Shares of MRI company Fonar Corp. (Nasdaq: FONR) were up as much as 26 percent from Monday’s closing price in morning trading on Tuesday after the company reported a 360 percent increase in first quarter earnings driven by an increase in management and service revenue, and a decrease in costs and expenses, offset by a decrease in product sales.
Fonar’s net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 increased to $1.8 million, from $363,0000 a year earlier. Basic earnings per common share increased 257% to $0.25 per share during the first fiscal quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared to $0.07 per common share for the first fiscal 2011 quarter ended September 30, 2010. In addition, the diluted earnings per common share increased 243% to $0.24 per share during the first fiscal quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared to $0.07 per common share for the first fiscal 2011 quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Total revenues rose 11 percent to $9.6 million, compared to $8.7 million for the same period last year. Total operating costs and expenses decreased 5 percent to $7.8 million, from $8.3 million a year ago. Fonar’s product sales in the quarter ended September 30, 2011 dropped to $1.8 million, from $2.7 million a year ago. Service and repair revenue increased to $2.9 million in the quarter, from $2.7 million a year ago, and revenues from management and other fees increased to $4.9 million, from $3.3 million a year ago.
“”Over the last six quarters we have a net profit of $4.9 million,” said Dr. Raymond Damadian, Fonar’s Chairman and CEO in a November 15 press release. “This is due to changes that we have had to make including a focus on the management of our ten UPRIGHT® MRI imaging centers and some difficult cost reductions. While sales are not as robust as in prior years, we believe sales of the UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI will increase as the U.S. economy continues its recovery. This is because the UPRIGHT® MRI has huge value in medicine when it comes to diagnosing the spine. As time goes on, more and more physicians and patients recognize this. The discovery that an interrupted CSF flow causes MS is a valuable discovery and one that will immensely help those poor souls afflicted with the symptoms of MS as well as FONAR tremendously.”