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AMG Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2016 Results and Provides Update on Lithium Project

03/09/2017


  

Key Highlights

  • Revenue increased by 8% to $237.9 million in the fourth quarter 2016 from $220.8 million in the fourth quarter 2015
  • EBITDA(2) was $30.0 million in the fourth quarter 2016, a 210% increase over the same period in 2015, and represents the highest quarterly EBITDA in 5 years
  • On a full year basis, EBITDA in 2016 increased by 33% to $100.7 million, from $75.6 million in the prior year
  • Full year EPS, on a fully diluted basis, increased by 230% to $1.32 in 2016 from $0.40 in 2015
  • Return on capital employed increased to 18.8% in 2016, as compared to 12.0% in 2015
  • Total 2016 dividend proposed of €0.27 per ordinary share, including the interim dividend of €0.13, paid on August 16, 2016
  • AMG's lithium project is progressing in-line with expectations, with production expected to commence mid-2018

Amsterdam, 9 March 2017 (Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") reported fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $237.9 million, an 8% increase from $220.8 million in the fourth quarter 2015. EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2016 was $30.0 million, a 210% increase from $9.7 million in the fourth quarter 2015. Net income attributable to shareholders increased to $10.0 million in the fourth quarter 2016 from a loss of $0.3 million in the fourth quarter 2015. On a full year basis, EBITDA increased by 33% to $100.7 million, from $75.6 million in the prior year, despite an increase in AMG's Performance Share Unit ("PSU") plan costs of $4.5 million, compared to the same period in 2015, driven by AMG's strong share price performance in 2016.

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said, "AMG's focus on operational excellence and price risk management resulted in very strong financial results in the fourth quarter 2016. Both AMG Critical Materials and AMG Engineering generated triple-digit percentage improvements in quarterly EBITDA compared to the same period in 2015.

AMG Critical Materials generated EBITDA of $22.1 million during the fourth quarter 2016, an increase of 214% from $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. All operating units within AMG Critical Materials performed well during the quarter, due to a combination of lower operating costs, improved product mix, strong sales volumes and improving vanadium prices. Despite improvements in select materials prices in 2016, current prices for many of our products still reside in the lowest quartile when analyzed over a 10-year timeframe.

AMG Engineering achieved EBITDA of $7.9 million during the fourth quarter 2016, an increase of 199% from $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. AMG Engineering signed $61.7 million in new orders during the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 29% from $48.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. New innovations continue to have a positive impact on the results of AMG Engineering, such as our industry leading SyncroTherm® heat treatment furnaces; powder metallurgy furnaces related to additive manufacturing; titanium remelting furnaces; and turbine blade coating plants. These innovative product offerings continue to drive a significant portion of sales and profitability for the division.

On a full year basis, AMG generated cash from operating activities of $56.2 million, a decrease of 26% from $76.3 million in 2015. The full year 2016 operating cash flows include voluntary cash contributions to the Company's pension plans of $23.1 million made during the year. This strong cash generation enabled AMG to fund a substantial investment in growth capital expenditures during 2016."

Key Figures

In 000's US Dollar            
  Q4 '16 Q4 '15 Change FY '16 FY '15 Change
Revenue $237,874 $220,842 8% $971,148 $977,143 (1%)
Gross profit (3) 42,985 35,396 21% 186,808 156,857 19%
Gross margin 18.1% 16.0%   19.2% 16.1%  
             
Operating profit 11,858 4,191 183% 59,868 36,163 66%
Operating margin 5.0% 1.9%   6.2% 3.7%  
             
Profit before income tax 11,844 2,275 421% 49,667 28,568 74%
             
Net income (loss) attributable to shareholders 9,956 (337) N/A 40,558 11,080 266%
             
EPS - Fully diluted 0.32 (0.01) N/A 1.32 0.40 230%
             
EBIT (1) 22,180 2,043 986% 70,811 46,032 54%
EBITDA (2)  30,011 9,676 210% 100,652 75,622 33%
EBITDA margin 12.6% 4.4%   10.4% 7.7%  
             
Cash from operating activities 15,553 33,550 (54%) 56,225 76,308 (26%)

Notes: 

  1. EBIT is defined as earnings before interest and income taxes. EBIT excludes restructuring and equity-settled share-based payments and includes foreign currency gains or losses.
  2. EBITDA is defined as EBIT adjusted for depreciation and amortization.
  3. Gross Profit has been restated to include restructuring expenses and asset impairment expenses, in order to take into consideration ESMA's latest recommendations.

Operational Review

AMG Critical Materials

  Q4 '16 Q4 '15 Change FY '16 FY '15 Change
Revenue $165,970 $166,275 - % $701,634 $757,492 (7%)
Gross profit  29,628  * 23,348 27%  **129,991 ** 109,538 19%
Gross profit before non-
  recurring items
31,802  * 20,733 53%  **132,533 ** 111,153 19%
Operating profit 9,762 2,559 281% 44,362 31,630 40%
EBITDA 22,121 7,039 214% 73,618 60,798 21%
         

* Includes $4.4 million non-cash expense related to vanadium, nickel and molybdenum inventory adjustments in the fourth quarter 2015

** FY '15 includes $6.5 million non-cash expense related to vanadium, nickel and molybdenum inventory adjustments in the full year 2015; FY '16 includes $5.1 million non-cash benefit related to reversal of previously expensed vanadium, nickel and molybdenum inventory adjustments

AMG Critical Materials fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $166.0 million was in-line with prior year. Lower quarter-over-quarter sales in AMG Silicon, AMG Aluminum and AMG Brazil, were offset by stronger sales from AMG Vanadium, AMG Titanium Alloys & Coatings, AMG Antimony and AMG Superalloys.

Gross profit before non-recurring items in the fourth quarter increased by $11.1 million, or 53%, to $31.8 million, due to strong financial performance across all AMG Critical Materials business units. AMG Vanadium gross profit improved significantly in the fourth quarter 2016, due to higher volumes and improving vanadium prices. In addition, AMG Vanadium incurred a non-cash inventory adjustment expense of $4.4 million in the prior year due to rapidly falling vanadium, nickel and molybdenum prices.

AMG Titanium Alloys & Coatings and AMG Superalloys quarterly gross profits benefited from higher sales volumes of Titanium Aluminides and Chrome Metal, respectively, compared to the prior year. AMG Brazil, AMG Graphite and AMG Antimony quarterly gross profits also improved due to a combination of lower operating costs and product mix effects. Quarterly gross profits in AMG Silicon and AMG Aluminum were in-line with the prior year.

Gross margin before non-recurring items improved to 19% from 12% in the fourth quarter of 2015 due to improved vanadium pricing, higher volumes and lower costs.

EBITDA increased by $15.1 million to $22.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, driven primarily by higher gross profit and lower segment specific SG&A expenses.

AMG Engineering

  Q4 '16 Q4 '15 Change FY '16 FY '15 Change
Revenue $71,904 $54,567 32% $269,514 $219,651 23%
Gross profit 13,357 12,048 11% 56,817 47,319 20%
Gross profit before non-
  recurring items
16,625 11,652 43% 60,473 48,807 24%
Operating profit 2,096 1,632 28% 15,506 4,533 242%
EBITDA 7,890 2,637 199% 27,034 14,824 82%

AMG Engineering signed $61.7 million in new orders during the fourth quarter of 2016, representing a 0.86x book to bill ratio. Order backlog was $135.5 million as of December 31, 2016, a 4% reduction from $140.9 million as of December 31, 2015. On a full year basis, AMG Engineering signed $273.1 million in new orders, representing a 1.01x book to bill ratio.

AMG Engineering's fourth quarter 2016 revenue increased $17.3 million, or 32%, to $71.9 million, the highest quarterly revenue in 5 years, due to strong sales of plasma remelting, induction and turbine blade coating furnaces for the aerospace market.

Fourth quarter 2016 gross profit before non-recurring items increased by $5.0 million, or 43%, to $16.6 million, due to higher revenues. Gross margin before non-recurring items improved to 23% from 21% in the fourth quarter of 2015 due to product mix effects.

EBITDA increased by $5.3 million to $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, driven by higher gross profit.

Financial Review

Tax

AMG recorded an income tax expense of $8.1 million in 2016 as compared to $18.7 million in 2015. The income tax expense in 2015 was negatively impacted by the currency effect of the Brazilian Real on deferred tax balances. Due to the volatile nature of the company's deferred tax balances, AMG believes that the cash tax rate is a more meaningful metric.

