Atrion Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019
ALLEN, Texas, Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRI) announced today that for the fourth quarter of 2019 revenues were $34.5 million compared to $34.9 million in the same period of 2018, net income was $8.1 million compared to $7.7 million in the prior year period, and diluted earnings per share were $4.33 compared to $4.17 in the prior-year period. For the full year 2019 compared to 2018, Atrion increased revenues to $155.1 million from $152.4 million, net income was $36.8 million compared to $34.3 million, and diluted earnings per share were $19.73 compared to $18.44.
David Battat, President & CEO, commenting on the results for the fourth quarter and the full year 2019 as compared to the prior year periods, said, "Revenues were up 2% for the year, but down 1% for the quarter partly due to a critical nationwide shortage of sterilization capacity. We have contracted for additional sterilization capacity, enabling us to fully meet our current requirements." Mr. Battat continued, "While operating income continued to reflect an enviable ratio of 26% to sales, it was down 3% in the quarter and for the full year." Mr. Battat added, "With the benefit of a lower tax rate and an increase in the value of our investment portfolio, net income and diluted earnings per share were both up 4% for the quarter and 7% for the full year."
Mr. Battat added, "During the year we increased our dividend payout by 15%, while adding $11.1 million to our cash and short and long term investments bringing that total to $100.6 million as of December 31, 2019."
Mr. Battat concluded, "For the first quarter of 2020, sales and operating income are forecasted to be slightly below the prior year period. We expect each subsequent quarter in 2020 to show progressively higher positive comparisons in both measures, with the full year reflecting high single digit growth in sales and low double digit growth in operating income."
Atrion Corporation develops and manufactures products primarily for medical applications. The Company's website is www.atrioncorp.com.
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