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UFPI Reports Gains of 19.2 Percent in Net Earnings and 8.5 Percent in Sales for Q2


July 15, 2015
By Business Wire News

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today reported net earnings of $26.0 million for the second quarter of 2015, up 19.2 percent over net earnings of $21.8 million for the same period of 2014. Second-quarter 2015 diluted earnings per share were $1.28, compared to diluted earnings per share of $1.08 for the second quarter of 2014. Net sales of $838.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 represent an increase of 8.5 percent over net sales of $772.8 for the same period of 2014.

Overall unit sales were up 10 percent over 2014, led by a 16.9 percent increase in sales to industrial customers. The Company saw strong sales to retail customers, with an increase of 8.3 percent over the same period last year. Average lumber prices declined nine percent since the first quarter of 2015 and, year-over-year for the second quarter of 2015 were down 12.6 percent, adversely impacting the Company’s selling prices.

“We were pleased with our improvement in gross and operating margins as we continue to enhance and diversify our product offering, allowing us to grow our capabilities and our value to our customers,” said CEO Matthew J. Missad. “These factors, and others, helped us overcome a decline in lumber prices, which hurt our profit margins on treated lumber and other similarly priced products. But our people did an excellent job managing through this challenge.”

“These results highlight the strength of our business model, which allows us to withstand adversity in one business market as well as adverse trends in the lumber market and still grow sales and profitability,” Missad added. “They also highlight the strength of our growth strategies, including our focus on sales to the industrial market and on new product development.”

New product sales in the quarter were up more than 22 percent over the second quarter of 2014. By market, the Company posted the following gross sales results:

Retail: $376.2 million, up 8.3 percent over the second quarter of 2014
The Company’s performance in this market benefited from pent-up demand in the busy building season following challenging winter weather, success with new product sales, and growth with independent and big box retailers, the latter of which saw healthy increases in comparable store sales in their most recently reported quarters. The Company anticipates healthy demand through the building season, barring adverse weather conditions and other unforeseen events.

Industrial: $240.0 million, up 16.9 percent over the second quarter of 2014
This follows a first-quarter year-over-year increase of 23 percent, and is indicative of the ongoing opportunity in this market, in which the company sells packaging, material handling and related products for industrial and agricultural customers. The Company’s growth strategies in this market include both wood and alternative materials solutions as well as packaging solutions for existing and new customers.

Construction: $234.6 million, up 1.3 percent over the same period of 2014
The Company saw a 15 percent unit sales increase in its commercial construction and concrete forming business, and unit sales increases of 2 and 3 percent, respectively, in manufactured housing and residential construction. The Company notes that recent mergers and acquisitions in this market are in line with its expectations, and could serve to rationalize capacity.

CONFERENCE CALL
Universal Forest Products will conduct a conference call to discuss information included in this news release and related matters at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 16, 2015. The call will be hosted by CEO Matthew J. Missad and CFO Michael Cole, and will be available for analysts and institutional investors domestically at (800) 295-4740 and internationally at (617) 614-3925. Use conference pass code 28727901. The conference call will be available simultaneously and in its entirety to all interested investors and news media through a webcast at http://www.ufpi.com. A replay of the call will be available through August 16, 2015, domestically at (888) 286-8010 and internationally at (617) 801-6888. Use replay pass code 84538911.

UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC.
Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries throughout North America and in Australia that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. The Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is celebrating its 60th year in business. For more information about Universal Forest Products, Inc., or its affiliated operations, go to www.ufpi.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended, that are based on management’s beliefs, assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets we serve, the economy and the Company itself. Words like “anticipates,” “believes,” “confident,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “likely,” “plans,” “projects,” “should,” variations of such words, and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. These statements do not guarantee future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect facts, circumstances, events, or assumptions that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made. Actual results could differ materially from those included in such forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements are the following: fluctuations in the price of lumber; adverse or unusual weather conditions; adverse economic conditions in the markets we serve; government regulations, particularly involving environmental and safety regulations; and our ability to make successful business acquisitions. Certain of these risk factors as well as other risk factors and additional information are included in the Company’s reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

   
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED
JUNE 2015/2014
   Quarter Period    Year to Date
(In thousands, except per share data)  2015      2014        2015      2014    
               
 
NET SALES $ 838,171 100 % $ 772,752 100 % $ 1,471,195 100 % $ 1,326,751 100.0 %
 
COST OF GOODS SOLD   725,728   86.6   675,764   87.4   1,279,170   86.9   1,163,750   87.7
 
GROSS PROFIT 112,443 13.4 96,988 12.6 192,025 13.1 163,001 12.3
 
SELLING, GENERAL AND
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 68,431 8.2 58,989 7.6 130,136 8.8 112,899 8.5
ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ASSESSMENTS 1,600 0.2 1,600 0.1
NET (GAIN) LOSS ON DISPOSITION AND
IMPAIRMENT OF ASSETS   (176 )   (324 )   (162 )   (848 ) (0.1 )
 
