BlueLinx Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results

Revenue Increases 8.7% to $1.91 Billion for the Year; Up 12.6% for the Quarter

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ATLANTA, Feb. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building products in North America, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 29, 2012.

The Company reported revenues for the fourth quarter of $440.3 million, up 12.6% from $391.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth-quarter 2012 net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $10.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, a year ago. Gross profit for the fourth quarter totaled $52.1 million, up 8.7% from $48.0 million in the year-ago period. Gross margins of 11.8% compared to 12.3% a year ago. Fourth-quarter operating expenses of $56.7 million were up compared to $50.5 million for the same period a year ago, and included $0.2 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, and $3.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in net gains from significant special items in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Reported operating loss for the quarter was $4.5 million, compared to $2.6 million a year ago.

For the full year ended December 29, 2012, revenues totaled $1.908 billion, up 8.7% from $1.755 billion the same period a year ago. Net loss for the year ended December 29, 2012 totaled $23.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared with $38.6 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, a year ago. Gross profit for the year ended December 29, 2012 totaled $230.1 million and gross margin was 12.1%, compared with $210.1 million and 12.0% a year earlier. Total operating expenses of $224.6 million were up compared to $218.4 a year ago, and included $10.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, and $12.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in net gains from significant special items in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Reported operating income for the year ended December 29, 2012 was $5.5 million, compared to an operating loss of $8.3 million a year ago.

"For the full year 2012, we grew total revenue 8.7% while successfully producing our highest gross profit margins on record as we focused on opportunities for profitable growth. As a result, we narrowed our comparable full year adjusted net loss by $12.2 million relative to a year ago as the housing market continued to accelerate," said George Judd, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"As we move forward in 2013, we are confident in our ability to both increase our penetration of a growing market and maintain the operating discipline that we demonstrated over the last several years. Our outlook in 2013 is based on expectations of a significant increase in revenue from 2012," Mr. Judd concluded.

The Company's operating results for the 2012 and 2011 fourth quarter and full year periods, adjusted for significant special items, are shown in the following table (see accompanying financial schedules for full financial details and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to their GAAP equivalents):

 
in millions, except per share amounts
(unaudited) Quarters Ended Years Ended
  December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011 December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011
Pretax loss ($11.3) ($9.4) ($22.6) ($37.6)
Gain from sale of certain properties1 (0.2) (3.7) (9.9) (10.6)
Gain on modification of lease agreement1 -- -- -- (2.0)
Gain from insurance settlement1 -- (0.2) (0.5) (1.4)
Severance related costs1 -- -- -- 1.4
         
Adjusted pretax loss before the effect of special interest items (11.5) (13.3) (33.0) (50.2)
Changes associated with the ineffective interest rate swap -- -- -- (1.7)
         
Adjusted pretax loss (11.5) (13.3) (33.0) (51.9)
Adjusted benefit from income taxes (4.4) (4.3) (12.4) (19.1)
         
Adjusted net loss ($7.1) ($9.0) ($20.6) ($32.8)
         
Basic weighted average shares2 60.1 59.7 60.1 43.2
         
Adjusted basic net loss per share applicable to common shares ($0.12) ($0.15) ($0.34) ($0.76)
         
Diluted weighted average shares2 60.1 59.7 60.1 43.2
         
Adjusted diluted net loss per share applicable to common shares ($0.12) ($0.15) ($0.34) ($0.76)
         
1 Significant special items included in SG&A ($0.2) ($3.9) ($10.4) ($12.6)
1 Dilutive EPS related to significant special items included in SG&A -- ($0.07) ($0.17) ($0.29)
         
2 The increase in basic and diluted weighted average shares primarily results from the issuance of 28.6 million shares as a result of the July 29, 2011 rights offering.

For the quarter and full year periods ended December 29, 2012, the above table reflects the following events: (i) the Company recorded a gain on the sale of certain properties; and (ii) the Company recorded a gain from an insurance settlement. The adjusted benefit from income taxes reflected in the table is comprised of the Company's effective tax rate excluding the valuation allowance related to its deferred tax assets and the tax effect of significant special items. The adjusted benefit from income taxes assumes the Company's deferred tax assets are realizable.

For the quarter and full year periods ended December 31, 2011, the above table reflects the following events: (i) the Company recorded a gain on the sale of certain properties during the first quarter of 2011; (ii) the Company recorded a gain on the modification of a lease agreement; (iii) the Company recorded a gain from an insurance settlement; (iv) the Company recorded certain severance costs; and (v) the Company recorded the effect of a reduction in the fair value of its terminated ineffective interest rate swap partially offset by the continued amortization of the accumulated other comprehensive loss related to the ineffective interest rate swap into interest expense. The adjusted benefit from income taxes reflected in the table is comprised of the Company's effective tax rate excluding the valuation allowance related to its deferred tax assets, a tax benefit related to our intra period income tax allocation to other comprehensive income and the tax effect of significant special items. The adjusted benefit from income taxes assumes the Company's deferred tax assets are realizable.

