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ATLANTA, March 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building products in North America, today announced the successful completion of its previously announced $40 million rights offering. The Company announced previously that it would use the net proceeds of the rights offering of approximately $38.7 million to reduce the outstanding balance of its U.S. revolving credit facility. Following the issuance of the newly subscribed shares, which is expected to occur on or about April 1, 2013, BlueLinx will have approximately 86,612,039 total shares outstanding. After giving effect to the offering, Cerberus ABP Investor LLC beneficially owns approximately 54.4% of BlueLinx' common stock.
Commenting on the announcement, BlueLinx President and CEO George Judd stated, "We are very pleased by the tremendous response to this rights offering by our existing stockholders. This is strong confirmation of their continued confidence in and support of our growth strategy. The new residential construction market and, to a lesser extent, the home improvement and remodeling market, are showing signs of significant improvement. I believe this highly successful offering underlines investor confidence in BlueLinx' ability to benefit from these improving conditions."
The Company conducted the rights offering because, as the housing market and general economic conditions continue to improve, the additional capital raised in the rights offering will allow the Company to participate more fully in these improving conditions. The Company's sales depend heavily on the strength of national and local new residential construction and home improvement and remodeling markets, which are showing signs of significant improvement. Moreover, the government's legislative and administrative measures aimed at restoring liquidity to the credit markets and providing relief to homeowners facing foreclosure are beginning to show positive results. The overall housing market and economy are also improving, which is expected to lead to a considerable increase in residential construction and, to a lesser extent, in home improvement activity. If the Company and its industry continue to recover from the historic housing market downturn, the Company expects its sales to improve and therefore its need for inventory and its accounts receivable to increase. This increase in working capital is expected to use some of the Company's current excess availability under its revolving credit facilities. While the Company believes that the amounts that are available from its revolving credit facilities and other sources are sufficient to fund its routine operations and capital requirements for at least the next 12 months, it conducted the rights offering to provide it with a stronger liquidity position and allow it to more fully participate in the improving housing market.