“For 2013, we expect to see modest growth in both our consolidated sales and operating income. Sales are currently anticipated to approach $775 million with operating income to be within a range of $65 to $75 million. Titanium mill product volumes are expected to be slightly lower than the 16.5 million pounds shipped in 2012. On the other hand, based on the latest information from Boeing, seat track component shipments for the 787 Dreamliner are expected to exceed 75 ship sets. Our capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $50 to $60 million.
“Despite this guidance, I would caution investors that we expect the first half of the year to exhibit some softness with good momentum developing during the last six months, driven by an accelerated production schedule for 787 components and sequential increases in mill product demand. This early softness could result in first quarter operating income of less than $10 million.” Ms. Hickton concluded.
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