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Quanex Building Products Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

  • Record first quarter EPG net sales increased 19% to $126 million vs. $106 million in Q1 2013
  • First quarter EBITDA of $5.7 million vs. loss of $4.0 million in Q1 2013
  • First quarter net loss of $3.9 million vs. net loss of $8.1 million in Q1 2013

HOUSTON, March 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX), a leading supplier of window and door components, today released results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2014.

The Engineered Products Group (EPG) reported record first quarter revenues driven by double-digit year over year growth rates. "The momentum that we started to see in the fourth quarter of last year carried over into what is historically our weakest quarter," Chairman, President and CEO Bill Griffiths said. "Including Aluminite on a pro-forma basis, we have seen average growth rates of 13.4% for the last two quarters. While some of this is attributable to winter inventory builds at our customer's facilities, it is further evidence of the optimism around a continued recovery in 2014."

Engineered Products Group

EPG reported first quarter 2014 net sales of $126 million, an increase of 19.1% compared to $106 million in the first quarter of 2013. First quarter 2014 operating income was $7.5 million compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. EPG's first quarter 2014 EBITDA was $15.1 million compared to $10.3 million in the first quarter of 2013. 

Preliminary U.S. window shipments as reported by Ducker Worldwide (Ducker), a market intelligence firm, increased 10.1% for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013.  EPG's pro-forma North American fenestration sales for the 12 month period ended January 31, 2014, the most comparable sales figure to those reported by Ducker, increased 8.8% over the prior year. Ducker is forecasting a 12% increase in U.S. window shipments in calendar 2014. 

Aluminum Sheet Products Group (Nichols)

The Aluminum Sheet Products Group reported first quarter 2014 net sales of $80 million, a decrease of 6% compared to $85 million in the first quarter of 2013. Despite a $5 million reduction in net sales, the operating loss remained flat as a result of continuing operating improvements by the Nichols team. Included in the first quarter 2014 loss is $0.5 million related to the Decatur Alabama cold mill repair project.

On February 10, 2014, Quanex announced the sale of Nichols to Aleris for $110 million in an all-cash transaction. The transaction is expected to close on March 31, 2014.

Corporate and Other Items

First quarter 2014 corporate costs were $8.4 million compared to $12.3 million in the year ago first quarter. First quarter 2014 corporate expenses included $0.9 million in transaction costs, deferred compensation expense and external audit fees.

First quarter 2014 cash balances totaled $26 million. For the quarter, cash used by operating activities was $11.5 million compared to $30.3 million in the year ago first quarter.  There were no outstanding borrowings against the revolving credit facility.

Additional information related to first quarter 2014 results, including a reconciliation of EBITDA (defined as net income or loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment and other, net) to its most comparable US GAAP figure, can be found in the supplemental schedules accompanying this press release.

Conference Call Information

Quanex will host its conference call today, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss its results and outlook. The call will be available via webcast at www.quanex.com in the Investors section.

Forward Looking Statements

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, future operating results of Quanex, the financial condition of Quanex, future uses of cash and other 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013, the section titled, "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" contained therein.

For additional information, please visit www.quanex.com.

     
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended January 31,
  2014 2013
     
Net sales  $ 202,362  $ 185,713
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization)  171,904  162,690
Selling, general and administrative  24,767  27,051
Depreciation and amortization  10,294  9,657
Asset impairment charges  510  — 
Operating loss  (5,113)  (13,685)
Interest expense  (158)  (139)
Other, net  96  (91)
Loss before income taxes  (5,175)  (13,915)
Income tax benefit  1,275  5,797
Net loss  $ (3,900)  $ (8,118)
     
Loss per common share:    
Basic  $ (0.11)  $ (0.22)
Diluted  $ (0.11)  $ (0.22)
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic  37,003  36,809
Diluted  37,003  36,809
     
