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 UFPI Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Annual Results
   Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:05:28 PM ET

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI ) today announced record net earnings and net sales for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. The Company posted these results in a quarter and year that had one less operational week compared to 2016. In 2016, the extra week accounted for over $60 million in net sales and over $2 million in operating profit.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights (comparisons on a year-over-year basis, 13 weeks over 14 weeks):

-- Diluted earnings per share were $0.51, an increase of 50 percent

-- Net earnings attributable to controlling interest were $31.1 million, up 50 percent; changes to the corporate tax rate contributed $6.4 million or 10 cents per diluted share. Even excluding the tax benefit, net earnings for the quarter and year were records.

-- EBITDA of $57 million, up 16 percent

-- Net sales of $966.1 million represent a 12 percent increase

-- Unit sales accounted for 5 percent of the Company’s gross sales growth due to acquired businesses; price increases accounted for almost 8 percent

Fiscal 2017 Highlights (comparisons on a year-over-year basis, 52 weeks over 53 weeks):

-- Diluted earnings per share were $1.94, an increase of 18 percent

-- Net earnings attributable to controlling interest were $119.5 million, up 18 percent

-- EBITDA of $238 million, up 13 percent

-- Net sales of $3.94 billion, up 22 percent

-- Unit sales accounted for 15 percent of the Company’s gross sales growth (this includes 11 percent from acquired businesses); price increases accounted for 6 percent

-- Generated cash from operating activities of almost $137 million

"The employees of Universal did a great job managing our business through a challenging lumber market that pressured margins for our products at different periods throughout the year," said CEO Matthew J. Missad. In 2017, average prices for framing lumber and southern yellow pine rose 20 percent and 7 percent, respectively, over 2016, but fell during the Company’s peak selling times, reducing margins on certain products.

"We experienced terrific growth with new products in 2017, making significant inroads in the Retail market with new products such as our UFP-Edge profile lines and several product introductions in our Deckorators line," Matt added. For the year, new product sales grew 23.5 percent to $418.4 million, compared to $338.6 million in 2016. "Despite the challenges that remain in the lumber market, we are optimistic about our strategic initiatives for 2018 and beyond. To support those initiatives, we are investing a portion of the income we will save from the tax reform bill in capital expenditures."

By market, the Company reported the following 2017 results.

Retail

-- Fourth Quarter: $330.6 million in gross sales, up 20 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016. Unit sales contributed 13 percent of the growth; price increases accounted for 7 percent. Acquisitions accounted for 10 percent of the increase.

-- Full Year: $1.49 billion in gross sales, up 15 percent over 2016, led by a 10 percent increase in unit sales and a 5 percent increase in selling prices. Acquisitions contributed 7 percent of the sales growth. Sales to this market were affected by a record hurricane season, which resulted in a temporary increase in sales of low-margin commodity products.

Construction

-- Fourth Quarter: $305.8 million in gross sales, up 10 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016, mostly due to price increases as a result of the lumber market. Unit sales to manufactured housing customers grew 4 percent during the period, while sales to residential and commercial construction customers fell 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Residential construction sales were likely affected by project delays associated with higher lumber prices.

-- Full Year: $1.18 billion in gross sales, up 16 percent over the previous year, driven by a 7 percent increase in unit sales and a 9 percent increase in prices. Residential construction unit sales grew 7 percent, and unit sales to manufactured housing customers rose 9 percent over 2016.

Industrial

-- Fourth Quarter: $345.1 million in gross sales, up 9 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016; price increases accounted for 7 percent of the growth while unit increases accounted for 2 percent.

-- Full Year: $1.33 billion in gross sales, up 35 percent over the previous year. Unit sales increased 29 percent, primarily due to the Company’s acquisition of idX Corporation in September of 2016. Excluding acquisitions, the Company’s organic unit sales grew 4 percent over 2016.

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 Friday, February 23, 2018. 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 866-518-4547, and internationally at 213-660-0879. Use conference pass code 4866126. 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 March 25, 2018, at 855-859-2056, 404-537-3406 or 800-585-5367.

UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC.

Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company whose subsidiaries supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more about Universal Forest Products, 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.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This release includes certain financial information not prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Because not all companies calculate non-GAAP financial information identically (or at all), the presentations herein may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies. Management considers EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, an alternative performance measure which may provide useful information to investors.

Lynn Afendoulis

Director, Corporate Communications

(616) 365-1502

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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
DECEMBER 2017/2016
                                        Quarter Period                                  Year to Date
(In thousands, except per share data)      2017                    2016                    2017                      2016
NET SALES                               $  966,091     100  %   $  859,584     100  %   $  3,941,182     100  %   $  3,240,493     100.0 %
COST OF GOODS SOLD                         836,932     86.6        737,274     85.8        3,398,356     86.2        2,765,903     85.4
GROSS PROFIT                               129,159     13.4        122,310     14.2        542,826       13.8        474,590       14.6
SELLING,  GENERAL  AND
ADMINISTRATIVE  EXPENSES                   87,751      9.1         87,000      10.1        362,220       9.2         310,152       9.6
NET GAIN ON DISPOSITION OF ASSETS          (70     )   -           -           -           (863      )   -           -             -
EARNINGS FROM OPERATIONS                   41,478      4.3         35,310      4.1         181,469       4.6         164,438       5.1
OTHER EXPENSE, NET                         1,203       0.1         1,164       0.1         5,462         0.1         3,767         0.1
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES               40,275      4.2         34,146      4.0         176,007       4.5         160,671       5.0
INCOME TAXES                               7,113       0.7         11,905      1.4         51,967        1.3         55,174        1.7
NET EARNINGS                               33,162      3.4         22,241      2.6         124,040       3.1         105,497       3.3
LESS NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
NONCONTROLLING INTEREST                    (2,047  )   (0.2 )      (1,491  )   (0.2 )      (4,528    )   (0.1 )      (4,318    )   (0.1  )
NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
CONTROLLING INTEREST                    $  31,115      3.2      $  20,750      2.4      $  119,512       3.0      $  101,179       3.1
EARNINGS PER SHARE - BASIC              $  0.51                 $  0.34                 $  1.95                   $  1.66
EARNINGS PER SHARE - DILUTED            $  0.51                 $  0.34                 $  1.94                   $  1.65
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME                       33,152                  21,058                  130,170                   102,794
LESS COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE
TO NONCONTROLLING INTEREST                 (1,022  )               (1,084  )               (4,884    )               (2,660    )
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONTROLLING INTEREST    $  32,130               $  19,974               $  125,286                $  100,134
SUPPLEMENTAL SALES DATA
                                        Quarter Period                                  Year to Date
Market Classification                      2017                    2016        %           2017                      2016          %
Retail                                  $  330,613              $  276,109     20   %   $  1,493,366              $  1,294,273     15    %
Industrial                                 345,134                 317,932     9    %      1,334,082                 984,968       35    %
Construction                               305,758                 277,742     10   %      1,178,755                 1,018,136     16    %
Total Gross Sales                          981,505                 871,783     13   %      4,006,203                 3,297,377     21    %
Sales Allowances                           (15,414 )               (12,199 )   -26  %      (65,021   )               (56,884   )   -14   %
Total Net Sales                         $  966,091              $  859,584     12   %   $  3,941,182              $  3,240,493     22    %
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
DECEMBER 2017/2016
(In thousands)
ASSETS                                2017          2016       LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                  2017          2016
CURRENT ASSETS                                                 CURRENT LIABILITIES
        Cash and cash equivalents  $  28,339     $  34,091               Cash overdraft             $  25,851     $  19,761
        Restricted cash               477           398                  Accounts payable              140,106       124,660
        Investments                   11,269        10,348               Accrued liabilities           135,960       124,722
        Accounts receivable           327,751       282,253              Current portion of debt       1,329         2,634
        Inventories                   460,308       397,227
        Other current assets          35,343        32,121
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                  863,487       756,438    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES               303,246       271,777
OTHER ASSETS                          17,592        10,163     LONG-TERM DEBT AND
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET                254,969       227,606              CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS     144,674       109,059
PROPERTY, PLANT                                                OTHER LIABILITIES                       42,734        50,756
        AND EQUIPMENT,  NET           328,629       297,851    EQUITY                                  974,023       860,466
TOTAL ASSETS                       $  1,464,677  $  1,292,058  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY         $  1,464,677  $  1,292,058
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
DECEMBER 2017/2016
(In thousands)                                                                                              2017                  2016
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net earnings                                                                                           $    124,040          $    105,497
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash from operating activities:
Depreciation                                                                                                48,536                40,823
