Chattanooga-based Astec sales up, earnings down

Chattanooga-based Astec sales up, earnings down

October 26th, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Astec Industries Inc. officials demonstrate a piece of paving equipment.

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Chattanooga-based asphalt equipment maker Astec Industries Inc. today reported higher third quarter net sales, though earnings fell compared to the same period a year ago.

Net sales grew to $227 million compared to $214.6 million for the third quarter of 2011, a 6 percent increase, according to Astec.

Third quarter quarter earnings were $6.9 million, 30 cents per diluted share, versus $7.7 million, or 34 cents per diluted share a year ago, the company said.

Pre-tax earnings for the third quarter were $10.1 million compared to $9.3 million a year ago.

"While we were able to grow sales at 6 percent for the third quarter, our gross margin remained flat," said Dr. J. Don Brock, Astec's chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement. "Our pre-tax earnings were up 9 percent during the quarter but our after-tax earnings were impacted by the lack of a research and development credit which was in effect in 2011 but has yet to be approved by Congress for 2012."

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