SOURCE: AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

August 12, 2008 01:21 ET

AMG earnings more than double in the second quarter

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) -


Key Highlights

  * Revenue increased 48% in the second quarter 2008 compared to the
    second quarter 2007 (YTD Increase 35%)
  * EBITDA increased 97% in the second quarter 2008 when compared to
    the second quarter 2007 (YTD Increase 87%)
  * EPS on a fully diluted basis increased 114% compared to the
    second quarter 2007 to $0.92, EPS, excluding non-recurring
    charges, increased 170% compared to the second quarter 2007 to
    $1.16
  * Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems experienced robust
    revenue and EBITDA growth during second quarter 2008, driven
    primarily by improved pricing in metals and alloys and continuing
    demand for solar silicon DSS furnaces
  * Timminco's second quarter revenue and EBITDA improved by 63% and
    over 600% compared to the second quarter of 2007
  * Timminco shipments of solar grade silicon more than doubled to
    221 MT in the second quarter
  * Graphit Kropfmühl contributed $24.6 million to revenue and $3.0
    million to EBITDA since the completion of its acquisition on 22
    April 2008


Amsterdam, 12 August 2008 --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") today announced its second quarter 2008 results. The Company's revenue increased to $413.0 million in the quarter ended 30 June 2008 from $279.0 million in the second quarter 2007, a 48% increase.

Net income attributable to shareholders for the second quarter 2008 was $25.3 million, or $0.92 per fully diluted share. Excluding AMG's 50.5% portion of the non- recurring restructuring expenses at Timminco, net income attributable to shareholders for the second quarter 2008 was $31.9 million, or $1.16 per fully diluted share. This represents an increase of 170% compared to net income of $11.8 million or $0.43 per fully diluted share for the second quarter 2007. EBITDA rose 97% to $63.4 million in the second quarter 2008 compared with $32.1 million in the second quarter 2007.

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, commented: "I am pleased to report record earnings for the second quarter and the first half of 2008. We had strong performances in both our Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems businesses. Both divisions increased revenue and earnings due to growth in the solar, steel and superalloy end markets. AMG's majority owned subsidiary, Timminco Limited, improved the quality and more than doubled the shipments of solar grade silicon during the second quarter as compared to the first quarter 2008, despite typical challenges associated with a ramp up of a new facility."


Key Figures


In 000's US Dollar
                                         Q2'08    Q2'07 (1)    Change

Revenue                               $413,005     $279,008       48%
Gross profit                            92,002       53,078       73%
Gross margin                             22.3%        19.0%

Operating income                        40,879       25,133       63%
Operating margin                          9.9%         9.0%

Net Income attributable to
shareholders                            25,273       11,758      115%

EPS- Fully diluted                        0.92         0.43      114%
Adjusted EPS-Fully diluted  (2)           1.16         0.43      170%

EBITDA (3)                              63,392       32,142       97%
EBITDA margin                            15.3%        11.5%

Notes:
(1)       Q2 2007 Revenue has been restated due to an adjustment at
Timminco
(2)       Adjusted for non-recurring, restructuring charges at
Timminco
(3)       EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortization and excludes nonrecurring items

Operational Review

Advanced Materials Division


                        Q2'08       Q2'07    Change
Revenue              $226,452    $173,416       31%
Gross profit           46,860      30,444       54%
Operating income       26,858      13,403      100%
EBITDA                 30,528      16,755       82%
Capital expenditures    6,005       3,579       68%


The Advanced Materials division's second quarter 2008 financial results were driven by continued strong pricing and solid volumes in ferrovanadium, chromium and certain other key products. Revenue increased by $53.0 million or 30.6% to $226.5 million. Gross profit improved by $16.4 million or 53.9% to $46.9 million. SG&A expenses increased marginally because of additional corporate infrastructure. EBITDA increased by $13.8 million, an 82% improvement over the second quarter 2007 to $30.5 million.

