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Imperial Industries (IPII)

Oh, to be a building-products supplier in one of the fastest-growing regions of the U.S., the Southeast -- a hurricane zone, to boot. That's the win-win enjoyed by Imperial Industries last year. Booming home construction, especially in Florida and Georgia, plus soaring demand for building materials after four major hurricanes, helped propel the Pompano Beach (Fla.) company's profits up 31.4% in 2005 on a 30.7% increase in sales. Though rising interest rates are beginning to crimp new housing starts, the hurricane rebuilding effort along the Gulf Coast and in Florida continues. To tap that demand for its roofing, plaster, insulation and masonry products, the company opened a brand-new facility in Alabama in February, and executives say they are exploring further expansion.

Company Info

2005 Rank


Market Value*
($ Millions)


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

26.4 %

($ Millions)


Profit Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

130.9 %

Return on Inv. Capital (3-yr.)

21.8 %

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo


Share Price
As of 4/28/06


Return on Equity

32.7 %

P/E Ratio


No. of Employees


Industry Building Products


Location Pompano Beach, Fla.
Phone 954 917-7665
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 4/28/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Imperial Industries, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials to building materials dealers and others in the Southeastern U.S. It produces and distributes pool finish coatings, roof tile mortar, stucco, and plaster products, as well as gypsum wallboard, roofing, and insulation products. The company's pool finish products are used as coatings for below-ground swimming pools; roof tile mortar is used to adhere cement roof tiles to the roof; stucco products are used as a finishing coat to exterior surfaces; and plaster is used to finish interiors of structures. It sells its products to contractors, subcontractors, and building materials dealers that provide building materials for the construction of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and swimming pools. The company was founded in 1937 and is based in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Data provided by Capital IQ
Howard L. Ehler

Howard L. Ehler, 62

Principal Executive Officer and Director

Total Compensation*

$ 327,813

Total Options Value*

$ 210,128

* Fiscal Year 2005

Executive Bio

Howard L. Ehler Jr. has been a director of Imperial Industries since 2000. Ehler has been principal executive officer of Imperial Industries since March, 1990, and executive vice-president and secretary of Imperial Industries since April, 1988, and serves as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he was vice-president and assistant secretary for more than five years.

Management Team

Key Executives

Howard L. Ehler; Steven M. Healy; Stephen C. Brown

Board Directors

Morton L. Weinberger; Lisa M. Brock; Milton J. Wallace; S. Daniel Ponce; Howard L. Ehler; Nadine Gramling

Executive Data provided by Capital IQ