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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

May 7, 2014

Key Highlights * Revenue was $274.9 million in the first quarter 2014, a 7% decrease from the same period in 2013 * EBITDA[1]was $20.1 million in the first quarter 2014, a 10% decrease from the same period in 2013 * Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis was $0.14 in the first quarter 2014, a 56% increase over the same period in 2013 * Cash flows from operating activities were $5.7 million in the first quarter 2014, compared to $0.7 million in the same period in 2013 * AMG Processing generated revenue of $145.1 million and EBITDA of $9.4 million in the first quarter 2014 * AMG Engineering generated revenue of $48.8 million and EBITDA of $1.5 million in the first quarter 2014 * AMG Mining generated revenue of $81.0 million and EBITDA of $9.1 million in the first quarter 2014 * As of March 31, 2014, cash on the balance sheet was $97.9 million; net debt was $160.9 millionAmsterdam, 8 May 2014 (Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") reported first quarter 2014 revenue of $274.9 million, a 7% decrease from $296.5 million in the first quarter 2013. EBITDA decreased 10% to $20.1 million in the first quarter 2014 from $22.2 million in the first quarter 2013.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the first quarter 2014 was $3.9 million, or $0.14 per fully diluted share, a 59% increase from $2.5 million, or $0.09 in the first quarter 2013. Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said, "The specialty metals industry continued to experience low market prices during the first quarter 2014.  The management changes made in AMG Superalloys and AMG Titanium Alloys & Coatings began to yield operational improvements during the quarter.  These operational activities resulted in improved margins and cash flows, which is our primary focus.  We are also making progress on our strategic plans to optimize our portfolio and obtain critical mass in critical materials." Key Figures In 000's US Dollar   Q1 '14 Q1 '13 Change Revenue $274,852$296,478       (7%) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Gross profit 46,352 48,258    (4%) Gross margin 16.9% 16.3% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Operating  profit 10,811 11,040   (2%) Operating margin 3.9% 3.7% Net income attributable to 3,919 2,460   59% shareholders ---------------------------------------------------------------------- EPS- Fully diluted         $0.09  $0.14 EBIT ( (1)) 11,919 13,501      (12%) EBITDA ((2))      20,068 22,200      (10%) EBITDA margin 7.3% 7.5% Cash Flow from operating activities 5,659 665   751% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: (1)       EBIT is defined as earnings before interest, tax and excludes non- recurring items (2)       EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization and excludes non-recurring items Operational Review AMG Processing   Q1'14 Q1'13 Change ----------------------------------------------------------- Revenue $145,110$153,076 (5%) Gross profit 18,927 19,925 (5%) Operating profit 5,239 5,232 0% EBITDA 9,419 8,713 8% Capital expenditures       2,322       6,557 (65%) AMG Processing's first quarter 2014 revenue decreased $8.0 million to $145.1 million.  The decline was primarily the result of a 24% decline in AMG Titanium Alloys & Coatings revenue, due to lower prices and volumes, and a 3% decline in AMG Aluminum revenue, due to lower master alloy prices.  These declines were partially offset by a 12% increase in AMG Vanadium revenue on improved volumes from the capacity expansion that was completed in 2013. The first quarter 2014 gross margin was 13%, consistent with the first quarter 2013, due to improved operational performance, despite lower revenues.  Specifically, improved vanadium prices and the operation of the expanded AMG Vanadium roaster compared to the first quarter 2013, resulted in a 200% increase in AMG Vanadium gross margins.  This helped offset a 34% decline in AMG Superalloys margins as lower market prices impacted margins. The first quarter 2014 EBITDA increased by $0.7 million, or 6% of revenue, which is consistent with the first quarter 2013.  The EBITDA increase was the result of a $1.7 million decline in SG&A expenses, which more than offset a $1.0 million decrease in gross profit.  The decrease in SG&A expenses was related to a decline in personnel cost and professional fees related to efficiency initiatives. Capital expenditures were $2.3 million for the first quarter 2014, a 65% decrease from the first quarter 2013.  Capital investments made in the first quarter included $1.9 million of maintenance expenditures. AMG Engineering   Q1 '14 Q1 '13 Change -------------------------------------------------------------- Revenue $48,765$60,511        (19%) Gross profit 12,772 15,366        (17%) Operating (loss) profit (913) 1,597           N/A EBITDA 1,530 5,592        (73%) Capital expenditures 348 318           9% AMG Engineering's first quarter 2014 revenue decreased $11.7 million, or 19%, to $48.8 million.  The first quarter revenue was impacted by the low level of order backlog at the beginning of the quarter.  