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Boise Cascade Company Reports First Quarter 2019 Net Income of $11.4 Million on Sales of $1.0 Billion

Boise, Idaho, May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BOISE, Idaho - Boise Cascade Company ("Boise Cascade," the "Company," "we," or "our") (BCC) today reported net income of $11.4 million, or $0.29 per share, on sales of $1.0 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights   1Q 2019   1Q 2018   % change
             
    (in thousands, except per-share data and percentages)
             
Consolidated Results            
Sales   $ 1,042,086     $ 1,182,841     (12 )%
Net income   11,389     37,050     (69 )%
Net income per common share - diluted   0.29     0.94     (69 )%
Adjusted EBITDA 1   40,734     73,408     (45 )%
             
Segment Results            
Wood Products sales   $ 319,523     $ 397,991     (20 )%
Wood Products income   11,630     26,121     (55 )%
Wood Products EBITDA 1   25,368     43,665     (42 )%
             
Building Materials Distribution sales   907,708     992,381     (9 )%
Building Materials Distribution income   17,517     32,388     (46 )%
Building Materials Distribution EBITDA 1   22,649     36,560     (38 )%

1 For reconciliations of non-GAAP measures, see summary notes at the end of this press release.

In the first quarter 2019, total U.S. housing starts declined approximately 10% compared to the same period last year. Single-family starts, the primary driver of our sales, decreased by 5% and multi-family starts decreased 19%. In particular, single-family housing starts in the Western United States reflected significant weakness, with the Census Bureau reporting year-over-year declines in that region in excess of 20%.

“First quarter results were challenging given low commodity wood products pricing and adverse weather held back construction activity in many parts of the country. We expect second quarter will serve as a better gauge of underlying demand for 2019,” commented Tom Corrick, CEO. “I am pleased that we made further progress on our strategy to grow our distribution business through the acquisition of American Lumber in Birmingham, Alabama, which was completed in late April. The team at American enjoys an excellent reputation in the markets they serve and has been an outstanding distributor of our engineered wood products for many years.”

Wood Products

Wood Products sales, including sales to Building Materials Distribution (BMD), decreased $78.5 million, or 20%, to $319.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $398.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decline in sales was driven primarily by lower sales prices and sales volumes for plywood. The lower sales volume for plywood reflects modest downtime in response to weaker market conditions and the sale of the Moncure plywood facility on March 1, 2019. In addition, we experienced lower sales volumes for I-joists and LVL (I-joists and LVL are collectively referred to as EWP). Furthermore, approximately one-third of the decrease in sales was attributable to lower sales volumes of lumber and particleboard due to the sale or closure of three lumber mills and a particleboard plant during 2018. These decreases were offset by increases in EWP sales prices.

Wood Products segment income decreased $14.5 million to $11.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $26.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease in segment income was due primarily to lower sales prices of plywood and lower sales volumes of EWP and plywood, as well as higher per-unit conversion costs. These decreases were offset partially by higher EWP sales prices and lower costs of OSB used in the manufacture of I-joists. In addition, depreciation and amortization expense decreased $3.8 million due primarily to discontinued depreciation on manufacturing facilities curtailed and sold in 2018.

Comparative average net selling prices and sales volume changes for EWP and plywood are as follows:

    1Q 2019 vs. 1Q 2018   1Q 2019 vs. 4Q 2018
         
 Average Net Selling Prices        
  LVL   9 %   1 %
  I-joists   7 %   4 %
  Plywood   (19 )%   (6 )%
 Sales Volumes        
  LVL   (10 )%   21 %
  I-joists   (17 )%   16 %
  Plywood   (7 )%   3 %

In first quarter 2019, Wood Products completed the sale of a hardwood plywood facility located in Moncure, North Carolina and received proceeds of $2.5 million.

Building Materials Distribution

BMD's sales decreased $84.7 million, or 9%, to $907.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $992.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Compared with the same quarter in the prior year, the overall decrease in sales was driven by sales price and sales volume decreases of 6% and 3%, respectively. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of wholesale building material distribution locations in Nashville, Tennessee, Medford, Oregon, and Cincinnati, Ohio during 2018, BMD sales would have decreased 11%. By product line, commodity sales decreased 19%, general line product sales increased 3%, and sales of EWP (substantially all of which is sourced through our Wood Products segment) decreased less than 1%.

