A. M. Castle & Co. Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results

Jul 31, 2012, 07:00 ET from A. M. Castle & Co.

OAK BROOK, Ill., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A. M. Castle & Co. (NYSE: CAS), a global distributor of specialty metal and plastic products, value-added services and supply chain solutions, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Consolidated net sales were $329.4 million for the three-months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $282.6 million in the second quarter of 2011.  Reported net loss for the quarter was $3.0 million, or $0.13 loss per diluted share, as compared to a net income of $3.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter.  The reported net loss primarily resulted from an unrealized loss of $4.3 million for the mark-to-market adjustment on the conversion option associated with the convertible notes issued in December 2011, as well as, increased charges due to unrealized losses for commodity hedges and the impact of costs associated with the CEO transition.  Adjusted non-GAAP net income, as reconciled below, was $2.6 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012.

Reconciliation of 2012 adjusted net income to reported net loss:

(Dollars in millions, except per share data)

For the Three 

For the Six 

Unaudited

Months Ended

Months Ended

June 30

June 30

Net loss, as reported

$               (3.0)

$               (7.3)

Unrealized loss on debt conversion option

4.3

15.6

CEO transition costs, net 

0.6

0.6

Unrealized losses on commodity hedges

1.3

0.9

Tax effect of adjustments

(0.6)

(0.5)

Adjusted non-GAAP net income 

2.6

9.3

Adjusted non-GAAP basic income per share

$              0.11

$              0.41

Adjusted non-GAAP diluted income per share

0.11

0.39

"Consolidated gross material margins of 26.9% for the second quarter of 2012 were more than 70 basis points higher than the prior year quarter.  And, while we experienced a slight softening in demand when compared to the first quarter, I was pleased with our gross margin performance," stated Scott Stephens, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of A. M. Castle.

The Company reported adjusted EBITDA, as defined and reconciled in the financial statement table below, of $18.9 million, or 5.7% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2012, compared to $12.3 million, or 4.4% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2011.

In the Metals segment, second quarter 2012 net sales of $297.2 million were $44.9 million, or 17.8% higher than last year, primarily due to the acquisition of Tube Supply in December 2011.  Metals segment tons sold per day, excluding Tube Supply, for the second quarter of 2012 were up 1.1% from the second quarter of 2011, primarily driven by growth in the heavy equipment and oil and gas sectors.  Sequentially, tons sold per day were 4.1% lower than the first quarter of 2012 as virtually all key end-use markets, with the exception of oil and gas, experienced softer demand as customers adjusted inventory levels due to a more cautious outlook.

In the Plastics segment, second quarter 2012 net sales of $32.2 million were $1.9 million, or 6.3% higher than the prior year period due to increased pricing and higher sales volume reflecting continued strength in the automotive and office furniture sectors, partially offset by weaker demand in the store fixtures sector. 

Equity in earnings of the Company's joint venture was $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2012, which was $1.2 million less than the same period last year and $1.3 million less than the first quarter of this year. 

The Company's debt-to-capital ratio was 46.1% at June 30, 2012, compared to 50.2% at December 31, 2011.  Total debt outstanding, net of unamortized discount, was $291.8 million at June 30, 2012 and $314.9 million at December 31, 2011.  Refer to the 'Total Debt' table below for details related to the Company's outstanding debt obligations.

The mark-to-market adjustment on the conversion option associated with the convertible debt for the period from March 31, 2012 through April 26, 2012 (the final valuation date) was a loss of $4.3 million, which is non-deductible for income tax purposes. As a result of the actions at the Company's annual meeting of shareholders on April 26, 2012, the conversion option value of $42.0 million was reclassified from long-term debt to additional paid-in capital and will no longer be marked-to-market through earnings.

"We will remain focused on gross material margin management, operating efficiency and working capital execution during the second half of the year.  Given our customers' cautious outlook for the balance of 2012 and assuming no further softening of demand, we expect operating results to be comparable to levels achieved in the second quarter," concluded Stephens. 

During the second quarter of 2012, the Company retained an executive recruiting firm to assist in the identification of a Chief Executive Officer.  Based on the progress to date, the Board of Directors expects to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer by the end of the third quarter of 2012.

