31 July 2013

Second quarter 2013 results



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Luxembourg, July 31, 2013 - Aperam (referred to as “Aperam” or the “Company”) (Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Paris: APAM and NYRS: APEMY), announced today results for the three month period ending June 30, 2013.

Highlights

  • Health and Safety frequency rate2 of 1.4x in Q2 2013 compared to 1.1x in Q1 2013.
  • Shipments of 450 thousand tonnes in Q2 2013, a 12% increase compared to shipments of 401 thousand tonnes in Q1 2013.
  • EBITDA3 USD 81 million in Q2 2013, compared to EBITDA of USD 65 million in Q1 2013.
  • Basic loss per share of USD 0.15 in Q2 2013.
  • Cash flow from operations amounted to USD 34 million in Q2 2013.
  • Net debt4 of USD 841 million on June 30, 2013, representing a gearing of 29%.

Prospects

  • EBITDA in Q3 2013 is expected to be lower compared to EBITDA in Q2 2013 due to the traditional seasonal slowdown and current market weakness.
  • Net debt to temporarily increase in Q3 2013.

 

Philippe Darmayan, CEO of Aperam, commented:
“Over the quarter, we are pleased to have increased our profitability in the context of a steep nickel price drop and the market’s deterioration. This achievement demonstrates the validity of our strategy and the excellent progress of the Leadership Journey®5  
We remain cautious going forward considering the stainless steel environment, but we are confident in our ability to further improve our underlying performance and to achieve our ambitious targets. "

 

Financial Highlights (on the basis of IFRS)

(USDm) unless otherwise stated Q2 13 Q1 13 Q2 126 H1 2013 H1 20126
Sales 1,366 1,269 1,351 2,635 2,760
EBITDA 81 65 66 146 131
Operating income / (loss) 5 (11) (18) (6) (30)
Net loss (11) (28) (28) (39) (40)
           
Steel shipments (000t) 450 401 433 851 866
EBITDA/tonne (USD) 180 162 152 172 151
Basic loss per share (USD) 0.15 0.36 0.36 0.51 0.51

 

Health & Safety results analysis

Health and Safety performance based on Aperam personnel figures and contractors’ lost time injury frequency rate2 was 1.4x in the second quarter of 2013 compared to 1.1x in the first quarter of 2013.

Financial results analysis

Sales in the second quarter of 2013 increased by 8% at USD 1,366 million compared to USD 1,269 million in the first quarter of 2013. Shipments in the second quarter of 2013 increased by 12% at 450 thousand tonnes compared to 401 thousand tonnes in the first quarter of 2013.

EBITDA was USD 81 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to EBITDA of USD 65 million in the first quarter of 2013. Despite lower nickel prices and more difficult market conditions in the quarter, EBITDA increased as a result of the continuous progress of the Leadership Journey®5 and significant improvement of the industrial performance. The Leadership Journey® has continued to progress over the quarter and has contributed a total amount of USD 324 million to EBITDA since the beginning of 2011.

Depreciation and impairment expense in the second quarter of 2013 was USD 76 million.

Aperam had an operating income in the second quarter of USD 5 million compared to an operating loss of USD 11 million in the previous quarter.

Net interest expense and other financing costs in the second quarter of 2013 were USD 30 million, primarily related to financing costs of USD 22 million. Realized and unrealized foreign exchange and derivative gains were USD 1 million in Q2 2013.

The Company recorded a net loss of USD 11 million, inclusive of an income tax benefit of USD 13 million, in the second quarter of 2013.

Cash flows from operations in the second quarter were positive at USD 34 million, with a working capital increase of USD 16 million. CAPEX in the second quarter was USD 33 million.

As of June 30, 2013, shareholders’ equity was USD 2,935 million and net financial debt4 was USD 841 million (gross financial debt as of June 30, 2013 was USD 1,084 million and cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were USD 243 million).

The Company had liquidity of USD 653 million as of June 30, 2013, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of USD 233 million and undrawn credit lines7 of USD 420 million.

Operating segment results analysis

Stainless & Electrical Steel

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had sales of USD 1,078 million in the second quarter of 2013. This represents an increase of 7% compared to sales of USD 1,007 million in the first quarter of 2013. Shipments during the second quarter were 429 thousand tonnes. Europe shipments were 267 thousand tonnes and South America shipments were 162 thousand tonnes. This is an increase of 11% compared to shipments of 388 thousand tonnes in the previous quarter (250 thousand tonnes in Europe and 138 thousand tonnes in South America). Volume increase in Europe are mainly due to the restart of the new hot annealing and pickling line at the Gueugnon plant in France and the industrial recovery in South America. Overall, average selling prices for the Stainless & Electrical Steel segment were slightly lower for the quarter.

