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Quanex Building Products Corporation Fiscal 2012 First Quarter Results

Reported Operating Loss of $0.18 per Diluted Share

Loss Included $0.05 per Diluted Share of Facilities Consolidation and ERP Costs

IG Spacer Facilities Consolidation on Budget and Schedule

Repurchased 94,337 Shares of Common Stock

Cash & Equivalents of $82 million

HOUSTON, March 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX), a leading manufacturer of engineered materials, components and systems serving domestic and international window and door OEMs through its Engineered Products and Aluminum Sheet Products groups, today released fiscal 2012 first quarter results for the period ending January 31, 2012.

First quarter 2012 consolidated net sales were $161.6 million, compared to $159.8 million a year ago, and included Edgetech net sales of $18.9 million. First quarter 2012 operating loss was $0.18 per diluted share compared to an operating loss of $0.13 per diluted share a year ago. The table below details certain costs recognized in the first quarters of 2012 and 2011. 

Earnings Per Diluted Share     Segment     1st qtr 2012     1st qtr 2011
                                                                         
                    As Reported                     ($0.18)          ($0.13)
               Impact on EPS:                                            
       Facility Consolidations         EPG          ($0.04)          ($0.05)
              Warranty Reserve         EPG             --          ($0.04)
             Edgetech Net Loss         EPG          ($0.01)             --
           Transaction Related        Corp              --          ($0.03)
            ERP Implementation        Corp          ($0.01)             --

Engineered Products Group (EPG) is focused on providing window and door OEMs with fenestration components, products, and systems. Key end markets are residential repair & remodel (R&R) and new home construction.

EPG's first quarter 2012 net sales were $99.4 million, compared to $84.0 million a year ago, and included net sales of $18.9 million at Edgetech. First quarter 2012 net sales, excluding Edgetech, were down about 4% from the year ago quarter which benefited from higher  demand as a result of a $1500 energy efficient window tax credit program that expired on December 31, 2010. EPG's first quarter 2012 operating income was $1.8 million, compared to an operating loss of $0.7 million a year ago, and included an operating loss of $1.1 million at Edgetech.  Segment expenses associated with the IG spacer consolidation program were $2.5 million in the quarter, of which $0.4 million were included in Edgetech's operating loss. First quarter 2011 operating loss of $0.7 million included $5.2 million of consolidation and warranty reserve costs.  

  Engineered Products Group (in millions)
                         1st qtr 2012     1st qtr 2011
          Net sales             $99.4            $84.0
     Operating income             $1.8           ($0.7)

At EPG, sales excluding Edgetech for the 12 months ended January 31, 2012, were down 2% from the previous 12 months, compared to U.S. window shipments as reported by Ducker Worldwide that were down 7% over the same periods. The integration of Edgetech into the Engineered Products' sales and marketing organization was completed in September 2011 and it is clear that Quanex is a stronger customer-focused company with the addition of Edgetech. While still early, the company believes the consolidated organization will continue to generate incremental opportunities.

Insulating Glass (IG) Spacer Consolidation Program

On November 7, 2011, the company announced a consolidation program for its IG spacer manufacturing facility in Barbourville, KY into its IG spacer manufacturing facility in Cambridge, OH. At the completion of the consolidation, which is expected to be around August 2012, the Barbourville facility will be permanently closed. The consolidation remains on budget and on schedule. Cash costs associated with the plan have been estimated at about $16 million (excludes a pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge of $1.6 million taken in the fourth quarter 2011). The company expects a payback period on its investment of about 2.6 years, based on annual pre-tax cash savings of $9 million, once the consolidation is concluded.

Aluminum Sheet Products Group is a leading provider of aluminum sheet through its Nichols Aluminum operation. Key end markets are residential repair & remodel (R&R) and new home construction.

Nichols' first quarter 2012 shipments, net sales and operating loss were 44 million pounds, $65.7 million and $5.5 million, respectively. Shipments were down from the year ago quarter in part due to weaker  demand because of the absence of the window tax credit program in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the available program in the year ago quarter.

The operating loss of $5.5 million reflected the weaker end market demand and a reduced spread (sales less material costs) compared to the year ago quarter. London Metal Exchange aluminum prices fell through the quarter, which in turn, lowered the spread. Spread was down 6% from the year ago quarter and down 6% from the sequential fourth quarter, primarily due to the average selling price that fell faster than the average material costs. Nichols is a high fixed cost business, so as its shipments drop, its ability to substantially reduce operating costs is limited.

  Aluminum Sheet Products (in millions)
                         1st qtr 2012     1st qtr 2011            
          Net sales             $65.7            $79.1            
     Operating income           ($5.5)             $0.6            
       Shipped pounds               44               52            

On January 20, 2012, Nichols experienced a strike with its union employees at two of its facilities. Negotiations for a new contract are ongoing, and management, along with temporary workers, is operating the two facilities while continuing to meet ongoing customer needs. The strike had no material financial impact on first quarter results.

For the 12 months ended January 31, 2012, Nichols' shipments were down 14% from a year ago, versus industry shipments as reported by the Aluminum Association that were up 2%. Nichols underperformance is attributed to weaker residential demand, where it has a large presence, compared to stronger distribution and transportation demand, where it has a smaller presence.

