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Allegheny Technologies Releases 4Q and Full Year 2013 Results

January 27, 2014

Allegheny Technologies Inc. has reported fourth quarter 2013 sales of $915.3 million and a loss from continuing operations attributable to ATI of $83.8 million , or $(0.79) per share, including $75.1 million net of tax, or $(0.71) per share, of charges for restructuring actions and inventory valuation adjustments. In a release on January 22 , the Company noted that net income attributable to ATI for the fourth quarter 2013 was $173.4 million , or $1.62 per share, including restructuring charges and inventory valuation adjustments of $75.1 million net of tax, or $(0.71) per share in continuing operations, the previously announced gain on sale of the tungsten materials business of $261.4 million net of tax, or $2.45 per share, and $6.1 million net of tax, or $(0.06) per share of asset impairment charges, in discontinued operations. Fourth quarter 2012 income from continuing operations attributable to ATI was $16.0 million , or $0.15 per share, and net income attributable to ATI was $10.5 million , or $0.10 per share, including an $8.8 million net of tax asset impairment charge in discontinued operations. For the full year 2013, ATI reported a loss from continuing operations attributable to ATI of $98.8 million , or $(0.93) per share including the $75.1 million , or ( $0.71 ) per share, fourth quarter restructuring charges and inventory valuation adjustments. Net income attributable to ATI was $154.0 million , or $1.44 per share, including the gain on sale of the tungsten materials business, restructuring charges and inventory valuation adjustments in continuing operations, and charges related to discontinued operations. For the full year 2012, income from continuing operations attributable to ATI was $150.5 million , or $1.36 per share, and net income attributable to ATI was $158.4 million , or $1.43 per share, including impairment charges in discontinued operations. "Fourth quarter 2013 operating profit results were negatively impacted by low shipments of many high-value and standard products, low base-selling prices for many products, and the impact of higher raw material input costs for products with longer manufacturing cycle times not aligned with falling raw material sales indices and surcharges, which continue to negatively impact raw materials cost recovery," said Rich Harshman , Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While these headwinds created challenging business conditions in the fourth quarter and throughout 2013, we are continuing to see long-term growth opportunities in many of our global markets." -ATI's sales to the key global markets of aerospace and defense, oil and gas/chemical process industry, electrical energy, and medical represented 68 percent of ATI sales for 2013: -Sales to the aerospace and defense markets were $1.4 billion and represented 35 percent of ATI sales. -Sales to the oil and gas/chemical process industry were $707 million and represented 17 percent of ATI sales. -Sales to the electrical energy market were $459 million and represented 11 percent of ATI sales. -Sales to the medical market were $208 million and represented 5 percent of ATI sales. -Direct international sales were $1.59 billion and represented 39 percent of ATI 2013 sales. High-value product sales represented approximately 78 percent of ATI's 2013 sales. Sales of nickel-based alloys and specialty alloys represented 25 percent of 2013 sales. Sales of our titanium products, including Uniti joint venture conversion, represented 16 percent of 2013 sales. Total titanium product shipments, including flat-rolled titanium products, were 8.0 million pounds in the fourth quarter 2013, bringing the total 2013 shipments to 37.3 million pounds. Sales of precision forgings and castings represented approximately 13 percent of 2013 sales. Restructuring Actions and Inventory Valuation Adjustments In the fourth quarter 2013, ATI recorded pre-tax charges of $133 million as a result of restructuring actions and inventory valuation adjustments, which include non-cash long-lived asset impairment charges. Major restructuring actions and adjustments include: -Closure of the High Performance Metals segment's previously idled Albany OR, titanium sponge facility; -Closure of the Flat-Rolled Products segment's previously idled New Castle, IN stainless finishing facility, and closure of the Wallingford, CT stainless finishing facility, which is expected to be completed in mid-2014; -Inventory charges reflecting LIFO-related net realizable value reserves in the High Performance Metals segment; -Inventory charges related to the market-based valuation of industrial titanium products in the Flat-Rolled Products segment; -Write down of fixed assets associated with the ongoing divestitures of the iron castings and fabricated components businesses in connection with the previously announced restructuring of the former Engineered Products segment. Cost savings in 2014 from these actions are expected to be approximately $25 million , concentrated in the second half of the year. "While market conditions were difficult in 2013, we continued with our restructuring, cost reduction, and lean manufacturing efforts to better align our cost structure, inventory, and production levels to the demands of our customers and end markets," Rich Harshman said. "Our recent strategic investments in manufacturing capabilities and process