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JELD earnings call for the period ending March 27, 2021.

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JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (JELD 4.11%)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Apr 30, 2021, 8:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Hello and thank you for standing by and welcome to JELD-WEN First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] After the speakers' presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today's call is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the call over to Chris Teachout, Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Chris Teachout -- Director, Investor Relations

Thank you. Good morning, everyone. We issued our earnings press release this morning and posted a slide presentation to the Investor Relations portion of our website, which will be referencing during this call. I'm joined today by Gary Michel, our CEO; and John linker, our CFO.

Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that during this call we will make certain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, including those set forth in our earnings release and provided in our Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the SEC. JELD-WEN does not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements, including the guidance we are providing with respect to certain expectations for future results or statements regarding the expected outcome of the pending litigation. Additionally, during today's call, we will discuss non-GAAP measures, which we believe can be useful in evaluating our performance. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated under GAAP can be found in our earnings release and in the appendix to this presentation.

I would now like to turn the call over to Gary.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Chris. Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us today. This morning, we're going to focus on just a few things. First, our multifaceted growth platform with a successful track record of earnings growth, compounding cash flow and capital deployment. Second, our well-defined strategy and business operating system that are driving transformation and delivering profitable organic growth. And third, how these coupled with the market and operating momentum coming into this year deliver great first quarter results.

Please turn to page 4. On our last call, we discussed how we are executing a disciplined plan to accelerate organic growth, expand margin and improve cash flow while allocating capital to optimize shareholder returns and have been creating a premier performance culture as a competitive advantage. The underpinning of our strategy deployment is our business operating system, the JELD-WEN Excellence Model. JEM, as we call it, is the systematic way that our people work within the company to deliver our strategy globally. This holistic approach is anchored in the very essence of a lean problem-solving culture, the practice of continuous improvement, development and respect for people, and the identification and elimination of waste.

We've made great progress across each of these strategic growth drivers, and we are seeing consistent outperformance in the areas where JEM has been deployed. The combination of commercial strategies, delivering innovative products and services, and a differentiated and superior customer experience coupled with operational excellence is delivering growth and margin expansion.

Please turn to page 5. Our North America team, with JEM demand planning tools to effectively manage supply chain and labor requirements in the value stream and significantly reduce windows lead times to under six weeks. While competitive lead times are currently stretching to as much as 24 weeks. The operational stability and best lead times in the market are delivering profitable growth and a superior customer experience.

In our German team, applied JEM to produce industry-leading delivery opportunities as well. In this new program, we provide our expansive designs and configurations of interior doors and doorframe with industry leading lead times of 15 days and in some cases within 9 days. The value stream focus on cycle time reduction delivers an unmatched experience for our customers and delivers growth. In both cases, we are improving customer service and overall satisfaction and increasing effective capacity.

One more operations example with commercial implications is the redesign of a West Coast US plant to add capacity. Using JEM value stream and production planning tools, our new operational design is intended to add capacity and industry leading service levels with a 70% reduction in inventory, increasing inventory turns by 2 times and delivering more than 40% productivity with just the first stage is deployed. The continuous improvement problem solving applies to customer and channel partner opportunity is the essence of our premier performing culture. And it's easy to see how apply these principles across the enterprise, should continue to deliver standout performance going forward. As John will detail in a few minutes, in addition to our strong track record of earnings improvement through JEM by using these tools consistently across our operations to eliminate waste, we have also built a multi-year track record of working capital improvements and high cash flow conversion.

Identifying commercial opportunities to meet customer unmet needs has led to several innovative product introduction. In Australasia, we launched the Elements door collection a range of architectural entrance door inspired by regional influences and customer desires for style and sustainability. Designed to be produced in our new Cirebon, Indonesia operation, the Elements collection feature solid construction and stylish design from sustainably sourced timbers and [Indecipherable] aligning with JELD-WEN's commitment to innovation and sustainability.

In addition to the sustainable content in the Elements product itself, the Cirebon production facility where this product line is made was designed with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind. For example, the Cirebon facility uses only recycled rainwater to meet the needs of the plant's operations and since commissioning in 2019 we have operated completely without groundwater or municipal water. Another exciting offering is the new smart entrance door offerings in Europe, initially launched for the hospitality industry. These door systems post-embedded capabilities to produce security and safety through keyless hands-free entry using the guest smartphone with Central and remote management. Future enhancements and expansion of our smart entrance portfolio will provide new innovative solutions to our commercial and residential customers worldwide.

These are just a few examples of the progress that we've made in deploying our operational and commercial strategies across the enterprise and we're excited about the results. Please turn to page 6. Our first quarter performance is a direct result of this ongoing focus and consistent execution of our commercial and operational strategies over many quarters and years. Core revenue grew 6.4% versus last year, with strong performance in all three segments as a result of volume growth and price. Volumes accelerated sequentially from the fourth quarter and this momentum continued as the first quarter progressed. We are entering the second quarter with strong backlogs and good visibility to near-term demand in all three of our segments.

