(NYSE: HW) HEADWATERS INCORPORATED, a building products company dedicated to improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials, today announced that it has redeemed $47.25 million of its 7 ¼ % Senior Notes, unsecured debt due in 2019.

Funded with balance sheet cash, the redemption was effective July 1, and reduces Headwaters remaining senior unsecured debt to $99.0 million. Since 2014, Headwaters has made debt repayments of $112.7 million, including a reduction of its senior secured term loan of $4.3 million. As of July 1, Headwaters' total debt was $519.8 million, consisting of $420.8 million of senior term debt, and $99.0 million of senior unsecured debt.

In addition to reducing its senior unsecured debt, during the June quarter, Headwaters successfully repriced its senior term debt, lowering its interest cost by 50 bps to Libor + 300 bps, with a 1% Libor floor. The combination of the July 1 debt redemption and the change in our senior term debt interest rate will reduce Headwaters' annual cash interest expense by over $5.5 million to a total annual cash interest expense of approximately $24.4 million.

"We have reduced our cash interest expense by over 50% from its peak of $52 million," said Don P. Newman, Headwaters Chief Financial Officer. "Through the disciplined use of debt, we have successfully completed multiple bolt-on acquisitions, but we have acted prudently to strengthen our balance sheet through overall debt reductions."

About Headwaters Incorporated

Headwaters Incorporated is improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials through application, design, and purpose. Headwaters is a diversified growth company providing products, technologies and services to the construction materials and building products markets. Through its construction materials and building products businesses, the Company has been able to improve sustainability by transforming underutilized resources into valuable products. www.headwaters.com

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