Arconic Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights


  • Revenue of $3.7 billion, up 3% year over year; organic revenue1 up 10% year over year
  • Net loss of $121 million, or $0.27 per share, mainly driven by non-cash asset impairments of $357 million, versus net income of $120 million, or $0.24 per share, in the second quarter 2018
  • Net income excluding special items of $269 million, or $0.58 per share, versus $185 million, or $0.37 per share, in the second quarter 2018
  • Operating loss of $81 million, versus operating income of $324 million in the second quarter 2018
  • Operating income excluding special items of $484 million, up 27% year over year
  • Operating income margin excluding special items up 240 basis points year over year
  • Cash balance of $1.4 billion, improved $38 million sequentially

2019 Guidance* Updated

  • Revenue unchanged at $14.3-$14.6 billion
  • Increased the midpoint of Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items by 10%; increased the range from $1.75-$1.90 to $1.95-$2.05
  • Increased Adjusted Free Cash Flow to $700-$800 million
  • Added guidance for EBITDA Excluding Special Items at $2.25-$2.35 billion

Key Announcements

  • Increased annual cost reduction commitment to approximately $260 million on a run-rate basis.
  • Increased 2019 cost reduction commitment to approximately $140 million in year.
  • Repurchased an additional $200 million of common stock following the $700 million of common stock repurchased earlier in the year; $600 million remains authorized for share repurchases.
  • Portfolio separation remains on track for completion in the second quarter 2020. The names of the two companies will be Howmet Aerospace Inc. and Arconic Corporation. Identities of Remain Co. and Spin Co. to be announced in third quarter 2019 earnings release.
  • Recorded a pre-tax $428 million non-cash impairment charge related to the disks business within Engineered Products and Solutions.

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* Reconciliations of the forward-looking non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are not available without unreasonable efforts due to the variability and complexity of the charges and other components excluded from the non-GAAP measures – for further detail, see “Updated Full Year 2019 Guidance” below.

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) today reported second quarter 2019 results, for which the Company reported revenues of $3.7 billion, up 3% year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 10% year over year on strong volumes across all segments and all key markets, as well as favorable pricing in Engineered Products and Solutions and Global Rolled Products.

Arconic reported a net loss of $121 million, or $0.27 per share, in the second quarter 2019 versus net income of $120 million, or $0.24 per share, in the second quarter 2018. Net income excluding special items was $269 million, or $0.58 per share, in the second quarter 2019, versus $185 million, or $0.37 per share, in the second quarter 2018. Special items in the second quarter 2019 were $390 million, principally related to charges associated with non-cash asset impairments of $357 million, cost reduction initiatives, environmental remediation related to Grasse River, and separation costs, partially offset by discrete and special tax items.

Second quarter 2019 operating loss was $81 million, versus operating income of $324 million in the second quarter 2018. Operating income excluding special items was $484 million, up 27% year over year, as higher volumes, favorable product pricing, favorable aluminum prices, and net cost reductions more than offset operational challenges in aluminum extrusions and the continued costs associated with the transition of Tennessee’s North American packaging business to more profitable industrial products.

Arconic Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Plant said, “In the second quarter 2019, the Arconic team delivered improved quarterly revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, and adjusted earnings per share on both a year-over-year and sequential basis. Arconic’s second quarter 2019 RONA improved by 450 basis points year over year and 340 basis points from the first quarter 2019. We expect this positive year-over-year trend to continue in the third quarter. Based on our first half performance and our outlook for the remainder of 2019, we are increasing our full-year adjusted earnings per share and adjusted free cash flow guidance for the second time in 2019.”

Arconic ended the second quarter 2019 with cash on hand of $1.4 billion. Cash provided from operations was $106 million; cash used for financing activities totaled $201 million, reflecting the impact of the accelerated share repurchase program of $200 million; and cash provided from investing activities was $129 million. Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the quarter was $227 million.

Second Quarter 2019 Segment Performance

Engineered Products and Solutions (EP&S)

EP&S reported revenue of $1.6 billion, an increase of 6% year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 8%, driven by aerospace engine and defense growth. Segment operating profit was $286 million, up $62 million or 28% year over year, driven by net cost reductions, favorable pricing, and volume increases, partially offset by mix. Segment operating margin was 18.3%, up 310 basis points year over year.

Global Rolled Products (GRP)

GRP reported revenue of $1.6 billion, relatively flat year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 11%. Segment operating profit was $145 million, up $34 million or 31% year over year, driven by favorable pricing in industrial and commercial transportation; volume growth in aerospace, automotive, and commercial transportation; favorable aluminum prices; and net cost reductions. These impacts were partially offset by operational challenges in aluminum extrusions and continued costs associated with the transition of Tennessee’s North American packaging business to more profitable industrial products. Segment operating margin was 9.2%, up 210 basis points year over year.

