ALLEN, Texas, May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atrion Corporation (Nasdaq - ATRI) today announced revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 were $41.6 million compared with $39.4 million in the same period in 2018. Net income in the current-year quarter totaled $9.4 million compared to $8.5 million in last year’s first quarter, with diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2019 at $5.07 compared to $4.57 in the first quarter of 2018.
Commenting on the Company’s results for the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, David A. Battat, President & CEO, said, “We are pleased with the 6% increase in revenues and the 11% increase in both net income and diluted earnings per share. These results were achieved despite an 18% decline in Ophthalmology revenues. The discontinuation of one Ophthalmology product resulted in a decline of over $500,000 in operating income from the prior-year quarter.” Mr. Battat continued, “Net income and diluted EPS were favorably impacted by the increase in revenues, as well as the appreciation in the mark-to-market valuation of our investment portfolio and tax credits for our international business, which accounted for 35% of our revenues for the quarter.” Mr. Battat added, “In the just-ended quarter, we continued to generate significant free cash flow, adding $6.8 million to our cash and short and long term investments and bringing that total to $96.3 million as of March 31, 2019.” Mr. Battat stated, “To support our longer term growth, we will be investing in additional manufacturing space for our Florida and Alabama facilities. The $40 million anticipated cost of these expansions, to be incurred over the next few years, will be in addition to our annual investments in machinery and tooling. Completion of these projects will significantly enhance our efficiency and add about 50% more manufacturing capacity.”
Atrion Corporation develops and manufactures products primarily for medical applications. The Company’s website is www.atrioncorp.com.
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