Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors Inc. reported a net loss on higher revenue for its fourth quarter.
The company, parent to Spartan Chassis Inc., said fourth-quarter revenue totaled $124.5 million compared to $111.2 million a year ago, an increase of 12.0%. For the three-month period, Spartan reported a net loss of $2.5 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.7 million, or 2 cents per diluted share.
Excluding pre-tax restructuring charges of $1.4 million and a $1.9 million earn-out accrual related to the 2009 purchase of Utilimaster Corp., Spartan posted an adjusted net income of $0.5 million, or 1 cent per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.
For the full year, Spartan posted revenue of $470.6 million, an increase of 10.5% from 2011 revenue of $426 million. The company reported a net loss of $2.5 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.8 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, in 2011.
Results for 2012 include pre-tax restructuring charges of $9.1 million and an earn-out accrual of $2.9 million, while for 2011 Spartan incurred pre-tax restructuring charges of $2.8 million and a $1.0 million earn-out accrual. On an adjusted basis, excluding restructuring charges and the Utilimaster earn-out, Spartan’s 2012 earnings were $6.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share compared to $3.6 million, or $0.11 per diluted share in 2011, an increase of 75.0%.
CEO John Sztykiel stated, “The fourth quarter and full year 2012 reflected Spartan’s diversified growth strategy, with fourth-quarter revenues rising 12% over last year and full-year revenues up 10.5% from 2011. We also posted full-year adjusted earnings growth compared to 2011 and a total order backlog that increased 20.0% from year end 2011. Revenue growth was a result of Spartan’s brand strength, new product initiatives and market recovery. In addition to generating revenue growth, we did a very good job of managing operating expenses and the balance sheet.
“Although we posted sales and adjusted earnings growth in 2012, our results also show that we have more work to do on improving operations, particularly the gross margin.”
Spartan also reported that Utilimaster’s relocation from Wakarusa, Ind., to Bristol continues, with most of the physical move to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2013. Production of walk-in vans is expected to begin at the end of the first quarter of 2013 with the move substantially completed during the second quarter.
Spartan closed the sale on 15 of the 16 buildings at its Wakarusa, Ind., complex to Forest River Inc. The company retains one building at Wakarusa, currently held for sale.
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