sutherland was incorporated in the state of Utah on May 10, 1968.  Our principal offices are located at 770 Komas Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, and our telephone number is (801) 588-1000.  Through a link on our website, www.es.com, we make available, free of charge, our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  We make our website content available for informational purposes only.  The information provided on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Form 10-K and our website address is not intended to be a hyperlink.  The above reports and other information are also available, free of charge, at www.sec.gov.  Alternatively, the public may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549.  Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.

General

Evans & Sutherland focuses on the production of high-quality advanced visual display systems used primarily in full-dome video projection applications, dome projection screens, dome architectural treatments, and unique content for planetariums, schools, science centers, other educational institutions, and entertainment venues.  With a 45-year history in computer graphics, we are widely regarded as both a pioneer and a leader in providing the world’s most compelling full-dome digital theater and planetarium systems as well as original full-dome shows.  With our subsidiary, Spitz, Inc. (“Spitz”), and its over 60-year history as a leading supplier of planetarium systems, dome projection screens and other dome displays, E&S supplies premier total system solutions for its digital theater markets as well as customized domes and other unique geometric structures in the architectural market.
   
We continue to maintain a significant share of the overall planetarium and digital theater market. We estimate that our market share has ranged from 35% to 70%, depending on the specific market and time period.  We estimate that the size of the market for digital theater and planetarium systems is approximately $65 million annually. 

Description of Products
 
E&S offers a range of products and services primarily for dome and planetarium theaters in educational institutions, training, and entertainment venues.  These products include state of the art planetarium and dome theater systems consisting of proprietary hardware and software, and other unique visual display systems primarily used to project digital video on large curved surfaces.  We also produce unique show content both for our own library which we license to customers and for specific customer requirements for planetarium and dome theaters.  Additionally we manufacture and install metal domes with customized optical coatings and acoustical properties that are used for planetarium and dome theaters as well as many other unique custom applications.  Our dome engineering and manufacturing resources also design and supply geometrically complex structures for customized architectural treatments, often involving curved metal shapes with unique optical and acoustical properties.
 
Description of Markets
 
We are an industry leader in providing full-dome hardware and software to an international customer base in the digital theater, planetarium, entertainment, training and educational markets.  In each of these markets we face highly competitive conditions where we compete on features, performance, and responsiveness to customer needs as well as on price.  E&S is unique among its competitors by virtue of its capability as a single source that can directly supply and integrate all of the equipment in the planetarium theater, including the projection system, sound, lighting, computer control system and domed projection screen.  We believe our range of visual systems and services at various price and performance levels, our research and development investments and capabilities, our responsiveness to customers, and our ability to design and manufacture value-added visual systems enable us to compete effectively. Our competitive strengths with visual systems and services aid the sale of our dome projection
 

screens as customers often require a new dome projection screen with their visual system. We also believe our capabilities to design and manufacture domes and certain other architectural structures are very unique and enable us to compete effectively in all of the markets where these products are sold.
 
Digital Theater
 
In the digital theater market our products compete with traditional optical-mechanical products and digital display systems offered by GOTO Optical Mfg. Co., Konica-Minolta Planetarium Co. Ltd., Carl Zeiss Inc., and Sky-Skan, Inc. The Company’s digital display systems can be configured with our proprietary projector systems or standard commercial projectors similar to systems sold by our competitors.  Our proprietary Digistar full-dome digital system, along with other customized software tools differentiate our digital theater systems and compete favorably with competitive digital display systems. Our SciDome planetarium system, which uses a dome theater version of a retail desktop astronomy product with curriculum tools for teachers, creates a unique competitive advantage when targeting smaller classroom planetarium theaters.
 
Advanced Displays
 
Our capabilities and products sometimes are used for special advance display applications primarily for wide audiences in specialty theaters and other visitor attractions. This includes the integration of the most advanced video projectors with customized lenses, software and unique application techniques to serve customers who are in search of extraordinary display of visual content. Our competition in these markets includes various specialty audio visual systems integrators and alternative solutions using other technologies.
 
Domed Structures
 
Our Spitz subsidiary is the world's leading producer of domed projection screens. At Spitz we design, manufacture, and install domed projection screens used in planetarium theaters and a variety of other applications such as ride simulators, special or large format film theaters, simulation training systems and architectural treatments. We have developed proprietary dome products such as our NanoSeam dome which we believe provides the smoothest, most uniform projection surface available. Our experience with dome projection screens enables us to advise on the architectural integration of domed projection screens and solve complex optical problems involving reflectivity and image distortion on compound curved surfaces. We believe that these skills are important to buyers of domed projection screens. The principal customers of our dome business are entities in the entertainment, educational and commercial and military simulation markets. Customers include major theme parks, casinos, world expositions, museums, schools, and military defense contractors. There is currently one known domestic competitor that manufactures domed projection screens. In addition, construction or metal fabrication contractors occasionally supply domed projection screens, particularly in foreign markets. The structures we design and supply for architectural treatments are sold as complements to our dome screen products or into the architectural market for a wide variety of interesting venues. Competition for our architectural treatment products usually comes from construction or metal fabrication contractors often with an alternative design idea.

Intellectual Property

We own a significant number of patents and trademarks and we are a licensee under several others.  Our portfolio of patents and trademarks, as a whole, contributes to our business.  However, no one piece of intellectual property is critical to our business, thus no individual piece of our intellectual property is separately discussed.  In the U.S. and internationally, we hold active patents that cover many aspects of our visualization technology.  Several patent applications are presently pending and routinely other patent applications are in preparation. We actively pursue patents on our new technology and we intend to vigorously protect our patent rights.  We often trademark key product names and brand names to protect our equity in the marketplace. We routinely copyright software and documentation and institute copyright registration when appropriate.  Currently we retain a total of 25 active U.S. patents.

Research and Development

We consider the timely development and improvement of our technology to be essential to maintain our competitive position and to capitalize on market opportunities.  We continue to fund essentially all research and development (“R&D”) efforts internally. 


R&D efforts continue to improve Digistar, our popular full-dome digital system and a key component to our planetarium and dome theater products.  We also explore the possibility of other commercial applications for Digistar technology as opportunities arise. We conduct ongoing R&D to improve the functionality of SciDome to keep pace with updated versions of the desktop software it emulates and to take advantage of the latest digital display and theater technology. Some noteworthy specific R&D activities for our advance display and planetarium products include the development of unique techniques to display three dimensional digital video and the expansion of educational curriculum tools to cover new subject matter in addition to astronomy such as chemistry and earth sciences.  We continue to develop improvements to our dome products including optical coatings and ways to make the projection surface more uniform.  There are also R&D efforts ongoing to enhance components of the systems we sell, such as improvements to theater lighting.
 
We continually work with the new digital projection technologies to develop advanced visual display systems primarily to be used by wide audiences in specialty theaters and other visitor attractions. This includes the integration of the most advanced video projectors with customized lenses, software and unique application techniques to serve customers who are in search of extraordinary display of visual content.
 
Dependence on Suppliers
 
Most of our current parts and assemblies are readily available through multiple sources in the open market; however, a limited number are available only from a single source.  In these cases, we either stock adequate inventory to cover future product demands, obtain the agreement of the vendor to maintain adequate stock for future demands, or develop alternative components or sources where appropriate.
 
Employees
 
As of December 31, 2014, Evans & Sutherland and its subsidiaries employed a total of 99 persons of which 97 were employed full time. 
 
Environmental Standards
 
We believe our facilities and operations are within standards fully acceptable to the Environmental Protection Agency and that all facilities and procedures are operated in accordance with environmental rules and regulations, and international, federal, state and local laws.
 
Strategic Relationships
 
In the normal course of business, we develop and maintain various types of relationships with key customers and technology partners.  The teaming agreements are with industry partners and are intended to improve our overall competitive position.  The product development agreements enhance our products by the cooperative development of new features and capabilities necessary to maintain our industry leading position.
 
Forward-Looking Statements and Associated Risks
 
This annual report, including all documents incorporated herein by reference, includes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, among others, those statements preceded by, followed by or including the words “estimates,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “projects,” “intends,” “predicts,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “potential” and similar expressions or the negative of such terms.  See Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Part II of this annual report on Form 10-K for a list of some of the forward-looking statements included in this Form 10-K.


EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
 
The following sets forth certain information regarding the executive officers of E&S as of December 31, 2014.
 
Name
Age
Position
David H. Bateman
72
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Paul L. Dailey
58
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Bob Morishita
64
Vice President Human Resources
Kirk D. Johnson
53
Vice President and General Manager of Digital Theater
Jonathan A. Shaw
58
President and Chief Executive Officer of Spitz, Inc.
 
David H. Bateman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of E&S in February 2007.  Mr. Bateman joined E&S as Director of Business Operations in May 1998. He was appointed Vice President – Business Operations in March 2000 and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in June 2006.
 
Paul L. Dailey was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of E&S in February 2007.  He became an executive officer of E&S in August 2006 when he was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary.  Prior to his appointments at E&S, Mr. Dailey served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of E&S’s subsidiary, Spitz, Inc., where he started as Controller in 1983. Mr. Dailey is a Certified Public Accountant.
 
Bob Morishita was appointed Vice President of Human Resources in 2000.  He joined E&S as Compensation Manager in 1982 and was appointed Human Resources Director in 1997.
 
Kirk D. Johnson was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Digital Theater in January 2002.  He joined E&S in April 1990 and has held various engineering and management positions throughout his service at E&S. 
 
Jonathan A. Shaw was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of E&S’s subsidiary, Spitz, Inc., in November 2001, where he held various management positions since 1985. 
 
 
Our principal executive, engineering, manufacturing and operations facilities are located in the University of Utah Research Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, where we lease two buildings totaling approximately 68,000 square feet.
 
Spitz owns and occupies an approximately 47,000 square-foot building on approximately 15.2 acres in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The property serves as collateral under Spitz’s debt agreements through a mortgage granted to First Keystone Bank which is now The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, a commercial bank.
 
 
In the normal course of business, we may have various legal claims and other contingent matters.  We know of no legal claims outstanding that would have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, liquidity or results of operations.
 
 
Not applicable
 



Our common stock trades on the Over-the-Counter Markets under the symbol “ESCC.”  On February 23, 2015, there were approximately 495 holders of record of our common stock.  Because brokers and other institutions hold many of our shares on behalf of stockholders, we are unable to estimate the total number of stockholders represented by these record holders.
 
We have never paid a cash dividend on our common stock and have used funds generated internally to operate our business.  Currently we have an accumulated deficit.  For the foreseeable future, we intend to follow our policy of retaining any future earnings to finance the development and growth of our business.
 
Additional information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the table captioned Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans as of December 31, 2014 in Item 12, “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters,” of Part III of this annual report on Form 10-K.
 
The table below presents the high and low sales prices per share as reported by the Over-the-Counter Markets, by quarter for 2014 and 2013. The quotations reflect inter-dealer prices, without retail mark-up, mark-down, or commission and may not necessarily represent actual transactions.
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
    High     Low    
High
   
Low
 
First Quarter
  $ 0.29     $ 0.10     $ 0.13     $ 0.02  
Second Quarter
    0.61       0.21       0.12       0.05  
Third Quarter
    0.55       0.26       0.11       0.04  
Fourth
    0.45       0.24       0.14       0.05  
 


 
The following discussion and analysis provides information which management believes is relevant to an assessment and understanding of our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.  The discussion should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and notes included in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” of this annual report on Form 10-K.  Information set forth in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  See “Forward-Looking Statements” below for additional information concerning these items.

