Headwaters Incorporated Announces Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017

  • Revenue Increased 28% to $259 Million
  • Operating Income increased 20% to $15 Million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 62% to $47 Million
  • Reaffirm 2017 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $235 to $250 Million

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah--()--HEADWATERS INCORPORATED (NYSE: HW), a building products company dedicated to improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials, today announced results for its second quarter of fiscal 2017.

“We opened our new state-of-the-art storage facility in Houston and made progress in several other 2017 initiatives as we continue to focus on increasing fly ash supply.”

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Building products revenue increased 43% and operating income increased 79%, compared to the March 2016 quarter
  • Building products Adjusted EBITDA increased 74% over 2016 and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 360 basis points to 20.2%
  • Construction materials revenue increased 13% and operating income increased 11%, compared to the March 2016 quarter
  • Construction materials Adjusted EBITDA increased 16% over 2016 and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 50 basis points to 18.3%

CEO Commentary

“Headwaters grew Adjusted EBITDA by $18 million or 62% in the quarter, a growth rate that exceeds the upper end of our 2017 guidance and brings our fiscal year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA growth rate up to 28%. Our strong performance allows us to confirm our Adjusted EBITDA guidance range of $235 to $250 million for 2017,” said Kirk A. Benson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Headwaters. “We are continuing to work toward the closing of our previously announced transaction with Boral Limited (BLD:ASX), and we are pleased that we are on track to deliver strong earnings potential to Boral.

“Increasing supply of high quality fly ash was one of our 2017 objectives, and we experienced a year-over-year increase of 112,000 tons of high quality ash delivered to customers during the quarter. It is exciting to see our supply increase to meet the demand for ash,” continued Mr. Benson. “We opened our new state-of-the-art storage facility in Houston and made progress in several other 2017 initiatives as we continue to focus on increasing fly ash supply.

“Adjusted EBITDA in our Building Products segment increased by 74% year-over-year. Window’s margins continue to be accretive, and we completed a small acquisition in Atlanta, further expanding window sales in the Southeast United States. We experienced a very positive quarter in our siding group with double digit top-line growth and margin accretion compared to last year.”

Second Quarter Summary

Headwaters’ second quarter 2017 consolidated revenue increased by 28% to $259.3 million from $202.3 million for the second quarter of 2016. Gross profit was $70.5 million, compared to $54.9 million in 2016, and operating income was $14.7 million, compared to $12.2 million in 2016. Certain non-routine merger and acquisition-related costs of approximately $9.1 million, primarily related to the Boral transaction, impacted operating income in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $18.0 million to $47.1 million, or 62% over 2016.

Income from continuing operations was $5.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter adjusted income from continuing operations was $16.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share in 2017, compared to $6.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share in 2016. Discontinued operations were immaterial in both 2017 and 2016.

Six Months Ended March 31, 2017

Our total revenue for the six months ended March 31, 2017 was $514.9 million, up 22% from $420.8 million for 2016. Gross profit increased 18%, from $119.1 million in 2016 to $141.1 million in 2017. Operating income of $37.0 million in 2016 decreased to $34.0 million in 2017, and income from continuing operations of $15.5 million, or diluted income per share of $0.20, decreased to $11.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in 2017. The 2017 results include non-routine merger and acquisition-related costs of approximately $13.5 million, primarily related to the Boral transaction. Discontinued operations were immaterial in both 2017 and 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $19.7 million or 28%, from $69.3 million to $89.0 million for the six months ended March 31, 2017, as compared to 2016, and Adjusted EPS increased by 30%, from $0.30 in 2016 to $0.39 in 2017.

Building Products Segment

Headwaters’ Building Products segment is a national brand leader in innovative building products through superior design, manufacturing, and channel distribution. The segment markets a wide variety of niche building products, including siding accessories, manufactured architectural stone, specialty roofing products, and windows.

Building Products revenue increased 43%, from $98.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 to $140.7 million in the second quarter of 2017. Gross profit was $40.9 million compared to $28.5 million in 2016 and operating income was $11.4 million compared to $6.3 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 74% to $28.4 million, from $16.3 million in 2016, with a large portion of the growth due to our windows product group which we acquired in late fiscal 2016. In January, we closed a small window acquisition in the Atlanta market, which will further expand our presence in the Southeast United States.

We are finishing the integration of our Metro and Gerard stone-coated metal roofing manufacturing sites and have experienced a 30% increase in manufacturing efficiency since the beginning of the fiscal year. We anticipate continued improvement in roofing performance in the second half of the fiscal year as we reduce fixed costs and optimize manufacturing. Siding revenue increased by 19% during the March 2017 quarter and Adjusted EBITDA margins expanded over 500 basis points to 20% despite cost pressures from rising resin and other costs. Stone continued its growth in the quarter with Adjusted EBITDA margins greater than 20%. Our building products segment completed the quarter with its highest Adjusted EBITDA margin for a March quarter since 2006.

