Boise Cascade Holdings Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results


    



    
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<p><span class="xn-location">BOISE</span>, Idaho, <span class="xn-chron">May 11</span> /CNW/ -- <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. (BC Holdings or Company) announced net income of <span class="xn-money">$11.4 million</span> for the quarter ended <span class="xn-chron">March 31, 2010</span>.  Included in its net income was a <span class="xn-money">$25.3 million</span> gain on the sale of the remaining 18.3 million <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Inc. shares held by the Company, as well as <span class="xn-money">$1.9 million</span> of noncash income associated with the Company's investment in <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Inc.</p>
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<p>In first quarter 2010, BC Holdings' building products subsidiary, <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Cascade, L.L.C., reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of negative <span class="xn-money">$1.8 million</span>.  This compared to negative EBITDA of <span class="xn-money">$31.3 million</span> in first quarter 2009.  With <span class="xn-money">$86.1 million</span> of net proceeds from the first quarter sale of <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Inc. shares, the Company concluded the quarter with <span class="xn-money">$336.1 million</span> of cash and <span class="xn-money">$303.1 million</span> of debt.</p>
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<p>New residential construction remained weak in the first quarter with annualized housing starts of approximately 0.62 million.  However, first quarter 2010 housing starts were 17% higher than the levels experienced in the same quarter of 2009.  The company continues to be challenged by the reduced demand for the products it distributes and manufactures, as U.S. housing starts remain well below the ten-year historical trend of about 1.5 million per year.</p>
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<p>"The first quarter of this year was stronger than the prior year, with our EWP sales volumes up just over 50% and our plywood prices up 15% compared with the first quarter of 2009.  Sales in BMD rose over 16% and carried a higher gross margin primarily due to higher commodity prices during the quarter.  We are encouraged by the improvement in our first quarter operating results and our strong liquidity position," stated <span class="xn-person">Tom Carlile</span>, CEO.  The individual segment results are discussed in more detail below.</p>
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<p>Building Materials Distribution segment sales were <span class="xn-money">$389.1 million</span> in the first quarter, up 16% from the same quarter a year ago.  BMD reported <span class="xn-money">$1.1 million</span> of quarterly EBITDA, a <span class="xn-money">$7.7 million</span> improvement from first quarter 2009.  The EBITDA improvement was driven primarily by higher prices for the commodity products BMD distributes.</p>
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<p>Wood Products segment sales in the first quarter were <span class="xn-money">$148.0 million</span>, up 27% from the same quarter a year ago.  The sales increase was attributable primarily to an increase in EWP sales volumes of over 50%, 37% higher lumber sales prices and 19% higher lumber sales volumes, as well as 15% higher plywood prices.  The segment broke even in the first quarter on an EBITDA basis, reporting a positive <span class="xn-money">$0.1 million</span>, compared with negative <span class="xn-money">$28.6 million</span> in first quarter 2009, which included <span class="xn-money">$5.0 million</span> of costs related to the closure of one of our Wood Products facilities.  Increased product pricing for plywood and lumber and lower conversion costs for all of our product lines were the main factors contributing to the improved financial performance in the Wood Products segment.</p>
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    Outlook
    
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<p>U.S. pricing for lumber, plywood, and a number of other commodity wood products moved up in the first quarter in response to seasonal demand improvements, constrained inventory levels, supply curtailments, as well as a disruption in imports.  Absent a change in unemployment trends, stronger levels of consumer confidence, and a reduction in foreclosures, we expect to continue to experience below normal demand for the products we distribute and manufacture.  Industry commodity wood product prices may be volatile in response to operating rates, inventory levels in various distribution channels, and import activity.  We expect to manage our production levels to our sales demand, which will likely cause us to operate our facilities below their capacity.</p>
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    About Boise Cascade
    
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<p>BC Holdings is a privately held company headquartered in <span class="xn-location">Boise</span>, Idaho.  Our wholly owned subsidiary, <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Cascade, L.L.C., is a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products and one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>.  For more information, please visit our website at <a href="http://www.bc.com">www.bc.com</a>.</p>
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    Webcast and Conference Call
    
