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BlueLinx Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

8 Days ago

- Net Sales of $673 million for the Quarter; Up $239 million From Q4 2017 -
- Gross Profit of $81 million for the Quarter; Up $26 million From Q4 2017 -
- 2018 Year-End Integration Synergies Annualized Run-Rate exceeds $30 million -
- Remain Confident in Reaching Annualized Synergy Run-Rate of at least $50 million -

MARIETTA, Ga., March 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building and industrial products in the United States, today reported financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended December 29, 2018.

“This was a transformative year for BlueLinx as we acquired Cedar Creek and made significant progress with our integration efforts over the course of the year. We are pleased that our integration efforts realized through December 2018 should result in annual synergies exceeding $30 million in 2019,” said Mitch Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While our fourth quarter financial results reflect a deflationary commodity environment coupled with a slow-down in single family housing starts, we remain confident in reaching annual run-rate synergies of at least $50 million as we continue integrating our Company to capture market opportunities.”

Susan O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, “We remain focused on meeting our strategic objectives and delivering solid financial results despite the significant headwinds from commodity markets that we incurred in the second half of the year. Our excess availability and cash on hand during the quarter averaged $132 million, continuing to demonstrate our strong liquidity and deleveraging potential. We are excited about the recent amendment to our term loan which provides us with the flexibility to pursue more sale leaseback opportunities and reduce leverage.”

BlueLinx completed the acquisition of Cedar Creek on April 13, 2018 (the “Closing Date”). Under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), Cedar Creek’s financial results are only included in the combined company’s reported financial results from the Closing Date forward and are not reflected in the combined company’s reported financial results for any periods prior to the Closing Date. In this release, to supplement and aid in an understanding of the combined company’s reported financial results, BlueLinx is also providing certain GAAP-based and non-GAAP pro forma financial information of the combined company that includes Cedar Creek’s financial results for the relevant periods prior to the Closing Date, as if the acquisition occurred on January 1, 2017. See “Use of Non-GAAP Measures and Supplementary Information” below and the accompanying financial schedules for more information, including descriptions of any such pro forma measures that may be non-GAAP measures and reconciliations of those non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results Compared to Prior Year Period
The Company reported net sales of $672.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, up $239.0 million or 55.1% from the prior year period. Pro forma net sales were down $103.6 million or 13.3%.

The Company recorded gross profit of $81.1 million during the fourth quarter, up $25.6 million or 46.2% from the prior year period, with a gross margin of 12.1%. Pro forma gross profit during the fourth quarter was down $16.9 million or 17.2%. The Company recorded a net loss of $16.2 million for the fourth quarter, compared to a net income of $53.5 million in the prior year period. The prior year period included the partial release of the Company’s deferred tax valuation allowance, which resulted in a benefit of $53.5 million. Pro forma net loss for the fourth quarter was $11.4 million compared to net income of $52.8 million also inclusive of the partial release of the Company’s deferred tax valuation allowance.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, was $6.8 million for the fourth quarter, down $3.1 million from the prior year period. Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP measure, was down $12.9 million.

Full Year 2018 Results Compared to Prior Fiscal Year
For the full fiscal year ended December 29, 2018, the Company generated net sales of $2.9 billion, up $1.0 billion or 57.7% from the prior fiscal year. Pro forma net sales for the full fiscal year 2018 were $3.3 billion, up $26.5 million or 0.8%.

The Company recorded gross profit of $331.9 million for the 2018 fiscal year, up $100.8 million or 43.6% from the prior fiscal year, with a gross margin of 11.6%. Gross profit was negatively impacted by acquisition related inventory step-up charges of $11.8 million. Excluding the effect of these acquisition related inventory step-up charges, gross margin was 12.0%. Pro forma gross profit for the full fiscal year 2018 was $394.3 million, down $17.2 million or 4.2%. Pro forma gross margin for the full year was 12.1%.

The Company incurred one-time charges of $25.5 million during fiscal 2018 for legal, professional and integration costs related to the Cedar Creek acquisition. Additionally, the Company incurred $13.2 million in expense related to stock appreciation rights, $11.8 million of acquisition-related inventory step-up charges, and $7.1 million related to a partial withdrawal from a multi-employer pension plan. Taking these items into account, the Company recorded a net loss of $48.1 million for the full fiscal year 2018, compared to net income of $63.0 million in the prior fiscal year. The prior fiscal year included the partial release of the Company’s deferred tax valuation allowance which resulted in a benefit of $53.5 million. Pro forma net loss for the full fiscal year 2018 was $18.1 million compared to pro forma net income of $32.7 million in the prior fiscal year, also inclusive of the partial release of the Company’s deferred tax valuation allowance.

