SOURCE: Century Aluminum Company

Century Aluminum Company

October 25, 2011 16:00 ET

Century Aluminum Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

MONTEREY, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2011) - Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) reported a net loss of $6.6 million ($0.07 per basic and diluted share) for the third quarter of 2011. Financial results were positively impacted by a mark-to-market gain on forward contracts of $4.2 million related primarily to aluminum put options. Cost of sales for the quarter included a $13.5 million charge for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

In the third quarter of 2010, the company reported a net loss of $16.8 million ($0.18 per basic and diluted share). Reported results were negatively impacted by a mark-to-market loss on forward contracts of $12.1 million related primarily to aluminum put options and positively impacted by a $1.4 million tax benefit related to the release of tax reserves no longer required. Cost of sales for the quarter included a $15.8 million charge for the portion of power costs at Hawesville payable by the previous power supplier per the terms of the power agreements and a $7.3 million benefit for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

Sales in the third quarter of 2011 were $345.6 million, compared with $279.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. Shipments of primary aluminum for the quarter totaled 150,832 tonnes compared with 147,216 tonnes in the year-ago quarter.

For the first nine months of 2011, the company reported net income of $42.4 million ($0.42 per basic and diluted share). These results were negatively impacted by a $7.7 million charge related to the contractual impact of the recent changes in the Company's Board of Directors and the executive management team; a charge of $2.9 million related to an insurance receivable; a loss on forward contracts of $2.3 million, related primarily to the marking to market of aluminum put options; and a charge of $0.8 million related to the early retirement of debt. Changes to the Century of West Virginia retiree medical benefits program increased nine month results by $18.3 million with an associated discrete tax benefit of $4.2 million. Cost of sales included an $8.6 million charge related to the restart of a curtailed potline at the Hawesville, KY smelter and a $13.5 million charge for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments. For the first nine months of 2010, the company reported a net loss of $5.3 million ($0.06 per basic and diluted share). Prior year results were negatively impacted by a mark-to-market loss on forward contracts of $4.8 million related primarily to aluminum put options. Cost of sales for the 2010 nine month period included a $47.3 million charge for the portion of power costs at Hawesville payable by the previous power supplier per the terms of the power agreements and a $0.3 million benefit for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

Sales in the first nine months of 2011 were $1,038.3 million compared with $852.4 million in the same period of 2010. Shipments of primary aluminum for the first nine months of 2011 were 446,493 tonnes compared with 436,472 tonnes for the comparable 2010 period.

"The events of the last two months, and their impact on our industry, remind us all of the volatility of the world in which we live," commented Logan W. Kruger, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Clearly, the risk remains that the significant problems facing sovereigns and financial institutions could more substantially influence economic conditions in both developed and emerging economies. That said, we continue to see reasonably good business conditions in our markets. The relative difficulty in obtaining supplies of near-term metal, driven by a number of factors, continues to support attractive premiums in most regions. While the commodity price has fallen, it is supported by the rising cost of production being experienced by all industry participants.

"During the quarter, we continued on a steady pace to return the Hawesville smelter to stable operations," added Mr. Kruger. "We expect these efforts will produce improvement in production and shipments in the fourth quarter. Grundartangi's performance has been excellent, with record production and strong safety results and operating efficiencies. All of our businesses continue to manage through the increases we are seeing in the costs of electric power and raw materials, specifically carbon. Lastly, discussions continued in several key areas of the Helguvik project, and we are awaiting a decision from the arbitration panel regarding our contractual dispute with one of the power suppliers."

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century's corporate offices are located in Monterey, California.

Century Aluminum's quarterly conference call is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today. To listen to the conference call and to view related presentation materials, go to www.centuryaluminum.com and click on the conference call link on the homepage.

Certified Advisors for the First North market of the OMX Nordic Exchange Iceland hf. for Global Depositary Receipts in Iceland:
Atli B. Gudmundsson, Senior Manager -- Corporate Finance, NBI hf.
Steingrimur Helgason, Director -- Corporate Finance, NBI hf.

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements about future, not past, events and involve certain important risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, declines in aluminum prices or increases in our operating costs; deterioration of global or local financial and economic conditions; increases in global aluminum inventories and the addition of additional global aluminum production capacity; additional delays in the completion of our Helguvik, Iceland smelter, including delays or other changes in our ability to secure a reliable power supply; and our ability to successfully manage and/or improve performance at each of our operating smelters. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding future market and economic conditions, including the continuance of supply and cost trends in the aluminum market, our ability to successfully remedy production issues at our Hawesville facility and improve its production and shipment levels; and the ultimate outcome of our arbitration with one of the power suppliers to our Helguvik facility. More information about the risks, uncertainties and assumptions affecting the Company can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake, and specifically disclaim, any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.

