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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, 2021  

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 each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common, par value $0.01 per share

HBP

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 the past 90 days. Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit).Yes      No 

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: Large Accelerated Filer Accelerated Filer 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 has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

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, 2021 was approximately $143 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 28, 2022 was 27,330,147 shares.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE.

Parts of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders 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

19

Item 2.

Properties

19

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

19

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

20

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

Item 5.

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

21

Item 6.

[Reserved]

21

Item 7.

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

22

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

27

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplemental Data

28

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

50

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

50

Item 9B.

Other Information

50

Item 9C.

Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections

50

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

51

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

51

Item 12.

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

51

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

52

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

52

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

53

Item 16.

Form 10-K Summary

53

 

 

 

Signatures

56

 

 

 


 

 

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: our ability to successfully identify and execute upon a potential strategic alternative to maximize shareholder value; the success of our growth initiatives; risks associated with our private brands; the strength of new construction, home improvement and remodeling markets, including the overall strength of the homebuilding industry where the historical annual average of total housing starts from 1959 to 2021 is approximately 1.4 million starts based on statistics tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau (“Historical Average”); the cyclical nature of our industry; risks of international suppliers; the impact of global health concerns, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, and governmental responses to such concerns, on our business, results of operations, liquidity and capital resources; product liability claims and other legal proceedings; market price changes, including inflation; commodity prices and demand in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; competition with existing or new industry participants; our failure to attract and retain key personnel and our general employee population; 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; our ability to comply with, and the restrictive effect of, the financial covenant applicable under our credit facility; deterioration of our customers’ creditworthiness or our inability to forecast such deteriorations, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; the loss of a significant customer; termination of key supplier relationships; the ability to source alternative suppliers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; supply chain disruption; current or future litigation; 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; federal and state transportation regulations; uncertainties resulting from changes to United States and foreign laws, regulations and policies; the potential impact of changes in tariff costs, including tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and potential anti-dumping or countervailing duties; fuel cost increases; stock market volatility; failure to meet exchange listing requirements; stockholder activist disruption; information technology failures, network disruptions, cybersecurity attacks or breaches in data security; significant uninsured claims; the integration of any business we acquire and the liabilities of such businesses; the seasonality of our operations; any limitations on our ability to utilize our deferred tax assets to reduce future taxable income and tax liabilities; intangible asset impairment; and those factors set forth under Part I, 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

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.

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 25 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, 2021, we generated net sales of $937.8 million.

We conduct our business through a two-step distribution model. This means we purchase from manufacturers and resell the products to our customers, who then sell the products to 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 customers. 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. Also, we carry a depth and breadth of products that our customers and suppliers cannot reasonably stock themselves. Likewise, our suppliers benefit from our broad geographic footprint of distribution centers enabling them to supply a broader breadth of products and cost-effectively reach a greater number of end users.  Many of the value-added services we provide are highly customized and cannot be provided effectively by our suppliers. In addition, our sales force extends our suppliers’ 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 enable us to purchase products in large volumes at favorable prices, stock a diverse 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 national account, through our 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 provide a competitive advantage that allows us to deliver quality products in a timely manner and allow for the efficient operation of our customers’ and suppliers’ supply chain, as compared to many local and regional competitors.

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 residential 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 improvement each year since 2009, the trough period of the housing downturn. In 2021, activity crossed the Historical Average of total housing starts from 1959 to 2021 of over 1.4 million. Total new housing starts in the United States were 1.6 million, 1.4 million and 1.3 million in 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.  Total new single family housing starts were 1.0 million, 1.0 million and 0.9 million in 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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 who 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 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 for these retailers and utilize our value-added service model and broad distribution network to support the 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 Board of Directors regularly reviews our strategic process. In October 2021, in consultation with our financial and legal advisors, our Board of Directors initiated a process to evaluate potential strategic alternatives.

Our strategy is to increase stockholder value. To accomplish this, we have developed strategic initiatives that prioritize the growth and diversification of our business. These initiatives require investments in our infrastructure, our people and technology platform.  We believe these actions 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 geographic 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.

Although we continue to invest in our organization to attract the best talent to achieve our goal of creating a top-performing, disciplined organization with talented, engaged, and empowered people to ensure the execution of our

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goals and initiatives, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some adjustments to our workforce and our approach to doing business.  We have implemented significant safety and workplace precautions to protect our employees, including requiring employees to work from home when it is otherwise not essential to work from our corporate office or branch locations to perform their jobs.  As operations of our customers and suppliers have stabilized, we increased our investments in replacement equipment and continued investment in our technology platform to achieve improved operating efficiencies in the functional areas of the business while delivering advanced customer interface technology to make Huttig the clear supplier of choice for the products we sell.

Products

We strive to offer products that allow us to provide value to our customers. We accomplish 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 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. As such, engineered wood 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 for each of the prior three years. Changes in commodity pricing, products and unit volumes could affect our product mix on a year-to-year basis.

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Millwork

 

 

44

%

 

 

45

%

 

 

47

%

Building Products

 

 

48

%

 

 

48

%

 

 

45

%

Wood Products

 

 

8

%

 

 

7

%

 

 

8

%

 Customers

During 2021, we served approximately 2,800 customers, with one customer, Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation (“LMC”) accounting for 14% of our sales in 2021 and 15% of our sales in both 2020 and 2019. LMC is a buying group representing multiple building material dealers. Our top 10 customers, including buying groups, accounted for approximately 48% of our total sales in 2021. We observed certain of our customers experiencing disruptions to their operations and reducing their purchases due to the impact of COVID-19 and governmental restrictions.

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 54%, 51% and 48% in 2021, 2020, and 2019.

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Organization

Huttig operates on a nationwide basis. Customer sales are conducted through 25 distribution centers serving 41 states. Administrative and executive management functions are centralized at our headquarters located in St. Louis, Missouri. We believe this structure allows us to serve our customers better through closer proximity to their operations, 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, international procurement, internal audit and treasury, along with corporate operations, marketing and product management groups.

Operating responsibility resides with each distribution center’s general manager. The general manager is responsible for daily operations, including sales, purchasing, personnel and logistics. Each distribution center generally maintains its own sales, warehouse and logistics 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our outside field representatives have been limited in terms of their ability to 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 believe 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 real-time access to pricing, inventory availability, margin analysis and product information both by location and for 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.

The pandemic continues to adversely impact the supply chain, with some of our suppliers putting us on allocation as a result of reduced product and labor shortages resulting in longer lead-times for the fulfillment of certain goods.

We purchased products from over 500 different suppliers in 2021. We generally negotiate with our major suppliers on a national basis to leverage our aggregate purchasing power, which we believe provides us with an advantage over our locally-based competitors. The majority of our purchases are made from suppliers who 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 to improve their purchasing and operating efficiencies by providing “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.  We source much of our private label products internationally which offers the opportunity for higher margins, but the longer lead-times on internationally sourced products also generally require an increased investment in inventory. We are also continuing to invest in automated, high-capacity, pre-finish door lines and focus sales resources for further penetration of 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, 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 who also engage in direct sales.

