Universal Forest Products, Inc.

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Exhibit 99(a)


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News release


---------------AT THE COMPANY---------------

Brandon Froysland

Director of Finance

(616) 365-1589



Wednesday, February 20, 2019




UFPI Reports Record Fourth Quarter Sales and Operating Profits
- annual sales and profits also a record -

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 – Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today announced record net sales for the fourth quarter of 2018, and record net sales and net earnings for fiscal 2018.  EBITDA for the fourth quarter and full year were also records, up more than 11 percent and 12 percent, respectively, over the previous year.

“I’m pleased that the people of Universal were able to manage through significant fluctuations in the lumber market in 2018 and still post these outstanding results,” stated CEO Matt Missad. “The results attest to the strength of the diverse markets we serve, which mitigates our lumber market risk. Our improved operating margins, while partly helped by declining lumber prices during the fourth quarter, reflect our improved product mix and operational efficiencies.”

“We’ll continue to work to increase shareholder value by reinvesting capital in acquisitions, automation and new product development,” added Matt. “We’ll also buy back shares when market conditions warrant it, as they did during the fourth quarter.”

The company purchased 804,185 shares during the fourth quarter at an average price of $28.30.

The company’s comparison of year-over-year, fourth-quarter net earnings were impacted by two atypical factors. A $1.9 million pre-tax unrealized loss ($0.02 per share after tax) was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 on the company’s investments in equity securities. This represents a change in accounting from previous years when unrealized gains and losses of this nature were recorded directly to equity. In addition, a $6.4 million tax benefit was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017 to reduce the company’s net deferred tax liability due to the change in tax law. The benefit improved fourth-quarter 2017 earnings by $0.10 a share.





The following information was filed by Universal Forest Products Inc (UFPI) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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