Ferroglobe Reports Third Quarter Results of 2019

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LONDON, Dec. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) (throughout, “Ferroglobe”, the “Company”, or the “Parent”), the world’s leading producer of silicon metal, and a leading silicon- and manganese-based specialty alloys producer, today announced results for the third quarter of 2019.

In Q3 2019, Ferroglobe posted a net loss of $(140.1) million, or $(0.83) per share on a fully diluted basis. On an adjusted basis, Q3 2019 net loss was $(16.1) million, or $(0.10) per share on a fully diluted basis.

Q3 2019 reported EBITDA was $(183.1) million, down from $(7.1) million in the prior quarter. On an adjusted basis, Q3 2019 EBITDA was $(7.2) million, down from Q2 2019 adjusted EBITDA of $5.0 million. The Company reported an adjusted EBITDA margin of -1.9% for Q3 2019, compared to an adjusted EBITDA margin of 1.2% for Q2 2019.

* The amounts for prior periods have been restated to reflect the impact of the profit / (loss) from discontinued operations associated with the sale of the Company’s Spanish hydroelectric plants

Pedro Larrea, Ferroglobe’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “The overall market weakness has adversely impacted our third quarter financials and is expected to linger for the remainder of 2019.”  Mr. Larrea continued, “Although we are beginning to see some positive data points across our key products, we continue to right-size our cost structure and production platform in anticipation of demand and pricing uncertainty into 2020. The measures we are now taking are aimed at returning to positive cash-flow, and these operational changes should also help maximize our profitability as soon as the market environment improves.”

Cash used in operations during Q3 2019 was $82.3 million, including a $66.2 million net movement in respect of securitized accounts receivable and interest and tax paid of $19.6 million.

Working capital increased from $410.4 million at June 30, 2019 to $578.7 million at September 30, 2019, driven by an increase in trade receivables of $181.7 million as a result of consolidating trade receivables sold pursuant to the Company’s accounts receivable securitization program. The securitized trade receivables were consolidated due to an amendment to the program in September 2019. Excluding the consolidation of the securitized trade receivables, working capital decreased from $410.4 million to $397.0 million.

Net debt was $368.3 million as of September 30, 2019, down from $478.3 million as of June 30, 2019.

Following a review of the carrying value of the Company’s assets as of September 30, 2019, in the light of prevailing market conditions, the Company has determined that the value of goodwill with respect to the Company’s US and Canadian operations has been impaired. Accordingly, we have recorded total impairment charges of $174.0 million, with $143.2 million allocated  to Ferroglobe’s US operations and $30.8 million allocated to the Canadian operations, resulting in a revised goodwill carrying value of $29.7 million at September 30, 2019. A further review will be undertaken at year end.

Beatriz García-Cos, Ferroglobe’s Chief Financial Officer commented, “The entire management team is committed to returning the Company to profitability and delivering a healthier liquidity position and stronger balance sheet. The operational changes support the financial strategy and will help us achieve these goals.”

On August 30, 2019, Ferroglobe successfully completed and closed the previously-announced sale of its 100% interest in subsidiary FerroAtlántica, S.A.U. (“FerroAtlántica”), which includes ten hydroelectric power plants and the Cee-Dumbria ferroalloys factory, to affiliates of TPG Sixth Street Partners. The transaction, valued at €170 million ($189.0 million), provided the Company with gross proceeds of €154.0 million ($171.2 million), after closing adjustments.

On September 28, 2019, Ferroglobe closed on the sale of its subsidiary Ultracore Polska ZOO, which manufactures cored wire in Poland, for net proceeds of $2.2 million.

On October 4, 2019, Ferroglobe subsidiary, Silicon Smelters (Pty.) Ltd. completed the sale of its remaining timberlands in South Africa for net proceeds of ZAR 130 million ($8.58 million)

Pedro Larrea commented, “Non-core asset divestitures have been an important element of our cash generation initiatives this year.  Of the assets we previously announced for sale, we have now closed on all but one transaction.  The sale process for our French energy assets continues and will likely carry into next year. Additionally, we are reviewing our portfolio for additional assets which could be deemed non-core to the business and will provide an update should we move forward with any other disposals.”

Ferroglobe continues to make progress with various initiatives to ‘right-size’ its operational footprint and enhance its financial position. These initiatives are aimed at balancing production with demand, improving the Company’s cost structure and generating cash.

On October 4, 2019, Ferroglobe announced further adjustments to its global production platform, to streamline operations, adapt production to reduced demand and release cash through the workdown of inventory. The announced changes reduce the Company’s global production capacity for silicon metal, silicon-based alloys and manganese-based alloys. In France, the Chateau-Feuillet, Montricher and Laudun facilities will reduce production. In North America, the Bécancour, Quebec and Bridgeport, Alabama facilities will reduce production in the near-term.