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<p>BC Holdings will host a webcast and conference call on <span class="xn-chron">Tuesday, May 11</span>, at <span class="xn-chron">10:30 a.m.</span> Eastern, at which time we will review the company's recent performance.  You can join the webcast through the <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Cascade website.  Go to <a href="http://www.bc.com">www.bc.com</a> and click on the link to the webcast under the News & Events heading.  Please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the start of the webcast to register.  To join the conference call, dial 800-374-0165 (international callers should dial 706-902-1407) at least 10 minutes before the start of the call.</p>
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<p>The archived webcast will be available in the News & Events section of <span class="xn-location">Boise</span> Cascade's website.  A replay of the conference call will be available from <span class="xn-chron">Tuesday, May 11</span> at <span class="xn-chron">2:00 p.m.</span> Eastern through <span class="xn-chron">Tuesday, May 18</span>, at <span class="xn-chron">11:59 p.m.</span> Eastern.  Playback numbers are 800-642-1687 for U.S. calls and 706-645-9291 for international calls, and the passcode will be 72077054.</p>
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    Basis of Presentation
    
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<p>We present our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  Our earnings release also supplements the GAAP presentations by reflecting EBITDA.  EBITDA represents income (loss) before interest (interest expense and interest income), income taxes, and depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is the primary measure used by our chief operating decision makers to evaluate segment operating performance and to decide how to allocate resources to segments.  We believe EBITDA is useful to investors because it provides a means to evaluate the operating performance of our segments and our company on an ongoing basis using criteria that are used by our internal decision makers and because it is frequently used by investors and other interested parties when comparing companies in our industry that have different financing and capital structures and/or tax rates.  We believe EBITDA is a meaningful measure because it presents a transparent view of our recurring operating performance and allows management to readily view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons, and identify strategies to improve operating performance.  EBITDA, however, is not a measure of our liquidity or financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.  The use of EBITDA instead of net income (loss) or segment income (loss) has limitations as an analytical tool, including the inability to determine profitability; the exclusion of interest expense, interest income, and associated significant cash requirements; and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization.  Management compensates for these limitations by relying on our GAAP results.  Our measures of EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the methods of calculation.</p>
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    Forward-Looking Statements
    
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<p>This news release contains statements that are "forward looking" within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements speak only as of the date of this press release.  While they are based on the current expectations and beliefs of management, they are subject to a number of uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ from the expectations expressed in this release.</p>
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                           Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C.
                      Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
                              (unaudited, in thousands)
    
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                                              Three Months Ended
                                              ------------------
                                                                  December
                                               March 31                    31,
                                               --------
                                            2010            2009      2009
                                            ----            ----      ----
    Sales
    Trade                               $477,422        $407,724  $447,739
    Related parties (a)                    9,831           5,703    11,897
                                         487,253         413,427   459,636
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    Costs and expenses
    Materials, labor, and other
     operating expenses                  425,901         381,071   410,412
    Materials, labor, and other
     operating expenses
       from related parties (a)            6,222          12,290     5,199
    Depreciation and amortization          8,590          11,119     8,680
    Selling and distribution expenses     48,165          45,241    46,705
    General and administrative expenses    7,458           6,925     6,772
    General and administrative expenses
       from related party (a)              1,576           2,433     2,551
    Other (income) expense, net (b)          (80)          2,681       487
                                         497,832         461,760   480,806
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    Loss from operations                 (10,579)        (48,333)  (21,170)
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    Equity in net income of affiliate      1,889           3,005    18,193
    Gain on sale of shares of equity
     affiliate (a)                        25,308               -    41,755
    Impairment of investment in equity
     affiliate (c)                             -         (43,039)        -
    Foreign exchange gain (loss)             147            (332)      121
    Change in fair value of contingent
     value rights                              -             194         -
    Gain on repurchase of long-term
     debt (d)                                  -           6,026         -
    Interest expense                      (5,520)         (5,616)   (5,380)
    Interest income                          194             397       126
                                          22,018         (39,365)   54,815
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    Income (loss) before income taxes     11,439         (87,698)   33,645
    Income tax provision                     (45)           (483)      (37)
    Net income (loss)                    $11,394        $(88,181)  $33,608
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                                  Segment Information
                               (unaudited, in thousands)
    
