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Washington, D.C. 20549 




FORM 10-Q 








Commission file number 1-2451 





(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


3925 North Hastings Way


Eau Claire,  Wisconsin


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)


(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code) 715-839-2121



Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:


Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $1 par value




Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒   No ☐


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.









Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company      


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes    No ☒


There were 7,053,726 shares of the Issuer’s Common Stock outstanding as of May 13, 2022.













April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021

(Dollars in thousands)



April 3, 2022 (Unaudited)


December 31, 2021






Cash and cash equivalents

     $82,531      $109,805 

Marketable securities

      35,298       34,190 

Accounts receivable, net

      35,760       53,377 



Finished goods

 $40,000      $40,624     

Work in process

  100,024       92,437     

Raw materials

  11,448   151,472   10,800   143,861 

Notes receivable, current




Other current assets

      10,128       4,490 

Total current assets

      317,445       348,053 


 $98,744      $98,573     

Less allowance for depreciation

  62,507   36,237   61,850   36,723 


      15,317       15,317 


      2,571       2,624 


      10,027       10,161 


      4,658       4,642 


      2,259       2,878 
      $388,514      $420,398 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.





April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021

(Dollars in thousands)



April 3, 2022 (Unaudited)


December 31, 2021








Accounts payable

     $29,653      $32,759 

Federal and state income taxes

      4,004       3,163 

Lease liabilities

      550       546 

Accrued liabilities

      15,439       16,691 

Total current liabilities

      49,646       53,159 


      9,477       9,616 

Total liabilities

      59,123       62,775 





Common stock, $1 par value:


Authorized: 12,000,000 shares


Issued: 7,440,518 shares

 $7,441      $7,441     

Paid-in capital

  14,156       13,743     

Retained earnings

  320,286       349,198     

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

  (42)      20     
   341,841       370,402     

Treasury stock, at cost

  12,450       12,779     

Total stockholders' equity

      329,391       357,623 
      $388,514      $420,398 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.






Three Months Ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021


(In thousands except per share data) 



Three Months Ended






Net sales

 $60,754  $81,027 

Cost of sales

  51,043   62,666 

Gross profit

  9,711   18,361 

Selling and general expenses

  6,570   7,364 

Intangibles amortization

  54   54 

Operating profit

  3,087   10,943 

Other income

  669   700 

Earnings before provision for income taxes

  3,756   11,643 

Provision for income taxes

  841   2,650 

Net earnings

 $2,915  $8,993 

Weighted average shares outstanding:


Basic and diluted

  7,073   7,053 

Net Earnings per share:


Basic and diluted

 $0.41  $1.28 

Comprehensive income:


Net earnings

 $2,915  $8,993 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:


Unrealized (loss) gain on available-for-sale securities

  (62)  (49)

Comprehensive income

 $2,853  $8,944 

Cash dividends declared and paid per common share

 $4.50  $6.25 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.






Three Months Ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021


(Dollars in thousands) 






Cash flows from operating activities:


Net earnings

 $2,915  $8,993 

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:


Provision for depreciation

  658   677 

Intangibles amortization

  54   54 

Non-cash retirement plan expense

  212   206 

       Proceeds from insurance claim

  90   - 


  128   211 

Changes in operating accounts:


Accounts receivable, net

  17,606   5,550 


  (7,689)  (5,622)

Other assets and current assets

  (5,019)  530 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

  (4,358)  (6,228)

Federal and state income taxes

  841   2,428 

Net cash provided by operating activities

  5,438   6,799 

Cash flows from investing activities:


Marketable securities purchased

  (3,640)  - 

Marketable securities - maturities and sales

  2,454   16,951 

    Proceeds from note receivable

  78   - 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

  (172)  (1,124)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

  (1,280)  15,827 

Cash flows from financing activities:


Dividends paid

  (31,827)  (44,083)

Proceeds from sale of treasury stock

  436   572 


  (41)  (30)

Net cash used in financing activities

  (31,432)  (43,541)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

  (27,274)  (20,915)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

  109,805   86,036 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 $82,531  $65,121 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.






