Universal Stainless Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results In Line With Company Guidance

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa., Nov. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:USAP) today reported that net sales for the third quarter of 2013 were $48.5 million, which is in line with the Company's guidance on October 28, 2013. Net sales were $42.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $61.4 million in the third quarter of 2012. Sequentially, third quarter 2013 shipment volume increased 15% compared to the second quarter of 2013, but decreased by the same percentage from the third quarter of 2012.

Compared with the second quarter of 2013, tons shipped increased to most end markets. Aerospace shipments were up 19%, power generation shipments were up 48%, and oil and gas shipments were up 30%, while heavy equipment market shipments were lower by 26%, mainly reflecting lower shipments of tool steel. There was also a step-up in premium alloy shipments both sequentially and from the third quarter of 2012.

The gross margin for the third quarter of 2013 was $2.4 million or 5.0% of sales in the third quarter of 2013, compared with gross margin as a percentage of sales of 12.4% in the second quarter of 2013 and 15.2% in the third quarter of 2012. As previously reported, the decrease was primarily due to a shift in sales mix to lower margin products, lower surcharges due to the decline in raw material prices, and lower manufacturing utilization.

As a result, the Company incurred an operating loss of $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to operating income of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2012.

The net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $1.7 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, also in line with guidance. The net loss for the third quarter of 2013 included a $0.4 million favorable settlement of an escrow account related to the asset purchase of the North Jackson facility in 2011 and a tax benefit of $0.7 million. In comparison, net income was $0.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, including a tax benefit of $0.8 million, in the second quarter of 2013, and $2.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012.

For the first nine months of 2013, the Company's net sales were $140.5 million and net loss was $1.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share. That compares with net sales of $203.8 million and net income of $13.5 million, or $1.86 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2012.

The Company proactively reduced its spending levels and production volumes along with reducing inventory levels during the third quarter of 2013 and generated cash from operations of $11.5 million. In turn, the Company repaid $8.8 million of its long-term debt obligations. Capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2013 were $10.4 million compared to $30.7 million for the first nine months of 2012. Backlog (before surcharges) at September 30, 2013 was $39.9 million compared with $49.2 million at June 30, 2013.

Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Oates commented: "The sequential growth in our third quarter sales and shipment volume was accomplished amidst challenging conditions that have persisted all year. Even so, we saw strong growth compared to the second quarter in our sales and shipments to three of our four key markets - aerospace, our largest end market, power generation and oil & gas.

"Despite this solid top-line improvement, the shift in our sales mix combined with reduced surcharges and significantly lower manufacturing utilization in the third quarter negatively impacted our gross margin. Production levels were flexed downward in response to market conditions through most of our operations. However, we made the strategic decision to maintain our newly-trained workforce in our North Jackson facility to continue its progress towards achieving customer approvals of our newer products.

"Our North Jackson operation is essential to our strategic plan to move Universal's product mix to higher margin premium alloys. We continued to gain customer approvals throughout the third quarter and were very pleased to announce our long-term agreement with Haynes International last week. We were also pleased to begin receiving orders in the quarter under our long-term agreement with Rolls-Royce.

"As we look to the balance of 2013, we will continue to execute our strategic plan. Difficult industry conditions are expected to persist in the fourth quarter; however, 2014 is expected to be a year of recovery in most of our end markets."

Webcast

The Company has scheduled a conference call for today, November 4, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss third quarter 2013 results. A simultaneous webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.univstainless.com, and thereafter archived on the website through the end of the fourth quarter of 2013.

About Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., headquartered in Bridgeville, PA, manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steels, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. The Company's products are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, and heavy equipment manufacturing. Established in 1994, the Company, with its experience, technical expertise, and dedicated workforce, stands committed to providing the best quality, delivery, and service possible. More information is available at www.univstainless.com.

Forward-Looking Information Safe Harbor

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks include, among others, the concentrated nature of the Company's customer base to date and the Company's dependence on its significant customers; the receipt, pricing and timing of future customer orders; changes in product mix; the limited number of raw material and energy suppliers and significant fluctuations that may occur in raw material and energy prices; risks related to property, plant and equipment, including the Company's reliance on the continuing operation of critical manufacturing equipment; risks associated with labor matters; the Company's ongoing requirement for continued compliance with laws and regulations, including applicable safety and environmental regulations; the ultimate outcome of the Company's current and future litigation and matters; risks related to acquisitions that the Company may make; and the impact of various economic, credit and market risk uncertainties. Many of these factors are not within the Company's control and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein. Any unfavorable change in the foregoing or other factors could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. Further, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Company's control. Certain of these risks and other risks are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last 12 months, copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company .

