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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results
03 August 2017

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

 

Key Highlights

  • Revenue increased by 6% to $262.0 million in the second quarter 2017 from $248.3 million in the second quarter 2016
  • EBITDA(2) was $31.9 million in the second quarter 2017, a 22% increase over the same period in 2016
  • Operating profit increased by 19% to $22.6 million in the second quarter 2017 from $19.0 million in the second quarter 2016
  • Cash from operating activities on a year to date basis was $28.5 million, an increase of $8.5 million over the same period in 2016
  • Annualized return on capital employed increased to 23.9% in the second quarter 2017, as compared to 17.8% in the second quarter 2016

 

 

Amsterdam, 3 August 2017 (Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") reported second quarter 2017 revenue of $262.0 million, a 6% increase from $248.3 million in the second quarter 2016. EBITDA for the second quarter 2017 was $31.9 million, a 22% increase from $26.0 million in the second quarter 2016. Net income attributable to shareholders slightly decreased to $13.1 million in the second quarter 2017 from $13.4 million in the second quarter 2016.

 

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said, "We are very pleased that AMG's strong cash flow generation for the first six months of 2017 enabled the Company to end the quarter with net debt in line with the prior year end, despite substantial capital investments in the first half of 2017 in AMG's lithium project in Brazil, and titanium aluminide expansion in Germany.

 

AMG's lithium project continues to progress in line with our expectations and we intend to make a formal investment decision regarding our targeted expansion to 180,000 tons of lithium concentrate production capacity before the end of the year.

 

AMG Engineering achieved EBITDA of $8.0 million during the second quarter 2017, a 43% increase from $5.6 million in the second quarter 2016. AMG Engineering signed $76.9 million in new orders during the second quarter 2017, representing a 1.29x book to bill ratio. The Engineering segment continues to experience strong demand for turbine blade coating, powder metallurgy and plasma remelting furnaces for the aerospace market and heat treatment furnaces for the automotive market. Order backlog was $183.3 million as of June 30, 2017, an increase of 35% compared to December 31, 2016. The strong results in AMG Engineering reflect our efforts to diversify our product offerings in recent years, including the introduction of powder metallurgy and SyncroTherm in-line heat treatment furnaces.

 

AMG Critical Materials generated EBITDA of $23.9 million during the second quarter 2017, thanks to strong financial performance in vanadium and titanium alloys, and the recognition of $3.0 million in business interruption insurance, following the fire at the Mibra mine in Brazil.

 

In the second quarter of 2017, AMG generated cash from operating activities of $10.6 million, a decrease of $13.7 million over the same period in 2016. On a year to date basis, AMG generated cash from operating activities of $28.5 million in 2017, an increase of $8.5 million compared to the same period in 2016."

 

 

Key Figures

 

In 000's US Dollar

 

 

 

 

Q2 '17

Q2 '16

Change

Revenue

$262,042

$248,349

6%

Gross profit

54,344

53,302

2%

Gross margin

20.7%

21.5%

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

22,577

18,967

19%

Operating margin

8.6%

7.6%

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to shareholders

13,115

13,447

(2%)

 

 

 

 

EPS - Fully diluted

0.42

0.48

(13%)

 

 

 

 

EBIT (1)

24,369

18,585

31%

EBITDA (2) 

31,866

26,049

22%

EBITDA margin

12.2%

10.5%

 

 

 

 

 

Cash from operating activities 

10,633

24,315

(56%)

Note: 

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.

 

Operational Review

 

AMG Critical Materials

 

Q2 '17

Q2 '16

Change

Revenue

$202,625

$181,619

12%

Gross profit

 37,583

* 37,953

(1%)

Operating profit

16,896

15,016

13%

EBITDA

23,883

20,485

17%

 

 

 

 

* Includes $3.6 million non-cash benefit related to reversal of previously expensed vanadium, nickel and molybdenum inventory adjustments

 

AMG Critical Materials' revenue in the second quarter increased by $21.0 million, or 12%, to $202.6 million, driven by improved vanadium, molybdenum, nickel, aluminum, titanium and antimony prices, and higher sales volumes of chrome, antimony, silicon, niobium and titanium products.

 

Gross profit in the second quarter decreased by $0.4 million, or 1%, to $37.6 million. Strong financial performance in vanadium and titanium alloys in the quarter was offset by lower gross profit in tantalum. The reduction in tantalum gross profit was driven by lower sales volumes, due to the temporary shutdown in one of AMG's two tantalum production lines, and lower sales prices, following the termination of AMG's long term supply agreement.

