Newburyport, Mass., March 2, 2017. UFP Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPT), an innovative designer and custom converter of foams, plastics, composites, and natural fiber materials, today reported net income of $8.0 million or $1.10 per diluted common share outstanding for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, compared to net income of $7.6 million or $1.05 per diluted common share outstanding for its 2015 fiscal year. Sales for 2016 were $146.1 million compared to 2015 sales of $138.9 million. For its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported net income of $1.5 million or $0.20 per diluted common share outstanding, compared to net income of $1.7 million or $0.23 per diluted common share outstanding in the same period of 2015. Sales for the fourth quarter 2016 were $36.5 million versus 2015 fourth quarter sales of $33.9 million.
“I am pleased by our continued progress,” said R. Jeffrey Bailly, Chairman & CEO. “Sales grew 5.2% for the year and 7.6% in the fourth quarter, fueled by 12.6% year-over-year growth in our medical sales.”
“We achieved these results despite experiencing some manufacturing inefficiencies related to our plant consolidations in the Midwest and Northeast,” Bailly said. “While focused on maintaining an uninterrupted supply of products to our customers, we have made steady progress qualifying our relocated medical parts to run on the new, more efficient equipment we’ve installed. This is done on a painstaking, part-by-part basis that requires our customers’ participation. As we approach the end of this process, we have turned our attention to improving operating efficiency with a series of cost-cutting initiatives, including optimized cell layouts and workforce reductions.”
“We have also secured important contracts that bode well for our future growth,” Bailly continued. “On the vendor partner side, we signed a five-year deal with Zotefoams Inc., our largest supplier of cross-linked polyethylene foams, for exclusive or semi-exclusive access to a wide range of unique high-value medical grades of foam. We also reached a multi-year agreement with one of our largest medical customers, and have begun a relationship with Boeing, a key aerospace target. In addition, our pipeline of acquisition opportunities has never been more promising. Given our strong balance sheet and more streamlined national factory footprint, we feel we are well positioned to integrate new acquisitions as strategic opportunities are identified.”
UFP Technologies is an innovative designer and custom converter of foams, plastics, and natural fiber materials, principally serving the medical, automotive, consumer, electronics, industrial, and aerospace and defense markets. The UFP team acts as an extension of its customers’ in-house research, engineering, and manufacturing groups, working closely with them to solve their most complex product and packaging challenges.
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