Three Months Ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021


(In thousands except per share data) 



Shares of Common Stock Outstanding Net of Treasury Shares


Common Stock


Paid-in Capital


Retained Earnings


Accumulated Comprehensive Income (Loss)


Treasury Stock




Balance December 31, 2020

  7,025  $7,441  $12,438  $367,627  $154  $(13,312) $374,348 

Net earnings

              8,993           8,993 

Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities, net of tax

                  (49)      (49)

Dividends paid March 12, $1.00 per share regular, $5.25 per share extra

              (44,083)          (44,083)


  11       568   1   -   341   910 

Balance April 4, 2021

  7,036  $7,441  $13,006  $332,538  $105  $(12,971) $340,119 

Balance December 31, 2021

  7,042  $7,441  $13,743  $349,198  $20  $(12,779) $357,623 

Net earnings

              2,915           2,915 

Unrealized (loss) on available-for-sale securities, net of tax

               (62)     (62)

Dividends paid March 15, $1.00 per share regular, $3.50 per share extra

              (31,827)          (31,827)


  12       413   -       329   742 

Balance April 3, 2022

  7,054  $7,441  $14,156  $320,286  $(42) $(12,450) $329,391 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.











The consolidated interim financial statements included herein are unaudited and have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In the opinion of management of the Company, the consolidated interim financial statements reflect all of the adjustments which were of a normal recurring nature necessary for a fair presentation of the results of the interim periods.  The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of  December 31, 2021 is summarized from audited consolidated financial statements, but does not include all the disclosures contained therein and should be read in conjunction with the 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Interim results for the period are not indicative of those for the year.




The after-effects of the government responses to the COVID-19 virus have impacted worldwide economic activity.  The Company continues to monitor the impact on all aspects of its business, including effects on employees, customers, suppliers, and the global economy and will adjust procedures accordingly.  The after-effects of the COVID-19 related edicts and guidelines continue to affect each segment in a variety of fashions, which include material and labor shortages, contributing to increased material and labor costs as well as difficulty in securing needed products and components; congestion throughout the supply chain resulting in sizable delays; increased absenteeism; limited opportunities to meet with customers/suppliers; as well as inefficiencies inherent when dealing with suppliers and customers that continue to work from home.  The extent to which these after-effects from the various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic impact the Company’s business for the remainder of 2022 and beyond will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted.




The Company’s revenues are derived from short-term contracts and programs that are typically completed within 3 to 36 months and are recognized in accordance with Financial Accounting Standard Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standard Codification (“ASC”) Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The Company’s contracts generally contain one or more performance obligations: the physical delivery of distinct ordered product or products.  The Company provides an assurance type product warranty on its products to the original owner.  In addition, for the Housewares/Small Appliances segment, the Company estimates returns of seasonal products and returns of newly introduced products sold with a return privilege.  Stand-alone selling prices are set forth in each contract and are used to allocate revenue to the corresponding performance obligations.  For the Housewares/Small Appliances segment, contracts include variable consideration, as the prices are subject to customer allowances, which principally consist of allowances for cooperative advertising, defective product, and trade discounts.  Customer allowances are generally allocated to the performance obligations based on budgeted rates agreed upon with customers, as well as historical experience, and yield the Company’s best estimate of the expected value for the variable consideration.


The Company's contracts in the Defense segment are primarily with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and DOD prime contractors. As a consequence, this segment's business essentially depends on the product needs and governmental funding of the DOD. Substantially all of the work performed by the Defense segment directly or indirectly for the DOD is performed on a fixed-price basis. Under fixed-price contracts, the price paid to the contractor is usually awarded based on competition at the outset of the contract and therefore, with the exception of limited escalation provisions on specific materials, is generally not subject to any adjustments reflecting the actual costs incurred by the contractor.


For the Housewares/Small Appliance segment, revenue is generally recognized as the completed, ordered product is shipped to the customer from the Company’s warehouses.  For the relatively few situations in which revenue should be recognized when product is received by the customer, the Company adjusts revenue accordingly.  For the Defense segment, revenue is primarily recognized when the customer has legal title and formally documents that it has accepted the products.  There are also certain termination clauses in Defense segment contracts that may give rise to an over-time pattern of recognition of revenue in the absence of alternative use of the product.  In some situations, the customer may obtain legal title and accept the products at the Company’s facilities, arranging for transportation at a later date, typically in one to four weeks.  The Company does not consider the short-term storage of the customer owned products to be a material performance obligation, and no part of the transaction price is allocated to it.




