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Ferroglobe Reports First Quarter Results of 2019

45 Days ago

Sales of $456.8 million; Net Loss of $(28.6) million; Adjusted EBITDA of $11.8 million

  • Q1 sales of $456.8 million, compared to $603.5 million in Q4 2018 and $560.7 million in Q1 2018
  • Q1 net loss of $(28.6) million compared to a net loss of $(74.2) million in Q4 2018 and a net profit of $35.6 million in Q1 2018
  • Q1 adjusted net loss attributable to parent of $(22.3) million compared to a net profit of $4.9 million in Q4 2018 and a net profit of $33.3 million in Q1 2018
  • Q1 adjusted EBITDA of $11.8 million compared to $32.1 million in Q4 2018 and $89.6 million in Q1 2018
  • Net debt at $419.7 million as of March 31, 2019, compared to $428.7 million at the end of the prior quarter
  • Cash position stable at $216.6 million. Total liquidity of $285.2 million.
  • On June 2, 2019, Ferroglobe entered into a definitive agreement to sell the hydro-electric operations of its non-core energy segment in Spain, together with the associated Cee-Dumbría factory (which will be subject to a tolling agreement between Ferroglobe and the factory´s owner), for estimated gross cash proceeds of €170 million (approximately $190 million)

LONDON, June 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) (“Ferroglobe”, the “Company”, or the “Parent”), the world’s leading producer of silicon metal, and a leading silicon- and manganese-based specialty alloys producer, today announced results for the first quarter of 2019.

“Our Q1 results reflect a significant market downturn continuing into 2019. We have reacted swiftly, maintaining our cash position at $217 million, reducing our net debt and reaching a final agreement to divest non-core assets for $190 million,” said Pedro Larrea, CEO of Ferroglobe. “We continue to focus on deleveraging the company, with a target of reaching a net debt level below $200 million, and we have made significant progress in replacing our current RCF with a structure that eliminates leverage-based financial covenants.”

Earnings Highlights

In Q1 2019, Ferroglobe posted a net loss of $(28.6) million, or $(0.16) per share on a fully diluted basis. On an adjusted basis, Q1 2019 net loss was $(22.3) million, or $(0.13) per share on a fully diluted basis.

Q1 2019 reported EBITDA was $11.8 million, up from $(33.6) million in the prior quarter. On an adjusted basis, Q1 2019 EBITDA was $11.8 million, down 63.2% from Q4 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $32.1 million. The Company reported an adjusted EBITDA margin of 2.6% for Q1 2019, compared to an adjusted EBITDA margin of 5.3% for Q4 2018.

                 
    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Year Ended
$,000 (unaudited)   March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018
                         
Revenue    $   456,790     $   603,519     $   560,704     $   2,274,038  
Net (loss) profit   $   (28,554 )   $   (74,155 )   $   35,614     $   24,573  
Diluted EPS   $   (0.16 )   $   (0.35 )   $   0.21     $   0.25  
Adjusted net (loss) income attributable to the parent $   (22,251 )   $   4,876     $   33,296     $   63,932  
Adjusted diluted EPS   $   (0.13 )   $   0.02     $   0.19     $   0.36  
Adjusted EBITDA   $   11,790     $   32,089     $   89,604     $   253,031  
Adjusted EBITDA margin     2.6 %     5.3 %     16.0 %     11.1 %
                                 

“The challenging environment that began in the second half of last year continued into Q1, resulting in a decline in revenues and earnings.  Our focus on cash generation and strengthening our balance sheet during this period has improved our ability to successfully manage through this cyclical industry downturn,” said Mr. Larrea.

“The impact of production cuts, announced by ourselves and other producers, has been offset by a significant decline in demand across most of our end markets,” Mr. Larrea added. “We are cautiously optimistic that the markets will begin to improve toward the end of the year as higher cost producers continue to take capacity off-line.”

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

Cash provided by operations during Q1 2019 was $8.7 million, with working capital decreasing by $5.0 million. Net debt was $419.7 million as of March 31, 2019, down from $428.7 million as of December 31, 2018.

“The change in market sentiment highlights our priority of de-risking the balance sheet.  Continuing in this effort, we are currently pursuing a refinancing of our revolving credit facility in order to remove leverage-based financial covenants, which in tandem with a quarter end cash balance of $216.6 million will provide the Company significant liquidity to endure this cyclical downturn,” commented Phil Murnane, CFO of Ferroglobe. “While our balance sheet is well positioned to see us through the downturn, we are evaluating further capacity curtailments, implementing a new cost cutting plan, and accelerating our cash generating initiatives.”

