AGY Holding Corp. Reports 2013 First Quarter Consolidated Results

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AGY Holding Corp. Reports 2013 First Quarter Consolidated Results

AIKEN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AGY Holding Corp. ("AGY" or the "Company") today announced consolidated results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

"We effectively executed our first quarter strategy, building upon our successes of 2012. We continued to show progress enhancing our sales mix, lowering costs, and increasing operational stability," said Richard Jenkins, the Company's interim Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased with the progress that we have made towards implementing our overall strategy of being a world class provider of Advanced Materials. Our Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AGY Holding Corp. increased by $1.0 million to $7.5 million for the first quarter of 2013, or a 15% improvement compared to the same period of 2012."

Summary Financial Performance

Three months ended
March 31,

($ in millions)20132012
 
Net sales$43.7$47.1
Income (loss) from operations1.5(2.6)
Net loss(4.7)(8.4)
 

Net loss attributable to AGY Holding Corp

(4.7)(8.4)
Non-GAAP measures:
EBITDA(1)(4.4)(0.2)
Adjusted EBITDA(1)8.06.9

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AGY
Holding Corp.(2)

7.56.5

Adjusted EBITDA margin attributable to AGY
Holding Corp.(3)

17.2%13.8%
   

See Appendix D where EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are defined
and reconciled from net loss (income) determined under GAAP.

  

(1) Management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP
financial measures, to measure operating performance.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AGY Holding Corp. excludes the portion
of Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the non-controlling interest.

(3) Adjusted EBITDA margin attributable to AGY Holding Corp. is calculated
by dividing Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AGY Holding Corp. by net sales.

 

First Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights

Net Sales

  • Consolidated net sales decreased $3.4 million, or 7.2%, from $47.1 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $43.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, which consists of $36.7 million of sales reported by the AGY US business segment ("AGY US") and $7.0 million of sales reported by the AGY Asia business segment ("AGY Asia"). AGY US net sales in the first quarter of 2013 decreased $3.4 million, or 8.5%, compared to the first quarter of 2012. AGY Asia's contribution to consolidated net sales in the first quarter of 2013 was essentially level compared to the first quarter of 2012 (after accounting for the elimination of intercompany sales).
  • The decrease in AGY US net sales was primarily driven by lower sales volumes, offset by continued favorable mix gains resulting from a greater focus on sale of specialty materials and product rationalization efforts. AGY US continued to improve its average selling price during the first quarter of 2013, which represented a 15.4% increase compared to the same period of 2012. The lower sales volume resulted primarily from reduced demand in several of our markets except aerospace, oil and gas applications and the high-end of the specialty electronics end-markets. Market conditions remained weak. We also experienced market share loss on commodity E Glass from competitive pressure in certain industrial applications, reduced domestic demand for architectural roofing application and a decrease in Continuous Filament Mat ("CFM") with customer concerns regarding the sale of this business line.

Operating Results

  • Consolidated income from operations was $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to a loss of $2.6 million for the same period in 2012. Adjusting for the impact of a $1.3 million decrease in restructuring charges, a $1.0 million decrease in metal depletion expenses from the advanced sale of 2012 metal recoveries in late 2011 for AGY US, a $0.1 million increase in restructuring costs and a $0.3 million increase in metal depletion expenses related to prior years for AGY Asia, AGY US and AGY Asia operating results increased by $1.8 million and $0.4 million, respectively, in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012.
  • Quarterly adjusted operating results for AGY US increased year-over-year, primarily from improvements in average selling price and a favorable product mix, as noted above, and from lowering manufacturing and selling, general and administrative expenses through operational efficiency improvement projects and cost control initiatives. Additionally, results were positively impacted by a decrease in non-cash costs of goods sold resulting primarily from (i) the 2012 sale of inventory, manufactured in 2011 with larger efficiency losses, (ii) indirect cost absorption related to a larger inventory decrease in 2012 when compared to the first quarter of 2013, and (iii) lower metal operating losses. Partially offsetting this gain were lower sales volumes, as noted above, and higher alloy lease costs.
  • AGY Asia adjusted operating results for the first quarter of 2013 improved year-over-year, primarily due to lower taxes and freight costs associated with lower export sales during the first quarter of 2013 and lower selling, general and administrative expenses as a result of reduced headcount. Partially offsetting this gain were lower sales volumes, as noted above, and inflation in labor and energy costs at the AGY Asia manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China.