The principal factors on which we compete are pricing, product availability, 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. Specifically, these factors include levels of new construction, home improvement and remodeling activity, weather, interest rates and other local, regional and national economic conditions.  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.

Our results of operations are affected by new housing activity in the United States. In 2021, total housing starts increased approximately 16%, to 1.6 million, which is greater than the long-term Historical Average of 1.4 million starts. Based on the current level of housing activity, interest rates and industry forecasts, we expect new housing activity in 2022 to be comparable with 2021, but we cannot be certain.

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, 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 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, investments in our product lines, including Huttig-Grip, and any

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acquisitions we may undertake. Typically, our working capital requirements are greatest in the second and third quarters, due to 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. This year we generated cash from operations in the second, third and fourth quarters due to improved operational performance and working capital management. In 2021, our working capital benefitted from product line rationalization intended to strengthen our focus on core and strategic products, including Huttig-Grip. We source our 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. Generally, internationally-sourced products are financed upon shipment from the port of origin, thus resulting in lower levels of accounts payable. There have been significant shipping delays for our internationally-sourced products as a result of supply chain challenges, including the impact from COVID-19. This has had a mitigating effect on our Huttig-Grip sales.  

As a percentage of total current assets, inventories were 54% and 57% and accounts receivable were 37% and 37%, each respectively at December 31, 2021 and 2020. 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 delegates responsibility for most credit decisions to regional credit personnel. Our credit policies, together with careful monitoring of customer balances, have resulted in bad debt expense of less than 0.2% of revenue in each of 2021, 2020 and 2019. Substantially all of our sales in 2021 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. Although order backlog has historically only represented a very small percentage of the product sales that we anticipate in a given quarter, we continue to experience order backlog in excess of historic norms as a result of the impact of COVID-19 supply chain disruption. However, we do not believe the increase is significant 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 our acquisition of BenBilt Building Systems LP (“BenBilt”) in April 2016. 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®, Huttig-Guard®, Huttig-Guard Pro®, Huttig-Guard Premium®, Huttig-Guard Platinum®, No-Split®, Huttig-Grip®, and Huttig-Spin® which are registered trademarks.

Employees/Human Capital

As of December 31, 2021, we employed approximately 1,100 people, of which approximately 12% were represented by seven unions. We have not experienced any strikes or other work interruptions in recent years and have maintained generally favorable relations with our employees. We continue to refine our performance and compensation review systems, safety guidance and employee support programs to further the development and security of our personnel.

Securing human capital to work in our warehouse and production operations has been challenging during the pandemic due to the effects of COVID-19 on our associates and their families and the labor market in general. We implemented strict safety measures requiring employees to quarantine in the event of any potential exposure to COVID-19, which has caused temporary impact to branch operations and extended lead times, particularly for millwork.

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Distribution businesses supporting online sales continue to grow rapidly and increase competition for traditional warehouse workers. Additionally, recruiting and retaining employees has been complicated by enhanced unemployment benefits for workers laid off as a result of COVID-19, discouraging some employees from returning to entry level positions. Although most of these enhanced benefits have expired, we have not experienced any significant improvement in the availability of workers.

Given these challenges, during 2021 we focused on programs designed to retain capable employees and, as a result of our efforts, employee retention rates significantly improved over prior year and in comparison to Bureau of Labor Statistic benchmarks.

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 Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), in addition to other information as required. 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 our business. Our 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 us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business and operations.

Strategic Initiatives

We cannot provide assurance that our strategic review process will result in a transaction, or that any such transaction would be successful. The process of exploring strategic alternatives, or its conclusion, could adversely impact our business and our stock price.

In October 2021, we announced that the Company’s Board of Directors, consistent with its strategic review process and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, had initiated a process to evaluate potential strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value. In connection therewith, the Company engaged Lincoln International to assist in the process. The process remains ongoing.

There can be no assurances that the strategic review process will result in the announcement or consummation of a transaction, or that any resulting transaction would maximize shareholder value. The terms of any such transaction would be dependent on a number of factors, some of which may be beyond the Company’s control.

The strategic review process itself could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. The process could result in the diversion of management attention from running the business, be time consuming and disruptive to the Company’s operations. We could incur substantial expenses in connection with the process, with no assurance that the process will result in a beneficial outcome. There could also be a negative impact on the Company’s ability to attract, retain and motivate key employees. Further, we could be the subject of litigation either in connection with the process itself or in connection with any resulting transaction. The public announcement of the review could cause a negative impact on operating results if prospective or existing customers are reluctant to commit to new products or if existing customers decide to shift their business to a competitor. Further, speculation regarding any developments related to the strategic review and perceived uncertainties related to the future of the Company could cause our stock price to fluctuate significantly.

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We cannot assure the successful implementation of our growth initiatives.

In connection with our growth initiatives, including the strategic initiatives described in Part I, Item 1 under the heading “Strategic Initiatives,” we have developed a long-term growth strategy with the objective of delivering sustainable, profitable growth and long-term value for our stockholders.

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. Further, the anticipated benefits from these efforts are based on several assumptions that may prove to be inaccurate.  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 commensurate revenues and, therefore, this strategy may be dilutive to our earnings in the short term or longer. Our growth initiatives also require a significant investment in working capital, including an accelerated payment structure for internationally-sourced products, which could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity.  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 require significant financial and other resources along with significant management attention, which could result in the diversion of these resources from our core business and other business issues and opportunities. Failure to manage growth effectively, or maintain necessary working capital to support our growth initiatives, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Our growth initiatives require a significant investment in inventories, including new or expanded product lines which, if excessive, could negatively impact our results of operations and liquidity.

Many of the products included in our growth initiatives are sourced internationally and represent newer or expanded product lines for the majority of our distribution centers.  These initiatives are also designed to drive sales, including to new customers not historically serviced by us and to traditional customers who have existing relationships with our competition. If sales expectations are not met, or if the products we purchase do not readily sell, we may have excess or obsolete inventories, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position, and liquidity.

Operating Environment

Although the homebuilding industry has improved over recent years, any downturn from 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 and political conditions, employment levels, job and household formation, interest rates, housing prices, housing inventory, tax policy, availability of mortgage financing, trade restrictions, sanctions and disputes, prices of commodity wood and steel products, government shutdowns, immigration patterns, regional demographics and consumer confidence.

New housing activity in the United States has shown modest improvement since 2009, culminating with 2021 activity surpassing the long-term Historical Average of 1.4 million starts. Based on the current level of housing activity and industry forecasts, we expect new housing activity to remain robust, but we cannot be certain. There can be no assurance that the U.S. housing market will grow and develop in a manner consistent with our expectations. A new or 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 could cause an impairment due to the implied 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. Further, we extend credit to numerous customers who are generally susceptible to the same economic

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business risks as we are. Adverse homebuilding market conditions could result in financial failures of one, or more, of our significant customers and we may not necessarily be aware of any deteriorations in our customers’ position.

