Novelis Reports First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Global automotive production surges to meet growing customer demand

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Highlights

- Net loss $60 million; excluding certain items, net income $24 million

- Global FRP shipments of 768 kilotonnes in line with prior year

- Adjusted EBITDA excluding metal price lag down 9 percent to $212 million

- Record automotive shipments up 68 percent YoY reflects focus on premium product growth

Aug 11, 2015, 07:00 ET from Novelis

ATLANTA, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today reported a net loss of $60 million for first quarter of fiscal year 2016.  Excluding certain tax-effected items, the company reported net income of $24 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $28 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Excluding the impact of non-operational metal price lag in both periods, Adjusted EBITDA was $212 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, down 9 percent compared to $233 million in the prior year.  The decrease was primarily driven by higher costs associated with the start-up and support of new automotive finishing and recycling capacity, partially offset by favorable product mix due to a strategic shift to grow automotive shipments.

"We remain focused on the fundamentals of our manufacturing operations - growing our premium portfolio, managing costs and working capital, and driving operational excellence," said Steve Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer for Novelis.  "The first two automotive sheet finishing lines at Oswego are ramping up production capacity to meet current market demand, including supply for the aluminum intensive 2015 Ford F-150.  We will continue to increase production to fully utilize these lines and rationalize our cost base to increase profitability."

Shipments of rolled aluminum products totaled 768 kilotonnes in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, in line with the 770 kilotonnes reported in the prior year period.  Revenues decreased two percent to $2.6 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2015.  This sales decrease on flat shipments was primarily driven by lower average metal prices and local market premiums in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.

Local market premiums have declined sharply over the past several months toward historical norms, causing a negative metal price lag effect on first quarter of fiscal 2016 results.  Although the company uses derivatives contracts to minimize the price lag associated with LME base aluminum prices, it does not use derivative contracts for local market premiums, as these are not prevalent in the market.  Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal 2016, including $85 million of negative metal price lag, was $127 million.  While future aluminum prices and premiums are difficult to predict, at current levels the company does not expect negative metal lags of this magnitude to repeat.

(in $M)




Three Months Ended






6/30/2015


6/30/2014


Free Cash Flow


$

(425)



$

(177)



Capital Expenditures


$

129



$

138



 

The company reported negative free cash flow of $425 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 as compared to negative $177 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. First quarter free cash flow is negative in both periods as a result of semi-annual bond interest payments and capital investments in maintenance and strategic growth projects.  The decrease in cash flow compared to the prior year is primarily a result of lower EBITDA and higher working capital requirements as the company ramps up new assets.  Despite negative first quarter free cash flow, the company expects working capital improvement, higher EBITDA and lower capital spending over the remaining quarters of fiscal 2016 to result in positive free cash flow for the full fiscal year.

As of June 30, 2015, the company reported liquidity of $1.2 billion.

First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 Earnings Conference Call
Novelis will discuss its first quarter of fiscal year 2016 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  To view slides and listen only, visit the web at https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1ca6b31w83oi7&eom. To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 892 9785, India toll-free at 0008008521504 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2935.  Presentation materials and access information may also be found at novelis.com/investors.

About Novelis
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 11 countries, has approximately 11,500 employees and reported $11.1 billion in revenue for its 2015 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The company is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, part of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/NovelisInc and Twitter at twitter.com/Novelis.

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 believe 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 concurrently 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 Adjusted EBITDA excluding Metal Price Lag, Free Cash Flow, Reconciliation to Liquidity, Reconciliation to Net Income excluding Certain Items, and Segment Information.

