November 5, 2014

Globe Specialty Metals Reports Strong First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

Incremental Increases in Sales, EBITDA and EPS

  • Net Income was $12.6 million, up 284% from first quarter of last year and up 76% from the prior quarter
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to GSM for the first quarter were $0.19, up 138% from the first quarter of last year and up 6% from the prior quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter was $34.6 million, up 62% from the first quarter of last year and up 5% from the prior quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 16.8%, up by 4.4% or 36% from the first quarter of last year and up .7% from the prior quarter
  • Sales were $206.1 million in the first quarter, up 19% from the first quarter of last year and up .4% from the prior quarter
  • Siltech commenced production in October
  • The Board of Directors announced a Quarterly Dividend of $0.075 per share to be paid on December 22, 2014 to Shareholders of Record as of December 8, 2014

MIAMI, Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSM) (the "Company") today announced results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended September 30, 2014.

Net sales of $206.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 were up 0.4% compared to the prior quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to GSM for the first quarter were $0.19, up 6% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, while adjusted EBITDA of $34.6 million in the first quarter was up 5% compared to the prior quarter.

Excluding certain items, detailed in the table below, adjusted EBITDA was $34.6 million in the first quarter, compared to $21.4 million in the first quarter of the prior year and $33.1 million in the fourth quarter. On a reported basis, EBITDA for the first quarter was $33.2 million, compared to $6.6 million in the first quarter of the prior year and $30.2 million in the fourth quarter.

Globe CEO Jeff Bradley commented, "We continue to post improving results when compared to both the previous quarter and first quarter of the last year, reflecting continued improvement in demand. Pricing continues to increase, which is driving both top line growth and margin expansion. Additionally we achieved the $15 million in cost savings announced last year, and we are working on new cost savings initiatives as well as accretive business growth initiatives."

Reported net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $12.6 million, compared to $7.1 million in the prior quarter, and $(6.8) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Reported Diluted EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $0.16 per share, compared to $0.08 per share in the prior quarter and $(0.09) per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA was as follows:

 First QuarterFourth Quarter
 FY 2015FY 2014FY 2014
Reported EBITDA $ 33,196 $ 6,569 $ 30,178
Remeasurement of stock option liability (2,405) 12,064 (26)
Siltech start-up costs 1,882 1,042
Transaction and due diligence expenses 483 161 560
Quebec Silicon lockout costs 2,608
Contract acquisition cost 1,600
Business interruption  1,453 (243)
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding above items $ 34,609 $ 21,402 $ 33,111

First quarter fiscal 2015 results were negatively impacted by $0.3 million after-tax related to transaction fees and due diligence expenses, $1.3 million after-tax for expenses related to the start-up of Siltech (acquired November 2013), and $1.0 million after-tax related to loss of profits from business interruption at one of our North America plants. The first quarter was positively impacted by $1.6 million after-tax due to the remeasurement of stock option liability.

Cash increased by $8.6 million contributing to the decrease in net debt of $1.8 million from the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 to $11.1 million. Cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter was $24.9 million, capital expenditures totalled $16.8 million (Siltech was $4.0 million of the total capital expenditures for the quarter), and dividends totalled $5.5 million. Capital expenditures were primarily related to planned maintenance. Net working capital increased $3.1 million in the first quarter as compared to the fourth quarter primarily due to the ramping up of our South African acquisition, Siltech. Total debt outstanding in the first quarter remained flat compared to the prior quarter at $125.2 million and increased $16.2 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Total cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $114.1 million as of September 30, 2014.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share, which excludes the items listed below, were as follows:

  First Quarter Fourth Quarter
  FY 2015 FY 2014 FY 2014
Reported Diluted EPS  $ 0.16 $ (0.09) $ 0.08
Tax rate adjustment 0.02 0.01 0.07
Remeasurement of stock option liability (0.02) 0.11  --
Siltech start-up costs 0.02  -- 0.01
Transaction and due diligence expenses  --  -- 0.01
Quebec Silicon lockout costs  -- 0.02  --
Deferred financing fees write-off  -- 0.03  --
Contract acquisition cost  --  -- 0.01
Business interruption  0.01  --  --
Adjusted diluted EPS, excluding above items $ 0.19 $ 0.08 $ 0.18

The Company further announced that its Board of Directors on November 5, 2014 authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share payable on December 22, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 8, 2014.  The Company also announced that it had extended its previously announced stock repurchase program, authorizing the repurchase of up to $45.8 million of its common shares through December 31, 2015.