Sale of FerroAtlántica, S.A.U., with its ten hydroelectric facilities and associated ferroalloys plant

On June 2, 2019 Ferroglobe entered into a definitive agreement to sell the hydro-electric operations of its non-core energy segment in Spain, together with the Cee-Dumbría ferroalloys factory, for estimated gross cash proceeds of €170 million (approximately $190 million). Further details on this transaction appear in a separate press release issued concurrently herewith.

Other recent developments

Ferroglobe is making progress in pursuing financing alternatives and other opportunities to improve its capital structure. The terms, timing and structure of such transaction(s) will depend on market conditions and ongoing discussions in the coming weeks, but the proposed structure would involve a first-lien senior secured term loan secured by U.S. PP&E of up to $125 million and an asset backed loan secured by North American accounts receivable and inventories of up to $140 million. There can be no assurance that any transaction will be consummated, but the Company expects such refinancing to close during the month of June.

“The announced divestiture and the anticipated refinancing of our credit facility will strengthen our balance sheet, resulting in a pro-forma net debt level of around $235 million and significantly improving the Company’s ability to manage through any cyclical downturn,” said Mr. Larrea. “Nevertheless, we continue to focus on deleveraging the company, with a goal of reaching a net debt level below $200 million.”

Discussion of First Quarter 2019 Results

Sales

Sales for Q1 2019 of $456.8 million were 18.5% lower when compared to sales of $560.7 million for Q1 2018. Total shipments were up 3.6% and the average selling price was down 21.9% versus Q1 2018. Sales for Q1 2019 of $456.8 million were down 24.3% when compared to $603.5 million for Q4 2018. For Q1 2019, total shipments were down 23.1% and the average selling price was down 2.0% compared with Q4 2018.

                         
    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended       Quarter Ended       Year Ended
    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   Change   March 31, 2018   Change   December 31, 2018
Shipments in metric tons:                                
Silicon Metal       62,269       93,364   -33.3 %       91,615   -32.0 %       352,578
Silicon-based Alloys       81,801       81,197   0.7 %       76,328   7.2 %       311,703
Manganese-based Alloys       103,669       147,445   -29.7 %       71,176   45.7 %       424,358
Total shipments*       247,739       322,006   -23.1 %       239,119   3.6 %       1,088,639
                                 
Average selling price ($/MT):                                
Silicon Metal   $   2,358   $   2,429   -2.9 %   $   2,762   -14.6 %   $   2,647
Silicon-based Alloys   $   1,669   $   1,719   -2.9 %   $   1,956   -14.7 %   $   1,845
Manganese-based Alloys   $   1,172   $   1,158   1.2 %   $   1,375   -14.8 %   $   1,244
Total*   $   1,634   $   1,668   -2.0 %   $   2,092   -21.9 %   $   1,870
                                 
Average selling price ($/lb.):                                
Silicon Metal   $   1.07   $   1.10   -2.9 %   $   1.25   -14.6 %   $   1.20
Silicon-based Alloys   $   0.76   $   0.78   -2.9 %   $   0.89   -14.7 %   $   0.84
Manganese-based Alloys   $   0.53   $   0.53   1.2 %   $   0.62   -14.8 %   $   0.56
Total*   $   0.74   $   0.76   -2.0 %   $   0.95   -21.9 %   $   0.85
                                 
* Excludes by-products and other 
 

Sales Prices & Volumes By Product

During Q1 2019, average selling prices decreased by 2.0% for total products as compared to Q4 2018.  Q1 average selling prices of silicon metal decreased 2.9%, silicon-based alloys decreased 2.9%, and manganese-based alloys increased 1.2%. During Q1 2019, sales volumes decreased by 23.1% as compared to Q4 2018.  Q1 sales volumes of silicon metal decreased 33.3%, silicon-based alloys increased 0.7%, and manganese-based alloys decreased 29.7% as compared to Q4 2018.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales was $329.5 million in Q1 2019, a decrease from $448.3 million in Q4 2018.  Cost of sales as a percentage of sales decreased to 72.1% in Q1 2019 from 74.3% for Q4 2018.

