Continental Building Products Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

Continental Building Products, Inc. (NYSE: CBPX) (the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products, announced today results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Highlights of Third Quarter 2018 as Compared to Third Quarter 2017

  • Earnings per share increased 75.9% to $0.51
  • Net income increased 69.0% to $18.6 million
  • EBITDA1 increased 21.4% to $38.6 million
  • Net sales increased 12.6% to $131.2 million
  • Gross margin increased to 28.1% compared to 24.5%
  • Deployed $7.3 million in capital investments
  • Deployed $2.9 million to repurchase 76,600 shares of common stock

“We executed strong operational and financial results in the quarter with a 76% increase in earnings per share and significant operating cash flow driven by higher net sales and our highly efficient low cost operations,” stated Jay Bachmann, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We achieved a 21% increase in EBITDA and a 360 basis point improvement in gross margin, marking the fifth straight quarter that we have expanded gross margin. This overall improvement reflects our relentless focus on our Bison Way continuous improvement effort as our associates work together to streamline our operations and elevate our service to customers. We are especially pleased to deliver these results against a backdrop of continuing inflationary pressures in freight, labor and raw materials.”

Mr. Bachmann continued, “We remain focused on deploying our strong cash flow to improve our operations and cost position through investments in high-return capital projects while continuing to repurchase shares as a key avenue to return value to share owners. We are excited about the rewards to come from reinvesting in our people and our business and inspired by the commitment and hard work of everyone in the Company to ensure we deliver exceptional value to our customers.”

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Third Quarter 2018 Results vs. Third Quarter 2017

Net sales were up 12.6% to $131.2 million for the third quarter 2018, compared to $116.5 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to a 7.3% increase in average mill net price on wallboard sales and a 4.7% increase in wallboard volumes. Wallboard sales volumes increased to 674 million square feet (MMSF), compared to 644 MMSF in the prior year quarter, attributable to strong demand in the Company’s markets.

Operating income was $27.0 million, compared to $19.7 million in the prior year quarter. This increase was primarily attributable to higher net sales which more than offset an increase in input costs per unit. SG&A expense was $10.0 million compared to $8.9 million in the prior year quarter, or 7.6% of net sales in both periods.

Interest expense decreased 14.7% to $2.5 million, compared to $3.0 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting higher investment income and capitalized interest, partially offset by the rise in LIBOR.

Net income for the third quarter 2018 increased 69.0% to $18.6 million, or $0.51 per share, compared to $11.0 million, or $0.29 per share, in the prior year quarter. The $7.6 million increase in net income was primarily a result of the increase in net sales and the decrease in provision for income taxes under the new federal and state tax rates effective for 2018.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2018, the Company had a cash balance of $105.5 million and total outstanding borrowing under the term loan agreement of $269.5 million. During the third quarter 2018, the Company generated cash flows from operations of $31.3 million and deployed $7.3 million in capital investments.

During the third quarter 2018, the Company repurchased 76,600 shares of its common stock under its expanded repurchase program for an aggregate purchase price of $2.9 million, representing 0.2% of its outstanding shares as of December 31, 2017. As of September 30, 2018, against the program, the Company has repurchased $130.7 million of common stock at an average price of $22.47 per share and had a remaining capacity of $169.3 million for future repurchases.

Forward-Looking Outlook for the Full Year 2018

  • SG&A is expected to be in the range of $39 – $40 million.
  • Cost of goods sold inflation per unit compared to the prior year is expected to be in the range of 3.5% – 4% which is at the higher end of the previous range of 3% – 4%. We expect to partly offset this inflation by approximately $5 million of savings from high return capital projects.
  • Total capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $28 – $31 million
    • Maintenance capital spending is expected to be in the range of $14 – $15 million
    • High-return capital spending is expected to be in the range of $14 – $16 million
  • Depreciation and amortization is expected to be in the range of $44 – $45 million which is at the higher end of the previous range of $43 – $45 million
  • Effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 21% – 22%

Investor Conference Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review third quarter 2018 financial results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer period. The live webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.continental-bp.com. To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-0789 (domestic) or (201) 689-8562 (international). A replay of the conference call will be available through December 8, 2018, by dialing (844) 512-2921 (domestic) or (412) 317-6671 (international) and entering the pass code number 13683730.

