AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Coronavirus Update

  • We continue to apply all safety measures at our disposal with the highest degree of attention to ensure our employees are working in the lowest risk environment possible. As a result, AMG has zero hospitalizations presently and has not experienced a facility closure or operational interruption.

Strategic Highlights

  • The commissioning of AMG Vanadium’s second spent catalyst recycling facility in Zanesville, Ohio is proceeding as planned. We continue our ramp up phase and the plant is forecast to achieve at run rate capacity in the fourth quarter of 2022.
  • Shell & AMG Recycling B.V. (SARBV) continues to pursue circular refinery residue opportunities globally.
  • AMG Brazil will increase its spodumene production by 40,000 tons, bringing its production capacity to 130,000 tons per annum. The project is proceeding as planned, construction will begin in the third quarter of 2022; and commissioning will commence in the second quarter of 2023.
  • AMG Lithium has started construction and will celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony at the Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical Park on May 11, 2022, for the first European lithium refinery, and commissioning for the first module of the battery grade lithium hydroxide upgrader will commence in the third quarter of 2023.
  • AMG’s first lithium vanadium battery (“LIVA”) for industrial power management applications is proceeding as planned and commissioning has begun at AMG Graphite located in Hauzenberg, Germany.

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased by 53% to $403.9 million in the first quarter of 2022 from $264.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.
  • EBITDA was $54.8 million in the first quarter of 2022, 93% higher than the first quarter 2021 EBITDA of $28.3 million, marking the seventh straight quarter of sequential improvement.
  • Annualized return on capital employed was 19.8% for the first three months of 2022, more than double the 9.4% for the same period in 2021.
  • AMG’s liquidity as of March 31, 2022, was $478 million, with $308 million of unrestricted cash and $170 million of revolving credit availability.
  • The Company has maintained its final 2021 declared dividend of €0.30 to be paid on May 12, 2022 to shareholders of record on May 10, 2022.

Amsterdam, 4 May 2022 (Regulated Information) AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) reported first quarter 2022 revenue of $403.9 million, a 53% increase over $264.0 million in the first quarter of 2021. EBITDA for the first quarter of 2022 was $54.8 million, a 93% increase over $28.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. This also marks the seventh straight quarter of sequential growth after the pandemic low point in the second quarter of 2020.

Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said, “With regard to COVID, we continue to apply all safety measures at our disposal with the highest degree of attention to ensure our employees are working in the lowest risk environment possible. Nothing is more important to AMG than the safety, health, and well-being of our workers and their families. All injuries and occupational illnesses are preventable, and we firmly believe that there is no job worth doing in an unsafe manner. Safety is understood across business units as our number one priority.

“AMG continued to sequentially improve EBITDA in the first quarter for the seventh time as prices increased and demand remains robust throughout our portfolio. We expect this to continue throughout the year. Our Clean Energy Materials segment continues to deliver strong EBITDA, which more than tripled since the first quarter of 2021, its eighth straight quarter of sequentially increasing EBITDA. The global lithium market has experienced very strong price increases. Ferrovanadium prices have recovered to a level above long-term averages. We have increased EBITDA guidance for 2022 twice since our initial guidance, and in the outlook section of this press release we do so again today.

“AMG’s key strategic projects are all proceeding as planned. The commissioning of the ferrovanadium plant in Zanesville, Ohio, which will essentially double our recycling capacity for refinery residues, is proceeding well and is expected to be producing at run rate capacity in the fourth quarter of 2022. Shell & AMG Recycling B.V. continues to pursue refinery residue opportunities globally to convert refinery waste streams into valuable products, including battery materials that will enable the acceleration of sustainable energy transition goals. AMG Brazil is expanding its lithium concentrate production by 40,000 tons, bringing its production capacity to 130,000 tons per annum. The groundbreaking for our new lithium hydroxide production facility in Germany will take place on May 11, 2022. AMG’s first lithium vanadium battery (“LIVA”) for industrial power management applications has begun commissioning.”

