Reports Results For First Time As A Public Company; Increasing Demand Drives Strong Q4 Outlook; Accelerating And Increasing Capacity Investments
THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
- Residential segment net sales increased 5.5% year-over-year to $192.6 million; June net sales increased over 15% year-over-year
- Deck, Rail & Accessories net sales increased over 9% year-over-year
- Net loss of ($52.1) million, driven by $59.7 million of IPO-related and debt extinguishment expenses; Net Margin of (23.3%)
- Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.6% year-over-year to $57.8 million; Adjusted EBITDA Margin expanded 200 basis points to 25.8%
- Balance sheet significantly strengthened as IPO net proceeds were primarily used to pay down debt
- Q4 Outlook – Expecting net sales growth of 12% to 17% year-over-year and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 14% to 19% year-over-year
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The AZEK Company Inc. (the “Company” or “AZEK”) (NYSE: AZEK), an industry-leading manufacturer of beautiful, low-maintenance residential and commercial building products, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended June 30, 2020 of its fiscal year 2020.
“We are very pleased to be announcing our earnings results for the first time as a public company,” commented Jesse Singh, AZEK’s Chief Executive Officer. “Despite the difficult environment, our growth initiatives and margin expansion programs such as recycling remain on track. Our dedicated team delivered sales and Adjusted EBITDA growth in the quarter and expanded Adjusted EBITDA Margin by 200 basis points compared to very strong performance in the same quarter last year. We achieved these results through our focus on customer service, disciplined execution and prudent cost management, while continuing to drive our strategic initiatives and long-term growth potential.”
“At the beginning of the third quarter, we experienced an industry-wide slowdown and interruption due to the negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, with certain geographies more severely affected by stay-at-home and shutdown orders than others. Consistent with our core values, our priority was to ensure the health and safety of our employees, channel partners and customers.”
“As the quarter progressed, we saw momentum improve within our Residential segment as channels re-opened, new construction re-started, stay-at-home orders were eased in certain regions and homeowners continued to invest in home improvement and their outdoor living spaces. Our strong focus on the customer has led to an increase in multiple customer engagement metrics that we track including digital interaction, sample orders and new dealers, as well as contractor and architect conversions. Demand accelerated in June driving significant sell-through growth across both Deck, Rail & Accessories and Exteriors in the month, and our ability to meet demand in decking and railing product lines was somewhat limited by capacity and timing. We continued to experience robust demand trends through July.”
“We continue to execute on our strategic initiatives that position our business for future success, and we remain optimistic about our long-term growth opportunity. We used the proceeds from our recent IPO to reduce our debt and are announcing an expanded capacity plan from an original $100 million investment to approximately $180 million to support the significant market demand and wood conversion opportunity. The strategic capacity expansion plan includes an incremental 70% decking production capacity and a new manufacturing facility over the next 18 to 24 months.”
“I would like to thank all of our employees for their hard work, dedication and adaptability that are enabling us to effectively manage through the adversity associated with COVID-19 and quickly respond to a sharp increase in market demand,” concluded Mr. Singh.
INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING
On June 16, The AZEK Company announced the completion of its initial public offering of 38,237,500 shares of its Class A common stock, including the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase up to 4,987,500 additional shares of Class A common stock, at a price to the public of $23.00 per share. The aggregate net proceeds to AZEK from the offering were approximately $819.4 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. During the quarter, the Company used approximately $783 million of the net proceeds from the IPO to retire debt.
THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2020 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS
Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased by $2.4 million, or 1.1%, to $223.7 million from $221.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to higher sales growth in our Residential segment. Net sales for the Residential segment increased by 5.5%, partially offset by a decrease in the Commercial segment of 19.7%, in each case, as compared to the prior year period.
Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased by $0.3 million, or 0.4%, to $75.1 million from $75.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Gross profit as a percent of net sales decreased to 33.6%, compared to 34.1% for prior year period. The decrease in gross profit as a percent of net sales was primarily driven by higher depreciation expense and the impact of COVID-19 related production costs.