2013 Item

The Company intends to amend and extend its $400 million U.S. revolving credit facility. The amendment will extend the maturity by three years from the closing date. It is expected that the maximum available credit under the U.S. revolving credit facility will be increased by $22.5 million to $422.5 million. The amended U.S. revolving credit facility is also expected to continue to have a $100 million uncommitted accordion credit facility to potentially increase the maximum available credit to $522.5 million. The amended U.S. revolving credit facility is expected to have covenants substantially similar to those in the existing U.S. credit facility.

The Company has engaged Wells Fargo Capital Finance ("Wells Fargo") as sole lead arranger for the transaction. Wells Fargo has informed the Company that it has received commitments from several financial institutions with respect to the U.S. revolving credit facility, subject to execution of satisfactory documentation and the completion of the $40 million rights offering of common stock announced on January 10, 2013. Closing is expected to occur concurrently with the completion of the rights offering of common stock. The definitive terms of, and the obligations of BlueLinx, Wells Fargo, and/or any members of the syndicate of financial institutions to enter into such an amendment to the U.S. revolving credit facility is subject to additional discussions and negotiations among the parties, and there is no assurance that an amendment to the existing U.S. revolving credit facility will be consummated.

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 web site, 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# 93184373. 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 web site, where a replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

BlueLinx reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company also believes that presentation of certain non-GAAP measures, i.e., results excluding certain charges or other nonrecurring events, when appropriate, provides useful information for the understanding of its ongoing operations and enables investors to focus on period-over-period operating performance, without the impact of significant special items, and thereby enhances the user's overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance relative to past performance and provides a better baseline for modeling future earnings expectations. 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.

About BlueLinx Holdings Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, BlueLinx Holdings Inc., operating through its wholly owned subsidiary BlueLinx Corporation, is a leading distributor of building products in North America. Employing approximately 1,900 people, BlueLinx offers greater than 10,000 products from over 750 suppliers to service approximately 11,500 customers nationwide, including dealers, industrial manufacturers, manufactured housing producers and home improvement retailers. The Company operates its distribution business from sales centers in Atlanta and Denver, and its network of approximately 56 distribution centers. BlueLinx is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BXC. Additional information about BlueLinx can be found on its Web site 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 outlook on the housing industry. 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' 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 supply and/or demand for products that it distributes, especially as a result of conditions in the residential housing market; general economic and business conditions in the United States; the activities of competitors; changes in significant operating expenses; changes in the availability of capital, including the availability of residential mortgages; the ability to identify acquisition opportunities and effectively and cost-efficiently integrate acquisitions; adverse weather patterns or conditions; acts of war or terrorist activities; variations in the performance of the financial markets; and other factors described in the "Risk Factors" section in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 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, changes in expectation or otherwise, except as required by law.

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BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Statements of Operations
in thousands, except per share data
         
     
  Quarters Ended  Years Ended
  December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011 December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)  
         
Net sales  $ 440,298  $ 391,119  $ 1,907,842  $ 1,755,431
Cost of sales  388,179  343,162  1,677,772  1,545,282
Gross profit  52,119  47,957  230,070  210,149
 Operating expenses:        
 Selling, general, and administrative  54,638  48,094  215,996  207,857
 Depreciation and amortization  2,012  2,441  8,565  10,562
Total operating expenses  56,650  50,535  224,561  218,419
         
Operating (loss) income  (4,531)  (2,578)  5,509  (8,270)
Non-operating expenses:        
 Interest expense  6,756  6,831  28,157  30,510
 Changes associated with the ineffective interest rate swap, net  --  --  --  (1,676)
 Other expense (income), net  22  19  (7)  501
         
Loss before provision for income taxes  (11,309)  (9,428)  (22,641)  (37,605)
Provision for income taxes  61  824  386  962
         
Net loss  $ (11,370)  $ (10,252)  $ (23,027)  $ (38,567)
         
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding  60,118  59,660  60,080  43,187
Basic net loss per share applicable to common shares   $ (0.19)  $ (0.17)  $ (0.38)  $ (0.89)
         
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding  60,118  59,660  60,080  43,187
         
Diluted net loss per share applicable to common shares   $ (0.19)  $ (0.17)  $ (0.38)  $ (0.89)
         
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Balance Sheets
 in thousands
     
     
  December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011
  (unaudited)  
Assets:    
Current assets:    
 Cash and cash equivalents  $ 5,188  $ 4,898
 Receivables, net  157,465  138,872
 Inventories, net  230,059  185,577
 Other current assets  19,427  27,141
Total current assets  412,139  356,488
     
Property, plant, and equipment:    
 Land and land improvements  43,120  49,562
 Buildings  94,070  95,652
 Machinery and equipment  78,674  75,508
 Construction in progress   1,173  741
Property, plant, and equipment, at cost  217,037  221,463
 Accumulated depreciation  (101,684)  (98,335)
 Property, plant, and equipment, net  115,353  123,128
Non-current deferred income tax assets, net   445  358
Other non-current assets  16,799  23,941
Total assets  $ 544,736  $ 503,915
     
