Constellium Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results
Amsterdam, November 19, 2014 – Constellium N.V. (NYSE and NYSE Euronext: CSTM) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Constellium reported that results for the third quarter of 2014 significantly improved over last year, led by strong performances in our Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products segment (P&ARP) and our Automotive Structures and Industry (AS&I) segment. Our Aerospace and Transportation (A&T) segment continued to perform below our expectations due to capacity constraints and extended maintenance.
Revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were €927 million, an increase of 8% from €862 million in the third quarter of 2013. Revenues increased by 3% on a like-for-like basis, excluding LME metal prices and currency exchange rates, when compared to the same period in 2013. Third quarter 2014 shipments of 266k metric tons were 4% higher than the third quarter 2013 shipments of 257k metric tons. Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton for the third quarter 2014 was €269, which represents an increase of 9% from €247 in the third quarter of 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2014 was €72 million, which represents an increase of 13% compared to €64 million in the third quarter 2013. Higher metal premiums impacted third quarter 2014 Adjusted EBITDA by €6 million compared to the prior year. As compared to 2013, we currently expect an annual premiums variance of approximately €20 million for the full-year 2014 Adjusted EBITDA, considering the overall sharp increase in premiums in this quarter. Favorable foreign exchange rates positively impacted the results by €8 million due to a weaker euro and stronger U.S. dollar. Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter also benefited from a €4 million one-time gain at the Holdings and Corporate level.
On October 3, 2014, Constellium signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wise Metals Intermediate Holdings, a private aluminum sheet producer located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Under the terms of the agreement, Constellium is to purchase Wise Metals for $1.4 billion, consisting of $455 million in cash and $945 million in the assumption of Wise’s existing debt. The acquisition of Wise Metals, which has the widest strip mill in North America, will provide Constellium with access to 450k metric tons of hot mill capacity. Constellium intends to invest up to $750 million by 2022 in order to significantly accelerate its position in the North American Body-in-White (BiW) market. The financing for this transaction is expected to be finalized by early December. On October 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice granted regulatory clearance to the antitrust filings and the acquisition is expected to close in January 2015.
Commenting on the third quarter 2014 results, Pierre Vareille, Constellium’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Overall, third quarter results were in line with our expectations. Our P&ARP and AS&I segments continued to make progress from the prior year and delivered another strong quarter, while the A&T segment continues to perform below expectations. We have launched a comprehensive improvement plan for A&T, which we expect will have a positive earnings impact beginning in 2016. Our global automotive growth initiatives continue to make significant progress in Europe and the U.S.”
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