Burnham Holdings, Inc. Reports Full Year 2023 Financial Results, Raises Dividend and Board Actions



LANCASTER, Pa., Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Burnham Holdings, Inc. (OTC:BURCA), the parent company of multiple subsidiaries that are leading domestic manufacturers of boilers, furnaces and related HVAC products and accessories for residential, commercial, and industrial applications, today reported its consolidated financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023.  Audited consolidated financial statements and footnotes will be included in our Annual Report, expected to be available in mid- to late March 2024.  Prior periods presented have been restated for a voluntary change in accounting principle related to our last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory valuation.  For 2022, the impact increased net income by $0.4 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.08.

Burnham Holdings, Inc.’s consolidated financial performance for the year ended December 31, 2023 included the following:

Net sales were $253.0 million for 2023, an increase of $12.4 million, or 5.2%, versus 2022.  The net sales figure for 2023 represents the highest net sales number in BHI history, eclipsing the previous mark of $251.7 million set in 2004.
Gross profit margin was 23.6% for 2023 compared to 19.2% for 2022 primarily due to continued realization of pricing actions to offset inflation.  Operating efficiency also contributed to improved margins as cost of goods sold decreased by $1.2 million versus 2022 despite higher the 5.2% growth in net sales.
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $43.1 million in 2023 compared to $36.2 million in 2022, an increase of $6.7 million, or 19.0%. Prior year spend was lower than historical norms as we slowly returned to pre-Covid staffing, travel, and administrative spending levels. Although higher on a percentage of sales basis, SG&A spend was in line with expectations.
The Company recognized a $2.3 million impairment of its investment in EnviroPower.
Net income for 2023 was $9.4 million compared to $5.4 million in 2022 and is the highest net income since 2004.
Diluted earnings per share were $2.02 for 2023 versus $1.18 in 2022.

For 2023, sales of residential products were higher by 5.0% versus the same period in 2022, while sales of commercial products increased by 1.4% in 2023 versus 2022.  Our new Service and Rentals businesses contributed $2.6 million of net sales in 2023.  Overall, we are pleased with 2023’s results as order velocity remains strong and our current backlogs are back in line with seasonal operating cycles.

As previously noted, pricing actions taken during 2022 and 2023 contributed to the margin expansion realized in 2023.  Further positive impacts on the results were provided by tighter inventory controls, which resulted in lower inventory across the organization, as well as a focus on overhead expenses and spending.  Reduced volatility in raw material costs also had a significant impact on 2023 results.  We will continue to closely monitor these areas as leading indicators for additional pricing actions during 2024. 

Average debt levels were higher throughout 2023 due to increased working capital needs and inflationary pressures impacting inventory valuations.  In addition, interest rate hikes throughout 2023 increased borrowing costs.  As a result of both factors, interest expense for 2023 was higher than 2022.  However, year-end total debt was $6.3 million lower than the prior year.  We continue to evaluate our working capital needs, including inventory levels, to ensure we can appropriately meet production volumes and fund future growth initiatives.  We also previously announced that we have new lending facilities in place that provide us with up to $92.0 million in capacity.  On January 30, 2024, a $10.0 million equipment financing line was entered into with our syndicated bank group that adds additional capacity and flexibility to our financing arrangements.

At its meeting on February 22, 2024, Burnham Holdings, Inc.’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.23 per share, an increase of 4.5%.  The dividend is payable on March 28, 2024 for shareholders of record as of March 21, 2024.  Additionally, the Board of Directors amended the bylaws to confirm the ability to conduct meetings virtually, revise officer and director indemnification provisions, and remove the minimum and maximum numbers of directors required on the Board.

Burnham Holdings, Inc.’s Annual Meeting, with a shareholder record date of March 1, 2024, will be held virtually via a secure website meeting platform on Monday, April 22, 2024, beginning at 11:30 a.m. eastern.

Burnham Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income

Years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022

(In thousands, except per share amounts)





Net sales 

$          252,982

$           240,547

Cost of goods sold



  Gross profit



Selling, general and administrative expenses



Investment impairment loss


  Operating income



Other expense:

  Non-service related pension credit



  Interest and investment gain (loss)



  Interest expense



    Other expense



Income before income taxes



Income tax expense



  Net income

$              9,426

$               5,425

Earnings per share:


$                2.04

$                 1.18

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