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NCI Building : Reports Strong Third Quarter 2016 Fiscal Year Results

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08/30/2016 | 10:48pm CEST
NEWS RELEASE NCI Building Systems Reports Strong Third Fiscal Quarter 2016 Results HOUSTON, August 30, 2016 - NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE: NCS) ("NCI" or the "Company") today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2016. Third Quarter 2016 Financial and Operational Highlights:
  • Sales rose 9.9% to $462.4 million, compared to $420.8 million in last year's third quarter, on an 11.6% improvement in underlying tonnage volumes

  • Gross profit increased 27.1% to $128.0 million year-over-year and gross margin expanded 380 basis points to 27.7%

  • Net income increased 229.0% to $23.6 million from $7.2 million in last year's third quarter

  • Net income per diluted common share was $0.32, and Adjusted Net Income was $0.33 per diluted common share

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 51.4% to $57.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 12.5% expanded 340 basis points compared to the prior year's third quarter

  • Total consolidated backlog increased to $557.5 million, up 10.1% year-over-year

Norman C. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to deliver another quarter of strong performance with year-over-year growth in our revenues, gross margins and Adjusted EBITDA. The positive results were driven by our solid platform of manufacturing and supply chain initiatives, combined with ongoing strong commercial focus and discipline. While we have seen modest growth in nonresidential construction, NCI's third quarter performance significantly outpaced our markets. NCI's underlying tonnages volumes were up 11.6% year-over-year, and each of our three business segments delivered both top line growth and bottom line margin expansion."

Third Quarter 2016 Results

Third quarter 2016 sales increased to $462.4 million, or 9.9%, from $420.8 million in last year's third quarter, due mainly to increased volumes across all three segments. Similar to the prior three quarters, the pass-through of lower year-over-year steel costs detracted from revenue growth, while underlying volumes and margins showed continued year-over-year improvement.

Gross profit increased 27.1% to $128.0 million from $100.7 million in the third quarter of 2015, and gross profit margin expanded 380 basis points to 27.7%, compared to 23.9% in the prior year period. Improved margin performance during the quarter was driven largely by increased operating leverage from higher volumes complemented by a continued focus on commercial discipline, supply chain effectiveness and manufacturing efficiency.

Engineering, selling, general and administrative (ESG&A) expenses increased 7.9% to $80.4 million from $74.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 due largely to higher incentive compensation charges on improved operating

results and higher selling costs resulting from increased volume. As a percentage of revenues, ESG&A expenses decreased to 17.4% in the 2016 third quarter compared to 17.7% in the prior year's period.

Operating income increased to $43.5 million, compared to $19.4 million in the prior year's third quarter. Excluding the special items noted below, Adjusted Operating Income, a non-GAAP measure, increased 79.2% to $45.1 million in the current quarter from $25.2 million in the third quarter of 2015 due to the expansion in revenues and gross profit margins.

Third quarter 2016 net income increased 229.0% to $23.6 million, or $0.32 per diluted common share, compared to

$7.2 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the prior year third quarter. Net income included $1.0 million of special charges comprised of $0.1 million of acquisition related costs pertaining to completed acquisitions, $0.7 million of cost related to the July 2016 Secondary Offering (as defined below) and Stock Repurchase (as defined below), $0.8 million of restructuring and severance costs, offset by the related tax effect of $0.6 million for these items. The third quarter of 2015 included $3.6 million of similar special charges, net of tax. Excluding these special items, Adjusted Net Income for the third quarter increased 127.7% to $0.33 per diluted common share compared to $0.15 in the prior year third quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, defined in accordance with the Company's term loan credit agreement as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and other cash and non-cash items, was $57.8 million, up 51.4% from $38.2 million in the prior year's third quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margins expanded 340 basis points to 12.5% from 9.1 % in 2015. Fiscal year-to-date, Adjusted EBITDA has increased 53.6%, over the same period in the prior year. Please see the reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income in the accompanying financial tables.

Cash and cash equivalents at quarter's end was $50.7 million compared to $48.3 million at the comparable period end in fiscal 2015 and compared sequentially to $77.9 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company paid down an additional $10 million on its term loan in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, and expects to make total debt repayments of $40 million during the current fiscal year. Also, concurrent with the registered underwritten public offering (the "Secondary Offering") by funds affiliated with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC (the "CD&R Funds"), NCI entered into a separate agreement to repurchase $45 million of its common stock from the CD&R Funds in a private transaction (the "Share Repurchase"), at the offering price less the underwriting discount. The Company's net debt leverage ratio at the end of the third fiscal quarter improved to 2.2x from net leverage of 3.4x in the prior year period end. In addition, the Company's $150.0 million asset based lending facility remained undrawn as of July 31, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Segment Performance

Third party sales in the Buildings segment increased slightly to $175.5 million in the third quarter from $172.2 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to increased volumes offset by the pass-through of lower steel cost. Operating income increased 36.2% to $19.6 million in the current quarter, compared to $14.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Adjusted Operating Income increased 35.3% to $19.6 million in the current quarter, compared to $14.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The improved margins in the Buildings segment were driven by strong commercial discipline, operating leverage and effective supply chain management.

The Components segment generated $256.2 million in third-party sales during the quarter, an increase of 15.4% from $222.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, with strength in both the traditional metal component product lines and the insulated metal panel products. Operating income increased 120.2% to $37.5 million in the current quarter, compared to $17.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Adjusted Operating Income increased to $37.8 million from $21.6 million in the same quarter last fiscal year. The Components segment's profitability benefited

from a combination of strong commercial discipline and effective supply chain management, as well as an improving product mix in insulated metal panels.