First quarter adjusted EBITDA increased 31.4% delivering our fourth consecutive quarter of margin expansion. Cash performance was also healthy as we continue to achieve high cash conversion and compound this cash flow over time through disciplined capital allocation. In the quarter, we repurchased approximately 810,000 shares and built a robust pipeline of M&A opportunities. John will give more detail on the quarter in a few minutes.

Please turn to page 7. JELD-WEN has embodied the spirit of possibilities since 1960 when our founders' purchase a small mill in Oregon that they would build over time to a global building products leader. They remain inspired to deliver high quality products and to make a difference to people and the places they called home. In just a few weeks, we will publish our inaugural environmental, social and governance report detailing the framework for thoughtful strategic initiatives that will increase the benefits we're able to offer our customers, associates, suppliers, investors and the communities where we work and live.

In developing this report, we evaluated guidance from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board regarding key topics that are relevant to our industry and we conducted a materiality assessment to prioritize ESG topics that we believe are most important to JELD-WEN stakeholders. We have always been conscious of waste and sustainability within our facilities. It's good business to reuse as much material as we can and mitigate our waste streams in order to save costs. We've also being committed to meeting high standards for energy efficiency in our facilities and for our customers through the products we design and manufacture. We're a long time ENERGY STAR leader and JELD-WEN products which are critical products for energy efficient building design meet or exceed local, regional and national efficiency standards worldwide.

Our expanding ESG commitment is essential to achieving the exponentially larger impact we know is possible. Our report will outline our work in the path forward relating to sustainable supply chain and circular economy, energy efficient and sustainable product portfolios, innovation and research, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, transparency and governance. We look forward to sharing our ESG journey and commitments with you as part of our Investor Day on May 18.

Please turn to page 8. Yesterday at our Annual Meeting shareholders elected three new Directors to the Board. These new directors increased Board independents bring rich business experience in their own right and coupled with our existing Directors and even greater diversity of viewpoints to support the execution of our strategy. We welcome Tracey, Cynt and Dave, as we say thank you and farewell to Stormy Byorum as she retires. Her dedicated and meaningful service over many years is greatly appreciated by the Board and our associates.

Now, I'll turn it over to John Linker to provide additional detail on first quarter results.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Gary, and good morning everyone. I'll start on page 10. Our first quarter financial results demonstrate the power of our multi-faceted growth platform. And extend our consistent track record of execution with meaningful improvements in revenue, margin expansion and cash flow. The strong performance is a direct result of investing in our strategic growth drivers of our multiple quarters and the ongoing momentum of JEM. First quarter net revenue increased 11.6% to $1.1 billion. The increase was driven primarily by a 6% increase in core revenue as well as the favorable impact from foreign exchange. Notably, all three segments delivered core revenue growth with broad based volume growth and improvements in pricing. Volume accelerated sequentially from the fourth quarter and through the first quarter as well. Gross profit margin expanded 140 basis points. Benefiting from pricing realization, operating leverage and increased volume, structural cost reduction programs and productivity from JEM initiatives.

Reflecting the strong operational performance, adjusted EBITDA increased 31.4% year-over-year. With core margin expansion of 160 basis points which exclude the impact of foreign exchange and any recent acquisitions. This is our fourth consecutive quarter of core margin expansion demonstrating the consistency of our execution.

Page 11 provides detail of our revenue drivers for the first quarter. I'll highlight pricing realization of 4% and volume mix growth of 2% for combined core growth of 6%. Taking into account that our first quarter accounting calendar had fewer shipping days than last year. The reported 2% growth in volume mix normalized for shipping days would have been approximately 5% to 6%. Total core growth normalized for the impact of shipping days was approximately 9% to 10%.

Please move to page 12, where I'll take you through the segment performance in more detail. Net revenue in North America for the first quarter increased 9% driven by pricing, volume growth and improvements in mix. Demand and book-to-bill remains quite healthy positioning us to deliver accelerated revenue growth in 2021. North America core adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 420 basis points to 12.5% driven by pricing, productivity and operating leverage. The margin improvement was nicely distributed across all major product lines.

While there are many examples of stellar performance in our North American segment this quarter, I'd like to highlight the strong improvements demonstrated by our North America windows business. Revenue increased in the low teens percent and margin expanded over 200 basis points, but more importantly this performance was accomplished while maintaining industry leading lead times as Gary already noted. Europe revenue increased 13.9% overall and 4% excluding the impact of foreign exchange. Both pricing and volume improved versus prior year with North Europe and France, leading the revenue growth for the segment. For the seventh consecutive quarter, Europe delivered core margin improvement with an increase of 30 basis points year-over-year from strong productivity and pricing

One of the highlights in the quarter from Europe with the productivity realized in our UK operation, directly as a result of the deployment of June and one of our largest facilities in the UK, we conducted multiple rapid improvement in [Indecipherable] events in this quarter resulting in significant increases in quality and cycle time as well as productivity savings. In addition to strong cost productivity in the quarter, our team also built a pipeline of future productivity projects to drive ongoing margin expansion and also to pricing action as a result of material inflation and to further enhance the returns profile of the UK business.

