Chris Conway, CLARCOR’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We capped off another successful year with record fourth quarter results. We are particularly proud of our 17.8% operating margin in the fourth quarter—almost two percentage points higher than last year’s fourth quarter and our highest quarterly operating margin since 1991. This operating margin improvement combined with our continued sales growth facilitated our fourth quarter being the eighth consecutive quarter where we exceeded our previous year’s quarterly diluted earnings per share by at least 15%. Once again, this consistent success is a result of the continued execution of our long-term strategy including a commitment to sustainable sales growth, cost containment and continuous improvement.“All of our reporting segments contributed to our strong full year 2011 financial performance. Supported by the continued strength of our Baldwin heavy-duty engine filter business, our Engine/Mobile Filtration segment grew sales 14% and improved its operating margin 1.4 percentage points. Our Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment increased sales 11% and exceeded its 2011 operating margin goal of 10% by more than a full percentage point. Our Packaging segment improved its operating margin by 1.7 percentage points despite relatively flat sales. The stronger performance at each of our reporting segments enabled our consolidated operating margin to improve to 16.1%, the highest level in twenty years.
CLARCOR Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results
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