Novelis Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

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ATLANTA, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

Q1 Fiscal Year 2021 Highlights

  • Net loss from continuing operations of $61 million, down 148% YoY; excluding special items, net income of $22 million
  • Shipments of 774 kilotonnes, down 7% YoY
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $253 million, down 32% YoY
  • Strong balance sheet with $2.1 billion in liquidity
  • Completed acquisition of Aleris on April 14 and began integration to drive synergies; Q1 fiscal 2021 results include the acquired business

Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today reported a net loss attributed to its common shareholder of $79 million, and a net loss from continuing operations of $61 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, down 162 percent and 148 percent, respectively, versus the prior year period. Excluding tax-effected special items in both years, first quarter fiscal 2021 net income was $22 million, down 85 percent versus the prior year period. This decline is due mainly to the after-tax impact of lower Adjusted EBITDA, as well as higher depreciation and amortization and unrealized derivative losses mainly associated with the acquisition of Aleris.

While the company's financial results were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the resiliency of the beverage can market provided stability and demand trends in the automotive and specialty markets recovered significantly towards the end of the quarter. Most notably, its automotive customers across regions are trending positively toward pre-pandemic production levels. In addition to healthy automotive customer pull, the company is beginning to realize targeted operating fixed costs, general administrative expenses and R&D savings. Novelis has also maintained substantial liquidity to help navigate the current dynamic environment and manage the successful integration of Aleris. As demand trends increase in certain markets, the company continues working closely with customers to leverage its global manufacturing footprint and adjust production levels to meet their needs.

"With employee safety as our top priority, Novelis continues implementing a number of measures to protect our colleagues from COVID-19-related challenges, while successfully serving our customers and integrating Aleris with minimal disruption," said Steve Fisher, President and CEO, Novelis Inc. "We entered this fiscal year in a position of strength based on four consecutive years of record earnings and remain confident in our ability to handle this near-term uncertainty. With our diverse product portfolio, reliable and efficient operations, and world-class workforce, we have the flexibility and expertise to provide the solutions our customers need."

Net sales decreased 17 percent from the prior year period to $2.4 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. This was driven by sharply lower average LME aluminum prices and local market premiums, as well as a seven percent decline in total flat rolled product shipments. Shipments of 774 kilotonnes were impacted by weak market conditions, partially offset by the addition of the acquired Aleris business.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 32 percent to $253 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $372 million in the prior year period. The decrease was driven mainly by lower shipments and unfavorable product mix but partially offset by strong cost control, and EBITDA contribution from the acquired Aleris business.

Year-to-date fiscal 2021 free cash flow of negative $151 million compares to negative $94 million in the prior year period, driven primarily by lower Adjusted EBITDA, timing of taxes, and exceptional items, partially offset by lower capital expenditures. Capital expenditures decreased versus the prior year to $106 million, as the company defers non-strategic capital spending to conserve cash. While the first quarter free cash flow was pressured as a result of the pandemic, the company expects it can achieve strong positive free cash flow for the full 2021 fiscal year.


Three Months Ended

June 30,

(in $ millions, non-GAAP measures)

2020


2019

Free cash flow

$

(151)



$

(94)


Capital expenditures

106



162


Free cash flow before capital expenditures

$

(45)



$

68


"We swiftly implemented a number of cost reduction initiatives to create sustainable flexibility in our cost structure, and are prepared to take further action if needed based on customer demand trends," said Devinder Ahuja, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Novelis Inc. "These initiatives, combined with our strong liquidity position and identified business combination synergies provide us the confidence to manage through near-term market headwinds while continuing to strengthen the business for future success."

As of June 30, 2020, the company reported a strong total liquidity position of $2.1 billion. Net leverage increased during the quarter to 3.8x, reflecting higher debt levels related to funding the acquisition of Aleris. Net leverage is in line with the company's guidance at deal announcement to be below 4x at acquisition close, with a commitment to bring this below 3x within two years.

