Novelis Reports Strong Third Quarter Results on Heels of $4.8 Billion Refinancing
- Net loss of $46 million driven by pre-tax refinancing and restructuring expenses of $94 million
- Record Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $238 million, up 20% YOY
- Strong Liquidity of $848 million, up 34% YOY
- Debt Refinancing positions Company for future growth
- Phil Martens named President and CEO

ATLANTA, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novelis Inc., the world's leading producer of aluminum rolled products, today reported a net loss attributable to its common shareholder of $46 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to net income of $68 million for the same period in fiscal 2010.  The net loss for the quarter was primarily due to one-time charges of $74 million associated with the refinancing of the Company's debt as well as $20 million for restructuring activities mainly related to the closure of its Bridgnorth and Aratu facilities.

Shipments of aluminum rolled products totaled 715 kilotonnes for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of ten percent compared to shipments of 649 kilotonnes in the third quarter of the previous year.  This increase in shipments was driven by strong end-market conditions across all product segments globally, particularly can, automotive and electronics.  

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $2.6 billion, an increase of 21 percent compared to the $2.1 billion reported in the same period a year ago, the result of higher shipments, conversion premiums and aluminum prices.  

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $238 million, representing a 20 percent increase from adjusted EBITDA of $199 million posted for the same period a year ago.  These operating results were primarily due to strong global market demand, price and mix and effective cost management.  

"These are solid results, especially considering that this is our seasonally low quarter," said Phil Martens, Novelis President and Chief Executive Officer.  "This quarter was particularly significant for us for a number of reasons.  We completed a major refinancing and recapitalization of the business, which positions the Company to significantly invest in the business over the next few years.  We also closed one of our smelters in Brazil and made headway on the closure of Bridgnorth, another underperforming asset.  Both of these closures will increase operating efficiency, reduce costs and help us focus more closely on our core rolling operations.  And lastly, we made progress on our debottlenecking initiatives and Brazil mill expansion."


(in $M)




   Q3FY11

     Q3FY10

  Q2FY11





12/31/2010

12/31/2009


9/30/2010

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes


$(2)

$129


$129

Significant Items Affecting Comparisons:







 Restructuring, net

(20)

(1)


(9)

 Unrealized gains/(losses) on derivatives

9

62


1

 Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

(74)

-


-

 Gain/(Loss) on Sale of Assets

(2)

(1)


-

Adjusted Pre-tax Income


$85

$69


$137




The Company reported a loss before income taxes of $2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, a decrease when compared to the $129 million income before taxes reported in the same period of fiscal 2010.  Excluding restructuring charges, unrealized gains on derivatives, loss on extinguishment of debt, and loss on sale of assets, adjusted pre-tax income increased 23 percent year-over-year.


(in $M)




            Q3FY11

      Q3FY10

   Q2FY11





12/31/2010

12/31/2009


9/30/2010

 Cash and cash equivalents


$297

$252


$512

 Overdrafts



(22)

(13)


(23)

 Gross availability under the ABL facility

573

475


694

 Borrowing availability limitation due to    





      fixed charge coverage ratio

-

(80)


-

Total Liquidity


$848

$634


$1,183




Liquidity was $848 million at the end of the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 34 percent from $634 million in liquidity reported for the same period in the previous year and a decrease of $335 million compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2011 primarily driven by the Company's recapitalization in the quarter.  

"With the complete refinancing of our debt structure, this quarter represented a significant milestone for Novelis," said Steve Fisher, Chief Financial Officer for Novelis.  "Our new capital structure gives us the ability to appropriately manage our business today while providing the flexibility to invest in strategic growth opportunities to capture the future growth we see in our industry."

For the third quarter of fiscal 2011, free cash flow was $45 million, compared to $124 million reported in the third quarter of the previous year.

"Our free cash flow in this quarter was impacted by our refinancing activities, higher capital spending and higher working capital as a result of higher LME prices," said Fisher.  "Going forward, we expect strong free cash flow generation which will enable us to meaningfully invest in the business."  

Business Outlook

The Company sees continued strong growth across all regions and product segments globally in the short and long-term.  

Over the next five years, the Company expects the aluminum flat rolled products' market to grow at approximately 34 percent.  To capture this growth, in addition to debottlenecking initiatives and Brazil plant expansion, the Company is committed to significantly investing in the business globally over the next few years.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

The results described in this press release have been reported in detail on the Company's Form 10-Q on file with the SEC, and investors are directed to that document for a complete explanation of the Company's financial position and results through December 31, 2010.  The Novelis Form 10-Q and other SEC filings are available for review on the Company's website at www.novelis.com.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Earnings Conference Call

Novelis will discuss its third quarter fiscal 2011 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.  Participants may access the webcast at https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1lm77vsd2gcnq.  To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 954 0599, India toll-free at 0008001007106 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2929.  Access information may also be found at www.novelis.com/investors.

