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02.22.18
Century Aluminum Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX) today announced fourth quarter and full year 2017 results.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • Net income of $35.8 million, or $0.37 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income1 of $24.8 million and Adjusted EPS of $0.26
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $60.2 million, up $12.3 million sequentially on higher LME prices, partially offset by higher raw material costs
  • Net sales of $433.8 million, an 8% increase over prior quarter

Full Year 2017 Financial Results

  • Net income of $48.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income1 of $34.7 million and Adjusted EPS of $0.36
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $164.2 million, up significantly from the prior year on higher LME prices, partially offset by higher raw material costs and lower product premiums
  • Net sales of $1,589.1 million, a 20% increase over the prior year
     
  $MM (except shipments and per share data)  
    Q3 2017   Q4 2017   FY 2016   FY 2017  
Shipments (tonnes) 184,974   189,000   733,825   743,198  
Net Sales $ 400.6   $ 433.8   $ 1,319.1   $ 1,589.1  
Net Income/(Loss) 20.8   35.8   (252.4 ) 48.6  
Diluted EPS 0.22   0.37   (2.90 ) 0.51  
Adjusted Net Income/(Loss)1 14.4   24.8   (67.1 ) 34.7  
Adjusted EPS1 0.15   0.26   (0.71 ) 0.36  
Adjusted EBITDA1 47.9   60.2   29.0   164.2  
                   
  Notes:                
  1 - Non-GAAP measure; see reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures  
     

Century Aluminum Company reported net income of $35.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.  Results were favorably impacted by a $7.3 million non-cash gain related to the termination of certain legacy contractual obligations and negatively impacted by $3.1 million for lower of cost or net realizable value ("NRV") inventory adjustments.  During the quarter, the remaining volume under our 2017 LME hedge contracts matured and adjusted net income reflects a reduction of $6.8 million for the final settlement of these hedges.  This result compares to net income of $20.8 million for the third quarter of 2017, which included a $5.5 million non-cash gain related to a retirement benefit settlement and a $0.9 million unrealized gain related to LME forward sales.

Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $24.8 million compared to adjusted net income of $14.4 million for the third quarter of 2017.

For the fourth quarter of 2017, Century reported adjusted EBITDA of $60.2 million, up $12.3 million from the third quarter of 2017.  The increase was primarily attributable to higher LME prices, partially offset by higher raw material costs.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $433.8 million compared with $400.6 million for the third quarter of 2017.  Shipments of primary aluminum for the fourth quarter of 2017 were 189,000 tonnes compared with 184,974 tonnes shipped in the third quarter of 2017.

Century's cash position at quarter end was $167.2 million and revolver availability was $159.8 million.

For the full year 2017, Century reported net income of $48.6 million.  Results were favorably impacted by $13.9 million in non-cash gains, primarily related to the termination of certain legacy contractual obligations.

For the full year 2016, Century reported a net loss of $252.4 million.  Results were favorably impacted by a $0.7 million lower of cost or NRV inventory adjustment.  Results were negatively impacted by $179.0 million in non-cash charges, primarily due to asset impairments, and a $6.9 million charge related to discrete tax items.

Sales for the full year 2017 were $1,589.1 million compared with $1,319.1 million for 2016.  Shipments of primary aluminum for 2017 were 743,198 tonnes compared with 733,825 tonnes shipped in 2016.

“Stable operations, favorable operating metrics and tight controllable cost management contributed to what we believe was a very good quarter,” commented Michael Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Safety performance across the company was strong, with most plants achieving quarter over quarter improvement.  As we had forecast, higher raw material costs impacted our results; this factor will carry over to the first quarter.  That said, we have seen a welcome abatement of this trend, which should inure in our favor for the second quarter onwards.  We are thus entering 2018 with a good handle on our controllable costs and an improving raw material environment.”

Bless continued, “Industry conditions continue to be volatile and complex.  Western world demand for primary aluminum and aluminum products remains quite good; we see this environment continuing for the foreseeable future, barring of course the impact of any significant global macroeconomic shock.  Initial efforts at supply discipline in China have had only mixed results, and they have recently been met with a deteriorating demand environment.  We believe the impact will be another record year of exports from that country.  The U.S. market remains the ultimate recipient of excess production from China and other major aluminum exporting regions in which state support has created and perpetuated excess capacity.  It is only through adjustment of these imports into the U.S. that this situation, which continues to imperil what is left of the primary aluminum industry in this country, can be regularized.  We are hopeful the Trump administration will follow through on its strong statements of intent to remedy this situation.”