The timing of revenue recognition, billings, and cash collections results in billed accounts receivable, and customer advances and deposits (contract liabilities) on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. For the Defense segment, the Company occasionally receives advances or deposits from certain customers before revenue is recognized, resulting in contract liabilities.  These advances or deposits do not represent a significant financing component.  As of April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021, $2,366,000 and $2,211,000, respectively, of contract liabilities were included in Accounts Payable on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.  The Company recognized revenue of $74,000 during the three-month period ended April 3, 2022 that was included in the Defense segment contract liability at the beginning of that period. The Company monitors its estimates of variable consideration, which includes customer allowances for cooperative advertising, defective product, and trade discounts, and returns of seasonal and newly introduced product, all of which pertain to the Housewares/Small Appliances segment, and periodically makes cumulative adjustments to the carrying amounts of these contract liabilities as appropriate.  During the three month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, there were no material adjustments to the aforementioned estimates.  There were no amounts of revenue recognized during the same periods related to performance obligations satisfied in a previous period.  The portion of contract transaction prices allocated to unsatisfied performance obligations, also known as the contract backlog, in the Company’s Defense segment were $447,364,000 and $460,800,000 as of April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.  The Company anticipates that the unsatisfied performance obligations (contract backlog) will be fulfilled in an 18 to 36-month period.  The performance obligations in the Housewares/Small Appliances segment have original expected durations of less than one year.


The Company’s principal sources of revenue are derived from three segments: Housewares/Small Appliance, Defense, and Safety, as shown in Note E. Management utilizes the performance measures by segment to evaluate the financial performance of and make operating decisions for the Company.




Basic earnings per share is based on the weighted average number of common shares and participating securities outstanding during the period.  Diluted earnings per share also includes the dilutive effect of additional potential common shares issuable.  Unvested stock awards, which contain non-forfeitable rights to dividends whether paid or unpaid (“participating securities”), are included in the number of shares outstanding for both basic and diluted earnings per share calculations. 







In the following summary, operating profit represents earnings before other income and income taxes.  The Company's segments operate discretely from each other with no shared owned or leased manufacturing facilities.  Costs associated with corporate activities (such as cash and marketable securities management) and the assets associated with such activities are included within the Housewares/Small Appliances segment for all periods presented. 



(in thousands)


Housewares / Small Appliances








Quarter ended April 3, 2022


External net sales

 $20,306  $40,355  $93  $60,754 

Gross profit (loss)

  1,195   8,867   (351)  9,711 

Operating profit (loss)

  (1,539)  6,038   (1,412)  3,087 

Total assets

  208,455   170,154   9,905   388,514 

Depreciation and amortization

  262   389   61   712 

Capital expenditures

  77   92   3   172 

Quarter ended April 4, 2021


External net sales

 $26,505  $54,455  $67  $81,027 

Gross profit (loss)

  4,791   13,904   (334)  18,361 

Operating profit (loss)

  961   11,245   (1,263)  10,943 

Total assets

  203,865   168,502   22,864   395,231 

Depreciation and amortization

  292   381   58   731 

Capital expenditures

  130   899   95   1,124 



The Company utilizes the methods of fair value as described in FASB ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, to value its financial assets and liabilities. ASC 820 utilizes a three-tier fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value. These tiers include: Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets; Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable; and Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions.


The carrying amounts for cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, notes receivable, accounts payable, and accrued liabilities approximate fair value due to the immediate or short-term maturity of these financial instruments.  See Note G for fair value information on marketable securities.




The Company considers all highly liquid marketable securities with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.  Cash equivalents include money market funds.  The Company deposits its cash in high quality financial institutions.  The balances, at times, may exceed federally insured limits.  Money market funds are reported at fair value determined using quoted prices in active markets for identical securities (Level 1, as defined by FASB ASC 820).


The Company has classified all marketable securities as available-for-sale which requires the securities to be reported at estimated fair value, with unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, reported as a separate component of stockholders' equity.  Highly liquid, tax-exempt variable rate demand notes with put options exercisable in three months or less are classified as marketable securities.





At April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021, cost for marketable securities was determined using the specific identification method.  A summary of the amortized costs and fair values of the Company’s marketable securities at the end of the periods presented is shown in the following table.  All of the Company’s marketable securities are classified as Level 2, as defined by FASB ASC 820, with fair values determined using significant other observable inputs, which include quoted prices in markets that are not active, quoted prices of similar securities, recently executed transactions, broker quotations, and other inputs that are observable.



(In Thousands)




Amortized Cost


Fair Value


Gross Unrealized Gains


Gross Unrealized Losses


April 3, 2022


Fixed Rate Municipal Bonds

 $10,135  $10,082  $5  $(58)

Variable Rate Demand Notes

  25,216   25,216   -   - 

Total Marketable Securities

 $35,351  $35,298  $5  $(58)

December 31, 2021


Fixed Rate Municipal Bonds

 $8,737  $8,763  $31  $5 

Variable Rate Demand Notes

  25,427   25,427   -   - 

Total Marketable Securities

 $34,164  $34,190  $31  $5 


Proceeds from maturities and sales of available-for-sale securities totaled $2,454,000 and $16,951,000 for the three month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, respectively.  There were no gross gains or losses related to sales of marketable securities during the same periods.  Net unrealized losses included in other comprehensive income were $78,000 and $62,000 before taxes for the three month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, respectively.  No unrealized gains or losses were reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income during the same periods.


The contractual maturities of the marketable securities held at April 3, 2022 are as follows: $5,121,000 within one year; $4,961,000 beyond one year to five years; $3,965,000 beyond five years to ten years, and $21,251,000 beyond ten years. All of the instruments in the beyond five year ranges are variable rate demand notes which can be tendered for cash at par plus interest within seven days.  Despite the stated contractual maturity date, to the extent a tender is not honored, the notes become immediately due and payable.




Other Assets includes prepayments that are made from time to time by the Company for certain materials used in the manufacturing process in the Housewares/Small Appliances segment.  The Company expects to utilize the prepayments and related materials over an estimated period of two years.  As of April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021, $9,500,000 and $7,624,000 of such prepayments, respectively, remained unused and outstanding.  At  April 3, 2022 and December 31, 2021, $7,241,000 and $4,746,000 of those payments, respectively were included in Other Current Assets, representing the Company’s best estimate of the expected utilization of the prepayments and related materials during the twelve-month periods following those dates.




The Company accounts for leases under ASC Topic 842, Leases.  The Company’s leasing activities include roles as both lessee and lessor.  As lessee, the Company’s primary leasing activities include buildings and structures to support its manufacturing operations at one location in its Defense segment, and warehouse space and equipment to support its distribution center operations in its Housewares/Small Appliances segment.  As lessor, the Company’s primary leasing activity is comprised of manufacturing and office space located adjacent to its corporate offices.  All of the Company’s leases are classified as operating leases.


The Company’s leases as lessee in its Defense segment provide for variable lease payments that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.  As lessor, the Company’s primary lease also provides for variable lease payments that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, as well as on increases in costs of insurance, real estate taxes, and utilities related to the leased space. Generally, all of the Company’s lease contracts include options for extensions and early terminations.  The majority of lease terms of the Company’s lease contracts recognized on the balance sheet reflect extension options, while none reflect early termination options.




The Company has determined that the rates implicit in its leases are not readily determinable and therefore, estimates its incremental borrowing rates utilizing quotes from financial institutions for real estate and equipment, as applicable, over periods of time similar to the terms of its leases. The Company has entered into various short-term (12 months or less) leases as lessee and has elected a non-recognition accounting policy, as permitted by ASC Topic 842.



