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OM Group Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Exceptionally strong operating cash flow; debt levels reduced

CLEVELAND, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OM Group, Inc. (NYSE: OMG) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.18, or $0.25 as adjusted for special items.  Prior year third quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $(2.18), or $1.27 as adjusted for special items.  The Company generated $96 million of cash flow from operations in the third quarter of 2012 versus $22 million in the comparable prior year quarter. As of September 30, 2012, OM Group had $325 million of cash and $594 million of debt. 

"Our working capital performance and operating and financial discipline enabled us to achieve the highest quarterly cash flow from operations in nearly four years and the second-highest in the past decade," said Joe Scaminace, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OM Group, Inc.  "We took advantage of our strong liquidity position by electing to make accelerated debt repayments of $72 million in the third quarter and another $100 million in October, effectively deploying our cash to reduce future interest costs." 

Third quarter consolidated net sales of $395 million decreased five percent compared with last year's comparable quarter, due principally to current conditions in many of our markets.  Lower cobalt prices in Advanced Materials and lower sales volumes in Specialty Chemicals were the main drivers of the decline in sales, partially offset by a full quarter of results from Magnetic Technologies and higher Battery Technologies volumes. Lower sales levels led to lower adjusted EBITDA of $46 million in the 2012 period compared to $70 million in the 2011 period. Third quarter 2011 results included only two months of VAC results, as the acquisition closed on August 2, 2011. 

"Our newer business platforms posted another quarter of impressive results, demonstrating again the value of our growth strategy and reduced reliance on our commodity cobalt business," said Mr. Scaminace. "But we also recognize the economic environment is becoming more challenging. We are responding to changing business conditions by reducing discretionary spending, rationalizing capital expenditures and developing plans to further adjust our cost structure. At the same time, we continue to pursue our organic and strategic growth objectives while reinforcing our focus on working capital efficiency improvements." 

The Company commented that current quarter adjusted results included a foreign exchange loss of $2.7 million and dividend income of $1.8 million from a Magnetic Technologies joint venture. Adjusted results exclude $2.5 million of pension settlement expenses and $1.2 million of accelerated amortization of deferred financing costs in connection with the third quarter debt repayment.  Adjusted results in the prior year quarter exclude special items related to the VAC acquisition, a gain on sale of property and certain special tax items.

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company expects positive operating cash flow as net working capital levels continue to be optimized.  The Company also expects lower adjusted EBITDA due principally to European and certain end market weakness resulting in lower demand across several of its businesses, minimal if any rare-earth pricing benefits and seasonally lower sales in its Battery Technologies business. 

Mr. Scaminace concluded, "We are committed to our long-term strategy and are well-positioned to navigate the challenging macroeconomic conditions that exist today.  Our strong balance sheet and significant positive cash flow, including receipt of a $37.5 million tax refund in October, provide us with the resources to execute our operating and strategic plans. And we are taking action with respect to current market conditions to further position us to create long-term shareholder value." 

 

WEBCAST INFORMATION

OM Group has scheduled a conference call and live audio broadcast on the Web for 10 AM EST today. Investors may access the live audio broadcast by logging on to http://investor.omgi.com. A copy of management's presentation materials will be available on OMG's website before the call. The company recommends visiting the website at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast to download and install any necessary software. A webcast audio replay will be available on the "Investor Relations - Presentations" page of the company's website three hours after the call.

 

ABOUT OM GROUP, INC.

OM Group, Inc. is a diversified specialty chemicals and engineered materials company serving attractive global markets. The Company develops, produces and distributes innovative, high-quality chemicals, materials, products and technologies that contribute to customer success by addressing complex applications and demanding requirements.  For more information, visit the company's website at www.omgi.com.

