hbp-10k_20171231.htm

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 10-K

 

(Mark One)

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from         to        

Commission file number 1-14982

 

HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware

 

43-0334550

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation

or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

555 Maryville University Drive

Suite 400

St. Louis, Missouri 63141

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(314) 216-2600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Class

 

Name of Exchange on which Registered

Common, par value $0.01 per share

Preferred Share Purchase Rights

 

The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:  None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for at least the past 90 days. Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).Yes      No 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one): Large Accelerated Filer [ ] Accelerated Filer [X] Non-Accelerated Filer [ ] Smaller Reporting Company [ ] Emerging Growth Company [ ]

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes     No  

The aggregate market value of the Common Stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of the last business day of the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was approximately $170 million. For purposes of this calculation only, the registrant has excluded stock beneficially owned by the registrants’ directors and officers. By doing so, the registrant does not admit that such persons are affiliates within the meaning of Rule 405 under the Securities Act of 1933 or for any other purposes.

The number of shares of Common Stock outstanding on February 15, 2018 was 25,996,461 shares.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE.

Parts of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

PART I

 

 

Item 1.

Business

4

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

10

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

17

Item 2.

Properties

17

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

17

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

17

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

18

Item 6.

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

20

Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

21

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

25

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplemental Data

27

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

48

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

48

Item 9B.

Other Information

48

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

49

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

49

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

49

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

50

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

50

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

51

Item 16.

Form 10-K Summary

51

 

 

 

Signatures

55

 

 

 


 

Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of “Safe Harbor” Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This annual report on Form 10-K (this “Annual Report”) and our annual report to stockholders contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The words or phrases “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project” or similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such words.  Statements made in this Annual Report and our annual report to stockholders looking forward in time, including, but not limited to, statements regarding our current views with respect to financial performance, future growth in the housing market, distribution channels, sales, favorable supplier relationships, inventory levels, the ability to meet customer needs, enhanced competitive posture, strategic initiatives, financial impact from litigation or contingencies, including environmental proceedings, are included pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.    

These statements present management’s expectations, beliefs, plans and objectives regarding our future business and financial performance. We cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statements will be realized or achieved. These forward-looking statements are based on current projections, estimates, assumptions and judgments, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

There are a number of factors, some of which are beyond our control that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the strength of construction, home improvement and remodeling markets and the recovery of the homebuilding industry to levels consistent with the Historical Average; the cyclical nature of our industry; the uncertainties resulting from changes to United States and foreign laws, regulations and policies including the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; the cost of environmental compliance, including actual expenses we may incur to resolve proceedings we are involved in arising out of a formerly owned facility in Montana; any limitations on our ability to utilize our deferred tax assets to reduce future taxable income and tax liabilities; our ability to comply with, and the restrictive effect of, the financial covenant applicable under our credit facility; the loss of a significant customer; deterioration of our customers’ creditworthiness or our inability to forecast such deteriorations; commodity prices; risks associated with our private brands; termination of key supplier relationships; risks of international suppliers; competition with existing or new industry participants; goodwill impairment;  the seasonality of our operations; significant uninsured claims; federal and state transportation regulations; fuel cost increases; our failure to attract and retain key personnel; deterioration in our relationship with our unionized employees, including work stoppages or other disputes; funding requirements for multi-employer pension plans for our unionized employees; product liability claims and other legal proceedings including the PrimeSource litigation; the integration of any business we acquire and the liabilities of such businesses; and those factors set forth under Item 1A – “Risk Factors.” These factors may not constitute all factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a predictor of actual results.

 

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PART I

 

 

ITEM 1—BUSINESS

General

Huttig Building Products, Inc., a Delaware corporation incorporated in 1913, was founded in 1885 and is a leading domestic distributor of millwork, building materials and wood products used principally in new residential construction and in-home improvement, remodeling and repair work. We purchase from leading manufacturers and distribute our products through 27 wholesale distribution centers serving 41 states. Our distribution centers sell principally to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users, including makers of manufactured homes. For the year ended December 31, 2017, we generated net sales of $753.2 million.

We conduct our business through a two-step distribution model. This means we resell the products we purchase from manufacturers to our customers, who then sell the products to the final end users, who are typically professional builders and independent contractors engaged in residential construction and remodeling projects, or consumers engaged in do-it-yourself remodeling projects.

Our products fall into three categories: (i) millwork, which includes doors, windows, moulding, stair parts and columns, (ii) general building products, which include connectors, fasteners, composite decking, housewrap, roofing products and insulation, and (iii) wood products, which include engineered wood products, such as flooring systems, as well as wood panels and lumber.

Doors and engineered wood products often require our value added service before they are delivered to our customer. Such services include pre-finishing exterior door units, pre-hanging exterior and interior door units and cutting engineered wood products from standard lengths to job-specific requirements. In addition, with respect to the majority of our products, we have the capability to buy in bulk and disaggregate these large shipments to meet individual customer stocking requirements. For some products, we carry a depth and breadth of products that our customers and vendors cannot reasonably stock themselves. Likewise, our vendors benefit from our broad geographic footprint of distribution centers that expand the breadth and depth of the products they carry.  Many of the value-add services we provide are highly customized and cannot be provided effectively by our vendors. In addition, our sales force extends our vendors’ effective coverage area and knowledge of regional trends. Our customers benefit from our business capabilities because they do not need to invest capital in door hanging facilities or cutting equipment, nor do they need to incur the costs associated with maintaining large inventories of products. Our size, broad geographic presence, extensive fleet and logistical capabilities often enables us to purchase products in large volumes at favorable prices, stock a wide range of products for rapid delivery and manage inventory in a reliable, efficient manner.

We serve our customers, whether they are a local dealer or a national account, through our 27 wholesale distribution centers. Our broad geographic footprint enables us to work with our customers and suppliers to ensure that local inventory levels, merchandising, purchasing and pricing are tailored to the requirements of each market. Each distribution center also has access to our single-platform nationwide inventory management system. This provides the local manager with real-time inventory availability and pricing information. We support our distribution centers with credit and financial management, training and marketing programs and human resources expertise. We believe that these distribution capabilities and efficiencies offer us a competitive advantage that allows us to deliver quality products in a timely manner and ensures the efficient operation of our customers’ and vendors’ supply chain, as compared to those of many local and regional competitors.

In this Annual Report, when we refer to “Huttig,” the “Company,” “we” or “us,” we mean Huttig Building Products, Inc. and its subsidiary unless the context indicates otherwise.

Industry Characteristics and Trends

The residential building materials distribution industry is characterized by its substantial size, a highly fragmented ownership structure and an increasingly competitive environment. The industry serves two market categories: (i) new construction and (ii) home improvement, repair and remodeling.

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Residential construction activity in both categories is closely linked to a variety of factors directly affected by general economic conditions, including employment levels, job and household formation, interest rates, housing prices, housing inventory, tax policy, availability of mortgage financing, prices of commodity wood and steel products, immigration patterns, regional demographics and consumer confidence. We monitor a broad set of macroeconomic and regional indicators, including new housing starts and permit issuances, as indicators of our potential future sales volume.

New housing activity in the United States has shown modest improvement each year since 2009, the trough period of the housing downturn.  However, 2017 activity was still below the historical average of total housing starts from 1959 to 2017 of approximately 1.4 million starts based on statistics tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau (“Historical Average”). Total new housing starts in the United States were approximately 1.2 million, 1.2 million and 1.1 million in 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.  Total new single family housing starts were 0.8 million, 0.8 million and 0.7 million in 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total spending on new single family residential construction was $265 billion, $243 billion and $233 billion in 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

We service large local, regional and national independent building products dealers, specialty dealers, and home centers who in turn sell to contractors, professional builders, and consumers. These large local, regional and national building products dealers often referred to as “pro dealers,” continue to distribute a significant portion of the residential building materials sold in the United States. These pro dealers operate in an increasingly competitive environment. Consolidation among building products manufacturers favors distributors that can buy in bulk and break down large production runs to specific local requirements. In addition, increasing scale and sophistication among professional builders and contractors places a premium on pro dealers that can make a wide variety of building products readily available at competitive prices. In response to the increasingly competitive environment for building products, many pro dealers have either consolidated or formed buying groups in order to increase their purchasing power and/or service levels.  

We service the national home centers through special order programs of branded products in both millwork and building products. These programs continue to grow each year, as manufacturers develop special order programs through these retailers and utilize our value added service model and broad distribution network to support these programs locally.

We believe the evolving characteristics of the residential building materials distribution industry, particularly the consolidation trend, favor companies like us that operate nationally and have significant infrastructure in place to accommodate the needs of customers across geographic regions. We believe we are the only national distributor of millwork products. Our wide geographic presence, size, purchasing power, material handling efficiencies and investment in millwork services, position us well to serve the needs of the consolidating pro dealer community.

