SOURCE: AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

March 16, 2011 02:53 ET

AMG reports fourth quarter and full year 2010 results

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) -


Key Highlights
  * Revenue was  $270.7 million in the fourth quarter 2010, a 17% increase
    over the same period in 2009; full year revenue was $990.5 million, a
    14% increase over 2009
  * EBITDA[1] was $20.2 million in the fourth quarter 2010, a 62% increase
    over the same period in 2009; full year EBITDA was $84.9 million, a 23%
    increase over the full year 2009
  * EPS on a fully diluted basis was $0.46 in the fourth quarter 2010; full
    year EPS, was $0.09; excluding Timminco, EPS improved to $0.10 in Q4
    2010, up from $0.03 in Q4 2009; full year EPS excluding Timminco was
    $0.52
  * The Advanced Materials Division generated revenue of $168.9 million and
    EBITDA of $7.7 million in Q4 2010; full year revenue and EBITDA was
    $616.3 million and $39.8 million, respectively
  * The Engineering Systems Division generated revenue of $67.7 million and
    EBITDA of $10.0 million in Q4 2010; full year revenue and EBITDA was
    $245.7 million and $37.5 million, respectively
  * Graphit Kropfmühl generated revenue of $34.2 million and EBITDA
    of $2.5 million in Q4 2010; full year revenue and EBITDA was $128.6
    million and $7.6 million, respectively
  * As of 31 December 2010, cash on the balance sheet was $89.3 million,
    net debt was $147.8 million

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") reported fourth quarter 2010 revenue of $270.7 million a 17% increase from $231.4 million in the fourth quarter 2009.

EBITDA increased 62% to $20.2 million in the fourth quarter 2010 from $12.4 million in the fourth quarter 2009. Net income attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter 2010 was $12.5 million, or $0.46 per fully diluted share. Net loss attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter 2009 was ($30.2) million, or ($1.13) per fully diluted share. Excluding AMG's share of Timminco's net income in the fourth quarter, AMG's net income attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter 2010 was $2.4 million, or $0.10 per fully diluted share compared to $800 thousand, or $0.03 per fully diluted share in 2009.

Full year 2010 revenue increased 14% to $990.5 million, from $867.4 million in 2009. EBITDA increased 23% to $84.9 million in 2010 compared with $69.1 million in 2009. Net income attributable to shareholders for the full year 2010 was $2.4 million, or $0.09 per fully diluted share. Excluding AMG's portion of Timminco's net loss, AMG's net income attributable to shareholders for the full year 2010 was $13.9 million, or $0.52 per fully diluted share. Net loss attributable to shareholders for continuing operations for the full year 2009, excluding AMG's portion of Timminco's net loss, was ($10.6) million, or ($0.39) per fully diluted share.

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, commented: "2010 was a transition year. Our primary end markets of Aerospace, Energy, Infrastructure and Specialty Metals and Chemicals began to rebound from the global financial crisis. AMG's portfolio approach to specialty metals acted as a stabilizer in 2010 as the Advanced Materials division saw significant improvement in pricing and demand for its products. Although the Engineering Systems division entered 2010 with a low order backlog, the market for vacuum systems improved substantially in the second half of the year after reaching a bottom in mid-year. Graphit Kropfmühl's performance also improved in the second half of 2010, driven by the energy and specialty chemicals markets. The improvement in market conditions experienced in the second half of 2010 and our investments in tantalum, antimony and aluminium master alloys position the business for revenue and EBITDA growth in 2011."

