Record Shipments of Heat Treat Plate and Automotive Extrusions
Expanded Sales Margins - Improved Pricing and Lower Contained Metal Costs
Continued Investments For Further Growth, Enhanced Efficiency and Quality
Returned ~$77 Million to Shareholders Through Quarterly Dividends and Share Repurchases
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., February 16, 2016 - Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NASDAQ:KALU) today reported a net loss of $237 million, or $13.76 loss per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2015, including the previously announced $307 million after-tax, non-run-rate charge associated with the termination of defined benefit accounting and the removal of the assets and liabilities related to the ongoing union voluntary employee beneficiary association ("Union VEBA") from the Company's consolidated balance sheet. Excluding the impact of non-run-rate items, full year 2015 adjusted net income was $72 million, or $3.95 per diluted share. Adjusted net income and earnings per diluted share in 2015 also reflected a higher effective tax rate due to a $5 million fourth quarter tax charge related to year end reassessment of expiring state tax net operating loss carryforwards. For the year ended December 31, 2014, adjusted net income was $63 million, or $3.38 per diluted share.
Value added revenue for the full year 2015 was a record $790 million, an increase of approximately $57 million, or 8% compared to $733 million in 2014. The increase in value added revenue reflected record shipments driven largely by higher heat treat plate volume and continued growth in automotive extrusions, including the significant ramp-up in the Ford F-150 program, along with expanded sales margins. Previous investments at the Company’s Spokane, Washington facility (“Trentwood”) and across its automotive manufacturing platform to expand capacity and enhance overall throughput facilitated the 2015 results.
Adjusted consolidated EBITDA for the full year 2015 was $183 million, an increase of approximately $21 million, or 13% compared to full year 2014. The record adjusted consolidated EBITDA reflected a $34 million positive sales impact from higher shipments and favorable pricing and product mix. The sales impact was partially offset by higher costs primarily related to the Company's growth in its served markets, long-term incentive compensation and employee benefit-related costs. Although the Company continued to benefit from previous investments to improve manufacturing cost efficiency, the gains realized in 2015 were more than offset by growth-related costs and inefficiencies associated with the approximately 70% increase in automotive extrusions over the past two years. Adjusted consolidated EBITDA as a percentage of value added revenue increased to 23.2% in 2015 compared to 22.1% in the prior year as a result of higher operating leverage and expanded sales margins.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Summary
"For the full year 2015 we achieved record results for shipments, value added revenue and adjusted EBITDA,” said Jack A. Hockema, CEO and Chairman. “Fourth quarter shipments and value added revenue were lower than expected due to greater than anticipated year-end supply chain destocking in long products for our aerospace and high strength applications. Order patterns for these products have returned to normal levels, and we do not foresee a new phase of destocking.
“Value added revenue for the full year 2015 reflected our seventh consecutive year of record heat treat plate shipments, and our fifth consecutive year for record automotive value added revenue. Record adjusted EBITDA reflected the record shipments and expanded sales margins as we benefited from lower contained metal costs and improved pricing for heat treat plate and certain general engineering applications.
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Ticker: KALU CIK: 811596 Form Type: 10-K Annual Report Accession Number: 0000811596-16-000073 Submitted to the SEC: Mon Feb 22 2016 2:13:15 PM EST Accepted by the SEC: Mon Feb 22 2016 Period: Thursday, December 31, 2015 Industry: Rolling Drawing And Extruding Of Nonferrous Metals