“We are optimistic as we look toward the coming year,” concluded Bless.  “We are implementing modest investments in upgrading our product mix across the plants.  We will need to make certain investments at Hawesville and Mt. Holly in order to maintain production at current levels; this spending, principally in the rebuilding of failed cells, has been deferred since we curtailed production in late 2015.  In addition, we continue to investigate the restart of capacity at Hawesville, potentially with an advanced cell design which has shown attractive results.  We believe the company is exceptionally well positioned to serve customers in a rational market environment and generate attractive returns for our shareholders.”

About Century Aluminum

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland.  Century's corporate offices are located in Chicago, IL. Visit www.centuryaluminum.com for more information.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures that management uses to evaluate Century's financial performance.  These non-GAAP financial measures facilitate comparisons of this period’s results with prior periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that management does not believe are indicative of Century’s ongoing operating performance and ability to generate cash.  Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures enhance an overall understanding of Century’s performance and our investors’ ability to review Century’s business from the same perspective as management.  The tables below, under the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," provide a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Century's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA included in this press release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.  Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations in conjunction with the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures. 

Cautionary Statement

This press release and statements made by Century Aluminum Company management on the quarterly conference call contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements are statements about future events and are based on our current expectations.  These forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "hope," "target," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "seek," "estimate," "potential," "project," "scheduled," "forecast" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "might," or "may."  Our forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to: future global and local financial and economic conditions; our assessment of the aluminum market and aluminum prices (including premiums); the potential outcome or occurrence of any trade claims to address excess capacity or unfair trade practices, our assessment of power pricing and our ability to successfully obtain and/or implement long-term competitive power arrangements for our operations and projects; our ability to successfully manage transmission issues and market power price risk and to control or reduce power costs; our ability to procure alumina, carbon products and other raw materials and our assessment of pricing and costs and other terms relating thereto; the future operation of our smelters and our other operations, including future production restarts or curtailments and any costs, benefits or actions associated therewith; future investments in new technology or other production improvements; the future financial and operating performance of Century, its subsidiaries and its projects; future inventory, production, sales, cash costs and capital expenditures; future operational improvements; future impairment charges or restructuring costs; our anticipated tax liabilities, benefits or refunds including the realization of U.S. and certain foreign deferred tax assets and liabilities and the impact of recent tax reform in the U.S.; our assessment of the ultimate outcome of our outstanding litigation; our plans and expectations with respect to the sale or other disposition of our 40% interest in BHH; our ability to access existing or future financing arrangements; future construction, investment and development; and our future business objectives, strategies and initiatives.

Where we express an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis.  However, our forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by those forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause actual results and events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although we have attempted to identify those material factors that could cause actual results or events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that could cause results or events to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.  Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict.  Given these uncertainties, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.  We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
  Three months ended
  December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
  2016   2017   2017
NET SALES:          
Related parties $ 306,860     $ 299,235     $ 321,997  
Other customers 32,976     101,410     111,850  
Total net sales 339,836     400,645     433,847  
Cost of goods sold 334,779     359,243     385,955  
Gross profit 5,057     41,402     47,892  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 10,961     13,994     11,398  
Helguvik losses/(gains) 152,220         (7,310 )
Ravenswood (gains)     (5,500 )    
Other operating expense - net 1,520     437     521  
Operating (loss)/income (159,644 )   32,471     43,283  
Interest expense (5,695 )   (5,542 )   (5,600 )
Interest income 283     422     462  
Net gain/(loss) on forward and derivative contracts 489     (3,888 )   519  
Other income/(expense) - net 1,781     427     (96 )
(Loss)/Income before income taxes and equity in earnings of joint ventures (162,786 )   23,890     38,568  
Income tax expense (6,061 )   (3,321 )   (3,118 )
(Loss)/Income before equity in earnings of joint ventures (168,847 )   20,569     35,450  
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 383     214     355  
Net (loss)/income $ (168,464 )   $ 20,783     $ 35,805  
           
