CompX International Inc. (NYSE American: CIX) announced today sales of $40.3 million for the third quarter of 2023 compared to $42.9 million in the same period of 2022. Operating income was $6.6 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $6.0 million in the same period of 2022. Net income was $5.8 million, or $.47 per basic and diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2023 compared to $4.9 million, or $.40 per basic and diluted common share, in the same period of 2022.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, sales were $118.1 million compared to $126.6 million in the previous year. Operating income was $18.0 million for the first nine months of 2023 compared to $20.0 million for the same period in 2022. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, was $15.9 million or $1.29 per diluted share, compared to $16.1 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the same period in 2022.

Third quarter and year-to-date 2023 net sales decreased over the comparable 2022 periods predominantly due to lower Marine Components sales primarily to the towboat market, partially offset by higher Security Products sales in the third quarter of 2023. Operating income increased in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 due to higher Security Products sales and improved gross margin percentages at both segments, partially offset by lower Marine Components sales. Operating income decreased in the first nine months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 primarily due to lower Marine Components sales and, to a lesser extent, lower Security Products sales somewhat offset by an improvement in the Marine Components gross margin percentage.

CompX is a leading manufacturer of security products and recreational marine components. It operates from three locations in the U.S. and employs approximately 560 people.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that represent management’s belief and assumptions based on currently available information. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurances that these expectations will be correct. Such statements, by their nature, involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could significantly impact expected results, and actual future results could differ materially from those predicted. While it is not possible to identify all factors, we continue to face many risks and uncertainties.

The factors that could cause our actual future results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Future demand for our products,
  • Changes in our raw material and other operating costs (such as zinc, brass, aluminum, steel and energy costs) and our ability to pass those costs on to our customers or offset them with reductions in other operating costs,
  • Price and product competition from low-cost manufacturing sources (such as China),
  • The impact of pricing and production decisions,
  • Customer and competitor strategies including substitute products,
  • Uncertainties associated with the development of new products and product features,
  • Future litigation,
  • Our ability to protect or defend our intellectual property rights,
  • Potential difficulties in integrating future acquisitions,
  • Decisions to sell operating assets other than in the ordinary course of business,
  • Environmental matters (such as those requiring emission and discharge standards for existing and new facilities),
  • The ultimate outcome of income tax audits, tax settlement initiatives or other tax matters, including future tax reform,
  • Government laws and regulations and possible changes therein including new environmental health and safety or other regulations,
  • General global economic and political conditions that introduce instability into our supply chain, impact our customers’ level of demand or our customers’ perception regarding demand or impair our ability to operate our facilities (including changes in the level of gross domestic product in various regions of the world, natural disasters, terrorist acts, global conflicts and public health crises such as COVID-19),
  • Operating interruptions (including, but not limited to labor disputes, hazardous chemical leaks, natural disasters, fires, explosions, unscheduled or unplanned downtime, transportation interruptions, cyber-attacks and public health crises such as COVID-19); and
  • Possible disruption of our business or increases in the cost of doing business resulting from terrorist activities or global conflicts.

Should one or more of these risks materialize or if the consequences worsen, or if the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those currently forecasted or expected. CompX disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement whether as a result of changes in information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Relations Contact

Bryan A. HanleySenior Vice President and TreasurerTel. 972-233-1700

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COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC.SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS(In millions, except per share amounts)

                         
       Three months ended      Nine months ended
    September 30,   September 30,
       2022      2023      2022      2023
    (unaudited)
Net sales   $  42.9   $  40.3   $  126.6   $  118.1
Cost of sales      30.9      27.7      88.9      82.5
Gross margin      12.0      12.6      37.7      35.6
Selling, general and administrative expense      6.0      6.0      17.7      17.6
Operating income      6.0      6.6      20.0      18.0
Interest income      .5      1.1      1.1      3.0
Income before taxes      6.5      7.7      21.1      21.0
Provision for income taxes      1.6      1.9      5.0      5.1
Net income   $  4.9   $  5.8   $  16.1   $  15.9
                         
Basic and diluted net income per common share   $  .40   $  .47   $  1.30   $  1.29
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding      12.3      12.3      12.4      12.3
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