First Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Revenue of $1.2 billion, down 26% year over year
  • Income from continuing operations of $80 million, or $0.18 per share, versus $153 million, or $0.35 per share, in the first quarter 2020
  • Income from continuing operations excluding special items of $96 million, or $0.22 per share, versus $194 million, or $0.44 per share, in the first quarter 2020
  • Operating income of $189 million, down 27% year over year
  • Operating income excluding special items of $208 million, down 34% year over year
  • Cash used for operations of ($6 million) and adjusted free cash flow of ($4 million); cash used for financing activities of ($368 million); and cash provided from investing activities of $3 million
  • Cash balance at end of quarter at $1.2 billion after redeeming approximately $361 million of debt; Revolving credit facility undrawn at $1 billion

2021 Guidance* Updated

  • Updated Full Year 2021 Guidance: Revenue $5.05-$5.20 billion, versus prior $5.05-$5.25 billion, with an unchanged outlook of $5.10 billion, Adjusted EBITDA $1.125-$1.20 billion, versus prior $1.07-$1.15 billion, with an increased outlook of $1.15 billion, Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items $0.91-$1.02, versus prior $0.75-$0.89, with an increased outlook of $0.95, Adjusted Free Cash Flow $390-$460 million, versus prior $350-$450 million, with an increased outlook of $425 million
  • Issued Second Quarter 2021 Guidance: Revenue $1.17-$1.23 billion with an outlook of $1.20 billion, Adjusted EBITDA $260-$270 million with an outlook of $265 million, Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items $0.19-$0.21 with an outlook of $0.20

Key Announcements

  • On January 15, 2021, Howmet Aerospace completed early redemption of 5.40% Notes due 2021 in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $361 million.
  • On May 3, 2021, the Company completed early redemption of all $476 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.87% Notes due 2022 at an aggregate redemption price of approximately $500 million.
  • On March 29, 2021, Howmet Aerospace amended its Five-Year Revolving Credit Agreement. This amendment provides certain relief under the financial covenant until December 31, 2022. The $1 billion revolving credit facility remains undrawn.
  • The Company is expecting to reinstate a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share of its common stock, beginning in the third quarter 2021, subject to the discretion and final approval of the Board of Directors.

* Reconciliations of the forward-looking non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are not available without unreasonable efforts due to the variability and complexity of the charges and other components excluded from the non-GAAP measures – for further detail, see “2021 Guidance Updated” below.

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Howmet Aerospace (NYSE:HWM) today reported first quarter 2021 results. The Company reported first quarter revenues of $1.2 billion, down 26% year over year due to disruptions in the commercial aerospace market, primarily driven by COVID-19, Boeing 737 MAX, and Boeing 787 production declines, partially offset by growth in the commercial transportation, defense aerospace, and industrial gas turbine markets.

Howmet Aerospace reported income from continuing operations of $80 million, or $0.18 per share, in the first quarter 2021 versus income from continuing operations of $153 million, or $0.35 per share, in the first quarter 2020. Income from continuing operations excluding special items was $96 million, or $0.22 per share, in the first quarter 2021, versus $194 million, or $0.44 per share, in the first quarter 2020. Income from continuing operations in the first quarter 2021 included a $16 million charge from special items, principally related to plant fire costs and restructuring and other charges.

First quarter 2021 operating income was $189 million, down 27% year over year. Operating income excluding special items was $208 million, down 34% year over year. The year-over-year decline was due to significant disruptions in the commercial aerospace market, driven by COVID-19, Boeing 737 MAX, and Boeing 787 production declines, resulting in unfavorable volume and product mix. The decline was partially offset by growth in the commercial transportation, defense aerospace, and industrial gas turbine markets, variable and fixed cost reductions, and favorable product pricing. Operating income margin, excluding special items, was down approximately 200 basis points year over year to 17.2%.

Howmet Aerospace Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer John Plant said, “Howmet Aerospace delivered a healthy start to 2021 with first quarter 2021 profits and margins exceeding expectations. Our first quarter 2021 adjusted EBITDA margin of 22.7% was similar to fourth quarter 2020 despite approximately $30 million less revenue, supported by favorable product pricing and effective cost performance. First quarter 2021 adjusted free cash flow was near breakeven, a first quarter record, demonstrating our continued focus on cash generation. We expect adjusted free cash flow to be less seasonal going forward, and expect positive cash generation through the remaining quarters of 2021.”