Webcast Information Management will hold a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET today to review the Company's results for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 and to discuss business conditions and outlook.  The call can be accessed via the Internet live or as a replay.  Those who would like to listen to the call may access the webcast through http://www.amcastle.com.

An archived version of the conference call webcast will be accessible for replay on the above website until the next earnings conference call.  A replay of the conference call will also be available for seven days by calling 303-590-3030 (international) or 800-406-7325 and citing code 4555554.

About A. M. Castle & Co. Founded in 1890, A. M. Castle & Co. is a global distributor of specialty metal and plastic products and supply chain services, principally serving the producer durable equipment, oil and gas, commercial aircraft, heavy equipment, industrial goods, construction equipment, retail, marine and automotive sectors of the global economy.  Its customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of medium and smaller-sized firms spread across a variety of industries.  Within its metals business, it specializes in the distribution of alloy and stainless steels; nickel alloys; aluminum and carbon.  Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Total Plastics, Inc., the Company also distributes a broad range of value-added industrial plastics.  Together, Castle and its affiliated companies operate out of more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CAS".

Regulation G Disclosure This release and the financial statements included in this release include non-GAAP financial measures.  The non-GAAP financial information should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  However, we believe that non-GAAP reporting, giving effect to the adjustments shown in the reconciliation contained in this release and in the attached financial statements, provides meaningful information and therefore we use it to supplement our GAAP reporting and guidance.  Management often uses this information to assess and measure the performance of our business.  We have chosen to provide this supplemental information to investors, analysts and other interested parties to enable them to perform additional analyses of operating results, to illustrate the results of operations giving effect to the non-GAAP adjustments shown in the reconciliations and to assist with period-over-period comparisons of such operations.  The exclusion of the charges indicated herein from the non-GAAP financial measures presented does not indicate an expectation by the Company that similar charges will not be incurred in subsequent periods. 

In addition, the Company believes that the use and presentation of EBITDA, which is defined by the Company as income before provision for income taxes plus depreciation and amortization, and interest expense, less interest income, is widely used by the investment community for evaluation purposes and provides the investors, analysts and other interested parties with additional information in analyzing the Company's operating results.  Adjusted non-GAAP net income and adjusted EBITDA, which are defined as reported net income and EBITDA adjusted for non-cash items and items which are not considered by management to be indicative of the underlying results, are presented as the Company believes the information is important to provide investors, analysts and other interested parties additional information about the Company's financial performance.  Management uses EBITDA, adjusted non-GAAP net income and adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the performance of the business.

Cautionary Statement on Risks Associated with Forward Looking Statements Information provided and statements contained in this release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act"), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ("Exchange Act"), and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this release and the Company assumes no obligation to update the information included in this release.  Such forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategy.  These statements often include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "predict," "plan," or similar expressions.  These statements are not guarantees of performance or results, and they involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions.  Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there are many factors that could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including those risk factors identified in Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.  All future written and oral forward-looking statements by us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above.  Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information as required by the federal securities laws, we do not have any obligations or intention to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances in the future or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

For the Three

Months Ended

For the Six

Months Ended

Unaudited

June 30,

June 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Net sales

$ 329,392

$ 282,568

$ 692,308

$ 555,356

Costs and expenses:

  Cost of materials (exclusive of

  depreciation and amortization)

240,681

208,470

504,648

409,898

  Warehouse, processing and delivery

  expense

38,474

33,874

77,000

67,016

  Sales, general, and administrative

  expense

34,894

30,864

70,106

61,985

  Depreciation and amortization expense

6,474

5,059

13,087

10,058

Operating income 

8,869

4,301

27,467

6,399

Interest expense, net

(9,964)

(1,120)

(20,157)

(2,106)

Interest expense - unrealized loss on debt conversion option

(4,257)

-

(15,597)

-

(Loss) income before income taxes and equity in earnings of joint venture

(5,352)

3,181

(8,287)

4,293

Income taxes

641

(2,466)

(3,732)

(3,734)

(Loss) income before equity in earnings of joint venture

(4,711)

715

(12,019)

559

Equity in earnings of joint venture

1,733

2,982

4,741

5,841

Net (loss) income  

$    (2,978)

