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The Gorman-Rupp Company is located at 600 S. Airport Road in Mansfield.

MANSFIELD -- The Gorman-Rupp Company on Thursday reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31.

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

-- First quarter earnings per share were $0.28 compared to $0.21 per share for the first quarter of 2020

-- First quarter of 2020 included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.04 per share

-- Net sales decreased 2.9% or $2.7 million compared to the first quarter of 2020 and increased 7.9% or $6.5 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020

-- Incoming orders increased 1.3% compared to the first quarter of 2020 and increased 9.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020

-- Backlog improved to $125.5 million compared to $113.1 million at Dec. 31, 2020

Net sales for the first quarter of 2021 were $89.0 million compared to net sales of $91.7 million for the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 2.9% or $2.7 million. Domestic sales decreased 4.2% or $2.7 million and international sales were flat compared to the same period in 2020.

Sales in the company's water markets increased 0.9% or $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020. Sales increased $0.8 million in the repair market, $0.6 million in the construction market, and $0.2 million in the agriculture market. Partially offsetting these increases were sales decreases of $0.9 million in the fire protection market and $0.1 million in the municipal market primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic in both cases.

Sales in our non-water markets decreased 11.7% or $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020 primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with reduced demand from midstream oil and gas customers and softness in oil and gas drilling activity. Sales decreased $2.5 million in the industrial market and $1.0 million in the OEM market while sales in the petroleum market increased $0.2 million.

Gross profit was $23.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, resulting in gross margin of 25.9%, compared to gross profit of $23.4 million and gross margin of 25.6% for the same period in 2020. Gross margin increased 30 basis points due to improved leverage on labor and overhead.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $14.1 million and 15.8% of net sales for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $14.9 million and 16.2% of net sales for the same period in 2020. SG&A expenses decreased 5.4% or $0.8 million and improved 40 basis points as a percentage of sales due to reduced marketing and travel related expenses combined with overall expense management.

Operating income was $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, resulting in an operating margin of 10.1%, compared to operating income of $8.6 million and operating margin of 9.4% for the same period in 2020. Operating margin increased 70 basis points primarily as a result of improved leverage on labor and overhead, reduced marketing and travel related expenses, and overall expense management.

Other income (expense), net was $0.3 million of income for the first quarter of 2021 compared to expense of $1.7 million for the same period in 2020. The change was due primarily to a non-cash pension settlement charge of $1.5 million and $0.5 million of foreign exchange losses which both occurred in the first quarter of 2020 and did not recur in the first quarter of 2021.

Net income was $7.4 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $5.5 million in the first quarter of 2020, and earnings per share were $0.28 and $0.21 for the respective periods. Earnings per share for the first quarter of 2020 included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.04 per share.

The company’s backlog of orders was $125.5 million at March 31, 2021 compared to $113.8 million at March 31, 2020 and $113.1 million at December 31, 2020. Incoming orders for the first quarter of 2021 increased 1.3% compared to the same period in 2020 and 9.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. Incoming orders during the first quarter of 2021 included increases primarily in OEM, repair, and construction partially offset by decreases in petroleum and agriculture when compared to the same period last year.

Capital expenditures for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $0.9 million and consisted primarily of machinery and equipment and building improvements. Capital expenditures for the full-year 2021 are presently planned to be in the range of $15-$20 million.

Jeffrey S. Gorman, Chairman and CEO, said, “Although the timing of the global economy fully recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic remains somewhat uncertain, we were pleased to see our incoming orders improve in the first quarter of this year.

"Our ongoing focus on managing both operating and SG&A expenses resulted in improved earnings compared to the prior year. Our increase in incoming orders has resulted in a strong backlog position as we begin the second quarter.

"While we continue to believe sales in the first half of this year will be more challenging than in the back half, the change in trend that we saw during the first quarter was encouraging. We continue to monitor developments in our global supply chain related to increased lead times and rising material costs. To the extent that these could impact our financial results, we are taking measures to mitigate risks and to ensure that we are able to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We remain well positioned to maximize the opportunity as the economy recovers while at the same time continuing to focus on our long-term strategic initiatives.”

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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