FOUNTAIN POWERBOATS ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR ITS FISCAL 2005 YEAR END
Sales Up 20 Percent to $71 Million for the Year
WASHINGTON, NC 10/13/2005 05:00 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)
Fountain Powerboats, Inc. (AMEX:FPB), a subsidiary of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc. and leading manufacturer of high performance sport boats, fish boats and express cruisers, today announced results for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2005.
Net sales for fiscal 2005 were $71,182,069, a 20 percent increase, compared to sales of $59,296,964 for fiscal 2004. The Company reported an operating profit of $1,766,347 for the year, compared to an operating profit of $1,830,080 for fiscal 2004. Net income for fiscal 2005 was $756,212, or net income per share of $0.16 on a basic basis and $0.15 on a diluted basis, compared to net income of $609,087, or earnings per share of $0.13 on a basic and diluted basis for fiscal 2004.
"The fourth quarter produced record revenue and record gross profit for the Company," commented Fountain Chief Financial Officer, Irving Smith. "The months of construction associated with the streamlining of our manufacturing facility, combined with the introduction of several new boat models and the integration of approximately 60 new manufacturing personnel, adversely affected productivity and gross profit margins for the first, second and part of the third quarter of fiscal 2005.
Smith continued, "With construction completed and new employees trained, the fourth quarter produced revenue of $20,469,099, with a gross profit of $3,649,919, and a gross profit margin of 18 percent. This compares to a gross profit of $1,993,148, or a gross profit margin of 12 percent, for the first quarter; $2,375,903, or 14 percent, for the second quarter; and $2,891,593, or 17 percent, for the third quarter. Operating income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 was $854,130, with net income of $631,686, or net earnings per share of $0.13 on a basic and diluted basis, a significant improvement over the first three quarters of fiscal 2005."
The Company's balance sheet remains strong, with $4 million in cash and cash equivalents and a current ratio of 1.22:1. Shareholders' equity of was approximately $6.7 million, a 17 percent increase compared to fiscal 2004. The Company has $7 million key man life insurance policies on Chief Executive Officer and President, Reginald M. Fountain, Jr., that have a cash surrender value of $2.2 million that is immediately available for withdrawal by the Company as a loan, using the cash value as collateral. The combined total of cash on hand and life insurance cash value at the end of fiscal 2005 provided the Company $6.2 million available cash and additional borrowings.
"The investment to streamline operations has positioned the Company to meet its projected revenue of $80 million for fiscal 2006," said Fountain Powerboats Chief Executive Officer and President, Reginald M. Fountain, Jr. "We are entering fiscal 2006 with a strong backlog of approximately $52 million, which represents 255 boats, compared to a backlog of $39 million, or 206 boats, for fiscal 2005. While we are all concerned about rising fuel prices, hurricanes, rising interest rates and consumer confidence, the demand for our products within our target market continues to grow.
"We are looking forward to great success at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in October, followed by the New York Boat Show in January and the Miami Boat Show in February," added Fountain. "The three boat shows generated revenue of approximately $20 million in fiscal 2005."
The Company launched four new boats during fiscal 2005; the 42' Poker Run Edition Sport Boat, a 33' Twin Engine Outboard Sport Fish Cruiser, a 32' Twin Outboard Center Console Fish Boat, and a 23' Single or Twin Outboard Center Console Fish Boat. Fountain now has ten models in its fish boat product line and is poised to capture a considerable portion of the fast growing tournament fishing market.
For the current 2006 Model Year, Fountain will be introducing a new 38' Triple Outboard Sport Fish Cruiser, a positive lift 31' Twin Outboard Center Console Fish Boat, and a new 45' Triple or Twin I/O Poker Run Edition Sport Boat.
"This has been an exciting year for Fountain Powerboats," continued Fountain. "Our revenue has shown significant growth for the year and we have a strong backlog that will be built out during fiscal 2006. We have achieved significant accomplishments during the year: 1) we increased our manufacturing team, 2) initiated programs to increase manufacturing capacity and significantly improved our gross margins, 3) launched four new boat models, 4) initiated a sales training program to assist our dealers in achieving their revenue goals, and 5) strengthened our dealer network. We believe this positioning provides Fountain Powerboats the ability to achieve its projected revenue goal of $80 million for fiscal 2006.
About Fountain Powerboats, Inc.
Fountain Powerboats, Inc., a subsidiary of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc., has its executive offices and manufacturing facilities along the Pamlico River in Beaufort County, North Carolina. The company designs, manufactures and sells offshore sport boats, sport fishing boats and sport cruisers that target the segment of the recreational power boat market where speed, performance, safety and quality are the main criteria for purchase. These recreational boats are based upon an innovative, award-winning design enabling world class performance while using standard reliable power. There are currently 12 buildings located on 65 acres totaling over 238,000 square feet accommodating 40 to 45 boats in various stages of construction at any one time. The present plant site can also accommodate up to 300,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space. The land and buildings are wholly owned by Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc., and its subsidiary, Fountain Powerboats, Inc. For more information, visit www.fountainpowerboats.com.
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