Ferroglobe PLC
Nov 13, 2016

Ferroglobe Reports Results for Third Quarter 2016

LONDON, Nov. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ:GSM), the world's leading producer of silicon metal, and a leading silicon- and manganese-based specialty alloys producer, announced today results for the third quarter of 2016. 

In the third quarter of 2016, Ferroglobe posted a net loss of $(28.5) million, or $(0.17) per share on a fully diluted basis. Excluding an inventory impairment charge and an additional impairment charge for South Africa, the company posted an adjusted net loss of $(14.6) million, or $(0.09) per share on a fully diluted basis.     

Ferroglobe reported an EBITDA loss of $(3.2) million for the third quarter due to an inventory impairment charge of $4.3 million in Venezuela and China, and a further $9.0 million impairment charge of the company's mining assets in South Africa. Excluding these charges Q3 2016 adjusted EBITDA was $12.8 million.

Net sales in the third quarter totalled $365.0 million, down from $398.0 million sequentially. In the third quarter, Ferroglobe's average selling price for silicon metal declined by 6% from the previous quarter's average selling price, primarily due to pressure from low-priced imports. During this period, the average selling price for silicon-based alloys decreased 3% from the second quarter of 2016 and the average selling price for manganese alloys increased 11% from the second quarter of 2016.

In terms of sales volumes, silicon metal experienced a decline of 5% quarter over quarter, silicon alloys experienced a decline of 7% quarter over quarter, and manganese alloys experienced a decline of 16% quarter over quarter, reflecting some seasonality of demand in summer months.

    Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended June
30, 2016
Shipments in metric tons:      
 Silicon Metal  259,016   81,091   85,242 
 Silicon Alloys  218,271   69,539   74,786 
 Manganese Alloys  193,985   59,368   70,756 
  Total shipments*  671,272   209,998   230,784 
     Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended June
30, 2016
Average selling price ($/MT):         
 Silicon Metal $2,240  $2,090  $2,230 
 Silicon Alloys $1,421  $1,391  $1,430 
 Manganese Alloys $801  $865  $777 
  Total* $1,558  $1,512  $1,525 
     Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended June
30, 2016
Average selling price ($/lb.):      
 Silicon Metal $1.02  $0.95  $1.01 
 Silicon Alloys $0.64  $0.63  $0.65 
  Manganese Alloys $0.36  $0.39  $0.35 
  Total* $0.71  $0.69  $0.69 
* Excludes by-products and other    

"Despite the poor results this quarter, primarily as a result of this year's pricing pressures caused by low priced imports, we are now in the pricing season for 2017 and we are beginning to see some meaningful improvements. The market is adjusting to the realities of production costs, rebalanced inventories and idle capacity, with prices above the reported indexes. Additionally, we are changing our contract structures by removing all discounts to index for silicon metal, and will be utilizing those index providers who modify their reporting criteria to better reflect the overall market," said CEO Pedro Larrea. "In the meantime, we have adapted to circumstances by relentlessly pursuing increased efficiencies, driving higher-than-expected synergies from our merger, and positioning ourselves to benefit from the forthcoming improving pricing environment. To that end, we have taken proactive steps to optimize our asset portfolio and achieved a 13% reduction in our overall cost structure as compared to pro-forma 2015. Combined, these measures have driven positive free cash flow and positive EBITDA on an adjusted basis and our balance sheet remains strong. We are well-positioned to benefit once prices recover," concluded Larrea.

Financial discipline and cost management remain core priorities

Ferroglobe reported an EBITDA loss of $(3.2) million, primarily due to the impact of a continued challenging pricing environment as well as inventory impairment charges and an additional impairment charge of our South African mining assets.  

Excluding these charges, Q3 2016 adjusted EBITDA was $12.8 million. Overall the price decline adversely impacted EBITDA by $6.5 million quarter-over-quarter in addition to volume declines of $1.6 million which were partially offset by reductions in production costs.

Ferroglobe is increasing its expectations for synergy attainment to $85 million on a run rate basis, up from $65 million previously. Year-to-date, already $43 million in synergies have been captured, and a total of $60 million is expected to be achieved in full year 2016. All in all, production costs have been reduced by $13%year-to-date.

