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The Board of Directors of Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR), today announced that it will not file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 on or before March 16, 2006, as required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The delay in filing is due to the Company's need to restate its financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2004. The restatement was caused by an error in the calculation of the Company's LIFO index as of December 31, 2004. The LIFO index is used to reduce the carrying value of inventory on the Company's balance sheet by eliminating the impact of inflation.
As a result of this restatement, previously reported 2004 net income is expected to increase by approximately $0.02 per share. An amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2004 will be filed when the restatement is completed. Accordingly, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 should no longer be relied upon.
The inadequate review of the data used in the calculation of the LIFO index has been identified by the Company as an internal control deficiency that constitutes a "material weakness," as defined by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. A material weakness is a control deficiency, or combination of control deficiencies, that results in more than a remote likelihood that a material misstatement of the annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected.
The Company has undergone a comprehensive effort to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and plans to issue the results of these efforts upon filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005. The Company has taken measures to remediate the material weakness in its internal controls through a more extensive manual review of data used in the LIFO index calculation.
As a result of this material weakness, management has concluded that the Company's internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of December 31, 2005, and the Company expects that its independent registered public accounting firm will issue an adverse opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005. Management's assessment of internal controls will be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.
About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines, across both the Ruger and Marlin brands. For almost 75 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes our commitment to 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.
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