24 May 2012
Novelis reports strong fiscal year 2012 results
Company achieves record EBITDA per tonne for FY12
- Net income, excluding special items, of $218 million, up 6 per cent Y-o-Y
- Record EBITDA per tonne of $371, up 3 per cent Y-o-Y
- Adjusted EBITDA of $1.053 billion, down 2 per cent Y-o-Y
- Record free cash flow before Capex of $614 million
- Solid liquidity of $1.021 billion
- Increased recycled content to 39 per cent through global recycling investments
- Strong long-term growth outlook supports $100 million plant investment in China
Atlanta – Novelis Inc., the world’s leading producer of aluminum rolled products, today reported net income attributable to its common shareholder of $63 million for fiscal 2012. Excluding tax-effected items such as the loss on assets held for sale, extinguishment of debt and restructuring charges in fiscal 2012 and 2011, net income for fiscal 2012 was $218 million, representing a 6 per cent increase when compared to fiscal 2011.
"Despite economic uncertainty driving slightly lower shipments in fiscal 2012, our solid business model, good cost management and focus on premium products allowed us to report a record EBITDA per tonne of $371 for the year,” said Phil Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Novelis.
“Our operations generated a record $600 million in cash that we used to invest in the business,” said Martens. “This is an exciting time for us. All of our major strategic expansions in Brazil, South Korea and the United States are progressing well. In addition, we recently announced our entry into China with a plant that will initially focus on automotive sheet finishing capabilities, solidifying our global automotive leadership position.”
“Throughout the year, we also invested significantly in global recycling facilities, with recycling investments in South America, Europe and a future state-of-the-art fully-integrated recycling system in Germany. Not only will these facilities ensure metal supply but they will also reduce our overall cost base and ensure significant progress towards our goal of achieving 80 per cent recycled content in our products by 2020.”
The company noted a number of significant accomplishments in fiscal 2012:
- Record free cash flow before capex of $614 million.
- Record investment in the business of $516 million, primarily geared at major global expansion projects and key product segments of can, automotive, electronics and high-end specialties.
- Continued optimisation of the company’s footprint, which will improve its competitive position, including the divesture of three foil plants in Europe and closure of an aluminum sheet mill in Canada.
- Invested in major recycling initiatives in all four operating regions, including advanced equipment and technology to process diversified scrap inputs, which will enable the company to achieve recycled content of 50 per cent in its products by 2015.
- Committed $100 million to build a plant in China, geared initially at automotive sheet finishing capabilities. The company continues to expect strong aluminum rolled products demand in Asia, driven primarily by China, over the next five years.
Shipments of aluminum rolled products totalled 2,838 kilotonnes for fiscal 2012 as compared to shipments of 2,969 kilotonnes for fiscal 2011. The decrease in shipments was primarily a result of customer destocking due to economic uncertainty and continued weakness in the company’s electronics business. Shipments of aluminum rolled products totalled 703 kilotonnes for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to shipments of 771 kilotonnes in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
Net sales for fiscal 2012 were $11.1 billion, a 5 per cent increase compared to the $10.6 billion reported in the same period a year ago, mainly the result of favourable conversion premiums across all regions and an increase in average aluminum prices compared to the same period last year. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $2.6 billion, a decrease of 12 per cent compared to the $3.0 billion reported in the same period a year ago, mainly the result of lower volumes and average aluminum prices compared to the same period last year.
Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2012 was $1,053 million, a 2 per cent decrease compared to a record $1,072 million in fiscal 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $233 million, compared with $280 million reported in the same period of the previous year. The decrease in EBITDA for the year and quarter were primarily driven by weaker demand, partially offset by higher conversion premiums. “As expected we saw demand recovery from the third quarter and expect this trend to continue into fiscal 2013,” said Steve Fisher, Chief Financial Officer, Novelis.
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For fiscal 2012, Novelis reported solid liquidity of $1,021 million and free cash flow of $98 million. “We generated record cash flow in fiscal 2012, as a result of our strong operating results as well as our ability to react quickly in this economic environment and effectively manage our working capital, ending the year at our lowest inventory levels since 2009,” said Fisher. “Our robust cash generation allowed us to more than double our capital expenditures year-over-year. Going forward, we expect continued strong cash flow generation, which will enable us to fund our strategic expansion projects across the globe.”
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The company continues to see a market recovery going forward and as a result expects fiscal 2013 adjusted EBITDA to be above fiscal 2012 levels of $1.05 billion. In addition, it expects fiscal 2013 free cash flow before capital expenditures to be between $600-700 million and capital expenditures of approximately $650-700 million primarily focussed on its global expansion projects in Brazil, South Korea, China and the United States.
Annual report on Form 10-K
The results described in this press release have been reported in detail on the company's form 10-K on file with the SEC, and investors are directed to that document for a complete explanation of the company’s financial position and results through March 31, 2012. The Novelis Form 10-K and other SEC filings are available for review on the company’s website at www.novelis.com.
Fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 earnings conference call
Novelis will discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Participants may access the webcast at https://cc.callinfo.com/r/13a9zldcifocb. To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 926 7535, India toll-free at 0008001007108 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2935. Access information may also be found at www.novelis.com/investors.
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling. The company operates in 11 countries, has approximately 11,600 employees and reported revenue of $11 billion in fiscal year 2012. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, electronics and printing markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited (BSE: HINDALCO), one of Asia's largest integrated producers of aluminum and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, please visit www.novelis.com.
Non-GAAP financial measures
This press release and the presentation slides for the earnings call contain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC rules. We think that these measures are helpful to investors in measuring our financial performance and liquidity and comparing our performance to our peers. However, our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. To the extent we discuss any non-GAAP financial measures on the earnings call, a reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure will be available in the presentation slides filed as Exhibit 99.2 to our current report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrent with the issuance of this press release. In addition, the Form 8-K includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.
Attached to this news release are tables showing the condensed consolidated statements of operations, condensed consolidated balance sheets, condensed consolidated statements of cash flows, reconciliation to adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow.
Statements made in this news release, which describe Novelis' intentions, expectations, beliefs or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by, or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," or similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements in this news release include our expectations for free cash flow generation and our projected capital expenditures through the end of the fiscal year. Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and that Novelis' actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among other things: changes in the prices and availability of aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw materials we use; the capacity and effectiveness of our metal hedging activities, including our internal used beverage cans (UBCs) and smelter hedges; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of, our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders; fluctuations in the supply of, and prices for, energy in the areas in which we maintain production facilities; our ability to access financing for future capital requirements; changes in the relative values of various currencies and the effectiveness of our currency hedging activities; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation, environmental remediation and clean-up costs, labour relations and negotiations, breakdown of equipment and other events; the impact of restructuring efforts in the future; economic, regulatory and political factors within the countries in which we operate or sell our products, including changes in duties or tariffs; competition from other aluminum rolled products producers as well as from substitute materials such as steel, glass, plastic and composite materials; changes in general economic conditions including deterioration in the global economy, particularly sectors in which our customers operate; changes in the fair value of derivative instruments; cyclical demand and pricing within the principal markets for our products as well as seasonality in certain of our customers’ industries; changes in government regulations, particularly those affecting taxes, derivative instruments, environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our principal credit agreement and other financing agreements; the effect of taxes and changes in tax rates; our indebtedness and our ability to generate cash. The above list of factors is not exhaustive. Other important risk factors included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.