Adjusted EBITDA was $68.5 million for the full fiscal year 2018, up $24.5 million from the prior fiscal year. Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA was $80.0 million, down $21.7 million.

Capital Structure and Liquidity
Excess availability under the amended ABL and cash on hand as of December 29, 2018, was approximately $92 million, and averaged approximately $132 million for the fourth quarter.

Conference Call
BlueLinx will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, accompanied by a supporting slide presentation. Participants can access the live conference call via telephone at (877) 873-5864, using Conference ID # 1657238. Investors can also listen to the live audio of the conference call and view the accompanying slide presentation by visiting the BlueLinx website, www.BlueLinxCo.com, and selecting the conference link on the Investor Relations page. After the conference call has concluded, an archived recording will be available on the BlueLinx website.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures and Supplementary Information
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. The Company also believes that presentation of certain non-GAAP measures and GAAP-based and non-GAAP supplemental financial measures may be useful to investors and may provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than using reported GAAP results alone. Any non-GAAP measures used herein are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures herein or in the financial tables accompanying this news release. The Company cautions that non-GAAP measures and supplemental financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the Company’s reported GAAP results.

Adjusted EBITDA and Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA

We define Adjusted EBITDA as an amount equal to net income plus interest expense and all interest expense related items, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and further adjusted for certain non-cash items and other special items, including compensation expense from share-based compensation, one-time charges associated with the legal, consulting, and professional fees related to the Cedar Creek acquisition, and gains on sales of properties including amortization of deferred gains.

We present Adjusted EBITDA because it is a primary measure used by management to evaluate operating performance and, we believe, helps to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the financial performance and cash flows of our business. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is helpful in highlighting operating trends. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present an Adjusted EBITDA measure when reporting their results. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP, and is not intended to present a superior measure of the financial condition from those determined under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, as used herein, is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation.

Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for any period is calculated in the same manner as Adjusted EBITDA, but also combines the historical results of BlueLinx for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2018, and December 30, 2017, with the historical results of Cedar Creek for the three month period ended March 31, 2018, and the twelve day period ended April 12, 2018, and the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2017, respectively, giving effect to the Cedar Creek acquisition and related adjustments as if the acquisition occurred on January 1, 2017.

Supplemental Financial Measures

We completed the acquisition of Cedar Creek on April 13, 2018. As a result, Cedar Creek’s financial results are only included in the combined company’s reported financial results from the Closing Date forward. To supplement these reported results, we have provided GAAP-based and non-GAAP pro forma financial information of the combined company in this news release that includes Cedar Creek’s financial results for the relevant periods prior to the Closing Date. This pro forma information combines the historical results of BlueLinx for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2018, and December 30, 2017, with the historical results of Cedar Creek for the three month period ended March 31, 2018, and the twelve day period ended April 12, 2018, and the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2017, respectively, giving effect to the Cedar Creek acquisition and related adjustments as if the acquisition occurred on January 1, 2017.

About BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
BlueLinx (NYSE: BXC) is a leading wholesale distributor of building and industrial products in the United States with over 50,000 branded and private-label SKUs, and a broad distribution footprint servicing 40 states. BlueLinx has a differentiated distribution platform, value-driven business model and extensive cache of products across the building products industry. Headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, BlueLinx has over 2,400 associates and distributes its comprehensive range of structural and specialty products to approximately 15,000 national, regional, and local dealers, as well as specialty distributors, national home centers, industrial, and manufactured housing customers. BlueLinx encourages investors to visit its website, www.BlueLinxCo.com, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about BlueLinx.

Contacts:
Investors:
Susan O’Farrell, SVP, CFO & Treasurer
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
(770) 953-7000

Mary Moll, Investor Relations
(866) 671-5138
investor@bluelinxco.com


Forward-looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance, liquidity levels or achievements, and may contain the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “will be,” “will likely continue,” “will likely result” or words or phrases of similar meaning. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements about expected levels of run-rate synergies and our confidence in achieving those run-rate synergies; the realization of run-rate synergies in 2019 or future years; our future liquidity and deleveraging potential; and our pursuit of sale-leaseback opportunities and their ability to reduce leverage. All of these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by our management that, although believed by BlueLinx to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors outside of BlueLinx’s control that may cause its business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties may include, among other things: our ability to successfully integrate the Cedar Creek business and realize anticipated synergies from the acquisition; the significant indebtedness that we have incurred in connection with the Cedar Creek acquisition; changes in commodities pricing and our ability to successfully manage inventory levels; new housing starts; disintermediation by customers or suppliers; supply from our key vendors; changes in the prices, supply and/or demand for products that we distribute; general economic and business conditions in the United States; the imposition or threat of protectionist trade policies or import or export tariffs; modified or new global or regional trade agreements; acceptance by our customers of our branded and privately branded products; financial condition and creditworthiness of our customers; our ability to monetize real estate assets to reduce leverage; reliability of the technologies we utilize; the activities of competitors; changes in significant operating expenses; fuel costs; risk of losses associated with accidents; exposure to product liability claims; changes in the availability of capital and interest rates; adverse weather patterns or conditions; acts of cyber intrusion; variations in the performance of the financial markets, including the credit markets; and other factors described in the “Risk Factors” section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, and changes in expectations or otherwise, except as required by law.