Corporate and Other Items

Corporate expenses in the first quarter were $7.6 million and included ERP expenses of $0.7 million.

First Quarter 2012 Balances

At quarter end, Quanex had a cash balance of $81.7 million, a total debt outstanding balance of $1.6 million, and cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $2.1 million. The company had no borrowings under its $270 million revolving credit facility at quarter end, however, due to the facility's EBITDA covenant requirement, the available capacity was approximately $173 million at the end of the quarter. Future uses of cash could be to fund organic growth activities, fund cash dividends on the company's common stock, make acquisitions, and repurchase outstanding shares. During the first quarter, the company purchased approximately $1.3 million of its outstanding common stock (94,337 shares of common stock at an average price of $13.61, including commissions).

Business Outlook

Stagnant residential R&R demand, historically low home starts, elevated residential foreclosures, and stringent credit conditions will create a difficult housing environment in 2012. The company currently expects calendar year 2012 U.S. window shipments to be about 39 million units, which is 8% below Ducker's forecasted shipments of 42.6 million. Quanex, however, remains positive on the long term prospects of its residential and commercial markets and will continue to invest in its future. To that end, the company expects to continue to invest in growth, through both internal programs and acquisitions, as it believes this is the best way to maximize long term returns for shareholders. For 2012, the company estimated capital expenditures of $49 million (includes IG consolidation capital of $7 million and ERP capital of $13 million), corporate expenses of $31 million (includes ERP costs of $3 million), and depreciation & amortization of $41 million (includes ERP depreciation of $3 million).

Dividend Declared

As previously announced on February 23rd, 2012, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share on the company's common stock, payable March 30, 2012, to shareholders of record on March 15, 2012.

Financial Statistics as of 01/31/12

Book value per common share: $11.62; Total debt to capitalization: 0.4%; Return on invested capital: 1.7%; Actual number of common shares outstanding: 36,756,713.

Definitions:

Book value per common share – calculated as total stockholders' equity as of balance sheet date divided by actual number of common shares outstanding;

Total debt to capitalization – calculated as the sum of both the current and long-term portion of debt, as of balance sheet date, divided by the sum of both the current and long-term portion of debt plus total stockholders' equity as of balance sheet date;

EBITDA – calculated as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization;

Return on invested capital – calculated as the total of the prior 12 months net income plus prior 12 months after-tax interest expense and capitalized interest, the sum of which is divided by the trailing five quarters average total debt (current and long term) and total stockholders' equity.

Statements that use the words "estimated," "expect," "could," "should," "believe," "will," "might," or similar words reflecting future expectations or beliefs are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to synergies derived from the acquisition of Edgetech, future operating results of Quanex, the financial condition of Quanex, future uses of cash, expectations relating to the consolidation of the company's IG spacer manufacturing facilities, expectations relating to 2012 expenditures, expenses and tax rates, expectations relating to the company's industry, and the company's future growth. The statements in this release are based on current expectations. Actual results or events may differ materially from this release. Factors that could impact future results may include, without limitation, the effect of both domestic and global economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the availability and cost of raw materials, and customer demand. For a more complete discussion of factors that may affect the company's future performance, please refer to the company's 10-K filing on December 20, 2011, under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act"), in particular the section titled, "Private Securities Litigation Reform Act" contained therein.

For additional information, please visit www.quanex.com

QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
                                                                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                                               (In thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                         (Unaudited)
                                                                                                 
                                                                                 Three months ended
                                                                                        January 31,
                                                                              2012             2011
                                                                                                 
                                                        Net sales       $ 161,579      $ 159,808
        Cost of sales (exclusive of items shown separately below)          138,042         139,655
                              Selling, general and administrative           25,152          20,294
                                    Depreciation and amortization            9,689           7,525
                                          Operating income (loss)         (11,304)         (7,666)
                                                 Interest expense            (126)           (121)
                                                       Other, net              217             100
     Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes         (11,213)         (7,687)
                                     Income tax benefit (expense)            4,465           2,959
                                                                                                 
                         Income (loss) from continuing operations          (6,748)         (4,728)
                                                                                                 
         Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes             --             (12)
                                                Net income (loss)       $ (6,748)      $ (4,740)
                                                                                                 
                                 Basic earnings per common share:                                 
                       Earnings (loss) from continuing operations        $ (0.18)       $ (0.13)
                       Income (loss) from discontinued operations             --             -- 
                                  Basic earnings (loss) per share        $ (0.18)       $ (0.13)
                                                                                                 
                               Diluted earnings per common share:                                 
                       Earnings (loss) from continuing operations        $ (0.18)       $ (0.13)
                       Income (loss) from discontinued operations             --             -- 
                                Diluted earnings (loss) per share        $ (0.18)       $ (0.13)
                                                                                                 
                      Weighted average common shares outstanding:                                 
                                                            Basic            36,547           37,092
                                                          Diluted            36,547           37,092
 
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
                                                 QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
                                                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                       (In thousands)
                                                                          (Unaudited)
                                                                                  