BMD segment income decreased $14.9 million to $17.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $32.4 million in the comparative prior year quarter. The decline in segment income was driven primarily by a gross margin decrease of $10.0 million, resulting from lower average commodity prices and lower sales volumes compared with first quarter 2018. In addition, selling and distribution expenses increased by $4.1 million.

On April 29, 2019, BMD completed the acquisition of the assets of American Lumber, which operates a single-location wholesale distribution business in Birmingham, Alabama.

Balance Sheet

Boise Cascade ended first quarter 2019 with $136.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and $365.4 million of undrawn committed bank line availability, for total available liquidity of $501.6 million. The Company had $439.7 million of outstanding debt at March 31, 2019.

We adopted the new lease accounting standard on January 1, 2019. The most significant impact of the adoption was the recognition of right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for operating leases, as reflected on the face of our balance sheet as of March 31, 2019. The standard did not have a material impact on our consolidated net earnings and cash flows. For additional information on the impact of this standard on our accounting for leases and additional required qualitative disclosures of our lease policies, see our Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dividends

On May 2, 2019, our board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.09 per share on our common stock payable on June 17, 2019, to stockholders of record on June 3, 2019.

Outlook

We expect to experience slower demand growth for the products we manufacture and distribute in 2019. The April 2019 Blue Chip consensus forecast for 2019 reflects 1.25 million total U.S. housing starts, which is flat with 2018 levels. Although we believe U.S. demographics are supportive of higher levels of housing starts, we expect near-term residential construction growth to be flat or only modestly improving due to constraints faced by builders, such as availability of labor and building lots, as well as affordability constraints faced by prospective buyers. The pace of household formation rates and residential repair-and-remodeling activity will be affected by employment growth, wage growth, prospective home buyers' access to and cost of financing, housing affordability, and consumer confidence, as well as other factors. Household formation rates in turn will be a key factor behind the demand for new construction. In addition, the size of new single-family residences as well as the mix of single and multi-family starts will influence product consumption.

Extreme winter weather in many parts of the U.S., coupled with seasonally weak demand and additional industry capacity brought on in 2018, led to weak commodity products pricing in first quarter 2019. Commodity product pricing during the remainder of 2019 will be dependent on industry operating rates, net import and export activity, transportation constraints or disruptions, inventory levels in various distribution channels, and seasonal demand patterns. Composite panel and lumber pricing indices are approximately 35% below average levels experienced in the second quarter of 2018, and even if we experience meaningful price increases from current levels, we expect our year-over-year financial comparisons to again be negative in the second quarter of 2019.

We expect our capital spending, excluding acquisitions, to be $85-$95 million in 2019, including spending to improve the efficiency of our veneer production at our Chester, South Carolina, and Florien, Louisiana, facilities.

About Boise Cascade

Boise Cascade Company is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.bc.com.

Webcast and Conference Call

Boise Cascade will host a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern, to review the Company's first quarter results.

You can join the webcast through the Company's website by going to www.bc.com and clicking on the Event Calendar link under the Investor Relations heading. Please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the start of the webcast to register. To join the conference call, dial 844-795-4410 (international callers should dial 661-378-9637), participant passcode 7348348, at least 10 minutes before the start of the call.

The archived webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website. A replay of the conference call will be available from Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Eastern through Tuesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Replay numbers are 855-859-2056 for U.S. callers and 404-537-3406 for international callers, and the passcode will be 7348348.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We refer to the terms EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in this earnings release and the accompanying Quarterly Statistical Information as supplemental measures of our performance and liquidity that are not required by or presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). We define EBITDA as income (loss) before interest (interest expense and interest income), income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Additionally, we disclose Adjusted EBITDA, which further adjusts EBITDA to exclude the change in fair value of interest rate swaps.