AMG paid taxes of $6.6 million in 2016 as compared to $5.7 million in 2015. For 2016, AMG's effective cash tax rate was 13%, as compared to 20% in 2015.

Non-Recurring Items

AMG's fourth quarter 2016 and full year 2016 gross profit of $186.8 million includes non-recurring items, which are not included in the calculation of EBITDA.

A summary of non-recurring items in 2016 and 2015 are below:

Non-recurring items included in gross profit

  Q4 '16 Q4 '15 Change FY '16 FY '15 Change
Gross profit $42,985 $35,396 21% $186,808 $156,857 19%
Restructuring expense 3,466 ($3,011) N/A 4,222 3,103 36%
Asset impairment expense 1,976 - N/A 1,976 - N/A
Gross profit before non-recurring items 48,427 32,385 50% 193,006 159,960 21%

Gross profit before non-recurring items by reporting segment

  Q4 '16 Q4 '15 Change FY '16 FY '15 Change
AMG Critical Materials $31,802 $20,733 53% $132,533 $111,153 19%
AMG Engineering 16,625 11,652 43% 60,473 48,807 24%
Gross profit before non-recurring items 48,427 32,385 50% 193,006 159,960 21%

AMG Critical Materials and AMG Engineering gross profit in the fourth quarter 2016 was negatively impacted by restructuring related to cost reduction initiatives in Germany and France, respectively.

The Company decided to modify its income statement presentation in order to take into consideration ESMA's latest recommendations. This new presentation resulted in a reclassification of restructuring expenses and asset impairment expenses into expenses by function, and consequently gross profit. Accordingly, the comparative figures of the 2016 consolidated financial statements have been restated to comply with IFRS requirements.

Environmental expense

  Q4 '16 Q4 '15 Change FY '16 FY '15 Change
Environmental 1,828 1,529 20% 1,873 (757) N/A
of which non-recurring 1,277 1,529 (16%) 1,277 1,529 (16%)

During the fourth quarter 2016, AMG recorded non-recurring environmental expense of $1.3 million related to its Newfield, NJ site, which are not included in the calculation of EBITDA.

Liquidity

  December 31, 2016 December 31, 2015 Change
Total debt $168,080 $126,743 33%
Cash and cash equivalents 160,744 127,778 26%
Net debt (cash) 7,336 (1,035) N/A

AMG had a net debt position of $7.3 million as of December 31, 2016. Net debt increased by $8.4 million from December 31, 2015, while gross debt increased by $41.3 million, driven by the increased term loan associated with the new debt facility.

Cash from operating activities decreased to $56.2 million in 2016 from $76.3 million in 2015. As noted above, the Company made $23.1 million of discretionary pension contributions during the year. These contributions drove the decline in cash from operating activities from prior year.

Capital expenditures increased to $44.1 million in 2016 compared to $23.3 million in 2015. Capital spending in 2016 included $18.4 million of maintenance capital, compared to $13.1 million in 2015. The largest expansion capital projects in 2016 were AMG's lithium project in Brazil, Ancuabe graphite mine project in Mozambique, titanium aluminide expansion in Germany and silicon furnace upgrade in Germany.

Including the $161 million of cash, AMG had $343 million of total liquidity as of December 31, 2016.

Net Finance Costs

AMG's fourth quarter 2016 net finance costs were less than $0.1 million compared to $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease was primarily due to currency gains associated with the Mozambique Metical during the quarter.

SG&A

AMG's fourth quarter 2016 SG&A expenses were $30.0 million, down 1% from the same period in the prior year.

Full year 2016 SG&A expenses were $130.8 million, a 7% increase from $122.3 million in 2015, driven by an increase in PSU plan costs of $4.5 million and an increase in personnel costs of $2.4 million.

Final Dividend Proposed

AMG intends to declare a dividend of €0.27 per ordinary share over the financial year 2016. The interim dividend of €0.13, paid on August 16, 2016, will be deducted from the amount to be distributed to shareholders. The proposed final dividend per ordinary share therefore amounts to €0.14.

The full year dividend proposed in 2016 represents an increase of 29% compared to the full year dividend paid in 2015. This increase reflects AMG's commitment to return value to shareholders.

A proposal to resolve upon the final dividend distribution will be included on the agenda for the annual general meeting to be held on May 4, 2017.

