A. M. Castle & Co. Reports 2011 Second Quarter

Aug 02, 2011, 07:30 ET from A. M. Castle & Co.

OAK BROOK, Ill., Aug. 2, 2011 /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, 2011.

Consolidated net sales were $282.6 million for the three-months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 17.7% compared to $240.1 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net income for the second quarter was $3.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, as compared to $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Second quarter results included a charge of $0.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for expected export penalties associated with shipments that occurred from 2005 to 2008.

For the second quarter of 2011, sales in the Company's Metals segment were $252.3 million, which was $39.0 million or 18.3% higher than last year. Metals segment tons sold per day were up 18.1% from the second quarter of 2010 and up 3.9% sequentially compared to the first quarter of 2011.

In the Plastics segment, second quarter 2011 sales of $30.3 million were $3.5 million or 13.1% higher than the prior year, reflecting improved demand across virtually all end-use markets, most notably in the automotive, life sciences and retail point-of-purchase display sectors.

Consolidated net sales were $555.4 million for the six-months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 19.9% compared to $463.1 million for the six-months ended June 30, 2010. Net income for the first half of 2011 was $6.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

"We experienced strong sales volume in the second quarter, reflecting continued improvement in demand within several key end-use markets including oil and gas, mining and heavy equipment, general industrial markets and automotive.  Average tons sold per day for the second quarter of 2011 represent the highest level experienced by the Company since the fourth quarter of 2008.  We believe that our value-added strategies resonate with our customers and our strong top-line sales growth is indicative of the value our customers place on the solutions and services that we provide," stated Michael Goldberg, President and CEO of A. M. Castle.

"We continue to execute well on working capital and liquidity management. Our primary inventory metric of days sales in inventory was 124 days on a trailing three month basis at the end of the second quarter, compared to 142 at the same time last year.  We have been working to build inventory levels while maintaining turnover rates in order to support the sales growth that we are experiencing in our end markets, particularly oil and gas and energy, heavy equipment and the general industrial market," Goldberg continued.

The Company's debt-to-capital ratio was 21.1% as of June 30, 2011, compared to 18.1% at year-end 2010.  Total debt increased $17.6 million to $86.7 million at June 30, 2011, compared to $69.1 million at year-end 2010 to support higher working capital levels.  Interest expense during the second quarter of 2011 was $1.1 million, or $0.1 million lower than the prior year period.

"We expect to continue to see positive sales momentum in the second half of 2011.  Our strong inventory position, as well as our ongoing focus on value-added customer solutions, positions us well to capitalize on our customers' expectations for continued recovery and capture market-share across our key end markets," Goldberg concluded.

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, 2011 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 4458935.

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 approximately 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 the attached financial statements, provides meaningful information and therefore we use it to supplement our GAAP guidance. Management often uses this information to assess and measure the performance of our operating segments. 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 provide an additional measure of performance.

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.

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, 2010.   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,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net sales

$ 282,568

$ 240,132

$ 555,356

$ 463,128

Costs and expenses:

 Cost of materials (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

208,470

178,515

409,898

347,558

 Warehouse, processing and delivery expense

33,874

30,176

67,016

59,080

 Sales, general, and administrative expense

30,864

25,808

61,985

52,750

 Depreciation and amortization expense

5,059

5,351

10,058

10,501

Operating income (loss)

4,301

282

6,399

(6,761)

Interest expense, net

(1,120)

(1,252)

(2,106)

(2,545)

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

3,181

(970)

4,293

(9,306)

Income taxes

(2,466)

(70)

(3,734)

2,778

Income (loss) before equity in earnings of joint venture

715

(1,040)

559

(6,528)

Equity in earnings of joint venture

2,982

1,448

5,841

2,314

Net income (loss)

$     3,697

$        408

$     6,400

$   (4,214)

Basic income (loss) per share

$       0.16

$       0.02

$       0.28

$     (0.18)

Diluted income (loss) per share

$       0.16

$       0.02

$       0.28

$     (0.18)

EBITDA *

$   12,342

$     7,081

$   22,298

$     6,054

*Earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Reconciliation of EBITDA to net income:

Net income (loss)

$     3,697

$        408

$     6,400

$   (4,214)

Depreciation and amortization expense

5,059

5,351

10,058

10,501

Interest expense, net

1,120

1,252

2,106

2,545

Income taxes

2,466

70

3,734

(2,778)

EBITDA

$   12,342

$     7,081

$   22,298

$     6,054

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except par value data)

As of

Unaudited

June 30,

December 31,

2011

2010

ASSETS

Current assets  

Cash and cash equivalents

$   32,066

$          36,716

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $3,278 and $3,848

163,753

128,365

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

 higher by $129,776 and $122,340)

174,884

130,917

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

8,069

6,832

Income tax receivable

2,247

8,192

    Total current assets

381,019

311,022

Investment in joint venture

32,384

27,879

Goodwill

50,134

50,110

Intangible assets

38,143

41,427

Prepaid pension cost

19,765

18,580

Other assets

3,270

3,619

Property, plant and equipment

Land

5,197

5,195

Building

52,282

52,277

Machinery and equipment

168,434

182,178

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

225,913

239,650

Less - accumulated depreciation

(150,534)

(162,935)

   Property, plant and equipment, net

75,379

76,715

Total assets

$ 600,094

$        529,352

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$ 120,702

$          71,764

Accrued liabilities

26,012

31,320

Income taxes payable

2,341

2,357

Deferred income taxes

2,358

2,461

Current portion of long-term debt  

7,945

8,012

Short-term debt

15,200

-

    Total current liabilities

174,558

115,914

Long-term debt, less current portion

63,538

61,127

Deferred income taxes

25,479

26,754

Other non-current liabilities

3,247

3,390

Pension and post retirement benefit obligations

8,932

8,708

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity

 Preferred stock, $0.01 par value - 10,000 shares authorized; no shares

 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010

-

-

 Common stock, $0.01 par value - 30,000 shares authorized;

 23,159 shares issued and 23,039 outstanding at June 30, 2011 and 23,149 shares

 issued and 22,986 outstanding at December 31, 2010

232

231

 Additional paid-in capital

182,101

180,519

 Retained earnings

157,147

150,747

 Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(13,615)

(15,812)

 Treasury stock, at cost - 120 shares at June 30, 2011 and 163 shares at

 December 31, 2010

(1,525)

(2,226)

    Total stockholders' equity

324,340

313,459

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 600,094

$        529,352

SOURCE A. M. Castle & Co.



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