Cash dividends per share  $ 0.04  $ 0.04
     
     
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
  January 31, 2014 October 31, 2013
Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 25,807  $ 49,736
Accounts receivable, net  72,459  98,833
Inventories, net  74,498  58,316
Deferred income taxes  24,769  22,786
Prepaid and other current assets  7,352  6,612
Total current assets  204,885  236,283
Property, plant and equipment, net  160,531  157,219
Deferred income taxes  13,277  13,444
Goodwill  71,838  71,866
Intangible assets, net  76,969  78,962
Other assets  13,543  14,041
Total assets  $ 541,043  $ 571,815
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Accounts payable  $ 67,278  $ 76,900
Accrued liabilities  29,679  44,785
Current maturities of long-term debt  187  183
Total current liabilities  97,144  121,868
Long-term debt  721  752
Deferred pension and postretirement benefits  4,506  3,712
Liability for uncertain tax positions  5,435  5,396
Non-current environmental reserves  8,862  9,255
Other liabilities  12,114  14,638
Total liabilities  128,782  155,621
Total stockholders' equity  412,261  416,194
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 541,043  $ 571,815
     
     
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended January 31,
  2014 2013
Operating activities:    
Net loss  $ (3,900)  $ (8,118)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used for operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization  10,294  9,657
Stock-based compensation  1,090  1,709
Deferred income tax benefit  (1,885)  (6,499)
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation  (1)  (169)
Asset impairment charges  510  -- 
Other, net  728  482
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions and dispositions:    
Decrease in accounts receivable  26,654  10,862
Increase in inventory  (15,998)  (13,417)
Increase in other current assets  (594)  (291)
Decrease in accounts payable  (10,894)  (11,496)
Decrease in accrued liabilities  (15,027)  (15,593)
Increase in income taxes  26  487
Increase in deferred pension and postretirement benefits  915  862
(Decrease) increase in other long-term liabilities  (1,087)  295
Other, net  (2,315)  889
Cash used for operating activities  (11,484)  (30,340)
Investing activities:    
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (5,161)  (22,449)
Capital expenditures  (6,748)  (11,500)
Proceeds from property insurance claim  400  — 
Proceeds from disposition of capital assets  303  16
Cash used for investing activities  (11,206)  (33,933)
Financing activities:    
Repayments of other long-term debt  (26)  (25)
Common stock dividends paid  (1,490)  (1,482)
Issuance of common stock  331  508
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation  1  169
Debt issuance costs  —   (1,070)
Cash used for financing activities  (1,184)  (1,900)
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (55)  (524)
     
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (23,929)  (66,697)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  49,736  71,255
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 25,807  $ 4,558
     
     
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended January 31,
  2014 2013
Net Sales:    
Engineered Products  $ 126,379  $ 106,119
Aluminum Sheet Products  79,491  84,603
Building Products  205,870  190,722
     
Eliminations  (3,508)  (5,009)
     
Net Sales  $ 202,362  $ 185,713
     
Operating Income (Loss)    
Engineered Products  $ 7,491  $ 2,833
Aluminum Sheet Products  (4,251)  (4,229)
Building Products  3,240  (1,396)
     
Corporate & Other  (8,353)  (12,289)
     
Operating Loss  $ (5,113)  $ (13,685)
     
         
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE DISCLOSURE
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
         
EBITDA (defined as net income or loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment and other, net) is a non-GAAP financial measure that Quanex management uses to measure its operational performance and assist with financial decision-making. We believe this non-GAAP measure provides a consistent basis for comparison between periods, and will assist investors in understanding our financial performance, including under market conditions outlined in our forward-looking guidance. The company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
         
         
  Three Months Ended January 31, 2014
  Engineered
Products
Aluminum Sheet
Products
Corporate &
Other
Quanex
Net loss        $ (3,900)
Income tax benefit        (1,275)
Other, net        (96)
Interest expense        158
Operating income (loss)  7,491  (4,251)  (8,353)  (5,113)
Asset impairment charges 5 505 -- 510
Depreciation and amortization  7,644  1,750  900  10,294
EBITDA  15,140  (1,996)  (7,453)  5,691
         
