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BlueLinx Announces First-Quarter Results

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–Adjusted EBITDA of $1.0 Million Increases $2.4 Million from Prior Year Quarter –

– Improved Excess Availability –

ATLANTA, May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building products in North America, today reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended April 5, 2014.

"We are pleased to report fiscal first quarter 2014 adjusted EBITDA of $1.0 million. This result is encouraging particularly in light of the unusually severe winter, which reduced demand for building materials. Adjusted EBITDA of $1.0 million during the seasonally low quarter, is the Company's first positive adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter since 2007, an improvement of approximately $2.4 million from the first quarter of 2013, and reflects the impact certain key initiatives are making in our business," said Mitch Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We also ended the first quarter with $89.3 million in excess availability on the Company's revolving credit facilities, which is a significant increase from $45.8 million at fiscal year-end 2013. We are continuing to explore additional financial alternatives to further improve the Company's liquidity to provide a strong foundation for the Company's future success," Mr. Lewis concluded.

Revenues on a same center basis for the fiscal first quarter ended April 5, 2014, decreased $29.8 million or 6.3% compared to the fiscal first quarter ended March 30, 2013. Taking into account closed centers, revenues for the 2014 fiscal first quarter fell 11.8% to $443.9 million from $503.2 million in the year-ago period. The same center sales decline mainly was due to weather impacts on structural unit volumes as well as certain product price declines relative to year-ago levels. Adjusted EBITDA for the 2014 fiscal first quarter improved to $1.0 million from an adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.4 million for the same period a year ago.

The Company's net sales and adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 first quarter, reported on a same center basis, 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):

Same Center
Net Sales and Adjusted EBITDA
in millions Quarters Ended
(unaudited)
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
Same Center Net Sales $443.9 $473.7
Same Center Adjusted EBITDA $1.0 ($1.4)

The Company incurred a net loss of $8.6 million, or $0.10 per diluted share for the fiscal first quarter of 2014, compared with a net loss of $12.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the fiscal first quarter of 2013. Fiscal first-quarter results for 2014 included net pretax gains from significant special items of $0.2 million, and resulted in no impact on diluted earnings per share. Fiscal first-quarter results for 2013 included net pretax charges from significant special items of $0.9 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Fiscal 2014 first-quarter adjusted net loss was $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $7.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

Gross profit on a same center basis for the fiscal first quarter ended April 5, 2014, decreased $0.4 million or 0.7% compared to the fiscal first quarter of 2013. Taking into account closed centers, gross profit for the 2014 fiscal first quarter totaled $52.7 million, down 6.7% from $56.5 million in the year-ago period. Gross margins for the 2014 fiscal first quarter improved to 11.9% compared to 11.2% for the same period a year ago. Overall 2014 fiscal first quarter gross margins were impacted by lower structural wood-based product prices, compared to last year's first-quarter elevated structural wood-based product prices, and a customs rebate of $1.4 million related to the prior year, which was recorded in the fiscal 2014 first quarter.

Fiscal 2014 first-quarter operating expenses were $54.3 million compared to $61.6 million for the same period a year ago. Significant special items included in operating expenses for the 2014 fiscal first quarter included a $0.2 million gain from the sale of property. Significant special items included in operating expenses in the year ago quarter included a $0.2 million gain from the sale of property and $0.9 million in restructuring and severance costs. Operating expenses in the year ago period also included $3.6 million in expenses related to closed distribution centers. Reported operating loss for the 2014 fiscal first quarter improved to $1.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.1 million a year ago and reflects a reduction in expenses that more than offset the decline in revenue and the significant special items detailed in the adjusted net loss table below.

