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Novelis Reports Record Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results
ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Copyright (C) 2017 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Highlights

-- Net income a record $307 million; excluding special items, net income increased 30% YoY

-- Record Adjusted EBITDA increased 12% YoY from $270 million to $302 million

-- Net Sales increased 18% YoY to $2.8 billion

-- Record shipments of 802 kilotonnes increased 4% YoY; automotive shipments increased 12%

-- Received $314 million in cash proceeds for joint venture transaction at Ulsan Aluminum

-- Raised full fiscal year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to $1,150-$1,200 million

Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today reported net income of $307 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, compared to a net loss of $89 million in the prior year period. Excluding tax-affected special items in both years, the company reported net income of $78 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, up from $60 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

The increase in net income, excluding special items, is mainly due to a 12 percent increase in Adjusted EBITDA to a record high $302 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. The year-over-year improvement in Adjusted EBITDA is primarily a result of higher shipments, favorable metal costs and operational efficiencies, partially offset by lower beverage can pricing. Adjusted EBITDA reached $377 per ton in the quarter.

Net sales increased 18 percent over the prior year to $2.8 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, driven by higher average aluminum prices and higher total shipments. Shipments of flat rolled products increased four percent to an all-time quarterly record 802 kilotonnes. All regions reported higher total shipments year-over-year. Automotive sheet shipments increased 12 percent, as production has continued to successfully ramp to meet strong customer demand in this growing market.

"As an industry, we are seeing increasing demand for lightweight, high-strength aluminum from global automotive customers based on aluminum's ability to provide equal or better quality, strength and safety compared to other materials," said Steve Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer for Novelis. "At Novelis, our strategy to grow alongside our customers who are adopting innovative aluminum solutions to meet their design, performance and sustainability needs has resulted in a strong balance sheet and the ability to raise our full year guidance. With this increased strategic flexibility we are now actively seeking organic investment opportunities to further expand our leadership position in the growing automotive aluminum sector."

The company reported free cash flow of $101 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, despite a significant rise in aluminum prices during the quarter. The $57 million improvement in free cash flow over the prior year is primarily a result of higher Adjusted EBITDA and lower cash interest payments due to refinancing savings and timing. Capital expenditures in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were $43 million, $3 million less than the prior year.

"Our continued strong financial performance and proceeds from the Ulsan joint venture transaction further improved our net leverage position in the quarter, and we remain on track to generate record free cash flow this fiscal year," said Devinder Ahuja, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Novelis.

As of September 30, 2017, the company reported a very strong liquidity position of $1.6 billion.

Full Year Fiscal 2018 Guidance With strong first half performance and positive momentum going into the second half of the fiscal year, the company raises its fiscal 2018 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to be between $1,150-$1,200 million for the full year. The guidance for fiscal 2018 free cash flow to be between $400-450 million is unchanged, as the company balances working capital headwinds due to higher average aluminum prices with a stronger Adjusted EBITDA outlook.

Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 Earnings Conference Call Novelis will discuss its second quarter of fiscal year 2018 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 2, 2017. To view slides and listen only, visit the web at To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 920 4317, India toll-free at 18002662118 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2925. Presentation materials and access information may also be found at

About Novelis Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 10 countries, has approximately 11,000 employees and reported $10 billion in revenue for its 2017 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release and the presentation slides for the earnings call contain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC rules. We believe these measures are helpful to investors in measuring our financial performance and liquidity and comparing our performance to our peers. However, our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. To the extent we discuss any non-GAAP financial measures on the earnings call, a reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure will be available in the presentation slides filed as Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrently with the issuance of this press release. In addition, the Form 8-K includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.

Attached to this news release are tables showing the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Reconciliation to Liquidity, Reconciliation to Net Income excluding Certain Items, and Segment Information.

Forward-Looking Statements Statements made in this news release which describe Novelis' intentions, expectations, beliefs or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by, or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," or similar expressions. Examples of forward looking statements in this news release are statements about the company's ability to achieve record free cash flow for fiscal 2018. Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and Novelis' actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among other things: changes in the prices and availability of aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw materials we use; the capacity and effectiveness of our hedging activities; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of, our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders; fluctuations in the supply of, and prices for, energy in the areas in which we maintain production facilities; our ability to access financing for future capital requirements; changes in the relative values of various currencies and the effectiveness of our currency hedging activities; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation, environmental remediation and clean-up costs, labor relations and negotiations, breakdown of equipment and other events; the impact of restructuring efforts in the future; economic, regulatory and political factors within the countries in which we operate or sell our products, including changes in duties or tariffs; competition from other aluminum rolled products producers as well as from substitute materials such as steel, glass, plastic and composite materials; changes in general economic conditions including deterioration in the global economy, particularly sectors in which our customers operate; cyclical demand and pricing within the principal markets for our products as well as seasonality in certain of our customers' industries; changes in government regulations, particularly those affecting taxes, derivative instruments, environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our credit facilities and other financing agreements; the effect of taxes and changes in tax rates; and our ability to generate cash. The above list of factors is not exhaustive. Other important risk factors included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

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