Key Figures

In 000’s US dollars
Q1 ‘22 Q1 ‘21 Change
Revenue $403,863 $263,986         53%
Gross profit 75,194 46,864         60%
Gross margin         18.6%         17.8%
Operating profit 37,814 13,809         174%
Operating margin         9.4%         5.2%
Net income attributable to shareholders 29,115 5,099         471%
EPS – Fully diluted 0.89 0.18         394%
EBIT (1) 44,233 17,376         155%
EBITDA (2) 54,760 28,339         93%
EBITDA margin         13.6%         10.7%
Cash (used in) from operating activities (3,654) 19,939 N/A

Notes:

(1)   EBIT is defined as earnings before interest and income taxes. EBIT excludes restructuring, asset impairment, inventory cost adjustments, environmental provisions, exceptional legal expenses, equity-settled share-based payments, and strategic expenses.
(2)   EBITDA is defined as EBIT adjusted for depreciation and amortization.

Operational Review

AMG Clean Energy Materials

Q1 ‘22 Q1 ‘21 Change
Revenue $143,659 $70,627         103%
Gross profit 39,004 13,203         195%
Gross profit before non-recurring items 41,269 13,383         208%
Operating profit 28,219 3,605         683%
EBITDA 37,227 10,286         262%

AMG Clean Energy Materials’ revenue more than doubled compared to the first quarter of 2021, to $143.7 million, driven mainly by higher prices in vanadium, tantalum and lithium concentrates and higher volumes of lithium concentrate.

Gross profit before non-recurring items for the quarter more than tripled compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to the increased price environment.

SG&A expenses in the first quarter of 2022 were $10.8 million, $1.2 million higher than the first quarter of 2021, due to an increase in professional fees as a result of higher strategic project costs and higher shared-based and variable compensation expense.

The first quarter 2022 EBITDA increased by $26.9 million, to $37.2 million from $10.3 million in the first quarter of 2021, due to the improved gross profit as noted above.

AMG Critical Minerals

Q1 ‘22 Q1 ‘21 Change
Revenue $106,909 $72,916         47%
Gross profit 13,002 13,154         (1%)
Gross profit before non-recurring items 13,048 13,071         —%
Operating profit 5,647 6,560         (14%)
EBITDA 7,883 9,012         (13%)

AMG Critical Minerals’ revenue increased by $34.0 million, or 47%, to $106.9 million, driven by strong sales volumes of antimony and graphite as well as higher sales prices across all three businesses.

Gross profit before non-recurring items of $13.0 million in the first quarter was in line with the first quarter of 2021. The higher revenue was due to the improved pricing and higher sales volumes noted above was offset by increased raw material prices, as well as the ongoing rise in energy and shipping costs.

SG&A expenses in the first quarter of 2022 slightly increased by $0.8 million, to $7.4 million, primarily due to higher share-based and variable compensation expense in the current quarter.

The first quarter 2022 EBITDA was $1.1 million lower than the same period in the prior year, due to increased SG&A costs.

AMG Critical Materials Technologies

Q1 ‘22 Q1 ‘21 Change
Revenue $153,295 $120,443         27%
Gross profit 23,188 20,507         13%
Gross profit before non-recurring items 23,283 20,569         13%
Operating profit 3,948 3,644         8%
EBITDA 9,650 9,041         7%

AMG Critical Materials Technologies’ first quarter 2022 revenue increased by $32.9 million, or 27%, compared to the same period in 2021. This increase was due to increased titanium alloys sales, as well as higher titanium alloy and chrome metal pricing, offset by timing delays in Engineering projects. First quarter 2022 gross profit before non-recurring items increased by $2.7 million, or 13%, to $23.3 million due to the higher volumes and prices.

SG&A expenses increased by $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, driven by an increase in professional fees and higher share-based and variable compensation expense in the current quarter.

AMG Critical Materials Technologies’ EBITDA increased to $9.7 million during the quarter, compared to $9.0 million in the first quarter of 2021. This was primarily due to higher profitability in chrome metal and titanium alloys.

The Company signed $61.1 million in new orders during the first quarter of 2022, driven by strong orders of remelting and heat treatment furnaces, representing a 1.09x book to bill ratio. Order backlog was $183.5 million as of March 31, 2022, in line with $188.2 million as of December 31, 2021.

