Ferro Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results
Ferro Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results
Outlines Value Creation Strategy
Affirms Previously Announced 2013 EPS Guidance of $0.25 to $0.30 Per Share
CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE, the "Company") today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012. The Company also provided an outline of its strategic vision for value creation.
Full-Year 2012 Results - Summary
For the full-year of 2012 the Company reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $374 million, or $4.34 per diluted share. In comparison, for the full year of 2011, net income attributable to common shareholders was $4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. On a pre-tax basis, the Company reported a loss of $264 million in 2012, versus income of $24 million in 2011. The results in both years include a number of charges, including, among other items, asset impairments, restructuring activities, and a pension and other postretirement benefits mark-to-market adjustment of the related net liabilities. See the supplemental tables attached for additional information concerning special items that impacted reported results.
Adjusted for charges, income before income taxes was $14 million for 2012, compared with $103 million for 2011. The decrease was primarily attributable to the significant decline in the Company's Electronic Materials segment, which reported a loss of $16 million in 2012 versus income or $68 million in 2011, as well as continued weakness in the Eurozone.
Results for Electronic Materials fell with declines in demand for solar pastes, as the solar industry contracted considerably over the last 18 months and continues to be weak. During 2012, solar paste sales declined by nearly $230 million. The segment's results were also adversely impacted by reduced demand for conductive metal powders and surface finishing products.
Sales in Europe for 2012, excluding Electronic Materials sales, totaled $587 million in 2012 compared with $651 million in 2011. Profitability in the region for 2012, excluding Electronic Materials, was $20 million, versus $37 million in 2011. The impact of changes in foreign currency rates accounted for approximately 7% of the sales decline. The recessionary conditions in the Eurozone during 2012 adversely impacted the Company's business segments with significant operations in the region, including the Color and Glass Performance Materials, Performance Coatings and Polymer Additives segments.
Recognizing the weak market conditions, Ferro took steps in the second quarter of 2012 to cut the costs of the Performance Coatings business in Europe. Cost savings efforts were subsequently expanded and accelerated in Europe and across all other regional operations. The Company also has taken action to improve the Electronic Materials operating results. The senior management team overseeing the Electronic Materials product lines was removed, and restructuring activities have been completed to significantly reduce operating costs. On February 6, 2013, the Company completed the sale of certain solar pastes assets and exited this product line, eliminating a $16 million negative impact on 2012 earnings. The Electronic Materials management team has been further rationalized and the remaining product lines have been folded into the Color and Glass Segment.
William B. Lawrence, Acting Chairman of the Ferro Board of Directors, said, "Prior to 2012, Ferro was pursuing a growth strategy, with the expectations that the Electronic Materials business, led by the solar pastes product line, and portions of the Color and Glass business, together would deliver organic revenue growth significantly greater than GDP. In 2012, it became apparent that the strategy needed to be changed. Accordingly, the Board of Directors implemented several management changes and refocused the strategic vision more strongly on value creation.
"We are restructuring certain existing infrastructure alignments and refocusing management's efforts to improve profitability, maximize cash flow and enhance return on investment. The board and management team are focused on implementing this plan, with actions targeted at reducing costs by more than $50 million over the next two years," Mr. Lawrence added.
Peter Thomas, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "This is a time of significant opportunity at Ferro. Management is driving a comprehensive set of global actions designed to return the business to a significantly higher level of profitability, and we have already begun to see the benefits of these initiatives. Our near-term priorities are to simplify the organization, streamline processes to enhance operational efficiencies, and to substantially reduce infrastructure and support costs. We are determined to transform the business and will continue to provide world-class product and services to our customers. We will be relentless in reducing costs, improving our market positions and driving shareholder value."
Value Creation Strategy
The Company is executing on a clearly defined strategy to create shareholder value by focusing on historical core competencies and reducing costs. The strategy has the following three distinct components:
- Improve Return on Invested Capital
- Streamline Core Operations and Reduce Operating Costs
- Pursue High-Return Growth Investments
Improve Return on Invested Capital
Each of Ferro's product lines is being reviewed and analyzed to determine its current and future potential to create value and generate cash. The Company is implementing action plans to enhance returns, including rationalization of product portfolios and improving working capital and fixed asset utilization. Assets that cannot generate sufficient returns are being redeployed, divested or curtailed. Examples of successful execution on this component of value creation include the sale of the Company's solar paste assets, as previously reported, and further optimization of facilities and leases, which has already generated proceeds of approximately $7 million and annual costs savings of $4 million.