Australasia revenue in the quarter increased 19.2% overall and 2% in local currency versus prior year. Volume benefited from accelerating housing demand and the government stimulus Homebuilder program. The Australia housing market is showing strong demand. Therefore, we expect further growth from this segment as 2021 progresses. As a result of this improved revenue performance, our Australasia segment delivered core margin expansion of 200 basis points from solid productivity and operating leverage.

Turning to page 13. I'll highlight our working capital performance where we have demonstrated sustained multi-year improvements directly as a result of JEM. The deployment and consistent execution of our business operating system improves customer experience and enables growth through cycle time improvements. This also allows us to lean out our working capital deployed accelerating asset velocity from 2018 to 2020. Net working capital improved to160 basis points as a percent of sales. And in 2021 which continues with the first quarter, down 80 basis points compared to prior year. This track record demonstrates our ability to maintain high cash conversion, while also accelerating future top-line growth.

Please turn to page 14. Operating cash performance improved to $11.7 million compared to prior year. While overall cash usage in the quarter was consistent with our normal seasonal working capital build cycle. The balance sheet remains healthy as net leverage remains steady at 2.4 times and liquidity was strong at $190 million. We are focused on deploying cash in a disciplined returns focused manner and compounding that cash over time.

With that, I'll turn it back over to Gary who will provide closing comments. Gary?

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, John. The momentum we brought into the quarter further accelerated for us to deliver strong financial results. We're seeing the benefits of our operational execution, share gains and strong market fundamentals, which gives us confidence that our strong financial performance will continue throughout 2021. The effects of accelerating input cost inflation are expected to be more than offset by price and favorable markets are expected to continue to provide a growth tailwind.

North America residential new construction in R&R markets continue to expand the strong housing starts and permitting numbers and strong RMI, Remodeling Index, continuing to increase in the quarter. We expect growth to continue across all product categories and through all channels, including share gains highlighted earlier. Europe markets continue to be stable across our served markets and we will enjoy growth as a result of regional share gains and project business growth. Australasia markets have been strengthening as a result of the homebuilder stimulus in Australia for the last two quarters, and are expected to continue as well.

As a result of increased visibility from these tailwinds and strong first quarter results, we're raising the full-year outlook for 2021, We now expect to deliver full-year revenue growth in the range of 8% to 11% increase from the previous outlook of 4% to 7% due to FX rates, recently completed pricing actions and strong volume momentum. Additionally, we now expect adjusted EBITDA of $505 million to $535 million increased from the prior range of $480 million to $520 million. A result of improved pricing realization, higher volumes, partially offset by increased inflationary pressures.

Please turn to page 17. This is an exciting time for JELD-WEN, here's why. We have a multifaceted growth platform with a successful track record of earnings growth, compounding cash flow and capital deployment. We have a well-defined strategy and business operating system that are driving transformation and delivering profitable organic growth. The breadth and scale of the JELD-WEN franchise including leading market positions, powerhouse brand and unparalleled global footprint is unmatched of disciplined execution is delivering consistent results and our strong balance sheet and accelerating activity to deliver our bold ESG ambition position us for continued growth and financial performance in a sustainable way. We look forward to sharing more with you at our Investor Day on May 18.

Thank you again for joining us this morning and for your continued interest in JELD-WEN. We will now be happy to take your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your first question comes from Truman Patterson from Wolfe Research. Your line is open.

Truman Patterson -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Hi, good morning guys. Thanks for taking my questions. So first, I just wanted to dig in on the raw material and likely some transportation cost inflation commentary. Could you just give me an update on your inflation expectations across the portfolio either on a percentage basis or $1 headwind. The cadence that impacting your P&L moving forward. And then, Gary, if I heard you said that the price cost dynamic should be favorable. Should we expect that the price cost to be positive in each quarter moving forward or is there some timing discrepancies?

