AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
amsterdam : AMG

November 09, 2011 01:28 ET

AMG reports third quarter 2011 results

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Nov 9, 2011) -



Key Highlights

  * Revenue was $356.4 million in the third quarter 2011, a 48% increase
    over the same period in 2010
  * Operating profit was $19.6 million in the third quarter 2011, an 88%
    increase over the same period in 2010
  * EBITDA[1] was $27.7 million in the third quarter 2011, a 48% increase
    over the same period in 2010
  * EPS on a fully diluted basis was $0.29 compared to ($0.41) in the third
    quarter 2010; excluding Timminco and loss on extinguishment of debt,
    EPS was $0.33 in the third quarter 2011, compared to $0.11 in the third
    quarter 2010
  * The Advanced Materials Division generated revenue of $226.8 million and
    EBITDA of $12.3 million in the third quarter 2011
  * The Engineering Systems Division generated revenue of $86.3 million and
    EBITDA of $9.3 million in the third quarter 2011
  * Graphit Kropfmühl generated revenue of $43.3 million and EBITDA of
    $6.2 million in the third quarter 2011
  * As of September 30, 2011 cash on hand was $71.3 million; net debt was
    $203.6 million

(Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") reported third quarter 2011 revenue of $356.4 million, a 48% increase from $240.4 million in the third quarter 2010.

EBITDA increased 48% to $27.7 million in the third quarter 2011 from $18.8 million in the third quarter 2010. Net profit attributable to shareholders for the third quarter 2011 was $8.0 million, or $0.29 per fully diluted share. This was up from a loss attributable to shareholders of $11.2 million, or ($0.41) per fully diluted share, in the third quarter 2010. Excluding AMG's share of Timminco's net loss in the third quarter, AMG's net profit attributable to shareholders for the third quarter 2011 was $9.2 million, or $0.33 per fully diluted share compared to $0.11 in the third quarter 2010.

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said, "The business continued to perform well in the third quarter 2011. Demand, particularly in critical materials for the aerospace and energy markets, remained high during the quarter. Pricing also remained strong for products including antimony trioxide, chromium metal and tantalum. The Engineering Systems' revenues increased and it generated a slight improvement in order intake compared to third quarter 2010, despite the challenging capital goods market. Graphit Kropfmühl's silicon metal and natural graphite products continued to experience strong demand and pricing."


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


Key Figures

 In 000's US Dollar

                                                  Q3'11      Q3'10   Change



 Revenue                                       $356,415   $240,427      48%

 Gross profit                                    58,688     42,102      39%

 Gross margin                                     16.5%      17.5%



 Operating profit                                19,565     10,433      88%

 Operating margin                                  5.5%       4.3%



 Net profit (loss) attributable to shareholders
                                                  8,034   (11,170)      N/A



 EPS- Fully diluted                                0.29     (0.41)      N/A

 Adjusted EPS- Fully diluted [1]                   0.33       0.11     200%



 EBIT [2]                                        20,412     13,098      56%

 EBITDA [3]                                      27,748     18,756      48%

 EBITDA margin                                     7.8%       7.8%

Note:
[1] Adjusted to exclude equity losses from Timminco, which accounted
    for ($0.52) and ($0.04) in Q3 2010 and Q3 2011, respectively
[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

Advanced Materials Division
                      Q3'11[1]      Q3'10    Change

 Revenue              $226,800   $154,888       46%

 Gross profit           29,603     21,999       35%

 Operating profit        8,485      4,491       89%

 EBITDA                 12,254      9,424       30%

 Capital expenditures    6,576      5,595       18%

[1] 2011 includes the KB Alloys LLC acquisition


The Advanced Materials Division's third quarter 2011 financial results were positively impacted by the acquisition of KB Alloys LLC, improvements in titanium master alloys volumes and increases in chromium metal, tantalum and antimony prices. Revenue increased by $71.9 million or 46% to $226.8 million. The increase in revenue was specifically the result of $20.7 million of revenue from KB Alloys LLC, which was acquired in February 2011, and a 101%, 46%, and 41% increase in tantalum, antimony revenue and titanium master alloys and chemicals, respectively.