In addition to cost management, the company also takes a proactive approach to managing its asset portfolio. As part of this, the company is currently pursuing strategic options regarding its hydro-electric assets in Spain and France. These discussions are at a preliminary stage and the company will provide further detail as and when appropriate.

Ferroglobe generated operating cash flows of $22.5 million in Q3 2016, or $76.3 million year-to-date. A significant part of the operating cash flows comes from working capital improvements of $39.9 million during Q3 2016, bringing improvements year-to-date to $136.5 million. The company has generated $23.1 million of free cash flow year-to-date, of which $11.7 million was generated during Q3 2016.1 Ferroglobe's net debt was $430 million at the end of Q3 2016, compared to $413 million at the end of Q2 2016.

The Board has decided to maintain the quarterly interim dividend of $0.08 per share, further reflecting the confidence in the underlying strength of the business and the company's long-term outlook. The dividend will have a record date of December 8, 2016 and a payment date of December 29, 2016.

1 Free cash-flow defined as "Net cash provided by operating activities" minus "Payments for property, plant and equipment.".

Adjusted EBITDA:

   Nine Months Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
   September 30, 2016 September 30, 2016 June 30, 2016
Loss attributable to the parent $  (96,460)   (28,523)   (42,238)
Loss attributable to non-controlling interest  (15,836) (2,545) (7,080)
Income tax benefit  (38,419) (10,158) (29,038)
Net finance expense  21,216  6,693  6,908 
Exchange differences  2,880  876  276 
Depreciation and amortization charges, operating allowances and write-downs  97,972  30,440  24,534 
EBITDA    (28,647)   (3,217)   (46,638)
Transaction and due diligence expenses  7,979  111  5,227 
Impairment loss  67,630  9,043  58,587 
Globe purchase price allocation adjustments  10,022  -  - 
Business interruption  2,532  2,532   - 
Inventory impairment  4,330  4,330  - 
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding above items $  63,846     12,799     17,176  

Adjusted diluted loss per share: 

   Nine Months
September 30,
 Quarter Ended
September 30,
 Quarter Ended
June 30, 2016
Diluted loss per ordinary share $  (0.56)   (0.17)   (0.25)
Tax rate adjustment  0.06   0.01  (0.01)
Transaction and due diligence expenses  0.03  -  0.02 
Impairment loss  0.27  0.04  0.23 
Globe purchase price allocation adjustments  0.04  -  - 
Business interruption  0.01  0.01  - 
Inventory impairment  0.02   0.02  - 
Adjusted diluted loss per ordinary share  $  (0.13 )   (0.09)   (0.01)

Adjusted net loss attributable to Ferroglobe: 

   Nine Months
September 30,
 Quarter Ended
September 30,
 Quarter Ended
June 30, 2016
Loss attributable to the parent  $   (96,460)   (28,523)   (42,238)
Tax rate adjustment  9,810   3,035  (3,964)
Transaction and due diligence expenses  5,426  75  3,555 
Impairment loss  45,988  6,149  39,839 
Globe purchase price allocation adjustments  6,815  -  - 
Business interruption  1,722  1,722  - 
Inventory impairment  2,944  2,944  - 
Adjusted loss attributable to the parent  $   (23,755)   (14,598)   (2,808)

Conference Call

Ferroglobe will review third quarter 2016 results during a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 14, 2016.  The dial-in number for the call for participants in the United States is 877-293-5491 (conference ID 16304340). International callers should dial +1 914-495-8526 (conference ID 16304340). 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  http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/p9w9vtyt.

About Ferroglobe

Ferroglobe PLC is one of the world's leading suppliers of silicon metal, silicon-based specialty alloys, and 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 Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  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 generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including, but not limited to, "may," "could," "seek," "guidance," "predicts," "potential," "likely," "believe," "will," "expect," "anticipate,: "estimate," "plan," "intends," "forecast" or variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on information presently available to us and assumptions that we believe to be reasonable, but are inherently uncertain.  As a result, our 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 our control.