Executive Summary
 
Sales and gross profit recorded for 2014 were lower than 2013 which is the primary reason for the net loss for 2014 as compared to net income in 2013. The reduced sales and gross profit were due to unexpected changes to customer schedules which delayed several installations.  We believe this is not the result of a downward trend in the business.  To the contrary, new sales bookings were extraordinarily strong leading to a 64% increase in the sales backlog to $28,173 as of December 31, 2014 compared with $17,165 as of December 31, 2013. Sales prospects remain very strong which supports an encouraging outlook for 2015 and 2016. We believe that sales for 2015 will exceed the sales recorded in 2014, which is expected to lead to improved operating results. Cash balances have also improved to $7,038 as of December 31, 2014 compared to $3,376 as of December 31, 2013. The increase in cash is attributable to progress payments received on customer orders which is being used to purchase required inventory for product deliveries. As a result, cash balances dropped to approximately $5,500 midway through the first quarter of 2015.
 
For the past several years we have employed various strategies for growth and costs reduction in an effort to reverse a long history of operating losses. While this effort has significantly reduced our recent operating losses and we recorded net income in 2013, we do not believe that the business, as currently capitalized, is capable of overcoming the enormous burden of our defined benefit pension plan (the “Pension Plan”).  The unfunded accounting liability for the benefits payable under the Pension Plan is measured at $35,111 as of December 31, 2014 a significant increase from $19,018 as of December 31, 2013. This increase is primarily attributable to the use of recently updated morality tables published by the Society of Actuaries. The new and more accurate mortality assumptions will ultimately increase the Pension Plan funding requirements which already significantly exceed the forecasted cash flow capacity of the business. The impact of this obligation is evident considering our total stockholders’ deficit of $30,703 and total assets of $25,456 as of December 31 2014. The $35,111 unfunded liability is for benefits which were earned for service of Company employees prior to when plan benefits were frozen in 2002 and during a period when the Company was much larger with as many as 1,400 employees. The Pension Plan is currently responsible for the retirement benefits of over 1,100 participants of whom only 24 are current employees. We believe we have exhausted all efforts to overcome this burden. Because we believe that the business has the potential for long-term profitability without the burden of the Pension Plan, we have applied for a distress termination of the Pension Plan under provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) as described more fully in Note 6 of the financial statements. If the distress termination application is approved, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) will take possession of the assets in the Pension Plan trust and pay future Pension Plan benefits while the Company would owe the PBGC a termination liability. While the termination liability would likely be greater than the $35,111 unfunded liability, the PBGC has authority to settle for less than full payment.
 
The Company’s goal in seeking a distress termination of the Pension Plan is to ensure that the pension benefits of all Pension Plan participants are paid up to federally guaranteed limits and that the Company continues to operate as a going concern while avoiding the costly damage and disruption to the business which would result from bankruptcy reorganization. The Company continues to seek a conclusion of the process and a settlement of the resulting liabilities. Based upon ongoing correspondence with the PBGC, the Company believes that the application process will likely result in a settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that will enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern. However, as of the date of this filing, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome.
 

We intend to continue to aggressively pursue opportunities in the digital theater and other markets served by our products, as well as the development and improvement of new innovative products such as Digistar for planetarium theaters. We will continue to develop and improve our planetarium products targeted for smaller venues in education markets such as our SciDome product. We intend to also continue development and improvement of our dome products used by planetarium theaters and many other varied applications.  We also intend to continue the production of quality show content for planetarium theaters.  We believe that the ability to include the wide range of complementary products in the systems we sell, along with access to the legacy customer base of E&S and our subsidiary, Spitz, provides a unique competitive advantage.
 
We expect variable future sales and gross profits from our current product line at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses excluding the current expense of the Pension Plan.  We believe an improved financial position as a result of relief from the burden of the Pension Plan may present opportunities for better operating results through the availability of credit and stronger qualification for customer projects.
 
Results of Operations (All dollar amounts are in thousands unless otherwise indicated.)
 
Consolidated Sales and Backlog

The following table summarizes our consolidated sales for the years ended December 31:

   
2014
   
2013
 
Sales
  $ 26,466     $ 29,583  

 Sales decreased 11% from 2013 to 2014 due to the timing of work to complete several significant customer contracts. There was a significant increase in the volume of orders in 2014.  As a result, our sales backlog was $28,173 as of December 31, 2014 compared with $17,165 as of December 31, 2013. We anticipate that approximately 80% of the 2014 backlog will be converted to sales in 2015 and that we will receive sufficient new orders to produce total sales in 2015 in excess of 2014.

Gross Profit

The following table summarizes our gross profit and the percentage to total sales during the years ended December 31:

   
2014
   
2013
 
Gross profit
  $ 9,477     $ 11,371  
Gross profit percentage
    36 %     38 %

Our gross profit percentage was slightly lower in 2014 when compared to 2013.  Gross profit included losses on inventory impairment of $197 and $349 for 2014 and 2013, respectively, for obsolete and excess quantities of inventory primarily related to the Evans & Sutherland Laser Projector. Otherwise, the lower gross margin percentage in 2014 was affected slightly by lower volume inefficiencies, but still within the range of normal variability.
 
Operating Expenses
 
The following table summarizes our operating expenses during the years ended December 31:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Selling, general and administrative
  $ 6,873     $ 6,024  
Research and development
    2,187       2,382  
Pension
    1,147       965  
Total operating expenses
  $ 10,207     $ 9,371  
 

General and administrative expenses were higher in 2014 compared to 2013 due largely to a receipt in the second quarter of 2013 that was recorded as a credit for the recovery of legal fees pursuant to a settlement of a dispute with a subcontractor for a customer project.  Also, sales and marketing expenses were higher due to increased tradeshow activity and the redirection of resources from content software production to sales and marketing activities. Research and development expenses were slightly lower than 2013 due to redirecting resources from research and development activities to sales and marketing efforts.  Pension expense was higher in 2014 compared to 2013 due to an increase in other pension related expense attributable to accounting for the distress termination process.
 

Other Expense, net
 
The following table summarizes our other income and expense during the years ended December 31:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Interest expense
  $ (629 )   $ (729 )
Other income (expense)
    77       (1 )

Interest expense is attributable to real estate financing in the form of mortgage notes and an obligation under a financing lease. Interest expense was less than the prior year due to the extinguishment of the financing lease obligation as a result of the Company not exercising an option to purchase the subject real estate and entering into a new operating lease for that property. The net change in other income (expense) was primarily attributable to a decrease in bank fees in 2014 as compared to 2013 as well as lower realized currency losses.
 
Income Taxes

The income tax provision consisted of federal and state income taxes as follows for the years ended December 31:

   
2014
   
2013
 
Income tax provision
  $ (23 )   $ (97 )
 
The 2014 income tax provision was for state income taxes resulting from Spitz’ normal business activity in various jurisdictions.  For 2013, the income tax provision was for state income taxes resulting from Spitz’ normal business activity in various jurisdictions in addition to $30 for federal income tax.

Other Comprehensive Loss
 
The accumulated other comprehensive loss over the two years ended December 31, has changed as follows:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Beginning balance
  $ (17,609 )   $ (27,664 )
  Decrease (increase) to minimum pension liability
    (16,422 )     9,334  
  Reclassification of pension expense to net income
    406       728  
  Reclassification of realized gains from sale of marketable
               
    securities to net income (loss)
    -       (27 )
  Unrealized gain on marketable securities
    -       20  
    Other comprehensive income (loss)
    (16,016 )     10,055  
Ending balance
  $ (33,625 )   $ (17,609 )
                 
 The increase in accumulated other comprehensive loss in 2014 was due to an increase in the actuarial measurement of the pension obligation due primarily to new mortality information reflecting

improved life expectancies. The Society of Actuaries recently released and the Company used the new tables in the measurement of the pension obligation.

Other factors affecting the actuarial measurement of the pension obligation include market interest rates used to discount the future payments of estimated benefits and the return on investments held in the pension trust. In 2013, increasing market interest rates raised the discount rate, which decreased the measurement of the pension liability and other comprehensive loss. Economic conditions such as market investment returns and interest rates will continue to influence the measurement of our pension liability and could significantly affect our accumulated other comprehensive loss. Also the outcome of the application for distressed termination of the Pension Plan could affect the future accumulated other comprehensive loss.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Outlook
 
As discussed in the executive summary above, we have made significant progress in reducing our history of operating losses and we believe that we will settle our pension liabilities on terms that the business can fulfill. As a result, we believe existing liquidity resources and funds generated from forecasted revenue will meet our current and long-term obligations upon adjustment for the settlement of the pension liabilities. We continue to operate in a rapidly evolving and often unpredictable business environment that may change the timing or amount of expected future cash receipts and expenditures.
 
Cash Flows
 
             
   
Years Ended December 31,
 
Net cash and cash equivalents provided by (used in):
 
2014
   
2013
 
     Operating activities
  $ 4,005     $ 1,127  
     Investing activities
    (166 )     305  
     Financing activities
    (177 )     (167 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents
  $ 3,662     $ 1,265  

 
Cash and cash equivalents increased $3,662 to $7,038 during 2014, as a result of cash provided by operating activities. Cash outlays for the Pension Plan, included in operating activities, totaled $150 and $191 in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
 
Operating Activities
 
The net cash provided by operating activities in 2014 was attributable to changes in working capital of $4,052 less $47 of cash used in the $1,305 net loss after the effect of $1,258 of non-cash charges.  The primary changes in working capital which provided cash were decreases in restricted cash, accounts receivable and costs and estimated earnings in billings on uncompleted contracts along with an increase in customer deposits. This reflects an aggregate increase in advance progress payments received on customer orders in 2014. We began using some of the cash provided from customers in 2014 to purchase materials for the projects which is reflected in an increase in inventories.
 
The net cash provided by operating activities in 2013 was attributable to $3,144 of cash that was provided by $1,173 of net income after the effect of $1,971 of non-cash expenses, less $2,017 absorbed by changes in working capital. The most significant change in use of cash in 2013 resulted from an increase in accounts receivable. The increase to accounts receivable included a single customer receivable of $1,644 that was recorded in December 2013 and subsequently collected in January 2014 related to delivery of a Digistar system.  Other changes in working capital in 2013 occurred due to the timing of routine transactions.
 
Investing Activities
 
Investing activities used $166 of cash during 2014 consisting of $229 of proceeds from the sale of marketable securities which was offset by $395 for purchases of property and equipment.
 

Investing activities provided $305 of cash during 2013 consisting of $503 of proceeds from the sale of marketable securities which was partially offset by $198 for purchases of property and equipment.
 
Financing Activities
 
Financing activities used $177 of cash during 2014 for principal payments on debt obligations.
 
Financing activities used $167 of cash during 2013 for principal payments on debt obligations.
 