Century Aluminum Company
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
NET SALES:
Third-party customers $ 202,598 $ 174,339 $ 598,001 $ 550,316
Related parties 143,048 104,839 440,259 302,104
345,646 279,178 1,038,260 852,420
COST OF GOODS SOLD 334,322 263,409 935,106 781,159
GROSS PROFIT 11,324 15,769 103,154 71,261
OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME) - NET 2,659 3,096 (8,430 ) 12,205
SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 7,950 12,486 37,116 35,701
OPERATING INCOME 715 187 74,468 23,355
INTEREST EXPENSE - THIRD PARTY - NET (5,914 ) (6,287 ) (18,857 ) (18,839 )
INTEREST INCOME - RELATED PARTY 59 113 242 333
NET GAIN (LOSS) ON FORWARD CONTRACTS 4,163 (12,136 ) (2,263 ) (4,814 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) - NET (1,143 ) (417 ) (1,598 ) 221
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES

(2,120

)



(18,540

)



51,992




256

INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) (5,387 ) 570 (12,146 ) (8,330 )
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES (7,507 ) (17,970 ) 39,846 (8,074 )
EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES 907 1,183 2,586 2,765
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (6,600 ) $ (16,787 ) $ 42,432 $ (5,309 )
Net Income (Loss) Allocated to Common Shareholders $ (6,600 ) $ (16,787 ) $ 39,003 $ (5,309 )
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE
Basic and Diluted $ (0.07 ) $ (0.18 ) $ 0.42 $ (0.06 )
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 92,032 92,738 92,697 92,654
Diluted 92,032 92,738 93,097 92,654
Century Aluminum Company
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
September 30, December 31,
ASSETS 2011 2010
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 216,395 $ 304,296
Restricted cash - 3,673
Accounts receivable - net 52,067 43,903
Due from affiliates 47,352 51,006
Inventories 165,714 155,908
Prepaid and other current assets 56,991 18,292
Total current assets 538,519 577,078
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,224,319 1,256,970
Due from affiliates - less current portion - 6,054
Other assets 100,832 82,954
Total $ 1,863,670 $ 1,923,056
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable, trade $ 84,850 $ 88,004
Due to affiliates 44,905 45,381
Accrued and other current liabilities 58,704 41,495
Accrued employee benefits costs - current portion 16,731 26,682
Convertible senior notes - 45,483
Industrial revenue bonds 7,815 7,815
Total current liabilities 213,005 254,860
Senior notes payable 249,256 248,530
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current portion 35,963 37,795
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less current portion 105,767 103,744
Other liabilities 40,739 37,612
Deferred taxes 85,971 85,999
Total noncurrent liabilities 517,696 513,680
Shareholders' Equity:
Series A preferred stock (one cent par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 80,730 and 82,515 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively) 1 1
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000 shares authorized; 93,228,026 shares issued and 89,602,808 outstanding as of September 30, 2011; 92,771,864 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010) 932 928
Additional paid-in capital 2,506,655 2,503,907
Treasury stock, at cost (38,806 ) -
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (77,901 ) (49,976 )
Accumulated deficit (1,257,912 ) (1,300,344 )
Total shareholders' equity 1,132,969 1,154,516
Total $ 1,863,670 $ 1,923,056
Century Aluminum Company
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
Nine months ended
September 30,
2011 2010
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income (loss) $ 42,432 $ (5,309 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Unrealized net loss on forward contracts 1,643 4,456
Realized benefit of contractual receivable - 47,323
Accrued and other plant curtailment costs - net (15,023 ) (3,305 )
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment 13,463 (301 )
Depreciation and amortization 46,579 47,313
Debt discount amortization 1,601 2,339
Deferred income taxes - 9,949
Pension and other postretirement benefits (30,768 ) 11,918
Stock-based compensation 2,670 3,092
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets 763 (503 )
Non-cash loss on early extinguishment and modification of debt 763 -
Undistributed earnings of joint ventures (2,586 ) (2,765 )
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable - net (8,164 ) (1,273 )
Due from affiliates 6,602 (20,334 )
Inventories (23,269 ) (7,748 )
Prepaid and other current assets (37,905 ) 16,556
Accounts payable, trade (2,783 ) (1,306 )
Due to affiliates (476 ) 4,880
Accrued and other current liabilities 17,071 2,818
Other - net (1,519 ) (7,468 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 11,094 100,332
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (10,868 ) (5,378 )
Nordural expansion (10,335 ) (15,099 )
Investments in and advances to joint ventures (13 ) (32 )
Payment received on advances from joint ventures 3,056 -
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 1,471 808
Restricted and other cash deposits 3,673 (13,645 )
Net cash used in investing activities (13,016 ) (33,346 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repayment of debt (47,067 ) -
Repayment of contingent obligation (189 ) -
Borrowing under revolving credit facility 15,900 -
Repayment under revolving credit facility (15,900 ) -
Repurchase of common stock (38,806 ) -
Issuance of common stock - net 83 23
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (85,979 ) 23
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (87,901 ) 67,009
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 304,296 198,234
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 216,395 $ 265,243
Century Aluminum Company
Selected Operating Data
(Unaudited)
SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM
Direct (1) Toll
(000) (000) (000)
Metric Tons Pounds $/Pound Metric Tons Pounds Revenue
2011
3rd Quarter 82,236 181,299 $ 1.19 68,596 151,229 $ 129,369
2nd Quarter 84,509 186,310 1.26 66,974 147,652 132,113
1st Quarter 80,479 177,426 1.17 63,699 140,432 117,658
Year to Date 247,224 545,035 $ 1.21 199,269 439,313 $ 379,140
2010
3rd Quarter 81,693 180,102 $ 0.99 65,523 144,454 $ 100,231
2nd Quarter 76,521 168,700 1.04 68,058 150,043 112,523
1st Quarter 76,653 168,990 1.04 68,024 149,968 109,659
Year to Date 234,867 517,792 $ 1.02 201,605 444,465 $ 322,413
(1) Does not include Toll shipments from Nordural Grundartangi

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