Gross margins expanded from 17.6% in the second quarter of 2007 to 20.7% in second quarter of 2008. The division's secure raw material supply enabled it to increase gross margins at a faster pace than revenue. The most notable price increases over second quarter 2007 were in ferrovanadium and chromium metal, with ferrovanadium prices increasing by 88% and chromium metal prices increasing by 42%. Coating materials for thin film solar applications, vanadium chemicals and antimony products also delivered strong margins in the period. One area of pricing weakness was in ferronickel-molybdenum as London Metal Exchange nickel prices fell approximately 47% from the same period in the prior year.

Operating income for the second quarter 2008 improved 100% to $26.9 million, up from $13.4 million for the comparable period in 2007. This was primarily due to the increase in gross profit offset by a marginal increase in selling, general and administrative expenses that was attributable to a build-up in corporate infrastructure.

Capital expenditures were $6.0 million for the quarter, 67.6% higher than the comparable period in 2007, as previously announced capacity expansion initiatives in ferrovanadium, tantalum and hydropower continue to be on schedule. The division has recently approved a $2 million capacity expansion for the production of coating materials for thin film solar applications.

Engineering Systems Division


                               Q2'08       Q2'07    Change
Revenue                      $99,219     $67,128       48%
Gross profit                  30,465      20,997       45%
Operating income              20,006      14,003       43%
EBITDA                        23,392      14,469       62%
Capital expenditures           6,687       3,126      114%


The Engineering Systems division continued its dynamic growth during the second quarter 2008. Order backlog of $444 million as of 30 June 2008 increased 76% compared to order backlog of $252 million as of 31 December 2007. The backlog primarily consists of solar silicon DSS furnaces and melting and remelting systems for the aerospace industry. The increase in the backlog is driven by a strong demand for solar silicon DSS furnaces.

Second quarter 2008 revenue and EBITDA increased $32.1 million, or 48%, and $8.9 million, or 62%, respectively, over the same period in 2007.

Sales in solar silicon melting and crystallization furnaces for the photovoltaic industry increased 75 % in the second quarter 2008 compared to the same period a year ago. In addition to the sales of single crucible furnaces to 18 solar customers worldwide, the division entered into a $90 million contract with a long-term customer, the largest order ever received in the Engineering Systems division's history.

Significant capacity expansion in the Berlin production facility was essential to meet the growing global demand for solar silicon DSS furnaces. As of the end of the second quarter 2008, four furnaces per week were produced, compared to one furnace per week at the end of the fourth quarter 2007. Engineering Systems expects to produce eight furnaces per week by the fourth quarter 2008 to meet customer delivery schedules. During the quarter, the Engineering Systems division also continued to improve the efficiency of its solar furnaces by optimizing the production of ingots made from solar grade silicon at its research facility in Freiberg, Germany.

Revenue from remelting systems primarily for the aerospace, electronics, and specialty steel industries remained on the strong growth trajectory as the first quarter. Geographically, sales to the Asia Pacific region and Europe drove revenue growth. Almost all product lines achieved strong margins on increased volumes.

The EBITDA margin improved to 24% during the second quarter 2008 compared to 22% for the same period in 2007. This improved margin is a result of increased sales of vacuum furnace systems based on the division's proprietary technology and increased economies of scale. The division continues to focus on reducing lead times for key product lines in order to meet customer demands while generating margins at levels slightly in excess of 2007.

During the quarter ended 30 June 2008, capital expenditures increased to $6.7 million, from $3.1 million for the second quarter of 2007. The expansion of the DSS production facility as well as the building and expansion of the Mexican Own and Operate facility were the primary causes for the increase in capital spending.

Timminco


                       Q2'08       Q2'07     Change
Revenue              $62,710     $38,464        63%
Gross profit          10,828       1,637       561%
Operating loss       (8,326)     (2,273)     (266)%
EBITDA                 6,484         918       606%
Capital expenditures  12,691       4,793       165%


Timminco's revenue for the second quarter 2008 was $62.7 million compared with $38.5 million in the second quarter 2007, an increase of 63%. The increase is primarily attributable to the record sales of Timminco's solar grade silicon and silicon metal products. Gross profit also achieved record levels within the silicon product line due to the increased volume of solar grade silicon and higher average selling prices for silicon metal.

