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Materion Reports Second Quarter Financial Results Revises Full-Year Guidance

July 25, 2014



ENP Newswire - 25 July 2014

Release date- 24072014 - MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) today reported second quarter financial results.

Second quarter 2014 earnings were $0.47 per share, compared to $0.20 per share earned in the second quarter of the prior year.

Adjusted to exclude the benefit of the previously announced insurance settlement, second quarter earnings were $0.36 per share, up 80% compared to the same quarter of the prior year.

Sequentially, second quarter adjusted earnings were 24% ahead of first quarter of 2014 adjusted earnings of $0.29 per share.

The facility closures and product line rationalizations completed in 2013 are delivering the expected margin benefits.

Net sales for the second quarter were $288.0 million, 6% below prior-year's second quarter. Value-added sales, a non-GAAP measure as defined in Attachment 4, for the second quarter were $159.6 million, up 5% compared to the same quarter of the prior year and up 10% sequentially from the first quarter of the current year.

Adjusted operating profit margin, as a percent of value-added sales, expanded by 240 basis points to 6.7% from prior-year second quarter levels.

For the six months to date, adjusted earnings were $0.64 per share, 23% ahead of the same period of last year.

Earnings were below the Company's internal expectations due primarily to weaker demand from customers in the defense and automotive electronics markets.

Due primarily to the weaker demand from customers in the defense and automotive electronics markets, the Company is reducing its guidance for the year by approximately 12% to the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per share adjusted, an increase of 40% to 55% compared to $1.10 per share in the prior year.

Second half adjusted earnings are now expected to be in the range of $0.90 to $1.05 per share, up 40% to 60% from first half levels and up approximately 70% from prior-year second half levels.

SECOND QUARTER 2014 RESULTS

Sales for the second quarter were $288.0 million, compared to sales of $306.1 million for the second quarter of 2013. Value-added sales were $159.6 million, up $7.1 million, or 5%, compared to value-added sales of $152.5 million for the second quarter of 2013 and up sequentially 10% from the first quarter of 2014. The growth in value-added sales in the second quarter compared to the same period of last year was due primarily to stronger demand from customers in the consumer electronics and medical markets, partially offset by lower demand from customers in the automotive electronics and defense markets.

Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $10.0 million, or $0.47 per share. This compares to net income of $4.2 million, or $0.20 per share for the second quarter of the prior year. Excluding the net benefit of the aforementioned insurance claim settlement, second quarter adjusted earnings were $0.36 per share. Second quarter adjusted earnings were also up sequentially 24% from the first quarter adjusted earnings of $0.29 per share (see Attachment 5 for a reconciliation of the adjusted earnings).

For the first six months of 2014, sales were $546.9 million compared to sales of $605.3 million for the same period of last year. Value-added sales for the first six months of 2014 were $304.5 million compared to $303.8 million for the same period of last year. In the first six months, strong demand from customers in consumer electronics was offset by the weakness in the automotive electronics and defense industries. Year-to-date 2014 net income was $17.3 million compared to $10.9 million for the first six months of 2013. Year-to-date adjusted net income was $13.5 million, or $0.64 per share, an increase of 23% over the comparable period of the prior year.

BUSINESS SEGMENT REPORTING

Advanced Material Technologies

Advanced Material Technologies' sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $179.1 million, which compares to sales of $196.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. Value-added sales, which removes the impact of changes in the market prices of pass-through metals as defined in Attachment 4, were $69.9 million in the second quarter of 2014, up $4.7 million, or 7%, compared to $65.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter value-added sales were also up sequentially by $4.3 million, or 7%, compared to the first quarter of 2014 value-added sales of $65.6 million. As compared to the second quarter of 2013, the increase in value-added sales was driven primarily by increased shipments to customers in the consumer electronics and medical industries. These were partially offset by lower sales to customers in the defense industry compared to the same period of last year. Stronger demand from consumer electronics customers was also a factor in the sequential growth in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Operating profit for the second quarter of 2014 was $11.5 million, which compares to an operating loss of $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2013. The second quarter operating profit includes a $3.8 million benefit primarily related to the insurance settlement. Operating profit also improved due to higher value-added sales and improved yields. Facility closures and product line rationalization initiatives completed in 2013 delivered the expected stronger product mix and margin expansion. Excluding the benefit of the insurance settlement, operating margins improved by 200 basis points to 11% compared to adjusted first quarter levels. It is anticipated that margins will further improve in the second half of 2014 by approximately 100 basis points.