[1] EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization and excludes nonrecurring items

Key Figures

In 000's US Dollar

                          Q4 '10   Q4 '09 Change     FY '10   FY '09 Change



Revenue                 $270,731 $231,388    17%   $990,495 $867,447    14%
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Gross profit              49,382   46,354     7%    178,558  165,587     8%

Gross margin               18.2%    20.0%             18.0%    19.1%


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Operating income
(loss)                    6,323    1,840   244%     43,259   20,561   110%

Operating margin            2.3%     0.8%              4.4%     2.4%



Net income (loss)         12,481 (30,227)    N/A      2,414 (75,642)    N/A
attributable to
shareholders
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EPS- Fully diluted         $0.46  ($1.13)             $0.09  ($2.82)

Adjusted EPS-Fully         $0.10    $0.03             $0.52  ($0.39)
diluted[1]



EBIT[2]                   12,917    6,165   110%     59,866   45,370    32%

EBITDA[3]                 20,171   12,432    62%     84,875   69,128    23%

EBITDA margin               7.5%     5.4%              8.6%     8.0%
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Notes:

[1] Adjusted to exclude all Timminco results including equity gains
(losses) which accounted for $0.36 in EPS in Q4 2010
[2] EBIT is defined as earnings before interest, tax and excludes
nonrecurring items
[3] EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortization and excludes nonrecurring items

Operational Review - Fourth Quarter 2010


Advanced Materials Division

                          Q4 '10     Q4 '09   Change
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 Revenue                $168,863   $124,306      36%

 Gross profit             24,265     20,827      17%
 Operating income          1,432        689     108%

 EBITDA                    7,738      5,331      45%

 Capital expenditures      7,321      4,983      47%

The Advanced Materials division's fourth quarter 2010 financial results were driven by a rebound in the aerospace, specialty metal and chemical and energy industries. Revenue increased by $44.6 million, or 36%, to $168.9 million. The increase in revenue was driven by price increases in most products and in particular by antimony and chrome metal, with reference prices increasing by 70% and 31%, respectively. While prices improved across most products, volume growth was uneven. Ferrovanadium and chrome metal volumes increased by 30% and 6%, respectively however volumes for antimony decreased by 11% during the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the fourth quarter 2009.

The fourth quarter 2010 gross margin of 14% of revenue declined from 17% of revenue in the fourth quarter 2009 due to unfavourable changes in product mix. Specifically, significant increases in revenue from lower margin aluminium products more than offset increased economies of scale, resulting in lower gross margins despite the increase in revenue.

Fourth quarter 2010 EBITDA increased by $2.4 million to 5% of revenue from 4% of revenue in 2009, due to the increase in gross profit and a 1% decrease in SG&A compared to the same period in the prior year.

Capital expenditures were $7.3 million for the quarter, 47% more than the fourth quarter 2009. The primary growth capital investments made in the fourth quarter involved the expansion of the ferrovanadium logistics facility and production facilities for coatings used in solar thin films.

Engineering Systems Division

                         Q4 '10    Q4 '09   Change
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 Revenue                $67,676   $73,809     (8%)

 Gross profit            20,946    22,415     (7%)
 Operating income         7,041     1,542     357%

 EBITDA                   9,963     5,895      69%

 Capital expenditures     4,911     2,988      64%


Despite an increase in order intake compared to the fourth quarter 2009 and the third quarter 2010, the Engineering Systems division's fourth quarter 2010 revenue was adversely impacted by the low order backlog level with which the division began the current quarter. The order backlog was $183.3 million as of December 31, 2010, up 25% from $147.1 million on September 30, 2010. The division generated order intake of $107.6 million in the fourth quarter 2010, a 1.59x book to bill ratio and a 129% increase compared to the fourth quarter 2009. Order intake for the solar industry improved 254% from the same period in 2009, accounting for 38% of total order intake. Demand for vacuum furnaces for specialty steel used in aerospace and energy also increased substantially compared to the same period in the prior year. The Division's current order backlog consists of a diversified mix of remelting systems and induction casting systems for the titanium and specialty steel industries, solar crystallisation systems and vacuum heat treatment furnaces.

Fourth quarter 2010 revenue decreased by $6.1 million, or 8%, compared to the same quarter in 2009. The revenue decrease was primarily due to the lower order backlog level at the beginning of the quarter compared to the opening order backlog level in the fourth quarter 2009. Sales of solar silicon DSS furnaces for the photovoltaic industry decreased 44% in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. During the fourth quarter 2010, 30% of revenue was generated from sales of solar silicon furnaces, down from 49% in fourth quarter 2009. Revenue from remelting systems, primarily for the aerospace and specialty steel industries, increased by 3% in the fourth quarter 2010 while the Own and Operate business increased revenue by 22%.

