American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) today announced results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009, that ended on July 31, 2008.

Net sales declined 16% as compared with the first quarter of the prior fiscal year to $139,153,000. The decline in sales to the Company’s remodeling and new construction customers each approximated the overall decline.

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was $156,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5,104,000, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the prior year’s first quarter.

Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was 15.9% of sales, compared with 20.7% in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. The decline in gross profit margin primarily reflected the unfavorable impact of inefficiencies in overhead and freight costs stemming from lower sales volumes, as well as the impact of rising fuel prices upon freight and materials costs.

Selling, general and administrative costs were 15.9% of net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, down from 16.2% of net sales in the prior year’s first quarter. The Company reduced its operating expenses by 18%, driven primarily by reduced spending, lower headcount and a decline in other volume-related costs.

The Company generated free cash flow of $7.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 (defined as cash provided by operating activities net of cash used for investing activities), and used this cash to return $3.6 million to its shareholders in the form of stock repurchases of $2.4 million and dividend payments of $1.2 million.

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 fourteen manufacturing facilities and nine service centers across the country.

Safe harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All forward looking statements made by the Company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors that may be beyond the Company’s control. Accordingly, the Company’s future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Annual Report to Shareholders. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.