Beacon Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results
Beacon (the “Company”) announced results for its third quarter and nine-month period ended June 30, 2021.
“I am extremely proud of the Beacon team, which delivered record-setting performance in the third quarter,” said Julian Francis, Beacon’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Solid demand for our products, combined with strong price performance, drove record quarterly sales and enhanced gross margins. I am especially pleased with the progress we are making on our strategic initiatives that are focused on top line growth and operational improvement, which led to the highest Adjusted EBITDA in our history. In the last two quarters, we have restored financial flexibility to our balance sheet, added seasoned leadership to our executive team and focused our business on our core exterior products – all of which, combined with our expanded ESG initiative, underpin our ability to sustainably generate high quality returns for our stakeholders. I am excited about our progress towards achieving our full potential as we help our customers build more.”
Net sales increased 20.8% compared to the prior year to $1.87 billion, a quarterly record for net sales from continuing operations.
Third quarter sales increased across all three product categories, driven by higher demand, particularly within complementary and non-residential roofing products categories, as well as the successful implementation of price increases.
Residential roofing product sales increased 18.0%, complementary product sales increased 35.1%, and non-residential roofing product sales increased 16.3% compared to the prior year. The third quarter of fiscal 2021 and 2020 each had 64 business days.
Gross margin improved from 23.8% in the prior year to 27.6%, primarily reflecting pricing execution that drove price-cost improvement. Operating expense increased in the third quarter, mainly influenced by higher net sales volume, as well as higher payroll and benefits expense, which increased due to the expiration of temporary cost actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and higher incentive compensation. Selling expenses, driven primarily by increased fleet costs, also contributed to the comparative increase. Adjusted Operating Expense was also comparatively higher in the current period due to the same factors. Both operating expense and Adjusted Operating Expense decreased as a percent of sales, reflecting the positive impact from net sales growth, productivity initiatives and cost management.
Net income (loss) from continuing operations was $79.8 million, compared to $(4.1) million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA was $229.5 million, compared to $130.6 million in 2020. EPS was $0.91, compared to $(0.14) in 2020. Comparative improvements in third quarter results were driven by higher sales and gross margins, as well as a net $32.8 million tax provision in the prior year quarter stemming from the revaluation of deferred tax assets and liabilities made in conjunction with to the Company’s application of the CARES Act.
Net sales increased 14.5% compared to the prior year, despite one fewer business day. Residential roofing product sales increased 19.2%, complementary product sales increased 18.0%, and non-residential roofing product sales increased 3.5% compared to the prior year. The first nine months of fiscal 2021 and 2020 had 189 and 190 business days, respectively.
Gross margin improved from 23.5% in the prior year to 26.2%. Operating expense decreased compared to the prior year, primarily due to the write-off of certain trade names in connection with the Company’s rebranding efforts in the prior period, as well as productivity efforts and effective cost control. The decrease was offset by the influence of higher net sales volume, as well as higher payroll and benefits expense, which increased due to higher incentive compensation and the expiration of temporary cost actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adjusted Operating Expense was comparatively higher in the current period, primarily due to the same factors. Both operating expense and Adjusted Operating Expense decreased as a percent of sales, reflecting the positive impact of net sales growth, productivity initiatives and cost management.
Net income (loss) from continuing operations was $116.7 million, compared to $(149.5) million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA was $446.7 million, compared to $229.5 million in 2020. EPS was $1.40, compared to $(2.43) in 2020.
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Founded in 1928, Beacon is a Fortune 500, publicly traded distributor of roofing materials and complementary building products in North America, operating over 400 branches throughout all 50 states in the U.S. and 6 provinces in Canada. Beacon serves an extensive base of over 90,000 customers, utilizing its vast branch network and diverse service offerings to provide high-quality products and support throughout the entire business lifecycle. Beacon offers its own private label brand, TRI-BUILT, and has a proprietary digital account management suite, Beacon PRO+, which allows customers to manage their businesses online. Beacon’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol BECN. To learn more about Beacon, please visit www.becn.com
Jennifer Lewis – Vice President Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility – Jennifer.Lewis@becn.com – (571) 752-1048
Source: Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.