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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Nov. 3, 2017.

Western: regional species perimeter foundation
Southern: regional species slab construction

Crow's Market Recap: A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.

Lumber

SPF lumber prices continued their trek higher for the tenth consecutive week. Mills pushed order files out further, some now selling as far out as mid-December. Market players displayed little surprise in the Commerce department’s affirmative final decision on duties, but some confusion was evident.      

  • Southern Pine discounting across all #1 and #2 items was evident, but the depth of discounts subsided, particularly on the westside. Improved sales volumes beginning early in the week helped mills rid themselves of buildups, prompting traders to describe a market “firming up.”
  • Dry Coastal species prices managed to hold up while green Doug Fir #2&Btr discounts were found across all dimensions. Some producers were willing to discount dry Doug Fir items a few dollars to keep wood moving, while others held onto prices more firmly.
  • Some solid gains were registered in Inland species #2&Btr, and very good increases showed up in Select Structural and MSR lumber. Demand continues to extend mill order files, most of which are three weeks or more in #2&Btr. Some MSR producers are out almost a month now on both 2×4 and 2×6.
  • Stud prices remained mixed, with price direction depending on the item and species. SPF producers reported improved 2×4 8’ sales activity, helping to limit downward moves for that item and generate some firmer quotes.
  • Radiata Pine is still readily available.
  • In Ponderosa Pine, little mention was made in reports with regard to Mldg&Btr, but it shows some tightness. Buyers are finding it difficult to source 5/4 #2 Shop, resulting in a $10 gain for that item. Ponderosa Pine Selects are stable and steady in their movement. All Ponderosa Common boards continue to be in reasonable demand, with supplies at mill level still being tested.
  • Western Red Cedar purchases were often concentrated on filling in inventories with minimal volumes of several items. Overall, sales activity was seasonally modest as the calendar flipped to November. 

Panels

Pricing for OSB is now coming off in chunks, as the market makes a correction after a meteoric rise accelerated by hurricanes. Buyers are exceedingly wary, and mills are taking discounts to move order files out. As a result, pricing is all over the map through most of North America.        

  • Southern Pine rated sheathing discounts grew deeper, with the biggest cuts occurring in thicker panels. A slower sales pace forced producers to lower prices in an attempt to sell off panels available in the week of November 6. By Friday, mills extended order files into Nov. 13.
  • Western Fir sheathing prices continued to adjust lower, as mills tried to sell more aggressively to customers not wanting to participate in a weakening market. Those buyers needing to purchase found prompt availability for some items and significant volumes for shipment the week of Nov. 6.
  • Canadian plywood markets reached what sources agree is a comfortable stabilization this week, and buyers came back to the table in greater numbers. Price deterioration halted, giving renewed confidence to players.
  • Sales of both particleboard and MDF were lackluster. Yards kept close check on inventories, with some paring back those levels prior to the year’s end.

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3Q sales, earnings up for Jeld-Wen

BY Andy Carlo

Jeld-Wen reported third quarter 2017 net revenues increased 6.3% to $991.4 million, compared to $932.5 million for the same period last year.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based window and door manufacturer said the increase was driven by growth in core revenues of 2%, the favorable impact of foreign exchange of 2%, and 3% from the contribution of recent acquisitions.

Jeld-Wen said it defines core revenues to exclude the revenue impact of foreign exchange and acquisitions completed in the last 12 months. The company’s net revenues increased $19.7 million, or 3.6%, to $572.0 million in North America while increasing 7.4%, to $265.1 million in Europe and 15.7% to $154.3 million in “Austrasia,” the company reported.

Jeld-Wen also reported a third quarter net income of $51.3 million, up 11.3% from a third quarter net income of $46.1 million in the third quarter 2016.

“Looking forward into 2018, we expect that our revenue growth will be supported by constructive end market demand and our recent acquisitions," Mark Beck, Jeld-Wen president and CEO said in prepared statement.

Jeld-Wen operates 120 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries with a focus on interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminum windows, and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodeling.

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Tractor Supply names Thomas Kingsbury to board

BY HBSDealer Staff

Tractor Supply Company has appointed Thomas Kingsbury to the company’s board of directors.

Kingsbury is a 40-year retail veteran and has served as a senior executive with several major retailers, including Kohl’s Corporation and The May Department Stores Company. He has served as president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors for Burlington Stores, Inc., since December 2008 and was appointed chairman in May 2014. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to our board of directors,” said Cynthia Jamison, Tractor Supply Company’s Chairman of the Board. “Tom is a talented leader with a pulse on consumer behavior and purchasing patterns, as well as an expert in merchandising strategies that drive market share growth and margin improvement. As we continue to focus on linking our physical and digital storefronts into one seamless shopping environment through the ONETractor initiative, we look forward to the contributions Tom will bring to the company.”

“Tractor Supply has an extremely authentic brand with a proven store growth strategy, unique merchandising assortments, and knowledgeable team members that have made them the leading authority in the rural lifestyle segment,” Kingsbury said. “I’m excited to be joining the company’s board as Tractor Supply continues to implement strategic initiatives to enhance shareholder value.

Based in Brentwood, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail chain in the United States and operates 1,665 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states. 

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