Credit Facilities
 
The Company is a party to a Credit Agreement with a commercial bank which permits borrowings of up to $1,100 to fund Spitz working capital requirements.  Interest is charged on any amounts borrowed at the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate.   Borrowings under the Credit Agreement are secured by Spitz real and personal property and all of the outstanding shares of Spitz common stock. The Credit Agreement and Mortgage Notes contain cross default provisions whereby the default of either agreement will result in the default of both agreements.  On October 3, 2014, the commercial bank notified the Company that it is no longer obligated to make advances under the Credit Agreement and elected to suspend future advances because of events of default on loan covenants resulting from the liens placed on the Company’s assets by the Pension Plan. Based on the progress of negotiations with the PBGC, the Company expects that upon settlement of the pension liabilities, it will be able to comply with covenants as required by the commercial bank to permit new borrowings for potential working capital requirements.  As of December 31, 2014 there was no amount outstanding under the Credit Agreement.

The ability to issue letters of credit and bank guarantees is an important tool to mitigate credit risk in our business. International sales are increasingly important to our business and in many countries, letters of credit and bank guarantees serve as performance guarantees for customer contracts. Also, domestic sales sometimes require performance guarantees in the form of surety bonds.  We have relationships with licensed surety companies to provide performance bonds subject to certain limitations and collateral which we must provide for security. Letters of credit and bank guarantees are issued to serve as collateral and to ensure our performance for these purposes. Cash deposits or deferral of customer payments for performance guarantees can often be used as an alternative to letters of credit.

The Company had finance arrangements which facilitate the issuance of letters of credit through its commercial bank relationships. Recently, the banks which issue the letters of credit under these arrangements notified the Company that they will not issue any new letters of credit because of the liens placed on the Company’s assets by the Pension Plan. Based on the progress of negotiations with the PBGC the Company expects that upon settlement of the pension liabilities the issuance of letters of credit will resume through its commercial banking relationships. In the meantime, the Company is using cash deposits and deferred customer payment terms to satisfy performance obligations that arise on new customer projects. Under the terms of the financing arrangements for previously issued letters of credit, we are required to maintain a balance in a specific cash account equal to or greater than the outstanding value of all letters of credit or bank guarantees issued, plus other amounts necessary to adequately secure our obligations with the financial institution. As of December 31, 2014, we had outstanding letters of credit and bank guarantees of $711 all of which are scheduled to expire in 2015.
 
Mortgage Notes
 
Debt obligations include a first mortgage note payable to a commercial bank which represents the balance on a $3,200 note (“First Mortgage Note”) issued on January 14, 2004 by Spitz. The First Mortgage Note requires repayment in monthly installments of principal and interest over 20 years.  On each third anniversary of the First Mortgage Note, the interest rate is adjusted to the greater of 5.75% or 3% over the Three-Year Constant Maturity Treasury Rate published by the United States Federal Reserve (“3YCMT”).  The monthly installment is recalculated in the first month following a change in the interest rate. The recalculated monthly installment is equal to the monthly installment sufficient to repay the principal balance, as of the date of the change in the interest rate, over the remaining portion of the original 20-year term.  On January 15, 2015, the 3YCMT was 0.75% and the interest rate on the First Mortgage Note remained at 5.75% per annum.  The monthly installment amount remained unchanged at $23.

Debt obligations also include a second mortgage note payable to a commercial bank which represents the balance on a $500 note (“Second Mortgage Note”) issued on September 11, 2008 by Spitz.
 

The Second Mortgage Note requires repayment in monthly installments of principal and interest over 20 years.  On each 5-year anniversary, the interest rate is adjusted to the greater of 5.75% or 3% over 3YCMT.  The monthly installment is recalculated on the first month following a change in the interest rate. The recalculated monthly installment is equal to the monthly installment sufficient to repay the principal balance, as of the date of the change in the interest rate, over the remaining portion of the original 20-year term. On September 11, 2013, the fifth anniversary of the Second Mortgage Note, the 3YCMT was 0.88%. As a result, interest continues at 5.75% until possible adjustment on the next 5-year anniversary. The monthly installment also remains unchanged at $4.

The Mortgage Notes are secured by the real property occupied by Spitz pursuant to a Mortgage and Security Agreement.  The real property had a carrying value of $4,425 as of December 31, 2014. The Mortgage Notes are guaranteed by E&S.

On October 3, 2014, the commercial bank notified the Company that the liens placed on the Company’s assets by the Pension Plan constituted an event of default under the Mortgage Notes’ loan agreements. The commercial bank has agreed to forbear from exercising any further remedies, other than suspension of advances under the Credit Agreement, until March 31, 2015 while the Company negotiates the settlement of its pension liabilities. The agreement to forbear from exercising any further remedies is subject to the Company continuing to make debt service payments under the mortgage note agreements, the occurrence of no further adverse events in the condition of the Company and the Company’s agreement to the incorporation of the financial covenants in the Credit Agreement as additional covenants in the Mortgage Note agreements effective immediately and continuing until the loans are paid in full. One of the covenants requires, Spitz to maintain tangible net worth of at least $6,000 measured upon issuance of quarterly and annual financial statements. As of the end of the second and third quarter of 2014, Spitz tangible net worth was measured at $5,914 and $5,801, respectively. The commercial bank has granted a waiver of the event of default for the failure of Spitz to maintain tangible net worth of at least $6,000 as of the end of the second and third quarter of 2014.  The measurement of Spitz tangible net worth as of December 31, 2014 will not be completed until the issuance of separate Spitz 2014 annual financial statements after the filing of this annual report on Form 10-K. The Company expects that the Spitz tangible net worth as of December 31, 2014 will measure at approximately $5,700. The commercial bank has advised the Company that it is agreeable to granting a waiver for the failure of Spitz to maintain tangible net worth of at least $6,000 as of the end of December 31, 2014. In the future, the Company believes that it will be able to comply with the additional covenants based on forecasts and management of intercompany accounts payable and receivable. If the Company is able to settle its pension liabilities, the Pension Plan liens are expected to be replaced by consensual liens in favor of the PBGC which will be subordinate to the commercial bank’s lien under terms agreeable to the commercial bank. If necessary, the Company believes that it will have sufficient funds to satisfy the Mortgage Note balances, which total $2,362 as of December 31, 2014,  if the bank were to accelerate the maturity under its default remedy. However, the Company further believes that it will conclude a satisfactory settlement with the PBGC by March 31, 2015 or within an extended time frame acceptable to the bank. The Company continues to progress through the termination process toward a settlement; however, as of the date of this filing, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome and it cannot provide assurance that its expectations set forth above will occur in a timely manner or at all.

Sale-Leaseback Financing

In November 2009, the Company completed a purchase agreement with a buyer, Wasatch Research Park I, LLC (“Wasatch”), to sell its corporate office buildings and its interest in the lease for the land occupied by the buildings in Utah for $2,500.  Under the agreement, E&S transferred legal title of the buildings including improvements and assigned the related land lease to Wasatch. E&S also entered into a sublease agreement to lease back the land and building for rent of $501 per year, of which $126 represents the land lease and $375 represents the building lease.   The sublease agreement had a term of 5 years with an option for two subsequent 5-year renewal periods.  The agreement provided the Company with a 5-year option to repurchase all of the buildings under lease or only one of the buildings known as the Substation along with the lease interest in the land. In 2011, Rocky Mountain Power (“RMP”), a public utility company, obtained a decree of condemnation of the Substation so that RMP may repurpose the Substation for public use. As such, the Company no longer had the option to buy the Substation.

The arrangement was accounted for as a financing and no sale was recorded because the Company had the right to repurchase the property.  Therefore, the assets representing the building and improvements remained in property and equipment and the Company recorded the net proceeds of the sale as long-term debt.
 

The $126 portion of the sublease payment attributable to the land lease was equivalent to the payment under the assigned land lease and therefore was subject to the same rent escalations the Company was bound to before the assignment. The land lease portion of the sublease payment was recorded as rent expense consistent with the treatment of the prior land lease payment before the assignment of the lease. The $375 portion of the sublease agreement attributable to the building lease was accounted for as debt service under the financing transaction.  The net proceeds of the financing amounted to $2,329 consisting of the $2,500 sales price less a security deposit of $125, prorated building rent of $15 and the first monthly payment of $31. E&S recorded interest expense at a rate of approximately 20% imputed from the estimated cash flows assuming it would exercise the option to repurchase the property at the end of the 5-year term.

The repurchase transaction was required to have been completed by October 31, 2014. On November 4, 2014, the Company agreed to an extension of its current lease for a term of 5 years. As a condition of the extension the Company will no longer have a right to repurchase the buildings. Base annual rent for the extended 5-year term is $548. Base annual rent prior to the lease extension was $509.

The extension of the lease for 5 years without a repurchase option was recorded as a disposition of building assets along with the extinguishment of lease debt obligation in the amount of $3,152 and the deferred rent obligation on the land lease of $1,525. The book value of the disposed building amounted to $2,532. As a result, the gain on the disposal of the building assets was $620. The new lease obligation is recorded as an operating lease for a term of five years commencing November 1, 2014. Accounting for a sale leaseback transaction was applied and as a result the $620 gain on the disposition of the building assets was deferred and will be amortized over the five-year term of the new operating lease. Likewise, the $1,525 gain from the extinguishment of the deferred rent credit is being amortized over the five-year term of the new operating lease.

Other
 
In 2015, we expect capital expenditures similar to 2014.  There were no material capital expenditure commitments as of December 31, 2014, nor do we anticipate any over the next several years.
 
Our Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of 1,600,000 shares of our common stock.  As of February 28, 2015, 463,500 shares remained available for repurchase under the plans approved by the Board of Directors.  No shares were repurchased during 2014 or 2013.  Stock may be acquired on the open market or through negotiated transactions depending on market conditions, share price and other factors.
 
We also maintain trade credit arrangements with certain suppliers.  The unavailability of a significant portion of, or the loss of, these trade credit arrangements from suppliers would have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and operations.
 
As of December 31, 2014, our total indebtedness was $2,362 on the mortgage notes.  Our cash, restricted cash and marketable securities, subject to various restrictions set forth in this annual report on Form 10-K, are available for working capital needs, capital expenditures, strategic investments, mergers and acquisitions, stock repurchases and other potential cash needs as they may arise.
 
Effects of Inflation
 
The effects of inflation were not considered material for the years 2014 and 2013, and are not expected to be material for the year 2015.
 
Application of Critical Accounting Estimates
 
The application of the accounting estimates discussed below is considered by management to be critical to an understanding of our consolidated financial statements.  Their application places significant demands on management’s judgment, with financial reporting results relying on estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain.  Specific risks for these critical accounting estimates are described in the following paragraphs.  A summary of significant accounting policies can be found in Note 1, “Nature of Operations and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” of Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” in this annual report on Form 10-K.  For all of these policies, management cautions that future results rarely develop exactly as forecast, and the best estimates routinely require adjustment.
 

Revenue Recognition
 
Revenue from long-term contracts requiring significant production, modification and customization is recorded using the percentage-of-completion method.  This method uses the ratio of costs incurred to management’s estimate of total anticipated costs.  Our estimates of total costs include assumptions, such as man-hours to complete, estimated materials cost, and estimates of other direct and indirect costs.  Actual results may vary significantly from our estimates.  If the actual costs are higher than management’s anticipated total costs, then an adjustment is required to reduce the previously recognized revenue as the ratio of costs incurred to management’s estimate was overstated.  If actual costs are lower than management’s anticipated total costs, then an adjustment is required to increase the previously recognized revenue as the ratio of costs incurred to management’s estimate is understated.  Adjustments for revisions of previous estimates are made in the period they become known.
 
