HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United-Guardian, Inc., (Nasdaq:UG) announced today that strong fourth quarter sales helped boost the company's earnings for the year to $4.1 million ($0.88 per share) on sales of $13.4 million. While earnings for the year were lower than last year's record earnings of $5.9 million ($1.28 per share) on sales of $15.4 million, strong overseas sales in the fourth quarter helped to offset some of the weakness the company experienced in the third quarter of 2014.
Ken Globus, President of United-Guardian, stated, "Although sales for the year were lower than last year due to reduced demand in the third quarter from one of our large customers, our fourth quarter sales rebounded significantly, increasing by 59% over the third quarter sales. Net income for the fourth quarter more than tripled compared with the third quarter, increasing from $411,426 ($0.09 per share) to $1,401,964 ($0.30 per share). We have continued to see strong sales into the first quarter of 2015. Our sales into China have continued to grow, and we are working closely with our global marketing partners to further expand the sales of our core products, as well as to begin marketing some of the new products we developed in 2014. Although we are seeing more competition in the marketplace for some of our products than we did a few years ago, we believe that by keeping our costs down, expanding our product line, and maintaining the high level of customer service and product quality for which we have always been known, that we will be able to continue to increase our sales."
United-Guardian is a manufacturer of cosmetic ingredients, personal and health care products, pharmaceuticals, and specialty industrial products.
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|RESULTS FOR THE YEARS ENDED|
|DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND DECEMBER 31, 2013|
|INCOME STATEMENT DATA|
|Years ended December 31,|
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of sales||5,317,707||5,610,813|
|Total costs and expenses||7,958,704||8,115,339|
|Income from operations||5,490,975||7,301,554|
|Income from damage settlement||24,403||1,070,561|
|Total other income||263,995||1,330,308|
|Income from operations before income taxes||5,754,970||8,631,862|
|Provision for income taxes||1,704,554||2,728,553|
|Earnings per common share (basic and diluted)||$0.88||$1.28|
|Weighted average shares (basic and diluted)||4,596,439||4,596,439|
|BALANCE SHEET DATA|
|Net property, plant, and equipment||1,207,903||1,334,501|
|Deferred income taxes||227,108||169,587|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$15,939,016||$15,650,866|
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