Strategic Initiatives

Our strategy is to increase shareholder value through the growth and diversification of our business.  To accomplish this, we have developed strategic initiatives that require investments in our infrastructure, our people and technology platform. Our goals are to accelerate our growth and diversify our business, which we believe will improve operating leverage over the intermediate term.

To accelerate our growth and diversification, we have made strategic capital and operating investments to execute our product line expansion and market segment penetration organic growth initiatives. The national expansion of our Huttig-Grip product line, which is sourced both domestically and internationally, expands the breadth and geographical coverage of our private label specialty building product lines. Through our investments in automated, high-capacity pre-finish door lines and segment-focused sales resources, further penetration of the home improvement, repair and remodel market diversifies our business to be less dependent on new home construction, reinforces our position as the largest, value-add door fabricator to the professional residential construction market in the country, and accelerates our growth in higher value, and higher gross margin products.

In addition to the above initiatives, we continue to invest in our organization to attract the best talent to achieve our goal of creating a top performing, disciplined organization with the most talented, engaged, and

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empowered people. We also continue to invest in our technology platform to derive improved operating efficiencies in the functional areas of the business while delivering the most advanced customer interface technology to make Huttig the clear supplier of choice of the products we sell.

Products

Our goal is to offer products that allow us to provide value to our customers. We do this by performing incremental services on the products before delivering them to customers, buying products in bulk and disaggregating them for individual customers or carrying a broader depth and breadth of products that customers cannot reasonably stock themselves at each location. Our products can be classified into three main categories:

 

Millwork, including exterior and interior doors, pre-hung and factory finished door units, windows, patio doors, mouldings, frames, stair parts and columns. Key brands in this product category include Therma-Tru, Masonite, Woodgrain, HB&G, Simpson Door, Final Frame, BrasPine, Arauco, Windsor Windows and Rogue Valley Door;

 

General building products, such as fasteners and connectors, roofing, siding, insulation, flashing, housewrap, decking, railing and other miscellaneous building products. Key brands in this product category include Huttig-Grip, Louisiana Pacific, Simpson Strong-Tie, TimberTech, AZEK, RDI, GAF Roofing, Maibec, Knauf, GCP Technologies, Fiberon, Alpha Protech, MFM, Lomanco and Fortifiber; and

 

Wood products, including engineered wood used in floor systems, wood panels and lumber. The engineered wood product line offers us the ability to provide our customers with value-added services, such as floor system take-offs, cut-to-length packages and just-in-time, cross-dock delivery capabilities and as such, this product is our primary focus within this category. Key brands in this product category include Louisiana Pacific and Rosboro.

The following table shows the percentage of our net sales represented by our three main product categories sold during each of the prior three years. While the table below generally indicates the mix of our sales by product category, changes in the prices of commodity wood products and in-unit volumes sold could affect our product mix on a year-to-year basis.

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

Millwork

 

 

51

%

 

 

51

%

 

 

49

%

Building Products

 

 

40

%

 

 

39

%

 

 

40

%

Wood Products

 

 

9

%

 

 

10

%

 

 

11

%

 

Customers

During 2017, we served approximately 3,600 customers, with one customer, Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation (“LMC”) - accounting for 14% of our sales in 2017, 14% in 2016 and 13% in 2015. LMC is a buying group representing multiple building material dealers. Our top 10 customers accounted for approximately 42% of our total sales in 2017.

Building materials pro dealers represent our single largest customer group. Within the pro dealer category, a large percentage of our sales are to national accounts, including buying groups. These are large pro dealers, or groups of pro dealers, that generally operate in more than one state or region. We also sell to short line specialty dealers that focus on specific segments of the building industry, national retail home centers, and manufactured housing. We believe that our size, which lets us purchase in bulk, achieve operating efficiencies, operate on a national scale and offer competitive pricing, makes us well suited to service the various segments of the dealer community. Our sales to national accounts, including buying groups, were 49% of our total sales in 2017, 45% in 2016 and 43% in 2015.

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Organization

Huttig operates on a nationwide basis. Customer sales are conducted through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states. Administrative and executive management functions are centralized at our headquarters located in St. Louis, Missouri. We believe that this structure permits us to be closer to our customers and serve them better, while being able to take advantage of certain efficiencies of scale that come from our size.

Headquarter functions include those activities that can be shared across our full distribution platform. These include financial management, information technology, human resources, legal, internal audit and treasury along with small corporate operations, marketing and product management groups.

Operating responsibility resides with each distribution center’s general manager. The general manager assumes responsibility for daily operations, including sales, purchasing, personnel and logistics. Each distribution center generally maintains its own sales, warehouse and logistic personnel supported by a small administrative team.

Sales

Sales responsibility principally lies with general managers at our distribution centers. The sales function is generally divided into two channels: outside sales and inside sales. Our outside field representatives make on-site calls to local and regional customers. Our inside sales people generally receive and enter orders from customers and support our outside sales function. In addition, we maintain a national account sales team to serve national customers. Our outside sales force is generally compensated by a base salary or draw plus commissions determined primarily on profit margin.

Distribution Strategy and Operations

While we think that having a nationwide reach is critical, the local distribution center is still the principal focus of our operations, and we tailor our business to meet local demand and customer needs. We customize product selection, inventory levels, service offerings and prices to meet local market requirements. With the exception of one distribution center, we support this strategy through our single platform information technology system. This system provides each distribution center’s general manager real-time access to pricing, inventory availability and margin analysis. This system provides product information both for that location and across our entire network of distribution centers. More broadly, our sales force, in conjunction with our product management teams, works with our suppliers and customers to determine the appropriate mix, quantity and pricing of products suited to each local market.

We purchased products from more than 700 different suppliers in 2017. We generally negotiate with our major suppliers on a national basis to leverage our total volume purchasing power, which we believe provides us with an advantage over our locally based competitors. The majority of our purchases are made from suppliers that offer payment discounts and volume related incentive programs. Although we generally do not have exclusive distribution rights for our key products and we do not have long-term contracts with many of our suppliers, we believe our national footprint, buying power and distribution network make us an attractive distributor for many manufacturers. Moreover, our long operating history has allowed us to forge long-standing relationships with many of our key suppliers who rely on us as a critical part of their supply chain.

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We regularly evaluate opportunities to introduce new products. This is primarily driven by opportunities created by customer demand or market requirements. We have found that customers generally welcome a greater breadth of product offering as it can improve their purchasing and operating efficiencies by providing for “one stop” shopping. Similarly, selectively broadening our product offering enables us to drive additional products through our distribution system, thereby increasing the efficiency of our operations by better leveraging our existing infrastructure.  The benefit created by this operating leverage may be offset by the cost to establish the new product line, expand our facilities and purchase the inventory.  During 2017, the Company continued to focus on the growth of our Huttig-Grip private label construction fastener and specialty building product lines. The Company expanded the scope of our international sourcing activities for our private label products which offers the opportunity to increase margins, but the longer lead-times on internationally sourced products also requires an increased investment in inventory. The Company also continued to invest in its automated, high-capacity pre-finish door lines and also focused sales resources to continue to penetrate the home improvement, repair and remodel market.

We focus on selling respected, brand name products. We believe that brand awareness is an important factor in building products purchasing decisions. We generally benefit from the quality levels, marketing initiatives and product support provided by manufacturers of branded products. We also benefit from the positive attributes that customers typically equate with branded products. Additionally, we market and offer certain products under our private label brands, including Huttig-Grip. We believe that these products are attractive to our customers based on their quality and competitive pricing.

Competition

We compete with many local and regional building product distributors and, in certain markets and product categories, with national building product distributors. We distribute products for some manufacturers that also engage in direct sales.

The principal factors on which we compete are pricing and availability of product, service and delivery capabilities, ability to assist with problem solving, customer relationships, geographic coverage and breadth of product offerings.

Our size and geographic coverage are advantageous in obtaining and retaining distribution rights for brand name products. Our size also permits us to attract experienced sales and service personnel and gives us the resources to provide company-wide sales, product and service training programs. By working closely with our customers and suppliers and utilizing our single information technology platform, we believe our distribution centers are well positioned to maintain appropriate inventory levels and to deliver completed orders on time.

Seasonality, Market Conditions and Working Capital

Various cyclical and seasonal factors, such as general economic conditions and weather, historically have caused our results of operations to fluctuate from period to period. Our size, extensive nationwide operating model, and the geographic diversity of our distribution centers to some extent mitigate our exposure to these cyclical and seasonal factors. These factors include levels of new construction, home improvement and remodeling activity, weather, interest rates and other local, regional and national economic conditions.

Our results of operations are affected by new housing activity in the United States. In 2017, total housing starts increased approximately 2%, to 1.2 million, but were still below the Historical Average of approximately 1.4 million. Based on the current level of housing activity and industry forecasts, we expect new housing activity will continue to increase in 2018, though still remain below the Historical Average.