The segment had EBITDA of USD 71 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to USD 47 million in the first quarter of 2013. EBITDA from South America increased in the second quarter of 2013 to USD 41 million from USD 24 million in the first quarter of 2013. The increase of EBITDA was primarily driven by higher volumes in the quarter and the increase of sales in the domestic market. EBITDA from Europe increased from USD 23 million in the first quarter of 2013 to USD 30 million in the second quarter of 2013. The improvement in EBITDA in Europe was primarily driven by Aperam’s value strategy and the continuing progress of the Leadership Journey®. Over the quarter, a USD 8 million income of insurance indemnification was recognized in relation to the Capex of the restructuring of the new annealing and pickling line. Excluding this one-off item in the Europe EBITDA, overall EBITDA for the division was stable as a result of negative pricing effect compensated by higher volumes and the progress of the Leadership Journey®.

Depreciation and amortization expense was USD 59 million in the second quarter of 2013.
The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had an operating income of USD 12 million during the second quarter of 2013 compared to an operating loss of USD 13 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Services & Solutions

The Services & Solutions segment had a 1% decrease in sales during the quarter, from USD 572 million in the first quarter of 2013 to USD 566 million in the second quarter of 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, shipments were 174 thousand tonnes compared to 171 thousand tonnes in the previous quarter. The Services & Solutions segment had slightly lower average selling prices during the period.

The segment had negative EBITDA in the second quarter of 2013 of USD 5 million compared to positive EBITDA of USD 8 million in the first quarter of 2013. Overall, the decline of EBITDA is due to the negative stock effect related to the nickel price. In addition, USD 7 million of restructuring provision have been recorded in relation to Firminy (Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions Precision) upcoming closure.

Depreciation and amortization expense was USD 7 million and impairment expense was USD 3 million in the second quarter of 2013.

The Services & Solutions segment had an operating loss of USD 15 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to an operating income of USD 1 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Alloys & Specialties

The Alloys & Specialties segment had sales in the second quarter of 2013 of USD 170 million, representing an increase of 4% compared to USD 163 million in the first quarter of 2013. Shipments in the second quarter of 2013 were comparable to shipments in the first quarter of 2013 at 10 thousand tonnes. Average selling prices increased over the quarter.

The Alloys & Specialties segment achieved EBITDA of USD 15 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to USD 12 million in the first quarter of 2013. The EBITDA improvement is mainly due to product mix improvement and continuous progress in the Leadership Journey®.

Depreciation and amortization expense in the second quarter of 2013 was USD 1 million.

The Alloys & Specialties segment had operating income of USD 14 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to operating income of USD 7 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Recent developments

  • On May 8, 2013 Aperam announced the publication of its second Sustainability Report. The report outlines the Company’s sustainability performance and its record and policies in areas such as safety, people, communities, environment, as well as the contribution of the Company’s products to society. Aperam’s second Sustainability Report can be read online at www.aperam.com, section Sustainability.
  • On May 8, 2013, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held in Luxembourg approved all resolutions on the agenda by a large majority. 46,782,903 shares, or 59.94% of the Company's share capital, were present or represented at the meeting. In particular, the shareholders approved the consolidated financial statements for the calendar year ending December 31, 2012. In addition, the re-election of Board Members and the authorization of grants of share based incentives were achieved.
  • On May 24, 2013, the Board of Directors of Aperam decided to co-opt Mr. Joseph Greenwell (62 years) as director until Aperam’s next general meeting of shareholders, where Mr. Greenwell’s election will be submitted for confirmation to the shareholders. This decision follows the resignation of Mr. David Burritt from the Board of Directors for personal considerations effective May 24, 2013. Mr. Greenwell has a career of 40 years in the motor industry and held senior roles in Jaguar, Ford of Europe and Ford North America. Mr. Greenwell’s biographical information is available online at www.aperam.com, section Investors & Shareholders.
  • On July 31, 2013 Aperam announced that following the departure of Mr. Julien Burdeau effective July 15th, 2013, Mr. Philippe Darmayan, current Chief Executive Officer for Aperam, will now also hold responsibilities for the Alloys & Specialties division.

Investor conference call

Aperam management will host a conference call for members of the investment community to discuss the second quarter 2013 financial performance at the following time:

Date

New York

London

Luxembourg

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

12:30 pm

5:30 pm

6:30 pm

The dial-in numbers for the call are: France (+33(0)1 76 77 22 24); USA (+1 646 254 3363); and international (+44(0)20 3427 1909). The participant access code is: 9666600#.

A replay of the conference call will be available until August 7th, 2013: 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 9666600#.

Contacts

Corporate Communications / Jean Lasar: +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 operations in more than 30 countries. The business is organized in three divisions: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties.

Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with operations in more than 30 countries. The business is organized in three divisions: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties.

Aperam has 2.5 million tonnes of flat stainless steel capacity in Brazil and Europe and is a leader in high value added niches - alloys and specialties. 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 main plants located in Brazil, Belgium and France. Aperam has about 9,800 employees.

