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ATI Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

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Return to profitability fueled by aerospace market recovery and business transformation

- Sales of $726 million increased 18% over second quarter 2021

- Net income attributable to ATI of $48.7 million, or $0.35 per share

-- Adjusted EPS of $0.05 excluding postretirement medical benefits gain, strike-related costs, and other special items

- Adjusted EBITDA of $79.9 million increased 49% sequentially

- Extended debt maturity profile and reduced annual interest expense by ~$6 million

-- Issued $325 million 4.875% Notes due 2029, $350 million 5.125% Notes due 2031

-- Redeemed $500 million 2023 Notes bearing 7.875% interest in Oct. 2021

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) reported third quarter 2021 results, with sales of $726 million and net income attributable to ATI of $48.7 million, or $0.35 per share. Excluding pretax gains of $64.9 million for postretirement medical benefits and $13.7 million for the sale of the Flowform Products business, $2.3 million of prior restructuring charge reversals, and charges of $22.9 million for strike-related costs, adjusted net income attributable to ATI was $6.2 million, or $0.05 per share. Adjusted EBITDA was $79.9 million, or 11.0% of sales.

(PRNewsfoto/Allegheny Technologies)
(PRNewsfoto/Allegheny Technologies)

Sales in the second quarter 2021 were $616 million, and the net loss attributable to ATI was $49.2 million, or $(0.39) per share. Excluding $40.3 million of strike-related costs and $6.2 million of income from reduced restructuring charge reserves, adjusted net loss attributable to ATI for the second quarter 2021 was $15.1 million, or $(0.12) per share. Adjusted EBITDA was $53.7 million, or 8.7% of sales.

"We delivered profitable third quarter results that exceeded our expectations. We are laser-focused, locking in our cost structure improvements as our end markets begin to show signs of sustained recovery. Our end-market diversity fuels our ability to maximize gains in this unbalanced economic recovery," said Robert S. Wetherbee, Board Chair, President and CEO. "Our Specialty Rolled Products business accelerated its production rates to pre-strike levels to take advantage of strong demand and favorable pricing in most end-markets, especially energy and industrial applications.

"Showing ongoing signs of recovery, commercial aerospace continues to expand unevenly across our product portfolio. Jet engine forgings demand remained strong, bolstered by our 2021 share gains. Demand for our jet engine specialty materials was mixed, varying by customer and product largely due to uneven supply chain inventory levels and customer order patterns.

"We continue to strengthen and de-risk our balance sheet. We significantly improved our debt maturity profile through early redemption of our 2023 notes and by issuing two new notes with 8 and 10 year maturities, respectively, with significantly lower interest rates," concluded Wetherbee.

ATI's third quarter results include negative impacts primarily on our Specialty Rolled Products (SRP) business from an employee strike which concluded on July 13, 2021.

Operating Results by Segment



Three months ended

High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC)

September 30


June 30


September 30

($ millions)

2021


2021


2020

Sales

$

300.0



$

300.6



$

221.3








Segment EBITDA

$

37.4



$

37.2



$

16.8


% of Sales

12.5

%


12.4

%


7.6

%

  • HPMC's third quarter 2021 sales were in-line with the second quarter 2021 as demand from the energy markets increased 19%, led by growth in materials for specialty energy applications, which offset lower defense sales. Commercial aerospace sales were flat, with higher forgings sales offsetting lower specialty materials. Sales improved 36% compared to the third quarter 2020, reflecting higher commercial jet engine and energy markets sales.

  • HPMC segment EBITDA was $37.4 million, or 12.5% of sales, also in-line with second quarter 2021 results. Strike-related costs of $1.4 million for the third quarter 2021 and $2.1 million for the second quarter 2021 were excluded from HPMC segment results. Compared to the prior year period, results more than doubled, reflecting improved operating margins from higher production volumes, aided by share gains and the ongoing benefits of 2020 cost cutting actions.


Three months ended

Advanced Alloys & Solutions (AA&S)

September 30


June 30


September 30

($ millions)

2021


2021


2020

Sales

$

425.7



$

315.6



$

376.7








Segment EBITDA

$

56.8



$

36.0



$

11.0


% of Sales

13.3

%


11.4

%


2.9

%

  • AA&S third quarter 2021 sales increased 35% compared to the second quarter 2021 and were 13% higher year-over-year. Compared to the second quarter 2021, sales increased primarily due to reduced strike-related impacts. Segment sales were higher to nearly all end markets compared to the second quarter 2021 as production rates returned to pre-strike levels by quarter end, led by deliveries for a large offshore oil & gas project. Higher selling prices, including effects from raw material pass-through mechanisms, also drove revenue increases.

