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BlueLinx Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results

Record Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA
TTM Net Sales, Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.1 billion, $250 million, and $392 million, respectively
Strong Financial Performance Supports Significantly Improved Balance Sheet

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BXC), a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products, today reported financial results for the three months ended July 3, 2021.

(all comparisons versus the prior-year period unless otherwise noted)

  • Net sales increased to $1.3 billion, an increase of 87%
  • Gross margin increased 480 basis points to 19.2%   
  • Net income of $113 million, an increase of $107 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $166 million, an increase of $135 million
  • Excess availability and cash on hand of $276 million, an increase of $138 million
  • Amended and extended revolving credit facility for an additional five years

“We continued our business transformation during the second quarter, while capitalizing on elevated demand within our core residential construction and home renovation markets,” stated Dwight Gibson, President and CEO of BlueLinx. “Our performance-driven culture, emphasis on long-term customer and supplier relationships at both national and local levels and our strategic product and service offerings, represent a durable and meaningful value proposition in a highly fragmented market.”

“Our record-setting second quarter performance was driven by a combination of product price escalations, overall volume growth within our specialty products business and an improved sales mix,” continued Gibson. “Supply-demand imbalances continued to persist across our specialty categories throughout the second quarter, resulting in a succession of supplier price increases that allowed the company to expand its margins. We expect that demand for key specialty categories will continue to outpace supply for the remainder of the current year and likely into the first half of 2022.”

“Commodity wood prices remained volatile during the second quarter,” continued Gibson. “While wood-based commodity prices continued to rise during April and mid-May, lumber prices declined by nearly 50% and 38% during June and July, respectively. In anticipation of the decline in commodity wood prices, we reduced our structural inventory footage to below prior-year levels, which served to mitigate price deflation in the period. We continue to take similar actions into the third quarter, consistent with our disciplined approach to working capital management.”

“Our balance sheet transformation continued during the second quarter. Significant cash flow generation in the period supported further debt reduction and an improved net leverage ratio,” stated Kelly Janzen, Chief Financial Officer. “We ended the second quarter with net debt to trailing twelve-month adjusted EBITDA of 1.5x, including lease finance obligations, the lowest level in the history of our company. Our strong balance sheet provides BlueLinx with significant optionality as we seek to deploy capital toward high-return investments capable of supporting long-term profitable growth.”


For the three months ended July 3, 2021, BlueLinx generated net sales of $1.3 billion, an increase of $609 million when compared to the prior-year period. BlueLinx reported second quarter net income of $113 million, or $11.61 per diluted share, versus $7 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. The year-over-year increase in profitability was attributable to broad-based revenue growth across both the specialty and structural product lines, improved price realization, together with disciplined inventory management and targeted cost control.

Net sales of specialty products, which includes engineered wood, industrial products, cedar, moulding, siding, metal products and insulation, increased $226 million to $675 million in the second quarter. Elevated demand for construction materials, along with continued supply constraints, contributed to price increases throughout the second quarter, improving net sales growth. Specialty sales volumes increased versus the prior-year period, and this increase was primarily attributable to the engineered wood, industrial products, and siding categories. Specialty products gross profit increased $87 million to $165 million, with a year-over-year improvement of 710 basis points in specialty gross margin to 24.4%

Net sales of structural products, which includes products such as lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, rebar, and remesh, increased $383 million to $633 million in the second quarter. Structural products gross profit increased $63 million year over year to $86 million. Wood-based commodity prices increased during the first half of the second quarter, then subsequently declined. Given recent commodity price volatility, the Company continued to closely manage its structural inventory levels during the period. Structural product gross margin increased by 430 basis points year over year to 13.6% for the second quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $166 million in the second quarter, compared to $31 million in the prior-year period. Cash used in operating activities for the second quarter was $47 million, a decrease of $25 million when compared to the prior year period due to the increase in net working capital resulting from sales growth.  

As of July 3, 2021, BlueLinx had total cash and excess availability under its revolving credit facility of $276 million, as compared to $138 million at the end of the second quarter 2020. Total debt outstanding at the end of the second quarter was $600 million, which included $273 million of long-term lease liabilities. The ratio of total net debt to trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA declined to 1.5x at the end of the second quarter, versus 8.1x in the prior-year period. On August 2, 2021, we amended and extended our revolving credit facility for an additional five years.


BlueLinx remains committed to driving a culture of profitable growth within new and existing strategic product categories and geographies, while positioning the company for long-term value creation. As we look towards the future, management’s focus includes:

  • Supporting a performance-driven culture that emphasizes growth. BlueLinx believes that a high-impact team drives sustainable outperformance. Our national accounts, regional and branch teams are encouraged to capitalize on inefficiencies and competitive gaps, while expanding capabilities to grow our addressable markets.