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Good morning, Truman. It's John, I'll kick it off. Yes, I mean just general comments about inflation to start. We are seeing pressure in millwork and vinyl resin, log and lumber and freight would certainly be, some of the highest categories that we're feeling the pressure in. That said we, as mentioned on the call, we taken proactive pricing actions to get ahead of us in multiple regions around the world. And so those pricing increases or multiple -- take around price increases are taking effect in North America this quarter. So I'd say in general, to answer your last question first, yes, we're still favorable price cost for the full year but order of magnitude from the original guidance that we gave back in February. And so what's embedded in this current outlook, the total increase in inflation both material and freight is in the $35 million to $40 million of magnitude in terms of total full-year impact, but again we've, we believe we've more than offset that with the pricing actions that we've put into the market.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, as we said, Truman, in the prepared comments, the price cost remains remains favorable and we feel we've got that under control and really supports -- supports our guidance drive. We expect to see margin expansion every single quarter and -- and we have been delivering that over a period of time now. Obviously, we've got some -- so a little more difficult comparable in the second quarter given the benefits of the cost last year as we were batten down the hatches a little bit for COVID-19 but that we're more than offsetting that at this point, but and when we do expect to see margin expansion continue to drive the near.

Truman Patterson -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Okay, OK, That's definitely encouraging. And then, Gary, I know you mentioned in your prepared remarks about improving capacity in your Western facility, but just big picture could you give a lay of the land, if you will, in each of your three segments about your ability to increase production levels from from here over the coming year. Like we just been hearing industry wide supply is very tight and so it doesn't make sense to ramp production at the risk of product quality, but just wanted to get your broad overview in each of the segments.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So the best way for the great benefit of our business operating system was appointment our JEM across the entire enterprise is the ability to increased cycle time, improve throughput and add capacity within -- within our existing footprint. Rationalization and modernization program that we started a few years ago has also been speeds due to declining those meaningful in a bigger and better way being not only some automation and modernization pool, but also looking at how we operate, how we made toward how we make windows everywhere. The example of that was a story to talk about. It's just how much we can get our one value stream. You think about business today. We are -- we are operating at a competitive advantage but frankly with our lead times of vinyl windows compared to a market today that 15- and 20-week lead times on window we're able to offer things in a six- to eight-week lead time, which we still like to be better than that. But competitively, we're able to performed that. We're applying the same tools to our core business in North America, our businesses in Europe and Australasia.

The market in Australia had been soft. It's now bouncing back and we're seeing the benefits of the rationalization work we do there and the JEM deployment in Australia as we're able to use our -- our more efficient footprint there, are more efficient operations to grow and they look at the speed of the market rebound there as well. So if it's an enterprisewide global deployment of JEM and we're really excited there is still plenty of plenty of room. I was -- I would say we're in the early stages because there's just just opportunity to hit our value streams over and over again.

At our Investor Day coming up in May. We're going to talk a little bit more about how we think the value streams that we spend the most time on it and how much more opportunity there is. So hopefully this takes for that as well.

Truman Patterson -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Okay, thank you for your time. Appreciate it.

Operator

And your next question will come from Matthew Bouley from Barclays. Your line is open.

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone. Congrats on the results and thanks for taking the questions. So really interesting commentary there on windows, Gary. Just on that improvement in the lead times. It seems like you already started to see some of the benefits of that with the low-teens growth in the quarter, can you just elaborate a little on number one just how you knock those lead times down. It's probably hard to do that in windows in general and then today even more challenging given the demand out there. But then going forward, just how to think about the potential for additional share gain in that category. Thank you.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, thank you for the question. Again, yeah, really taking a look at -- a few years ago when we were having -- when we had issues keeping up with demand. We have -- we applied our business operating system and tools of leading to our operation has been windows and we started by doing very basic things that we're looking at the value stream mapping it out and then applying those tools[Phonetic] like for real lean -- for leaner like in your platforms like 3P prepared us for production. Looking at modeling, how we build windows, looking at the supply chain and really looking at how we organize the work to set on a standard work to build windows in each of our plants. And then working continuously to improve the cycle time to meet the demand that we see as it from a customer. So being able to build the feeder lines, being able to build out the supply chain into that. It's not -- there's really no silver bullet, other than applying these tools over and over again and understanding where the bottlenecks are in the value stream and eliminating those one at a time, until you get your good flow through the system and are able to meet the demand. The timing for us happened to work out fairly well because we were on improving significantly our operations in windows at a time when demand is increasing. So we're able to maintain that. Six weeks is probably not that -- the desired space but competitively right now given demand for vinyl windows and we've been able to maintain that and we believe there's upside for us to continue to grow.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

And that I'll add on one item as well. In addition to the benefit that you saw in the first quarter results from the actions that Gary mentioned and we are making some selective capacity expansion investments in vinyl windows, some automation investments in a few of our plants, which will add incremental throughput capacity in addition to sort of organic in that capacity expansions that Gary just described.

