STATESVILLE, N.C., June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kewaunee Scientific Corporation (NASDAQ: KEQU) today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2016.
Fourth Quarter 2016 Results:
Full Year Fiscal 2016 Results:
Fourth Quarter Results
Sales for the fourth quarter were $34,090,000, up 12.6% from sales of $30,282,000 in the same period of the prior year. Net earnings for the quarter were $1,337,000, or $0.50 per diluted share, up 119.8% compared to earnings of $609,000, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the same period of the prior year.
Sales from domestic operations for the quarter were $27,030,000, up 7.3% from sales of $25,196,000 in the same period of the prior year as project activity continues to increase across the markets served. Sales from international operations were $7,060,000, up 38.8% from sales of $5,086,000 in the same period of the prior year as a result of strength in Asia and the Middle East for laboratory furniture.
“The fourth quarter was our strongest quarter of fiscal year 2016 as we continue to benefit from increased project activity across all of our key markets,” said David M. Rausch, Kewaunee’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am pleased that our fourth quarter net earnings and diluted earnings per share significantly outpaced our prior year’s performance.”
Fiscal Year 2016 Results
Record sales of $128,626,000 were delivered during fiscal year 2016, an increase of 8.2% from sales of $118,828,000 in the prior year. Net earnings for the year were $3,802,000, or $1.42 per diluted share, up 7.7% from net earnings of $3,529,000, or $1.33 per diluted share, in the prior year. Record sales were generated due to the overall strength of the laboratory furniture markets domestically, as well as in Asia and the Middle East.
Sales from domestic operations for the year were $103,047,000, up 10.7% from sales of $93,098,000 in the prior year. Domestic sales grew throughout the year when compared to the prior year, driven by increased activity across our dealer and distribution networks. International sales for fiscal year 2016 were $25.6 million, relatively unchanged from fiscal year 2015 sales of $25.7 million.
The order backlog was $100.5 million at April 30, 2016, up from $95.2 million at January 31, 2016, and $90.0 million at April 30, 2015. Incoming orders continued to be strong in all of our key markets, increasing the order backlog to record levels.
Unrestricted cash on hand at April 30, 2016 was $5,222,000, as compared to $3,044,000 at April 30, 2015, and working capital was $30,007,000, as compared to $27,707,000. Short term debt was $4,239,000 at April 30, 2016, as compared to $5,376,000 at April 30, 2015, and long-term debt was $3,349,000, as compared to $3,771,000. The debt-to-equity ratio at April 30, 2016 was .20-to-1, as compared to .26-to-1 at April 30, 2015.
“Fiscal Year 2016 was a strong year for Kewaunee as we delivered record sales and improved profitability,” said David M. Rausch. “I am extremely proud of the Kewaunee Associates across the globe who continue to strive to meet the needs and growing expectations of our customers. I am also encouraged by the continued strength of our order backlog and the opportunities we are winning globally.
“Looking forward, I am optimistic we will continue to experience sales and earnings growth in fiscal year 2017. Bookings continue to be strong, and our order backlog is at record levels. The pace of activity domestically and internationally is stronger than in previous years as customers continue to invest in projects that require new laboratory furniture and fume hoods.”
About Kewaunee Scientific
Founded in 1906, Kewaunee Scientific Corporation is a recognized global leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products. Products include steel, wood, and laminate casework, fume hoods, adaptable modular systems, moveable workstations, stand-alone benches, biological safety cabinets, and epoxy resin worksurfaces and sinks.
The Company’s corporate headquarters are located in Statesville, North Carolina. Direct sales offices are located in the United States, India, Singapore, and China. Three manufacturing facilities are located in Statesville serving the domestic and international markets, and one manufacturing facility is located in Bangalore, India serving the local and Asian markets. The Company’s China headquarters, sales office, and assembly operation are located in Suzhou Industrial Park, China. Kewaunee Scientific’s website is located at http://www.kewaunee.com.
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