4 May 2016

First quarter 2016 results


 


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Luxembourg May 4th, 2016

Aperam (referred to as “Aperam” or the “Company”) (Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Paris: APAM and NYRS: APEMY), announced today results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016

Timoteo Di Maulo, CEO of Aperam, commented:

“Despite market headwinds, we are pleased to have delivered the best first quarter net result since the spin-off. This makes us confident in the ability of Aperam to improve its performance continuously and capture any opportunity.

Looking ahead, we remain cautious given the economic environment. However, the first quarter confirmed that Q4 2015 was a trough in terms of market conditions and we believe that we will further improve our profitability.”

 

Highlights

  • Health and Safety frequency rate2 of 1.1 in Q1 2016 compared to 0.7 in Q4 2015 and 1.0 in 2015
  • Shipments of 483 thousand tonnes in Q1 2016, a 1% increase compared to shipments of 476 thousand tonnes in Q4 2015
  • EBITDA of USD 112 million in Q1 2016, compared to EBITDA of USD 105 million in Q4 2015
  • Net income of USD 49 million in Q1 2016, compared to a net income of USD 33 million in Q4 2015
  • Basic earnings per share of USD 0.63 in Q1 2016
  • Cash flow from operations amounted to USD 39 million in Q1 2016
  • Net debt4 of USD 338 million on March 31, 2016, representing a gearing of 14% compared to a net debt of USD 316 million on December 31, 2015

 

Prospects

  • EBITDA in Q2 2016 is expected to slightly increase compared to EBITDA in Q1 2016
  • Net debt to decrease in Q2 2016

 

Financial policy

  • Aperam restates a base dividend of USD 1.25/share (subject to AGM approval), which is anticipated to progressively increase over time, as the company continues to improve its sustainable profitability benefiting from its strategic actions.

 

Financial Highlights (on the basis of IFRS)

(USDm) unless otherwise stated

Q1 '16

Q4 '15

Q1 '15

Sales

1,076

1,081

1,258

EBITDA

112

105

133

Operating income

73

65

86

Net income

49

33

42

 

 

 

 

Steel shipments (000t)

483

476

469

EBITDA/tonne (USD)

232

221

284

Basic earnings per share (USD)

0.63

0.42

0.54

Diluted earnings per share (USD)

0.57

0.40

0.50



Health & Safety results analysis

Health and Safety performance based on Aperam personnel figures and contractors lost time injury frequency rate2 , was 1.1 in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 0.7 in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Financial results analysis

Sales in the first quarter of 2016 were stable at USD 1,076 million compared to USD 1,081 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Shipments in the first quarter of 2016 increased by 1% at 483 thousand tonnes compared to 476 thousand tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2015.

EBITDA was USD 112 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to EBITDA of USD 105 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Despite the traditional seasonal effect in Brazil, EBITDA increased quarter on quarter mainly due to solid performance of Stainless & Electrical Steel Europe and Services & Solutions segments. The Leadership Journey®5 has continued to progress over the quarter and has contributed a total amount of USD 487 million to EBITDA since the beginning of 2011.

Depreciation and amortization expense in the first quarter of 2016 was USD 39 million. Aperam had an operating income in the first quarter of 2016 of USD 73 million compared to an operating income of USD 65 million in the previous quarter. Net interest expense and other financing costs in the first quarter of 2016 were USD 9 million, primarily related to financing costs of USD 4 million and USD 6 million of non-cash interest expense related to the amortization of the option premium on convertible bonds. Realized and unrealized foreign exchange and derivative losses were USD 3 million in the first quarter of 2016. The Company recorded a net income of USD 49 million, inclusive of an income tax expense of USD 12 million, in the first quarter of 2016.

Cash flows from operations in the first quarter were positive at USD 39 million, with a working capital increase of USD 40 million. CAPEX in the first quarter was USD 33 million. As of March 31, 2016, shareholders’ equity was USD 2,411 million and net financial debt was USD 338 million (gross financial debt as of March 31, 2016 was USD 468 million and cash & cash equivalents were USD 130 million). 3 The Company had liquidity of USD 530 million as of March 31, 2016, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of USD 130 million and undrawn credit lines6 of USD 400 million.

 

Operating segment results analysis

Stainless & Electrical Steel

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had sales of USD 876 million in the first quarter of 2016. This is similar to sales of USD 869 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Shipments during the first quarter were 474 thousand tonnes, a 2% increase compared to shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015 of 465 thousand tonnes. The volume increase was mainly due to seasonal recovery in Europe. Overall, average selling prices for the Stainless & Electrical Steel segment were slightly lower for the quarter mainly due to the raw material price effects.

The segment had EBITDA of USD 90 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to USD 95 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seasonal effect in South America was compensated by the traditional seasonal recovery in Europe as well as the contribution of the Leadership Journey® and the Top Line strategy.

