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A. M. Castle & Co. Reports First Quarter Results

Company reports year-over-year increase in revenue and margins, generating improved profitability

OAK BROOK, Ill., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A. M. Castle & Co. (CTAM) (the "Company" or "Castle"), a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain solutions, today reported its first quarter 2019 financial results.

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Generated net sales of $149.5 million, a 2.5% year-over-year increase compared to $145.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Reported an operating loss of $0.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Reported a net loss of $8.0 million, which included $9.4 million of interest expense, of which $6.4 million was non-cash related to long-term debt held primarily by major shareholders, and $1.3 million was non-cash related to the Company's pension plan, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million for the first quarter of 2018, which included $7.1 million of interest expense, of which $4.5 million was non-cash related to long term-debt held primarily by major shareholders, and $1.2 million was non-cash related to the Company's pension plan.
  • Reported EBITDA of $3.4 million and adjusted EBITDA of $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2019, which included no significant foreign currency gains or losses, compared to EBITDA of $3.8 million and adjusted EBITDA of $3.5 million, including transactional and intercompany loan foreign currency gains of $2.8 million and a transactional foreign currency gain of $1.8 million, respectively, in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Improved gross material margin to 25.8% compared to 23.5% in the previous quarter and 24.7% in the first quarter a year ago.

Chairman and CEO Steve Scheinkman commented, "After a challenging fourth quarter of 2018, we saw our operating performance improve significantly in the first quarter of 2019.  We continue to benefit from a strong pricing environment, which drove both our quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year revenue growth.  From a volume standpoint, we are committed to selectively pursuing sales that are accretive to the business."

President Marec Edgar added, "We are pleased to have returned to positive EBITDA in the first quarter and to have made year-over-year improvement in profitability. We believe these results are based on the execution of our strategy to pursue highly accretive business most aggressively and carefully scrutinize lower-margin, higher-cost opportunities before accepting the same. With continued focus on that strategy, coupled with largely stable outlooks in many of our end markets, we expect to see continued EBITDA improvement throughout 2019. Additionally, we recently consolidated our supply chain and strategic sourcing functions under the leadership of Mark Zundel as our Executive Vice President, Global Supply and Aerospace. Mark's main focuses in this new role are to improve working capital efficiency through a reorganized global supply chain. We have arranged this new organization by product groups to maximize the decades of product expertise our talented global supply team possesses, and to improve upon our ability to respond quickly to our customers’ needs and in mill partner interactions. We are very pleased with the progress Mark and his team have made thus far and believe these efforts will further enhance our profitability as they develop over time."

Finally, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Pat Anderson commented, "Overall, we are pleased with our operating performance in the first quarter of 2019.  Although the end markets we serve are expected to remain relatively stable through 2019, they are also expected to remain extremely competitive.  We believe the operational foundation we have put in place will allow us to continue our momentum towards increased profitability and the liquidity generated from both that improved performance and more effective working capital management will allow us to make additional investments to support our valued business partners."

About A. M. Castle & Co.

Founded in 1890, A. M. Castle & Co. is a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain services, principally serving the producer durable equipment, commercial aircraft, heavy equipment, industrial goods, construction equipment, and retail sectors of the global economy. Its customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of medium and smaller-sized firms spread across a variety of industries. It specializes in the distribution of alloy and stainless steels; nickel alloys; aluminum and carbon. Together, Castle and its affiliated companies operate out of 21 metals service centers located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Its common stock is traded on the OTCQX® Best Market under the ticker symbol "CTAM".

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release and the financial information included in this release include non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial information should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Investors should recognize that these non-GAAP financial measures might not be comparative to similarly titled measures of other companies. However, we believe that non-GAAP reporting, giving effect to the adjustments shown in the reconciliation contained in this release and in the attached financial statements, provides meaningful information, and therefore we use it to supplement our GAAP reporting and guidance. Management often uses this information to assess and measure the performance of our business. We have chosen to provide this supplemental information to investors, analysts and other interested parties to enable them to perform additional analysis of operating results, to illustrate the results of operations giving effect to the non-GAAP adjustments shown in the reconciliations and to assist with period-over-period comparisons of such operations. The exclusion of the charges indicated herein from the non-GAAP financial measures presented does not indicate an expectation by the Company that similar charges will not be incurred in subsequent periods.

In addition, the Company believes that the use and presentation of EBITDA, which is defined by the Company as loss before provision for income taxes plus depreciation and amortization, and interest expense, is widely used by the investment community for evaluation purposes and provides investors, analysts and other interested parties with additional information in analyzing the Company’s operating results. EBITDA, adjusted non-GAAP net loss and adjusted EBITDA are presented as the Company believes the information is important to provide investors, analysts and other interested parties additional information about the Company’s financial performance. Management uses EBITDA, adjusted non-GAAP net loss and adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the performance of the business.

Cautionary Statement on Risks Associated with Forward Looking Statements

Information provided and statements contained in this release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this release and the Company assumes no obligation to update the information included in this release.  Such forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategy, and the cost savings and other benefits that we expect to achieve from our restructuring, as well as the anticipated increase in our borrowing capacity under our Credit Facility. These statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “predict,” “plan,” “should,” or similar expressions.  These statements are not guarantees of performance or results, and they involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions.  Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there are many factors that could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include our ability to effectively manage our operational initiatives and implemented restructuring activities, the impact of volatility of metals prices, the impact of imposed tariffs and/or duties, the cyclical and seasonal aspects of our business, our ability to effectively manage inventory levels, and the impact of our substantial level of indebtedness, as well as including those risk factors identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, which we filed on March 15, 2019. All future written and oral forward-looking statements by us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above. Except as required by the federal securities laws, we do not have any obligations or intention to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances in the future, to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or for any other reason.

  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) March 31,
Unaudited 2019   2018
Net sales $ 149,527     $ 145,873  
Costs and expenses:      
Cost of materials (exclusive of depreciation) 110,958     109,904  
Warehouse, processing and delivery expense 20,277     20,355  
Sales, general and administrative expense 16,502     16,548  
Depreciation expense 2,121     2,376  
Total costs and expenses 149,858     149,183  
Operating loss (331 )   (3,310 )
Interest expense, net 9,449     7,126  
Other (income) expense, net (1,602 )   (4,774 )
Loss before income taxes (8,178 )   (5,662 )
Income tax benefit (175 )   (521 )
Net loss $ (8,003 )   $ (5,141 )

Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands) March 31,
Unaudited 2019   2018
Net loss, as reported $ (8,003 )   $ (5,141 )
Depreciation expense 2,121     2,376  
Interest expense, net 9,449     7,126  
Income tax benefit (175 )   (521 )
EBITDA 3,392     3,840  
Non-GAAP adjustments (a) 497     (332 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,889     $ 3,508  
(a) Refer to "Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to Adjusted Non-GAAP Net Loss" table for additional details on these amounts.

Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to Adjusted Non-GAAP Net (Loss) Income:      
  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands) March 31,
Unaudited 2019   2018
Net loss, as reported $ (8,003 )   $ (5,141 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
Noncash compensation expense 643     646  
Foreign exchange gain on intercompany loans (146 )   (978 )
Non-GAAP adjustments to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA 497     (332 )
Non-cash interest expense(a) 6,417     4,534  
Total non-GAAP adjustments 6,914     4,202  
Tax effect of adjustments      
Adjusted non-GAAP net loss $ (1,089 )   $ (939 )
(a) Non-cash interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2019 includes interest paid in kind of $3,852 and amortization of debt discount of $2,565. Non-cash interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2018 includes interest paid in kind of $2,954 and amortization of debt discount of $1,580.