 

Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Company is including certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating profit, adjusted earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA, in this press release and the corresponding presentation materials. The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are important metrics in evaluating the performance of the Company's business, providing a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating results and isolating the impact of certain items on our results. The non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to applicable U.S. GAAP measures in this release. The non-GAAP financial information should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The foregoing discussion may include forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based upon specific assumptions and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the company's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of the company. These uncertainties and factors could cause actual results of the company to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements contained in the foregoing discussion. Such uncertainties and factors include: risks arising from uncertainty in worldwide economic conditions; extended business interruption at our facilities; fluctuations in the price and uncertainties in the supply of cobalt, rare earth materials and other raw materials; our ability to identify, complete and integrate acquisitions aligned with our strategy; current circumstances and developments regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo; restrictive covenants in our Senior Secured Credit Facility which may affect our ability to operate our business successfully; indebtedness may impair our ability to operate our business successfully; changes in effective tax rates or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of our income tax returns; the majority of our operations are outside the United States, which subjects us to risks that may adversely affect our operating results; level of returns on pension plan assets and changes in the actuarial assumptions; the majority of our cash is generated and held outside the United States; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; unanticipated costs or liabilities for compliance with environmental regulation; changes in environmental, health and safety regulatory requirements; technological changes in our industry or in our customers' products; our ability to adequately protect or enforce our intellectual property rights; disruption of our relationship with key customers or any material adverse change in their businesses; and the risk factors set forth in Part 1, Item 1a of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

OM Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






September 30, 2012


December 31, 2011

(In thousands)




ASSETS

Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$                   325,353


$               292,146

Restricted cash on deposit

22,791


92,813

Accounts receivable, net

204,253


212,152

Inventories

471,096


615,018

Refundable and prepaid income taxes

39,672


42,480

Other current assets

42,007


54,833

Total current assets

1,105,172


1,309,442

Property, plant and equipment, net

483,277


482,313

Goodwill

538,922


544,471

Intangible assets, net

430,122


433,275

Notes receivable from joint venture partner

16,015


16,015

Other non-current assets

88,635


84,207

Total assets

$                2,662,143


$            2,869,723





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities




Current portion of long-term debt

$                    10,763


$                 13,265

Accounts payable

120,736


170,466

Liability related to joint venture partner injunction

22,791


92,813

Accrued income taxes

22,311


19,806

Accrued employee costs

40,593


49,699

Deferred income taxes

8,122


23,449

Purchase price of VAC payable to seller

75,307


-

Other current liabilities

84,439


79,026

Total current liabilities

385,062


448,524

Long-term debt

582,859


663,167

Deferred income taxes

140,193


129,945

Pension liabilities

198,493


204,248

Purchase price of VAC payable to seller

11,252


86,513

Other non-current liabilities

55,742


62,032

Stockholders' equity:




Total OM Group, Inc. stockholders' equity

1,244,802


1,230,793

Noncontrolling interests

43,740


44,501

Total equity

1,288,542


1,275,294

Total liabilities and equity

$                2,662,143


$            2,869,723

 

 

OM Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Statements of Consolidated Operations










Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended

 September 30, 


2012


2011


2012


2011

(In thousands, except per share data)








Net sales

$   394,732


$    415,057


$    1,297,378


$    1,075,924

Cost of goods sold

297,353


398,315


1,031,008


903,638

Gross profit

97,379


16,742


266,370


172,286

Selling, general and administrative expenses

75,901


71,828


235,476


161,595

Gain on sale of property

-


(9,693)


(2,857)


(9,693)

Operating profit (loss)

21,478


(45,393)


33,751


20,384

Other income (expense):








Interest expense

(11,977)


(8,512)


(36,017)


(11,327)

Accelerated amortization of deferred financing fees

(1,249)


-


(1,249)


-

Interest income

192


294


530


981

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

(2,724)


7,425


(1,884)


7,264

Other, net

1,277


(547)


629


(876)


(14,481)


(1,340)


(37,991)


(3,958)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax expense

6,997


(46,733)


(4,240)


16,426

Income tax expense

(1,756)


(18,421)


(1,292)


(24,497)

Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax

5,241


(65,154)