Amortization of intangibles                                                                                 4,860                 2,795
Expense associated with share-based and grant compensation arrangements                                     3,805                 2,335
Deferred income taxes (credit)                                                                              (8,629   )            2,464
Equity in earnings of investee                                                                              (25      )            (267     )
Net gain on disposition of assets                                                                           (863     )            -
Changes in:
Accounts receivable                                                                                         (30,787  )            (5,119   )
Inventories                                                                                                 (49,262  )            (3,245   )
Accounts payable and cash overdraft                                                                         21,159                11,259
Accrued liabilities and other                                                                               23,749                15,978
NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                                                                          136,583               172,520
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment                                                                 (71,116  )            (53,762  )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment                                                         2,919                 3,126
Acquisitions and purchase of noncontrolling interest, net of cash received                                  (60,587  )            (80,077  )
Repayments of debt of acquiree                                                                              -                     (92,830  )
Purchase and dissolution of remaining noncontrolling interest of subsidiary                                 -                     (892     )
Advances of notes receivable                                                                                (234     )            (6,012   )
Collections of notes receivable and related interest                                                        1,509                 7,899
Purchases of investments                                                                                    (13,518  )            (5,666   )
Proceeds from sale of investments                                                                           5,103                 2,568
Other                                                                                                       (1,735   )            (2,011   )
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES                                                                       (137,659 )            (227,657 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities                                                                758,287               131,002
Repayments under revolving credit facilities                                                                (722,725 )            (107,294 )
Borrowings of debt                                                                                          8,525                 -
Repayments of debt                                                                                          (13,347  )            -
Proceeds from issuance of common stock                                                                      661                   536
Distributions to noncontrolling interest                                                                    (4,032   )            (3,280   )
Dividends paid to shareholders                                                                              (19,607  )            (17,680  )
Repurchase of common stock                                                                                  (12,977  )            -
Other                                                                                                       (32      )            (73      )
NET CASH FROM (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES                                                                (5,247   )            3,211
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash                                                                     650                   (1,927   )
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                                                                     (5,673   )            (53,853  )
ALL CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD                                                          34,489                88,342
ALL CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD                                                           $    28,816           $    34,489
Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash:
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                                         $    34,091           $    87,756
Restricted cash, beginning of period                                                                        398                   586
All cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                                     $    34,489           $    88,342
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                                               $    28,339           $    34,091
Restricted cash, end of period                                                                              477                   398
All cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                                           $    28,816           $    34,489
EBITDA RECONCILIATION (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
DECEMBER 2017/2016
                                                               Quarter Period      Year to Date
(In thousands)                                                 2017        2016    2017         2016
Net Earnings Attributable to Controlling Interest              31,115      20,750  119,512      101,179
Interest  Expense                                              1,393       1,301   6,218        4,575
Taxes                                                          7,112       11,905  51,967       55,174
Expense associated with Share-Based Compensation Arrangements  748         663     3,618        2,336
Net Earnings Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest           2,048       1,490   4,528        4,318
Net Gain on Disposition of Asset                               (70    )    -       (863    )    -
                                                               42,346      36,109  184,980      167,582
Depreciation Expense                                           12,881      11,809  48,536       40,823
Amortization of Intangibles                                    1,311       926     4,860        2,795
EBITDA                                                         56,538      48,844  238,376      211,200

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