updated 9/17/2010 3:46:08 PM ET 2010-09-17T19:46:08

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSM) (the "Company") today announces results for the quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. Key points are as follows:

  • Net sales for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2010 were up 30%, to $146.4 million, and shipments increased 30% to 62,207 MT, from our third quarter ended March 31, 2010. Core Metals Group, acquired on April 1, 2010, accounted for 61% of the increase in sales and 68% of the increase in shipments. Net sales and shipments increased 79% and 93%, respectively, from the quarter ended June 30, 2009.
     
  • Net income attributable to GSM for the fourth quarter was $6.6 million, compared to $0.5 million in our third quarter and $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of last year.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.09 in the fourth quarter, compared to $0.01 per share in our third quarter and $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter of last year. 
     
  • Other than maintenance outages, we are currently running all of our silicon metal and silicon-based alloy furnaces at full capacity. Customer demand remains strong.
     
  • The Board of Directors today approved an annual dividend of $0.15 per common share. The dividend is payable October 29, 2010, to stockholders of record as of October 15, 2010. This dividend represents an aggregate cash payment of $11.1 million to our stockholders. The Company is initiating this dividend based on its historical earnings and expectations for continued earnings growth. We believe our expected future free cash flow, modest debt levels and net cash balance are sufficient to fund a dividend of this amount and provide adequate financial flexibility to support our growth initiatives. In the future, we intend to continue to consider declaring dividends on an annual basis, subject to reviewing our earnings and then current circumstances.          

Diluted earnings per share on a comparable basis were as follows:

Fourth quarter results were negatively impacted by $3.2 million of after-tax costs for retained liabilities related to a disposed business, which partially reduced a prior gain, and $1.9 million of after-tax start-up related costs for the Niagara Falls, NY plant. Results were positively impacted by a reduction in our tax rate in the fourth quarter due to certain state tax credits, which resulted in a $2.1 million benefit in our provision for income taxes, and a $1.0 million retroactive adjustment to power costs. The increase in diluted EPS, excluding the above items, from $0.05 per share in our third quarter to $0.11 per share in our fourth quarter is primarily due to the acquisition of Core Metals Group, as well as a higher volume of shipments and a modest increase in average selling prices in our existing businesses, partially offset by higher variable compensation expense.   

Shipments in the fourth quarter increased 30% from the preceding quarter as a result of improving demand from our end markets and the Core Metals Group acquisition. As expected, our average selling price, including Core Metals Group, declined by 4% from the preceding quarter, with a 2% increase in silicon metal offset by an 8% decrease in silicon-based alloys. The decline in the silicon-based alloy average selling price was a result of the acquisition of Core Metals Group, which increased our mix of ferrosilicon, our lowest priced alloy, which also has our lowest cost of production. The increase in the average selling price of silicon metal was primarily a result of a greater percentage of sales coming from annual contracts and spot pricing. 

Fourth quarter EBITDA was $14.6 million, compared to $8.8 million in our third quarter and $11.9 million in the fourth quarter of last year. Fourth quarter EBITDA, excluding the items listed below, was $19.4 million. EBITDA on a comparable basis was as follows:

For the year ended June 30, 2010, the Company posted net income attributable to GSM shareholders of $34.1 million, or $0.46 a diluted share, compared to a net loss of $42.0 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the prior year. Last year's results included an after-tax impairment charge of $65.3 million. EBITDA for the year ended June 30, 2010 was $79.5 million, compared to a loss of $7.8 million in the comparable period of the prior year.

We expect sales volumes to decrease modestly in our fiscal first quarter of 2011 as a result of planned maintenance outages. This is expected to lead to a modest decrease in sales and earnings in the fiscal first quarter of 2011. Other than maintenance outages, we expect to continue to operate at full capacity.  

Capital expenditures were $6.5 million in the fourth quarter and $22.9 million for the full fiscal year. We expect a modest increase in capital expenditures in our fiscal first and second quarters of 2011 for planned maintenance outages.

Cash and cash equivalents totalled $157.0 million at June 30, 2010 and total debt was $41.1 million. Cash provided by operating activities was $8.4 million in the fourth quarter. 

Globe CEO Jeff Bradley commented, "We are pleased with the results and expect demand from the markets we serve to remain solid. Our Niagara Falls plant is now running at expected output levels and we have instituted a rigorous maintenance schedule for all our plants to improve operating efficiency and reduce costs. Our recent acquisition of Core Metals Group has proved significantly accretive, making a meaningful contribution to our sales and earnings, as well as to our overall operational capabilities." Bradley continued, "We expect a modest decline in shipments and earnings in our first fiscal quarter of 2011 due to planned maintenance outages. In the subsequent quarters, we expect continued growth in volume and earnings, with the most meaningful increase coming at the beginning of calendar 2011 when our existing low-priced silicon metal contracts expire. We also anticipate positive benefits from the improving ferrosilicon market and the completion of our planned outages."

Conference Call

Globe will review fourth quarter results during its quarterly conference call tomorrow, September 17, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The dial-in number for the call is 877-293-5491. International callers should dial 914-495-8526. Please dial in at least five minutes prior to the call to register. The call may also be accessed via an audio webcast available on the GSM website at http://investor.glbsm.com. Click on the September 17, 2010 Conference Call link to access the call.

About Globe Specialty Metals

Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. is among the world's largest producers of silicon metal and silicon-based specialty alloys, critical ingredients in a host of industrial and consumer products with growing markets. Customers include major silicone chemical, aluminum and steel manufacturers, auto companies and their suppliers, ductile iron foundries, manufacturers of photovoltaic solar cells and computer chips, and concrete producers. The Company is headquartered in New York City. For further information please visit our web site at www.glbsm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain ''forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as ''anticipates,'' ''intends,'' ''plans,'' ''seeks,'' ''believes,'' ''estimates,'' ''expects'' and similar references to future periods, or by the inclusion of forecasts or projections. Forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and assumptions of Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (the "Company") regarding its business, financial condition, the economy and other future conditions.

Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, by their nature, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. The Company cautions you therefore that you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as statements of historical fact or as guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions including, among others, changes in metals prices; increases in the cost of raw materials or energy; competition in the metals and foundry industries; environmental and regulatory risks; ability to identify liabilities associated with acquired properties prior to their acquisition; ability to manage price and operational risks including industrial accidents and natural disasters; ability to manage foreign operations; changes in technology; and ability to acquire or renew permits and approvals.

Any forward-looking statement made by the Company or management in this release speaks only as of the date on which it or they make it. Factors or events that could cause the Company's actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, unless otherwise required to do so under the law or the rules of the NASDAQ Global Market.

EBITDA

EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure.

We have included EBITDA to provide a supplemental measure of our performance which we believe is important because it eliminates items that have less bearing on our current and future operating performance and so highlights trends in our core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income (loss) is provided in the attached financial statements.

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