We anticipate that fluctuations from period to period will continue in the future. Our results in the first and fourth quarters are generally adversely affected by winter weather patterns in the Northeast, Midwest and Northwest regions of the United States, typically due to seasonal decreases in levels of construction activity in these areas. Because much of our overhead and expenses remain relatively fixed throughout the year, our operating profits also tend to be lower during the first and fourth quarters. In addition, other weather patterns, such as hurricane season in

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the Southeast region of the United States during the third and fourth quarters, can have an adverse impact on our results in a particular period.

We depend on cash flow from operations and funds available under our revolving credit facility to finance seasonal working capital needs, capital expenditures, the investment of our product lines, including Huttig-Grip, and any acquisitions that we may undertake. Typically, our working capital requirements are generally greatest in the second and third quarters, which reflect the seasonal nature of our business. The second and third quarters also tend to be our strongest operating quarters, largely due to more favorable weather throughout many of our markets compared to the first and fourth quarters. We typically generate cash from working capital reductions in the fourth quarter of the year and build working capital during the first quarter in preparation for our second and third quarters. We also maintain significant inventories to meet the rapid delivery requirements of our customers and to enable us to obtain favorable pricing, delivery and service terms with our suppliers. In 2017, our working capital was impacted significantly as we continued to invest in inventory related to the growth of our Huttig-Grip product line. The Company sources its private label product internationally and domestically. Sourcing Huttig-Grip products internationally requires longer lead-times and higher inventory levels to ensure available supply, but it also provides the opportunity for higher margins. At December 31, 2017 and 2016, inventories and accounts receivables constituted approximately 73% and 69% of our total assets, respectively. We also closely monitor operating expenses and inventory levels during seasonally affected periods and, to the extent possible, manage variable operating costs to minimize seasonal effects on our profitability.

Credit

Huttig maintains an overall credit policy for sales to customers and then delegates responsibility for most credit decisions to credit personnel responsible for individual regions. Our credit policies, together with careful monitoring of customer balances, have resulted in bad debt expense of less than 0.1% in each of 2017, 2016, and 2015. Approximately 99% of our sales in 2017 were to customers to whom we had provided credit for those sales.

Backlog

Our customers generally order products on an as-needed basis. As a result, a substantial portion of product shipments in a given fiscal quarter result from orders received in that same quarter. Consequently, order backlog represents only a very small percentage of the product sales that we anticipate in a given quarter and is not necessarily indicative of actual sales for any future period.

Trade Names

Historically, Huttig has operated under various trade names in the markets we serve, retaining the names of acquired businesses for a period of time to preserve local identification, including in our acquisition of the business, BenBilt Building Systems LP (“BenBilt”). To capitalize on our national presence, all of our distribution centers operate under the primary trade name “Huttig Building Products” with the exception of BenBilt. Huttig has no material patents, trademarks, licenses, franchises or concessions other than BenBilt®, Endocote Finishing System®, the Huttig Building Products® name and logo, Huttiguard®  and Huttig-Grip®, and Entry Logix®  which are registered trademarks.

Employees

As of December 31, 2017, we employed approximately 1,300 people, of which approximately 12% were represented by eight unions. We have not experienced any significant strikes or other work interruptions in recent years and have maintained generally favorable relations with our employees.  The Company has one union contract covering approximately 1% of our employees which is currently in negotiations.

Available Information

We file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) quarterly and annual reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, respectively, current reports on Form 8-K and proxy statements pursuant to the Securities Exchange

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Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), in addition to other information as required. The public may read and copy our SEC filings at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549 and may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. We file this information with the SEC electronically, and the SEC maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

Our website address is http://www.huttig.com. The contents of our website are not part of this Annual Report. We make available, free of charge on the “Investors” section of our website, our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy statements and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the 1934 Act. This information is available on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file it with, or furnish it to, the SEC. Reports of beneficial ownership filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the 1934 Act are also available through our website.

 

 

ITEM 1A—RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information contained in this Annual Report, the following risk factors should be considered carefully in evaluating the Company’s business. The Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected by any of these risks. Please note that additional risks not presently known to the Company or that the Company currently deems immaterial may also impair its business and operations.

Although the homebuilding industry is strengthening, any downturn of current construction levels could materially affect our business, liquidity and operating results.

Our sales and results of operations depend heavily on the strength of national and local new residential construction and home improvement, repair and remodeling markets. The strength of these markets depends on new housing starts and residential remodeling projects, which are a function of many factors beyond our control. Some of these factors include general economic conditions, employment levels, job and household formation, interest rates, housing prices, housing inventory, tax policy, availability of mortgage financing, prices of commodity wood and steel products, immigration patterns, regional demographics and consumer confidence.

New housing activity in the United States has shown modest improvement each year since 2009. However, 2017 activity of 1.2 million was still below the Historical Average of approximately 1.4 million starts. We expect the level of new housing activity in 2018 to continue to be below the Historical Average. A prolonged downturn in current construction levels or any significant downturn in the major markets we serve or in the economy in general could have a material adverse effect on our operating results, liquidity and financial condition, including but not limited to our ability to comply with the financial covenant under our credit facility and the valuation of our goodwill. Reduced levels of construction activity may result in continued intense price competition among building materials suppliers, which may adversely affect our gross margins. We cannot provide assurance that our responses to a downturn or the government’s attempts to address the troubles in the economy will be successful.

The industry in which we compete is highly cyclical, and any cyclical market factors resulting in lower demand or increased supply could have a materially adverse impact on our financial results.

The building products distribution industry is subject to cyclical market pressures caused by a number of factors that are beyond our control, such as general economic and political conditions, inventory levels of new and existing homes for sale, levels of new construction, home improvement and remodeling activity, interest rates and population growth. To the extent that cyclical market factors adversely impact overall demand for building products or the prices that we can charge for our products, our net sales and margins would likely decline in the same time frame as the cyclical downturn occurs. Because much of our overhead and expense is relatively fixed in nature, a decrease in sales and margin generally has a significant adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. To the extent our customers experience downturns in their business, our ability to collect our receivables could be adversely affected. Finally, the unpredictable nature of the cyclical market factors that impact our industry make it difficult to forecast our operating results.

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We cannot assure the successful implementation of our growth initiatives.

In connection with our growth initiatives, including the Strategic Initiatives See Part I, Item 1— “Strategic Initiatives”, we have developed a long-term growth strategy with the objective of delivering sustainable, profitable growth and long-term value for our shareholders.

Our ability to successfully execute on our growth initiatives is subject to various risks and uncertainties.  Although we believe that our growth strategy will lead to long-term growth in revenue and profitability, there can be no assurance regarding the timing of or extent to which we will realize the anticipated benefits, if at all. Our failure to realize the anticipated benefits, which may be due to our inability to execute on portions of our growth strategy or as a result of the impact of the other risks described herein, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

In execution of our growth initiatives, we may experience higher-than-expected expenses without accompanying current revenues and, therefore, this strategy may be dilutive to our earnings in the short term or longer. There can be no assurance regarding the timing of or the extent to which we will realize the anticipated benefits of these investments in our Company and other costs, if at all.

Our growth initiatives will place a significant strain on our management, operational and financial resources. Failure to manage growth effectively, or obtain necessary working capital to support our growth initiatives, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Current or future litigation and regulatory actions could have a material adverse impact on us.

From time to time, we are subject to litigation and other legal and regulatory proceedings relating to our business.  No assurance can be given that the results of these matters will be favorable to us.  An adverse resolution of lawsuits, investigations or arbitrations could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.  Defending ourselves in these matters may be time‑consuming, expensive and disruptive to normal business operations and may result in significant expense and a diversion of management’s time and attention from the operation of our business, which could impede our ability to achieve our business objectives and growth strategy.  For example, the Company’s involvement in litigation in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas filed by PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. against the Company and eleven of its employees has caused the Company to incur expenses and required significant attention from management. See “Legal Matters” in Note 7—“Commitments and Contingencies” in the notes to our consolidated financial statements under Part II, Item 8 for additional information.

Additionally, any amount that we may be required to pay to satisfy a judgment or settlement may not be covered by insurance.  Under our charter and the indemnification agreements that we have entered into with our directors and officers and third parties, we are required to indemnify and advance expenses to them in connection with their participation in certain proceedings.  There can be no assurance that any of these payments will not be material.

We face risks of incurring significant costs to comply with environmental regulations.