Gross margin was 31% of revenue in the fourth quarter 2010, up slightly from 30% of revenue in the same period in the prior year. The increase in the gross margin was due to favourable changes in product mix.

Fourth quarter 2010 EBITDA was $10.0 million, a 69% increase over the same period in 2009. The EBITDA margin increased to 15% in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to 8% for the same period in the prior year. The EBITDA margin increase was attributable to higher gross margin and a 30% reduction in SG&A primarily due to recovery of a bad debt and a decrease in research and development expenses.

Capital expenditures increased to $4.9 million in the fourth quarter 2010, 64% more than the fourth quarter 2009. This increase was a result of the expenditures related to the heat treatment services facility in Mexico during the fourth quarter 2010.

Graphit Kropfmühl

                         Q4 '10    Q4 '09   Change
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 Revenue                $34,192   $33,273       3%

 Gross profit             4,171     3,112      34%
 Operating loss         (2,150)     (391)     450%

 EBITDA                   2,470     1,206     105%

 Capital expenditures     1,687       762     121%


Increasing volumes for both silicon metal and natural graphite resulted in improved revenues and EBITDA for Graphit Kropfmühl ("GK") during the fourth quarter 2010. Fourth quarter 2010 revenue increased $900 thousand, or 3%, compared to the same quarter in 2009. Natural graphite revenue increased $1.6 million, or 16%, driven by increases in both volumes and pricing. This increase, however, was muted by a $700 thousand, or 3%, decrease in silicon metal revenue due to lower contract prices more than offsetting high volumes.

Gross margin improved to 12% of revenue in the fourth quarter 2010 from 9% in the same period in the prior year. The fourth quarter 2010 gross profit was positively impacted by higher natural graphite end market prices and lower per unit production costs.

Fourth quarter 2010 EBITDA was $2.5 million, a 105% increase compared to the fourth quarter 2009. The EBITDA margin increased to 7% in the fourth quarter 2010 up significantly from 4% in the same period of the prior year. The overall EBITDA margin increase was attributable to increased natural graphite gross margin and a 3% decrease in SG&A expenses, slightly offset by lower contract prices for silicon metal.

Capital expenditures increased to $1.7 million for the fourth quarter 2010, 121% more than the same period 2009. The increase in capital expenditures was due to expansion of the high purity natural graphite production facility to meet increased market demand.


Timminco

AMG's ownership in Timminco was 42.5% as of December 31, 2010. AMG accounts for its investment in Timminco via the equity accounting method. Timminco's income for the fourth quarter 2010 is included in share of income from associates on AMG's income statement and the carrying value of AMG's investment in Timminco of $17.7 million is listed as an asset on AMG's balance sheet. During the fourth quarter, Timminco sold 49% of its silicon metal operation to Dow Corning for $40.3 million in cash and up to an additional $10.0 million based upon hitting incentive targets. Timminco used the proceeds of this transaction to repay all of its senior bank debt. Additional information on Timminco and its fourth quarter 2010 financial statements can be found at www.Timminco.com.

Operational Review - Year 2010

Advanced Materials Division

                             FY '10     FY '09   Change
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 Revenue                   $616,267   $429,083      44%

 Gross profit                94,749     47,866      98%
 Operating income (loss)     20,678   (28,761)      N/A

 EBITDA                      39,823       (36)      N/A

 Capital expenditures        20,484     11,546      77%


Advanced Materials' 2010 revenue increased by $187.2 million, or 44%, from 2009, to $616.3 million. This was a direct result of increases in average selling prices and volumes for many products, most notably for antimony and titanium alloys.