The third quarter 2011 gross margin of 13% of revenue, declined from 14% of revenue from the third quarter of 2010. Increased economies of scale were more than offset by unfavourable changes in product mix, specifically a 69% increase in low margin aluminium products revenue and higher raw materials costs, resulting in lower gross margins.

The third quarter 2011 EBITDA increased by $2.8 million to 5% of revenue. This was a slight decrease from 6% of revenue in the third quarter 2010. The increase in EBITDA was the result of the $7.6 million increase in gross profit, slightly offset by a 30% increase in SG&A, primarily due to a $1.3 million of SG&A related to KB Alloys and an increase in compensation expenses of $2.0 million due to the increase in headcount.

Capital expenditures were $6.6 million for the quarter, 18% more than the third quarter 2010. Significant growth capital investments made in the third quarter include $2.4 million in the Brazilian tantalum mine and $1.8 million to expand aerospace titanium master alloy production.


Engineering Systems Division
                                Q3'11     Q3'10     Change

 Revenue                      $86,280   $53,155        62%

 Gross profit                  20,782    16,927        23%

 Operating profit               6,379     5,128        24%

 EBITDA                         9,270     7,362        26%

 Capital expenditures           2,569       819       214%


The Engineering Systems Division's third quarter 2011 revenue increased by $33.1 million, or 62%, to $86.3 million. Sales of solar silicon DSS furnaces increased 50% in the third quarter 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, accounting for 24% of revenue in the third quarter 2011. Revenues from heat treatment furnaces for the production of light weight automotive components increased 132% to $19.6 million, while sales of remelting furnaces, primarily for the aerospace and specialty steel industries, increased 40% to $11.7 million.

The order backlog decreased 14% to $172.8 million as of September 30, 2011, from $200.6 million as of June 30, 2011. The division generated order intake of $68.5 million in the third quarter 2011, a 0.79x book to bill ratio, and a 2% increase compared to the third quarter 2010. Order intake for remelting and nuclear sintering furnaces accounted for 31% and 23% of total order intake, respectively.

The third quarter 2011 gross margin of 24% of revenue decreased from 32% of revenue in the third quarter 2010 as a result of increased end market pricing pressure and unfavourable product mix, slightly offset by increased economies of scale.

Third quarter 2011 EBITDA increased by $1.9 million to 11% of revenue. This declined from 14% of revenue in the third quarter 2010. The $1.9 million increase in EBITDA was a result of the $3.9 million increase in gross profit, offset by a $2.6 million, or 22% increase in SG&A. The increase in SG&A was primarily the result of $0.7 million increase in compensation expenses due to the increase in headcount at the growing Own and Operate business and AMG Idealcast Solar, and $0.4 million increase in research and development expenses

Capital expenditures were $2.6 million, 214% more than the third quarter of 2010. The increase in capital investments is primarily related to additional capacity for the U.S. Own and Operate facility.


Graphit Kropfmühl
                          Q3'11     Q3'10   Change

 Revenue                $43,335   $32,384      34%

 Gross profit             8,303     3,176     161%
 Operating profit         4,701       814     478%

 EBITDA                   6,224     1,970     216%

 Capital expenditures     2,683       687     291%


Graphit Kropfmühl's third quarter 2011 revenue increased by $11.0 million, or 34%, to $43.3 million. Natural graphite revenue increased $3.7 million, or 31%, driven by an increase in prices, despite lower volumes. Silicon metal revenue increased by $7.3 million or 35%, primarily as a result of higher silicon metal prices and increased volumes of silicon by products.

The third quarter 2011 gross margin increased to 19% of revenue from 10% of revenue in the third quarter of 2010. The increase in gross margin was primarily the result of higher sales prices for silicon metal and natural graphite products.

Third quarter 2011 EBITDA increased by $4.3 million to 14% of revenue. This improved from 6% of revenue in the third quarter 2010. The EBITDA margin increase was attributable to the increased gross margins for silicon metal and natural graphite, slightly offset by a 42% increase in SG&A due to increases in personnel costs.