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Great. Very helpful detail. Thank you both for that and interesting as well. The second one. I'm just curious on the volume outlook a little more, I guess maybe split with North America. Clearly "easy comparison" here in the second quarter. But even as we get to the second half, I would say the volume comparisons for the segment are not as difficult for JELD-WEN as we might be seeing elsewhere in the sector. So, just any sense of how to think about the progression of volumes just given this kind of surge in residential demand here for you guys in North America. Thank you.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, we did increase our full year revenue outlook as referenced on the call from 4% to 7% to 8% to 11% in terms of revenue there in terms of the components of how that breaks down, certainly there is some additional FX translation in there. There is some additional pricing from the pricing actions we took and there is a definitely some additional volume from what we're seeing both in North America as well as Australasia and that market turning around. I don't want to get overly specific in terms of exactly what volume assumptions we've made just because there is an interplay between price volume and mix throughout the year. But I think it's fair to say that embedded in that midpoint of the guide is a nice pickup in volume mix and North America would be leading the way in terms of the three segments for sort of what's embedded in our volume guide for the full year.

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Understood. Well, thank you John and thank you, Gary.

Operator

And your next question will come from John Lovallo from Bank of America. Your line is open.

John Lovallo -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Hey guys, good morning. Thank you for taking my questions. The first one is on capex, it looks like you guys pulled in the outlook every so slightly. Curious if this is tightening sort of timing related and along those lines how are you feeling about the current door skin capacity and you guys working on building anymore additional capacity on that front.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

So on the capex front the change in guidance is really just the timing issue and we just didn't get everything spent in the first quarter that we expect to do so we just trimmed it down slightly, but we've got obviously a nice pipeline of investments for the year mix between capacity expansion type investments particularly in next year doors in North America, we're making some investments to support that business. We see some nice productivity project to autumn -- do some automation and see some productivity and then also of course some maintenance in sustaining type of investments as well. So feel pretty good about our ability to deploy this capital outlook and a way that's accretive for shareholder value.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, on the door scheme side without being too specific by -- we try to be too specific on our action plan or anything like that, but we are applying the same type of the energy that we applied to the windows and doors, door assembly to our skin businesses as well and we're seeing the same kind of second time improvements and throughput improvements as well. And adding capacity where we can clearly that pay a major input component to our door business and one that we watch very closely. Based on the demand we see for doors, John.

John Lovallo -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Okay, that's helpful, guys. And then you also mentioned of a robust pipeline of M&A opportunities, curious if there's any color you can provide and sort of the product focus maybe size of the potential deals and how multiples look at this point with demand being where it is.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, I think John, we're pretty enthusiastic about the M&A future. I mean we've got a good track record. We did 15 bolt-ons. As you know from 2015 to 2019 took a bit of a pause over the last couple of years to sort of integrate what we bought, and then a bit of a pause during the COVID disruption. We spent quite a bit of time over the last year doing some more investments and strategy on where we really want to play where we really want to grow and starting to cultivate and fill up the M&A pipeline again after that caused that I referenced. So I'd say the most attractive opportunities at this point would be in North America and Europe. Windows and doors at this point, largely close to the core that would be add some value to our portfolio over time. We believe that JELD-WEN has a fantastic platform for growth and that there is a opportunity to look at open the lens just from sort of the core door and window platform to high, high performing interior and exterior building products in general and we plan to shed some more light on that in our Investor Day in a few weeks.

John Lovallo -- Bank of America -- Analyst

It sounds good. Thanks guys.

Operator

Your next question will come from Phil Ng from Jefferies. Your line is open.

Philip Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hey guys, mid-single digit volume growth on the same day basis in North America is really impressive. John, did I hear you correctly, you expect volumes to kind of accelerate from this takes here. The reason why I ask, just given some of the doors skin capacity constraints you have, I'm just trying to gauge what type of the bandwidth you had on volumes in North America broadly. Is that like a limiting factor, just because certainly we're seeing a lot of growth across ready right now.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So certainly the second quarter, we would expect acceleration in volume over the first quarter largely just because were comping quarter last year we had facilities sort of shut down for the majority of the quarter in certain regions and so just with got a favorable comp there that would imply volume acceleration. And as we think about the back half and what's possible and sort of Q3, Q4 in terms of North America volumes. I'd say that the order of magnitude, something similar to what we delivered in the first quarter is doable, and like I said, on the prepared remarks, but the pipeline looks good, demand is good, book-to-bill is good, order intake is good. So, I mean you're right, we got to be selective around where we do take -- choose to take volume. We want to make sure we keep our lead times healthy in the -- and the business continues to perform and to service our customers, but as of right now, we do not see any volume headwinds or -- for North America business at this point in year.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, the commercial -- the commercial work that we've done previously on segmentation of customer base and channel really paying off and we continue to work on capacity and throughput through JEM where where the values used to support that growth. But we're already looking ahead of that and planning for it.

Philip Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Excellent. Last year, mix was kind of a headwind, just because you saw outsized growth on your retail channel and certainly you saw a big V shape recovery in demand. Just curious if you're seeing any nuance or improvement on the mix side as 2021 has started off this year.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, so in the traditional -- the traditional cycle in that business as well, is more stock movements in the first quarter as you're building up for the season. So right now we're starting to see that special order demand pickup, still unlikely in the mix, moving a little more favorably, but sell-through at retail should be [Indecipherable] the ins and outs is about equal. Right. We're keeping up point of sale, we're still trying to build up -- build up to that the seasonal norms at the point of sale. So there's still a little bit of a mix, mix issue there, but it's starting to improve. There still hasn't been really the type of specials promotions because the staffing[Phonetic] is a bit flowing through so nice, but we are seeing that as a -- as a tailwind for our business this year.