  • AA&S segment EBITDA was $56.8 million, or 13.3% of sales. Strike-related costs of $21.5 million and $38.2 million, primarily related to lower productivity and utilization levels, were excluded from AA&S segment third and second quarter 2021 results, respectively. Raw material price changes had a minimal EBITDA benefit compared to the second quarter 2021. Improved EBITDA margins compared to the third quarter 2020 reflect a richer product mix, including a smaller proportion of standard stainless products, a $21 million benefit from raw material price changes and benefits from actions taken in 2020 to structurally reduce costs.

Corporate Items and Cash

  • Third quarter 2021 results include a $64.9 million gain related to a plan termination that eliminated certain postretirement medical benefit liabilities. This was effective upon the July 2021 ratification of the new Specialty Rolled Products collective bargaining agreement.

  • In August 2021, the company completed the sale of its Flowform Products business within the HPMC segment for $55.0 million, and recognized a $13.7 million gain in the third quarter 2021.

  • Strike-related costs were $22.9 million in the third quarter 2021, and were excluded from segment results. These items primarily consisted of overhead costs recognized in the period due to below-normal operating rates, higher costs for outside conversion activities, and signing bonuses for represented employees.

  • Restructuring charges for the third quarter 2021 were a net credit of $2.3 million, primarily related to lowered severance-related reserves for laid-off employees due to attrition. Restructuring charges of $2.3 million for the third quarter 2020 related to voluntary and involuntary severance programs.

  • Corporate expenses in the third quarter 2021 were $12.9 million, compared to $15.9 million in the second quarter 2021, and $10.2 million for the prior year quarter. When compared to both prior periods, changes primarily related to expenses for incentive compensation programs.

  • Third quarter 2021 results include $22.0 million of income tax expense, primarily comprised of $15.5 million in discrete tax effects related to the postretirement medical benefits gain. ATI maintains a valuation allowance on its U.S. deferred tax assets and does not expect to pay any significant U.S. federal or state income taxes for the next several years due to net operating loss carryforwards.

  • For the first nine months of 2021, cash used in operating activities was $244.8 million, primarily due to a $242.5 million increase in managed working capital related to higher operating levels in most operations, resulting in increased accounts receivable balances and higher overall inventory values in part due to rising raw material costs and the lingering strike impacts. Cash used in investing activities for the first nine months of 2021 was $48.5 million, as $104 million for capital expenditures was offset by proceeds from the Flowform Products sale.

  • Cash on hand at September 30, 2021 was $1,006.8 million, and available additional liquidity under the asset-based lending credit facility was approximately $365 million. We issued $675 million of new debt in September 2021, with $571 million of proceeds primarily used in October 2021 to retire $500 million of higher cost debt due in 2023, along with accrued interest and the make-whole premium. ATI will recognize a $66 million debt extinguishment charge in fourth quarter 2021 results.

  • A $50 million voluntary cash contribution to the ATI Pension Plan in the third quarter of 2021 improved the plan's funded position.

Outlook

"Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, we anticipate sequential revenue and earnings growth primarily driven by the ongoing commercial aerospace recovery in our HPMC segment. Significant managed working capital reductions will fuel fourth quarter cash generation," said Wetherbee. "As our business transformation actions near completion in the AA&S segment, we'll temporarily curtail some early stage manufacturing activities to better align our inventory levels with market demand and have planned extended equipment outages to complete transformational upgrades. These actions will likely result in unfavorable cost absorption impacts in the quarter."

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Allegheny Technologies will conduct a conference call with investors and analysts on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss the financial results. The conference call will be broadcast, and accompanying presentation slides will be available, at ATIMetals.com. To access the broadcast, click on "Conference Call". Replay of the conference call will be available on the Allegheny Technologies website.

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain statements in this news release relate to future events and expectations and, as such, constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, which may contain such words as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "would," "should," "will," "will likely result," "forecast," "outlook," "projects," and similar expressions, are based on management's current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which we are unable to predict or control. Our performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements due to the following factors, among others: (a) material adverse changes in economic or industry conditions generally, including global supply and demand conditions and prices for our specialty metals; (b) material adverse changes in the markets we serve; (c) our inability to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, synergies, growth or other benefits anticipated by management from strategic investments and the integration of acquired businesses; (d) volatility in the price and availability of the raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of our products; (e) declines in the value of our defined benefit pension plan assets or unfavorable changes in laws or regulations that govern pension plan funding; (f) labor disputes or work stoppages; (g) equipment outages and (h) business and economic disruptions associated with the currently ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or other similar widespread public health crises that may arise in the future and (i) other risk factors summarized in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and in other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no duty to update our forward-looking statements.

Solving the World's Challenges through Materials Science

ATI (NYSE: ATI) is a $3 billion global manufacturer solving the world's most difficult challenges through materials science; advanced, integrated process technologies; and relentlessly innovative people. We serve customers whose demanding applications need to fly higher, dig deeper, stand stronger, and last longer— anywhere on, above, or below the earth. We partner to create new specialty materials in forms that deliver ultimate performance and long-term value in applications like jet engine forgings and 3D-printed aerospace components. We produce powders for forging and additive manufacturing; rolled materials, and finished components. Our specialty materials withstand extremes of temperature, stress and corrosion to improve and protect human lives every day. Learn more at ATIMetals.com.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited, dollars in millions, except per share amounts)












Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30


June 30


September 30


September 30


September 30


2021


2021


2020


2021


2020











Sales

$

725.7



$

616.2



$

598.0



$

2,034.4



$

2,323.8












Cost of sales

643.2



573.5



559.9



1,823.4



2,076.2


Gross profit

82.5



42.7



38.1



211.0



247.6












Selling and administrative expenses

54.9



60.2



45.4



169.1



148.2


Impairment of goodwill









287.0


Restructuring charges (credits)

(2.3)



(6.2)



2.3



(8.5)



27.0


Operating income (loss)

29.9



(11.3)



(9.6)



50.4



(214.6)


Nonoperating retirement benefit income (expense)

57.9



(6.8)



(11.1)



44.3



(33.5)


Interest expense, net

(25.1)



(23.7)



(25.1)



(72.2)



(68.7)


Debt extinguishment charge









(21.5)


Other income (expense), net

14.5



1.4



(0.4)



17.4



(0.8)


Income (loss) before income taxes

77.2



(40.4)



(46.2)



39.9



(339.1)


Income tax provision

22.0



4.0



0.8



31.5



104.2


Net income (loss)

$

55.2



$

(44.4)



$

(47.0)



$

8.4



$

(443.3)


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

6.5



4.8



3.1



16.8



8.3


Net income (loss) attributable to ATI

$

48.7



$

(49.2)



$

(50.1)



$

(8.4)



$

(451.6)












Basic net income (loss) attributable to ATI per common share

$

0.38



$

(0.39)



$

(0.40)



$

(0.07)



$

(3.57)












Diluted net income (loss) attributable to ATI per common share

$

0.35



$

(0.39)



$

(0.40)



$

(0.07)



$

(3.57)












Allegheny Technologies Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Sales and EBITDA by Business Segment

(Unaudited, dollars in millions)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30


June 30


September 30


September 30


September 30


2021


2021


2020


2021


2020

Sales:










High Performance Materials & Components

$

300.0



$

300.6



$

221.3



$

841.5



$

942.3


Advanced Alloys & Solutions

425.7



315.6



376.7



1,192.9



1,381.5












Total external sales

$

725.7



$

616.2



$

598.0



$

2,034.4



$

2,323.8












EBITDA:




















High Performance Materials & Components

$

37.4



$

37.2



$

16.8



$

99.2



$

122.1


% of Sales

12.5

%


12.4

%


7.6

%


11.8

%


13.0

%











Advanced Alloys & Solutions

56.8



36.0



11.0



142.5



85.5


% of Sales

13.3

%


11.4

%


2.9

%


11.9

%


6.2

%











Total segment EBITDA

94.2



73.2



27.8



241.7



207.6


% of Sales

13.0

%


11.9

%


...

4.6

%


11.9

%


8.9

%











LIFO and net realizable value reserves







...