GMS Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

TUCKER, Ga.–GMS Inc. (NYSE:GMS), a leading North American specialty distributor of interior building products, today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 ended October 31, 2019.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights

  • Net sales of $861.9 million increased 3.4% from $833.8 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. Organic net salesincreased 2.7% year over year.
  • Reported net income of $29.1 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to $24.9 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.
  • Adjusted net income of $42.7 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, compared to $38.3 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $89.9 million, or 10.4% of net sales, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $87.1 million, or 10.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.
  • The company completed one greenfield opening during the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Net leverage was reduced to 3.5 times as of the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2020 from 3.7 times as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow for the first six months of fiscal 2020 totaled $69.9 million and $55.3 million, respectively, representing increases of 53.2% and 51.5%, respectively, from the first six months of fiscal 2019.

“The GMS team continued to execute well in the second quarter, growing sales, expanding gross margin and achieving higher net income and Adjusted EBITDA,” said John C. Turner, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. “We achieved strong volume performance in the United States, where demand conditions remain solid, while managing continued softness in Canada. We also generated strong cash from operations and free cash flow, and continue to pursue our existing capital allocation priorities, including debt reduction and prudent geographic and market share expansion through acquisitions and greenfields.

“Moving forward, we remain focused on our strategic priorities which include increased emphasis on organic growth through expanding market share in core products and growing our complementary product lines. We will also continue to pursue strategic acquisitions and greenfield branch openings as we broaden our geographic platform. With a heightened focus on enhanced productivity and profitability across the organization, we are confident that we are well-positioned to capitalize on the growth opportunities ahead and drive value for our shareholders.”

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 of $861.9 million were up 3.4%, or 2.7% on an organic basis, compared to $833.8 million for the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.

  • Wallboard sales of $350.6 million increased 4.8% (4.0% on an organic basis) compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019, driven primarily by higher organic volumes and acquisitions, partially offset by lower pricing/mix.
  • Ceilings sales of $122.8 million increased 3.7% (1.7% on an organic basis) compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019, primarily due to higher organic volumes and acquisitions, as well as slightly higher pricing/mix.
  • Steel framing sales of $136.2 million increased 0.3% (down 0.6% on an organic basis) compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019, driven by higher organic volumes and acquisitions, partially offset by lower pricing/mix.
  • Other product sales of $252.3 million increased 3.0% (3.1% on an organic basis) compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019, due to higher organic growth and acquisitions.

Gross profit of $284.5 million increased 6.1% from $268.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, as a result of higher sales, both organically and including the positive impact of acquisitions. Gross margin of 33.0% increased 80 basis points from 32.2% a year ago primarily due to net favorable price-cost dynamics, acquisition-related purchasing synergies and product mix.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percentage of net sales was 23.3% for the quarter compared to 22.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales was 22.7% compared to 21.8% in the prior year quarter. The 90 basis point increase in adjusted SG&A as a percentage of sales resulted primarily from the year-over-year decline in the selling price of certain of our products and, to a lesser extent, continuing inflationary cost pressures. In addition, the Company continued to make ongoing investments in greenfields and business initiatives intended to drive growth and productivity.

Net income of $29.1 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to $24.9 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted net income of $42.7 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, compared to $38.3 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted EBITDA of $89.9 million increased 3.2% year over year and represented an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 10.4%.

Balance Sheet

As of October 31, 2019, the Company had cash of $36.3 million and total debt of $1.10 billion, compared to cash of $24.1 million and total debt of $1.16 billion, as of July 31, 2019.

As previously disclosed, during the second fiscal quarter, the Company amended its asset based revolving credit facility to increase commitments from $345.0 million to $445.0 million, extend the maturity date to September 30, 2024 and improve the rate structure. Also during the second fiscal quarter, the Company made a $50.0 million prepayment of outstanding principal of its senior secured first lien term loan facility. As of the end of the fiscal second quarter, the Company had a total of $410.4 million available under its revolving credit facilities.

During the second fiscal quarter, the Company reduced its net debt by $73.1 million and net leverage was 3.5 times as of the end of the quarter compared to 3.7 times as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Platform Expansion Activity

During the second quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company opened a greenfield location in Wilsonville, Oregon. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the Company also completed the previously announced acquisition of Rigney Building Supplies LTD in Kingston, Ontario.

Conference Call and Webcast

GMS will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2019 and other information related to its business at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Investors who wish to participate in the call should dial 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international) at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the call. The live webcast will be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.gms.com. There will be a slide presentation of the results available on that page of the website as well. Replays of the call will be available through January 5, 2019 and can be accessed at 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 412-317-6671 (international) and entering the pass code 13697005.

About GMS Inc.

Founded in 1971, GMS operates a network of more than 250 distribution centers across the United States and Canada. GMS’s extensive product offering of wallboard, suspended ceilings systems, or ceilings, and complementary construction products is designed to provide a comprehensive one-stop-shop for our core customer, the interior contractor who installs these products in commercial and residential buildings.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

GMS reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. However, it presents Adjusted net income, free cash flow, Adjusted SG&A, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin, which are not recognized financial measures under GAAP. GMS believes that Adjusted net income, free cash flow, Adjusted SG&A, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin assist investors and analysts in comparing its operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. The Company’s management believes Adjusted net income, Adjusted SG&A, free cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are helpful in highlighting trends in its operating results, while other measures can differ significantly depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which the Company operates and capital investments. In addition, the Company utilizes Adjusted EBITDA in certain calculations under its senior secured asset based revolving credit facility and its senior secured first lien term loan facility.

You are encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons GMS considers it appropriate for supplemental analysis. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted net income, Adjusted SG&A and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future, the Company may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in the presentation of Adjusted net income, Adjusted SG&A and Adjusted EBITDA. The Company’s presentation of Adjusted net income, Adjusted SG&A, Adjusted SG&A margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin should not be construed as an inference that its future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. In addition, Adjusted net income, free cash flow, Adjusted SG&A and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in GMS’s industry or across different industries. Please see the tables at the end of this release for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, Adjusted SG&A and Adjusted net income to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

When calculating organic net sales growth, the Company excludes from the calculation (i) net sales of acquired businesses until the first anniversary of the acquisition date, and (ii) the impact of foreign currency translation.


Forward-Looking Statements and Information:

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by the Company’s use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “seek,” or “should,” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. In particular, statements about the markets in which GMS operates and the economy generally and statements about growth potential across the Company’s business and the ability to deliver growth and value creation contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those described in the “Risk Factors” section in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in its other periodic reports filed with the SEC. In addition, the statements in this release are made as of December 5, 2019. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements made herein, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in expectation or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to December 5, 2019.


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