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MANSFIELD -- The Board of Directors of The Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSE:GRC) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.155 per share on the common stock of the Company, payable December 10, 2020, to shareholders of record November 13, 2020. The cash dividend will represent a 6.9% increase over the $0.145 dividend paid in the previous quarter.

This action will mark the 283rd consecutive quarterly dividend paid by The Gorman-Rupp Company and the 48th consecutive year of increased dividends to its shareholders, which positions Gorman-Rupp in the top 50 of all U.S. public companies with respect to number of years of increased dividend payments.

Jeffrey S. Gorman, Chairman, President and CEO said, “Gorman-Rupp is extremely proud to continue its long history of dividend payments and increased annual dividends. This current dividend increase reflects our ongoing commitment to creating value for our shareholders, as well as our confidence in the financial strength and long-term prospects for our Company.”

In addition, the Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSE: GRC) reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights

Third quarter earnings per share were $0.28 compared to $0.37 per share for the third quarter of 2019.

- Third quarter of 2020 included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.03 per share.

- Third quarter earnings per share improved over second quarter of 2020 due to increased sales and cost containment efforts.

Net sales decreased 10.4% or $10.3 million compared to the third quarter of 2019 and increased 3.7% compared to the second quarter of 2020.

“While sales and incoming orders continue to be negatively impacted by the global challenges of COVID-19, both our sales and earnings showed improvement over the second quarter," Gorman stated. "Although the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our economy continues to remain uncertain, we remain focused on being prepared for the eventual recovery when it does occur, including maintaining strong inventory levels and focusing on our long-term strategic initiatives across the numerous end markets we serve.

“I would also like to extend my personal gratitude to all the employees of Gorman-Rupp worldwide. COVID-19 has brought a unique set of challenges that could not have been addressed without their cooperation and dedication to our customers, shareholders and fellow employees.”

Net sales for the third quarter of 2020 were $89.0 million compared to net sales of $99.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of 10.4% or $10.3 million. Domestic sales decreased 8.9% or $6.2 million and international sales decreased 13.8% or $4.1 million compared to the same period in 2019. Sales have decreased across all of our markets primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a slowdown in the oil & gas industry. This, together with the overall economic downturn that has resulted from the pandemic, slowed demand in the third quarter compared to the prior year. However, net sales increased by 3.7% compared to the second quarter of 2020. Our facilities and supply chain have remained operational through the pandemic.

Sales in our water markets decreased 5.2% or $3.5 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the third quarter of 2019. Sales in the construction market decreased $1.5 million driven primarily by softness in oil and gas drilling activity. Sales decreased $1.3 million in the repair market, $0.5 million in the municipal market, $0.1 million in fire protection, and $0.1 million in agriculture primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sales in our non-water markets decreased 21.6% or $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the third quarter of 2019 primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with reduced demand from midstream oil and gas customers and softness in oil and gas drilling activity. Sales in the industrial market decreased $2.5 million, sales in the OEM market decreased $2.3 million and sales in the petroleum market decreased $2.0 million.

International sales were $25.7 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $29.8 million in the same period last year and represented 29% and 30% of total sales for each respective period. The decrease in international sales was across most of the markets the Company serves, most notably in non-water and municipal markets.

Gross profit was $23.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, resulting in gross margin of 25.8%, compared to gross profit of $25.8 million and gross margin of 26.0% for the same period in 2019. Gross margin decreased 20 basis points due to a 120 basis point favorable LIFO impact in the prior year third quarter which did not recur in the current year. Gross profit margin compared to the prior year was negatively impacted from the loss of leverage on fixed labor and overhead from lower sales volume compared to 2019 which was partially offset by favorable product mix.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $13.2 million and 14.9% of net sales for the third quarter of 2020 compared to $14.1 million and 14.3% of net sales for the same period in 2019. SG&A expenses decreased 6.5% or $0.9 million due to reduced payroll related and travel expenses combined with overall expense management. SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales increased 60 basis points primarily as a result of loss of leverage from lower sales volume.

Operating income was $9.7 million for the third quarter of 2020, resulting in an operating margin of 10.9%, compared to operating income of $11.6 million and operating margin of 11.7% for the same period in 2019. Operating margin decreased 80 basis points primarily as a result of loss of leverage from lower sales volume.