Gross margin increased to 15% in 2010 from to 11% in 2009. 2010 Gross profit increased by $46.9 million, or 98%, from 2009, to $94.7 million due to higher average selling prices and an increase in volumes of products, such as ferrovanadium, chrome metal and aluminium master alloys and powders. The increase in gross profit was driven by increases in end product prices for specialty metals products in which the Division is naturally long, such as antimony and ferrovanadium.

2010 EBITDA increased to $39.8 million, or 6%, of revenue due to the increase in gross profit, slightly offset by an increase in SG&A expenses. SG&A expenses increased 4% to $70.5 million in 2010 from $68.1 million in 2009 as a slight decrease in direct costs was offset by an increase in corporate expenses.

Capital expenditures were $20.5 million in 2010, 77% more than 2009. The Division invested in growth capital expenditures in its ferrovanadium, tantalum and aluminium operations during 2010 to in an effort to lower costs and increase security of raw material supply.

Engineering Systems Division

                          FY '10     FY '09   Change
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 Revenue                $245,652   $320,530    (23%)

 Gross profit             70,119    105,776    (34%)
 Operating income         22,916     48,015    (52%)

 EBITDA                   37,452     62,885    (40%)

 Capital expenditures      7,877      6,735      17%

Engineering Systems' order intake for 2010 was $280.8 million, up 53% from 2009. Despite this, the Engineering Systems' 2010 revenue decreased by $74.9 million, or 23%, from 2009, to $245.7 million as a result of a low order backlog at the beginning of 2010 and time delay of that backlog turning into revenue.

Gross margin decreased from 33% in 2009 to 29% in 2010. 2010 Gross profit decreased by $35.7 million, or 34%, from 2009 to $70.1 million due to the significantly lower revenue particularly a 53% decline in solar silicon systems revenue compared to 2009 and the resulting effect of diminished economies of scale.

2010 EBITDA decreased by $25.4 million, or 40%, from 2009, to $37.5 million as a result of the decrease in gross profit, slightly offset by a decrease in SG&A expenses. EBITDA margin decreased to 15% of revenue from 20% in 2009. SG&A expenses decreased by $11.5 million, or 20%, to $46.6 million as the Division benefitted from a full year of the cost cutting measures implemented in late 2009.

Capital expenditures were $7.9 million in 2010, 17% more than 2009. This increase was a result of the expansion of the heat treatment services facility in Mexico, which was completed during the fourth quarter 2010.

Graphit Kropfmühl

                             FY '10     FY '09   Change
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 Revenue                   $128,576   $117,834       9%

 Gross profit                13,690     11,945      15%
 Operating (loss) income      (335)      1,307      N/A

 EBITDA                       7,600      6,279      21%

 Capital expenditures         4,612      7,251    (36%)

GK's 2010 revenue increased by $10.7 million, or 9%, from 2009, to $128.6 million. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in natural graphite pricing and volumes.

Gross margin increased from 10% in 2009 to 11% in 2010. 2010 Gross profit increased by $1.7 million, or 15%, from 2009 to $13.7 million due to a 47% increase in gross profit in natural graphite. GK's improved gross profit was primarily generated by higher prices and improved economies of scale from natural graphite, slightly offset by a 17% decrease in silicon metal gross profit.

2010 EBITDA increased by $1.3 million, or 21%, from 2009, to $7.6 million as a result of the increase in gross profit, slightly offset by a $500 thousand increase in SG&A. EBITDA margin increased to 6% of revenue from 5% in 2009.

Capital expenditures were $4.6 million in 2010, 36% less than 2009. This decrease was a result of the reduction in capital spending on silicon furnace expansion in 2010 compared to 2009 and the completion of the relocation and upgrading of certain natural graphite production activities in early 2010.


Financial Review

Taxes

AMG recorded a tax expense of $11.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2010 as compared to a tax expense of $15.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2009. Excluding losses in associates, for which AMG cannot recognize a tax benefit since these companies are not consolidated, AMG's effective tax rate was 34.2% for 2010.

