Century Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

April 28, 2016

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CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – Apr 28, 2016) – Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) reported a net loss of $16.2 million ($0.19 per share) for the first quarter of 2016. Results were favorably impacted by a $5.8 million ($0.06 per share) lower of cost or market inventory adjustment. After consideration of this item, the company reported an adjusted net loss of $22.0 million and an adjusted loss per share of $0.23 for the first quarter.

For the first quarter of 2015, Century reported net income of $73.8 million. Results included $6.5 million for an unrealized gain on fair value of contingent consideration related to the Mt. Holly acquisition and were negatively impacted by $1.6 million for signing bonuses related to a new labor agreement in Iceland and $1.0 million related to the separation of a former senior executive.

Sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $318.9 million compared with $587.9 million for the first quarter of 2015. Shipments of primary aluminum for the first quarter of 2016 were 182,619 tonnes compared with 245,258 tonnes shipped in the first quarter of 2015.

At the end of the first quarter of 2016, we had $126 million in cash and $87 million of revolver availability.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2016 was $14.9 million compared to net cash provided of $116.3 million in the first quarter of 2015. Cash and cash equivalents increased $11.1 million during the first quarter of 2016 compared to an increase in cash and cash equivalents of $63.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Century received $12.5 million in the first quarter of 2016 as a result of the earnout provision related to the Mt. Holly acquisition.

“We are pleased with the company’s operating and financial results in what continues to be a challenging environment,” commented Michael A. Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our safety performance has been favorable and the plants are all performing with strong operating efficiencies. Financial results were in line with our expectations; we have confirmed we are able to operate effectively within the framework of the reconfiguration actions we took during the second half of 2015. Cash flow was also consistent with our expectations and we again improved our liquidity during the quarter. We remain confident that Century is well positioned in this challenging market and prepared to capitalize on a more favorable environment.”

Bless continued, “We have seen no fundamental change in the illegal trade behavior that has caused such great injury to the U.S. primary aluminum industry. Capacity additions and production growth in China persist unabated, despite weak domestic demand. The excess production, supported by illegal subsidies, continues to support exports which have caused material harm to our industry. We remain convinced that only the vigorous enforcement of international trade laws will result in a fair and even playing field for the entire industry. We believe that industry participants and other key constituencies are increasingly of a common view.”

“We are dedicated to achieving a competitive power rate for Mt. Holly,” concluded Bless. “We continue to purchase 75 percent of our power from the competitive market and 25 percent from the local power supplier at its standard rate; regrettably, the average price achieved by this arrangement puts Mt. Holly’s power price in the fourth quartile of global power costs for smelters. We are continuing to explore all options, including legislation, aimed at allowing Mt. Holly to purchase all of its power from the competitive market while ensuring no other electric power customer in the state is harmed in any way. We must achieve a path to the competitive market as we did in Kentucky; this otherwise excellent plant is simply not viable with a clearly uncompetitive power price.”

About Century Aluminum

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century’s corporate offices are located in Chicago, IL. Visit www.centuryaluminum.com for more information.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share are non-GAAP financial measures that management believes provide additional meaningful information regarding Century’s financial performance as these measures generally exclude the effects of items that are considered non-recurring, are difficult to predict or to measure in advance or that are not directly related to the Company’s ongoing operations. The table below, under the heading “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” provides a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share included in this press release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation in conjunction with the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements about future events and are based on our current expectations. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “hope,” “target,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “estimate,” “potential,” “project,” “scheduled,” “forecast” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “might,” or “may.” Our forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to: future global and local financial and economic conditions; our assessment of the aluminum market and aluminum prices (including premiums); the potential outcome or occurrence of any trade claims to address excess capacity or unfair trade practices; our assessment of power pricing and our ability to successfully obtain and/or implement long-term competitive power arrangements for our operations and projects, including at Mt. Holly; our ability to procure alumina, carbon products and other raw materials and our assessment of pricing and costs and other terms relating thereto; our relationship with our employees and labor unions; the future operation or potential curtailment of our U.S. assets, including our Hawesville, Mt. Holly and Sebree smelters; the future financial and operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects; future earnings, operating results and liquidity; future inventory, production, sales, cash costs and capital expenditures; future impairment charges or restructuring costs; our business objectives, strategies and initiatives, including our ability to achieve productivity improvements or cost reductions.

