updated 11/3/2010 4:16:27 PM ET 2010-11-03T20:16:27

VENICE, Fla., Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PGT, Inc. (Nasdaq:PGTI), the leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, announces financial results for the third quarter ended October 2, 2010. In the third quarter:

  • Net sales were $47.2 million, an increase of $5.6 million, or 13.4%, over prior year third quarter;
     
  •  Gross margin was 30.9%, an improvement from the prior year third quarter gross margin adjusted for restructuring costs of 27.4%;
     
  •  Net loss was $207,000 compared to an adjusted net loss of $2.5 million in the prior year third quarter;
     
  •  Net loss per diluted share of $0.00 compared to an adjusted net loss per diluted share of $0.07 per share in 2009; and
     
  •  EBITDA was $4.7 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $3.2 million in the prior year third quarter.

Rod Hershberger, President and Chief Executive Officer of PGT, said, "For the second straight quarter we are very pleased to report year over year sales growth. The increase of 13.4% was due mainly to the increase of sales in our core market, Florida, where sales were up 18.5% compared to the third quarter of 2009. We saw increases in Florida for both our aluminum and vinyl product categories, and in both impact and non-impact products. Housing starts in Florida increased 15% compared to the third quarter of 2009, driven by an increase in multi-family starts. However, single family starts were essentially flat with starts from a year ago, and lower than the second quarter of 2010 by 17%, due in part to the expiring tax incentives and continued economic uncertainty." 

Jeff Jackson, PGT's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, "Our strategic initiatives have fueled third quarter sales growth. WinGuard sales increased $3.7 million due in part to the success of our new aluminum door launched last fall and an increase in vinyl WinGuard sales into Florida, where many replacement customers took advantage of available tax credits. Sales of PremierVue, acquired last year, were up $800 thousand. Finally, our vinyl non-impact sales continue to expand, up $1.2 million, including $700 thousand in sales of the new replacement window designed for the Florida market. As a result of the leverage gained from increased sales and the cost reduction initiatives taken in the back half of 2009, gross margin percentage improved to 30.9%, which is an increase of 3.5% over last year, after adjusting for 2009 restructuring costs. Third quarter's EBITDA was $4.7 million, or 9.9% of sales, compared to prior year's third quarter adjusted EBITDA of $3.2 million, or 7.6% of sales." 

Mr. Jackson continued, "During the quarter, we generated $4.3 million in cash from operations. Our cash balance increased $3.2 million during the quarter to $25.2 million, and our net debt and corresponding leverage ratio, decreased to $27.8 million and 1.6X, respectively."

Conference Call

As previously announced, PGT will hold a conference call Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time and will simultaneously broadcast it live over the Internet. To participate in the teleconference, please dial into the call a few minutes before the start time: 877-769-6798 (U.S. and Canada) and 678-894-3060 (international). A replay of the call will be available beginning November 4, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. eastern time through November 25, 2010. To access the replay, dial 800-642-1687 (U.S. and Canada) and 706-645-9291 (international) and refer to pass code 15950095.  The webcast will also be available through the Investor Relations section of the PGT, Inc. website, http://www.pgtinc.com .

About PGT

PGT(R) pioneered the U.S. impact-resistant window and door industry and today is the nation's leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. Founded in 1980, the company employs approximately 1,200 at its manufacturing, glass laminating and tempering plants in Florida and North Carolina. Utilizing the latest designs and technology, PGT products are ideal for new construction and replacement projects serving the residential, commercial, high-rise and institutional markets. PGT's product line includes a variety of aluminum and vinyl windows and doors. Product brands include WinGuard (R); SpectraGuard (TM); PremierVue (TM); PGT Architectural Systems; and Eze-Breeze(R). PGT Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (Nasdaq:PGTI).

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release and the schedules hereto which are not purely historical facts or which necessarily depend upon future events, including statements about forecasted financial performance or other statements about anticipations, beliefs, expectations, hopes, intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to PGT, Inc. on the date this release was submitted. PGT, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Any forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including risks or uncertainties related to the Company's revenues and operating results being highly dependent on, among other things, the homebuilding industry, aluminum prices, and the economy. PGT, Inc. may not succeed in addressing these and other risks. Further information regarding factors that could affect our financial and other results can be found in the risk factors section of PGT, Inc.'s most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Consequently, all forward-looking statements in this release are qualified by the factors, risks and uncertainties contained therein.

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