Liquidity

                            December 31, 2010   December 31, 2009   Change
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 Total debt                          $237,089            $203,796      16%

 Cash & short-term investments         89,311             117,016    (24%)
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 Net debt                             147,778              86,780      70%

AMG had a net debt position of $147.8 million as of December 31, 2010. AMG's net debt position increased $61.0 million since December 31, 2009 due to $35.4 million of cash tax payments, $9.7 million investment in Timminco, $33.0 million in capital investments, a $17.2 million investment in the antimony mine in Turkey, a $4.0 million acquisition of Mono(2) solar technology and a $45.2 million increase in working capital due to increasing material costs and provisions, reduced by EBITDA of $84.9 million.

Cash Flow

                                                     Twelve Months Ended

                                                  December '10 December '09
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Operating cash flows used in continuing operations    $(1,623)      $16,368

Operating cash flows used in discontinued operations         -     (18,459)
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Net cash flows used in operations                      (1,623)      (2,091)
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Capital expenditures                                  (32,973)     (25,532)

Acquisitions, net of cash                             (20,154)            -

Investment in associates                              (10,765)     (28,943)

Cash flows used in discontinued operations                   -     (32,039)

Cash flows (used in) from other investing                1,320      (3,667)
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Net cash flows used in investing activities           (62,572)     (90,181)
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Financing cash flows from continuing operations         42,352       15,060

Financing cash flows from discontinued operations            -       47,578
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Cash flows generated from financing activities          42,352       62,638

Cash flows used in operations were $1.6 million during 2010 as compared to $2.1 million in 2009. The cash flows used in operations during 2010 are a result of $35.4 million in cash tax payments as well as a $45.2 million increase in working capital and provisions, offset by $84.9 million in EBITDA. The substantial cash tax payments are partially due to the difference between IFRS percentage of completion accounting as compared to completed contract methodology for tax payments.

Cash used in investing activities was $62.6 million during 2010. This decrease of $27.6 million from 2009 is composed of an $18.2 million decrease in investments in associates, primarily Timminco, and a $32.0 million decrease in cash flows used by Timminco, which was classified as a discontinued operation in 2009, slightly offset by a $7.4 million increase in capital investments and a $20.2 million increase in acquisitions. The Company invested $16.5 million to acquire a Turkish antimony mine and $3.7 million to acquire the Mono(2) solar technology during 2010.

Cash generated from financing activities during 2010 was $42.4 million, a $20.3 million decrease from 2009. This decrease was primarily attributable to cash flows from discontinued operations recognized in 2009 that are not applicable in 2010, offset by $42.4 million in draws on the revolving lines of credit, which were primarily used to fund the acquisition of the Turkish antimony mine.


Outlook

AMG improved its market position for a number of materials and metals technologies used in the end markets of Aerospace, Energy, Infrastructure and Specialty Metals during 2010. These activities combined with improving markets should generate continued revenue and earnings growth in 2011. The Advanced Materials division's acquisition of the antimony mine and smelter, cost reductions made in the aerospace master alloys and coatings products, the acquisition of aluminium alloy producer KB Alloys, LLC and rising prices and demand for tantalum and aerospace master alloys should yield double digit percentage revenue growth for this division in 2011. The Engineering Systems division began 2011 with a 13% larger order backlog than it began 2010 due to improved demand in the specialty steel and solar industries. This should result in a revenue growth rate during 2011 similar to the current increase in order backlog; however, margin pressure may increase. We expect strengthening demand for natural graphite and improved pricing to result in revenue growth at Graphit Kropfmühl in 2011. The growth in revenue across all business segments combined with ongoing capital investments to improve efficiencies should result in an increased EBITDA margin in 2011.

