Tennant Co. earnings up during the second quarter

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 26, 2012 - 9:36 PM

Sales of organic products helped lift sales despite the economic downturn

Tennant Co. said Thursday that its profits soared in the second quarter as it gained traction with its water-based technology and products.

The Minneapolis company reported net income, including special charges, of $13.7 million or 71 cents per share, on sales of $199.5 million. That compares to $5.9 million, or 30 cents per share, on sales of $201.3 million in the same quarter last year.

Tennant chief executive Chris Killingstad called it a "solid" quarter with record profits. "Our strategies to innovate in our core business and with new water-based technologies while lowering Tennant's cost structure to enhance profitability are working," he said. "Although sales growth was constrained by global economic headwinds, organic sales rose about 3 percent, driven by an organic sales increase of approximately 7 percent in our largest geography, the Americas."

The company designs and manufactures commercial and industrial cleaning products and coatings around the world, including sustainable and chemical-free products. The company, for example, recently launched a line of bio-based urethane floor coating called Eco-ITS.

Jim Buchta • 612-673-7376

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