Costs and Estimated Earnings in Excess of Billings on Uncompleted Contracts and Billings in Excess of Costs and Estimated Earnings on Uncompleted Contracts
 
Billings on uncompleted long-term contracts may be greater than or less than incurred costs and estimated earnings.  As a result, these differences are recorded as an asset or liability on the balance sheet.  Since revenue recognized on these long-term contracts includes management’s estimates of total anticipated costs, the amounts in costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts and billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts also include these estimates.
 
Inventories
 
Inventories include materials at standard costs, which approximate actual costs, and inventoried costs on programs, including material, labor, subcontracting costs, as well as an allocation of indirect costs.  We periodically review inventories for excess supply, obsolescence, and valuations above estimated realizable amounts, and then provide a reserve we consider sufficient to reduce inventories to net realizable values.  Reserve adequacy is based on estimates of future sales, product pricing, and requirements to complete projects.  Revisions of these estimates would result in adjustments to our operating results.
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable
 
We specifically analyze accounts receivable and consider historical experience, customer creditworthiness, facts and circumstances specific to outstanding balances, current economic trends, and changes in payment terms when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts receivable.  Changes in these factors could result in material adjustments to the expense recognized for bad debts.
 
Income Taxes
 
As part of the process of preparing our consolidated financial statements, we are required to estimate our actual income taxes in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate.  This involves estimating our actual current tax exposure together with assessing temporary differences resulting from differing treatments of items, such as accrued liabilities, for tax and accounting purposes.  These differences result in deferred income tax assets and liabilities, which are included in our consolidated balance sheets.  We must then assess the likelihood that our deferred income tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income and, to the extent we believe that recovery is not likely, we must establish a valuation allowance.  To the extent we establish a valuation allowance or increase or decrease this allowance in a period, we must include a corresponding adjustment within the income tax provision in the statement of comprehensive income (loss).  Significant judgment by management is required to determine our provision for income taxes, our deferred income tax assets and liabilities and any valuation allowance recorded against our net deferred income tax assets.
 
Impairment of Long- Lived Assets
 
Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying values of the assets may not be fully recoverable. When this occurs, we review the value assigned to long-lived assets by analyzing the anticipated, undiscounted cash flows they generate.  When the expected future undiscounted cash flows from these assets do not exceed their carrying values, the Company determines the estimated fair value of such assets. Impairment is recognized to the extent the carrying values of the assets exceeds their estimated fair values.  Assets held for sale are reported at the lower of their carrying values or fair values less costs to sell.
 

Straight-Line Rent and Contingent Obligation
 
We recognize scheduled rent increases on a straight-line basis over the lease term, which may include optional lease renewal terms, and deferred rent income and expense is recognized to reflect the difference between the rent paid or received in the current period and the calculated straight-line amount.
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ("FASB") Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers ("ASU 2014-09"). ASU 2014-09 provides for a single, principles-based model for revenue recognition that replaces existing revenue recognition guidance. ASU 2014-09 is effective for annual and interim periods beginning on or after December 15, 2016. It permits the use of either a retrospective or cumulative effect transition method and early adoption is not permitted. The Company has not yet selected a transition method and is in the process of evaluating the effect this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.
 
In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-15, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. This standard sets forth management’s responsibility to evaluate, each reporting period, whether there is substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern, and if so, to provide related footnote disclosures. The standard is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within annual periods ending after December 15, 2016. The Company is currently assessing the impact, if any, of implementing this guidance.

Forward-Looking Statements

The foregoing contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including among others, those statements preceded by, followed by or including the words “estimates,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “projects,” and similar expressions.
 
These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following statements:
 
 
·
Our belief that our range of products and services at various price and performance levels, our research and development investments and capabilities, and our ability to design and manufacture products will enable us to compete effectively.
 
 
·
Our belief that our facilities and operations are within standards fully acceptable to the Environmental Protection Agency and that all facilities and procedures are operated in accordance with environmental rules and regulations, and international, federal, state and local laws.
 
 
·
Our belief that our existing sources of liquidity, including marketable securities, will provide sufficient liquidity to meet our obligations through 2015 and beyond.
 
 
·
Our belief that our ability to include the wide range of complementary products offered by E&S and Spitz in the systems we sell, along with access to the legacy customer base of E&S and Spitz, provides a unique competitive advantage.
 
 
·
Our belief that the business, as currently capitalized, is not capable of overcoming the burden of the Pension Plan.
 
 
·
Our belief that we have exhausted all efforts to overcome the burden of the Pension Plan.
 
 
·
Our belief that we will settle the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that will enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern.
 
 
·
Our expectations for variable future sales and gross profits from our current product line at annual levels sufficient to cover or exceed operating expenses excluding the expense of the Pension Plan.
 
 
·
Our belief that an improved financial position as a result of relief from the burden of the Pension Plan may present opportunities for better results through the availability of credit and stronger qualification for customer projects.
 

 
·
Our belief that any potential shortfalls in our forecasted revenue would be within a range whereby we could reduce variable costs in order to meet our 2015 obligations.
 
 
·
Our belief that the business has the potential for long-term profitability without the burden of the Pension Plan.
 
 
·
Our belief that capital expenditures during 2015 will be similar to the capital expenditures incurred during 2014.
 
 
·
Our belief that the effects of inflation will not be material for 2015.
 
 
·
Our belief that approximately 80% of our backlog will be converted to sales in 2015.
 
 
·
Our belief that our 2015 orders will continue at a level sufficient to recognize sales in 2015 higher than 2014.
 
 
·
Our belief that the Company can demonstrate to the PBGC that it qualifies for a distress termination of the Pension Plan under the criteria of ERISA.
 
 
·
Our belief that the PBGC will agree to a settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that will enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern.
 
 
·
Our belief that the commercial bank will continue to forbear on the enforcement of the Mortgage Note Agreements and waive future covenant defaults while we continue to negotiate the settlement if our pension liabilities.
 
 Our belief that upon settlement of our pension liabilities we will have agreements with commercial banks to continue credit facilities under terms that will provide adequate credit to operate the business.   Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified.  Future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking statements.  Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements.  Important factors to consider in evaluating such forward-looking statements include risks of product demand, market acceptance, economic conditions, competitive products and pricing, difficulties in product development, and product delays.  In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the events contemplated by the forward-looking statements contained in this annual report will, in fact, occur.
 


 
 
(In thousands, except share data)
 
   
December 31,
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
ASSETS
           
Current assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 7,038     $ 3,376  
Restricted cash
    711       1,020  
Marketable securities
    -       229  
Accounts receivable, net
    4,586       5,552  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on
               
uncompleted contracts
    1,699       2,391  
Inventories, net
    4,163       3,025  
Prepaid expenses and deposits
    635       568  
Total current assets
    18,832       16,161  
Property and equipment, net
    4,803       7,405  
Goodwill
    635       635  
Intangible assets, net
    68       115  
Other assets
    1,118       1,386  
Total assets
  $ 25,456     $ 25,702  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT
               
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  $ 710     $ 1,433  
Accrued liabilities
    1,142       1,183  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on
               
uncompleted contracts
    5,176       3,358  
Customer deposits
    4,081       2,157  
Current portion of retirement obligations
    535       531  
Current portion of long-term debt
    2,362       2,995  
Total current liabilities
    14,006       11,657  
Pension and retirement obligations, net of current portion
    40,076       23,567  
Long-term debt, net of current portion
    -       2,362  
Deferred rent obligation
    2,077       1,514  
Total liabilities
    56,159       39,100  
Commitments and contingencies (Notes 5, 6, 7 and 9)
               
Stockholders’ deficit:
               
Preferred stock, no par value: 10,000,000 shares authorized;
               
no shares outstanding
    -       -  
Common stock, $0.20 par value: 30,000,000 shares authorized;
               
11,441,666 shares issued
    2,288       2,288  
Additional paid-in-capital
    54,500       54,484  
Common stock in treasury, at cost, 352,467 shares
    (4,709 )     (4,709 )
Accumulated deficit
    (49,157 )     (47,852 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (33,625 )     (17,609 )
Total stockholders’ deficit
    (30,703 )     (13,398 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit
  $ 25,456     $ 25,702  
See notes to consolidated financial statements.
 


 
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
   
Years Ended December 31,
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
             
Sales
  $ 26,466     $ 29,583  
Cost of sales
    16,989       18,212  
     Gross profit
    9,477       11,371  
Operating expenses:
               
     Selling, general and administrative
    6,873       6,024  
     Research and development
    2,187       2,382  
     Pension
    1,147       965  
          Total operating expenses
    10,207       9,371  
                 
          Operating income (loss)
    (730 )     2,000  
Interest expense
    (629 )     (729 )
Other income (expense), net
    77       (1 )
Income (loss) before income tax provision
    (1,282 )     1,270  
     Income tax provision
    (23 )     (97 )
          Net income (loss)
  $ (1,305 )   $ 1,173  
                 
Net income (loss) per common share – basic and diluted
  $ (0.12 )   $ 0.11  
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic
    11,089       11,089  
Weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted
    11,089       11,128  
                 
Comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
               
Net income (loss)
  $ (1,305 )   $ 1,173  
Other comprehensive income (loss):
               
  Reclassification of realized gains from sale of marketable
               
    securities to net income (loss)
    -       (27 )
  Unrealized gain on marketable securities
    -       20  
  Reclassification of pension expense to net income (loss)
    406       728  
  Decrease (increase) to minimum pension liability
    (16,422 )     9,334  
    Other comprehensive income (loss)
    (16,016 )     10,055  
          Total comprehensive income (loss)
  $ (17,321 )   $ 11,228  
                 
See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 
 
(In thousands)
 
                                 
Accumulated
       
               
Additional
               
Other
       
   
Common Stock
   
Paid-in
   
Treasury
   
Accumulated
   
Comprehensive
       
   
Shares
   
Amount
   
Capital
   
Stock
   
Deficit
   
Loss
   
Total
 
                                           
Balance, January 1, 2013
    11,442     $ 2,288     $ 54,466     $ (4,709 )   $ (49,025 )   $ (27,664 )   $ (24,644 )
Net income
    -       -       -       -       1,173       -       1,173  
Other comprehensive income
    -       -       -       -       -       10,055       10,055  
Stock-based compensation
    -       -       18       -       -       -       18  
Balance, December 31, 2013
    11,442       2,288       54,484       (4,709 )     (47,852 )     (17,609 )     (13,398 )
Net loss
    -       -       -       -       (1,305 )     -       (1,305 )
Other comprehensive loss
    -       -       -       -       -       (16,016 )     (16,016 )
Stock-based compensation
    -       -       16       -       -       -       16  
Balance, December 31, 2014
    11,442     $ 2,288     $ 54,500     $ (4,709 )   $ (49,157 )   $ (33,625 )   $ (30,703 )
 
See notes to consolidated financial statements.
 

