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Third Quarter 2011

Aleris Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Nov 4, 2011
1:39pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio - November 4, 2011 - Aleris International, Inc. today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

 

Performance Summary

 

  • Revenue for the third quarter of 2011 was approximately $1.2 billion, an 18 percent increase over the third quarter of 2010. This increase was primarily due to higher London Metal Exchange (LME) prices and rolling margins as well as an improved product mix.
     
  • Net income attributable to Aleris International, Inc. for the third quarter of 2011 was $28 million compared to $54 million for the third quarter of 2010.
     
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 was $96 million compared to $72 million for the third quarter of 2010, a 34 percent increase. Adjusted EBITDA for the 12 months ended September 30, 2011 totaled $333 million.
     
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $125 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to cash provided of $73 million in the third quarter of 2010 driven by higher EBITDA and working capital productivity.
     
  • Liquidity at September 30, 2011 was $761 million, which consisted of $495 million of availability under the Company's revolving credit facility plus $266 million of cash.
     
  • Capital expenditures increased in the third quarter sequentially and versus the prior year as spending on our growth projects in Zhenjiang, China, Duffel, Belgium and the recycling business continued to progress as planned.

Aleris reported revenues of approximately $1.2 billion for the third quarter of 2011 compared to approximately $1.1 billion in the same period of 2010, driven by improved product mix and higher rolling margins and aluminum prices. For the third quarter of 2011, net income attributable to Aleris International, Inc. totaled $28 million compared to $54 million in the third quarter of 2010. While gross margins increased as a result of volume, mix and price improvements, third quarter 2011 net income was negatively impacted by a net $27 million variance between unrealized non-cash mark to market changes in derivative financial instruments, metal price lag and the impact of purchase accounting on derivative instruments, a $9 million increase in interest expense associated with the Company's $500 million senior note offering, an $8 million reduction in currency gains, primarily due to exchange rate fluctuations between the Euro and U.S. dollar, and $4 million of start-up expenses associated with our joint venture in Zhenjiang, China. In addition, we terminated our research and development agreement with Tata Steel, successor to Corus Group Ltd., during the third quarter of 2011 and, as a result, recorded a one-time $12 million contract termination charge in third quarter 2011 selling, general and administrative expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $96 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $72 million in the third quarter of 2010. Operating results were positively impacted by a 3 percent increase in volume, after adjusting for the sale of the Brazilian recycling facility in December 2010, and a more profitable selling mix driven by substantially higher aircraft and automotive volumes. Adjusted EBITDA also benefited from margin improvements as higher rolling margins, better scrap and metal spreads, and productivity improvements more than offset inflationary and other cost pressures.

At September 30, 2011, the Company's long-term indebtedness consisted primarily of $500 million of 7 5/8% senior notes, $45 million of exchangeable notes, and $11 million of non-recourse term-loan debt held by Aleris's China joint venture. Aleris had $761 million of liquidity at September 30, 2011, which consisted of $495 million of availability under the Company's revolving credit facility plus $266 million of cash.

Rolled Products North America

Rolled Products North America's segment income for the third quarter of 2011 increased by $1 million to $19 million compared to the third quarter of 2010. Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased by 11 percent, or $3 million, to $27 million. The segment reported improved operating results, which benefited from higher rolling margins, higher scrap utilization and improved scrap spreads. Despite continued improvements in demand from the transportation segment and a slight rebound in distributor segment volumes, the quarter saw a 3 percent lower volume overall, driven largely by a 15 percent reduction in volume to building and construction customers. Previously announced pricing initiatives led to continued year-over-year improvement in rolling margins and enabled the Rolled Products North America business to more than offset inflationary pressures on commodity costs.

Segment income for the third quarter of 2011 increased from the third quarter of 2010 as a result of the increase in Segment Adjusted EBITDA and changes in metal price lag, but was negatively impacted by reduced benefits from valuing inventory and other items to fair value upon the emergence from bankruptcy. Neither fresh-start accounting nor metal price lag impact Adjusted EBITDA.

Recycling and Specification Alloys Americas

Recycling and Specification Alloys Americas' segment income increased by $9 million, from $10 million in the third quarter of 2010 to $19 million in the third quarter of 2011. Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased by 72 percent, or $9 million, from $12 million in the third quarter of 2010 to $21 million in the third quarter of 2011. Operating performance was positively impacted by improved demand from the North American automotive industry and recycling volumes. Excluding the effects of the sale of the Brazilian facility, third quarter 2011 shipment volumes improved 9 percent from the prior year period. Segment results in the quarter were favorably impacted by wider metal spreads and higher aluminum prices as well as the sale of the Brazilian facility, which incurred an EBITDA loss of $2 million in the third quarter of 2010. Productivity gains associated with the Aleris Operating System (AOS) further impacted quarterly performance, continuing to offset inflation.

Europe

Europe's segment income for the third quarter of 2011 increased by $21 million to $48 million compared to the third quarter of 2010. Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 32 percent, or $14 million, to $58 million, compared to the prior period. Improved operating performance was driven primarily by an improved product mix, with strong double-digit increases in the most profitable product categories within rolled products, including aerospace plate and sheet, and automotive sheet. European recycling operations continued to benefit from robust automotive demand, although year-over-year volume growth slowed compared with the first half of 2011. One-time gains and currency fluctuations further improved Segment Adjusted EBITDA by $7 million compared to the prior year.