Performance Alloys

Performance Alloys' sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $76.7 million, which compares to the second quarter of 2013 sales of $74.3 million. Value-added sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $63.5 million, up $4.7 million, or 8%, and $8.8 million, or 16%, comparing to the second quarter 2013 and first quarter 2014, respectively. The year-over-year growth is primarily due to the timing of hydroxide shipments, which are now made quarterly versus semi-annually in 2013. Second quarter 2014 value-added sales to customers in the consumer electronics industry grew by approximately 29% from prior-year levels. Second quarter value-added sales of ToughMet products were up 22% compared to the same period of last year. The year-over-year growth in consumer electronics and in ToughMet was offset by weaker demand from customers in the automotive electronics and telecommunications infrastructure industries. Value-added sales improved sequentially from the first quarter of 2014, which had been impacted by weather-related plant closings.

Operating profit for the second quarter of 2014 was $5.2 million, compared to an operating profit of $6.9 million in the second quarter of 2013. Operating profit for the second quarter of 2014 was up sequentially by $1.7 million, or 47%, from the first quarter of 2014. Operating profit levels in this segment were negatively affected in the second quarter by a weaker product mix and higher costs driven by the lower sales to customers in the telecommunications infrastructure and automotive industries. While performance in this segment was below Company expectations in the first and second quarters of 2014, it is expected that value-added sales and profit growth in the second half will increase when compared to the first half.

Beryllium and Composites

Beryllium and Composites' sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $16.6 million, compared to sales of $16.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter sales were up sequentially by 7% from first quarter of 2014 sales of $15.5 million. Beryllium and Composites does not directly pass through changes in the costs of its materials sold, and, therefore, value-added sales for this segment are the same as sales. Demand from customers in medical and science industries were up modestly from the same period of last year while defense customers' demand continued to be below prior-year levels.

Operating results in the segment were below what the Company had expected due to specific defense program delays into 2015, a weaker mix and higher than anticipated costs. These factors contributed to an operating loss of $1.8 million in the quarter compared to an operating profit of $0.8 million in the second quarter of 2013.

The beryllium pebble plant met production needs in the quarter and continues to be on target for supporting higher levels in the second half of the year. It is anticipated that a significantly improved product mix from stronger shipments to the nuclear medical market will result in second half 2014 performance in this segment well above first-half levels.

Technical Materials

Technical Materials' sales for the second quarter of 2014 were $15.5 million, compared to $19.6 million for the same period of last year. Value-added sales were $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $12.3 million for the second quarter of 2013. The decline in value-added sales was due to lower demand from customers in the consumer electronics and automotive electronics industries, which affected the segment in both the first and second quarters of the year. Although the automotive electronics industry's destocking in the first quarter began to improve in the second quarter of 2014, demand continued to trail 2013 levels.

Operating profit for the second quarter of 2014 was $1.0 million, compared to an operating profit of $2.4 million for the same period of last year. The decline in operating profit was due to the lower sales volume. Operating profit improved sequentially in the second quarter compared to the first quarter of 2014's operating profit of $0.2 million. It is anticipated at this time that the sequential improvements seen in the second quarter will continue, resulting in a second half that should be well above the first half's financial performance.

OUTLOOK

Both value-added sales and margins continued to improve when compared to the second quarter of the prior year as well as sequentially compared to the first quarter. The facility closing and product line rationalization initiatives implemented during 2013 are complete and are providing the expected significant margin and profit improvement leverage in the Advanced Materials Technologies segment. The unfavorable product mix noted in the first half, which was driven by the weaker conditions in defense and automotive, should improve in the second half of the year.

