A. M. Castle & Co. Reports Post-Emergence Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

OAK BROOK, Ill., March 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A. M. Castle & Co. (OTCQB:CTAM) (the "Company" or "Castle"), a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain solutions, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter following its emergence from bankruptcy and its full year financial results, which include the pre-bankruptcy period, January 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017, and the post-bankruptcy period, September 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The Company emerged from bankruptcy proceedings on August 31, 2017 (the "Effective Date"), having successfully restructured its balance sheet and substantially reduced its debt burden and cash interest costs under its Amended Prepackaged Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (the "Plan").

Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights:

  • Year over year volume increase of 12%

  • Net sales of $123.2 million

  • Net loss of $12.5 million, including $6.2 million of interest expense, $4.8 million of which was non-cash

President and CEO Steve Scheinkman commented, "We are pleased with the strength of our sales volume in the first full quarter after our emergence from bankruptcy last August. In the quarter, we started to see positive indications that our business is growing from a volume standpoint, and we are carrying that volume momentum into 2018. We believe this bodes well as we look to leverage the operating performance improvements we have implemented over the last year. Although our gross material margin in the quarter was negatively impacted by both residual financial impacts of our recent reorganization and a strategy to reduce excess and slower moving inventory, we are achieving market share gains in key target markets. Much of the restructuring impacts and inventory rebalancing are now behind us. Going forward, we believe sustained volume increases and margin expansion will incrementally improve financial performance."

Executive Vice President and CFO Pat Anderson added, "With the completion of our reorganization, our capital structure has improved and our cash interest burden has been significantly reduced. Future cash flows will now be used to grow the business rather than to support an onerous capital structure, as was the case in the recent past."

Scheinkman concluded, "Based on the recent positive market indications we are seeing, combined with the overall favorable demand sentiment and a strong pricing environment, we remain confident as the organization enters 2018. Based on our shipments since the beginning of this year, we are expecting year over year first quarter 2018 volume growth of 7.4% and double-digit sequential quarterly volume growth. We have reduced a significant amount of our excess, slow moving inventory burden, are increasing inventory turns, and, as a result, are seeing improvements in gross material margin. Castle is well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities as the market prepares for substantial tariffs to be placed on imported steel and aluminum. We believe Castle’s long-standing and favorable sourcing relationships with domestic steel mills provide a competitive advantage relative to other U.S. based steel service centers that are more reliant on imports, and we are well-situated to address market disruption caused by the recently imposed tariffs."

Presentation of Predecessor and Successor Financial Results

The Company adopted fresh-start reporting as of the Effective Date, the date the Company's Plan became effective and the Company emerged from its Chapter 11 cases. As a result of the application of fresh-start reporting, the Company’s financial statements for periods prior to the Effective Date are not comparable to those for periods subsequent to the Effective Date. References to “Successor” refer to the Company on or after the Effective Date. References to “Predecessor” refer to the Company prior to the Effective Date. Operating results for the Successor and Predecessor periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for a full fiscal year. References such as the “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to A.M. Castle & Co. and its subsidiaries, whether Predecessor and/or Successor, as appropriate.

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 22 metals service centers located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Its common stock is traded on the OTCQB® Venture 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) income 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) income 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) income 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. 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 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, 2017, which we will file shortly. 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.

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)Successor Predecessor
September 1, 2017
through
December 31, 2017
January 1, 2017
through
August 31, 2017
Year Ended
December 31, 2016
Net sales$164,942 $353,926 $533,150
Costs and expenses:
Cost of materials (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)127,828 266,495 421,290
Warehouse, processing and delivery expense25,353 50,314 84,555
Sales, general and administrative expense20,464 39,139 68,273
Restructuring expense, net 566 12,942
Depreciation and amortization expense3,213 10,150 16,378
Total costs and expenses176,858 366,664 603,438
Operating loss(11,916) (12,738) (70,288)
Interest expense, net7,634 23,402 36,422
Financial restructuring expense 7,024
Unrealized (gain) loss on embedded debt conversion option(2,352) 146 (10,450)
Debt restructuring loss, net 8,617
Other (income) expense, net(2,824) (3,582) 7,582
Reorganization items, net2,141 (74,531)
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity in losses of joint venture(16,515) 34,803 (112,459)
Income tax benefit(3,188) (1,387) (2,546)
(Loss) income from continuing operations before equity in losses of joint venture(13,327) 36,190 (109,913)
Equity in losses of joint venture (4,177)
(Loss) income from continuing operations(13,327) 36,190 (114,090)
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 6,108
Net (loss) income$(13,327) $36,190 $(107,982)


Consolidated Statement of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Successor
Unaudited Three Months
Ended
December 31, 2017
Net sales $123,217
Costs and expenses:
Cost of materials (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 96,346
Warehouse, processing and delivery expense 19,381
Sales, general and administrative expense 15,618
Depreciation and amortization expense 2,711
Total costs and expenses 134,056
Operating loss (10,839)
Interest expense, net 6,226
Unrealized gain on embedded debt conversion option (2,352)
Other income, net (746)
Reorganization items, net 2,013
Loss before income taxes (15,980)
Income tax benefit (3,474)
Net loss $(12,506)
Basic and diluted loss per common share $(6.25)


Reconciliation of EBITDA and of Adjusted EBITDA to Reported Net Loss: Successor
(Dollars in thousands) Three Months
Ended
December 31, 2017
Unaudited
Net loss, as reported $(12,506)
Depreciation and amortization expense 2,711
Interest expense, net 6,226
Income tax benefit (3,474)
EBITDA (7,043)
Non-GAAP adjustments (a) (48)
Adjusted EBITDA $(7,091)
(a) Refer to "Reconciliation of Adjusted Non-GAAP Net Loss to Reported Net Loss" table for additional details on these amounts.


Reconciliation of Adjusted Non-GAAP Net Loss to Reported Net Loss: Successor
(Dollars in thousands) Three Months
Ended
December 31, 2017
Unaudited
Net loss, as reported $(12,506)
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Reorganization items, net(a) 2,013
Noncash compensation expense 651
Foreign exchange gain on intercompany loans (360)
Unrealized gain on embedded debt conversion option (2,352)
Non-GAAP adjustments to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA (48)
Non-cash interest expense 4,799
Total non-GAAP adjustments 4,751
Tax effect of adjustments
Adjusted non-GAAP loss $(7,755)
(a) Reorganization items, net includes expenses incurred after the pendency of the Company's chapter 11 cases. For the period September 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, the amount was comprised of legal and other professional fees.


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSSuccessor Predecessor
(In thousands, except par value data)December 31,
2017
December 31,
2016
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$11,104 $35,624
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $1,586 and $1,945, respectively74,370 64,385
Inventories154,491 146,603
Prepaid expenses and other current assets12,274 10,141
Income tax receivable1,576 433
Total current assets253,815 257,186
Goodwill and intangible assets, net8,176 4,101
Prepaid pension cost10,745 8,501
Deferred income taxes1,278 381
Other noncurrent assets1,344 9,449
Property, plant and equipment:
Land5,581 2,070
Buildings21,296 37,341
Machinery and equipment33,011 125,836
Property, plant and equipment, at cost59,888 165,247
Accumulated depreciation(2,961) (115,537)
Property, plant and equipment, net56,927 49,710
Total assets$332,285 $329,328
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$41,757 $33,083
Accrued and other current liabilities13,931 19,854
Income tax payable262 209
Short-term borrowings5,854
Current portion of long-term debt118 137
Total current liabilities61,922 53,283
Long-term debt, less current portion199,903 286,459
Deferred income taxes16,166
Build-to-suit liability10,148 12,305
Other noncurrent liabilities3,784 5,978
Pension and postretirement benefit obligations6,377 6,430
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):
Predecessor preferred stock, $0.01 par value—9,988 shares authorized (including 400 Series B Junior Preferred, $0.00 par value); no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016
Predecessor common stock, $0.01 par value—60,000 shares authorized; 32,768 shares issued and 32,566 outstanding at December 31, 2016 327
Successor common stock, $0.01 par value—200,000 Class A shares authorized with 3,734 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 201737
Predecessor additional paid-in capital 244,825
Successor additional paid-in capital49,944
Accumulated deficit(13,327) (253,291)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(2,669) (25,939)
Predecessor treasury stock, at cost — 202 shares at December 31, 2016 (1,049)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)33,985 (35,127)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)$332,285 $329,328


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSSuccessor Predecessor
(Dollars in thousands)September 1, 2017
Through
December 31, 2017
January 1, 2017
Through
August 31, 2017
Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2016
Operating activities:
Net (loss) income$(13,327) $36,190 $(107,982)
Less: Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 6,108
(Loss) income from continuing operations(13,327) 36,190 (114,090)
Adjustments to reconcile (loss) income from continuing operations to net cash (used in) from operating activities of continuing operations:
Depreciation and amortization3,213 10,150 16,378
Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount1,958 3,810 4,798
Debt restructuring loss, net 8,617
Loss from lease termination 2,200
Unrealized loss (gain) on embedded debt conversion option(2,352) 146 (10,450)
Noncash reorganization items, net (87,107)
Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment26 7 1,874
Unrealized gain on commodity hedges (1,015)
Unrealized foreign currency transaction (gain) loss(1,709) (4,439) 4,506
Equity in losses of joint venture 4,141
Noncash interest paid in kind3,865
Deferred income taxes(3,437) (953) (4,354)
Noncash compensation expense866 630 1,154
Other, net634 537 (80)
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(2,205) (6,061) 6,100
Inventories(1,978) (2,703) 65,712
Prepaid expenses and other current assets752 (3,100) 1,358
Other noncurrent assets324 1,664 1,993
Prepaid pension costs(1,395) (849) (59)
Accounts payable(4,548) 8,602 (8,449)
Accrued payroll and employee benefits945 (2,670) 300
Income tax payable and receivable(828) (340) (105)
Accrued and other current liabilities(773) (3,332) (6,214)
Pension and postretirement benefit obligations and other noncurrent liabilities(585) (471) (3,063)
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations(20,554) (50,289) (29,048)
Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations (5,914)
Net cash used in operating activities(20,554) (50,289) (34,962)
Investing activities:
Proceeds from sale of investment in joint venture 31,550
Capital expenditures(3,742) (2,850) (3,499)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment31 619 3,265
Change in cash collateralization of letters of credit 7,492 (7,968)
Net cash (used in) from investing activities of continuing operations(3,711) 5,261 23,348
Net cash from investing activities of discontinued operations 53,570
Net cash (used in) from investing activities(3,711) 5,261 76,918
Financing activities:
Short-term borrowings, net1,720 3,797
Proceeds from long-term debt including credit facilities22,973 195,026 722,547
Repayments of long-term debt including credit facilities(25) (175,414) (725,821)
Payments of debt restructuring costs (9,802)
Payments of debt issue costs (1,831) (2,472)
Payments of build-to-suit liability (3,000) (932)
Net cash from (used in) financing activities24,668 18,578 (16,480)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents637 890 (952)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents1,040 (25,560) 24,524
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period10,064 35,624 11,100
Cash and cash equivalents—end of period$11,104 $10,064 $35,624


LONG-TERM DEBT
(Dollars In Thousands)Successor Predecessor
December 31,
2017
December 31,
2016
7.0% Convertible Notes due December 15, 2017$ $41
11.0% Senior Secured Term Loan Credit Facilities due September 14, 2018 99,500
12.75% Senior Secured Notes due December 15, 2018 177,019
5.25% Convertible Notes due December 30, 2019 22,323
5.00% / 7.00% Convertible Notes due August 31, 2022168,767
Floating rate ABL Credit Facility due February 28, 2022101,047
Other, primarily capital leases288 96
Plus: derivative liability for embedded conversion feature 403
Less: unvested restricted 5.00% / 7.00% Convertible Notes due August 31, 2022(2,144)
Less: unamortized discount(67,937) (7,587)
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs (5,199)
Total long-term debt200,021 286,596
Less: current portion of long-term debt118 137
Total long-term portion$199,903 $286,459

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Source:A. M. Castle