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BlueLinx Announces Second-Quarter Results

– Debt principal reduction of $63.6 million from Q2 2015 –
– Net working capital reduced by $64.5 million from Q2 2015 –

ATLANTA, Aug. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building and industrial products in North America, today reported financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended July 2, 2016.

“We are pleased to report our second quarter results and the significant progress we’re making on our key strategic initiatives of reducing working capital, exiting underperforming facilities, and monetizing certain real estate.  We were able to execute on these important activities while still improving our same center sales volume, operational efficiency, and adjusted EBITDA. Our team is energized to continue our focus on deleveraging our balance sheet, garnering market share and improving our operating results,” said Mitch Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Susan O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer added, “As previously announced on April 21st, our primary focus is on deleveraging the balance sheet. We have decreased our debt principal by $63.6 million and our net working capital by $64.5 million when compared to the same period a year ago primarily through our inventory and facility rationalization. In addition, we are currently under contract to sell several of our closed facilities and are actively marketing certain operating facilities for sale leaseback opportunities.”

Second Quarter Results Compared to Prior Year Period
For the fiscal quarter ended July 2, 2016, BlueLinx generated net sales of $509.0 million, with a 1.7% increase in sales unit volume. When excluding closed facilities, revenue for same centers increased $8.3 million compared to the same period a year ago, with a 4.1% increase in sales unit volume.

The Company recorded gross profit in fiscal second quarter 2016 of $57.4 million with a gross margin of 11.3%, or 13.1% when excluding closed facilities and SKU rationalization.

The Company recorded a net loss of $3.1 million for fiscal second quarter 2016 compared to net income of $2.9 million from this period a year ago. The inventory and facility rationalization initiatives reduced net income by $7.7 million during the quarter. These charges included $1.2 million in severance and employee benefits charges. Excluding these severance and employee benefits charges, operating expenses remained comparable to the same period last year, even with increased sales volume.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, for fiscal second quarter 2016 was $12.7 million, up $2.9 million versus $9.8 million for the same period a year ago.

Liquidity
As of July 2, 2016, the Company had $65.3 million of excess availability under its asset-based revolving credit facilities.

Conference Call
BlueLinx will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, accompanied by a supporting slide presentation. Investors can listen to the conference call and view the accompanying slide presentation by going to the BlueLinx website, www.BlueLinxCo.com, and selecting the conference link on the Investor Relations page. Investors will be able to access an archived recording of the conference call for one week by calling 404-537-3406, Conference ID# 50544972. The recording will be available two hours after the conference call has concluded. Investors also can access a recording of this call on the BlueLinx website.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
BlueLinx reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). The Company also believes that presentation of certain non-GAAP measures may be useful to investors. Any non-GAAP measures used herein are reconciled 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.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as an amount equal to net income (loss) plus interest expense and all interest expense related items (e.g., write-off of debt issuance costs, charges associated with mortgage refinancing), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash items and other adjustments to Consolidated Net Income (Loss). 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. 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.

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. We compensate for the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures by using them to supplement GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than using GAAP results alone.

We believe net working capital is helpful to investors in highlighting our operating efficiencies. Net working capital is defined as accounts receivable plus inventories less accounts payable and bank overdrafts. Management of net working capital helps us monitor our progress in meeting our goals to maximize our return on net working capital assets and our ability to easily convert assets into cash.

We believe comparable same center sales are helpful to highlight our performance on a go-forward basis. Same center sales exclude closed centers which are defined as facility locations that have been announced closed and are no longer operating and generating revenue.

About BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
BlueLinx Holdings Inc., operating through its wholly owned subsidiary BlueLinx Corporation, is a leading distributor of building products in North America.  The Company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and operates its distribution business through its network of distribution centers. BlueLinx is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BXC. Additional information about BlueLinx can be found on its website at www.BlueLinxCo.com.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to our ability to return to profitability, and our guidance regarding anticipated financial results. 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: changes in the prices, supply and/or demand for products that it distributes, general economic and business conditions in the United States; the activities of competitors; changes in significant operating expenses; 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 the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 2, 2016, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and in its 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. BlueLinx undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, and changes in expectation or otherwise, except as required by law.

 


BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015   July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015
Net sales $ 509,011     $ 515,656     $ 983,337     $ 970,605  
Cost of sales 451,624     455,673     868,354     860,426  
Gross profit 57,387     59,983     114,983     110,179  
Operating expenses:              
Selling, general, and administrative 52,294     50,675     107,093     100,711  
Depreciation and amortization 2,396     2,438     4,872     4,716  
Total operating expenses 54,690     53,113     111,965     105,427  
Operating income 2,697     6,870     3,018     4,752  
Non-operating expenses (income):              
Interest expense 6,250     6,690     13,457     13,243  
Other expense (income), net 135     29     (237 )   387  
Income (loss) before benefit from income taxes (3,688 )   151     (10,202 )   (8,878 )
Benefit from income taxes (544 )   (2,719 )   (913 )   (2,803 )
Net income (loss) $ (3,144 )   $ 2,870     $ (9,289 )   $ (6,075 )
Weighted average common shares:              
Basic 8,895     8,739     8,886     8,728  
Diluted 8,895     8,786     8,886     8,728  
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share applicable to common stock $ (0.35 )   $ 0.33     $ (1.05 )   $ (0.70 )
               
