Adjusted EBITDA (as defined and calculated in the attached table), a non-GAAP financial measure used by Edgen Group and its lenders to evaluate the performance of the business, was $34.1 million for the second quarter 2012 compared to $34.3 million for the second quarter 2011. Adjusted EBITDA increased $11.9 million, or 20%, to $70.5 million for the first six months of 2012 compared to $58.6 million for the first six months of 2011. As of June 30, 2012, the Company’s trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA was $136.5 million.
Dan O’Leary, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are extremely pleased with the sales growth in 2012 in both our E&I and OCTG segments. Within our E&I segment, we captured higher sales volumes in the U.S. Midstream energy market and saw increased sales in the Asia/Pacific region. Project activity slowed in Europe, but our MRO sales in that region remain steady.” Mr. O’Leary continued, “Our OCTG segment sales were positively impacted by market share gains, improved sales product mix, and a higher average rig count from rigs operating primarily in U.S. liquid-rich shale formations which require specialized alloy products.”
The Company is focused on executing its organic sales growth strategy for the remainder of 2012 and maintains its annual guidance based on current market conditions and customer business levels. The monitoring of market drivers including oil and natural gas prices, global rig count, and expected customer energy and infrastructure spending will continue. The Company is exploring alternatives for refinancing its Senior Secured Notes, focusing on strengthening its balance sheet, and investing in its future.Conference Call Edgen Group management will host a webcast and conference call to discuss these financial results on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. Central time). To access the conference call live over the internet, please log onto Edgen Group’s website, http://www.edgengroup.com, and go to the “Investor Relations” webpage at least fifteen minutes prior to the start time to register, download and install any necessary software. To participate in the conference call, interested parties in the United States may dial 1-877-317-6789 and international parties may dial 1-412-317-6789. To access the conference call, please call at least ten minutes prior to the start time and request conference number 10015719. For those who are unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (United States) and 1-412-317-0088 (International) and using the conference number 10015719. A replay of the conference call will also be available at Edgen Group’s website for 90 days following the date the webcast is posted.