Forward-Looking Statements
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 are statements about the company's expectation for working capital improvement, higher EBITDA and lower capital spending over the remaining quarters of fiscal 2016 to result in positive free cash flow for the full fiscal year.  Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and 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 hedging activities; 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, labor 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; 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 credit facilities and other financing agreements; the effect of taxes and changes in tax rates; our level of 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, 2015 are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(in millions)




Three Months Ended June 30,


2015


2014



Net sales

$

2,634



$

2,680


Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

2,400



2,329


Selling, general and administrative expenses

100



108


Depreciation and amortization

87



89


Research and development expenses

13



12


Interest expense and amortization of debt issuance costs

80



81


Gain on assets held for sale



(11)


Loss on extinguishment of debt

13




Restructuring and impairment, net

15



6


Equity in net loss of non-consolidated affiliates

1



2


Other (income) expense, net

(30)



5



2,679



2,621


(Loss) income before income taxes

(45)



59


Income tax provision

15



24


Net (loss) income

(60)



35


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests




Net (loss) income attributable to our common shareholder

$

(60)



$

35


 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

(in millions, except number of shares)






June 30, 2015


March 31, 2015

ASSETS


Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

456



$

628


Accounts receivable, net




— third parties (net of uncollectible accounts of $3 as of June 30, 2015 and March 31, 2015)

1,430



1,289


— related parties

55



53


Inventories

1,526



1,431


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

130



112


Fair value of derivative instruments

128



77


Deferred income tax assets

50



79


Assets held for sale

5



6


Total current assets

3,780



3,675


Property, plant and equipment, net

3,554



3,542


Goodwill

607



607


Intangible assets, net

580



584


Investment in and advances to non–consolidated affiliate

464



447


Deferred income tax assets

111



95


Other long–term assets




— third parties

125



137


— related parties

17



15


Total assets

$

9,238



$

9,102


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S DEFICIT




Current liabilities




Current portion of long–term debt

$

107



$

108


Short–term borrowings

1,021



846


Accounts payable




— third parties

1,817



1,854


— related parties

46



44


Fair value of derivative instruments

128



149


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

506



572


Deferred income tax liabilities

18



20


Total current liabilities

3,643



3,593


Long–term debt, net of current portion

4,434



4,349


Deferred income tax liabilities

256



261


Accrued postretirement benefits

766



748


Other long–term liabilities

204



221


Total liabilities

9,303



9,172


Commitments and contingencies




Shareholder's deficit




Common stock, no par value; unlimited number of shares authorized; 1,000 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2015 and March 31, 2015




Additional paid–in capital

1,404



1,404


Accumulated deficit

(985)



(925)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(494)



(561)


Total deficit of our common shareholder

(75)



(82)


Noncontrolling interests

10



12


Total deficit

(65)



(70)


Total liabilities and deficit

$

9,238



$

9,102


 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)

(in millions)




Three Months Ended June 30,


2015


2014

OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Net (loss) income

$

(60)



$

35


Adjustments to determine net cash used in operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

87



89


Gain on unrealized derivatives and other realized derivatives in investing activities, net

(32)



(8)


Gain on assets held for sale



(11)


Loss on sale of assets

1



1


Impairment charges

1




Loss on extinguishment of debt

13




Deferred income taxes

3



3


Amortization of fair value adjustments, net

3



3


Equity in net loss of non-consolidated affiliates

1



2


Gain on foreign exchange remeasurement of debt

(2)




Amortization of debt issuance costs and carrying value adjustments

5



6


Other, net



(1)


Changes in assets and liabilities including assets and liabilities held for sale (net of effects from divestitures):




Accounts receivable

(130)



(169)


Inventories

(75)



(116)


Accounts payable

(29)



245


Other current assets

(15)



(14)


Other current liabilities

(66)



(84)


Other noncurrent assets

12



(10)


Other noncurrent liabilities

(5)



5


Net cash used in operating activities

(288)



(24)


INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Capital expenditures

(129)



(138)


Proceeds from sales of assets, third party, net of transaction fees and hedging



34


Outflows from investments in and advances to non-consolidated affiliates, net

(1)



(16)


(Outflows) proceeds from settlement of other undesignated derivative instruments, net

(7)



1


Net cash used in investing activities

(137)



(119)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Proceeds from issuance of long-term and short-term borrowings

139



105


Principal payments of long-term and short-term borrowings

(68)



(53)


Revolving credit facilities and other, net

182



166


Return of capital to our common shareholder



(250)


Debt issuance costs

(10)




Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

243



(32)