Silicon gross profit for the second quarter 2008 was $8.6 million or 19.3% of sales compared to a gross profit loss of $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2007. Timminco sold 221 metric tons of solar grade silicon during the second quarter 2008 at an average price of $65/kg. The main contributor to the increase in margin was the increase in sales of solar grade silicon. Included in cost of sales are $2.1 million of incremental production costs incurred in the quarter due to the continuing ramp up of the solar grade silicon facility. Magnesium gross profit for the second quarter 2008 was $2.2 million or 12.5% of sales compared to $2.1 million or 13.3% of sales in the second quarter of 2007.

Timminco had an operating loss in the quarter which is attributable to the one-time restructuring charge of $13.1 million associated with the closure of the Haley, Ontario Magnesium facility. The closure of this facility is expected to result in annual cost savings of approximately $5.0 million. Excluding this charge, operating income was $4.8 million in the second quarter of 2008 due to higher gross profit which was partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative expenses. Higher professional fees and travel related to various strategic initiatives resulted in an increase in SG&A.

In the quarter ended 30 June 2008, Timminco began the construction of an expansion to its solar grade silicon production capacity. This expansion is expected to bring the annual solar grade silicon production capacity to 14,400 metric tons. Sources of funding for this expansion include cash on hand, cash flow from operations, the Company's existing credit facilities and customer deposits. Customer deposits totalled $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2008. Continued growth in solar silicon revenues and gross margin improvement are expected for the balance of 2008.

Graphit Kropfmühl

                         Since
                     ownership
Revenue                $24,624
Gross profit             3,849
Operating income         2,342
EBITDA                   2,988
Capital expenditures     1,952


Since its acquisition on 22 April 2008, Graphit Kropfmühl ("GK") has generated $24.6 million in revenue and $3.8 million in gross profit. The EBITDA margin for the Company was a healthy 12.1%. GK has spent nearly $2.0 million on projects to improve their production capabilities in both their graphite and silicon operations since the acquisition.


Financial Review

Liquidity

                                 Q2'08        Q4'07           Change
Total debt                    $219,986     $140,782          (56.3)%
Cash & short-term investments  113,451      187,891         (39.6)%
Net debt (cash)                106,535     (47,109)         (326.1)%

AMG had a net debt position of $106.5 million as of 30 June 2008. The increase in the Company's net debt is primarily a result of the acquisition of Graphit Kropfmühl, which used $62.9 million of cash and included the assumption of $27.3 million of debt. In addition, Timminco's $25.9 million investment in a solar grade silicon expansion and an increased investment in working capital across all segments of the business also impacted liquidity.


Cash Flow


                                           Six months ended
                                       30 June 2008      30 June 2007

Cash flows from operations                   $8,250           $31,642
Capital expenditures                       (56,504)          (18,174)
Acquisitions, net of cash                  (62,854)             (836)
Cash flows from other investing               3,078               724
Cash flows used in investing              (116,280)          (18,286)
activities
Cash flows generated from (used              43,444             8,009
in) financing activities
Effect of exchange rates on cash              5,390             1,402
held
Net (decrease) increase in cash            (59,196)            22,767
and cash equivalents


Cash flows from operations were $8.3 million in the year-to-date period ended 30 June 2008 as compared to $31.6 million for the comparable period in 2007. The $28.6 million increase in net income for the six months ended 30 June 2008, when compared to the period ended 30 June 2007, was offset by a working capital increase in all areas of the business. The working capital increase is the result of higher raw material prices for the Advanced Materials division's products, increased work in process inventory of solar silicon DSS furnaces required to meet increased demand in the Engineering Systems division and a build-up of inventory at Timminco to support the ramp-up of solar silicon production.

Cash used in investing activities was $116.3 million for the six months ended 30 June 2008. This amount was significantly higher than the $18.3 million spent in the comparable period in 2007. The increase is primarily related to two items; $25.9 million in costs related to the expansion of the solar silicon production facility at Timminco and $62.9 million for the purchase of approximately 79.5% of Graphit Kropfmühl.

Cash from financing activities was $43.4 million, an increase of $35.4 million from the same period in 2007. This increase was primarily the result of two factors, $20.0 million borrowed on the credit facility for the acquisition of approximately 79.5% of Graphit Kropfmühl and borrowings to fund the working capital increases in Advanced Materials and Timminco.

