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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that for 2018 the Company reported net sales of $495.6 million and diluted earnings of $2.88 per share, compared with net sales of $522.3 million and diluted earnings of $2.91 per share in 2017. Today, the Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2018. The financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are attached to this press release. - View Release
For the fourth quarter of 2018, net sales were $121.1 million and diluted earnings were $0.69 per share. For the corresponding period in 2017, net sales were $118.2 million and diluted earnings were $0.59 per share.
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 28¢ per share for the fourth quarter, for shareholders of record as of March 15, 2019, payable on March 29, 2019. 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 2018 results:
The estimated sell-through of the Company's products from the independent distributors to retailers remained consistent with the prior year due in part to continuing demand for some of the Company's products, particularly those that were introduced in December 2017.
Tomorrow, February 21, 2019, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the 2018 operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast at Ruger.com/corporate or by dialing 855-871-7398, participant code 6481069.
The Annual Report on Form 10-K is available on the SEC website at 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.
Today, the Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2018. The financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are attached to this press release. - View Release
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 more than 70 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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