Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gun Salesman of the Year

The Blaze reports on Smith and Wesson's quarterly results, using the phrase "insane earnings" and "revenues skyrocket".
“Gross profit for the first quarter was $51.3 million, or 37.7% of net sales, compared with gross profit of $26.5 million, or 28.9% of net sales, for the comparable quarter last year [emphasis added],” the company said in its press release.
As with most industries, it's best to look at year over year instead of quarter to quarter, but they're done pretty well there, too.  Aside from the slowdown in 2010, it has been pretty steadily upward for the team at S&W. 
 Graph from Zerohedge, who also notes:
Well one comment: when the final bubble does pop (and here we make the wild assumption that no intelligent extraterrestrial life will be found to bail out the central banks in time), at least everyone will be locked and loaded.
(I swear I've used almost those same words about extraterrestrials, although I may have edited them out).
And some highlights from the just released investor presentation:
  • Record-level quarterly sales growth from continuing ops of $136.0M, +48.3% Y/Y
  • Record-level quarterly income from continuing ops of $18.9M, or $0.28 per diluted share
  • Record Adjusted Non-GAAP EBITDAS of $36.1 Million
  • Raised Full Year Fiscal 2013 Financial Guidance
  • Exceeded high end of upwardly revised sales guidance
  • Quarterly unit growth +30.1% vs. market growth +23.5% (Adjusted NICS)
  • Backlog of $392.4M versus $148.8 one year ago
A 263% change in order backlog!   No wonder they're working extra shifts and adding people.
I'm sure you've seen this before...

Smith & Wesson is worth following because as one of the only firearms companies that's publicly traded, it gives us an indication of how the industry is doing. I hope to see Ruger's results soon.


  1. If you go into any of the local gun stores around here it's busier than Walmart on the day everyone gets their food stamps.

    At least we're spending our own money.

    1. busier than Walmart on the day everyone gets their food stamps I am so stealing that line!