You are cautioned that all such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, risks that the legacy businesses of Globe and FerroAtlántica will not be integrated successfully or that we will not realize estimated cost savings, value of certain tax assets, synergies and growth, or that such benefits may take longer to realize than expected.  Important factors that may cause actual results to differ include, but are limited to:  (i) risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration, including operating costs, customer loss and business disruption being greater than expected; (ii) our organizational and governance structure; (iii) the ability to hire and retain key personnel; (iv) regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions including, among others, changes in metals prices; (v) increases in the cost of raw materials or energy; (vi) competition in the metals and foundry industries; (vii) environmental and regulatory risks; (viii) ability to identify liabilities associated with acquired properties prior to their acquisition; (ix) ability to manage price and operational risks including industrial accidents and natural disasters; (x) ability to manage foreign operations; (xi) changes in technology; (xii) ability to acquire or renew permits and approvals; (xiii) changes in legislation or governmental regulations affecting Ferroglobe; (xiv) conditions in the credit markets; (xv) risks associated with assumptions made in connection with critical accounting estimates and legal proceedings; (xvi) Ferroglobe's international operations, which are subject to the risks of currency fluctuations and foreign exchange controls; and (xvii) the potential of international unrest, economic downturn or effects of currencies, tax assessments, tax adjustments, anticipated tax rates, raw material costs or availability or other regulatory compliance costs.  The foregoing list is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect our business, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Reports on Form 20-F, Current Reports on Form 6-K and other documents we file from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not give any assurance (1) that we will achieve our expectations or (2) concerning any result or the timing thereof, in each case, with respect to any regulatory action, administrative proceedings, government investigations, litigation, warning letters, consent decree, cost reductions, business strategies, earnings or revenue trends or future financial results. Forward-looking financial information and other metrics presented herein represent our key goals and are not intended as guidance or projections for the periods presented herein or any future periods.

All information in this press release is as of the date of its release. We do not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of the forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release.

Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted loss attributable to parent and adjusted diluted loss per ordinary share are non-GAAP measures.

We have included these measures to provide supplemental measures of our performance which we believe are important because they eliminate items that have less bearing on our current and future operating performance and so highlights trends in our core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures.  Reconciliations of these measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are provided above and in the attached financial statements.

Ferroglobe PLC and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statement
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
   Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016
  Quarter Ended
September 30, 2016
  Quarter Ended June
30, 2016
  Year Ended December
31, 2015 *
Sales $1,186,159  $364,727  $ 397,953  $2,039,608 
Cost of sales  (771,238)  (236,631)  (252,764)  (1,225,313)
Other operating income  11,013   4,963    3,717   20,455 
Staff costs  (206,819)  (67,586)  (72,050)  (330,382)
Other operating expense  (179,805)  (60,490)  (64,374)  (351,929)
Depreciation and amortization charges, operating allowances and write-downs   (97,972)  (30,440)  (24,534)  (141,097)
Impairment losses  (67,631)  (9,044)  (58,587)  (52,042)
Other (loss) gain  (326)  844   (533)  (3,473)
Operating loss    (126,619)    (33,657)    (71,172)    (44,173)
Finance income  1,233    548   442   1,343 
Finance expense  (22,449)  (7,241)  (7,350)  (34,521)
Exchange differences  (2,880)  (876)  (276)   29,993 
Loss before tax    (150,715)    (41,226)    (78,356)    (47,358)
Income tax benefit (expense)  38,419   10,158    29,038   (62,546)
Loss for the period    (112,296)    (31,068)    (49,318)    (109,904)
Loss attributable to non-controlling interest  15,836   2,545   7,080   13,308 
Loss attributable to the parent $  (96,460) $  (28,523) $  (42,238) $  (96,596)
EBITDA  (28,647)  (3,217)  (46,638)  96,924 
Adjusted EBITDA  63,846   12,799   17,176    294,799 
Weighted average shares outstanding            
Basic  171,838   171,838   171,838    
Diluted  171,838   171,838   171,838    
Loss per ordinary share            
Basic  (0.56)  (0.17)  (0.25)   
Diluted  (0.56)  (0.17 )  (0.25)   
* - Represents combined Globe and FerroAtlantica results on a pro forma basis.


