AHMA Industry Confidence Index shows mixed results in July
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) announced mixed results from its AHMA Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index for the month of July.
The Current Situation Index was reported to have risen to 225 in July, up from 166.7 in June. Also, 54% of survey respondents said sales were higher in July in comparison to those from one year ago, up from 40% in June. Some 18% reported sales were even, and 29% said sales had decreased since last year.
The Future Expectations Index declined from 213.8 in June to 193.1 in July. Only 44% of respondents in July reported that they expect sales to increase in the coming six months, down from 56% in June, with 44% expecting that sales will be even in the coming six months.
The survey showed 11% predicted sales below current levels in the next six months. For the coming year, 68% of respondents, the same percentage as in the June survey, said they expect that sales will increase above current levels in the next year, with 21% predicting even sales a year from now, and 11% expecting sales to decline below current levels.
Carlisle Cos. acquires German roofing business
Charlotte, N.C.-based Carlisle Cos. completed the acquisition of PDT Phoenix GmbH in Germany for approximately EUR80 million in cash.
The purchase agreement calls for contingent payments based upon PDT’s future earnings.
With annual sales of approximately EUR80 million, PDT is a leading manufacturer of EPDM-based (rubber) roofing membranes and industrial components serving key European markets. PDT will operate within Carlisle’s Construction Materials segment.
"We are very excited about adding PDT to our company’s growth platform in Europe," said David Roberts, Carlisle’s chairman, president and CEO. "The acquisition of this high-quality company provides an excellent foothold for CCM to serve the growing market for single-ply roofing systems in Europe. It is also an important strategic step for Carlisle, as we grow our global sales to 30% of total revenue."
Sales up 3.3%, profits strong at Armstrong
Armstrong World Industries, a global manufacturer of floors, ceilings and cabinets, reported net sales of $748.6 million for its second fiscal quarter, a 3.3% rise over sales of $724.8 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Net income for the quarter, which ended June 30, was $37.9 million. This compares with $26.8 million in the second quarter of 2010, a 41.4% increase.
Excluding a $24 million favorable foreign exchange impact for the quarter, sales were relatively flat compared with the prior-year period. On a consolidated level, price and mix were able to offset broad volume declines in all businesses and geographies, except in the wood business and in Asia where volume grew. Volume declines in the European flooring markets reflect the exit from the residential flooring business in the fourth quarter of 2010, and the simplification of the company’s country and product offerings in Europe. Excluding the impact of these actions, volumes in European flooring showed slight improvement, the company said.
In the building products segment, net sales increased 7.2% to $305 million. The increase in net sales was driven by favorable foreign exchange of approximately $12 million and better price and mix, which were partially offset by lower volumes in the Americas and Western Europe, the company said.
Net sales in vinyl flooring decreased slightly (0.5%) to $274.7 million. Wood flooring rose by 5% to $133.6 million. Price, volume and mix were all positive contributors to the latter category, the company said.
In cabinets, net sales dropped 5.1% to $35.3 million. The company attributed this to a less favorable product mix.
"I am pleased to announce that, on an adjusted basis, EBITDA was up 24% from Q2 2010 levels, on relatively flat sales," said Matt Espe, president and CEO. "Volumes were down in most of our business, reflecting the cautionary economic environment in which we continue to operate. We were, however, able to achieve increased profitability through the continued execution of our cost-savings plans, pricing ability, mix gains from new products and leverage of LEAN investments."
Management’s macroeconomic outlook for 2011 is down slightly from the beginning of the year, when U.S. and Western European markets were expected to be relatively flat. Management projected new home starts in the United States to be around 600,000, and anticipated repair and remodel activity in North America to be flat to slightly down, and commercial repair remodel activity to be slightly up. "We now expect our residential and commercial end markets opportunity to be slightly lower, as the domestic economic recovery appears to be delayed," said Tom Mangas, senior VP and CFO. "We continue to expect emerging markets’ GDP to continue to grow in the high single-digit range."