(In thousands)

   
Years Ended December 31,
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
             
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
Net income (loss)
  $ (1,305 )   $ 1,173  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided
               
by operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
    465       581  
Amortization of deferred pension costs
    406       728  
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory
    197       349  
Other
    190       313  
Changes in assets and liabilities:
               
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash
    309       (315 )
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable
    979       (1,692 )
Increase in inventories
    (1,335 )     (249 )
Decrease in costs and estimated earnings in excess of
               
billings on uncompleted contracts, net
    2,510       910  
Decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets
    326       659  
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable
    (723 )     236  
Decrease in accrued liabilities
    (29 )     (88 )
Increase (decrease) in accrued pension and retirement liabilities
    91       (455 )
Increase (decrease) in customer deposits
    1,924       (1,023 )
Net cash provided by operating activities
    4,005       1,127  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
Purchases of property and equipment
    (395 )     (198 )
Proceeds from sale of marketable securities
    229       503  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
    (166 )     305  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Principal payments on long-term debt
    (177 )     (167 )
Net cash used in financing activities
    (177 )     (167 )
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
    3,662       1,265  
Cash and cash equivalents as of beginning of the year
    3,376       2,111  
Cash and cash equivalents as of end of the year
  $ 7,038     $ 3,376  
                 
Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities
         
Increase in minimum pension liability
  $ 16,422     $ 9,334  
Disposal of building and accrued lease obligations
    9,378       -  
Reclassification of realized gains from sale of marketable
               
securities to net income
    -       (27 )
Unrealized gain on marketable securities
    -       20  
                 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information
               
Cash paid during the year for:
               
Interest
  $ 425     $ 539  
Income taxes
    22       9  
 
See notes to consolidated financial statements.


All dollar amounts are in thousands except share and per share information or unless otherwise indicated.
 
Note 1 - Nature of Operations and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
 
Nature of Operations
 
Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation, referred to in these notes as “Evans & Sutherland,” “E&S,” or the “Company,” produces high-quality advanced visual display systems used primarily in full-dome video projection applications, dome projection screens and dome architectural treatments. E&S also produces unique content for planetariums, schools, science centers and other educational institutions and entertainment venues.  The Company’s products include state of the art planetarium and dome theater systems consisting of proprietary hardware and software, and other unique visual display systems primarily used to project digital video on large curved surfaces.  Additionally, E&S manufactures and installs metal domes with customized optical coatings and acoustical properties that are used for planetarium and dome theaters as well as many other unique custom applications.  The Company operates in one business segment, which is the visual simulation market.
 
Basis of Presentation
 
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Evans & Sutherland and its wholly owned subsidiaries.  All inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
 
Use of Estimates
 
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes.  The accounting estimates that require management’s most difficult and subjective judgments include revenue recognition based on the percentage-of-completion method, inventory reserves, allowance for doubtful accounts receivable, allowance for deferred income tax assets, impairment of long-lived assets, pension and retirement obligations and useful lives of depreciable assets.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original maturities of three or fewer months to be cash equivalents.  The Company maintains cash balances in bank accounts that, at times, exceed federally insured limits.  The Company has not experienced any losses in these accounts and believes it is not exposed to any significant risk with respect to cash.  As of December 31, 2014, cash deposits per bank statements, including restricted cash, exceeded the federally insured limits by approximately $7,848.
 
Restricted Cash
 
Restricted cash guarantees issued letters of credit that mature or expire within one year is reported as a current asset.  Restricted cash that guarantees issued letters of credit that mature or expire in more than one year are reported as a long-term other asset.  There was $0 and $90 of restricted cash included in other assets as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
 
Marketable Securities
 
The Company classifies its marketable debt and equity securities as available-for-sale.  Available-for-sale securities are recorded at fair value. Unrealized holding gains and losses, net of the related tax effect, are excluded from earnings and are reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) until realized.  Dividend and interest income are recognized when earned.  Realized gains and losses from the sale of securities are included in results of operations and are determined on the specific identification basis.  A decline in the market value that is deemed other-than-temporary results in a charge to other income (expense) and the establishment of a new cost basis for the investment.
 
Trade Accounts Receivable
 
In the normal course of business, E&S provides unsecured credit terms to its customers.  Accordingly, the Company maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts for possible losses on uncollectible accounts receivable.  The Company routinely analyzes accounts receivable and costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings, and considers history, customer creditworthiness, facts and circumstances specific to outstanding balances, current economic trends, and changes in payment terms when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful

 
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accounts receivable.  Changes in these factors could result in material differences to bad debt expense.  Past due balances are determined based on contractual terms and are reviewed individually for collectability. Uncollectible accounts receivable are charged against the allowance for doubtful accounts when management determines the probability of collection is remote.
 
The table below represents changes in E&S’s allowance for doubtful accounts receivable for the years ended December 31:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Beginning balance
  $ 277     $ 324  
Write-off of accounts receivable
    (47 )     (159 )
Increase (reduction) in estimated losses on accounts receivable
    (13 )     112  
    Ending balance
  $ 217     $ 277  
 
Inventories
 
Inventories include materials at standard costs, which approximate actual costs, as well as inventoried costs on programs and long-term contracts.  Inventoried costs include material, direct engineering and production costs, and applicable overhead, not in excess of estimated realizable value.  Spare parts and general stock materials are stated at cost not in excess of realizable value.  E&S periodically reviews inventories for excess supply, obsolescence, and valuations above estimated realizable amounts, and provides a reserve sufficient to reduce inventories to net realizable values.  Revisions of these estimates could impact net income (loss).
 
During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, E&S recognized losses on inventory impairment of $197 and $349 for obsolete and excess quantities of inventory, primarily related to the Evans & Sutherland Laser Projector.
 
Inventories as of December 31, were as follows:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Raw materials
  $ 5,468     $ 5,587  
Work-in-process
    1,678       234  
Finished goods
    233       223  
Reserve for obsolete inventory
    (3,216 )     (3,019 )
    Total inventories, net
  $ 4,163     $ 3,025  
 
Property and Equipment
 
Property and equipment are stated at cost.  Depreciation and amortization are computed using the straight-line method based on the estimated useful lives of the related assets.  Expenditures that materially increase values or capacities or extend useful lives of property and equipment are capitalized.  Leasehold improvements are assigned useful lives based on the shorter of their useful lives or the term of the related leases, including renewal options likely to be exercised.  Routine maintenance, repairs and renewal costs are expensed as incurred.  When property is retired or otherwise disposed of, the carrying values are removed from the property and equipment and the related accumulated depreciation and amortization accounts.  Depreciation and amortization are included in cost of sales, research and development or selling, general and administrative expenses depending on the nature of the asset.

 
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Depreciation expense was $418 and $528 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.  The cost and estimated useful lives of property and equipment and the total accumulated depreciation and amortization were as follows as of December 31:
 
   
Estimated
       
   
useful lives
   
2014
   
2013
 
Land
  n/a     $ 2,250     $ 2,250  
Buildings and improvements
 
5 - 40 years
      3,028       9,712  
Manufacturing machinery and equipment
 
3 - 8 years
      5,183       5,382  
Office furniture and equipment
 
3 - 8 years
      779       779  
    Total
          11,240       18,123  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
          (6,437 )     (10,718 )
     Net property and equipment
        $ 4,803     $ 7,405  
 
Goodwill
 
The Company tests its recorded goodwill for impairment on an annual basis during the fourth quarter, or more often if indicators of potential impairment exist, by determining if the carrying value of each reporting unit exceeds its estimated fair value. Factors that could trigger impairment include, but are not limited to, underperformance relative to historical or projected future operating results, significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired assets or the Company’s overall business and significant negative industry or economic trends. Future impairment reviews may require write-downs in the Company’s goodwill and could have a material adverse impact on the Company’s operating results for the periods in which such write-downs occur.

Intangible Assets

E&S amortizes the cost of intangible assets over their estimated useful lives. Amortizable intangible assets are reviewed at least annually to determine whether events and circumstances warrant a revision to the remaining period of amortization.  Amortization expense was $47 and $53 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Software Development Costs

Software development costs, if material, are capitalized from the date technological feasibility is achieved until the product is available for general release to customers.  Such costs were not material during the years presented.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying values of the assets may not be fully recoverable. When this occurs, the Company reviews the values assigned to long-lived assets by analyzing the anticipated, undiscounted cash flows they generate.  When the expected future undiscounted cash flows from these assets do not exceed their carrying values, the Company estimates the fair values of such assets. Impairment is recognized to the extent the carrying values of the assets exceed their estimated fair values.  Assets held for sale are reported at the lower of their carrying values or fair values less costs to sell.
 
Warranty Reserve
 
E&S provides a warranty reserve for estimated future costs of servicing products under warranty agreements extending for periods from 90 days to one year.  Anticipated costs for product warranties are based upon estimates derived from experience factors and are recorded at the time of sale or over the period revenues are recognized for long-term contracts.  Warranty reserves are classified as accrued liabilities in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.
 

 
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The table below represents changes in E&S’s warranty reserve for the years ended December 31:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Beginning balance
  $ 150     $ 145  
Additions to warranty reserve
    98       111  
Warranty costs
    (123 )     (106 )
     Ending balance
  $ 125     $ 150  
 
Revenue Recognition
 
Sales include revenues from system hardware, software, database products and service contracts.  The following table provides information on revenues by recognition method applied during the years:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Percentage of completion
  $ 14,085     $ 14,831  
Completed contract
    10,670       13,102  
Other
    1,711       1,650  
     Total sales
  $ 26,466     $ 29,583  
 
The following methods are used to record revenue:
 
Percentage of Completion. In arrangements that are longer in term and require significant production, modification or customization, revenue is recognized using the percentage-of-completion method.  In applying this method,  the Company utilizes the cost-to-cost methodology whereby it estimates the percent complete by calculating the ratio of costs incurred (consisting of material, labor and subcontracting costs, as well as an allocation of indirect costs) to its estimate of total anticipated costs.   This ratio is then utilized to determine the amount of gross profit earned based on its estimate of total gross profit at completion.  The Company routinely reviews estimates related to percentage-of-completion contracts and adjusts for changes in the period the revisions are made.  Billings on uncompleted percentage-of-completion contracts may be greater than or less than incurred costs and estimated earnings and are recorded as an asset or liability in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.
 
Completed Contract. Contract arrangements which typically require a relatively short period of time to complete the production, modification, and customization of products are accounted for using the completed contract method.  Accordingly, revenue is recognized upon delivery of the completed product, provided persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, title and risk of loss have transferred, the fee is fixed or determinable, and collection is reasonably assured.
 
Multiple Element Arrangements.  Some contracts include multiple elements.  Significant deliverables in such arrangements commonly include various hardware components of visual display systems, domes, show content and various service and maintenance elements.  Revenue earned on elements such as products, services and maintenance contracts are allocated to each element based on the relative fair values of the elements.  Relative fair values of elements are generally determined based on actual and estimated selling price.  Delivery times of such contracts typically occur within a three to six-month time period.
 
Other.  Other revenue consists primarily of amounts earned under maintenance contracts that are generally sold as a single element to customers.  Revenue from product maintenance contracts, including separately priced extended warranty contracts, is deferred and recognized over the period of performance under the contract.
 
Anticipated Losses.  For contracts with anticipated losses at completion, a provision is recorded when the loss is probable.  After an anticipated loss is recorded, subsequent revenue and cost of sales are recognized in equal, offsetting amounts as contract costs are incurred.
 
 
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Net Income (Loss) per Common Share
 
Net income (loss) per common share is computed based on the weighted-average number of common shares and, as appropriate, dilutive common stock equivalents outstanding during the year.  Stock options are common stock equivalents.
 
