SOURCE: Metalico, Inc.

Metalico, Inc.

August 13, 2014 09:26 ET

Metalico Turns Profit in Second Quarter

CRANFORD, NJ--(Marketwired - Aug 13, 2014) - Metalico, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MEA) reported net income of $300,000 or $.01 per share, for the second quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $2.7 million or $.06 loss per share for the same period in the prior year.

The Company posted sales of $142 million for the June 2014 quarter, compared to $130 million for the 2013 second quarter. The current year period was principally impacted by higher scrap volumes, higher ferrous selling prices and a favorable non-ferrous product mix. Lead product selling prices rose, while unit shipments were lower versus Q2 of 2013.

Metalico's Scrap Metal Recycling segment returned to profitability, generating $3.5 million before corporate overhead of $1.3 million. The Lead Fabricating segment continued to report strong results with $822,000 operating income before corporate overhead of $165,000. The quarter saw significant improvement in consolidated operating income to a gain of $2.7 million from a loss of $2 million in the same quarter in 2013.

Prior Year's Second Quarter Comparison

Year-over-year second quarter comparisons reflect improved financial results on increased volumes and selling prices for most commodities:

  • Sales rose 9% to $142 million from $130 million.
  • Operating income improved by $4.7 million to $2.7 million from an operating loss of $2 million.
  • Net income of $300,000 was up from a net loss of $2.7 million.
  • Net income per share of $0.01 compares to a loss per share of $0.06.
  • EBITDA rose by $5.3 million to $7 million from $2.7 million.
  • Non-ferrous unit volume shipments jumped 28% to a record 56.6 million pounds
  • Ferrous volume rose by 9%, while lead product shipments fell 20%

Commenting on the results for the quarter, Carlos E. Agüero, Metalico's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our results confirm business improvement on multiple fronts. We continue to maintain disciplined scrap buying practices which has increased metal margins. Ferrous shipments were the second highest ever and non-ferrous shipments surpassed our previous record by a significant quantity despite unimpressive commodity selling prices."

He added, "We are also seeing reduced commodity selling price volatility, increased scrap flows and more rational scrap buying decisions by competitors throughout our markets, resulting in improving metal margins. These positive developments have carried over into the third quarter and hopefully will remain in place through the remainder of the year."

Sequential Comparison to First Quarter of 2014

  • Sales rose 5% to $142 million from $135 million.
  • Operating income improved by $4.7 million to $2.7 million from an operating loss of $2 million.
  • Net income improved by $4.2 million to $300,000 from a net loss of $3.9 million.
  • Net income per share increased to $.01, compared to a loss of $.08.
  • EBITDA more than doubled to $7 million from $2.8 million.
  • Unit volumes shipped jumped by 30% for non-ferrous scrap and rose 1% for ferrous scrap. 
  • Lead product shipments fell by 6% to 9.3 million pounds from 9.9 million pounds.

Excluding corporate overhead charges, the Company's Scrap Metal segment reported operating income of $3.5 million in the second quarter compared to an operating loss of $1.4 million last year. The Company's Lead Fabricating segment reported operating income of $800,000 compared to $1.4 million in the prior-year period.

Volume Comparisons  
Quarterly volume of units sold                    
            Q2 2014         Q2 2014  
    Q2 2014   Q1 2014   Change     Q2 2013   Change  
Ferrous (gross tons)   148,400   146,900   1 %   136,200   9 %
Non-Ferrous (pounds)   56,596,000   43,658,000   30 %   44,312,000   28 %
Lead (pounds)   9,274,000   9,889,000   -6 %   11,658,000   -20 %

Balance Sheet Summary

Outstanding debt fell to $126.0 million as of June 30, 2014, from $127.4 million at year-end. Availability under the revolving credit facility combined with cash on hand was at $13.8 million on August 12, 2014. Noncompliance with principal payment obligations under Metalico's Convertible Notes, together with a violation of Metalico's leverage ratio under its senior secured financing agreement, required a reclassification of most of its long-term debt to short-term. The Company continues to generate positive cash flow from operations, has ample liquidity to maintain its operations, and is current on its trade payables.

