DALLAS -- CompX International Inc. announced today sales of $35.7 million for the third quarter of 2010 compared to $29.4 million in the same period of 2009. Operating income was $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to an operating loss of $159,000 in the same period in 2009. Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to net income of $511,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2010 sales were $102.9 million compared to $87.1 million in the previous year. Operating income was $7.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to an operating loss of $2.0 million for 2009. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was $2.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in 2009. The 2010 nine month period net income was impacted by a $1.9 million ($0.15 per diluted share) income tax charge in the first quarter of 2010 resulting from a change in the Company's expectation relating to the repatriation of certain non-U.S. earnings.
Net sales increased principally due to improved order rates from customers across all business segments as a result of a positive change in the economic conditions in North America. The increase in operating income in the third quarter and nine month periods of 2010 over the comparable 2009 periods is primarily due to the net effects of (i) an increase in contribution from the higher sales, (ii) improved margin percentage due to the higher sales increasing the utilization of production capacity and the coverage of fixed manufacturing costs, (iii) lower litigation expense in 2010 and (iv) the negative effects of relative changes in foreign currency exchange rates in 2010. Additionally, the third quarter of 2010 was negatively impacted by a $500,000 write-down related to assets held for sale.
"We are very pleased with the 22% increase in sales and an improvement in gross margin percentage during the quarter compared to the third quarter of 2009," commented David A. Bowers, President & CEO. "We continue to see gains in our gross margin percentage as a result of the positive impact of right sizing our business during the downturn and working to maintain an efficient cost structure as customer demand returns. While the improvement in demand so far during 2010 has been significant, the future rate of improvement remains uncertain as does the overall economy. Given this environment, we expect to continue to focus our efforts on gaining market share and maintaining an efficient cost structure."
CompX is a leading manufacturer of security products, furniture components and performance marine components. It operates from six locations in the U.S., Canada and Taiwan and employs approximately 800 people.
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