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Sales for the quarter fell 20.3% to $857.3 million from $1.08 billion in the 2008 fourth quarter, with the company's industrial and consumer segments both reporting lower results.
Fourth-quarter net income was $39.3 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to a year-ago loss of $87.6 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, as a result of the one-time fiscal 2008 charge. Excluding asbestos and impairment-related charges, fiscal 2009 fourth-quarter net income declined 44.0% to $54.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, from the $97.5 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, earned a year ago.
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of $83.4 million in the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter compares to a loss of $145.0 million a year ago. Excluding one-time charges for both asbestos and impairment, fiscal 2009 fourth-quarter EBIT dropped 30.9% to $98.9 million from $143.1 million a year ago.
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