COVID-19 Response

Novelis' primary focus remains the health and well-being of its employees. The company is closely monitoring the changing landscape with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and taking actions to manage its business and support customers. Novelis has bolstered its Environmental Health and Safety protocols to align with guidance from global health authorities and government agencies across company operations to help ensure the safety of its employees, customers, suppliers, communities and other stakeholders. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused travel and business disruption and economic volatility. There have been government mandates to stay at home or avoid large gatherings. As a result, some customers have temporarily shut down manufacturing facilities at times due to lack of demand, government decree, and/or public health concerns. Similarly, Novelis temporarily shut down some of its production to align with customer demand and reduce operating costs. We have identified approximately $250 million in potential cost reductions, between operating fixed costs, SG&A and R&D, should market conditions remain soft. The company will continue to scale production based on customer demand.

Aleris Acquisition

On April 14, 2020, Novelis closed its acquisition of Aleris Corporation and has begun integrating the two companies. The acquisition provides a number of strategic benefits, including product portfolio diversification with the entry into high-value aerospace and enhances our strategic position in Asia. We also believe that the acquisition of Aleris allows for approximately $150 million in potential annual cost synergies. The results from continuing operations reported today for the period ending June 30, 2020 reflect the acquired businesses. This excludes the Lewisport and Duffel plants pending divestment, reflected as results from discontinued operations. The company filed a form 8-K/A with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2020, providing historical and pro forma financial information related to the acquisition.

Fiscal Year 2021 Earnings Conference Call

Novelis will discuss its fiscal year 2021 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. To view slides and listen only, visit https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1ozd7sj2fdygy&eom. To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800-379-4140, India toll-free at 1800 266 0841 or the international toll line at +1-212-271-4651. Presentation materials and access information may also be found at novelis.com/investors.

About Novelis

Novelis Inc. is driven by its purpose to shape a sustainable world together.  As a global leader in innovative products and services and the world's largest recycler of aluminum, we partner with customers in the aerospace, automotive, beverage can and specialties industries to deliver solutions that maximize the benefits of lightweight aluminum throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release and the presentation slides for the earnings call contain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC rules. We believe these measures are helpful to investors in measuring our financial performance and liquidity and comparing our performance to our peers. However, our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. To the extent we discuss any non-GAAP financial measures on the earnings call, a reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure will be available in the presentation slides filed as Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrently with the issuance of this press release. In addition, the Form 8-K includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.

Attached to this news release are tables showing the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Liquidity, Net Income from continuing operations excluding Special Items, and Segment Information.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this news release which describe Novelis' intentions, expectations, beliefs or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by, or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," or similar expressions. Examples of forward looking statements in this news release are statements about our expectation of strategic benefits, including synergies, of the Aleris acquisition, and the possible future risks of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business. Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and Novelis' actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among other things: changes in the prices and availability of aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw materials we use; the capacity and effectiveness of our hedging activities; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of, our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders; fluctuations in the supply of, and prices for, energy in the areas in which we maintain production facilities; our ability to access financing including in connection with potential acquisitions and investments; risks arising out of our acquisition of Aleris Corporation and related divestiture requirements; disruption to our global aluminum production and supply chain as a result of COVID-19; changes in the relative values of various currencies and the effectiveness of our currency hedging activities; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation, environmental remediation and clean-up costs, breakdown of equipment and other events; economic, regulatory and political factors within the countries in which we operate or sell our products, including changes in duties or tariffs; competition from other aluminum rolled products producers as well as from substitute materials such as steel, glass, plastic and composite materials; changes in general economic conditions including deterioration in the global economy; changes in government regulations, particularly those affecting taxes, derivative instruments, environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our credit facilities and other financing agreements; and our ability to generate cash. The above list of factors is not exhaustive. Other important risk factors are included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)



Three Months Ended

June 30,

(in millions)

