CHICAGO - USG Corporation, a leading building products company, reported fourth quarter 2008 net sales of $981 million and a preliminary net loss of $172 million.
For the same
period a year ago, the corporation reported net sales of $1.2 billion and
a net loss of $32 million.
“All of our
businesses are being negatively affected by weak macroeconomic conditions,”
said William C. Foote, USG Chairman and CEO. “New residential construction, a
key market for our wallboard business, is down about 75 percent from its
high in 2005. We have moved aggressively throughout the prolonged housing downturn
to improve operating efficiencies, cut costs and lower our breakeven operating
levels in our gypsum wallboard business. We are taking similar actions in our
other businesses as the recession has spread to other parts of the U.S.
and global economy.”
Foote said USG
continues to achieve excellent performance on customer satisfaction metrics and
plant operating efficiencies.
performance is outstanding and several of our plants received the prestigious
OSHA Star award in 2008, bringing the total to eight plants that have received
that recognition,” he said. “We have also maintained a sharp focus on liquidity
and financial flexibility. During the fourth quarter of 2008, we raised
$400 million from a convertible note offering and earlier this month we
successfully renegotiated our bank credit agreement.
“The core of our
business is solid, despite the significant contraction in demand,” Foote
continued. “We are prepared for another very challenging year in 2009 and
intend to take whatever additional actions we see as appropriate if demand for
our products and services weakens further.”