ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The continuing recession in domestic hospital equipment and a dip in international sales resulted in a loss for Allied Healthcare Products (NASDAQ: AHPI) in its third quarter of fiscal year 2013.
Net loss for the quarter ending March 31, 2013, was about $280,000, or a negative 3 cents per basic and diluted share, versus a loss of about $146,000, or a negative 2 cents per basic and diluted share, for the prior year. Sales for the third quarter fell from about $10.7 million to about $9.2 million, or almost 14 percent, from the previous year.
For the first three quarters of fiscal 2013, Allied's net loss was $1,158,800 or a negative 14 cents per basic and diluted share, compared to a loss of about $268,000, or negative 3 cents per basic and diluted share, for the prior year. Sales for the company's first three quarters declined from about $32.8 million to $28.4 million, or about 13 percent, from the previous year.
Formerly healthy international sales flattened in the quarter. A major impact was the lack of sales in Venezuela following the illness and death of President Hugo Chavez .
The company is beginning to see good growth in sales with its new carbon dioxide absorbent Litholyme®, used in anesthesia procedures, according to Earl Refsland , Allied president and chief executive officer. "As the market becomes aware of the product's economic and safety benefits, we believe sales will accelerate accordingly," Refsland said.
In a one-time event, Allied booked about $516,000 in income in January 2013 from the demutualization and sale of its product liability insurer.
In what will be a recurring expense, Allied paid a new excise tax on medical devices levied as part of the Affordable Care Act
|SOURCE Allied Healthcare Products, Inc.|
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