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Tredegar Reports Higher Second-Quarter Earnings
Aluminum Profits Drive Improved Manufacturing Results
RICHMOND, Va., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tredegar Corporation (NYSE: TG) reported second-quarter income from continuing operations of $5.2 million (14 cents per share) compared to $1.7 million (4 cents per share) in 2003. Earnings from manufacturing operations were $10.6 million (27 cents per share) versus $7.6 million (20 cents per share). Second-quarter sales were $216.1 million compared to $181.6 million in 2003. A summary of second- quarter and year-to-date results from continuing operations is shown below:
(In millions, except Second Quarter Six Months per-share data) Ended Ended June 30 June 30 2004 2003 2004 2003 Income from continuing operations as reported under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) $5.2 $1.7 $7.6 $6.5 After-tax effects of: Loss related to unusual items - - - .7 Loss associated with plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings 4.0 3.8 11.0 3.8 Loss from Therics ongoing operations 1.7 2.1 3.3 4.3 Gain on sale of other assets (0.3) - (4.2) - Income from manufacturing operations* $10.6 $7.6 $17.7 $15.3 Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations as reported under GAAP $.14 $.04 $.20 $.17 After-tax effects per diluted share of: Loss related to unusual items - - - .02 Loss associated with plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings .10 .10 .29 .10 Loss from Therics ongoing operations .04 .06 .08 .11 Gain on sale of other assets (.01) - (.11) - Diluted earnings per share from manufacturing operations* $.27 $.20 $.46 $.40
* The after-tax effects of unusual items, plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings, Therics' ongoing operations, and gain on sale of other assets have been presented separately and removed from income and earnings per share from continuing operations as reported under GAAP to determine Tredegar's presentation of income and earnings per share from manufacturing operations. Income and earnings per share from manufacturing operations are key financial and analytical measures used by Tredegar to gauge the operating performance of its manufacturing businesses. They are not intended to represent the stand-alone results for Tredegar's manufacturing businesses under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or earnings per share as defined by GAAP. They exclude items that we believe do not relate to Tredegar's ongoing manufacturing operations. They also exclude Therics, a technology company that cannot be analyzed and valued by historical measures of earnings and cash flow. Therics' prospects and value currently depend on its ability to develop, manufacture, market, sell and profit from its orthopaedic product line. There is no assurance whether or when we might realize any return on our investment in Therics.
Norman A. Scher, Tredegar's president and chief executive officer, said: "The increase in second-quarter earnings was led by our aluminum extrusions business, where improved market conditions, higher volume and cost reductions boosted profits. Volume and profits in films were also up, and we remain optimistic that near-term opportunities will lead to meaningful profit growth in this business by the end of this year or early 2005."
Regarding Therics, Scher said: "We continue to monitor Therics closely and hope to see further acceptance of its new bone void filler products during the second half of 2004."
MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS Film Products
Second-quarter net sales in Film Products were $101.5 million, up 15% from $88.4 million in 2003. Operating profit from ongoing operations was $10.9 million, up 8% from $10.1 million last year. Volume for the quarter increased 9% to 71.2 million pounds from 65.5 million pounds in 2003.
On a sequential basis, net sales, operating profit from ongoing operations and volume in the first quarter of 2004 were $95.9 million, $10.0 million and 69.1 million pounds, respectively.
Film Products has successfully introduced a variety of new elastic diaper laminates and feminine hygiene topsheet products to several global customers, and sales of new packaging and specialty films are increasing. The company continues to invest aggressively to support new global growth opportunities. The ongoing success of P&G's new feminine pad topsheet, which was rolled out in Europe and Japan in 2003, is leading to new opportunities in other regions. While current capacity is sufficient to meet near-term demand, Film Products is increasing 2004 capital spending from $40 million to $55 million to support additional growth expectations for this product. This increase in capital expenditures is tied to contracted volume commitments.
Year-to-date net sales were $197.4 million versus $181.8 million in 2003. Operating profit from ongoing operations was $20.9 million compared to $24.0 million in 2003. Year-to-date volume increased slightly to 140.3 million pounds from 138.8 million pounds. Prior-year results include sales of certain domestic backsheet that were discontinued at the end of the first quarter of 2003.