Unaudited
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended December 31

In thousands of US Dollars                                 2010     2009

Continuing operations

Revenue                                                 990,495  867,447

Cost of sales                                           811,937  701,860

Gross profit                                            178,558  165,587



Selling, general and administrative expenses            128,934  137,537

Restructuring expense                                       423    7,782

Asset impairment expense                                    602    1,718

Environmental expense                                     6,421    3,998

Other expenses                                              260      173

Other income                                            (1,341)  (6,182)

Operating  profit                                        43,259   20,561



Finance expense                                          18,727   18,419

Finance income                                          (5,429)  (3,587)

Foreign exchange (gain) loss                            (2,799)    2,418

Net finance costs                                        10,499   17,250



Share of  loss of associates                           (19,405) (31,958)

Profit (loss) before income tax                          13,355 (28,647)



Income tax expense                                       11,207   15,205

Profit (loss) for the year from continuing operations     2,148 (43,852)



Loss after tax for the year from discontinued operations      - (54,378)

Profit (loss) for the year                                2,148 (98,230)



Attributable to:

  Shareholders of the Company                             2,414 (75,642)

  Non-controlling interests                               (266) (22,588)

                                                          2,148 (98,230)

Earnings (loss) per share

Basic earnings (loss) per share                            0.09   (2.82)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share                          0.09   (2.82)

Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations

Basic earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations 0.09   (1.77)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing
operations                                                 0.09   (1.77)




Unaudited
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Consolidated Income Statement

For the three months ended December 31

In thousands of US Dollars                                2010     2009

Continuing operations

Revenue                                                270,731  231,388

Cost of sales                                          221,349  185,034

Gross profit                                            49,382   46,354



Selling, general and administrative expenses            36,765   42,605

Restructuring expense                                      417    2,087

Asset impairment expense                                   602    1,718

Environmental expense                                    5,658    (164)

Other expenses                                             248       65

Other income                                             (631)  (1,797)

Operating  profit                                        6,323    1,840



Finance expense                                          2,966    2,538

Finance income                                         (2,459)    (970)

Foreign exchange loss                                    1,535    2,594

Net finance costs                                        2,042    4,162



Share of  income (loss) of associates                    7,569 (29,273)

Profit (loss) before income tax                         11,850 (31,595)



Income tax benefit                                       (110)  (2,436)

Profit (loss) for the period from continuing operations 11,960 (29,159)



Profit after tax for the period from discontinued
operations                                                   -      202

Profit (loss) for the period                            11,960 (28,957)



Attributable to:

  Shareholders of the Company                           12,481 (30,227)

  Non-controlling interests                              (521)    1,270

                                                        11,960 (28,957)

Earnings (loss) per share

Basic earnings (loss) per share                           0.46   (1.13)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share                         0.46   (1.13)

Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations

Basic earnings (loss) per share from continuing
operations                                                0.46   (1.13)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing
operations                                                0.46   (1.13)




Unaudited
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

Consolidated Statement of Financial
Position



As at December 31

In thousands of US Dollars                           2010      2009

Assets

  Property, plant and equipment                   228,612   211,022

  Intangible assets                                27,002    28,253

  Investments in associates                        25,186    34,794

  Derivative financial instruments                  5,199     1,718

  Deferred tax assets                              22,107    10,912

  Restricted cash                                  12,528    13,263

  Notes receivable                                    322     5,542

  Other assets                                     15,372    11,980

Total non-current assets                          336,328   317,484

  Inventories                                     207,204   193,378

  Trade and other receivables                     175,421   147,787

  Derivative financial instruments                  5,731     4,954

  Other assets                                     41,080    30,359

  Cash and cash equivalents                        89,311   117,016

Total current assets                              518,747   493,494

Total assets                                      855,075   810,978



Equity

  Issued capital                                      741       725

  Share premium                                   381,636   379,518

  Other reserves                                   36,158    31,284

  Retained earnings (deficit)                   (196,481) (198,897)

Equity attributable to shareholders of the
Company                                           222,054   212,630