Adjusted Gross Profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased by $0.7 million, or 0.9%, to $91.2 million from $90.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted Gross Profit Margin was 40.8%, inclusive of an approximately 90 basis points negative impact from COVID-19 related production costs.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $15.0 million, or 29.8%, to $65.2 million, or 29.1% of net sales, for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 from $50.2 million, or 22.7% of net sales, for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to IPO-related expenses of $22.1 million, including the recognition of stock-based compensation expense, partially offset by lower marketing-related expenses during the initial COVID-19 disruption early in the quarter.
Net loss was ($52.1) million, or ($0.44) per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 as compared to net income of $1.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, primarily due to the expenses related to the extinguishment of debt and an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses due to recognition of additional stock-based compensation expense as a result of our IPO.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased by $5.0 million, or 9.6%, to $57.8 million from $52.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase was mainly driven by higher sales as well as lower selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by higher COVID-19 related production costs. Adjusted EBITDA Margin expanded 200 basis points to 25.8% from 23.8% for the prior year period.
THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2020 SEGMENT RESULTS
Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased by $10.0 million, or 5.5%, to $192.6 million from $182.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to higher sales in our Deck, Rail & Accessories business while our Exteriors business rebounded in June as key geographies and channels re-started new construction and remodeling activity later in the quarter.
Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased by $8.2 million, or 15.2% to $62.3 million from $54.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase was mainly driven by higher sales and net manufacturing productivity improvements, as well as lower selling, general and administrative expenses as a result of lower marketing and travel expenses, partially offset by higher COVID-19 related production costs.
Net sales were $31.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $38.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, a decrease of $7.6 million, or 19.7%. The Commercial segment has greater exposure to the broader economy, and the business saw net sales decline as the effects of COVID-19 impacted certain end market demand during the quarter. The decrease in sales was due in part to geographic shutdowns for our Scranton Products bathroom partition business and a significant contraction in retail and tradeshow segments for our Vycom sheet business.
Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $5.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $6.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The decrease was primarily driven by lower sales and higher manufacturing costs, partially offset by reductions in selling, general and administrative expenses.
NINE MONTHS FISCAL 2020 RESULTS
Consolidated net sales for the nine months ended June 30, 2020 increased by $56.6 million, or 9.8%, to $635.3 million from $578.7 million for the comparable period of fiscal 2019. Residential segment net sales were up 13.0% to $538.5 million, partially offset by Commercial segment net sales, which decreased by 5.3% to $96.8 million, in each case as compared to the prior year.
Net loss was ($57.9) million, or ($0.52) per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2020. The net loss is primarily due to $66.6 million of expenses related to the extinguishment of debt and an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses due to recognition of additional stock-based compensation expense as a result of our IPO. Net Margin was (9.1%) for the nine months ended June 30, 2020.
Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended June 30, 2020 increased by $20.4 million, or 16.0%, to $147.4 million from $127.1 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019. Adjusted EBITDA Margin expanded 120 basis points to 23.2% from 22.0% a year ago.
BALANCE SHEET, CASH FLOW and LIQUIDITY
As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $215.1 million and approximately $97.0 million available under the borrowing base for future borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility. Total debt as of June 30, 2020 was $506.7 million, including $467.1 million under our Term Loan Credit Agreement and $44.0 million outstanding under our Revolving Credit Agreement.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $11.3 million and $20.3 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
“As we enter our fourth quarter, our outlook is based on current strong demand within our Residential segment end markets, balanced by the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic, including high unemployment. Over the next quarter, we expect continued robust demand within our Residential segment across both our Deck, Rail & Accessories and Exteriors businesses, partially offset by continued weakness in our Commercial segment. Strong demand has resulted in certain temporary shortages in our decking and railing product lines. While we added capacity during the third quarter, we have accelerated the deployment of our previously announced expansion and expect additional capacity to come online during the fourth quarter as well as the second and third quarters of our fiscal year 2021, with the completion of the program expected in the first half of fiscal year 2022,” added Mr. Singh.