Construction Materials Segment

Headwaters is the largest domestic manager and marketer of coal combustion products (CCPs), including fly ash. Utilization of these materials improves performance of concrete and concrete construction products while creating significant environmental benefits. Beginning last quarter, we have reported our concrete block group in the construction materials segment. Prior period results have been adjusted to reflect this reporting change.

Second quarter 2017 revenue increased by 13% to $116.0 million, compared to $102.8 million in 2016. The increase in revenue was attributable to organic growth as well as the acquisition of SynMat in March 2016. SynMat had a very positive quarter, growing its top-line revenue over 30% year-over-year, and we continue to be optimistic concerning synthetic gypsum opportunities. Including SynMat, service revenue represented approximately 21% of total segment revenue for the second quarter of 2017, compared to 17% for 2016.

Gross profit was $28.1 million in 2017, compared to $25.5 million in 2016 and operating income was $15.2 million in 2017, compared to $13.7 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased $3.0 million from $18.3 million in 2016 to $21.3 million in 2017.

We forecasted between 200,000 and 300,000 tons of net fly ash sales in fiscal 2017 from new supply contracts. For the first six months of the fiscal year we shipped over 170,000 tons of high quality fly ash from four previously executed new contracts.

We also anticipated 150,000 to 250,000 tons of new fly ash in fiscal 2017 from storage and reclamation. Construction on our first 2017 storage project was completed in the second quarter and we have commenced shipping tons from that facility. Negotiations are advancing on our second new storage facility, which will be located in New England. Minor modifications were made to our first reclamation project which slowed mobilization of equipment, but we continue to believe that the site will be operational this fiscal year.

We forecasted between 100,000 and 200,000 tons of additional fly ash supply in fiscal 2017 resulting from enhanced utilization. Through the first six months of the fiscal year we have achieved a total of 115,000 tons of high quality ash from enhanced utilization activities. We are currently installing or planning to install our RestoreAir technology at six sites in fiscal 2017. We expect to treat over 250,000 tons of fly ash at those sites when the technology is fully operational.

Our block product group is experiencing strong demand, but shipments were hampered in the second quarter by the number of rain days in the Texas market, slowing construction projects. As the weather improved, shipping volumes increased and inventory levels were reduced. Our new block plant is fully operational and helping to improve overall margins in the block group through efficient manufacturing of more sophisticated high end products.

Outlook

“We are pleased with the March quarter’s financial performance and see potential for a strong second half of fiscal 2017,” said Don P. Newman, Headwaters’ Chief Financial Officer. “We have significantly improved our fly ash supply situation through new contracts and storage capacity, which should add to sales as we move into the summer construction season. In addition, our building products segment experienced strong revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth in the March quarter, which is typically our lowest seasonal quarter for sales and profitability.

“At the end of March, our pro forma net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio was 3.1 times, and we expect our net debt ratio to be in the range of 2.5 times by the end of fiscal 2017. We anticipate cash flows to be strong in the second half of the year and should position us to reduce debt by an additional $85 million before the end of the calendar year.”

Financial Supplement Attached

Headwaters’ condensed consolidated statements of income for the quarters and six-month periods ended March 31, 2016 and 2017 and balance sheets as of September 30, 2016 and March 31, 2017, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), are attached to this press release in the financial supplement. In addition, Headwaters currently uses two non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS. Headwaters’ calculations of Adjusted EBITDA, trailing twelve months (TTM) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are also included in the financial supplement, following the condensed consolidated GAAP financial statements.

Headwaters defines Adjusted EBITDA as income from continuing operations plus net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, cash-based compensation tied to stock price, goodwill and other impairments, and other non-routine adjustments that arise from time to time, all as presented in the table in the financial supplement. Headwaters currently defines Adjusted EPS as diluted EPS from continuing operations plus the effect of amortization expense related to acquired intangible assets and other non-routine adjustments that arise from time to time, as presented in the table in the financial supplement.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are used by management, investors and analysts to measure operating performance, as a supplement to our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by management, investors and analysts as one measure of a company’s ability to service its debt and meet its other cash needs. Our presentations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Accordingly, they are not presented as alternative measures of liquidity. Because the definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS vary among companies and industries, our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures used by other companies.

