The Eastern Company Reports Earnings of $0.60 Per Diluted Share for the Third Quarter of 2018, an Increase of 71% over the Same Period in 2017

11/02/2018 07:30:19 AM

NAUGATUCK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2018-- The Eastern Company (NASDAQ:EML) today announced the results of operations for the third quarter of 2018. Sales for the third quarter were $57.4 million, compared to $56.0 million for the same period in 2017. Net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $3.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to $2.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Mr. August Vlak, President and CEO, stated that “the increase in sales for the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 reflects sustained growth across our Industrial Hardware and Security Products business segments. Our Industrial Hardware segment grew by 4% in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2017. Our businesses are well-positioned to take advantage of growth in the heavy duty trucks, sports utility vehicles, and military markets, which more than offset deterioration in the market for recreational vehicles. Strong execution at our Eberhard Manufacturing business delivered two all-time record sales months in the third quarter of 2018. Sales in our Security Product segment grew by 5% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 due primarily to the strong growth of our Illinois Lock business and the acquisition of certain assets of Load N Lock Systems, Inc. In the third quarter of 2018, Illinois Lock completed the seamless integration of Load N Lock while earning ISO certification at the same time. In our Metal Products segment, sales for the third quarter of 2018 were down 10% compared to the third quarter of 2017 due primarily to lower sales of mining products, partially offset by strong growth of new industrial markets.”

Net income increased 69% to $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2018 from $2.2 million for the comparable period of 2017. The growth in net income was primarily attributable to increased profitability of the Company’s Eberhard Manufacturing and Illinois Lock businesses. While the Company increased total investment in new product development, it significantly reduced its investments in certain programs, including Road-iQ. Gross margins were 25% of net sales for the third quarter of 2018 compared to 21% of net sales for the third quarter of 2017. Mr. Vlak commented that “the favorable impact from changes in the product mix and price increases in response to higher raw material costs and cost absorption was partially offset by higher prices for steel, zinc, copper and scrap iron.”

Mr. Vlak further stated, “Looking ahead, we believe we are addressing economic uncertainties. Our businesses have been working with our customers to manage the increased tariffs with other countries. Our backlog remains strong going into the new year due, in part, to our subsidiary, Velvac Holdings, Inc., successfully capturing several significant new mirror programs. We strengthened our balance sheet by using cash repatriated from overseas subsidiaries to pay down outstanding debt in the third quarter and repurchasing 30,000 shares of our common stock between August 1 and October 31, 2018 pursuant to our previously announced share repurchase program. We are confident that our three-part strategy of optimizing our portfolio businesses, improving execution and building our balance sheet will generate long-term results for our shareholders.”

The Eastern Company will host a conference call to discuss its results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 and other matters on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants can access the conference call by phone at (888) 669-0687. Participants can also join via the web at

About The Eastern Company
The Eastern Company is 160-year old manufacturer of industrial hardware, security products and metal castings. It operates 16 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and China.

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Statement of Consolidated Income (unaudited)
THREE Months Ended NINE Months Ended
13 wks 13 wks 39 wks 39 wks

Sept 29, 2018

Sept 30, 2017

Sept 29, 2018

Sept 30, 2017

Net Sales $ 57,357,442 $ 56,007,937 $ 177,663,291 $ 50,095,975
Net Income After Tax $ 3,766,661 $ 2,230,481 $ 10,125,333 $ 5,214,024
Net Income Per Share:
Basic $ 0.60 $ 0.36 $ 1.62 $ 0.83
Diluted $ 0.60 $ 0.35 $ 1.61 $ 0.83

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic 6,262,332 6,259,872 6,263,733 6,258,278
Diluted 6,290,248 6,296,551 6,291,649 6,294,957

Source: The Eastern Company

The Eastern Company
August Vlak or John L. Sullivan III, 203-729-2255