Capital expenditures increased to $2.7 million in the third quarter 2011, 291% more than the third quarter 2010. The increase in capital expenditures was a result of upgrading the electrodes at the silicon metal operation and adding milling capacity in natural graphite.

Timminco

AMG's ownership in Timminco Limited ("Timminco") was 41.9% as of September 30, 2011. AMG accounts for its investment in Timminco via the equity accounting method. Timminco's loss for the third quarter 2011 of $1.1 million is included in share of loss of associates on AMG's income statement and the carrying value of AMG's investment in Timminco of $10.3 million is listed as an asset on AMG's balance sheet. Additional information on Timminco can be found at www.Timminco.com.


Financial Review

Tax

AMG recorded a tax expense of $3.8 million in the third quarter 2011 compared to a tax expense of $0.3 million in the third quarter 2010. Excluding share of loss of associates, for which AMG cannot recognize a tax benefit since these companies are not consolidated, AMG's effective tax rate was 29% in the third quarter 2011. For the first nine months of 2011, excluding share of loss of associates, AMG's effective tax rate is 38%.

SG&A

AMG's SG&A expenses were $40.6 million in the third quarter 2011, compared to $31.7 million in the third quarter 2010. The $8.9 million change in SG&A expenses was primarily due to a $2.4 million increase in personnel costs from growth based hiring, primarily at the operating level, $2.3 million in bad debt expense and an additional $1.6 million in SG&A expenses incurred by AMG Idealcast Solar and KB Alloys LLC.

Currency Fluctuations

AMG transacts business in many currencies other than the US dollar, our reporting currency. As our financial statements are prepared in US dollars, fluctuations in the exchange rates between the US dollar and other currencies have an effect both on our results of operations and on the reported value of our assets and liabilities as measured in US dollars. The appreciation in the value of the US dollar as of September 30, 2011 compared to June 30, 2011, resulted in a decrease in the assets and liabilities on the balance sheet of $38.8 million and $27.2 million, respectively. The net result of the depreciation in the value of the US dollar in the third quarter 2011 compared to the third quarter 2010, resulted in an increase in revenue and EBITDA of $18.3 million and $2.3 million, respectively in the third quarter 2011.


Liquidity
                              September 30, 2011 December 31, 2010 Change

Total debt                              $274,890          $237,089    16%

Cash & short-term investments             71,253            89,311  (20%)

Net debt                                 203,637           147,778    38%


AMG had a net debt position of $203.6 million as of September 30, 2011. AMG's net debt position increased $55.9 million since December 31, 2010 primarily the result of a $55.0 million increase in working capital due to increasing material costs, $31.7 million in capital investments, $25.9 million of cash tax payments, the $24.3 million acquisition of KB Alloys LLC and $5.5 million of cash interest paid, reduced by EBITDA of $85.4 million. Including the $71.3 million of cash, AMG had $115.9 million of total liquidity as of September 30, 2011.

During the fourth quarter, AMG exercised the accordion feature of its primary credit facility and secured approximately $15 million in incremental credit from Fifth Third Bank. The total credit facility is now approximately $315 million and it matures in April 2016.


Cash Flow
                                         For the nine months ended

                                   September 30          September 30
                                       2011                  2010



Net cash flows from (used in)               $10,361               $(13,903)
operations

Capital expenditures                       (31,741)                (19,054)

Acquisitions, net of cash                  (24,703)                (17,287)

Investment in associates                          -                (10,755)

Cash flows (used in) from other             (1,569)                   1,420
investing

Net cash flows used in investing           (58,013)                (45,676)
activities

Cash flows generated from financing          28,013                  36,812
Activities


Cash flows from operations were $10.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to cash flows used in operations of $13.9 million in the same period 2010. The cash flows from operations in the first nine months of 2011 are primarily the result of $85.4 million in EBITDA less $25.9 million in cash tax payments and a $55.0 million increase in working capital. 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 in the Engineering Systems division.

Cash used in investing activities was $58.0 million in the first nine months of 2011. This $12.3 million increase compared to the first nine months 2010 is composed of a $12.7 million increase in capital investments and a $7.4 million increase in acquisitions, slightly offset by a $10.8 million decrease in cash flows due to investment in associates. In 2011, AMG acquired KB Alloys LLC for $24.3 million while in 2010 AMG acquired an antimony mine in Turkey for $17.3 million.