Depreciation and amortization expense was USD 34 million in the first quarter of 2016.

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had an operating income of USD 56 million during the first quarter of 2016 compared to an operating income of USD 61 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.


Services & Solutions

The Services & Solutions segment had a 13% increase in sales during the quarter, from USD 442 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 to USD 500 million in the first quarter of 2016. In the first quarter of 2016, shipments were 210 thousand tonnes compared to 174 thousand tonnes in the previous quarter.

The Services & Solutions segment had lower average selling prices during the quarter. The segment had EBITDA in the first quarter of 2016 of USD 19 million compared to EBITDA of USD 8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in EBITDA was mainly driven by seasonal recovery and the contribution of Top Line strategy.

Depreciation and amortization expense was USD 3 million in the first quarter of 2016.

The Services & Solutions segment had an operating income of USD 16 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to an operating income of USD 3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

Alloys & Specialties

The Alloys & Specialties segment had sales in the first quarter of 2016 of USD 109 million, representing a decrease of 16% compared to USD 130 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Shipments were stable in the first quarter of 2016 at 8 thousand tonnes compared to 8 thousand tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Average selling prices decreased over the quarter. The Alloys & Specialties segment achieved EBITDA of USD 6 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to USD 8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The EBITDA decrease is mainly due to raw material and product mix effects.

Depreciation and amortization expense in the first quarter of 2016 was USD 1 million.

The Alloys & Specialties segment had an operating income of USD 5 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to an operating income of USD 7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

Recent developments

  • On February 17, 2016, Moody's Investors Service upgraded Aperam’s corporate family rating to Ba1 from Ba2. The outlook is stable.
  • On March 6, 2016, Aperam announced the publication of its 2015 Annual Report
  • On April 4, 2016, Aperam announced the publication of the convening notice for its Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on May 4, 2016.
  • On April 6, 2016, Aperam announced the publication of its “made for life” report for 2015, which constitutes Aperam's sustainability performance report.


New developments

  • On May 4, 2016, Aperam announces that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Aperam held in Luxembourg on the same day approved all resolutions on the agenda by a large majority

 

Investor conference call

Aperam management will host a conference call for members of the investment community to discuss the first quarter 2016 financial performance at the following time:

Date

New York

London

Luxembourg

Thursday, May 4, 2016

12:30 pm

5:30 pm

6:30 pm

 

The dial-in numbers for the call are: France (+33(0)1 76 77 22 25); USA (+1 646 254 3363); and international (+44(0)20 3427 1911). The participant access code is: 3849347#.

A replay of the conference call will be available until May 10th, 2016: France (+33 (0)1 74 20 28 00); USA (+1 347 366 9565) and international (+44 (0)20 3427 0598). The participant access code is 3849347#

 

Contacts

Corporate Communications / Laurent Beauloye: +352 27 36 27 27

Investor Relations / Romain Grandsart: +352 27 36 27 36

 

About Aperam

Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. The business is organized in three primary operating segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties. Aperam has 2.5 million tonnes of flat Stainless and Electrical steel capacity in Brazil and Europe and is a leader in high value specialty products. Aperam has a highly integrated distribution, processing and services network and a unique capability to produce stainless and specialty from low cost biomass (charcoal). Its industrial network is concentrated in six production facilities located in Brazil, Belgium and France. In 2015, Aperam had sales of USD 4.7 billion and shipments of 1.89 million tonnes.

For further information, please refer to our website at www.aperam.com

 

Forward-looking statements

This document may contain forward-looking information and statements about Aperam and its subsidiaries. These statements include financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forwardlooking statements may be identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target” or similar expressions. Although Aperam’s management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors and holders of Aperam’s securities are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Aperam, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in Aperam’s filings with the Luxembourg Stock Market Authority for the Financial Markets (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier). Aperam undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(in million of U.S. dollars)

March 31, 2016

December 31, 2015

March 31, 2015

 

Non current assets

            2,771

            2,642

            2,856

 

Intangible assets

               587

               556

               599

 

Property, plant and equipments (incl. Biological assets)

            1,729

            1,652

            1,737

 

Investments and Other

               455

               434

               520

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets & working capital

            815

            808

            999

 

Inventories, trade receivables and trade payables

               595

               520

               603

 

Other assets

               90

               140

               120

 

Cash and cash equivalents

               130

               148

               276

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

            2,411

            2,222

            2,276

 

Group share

            2,406

            2,217

            2,272

 

Non-controlling interests

                   5

                   5

                   4

 

 

 

 

 

Non current liabilities

            900

            883

            906

 

Interest bearing liabilities

               454

               450

               443

 

Deferred employee benefits

               191

               184

               187

 

Provisions and other

255

               249

               276

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities (excluding trade payables)

               275

               345

               673

 

Interest bearing liabilities

               14

               14

               341

 