Basic income or loss per common share is based upon the average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the year. Potentially dilutive securities from stock options are discussed in Note 10.
 
Income Taxes
 
The Company uses the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes.  Under the asset and liability method, deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future income tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective income tax bases and operating loss and income tax credit carry-forwards.  Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred income tax assets and liabilities of a change in income tax rates is recognized in the period that includes the enactment date.
 
Other Comprehensive Loss
 
On a net basis for 2014 and 2013, there were deferred income tax assets resulting from items reflected in comprehensive loss.  However, E&S has determined that it is more likely than not that it will not realize such net deferred income tax assets and has therefore established a valuation allowance against the full amount of the net deferred income tax assets.  Accordingly, the net income tax effect of the items included in other comprehensive income (loss) is zero.  Therefore, the Company has included no income tax expense or benefit in relation to items reflected in other comprehensive income (loss).
 
The components of accumulated other comprehensive loss were as follows as of December 31:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Additional minimum pension liability
  $ (33,625 )   $ (17,608 )
Net unrealized holding losses on marketable securities
    -       (1 )
     Total accumulated other comprehensive loss
  $ (33,625 )   $ (17,609 )
 
Leases
 
The Company recognizes scheduled rent increases on a straight-line basis over the lease term, which may include optional lease renewal terms. Deferred rent income and expense are recognized to reflect the difference between the rent paid or received in the current period and the calculated straight-line amount.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers ("ASU 2014-09"). ASU 2014-09 provides for a single, principles-based model for revenue recognition that replaces existing revenue recognition guidance. ASU 2014-09 is effective for annual and interim periods beginning on or after December 15, 2016. It permits the use of either a retrospective or cumulative effect transition method and early adoption is not permitted. The Company has not yet selected a transition method and is in the process of evaluating the effect this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.
 
In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-15, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. This standard sets forth management’s responsibility to evaluate, each reporting period, whether there is substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern, and if so, to provide related footnote disclosures. The standard is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within annual periods ending after December 15, 2016. The Company is currently assessing the impact, if any, of implementing this guidance.

 
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Liquidity
 
The Company has experienced recurring annual losses since 2007 except for 2013. Furthermore, as of December 31, 2014, the unfunded obligation of the Company’s qualified defined benefit pension plan (“Pension Plan”), as measured for accounting purposes, amounted to $35,111, contributing to a total stockholders’ deficit of $30,703 as of December 31, 2014.  Aided by prior cost reduction efforts and improved 2013 sales volume, the Company reported annual net income for 2013 but incurred a net loss of $1,305 for 2014. The Company does not believe it can sustain and improve annual profitability at sufficient levels to fund its existing Pension Plan obligation. In order to preserve the liquid resources required to operate the business, the Company stopped making cash payments due to the Pension Plan trust beginning in October 2012. The Company initiated an application process for the distress termination of the Pension Plan in accordance with provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) which it believes will result in a settlement of its Pension Plan liabilities on terms that are feasible for the Company to continue in business as a going concern through 2015 and beyond. Because of the payments due to the Pension Trust, a lien in favor of the Pension Plan has arisen against the assets of the Company. On October 3, 2014, the lender for the Company’s Spitz Inc. (“Spitz”) subsidiary’s mortgage notes, a commercial bank, notified the Company that the liens placed on the Company assets by the Pension Plan constituted an event of default under the mortgage notes’ credit agreements.  Citing cross default terms, the bank suspended borrowings on the Spitz $1,100 working capital line of credit. The bank has not elected to accelerate the payment of the mortgage loan balance or exercise any other remedies available upon an event of default. The bank expressed interest in a continuing credit relationship upon satisfactory settlement of the pension liabilities and agreed to forbear from exercising any further remedies until March 31, 2015. The mortgage balances totaled $2,362 as of December 31, 2014. The Company has not used the Spitz $1,100 working capital line of credit since 2011 and, if necessary, the Company believes that it will have sufficient funds to satisfy the Spitz mortgage note balances if the bank were to accelerate the maturity under its default remedy. However, the Company further believes that it will conclude a satisfactory settlement with the PBGC within a time frame acceptable to the bank. The Company continues to progress through the termination process toward a settlement; however, as of the date of this filing, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome and it cannot provide assurance that its expectations set forth above will occur in a timely manner or at all.

Note 2 – Marketable Securities

The Company has classified its marketable securities as available for sale.  Realized gains on marketable securities totaled $1 and $27 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The securities were sold during the year ended December 31, 2014.  The following table summarizes the Company’s marketable securities’ adjusted cost, gross unrealized gains (losses) and fair value as of December 31, 2013:

   
December 31, 2013
 
   
Adjusted
   
Unrealized
   
Unrealized
   
Fair
 
   
Cost
   
Gains
   
Losses
   
Value
 
Mutual funds - debt securities
  $ 184     $ -     $ (1 )   $ 183  
Money market mutual funds
    46       -       -       46  
     Total
  $ 230     $ -     $ (1 )   $ 229  
 
The Company considers the declines in market value of its marketable securities to be temporary in nature.  The investments consist of mutual funds selected according to an asset allocation policy of capital preservation.   When evaluating the investments for other-than-temporary impairment, the Company reviews factors such as the length of time and extent to which fair value has been below cost basis, the financial condition of the issuer and any changes thereto, and the Company’s intent to sell the investment before recovery of the investment’s amortized cost basis. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company did not recognize any other-than-temporary impairment charges on outstanding securities.

 
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Fair Value Measurements

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.  To increase the comparability of fair value measures, the following hierarchy prioritizes the inputs according to valuation methodologies used to measure fair value:

Level 1—Observable inputs reflecting quoted prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets
Level 2—Observable inputs (other than Level 1) directly or indirectly observable in the marketplace
Level 3—Unobservable inputs supported by little or no market activity

Marketable securities are classified within Level 1 because the underlying investments have readily available quoted market prices.

Marketable securities measured at fair value on a recurring basis are summarized below:

Description
 
December 31, 2013
   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
 
Assets:
                       
  Mutual funds - debt securities
  $ 183     $ 183     $ -     $ -  
  Money market mutual funds
    46       46       -       -  
       Total
  $ 229     $ 229     $ -     $ -  
                                 
Note 3 – Definite-Lived Intangible Assets and Goodwill

Definite-lived intangible assets consisted of the following as of December 31, 2014 and 2013:

         
December 31,
 
         
2014
   
2013
 
   
Weighted Avg. Amortization Period in Years
   
Gross Carrying Amount
   
Accumulated Amortization
   
Gross Carrying Amount
   
Accumulated Amortization
 
Class
Maintenance and legacy
   customers
    10     $ 350     $ (308 )   $ 350     $ (281 )
Planetarium shows
    10       280       (254 )     280       (234 )
     Total
    10     $ 630     $ (562 )   $ 630     $ (515 )
                                         
Amortization expense for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 was $47 and $53, respectively.

Maintenance and legacy customers and planetarium shows represent the value of definite-lived intangibles that were identified in the acquisition of Spitz in 2006.
 
 
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Estimated future amortization expense is as follows as of December 31, 2014:

   
Years Ending December 31,
 
Class
 
2015
   
2016
 
Maintenance and legacy customers
  $ 27     $ 15  
Planetarium shows
    14       12  
     Total
  $ 41     $ 27  
                 

Goodwill of $635 resulted from the acquisition of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Spitz, and was measured as the excess of the $2,884 purchase consideration paid over the fair value of the net assets acquired. The Company has made its annual assessment of impairment of goodwill and has concluded that goodwill is not impaired as of December 31, 2014.

Note 4 - Costs and Estimated Earnings on Uncompleted Contracts
 
Comparative information with respect to uncompleted contracts as of December 31:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Total accumulated costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts
  $ 48,295     $ 28,402  
Less total billings on uncompleted contracts
    (51,772 )     (29,369 )
    $ (3,477 )   $ (967 )
                 
The above amounts are reported in the consolidated balance sheets as of December 31 as follows:
               
      2014       2013  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts
  $ 1,699     $ 2,391  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts
    (5,176 )     (3,358 )
    $ (3,477 )   $ (967 )
 
Note 5 – Leases and gain on disposal of building assets
 
The Company occupies real property and uses certain equipment under lease arrangements that are accounted for as operating leases.  The Company’s real property leases contain escalation clauses.  Rental expense for all operating leases for 2014 and 2013 was $230 and $161, respectively.
 
On November 4, 2014, the Company agreed to an extension of its real estate lease for its corporate office buildings for a term of 5 years. The previous lease term included a repurchase option and was recorded as a financing obligation (see Note 7). Under the lease extension, the repurchase option expired and the extended lease term is recorded as an operating lease. Base annual rent for the extended 5-year term will be is $548.

The extension of the lease for 5 years without a repurchase option was recorded as a disposal of building assets with a book value of $2,532. The extinguishment of the lease obligation recorded as debt in the amount of $3,152 represented consideration received for the disposal. The disposal of the building assets and extinguishment of the lease financing obligation resulted in a gain on the disposal of the building assets in the amount of $620. Accounting for a sale leaseback transaction was applied and, as a result, the $620 gain on the disposal of the building assets was deferred and will be recognized ratably over the five-year term of the new operating lease. The amount of the gain on the building asset disposal recognized in 2014 was $21.

There was also a deferred rent credit of $1,526 which was extinguished as a result of the new operating lease. The deferred rent credit represented previously recorded but unpaid rent expense for the prior long-term land lease in accordance with straight-line lease accounting. Because, under the new 5-year operating lease, the Company will no longer be obligated or expected to pay the unpaid rent expense reflected in the deferred rent credit, the $1,526 balance is extinguished and represents additional gain as a result of the new lease extension.  The $1,526 gain from

 
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the extinguishment of the deferred rent credit will be recognized ratably over the five-year term of the new operating lease. The amount of the gain from the extinguishment of the deferred rent credit recognized in 2014 was $51.

Future minimum rent expense payments under the new operating lease and the remaining deferred gain from the disposal of the building assets and deferred rent credit to be recognized are as follows:
 
Years Ending December 31,
Rent Expense
   
Gain on
Building
   
Deferred Rent
Credit
2015
$ 549     $ (124 )   $ (305)
2016
  549       (124 )     (305)
2017
  549       (124 )     (305)
2018
  565       (124 )     (305)
2019
  475       (106 )     (255)
     Total
$ 2,687     $ (602 )   $ (1,475)
 
There are no other lease obligations that have initial or remaining non-cancelable lease terms in excess of one year.
 
Note 6 - Employee Retirement Benefit Plans
 
Pension Plan
 
The Pension Plan is a qualified defined benefit pension plan funded by Company contributions. The Pension Plan was frozen in 2002.  Benefits at normal retirement age (65) are based upon the employees’ years of service as of the date of the curtailment for employees not yet retired, and the employees’ compensation prior to the curtailment.
 