 

AMG is insured for the interruption to the tantalum business as a result of the fire, and has recorded insurance proceeds of $3.0 million during the second quarter 2017, which is included within gross profit and EBITDA.

 

In addition, AMG Critical Materials' gross profit was positively impacted by the partial recovery of asset impairment expenses recorded in the first quarter 2017. AMG recorded an asset impairment expense of $2.2 million in the first quarter 2017 as a result of fire damage sustained at the Mibra mine in Brazil, and subsequently recorded a $1.4 million partial recovery in the second quarter 2017, following the receipt of insurance proceeds. 

 

Additional insurance proceeds, in respect of both business interruption and property damage, are expected to be recorded in the second half of 2017. In accordance with IFRS, AMG is recognizing the insurance proceeds as recovery amounts are finalized.

 

SG&A expenses in the second quarter 2017 decreased by $2.4 million, or 10%, compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to a reduction in share-based compensation expenses.

 

Second quarter 2017 EBITDA margin increased slightly to 12%, compared to 11% in the second quarter 2016.

 

AMG Engineering

 

Q2 '17

Q2 '16

Change

Revenue

$59,417

$66,730

(11%)

Gross profit

16,761

15,349

9%

Operating profit

5,681

3,951

44%

EBITDA

7,983

5,564

43%

 

 

 

 

 

AMG Engineering signed $76.9 million in new orders during the second quarter 2017, representing a 1.29x book to bill ratio. Order backlog was $183.3 million as of June 30, 2017, an increase of 35% from December 31, 2016.

 

AMG Engineering's second quarter 2017 revenue decreased $7.3 million, or 11%, to $59.4 million, due to lower revenue from plasma remelting furnaces for the aerospace market and heat treatment services for the automotive market.

 

Second quarter 2017 gross profit increased by $1.4 million, or 9%, to $16.8 million and gross margin increased to 28% from 23%, due to a greater proportion of revenue being generated from high margin, aerospace market facing products in the quarter.

 

SG&A expenses decreased by $0.4 million, or 3%, compared to the prior year, primarily due to lower share-based compensation expenses.

 

EBITDA increased by $2.4 million to $8.0 million in the second quarter 2017, driven largely by higher gross profit and lower SG&A costs.

 

 

Financial Review

 

Tax

 

AMG recorded an income tax expense of $7.7 million in the second quarter 2017 as compared to a tax expense of $2.8 million in the same period in 2016.  The lower tax expense in second quarter 2016 was primarily due to a drop in the Brazilian Real, which reduced income tax expense.

 

Due to the volatile nature of the Company's deferred tax balances caused by items such as the Brazil currency fluctuations, AMG focuses on cash tax payments.  AMG paid taxes of $3.4 million in the second quarter 2017 as compared to tax payments of $1.8 million in the same period in 2016. For the second quarter 2017, AMG's effective cash tax rate was 16%, compared to 11% in the same period in 2016. The increase is due to higher profitability in countries where the Company does not have tax losses carried forward to reduce tax liabilities.

 

Non-Recurring Items

 

AMG's second quarter 2017 gross profit of $54.3 million includes non-recurring items, which are not included in the calculation of EBITDA.

 

A summary of non-recurring items included in gross profit in the second quarters of 2017 and 2016 are below:

 

Non-recurring items included in gross profit

 

 

Q2 '17

Q2 '16

Change

Gross profit

$54,344

$53,302

2%

Restructuring expense

956

454

111%

Asset impairment (reversal) expense

(1,305)

-

N/A

Gross profit before non-

  recurring items

53,995

53,756

-

 

Gross profit before non-recurring items by reporting segment

 

 

Q2 '17

Q2 '16

Change

AMG Critical Materials

$36,954

$38,230

(3%)

AMG Engineering

17,041

15,526

10%

Gross profit before non-

  recurring items

53,995

53,756

-

 

AMG Critical Materials' gross profit was positively impacted by the partial recovery of asset impairment expenses recorded in the first quarter 2017. AMG recorded an asset impairment expense of $2.2 million in the first quarter 2017 as a result of fire damage sustained at the Mibra mine in Brazil, and subsequently recorded a $1.4 million partial recovery in the second quarter 2017, following the receipt of insurance proceeds.

