Quanex Building Products saw sales fall in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 as the company divested its non-core wood flooring business, Owens Flooring, on October 31.

The company notched sales of $233 million in the quarter that ended on October 31, down from $249 million in the same period last year. Earnings per share was 37 cents, compared to 45 percent in 2016.

“Fiscal 2017 was a year with a lot of moving parts related to eliminating low margin business from the portfolio, consolidating facilities and redeploying assets; however, we are now well positioned for growth and margin expansion in 2018,” says Bill Griffiths, Quanex chair, president and CEO. “The hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida in August and September created some softness and inefficiencies during the fourth quarter, mostly in our North American cabinet components segment, but we anticipate incremental demand for our products in the coming months and years as rebuilding efforts continue.”

Griffiths says the underlying growth rate for Quanex’s fenestration business in the U.S. was 6.1 percent in fiscal 2017, which is more than double market-research firm Ducker’s latest window shipment estimate of 2.9-percent growth for the 12 months ended September 30, 2017.

“We continue to be encouraged by the macro indicators that impact our business and believe this housing cycle has several years to run at low-to-mid single-digit growth rates for Quanex as a whole,” says Griffiths. “In fact, after adjusting for the foreign exchange impact, the divestiture of the wood flooring business and other business we consciously shed, the consolidated business grew at 4.4 percent in 2017. We anticipate a similar growth rate in 2018. As a result, we expect to generate net sales of $890 million to $900 million and adjusted EBITDA of $103 million to $108 million.”