Adjusted EBITDA

  • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Company (which excludes the portion of Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the 30% non-controlling interest in AGY Asia) was $7.5 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2012. Primarily as a result of the aforementioned factors, including improved average selling price and favorable product mix, lower operating costs and the decrease in non-cash cost of goods sold, which were offset only partially by lower sales volumes, AGY US first quarter 2013 Adjusted EBITDA of $6.5 million increased $0.8 million as compared to the first quarter of 2012 and AGY Asia first quarter 2013 Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Company of $1.0 million increased $0.2 million as compared to the same period in 2012.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • As of March 31, 2013, AGY US's cash balance and total debt, net of cash, were $0.7 million and $214.0 million, respectively. Compared to December 31, 2012, the $0.8 million decrease in net debt was primarily attributable to $1.8 million of operating cash flows (net of $1.3 million of restructuring costs payment) and $1.1 million of capital spending. As of March 31, 2013, AGY US had total liquidity of approximately $14.4 million.
  • As of March 31, 2013, AGY Asia's cash balance and total debt, net of cash, were $2.8 million and $38.8 million, respectively, representing a $0.5 million increase in net debt compared to December 31, 2012. As of March 31, 2013, AGY Asia had total liquidity of approximately $2.8 million, consisting only of unrestricted cash as access to undrawn borrowing availability under the AGY Asia financing agreements has terminated. After several amendments to the term loan amortization schedule negotiated in 2012 and in the first quarter of 2013 with the lender, AGY Asia has remaining mandatory repayment obligations of $22.8 million in 2013, of which $16.7 million is due in May 2013, which we will not be able to satisfy and will create a default under the term loan facility and a potential acceleration of the $27.2 million of outstanding debt if the lender does not amend the term loan to revise the amortization. The lender also retains the right to accelerate the loan repayment at any time if no substantial progress is made towards a refinancing, recapitalization or change in control of AGY Asia. In addition, the working capital loan facility under the AGY Asia financing documents matures in May 2013 and AGY Asia has sought a waiver of compliance with the covenant requiring a debt-to-assets ratio of no more than 60%, which was not met at December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The lender has not responded to AGY Asia's request for a waiver. AGY continues to explore opportunities to sell AGY Asia and is currently negotiating with a potential buyer, who signed a non-binding letter of intent, and the lender under the AGY Asia financing documents regarding the terms of a possible sale transaction. All amounts borrowed under the credit facility for AGY Asia are non-recourse to AGY Holdings Corp. and its domestic subsidiaries.

First Quarter Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the first quarter 2013 results and respond to questions. The details for the call are as follows:

Date: May 17, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. EST

Dial-in number: 866-939-3921 or 678-302-3550

Conference ID: N/A (Operator Assisted)

Please dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will request your name and organization and ask you to wait until the call begins.

Rebroadcast of this conference will be available two hours after it is complete. Parties who are interested in listening to the rebroadcast may dial 866-939-0581 or 678-302-3540 and when prompted enter pin - 4804300#. At system prompt, dial '4' to listen to a previously recorded conference. When prompted, enter confirmation number - 20130514444106#. The rebroadcast will be available for thirty days, or through June 16, 2013.

About AGY

AGY is a leading global producer of specialty fiberglass yarns and high-strength fiberglass reinforcements used in a variety of composites applications. AGY serves a diverse range of markets, including the following: aerospace and defense; electronics; and construction, continuous filament mat and industrial markets. Headquartered in Aiken, South Carolina, AGY has a sales office in Lyon, France and two manufacturing facilities in the US, located in Aiken, South Carolina and Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a controlling interest in a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China. Additional information and a copy of this press release may be found at the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.agy.com, or by email at info@agy.com.