We are subject to federal, state and local environmental protection laws and regulations and may have to incur significant costs to comply with these laws and regulations in the future. Some of our current and former distribution centers are located in areas where environmental contamination may have occurred, and for which we, among others, could be held responsible. As a result, we may incur material environmental liabilities in the future with respect to our current or former distribution center locations. In addition, we may also be held responsible for environmental liabilities associated with products that we distribute or have distributed in the past. For example, we are required to remediate a property formerly owned by us in Montana pursuant to a unilateral administrative order issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”). Although we believe we have accurately estimated the cost of implementing the remediation work at the site based on the information we have currently, we cannot provide assurance of the total cost of implementing the final remediation work at the site due to the currently unknown variables relating to the actual levels of contaminants and additional sampling and testing to ensure the

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remediation will achieve the projected outcome required by the DEQ.  Our total cost of implementing the final remediation work at the site may exceed the amounts we have accrued for the matter.

A number of our employees are unionized, and any work stoppages by our unionized employees may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

Approximately 12% of our employees were represented by labor unions as of December 31, 2017. As of December 31, 2017, we had eight collective bargaining agreements. We may become subject to significant wage increases or additional work rules imposed by future agreements with labor unions representing our employees. Any such cost increases or new work rule implementation could increase our operating expenses to a material extent. In addition, although we have not experienced any strikes or other significant work interruptions in recent years and have maintained generally favorable relations with our employees, no assurance can be given that there will not be any work stoppages or other labor disturbances in the future, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

If we are unable to meet the financial covenant under our credit facility, the lenders could elect to accelerate the repayment of the outstanding balance and, in that event, we would be forced to seek alternative sources of financing.

We fund our working capital by borrowing funds under a $250.0 million asset based senior secured revolving credit facility, which contains a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (“FCCR”) that is tested if our excess borrowing availability, as defined in the facility, reaches an amount in the range of less than $17.5 million to $31.3 million depending on our borrowing base at the time of testing. For 2017, the minimum FCCR was not required to be tested as excess borrowing availability was greater than the minimum threshold but, if we had been unable to maintain excess borrowing availability of more than the applicable amount in the range of $17.5 million to $31.3 million as required, the Company would not have met the minimum required FCCR at December 31, 2017. If in the future, we fail to meet the required FCCR and are unable to maintain excess borrowing availability of more than the applicable required amount, our lenders would have the right to terminate the loan commitments and accelerate the repayment of the entire amount outstanding under the credit facility. Our lenders also could foreclose on our assets that secure our credit facility. In that event, we would be forced to seek alternative sources of financing, which may not be available on terms acceptable to us or at all.

Compliance with the restrictions and the financial covenant under our credit agreement may limit the amount available to us for borrowing under that facility and may limit management’s discretion with respect to certain business matters.

The borrowings under our credit agreement are collateralized by substantially all of our assets, including accounts receivable, inventory and property and equipment. We are also subject to certain operating limitations commonly applicable to a loan of this type, which, among other things, place limitations on indebtedness, liens, investments, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions of assets, cash dividends, stock repurchases and transactions with affiliates. A minimum FCCR must be tested on a pro forma basis prior to consummation of certain significant business transactions outside the Company’s ordinary course of business. These restrictions may limit management’s ability to operate our business in accordance with management’s discretion, which could limit our ability to pursue certain strategic objectives.

In addition, the growth in our business may cause us to seek additional financing or increase the size of the credit facility.  If we are unable to obtain additional financing, our ability to grow may be limited which could negatively impact our overall operations.

A significant portion of our sales are concentrated with a relatively small number of customers. A loss of one or more of these customers would have material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

In 2017, our top ten customers represented 42% of our sales, with one customer accounting for 14% of our sales. This customer is a buying group for multiple building material dealers. Although we believe that our

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relationships with our customers are strong, the loss of one or more of these customers could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

A significant portion of our sales are on credit to our customers. Material changes in their creditworthiness or our inability to forecast deterioration in their credit position could have a material adverse effect on our operating results, cash flow and liquidity.

The majority of our sales are on account where we provide credit to our customers. In 2017, bad debt expense to total net sales was less than 0.1%. Our customers are generally susceptible to the same economic business risks as we are. Furthermore, we may not necessarily be aware of any deterioration in their financial position. If our customers’ financial positions become impaired, it could have a significant adverse impact on our bad debt exposure and could have a material adverse effect on our operating results, cash flow and liquidity.

Fluctuation in prices of commodity wood and steel products that we buy and then resell may have a significant impact on our results of operations.

Changes in wood and steel commodity prices between the time we buy these products and the time we resell them have occurred in the past, and we expect fluctuations to occur again in the future. Such changes can adversely affect the gross margins that we realize on the resale of the products. We may be unable to manage these fluctuations effectively or minimize any negative impact of these changes on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Risks associated with our private brands could adversely affect our business.

We offer our customers quality products at competitive prices, some of which are marketed under our private brands. We expect to continue to grow our private brand offerings under the Huttig-Grip name. Our private brand offerings subject us to certain additional risks. These include, among others, risks related to: our, or our suppliers’, failure to ensure the quality of such products; our failure to comply with government and industry safety standards; mandatory or voluntary product recalls related to our private brand offerings; product liability claims; our ability to successfully protect our proprietary rights in our exclusive offerings; and risks associated with international sourcing and manufacturing. In addition, damage to the reputation of our private brand trade names may generate negative customer sentiment. Our failure to adequately address some or all of these risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

We expect to continue to make significant investments in our Huttig-Grip product line. We cannot provide assurance that our investments will be profitable.

The termination of key supplier relationships may have an immediate material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

We distribute building products that we purchase from a number of major suppliers. As is customary in our industry, most of our relationships with these suppliers are terminable without cause on short notice. More than half of our purchases are concentrated with ten suppliers.  Although we believe that relationships with our existing suppliers are strong and that in most cases we would have access to similar products from competing suppliers, the termination of key supplier relationships or any other disruption in our sources of supply, particularly of our most commonly sold items, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Supply shortages resulting from unanticipated demand or production difficulties could occur from time to time and could also have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We use international sources for the production of certain of our products, which exposes us to certain additional risks.

We use international vendors for the supply of certain of our products.  Global sourcing and foreign trade involve numerous factors, uncertainties, and risks, some of which are beyond our control, including increased shipping costs, increased import duties, more restrictive quotas, loss of most favored nation trading status, currency

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fluctuation, work stoppages, transportation delays, port of entry issues, economic uncertainties such as inflation, foreign government regulations, political unrest, natural disasters, war, terrorism, trade restrictions, political instability, the financial stability of vendors, merchandise quality issues, and tariffs and other import taxesAdditionally, operating in the international marketplace requires us to comply with U.S. and foreign laws and regulations applicable to our foreign operations, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and its counterparts in other foreign jurisdictions in which we operate. Negative press or reports about internationally manufactured products, which have become increasingly prominent, may sway public opinion, and thus customer confidence, away from the products sold by us. These and other issues affecting our international operations and vendors could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The building materials distribution industry is competitive, and we may not be able to compete successfully with some of our existing competitors or new entrants in the markets we serve.

The building materials distribution industry is competitive. Our competition varies by product line, customer classification and geographic market. The principal competitive factors in our industry are:

 

pricing and availability of product;

 

service and delivery capabilities;

 

quality of value-added services;

 

ability to assist with problem-solving;

 

customer relationships;

 

geographic coverage;

 

financial stability and credit terms; and

 

breadth of product offerings.

We compete with many local, regional and, in some markets and product categories, national building materials distributors and dealers. In addition, some product manufacturers sell and distribute their products directly to our customers, and the volume of such direct sales could increase in the future. Manufacturers of products distributed by us may also enter into exclusive supplier arrangements with our competition. Further, home center retailers, which have historically concentrated their sales efforts on retail consumers and small contractors, may intensify their marketing efforts to larger contractors and homebuilders. Some of our competitors have greater financial and other resources and may be able to withstand sales or price decreases better than we can. We also expect to continue to face competition from new market entrants. We may be unable to continue to compete effectively with these existing or new competitors, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We have retained accident and claims risk under our insurance programs. Significant claims, and/or our ability to accurately estimate the liability for these claims could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.

We retain a portion of the accident and claims risk under vehicle liability, workers’ compensation, medical and other insurance programs. We have multiple claims of various sizes and forecast the number of claims in determining the portion of accident risk we are willing to self-insure. We base loss accruals on our best estimate of the cost of resolution of these matters and adjust them periodically as circumstances change. Due to limitations inherent in the estimation process, our estimates may change. Changes in the actual number of large claims or changes in the estimates of these accruals may have a material adverse impact on our results of operations in any such period.

In addition, our insurance underwriters require collateral, generally in the form of letters of credit, which reduce our borrowing availability under our senior secured credit facility. As of December 31, 2017, we had $3.6 million in letters of credit outstanding. Changes in the actual number of large claims could increase our collateral requirements and reduce our borrowing availability under our credit facility.

