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January 31, 2020 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) – Gencor Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: GENC) announced today net revenues of $18.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to $21.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Gross margins were 24.0% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to 23.1% for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. The improved gross margins resulted from an increased percentage of total revenues from parts and component sales compared to prior year. Product engineering and development expenses increased $43,000 to $766,000 on increased headcount for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses increased $192,000 to $2,382,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Increased travel expenses and professional fees resulted in the increase in SG&A expenses. Operating income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $1.2 million compared to $2.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 on lower revenues and higher SG&A expenses.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the Company had non-operating income of $1.9 million compared to non-operating expense of $1.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Included in non-operating income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 were net realized and unrealized gains on marketable securities of $1,317,000, due to a strong domestic stock market from October through December of 2019. The effective income tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was 20.0%, compared to 19.9% for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $2.5 million, or $0.17 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.
At December 31, 2019, the Company had $121.6 million of cash and marketable securities, up from $115.6 million at September 30, 2019. Net working capital was $151.7 million at December 31, 2019. The Company had no short-term or long-term debt outstanding at December 31, 2019.
The Company’s backlog was $30.9 million at December 31, 2019 compared to $34.8 million at December 31, 2018.
John Elliott, Gencor’s CEO, commented, “First quarter revenues of $18 million were slightly lower than the prior year as some customers delayed receiving their equipment until the second fiscal quarter due to permitting and other issues unrelated to the company. This resulted in deferral of associated revenues into the next quarter.
Sales activity was steady throughout the quarter and reflected a typical first quarter level. We anticipate sales to continue to be at historical norms for the remainder of fiscal 2020.
Gross profit margin for the first quarter improved as a higher portion of revenues were from parts and component sales which tend to have higher margins than asphalt plant sales. Also, steel plate prices were lower than the first quarter of 2019, contributing to lower comparable cost of sales. The company closely monitors steel prices and from time to time has locked in prices with key suppliers for six to twelve months.
The company continues to invest in its engineering and sales efforts to expand its product line and geographic reach. Gencor will be exhibiting at the 2020 ConExpo-Con/Agg show in March. These growth initiatives have resulted in moderately higher SG&A.”
Gencor Industries is a diversified heavy machinery manufacturer for the production of highway construction materials, synthetic fuels and environmental control machinery and equipment used in a variety of applications.
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