 

As noted in AMG's 2016 financial statements, the Company modified its income statement presentation in order to take into consideration ESMA's latest recommendations. This resulted in the reclassification of restructuring expenses and asset impairment expenses into expenses by function, and consequently gross profit.

 

Liquidity

 

June 30, 2017

December 31, 2016

Change

Total debt

$176,164

$168,080

5%

Cash and cash equivalents

168,853

160,744

5%

Net debt

7,311

7,336

-

 

 

AMG had a net debt position of $7.3 million as of June 30, 2017. Total debt increased by $8.1 million and net debt was unchanged from December 31, 2016.

 

Cash from operating activities decreased by $13.7 million to $10.6 million in the second quarter 2017, due to an $11.0 million increase in working capital during the quarter which was largely driven by an increase in accounts receivable.

 

Capital expenditures increased to $18.6 million in the second quarter 2017 compared to $7.5 million in the same period in 2016. Capital spending in the second quarter 2017 included $5.6 million of maintenance capital. The largest expansion capital projects were AMG's lithium project in Brazil, and titanium aluminide expansion in Germany.

 

Including the $168.9 million of cash, AMG had $350 million of total liquidity as of June 30, 2017.

 

Net Finance Costs

 

AMG's second quarter 2017 net finance costs decreased to $1.8 million from $3.3 million in the second quarter 2016, due to lower foreign exchange impacts.

 

SG&A

 

AMG's second quarter 2017 SG&A expenses were $32.0 million compared to $34.8 million in the second quarter 2016, primarily due to a decrease in share-based compensation expenses of $1.6 million and lower pension expenses of $0.3 million, as a result of pension contributions made during 2016.

 

Interim Dividend

 

AMG has announced an interim dividend of €0.14 per ordinary share in respect of the period from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017.

 

Outlook

 

AMG expects full year 2017 profitability to improve relative to 2016.

 

 

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Income Statement

 

 

 

 

 

For the quarter ended June 30

 

 

In thousands of US Dollars

2017

2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Continuing operations

 

 

Revenue

262,042

248,349

Cost of sales

207,698

195,047

Gross profit

54,344

53,302

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

31,972

34,762

 

 

 

Net other operating income

(205)

(427)

 

 

 

Operating profit

22,577

18,967

 

 

 

Finance income

(245)

(179)

Finance expense

2,310

2,423

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(250)

1,082

Net finance costs

1,815

3,326

 

 

 

Share of loss of associates and joint ventures, net of tax

-

(14)

 

 

 

Profit before income tax

20,762

15,627

 

 

 

Income tax expense 

7,717

2,802

 

 

 

Profit for the period

13,045

12,825

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

Shareholders of the Company

13,115

13,447

Non-controlling interests

(70)

(622)

Profit for the period

13,045

12,825

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

Basic earnings per share

0.45

0.48

Diluted earnings per share

0.42

0.48

 

 

 

 

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Income Statement

 

 

 

 

 

For the six months ended June 30

 

 

In thousands of US Dollars

2017

2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Continuing operations

 

 

Revenue

520,011

485,748

Cost of sales

413,164

388,223

Gross profit

106,847

97,525

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

63,552

66,060

 

 

 

Net other operating income

(310)

(435)

 

 

 

Operating profit

43,605

31,900

 

 

 

Finance income

(421)

(294)

Finance expense

4,304

4,513

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(83)

936

Net finance costs

3,800

5,155

 

 

 

Share of gain of associates and joint ventures, net of tax

-

1,436

 

 

 

Profit before income tax

39,805

28,181

 

 

 

Income tax expense 

11,194

3,085

 

 

 

Profit for the period

28,611

25,096

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

Shareholders of the Company

28,681

25,421

Non-controlling interests

(70)

(325)

Profit for the period

28,611

25,096

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

Basic earnings per share

1.00

0.91

Diluted earnings per share

0.91

0.90

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In thousands of US Dollars 

June 30,

2017

Unaudited

December 31, 2016

Assets

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

247,470

226,098

Goodwill

24,148

22,729

Intangible assets

11,974

10,486

Derivative financial instruments

890

740

Other investments

30,200

29,930

Deferred tax assets

37,626

41,285

Restricted cash

2,504

2,526

Other assets

12,108

17,207

Total non-current assets

366,920

351,001

Inventories

146,820

143,593

Derivative financial instruments

4,820

4,007

Trade and other receivables

153,022

129,220

Other assets

36,120

31,598

Cash and cash equivalents

168,853

160,744

Assets held for sale

1,972

149

Total current assets

511,607

469,311

Total assets

878,527

820,312

 

