BlueLinx Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results

Tuesday, 03. August 2021 22:20

Record Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA
TTM Net Sales, Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.1 billion, $250 million, and $392 million, respectively
Strong Financial Performance Supports Significantly Improved Balance Sheet

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BXC), a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products, today reported financial results for the three months ended July 3, 2021.

(all comparisons versus the prior-year period unless otherwise noted)

  • Net sales increased to $1.3 billion, an increase of 87%
  • Gross margin increased 480 basis points to 19.2%   
  • Net income of $113 million, an increase of $107 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $166 million, an increase of $135 million
  • Excess availability and cash on hand of $276 million, an increase of $138 million
  • Amended and extended revolving credit facility for an additional five years

“We continued our business transformation during the second quarter, while capitalizing on elevated demand within our core residential construction and home renovation markets,” stated Dwight Gibson, President and CEO of BlueLinx. “Our performance-driven culture, emphasis on long-term customer and supplier relationships at both national and local levels and our strategic product and service offerings, represent a durable and meaningful value proposition in a highly fragmented market.”

“Our record-setting second quarter performance was driven by a combination of product price escalations, overall volume growth within our specialty products business and an improved sales mix,” continued Gibson. “Supply-demand imbalances continued to persist across our specialty categories throughout the second quarter, resulting in a succession of supplier price increases that allowed the company to expand its margins. We expect that demand for key specialty categories will continue to outpace supply for the remainder of the current year and likely into the first half of 2022.”

“Commodity wood prices remained volatile during the second quarter,” continued Gibson. “While wood-based commodity prices continued to rise during April and mid-May, lumber prices declined by nearly 50% and 38% during June and July, respectively. In anticipation of the decline in commodity wood prices, we reduced our structural inventory footage to below prior-year levels, which served to mitigate price deflation in the period. We continue to take similar actions into the third quarter, consistent with our disciplined approach to working capital management.”

“Our balance sheet transformation continued during the second quarter. Significant cash flow generation in the period supported further debt reduction and an improved net leverage ratio,” stated Kelly Janzen, Chief Financial Officer. “We ended the second quarter with net debt to trailing twelve-month adjusted EBITDA of 1.5x, including lease finance obligations, the lowest level in the history of our company. Our strong balance sheet provides BlueLinx with significant optionality as we seek to deploy capital toward high-return investments capable of supporting long-term profitable growth.”


For the three months ended July 3, 2021, BlueLinx generated net sales of $1.3 billion, an increase of $609 million when compared to the prior-year period. BlueLinx reported second quarter net income of $113 million, or $11.61 per diluted share, versus $7 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. The year-over-year increase in profitability was attributable to broad-based revenue growth across both the specialty and structural product lines, improved price realization, together with disciplined inventory management and targeted cost control.

Net sales of specialty products, which includes engineered wood, industrial products, cedar, moulding, siding, metal products and insulation, increased $226 million to $675 million in the second quarter. Elevated demand for construction materials, along with continued supply constraints, contributed to price increases throughout the second quarter, improving net sales growth. Specialty sales volumes increased versus the prior-year period, and this increase was primarily attributable to the engineered wood, industrial products, and siding categories. Specialty products gross profit increased $87 million to $165 million, with a year-over-year improvement of 710 basis points in specialty gross margin to 24.4%

Net sales of structural products, which includes products such as lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, rebar, and remesh, increased $383 million to $633 million in the second quarter. Structural products gross profit increased $63 million year over year to $86 million. Wood-based commodity prices increased during the first half of the second quarter, then subsequently declined. Given recent commodity price volatility, the Company continued to closely manage its structural inventory levels during the period. Structural product gross margin increased by 430 basis points year over year to 13.6% for the second quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $166 million in the second quarter, compared to $31 million in the prior-year period. Cash used in operating activities for the second quarter was $47 million, a decrease of $25 million when compared to the prior year period due to the increase in net working capital resulting from sales growth.  

As of July 3, 2021, BlueLinx had total cash and excess availability under its revolving credit facility of $276 million, as compared to $138 million at the end of the second quarter 2020. Total debt outstanding at the end of the second quarter was $600 million, which included $273 million of long-term lease liabilities. The ratio of total net debt to trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA declined to 1.5x at the end of the second quarter, versus 8.1x in the prior-year period. On August 2, 2021, we amended and extended our revolving credit facility for an additional five years.


BlueLinx remains committed to driving a culture of profitable growth within new and existing strategic product categories and geographies, while positioning the company for long-term value creation. As we look towards the future, management’s focus includes:

  • Supporting a performance-driven culture that emphasizes growth. BlueLinx believes that a high-impact team drives sustainable outperformance. Our national accounts, regional and branch teams are encouraged to capitalize on inefficiencies and competitive gaps, while expanding capabilities to grow our addressable markets.