Segment income for the third quarter of 2011 increased from the third quarter of 2010 as a result of the increase in Segment Adjusted EBITDA and an $18 million variance in the impact of metal price lag. These increases were partially offset by $12 million of contract termination costs recorded during the third quarter of 2011 associated with the ending of our research and development agreement with Tata Steel.

Year-to-Date Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, Aleris reported revenues of approximately $3.8 billion compared to approximately $3.1 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Net income attributable to Aleris International, Inc. for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 totaled $142 million compared to approximately $2.2 billion for the prior year period. Excluding a gain of approximately $2.2 billion related to the Company's reorganization and emergence from bankruptcy, the Company reported net income attributable to Aleris International, Inc. of $12 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 totaled $270 million, a 34 percent increase compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Additionally, for the twelve month period ended September 30, 2011, Adjusted EBITDA totaled $333 million.

In addition to the typical reduced demand in our fourth quarter and the current downward trend in LME prices, the European sovereign debt crisis and broader economic uncertainty are expected to result in lower overall demand in the fourth quarter as compared to the prior year, notwithstanding continued strong demand in aerospace, automotive and transportation.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Aleris will hold a conference call on November 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Steven J. Demetriou, chairman and chief executive officer, and Sean M. Stack, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will host the call to discuss results.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-398-9483 or 1-760-298-5072 (for international callers) and referencing ID # 24616320 - or through the Company's website, www.aleris.com. A replay of the call will be posted on the Company's website in the Investor Relations section.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements about our beliefs and expectations and statements containing the words "may," "could," "would," "should," "will," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "target," "project," "look forward to," "intend" and similar expressions intended to connote future events and circumstances constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements about future costs and prices of commodities, production volumes, industry trends, demand for our products and services, anticipated cost savings, anticipated benefits from new products or facilities, and projected results of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in or implied by any forward-looking statement. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) our ability to successfully implement our business strategy; (2) the cyclical nature of the aluminum industry, our end-use segments and our customers' industries; (3) our ability to fulfill substantial capital investment requirements; (4) variability in general economic conditions on a global or regional basis; (5) our ability to enter into effective aluminum, natural gas and other commodity derivatives or arrangements with customers to effectively manage our exposure to commodity price fluctuations and changes in the pricing of metals; (6) increases in the cost of raw materials and energy; (7) the loss of order volumes from or the retention of our major customers; (8) our ability to generate sufficient cash flows to fund capital expenditure requirements and debt service obligations; (9) competitor pricing activity, competition of aluminum with alternative materials and the general impact of competition in our industry segments; (10) risks of investing in and conducting operations on a global basis, including political, social, economic, currency and regulatory factors; (11) liabilities under and costs of compliance with environmental, labor, health and safety laws; and (12) other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" contained therein. Investors, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, futures events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes information regarding "Adjusted EBITDA" and "segment Adjusted EBITDA." These non-GAAP financial measures exclude interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, metal price lag, reorganization items, net, unrealized gains and losses on derivative financial instruments, restructuring and impairment charges, the impact of the recording assets at fair value through fresh-start and purchase accounting, currency gains and losses on the translation of indebtedness, stock-based compensation expense, start-up expenses and certain other gains and losses. Metal price lag represents the financial impact of the timing difference between when aluminum prices included within our revenues are established and when aluminum purchase prices included in our cost of sales are established. This lag will, generally, increase our earnings and EBITDA in times of rising primary aluminum prices and decrease our earnings and EBITDA in times of declining primary aluminum prices. We now seek to reduce this impact through the use of derivative financial instruments. Metal price lag is net of the realized gains and losses from our derivative financial instruments. We exclude metal price lag from our determination of Adjusted EBITDA because it is not an indicator of the performance of our underlying operations.

Our computation of these non-GAAP measures is likely to differ from the methods used by other companies in computing similarly titled or defined terms. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should be considered in addition to, not in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, our measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, including pre-tax income (loss) and net income (loss) attributable to Aleris International, Inc. Investors are encouraged to review the accompanying tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA and segment Adjusted EBITDA to comparable GAAP amounts. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA and segment Adjusted EBITDA as a performance metric and believes the measure provides additional information commonly used by parties to our revolving credit facility and holders of our 7 5/8% senior notes in understanding the Company's operating results and the ongoing performance of our underlying businesses. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA, including the impacts of metal price lag, is a component of certain covenants under the revolving credit facility and EBITDA, with certain adjustments, is a component of certain covenants under the indenture governing our 7 5/8% senior notes.

About Aleris

Aleris is a privately-held, global leader in aluminum rolled products and extrusions, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company operates more than 40 production facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.aleris.com.

The information disclosed in this press release is believed by Aleris to be accurate as of the date hereof. Aleris expressly disclaims any duty to update the information contained in this press release. Persons engaging in any transactions with Aleris or in Aleris's securities are cautioned that there may exist other material information regarding Aleris that is not publicly available.

Investor Contact:
Sean M. Stack
Phone: 216-910-3504

Media Contact:
Kristen Bihary
Phone: 216-910-3664


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