About Continental Building Products

Continental Building Products is a leading North American manufacturer of gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products. The Company is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia with operations serving the residential, commercial and repair and remodel construction markets primarily in the eastern United States and eastern Canada. For additional information, visit www.continental-bp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on historical information available at the time the statements are made and are based on management’s reasonable belief or expectations with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from the belief or expectations expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events, developments or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law. Investors are referred to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for additional information regarding the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

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  See the financial schedules at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, to relevant GAAP financial measures, and a discussion of why they are useful to investors.
 
Continental Building Products, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

   
For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2017

September 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2017

(in thousands, except share data and per share amounts)
Net sales $ 131,234   $ 116,526 $ 387,304 $ 357,771
Costs, expenses and other income:
Cost of goods sold 94,306 87,952 279,185 267,393
Selling and administrative 9,957   8,867   29,826   27,364  
Total costs and operating expenses 104,263   96,819   309,011   294,757  
Operating income 26,971 19,707 78,293 63,014
Other (expense)/income, net (29 ) 146 (256 ) (633 )
Interest expense, net (2,549 ) (2,988 ) (7,963 ) (8,966 )
Income before losses from equity method investment and provision for income taxes 24,393 16,865 70,074 53,415
Losses from equity method investment (393 ) (204 ) (1,148 ) (29 )
Income before provision for income taxes 24,000 16,661 68,926 53,386
Provision for income taxes (5,436 ) (5,674 ) (14,821 ) (17,774 )
Net income $ 18,564   $ 10,987   $ 54,105   $ 35,612  
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.51 $ 0.29 $ 1.46 $ 0.91
Diluted $ 0.50 $ 0.29 $ 1.46 $ 0.91
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 36,732,746 38,212,869 37,012,536 38,966,575
Diluted 36,918,904 38,345,556 37,181,387 39,080,973
 
 
Continental Building Products, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
   
September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017

(unaudited)

(in thousands)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 105,452 $ 72,521
Trade receivables, net 39,597 38,769
Inventories, net 32,439 24,882
Prepaid and other current assets 11,605   11,267  
Total current assets 189,093 147,439
Property, plant and equipment, net 290,670 294,003
Customer relationships and other intangibles, net 64,661 70,807
Goodwill 119,945 119,945
Equity method investment 8,194 9,263
Debt issuance costs 341   477  
Total Assets $ 672,904   $ 641,934  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:
Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 32,253 $ 30,809
Accrued and other liabilities 13,239 11,940
Notes payable, current portion 1,670   1,702  
Total current liabilities 47,162 44,451
Deferred taxes and other long-term liabilities 15,392 15,847
Notes payable, non-current portion 262,400   263,610  
Total Liabilities 324,954   323,908  
Shareholders’ Equity:
Undesignated preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 190,000,000 shares authorized; 44,422,804 and 44,321,776 shares issued and 36,681,879 and 37,532,959 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively 44 44
Additional paid-in capital 327,643 325,391
Less: Treasury stock (170,782 ) (143,357 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,656 ) (2,649 )
Accumulated earnings 192,701   138,597  
Total Shareholders’ Equity 347,950   318,026  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $ 672,904   $ 641,934  
 
 
Continental Building Products, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