Mr. Plant continued, “We see the end of the second quarter as the inflection point for a commercial aerospace recovery, led by the narrow body market, that should support a stronger second half 2021, particularly for Engine Products and Engineered Structures. The Commercial Transportation market remains robust, supporting Forged Wheels, although industry supply chain constraints can limit growth in the near term. As we look to the rest of 2021 and beyond, we are well positioned to emerge from the pandemic in a stronger, more profitable position.”

Our liquidity position is strong as a result of our strict and disciplined approach to costs and spending. We ended first quarter 2021 with $1.24 billion of cash after the early redemption of our April 2021 notes for approximately $361 million, and we completed the early redemption of our February 2022 notes for approximately $500 million on May 3, 2021. During the quarter, we amended our undrawn $1 billion revolving credit facility and our next debt maturity is not until October 2024.”

On April 1, 2020, Arconic Inc. completed the separation of its business into two independent, publicly-traded companies: Howmet Aerospace Inc. (the new name for Arconic Inc.) and Arconic Corporation. The financial results of Arconic Corporation for all periods prior to April 1, 2020 have been retrospectively reflected in the Statement of Consolidated Operations as discontinued operations and, as such, have been excluded from continuing operations and segment results for all periods prior to April 1, 2020. Additionally, the related assets and liabilities associated with Arconic Corporation in the December 31, 2019 Consolidated Balance Sheet are classified as assets and liabilities of discontinued operations. The cash flows, comprehensive income, and equity related to Arconic Corporation have not been segregated and are included in the Statement of Consolidated Cash Flows, Statement of Consolidated Comprehensive Income, and Statement of Changes in Consolidated Equity, respectively, for all periods prior to April 1, 2020.

First Quarter 2021 Segment Performance

Engine Products

Engine Products reported revenue of $534 million, a decrease of 32% year over year due to declines in the commercial aerospace market driven by COVID-19 and Boeing 737 MAX production declines, partly offset by growth in the defense aerospace and industrial gas turbine markets. Segment operating profit was $101 million, down 39% year over year, driven by volume declines, partially offset by variable and fixed cost reductions. Segment operating profit margin decreased approximately 220 basis points year over year to 18.9%.

Fastening Systems

Fastening Systems reported revenue of $272 million, a decrease of 29% year over year due to declines in the commercial aerospace market, primarily driven by COVID-19, Boeing 737 MAX, and Boeing 787 production declines. Segment operating profit was $45 million, down 53% year over year, driven by volume declines and unfavorable product mix, partially offset by variable and fixed cost reductions. Segment operating profit margin decreased approximately 840 basis points year over year to 16.5%.

Engineered Structures

Engineered Structures reported revenue of $176 million, a decrease of 36% year over year due to declines in the commercial aerospace market, driven by COVID-19, Boeing 787, and Boeing 737 MAX production declines, partly offset by growth in the defense aerospace market. Segment operating profit was $10 million, down 64% year over year, driven by volume declines and unfavorable product mix, partially offset by variable and fixed cost reductions. Segment operating profit margin decreased approximately 450 basis points year over year to 5.7%.

Forged Wheels

Forged Wheels reported revenue of $227 million, an increase of 19% year over year due to strength in the commercial transportation market. Segment operating profit was $70 million, up 40% year over year, driven by volume increases, cost reductions, and maximizing production in low-cost countries. Segment operating profit margin increased approximately 460 basis points year over year to 30.8%.