The Company continues to expect significant increases in value-added sales, margins and earnings in the second half when compared to both the prior-year's second half and the current-year's first half. Nonetheless, the Company is revising its previously announced expected adjusted earnings range for the year by approximately 12% to $1.55 to $1.70 per share from $1.75 to $1.95 per share. The revision is due to the two market specific issues that drove the lower than expected first half results as well as to reflect the lowered macroeconomic forecast. This range, which excludes the $0.17 EPS benefit of the previously reported first quarter asset sale and second quarter insurance settlement, represents an improvement of 40% to 55% over the prior-year's adjusted earnings of $1.10 per share and an improvement of 40% to 60% from first half levels.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS

Richard J. Hipple, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, 'We are seeing a significant improvement in the Company's earnings in 2014 over 2013 levels. The benefits from our new product initiatives and the actions that we have undertaken during 2013 are delivering the expected margin improvement. However, our value-added sales growth rate is below what we anticipated coming into 2014 due to weaker demand from the automotive electronics supply chain and from defense program push outs. We continue to expect stronger second half financial performance and a significant improvement in earnings in 2014 over 2013.'

CONFERENCE CALL

Materion Corporation will host a conference call with analysts at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, July 24, 2014. The conference call will be available via webcast through the Company's website at www.materion.com or through www.InvestorCalendar.com. By phone, please dial (877) 407-0778, callers outside the U.S. can dial (201) 689-8565. A replay of the call will be available until August 8, 2014 by dialing (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415; please reference Conference ID Number 13586002. The call will also be archived on the Company's website.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Portions of the narrative set forth in this document that are not statements of historical or current facts are forward-looking statements, in particular, the outlook provided above. Our actual future performance may materially differ from that contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors. These factors include, in addition to those mentioned elsewhere herein:

Actual sales, operating rates and margins for 2014;

Our ability to strengthen our internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures;

The global economy;

The impact of any U.S. Federal Government shutdowns and sequestrations;

The condition of the markets which we serve, whether defined geographically or by segment, with the major market segments being: consumer electronics, industrial components, commercial aerospace, defense, science, automotive electronics, medical, energy and telecommunications infrastructure;

Changes in product mix and the financial condition of customers;

Our success in developing and introducing new products and new product ramp-up rates;

Our success in passing through the costs of raw materials to customers or otherwise mitigating fluctuating prices for those materials, including the impact of fluctuating prices on inventory values;

Our success in integrating acquired businesses;

The impact of the results of acquisitions on our ability to achieve fully the strategic and financial objectives related to these acquisitions;

Our success in achieving the expected benefits from our facility consolidations;

Our success in implementing our strategic plans and the timely and successful completion and start-up of any capital projects, including the new primary beryllium facility in Elmore, Ohio;

The availability of adequate lines of credit and the associated interest rates;

Other financial factors, including the cost and availability of raw materials (both base and precious metals), physical inventory valuations, metal financing fees, tax rates, exchange rates, pension costs and required cash contributions and other employee benefit costs, energy costs, regulatory compliance costs, the cost and availability of insurance, and the impact of the Company's stock price on the cost of incentive compensation plans;

The uncertainties related to the impact of war, terrorist activities and acts of God;

Changes in government regulatory requirements and the enactment of new legislation that impacts our obligations and operations;

The conclusion of pending litigation matters in accordance with our expectation that there will be no material adverse effects; and

The risk factors set forth in Part 1, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Materion Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced enabling materials to global markets. Products include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems.

Materion Corporation

Attachment 1

Consolidated Statements of Income: See Full Press Release at: http://investor.shareholder.com/materion/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=861788

Materion Corporation Investor Contact:

Michael C. Hasychak, 216-383-6823

mike.hasychak@materion.com

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Media Contact:

Patrick S. Carpenter, 216-383-6835

patrick.carpenter@materion.com

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http://www.materion.com

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