Lakeland Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAKE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2010 ended January 31, 2010. Financial Results Highlights and Recent Company Developments
Achieves milestone of 18th consecutive year of profitability
EPS of $.20 for 4Q10 represents best fourth quarter in three fiscal years
4Q10 revenue increased 11.5% over 4Q09, reversing a year-long trend
4Q10 sales from outside the U.S. as a percentage of consolidated sales increased by 25% over 4Q09 to 39.1% of total sales
Operating profits reported by new divisions in Brazil and China; India sales growth gaining traction
Cash balances growing outside U.S.
Reduced bank debt by $4.7 million in 4Q10 and by 61% in fiscal 2010 to end year at $9.5 million
Secured new $23.5 million revolving line of credit in January 2010; paid off previous bank debt
Reduced inventory by $18.3 million or 32%
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Financial ResultsNet Sales. Net sales were $24.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11.5% from $22.3 million in the comparable 2009 period, and an increase of 11.5% as compared to revenues of $22.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. The year-over-year increase in revenue was mainly a result of a 38.4% increase in revenue from Brazil, along with strong growth in Chile and the UK, and modest increases from India and China. Domestic revenues were $15.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, a 1.5% decline from $15.4 million in the prior year period, but an increase of 5.6% from $14.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. International revenues were $9.7 million in the 2010 fourth quarter, an increase of 40.4% from $6.9 million in the 2009 period and an increase of 21.3% from $8.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. As a percentage of 4QFY10 consolidated sales, international revenues accounted for 39%, an increase from 31% for the same period of fiscal 2009, and domestic revenues accounted for 61%, a decrease from 69% in the 2009 period. International growth was led by sales at Qualytextil, representing the Company’s operations in Brazil, which had fourth quarter revenues of $4.0 million, an increase from $2.9 million in 4QFY09 and $3.4 million in 3QFY10. Comparing regional revenues in 4QFY10 with 4QFY09, Chile sales increased 45.9% to $0.4 million, UK sales increased by 50% to $1.1 million, Canada sales decreased by 13% to $1.0 million, and China external sales increased by 29.0% to $2.3 million. Domestic revenues reflect a 6.6% increase in 4QFY10 disposable product sales as compared with the same quarter of 2009, offset in part by somewhat softer sales of reflective and other product categories, but a 22% decrease for the full year due to challenging business conditions and an extremely competitive pricing environment.