       January 31,                                                       October 31,
              2012                                                              2011
                                                          Assets                  
        $ 81,722                             Cash and equivalents        $ 89,619
           59,847                         Accounts receivable, net           81,969
           64,150                                      Inventories           55,842
           16,827                            Deferred income taxes           11,220
            7,448                 Prepaid and other current assets            6,423
          229,994                             Total current assets          245,073
          158,960               Property, plant and equipment, net          158,209
            7,733                            Deferred income taxes            7,669
           68,398                                         Goodwill           69,432
           84,836                           Intangible assets, net           87,943
           15,985                                     Other assets           16,603
       $ 565,906                                     Total assets       $ 584,929
                              Liabilities and stockholders' equity                 
        $ 57,211                                 Accounts payable        $ 66,339
           37,379                              Accrued liabilities           38,058
              352             Current maturities of long-term debt              352
           94,942                        Total current liabilities          104,749
            1,294                                   Long-term debt            1,314
            8,752     Deferred pension and postretirement benefits            7,784
            8,512            Liability for uncertain tax positions            8,412
           11,058               Non-current environmental reserves           11,221
           14,399                                Other liabilities           14,223
          138,957                                Total liabilities          147,703
          426,949                       Total stockholders' equity          437,226
       $ 565,906       Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $ 584,929
 
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                          QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
                                                                                          CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
                                                                                                                (In thousands)
                                                                                                                   (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           Three months ended
                                                                                                                  January 31,
                                                                                                        2012             2011
                                                                       Operating activities:                                
                                                                           Net income (loss)      $ (6,748)      $ (4,740)
                                                  (Income) loss from discontinued operations              --              12
                                                                                                                           
                   Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used for)                                
                                            operating activities from continuing operations:                                
                                                              Depreciation and amortization           9,706           7,542
                                                                      Restructuring charges           2,115           1,404
                                                                      Deferred income taxes         (5,457)         (3,197)
                                                                   Stock-based compensation           1,602           1,291
                                                                                                                           
                                    Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from                                 
                                                              acquisitions and dispositions:                                
                                                 Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable          21,281          37,513
                                                           Decrease (increase) in inventory         (8,517)        (10,889)
                                                Decrease (increase) in other current assets         (1,046)           (598)
                                                    Increase (decrease) in accounts payable         (9,582)        (19,164)
                                                 Increase (decrease) in accrued liabilities         (4,482)         (9,903)
                                                Increase (decrease) in income taxes payable             346             191
                        Increase (decrease) in deferred pension and postretirement benefits             967             268
                                                                                  Other, net           1,888             952
                 Cash provided by (used for) operating activities from continuing operations           2,073             682
               Cash provided by (used for) operating activities from discontinued operations              --            (68)
                                            Cash provided by (used for) operating activities           2,073             614
                                                                       Investing activities:                                
                                                                       Capital expenditures         (8,024)         (4,124)
                                                     Proceeds from executive life insurance              --             683
                                                                                 Other, net              --              74
                 Cash provided by (used for) investing activities from continuing operations         (8,024)         (3,367)
                                            Cash provided by (used for) investing activities         (8,024)         (3,367)
                                                                       Financing activities:                                
                                                               Repayments of long-term debt            (20)            (15)
                                                                Common stock dividends paid         (1,470)         (1,501)
      Issuance of common stock from stock option exercises, including related tax benefits             344             579
                                                                 Purchase of treasury stock         (1,284)         (1,504)
                                                                                 Other, net              --             392
                 Cash provided by (used for) financing activities from continuing operations         (2,430)         (2,049)
               Cash provided by (used for) financing activities from discontinued operations             --           (392)
                                            Cash provided by (used for) financing activities         (2,430)         (2,441)
                                     Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents             484              22
              LESS: (Increase) decrease in cash and equivalents from discontinued operations              --             460
                      Increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents from continuing operations         (7,897)         (4,712)
                                                                                                                           
                                                 Cash and equivalents at beginning of period          89,619         187,178
                                                       Cash and equivalents at end of period       $ 81,722      $ 182,466
 
                                                                  
                                                                  
                                                                  
                               QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
                                       INDUSTRY SEGMENT INFORMATION
                                                     (In thousands)
                                                        (Unaudited)
                                                                
                                                Three months ended
                                                       January 31,
                                             2012             2011
                      Net Sales:                                 
           Engineered Products         $ 99,393       $ 84,010
       Aluminum Sheet Products            65,700          79,138
               Building Products          165,093         163,148
                                                                
                    Eliminations          (3,514)         (3,340)
                                                                
                     Net Sales        $ 161,579      $ 159,808
                                                                
        Operating Income (Loss):                                 
           Engineered Products          $ 1,803        $ (649)
       Aluminum Sheet Products           (5,518)             551
               Building Products          (3,715)            (98)
                                                                
             Corporate and Other          (7,589)         (7,568)
                                                                
      Operating Income (Loss)       $ (11,304)      $ (7,666)
CONTACT: Financial Contact:
         Jeff Galow
         713-877-5327

         Media Contact
         Valerie Calvert
         713-877-5305

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