Conference Call

Globe will review first quarter fiscal 2015 results during its quarterly conference call on November 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. The dial-in number for the call is 877-293-5491.  International callers should dial 914-495-8526. Please dial in at least five minutes prior to the call to register.  The call may also be accessed via an audio webcast available on the GSM website at http://investor.glbsm.com.  Click on the November, 2014 Earnings Call link to access the call.

About Globe Specialty Metals

Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. is among the world's largest producers of silicon metal and silicon-based specialty alloys, critical ingredients in a host of industrial and consumer products with growing markets.  Customers include major silicone chemical, aluminum and steel manufacturers, auto companies and their suppliers, ductile iron foundries, manufacturers of photovoltaic solar cells and computer chips, and concrete producers.  The Company is headquartered in Miami.  For further information please visit our web site at www.glbsm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain ''forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as ''anticipates,'' ''intends,'' ''plans,'' ''seeks,'' ''believes,'' ''estimates,'' ''expects'' and similar references to future periods, or by the inclusion of forecasts or projections.  Forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and assumptions of Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (the "Company") regarding its business, financial condition, the economy and other future conditions.

Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, by their nature, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict.  The Company's actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  The Company cautions you therefore that you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as statements of historical fact or as guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions including, among others, changes in metals prices; increases in the cost of raw materials or energy; competition in the metals and foundry industries; environmental and regulatory risks; ability to identify liabilities associated with acquired properties prior to their acquisition; ability to manage price and operational risks including industrial accidents and natural disasters; ability to manage foreign operations; changes in technology; ability to acquire or renew permits and approvals; and, other factors identified in the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC.

Any forward-looking statement made by the Company or management in this release speaks only as of the date on which it or they make it. Factors or events that could cause the Company's actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, unless otherwise required to do so under the law or the rules of the NASDAQ Global Market.

Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-GAAP measures.

We have included these measures to provide supplemental measures of our performance which we believe are important because they eliminate items that have less bearing on our current and future operating performance and so highlights trends in our core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of these measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are provided in the attached financial statements.

       
       
GLOBE SPECIALTY METALS, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
       
Net sales  $ 206,083 205,360 172,994
Cost of goods sold 168,617 167,816 152,280
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 15,565 17,074 25,138
Contract acquisition cost  --   1,600  -- 
Operating income (loss)  21,901 18,870 (4,424)
Other income (expense):      
Interest income 81 34 128
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest  (1,243) (1,082) (4,878)
Foreign exchange loss  (905) (113) (381)
Other income  575 316 21
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes 20,409 18,025 (9,534)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes  7,845  10,904  (2,709)
Net income (loss)  12,564 7,121 (6,825)
Income attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax  (862)  (895)  (27)
Net income (loss) attributable to Globe Specialty Metals, Inc.  $ 11,702 6,226 (6,852)
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic 73,754 73,806 75,310
Diluted 73,897 73,949 75,310
Earnings (loss) per common share:      
Basic  $ 0.16 0.08 (0.09)
Diluted 0.16 0.08 (0.09)
       
EBITDA:      
Net income (loss)   $ 12,564 7,121 (6,825)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 7,845 10,904 (2,709)
Net interest expense  1,162 1,048 4,750
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion  11,625  11,105  11,353
EBITDA  $ 33,196 30,178 6,569
       