About Novelis

Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling.  The Company operates in 11 countries, has approximately 11,600 employees and reported revenue of $8.7 billion in fiscal year 2010.  Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, electronics and printing markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.  Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited (BSE: HINDALCO), one of Asia's largest integrated producers of aluminum and a leading copper producer.  Hindalco is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India.  For more information, please visit www.novelis.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the presentation slides for the earnings call contain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC rules.  We think that these measures are helpful to investors in measuring our financial performance and liquidity and comparing our performance to our peers.  However, our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures.  To the extent we discuss any non-GAAP financial measures on the earnings call, a reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure will be available in the presentation slides filed as Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrent with the issuance of this press release. In addition, the Form 8-K includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.

Attached to this news release are tables showing the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this news release which describe Novelis' intentions, expectations, beliefs or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws.  Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by, or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," or similar expressions.  Examples of such statements in this news release include our plans to increase production capacity, our growth plans, our expectations with respect to the flat rolled products market and our view of our ability to generate free cash flow this fiscal year.  Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and that Novelis' actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.  We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among other things: changes in the prices and availability of aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw materials we use; the capacity and effectiveness of our metal hedging activities, including our internal used beverage cans (UBCs) and smelter hedges; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of, our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders; fluctuations in the supply of, and prices for, energy in the areas in which we maintain production facilities; our ability to access financing for future capital requirements; changes in the relative values of various currencies and the effectiveness of our currency hedging activities; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation, environmental remediation and clean-up costs, labor relations and negotiations, breakdown of equipment and other events; the impact of restructuring efforts in the future; economic, regulatory and political factors within the countries in which we operate or sell our products, including changes in duties or tariffs; competition from other aluminum rolled products producers as well as from substitute materials such as steel, glass, plastic and composite materials; changes in general economic conditions including deterioration in the global economy, particularly sectors in which our customers operate; changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and our ability to purchase derivative instruments; cyclical demand and pricing within the principal markets for our products as well as seasonality in certain of our customers' industries; changes in government regulations, particularly those affecting taxes, derivative instruments, environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our principal credit agreement and other financing agreements; the effect of taxes and changes in tax rates; the impact of timing differences between the pricing periods for the purchase and sale of aluminum; our ability to increase production capacity and our indebtedness and our ability to generate cash. The above list of factors is not exhaustive.  Other important risk factors included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended December 31, 2010 are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

Novelis Inc.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(In millions)





Three Months

Ended

December 31,

Nine Months

Ended

December 31,


2010

2009

2010

2009

Net sales

$  2,560

$  2,112

$  7,617

$  6,253

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

2,232

1,795

6,628

5,066

Selling, general and administrative expenses

94

92

272

243

Depreciation and amortization

100

93

307

285

Research and development expenses

9

10

27

27

Interest expense and amortization of debt issuance costs

46

44

125

131

Interest income

(4)

(2)

(10)

(8)

Gain on change in fair value of derivative instruments, net

(30)

(40)

(58)

(192)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

74

74

Restructuring charges, net

20

1

35

7

Equity in net (gain) loss of non-consolidated affiliates

5

(8)

11

12

Other (income) expense, net

16

(2)

5

(21)


2,562

1,983

7,416

5,550

Income (loss) before income taxes

(2)

129

201

703

Income tax provision

33

48

104

247

Net income (loss)

(35)

81

97

456

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

11

13

31

50

Net income (loss) attributable to our common shareholder

$  (46)

$  68

$  66

$  406




Novelis Inc.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

(In millions, except number of shares)




December 31,

2010

March 31,

2010

ASSETS



Current assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$  297

$  437

Accounts receivable (net of allowances of $6 and $4 as of December 31, 2010 and March 31, 2010)



