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Carpenter Technology Reports First Quarter Results
WYOMISSING, Pa., Oct 25, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS) today reported net income attributable to Carpenter of $23.8 million or $0.53 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Costs in the quarter related to the Latrobe Specialty Metals transaction were $1.4 million or $0.03 per diluted share. Excluding these costs, net income attributable to Carpenter was $0.56 per diluted share. Net income was $7.6 million or $0.17 per share in the same quarter a year earlier.
"We continue to see good results on overall profitability and profit per pound improvement from our pricing, mix management and operational efficiency efforts," said William A. Wulfsohn, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain on track to achieve our fiscal year financial goal of a 50 percent increase in operating income, excluding pension earnings, interest and deferrals, versus last year, including strong double-digit revenue growth.
"We are also making good progress on our growth strategy. We are optimistic that the Latrobe acquisition will close by the end of the second quarter - and we have made good progress on our major new greenfield capacity expansion project which will provide increased capacity to meet customer demand and strengthen Carpenter's leadership position in the production of premium melted alloys."
First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results
Financial highlights for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 include:
(a) non-GAAP financial measure that is explained in the attached tables
Net sales for the first quarter were $414.1 million, up 18 percent from the prior year. Excluding surcharge revenue, net sales were $313.6 million, up 19 percent from a year ago. The Amega West acquisition accounted for six percentage points of the year-to-year revenue growth.
Total pounds sold in the first quarter were 2 percent lower than the fiscal year 2011 first quarter, with the Premium Alloys Operations (PAO) segment up 8 percent and the Advanced Metals Operations (AMO) segment down 5 percent. The positive spread between revenue and volume growth rates in the quarter is due to the Company's mix optimization efforts.
Gross profit was $81.1 million compared with $49.8 million in the fiscal year 2011 first quarter. The higher gross profit in this year's first quarter was driven by an improved product mix, higher prices, strong operating performance, higher profit contributions from our Titanium and Amega West businesses, and positive LIFO and other benefits from the combination of increased inventories and lower raw material prices.
SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue excluding surcharge was 2.1 percent lower than the prior year as revenue growth outpaced overhead cost increases. SG&A expense in the current quarter was $35.7 million or 11.4 percent of revenue excluding surcharge, compared with $35.7 million or 13.5 percent of revenue excluding surcharge for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011. The flat spending level results from an offset between lower net pension expense and the inclusion of Amega West overhead costs.
Operating income for the first quarter was $44.0 million compared with $14.1 million a year earlier. Excluding surcharge revenue and pension earnings, interest and deferrals (EID), operating margin was 15.2 percent for the quarter compared to 8.7 percent in the fiscal year 2011 first quarter.
Interest expense in the quarter was $7.0 million compared to $4.2 million in the year-ago period due to the impact of our recent financing actions. This mainly represents the net impact of a higher debt level at a lower average interest rate. A portion of the incremental debt was reduced mid-quarter as a $100 million note matured and was repaid.
Other expense was $0.7 million compared to other income of $1.6 million in the fiscal year 2011 first quarter due almost entirely to the reduction in market value of assets supporting certain non-qualified retirement plans.
The provision for income tax was $12.6 million or 34.7 percent of pre-tax income compared to $3.9 million or 33.9 percent of pre-tax income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011.
Net income attributable to Carpenter was $23.8 million or $0.53 per diluted share, compared with first quarter net income of $7.6 million or $0.17 per diluted share in fiscal year 2011.
Free cash flow, defined as cash from operations less capital expenditures, dividends, and the net impact from the purchase and sale of businesses, was negative $109.2 million in the current quarter. This was driven by increased inventory, the $21.8 million Boarhead Farms litigation settlement payment in the quarter, and $11.6 million of required cash contributions to the pension plan. The higher inventory level is to support strong demand for premium products over the balance of the year, and a result of higher inventory value per pound due to improved product mix.
Aerospace market sales were $173.5 million in the first quarter, up 19 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Excluding surcharge revenue, aerospace sales were up 18 percent on 12 percent higher volume. Aerospace results were driven by increased demand for materials used in fastener, engine and structural components. Demand for titanium fastener material is expected to surpass prior peak levels within this fiscal year, and demand for nickel and stainless fastener material has shown significant growth over the last two quarters. Growth trends for aerospace fasteners are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Demand for engine components continues to be strong, driven by high build rates and balanced inventory positions in the supply chain. Efforts to increase participation in other aerospace structural components contributed 7 points of the Aerospace growth rate this quarter, and current bookings suggest that growth in this area should continue through the remainder of the fiscal year.
Industrial market sales were $84.7 million, up 2 percent compared with the first quarter of fiscal year 2011. Excluding surcharge revenue, industrial sales increased 1 percent on 11 percent lower volume. The year-over-year results reflect the impact of mix management and pricing actions. This resulted in reduced sales of lower value materials used for general industrial applications and increased sales to meet demand growth for higher value materials for fittings and powder near-net-shape components.
Energy market sales of $59.2 million increased 98 percent from the first quarter a year earlier. Excluding surcharge revenue, energy market sales increased 108 percent on 27 percent higher volume. The higher revenue was driven primarily by the Amega West acquisition which contributed 70 percentage points to the revenue growth rate. The remaining revenue and volume growth of 38 percent and 27 percent, respectively, is attributable to increased demand for materials used for industrial gas turbines and in the oil and gas segment. Activity in the industrial gas turbine market is picking up with increasing demand for flexible generating capacity in North America and international markets. The oil and gas segment continued to grow due to increases in directional drilling activity and increased sales of higher value materials used in completion applications. Strong growth trends should continue in the Energy market through fiscal year 2012.