 
For the Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017
(in thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 54,105 $ 35,612
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 32,966 35,817
Amortization of debt issuance costs and debt discount 931 885
Losses from equity method investment 1,148 29
Amortization of deferred gain on terminated swaps (632 )
Loss on debt extinguishment 686
Share-based compensation 2,459 2,101
Deferred taxes (457 ) 92
Change in assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables (914 ) 1,420
Inventories (7,627 ) (872 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,264 (350 )
Accounts payable (52 ) (87 )
Accrued and other current liabilities 1,089 4
Other long-term liabilities (226 ) (245 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 84,054 75,092
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (19,761 ) (14,077 )
Software purchased or developed (1,359 ) (183 )
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment 125
Capital contributions to equity method investment (548 ) (1,929 )
Distributions from equity method investment 468   641  
Net cash used in investing activities (21,075 ) (15,548 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 145 230
Tax withholdings on share-based compensation (547 ) (240 )
Proceeds from debt refinancing 273,625
Disbursements for debt refinancing (273,625 )
Payments of financing costs (649 )
Principal payments for debt (2,037 ) (2,052 )
Payments to repurchase common stock (27,425 ) (49,128 )
Net cash used in financing activities (29,864 ) (51,839 )
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents (184 ) 707  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 32,931   8,412  
Cash, beginning of period 72,521   51,536  
Cash, end of period $ 105,452   $ 59,948  
 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Earnings Per Share have been presented in this press release as supplemental measures of financial performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). This release presents EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Earnings Per Share as supplemental performance measures because management believes that they facilitate a comparative assessment of the Company’s operating performance relative to its performance based on results under GAAP while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance and eliminate certain charges that management believes do not reflect the Company’s operations and underlying operational performance. Furthermore, the Company’s Board of Directors’ compensation committee uses EBITDA to evaluate management’s compensation. Management also believes that EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful to investors because they allow investors to view the business through the eyes of management and the Board of Directors, facilitating comparison of results across historical periods.

EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Earnings Per Share may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies because other companies may not calculate EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Earnings Per Share in the same manner. EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are not measurements of the Company’s financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income or earnings per share determined in accordance with GAAP or any other financial statement data presented as indicators of financial performance or liquidity, each as calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

 
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2017

September 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2017

(unaudited, in thousands)
Net income $ 18,564 $ 10,987 $ 54,105 $ 35,612

Adjustments:

Other expense/(income), net 29 (146 ) 256 633
Interest expense, net 2,549 2,988 7,963 8,966
Losses from equity method investment 393 204 1,148 29
Provision for income taxes 5,436 5,674 14,821 17,774
Depreciation and amortization 11,580   12,057   32,966   35,817  
EBITDA – Non-GAAP measure $ 38,551   $ 31,764   $ 111,259   $ 98,831  
EBITDA Margin – EBITDA as a percentage of net sales – Non-GAAP measure 29.4 % 27.3 % 28.7 % 27.6 %
 
 
Reconciliation of Net Income and Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2017

September 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2017

(unaudited, in thousands, except share data and per share amounts)
Net income – GAAP measure $ 18,564 $ 10,987 $ 54,105 $ 35,612
Debt related expenses, net of tax (1)       454
Adjusted net income – Non-GAAP measure $ 18,564   $ 10,987   $ 54,105   $ 36,066
 
Earnings per share – GAAP measure $ 0.51 $ 0.29 $ 1.46 $ 0.91
Debt related expenses, net of tax (1)       0.02
Adjusted earnings per share – Non-GAAP measure $ 0.51   $ 0.29   $ 1.46   $ 0.93
 
(1)   Expenses related to debt repricing activities are shown net of income tax benefit of $0.2 million.
 
       
Other Financial and Operating Data                
For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2018

September 30, 2017

September 30, 2018

September 30, 2017

(in thousands, except mill net)
Capital expenditures and software purchased or developed $ 7,324 $ 6,057 $ 21,120 $ 14,260
Wallboard sales volume (million square feet) 674 644 2,011 1,941
Mill net sales price (1) $ 155.43 $ 144.90 $ 153.70 $ 147.72
 
(1)   Mill net sales price represents average selling price per thousand square feet net of freight and delivery costs.
 
 
Interim Volumes and Mill Net Prices
  For the Three Months Ended

September 30, 2017

 

December 31, 2017

 

March 31, 2018

 

June 30, 2018

 

September 30, 2018

Volumes (million square feet) 644 725 615 722 674
Mill net sales price (1) $ 144.90 $ 144.78 $ 151.60 $ 153.88 $ 155.43
 
(1)   Mill net sales price represents average selling price per thousand square feet net of freight and delivery costs.

Continental Building Products, Inc.
Investor Relations:
Tel.:
(703) 480-3980
[email protected]

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