EARNINGS FROM OPERATIONS 44,188 5.3 36,723 4.8 62,051 4.2 49,350 3.7
 
OTHER EXPENSE, NET   1,238   0.1   686   0.1   2,193   0.1   1,411   0.1
 
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES 42,950 5.1 36,037 4.7 59,858 4.1 47,939 3.6
 
INCOME TAXES   16,066   1.9   13,588   1.8   22,170   1.5   17,824   1.3
 
NET EARNINGS 26,884 3.2 22,449 2.9 37,688 2.6 30,115 2.3
 
LESS NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
NONCONTROLLING INTEREST   (908 ) (0.1 )   (660 ) (0.1 )   (1,550 ) (0.1 )   (1,111 ) (0.1 )
 
NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
CONTROLLING INTEREST $ 25,976   3.1 $ 21,789   2.8 $ 36,138   2.5 $ 29,004   2.2
 
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE – BASIC $ 1.29 $ 1.08 $ 1.79 $ 1.44
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE – DILUTED $ 1.28 $ 1.08 $ 1.79 $ 1.44
 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 26,358 22,960 36,159 29,932
 
LESS COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE
TO NONCONTROLLING INTEREST   (636 )   (719 )   (1,133 )   (1,077 )
 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONTROLLING INTEREST $ 25,722   $ 22,241   $ 35,026   $ 28,855  
                                   

SUPPLEMENTAL SALES DATA

Quarter PeriodYear to Date

Market Classification

20152014%  20152014%
Retail $ 376,219 $ 347,371 8 % $ 606,104 $ 548,355 11 %
Industrial 240,067 205,334 17 % 451,228 376,985 20 %
Construction   234,555     231,507   1 %   435,278     421,069   3 %
Total Gross Sales 850,841 784,212 8 % 1,492,610 1,346,409 11 %
Sales Allowances   (12,670 )   (11,460 )   (21,415 )   (19,658 )
Total Net Sales $ 838,171   $ 772,752   $ 1,471,195   $ 1,326,751  
                                                   
 
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

JUNE 2015/2014

 

(In thousands)            
ASSETS  2015  2014    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  2015  2014
 
CURRENT ASSETSCURRENT LIABILITIES
Cash and cash equivalents $ 24,756 $ Cash Overdraft $ 21,933 $ 13,659
Restricted cash 710 720 Accounts payable 114,354 107,653
Accounts receivable 302,538 286,422 Accrued liabilities   97,962   83,086
Inventories 330,235 277,789
Other current assets   21,205   26,469
 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 679,444 591,400TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 234,249 204,398
 
OTHER ASSETS 9,986 13,669LONG-TERM DEBT AND
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 192,505 169,357CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS 122,303 95,094
PROPERTY, PLANTOTHER LIABILITIES 50,302 42,652
AND EQUIPMENT, NET   257,731   247,453EQUITY   732,812   679,735
 
 
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,139,666 $ 1,021,879TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 1,139,666 $ 1,021,879
                             
   
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED
JUNE 2015/2014
(In thousands)      2015    2014
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:    
Net earnings $ 37,688 $ 30,115
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings attributable to controlling interest
to net cash from operating activities:
Depreciation 18,406 15,644
Amortization of intangibles 1,888 1,194
Expense associated with share-based compensation arrangements 874 932
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements (33 )
Expense associated with stock grant plans 53 58
Deferred income taxes (credit) 3 46
Equity in earnings of investee (195 ) (129 )
Net (gain) or loss on sale of property, plant and equipment (162 ) (931 )
Changes in:
Accounts receivable (104,929 ) (105,695 )
Inventories 9,806 10,776
Accounts payable and cash overdraft 45,798 47,343
Accrued liabilities and other   27,625     23,451  
NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 36,822 22,804
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment (27,756 ) (20,100 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 1,085 1,754
Acquisitions, net of cash received (2,584 ) (7,135 )
Purchases of noncontrolling interest (1,256 )
Advances of notes receivable (3,083 ) (3,287 )
Collections of notes receivable and related interest 7,059 888
Cash restricted as to use (305 )
Other, net   (58 )   (135 )
NET CASH FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES (26,898 ) (28,015 )
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities 259,734 190,301
Repayments under revolving credit facilities (235,993 ) (179,907 )
Debt issuance costs (9 ) (9 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 725 201
Dividends paid to shareholders (8,050 ) (4,214 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interest (1,250 ) (1,101 )
Repurchase of common stock (78 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements   33      
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 15,112 5,271
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (280 )   (60 )
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 24,756
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD        
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 24,756   $  
 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
Interest paid $ 2,430 $ 2,155
Income taxes paid       1,375           6,532  
 

Universal Forest Products, Inc.
Lynn Afendoulis
Director, Corporate Communications
(616) 365-1502