technologies enable the closure of older, higher cost operations, and the streamlining of our manufacturing processes by reducing our manufacturing footprint. For example, continued improvement in operating efficiencies at our Rowley, UT titanium sponge facility enables the closure of our standby titanium sponge facility in Albany, OR. In addition, due to productivity improvements from other new technology investments, our Wallingford, CT and New Castle, IN flat-rolled stainless finishing facilities are no longer needed. "Our goal is to streamline and right size our operations while remaining well-positioned to create value for our strategic customers and our stockholders and realize the expected growth in demand over the next 2 to 5 years from many of our key global markets. "In the fourth quarter 2013, we also recorded a $35.0 million charge on our inventory valued on the LIFO accounting method in the High Performance Metals segment, which more than offset any fourth quarter 2013 LIFO benefit in this segment. The carrying value of our inventory as valued on the LIFO inventory accounting method exceeded current replacement cost, requiring a pre-tax $35 million net realizable valuation reserve. In addition, continued sluggish demand for industrial titanium products from global markets has resulted in much lower selling prices for these products. As a result, in the fourth quarter we recorded a $20.5 million lower of cost or market reserve for industrial titanium products in the Flat-Rolled Products segment." 2013 Major Accomplishments "Throughout 2013, we focused on improving our market position and completing our strategic investments to ensure that ATI remains well- positioned as global and economic conditions improve. These actions are aimed at improving our future performance and positioning ATI to benefit from longer-term growth opportunities. Examples of our strategic actions include: -We further improved our position in the key end markets of aerospace, oil and gas/chemical process industry, electrical energy, medical, and automotive through strategic and long-term agreements (LTAs) with both existing and new customers. During 2013, across ATI we completed more than 20 new or revised LTAs representing in excess of $3 billion of total revenue potential over the terms of the agreements. The largest LTA was the extension of our long-term supply agreement with The Boeing Company , announced in October. This extension agreement covers value-added titanium mill products and provides opportunity for greater use of ATI's next-generation and advanced titanium alloys. -Our Flat-Rolled Products segment Hot-Rolling and Processing Facility (HRPF) was placed into service at the end of 2013. Cold- commissioning has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter 2014. We will then move to the hot- commissioning phase, which is expected to run through the end of the third quarter 2014. The HRPF is expected to be producing all of ATI's flat-rolled products by the end of 2014. This game-changing investment is designed to significantly enhance ATI's flat-rolled products capabilities for all alloys, reduce manufacturing cycle times, and lower production costs. -In October, we began the premium-quality (PQ) qualification program at our Rowley titanium sponge facility. Although we are operating at a low utilization rate primarily due to reduced demand for industrial titanium products, we continue to achieve improvements in key areas such as cake size and yield. -In November, we completed the sale of our tungsten materials business for an all cash purchase price of approximately $605 million . The $428 million pre-tax gain from the sale is included in the results of discontinued operations for the fourth quarter 2013. -We are in a solid liquidity position with approximately $1.4 billion , including cash on hand at the end of the year of approximately $1.03 billion and no borrowings outstanding under our $400 million domestic borrowing facility. Capital expenditures in 2013 were approximately $613 million , the majority of which related to the HRPF. -We continued to focus on reducing our cost structure, achieving gross cost reductions before the effects of inflation of over $141 million in 2013." Strategy and Outlook "As we begin 2014, while challenging conditions remain, global economic conditions appear to be moderately improving, although at lower rates of growth than past recoveries. Again, we begin the year cautiously optimistic that business conditions will gradually improve as we move through 2014," Harshman continued. "We continue to believe market conditions remain favorable for strong secular growth over the next 2 to 5 years in many of our key global markets. Aerospace build rates are expected to continue to increase and OEM backlogs remain at record levels. Demand for ATI's high performance specialty materials and components is expected to increase in support of the higher build rates. Also, demand for our innovative new products is expected to begin a multi-year period of significant growth as new technology airframe and jet engine deliveries increase. We also expect to see modest growth in demand for jet engine spare parts as we move through 2014. "Global oil and gas exploration and production forecasts project spending to remain strong, which is expected to result in increased upstream capital spending, especially in the U.S. "We expect moderate growth in demand for our high performance specialty materials from the medical