Feb 27 2012
Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2011 results. The Company also confirmed its outlook for a stronger 2012. The results for the quarter and the outlook are consistent with those announced on February 8, 2012.
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2011 RESULTS
Sales for the fourth quarter were $334.4 million, down approximately 6%, or $21.6 million, compared to sales of $356.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Higher average pass-through metal prices increased fourth quarter sales by $25.1 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Excluding the impact of pass-though metal, sales were down $46.7 million, or approximately 13%, compared to the comparable period of the prior year.
The reduction in the fourth quarter sales volume was primarily due to lower demand from consumer electronics applications as customers were driving inventory levels down. Lower demand from the appliance and defense markets was also a factor in the fourth quarter year-over-year decline in sales. The weakness in these areas was offset, in part, by stronger demand from the energy, medical and automotive electronics markets.
Net income for the fourth quarter was $0.8 million, or $0.04 per share, diluted, compared to net income of $12.6 million, or $0.61 per share, diluted, for the same period of the prior year. Earnings were negatively impacted in the quarter by the significantly lower than expected sales, an unfavorable inventory adjustment, acquisition costs and higher than anticipated costs in the Company's Beryllium and Composites Segment.
Sales for the full year 2011 were a record $1,527 million, up approximately 17%, or $224.4 million, compared to the full year 2010 sales of $1,303 million. Approximately 15% of the sales growth was due to higher pass-through metal prices. Organic growth was approximately 2% for the year. Stronger demand from the medical, energy, industrial components, telecom infrastructure, and automotive electronics markets were factors in the increase in sales year over year. Sales were negatively affected, primarily in the second half of the year, by weaker demand from the consumer electronics, appliance and defense and science markets.
Net income for 2011 was $40.0 million, or $1.93 per share, diluted, compared to net income of $46.4 million, or $2.25 per share, diluted, for 2010. The lower net income was due primarily to the costs associated with the start-up and ramp-up of the Company's new beryllium plant, the Company renaming and rebranding initiative, higher metal consignment fees, and the costs related to the previously announced acquisition.
As previously announced, on October 19, 2011, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Materion Advanced Materials Technologies and Services Inc., acquired EIS Optics Limited. EIS Optics, with operations in Shanghai, China, is a leading producer of optical thin film filters, glass processing, lithography and optical subassemblies. This acquisition further strengthens the Company's advanced materials technology base and product portfolio, while complementing its existing leadership position in thin film optical filters serving the defense, aerospace, medical, energy, semiconductor, telecommunications, lighting and astronomy markets. EIS Optics also strengthens the Company's geographic presence in Asia, which is important to future growth and broadens the market, technology and product range of the Company's optical coatings units. The $23.9 million acquisition negatively impacted earnings in the fourth quarter of 2011 by approximately $0.10 per share. Based on the current economic assumptions, we expect the acquisition to be slightly dilutive in early 2012 and accretive as the year progresses. The acquisition was funded by the Company's fourth quarter cash flow from operations.
COMPANY NAME CHANGE
The Company changed its name from Brush Engineered Materials Inc. to Materion Corporation effective March 8, 2011. As the Company has grown, its businesses continued to operate under their original names and brand identities. The unification of all of the Company's businesses under the Materion name and Materion brand is intended to create efficiencies, facilitate synergies and provide customers better access to, and knowledge of, the Company's broad scope of products, technologies and value-added services.
The Company continues to operate under the same four reportable segments with no change in their business content, although the names of the segments have changed. Advanced Material Technologies and Services has been renamed Advanced Material Technologies; Specialty Engineered Alloys is now known as Performance Alloys; Beryllium and Beryllium Composites has been shortened to Beryllium and Composites; and Engineered Material Systems has been changed to Technical Materials.
BUSINESS SEGMENT REPORTING
Advanced Material Technologies
The Advanced Material Technologies' segment sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $233.3 million, compared to sales of $247.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sales for 2011 were a record $1,052 million, up 20%, or $173 million, compared to sales of $879.0 million for 2010. Higher pass-through metal prices increased fourth quarter sales by $23.8 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 and increased full- year sales by $180.5 million compared to the prior year. Net of pass-through metal, sales in this segment were down in the fourth quarter and full year by $37.8 million and $7.7 million, respectively.
Fourth quarter 2011 sales were negatively impacted by weaker demand from the consumer electronics, telecom infrastructure, defense and science and industrial markets, partially offset by significantly stronger sales from the medical and energy markets. For the full year, improved demand from a number of applications, including diabetes test strips, LEDs, and precision optics, as well as growth in metal services, was offset by the lower demand from the consumer electronics market, particularly in the second half of the year.
Operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $0.9 million compared to an operating profit of $12.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 was negatively impacted by the significantly lower sales volume, an unfavorable inventory adjustment, the impact of the acquisition of EIS Optics, higher metal consignments fees and other costs. Operating profit for the full year was $33.5 million compared to $39.5 million in 2010.
Performance Alloys' sales for the fourth quarter were $72.5 million compared to the fourth quarter 2010 sales of $76.8 million. The lower 2011 fourth quarter sales were attributable to weaker demand from the consumer electronics and appliance markets. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, Performance Alloys experienced stronger demand from the energy, telecom infrastructure, defense and science, automotive electronics and industrial and commercial aerospace markets.
Sales for 2011 were $335.3 million, up 14%, or $41.5 million, compared to $293.8 million for 2010. Stronger demand from the energy, telecom infrastructure, defense and science, medical, automotive electronics and industrial and commercial aerospace markets contributed to the growth which was partially offset by weaker demand from the consumer electronics and appliance markets.
Operating profit for the fourth quarter was $3.1 million, which compares to an operating profit of $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating profit for 2011 was $27.2 million, unchanged from the operating profit in 2010. The operating profit for the fourth quarter compared to the same period last year was negatively impacted by the lower sales volume and a weaker product mix. The higher margin benefit from the increase in sales for the year 2011 was offset by higher manufacturing costs associated with nickel based products and a non-recurring LIFO inventory benefit of $4.4 million recorded in 2010.
Beryllium and Composites
Beryllium and Composites' sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $13.5 million, compared to fourth quarter 2010 sales of $16.1 million. Sales for 2011 were $60.6 million compared to $61.9 million for 2010. The lower sales volume for the fourth quarter was due largely to the weaker demand for commercial applications while defense applications slightly increased.
For the fourth quarter of 2011, there was an operating loss of $2.3 million, compared to an operating profit of $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The operating loss for the year was $0.8 million versus an operating profit of $10.0 million for 2010. The operating loss for the fourth quarter and the year is due to the additional costs resulting from the delay in the start-up of the new beryllium facility, a weaker product mix and higher overhead costs. In addition, unrelated to the new beryllium facility, the lower volume, and higher outside fabrication costs also contributed to the fourth quarter operating loss.
Technical Materials' sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $15.1 million, compared to $15.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sales for 2011 were $78.7 million, up 17%, or $11.2 million, as compared to 2010 sales of $67.5 million. Fourth quarter 2011 sales were negatively impacted by slightly weaker sales in consumer and automotive electronics. Demand for the year was strong across a majority of Technical Materials' key markets, including energy, consumer electronics and automotive electronics.
Operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $0.3 million compared to $0.5 million for the fourth quarter of the prior year. The operating profit for 2011 was $7.3 million, up 38%, or $2.0 million, as compared to an operating profit of $5.3 million for 2010. The operating profit improvement for the full year is primarily due to the higher sales volume.
OUTLOOK FOR 2012
After a record sales year in 2010, the Company began 2011 with a healthy backlog. The overall level of business activity in the Company's key strategic markets also remained strong, as evidenced by the consecutive first and second quarter 2011 record sales levels. Order entry in the second quarter increased over the first quarter, but did soften in the latter weeks of the second quarter. Global economic conditions weakened further as the third quarter progressed, causing order entry lead times to shorten as customers were adjusting inventory levels to the weaker economic conditions. Although the order book pattern showed some signs of strength throughout the third quarter, the overall trend was lower than the second quarter. The customary consumer electronics holiday build normally seen in the third and fourth quarter was weaker than expected as customers drove inventories to lower levels, resulting in a weaker than anticipated fourth quarter.
On average, thus far in the first quarter of 2012, order entry has increased from the fourth quarter of 2011 levels. This increase is due to stronger demand from the consumer electronics, medical, industrial components and commercial aerospace and energy markets. In addition, the costs experienced in 2011 related to the beryllium plant start-up, the company renaming and rebranding initiative and the EIS Optics acquisition are, to a large extent, not expected to repeat in 2012. Coming off of the weaker fourth quarter 2011, which had significantly lower order entry and shipment rates, it is anticipated that the first quarter of 2012 will be the weakest of the year with the second and third quarters sequentially stronger. Assuming no global economic setback during the year, the Company is confirming its previously announced earnings range of $2.05 to $2.25 per share for 2012.
Richard J. Hipple, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, "2011 was a year of both disappointment and accomplishment. While I am disappointed with the beryllium plant start-up delays and the late 2011 market weakness, both of which had a negative impact on our results, I am pleased with our accomplishments which include our successful name change and related branding initiative, completion of the construction of the new beryllium facility, the acquisition of EIS Optics and the results of our continued new product development and market penetration efforts. Although I remain cautious regarding the global economy, I am confident that our strategic initiatives will provide significant future growth opportunities."