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BlueLinx Announces Completion of Sale-Leaseback Transaction and Amendment to Term Loan

MARIETTA, Ga., March 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (BXC), a leading distributor of building and industrial products in the United States, today announced that it has completed a sale-leaseback transaction for its distribution facilities in Elkhart, Indiana, for net cash proceeds of $7.5 million.  The transaction closed on February 28, 2020, and as a part of the transaction, the Company entered into a lease agreement for the property for an initial term of 15 years, with multiple renewal options, demonstrating its long-term commitment to this local market.

Net proceeds from the sale-leaseback transaction were used to repay indebtedness under the Company’s term loan.  Following this repayment, the balance of the Company’s term loan was approximately $77.4 million.

The Company utilized its continuing principal reduction to enter into an amendment to its term loan facility on February 28, 2020, pursuant to which the Company will no longer be subject to the quarterly total net leverage ratio covenant when the principal balance of the term loan is less than $45 million.  The amendment does not create an obligation or requirement to make payments or reduce the principal balance, and did not require the payment of an amendment fee.

The Company will provide an update on these transactions and its continuing strategy to delever during its upcoming earnings call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on March 11, 2020.

About BlueLinx Holdings Inc.

BlueLinx (BXC) is a leading wholesale distributor of building and industrial products in the United States with over 50,000 branded and private-label SKUs, and a broad distribution footprint servicing 40 states. BlueLinx has a differentiated distribution platform, value-driven business model and extensive cache of products across the building products industry. Headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, BlueLinx has over 2,200 associates and distributes its comprehensive range of structural and specialty products to approximately 15,000 national, regional, and local dealers, as well as specialty distributors, national home centers, industrial, and manufactured housing customers. BlueLinx encourages investors to visit its website, www.BlueLinxCo.com, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about BlueLinx.

Contacts

Susan O’Farrell, SVP, CFO & Treasurer
BlueLinx Holdings Inc.
(770) 953-7000

Mary Moll, Investor Relations
(866) 671-5138
investor@bluelinxco.com

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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 listed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2018, and those discussed in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in our periodic reports filed with the SEC from time to time.  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: our ability to monetize real estate assets; our ability to integrate and realize anticipated synergies from acquisitions; loss of material customers, suppliers, or product lines in connection with acquisitions; operational disruption in connection with the integration of acquisitions; our indebtedness and its related limitations; sufficiency of cash flows and capital resources; changes in interest rates; fluctuations in commodity prices; adverse housing market conditions; disintermediation by customers and suppliers; changes in prices, supply and/or demand for our products; inventory management; competitive industry pressures; industry consolidation; product shortages, including those caused by the spread of contagious illness; loss of and dependence on key suppliers and manufacturers; new tariffs; our ability to successfully implement our strategic initiatives; fluctuations in operating results; sale-leaseback transactions and their effects; real estate leases; exposure to product liability claims; our ability to complete offerings under our shelf registration statement on favorable terms, or at all; changes in our product mix; petroleum prices; information technology security and business interruption risks; litigation and legal proceedings; natural disasters and unexpected events; activities of activist stockholders; labor and union matters; limits on net operating loss carryovers; pension plan assumptions and liabilities; risks related to our internal controls; retention of associates and key personnel; federal, state, local and other regulations, including environmental laws and regulations; and changes in 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.