Ferro Reports Second Quarter 2013 Adjusted EPS of $0.14

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Ferro Reports Second Quarter 2013 Adjusted EPS of $0.14

Adjusted Gross Margin for Second Quarter 2013 Increases to 21.9% Compared With 20.4% in Same Period Last Year

Company Reaffirms Commitment to Reduce Operating Costs in Excess of $85 million with $30 million in 2013 and $70 million in 2014


Full-Year Adjusted Earnings Guidance Reaffirmed at $0.35 - $0.40 per Diluted Share

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE, the "Company") today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. The second-quarter loss attributable to common shareholders was $0.02 per diluted share compared with income of $0.02 per share in the second quarter of 2012. On an adjusted basis, earnings per diluted share were $0.14, an increase of 40% versus the second quarter of 2012. The Company attributed the increase in profitability to management's continued progress executing on its value creation strategy. The Company also reaffirmed its previous full-year adjusted earnings guidance of $0.35 to $0.40 per diluted share. Please refer to the supplemental tables at the end of this release for additional information concerning adjusted financial results.

Second-Quarter Highlights

Ferro reported net sales of $435 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with net sales of $476 million in the second quarter of 2012. Value-added sales, which exclude precious metal sales, were $408 million, versus $424 million in the second quarter last year. The reduction in sales resulted primarily from the Company's divestiture of its solar paste assets in the first quarter of 2013 and its borates mining operation in Argentina during the second quarter of 2012 coupled with product de-selection in the Polymer Additives segment. The divested operations had approximately $36 million of net sales and $11 million of value-added sales in the second quarter of 2012. Adjusting for the impact of the divested operations, value-added sales were down 1%.

The Company reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $2.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013, compared with net income of $1.9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. The adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $12.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with $8.6 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were approximately $38 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with $33 million in the same period last year. EBITDA margins, based on value-added sales, were 9.3% in the current quarter and 7.9% in the same period last year.

Commenting on the results, Peter Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We continue to make good progress on our value creation strategy, resulting in improved gross profit margins, lower SG&A costs and increased adjusted earnings. Second-quarter value-added sales, excluding divested business, were down slightly versus the same period last year, despite continued depressed economic conditions in Europe, de-selection of certain Polymer Additives products, and continued rationalization of our customer and product portfolios. We are successfully executing on our cost saving initiatives, making Ferro more competitive and driving increased profitability. We are on track with our cost saving initiatives and continue to expect $30 million of savings in 2013 and $70 million in 2014."

2013 Second-Quarter Results Detail

Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2013, were $435 million versus $476 million in the second quarter of 2012. On a value-added basis, removing the sale of precious metals, sales declined 3.8% from $424 million in the second quarter of 2012 to $408 million in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusting for the impact of exiting the solar pastes product line ($9 million) and a borates mine in Argentina ($2 million), value-added sales declined by 1.2%.

Although value-added sales declined across all reportable segments, adjusting for divested operations, sales in the Pigments, Powders and Oxides segment increased by approximately $2 million, while sales in Performance Colors and Glass, Performance Coatings and Specialty Plastics segments were nearly flat. Polymer Additives sales declined by approximately $7 million, due to expected changes in environmental regulations pertaining to certain plasticizer products, which are resulting in product replacement by some customers in the United States and Europe. As previously announced, the Company is installing dibenzoates and benzoic acid production capabilities at its operations in Antwerp, Belgium that will provide an alternative for its plasticizer product offering. Production is expected to begin in the second half of 2014.

Gross profit was $88 million during the 2013 second quarter, compared with $86 million during the second quarter of 2012. Excluding special charges, adjusted gross profit was $89 million compared with $87 million in the prior-year period. During the second quarter of 2013, gross profit was reduced by special charges of approximately $2 million related primarily to inventory items, including a loss associated with a flood at our Colditz, Germany manufacturing facility. During the 2012 second quarter, gross profit was reduced by charges of approximately $1 million, primarily related to residual costs at closed manufacturing sites involved in earlier restructuring initiatives. Gross profit in the second quarter was further affected by two plant shutdowns, one for maintenance and the other as a result of the flood at the Colditz facility. The Company estimates the shutdowns reduced gross profit by approximately $2 million.

The primary driver of the increase in gross profit was improved profitability in the Performance Coatings and Performance Colors and Glass segments, partially offset by the exit of the solar pastes product line and lower sales in Polymer Additives. Adjusted gross profit as a percent of value-added sales for the second quarter of 2013 was 21.9% versus 20.4% in the same period of 2012. Gross margins benefitted from the execution of cost saving initiatives and recent reductions in raw material pricing relative to current pricing levels.

Selling, general, and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $64 million during the second quarter of 2013 compared with $66 million in the prior-year quarter, a 3% reduction. Excluding special charges in both periods, SG&A expenses declined 7% to $61 million from $65 million. During the second quarter of 2013, the Company incurred approximately $3 million of special charges, primarily related to a proxy contest and other nonrecurring corporate expenses. Special charges totaled approximately $1 million in the second quarter of 2012 related to severance and expenses at sites that were closed during earlier restructuring actions.

Cost saving initiatives and actions taken to reduce costs associated with the solar divestiture favorably impacted SG&A by an estimated $10 million. These reductions in SG&A expenses were partially offset by higher costs in other areas, including higher incentive compensation expense ($3 million), additions to the bad debt reserve associated with two customer bankruptcies in Latin America ($1 million), higher pension costs due to a second quarter 2012 curtailment of a defined benefit plan in Europe ($1 million), and higher other net expenses ($1 million).