The Company's operating results for the fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 first quarters, 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):

Unaudited Adjusted Net Loss
in millions, except per share amounts Quarters Ended
(unaudited)
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
Pretax loss ($8.3) ($12.4)
Loss from closed distribution centers -- 0.2
Gain from sale of property (0.2) (0.2)
Restructuring and severance related costs -- 0.9
Adjusted pretax loss (8.5) (11.5)
Adjusted benefit from income taxes (2.7) (4.3)
Adjusted net loss ($5.8) ($7.2)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares 85.2 66.7
Adjusted basic and diluted net loss per share applicable to common shares ($0.07) ($0.11)

For the fiscal quarter ended April 5, 2014, the above table reflects the following event: (i) the Company recorded a gain on the sale of property. 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. See the reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted Net Loss accompanying this press release for further details.

For the fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2013, the above table reflects the following events: (i) the Company recorded a loss from closed distribution centers; (ii) the Company recorded a gain on the sale of property; (iii) the Company recorded certain restructuring and severance related costs. 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. See the reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted Net Loss accompanying this press release for further details.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of April 5, 2014, the Company had $89.3 million of excess availability under its asset-backed revolving credit facilities, based on qualifying inventory and receivables.

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# 33730771. 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.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that management uses to evaluate the performance of the Company. Adjusted EBITDA, as we define it, is an amount equal to net (loss) income plus interest expense and all interest expense related items (e.g. changes associated with ineffective interest rate swap, write-off of debt issuance costs, charges associated with mortgage refinancing), income taxes, stock compensation, depreciation and amortization, further adjusted to exclude other non-cash items and certain other adjustments. Adjusted EBITDA is presented herein because we believe it is a useful supplement to cash flow from operations in understanding cash flows generated from operations that are available for debt service (interest and principal payments) and further investment in acquisitions. 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.

