Tecnoglass Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

Aug 6,2020

Tecnoglass, Inc. (NASDAQ: TGLS) (“Tecnoglass” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of architectural glass, windows, and associated aluminum products for the global commercial and residential construction industries, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

José Manuel Daes, Chief Executive Officer of Tecnoglass, commented, “I could not be more pleased with our talented employees for their ability to overcome this unprecedented environment while maintaining dedication to excellence, as demonstrated by our results. We achieved record gross margin, operating margin and Adjusted EBITDA1 margin in the second quarter without taking any headcount reductions related to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Since reopening our production facilities in the second half of April, the pace of invoicing improved significantly as we progressed through the quarter, particularly in the U.S. which represented 97% of second quarter revenues. In June, we hit a monthly record level of residential orders, and that momentum carried into July. Our strong working capital management as well as benefits from our high return automation initiatives collectively allowed us to generate record levels of free cash flow. In turn, we were able to deleverage our balance sheet and continue strengthening our financial flexibility, with liquidity of $136 million at quarter end. As we look forward, we believe we have the financial resources to continue executing our growth strategy and further enhancing our position as a premier architectural glass leader.”

Christian Daes, Chief Operating Officer of Tecnoglass, stated, “For the second quarter, taking into account two non-invoicing weeks in early April, we estimate our U.S. revenues would have been down in the high-single digit percent range year-over-year. We believe that the worst of the pandemic-related economic crisis is behind us. In nearly all of our regions, economic lockdowns are easing, and business conditions have started to recover. Despite a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Florida and the rest of the United States, we are now seeing quoting and bidding activity that is in line with pre-pandemic levels, as reflected by our record backlog. On the residential side, our business has accelerated in recent months supported by low interest rates and de-urbanization trends driving new home starts. We believe these positive tailwinds coupled with our lean cost structure and strong liquidity leave us well positioned to maintain our industry leading margins as we work to deepen our presence and capture additional share in attractive U.S. markets.”

Second Quarter 2020 Results

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2020 were $81.9 million compared to $113.9 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was primarily attributable to two fewer weeks of invoicing in the first half of April as a result of the previously communicated suspension of plant operations. This proactive action was taken to assess global market conditions at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and timed in parallel with shelter-in-place guidelines by the Colombian government, during which time the production facilities were reconfigured to mitigate any potential risks of contagion. Since April, the Company experienced a positive sequential revenue trend in May and June. U.S. revenues were $79.1 million compared to $99.3 million in the prior year quarter, and represented 96.6% of total revenues for the second quarter 2020. Revenues in Colombia and other Latin American regions were significantly impacted by delayed activity at many customer job sites that have required extensive preparations to adhere to varying COVID-19 guidelines. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a negligible impact on Colombia and total revenues in the quarter.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2020 was $31.8 million, representing a 38.8% gross margin, compared to gross profit of $38.8 million, representing a 34.1% gross margin in the prior year quarter. The 470-basis point improvement in gross margin mainly reflected lower raw material costs, greater operating efficiencies from prior automation initiatives, and a higher mix of revenue from manufacturing vs installation activity. Selling, general and administrative expense (“SG&A”) was $16.5 million compared to $20.6 million in the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to lower variable expenses related to shipping, travel, and commissions, as well as cost controls. As a percent of total revenues, SG&A was 20.2% compared to 18.1% in the prior year quarter due to lower revenues.

Net income was $16.1 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $7.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter, including an after-tax non-cash foreign exchange transaction gain of $13.3 million in the second quarter 2020 and a $1.2 million loss in the second quarter 2019. As with previous periods, these gains and losses are related to the accounting re-measurement of U.S. Dollar denominated assets and liabilities against the Colombian Peso as functional currency. Adjusted net income1 was $9.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to adjust a net income of $9.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income1, as reconciled in the table below, excludes the impact of non-cash foreign exchange transaction gains or losses and other non-core items, along with the tax impact of adjustments at statutory rates, to better reflect core financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA1, as reconciled in the table below, was $23.3 million, or 28.4% of revenues, compared to $25.8 million, or 22.6% of revenues, in the prior year quarter. The improvement was driven by stronger gross margin. Adjusted EBITDA1 in the second quarter 2020 included $0.9 million in contribution from the Company’s joint venture with Saint-Gobain, compared to $1.0 million in the prior year quarter.

Dividend

The Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0275 per share for the second quarter of 2020, which was paid on July 31, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 8, 2020.

Business Outlook

Santiago Giraldo, Chief Financial Officer of Tecnoglass, concluded, “The improving sequential monthly revenue trends that we experienced during the second quarter continued into July. Based on our current invoicing schedule and underlying market environment, we expect revenue in the third quarter to continue on a positive sequential monthly trend. As we execute our strategy during this extraordinary period, we will maintain our focus on safely serving customers, aggressively managing costs and delivering strong cash flow. While uncertainty persists associated with COVID-19 developments, we believe we are well situated to outperform our markets as global economic conditions further improve.”

Webcast and Conference Call

Management will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time (8:00 a.m. Bogota, Colombia time) to review the Company’s results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Additionally, a slide presentation will accompany the conference call. To listen to the call and view the slides, please visit the Investor Relations section of Tecnoglass' website at www.tecnoglass.com. Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. Due to potential extended wait times to access the conference call via dial-in, the Company encourages use of the webcast. For those unable to access the webcast, the conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-855-327-6837 (domestic) or 1-631-891-4304 (international). Upon dialing in, please request to join the Tecnoglass Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. If you are unable to listen live, a replay of the webcast will be archived on the website. You may also access the conference call playback by dialing (844) 512-2921 (Domestic) or (412) 317-6671 (International) and entering pass code: 10010493.

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