About Headwaters Incorporated

Headwaters Incorporated is improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials through application, design, and purpose. Headwaters is a diversified growth company providing products, technologies and services to the construction materials and building products markets. Through its construction materials and building products businesses, the Company has been able to improve sustainability by transforming underutilized resources into valuable products. www.headwaters.com

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to Headwaters’ operations that are based on management’s current expectations, estimates and projections about the industries in which Headwaters operates. Words such as “may,” “should,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets,” “forecasts,” “projects,” “believes,” “seeks,” “schedules,” “estimates,” “budgets,” “goals,” “outlook” and similar expressions are intended to help identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, Headwaters’ expectations as to the agreement and plan of merger with Boral Limited (“Boral”), the managing and marketing of coal combustion products, and other construction materials, the production and marketing of building products, the sales to oil refineries of residue hydrocracking catalysts, the development, commercialization, and financing of new products and other strategic business opportunities and acquisitions, and other information about Headwaters which are not purely historical by nature, including those statements regarding Headwaters’ future business plans, the operation of facilities, the availability of feedstocks, and the marketability of coal combustion products, construction materials, building products and catalysts. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control and are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Headwaters undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: changing feedstock and energy prices; actions of competitors or regulators; technological developments; potential disruption of the Company’s production facilities, transportation networks and information technology systems due to war, terrorism, malicious attack, civil accidents, political events, civil unrest or severe weather; potential environmental liability or product liability under existing or future laws and litigation; potential liability resulting from other pending or future litigation; changed accounting rules under generally accepted accounting principles promulgated by rule-setting bodies; the factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports; and risks and considerations relating to the pending Boral transaction, including that: conditions to the closing of the transaction with Boral may not be satisfied and the merger may not be consummated, the transaction with Boral may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, the business of the Company may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction with Boral, an event, change or other circumstance could give rise to the termination of the transaction with Boral, the parties may not be able to recognize the benefits of the transaction, the transaction may disrupt current plans and operations and it may be difficult to retain employees as a result of the transaction. In addition, such results could be affected by general domestic and international economic and political conditions and other unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed in this press release which could have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

 
HEADWATERS INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per-share amounts)
 
      Quarter Ended       Six Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2016       2017 2016       2017
Revenue:
Building products $ 98,101 $ 140,716 $ 199,696 $ 275,757
Construction materials 102,849 116,037 219,097 236,028
Energy technology   1,382     2,540     1,957     3,083  
Total revenue 202,332 259,293 420,750 514,868
 
Cost of revenue:
Building products 69,639 99,782 139,191 196,311
Construction materials 77,347 87,948 161,624 176,212
Energy technology   469     1,056     787     1,219  
Total cost of revenue   147,455     188,786     301,602     373,742  
Gross profit 54,877 70,507 119,148 141,126
 
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 37,882 49,394 72,764 94,375
Amortization   4,815     6,438     9,381     12,736  
Total operating expenses   42,697     55,832     82,145     107,111  
Operating income 12,180 14,675 37,003 34,015
 
Net interest expense (8,056 ) (8,222 ) (16,273 ) (17,141 )
Other income (expense), net   (12 )   1,973     (81 )   2,127  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 4,112 8,426 20,649 19,001
 
Income tax provision   (1,500 )   (3,300 )   (5,100 )   (7,200 )
Income from continuing operations 2,612 5,126 15,549 11,801
 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   (228 )   6     (444 )   159  
Net income 2,384 5,132 15,105 11,960
 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest   (283 )   (591 )   (579 )   (752 )
Net income attributable to Headwaters Incorporated $ 2,101   $ 4,541   $ 14,526   $ 11,208  
 
 

Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Headwaters Incorporated:

From continuing operations $ 0.03 $ 0.06 $ 0.20 $ 0.15
From discontinued operations   0.00     0.00     (0.01 )   0.00  
$ 0.03   $ 0.06   $ 0.19   $ 0.15  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   75,341     75,982     75,353     75,827  
 
 
Operating income (loss) by segment:
Building products $ 6,344 $ 11,383 $ 18,018 $ 22,783
Construction materials 13,691 15,195 34,055 33,793
Energy technology (1,163 ) (1,489 ) (2,884 ) (3,302 )
Corporate   (6,692 )   (10,414 )   (12,186 )   (19,259 )
Total $ 12,180   $ 14,675   $ 37,003   $ 34,015  
 
 
HEADWATERS INCORPORATED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
      September 30,       March 31,
Assets: 2016 2017
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,298 $ 58,128
Trade receivables, net 152,084 133,725
Inventories 72,668 89,997
Other   14,704     12,757  
Total current assets 304,754 294,607
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 206,792 218,399
Goodwill 290,503 300,265
Intangible assets, net 319,162 306,304
Deferred income taxes 68,059 66,532
Other assets   49,173     43,530  
Total assets $ 1,238,443   $ 1,229,637  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 30,211 $ 28,159
Accrued liabilities 109,151 94,470
Current portion of long-term debt   7,785     0  
Total current liabilities 147,147 122,629
 
