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Tecnoglass Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results






BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA — (Marketwired) — 03/10/17 — Tecnoglass, Inc. (NASDAQ: TGLS)

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Total revenues increased 21.1% to $80.3 million; up 20.6% on a constant currency basis

Net income increased to $2.9 million

Adjusted EBITDA(1) grew 36.7% to $19.3 million

Completed acquisition of E.S. Windows, LLC (“ESWindows”), the largest importer and reseller of Tecnoglass products in the United States

After the quarter end, acquired Giovanni Monti and Partners Consulting and Glazing Contractors, Inc. (“GM&P”), a Florida-based commercial consulting, glazing and engineering company, specializing in windows and doors for commercial contractors

After the quarter end, issued $210 million of 5-year senior unsecured notes at a fixed rate of 8.20% and repaid approximately $185 million of outstanding indebtedness, which reduced the Company–s average cost of borrowing by 70 basis points and eliminated capital amortization payments formerly associated with prior lines of credit which were repaid in full

, a leading manufacturer of architectural glass, windows, and associated aluminum products for the global commercial and residential construction industries, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016

José Manuel Daes, Chief Executive Officer of Tecnoglass, commented, “2016 was a transformative year for our Company, in which we grew total revenues to a record $305 million, commenced a $0.50 annualized dividend, completed our warrant exchange offer, strengthened our financial reporting and acquired our largest importer in the US on very favorable terms to Tecnoglass. We believe these collective actions, among others, have significantly improved our alignment with shareholders and reinforced our commitment to driving additional value through our local leadership positions to produce outpaced market growth on our highly efficient, low-cost operations.”

José Manuel Daes continued, “Overall commercial construction activity was strong throughout the quarter resulting in a healthy backlog at year end up 6% to $396 million, and up 28% to $479 million on a pro forma basis including the GM&P acquisition. Fourth quarter revenues up 20.6% year-over-year were stronger than expected, driven by a significant increase in demand for glass curtains and walls in our US markets. As a result of this robust demand, we were very pleased to grow adjusted EBITDA by an even more impressive 36.7% in the fourth quarter. As we move forward into 2017, we are well-situated to deliver another year of double-digit growth in sales and Adjusted EBITDA while investing prudently to generate attractive returns.”

Christian Daes, Chief Operating Officer of Tecnoglass, added, “Since the beginning of 2016, we have taken significant steps to diversify our business, strengthen our vertical integration and improve our capital structure. During 2016, we increased sales by 31% in the US by winning new customers, entering new markets and introducing new cutting edge products. As a result, we sourced a higher mix of total revenues from the US, and increasingly from markets beyond South Florida. This growth opportunity remains immense and is further reinforced by our expectation for strong US-Colombia free trade relations to persist, especially given the large ongoing trade deficit on the Colombian side. To that end, our acquisition of GM&P in March 2017 marked our second acquisition in the US since December, which augmented our vertically integrated operations, enhanced our distribution capabilities, and provided us with a unique opportunity to directly install value-add products in select projects. We are confident in the trajectory of our business and look forward to executing on our multi-year project pipeline while actively pursuing additional opportunities to grow our business in all markets.”

Effective with fourth quarter results, the Company–s full year 2016 and 2015 financial results have been retroactively adjusted for the ESWindows acquisition, completed under the common control method under U.S. GAAP, as though the acquisition was completed on January 1, 2015. [The Company has provided a reconciliation of select historical financial information to reflect such changes, which can be found in the Events & Presentations section of the Investor Information website at . TGLS to confirm will provide]

Total revenues for the fourth quarter 2016 increased 21.1% to $80.3 million compared to $66.3 million in the prior year quarter. Total revenues increased 20.6% on a constant currency basis, excluding a $0.4 million benefit from favorable foreign currency in Peso denominated sales in the fourth quarter 2016. US revenues rose 49.4% to $51.2 million compared to $34.3 million in the prior year quarter. Colombia revenues, a majority of which are represented by long-term contracts priced in Colombian Pesos (COP), increased 2.4% on a local currency basis in the fourth quarter 2016. The favorable foreign currency impact this quarter resulted in reported Colombia revenues up 4.0% to $25.4 million compared to the prior year quarter.

Gross profit was $28.7 million, compared to $23.6 million in the prior year quarter, each representing a 35.7% gross margin. Operating expenses were $19.6 million compared to $13.2 million in the prior year quarter. As a percent of total revenue, operating expenses were 24.4% compared to 19.9% in the prior year quarter. The increase in the fourth quarter 2016 was mainly attributable to $4.5 million of one-time expenses, including a write-off of unbilled receivables of $3.2 million related to a partial change in scope of a certain project, with the remainder attributable to a one-time write-off in accounts receivable, and professional and consulting fees associated with the ESWindows acquisition. Excluding these one-time items, operating expenses would have been $15.0 million, or 18.7% as a percentage of total revenues. Operating income was $9.1 million compared to $10.4 million in the prior year quarter.

Net income gain was $2.9 million, or a $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or a $0.07 loss per diluted share in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income(1), excluding the impact of warrants and earn-out shares as reconciled in the table below, was $4.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $2.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. This difference in adjusted net income(1) was primarily due to higher interest expense associated with the incremental borrowings to support the Company´s completion of its growth capex phase.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 36.7% to $19.3 million compared to $14.1 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of warrants, earn-out shares and foreign exchange gains and losses as reconciled in the table below.

Total revenues for the full year 2016 increased 25.9% to $305.0 million compared to $242.2 million in the prior year. Total revenues increased 30.5% on a constant currency basis, excluding an $11.1 million impact from unfavorable foreign currency translation in Peso denominated sales in the full year 2016.

