Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announced today that for the first quarter of 2016 the Company reported net sales of $173.1 million and diluted earnings of $1.21 per share, compared with net sales of $137.0 million and diluted earnings of 81¢ per share in the first quarter of 2015.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 48¢ per share for the first quarter for stockholders of record as of May 13, 2016, payable on May 27, 2016. This dividend varies every quarter because the Company pays a percentage of earnings rather than a fixed amount per share. This dividend is approximately 40% of net income.

Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Fifer made the following observations related to the Company's 2016 first quarter performance:
  • In the first quarter of 2016, net sales increased 26% and earnings per share increased 49% from the first quarter of 2015.
  • EBITDA was $44.8 million, or 25.9% of sales, in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 34.7% from $33.2 million, or 24.3% of sales, in the comparable prior year period.
  • The increase in estimated sell-through of the Company's products from the independent distributors to retailers is attributable to:
    • the increase in overall industry demand,
    • new product introductions, and
    • increased production capacity and availability of products in demand.
  • New products, including the American Pistol, the Precision Rifle, the AR-556 modern sporting rifle, and the LC9s pistol, represented $50.3 million or 29% of firearm sales in the first quarter of 2016. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years.
  • The estimated unit sell-through of the Company's products from the independent distributors to retailers increased 17% in the first quarter of 2016 from the comparable prior year period. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) increased 18%.
  • During the first quarter of 2016, the Company's finished goods inventory decreased by 14,600 units and distributor inventories of the Company's products decreased by 54,300 units.
  • Cash generated from operations during the first quarter of 2016 was $29.4 million. At April 2, 2016, our cash totaled $80.5 million. Our current ratio is 2.6 to 1 and we have no debt.
  • In the first quarter of 2016, capital expenditures totaled $6.3 million, much of it related to tooling and equipment for new products. We expect our 2016 capital expenditures to total approximately $25 million.
  • In the first quarter of 2016, the Company returned $6.6 million to its shareholders through the payment of dividends.
  • At April 2, 2016, stockholders' equity was $239.7 million, which equates to a book value of $12.64 per share, of which $4.24 per share is cash.

Today, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are attached to this press release.

Tomorrow, May 3, 2016, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 9:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties can access the webcast at or by dialing 855-871-7398, participant code 94955658.

The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q is available on the SEC website at and the Ruger website at Investors are urged to read the complete Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments.

About Sturm, Ruger

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens," echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

The Company may, from time to time, make forward-looking statements and projections concerning future expectations. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to certain qualifying risks and uncertainties, such as market demand, sales levels of firearms, anticipated castings sales and earnings, the need for external financing for operations or capital expenditures, the results of pending litigation against the Company, the impact of future firearms control and environmental legislation, and accounting estimates, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such forward-looking statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of subsequent unanticipated events.

(Dollars in thousands)
    April 2, 2016   December 31, 2015
Current Assets
Cash $ 80,463 $ 69,225
Trade receivables, net 74,746 71,721
Gross inventories 77,015 81,278
Less LIFO reserve (42,714 ) (42,061 )
Less excess and obsolescence reserve     (2,027 )     (2,118 )
Net inventories     32,274       37,099  
Deferred income taxes 9,852 8,219
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     3,631       3,008  
Total Current Assets 200,966 189,272
Property, plant and equipment 304,745 308,597
Less allowances for depreciation     (202,738 )     (204,777 )
Net property, plant and equipment     102,007       103,820  
Other assets     22,450       22,791  
Total Assets   $ 325,423     $ 315,883  

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
    April 2, 2016   December 31, 2015
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current Liabilities
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 48,331 $ 42,991
Product liability 1,235 642
Employee compensation and benefits 18,555 28,298
Workers' compensation 5,068 5,100
Income taxes payable     3,849       4,962  
Total Current Liabilities 77,038 81,993
Product liability 89 102
Deferred income taxes 8,548 6,050
Contingent liabilities -- --
Stockholders' Equity
Common Stock, non-voting, par value $1:
Authorized shares 50,000; none issued -- --
Common Stock, par value $1:
Authorized shares - 40,000,000
2016 - 24,025,085 issued,
18,962,738 outstanding
2015 - 23,775,766 issued,
18,713,419 outstanding 24,025 23,776
Additional paid-in capital 24,765 29,591
Retained earnings 255,685 239,098
Less: Treasury stock - at cost

2016 - 5,062,347 shares
2015 - 5,062,347 shares     (64,727 )     (64,727 )
Total Stockholders' Equity     239,748       227,738  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 325,423     $ 315,883  


(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended
April 2, 2016   March 28, 2015
Net firearms sales $ 171,520 $ 135,579
Net castings sales     1,589       1,375  
Total net sales 173,109 136,954
Cost of products sold 113,996 95,557
Gross profit     59,113       41,397  
Operating expenses:
Selling 15,074 10,226
General and administrative     7,838       7,377  
Total operating expenses     22,912       17,603  
Operating income     36,201       23,794  
Other income:
Interest expense, net (35 ) (40 )
Other income, net     206       469  
Total other income, net     171       429  
Income before income taxes 36,372 24,223
Income taxes     13,094       8,720  
Net income and comprehensive income   $ 23,278     $ 15,503  
Basic earnings per share   $ 1.23     $ 0.83  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.21     $ 0.81  
Cash dividends per share   $ 0.35     $ 0.17  

(Dollars in thousands)
    Three Months Ended
April 2, 2016   March 28, 2015
Operating Activities
Net income $ 23,278 $ 15,503
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 8,344 8,957
Slow moving inventory valuation adjustment (91 ) (748 )
Stock-based compensation 632 1,151
Loss on sale of assets 4 (60 )
Deferred income taxes 865 3
Impairment of assets - 12
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables (3,025 ) (13,296 )
Inventories 4,916 16,145
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses 5,308 (2,690 )
Employee compensation and benefits (9,798 ) 2,476
Product liability 580 (350 )
Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities (471 ) 2,599
Income taxes payable     (1,113 )     3,081  
Cash provided by operating activities     29,429       32,783  
Investing Activities
Property, plant and equipment additions (6,346 ) (4,302 )
Proceeds from sale of assets     -       60  
Cash used for investing activities     (6,346 )     (4,242 )
Financing Activities
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options and vesting of RSU's 8,792 280
Remittance of taxes withheld from employees related to

share-based compensation




Proceeds from exercise of stock options - 97
Repurchase of common stock - (2,841 )
Dividends paid     (6,636 )     (3,178 )
Cash used for financing activities     (11,845 )     (6,642 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 11,238 21,899
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 69,225 8,901

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $ 80,463     $ 30,800  

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding its financial results, the Company refers to various United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") financial measures and one non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA, which management believes provides useful information to investors. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled financial measures being disclosed by other companies. In addition, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful to understanding its operating results and the ongoing performance of its underlying business, as EBITDA provides information on the Company's ability to meet its capital expenditure and working capital requirements, and is also an indicator of profitability. The Company believes that this reporting provides better transparency and comparability to its operating results. The Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company's financial performance.

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Company calculates its EBITDA by adding the amount of interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expenses that have been deducted from net income back into net income, and subtracting the amount of interest income that was included in net income from net income.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation - EBITDA


(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)
    Three Months Ended
April 2, 2016   March 28, 2015
Net income $ 23,278 $ 15,503
Income tax expense 13,094 8,720
Depreciation and amortization expense 8,344 8,957
Interest expense, net     35     40
EBITDA   $ 44,751   $ 33,220

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