Arconic Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Revenue of $3.6 billion, up 1% year over year; organic revenue1 up 6% year over year
  • Net income of $95 million, or $0.21 per share, which included non-cash asset impairments of $108 million, versus net income of $161 million, or $0.32 per share, in the third quarter 2018
  • Net income excluding special items of $260 million, or $0.58 per share, versus $160 million, or $0.32 per share, in the third quarter 2018
  • Operating income of $326 million versus $345 million in the third quarter 2018
  • Operating income excluding special items of $475 million, up 36% year over year
  • Operating income margin excluding special items up 340 basis points year over year
  • Cash balance of $1.3 billion

2019 Guidance* Updated

  • Revenue seen at $14.15-$14.35 billion versus prior $14.3- $14.6 billion, driven by lower aluminum price and divestitures
  • Increased Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items to $2.07-$2.11 versus prior $1.95-$2.05
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow unchanged at $700-$800 million
  • EBITDA Excluding Special Items narrowed to high end of range at $2.30-$2.35 billion versus prior $2.25-$2.35 billion

Key Announcements

  • Increased annual cost reduction commitment to approximately $280 million on a run-rate basis; Increased 2019 cost reduction commitment to approximately $180 million in year.
  • Repurchased an additional $200 million of common stock following the $900 million of common stock repurchased earlier in the year; $400 million remains authorized for share repurchases.
  • Realigned its operations into two segments: the Engineered Products and Forgings (EP&F) segment and Global Rolled Products (GRP) segment.
  • The EP&F businesses will remain in the existing company (Remain Co.), which will be renamed Howmet Aerospace Inc. at separation, and the GRP businesses will comprise Spin Co. and will be named Arconic Corporation at separation.
  • Continued progress on divestitures, with transactions signed or closed year-to-date expected to generate approximately $180 million of net proceeds.
  • Repaid in cash the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the 1.63% Convertible Senior Notes of approximately $403 million on October 15, 2019. As a result, the diluted share count will cease to include approximately 15 million of Common Stock previously attributable to the Notes.

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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 third quarter 2019 results, for which the Company reported revenues of $3.6 billion, up 1% year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 6% year over year on strong volumes across all key markets and favorable pricing in the Engineered Products and Forgings segment, and volume growth in packaging, industrial, and aerospace markets as well as favorable pricing in the Global Rolled Products segment.

Arconic reported net income of $95 million, or $0.21 per share, in the third quarter 2019 versus net income of $161 million, or $0.32 per share, in the third quarter 2018. Net income excluding special items was $260 million, or $0.58 per share, in the third quarter 2019, versus $160 million, or $0.32 per share, in the third quarter 2018. Special items in the third quarter 2019 were $165 million, principally related to charges associated with non-cash asset impairments of $108 million and separation costs.

Third quarter 2019 operating income was $326 million, versus operating income of $345 million in the third quarter 2018. Operating income excluding special items was $475 million, up 36% year over year, as favorable product pricing, higher volume, favorable aluminum prices, and net cost reductions more than offset operational challenges in the aluminum extrusions business and unfavorable product mix.

Arconic Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Plant said, “In the third quarter 2019, the Arconic team delivered improved quarterly revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted free cash flow and adjusted earnings per share on a year-over-year basis. Arconic’s third quarter 2019 return on net assets improved by 550 basis points year over year. We expect this positive year-over-year trend to continue in the fourth quarter. Based on our performance through the first nine months of 2019 and our outlook for the remainder of 2019, we are increasing our full-year adjusted earnings per share guidance for the third time in 2019.”

Arconic ended the third quarter 2019 with cash on hand of $1.3 billion. Cash provided from operations was $52 million; cash used for financing activities totaled $202 million, reflecting the impact of the accelerated share repurchase program of $200 million; and cash provided from investing activities was $117 million. Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the quarter was $154 million.

Third Quarter 2019 Segment Performance

Engineered Products and Forgings (EP&F)

EP&F reported revenue of $1.8 billion, an increase of 7% year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 8%, driven by aerospace engine, defense and commercial transportation growth. Segment operating profit was $363 million, up $79 million or 28% year over year, driven by volume increases, favorable pricing, lower raw material costs and net cost reductions, partially offset by mix. Segment operating profit margin was 20.2%, up 330 basis points year over year.

