WINCHESTER, Va., June 3, 2011 --American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 (fiscal year 2011).

Net sales rose by 10% compared with the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year to $124,230,000. Net sales rose by 11% during the entire fiscal year 2011 to $452,589,000.

The Company generated a net loss of ($3.4 million) or ($0.24) per diluted share during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, compared with a net loss of ($1.5 million) or ($0.11) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of its prior fiscal year. The Company's results from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 included an adverse tax basis adjustment of $1.4 million, partially offset by a net-of-tax gain of $0.6 million that resulted from the sale of a building. The Company's results during the fourth quarter of its prior fiscal year included favorable income tax adjustments aggregating $0.9 million, and a net-of-tax insurance recovery of $0.8 million. Excluding these non-recurring items in both periods, the Company's net loss improved to ($2.6 million) or ($0.18) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, from ($3.2 million) or ($0.22) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010.

The Company generated a net loss of ($20.0 million) or ($1.40) per diluted share during fiscal year 2011, compared with a net loss of ($22.3 million) or ($1.58) per diluted share in the prior fiscal year. The Company's results in the three- and twelve-month periods of the prior fiscal year included net-of-tax restructuring charges of $0.0 million and $1.7 million relating to cost reduction initiatives completed in the prior fiscal year. Exclusive of these charges, and of the fourth quarter items mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Company's net loss improved to ($19.2 million ) or ($1.35) per diluted share in fiscal year 2011, from ($22.3 million) or ($1.58) per diluted share in fiscal year 2010.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 13.2% of net sales, compared with 16.5% in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. Gross profit was 11.7% of net sales during the entire twelve months of fiscal year 2011, compared with 12.0% of net sales during the prior fiscal year. The reduction in gross profit margin during the three- and twelve-month periods reflected the absence of the prior year's insurance recovery, which improved gross margin in the prior year's fourth quarter and entire fiscal year by 1.0% and 0.3% of net sales, respectively. Gross margins were also adversely impacted by rising materials and freight costs and by increased sales promotion costs that were recorded as either reductions of sales or increases to cost of sales. Somewhat offsetting these negatives, gross margins were also favorably impacted by labor efficiencies and by absorption of fixed overhead costs associated with higher sales volumes.

Selling, general and administrative costs were 16.5% of net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, improved from 19.9% of net sales in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. Selling, general and administrative costs were 18.5% of net sales for the entire fiscal year 2011, improved from 20.5% in the prior fiscal year. The improvement in the Company's operating expense ratio was driven by increased sales levels that enabled favorable leverage, combined with reductions in general and administrative expenses.

The Company generated positive free cash flow (defined as cash provided by operating activities net of cash used for investing activities) of $4.3 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, compared with negative free cash flow of ($2.1 million) in the fourth quarter of its prior fiscal year. The Company improved its free cash flow by nearly $18 million during fiscal year 2011, improving to positive free cash flow of $7.7 million during the entire fiscal year 2011, compared with negative free cash flow of ($10.2 million) in its prior fiscal year.

The Company also announced today a quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per share to be paid on June 27, 2011, to shareholders of record on June 13, 2011.

American Woodmark Corporation manufactures and distributes kitchen cabinets and vanities for the remodeling and new home construction markets. Its products are sold on a national basis directly to home centers, major builders and through a network of independent distributors. The Company presently operates eleven manufacturing facilities and nine service centers across the country.

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