2021 Guidance* Updated

 

2Q 21 Guidance

FY 2021 Guidance

 

 

Low

 

Outlook

 

High

 

Low

 

Outlook

 

High

 

Revenue

 

$1.17B

 

$1.20B

 

$1.23B

 

$5.05B

 

$5.10B

 

$5.20B

 

Adj. EBITDA

 

$260M

 

$265M

 

$270M

 

$1.125B

 

$1.15B

 

$1.20B

 

Adj. EBITDA Margin1

 

22.2%

 

22.1%

 

22.0%

 

22.3%

 

22.5%

 

23.1%

 

Adj. Earnings per Share1

 

$0.19

 

$0.20

 

$0.21

 

$0.91

 

$0.95

 

$1.02

 

Adj. Free Cash Flow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$390M

 

$425M

 

$460M

 

 

1)

 

Excluding Special Items

* Howmet Aerospace has not provided reconciliations of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share or earnings per share excluding special items, and adjusted free cash flow, to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Such reconciliations are not available without unreasonable efforts due to the variability and complexity with respect to the charges and other components excluded from the non-GAAP measures, such as the effects of foreign currency movements, gains or losses on sales of assets, taxes, and any future restructuring or impairment charges. These reconciling items are in addition to the inherent variability already included in the GAAP measures, which includes, but is not limited to, price/mix and volume. Howmet Aerospace believes such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors.

Completed Early Redemption of All Outstanding 5.40% Notes due 2021 for Approximately $361 Million

Howmet Aerospace redeemed all of its outstanding 5.40% Notes due 2021 in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $361 million on January 15, 2021. The notes were redeemed at 100% of the principal amount of the notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but not including, the redemption date. As a result, interest costs to the Company are estimated to be reduced in 2021 by approximately $19 million.

Completed Early Redemption of All Outstanding 5.87% Notes due 2022 at an Aggregate Redemption Price of Approximately $500 Million

Howmet Aerospace completed the early redemption on May 3, 2021 of all $476 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.87% Notes due 2022 at an aggregate redemption price of approximately $500 million. As a result, interest costs to the Company are estimated to be reduced in 2021 by approximately $19 million and approximately $28 million on an annual basis. The Company’s next debt maturity is in October 2024.

Amended Five-Year Revolving Credit Agreement

On March 29, 2021, Howmet Aerospace successfully amended its Five-Year Revolving Credit Agreement. This amendment provides certain relief under the financial covenant until December 31, 2022. The $1 billion revolving credit facility remains undrawn.

Expecting to Reinstate its Dividend on Common Stock Beginning in the Third Quarter 2021

Howmet Aerospace expects to reinstate a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share of the Company’s common stock, beginning in the third quarter 2021, subject to the discretion and final approval of the Board of Directors each quarter after the Board’s consideration of all factors it deems relevant and subject to applicable law and contractual considerations.

Howmet Aerospace will hold its quarterly conference call at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The call will be webcast via www.howmet.com. The press release and presentation materials will be available at approximately 7:00 AM ET on May 6, via the “Investors” section of the Howmet Aerospace website. A link to the press release will also be available via Howmet Aerospace’s Twitter handle @HowmetAerospace at https://twitter.com/howmetaerospace.

About Howmet Aerospace

Howmet Aerospace Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications, as well as forged wheels for commercial transportation. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies enable lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft to operate with a lower carbon footprint. For more information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Dissemination of Company Information