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended   Years Ended
  December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017   December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017
Net sales $ 672,635     $ 433,608     $ 2,862,850     $ 1,815,535  
Cost of sales 591,512     378,104     2,530,996     1,584,506  
Gross profit 81,123     55,504     331,854     231,029  
Operating expenses:              
Selling, general, and administrative 80,659     49,419     319,314     198,709  
Gains from sales of property             (6,700 )
Depreciation and amortization 7,649     2,167     25,826     9,032  
Total operating expenses 88,308     51,586     345,140     201,041  
Operating (loss) income (7,185 )   3,918     (13,286 )   29,988  
Non-operating expenses:              
Interest expense 13,354     4,945     47,301     21,225  
Other (income) expense, net (98 )   (272 )   (380 )   (822 )
(Loss) income before (benefit from) provision for income taxes (20,441 )   (755 )   (60,207 )   9,585  
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes (4,269 )   (54,241 )   (12,154 )   (53,409 )
Net (loss) income $ (16,172 )   $ 53,486     $ (48,053 )   $ 62,994  
               
Basic (loss) earnings per share $ (1.74 )   $ 5.89     $ (5.21 )   $ 6.96  
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $ (1.74 )   $ 5.76     $ (5.21 )   $ 6.81  



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)

  December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017
ASSETS
Current assets:      
Cash $ 8,939     $ 4,696  
Receivables, less allowances of $3,656 and $2,762, respectively 208,434     134,072  
Inventories 341,851     187,512  
Other current assets 40,629     17,124  
Total current assets 599,853     343,404  
Property and equipment:      
Land and improvements 21,454     30,802  
Buildings 174,138     84,781  
Machinery and equipment 111,680     70,596  
Construction in progress 1,126     570  
Property and equipment, at cost 308,398     186,749  
Accumulated depreciation (103,285 )   (102,977 )
Property and equipment, net 205,113     83,772  
Goodwill 47,772      
Intangible assets, net 35,222      
Deferred tax asset 52,645     53,853  
Other non-current assets 19,284     13,066  
Total assets $ 959,889     $ 494,095  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ (DEFICIT) EQUITY
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 131,771     $ 70,623  
Bank overdrafts 17,417     21,593  
Accrued compensation 7,974     9,229  
Current maturities of long-term debt, net of discount of $64 and $0, respectively 1,736      
Capital leases - short-term 7,555     3,552  
Real estate deferred gains - short-term 5,330     1,836  
Other current liabilities 24,985     10,772  
Total current liabilities 196,768     117,605  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt, net of discount of $12,665 and $3,792, respectively 497,939     276,677  
Capital leases - long-term 143,486     14,007  
Real estate deferred gains - long-term 86,011     10,485  
Pension benefit obligation 26,668     30,360  
Other non-current liabilities 23,680     9,959  
Total liabilities 974,552     459,093  
       
Commitments and Contingencies      
       
STOCKHOLDERS’ (DEFICIT) EQUITY
Common Stock, $0.01 par value, Authorized - 20,000,000 shares, Issued and Outstanding - 9,293,794 and 9,100,923, respectively 92     91  
Additional paid-in capital 258,596     259,588  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (37,129 )   (36,507 )
Accumulated deficit (236,222 )   (188,170 )
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity (14,663 )   35,002  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ (deficit) equity $ 959,889     $ 494,095  



