Zoltek Reports Growth And Profitable Results In Fourth Quarter

Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:40pm EST

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - November 29, 2011 - Zoltek Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZOLT) today reported a 38.6% increase in sales for the fourth quarter of its 2011 fiscal year ended September 30, over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, Zoltek reported net sales of $43.1 million, compared to $31.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  Zoltek reported an operating income of $1.0 million for the latest quarter and net income of $4.6 million.  In the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year, Zoltek reported an operating loss of $1.9 million and a net loss of $0.4 million.

For fiscal 2011 as a whole, Zoltek's net sales were $151.7 million, compared to $128.5 million in fiscal 2010, an increase of 18.1%.  Zoltek reported an operating loss of $4.7 million and a net loss of $3.6 million for the year just ended, compared to an operating loss of $10.6 million and a net loss of $6.3 million in fiscal 2010.

"We are pleased to report improved results for the latest quarter and steadily improving results for fiscal 2011 as a whole. We are excited and optimistic about our prospects for accelerating growth and further improvement in our performance in fiscal 2012 and beyond," Zsolt Rumy, Zoltek's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said.   "We are seeing significant expansion in our sector of the wind energy market - using our carbon fibers in the construction of the world's biggest and most efficient wind turbines. We believe this sector will continue to grow because it is economically viable and less government dependent. We are actively executing our plans to capitalize on several important opportunities to support this expansion in 2012 and 2013."

"Over the last two years, we have added sales and support personnel in Asia and entered into negotiations with customers and potential customers in international high growth wind energy markets.  Zoltek now offers an array of services and products that enable wind turbine manufacturers around the world to work with our carbon fibers. Our value-added products and services include assistance in the design of blades, prepregs (carbon fiber material pre-impregnated with resin) and infusible fabrics, and tooling design using application equipment."

In anticipation of large expected increases in 2012 and beyond, Zoltek re-started the Company's precursor and carbon fiber lines in Mexico.  In addition, Zoltek has taken a major step toward growing its carbon fiber prepreg capabilities by opening a new 135,000 square foot facility outside of St. Louis, Missouri.  "One of our goals is to leverage our leadership in commercial carbon fibers to become the leading provider of carbon fiber prepreg in the global marketplace over the next few years," Rumy said.  "Zoltek's research and development center, to support our targeted applications with high volume manufacturing and processing technologies, also will be located at this new facility."

Further Zoltek has redesigned its website (www.zoltek.com) to highlight  the most important and promising applications for carbon fiber and to showcase the Company's products and services in a customer or user friendly way. The Applications section of the website includes details on Zoltek's carbon fiber offerings for the following industries:  wind energy, automotive, offshore drilling, infrastructure, CNG / pressure vehicles, thermoplastic compounding, marine, energy storage, friction resistance and sporting goods.

Zoltek will host a conference call to review fourth quarter/fiscal year-end results and answer questions on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 10:00 am CT.  The conference dial-in number is (888) 286-2317.  The confirmation code is 4603225.  Individuals who wish to participate should dial in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. This conference call will also be webcast on Zoltek's website - www.zoltek.com - under "Investor Relations - Quarterly Reports."  The webcast replay will be available on the website several hours after the call.

For further information contact:
Zsolt Rumy, Chairman and CEO
3101 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO 63044
(314) 291-5110

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