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International Wire Announces Operating Results for the Second Quarter and the First Six Months of 2013

CAMDEN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- International Wire Group Holdings, Inc. ("the Company") (OTC Pink: ITWG) today announced results for the second quarter and for the first six months ended June 30, 2013. Operating income for the second quarter and first six months of 2013 were both below comparable 2012 results.

"Total second quarter 2013 pounds shipped improved over the first quarter but were flat with 2012 levels and mixed by major market. Sales were higher in the aerospace, consumer and appliance, electronic and data communications, medical device and European markets, flat in automotive/specialty vehicles and again declined in the industrial/energy market. Operating income for the first six months was impacted by reduced sales volumes and silver prices, lower plant utilization, unfavorable LIFO effects and higher medical costs," said Rodney D. Kent, Chief Executive Officer of International Wire Group Holdings, Inc.


Second Quarter Results

Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 were $197.2 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 2.1%, compared to $193.1 million for the same period in 2012. Excluding the effects of lower copper prices and a lower proportion of tolled copper, net sales decreased $1.0 million, or 0.5%, versus the same period in 2012. Total pounds of product sold in the second quarter of 2013 increased by 0.2% compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was $13.2 million compared to $16.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a decrease of $3.3 million, or 20.0%, primarily due to the effect of lower silver volume and prices, unfavorable LIFO charges and higher medical costs, partially offset by reduced selling, general and administrative expenses.

Net income of $4.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased by $1.9 million from the prior year results of $6.4 million. The decrease was due primarily to lower operating income, partially offset by reduced interest expense as the result of lower interest rates from our October 2012 refinancing.

Net income per basic share and diluted share of $0.74 and $0.71, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2013 increased by $0.08 per basic share and $0.05 per diluted share from the prior year period level of $0.66 per basic and per diluted share. The increase in net income per basic and diluted share resulted from a decrease in outstanding shares in the 2013 period compared to the 2012 period following the repurchase of common stock in our Dutch auction tender offer in November 2012.

Six Months Results

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were $398.3 million, a decrease of $3.0 million, or 0.7%, compared to 2012 period sales of $401.3 million. Excluding the effects of lower copper prices and a lower proportion of tolled copper, net sales decreased $11.4 million, or 2.8%, versus the prior year. This decrease resulted from $14.1 million of reduced sales volume, partially offset by $2.3 million of higher customer pricing/mix, net of lower silver prices and $0.4 million from the effects of favorable foreign currency exchange rates. Total pounds of product sold in the first six months of 2013 decreased by 2.3% compared to the first six months of 2012.

Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $26.3 million compared to $32.8 million for the 2012 period, a decrease of $6.5 million, or 19.8%, primarily from reduced sales volume (including silver-plated products), lower silver prices, unfavorable LIFO effects in the second quarter of 2013, lower plant utilization and higher medical costs, partially offset by reduced selling, general and administrative expenses.

Net income of $9.2 million was lower than net income in the 2012 period of $13.0 million, primarily from lower operating income partially offset by reduced interest expense as the result of lower interest rates from our October 2012 refinancing.

Net income per basic share of $1.51 for the six months ended June 30, 2013 increased by $0.19 from the prior year level of $1.32. Net income per diluted share of $1.46 for the six months ended June 30, 2013 increased by $0.14 from the 2012 period of $1.32. The increase in net income per basic and diluted share resulted from a decrease in outstanding shares in the 2013 period compared to the 2012 period following the repurchase of common stock in our Dutch auction tender offer in November 2012.

Net debt (total debt less cash) was $278.4 million as of June 30, 2013, a $24.8 million increase from December 31, 2012 primarily from higher working capital requirements to support increased sales levels in the second quarter of 2013 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Non-GAAP Results and Net Debt

In an effort to better assist investors and noteholders in understanding the Company's financial results, as part of this release, the Company is also providing Adjusted EBITDA which is a measure not defined under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Adjusted EBITDA is net income excluding interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense, impairment charges, stock compensation expense, gain/loss on sale of property, plant and equipment and assets held for sale, amortization of deferred financing costs and loss on early extinguishment of debt. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure in evaluating the performance of our business. Other companies may define Adjusted EBITDA differently. As a result, our measures of Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to measures used by other companies. Below is a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Net debt as of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 is also presented below. In $ millions:

Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

 
 2Q 2013 2Q 2012
Net income$4.5$6.4
Interest expense5.86.1
Income tax expense2.33.4
Depreciation & amortization4.84.5
Amortization of deferred financing costs0.40.5
Other adjustments 0.3 0.3
Adjusted EBITDA$18.1$21.2
 
 

First Six

Months

2013

First Six

Months

2012

Net income$9.2$13.0
Interest expense11.512.2
Income tax expense4.66.7
Depreciation & amortization9.58.9
Amortization of deferred financing costs0.81.0
Other adjustments 0.5 0.3
Adjusted EBITDA$36.1$42.1
 

 

Net Debt

June 30,December 31,
20132012
Total debt$287.8$266.4
less cash 9.4 12.8
Net debt$278.4$253.6
 
 

Additional financial information will be made available on or about August 12, 2013 through the Company's investor website (http://itwg.client.shareholder.com or http://www.internationalwiregroup.com) in the section titled "Financial Information."

About International Wire Group Holdings, Inc.

International Wire Group Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a manufacturer and marketer of wire products, including bare, silver-plated, nickel-plated and tin-plated copper wire, for other wire suppliers, distributors and original equipment manufacturers. Its products include a broad spectrum of copper wire configurations and gauges with a variety of electrical and conductive characteristics and are utilized by a wide variety of customers primarily in the aerospace, automotive/specialty vehicles, consumer and appliance, electronics and data communications, industrial and energy, medical device and medical electronics industries. The Company has eighteen manufacturing and two distribution facilities located in the United States, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland.

Forward-Looking Information is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty

Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "pro forma," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "estimates," or the negative of any thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy or intentions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. As a result, these statements speak only as of the date they were made and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Many important factors could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in our operating results and customer orders, unexpected decreases in demand or increases in inventory levels, changes in the price of copper, tin, nickel and silver, the failure of our acquisitions and expansion plans to perform as expected, the competitive environment, our reliance on our significant customers, lack of long-term contracts, substantial dependence on business outside of the U.S. and risks associated with our international operations, limitations due to our indebtedness, loss of key employees or the deterioration in our relationship with employees, litigation, claims, liability from environmental laws and regulations and other factors.

For additional information regarding the factors that may cause our actual results to differ from those expected by our forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's 2012 financial report. This report is accessible on the "Financial Information" page on the Investor Relations portion of the Company's website, available at http://itwg.client.shareholder.com or http://www.internationalwiregroup.com.

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International Wire Group Holdings, Inc.
Glenn J. Holler, 314-238-1322
Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

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