Liabilities:    
Current liabilities:    
 Accounts payable   $ 77,850  $ 70,228
 Bank overdrafts  35,384  22,364
 Accrued compensation  6,170  4,496
 Current maturities of long-term debt  8,946  9,046
 Deferred income taxes, net  449  382
 Other current liabilities  10,937  16,558
Total current liabilities  139,736  123,074
Noncurrent liabilities:    
 Long-term debt  368,446  328,695
 Other non-current liabilities  57,146  43,772
Total liabilities  565,328  495,541
     
Stockholders' (Deficit) Equity:    
 Common stock  637  620
 Additional paid-in capital  209,815  207,626
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (30,042)  (21,900)
 Accumulated deficit  (201,002)  (177,972)
Total stockholders' (deficit) equity  (20,592)  8,374
Total liabilities and stockholders' (deficit) equity  $ 544,736  $ 503,915
     
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Statements of Cash Flows
 in thousands
     
     
  Years Ended
  December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011
  (unaudited)  
     
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net loss  $ (23,027)  $ (38,567)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operations:    
 Depreciation and amortization  8,565  10,562
 Amortization of debt issuance costs  3,746  2,940
 Gain from sale of properties  (9,885)  (10,604)
 Gain from property insurance settlement  (476)  (1,230)
 Changes associated with the ineffective interest rate swap  --  (1,676)
 Vacant property charges, net  (30)  (291)
 Gain on modification of lease agreement  --  (1,971)
 Payments on modification on lease agreement  (5,875)  --
 Deferred income tax benefit  (20)  (25)
 Share-based compensation expense  2,797  1,974
 Decrease in restricted cash related to the swap, insurance, and other  695  987
 Changes in assets and liabilities:    
 Receivables  (18,593)  (19,670)
 Inventories  (44,482)  2,673
 Accounts payable  9,050  5,973
 Changes in other working capital  1,722  (375)
 Other  1,563  (1,032)
Net cash used in operating activities  (74,250)  (50,332)
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Property, plant and equipment investments  (2,826)  (6,533)
Proceeds from disposition of assets  19,195  18,355
Net cash provided by investing activities  16,369  11,822
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Repurchase of shares to satisfy employee tax withholdings  (526)  --
Repayments on the revolving credit facilities  (473,349)  (478,630)
Borrowings from the revolving credit facilities  550,270  475,918
Principal payments on mortgage  (37,272)  (42,416)
Payments on capital lease obligations  (2,259)  (1,440)
Increase (decrease) in bank overdrafts  13,020  (725)
Decrease in restricted cash related to the mortgage  9,970  20,604
Debt financing costs  (1,683)  (2,721)
Proceeds from stock offering less expenses paid  --  58,521
Net cash provided by financing activities  58,171  29,111
Increase (decrease) in cash  290  (9,399)
Balance, beginning of period  4,898  14,297
Balance, end of period  $ 5,188  $ 4,898
     
Non Cash Transactions:    
Capital leases  $ 5,238  $ 3,131
 
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Adjusted Pre-Tax Loss
in thousands, except for per share amounts
         
  Quarters Ended Years Ended
  December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011 December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
         
Pretax loss  $ (11,309)  $ (9,428)  $ (22,641)  $ (37,605)
Gain from sale of certain properties  (204)  (3,665)  (9,885)  (10,604)
Gain on modification of lease agreement  --  --  --  (1,971)
Gain from insurance settlement  --  (203)  (476)  (1,433)
Severance related costs  --  36  --  1,382
Adjusted pretax loss before the effect of special interest items  (11,513)  (13,260)  (33,002)  (50,231)
Changes associated with the ineffective interest rate swap  --  --  --  (1,676)
Adjusted pretax loss  (11,513)  (13,260)  (33,002)  (51,907)
Adjusted benefit from income taxes  (4,385) (4,294)  (12,351)  (19,072)
Adjusted net loss  $ (7,128)  $ (8,966)  $ (20,651)  $ (32,835)
         
         
Basic weighted average shares  60,118  59,660  60,080  43,187
Adjusted basic net loss per share applicable to common shares  $ (0.12)  $ (0.15)  $ (0.34)  $ (0.76)
Diluted weighted average shares  60,118  59,660  60,080  43,187
Adjusted diluted net loss per share applicable to common shares  $ (0.12)  $ (0.15)  $ (0.34)  $ (0.76)
         
         
         
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted Net Loss 
in thousands
         
  Quarters Ended Years Ended
  December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011 December 29, 2012 December 31, 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
         
GAAP net loss  $ (11,370)  $ (10,252)  $ (23,027)  $ (38,567)
Gain from sale of certain properties  (204)  (3,665) (9,885) (10,604)
Gain on modification of lease agreement  --  --  -- (1,971)
Gain from insurance settlement  --  (203)  (476) (1,433)
Severance related costs  --  36  --  1,382
Changes associated with the ineffective interest rate swap  --  --  -- (1,676)
Tax effect of selected charges  80  1,479 3,998 5,522
Valuation allowance  4,366  3,639 8,739 14,512
Adjusted net loss  $ (7,128)  $ (8,966)  $ (20,651)  $ (32,835)
         
Doug Goforth, CFO & Treasurer
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
(770) 953-7505

Investor Relations:
Maryon Davis, Director Finance & IR
(770) 221-2666