2020


2019

Net sales

$

2,426



$

2,925


Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

2,101



2,414


Selling, general and administrative expenses

122



127


Depreciation and amortization

118



88


Interest expense and amortization of debt issuance costs

70



65


Research and development expenses

19



19


Restructuring and impairment, net

1



1


Equity in net income of non-consolidated affiliates

(1)




Business acquisition and other integration related costs

11



17


Other expenses, net

75



4



$

2,516



$

2,735


(Loss) income from continuing operations before income tax provision

(90)



190


Income tax (benefit) provision

(29)



63


Net (loss) income from continuing operations

$

(61)



$

127


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

(18)




Net (loss) income

$

(79)



$

127


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest




Net (loss) income attributable to our common shareholder

$

(79)



$

127


 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)


(in millions, except number of shares)

June 30,
2020


March 31,
2020

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,729



$

2,392


Accounts receivable, net




— third parties (net of allowance for uncollectible accounts of $7 and $8 as of June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively)

1,213



1,067


— related parties

146



164


Inventories

1,611



1,409


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

149



145


Fair value of derivative instruments

94



202


Assets held for sale

5



5


Current assets of discontinued operations

473




Total current assets

$

5,420



$

5,384


Property, plant and equipment, net

4,545



3,580


Goodwill

935



607


Intangible assets, net

433



299


Investment in and advances to non–consolidated affiliates

781



760


Deferred income tax assets

199



140


Other long–term assets

235



219


Long–term assets of discontinued operations

960




Total assets

$

13,508



$

10,989


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current portion of long–term debt

$

50



$

19


Short–term borrowings

2,176



176


Accounts payable




— third parties

1,548



1,732


— related parties

191



176


Fair value of derivative instruments

198



214


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

645



613


Current liabilities of discontinued operations

151




Total current liabilities

$

4,959



$

2,930


Long–term debt, net of current portion

5,671



5,345


Deferred income tax liabilities

93



194


Accrued postretirement benefits

1,105



930


Other long–term liabilities

245



229


Long–term liabilities of discontinued operations

148




Total liabilities

$

12,221



$

9,628


Commitments and contingencies




Shareholder's equity




Common stock, no par value; unlimited number of shares authorized; 1,000 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020




Additional paid–in capital

1,404



1,404


Retained earnings

549



628


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(616)



(620)


Total equity of our common shareholder

$

1,337



$

1,412


Noncontrolling interest

(50)



(51)


Total equity

$

1,287



$

1,361


Total liabilities and equity

$

13,508



$

10,989


 

Novelis Inc.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)



Three Months Ended

June 30,

(in millions)

2020


2019

OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Net (loss) income from continuing operations

$

(61)



$

127


Adjustments to determine net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

118



88


Loss (gain) on unrealized derivatives and other realized derivatives in investing activities, net

15



(14)


Gain on sale of assets

(2)



(1)


Impairment charges

1




Deferred income taxes, net

(62)



28


Equity in net income of non-consolidated affiliates

(1)




Amortization of debt issuance costs and carrying value adjustments

6



5


Other, net

3




Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

130



(81)


Inventories

192



(36)


Accounts payable

(316)



43


Other assets

44



(2)


Other liabilities

(196)



(100)


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities - continuing operations

(129)



57


Net cash used in operating activities - discontinued operations

(15)




Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

$

(144)



$

57


INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Capital expenditures

(106)



(162)


Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(2,550)




Proceeds from sales of assets, third party, net of transaction fees and hedging



2


Proceeds from investment in and advances to non-consolidated affiliates, net

7



6


Proceeds from the settlement of derivative instruments, net

9



1


Other

3



4


Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations

(2,637)



(149)


Net cash provided by investing activities - discontinued operations

10




Net cash used in investing activities

$

(2,627)



$

(149)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Proceeds from issuance of long-term and short-term borrowings

1,899




Principal payments of long-term and short-term borrowings

(7)



(6)


Revolving credit facilities and other, net

327



12


Debt issuance costs

(18)



(1)


Net cash provided by financing activities - continuing operations

2,201



5


Net cash used in financing activities - discontinued operations

(1)




Net cash provided by financing activities

$

2,200



$

5


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(571)



(87)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

7



(3)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — beginning of period

2,402



960


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — end of period

$

1,838



$

870






Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,729



$

859


Restricted cash (Included in "Other long-term assets")

12



11


Restricted cash (Included in "Prepaid expenses and other current assets")

8




Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations

89




Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — end of period

$

1,838



$

870


 

Reconciliation of Net income attributable to our common shareholder to Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited).

