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Tecnoglass Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results






BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA — (Marketwired) — 08/11/17 — (NASDAQ: TGLS)

Total revenues of $81.0 million

Net (loss) income of ($3.6) million, or ($0.11) per share

Adjusted net (loss) income(1) of $2.6 million, or $0.08 per share

Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $13.4 million

Initiated second phase of Colombian Solar installation project expected to provide incremental savings upon completion

Announced a 12% increase in the quarterly dividend to $0.14 per share for the third quarter 2017

Revises full year 2017 outlook based on a portion of backlog shifting into 2018

, a leading manufacturer of architectural glass, windows, and associated aluminum products for the global commercial and residential construction industries, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

José Manuel Daes, Chief Executive Officer of Tecnoglass, commented, “Our ongoing efforts to expand our geographic footprint, broaden our customer relationships and introduce new cutting-edge products allowed us to expand backlog by 22% year-over-year to a record $487 million. This includes a combination of attractive project wins from GM&P, our penetration into residential end markets and our legacy operations. That said, while we continue to experience good visibility on our multi-year project pipeline, longer lead times in backlog due to delayed project starts in our legacy portfolio, have pushed the timing on a handful of sizeable deliveries into 2018. Additionally, construction activity has tempered in a couple of key markets, including Florida and Colombia, resulting in a more muted revenue growth outlook for full year 2017.”

José Manuel Daes continued, “As a result of this shift of activity into the next year, we are already taking steps to rationalize our cost structure which we had put in place in anticipation of a faster ramp of revenues for the year. We also continue to invest and expand our presence into many additional U.S markets, along with other growing geographies, including our recent entry into Europe. We remain confident in the market leading capabilities of our platform, which include a highly efficient, low-cost operation and an extensive portfolio of in-demand products, to fully capitalize on the abundant pent-up demand in our markets.”

Christian Daes, Chief Operating Officer of Tecnoglass, added, “We continue to make progress on a number of high-return initiatives to improve our cost profile and strengthen our vertically integrated operations. With our plant network largely built out to support anticipated growth, our efforts for the balance of 2017 are focused on productivity and innovation. This includes starting to realize cost savings from the first phase of our solar energy conversion efforts by year end 2017 and the installation of the second phase of the project. In regards to new products, our residential offerings are gaining market acceptance and accelerating our traction with new customers. Through our continued focus on operational excellence and sound investments, we remain committed to expanding our industry-leading margins, made possible by our strategic approach and product quality. Beyond these initiatives, we are sharply focused on generating additional value for our shareholders by initiating a company wide cost and expense cutting initiative, and by augmenting our dividend, which will increase by 12% beginning in the third quarter 2017.”

Total revenues for the second quarter 2017 increased 1.5% to $81.0 million compared to $79.8 million in the prior year quarter. U.S revenues grew 26.3% to $60.3 million compared to $47.8 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to the acquisition of GM&P which more than offset delayed starts on a handful of key projects in our backlog. Colombia–s revenue, a majority of which is represented by long-term contracts priced in Colombian Pesos (COP), was $15.1 million on a local currency basis compared to $28.3 million in the prior year quarter, the decrease was primarily due to delayed activity mainly related to macro factors in connection with the structural tax reform put into effect at the beginning of 2017 and a slowdown in commercial construction which is being partly offset by a pick up in residential activity. A favorable foreign currency impact for the quarter resulted in a slight benefit to reported Colombia revenues compared to the prior year quarter.

Gross profit was $22.5 million, representing a 27.8% gross margin, compared to $28.0 million, representing a 35.1% gross margin, in the prior year quarter. The primary difference in gross margin was due to a higher mix of engineering and installation revenues attributable to GM&P project activity, which carries a lower margin associated with engineering and installation services, along with a $0.9 million impact from higher depreciation and amortization resulting from the Company–s 2016 growth Capex program, and a higher fixed cost labor structure to support the anticipated revenue growth for 2017. Operating expenses were $17.1 million compared to $15.3 million in the prior year quarter. As a percent of total revenue, operating expenses were 21.2% compared to 19.1% in the prior year quarter, but essentially flat year over year excluding $1.6 million of non-recurring costs in the second quarter 2016. Operating income was $5.4 million compared to $12.7 million in the prior year quarter.

Net (loss) income was ($3.6) million, or ($0.11) per diluted share, compared to $14.7 million, or $0.44 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net (loss) income(1), as reconciled in the table below, was $2.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $9.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net (loss) income(1), which excludes the impact of warrants, earn-out shares and non-recurring items, as of the second quarter 2017 also exludes non-cash foreign exchange gains and losses associated with movements in the Company–s monetary assets and liabilities, to better reflect core financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA(1), as reconciled in the table below, was $13.4 million, compared to $17.7 million in the prior year quarter.

The Company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share for the second quarter 2017, which was paid on July 28, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017, in the form of cash or ordinary shares, based on the option of shareholders. Approximately 85% of dividends were paid in ordinary shares.

The Company has declared a regular quarterly dividend for the third quarter of 2017, which will be increased by 12% to $0.14 per share, or $0.56 per share on an annual basis, and payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 29, 2017.

For the full year 2017, the Company now expects revenues to be in the range of $320 million to $330 million, primarily attributable to longer lead times on a portion of projects in backlog shifting into 2018. Based on this anticipated sales outlook, the Company expects Adjusted EBITDA(1) to be in the range of $57 million to $65 million.

Management will host a conference call on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time (8:00 a.m. Bogota, Colombia time) to review the Company–s results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Additionally, a slide presentation will accompany the conference call. To listen to the call and view the slides, please visit the Investor Relations section of Tecnoglass– website at . 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 (844) 512-2921 (Domestic) or (412) 317-6671 (International) and entering pass code: 13665790 through November 11, 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 2.7 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 900 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 2017 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 net income and Adjusted EBITDA in both periods are 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 for the current quarter have been derived by translating current quarter revenues at the prevailing average foreign currency rates during the prior year quarter, as applicable.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net (loss) income are not measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management believes Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net (loss) income, in addition to operating profit, net (loss) 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 and adjusted Net (loss) 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 and adjusted net (loss) income to the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation G follows, with amounts in thousands:

Santiago Giraldo
CFO
305-503-9062

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