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Quanex Building Products Corporation Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

Net Loss of $7.3 million or $0.20 per Diluted Share

EPG Net Sales Increase 15%; Operating Income Improves to $5.9 million

Nichols Aluminum Net Sales Increase 24%; Shipped Volume Increases 27%

HOUSTON, June 7, 2013 (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 2013 second quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2013.

Consolidated second quarter 2013 net sales were $232.5 million, compared to $194.4 million a year ago. Second quarter 2013 net loss was $7.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share compared to net loss of $12.3 million, or $0.34 per diluted share in the year ago quarter. Consolidated EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $2.2 million, compared to a loss of $6.5 million a year ago.

Fiscal year-to-date consolidated 2013 net sales were $418.2 million, compared to $356.0 million a year ago. Year-to-date consolidated net loss was $15.5 million compared to a loss of $19.0 million a year ago, which included $9 million of strike-related costs at Nichols Aluminum. Consolidated fiscal year-to-date EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was a loss of $1.9 million, compared to a loss of $8.1 million a year ago.

The 2013 second quarter and year-to-date results, when measured against comparable prior year periods, benefitted from the elimination of strike-related costs at Nichols Aluminum. Adjusting for strike-related costs, second quarter and year-to-date results were negatively impacted by lower spread at Nichols resulting from lower aluminum prices and higher corporate expenses from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation costs.

Quanex's two business segments are highly cyclical with the building and construction market and the impact of adverse winter weather. As a result, Quanex typically reports lower revenue and operating income results during the first half of its fiscal year when building and construction activity is reduced compared to the second half of its fiscal year.

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 second quarter 2013 net sales were $125.2 million compared to $108.8 million a year ago. The 15.1% improvement was primarily related to the acquisition of Aluminite as well as higher sales across the segment's products. Aluminite contributed 11.4% of the improvement to net sales.

EPG's second quarter 2013 EBITDA was $14.0 million compared to $7.1 million a year ago, driven by the benefits from last year's insulating glass spacer facility consolidation as well as higher sales results. This was partially offset by pricing concessions and higher material costs. EPG's second quarter 2012 results were negatively impacted by $3.7 million of IG facility consolidation expenses.

Engineered Products Group (in millions)
  Q2 2013 Q2 2012 YTD 2013 YTD 2012
Net sales  125.2 108.8 231.3 208.1
Operating income 5.9 0.1 8.7 1.9
EBITDA 14.0 7.1 24.3 15.9

Quanex believes there is value in measuring its sales performance against industry-related metrics, and compares EPG's sales results to U.S. window shipments as reported by Ducker Worldwide, a market intelligence firm. Global EPG sales for the 12 months ended April 30, 2013 were up 8.6%. EPG's North American domestic fenestration sales, which is the most comparable sales figure to those reported by Ducker, increased 9.1% (4.9% excluding Aluminite) from the previous 12 months. U.S. window shipments as reported by Ducker increased 7.5% over the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, driven by a 27.7% increase in new construction units. U.S. window shipments to the residential R&R market as reported by Ducker declined 2.0% for the 12 month period ended March 31, 2013. A greater portion of EPG's sales are tied to R&R versus new construction.

EPG experienced above market growth for the period, although they are being negatively impacted by lower vinyl pricing, sales of low performance windows and reduced volumes from a few national accounts due to seasonality and weak R&R sales.

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.

Nichols Aluminum continued to make operational improvements during the second quarter, including equipment reliability and on-time delivery to customers. Shipped pounds increased more than 27% from the year ago quarter due primarily to increased equipment reliability, standardized work procedures and improved labor efficiency. 

Nichols second quarter 2013 EBITDA was $1.3 million compared to a loss of $5.5 million a year ago. The improved results were primarily due to the non-recurrence of 2012 strike-related costs. Nichols' profitability was negatively impacted by product mix, with increased demand for mill finished product, which commands a lower price when compared to painted sheet. Spread improved $0.05 per pound to $0.42 per pound compared to $0.37 per pound in the year ago quarter. The year ago quarter spread included $4.3 million, or $0.06 per pound of strike-related costs.  Spread at Nichols remains challenging primarily due to a larger reduction in aluminum prices compared to the reduction in scrap aluminum prices, as well as a tight scrap supply market.