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Federal and state transportation regulations, as well as increases in the cost of fuel, could impose substantial costs on us, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

We use our own fleet of approximately 165 tractors, 15 trucks and 300 trailers to service customers throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) regulates our operations, and we are subject to safety requirements prescribed by the DOT. Vehicle dimensions and driver hours of service also are subject to both federal and state regulation. More restrictive limitations on vehicle weight and size, trailer length and configuration, or driver hours of service could increase our costs. These regulations may be subject to significant modification in connection with the new administration of the U.S. federal government.

In addition, we rely on diesel fuel to operate our fleet and, therefore, we are impacted by changes in diesel fuel prices. Fuel costs are largely unpredictable and can have a significant impact on the Company’s results of operations.

Uncertainties in the interpretation and application of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could materially affect our tax obligations and effective tax rate.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”) was enacted on December 22, 2017, and significantly affected U.S. tax law by changing how the U.S. imposes income tax on multinational corporations. The U.S. Department of Treasury has broad authority to issue regulations and interpretative guidance that may significantly impact how we will apply the law and impact our results of operations in the period issued.

The Tax Act requires complex computations not previously provided in U.S. tax law. As such, the application of accounting guidance for such items is currently uncertain. Further, compliance with the Tax Act and the accounting for such provisions require accumulation of information not previously required or regularly produced.  As additional regulatory guidance is issued by the applicable taxing authorities, as accounting treatment is clarified, as we perform additional analysis on the application of the law, and as we refine estimates in calculating the effect, our final analysis, which will be recorded in the period completed, may be different from our current amounts, which could materially affect our tax obligations and effective tax rate.

Our failure to attract and retain key personnel could have a material adverse effect on our future success.

Our future success depends, to a significant extent, upon the continued service of our executive officers and other key management and sales personnel and on our ability to continue to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel. The loss of the services of one or more key employees or our failure to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel could have a material adverse effect on our business. In addition, the tight labor market and low unemployment levels may impact our ability to hire and retain qualified personnel at our distribution centers.

Our unionized employees generally participate in certain multi-employer pension plans and funding requirements for these plans, particularly underfunded plans, may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

We participate in various multi-employer pension plans.  Some of these multi-employer plans may be underfunded at any point in time.  While the underfunded status may be cured in the normal course of plan management, a significant obligation may be created which could have a material adverse effect on our operations or could materially add to the cost of closing or consolidating operating locations.

We face the risks that product liability claims and other legal proceedings relating to the products we distribute may adversely affect our business and results of operations.

As is the case with other companies in our industry, we face the risk of product liability and other claims of the type that are typical to our industry in the event that the use of products that we have distributed causes other damages. Product liability claims in the future, regardless of their ultimate outcome and whether or not covered under our insurance policies or indemnified by our suppliers, could result in costly litigation and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

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We may acquire other businesses, and, if we do, we may be unable to integrate them with our business, which may impair our financial performance.

If we find appropriate opportunities, we may acquire businesses that we believe provide strategic opportunities. If we acquire a business, the process of integration may produce unforeseen operating difficulties and expenditures and may demand significant attention of our management that would otherwise be available for the ongoing development and operation of our business. If we make future acquisitions, we may issue shares of stock that dilute the ownership interests of other stockholders, expend cash, incur debt, assume contingent liabilities or create additional expenses. Furthermore, the acquired business may not perform as expected, which would impact our financial performance.

Exposure to successor liability and other liabilities may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

We may be exposed to successor liability and other liabilities relating to the historical operations of our predecessors (including Crane Co.) or actions by an acquired business before the acquisition, including, but not limited to, anti-corruption, import-export, product-related and other health-based claims, environmental and other matters, which could also result in significant liabilities and/or civil or criminal penalties. We also may assume liabilities in connection with the acquisition of businesses, including liabilities that we fail, or are unable, to identify in the course of performing due diligence investigations of the acquired businesses, or that may be more material than we previously determined. In these circumstances, we may be subject to indemnification obligations or our rights to indemnification from our predecessors or the sellers of the acquired businesses to us may not be sufficient in amount, scope or duration or be sufficiently collectible to offset fully the possible liabilities. Further, these liabilities could result in unexpected legal or regulatory exposure, unexpected increase in taxes or other adverse effects on our business. Any such liabilities, individually or in the aggregate, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

Goodwill is a significant portion of our total assets and is tested for impairment at least annually, which could result in a material non-cash write-down of goodwill.

Goodwill is subject to impairment tests at least annually and between annual tests in certain circumstances. We have incurred non-cash impairment charges in certain prior years. At December 31, 2017, we reported goodwill of $9.5 million. We may be required to incur additional non-cash impairment charges in the future that could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.

Our financial results reflect the seasonal nature of our operations.

Our first and fourth quarter revenues are typically adversely affected by winter construction cycles and weather patterns in colder climates as the level of activity in the new construction and home improvement markets decreases. Because much of our overhead and expense remains relatively fixed throughout the year, our operating profits also tend to be lower during the first and fourth quarters. In addition, other weather patterns, such as hurricane season in the Southeast region of the United States during the third and fourth quarters, can have an adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We may be subject to information technology system failures, network disruptions, cybersecurity attacks and breaches in data security, which may materially adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and business.

We depend on information technology, including our information technology system and third party telecommunications facilities, as an essential element to sustain our operations. Our system enables us to interface with our local distribution centers and customers, as well as to maintain and timely update financial and business records. A failure of the information technology systems used by us or third parties with whom we interact could disrupt our operations by causing transaction errors, processing inefficiencies, delays or cancellation of customer orders, the loss of customers or impediments to the shipment of products. In particular, a cybersecurity breach could result in the loss or unauthorized disclosure of our intellectual property, proprietary information and personal information of our customers and employees. An information technology failure could expose us to financial losses

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from the need to undertake remedial actions and loss of business or potential liability, as well as reputational damage, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and business.

 

Our deferred tax assets could be substantially limited if we experience an ownership change as defined in the Internal Revenue Code.

 

We have significant deferred tax assets related to federal and state net operating loss carryforwards (collectively, the “Deferred Tax Assets”). Under federal tax laws, we can carry forward and use our Deferred Tax Assets to reduce our future taxable income and tax liabilities until such Deferred Tax Assets expire in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Section 382 and Section 383 of the Code provide an annual limitation on our ability to utilize our Deferred Tax Assets, as well as certain built-in-losses, against future taxable income in the event of a change in ownership (as defined under the Code). While we have adopted a rights plan to protect stockholder value by attempting to diminish the risk that the Company’s ability to use its Deferred Tax Assets (see “Shareholder Rights Plan” under Part II, Item 7—“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” for additional information) may become substantially limited, we could experience a change in ownership in the future as a result of changes in our stock ownership that are beyond our control, and any such subsequent changes in ownership for purposes of the Code could further limit our ability to use our Deferred Tax Assets. Accordingly, any such occurrences could adversely impact our ability to offset future tax liabilities and, therefore, adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flow.

 

 

ITEM 1B—UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

 

 

ITEM 2—PROPERTIES

Our corporate headquarters are located at 555 Maryville University Drive, Suite 400, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, in a leased facility. We own 14 of our 27 distribution centers and lease the remaining properties.  The owned distribution centers secure our credit facility. Warehouse space at distribution centers aggregated to approximately 3.2 million square feet as of December 31, 2017. Distribution centers range in size from 21,100 square feet to 260,000 square feet. The types of facilities at these centers vary by location, from traditional wholesale distribution warehouses to facilities with broad product offerings and capabilities for a range of value added services such as pre-hung door operations. We believe that our locations are well maintained and adequate for their use.

 

 

ITEM 3—LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

See Note 7—“Commitments and Contingencies” in the notes to our consolidated financial statements under Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data for a description of certain of our pending legal and environmental proceedings.  We are also party to various other litigation matters, in most cases involving ordinary and routine claims incidental to our business. We cannot reasonably estimate the ultimate legal and financial liability with respect to all pending litigation matters. However, we believe, based on our examination of such matters, that the ultimate liability will not have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operation or cash flows.

 

 

ITEM 4—MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not Applicable.

