Marine Products Corporation reports third quarter 2013 financial results

Marine Products Corp.
October 25, 2013
Filed under News

ATLANTA, October 23, 2013 – Marine Products Corporation (NYSE: MPX) announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive and inboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Premiere Sport Yachts, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, Marine Products generated net sales of $41,989,000, a 9.1 percent increase compared to $38,494,000 in the same period the prior year. The increase in net sales was due primarily to an increase in the average gross selling price per boat, as well as an increase in parts and accessories sales, since consolidated unit sales were unchanged during the quarter compared to the prior year. Average selling prices per boat increased during the quarter because of a model mix that included higher sales of our Robalo outboard sport fishing boats, which carry higher average selling prices than many of our other models.

Gross profit for the quarter was $7,731,000, or 18.4 percent of net sales, a 4.8 percent increase compared to gross profit of $7,374,000, or 19.2 percent of net sales, in the same period the prior year. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit decreased due to higher employment costs this quarter compared to the prior year, partially offset by lower materials costs as a percentage of net sales due to a favorable model mix.

Operating profit for the quarter increased by less than one percent to $2,796,000 compared to $2,773,000 in the third quarter of last year due to higher gross profit, offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $4,935,000 in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $4,601,000 last year due to higher advertising and research and development costs, as well as higher costs that vary with sales, such as warranty expense and sales commissions. As a percentage of net sales, these expenses were approximately the same in the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2012. Interest income was $83,000 during the third quarter of 2013, a decline of 57.7 percent compared to $196,000 during the third quarter of 2012. Interest income declined during the quarter primarily due to a lower marketable securities balance during the third quarter of 2013 compared to the prior year. Our marketable securities balance declined compared to the prior year due to our $20.8 million special dividend paid in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was $2,002,000, compared to net income of $2,110,000 for the third quarter of 2012. Diluted earnings per share were $0.05 in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $0.06 in the third quarter of last year.

Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $128,507,000, an increase of 11.9 percent compared to the first nine months of 2012. Net income for the nine-month period was $5,386,000 or $0.15 earnings per diluted share, compared to net income of $5,915,000, or $0.16 earnings per diluted share in the prior year.

Richard A. Hubbell, Marine Products’ Chief Executive Officer stated, “Our financial results for the third quarter reflect a moderately improved domestic retail selling season compared to 2012 and continued market approval of our products. We believe that the 2013 retail selling season in many regions of the United States was negatively impacted by a cold, rainy spring. While the retail selling season improved compared to last year, it was not as strong as we had expected. In spite of this, the market enthusiastically received our 2013 and 2014 models. In particular, our Robalo offshore sport fishing boats sold well. At the end of the quarter, our dealer inventories and order backlog were consistent with normal levels for this point in the year, so we believe that our current production levels are appropriate.

“Our dealers and retail consumers continue to be excited about our products. The updated market share statistics from Statistical Surveys, Inc., show that for the first six months of 2013, Chaparral’s share of the 18- to 35-foot sterndrive market grew to 14.0 percent, compared to 11.6 percent during the same period in 2012, and that we held the largest market share within this segment. We appreciate this recognition, and have started shipping 2014 model year boats which we believe will continue to appeal to our markets. These new models include the Chaparral 307 SSX, which bridges the size gap between our 277 SSX and 327 SSX. Also, we are now producing two 21-foot Chaparral H2O models, and we are introducing our first Robalo Bay Boat, the 206 Cayman. We received positive feedback from our dealers on these models during our recent annual dealer conference, and we look forward to introducing them to the retail market in the upcoming winter boat show season,” said Hubbell.

“At its regular quarterly meeting yesterday, our Board of Directors voted to declare a special year-end dividend in addition to our regular quarterly cash dividend. This special dividend of $0.03 per share is in addition to our normal quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share. Both dividends will be paid on December 10, 2013 to shareholders of record as of November 8, 2013. This special dividend represents a prudent use of our capital to reward our shareholders for their support of our company. Our balance sheet will remain strong and liquid following payment of this dividend and will continue to support our sales growth and allow us to pursue strategic opportunities to enhance our shareholder value over the long term,” concluded Hubbell.

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