Capital spending in Film Products through June 30 totaled $21 million. Aluminum Extrusions
Second-quarter net sales in Aluminum Extrusions were $109.0 million, up 23% from $88.6 million in 2003. Volume was up 8% to 62.0 million pounds from 57.6 million pounds in 2003. Operating profit from ongoing operations increased 69% to $8.3 million from $4.9 million in 2003. The profit increase was driven by volume growth, higher selling prices and improved operating efficiencies. Shipments were up in all end markets, with the strongest growth in the commercial building and construction, transportation, and machinery and equipment segments.
Year-to-date net sales were $204.2 million, up 18% from $173.1 million in 2003. Operating profit from ongoing operations for the six-month period nearly doubled to $12.0 from $6.1 in 2003. Year-to-date volume increased 8% to 120.0 million pounds, up from 111.6 million pounds in 2003.
Through June 30, capital expenditures totaled $3 million and are expected to be approximately $15 million for the year.
The second-quarter operating loss from ongoing operations at Therics was $2.5 million compared to a loss of $3.3 million in 2003. Therics launched its initial product line earlier this year. Net sales were $120,000 for the quarter, up from $11,000 in the first quarter. The year-to-date operating loss was $5.0 million compared to $6.6 million in 2003.
Quarterly operating losses are expected to continue at about the second- quarter level until meaningful sales are achieved.
Second-quarter results include a net after-tax charge of $4.0 million (10 cents per share) for plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings, including asset impairment charges of $1.9 million related to the films business in Argentina, which is for sale. Second-quarter results also include a net after-tax gain of $268,000 on the sale of other assets. Last year's second-quarter results included a net after-tax charge of $3.8 million (10 cents per share) related to plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings.
Year-to-date net after-tax charges for unusual items, plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings were $11.0 million (29 cents per share), including $6.2 million related to the planned shutdown of the aluminum extrusions plant in Aurora, Ontario. Comparable charges in 2003 totaled $4.5 million (12 cents per share). The year-to-date gain on the sale of other assets in 2004 was $4.2 million (11 cents per share) and was related primarily to the sale of securities.
Second-quarter results for 2003 include a net gain from discontinued operations of $891,000 (2 cents per share) related to the sale of intellectual property formerly owned by Tredegar's Molecumetics subsidiary, which was closed in 2002. The year-to-date net loss for discontinued operations in 2003 totaled $48.6 million ($1.26 per share) and was related primarily to the company's venture capital activities.
Additional details regarding these items are provided in the financial tables included with this press release.
Net debt (debt net of cash) was $70 million, or less than one times the last twelve months adjusted EBITDA.
See notes to financial tables for reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures.
QUARTERLY CONFERENCE CALL
Tredegar management will host a conference call on July 22 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss its earnings results. Individuals can access the call by dialing 877-692-2592. Individuals calling from outside the United States should dial 973-582-2700. A replay of the call will be available, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on July 22 through July 29, by dialing 877-519-4471 (domestic) or 973-341-3080 (international), conference ID 4933620.
Alternatively, individuals may listen to the live audio webcast of the presentation by visiting the Tredegar Web site at http://www.tredegar.com. The webcast of the call may be accessed by selecting the "Webcast of second- quarter results" link on the home page. An archived version of the call will be available for replay on the Web site.
FORWARD-LOOKING AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
The words "believe," "hope," "expect," "are likely," and similar expressions identify "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward- looking statements, including without limitation the following:
Film Products is highly dependent on sales to one customer, which comprised approximately 30% of Tredegar's net sales in 2003. Film Products' success in this regard depends on its ability to develop products that meet this customer's requirements as well as market acceptance of this customer's products. Our ability to grow Film Products and attract new customers depends on developing and delivering new products, especially in the personal care market. Personal care products are now being made with a variety of new materials, replacing traditional backsheet and other components. While we have substantial technical resources, there can be no assurance that our new products can be brought to market successfully, or at the same level of profitability and market share of replaced films. A shift in customer preferences away from our technologies, our inability to develop and deliver new profitable products, or delayed acceptance of our new products in domestic and foreign markets, could have a material adverse effect on our business.
Aluminum Extrusions is a cyclical business that is highly dependent on the economic conditions of its end-use markets in the U.S. and Canada, particularly in the construction, distribution and transportation industries. This business is also subject to seasonal slowdowns during the winter months. Aluminum Extrusions is under increasing domestic and foreign competitive pressures, including a growing presence of foreign imports in a number of its markets.
