Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that for the second quarter of 2020 the Company reported net sales of $130.3 million and diluted earnings of $1.05 per share, compared with net sales of $96.3 million and diluted earnings of 35¢ per share in the second quarter of 2019.
For the six months ended June 27, 2020, net sales were $253.9 million and diluted earnings were $1.91 per share. For the corresponding period in 2019, net sales were $210.4 million and diluted earnings were $1.09 per share.
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared two dividends:
Both dividends are for shareholders of record as of August 14, 2020, and are payable on August 28, 2020.
Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Killoy commented on the $5.00 per share special dividend, "Given our strong operational and financial performance, including our consistently positive cashflow, and our current cash balance of $227 million, we are returning some of our cash to shareholders. Our remaining cash holdings will allow us to continue to invest in capital expenditures in support of our commitment to new product development and innovation, maintain our quarterly dividend, and pursue opportunities that would further generate shareholder value."
Mr. Killoy commented on the financial results for the second quarter of 2020, "Consumer demand, which began to surge in the latter stages on the first quarter, continued to intensify in the second quarter. This increased demand appears to be driven, in part, by concerns about personal protection and home defense stemming from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic; protests, demonstrations, and civil unrest in many cities throughout the United States; and the call, by some, for the reduction in funding and authority of various law enforcement organizations. As a result of this oversized demand, inventories were significantly reduced at all levels in the channel during the second quarter."
Mr. Killoy commented on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Company, "The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cast uncertainty throughout the global economy. Nevertheless, any adverse financial impact on our business resulting from COVID-19 was negligible in the second quarter of 2020. Since its onset in March, we have remained proactive in maintaining the health and safety of our employees during this pandemic and mitigating its impact on our business. For example, we suspended hiring from March until June, when we were confident that we could resume onboarding in a safe and responsible manner for all involved. The future impact of COVID-19 remains unknown. We have been fortunate to have only limited restrictions on our operations thus far. Our financial strength, evidenced by our debt-free balance sheet, provides financial security and flexibility as we continue to manage through this crisis."
Mr. Killoy made the following observations related to the Company's second quarter 2020 performance:
Today, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2020. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are attached to this press release. - View Release.
Tomorrow, July 30, 2020, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the second quarter operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast at Ruger.com/corporate or by dialing 855-871-7398, participant code 3253225.
The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2020 is available on the SEC website at SEC.gov and the Ruger website at Ruger.com/corporate. Investors are urged to read the complete Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2020 to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments.
About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 700 variations of more than 40 product lines. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®," echoes our commitment to these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.
The Company may, from time to time, make forward-looking statements and projections concerning future expectations. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to certain qualifying risks and uncertainties, such as market demand, sales levels of firearms, anticipated castings sales and earnings, the need for external financing for operations or capital expenditures, the results of pending litigation against the Company, the impact of future firearms control and environmental legislation, and accounting estimates, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such forward-looking statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of subsequent unanticipated events.
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