March 3, 2020

Cornerstone Building Brands Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results

  • Fourth-quarter net sales of $1,244.4 million, in line with expectations
  • Full Year Income from operations increased 70.5 percent to $214.7 million, compared to prior year period
  • Full Year Adjusted EBITDA1 of $583.6 million and fourth-quarter Adjusted EBITDA1 of $158.9 million exceeded expectations
  • Achieved approximately $110 million in annual savings through merger synergies and cost-savings initiatives
  • Positive order-intake moving into 2020

CARY, NC, March 3, 2020 - Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CNR) (the “Company”), a leading provider of exterior building products, today reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 financial results.

“I am pleased with both our financial and operational performance," said James S. Metcalf, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our results demonstrate our ability to drive shareholder value by leveraging our strong market leadership position, delivering meaningful cost savings, and improving the balance sheet.”

GAAP performance for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 was impacted by the merger between NCI Building Systems, Inc. and Ply Gem Parent, LLC, which was completed on November 16, 2018 (the “Ply Gem Merger”).

Fourth-Quarter 2019 Results

  • On a GAAP basis, net sales increased 116.9 percent to $1,244.4 million, and gross profit increased 116.1 percent to $288.0 million, or 23.1 percent of net sales, compared to the prior year period.
  • Net sales declined 1.8 percent from the fourth quarter 2018, on a pro forma basis. Net sales were impacted by softening market demand in the Commercial segment which was partially offset by strength in the Windows segment.
  • Gross profit of $288.0 million or 23.1 percent as a percent of net sales improved 230 basis points over the pro forma fourth quarter 2018 gross profit as a percent of net sales. The increase was primarily driven by positive price, mix and realization of cost savings, which more than offset lower manufacturing leverage from reduced volumes.
  • GAAP net income was $1.9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, down from $27.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted common share in the fourth quarter of 2018. Net income was impacted by $42.5 million of increased amortization expense associated with the intangibles from the Ply Gem Merger and the Environmental Stoneworks acquisition, $13.5 million of strategic development and acquisition related costs, and $2.5 million of restructuring and impairment charges, partially offset by the $4.2 million tax effect associated with these items.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $158.9 million or 12.8 percent of net sales compared to pro forma Adjusted EBITDA1 of $128.6 million or 10.1 percent of pro forma net sales for the fourth quarter 2018. The 270 basis points improvement was primarily driven by favorable price and mix, net of inflation of $26.0 million, cost savings and synergies of $37.5 million, which more than offset the manufacturing leverage impact of lower volumes and increased SG&A from variable incentive compensation.

Full-Year Fiscal 2019 Results

  • On a GAAP basis, net sales increased 144.4 percent to $4,889.7 million as compared to $2,000.6 million in 2018. On a pro forma basis, net sales declined 4.2 percent to $4,906.0 million as compared to $5,119.5 million in 2018.
  • GAAP net loss was $15.4 million or ($0.12) per diluted share, compared with net income applicable to common shares of $62.7 million or $0.94 per diluted share in 2018.
  • Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA1 was $581.9 million, or 11.9 percent of net sales, representing an improvement of 130 basis points, compared with pro forma Adjusted EBITDA1 for 2018. The improvement is primarily due to price discipline, cost management efforts and realized merger synergies.
  • Total merger synergies and cost savings captured during 2019 were approximately $110 million, $10 million better than target.
  • Reduced net debt to LTM Adjusted pro forma EBITDA1 to 5.4x, approximately a quarter turn better than expectations.

Fourth-Quarter 2019 Results by Segment

  • On a GAAP basis, net sales were $495.9 million, which included $108.0 million attributable to Silver Line. Ply Gem’s acquisition of Silver Line was completed on October 14, 2018.
  • Gross profit was $94.2 million, or 19.0 percent of net sales compared to $80.3 million of gross profit or 17.0 percent of net sales, on a pro forma basis for the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • The 200 basis point gross margin improvement was driven by favorable price and mix, net of inflation and realized savings, which more than offset the lower volumes and related manufacturing impacts.
  • On a GAAP basis, net sales were $270.8 million, and gross profit was $68.8 million, or 25.4 percent of net sales.
  • Net sales were $267.1 million, and gross profit of $65.0 million or 24.3 percent of net sales, on a pro forma basis for the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • The 110 basis point gross margin improvement was mostly driven by realized cost savings.


  • On a GAAP basis, net sales were $477.7 million, and gross profit was $125.0 million, or 26.2 percent of net sales.
  • Net sales were $528.6 million, and gross profit was $118.3 million, or 22.4 percent of net sales, on a pro forma basis for the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • The 380 basis point gross margin improvement was driven by favorable spread and cost savings.


First-Quarter 2020 Guidance
  • The Company anticipates mid single-digit growth in net sales over pro forma first quarter 2019 in the combined Windows and Siding segments and about flat net sales in the Commercial segment.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 is expected to be between $75 million and $90 million.

Additional Fiscal Year 2020 Guidance

We expect:
  • Capital expenditures to be between 2.0 percent and 2.5 percent of net sales.
  • Cash interest of approximately $200 million.
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 30 percent; cash taxes of approximately $60 million.
  • Benefits from primary working capital improvement to generate approximately $50 million of cash.
  • To incur approximately $25 million of restructuring costs to achieve $60 million of savings.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 4 to discuss its financial performance with investors and securities analysts. The call will be webcast on the Company’s website, in the Events & Presentations section of the Investors Page. The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-201-389-0872. After the live webcast, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until March 18, 2020. The replay dial-in number is 1-201-612-7415 and the replay code is 13698973. Additionally, the slide presentation to be used in connection with the Company’s webcast and conference call is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.

About Cornerstone Building Brands

Cornerstone Building Brands is a leading manufacturer of exterior building products in North America. Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, the Company serves residential and commercial customers across new construction and the repair & remodel markets. As the #1 manufacturer of windows, vinyl siding, insulated metal panels, metal roofing and wall systems and metal accessories, Cornerstone Building Brands combines a comprehensive portfolio of products with an expansive national footprint that includes more than 20,000 employees at manufacturing, distribution and office locations throughout North America.

Investor Relations

Tina Beskid


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See also the “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, to be filed with the SEC on the date hereof, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the SEC, which identify other important factors, though not necessarily all such factors, that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release includes certain “non-GAAP financial measures” as defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and in accordance with Regulation G. Management believes the use of such non-GAAP financial measures assists investors in understanding the ongoing operating performance of the Company by presenting the financial results between periods on a more comparable basis. Such non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We have included reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and provided in accordance with U.S. GAAP at the end of this release.

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(1) Adjusted financial metrics used in this release for results in 2019 and 2018 are non-GAAP measures and refer to the results for 2019 and 2018. Pro forma financial metrics used in this release for results in 2018 are also non-GAAP measures and assume the Ply Gem Merger occurred on January 1, 2018 and adjust for other items affecting comparability. See the reconciliations of GAAP results to adjusted results and pro forma results in the accompanying tables.