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Stock market slams door on Masonite's weak earnings report

Masonite CEO Fred Lynch at the New York Stock Exchange in 2009 when the company went public after emerging from an earlier bankruptcy. The Canadian company, which makes doors, has its headquarters in Tampa. [Courtesy NYSE]
Masonite CEO Fred Lynch at the New York Stock Exchange in 2009 when the company went public after emerging from an earlier bankruptcy. The Canadian company, which makes doors, has its headquarters in Tampa. [Courtesy NYSE]
Published Aug. 10, 2017

TAMPA — One of the big names in making doors, Masonite International Corp., saw its market value decline by nearly a fifth — that's hundreds of millions of dollars — Thursday following the company reporting far weaker than expected earnings and trimming its business forecast.

"The bottom line is we are not at all satisfied with our operational performance in the first half of the year," Fred Lynch, CEO of Tampa-based Masonite, told analysts. "We clearly have more work to do."

Company shares fell 19.8 percent Thursday, closing at $58.35.

Lynch cited a range of company challenges ranging from "operating and distribution inefficiencies" and the need to set aside higher legal reserves to wage pressure and weakness in the North American residential market.

"The labor market remains tight," Lynch said, citing the prospect of having to pay higher wages to attract and keep employees. "We expect that trend to only continue," which he said would require further actions to offset the additional expense.

"We continue to manage other costs very tightly," he said.

Net income for the quarter fell to $27 million, down from $33 million in the same quarter of 2016. Net sales rose 1 percent to $520 million, which Lynch attributed largely to a partnership with the Home Depot chain in its Florida stores.

The Canadian door manufacturer has long maintained its headquarters in Tampa. It employs about 9,000 worldwide. Its stock trades under the symbol DOOR on the New York Stock Exchange.