Global Rolled Products (GRP)

GRP reported revenue of $1.8 billion, down 4% year over year. Organic revenue1 was up 5%. Segment operating profit was $161 million, up $54 million or 50% year over year, driven by favorable pricing in industrial and commercial transportation; volume growth in packaging, industrial and aerospace; favorable aluminum prices; and net cost reductions. These impacts were partially offset by operational challenges at one plant in the aluminum extrusions business and continued costs associated with the transition of Tennessee’s North American packaging business to more profitable industrial products. Segment operating profit margin was 9.1%, up 330 basis points year over year.

Updated Full Year 2019 Guidance*

Arconic is adjusting its full year 2019 guidance:

 

Previous (2Q 2019)

Updated (3Q 2019)

Revenue

$14.3-$14.6 billion

$14.15-$14.35 billion

Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items*

$1.95-$2.05

$2.07-$2.11

EBITDA Excluding Special Items*

$2.25-$2.35 billion

$2.30-$2.35 billion

Adjusted Free Cash Flow*

$700-$800 million

$700-$800 million

Arconic expects fourth quarter 2019 Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items to be in a range of $0.49 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.

Cost Reduction Commitment Increased

The Company has increased the annualized cost reduction commitment to save approximately $280 million on a run-rate basis, versus its $260 million commitment that was provided during its second quarter 2019 earnings announcement. The Company expects to capture approximately $180 million of savings in 2019, versus its $140 million commitment that was provided during its second quarter 2019 earnings announcement.

Executed Cumulative Share Buybacks Totaling $1.1 Billion; $400 Million Authorization Remains

The share buyback of $200 million of common stock announced on August 6, 2019 was completed on October 3, 2019. In total, Arconic has repurchased approximately 53.2 million shares year-to-date in 2019 at a weighted average price of approximately $20.67 per share. Four hundred million dollars remains authorized for share repurchases. Total shares outstanding as of November 1, 2019 were approximately 433 million.

Realignment of Operations

In the third quarter 2019, the Company realigned its operations by eliminating its Transportation and Construction Solutions segment and transferring the Forged Wheels business to the Engineered Products and Forgings segment (formerly named the Engineered Products and Solutions segment) and the Building and Construction Systems business to the Global Rolled Products segment.

Arconic Corporation to be Spin Co.; Separation Remains on Track

The Company continues to target the completion of the separation in the second quarter 2020. We expect the Form 10 filing to be available in the fourth quarter 2019. The Engineered Products and Forgings businesses (engine products, fastening systems, engineered structures and forged wheels) will remain in the existing company (Remain Co.), which will be renamed Howmet Aerospace Inc. at separation. The Global Rolled Products businesses (global rolled products, aluminum extrusions and building and construction systems) will comprise Spin Co. and will be named Arconic Corporation at separation.

Progress on Divestitures

In the third quarter 2019, the Company reached an agreement to sell its aluminum rolling mill in Itapissuma, Brazil for approximately $50 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter 2020. Also in the third quarter 2019, the Company reached an agreement to sell its forgings business in the U.K. for approximately $62 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter 2019. The Company recorded a pre-tax $102 million charge in the third quarter 2019 representing the non-cash impairment of the net book value of these businesses. In the fourth quarter 2019, the Company reached an agreement to sell its hard alloy extrusions plant in South Korea for approximately $61 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter 2020. Arconic expects to recognize a $20 to $25 million pre-tax gain upon the sale. On a year-to-date basis, the Company has signed or closed divestitures expected to generate approximately $180 million in net proceeds.

Convertible Notes Matured on October 15, 2019

The Company repaid in cash the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the 1.63% Convertible Senior Notes of approximately $403 million, together with accrued and unpaid interest, on the maturity date, October 15, 2019. No shares of the Company’s common stock were issued in connection with the maturity or the final conversion of the Notes. As of October 15, 2019, the calculation of average diluted shares outstanding will cease to include the approximately 15 million shares of common stock previously attributable to the Notes.