  • Migrating revenue mix toward higher-margin specialty product categories. While BlueLinx remains committed to providing a full array of structural products, the Company intends to pursue targeted product line growth within less commoditized, high-demand specialty categories, while increasing the average mix of specialty revenue across its local market distribution centers.

  • Deploying a capital allocation strategy that supports long-term growth. On a trailing twelve-month basis, BlueLinx has transformed its balance sheet, one highlighted by a material reduction in our net leverage ratio and improved access to liquidity. As a result, the Company continues to actively evaluate its capital allocation strategy with a goal of enhancing overall shareholder value and supporting long term growth, which may include acquisitions that complement its existing capabilities. It also provides the ability to accelerate organic investments and during the second half of 2021, the Company intends to allocate close to $10 million to its fleet and facilities to improve operational performance and productivity.


  • Domestic residential construction activity remained elevated during July 2021, contributing to sustained demand for construction materials in the Company’s end-markets.
  • Gross margins on specialty products sold during July remained at levels consistent with those reported in the second quarter 2021, given robust demand across key product categories and continued price increases.
  • Continued wood-based commodity price volatility contributed to gross margin rates that were closer to historical levels on structural inventories sold during July, as the Company continued to manage its structural inventory and margins closely during the continued decline in wood-based commodity prices.
  • Given the deflationary environment in structural products, working capital is expected to decrease, resulting in meaningful cash generation during the second half of 2021.


BlueLinx will host a conference call on August 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, accompanied by a supporting slide presentation. Participants can access the live conference call via telephone at 877-407-4018, using Conference ID #13721148. Investors will also be able to access an archived audio recording of the conference call for one week following the live call by dialing 844-512-2921, Conference ID # 13721148.

Investors can also listen to the live audio of the conference call and view the accompanying slide presentation by visiting the BlueLinx website,, and selecting the conference link on the Investor Relations page. After the conference call has concluded, an archived recording will be available on the BlueLinx website.


The Company reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. The Company also believes that presentation of certain non-GAAP measures may be useful to investors and may provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than using reported GAAP results alone. Any non-GAAP measures used herein are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures herein or 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
BlueLinx defines Adjusted EBITDA as an amount equal to net income plus interest expense and all interest expense related items, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and further adjusted for certain non-cash items and other special items, including compensation expense from share-based compensation, one-time charges associated with the legal and professional fees and integration costs related to the Cedar Creek acquisition, and gains on sales of properties including amortization of deferred gains.

The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because it is a primary measure used by management to evaluate operating performance. Management believes this metric helps to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the financial performance and cash flows of the business. Management also believes Adjusted EBITDA is helpful in highlighting operating trends. Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present an Adjusted EBITDA measure when reporting their results. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP and is not intended to present a superior measure of our financial condition from those measures determined under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, as used herein, is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation. This non-GAAP measure is reconciled in the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements” table later in this release.

Net Debt and Net Leverage Ratio
BlueLinx determines our net debt based on total short- and long-term debt, including our outstanding balances under the Company’s term loan and revolving credit facility and the total amount of obligations under its financing leases, less cash, and cash equivalents.

After determining net debt, BlueLinx determines its overall net leverage ratio by dividing net debt by trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA. Management believes that this ratio is useful to investors because it is an indicator of the Company’s ability to meet its future financial obligations. In addition, the ratio is a measure that is frequently used by investors and creditors. Net debt and overall net leverage ratio are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP and are not intended to present a superior measure of the Company’s financial condition from measures and ratios determined under GAAP. In addition, the Company’s net debt and overall net leverage ratio, as used herein, are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation. This non-GAAP measure is reconciled in the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements” table later in this release.


BlueLinx (NYSE: BXC) is a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of residential and commercial building products with both branded and private-label SKUs across product categories such as lumber, panels, engineered wood, siding, millwork, metal building products, and other construction materials. With a strong market position, broad geographic coverage footprint servicing 40 states, and the strength of a locally-focused sales force, we distribute our comprehensive range of products to over 15,000 national, regional, and local dealers, specialty distributors, national home centers, and manufactured housing customers. BlueLinx provides a wide range of value-added services and solutions to our customers and suppliers. We are headquartered in Georgia, with executive offices located at 1950 Spectrum Circle, Marietta, Georgia, and we operate our distribution business through a broad network of distribution centers. BlueLinx encourages investors to visit its website,, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about BlueLinx.