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                                             Three Months Ended
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                                               March 31         December 31,
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                                            2010            2009      2009
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    Segment sales
    Building Materials Distribution     $389,118        $335,022  $368,911
    Wood Products                        148,000         116,479   136,752
    Intersegment eliminations and other  (49,865)        (38,074)  (46,027)
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                                        $487,253        $413,427  $459,636
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    Segment loss
    Building Materials Distribution        $(733)        $(8,544)    $(832)
    Wood Products (b)                     (6,599)        (37,631)  (16,218)
    Corporate and Other                   (3,100)         (2,490)   (3,999)
                                         (10,432)        (48,665)  (21,049)
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    Equity in net income of affiliate      1,889           3,005    18,193
    Gain on sale of shares of equity
     affiliate (a)                        25,308               -    41,755
    Impairment of investment of equity
     affiliate (c)                             -         (43,039)        -
    Change in fair value of contingent
     value rights                              -             194         -
    Gain on repurchase of long-term
     debt (d)                                  -           6,026         -
    Interest expense                      (5,520)         (5,616)   (5,380)
    Interest income                          194             397       126
    Income (loss) before income taxes    $11,439        $(87,698)  $33,645
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    EBITDA (f)
    Building Materials Distribution       $1,096         $(6,611)   $1,003
    Wood Products (b)                         65         (28,559)   (9,350)
    Corporate and Other                   (3,003)         (2,376)   (4,022)
    Equity in net income of affiliate      1,889           3,005    18,193
    Gain on sale of shares of equity
     affiliate (a)                        25,308               -    41,755
    Impairment of investment in equity
     affiliate (c)                             -         (43,039)        -
    Change in fair value of contingent
     value rights                              -             194         -
    Gain on repurchase of long-term
     debt (d)                                  -           6,026         -
                                         $25,355        $(71,360)  $47,579
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                     Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C.
                      Consolidated Balance Sheets
                             (in thousands)
    
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                                                                 December
                                               March 31,            31,
                                                     2010             2009
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    ASSETS
    
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    Current
    Cash and cash equivalents (e)                $336,084         $287,101
    Receivables
       Trade, less allowances of $2,293 and
        $1,584                                    151,537           95,398
       Related parties (a)                            946            2,604
       Other                                        4,042            3,495
    Inventories                                   268,513          232,774
    Prepaid expenses and other                      3,555            1,870
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                                                  764,677          623,242
                                                  -------          -------
    Property
    Property and equipment, net                   264,786          270,229
    Timber deposits                                10,517            9,264
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                                                  275,303          279,493
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    Investment in equity affiliate                      -           62,967
    Deferred financing costs                        5,403            5,734
    Goodwill                                       12,170           12,170
    Intangible assets, net                          8,916            8,919
    Other assets                                    7,931            8,359
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    Total assets                               $1,074,400       $1,000,884
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                          Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C.
                     Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)
                     (in thousands, except for equity units)
    
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                                                         December
                                             March 31,      31,
                                                   2010       2009
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    LIABILITIES AND CAPITAL
    
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    Current
    Accounts payable
       Trade                                   $149,376    $89,253
       Related parties (a)                        1,971      2,449
    Accrued liabilities
       Compensation and benefits                 31,511     27,887
       Interest payable                           7,709      3,644
       Other                                     16,704     16,695
                                                207,271    139,928
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    Debt
    Long-term debt (e)                          303,146    303,146
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    Other
    Compensation and benefits                   112,305    113,290
    Other long-term liabilities                  13,470     14,301
                                                125,775    127,591
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    Redeemable equity units
    Series B equity units - 2,764,854 units
     outstanding                                  2,765      2,765
    Series C equity units - 16,270,616 units
     outstanding                                  5,636      5,202
                                                  8,401      7,967
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<p>Commitments and contingent liabilities</p>
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    Capital
    Series A equity units - no par value;
     66,000,000 units authorized
       and outstanding                           90,662     88,908
    Series B equity units - no par value;
     550,000,000 units authorized;
       532,558,673 units outstanding            339,145    333,344
    Series C equity units - no par value;
     44,000,000 units authorized;
      11,951,751 units outstanding                    -          -
    Total capital                               429,807    422,252
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    Total liabilities and capital            $1,074,400 $1,000,884
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                          Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C.
                       Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                                  (in thousands)
    