Staff Costs

Staff costs was $74.8 million in Q1 2019, a decrease from $81.2 million in Q4 2018, primarily due to the reduction of wages as a result of the idling of Niagara Falls, New York and Selma, Alabama plants. 

Operating Loss

Operating loss was $(20.3) million in Q1 2019 compared to an operating loss of $(63.6) million in Q4 2018. Q4 2018 operating loss included $58.9 million of impairment losses and a reduction of the bargain purchase gain relating to the acquisition of the manganese smelting assets at Dunkirk and Mo i Rana of $4.5 million. 

Net Loss Attributable to the Parent

In Q1 2019, net loss attributable to the Parent was $(26.8) million, or $(0.16) per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to the Parent of $(59.2) million, or ($0.35) per diluted share in Q4 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA

In Q1 2019, adjusted EBITDA was $11.8 million, or 2.6% of sales, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $32.1 million, or 5.3% of sales in Q4 2018.

Conference Call

Ferroglobe management will review the first quarter results of 2019 during a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on June 4, 2019.

The dial-in number for participants in the United States is 877‑293‑5491 (conference ID 2180878). International callers should dial +1 914‑495‑8526 (conference ID 2180878). Please dial in at least five minutes prior to the call to register. The call may also be accessed via an audio webcast available at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/3578ay6h.

About Ferroglobe

Ferroglobe is one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon metal, silicon-based and manganese-based specialty alloys and other ferroalloys, serving a customer base across the globe in dynamic and fast-growing end markets, such as solar, automotive, consumer products, construction and energy. The Company is based in London. For more information, visit http://investor.ferroglobe.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but are based on certain assumptions of management and describe the Company’s future plans, strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements often use forward-looking terminology, including words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “guidance”, “intends”, “likely”, “may”, “plan”, “potential”, “predicts”, “seek”, “will” and words of similar meaning or the negative thereof.

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on information currently available to the Company and assumptions that management believe to be reasonable, but are inherently uncertain. As a result, Ferroglobe’s actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control.

Forward-looking financial information and other metrics presented herein represent the Company’s goals and are not intended as guidance or projections for the periods referenced herein or any future periods.

All information in this press release is as of the date of its release. Ferroglobe does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect new information, events or circumstances arising after the date of this press release. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release.

Non-IFRS Measures

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted profit per ordinary share, and adjusted profit are non-IFRS financial metrics that, we believe, are pertinent measures of Ferroglobe’s success. Ferroglobe has included these financial metrics to provide supplemental measures of its performance. The Company believes these metrics are important because they eliminate items that have less bearing on the Company’s current and future operating performance and highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures.

INVESTOR CONTACT:

Gaurav Mehta
EVP – Investor Relations
Email:   investor.relations@ferroglobe.com

 
Ferroglobe PLC and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statement
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
                           
    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Year Ended  
    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018  
Sales   $   456,790     $   603,519     $   560,704     $   2,274,038    
Cost of sales       (329,492 )       (448,333 )       (320,678 )       (1,447,354 )  
Other operating income       14,083         25,039         6,786         46,037    
Staff costs       (74,757 )       (81,230 )       (82,423 )       (341,064 )  
Other operating expense       (54,297 )       (73,160 )       (70,862 )       (283,930 )  
Depreciation and amortization charges, operating allowances and write-downs       (32,077 )       (30,062 )       (28,016 )       (119,137 )  
Bargain purchase gain       —         (4,491 )       —         40,142    
Impairment losses       (140 )       (58,919 )       —         (58,919 )  
Other (loss) gain       (397 )       4,005         (37 )       6,941    
Operating (loss) profit       (20,287 )       (63,632 )       65,474         116,754    
Net finance expense       (14,756 )       (15,128 )       (13,156 )       (56,648 )  
Financial derivatives gain (loss)       1,264         1,383         (1,765 )       2,838    
Exchange differences       (1,479 )       (3,086 )       729         (14,136 )  
(Loss) profit before tax       (35,258 )       (80,463 )       51,282         48,808    
Income tax benefit (expense)        6,704         6,308         (15,668 )       (24,235 )  
(Loss) profit for the period       (28,554 )       (74,155 )       35,614         24,573    
Loss attributable to non-controlling interest       1,724         14,943         1,066         19,088    
(Loss) profit attributable to the parent   $   (26,830 )   $   (59,212 )   $   36,680     $   43,661    
                           
