Rockwood Reports Third Quarter Results

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Rockwood Reports Third Quarter Results

As reported EPS from continuing operations of $0.77 vs. $0.95

As adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.94 vs. $1.06


PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYS: ROC) , a global producer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, today reported earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.77 for the third quarter of 2012 as compared to $0.95 for the same period in the prior year. Rockwood's as adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.94 in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $1.06 for the same period in the prior year.

Commenting on the third quarter, Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "As compared to the third quarter of 2011, our results were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation, which reduced net sales by $73 million and Adjusted EBITDA by $15 million. As compared to the third quarter of 2011, our TiO2 business experienced a sharp fall-off in demand which reduced our Adjusted EBITDA by a further $44 million. On the positive side, we continued to see improving net sales for our lithium and surface treatment products as a result of higher selling prices, and our medical ceramics business continued its growth. In addition, we continued to focus on controlling costs, which contributed to an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 21% and helped generate $81 million of free cash.

"During the quarter, Rockwood entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Talison Lithium Limited (Talison). This accretive acquisition is expected to close in December of 2012. In addition, we issued $1.25 billion in unsecured senior notes at an attractive interest rate of 4.625%. We used $250 million of these funds to repay a portion of our existing term debt in October, and expect to use the remainder to finance the Talison acquisition and other corporate activities."

The highlights from continuing operations for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012 are as follows:

  • Net sales were $862.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, down 8.3% compared to $940.9 million for the same period in the prior year. Net sales were $2,677.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, down 6.2% compared to $2,854.9 million for the same period in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $181.9 million for the third quarter of 2012, down 19.8% compared to $226.9 million for the same period in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $637.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, down 4.4% compared to $667.1 million for the same period in the prior year.
  • On a constant-currency basis, net sales and Adjusted EBITDA decreased 0.5% and 13.3% for the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in the prior year and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net sales were flat and Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.9% compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Net income attributable to Rockwood for the third quarter of 2012 was $61.6 million, including other charges of $13.7 million. Net income attributable to Rockwood for the third quarter of 2011 was $75.9 million, including other charges of $8.8 million.

    Net income attributable to Rockwood for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $362.3 million, including income of $89.3 million primarily related to the reversal of $139.0 million of our valuation allowance on net federal deferred tax assets. Net income attributable to Rockwood for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was $228.1 million, including other charges of $20.4 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 were $0.77, including other charges of $0.17. Excluding other charges, diluted earnings per share were $0.94 in the third quarter of 2012. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 were $0.95, including other charges of $0.11. Excluding other charges, diluted earnings per share were $1.06 in the third quarter of 2011.

    Diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $4.53, including income of $1.11 related to other items. Excluding other items, diluted earnings per share were $3.42 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were $2.85, including other charges of $0.26. Excluding other charges, diluted earnings per share were $3.11 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Looking ahead, Mr. Ghasemi concluded, "Since the outlook for the global economy is not clear, we will continue to focus on controlling our costs to maintain our profit margins and generate free cash. We expect demand for TiO2 products to remain weak in the fourth quarter, and as a result, will operate our TiO2 facilities at 65% of capacity or less. We expect demand for our lithium products and medical ceramics to continue to be strong."

Third quarter results, as compared with the same period a year ago, are summarized below:

  • Lithium: Net sales and Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.5% and 6.3%, respectively.
    • Net sales increased from higher selling prices, but were negatively impacted by lower volumes of lithium carbonate (technical grade) and the impact of currency changes.
    • Adjusted EBITDA increased from higher net sales, partially offset by the negative impact of currency changes, higher research and development costs and higher raw material costs.
  • Surface Treatment: Net sales decreased 5.7%, while Adjusted EBITDA was flat.
    • Net sales decreased primarily due to the negative impact of currency changes. Higher selling prices in certain markets and higher volumes in the U.S. and Asia were partially offset by lower volumes in Europe.
    • Adjusted EBITDA was positively impacted from increased selling prices, offset by the negative impact of currency changes.
  • Performance Additives: Net sales and Adjusted EBITDA decreased 11.3% and 18.1%, respectively.
    • Net sales decreased primarily due to lower volumes in Color Pigments and Services and Clay-based Additives resulting from difficult economic conditions in Europe and a slowdown in North American oilfield drilling. In addition, net sales were negatively impacted by currency changes, partially offset by increased selling prices.
    • Adjusted EBITDA decreased from lower volumes.
  • Titanium Dioxide Pigments: Net sales and Adjusted EBITDA decreased 9.1% and 63.2%, respectively.
    • Net sales decreased from the negative impact of currency changes and lower volumes, partially offset by higher selling prices.
    • Adjusted EBITDA decreased from lower volumes, significantly higher raw material costs, primarily slag and ilmenite, and the negative impact of currency changes.
  • Advanced Ceramics: Net sales and Adjusted EBITDA decreased 10.9% and 11.4%, respectively.
    • Net sales and Adjusted EBITDA decreased primarily from the negative impact of currency changes and lower volumes in electronic and cutting tool applications, partially offset by higher volumes of medical ceramics.
  • Corporate and other: Net sales decreased 18.9% and Adjusted loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization decreased 92.1%.
    • Net sales decreased primarily from the negative impact of currency changes and lower volumes and selling prices primarily in our metal sulfides business.
    • Adjusted loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization decreased primarily from lower variable compensation costs.

Other Financial Items:

  • Interest expense, net decreased $5.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to debt repayments.
  • Income taxes. The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 27.6% and was favorably impacted by a beneficial earnings mix and certain domestic income that was not tax effected.
  • Free cash flow was an inflow of $81.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, and primarily consisted of net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations, partially offset by capital expenditures of $71.3 million.
  • Net debt, which is total debt less cash and cash equivalents, was $1,510.9 million as of September 30, 2012 compared to $1,366.2 million as of December 31, 2011. The increase in net debt was primarily due to cash outflows for working capital, capital expenditures and a dividend payment to the noncontrolling partner in our titanium dioxide pigments venture.

Conference Call and Webcast

We will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results of operations for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 11:00 am Eastern Time. The dial-in number to access the conference call in the U.S. is (888) 423-3280 and the international dial-in number is (612) 332-0725. No access code is needed for either call. A replay of the conference call will be available through November 8, 2012 at (800) 475-6701 in the U.S., access code: 266579, and internationally at (320) 365-3844, access code: 266579.

A listen only, live webcast of the conference call will be available at www.rocksp.com. Materials for the call, including a PowerPoint file detailing the results, will be available for download on this site on the morning of the call. The webcast and PowerPoint file will be archived on Rockwood's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes "non-GAAP financial measures," such as, a discussion of Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and net income/diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders excluding certain items. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be an alternative to net income attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders as an indicator of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. All presentations of consolidated Adjusted EBITDA are calculated using the definition set forth in the Company's senior secured credit agreement as a basis and reflects management's interpretations thereof. Adjusted EBITDA, which is referred to under the senior secured credit agreement as "Consolidated EBITDA," is defined in the senior secured credit agreement as consolidated earnings (which, as defined in the senior secured credit agreement, equals income (loss) before the deduction of income taxes of Rockwood Specialties Group, Inc. and the Restricted Subsidiaries (as such term is defined in the senior secured credit agreement), excluding extraordinary items) plus certain items including interest expense, depreciation expense, amortization expense, extraordinary losses and non-recurring charges, losses on asset sales, less certain items including extraordinary gains and non-recurring gains, non-cash gains and gains on asset sales.We use Adjusted EBITDA on a consolidated basis to assess our operating performance, to calculate performance-based cash bonuses and determine whether certain performance-based options and restricted stock units vest (as such bonuses, options and restricted stock units are tied to Adjusted EBITDA), and as a liquidity measure. In addition, we use Adjusted EBITDA to determine compliance with our debt covenants. We also use Adjusted EBITDA on a segment basis as the primary measure used by our chief operating decision maker to evaluate the ongoing performance of our business segments and reporting units. A reconciliation of net income attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders to Adjusted EBITDA is contained in this press release. We strongly urge you to review the reconciliation. In addition, we discuss sales growth in terms of nominal (actual) and net change (nominal less constant currency impacts).

