Quanex Building Products Announces First Quarter 2018 Results and Reaffirms Full Year 2018 Guidance

HOUSTON, March 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX) (“Quanex” or the “Company”) today announced its results for the three months ended January 31, 2018.

Bill Griffiths, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “First quarter results tracked the typical seasonality of our businesses; however, raw material price and labor inflation pressured margins across the board. We expect to recover some of the increase in raw materials prices in the coming months via contractual pass through or targeted price increases and we will work hard to cover the balance with operational efficiency improvements. Excluding eliminated products, our legacy fenestration business in the U.S. grew at 4.4% during the quarter, which compares favorably to Ducker’s latest window shipment estimate of 4.2% growth for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Similarly, underlying growth in our European Engineered Components segment was 5.4%. We generated positive free cash flow during the first quarter of 2018, which allowed us to pay down bank debt during the quarter of the year where we have historically had to borrow. Despite the recent gyrations in the stock market, the fundamentals for our business remain positive, and as such we are comfortable reaffirming our full year 2018 guidance and expect a strong second half of the year.”

First Quarter 2018 Results Summary

The Company reported the following selected financial results:

Three Months Ended January 31,
2018 2017
Net Sales $191.7 $195.1
Net Income (Loss) $4.9 $(3.7)
Diluted EPS $0.14 $(0.11)
Adjusted Net Loss $(1.5) $(1.4)
Adjusted Diluted EPS $(0.04) $(0.04)
Adjusted EBITDA $13.2 $13.0

(See Non-GAAP Terminology Definitions and Disclaimers section, Non-GAAP Financial Measure Disclosure table and Selected Segment Data table for additional information)

The slight decrease in net sales during the first quarter of 2018 was largely the result of portfolio rationalization and divestitures that occurred throughout 2017. The loss of revenues in the first quarter of 2018 associated with the aforementioned actions that took place in 2017 was somewhat offset by solid underlying growth in the North American and European Engineered Components segments. (See Sales Analysis table for additional information)

The increase in earnings was predominantly attributable to lower stock-based compensation expense and a $6.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, net tax benefit as a result of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduces the federal corporate tax rate on U.S. earnings to 21% and moves from a global taxation regime to a modified territorial regime. The lower tax rate will be phased in over time since Quanex has an October 31 fiscal year-end. Including the net tax benefit realized in the first quarter of 2018, the Company estimates that its effective tax rate for fiscal 2018 will be approximately 9%, or approximately 24% excluding the net tax benefit. Quanex will continue to evaluate the impact of the tax reform through the remainder of fiscal 2018.

As of January 31, 2018, the Company’s leverage ratio of Net Debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA was unchanged at 2.3x. Quanex remains focused on generating Free Cash Flow to pay down debt and expects to end fiscal 2018 with a leverage ratio below 2.0x. (See Non-GAAP Terminology Definitions and Disclaimers section for additional information)

Recent Events

The stockholders approved each of the following proposals voted on at the Company’s annual meeting held on March 1, 2018.

  • Election of DirectorsRobert R. Buck, Susan F. Davis, Joseph D. Rupp and Curtis M. Stevens were elected to serve as directors on the Quanex Board of Directors until the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders in 2019
  • Advisory Vote Approving Named Executive Officer Compensation - the stockholders supported Quanex’s executive officer compensation structure
  • Ratification of Appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as Independent Public Accountantsthe stockholders ratified the Company’s appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2018

Additionally, Quanex’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share on the Company’s common stock, payable March 29, 2018, to shareholders of record on March 15, 2018.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT). To participate in the conference call dial (877) 388-2139 for domestic callers and (541) 797-2983 for international callers, in both cases using the conference passcode 1039546, and ask for the Quanex call a few minutes prior to the start time. A link to the live audio webcast will also be available on the Company’s website at http://www.quanex.com in the Investors section under Presentations & Events. A telephonic replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends and will be accessible through March 13, 2018. To access the replay dial (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers and (404) 537-3406 for international callers, in both cases referencing conference passcode 1039546.

About Quanex

Quanex Building Products Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of components sold to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the building products industry. Quanex designs and produces energy-efficient fenestration products in addition to kitchen and bath cabinet components.
For more information contact Scott Zuehlke, Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasurer, at 713-877-5327 or scott.zuehlke@quanex.com.

