Cantel Medical Corp. (Cantel Medical), a provider of infection prevention and control products, has reported net sales of $66.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with the net sales of $64.1 million in the year-ago quarter. It also reported a net income of $4.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with the net income of $2 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
For the nine months ended April 30, 2009, the company reported an 85% increase in net income to $11,290,000, or $0.69 per diluted share (inclusive of $0.02 of expenses related to the relocation of its Dutch manufacturing operations to the US), on a 4.4% increase in sales to $193,257,000. This compares with net income of $6,097,000, or $0.37 per diluted share (including costs of $0.03 related to the resignation of our former President), on sales of $185,093,000 for the nine months ended April 30, 2008.
Andrew Krakauer, Cantel’s president and chief executive officer stated, We are very pleased to have delivered another quarter of substantial earnings growth and our quarterly performance of the past few years despite the worldwide economic slowdown. Cantel demonstrated sales growth in all reporting segments except for an expected decline in lower margin dialysate concentrate shipments in our Dialysis segment.
Krakauer added, While all our businesses performed well, operating income in our Endoscope Reprocessing, Dialysis, and Water Purification and Filtration units was substantially ahead of last year, aided by strong sales of consumables, including disinfectants, sterilants and an increase in service revenue. Additionally, the positive performance was helped by our active cost reduction and margin improvement programs, the effectiveness of price increases and reduced interest expenses.
The company further reported that its balance sheet at April 30, 2009 included current assets of $86,844,000, including cash of $22,328,000, a current ratio of 2.4:1, debt of $49,300,000, stockholders’ equity of $177,862,000 and a ratio of funded debt to equity of 28:1. Krakauer stated, The company has a strong balance sheet and continues to generate significant cash. Our cash provided by operating activities for the quarter was $8,085,000. We have reduced our net debt position from the second quarter by 21% to $27 million.