3 Months Ending


3 Months Ending


Summary of Lease Cost (in thousands)


April 3, 2022


April 4, 2021


Operating lease cost

 $250  $185 

Short-term and variable lease cost

  35   110 

Total lease cost

 $285  $295 


Operating cash used for operating leases was $285,000 and $295,000 for the three months ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, respectively.  The weighted-average remaining lease term was 22.5 years, and the weighted-average discount rate was 4.6% as of April 3, 2022.


Maturities of operating lease liabilities are as follows:


Years ending December 31:


(In thousands)


2022 (remaining nine months)












Total lease payments


Less: future interest expense


Lease liabilities




Lease income from operating lease payments was $519,000 and $464,000 for the quarters ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, respectively.  Undiscounted cash flows provided by lease payments are expected as follows:

Years ending December 31:


(In thousands)


2022 (remaining nine months)












Total lease payments



The Company considers risk associated with the residual value of its leased real property to be low, given the nature of the long-term lease agreement, the Company’s ability to control the maintenance of the property, and the creditworthiness of the lessee.  The residual value risk is further mitigated by the long-lived nature of the property, and the propensity of such assets to hold their value or, in some cases, appreciate in value.





The Company is involved in largely routine litigation incidental to its business.  Management believes the ultimate outcome of the litigation will not have a material effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, liquidity, or results of operations. 


In the state of Mississippi, inventory that is shipped out of state that is held in a licensed Free Port Warehouse is exempt from personal property taxes.  One of the Company's subsidiaries operates in Hinds County, Mississippi.  That subsidiary has submitted its Hinds County Free Port Warehouse tax filing for approximately 40 years.  Each year, the county then assessed the subsidiary in accordance with the Company's filing.  However, in June 2020, the Hinds County tax assessor notified the Company that the county had no record of a Free Port Warehouse License and issued an assessment totaling $2,506,000, reflecting personal property tax going back seven years.  The Company is vigorously fighting the assessment, and does not consider the ultimate payment of the taxes to be probable.  Accordingly, as prescribed by ASC 450 - Contingencies, no accrual has been recorded on the Company's consolidated financial statements as of April 3, 2022.






The Company assesses the impacts of adopting recently issued accounting standards by the Financial Accounting Standards Board on the Company's financial statements, and updates previous assessments, as necessary, from the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.  There were no new accounting standards issued or adopted in the quarter ended April 3, 2022 that would have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.





Forward-looking statements in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, elsewhere in this Form 10-Q, in the Company’s 2021 Annual Report to Shareholders, in the Proxy Statement for the annual meeting to be held on May 17, 2022, and in the Company’s press releases and oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made herein.  Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty. In addition to the factors discussed herein and in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, among the other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: consumer spending and debt levels; interest rates; continuity of relationships with and purchases by major customers; product mix; the benefit and risk of business acquisitions; competitive pressure on sales and pricing; development and market acceptance of new products; increases in material, freight/shipping, tariffs, or production cost which cannot be recouped in product pricing; delays or interruptions in shipping or production; reliance on third-party suppliers in Asia; shipment of defective product which could result in product liability claims or recalls; work or labor disruptions stemming from a unionized work force; changes in government requirements, military spending, and funding of government contracts, which could result in, among other things, the modification or termination of existing contracts; dependence on subcontractors or vendors to perform as required by contract; the ability of startup businesses to ultimately have the potential to be successful; the efficient start-up and utilization of capital equipment investments; political actions of federal and state governments which could have an impact on everything from the value of the U.S dollar vis-à-vis other currencies to the availability of affordable labor and energy; and security breaches and disruptions to the Company’s information technology systems.  Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


COVID-19 Disclosure


All of the Company’s businesses were deemed essential and as a result, all operated during the COVID-19 shutdowns.  Distribution systems of customers that survived the shutdowns are largely intact as most key retail customers' outlets have been open since third quarter 2020.  Customer offices are now gradually reopening. Trade shows, albeit with reduced attendance, have resumed.  Material, components, and finished goods continue to be delayed due to the supply chain congestion.  As a result of government COVID-19 policies, material, transportation and labor costs have materially increased.  Labor shortages continue.  Due to the Company's historical conservative practices, it has no debt and has adequate balances to fund its operations.  