Long-term debt, net 746,716 741,048
Other long-term liabilities   41,230     44,498  
Total liabilities   935,093     908,175  
 
Redeemable non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiary 13,363 13,458
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock - par value 74 75
Capital in excess of par value 733,117 739,905
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (441,793 ) (430,585 )
Treasury stock   (1,411 )   (1,391 )
Total stockholders' equity 289,987 308,004
   
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,238,443   $ 1,229,637  
 
 
HEADWATERS INCORPORATED
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)
(in millions, except per-share amounts)
 
 
      Quarter Ended       Six Months Ended
March 31, March 31,

 

2016       2017 2016       2017

Reconciliation of Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EDITDA

 
Income from continuing operations (GAAP) $ 2.6 $ 5.1 $ 15.5 $ 11.8
Non-controlling interest of subsidiary (0.3 ) (0.6 ) (0.6 ) (0.7 )
Net interest expense 8.1 8.2 16.3 17.1
Income taxes 1.5 3.3 5.1 7.2
Depreciation, amortization, and equity-based compensation 14.8 18.6 29.2 36.8

Non-routine customer and business acquisition-related costs and adjustments

0.7 2.2 1.6 3.8
Consolidation of acquired businesses 1.7 - 2.2 0.5
Boral merger-related costs - 8.0 - 10.2
Energy segment losses   -     2.3     -     2.3  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29.1   $ 47.1   $ 69.3   $ 89.0  
 
Segment Adjusted EBITDA
 
Building Products $ 16.3 $ 28.4 $ 37.2 $ 53.5
Construction materials 18.3 21.3 43.2 45.3
Energy technology (0.8 ) 1.6 (2.1 ) -
Corporate   (4.7 )   (4.2 )   (9.0 )   (9.8 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29.1   $ 47.1   $ 69.3   $ 89.0  
 
 
Twelve Months Ended

 

9/30/2015 9/30/2016 3/31/2017

TTM Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

 
Income from continuing operations (GAAP) $ 132.1 $ 49.6 $ 45.9
Non-controlling interest of subsidiary (0.9 ) (1.7 ) (1.8 )
Net interest expense 64.2 42.5 43.3
Income taxes (94.5 ) 22.8 24.9
Depreciation, amortization, and equity-based compensation 56.2 65.1 72.7

Non-routine customer and business acquisition-related costs and adjustments

1.8 1.3 3.5
Consolidation of acquired businesses - 7.8 6.1
Boral merger-related costs - - 10.2
Energy segment losses - - 2.3
Asset impairments, write-offs and other non-routine items 0.6 2.2 2.2
Cash-based compensation tied to stock price   6.1     -     -  
TTM Adjusted EBITDA $ 165.6   $ 189.6   $ 209.3  
 
Segment TTM Adjusted EBITDA
 
Building Products $ 86.2 $ 101.1 $ 117.5
Construction materials 96.2 110.7 112.7
Energy technology 2.2 (1.1 ) 1.0
Corporate (25.1 ) (21.1 ) (21.9 )
Cash-based compensation tied to stock price   6.1     -     -  
TTM Adjusted EBITDA $ 165.6   $ 189.6   $ 209.3  
 
 
Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
March 31, March 31,

 

2016 2017 2016 2017

Reconciliation of Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EPS

 

Reported numerator for diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in accordance with GAAP - income from continuing operations attributable to Headwaters Incorporated

$ 2.3 $ 4.5 $ 14.9 $ 11.1
Adjustments to numerator:
Amortization expense related to acquired intangible assets 4.7 6.4 9.2 12.6

Non-routine customer and business acquisition-related costs and adjustments

0.7 2.2 1.6 3.8
Consolidation of acquired businesses 1.7 - 2.2 0.5
Boral merger-related costs - 8.0 - 10.2
Energy segment losses - 2.3 - 2.3

Non-routine interest expense related to early debt repayments, repricings, new debt issuances

- - - 0.2
Income tax effect of above pretax adjustments   (2.7 )   (7.3 )   (5.0 )   (11.5 )

Total adjustments to income from continuing operations, net of income tax effect

  4.4     11.6     8.0     18.1  

Numerator for adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$ 6.7   $ 16.1   $ 22.9   $ 29.2  
 

Reported denominator for diluted earnings per share in accordance with GAAP and for adjusted earnings per share

  75.3     76.0     75.4     75.8  
 

Reported diluted income per share from continuing operations (GAAP)

$ 0.03 $ 0.06 $ 0.20 $ 0.15
Effect of adjustments on diluted income per share calculation   0.06     0.15     0.10     0.24  

Adjusted diluted income per share from continuing operations (Adjusted EPS)

$ 0.09   $ 0.21   $ 0.30   $ 0.39  
 

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