LaPolla Reports Second Quarter Profit - Spray Foam Sales Surge 63% Driving Double Digit Growth
Economic conditions have helped raise awareness and further escalate the growing momentum of energy conserving spray polyurethane foam.
HOUSTON, TX - September 1, 2008 - LaPolla Industries, Inc. (LPAD.OB) (“LaPolla”) a leading manufacturer and supplier of spray foam insulation and coatings designed to reduce energy consumption in the commercial and residential new construction and retrofit markets, today announced results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2008.
Second Quarter Results
For the second quarter of 2008 total sales increased 26% to $12.0 million compared to $9.5 million in the second quarter of 2007. Foam sales surged 63% due to market share gains as consumers and distributors recognize the economic advantages foam provides homeowners and commercial landlords compared to less energy-efficient conventional insulation products, such as fiberglass. Public awareness of green building materials and sustained energy solutions has greatly risen, and our foam and coatings product lines will provide millions of people the opportunity to realize sought after, environmentally conscious, energy cost savings. Coatings sales declined 25% due to the 2007 divestiture of our retail coating distribution channel. Gross profit increased 53% to $2.7 million from $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2007 primarily due the aggressive sales growth of our foam products and a more favorable product mix associated with the divestiture of our retail distribution channel allowing us to focus on higher margin coatings used in conjunction with our insulating roofing foam. Gross margin percentage increased 3.9% compared to same period in 2007 due primarily to manufacturing efficiencies recognized from our new foam resin plant which started up in the latter part of 2007. Operating expenses were $2.7 million in the second quarter of 2008 compared to $2.4 million in the same period last year, reflecting anticipated increases associated with our aggressive growth in sales. Operations in the second quarter produced net income of $69 thousand, or $.001 per share, compared to a net loss of $621 thousand, or $.01 per share for the same period in 2007.
“Delivering 63% sales growth in our foam business and our move into profitability this quarter was a direct result of execution of our business strategies and underscores consumer demand for sustainable energy efficient materials to meet market requirements. Economic conditions have helped raise awareness and further escalate the growing momentum of energy conserving spray polyurethane foam,” stated Douglas J. Kramer, CEO and President, of LaPolla Industries, Inc.
Six Months Results
For the six months ended June 30, 2008 total sales increased 20% to $20.2 million compared to $16.8 million in the six months ended June 30, 2008. Foam sales escalated 50% due to market share gains as volatile oil prices (and the associated impact on utilities) drive consumers and businesses alike to our energy efficient product lines. Coatings sales declined 25% due to the 2007 divestiture of our retail coating distribution channel. Gross profit increased 42% to $4.2 million from $3.0 million in the six months ended June 30, 2008 due to aggressive sales growth of our foam products partially offset by the divestiture of our retail coatings products. Gross margin percentage increased 3.2% compared to same period in 2007 due primarily to efficiencies recognized from our new foam resin plant, as well as a more favorable coatings products mix more aligned with our core competencies. Operating expenses were $5.3 million in the six month period of 2008 compared to $4.6 million in the same period last year, reflecting anticipated increases in volume related expenses such as commissions, as well as increases realized in legal fees, interest expense, and non cash share based compensation. Operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was $1.1 million, or $.018 per share, compared to $1.6 million, or $.03 per share for the same period last year.
Mr. Kramer further commented, “Our products provide long term appeal to consumers as volatile energy costs will likely remain a continuing concern. With our infrastructure and vertical integration in place, LaPolla remains positioned for continued aggressive sales and margin growth.” “LaPolla differentiates itself from its competition by focusing on customer dynamics, product technology and performance, and market responsiveness,” concluded Mr. Kramer.
Results of Core Business Segments
Second Quarter Results
Foam sales increased $3,509,204, or 62.6%, compared to the same period in 2007, due to increased volumes associated with energy efficient building products amid volatile crude oil prices. The attainment of critical third party approvals and credentials on our foam formulations has allowed us to penetrate markets previously unavailable. Gross profit increased $940,027, or 108.2%, compared to the same period in 2007, due to higher sales volumes in this energy efficient product line and improved manufacturing efficiencies from our new Foam facility, partially offset by higher freight and transportation costs. Segment profit was $297,699 compared to a segment loss of $189,740 for the same period for 2007.
Coatings sales decreased $995,590, or 25.4%, due to the divestiture of our retail distribution channel in 2007. Gross profit increased $3,239, or .003%, compared to the same period in 2007, due to an improved product mix with higher margin coatings used in conjunction with our insulating roof foams. We had a segment profit of $493,709 compared to a segment loss of $56,384 for the same period in 2007.
Six Months Results
Foam sales increased $5,049,890, or 49.9%, compared to the same period in 2007, due to increased volumes associated with energy efficient building products amid volatile crude oil prices and attainment of certain third party approvals and credentials on our foam formulations. Gross profit increased $1,418,996, or 102.2%, compared to the same period in 2007, due to higher sales volumes and improved manufacturing efficiencies, partially offset by higher freight and transportation costs. Segment loss decreased $702,707, or 91.3%, primarily from increased volumes and margins associated with the aggressive growth realized in our energy saving product lines and improvement from manufacturing our own foam resins.
Coatings sales decreased $1,632,355, or 24.5%, and gross profit decreased $157,155, or 9.9%, compared to the same period in 2007, due to the divestiture of our retail distribution channel in 2007. However, this enabled us to increase our focus on a more favorable product mix relating to our core competencies, which resulted in a segment profit increase of $481,027, or 103.9%, compared to the same period in 2007.
About LaPolla Industries, Inc.
LaPolla Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of spray polyurethane foam for insulation and coatings targeting commercial and residential applications in the building envelope construction industries.
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LaPolla Industries, Inc. Contacts:
Douglas J. Kramer, CEO
Michael T. Adams, CGO
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