Philip Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Okay, thank you. Appreciate it.

Operator

And your next question comes from Josh Chan from Baird. Your line is open.

Josh Chan -- Baird -- Analyst

Hi, good morning, Gary, John and Chris. Thanks for picking my questions. You guys mentioned that demand kind of accelerated through the quarter. I was just wondering -- I assume that you saw that in North America as well. So within that segment. I was wondering if you could give some color as to what kind of driving the acceleration, is that the new construction channel improving because of the housing starts improvement that we've seen?

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So it's really we're seeing in North America as well. Australia has been strengthening as well over the last few quarters. So after a long period of -- of your top markets down there. These stimulus programs around homebuilding and our market has really been taking off, and we're starting to see -- you're starting to see moves in Australia as well. So we're pretty excited about that market starting to -- to come back to life. And it's a real lot of opportunity for us. The work that we've been doing to gain share, to fully accelerate that growth. In North America, housing fundamentals remain -- remains strong [Indecipherable] and quite frankly over the horizon all the basic fundamentals of housing growth here still apply. And we're probably seeing the little more that millennial buying going on, we're seeing house creations -- household creation still outpacing completions. So we feel good about that and we're seeing resi[Phonetic] business pretty, pretty good and R&R, which tends to be fairly stable, has been robust over the last 12 month or so and we continue to see that. It's additive to that retail business. So that the month to month, day to day comps are still there and we're excited about those.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. I just to add on the -- and certainly the retail channel. As Gary mentioned in North America continues to be strong, sell-through is greater than our sell-in for them and so that continues to be a strong channel. On the resi new construction side completions were 10%, 12% I think in the quarter. So certainly completions in the market are not keeping up with the starts that homebuilders have been reporting. So I think there continues to be a little bit of a lag here on sort of that starts to completions and we would track more with completions than we would with starts in terms of our revenue. And then just a reminder, we do have -- we do have a small portion of our North America business through our distribution business that service is non-resi and commercial that market of course is a little bit lighter than -- than resi. So if you're trying to do a blended average of sort of where we play, you do need to take into account that a portion of our North America revenue, it does have some exposure there. But in general, yeah, we saw -- we saw that demand sort of trajectory to continue to move up as the quarter progressed.

Josh Chan -- Baird -- Analyst

That's great. So that's encouraging to hear. And then you guys mentioned earlier about that sort of the M&A strategy kind of sticking to the core and then maybe eventually kind of broadening out a little bit. Could you talk about sort of the strategic or financial metrics that you're going to be using that sort of evaluate acquisition opportunities. Just kind of put a little bit of a primary partner [Indecipherable].

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

So that's a great question and a great set up for our our Investor Day on May 18. We will certainly share the work that we've done on -- I'm looking at your how JELD-WEN -- JELD-WEN growth and what our positioning here, as we share quite a bit of detail on that coming up on the 18th. But if you think about the work that we've been doing to be a reliable operator and be able to provide a differentiated and superior customer experience in the building product space and that's a primary focus.

So looking at how we can solve problem for the problems that exist for our channel partners with builders and the like is another area. But it's really understanding that in our core being able to provide logistical support, being able to reliably meet the needs of our channel partner, to provide innovative use of material that -- that matter in building homes primarily and to a certain extent in that -- in the multifamily like commercial space is really where we're looking and so we've done a nice job of demonstrating and we will continue to demonstrate our ability to meet those demands of those customers. I really look forward to be able to share even more with you in a couple of weeks. And I think you'll see, it's a really exciting time for us to use kind of use our franchise, use our capabilities and help our customers grow as well.

Josh Chan -- Baird -- Analyst

Great, thanks guys. [Technical Issues]

Operator

And your next question comes from Susan Maklari from Goldman Sachs. Your line is open.

Susan Maklari -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

My first question is obviously given the severe weather events that we saw in the quarter down in Texas. People have been seeing some issues in terms of some of the raw material procurement, can you talk to any impact that you saw there. And I guess with that as you've done all the kinds of initiatives around JEM in your efficiencies, were you able to kind of better offset some of that impact and perhaps get you a little bit easier.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, clearly we're not immune to any of the issues related to the shortages or supply disruptions from the Gulf. But that being said, we do have just the nature of our supply chain, the breadth of it and our vertical integration capabilities and substitution capabilities have probably either will have -- have isolated us a little bit from the affecting customer, customer deliveries. Primarily the chemical supply issues out of the Gulf that affect glues and foams. We have alternatives for both of those while we have the ability to source and to manufacture the glue that we need for the door processes internally and we've been able to just asked about that issue that actually improving at this point the supplier of chemicals, though, we expect that to be a non-issue going forward. And on the foam side, we've been able to substitute alternatives that have kept us wallowing and allow us to keep up with order demand.