market. "In the short-term, demand from the electrical energy market is expected to remain flat for both power generation and power distribution because of modest GDP growth in advanced economies, improved energy efficiencies resulting in lower demand growth, and improving, but still weak, new housing construction in the U.S. "In our High Performance Metals segment, we expect to benefit from growing demand from most of our key global markets and increasing demand for our new products, especially from the aerospace market. These benefits are expected to more than offset continued weakness in demand from the nuclear energy market and weak demand for forged products from the global mining equipment market. "In our Flat-Rolled Products segment, we expect to see improved demand in 2014, compared to 2013, for our high-value products, particularly nickel-based alloys and specialty alloys, and Precision Rolled Strip products. However, we remain cautious in the near-term about domestic GDP-sensitive markets as consumer and business confidence remain low. This, combined with excess global supply of stainless sheet and plate products and grain-oriented electrical steel products, continues to pressure base-selling prices for these products. The new HRPF is expected to result in lower costs, reduced cycle times, and revenue growth beginning in 2015. The commissioning of the HRPF will take most of 2014 and is currently expected to result in start-up costs of approximately $30 - $35 million , pre- tax, in 2014. "We currently expect 2014 pre-tax retirement benefit expense to be about $99 million , or approximately $30 million lower than 2013. Most of the 2014 pension expense is expected to be non-cash. "We expect 2014 pre-tax interest expense to be approximately $42 million higher in 2014 than the $65 million recorded in 2013, due to the HRPF's in-service status, which will reduce capitalized interest on major strategic capital costs. "We currently expect 2014 capital expenditures to be approximately $300 million , which is $313 million lower than in 2013 due to the status of the HRPF. Depreciation and amortization expense in 2014 is forecasted to be approximately $180 million . "It has been difficult to forecast demand and pricing trends for most of our products over the last several years primarily due to the fall-out from global economic and fiscal policy uncertainties. As we ended 2013, demand and pricing showed signs of stabilization, and we are seeing early signs of modest growth in demand. However, most customers remain cautious and are showing no significant signs of building inventories in anticipation of a strong recovery. We will remain focused on actions to enhance ATI's competitive position and improve the cost structure of our businesses. As part of this effort we are targeting $100 million in new gross cost reductions for the full year 2014. We believe that this focus combined with the capabilities of our strategic investments, including the HRPF, and other strategic actions designed to transform ATI into an aligned and integrated global leader in specialty materials products and components, will keep ATI well-positioned for sustainable profitable growth as market conditions improve in 2014 and beyond." Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results -Sales for the fourth quarter 2013 were $915 million , compared to $1.02 billion in the fourth quarter 2012. Compared to the fourth quarter 2012, sales decreased 17 percent in the High Performance Metals segment resulting from lower shipments and lower raw material surcharges due to declines in nickel raw material and titanium scrap costs. In the Flat-Rolled Products segment, sales declined 4 percent primarily due to lower raw material surcharges and weak base- selling prices for standard stainless and grain-oriented electrical steel products, which offset higher shipment volumes for both high value and standard products. -Sales for the full year 2013 were $4.04 billion compared to $4.67 billion for 2012. Direct international sales were $1.59 billion and represented 39 percent of total sales, compared to 37 percent for 2012. Compared to the full year 2012, sales decreased 16 percent in the High Performance Metals segment and 11 percent in the Flat-Rolled Products segment. -Fourth quarter 2013 segment operating profit was $44.6 million , or 4.9 percent of sales, excluding restructuring and inventory valuation charges. Fourth quarter 2013 restructuring charges related to business segment facility closures were excluded from segment results. Segment operating results as reported, including inventory valuation charges, were a loss of $10.9 million , or (1.2 percent) of sales. Segment operating profit for the fourth quarter 2012 was $91.0 million , or 8.9 percent of sales. -Full year 2013 segment operating profit was $219.9 million , or 5.4 percent of sales, excluding restructuring and inventory valuation charges. Segment operating profit as reported, including inventory valuation charges, was $164.4 million , or 4.1 percent of sales. Segment operating profit for the full year 2012 was $513.2 million , or 11.0 percent of sales. -Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to ATI for the fourth quarter 2013 was a loss of $83.8 million , or $(0.79) per share, including restructuring and inventory valuation charges of $75.1 million net of tax, or $(0.71) per share. For the fourth quarter 2012, income from continuing operations attributable to ATI was $16.0 million , or $0.15 per share. -Net income attributable to ATI for the fourth quarter 2013 was $173.4 million , or $1.62 per share, and included the $75.1 million net of tax charges in continuing operations for restructuring and inventory valuation, and the results of discontinued operations, which include the $261.4 million net of tax gain on the sale of the tungsten materials business and $6.1 million net of tax charges relating to ongoing divestitures in the former Engineered Products segment. Net income attributable to ATI for the fourth quarter 2012 was $10.5 million , or $0.10 per share. -Full year 2013 income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to ATI was a loss of $98.8 million , or $(0.93) per share, including restructuring and inventory valuation charges of $75.1 million , or $(0.71) per share. Income from continuing operations attributable to ATI for the full year 2012 was $150.5 million , or $1.36 per share. Net income attributable to ATI was $154.0 million , or $1.44 per share, for the full year 2013, compared to $158.4 million , or $1.43 per share, for 2012. -Cash flow provided by operations for 2013 was $368.4 million , including $141.0 million in the fourth quarter 2013. -Cash on hand at the end of 2013 was $1.03 billion , an increase of $491.1 million from September 30, 2013 and $722.2 million from year-end 2012. -Gross cost reductions, before the effects of inflation, totaled $17.8 million company-wide in the fourth quarter 2013. Gross cost reductions for the full year 2013 totaled $141.2 million . High Performance Metals Segment Market Conditions -Demand remained soft in the fourth quarter 2013 for many of our products compared to the third quarter 2013. Mill product shipments of our nickel-based and specialty alloys increased 5 percent, shipments of our titanium and titanium alloys declined 16 percent, and shipments of zirconium and related alloys were flat. Sales of precision forgings and castings decreased 8 percent compared to the third quarter 2013. Sales in the fourth quarter 2013 to the aerospace market, the segment's largest end market, decreased 8 percent compared to the third quarter 2013 primarily due to lower raw material surcharges/indices and continued aggressive supply chain inventory management in the jet engine market. Also, shorter lead times and excess capacity has resulted in lower base-selling prices for certain transactional business. Direct international sales represented over 43 percent of total segment sales for 2013. Fourth quarter 2013 compared to fourth quarter 2012 -Sales decreased 17 percent to $436.7 million compared to the fourth quarter 2012 primarily as a result of lower mill product shipments and a decrease in sales of precision forged and cast components due to lower demand from the jet engine, construction and mining, nuclear energy, and oil and gas markets. In addition, lower raw material indices and lower base-selling prices negatively affected revenues. -Segment operating profit decreased to $52.1 million , or 11.9 percent of total sales, excluding $35.0 million of LIFO-related net realizable value charges, compared to $81.6 million , or 15.5 percent of total sales, for the fourth quarter 2012 primarily as a result of lower shipments. Fourth quarter 2013 segment operating profit as reported, including inventory valuation charges, was $17.1 million , or 3.9 percent of sales. Fourth quarter 2013 segment operating profit included a LIFO inventory valuation reserve benefit of $26.1 million , which was partially offset by higher costs for raw materials, primarily nickel, resulting from the misalignment of the raw material surcharge with raw material costs due to the long manufacturing cycle of certain products. Due to deflationary impacts primarily related to titanium products, the carrying value of our inventory as valued on the LIFO inventory accounting method exceeded replacement cost, requiring a $35.0 million valuation reserve charge, which offsets the fourth quarter 2013 LIFO benefit. Fourth quarter 2012 segment operating profit included a LIFO inventory valuation reserve benefit of $27.2 million . Segment results were also impacted by the strategic decision to use ATI-produced titanium sponge rather than lower cost titanium scrap to manufacture certain titanium products. -Results benefited from $13.2 million of gross cost reductions in the fourth quarter 2013, bringing the full year 2013 gross cost reductions in this segment to $90.7 million . Flat-Rolled Products Segment Market Conditions -Demand was lower compared to the third quarter 2013 from the oil and gas/chemical process industry and electrical energy markets. Demand improved modestly in the automotive, food equipment and appliances, and electronics/computers/communications markets. Compared to the third quarter 2013, shipments increased 5 percent for standard stainless (sheet and plate) products, and shipments of high-value products, which includes titanium, nickel-based alloys, Precision Rolled Strip products, and grain-oriented electrical steel products were flat. Fourth quarter 2013 Flat-Rolled Products segment titanium shipments, including Uniti joint venture conversion, were 2.8 million pounds, an 18 percent decrease compared to the third quarter 2013, due to weak demand from global industrial markets. Flat-Rolled Products segment shipment information is presented in the attached Selected Financial Data - Mill Products table. Fourth quarter 2013 compared to fourth quarter 2012 -Sales were $478.6 million , 4 percent lower than the prior year period, primarily due to lower raw material surcharges and reduced base prices for most products. Shipments of high-value products increased 10 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2012 as shipments of our Precision Rolled Strip products, nickel-based alloys and titanium increased. Shipments of standard stainless products increased 6 percent. Average selling prices declined 13 percent for standard stainless products, primarily due to lower raw material surcharges. Average selling prices declined 8 percent for high-value products, primarily due to lower selling prices for titanium products and grain-oriented electrical steel products. -Segment operating results were a loss of $7.5 million , or (1.6 percent) of total sales, excluding $20.5 million of inventory charges related to the market-based valuation of industrial titanium products, compared to a profit of $9.4 million , or 1.9 percent of total sales, in the fourth quarter 2012 primarily due to lower base- selling prices for standard stainless and grain-oriented electrical steel products and reduced shipments of certain high-value products due to delays of major project business. Fourth quarter 2013 segment operating results as reported, including inventory valuation charges, were a loss of $28.0 million , or (5.9 percent) of sales. The fourth quarter 2013 included a LIFO inventory valuation reserve benefit of $15.7 million , which was partially offset by higher costs for raw materials, which did not align with raw material surcharges. The fourth quarter 2012 included a LIFO inventory valuation reserve benefit of $20.0 million . -Results benefited from $4.6 million in gross cost reductions in the fourth quarter 2013, bringing the full year 2013 gross cost reductions in this segment to $50.5 million . Restructuring Charges -In the fourth quarter 2013, ATI recorded $67.5 million in pre- tax restructuring charges in continuing operations, including $59.3 million of long-lived asset impairment charges and costs associated with facility closures. Impairment charges include the previously idled Albany, OR standard titanium sponge production facility in the High Performance Metals segment, and the previously idled New Castle, IN finishing facility in the Flat-Rolled Products segment. Additionally, in December 2013 , ATI announced the mid-2014 closure of the Wallingford, CT finishing facility in the Flat-Rolled Products segment. Restructuring charges also include $6.1 million in termination benefits for pension and other postretirement benefit plans and $2.1 million in other severance charges, associated with the Wallingford, CT plant closure and other workforce reductions. Other Expenses -Corporate expenses for the fourth quarter 2013 were $10.7 million , compared to $16.0 million in the year-ago period. The decrease in corporate expenses was primarily related to lower incentive compensation expenses associated with performance plans. -Interest expense, net of interest income and capitalized interest, for the fourth quarter 2013 was $18.7 million , compared to $15.9 million in the fourth quarter 2012. The increase in interest expense was primarily due to the $500 million , 5.875 percent ten- year senior notes issued in July 2013 , partially offset by increased capitalized interest. -Capitalized interest on major strategic capital projects reduced interest expense by $12.7 million and $7.8 million for the 2013 and 2012 fourth quarters, respectively. Full year 2013 and 2012 capitalized interest was $45.7 million and $24.5 million , respectively. Capitalized interest for all periods primarily related to the HRPF project. In 2014, due to the HRPF's in-service status, we expect to have significantly lower capitalized interest, which is expected to result in $42 million higher net interest expense than 2013. -Other expenses for the fourth quarter 2013 totaled $3.2 million , compared to $3.7 million in the prior year period, both relating to closed operations. Retirement Benefit Expense -Retirement benefit expense, which includes pension expense and other postretirement expense, decreased to $29.8 million in the fourth quarter 2013, compared to $34.5 million in the third quarter 2013 and $30.6 million in the fourth quarter 2012. Retirement benefit expense decreased by approximately $5 million compared to the third quarter 2013 due to the remeasurement of pension expense following the sale of the tungsten materials business. Retirement benefit expense as presented excludes $6.1 million of termination benefits, which are included in restructuring charges. -For the fourth quarter 2013, retirement benefit expense of $23.7 million was included in cost of sales and $6.1 million was included in selling and administrative expenses. For the fourth quarter 2012, retirement benefit expense of $22.6 million was included in cost of sales and $8.0 million was included in selling and administrative expenses. -For the full year 2013, retirement benefit expense of $101.1 million was included in cost of sales, and $28.2 million was included in selling and administrative expenses, compared to full year 2012 retirement benefit expense of $89.3 million in cost of sales and $33.1 million in selling and administrative expenses. -We currently expect pre-tax retirement benefit expense, excluding 2013 termination benefits, to be approximately $30 million lower in 2014 than in 2013 due primarily to the favorable effects of a higher discount rate used to value