                           
EBITDA   $   11,790     $   (33,570 )   $   93,490     $   235,891    
Adjusted EBITDA   $   11,790     $   32,089     $   89,604     $   253,031    
                           
Weighted average shares outstanding                          
Basic       170,183         170,183         171,977         171,406    
Diluted       170,183         170,183         172,215         171,530    
                           
(Loss) profit per ordinary share                          
Basic   $   (0.16 )   $   (0.35 )   $   0.21     $   0.25    
Diluted   $   (0.16 )   $   (0.35 )   $   0.21     $   0.25    

 

 
Ferroglobe PLC and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
                     
    March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2019   2018   2018
ASSETS
Non-current assets                    
Goodwill   $     203,472   $   202,848   $   204,537
Other intangible assets         69,399       51,822       61,774
Property, plant and equipment         890,436       888,862       980,101
Non-current financial assets          54,979       70,343       147,744
Deferred tax assets         7,135       14,589       6,581
Non-current receivables from related parties         2,247       2,288       2,464
Other non-current assets         10,435       10,486       32,125
Total non-current assets         1,238,103       1,241,238       1,435,326
Current assets                    
Inventories         451,753       456,970       493,108
Trade and other receivables         127,992       155,996       142,641
Current receivables from related parties         6,556       14,226       8,841
Current income tax assets         26,855       27,404       6,524
Current financial assets         2,191       2,523       897
Other current assets         13,721       8,813       16,095
Cash and cash equivalents         216,627       216,647       197,669
Total current assets         845,695       882,579       865,775
Total assets   $     2,083,798   $   2,123,817   $   2,301,101
                     
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Equity   $     855,099   $   884,372   $   979,504
Non-current liabilities                    
Deferred income         11,676       1,434       7,321
Provisions         76,613       75,787       82,957
Bank borrowings         131,366       132,821       71,242
Lease liabilities         66,992       53,472       68,101
Debt instruments          342,222       341,657       341,036
Other financial liabilities         27,109       32,788       58,288
Other non-current liabilities         25,080       25,030       64,457
Deferred tax liabilities         61,887       77,379       64,733
Total non-current liabilities         742,945       740,368       758,135
Current liabilities                    
Provisions         47,619       40,570       30,162
Bank borrowings         19,100       8,191       850
Lease liabilities         20,616       12,999       13,478
Debt instruments          2,734       10,937       2,735
Other financial liabilities         51,618       52,524       91,243
Payables to related parties         12,199       11,128       10,671
Trade and other payables         228,649       256,823       298,438
Current income tax liabilities         4,369       2,335       5,889
Other current liabilities         98,850       103,570       109,996
Total current liabilities         485,754       499,077       563,462
Total equity and liabilities   $     2,083,798   $   2,123,817   $   2,301,101
                     

 

Ferroglobe PLC and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
                             
    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended     Year Ended  
    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018     December 31, 2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:                            
(Loss) profit for the period   $   (28,554 )   $   (74,155 )   $   35,614       $   24,573    
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) profit
to net cash used by operating activities:
                           
