Nortek Back In Black In Q2

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Providence, R.I. - Nortek, parent of multiple residential and commercial system suppliers, returned to profitability in its second quarter but still posted a net loss in its first half.

For the second quarter, ended July 3, sales rose 4.3 percent from the year-ago period to $509 million, with first-half sales rising 1.4 percent to $940 million.

 Net earnings for the quarter hit $300,000 compared with a year-ago net loss of $245.4 million. For the half, the company posted a net loss of $13.1 million compared with a year-ago net loss of $278.1 million.

Operating earnings, on the other hand, hit $27.1 million in the quarter compared with a year-ago loss of $215.7 million. Operating earnings for the half hit $31.3 million compared with a year-ago operating loss of $201.1 million.

The company didn't break out sales and profits by residential or commercial use.

"Sales of products geared toward the residential new construction, remodeling and replacement markets drove increased revenue for the quarter," said chairman/CEO Richard Bready. "Nortek's solid financial performance for the period also reflects the Company's dedicated focus on working capital and cost-reduction initiatives."

 For the second half, Bready said, "Although there are some recent positive signs in new home sales, we expect the residential housing markets will be somewhat weaker in the second half of 2010 due to expirations of tax initiatives, the impact of continued high unemployment levels, low consumer confidence and continued high levels of foreclosures." He also said conditions in the commercial construction market "are beginning to show signs of life, and banks appear to be more willing to make financing available." Nonetheless, he said, "there will be no significant impact on Nortek's [commercial] business until 2011."

Late last year, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved Nortek's

prepackaged Chapter 11 filing

, eliminating about $1.3 billion out of a total $2.05 billion in debt.

Nortek's brands market residential and commercial ventilation and HVAC systems as well as residential technology, convenience and security products. The company's residential brands include Niles Audio, Xantech Elan Home Systems, Gefen, Omnimount, Panamax, SpeakerCraft and others.

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