Ferroglobe PLC and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
   September 30, June 30, December 31,
   2016 2016 2015
Non-current assets       
Goodwill  $402,491 404,015 403,929
Other intangible assets  70,130 71,247 71,619
Property, plant and equipment  929,217 941,580 1,012,367
Non-current financial assets  10,541 10,091 9,672
Deferred tax assets  55,228 51,337 36,098
Non-current receivables from related parties   2,233 - -
Other non-current assets  21,302 21,881 20,615
Total non-current assets    1,491,142    1,500,151    1,554,300
Current assets       
Inventories  369,996 374,795 425,372
Trade and other receivables  197,817 216,322 275,254
Current receivables from related parties  10,312 3,705 10,950
Current income tax assets  30,826 22,302  9,273
Current financial assets  14,204 18,005 4,112
Other current assets  13,236 12,299 10,134
Cash and cash equivalents  119,166 135,774 116,666
Total current assets    755,557    783,202    851,761
Total assets  $  2,246,699    2,283,353    2,406,061
Equity  $  1,170,774    1,220,184    1,294,973
Non-current liabilities       
Deferred income  5,259 6,512 4,389
Provisions  85,846 82,250 81,853
Bank borrowings  96,870 231,202 223,676
Obligations under finance leases  79,780 84,059 89,768
Other financial liabilities  7,748 8,283 7,549
Other non-current liabilities  4,295 3,741 4,517
Deferred tax liabilities  178,577 183,878 206,648
Total non-current liabilities    458,375    599,925    618,400
Current liabilities       
Provisions  17,688 13,867 9,010
Bank borrowings  357,004 219,922 182,554
Obligations under finance leases  15,118 13,841 13,429
Payables to related parties  6,220 2,353 7,827
Trade and other payables  150,733 134,122 147,073
Current income tax liabilities  4,987 2,139 10,887
Other current liabilities  65,800 77,000 121,908
Total current liabilities    617,550    463,244    492,688
Total equity and liabilities   $  2,246,699    2,283,353    2,406,061


Ferroglobe PLC and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016
  Quarter Ended
September 30, 2016
 Quarter Ended June
30, 2016
Loss for the period$(112,296) $(31,068)$(49,318)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Income tax benefit (38,419)  (10,158) (29,038)
Depreciation and amortization charges, operating allowances and write-downs 97,972    30,440  24,534 
Finance income (1,233)  (548) (442)
Finance expense 22,449   7,241  7,350 
Exchange differences 2,880   876  276 
Impairment losses 67,631   9,044  58,587 
Loss on disposals of non-current and financial assets 408   217  242 
Other adjustments 4,248   3,269  291 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities       
Decrease in inventories 59,831   2,135  14,347 
Decrease in trade receivables 71,783   17,547  28,439 
Increase in trade payables 1,093   9,834  (10,651)
Other* (59,504)  (603) (16,050)
Income taxes (paid) received (20,188)   (8,911) 1,497 
Interest paid (20,306)  (6,837) (5,767)
Net cash provided by operating activities 76,349   22,478  24,297 
Payments due to investments:       
Other intangible assets (2,543)  (2,020) (87)
Property, plant and equipment (53,289)  (10,805) (15,676)
Non-current financial assets (684)  (411) (273)
Current financial assets (9,930)  3,988  (13,865)
Intangible assets -   -  (30)
Property, plant and equipment -   -  (104)
Current financial assets -   (99) 99 
Interest received 2,037   1,328  466 
Net cash used by investing activities (64,409)  (8,019) (29,470)
Dividends paid (41,243)  (27,496) - 
Increase/(decrease) in bank borrowings:       
Borrowings 105,331   22,362  25,978 
Payments (57,698)  (19,623) 11,623 
Other amounts paid due to financing activities (8,313)  (3,750) (3,851)
Net cash (used) provided by financing activities (1,923)  (28,507) 33,750 
TOTAL NET CASH FLOWS FOR THE PERIOD 10,017   (14,048) 28,577 
Beginning balance of cash and cash equivalents 116,666   135,774  114,019 
Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents in foreign currencies (7,517)  (2,560) (6,822)
Ending balance of cash and cash equivalents$119,166  $119,166 $135,774 
* Includes the cash outflow impact of the $32.5M shareholder settlement during the quarter ended March 31, 2016.     

Ferroglobe PLC

Joe Ragan, 786-509-6925

Chief Financial Officer

Email: jragan@ferroglobe.com

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