Distress Termination Application
 
On January 7, 2013, the Company submitted a PBGC Form 600 Distress Termination, Notice of Intent to Terminate, to the PBGC. The notice filing initiated an application process by the Company with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) for the distress termination of the Pension Plan. The Pension Plan benefits are guaranteed by the ERISA Title IV insurance fund, which is administered by the PBGC. The Company has proposed a termination date of March 8, 2013. Through the application process, the Company’s intent has been to demonstrate to the PBGC that it qualifies for a distress termination of the Pension Plan under either of two of the criteria of Section 4041(c)(2) of ERISA (inability to continue in business absent termination and unreasonably increased pension costs) and applicable PBGC regulations. To satisfy the criteria, the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary each must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the PBGC that, unless the termination occurs, the Company will be unable to pay its debts when they come due and will be unable to continue in business, or that the costs of the Pension Plan have become unreasonably burdensome solely as a result of a decline in the workforce covered by the Plan. A distress termination under Section 4041(c)(2) of ERISA would transfer the Pension Plan’s benefit obligations to the PBGC, up to ERISA guaranteed limits, without requiring reorganization under bankruptcy law. The Pension Plan’s actuary has informed the Company that following termination of the Plan and subject to the PBGC’s review of participant benefits, all of the benefits earned by participants as of the date of plan termination are expected to fall within ERISA guaranteed limits.

If the distress termination application is approved, the Company’s unfunded obligation of the Pension Plan would be replaced by a new Pension Plan termination liability to the PBGC, determined by the Pension Plan’s underfunding on a termination basis pursuant to ERISA, PBGC regulations, and other applicable legal authority, along with an ERISA special termination premium.  The Company would also be liable for any unpaid contributions to the Pension Plan (which in substance is a subset of plan termination liability) and annual insurance premiums for the Pension Plan, along with any interest and penalties. While the full Pension Plan termination liability and other pension related liabilities due to the PBGC would likely be greater than the unfunded obligation of the Pension Plan as currently reported in the Company’s financial statements, the Company is in discussions with the PBGC to negotiate a settlement of such liabilities on terms that are feasible for the Company to continue in business as a going concern, which is consistent with the purposes of the statute.

 
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The Company’s goal in seeking a distress termination of the Pension Plan is to ensure that the pension benefits of all Pension Plan participants are paid up to federally guaranteed limits and that the Company continues to operate as a going concern while avoiding the costly damage and disruption to the business which would result from bankruptcy reorganization. The Company has been pursuing a conclusion of the process and a settlement of the resulting liabilities. Based upon recent correspondence with the PBGC, the Company believes that the application process will likely result in a settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that will enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern. However, as of the date of this filing, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome.
 
Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan
 
The Company maintains an unfunded Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (“SERP”).  The SERP provides eligible executives defined pension benefits, outside the Pension Plan, based on average salary, years of service and age at retirement.  The SERP was amended in 2002 to discontinue further SERP gains from future salary increases and close the SERP to new participants.
 
401(k) Deferred Savings Plan
 
The Company has a deferred savings plan that qualifies under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The 401(k) plan covers all employees of the Company who have at least one year of service and who are age 18 or older.  Matching contributions are made on employee contributions after the employee has achieved one year of service.  Extra matching contributions can be made based on profitability and other financial and operational considerations.  No extra matching contributions have been made to date.  Contributions to the 401(k) plan for 2014 and 2013 were $197 and $175, respectively.
 
Obligations and Funded Status for Pension Plan and SERP
 
E&S uses a December 31 measurement date for both the Pension Plan and the SERP.
 
Information concerning the obligations, plan assets and funded status of employee retirement defined benefit plans are provided below:
 
 
 
   
Pension Plan
 
SERP
 
   
2014
 
2013
 
2014
   
2013
 
Changes in benefit obligation
                   
Projected benefit obligation as of beginning of the year
  $ 48,091   $ 53,075   $ 4,846     $ 5,571  
Service cost
    -     -     -       -  
Interest cost
    2,275     1,591     218       164  
Actuarial (gain) loss
    14,942     (6,000 )   308       (389 )
Benefits paid
    (477 )   (575 )   (501 )     (500 )
Settlement payments
    -     -     -       -  
  Projected benefit obligation as of end of the year
  $ 64,831   $ 48,091   $ 4,871     $ 4,846  
                             
   
Pension Plan
 
SERP
 
Changes in plan assets
    2014     2013     2014       2013  
Fair value of plan assets as of beginning of the year
  $ 29,073   $ 24,760   $ -     $ -  
Actual return on plan assets
    1,125     4,785     -       -  
Contributions
    -     103     501       500  
Benefits paid
    (477 )   (575 )   (501 )     (500 )
Settlements payments
    -     -     -       -  
   Fair value of plan assets as of end of the year
  $ 29,721   $ 29,073   $ -     $ -  
 
 
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Pension Plan
   
SERP
 
   
2014
   
2013
   
2014
   
2013
 
Net Amount Recognized
                       
Unfunded status
  $ (35,111 )   $ (19,018 )   $ (4,871 )   $ (4,846 )
Accrued PBGC insurance premiums
    (629 )     (234 )     -       -  
Unrecognized net actuarial loss
    31,971       16,261       1,713       1,455  
Unrecognized prior service cost
    -       -       (59 )     (107 )
   Net amount recognized
  $ (3,769 )   $ (2,991 )   $ (3,217 )   $ (3,498 )
 
Amounts recognized in the consolidated balance sheets consisted of:
 
   
Pension Plan
   
SERP
 
   
2014
   
2013
   
2014
   
2013
 
Accrued liability
  $ (35,111 )   $ (19,018 )   $ (4,871 )   $ (4,846 )
Accrued PBGC insurance premiums
    (629 )     (234 )     -       -  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    31,971       16,261       1,654       1,348  
   Net amount recognized
  $ (3,769 )   $ (2,991 )   $ (3,217 )   $ (3,498 )
 
Components of net periodic benefit cost:
 
   
Pension Plan
   
SERP
 
   
2014
   
2013
   
2014
   
2013
 
Service cost
  $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Interest cost
    2,275       1,591       218       164  
Expected return on assets
    (2,298 )     (1,841 )     -       -  
Amortization of actuarial loss
    406       709       50       68  
Amortization of prior year service cost
    -       -       (49 )     (48 )
Settlement charge
    -       -       -       -  
   Net periodic benefit cost
    383       459       219       184  
Other pension related expenses
    545       322       -       -  
    $ 928     $ 781     $ 219     $ 184  
 
Additional information
 
Pension expense was $1,147 for the year ended December 31, 2014, which included net periodic benefit expense of $383 for the pension, $219 for the SERP, $394 of insurance premiums due to the PBGC and $151 of federal excise tax related to non-payment of minimum pension funding requirements. Pension expense was $965 for the year ended December 31, 2013, which included net periodic benefit expense of $459 for the pension, $184 for the SERP, $234 of insurance premiums due to the PBGC and $88 of federal excise tax related to non-payment of minimum pension funding requirements.
 
There was an unrecognized net actuarial loss of $15,710 in 2014 due to a decrease in the discount rate used to remeasure the Pension Plan of 4.8% as of December 31, 2013 compared to 3.8% as of December 31, 2014.  There was an unrecognized net actuarial gain of $9,653 in 2013 due to an increase in the discount rate used to remeasure the Pension Plan of 3.1% as of December 31, 2012 compared to 4.8% as of December 31, 2013.  The discount rate is estimated based on an index of similar fixed income securities. During 2015, E&S expects to recognize $782 of accumulated other comprehensive loss as a component of 2015 net periodic benefit cost.
 
There was an increase to the SERP minimum liability recorded in other comprehensive income of $307 in 2014, compared to a decrease of $409 in 2013.  The increase in 2014 reflected the decrease to the discount rate used to measure the SERP as of December 31, 2014 of 3.8% compared to 4.8% as of December 31, 2013.
 
 
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Assumptions
 
The weighted average assumptions used to remeasure benefit obligations as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 included a discount rate of 4.8% and 3.1%, respectively, for the Pension Plan and SERP.  The weighted average assumptions used to determine net periodic cost for the periods ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 included a discount rate of 4.8% and 3.1%, respectively, in each period for the Pension Plan and SERP. The weighted average assumption used to determine an expected long-term rate of return on Pension Plan assets was 8.0%.
 
The long-term rate of return on plan assets was estimated as the weighted average expected return of each of the asset classes in the target allocation of plan assets.  The expected return of each asset class is based on historical market returns.
 
Pension Plan Assets
 
The Pension Plan’s weighted-average asset allocations and weighted-average targeted asset allocations for each of the years presented are as follows:
 
         
2014
   
2013
 
Asset allocation category of plan assets
 
Target %
   
Actual %
   
Actual %
 
Mutual funds - equity securities
    60       61       61  
Mutual funds - debt securities
    25       39       38  
Real estate investment trust
    5       -       -  
Hedge funds
    10       -       -  
Cash and cash equivalents
    -       -       1  
 
The asset allocation policy, consistent with the long-term growth objectives of the Pension Plan, is to invest on a diversified basis among various asset classes as determined by the Pension Plan Administrative Committee.  Assets will be invested in a manner that will provide for long-term growth with a goal to achieve returns equal to or greater than applicable benchmarks.  Investments will be managed by registered investment advisors.

No securities of the Company were part of the Pension Plan assets as of December 31, 2014 or 2013.

Fair Value Measurements

The Pension Plan assets include a significant amount of mutual funds invested in equity and debt securities that are classified within Level 1 because the underlying investments have readily available market prices. Fair values of real estate investments within the real estate investment trust are classified as Level 3 because they were valued using real estate valuation techniques and other methods that include reference to third-party sources and sales comparables where available.  Hedge fund investments are classified in Level 2 and the fair values are generally calculated from pricing models with market input parameters from third-party sources.  The Pension Plan assets fair value measurements are summarized below:


Description
 
December 31, 2014
   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
 
Pension Plan Assets:
                       
  Mutual funds - equity securities
  $ 18,227     $ 18,227     $ -     $ -  
  Mutual funds - debt securities
    11,449       11,449       -       -  
  Money market mutual funds
    45       45       -       -  
    Total
  $ 29,721     $ 29,721     $ -     $ -  

 
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Description
 
December 31, 2013
   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
 
Pension Plan Assets:
                       
  Mutual funds - equity securities
  $ 17,871     $ 17,871     $ -     $ -  
  Mutual funds - debt securities
    10,924       10,924       -       -  
  Hedge fund
    243       -       243       -  
  Money market mutual funds
    35       35       -       -  
    Total
  $ 29,073     $ 28,830     $ 243     $ -  

Cash Flows
 
Employer contributions
 
Through September 15, 2012, the Company’s funding policy was to contribute to the Pension Plan trust amounts sufficient to satisfy regulatory funding standards, based upon independent actuarial valuations. Beginning in October 2012, the Company discontinued this policy in order to preserve necessary liquidity. As a result, a lien in favor of the PBGC has arisen against the assets of the Company to secure aggregate unpaid contributions which amount to $6,979, including interest, as of January 15, 2015, which is the date the most recent contribution was due. Independent actuarial valuations have determined that additional contributions of approximately $4,009 will become due through January 15, 2016. The Company’s legal counsel has advised that the PBGC usually does not take enforcement action under its lien rights while it is still considering the application for the distress termination which is consistent with the Company’s dialog with the PBGC through the application process. Based upon recent correspondence with the PBGC, the Company believes that the application process will likely result in a settlement of the Pension Plan liabilities on terms that will enable the Company to continue to operate as a going concern, although there can be no assurance as to the timing and ultimate outcome of such settlement discussions.
 