Financial Review

Exceptional Items

AMG’s first quarter 2022 gross profit includes exceptional items, which are not included in the calculation of EBITDA.

A summary of exceptional items included in gross profit in the first quarters of 2022 and 2021 are below:

Exceptional items included in gross profit

Q1 ‘22 Q1 ‘21 Change
Gross profit $75,194         $46,864         60%
Inventory cost adjustment         —         (333) N/A
Restructuring expense 141         67         110%
Asset impairment reversal         —         (136) N/A
Strategic project expense 2,265         561         304%
Gross profit excluding exceptional items 77,600 47,023         65%

Energy Costs

AMG experienced significant increases in gas and electricity costs in the first quarter of 2022. Total energy costs were $11.9 million higher in the first quarter of 2022 versus the same period in 2021. The majority of this increase was at our silicon business in Germany, but that business benefited from fully hedged power costs and increased silicon prices. Other business units benefited from long-term electricity contracts that have no price escalation clauses, and the business units that did experience energy cost increases were able to pass through most of these increased costs to their customers.

SG&A

AMG’s first quarter 2022 SG&A expenses were $37.5 million compared to $33.1 million in the first quarter of 2021, with the variance driven largely by an increase in professional fees due to higher strategic project costs and higher shared-based and variable compensation expense. The first quarter of 2021 personnel cost was reduced by cost reduction efforts in response to the onset of the pandemic.

Net Finance Costs

AMG’s first quarter 2022 net finance costs were $8.9 million compared to $8.7 million in the first quarter of 2021. This slight increase was mainly driven by higher borrowing rates during the quarter, which were partially offset by lower foreign exchange losses versus the prior period.

Tax

AMG recorded an income tax benefit of $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $0.9 million in the same period in 2021. This variance was mainly driven by higher pre-tax income compared to the prior period more than offset by movements in the Brazilian real versus the US dollar. The effects of the Brazilian real caused a $14.7 million non-cash deferred tax benefit in the first quarter 2022. Movements in the Brazilian real exchange rate impact the valuation of the Company’s net deferred tax positions related to our operations in Brazil.

AMG paid taxes of $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to tax payments of $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Liquidity

March 31,
2022
December 31,
2021
Change
Senior secured debt $371,323 $371,897         —%
Cash & cash equivalents 308,482 337,877         (9%)
Senior secured net debt 62,841 34,020         85%
Other debt 26,676 24,398         9%
Net debt excluding municipal bond 89,517 58,418         53%
Municipal bond debt 319,419 319,476                 —%
Restricted cash 62,139 93,434         (33%)
Net debt 346,797 284,460         22%

AMG had a net debt position of $346.8 million as of March 31, 2022. This increase was mainly due to the significant investment in growth initiatives during the quarter.

AMG continued to maintain a strong balance sheet and adequate sources of liquidity during the first quarter. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $308 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and $170 million available on its revolving credit facility. As such, AMG had $478 million of total liquidity as of March 31, 2022.

In January 2022, AMG Engineering entered into €140 million of long-term bilateral unsecured performance-based guarantee facility agreements. These guarantee arrangements support expected customer advanced payments and replace the existing guarantee arrangements.

In November 2021, AMG entered into a new $350 million 7-year senior secured term loan B facility (“term loan”) and a $200 million 5-year senior secured revolving credit facility (“revolver”). The total facility amount of $550 million replaced AMG’s prior credit facility and extended the term loan maturity from 2025 to 2028 and revolver maturity from 2023 to 2026. Further strengthening AMG’s commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), annual CO2 intensity reduction targets were built into the Revolving Credit Facility, making it a Sustainability Linked Loan. In conjunction with this loan, AMG entered into a 5-year swap agreement through 2026, which fixed interest rates for the entire term loan at the prevailing low interest rates in November 2021.

Outlook

AMG was able to deliver strong results despite the continuing impact of COVID-19 and the fallout from the geopolitical turbulence in recent months. EBITDA was $54.8 million in the first quarter of 2022, 93% higher than the first quarter 2021 EBITDA of $28.3 million, and 25% higher than the fourth quarter of 2021. As mentioned, it was the seventh straight quarter of sequential improvement and we expect this trend to continue.

