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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports First Quarter Diluted Earnings of $1.70 Per Share And Declares Quarterly Dividend of 68¢ Per Share

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that for the first quarter of 2022 the Company reported net sales of $166.6 million and diluted earnings of $1.70 per share, compared with net sales of $184.4 million and diluted earnings of $2.16 per share in the first quarter of 2021.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 68¢ per share for the first quarter for stockholders of record as of May 16, 2022, payable on May 31, 2022. This dividend varies every quarter because the Company pays a percentage of earnings rather than a fixed amount per share. This dividend is approximately 40% of net income.

Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Killoy commented on the first quarter of 2022, "During the quarter, consumer demand for firearms subsided from the unprecedented levels of the surge that began early in 2020, resulting in the 10% reduction in our sales. Consequently, we shifted our production mix to allow for a healthy replenishment of Ruger firearms in our warehouses and in the distribution channel, as inventories of many of our product families were depleted in 2020. We prioritize production of our product families in strong demand, often right down to the individual model, in an effort to optimize the inventory mix at each level of the distribution chain. Our operations and logistics folks have done a great job navigating the challenges brought about by tight labor markets, transportation issues, and supply chain delays, which allowed for greater flexibility in our production mix and mitigated the impact of these challenges."

Mr. Killoy reaffirmed the Company's commitment to new product innovation, "Our new product development teams continue to design and create the firearms of the future, many of which are recognized by the industry. Most recently, the Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Left-Handed Competition Rifle was awarded the prestigious Golden Bullseye Award as the American Rifleman Rifle of the Year. We are excited to see the ongoing progress of our Marlin product line. We continue to increase production volumes and look forward to re-introducing additional Ruger-made Marlin lever-action rifles throughout this year. We are just scratching the surface of the value that Marlin products and the Marlin brand will bring to Ruger. We know that Ruger and Marlin fans alike are eagerly awaiting additional offerings and we look forward to more new product launches in 2022.”

Mr. Killoy made the following observations related to the Company's first quarter 2022 performance:

  • The estimated unit sell-through of the Company's products from the independent distributors to retailers decreased 21% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System ("NICS") background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) decreased 23%. These decreases are attributable to decreased consumer demand for firearms from the unprecedented levels of the surge that began in 2020 and remained for most of 2021.
  • Sales of new products, including the PC Charger, the MAX-9 pistol, the LCP MAX pistol, and the Marlin 1895 lever-action rifle, represented $21.4 million or 13% of firearm sales in the first quarter of 2022. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years. Several popular firearms that were considered new products in 2021, including the Wrangler revolver, the Ruger-5.7 pistol, and the LCP II in .22 LR pistol, have now been in production for over two years and are no longer included in new product sales for the first quarter of 2022.
  • Our profitability declined in the first quarter of 2022 from the first quarter of 2021 as our gross margin decreased from 39.4% to 34.9% and our operating profit margin decreased from 28.2% to 23.2%. In addition to unfavorable deleveraging of fixed costs resulting from decreased production and sales, inflationary cost increases in materials, commodities, services, energy, fuel and transportation, partially offset by increased pricing, resulted in the lower margins.
  • During the first quarter of 2022, the Company's finished goods inventory and distributor inventories of the Company's products increased 29,800 units and 80,400 units, respectively.
  • Cash provided by operations during the first quarter of 2022 was $18.8 million. At April 2, 2022, our cash and short-term investments totaled $211.6 million. Our current ratio is 5.1 to 1 and we have no debt.
  • In the first quarter of 2022, capital expenditures totaled $10.9 million. We expect our 2022 capital expenditures to total approximately $25 million, most of which relate to new product introductions.
  • In the first quarter of 2022, the Company returned $15.2 million to its shareholders through the payment of dividends.
  • At April 2, 2022, stockholders' equity was $378.0 million, which equates to a book value of $21.43 per share, of which $12.00 per share was cash and short-term investments.

Today, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2022. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are attached to this press release. - View Release

Tomorrow, May 5, 2022, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the first quarter operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast at or by dialing 855-871-7398, participant code 1188423.

The Company will host a virtual Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The virtual meeting is open to shareholders as well as anyone interested in the Company. The login information is available at

The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2022 is available on the SEC website at and the Ruger website at Investors are urged to read the complete Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2022 to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments.