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Metalico Turns Profit in Second Quarter

August 15, 2014



ENP Newswire - 15 August 2014

Release date- 14082014 - CRANFORD, NJ - Metalico, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MEA) reported net income of $300,000 or $.01 per share, for the second quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $2.7 million or $.06 loss per share for the same period in the prior year.

The Company posted sales of $142 million for the June 2014 quarter, compared to $130 million for the 2013 second quarter. The current year period was principally impacted by higher scrap volumes, higher ferrous selling prices and a favorable non-ferrous product mix. Lead product selling prices rose, while unit shipments were lower versus Q2 of 2013.

Metalico'sScrap Metal Recycling segment returned to profitability, generating $3.5 million before corporate overhead of $1.3 million. The Lead Fabricating segment continued to report strong results with $822,000 operating income before corporate overhead of$165,000. The quarter saw significant improvement in consolidated operating income to a gain of $2.7 million from a loss of $2 million in the same quarter in 2013.

Prior Year's Second Quarter Comparison

Year-over-year second quarter comparisons reflect improved financial results on increased volumes and selling prices for most commodities:

Sales rose 9% to $142 million from $130 million.

Operating income improved by $4.7 million to $2.7 million from an operating loss of $2 million.

Net income of $300,000 was up from a net loss of $2.7 million.

Net income per share of $0.01 compares to a loss per share of $0.06.

EBITDA rose by $5.3 million to $7 million from $2.7 million.

Non-ferrous unit volume shipments jumped 28% to a record 56.6 million pounds

Ferrous volume rose by 9%, while lead product shipments fell 20%

Commenting on the results for the quarter, Carlos E. Aguero, Metalico's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, 'Our results confirm business improvement on multiple fronts. We continue to maintain disciplined scrap buying practices which has increased metal margins. Ferrous shipments were the second highest ever and non-ferrous shipments surpassed our previous record by a significant quantity despite unimpressive commodity selling prices.'

He added, 'We are also seeing reduced commodity selling price volatility, increased scrap flows and more rational scrap buying decisions by competitors throughout our markets, resulting in improving metal margins. These positive developments have carried over into the third quarter and hopefully will remain in place through the remainder of the year.'

Sequential Comparison to First Quarter of 2014

Sales rose 5% to $142 million from $135 million.

Operating income improved by $4.7 million to $2.7 million from an operating loss of $2 million.

Net income improved by $4.2 million to $300,000 from a net loss of $3.9 million.

Net income per share increased to $.01, compared to a loss of $.08.

EBITDA more than doubled to $7 million from $2.8 million.

Unit volumes shipped jumped by 30% for non-ferrous scrap and rose 1% for ferrous scrap.

Lead product shipments fell by 6% to 9.3 million pounds from 9.9 million pounds.

Excluding corporate overhead charges, the Company's Scrap Metal segment reported operating income of $3.5 million in the second quarter compared to an operating loss of $1.4 million last year. The Company's Lead Fabricating segment reported operating income of $800,000 compared to $1.4 million in the prior-year period.

Balance Sheet Summary

Outstanding debt fell to $126.0 million as of June 30, 2014, from $127.4 million at year-end. Availability under the revolving credit facility combined with cash on hand was at $13.8 million on August 12, 2014.

Noncompliance with principal payment obligations under Metalico's Convertible Notes, together with a violation of Metalico's leverage ratio under its senior secured financing agreement, required a reclassification of most of its long-term debt to short-term. The Company continues to generate positive cash flow from operations, has ample liquidity to maintain its operations, and is current on its trade payables.

Under the terms of Metalico's Convertible Notes, holders were entitled to deliver notices of redemption on or before June 30 requiring the Company to redeem the Notes at par. On June 30, Metalico announced an agreement in principle to restructure the principal balance of the Notes that would defer the Note holders' put right to December 31, 2015 using funds made available by the Company's senior lenders pursuant to an amendment under its senior secured financing agreement and other consideration.

However, proposed terms of the amendment to the financing agreement as it was drafted conflicted with the terms agreed upon with the Note holders and an amendment to the financing agreement has not been completed. The Company continues to negotiate with the Note holders and the senior lenders to reach an agreement. Such an agreement may include an extension of the put right, the issuance of new debt or equity or a combination of both, starting with the framework of general agreements in principle reached among the parties on June 30.

Metalico previously announced that its senior lenders have invoked their right to block payments to the Note holders after the failure to redeem the Notes on June 30 caused defaults under the governing documents. Metalico has retained Imperial Capital, LLC to advise it in its negotiations to amend the credit facility and to assist in proposed asset sales, also previously announced, intended to generate proceeds to de-leverage the Company.

Business Outlook

Ferrous: An uptick in steel industry capacity utilization since the first quarter, from 73% to 79%, has helped to improve scrap demand and stabilized scrap selling prices, especially for cut grades. Shred prices still show weakness relative to other grades. The export market, although still soft, is beginning to show signs of improvement. Scrap availability is benefitting from a strong seasonal upswing in demolition activity, factory cleanout projects and improvement in the manufacturing segment.

Non-Ferrous (Including Aluminum De-ox): Increased aluminum and stainless steel demand has been the key driving force of rising prices as of late. Copper demand and pricing are stable and remain mostly unchanged. The Company expects continued strength in demand and price for most aluminum products, including de-ox, through year-end and at best a sideways market for nickel and copper-based scrap metals.

The prices of platinum group and minor metals have been trending slightly higher during Q2 and early in Q3. Based on rising demand for PGM's, particularly palladium, from auto manufacturers and a stabilizing minor metal market, the second half of 2014 could show improvement in metal demand and possibly support related commodity prices.

Lead Fabricating: Metalico expects continued steady to slightly improving demand in its markets served and products sold. The supply and pricing of scrap and refined lead is expected to be more than adequate to meet the Company's raw material requirements for the remainder of the year. Improvement in availability of shot reload components, specifically black powder, is expected to improve demand for bagged shot over the remainder of the 2014 shooting season.

About Metalico

Metalico, Inc. is a holding company with operations in two principal business segments: Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal Recycling, including PGM and Minor Metals Recycling, and Fabrication of Lead-Based Products. The Company operates recycling facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Texas, and Mississippi and lead fabricating plants in Alabama, Illinois, and California. Metalico's common stock is traded on the NYSE MKT under the symbol MEA.

Forward-looking Statements

Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to Metalico's beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond Metalico's control, and which may cause Metalico's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance, expectations or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause such material difference are discussed in more detail in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements.

Contact:

Michael J. Drury

Metalico, Inc.

Tel: (908) 497-9610

Fax: (908) 497-1097

www.metalico.com


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Source: ENP Newswire


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