Medical market sales were $33.2 million in the first quarter, up 16 percent from a year ago. Excluding surcharge revenue, medical market sales increased 18 percent on 9 percent higher volume. Increased market demand, share gain and supply chain inventory adjustments led to growth of higher priced titanium products and a richer product mix.
Automotive market sales were $32.4 million, an increase of 7 percent from a year earlier. Excluding surcharge revenue, automotive sales rose 4 percent on 11 percent lower volume. The revenue growth is again attributable to pricing and mix management efforts that resulted in increased participation in higher value turbo charger and fuel system components, with a corresponding reduction in lower value products.
Consumer market sales were $31.1 million, a decrease of 8 percent from the first quarter of fiscal year 2011. Excluding surcharge revenue, sales decreased 8 percent on 14 percent lower volume. Sales decreased at a lower rate than volumes due to pricing and mix management efforts targeting increased global demand for higher value materials used in electronics, laminations and powder metal applications, with reduced sales of lower value materials used in housing applications.
International sales in the first quarter were $138.1 million, an increase of 31 percent compared with the same quarter a year earlier. International growth was led by Europe which experienced increased demand for materials used for aerospace engines, automotive fuel systems and energy applications. In addition, Canada experienced demand growth in aerospace and oil & gas exploration. Total international sales in the quarter represented 33 percent of total Company revenue, compared with 30 percent in the prior year.
Boarhead Farms Settlement
As described more fully in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in August, the Company settled the Boarhead Farms environmental case during the first quarter, which resulted in a cash payout of $21.8 million. As this amount was fully reserved, there was no impact to earnings during the quarter.
During the first quarter, the Company recorded expense associated with its pension and other post retirement benefit plans of $9.9 million or $0.14 per diluted share consistent with full year expected non-cash net pension of $39.4 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. This compares to $15.2 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the prior year first quarter. The expense will be recorded ratably through the fiscal year. The Company expects to make additional cash contributions of $16.1 million during the remainder of fiscal year 2012.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes discussions of financial measures that have not been determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The non-GAAP financial measures, accompanied by reasons why the Company believes the measures are important, are included in the attached schedules.
Carpenter will host a conference call and webcast today, October 25, at 10:00 a.m., ET, to discuss financial results and operations for the fiscal first quarter. Please call 610-208-2222 for details of the conference call. Access to the call will also be made available at Carpenter's web site (http://www.cartech.com) and through CCBN (http://www.ccbn.com). A replay of the call will be made available at http://www.cartech.com or at http://www.ccbn.com.
About Carpenter Technology
Carpenter produces and distributes specialty alloys, including stainless steels, titanium alloys, and superalloys. Information about Carpenter can be found on the Internet at http://www.cartech.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Except for historical information, all other information in this news release consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those projected, anticipated or implied. The most significant of these uncertainties are described in Carpenter's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2011 and the exhibits attached to that filing. They include but are not limited to: 1) the ability to successfully close the Latrobe Specialty Metals, Inc. transaction as well as the timing of that closing and the synergies, costs and other anticipated financial impacts of the transaction; 2) the cyclical nature of the specialty materials business and certain end-use markets, including aerospace, industrial, automotive, consumer, medical, and energy, or other influences on Carpenter's business such as new competitors, the consolidation of competitors, customers, and suppliers or the transfer of manufacturing capacity from the United States to foreign countries; 3) the ability of Carpenter to achieve cost savings, productivity improvements or process changes; 4) the ability to recoup increases in the cost of energy, raw materials, freight or other factors; 5) domestic and foreign excess manufacturing capacity for certain metals; 6) fluctuations in currency exchange rates; 7) the degree of success of government trade actions; 8) the valuation of the assets and liabilities in Carpenter's pension trusts and the accounting for pension plans; 9) possible labor disputes or work stoppages; 10) the potential that our customers may substitute alternate materials or adopt different manufacturing practices that replace or limit the suitability of our products; 11) the ability to successfully acquire and integrate acquisitions; 12) the availability of credit facilities to Carpenter, its customers or other members of the supply chain; 13) the ability to obtain energy or raw materials, especially from suppliers located in countries that may be subject to unstable political or economic conditions; 14) our manufacturing processes are dependent upon highly specialized equipment located primarily in one facility in Reading, Pennsylvania for which there may be limited alternatives if there are significant equipment failures or catastrophic event; 15) our future success depends on the continued service and availability of key personnel, including members of our executive management team, management, metallurgists and other skilled personnel and the loss of these key personnel could affect our ability to perform until suitable replacements are found; 16) the ability to achieve our fiscal year financial goal of a 50 percent increase in operating income versus last year, including strong double-digit revenue growth; and 17) the ability of our new greenfield capacity expansion project to provide increased capacity to meet customer demand and strengthen our leadership position in the production of premium melted alloys. Any of these factors could have an adverse and/or fluctuating effect on Carpenter's results of operations. The forward-looking statements in this document are intended to be subject to the safe harbor protection provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Carpenter undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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