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December 13, 2018 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) – Gencor Industries, Inc., (NASDAQ: GENC) announced today net revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 increased 10.7% to $20.5 million compared to $18.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Gross profit as a percentage of net revenue increased to 30.9% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 from 19.7% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2017 was negatively impacted due to competitive pricing on two projects.
Income from operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $3.5 million compared to $0.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Operating margin in the quarter increased to 16.7% from 4.5% on cost controls of general and administrative expenses and significantly higher gross margin. The Company had non-operating income of $1.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 compared to $0.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. The Company had tax expense of $0.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 compared to $0.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $3.8 million ($0.26 per basic and diluted share) compared to $1.0 million ($0.07 per basic and diluted share) for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Net revenue for the year ended September 30, 2018 increased 22.3% to $98.6 million compared to $80.6 million for the year ended September 30, 2017. Gross profit as a percentage of net revenue increased to 27.0% for the year ended September 30, 2018 from 26.2% for the year ended September 30, 2017. The Company had operating income for the year ended September 30, 2018 of $13.7 million compared to $10.2 million for the year ended September 30, 2017.
The Company had non-operating income of $1.2 million for the year ended September 30, 2018 compared to $1.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2017.
On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The Tax Reform Act significantly lowered the U.S. corporate federal income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018, while also implementing a territorial tax system and imposing repatriation tax on deemed repatriated earnings of foreign subsidiaries. U.S. GAAP requires that the impact of tax legislation be recognized in the period in which the law was enacted. The effective income tax rate for fiscal 2018 was 15.6% versus 30.9% in fiscal 2017 due primarily to the lowering of federal income tax rates.
The Company’s net income was $12.6 million ($0.87 per basic share and $0.85 per diluted share) for the year ended September 30, 2018, compared to $8.4 million ($0.58 per basic share and $0.57 per diluted share) for the year ended September 30, 2017.
At September 30, 2018, the Company had $112.1 million in cash and marketable securities, an increase of $1.3 million over the September 30, 2017 balance of $110.8 million. Net working capital was $136.6 million at September 30, 2018. The Company has no short- or long-term debt.
The Company’s backlog was $28.0 million at December 1, 2018 compared to $46.0 million at December 1, 2017.
John E. Elliott, Gencor’s CEO, commented, “The Gencor team continued to deliver solid results in the fourth quarter and for the fiscal year. Our strong fourth quarter capped off a successful fiscal 2018 for Gencor, a year where we strengthened our customer relationships, invested in our business, and delivered double digit earnings growth. The company did an excellent job effectively managing supply chain challenges as well as higher raw material costs, while maintaining focus on delivering quality products.
Fourth quarter revenues exceeded $20 million, up 11% from the prior year. Gross margin of 31% was significantly higher due to solid execution and cost management.
Fiscal 2018 was another year of double digit top line growth and improved profitability. The company faced significant inflationary pressures from steel and related purchased parts, but was able to maintain its gross margins through operational improvements implemented over the past few years.
For the third year in a row, fiscal year revenues increased by double digits, gross margins increased and operating margins increased. Fiscal 2018 operating margin of 13.9% is the highest in the company’s history, despite higher material and labor costs.
We still face headwinds, including higher material costs and a stronger US dollar going into fiscal 2019. However, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on demand for asphalt plants and related components as we continue to invest in our business. We have been taking proactive steps to reduce the impact of U.S. tariff policies, raw material inflation and a tight labor market. ”
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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Contact: Eric Mellen, Chief Financial Officer