Other income (expense), net was $0.7 million of expense for the third quarter of 2020 compared to income of $0.3 million for the same period in 2019. The increase to expense was due primarily to a non-cash pension settlement charge of $1.0 million which occurred in the third quarter of 2020.

Net income was $7.3 million for the third quarter of 2020 compared to $9.8 million in the third quarter of 2019, and earnings per share were $0.28 and $0.37 for the respective periods. Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2020 included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.03 per share. Earnings per share improved over the second quarter of 2020 due to increased sales and cost containment efforts.

Net sales for the first nine months of 2020 were $266.5 million compared to net sales of $304.5 million for the first nine months of 2019, a decrease of 12.5% or $38.0 million. Domestic sales decreased 11.2% or $23.7 million and international sales decreased 15.5% or $14.3 million compared to the same period in 2019. Sales have decreased across most of our markets primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a slowdown in the oil and gas industry.

Sales in our water markets decreased 10.3% or $21.7 million in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the first nine months of 2019. Sales in the agriculture market increased $0.1 million. This increase was offset by sales decreases in the construction market of $12.1 million driven primarily by softness in oil and gas drilling activity, decreases in the repair market of $4.5 million due primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic, and decreases in the municipal market of $3.5 million driven primarily by timing of shipments related to weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, sales in the fire protection market decreased $1.7 million driven primarily by lower international shipments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sales in our non-water markets decreased 17.5% or $16.3 million in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the first nine months of 2019 primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with reduced demand from midstream oil and gas customers and softness in oil and gas drilling activity. Sales in the OEM market decreased $7.1 million, sales in the petroleum market decreased $5.8 million and sales in the industrial market decreased $3.4 million.

International sales were $78.2 million in the first nine months of 2020 compared to $92.5 million in the same period last year and represented 29% and 30% of total sales, respectively. The decrease in international sales was across most of the markets the Company serves.

Gross profit was $68.3 million for the first nine months of 2020, resulting in gross margin of 25.6%, compared to gross profit of $77.3 million and gross margin of 25.4% for the same period in 2019. Gross margin improved 20 basis points due principally to lower material costs of 180 basis points as a result of the stabilization of material costs and favorable product mix. Partially offsetting these improvements was loss of leverage on fixed labor and overhead from lower sales volume compared to the first nine months of 2019.

SG&A expenses were $41.0 million and 15.4% of net sales for the first nine months of 2020 compared to $43.5 million and 14.3% of net sales for the same period in 2019. SG&A expenses decreased 5.9% or $2.5 million due to reduced payroll related and travel expenses combined with overall expense management. SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales increased 110 basis points primarily as a result of loss of leverage from lower sales volume.

Operating income was $27.3 million for the first nine months of 2020, resulting in an operating margin of 10.3%, compared to operating income of $33.8 million and operating margin of 11.1% for the same period in 2019. Operating margin decreased 80 basis points primarily as a result of loss of leverage from lower sales volume partially offset by lower material costs.

Other income (expense), net was $4.4 million of expense for the first nine months of 2020 compared to income of $0.8 million in 2019. The increase to expense was due primarily to non-cash pension settlement charges of $4.4 million.

Net income was $18.4 million for the first nine months of 2020 compared to $27.5 million in 2019, and earnings per share were $0.70 and $1.05 for the respective periods. Earnings per share for the first nine months of 2020 included non-cash pension settlement charges of $0.13 per share.

The Company’s backlog of orders was $102.0 million at September 30, 2020 compared to $101.4 million at September 30, 2019 and $105.0 million at December 31, 2019. Incoming orders decreased 10.1% for the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Incoming orders were down across most markets the Company serves driven primarily by the COVID-19 pandemic and a slowdown in the oil and gas industry.

Capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2020 were $6.3 million and consisted primarily of machinery and equipment and building improvements. Capital expenditures for the full-year 2020 are presently planned to be in the range of $8-$10 million.

About The Gorman-Rupp Company

Founded in 1933, The Gorman-Rupp Company is a leading designer, manufacturer and international marketer of pumps and pump systems for use in diverse water, wastewater, construction, dewatering, industrial, petroleum, original equipment, agriculture, fire protection, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), military and other liquid-handling applications.

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