Materion Corporation Reports First Quarter Earnings

Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) today reported stronger than expected results for the first quarter 2012 and revised its earnings outlook for the year.

The Company reported net income for the quarter of $6.1 million, or $0.30 per share, diluted, on sales of $353.6 million.

FIRST QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

Sales for the first quarter were $353.6 million, down $21.2 million, or approximately 6%, compared to sales of $374.8 million for the first quarter of 2011. Higher pass-through metal prices increased sales in the first quarter by $16.3 million compared to the same period last year. Net of pass-through metal prices, sales were down approximately 10% year over year. Weaker demand from consumer electronics, telecom infrastructure and automotive electronics contributed to the decline in sales.

Comparing sequentially to the fourth quarter of 2011, first quarter 2012 sales were up $19.2 million, or approximately 6%, from $334.4 million. Coming off a weaker fourth quarter of 2011, order entry gained strength in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting stronger demand from the consumer electronics, industrial components and commercial aerospace, oil and gas, medical and automotive electronics markets. The improvement has continued into the early part of the second quarter.

Net income for the first quarter was $6.1 million, or $0.30 per share, diluted, compared to net income of $11.8 million, or $0.57 per share, diluted, for the first quarter of the prior year. The reduction in net income is due primarily to the lower sales volume and a weaker product mix.

ACQUISITION

In March 2012, the Company acquired all of the outstanding shares of Aerospace Metal Composites Limited (AMC) located in Farnborough, England, for approximately $3.3 million net of cash received. AMC is a producer of high performance metal matrix composites that are sold into the automotive, aerospace and defense and other markets. These products and technologies complement the Beryllium and Composites business segment.

BUSINESS SEGMENT REPORTING

Advanced Material Technologies

The Advanced Material Technologies’ segment sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $241.8 million, or 6% lower, compared to sales of $256.6 million in the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of higher metal prices, sales declined $33.4 million, or approximately 13%, in the first quarter 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. The sales decline is largely due to lower demand from the consumer electronics market for semiconductor and wireless product applications. However, demand from these markets improved in the first quarter of 2012 from the low levels of the fourth quarter of 2011. Sequentially, sales were up in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter by approximately 4%. In addition, demand for medical applications increased in the first quarter of 2012. During the first quarter, order entry improved by 7% over the fourth quarter of 2011.

Operating profit for the first quarter of 2012 was $5.3 million, compared to an operating profit of $10.7 million for the first quarter of 2011. Operating profit was negatively impacted by the lower sales volume, a weaker product mix and the recent acquisition of EIS Optics Limited.

Performance Alloys

Performance Alloys' sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $75.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2011 sales of $84.4 million, down 11%. Metal price pass-through accounted for $2.3 million of the lower sales compared to the first quarter of 2011. The majority of the decline in sales is due to weakness in the consumer electronics market. Our sales in this market segment declined 25% compared to the first quarter of 2011. Sales for the first quarter of 2012 were up $2.7 million, or approximately 4%, compared to sales in the fourth quarter of 2011 of $72.5 million. The Company’s ToughMet sales to the industrial components and commercial aerospace market continued to grow by double digits during the first quarter of 2012. Order entry has improved over the fourth quarter of 2011 by approximately 36%.

Operating profit for the first quarter was $6.3 million compared to an operating profit of $8.8 million in the first quarter of 2011. The decline in operating profit is due to the lower sales volume and unfavorable product mix offset, in part, by improved pricing.

Beryllium and Composites

Beryllium and Composites' sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $16.1 million, up 16% compared to first quarter 2011 sales of $14.0 million. The higher sales are attributable to stronger demand from the defense and science markets. Sales for the first quarter were up sequentially by approximately 19% from the fourth quarter 2011 sales of $13.5 million. Order entry during the first quarter was the highest quarterly total since the fourth quarter of 2010.

The operating loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.3 million, which compares to an operating profit of $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2011. The reduction in operating profit for the first quarter of 2012 is due to an unfavorable product mix, higher material costs and manufacturing inefficiencies caused by lower production volumes. The first quarter 2012 results included higher operating costs associated with the start-up of the new beryllium pebble plant. The higher operating costs will continue into the second quarter as the pebble plant ramps up production volumes through the second quarter of 2012.

