The Eastern Company Fourth Quarter 2019 Net Sales Increase 21% to $68.7 Million; Fourth Quarter 2019 Earnings Grow 14% to $0.79 Per Share

02/28/2020 09:29:00 AM

NAUGATUCK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Eastern Company (“Eastern”) (NASDAQ:EML), an industrial manufacturer of unique engineered solutions serving niche industrial markets, today announced the results of operations for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2019 ended December 28, 2019.

President and CEO August Vlak commented, “We brought the year to a strong close and are pleased with Eastern’s accomplishments in 2019. Our acquisition of Big 3 Precision in August 2019 is an important step toward our long-term goal of building a larger and stronger company with a significant presence with key customers. It also made a substantial contribution to our fourth quarter results.

“During the fourth quarter, Eastern generated strong sales from new products, including a new hood mount truck mirror, a modular toolbox latching system, and an electronic activated latching system. In total, sales of new products accounted for 5% of our sales growth, and in the Industrial Hardware segment, new products represented 15% of growth in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Increasingly, new products are driving our sales growth and should help us offset challenges facing certain end markets in 2020, including Class 8 truck and recreational vehicles.

Mr. Vlak continued, “Cash flow from operations was exceptionally strong for both the quarter and the year. In fiscal 2019, we generated $23.0 million in cash flow, a 78% increase compared to fiscal 2018. Eastern’s strong balance sheet, as well as our focus on working capital reduction, position us well to pursue our strategy of bolt-on acquisitions that strengthen our company’s best businesses.

“Despite ongoing uncertainty in the macro-environment, we are confident that we can deliver on our plan and achieve our goals. Our backlog is robust, totaling $72.2 million at the end of fiscal 2019. The growth in fiscal 2019 reflects both our acquisition of Big 3 Precision and a strong flow of orders at Eberhard Manufacturing. Certain of our businesses are experiencing supply chain disruption in China as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but, at this time, local conditions appear to be improving.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased 21% to $68.7 million from $56.6 million a year earlier, primarily due to the acquisition of Big 3 Precision. Sales in the Industrial Hardware segment grew by 46% to $49.2 million from $33.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, but decreased by 3% quarter over quarter, excluding Big 3 Precision. Sales growth from new product launches partially offset the decline in sales to the Class 8 truck, trailer and specialty vehicle markets. The Industrial Hardware segment represented 72% of total sales in the fourth quarter of 2019. Sales in the Security Products and Metal Products segments slipped by 13% and 18%, respectively, compared with the prior year period, as a result of lower demand for commercial laundry payment products, point of sale security, and mining products.

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased by 14% to $5.0 million, or $0.79 per share, compared from $4.4 million, or $0.70 per share, a year earlier.

Twelve Month 2019 Financial Results

Sales for fiscal 2019 grew by 8% to $251.7 million from $234.3 million for fiscal 2018. Sales growth in 2019 reflects four months of sales from the Big 3 Precision acquisition, which the Company closed on August 30, 2019. Net sales in the Industrial Hardware segment grew to $164.5 million in fiscal 2019 from $140.3 million in fiscal 2018. Excluding Big 3 Precision, Industrial Hardware sales grew 2%. Net sales in the Security Products segment decreased approximately 10% in fiscal 2019 due to lower demand for commercial laundry payment products and point of sale security products. The Metal Products segment’s net sales decreased 1% in fiscal 2019 as compared to fiscal 2018 primary due to a slowdown in the coal mining industry in the fourth quarter.

Net income for fiscal 2019 decreased 9% to $13.3 million, or $2.12 per diluted share, from $14.5 million, or $2.31 per diluted share, in fiscal 2018. In fiscal 2019, net income was adversely affected by non-recurring restructuring cost associated with the discontinuation of Road-iQ, a subsidiary of Velvac, and the consolidation of our Composite Panel Technologies facility, as well as an increase in M&A related expense, net of tax, incurred in fiscal 2019, related to the acquisition of Big 3 Precision. Together, these non-recurring expenses equaled $3.9 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Eastern Company will host a conference call to discuss its results for the fourth quarter of 2019 and other matters on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. Participants can access the conference call by phone at (888) 669-0684 (toll free in US & Canada) or (862) 298-0702 (international). Participants can also join via the web at

About The Eastern Company

The Eastern Company manages industrial businesses that design, manufacture and sell unique engineered solutions to niche markets, focusing on industries that offer long-term macroeconomic growth opportunities. The Company operates across three reporting segments -- Industrial Hardware, Security Products and Metal Products -- from locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Taiwan and China. More information on the Company can be found at

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Statement of Consolidated Income (unaudited)




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Dec 28, 2019


Dec 29, 2018


Dec 28, 2019


Dec 29, 2018


Net Sales

$ 68,726,896


$ 56,612,172


$ 251,742,619


$ 234,275,463








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December 28, 2019

December 29, 2018


Cash and marketable securities

$ 18,030,810



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Accounts payable

$ 19,960,507



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Investor Relations Contacts

The Eastern Company
August Vlak or John L. Sullivan III

LHA Investor Relations
Harriet Fried/Jody Burfening

Source: The Eastern Company