February 27, 2013 at 17:05 PM EST
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports 2012 Fully Diluted Earnings of $3.60 Per Share and Declares Dividend of 40.4¢ Per Share

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR), announced today that for 2012, the Company reported net sales of $491.8 million and fully diluted earnings of $3.60 per share, compared with net sales of $328.8 million and fully diluted earnings of $2.09 per share in 2011.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, net sales were $141.8 million and fully diluted earnings were $1.00 per share. For the corresponding period in 2011, net sales were $93.2 million and fully diluted earnings were 54¢ per share.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 40.4¢ per share for the fourth quarter, for shareholders of record as of March 8, 2013, payable on March 22, 2013. This dividend varies every quarter because the Company pays a percent of earnings rather than a fixed amount per share. This dividend is approximately 40% of net income.

Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Fifer made the following observations related to the Company’s results:

  • Our earnings increased 77% in 2012, driven by the 50% growth in sales and our ongoing focus on continuous improvement in our operations.
  • New product introductions were a significant component of our sales growth as new product sales represented $182.0 million or 38% of firearm sales in 2012. New product introductions in 2012 included:
    • the Ruger American rifle,
    • the 10/22 TakeDown rifle,
    • the SR22 pistol,
    • the 22/45 Lite pistol, and
    • the Single-Nine revolver.
  • Demand for our products outpaced the growth in overall industry demand as measured by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) for both the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 as illustrated below:
Period ended December 31, 2012
Q4 Twelve months
Increase in estimated Ruger Units Sold

from Distributors to Retailers

73%

63%

Increase in total adjusted NICS Background Checks

41%

28%

  • Cash generated from operations during 2012 was $87.2 million. At December 31, 2012, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $31 million, a decrease of $50 million from December 2011 due to the $87 million special dividend paid in December. Our current ratio is 1.6 to 1 and we have no debt.
  • In 2012, capital expenditures totaled $27.3 million, much of it related to new products and the expansion of production capacity. We expect to invest approximately $30 million for capital expenditures during 2013.
  • In 2012, the Company returned $111.5 million to its shareholders through the payment of dividends.
  • At December 31, 2012, stockholders’ equity was $95.0 million, which equates to a book value of $4.93 per share, of which $1.61 per share was cash and equivalents.

Today, the Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2012. The financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are attached to this press release.

The Annual Report on Form 10-K 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K 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.
Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

December 31,2012 2011
Assets
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 30,978 $ 81,056
Trade receivables, net 43,018 42,225
Gross inventories 55,827 49,004
Less LIFO reserve (38,089 ) (37,476 )
Less excess and obsolescence reserve (1,729 ) (1,311 )
Net inventories 16,009 10,217
Deferred income taxes 5,284 5,776
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,632 6,968
Total Current Assets 96,921 146,242
Property, Plant, and Equipment 195,713 169,142
Less allowances for depreciation (129,720 ) (116,195 )
Net property, plant and equipment 65,993 52,947
Deferred income taxes 2,004 32
Other assets 9,568 7,289
Total Assets $ 174,486 $ 206,510

STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Balance Sheets (Continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

December 31,2012 2011
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 38,500 $ 28,592
Product liability 720 1,305
Employee compensation and benefits 15,182 14,882
Workers’ compensation 4,600 4,600
Income taxes payable 489 217
Total Current Liabilities 59,491 49,596
Accrued pension liability 19,626 19,082
Product liability 337 441
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
2012 – 23,562,422 issued,
19,262,988 outstanding
2011 – 23,382,566 issued,
19,083,132 outstanding 23,563 23,383
Additional paid-in capital 15,531 10,454
Retained earnings 123,442 168,981
Less: Treasury stock – at cost
2012 and 2011 – 4,299,434 shares

(37,884

)

(37,884

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss (29,620

)

(27,543 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity 95,032 137,391
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 174,486 $ 206,510

STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Year ended December 31,2012 2011 2010
Net firearms sales $ 484,933 $ 324,200 $ 251,680
Net castings sales 6,891 4,616 3,526
Total net sales 491,824 328,816 255,206
Cost of products sold 312,871 217,058 171,224
Gross profit 178,953 111,758 83,982
Operating Expenses:
Selling 38,363 28,691 23,517
General and administrative 29,231 20,970 16,652
Other operating expenses (income), net 293 (319 ) 420
Total operating expenses 67,887 49,342 40,589
Operating income 111,066 62,416 43,393
Other income:
Royalty income 824 873 429
Interest income 34 29 48
Interest expense (95 ) (110 ) (143 )
Other income, net 280 308 422
Total other income, net 1,043 1,100 756
Income before income taxes 112,109 63,516 44,149
Income taxes 41,480 23,501 15,894
Net income 70,629 40,015 28,255
Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:
Defined benefit pension plans (2,077 ) (7,895 ) 714
Comprehensive income $ 68,552 $ 32,120 $ 28,969
Basic Earnings Per Share $ 3.69 $ 2.12 $ 1.48
Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share $ 3.60 $ 2.09 $ 1.46
Cash Dividends Per Share $ 5.80 $ 0.43 $ 0.33

STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in thousands)

Year ended December 31,2012 2011 2010
Operating Activities
Net income $ 70,629 $ 40,015 $ 28,255
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash

provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 14,888 12,148 9,207
Stock-based compensation 4,718 2,953 2,589
Excess and obsolescence inventory reserve 761 (234 ) (1,057 )
Loss (gain) on sale of assets (944 ) (26 ) 22
Deferred income taxes (1,480 ) 8,205 493
Impairment charge (1,134 ) - -
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables (793 ) (10,660 ) (6,516 )
Inventories (6,553 ) (156 ) 888
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses 9,908 11,807 3,932
Employee compensation and benefits (4,345 ) 3,959 (1,967 )
Product liability (689 ) 724 (1,060 )
Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities

1,947

(10,961

)

(1,333

)

Income taxes payable 272 (365 ) (962 )
Cash provided by operating activities 87,185 57,409 32,491
Investing Activities
Property, plant, and equipment additions (27,282 ) (22,135 ) (19,409 )
Purchases of short-term investments (59,966 ) (122,978 ) (164,966 )
Proceeds from sales or maturities of short-term investments

59,966

175,471

163,214

Net proceeds from sale of assets 1,003 319 21
Cash (used for) provided by investing activities (26,279 ) 30,677 (21,140 )
Financing Activities
Dividends paid (111,523 ) (8,159 ) (6,317 )
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 3,474 3,855 1,923
Repurchase of common stock - (1,999 ) (5,718 )
Payment of employee withholding tax related to share-based compensation

(3,083

)

(5,859

)

(1,115

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options 148 - -
Cash used for financing activities (110,984 ) (12,162 ) (11,227 )
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (50,078 ) 75,924 124
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 81,056 5,132 5,008
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 30,978 $ 81,056 $ 5,132

Contacts:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
One Lacey Place
Southport, CT 06890
www.ruger.com
203-259-7843
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