Novelis Reports Solid Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 Results
- Net Income Increased 65% versus Prior Year to $38 Million
- Sales Increased 17% versus Prior Year to $2.8 Billion
- Adjusted EBITDA Increased 1% versus Prior Year to $230 Million
- Shipments Increased 7% versus Prior Year to 765 Kilotonnes

ATLANTA, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today reported net income attributable to its common shareholder of $38 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 compared to $23 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.  Excluding certain tax-effected items, net income was $42 million, up 14% compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $230 million, a 1% increase compared to $228 million reported for the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by higher shipments and cost benefits from using recycled metal inputs.  These favorable drivers were partially offset by continued pricing pressures in the Asian markets, a higher fixed cost base due to expansions ahead of revenue generation, and unfavorable currency fluctuations late in the second quarter.

"Our solid earnings are a result of the execution of our long-term strategy to capture growth through added capacity and to lower costs through increased use of recycled materials," said Phil Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer for Novelis.  "We had record shipments of both can and automotive sheet in the second quarter, even before our new auto capacity in the U.S. and China began contributing to shipments.  These auto facilities are now accelerating production to meet increasing customer demand for lightweight vehicles, including the new aluminum-intensive 2015 Ford F-150 pick-up truck."

Shipments of aluminum rolled products increased 7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 to 765 kilotonnes compared to 713 kilotonnes in the prior year.  For the fourth consecutive quarter, all four operating regions reported an increase in shipments year-over-year. 

Shipment growth combined with higher aluminum prices drove a 17% increase in net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 to $2.8 billion as compared to $2.4 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Over the past three years, Novelis has invested significantly to capture growth in premium flat rolled products and enhance the sustainability of its products.  To date this fiscal year, the company has:

  • Expanded its recycling operations in Brazil and commissioned the world's largest aluminum recycling facility in Germany;
  • Grown total shipments through the ramp-up of new rolling capacity in Korea and Brazil;
  • Become the only company able to produce automotive sheet in all three of the world's major automobile producing regions - Asia, Europe and North America - with the opening of China's first manufacturing facility for heat-treated aluminum automotive sheet.

"These achievements further demonstrate that Novelis is the global leader in aluminum recycling and the aluminum partner-of-choice for automakers around the world," said Martens.  "It's an exciting time at Novelis as we continue to transform our business with a more sustainable focus on growing high recycled content premium products."

(in $M)

Q2FY15


Q2FY14



9/30/2014


9/30/2013


Free Cash Flow

$(108)


$178


Capital Expenditures

126


184


Free Cash Flow before CapEx

$18


$362


The company reported negative free cash flow of $(108) million in the second quarter, after investing $126 million in capital expenditures to continue to grow the business. "The decrease in cash flow versus the prior year was primarily a result of rising aluminum prices and higher inventory levels during the start up phase of several of our expansions," said Steve Fisher, Chief Financial Officer for Novelis.  "While the direction of aluminum prices is uncertain, we have plans in place to structurally reduce working capital and we continue to expect positive free cash flow by fiscal year end."

At the end of the second quarter, the company reported liquidity of $734 million.  In October, the Company amended and extended its asset based loan facility to provide further financial flexibility under more favorable terms.

Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 Earnings Conference Call
Novelis will discuss its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 8:00 a.m. ET on Monday, November 10, 2014.  To view slides and listen only, visit the web at https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1f5wd9qcc2wzk&eom.  To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 749 1342, India toll-free at 0008001007929 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2908.  Presentation materials and access information may also be found at novelis.com/investors.

About Novelis 
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 11 countries, has approximately 11,200 employees and reported revenue of approximately $10 billion for its 2014 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The company is part of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com and follow us at facebook.com/NovelisInc and at twitter.com/Novelis.

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 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, Reconciliation to Liquidity and Net Income excluding Certain Items, and Segment Information.