Aluminum Sheet Products (in millions, except for spread)
  Q2 2013 Q2 2012 YTD 2013 YTD 2012
Net sales  109.7 88.3 194.3 154
Operating loss (0.5) (7.5) (4.7) (13.1)
EBITDA 1.3 (5.5) (1.3) (8.6)
Shipped pounds 78 61 137 105
Spread per pound 0.42 0.37    

Nichols Aluminum's shipments for the 12 months ended April 30, 2013, increased 13.2% primarily due to the operational improvements previously mentioned, as well as the impact of the strike on 2012 sales volumes. Industry shipments as reported by the Aluminum Association increased 3.1% over the same period.

Nichols Aluminum's new operating principles are focused on significantly improving quality and on-time delivery through process improvements, and a proactive maintenance program that requires additional capital investment. As a result, Nichols Aluminum estimates annual capital expenditures in a range of $10 million to $13 million over the next several years. In May 2013, Nichols completed the installation of a new paint oven in its Decatur, Alabama, facility at a cost of approximately $9.0 million. The installation is complete and the oven has been returned to operation. The new paint oven should significantly improve product quality and on-time delivery of painted aluminum sheet product to customers and allow Nichols to compete in the higher margin painted flat rolled aluminum sheet market.

Corporate and Other Items

Corporate expenses in the quarter were $14.8 million compared to $8.7 million in the year ago quarter. The increase in corporate expenses was primarily due to higher ERP expenses of $3.6 million, (including $1.1 million of depreciation), $1 million of higher information technology and infrastructure-related costs and $0.9 million of project-related costs. The remaining $0.6 million of higher expense is largely due to stock based compensation and workers compensation costs. 

In 2011, Quanex launched a multi-year, company-wide program to transform business processes, including the transition to a single ERP software system, which is expected to improve accessibility and consistency of information, enable standardized business activities, help deliver business process improvements and support business growth. To date, the company has spent $37.8 million. The initial phase of the project went live during the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Depreciation expense associated with the ERP system is expected to be $2.1 million per quarter until the completion of the next phase of the ERP rollout.  ERP-related costs are expected to be lower during the third quarter of 2013, with a further decline taking place during the fourth quarter of 2013. 

At quarter end, Quanex had total cash of $9.6 million and total debt outstanding of $11.4 million. Cash used by operating activities for the first six months of 2013 was $20.8 million. The use of cash from operating activities was primarily due to the reported net loss and working capital needs. As of April 30, 2013, the company had $10 million in borrowings under its revolving credit facility, and available capacity due to the facility's EBITDA covenant requirements was approximately $59.4 million.

Business Outlook and Second Half Guidance

The key economic indicators that drive our results are mixed: new housing starts have increased, with growth currently driven primarily by multi-family units, but the R&R window market remains challenging. Quanex is pleased to see a rebound in new construction and believes that growth will continue. New home construction, the R&R market and prime window demand remain low when compared to historical growth figures, and present a challenging environment, as does unemployment and tight credit conditions. Additionally, increased global supply of aluminum product, coupled with tight regional aluminum scrap supply, continue to create a challenging spread environment for Nichols Aluminum. Quanex expects calendar year 2013 U.S. window shipments to be approximately 42 million units, a 5% increase above 2012 levels but nearly 12% below Ducker's current forecasted shipments of 47 million. The company believes the majority of the improvement in U.S. window shipments will come from new construction (primarily multi-family units, where Quanex has less exposure) and R&R window shipments will be relatively flat in 2013 when compared to 2012 shipments.

With the spring building season underway, EPG is expected to report net sales during the second half of 2013 of about $315 million and operating income of about $35-$38 million.  EPG's depreciation and amortization for the second half of 2013 is expected to be about $16 million.