The following table reconciles Net income attributable to our common shareholder to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure.



Three Months Ended

June 30,

(in millions)

2020


2019

Net (loss) income attributable to our common shareholder

$

(79)



$

127


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests




Income tax provision

(29)



63


Interest, net

67



62


Depreciation and amortization

118



88


EBITDA

$

77



$

340






Adjustment to reconcile proportional consolidation

14



15


Unrealized losses (gains) on change in fair value of derivative instruments, net

33



(6)


Realized (gains) losses on derivative instruments not included in segment income

3



2


Restructuring and impairment, net

1



1


Loss on sale of fixed assets

(2)



(1)


Purchase price accounting adjustments

28




Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

18




Metal price lag

20



2


Business acquisition and other integration related costs

11



17


Other, net

50



2


Adjusted EBITDA

$

253



$

372






Free Cash Flow (unaudited)

The following table presents "Free cash flow."



Three Months Ended

June 30,

 (in millions)

2020


2019

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities - continuing operations

$

(129)



$

57


Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations

(2,637)



(149)


Plus: Cash used in the acquisition of assets under a capital lease




Plus: Cash used in the acquisition of business, net of cash and restricted cash acquired

2,550




Plus: Accrued merger consideration

70




Less: Proceeds from sales of assets and business, net of transaction fees, cash income taxes and hedging



(2)


Free cash flow from continuing operations

(146)



(94)


Net cash used in operating activities - discontinued operations

(15)




Net cash provided by investing activities - discontinued operations

10




Free cash flow

$

(151)



$

(94)






Cash and Cash Equivalents and Total Liquidity (unaudited)

The following table reconciles the ending balances of cash and cash equivalents to total liquidity.


(in millions)

June 30,
2020


March 31,
2020

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,729



$

2,392


Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations

89




Availability under committed credit facilities

308



186


Total liquidity

$

2,126



$

2,578






Reconciliation of Net income from continuing operations to Net income from continuing operations, excluding special items (unaudited)

The following table presents Net income from continuing operations excluding special items. We adjust for items which may recur in varying magnitude which affect the comparability of the operational results of our underlying business. 



Three Months Ended

June 30,

(in millions)

2020


2019

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

(61)



127


Special Items:




Business acquisition and other integration related costs

11



17


Metal price lag

20



2


Restructuring and impairment, net

1



1


Charitable donation

50




Purchase price accounting adjustment

28




Tax effect on special items

(27)



(2)


Net income from continuing operations, excluding special items

$

22



$

145










 

Segment Information (unaudited)

The following table presents selected segment financial information (in millions, except shipments which are in kilotonnes).


Selected Operating Results

Three Months Ended June 30, 2020


North
America


Europe


Asia


South
America


Eliminations
and Other


Total

Adjusted EBITDA


$

78



$

20



$

75



$

76



$

4



$

253















Shipments (in kt)













Rolled products - third party


272



208



182



112





774


Rolled products - intersegment




4



2



1



(7)




Total rolled products


272



212



184



113



(7)



774















Selected Operating Results

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019


North
America


Europe


Asia


South
America


Eliminations
and Other


Total

Adjusted EBITDA


$

170



$

53



$

53



$

96



$



$

372















Shipments (in kt)













Rolled products - third party


289



223



183



135





830


Rolled products - intersegment




11



1



4



(16)




Total rolled products


289



234



184



139



(16)



830


 

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