Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today announced third-quarter 2011 results, including net earnings of $5.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, up from net earnings of $2.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010. Net sales of $468.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 were down 2.4 percent from net sales of $480.6 million for the same period of last year.
The Company grew sales in three of its five markets: commercial construction and concrete forming, industrial, and manufactured housing. The residential construction and retail building materials markets continue to be soft and saw sales decline in the third quarter of 2011 compared to a year ago.
“Our cost-cutting efforts and a more stable lumber market helped us generate a stronger profit in the quarter,” said Chief Executive Officer Matthew J. Missad. “Our sales suffered from a stagnant economy, which is likely to remain weak for the near term. Since we can’t rely on an improved economy to grow our business, we are pursuing other avenues of growth.”
Missad noted that the Company remains financially strong and is well-positioned to weather a tough economy, even through the typically weak winter months. “If current forecasts are accurate, we believe significant overcapacity exists in the markets we serve,” he said. “We expect that many companies will struggle to make it through the winter, and we remain poised for opportunities to consolidate our markets and improve our value to our customers and our shareholders.”“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m confident in the ability of our people to create opportunity and success,” Missad added. “We’re a solid company, built and operated by hard-working entrepreneurs who will do what it takes to be successful in this new economy.” By market, Universal posted the following gross sales results for the third quarter of 2011: