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Third quarter 2019 results1
"Solid free cash flow despite a seasonal trough and challenging market conditions"
Luxembourg, November 6, 2019 (07:00 CET) - Aperam (referred to as "Aperam" or the "Company") (Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris: APAM and NYRS: APEMY), announced today results for the three month period ending September 30, 2019
Timoteo Di Maulo, CEO of Aperam, commented:
"Despite the normal Q3 seasonal downturn, intensified import pressure and market softness we delivered solid results and managed to maintain net debt at a low level. This underlines the resilience of our business model.
Looking ahead, we expect demand conditions to remain challenging. Further actions against unfair trade have been initiated this quarter with aim to restore a level playing field. Meanwhile we continue to strengthen our operations through ramping up EUR 200 million gains through Phase 3 of the Leadership Journey(R)."
Financial Highlights (on the basis of financial information prepared under IFRS)
Health & Safety results
Health and Safety performance based on Aperam personnel figures and contractors' lost time injury frequency rate was 2.2x in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 1.2x in the second quarter of 2019.
Financial results analysis for the three-month period ending September 30, 2019
Sales for the third quarter of 2019 were EUR 972 million, down from EUR 1,090 million for the second quarter of 2019. Steel shipments decreased from 465 thousand tonnes in the second quarter of 2019 to 418 thousand tonnes in the third quarter of 2019.
EBITDA was EUR 79 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to EUR 95 million for the second quarter of 2019. The sequential EBITDA decrease was mainly due to seasonally lower volumes in Europe, partly balanced by a positive price / mix effect. Brazil realized a seasonally higher EBITDA despite temporarily higher iron ore costs. The Leadership Journey(R) contributed EUR 16 million annualized gains to EBITDA. The cumulative annualized savings for Phase 3 now stand at EUR 105 million.
Depreciation and amortisation was EUR (36) million for the third quarter of 2019.
Aperam had an operating income for the third quarter of 2019 of EUR 43 million compared to an operating income of EUR 59 million for the previous quarter.
Net interest expense and other financing costs for the third quarter of 2019 were EUR (4) million. Realized and unrealized foreign exchange and derivative gains were EUR 3 million for the third quarter of 2019.
Income tax result for the third quarter of 2019 was an income tax expense of EUR (6) million.
The Company recorded a net income of EUR 37 million for the third quarter of 2019.
Cash flows from operations for the third quarter of 2019 were positive at EUR 70 million, with a working capital decrease of EUR (2) million. CAPEX for the third quarter was EUR (26) million.
Free cash flow before dividend and share buy-back for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to EUR 45 million.
During the third quarter of 2019, the cash returns to shareholders amounted to EUR 35 million, consisting of EUR 35 million in dividends. Total cash returned to shareholders during the first nine-months of the year 2019 amounted to EUR 200 million consisting of EUR 93 million of share buy-back and EUR 107 million in dividends.
As of September 30, 2019, shareholders' equity was EUR 2,394 million and net financial debt was EUR 172 million (as of September 30, 2019, gross financial debt was EUR 529 million and cash and cash equivalents were EUR 357 million).
The Company had liquidity of EUR 657 million as of September 30, 2019, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of EUR 357 million and undrawn credit lines3 of EUR 300 million.
Operating segment results analysis
Stainless & Electrical Steel (1)
(1) Amounts are shown prior to intra-group eliminations
The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had sales of EUR 771 million for the third quarter of 2019. This represents a 8.4% decrease compared to sales of EUR 842 million for the second quarter of 2019. Steel shipments during the third quarter were 401 thousand tonnes compared to 440 thousand tonnes during the previous quarter. Seasonal factors, continued high imports into Europe and weak demand in both Europe and Brazil explain the difference. Average steel selling prices for the Stainless & Electrical Steel segment remained stable compared to the previous quarter.
The segment had EBITDA of EUR 57 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to EUR 79 million for the second quarter of 2019. The decrease in profitability was primarily driven by lower volumes in Europe. Positive price/cost and mix effects and positive contributions from the Leadership Journey(R) were not sufficient to balance the headwind.
The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had an operating income of EUR 28 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to an operating income of EUR 49 million for the second quarter of 2019.
Services & Solutions(1)
(1) Amounts are shown prior to intra-group eliminations
The Services & Solutions segment had sales of EUR 418 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to EUR 453 million for the second quarter of 2019. For the third quarter of 2019, steel shipments were 166 thousand tonnes compared to 182 thousand tonnes during the previous quarter. The Services & Solutions segment had higher average steel selling prices during the period compared to the previous period.
The segment had EBITDA of EUR 9 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to EUR 16 million for the second quarter of 2019. Lower costs did not offset seasonally lower volumes and negative valuation effects.
The Services & Solutions segment had an operating income of EUR 7 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to EUR 12 million for the second quarter of 2019.
Alloys & Specialties(1)
(1) Amounts are shown prior to intra-group eliminations
The Alloys & Specialties segment had sales of EUR 128 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to EUR 156 million for the second quarter of 2019. Steel shipments during the third quarter of 2019 were at 8 thousand tonnes compared to 9 thousand tonnes during the second quarter of 2019. Average steel selling prices decreased over the quarter.
