Founded in 1906, Kewaunee Scientific Corporation is a recognized global leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products. The Company’s products include steel, wood, and laminate casework, fume hoods, adaptable modular systems, moveable workstations, stand-alone benches, biological safety cabinets, and epoxy resin worksurfaces and sinks.
Sales for the quarter were $39,336,000, a 6.7% decrease from sales of $42,152,000 in the comparable period of the prior year. Domestic sales for the quarter were $29,287,000, down 18.8% from sales of $36,070,000 in the comparable period of the prior year. International sales for the quarter were $10,049,000, up 65.2% from sales of $6,082,000 in the comparable period of the prior year. The decrease in Domestic sales was a result of lower dealer sales in the current quarter versus those in the prior year first quarter. International sales increased as a result of a large order with a new customer and continued strength in the Indian laboratory infrastructure market.
The Company’s order backlog was $102 million at July 31, 2019, as compared to $102 million at July 31, 2018, and $101 million at April 30, 2019. The Company continues to have a strong volume of outstanding quotations globally and is aggressively pursuing these projects.
The gross profit margin for the three months ended July 31, 2019 was 17.7% of sales, as compared to 18.0% of sales in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The decrease in gross profit margin percentage was primarily due to the decline in sales with an unfavorable shift in product mix, and competitive pricing in the International segment.