Total debt as of the end of the second quarter was $339 million, a reduction of $8 million from December 31, 2012. In addition, cash balances increased $1 million during the first half of the year to $31 million, resulting in a reduction in net debt of $9 million during the first six months of the year. In comparison, during the first six months of 2012, net debt increased by $30 million. Cash from operations was $8 million during the second quarter of 2013 versus $16 million in the same period last year. Net precious metal leases at the end of the second quarter were $51 million versus $112 million at the end of last year.

2013 Outlook

The Company continues to expect adjusted earnings for 2013 to be in the range of $0.35 to $0.40 per diluted share. The expected increase in earnings compared with 2012 will be driven primarily by cost savings of approximately $30 million and the exit from the solar pastes product line. Expected improvements in the Company's cost structure will be partially offset by anticipated inflation and the normalization of incentive compensation.

Adjusting for the impact of divested operations and before the impact of changes in foreign currency rates, second-half value-added sales growth is expected to be in the range of 4% to 5% compared to the same period last year. For the year, the Company expects cash flow to be slightly positive.

Commenting on the 2013 outlook, Mr. Thomas said, "We are pleased with our progress year-to-date and are confident we will deliver on our cost saving targets, but we remain cautious about market conditions in Europe and Asia. In addition, our normal seasonal business pattern is characterized by lower customer demand and reduced plant utilization due to holiday shutdowns in the second half of the year. Accordingly, while we expect higher sales and gross margins in the second half of the year relative to the same period last year, we expect lower sales and gross margins in each of the third and fourth quarters of 2013 compared with the second quarter 2013 levels. Based on these considerations, we are maintaining our current 2013 adjusted earnings guidance of $0.35 to $0.40 per share."

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its second-quarter financial results and current outlook for 2013 on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, dial 800-915-4217 if calling from the United States or Canada, or dial 212-231-2934 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 through noon Eastern Time on August 7. 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 #21669223 to access the audio replay.

The conference call also will be broadcast live over the Internet and will be available for replay through September 30, 2013. The live broadcast and replay can be accessed through the Investor Information portion 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 and chemicals for manufacturers. Ferro products are sold into the building and construction, automotive, appliances, electronics, household furnishings, and industrial products markets. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company has approximately 4,600 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;
  • exposure to lawsuits in the normal course of business;
  • risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets;
  • 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 (Unaudited)
 
Three months ended
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Six months ended
June 30,
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)2013

As adjusted
2012

2013

As adjusted
2012

 
Net sales$435,455$475,546$852,979$935,971
Cost of sales347,801 389,728 686,088 764,432 
Gross profit87,65485,818166,891171,539
Selling, general and administrative expenses64,31666,304125,908138,812
Restructuring and impairment charges13,4504,72822,9045,039
Other expense (income):
Interest expense6,9716,47614,26812,850
Interest earned(70)(51)(123)(135)
Foreign currency losses (gains), net1,202(221)2,708(77)
Miscellaneous expense (income), net1,232 1,845 (9,284)2,241 
Income before income taxes5536,73710,51012,809
Income tax expense2,535 4,859 3,551 7,668 
(Loss) income from continuing operations(1,982)1,8786,9595,141
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 328 (8,421)1,035 
Net (loss) income(1,982)2,206(1,462)6,176
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests148 330 (215)454 
Net (loss) income attributable to Ferro Corporation common shareholders$(2,130)$1,876 $(1,247)$5,722 
 
(Loss) earnings per share attributable to Ferro Corporation common shareholders:
Basic (loss) earnings:
From continuing operations$(0.02)$0.02$0.08$0.05
From discontinued operations    (0.09)0.01 
$(0.02) $0.02  $(0.01)$0.06 
Diluted (loss) earnings:
From continuing operations$(0.02)$0.02$0.08$0.05
From discontinued operations    (0.09)0.01 
$(0.02) $0.02  $(0.01)$0.06 
 
Shares outstanding:
Weighted-average basic shares86,528,96986,293,65086,483,77086,263,367
Weighted-average diluted shares86,528,96986,667,85287,235,97686,670,805
End-of-period basic shares86,546,14586,295,51286,546,14586,295,512
    

Ferro Corporation and Subsidiaries

Segment Net Sales and Segment Gross Profit (Unaudited)
 
(Dollars in thousands)

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Six months ended
June 30,

2013201220132012
Segment Net Sales
Pigments, Powders and Oxides$53,514$84,815$108,301$154,038
Performance Colors and Glass106,447105,815204,574209,723
Performance Coatings155,194157,315294,096309,829
Polymer Additives76,79883,450157,667171,174
Specialty Plastics43,502 44,151 88,341 91,207 
Total segment net sales$435,455 $475,546 $852,979 $935,971 
 
Segment Gross Profit
Pigments, Powders and Oxides$9,319$13,212$17,492$20,244
Performance Colors and Glass31,23228,04258,49056,950
Performance Coatings35,23531,10763,82761,466
Polymer Additives5,5116,52514,36517,964
Specialty Plastics7,8467,56515,23516,224
Other cost of sales(1,489)(633)(2,518)(1,309)
Total gross profit87,65485,818166,891171,539
Selling, general and administrative expenses64,31666,304125,908138,812
Restructuring and impairment charges13,4504,72822,9045,039
Other expense, net9,335 8,049 7,569 14,879 
Income before income taxes$553 $6,737 $10,510 $12,809 
  
Ferro Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
(Dollars in thousands)

June 30,
2013

December 31,
2012

ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$30,662$29,576
Accounts receivable, net338,208306,463
Inventories194,468200,824
Deferred income taxes8,0047,995
Other receivables28,28931,554
Other current assets12,03710,802
Current assets of discontinued operations  Read Full Story

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