retirement benefit obligations and higher than expected returns on plan assets for pension obligations. Pension expense is expected to be approximately $58 million in 2014 compared to pension expense of $100.7 million in 2013. We expect most of the 2014 pension expense to be non-cash. At December 31, 2013 , our U.S. qualified defined benefit plan was approximately 88 percent funded, as measured for financial reporting purposes. We are not required to make any contribution to this plan for 2014. Other postretirement benefit expense is expected to increase by $12 million in 2014, compared to 2013, due primarily to the full recognition in 2013 of prior service credits. As a result, we expect 2014 pre-tax retirement benefit expense, which includes defined benefit pension expense and defined benefit and defined contribution other postretirement benefit expense, of approximately $99 million compared to $129.3 million in 2013. Income Taxes -The fourth quarter 2013 benefit for income taxes on continuing operations was $59.2 million , or 42.0 percent of the pre-tax loss, compared to the 2012 provision for income taxes on continuing operations of $5.8 million , or 23.4 percent of income before tax. The fourth quarter 2013 provision for income taxes on discontinued operations, which includes the effects of the tungsten materials sale, was $161.4 million , or 39 percent of pre-tax income from discontinued operations. Income taxes in both periods include the effects of adjustments related to prior years' and foreign taxes. Cash Flow , Working Capital and Debt -Cash on hand was $1,026.8 million at year-end 2013, an increase of $491.1 million from September 30, 2013 and $722.2 million from year-end 2012. -Cash flow provided by operations in the fourth quarter 2013 was $141.0 million . Cash flow provided by operations for 2013 was $368.4 million and included a reduction of $242.0 million in managed working capital, excluding the effects of the sale of the tungsten materials business. The reduction in managed working capital during 2013 resulted from a $206.5 million decrease in inventory and a $40.9 million decrease in accounts receivable, partially offset by a $5.4 million decrease in accounts payable. At December 31, 2013 , managed working capital was 39.4 percent of annualized sales, compared to 41.1 percent of annualized fourth quarter sales at year- end 2012. We define managed working capital as accounts receivable plus gross inventories less accounts payable. -Cash used in investing activities was $11.0 million in 2013, as $612.7 million of capital expenditures, the majority of which was related to the construction of the new Flat-Rolled Products segment Hot-Rolling and Processing Facility (HRPF), were offset by cash proceeds from the sale of the tungsten materials business of $600.9 million , net of transaction costs. -Cash provided by financing activities was $364.8 million in 2013 and included net proceeds of $494.8 million from the $500 million of senior notes issued in July 2013 , partially offset by dividend payments of $76.9 million , repayments of other indebtedness of $31.5 million , and dividend payments to noncontrolling interests of $18.0 million . -Net debt as a percentage of total capitalization decreased to 24.1 percent at December 31, 2013 , compared to 32.2 percent at the end of 2012. Total debt to total capital was 40.2 percent at December 31, 2013 , compared to 37.4 percent at the end of 2012. -There were no borrowings outstanding under ATI's $400 million unsecured domestic borrowing facility, although a portion of the letters of credit capacity was utilized. This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain statements in this news release relate to future events and expectations and, as such, constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "would," "should," "will," "will likely result," "forecast," "outlook," "projects," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which we are unable to predict or control, that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include: (a) material adverse changes in economic or industry conditions generally, including global supply and demand conditions and prices for our specialty metals; (b) material adverse changes in the markets we serve, including the aerospace and defense, electrical energy, oil and gas/chemical process industry, medical, automotive, construction and mining, and other markets; (c) our inability to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, synergies, growth or other benefits anticipated by management from strategic investments and the integration of acquired businesses, whether due to significant increases in energy, raw materials or employee benefits costs, project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, or other factors; (d) volatility of prices and availability of supply of the raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of our products; (e) declines in the value of our defined benefit pension plan assets or unfavorable changes in laws or regulations that govern pension plan funding; (f) significant legal proceedings or investigations adverse to us; and (g) other risk factors summarized in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 , and in other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission . We assume no duty to update our forward-looking statements. ((Comments on this story may be sent to health@closeupmedia.com ))


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