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Allegheny Technologies Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

May 04, 2012 | About:
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Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-03-31.

Allegheny Tech has a market cap of $4.56 billion; its shares were traded at around $41.34 with a P/E ratio of 19.9 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of Allegheny Tech stocks is 1.7%.

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Sales for the first quarter 2012 increased 10.2% to $1.35 billion, compared to the first quarter 2011, primarily as a result of the acquisition of Ladish in May 2011 and improving demand in our key global growth markets. Compared to the first quarter 2011, sales increased 46% in the High Performance Metals segment and 15% in the Engineered Products segment, while sales decreased 10% in the Flat-Rolled Products segment. Compared to the fourth quarter 2011, sales increased 8.1%, with all business segments showing sales growth. High Performance Metals segment sales increased 11%, Flat-Rolled Products segment sales increased 6% and Engineered Products segment sales increased 5%.

Segment operating profit for the first quarter 2012 was $163.2 million, or 12.1% of sales, compared to $162.4 million, or 13.2% of sales for the first quarter 2011. Compared to first quarter 2011, segment operating profit improved in the High Performance Metals segment due to the acquisition of Ladish and increased shipments of titanium and nickel-based alloys. This improvement in operating profit for the High Performance Metals segment was partially offset by approximately $6 million in higher raw material costs, primarily nickel, which did not align with raw material surcharges due to the length of the production cycle and the rapid decline of nickel prices in the second half of 2011. Flat-Rolled Products segment operating profit in the first quarter 2012 was impacted by lower shipments and base prices for standard stainless products compared to the first quarter 2011. There was no change in our LIFO inventory valuation reserve in the first quarter 2012. The first quarter 2011 included a LIFO inventory valuation reserve charge of $3.9 million. The first quarter 2012 results included $28.8 million in gross cost reductions, before the effects of inflation.

Net income attributable to ATI for the first quarter 2012 was $56.2 million, or $0.50 per share, compared to $56.3 million, or $0.54 per share for the first quarter 2011. Results for the first quarter 2012 were impacted by higher retirement benefit expense of $7.3 million, net of tax, or $0.06 per share, compared to the same period of 2011. In addition, first quarter 2012 earnings per share reflects a 7.45 million increase in average diluted shares outstanding, compared to the first quarter 2011, primarily as a result of the shares issued in association with the acquisition of Ladish in May 2011. Results for the first quarter 2011 included a charge of $3.1 million, net of tax, related to the accelerated recognition of equity-based compensation expense due to executive retirements. Excluding this charge, first quarter 2011 net income was $59.4 million, or $0.57 per share.

First quarter 2012 sales increased 46% to $581.3 million compared to the first quarter 2011, primarily as a result of the acquisition of Ladish in May 2011 and improving demand from commercial aerospace and oil and gas markets. Mill product shipments increased 22% for nickel-based and specialty alloys, and 4% for titanium and titanium alloys. On a pro forma comparison basis, sales of forged and cast components from ATI Ladish increased 26% compared to the first quarter 2011. Exotic alloys shipments decreased 14% in the first quarter 2012 compared to the prior years first quarter primarily due to lower demand from the nuclear electrical energy and the chemical process industry markets. Average mill products selling prices increased 3% for titanium and titanium alloys primarily due to a favorable product mix and improving base prices compared to the first quarter 2011. Average mill products selling prices increased 2% for nickel-based and specialty alloys, as a favorable product mix was partially offset by lower raw material indices. Average selling prices for exotic alloys increased 14% primarily due to a favorable mix.

Retirement benefit expense, which includes pension expense and other postretirement expense, increased to $30.6 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to $19.3 million in the first quarter 2011. This increase was primarily due to the utilization of a lower discount rate to value retirement benefit obligations and lower than expected returns on plan assets, and represented additional expense of $7.3 million, net of tax, or $0.06 per share, compared to the first quarter 2011. For the first quarter 2012, retirement benefit expense of $22.0 million was included in cost of sales and $8.6 million was included in selling and administrative expenses. For the first quarter 2011, the amount of retirement benefit expense included in cost of sales was $13.8 million, and the amount included in selling and administrative expenses was $5.5 million.

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