Winmark Corporation (NASDAQ:WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended September 24, 2016 of $6,094,200 (or $1.41 per share diluted) compared to net income of $5,339,600 (or $1.23 per share diluted) in the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 24, 2016, net income was $16,051,400 (or $3.72 per share diluted) compared to net income of $16,145,300 (or $3.39 per share diluted) for the same period last year.
Earnings growth during the third quarter was driven by an increase in customer activity within the Company’s lease portfolio and reduced selling, general and administrative expenses. Brett D. Heffes, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I am pleased that we were able to grow our earnings per share by 15% over last year. Our performance during the quarter demonstrated the benefits of our diverse business model.”
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business. At September 24, 2016, there were 1,184 franchises in operation under the brands Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Play It Again Sports®, Style Encore® and Music Go Round®. An additional 67 retail franchises have been awarded but are not open. In addition, at September 24, 2016, the Company had a lease portfolio of $37.3 million.