Under the terms of Metalico's Convertible Notes, holders were entitled to deliver notices of redemption on or before June 30 requiring the Company to redeem the Notes at par. On June 30, Metalico announced an agreement in principle to restructure the principal balance of the Notes that would defer the Note holders` put right to December 31, 2015 using funds made available by the Company's senior lenders pursuant to an amendment under its senior secured financing agreement and other consideration. However, proposed terms of the amendment to the financing agreement as it was drafted conflicted with the terms agreed upon with the Note holders and an amendment to the financing agreement has not been completed. The Company continues to negotiate with the Note holders and the senior lenders to reach an agreement. Such an agreement may include an extension of the put right, the issuance of new debt or equity or a combination of both, starting with the framework of general agreements in principle reached among the parties on June 30.

Metalico previously announced that its senior lenders have invoked their right to block payments to the Note holders after the failure to redeem the Notes on June 30 caused defaults under the governing documents. Metalico has retained Imperial Capital, LLC to advise it in its negotiations to amend the credit facility and to assist in proposed asset sales, also previously announced, intended to generate proceeds to de-leverage the Company.

Business Outlook

Ferrous: An uptick in steel industry capacity utilization since the first quarter, from 73% to 79%, has helped to improve scrap demand and stabilized scrap selling prices, especially for cut grades. Shred prices still show weakness relative to other grades. The export market, although still soft, is beginning to show signs of improvement. Scrap availability is benefitting from a strong seasonal upswing in demolition activity, factory cleanout projects and improvement in the manufacturing segment.

Non-Ferrous (Including Aluminum De-ox): Increased aluminum and stainless steel demand has been the key driving force of rising prices as of late. Copper demand and pricing are stable and remain mostly unchanged. The Company expects continued strength in demand and price for most aluminum products, including de-ox, through year-end and at best a sideways market for nickel and copper-based scrap metals.

The prices of platinum group and minor metals have been trending slightly higher during Q2 and early in Q3. Based on rising demand for PGM's, particularly palladium, from auto manufacturers and a stabilizing minor metal market, the second half of 2014 could show improvement in metal demand and possibly support related commodity prices.

Lead Fabricating: Metalico expects continued steady to slightly improving demand in its markets served and products sold. The supply and pricing of scrap and refined lead is expected to be more than adequate to meet the Company's raw material requirements for the remainder of the year. Improvement in availability of shot reload components, specifically black powder, is expected to improve demand for bagged shot over the remainder of the 2014 shooting season.

About Metalico
Metalico, Inc. is a holding company with operations in two principal business segments: Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal Recycling, including PGM and Minor Metals Recycling, and Fabrication of Lead-Based Products. The Company operates recycling facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Texas, and Mississippi and lead fabricating plants in Alabama, Illinois, and California. Metalico's common stock is traded on the NYSE MKT under the symbol MEA.

Forward-looking Statements
This news release, and in particular its "Outlook and Update" section, contains, and the August 9 conference call may contain, "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as Metalico's expectations with respect to its results of operations for the remaining quarters of 2014, commodity pricing, volumes, and trends. These statements may contain terms like "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "appear," "estimate" and other words that convey a similar meaning, or are statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to Metalico's beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond Metalico's control, and which may cause Metalico's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance, expectations or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such material difference are discussed in more detail in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements. Metalico assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this news release.