For the second half of 2013, Nichols Aluminum is expected to ship about 160 million pounds at an estimated spread of $0.41 per pound, and generate operating income of about $3.5 million. Nichols' depreciation and amortization for the second half of 2013 is expected to be $3 million.

Corporate expenses during the second half of 2013 are expected to total $24 million, including $4.8 million of depreciation and amortization expense. Total second half 2013 corporate expenses include ERP-related expense of $1.5 million and ERP-related depreciation and amortization of $4.3 million.

Quanex remains very positive on the long-term growth prospects of its residential and commercial markets and expects to continue to invest for its future through both organic growth initiatives and acquisitions.

Dividend Declared

On June 6, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share on the company's common stock, payable June 28, 2013, to shareholders of record on June 17, 2013.

Financial Statistics as of 04/30/13

Book value per common share: $10.98; Total debt to capitalization: 2.7%;

Return on invested capital: (3.0%); Actual number of common shares outstanding: 37,062,915.


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 and impairment charges;

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, future operating results of Quanex, the financial condition of Quanex, future uses of cash and other expenditures, expectations relating EPG and Nichols Aluminum financial performance for the second half of 2013, expectations relating to 2013 expenditures, expenses and tax rates, expectations relating to the company's ERP implementation, 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 Form 10-K filing on December 31, 2012, under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act"), in particular the section titled, "Private Securities Litigation Reform Act" contained therein.

