Newburyport, Mass., May 3, 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 $2.2 million or $0.30 per diluted common share outstanding for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017, doubling net income of $1.1 million or $0.15 per diluted common share outstanding for the same period in 2016. Sales for the first quarter were $37.1 million compared to 2016 first quarter sales of $34.5 million.
“I am very pleased with our first quarter results and strong start to the year,” said R. Jeffrey Bailly, Chairman & CEO. “Sales increased 7.4%, fueled by continued strength in the medical market and an uptick in military/aerospace orders. Net income and earnings per share both doubled as well.”
“Our gross margins also rose significantly,” Bailly added. “This is due to several factors, including selective price increases, changes in our business mix, and continuous improvement efforts on the factory floor. We’ve worked hard to increase operating efficiency and streamline our manufacturing processes. From installing new cutting-edge equipment to optimizing cell layouts and workflows, this has been a top priority across the Company, and we are now reaping the benefits of these initiatives.”
“In addition, we are making excellent progress in attracting top talent to fill key roles, and in identifying strategic acquisition candidates that we believe will increase our value to customers and help accelerate growth,” said Bailly. “Overall, we remain confident in our strategy and very excited about our future.”
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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