In December 2021, AMG increased its 2022 EBITDA guidance from “$150 million or more” to “$175 – $200 million.”

In February 2022, we further increased our EBITDA guidance for the full year 2022 to “$225 million or more.”

Given the improved market conditions within our portfolio, especially the lithium and also the vanadium markets, the new guidance is that 2022 EBITDA will be in the range of $260 to $290 million.

The last long-term EBITDA guidance was given in 2019, prior to the COVID period. In 2019, we said “we will reach an EBITDA of $350 million, or more, in 5 years, or earlier.”

Being now much closer to the year 2023, and despite the global disruption from the coronavirus and the geopolitical turbulence, we strongly reaffirm that guidance.

As to a new long-term EBITDA guidance, we will reach an EBITDA of $500 million, or more, in 5 years or earlier.

Net income to EBITDA reconciliation

Q1 ‘22 Q1 ‘21
Net income $29,884 $5,678
Income tax benefit (1,489) (910)
Net finance cost 8,919 8,654
Equity-settled share-based payment transactions 1,380 1,114
Restructuring expense 141 67
Inventory cost adjustment (333)
Strategic project expense (1) 4,796 2,552
Share of loss of associates 500 387
Others 102 167
EBIT 44,233 17,376
Depreciation and amortization 10,527 10,963
EBITDA 54,760 28,339

(1) The Company is in the ramp-up phase for several strategic expansion projects, including AMG Vanadium’s expansion project, the joint venture with Shell, Hybrid Lithium Vanadium Redox Flow Battery System, and the lithium expansion in Germany, which incurred project expenses during the quarter but are not yet operational. AMG is adjusting EBITDA for these exceptional charges.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Income Statement
For the quarter ended March 31    
In thousands of US dollars 2022 2021
  Unaudited Unaudited
Continuing operations
Revenue         403,863         263,986
Cost of sales         (328,669)         (217,122)
Gross profit         75,194         46,864
Selling, general and administrative expenses         (37,462)         (33,093)
Other income, net         82         38
Net other operating income         82         38
Operating profit         37,814 13,809
Finance income         299         210
Finance cost         (9,218)         (8,864)
Net finance cost         (8,919)         (8,654)
Share of loss of associates and joint ventures         (500)         (387)
Profit before income tax         28,395         4,768
Income tax benefit         1,489         910
Profit for the period         29,884         5,678
Profit attributable to:
Shareholders of the Company         29,115         5,099
Non-controlling interests         769         579
Profit for the period         29,884         5,678
Earnings per share
Basic earnings per share         0.91         0.18
Diluted earnings per share         0.89         0.18

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
In thousands of US dollars March 31,2022 Unaudited December 31, 2021
Assets
Property, plant and equipment 719,054 693,624
Goodwill and other intangible assets 43,541 44,684
Derivative financial instruments 16,772 95
Other investments 29,212 29,830
Deferred tax assets 67,036 52,937
Restricted cash 53,728 85,023
Other assets 8,754 8,471
Total non-current assets         938,097         914,664
Inventories         246,037         218,320
Derivative financial instruments         3,721         4,056
Trade and other receivables         198,397         145,435
Other assets         67,691         65,066
Current tax assets         6,619         5,888
Restricted cash         8,411         8,411
Cash and cash equivalents         308,482         337,877
Total current assets         839,358         785,053
Total assets         1,777,455         1,699,717

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(continued)
In thousands of US dollars March 31,2022 Unaudited December 31, 2021
Equity
Issued capital         853         853
Share premium         553,715         553,715
Treasury shares (14,919) (16,596)
Other reserves (81,096) (96,421)
Retained earnings (deficit) (146,466) (173,117)
Equity attributable to shareholders of the Company         312,087         268,434
Non-controlling interests         25,268         25,718
Total equity         337,355         294,152
Liabilities
Loans and borrowings         665,806         675,384
Lease liabilities         44,306         45,692
Employee benefits         159,590         162,628
Provisions         14,787         14,298
Deferred revenue         21,736         22,341
Other liabilities         9,388         11,098
Derivative financial instruments         769         2,064
Deferred tax liabilities         5,901         5,617
Total non-current liabilities         922,283         939,122
Loans and borrowings         36,847         27,341
Lease liabilities         4,844         4,857
Short-term bank debt         14,765         13,046
Deferred revenue         20,510         18,478
Other liabilities         81,203         80,672
Trade and other payables         266,860         252,765
Derivative financial instruments         6,090         6,010
Advance payments from customers         49,983         35,091
Current tax liability         19,671         10,586
Provisions         17,044         17,597
Total current liabilities         517,817         466,443
Total liabilities         1,440,100         1,405,565
Total equity and liabilities         1,777,455         1,699,717