Technical Materials

Technical Materials’ sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $20.4 million, up approximately 4%, compared to $19.7 million for the same period of last year. The majority of the increase is from stronger demand for disk drive materials. Sales in the first quarter of 2012 were up 35% sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Operating profit for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.9 million compared to an operating profit of $2.2 million for the same period of last year.

OUTLOOK FOR 2012

Order entry increased approximately 12% during the first quarter of 2012 following a significant decline in the second half of 2011. The improvement came from stronger demand in the consumer electronics, industrial components and commercial aerospace, oil and gas, medical and automotive electronics markets. While improving, demand levels have not yet returned to the record levels that were seen in the first half of 2011.

Significant progress has been made in resolving the startup issues of the new beryllium facility, and it is anticipated that the output of the plant will meet production demands through 2012. As expected, the Company will experience additional costs in the second quarter in completing the startup phase of this facility. In addition, the Company will be taking a charge in the second quarter related to a planned shutdown of its Newburyport, Massachusetts facility. The customers served from this facility are located primarily in Asia and will be served in the future from the Company’s operation in Singapore. The costs related to the start-up of the beryllium plant, the shutdown of the Newburyport facility, as well as the costs related to the integration of the acquisition of EIS Optics Limited, are expected to negatively impact second quarter 2012 results by up to $0.10 per share.

The global macroeconomic environment remains mixed with short visibility, and the order rate is not as strong going into the second quarter as the Company had initially anticipated. Therefore the Company is now revising its earnings outlook for 2012 to the range of $1.95 to $2.10 per share from the previously announced range of $2.05 to $2.25 per share.

CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS

Richard J. Hipple, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, “After a weaker second half in 2011, we are off to a good start for the first quarter 2012. Although I have been disappointed in the slower than anticipated startup of the new beryllium facility, I am encouraged by the recent progress we have made with the corrective actions taken to get the facility back on track to meet 2012 production levels. While I remain cautious about the global economic environment for the balance of 2012, I am encouraged by the sequential improvement in order entry that we are seeing as well as our new product introductions and do expect sequential improvement in our earnings as the year progresses.”

CONFERENCE CALL

Materion Corporation will host a conference call with analysts at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, April 26, 2012. The conference call will be available via webcast through the Company’s website at www.materion.com or through www.InvestorCalendar.com . By phone, please dial (877) 407-9210, callers outside the U.S. can dial (201) 689-8049. A replay of the call will be available until May 11, 2012 by dialing (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415; please reference Account Number 286 and Conference ID 388589. The call will also be archived on the Company’s website.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Portions of the narrative set forth in this document that are not statements of historical or current facts are forward-looking statements, in particular the outlook provided above. Our actual future performance may materially differ from that contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors. These factors include, in addition to those mentioned elsewhere herein:
  • The global economy;
  • The condition of the markets which we serve, whether defined geographically or by segment, with the major market segments being: consumer electronics, industrial and commercial aerospace, defense and science, energy, medical, automotive electronics, telecommunications infrastructure and appliance;
  • Changes in product mix and the financial condition of customers;
  • Actual sales, operating rates and margins for 2012;
  • Our success in developing and introducing new products and new product ramp-up rates;
  • Our success in passing through the costs of raw materials to customers or otherwise mitigating fluctuating prices for those materials, including the impact of fluctuating prices on inventory values;
  • Our success in integrating acquired businesses, including EIS Optics Limited and Aerospace Metal Composites Limited;
  • Our success in moving the Newburyport, Massachusetts operations to Singapore;
  • Our success in implementing our strategic plans and the timely and successful completion and start-up of any capital projects, including the new primary beryllium facility in Elmore, Ohio;
  • The availability of adequate lines of credit and the associated interest rates;
  • The impact of the results of acquisitions on our ability to achieve fully the strategic and financial objectives related to these acquisitions;
  • Other financial factors, including the cost and availability of raw materials (both base and precious metals), physical inventory valuations, metal financing fees, tax rates, exchange rates, pension costs and required cash contributions and other employee benefit costs, energy costs, regulatory compliance costs, the cost and availability of insurance, and the impact of the Company’s stock price on the cost of incentive compensation plans;
  • The uncertainties related to the impact of war, terrorist activities and acts of God;
  • Changes in government regulatory requirements and the enactment of new legislation that impacts our obligations and operations;
  • The conclusion of pending litigation matters in accordance with our expectation that there will be no material adverse effects;
  • The timing and ability to achieve further efficiencies and synergies resulting from our name change and product line alignment under the Materion name and Materion brand; and
  • The risk factors set forth in Part 1, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Materion Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced enabling materials to global markets. Products include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems.
           
