Leggett & Platt Net Leaps in First Quarter
April 22, 2010,
CARTHAGE, Mo.-Boosted by significant growth in sales and margins, Leggett & Platt's first-quarter net income jumped 1,267 percent to $45.1 million.
The manufacturer attributed the strong performance to a combination of "higher sales, cost structure improvements and pricing discipline," according to a Leggett & Platt statement. It reported a 14 percent gain in net sales, to $816.4 million; and a 290-basis point in its gross margin, which reached 20.3 percent. In addition, it slimmed selling and administrative expenses by 9 percent.
"The third step of our strategy is to grow the company at 4 to 5 percent per year on average over the long term," Haffner said. This growth should come from product development and the identification of and expansion into new growth areas, he said.