Comprehensive income (loss):              
Net income (loss) $ (3,144 )   $ 2,870     $ (9,289 )   $ (6,075 )
Other comprehensive income (loss):              
Foreign currency translation, net of tax 34     (34 )   306     (316 )
Amortization of unrecognized pension loss, net of tax 223     211     447     422  
Pension curtailment, net of tax (12,185 )   6,102     (12,185 )   6,102  
Total other comprehensive income (loss) (11,928 )   6,279     (11,432 )   6,208  
Comprehensive income (loss) $ (15,072 )   $ 9,149     $ (20,721 )   $ 133  



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)
(unaudited)
       
  July 2, 2016   January 2, 2016
Assets:      
Current assets:      
Cash $ 5,240     $ 4,808  
Receivables, less allowances of $3.4 million and $3.2 million, respectively 181,623     138,545  
Inventories, net 214,802     226,660  
Other current assets 28,562     32,011  
Total current assets 430,227     402,024  
Property and equipment:      
Land and land improvements 35,926     40,108  
Buildings 80,630     89,006  
Machinery and equipment 78,646     79,173  
Construction in progress 349     255  
Property and equipment, at cost 195,551     208,542  
Accumulated depreciation (105,628 )   (106,966 )
Property and equipment, net 89,923     101,576  
Other non-current assets 9,784     9,542  
Total assets $ 529,934     $ 513,142  
Liabilities:      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 96,830     $ 88,087  
Bank overdrafts 17,330     17,287  
Accrued compensation 6,829     4,165  
Current maturities of long-term debt 62,653     6,611  
Other current liabilities 12,942     14,023  
Total current liabilities 196,584     130,173  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt 340,222     377,773  
Pension benefit obligation 45,755     36,791  
Other non-current liabilities 12,934     14,301  
Total liabilities 595,495     559,038  
Stockholders’ deficit:      
Common Stock, $0.01 par value, Authorized - 20,000,000 shares, Issued - 9,031,275 and 8,943,846 respectively. 90     89  
Additional paid-in capital 256,959     255,905  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (46,206 )   (34,774 )
Accumulated stockholders’ deficit (276,404 )   (267,116 )
Total stockholders’ deficit (65,561 )   (45,896 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 529,934     $ 513,142  



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
       
  Six Months Ended
 July 2, 2016
  Six Months Ended
 July 4, 2015
Net cash used in operating activities $ (25,943 )   $ (46,247 )
       
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 1,853     (699 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Repayments on revolving credit facilities (282,371 )   (187,394 )
Borrowings from revolving credit facilities 308,673     256,647  
Principal payments on mortgage (9,431 )   (8,534 )
Increase (decrease) in bank overdrafts     (15,428 )
Decrease in restricted cash related to the mortgage 9,118      
Other, net (1,467 )   (23 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 24,522     45,268  
       
Increase (decrease) in cash 432     (1,678 )
Cash balance, beginning of period 4,808     4,522  
Cash balance, end of period $ 5,240     $ 2,844  

 


BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASUREMENTS
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
       
  Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
Adjusted EBITDA July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015   July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015
Net income (loss) $ (3,144 )   $ 2,870     $ (9,289 )   $ (6,075 )
Adjustments:              
Depreciation and amortization 2,396     2,438     4,872     4,716  
Interest expense 6,250     6,690     13,457     13,243  
Benefit from income taxes (544 )   (2,719 )   (913 )   (2,803 )
Gain from the sale of properties (384 )       (761 )    
Share-based compensation expense, excluding restructuring 430     519     845     1,135  
Restructuring, severance, and legal 7,581     (36 )   8,069     (65 )
Refinancing-related expenses 69         3,385      
Adjusted EBITDA $ 12,654     $ 9,762     $ 19,665     $ 10,151  


    Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
Comparable Same Center Schedule   July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015   July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015
Net sales   $ 509,011     $ 515,656     $ 983,337     $ 970,605  
Less: closed centers   31,164     46,121     65,861     90,973  
Same center net sales   $ 477,847     $ 469,535     $ 917,476     $ 879,632  
                 
Actual year-over-year percentage increase (decrease)   (1.3 )%       1.3 %    
Same center year-over-year percentage increase   1.8 %       4.3 %    



BLUELINX HOLDINGS INC.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
   
  Quarter Ended
Debt principal July 2, 2016   July 4, 2015
Revolving credit facilities - principal $ 246,858     $ 300,020  
Mortgage - principal 158,769     169,188  
Total debt principal payable $ 405,627     $ 469,208  
               
BlueLinx Contact Information:
Susan O’Farrell, SVP, CFO & Treasurer
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
(770) 953-7000

Natalie Poulos, Investor Relations
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
(770) 953-7522
investor.relations@bluelinxco.com

BlueLinx Corporation