EVANSVILLE, Ind. – April 23, 2013 – Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW) – a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry – today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 and announced that its cost reductions, working capital management and enhanced liquidity are signs that the Company’s operational improvements are on track.
Accuride achieved first quarter 2013 net sales from continuing operations of $192.5 million, compared with $269.5 million in the same period in 2012, a decline of 28.6 percent, reflecting the impact of macro-economic and industry conditions on its businesses. The Company experienced a $6.0 million operating loss for the quarter, as compared to $7.2 million of operating income in the first quarter of 2012. The Company reported a net loss of $15.9 million, or $0.34 per share during the quarter, as compared to a net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.06 per share in the prior-year quarter. First quarter Adjusted EBITDA declined 65.7 percent year-over-year to $7.4 million, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 3.8 percent, compared to 8.0 percent in the same quarter of 2012. As of March 31, 2013, Accuride had $31.5 million of cash plus $33.0 million in availability under its ABL credit facility, for total liquidity of $64.5 million.
Commenting on Accuride’s first-quarter results, President & CEO Rick Dauch said, “We continued to experience softness in our two primary market segments, North American commercial vehicle and global mining/construction, which led to significantly reduced revenue during the first quarter. We continue to focus on what is in our control by taking targeted actions to reduce our overall cost structure and have substantially completed our manufacturing footprint consolidation efforts. We are aggressively managing working capital, now at nine percent of sales, and have secured leases for aluminum wheel process equipment which provides $10 million of additional liquidity. We believe that the first quarter represents the bottom of the North American commercial vehicle cycle. We are prepared for and look forward to the pending market upturn.”
During the first quarter, North American commercial vehicle production was lower year over year across all segments, due to overall economic weakness. OEMs continued to adjust their build schedules downward in order to better align their operations with incoming demand. Class 8 vehicle production declined by 29.2 percent versus the first quarter of 2012, while the Class 5-7 and U.S. Trailer segments declined 6.7 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively. Industry forecasts continue to project a significant ramp-up in production during the third and fourth quarter and into 2014. While Class 8 vehicle orders and production are beginning to show signs of improvement, the extent of the industry recovery this year will depend on net order strength in Q2 and Q3. Fleets remain profitable and continue to cautiously replace aging equipment. Overall, the North American commercial vehicle industry continues to have a bright future. Freight tonnage is projected to steadily increase over the next several years, which will continue to drive increased demand for trucks and trailers going forward.
Accuride Wheels segment net sales were $93.2 million, down $23.7 million, or 20.3 percent, from the same period in 2012, due to lower year-over-year commercial vehicle build rates and aftermarket demand. Wheels’ Adjusted EBITDA was $16.0 million, a decrease of $12.3 million, or 43.5 percent from the first quarter of 2012. This included a one-time charge for the equipment leases and higher material costs. With the recent successful launch and commercialization of additional aluminum wheel capacity at Accuride’s Camden and Monterrey facilities, the Company is focused on converting identified opportunities for aluminum wheel business to gain share as this market segment continues to grow.
Gunite segment net sales were $39.4 million, down $29.2 million, or 42.6 percent, from the first quarter of 2012, attributable primarily to the impact of low-cost offshore competitors and the loss of primary position on drums and hubs at two OEM customers. Gunite’s Adjusted EBITDA was negative $0.6 million, compared to positive $0.5 million in the first quarter of 2012. The Gunite business is stabilizing, achieving positive operating income in March and significant gains in operating performance from its newly installed drum machining and slack adjuster assembly equipment. This equipment has been fully commercialized and is operating at planned performance and cost levels. The completion of the consolidation of hub machining at itsRockfordfacility led to temporary operating inefficiencies during the quarter; however, Gunite continues to pursue additional cost reductions in materials, logistics and distribution which are anticipated to improve its profitability.
Brillion Iron Works’ first quarter net sales were $30.4 million, down $13.4 million, or 30.6 percent, from the first quarter of 2012, while Adjusted EBITDA was $1.7 million, a drop of $2.7 million, or 61.4 percent, from the first quarter of 2012. Brillion continued to restructure its business in the quarter to accommodate the impact of ongoing weakness in its core construction, mining, and oil and gas markets. A recovery in these markets is expected to begin sometime in the third or fourth quarter this year. In the interim, Brillion has significantly lowered its breakeven point and continues to identify opportunities to reduce costs.
Imperial segment’s first quarter net sales were $29.5 million, a decline of $10.7 million, or 26.6 percent, from the same period in 2012 due to continued lower customer production volumes. Imperial’s Adjusted EBITDA declined to negative $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2012 from a negative $0.3 million in last year’s first quarter. Imperial results were affected by above-normal operating costs associated with press repairs and the consolidation of itsTennesseeoperations now targeted for completion by the end of April 2013.
As of March 31, 2013, total debt was $349.4 million, consisting of $304.4 million of our outstanding 9.5% senior secured notes, net of discount, and a $45.0 million draw on our ABL facility. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had $31.5 million of cash plus $33.0 million in availability under its ABL credit facility for total liquidity of $64.5 million.
“Although conditions in the Class 8 truck market are expected to remain soft for at least another quarter, order levels increased in the first quarter,” Dauch said. “Anticipating continued healthy order levels, several of our OEM customers plan higher production activity in the second half of 2013. The significant work we have completed in our operations has increased our capacity, improved our quality and delivery, and shortened our lead-times. These improvements position Accuride to capitalize on opportunities to grow share and deliver stronger results when the North American commercial vehicle industry returns. With the ‘Fix’ investments now largely complete, we will continue to focus on improving the performance of our business and begin to focus our efforts to ‘Grow’ our core business.”
Accuride will hold a conference call to discuss its First Quarter 2013 financial and operational results on Wednesday April 24, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Analysts and investors may participate on the live conference call by dialing (877) 261-8992 in the United States, or (847) 619-6548 internationally, and using participant code 34735601. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed via the Investors section of the Company’s website at Accuridecorp.com/investors. A replay of the call will be available from April 24, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. Central Time until May 1, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time by calling (888) 843-7419 in the United States, or (630) 652-3042 internationally, using access code 34735601.
With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels, wheel-end components and assemblies, truck body and chassis parts, and other commercial vehicle components. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End SolutionsTM, Gunite®, ImperialTM and BrillionTM. Accuride’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ACW. For more information, visit the Company’s website at https://www.accuridecorp.com.
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