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Century Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CHICAGO, Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX) reported a net loss of $168.5 million ($1.93 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016. Results were negatively impacted by a $152.2 million ($1.75 per share) impairment charge related to the Helguvik project in Iceland. In addition, we incurred an unfavorable $6.9 million ($0.08 per share) charge related to discrete tax items recorded during the quarter which was partially offset by a favorable $2.1 million ($0.02 per share) lower of cost or market inventory adjustment. The fourth quarter adjusted net loss was $11.5 million ($0.12 per share).

For the fourth quarter of 2015, Century reported a net loss of $43.1 million ($0.50 per share). Results were favorably impacted by a $23.5 million ($0.25 per share) lower of cost or market inventory adjustment and $3.4 million ($0.04 per share) related to non-cash, non-recurring post-retirement benefits. Results were negatively impacted by a $3.5 million charge ($0.04 per share) related to the partial curtailment of operations at Hawesville and Mt. Holly, a $5.0 million charge ($0.05 per share) for depreciation related to Mt. Holly purchase accounting and an $11.6 million impairment charge ($0.12 per share) at BHH.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $339.8 million compared with $383.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Shipments of primary aluminum for the fourth quarter of 2016 were 183,210 tonnes compared with 211,710 tonnes shipped in the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease in sales and shipment volume was primarily due to curtailment actions taken in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $22.6 million. Our cash position at quarter end was $132.4 million and we had $100.1 million of revolver availability.

For the full year 2016, Century reported a net loss of $252.4 million ($2.90 per share). Results were negatively impacted by the $152.2 million impairment charge related to the Helguvik project ($1.75 per share) and a $26.8 million ($0.31 per share) charge related to the closure of the Ravenswood facility, including settlement costs associated with the retiree medical class action lawsuit. Additionally, we incurred a $6.9 million ($0.08 per share) charge related to discrete tax items and a favorable $0.7 million ($0.01 per share) lower of cost or market inventory adjustment.

For the full year 2015, Century reported a net loss of $59.3 million ($0.68 per share). Results were favorably impacted by $12.6 million related to purchase accounting for the Mt. Holly acquisition and $3.4 million related to non-cash, non-recurring post-retirement benefits. Results were negatively impacted by a $31.2 million charge related to the permanent closure of Ravenswood, $13.1 million in costs related to the labor disruption at Hawesville, $7.6 million due to partial curtailments of operations at Hawesville and Mt. Holly, $11.6 million related to the impairment at BHH, $1.6 million for signing bonuses related to a new labor agreement in Iceland, $1.0 million related to the separation of a former senior executive and a $7.5 million lower of cost or market inventory adjustment.

Sales for the full year 2016 were $1,319.1 million compared with $1,949.9 million for 2015. Shipments of primary aluminum for 2016 were 733,825 tonnes compared with 921,958 tonnes shipped in 2015. The decrease in sales and shipment volume was primarily due to curtailment actions taken in the second half of 2015 combined with lower market prices for primary aluminum.

"All operations performed well during the quarter, with key performance indicators and financial results at expected levels," commented Michael Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud of the safety performance our people have achieved under difficult conditions; we believe our focus on the identification of behaviors that can lead to safety risk, as well as the prevention of serious and life changing injuries, is paying dividends. Conversion costs remained in line during the quarter and cash flow was strong relative to the depressed market conditions. The company's financial condition, which remained robust through the significant commodity price weakness of late 2015 into 2016, has only improved."

"We've seen important developments in our markets over the last several months," continued Bless. "The U.S. government recently filed a WTO complaint accusing China of illegally subsidizing its primary aluminum sector. The assertions made in this case are consistent with the data our extensive research has uncovered. We are gratified to see that the industry is strongly supportive of this action. The EU, Canada, Japan and the Russian Federation have joined this effort and we believe other producing countries are planning on joining. This development confirms the global breadth and recognition of the problem. The first step in the proceedings will begin with consultations and we are hopeful that by the end of the proceedings China will have addressed its excess capacity problems; we believe such action would inure to the benefit of the industry and society in China as well as to the broader global market. Given aluminum's strong demand profile, a supply environment consistent with global trade laws would, we believe, produce a rational and healthy long-term market for producers and consumers."

