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January 27, 2004

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

Dublin, CA -- Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (the "Company") announced today that its 2003 fourth quarter net sales increased 22.7% to $133,372,808 as compared to net sales of $108,659, 643 for the fourth quarter of 2002. Net income increased 25.5% to $13,298,225 for the fourth quarter of 2003 as compared to net income of $10,597,463 for the fourth quarter of 2002. Diluted net income per common share was $0.53 for the fourth quarter of 2003 as compared to $0.43 for the fourth quarter of 2002. In 2003, net sales increased 17.8% to $548,181,933 as compared to net sales of $ 465,473,959 in 2002. Net income increased 16.6% to $60,562,224 in 2003 as compared to net income of $51,934,147 in 2002. Diluted net income per common share was $2.42 in 2003 as compared to $2.09 in 2002.

In the fourth quarter of 2003, sales growth occurred throughout North America and Europe. The growth in the United States was strongest in the southern and northeastern regions. Simpson Strong-Tie's fourth quarter sales increased 26.6% over the same quarter last year, while Simpson Dura-Vent's sales increased 7.1%. Homecenters, lumber dealers and contractor distributors were the fastest growing Simpson Strong-Tie connector sales channels. The sales increase was broad based across most of Simpson Strong-Tie's major product lines. Simpson Strong-Tie's Anchor Systems, engineered wood products and seismic and high wind related products had the highest percentage growth rates in sales. Sales of Simpson Dura-Vent's pellet vent, chimney and gas vent products increased compared to the fourth quarter of 2002, while sales of its Direct-Vent product line decreased primarily as a result of the loss of the customer who began to supply these products from internal sources. The timing of the loss of this customer was expected and previously disclosed.

Income from operations increased 21.6% from $17,649,968 in the fourth quarter of 2002 to $21,453,690 in the fourth quarter of 2003 and gross margins decreased from 39.0% in the fourth quarter of 2002 to 38.6% in the fourth quarter of 2003. This decrease was primarily due to an increase in material costs, mainly steel, the price of which has continued to increase, partially offset by improved absorption of overhead costs. Selling expenses increased 7.9% from $12,408,060 in the fourth quarter of 2002 to $13,382,124 in the fourth quarter of 2003, primarily due to increased costs associated with the addition of sales personnel, including those related to the acquisition in May 2003 of MGA Construction Hardware & Steel Fabricating Limited and MGA Connectors Limited ( collectively, "MGA"), and increased promotional activities. General and administrative expenses increased 34.8% from $12,329,047 in the fourth quarter of 2002 to $16,618,758 in the fourth quarter of 2003. This increase was primarily due to increased cash profit sharing, as a result of higher operating income, the recognition of stock option expenses in accordance with recently adopted accounting standards and increased cost associated with the addition of administrative employees, including those related to the acquisition of MGA. In addition, the Company's professional services expenses increased, primarily related to costs of compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as did insurance expenses. The tax rate was 38.9% in the fourth quarter of 2003, down from 40.9% in the fourth quarter of 2002. The decrease was primarily due to tax credits for research and development and manufacturing investment in an enterprise zone related to the expansion of the Company's facilities in Stockton, California.

In 2003, sales growth occurred throughout North America and Europe. The growth in the United States was strongest in the southern and northeastern regions. Simpson Strong-Tie's 2003 sales increased 19.9% over 2002, while Simpson Dura-Vent's sales increased 5.7%. Lumber dealers, contractor distributors and homecenters were the fastest growing Simpson Strong-Tie connector sales channels. The sales increase was broad based across most of Simpson Strong-Tie's major product lines. Simpson Strong-Tie's engineered wood products, Anchor Systems and seismic and high wind related products had the highest percentage growth rates in sales. Sales of Simpson Dura-Vent's pellet vent, gas vent and chimney products increased compared to 2002, while sales of its Direct-Vent product line decreased.

Income from operations increased 13.9% from $86,082,623 in 2002 to $98,072, 932 in 2003 and gross margins decreased from 40.6% in 2002 to 39.8% in 2003. The decrease in gross margins was primarily due to increased material costs, mainly steel, the price of which has continued to increase, partially offset by improved absorption of overhead costs. Selling expenses increased 11.4% from $ 44,581,335 in 2002 to $49,668,567 in 2003, primarily due to increased costs associated with the addition of sales personnel, including those related to the acquisition of MGA, and promotional activities. General and administrative expenses increased 21.1% from $58,253,069 in 2002 to $70,538,012 in 2003. This increase was primarily due to increased cash profit sharing, as a result of higher operating income, the recognition of stock option expenses in accordance with recently adopted accounting standards, higher bad debt expense after consideration of the reversal of the allowance for doubtful accounts in 2002 related to a significant customer and increased cost associated with the addition of administrative employees, including those related to the acquisition of MGA. In addition, the Company's professional services and insurance expenses increased. The tax rate was 38.9% in 2003, down from 40.4% in 2002. The decrease was primarily due to tax credits for research and development and manufacturing investment in an enterprise zone related to the expansion of the Company's facilities in Stockton, California.

In January 2004, the Company's Board declared a dividend of $0.10 per share. The record date for this dividend is April 5, 2004, and it will be paid on April 20, 2004. The Board currently intends to pay dividends quarterly.