         
         
  Three Months Ended January 31, 2013
  Engineered
Products
Aluminum Sheet
Products
Corporate &
Other
Quanex
Net loss        $ (8,118)
Income tax benefit        (5,797)
Other, net        91
Interest expense        139
Operating income (loss)  2,833  (4,229)  (12,289)  (13,685)
Asset impairment charges -- -- -- --
Depreciation and amortization  7,473  1,627  557  9,657
EBITDA  10,306  (2,602)  (11,732)  (4,028)
         
Financial Statistics as of January 31, 2014      
Book value per common share:     $11.06  
Total debt to capitalization:     0.2%  
Return on invested capital:     -1.7%  
Actual number of common shares outstanding:   37,259,657  
         
       
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
Supplemental Financial Disclosures
(In millions, except spread per pound)
(Unaudited)
       
Engineered Products Group (EPG) is focused on providing window and door OEMs with fenestration components, products, and systems. Key end markets are residential remodeling and replacement (R&R) and new home construction.
       
  1Q 2014 1Q 2013 Change
   
Net sales  $ 126.4  $ 106.1  $ 20.3
Operating income $ 7.5 $ 2.8 $ 4.7
EBITDA  $ 15.1  $ 10.3  $ 4.8
       
Aluminum Sheet Products Group is a leading provider of aluminum sheet coil through its Nichols Aluminum operation. Key end markets are residential R&R, new home construction and transportation.
       
  1Q 2014 1Q 2013 Change
   
Net sales  $ 79.5  $ 84.6  $ (5.1)
Operating loss  (4.3)  (4.2)  (0.1)
EBITDA  (2.0)  (2.6)  0.6
Shipped pounds (in millions)  60  59  1
Spread per pound  $ 0.40  $ 0.44  $ (0.04)
       
Corporate & Other Items      
  1Q 2014 1Q 2013 Change
   
Stock-based compensation cost  1.1  1.7  (0.6)
Transaction costs  0.4  1.0  (0.6)
Other costs  6.9  9.6  (2.7)
Total corporate costs  $ 8.4  $ 12.3  $ (3.9)
       
           
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
PRE-TAX & AFTER TAX PRESENTATION
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
These pre-tax and after-tax tables include non-GAAP financial measures that Quanex management uses to measure its operational performance and assist with financial decision-making. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide a consistent basis for comparison between periods, and will assist investors in understanding our financial performance. The company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
           
 
  Segment Q1 2014   Q1 2013  
Pre-Tax Presentation   $MM   $MM  
Loss Before Income Taxes As Reported    $ (5.2)    $ (13.9)  
Benefit (Reduction):          
IG Warranty Reserve Benefit EPG  (2.8)    --   
Asset Impairment Charge EPG  0.5    --   
Transaction Related Expenses Corp  0.4    1.0  
Discontinued ERP Expenses* Corp  0.3    1.6  
Loss Before Income Taxes As Adjusted    $ (6.8)    $ (11.3)  
 
  Segment Q1 2014 Q1 2014 Q1 2013 Q1 2013
After-Tax Presentation   $MM EPS $MM EPS
Net Loss As Reported    $ (3.9)  $ (0.11)  $ (8.1)  $ (0.22)
Benefit (Reduction):          
IG Warranty Reserve Benefit EPG  (2.1)  (0.06)  --   -- 
Asset Impairment Charge EPG  0.4  0.01  --   -- 
Transaction Related Expenses Corp  0.3  0.01  0.6  0.02
Discontinued ERP Expenses Corp  0.2  0.01  0.9  0.03
Net Loss As Adjusted *    $ (5.1)  $ (0.14)  $ (6.6)  $ (0.17)
 
* Q1 2014 includes $258K of depreciation related to the SAP Implementation assets.  
           
CONTACT: Financial Contact: Marty Ketelaar, 713-877-5402;
         Media Contact: Valerie Calvert, 713-877-5305

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