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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Earnings of 42¢ Per Share

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Earnings of 42¢ Per Share17:05 EDT Tuesday, April 26, 2011 SOUTHPORT, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR), announced today that for the first quarter 2011, the Company reported net sales of $75.4 million and earnings of 42¢ per share, compared with net sales of $68.3 million and earnings of 44¢ per share in 2010. Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Fifer made the following comments related to the Company's results: The Company launched the new LC9 pistol and the new Gunsite Scout rifle in the first quarter of 2011. New product introductions remain a strong driver of demand and represented $20.8 million or 29% of sales in the first quarter of 2011. Demand for our products remained strong in the first quarter of 2011. The estimated sell-through of the Company's products from distributors to retailers in the first quarter of 2011 increased by approximately 12% from the first quarter of 2010 and 21% from the fourth quarter of 2010. The incoming order rate in the first quarter of 2011 increased 65% from the first quarter of 2010 and more than doubled from the fourth quarter of 2010. National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) increased 13% from the first quarter of 2010 and decreased 7% from the fourth quarter of 2010. Cash generated from operations during the first quarter of 2011 was $20.7 million. At April 2, 2011, our cash and equivalents and short-term investments totaled $72.4 million. Our current ratio is 3.0 to 1 and we have no debt. During the first quarter of 2011, capital expenditures totaled $4.3 million, much of it related to tooling and equipment for new products. We expect to invest approximately $15 million for capital expenditures during 2011. At April 2, 2011, stockholders' equity was $119.2 million, which equates to a book value of $6.32 per share, of which $3.84 per share was cash and equivalents and short-term investments. During the first quarter of 2011, we returned $2.9 million to our shareholders through: 1. The payment of $0.9 million of dividends, and 2. The repurchase of 133,400 shares of our common stock in the open market at an average price of $14.94 per share, for a total of $2.0 million. As of the end of the first quarter of 2011, $8.0 million remains available for future stock repurchases. Today, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2011. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are attached to this press release. The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q is available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov and the Ruger website at www.ruger.com/corporate/. Investors are urged to read the complete Form 10-Q to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments. About Sturm, Ruger Sturm, Ruger was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with manufacturing facilities located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ. 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.   STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.   Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited)(Dollars in thousands, except share data)     April 2,2011     December 31,2010       Assets   Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $5,390 $ 5,132 Short-term investments 66,982 52,493 Trade receivables, net 30,430 31,565   Gross inventories 41,703 48,820 Less LIFO reserve (36,858 ) (37,448 ) Less excess and obsolescence reserve   (1,297 )   (1,545 ) Net inventories   3,548     9,827     Deferred income taxes 5,312 4,780 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   957     1,427   Total Current Assets 112,619 105,224   Property, plant and equipment 154,519 150,379 Less allowances for depreciation   (110,218 )   (107,458 ) Net property, plant and equipment   44,301     42,921   Deferred income taxes 4,496 5,443 Other assets   5,098     4,173   Total Assets   $166,514     $157,761       STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.   Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (Continued)(Dollars in thousands, except share data)       April 2,2011   December 31,2010     Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   Current Liabilities Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses $19,953 $ 16,492 Product liability 749 449 Employee compensation and benefits 8,539 10,923 Workers' compensation 4,750 4,893 Income taxes payable   3,521   582   Total Current Liabilities 37,512 33,339   Accrued pension liability 9,356 9,369 Product liability accrual 445 573   Contingent liabilities -- --   Stockholders' Equity Common Stock, non-voting, par value $1: Authorized shares 50,000; none issued -- -- Common Stock, par value $1: Authorized shares – 40,000,000 2011 – 23,170,742 issued, 18,871,308 outstanding 2010 – 23,003,285 issued, 18,837,251 outstanding 23,171 23,003 Additional paid-in capital 9,428 9,885 Retained earnings 144,134 137,125 Less: Treasury stock – at cost 2011 – 4,299,434 shares 2010 – 4,166,034 shares (37,884 ) (35,885 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (19,648 ) (19,648 ) Total Stockholders' Equity   119,201   114,480   Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $166,514   $157,761       STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.   Condensed Statements of Income (Unaudited)(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)       Three Months Ended     April 2,2011   April 3,2010       Net firearms sales $74,441 $67,269 Net castings sales   1,000   1,007   Total net sales 75,441 68,276   Cost of products sold 51,446 45,145             Gross profit   23,995   23,131     Operating expenses: Selling 6,912 5,899 General and administrative 4,625 3,932 Other operating expenses, net   -   400   Total operating expenses   11,537   10,231     Operating income   12,458   12,900     Other income: Interest income (expense), net 50 (33 ) Other income, net   106   127   Total other income, net   156   94     Income before income taxes 12,614 12,994   Income taxes   4,667   4,678     Net income   $ 7,947   $ 8,316     Basic earnings per share   $0.42   $0.44     Fully diluted earnings per share   $0.42   $0.43     Cash dividends per share   $0.05   $0.06       STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.   Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)(Dollars in thousands)       Three Months Ended     April 2,2011     April 3,2010     Operating Activities Net income $ 7,947 $ 8,316 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operatingactivities: Depreciation 2,930 2,135 Slow moving inventory valuation adjustment (125 ) (761 ) Stock-based compensation 459 628 Loss (Gain) on sale of assets (7 ) (3 ) Deferred income taxes (1,556 ) (408 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Trade receivables 1,135 (2,566 ) Inventories 6,404 3,258 Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses 3,319 (229 ) Employee compensation and benefits (2,384 ) (4,607 ) Product liability 172 (262 ) Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities (472 ) 242 Income taxes payable   2,914     4,189   Cash provided by operating activities   20,736     9,932     Investing Activities Property, plant and equipment additions (4,306 ) (5,696 ) Proceeds from sale of assets 7 5 Purchases of short-term investments (61,483 ) (34,992 ) Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments   46,994     32,498   Cash used for investing activities   (18,788 )   (8,185 )   Financing Activities Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 1,247 33 Repurchase of common stock (1,999 ) - Dividends paid   (938 )   (1,146 ) Cash used for financing activities   (1,690 )   (1,113 )   Increase in cash and cash equivalents 258 634   Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 5,132 5,008               Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 5,390     $ 5,642   Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.One Lacey PlaceSouthport, CT 06890www.ruger.com203-259-7843