Howmet Aerospace intends to make future announcements regarding Company developments and financial performance through its website at www.howmet.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that relate to future events and expectations and as such constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “goal,” “guidance,” “intends,” “may,” “outlook,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “sees,” “should,” “targets,” “will,” “would,” or other words of similar meaning. All statements that reflect Howmet Aerospace’s expectations, assumptions or projections about the future, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements, forecasts and outlook relating to the condition of end markets; future financial results or operating performance; future strategic actions; Howmet Aerospace’s strategies, outlook, and business and financial prospects; and any future dividends or share repurchases. These statements reflect beliefs and assumptions that are based on Howmet Aerospace’s perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors Howmet Aerospace believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by these statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) uncertainty of the duration, extent and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Howmet Aerospace’s business, results of operations, and financial condition; (b) deterioration in global economic and financial market conditions generally, including as a result of pandemic health issues (including COVID-19 and its effects, among other things, on global supply, demand, and distribution disruptions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and results in an increasingly prolonged period of travel, commercial and/or other similar restrictions and limitations); (c) unfavorable changes in the markets served by Howmet Aerospace; (d) the impact of potential cyber attacks and information technology or data security breaches; (e) the loss of significant customers or adverse changes in customers’ business or financial conditions; (f) manufacturing difficulties or other issues that impact product performance, quality or safety; (g) inability of suppliers to meet obligations due to supply chain disruptions or otherwise; (h) the inability to achieve revenue growth, cash generation, cost savings, restructuring plans, cost reductions, improvement in profitability, or strengthening of competitiveness and operations anticipated or targeted; (i) competition from new product offerings, disruptive technologies or other developments; (j) geopolitical, economic, and regulatory risks relating to Howmet Aerospace’s global operations, including compliance with U.S. and foreign trade and tax laws, sanctions, embargoes and other regulations; (k) the outcome of contingencies, including legal proceedings, government or regulatory investigations, and environmental remediation, which can expose Howmet Aerospace to substantial costs and liabilities; (l) failure to comply with government contracting regulations; (m) adverse changes in discount rates or investment returns on pension assets; and (n) the other risk factors summarized in Howmet Aerospace’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Market projections are subject to the risks discussed above and other risks in the market. The statements in this release are made as of the date of this release, even if subsequently made available by Howmet Aerospace on its website or otherwise. Howmet Aerospace disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Some of the information included in this release is derived from Howmet Aerospace’s consolidated financial information but is not presented in Howmet Aerospace’s financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). Certain of these data are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under SEC rules. These non-GAAP financial measures supplement our GAAP disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the GAAP measure. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and management’s rationale for the use of the non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the schedules to this release.

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Howmet Aerospace Inc. and subsidiaries

Statement of Consolidated Operations (unaudited)

(in U.S. dollar millions, except per-share and share amounts)

 

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

2021

 

December 31,

2020

 

March 31,

2020

Sales

$

1,209

 

 

$

1,238

 

 

$

1,634

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of expenses below)

873

 

 

872

 

 

1,183

 

Selling, general administrative, and other expenses

65

 

 

58

 

 

79

 

Research and development expenses

5

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

Provision for depreciation and amortization

68

 

 

67

 

 

71

 

Restructuring and other charges(1)

9

 

 

16

 

 

39

 

Operating income

189

 

 

221

 

 

258

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

72

 

 

76

 

 

84

 

Other expense (income), net

4

 

 

74

 

 

(24)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

113

 

 

71

 

 

198

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

33

 

 

(35)

 

 

45

 

Income from continuing operations after income taxes

80

 

 

106

 

 

153

 

Income from discontinued operations after income taxes

 

 

 

 

62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

80

 

 

$

106

 

 

$

215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts Attributable to Howmet Aerospace Common Shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share – Basic(2)(3)(5):

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.24

 

 

$

0.35

 

Discontinued Operations

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

0.14

 

Net income per share

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.24

 

 

$

0.49

 

Average number of shares(3)(4)

433,598,797

 

 

433,280,936

 

 

435,015,454

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share – Diluted(2)(3)(5):

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.24

 

 

$

0.35

 

Discontinued Operations

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

0.14

 

Net income per share

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.24

 

 

$

0.49

 

Average number of shares(4)

439,337,643

 

 

437,979,216

 

 

440,396,706

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock outstanding at the end of the period

434,081,077

 

 

432,906,377

 

 

436,085,504

 

(1)

  Restructuring and other charges for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 included severance costs, asset impairments, pension settlement charges and other exit costs. Restructuring and other charges for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020 included severance costs, asset impairments and other exit costs.

(2)

  In order to calculate both basic and diluted earnings per share, preferred stock dividends declared of $1 for the quarters ended March 31, 2021, December 31, 2020, and March 31, 2020 need to be subtracted from Net income.

(3)

  For the quarters presented, the difference between the diluted average number of shares and the basic average number of shares related to share equivalents associated with outstanding employee stock options and awards.

(4)

  Basic and diluted average number of shares and common stock outstanding at the end of the period for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 do not reflect the full impact of the share repurchases made at different times during the fourth quarter of 2020.

(5)

  Per share amounts are calculated independently for Continuing and Discontinued operations, therefore, the sum of the amounts may not equal the total Net Income per share.