Arconic will hold its quarterly conference call at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on November 5, 2019, to present third 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 November 5.

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, industrial, commercial transportation and other end markets; statements and guidance regarding future financial results or operating performance; statements regarding future strategic actions; 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

 

September 30,

2019

 

June 30,

2019

 

September 30,

2018

Sales

$

3,559

 

 

$

3,691

 

 

$

3,524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of expenses below)

2,800

 

 

2,939

 

 

2,881

 

Selling, general administrative, and other expenses

167

 

 

178

 

 

134

 

Research and development expenses

16

 

 

17

 

 

25

 

Provision for depreciation and amortization

131

 

 

139

 

 

141

 

Restructuring and other charges(1)

119

 

 

499

 

 

(2

)

Operating income (loss)

326

 

 

(81

)

 

345

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

86

 

 

85

 

 

88

 

Other expense, net

31

 

 

29

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

209

 

 

(195

)

 

249

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

114

 

 

(74

)

 

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

95

 

 

$

(121

)

 

$

161

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Basic(2)(3):

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share

$

0.22

 

 

$

(0.27

)

 

$

0.33

 

Average number of shares(3)(4)

436,364,035

 

 

445,298,284

 

 

483,048,831

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted(2)(3):

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share

$

0.21

 

 

$

(0.27

)

 

$

0.32

 

Average number of shares(3)(4)

456,679,981

 

 

445,298,284

 

 

502,427,792

 

(1)

Restructuring and other charges for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 included charges of $59 and $43 primarily related to non-cash impairments of the net book value of the Company’s aluminum rolling mill in Brazil and its forgings business in the U.K., respectively, associated with agreements reached during the quarter to sell these businesses. Other charges of $17 in the third quarter included asset impairments, accelerated depreciation, and pension plan settlements. 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 quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 need to be subtracted from Net income.

(3)

For the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 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 and 19 million, respectively) associated with outstanding employee stock options and awards and shares underlying outstanding convertible debt (acquired through the acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc (RTI)). 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) as their effect was anti-dilutive.

(4)

Basic and diluted average number of shares for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and June 30, 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)

 

 

Nine months ended

 

September 30,

2019

 

September 30,

2018

Sales

$

10,791

 

 

$

10,542

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of expenses below)

8,557

 

 

8,552

 

Selling, general administrative, and other expenses

523

 

 

464

 

Research and development expenses

55

 

 

77

 

Provision for depreciation and amortization

407

 

 

427

 

Restructuring and other charges(1)

630

 

 

20

 

Operating income

619

 

 

1,002

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense(2)

256

 

 

291

 

Other expense, net

92

 

 

69

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

271

 

 

642

 

Provision for income taxes

110

 

 

218

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

161

 

 

$

424

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARCONIC COMMON SHAREHOLDERS:

 

 

 

Basic(3)(4):

 

 

 

Earnings per share

$

0.35

 

 

$

0.87

 

Average number of shares(4)(5)

450,725,346

 

 

482,765,798

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted(3)(4):

 

 

 

Earnings per share

$

0.35

 

 

$

0.86

 

Average number of shares(4)(5)

455,387,336

 

 

502,521,053

 

 

 

 

 

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

433,819,520

 

 

483,181,619

 

(1)

Restructuring and other charges for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 included charges of $59 and $43 primarily related to non-cash impairments of the net book value of the Company’s aluminum rolling mill in Brazil and its forgings business in the U.K., respectively, associated with agreements reached during the quarter to sell these businesses; an impairment of a long-lived asset group of $428; layoff costs of $97, and other exit costs of $61, 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 nine months ended September 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 $2 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 need to be subtracted from Net income.

(4)

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the difference between the respective diluted average number of shares and the respective basic average number of shares related to share equivalents (5 million) associated with outstanding employee stock options and awards. For the nine months ended September 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 nine months ended September 30, 2019 reflect the impact of the accelerated share repurchase programs of the Company’s common stock.

Contacts

Investor Contact
Paul T. Luther

(412) 553-1950

Paul.Luther@arconic.com

Media Contact
Esra Ozer

(412) 553-2666

Esra.Ozer@arconic.com

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