– Revenue Grows 3% Despite Weak Economy –
– Generated $33 Million in Cash from Operations in Third Quarter –
ATLANTA, Nov. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building products in North America, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended October 2, 2010.Revenues increased 3.4% to $464.7 million from $449.4 million for the same period a year ago. The increase reflects a 5.9% increase in structural product sales and a 2.5% increase in specialty product sales. Overall unit volume was flat, with a 1.3% increase in specialty unit volume being offset by a 4.3% decline in structural unit volume. The Company incurred a net loss of $14.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010, compared with net loss of $13.5 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009. Gross profit for the third quarter totaled $49.9 million, down 9.7% from $55.3 million in the prior-year period. Gross margins decreased to 10.7% from the 12.3% generated in the year earlier period. The decline in gross margin was largely driven by a sharp decline in underlying wood-based product prices during the quarter. Total operating expenses decreased $1.7 million, or 2.8% from the same period a year ago. Reported operating loss for the quarter was $7.3 million, compared with an operating loss of $3.6 million a year ago. "Our overall performance for the third quarter was impacted by a lack of improvement in actual housing starts and continued deterioration of wood-based product prices," said BlueLinx President and CEO George Judd. "Total housing starts for the quarter fell 0.8% from year-earlier levels, while prices for key grades of structural wood products dropped 20% on average from the end of the second quarter. The price volatility seen in the last six months is some of the worst I have seen in my 25 years in this industry. This volatility in the wood markets had a negative impact on our margins during the quarter as our inventories returned to current market values. Despite this challenging environment, we increased sales by 3.4% while controlling our operating costs and generated approximately $33 million in cash from operations during the third quarter."