Aperam commits to operate in a responsible way with respect to health, safety and the well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment and of finite resources. In 2012, Aperam had revenues of USD 5.3 billion and shipments of 1.68 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. Forward-looking 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). For more information about these risks and uncertainties, the reader is encouraged to refer to page 35 and pages 142 to 146 of Aperam’s annual report for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed on March 7, 2013. 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 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) June 30, 2013 March 31, 2013 June 30, 20126

Non current assets
3,774 3,916 3,936

Intangible assets
813 845 850

Property, plant and equipments
2,435 2,539 2,619

Investments and Other
526 532 467
       

Current assets & working capital
973 1,006 1,090

Inventories, trade receivables and trade payables
554 566 728

Other assets
176 169 127

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
243 271 235
       

Shareholders' equity
2,935 3,078 3,172

Group share
2,931 3,074 3,166

Non-controlling interests
4 4 6
       

Non current liabilities
1,029 1,023 975

Interest bearing liabilities
616 600 578

Deferred employee benefits
211 204 172

Provisions and other
202 219 225
       

Current liabilities (excluding trade payables)
783 821 879

Interest bearing liabilities
468 513 539

Other
315 308 340

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(in million of U.S. dollars) Three Months Ending   Six Months Ending
June 30, 2013 March 31, 2013 June 30, 20126 June 30, 2013 June 30, 20126
Sales 1,366 1,269 1,351   2,635 2,760
EBITDA 81 65 66   146 131
Depreciation & impairment 76 76 84   152 161
Operating income / (loss) 5 (11) (18)   (6) (30)
Income from other investments 1   1
Net interest expense and other net financing costs (30) (27) (17)   (57) (36)
Foreign exchange and derivative gains / (losses) 1 (9) (14)   (8) (9)
Loss before taxes (24) (47) (48)   (71) (74)
Income tax benefit 13 19 20   32 34
Net loss (11) (28) (28)   (39) (40)

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(in million of U.S. dollars) Three Months Ending   Six Months Ending
June 30, 2013 March 31, 2013 June 30, 20126 June 30, 2013 June 30, 20126
Net loss (11) (28) (28)   (39) (40)
             
Depreciation and impairment 76 76 84   152 161
Change in working capital (16) 19 12   3 39
Other (15) (57) (40)   (72) (53)
Net cash provided by operating activities 34 10 28   44 107
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (CAPEX) (33) (34) (43)   (67) (83)
Other investing activities (net) (9) 2 (1)   (7) (4)
Net Cash used in investing activities (42) (32) (44)   (74) (87)
(Payments) / proceeds from payable to banks and long term debt (20) 72 106   52 1
Dividends paid (14)   (29)
Other financing activities (net) (1) (1) (2)   (2) (3)
Net cash (used in) / provided by financing activities (21) 71 90   50 (31)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (9) (4) (6)   (13) (1)
Change in cash and cash equivalent (38) 45 68   7 (12)

 

Appendix 1a – Health & Safety statistics

Health & Safety Statistics Three Months Ended
June 30, 2013 March 31, 2013 June 30, 2012
Frequency Rate 1.4 1.1 1.0

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 June 30, 2013 Stainless & Electrical Steel1,2 Services & Solutions Alloys & Specialties Others & Eliminations Total
Operational information          
Steel Shipment (000t) 429 174 10 (163) 450
Steel selling price (USD/t) 2,412 3,084 17,404   2,911
           
Financial information          
Sales (USDm) 1,078 566 170 (448) 1,366
EBITDA (USDm) 71 (5) 15 81
Depreciation & Impairment (USDm) 59 10 1 6 76
Operating income / (loss) (USDm) 12 (15) 14 (6) 5
           
Note 1: Stainless & Electrical Steel shipments of 429kt of which 162kt were from South America and 267kt were from Europe
Note 2: Stainless & Electrical Steel EBITDA of USD 71m of which USD 41m were from South America and USD 30m were from Europe

 

Quarter Ended March 31, 2013 Stainless & Electrical Steel1,2 Services & Solutions Alloys & Specialties Others & Eliminations Total
Operational information          
Steel Shipment (000t) 388 171 10 (168) 401
Steel selling price (USD/t) 2,493 3,176 15,830   3,022
           
Financial information          
Sales (USDm) 1,007 572 163 (473) 1,269
EBITDA (USDm) 47 8 12 (2) 65
Depreciation & Impairment (USDm) 60 7 5 4 76
Operating (loss) / income (USDm) (13) 1 7 (6) (11)
           
Note 1: Stainless & Electrical Steel shipments of 388kt of which 138kt were from South America and 250kt were from Europe
Note 2: Stainless & Electrical Steel EBITDA of USD 47m of which USD 24m were from South America and USD 23m were from Europe

 

 

1The financial information in this press release and Appendix 1 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.

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

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

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

5The Leadership Journey® is an initiative launched on December 16, 2010, and subsequently accelerated and increased, to target management gains and profit enhancement of USD 350 million by 2013. On February 4, 2013, Aperam announced an expansion of the Leadership Journey® to 2014 with USD 150 million targeted over the next 2 years.

6Figures for 2012 have been restated due to change in accounting principle of defined benefit plans and other long-term employee benefits, and adoption of revised IAS 19 standard.

7Subject to eligible collateral available.