For historical information about the impact of the government responses to COVID-19, please see “Item 1A. Risk Factors” titled “The COVID-19 or Other Pandemics, Epidemics or Similar Public Health Crises Risks” included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2021.


Comparison of First Quarter 2022 and 2021


Readers are directed to Note E to the Consolidated Financial Statements, “Business Segments,” for data on the financial results of the Company’s three business segments for the quarters ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021.


On a consolidated basis, net sales decreased by $20,273,000 (25%), gross profit decreased by $8,650,000 (47%), selling and general expenses decreased by $794,000 (11%), and intangibles amortization was flat.  Other income decreased by $31,000 (4%), while earnings before provision for income taxes decreased by $7,887,000 (68%), and net earnings decreased by $6,078,000 (68%).  Details concerning these changes can be found in the comments by segment below.


Housewares/Small Appliance net sales decreased by $6,199,000 from $26,505,000 to $20,306,000, or 23.4%, primarily attributable to a decrease in shipments, approximately 42% of which was offset by an increase in pricing.  Defense net sales decreased by $14,100,000 from $54,455,000 to $40,355,000, or 25.9%, primarily reflecting a decrease in shipments.   


Housewares/Small Appliance gross profit decreased $3,596,000 from $4,791,000 to $1,195,000, primarily reflecting the decrease in sales mentioned above, augmented by higher product and ocean cargo and inland freight costs. Defense gross profit decreased $5,037,000 from $13,904,000 to $8,867,000, primarily reflecting the decrease in sales mentioned above and a less favorable mix of products.  Due to the startup nature of both businesses in the Safety segment and the resulting limited revenues, gross margins were negative in both years. 



Selling and general expenses for the Housewares/Small Appliance segment decreased $1,096,000, primarily reflecting lower costs and accruals for employee benefits.  Despite the decrease in selling and general expenses, the decreases in net sales and gross profit mentioned above resulted in an operating loss for the segment for the quarter ended April 3, 2022.  Selling and general expenses for the Defense segment increased $170,000, primarily reflecting increased accruals for legal and professional costs.  Selling and general expenses for the Safety segment were essentially flat.


The above items were responsible for the change in operating profit.


Earnings before provision for income taxes decreased $7,887,000 from $11,643,000 to $3,756,000.  The provision for income taxes decreased from $2,650,000 to $841,000, which resulted in an effective income tax rate of 22% and 23%, for the quarters ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, respectively.  Net earnings decreased $6,078,000 to $2,915,000 from $8,993,000, or 68%.


Liquidity and Capital Resources


Net cash provided by operating activities was $5,438,000 and $6,799,000 for the three months ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, respectively.  The principal factors contributing to the increase can be found in the changes in the components of working capital within the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Of particular note during the first three months of 2022 were net earnings of $2,915,000, which included non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses of $712,000.  Also contributing to the cash provided was a decrease in accounts receivable levels stemming from cash collections on customer sales, partially offset by increased inventory levels, a net decrease in payable and accrual levels and a net increase in deposits made to vendors included in other assets and current assets.  Of particular note during the first three months of 2021 were net earnings of $8,993,000, which included non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses of $731,000.  Also contributing to the cash provided was a decrease in accounts receivable levels stemming from cash collections on customer sales, partially offset by increased inventory levels and a net decrease in accounts payable and accrual levels.   


Net cash used in investing activities was $1,280,000 during the first three months of 2022 as compared to $15,827,000 provided by investing activities during the first three months of 2021.  Significant factors contributing to the change were net purchases of marketable securities in 2022 of $1,186,000, in contrast with maturities and sales of marketable securities in 2021 of $16,951,000.  Also contributing to the change in cash was a decrease in the purchase of property, plant, and equipment in 2022. 


Net cash used in financing activities was $31,432,000 and $43,541,000, for the first three months of 2022 and 2021, respectively, and primarily relate to the annual dividend payments.  The extra dividend decreased from $5.25 per share in 2021 to $3.50 per share in 2022.  Cash flows for both three-month periods also reflected the proceeds from the sale of treasury stock to a Company sponsored retirement plan.



