DALLAS, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CompX International Inc. (NYSE: CIX) announced today sales of $29.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to $37.4 million in the same period of 2008. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2009, were $116.1 million compared to $165.5 million in the previous year. CompX reported an operating loss of $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to operating income of $3.1 million in the same period in 2008, and reported an operating loss of $4.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to operating income of $6.2 million for 2008. The 2008 operating results include a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $9.9 million, as discussed below. The 2009 operating results for the fourth quarter include charges relating to litigation expenses of $2.1 million. The 2009 operating loss for the year includes aggregate charges relating to litigation expenses and a valuation adjustment for assets held for sale of $5.3 million.
For the fourth quarter of 2009, we reported a net loss of $300,000, or $0.03 per share, compared to net income of $700,000, or $0.06 per share, for the same period of 2008. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $2.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in 2008. The year ended December 31, 2008 includes the non-cash goodwill impairment charge noted above which was $0.80 per share, relating to the Marine Components segment. Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, 2008 operating income would have been $16.1 million.
Net sales decreased principally due to lower requirements from our customers across all business segments as a result of general unfavorable economic conditions in North America. Excluding the impact of the 2008 goodwill impairment charge, decreases in operating income are primarily due to the negative effects of the lower order rates, reduced coverage of overhead and fixed manufacturing costs from the resulting under-utilization of production capacity, higher legal expense associated with certain patent related litigation and the assets held for sale charge in the second quarter of 2009, partially offset by the positive effects of cost reductions implemented in response to the lower order rates.
"I am pleased with the efforts of our people in the face of the difficult market conditions during 2009," commented David A. Bowers, President & CEO. "Our operations team did an excellent job of responding to the decrease in demand by reducing operating costs by $6.4 million and generating $15.3 million in cash flow from operations for the year. In addition to focusing on improving the efficiency of our cost structure during 2009, we continued to invest in new product offerings and identifying new markets for our products. As a result, we feel that we are well positioned to take advantage of demand growth as it returns."CompX is a leading manufacturer of security products, furniture components and performance marine components. It operates from six locations in the U.S., Canada and Taiwan and employs approximately 800 people. Forward-Looking Statements Statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based upon management's belief and assumptions using currently available information. Although CompX believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot give any assurances that these expectations will prove to be correct. Such statements, by their nature, involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could significantly impact expected results, and actual future results could differ materially from those described in such forward-looking statements. While it is not possible to identify all factors, CompX continues to face many risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, general economic and political conditions, changes in raw material and other operating costs, demand for office furniture, service industry employment levels, competitive products and prices, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, the introduction of trade barriers, potential difficulties in integrating completed acquisitions, the ability to sustain or increase operating income improvement resulting from cost control initiatives, uncertainties associated with the development of new product features and other risks and uncertainties detailed in CompX's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks materialize or if the consequences worsen, or if the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those currently forecasted or expected. CompX disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise such statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.