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Chaparral, Robalo parent reports 13.6 percent sales gain

By Marine Products Corporation

ATLANTA -- Marine Products Corporation (NYSE: MPX) announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: Chaparral sterndrive and jet drive pleasure boats, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta WT Sportdecks, Xtreme Tow Boats, Signature Cruisers and Vortex Jet Boats, and Robalo outboard sport fishing and bay boats.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, Marine Products generated net sales of $47,975,000, a 13.6 percent increase compared to $42,235,000 in the same period of the prior year.  The increase in net sales was due to higher unit sales during the quarter as compared to the prior year.  Unit sales of our larger Robalo sport fishing boats and bay boats increased during the quarter, as well as sales of our larger Chaparral H2O models.  Sales of our Vortex jet boats, which we started to produce in the first quarter of this year, also contributed to our unit sales increase.

Gross profit for the quarter was $9,432,000, or 19.7 percent of net sales, a 28.9 percent increase compared to gross profit of $7,315,000, or 17.3 percent of net sales, in the same period of the prior year.  As a percentage of net sales, gross profit increased due to efficiencies from higher unit sales volumes as well as a favorable model mix during the quarter.

Operating profit for the quarter was $4,125,000, an increase of 66.2 percent compared to $2,482,000 in the second quarter of last year due to higher gross profit, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses.  Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by 9.8 percent to $5,307,000 in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $4,833,000 last year due to costs that vary with sales and profitability, such as incentive compensation and sales commissions.  As a percentage of net sales, these expenses were approximately the same in the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2013.  Interest income was $121,000 during the second quarter of 2014, a decline of 32.0 percent compared to $178,000 during the second quarter of 2013.  Interest income declined during the quarter due to lower returns on our marketable securities investments, partially offset by a higher average cash and marketable securities balance during the second quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year.

Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $3,013,000, compared to net income of $1,935,000 for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 55.7 percent.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.08 in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $0.05 in the second quarter of last year.

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2014 were $95,677,000, an increase of 10.6 percent compared to the first six months of 2013.  Net income for the six-month period was $4,991,000 or $0.13 earnings per diluted share, compared to net income of $3,384,000, or $0.09 earnings per diluted share in the prior year.

Richard A. Hubbell, Marine Products' Chief Executive Officer stated, "We are pleased with our financial results for the second quarter of 2014.  Our Robalo sport fishing boats, especially the new bay boats, continue to generate higher unit sales.  Among our Chaparral models, sales of our largest H2O models increased during the second quarter, and our Chaparral 307 SSX continued to generate strong unit sales as well.  Profitability improved because of increased efficiencies from higher unit sales and a more profitable model mix.  We also continued the introduction of our new Vortex jet boat models during the second quarter.  Although we have not yet achieved production levels that meet our dealer and consumer demand, we are pleased with the progress of these new models.

"The 2014 retail selling season has been compressed due to a long winter in many of our markets.  Although this is disappointing, there are indications that retail sales at the end of the selling season have improved, which is confirmed by reasonable dealer inventory levels at the end of the quarter.  The most recent market share statistics from Statistical Surveys, Inc. show that Chaparral continues to hold the largest share of the 18- to 35-foot sterndrive market.  These reports also show that Robalo is gaining market share within its segment. We continue to be gratified by this recognition from our dealers and consumers.  We have started producing and shipping selected 2015 models, and will soon be introducing several new models to our dealers at our annual dealer conference later in the third quarter," said Hubbell.

Marine Products Corporation held a conference call to discuss the results for the quarter.  A replay of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of Marine Products' website beginning approximately after the call.

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