Insteel Industries profit misses estimates as demand falls

Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:21am EDT

(Reuters) - Insteel Industries Inc (IIIN.O) reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as weak construction activity hurt demand for its steel wire reinforcing products.

The company, which mainly sells steel products for non-residential construction, expects challenging market conditions to continue depressing shipping volumes and pricing in the fourth quarter.

April-June profit fell to $900,000, or 5 cents per share, from $3.7 million, or 20 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell 5 percent to $93.6 million, while shipments declined 4.5 percent.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 13 cents per share on revenue of $95.10 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The Mount Airy, North Carolina-based company's shares closed at $10.24 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq.

(Reporting by Vishal Krishnan Menon in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)