Novelis Announces Q1 Results
Novelis Inc reported net income attributable to its common shareholder of USD 127 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, compared to USD 137 million in the prior year period. Excluding tax-effected special items, such as USD 33 million in favorable metal price lag in the prior year, the company reported net income of USD 145 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to USD 115 million in the prior year period. This 26% increase is primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA.
Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% over the prior year period to USD 372 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, primarily driven by higher total shipments as well as favorable price and product mix, partially offset by less favorable recycling benefits due to lower aluminum prices. Adjusted EBITDA per ton reached $448 in the quarter, as compared to USD 419 in the prior year period.
Net sales decreased six percent over the prior year period to USD 2.9 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, driven by lower average aluminum prices and local market premiums, partially offset by higher total shipments and more favorable product price and mix. Shipments of flat rolled products increased four percent over the prior year to 830 kilo tonnes.
The company reported negative USD 94 million of free cash flow for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, including a three fold increase in capital expenditures YoY to USD 162 million mainly to support strategic capacity expansion projects underway in the US, China and Brazil. Free cash flow before capital expenditures improved 36% over the prior year period to USD 68 million, driven primarily by higher Adjusted EBITDA and favorable working capital from lower aluminum prices and inventory levels.
Mr Steve Fisher, President and CEO, Novelis Inc said that “Novelis’ continued success is based on its ability to deliver high-quality products to customers and its focus on optimizing manufacturing operations. With a strong balance sheet and commitment to sustainable innovation, we are well positioned to make strategic investments in capacity as well as R&D to meet growing demand for lightweight aluminum solutions.”
Source : Strategic Research Institute