That doesn't necessarily lead to excellent results, however. The latest quarterly and full-year report was rather flat year over year, and both sales and earnings are slow to grow. Annual revenues rose by only 6% from the 2005 level, which is barely faster than the current inflation rate of about 4%. Pro forma net earnings increased by only 1.2%. You have to look a bit closer to find out what's ailing the company, though. Dig into the segment reports, and you'll see that the bread-and-butter general industrial filtration segment, which represents about 38% of total revenues for the fiscal year, brings in only about a quarter of the operating profits. It's also among the slowest-growing divisions.
Management does have a plan for reversing that trend, though. You'll recognize the concept from a golden oldie by Gillette, now a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble
With that in mind, we can see that gross margins, which have become the main focus for Pall's management team, should mean that it lets up on new-system sales for a while. Pall's margins are trailing those of competitors Millipore
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