 

 

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PART II

 

 

ITEM 5—MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our common stock trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol “HBP.” At February 15, 2018, there were approximately 1,500 holders of record of our common stock. The following table sets forth the range of high and low sale prices of our common stock:

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

 

High

 

 

Low

 

 

High

 

 

Low

 

First Quarter

 

$

9.02

 

 

$

6.32

 

 

$

3.94

 

 

$

3.01

 

Second Quarter

 

 

9.24

 

 

 

6.36

 

 

 

5.70

 

 

 

3.56

 

Third Quarter

 

 

7.49

 

 

 

5.00

 

 

 

7.00

 

 

 

5.21

 

Fourth Quarter

 

 

7.75

 

 

 

5.70

 

 

 

6.95

 

 

 

4.65

 

 

In order to make cash generated available for use in operations, debt reduction, stock repurchases and potential acquisitions, we have not declared, nor do we anticipate at this time declaring or paying, any cash dividends on our common stock.   Provisions of our credit facility contain various restrictions, which, among other things, limit our ability to incur indebtedness, incur liens, make certain types of acquisitions, declare or pay dividends, repurchase shares or sell assets outside of the ordinary course of business. Accordingly, the payment of further dividends is at the discretion of the Board of Directors and is further limited by various restrictions contained in our credit facility.  See “Liquidity and Capital Resources” under Part II, Item 7— “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

See “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners” and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” under Part III, Item 12—for information on securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans.

 

There were no unregistered sales of equity securities by the Company during the years ended December 31, 2017 or 2016. 

 

 

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Performance Graph

The following Performance Graph and related information shall not be deemed “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the Securities and Exchange Commission, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference into such filing.

The following table compares total shareholder returns for the Company over the past five years to the Standard and Poor’s 500 Stock Index and that of a peer group made up of other building material and industrial products distributors assuming a $100 investment made on December 31, 2012. Each of the three measures of cumulative total return assumes reinvestment of dividends. The stock performance shown on the graph below is not necessarily indicative of future price performance.

 

 

 

Huttig Building Products, Inc.

 

 

S&P 500

 

 

Peer Group (1)

 

12/12

 

$

100.00

 

 

$

100.00

 

 

$

100.00

 

12/13

 

$

241.25

 

 

$

132.39

 

 

$

140.95

 

12/14

 

$

209.38

 

 

$

150.51

 

 

$

140.29

 

12/15

 

$

237.50

 

 

$

152.59

 

 

$

183.23

 

12/16

 

$

413.13

 

 

$

170.84

 

 

$

241.51

 

12/17

 

$

415.63

 

 

$

208.14

 

 

$

311.19

 

 

(1)

The peer group is comprised of the following companies: Universal Forest Products, Inc, BlueLinx Holdings, Inc., PGT, Inc., Patrick Industries, Inc. and Builders FirstSource, Inc.

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ITEM 6—SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

The following table summarizes certain selected financial data of continuing operations of the Company as of year-end for each of the five years in the period ended December 31, 2017. The information contained in the following table may not necessarily be indicative of our future performance. Such historical data should be read in conjunction with Item 7—“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this report.

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

 

 

(In Millions, Except Per Share Data)

 

Income Statement Data: (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

753.2

 

 

$

713.9

 

 

$

659.6

 

 

$

623.7

 

 

$

561.5

 

Cost of sales

 

 

597.4

 

 

 

562.7

 

 

 

526.3

 

 

 

501.1

 

 

 

450.4

 

Gross margin

 

 

155.8

 

 

 

151.2

 

 

 

133.3

 

 

 

122.6

 

 

 

111.1

 

Operating expenses

 

 

155.7

 

 

 

128.5

 

 

 

119.2

 

 

 

114.3

 

 

 

104.8

 

Gain on disposal of capital assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

22.7

 

 

 

14.5

 

 

 

8.3

 

 

 

6.3

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

3.1

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

2.3

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

2.6

 

(Loss) income from continuing operations before

   income taxes

 

 

(3.0

)

 

 

20.5

 

 

 

12.2

 

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

3.7

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

 

3.2

 

 

 

7.2

 

 

 

(17.2

)

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

 

 

(6.2

)

 

 

13.3

 

 

 

29.4

 

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

3.6

 

Per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

   (basic and diluted)

 

 

(0.25

)

 

 

0.52

 

 

 

1.17

 

 

 

0.23

 

 

 

0.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet Data (at end of year):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

245.9

 

 

$

202.3

 

 

$

177.4

 

 

$

158.0

 

 

$

151.5

 

Total debt (2)

 

 

103.0

 

 

 

55.5

 

 

 

48.6

 

 

 

63.7

 

 

 

62.0

 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

66.5

 

 

 

70.5

 

 

 

52.9

 

 

 

25.7

 

 

 

22.9

 

 

(1)

Amounts exclude operations classified as discontinued.

(2)

Includes both current and long-term portions of debt and other obligations. See Note 4—“Debt” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8.

 

 

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ITEM 7—MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Overview

We are a distributor of building materials used principally in new residential construction and in home improvement, remodeling and repair work. We distribute our products through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states and sell primarily to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users, including makers of manufactured homes. Our products fall into three categories: (i) millwork, which includes doors, windows, moulding, stair parts and columns, (ii) general building products, which includes connectors, fasteners, composite decking, housewrap, roofing products and insulation, and (iii) wood products, which includes engineered wood products, such as floor systems, as well as wood panels and lumber.

Industry Conditions

Our sales depend heavily on the strength of local and national new residential construction, home improvement and remodeling markets. New housing activity has shown moderate improvement each year since 2009, the trough period of the downturn.  In 2017, total housing starts increased approximately 2%, to 1.2 million, but were still below the Historical Average of approximately 1.4 million. Based on the current level of housing activity and industry forecasts, we expect the increase in new housing activity could continue into 2018 but still remain below the Historical Average.

Various factors historically have caused our results of operations to fluctuate from period to period. These factors include levels of construction, home improvement and remodeling activity, weather, prices of commodity wood and steel products, interest rates, competitive pressures, availability of credit and other local, regional, national and economic conditions. Many of these factors are cyclical or seasonal in nature.  We anticipate that further fluctuations in operating results from period to period will continue in the future. Our first and fourth quarters are generally adversely affected by winter weather patterns in the Northwest, Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States, which typically cause seasonal decreases in levels of construction activity in these areas. Because much of our overhead and expenses remain relatively fixed throughout the year, our operating profits tend to be lower during the first and fourth quarters.

We believe we have the product offerings, distribution channel, personnel, systems infrastructure, financial, and competitive resources necessary for continued operations. Our future revenues, costs and profitability, however, are all likely to be influenced by a number of risks and uncertainties, including those set forth in Part I, Item 1A—“Risk Factors”.

Critical Accounting Policies

We prepare our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, which require management to make estimates and assumptions. Management bases these estimates and assumptions on historical results and known trends as well as management forecasts. Actual results could differ from these estimates and assumptions.

Inventory—Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. We utilize last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) cost method to value the majority of our inventories. We review inventories on hand and record a provision for slow-moving and obsolete inventory based on historical and expected sales.

Contingencies—We accrue expenses when it is probable that an asset has been impaired or a liability has been incurred and we can reasonably estimate the expense. Contingencies for which we have made accruals include environmental and certain other legal matters. It is possible that future results of operations for any particular quarter or annual period and our financial condition could be materially affected by changes in assumptions or other circumstances related to these matters. We accrue an estimate of the cost of resolution of these matters and make adjustments to the amounts accrued as circumstances change. We expense legal costs as incurred.

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Income Taxes Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax benefits or liabilities attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates would be recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. We regularly review our deferred tax assets for recoverability and establish a valuation allowance when we believe that such assets may not be recovered, taking into consideration historical operating results, expectations of future earnings, changes in operations, the expected timing of the reversal of existing temporary differences and available tax planning strategies. Currently, we have significant deferred tax assets related to federal and state net operating loss carry-forwards. We carry a valuation allowance for state net operating loss carryforwards which we believe are more likely than not, will not be realized based on our projections of continued profitability for 2018 and beyond. Although we believe our estimates to be reasonable, differences in our future operating results from these projections could significantly change our estimates of and realization of these deferred tax assets in future periods.

We operate within multiple taxing jurisdictions and are subject to audit in these jurisdictions. These audits can involve complex issues, which may require an extended period of time to resolve. We regularly review our potential tax liabilities for tax years subject to audit. Changes in our tax liability may occur in the future as our assessment changes based on the progress of tax examinations in various jurisdictions and/or changes in tax regulations. In management’s opinion, adequate provisions for income taxes have been made for all years presented.

Results of Operations

Fiscal 2017 Compared to Fiscal 2016

Continuing Operations

Net sales from continuing operations were $753.2 million in 2017, which were $39.3 million, or approximately 6%, higher than 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher levels of construction activity, the expansion of the Huttig-Grip product line and a full year’s results from the acquisition of BenBilt, which was completed on April 4, 2016.

Net sales in the major product categories changed as follows in 2017 from 2016: millwork sales increased 5% to $381.4 million, building product sales increased 7% to $299.0 million, and wood products increased 2% to $72.8 million primarily due to increased construction activity and the acquisition of BenBilt. Fluctuations across product categories can occur based on general market conditions, new product incentives, promotions, changes in product lines, and commodity pricing, among other things.

