"Our total sales in the third quarter declined by 14 percent due to disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Garry Ridge, WD-40 Company's chairman and CEO. "As a global business that operates in 176 countries around the world, each of our locations has been impacted by COVID-19 in different ways but our tribe members everywhere adapted quickly to the unprecedented situation which enabled us to hold our own this quarter even while confronted with extremely challenging circumstances."
Net sales of maintenance products, which are considered the primary growth focus for the company, decreased 16 percent in the third quarter when compared to the prior year fiscal quarter. Net sales of homecare and cleaning products increased 10 percent in the third quarter when compared to the prior year fiscal quarter. This higher level of sales was due to the increased demand for such products that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Though the global health crisis is not over yet, I do believe that we have maneuvered through the immediate crisis very well. We have always had a very clear strategy with very clear targets enabled by an enviable culture. What this crisis has required us to do is pause, reset, and become even more laser-focused on how we will achieve our growth aspirations," concluded Ridge.