Income tax (benefit) expense       (6,704 )       (6,308 )       15,668           24,235    
Depreciation and amortization charges,
operating allowances and write-downs
      32,077         30,062         28,016           119,137    
Net finance expense       14,756         15,128         13,156           56,648    
Financial derivatives (gain) loss       (1,264 )       (1,383 )       1,765           (2,838 )  
Exchange differences       1,479         3,086         (729 )         14,136    
Impairment losses       140         58,919         —           58,919    
Bargain purchase gain       —         4,491         —           (40,142 )  
Share-based compensation       1,332         1,016         699           2,798    
Other adjustments       397         (4,005 )       37           (6,941 )  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities                            
Decrease (increase) in inventories       35         91,173         (107,481 )         (101,024 )  
Decrease (increase) in trade receivables       28,371         (12,261 )       (513 )         (25,807 )  
(Decrease) increase in trade payables       (22,967 )       5,772         70,375           55,410    
Other       9,787         6,509         (49,770 )         (25,901 )  
Income taxes paid       (1,680 )       (6,983 )       (9,982 )         (36,408 )  
Interest paid       (18,508 )       (4,360 )       (17,301 )         (43,018 )  
Net cash provided (used) by operating activities       8,697         106,701         (20,446 )         73,777    
Cash flows from investing activities:                            
Interest and finance income received       390         843         79           3,833    
Payments due to investments:                            
Acquisition of subsidiary       —         —         (20,379 )         (20,379 )  
Other intangible assets       (134 )       (240 )       (703 )         (3,313 )  
Property, plant and equipment       (13,448 )       (28,131 )       (22,531 )         (106,136 )  
Disposals:                            
Disposal of subsidiary       —         20,533         —           20,533    
Other non-current assets       —         —         —           12,734    
Other       1,759         —         4,010           6,853    
Net cash used by investing activities       (11,433 )       (6,995 )       (39,524 )         (85,875 )  
Cash flows from financing activities:                            
Dividends paid       —         —         —           (20,642 )  
Payment for debt issuance costs       (705 )       (429 )       (4,476 )         (4,905 )  
Repayment of other financial liabilities       —         —         —           (33,096 )  
Increase/(decrease) in bank borrowings:                            
Borrowings       31,850         6,882         182,364           252,200    
Payments       (20,811 )       —         (106,514 )         (106,514 )  
Proceeds from stock option exercises       —         —         —           240    
Other amounts paid due to financing activities       (5,708 )       (3,178 )       (2,987 )         (13,880 )  
Payments to acquire or redeem own shares       —         (16,598 )       —           (20,100 )  
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities       4,626         (13,323 )       68,387           53,303    
Total net cash flows for the period       1,890         86,383         8,417           41,205    
Beginning balance of cash and cash equivalents       216,647         131,671         184,472           184,472    
Exchange differences on cash and
cash equivalents in foreign currencies
      (1,910 )       (1,407 )       4,780           (9,030 )  
Ending balance of cash and cash equivalents   $   216,627     $   216,647     $   197,669       $   216,647    
                             

Adjusted EBITDA ($,000):

 

    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Year Ended
    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018
(Loss) profit attributable to the parent   $   (26,830 )   $   (59,212 )   $   36,680     $   43,661  
Loss attributable to non-controlling interest       (1,724 )       (14,943 )       (1,066 )       (19,088 )
Income tax (benefit) expense        (6,704 )       (6,308 )       15,668         24,235  
Net finance expense       14,756         15,128         13,156         56,648  
Financial derivatives (gain) loss       (1,264 )       (1,383 )       1,765         (2,838 )
Exchange differences       1,479         3,086         (729 )       14,136  
Depreciation and amortization charges, operating allowances and write-downs       32,077         30,062         28,016         119,137  
EBITDA       11,790         (33,570 )       93,490         235,891  
Impairment       —         65,300         —         65,300  
Revaluation of biological assets       —         7,615         —         7,615  
Bargain purchase gain       —         4,491         —         (40,142 )
Gain on sale of hydro plant assets       —         (11,747 )       —         (11,747 )
Share-based compensation       —         —         (3,886 )       (3,886 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $   11,790     $   32,089     $   89,604     $   253,031  
                         

Adjusted profit attributable to Ferroglobe ($,000):

    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Year Ended
    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018
(Loss) profit attributable to the parent   $   (26,830 )   $   (59,212 )   $   36,680     $   43,661  
Tax rate adjustment       4,579         19,440         (742 )       8,616  
Impairment       —         44,404         —         44,404  
Revaluation of biological assets       —         5,178         —         5,178  
Bargain purchase gain       —         3,054         —         (27,297 )
Gain on sale of hydro plant assets       —         (7,988 )       —         (7,988 )
Share-based compensation       —         —         (2,642 )       (2,642 )
Adjusted (loss) profit attributable to the parent   $   (22,251 )   $   4,876     $   33,296     $   63,932  
                         

Adjusted diluted profit per share:

    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended   Year Ended
    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018
Diluted (loss) profit per ordinary share   $   (0.16 )   $   (0.35 )   $   0.21     $   0.25  
Tax rate adjustment       0.03         0.11               0.05  
Impairment       —         0.26         —         0.26  
Revaluation of biological assets       —         0.03         —         0.03  
Bargain purchase gain       —         0.02         —         (0.16 )
Gain on sale of hydro plant assets       —         (0.05 )       —         (0.05 )
Share-based compensation       —         —         (0.02 )       (0.02 )
Adjusted diluted (loss) profit per ordinary share   $   (0.13 )   $   0.02     $   0.19     $   0.36  
                         

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