Streamline Core Operations and Reduce Operating Costs
The Company plans to reduce operating costs by more than $50 million over the next two years by simplifying the organizational structure, streamlining processes to make operations more efficient, and substantially reducing infrastructure and support costs. To facilitate this cost reduction, the commercial and manufacturing organizational structures are being reconfigured, reducing the need for regional management and eliminating redundancies across product lines. The back office infrastructure also will be overhauled, with functional support organizations moving from a local to a regional or global model. Where applicable, transaction processing will be migrated to a global shared service center to leverage processing technology, improve controls and reduce costs.
Pursue High-Return Investments
The Company will continue to pursue prudent and profitable growth opportunities with high return potential. The Company's investments in digital inks and glazes for the tile market and expansion into Northern Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia are examples of such opportunities. Future growth initiatives likewise will focus on migrating our product technologies into higher value applications and expanding into developing markets. Each business will be required to earn, through its performance, opportunities for future growth capital. Growth opportunities will be stringently assessed on their ability to generate significant returns and create shareholder value.
Adjusted earnings per share for 2013 are expected to be in the range of $0.25 to $0.30 per diluted share. The expected increase in earnings compared with 2012 will be driven primarily by initiatives now underway that are expected to generate $25 million to $30 million of cost savings in 2013 and the exit from the solar pastes business. The expected improvements in the Company's cost structure will be partially offset by inflation and the normalization of incentive compensation. Based on current market conditions, including persistent weakness in European macroeconomic conditions, coupled with the expected timing associated with the cost savings programs, the Company expects the first quarter of 2013 will be the lowest earnings quarter of the year, in the range of $0.02 to $0.05 per share.
Adjusting for the impact of the solar pastes transaction and before the impact of changes in foreign currency rates, sales growth is expected to be approximately 2%. For the year, cash flow is expected to be approximately breakeven.
2012 Fourth-Quarter Results
Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $406 million, compared with $443 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's six segments reported lower sales in the quarter compared to the prior year. Precious metal sales accounted for 29% of the sales decline, or $11 million. The largest sales decline, on a value-added basis (excluding the impact of precious metal sales), was in the Electronic Materials segment, where net sales declined 22% primarily due to reductions in demand for solar paste products and precious metal powders and flakes for other electronics applications. Weakness in Europe, particularly in southern Europe, contributed to lower sales, principally in the Performance Coatings and Color and Glass Performance Materials segments.
The net loss attributable to common shareholders for the 2012 fourth quarter was $64 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $61 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. The adjusted net loss attributable to common shareholders for the 2012 fourth quarter was $6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, versus $5 million, or $0.06, in the prior year's quarter. The Company recorded special charges of approximately $59 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with approximately $67 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. See the supplemental financial information contained in this press release for additional information about the special charges.
Gross profit was $59 million and $74 million in for the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively. Excluding special items and precious metal sales, gross profit was $65 million, or 17.8% of sales during the 2012 fourth quarter, compared with $76 million, or 19.3% of sales, during the fourth quarter of 2011. The reduction in gross profit relates primarily to lower sales in the Electronic Materials segment and reduced demand in Europe.
SG&A expenses were $96 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 and $125 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted SG&A expenses were $65 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, versus $74 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
2012 Full-Year Results
Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $1.8 billion, compared with 2011 net sales of $2.2 billion. The Company's six segments reported lower sales for the year compared to 2011. Precious metal sales, which declined $226 million, were the leading cause of the sales change. Value-added sales for the Electronic Materials segment declined by $109 million, accounting for nearly 70% of the total reduction in value-added sales. Reduced customer demand for solar pastes and metal powders used in a variety of electronics applications drove the significant decline in the Electronic Materials segment. Solar pastes value-added sales totaled $22 million in 2012 and $81 million in the prior year. Excluding the recently divested solar pastes business, value-added sales decreased 6% from $1.7 billion in 2011 to $1.6 billion in 2012.
