Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROCK), a leading manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets, today reported its financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2011.
“Gibraltar continued to deliver solid results in the fourth quarter of 2011, concluding a year of strong performance despite minimal growth in our traditional core markets,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Lipke. “Net sales grew 21% for the quarter, including 7% organic growth and 14% growth from recent acquisitions, and 20% for the full year. Adjusted gross margins were up by 180 basis points and 250 basis points for the quarter and the full year, respectively. Excluding special items, adjusted EPS from continuing operations improved modestly for the quarter and significantly for 2011 as a whole.”
“This was another solid operational quarter for Gibraltar, as we continued growing our top line, lowering our breakeven point and enhancing the performance of our business,” said Henning Kornbrekke, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Gibraltar’s growing presence in the industrial and infrastructure markets has enabled us to offset weak demand for housing by selling our products into two of the strongest segments of the economy. Equally important, in our traditional core markets – residential and nonresidential construction and remodeling – we have established Gibraltar as the leader in the majority of our product categories, while increasing our overall market share by launching new products, expanding our geographic coverage and improving our penetration of existing nationwide customer accounts.”“At the same time, we continued to make consistent progress toward our goal of positioning Gibraltar as the low-cost global supplier in its markets coupled with outstanding customer service,” Kornbrekke said. “Focusing on operational excellence across the Company, we further lowered our cost structure with ongoing lean initiatives, maintained low levels of working capital, and continued to improve our management of commodity costs. In addition, the D.S. Brown and Pacific Award Metals businesses acquired in 2011 made the contributions we expected to Gibraltar’s fourth-quarter growth, operating characteristics, product mix and profitability, and we continued to expand our pipeline of potential future acquisitions.”
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