Net (loss)/income allocated to common stockholders $ (168,464 )   $ 19,132     $ 32,963  
(LOSS)/INCOME PER COMMON SHARE:          
Basic $ (1.93 )   $ 0.22     $ 0.38  
Diluted $ (1.93 )   $ 0.22     $ 0.37  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:          
Basic 87,079     87,318     87,334  
Diluted 87,079     88,255     88,164  
                 

 

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
  Twelve months ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2017
NET SALES:      
Related parties $ 1,178,631     $ 1,198,076  
Other customers 140,463     391,004  
Total net sales 1,319,094     1,589,080  
Cost of goods sold 1,330,136     1,460,475  
Gross (loss)/profit (11,042 )   128,605  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 40,264     45,446  
Helguvik losses/(gains) 152,220     (7,310 )
Ravenswood losses/(gains) 26,830     (5,500 )
Other operating expense - net 3,857     2,111  
Operating (loss)/income (234,213 )   93,858  
Interest expense (22,216 )   (22,174 )
Interest income 758     1,397  
Net gain/(loss) on forward and derivative contracts 3,487     (16,549 )
Other income/(expense) - net 1,319     (1,161 )
(Loss)/income before income taxes and equity in earnings of joint ventures (250,865 )   55,371  
Income tax expense (2,824 )   (7,583 )
(Loss)/income before equity in earnings of joint ventures (253,689 )   47,788  
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 1,274     792  
Net (loss)/income $ (252,415 )   $ 48,580  
       
Net (loss)/income allocated to common stockholders $ (252,415 )   $ 44,714  
(LOSS)/EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:      
Basic $ (2.90 )   $ 0.51  
Diluted $ (2.90 )   $ 0.51  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:      
Basic 87,064     87,295  
Diluted 87,064     88,020  
           

 

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)
  December 31, 2016   December 31, 2017
ASSETS      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 132,403     $ 167,211  
Restricted cash 1,050     848  
Accounts receivable - net 12,432     43,071  
Due from affiliates 16,651     10,366  
Inventories 233,563     317,469  
Prepaid and other current assets 22,210     14,709  
Assets held for sale 22,313      
  Total current assets 440,622     553,674  
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,026,285     971,916  
Other assets 73,420     56,051  
  TOTAL $ 1,540,327     $ 1,581,641  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
LIABILITIES:      
Accounts payable, trade $ 94,960     $ 89,931  
Due to affiliates 15,368     20,369  
Accrued and other current liabilities 50,100     61,398  
Accrued employee benefits costs 10,917     11,004  
Industrial revenue bonds 7,815     7,815  
  Total current liabilities 179,160     190,517  
Senior notes payable 247,699     248,153  
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current  portion 49,493     38,929  
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less current portion 126,355     112,996  
Other liabilities 72,026     57,927  
Deferred taxes 108,939     103,476  
  Total noncurrent liabilities 604,512     561,481  
       
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:      
Series A Preferred stock (one cent par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 160,000 issued and 75,625 outstanding at December 31, 2016; 160,000 issued and 74,364 outstanding at December 31, 2017) 1     1  
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000 authorized; 94,437,418 issued and 87,250,897 outstanding at December 31, 2016; 94,731,298 issued and 87,544,777 outstanding at December 31, 2017) 944     947  
Additional paid-in capital 2,515,131     2,517,385  
Treasury stock, at cost (86,276 )   (86,276 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (113,893 )   (91,742 )
Accumulated deficit (1,559,252 )   (1,510,672 )
  Total shareholders’ equity 756,655     829,643  
  TOTAL $ 1,540,327     $ 1,581,641  
               

 

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
  Twelve months ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:      
Net (loss)/income $ (252,415 )   $ 48,580  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)/income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Unrealized gain on contingent obligation (1,411 )   (1,411 )
Lower of cost or NRV inventory adjustment (660 )   (1,073 )
Depreciation and amortization 84,780     84,249  
Helguvik losses/(gains) 152,220     (7,310 )
Ravenswood losses/(gains) 3,830     (5,500 )
Pension and other postretirement benefits 2,863     (1,772 )
Deferred income taxes (893 )   (4,610 )
Stock-based compensation 1,502     1,851  
Change in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable - net (2,957 )   (30,639 )
Due from affiliates 766     6,285  
Inventories 919     (67,534 )
Prepaid and other current assets 18,313     7,796  
Accounts payable, trade 2,271     4,746  
Due to affiliates 7,212     4,833  
Accrued and other current liabilities (3,900 )   14,478  
Ravenswood retiree medical settlement 23,000     (5,000 )
Other - net 2,474     3,790  
Net cash provided by operating activities 37,914     51,759  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:      
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (21,944 )   (31,839 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant & equipment 1,040     14,484  
Net cash used in investing activities (20,904 )   (17,355 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:      
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities 1,179     1,281  
Repayments under revolving credit facilities (1,179 )   (1,281 )
Issuance of common stock     404  
Net cash provided by financing activities     404  
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 17,010     34,808  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 115,393     132,403  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 132,403     $ 167,211  
               