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(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
April 30,   April 30,
2013 2012   2013 2012
$232,458 $194,444 Net sales $418,171 $356,023
198,963 171,837 Cost of sales (exclusive of items shown separately below) 361,653 309,879
31,329 29,125 Selling, general and administrative 58,380 54,277
11,539 9,561 Depreciation and amortization 21,196 19,250
(9,373) (16,079) Operating income (loss) (23,058) (27,383)
(174) (114) Interest expense (313) (240)
9 (39) Other, net (82) 178
(9,538) (16,232) Income (loss) before income taxes (23,453) (27,445)
2,190 3,947 Income tax benefit (expense) 7,987 8,412
$(7,348) $(12,285) Net income (loss) $(15,466) $(19,033)
    Earnings (loss) per common share:    
$(0.20) $(0.34) Basic $(0.42) $(0.52)
$(0.20) $(0.34) Diluted $(0.42) $(0.52)
    Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
36,850 36,567 Basic 36,830 36,557
36,850 36,567 Diluted 36,830 36,557
$0.04 $0.04 Cash dividends per share $0.08 $0.08
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
April 30,   April 30,
2013 2012   2013 2012
$(7,348) $(12,285) Net income (loss) $(15,466) $(19,033)
    Other comprehensive income (loss):    
(1,227) 876 Foreign currency translation adjustments (pretax) (326) (1,094)
148 (203) Foreign currency translation adjustments tax benefit 273 (66)
(1,079) 673 Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax (53) (1,160)
$(8,427) $(11,612) Comprehensive income (loss) $(15,519) $(20,193)
(In thousands)
April 30,
  October 31,
$9,628 Cash and equivalents $71,255
95,584 Accounts receivable, net 85,644
77,208 Inventories, net 65,904
27,163 Deferred income taxes 20,439
5,576 Prepaid and other current assets 7,628
215,159 Total current assets 250,870
179,041 Property, plant and equipment, net 168,877
10,808 Deferred income taxes 8,911
71,003 Goodwill 68,331
82,970 Intangible assets, net 78,380
15,677 Other assets 14,169
$574,658 Total assets $589,538
  Liabilities and stockholders' equity  
$77,628 Accounts payable $80,985
39,980 Accrued liabilities 46,459
278 Current maturities of long-term debt 368
117,886 Total current liabilities 127,812
11,072 Long-term debt 1,033
5,398 Deferred pension and postretirement benefits 6,873
6,844 Liability for uncertain tax positions 6,736
9,230 Non-current environmental reserves 9,827
17,154 Other liabilities 15,430
167,584 Total liabilities 167,711
407,074 Total stockholders' equity 421,827
$574,658 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $589,538
(In thousands)
  Six Months Ended
  April 30,
  2013 2012
Operating activities:    
Net income (loss) $(15,466) $(19,033)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used for) operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 21,324 19,285
Restructuring charges 2,759
Deferred income taxes (8,740) (10,064)
Stock-based compensation 3,565 2,879
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions and dispositions:    
Decrease (increase) in accounts and notes receivable (6,380) 111
Decrease (increase) in inventory (6,267) (9,658)
Decrease (increase) in other current assets 1,046 (705)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable (4,236) 3,493
Increase (decrease) in accrued liabilities (7,039) (883)
Increase (decrease) in income taxes 1,766 425
Increase (decrease) in deferred pension and postretirement benefits (1,475) (2,453)
Other, net 1,119 2,054
Cash provided by (used for) operating activities (20,783) (11,790)
Investing activities:    
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (22,096)
Capital expenditures (24,983) (21,311)
Other, net 22 21
Cash provided by (used for) investing activities (47,057) (21,290)
Financing activities:    
Borrowings under credit facility 14,500
Repayments of credit facility borrowings (4,500)
Repayments of long-term debt (142) (131)
Common stock dividends paid (2,964) (2,939)
Purchase of treasury stock (1,284)
Issuance of common stock from stock option exercises, including related tax benefits 865 1,427
Debt issuance costs (1,163)
Cash provided by (used for) financing activities 6,596 (2,927)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents (383) 533
Increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents (61,627) (35,474)
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period 71,255 89,619
Cash and equivalents at end of period $9,628 $54,145
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
April 30,   April 30,
2013 2012   2013 2012
    Net Sales:    
$125,158 $108,770 Engineered Products $231,277 $208,163
109,691 88,293 Aluminum Sheet Products 194,294 153,993
234,849 197,063 Building Products 425,571 362,156
(2,391) (2,619) Eliminations (7,400) (6,133)
$232,458 $194,444 Net Sales $418,171 $356,023
    Operating Income (Loss):    
$5,908 $83 Engineered Products $8,741 $1,887
(468) (7,533) Aluminum Sheet Products (4,698) (13,051)
5,440 (7,450) Building Products 4,043 (11,164)
(14,813) (8,629) Corporate and Other (27,101) (16,219)
$(9,373) $(16,079) Operating Income (Loss) $(23,058) $(27,383)
(In thousands)
EBITDA 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   Six Months Ended
April 30, 2013   April 30, 2013
  Aluminum         Aluminum    
Engineered Sheet Corporate     Engineered Sheet Corporate  
Products Products & Other Quanex   Products Products & Other Quanex
      $(7,348) Net income (loss)       $(15,466)
      (2,190) Income tax expense (benefit)       (7,987)
      (9) Other, net       82
      174 Interest Expense       313
$5,908 (468) (14,813) (9,373) Operating income (loss) $8,741 (4,698) (27,101) (23,058)
8,097 1,727 1,715 11,539 Depreciation and amortization 15,570 3,354 2,272 21,196
14,005 1,259 (13,098) 2,166 EBITDA 24,311 (1,344) (24,829) (1,862)
Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
April 30, 2012   April 30, 2012
  Aluminum         Aluminum    
Engineered Sheet Corporate     Engineered Sheet Corporate  
Products Products & Other Quanex   Products Products & Other Quanex
      $(12,285) Net income (loss)       $(19,033)
      (3,947) Income tax expense (benefit)       (8,412)
      39 Other, net       (178)
      114 Interest Expense       240
$83 (7,533) (8,629) (16,079) Operating income (loss) $1,887 (13,051) (16,219) (27,383)
7,038 1,997 526 9,561 Depreciation and amortization 14,050 4,457 743 19,250
7,121 (5,536) (8,103) (6,518) EBITDA 15,937 (8,594) (15,476) (8,133)

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