Snap-on sales up 4.5 percent
Snap-on Incorporated reported sales of $889.8 million in the fourth quarter increased $38.1 million, or 4.5%, from 2015 levels.
The increase reflected a $30 million (3.6%) organic sales gain and $23.3 million of acquisition-related sales, partially offset by $15.2 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation.
Fourth quarter net earnings of $146.3 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $131.4 million, or $2.22 per diluted share, a year ago.
Full year sales of $3.4 billion increased 2.3% from 2015 levels, reflecting a $96.2 million, or 2.9%, organic sales gain and $32.9 million of acquisition-related sales, partially offset by $51.5 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation. Full year net earnings of $546.4 million, or $9.20 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $478.7 million, or $8.10 per diluted share, last year.
“Our fourth quarter was an encouraging finish to 2016 as we achieved an 11.3% increase in diluted earnings per share, 3.6% organic sales growth, and a 19.8% operating margin before financial services representing a gain of 70 basis points year over year,” said Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on chairman and chief executive officer. “We also concluded two coherent acquisitions in the quarter, Car-O-Liner and Sturtevant Richmont, both of which further enhance and expand Snap-on’s capabilities in serving serious professionals performing critical tasks in workplaces of consequence around the world.”