TAYLOR, MI -- Masco Corporation said it earned a net profit of $36 million in the third quarter, on sales of $2 billion. The company said North American sales were flat and International sales increased 12 percent.
"Our sales increased three percent compared to third quarter 2010, reflecting strong sales of plumbing-related products driven by share gains of our Hansgrohe and Delta brands, share gains in our Installation segment and foreign currency translation. The third quarter of 2011 was negatively impacted by continued depressed conditions in new home construction and by the deferral of "big ticket" repair and remodel activity," said Masco's President and CEO Tim Wadhams. "We have continued to take aggressive steps to address these challenging market dynamics and further reduce our cost structure. In October, we closed multiple facilities and reduced headcount in those businesses most affected by these economic conditions. In addition, we identified four businesses within the Installation and Other Services segment for divestiture. These businesses were focused on noncore diversified products which include framing, commercial drywall installation, and millwork."
"The foreclosure process, credit availability, declining home values, and consumer confidence continue to dampen the U.S. economy and hinder any housing recovery. We continue to believe that housing start levels in 2011 will be flat with 2010. Longer-term, however, we are confident about the fundamentals for the new home construction and home improvement markets and we are optimistic about the future," said Tim Wadhams. "We continue to focus on the things we can control, including managing our cost structure and business portfolio, and launching exciting new programs in paint, plumbing, cabinets and builder hardware. In addition, we are funding global initiatives in our paint and plumbing businesses. We expect that improvements in our markets and in consumer spending, together with the changes we are driving across Masco and our financial strength, will create significant value for our shareholders in the future."