(5,532)


(8,071)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

(148)


234


(110)


(95)

Consolidated net income (loss)

5,093


(64,920)


(5,642)


(8,166)

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

415


(3,334)


760


(4,816)

Net income (loss) attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders

$       5,508


$     (68,254)


$         (4,882)


$        (12,982)

Earnings per common share — basic:








Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders








$        0.18


$        (2.18)


$           (0.15)


$           (0.42)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders








(0.01)


0.01


-


-

Net income (loss) attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders








$        0.17


$        (2.17)


$           (0.15)


$           (0.42)

Earnings per common share — assuming dilution:








Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders








$        0.18


$        (2.18)


$           (0.15)


$           (0.42)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders








(0.01)


0.01


-


-

Net income (loss) attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders








$        0.17


$        (2.17)


$           (0.15)


$           (0.42)

Weighted average shares outstanding








Basic

31,889


31,382


31,882


30,817

Assuming dilution

32,004


31,382


31,882


30,817

Amounts attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders:








Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax

$       5,656


$     (68,488)


$         (4,772)


$        (12,887)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

(148)


234


(110)


(95)

Net income (loss)

$       5,508


$     (68,254)


$         (4,882)


$        (12,982)









 

 

OM Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows






Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011

(In thousands)








Operating activities








Consolidated net income (loss)

$           5,093


$   (64,920)


$          (5,642)


$     (8,166)

Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:








(Income) loss from discontinued operations

148


(234)


110


95

Depreciation and amortization

22,110


20,363


66,362


47,264

Amortization of deferred financing fees

1,390


1,098


4,138


1,531

Accelerated amortization of deferred financing fees

1,249


-


1,249


-

Share-based compensation expense

1,329


1,595


5,150


5,118

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

2,724


(7,425)


1,884


(7,264)

VAC lower of cost or market ("LCM") charges (a)

-


62,444


53,751


62,444

Allowance on GTL prepaid tax asset

-


(6,225)


-


(6,225)

Gain on sale of property

-


(9,693)


(2,857)


(9,693)

Other non-cash items (primarily deferred income taxes)

(7,174)


(28,511)


(23,092)


(29,194)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, excluding the effect of business acquisitions








Accounts receivable

23,169


11,946


6,864


(12,178)

Inventories (b)

12,468


625


88,502


(1,573)

Accounts payable

12,335


(27,232)


(49,475)


(13,485)

Refundable, prepaid and accrued income taxes

5,090


48,008


5,693


44,569

Other, net

16,132


20,042


4,918


13,260

Net cash provided by operating activities

96,063


21,881


157,555


86,503

Investing activities








Expenditures for property, plant and equipment

(17,890)


(13,960)


(47,017)


(26,405)

Proceeds from sale of property

-


9,693


5,138


9,693

Cash paid for acquisitions

-


(669,818)


-


(669,818)

Other, net

-


17


-


(4,090)

Net cash used for investing activities

(17,890)


(674,068)


(41,879)


(690,620)

Financing activities








Payments on revolving line of credit

-


(120,000)


-


(120,000)

Payments of long-term debt

(74,627)


-


(82,654)


-

Proceeds from long-term debt

-


697,975


-


697,975

Debt issuance costs

-


(29,283)


-


(29,283)

Payment related to surrendered shares

-


-


(254)


(193)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

-


204


-


361

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

(74,627)


548,896


(82,908)


548,860

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

4,247


(2,052)


439


1,029

Cash and cash equivalents








Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

7,793


(105,343)


33,207


(54,228)

Balance at the beginning of the period

317,560


451,712


292,146


400,597

Balance at the end of the period

$        325,353


$   346,369


$        325,353


$   346,369

















(a) VAC lower of cost or market ("LCM") charges include $31.4 Million and $62.4 million related to the step-up of inventory recorded as of the acquisition date in 2012 and 2011, respectively, and an additional LCM charge of $22.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012.
(b) Includes step-up amortization of $0.2 million and $31.1 million in the three months ending September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $16.1 million and $31.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

