SALEM, Ore.,– Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ:WVVI), a leading Oregon producer of Pinot Noir, generated income applicable to common shareholders of $595,748, or $0.12 cents per share, for the third quarter of 2019, up from $385,199, or $0.08 cents per share, for the corresponding prior year period, representing a $210,549 or 54.7% increase in income applicable to common shareholders compared to the third quarter 2018.
The Company produced revenues of $6,758,367 and $5,461,039 in the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively, an increase of $1,297,328 or 23.8%. This increase was caused by an increase in direct sales of $49,535 and an increase in sales through distributors of $1,247,793. The increase in revenue from sales through distributors was partially the result of timing attributed to recovering lower sales from quarter 2 in quarter 3.
Gross profit was $4,064,022 and $3,542,171 for the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively, a increase of $521,851 or 14.7%. This increase was primarily the result of higher sales revenues being partially offset by higher unit cost of sales when compared to the corresponding period in the prior year.
Selling, general and administrative expense for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 was $2,789,695 and $2,569,229 respectively, an increase of $220,466, or 8.6%, in the current year period over the prior year period.
Income from operations was $1,274,327 and $972,942 for the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively, an increase of $301,385 or 31.0%. This increase was the result of an increase in revenue partly offset with growth in selling, general and administrative expenses.
Jim Bernau, Founder and President of the winery, said, “We had a strong quarter as we recovered from the problems executing distribution in Oregon and Washington in the second quarter.”
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. is headquartered at its Estate Vineyard near Salem, Oregon. The Company’s common stock is traded on NASDAQ (WVVI) and preferred stock on NASDAQ (WVVIP).
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