  • Migrating revenue mix toward higher-margin specialty product categories. While BlueLinx remains committed to providing a full array of structural products, the Company intends to pursue targeted product line growth within less commoditized, high-demand specialty categories, while increasing the average mix of specialty revenue across its local market distribution centers.

  • Deploying a capital allocation strategy that supports long-term growth. On a trailing twelve-month basis, BlueLinx has transformed its balance sheet, one highlighted by a material reduction in our net leverage ratio and improved access to liquidity. As a result, the Company continues to actively evaluate its capital allocation strategy with a goal of enhancing overall shareholder value and supporting long term growth, which may include acquisitions that complement its existing capabilities. It also provides the ability to accelerate organic investments and during the second half of 2021, the Company intends to allocate close to $10 million to its fleet and facilities to improve operational performance and productivity.


  • Domestic residential construction activity remained elevated during July 2021, contributing to sustained demand for construction materials in the Company’s end-markets.
  • Gross margins on specialty products sold during July remained at levels consistent with those reported in the second quarter 2021, given robust demand across key product categories and continued price increases.
  • Continued wood-based commodity price volatility contributed to gross margin rates that were closer to historical levels on structural inventories sold during July, as the Company continued to manage its structural inventory and margins closely during the continued decline in wood-based commodity prices.
  • Given the deflationary environment in structural products, working capital is expected to decrease, resulting in meaningful cash generation during the second half of 2021.


BlueLinx will host a conference call on August 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, accompanied by a supporting slide presentation. Participants can access the live conference call via telephone at 877-407-4018, using Conference ID #13721148. Investors will also be able to access an archived audio recording of the conference call for one week following the live call by dialing 844-512-2921, Conference ID # 13721148.

Investors can also listen to the live audio of the conference call and view the accompanying slide presentation by visiting the BlueLinx website,, 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.


The Company reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. The Company also believes that presentation of certain non-GAAP 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 should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the Company’s reported GAAP results.

Adjusted EBITDA
BlueLinx defines 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 and professional fees and integration costs related to the Cedar Creek acquisition, and gains on sales of properties including amortization of deferred gains.

The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because it is a primary measure used by management to evaluate operating performance. Management believes this metric helps to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the financial performance and cash flows of the business. Management also believes Adjusted EBITDA is helpful in highlighting operating trends. 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 our financial condition from those measures 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. This non-GAAP measure is reconciled in the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements” table later in this release.

Net Debt and Net Leverage Ratio
BlueLinx determines our net debt based on total short- and long-term debt, including our outstanding balances under the Company’s term loan and revolving credit facility and the total amount of obligations under its financing leases, less cash, and cash equivalents.

After determining net debt, BlueLinx determines its overall net leverage ratio by dividing net debt by trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA. Management believes that this ratio is useful to investors because it is an indicator of the Company’s ability to meet its future financial obligations. In addition, the ratio is a measure that is frequently used by investors and creditors. Net debt and overall net leverage ratio are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP and are not intended to present a superior measure of the Company’s financial condition from measures and ratios determined under GAAP. In addition, the Company’s net debt and overall net leverage ratio, as used herein, are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation. This non-GAAP measure is reconciled in the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements” table later in this release.


BlueLinx (NYSE: BXC) is a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of residential and commercial building products with both branded and private-label SKUs across product categories such as lumber, panels, engineered wood, siding, millwork, metal building products, and other construction materials. With a strong market position, broad geographic coverage footprint servicing 40 states, and the strength of a locally-focused sales force, we distribute our comprehensive range of products to over 15,000 national, regional, and local dealers, specialty distributors, national home centers, and manufactured housing customers. BlueLinx provides a wide range of value-added services and solutions to our customers and suppliers. We are headquartered in Georgia, with executive offices located at 1950 Spectrum Circle, Marietta, Georgia, and we operate our distribution business through a broad network of distribution centers. BlueLinx encourages investors to visit its website,, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about BlueLinx.


Noel Ryan
(720) 778-2415


This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that predicts, forecasts, indicates or implies 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 press release include statements about our strategic imperatives and priorities, and our focus thereon; our ability to capitalize on our geographic footprint to grow our national dealer and home center customer markets; our local entrepreneurial initiatives; our focus on reducing non-essential costs and our ability to, and the potential success of, investing in resources to support strategic sales growth; our market and business outlook, including the outlook for the residential housing construction markets, and trends in wood-based commodity prices; our efforts to manage commodity price volatility and the potential success thereof; and the COVID-19 pandemic and our response thereto, including statements about the potential trajectory of the pandemic and its potential effects.

