Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports 2020 Diluted Earnings of $5.09 Per Share and Declares Dividend of 71¢ Per Share

SOUTHPORT, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021–
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announced today that for 2020 the Company reported net sales of $568.9 million and diluted earnings of $5.09 per share, compared with net sales of $410.5 million and diluted earnings of $1.82 per share in 2019.
For the fourth quarter of 2020, net sales were $169.3 million and diluted earnings were $1.78 per share. For the corresponding period in 2019, net sales were $105.1 million and diluted earnings were 46¢ per share.
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 71¢ per share for the fourth quarter for stockholders of record as of March 12, 2021, payable on March 26, 2021. 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 reflected on the strong financial results for the year, “Our tremendous sales growth and profitability in 2020 was driven by the historic surge in consumer demand that began late in the first quarter and continued throughout the year. But that is only part of the story. Our ability to capitalize on this opportunity was only possible through the efforts of our remarkable workforce of 1,800 dedicated employees. I would be remiss if I did not mention the extraordinary work of our COVID-19 Task Force and our leadership teams at all of our facilities. They have risen to the daily challenges posed by the pandemic and have worked tirelessly, keeping our folks healthy and our facilities sanitized. I could not be prouder of everyone’s performance. It truly was a team effort.”
Mr. Killoy commented on 2021, “I am excited as we head into 2021. Our workforce has been strengthened by 250 folks since the middle of 2020, which drove a 30% increase in production during the latter half of the year. We look forward to launching new products that are sure to create excitement among shooters and we are hard at work getting the Marlin manufacturing cells established and look forward to broadening our catalog of rugged, reliable, and exciting products with the addition of Marlin lever action rifles in late 2021. And as a result of the unprecedented demand in 2020, inventories remain depleted throughout the channel, so inventory replenishment provides further opportunity.”
Mr. Killoy made the following observations related to the Company’s 2020 performance:

  • In 2020, sales increased 39% from 2019 and the estimated unit sell-through of the Company’s products from the independent distributors to retailers increased 44% from 2019. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) increased 60%. These substantial increases are attributable to increased consumer demand for firearms in 2020, and have likely been constrained due to limited available inventory in the distribution channel.
  • Sales of new products, including the Wrangler revolver, the Ruger-57 pistol, the LCP II in .22 LR pistol, the PC Charger, and the AR-556 pistol, represented $111 million or 22% of firearm sales in 2020. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years.
  • In 2020, the Company’s finished goods inventory decreased 58,600 units and distributor inventories of the Company’s products decreased 231,200 units. In the aggregate, total Company and distributor inventories decreased 86% in 2020.
  • Cash provided by operations during 2020 was $143.8 million. At December 31, 2020, our cash and short-term investments totaled $141.2 million. Our current ratio is 2.9 to 1 and we have no debt.
  • In 2020, capital expenditures totaled $24.2 million. In addition, the Company acquired substantially all of the Marlin Firearms assets for $28.3 million in November 2020. We expect our 2021 capital expenditures to total approximately $20 million, most of which relate to new product introductions. Our ability to shift manufacturing equipment between cells, and between facilities, improves overall utilization and allows for reduced capital investment.
  • In 2020, the Company returned $113.9 million to its shareholders through the payment of dividends, reflecting the customary quarterly dividends and a special dividend of $5.00 per share that was paid in August.
  • At December 31, 2020, stockholders’ equity was $264.7 million, which equates to a book value of $15.13 per share, of which $8.07 per share was cash and short-term investments.

Today, the Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2020. The financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are attached to this press release.
Tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, 2021, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the 2020 operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast atRuger.com/corporateor by dialing855-871-7398, participant code7579785.
The Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2020 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.
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. 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.

STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
December 31, 2020   2019  
     
Assets    
 
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 20,147   $ 35,420  
Short-term investments 121,007   129,488  
Trade receivables, net 57,876   52,640  
     
Gross inventories 80,487   79,011  
Less LIFO reserve (48,016 ) (47,137 )
Less excess and obsolescence reserve (3,394 ) (3,573 )
Net inventories 29,077   28,301  
     
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,266   3,467  
Total Current Assets 234,373   249,316  
     
Property, Plant, and Equipment 393,843   372,482  
Less allowances for depreciation (323,110 ) (298,568 )
Net property, plant and equipment 70,733   73,914  
     
Deferred income taxes 1,530   5,393  
Other assets 41,622   20,338  
Total Assets $ 348,258   $ 348,961  
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Continued)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
December 31, 2020   2019  
     
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
   
Current Liabilities    
     
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 37,078   $ 29,771  
Contract liabilities with customers 84   9,623  
Product liability 1,052   735  
Employee compensation and benefits 37,275   14,273  
Workers’ compensation 6,272   5,619  
Income taxes payable   1,223  
Total Current Liabilities 81,761   61,244  
     
