Metalico's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Metalico, Inc. (MEA)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

August 7, 2012 10:00 AM ET

Executives

Carlos Aguero – President and CEO

Michael Drury – EVP and COO of PGM, Minor Metal, and Lead Operations

Kevin Whalen – Senior VP, CFO

Analysts

Frank Gillman – DA Davidson & Company

Joe Jim Michael – Global Hunters Securities

Scott Huntington –Bodell Overcash Anderson& Co, Inc.

Chuck Clarke – Metalico Inc.

Presentation

Operator

Good morning, my name is Monica and I will be your conference facilitator. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Metalico 2012 Second quarter results call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers remarks there will be a question and answer period, I would like to remind you that today’s call is being recorded for transcription purposes. The purpose of today’s call is to discuss the results of the company’s operations for the quarter ended June 30 th 2012.

Earlier today, Metalico issued a press release announcing second quarter results and filed a report on form 8-K in connection with the release. You can access copies of Metalico’s filings through the SEC’s sector online files or directly through the company’s website at www.metalico.com. Just log on the website, click on, ‘Investors’ at the top of the homepage and then click on, ‘SEC filings’ in the left column, then click ‘download the report.’ Metalico’s filings are also available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.com.

In addition, this audio replay of the call will also be available at 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042, for the first week after this call’s conclusion. To access the recording callers will be required to enter the conference identification number of 32923816.

As is customary, let me reiterate the Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following discussion contains forward looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties including those risks set forth in Metalico’s filings with the SEC. These risks could cause actual results for the current period and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward looking statements made by or on behalf of the company.

We refer you to Metalico’s periodic reports that are filed from time to time with the SEC. For a more detailed discussion, or forward looking statement, any discussion of the factors that could cause results to differ materially from the discussion today, please refer to the Risk Factor Discussion in Metalico’s Annual Report on form 10-K for 2011, which is also available online.

In addition, during the course of the conference call, certain non-GAAP financial measures may be described which should be considered in addition to and not in lieu of comparable GAAP financial measures. The company has provided reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to what it believes are the most directly comparable GAAP measures in the earnings released.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Carlos Aguero, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metalico.

Carlos Aguero

Welcome and thank you for joining us today. With me here are Michael Drury, our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at PGM, minor metal and lead operations and Kevin Whalen, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Following my remarks we’ll be available for questions. We will also post a transcript of our remarks along with the question and answer session on our website, when the transcript becomes available after the call.

As reported earlier this morning, the company’s ferrous and non-ferrous recycling business generated operating income before profit overhead despite tough market conditions, although at reduced metal margins compared to our prior year. In fact, this quarter all segments operated profitably before operating overhead.

In the quarter ferrous and non-ferrous metals recycling contributed 95% of consolidated operating income on 68% of revenue. Demand on modern buyers of scrap has been on and off. Scrap supplies are tight and to our knowledge, no one in our industry is operating even close to capacity.

We shipped 140000 gross tons in the quarter versus 145000 gross tons a year ago, a decrease of 3.5%. After a soft July, demand and pricing for August has rebounded significantly. PGM recycling margins continue to be impacted by competition and volatile prices. Molybdenum selling prices remain under pressure throughout the quarter, but were partly offset by strong quarter in sales. The Lead fabricating business continues to improve profitability and demand has improved. Sequential pounds sold were up by 16%, 12.3 million pounds with an average selling price of a $1.54 per pound. However, quarter to quarter volume sold was down 7%.

As we commented previously, stronger consumption and production in the economy will help to generate more scrap and further industry consolidation would help rationalize conditions of supply in the scrap market. At Metalico, we are all focused on improving scrap margins and have employed discipline to achieve this objective.

Now let’s review some operating results. Our sequential operating performance declined from the first quarter of 2012. Net income for the second quarter benefited by 4.6 million for a one-time realized gain on settlement offset in pride by $1.7 million write-off and receivables owed by a customer that filed bankruptcy during the quarter.

Focusing on the highlights. Sales fell 9.7% to $148 million from 164. Operating income declined to $1.6 million from $5.9 million. Net income was $2.9 million versus $2.2 million. Earnings per share $0.06 compared to earnings per share of $0.05. EBITDA was down to $9.8 million from $10.3 Million. Unit volume shipped increased by 2.3% for ferrous scrap but fell 11.3% for non-ferrous scrap. PGM troy ounces recycled fell to 10,400 ounces from 20,800 ounces. Minor Metal shipments declined to 600,000 pounds from 631,000 pounds and lead segment operating income more than doubled to 1.1 million from 520,000.

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