Increases of 38% and 36% in revenue from heat treatment systems and nuclear systems, respectively, were more than offset by 62% and 54% declines in casting and sintering furnaces and remelting systems, respectively. Order backlog increased 24% to $135.8 million at March 31, 2014 from $109.7 million at December 31, 2013.  AMG Engineering generated order intake of $74.5 million in the first quarter 2014, a 141% increase compared to the first quarter 2013, and a 1.53x book to bill ratio. The first quarter 2014 gross margin was 26%, consistent with the first quarter 2013.  The impact of cost reductions made in 2013 combined with an increase in higher margin service revenues offset increased pricing pressure and resulted in the consistent gross margins. The first quarter 2014 EBITDA decreased $4.1 million, to 3% of revenue from 9% of revenue in the first quarter 2013.  The EBITDA decrease was primarily the result of the $2.6 million decrease in gross profit and a $0.8 million increase in SG&A professional fees. Capital expenditures were $0.3 million in the first quarter 2014, which were primarily maintenance capital expenditures for the heat treatment services business. AMG Mining   Q1 '14 Q1 '13 Change ---------------------------------------------------- Revenue $80,977$82,891 (2%) Gross profit 14,653 12,967 13% Operating profit 6,485 4,211 54% EBITDA 9,119 7,895 16% Capital expenditures 3,181 2,249 41% AMG Mining's first quarter 2014 revenue decreased $1.9 million, or 2%, to $81.0 million.  Volumes were mixed, as increases in antimony and graphite products were offset by declines in tantalum and silicon.  Antimony prices decreased 10%, while graphite and silicon prices remained consistent with the first quarter 2013. The first quarter 2014 gross margin increased to 18%, from 16% in the first quarter 2013.  The gross margin increase was primarily the result of an increase in antimony and graphite volumes, and improved product mix. The first quarter 2014 EBITDA increased $1.2 million, to 11% of revenue from 10% of revenue in the first quarter 2013.  The EBITDA increase was the result of $1.7 million increase in gross profit and a $0.5 million decrease in SG&A, offset slightly by lower depreciation expense included in the gross profit. Capital expenditures were $3.2 million in the first quarter 2014, 41% more than the first quarter 2013.  Capital expenditures were primarily composed of $2.0 million for a silicon metal furnace efficiency upgrade and $0.5 million for maintenance expenditures. Financial Review Tax AMG recorded an income tax expense of $3.3 million in the first quarter 2014. The income tax expense was reflective of the composition of earnings among certain tax jurisdictions.  The income tax expense in the first quarter 2013 was $3.7 million. SG&A AMG's first quarter 2014 SG&A expenses were $35.0 million, compared to $36.0 million in the first quarter 2013, a decrease of 3%.  The $1.0 million decrease in SG&A expenses was primarily due to a decrease in personnel expenses. Non-Recurring Items AMG's first quarter 2014 operating income of $10.8 million includes non- recurring items, which are not included in the calculation of EBITDA.  These items are comprised of income and expense items that in the view of management do not arise in the normal course of business and items that due to their nature and/or size should be presented separately to enable better analysis of the results. AMG incurred $0.8 million of restructuring expense in the first quarter 2014, primarily related to AMG Processing.  The restructuring expenses are part of the Company's process to simplify its corporate structure and ongoing cost reduction efforts. Currency Fluctuations AMG transacts business in many currencies other than the U.S. dollar, the Company's reporting currency.  AMG's financial statements are prepared in U.S. dollars, so fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and other currencies have an effect both on the results of operations and on the reported value of assets and liabilities as measured in U.S. dollars.  The depreciation in the value of the U.S. dollar compared to the Brazilian Real as of March 31, 2014 compared to December 31, 2013, resulted in a $1.6 million increase in both the assets and the liabilities on the balance sheet.  The net result of the depreciation in the value of the U.S. dollar against the Euro in the first quarter 2014 compared to the first quarter 2013, resulted in an increase in revenue and EBITDA of $4.8 million and $0.4 million, respectively. Liquidity    March 31, 2014     December      31, 2013 Change ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Total debt $258,769$263,580 (2%) Cash and cash equivalents 97,866 103,067 (5%) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Net debt 160,903 160,513 0% AMG had a net debt position of $160.9 million as of March 31, 2014.  