Noel Ryan
(720) 778-2415


This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that predicts, forecasts, indicates or implies future results, performance, liquidity levels or achievements, and may contain the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “will be,” “will likely continue,” “will likely result” or words or phrases of similar meaning. The forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about our strategic imperatives and priorities, and our focus thereon; our ability to capitalize on our geographic footprint to grow our national dealer and home center customer markets; our local entrepreneurial initiatives; our focus on reducing non-essential costs and our ability to, and the potential success of, investing in resources to support strategic sales growth; our market and business outlook, including the outlook for the residential housing construction markets, and trends in wood-based commodity prices; our efforts to manage commodity price volatility and the potential success thereof; and the COVID-19 pandemic and our response thereto, including statements about the potential trajectory of the pandemic and its potential effects.

Forward-looking statements in this press release are based on estimates and assumptions made by our management that, although believed by us to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our business, strategy, or actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We operate in a changing environment in which new risks can emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all of these risks, nor can it assess the extent to which any factor, or a combination of factors, may cause our business, strategy, or actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause these differences include, among other things: pricing and product cost variability; volumes of product sold; changes in the prices, supply, and/or demand for products that we distribute; the cyclical nature of the industry in which we operate; housing market conditions; the COVID-19 pandemic and other contagious illness outbreaks and their potential effects on our industry; effective inventory management relative to our sales volume or the prices of the products we produce; information technology security risks and business interruption risks; increases in petroleum prices; consolidation among competitors, suppliers, and customers; disintermediation risk; loss of products or key suppliers and manufacturers; our dependence on international suppliers and manufacturers for certain products; business disruptions; exposure to product liability and other claims and legal proceedings related to our business and the products we distribute; natural disasters, catastrophes, fire, or other unexpected events; successful implementation of our strategy; wage increases or work stoppages by our union employees; costs imposed by federal, state, local, and other regulations; compliance costs associated with federal, state, and local environmental protection laws; our level of indebtedness and our ability to incur additional debt to fund future needs; the risk that our cash flows and capital resources may be insufficient to service our existing or future indebtedness; the covenants of the instruments governing our indebtedness limiting the discretion of our management in operating our business; the fact that we lease many of our distribution centers, and we would still be obligated under these leases even if we close a leased distribution center; changes in our product mix; shareholder activism; potential acquisitions and the integration and completion of such acquisitions; the possibility that the value of our deferred tax assets could become impaired; changes in our expected annual effective tax rate could be volatile; the costs and liabilities related to our participation in multi-employer pension plans could increase; the possibility that we could be the subject of securities class action litigation due to stock price volatility; and changes in, or interpretation of, accounting principles.

Given these risks and uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020
 (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales$1,307,913   $698,776   $2,333,382   $1,360,846  
Cost of sales1,056,741   597,956   1,901,818   1,166,817  
Gross profit251,172   100,820   431,564   194,029  
Gross margin19.2 % 14.4 % 18.5 % 14.3 %
Operating expenses (income):       
Selling, general, and administrative87,010   70,694   162,569   145,281  
Depreciation and amortization7,080   7,063   14,545   14,698  
Amortization of deferred gains on real estate(984)  (984)  (1,967)  (1,967) 
Gains from sales of property      (1,287)  (525) 
Other operating expenses871   1,962   983   6,127  
Total operating expenses93,977   78,735   174,843   163,614  
Operating income157,195   22,085   256,721   30,415  
Non-operating expenses (income):       
Interest expense, net9,143   11,535   25,377   25,915  
Other expense (income), net(314)  417   (628)  180  
Income before provision for (benefit from) income taxes148,366   10,133   231,972   4,320  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes34,908   3,438   56,654   (1,588) 
Net income$113,458   $6,695   $175,318   $5,908  
Basic income per share$11.88   $0.71   $18.44   $0.63  
Diluted income per share$11.61   $0.71   $18.15   $0.63  


 July 3, 2021 January 2, 2021
 (In thousands, except share data)
Current assets:   
Cash$179  $82 
Receivables, less allowances of $5,140 and $4,123, respectively437,217  293,643 
Inventories, net425,714  342,108 
Other current assets36,280  32,581 
Total current assets899,390  668,414 
Property and equipment, at cost307,728  299,935 
Accumulated depreciation(127,252) (121,223)
Property and equipment, net180,476  178,712 
Operating lease right-of-use assets49,478  51,142 
Goodwill47,772  47,772 
Intangible assets, net15,830  18,889 
Deferred tax assets68,743  62,899 
Other non-current assets19,093  20,302 
Total assets$1,280,782  $1,048,130 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$227,100  $165,163 
Accrued compensation16,267  24,751 
Taxes payable17,941  7,847 
Current maturities of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs of $0 and $74, respectively  1,171 
Finance lease liabilities - short-term6,379  5,675 
Operating lease liabilities - short-term4,936  6,076 
Real estate deferred gains - short-term4,040  4,040 
Other current liabilities13,035  14,309 
Total current liabilities289,698  229,032 
Non-current liabilities:   
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs of $2,184 and $8,936, respectively318,226  321,270 
Finance lease liabilities - long-term272,817  267,443 
Operating lease liabilities - long-term44,897  44,965 
Real estate deferred gains - long-term76,108  78,009 
Pension benefit obligation20,878  22,684 
Other non-current liabilities24,976  25,635 
Total liabilities1,047,600  989,038 
Commitments and contingencies   
Common Stock, $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized,
9,709,613 and 9,462,774 outstanding on July 3, 2021 and January 2, 2021, respectively
97  95 
Additional paid-in capital264,963  266,695 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(35,490) (35,992)
Accumulated stockholders’ equity (deficit)3,612  (171,706)
Total stockholders’ equity233,182  59,092 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,280,782  $1,048,130 