Third party sales in the Coatings segment were $30.7 million, a 15.3% increase from $26.6 million in last year's third quarter. Operating income increased 59.1% to $8.7 million in the current quarter, compared to $5.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Adjusted Operating Income increased 59.1% to $8.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to $5.5 million reported in the same period last year. The Coatings segment's operating income improvement was driven primarily by increased operating leverage on higher total volumes processed.

Market Commentary

Current market data from internal bookings reflects several end-market segments showing year-over-year positive growth including agricultural, commercial warehouse, retail, government, religious buildings and transportation. Geographic markets demonstrating year-over-year growth include East, South Central, Mountain, New England, and Pacific areas of the United States.

The combination of leading indicators that the Company continues to track includes residential starts (a 13-month lag); the American Institute of Architects Billings Index for mixed practices (a 13-month lag) and the Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (a 9-month lag). The indicators, as a group, have historically had a very strong correlation with Dodge (low-rise) nonresidential new construction starts. Based on these leading indicators, the Company continues to expect positive growth of 4.0% - 6.0% in low-rise nonresidential new construction starts during fiscal year 2016.

Outlook

For the full year, NCI continues to expect 2016 to be a better year than 2015 in terms of revenues, gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA. Due to the rapidly rising material costs, management believes that some customers, particularly in the Components segment, may have accelerated project deliveries into the third quarter to avoid expected price increases. This dynamic has already been included in management's previously announced outlook for the fiscal year and it does not change the Company's expectations for the fiscal fourth quarter and full-year results. However, it is expected to produce a somewhat muted sequential increase from the fiscal third quarter to fiscal fourth quarter results, as compared to the Company's historical seasonal pattern.

The Company has provided detailed financial guidance in the quarterly supplemental presentation at www.ncibuildingsystems.com under the "Investors" section and continues to expect that the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter results to be broadly in-line with this year's fiscal third quarter.

Conference Call Information

The NCI Building Systems, Inc. third quarter 2016 conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. CT). Please dial 1-412-902-0003 or 1-877-407-0672 (toll-free) to participate in the call. To listen to a live broadcast of the call over the Internet or to review the archived call, please visit the Company's website at www.ncibuildingsystems.com. In conjunction with the earnings release, a quarterly supplemental operational and financial presentation will be posted on the NCI website in the Quarterly Earnings & Transcripts section of the Investor Relations page. To access the taped replay, please dial 1-201-612-7415 or 1-877-660-6853 (toll-free) and the passcode 13640101# when prompted. The taped replay will be available two hours after the call through September 14, 2016.

About NCI Building Systems

NCI Building Systems, Inc. is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of metal products for the nonresidential building industry. NCI is comprised of a family of companies operating manufacturing facilities

across the United States, Canada, Mexico and China with additional sales and distribution offices throughout the United States and Canada. For more information visit www.ncibuildingsystems.com.

Contact:

K. Darcey Matthews

Vice President, Investor Relations 281-897-7785

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "believe," "anticipate," "guidance," "plan," "potential," "expect," "should," "will," "forecast" and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations, assumptions and/or beliefs concerning future events. As a result, these forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions, forecasts, and estimates and, therefore, these forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual performance to differ materially from that projected in such statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's expectation a 4.0% - 6.0% year-over-year increase in low-rise nonresidential new construction starts, the Company's expectation of year-over-year improvement in revenue, gross profit margin and Adjusted EBITDA, the Company's expectation to make total debt repayments of $40 million in fiscal 2016 and the expectation that the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter results to be broadly in-line with this year's fiscal third quarter. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, industry cyclicality and seasonality and adverse weather conditions; challenging economic conditions affecting the nonresidential construction industry; volatility in the U.S. economy and abroad, generally, and in the credit markets; substantial indebtedness and our ability to incur substantially more indebtedness; our ability to generate significant cash flow required to service or refinance our existing debt, including the 8.25% senior notes due 2023, and obtain future financing; our ability to comply with the financial tests and covenants in our existing and future debt obligations; operational limitations or restrictions in connection with our debt; increases in interest rates; recognition of asset impairment charges; commodity price increases and/or limited availability of raw materials, including steel; our ability to make strategic acquisitions accretive to earnings; retention and replacement of key personnel; enforcement and obsolescence of intellectual property rights; fluctuations in customer demand; costs related to environmental clean-ups and liabilities; competitive activity and pricing pressure; increases in energy prices; volatility of the Company's stock price; dilutive effect on the Company's common stockholders of potential future sales of the Company's common stock held by our sponsor; substantial governance and other rights held by our sponsor; breaches of our information system security measures and damage to our major information management systems; hazards that may cause personal injury or property damage, thereby subjecting us to liabilities and possible losses, which may not be covered by insurance; changes in laws or regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Act; our ability to integrate the acquisition of CENTRIA with our business and to realize the anticipated benefits of such acquisition; the timing and amount of our stock repurchases; and costs and other effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations, claims and other matters. See also the "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 1, 2015, which identifies other important factors, though not necessarily all such factors, that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward- looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

NCI Building Systems Inc. published this content on 30 August 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.
Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 30 August 2016 20:48:03 UTC.

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