Most recently the Company has undertaken an extended outage at its Mo I Rana facility in Norway. Both furnaces (producing manganese alloys) were idled on October 28, 2019. Customer orders from this plant have been shifted to the other facilities in order to optimize the Company’s utilization, logistics and overall economics.

In the aggregate these measures will reduce the Company’s immediate production capacity across all major product categories. With these operational changes, Ferroglobe’s current silicon metal capacity (annualized run-rate) will decline to 186,000 tons, down 56,000 tons from 242,000 tons at the end of Q3 2019. Silicon-based alloys capacity will decline to 354,000 tons, down 88,000 tons from 442,000 tons at the end of Q3 2019. Lastly, the Company’s manganese-based alloys capacity will decline to 538,000 tons, down 125,000 tons from 663,000 tons at the end of Q3 2019. 

On October 11, 2019, Ferroglobe completed the closing of a new five year $100 million North American asset-based revolving credit facility (“ABL”), replacing the Company’s revolving credit facility (“RCF”). The replacement of the RCF marks an important step in the Company’s overall strategy to de-risk the balance sheet. The new ABL has no leverage-based or financial-based covenants and offers reduced liquidity requirements as compared to the prior RCF, thereby enhancing the Company’s flexibility. 

Sales for Q3 2019 were $381.7 million, a decrease of 6.8% compared to $409.5 million in Q2 2019. For Q3 2019, total shipments were down 3.8% and the average selling price was down 3.5% compared with Q2 2019.

* Excludes by-products and other

During Q3 2019, total product average selling prices decreased by 3.5% versus Q2 2019. Q3 average selling prices of silicon metal decreased 6.3%, silicon-based alloys decreased 5.2%, and manganese-based alloys decreased 4.0%. Sales volumes in Q3 declined by 3.8% versus the prior quarter.  Q3 sales volumes of silicon metal increased 11.4%, silicon-based alloys decreased 11.8%, and manganese-based alloys decreased 5.6% versus Q2 2019.

Cost of sales was $277.7 million in Q3 2019, a decrease from $292.4 million in the prior quarter. Cost of sales as a percentage of sales increased to 72.8% in Q3 2019 versus 71.4% for Q2 2019.

Other operating expenses was $50.1 million in Q3 2019, a decrease from $62.9 million in the prior quarter, primarily due to contract termination costs incurred in Q2 2019 related to the solar joint venture. 

In Q3 2019, net loss attributable to the Parent was $140.5 million, or $(0.83) per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to the Parent of $40.8 million, or $(0.24) per diluted share in Q2 2019.

In Q3 2019, adjusted EBITDA was $(7.2) million, or -1.9% of sales, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $5.0 million, or 1.2% of sales in Q2 2019.

Ferroglobe management will review the third quarter results of 2019 during a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on December 3, 2019.

The dial-in number for participants in the United States is 877‑293‑5491 (conference ID 5768864). International callers should dial +1 914‑495‑8526 (conference ID 5768864). Please dial in at least five minutes prior to the call to register. The call may also be accessed via an audio webcast available at .

Ferroglobe is one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon metal, silicon-based and manganese-based specialty alloys and other ferroalloys, serving a customer base across the globe in dynamic and fast-growing end markets, such as solar, automotive, consumer products, construction and energy. The Company is based in London. For more information, visit .

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but are based on certain assumptions of management and describe the Company’s future plans, strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements often use forward-looking terminology, including words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “guidance”, “intends”, “likely”, “may”, “plan”, “potential”, “predicts”, “seek”, “target”, “will” and words of similar meaning or the negative thereof.

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on information currently available to the Company and assumptions that management believe to be reasonable, but are inherently uncertain. As a result, Ferroglobe’s actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control.

Forward-looking financial information and other metrics presented herein represent the Company’s goals and are not intended as guidance or projections for the periods referenced herein or any future periods.

All information in this press release is as of the date of its release. Ferroglobe does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect new information, events or circumstances arising after the date of this press release. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net profit, adjusted profit per share, working capital and net debt, are non-IFRS financial metrics that, we believe, are pertinent measures of Ferroglobe’s success. Ferroglobe has included these financial metrics to provide supplemental measures of its performance. The Company believes these metrics are important because they eliminate items that have less bearing on the Company’s current and future operating performance and highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures.

INVESTOR CONTACT:Gaurav Mehta EVP – Investor Relations  Email:   investor.relations@ferroglobe.com

* The amounts for prior periods have been restated to reflect the impact of the profit / (loss) from discontinued operations associated with the sale of the Company’s Spanish hydroelectric plants.

* Cash and cash equivalents include current restricted cash of $42,834 at September 30, 2019 ($nil at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018)

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