 

 

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position 

 

(continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In thousands of US Dollars 

June 30, 2017

Unaudited

December 31, 2016*

Equity

 

 

Issued capital

796

760

Share premium

432,844

389,066

Treasury shares

(4,638)

(570)

Other reserves

(85,403)

(97,085)

Retained earnings (deficit)

(126,200)

(116,457)

Equity attributable to shareholders of the Company

217,399

175,714

 

 

 

Non-controlling interests

23,727

22,073

Total equity

241,126

197,787

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

Loans and borrowings

149,600

150,959

Employee benefits

150,381

141,588

Provisions

31,336

30,854

Deferred revenue

-

2,822

Other liabilities

6,838

6,874

Derivative financial instruments

-

887

Deferred tax liabilities

8,574

8,435

Total non-current liabilities

346,729

342,419

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

11,064

9,621

Short term bank debt

15,500

7,500

Other liabilities

52,405

57,528

Trade and other payables

140,899

133,328

Derivative financial instruments

1,835

4,661

Advance payments

38,005

29,404

Deferred revenue

956

10,198

Current taxes payable

10,721

7,065

Provisions

19,287

20,801

Total current liabilities

290,672

280,106

Total liabilities

637,401

622,525

Total equity and liabilities

878,527

820,312

 

 

 

*Reclassified share reserves from other reserves to retained earnings (deficit) for December 31, 2016

 

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

 

 

For the six months ended June 30

 

 

In thousands of US Dollars

2017

2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Cash from operating activities

 

 

Profit for the year

28,611

25,096

Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash flows:

 

 

Non-cash:

 

 

Income tax expense

11,194

3,085

Depreciation and amortization

14,742

14,838

Asset impairment expense

912

-

Net finance costs

3,800

5,155

Share of gain of associates and joint ventures

-

(1,436)

Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment

(68)

(80)

Equity-settled share-based payment transactions

4,418

914

Movement in provisions, pensions and government grants

(3,023)

(15,735)

Working capital and deferred revenue adjustments

(22,930)

(5,006)

Cash generated from operating activities

37,656

26,831

Finance costs paid, net

(4,249)

(3,162)

Income tax paid, net

(4,944)

(3,674)

Net cash from operating activities

28,463

19,995

 

 

 

Cash used in investing activities

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

96

368

Insurance proceeds on property, plant and equipment

1,415

-

Proceeds from sale of subsidiaries (net of cash divested of $35 in 2016)

-

675

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangibles

(29,452)

(14,389)

Acquisition of subsidiaries (net of cash acquired of $35 in 2016)

-

(4,961)

Acquisition of other non-current investments

-

(1,000)

Change in restricted cash

210

19

Other

17

28

Net cash used in investing activities

(27,714)

(19,260)

 

 

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.

 

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

 

(continued)

 

 

For the six months ended June 30

 

 

In thousands of US Dollars

2017

2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Cash used in financing activities

 

 

Net proceeds from issuance of debt

2,889

1,573

Proceeds from issuance of common shares

14,370

-

Net repurchase of common shares

(13,386)

(1,785)

Dividend

(4,417)

(3,503)

Other

-

1

Net cash used in financing activities

(544)

(3,714)

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

205

(2,979)

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1

160,744

127,778

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

7,904

276

Cash and cash equivalents at June 30

168,853

125,075

 

This press release contains inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

 

This press release contains regulated information as defined in the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).

 

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, Sri Lanka and Mozambique, 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(at)amg-nv.com

 

Disclaimer

 

Certain statements in this press release are not historical facts and are "forward looking."  Forward looking statements include statements concerning AMG's plans, expectations, projections, objectives, targets, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans and intentions relating to acquisitions, AMG's competitive strengths and weaknesses, plans or goals relating to forecasted production, reserves, financial position and future operations and development, AMG's business strategy and the trends AMG anticipates in the industries and the political and legal environment in which it operates and other information that is not historical information.  When used in this press release, the words "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "may," "will," "should," and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward looking statements.  By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.  AMG expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in AMG's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.

 

Second Quarter 2017 FINAL