Where we express an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, our forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by those forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results and events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we have attempted to identify those material factors that could cause actual results or events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that could cause results or events to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Given these uncertainties, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)  
    Three months ended
March 31,
    2016     2015  
NET SALES:                
  Related parties   $ 280,377     $ 575,729  
  Third-party customers     38,477       12,182  
Total net sales     318,854       587,911  
  Cost of goods sold     321,906       493,816  
Gross profit (loss)     (3,052 )     94,095  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses     9,625       11,971  
  Other operating expense – net     881       2,079  
Operating income (loss)     (13,558 )     80,045  
  Interest expense     (5,493 )     (5,551 )
  Interest income     114       142  
  Net gain on forward and derivative contracts     353       353  
  Unrealized gain on fair value of contingent consideration           6,527  
  Other income (expense) – net     (6 )     1,054  
Income (loss) before income taxes and equity in earnings of joint ventures     (18,590 )     82,570  
  Income tax benefit (expense)     2,070       (9,301 )
Income (loss) before equity in earnings of joint ventures     (16,520 )     73,269  
  Equity in earnings of joint ventures     357       510  
Net income (loss)   $ (16,163 )   $ 73,779  
Net income (loss) allocated to common stockholders   $ (16,163 )   $ 67,813  
  Basic and Diluted   $ (0.19 )   $ 0.76  
  Basic     87,040       88,814  
  Diluted     87,040       89,369  
(in thousands, except share amounts)  
    March 31, 2016     December 31, 2015  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 126,461     $ 115,393  
Restricted cash     795       791  
Accounts receivable – net     12,668       9,475  
Due from affiliates     15,478       17,417  
Inventories     220,502       231,872  
Prepaid and other current assets     29,622       42,412  
Assets held for sale     29,715       30,697  
  Total current assets     435,241       448,057  
Property, plant and equipment – net     1,215,222       1,232,256  
Other assets     73,142       72,155  
  TOTAL   $ 1,723,605     $ 1,752,468  
Accounts payable, trade   $ 84,587     $ 90,489  
Due to affiliates     6,173       10,045  
Accrued and other current liabilities     50,169       48,822  
Accrued employee benefits costs     10,054       10,148  
Industrial revenue bonds     7,815       7,815  
  Total current liabilities     158,798       167,319  
Senior notes payable     247,380       247,278  
Accrued pension benefits costs – less current portion     43,437       43,999  
Accrued postretirement benefits costs – less current portion     125,941       125,999  
Other liabilities     51,799       53,009  
Deferred taxes     93,399       96,994  
  Total noncurrent liabilities     561,956       567,279  
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:                
Series A Preferred stock (one cent par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 160,000 issued and 76,446 outstanding at March 31, 2016; 160,000 issued and 76,539 outstanding at December 31, 2015)     1       1  
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000 authorized; 94,246,254 issued and 87,059,733 outstanding at March 31, 2016; 94,224,571 issued and 87,038,050 outstanding at December 31, 2015)     942       942  
Additional paid-in capital     2,513,952       2,513,631  
Treasury stock, at cost     (86,276 )     (86,276 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (111,827 )     (112,650 )
Accumulated deficit     (1,313,941 )     (1,297,778 )
  Total shareholders’ equity     1,002,851       1,017,870  
  TOTAL   $ 1,723,605     $ 1,752,468  
(in thousands)  
    Three months ended
March 31,
    2016     2015  
  Net income (loss)   $ (16,163 )   $ 73,779  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:                
    Unrealized gain on fair value of contingent consideration           (6,527 )
    Unrealized gain on E.ON contingent obligation     (353 )     (353 )
    Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment     (5,784 )      
    Depreciation and amortization     21,260       18,131  
    Pension and other postretirement benefits     632       (984 )
    Deferred income taxes     (3,587 )     8,851  
    Stock-based compensation     321       405  
    Equity in earnings of joint ventures     (357 )     (510 )
    Change in operating assets and liabilities:                
      Accounts receivable – net     (3,193 )     72,702  
      Due from affiliates     1,939       (53,559 )
      Inventories     17,648       (14,335 )
      Prepaid and other current assets     14,290       5,960  
      Accounts payable, trade     (5,983 )     (18,508 )
      Due to affiliates     (5,372 )     27,773  
      Accrued and other current liabilities     1,253       2,874  
      Other – net     (1,648 )     568  
Net cash provided by operating activities     14,903       116,267  
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (3,835 )     (12,627 )
  Restricted and other cash deposits           (21,012 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (3,835 )     (33,639 )
  Borrowings under revolving credit facilities     371       455  
  Repayments under revolving credit facilities     (371 )     (455 )
  Repurchase of common stock           (19,439 )
Net cash used in financing activities           (19,439 )
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     11,068       63,189  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     115,393       163,242  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 126,461     $ 226,431  
    Direct (1)   Toll
    United States   Iceland   Iceland
    Tonnes   Sales $ (000)   Tonnes   Sales $ (000)   Tonnes   Sales $ (000)
1st Quarter   105,089   $ 194,826   55,030   $ 92,151   22,500   $ 26,115
1st Quarter   169,306   $ 421,141   45,967   $ 112,662   29,985   $ 46,617
(1) Excludes scrap aluminum sales.
(in millions, except per share amounts)  
    Three months ended  
    March 31, 2016  
    $MM     EPS  
Net loss as reported   $ (16.2 )   $ (0.19 )
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment     (5.8 )     (0.06 )
Impact of preferred shares           0.02  
Adjusted net loss   $ (22.0 )   $ (0.23 )
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