Lease liability 1,724   2,176  
Product liability accrual 74   83  
     
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    
2020 – 24,205,749 issued,    
17,495,851 outstanding    
2019 – 24,160,424 issued,    
17,450,526 outstanding 24,206   24,160  
Additional paid-in capital 43,468   38,683  
Retained earnings 342,615   368,205  
Less: Treasury stock – at cost    
2020 – 6,709,898 shares    
2019 – 6,709,898 shares (145,590 ) (145,590 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity 264,699   285,458  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 348,258   $ 348,961  
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Year ended December 31, 2020   2019   2018  
       
Net firearms sales $565,863   $406,326   $490,607  
Net castings sales 3,005   4,180   5,028  
Total net sales 568,868   410,506   495,635  
       
Cost of products sold 377,427   310,958   361,277  
       
Gross profit 191,441   99,548   134,358  
       
Operating Expenses:      
Selling 33,332   29,775   35,111  
General and administrative 39,013   30,344   32,248  
Other operating expense (income), net (52 ) 54   (10 )
Total operating expenses 72,293   60,173   67,349  
       
Operating income 119,148   39,375   67,009  
       
Other income:      
Royalty income 814   698   804  
Interest income 1,126   2,594   211  
Interest expense (191 ) (192 ) (330 )
Other income, net 84   552   1,020  
Total other income, net 1,833   3,652   1,705  
       
Income before income taxes 120,981   43,027   68,714  
       
Income taxes 30,583   10,736   17,781  
       
Net income and comprehensive income $ 90,398   $ 32,291   $ 50,933  
       
       
Basic Earnings Per Share $5.17   $1.85   $2.92  
       
Diluted Earnings Per Share $5.09   $1.82   $2.88  
       
Cash Dividends Per Share $6.51   $0.82   $1.10  
STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
 
Year ended December 31, 2020   2019   2018  
       
Operating Activities      
Net income $ 90,398   $ 32,291   $ 50,933  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash
provided by operating activities:
     
Depreciation and amortization 27,576   29,331   31,972  
Stock-based compensation 6,128   6,330   5,809  
Excess and obsolescence inventory reserve   1,046   (185 )
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (52 ) 54   (10 )
Deferred income taxes 3,863   (2,424 ) (4,371 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Trade receivables (5,236 ) (7,609 ) 15,051  
Inventories 10,624   2,073   8,479  
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses 7,954   (3,646 ) 939  
Contract liability to customers (9,539 ) 2,146   5,250  
Employee compensation and benefits 20,910   (6,646 ) 6,009  
Product liability 308   (354 ) 353  
Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities (7,905 ) (888 ) (3,757 )
Income taxes payable (1,223 ) (2,117 ) 3,340  
Cash provided by operating activities 143,806   49,587   119,812  
       
Investing Activities      
Property, plant, and equipment additions (24,229 ) (20,296 ) (10,541 )
Purchase of Marlin assets (28,316 )    
Purchases of short-term investments (369,439 ) (282,738 ) (114,259 )
Proceeds from maturity of short-term investments 377,920   267,576    
Net proceeds from sale of assets 178   14   10  
Cash used for investing activities (43,886 ) (35,444 ) (124,790 )
       
Financing Activities      
Dividends paid (113,896 ) (14,319 ) (19,201 )
Repurchase of common stock   (1,995 )  
Payment of employee withholding tax related to share-based compensation (1,297 ) (901 ) (816 )
Cash used for financing activities (115,193 ) (17,215 ) (20,017 )
       
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (15,273 ) (3,072 ) (24,995 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 35,420   38,492   63,487  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 20,147   $ 35,420   $ 38,492  

Non-GAAP Financial Measure
In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding its results, the Company refers to various United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) financial measures and one non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA, which management believes provides useful information to investors. This non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures being disclosed by other companies. In addition, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful to understanding its operating results and the ongoing performance of its underlying business, as EBITDA provides information on the Company’s ability to meet its capital expenditure and working capital requirements, and is also an indicator of profitability. The Company believes that this reporting provides better transparency and comparability to its operating results. The Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate its financial performance.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA
EBITDA
(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)
 
Year ended December 31, 2020   2019  
     
Net income $90,398   $32,291  
     
Income tax expense 30,583   10,736  
Depreciation and amortization expense 27,576   29,331  
Interest expense 191   192  
Interest income (1,126 ) (2,594 )
EBITDA $147,622   $69,956  

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Company calculates this by adding the amount of interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation and amortization expenses that have been deducted from net income back into net income, and subtracting the amount of interest income that was included in net income from net income to arrive at EBITDA. The Company’s EBITDA calculation also excludes any one-time non-cash, non-operating expense.
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CONTACT: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
One Lacey Place
Southport, CT 06890
www.ruger.com
203-259-7843
KEYWORD: CONNECTICUT UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL SPORTS MANUFACTURING SPECIALTY OTHER MANUFACTURING HUNTING
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