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.  The supply of building products fluctuates based on available manufacturing capacity, and excess capacity in the industry can result in significant declines in market prices for those products.  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.

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

We use international suppliers to procure certain 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 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, sanctions and disputes, political instability, the financial stability of suppliers, merchandise quality issues, and tariffs and other import taxes.  Additionally, products acquired from international sources are generally paid for before leaving the international port, and require longer lead times due to production scheduling and transit requirements, which can negatively impact our liquidity. 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 suppliers could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The U.S. government frequently imposes new tariffs which have resulted in increased prices and could adversely affect our consolidated results of operations and financial position. Additionally, international sourcing of certain of our products may subject us to anti-dumping or countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. government in response to other countries dumping steel or aluminum products in the United States below fair market value. Anti-dumping or countervailing duties may increase the cost of our internationally sourced products imported into the United States, and in the case of retrospective application, we may become subject to additional costs for previously sourced products and unable to recoup the increased cost from international companies, all of which could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition or results of operations. The tariffs, along with any new or additional tariffs, trade restrictions or duties that are unpredictable but may be implemented by the United States or other countries, could result in increased prices and have an adverse effect on our results of operations.

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak negatively impacted our ability in 2021 to source certain products, and, in some cases, product pricing. COVID-19 might have a continuing negative impact on our business in 2022 as could any other similar global health concern.

Our use of international suppliers for production and shipping of certain products has been and continues to be negatively impacted by the regional or global outbreak of illnesses, including the novel coronavirus and its variants. The coronavirus has led to economic and trade disruptions, including the disruption of global supply chains, which have created a tightening of supplies and shortages in a number of areas, including basic raw materials. Any quarantines, labor shortages or other disruptions to our suppliers and their contract manufacturers, or our customers, would likely adversely impact our sales and operating results. In addition, a significant outbreak of epidemic,

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pandemic, or contagious diseases in the human population could result in a widespread health crisis that could adversely affect the economies and financial markets of many countries, resulting in an economic downturn that could affect the supply or demand for our products. Order lead times could be extended or delayed and pricing could increase. Some products or services may become unavailable if the regional or global spread were significant enough to prevent alternative sourcing. Beginning in 2020, we have experienced significant delays and disruption in the shipment of product from overseas, and an extended period of global supply chain and economic disruption could continue to materially affect our business, results of operations, and financial condition. We have also experienced labor shortages and disruptions from our vendors in the United States, and our customers were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in reduced sales.  While we are unable to predict the possible future effect on our Company if coronavirus, its variants or another such virus continues to expand globally, we expect the impact of COVID-19 to continue throughout 2022.

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 if 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, which could be more difficult to enforce against our international suppliers, could result in costly litigation and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Our profitability may be impacted by market price changes, including inflation, and hard to predict.

Demand for our products is correlated with new residential construction and influenced by the economic environment, including interest rates, consumer sentiment and rates of inflation or deflation. Price inflation or deflation can significantly impact our operating results. Fluctuations in product pricing, especially commodity prices, make it difficult to predict our financial results with any degree of certainty. During 2021, demand for many of the products we sell in a supply constrained environment, coupled with higher input costs at the manufacturer level, have resulted in price inflation for certain of the products we sell. While inflation increased the prices for our products during 2021, the extent of the inflationary environment’s effect on our continuing operational and financial performance will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain, outside of our control and cannot be predicted with confidence, such as broad macroeconomic factors, the duration, scope, and severity of the pandemic and the actions taken to contain or mitigate these factors.  Many of the same pandemic and economic pressures that have impacted the supply chain have the potential to impact consumer sentiment and new residential construction, which could have an adverse impact on demand for many of the products we sell. Any failure to maintain or increase sales volumes, combined with fluctuations, such as commodity and other product price inflation or deflation, may impact the purchase and/or selling price of our products, which could adversely affect our profitability.

Fluctuation in prices of commodity wood and steel products that we buy and 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 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.  These prices may change as a result of, among other things, the risks described below with respect to our international sources of our products.

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;

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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 better able to withstand sales or price decreases 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.

Human Capital

Our failure to attract and retain key personnel and our general employee population 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.  If the price of our common stock performs poorly, such performance may adversely affect our ability to retain or attract key personnel.  If we are unable to continue to provide attractive equity compensation awards or other compensation incentives for any reason, we may be unable to retain and motivate existing personnel and recruit new 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 availability of labor in the markets in which we operate has declined in recent years and the competition for such labor has increased, especially during the economic crisis experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant increase in wages paid by competitors for personnel could result in insufficient availability of labor in our distribution centers or increase our labor costs, or both. If the supply of labor is constrained or our costs of attracting and maintaining a workforce increase, our profit margins could decrease, our ability to hire and retain qualified personnel at our distribution centers could decline, and our growth potential and brand image could be impaired.

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 members of labor unions as of December 31, 2021 and are represented by seven 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 materially increase our operating expenses.  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.

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

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management the creation of a significant obligation could have a material adverse effect on our operations or could materially add to the cost of closing or consolidating operating locations.

Liquidity

If we are unable to meet the financial covenant under our credit facility, the lenders could elect to accelerate 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 $15.0 million to $25.0 million depending on our borrowing base at the time of testing. For 2021, 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 $15.0 million to $25.0 million as required, we would have met the minimum required FCCR. 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 may, at their option, 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 financial covenant under our credit agreement and changes in LIBOR may limit our borrowing availability and may limit management’s discretion with respect to certain business matters.

Borrowings under our credit agreement are collateralized by substantially all of our assets, including accounts receivable, inventory, real estate 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 ordinary course of our 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.

Borrowings under our credit agreement and other variable rate indebtedness may use the London Interbank Offering Rate (“LIBOR”) as a benchmark for establishing the applicable interest rate. LIBOR is the subject of recent regulatory guidance and proposals for reform, which may cause LIBOR to cease to be used entirely or to perform differently than in the past. The consequences of these developments with respect to LIBOR cannot be entirely predicted but could result in an increase in the cost of our variable rate indebtedness causing a negative impact on our financial position, liquidity and results of operations. Our credit agreement contains provisions for alternate variable rate benchmarks using alternate, but undetermined, spreads. See Part II, Item 7A—“Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk” for additional information.

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.

Concentration and Credit Risks

Substantially all 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 2021, our bad debt expense compared to total net sales was less than 0.2%. 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.

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

In 2021, our top ten customers, including buying groups, represented 48% 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 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.

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.

Regulatory and Compliance

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.