Transportation and Construction Solutions (TCS)

TCS reported revenue of $548 million, a decrease of 2% year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 3%. Segment operating profit was $107 million, up $10 million or 10% year over year, driven by net cost reductions and growth in commercial transportation and building and construction. Segment operating margin was 19.5%, up 220 basis points year over year.

Updated Full Year 2019 Guidance*

Arconic is adjusting its full year 2019 guidance:

 

Previous (1Q 2019)

Updated (2Q 2019)

Revenue

$14.3-$14.6 billion

$14.3-$14.6 billion

Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items*

$1.75-$1.90

$1.95-$2.05

EBITDA Excluding Special Items*

n/a

$2.25-$2.35 billion

Adjusted Free Cash Flow*

$650-$750 million

$700-$800 million

Arconic expects third quarter 2019 Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items to be in a range of $0.47 to $0.53.

* All guidance excludes Separation impacts. Arconic has not provided reconciliations of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, such as earnings per share excluding special items, EBITDA excluding special items, and adjusted free cash flow, to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Such reconciliations are not available without unreasonable efforts due to the variability and complexity with respect to the charges and other components excluded from the non-GAAP measures, such as the effects of foreign currency movements, equity income, gains or losses on sales of assets, taxes and any future restructuring or impairment charges. These reconciling items are in addition to the inherent variability already included in the GAAP measures, which includes, but is not limited to, price/mix and volume. Arconic believes such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors.

Commitments to Cost Reduction

The Company has increased the annualized cost reduction commitment to save approximately $260 million on a run-rate basis, versus its $230 million commitment that was provided during its first quarter 2019 earnings announcement. The Company expects to capture approximately $140 million of savings in 2019, versus its $120 million commitment that was provided during its first quarter 2019 earnings announcement.

Share Buyback of $900 Million is Complete

The share buyback of $700 million of common stock announced on February 19, 2019 was completed on April 29, 2019. The share buyback of $200 million of common stock announced on May 2, 2019 was completed on June 12, 2019. In total, Arconic repurchased approximately 45.4 million shares at a weighted average price of approximately $19.80 per share. Six hundred million dollars remains authorized for share repurchases. Total shares outstanding as of July 30, 2019 were approximately 440 million.

Portfolio Separation Remains on Track

The Company continues to target the initial filing of a Form 10 in the fourth quarter 2019 and the completion of the Separation in the second quarter 2020. The entity that will comprise Global Rolled Products (rolled aluminum products and aluminum extrusions) and building and construction systems will be named Arconic Corporation. The entity that will comprise Engineered Products and Solutions (engine components, fastening systems, and engineered structures) and forged aluminum wheels will be named Howmet Aerospace Inc. The Company intends to announce the identities of Remain Co. and Spin Co. in its third quarter 2019 earnings release.

Non-Cash Asset Impairment

As part of Arconic’s five-year planning activity, the Company continues to review its asset base to assess future cash flows. This review resulted in Arconic recording a pre-tax $428 million non-cash impairment charge in the second quarter 2019 related to its disks business within Engineered Products and Solutions.

Arconic will hold its quarterly conference call at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on August 2, 2019, to present second quarter 2019 financial results. The call will be webcast via www.arconic.com. Call information and related details are available at www.arconic.com under “Investors”; presentation materials will be available at approximately 8:00 AM Eastern Time on August 2.

About Arconic

Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: www.arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Dissemination of Company Information

