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Park Electrochemical (PKE) 3Q Misses Estimates; Earnings, Sales Fall

 December 19, 2012 06:53 AM

(By Balachander) Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE), a maker of digital and microwave printed circuit materials, reported a 5 percent drop in earnings for the third quarter amid a decline in sales. Both earnings and sales missed Wall Street projections.

The Melville, New York-based company earned $5.11 million or 25 cents a share, down from $5.38 million or 26 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. Wall Street analysts, on average, expected earnings of 29 cents per share.

Sales fell 13 percent to $41.26 million, versus consensus estimate of nearly flat sales.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales improved to 30.4 percent for the third quarter ended Nov. 25 from 27.5 percent in the comparable period of the previous year.

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Selling, general & administrative expenses declined 9 percent.

The advanced materials company develops its products mainly for the telecommunications and internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies for the aerospace markets.

For the second quarter, PKE posted earnings of $5.77 million on sales of $46.43 million.

The stock, which has been trading between $22.54 and $32.19 over the past year, ended Tuesday's regular trading at $25.57.

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