Susan Maklari -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Okay, all right, that's helpful. And my follow on question. As you know, John, you highlighted the work and the improvements that you've seen in working capital. As we think about this year and obviously given the fact that your inventories are still below normal and your -- it sounds like you're still working to catch up some of your customers. How should we be thinking about the working capital this year? And could we see inventory kind of being more of a factor in that versus normal and just any other thoughts there?

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. So certainly, for us to support the volume growth that we've got embedded in the guide there is going to be some level of working capital investment that to support that. I think it would be consistent to think about it is as on a percent of sales basis. Now if we were growing -- if we were growing volumes every dollar of volume just apply sort of low teens percent of sales for that in terms of the working capital investment needed to support it.

That said, I mean we're -- JEM is allowing us to really lean our cycle times and amount of inventory that we do keep on hand, continues to improve. And so as we think about sort of over a longer period of time. The opportunity can you -- continue to chip away at that and lean out the investment and working capital required to grow the business. That's what we get really excited about as we got the ability to grow the top line while also leaning out the working capital investment, which should translate to pretty attractive cash conversion story over the -- over the longer term beyond 2021.

Susan Maklari -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Okay, thank you both for the color and good luck.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

And your next question will come from Mike Dahl from RBC. Your line is open.

Mike Dahl -- RBC -- Analyst

I have two follow-ups. The first one is on the cost side. And John, I'm not sure if I heard you correctly. But I think you referenced on Truman's question on cost inflation for $35 million to $40 million, sounded like that was incremental to the prior guide. Even if I kind of take that combined with your prior commentary. I think and maybe my numbers are off, I think it's implying kind of 3% of COGS, for the full year. Could you clarify that because that -- if that's right, it just seems the grow won't given the magnitude of inflation. We've seen a lot of things.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, I mean roughly 2.5% of sales, it would be sort of the expectation for -- of the material and freight inflation that we expect to see for the full year. So yeah that the $35 million, $40 million was incremental to the prior guide that's the inflation that we expect to realize after the benefits of our sourcing team and actions that they're taking certainly I agree with you there. If you read headlines on steel, millwork, lumber, anything else. The market inflation is higher than that. But what I'm conveying is what we expect actually realize in the P&L after our -- after the efforts of our procurement team.

Mike Dahl -- RBC -- Analyst

Okay, got it. That's helpful and good to see the progress on the procurement side. And then my follow-up is on the revenue side. I understand you don't want to get too detailed into the breakdown. If I'm looking kind of high level, it looks like FX would probably contribute a few points. I mean price just based on what you've been generated in the past couple of quarters and the increases that you've gotten the market seem like you're kind of mid-single digits on price that [Indecipherable] then for the full year, it doesn't seem to imply a heavy lift on the volume side, you seem fairly optimistic. So I guess what I'm trying to parse out is kind of how you're thinking about whether it's kind of market share or if there is some conservatism baked into that or if you just have different assumption behind and yeah whether it's FX or price there.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, so I mean the midpoint revenue guide went up about 4 percentage points, 100 basis points. I think that FX is certainly a piece of that. We don't necessarily -- we can make our own assumptions around sort of what you think FX rates today will flow through for the year, but we have taken our FX up assumption, up slightly from the original guide. We've taken our pricing assumption up slightly from the original guide and we've taken our volume mix assumption up more meaningfully from the original guide. But as I mentioned before, there is to make our between price volume and mix and we want to make sure that we have some room to to execute on each one of those items. And yes, there is -- there is an opportunity to outperform the volume guide that we're giving you here today, but still sit here in the second quarter. We want to see how the year progresses.

Mike Dahl -- RBC -- Analyst

Okay, fair enough. That helps, thanks.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah.

Operator

And your next question will come from Steven Ramsey from Thompson Research. Your line is open.

Brian Biros -- Thompson Research -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. This is actually Brian Biros on for Steven. Thank you for taking my questions. I guess, first one is can you speak to any regional differences you're seeing across North America, maybe that one region is significantly outperforming or underperforming and if any part of the US is kind of the best positioned for growth going forward from where we stand today.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Surprisingly, one of the things that we were looking at is particularly the R&D business is actually picking up across the country. Right. Even in places where while we see a few months ago or maybe somewhat depress that we're practicing a general kind of a general across the country favorability at markets I guess is what I would call and the R&R business supporting that as well. As I said there is no call out there. One area is pulling graphs there rest off. I mean we're pretty, we're looking at it looks pretty consistent across the country.

