MFRI Inc. (MFRI: Quote), a manufacturer of piping systems, on Thursday reported narrower loss for its second quarter, on improved gross margin and lower income tax payment.
Net loss for the second quarter was $1.4 million or $0.20 per share, compared to a loss of $1.8 million or $0.27 per share in the prior year. The reduction in loss was due to improvement in piping systems results.
Gross margin for the quarter increased to 19% of net sales in the current quarter from 17% in the year-ago quarter.
Net revenues for the second quarter were $52.26 million, down from $64.00 million for the same quarter last year.
By segments, Filtration products sales decreased by $6 million due to lower demand for fabric filters, Piping systems sales decreased $3.4 million as a net effect of decline in U.S. sales partially offset by an increase in sales in the Middle East.
Corporate and other sales decreased by $3 million, as projects in the backlog were not yet ready to begin work on. Industrial process cooling sales increased $700 thousand due to improved order intake.
Shares of MFRI are currently trading at $6.38, up 13 cents or 2.08%, on the Nasdaq.
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