Additionally, in the event of litigation, we may sustain significant damages or settlement expenses (regardless of merit), litigation expenses and significant harm to our reputation. Any amount that we may be required to pay to satisfy a judgment or settlement may not be covered by insurance. Filing claims under these policies may result in our inability to maintain adequate liability insurance at acceptable costs or on favorable terms. Under our organizational documents 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. Increased public awareness and concern regarding climate change and the enactment of new environmental laws or regulations, or changes in existing laws or regulations, might require us to make significant expenditures or restrict operations.  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 remediation will achieve the projected outcome required by the DEQ.  Our total cost of implementing the final

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remediation work at the site may exceed the amounts we have accrued for the matter and thereby negatively impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Further, government administrations and agencies, the investment community, employees and other stakeholders have had an increased focus on certain environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors, issues and initiatives. Regulatory and other legal changes in laws in response to such ESG matters could require material efforts and costs by us to comply with such changes.

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 170 tractors, 30 trucks and 310 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 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.

In addition, fuel costs are largely unpredictable and can have a significant impact on the Company’s results of operations since we rely on diesel fuel to operate our fleet.  Changes in diesel fuel prices may increase our cost of operations and there is no guarantee that we can pass along a portion of increased fuel costs to our customers.

General Risk Factors

The market price and liquidity of our securities are subject to volatility.

The market price and liquidity of our common stock could be subject to wide fluctuations in response to numerous factors, many of which are beyond our control. These factors include, among other things, our limited trading volume, actual or anticipated variations in our operating results and cash flow, the nature and content of our earnings releases, announcements or events that impact our business and the general state of the securities market, as well as general economic, political and market conditions and other factors that may affect our future results. In 2021, the price of our common stock varied significantly. Stockholders may have incurred substantial losses with regard to any investment in our common stock, adversely affecting stockholder confidence.

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

We have deferred tax assets related to state net operating loss carryforwards (collectively, the “Deferred Tax Assets”). Under state 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.

Section 382 and Section 383 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (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 to our ability to use our Deferred Tax Assets (see “Stockholder Rights Plan” under Part II, Item 7—“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” for additional information), 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.

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Stockholder activists could cause a disruption to our business.

In recent years, stockholder activists have become involved in numerous public companies. Stockholder activists frequently propose to involve themselves in the governance, strategic initiatives and operations of public companies. Such proposals may disrupt our business and divert management and employee attention, and any perceived uncertainties as to our future direction resulting from such a situation could result in the loss of potential business opportunities, interfere with our ability to execute our growth initiatives, be exploited by our competitors, cause concern to our current or potential customers, and make it more difficult to attract and retain qualified personnel and business partners, all of which could adversely affect our operations. Further, a proxy contest for the election of directors at our annual meeting could require us to incur significant legal fees and proxy solicitation expenses. Actions of activist stockholders may cause significant fluctuations in our stock prices based on temporary or speculative market perceptions or other factors that do not necessarily reflect the underlying fundamentals and prospects of our business.

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 own 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 those of 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, all of which could adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.  In particular, a cybersecurity breach, as a result of attack, human error or otherwise, could result in the loss or unauthorized disclosure of our intellectual property, proprietary information and personal information of our customers and employees.  We cannot provide absolute assurance that our controls and procedures are sufficient to ensure that relevant information pertaining to cybersecurity risks and incidents is identified, collected, processed and timely reported to the appropriate parties to allow management to properly assess and analyze potential impacts and disclosure obligations. Further, despite our best efforts, employees may not be fully aware or understand our cybersecurity internal controls and may fail to recognize potentially relevant events.

An information technology failure, including as a result of human error or the failure of internal controls with respect to cybersecurity, could expose us to financial losses from necessary remedial actions, 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.

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, product 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, 2021, we had $3.5 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.

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

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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 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 fully offset 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

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 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 typically occurring during the third and fourth quarters, can have an adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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 13 of our 25 distribution centers and lease the remaining properties.  The owned distribution centers secure our senior credit facility. Warehouse space at distribution centers aggregated to approximately 3.0 million square feet as of December 31, 2021. Distribution centers range in size from approximately 4,000 square feet to 450,000 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 10—“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.

 

 

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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 28, 2022, there were approximately 1,300 holders of record of our common stock.

In order to make cash 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 our Board of Directors (the “Board”) 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, 2021 or 2020. 

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

Objective

The following discussion of our financial condition, results of operations and statistical disclosures is intended to supplement the data provided elsewhere in this Form 10-K. Management’s discussion and analysis examines our operating results with supplemental data, metrics and market considerations utilized by Company management to evaluate results and make operating decisions. This discussion is intended to enhance the reader’s understanding of the context in which our operational results were achieved, the quality and variability of earnings and cash flow, and to support conclusions regarding the likelihood that past performance could be replicated in the future. This discussion is qualified in its entirety by reference to the statements under the caption “Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of “Safe Harbor” Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995” set forth earlier in this Form 10-K.

 

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 25 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 improvement each year since 2009, the trough period of the downturn. In 2021, total housing starts increased approximately 16%, to 1.6 million, crossing the Historical Average. Based on the current level of housing activity, interest rates and industry forecasts, we expect new housing activity in 2022 to be comparable with 2021, but we cannot be certain.

Various factors have historically 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 economic and political conditions, and most recently the impact of a pandemic. Many of these factors are cyclical or seasonal in nature. We anticipate that further fluctuations in operating results between reporting periods 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 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.

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Inventory—Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. We utilize the 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.

Income Taxes— Deferred tax assets (“DTAs”) 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. As of December 31, 2021, we carry a valuation allowance for substantially all of our deferred state tax assets, net.

Currently, we have $24.9 million of DTAs, of which $6.6 million is related to state net operating loss carry-forwards that can be used to offset taxable income in future periods and reduce our income taxes payable in those future periods. The state tax loss carryforwards will begin expiring in 2022. We maintain a $6.0 million deferred tax asset valuation allowance for state net operating losses (“NOLs”) that are more likely than not to expire before utilization. The deferred tax valuation allowance is assessed each reporting period and the amount of net deferred tax assets considered realizable could be adjusted in future periods based on the Company’s financial performance. Our federal tax loss carryforwards of $41.4 million were fully utilized in 2021. The state net operating loss carryforwards remain available to offset future taxable income. 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

This section discusses our results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2021 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2020. For a discussion and analysis of the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019 refer to Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in Part II, Item 7 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 2, 2021.

Continuing Operations

Net sales were $937.8 million in 2021, an increase of $145.5 million, or approximately 18.4%, compared to $792.3 million in 2020. Net sales in 2020 were significantly affected by the onset of the pandemic. Our net sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2021 was 24.8%, representing strong growth as compared to a growth rate of 16.4% for the nine months ending September 30, 2021. Our 2021 sales growth, although moderated by restructuring activities announced in the second quarter of 2020 and by our 2020 product rationalization activities, was driven by an improved residential construction market, a favorable pricing environment, including elevated levels of inflation, and by growth in certain strategic product categories. The inflationary environment was elevated by demand-driven pricing with

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higher input costs throughout the channel, including labor and materials, and is reflective of the challenges within the supply chain and labor markets experienced throughout much of 2021.