       
GLOBE SPECIALTY METALS, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
  September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
Assets
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 106,395 97,792 163,084
Marketable securities 7,694 10,399  148
Accounts receivable, net  91,989 100,829 76,865
Inventories 93,293 80,924 90,506
Deferred tax assets 2,906 7,042 15,229
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 20,116 26,155 19,436
Total current assets 322,393 323,141 365,268
Property, plant, and equipment, net  468,937 469,386 418,074
Deferred tax assets 334 901 125
Goodwill 43,343 43,343 43,177
Other intangible assets 477 477 477
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates 5,973 5,973 5,973
Other assets 2,166 2,018 4,358
Total assets  $ 843,623 845,239 837,452
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable  $ 49,956 46,509 38,554
Short-term debt 58 59 15
Revolving credit agreements   --   --   9,000
Share-based liabilities  10,206  12,552  30,534
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 37,875 39,015 31,602
Total current liabilities 98,095 98,135 109,705
Long-term liabilities:      
Revolving credit agreements and other long-term debt 125,132 125,145 100,000
Deferred tax liabilities 48,231 49,746 34,634
Other long-term liabilities 58,333 59,515 59,460
Total liabilities 329,791 332,541 303,799
Stockholders' equity:      
Common stock 8 8 8
Additional paid-in capital 400,821 398,685 397,676
Retained earnings 69,750 63,580 58,598
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (12,839) (5,912) (4,358)
Treasury stock at cost (29,208) (28,966) (4)
Total Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. stockholders' equity 428,532 427,395 451,920
Noncontrolling interest 85,300 85,303 81,733
Total stockholders' equity 513,832 512,698 533,653
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 843,623 845,239 837,452
       
       
GLOBE SPECIALTY METALS, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
       
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income (loss)   $ 12,564  7,121  (6,825)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion  11,625  11,105  11,353
Share-based compensation  2,079  546  (1,558)
Amortization of deferred financing fees  46  47  3,524
Unrealized foreign exchange gain  (300)  (100)  -- 
Deferred taxes  3,170  386  (6,530)
Amortization of customer contract liabilities  (1,896)  (1,890)  (1,730)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net  8,505  (4,967)  7,203
Inventories  (13,636)  (3,254)  11,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,762  148  6,599
Accounts payable  1,989  3,277  236
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  (893)  6,125  13,416
Other   (1,126)  2,796  2,006
Net cash provided by operating activities  24,889 21,340  38,694
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures  (16,836)  (19,057)  (7,203)
Proceeds from (purchase of) marketable securities  7,005  (7,555)  -- 
Net cash used in investing activities  (9,831)  (26,612)  (7,203)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Net (payments) borrowings of short-term debt  (14)  44  (269)
Net borrowings (payments) on revolving credit agreements  --   145  (30,250)
Debt issuance costs  --   --   (1,080)
Dividend payment  (5,532)  (5,541)  (5,178)
Proceeds from stock option exercises  57  --   -- 
Purchase of treasury shares  (242)  (2,348)  -- 
Other financing activities  (646)  (1,043)  (633)
Net cash used in financing activities  (6,377)  (8,743)  (37,410)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (78)  (1,115)  (673)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  8,603  (15,130)  (6,592)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  97,792  112,922  169,676
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 106,395  97,792  163,084
       
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:      
Cash paid for interest, net  $ 526 1,155  1,009
Cash paid (refunded) for income taxes, net  212 (230)  600
       
       
GLOBE SPECIALTY METALS, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Statistics
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
September 30,
2013
Shipments in metric tons:      
Silicon metal 39,416 36,884 31,619
Silicon-based alloys 33,900 38,530 30,416
Total shipments* 73,316 75,414 62,035
       
Average selling price ($/MT):      
Silicon metal $ 2,807 $ 2,797 $ 2,699
Silicon-based alloys 2,048 2,009 2,019
Total* $ 2,456 $ 2,395 $ 2,365
Average selling price ($/lb.):      
Silicon metal $ 1.27 $ 1.27 $ 1.22
Silicon-based alloys 0.93 0.91 0.92
Total* $ 1.11 $ 1.09 $ 1.07
       
* Excludes by-products and other
CONTACT: Globe Specialty Metals, Inc.



         Joe Ragan, 786-509-6925

         Chief Financial Officer

         Email: jragan@glbsm.com

         Or

         Jeff Bradley, 786-509-6908

         Chief Executive Officer

         Email: jbradley@glbsm.com


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