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UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share information)
(Unaudited)
         
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Sales        
Stainless steel  $ 38,133  $ 48,432  $ 105,803  $ 160,844
High-strength low alloy steel  4,373  4,880  14,831  16,959
Tool steel  3,849  4,768  13,951  15,638
High-temperature alloy steel  1,168  1,930  3,243  6,099
Conversion services and other sales  937  1,350  2,654  4,300
         
Total net sales  48,460  61,360  140,482  203,840
         
Cost of Products Sold        
Material cost of products sold  25,589  30,988  74,769  102,016
Operating cost of products sold  17,004  18,036  42,740  57,966
Depreciation expense  3,429  2,999  10,581  8,676
         
Total cost of products sold  46,022  52,023  128,090  168,658
         
Gross margin  2,438  9,337  12,392  35,182
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses  4,467  4,422  13,459  13,150
Severance expenses  --  263  356  381
         
Operating (loss) income  (2,029)  4,652  (1,423)  21,651
         
Interest expense  (752)  (602)  (2,278)  (1,924)
Other income  418  28  481  89
         
(Loss) income before income taxes  (2,363)  4,078  (3,220)  19,816
         
(Benefit) provision for income taxes  (652)  1,333  (2,027)  6,280
         
Net (loss) income  $ (1,711)  $ 2,745  $ (1,193)  $ 13,536
         
Net (loss) income per common share – Basic  $ (0.25)  $ 0.40  $ (0.17)  $ 1.97
Net (loss) income per common share – Diluted *  $ (0.25)  $ 0.38  $ (0.17)  $ 1.86
         
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding        
Basic  6,960,967  6,877,915  6,943,208  6,863,564
Diluted  6,960,967  7,433,922  6,943,208  7,446,836
         
* Diluted earnings per common share have been adjusted for interest expense, net of tax on convertible notes of $96 and $304 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.
 
MARKET SEGMENT INFORMATION
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Sales        
Service centers   $ 30,748  $ 36,631  $ 92,360  $ 120,091
Rerollers   8,577  10,429  19,657  31,851
Forgers   4,688  8,056  15,750  30,924
Original equipment manufacturers   3,510  4,894  10,061  16,674
Conversion services and other sales  937  1,350  2,654  4,300
         
Total net sales   $ 48,460  $ 61,360  $ 140,482  $ 203,840
         
Tons shipped   9,843  11,614  28,027  38,925
         
         
MELT TYPE INFORMATION
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Sales        
Specialty alloys  $ 43,808  $ 57,675  $ 130,027  $ 191,840
Premium alloys *  3,715  2,335  7,801  7,700
Conversion services and other sales  937  1,350  2,654  4,300
         
Total net sales   $ 48,460  $ 61,360  $ 140,482  $ 203,840
         
         
END MARKET INFORMATION **
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Sales        
Aerospace  $ 28,723  $ 32,615  $ 79,448  $ 103,507
Power generation  6,378  8,294  16,668  27,678
Oil & gas  5,045  11,854  15,821  41,546
Heavy equipment  4,167  4,768  15,201  15,638
General industrial, conversion services and other sales  4,147  3,829  13,344  15,471
         
Total net sales   $ 48,460  $ 61,360  $ 140,482  $ 203,840
         
* Premium alloys represent all VIM-produced products.
         
** End market information is our estimate based upon customers and grade of material sold that will in-turn sell to the ultimate end market customer.
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
     
  September 30, December 31,
  2013 2012
Assets    
     
Cash  $ 80  $ 321
Accounts receivable, net  29,493  24,781
Inventory, net  82,670  95,749
Deferred income taxes  7,397  22,739
Refundable income taxes  1,565  1,594
Other current assets  1,466  2,246
     
Total current assets  122,671  147,430
Property, plant and equipment, net  205,704  206,150
Goodwill  20,268  20,268
Other long-term assets   2,293  2,418
     
Total assets  $ 350,936  $ 376,266
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
     
Accounts payable  $ 12,045  $ 10,610
Accrued employment costs  3,293  4,671
Current portion of long-term debt  3,000  1,500
Other current liabilities  4,077  735
     
Total current liabilities  22,415  17,516
Long-term debt  91,600  105,242
Deferred income taxes  37,148  55,227
Other long-term liabilities  397  --
     
Total liabilities  151,560  177,985
Stockholders' equity  199,376  198,281
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 350,936  $ 376,266
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
     
  Nine Months Ended
  September 30,
  2013 2012
   
Operating activities:    
Net (loss) income  $ (1,193)  $ 13,536
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:     
Depreciation and amortization  12,174  10,356
Deferred income tax  (2,737)  12,236
Share-based compensation expense, net of tax benefit  1,210  979
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable, net  (4,712)  838
Inventory, net  12,212  (17,536)
Accounts payable  760  (14,661)
Accrued employment costs  (1,378)  (1,601)
Income taxes  552  3,378
Other, net  4,252  571
     
Net cash provided by operating activities   21,140  8,096
     
Investing activity:    
Purchase of plant and equipment, net of amount included in accounts payable  (9,676)  (27,517)
     
Net cash used in investing activities  (9,676)  (27,517)
     
Financing activities:    
Borrowings under revolving credit facility  63,328  100,752
Payments on revolving credit facility  (74,720)  (61,961)
Payment on term loan facility  (750)  (20,000)
Proceeds from stock options exercised  809  960
Payment of financing costs  (487)  (348)
Purchase of treasury stock  (38)  (234)
Tax benefit from share-based compensation expense  153  228
     
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities  (11,705)  19,397
     
Net decrease in cash  (241)  (24)
Cash at beginning of period  321  274
     
Cash at end of period  $ 80  $ 250
     
Supplemental non-cash investing activity:    
Purchase of property, plant and equipment included in accounts payable  $ 675  $ 3,222
CONTACT: Dennis M. Oates         Chairman,         President and CEO         (412) 257-7609                  Michael D. Bornak         VP Finance, CFO         and Treasurer         (412) 257-7606                  June Filingeri         President         Comm-Partners LLC         (203) 972-0186

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