Net sales in our major product categories changed as follows in 2021 from 2020: millwork sales increased 15.5% to $412.2 million, building product sales increased 18.2% to $447.9 million, and wood products increased 38.0% to $77.7 million. Millwork sales, although most impacted by the disruption in our supply chain and by our 2020 restructuring and product rationalization activities, performed well and benefited from improved demand and market pricing. Demand for our value-added millwork products exceeded supply, creating an input-constrained ability to produce. Building products sales increased due to consistent high levels of demand for certain product lines within the category, including certain strategic product lines such as Huttig Grip fasteners; however, sales growth in this category was also affected by supply chain disruption, and by product rationalization activities related to our objective of focusing on higher-margin, non-commoditized products. Wood product sales benefited from higher market prices on a year-over-year basis.

Gross margin increased $48.6 million, or 30.5%, to $208.0 million in 2021 as compared to $159.4 million in 2020. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales increased to 22.2% in 2021 compared to 20.1% in 2020. Gross margins were favorably impacted by our continued focus on non-commoditized, strategic product lines which carry higher margins, as well as effective pricing management. We also benefited from increased purchasing incentives in 2021. The increase in our gross margin percentage from these actions more than offset the impact from a disproportionate increase in lower-margin direct sales in 2021 compared to 2020.

We use the last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory valuation method to value inventories. In 2021, this resulted in gross margins that were $18.3 million lower, representing 2.0% of net sales, than if the first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory valuation method had been used. In 2020, the LIFO inventory valuation method reduced gross margins by $2.4 million, representing 0.3% of net sales. For the previous ten years, on an annual basis, the LIFO inventory valuation method resulted in an average reduction in gross margins of approximately 0.2% of net sales as compared to the FIFO inventory valuation method. The significant impact in 2021 as compared to historical levels reflects pricing inflation within certain product lines as well as higher inventory levels to support increased demand compared to 2020.

Operating expenses, increased $10.2 million, or 7.0%, to $155.8 million, or 16.6% of net sales, in 2021, compared to $145.6 million, or 18.4% of net sales, in 2020. Personnel expenses increased $10.4 million, reflecting increased variable incentive compensation from improved operating results, wage increases and reinstatement of compensation and other cost reductions taken in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. These increases were partially offset by lower medical costs and a $1.5 million Cares Act Employee Retention Tax Credit. Non-personnel expenses decreased $0.2 million in 2021, primarily benefitting from a $2.1 million class action settlement received during the fourth quarter related to interior doors, as well as an improved bad debt provision, mostly offset by higher fuel, insurance and tax costs. Overall, our cost structure was levered against higher sales volume.

Operating income in 2020 includes a restructuring charge of $1.5 million and goodwill impairment charge of $9.5 million. There were no charges recorded for these items in 2021.

Net interest expense was $2.5 million in 2021 compared to $3.6 million in 2020. The lower interest expense in 2021 reflected both lower average outstanding borrowings and lower interest rates.

We recognized income tax expense from continuing operations of $2.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to income tax expense of $0.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Income tax expense was mitigated in 2021 by utilization of $41.4 million of federal tax loss carryforwards. See Note 13 — “Income Taxes” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 for more information.

As a result of the foregoing factors, we reported net income from continuing operations of $49.1 million in 2021 as compared to a net loss of $0.9 million in 2020.

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Discontinued Operations

We recorded a $0.6 million after-tax loss from discontinued operations in 2021, due to an increase in the estimated costs of environmental obligations, primarily related to a site of a former operation. See Note 10 − “Commitments and Contingencies” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 for more information regarding the environmental liability. See Note 16—“Discontinued Operations” of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 for more information regarding discontinued operations.

Stockholder Rights Plan

On May 18, 2016, the Board entered into a rights agreement (the “Rights Agreement”) with ComputerShare Trust Company, N.A. and declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right (a “Right”) for each outstanding share of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, of the Company.  The dividend was paid at close of business on May 31, 2016 to the stockholders of record on that date.  The Board adopted the Rights Agreement to protect stockholder value by protecting the Company’s ability to capture the value of its net operating losses used to reduce potential future federal income tax obligations.  The Rights Agreement was approved by the Company’s stockholders at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders. On May 6, 2019 the Board approved and we entered into a First Amendment to Rights Agreement between the Company and ComputerShare Trust Company, N.A., as rights agent. The amendment, among other things, (i) extended the final expiration date (as defined in the Rights Agreement) from May 18, 2019 to May 18, 2022; (ii) changed the initial purchase price (as defined in the Rights Agreement) from $13.86 to $13.39; and (iii) increased the period pursuant to which the Board has to consider an exemption request (as defined in the Rights Agreement) from ten business days to 20 business days.  The Rights Agreement will expire on the earliest of (i) May 18, 2022, (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 of 1986, as amended, if the Board determines that the Rights Agreement is no longer necessary for the preservation of the Company’s NOLs, and (iv) the beginning of a taxable year of the Company to which the Board determines that no NOLs may be carried forward. We adopted the Rights Agreement to protect stockholder value by attempting to diminish the risk that our ability to use our NOLs to reduce potential future federal income tax obligations may become substantially limited.

See Note 15 − “Rights Agreement” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, 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, and any acquisitions that we may undertake. Typically, our working capital requirements are greatest in the second and third quarters, reflecting 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. As part of our COVID-19 readiness and response plan, we significantly reduced our inventory levels in 2020. During 2021, cost management and focus on strategic products enabled us to continue generating cash and reducing debt, even as working capital, defined as accounts receivable, inventories, and net of accounts payable, increased $29.1 million in 2021.  

As a percentage of total current assets, inventories were 54% and 57% and accounts receivable were 37% and 37%, each respectively at December 31, 2021 and 2020. We 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.

Borrowings under our credit agreement are collateralized by substantially all of our assets, including accounts receivable, inventory, real estate 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

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minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (FCCR) must be tested on a pro forma basis prior to consummation of certain significant business transactions outside the ordinary course of our business.

Our existing asset-based senior secured revolving credit facility with JPMorgan Chase provides a maximum of $250 million of borrowing capacity and matures on September 29, 2026.

Operations—Cash provided by operating activities was $27.5 million in 2021 as compared to cash provided by operations of $42.6 million in 2020. Net income was $48.5 million in 2021 and net loss was $0.9 million in 2020. Operating cash flow benefitted primarily from improved profitability as we began to capture benefits from our strategic initiatives and strategic rationalization of product lines, as well as favorable management of working capital. Cash used for operating leases was $12.1 million in 2021 compared to $12.7 million in 2020. Our inventories increased $23.1 million in 2021 compared to a decrease of $33.7 million in 2020. The inventory reduction in 2020 resulted from execution of our COVID-19 readiness and response plan, enacted in anticipation of COVID-related sales declines, and from restructuring activities and rationalization of non-strategic product lines. Cash used in discontinued operations related to the formerly owned property in Montana was $0.8 million and $0.2 million in 2021 and 2020, respectively. Cash used for discontinued operations increased in 2021 due to a resumption of site work after a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Investing—Net cash provided by investing activities was $0.4 million in 2021, as compared to cash used in investing activities of $1.5 million in 2020. In 2021 and 2020, we invested $1.3 million and $1.7 million, respectively, in property and equipment at various locations. In 2021 and 2020, we received $1.7 million and $0.2 million, respectively, from the sale of capital assets. The cash received in 2021 was primarily from the sale of our former Selkirk property, which we closed in 2020.

