Universal Stainless Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results in Line With Preliminary Forecast

  • Third Quarter Net Sales Are $43.4 Million; Premium Alloy Sales Increased 33.7% From 2014
  • Net Loss Totals $2.41 per Diluted Share; Net Loss Is $0.22 per Diluted Share Excluding Previously Reported Third Quarter Charges Noted Below
  • Quarter-End Backlog Is $39.0 Million
  • Total Debt Reduced by $10.1 Million

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:USAP) today reported results for the third quarter of 2015 in line with its announcement of preliminary results on October 16.

Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $43.4 million, compared with $53.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, and $49.6 million in the second quarter of 2015.  Sales of premium alloys totaled $4.4 million, or 10.2% of net sales, in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 33.7% from the third quarter of 2014, and up 4.0% from the second quarter of 2015.  

For the first nine months of 2015, net sales were $149.0 million compared with $152.6 million in the same period of 2014.  Premium alloy sales in the first nine months of 2015 rose 33.6% to $13.7 million, compared with the first nine months of 2014. The Company’s backlog (before surcharges) at September 30, 2015 was $39.0 million compared with $48.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2015.

The Company’s gross margin for the third quarter of 2015 was a negative $0.4 million, or a negative 0.9% of net sales, and included before-tax charges of $3.5 million associated with temporarily idling plant capacity, non-cash inventory write-downs, costs for reducing hourly and salary workforce, and costs associated with an unauthorized substitution by a vendor of a critical supply part for the melting process. Excluding these pre-tax charges, the gross margin for the third quarter of 2015 was $3.1 million, or 7.1% of total sales, compared with $8.6 million, or 16.1% of net sales, in the third quarter of 2014, and $5.2 million, or 10.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2015.  The Company’s gross margin in 2015 has been negatively impacted by the sustained misalignment of material cost of product shipped with surcharges due to the decline in commodity prices.  Gross margins have also been negatively impacted by lower activity levels.

The Company previously reported that it is recording after-tax non-cash intangible write-off charges of $13.2 million, or $1.87 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015, primarily for goodwill impairment.  The decline in the Company’s stock price since June 2015 caused the Company’s market capitalization to fall sufficiently below book value to necessitate an interim goodwill impairment review under generally accepted accounting principles. The impairment charge fully eliminates the $20.3 million goodwill from the balance sheet.

While the non-cash goodwill impairment charge negatively impacted reported earnings for the third quarter of 2015, it has not affected the Company’s cash balances, liquidity position, cash flow from operations, or tangible book value, which totaled $188.2 million, or $26.62 per diluted share, at September 30, 2015.

For the third quarter of 2015, the Company recorded a net loss of $17.0 million, or $2.41 per diluted share, including the after-tax non-cash intangible write-off charges as well as after-tax charges of $2.3 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the items mentioned previously. Excluding all the above charges, which collectively totaled $15.5 million, after tax, or $2.19 per diluted share, the loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share.

In the third quarter of 2014, net income was $1.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share.  The net loss in the second quarter of 2015 was $0.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.

For the first nine months of 2015, the net loss was $17.3 million, or $2.45 per diluted share.  Excluding all aforementioned charges in the third quarter of 2015, the net loss for the first nine months of 2015 was $1.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.3 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2014.

For the third quarter of 2015, the Company reduced debt by $10.1 million to $82.6 million through aggressive management of working capital and tight operating spending controls. In addition, during the third quarter the Company generated cash from operating activities of $12.7 million. Capital expenditures were $2.6 million.

On October 23, 2015, the Company finalized an amendment to its existing credit facility which amended the credit facility’s covenants to allow for improved flexibility to support the need to increase working capital as business trends improve.  Also, given the pending expiration of the existing bank facility in March, 2017 the Company is in advanced discussions with the banks about putting in place a new facility by the first quarter of 2016. 

Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Oates commented: “Generating positive cash flow was a key focus in the third quarter as we continued to face exceptionally difficult industry conditions, precipitated by customer destocking and the severe drop in commodity prices.  We took strong action to reduce working capital and spending in the third quarter, and we were able to exceed our internal cash flow targets.

“As a result, we are in a stronger position to respond to the current uncertain environment.  Our debt reduction and recently amended debt agreement have increased our liquidity and flexibility going forward.   

“As we move through the balance of this year and beyond, we are focused on generating positive cash flow and returning the company to profitability while pressing forward with our strategy to move to higher value premium alloys.”

Webcast

The Company has scheduled a conference call for today, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss third quarter 2015 results.  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 fourth quarter of 2015.   

About Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., 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. Established in 1994, the Company, with its experience, technical expertise, and dedicated workforce, stands committed to providing the best quality, delivery, and service possible. 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 concentrated nature of the Company’s customer base to date and the Company’s dependence on its significant customers; the receipt, pricing and timing of future customer orders; changes in product mix; the limited number of raw material and energy suppliers and significant fluctuations that may occur in raw material and energy prices; risks related to property, plant and equipment,  including the Company’s reliance on the continuing operation of critical manufacturing equipment; risks associated with labor matters; 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 and matters; risks related to acquisitions that the Company may make; 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

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UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share information)
(Unaudited)
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                         
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
Net Sales                        
Stainless steel    $    32,627      $    41,561      $    113,980      $    120,233   
High-strength low alloy steel        3,838           4,541           13,270           11,787   
Tool steel        4,240           4,254           13,133           11,315   
High-temperature alloy steel        1,512           1,555           4,981           4,570   
Conversion services and other sales        1,154           1,715           3,600           4,697   
                         
