BlueLinx Records Q2 Loss Amidst Restructuring

Originally published by: BlueLinxAugust 4, 2016

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Editor's Note: The following announcement by BlueLinx is it's first quarterly report since announcing it's restructuring plan last April.

BlueLinx Holdings Inc., 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 millionwhen 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.