Forward-looking statements in this press release are based on estimates and assumptions made by our management that, although believed by us to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our business, strategy, or actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We operate in a changing environment in which new risks can emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all of these risks, nor can it assess the extent to which any factor, or a combination of factors, may cause our business, strategy, or actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause these differences include, among other things: pricing and product cost variability; volumes of product sold; changes in the prices, supply, and/or demand for products that we distribute; the cyclical nature of the industry in which we operate; housing market conditions; the COVID-19 pandemic and other contagious illness outbreaks and their potential effects on our industry; effective inventory management relative to our sales volume or the prices of the products we produce; information technology security risks and business interruption risks; increases in petroleum prices; consolidation among competitors, suppliers, and customers; disintermediation risk; loss of products or key suppliers and manufacturers; our dependence on international suppliers and manufacturers for certain products; business disruptions; exposure to product liability and other claims and legal proceedings related to our business and the products we distribute; natural disasters, catastrophes, fire, or other unexpected events; successful implementation of our strategy; wage increases or work stoppages by our union employees; costs imposed by federal, state, local, and other regulations; compliance costs associated with federal, state, and local environmental protection laws; our level of indebtedness and our ability to incur additional debt to fund future needs; the risk that our cash flows and capital resources may be insufficient to service our existing or future indebtedness; the covenants of the instruments governing our indebtedness limiting the discretion of our management in operating our business; the fact that we lease many of our distribution centers, and we would still be obligated under these leases even if we close a leased distribution center; changes in our product mix; shareholder activism; potential acquisitions and the integration and completion of such acquisitions; the possibility that the value of our deferred tax assets could become impaired; changes in our expected annual effective tax rate could be volatile; the costs and liabilities related to our participation in multi-employer pension plans could increase; the possibility that we could be the subject of securities class action litigation due to stock price volatility; and changes in, or interpretation of, accounting principles.

Given these risks and uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020   July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020
  (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales $ 1,307,913       $ 698,776       $ 2,333,382       $ 1,360,846    
Cost of sales 1,056,741       597,956       1,901,818       1,166,817    
Gross profit 251,172       100,820       431,564       194,029    
Gross margin 19.2   %   14.4   %   18.5   %   14.3   %
Operating expenses (income):              
Selling, general, and administrative 87,010       70,694       162,569       145,281    
Depreciation and amortization 7,080       7,063       14,545       14,698    
Amortization of deferred gains on real estate (984 )     (984 )     (1,967 )     (1,967 )  
Gains from sales of property             (1,287 )     (525 )  
Other operating expenses 871       1,962       983       6,127    
Total operating expenses 93,977       78,735       174,843       163,614    
Operating income 157,195       22,085       256,721       30,415    
Non-operating expenses (income):              
Interest expense, net 9,143       11,535       25,377       25,915    
Other expense (income), net (314 )     417       (628 )     180    
Income before provision for (benefit from) income taxes 148,366       10,133       231,972       4,320    
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 34,908       3,438       56,654       (1,588 )  
Net income $ 113,458       $ 6,695       $ 175,318       $ 5,908    
Basic income per share $ 11.88       $ 0.71       $ 18.44       $ 0.63    
Diluted income per share $ 11.61       $ 0.71       $ 18.15       $ 0.63    


  July 3, 2021   January 2, 2021
  (In thousands, except share data)
Current assets:      
Cash $ 179     $ 82  
Receivables, less allowances of $5,140 and $4,123, respectively 437,217     293,643  
Inventories, net 425,714     342,108  
Other current assets 36,280     32,581  
Total current assets 899,390     668,414  
Property and equipment, at cost 307,728     299,935  
Accumulated depreciation (127,252 )   (121,223 )
Property and equipment, net 180,476     178,712  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 49,478     51,142  
Goodwill 47,772     47,772  
Intangible assets, net 15,830     18,889  
Deferred tax assets 68,743     62,899  
Other non-current assets 19,093     20,302  
Total assets $ 1,280,782     $ 1,048,130  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 227,100     $ 165,163  
Accrued compensation 16,267     24,751  
Taxes payable 17,941     7,847  
Current maturities of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs of $0 and $74, respectively     1,171  
Finance lease liabilities - short-term 6,379     5,675  
Operating lease liabilities - short-term 4,936     6,076  
Real estate deferred gains - short-term 4,040     4,040  
Other current liabilities 13,035     14,309  
Total current liabilities 289,698     229,032  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs of $2,184 and $8,936, respectively 318,226     321,270  
Finance lease liabilities - long-term 272,817     267,443  
Operating lease liabilities - long-term 44,897     44,965  
Real estate deferred gains - long-term 76,108     78,009  
Pension benefit obligation 20,878     22,684  
Other non-current liabilities 24,976     25,635  
Total liabilities 1,047,600     989,038  
Commitments and contingencies      
Common Stock, $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized,
9,709,613 and 9,462,774 outstanding on July 3, 2021 and January 2, 2021, respectively
97     95  
Additional paid-in capital 264,963     266,695  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (35,490 )   (35,992 )
Accumulated stockholders’ equity (deficit) 3,612     (171,706 )
Total stockholders’ equity 233,182     59,092  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,280,782     $ 1,048,130  


