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Cornerstone Building (CNR) Posts Wider-Than-Expected Q1 Loss

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Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (CNR - Free Report) reported lackluster results in first-quarter 2020, wherein loss was wider than expected.

Shares of the company fell 3.1% in the after-hour trading session on May 12, post the earnings release.

Earnings & Revenue Discussion

The company reported adjusted loss of $1.20 per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 22 cents. The metric was also wider than the year-ago figure of 29 cents per share.

Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Net sales of $1,113.8 million were up 4.6% year over year. On a pro-forma basis, net sales improved 3.1% from a year ago driven by positive price/mix and higher volume.

Segmental Performance

The Windows segment reported revenues of $448.5 million, up 6.4% year over year. Gross margin also improved 170 basis points (bps) in the quarter.

The Siding segment revenues were $241 million, up 10.4% from the prior-year quarter. Gross margin also improved 930 bps. After adjusting acquisition impacts, net sales increased 3% and gross margin expanded 230 bps.

Revenues in the Commercial segment slipped 0.2% from the year-ago figure to $424.3 million. The segment’s gross margin improved 180 bps year over year.

Operational Highlights

Gross margin during the quarter increased 320 bps to 20.7%. Selling, general and administrative expenses — as a percentage of net sales — grew 30 bps.

Adjusted EBITDA came in at $96.2 million, up from $71.7 million reported in the year-ago quarter. Pro-forma adjusted EBITDA rose 36% year over year to $98.1 million. Pro-forma adjusted EBITDA margin also improved 210 bps to 8.7%. The upside was mainly driven by favorable price/mix, net of inflation, partially offset by higher direct labor and other compensation and benefits costs.

Financial Update

As of Apr 4, 2020, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $475.7 million compared with $98.4 million at 2019-end. Additionally, it had excess availability of $118 million on the asset-based revolving credit facility. Notably, it has no near-term debt maturities and a covenant-lite structure. Cash used in operations was $2.2 million at first quarter-end compared with $48.7 million reported on Mar 30, 2019.


Owing to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the company has suspended its segmental sales and earnings guidance.

Cornerstone anticipates second-quarter 2020 net sales to be in line with or better than the April data, wherein the metric declined 25% year over year.

Zacks Rank & Peer Releases

Cornerstone — which shares space with Forterra, Inc. (FRTA - Free Report) in the same industry — currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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