Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE, the “Company”) today announced net sales of $482 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared with net sales of $594 million in the second quarter of 2011. The Company recorded a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $2.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the 2012 second quarter, compared with net income attributable to common shareholders of $19.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. The adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders, excluding special charges, was $4.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with $23.8 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.
“Ferro generated adjusted earnings of $0.05 per diluted share and $16 million of cash flow from operations in the 2012 second quarter. The business recorded sequential sales growth in the United States and Asia-Pacific compared with the first quarter of 2012. However, sales and earnings were negatively impacted by the effects of a weakening economic environment in Europe and higher than expected healthcare and pension expenses. The unexpected healthcare and pension expense reduced adjusted earnings by approximately 3 cents per share,” said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James F. Kirsch. “We are taking aggressive steps to lower costs in Europe with the successful roll-out of our new management information systems platform in the region on July 1. We expect this new platform to provide the tools that will allow us to reduce future operating costs and administrative expense. In addition, we expect to move forward on staffing reductions that will lower annual costs by approximately $5 million in our European operations through consolidation of certain manufacturing and administrative resources in our Performance Coatings business.”
2012 Second-Quarter Results
Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2012, were $482 million, a decline of 19 percent from net sales of $594 million in the second quarter of 2011. Reduced sales of Electronic Materials products, including precious metal sales, largely drove the decline in consolidated net sales. In addition, reduced customer demand in Europe due to a weaker economic climate and changes in foreign currency exchange rates contributed to the decline in sales compared with the prior-year quarter. Reduced demand for conductive pastes used in solar cell applications, metal powders used in a variety of electronic products and ceria-based surface finishing materials resulted in a $90 million decline in sales for the Electronic Materials segment, including a $63 million decline in sales of precious metals due to reduced volume and lower silver prices. Sales declined relative to the prior-year quarter to a lesser extent in the Performance Coatings, Color and Glass Performance Materials, Polymer Additives and Specialty Plastics segments. Sales declines in these businesses were largely a result of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Gross profit was $88 million, or 18.2% of net sales, during the 2012 second quarter, compared with $114 million or 19.3% of net sales during the prior-year quarter. Excluding special charges, gross profit was 20.7% of sales excluding precious metals during the quarter, compared with 24.3% in the 2011 second quarter. The primary driver of the decline in gross profit dollars was lower sales volume in the Electronic Materials segment. During the 2012 second quarter, gross profit was reduced by charges of $0.7 million, primarily related to residual costs at closed manufacturing sites involved in earlier restructuring initiatives. Gross profit was reduced by charges of $1.3 million during the second quarter of 2011, also due to residual costs at closed manufacturing sites.