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 over 1,700 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 current network of 50 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 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' 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; the ability to achieve greater operating efficiencies as a result of the restructuring; 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 January 4, 2014, 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
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales $ 443,944 $ 503,153
Cost of sales 391,268 446,695
Gross profit 52,676 56,458
Operating expenses:
Selling, general, and administrative 51,987 59,419
Depreciation and amortization 2,352 2,173
Total operating expenses 54,339 61,592
Operating loss (1,663) (5,134)
Non-operating expenses:
Interest expense 6,454 7,192
Other expense, net 160 110
Loss before provision for income taxes (8,277) (12,436)
Provision for income taxes 331 213
Net loss $ (8,608) $ (12,649)
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding 85,187 66,714
Basic net loss per share applicable to common shares $ (0.10) $ (0.19)
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding 85,187 66,714
Diluted net loss per share applicable to common shares $ (0.10) $ (0.19)
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Balance Sheets
in thousands
April 5,
2014
January 4,
2014
(unaudited)
Assets:
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,579 $ 5,034
Receivables, net 190,766 150,297
Inventories, net 261,006 223,580
Other current assets 25,756 22,814
Total current assets 485,107 401,725
Property, plant, and equipment:
Land and improvements 41,182 41,176
Buildings 90,172 90,082
Machinery and equipment 76,672 73,004
Construction in progress 760 3,028
Property, plant, and equipment, at cost 208,786 207,290
Accumulated depreciation (98,344) (96,171)
Property, plant, and equipment, net 110,442 111,119
Non-current deferred income tax assets, net 824 824
Other non-current assets 15,443 16,578
Total assets $ 611,816 $ 530,246
Liabilities:
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 98,008 $ 60,363
Bank overdrafts 21,516 19,377
Accrued compensation 5,510 4,173
Current maturities of long-term debt 38,078 9,141
Deferred income taxes, net 823 823
Other current liabilities 12,414 12,949
Total current liabilities 176,349 106,826
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt 409,294 388,995
Other non-current liabilities 40,559 40,323
Total liabilities 626,202 536,144
Stockholders' Deficit:
Common stock 877 866
Additional paid in capital 251,374 251,150
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (16,409) (16,293)
Accumulated deficit (250,228) (241,621)
Total stockholders' deficit (14,386) (5,898)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 611,816 $ 530,246
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Statements of Cash Flows
in thousands
Periods Ended
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (8,608) $ (12,649)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operations:
Depreciation and amortization 2,352 2,173
Amortization of debt issuance costs 744 946
Write-off of debt issuance costs -- 119
Gain from sale of property (210) (238)
Restructuring payments (603) --
Deferred income tax benefit -- --
Intraperiod income tax allocation related to hourly pension plan (76) --
Pension expense 225 1,148
Share-based compensation expense 690 824
Increase in restricted cash related to insurance and other (1,285) (361)
Other 808 (894)
(5,963) (8,932)
Changes in primary working capital components:
Receivables (40,469) (61,396)
Inventories (37,426) (89,595)
Accounts payable 37,743 64,084
Net cash used in operating activities (46,115) (95,839)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Property, plant, and equipment investments (775) (955)
Proceeds from disposition of assets 283 195
Net cash used by investing activities (492) (760)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements -- 16
Repurchase of shares to satisfy employee tax withholdings (456) (1,206)
Repayments on the revolving credit facilities (99,146) (128,836)
Borrowings from the revolving credit facilities 149,191 199,828
Payments of principal on mortgage (809) (646)
Payments on capital lease obligations (570) (384)
Increase (decrease) in bank overdrafts 2,139 (6,298)
Increase in restricted cash related to the mortgage (1,024) (2,955)
Debt financing costs (75) (2,715)
Proceeds from stock offering less expenses paid (98) 39,892
Net cash provided by financing activities 49,152 96,696
Increase in cash 2,545 97
Balance, beginning of period 5,034 5,188
Balance, end of period $ 7,579 $ 5,285
Non Cash Transactions:
Capital leases $ 983 $ --
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP Net loss to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA
in thousands
Quarters Ended
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
GAAP net loss $ (8,608) $ (12,649)
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 2,352 2,173
Interest expense 6,454 7,192
Provision for income taxes 331 213
Loss from closed distribution centers -- 212
Gain from sale of property (210) (238)
Share-based compensation expense 690 824
Restructuring and severance related costs -- 889
Adjusted EBITDA Same Center $ 1,009 $ (1,384)
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Unaudited Adjusted Net Loss
in thousands, except for per share amounts
Quarters Ended
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Pretax loss $ (8,277) $ (12,436)
Loss from closed distribution centers -- 212
Gain from sale of property (210) (238)
Restructuring and severance related costs -- 889
Adjusted pretax loss (8,487) (11,573)
Adjusted benefit from income taxes (2,701) (4,250)
Adjusted net loss $ (5,786) $ (7,323)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares 85,187 66,714
Adjusted basic and diluted net loss per share applicable to common shares $ (0.07) $ (0.11)
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted Net Loss
in thousands
Quarters Ended
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
GAAP net loss $ (8,608) $ (12,649)
Loss from closed distribution centers -- 212
Gain from sale of property (210) (238)
Restructuring and severance related costs -- 889
Benefit from income taxes related to intraperiod income tax allocation (243) --
Tax effect of selected charges 81 (336)
Valuation allowance 3,194 4,799
Adjusted net loss $ (5,786) $ (7,323)
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
Unaudited Comparable Same Center Schedule
in thousands
Quarters Ended
April 5,
2014
March 30,
2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net Sales $ 443,944 $ 503,153
Less: Closed Center -- 29,493
Same Center 443,944 473,660
Actual year-over-year percentage decrease (11.8%)
Same Center year-over-year percentage decrease (6.3%)
Gross profit $ 52,676 $ 56,458
Less: Closed Center -- 3,416
Same Center 52,676 53,042
Total operating expenses $ 54,339 $ 61,592
Less: Closed Center -- 3,628
Same Center 54,339 57,964
Operating loss $ (1,663) $ (5,134)
Add back loss from Closed Center -- 212
Same Center $ (1,663) $ (4,922)

CONTACT: BlueLinx Contacts: Doug Goforth, CFO & Treasurer BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (770) 953-7505 Investor Relations: Maryon Davis, Director Finance & IR (770) 221-2666

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