Non-GAAP Terminology Definitions and Disclaimers

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) (defined as net income further adjusted to exclude purchase price accounting inventory step-ups, transaction costs, gain/loss on the sale of fixed assets, restructuring charges, other net adjustments related to foreign currency transaction gain/loss and effective tax rates reflecting impacts of adjustments on a with and without basis) and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures that Quanex believes provide a consistent basis for comparison between periods and more accurately reflects operational performance, as they are not influenced by certain income or expense items not affecting ongoing operations. EBITDA (defined as net income or loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and other, net) and Adjusted EBITDA (defined as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude purchase price accounting inventory step-ups, transaction costs, gain/loss on the sale of fixed assets, and restructuring charges) are non-GAAP financial measures that the Company uses to measure operational performance and assist with financial decision-making. Net Debt is calculated using the sum of current maturities of long-term debt and long-term debt, minus cash and cash equivalents. The leverage ratio of Net Debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure that Quanex believes is useful to investors and financial analysts in evaluating the Company’s leverage. In addition, with certain limited adjustments, this leverage ratio is the basis for a key covenant in Quanex’s credit agreement. Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP measure calculated using cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. The Company believes that the presented non-GAAP measures provide a consistent basis for comparison between periods, and will assist investors in understanding Quanex’s financial performance when comparing results to other investment opportunities. The presented non-GAAP measures may not be the same as those used by other companies. The Company does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

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, the Company’s future operating results, future financial condition, future uses of cash and other expenditures, expenses and tax rates, expectations relating to Quanex’s industry, and the Company’s future growth, including any guidance discussed in this press release. The statements and guidance set forth in this release are based on current expectations. Actual results or events may differ materially from this release. For a complete discussion of factors that may affect Quanex’s future performance, please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017, under the sections entitled “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors”. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and Quanex undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events.

QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended January 31,
2018 2017
Net sales $ 191,666 $ 195,096
Cost of sales 154,440 154,947
Selling, general and administrative 24,076 27,445
Restructuring charges 366 1,139
Depreciation and amortization 13,273 15,406
Operating loss (489) (3,841)
Interest expense (2,441) (2,160)
Other, net 317 661
Loss before income taxes (2,613) (5,340)
Income tax benefit 7,560 1,614
Net income (loss) $ 4,947 $ (3,726)
Income (loss) per common share, basic $ 0.14 $ (0.11)
Income (loss) per common share, diluted $ 0.14 $ (0.11)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 34,662 34,055
Diluted 35,286 34,055
Cash dividends per share $ 0.04 $ 0.04


QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
January 31, 2018 October 31, 2017
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 13,757 $ 17,455
Accounts receivable, net 62,119 79,411
Inventories, net 95,843 87,529
Prepaid and other current assets 7,451 7,406
Total current assets 179,170 191,801
Property, plant and equipment, net 213,014 211,131
Goodwill 226,927 222,194
Intangible assets, net 138,743 139,778
Other assets 9,180 8,975
Total assets $ 767,034 $ 773,879
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 39,868 $ 44,150
Accrued liabilities 29,559 38,871
Income taxes payable 2,664 2,192
Current maturities of long-term debt 20,773 21,242
Total current liabilities 92,864 106,455
Long-term debt 215,362 218,184
Deferred pension and postretirement benefits 5,293 4,433
Deferred income taxes 14,771 21,960
Other liabilities 15,787 16,000
Total liabilities 344,077 367,032
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 375 375
Additional paid-in-capital 253,638 255,719
Retained earnings 228,293 225,704
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (14,623) (25,076)
Treasury stock at cost (44,726) (49,875)
Total stockholders’ equity 422,957 406,847
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 767,034 $ 773,879


QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended January 31,
2018 2017 (1)
Operating activities:
Net income (loss)$ 4,947 $ (3,726)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 13,273 15,406
Stock-based compensation 580 2,226
Deferred income tax (8,483) (3,684)
Other, net 130 1,241
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Decrease in accounts receivable 18,378 21,143
Increase in inventory (6,926) (7,622)
Decrease (increase) in other current assets 73 (438)
Decrease in accounts payable (4,523) (7,232)
Decrease in accrued liabilities (10,629) (17,971)
Increase in income taxes 344 2,761
Increase in deferred pension and postretirement benefits 860 837
Increase in other long-term liabilities 181 366
Other, net (13) (226)
Cash provided by operating activities 8,192 3,081
Investing activities:
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired - (8,497)
Capital expenditures (7,811) (8,141)
Proceeds from disposition of capital assets 65 390
Cash used for investing activities (7,746) (16,248)
Financing activities:
Borrowings under credit facilities 9,500 24,000
Repayments of credit facility borrowings (13,750) (20,875)
Repayments of other long-term debt (255) (429)
Common stock dividends paid (1,397) (1,372)
Issuance of common stock 2,231 1,383
Payroll tax paid to settle shares forfeited upon vesting of stock (706) (957)
Cash (used for) provided by financing activities (4,377) 1,750
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 233 (35)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (3,698) (11,452)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 17,455 25,526
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$ 13,757 $ 14,074
(1) Updated to reflect adoption of ASU 2016-09.


QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE DISCLOSURE
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted EPS January 31, 2018 January 31, 2017
Net
Income
Diluted
EPS
Net
Income
Diluted
EPS
Net income (loss) as reported $ 4,947 $ 0.14 $ (3,726) $ (0.11)
Reconciling items from below (6,485) (0.18) 2,358 0.07
Adjusted net loss and adjusted EPS $ (1,538) $ (0.04) $ (1,368) $ (0.04)
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended
January 31, 2018
Three Months Ended
January 31, 2017
Reconciliation Reconciliation
Net income (loss) as reported $ 4,947 $ (3,726)
Income tax benefit (7,560) (1,614)
Other, net (317) (661)
Interest expense 2,441 2,160
Depreciation and amortization 13,273 15,406
EBITDA 12,784 11,565
Reconciling items from below 378 1,470
Adjusted EBITDA $ 13,162 $ 13,035
Reconciling Items Three Months Ended
January 31, 2018
Three Months Ended
January 31, 2017
Income
Statement
Reconciling
Items
Income
Statement
Reconciling
Items
Net sales $ 191,666 $ - $ 195,096 $ -
Cost of sales 154,440 - 154,947 (14) (1)
Selling, general and administrative 24,076 (12) (2 ) 27,445 (317) (2)
Restructuring charges 366 (366) (3 ) 1,139 (1,139) (3)
EBITDA 12,784 378 11,565 1,470
Depreciation and amortization 13,273 - 15,406 (2,533) (4)
Operating loss (489) 378 (3,841) 4,003
Interest expense (2,441) - (2,160) -
Other, net 317 (299) (5 ) 661 (630) (5)
Loss before income taxes (2,613) 79 (5,340) 3,373
Income tax benefit 7,560 (6,564) (6 ) 1,614 (1,015) (6)
Net income (loss) $ 4,947 $ (6,485) $ (3,726) $ 2,358
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.14 $ (0.11)
(1) Relates solely to purchase price accounting inventory step-up impact from HL Plastics acquisition.
(2) Acquisition related transaction costs and loss on sale of fixed assets related to the closure of a plant in 2017.
(3) Restructuring charges relate to the closure of several manufacturing plant facilities.
(4) Accelerated depreciation and amortization for restructured PP&E and intangible assets.
(5) Foreign currency transaction gains.
(6) Impact on a with and without basis. Includes $6.5 million adjustment related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2018.


QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
SEGMENT RECONCILIATION
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
The following tables reconcile the Company's segment presentation to account for the transfer of operating facilities from the North American Engineered Components segment to the Cabinet Components segment, as previously reported in our earnings release for the three-months ended January 31, 2017, to the current presentation:
NA Engineered
Components
EU Engineered
Components
NA Cabinet
Components
Unallocated
Corp & Other
Total
Three months ended January 31, 2017
As previously reported
Net sales $ 111,073 $ 31,569 $ 52,997 $ (543) $ 195,096
Cost of sales 86,393 22,538 46,237 (221) 154,947
Selling, general and administrative 13,735 4,772 4,110 4,828 27,445
Restructuring costs 566 - 573 - 1,139
Depreciation and amortization 10,078 2,056 3,135 137 15,406
Operating income (loss) $ 301 $ 2,203 $ (1,058) $ (5,287) $ (3,841)
Reclassification
Net sales $ (4,990) $ - $ 5,633 $ (643) $ -
Cost of sales (4,415) - 5,058 (643) -
Selling, general and administrative (204) - 204 - -
Restructuring costs - - - - -
Depreciation and amortization (140) - 140 - -
Operating income (loss) $ (231) $ - $ 231 $ - $ -
Current presentation
Net sales $ 106,083 $ 31,569 $ 58,630 $ (1,186) $ 195,096
Cost of sales 81,978 22,538 51,295 (864) 154,947
Selling, general and administrative 13,531 4,772 4,314 4,828 27,445
Restructuring costs 566 - 573 - 1,139
Depreciation and amortization 9,938 2,056 3,275 137 15,406
Operating income (loss) $ 70 $ 2,203 $ (827) $ (5,287) $ (3,841)


QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
SELECTED SEGMENT DATA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
This table provides operating income (loss), EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment. Non-operating expense and income tax expense are not allocated to the reportable segments.
NA Engineered
Components
EU Engineered
Components
NA Cabinet
Components
Unallocated
Corp & Other
Total
Three months ended January 31, 2018
Net sales $ 102,727 $ 33,996 $ 55,922 $ (979) $ 191,666
Cost of sales 80,026 24,833 50,210 (629) 154,440
Selling, general and administrative 13,827 5,450 4,788 11 24,076
Restructuring charges 251 - 115 - 366
Depreciation and amortization 7,012 2,449 3,686 126 13,273
Operating income (loss) 1,611 1,264 (2,877) (487) (489)
Depreciation and amortization 7,012 2,449 3,686 126 13,273
EBITDA 8,623 3,713 809 (361) 12,784
Transaction related costs - - - 12 12
Restructuring charges 251 - 115 - 366
Adjusted EBITDA $ 8,874 $ 3,713 $ 924 $ (349) $ 13,162
Adjusted EBITDA Margin % 8.6% 10.9% 1.7% 6.9%
Three months ended January 31, 2017
Net sales $ 106,083 $ 31,569 $ 58,630 $ (1,186) $ 195,096
Cost of sales 81,978 22,538 51,295 (864) 154,947
Selling, general and administrative 13,531 4,772 4,314 4,828 27,445
Restructuring charges 566 - 573 - 1,139
Depreciation and amortization 9,938 2,056 3,275 137 15,406
Operating income (loss) 70 2,203 (827) (5,287) (3,841)
Depreciation and amortization 9,938 2,056 3,275 137 15,406
EBITDA 10,008 4,259 2,448 (5,150) 11,565
Transaction related costs - - - 60 60
Mexico restructuring, loss on sale of fixed assets - - 257 - 257
Restructuring charges 566 - 573 - 1,139
PPA-Inventory Step-up - 14 - - 14
Adjusted EBITDA $ 10,574 $ 4,273 $ 3,278 $ (5,090) $ 13,035
Adjusted EBITDA Margin % 10.0% 13.5% 5.6% 6.7%


QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS CORPORATION
SALES ANALYSIS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
January 31, 2018 January 31, 2017 (1)
NA Engineered Components:
United States - fenestration (2)$ 88,216 $ 89,711
International - fenestration 7,008 6,341
United States - non-fenestration 4,147 5,831
International - non-fenestration 3,356 4,200
$ 102,727 $ 106,083
EU Engineered Components (3):
United States - fenestration$ - $ 35
International - fenestration (4) 29,869 28,905
International - non-fenestration 4,127 2,629
$ 33,996 $ 31,569
NA Cabinet Components:
United States - fenestration$ 3,445 $ 3,332
United States - non-fenestration (5) 52,006 54,691
International - non-fenestration 471 607
$ 55,922 $ 58,630
Unallocated Corporate & Other:
Eliminations$ (979) $ (1,186)
$ (979) $ (1,186)
Net Sales$ 191,666 $ 195,096
(1) Updated to reflect transfer of operating facilities from NA Engineered Components to NA Cabinet Components. See Reconciliation for additional details.
(2) Reflects the loss of revenue associated with eliminated products of $5.2 million for the three-months ended January 31, 2018.
(3) Reflects a gain of $3.1 million in revenue associated with foreign currency exchange rate impacts.
(4) Reflects loss of revenue associated with eliminated products of $2.4 million for the three-months ended January 31, 2018.
(5) Reflects the loss of revenue associated with eliminated products of $2.4 million for the three-months ended January 31, 2018.

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