In November 2003, Director Sunne Wright McPeak resigned from the Company's Board of Directors ("Board") because of her appointment as California Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing. Ms. McPeak had served on the Company's Board since 1994 and was a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. In December 2003, Peter N. Louras was appointed to the Audit Committee, replacing Barry Lawson Williams as Chairman of that Committee. Mr. Williams has replaced Mr. Louras as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Also in November 2003, the Company completed the purchase of 500,000 shares of its Common Stock for $47.05 per share from the Simpson PSB Fund. The total cost of the transaction was approximately $23.5 million and was part of the $50 million that the Company's Board of Directors authorized in December 2002 for repurchases of Common Stock. The number of shares is approximately the same as the number of shares that were subject to stock options granted in 2003. In December 2003, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to buy back up to $50 million of the Company's common stock. This replaces the buy back authorization from December 2002 of the same amount. The authorization will remain in effect through the end of 2004.

Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to join the Company's conference call on Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at 6:00 am, Pacific Time. To participate, callers may dial 800-362-0571. The call will be webcast simultaneously as well as being available for approximately one month through a link on the Company's website at www.simpsonmfg.com.

This document contains forward-looking statements, based on numerous assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it does not and cannot give any assurance that its beliefs and expectations will prove to be correct. Many factors could significantly affect the Company's operations and cause the Company's actual results to be substantially different from the Company's expectations. Those factors include, but are not limited to: (i) general economic and construction business conditions; (ii) customer acceptance of the Company's products; (iii) materials and manufacturing costs; (iv) the financial condition of customers, competitors and suppliers; (v) technological developments; (vi) increased competition; (vii) changes in capital market conditions; (viii) governmental and business conditions in countries where the Company's products are manufactured and sold; (ix) changes in trade regulations; (x) the effect of acquisition activity; (xi) changes in the Company's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations or intentions; and (xii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results might differ materially from results suggested by any forward-looking statements in this report. The Company does not have an obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, the occurrence of future events or otherwise.

The Company's results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2003 and 2002, are as follows:

                             
                              Three Months              Twelve Months
                           Ended December 31,         Ended December 31,
                              (Unaudited)                (Unaudited)
                           2003          2002         2003         2002

    Net sales         $133,372,808 $108,659,643 $548,181,933 $465,473,959
    Cost of sales       81,918,236   66,272,568  329,902,422  276,556,932
     Gross profit       51,454,572   42,387,075  218,279,511  188,917,027

    Selling expenses    13,382,124   12,408,060   49,668,567   44,581,335
    General and
     administrative
     expenses           16,618,758   12,329,047   70,538,012   58,253,069

     Income from
      operations        21,453,690   17,649,968   98,072,932   86,082,623

    Interest income,
     net                   321,842      291,796      999,486      985,107
     Income before
      taxes             21,775,532   17,941,764   99,072,418   87,067,730

    Provision for
     income taxes        8,477,307    7,344,301   38,510,194   35,133,583
     Net income        $13,298,225  $10,597,463  $60,562,224  $51,934,147

    Net income per share:
     Basic                   $0.54        $0.43        $2.46        $2.12
     Diluted                  0.53         0.43         2.42         2.09

    Weighted average
     shares outstanding:
     Basic              24,424,443   24,542,787   24,571,758   24,470,067
     Diluted            24,893,464   24,871,038   24,995,493   24,807,549

    Other data:
     Depreciation and
      amortization      $3,152,472   $2,791,101  $15,648,390  $14,023,152
     Pre-tax stock
      compensation
      expense              658,842      158,187    2,293,261      505,187

The Company's financial position as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, is as follows:

                                                      December 31,
                                                        (Unaudited)
                                                    2003           2002

    Cash and short-term investments             $138,862,752   $121,001,667
    Trade accounts receivable, net                66,073,296     55,313,885
    Inventories                                  106,202,713     93,079,620
    Other current assets                          11,199,806     10,619,065
       Total current assets                      322,338,567    280,014,237

    Property, plant and equipment, net           107,226,319     97,396,608
    Other noncurrent assets                       29,673,064     18,990,220
       Total assets                             $459,237,950   $396,401,065

    Trade accounts payable                       $22,567,291    $14,217,487
    Notes payable and current portion
     of long-term debt                               831,657      1,257,782
    Other current liabilities                     31,085,815     26,262,216
       Total current liabilities                  54,484,763     41,737,485

    Long-term debt                                 4,448,936      5,479,834
    Stockholders' equity                         400,304,251    349,183,746
       Total liabilities and stockholders'
        equity                                  $459,237,950   $396,401,065

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., headquartered in Dublin, California, through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc., designs, engineers and is a leading manufacturer of wood-to-wood, wood-to-concrete and wood-to- masonry connectors and pre-fabricated shearwalls. Simpson Strong-Tie also offers a full line of adhesives, mechanical anchors and powder actuated tools for concrete, masonry and steel. The Company's other subsidiary, Simpson Dura- Vent Company, Inc., designs, engineers and manufactures venting systems for gas and wood burning appliances. The Company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSD."

For further information, contact Barclay Simpson at 925-560-9032.

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