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                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31
                                                          --------
                                                        2010            2009
                                                        ----            ----
    Cash provided by (used for) operations
    Net income (loss)                                $11,394        $(88,181)
    Items in net income (loss) not using
     (providing) cash
       Equity in net income of affiliate              (1,889)         (3,005)
       Gain on sale of shares of equity affiliate    (25,308)              -
       Impairment of investment in equity affiliate        -          43,039
       Depreciation and amortization of deferred
        financing costs and other                      9,123          11,462
       Pension expense                                 2,087           4,938
       Management equity units expense                   434             778
       Gain on repurchase of long-term debt                -          (6,026)
       Facility closure and curtailment costs              -           2,754
       Other                                            (221)             57
    Decrease (increase) in working capital
       Receivables                                   (55,027)        (25,800)
       Inventories                                   (35,739)         13,174
       Prepaid expenses and other                       (389)         (1,357)
       Accounts payable and accrued liabilities       65,488           7,826
    Pension contributions                             (2,976)        (25,045)
    Other                                                155          (1,350)
       Cash used for operations                      (32,868)        (66,736)
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    Cash provided by (used for) investment
    Proceeds from sale of shares of equity
     affiliate, net                                   86,123               -
    Expenditures for property and equipment           (3,245)         (4,229)
    Other                                             (1,027)            238
       Cash provided by (used for) investment         81,851          (3,991)
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    Cash provided by (used for) financing
    Payments of long-term debt                             -          (5,627)
    Tax distributions to members                           -          (9,897)
    Repurchase of management equity units                  -              (8)
       Cash used for financing                             -         (15,532)
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    Increase (decrease) in cash and cash
     equivalents                                      48,983         (86,259)
    Balance at beginning of the period               287,101         275,803
    Balance at end of the period                    $336,084        $189,544
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    Summary Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Segment Information

    
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    (a) In March 2010, we sold our remaining investment in Boise Inc. and
     discontinued the equity method of accounting.  During the three
     months ended March 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009, we sold 18.3
     million and 17.6 million Boise Inc. shares and recorded gains of
     $25.3 million and $41.8 million in "Gain on sale of shares of equity
     affiliate" in our Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss).  The
     2010 related-party activity with Boise Inc. includes only those
     sales and costs and expenses transacted prior to March 2010, when BC
     Holdings and Boise Inc. were related parties.
    
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    (b) In first quarter 2009, we committed to indefinitely curtailing
     the lumber manufacturing facility in La Grande, Oregon, and we
     recorded $4.4 million of expense in "Other (income) expense, net" in
     the Wood Products segment in our Consolidated Statement of Income
     (Loss).  In addition, we recorded $2.5 million of accelerated
     depreciation in "Depreciation and amortization" and $0.6 million of
     expenses in "Materials, labor, and other operating expenses" in the
     Wood Products segment in our Consolidated Statement of Income
     (Loss).
    
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    (c) On March 31, 2009, we concluded that our investment in Boise Inc.
     met the definition of other than temporarily impaired.  Accordingly,
     we recorded a $43.0 million charge in "Impairment of investment in
     equity affiliate" in our Consolidated Statement of Income (Loss) for
     the three months ended March 31, 2009.  For more information, see
     the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Form 10-Q for
     the period ended March 31, 2010.
    
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    (d) The three months ended March 31, 2009, included a $6.0 million
     net gain on the repurchase of $11.9 million of senior subordinated
     notes.
    
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    (e) On April 1, 2010, we borrowed an additional $45.0 million under
     our senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility (Revolving
     Credit Facility), bringing the total amount outstanding to $120.0
     million. On April 30, 2010, we used cash on hand to repay the entire
     $120.0 million outstanding and permanently reduce the lending
     commitments by $120.0 million, bringing the total commitments under
     the Revolving Credit Facility to $170.0 million.
    
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    (f) EBITDA represents income (loss) before interest (interest expense
     and interest income), income taxes, and depreciation and
     amortization.  The following table reconciles BC Holdings, L.L.C.,
     net income (loss) to BC Holdings, L.L.C., EBITDA and Boise Cascade,
     L.L.C., EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009,
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    BC Holdings, L.L.C., net
     income (loss)            $11,394           $(88,181)           $33,608
    Interest expense            5,520              5,616              5,380
    Interest income              (194)              (397)              (126)
    Income tax provision           45                483                 37
    Depreciation and
     amortization               8,590             11,119              8,680
    BC Holdings, L.L.C.,
     EBITDA                    25,355            (71,360)            47,579
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    Equity in net income of
     affiliate                 (1,889)            (3,005)           (18,193)
    Gain on sale of shares of
     equity affiliate         (25,308)                 -            (41,755)
    Impairment of investment
     in equity affiliate            -             43,039                  -
    Boise Cascade, L.L.C.,
     EBITDA                   $(1,842)          $(31,326)          $(12,369)
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