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SOUTHPORT, CONNECTICUT, August 3, 2022--Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announced today that for the second quarter of 2022 the Company reported net sales of $140.7 million and diluted earnings of $1.17 per share, compared with net sales of $200.1 million and diluted earnings of $2.50 per share in the second quarter of 2021.

For the six months ended July 2, 2022, net sales were $307.2 million and diluted earnings were $2.87 per share. For the corresponding period in 2021, net sales were $384.4 million and diluted earnings were $4.66 per share.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 47¢ per share for the second quarter for stockholders of record as of August 17, 2022, payable on August 31, 2022. This dividend varies every quarter because the Company pays a percentage of earnings rather than a fixed amount per share. This dividend is approximately 40% of net income.

Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Killoy commented on the second quarter of 2022, “Consumer demand for firearms has subsided from the unprecedented levels of the surge that began early in 2020 and remained for most of 2021, resulting in a 30% reduction in our sales from the second quarter of 2021, which was the highest quarter in sales and profitability in our history. Yet our broad and diverse product family helps us weather fluctuations in demand as we adjust production accordingly. While channel inventory of some of our product families, including certain polymer pistols and modern sporting rifles, have been largely replenished, inventories of other product families remain below desired levels.”



Mr. Killoy reaffirmed the Company’s commitment to new product innovation, “We are excited to continue to expand our Marlin product line with the reintroduction of the Marlin Model 1895 Trapper. This lightweight, stainless steel lever-action rifle is chambered in .45-70 Govt. and features a cold hammer-forged threaded barrel. We continue to increase our production of Marlin rifles and look forward to introducing additional Ruger-made Marlin lever-action rifles.”

Mr. Killoy made the following observations related to the Company’s second quarter 2022 performance:

·The estimated unit sell-through of the Company’s products from the independent distributors to retailers decreased 31% in the first half of 2022 compared to the prior year period. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) decreased 17%. These decreases are attributable to decreased consumer demand for firearms from the unprecedented levels of the surge that began in 2020 and remained for most of 2021. The second quarter of 2021 had the highest quarterly distributor unit sell-through in the Company’s history, which led to the significant year-over-year decrease in distributor sell-through in the current quarter.


·Sales of new products, including the PC Charger, the MAX-9 pistol, the LCP MAX pistol, and Marlin 1895 lever-action rifles, represented $33.8 million or 11% of firearm sales in the first half of 2022. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years. Several popular firearms that were considered new products in 2021, including the Wrangler revolver, the Ruger-5.7 pistol, and the LCP II in .22 LR pistol, have now been in production for over two years and are no longer included in new product sales for the first half of 2022.


·Our profitability declined in the second quarter of 2022 from the second quarter of 2021 as our gross margin decreased from 39% to 31%. In addition to unfavorable deleveraging of fixed costs resulting from decreased production and sales, inflationary cost increases in materials, commodities, services, energy, fuel and transportation, partially offset by increased pricing, resulted in the lower margin.


·During the second quarter of 2022, the Company’s finished goods inventory and distributor inventories of the Company’s products increased 49,300 units and 28,200 units, respectively.




·Cash provided by operations during the first half of 2022 was $32.4 million. At July 2, 2022, our cash and short-term investments totaled $208.5 million. Our current ratio is 6.1 to 1 and we have no debt.


·In the first half of 2022, capital expenditures totaled $14.3 million. We expect our 2022 capital expenditures to total approximately $25 million, most of which relate to new product introductions.


·In the first half of 2022, the Company returned $27.2 million to its shareholders through the payment of dividends.


·At July 2, 2022, stockholders’ equity was $387.0 million, which equates to a book value of $21.90 per share, of which $11.80 per share was cash and short-term investments.


Today, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2022. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are attached to this press release.

Tomorrow, August 4, 2022, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the second quarter operating results. Interested parties can listen to the webcast via this link or by visiting Ruger.com/corporate. Those who wish to ask questions during the webcast will need to pre-register prior to the meeting.

The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2022 is available on the SEC website at SEC.gov and the Ruger website at Ruger.com/corporate. Investors are urged to read the complete Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2022 to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments.


About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines, across both the Ruger and Marlin brands. For almost 75 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes our commitment to these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.




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.









