02 November 2018Share
Optimising strategic investments in rolling, recycling and automotive finishing capacity
Second quarter fiscal year 2019 highlights
Atlanta: Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today reported net income attributable to its common shareholder of $116 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared to $307 million in the prior year period. Excluding tax-effected special items in both periods, the largest item being a $318 million pre-tax gain related to the Ulsan Aluminum Ltd., joint venture in the prior year, the company reported net income of $122 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, up from $78 million in the prior year period.
The increase in net income, excluding special items, is largely due to an 18 per cent increase in Adjusted EBITDA over the prior year to $355 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Ongoing efforts to optimise the investments made to increase rolling, automotive finishing and recycling capacity, combined with favorable market conditions, have resulted in higher shipments of premium products, operating cost efficiencies and favorable metal costs. Adjusted EBITDA per ton reached $440 in the quarter, as compared to $377 per ton in the prior year period.
Net sales increased 12 per cent over the prior year to $3.1 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, driven by higher average aluminum prices, higher total shipments and a more favorable product mix. Shipments of flat rolled products increased one per cent to a record high 807 kilotonnes.
"Continued strong customer demand for lightweight, high-strength aluminum has resulted in another strong quarter,” said Steve Fisher, President and CEO, Novelis Inc. “Moving forward, we are focusing on safely bringing our recent automotive investments online, enhancing the way we engage with customers and leveraging our R&D capabilities in order to provide solutions that help meet their design, performance and sustainability goals."
The company reported $108 million of free cash flow for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, net of $60 million in capital expenditures. Year-to-date free cash flow improved $80 million over the prior year to
$104 million driven primarily by higher Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by higher taxes and capital expenditures.
"Our continued strong financial performance and operating cash flow generation has allowed us to strategically add capacity to capture growing demand, while continuing to improve net leverage to 2.8x at the end of the second quarter," said Devinder Ahuja, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Novelis.
As of 30 September 2018, the company reported a strong liquidity position of $1.7 billion.
On 26 July 2018, Novelis announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aleris Corporation. The acquisition continues to progress as expected and remains on track to close 9 to 15 months from the date of announcement, as previously communicated, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
On 1 November 2018, Novelis secured financing for the pending Aleris acquisition by entering into commitment letters with a group of banks to provide up to $775 million of an incremental term loan with a five-year maturity, and up to a $1.5 billion short-term bridge loan with a one-year maturity. We expect to replace the bridge loan with permanent financing soon after closing, depending on market conditions.
Second quarter of fiscal year 2019 earnings conference call
Novelis will discuss its second quarter of fiscal year 2019 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 7:00 a.m. ET on Friday, 2 November 2018. To view slides and listen only, visit the web at https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1dhhq02imaxpv&eom. To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 763 5545, India toll-free at 1800 266 0832 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2902. Presentation materials and access information may also be found at novelis.com/investors.
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 10 countries, has approximately 11,000 employees and reported $11.5 billion in revenue for its 2018 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. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and metals flagship company 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 news 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, Free Cash Flow, Reconciliation to Liquidity, Reconciliation to Net Income excluding Special Items, and Segment Information.
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 our ability to safely bring automotive investments online. 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 including in connection with potential acquisitions and investments; risks relating to, and our ability to consummate, pending and future acquisitions, investments or divestitures, including the pending acquisition of Aleris Corporation; 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; 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; 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 31 March 2018 are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.