In a continuing effort to right size its balance sheet and reduce finance expense, AMG reduced its gross debt balance by $4.8 million during the first quarter. Including the $97.9 million of cash, AMG had $172.9 million of total liquidity as of March 31, 2014. Cash Flow      For the quarter ended March 31       2014              2013 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net cash flows from operating activities   $5,659                     $665 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Capital expenditures (5,851) (9,124) Cash flows from other investing    118                         29 activities ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net cash flows used in investing   (5,733) (9,095) activities ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net cash flows used in financing   (5,138)                   (4,163) activities ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash flows from operating activities were $5.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to cash flows from operating activities of $0.7 million in the same period in 2013.  Net cash flows from operating activities are comprised of $20.1 million in EBITDA offset by $7.2 million increase in working capital and deferred revenue, $1.3 million of cash tax payments, $0.9 million of net cash interest payments, and restructuring payments of $2.7 million. Cash flows used in investing activities were $5.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  The $3.4 million decrease compared to the same period in 2013 is primarily composed of a $3.3 million decrease in capital investments.  This reduction in capital investments reflects management's continued cash control initiatives and more stringent return metrics. Cash flows used in financing activities were $5.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as the Company repaid $5.2 million of borrowings.  In the same period in 2013, AMG repaid $4.2 million of borrowings.  Outlook AMG continues to improve its operational performance and is executing on the strategy to gain critical mass in critical materials.  These improvements are helping offset the continued weak specialty metals markets.  The destocking in the global aerospace value chain is expected to continue for the balance of the year and slowing China growth remains a concern.  Despite these challenging market conditions, AMG's improved operational performance should enable it to produce significant operating cash flow in 2014, and increase ROCE, EBITDA, and net income over 2013 levels. AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Condensed interim consolidated income statement For the quarter ended March 31 In thousands of US Dollars       2014           2013   Unaudited Unaudited Continuing operations Revenue   274,852 296,478 Cost of sales   228,500 248,220 Gross profit   46,352 48,258 Selling, general and administrative expenses   35,036 36,017 Restructuring expense   758 1,336 Environmental   - 33 Other income, net   (253) (168) Operating profit   10,811 11,040 Finance income   (203) (143) Finance expense   4,675 5,717 Foreign exchange gain   (185) (919) Net finance costs   4,287 4,655 Share of profit (loss) of associates and joint ventures   105 (712) Profit before income tax   6,629 5,673 Income tax expense   3,274 3,712 Profit for the period   3,355 1,961 Attributable to:   Shareholders of the Company   3,919 2,460   Non-controlling interests   (564) (499) Profit for the period   3,355 1,961 Earnings per share Basic earnings per share   0.14 0.09 Diluted earnings per share   0.14 0.09 AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Condensed interim consolidated statement of financial position In thousands of US Dollars     March 31, 2014 December 31,  2013      Unaudited Assets   Property, plant and equipment   254,683 259,683   Goodwill   25,054 25,078   Intangible assets   11,465 12,116 Investments in associates and   joint ventures   4,856 4,755 Derivative financial   instruments   100 271   Deferred tax assets   27,681 27,003   Restricted cash   7,770 7,967   Other assets   26,548 25,519 Total non-current assets   358,157 362,392   Inventories   178,111 179,343   Trade and other receivables   171,728 150,807 Derivative financial   instruments   1,988 2,177   Other assets   31,271 34,430   Cash and cash equivalents   97,866 103,067 Total current assets   480,964 469,824 Total assets   839,121 832,216   AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Condensed interim consolidated statement of financial position (continued)   In thousands of US Dollars December 31,   March 31, 2014   2013     Unaudited Equity   Issued capital   744 744   Share premium   382,518 382,518   Other reserves   (3,017) (4,605) Retained earnings   (deficit)   (242,385) (246,304) Equity attributable to shareholders of the Company 137,860 132,353 Non-controlling interests 1,562 2,237 Total equity   139,422 134,590 Liabilities Loans and   borrowings   223,528 223,788   Employee benefits   138,124 138,009   Provisions   30,498 30,443   Deferred revenue   11,292 11,776   Government grants   869 883   Other liabilities   8,348 8,425 Derivative financial   instruments   7,944 7,702 Deferred tax   liabilities   3,597 3,121 Total non-current liabilities   424,200 424,147   Loans and borrowings   9,976 20,873   Short term bank debt   25,265 18,919   Government grants   74 74   Other liabilities   60,225 54,383   Trade and other payables   130,547 127,381   Derivative financial instruments   2,806 5,298   Advance payments   19,526 16,341   Deferred revenue   5,012 5,009   Current taxes payable   3,354 2,329   Employee benefits   801 1,350   Provisions   17,913 21,522 Total current liabilities   275,499 273,479 Total