Arconic intends to make future announcements regarding Company developments and financial performance through its website at www.arconic.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that relate to future events and expectations and as such constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “goal,” “guidance,” “intends,” “may,” “outlook,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “sees,” “should,” “targets,” “will,” “would,” or other words of similar meaning. All statements that reflect Arconic’s expectations, assumptions or projections about the future, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, forecasts and expectations relating to the growth of the aerospace, defense, automotive, industrials, commercial transportation and other end markets; statements and guidance regarding future financial results or operating performance; statements regarding future strategic actions, including share repurchases, which may be subject to market conditions, legal requirements and other considerations; and statements about Arconic’s strategies, outlook, business and financial prospects. These statements reflect beliefs and assumptions that are based on Arconic’s perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors Arconic believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by these statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) uncertainties regarding the planned separation, including whether it will be completed pursuant to the targeted timing, asset perimeters, and other anticipated terms, if at all; (b) the impact of the separation on the businesses of Arconic; (c) the risk that the businesses will not be separated successfully or such separation may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected, which could result in additional demands on Arconic’s resources, systems, procedures and controls, disruption of its ongoing business, and diversion of management’s attention from other business concerns; (d) deterioration in global economic and financial market conditions generally; (e) unfavorable changes in the markets served by Arconic; (f) the inability to achieve the level of revenue growth, cash generation, cost savings, improvement in profitability and margins, fiscal discipline, or strengthening of competitiveness and operations anticipated or targeted; (g) competition from new product offerings, disruptive technologies or other developments; (h) political, economic, and regulatory risks relating to Arconic’s global operations, including compliance with U.S. and foreign trade and tax laws, sanctions, embargoes and other regulations; (i) manufacturing difficulties or other issues that impact product performance, quality or safety; (j) Arconic’s inability to realize expected benefits, in each case as planned and by targeted completion dates, from acquisitions, divestitures, facility closures, curtailments, expansions, or joint ventures; (k) the impact of potential cyber attacks and information technology or data security breaches; (l) the loss of significant customers or adverse changes in customers’ business or financial conditions; (m) adverse changes in discount rates or investment returns on pension assets; (n) the impact of changes in aluminum prices and foreign currency exchange rates on costs and results; (o) the outcome of contingencies, including legal proceedings, government or regulatory investigations, and environmental remediation, which can expose Arconic to substantial costs and liabilities; and (p) the other risk factors summarized in Arconic’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Market projections are subject to the risks discussed above and other risks in the market. The statements in this release are made as of the date of this release, even if subsequently made available by Arconic on its website or otherwise. Arconic disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Some of the information included in this release is derived from Arconic’s consolidated financial information but is not presented in Arconic’s financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). Certain of these data are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under SEC rules. These non-GAAP financial measures supplement our GAAP disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the GAAP measure. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and management’s rationale for the use of the non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the schedules to this release.

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1 Organic revenue is U.S. GAAP revenue adjusted for Tennessee Packaging (due to its completed phase-down as of year-end 2018), divestitures, and changes in aluminum prices and foreign currency exchange rates relative to prior year period.

Arconic and subsidiaries

Statement of Consolidated Operations (unaudited)

(in millions, except per-share and share amounts)

 

Quarter ended

 

June 30, 2019

 

March 31, 2019

 

June 30, 2018

Sales

$

3,691

 

 

$

3,541

 

 

$

3,573

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of expenses below)

2,939

 

 

2,818

 

 

2,903

 

Selling, general administrative, and other expenses

178

 

 

178

 

 

158

 

Research and development expenses

17

 

 

22

 

 

29

 

Provision for depreciation and amortization

139

 

 

137

 

 

144

 

Restructuring and other charges(1)

499

 

 

12

 

 

15

 

Operating (loss) income

(81

)

 

374

 

 

324

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

85

 

 

85

 

 

89

 

Other expense, net

29

 

 

32

 

 

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) income before income taxes

(195

)

 

257

 

 

194

 

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(74

)

 

70

 

 

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

$

(121

)

 

$

187

 

 

$

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARCONIC COMMON SHAREHOLDERS:

 

 

 

 

 

Basic(2)(3):

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) earnings per share

$

(0.27

)

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

0.25

 

Average number of shares(3)(4)

445,298,284

 

 

470,798,121

 

 

482,854,550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted(2)(3):

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) earnings per share

$

(0.27

)

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.24

 

Average number of shares(3)(4)

445,298,284

 

 

489,059,798

 

 

501,960,573

 

(1)

Restructuring and other charges for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 primarily included an impairment of a long-lived asset group of $428, layoff costs of $30, and other exit costs of $41.

(2)

In order to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share, preferred stock dividends declared of $1 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 need to be subtracted from Net income.

(3)

For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, the diluted average number of shares does not include any share equivalents (19 million) related to outstanding employee stock options and awards and shares underlying outstanding convertible debt (acquired through the acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc (“RTI”)) as their effect was anti-dilutive. For the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2018, the difference between the respective diluted average number of shares and the respective basic average number of shares related to share equivalents (18 million and 19 million, respectively) associated with outstanding employee stock options and awards and shares underlying outstanding convertible debt (acquired through the acquisition of RTI).

(4)

Basic and diluted average number of shares for the quarters ended June 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019 reflect the impact of the accelerated share repurchase programs of the Company’s common stock.