$     3,697

$    (7,278)

$     6,400

Basic (loss) income per share 

$      (0.13)

$       0.16

$      (0.32)

$       0.28

Diluted (loss) income per share

$      (0.13)

$       0.16

$      (0.32)

$       0.28

EBITDA *

$   17,076

$   12,342

$   45,295

$   22,298

*Earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization

Reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income:

For the Three

Months Ended

For the Six

Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Net (loss) income  

$    (2,978)

$     3,697

$    (7,278)

$     6,400

Depreciation and amortization expense

6,474

5,059

13,087

10,058

Interest expense, net

9,964

1,120

20,157

2,106

Interest expense - unrealized loss on debt conversion option

4,257

-

15,597

-

Income taxes

(641)

2,466

3,732

3,734

  EBITDA

17,076

12,342

45,295

22,298

Non-GAAP net income adjustments (a)

1,857

-

1,423

-

  Adjusted EBITDA

$   18,933

$   12,342

$   46,718

$   22,298

(a) Non-GAAP net income adjustments relate to CEO transition costs and unrealized losses for commodity hedges.  Refer to 'Reconciliation of 2012 adjusted net income to reported net loss' table on page 2 of this release.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value data)

As of

Unaudited

June 30,

December 31,

2012

2011

ASSETS

Current assets   

Cash and cash equivalents

$  20,449

$         30,524

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $4,219 and $3,584

178,075

181,036

Inventories, principally on last-in, first-out basis (replacement cost 

364,391

272,039

  higher by $144,979 and $138,882)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

20,980

10,382

Income tax receivable

3,781

8,287

     Total current assets

587,676

502,268

Investment in joint venture

39,736

36,460

Goodwill 

69,851

69,901

Intangible assets

87,833

93,813

Prepaid pension cost

16,501

15,956

Other assets

22,323

21,784

Property, plant and equipment

Land

5,194

5,194

Building 

52,398

52,434

Machinery and equipment 

174,485

172,833

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

232,077

230,461

Less - accumulated depreciation

(153,022)

(148,320)

    Property, plant and equipment, net

79,055

82,141

Total assets

$902,975

$       822,323

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$179,661

$       116,874

Accrued liabilities

39,781

33,828

Income taxes payable

1,526

1,884

Current portion of long-term debt  

212

192

Short-term debt

1,000

500

     Total current liabilities

222,180

153,278

Long-term debt, less current portion 

290,570

314,240

Deferred income taxes 

32,635

25,650

Other non-current liabilities

7,156

7,252

Pension and post retirement benefit obligations

9,821

9,624

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity 

  Preferred stock, $0.01 par value - 9,988 shares authorized; no shares 

  issued and outstanding at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

-

-

  Common stock, $0.01 par value - 60,000 shares authorized;

  23,211 shares issued and 23,092 outstanding at June 30, 2012 and

  23,159 shares issued and 23,010 outstanding at December 31, 2011 

232

232

  Additional paid-in capital

220,181

184,596

  Retained earnings

141,709

148,987

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(20,084)

(19,824)

  Treasury stock, at cost - 119 shares at June 30, 2012 and 149 shares

  at December 31, 2011

(1,425)

 

(1,712)

     Total stockholders' equity 

340,613

312,279

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$902,975

$       822,323

TOTAL DEBT

(Dollars in thousands)

unaudited

June 30, 2012

December 31, 2011

SHORT-TERM DEBT

Foreign

$         1,000

$                    500

Total short-term debt

1,000

500

LONG-TERM DEBT

12.75% Senior Secured Notes due December 15, 2016

225,000

225,000

7.0% Convertible Notes due December 15, 2017

57,500

57,500

New Revolving Credit Facility due December 15, 2015

36,300

35,500

Other, primarily capital leases 

547

244

Total long-term debt 

319,347

318,244

Plus:  derivative liability for conversion feature associated with convertible debt

-

26,440

Less:  unamortized discount

(28,565)

(30,252)

Less:  current portion

(212)

(192)

Total long-term portion

290,570

314,240

TOTAL DEBT

$     291,782

$              314,932

 

 

SOURCE A. M. Castle & Co.



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