Art’s Way Manufacturing, a diversified, international manufacturer and distributor of equipment serving agricultural, research, water treatment and steel cutting needs, announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2014.
Chairman of the Art’s Way Board of Directors, J. Ward McConnell Jr., reports, “After a challenging first two quarters in fiscal 2014, we are pleased to show an increase in revenues on both a quarterly and year to date basis over the prior year. Our agricultural sales are strong, and we’ve seen an increase in backlog over last year in every segment. Our products serving the livestock and dairy sectors have been very strong and are providing the counter-cyclical strength and stability we seek during times of weak row-crop commodity prices.”
Consolidated corporate sales for the three- and nine-month periods ended August 31, 2014 were $11,585,000 and $27,291,000, respectively, compared to $9,350,000 and $27,016,000 during the same respective periods in 2013, a $2,234,000 or 23.9%, increase for the quarter and a $275,000 or 1.0% increase year-to-date.
The increase in revenue for the three month period ended August 31, 2014 was primarily due to increases in revenue at Manufacturing and revenues generated from the new tools segment, formed following the acquisition of Ohio Metals in the fourth quarter of 2013.
For the nine-month period ended August 31, 2014, Manufacturing, Vessels and Scientific each experienced a decline in revenue, which was offset by the addition of revenue generated from Metals.
Consolidated gross profit margin for the three- and nine-month periods ending August 31, 2014 was 23.3% and 23.3% compared to 18.5% and 24.7% during the same periods of 2013.
Third quarter sales at Manufacturing were $9,362,000, compared to $8,005,000 during the same period of 2013, an increase of $1,357,000, or 17.0%. The nine-month sales for 2014 at Manufacturing were $21,366,000, compared to $22,727,000 for the same period in 2013, a 6.0% decrease.
The decrease in revenue year to date is primarily due to decreased demand for the Universal Harvester reels and reduced sugar beet harvester sales in fiscal 2014 as compared to 2013, but was offset somewhat by sales from the acquisition of certain Canadian assets from Agro Trend and increased demand for our grinder mixers.
Manufacturing’s gross margin for the quarter ended August 31, 2014 was 25.0%, compared to 19.4% for the same period in 2013. For the year to date period ending August 31, 2014 gross margin was 24.8% as compared to 24.3% in the same period for 2013.
Three- and nine-months sales at Vessels were $606,000 and $1,504,000, respectively, compared to $635,000 and $1,671,000 for the same periods in 2013, a decrease of $29,000, or 4.5% and $166,000, or 9.9%.
Gross margin for the quarter ended August 31, 2014 was 6.8% compared to 16.4% for the same period in 2013.
Gross margin for the nine-months ended August 31, 2014 was 6.4% as compared to 10.0% for the first nine-months of fiscal 2013.
Third fiscal quarter and year-to-date sales at Scientific were $820,000 and $1,818,000, respectively, compared to $710,000 and $2,618,000 for the same periods in fiscal 2013, an increase of $111,000, or 15.6% and a decrease of $800,000, or 30.5%, respectively.
The year to date decrease was primarily attributable to the 2013 first quarter finalization of an approximately $7 million fabrication and delivery contract executed in January 2012 and an approximately $1.7 million installation contract executed in April 2012.
Scientific was hired to design, fabricate, and install twenty-four modular units over the course of approximately one year for one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions.
Scientific uses the percentage of completion accounting method to calculate revenue and gross margins for all contracts. Gross margin for the quarter ended August 31, 2014 was 20.2% compared to 10.1% for the same period in 2013, while gross margin for the nine-month period ended August 31, 2014 was 15.5% as compared to 37.3% for the same period in 2013.
The margins reported in first two quarters of 2013 were a result of the finalization of costs as compared to estimates on the major projects described above and did not reflect normal operating margin for the business. The lower margin year to date for 2014 is primarily attributable to the lower revenue relative to steady overhead costs.
Metals had sales of $797,000 and $2,603,000 for the three- and nine-months ended August 31, 2014, respectively. Gross margin at Metals was 19.8% for the third fiscal quarter, and 26.9% for the nine months ended August 31, 2014.
Consolidated net income was $558,000 for the three-month period ended August 31, 2014, compared to a net income of $26,000 for the same respective period in 2013.
This increase is due to increased operating income of $889,000 at our Manufacturing segment, but was offset by operating losses at our Vessels and Metals divisions. Our consolidated net income for the nine-month period ended August 31, 2014 was $553,000 as compared to $1,360,000 for the same period in 2013.
The sale of land described previously and the 2014 year-to-date decrease in revenue at Scientific and Vessels account for the majority of this reduction, but were partially offset by incremental revenues at our new Metals entity.
Earnings Per Share
Earnings per basic and diluted share during the third fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2014 were $0.14 compared to $0.01for the same period during 2013.
Earnings per basic and diluted share during the nine months ended August 31, 2014 were $0.14 compared to $0.34 for the same period in 2013. These changes were attributable to the changes in net income discussed above.
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