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Universal Stainless Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

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  • Q4 2019 Sales total $55.2 million; Aerospace sales reach record $170.4 million for 2019

  • Q4 2019 Net Income of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share

  • EBITDA totals $5.5 million in Q4 2019

  • Quarter-end Backlog of $119.1 million, versus $118.3 million at end of Q3 2019

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa., Jan. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (USAP) today reported that net sales for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $55.2 million, compared with $56.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, and $57.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Oates commented: “Aerospace sales remained solid in the fourth quarter at $37.6 million, or 68.2% of total sales, increasing 7.2% from the fourth quarter of 2018, but down 8.0% sequentially. Our full year 2019 aerospace sales were up 14.5% from 2018 and reached a record $170.4 million, or 70.1% of 2019 total sales. Sales to our remaining targeted end markets all increased sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“Fourth quarter gross margin totaled 10.6% of sales, compared with 9.4% of sales in the third quarter of 2019, but did not match 11.3% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2018. Fourth quarter gross margin improved sequentially, as operational improvements favorably impacted results, and our material cost of sales was more closely aligned with selling prices. However, on a year over year basis, gross margins were negatively impacted by a less favorable product mix.

“We were pleased to see favorable operating activity at our North Jackson hydraulic forge, as significant production efficiencies were implemented following the second quarter fire. The hydraulic forge fire caused downtime that resulted in delayed shipments, estimated at $6.0 million of sales in 2019. Hydraulic forge production reached record levels in the fourth quarter, driven by improved uptime leading to significant production gains. We expect the improved forge production activity to continue as we proceed through 2020.

“We continue to see operating cost savings from our mid-size bar cell in our Dunkirk facility. The bar cell is fully operational and delivering the favorable results we expected. We are encouraged to see the full year benefits of this capital project in 2020.

“We are also seeing favorable improvements in our melting operations. Our Vacuum Induction Melt activities have steadily reduced costs and improved production levels in the second half of 2019. Our Bridgeville melt operations have consistently improved output during 2019. These favorable melt activities are expected to continue in 2020.

“On the commercial side, we have seen favorable developments in tool steel order entry and anticipate that tool steel sales volumes in 2020 will increase over 2019 levels. Additionally, our premium alloy backlog continues to grow as we continue to execute on our strategy to grow these products.

“We expect improved material cost alignment in 2020 compared to 2019, as the steady raw material price declines that negatively impacted 2019 margins have made their way into our material costs, and as a result, our melt costs are more closely aligned to surcharges.

“Lastly, we are continuing to assess the Boeing 737 Max production outlook and the potential impact on order entry activity.”

Sales of premium alloys totaled $7.4 million, or 13.4% of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $8.0 million, or 14.2% of sales, in the third quarter of 2019, and $8.1 million, or 14.2% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2018. Full year premium alloy sales were $37.6 million, or 15.5% of sales, for 2019.

For full year 2019, net sales totaled $243.0 million compared with $255.9 million in 2018.

The Company's gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 10.6% of sales, compared with 9.4% of sales in the third quarter of 2019, and 11.3% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2018. Gross margin for full year 2019 totaled $27.6 million, or 11.4% of sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $5.3 million, or 9.5% of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $4.5 million, or 8.0% of sales, in the third quarter of 2019, and $5.6 million, or 9.7% of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Net income for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $0.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, and included a $0.04 insurance recovery related to a fire in the Dunkirk facility in September 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2018, net income was $0.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

For full year 2019, net income was $4.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared with $10.7 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, in 2018.

The Company’s EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $5.5 million, compared with $6.0 million in the third quarter of 2019, and $5.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Full year 2019 EBITDA was $26.7 million compared with $35.6 million in 2018.

Managed working capital at December 31, 2019 totaled $142.1 million, compared with $144.9 million at September 30, 2019, and $123.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. The reduction in managed working capital compared with the 2019 third quarter was driven mainly by favorable changes in accounts receivable and accounts payable. Inventory totaled $147.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, versus $140.7 million at the end of the 2019 third quarter.

Backlog (before surcharges) at December 31, 2019 was $119.1 million, compared with $118.3 million at September 30, 2019, and $126.2 million at the end of the 2018 fourth quarter.

