STATESVILLE, N.C., March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kewaunee Scientific Corporation (NASDAQ: KEQU) today reported results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2020, ended January 31, 2020.
Sales for the quarter were $34,225,000, a 5.7% increase from sales of $32,372,000 in the prior year third quarter. Domestic sales for the quarter were $26,699,000, up 5.9% from sales of $25,217,000 in the third quarter of last year. International sales for the quarter were $7,526,000, up 5.2% from sales of $7,155,000 in the third quarter last year. The increase in Domestic sales was a result of increased activity in the Company's dealer and distribution sales channels. International sales increased year-over-year as a result of continued deliveries of a large order in the Middle East market.
Pre-tax loss for the quarter was $2,251,000 compared to a profit of $35,000 for the prior year period. Profitability was negatively impacted during the quarter by a restructuring that was initiated and substantially completed within the quarter, higher operating costs due to equipment down-time and a lighter manufacturing load in the quarter. Profitability was also negatively impacted by a strategic order in the Middle East that the Company aggressively secured over two years ago at lower than normal margins. The Company also elected to close its China operations, resulting in a one-time charge in the quarter for exiting the Chinese market.
Net earnings for the third quarter were a loss of $1,918,000, or $0.70 per diluted share, as compared to a loss of $22,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended January 31, 2019.
The Company's order backlog was $93 million at January 31, 2020, as compared to $101 million at April 30, 2019 and $96 million at January 31, 2019. The Company continues to have a strong volume of outstanding quotations globally and is aggressively pursuing these projects.
Total cash on hand was $6.1 million at the end of the quarter, as compared to $11.4 million at the end of the third quarter last year. Working capital was $27.7 million, as compared to $36.1 million at the end of the third quarter last year. Short-term debt and interest rate swaps were $4.0 million at the end of the quarter, as compared to $5.1 million at the end of the third quarter last year. There was no long-term debt at January 31, 2020 compared to $1,556,000 at the end of the third quarter last year. The debt-to-equity ratio at January 31, 2020 was .35-to-1, as compared to .14-to-1 at January 31, 2019.
"Looking forward, we continue to focus on improving profitability through both short and long term actions. These activities included the restructuring plans initiated and substantially completed during this quarter as well as a multi-year plan to invest in our manufacturing capabilities and information technology platform to improve our competitiveness." said Thomas D. Hull III, Kewaunee's President and Chief Executive Officer. "For purposes of our fourth quarter, we are working to ensure that the Company's manufacturing volume is sufficient to operate our facilities efficiently, which in turn will drive an improvement in profitability."
The Company's corporate headquarters are located in Statesville, North Carolina. Direct sales offices are located in the United States, India, and Singapore.Three manufacturing facilities are located in Statesville serving the domestic and international markets, and one manufacturing facility is located in Bangalore, India serving the local and Asian markets. Kewaunee Scientific's website is located at http://www.kewaunee.com.
This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, including statements regarding the Company's future financial condition, results of operations, business operations and business prospects, are forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "predict," "believe" and similar words, expressions and variations of these words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including industry and economic conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning these factors is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. The Company assumes no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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