liabilities   699,699 697,626 Total equity and liabilities   839,121 832,216 AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Condensed interim consolidated statement of cash flows For the quarter ended March 31 In thousands of US Dollars    2014 2013     Unaudited Unaudited Cash flows from operating activities Profit for the period   3,355 1,961 Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash flows: Non-cash:    Income tax expense   3,274 3,712    Depreciation and amortization   8,149 8,700    Net finance costs   4,287 4,655    Share of (profit) loss of associates and joint ventures   (105) 712    (Gain) loss on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment   (36) 107    Equity-settled share-based payment transactions   165 205    Movement in provisions, pensions and government grants   (4,003) (1,597) Change in working capital and deferred revenue   (7,198) (9,242) --------------------- Cash flows from operating activities   7,888 9,213 Finance costs paid, net   (888) (2,192) Income tax paid, net   (1,341) (6,356) --------------------- Net cash flows from operating activities   5,659 665 Cash flows used in investing activities Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment   118 12 Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangibles   (5,851) (9,124) Change in restricted cash   (15) (20) Other   15 37 --------------------- Net cash flows used in investing activities   (5,733) (9,095) Cash flows used in financing activities Repayment of borrowings   (5,166) (4,159) Contributions by non-controlling interests   28 - Other   - (4) --------------------- Net cash flows used in financing activities   (5,138) (4,163) Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (5,212) (12,593) Cash and cash equivalents at January 1   103,067 121,639 Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held   11 (2,349) Cash and cash equivalents at March 31   97,866 106,697 About AMG AMG creates and applies innovative metallurgical solutions to the global trend of sustainable development of natural resources and CO(2) reduction.  AMG produces highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems for the Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure, and Specialty Metals and Chemicals end markets. AMG Processing develops and produces specialty metals, alloys, and high performance materials.  AMG is a significant producer of specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, for Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metal and Chemicals applications.  Other key products include specialty alloys for titanium and superalloys, coating materials and vanadium chemicals. AMG Engineering designs, engineers and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities, primarily for the Aerospace and Energy (including solar and nuclear) industries.  Furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, turbine blade coating and sintering.  AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis. AMG Mining produces critical materials utilizing its secure raw material sources in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.  AMG Mining produces critical materials such as high purity natural graphite, tantalum, antimony and silicon metal.  These materials are of significant importance to the global economy and are available in limited supply.  End markets for these materials include electronics, energy efficiency, green energy, and infrastructure. With over 3,000 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, India, and Sri Lanka and has sales and customer service offices in Russia, and Japan (www.amg-nv.com). For further information, please contact: AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. +1 610 975 4901 Jonathan Costello Vice President of Corporate Development and Communicationsjcostello@amg-nv.com Disclaimer Certain statements in this press release are not historical facts and are "forward-looking."  Forward-looking statements include statements concerning AMG's plans, expectations, projections, objectives, targets, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans and intentions relating to acquisitions, AMG's competitive strengths and weaknesses, plans or goals relating to forecasted production, reserves, financial position and future operations and development, AMG's business strategy and the trends AMG anticipates in the industries and the political and legal environment in which it operates and other information that is not historical information.  When used in this press release, the words "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "may," "will," "should," and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward looking statements.  By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.  AMG expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in AMG's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1)       EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization and excludes non-recurring items 8 May 2014: http://hugin.info/138060/R/1783529/610812.pdf This announcement is distributed by GlobeNewswire on behalf of GlobeNewswire clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. via GlobeNewswire [HUG#1783529]


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