 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020
 (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:       
Net income$113,458  $6,695  $175,318  $5,908 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operations:       
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes34,908  3,438  56,654  (1,588)
Depreciation and amortization7,080  7,063  14,545  14,698 
Amortization of debt issuance costs429  947  1,032  1,903 
Adjustments to debt issuance costs associated with term loan    5,791   
Gains from sales of property    (1,287) (525)
Amortization of deferred gains from real estate(984) (984) (1,967) (1,967)
Share-based compensation1,992  854  3,402  1,858 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable(18,402) (16,702) (143,574) (71,770)
Inventories(49,291) 64,655  (83,606) 31,827 
Accounts payable8,125  (3,478) 61,937  26,572 
Prepaid and other current assets(3,263) (194) (4,509) (3,200)
Other assets and liabilities(46,886) 9,794  (61,135) 9,185 
Net cash provided by operating activities47,166  72,088  22,601  12,901 
Cash flows from investing activities:       
Proceeds from sale of assets290  58  2,100  102 
Property and equipment investments(1,778) (507) (2,900) (1,752)
Net cash used in investing activities(1,488) (449) (800) (1,650)
Cash flows from financing activities:       
Borrowings on revolving credit facilities375,973  146,040  638,183  350,236 
Repayments on revolving credit facilities(414,076) (205,430) (606,019) (354,509)
Repayments on term loan  (8,614) (43,204) (77,852)
Proceeds from real estate financing transactions  (66)   78,263 
Debt financing costs  (2,329) (861) (2,665)
Repurchase of shares to satisfy employee tax withholdings(5,033) (247) (5,132) (254)
Principal payments on finance lease liabilities(2,542) (2,021) (4,671) (4,583)
Net cash used in financing activities(45,678) (72,667) (21,704) (11,364)
Net change in cash  (1,028) 97  (113)
Cash at beginning of period179  12,558  82  11,643 
Cash at end of period$179  $11,530  $179  $11,530 


The following schedule reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA:

 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended Trailing Twelve Months
 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020
 (In thousands)
Net income$113,458  $6,695  $175,318  $5,908  $250,292  $(11,330)
Depreciation and amortization7,080  7,063  14,545  14,698  28,748  30,099 
Interest expense, net9,143  11,535  19,586  25,915  41,085  53,015 
Term loan debt issuance costs(1)    5,791    5,791   
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes34,908  3,438  56,654  (1,588) 72,441  (5,365)
Share-based compensation expense1,992  854  3,402  1,858  7,536  3,109 
Amortization of deferred gains on real estate(984) (984) (1,967) (1,967) (4,009) (4,027)
Gain from sales of property(1)    (1,287) (525) (11,291) (3,847)
Merger and acquisition costs(1)(2)  609    1,680  245  7,131 
Restructuring and other(1)(3)872  1,994  985  5,089  1,515  12,179 
Adjusted EBITDA$166,469  $31,204  $273,027  $51,068  $392,353  $80,964 

(1) Reflects non-recurring items of approximately $1 million and $3 million of non-beneficial items to the quarterly periods of the current and
prior year, respectively. For the year-to-date periods, reflects non-recurring items of approximately $5 million and $6 million of non-
beneficial items, respectively.

(2) Reflects primarily legal, professional, technology and other integration costs related to the Cedar Creek acquisition.

(3) Reflects costs related to our restructuring efforts, such as severance, net of other one-time non-operating items.

The following schedule presents Net Debt and the Net Leverage Ratio for the Trailing Twelve Months:

 Period Ended
 July 3, 2021 June 27, 2020
 (In thousands)
Current maturities of long term debt, gross of debt issuance costs$  $2,250 
Finance lease liabilities - short term6,379  5,958 
Long term debt, gross of debt issuance costs320,410  388,795 
Finance lease liabilities - long term272,817  266,622 
Total long-term debt599,606  663,625 
Less: available cash179  11,530 
Net Debt599,427  652,095 
Trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA$392,353  $80,964 
Net Leverage Ratio1.5x  8.1x 

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