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

  Fiscal Year
Ended December 29,
 2018
  Fiscal Year
Ended December 30,
 2017
  (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net (loss) income $ (48,053 )   $ 62,994  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used in) operations:      
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes (12,154 )   (53,409 )
Depreciation and amortization 25,826     9,032  
Amortization of debt issuance costs 2,884     1,990  
Gains from sales of property     (6,700 )
Pension expense (credit) 7,660     4,814  
Share-based compensation 8,474     2,480  
Capital lease interest expense 12,893     1,417  
Amortization of deferred gain (5,069 )   (1,389 )
Other 835     (378 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable 60,007     (8,214 )
Inventories 4,887     3,775  
Accounts payable 24,982     (12,112 )
Prepaid assets 3,515     (1,058 )
Quarterly pension contributions (3,986 )   (2,996 )
Other assets and liabilities (41,145 )   (2,749 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 41,556     (2,503 )
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (348,060 )    
Property and equipment investments (2,724 )   (797 )
Proceeds from disposition of assets 108,051     27,635  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (242,733 )   26,838  
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Repurchase of shares to satisfy employee tax withholdings (3,020 )   (226 )
Repayments on revolving credit facilities (729,423 )   (435,708 )
Borrowings from revolving credit facilities 880,042     441,779  
Repayments on term loan (900 )    
Borrowings on term loan 180,000      
Principal payments on mortgage (97,847 )   (28,976 )
Payments on capital lease obligations (7,497 )   (3,429 )
Decrease in bank overdrafts (4,177 )   (103 )
Increase in cash in escrow related to the mortgage     1,490  
Debt financing costs (11,758 )    
Other     (6 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 205,420     (25,179 )
Increase (decrease) in cash 4,243     (844 )
Cash, beginning of period 4,696     5,540  
Cash, end of period $ 8,939     $ 4,696  
       
Supplemental Cash Flow Information      
Net income tax payments during the period $ 1,840     $ 1,577  
Interest paid during the period $ 37,326     $ 19,825  
Noncash transactions:      
Property and equipment under capital leases $ 95,820     $ 11,828  




BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Pro Forma Sales, Gross Profit and Net Income (Loss)

The following unaudited consolidated pro forma information presents consolidated information as if the Cedar Creek acquisition had occurred on January 1, 2017:

    Pro forma (1)
    Quarter Ended   Year Ended
(In thousands)   December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017   December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017
Net sales   $ 672,635     $ 776,210     $ 3,262,433     $ 3,235,923  
Gross Profit   81,123     97,975     394,303     411,472  
Net income (loss)   (11,402 )   52,807     (18,129 )   32,690  

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(1)  The pro forma amounts above have been calculated in accordance with GAAP after applying the Company's accounting policies and adjusting: (i) the three- and twelve-months ended December 29, 2018, to reflect a $0 and $11.8 million, respectively, charge related to an inventory step-up adjustment, and the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2017, for $0 and $11.8 million, respectively; (ii) the three- and twelve-months ended December 29, 2018, for $6.4 million and $44.3 million, respectively, for transaction related costs, and the three- and twelve-months ended December 30, 2017, for $0 and $44.3 million, respectively. Due to the net loss for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 29, 2018, 60,767 and 61,894, respectively, incremental shares from share-based compensation arrangements were excluded from the computation of diluted weighted average shares outstanding, in both periods, because their effect would be anti-dilutive. The pro forma amounts do not include any potential synergies, cost savings or other expected benefits of the acquisition, are presented for illustrative purposes only, and are not necessarily indicative of results that would have been achieved had the acquisition occurred as of January 1, 2017, or of future operating performance.



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASUREMENTS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

The following schedule reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA:

  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017   December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017
Net (loss) income $ (16,172 )   $ 53,486     $ (48,053 )   $ 62,994  
Adjustments:              
Depreciation and amortization 7,649     2,167     25,826     9,032  
Interest expense 13,354     4,945     47,301     21,225  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (4,269 )   (54,241 )   (12,154 )   (53,409 )
Gain from sales of property             (6,700 )
Amortization of deferred gain (1,300 )       (5,069 )    
Share-based compensation expense 599     661     15,269     2,465  
Multi-employer pension withdrawal 623         7,133      
Inventory step-up adjustment         11,786      
Merger and acquisition costs(1) 6,402         25,460      
Restructuring, severance, and legal (103 )   2,817     967     8,312  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,783     $ 9,835     $ 68,466     $ 43,919  

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(1)  Reflects primarily legal, professional and other integration costs related to the Cedar Creek acquisition



The following table reconciles our pro forma net income to pro forma Adjusted EBITDA:

  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017   December 29, 2018   December 30, 2017
Pro forma net income (loss) $ (11,402 )   $ 52,807     $ (18,129 )   $ 32,690  
Adjustments:              
Depreciation and amortization 7,649     11,140     31,154     27,865  
Interest expense 13,354     9,859     53,238     42,311  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (2,637 )   (58,024 )   (4,545 )   (62,344 )
Gain from sales of property             (6,700 )
Amortization of deferred gain (1,300 )   (435 )   (5,070 )   (1,389 )
Share-based compensation expense 599     661     15,269     2,465  
Multi-employer pension withdrawal 623         7,133     5,500  
Inventory step-up adjustment             11,786  
Merger and acquisition costs (1)             44,271  
Restructuring, severance, and legal (103 )   3,634     967     5,271  
Pro forma adjusted EBITDA $ 6,783     $ 19,642     $ 80,017     $ 101,726  

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(1)  Reflects primarily legal, professional and other integration costs related to the Cedar Creek acquisition

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