LP widens loss in fourth quarter, but sales rise
Nashville, Tenn.-based Louisiana-Pacific finished out a tough year for builders with fourth-quarter losses of $39 million, deeper than the $25 million in losses the company saw in last year’s fourth quarter. Sales for the fourth quarter were $376.6 million, up 2.3 percent from $368.2 million in the same period last year.
For the year, the lumber giant swung to a loss of $167 million from $123.7 million in earnings in 2006. Sales for 2007 were $1.7 billion, down 22.3 percent from $2.19 billion last year.
Rick Frost, CEO for Louisiana-Pacific, said 2008 will be another year marked by a “tough business environment.”
“Double-digit declines in new home construction, acceleration of the mortgage crisis and parity of the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollar all negatively affected our operating results,” Frost explained. “We responded to this difficult, worse-than-expected environment by managing our inventories to expected takeaway levels … and aggressive sales and marketing efforts to win new customers.”
84 Lumber reports 2007 sales
84 Lumber has reported $3.1 billion in revenues for 2007, a 24 percent drop from its sales in 2006.
The industry’s largest privately owned chain of lumberyards, which ranked third on HCN’s Top 350 Pro Dealer list, reduced its head count by 175 positions at its headquarters over the past 12 months. Approximately 850 additional employees have been cut at other locations.
The Eighty Four, Pa.-based company has closed 22 stores since 2005, although some of these were relocations or near a new 84 Lumber store, said Jeff Nobers, vp-corporate communications.
“Our goal is to continue to grow market share,” Nobers told HCN. The company intends to open 10 new locations in 2008, Nobers said, pinpointing Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida and California. Two of the pro dealer’s locations, in Annapolis, Md., and Clarksville, Del., are undergoing extensive renovations that will double or triple their size and add showrooms and warehouse space. Nobers added: “They will be, in effect, new stores.”
Pulte Homes loss widens in fourth quarter
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based home builder Pulte Homes posted a loss of $874.7 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007, compared to a loss of $8.4 million in the same quarter last year. For the full year, the company swung to a loss of $2.25 billion, compared to earnings of $687 million in 2006.
“The challenging market conditions that plagued the home-building industry for the first nine months of 2007 worsened in the fourth quarter,” said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., president and CEO of Pulte Homes. “Levels of new and existing-home inventory remain elevated, buyer demand for new homes continues to be weak and mortgage availability is still a problem for many prospective home buyers.”
The company also showed net sales of $2.9 billion for the fourth quarter of last year, down 34 percent from the same quarter of 2006 of $4.4 billion.
Net sales for the year were $9.3 billion, down 35 percent from $14.3 billion for 2006.
The company closed 8,714 homes in the fourth quarter, down 31 percent from the same quarter last year, with average sales price per home at $319,000, down 6 percent from the fourth quarter last year.
New orders for the quarter were 4,562, down 29 percent from the fourth quarter in 2006. The company also projects a first-quarter net loss of 15 cents to 30 cents per share.