(Dollars in thousands, except par value data) As of
Unaudited March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,842     $ 8,668  
Accounts receivable 92,305     79,757  
Inventories 164,227     160,686  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,769     14,344  
Income tax receivable 1,268     1,268  
Total current assets 277,411     264,723  
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 8,176     8,176  
Prepaid pension cost 1,920     1,754  
Deferred income taxes 1,266     1,261  
Right of use assets 33,353      
Other noncurrent assets 1,245     1,278  
Property, plant and equipment:      
Land 5,578     5,577  
Buildings 20,863     21,218  
Machinery and equipment 39,449     38,394  
Property, plant and equipment, at cost 65,890     65,189  
Accumulated depreciation (14,119 )   (11,989 )
Property, plant and equipment, net 51,771     53,200  
Total assets $ 375,142     $ 330,392  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 54,058     $ 42,719  
Accrued and other current liabilities 17,711     16,631  
Lease liabilities 6,908      
Income tax payable 2,116     1,589  
Short-term borrowings 6,801     5,498  
Current portion of long-term debt 623     119  
Total current liabilities 88,217     66,556  
Long-term debt, less current portion 251,344     245,966  
Deferred income taxes 7,024     7,540  
Finance leases 8,639     61  
Build-to-suit liability     9,975  
Other noncurrent liabilities 2,999     3,334  
Pension and postretirement benefit obligations 6,310     6,321  
Lease liabilities 26,796      
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ deficit:      
Common stock, $0.01 par value—200,000 Class A shares authorized with 3,803 shares issued and 3,635 shares outstanding at March 31, 2019, and 3,803 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 38     38  
Additional paid-in capital 57,247     55,421  
Accumulated deficit (58,229 )   (50,472 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (14,789 )   (14,348 )
Treasury stock, at cost — 168 shares at March 31, 2019 and no shares at December 31, 2018 (454 )    
Total stockholders’ deficit (16,187 )   (9,361 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 375,142     $ 330,392  

  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands) March 31,
Unaudited 2019   2018
Operating activities:      
Net loss $ (8,003 )   $ (5,141 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation 2,121     2,376  
Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount 2,565     1,580  
Noncash interest paid in kind 3,852     2,954  
Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment     (5 )
Unrealized foreign currency gain (140 )   (991 )
Noncash impact of operating leases 582      
Deferred income taxes (836 )   127  
Non-cash compensation expense 643     646  
Other, net     154  
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable (12,701 )   (17,195 )
Inventories (3,810 )   (3,389 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (142 )   (3,848 )
Other noncurrent assets (111 )   312  
Prepaid pension costs (189 )   (688 )
Accounts payable 11,088     11,095  
Income tax payable and receivable 521     (440 )
Accrued and other current liabilities 1,084     1,304  
Lease liabilities 146      
Postretirement benefit obligations and other noncurrent liabilities (67 )   (54 )
Net cash used in operating activities (3,397 )   (11,203 )
Investing activities:      
Capital expenditures (764 )   (1,538 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment     5  
Net cash used in investing activities (764 )   (1,533 )
Financing activities:      
Proceeds from long-term debt including credit facilities     11,500  
Proceeds from (repayments of) short-term borrowings, net 1,471     (1,191 )
Principal paid on finance leases (149 )   (22 )
Payments of build-to-suit liability     (897 )
Net cash from financing activities 1,322     9,390  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 13     20  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (2,826 )   (3,326 )
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of year 8,668     11,104  
Cash and cash equivalents—end of period $ 5,842     $ 7,778  

(Dollars in thousands) As of
Unaudited March 31,
  December 31,
5.00% / 7.00% Second Lien Notes due August 31, 2022 $ 183,827     $ 180,894  
Floating rate Revolving A Credit Facility due February 28, 2022 108,488     108,488  
12.00% Revolving B Credit Facility due February 28, 2022 23,561     22,875  
Less: unvested restricted Second Lien Notes due August 31, 2022 (978 )   (1,378 )
Less: unamortized discount (63,165 )   (64,491 )
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs (389 )   (422 )
Total long-term debt 251,344     245,966  
Less: current portion of long-term debt      
Total long-term portion $ 251,344     $ 245,966  

For Further Information:

Ed Quinn
+1 (847) 455-7111
Email: Inquiries@amcastle.com