Outlook

In the context of commenting on the first quarter 2008 results, AMG stated that the EBITDA growth 2007 versus 2006 of 65% would be achieved or exceeded for full year 2008 versus 2007. We are pleased to confirm that statement.


Interim consolidated balance sheet at 30 June 2008

In thousands of US Dollars      30 June          31 December
                                 2008                2007
                               Unaudited           Audited

  Property, plant and            249,444                      155,763
equipment
  Intangible assets               98,468                       50,291
  Investments in associates       22,030                       15,145
  Derivative financial             1,625                          194
instruments
  Deferred tax assets             37,724                       34,537
  Restricted cash                 23,182                       14,582
  Notes receivable                 4,590                        7,068
  Other assets                     5,993                        5,087
Total non-current assets         443,056                      282,667
  Inventories                    290,996                      186,410
  Trade and other receivables    256,628                      187,243
  Derivative financial             8,725                        3,582
instruments
  Prepayments and other           62,023                       48,754
current assets
  Short term investments              89                       15,333
  Cash and cash equivalents      113,362                      172,558
Total current assets             731,823                      613,880
Total assets                   1,174,879                      896,547

Equity
  Issued capital                     722                          722
  Share premium                  376,319                      392,304
  Other reserves                  13,882                      (9,923)
  Retained earnings (deficit)   (89,783)                    (137,439)
Equity attributable to           301,140                      245,664
shareholders of the Company

Minority interests                69,749                       64,133

Total equity                     370,889                      309,797

Liabilities
  Loans and borrowings           157,457                      115,726
  Employee benefits              128,941                      102,809
  Provisions                      17,357                       12,011
  Government grants                5,058                        8,585
  Other liabilities                9,722                        9,087
  Derivative financial                39                           77
instruments
  Deferred tax liabilities        47,658                       32,112
Total non-current liabilities    366,232                      280,407
  Loans and borrowings             3,403                        1,102
  Short-term bank debt            52,214                       16,202
  Related party debt               6,912                        7,752
  Government grants                9,458                        7,927
  Other Liabilities               46,794                       42,356
  Trade and other payables       181,741                      126,827
  Deferred revenue                 7,504                            -
  Derivative financial             9,995                        4,994
instruments
  Advance payments                87,001                       74,731
  Current taxes payable           16,092                       11,496
  Provisions                      16,644                       12,956
Total current liabilities        437,758                      306,343
Total liabilities                803,990                      586,750
Total equity and liabilities   1,174,879                      896,547



Interim consolidated income statement for the six months ended 30
June 2008


For the six months ended 30 June
In thousands of US Dollars                       2008      2007
                                                 Unaudited Unaudited
Continuing operations
Revenue                                          739,153   545,838
Cost of sales                                    579,941   447,657
Gross profit                                     159,212   98,181

Selling, general and administrative expenses     72,601    53,406
Restructuring and asset impairment expenses      13,245    30
Environmental expense                            94        202
Other expenses                                   81        287
Other income                                     (3,097)   (1,469)
Operating profit                                 76,288    45,725

Interest expense                                 9,763     17,926
Interest income                                  (3,416)   (2,028)
Foreign exchange (gain)/loss                     1,538     (1,531)
Net finance costs                                7,885     14,367

Share of profit of associates                    718       (1,085)
Profit before income tax                         69,121    30,273

Income tax expense                               22,793    11,639
Profit for the period                            46,328    18,634

Attributable to:
  Shareholders of the Company                    47,782    19,158
  Minority interests                             (1,454)   (524)
                                                 46,328    18,634

Earnings per share
Basic earnings per share                         1.78      0.71
Diluted earnings per share                       1.74      0.71



Interim consolidated income statement for the three months ended 30
June 2008


For the three months ended 30 June
In thousands of US Dollars                      2008      2007
                                                Unaudited Unaudited
Continuing operations
Revenue                                         413,005   279,008
Cost of sales                                   321,003   225,930
Gross profit                                    92,002    53,078

Selling, general and administrative expenses    39,632    27,769
Restructuring and asset impairment expenses     13,118    23
Environmental expense                           10        82
Other expenses                                  81        287
Other income                                    (1,718)   (216)
Operating profit                                40,879    25,133