Gross margin increased approximately 3% to $155.8 million, or 20.7% of net sales, in 2017 as compared to $151.2 million, or 21.2% of net sales, in 2016.  The decrease in gross margin percentage was primarily due to the  higher production costs with our millwork products as well as a higher proportion of direct sales in our overall mix.

Operating expenses increased $27.2 million or approximately 21% to $155.7 million, or 20.7% of net sales, in 2017, compared to $128.5 million, or 18.0% of net sales, in 2016.  The increase in operating expenses was driven by an increase in personnel costs, which increased $14.2 million, principally due to hiring of additional sales and warehouse personnel related to our expansion of the Huttig-Grip product line and repair and remodel growth initiatives.  Non-personnel expenses were $12.5 million higher in 2017 as compared to 2016 primarily due to costs associated with the expansion of the Huttig-Grip product line and our repair and remodel growth initiatives including higher marketing costs, rent, and other administrative costs, as well as, legal expenses associated with the ongoing litigation (see Note 7 − “Commitments and Contingencies” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information regarding the litigation).  

Net interest expense was $3.1 million in 2017 compared to $2.2 million in 2016.  The increase was due to higher average outstanding debt and higher borrowing rates in 2017 versus 2016.

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An income tax provision of $3.2 million was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $7.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. The income tax expense in 2017 was driven by the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) that was enacted on December 22, 2017. The Company recognized $4.5 million in tax expense related to the net change in our deferred tax assets and liabilities as a result of the Tax Act’s reduction of the U.S. Federal tax rate from 35% to 21%. The lower U.S. corporate income taxe rate is effective January 1, 2018, however, our deferred tax assets and liabilities were adjusted in 2017 when the new tax law was enacted. Excluding the impact of this adjustment, as well as other immaterial tax adjustments, the Company would have recognized a tax benefit of approximately $1.3 million.  See Note 10 — “Income Taxes” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information.

As a result of the foregoing factors, we reported a loss from continuing operations of $6.2 million in 2017 as compared to income from continuing operations of $13.3 million in 2016.

Discontinued Operations

We recorded a $0.9 million after-tax loss from discontinued operations in 2017 due to an increase in the estimated cost of our environmental liability. See Note 7 − “Commitments and Contingencies” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information regarding the environmental liability. We recorded $3.0 million in after-tax income from discontinued operations in 2016 primarily as a result of payments received from settlement agreements with insurers, as well as with Crane Co., in connection with the declaratory action filed in the United States court for the Eastern District of Missouri. See Note 15—“Discontinued Operations” of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information.

Fiscal 2016 Compared to Fiscal 2015

Continuing Operations

Net sales from continuing operations were $713.9 million in 2016, which were $54.3 million, or approximately 8%, higher than 2015. The increase was primarily due to higher levels of construction activity, the addition of a new product line, Huttig-Grip, and the acquisition of BenBilt which was completed on April 4, 2016.

Net sales in the major product categories changed as follows in 2016 from 2015: millwork sales increased 12% to $363.9 million, building product sales increased 5% to $278.8 million, and wood products increased 1% to $71.2 million with a 12% increase in sales of engineered wood products and a 7% decrease in sales of other wood products.  Fluctuations across product categories can occur based on general market conditions, new product incentives, promotions, changes in product lines, and commodity pricing, among other things.

Gross margin increased approximately 13% to $151.2 million, or 21.2% of net sales, in 2016 as compared to $133.3 million, or 20.2% of sales, in 2015.  The increase in gross margin percentage was primarily due to our operational initiatives, as well as improved product mix as we continue to expand our value-add capabilities to service the repair/remodel construction segment.

Operating expenses increased $9.3 million or approximately 8% to $128.5 million, or 18.0% of net sales, in 2016, compared to $119.2 million, or 18.1% of net sales, in 2015.  The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs, which increased $6.7 million, principally from wage increases, hiring of additional personnel, and expenses attributable to higher variable costs associated with increasing sales. We recorded total stock-based compensation expense of $1.7 million in 2016 compared to $1.8 million in 2015.  Non-personnel expenses were $2.1 million higher in 2016 as compared to 2015 primarily due to the acquisition of BenBilt in April 2016.

Net interest expense was $2.2 million in 2016 compared to $2.3 million in 2015.  The decrease was primarily due to lower borrowing rates in 2016 versus 2015.

An income tax provision of $7.2 million was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2016. An income tax benefit of $17.2 million was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2015. The 2015 income tax benefit primarily related to the Company’s release of all its valuation allowance related to federal and a significant portion

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of certain state net operating loss carryforwards. See Note 10 — “Income Taxes” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information.  

As a result of the foregoing factors, we reported income from continuing operations of $13.3 million in 2016 as compared to $29.4 million in 2015.

Discontinued Operations

We recorded $3.0 million in after-tax income from discontinued operations in 2016 primarily as a result of payments received from settlement agreements with insurers, as well as with Crane Co., in connection with the declaratory action filed in the United States court for the Eastern District of Missouri. We recorded a loss of $3.4 million after tax in 2015 due to environmental and related legal expenses. See Note 15— “Discontinued Operations” of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information.

Shareholder Rights Plan

On May 18, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors issued one preferred share purchase right (a “Right”) for each share of our common stock issued and outstanding as of the close of business on May 31, 2016 and adopted a shareholder rights plan, as set forth in the rights agreement entered into on the same date between the Company and Computershare Trust Company, N.A. (the “Rights Agreement”).  The Rights Agreement was approved by the Company’s stockholders at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders. The Rights Agreement will expire on the earliest of (i) May 18, 2019, (ii) the time at which the Rights are redeemed or exchanged, as provided for in the Rights Agreement, (iii) the repeal of Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code if the Board determines that the Rights Agreement is no longer necessary for the preservation of the Company’s net operating loss carryforwards (“NOLs”), and (iv) the beginning of a taxable year of the Company to which the Board determines that no NOLs may be carried forward. The Company adopted the Rights Agreement to protect stockholder value by attempting to diminish the risk that the Company’s ability to use its NOLs to reduce potential future federal income tax obligations may become substantially limited.

See Note 13 − “Rights Agreement” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for more information regarding the Rights Agreement.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We depend on cash flow from operations and funds available under our revolving credit facility to finance seasonal working capital needs, capital expenditures, additional investment in our product lines, including Huttig-Grip, and any acquisitions that we may undertake. Typically, our working capital requirements are generally greatest in the second and third quarters, which reflect the seasonal nature of our business. The second and third quarters also tend to be our strongest operating quarters, largely due to more favorable weather throughout many of our markets compared to the first and fourth quarters. We typically generate cash from working capital reductions in the fourth quarter of the year and build working capital during the first quarter in preparation for our second and third quarters. We also maintain significant inventories to meet the rapid delivery requirements of our customers and to enable us to obtain favorable pricing, delivery and service terms with our suppliers. In 2017, our working capital was impacted significantly as we continued to invest in inventory related to our Huttig-Grip product line. Sourcing Huttig-Grip products internationally requires longer lead-times and higher inventory levels to ensure available supply, but it also provides an opportunity for higher margins. At December 31, 2017 and 2016, inventories and accounts receivables constituted approximately 73% and 69% of our total assets, respectively. We also closely monitor operating expenses and inventory levels during seasonally affected periods and, to the extent possible, manage variable operating costs to minimize seasonal effects on our profitability.

Operations—Cash used in operating activities was $38.1 million in 2017, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $17.0 million in 2016. In 2017 our net income decreased by $23.4 million compared to 2016. In 2017 our inventory levels increased by $30.9 million driven largely by the expansion of our Huttig-Grip product line and we spent approximately $5.1 million in remediation costs related to the formerly owned property in Montana.

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Investing—Net cash used in investing activities was $6.1 million in 2017, as compared to $21.4 million in 2016.  In 2017 we invested $6.1 million in property and equipment at various locations.  The Company used $17.3 million for the purchase of substantially all of the assets of BenBilt in the second quarter of 2016.  In 2016 we invested $4.1 million in property and equipment at various locations.

Financing—Cash provided by financing activities of $44.2 million in 2017 reflected net borrowings of $46.8 million under our credit facility, repayments of $1.7 million for other debt obligations and $0.9 million for the net settlement of withholding taxes on stock-based awards.  In 2016 net borrowings included amounts borrowed to fund the purchase of substantially all of the assets of BenBilt. Cash provided by financing activities of $4.4 million in 2016 reflected net debt payments of $6.0 million under our credit facility, payments of $1.2 million for capital lease and other debt obligations, and $0.4 million for the net settlement of withholding taxes on stock-based awards.