We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are meaningful measures because they present a transparent view of our recurring operating performance and allow management to readily view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons, and identify strategies to improve operating performance. We also believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they provide a means to evaluate the operating performance of our segments and our Company on an ongoing basis using criteria that are used by our management and because they are frequently used by investors and other interested parties when comparing companies in our industry that have different financing and capital structures and/or tax rates. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, however, are not measures of our liquidity or financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA instead of net income (loss) or segment income (loss) have limitations as analytical tools, including: the inability to determine profitability; the exclusion of interest expense, interest income, and associated significant cash requirements; and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization, which represent unavoidable operating costs. Management compensates for these limitations by relying on our GAAP results. Our measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the methods of calculation.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements about our expectations of future operational and financial performance that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements preceded or followed by, or that otherwise include, the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "project," "estimates," "plans," "forecast," "is likely to," and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "may," "would," "should," and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. The accuracy of such statements is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected, including, but not limited to, prices for building products, commodity input costs, the effect of general economic conditions, mortgage rates and availability, housing demand, housing vacancy rates, governmental regulations, unforeseen production disruptions, as well as natural disasters. These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to revise them in light of new information. Finally, we undertake no obligation to review or confirm analyst expectations or estimates that might be derived from this release.

Boise Cascade Company
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per-share data)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31   December 31,
 2018
  2019   2018  
           
Sales $ 1,042,086     $ 1,182,841     $ 1,065,805  
           
Costs and expenses          
Materials, labor, and other operating expenses (excluding depreciation) 897,822     1,009,778     940,878  
Depreciation and amortization 19,217     22,111     76,549  
Selling and distribution expenses 87,026     83,356     89,546  
General and administrative expenses 16,675     15,886     16,057  
Loss on sale and curtailment of facilities         27,288  
Other (income) expense, net (308 )   (94 )   (236 )
  1,020,432     1,131,037     1,150,082  
           
Income (loss) from operations 21,654     51,804     (84,277 )
           
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss) 162     (263 )   (672 )
Pension expense (excluding service costs) (299 )   (244 )   (597 )
Interest expense (6,437 )   (6,362 )   (6,666 )
Interest income 492     264     648  
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps (983 )   1,641     (1,868 )
  (7,065 )   (4,964 )   (9,155 )
           
Income (loss) before income taxes 14,589     46,840     (93,432 )
Income tax (provision) benefit (3,200 )   (9,790 )   21,186  
Net income (loss) $ 11,389     $ 37,050     $ (72,246 )
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding:          
  Basic 38,884     38,778     38,968  
  Diluted 39,203     39,396     38,968  
           
Net income (loss) per common share:          
  Basic $ 0.29     $ 0.96     $ (1.85 )
  Diluted $ 0.29     $ 0.94     $ (1.85 )
           
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.09     $ 0.07     $ 0.09  

See accompanying summary notes to consolidated financial statements and segment information.

Wood Products Segment
Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except percentages)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31   December 31,
 2018
  2019   2018  
           
Segment sales $ 319,523     $ 397,991     $ 307,124  
           
Costs and expenses          
Materials, labor, and other operating expenses (excluding depreciation) 283,030     342,559     282,795  
Depreciation and amortization 13,738     17,544     71,265  
Selling and distribution expenses 7,705     8,113     7,886  
General and administrative expenses 3,628     3,692     4,642  
Loss on sale and curtailment of facilities         27,288  
Other (income) expense, net (208 )   (38 )   (198 )
  307,893     371,870     393,678  
           
Segment income (loss) $ 11,630     $ 26,121     $ (86,554 )
           
  (percentage of sales)
           
Segment sales 100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
           
Costs and expenses          
Materials, labor, and other operating expenses (excluding depreciation) 88.6 %   86.1 %   92.1 %
Depreciation and amortization 4.3 %   4.4 %   23.2 %
Selling and distribution expenses 2.4 %   2.0 %   2.6 %
General and administrative expenses 1.1 %   0.9 %   1.5 %
Loss on sale and curtailment of facilities %   %   8.9 %
Other (income) expense, net (0.1 )%   %   (0.1 )%
  96.4 %   93.4 %   128.2 %
           