 

OM Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Segment Information










Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

(In thousands)

2012


2011


2012


2011

Net Sales








Magnetic Technologies(a)

$   144,410


$    106,572


$      502,925


$       106,572

Advanced Materials

107,657


153,592


364,891


498,878

Specialty Chemicals

103,636


120,622


318,763


369,954

Battery Technologies

39,157


34,678


111,394


101,497

Intersegment items

(128)


(407)


(595)


(977)


$   394,732


$    415,057


$    1,297,378


$    1,075,924









Operating profit (loss)








Magnetic Technologies(a)(b)

$     15,969


$     (77,901)


$            (274)


$        (77,901)

Advanced Materials

3,659


20,767


15,693


69,748

Specialty Chemicals(c)(d)

9,077


24,719


33,294


56,311

Battery Technologies

5,926


3,742


17,644


12,567

Corp orate(e)

(13,153)


(16,720)


(32,606)


(40,341)


$     21,478


$     (45,393)


$        33,751


$         20,384









(a) Includes the activity of VAC since the acquisition on August 2, 2011.
(b) Includes $0.2 million and $69.8 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, and $93.5 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 of charges related to the VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and LCM charges.
(c) The nine months ended September 30, 2012 includes a $2.9 million property sale gain.
(d) The three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 includes a $9.7 million property sale gain.

(e) Includes a $2.5 million settlement charge associated with the lump-sum cash settlement to certain participants in one of our U.S. defined benefit pension plans in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and $8.8 and $12.8 million of acquisition-related fees related to VAC in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively.

 

OM Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures, Adjusted Operating Profit and Adjusted EBITDA













Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

(in thousands)

Magnetic Technologies


Advanced Materials


Specialty Chemicals


Battery Technologies


Corporate


Consolidated







Operating profit (loss) - as reported

$          15,969


$      3,659


$      9,077


$          5,926


$     (13,153)


$         21,478

VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and LCM charges

224


-


-


-


-


224

Pension settlement expense

-


-


-


-


2,469


2,469

Gain on sale of property

-


-


-


-


-


-

Adjusted operating profit

16,193


3,659


9,077


5,926


(10,684)


24,171

Depreciation and amortization

9,833


4,228


5,296


2,526


227


22,110

Adjusted EBITDA

$          26,026


$      7,887


$    14,373


$           8,452


$     (10,457)


$         46,281













Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

(in thousands)

Magnetic

Technologies(a)


Advanced Materials


Specialty Chemicals


Battery Technologies


Corporate


Consolidated







Operating profit (loss) - as reported

$         (77,901)


$    20,767


$    24,719


$           3,742


$     (16,720)


$        (45,393)

VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and LCM charges

93,517


-


-


-


-


93,517

Acquisition-related fees

2,355


-


-


-


8,800


11,155

Gain on sale of property

-


-


(9,693)


-


-


(9,693)

Adjusted operating profit

17,971


20,767


15,026


3,742


(7,920)


49,586

Depreciation and amortization

7,338


5,225


5,624


2,071


105


20,363

Adjusted EBITDA

$          25,309


$    25,992


$    20,650


$           5,813


$       (7,815)


$         69,949

























Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

(in thousands)

Magnetic Technologies


Advanced Materials


Specialty Chemicals


Battery Technologies


Corporate


Consolidated







Operating profit (loss) - as reported

$             (274)


$    15,693


$    33,294


$         17,644


$     (32,606)


$         33,751

VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and LCM charges

69,844


-


-


-


-


69,844

Pension settlement expense

-


-


-


-


2,469


2,469

Gain on sale of property

-


-


(2,857)


-




(2,857)

Adjusted operating profit

69,570


15,693


30,437


17,644


(30,137)


103,207

Depreciation and amortization

30,055


12,723


15,558


7,537


489


66,362

Adjusted EBITDA

$          99,625


$    28,416


$    45,995


$         25,181


$     (29,648)