The Alloys & Specialties segment achieved an EBITDA of EUR 12 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to EUR 12 million for the second quarter of 2019. Lower volumes were compensated by lower costs and positive valuation effects.
The Alloys & Specialties segment had an operating income of EUR 9 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to an operating income of EUR 10 million for the second quarter of 2019.
Investor conference call
Aperam management will host a conference call for members of the investment community to discuss the third quarter of 2019 financial performance at the following time:
The dial-in numbers for the call are: France (+33 (0) 1767 00794); USA (+1 631 510 7495) and international (+44 (0) 2071 928000). The participant access code is: 9179044#.
A replay of the conference call will be available until November 13, 2019: France (+33 (0) 170950348); USA (+1 (917) 677-7532) and international (+44 (0) 3333 009785). The participant access code is 9179044#.
Corporate Communications / Laurent Beauloye: +352 27 36 27 103
Investor Relations / Thorsten Zimmermann: +352 27 36 27 304
Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. The business is organised in three primary operating segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties.
Aperam has 2.5 million tonnes of flat Stainless and Electrical steel capacity in Brazil and Europe and is a leader in high value specialty products. Aperam has a highly integrated distribution, processing and services network and a unique capability to produce stainless and specialty from low cost biomass (charcoal). Its industrial network is spread in six production facilities located in Brazil, Belgium and France.
In 2018, Aperam had sales of EUR 4,677 million and steel shipments of 1.97 million tonnes.
For further information, please refer to our website at www.aperam.com
This document may contain forward-looking information and statements about Aperam and its subsidiaries. These statements include financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target" or similar expressions. Although Aperam's management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors and holders of Aperam's securities are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Aperam, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in Aperam's filings with the Luxembourg Stock Market Authority for the Financial Markets (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier). Aperam undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
* Increase in Net Financial Debt by EUR 124 million from EUR 48 million as of December 31, 2018 to EUR 172 million as of September 30, 2019 primarily due to accounting effects (+EUR 56 million out of which IFRS 16 Leases +EUR 29 million and Convertible Bonds 2021 repurchases +EUR 27 million), share buyback (+EUR 93 million), dividend paid (+EUR 107 million) and other items (+EUR 9 million), partly offset by free cash-flow generated during the first nine months (-EUR 141 million).
APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
* Number of shares outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (in thousands): 79,822 (83,696 issued shares, net of 3,874 treasury shares)
APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
Appendix 1a - Health & Safety statistics
Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.
Appendix 1b - Key operational and financial information
Appendix 2 - Terms and definitions
Unless indicated otherwise, or the context otherwise requires, references in this earnings release report to the following terms have the meanings set out next to them below:
Average steel selling prices: calculated as steel sales divided by steel shipments.
Cash and cash equivalents: represents cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments.
CAPEX: relates to capital expenditures and is defined as purchase of tangible assets, intangible assets and biological assets.
EBITDA: operating income before depreciation, amortisation and impairment expenses.
EBITDA/tonne: calculated as EBITDA divided by total steel shipments.
Free cash flow before dividend and share buy-back: net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used in investing activities.
Gross financial debt: long-term debt plus short-term debt.
Liquidity: Cash and cash equivalent and undrawn credit lines.
LTI frequency rate: Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.
Net financial debt: long-term debt, plus short-term debt less cash and cash equivalents.
Net financial debt/EBITDA or Gearing: Refers to Net financial debt divided by last twelve months EBITDA calculation.
Shipments: information at segment and group level eliminates inter-segment shipments (which are primarily between Stainless & Electrical Steel and Services & Solutions) and intra-segment shipments, respectively.
Working capital: trade accounts receivable plus inventories less trade accounts payable.
1 The financial information in this press release and Appendix 1 has been prepared in accordance with the measurement and recognition criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted in the European Union. While the interim financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting". Unless otherwise noted the numbers and information in the press release have not been audited. The financial information and certain other information presented in a number of tables in this press release have been rounded to the nearest whole number or the nearest decimal. Therefore, the sum of the numbers in a column may not conform exactly to the total figure given for that column. In addition, certain percentages presented in the tables in this press release reflect calculations based upon the underlying information prior to rounding and, accordingly, may not conform exactly to the percentages that would be derived if the relevant calculations were based upon the rounded numbers. This press release also includes Alternative Performance Measures ("APM" hereafter). The Company believes that these APMs are relevant to enhance the understanding of its financial position and provides additional information to investors and management with respect to the Company's financial performance, capital structure and credit assessment. These non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with and not as an alternative for, Aperam's financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS. Such non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures applied by other companies. The APM's used are defined under Appendix 2 "Terms & definitions".
2 The Leadership Journey(R) is an initiative launched on December 16, 2010, and subsequently accelerated and increased, to target management gains and profit enhancement. The third phase of the Leadership Journey(R) - the Transformation Program - was initially targeting EUR 150 million of additional EBITDA gains per year by the end of 2020. In February 2019, the annualized gains target has been increased by EUR 50 million to reach EUR 200 million by year end 2020.
3 Includes revolving credit facility of EUR 300 million.
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