Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $602.4 million and net earnings of $25.7 million, or $0.35 per share, for its fiscal 2012 first quarter ended August 31, 2011. In last year’s first quarter, the Company reported net sales of $616.8 million and net earnings of $22.4 million, or $0.29 per share.
Financial highlights for the current and comparative quarters are as follows:
(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share data)
|Earnings per share||$0.35||$0.70||$0.29|
“We had a good first quarter in Steel Processing and excellent results from our ceiling grid system joint venture WAVE,” John P. McConnell, Chairman and CEO, said. “The year-over-year comparisons show strength in the areas where we have focused to improve our performance and lessen the volatility of earnings, particularly in Steel Processing. We expect to continue to perform well, barring further economic deterioration.” McConnell added, “The acquisition of the BernzOmatic product lines in Pressure Cylinders is positively contributing to that segment’s results as this business integrated quickly. We expect the Cylinders segment to stay focused on growing their market presence through new customers and additional acquisitions. We feel good about how Worthington Industries is positioned with our strong balance sheet and improved operations. However, the stalled economy, and the uncertainty surrounding it, has hindered a quicker and more robust recovery which has an impact on our customers.”
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