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.  An example of forward looking statements in this news release is our expectation that we will reduce inventory going forward and expect positive free cash flow by the end of the fiscal year.  Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and 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; 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; 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 credit facilities and other financing agreements; the effect of taxes and changes in tax rates; 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, 2014 are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

 

 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(in millions)



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Six Months Ended
September 30,


2014



2013



2014



2013






Net sales

$

2,831



$

2,414



$

5,511



$

4,815


Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

2,483



2,074



4,812



4,172


Selling, general and administrative expenses

103



109



211



229


Depreciation and amortization

90



79



179



156


Research and development expenses

12



12



24



22


Interest expense and amortization of debt issuance costs

82



75



163



151


Gain on assets held for sale





(11)




Restructuring and impairment, net

7



18



13



27


Equity in net loss of non-consolidated affiliates



3



2



7


Other expense (income), net

18



(5)



23



(15)



2,795



2,365



5,416



4,749


Income before income taxes

36



49



95



66


Income tax (benefit) provision

(2)



26



22



29


Net income

38



23



73



37


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests








Net income attributable to our common shareholder

$

38



$

23



$

73



$

37


 

 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

(in millions, except number of shares)



September 30, 2014


March 31,

2014

ASSETS


Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

$

326



$

509


Accounts receivable, net






— third parties (net of uncollectible accounts of $4 as of September 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014)

1,518



1,382


— related parties

60



54


Inventories

1,504



1,173


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

124



101


Fair value of derivative instruments

79



51


Deferred income tax assets

76



101


Assets held for sale

73



102


Total current assets

3,760



3,473


Property, plant and equipment, net

3,535



3,513


Goodwill

608



611


Intangible assets, net

611



640


Investment in and advances to non–consolidated affiliates

560



612


Deferred income tax assets

77



80


Other long–term assets






— third parties

160



173


— related parties

10



12


Total assets

$

9,321



$

9,114


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY






Current liabilities






Current portion of long–term debt

$

92



$

92


Short–term borrowings

1,044



723


Accounts payable






— third parties

1,643



1,418


— related parties

53



53


Fair value of derivative instruments

96



60


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities






— third parties

556



547


— related party



250


Deferred income tax liabilities

48



16


Liabilities held for sale



11


Total current liabilities

3,532



3,170


Long–term debt, net of current portion

4,340



4,359


Deferred income tax liabilities

344



425


Accrued postretirement benefits

612



621


Other long–term liabilities

256



271


Total liabilities

9,084



8,846


Commitments and contingencies






Shareholder's equity






Common stock, no par value; unlimited number of shares authorized; 1,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014




Additional paid–in capital

1,404



1,404


Accumulated deficit

(1,000)



(1,073)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(194)



(91)


Total equity of our common shareholder

210



240


Noncontrolling interests

27



28


Total equity

237



268


Total liabilities and equity

$

9,321



$

9,114


 

 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)

(in millions)



Six Months Ended
September 30,


2014



2013


OPERATING ACTIVITIES






Net income

$

73



$

37


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






Depreciation and amortization

179



156


Loss on unrealized derivatives and other realized derivatives in investing activities, net

14



14


Gain on assets held for sale

(11)




Deferred income taxes

(18)



(20)


Amortization of fair value adjustments

6



6


Equity in net loss of non–consolidated affiliates

2



7


(Gain) loss on foreign exchange remeasurement of debt

(3)



2


Loss on sale of assets

3



2


Impairment charges



8


Amortization of debt issuance costs and carrying value adjustment

13



13


Other, net

(1)



(2)


Changes in assets and liabilities including assets and liabilities held for sale (net of effects from divestitures):






Accounts receivable

(187)



163


Inventories

(369)



20


Accounts payable

295



(213)


Other current assets

(29)



39


Other current liabilities

27



10


Other noncurrent assets

(2)



(6)


Other noncurrent liabilities

(5)



12


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(13)



248


INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Capital expenditures

(264)



(365)


Proceeds from sales of assets, net of transaction fees

34




Proceeds from the sale of assets, related party, net of transaction fees



8


Outflows from investments in and advances to non–consolidated affiliates, net

(11)




Proceeds from settlement of other undesignated derivative instruments, net

3



6


Net cash used in investing activities

(238)



(351)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Proceeds from issuance of long-term and short-term borrowings

198



76


Principal payments of long-term and short-term borrowings

(126)



(59)


Revolving credit facilities and other, net

248



131


Return of capital to our common shareholder

(250)




Dividends, noncontrolling interest

(1)




Debt issuance costs



(8)


Net cash provided by financing activities

69



140


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(182)



37


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(1)




Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period

509



301


Cash and cash equivalents — end of period

$

326



$

338


 

 

Reconciliation from Net Income 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.