Non-controlling interests                          11,911    15,793



Total equity                                      233,965   228,423



Liabilities

  Loans and borrowings                            187,813   168,319

  Employee benefits                                88,372    91,358

  Provisions                                       20,607    14,862

  Government grants                                   642       669

  Other liabilities                                 5,517     7,984

  Derivative financial instruments                    698     1,339

  Deferred tax liabilities                         25,436    26,395

Total non-current liabilities                     329,085   310,926



  Loans and borrowings                              4,254     3,464

  Short term bank debt                             45,022    32,013

  Government grants                                   175       234

  Other liabilities                                43,287    46,179

  Trade and other payables                        102,253    69,791

  Derivative financial instruments                  1,754     6,048

  Advance payments                                 49,597    54,764

  Current taxes payable                            24,979    36,050

  Provisions                                       20,704    23,086

Total current liabilities                         292,025   271,629

Total liabilities                                 621,110   582,555

Total equity and liabilities                      855,075   810,978





Unaudited
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended December 31

In thousands of US Dollars                                    2010     2009

Cash flows used in operating activities

Loss for the period from continuing operations               2,148 (43,852)

Loss for the period from discontinued operations                 - (54,378)

Loss for the period                                          2,148 (98,230)

Adjustments to reconcile loss to net cash flows:

Non-cash:

   Depreciation and amortization                            25,009   23,758

   Restructuring expense                                       423    7,782

   Asset impairment expense                                    602    1,718

   Environmental expense                                     6,421    3,998

   Net finance costs                                        10,499   17,250

   Share of loss of associates                              19,405   31,958

   Loss on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment   262    6,253

   Equity-settled share-based payment transactions           6,362   13,729

   Cash-settled share-based payment transactions             1,964    3,605

   Income tax expense                                       11,207   15,205

Working capital adjustments

   Change in inventories                                  (23,774)   45,338

   Change in trade and other receivables                  (40,033)    (564)

   Change in prepayments                                  (12,248)   12,490

   Change in trade payables, provisions, and other
liabilities                                                 35,488 (97,919)

   Change in government grants                                (17)  (7,783)

   Other                                                     3,936    5,934

Interest paid                                             (15,334) (15,289)

Interest received                                            1,496    2,468

Income tax paid, net                                      (35,439)  (9,711)

Cash flows  from discontinued operations                         -   35,919
                                                          -----------------
Net cash flows used in operating activities                (1,623)  (2,091)



Cash flows used in investing activities

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment            983      129

Acquisition of subsidiaries (net of cash acquired of nil) (20,154)        -

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and
intangibles                                               (32,973) (25,532)

Related party loans                                            264  (5,262)

Investments in/acquisition of associates                  (10,765) (28,943)

Change in restricted cash                                      151    1,410

Other                                                         (78)       56

Cash flows used in discontinued operations                       - (32,039)
                                                          -----------------
Net cash flows used in investing activities               (62,572) (90,181)

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from issuance of debt                              45,546   30,175

Repayment of borrowings                                    (3,432) (15,785)

Other                                                          238      670

Cash flows from discontinued operations                          -   47,578
                                                          -----------------
Net cash flows from financing activities                    42,352   62,638
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Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                 (21,843) (29,634)

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1                     117,016  143,473

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held          (5,862)    3,177
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Cash and cash equivalents at December 31                    89,311  117,016

About AMG

AMG creates and applies innovative metallurgical solutions to support the global trend of sustainable development of natural resources and CO(2) reduction. AMG produces highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems for the Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metals and Chemicals end markets. AMG consists of two operating divisions, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns interests in publicly-listed companies Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE) and Timminco Limited (TSX: "TIM").

The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces specialty metals, alloys and high performance materials. AMG is a significant producer of specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, for Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metal and Chemicals applications. Other key products 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, primarily for the Aerospace and Energy (including solar and nuclear) industries. Furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, turbine blade coating and sintering. AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis.

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.

Timminco Limited is a publicly listed affiliate of AMG. Timminco produces silicon metal for the chemical, aluminum, electronic and solar industries. Timminco also produces solar grade silicon, using its proprietary technology for purifying silicon metal, for the solar energy industry.

With over 2,600 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Sri Lanka and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia, China and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).


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The full press release including tables can be downloaded from the following link:

AMG reports fourth quarter and full year 2010 results

http://hugin.info/138060/R/1497211/432967.pdf

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