Topic: Growth Stocks

Strong dollar held back this aggressive investing stock’s earnings

International Road Dynamics, symbol IRD on Toronto, makes products and systems that manage highway traffic, including automated toll-road and weigh-station systems for trucks. The aggressive investing stock’s weigh-in-motion system weighs trucks while they’re moving, rather than at less-efficient roadside weigh stations. International Road also makes advanced traffic-control, driver-management and data-collection systems.

In the three months ended November 30, 2010, International Road’s sales fell 16.4%, to $10.7 million from $12.8 million a year earlier. The drop was due mainly a stronger Canadian dollar, which pushed down the company’s U.S. sales by 36.8%, to $4.8 million from $7.6 million. As the U.S. economy improves and government spending on roadways increases, the company’s U.S. sales should pick up. In Canada, sales rose 58.3% in the latest quarter, to $1.9 million from $1.2 million a year earlier. Offshore sales were unchanged at $4.0 million.

In the quarter, the company lost $335,000, or $0.03 per share, compared to earnings of $337,000, or $0.03 per share a year earlier. The lower sales were the main reason for the earnings decline.

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