The Company’s total debt at December 31, 2019 was $64.3 million, compared with $66.1 million at September 30, 2019, and $46.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2019 totaled $4.0 million, compared with $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, and $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The Company’s fourth quarter income tax benefit totaled $0.6 million versus tax benefits of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2019 and $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. The 2019 fourth quarter tax benefit was primarily due to changes in state income tax items and increased research and development tax credits.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company has scheduled a conference call for today, January 22, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss fourth quarter 2019 results. Those wishing to listen to the live conference call via telephone should dial 706-679-0668, passcode 9177978. A simultaneous webcast will be available on the Company’s website at www.univstainless.com, and thereafter archived on the website through the end of the first quarter of 2020.

About Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., established in 1994 and headquartered in Bridgeville, PA, manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steels, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. The Company's products are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, and heavy equipment manufacturing. More information is available at www.univstainless.com.

Forward-Looking Information Safe Harbor

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks include, among others, the Company’s ability to maintain its relationships with its significant customers and market segments; the Company’s response to competitive factors in its industry that may adversely affect the market for finished products manufactured by the Company or its customers; uncertainty regarding the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft; the Company’s ability to compete successfully with domestic and foreign producers of specialty steel products and products fashioned from alternative materials; the demand for the Company’s products and the prices at which the Company is able to sell its products in the aerospace industry, from which a substantial amount of our sales is derived; the Company’s ability to develop, commercialize, market and sell new applications and new products; the receipt, pricing and timing of future customer orders; the impact of changes in the Company’s product mix on the Company’s profitability; the Company’s ability to maintain the availability of raw materials and operating supplies with acceptable pricing; the availability and pricing of electricity, natural gas and other sources of energy that the Company needs for the manufacturing of its products; risks related to property, plant and equipment, including the Company’s reliance on the continuing operation of critical manufacturing equipment; the Company’s success in timely concluding collective bargaining agreements and avoiding strikes or work stoppages; the Company’s ability to attract and retain key personnel; the Company’s ongoing requirement for continued compliance with laws and regulations, including applicable safety and environmental regulations; the ultimate outcome of the Company’s current and future litigation matters; the Company’s ability to meet its debt service requirements and to comply with applicable financial covenants; risks associated with conducting business with suppliers and customers in foreign countries; risks related to acquisitions that the Company may make; the Company’s ability to protect its information technology infrastructure against service interruptions, data corruption, cyber-based attacks or network security breaches; the impact on the Company’s effective tax rates from changes in tax rules, regulations and interpretations in the United States and other countries where it does business; and the impact of various economic, credit and market risk uncertainties. Many of these factors are not within the Company’s control and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein. Any unfavorable change in the foregoing or other factors could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations. Further, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Company’s control. Certain of these risks and other risks are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last 12 months, copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes discussions of financial measures that have not been determined in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These measures include earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA. We include these measurements to enhance the understanding of our operating performance. We believe that EBITDA, considered along with net earnings (loss), is a relevant indicator of trends relating to cash generating activity of our operations. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the effect of share-based compensation expense and other non-cash generating activity such as impairments and the write-off of deferred financing costs. We believe that excluding these costs provides a consistent comparison of the cash generating activity of our operations. We believe that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors as they facilitate a comparison of our operating performance to other companies who also use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental operating measures. These non-GAAP financial measures supplement our GAAP disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may not be entirely comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies due to potential differences among calculation methodologies. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with GAAP is included in the tables that follow.

[TABLES FOLLOW]


UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Information)
(Unaudited)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net Sales

Stainless steel

$

41,377

$

38,163

$

177,934

$

174,743

High-strength low alloy steel

7,129

7,490

34,164

23,829

Tool steel

4,547

8,771

22,303

40,308

High-temperature alloy steel

947

1,840

4,337

11,467

Conversion services and other sales

1,171

799

4,269

5,580

Total net sales

55,171

57,063

243,007

255,927

Cost of products sold

49,317

50,639

215,369

218,111

Gross margin

5,854

6,424

27,638

37,816

Selling, general and administrative expenses

5,252

5,559

20,347

21,746

Operating income

602

865

7,291

16,070

Interest expense

956

802

3,765

4,047

Deferred financing amortization

56

60

227

255

Other (income), net

(53

)

(139

)

(474

)

(829

)

(Loss) income before income taxes

(357

)

142

3,773

12,597

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(557

)

(441

)

(502

)