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
For the quarter ended March 31
In thousands of US dollars 2022 2021
  Unaudited Unaudited
Cash (used in) from operating activities
Profit for the period         29,884         5,678
Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash flows:
Non-cash:
Income tax benefit         (1,489)         (910)
Depreciation and amortization         10,527         10,963
Asset impairment reversal         —         (136)
Net finance cost         8,919         8,654
Share of loss of associates and joint ventures         500         387
(Gain) loss on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment         (55)         9
Equity-settled share-based payment transactions         1,380         1,088
Movement in provisions, pensions, and government grants         (1,685)         (3,796)
Working capital and deferred revenue adjustments         (41,819)         4,748
Cash generated from operating activities         6,162         26,685
Finance costs paid, net         (5,917)         (4,749)
Income tax paid         (3,899)         (1,997)
Net cash (used in) from operating activities         (3,654)         19,939
Cash used in investing activities
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment         59         171
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangibles         (43,763)         (35,583)
Investments in associates and joint ventures         (500) (1,000)
Change in restricted cash         31,295         33,878
Interest received on restricted cash         9         15
Capitalized borrowing cost         (7,886)         (7,722)
Other         8         13
Net cash used in investing activities (20,778) (10,228)

 

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(continued)
For the quarter ended March 31
In thousands of US dollars 2022 2021
Unaudited Unaudited
Cash used in financing activities
Proceeds from issuance of debt         1,835         1,481
Payment of transaction costs related to debt         —         (390)
Repayment of borrowings         (1,718) (1,510)
Net (repurchase of) proceeds from issuance common shares         (1,523)         176
Payment of lease liabilities         (1,291) (1,283)
Contributions by non-controlling interests         —         244
Net cash used in financing activities         (2,697) (1,282)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents         (27,129)         8,429
Cash and cash equivalents at January 1         337,877         207,366
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held         (2,266)         (4,716)
Cash and cash equivalents at March 31         308,482         211,079

 

This press release contains inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

This press release contains regulated information as defined in the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).

About AMG

AMG is a global critical materials company at the forefront of CO2 reduction trends. AMG produces highly engineered specialty metals and mineral products and provides related vacuum furnace systems and services to the transportation, infrastructure, energy, and specialty metals & chemicals end markets.

AMG Clean Energy Materials segment combines AMG’s recycling and mining operations, producing materials for infrastructure and energy storage solutions while reducing the CO2 footprint of both suppliers and customers. AMG Clean Energy Materials segment spans the vanadium, lithium, and tantalum value chains. AMG Critical Materials Technologies segment combines AMG’s leading vacuum furnace technology line with high-purity materials serving global leaders in the aerospace sector. AMG Critical Minerals segment consists of AMG’s mineral processing operations in antimony, graphite, and silicon metal.

With approximately 3,300 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, and Mozambique, and has sales and customer service offices in Russia and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).

For further information, please contact:
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.        +1 610 975 4979
Michele Fischer
mfischer@amg-nv.com

Disclaimer

Certain statements in this press release are not historical facts and are “forward looking.” Forward looking statements include statements concerning AMG’s plans, expectations, projections, objectives, targets, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans and intentions relating to acquisitions, AMG’s competitive strengths and weaknesses, plans or goals relating to forecasted production, reserves, financial position and future operations and development, AMG’s business strategy and the trends AMG anticipates in the industries and the political and legal environment in which it operates and other information that is not historical information. When used in this press release, the words “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “should,” and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward looking statements. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. AMG expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in AMG’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.

 

Attachment

Download PDF