ENP Newswire - 25 February 2014
Release date- 24022014 - CLEVELAND - Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE, the 'Company') today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.
The fourth-quarter income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $0.69 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $0.74 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012. On an adjusted basis, earnings per diluted share were $0.09 in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $0.07 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012.
For the full year 2013, income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $0.92 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $4.35 per share in the prior year. On an adjusted basis, earnings per diluted share for the full-year 2013 were $0.47 per share compared with net income of $0.07 per share in 2012. The Company attributed the increase in profitability to the successful execution of its value creation strategy. The results in both years include a number of charges, relating to, among other items, restructuring activities, asset impairments, divestitures, and a pension and other postretirement benefits mark-to-market adjustment of the related net liabilities. Please refer to the supplemental tables at the end of this release for additional information concerning adjusted financial results.
Peter Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, 'We have accomplished a great deal over the last year in adjusting our business portfolio, realigning our business operations and reducing our cost base. The Ferro team has been successful in making Ferro more competitive and more profitable, and we are better positioned for future growth. Full year 2013 cost savings are estimated to have exceeded $47 million with an estimated year-end run rate of $70 million. We expect to accomplish our goal of greater than $100 million of cost reductions by the end of 2015. Based on our growth expectations for 2014 and continued reductions in costs associated with our value creation strategy, we expect adjusted earnings per share for 2014 to be in the range of $0.65 to $0.70.'
2013 Fourth-Quarter Results
Ferro reported net sales of $374 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with net sales of $400 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Value-added sales, which exclude precious metal sales, decreased nearly 1% to $357 million from $360 million in the fourth quarter last year. Adjusting for the impact of business lines exited during the year (approximately $3 million and $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively), value-added sales increased by 1%. In the quarter, sales were also adversely impacted by continued product deselection of phthalates in the Polymer Additives Segment. This led to a reduction in sales of approximately $6 million. Adjusting for this impact, sales in the Company's other underlying businesses increased by 3%.
In 2012, the Company changed its method of recognizing defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit expense. We now recognize actuarial gains and losses in our operating results in the year in which the gains or losses occur, and these are generally measured annually as of December 31 and recorded in the fourth quarter. The pension adjustments impact cost of goods sold and selling, general and administrative ('SG&A') costs. The fourth quarter 2013 pension adjustment resulted in a gain, reducing SG&A expenses by $70 million. For the fourth quarter of 2012, the adjustment resulted in a charge, increasing cost of goods sold by $4 million and SG&A expenses by $23 million.
Gross profit was $79 million for the 2013 fourth quarter, compared with $57 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Excluding special charges, adjusted gross profit was $79 million (22.1% of value-added sales) compared with $63 million (17.5% of value-added sales) in the prior-year period. In addition to the pension adjustment described above, fourth quarter adjusted gross profit excluded special charges of $0.5 million and $2 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
For the fourth quarter of 2013, SG&A expenses were recorded as income of $9 million compared with expenses of $95 million in the prior-year quarter. Excluding special items in both periods, including the pension adjustments described above, SG&A expenses declined 5% to $61 million from $63 million. Included in both periods is the impact of incentive and stock-based compensation accruals, including a charge of approximately $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a credit of approximately $2 million in the same quarter last year. Excluding special charges and the impact of incentive compensation, SG&A expenses for the fourth quarter were reduced by approximately $12 million on a year-over-year basis. In addition to the pension adjustments, adjusted SG&A expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 exclude special charges of $0.9 million compared with special charges of $8 million in the same period last year.
During the fourth quarter of both years, the Company incurred restructuring and impairment charges. The charges in both quarters are related to the Company's ongoing efforts to restructure operations and exit underperforming assets. The charge in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $15 million compared with $22 million in the same period last year.
Net income attributable to common shareholders for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, was $61 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $64 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter.
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ('EBITDA') were approximately $31 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $12 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margins, as a percentage of value-added sales, were 8.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 3.2% in the same period last year.
2013 Full Year Results
Ferro reported net sales of $1.6 billion for the full year 2013, compared with net sales of $1.7 billion for 2012. Value-added sales, which exclude precious metal sales, decreased 2%, to $1.5 billion from $1.6 billion in the prior year. Adjusting for the impact of business lines that have been exited (approximately $27 million and $52 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively), value-added sales declined by less than 1%. For the full year, deselection of phthalate products in the Polymer Additives Segment adversely impacted sales by approximately $22 million. Excluding this impact and that of business lines that have been exited, discussed above, sales for the underlying businesses increased by nearly 1%.
Gross profit was $330 million for the full year 2013, compared with $290 million for 2012. Excluding special charges, adjusted gross profit was $334 million (21.7% of value-added sales) compared with $302 million (19.2% of value-added sales) in the prior year. During 2013, gross profit was increased by special charges of $4 million compared with special charges of $9 million last year. These items are in addition to the pension-related adjustments.
SG&A expenses were $176 million for the full-year 2013 compared with $298 million in the prior year. Excluding special charges in both periods, including the pension adjustment described above, SG&A expenses declined 8% to $239 million from $260 million. Included in both years is the impact of incentive and stock-based compensation accruals, including a charge of approximately $25 million in 2013 compared with a charge of approximately $3 million in 2012. Adjusting for the significant difference in compensation accruals and the special charges, SG&A expenses declined by $43 million or 17%. In addition to the pension adjustments described above, SG&A expense for 2013 included special charges of $8 million compared with special charges of $14 million 2014.
In 2013, the Company recorded $42 million of restructuring and impairment charges compared with $226 million in 2012. The charges are related to the Company's ongoing efforts to restructure operations and exit underperforming assets.
Net income attributable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2013, was $72 million, or $0.82 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $374 million, or $4.34 per diluted share, in 2012. Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $41 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared with $6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the prior year.
Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $138 million for 2013, compared with $90 million in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA margins, represented as a percentage of value-added sales, were 9.0% in 2013 and 5.7% in 2012.
Total debt at December 31, 2013 was $312 million, a reduction of $35 million from December 31, 2012. Cash balances declined by just over $1 million to $28 million, resulting in a reduction in net debt (debt less cash) of $34 million. In comparison, for 2012 net debt increased by $31 million.
The Company expects adjusted earnings for 2014 to be in the range of $0.65 to $0.70 per diluted share driven primarily by additional cost savings and modest growth in value-added sales.
Excluding the impact of divested business lines, 2013 value-added sales were $1.5 billion ($1.05 billion in the Performance Materials Group and $463 million in the Performance Chemicals Group). For 2014, Ferro estimates global real gross domestic product ('GDP'), weighted for the Company's sales participation in the geographies it serves, will be 2.6%. In line with this estimate, value-added sales for the Performance Materials Group are expected to increase by approximately 3.6%, or GDP plus 100 basis points. In the Performance Chemicals Group, 2014 sales will continue to be adversely impacted by deselection of certain phthalates in the Polymer Additives segment. Management estimates that 2014 revenue losses associated with this deselection will be approximately $30 million. Adjusting for this loss, 2014 Performance Chemicals sales are also expected to increase by approximately 3.6%.
The 2014 adjusted gross profit margin, expressed as a percent of value-added sales, is expected to be approximately equal to the level attained in the fourth quarter of 2013, at approximately 22%, and SG&A expenses, excluding pension adjustments and special items, are expected to be approximately 14% of value-added sales.
The Company expects to use approximately $25 million in cash in 2014. Uses of cash include continued funding of restructuring efforts and a higher level of capital spending versus the 2013 level. The Company expects capital spending to be approximately $65 million, with the largest commitment of capital associated with the previously announced investment in manufacturing capacity in Belgium for dibenzoates, a phthalate replacement. Excluding cash restructuring payments and the impact of higher than normal bonus payments earned in 2013 but paid in 2014, cash flow is expected to be break even.
The Company also reaffirms its prior 2015 adjusted earnings per share target in excess of $1.00 per diluted share.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter financial results and current outlook for 2014 on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, dial 800-354-6885 if calling from the United States or Canada, or dial 303-223-2685 if calling from outside North America. Please call approximately 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin.
An audio replay of the call will be available through noon Eastern Time on March 4th. To access the replay, dial 800-633-8284 if calling from the United States or Canada, or dial 402-977-9140 if calling from outside North America. Use the program ID #21707283 to access the audio replay.
The conference call also will be broadcast live over the Internet and will be available for replay through March 31, 2014. The live broadcast and replay can be accessed through the Investor Information portion of the Company's Web site at www.ferro.com. A podcast of the conference call will also be available on the site.
About Ferro Corporation
Ferro Corporation (http://www.ferro.com) is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials and chemicals for manufacturers. Ferro products are sold into the building and construction, automotive, appliances, electronics, household furnishings, and industrial products markets. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company has approximately 4,360 employees globally and reported 2013 sales of $1.6 billion.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of Federal securities laws. These statements are subject to a variety of uncertainties, unknown risks, and other factors concerning the Company's operations and business environment. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements and that could adversely affect the Company's future financial performance include the following:
demand in the industries into which Ferro sells its products may be unpredictable, cyclical, or heavily influenced by consumer spending;
Ferro's ability to successfully implement its value creation strategy;
Ferro's ability to successfully implement and/or administer its cost-saving initiatives, including its restructuring programs and indirect spend optimization initiative, and to produce the desired results, including projected savings;
restrictive covenants in the Company's credit facilities could affect its strategic initiatives and liquidity;
the effectiveness of the Company's efforts to improve operating margins through sales growth, price increases, productivity gains, and improved purchasing techniques;
the impact of interruption, damage to, failure, or compromise of the Company's information systems;
the availability of reliable sources of energy and raw materials at a reasonable cost;
currency conversion rates and economic, social, regulatory, and political conditions around the world;
Ferro's presence in certain geographic regions, including Latin America and Asia-Pacific, where it can be difficult to compete lawfully;
increasingly aggressive domestic and foreign governmental regulations on hazardous materials and regulations affecting health, safety and the environment;
Ferro's ability to successfully introduce new products or enter into new growth markets;
Ferro's ability to complete future acquisitions or dispositions, or successfully integrate future acquisitions;
sale of products into highly regulated industries;
limited or no redundancy for certain of the Company's manufacturing facilities and possible interruption of operations at those facilities;
competitive factors, including intense price competition;
Ferro's ability to protect its intellectual property or to successfully resolve claims of infringement brought against it;
the impact of operating hazards and investments made in order to meet stringent environmental, health and safety regulations;
management of Ferro's general and administrative expenses;
Ferro's multi-jurisdictional tax structure;
the impact of the Company's performance on its ability to utilize significant deferred tax assets;
the effectiveness of strategies to increase Ferro's return on capital;
stringent labor and employment laws and relationships with the Company's employees;
the impact of requirements to fund employee benefit costs, especially post-retirement costs;
implementation of new business processes and information systems;
exposure to lawsuits in the normal course of business;
risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets;
Ferro's borrowing costs could be affected adversely by interest rate increases;
Ferro's ability to access capital markets, borrowings, or financial transactions;
liens on the Company's assets by its lenders affect its ability to dispose of property and businesses;
Ferro may not pay dividends on its common stock in the foreseeable future; and
other factors affecting the Company's business that are beyond its control, including disasters, accidents and governmental actions.
The risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it currently believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks and uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have material adverse effects on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
This release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information, or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Additional information regarding these risks can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2013.
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