The Company is not currently required to fund the SERP.  All benefit payments are made by E&S directly to those who receive benefits from the SERP.  As such, these payments are treated as both contributions and benefits paid for reporting purposes.
 
The Company expects to contribute and pay benefits of approximately $535 related to the SERP in 2015.
 
Estimated future benefit payments
 
As of December 31, 2014, the following benefits are expected to be paid based on actuarial estimates and prior experience:
 
Years Ending
 
Pension
       
December 31,
 
Plan
   
SERP
 
2015
  $ 909     $ 535  
2016
    1,227       504  
2017
    1,539       507  
2018
    1,909       474  
2019
    2,252       429  
2020-2024
    15,744       2,046  
 
 
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Note 7 –Debt
 
Long-term debt consisted of the following as of December 31, 2014 and 2013:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
First mortgage note payable due in monthly installments of $23 (interest
  at 5.75%) through January 1, 2024; payment and rate subject to
  adjustment every 3 years, next adjustment January 14, 2016
  $ 1,957     $ 2,116  
Second mortgage note payable due in monthly installments of $4 (interest
  at 5.75%) through October 1, 2028; payment and rate subject to
  adjustment every 5 years, next adjustment October 1, 2018
    405       423  
Sale/leaseback financing
    -       2,818  
  Total debt
    2,362       5,357  
  Current portion of long-term debt
    (2,362 )     (2,995 )
    Long-term debt, net of current portion
  $ -     $ 2,362  
 
Mortgage Notes

The first mortgage note payable represents the balance on a $3,200 note (“First Mortgage Note”) issued on January 14, 2004 by Spitz. The First Mortgage Note requires repayment in monthly installments of principal and interest over 20 years.  On each third anniversary of the First Mortgage Note, the interest rate is adjusted to the greater of 5.75% or 3% over the Three-Year Constant Maturity Treasury Rate published by the United States Federal Reserve (“3YCMT”).  The monthly installment is recalculated on the first month following a change in the interest rate. The recalculated monthly installment is equal to the monthly installment sufficient to repay the principal balance, as of the date of the change in the interest rate, over the remaining portion of the original 20-year term.  On January 15, 2014, the 3YCMT was 0.81% and the interest rate on the First Mortgage Note remained at 5.75% per annum. As a result, the monthly installment amount remained at $23.

The second mortgage note payable represents the balance on a $500 note (“Second Mortgage Note”) issued on September 11, 2008 by Spitz. The Second Mortgage Note requires repayment in monthly installments of principal and interest over 20 years.  On each fifth anniversary of the Second Mortgage Note, the interest rate is adjusted to the greater of 5.75% or 3% over 3YCMT.  The monthly installment is recalculated on the first month following a change in the interest rate. The recalculated monthly installment is equal to the monthly installment sufficient to repay the principal balance, as of the date of the change in the interest rate, over the remaining portion of the original 20-year term.  On September 11, 2013, the fifth anniversary of the Second Mortgage Note, the 3YCMT was 0.88%. As a result, interest continues at 5.75% until possible adjustment on the next 5-year anniversary. The monthly installment also remains unchanged at $4.

The Mortgage Notes are secured by the real property occupied by Spitz pursuant to a Mortgage and Security Agreement.  The real property had a carrying value of $4,425 as of December 31, 2014. The Mortgage Notes are guaranteed by E&S.

On October 3, 2014, the holder of the mortgage notes, a commercial bank, notified the Company that the liens placed on the Company’s assets by the Pension Plan constituted an event of default under the mortgage notes’ loan agreements. The commercial bank has agreed to forbear from exercising any further remedies, other than suspension of advances under the working capital line of credit, until March 31, 2015 while the Company negotiates the settlement of its pension liabilities. The agreement to forbear from exercising any further remedies is subject to the Company continuing to make debt service payments under the mortgage note agreements, the occurrence of no further adverse events in the condition of the Company and the Company’s agreement to the incorporation of the financial covenants in the line of credit agreement as additional covenants in the mortgage loan agreements effective immediately and continuing until the loans are paid in full. One of the covenants requires Spitz to maintain tangible net worth of at least $6,000 measured upon issuance of quarterly and annual financial statements. As of the end of the second and third quarter of 2014, Spitz’ tangible net worth was measured at $5,914 and $5,801, respectively. The commercial bank has granted a waiver of the event of default for the failure of Spitz to maintain tangible net

 
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worth of at least $6,000 as of the end of the second and third quarter of 2014.  The measurement of Spitz’ tangible net worth as of December 31, 2014 will not be completed until the issuance of separate Spitz 2014 annual financial statements after the issuance of this Form 10-K. The Company expects that the Spitz’ tangible net worth as of December 31, 2014 will measure at approximately $5,700. The commercial bank has advised the Company that is agreeable to granting a waiver for the failure of Spitz to maintain tangible net worth of at least $6,000 as of December 31, 2014. In the future, the Company believes that it will be able to comply with the additional covenants based on forecasts and management of intercompany accounts payable and receivable. Upon settlement of the pension liabilities, the Pension Plan liens will be replaced by consensual liens in favor of the PBGC which will be subordinate to the commercial bank’s lien under terms agreeable to the commercial bank. If necessary, the Company believes that it will have sufficient funds to satisfy the Spitz mortgage note balances, which total $2,362 as of December 31, 2014, if the bank were to accelerate the maturity under its default remedy. However, the Company further believes that it will conclude a satisfactory settlement with the PBGC by March 31, 2015 or within an extended time frame acceptable to the bank. The Company continues to progress through the termination process toward a settlement; however, as of the date of this filing, the Company is uncertain of the timing or the ultimate outcome and it cannot provide assurance that its expectations set forth above will occur in a timely manner or at all.
 
Line of Credit

The Company is a party to a Credit Agreement with a commercial bank which until October 3, 2014, permitted borrowings of up to $1,100 to fund Spitz working capital requirements. Under the agreement interest would be charged on amounts borrowed at the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate.  Any borrowings under the Credit Agreement would be secured by Spitz real and personal property and all of the outstanding shares of Spitz common stock. The Credit Agreement and Mortgage Notes contain cross default provisions whereby the default of either agreement will result in the default of both agreements. On October 3, 2014, the commercial bank notified the Company that it is no longer obligated to make advances under the credit agreement and elected to suspend future advances because of events of default on loan covenants resulting from the liens placed on the Company’s assets by the Pension Plan. The Company expects that upon settlement of the pension liabilities, it will be able to comply with covenants as required by the commercial bank to permit new borrowings for potential working capital requirements. There were no borrowings outstanding under the Credit Agreement during 2014 and 2013 and, as of December 31, 2014, there was no amount outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
 
Sale/Leaseback Financing

In November 2009, the Company completed a purchase agreement with a buyer, Wasatch Research Park I, LLC (“Wasatch”) to sell its corporate office buildings and its interest in the lease for the land occupied by the buildings in Utah for $2,500.  Under the agreement, E&S transferred legal title of the buildings including improvements and assigned the related land lease to Wasatch. E&S also entered into a sublease agreement to lease back the land and building for rent of $501 per year, of which $126 represents the land lease and $375 represents the building lease.   The sublease agreement had a term of 5 years with an option for two subsequent 5-year renewal periods.  The agreement provided the Company with a 5-year option to repurchase all of the buildings under lease or only one of the buildings known as the Substation along with the lease interest in the land. In 2011, Rocky Mountain Power (“RMP”), a public utility company, obtained a decree of condemnation of the Substation so that RMP may repurpose the Substation for public use. As such, the Company no longer had the option to buy the Substation.
 
The arrangement was accounted for as a financing and no sale was recorded because the Company had the right to repurchase the property.  Therefore, the assets representing the building and improvements remained in property and equipment and the Company recorded the net proceeds of the sale as long-term debt. The $126 portion of the sublease payment attributable to the land lease was equivalent to the payment under the assigned land lease and therefore was subject to the same rent escalations the Company was bound to before the assignment. The land lease portion of the sublease payment was recorded as rent expense consistent with the treatment of the prior land lease payment before the assignment of the lease. The $375 portion of the sublease agreement attributable to the building lease was accounted for as debt service under the financing transaction.  The net proceeds of the financing amounted to $2,329 consisting of the $2,500 sales price less a security deposit of $125, prorated building rent of $15 and the

 
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first monthly payment of $31. E&S recorded interest expense at a rate of approximately 20% imputed from the estimated cash flows assuming it would exercise the option to repurchase the property at the end of the 5-year term.

The repurchase transaction was required to have been completed by October 31, 2014. On November 4, 2014, the Company agreed to an extension of its current lease for a term of 5 years. As a condition of the extension, the Company will no longer have a right to repurchase the buildings. Base annual rent for the extended 5-year term will be is $548.

The extension of the lease for 5 years without a repurchase option resulted in a new operating lease and the extinguishment of the lease debt obligation in the amount of $3,152 along with the disposal of building assets amounting to $2,532. As a result, there was a gain on the disposal of the building assets in the amount of $620 which was deferred under sale leaseback accounting rules (see Note 5).
 
Note 8 - Income Taxes
 
The Company recognizes the financial statement benefit of a tax position only after determining that the relevant tax authority would more likely than not sustain the position following an audit. For tax positions meeting the more-likely-than-not threshold, the amount recognized in the financial statements is the largest benefit that has a greater than 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the relevant tax authority.  The Company is subject to audit by the IRS and various states for tax years dating back to 2010.  The Company recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.
 
Income tax for 2014 and 2013 consisted of $23 and $97, respectively, of federal and state income taxes. The actual expense differs from the expected tax benefit (provision) as computed by applying the U.S. federal statutory income tax rate of 34 percent for 2014 and 2013, as follows:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Income tax benefit (provision) at U.S. federal statutory rate
  $ 436     $ (432 )
State tax benefit (provision) (net of federal income tax benefit)
    42       (131 )
Research and development and foreign tax credits
    -       (630 )
Change in cash surrender value of life insurance
    -       -  
Change in valuation allowance attributable to operations
    (332 )     2,123  
Other, net
    (169 )     (1,027 )
  Income tax provision
  $ (23 )   $ (97 )
 
The tax effects of temporary differences that give rise to significant portions of the deferred income tax assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 are as follows:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Deferred income tax assets:
           
Property and equipment, principally due to differences in depreciation
  $ 845     $ 966  
Inventory reserves and other inventory-related temporary basis differences
    663       603  
Warranty, vacation, deferred rent and other liabilities
    1,114       858  
Retirement liabilities
    2,427       2,255  
Net operating loss carryforwards
    63,511       63,529  
Credit carryforwards
    825       825  
Other
    944       961  
     Total deferred income tax assets
    70,329       69,997  
     Less valuation allowance
    (70,329 )     (69,997 )
Net deferred income tax assets
  $ -     $ -  
 
 
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Worldwide income (loss) before income taxes consisted of the following:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
United States
  $ (1,282 )   $ 1,270  
International
    -       -  
    Total
  $ (1,282 )   $ 1,270  
 
Income tax (provision) benefit consisted of the following:
 
   
2014
   
2013
 
Current
           
  U.S. federal
  $ -     $ (30 )
  State
    (23 )     (67 )
  International
    -       -  
    Total
  $ (23 )   $ (97 )
Deferred
               
  U.S. federal
  $ 985     $ (1,172 )<