The net loss attributable to common shareholders for 2012 was $374 million, or $4.34 per diluted share, compared with net income of $4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in 2011. The adjusted net income for 2012 was $7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, versus $69 million, or $0.80 for the prior year. The Company recorded special charges of approximately $277 million during 2012 compared with charges of $78 million during 2011. See the supplemental financial information contained in this press release for additional information about the special charges and adjusted income. The pre-tax earnings contribution from the solar product line was a loss of approximately $16 million in 2012, compared with pre-tax earnings of approximately $26 million in 2011.
Gross profit was $298 million and $412 million for the full years 2012 and 2011, respectively. Excluding the special charges and precious metal sales, gross profit for 2012 was $311 million, or 19.5% of sales. In comparison, adjusted gross profit was $418 million, or 23.8% of sales, in 2011. The deterioration in the Electronic Materials segment accounted for more than 80% of the decline. Weakness in Europe also contributed to the reduction in gross profit, particularly for the Performance Coatings, Polymer Additives and Color and Glass Performance Materials segments.
SG&A expenses were $303 million in 2012 and $335 million in 2011. Adjusted SG&A expenses were $265 million for 2012, versus $280 million in 2011.
For 2012, total debt increased by $38 million to $347, compared with $309 million at December 31, 2011. The cash balance increased by $7 million to $30 million. Cash flow from operations was $24 million during the year. Working capital was flat for the year.
Fourth quarter 2012 results for the solar pastes product line included the following:
- Net sales of approximately $17 million
- Value added sales of approximately $3 million
- Loss of approximately $1 million in gross profit
- SG&A attributable to the product line of approximately $3 million
Full year 2012 results for the solar pastes product line included the following:
- Net sales of approximately $90 million
- Value added sales of approximately $22 million
- Gross profit of approximately $2 million
- SG&A attributable to the product line of approximately $18 million
Adjusted earnings per share is equal to income (loss) before taxes, adjusted for the impact of special items, adjusted for a normalized 36 percent tax rate that is consistent with the U.S. statutory corporate income tax rate, and divided by the weighted-average number of diluted shares outstanding. Ferro believes the adjusted data provides investors with additional useful information on the underlying operations of the business and enables period-to-period comparability of financial performance.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year financial results, its outlook for general business conditions and its current outlook for 2013 on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A presentation to accompany the conference call is available on the Company's Web site at www.ferro.com. To participate in the call, dial 800-734-8582 if calling from the United States or Canada, or dial 212-231-2901 if calling from outside North America. Please call approximately 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin.
An audio replay of the call will be available from noon Eastern Time on March 5 through noon Eastern Time on March 12. To access the replay, dial 800-633-8284 if calling from the United States or Canada, or dial 402-977-9140 if calling from outside North America. Use the program ID #21650229 to access the audio replay.
The conference call also will be broadcast live over the Internet and will be available for replay through June 30, 2013. The live broadcast and replay can be accessed through the Investor Information section of the Company's Web site at www.ferro.com. A podcast of the conference call will also be available on the Company's Web site.
About Ferro Corporation
Ferro Corporation (http://www.ferro.com) is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Ferro materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including building and construction, automotive, appliances, electronics, household furnishings, pharmaceuticals, and industrial products. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company has approximately 4,860 employees globally and reported 2012 sales of $1.8 billion.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Federal securities laws. These statements are subject to a variety of uncertainties, unknown risks and other factors concerning the Company's operations and business environment. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements and that could adversely affect the Company's future financial performance include the following:
- demand in the industries into which Ferro sells its products may be unpredictable, cyclical or heavily influenced by consumer spending;
- Ferro's ability to successfully implement its value creation strategy;
- Ferro's ability to successfully implement and/or administer its cost-saving initiatives, including its restructuring programs, and to produce the desired results, including projected savings;
- restrictive covenants in the Company's credit facilities could affect its strategic initiatives and liquidity;
- Ferro's ability to access capital markets, borrowings, or financial transactions;