Segment income (loss) 3.6 %   6.6 %   (28.2 )%

Building Materials Distribution Segment
Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except percentages)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31   December 31,
 2018
  2019   2018  
           
Segment sales $ 907,708     $ 992,381     $ 922,234  
           
Costs and expenses          
Materials, labor, and other operating expenses (excluding depreciation) 800,200     874,859     821,703  
Depreciation and amortization 5,132     4,172     4,906  
Selling and distribution expenses 79,265     75,181     81,596  
General and administrative expenses 5,694     5,830     5,164  
Other (income) expense, net (100 )   (49 )   (40 )
  890,191     959,993     913,329  
           
Segment income $ 17,517     $ 32,388     $ 8,905  
           
  (percentage of sales)
           
Segment sales 100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
           
Costs and expenses          
Materials, labor, and other operating expenses (excluding depreciation) 88.2 %   88.2 %   89.1 %
Depreciation and amortization 0.6 %   0.4 %   0.5 %
Selling and distribution expenses 8.7 %   7.6 %   8.8 %
General and administrative expenses 0.6 %   0.6 %   0.6 %
Other (income) expense, net %   %   %
  98.1 %   96.7 %   99.0 %
           
Segment income 1.9 %   3.3 %   1.0 %

Segment Information
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31   December 31,
 2018
  2019   2018  
Segment sales          
Wood Products $ 319,523     $ 397,991     $ 307,124  
Building Materials Distribution 907,708     992,381     922,234  
Intersegment eliminations and other (185,145 )   (207,531 )   (163,553 )
Total net sales $ 1,042,086     $ 1,182,841     $ 1,065,805  
           
Segment income (loss)          
Wood Products $ 11,630     $ 26,121     $ (86,554 )
Building Materials Distribution 17,517     32,388     8,905  
Total segment income 29,147     58,509     (77,649 )
Unallocated corporate (7,493 )   (6,705 )   (6,628 )
Income (loss) from operations $ 21,654     $ 51,804     $ (84,277 )
           
Segment EBITDA (a)          
Wood Products $ 25,368     $ 43,665     $ (15,289 )
Building Materials Distribution 22,649     36,560     13,811  
See accompanying summary notes to consolidated financial statements and segment information.  

Boise Cascade Company
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

  March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
   
ASSETS      
       
Current      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 136,204     $ 191,671  
Receivables      
Trade, less allowances of $1,471 and $1,062 292,761     214,338  
Related parties 612     436  
Other 10,428     14,466  
Inventories 573,860     533,049  
Prepaid expenses and other 19,109     31,818  
Total current assets 1,032,974     985,778  
       
Property and equipment, net 460,650     487,224  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 67,493      
Finance lease right-of-use assets 20,376      
Timber deposits 12,314     12,568  
Goodwill 59,159     59,159  
Intangible assets, net 16,597     16,851  
Deferred income taxes 8,259     8,211  
Other assets 9,225     11,457  
Total assets $ 1,687,047     $ 1,581,248  

Boise Cascade Company
Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)
(in thousands, except per-share data)

  March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
   
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
       
Current      
Accounts payable      
Trade $ 284,518     $ 210,587  
Related parties 1,890     1,070  
Accrued liabilities      
Compensation and benefits 48,366     87,911  
Interest payable 1,818     6,748  
Other 70,298     63,509  
Total current liabilities 406,890     369,825  
       
Debt      
Long-term debt 439,707     439,428  
       
Other      
Compensation and benefits 43,361     41,283  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion 61,902      
Finance lease liabilities, net of current portion 21,687      
Deferred income taxes 20,392     19,218  
Other long-term liabilities 14,091     38,904  
  161,433     99,405  
       
Commitments and contingent liabilities      
       
Stockholders' equity      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share; 50,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding      
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share; 300,000 shares authorized, 44,341 and 44,076 shares issued, respectively 443     441  
Treasury stock 5,367 shares at cost (138,909 )   (138,909 )
Additional paid-in capital 527,283     528,654  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (47,684 )   (47,652 )
Retained earnings 337,884     330,056  
Total stockholders' equity 679,017     672,590  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,687,047     $ 1,581,248  