Therics' prospects and value depend on its ability to develop, manufacture, market, sell and profit from its orthopaedic product line and to achieve specified milestones, all of which will depend on its preclinical, clinical, regulatory, procurement, manufacturing, and sales and marketing capabilities or, where appropriate, its ability to enter into satisfactory arrangements with third parties to provide those functions.
Future performance is also influenced by the costs incurred by Tredegar's businesses. There is no assurance that cost control efforts will offset cost increases or any additional declines in revenues. Likewise, there is no assurance of our ability to pass through to our customers cost increases in raw materials.
Tredegar does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement made in this press release to reflect any change in management's expectations or any change in conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which such statements are based.
To the extent that this release contains non-GAAP financial measures, it also presents both the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP and a quantitative reconciliation of the difference between any such non-GAAP measures and such comparable GAAP financial measures. Accompanying the reconciliation is management's statement concerning the reasons why management believes that presentation of non-GAAP measures provides useful information to investors concerning Tredegar's financial condition and results of operations.
Based in Richmond, Va., Tredegar Corporation is a global manufacturer of plastic films and aluminum extrusions. Tredegar is also developing and marketing bone graft substitutes through its Therics subsidiary.
Tredegar Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (In Thousands, Except Per-Share Data) (Unaudited) Second Quarter Ended Six Months Ended June 30 June 30 2004 2003 2004 2003 Sales $216,053 $181,574 $411,972 $363,619 Other income (expense), net 352 428 6,458 1,151 216,405 182,002 418,430 364,770 Cost of goods sold 177,483 149,836 341,227 299,337 Freight 5,468 4,532 10,295 8,720 Selling, R&D and general expenses 18,623 17,389 36,567 35,580 Amortization of intangibles 67 67 134 134 Interest expense 598 1,683 1,521 3,786 Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings(a) 6,004 5,882 16,787 5,967 Unusual items(b) - - - 1,067 208,243 179,389 406,531 354,591 Income before income taxes 8,162 2,613 11,899 10,179 Income taxes 2,983 932 4,291 3,639 Income from continuing operations 5,179 1,681 7,608 6,540 Discontinued operations(c): Loss from venture capital investment activities (including an after-tax loss on the sale of the venture capital investment portfolio of $49.2 million in 2003) - - - (49,516) Gain on the sale of intellectual property of Molecumetics in 2003 - 891 - 891 Net income (loss)(a)(b)(c)(d) $5,179 $2,572 $7,608 $(42,085) Earnings (loss) per share: Basic: Continuing operations $.14 $.04 $.20 $.17 Discontinued operations - .02 - (1.28) Net income (loss) $.14 $.06 $.20 $(1.11) Diluted: Continuing operations $.14 $.04 $.20 $.17 Discontinued operations - .02 - (1.26) Net income (loss) $.14 $.06 $.20 $(1.09) Shares used to compute earnings (loss) per share: Basic 38,235 38,047 38,232 38,113 Diluted 38,427 38,418 38,431 38,498 Tredegar Corporation Net Sales and Operating Profit by Segment (In Thousands) (Unaudited) Second Quarter Ended Six Months Ended June 30 June 30 2004 2003 2004 2003 Net Sales Film Products $101,484 $88,410 $197,370 $181,794 Aluminum Extrusions 108,981 88,632 204,176 173,105 Therics 120 - 131 - Total net sales 210,585 177,042 401,677 354,899 Add back freight 5,468 4,532 10,295 8,720 Sales as shown in the Consolidated Statements of Income $216,053 $181,574 $411,972 $363,619 Operating Profit Film Products: Ongoing operations $10,863 $10,104 $20,887 $24,032 Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings(a) (4,834) (2,609) (6,037) (2,694) Aluminum Extrusions: Ongoing operations 8,281 4,855 11,964 6,066 Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings(a) (146) (388) (9,726) (388) Therics: Ongoing operations (2,543) (3,306) (5,034) (6,603) Restructurings(a) (1,024) (1,704) (1,024) (1,704) Unusual items(b) - - - (1,067) Total 10,597 6,952 11,030 17,642 Interest income 72 409 146 833 Interest expense 598 1,683 1,521 3,786 Gain on sale of corporate assets(b) 413 - 6,547 - Corporate expenses, net 2,322 3,065 4,303 4,510 Income before income taxes 8,162 2,613 11,899 10,179 Income taxes 2,983 932 4,291 3,639 Income from continuing operations 5,179 1,681 7,608 6,540 Income (loss) from discontinued operations(c) - 891 - (48,625) Net income (loss)(a)(b)(c)(d) $5,179 $2,572 $7,608 $(42,085) Tredegar Corporation Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In Thousands) (Unaudited) June 30, December 31, 2004 2003 Assets Cash & cash equivalents $19,168 $19,943 Accounts & notes receivable 112,800 