Lithium Project Update

AMG's lithium project is progressing in-line with expectations, and production is expected to commence mid-2018. Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter 2016 related to the lithium project were $5.8 million.

On March 3, 2017, AMG announced that its subsidiary AMG Mineração, Brazil, had signed a multi-year contract to supply 90,000 tons per year of lithium concentrate, for conversion into lithium chemicals, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018. Sales prices under the agreement are partially indexed to the published market price of lithium carbonate, subject to a contractual minimum threshold. The sales price (CIF China), determined with reference to the current published lithium carbonate market price, would exceed $800 per ton lithium concentrate.

In the second quarter 2017, AMG Mineração will finalize and publish an updated resource statement for the Mibra mine. The Company targets to double its annual lithium concentrate production capacity to 180,000 tons by end of 2019.

Outlook and Strategy

AMG is well positioned to maintain full year 2016 levels of profitability in 2017, subject to a high degree of global uncertainty.

AMG's management team is focused on delivering our highly accretive lithium project and executing our long term, transformational lithium strategy. In addition, we will continue to pursue other acquisition opportunities and organic growth projects in order to generate long term value for our shareholders.



AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.    
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement    
     
For the quarter ended December 31    
In thousands of US Dollars 2016 2015
  Unaudited Unaudited*
Continuing operations    
Revenue 237,874 220,842
Cost of sales 194,889 185,446
Gross profit 42,985 35,396
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses 29,989 30,400
     
Environmental 1,828 1,529
Other income, net (690) (724)
Net other operating expenses 1,138 805
     
Operating profit 11,858 4,191
     
Finance income (808) (786)
Finance expense 2,861 2,219
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (2,039) 865
Net finance costs 14 2,298
     
Share of gain of associates and joint ventures, net of tax - 382
     
Profit before income tax 11,844 2,275
     
Income tax expense  879 4,416
     
Profit (loss) for the period 10,965 (2,141)
     
Attributable to:    
Shareholders of the Company 9,956 (337)
Non-controlling interests 1,009 (1,804)
Profit (loss) for the period 10,965 (2,141)
     
Earnings per share    
Basic earnings per share 0.35 (0.01)
Diluted earnings per share 0.32 (0.01)

*AMG modified December 31, 2015 Income Statement presentation in order to take into consideration ESMA's latest recommendations.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.    
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement    
     
For the year ended December 31    
In thousands of US Dollars 2016 2015
  Unaudited Unaudited*
Continuing operations    
Revenue 971,148 977,143
Cost of sales 784,340 820,286
Gross profit 186,808 156,857
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses 130,750 122,331
     
Environmental 1,873 (757)
Other income, net (5,683) (880)
Net other operating (income) expenses (3,810) (1,637)
     
Operating profit 59,868 36,163
     
Finance income (1,267) (1,328)
Finance expense 13,667 11,267
Foreign exchange gain (395) (1,712)
Net finance costs 12,005 8,227
     
Share of gain of associates and joint ventures, net of tax 1,804 632
     
Profit before income tax 49,667 28,568
     
Income tax expense  8,096 18,651
     
Profit for the year 41,571 9,917
     
Attributable to:    
Shareholders of the Company 40,558 11,080
Non-controlling interests 1,013 (1,163)
Profit for the year 41,571 9,917
     
Earnings per share    
Basic earnings per share 1.45 0.40
Diluted earnings per share 1.32 0.40

*AMG modified December 31, 2015 Income Statement presentation in order to take into consideration ESMA's latest recommendations.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.    
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position     
     
As at December 31    
In thousands of US Dollars    2016
Unaudited
2015
Assets    
Property, plant and equipment 226,098 215,833
Goodwill 22,729 18,676
Intangible assets 10,486 10,246
Investments in associates and joint ventures - 2,230
Derivative financial instruments 740 -
Other investments 29,930 14,000
Deferred tax assets 41,285 31,551
Restricted cash 2,526 2,527
Other assets 17,207 19,883
Total non-current assets 351,001 314,946
Inventories 143,593 126,389
Derivative financial instruments 4,007 978
Trade and other receivables 129,220 124,270
Other assets 31,598 27,648
Cash and cash equivalents 160,744 127,778
Assets held for sale 149 673
Total current assets 469,311 407,736
Total assets 820,312 722,682




AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.   
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position     
(continued)   
    
As at December 31    
In thousands of US Dollars    2016
Unaudited
2015
Equity    
Issued capital 760 745
Share premium 389,066 382,978
Treasury shares (570) -
Other reserves (35,950) (49,500)
Retained earnings (deficit) (177,592) (205,662)
Equity attributable to shareholders of the Company 175,714 128,561
     
Non-controlling interests 22,073 25,006
Total equity 197,787 153,567
     
Liabilities    
Loans and borrowings 150,959 112,217
Employee benefits 141,588 137,853
Provisions 30,854 29,617
Deferred revenue 2,822 13,539
Government grants 390 536
Other liabilities 6,484 8,821
Derivative financial instruments 887 5,642
Deferred tax liabilities 8,435 11,691
Total non-current liabilities 342,419 319,916
     
Loans and borrowings 9,621 3,222
Short term bank debt 7,500 11,304
Government grants 97 99
Liabilities associated with assets held for sale - 423
Other liabilities 57,431 42,872
Trade and other payables 133,328 108,019
Derivative financial instruments 4,661 8,379
Advance payments 29,404 44,184
Deferred revenue 10,198 16,124
Current taxes payable 7,065 3,093
Provisions 20,801 11,480
Total current liabilities 280,106 249,199
Total liabilities 622,525 569,115
Total equity and liabilities 820,312 722,682




AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.    
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows    
 

For the year ended December 31
   
In thousands of US Dollars 2016 2015
  Unaudited  
Cash from operating activities    
Profit for the year 41,571 9,917
Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash flows:    
Non-cash:    
Income tax expense 8,096 18,651
Depreciation and amortization 29,841 29,590
Asset impairment expense 1,976 -
Net finance costs 12,005 8,227
Share of profit of associates and joint ventures (1,804) (632)
Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment (4,501) 2
Equity-settled share-based payment transactions 3,073 5,041
Movement in provisions, pensions and government grants (13,000) 1,062
Working capital and deferred revenue adjustments (7,737) 21,551
Cash generated from operating activities 69,520 93,409
Finance costs paid, net (6,707) (11,394)
Income tax paid, net (6,588) (5,707)
Net cash from operating activities 56,225 76,308
     
Cash used in investing activities    
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 1,546 709
Proceeds from sale of subsidiaries (net of cash divested of $1,820 (2015:$1,384)) 6,512 (1,567)
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangibles (44,086) (23,264)
Acquisition of subsidiaries (net of cash acquired of $35) (4,961) -
Change in restricted cash (93) 4,812
Acquisition of other non-current investments (1,000) (1,200)
Other (61) (16)
Net cash used in investing activities (42,143) (20,526)




AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.    
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows    
(continued)    
For the year ended December 31    
In thousands of US Dollars 2016 2015
  Unaudited  
Cash from (used in) financing activities    
Proceeds from issuance of debt 163,190 188,890
Payment of transaction costs related to debt issuance (3,978) (5,081)
Repayment of borrowings (122,607) (248,490)
Change in non-controlling interests (5,600) 38,740
Net repurchase of common stock (259) -
Dividends paid (7,558) (3,134)
Other 91 (34)
Net cash from (used in) financing activities 23,279 (29,109)
     
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 37,361 26,673
     
Cash and cash equivalents at January 1 127,778 108,029
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held (4,395) (6,924)
Cash and cash equivalents at December 31 160,744 127,778

 

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About AMG

AMG is a global critical materials company at the forefront of CO2 reduction trends. AMG produces highly engineered specialty metals and mineral products and provides related vacuum furnace systems and services to the transportation, infrastructure, energy, and specialty metals & chemicals end markets.

AMG Critical Materials produces aluminum master alloys and powders, titanium alloys and coatings, ferrovanadium, natural graphite, chromium metal, antimony, tantalum, niobium and silicon metal. AMG Engineering designs, engineers, and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities, primarily for the transportation and energy industries.

With approximately 3,000 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, China, Mexico, Brazil and Sri Lanka, and has sales and customer service offices in Russia and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).  

For further information, please contact:
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.         +1 610 293 5804
Steve Daniels
Senior Vice President
sdaniels@amg-nv.com

Disclaimer

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