Howmet Aerospace Inc. and subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheet (unaudited)

(in U.S. dollar millions)

 

 

March 31,

2021

 

December 31,

2020

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,238

 

 

$

1,610

 

Receivables from customers, less allowances of $1 in 2021 and $1 in 2020

339

 

 

328

 

Other receivables(1)

96

 

 

29

 

Inventories

1,453

 

 

1,488

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

202

 

 

217

 

Total current assets

3,328

 

 

3,672

 

 

 

 

 

Properties, plants, and equipment, net

2,524

 

 

2,592

 

Goodwill

4,086

 

 

4,102

 

Deferred income taxes

227

 

 

272

 

Intangibles, net

563

 

 

571

 

Other noncurrent assets

243

 

 

234

 

Total assets

$

10,971

 

 

$

11,443

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable, trade

$

596

 

 

$

599

 

Accrued compensation and retirement costs

171

 

 

205

 

Taxes, including income taxes

93

 

 

102

 

Accrued interest payable

88

 

 

89

 

Other current liabilities

243

 

 

289

 

Short-term debt

489

 

 

376

 

Total current liabilities

1,680

 

 

1,660

 

Long-term debt, less amount due within one year

4,224

 

 

4,699

 

Accrued pension benefits

941

 

 

985

 

Accrued other postretirement benefits

159

 

 

198

 

Other noncurrent liabilities and deferred credits

305

 

 

324

 

Total liabilities

7,309

 

 

7,866

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Howmet Aerospace shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock

55

 

 

55

 

Common stock

434

 

 

433

 

Additional capital

4,671

 

 

4,668

 

Retained earnings

443

 

 

364

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,941)

 

 

(1,943)

 

Total equity

3,662

 

 

3,577

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

10,971

 

 

$

11,443

 

(1)

  Includes a deferred purchase program receivable of $68 for the March 31, 2021 period and $12 for the December 31, 2020 period.

Howmet Aerospace and subsidiaries

Statement of Consolidated Cash Flows (unaudited)

(in U.S. dollar millions)

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Operating activities

 

 

 

Net income

$

80

 

 

$

215

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided from operations:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

68

 

 

129

 

Deferred income taxes

10

 

 

19

 

Restructuring and other charges

9

 

 

21

 

Net loss from investing activities—asset sales

3

 

 

2

 

Net periodic pension benefit cost

4

 

 

26

 

Stock-based compensation

6

 

 

13

 

Other

14

 

 

25

 

Changes in assets and liabilities, excluding effects of acquisitions, divestitures, and

foreign currency translation adjustments:

 

 

 

Increase in receivables

(144)

 

 

(210)

 

Decrease (increase) in inventories

20

 

 

(136)

 

Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other current assets

23

 

 

(2)

 

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable, trade(1)

26

 

 

(132)

 

Decrease in accrued expenses

(92)

 

 

(173)

 

Increase in taxes, including income taxes

12

 

 

90

 

Pension contributions

(29)

 

 

(56)

 

Increase in noncurrent assets

(2)

 

 

 

Decrease in noncurrent liabilities

(14)

 

 

(39)

 

Cash used for operations

(6)

 

 

(208)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

Net change in short-term borrowings (original maturities of three months or less)

(2)

 

 

2

 

Additions to debt (original maturities greater than three months)(2)

 

 

1,200

 

Payments on debt (original maturities greater than three months)(3)

(361)

 

 

 

Debt issuance costs

(1)

 

 

(45)

 

Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options

8

 

 

30

 

Dividends paid to shareholders

 

 

(9)

 

Other

(12)

 

 

(33)

 

Cash (used for) provided from financing activities

(368)

 

 

1,145

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

Capital expenditures(1)

(55)

 

 

(152)

 

Proceeds from the sale of assets and businesses(4)

 

 

114

 

Cash receipts from sold receivables

57

 

 

48

 

Other

1

 

 

1

 

Cash provided from investing activities

3

 

 

11

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(1)

 

 

(8)

 

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(372)

 

 

940

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year

1,611

 

 

1,703

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year

$

1,239

 

 

$

2,643

 

Contacts

Investor Contact
Paul T. Luther

(412) 553-1950

Paul.Luther@howmet.com

Media Contact
Paul Erwin

(412) 553-2666

Paul.Erwin@howmet.com

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