Operating income grew to $47.8 million compared to $39.6 million in the prior year. Net income was $23.2 million, or a $0.77 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $11.0 million, or a $0.42 loss per diluted share in the prior year. Adjusted net income(1) was $21.1million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to $24.7 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA increased 26.1% to $72.0 million compared to $57.1 million in the prior year.

In December 2016, the Company acquired ESWindows, the largest importer and reseller of Tecnoglass products in the United States for a total purchase price of $13.0 million. ESWindows further enhances the Company–s vertically integrated operations and allows for more efficient service to the Company–s rapidly expanding U.S. customer base.

After the quarter end, in March 2017 the Company acquired GM&P, a Florida-based commercial consulting, glazing and engineering company, specializing in windows and doors for commercial contractors. GM&P has many years of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, such as glass curtain and window walls. GM&P services projects of all sizes throughout the United States, mainly serving architects, general contractors and developers. As one of the Company´s largest clients, the acquisition of GM&P provides an attractive opportunity for Tecnoglass to continue its long-term strategy to vertically integrate and streamline its distribution logistics. In addition, GM&P gives Tecnoglass the ability to complete fabrication work internally in the U.S when economically advantageous, providing added operational diversification. The purchase price for the acquisition was $35 million. For the full year ended December 31, 2016, GM&P had revenue of approximately $137 million, which after giving effect to the elimination of inter-company revenues with Tecnoglass, would have contributed approximately $50 million of net revenue to the Company on a pro forma consolidated basis for that period.

In December 2016, the Company–s Board of Directors authorized the payment of the Company–s regular quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share for the fourth quarter 2016. The dividend was paid on February 1, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 29, 2016, in the form of cash or ordinary shares, based on the option of shareholders.

For the full year 2017, the company expects to continue its double-digit revenue growth based on improving commercial construction markets and additional market share gains in the U.S, Colombian and Latin American markets. In 2017, the Company anticipates revenues to grow to a range of $360 to $390 million, which it expects to be largely weighted towards the back half of the year, starting with a seasonally lower first quarter 2017. The Company expects Adjusted EBITDA to increase to a range of $82 million to $90 million, mainly as a result of higher revenues. The full year 2017 outlook includes the effect of fully consolidating ESWindows, along with the contribution of GM&P as of the March 1, 2017 acquisition date.

Management will host a conference call on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time (9:00 a.m. Bogota, Colombia time) to review the Company–s results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Additionally, a slide presentation will accompany the conference call. To listen to the call and view the slides, please visit the Investor Relations section of Tecnoglass– website at . Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. To participate by telephone, please dial:

(877) 705-6003 (Domestic)

(201) 493-6725 (International)

If you are unable to listen live, a replay of the conference call will be archived on the website. You may also access the conference call playback by dialing (877) 870-5176 (Domestic) or (858) 384-5517 (International) and entering pass code: 13655560 through June 30, 2017.

Tecnoglass Inc. is a leading manufacturer of architectural glass, windows, and associated aluminum products for the global commercial and residential construction industries. Tecnoglass is the #1 architectural glass transformation company in Latin America and the second largest glass fabricator serving the United States. Headquartered in Barranquilla, Colombia, the Company operates out of a 2.3 million square foot vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art manufacturing complex that provides easy access to the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Tecnoglass supplies more than 800 customers in North, Central and South America, with the United States accounting for approximately 62% of revenues in 2016. Tecnoglass– tailored, high-end products are found on some of the world–s most distinctive properties, including the El Dorado Airport (Bogota), Imbanaco Medical Center (Cali), Trump Plaza (Panama), Trump Tower (Miami), and The Woodlands (Houston). For more information, please visit or view our corporate video at .

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding future financial performance, future growth and future acquisitions. These statements are based on Tecnoglass– current expectations or beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of Tecnoglass– business. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies are indicated from time to time in Tecnoglass– filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. Further, investors should keep in mind that Tecnoglass– financial results in any particular period may not be indicative of future results. Additionally, Tecnoglass– financial information for 2016 remains subject to completion of the Company–s audit and other financial and accounting procedures as detailed in the Company–s reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These results may differ from the actual results that the Company reports following completion of such procedures. Tecnoglass is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events and changes in assumptions or otherwise, except as required by law.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of warrants and earn-out shares and further excludes foreign exchange gains and losses related to the effect on foreign exchange rates on monetary balance sheet accounts, as reconciled in the table below.

The Company believes that Total Revenues with Foreign Currency Held Neutral non-GAAP performance measures, which management uses in managing and evaluating the Company–s business, may provide users of the Company–s financial information with additional meaningful bases for comparing the Company–s current results and results in a prior period, as these measures reflect factors that are unique to one period relative to the comparable period. However, these non-GAAP performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company–s reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Currency impacts on total revenues have been derived by translating current period revenues at the quarter-to-date 2016 average foreign currency rates for the period ending September 30, 2015, as applicable.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Net Income are not measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management believes Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Net Income, in addition to operating profit, net income and other GAAP measures, is useful to investors to evaluate the Company–s results because it excludes certain items that are not directly related to the Company–s core operating performance. Investors should recognize that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Net Income might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures used in this press release are included in the tables attached to this press release, to the extent available without unreasonable effort. Because GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis are not accessible, and reconciling information is not available without unreasonable effort, we have not provided reconciliations for forward-looking non-GAAP measures.

A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Net Income to the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation G follows, with amounts in thousands:

Santiago Giraldo
Deputy CFO
305-503-9062

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