Spartan 2Q Sales Increase on Chassis Strength
Spartan Motors Inc., parent to Spartan Chassis Inc, reported lower net income for its second quarter on an increase in revenue, boosted by improved motorhome sales.
The Charlotte, Mich.-based firm posted sales of $120.9 million, up 5.7% from $114.4 million a year ago. Net income totaled $0.7 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.4 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, in the year prior.
For the six months, Spartan reported sales of $270 million versus $233.2 million the previous year while the company incurred a net loss of $3.6 million compared with net income of $0.3 million.
The Specialty Vehicle (SV) segment drove Spartan’s revenue growth for the second quarter. Demand for the company’s custom chassis grew, particularly for RV and bus applications, which led to a revenue increase of 42.9% year-over-year. Operating income for the SV segment rose sharply to $3.9 million from $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. Growth in operating income was due to higher revenue in the most recent quarter, as well as the operational improvement actions taken in this segment over the past year.
John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors Inc., stated, “For Spartan, the second quarter of 2013 was about demonstrating operational improvement in every market segment from the first quarter of 2013 and backlog growth, both sequentially and year-over-year. The Company generated improved results by implementing the D (Diversified Growth) and I (Integrated Operational Improvement) in DRIVE. We expect improved results in the third and fourth quarters of 2013 as we execute our DRIVE strategy and deliver on our shareholder commitments.”
He added, “Eighteen months ago, the motorhome and bus chassis business was a serious drag on Spartan’s earnings. In early 2012, we began executing the DRIVE strategy in a disciplined manner, increasing revenue and operating profit. The success we have demonstrated in the SV segment should enhance confidence that we will successfully address the operational challenges we are working through in the Emergency Response Vehicles and Delivery & Service Vehicles units.”
Gross margin for the second quarter of 2013 was 12.9% of sales versus 16.4% for the second quarter of 2012. Operating expenses were reduced by $0.3 million from the second quarter of 2012, to $14.6 million from $14.9 million.
The company also reported on its relocation of Utilimaster operations from Wakarusa, Ind., to nearby Bristol.
John Forbes, president of Utilimaster, noted, “Production launch activities at Bristol continued throughout the second quarter. Production increased from 93 units in the first quarter of 2013 to 914 units in the second quarter. Daily vehicle output continues to increase and we are meeting delivery commitments to our customers. Our team continues to make progress on materials storage and distribution, improving production processes and increasing daily unit volumes in our operations.”
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