— third parties

1,180

1,143

— related parties

16

24

Inventories

1,301

1,083

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

47

39

Fair value of derivative instruments

168

197

Deferred income tax assets

17

12

Total current assets

3,026

2,935

Property, plant and equipment, net

2,490

2,632

Goodwill

611

611

Intangible assets, net

707

749

Investment in and advances to non-consolidated affiliates

683

709

Fair value of derivative instruments, net of current portion

20

7

Long-term deferred income tax assets

14

5

Other long-term assets



— third parties

178

93

— related parties

19

21

Total assets

$  7,748

$  7,762

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY



Current liabilities



Current portion of long-term debt

$  21

$  116

Short-term borrowings

121

75

Accounts payable



— third parties

1,104

1,076

— related parties

45

53

Fair value of derivative instruments

105

110

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

441

436

Deferred income tax liabilities

36

34

Total current liabilities

1,873

1,900

Long-term debt, net of current portion

4,060

2,480

Long-term deferred income tax liabilities

519

497

Accrued postretirement benefits

517

499

Other long-term liabilities

357

376

Total liabilities

7,326

5,752

Commitments and contingencies



Shareholder's equity



Common stock, no par value; unlimited number of shares authorized; 1,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010 and March 31, 2010

Additional paid-in capital

1,830

3,530

Accumulated deficit

(1,492)

(1,558)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(88)

(103)

Total Novelis shareholder's equity

250

1,869

Noncontrolling interests

172

141

Total equity

422

2,010

Total liabilities and shareholder's equity

$  7,748

$  7,762



See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.






Novelis Inc.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)

(In millions)





Nine Months

Ended

December 31,


2010

2009

OPERATING ACTIVITIES



Net income

$  97

$  456

Adjustments to determine net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization

307

285

Gain on change in fair value of derivative instruments, net

(58)

(192)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

74

Deferred income taxes

12

230

Write-off and amortization of fair value adjustments, net

8

(139)

Equity in net loss of non-consolidated affiliates

11

12

Foreign exchange remeasurement of debt

(17)

Gain on sale of assets

(11)

Gain on reversal of accrued legal claim

(3)

Other, net

3

8

Changes in assets and liabilities:



Accounts receivable

(37)

107

Inventories

(220)

(218)

Accounts payable

22

34

Other current assets

(7)

9

Other current liabilities

21

35

Other noncurrent assets

(8)

(16)

Other noncurrent liabilities

4

39

Net cash provided by operating activities

218

630

INVESTING ACTIVITIES



Capital expenditures

(132)

(74)

Proceeds from sales of assets

28

4

Changes to investment in and advances to non-consolidated affiliates

1

3

Proceeds from related party loans receivable, net

8

15

Net proceeds (outflow) from settlement of derivative instruments

81

(432)

Net cash used in investing activities

(14)

(484)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES



Proceeds from issuance of debt, third parties

3,985

177

Proceeds from issuance of debt, related parties

4

Principal payments, third parties

(2,486)

(20)

Principal payments, related parties

(95)

Short-term borrowings, net

49

(211)

Return of capital to our common shareholder

(1,700)

Dividends, noncontrolling interest

(18)

(13)

Debt issuance costs

(174)

(1)

Net cash used in financing activities

(344)

(159)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(140)

(13)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash balances held in foreign currencies

17

Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period

437

248

Cash and cash equivalents — end of period

$  297

$  252




Reconciliation from Net Income (Loss) Attributable to our Common Shareholder to Adjusted EBITDA


Novelis is providing disclosure of the reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis.




Quarter Ended


Nine Months Ended

(in millions)


December 31,


December 31,



2010

2009


2010

2009

Net income (loss) attributable to our common shareholder


$       (46)

$      68


$     66

$     406

Noncontrolling interests


(11)

(13)


(31)

(50)

Income tax provision


(33)

(48)


(104)

(247)

Interest, net


(42)

(42)


(115)

(123)

Depreciation and amortization


(100)

(93)


(307)

(285)

EBITDA


140

264


623

1,111








Unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives


9

62


(37)

615

Realized gain on derivative instruments not included in segment income


4


4

Proportional consolidation


(11)

2


(32)

(31)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


(74)


(74)

Restructuring charges, net


(20)

(1)


(35)

(7)

Gain (loss) on sale of assets


(2)

(1)


11

Other income, net


(4)

3


(5)

11

Adjusted EBITDA


$      238

$      199


$   791

$     523




The following table shows the Free cash flow for the nine months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, the change between periods as well as the ending balances of cash and cash equivalents (in millions).





Nine Months Ended

December 31,



2010

2009

Change

Net cash provided by operating activities

$  218

$  630

$  (412)

Net cash used in investing activities

(14)

(484)

470

Less: Proceeds from sales of assets

(28)

(4)

(24)

Free cash flow

$ 176

$  142

$  34

Ending cash and cash equivalents

$  297

$  252

$  45




SOURCE Novelis Inc.

For further information: Media: Charles Belbin, +1-404-760-4120, charles.belbin@novelis.com; Investor Contact: Isabel Janci, +1-404-760-4164, isabel.janci@novelis.com

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