Boise Cascade Company
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended March 31
  2019   2018
Cash provided by (used for) operations      
Net income $ 11,389     $ 37,050  
Items in net income not using (providing) cash      
Depreciation and amortization, including deferred financing costs and other 19,788     22,595  
Stock-based compensation 2,200     2,286  
Pension expense 460     449  
Deferred income taxes 1,313     1,125  
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps 983     (1,641 )
Other (49 )   (96 )
Decrease (increase) in working capital      
Receivables (75,606 )   (91,252 )
Inventories (39,483 )   (62,050 )
Prepaid expenses and other (1,883 )   (1,949 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 29,810     48,571  
Pension contributions (469 )   (517 )
Income taxes payable 12,753     20,751  
Other 1,835     2,919  
Net cash used for operations (36,959 )   (21,759 )
       
Cash provided by (used for) investment      
Expenditures for property and equipment (14,347 )   (13,272 )
Proceeds from sales of facilities 2,493      
Proceeds from sales of assets and other 1,149     93  
Net cash used for investment (10,705 )   (13,179 )
       
Cash provided by (used for) financing      
Borrowings of long-term debt, including revolving credit facility     2,800  
Payments of long-term debt, including revolving credit facility     (2,800 )
Dividends paid on common stock (4,053 )   (2,758 )
Tax withholding payments on stock-based awards (3,569 )   (5,117 )
Other (181 )   357  
Net cash used for financing (7,803 )   (7,518 )
       
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (55,467 )   (42,456 )
       
Balance at beginning of the period 191,671     177,140  
       
Balance at end of the period $ 136,204     $ 134,684  


Summary Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Segment Information
            The Consolidated Statements of Operations, Segment Statements of Operations, Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, and Segment Information presented herein do not include the notes accompanying the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s 2018 Form 10-K and the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Net income for all periods presented involved estimates and accruals.

(a)  EBITDA represents income (loss) before interest (interest expense and interest income), income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Additionally, we disclose Adjusted EBITDA, which further adjusts EBITDA to exclude the change in fair value of interest rate swaps. The following table reconciles net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, and December 31, 2018:

  Three Months Ended
  March 31   December 31,
 2018
  2019   2018  
  (in thousands)
Net income (loss) $ 11,389     $ 37,050     $ (72,246 )
Interest expense 6,437     6,362     6,666  
Interest income (492 )   (264 )   (648 )
Income tax provision (benefit) 3,200     9,790     (21,186 )
Depreciation and amortization 19,217     22,111     76,549  
EBITDA 39,751     75,049     (10,865 )
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps 983     (1,641 )   1,868  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 40,734     $ 73,408     $ (8,997 )


The following table reconciles segment income (loss) and unallocated corporate costs to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, and December 31, 2018:

  Three Months Ended
  March 31   December 31,
 2018
  2019   2018  
           
  (in thousands)
Wood Products          
Segment income (loss) $ 11,630     $ 26,121     $ (86,554 )
Depreciation and amortization 13,738     17,544     71,265  
EBITDA $ 25,368     $ 43,665     $ (15,289 )
           
Building Materials Distribution          
Segment income $ 17,517     $ 32,388     $ 8,905  
Depreciation and amortization 5,132     4,172     4,906  
EBITDA $ 22,649     $ 36,560     $ 13,811  
           
Corporate          
Unallocated corporate expenses $ (7,493 )   $ (6,705 )   $ (6,628 )
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss) 162     (263 )   (672 )
Pension expense (excluding service costs) (299 )   (244 )   (597 )
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps (983 )   1,641     (1,868 )
Depreciation and amortization 347     395     378  
EBITDA (8,266 )   (5,176 )   (9,387 )
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps 983     (1,641 )   1,868  
Corporate adjusted EBITDA $ (7,283 )   $ (6,817 )   $ (7,519 )
           
Total company adjusted EBITDA $ 40,734     $ 73,408     $ (8,997 )

Investor contact:  Wayne Rancourt, 208-384-6073
Media contact:  Lisa Chapman, 208-384-6552