Net sales increased 12 percent, sequentially, from the first quarter of 2009.
The Company recorded a loss from continuing operations for the second quarter of $11.1 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with income of $8.2 million, or $0.17 per share, in the second quarter of 2008. The loss from continuing operations declined from $19.7 million, or $0.46 per share, in the first quarter of 2009. The operating loss for the 2009 second quarter included net pre-tax charges of $6.4 million. These charges were primarily related to manufacturing rationalization and other cost reduction activities. Second quarter 2008 operating income was reduced by pre-tax charges of $13.8 million primarily related to restructuring charges, asset write-offs and corporate development activities.
“The actions we are taking to reduce cost and expense have lowered our breakeven sales level, and as a result, we recorded positive operating income, higher gross margins, and reduced selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense compared with the first quarter of 2009,” said James F. Kirsch, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Despite continued reduced customer demand, we made excellent progress during the 2009 second quarter, as we generated significantly improved operating leverage from a modest increase in sales compared with the first quarter. We believe our progressively improving cost structure will continue to benefit our operating performance when the worldwide economy recovers and customer demand strengthens.”
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