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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports 2016 Diluted Earnings of $4.59 Per Share and Declares Dividend of 44¢ Per Share

SOUTHPORT, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announced today that for 2016 the Company reported net sales of $664.3 million and diluted earnings of $4.59 per share, compared with net sales of $551.1 million and diluted earnings of $3.21 per share in 2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, net sales were $161.8 million and diluted earnings were $1.10 per share. For the corresponding period in 2015, net sales were $152.4 million and diluted earnings were 88¢ per share.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 44¢ per share for the fourth quarter, for shareholders of record as of March 17, 2017, payable on March 31, 2017. This dividend varies every quarter because the Company pays a percentage of earnings rather than a fixed amount per share. This dividend is approximately 40% of net income.

Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Fifer made the following observations related to the Company’s results:

  • In 2016, net sales increased 21% and earnings per share increased 43% from 2015.
  • EBITDA was $171.4 million, or 26% of sales, in 2016, an increase of 29% from $132.5 million, or 24% of sales, in 2015.
  • The estimated sell-through of the Company’s products from the independent distributors to retailers increased 12% in 2016 from 2015. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) increased 10%.
  • New products represented $192.6 million or 29% of firearms sales in 2016, compared to $115.4 million or 21% of firearms sales in 2015. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years. In 2016, new products included the Precision Rifle, the AR-556 modern sporting rifle, the LC9s pistol, the Mark IV pistols, the LCP II pistol, and the American pistol. The AR-556 rifle and the LC9s pistol will not be considered new products in 2017.
  • Cash generated from operations during 2016 was $105 million. At December 31, 2016, our cash totaled $87 million. Our current ratio is 2.8 to 1 and we have no debt.
  • In 2016, capital expenditures totaled $35 million, an increase from $29 million in 2015. We expect our 2017 capital expenditures to total approximately $40 million, as we continue to prioritize new product development.
  • In 2016, the Company returned $47 million to its shareholders through:
  • the payment of $33 million of dividends, and
  • the repurchase of 283,343 shares of our common stock in the open market at an average price of $49.43 per share, for a total of $14 million.
  • During the period from January 1, 2017 through February 17, 2017, the Company repurchased 633,600 shares of its common stock in the open market at an average price of $49.67 per share, for a total of $31.5 million.

Today, the Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2016. The financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are attached to this press release.

Tomorrow, February 23, 2017, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the 2016 operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast at Ruger.com/corporate or by dialing 720-634-2919, participant code 68363387.

The Annual Report on Form 10-K is available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov and the Ruger website at Ruger.com/corporate. Investors are urged to read the complete Annual Report on Form 10-K to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments.

About Sturm, Ruger

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens,” echoes the importance of 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.

 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

         
December 31,   2016   2015
   
Assets
 
Current Assets
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 87,126 $ 69,225
Trade receivables, net 69,442 71,721
 
Gross inventories 99,417 81,278
Less LIFO reserve (42,542 ) (42,061 )
Less excess and obsolescence reserve     (2,340 )     (2,118 )
Net inventories     54,535       37,099  
 
Deferred income taxes 8,859 8,219
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     3,660       3,008  
Total Current Assets 223,622 189,272
 
Property, Plant, and Equipment 331,639 308,597
Less allowances for depreciation     (227,398 )     (204,777 )
Net property, plant and equipment     104,241       103,820  
 
Other assets     27,541       22,791  
Total Assets   $ 355,404     $ 315,883  
 
 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

         

December 31,

  2016   2015
   
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
Current Liabilities
 
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 48,493 $ 42,991
Product liability 1,733 642
Employee compensation and benefits 25,467 28,298
Workers’ compensation 5,200 5,100
Income taxes payable     -       4,962  
Total Current Liabilities 80,893 81,993
 
Product liability 86 102
Deferred income taxes 8,525 6,050
 
Contingent liabilities - -
 
Stockholders’ Equity
Common stock, non-voting, par value $1:
Authorized shares – 50,000; none issued
Common stock, par value $1:
Authorized shares – 40,000,000
2016 – 24,034,201 issued,
18,688,511 outstanding
2015 – 23,775,766 issued,
18,713,419 outstanding 24,034 23,776
Additional paid-in capital 27,211 29,591
Retained earnings 293,400 239,098
Less: Treasury stock – at cost
2016 – 5,345,690 shares
2015 – 5,062,347 shares     (78,745 )     (64,727 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity     265,900       227,738  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 355,404     $ 315,883  
 