(Dollars in thousands)


   July 2, 2022   December 31, 2021 
Current Assets          
Cash  $43,539   $21,044 
Short-term investments   165,000    199,971 
Trade receivables, net   56,243    57,036 
Gross inventories   114,863    100,023 
Less LIFO reserve   (53,532)   (51,826)
Less excess and obsolescence reserve   (4,186)   (4,347)
Net inventories   57,145    43,850 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   12,150    6,832 
Total Current Assets   334,077    328,733 
Property, plant and equipment   434,790    421,282 
Less allowances for depreciation   (359,566)   (347,651)
Net property, plant and equipment   75,224    73,631 
Deferred income taxes   291    536 
Other assets   34,140    39,443 
Total Assets  $443,732   $442,343 









(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)


   July 2, 2022   December 31, 2021 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Current Liabilities          
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses  $27,306   $36,400 
Contract liabilities with customers        
Product liability   441    795 
Employee compensation and benefits   20,643    33,154 
Workers’ compensation   6,105    6,760 
Total Current Liabilities   54,495    77,109 
Product liability accrual   118    97 
Lease liability   2,162    1,476 
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
             2022 – 24,378,568 issued,
                         17,668,670 outstanding
             2021 – 24,306,486 issued,
                         17,596,588 outstanding
   24,378    24,306 
Additional paid-in capital   46,760    46,847 
Retained earnings   461,409    438,098 
Less: Treasury stock – at cost
             2022 – 6,709,898 shares
             2021 – 6,709,898 shares
   (145,590)   (145,590)
Total Stockholders’ Equity   386,957    363,661 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  $443,732   $442,343 









(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)


   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   July 2, 2022   July 3, 2021   July 2, 2022   July 3, 2021 
Net firearms sales  $139,911   $199,447   $305,844   $383,049 
Net castings sales   742    625    1,384    1,400 
Total net sales   140,653    200,072    307,228    384,449 
Cost of products sold   97,099    121,315    205,566    233,126 
Gross profit   43,554    78,757    101,662    151,323 
Operating expenses:                    
Selling   8,630    8,449    17,065    16,537 
General and administrative   9,734    10,639    20,680    23,161 
Total operating expenses   18,364    19,088    37,745    39,698 
Operating income   25,190    59,669    63,917    111,625 
Other income:                    
Interest income   190    12    221    20 
Interest expense   (26)   (25)   (117)   (50)
Other income, net   750    610    1,602    1,061 
Total other income, net   914    597    1,706    1,031 
Income before income taxes   26,104    60,266    65,623    112,656 
Income taxes   5,347    15,882    14,634    30,080 
Net income and comprehensive income  $20,757   $44,384   $50,989   $82,576 
Basic earnings per share  $1.18   $2.52   $2.89   $4.70 
Diluted earnings per share  $1.17   $2.50   $2.87   $4.66 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic
   17,652,148    17,590,305    17,631,060    17,574,798 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted
   17,799,707    17,766,868    17,762,765    17,735,910 
Cash dividends per share  $0.68   $0.86   $1.54   $1.57 








(Dollars in thousands)


   Six Months Ended 
   July 2, 2022   July 3, 2021 
Operating Activities          
Net income  $50,989   $82,576 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   13,464    14,751 
Stock-based compensation   3,356    5,043 
Gain on sale of assets   (56)   (58)
Deferred income taxes   245    1,854 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Trade receivables   793    (18,183)
Inventories   (13,295)   (2,910)
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses   (9,662)   1,686 
Contract liability with customers       (84)
Employee compensation and benefits   (13,019)   (9,429)
Product liability   (333)   (116)
Prepaid expenses, other assets and other liabilities   (103)   (2,050)
Income taxes payable       3,119 
Cash provided by operating activities   32,379    76,199 
Investing Activities          
Property, plant and equipment additions   (14,330)   (11,464)
Proceeds from sale of assets   16    73 
Purchases of short-term investments   (199,992)   (271,984)
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments   234,963    242,997 
Cash provided by (used for) investing activities   20,657    (40,378)
Financing Activities          
Remittance of taxes withheld from employees related to
share-based compensation
   (3,371)   (4,801)
Dividends paid   (27,170)   (27,606)
Cash used for financing activities   (30,541)   (32,407)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents   22,495    3,414 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   21,044    20,147 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $43,539   $23,561 






Non-GAAP Financial Measures


In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding its financial results, the Company refers to various United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) financial measures and two non-GAAP financial measures, EBITDA and EBITDA margin, which management believes provides useful information to investors. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled financial measures being disclosed by other companies. In addition, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that EBITDA and EBITDA margin are useful to understanding its operating results and the ongoing performance of its underlying business, as EBITDA provides information on the Company’s ability to meet its capital expenditure and working capital requirements, and is also an indicator of profitability. The Company believes that this reporting provides better transparency and comparability to its operating results. The Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company’s financial performance.


EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Company calculates this by adding the amount of interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expenses that have been deducted from net income back into net income, and subtracting the amount of interest income that was included in net income from net income to arrive at EBITDA. The Company calculates EBITDA margin by dividing EBITDA by total net sales.


Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA


(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)

   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
   July 2, 2022   July 3, 2021   July 2, 2022   July 3, 2021 
Net income  $20,757   $44,384   $50,989   $82,576 
Income tax expense   5,347    15,882    14,634    30,080 
Depreciation and amortization expense   6,709    7,250    13,464    14,751 
Interest income   (190)   (12)   (221)   (20)
Interest expense   26    25    117    50 
EBITDA  $32,649   $67,529   $78,983   $127,437 
EBITDA margin   23.2%    33.8%    25.7%    33.1%