The Company believes that cash generated from its operations and funds available under the credit facility will provide sufficient funds to meet the operating needs of the Company for at least the next twelve months. In 2017 the minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (“FCCR”) was not required to be tested as excess borrowing availability was greater than the minimum threshold. However, if the Company’s availability would have fallen below that threshold, we would not have met the minimum FCCR. If we are unable to maintain excess borrowing availability of more than the applicable amount in the range of $17.5 million to $31.3 million and we do not meet the minimum FCCR, the lenders would have the right to terminate the loan commitments and accelerate the repayment of the entire amount outstanding under the credit facility.  The lenders could also foreclose on the Company’s assets that secure the credit facility.  If the credit facility is terminated, the Company would be forced to seek alternative sources of financing, which may not be available on terms acceptable to it, or at all.

Credit Facility—See Note 4 – “Debt” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 for information on our credit agreement.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

In addition to funds available from operating cash flows and our bank credit facility as described above, we use operating leases, which are considered to be off-balance sheet arrangements. Operating leases are employed as an alternative to purchasing certain property, plant and equipment. Future rental commitments, extending through 2031, under all non-cancelable operating leases in effect at December 31, 2017 totaled $36.2 million.

Commitments and Contingencies

The table below summarizes our contractual obligations as of December 31, 2017 (in millions):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments Due by Period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019-

 

 

2021-

 

 

Beyond

 

 

 

Total

 

 

2018

 

 

2020

 

 

2022

 

 

2022

 

Long-term debt, including current portion (1)

 

$

103.0

 

 

$

1.2

 

 

$

1.8

 

 

$

100.0

 

 

$

 

Operating lease obligations (2)

 

 

35.1

 

 

 

10.5

 

 

 

14.9

 

 

 

6.7

 

 

 

3.0

 

Total

 

$

138.1

 

 

$

11.7

 

 

$

16.7

 

 

$

106.7

 

 

$

3.0

 

 

(1)

Amounts represent the expected cash payments of our long-term debt and do not include any fair value adjustments.

(2)

Amounts are net of minimum sublease income of $1.1million.

 

 

ITEM 7A—QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We have exposure to market risk as it relates to effects of changes in interest rates. We had debt outstanding at December 31, 2017 under our credit facility of $99.2 million.

All of our debt under our revolving credit facility accrues interest at a floating-rate basis. If market interest rates for LIBOR had been different by an average of 1% for the year ended December 31, 2017, our interest expense

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and income before taxes would have changed by $0.9 million. These amounts are determined by considering the impact of the hypothetical interest rates on our borrowing cost. This analysis does not consider the effects of any change in the overall economic activity that could exist in such an environment. Further, in the event of a change of such magnitude, management may take actions to further mitigate its exposure to the change. However, due to the uncertainty of the specific actions that would be taken and their possible effects, the sensitivity analysis assumes no changes in our financial structure.

We are subject to periodic fluctuations in the price of wood, steel commodities, petrochemical-based products and fuel. Profitability is influenced by these changes as prices change between the time we buy and sell the wood, steel or petrochemical-based products. Profitability is also influenced by changes in prices of fuel. In addition, to the extent changes in interest rates affect the housing and remodeling market, we would be affected by such changes.  

 

 

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ITEM 8—FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL DATA

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Stockholders

Huttig Building Products, Inc.:

Opinions on the Consolidated Financial Statements and Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Huttig Building Products, Inc. and subsidiary (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes  (collectively, the “consolidated financial statements”). We also have audited the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, based on  criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.  

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2017, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

Basis for Opinions

The Company’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud, and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.

Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail,

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accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ KPMG LLP

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2004.

St. Louis, Missouri
March 7, 2018

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

 

 

(In millions, except per share data)

 

Net sales

 

$

753.2

 

 

$

713.9

 

 

$

659.6

 

Cost of sales

 

 

597.4

 

 

 

562.7

 

 

 

526.3

 

Gross margin

 

 

155.8

 

 

 

151.2

 

 

 

133.3

 

Operating expenses

 

 

155.7

 

 

 

128.5

 

 

 

119.2

 

Gain on disposal of capital assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.4

)

Operating income

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

22.7

 

 

 

14.5

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

3.1

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

2.3

 

(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes

 

 

(3.0

)

 

 

20.5

 

 

 

12.2

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

 

3.2

 

 

 

7.2

 

 

 

(17.2

)

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

 

 

(6.2

)

 

 

13.3

 

 

 

29.4

 

Net (loss) income from discontinued operations, net of taxes

   of ($0.6), $1.8 and ($1.9), respectively

 

 

(0.9

)

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

(3.4

)

Net (loss) income

 

$

(7.1

)

 

$

16.3

 

 

$

26.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income from continuing operations per share - basic and

   diluted

 

$

(0.25

)

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

1.17

 

Net (loss) income from discontinued operations per share - basic

   and diluted

 

$

(0.04

)

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

(0.14

)

Net (loss) income per share - basic and diluted

 

$

(0.29

)

 

$

0.64

 

 

$

1.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted shares outstanding

 

 

24.9

 

 

 

24.5

 

 

 

24.1

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and equivalents

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

0.3

 

Trade accounts receivable, net

 

 

66.8

 

 

 

59.3

 

Inventories, net

 

 

111.9

 

 

 

81.0

 

Other current assets

 

 

11.4

 

 

 

9.5

 

Total current assets

 

 

190.4

 

 

 

150.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, Plant and Equipment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

 

5.0

 

 

 

5.0

 

Building and improvements

 

 

31.1

 

 

 

29.7

 

Machinery and equipment

 

 

49.8

 

 

 

43.5

 

Gross property, plant and equipment

 

 

85.9

 

 

 

78.2

 

Less accumulated depreciation

 

 

56.4

 

 

 

53.3

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

29.5

 

 

 

24.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

9.5

 

 

 

9.5

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

9.7

 

 

 

10.3

 

Other

 

 

6.8

 

 

 

7.5

 

Total other assets

 

 

26.0

 

 

 

27.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

 

$

245.9

 

 

$

202.3

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

 

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

 

$

1.2

 

 

$

1.0

 

Trade accounts payable

 

 

51.0

 

 

 

47.2

 

Accrued compensation

 

 

6.3

 

 

 

6.8

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

 

16.6

 

 

 

15.1

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

75.1

 

 

 

70.1

 

Non-current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, less current maturities

 

 

101.8

 

 

 

54.5

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

7.2

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

104.3

 

 

 

61.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred shares; $.01 par (5,000,000 shares authorized)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares; $.01 par (75,000,000 shares authorized:

   25,843,166 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017

   and 25,638,862 at December 31, 2016)

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

0.3

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

44.1

 

 

 

42.8

 

Retained earnings

 

 

22.1

 

 

 

27.4

 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

66.5

 

 

 

70.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

245.9

 

 

$

202.3

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Common Shares

 

 

Additional

 

 

Retained Earnings

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Outstanding,

 

 

Paid-In

 

 

(Accumulated

 

 

Shareholders’

 

 

 

at Par Value

 

 

Capital

 

 

Deficit)

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

Balance at January 1, 2015

 

$

0.2

 

 

$

40.4

 

 

$

(14.9

)

 

$

25.7

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.0

 

 

 

26.0

 

Payment for taxes related to share

   settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.6

)

Stock compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.8

 

Balance at December 31, 2015

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

41.6

 

 

 

11.1

 

 

 

52.9

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.3

 

 

 

16.3

 

Payment for taxes related to share

   settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.4

)

Stock compensation expense

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.7

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

42.8

 

 

 

27.4

 

 

 

70.5

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7.1

)

 

 

(7.1

)

Payment for taxes related to share

   settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

 

 

(0.9

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.9

)

Deferred tax adjustment for adoption of ASU-2016-09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

1.8

 

Stock compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.2

 

Balance at December 31, 2017

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

44.1

 

 

$

22.1

 

 

$

66.5

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(7.1

)

 

$

16.3

 

 

$

26.0

 

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash provided by

   (used in) operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (income) loss from discontinued operations, net of

   taxes

 

 

0.9

 

 

 

(3.0

)

 

 

3.4

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

3.9

 

 

 

3.0

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

0.4

 

Stock compensation expense

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

1.8

 

Deferred taxes

 

 

2.4

 

 

 

8.8

 

 

 

(19.1

)

Gain on disposal of capital assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.4

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade accounts receivable

 

 

(7.5

)

 

 

(1.5

)

 

 

(7.8

)

Inventories

 

 

(30.9

)

 

 

(14.6

)

 

 

1.5

 

Trade accounts payable

 

 

3.8

 

 

 

2.7

 

 

 

4.2

 

Other

 

 

(2.5

)

 

 

(0.7

)

 

 

3.2

 

Cash (used in) provided by continuing operating activities

 

 

(33.5

)

 

 

14.0

 

 

 

16.2

 

Cash (used in) provided by discontinued operating activities

 

 

(4.6

)

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

0.9

 

Total cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

(38.1

)

 

 

17.0