Cash generated from financing activities was $28.0 million in the first nine months of 2011, an $8.8 million decrease from the first nine months of 2010. This decrease was primarily attributable to $10.6 million in payments for transaction costs related to debt issuance, offset by $2.0 million increase in net draws on revolving lines of credit. The draws on the revolving lines of credit were used to fund the acquisition of KB Alloys LLC and the related transaction costs.


Outlook

Despite the uncertainty in the financial markets, AMG's business remains healthy. The Advanced Materials Division continues to experience demand and reasonable pricing for antimony trioxide, tantalum, titanium aerospace alloys and chromium metal. The Engineering Systems Division's order intake remains adversely impacted by the current economic environment, with solar particularly affected, leading to potential delays in new orders. Demand and pricing for Graphit Kropfmühl's natural graphite and silicon metal products should remain stable for the balance of 2011. AMG expects to generate approximately 30% EBITDA growth in 2011.

Given the potential spread of the financial turmoil to the general economy, as a cautionary measure, AMG is selectively limiting new capital investments and personnel expansion plans, and intends not to exceed current working capital levels in 2012. We have started an initial mining and smelting operation on a commercial level at our antimony property in Turkey. We are undertaking an extensive drilling program, which will be the basis for developing a mining plan for large-scale mining operations.

The current economic uncertainty makes providing specific guidance for 2012 difficult; however, AMG is well positioned to deliver revenue and EBITDA growth subject to general economic conditions which are extraordinarily difficult to predict.


AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed interim consolidated income statement

For the three months ended September 30

In thousands of US Dollars                             2011            2010

                                                  Unaudited       Unaudited

Continuing operations

Revenue                                             356,415         240,427

Cost of sales                                       297,727         198,325

Gross profit                                         58,688          42,102



Selling, general and administrative
expenses                                             40,613          31,682

Restructuring expense                                    37               -

Environmental expense                                   136             257

Other income, net                                   (1,663)           (270)

Operating profit                                     19,565          10,433



Finance expense                                       8,583           4,840

Finance income                                      (1,335)         (1,341)

Foreign exchange gain                                 (757)           (578)

Net finance costs                                     6,491           2,921



Share of loss of associates                             680          17,554

Profit (loss) before income tax                      12,394        (10,042)



Income tax expense                                    3,755             325

Profit (loss) for the period                          8,639        (10,367)





Attributable to:

  Shareholders of the Company                         8,034        (11,170)

  Non-controlling interests                             605             803

                                                      8,639        (10,367)



Earnings  per share

Basic earnings per share                               0.29          (0.41)

Diluted earnings per share                             0.29          (0.41)



AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed interim consolidated income statement

For the nine months ended September 30

In thousands of US Dollars                             2011            2010

                                                  Unaudited       Unaudited

Continuing operations

Revenue                                           1,042,732         719,764

Cost of sales                                       855,271         590,588

Gross profit                                        187,461         129,176



Selling, general and administrative
expenses                                            128,315          92,169

Restructuring expense                                 2,496               6

Environmental expense                                   382             763

Other income, net                                   (3,490)           (698)

Operating profit                                     59,758          36,936



Loss on early extinguishment of debt                  3,902               -

Finance expense                                      15,601          15,761

Finance income                                      (3,993)         (2,970)

Foreign exchange loss (gain)                            528         (4,334)

Net finance costs                                    16,038           8,457



Share of loss of associates                           6,751          26,974

Profit before income tax                             36,969           1,505



Income tax expense                                   16,547          11,317

Profit (loss) for the period                         20,422         (9,812)





Attributable to:

  Shareholders of the Company                        18,357        (10,067)

  Non-controlling interests                           2,065             255

                                                     20,422         (9,812)



Earnings  per share

Basic earnings per share                               0.66          (0.37)

Diluted earnings per share                             0.66          (0.37)



AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

Condensed interim consolidated statement of financial position
In thousands of US Dollars

                                                 September
                                                       30, December 31,
                                                      2011         2010