Financing—Cash used in financing activities was $24.9 million in 2021 compared to $43.0 million in 2020. In 2021, the activity reflected net repayments of $22.7 million under our credit facility and net repayments of $1.9 million for other debt obligations and $0.3 million for the net settlement of withholding taxes on stock-based awards. In 2020, we recorded net repayments of $41.5 million under our credit facility and net repayment of $1.5 million for other debt obligations. Cash used to repay debt in 2021 was primarily sourced from operational performance, and in 2020 was primarily sourced from operational performance and a reduction of working capital requirements.

While we believe that our cash on hand, borrowing capacity available under our credit facility, and cash flows from operations for the next twelve months will be sufficient to service our liquidity needs, we cannot predict whether future developments associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will materially adversely affect our liquidity position. Our liquidity assumptions and our ability to meet our credit facility covenants are dependent on many additional factors, including the “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. 

In 2021, the fixed charge coverage ratio (FCCR) was not required to be tested as excess borrowing availability was greater than the minimum threshold. Though not required to be tested, we did meet the ratio at December 31, 2021. If we are unable to maintain excess borrowing availability of more than the applicable amount in the range of $15.0 million to $25.0 million and we do not meet the minimum FCCR, the lenders may, at their option, terminate the loan commitments and accelerate repayment of the entire amount outstanding under the senior credit facility. The lenders could also foreclose on our assets securing the credit facility. If the credit facility is terminated, we would be forced to seek alternative sources of financing, which may not be available on terms acceptable to us, or at all.

Credit Facility—See Note 7 – “Debt” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 for information on our credit facility.

Goodwill Analysis

We have reviewed goodwill annually for impairment, or more frequently if Company or market conditions indicated reporting units may be at risk of impairment. Our last review was performed as of March 31, 2020 following a broad market selloff over concerns of the impact of COVID-19 on macroeconomic conditions; our market capitalization had declined below the carrying value of equity. Therefore, we reassessed the implied value of our reporting units relative to their net book value. As a result of our interim goodwill impairment test, we recognized a

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goodwill impairment charge of $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2020. We have no remaining goodwill on our balance sheet.  

 

 

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 under our senior credit facility of $67.1 million at December 31, 2021.

All of our debt under our revolving credit facility accrues interest on a floating-rate basis. If market interest rates for LIBOR had been different by an average of 1% for the year ended December 31, 2021, our interest expense 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 throughout the year. 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, changes in tariff costs and any anti-dumping or countervailing duties. 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

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors
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, 2021 and 2020, the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2021, 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, 2021, 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, 2021 and 2020, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2021, 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, 2021 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, 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

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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.

Critical Audit Matter

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of a critical audit matter does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

Slow-moving and obsolete inventory

As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company reviews inventories on hand and records a provision for slow-moving and obsolete inventory based on historical and expected sales. The net inventory balance as of December 31, 2021 was $128.8 million.

We identified the evaluation of the Company’s provision for slow-moving and obsolete inventory as a critical audit matter. A higher degree of auditor judgment was required to evaluate the Company’s slow-moving and obsolete inventory provision due to estimation uncertainty. Specifically, assessing the Company’s estimate of expected sales of the inventory product based on historical sales required subjective auditor judgment.

The following are the primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter. We evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of certain internal controls related to the Company’s process to estimate slow-moving and obsolete inventory, including controls related to the analysis of expected sales based on historical sales. We analyzed on-hand inventory and the Company’s historical sales levels to evaluate the identification of slow-moving and obsolete inventory. We assessed the reasonableness of assumptions made by the Company regarding expected sales levels in comparison to slow-moving and obsolete inventory by (1) interviewing certain Company personnel, including personnel outside of the accounting department, to gain an understanding of sales activities, (2) analyzing underlying expected sales assumptions for a selection of on-hand inventory by comparing to historical sales activity and (3) assessing expected sales assumptions by comparing them to relevant industry trends.

 

/s/ KPMG LLP

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

St. Louis, Missouri
March 3, 2022

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(In millions, except per share data)

 

Net sales

 

$

937.8

 

 

$

792.3

 

 

$

812.0

 

Cost of sales

 

 

729.8

 

 

 

632.9

 

 

 

650.0

 

Gross margin

 

 

208.0

 

 

 

159.4

 

 

 

162.0

 

Operating expenses

 

 

155.8

 

 

 

145.6

 

 

 

165.6

 

Gain on disposal of capital assets

 

 

(1.6

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

 

 

9.5

 

 

 

 

Restructuring charge

 

 

 

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

 

 

53.8

 

 

 

2.8

 

 

 

(3.6

)

Interest expense, net

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

6.6

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

 

 

51.3

 

 

 

(0.8

)

 

 

(10.2

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

11.1

 

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

 

 

49.1

 

 

 

(0.9

)

 

 

(21.3

)

Net loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes

   of ($0.2), ($0.0) and ($0.0), respectively

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

48.5

 

 

$

(0.9

)

 

$

(21.3

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

   and diluted

 

$

1.79

 

 

$

(0.03

)

 

$

(0.84

)

Net loss from discontinued operations per share - basic

   and diluted

 

$

(0.02

)

 

$

-

 

 

$

-

 

Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted

 

$

1.77

 

 

$

(0.03

)

 

$

(0.84

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic shares outstanding

 

 

27.5

 

 

 

26.0

 

 

 

25.4

 

Diluted shares outstanding

 

 

27.5

 

 

 

26.0

 

 

 

25.4

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and equivalents

 

$

3.3

 

 

$

0.3

 

Trade accounts receivable, net

 

 

88.6

 

 

 

69.3

 

Inventories, net

 

 

128.8

 

 

 

105.7

 

Other current assets

 

 

18.3

 

 

 

10.6

 

Total current assets

 

 

239.0

 

 

 

185.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, Plant and Equipment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

 

5.0

 

 

 

5.0

 

Building and improvements

 

 

31.8

 

 

 

32.3

 

Machinery and equipment

 

 

60.5

 

 

 

58.2

 

Gross property, plant and equipment

 

 

97.3

 

 

 

95.5

 

Less accumulated depreciation

 

 

70.3

 

 

 

67.1

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

27.0

 

 

 

28.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

38.1

 

 

 

33.9

 

Other

 

 

5.7

 

 

 

4.4

 

Total other assets

 

 

43.8

 

 

 

38.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

 

$

309.8

 

 

$

252.6

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

 

$

1.8

 

 

$

1.7

 

Current maturities of operating lease right-of-use liabilities

 

 

10.2

 

 

 

9.1

 

Trade accounts payable

 

 

66.4

 

 

 

53.1

 

Accrued compensation

 

 

18.0

 

 

 