 

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
September 30,


Six Months Ended
September 30,


2014



2013



2014



2013


Net income attributable to our common shareholder

$

38



$

23



$

73



$

37


Income tax benefit (provision)

2



(26)



(22)



(29)


Interest, net

(80)



(74)



(160)



(150)


Depreciation and amortization

(90)



(79)



(179)



(156)


EBITDA

206



202



434



372














Unrealized (losses) gains on change in fair value of derivative instruments, net

(1)



4





(8)


Realized gains (losses) on derivative instruments not included in segment income



2



(1)



4


Adjustment to eliminate proportional consolidation

(9)



(8)



(17)



(19)


Loss on sale of fixed assets

(2)



(1)



(3)



(2)


Gain on assets held for sale





11




Restructuring and impairment, net

(7)



(18)



(13)



(27)


Other income, net

(5)



(5)



(8)



(8)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

230



$

228



$

465



$

432


 

Free Cash Flow and Cash and Cash Equivalents
The following table shows the "Free cash flow" for the six months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 and the ending balances of cash and cash equivalents (in millions).

 


Six Months Ended
September 30,


2014



2013


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

$

(13)



$

248


Net cash used in investing activities

(238)



(351)


Less: Proceeds from sales of assets

(34)



(8)


Free cash flow

$

(285)



$

(111)


Ending cash and cash equivalents

$

326



338


 

Total Liquidity
The following table shows available liquidity as of September 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 (in millions).

 


September 30,


March 31,


2014



2014


Cash and cash equivalents

$

326



$

509


Availability under committed credit facilities

408



511


Total liquidity

$

734



$

1,020


 

Reconciliation of Net Income to Net Income, excluding Certain Items
The following table shows Net Income attributable to our common shareholder excluding Certain Items (in millions).  We adjust for items which may recur in varying magnitude which affect the comparability of the operational results of our underlying business.

 


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Six Months Ended
September 30,


2014



2013



2014



2013


Net income attributable to our common shareholder

$

38



$

23



$

73



$

37


Certain Items:












Gain on assets held for sale





(11)




Restructuring and impairment, net

7



18



13



27


Tax effect on Certain Items

(3)



(4)



(3)



(6)


Net income attributable to our common shareholder, excluding Certain Items

$

42



$

37



$

72



$

58


 

Segment Information
The following table shows selected segment financial information (in millions, except shipments which are in kilotonnes).

 

Selected Operating Results Three Months
Ended September 30, 2014

North

America


Europe


Asia


South

America


Other and

Eliminations


Total

Adjusted EBITDA

$

76



$

75



$

36



$

41



$

2



$

230


Shipments


















Rolled products - third party

259



225



173



108





765


Rolled products - intersegment

1



9



13



8



(31)




Total rolled products

260



234



186



116



(31)



765






































Selected Operating Results Three Months
Ended September 30, 2013

North

America


Europe


Asia


South

America


Other and

Eliminations


Total

Adjusted EBITDA

$

70



$

61



$

41



$

56



$



$

228


Shipments


















Rolled products - third party

237



216



155



105





713


Rolled products - intersegment

1



9



1



3



(14)




Rolled products

238



225



156



108



(14)



713






































Selected Operating Results Six Months
Ended September 30, 2014

North

America


Europe


Asia


South

America


Other and

Eliminations


Total

Adjusted EBITDA

$

140



$

154



$

73



$

96



$

2



$

465


Shipments


















Rolled products - third party

507



460



351



217





1,535


Rolled products - intersegment

2



20



23



13



(58)




Total rolled products

509



480



374



230



(58)



1,535






































Selected Operating Results Six Months
Ended September 30, 2013

North

America


Europe


Asia


South

America


Other and

Eliminations


Total

Adjusted EBITDA

$

116



$

131



$

87



$

98



$



$

432


Shipments


















Rolled products - third party

474



441



312



194





1,421


Rolled products - intersegment

2



16



6



6



(30)




Total rolled products

476



457



318



200



(30)



1,421


 

 

SOURCE Novelis

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