Arconic and subsidiaries

Statement of Consolidated Operations (unaudited)

(in millions, except per-share and share amounts)

 

Six months ended

 

June 30, 2019

 

June 30, 2018

Sales

$

7,232

 

 

$

7,018

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of expenses below)

5,757

 

 

5,671

 

Selling, general administrative, and other expenses

356

 

 

330

 

Research and development expenses

39

 

 

52

 

Provision for depreciation and amortization

276

 

 

286

 

Restructuring and other charges(1)

511

 

 

22

 

Operating income

293

 

 

657

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense(2)

170

 

 

203

 

Other expense, net

61

 

 

61

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

62

 

 

393

 

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(4

)

 

130

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

66

 

 

$

263

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARCONIC COMMON SHAREHOLDERS:

 

 

 

Basic(3)(4):

 

 

 

Earnings per share

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.54

 

Average number of shares(4)(5)

458,005,369

 

 

482,622,069

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted(3)(4):

 

 

 

Earnings per share

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.53

 

Average number of shares(4)(5)

462,099,059

 

 

502,452,369

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock outstanding at the end of the period(5)

440,087,693

 

 

482,891,826

 

(1)

Restructuring and other charges for the six months ended June 30, 2019 primarily included an impairment of a long-lived asset group of $428, layoff costs of $95, and other exit costs of $46, partially offset by a credit of $58 related to the elimination of life insurance benefits for U.S. salaried and non-bargained hourly retirees of the Company and its subsidiaries.

(2)

Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2018 included $19 related to the early redemption of the Company’s then outstanding 5.720% Senior Notes due 2019.

(3)

In order to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share, preferred stock dividends declared of $1 for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018 need to be subtracted from Net income.

(4)

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the difference between the respective diluted average number of shares and the respective basic average number of shares related to share equivalents (4 million) associated with outstanding employee stock options and awards. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the difference between the respective diluted average number of shares and the respective basic average number of shares related to share equivalents (20 million) associated with outstanding employee stock options and awards and shares underlying outstanding convertible debt (acquired through the acquisition of RTI).

(5)

Basic and diluted average number of shares and Common stock outstanding at the end of the period for the six months ended June 30, 2019 reflect the impact of the accelerated share repurchase programs of the Company’s common stock.

Arconic and subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheet (unaudited)

(in millions)

 

June 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,357

 

 

$

2,277

 

Receivables from customers, less allowances of $4 in 2019 and 2018

1,155

 

 

1,047

 

Other receivables

640

 

 

451

 

Inventories

2,606

 

 

2,492

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

260

 

 

314

 

Total current assets

6,018

 

 

6,581

 

 

 

 

 

Properties, plants, and equipment, net(1)(2)

5,517

 

 

5,704

 

Goodwill

4,500

 

 

4,500

 

Deferred income taxes

568

 

 

573

 

Intangibles, net(2)

686

 

 

919

 

Other noncurrent assets(1)(2)

624

 

 

416

 

Total assets

$

17,913

 

 

$

18,693

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable, trade

$

2,095

 

 

$

2,129

 

Accrued compensation and retirement costs

384

 

 

370

 

Taxes, including income taxes

116

 

 

118

 

Accrued interest payable

113

 

 

113

 

Other current liabilities(1)

479

 

 

356

 

Short-term debt

434

 

 

434

 

Total current liabilities

3,621

 

 

3,520

 

Long-term debt, less amount due within one year

5,901

 

 

5,896

 

Accrued pension benefits

2,079

 

 

2,230

 

Accrued other postretirement benefits

641

 

 

723

 

Other noncurrent liabilities and deferred credits(1)

805

 

 

739

 

Total liabilities

13,047

 

 

13,108

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Arconic shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock

55

 

 

55

 

Common stock(3)

440

 

 

483

 

Additional capital(3)

7,484

 

 

8,319

 

Accumulated deficit(1)

(256

)

 

(358

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,869

)

 

(2,926

)

Total Arconic shareholders’ equity

4,854

 

 

5,573

 

Noncontrolling interests

12

 

 

12

 

Total equity

4,866

 

 

5,585

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

17,913

 

 

$

18,693

 

(1)

Effective January 1, 2019, Arconic adopted the new accounting standard for leases that resulted in the Company recording operating lease right-of-use assets and lease liabilities of approximately $320. Also, the Company reclassified cash proceeds of $119 from Other noncurrent liabilities and deferred credits, assets of $24 from Properties, plants, and equipment, net, and a deferred tax asset of $22 from Other noncurrent assets to Accumulated deficit reflecting the cumulative effect of an accounting change related to the deferred gain resulting from the sale-leaseback of the Texarkana, Texas cast house in October of 2018. The adoption of the standard had no impact on the Statement of Consolidated Operations or Statement of Consolidated Cash Flows.

(2)

In the second quarter of 2019, the Company recorded an impairment charge of $428 related to a long-lived asset group. The impairment charge impacted properties, plant and equipment; intangible assets; and certain other noncurrent assets by $198, $197 and $33, respectively.

(3)

Reflects the impact of the accelerated share repurchase programs of the Company’s common stock.

Contacts

Investor Contact

Paul T. Luther

(212) 836-2758

Paul.Luther@arconic.com

Media Contact

Esra Ozer

(412) 553-2666

Esra.Ozer@arconic.com

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