- the effectiveness of the Company's efforts to improve operating margins through sales growth, price increases, productivity gains, and improved purchasing techniques;
- the availability of reliable sources of energy and raw materials at a reasonable cost;
- currency conversion rates and economic, social, regulatory, and political conditions around the world;
- Ferro's presence in certain geographic regions, including Latin America and Asia-Pacific, where it can be difficult to compete lawfully;
- increasingly aggressive domestic and foreign governmental regulations on hazardous materials and regulations affecting health, safety and the environment;
- Ferro's ability to successfully introduce new products or enter into new growth markets;
- sale of products into highly regulated industries;
- limited or no redundancy for certain of the Company's manufacturing facilities and possible interruption of operations at those facilities;
- Ferro's ability to complete future acquisitions or dispositions, or successfully integrate future acquisitions;
- competitive factors, including intense price competition;
- Ferro's ability to protect its intellectual property or to successfully resolve claims of infringement brought against the Company;
- management of Ferro's general and administrative expenses;
- Ferro's multi-jurisdictional tax structure;
- the impact of the Company's performance on its ability to utilize significant deferred tax assets;
- the effectiveness of strategies to increase Ferro's return on capital;
- the impact of operating hazards and investments made in order to meet stringent environmental, health and safety regulations;
- stringent labor and employment laws and relationships with the Company's employees;
- the impact of requirements to fund employee benefit costs, especially post-retirement costs;
- implementation of new business processes and information systems;
- the impact of interruption, damage to, failure, or compromise of the Company's information systems;
- manufacture and sale of products into the pharmaceutical industry;
- exposure to lawsuits in the normal course of business;
- risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including the final amount of impairment and other charges described in this press release;
- Ferro's borrowing costs could be affected adversely by interest rate increases;
- liens on the Company's assets by its lenders affect its ability to dispose of property and businesses;
- Ferro may not pay dividends on its common stock in the foreseeable future; and
- other factors affecting the Company's business that are beyond its control, including disasters, accidents, and governmental actions.
The risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it currently believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks and uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have material adverse effects on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
This release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Additional information regarding these risks can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2012.
|Ferro Corporation and Subsidiaries|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|Three months ended|
|December 31,||Twelve months ended|
|(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)||2012||2011||2012||2011|
|Cost of sales||346,541||368,946||1,470,769||1,743,560|
Selling, general and administrative expenses
|Restructuring and impairment charges||21,990||12,986||225,819||17,030|
|Other expense (income):|
|Losses on extinguishment of debt||—||45||—||45|
|Foreign currency losses, net||1,394||709||2,186||4,758|
|Miscellaneous expense, net||53||2,034||3,080||2,492|
|(Loss) income before income taxes||(67,605||)||(74,292||)||(263,549||)||24,472|
|Income tax (benefit) expense||(4,133||)||(13,487||)||109,485||19,338|
|Net (loss) income||(63,472||)||(60,805||)||(373,034||)||5,134|
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
Net (loss) income attributable to Ferro Corporation
|Dividends on preferred stock||0||—||—||(165||)|
Net (loss) income attributable to Ferro Corporation common shareholders
(Loss) earnings per share attributable to Ferro Corporation common shareholders:
|Basic (loss) earnings per share||$||(0.74||)||$||(0.71||)||$||(4.34||)||$||0.05|
|Diluted (loss) earnings per share||(0.74||)||(0.71||)||(4.34||)||0.05|
|Weighted-average basic shares||86,331,679||86,174,555||86,288,481||86,119,380|
|Weighted-average diluted shares||86,331,679||86,174,555||86,288,481||86,778,335|
|End-of-period basic shares||86,367,096||86,175,117||86,367,096||86,175,117|
|Ferro Corporation and Subsidiaries|
|Segment Net Sales and Segment Income (Loss)|
|Three months ended|
|December 31,||Twelve months ended|
|(Dollars in thousands)||(Unaudited)||December 31,|
|Segment Net Sales|
|Color and Glass Perf. Materials||86,137||89,511||371,723||396,317|
|Total Segment Net Sales||$||405,896||$||442,695||$||1,768,631||$||2,155,792|
|Segment Income (Loss)|
|Color and Glass Perf. Materials||2,013||1,539||26,115||29,672|
|Total Segment Income||3,397||8,734||65,476||160,685|
|Unallocated corporate expenses||40,394||60,143||70,272||83,764|
|Restructuring and impairment charges||21,990||12,986||225,819||17,030|
|Other expense, net||1,328||2,696||4,955||7,010|
|(Loss) income before income taxes||$||(67,605||)||$||(74,292||)||
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