(Dollars in millions except net income per share) March 30, March 31, 2013 2012 Decrease Three Months EndedNet Sales $51.1 $55.3 -8%Net Income $9.6 $10.6 -9%Net Income per share: Basic $0.37 $0.41 -10% Diluted $0.37 $0.41 -10%
"Sales were in line with our forecast with higher-than expected earnings," said Allen Carlson, Sun Hydraulics' President and CEO. "Sales, while down year-over-year, showed sequential improvement, which is our normal seasonal pattern. We expect this trend to continue in the second quarter as we remain optimistic about the global economy."
"In April, we acquired the remaining portion of WhiteOak Controls, the electronics company that developed and supplies our integrated amplifiers," Carlson reported. "We will fold WhiteOak into HCT which we expect to accelerate innovative product development and further strengthen both HCT's offerings and the WhiteOak technology. Our evolving electronic products and capabilities are key differentiators that will help Sun sustain and improve on its competitive advantages."
"There are many positive signals -- housing, industrial production, PMI and GDP -- to name a few, that indicate to us the global macro economy is slowly regaining its health," Carlson concluded. "In the short term, Sun is well positioned to take advantage of any general economic strength. We have the capacity to meet our customers' delivery requirements with superior service levels. In the intermediate and longer term, we are adding new capacity through the construction of a new manufacturing plant, our third in the Sarasota area, that will be ready for use later this year. The layout of the new facility will make us more productive and efficient, as we continue to develop and launch new products and services that anticipate market needs."
Second quarter 2013 revenues are expected to be approximately $55 million, down approximately 4% from the second quarter of 2012, but up 8% from the first quarter of 2013. Earnings per share are estimated to be $0.41 to $0.43 compared to $0.43 in the same period a year ago.
Sun Hydraulics Corporation will broadcast its 2013 first quarter financial results conference call live over the Internet at 9:00 A.M. E.T. tomorrow, May 7, 2013. To listen to the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section of www.sunhydraulics.com.
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