  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020   July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020
  (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:              
Net income $ 113,458     $ 6,695     $ 175,318     $ 5,908  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operations:              
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 34,908     3,438     56,654     (1,588 )
Depreciation and amortization 7,080     7,063     14,545     14,698  
Amortization of debt issuance costs 429     947     1,032     1,903  
Adjustments to debt issuance costs associated with term loan         5,791      
Gains from sales of property         (1,287 )   (525 )
Amortization of deferred gains from real estate (984 )   (984 )   (1,967 )   (1,967 )
Share-based compensation 1,992     854     3,402     1,858  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable (18,402 )   (16,702 )   (143,574 )   (71,770 )
Inventories (49,291 )   64,655     (83,606 )   31,827  
Accounts payable 8,125     (3,478 )   61,937     26,572  
Prepaid and other current assets (3,263 )   (194 )   (4,509 )   (3,200 )
Other assets and liabilities (46,886 )   9,794     (61,135 )   9,185  
Net cash provided by operating activities 47,166     72,088     22,601     12,901  
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Proceeds from sale of assets 290     58     2,100     102  
Property and equipment investments (1,778 )   (507 )   (2,900 )   (1,752 )
Net cash used in investing activities (1,488 )   (449 )   (800 )   (1,650 )
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Borrowings on revolving credit facilities 375,973     146,040     638,183     350,236  
Repayments on revolving credit facilities (414,076 )   (205,430 )   (606,019 )   (354,509 )
Repayments on term loan     (8,614 )   (43,204 )   (77,852 )
Proceeds from real estate financing transactions     (66 )       78,263  
Debt financing costs     (2,329 )   (861 )   (2,665 )
Repurchase of shares to satisfy employee tax withholdings (5,033 )   (247 )   (5,132 )   (254 )
Principal payments on finance lease liabilities (2,542 )   (2,021 )   (4,671 )   (4,583 )
Net cash used in financing activities (45,678 )   (72,667 )   (21,704 )   (11,364 )
Net change in cash     (1,028 )   97     (113 )
Cash at beginning of period 179     12,558     82     11,643  
Cash at end of period $ 179     $ 11,530     $ 179     $ 11,530  


The following schedule reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA:

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended   Trailing Twelve Months
  July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020   July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020   July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020
  (In thousands)
Net income $ 113,458     $ 6,695     $ 175,318     $ 5,908     $ 250,292     $ (11,330 )
Depreciation and amortization 7,080     7,063     14,545     14,698     28,748     30,099  
Interest expense, net 9,143     11,535     19,586     25,915     41,085     53,015  
Term loan debt issuance costs(1)         5,791         5,791      
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 34,908     3,438     56,654     (1,588 )   72,441     (5,365 )
Share-based compensation expense 1,992     854     3,402     1,858     7,536     3,109  
Amortization of deferred gains on real estate (984 )   (984 )   (1,967 )   (1,967 )   (4,009 )   (4,027 )
Gain from sales of property(1)         (1,287 )   (525 )   (11,291 )   (3,847 )
Merger and acquisition costs(1)(2)     609         1,680     245     7,131  
Restructuring and other(1)(3) 872     1,994     985     5,089     1,515     12,179  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 166,469     $ 31,204     $ 273,027     $ 51,068     $ 392,353     $ 80,964  

(1) Reflects non-recurring items of approximately $1 million and $3 million of non-beneficial items to the quarterly periods of the current and
prior year, respectively. For the year-to-date periods, reflects non-recurring items of approximately $5 million and $6 million of non-
beneficial items, respectively.

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

(3) Reflects costs related to our restructuring efforts, such as severance, net of other one-time non-operating items.

The following schedule presents Net Debt and the Net Leverage Ratio for the Trailing Twelve Months:

  Period Ended
  July 3, 2021   June 27, 2020
  (In thousands)
Current maturities of long term debt, gross of debt issuance costs $     $ 2,250  
Finance lease liabilities - short term 6,379     5,958  
Long term debt, gross of debt issuance costs 320,410     388,795  
Finance lease liabilities - long term 272,817     266,622  
Total long-term debt 599,606     663,625  
Less: available cash 179     11,530  
Net Debt 599,427     652,095  
Trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA $ 392,353     $ 80,964  
Net Leverage Ratio 1.5x     8.1x  

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