84,110 Income taxes recoverable 2,863 61,508 Inventories 48,860 49,572 Deferred income taxes 12,437 10,998 Prepaid expenses & other 5,532 5,015 Total current assets 201,660 231,146 Property, plant & equipment, net 293,460 297,476 Other assets 81,447 83,855 Goodwill & other intangibles 139,837 140,548 Total assets $716,404 $753,025 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Accounts payable $59,848 $46,706 Accrued expenses 46,124 42,456 Current portion of long-term debt 11,250 8,750 Total current liabilities 117,222 97,912 Long-term debt 77,530 130,879 Deferred income taxes 62,782 66,276 Other noncurrent liabilities 10,713 10,559 Shareholders' equity 448,157 447,399 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $716,404 $753,025 Tredegar Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (In Thousands) (Unaudited) Six Months Ended June 30 2004 2003 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income (loss) $7,608 $(42,085) Adjustments for noncash items: Depreciation 16,162 15,669 Amortization of intangibles 134 134 Deferred income taxes (2,365) 33,365 Accrued pension income and postretirement benefits (2,042) (2,204) Loss on venture capital investments - 70,256 Gain on sale of corporate assets (6,547) - Loss on asset impairments and divestitures 12,476 2,023 Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures: Accounts and notes receivables (29,774) 6,352 Inventories 72 (175) Income taxes recoverable 58,633 (47,148) Prepaid expenses and other (622) 25 Accounts payable 13,824 6,129 Accrued expenses 3,018 4,388 Other, net (1,506) 704 Net cash provided by operating activities 69,071 47,433 Cash flows from investing activities: Capital expenditures (24,737) (26,083) Venture capital investments - (2,807) Proceeds from sale of venture capital investments - 21,504 Proceeds from the sale of corporate assets and property disposals 7,829 - Other, net 521 (116) Net cash used in investing activities (16,387) (7,502) Cash flows from financing activities: Dividends paid (3,068) (3,050) Net decrease in borrowings (50,849) (29,188) Repurchase of Tredegar common stock - (5,170) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 458 623 Net cash used in financing activities (53,459) (36,785) (Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (775) 3,146 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 19,943 109,928 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $19,168 $113,074 Selected Financial Measures (In Millions) (Unaudited) For the Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2004 Film Aluminum Products Extrusions Therics Total Operating profit (loss) from ongoing operations $42.5 $21.0 $(10.1) $53.4 Allocation of corporate overhead (5.5) (2.8) - (8.3) Add back depreciation and amortization 20.4 11.0 1.5 32.9 Adjusted EBITDA(e) $57.4 $29.2 $(8.6) $78.0 Selected balance sheet and other data as of June 30, 2004: Cash invested to date in Therics $69.4 Net debt(f) $69.6 Shares outstanding 38.4 Notes to the Financial Tables (a) Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings in the second quarter of 2004 include: * A pretax charge of $2.7 million for impairment of the films business in Argentina; * Pretax charges of $994,000 related to accelerated depreciation from plant shutdowns and restructurings in Film Products; * A pretax charge of $879,000 related to the estimated loss on the sub-lease of a portion of the Therics facility in Princeton, New Jersey; * Pretax charges of $575,000 in Film Products and $146,000 in Aluminum Extrusions related to asset impairments; * A pretax charge of $300,000 related to severance and other employee- related costs associated with the planned shutdown of the films manufacturing facility in New Bern, North Carolina; * A pretax charge of $300,000 related to the estimated loss on the sale of the previously shutdown films manufacturing facility in Manchester, Iowa; and * A pretax charge of $145,000 related to severance costs in Therics. Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings in the first six months of 2004 include: * A pretax charge of $9.6 million related to the planned shutdown of an aluminum extrusions facility in Aurora, Ontario, including asset impairment charges of $7.1 million and severance and other employee- related costs of $2.5 million; * A pretax charge of $2.7 million for impairment of the films business in Argentina; * Pretax charges of $1.7 million related to accelerated depreciation from plant shutdowns and restructurings in Film Products; * A pretax charge of $879,000 related to the estimated loss on the sub-lease of a portion of the Therics facility in Princeton, New Jersey; * Pretax charges of $575,000 in Film Products and $146,000 in Aluminum Extrusions related to asset impairments; * Pretax charges of $837,000 related to severance and other employee- related costs associated with the planned shutdown of the film manufacturing facility in New Bern, North Carolina; * A pretax charge of $300,000 related to the estimated loss on the sale of the previously shutdown films manufacturing facility in Manchester, Iowa; and * A pretax charge of $145,000 related to severance costs in Therics. Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings in the second quarter of 2003 include: * Pretax charges for severance costs in connection with restructurings in Film Products ($1.6 million), Therics ($1.2 million) and at corporate headquarters ($1.2 million; included in "Corporate expenses, net" in the Operating Profit by Segment table); * A pretax charge of $956,000 for asset impairments in Film Products; * A pretax charge of $388,000 related to an early retirement program in Aluminum Extrusions; * A pretax charge of $549,000 related to the estimated loss on the sub-lease of a portion of the Therics facility in Princeton, New Jersey; and * Pretax charge of $53,000 for additional costs incurred related to a previously announced plant shutdown in Film Products. Plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings in the first six months of 2003 include: * Pretax charges for severance costs in connection with restructurings in Film Products ($1.6 million), Therics ($1.2 million) and at corporate headquarters ($1.2 million; included in "Corporate expenses, net" in the Operating Profit by Segment table); * A pretax charge of $956,000 for asset impairments in Film Products; * A pretax charge of $388,000 related to an early retirement program in Aluminum Extrusions; * A pretax charge of $549,000 related to the estimated loss on the sub-lease of a portion of the Therics facility in Princeton, New Jersey; and * Pretax charges of $138,000 for additional costs incurred related to previously announced plant shutdowns in Film Products. (b) Unusual items in 2003 include a first-quarter pretax charge of $1.1 million related to an adjustment for depreciation at Therics based on Tredegar's decision to suspend divestiture efforts. Gain on the sale of corporate assets in 2004 include gains of $6.1 million related to the sale of public equity securities and $413,000 on the sale of corporate real estate. There were no public equity securities held at June 30, 2004. (c) On March 7, 2003, Tredegar announced that Tredegar Investments had reached definitive agreements to sell substantially all of its venture capital investment portfolio. The operating results associated with venture capital investment activities have been reported as discontinued operations. Discontinued operations for 2003 also include a gain of $891,000 after-taxes on the sale of intellectual property of Molecumetics and a loss on the divestiture of the venture capital investment portfolio of $49.2 million after taxes. Operations were ceased at Molecumetics on July 2, 2002. The operating results of Molecumetics have been reported as discontinued operations. (d) Comprehensive income (loss), defined as net income and other comprehensive income (loss), was income of $4 million for the second quarter of 2004 and income of $10.3 million for the second quarter of 2003. Comprehensive income (loss) was income of $3 million for the first six months of 2004 and a loss of $31.5 million for the first six months of 2003. Other comprehensive income (loss) includes changes in unrealized gains and losses on available-for- sale securities, foreign currency translation adjustments, unrealized gains and losses on derivative financial instruments and minimum pension liability recorded net of deferred taxes directly in shareholders' equity. (e) Adjusted EBITDA represents income from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, unusual items and losses associated with plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings and gain on sale of other assets. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP and should not be considered as either an alternative to net income (as an indicator of operating performance) or to cash flow (as a measure of liquidity). Tredegar uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of unlevered (debt-free) operating cash flow. We also use it when comparing relative enterprise values of manufacturing companies and when measuring debt capacity. When comparing the valuations of a peer group of manufacturing companies, we express enterprise value as a multiple of Adjusted EBITDA. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is preferable to operating profit and other GAAP measures when applying a comparable multiple approach to enterprise valuation because it excludes depreciation and amortization, unusual items and losses associated with plant shutdowns, asset impairments and restructurings, measures of which may vary among peer companies. (f) Net debt is calculated as follows (in millions): Debt $88.8 Less: cash and cash equivalents (19.2) Net debt $69.6
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