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UFPI reports record first quarter results

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

– Earnings up 89 percent, net sales up 7.8 percent –

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (GLOBAL NEWSWIRE) – Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today announced first-quarter net earnings attributable to controlling interest of $19.2 million, up 89 percent over the same period of 2015. Diluted earnings per share were $0.95, compared to $0.51 for the first quarter of 2015. Net sales for the first quarter were $682.2 million, up 7.8 percent over the first quarter of 2015. The net earnings and net sales results are first-quarter records for the Company.

“The record-breaking results we have enjoyed since the third quarter of 2015 are a testament to the outstanding efforts of our people and the strategies we have implemented to grow and improve the business,” said CEO Matt Missad. “Rather than become complacent, we are targeting new opportunities for growth and improved profitability, while enhancing value for our customers.”

The first-quarter sales growth is attributable to increases in the Company’s retail and construction markets, which grew 17 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively, despite a 12 percent decline in year-over-year lumber prices in the first quarter.

“While the milder winter contributed to improved quarter-over-quarter results, we also benefitted from increased new product sales, operational efficiency improvements, and a better sales mix,” Matt reported. New product sales for the quarter rose 32 percent to $67.5 million, up from $51 million during the same period in 2015.

By market, the Company posted the following first-quarter 2016 gross sales results:

Retail:

$270.7 million, up 17 percent over the same period of 2015

The Company saw increases in unit sales to both its big box and independent retail customers as a result of improving demand and success in the Company’s new product sales initiative. The sales were partially offset by a 2 percent decrease in selling prices due to the commodity lumber market. The Company believes it is well-positioned to meet the growing demand of customers as the spring building season begins. It remains focused on enhancing its product offerings by creating new products and improving upon existing products, and increasing its market share with independent retailers.

Industrial:

$204.2 million, down 3 percent from the first quarter of 2015

This market includes packaging, material handling and related products, and other wood-based products for many other applications that serve a variety of industrial customers. The Company’s unit sales increased 5 percent as a result of organic growth from adding new customers and growing market share with existing customers. Gross sales fell 3 percent due to an 8 percent decrease in selling prices due to lower lumber costs. The Company remains focused on adding new customers, expanding its product and service offering, adding capacity in certain regions, and growing its business in non-wood packaging materials.

Construction:

$218.9 million, up 9 percent over the same period of 2015

This market includes residential and manufactured housing and commercial construction. The Company’s growth in this market was attributable to a 15 percent increase in unit sales, led by strong sales in commercial and residential construction. Gross sales were partially offset by a 6 percent decrease in selling prices.

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 Thurs., April 21, 2016. 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 (888) 685-5759 and internationally at (503) 343-6031. Use conference pass code 88497073. 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 May 15, 2016, at 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 or 800-585-8367.