Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) announced today that for 2017 the Company reported net sales of $522.3 million and diluted earnings of $2.91 per share, compared with net sales of $664.3 million and diluted earnings of $4.59 per share in 2016.

For the fourth quarter of 2017, net sales were $118.2 million and diluted earnings were $0.59 per share. The recently enacted "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" positively impacted earnings by $0.03 per share. For the corresponding period in 2016, net sales were $161.8 million and diluted earnings were $1.10 per share.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 23¢ per share for the fourth quarter, for shareholders of record as of March 15, 2018, payable on March 30, 2018. 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 Christopher J. Killoy made the following observations related to the Company's 2017 results:
  • In 2017, net sales decreased 21% and earnings per share decreased 37% from 2016. The decrease in earnings is attributable to the sales decline and the unfavorable de-leveraging of fixed manufacturing costs due to the decline in production volumes.
  • The estimated sell-through of the Company's products from the independent distributors to retailers decreased 17% in 2017 from 2016. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) decreased 11%. The decrease in estimated sell-through of the Company's products from the independent distributors to retailers is attributable to:
  • Decreased overall consumer demand in 2017 due to stronger-than-normal demand during most of 2016, likely bolstered by the political campaigns for the November 2016 elections,
  • Reduced purchasing by retailers in an effort to reduce their inventories and generate cash,
  • Aggressive price discounting and lucrative consumer rebates offered by many of our competitors, and
  • Excess industry manufacturing capacity, which exacerbated the above factors.
  • New products represented $137.8 million or 27% of firearms sales in 2017, compared to $192.6 million or 29% of firearms sales in 2016. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years. In 2017, new products included the Precision Rifle, the Mark IV pistols, the LCP II pistol, and the American pistol. In December 2017, the Company introduced the Pistol Caliber Carbine, the Security-9 pistol, and the EC9s pistol. Due to the timing of these launches, these new products had only a minimal impact on the 2017 financial results.
  • Cash generated from operations during 2017 was $101 million. At December 31, 2017, our cash totaled $63 million. Our current ratio is 3.2 to 1 and we have no debt.
  • In 2017, capital expenditures totaled $34 million. We expect our 2018 capital expenditures to total approximately $15 million.
  • In 2017, the Company returned $89 million to its shareholders through:
  • The payment of $24 million of dividends, and
  • The repurchase of 1.3 million shares of our common stock in the open market at an average price of $49.10 per share, for a total of $65 million.
  • At December 31, 2017, stockholders' equity was $230.1 million, which equates to a book value of $13.21 per share, of which $3.64 per share was cash.

Today, the Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017. The financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are attached to this press release.

Tomorrow, February 22, 2018, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the 2017 operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast at Ruger.com/corporate or by dialing 855-871-7398, participant code 9195594.

The Annual Report on Form 10-K is available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov and the Ruger website at Ruger.com/corporate. Investors are urged to read the complete Annual Report on Form 10-K 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. As a 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.
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.  
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
       
December 31, 2017   2016
 
Assets
 
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 63,487 $ 87,126
Trade receivables, net 60,082 69,442
 
Gross inventories 87,592 99,417
Less LIFO reserve (45,180 ) (42,542 )
Less excess and obsolescence reserve   (2,698 )     (2,340 )
Net inventories   39,714       54,535  
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,501       3,660  
Total Current Assets 166,784 214,763
 
Property, Plant, and Equipment 365,013 331,639
Less allowances for depreciation   (261,218 )     (227,398 )
Net property, plant and equipment   103,795       104,241  
 
Deferred income taxes - 334
Other assets   13,739       27,541  
Total Assets $ 284,318     $ 346,879  
 
 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.    
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
         
December 31,   2017   2016
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 
Current Liabilities
 
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 32,422 $ 48,493
Product liability 729 1,733
Employee compensation and benefits 14,315 25,467
Workers' compensation     5,211       5,200  
Total Current Liabilities 52,677 80,893
 
Product liability 90 86
Deferred income taxes 1,402 -
 
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
2017 - 24,092,488 issued,
17,427,090 outstanding
2016 - 24,034,201 issued,
18,688,511 outstanding 24,092 24,034
Additional paid-in capital 28,329 27,211
Retained earnings 321,323 293,400
Less: Treasury stock - at cost
2017 - 6,665,398 shares
2016 - 5,345,690 shares     (143,595 )     (78,745 )
Total Stockholders' Equity     230,149       265,900  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 284,318     $ 346,879  
 
 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.      
 
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except per share data)
             
Year ended December 31,   2017   2016   2015
 
Net firearms sales $ 517,701 $ 658,433 $ 544,850
Net castings sales     4,555       5,895       6,244  
Total net sales 522,256 664,328 551,094
 
Cost of products sold 368,248 444,774 378,934
             
Gross profit     154,008       219,554       172,160  
 
Operating Expenses:
Selling 49,232 56,146 49,864
General and administrative 28,396 29,004 27,864
Other operating income, net     31       (5 )     (113 )
Total operating expenses 77,659 85,145 77,615
             
Operating income     76,349       134,409       94,545  
 
Other income:
Royalty income 506 1,142 1,084
Interest income 27 14 5
Interest expense (152 ) (186 ) (156 )
Other income, net     916       542       622  
Total other income, net 1,297 1,512 1,555
             
Income before income taxes     77,646       135,921       96,100  
 
Income taxes 25,504 48,449 33,974
             
Net income and comprehensive income $ 52,142 $ 87,472 $ 62,126
             
 
Basic Earnings Per Share   $ 2.94     $ 4.62     $ 3.32  
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 2.91     $ 4.59     $ 3.21  
 
Cash Dividends Per Share   $ 1.36     $ 1.73     $ 1.10  
 
 
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.      
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)
             

Year ended December 31,
  2017   2016   2015
 
Operating Activities
 
Net income $ 52,142 $ 87,472 $ 62,126

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 34,264 35,355 36,235
Stock-based compensation 3,659 3,054 4,530
Excess and obsolescence inventory reserve 358 522 (1,468 )
Loss (gain) on sale of assets 31 59 (113 )
Deferred income taxes 1,736 1,836 (3,257 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables 9,360 2,279 (21,986 )
Inventories 14,463 (17,958 ) 9,058
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses (16,060 ) 5,602 6,808
Employee compensation and benefits (11,466 ) (3,186 ) 9,378
Product liability (1,000 ) 1,075 (101 )
Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities

13,704

(6,348

)

6,553
Income taxes payable     -       (4,962 )     4,806  
Cash provided by operating activities 101,191 104,800 112,569
 
Investing Activities
 
Property, plant, and equipment additions (33,596 ) (35,215 ) (28,705 )
Net proceeds from sale of assets     3       325       222  
Cash used for investing activities (33,593 ) (34,890 ) (28,483 )
 
Financing Activities
 
Dividends paid (23,905 ) (32,815 ) (20,569 )
Tax benefit from share-based compensation - 8,825 436
Repurchase of common stock (64,850 ) (14,018 ) (2,841 )
Payment of employee withholding tax related to share-based compensation

(2,482

)

(14,001

)

(999

)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options     -       -       211  
Cash used for financing activities     (91,237 )     (52,009 )     (23,762 )
 
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (23,639 ) 17,901 60,324
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     87,126       69,225       8,901  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year   $ 63,487     $ 87,126     $ 69,225  
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding its 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 measure may not be comparable to similarly titled 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.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation - EBITDA
   

EBITDA
 
(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)
 
Year ended December 31,   2017   2016
 
Net income $ 52,142 $ 87,472
 
Income tax expense 25,504 48,449
Depreciation and amortization expense 34,264 35,355
Interest expense 152 186
Interest income     (27 )     (14 )
EBITDA   $ 112,035     $ 171,448  

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Company calculates this 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 to arrive at EBITDA. The Company's EBITDA calculation also excludes any one-time non-cash, non-operating expense.

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