Trex Company Announces First-Quarter 2014 Results

Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX), the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Net sales for the first quarter of 2014 totaled $100.6 million compared to net sales of $107.9 million for the 2013 first quarter. The Company reported net income of $12.3 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the 2014 period compared to net income of $21.6 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, for the prior-year period. The Company’s results for the 2014 quarter reflect a $7.1 million increase in income taxes due to returning to a more normal tax rate after exiting its tax valuation allowance at year-end 2013. The increase in taxes represents almost 80% of the year-over-year change in net income.

Chairman, President and CEO Ronald W. Kaplan commented, “The severe weather experienced throughout the country during the first quarter delayed the start of outdoor living project activity. Trex was affected by this trend. The impact was especially evident in March, when winter storms and low temperatures persisted throughout the month. Except for the weather-related impact to our sales, we are pleased with our first-quarter financial performance and remain confident about our strategy for the year.

“We believe Trex is optimally positioned across all key price segments with our high-performance decking and railing product platforms. Distributors and dealers are upbeat about our products and market strategy. In March, we were awarded top honors from two of the industry's most respected surveys – Peninsula Publishing's 2013 Building Products Brand Survey, which ranked Trex® as the number-one decking brand, and Green Builder Media's 2014 Reader's Choice Awards, which ranked us as the industry’s ‘greenest.’ These awards illustrate our brand and product leadership among trade professionals.

“In 2014, we are continuing the high-profile Engineered Artistry branding campaign we successfully launched last year. Macro-economic indicators, including rising consumer confidence and the strengthening home remodeling market, bode well for our prospects.

“For the second quarter of 2014, we expect net sales to be $125 million. This represents year-over-year growth of 27% for the quarter and 9% for the first six months of 2014.”

In February 2014, Trex announced a two-for-one stock split of the Company’s common stock. The stock split will be in the form of a stock dividend to be distributed on May 7, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 7, 2014.

Trex announced that Paul A. Brunner has retired from the board of directors effective April 30, 2014. Mr. Brunner has been a member of Trex’s board since 2003. Mr. Kaplan stated, “I want to thank Paul for his invaluable insight and support during his tenure as a member of our Board.”

First-Quarter 2014 Conference Call and Webcast Information

Trex will hold a conference call to discuss its first-quarter 2014 results on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET. To participate in the live call by telephone, please dial 706-634-1218 or 888-803-7566 and reference conference ID #25592502. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the Trex Company website at

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an audio replay of the earnings call will be available on the Trex website for 30 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release regarding the Company's expected future performance and condition constitute "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. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual operating results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include the extent of market acceptance of the Company's products; the costs associated with the development and launch of new products and the market acceptance of such new products; the sensitivity of the Company's business to general economic conditions; the impact of weather-related demand fluctuations on inventory levels in the distribution channel and sales of the Company’s products; the Company's ability to obtain raw materials at acceptable prices; the Company's ability to maintain product quality and product performance at an acceptable cost; the level of expenses associated with product replacement and consumer relations expenses related to product quality; and the highly competitive markets in which the Company operates. Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the Company, including in particular its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, discuss some of the important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Trex Company

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 20 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations throughout the world, Trex ® outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,


Net sales $ 100,645 $ 107,880
Cost of sales   62,478   66,020
Gross profit 38,167 41,860
Selling, general and administrative expenses   18,222   19,842
Income from operations 19,945 22,018
Interest expense, net   323   251
Income before income taxes 19,622 21,767
Provision for income taxes   7,327   198
Net income $ 12,295 $ 21,569
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.74 $ 1.28
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding   16,564,338   16,883,111
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.73 $ 1.25
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   16,799,719   17,280,445
Comprehensive income $ 12,295 $ 21,569

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,729 $ 3,772
Accounts receivable, net 116,470 37,338
Inventories 30,213 22,428
Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,969 3,145
Deferred income taxes   9,145     9,497  
Total current assets 162,526 76,180
Property, plant and equipment, net 100,278 100,783
Goodwill and other intangibles 10,539 10,542
Other assets   652     652  
Total assets $ 273,995   $ 188,157  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 10,999 $ 14,891
Accrued expenses 16,478 23,295
Accrued warranty 9,000 9,000
Line of credit   80,000     -  
Total current liabilities 116,477 47,186
Deferred income taxes 360 360
Non-current accrued warranty 29,802 31,812
Other long-term liabilities   2,134     2,183  
Total liabilities   148,773     81,541  
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 3,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding - -

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized; 17,339,036 and 17,299,062 shares issued

and 16,777,781 and 16,737,807 shares outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively
173 173
Additional paid-in capital 107,978 101,667
Retained earnings 42,071 29,776
Treasury stock, at cost, 561,255 shares   (25,000 )   (25,000 )
Total stockholders’ equity   125,222     106,616  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 273,995   $ 188,157  

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,


Net income $ 12,295 $ 21,569

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 3,797 4,164
Other non-cash charges (5,022 ) 591
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (93,095 )   (92,277 )
Net cash used in operating activities $ (82,025 ) $ (65,953 )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES $ (3,176 ) $ (1,812 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES $ 85,158   $ 67,508  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents $ (43 ) $ (257 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period $ 3,772   $ 2,159  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 3,729   $ 1,902  

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