 

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(Unaudited)
         
SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM1        
             
    United States   Iceland   Total
    Tonnes   Sales $ (000)   Tonnes   Sales $ (000)   Tonnes   Sales $ (000)
2017                        
4th Quarter   108,754     $ 253,485     80,246     $ 178,705     189,000     $ 432,190  
                         
3rd Quarter   106,192     $ 235,831     78,782     $ 161,051     184,974     $ 396,882  
                         
2016                        
4th Quarter   103,186     $ 198,202     80,024     $ 141,090     183,210     $ 339,292  
                         
                         
Full Year 2017   425,669     $ 929,573     317,529     $ 650,747     743,198     $ 1,580,320  
                         
Full Year 2016   422,139     $ 799,174     311,686     $ 510,184     733,825     $ 1,309,358  

 

  Notes:
  1 - Excludes scrap aluminum sales.
   

 

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
    Three months ended   Three months ended
    September 30, 2017   December 31, 2017
    $MM   EPS   $MM   EPS
Net income as reported   $ 20.8     $ 0.22     $ 35.8     $ 0.37  
Forward and derivative contracts   (0.9 )   (0.01 )   (6.8 )   (0.07 )
Helguvik gains           (7.3 )   (0.08 )
Ravenswood gains   (5.5 )   (0.06 )        
Lower of cost or NRV inventory adjustment           3.1     0.04  
Adjusted net income   $ 14.4     $ 0.15     $ 24.8     $ 0.26  
                                 

 

         
    Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
    September 30, 2017   December 31, 2017
Net income   $ 20.8     $ 35.8  
  Interest expense   5.5     5.6  
  Interest income   (0.4 )   (0.5 )
  Net loss/(gain) on forward and derivative contracts   3.9     (0.5 )
  Other (income)/expense - net   (0.4 )   0.1  
  Income tax expense   3.3     3.1  
  Equity in earnings of joint ventures   (0.2 )   (0.4 )
Operating income   $ 32.5     $ 43.3  
Helguvik gains       (7.3 )
Ravenswood gains   (5.5 )    
Lower of cost or NRV inventory adjustment       3.1  
  Depreciation and amortization   20.9     21.2  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 47.9     $ 60.2  
                 

 

 
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
    Twelve months ended   Twelve months ended
    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2017
    $MM   EPS   $MM   EPS
Net (loss)/income as reported   $ (252.4 )   $ (2.90 )   $ 48.6     $ 0.51  
Helguvik losses/(gains)   152.2     1.75     (7.3 )   (0.08 )
Ravenswood losses/(gains)   26.8     0.31     (5.5 )   (0.06 )
Lower of cost or NRV inventory adjustment   (0.7 )   (0.01 )   (1.1 )   (0.01 )
Discrete tax item   6.9     0.08          
Impact of preferred shares       0.06          
Adjusted net income   $ (67.1 )   $ (0.71 )   $ 34.7     $ 0.36  
                                 

 

         
    Twelve Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2017
Net (loss)/income   $ (252.4 )   $ 48.6  
  Interest expense   22.2     22.2  
  Interest income   (0.8 )   (1.4 )
  Net (gain)/loss on forward and derivative contracts   (3.5 )   16.5  
  Other (income)/expense - net   (1.3 )   1.2  
  Income tax expense   2.8     7.6  
  Equity in earnings of joint ventures   (1.3 )   (0.8 )
Operating income   $ (234.2 )   $ 93.9  
Helguvik losses/(gains)   152.2     (7.3 )
Ravenswood losses/(gains)   26.8     (5.5 )
Lower of cost or NRV inventory adjustment   (0.7 )   (1.1 )
  Depreciation and amortization   84.8     84.2  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 29.0     $ 164.2  
                 

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312-696-3112

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