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(182)



(175)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

10



3


Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period

628



509


Cash and cash equivalents — end of period

$

456



$

337


 

Reconciliation from Net (Loss) Income Attributable to our Common Shareholder to Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA excluding Metal Price Lag (unaudited)

Novelis is providing disclosure of the reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis. To better analyze underlying operational results, the following table also shows Adjusted EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA excluding the impact of non-operational Metal Price Lag.  On certain sales contracts we experience timing differences on the pass through of changing aluminum prices from our suppliers to our customers. Additional timing differences occur in the flow of metal costs through moving average inventory cost values and cost of goods sold. This timing difference is referred to as metal price lag.

 

(in millions)

Three Months Ended June 30,


2015


2014

Net (loss) income attributable to our common shareholder

$

(60)



$

35


Income tax provision

(15)



(24)


Interest, net

(78)



(80)


Depreciation and amortization

(87)



(89)


EBITDA

120



228






Unrealized gains on change in fair value of derivative instruments, net

35



1


Realized gains (losses) on derivative instruments not included in segment income

1



(1)


Adjustment to eliminate proportional consolidation

(7)



(8)


Loss on sale of fixed assets

(1)



(1)


Gain on assets held for sale



11


Loss on extinguishment of debt

(13)




Restructuring and impairment, net

(15)



(6)


Other expense, net

(7)



(3)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

127



$

235






Metal price lag

(85)



2


Adjusted EBITDA excluding metal price lag

$

212



$

233


 

Free Cash Flow and Cash and Cash Equivalents (unaudited)

The following table shows the "Free cash flow" for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 and the ending balances of cash and cash equivalents (in millions).

 


Three Months Ended June 30,


2015


2014

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(288)



$

(24)


Net cash used in investing activities

(137)



(119)


Less: Proceeds from sales of assets, net of transaction fees and hedging



(34)


Free cash flow

$

(425)



$

(177)


Ending cash and cash equivalents

$

456



$

337




Total Liquidity (unaudited)

The following table shows available liquidity as of June 30, 2015 and March 31, 2015 (in millions).




June 30,


March 31,


2015


2015

Cash and cash equivalents

$

456



$

628


Availability under committed credit facilities

708



510


Total liquidity

$

1,164



$

1,138


 

Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to Net Income, excluding Certain Items (unaudited)

The following table shows Net Income attributable to our common shareholder excluding certain items (in millions).  We adjust for items which may recur in varying magnitude which affect the comparability of the operational results of our underlying business.

 


Three Months Ended June 30,


2015


2014

Net (loss) income attributable to our common shareholder

$

(60)



$

35


Certain Items:




Gain on assets held for sale



(11)


Loss on extinguishment of debt

13




Metal price lag

85



(2)


Restructuring and impairment, net

15



6


Tax effect on Certain Items

(29)




Net income attributable to our common shareholder, excluding certain items

$

24



$

28


 

Segment Information (unaudited)

The following table shows selected segment financial information (in millions, except shipments which are in kilotonnes).

 

Selected Operating Results Three Months Ended June 30, 2015


North

America


Europe


Asia


South

America


Eliminations and Other


Total

Adjusted EBITDA


$

42



$

(9)



$

36



$

59



$

(1)



$

127


Metal price lag


(27)



(54)



(3)



(1)





(85)


Adjusted EBITDA excluding metal price lag


69



45



39



60



(1)



212















Shipments













Rolled products - third party


261



231



182



94





768


Rolled products - intersegment




21



11



13



(45)




Total rolled products


261



252



193



107



(45)



768















Selected Operating Results Three Months Ended June 30, 2014


North

America


Europe


Asia


South

America


Eliminations and Other


Total

Adjusted EBITDA


$

64



$

79



$

37



$

55



$



$

235


Metal price lag


(1)



5





(2)





2


Adjusted EBITDA excluding metal price lag


65



74



37



57





233















Shipments













Rolled products - third party


248



235



178



109





770


Rolled products - intersegment


1



11



10



5



(27)




Total rolled products


249



246



188



114



(27)



770


 

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