For the fourth quarter of 2012, Consumer segment sales increased $0.5 million, or 22.7%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. This was due to increased demand for activated carbon cloth, the company’s sole consumer product.
Net sales less the cost of products sold as a percentage of net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 31.2%, up slightly from 30.9% for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Selling, administrative and research expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $20.5 million versus $27.0 million for the comparable period of 2011, a decrease of 24.1%. Lower research and development activities related to new products and lower legal and outside services expenses contributed to the favorable comparison. For the fourth quarter of 2011, selling, administrative and research expenses included $2.2 million in severance expenses related to management changes.
Results for the fourth quarter of 2012 included restructuring charges of $2.3 million which were comprised of severance and pension-related expense. These charges were components of phase one of a cost improvement program that was completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.For the year ended December 31, 2012, the company reported income from operations of $39.9 million versus $57.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2012, was $23.3 million versus $39.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Results for the year ended December 2012 included a $10.2 million restructuring charge related to a cost reduction program. Earnings per common share on a fully diluted basis were $0.41 for the year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to $0.69 per common share for the year ended December 31, 2011. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $562.3 million, an increase of 3.8% over the comparable period in 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, foreign currency translation had a $7.5 million negative impact on sales due to the stronger U.S. dollar.
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