Horsehead Holding Corp. Reports First Quarter 2012 Results
Quarter ended March 31,
Zinc production - tons
Zinc product shipments - tons
Zinc contained - tons
Net sales realization
Zinc products - per lb
Zinc products -per lb zinc contained
EAF dust receipts - tons
Nickel remelt alloy shipments - tons
LME average zinc price - per lb
LME average nickel price - per lb
Hensler added, "Steel production increased compared with the fourth quarter of 2011 and continued to increase steadily through the quarter. According to industry sources, steel industry capacity utilization averaged 78% during the quarter compared with 75% during the previous quarter. The combination of higher steel production levels and new service contracts which started during the first quarter of 2012 resulted in a 29% increase in dust receipt levels compared with the fourth quarter of last year. Dust receipt levels are expected to continue near these higher levels during the second quarter. I am pleased with the way our recycling plants responded to the significant increase in dust receipt levels. We processed a quantity of dust equivalent to our receipts during the quarter. We still have excess EAF dust recycling capacity which we hope to utilize in the future as EAF-based steel production continues to grow and as we pursue additional service contracts."
"These higher levels of EAF dust result from our strategic investments over the past few years, namely the capacity expansion at our Rockwood, TN facility, the acquisition of the EAF dust collection business of ESOI and the construction of new capacity at our Barnwell, SC facility, further supported by our expanded and extended contract with Nucor Steel. This has resulted in a higher level of low cost feed to our current zinc production facility and will be the primary source of feed for our new zinc plant being built in North Carolina. Our anticipated ability to obtain increased EAF dust receipts was an important factor in our analysis of the benefits to be obtained from this new plant, and we have been able to capitalize on the new investments in EAF dust recycling to provide a solid basis for the production from the new zinc plant."
"We had an excellent production quarter at the Monaca zinc smelter. Zinc production was a record for the quarter at 44,977 tons, which includes production at both the Monaca zinc smelter and at Zochem. Improved operating practices and higher quality raw material sourcing has contributed to improved zinc recoveries and the best production quarter at the zinc smelter since the first quarter of 2008, and we are seeing these results continue into the second quarter of 2012. Zochem made a positive contribution to earnings during the quarter. We are currently assessing the feasibility of expanding capacity at the Zochem location in anticipation of our potential idling of the oxide production capacity at the Monaca plant next year."
"Demand for zinc products from our Monaca location increased by 12% during the first quarter of 2012 compared with the first quarter of 2011, reflecting stronger demand in our end markets and recovery of market share in zinc oxide that was lost as a result of the refinery outage that took place in the latter half of 2010. We expect to continue to operate our full complement of six zinc smelting furnaces in 2012."
"INMETCO continues to operate at full capacity even though tolling receipts from stainless steel producers remain soft. INMETCO's production output increased by 7% compared with the prior year's first quarter as a result of productivity improvements even though we experienced an unplanned outage due to a premature roof failure at the melting furnace. While tolling receipts increased slightly from the fourth quarter of last year we expect second quarter receipts to remain soft."
"In March 2012, we announced that we had entered into an agreement with Shell Chemical, giving Shell the option to acquire the site of the zinc smelter in Monaca for the potential construction of a petrochemical complex. If Shell exercises their option, we would be required to vacate the plant site no later than April 30, 2014. We anticipate closing the zinc smelter as soon as our new zinc facility in North Carolina is operating. We expect this to occur before the deadline to vacate date should Shell exercise their option."
"Project activity and capital spending has accelerated on our new zinc plant project in Rutherford County, NC. Foundation excavation and concrete work has started. We continue to believe we are on track to complete construction of the plant and begin startup in the third quarter of 2013. Our estimate for the construction cost of the new plant remains at $350 to $375 million. Once fully operational, it should provide us with annual incremental EBITDA of approximately $90 to $110 million. As of March 31, 2012, we have spent approximately $68 million on the project. We had $172 million of cash on hand at the end of the quarter, which will allow us to keep the project on schedule. We continue to explore a number of options to finance the remainder of this project and are working toward completing this effort by mid-year 2012."
Conference Call Information
Horsehead will conduct a conference call with investors and analysts on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 11:00 am EDT to discuss its first quarter. Dial-in instructions are as follows.
United States: (800) 230-1059
International: (612) 234-9960
An Audio-Only Web Conference Cast will also be available from the Investor Relations Corporate Information page of our website http://www.horsehead.net/ or directly at https://im.csgsystems.com/cgi-bin/confCast. Enter Conference ID# 244622 then click Go.
A replay of the call will be available beginning at 1:00 pm EDT on Friday, May 4, 2012 and ending on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT. Dial in instructions for the replay is as follows.
United States: (800) 475-6701
International: (320) 365-3844
Access Code: 244622
Horsehead Holding Corp. ("Horsehead") (Nasdaq: ZINC) is the parent company of Horsehead Corporation, a leading U.S. producer of specialty zinc and zinc-based products and a leading recycler of electric arc furnace dust; The International Metals Reclamation Company ("INMETCO"), a leading recycler of metals-bearing wastes and a leading processor of nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries in North America; and Zochem Inc., a zinc oxide producer located in Brampton, Ontario. Horsehead, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., employs approximately 1,150 people and has eight facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit http://www.horsehead.net/ for more information.
Cautionary Statement about Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about business outlook, proposed initiatives and strategy, financial and performance targets and statements about historical results that may suggest trends for our business. These statements are based on assumptions, estimates and information available to us at the time of this press release and are not guarantees of future performance. There may be several factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including, among others, the impact of future market conditions on our results of operations, our future operating costs and production levels and our expansion plans and initiatives, our ability to achieve the benefits we expect to achieve from the Zochem acquisition and the cost savings and other benefits we expect to achieve from our new zinc plant once fully operational, the ultimate cost to construct the new plant and our ability to secure any additional required financing for it on acceptable terms or at all, our ability to obtain environmental and regulatory permits and approvals, and the success and timing of our expansion plans and initiatives and their impact on our future capabilities, capacity, and production costs and financial results. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements. We can give no assurances that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if any of them does, what impact they will have on our results of operations and financial condition. You should carefully read the factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a description of certain risks that could, among other things, cause our actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and we undertake no obligation to revise or update this earnings release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
Summary Consolidated Financial Results (in thousands except per share amounts):
Balance Sheet Items
March 31, 2012
December 31, 2011
Cash and equivalents
Other current assets
Property, plant and equipment, net
Other long-term liabilities
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
Segment Information (unaudited)
Quarter ended March 31, 2012
Corporate, eliminations and other
(Loss) income before tax..................................
Quarter ended March 31, 2011
Corporate, eliminations and other
Income before tax...........................................
- (1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management uses adjusted EBITDA to help it evaluate our performance and to compare our current results with those for prior periods as well as with the results of other companies in our industry. We caution investors that adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute for disclosures made in accordance with GAAP. Below is a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net (loss) income:
Three months ended March 31,
Net (loss) income
Non-cash hedge adjustments
Non-cash compensation expense
Impairment of assets - Monaca
Income tax (benefit) provision
Interest and other income
Depreciation and amortization
Robert D. Scherich
Vice President & CFO
Horsehead Holding Corp.
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