Other

261

               331

               332

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS 

(in million of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2016

December 31, 2015

March 31, 2015

Sales

             1,076  

             1,081  

            1,258  

EBITDA

                112  

                105 

                 133 

Depreciation & amortization

                  39 

                  40 

                 47

Operating income

                  73  

                65

                 86

Loss from other investments and associates

                 -

                 (3)

                    -

Net interest expense and other net financing costs

                 (9)

                 (12)

               (35)

Foreign exchange and derivative gains / (losses)

                   (3)

                     (5) 

                 3

Income before taxes

                  61 

                  45

               54 

Income expense

                   (12)

                 (12)

                 (12)

Net income

                  49  

                  33

               42 

 

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(in million of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ended

March

31, 2016

December

31, 2015

March

31, 2015

Net income

                  49

33

                 42

Depreciation and amortization

                     39 

40

                    47

Change in working capital

                  (40) 

107

                  (43) 

Other

                  (9) 

(11)

                 34 

Net cash provided by operating activities

                  39 

                  169

                  80

Purchase of PPE, intangible and biological assets (CAPEX)

                 (33)

                 (48)

                 (34)

Other investing activities (net)

                    - 

                    3 

                  (1) 

Net cash used in investing activities

                 (33)

                 (45)

                 (35)

(Payments to) / proceeds from banks and long term debt

                (4)

               (30)

                  52

Purchase of treasury stock

                  — 

                     (14) 

                     —

Dividends paid

                  (24) 

                     — 

                    —

Net cash (used in) / provided by financing activities

                (28)

               (44)

                  52

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

                 4

                    — 

                    (18)

Change in cash and cash equivalent

                (18)

               80

                  79  

 


Appendix 1a – Health & Safety statistics

Health & Safety Statistics

Three Months Ended

March 31,         2016

December 31, 2015

March 31,      2015

Frequency Rate

 1.1

0.7

1.3

Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors

 

Appendix 1b - Key operational and financial information

Quarter Ended

March 31, 2016

Stainless & Electrical Steel

Services & Solutions

Alloys & Specialties

Others & Eliminations

Total

Operational information

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Shipment (000t)

                        474

                         210

                             8 

                        (209)

                         483 

Steel selling price (USD/t)

                      1,794 

                      2,266

                    12,828

 

                      2,150 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial information

 

 

 

 

 

Sales (USDm)

                      876 

                         500 

                         109 

                        (409)

                      1,076 

EBITDA (USDm)

                         90 

                           19 

                           6 

                            (3) 

                         112 

Depreciation & Amortization  (USDm)

                           34 

                             3 

                             1 

                             1 

                           39 

Operating income / (loss) (USDm)

                           56 

                           16

                           5 

                            (4) 

                           73 

 


Quarter Ended

December 31, 20157

Stainless & Electrical Steel

Services & Solutions

Alloys & Specialties

Others & Eliminations

Total

Operational information

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Shipment (000t)

             465            

           174               

                         8    

                    (171)    

                    476     

Steel selling price (USD/t)

                  1,813      

         2,380              

      16,228              

 

                2,185      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial information

 

 

 

 

 

Sales (USDm)

869 

                 442         

                  130       

(360)

                1,081      

EBITDA (USDm)

                95    

                    8       

                  8        

(6)

                 105        

Depreciation & Amortization  (USDm)

34 

                     5         

                      1       

              -                

                       40    

Operating income / (loss) (USDm)

                       61     

                    3        

                       7    

(6)

       65                  

 


1 The financial information in this press release and Appendix 1 & 2 has been prepared in accordance with the measurement and recognition criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as adopted in the European Union. While the interim financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standard 34, “Interim Financial Reporting”. Unless otherwise noted the numbers and information in the press release have not been audited. The financial information and certain other information presented in a number of tables in this press release have been rounded to the nearest whole number or the nearest decimal. Therefore, the sum of the numbers in a column may not conform exactly to the total figure given for that column. In addition, certain percentages presented in the tables in this press release reflect calculations based upon the underlying information prior to rounding and, accordingly, may not conform exactly to the percentages that would be derived if the relevant calculations were based upon the rounded numbers.

2  Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.

3  EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation and impairment expenses

4 Net debt refers to long-term debt, plus short-term debt, less cash and cash equivalents (including short-term investments) and restricted cash.

5 The Leadership Journey® is an initiative launched on December 16, 2010, and subsequently accelerated and increased, to target management gains and profit 8 enhancement. Aperam targets a contribution to EBITDA of a total amount of USD 475 million by end of 2015 and of USD 575 million by end of 2017, since the beginning of 2011.

6  Subject to eligible collateral available.

7  Due to the transfer of the Business Unit "Precision" from the segment "Services & Solutions" to the segment "Stainless & Electrical Steel" as from January 1, 2016, segmented figures for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 have been restated.