Brian Biros -- Thompson Research -- Analyst

Then a quick follow-up I guess would be issue to hear how you guys described the labor environment currently, and if that is meaningfully impacting your business either from limiting production or increased costs and if you're seeing any impact on your suppliers or customers kind of stuff as well.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, we were not immune to the issues of that and we sort of talked about them in the past -- past quarters that in certain markets, in certain areas. There are -- there is sort of issues in getting labor to the plant. So that being said, all of our plants as of this morning around the world are all operating and it feels able to operate at full capacity with the exception of those Cirebon in Indonesia, which are under -- still under a bit of a government throttle. That being said, we've had to make some alteration in our -- in the way that we operate the plants based on the -- on the people that we have there. So, we are meeting our demand and we are able to moving our template loss, operator either different -- different shift timing, different throughputs and the likes. So that were operating at the most productive level given the demand and the people that we have to operate the plant.

We have made some modifications in premiums and now we are hiring a different community. It's not -- I don't want to give the impression here that this is a widespread every single plant, every around the world problem, it's not. We isolated a few community and a few places, and we've been able to work through that. And even to move work around if we had to. So, yeah, it's something we're working through. But just like everything else we thought we've got it -- we've got it under control and that's something that is particularly worrisome at this point, it's just something we're working through.

Brian Biros -- Thompson Research -- Analyst

Appreciate the color. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your next question comes from Reuben Garner from The Benchmark Company. Your line is open.

Reuben Garner -- The Benchmark Company -- Analyst

Sorry about that guys. Well, my questions have actually been asked so I thought I was out of the queue. But, congrats on the quarter.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Reuben.

Operator

Your next question will come from Michael Rehaut from J.P. Morgan. Your line is open.

Elad Hillman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Hi, good morning. Elad Hillman on for Mike. Thanks for taking my question. So first, I was hoping to get a couple more numbers on the volume mix in North America. But really just focusing on this quarter. And just maybe some quantification of the pieces. I was wondering if you could break out what pure volume growth was for this quarter and then also how much of the negative mix headwind from stock versus special orders was this quarter.

Truman Patterson -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Sure. So, we reported 3% volume mix in North America, which on adjusted basis is about 6% to 7% that we talked about. I would say that pretty much all volume, the mix impact year-over-year was negligible in the quarter. Certainly, that the stock special dynamic is there, but it was not a headwind to our performance in North America in the quarter.

Elad Hillman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Great, that's really helpful. And then second, I was wondering if you could provide more color on the North America door results this quarter? What was revenue growth and margin expansion there?

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, I'd say, as we said in prepared remarks, we saw a nice growth and margin expansion across all of our products in North America. In terms of doors, I would say it grew sort of in line with the segment performance and some very nice margin expansion year-over-year as well so and nothing really unusual to call out about doors versus windows margin expansion or performance in the quarter, all sort of similar with segment performance.

Elad Hillman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Okay, great. And just lastly, all three segments are pretty solid margin expansion this quarter. So I'm just curious if you could provide some more color on your expectations for margin expansion, sort of by segment for the full year and jibing to that 70 basis points for the full year.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I think North America is going to be the outperformer in terms of the overall segment margin expansion. I'd say we do expect gross margin expansion, and all three segments of pretty nice magnitude but depending on sort of the COVID costs that we had to absorb from last year, as we're lapping that can certainly impact the magnitude of the EBITDA margin expansion. But I'd say North America would be to stand out. And then just to call out as we progress into Q2, what we do expect gross margin expansion and pretty nice gross margin expansion in Q2, but we are lapping $35 million or so of one-time benefits that we had last year in SG&A and other income related to furloughs and subsidies and some other items. So as you think about margin progression through the year that will certainly the overall margin expansion a little bit in Q2, but we feel very confident about our deliver -- ability to deliver gross margin expansion as the year progresses.

Elad Hillman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Thanks, very helpful.

Operator

I have no further questions in queue. I turn the call back over to our presenters for closing remarks.

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you all again for joining us today. Our strong performance in the first quarter definitely is a demonstration of our multi-faceted growth platform delivering consistently and with the market dynamics that we just talked about, the execution of our strategy, deployment of our business operating system. We expect those to continue for the remainder of the year. We look forward to sharing more about our strategy and our expectations on May 18 at our Investor Day. We hope that you all can join us and again thank you for your interest in JELD-WEN. We look forward to sharing our progress in coming quarters.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 59 minutes

Call participants:

Chris Teachout -- Director, Investor Relations

Gary S. Michel -- President & Chief Executive Officer

John Linker -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Truman Patterson -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

John Lovallo -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Philip Ng -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Josh Chan -- Baird -- Analyst

Susan Maklari -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Mike Dahl -- RBC -- Analyst

Brian Biros -- Thompson Research -- Analyst

Reuben Garner -- The Benchmark Company -- Analyst

Elad Hillman -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

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