UFP Industries Announces First Quarter Results
UFP Industries, Inc. (or “UFP”) announced first quarter 2023 results including net sales of $1.82 billion, net earnings attributable to controlling interest of $126 million, and earnings per diluted share of $1.98.
“Given the softer economy and general uncertainty in the markets, these results are in line with our expectations and, in some instances, better than we anticipated, thanks to the hard work of our UFP teammates,” said Chairman and CEO Matthew J. Missad. “Our experienced team continues to provide excellent value to our customers while efficiently managing the business with a determination to deliver strong results for our shareholders. Our strong cash flow, excellent balance sheet and prudent capital allocation enable us to take advantage of opportunities that may become available during this cycle. Of course, our operations will continue to make sure we are sized correctly for current demand, while still investing in product and service enhancements and innovations to create value for our customers. Our outlook remains positive, albeit at a lower level than 2021 and 2022.”
First Quarter 2023 Highlights (comparisons on a year-over-year basis):
- Net sales of $1.82 billion decreased 27 percent due to a 20 percent decrease in prices, an 8 percent decrease in organic unit sales, and a 1 percent increase in sales from acquisitions.
- New product sales of $167 million decreased 10 percent, largely due to lower lumber prices. New product sales as a percent of total sales rose to 9.1 percent from 7.4 percent in 2022.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $202 million decreased 31 percent, and adjusted EBITDA margin dropped to 11.1 percent from 11.7 percent in 2022.
- Diluted EPS of $1.98 represents a 34 percent decrease from last year.
UFP Industries maintains a strong balance sheet, with $145.3 million in net surplus cash (surplus cash less interest-bearing debt and cash overdraft) on April 1, 2023, compared to $409.8 million in net debt at the end of the first quarter of 2022. The company had approximately $1.7 billion of liquidity as of April 1, 2023. The company’s return-focused approach to capital allocation includes the following:
– A target of $200 million for capital investments in 2023, including value-added growth investments and significant investments in robotics, automation and technology.
– Repurchases of approximately 451,000 shares of common stock for $35.3 million during the first quarter of 2023 (at an average price of $78.27 per share). The company is authorized to purchase an additional 1.5 million shares through February 3, 2024, and intends to continue to repurchase UFPI shares when the price is advantageous and to offset dilution resulting from long-term, share-based incentive compensation programs.
– A quarterly dividend payment of $0.25 per share, approved by the board of directors on April 26, 2023, payable on June 15, 2023, to shareholders of record on June 1, 2023.
The company continues to seek strategic acquisitions that drive long-term growth and margin improvements, enhance its capabilities, and create incremental value for its customers and shareholders.
By business segment, the company reported the following first-quarter 2023 results:
UFP Retail Solutions
$749.6 million in net sales, down 25 percent compared to the first quarter of 2022, due to a 23 percent decline in selling prices (due to the relative decrease in the lumber market) and a 2 percent decline in organic unit sales. Gross profit decreased 30 percent to $94.4 million, primarily due to the impact of products sold with a variable price. Those products benefited from a significant increase in lumber prices during the first quarter of 2022. Based on anticipated lumber prices, the company expects more favorable comparisons for the second quarter of 2023 over 2022.
UFP Packaging (formerly UFP Industrial)
$486.6 million in net sales, down 20 percent compared to the first quarter of 2022, due to an 18 percent decrease in selling prices, a 4 percent decline in organic unit sales, and a 2 percent increase in sales from acquisitions. Gross profit decreased 19 percent to $120.9 million due to normalizing market pricing and a small decline in volume.
$515.6 million in net sales, down 34 percent compared to the first quarter of 2022, due to an 18 percent decrease in selling prices and a 16 percent decrease in organic unit sales. Gross profit decreased 25 percent to $121.7 million, largely due to normalizing market pricing and a decline in volume among residential and manufactured housing customers in line with market conditions.
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About UFP Industries, Inc.
UFP Industries is a holding company whose operating subsidiaries – UFP Packaging, UFP Construction and UFP Retail Solutions – manufacture, distribute and sell a wide variety of value-added products used in residential and commercial construction, packaging and other industrial applications worldwide. Founded in 1955, the company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. UFP Industries is ranked #401 on the Fortune 500 and #149 on Industry Week’s list of America’s Largest Manufacturers. For more about UFP Industries, go to WWW.UFPI.COM.
Dick Gauthier – Vice President of Investor Relations – (616) 365-1555
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