                                                 Unaudited      Audited

Assets

  Property, plant and equipment                    257,172      228,612

  Goodwill                                          25,014       21,704

  Intangible assets                                  9,283        5,298

  Investments in associates and joint ventures      18,779       25,186

  Derivative financial instruments                   1,475        5,199

  Deferred tax assets                               27,022       22,107

  Restricted cash                                   11,167       12,528

  Notes receivable                                   1,555          322

  Other assets                                      15,283       15,372

Total non-current assets                           366,750      336,328



  Inventories                                      247,617      207,204

  Trade and other receivables                      219,087      175,421

  Derivative financial instruments                   3,459        5,731

  Other assets                                      40,143       41,080

  Cash and cash equivalents                         71,253       89,311

Total current assets                               581,559      518,747

Total assets                                       948,309      855,075



 AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 Condensed interim consolidated statement of financial position (continued)
 In thousands of US Dollars


                                       September 30, 2011 December 31, 2010

                                                Unaudited           Audited

Equity

  Issued capital                                      741               741

  Share premium                                   381,636           381,636

  Other reserves                                   19,256            36,158

  Retained earnings (deficit)                   (178,168)         (196,481)

Equity attributable to shareholders of the
Company                                           223,465           222,054

Non-controlling interests                          14,896            11,911

Total equity                                      238,361           233,965



Liabilities

  Loans and borrowings                            223,529           187,813

  Employee benefits                                94,016            88,372

  Provisions                                       19,951            20,607

  Government grants                                   168               642

  Other liabilities                                 8,373             5,517

  Derivative financial instruments                  1,069               698

  Deferred tax liabilities                         31,609            25,436

Total non-current liabilities                     378,715           329,085



  Loans and borrowings                              4,793             4,254

  Short term bank debt                             46,568            45,022

  Government grants                                    48               175

  Other liabilities                                61,342            43,287

  Trade and other payables                        129,635           102,253

  Derivative financial instruments                 17,519             1,754

  Advance payments                                 33,584            49,597

  Current taxes payable                            16,030            24,979

  Provisions                                       21,714            20,704

Total current liabilities                         331,233           292,025

Total liabilities                                 709,948           621,110

Total equity and liabilities                      948,309           855,075



AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed interim consolidated statement of cash flows

For the nine months ended September 30

In thousands of US Dollars                                   2011      2010

                                                        Unaudited Unaudited

Cash flows used in operating activities

Profit for the period                                      20,422   (9,812)

Adjustments to reconcile profit to net cash flows:

Non-cash:

   Depreciation and amortization                           21,504    17,755

   Restructuring expense                                    2,496         6

   Environmental expense                                      382       763

   Net finance costs                                       16,038     8,457

   Share of loss of associates                              6,751    26,974

   Equity-settled share-based payment transactions          2,820     4,911

   Income tax expense                                      16,547    11,317

Change in working capital and provisions                 (53,993)  (38,238)

Other                                                       8,764     2,312

Finance costs paid, net                                   (5,478)   (9,191)

Income tax paid, net                                     (25,892)  (29,157)

Net cash flows from (used in) operating activities         10,361  (13,903)



Cash flows used in investing activities

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment            87     1,046

Acquisition of associates and joint ventures                    -  (10,755)

Acquisition of subsidiaries (net of cash acquired of
$3,860)                                                  (24,703)  (17,287)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and
intangibles                                              (31,741)  (19,054)

Related party loans                                       (4,924)         -

Change in restricted cash                                   1,604       427

Other                                                       1,664      (53)

Net cash flows used in investing activities              (58,013)  (45,676)



Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from the issuance of debt                        227,526    36,636

Payment of transaction costs related to debt issuance    (10,592)         -

Repayment of long term borrowings                       (188,931)         -

Other                                                          10       176

Net cash flows from financing activities                   28,013    36,812



Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                (19,639)  (22,767)

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1                     89,311   117,016

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash                1,581   (4,036)

Cash and cash equivalents at September 30                  71,253    90,213


About AMG

AMG creates and applies innovative metallurgical solutions to 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, Asia 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 3,000 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, India and Sri Lanka and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).



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