Total net sales        43,371           53,626           148,964           152,602   
                         
Cost of products sold        43,781           44,983           138,478           129,489   
                         
Gross margin        (410 )        8,643           10,486           23,113   
                         
Selling, general and administrative expenses        5,218           5,520           14,873           15,317   
Goodwill impairment        20,268           –          20,268           –  
                         
Operating (loss) income        (25,896 )        3,123           (24,655 )        7,796   
                         
Interest expense        (586 )        (789 )        (1,813 )        (2,370 )
Deferred financing amortization        (47 )        (160 )        (367 )        (484 )
Other expense, net        (55 )        (4 )        (88 )        (1 )
                         
(Loss) income before income taxes        (26,584 )        2,170           (26,923 )        4,941   
                         
(Benefit) provision for income taxes        (9,539 )        775           (9,647 )        2,596   
                         
Net (loss) income   $    (17,045 )   $    1,395      $    (17,276 )   $    2,345   
                         
Net (loss) income per common share – Basic   $    (2.41 )   $    0.20      $    (2.45 )   $    0.33   
Net (loss) income per common share – Diluted   $    (2.41 )   $    0.20      $    (2.45 )   $    0.33   
                         
Weighted average shares of common                        
stock outstanding                        
Basic        7,070,924           7,039,823           7,062,373           7,028,658   
Diluted        7,070,924           7,539,291           7,062,373           7,114,121   

MARKET SEGMENT INFORMATION
                         
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30,     September 30,
    2015   2014     2015     2014
Net Sales                        
Service centers   $  30,153    $  36,897    $  101,957    $  100,659 
Forgers      4,664       6,257       12,452       19,719 
Rerollers      2,868       5,405       13,687       16,257 
Original equipment manufacturers      4,532       3,352       17,268       11,270 
Conversion services and other sales      1,154       1,715       3,600       4,697 
                         
Total net sales   $  43,371    $  53,626    $  148,964    $  152,602 
                         
Tons shipped      7,622       10,216       26,423       29,461 
                         
MELT TYPE INFORMATION
                         
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
Net Sales                        
Specialty alloys   $  37,801    $  48,608    $  131,664    $  137,648 
Premium alloys *      4,416       3,303       13,700       10,257 
Conversion services and other sales      1,154       1,715       3,600       4,697 
                         
Total net sales   $  43,371    $  53,626    $  148,964    $  152,602 
                         
END MARKET INFORMATION **
                         
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
Net Sales                        
Aerospace   $  28,036    $  31,972    $  92,176    $  88,869 
Power generation      3,817       5,710       16,215       17,677 
Oil & gas      2,782       5,121       12,996       14,776 
Heavy equipment      4,057       4,672       13,024       12,328 
General industrial, conversion services and other sales      4,679       6,151       14,553       18,952 
                         
Total net sales   $  43,371    $  53,626    $  148,964    $  152,602 

* Premium alloys represent all vacuum induction melted (VIM) products.
 
**The majority of our products are sold to service centers/processors rather than the ultimate end market customers. 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
             
    September 30,   December 31,
    2015   2014
Assets            
             
Cash   $  406    $  142 
Accounts receivable, net      23,179       29,057 
Inventory, net      88,341       101,070 
Deferred income taxes      5,213       9,683 
Other current assets      2,825       2,681 
             
Total current assets      119,964       142,633 
Property, plant and equipment, net      196,474       199,795 
Goodwill      –      20,268 
Other long-term assets      912       1,861 
             
Total assets   $  317,350    $  364,557 
             
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
             
Accounts payable   $  13,638    $  25,009 
Accrued employment costs      3,774       6,011 
Current portion of long-term debt      3,000       3,000 
Other current liabilities      1,001       861 
             
Total current liabilities      21,413       34,881 
Long-term debt      79,600       83,875 
Deferred income taxes      28,053       42,108 
Other long-term liabilities      56       63 
             
Total liabilities      129,122       160,927 
Stockholders’ equity      188,228       203,630 
             
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $  317,350    $  364,557 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
             
    Nine months ended
    September 30,
    2015   2014
             
Operating activities:            
Net (loss) income   $    (17,276 )   $    2,345   
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization        14,109           13,026   
Deferred income tax         (9,585 )        2,310   
Share-based compensation expense        1,487           1,564   
Goodwill impairment        20,268           –  
Changes in assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable, net        5,878           (12,079 )
Inventory, net        11,288           (12,440 )
Accounts payable        (11,371 )        6,541   
Accrued employment costs        (2,237 )        2,277   
Income taxes        (226 )        246   
Other, net        213           482   
             
Net cash provided by operating activities        12,548           4,272   
             
Investing activity:            
Capital expenditures        (8,397 )        (6,077 )
             
Net cash used in investing activity        (8,397 )        (6,077 )
             
Financing activities:            
Borrowings under revolving credit facility        76,898           82,416   
Payments on revolving credit facility        (78,923 )        (78,871 )
Payments on term loan facility        (2,250 )        (2,250 )
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock        388           908   
             
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities        (3,887 )        2,203   
             
Net increase in cash        264           398   
Cash at beginning of period        142           307   
             
Cash at end of period   $    406      $    705   

 

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

Ross C. Wilkin	
VP Finance, CFO	
and Treasurer	
(412) 257-7662	

June Filingeri
President 
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