AZEK is introducing guidance for the fourth quarter fiscal 2020 for net sales growth in the range of 12% to 17% year-over-year following 13% growth in the comparable period last year and Adjusted EBITDA growth in the range of 14% to 19% year-over-year following 16% growth in the comparable period last year.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
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Interested investors and other parties can also listen to a webcast of the live conference call by logging onto the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.azekco.com/events-and-presentations/.
For those unable to listen to the live conference call, a replay will be available approximately two hours after the call through the archived webcast on the AZEK website or by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. The conference ID for the replay is 6685168. The replay will be available until 10:59 p.m. (CT) on August 27, 2020.
ABOUT THE AZEK® COMPANY
The AZEK® Company Inc. is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of beautiful, low-maintenance residential and commercial building products and is committed to innovation, sustainability and research & development. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company operates manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. For additional information, please visit azekco.com.
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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
To supplement our earnings release and consolidated financial statements prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or (“GAAP”), we use certain non-GAAP performance financial measures, as described within this earnings release, to provide investors with additional useful information about our financial performance, to enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and to allow for greater transparency with respect to important metrics used by our management for financial and operational decision-making. We are presenting these non-GAAP financial measures to assist investors in seeing our financial performance from management’s view and because we believe they provide an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our core financial performance over multiple periods with other companies in our industry. Our GAAP financial results include significant expenses that are not indicative of our ongoing operations as detailed within this earnings release.
However, non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in their usefulness to investors because they have no standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. In addition, non-GAAP financial measures may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be directly comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed as supplementing, and not as an alternative or substitute for, our earnings release and our consolidated financial statements prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
We define Adjusted Gross Profit as gross profit before depreciation and amortization, business transformation costs and acquisition costs as described below. Adjusted Gross Profit Margin is equal to Adjusted Gross Profit divided by net sales.
We define Adjusted Net Income as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation costs, business transformation costs, acquisition costs, initial public offering costs and certain other costs as described below.
We define Adjusted Diluted EPS as Adjusted Net Income divided by weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted, to reflect the conversion or exercise, as applicable, of all outstanding shares of restricted stock awards, restricted stock units and options to purchase shares of our common stock.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, net, income tax (benefit) expense and depreciation and amortization and by adding to or subtracting therefrom items of expense and income as described above.
Adjusted EBITDA Margin is equal to Adjusted EBITDA divided by net sales. Net Leverage is equal to gross debt less cash and cash equivalents, divided by trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA. We believe Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Profit Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Net Leverage are useful to investors because they help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by certain expenses that can vary from company to company depending on, among other things, its financing, capital structure and the method by which its assets were acquired, and can also vary significantly from period to period. We also add back depreciation and amortization and share-based compensation because we do not consider them indicative of our core operating performance. We believe their exclusion facilitates comparisons of our operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Therefore, we believe that showing gross profit and net income, as adjusted to remove the impact of these expenses, is helpful to investors in assessing our gross profit and net income performance in a way that is similar to the way management assesses our performance. Additionally, EBITDA and EBITDA margin are common measures of operating performance in our industry, and we believe they facilitate operating comparisons. Our management also uses Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin in conjunction with other GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including as a measure of our core operating results and the effectiveness of our business strategy, and in evaluating our financial performance. Management considers Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Net Income as useful measures because our cost of sales includes the depreciation of property, plant and equipment used in the production of products and the amortization of various intangibles related to our manufacturing processes. Further, management considers Net Leverage as a useful measure to assess our borrowing capacity
Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Profit Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Net Leverage have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
- These measures do not reflect our cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
- These measures do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin do not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt;
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin do not reflect our income tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our taxes;
- Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA exclude the expense of depreciation and amortization of our assets, and, although these are non-cash expenses, the assets being depreciated may have to be replaced in the future;
- Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA exclude the expense associated with our equity compensation plan, although equity compensation has been, and will continue to be, an important part of our compensation strategy;
- Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA exclude certain business transformation costs, acquisition costs and other costs, each of which can affect our current and future cash requirements; and
- Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Profit Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Net Leverage differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.
Because of these limitations, none of these metrics should be considered indicative of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or as measures of cash that will be available to us to meet our obligations.
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