Fedders Sales Climb 27.3% In Q4

By Jeff Malester On Oct 13 2003 - 6:00am

Increased global sales of air-conditioning products helped lift fiscal fourth quarter sales at Fedders by 27.3 percent, hitting $116.9 million, up from $91.8 million in the year-ago period.

While operating income in the fourth quarter, ended Aug. 31, about tripled, to $9.7 million, from $3.3 million in the same three months a year earlier, net income for the same time frame decreased to $3.7 million, compared with $5.5 million year-on-year. The fourth quarter of 2002 included a tax benefit of $6.2 million.

Gross profit in the 2003 fourth quarter was $24.8 million, or 21.2 percent of sales, compared with $18.6 million, or 20.3 percent of sales in the prior-year period — a 90-basis-point increase in gross profit margin for the most recent three months.

Fedders, which is a global manufacturer of air-treatment products — including air conditioners, air cleaners, dehumidifiers and thermal technology products — reported record fiscal year sales of $421.7 million, a 12.8 percent increase over the $373.7 million recorded a year earlier.

Although operating income for the 12 months climbed 52 percent, reaching $30.8 million, up from $20.3 million year over year, Fedders recorded a net loss of $3.1 million, compared with net income of $8 million in the year-ago period. Net income applicable to common stockholders, before the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle for the treatment of goodwill, was $8.2 million, compared with $8 million in the previous fiscal year.

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