1,935

Net income

$

200

$

583

$

4,275

$

10,662

Net income per common share - Basic

$

0.02

$

0.07

$

0.49

$

1.31

Net income per common share - Diluted

$

0.02

$

0.07

$

0.48

$

1.28

Weighted average shares of common

stock outstanding

Basic

8,788,380

8,728,631

8,778,753

8,132,632

Diluted

8,867,040

8,864,592

8,873,719

8,347,692


MARKET SEGMENT INFORMATION

Three Months Ended

Year ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net Sales

Service centers

$

36,331

$

41,013

$

166,327

$

180,165

Original equipment manufacturers

5,413

5,350

24,731

20,582

Rerollers

7,220

6,149

27,236

29,337

Forgers

5,036

3,752

20,444

20,263

Conversion services and other sales

1,171

799

4,269

5,580

Total net sales

$

55,171

$

57,063

$

243,007

$

255,927

Tons shipped

9,805

9,873

41,462

44,554

MELT TYPE INFORMATION

Three Months Ended

Year ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net Sales

Specialty alloys

$

46,609

$

48,155

$

201,120

$

209,203

Premium alloys *

7,391

8,109

37,618

41,144

Conversion services and other sales

1,171

799

4,269

5,580

Total net sales

$

55,171

$

57,063

$

243,007

$

255,927

END MARKET INFORMATION **

Three Months Ended

Year ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net Sales

Aerospace

$

37,627

$

35,108

$

170,445

$

148,850

Power generation

2,942

1,941

11,530

9,278

Oil & gas

6,256

6,282

25,023

31,493

Heavy equipment

4,752

9,117

22,725

41,623

General industrial, conversion services and other sales

3,595

4,615

13,285

24,683

Total net sales

$

55,171

$

57,063

$

243,007

$

255,927

* Premium alloys represent all vacuum induction melted (VIM) products.

** The majority of our products are sold to service centers rather than the ultimate end market customer. The end market information in this press release is our estimate based upon our knowledge of our customers and the grade of material sold to them, which they will in-turn sell to the ultimate end market customer.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31,

2019

2018

Assets

Cash

$

170

$

3,696

Accounts receivable, net

35,595

32,618

Inventory, net

147,402

134,738

Other current assets

8,300

3,756

Total current assets

191,467

174,808

Property, plant and equipment, net

176,061

177,844

Other long-term assets

871

668

Total assets

$

368,399

$

353,320

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Accounts payable

$

40,912

$

44,379

Accrued employment costs

4,449

7,939

Current portion of long-term debt

3,934

3,907

Other current liabilities

830

2,929

Total current liabilities

50,125

59,154

Long-term debt, net

60,411

42,839

Deferred income taxes

11,458

11,481

Other long-term liabilities, net

3,269

2,835

Total liabilities

125,263

116,309

Stockholders’ equity

243,136

237,011

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

368,399

$

353,320


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

Year Ended

December 31,

2019

2018

Operating activities:

Net income

$

4,275

$

10,662

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

Depreciation and amortization

19,133

18,918

Deferred income tax

(21

)

1,850

Share-based compensation expense

1,390

1,442

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

(2,977

)

(7,628

)

Inventory, net

(14,965

)

(20,373

)

Accounts payable

(1,412

)

5,293

Accrued employment costs

(3,490

)

3,865

Income taxes

84

(246

)

Other, net

(6,426

)

2,824

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(4,409

)

16,607

Investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(17,354

)

(15,388

)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

-

10

Net cash used in investing activities

(17,354

)

(15,378

)

Financing activities:

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

174,907

368,910

Payments on revolving credit facility

(153,632

)

(388,728

)

Proceeds under New Markets Tax Credit financing, net

-

2,835

Payments on term loan facility, capital leases, and notes

(3,904

)

(12,364

)

Payments of financing costs

-

(1,109

)

Proceeds from public offering, net of cash expenses

-

32,246

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

471

865

Net cash provided by financing activities

17,842

2,655

Net (decrease) increase in cash and restricted cash

(3,921

)

3,884

Cash and restricted cash at beginning of period

4,091

207

Cash and restricted cash at end of period

$

170

$

4,091


RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

Three Months ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net income

$

200

$

583

$

4,275

$

10,662

Interest expense

956

802

3,765

4,047

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(557

)

(441

)

(502

)

1,935

Depreciation and amortization

4,898

4,458

19,133

18,918

EBITDA

5,497

5,402

26,671

35,562

Share-based compensation expense

290

396

1,390

1,442

Adjusted EBITDA

$

5,787

$

5,798

$

28,061

$

37,004


CONTACTS:

Dennis M. Oates
Chairman,
President and CEO
(412) 257-7609

Christopher T. Scanlon
VP Finance, CFO
and Treasurer
(412) 257-7662

June Filingeri
President
Comm-Partners LLC
(203) 972-0186