10.0

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

 

20.1

 

 

 

15.7

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

116.5

 

 

 

89.6

 

Non-current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, less current maturities

 

 

69.6

 

 

 

92.4

 

Operating lease right-of-use liabilities, less current maturities

 

 

27.9

 

 

 

24.9

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

2.7

 

 

 

2.4

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

100.2

 

 

 

119.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

   27,390,741 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021

   and 26,889,190 at December 31, 2020)

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

0.3

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

50.8

 

 

 

49.5

 

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

 

 

42.0

 

 

 

(6.5

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

93.1

 

 

 

43.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

309.8

 

 

$

252.6

 

 

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, 2019

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

46.0

 

 

$

15.7

 

 

$

62.0

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(21.3

)

 

 

(21.3

)

Payment for taxes related to share

   settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

 

 

(0.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.1

)

Stock compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

 

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

48.2

 

 

 

(5.6

)

 

 

42.9

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.9

)

 

 

(0.9

)

Stock compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.3

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

49.5

 

 

 

(6.5

)

 

 

43.3

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48.5

 

 

 

48.5

 

Payment for taxes related to share

   settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

 

 

(0.3

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.3

)

Stock compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.6

 

Balance at December 31, 2021

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

50.8

 

 

$

42.0

 

 

$

93.1

 

 

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,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

48.5

 

 

$

(0.9

)

 

$

(21.3

)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

5.2

 

 

 

5.7

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

0.2

 

Stock compensation expense

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

2.3

 

Deferred taxes

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

 

 

 

11.1

 

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

 

 

9.5

 

 

 

 

Restructuring charge

 

 

 

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

 

Gain on disposal of capital assets

 

 

(1.6

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade accounts receivable

 

 

(19.3

)

 

 

(8.8

)

 

 

8.5

 

Inventories

 

 

(23.1

)

 

 

33.7

 

 

 

(5.4

)

Trade accounts payable

 

 

13.3

 

 

 

(3.7

)

 

 

5.3

 

Other

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

4.8

 

 

 

0.2

 

Cash provided by continuing operating activities

 

 

28.3

 

 

 

42.8

 

 

 

6.6

 

Cash used in discontinued operating activities

 

 

(0.8

)

 

 

(0.2

)

 

 

(0.4

)

Total cash provided by operating activities

 

 

27.5

 

 

 

42.6

 

 

 

6.2

 

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

(1.3

)

 

 

(1.7

)

 

 

(1.7

)

Proceeds from disposition of capital assets

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

 

Cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

(1.5

)

 

 

(1.7

)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments of revolving credit debt agreement

 

 

(235.9

)

 

 

(215.6

)

 

 

(277.5

)

Borrowings of revolving credit debt agreement

 

 

213.2

 

 

 

174.1

 

 

 

276.5

 

Net repayment of other obligations

 

 

(1.9

)

 

 

(1.5

)

 

 

(2.0

)

Payment for taxes related to share settlement of equity awards

 

 

(0.3

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.1

)

Cash used in financing activities

 

 

(24.9

)

 

 

(43.0

)

 

 

(3.1

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

(1.9

)

 

 

1.4

 

Cash and equivalents, beginning of year

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

0.8

 

Cash and equivalents, end of year

 

$

3.3

 

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

2.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

$

2.3

 

 

$

3.4

 

 

$

6.5

 

Income taxes paid

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

0.3

 

Non-cash financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets acquired with debt obligations

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

0.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements

 

 

 

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HUTTIG BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021, 2020 AND 2019

(In Millions, Except Share and Per Share Data)

 

 

1.    SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Organization—Huttig Building Products, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary (the “Company” or “Huttig”) is a distributor of building materials used principally in new residential construction and in home improvement, remodeling and repair work.  Huttig’s products are sold through 25 distribution centers serving 41 states and are sold primarily to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users including makers of manufactured homes.

Principles of Consolidation—The Company’s consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Huttig Building Products, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary. All inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Revenue Recognition—The Company recognizes revenue when customer performance obligations are satisfied.  A performance obligation, the unit of account for revenue recognition, is a promise to transfer a distinct good to the customer. The transaction price is allocated to each distinct performance obligation and recognized as revenue when, or as, the performance obligation is satisfied.  All of the Company’s contracts have a single performance obligation as the promise to transfer the individual good is not separately identifiable from other promises and is, therefore, not distinct.  The Company’s performance obligations are satisfied at a point in time, and revenue is recognized when the customer accepts product delivery, taking control of the product with rights and rewards of ownership. 

Use of Estimates—The preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Management makes estimates including, but not limited to, the following financial statement items: allowance for doubtful accounts, slow-moving and obsolete inventory, lower of cost or market provisions for inventory, long-lived asset and goodwill impairments, contingencies, including environmental liabilities, accrued expenses and self-insurance accruals, the discount rate for lease valuation, income tax expense and deferred taxes. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

Cash and Equivalents—The Company considers all highly liquid, interest-earning investments with an original maturity of three months or less at the date of purchase to be cash equivalents. The carrying value of cash and equivalents approximates their fair value.

Accounts Receivable—Trade accounts receivable consist of amounts owed for orders shipped to customers and are stated net of an allowance for doubtful accounts. Huttig’s corporate management establishes an overall credit policy for sales to customers. The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects our current estimate of credit losses expected to be incurred over the life of the financial instrument, and is determined based on a number of factors, including when customer accounts exceed 90 days past due and specific customer account reviews.

Inventory—Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. The Company’s entire inventory is comprised of finished goods. The Company reviews inventories on hand and records a provision for slow-moving and obsolete inventory. The provision for slow-moving and obsolete inventory is based on historical and expected sales. Approximately 87% and 88% of inventories were determined by using the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method of inventory valuation as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The balance of all other inventories is determined by the average cost method. The first-in, first-out cost would be higher than the LIFO valuation by $39.8 million at December 31, 2021 and $21.5 million at December 31, 2020.

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Supplier Rebates—The Company enters into agreements with certain suppliers which provide volume-driven purchase rebates. The Company accrues a receivable based on purchase quantities and reduces the cost of inventory by the same amount.

Property, Plant and Equipment—Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the respective assets and is charged to operating expenses. Building and improvements lives range from 3 to 25 years. Machinery and equipment lives range from 3 to 10 years. The Company recorded depreciation expense of $4.6 million, $4.7 million and $4.8 million in 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Goodwill—The carrying value of goodwill is considered impaired when a reporting unit’s fair value is less than its carrying value. In that event, goodwill impairment is recognized to the extent the reporting unit’s carrying value exceeds its fair value. The last review for goodwill impairment was performed as of March 31, 2020 following a broad market selloff over concerns of the impact of COVID-19 on macroeconomic conditions; the Company’s market capitalization had declined below the carrying value of equity. As a result of this interim goodwill impairment test, the Company recognized a goodwill impairment charge of $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2020. After this impairment there was no remaining goodwill on the Company’s balance sheet. See Note 5, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets” for additional information.  