Bless concluded, "We have progressed on several strategic fronts. We completed the sale of the remaining assets at Century’s original operating smelter in Ravenswood, W.V. In South Carolina, after a last attempt to find a mutually acceptable solution, we reluctantly filed an antitrust lawsuit against the monopoly power supplier; we simply cannot afford to operate this otherwise excellent plant at an uncompetitive power price. While we await the market rationalization the WTO process is designed to produce, we will continue to invest prudently in modest high return projects not dependent upon the price of the commodity. We continue to believe excellent opportunities exist for Century in our markets in the U.S. and Europe, and we will continue to develop our business in this respect.”

About Century Aluminum

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century's corporate offices are located in Chicago, IL. Visit www.centuryaluminum.com for more information.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share are non-GAAP financial measures that management uses to evaluate Century's financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures facilitate comparisons of this period’s results with prior periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that management does not believe are indicative of Century’s ongoing operating performance and ability to generate cash. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures enhance an overall understanding of Century’s performance and our investors’ ability to review Century’s business from the same perspective as management. The table below, under the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," provides a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Century's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share included in this press release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation in conjunction with the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements about future events and are based on our current expectations. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "hope," "target," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "seek," "estimate," "potential," "project," "scheduled," "forecast" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "might," or "may." Our forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to: future global and local financial and economic conditions; our assessment of the aluminum market and aluminum prices (including premiums); the potential outcome or occurrence of any trade claims to address excess capacity or unfair trade practices; our assessment of the ultimate outcome of our outstanding litigation; our assessment of power pricing and our ability to successfully obtain and/or implement long-term competitive power arrangements for our operations and projects; our ability to procure alumina, carbon products and other raw materials and our assessment of pricing and costs and other terms relating thereto; the future operation or potential curtailment of our U.S. assets; the future financial and operating performance of Century, its subsidiaries and its projects; future earnings, operating results and liquidity; future inventory, production, sales, cash costs and capital expenditures; future impairment charges or restructuring costs; our business objectives, strategies and initiatives, including our ability to achieve productivity improvements or cost reductions.

Where we express an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, our forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by those forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results and events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we have attempted to identify those material factors that could cause actual results or events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that could cause results or events to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Given these uncertainties, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended
December 31,
Twelve months ended
December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
NET SALES:
Related parties$306,860 $350,283 $1,178,631 $1,867,711
Third-party customers32,976 33,632 140,463 82,146
Total net sales339,836 383,915 1,319,094 1,949,857
Cost of goods sold334,779 402,616 1,330,136 1,908,544
Gross profit (loss)5,057 (18,701) (11,042) 41,313
Selling, general and administrative expenses10,961 8,566 40,264 42,115
Helguvik impairment152,220 152,220
Ravenswood charges 26,830 30,850
Other operating expense – net1,520 1,219 3,857 7,436
Operating loss(159,644) (28,486) (234,213) (39,088)
Interest expense(5,695) (5,412) (22,216) (21,954)
Interest income283 91 758 339
Net gain on forward and derivative contracts489 396 3,487 1,600
Unrealized gain on fair value of contingent consideration 18,337
Other income (expense) – net1,781 (1,617) 1,319 (356)
Loss before income taxes and equity in earnings of joint ventures(162,786) (35,028) (250,865) (41,122)
Income tax benefit (expense)(6,061) 2,929 (2,824) (9,276)
Loss before equity in earnings of joint ventures(168,847) (32,099) (253,689) (50,398)
BHH impairment (11,584) (11,584)
Equity in earnings of joint ventures383 603 1,274 2,672
Net loss$(168,464) $(43,080) $(252,415) $(59,310)
Net loss allocated to common stockholders$(168,464) $(43,080) $(252,415) $(59,310)
LOSS PER COMMON SHARE:
Basic and diluted$(1.93) $(0.50) $(2.90) $(0.68)
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic and diluted87,079 86,933 87,064 87,375


CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)
December 31, 2016 December 31, 2015
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $132,403 $115,393
Restricted cash 1,050 791
Accounts receivable – net 12,432 9,475
Due from affiliates 16,651 17,417
Inventories 233,563 231,872
Prepaid and other current assets 22,210 42,412
Assets held for sale 22,313 30,697
Total current assets 440,622 448,057
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,026,285 1,232,256
Other assets 73,420 72,155
TOTAL $1,540,327 $1,752,468
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable, trade $94,960 $90,489
Due to affiliates 15,368 10,045
Accrued and other current liabilities 50,100 48,822
Accrued employee benefits costs 10,917 10,148
Industrial revenue bonds 7,815 7,815
Total current liabilities 179,160 167,319
Senior notes payable 247,699 247,278
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current portion 49,493 43,999
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less current portion 126,355 125,999
Other liabilities 72,026 53,009
Deferred taxes 108,939 106,053
Total noncurrent liabilities 604,512 576,338
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
Series A Preferred stock (one cent par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized;
160,000 issued and 75,625 outstanding at December 31, 2016; 160,000
issued and 76,539 outstanding at December 31, 2015)
1 1
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000 authorized; 94,437,418
issued and 87,250,897 outstanding at December 31, 2016; 94,224,571
issued and 87,038,050 outstanding at December 31, 2015)
944 942
Additional paid-in capital 2,515,131 2,513,631
Treasury stock, at cost (86,276) (86,276)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (113,893) (112,650)
Accumulated deficit (1,559,252) (1,306,837)
Total shareholders’ equity 756,655 1,008,811
TOTAL $1,540,327 $1,752,468


CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Twelve months ended December 31,
2016 2015
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net loss$(252,415) $(59,310)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Unrealized gain on fair value of contingent consideration (18,337)
Unrealized gain on E.ON contingent obligation(1,411) (1,411)
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment(660) 7,539
Depreciation and amortization84,780 80,117
Helguvik impairment152,220
Ravenswood impairment3,830 30,850
BHH impairment 11,584
Pension and other postretirement benefits2,863 (4,991)
Deferred income taxes(893) (178)
Stock-based compensation1,502 1,844
Equity in earnings of joint ventures
(367) (806)
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable - net(2,957) 68,192
Due from affiliates766 14,086
Inventories919 44,896
Prepaid and other current assets18,313 (144)
Accounts payable, trade2,271 (60,583)
Due to affiliates7,212 (12,216)
Accrued and other current liabilities(3,900) (31,540)
Pension contribution - Mt. Holly (34,595)
Ravenswood charges23,000
Other – net3,100 (3,131)
Net cash provided by operating activities38,173 31,866
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(21,944) (54,700)
Purchase of remaining interest in Mt. Holly smelter 11,313
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment1,040 14
Restricted and other cash deposits(259) 10
Net cash used in investing activities(21,163) (43,363)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities1,179 1,737
Repayments under revolving credit facilities(1,179) (1,737)
Repurchase of common stock (36,352)
Net cash used in financing activities (36,352)
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS17,010 (47,849)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period115,393 163,242
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$132,403 $115,393


CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(Unaudited)
SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM
Direct (1) Toll
United States Iceland Iceland
Tonnes Sales $ (000) Tonnes Sales $ (000) Tonnes Sales $ (000)
2016
4th Quarter103,186 $198,202 80,024 $141,090 $
3rd Quarter106,890 $201,973 75,539 $130,177 $
2nd Quarter106,974 $204,173 54,968 $92,707 23,625 $27,944
1st Quarter105,089 $194,826 55,030 $92,151 22,500 $26,115
Total422,139 $799,174 265,561 $456,125 46,125 $54,059
2015
4th Quarter131,849 $247,895 59,074 $101,497 20,787 $24,281
3rd Quarter149,187 $304,948 60,939 $116,919 20,914 $26,226
2nd Quarter157,373 $371,898 50,056 $110,083 26,521 $37,858
1st Quarter169,306 $421,141 45,967 $112,662 29,985 $46,617
Total607,715 $1,345,882 216,036 $441,161 98,207 $134,982

(1) Excludes scrap aluminum sales.

CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended
December 31, 2016
$MM EPS
Net loss as reported $(168.5) $(1.93)
Helguvik impairment 152.2 1.75
Discrete tax item 6.9 0.08
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment (2.1) (0.02)
Adjusted net loss $(11.5) $(0.12)


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