Owens Corning Inc. beat fourth quarter earnings expectations, and also bumped up its dividend.
The insulation, roof and fiberglass composites producer raked in adjusted earnings $1.38 per share for the quarter ending in December, thereby edging past Wall Street consensus estimate of $1.21 per share. The earnings-per-share were also higher from the same period last year, by +24.3%.
The company’s group sales increased +6.2%% year-over-year to touch $1.7 billion in the quarter, and narrowly exceeded the consensus estimate of $1.6 billion.
Owens Corning raised its quarterly dividend to 22 cents per share. Last year, it paid $92 million to shareholders, according to the company.
CEO Mike Thaman emphasized that all three divisions of Owens Corning generated double-digit EBIT margins, and said that the company is now “a more resilient and diversified company”, and that it is more capable of creating “attractive returns for investors through the cycle."