Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter And Year-End Results

CLEVELAND, Aug. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 year ended June 30, 2016.

Net sales for the quarter were $634.0 million, a decrease of 6.4% compared with $677.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. The overall sales decrease for the quarter reflects a 2.4% increase from acquisition-related volume, offset by a 7.6% decrease in our underlying operations and a negative 1.2% foreign currency translation impact. Of the 7.6% decrease in underlying operations, 3.9% is attributable to sales in traditional core operations with the remainder associated with sales in our operations serving the upstream oil and gas markets. Net income for the quarter was $26.1 million, or $0.66 per share, compared with $28.0 million, or $0.70 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

For the 12 months ended June 30, 2016, net sales were $2.52 billion, a decrease of 8.4% compared with $2.75 billion last year. Net income was $29.6 million, or $0.75 per share, compared with $115.5 million, or $2.80 per share, in the prior year. The current year results include a third quarter non-cash charge of $1.62 per share for goodwill impairment and a third quarter charge of $0.13 per share for restructuring activities.

Commenting on the results, Applied's President & Chief Executive Officer Neil A. Schrimsher said, "Our fourth quarter and full-year results reflect an economic environment that continues to be challenging. Sequentially, fourth quarter demand was generally flat compared to the third quarter, including reduced demand in oil and gas, mining and other industrial end markets."

"Throughout fiscal 2016, we were disciplined in our operations, implementing appropriate cost controls and restructuring measures that lower our cost base and strengthen our competitive position. We remain on track to realize the targeted $7.8 million in SD&A savings that we introduced in April with our third quarter results."

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