Safe Harbor for Forward Looking and Cautionary Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, may constitute forward-looking statements. In some cases you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "should" or "could." Generally, the words "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "plans" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Although AGY believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Among these risks and uncertainties are general economic and business conditions; our ability to complete the debt restructuring on the terms described, or at all; AGY's substantial debt and ability to generate cash flows to service its debt; AGY's compliance with the restrictive covenants contained in its various debt agreements; adverse changes in market conditions or product demand; the level of cost reduction achieved through restructuring and capital expenditure programs; changes in energy, alloy metals and raw material costs and availability; downward selling price movements; the success of new technology; labor disputes or increased labor costs; AGY US's borrowing base sensitivity to precious metals market prices and amount of owned alloy metals; AGY US's ability to maintain an available minimum $6.25 million borrowing capacity to avoid the triggering of a springing covenant, which would likely result in an event of default under its senior secured revolving facility; AGY's ability to complete a divestiture or alternative exit event on acceptable terms and in a timely manner; currency and interest rate fluctuations; increases in AGY's leverage; AGY Asia's ability to satisfy its mandatory term loan repayment obligations, to refinance its working capital loan, and to get a waiver for the breach of the maximum debt-to-assets ratio covenant; changes in AGY's business strategy or development plans; the timing and cost of plant closures; and increases in the cost of compliance with laws and regulations. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those risk factors listed from time to time in AGY's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by applicable law, AGY assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

Appendix A.

AGY Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)

Assets

  March 31,

2013

(Unaudited)

  

December 31,
2012

Current assets:
Cash$3,496$3,643
Restricted cash1,4371,166

Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of $2,506 and $2,351 at
   March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively

20,426

17,885

Inventories, net28,32927,827
Deferred tax assets2,3412,511
Other current assets 3,292  2,389 
Total current assets59,32155,421
Property, plant and equipment, and alloy metals, net133,539137,000
Restricted cash9001,000
Intangible assets, net15,80616,327
Other assets 760  332 
TOTAL$210,326 $210,080 

Liabilities, Obligation Under Put/Call for Noncontrolling
Interest and Shareholder's Deficit

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$14,390$13,473
Accrued liabilities19,53614,960
Short-term borrowings11,60811,580
Current portion of long-term debt 27,188  27,376 
Total current liabilities72,72267,389
Long-term debt213,950214,225
Pension and other employee benefit plans9,5769,752
Deferred tax liabilities 4,132  4,302 
Total liabilities 300,380  295,668 
Commitments and contingencies
Obligation under put/call for noncontrolling interest -  - 
Shareholder's equity (deficit):

Common stock, $.01 par value per share; 1,000 shares authorized; 100 shares
   issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012

-

-

Additional paid-in capital122,546122,508
Accumulated deficit(211,958)(207,288)
Accumulated other comprehensive deficit 2,611  2,479 
Total AGY Holding Corp. shareholder's deficit(86,801)(82,301)
Noncontrolling interest (3,253) (3,287)
Total shareholder's deficit (90,054) (85,588)
TOTAL$210,326 $210,080 
 

Appendix B.

AGY Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
(Dollars in thousands)  (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

2013  2012
Net sales$43,684$47,056
Cost of goods sold (36,191) (42,352)
Gross profit7,4934,704
Selling, general and administrative expenses(3,825)(3,968)
Restructuring charges(1,758)(2,932)
Amortization of intangible assets(251)(251)
Other operating expense (151) (161)
Income (loss) from operations1,508(2,608)
Other non-operating (expense) income:
Interest expense(6,182)(5,857)
Other income, net -  59 
Loss before income tax expense(4,674)(8,406)
Income tax expense (16) - 
Net loss(4,690)(8,406)
Less: Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest 20  10 
Net loss attributable to AGY Holding Corp.$(4,670)$(8,396)
 

AGY Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss

 
(Dollars in thousands)  (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

20132012
Net loss attributable to AGY Holding Corp.$(4,670)$(8,396)
Pension and other postretirement benefit plans - net of tax of $081(54)
Foreign currency translation adjustments 52  47 
Comprehensive loss attributable to AGY Holding Corp.

(4,537

)

(8,403)
 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest(20)(10)
Foreign currency translation adjustments 54  11 
Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest341
 
Net loss(4,690)(8,406)
Pension and other postretirement benefit plans - net of tax of $081(54)
Foreign currency translation adjustments 106  58 

Comprehensive loss, including portion attributable to noncontrolling
interest

$(4,503)$(8,402)
 

Appendix C.

AGY Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in thousands)

  (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

March 31,

2013  2012
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net loss$(4,690)$(8,406)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation2,6162,542
Alloy metals depletion, net1,5733,461
Amortization of debt issuance costs271196
Amortization of intangibles with definite lives251251

Loss on sale, disposal or exchange of property and equipment and
   alloy metals

-

4

Stock compensation3836
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts receivable(2,541)(1,736)
Inventories(502)2,229
Other assets(1,307)(370)
Accounts payable1,419874
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