Working capital decreased by $27,095,000 during the first three months of 2022 to $267,799,000 at April 3, 2022 for the reasons stated above.  The Company's current ratio was 6.4 to 1.0 at April 3, 2022 and 6.5 to 1.0 at December 31, 2021.


The Company expects to continue to evaluate acquisition opportunities that align with its business segments and will make further acquisitions, as well as continue to make capital investments in its business segments per existing authorized projects and for additional projects, if the appropriate return on investment is projected.


The Company has substantial liquidity in the form of cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities to meet all of its anticipated capital requirements, to make dividend payments, and to fund future growth through acquisitions and other means.  The bulk of its marketable securities are invested in the variable rate demand notes described in Item 3 of Part I of this quarterly report on Form 10-Q and in fixed rate municipal notes and bonds. The Company intends to continue its investment strategy of safety and short-term liquidity throughout its investment holdings.


Critical Accounting Estimates


The Company's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations are based upon its Consolidated Financial Statements.  The preparation of the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the amount of reported assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the Consolidated Financial Statements and revenues and expenses during the periods reported.  The estimates are based on experience and other assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable under the circumstances, and these estimates are evaluated on an ongoing basis.  Actual results may differ from those estimates.  


The Company's critical accounting policies are those that materially affect its Consolidated Financial Statements and involve difficult, subjective, or complex judgments by management. The Company reviewed the development and selection of the critical accounting policies and believes the following are the most critical accounting policies that could have an effect on the Company's reported results as they involve the use of significant estimates and assumptions as described above.  These critical accounting policies and estimates have been reviewed with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.  See Note A - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part II, Item 8 of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2021 filed on March 11, 2022 for more detailed information regarding the Company's critical accounting policies. 



New Housewares/Small Appliance product introductions are an important part of the Company’s sales.  The introductions are important to offset the morbidity rate of other products.  New products entail unusual risks and have occasionally, in the past, resulted in losses related to obsolete or excess inventory as a result of low or diminishing demand for a product.  In addition, due to fire safety regulations, commercial extinguishers have a limited shelf life, which is based on the date of production.  The Safety segment recorded an impairment of $3,090,000 during the year ended December 31, 2021 in recognition of that fact. There were no such obsolescence issues that had a material effect during the current year. In the future should product demand issues arise, the Company may incur losses related to the obsolescence of the related inventory.  Inventory risk for the Company’s Defense segment is not deemed to be significant, as products are largely built pursuant to customers’ specific orders. 


Self-Insured Product Liability and Health Insurance 

The Company is subject to product liability claims in the normal course of business and is self-insured for health care costs, although it does carry stop loss and other insurance to cover claims once a health care claim reaches a specified threshold.  The Company’s insurance coverage varies from policy year to policy year, and there are typically limits on all types of insurance coverage, which also vary from policy year to policy year.  Accordingly, the Company records an accrual for known claims and incurred but not reported claims, including an estimate for related legal fees in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.  The Company utilizes historical trends and other analysis to assist in determining the appropriate accrual.  There are no known claims that would have a material adverse impact on the Company beyond the reserve levels that have been accrued and recorded on the Company’s books and records.  An increase in the number or magnitude of claims could have a material impact on the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. 




Sales are recorded net of discounts and returns for the Housewares/Small Appliance segment.  Sales discounts and returns are key aspects of variable consideration, which is a significant estimate utilized in revenue recognition.  Sales returns pertain primarily to warranty returns, returns of seasonal items, and returns of those newly introduced products sold with a return privilege.  The calculation of warranty returns is based in large part on historical data, while seasonal and new product returns are primarily developed using customer provided information.


Impairment and Valuation of Long-lived Assets

The Company reviews long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the related carrying amounts may not be recoverable. Long-lived assets consist of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, including intellectual property. Determining whether an impairment has occurred typically requires various estimates and assumptions, including determining which cash flows are directly related to the potentially impaired asset, the useful life over which cash flows will occur, the amounts of the cash flows and the asset’s residual value, if any. In turn, measurement of an impairment loss requires a determination of fair value, which is based on the best information available. The Company uses internal discounted cash flows estimates, quoted market prices when available, and independent appraisals, as appropriate, to determine fair value. The Company derives the required cash flow estimates from its historical experience and its internal business plans. 