($ thousands, except per share data)  
    Three months ended     Six months ended  
    June 30,     June 30,     June 30,     June 30,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Revenue   $ 142,311     $ 129,897     $ 277,499     $ 267,592  
Costs and expenses Operating expenses     129,296       121,060       255,743       247,056  
  Selling, general, and administrative expenses     6,059       6,337       12,407       12,940  
  Depreciation and amortization     4,234       4,459       8,626       8,944  
      139,589       131,856       276,776       268,940  
    Operating income (loss)     2,722       (1,959 )     723       (1,348 )
Financial and other income (expense)                                
  Interest expense     (2,364 )     (2,136 )     (4,683 )     (4,439 )
  Equity in loss of unconsolidated investee     -       (49 )     -       (120 )
  Other     21       5       28       12  
      (2,343 )     (2,180 )     (4,655 )     (4,547 )
    Income (loss) before income taxes     379       (4,139 )     (3,932 )     (5,895 )
Provision (benefit) for federal and state income taxes     102       (1,410 )     2       (1,934 )
    Consolidated net income (loss)     277       (2,729 )     (3,934 )     (3,961 )
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest     22       (3 )     315       50  
    Net income (loss) attributable to Metalico, Inc.   $ 299     $ (2,732 )   $ (3,619 )   $ (3,911 )
  Diluted earnings (loss) per common share   $ 0.01     $ (0.06 )   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.08 )
  Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:     48,213,051       47,937,871       48,189,759       47,846,120  
($ thousands, except per share data)
    June 30,
  December 31,
  Current Assets   $ 143,931   $ 140,473
  Property & Equipment, net     95,178     98,748
  Intangible and Other Assets     59,946     61,792
    Total Assets   $ 299,055   $ 301,013
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity:            
  Current Liabilities   $ 145,954   $ 28,128
  Long-Term Liabilities     8,633     124,653
    Total Liabilities     154,587     152,781
  Total Metalico, Inc. and Subsidiaries Equity     143,730     147,179
  Noncontrolling interest     738     1,053
  Total Liabilities & Equity   $

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP EBITDA and Net Income

When the Company uses the term "EBITDA," the Company is referring to earnings before interest, stock-based compensation, income taxes, other expense, equity in loss of unconsolidated investee, depreciation and amortization and noncontrolling interest. The Company presents EBITDA because it considers it an important supplemental measure of the Company's performance and believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in Metalico's industry. The Company also uses EBITDA to determine its compliance with some of the covenants under its credit facility. EBITDA is not a recognized term under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States "GAAP," and has limitations as an analytical tool. You should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities or any other measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. Other companies in the Company's industry may calculate EBITDA differently from how the Company does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to the Company to invest in the growth of its business. The following table reconciles EBITDA to net income:

    Three Months Ended June 30,
    Three Months Ended June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months
June 30,
    ($ thousands)  
EBITDA   $ 7,032     $ 2,741     $ 9,843     $ 8,232  
  Less: Interest expense     2,364       2,136       4,683       4,439  
    Equity in loss of unconsolidated investee     -       49       -       120  
    Stock-based compensation     54       244       179       586  
    Provision for federal and state income taxes     102       (1,410 )     2       (1,934 )
    Depreciation and amortization     4,234       4,459       8,626       8,944  
    Noncontrolling interest     22       (3 )     315       50  
    Other     (21 )     (5 )     (28 )     (12 )
Net income (loss)   $ 277     $ (2,729 )   $ (3,934 )   $ (3,961 )

The Company disclosed segment operating income excluding corporate overhead charges for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013. Set forth below is the reconciliation from segment operating income (loss), excluding corporate overhead, to segment operating income (loss) as reported:

Segment Reporting  
($ in thousands)  
Quarter Ended June 30, 2014  
    Consolidated   Scrap Metal
    Lead Fabrication     Corporate
and Other
Operating income (loss) before Corporate overhead   $ 2,722   $ 3,510     $ 822     $ (1,610 )
less: Corporate overhead     -     (1,315 )     (165 )     1,480  
Segment operating income (loss)   $ 2,722   $ 2,195     $ 657     $ (130 )
Quarter Ended June 30, 2013  
    Consolidated     Scrap Metal
    Lead Fabrication     Corporate
and Other
Operating income (loss) before Corporate overhead   $ (1,959 )   $ (1,409 )   $ 1,411     $ (1,961 )
less: Corporate overhead     -       (1,890 )     (165 )     2,055  
Segment operating income (loss)   $ (1,959 )   $ (3,299 )   $ 1,246     $ 94  

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Metalico, Inc.
    Carlos E. Aguero
    Michael J. Drury
    Email Contact

    186 North Avenue East
    Cranford, NJ 07016
    (908) 497-9610
    Fax: (908) 497-1097