Editor's note: This story originally reported Buhler's year-over-year sales increase as 20.5%. The correct increase is 8.9%. We apologize for the error.
Revenue for the year was $195.3 million, up 8.9% from sales of $179.3 million in 2019. The Company’s increased sales levels are as a result of dealers reducing field inventory in the previous year, strong harvest conditions and crop yields. Sales to North America have increased but were somewhat offset by sales in Eastern Europe and other international sales.
|Year ending Sept. 30, 2020||Full Year 2020||Full Year 2019|
|Net loss (millions)||($20.2)||($23.1)|
|Shares issued (millions)||25.0||25.0|
Net Earnings up for the Year
The net loss for the year was $20.2 million, an improvement of $2.9 million from the loss in the prior year. In the current year the Company continued cost saving measures from the previous year that has resulted in continued improvements to gross margin and reductions in the loss from operations. The Company was able to reduce interest expense by managing to reduce its inventory and accounts receivable. In addition the Company reduced its R&D expenses during the period. The Company recorded a small gain on sale of capital assets of $0.4 million as compared with the prior year gain of $15.2 million.
Sales increased 9% from 2019 to 2020 and projections for 2021 are favorable as sales are expected to continue to grow in 2021. The company's backlog increased as it has seen increased order activity. Increased sales will require additional inventories and receivables to support the sales growth. In the past year the Company revised the manufacturing capacity and made changes to reduce the overall footprint and cost of operations. The results of these changes will begin to be seen in 2021 will the full impact of these cost reductions showing up in 2022.