LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMN) reported a 25% increase in net income to $6,220,000, or $0.35 per diluted share, on a 30% increase in sales to a record $93,262,000 for the first quarter ended October 31, 2011. This compares with net income of $4,975,000, or $0.29 per diluted share, on sales of $71,993,000 for the first quarter ended October 31, 2010.
Andrew Krakauer, Cantel's President and CEO stated, "We are pleased to have delivered record sales and strong quarterly earnings. These positive results confirm the continued success of our three prong approach to growth which includes investing in new product development, sales and marketing programs and acquisitions. All of these strategies positively affected the results this quarter."
Krakauer added, "Our Endoscopy segment had an especially stellar performance this quarter as organic sales grew by 25%, excluding sales from our newly acquired Byrne Medical business. This growth was driven by increased shipments of our newest reprocessor, the DSD Edge™, as well as disinfectants and sterilants, parts and service. Byrne Medical, which is in the process of being integrated into the Endoscopy segment, had core sales growth in excess of 30% and was accretive to earnings in the quarter. We also had excellent performance in our Water Purification and Filtration segment, where sales growth of 21% and effective integration of the Gambro water acquisition resulted in a 57% increase in operating income."
The Company also reported that its balance sheet at October 31, 2011 included current assets of $118,617,000, including cash of $19,646,000, a current ratio of 2.27:1, gross debt of $116,500,000 and stockholders' equity of $247,257,000. Krakauer stated, "We continue to maintain a strong balance sheet and generate substantial cash flow and EBITDAS. When