Valuation of Long-Lived Assets—The Company periodically evaluates the carrying value of its long-lived assets, including intangible and other tangible assets, when events and circumstances warrant such a review. The Company also reassesses useful lives of previously recognized intangible assets. The carrying value of long-lived assets is considered impaired when the anticipated undiscounted cash flows from such assets are less than the carrying value. In that event, a loss is recognized based on the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the fair market value of the long-lived asset. Fair market value is determined primarily using the anticipated cash flows discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk involved.

Shipping and Handling—Costs associated with shipping and handling products to the Company’s customers are charged to operating expense. Shipping and handling costs were $37.4 million, $35.9 million and $39.5 million in each of 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Stock-Based Compensation—The Company has stock-based compensation plans covering the majority of its employee groups and a plan covering the Company’s Board of Directors. The Company accounts for share-based compensation utilizing the fair value recognition provisions. The Company recognizes compensation cost for equity awards on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for the entire award. See Note 12, “Stock Based Compensation” for additional information.

Income Taxes—Deferred income taxes reflect the impact of temporary differences between assets and liabilities recognized for financial reporting purposes and when such amounts are recognized for tax purposes using currently enacted tax rates. A valuation allowance would be established to reduce deferred income tax assets if it is more likely than not that a deferred tax asset will not be realized. See Note 13, “Income Taxes” for additional information.

Net Income (Loss) Per Share—Basic net income (loss) per share is computed by dividing income available to common stockholders by the weighted average shares outstanding.  Diluted net income per share reflects the effect of all other potentially dilutive common shares using the treasury stock method.  See Note 14, “Basic and Diluted Net Loss Per Share” for additional information.

Concentration of Credit Risk—The Company grants credit to customers, substantially all of whom are dependent upon the construction sector. The Company periodically evaluates its customers’ financial condition but does not generally require collateral. Customers with high credit risk may be required to pay up front. A significant portion of our sales are concentrated with a relatively small number of our customers. Our top ten customers represented 48% of our sales in 2021. The Company had a single customer representing approximately 14% of total sales in 2021 and 15% in both 2020 and 2019. This customer is a buying group for multiple building material dealers.

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Collective Bargaining Agreements—As of December 31, 2021, approximately 12% of our employees were represented by one of seven collective bargaining agreements.

Segments—Operating segments are components of an enterprise for which separate financial information is available and evaluated regularly by the chief operating decision maker in deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing performance. At December 31, 2021 and 2020, under the definition of a segment, each of our distribution centers is considered an operating segment of our business. Operating segments may be aggregated if the operating segments have similar economic characteristics and if the nature of the products, distribution methods, customers and regulatory environments are similar. The Company has aggregated its distribution centers into one reporting segment.

 

2.    NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

Adoption of New Accounting Standards

On January 1, 2020, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-13, “Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments.” ASU 2016-13 requires a financial asset (or a group of financial assets) measured at amortized cost basis to be assessed for impairment under the current expected credit loss model rather than an incurred loss model. The measurement of expected credit losses is based on relevant information about past events, including historical experience, current conditions and reasonable and supportable forecasts that affect the collectability of the reported amount.  The primary financial asset of the Company within the scope of ASU 2016-13 is trade receivables.  The adoption of ASU 2016-13 did not materially impact the Company's consolidated financial statements.

On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842),” which requires lessees to recognize leases on-balance sheet and disclose key information about leasing arrangements.  The new standard establishes a right-of-use (“ROU”) model that requires a lessee to recognize a ROU asset and a lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases with a term longer than 12 months.  Leases will be classified as financing or operating, with classification affecting the pattern and classification of expense recognition in the income statement.  The Company adopted the standard on its effective date using the modified retrospective approach and a package of practical expedients permitted by the transition guidance of the new standard.  The practical expedients included an accounting policy election to forgo recognition of ROU asset and liability on leases with an initial term of 12 months or less, and to forgo separate recognition of lease and non-lease components for all leases.

On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU 2018-07, “Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting.”  ASU 2018-07 more closely aligns the accounting for employee and nonemployee share-based payments.  There was no material impact to stock-based compensation, income from continuing operations after taxes, net income or earnings per share as a result of adoption.

Accounting Standards Issued But Not Yet Adopted

Recent accounting pronouncements pending adoption and not discussed above are either not applicable or will not have, or are not expected to have, a material impact on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

3.    REVENUE

Revenue is measured as the amount of consideration the Company expects to receive in exchange for transferring goods.  The Company reports sales revenue, including direct sales, on a net basis, which includes gross revenue adjustments for estimated returns, cash payment discounts based on the satisfaction of outstanding receivables, and volume purchase rebates.  The Company’s customer payment terms are typical for our industry; these terms vary by customer and location, as well as by the products purchased.

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Regarding direct sales, the Company is the principal in the arrangement and is responsible for fulfilling the promise to provide specific goods to its customers, including product specifications, pricing and modifications prior to delivery.  Direct sales, as a percentage of net sales, were 22%, 18%, and 18% in each of the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

The following table disaggregates revenue by product classification (in millions):

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Millwork

 

$

412.2

 

 

$

357.0

 

 

$

384.6

 

Building Products

 

 

447.9

 

 

 

379.0

 

 

 

366.6

 

Wood Products

 

 

77.7

 

 

 

56.3

 

 

 

60.8

 

Net Sales

 

$

937.8

 

 

$

792.3

 

 

$

812.0

 

 

4.    LEASES

The Company has operating and financing leases for corporate offices, distribution centers, vehicles, and certain equipment. These leases have remaining lease terms of less than 1 year to 12 years and many of the leases have renewal options.  Because the Company is not reasonably certain to exercise the renewal options, generally the options are not considered in determining the lease term, and associated potential option payments are excluded from lease payments and right-of-use calculations.  Leases with an initial term of 12 months or less are excluded from right-of-use calculations, and we do not separately recognize the lease and non-lease components of lease agreements.

In addition to fixed payments, many of the Company’s lease contracts contain variable payments. Vehicle lease variable payments typically include mileage, and real estate leases include variable charges for taxes and common area maintenance.  Variable lease payments and payments for leases with an initial term of 12 months or less are recognized in the period incurred.

The following lease costs are included on the consolidated statements of operations (in millions):

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Operating Lease Cost

$

11.9

 

 

$

12.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Lease Cost:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of right-of-use assets

$

1.3

 

 

$

1.4

 

Interest on lease liabilities

 

0.2

 

 

 

0.2

 

Total finance lease cost

$

1.5

 

 

$

1.6

 

At January 1, 2020, the Company’s right-of-use assets were $40.9 million and lease liabilities were $41.3 million.  The following lease assets and liabilities are included on the condensed consolidated balance sheet (in millions):

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Operating Leases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

$

38.1

 

 

$

33.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current maturities of operating lease right-of-use liabilities

 

10.2

 

 

 

9.1

 

Operating lease right-of-use liabilities, less current maturities

 

27.9