The Company recognizes the excess cost of acquired entities over the net amount assigned to the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed as goodwill.  Goodwill is tested for impairment on an annual basis at the start of the fourth quarter and between annual tests whenever an impairment is indicated.  The impairment test for goodwill requires the determination of fair value of the reporting unit.  The Company uses multiples of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA"), sales, and discounted cash flow models, which are described above, to determine the reporting unit's fair value, as appropriate.




The Company's interest income on cash equivalents and marketable securities is affected by changes in interest rates in the United States.  Cash equivalents primarily consist of money market funds. Based on the accounting profession’s interpretation of cash equivalents under FASB ASC Topic 230, the Company’s seven-day variable rate demand notes are classified as marketable securities rather than as cash equivalents.  The demand notes are highly liquid instruments with interest rates set every seven days that can be tendered to the trustee or remarketer upon seven days notice for payment of principal and accrued interest amounts.  The seven-day tender feature of these variable rate demand notes is further supported by an irrevocable letter of credit from highly rated U.S. banks.  To the extent a bond is not remarketed at par plus accrued interest, the difference is drawn from the bank’s letter of credit.  The Company has had no issues tendering these notes to the trustees or remarketers.  Other than a failure of a major U.S. bank, there are no risks of which the Company is aware that relate to these notes in the current market. The balance of the Company’s investments is held primarily in fixed and variable rate municipal bonds with a weighted average life of 0.9 years.  Accordingly, changes in interest rates have not had a material effect on the Company, and the Company does not anticipate that future exposure to interest rate market risk will be material.  The Company uses sensitivity analysis to determine its exposure to changes in interest rates. 


The Company has no history of, and does not anticipate in the future, investing in derivative financial instruments.  Most transactions with international customers are entered into in U.S. dollars, precluding the need for foreign currency cash flow hedges. As the majority of the Housewares/Small Appliance segment’s suppliers are located in China, periodic changes in the U.S. dollar and Chinese Renminbi (RMB) exchange rates do have an impact on that segment’s product costs. It is anticipated that any potential material impact from fluctuations in the exchange rate will be to the cost of products secured via purchase orders issued subsequent to the revaluation.




Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures 


The Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer (principal financial officer), conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “1934 Act”) as of April 3, 2022. Based on that evaluation, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer (principal financial officer) concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of that date.


There were no changes to internal controls over financial reporting during the quarter ended April 3, 2022 that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company's internal control over financial reporting.  






Item 1.  Legal Proceedings


See Note J to the Consolidated Financial Statements set forth under Part I - Item 1 above. 



Item 6.  Exhibits


Exhibit 3(i)

Restated Articles of Incorporation - incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3 (i) of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005

Exhibit 3(ii)

By-Laws - incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3 (ii) of the Company's current report on Form 8-K dated July 6, 2007

Exhibit 9.1

Voting Trust Agreement  - incorporated by reference from Exhibit 9 of the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 6, 1997

Exhibit 9.2

Voting Trust Agreement Amendment - incorporated by reference from Exhibit 9.2 of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008

Exhibit 31.1

Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 31.2

Certification of the Treasurer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 32.1

Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 32.2

Certification of the Treasurer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 101.INS

eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Instance Document - the instance document does not appear in the Interactive Data File because its XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document.

Exhibit 101.SCH Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
Exhibit 101.CAL Inline XBRL Taxonomy Calculation Linkbase Document

Exhibit 101.DEF

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
Exhibit 101.LAB Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
Exhibit 101.PRE Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
Exhibit 104 The cover page from this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 3, 2022, formatted in Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101.INS 





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.






/s/ Maryjo Cohen

Maryjo Cohen, Chair of the Board,

President, Chief Executive Officer

(Principal Executive Officer), Director



/s/ David J. Peuse

David J. Peuse,  Director of Financial Reporting and Treasurer, (Principal

Financial Officer) 



Date: May 13, 2022