The Eastern Company (NASDAQ-EML) today announced the results of its operations for the first quarter of 2012. Sales for the quarter were $40.5 million, compared to $33.2 million for the same period in 2011, a 22% increase. Net Income for the first quarter was $2.0 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $1.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2011. The first quarter of 2012 represented the ninth consecutive quarter of improved year-to-year sales.
Leonard F. Leganza, Chairman, President and CEO stated, “We are pleased with the results we were able to achieve in the first quarter of 2012. All three of our business segments experienced increased sales and operating profit compared to the first quarter of 2011. If the economy continues to strengthen, we anticipate further increases in sales and earnings for 2012 compared to the prior year. The Company is well positioned for continued growth in the many markets we serve.”
Mr. Leganza further stated, “In addition to increased sales of our many existing products, sales of several new product introductions accounted for about a quarter of the 2012 sales increase compared to the prior year period. The Industrial Hardware segment introduced a line of vent products for the Class 8 truck market and an escape hatch for the military vehicle program as well as a newly designed door latch for the recreational vehicle market. Our Metal Products segment introduced steel roof anchors and several other products for the mining industry in addition to products for the railroad and solar panel markets and the Security Products segment had earlier introduced newly developed payment system products called ‘Flash Cash’, Pinmate and Digicoin used in the commercial laundry markets.”
Mr. Leganza concluded, “In line with our on-going goal of increasing shareholder value and reflecting on the confidence we have in our current business plans, the Company in February increased the quarterly dividend per share by 11% effective with the first quarterly payment in 2012. The focus and emphasis we have placed on cash flow during the recent economic uncertainties have maintained the Company in solid financial position. We expect our current liquidity position to be sufficient to support our dividend policy, meet our debt service requirements and replace and upgrade capital equipment as needed.”