SOURCE: Century Aluminum Company

Century Aluminum Company

April 24, 2012 16:04 ET

Century Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

MONTEREY, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) reported a net loss of $3.9 million ($0.04 per basic and diluted common share) for the first quarter of 2012. Financial results were negatively impacted by an unrealized loss on forward contracts of $5.0 million primarily related to the mark to market of aluminum price protection options. Cost of sales for the quarter included a $17.1 million benefit for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

For the first quarter of 2011, Century reported net income of $25.0 million ($0.25 per basic and diluted common share). Financial results were negatively impacted by an unrealized loss on forward contracts of $4.7 million primarily related to the mark to market of aluminum price protection options. Changes to the Century of West Virginia retiree medical benefits program increased quarterly results by $9.4 million with an associated discrete tax benefit of $2.1 million. Cost of sales for the quarter included a $6.4 million charge for the restart of a curtailed potline at the Hawesville, Kentucky smelter.

Sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $326.2 million, compared with $326.3 million for the first quarter of 2011. Shipments of primary aluminum for the 2012 first quarter were 159,967 tonnes, compared with 144,178 tonnes shipped in the year-ago quarter.

"The macroeconomic picture continues to defy a simple characterization," commented Michael A. Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While the pace of end demand growth in key developing markets has slowed, absolute conditions remain reasonable. Given the risk of shock from the Eurozone, coupled with tight financing markets, we continue to note that customers remain wary of making long-term commitments. The aluminum price has been trading at a level that, in our opinion, is not sustainable. While the industry has seen some abatement in the cost of commodity raw materials, the price of electric power in most developed and developing markets renders a significant amount of existing capacity marginally economic or worse. Addressing this issue, over the short- and longer-term, will determine the longevity of a meaningful portion of our industry's existing capacity.

"Century has executed well in this environment," continued Bless. "Our safety performance has been good; importantly, we are making progress on changing the manner in which we think about safe and environmentally sound operations. Hawesville continues at effective full production; as predicted, conversion costs have improved. We are spending significant effort aimed at the uneconomic cost of the plant's electric power. The process supporting the potential restart of Ravenswood is on track; while significant work remains, we are optimistic about the prospects of restarting this plant. Grundartangi had an excellent quarter; the team was able to make up for the modest production lost during the serious power outage in January. Regarding Helguvik, during the next few months, we will have several critical discussions which will determine the timing of the restart of major project activity."

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century's corporate offices are located in Monterey, California. More information can be found at www.centuryaluminum.com.

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 and comments made by Century management on the quarterly conference call contain "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. Such risks and uncertainties may include, without limitation, declines in aluminum prices or increases in our operating costs; worsening of global financial and economic conditions; increases in global aluminum inventories and the addition of new or restarted global aluminum production capacity; additional delays in the completion of our Helguvik, Iceland smelter; and our ability to successfully progress the potential restart of our Ravenswood smelter. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding future aluminum prices, future industry production capacity and power rates, our ability to successfully progress the potential restart of our Ravenswood smelter and restart major construction activity at Helguvik. More information about these risks, uncertainties and assumptions 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
March 31,
2012 2011
NET SALES:
Third-party customers $ 188,839 $ 188,312
Related parties 137,351 138,025
326,190 326,337
COST OF GOODS SOLD 304,973 284,021
GROSS PROFIT 21,217 42,316
OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME) - NET 3,721 (5,884 )
SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 8,459 10,609
OPERATING INCOME 9,037 37,591
INTEREST EXPENSE - THIRD PARTY - NET (5,840 ) (6,622 )
INTEREST INCOME - RELATED PARTY 60 113
NET LOSS ON FORWARD CONTRACTS (5,159 ) (4,809 )
OTHER INCOME - NET 306 677
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY
IN EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES (1,596 ) 26,950
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (2,933 ) (3,123 )
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES (4,529 ) 23,827
EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES 641 1,219
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (3,888 ) $ 25,046
Net Income (Loss) Allocated to Common Shareholders $ (3,888 ) $ 23,005
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE
Basic and Diluted $ (0.04 ) $ 0.25
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 88,727 92,965
Diluted 88,727 93,297
Century Aluminum Company
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
March 31, December 31,
ASSETS 2012 2011
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 182,545 $ 183,401
Accounts receivable - net 50,531 47,647
Due from affiliates 39,217 44,665
Inventories 170,302 171,961
Prepaid and other current assets 43,850 40,646
Total current assets 486,445 488,320
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,206,731 1,218,225
Other assets 104,875 104,549
Total $ 1,798,051 $ 1,811,094
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable, trade $ 74,986 $ 86,172
Due to affiliates 41,544 41,904
Accrued and other current liabilities 48,917 40,776
Accrued employee benefits costs - current portion 16,188 16,698
Industrial revenue bonds 7,815 7,815
Total current liabilities 189,450 193,365
Senior notes payable 249,769 249,512
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current portion 68,271 70,899
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less current portion 128,919 128,078
Other liabilities 39,466 40,005
Deferred taxes 90,919 90,958
Total noncurrent liabilities 577,344 579,452
Shareholders' Equity:
Series A preferred stock (one cent par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 80,696 and 80,718 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively) 1 1
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000 shares authorized; 93,236,177 issued and 88,449,656 outstanding as of March 31, 2012; 93,230,848 shares issued and 88,844,327 outstanding as of December 31, 2011) 932 932
Additional paid-in capital 2,506,987 2,506,842
Treasury stock, at cost (49,924 ) (45,891 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (133,832 ) (134,588 )
Accumulated deficit (1,292,907 ) (1,289,019 )
Total shareholders' equity 1,031,257 1,038,277
Total $ 1,798,051 $ 1,811,094
Century Aluminum Company
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended
March 31,
2012 2011
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income (loss) $ (3,888 ) $ 25,046
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Unrealized net loss on forward contracts 4,955 4,715
Accrued and other plant curtailment costs - net 1,374 (9,624 )
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment (17,051 ) (139 )
Depreciation and amortization 15,027 15,930
Debt discount amortization 256 821
Pension and other postretirement benefits (1,138 ) (11,064 )
Stock-based compensation 145 488
Undistributed earnings of joint ventures (641 ) (1,219 )
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable - net (2,884 ) 7,520
Due from affiliates (249 ) 8,766
Inventories 18,710 (7,924 )
Prepaid and other current assets (5,366 ) (29,901 )
Accounts payable, trade (11,442 ) (4,730 )
Due to affiliates (360 ) (2,722 )
Accrued and other current liabilities 7,003 3,405
Other - net 447 (2,998 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 4,898 (3,630 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (2,899 ) (3,128 )
Nordural expansion (1,946 ) (4,051 )
Investments in and advances to joint ventures (100 ) -
Payment received on advances from joint ventures 3,166 -
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 58 -
Net cash used in investing activities (1,721 ) (7,179 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowing under revolving credit facility 18,076 -
Repayment under revolving credit facility (18,076 ) -
Repurchase of common stock (4,033 ) -
Net cash used in financing activities (4,033 ) -
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (856 ) (10,809 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 183,401 304,296
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 182,545 $ 293,487
Century Aluminum Company
Selected Operating Data
(Unaudited)
SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM
Direct (1) Toll
Metric (000) Metric (000) (000)
Tons Pounds $/Pound Tons Pounds Revenue
2012
1st Quarter 94,087 207,426 1.06 65,880 145,240 106,416
2011
1st Quarter 80,479 177,426 1.17 63,699 140,432 117,658
(1) Does not include Toll shipments from Nordural Grundartangi

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