$       169,569













Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011

(in thousands)

Magnetic Technologies(a)


Advanced Materials


Specialty Chemicals


Battery Technologies


Corporate


Consolidated







Operating profit (loss) - as reported

$         (77,901)


$    69,748


$    56,311


$         12,567


$     (40,341)


$         20,384

VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and LCM charges

93,517










93,517

Acquisition-related fees

2,355


-


-


-


12,800


15,155

Gain on sale of property

-


-


(9,693)


-


-


(9,693)

Adjusted operating profit

17,971


69,748


46,618


12,567


(27,541)


119,363

Depreciation and amortization

7,338


15,448


17,044


7,059


375


47,264

Adjusted EBITDA

$          25,309


$    85,196


$    63,662


$         19,626


$     (27,166)


$       166,627

























(a) Includes activity of VAC since the acquisition on August 2, 2011.













In order to assist readers of our financial statements in understanding the operating results that the Company's management uses to evaluate the business, we are providing adjusted operating profit and adjusted EBITDA, both of which are non-U.S. GAAP financial measures. The Company's management believes that these are important metrics in evaluating the performance of the Company's business, providing a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating results and isolating the impact of certain items on our results.  The table above presents a reconciliation of the Company's U.S. GAAP operating profit - as reported to adjusted operating profit and adjusted EBITDA. The non-U.S. GAAP financial information set forth in the table above should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

 

OM Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures










Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


September 30, 2012


September 30, 2011

(in thousands, except per share data)

$


Diluted EPS


$


Diluted EPS









Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders - as reported

$    5,656


$              0.18


$   (68,488)


$             (2.18)









VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and lower of cost or market charges, net of tax

155


-


66,181


2.10









Acquisition-related fees, net of tax

-


-


10,045


0.32









Pension settlement expense, net of tax

2,469


0.08


-


-









Gain on sale of property, net of tax

-


-


(8,568)


(0.27)









Accelerated amortization of deferred financing fees, net of tax

1,249


0.04


-


-









Effect of applying annual effective income tax rate to actual year-to-date pre-tax income

(1,637)


(0.05)


45,304


1.44









Other discrete tax items, net 

-


-


(4,455)


(0.14)









Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders

$    7,892


$              0.25


$    40,019


$              1.27









Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted



32,004




31,552


























Nine Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30, 2012


September 30, 2011

(in thousands, except per share data)

$


Diluted EPS


$


Diluted EPS









Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders - as reported

$   (4,772)


$             (0.15)


$   (12,887)


$             (0.42)









VAC inventory purchase accounting step-up and lower of cost or market charges, net of tax

48,280


1.51


66,181


2.14









Acquisition-related fees, net of tax

-


-


14,045


0.45









Pension settlement expense, net of tax

2,469


0.08


-


-









Gain on sale of property, net of tax

(2,857)


(0.09)


(8,568)


(0.27)









Acceleration of deferred financing fees, net of tax

1,249


0.04


-


-









Effect of applying annual effective income tax rate to actual year-to-date pre-tax income

3,035


0.09


45,304


1.46









Other discrete tax items, net

-


-


(6,474)


(0.21)

















Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders

$   47,404


$              1.48


$    97,601


$              3.15









Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted



32,012




30,993

































In order to assist readers of our financial statements in understanding the operating results that the Company's management uses to evaluate the business, we are providing adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders and adjusted earnings per common share attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders - assuming dilution, both of which are non-U.S. GAAP financial measures. The Company's management believes that these are important metrics in evaluating the performance of the Company's business, providing a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating results and isolating the impact of certain items on our results. The table above presents a reconciliation of the Company's U.S. GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders - as reported to adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders and earnings per common share attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders - assuming dilution - as reported to adjusted earnings per common share attributable to OM Group, Inc. common stockholders - assuming dilution. The non-U.S. GAAP financial information set forth in the table above should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

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