 
Materion Corporation
 
Digest of Earnings
 
March 30, 2012
 
 
2012 2011
 
First Quarter
 
Net Sales $353,630,000 $374,805,000
 
Net Income $6,118,000 $11,818,000
 
Share Earnings - Basic $0.30 $0.58
 
Average Shares - Basic 20,370,000 20,356,000
 
Share Earnings - Diluted $0.30 $0.57
 
Average Shares - Diluted 20,707,000 20,796,000
 
           
 
Materion Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
 
First Quarter Ended
Mar. 30, Apr. 1,
(Thousands, except per share amounts) 2012 2011
 
Net sales $ 353,630 $ 374,805
Cost of sales   304,212   319,005
Gross margin 49,418 55,800
Selling, general and administrative expense 32,654 31,642
Research and development expense 3,092 2,410
Other-net   3,788   3,671
Operating profit 9,884 18,077
Interest expense-net   698   585
Income before income taxes 9,186 17,492
 
Income tax expense   3,068   5,674
 
Net income $ 6,118 $ 11,818
 
Basic earnings per share:
Net income per share of common stock $ 0.30 $ 0.58
 
 
Diluted earnings per share:
Net income per share of common stock $ 0.30 $ 0.57
 
 
Weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding
Basic 20,370 20,356
Diluted 20,707 20,796
 
 
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
           
 
Materion Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
 
Mar. 30, Dec. 31,
(Thousands) 2012 2011
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,146 $ 12,255
Accounts receivable 139,372 117,761
Other receivables 2,129 4,602
Inventories 188,972 187,176
Prepaid expenses 40,680 39,739
Deferred income taxes   9,326     9,368  
Total current assets 395,625 370,901
 
Related-party notes receivable 51 73
Long-term deferred income taxes 12,857 11,627
Property, plant and equipment - cost 761,471 753,326

Less allowances for depreciation, depletion and amortization
  (499,206 )   (489,513 )
Property, plant and equipment - net 262,265 263,813
Intangible assets 32,923 34,580
Other assets 7,948 7,073
Goodwill   84,641     84,036  
Total assets $ 796,310   $ 772,103  
 
 
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities
Short-term debt $ 58,055 $ 40,944
Accounts payable 30,380 39,385
Other liabilities and accrued items 45,827 56,309
Unearned revenue 2,252 3,033
Income taxes   2,117     -  
Total current liabilities 138,631 139,671
 
Other long-term liabilities 15,999 16,488
Retirement and post-employment benefits 103,505 105,115
Unearned income 63,104 62,540
Long-term income taxes 1,793 1,793
Deferred income taxes 855 51
Long-term debt 60,320 40,463
Shareholders' equity   412,103     405,982  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 796,310   $ 772,103  
 
 
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
           
 
Materion Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
Mar. 30, Apr. 1,
(Thousands) 2012 2011
 
Net income $ 6,118 $ 11,818

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 11,951 11,893
Amortization of deferred financing costs in interest expense 157 117
Stock-based compensation expense 1,411 990