Interest expense                                5,795     8,909
Interest income                                 (1,410)   (1,062)
Foreign exchange (gain)/loss                    202       (1,895)
Net finance costs                               4,587     5,952

Share of profit of associates                   617       (955)
Profit before income tax                        36,909    18,226

Income tax expense                              14,112    6,597
Profit for the period                           22,797    11,629

Attributable to:
  Shareholders of the Company                   25,273    11,758
  Minority interests                            (2,476)   (129)
                                                22,797    11,629

Earnings per share
Basic earnings per share                        0.94      0.43
Diluted earnings per share                      0.92      0.43



Interim condensed consolidated cash flow statement for the six months
ended 30 June

For the six months ended 30 June
In thousands of US Dollars                   2008           2007
                                             Unaudited      Unaudited
Cash flows from operating activities
Profit for the period                        46,328         18,634
Adjustments to reconcile profit to net cash
flows:
Non-cash
  Depreciation and amortization              12,570         9,278
  Restructuring expense and impairment       13,245         30
losses
  Environmental expense                      94             82
  Net finance costs                          7,885          14,277
  Share of (profit) loss of associates       (718)          1,085
  Equity-settled share-based payment         5,365
transactions
  Income tax expense                         22,793         11,639
Change in working capital                    (75,319)       4
Other                                        (11,368)       (1,865)

Interest received/(paid)                     (3,468)        (11,823)
Income tax paid                              (9,660)        (5,494)
Cash paid for dividends                      503            (4,205)
Net cash flows from operating activities     8,250          31,642

Cash flows used in investing activities

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and    24             698
equipment
Acquisitions of property, plant and          (56,504)       (18,174)
equipment and intangibles
Acquisitions, net of cash                    (62,854)       (836)
Related party loans                          (3,668)        -
Change in short-term investments             14,958         -
Change in restricted cash                    (7,716)        -
Other                                        (520)          26
Net cash flows used in investing activities  (116,280)      (18,286)

Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from issuance of debt               22,402         688
Repayment of borrowings                      20,897         (19,278)
Capital infusion                             (39)           26,599
Other                                        184            -
Net cash flows from financing activities     43,444         8,009

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash     (64,586)       21,365
equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January       172,558        54,610
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash 5,390          1,402
held
Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June         113,362        77,377


About AMG

AMG, incorporated in the Netherlands, is a global leader in the production of highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems. AMG serves growing industries worldwide with its unique combination of metallurgical engineering expertise and production know-how. AMG is a market leader in many of its products and systems, which are critical to the production of key components for the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and transportation industries. AMG has two operating divisions of businesses, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns majority interests in publicly-listed companies Timminco Limited (TSX: "TIM") and Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE).

The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces niche specialty metals and complex metals products, many of which are used in demanding, safety-critical, high-stress environments. AMG is one of a limited number of significant producers globally of niche specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminium master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, used by steel, aluminium, chemical and superalloy producers for aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and other applications. Other key products produced by AMG include specialty alloys for titanium and superalloys, coating materials, tantalum and niobium oxides, vanadium chemicals and antimony trioxide.

The Engineering Systems Division designs, engineers and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities. AMG is a global leader in supplying technologically-advanced vacuum furnace systems to customers in the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), transportation, electronics, superalloys and specialty steel industries. Examples of furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, vacuum precision casting, turbine blade coating and sintering. AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis to customers through facilities equipped with vacuum heat treatment furnaces.

Timminco Limited is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Timminco is a leader in the production of upgraded metallurgical silicon for the rapidly growing solar photovoltaic energy industry. Timminco also produces silicon metal and magnesium products for use in a broad range of industrial applications.

Graphit Kropfmühl AG is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, China and Europe, Graphit Kropfmühl is a specialist in the production of silicon metal and the extraction, processing and refining of natural crystalline graphite for a wide range of energy saving industrial applications.

AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia, China and Japan (website: www.amg-nv.com).


For further information please contact:

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.   +1 610 975 4901
Jonathan Costello
Director of Corporate Communications
jcostello@amg-nv.com

EUR

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