Free cash flow is not intended to be an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Our presentation of free cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities of continuing operations, less capital expenditures, net of proceeds from government grants received, and other items (including, among others, the cash impact of adjustments made to Adjusted EBITDA under our senior secured credit agreement). Management believes that free cash flow is meaningful to investors because it provides an additional measure of liquidity.However, a limitation of free cash flow is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in cash during the period. An additional limitation associated with the use of this measure is that the term "free cash flow" does not have a standardized meaning.Therefore, other companies may use the same or a similarly named measure but exclude different items or use different computations, which may provide investors a comparable view of our performance in relation to other companies.Management compensates for this limitation by presenting the most comparable GAAP measure, net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations, with free cash flow within its earnings release and by providing a reconciliation that shows and describes the adjustments made. A reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations to free cash flow is provided in the accompanying tables.

Neither net income from continuing operations attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders excluding certain items nor diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders excluding certain items is intended to be an alternative for net income or diluted earnings per share. Management believes that net income and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders excluding certain items is meaningful to investors because it provides a view of the Company with respect to ongoing operating results. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures are included herein. These non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance. Furthermore, these measures may not be consistent with similar measures provided by other companies.

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. is a leading global specialty chemicals and advanced materials company. Rockwood has a worldwide employee base of approximately 10,300 people and annual net sales of approximately $3.7 billion. Rockwood focuses on global niche segments of the specialty chemicals, pigments and additives and advanced materials markets. For more information on Rockwood, please visitwww.rocksp.com.

The information set forth in this press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning the business, operations and financial condition of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Rockwood"). Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "predicts" and variations of such words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although Rockwood believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that its expectations will be realized. "Forward-looking statements" consist of all non-historical information, including any statements referring to the prospects and future performance of Rockwood. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in Rockwood's forward-looking statements due to numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, the "Risk Factors" described in Rockwood's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rockwood does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

      
Rockwood Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Three months endedNine months ended
September 30,September 30,
2012201120122011
Net sales$862.8$940.9$2,677.9$2,854.9
Cost of products sold 595.2  609.4  1,747.2  1,856.7 
Gross profit267.6331.5930.7998.2
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses156.3176.0500.9538.1
Restructuring and other severance costs 6.0  4.5  23.9  9.5 
Operating income 105.3  151.0  405.9  450.6 
 
Other expenses, net:
Interest expense, net (a)(21.1)(26.3)(56.5)(74.0)
Loss on early extinguishment/modification of debt(0.1)(0.1)(12.5)(16.6)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on financing activities, net0.4(2.4)(7.3)1.8
Other, net (0.2) -  (0.1) (0.1)
Other expenses, net (21.0) (28.8) (76.4) (88.9)
 
Income from continuing operations before taxes84.3122.2329.5361.7
Income tax provision (benefit) 23.3  34.4  (54.9) 101.0 
Income from continuing operations61.087.8384.4260.7
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax (b) -  -  -  120.3 
Net income61.087.8384.4381.0
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 0.6  (11.9) (22.1) (32.6)
Net income attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders$61.6 $75.9 $362.3 $348.4 
 
Amounts attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders:
Income from continuing operations$61.6$75.9$362.3$228.1
Income from discontinued operations -  -  -  120.3 
Net income$61.6 $75.9 $362.3 $348.4 
 
Basic earnings per share attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders:
Earnings from continuing operations$0.79$0.99$4.67$2.98
Earnings from discontinued operations (b) -  

-

  -  1.58 
Basic earnings per share$0.79 $0.99 $4.67 $4.56 
 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Rockwood Holdings, Inc. shareholders:
Earnings from continuing operations$0.77$0.95$4.53$2.85
Earnings from discontinued operations (b) -  -  -  1.51 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.77

 $0.95 $4.53 $4.36 
 

Dividends declared per share of common stock

$

0.35

 

$

-

 

$

0.70

 

$

-

 
 
Weighted average number of basic shares outstanding 77,639  76,703  77,542  76,430 
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding 79,963  80,030  79,914  79,907 
 
(a) Interest expense, net includes:
Interest expense on debt, net$(16.5)$(21.2)$(48.8)$(71.3)
Mark-to-market (losses) gains on interest rate swaps(2.3)(3.9)(2.5)1.0
Deferred financing costs (2.3) (1.2) (5.2) (3.7)
Total$(21.1)$(26.3)$(56.5)$(74.0)
 

(b) Primarily relates to the gain on sale of the AlphaGary plastic compounding business.

 
 
Rockwood Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands)
(Unaudited)
    
 
September 30,December 31,
20122011
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