Changes in assets and liabilities net of acquired assets and liabilities:
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable (21,792 ) (13,094 )
Decrease (increase) in other receivables 2,473 942
Decrease (increase) in inventory (1,381 ) (21,198 )
Decrease (increase) in prepaid and other current assets (988 ) (1,280 )
Decrease (increase) in deferred income taxes (1,295 ) -
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses (19,527 ) (12,004 )
Increase (decrease) in unearned revenue (784 ) 651
Increase (decrease) in interest and taxes payable 2,276 2,054
Increase (decrease) in long-term liabilities (1,079 ) (1,623 )
Other-net   (512 )   (20 )
Net cash used in operating activities (22,972 ) (20,754 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Payments for purchase of property, plant and equipment (9,282 ) (3,869 )
Payments for mine development (159 ) (127 )
Reimbursements for capital equipment under government contracts 563 1,112
Payments for purchase of business net of cash received (3,955 ) -
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment - 31
Other investments-net   1,742     -  
Net cash used in investing activities (11,091 ) (2,853 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt 17,160 8,561
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 20,105 20,000
Repayment of long-term debt (247 ) (10,000 )
Principal payments under capital lease obligations (191 ) (257 )
Issuance of common stock under stock option plans 128 637
Tax benefit from stock compensation realization   67     376  
Net cash provided from financing activities 37,022 19,317
Effects of exchange rate changes   (68 )   193  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 2,891 (4,097 )

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
  12,255     16,104  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 15,146   $ 12,007  
 
 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
 
 
Materion Corporation and Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)
   
 
Note A - Accounting Policies
 

In management's opinion, the accompanying consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial position as of March 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 and the results of operations for the first quarter ended March 30, 2012 and April 1, 2011. All adjustments were of a normal and recurring nature.
           
 
Note B - Inventories
 
Inventories on the Consolidated Balance Sheets are summarized as follows:
 
Mar. 30, Dec. 31,
(Thousands)         2012     2011
 
Principally average cost:
Raw materials and supplies $ 43,553 $ 42,969
Work in process 183,323 179,445
Finished goods   54,125   57,645
Gross inventories 281,001 280,059
 
Excess of average cost over LIFO inventory value   92,029   92,883
Net inventories $ 188,972 $ 187,176
 
 
Note C - Pensions and Other Post-employment Benefits
 
The following is a summary of the first quarter 2012 and 2011 net periodic benefit cost for the domestic defined benefit pension plan and the domestic retiree medical plan.
               
Pension Benefits Other Benefits
First Quarter Ended First Quarter Ended
Mar. 30, Apr. 1, Mar. 30, Apr. 1,
(Thousands)         2012   2011     2012   2011
 
Components of net periodic benefit cost
 
Service cost $ 1,932 $ 1,516 $ 71 $ 71
Interest cost 2,336 2,309 360 399
Expected return on plan assets (2,926 ) (2,685 ) - -
Amortization of prior service cost (84 ) (118 ) 22 (9 )
Amortization of net loss   1,402     982     -   -  
Net periodic benefit cost $ 2,660   $ 2,004   $ 453 $ 461  
 
 

The Company made contributions to the domestic defined benefit pension plan of $2.6 million in the first three months of 2012.
                               
 
Note D - Segment Reporting
 
 
Advanced
Material Performance Beryllium and Technical All
(Thousands)         Technologies     Alloys     Composites     Materials     Subtotal     Other     Total
First Quarter 2012
Sales to external customers $ 241,806 $ 75,228 $ 16,117 $ 20,400 $ 353,551 $ 79 $ 353,630
 
Intersegment sales 665 697 200 264 1,826 - 1,826
 
Operating profit (loss) 5,285 6,260 (1,291 ) 1,893 12,147 (2,263 ) 9,884
 
Assets 358,933 238,471 129,033 24,560 750,997 45,313 796,310
 
 
First Quarter 2011
Sales to external customers $ 256,626 $ 84,449 $ 13,958 $ 19,661 $ 374,694 $ 111 $ 374,805
 
Intersegment sales 681 910 190 318 2,099 - 2,099
 
Operating profit (loss) 10,709 8,765 86 2,157 21,717 (3,640 ) 18,077
 
Assets 336,190 245,569 122,154 25,651 729,564 30,279 759,843
 

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