 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
 
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

             
Year ended December 31,   2016   2015   2014
     
Net firearms sales $ 658,433 $ 544,850 $ 542,267
Net castings sales     5,895       6,244       2,207  
Total net sales 664,328 551,094 544,474
 
Cost of products sold 444,774 378,934 375,300
             
Gross profit     219,554       172,160       169,174  
 
Operating Expenses:
Selling 56,146 49,864 44,550
General and administrative 29,004 27,864 28,899
Defined benefit pension plans settlement charge - - 40,999
Other operating income, net     (5 )     (113 )     (1,612 )
Total operating expenses 85,145 77,615 112,836
             
Operating income     134,409       94,545       56,338  
 
Other income:
Royalty income 1,142 1,084 468
Interest income 14 5 2
Interest expense (186 ) (156 ) (152 )
Other income (expense), net     542       622       584  
Total other income, net 1,512 1,555 902
             
Income before income taxes     135,921       96,100       57,240  
 
Income taxes 48,449 33,974 18,612
             
Net income and comprehensive income $ 87,472 $ 62,126 $ 38,628
             
 
Basic Earnings Per Share   $ 4.62     $ 3.32     $ 1.99  
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 4.59     $ 3.21     $ 1.95  
 
Cash Dividends Per Share   $ 1.73     $ 1.10     $ 1.62  
 
 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

             

Year ended December 31,

    2016       2015       2014  
     
Operating Activities
 
Net income $ 87,472 $ 62,126 $ 38,628
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash
provided by operating activities:
Pension plan settlement charge - - 32,218
Depreciation and amortization 35,355 36,235 36,706
Stock-based compensation 3,054 4,530 5,647
Excess and obsolescence inventory reserve 522 (1,468 ) 1,347
Loss (gain) on sale of assets 59 (113 ) (1 )
Deferred income taxes 1,836 (3,257 ) (12,015 )
Impairment of assets - - 178
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables 2,279 (21,986 ) 17,649
Inventories (17,958 ) 9,058 (22,775 )
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses 5,602 6,808 (11,047 )
Employee compensation and benefits (3,186 ) 9,378 (17,435 )
Product liability 1,075 (101 ) (391 )
Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities (6,348 ) 6,553 (13,075 )
Income taxes payable     (4,962 )     4,806       (83 )
Cash provided by operating activities 104,800 112,569 55,551
 
Investing Activities
 
Property, plant, and equipment additions (35,215 ) (28,705 ) (45,571 )
Net proceeds from sale of assets     325       222       24  
Cash used for investing activities (34,890 ) (28,483 ) (45,547 )
 
Financing Activities
 
Dividends paid (32,815 ) (20,569 ) (31,446 )
Tax benefit from share-based compensation 8,825 436 1,621
Repurchase of common stock (14,018 ) (2,841 ) (24,002 )
Payment of employee withholding tax related to share-
based compensation (14,001 ) (999 ) (2,363 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options     -       211       23  
Cash used for financing activities     (52,009 )     (23,762 )     (56,167 )
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 17,901 60,324 (46,163 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     69,225       8,901       55,064  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year   $ 87,126     $ 69,225     $ 8,901  
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding its results, the Company refers to various United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) financial measures and one non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA, which management believes provides useful information to investors. This non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures being disclosed by other companies. In addition, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful to understanding its operating results and the ongoing performance of its underlying business, as EBITDA provides information on the Company’s ability to meet its capital expenditure and working capital requirements, and is also an indicator of profitability. The Company believes that this reporting provides better transparency and comparability to its operating results. The Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company’s financial performance.

 
Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA

EBITDA

 

(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)

         

Year ended December 31,

  2016  

2015

   
Net income $ 87,472 $ 62,126
 
Income tax expense 48,449 33,974
Depreciation and amortization expense 35,355 36,235
Interest expense 186 156
Interest income     (14 )     (5 )
EBITDA   $ 171,448     $ 132,486  
 

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Company calculates this by adding the amount of interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation and amortization expenses that have been deducted from net income back into net income, and subtracting the amount of interest income that was included in net income from net income to arrive at EBITDA. The Company’s EBITDA calculation also excludes any one-time non-cash, non-operating expense.

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