DALLAS, TX -- Builders FirstSource, Inc, a leading supplier and manufacturer of structural and related building products for residential new construction in the United States, reported net income of $4.5 million in the fourth quarter, up from a net loss of ($12.0) million for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Fourth quarter 2013 sales were $369.1 million, an increase of 28.3 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012.
Commenting on the company's results, Builders FirstSource Chief Executive Officer Floyd Sherman said, "We ended fiscal 2013 with sales of approximately $1.5 billion, a 39.2 percent increase over fiscal year 2012 sales. From a U.S. single-family housing starts perspective, 2013 ended with 618,400 actual starts, up 15.5 percent over 2012, but still well below the historical average of the past fifty years. When coupled with the ongoing recovery in U.S. housing, our market share gains of recent years have helped accelerate the pace of our sales growth. In turn, this enabled us to end fiscal 2013 with positive earnings before taxes, when excluding the effects of charges related to our May 2013 debt refinancing."
Continuing, Mr. Sherman added, "Our fiscal 2013 concluded with a strong fourth quarter. Our topline growth of 28.3 percent for the quarter once again exceeded the increase in residential construction activity, as actual single-family housing starts in the South Region (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, and which includes all of our markets) increased 14.2 percent and single-family units under construction increased 23.9 percent. In addition, our gross margin percentage increased to 22.4 percent for the current quarter, up from 20.2 percent for the fourth quarter of 2012. Higher sales volume and better customer pricing were the primary drivers of our overall margin improvement, in what is still a very competitive pricing environment."
Concluding, Mr. Sherman said, "We certainly closed 2013 on a strong note as indicated by our fourth quarter results. However, winter weather across our markets thus far in 2014 has caused disruptions and has delayed construction activity. Nevertheless, we still believe a growing demand for housing exists in our markets, and that once the weather abates increased construction activity will return."