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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Provides Preliminary Results on its Second Quarter 2024 Earnings and Current Liquidity Position

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Ampco-Pittsburgh (NYSE: AP) has released preliminary results for its Q2 2024 earnings and provided an update on its liquidity position. The company expects net sales to be between $107 million and $112 million, comparable to $107.2 million in Q2 2023 and $110.0 million in Q1 2024.

Income from operations is projected to range from $3.8 million to $4.8 million, up from $3.3 million in Q2 2023 and $0.1 million in Q1 2024. Net income is expected to be between $1.1 million and $2.1 million, or $0.05 to $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share in Q2 2023, and a net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share in Q1 2024.

As of July 9, 2024, Ampco-Pittsburgh's liquidity included $8.6 million in cash and $27.2 million available on its revolving credit facility. CEO Brett McBrayer highlighted the positive impact of new machinery in the U.S. forged operation and improved margins in the Air & Liquid Processing segment, despite challenges in the European cast roll business.

Positive
  • Expected net sales for Q2 2024 in the range of $107 million to $112 million, comparable to previous quarters.
  • Projected income from operations between $3.8 million and $4.8 million, a significant increase from Q1 2024.
  • Estimated net income for Q2 2024 between $1.1 million and $2.1 million, a substantial improvement from Q1 2024.
  • Improved liquidity position with $8.6 million in cash and $27.2 million available on a revolving credit facility.
Negative
  • Continued excess capacity in the European cast roll business relative to demand.

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation's preliminary earnings report reveals an expected sequential improvement in earnings for Q2 2024. This continuity in growth is a positive signal for investors, indicating recovery post the Q1 foundry fire at their Sweden plant. Net sales are projected between $107 million and $112 million, showing stability compared to previous quarters. Crucially, income from operations is anticipated to increase significantly, landing between $3.8 million and $4.8 million, a notable rise from $0.1 million in Q1 2024. The expected net income, between $1.1 million and $2.1 million, is a considerable improvement from the net loss in the last quarter.

The improvement in liquidity, with $8.6 million cash on hand and $27.2 million availability on the revolving credit facility, boosts confidence in the company’s financial health. This liquidity is essential for operational flexibility and future investments. However, investors should approach this data with caution as these figures are preliminary and subject to adjustments upon final reporting.

In summary, the anticipated earnings growth and liquidity improvement suggest a positive short-term outlook. However, the company still faces challenges such as excess capacity in European cast roll business, which needs monitoring.

From a market perspective, Ampco-Pittsburgh’s projected earnings improvement is a positive development, especially considering the company's operations in diverse segments like forged and cast rolls, air and liquid processing equipment. This diversification can be a buffer against market volatility in individual segments. The full-quarter impact of the new machinery in U.S. forged operations indicates that recent capital investments are beginning to pay off. It emphasizes the company's commitment to enhancing productivity and operational efficiency.

However, the ongoing excess capacity in the European cast roll business remains a concern. It underscores the need for strategic adjustments to align supply with demand better. This issue could potentially dampen the long-term outlook if not addressed, as persistent excess capacity typically leads to margin pressures and inefficient use of resources.

Retail investors should keep an eye on how the company manages this capacity issue and its impact on overall profitability. Additionally, with the expected filing of the detailed Q2 report in August, it would be wise to scrutinize the final numbers and any updates on operational strategies closely.

  • Expects strong sequential earnings improvement in Q2 2024 compared to Q1 2024

CARNEGIE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation (NYSE: AP) (the “Corporation”) announced today preliminary estimates of net sales, income from operations and net income for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2024, and an update on its current liquidity position:

  • Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2024, is expected to be in the range of $107 million to $112 million. This compares to net sales of $107.2 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2023, and $110.0 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2024.
  • Income from operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2024, is expected to be in the range of $3.8 million to $4.8 million. This compares to income from operations of $3.3 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2023 (which included a $1.9 million foreign energy credit), and $0.1 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2024.
  • Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2024, is expected in the range of $1.1 to $2.1 million, or $0.05 to $0.10 per diluted share. This compares to a net income of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 (which included a benefit of $1.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the foreign energy credit), and a net loss of $(2.7) million, or $(0.14) per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2024.
  • As of July 9, 2024, the Corporation’s liquidity position improved modestly compared to March 31, 2024, and included cash on hand of approximately $8.6 million and availability on its revolving credit facility of $27.2 million.

Remarking on this outlook, Brett McBrayer, Ampco-Pittsburgh’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “As we expected, Q2 2024 earnings should improve sequentially versus Q1 2024 with the impact of the Q1 foundry fire in our Sweden plant largely behind us, along with sequential improvement in Air & Liquid Processing segment margins. We experienced a full-quarter benefit of the new machinery in our U.S. forged operation in Q2. Although we are still experiencing excess capacity in our European cast roll business relative to demand, this is consistent with our experience the last few quarters. We are committed to delivering returns on the recent investments we have made for improved results. At this point, outside of typical operating variations, we believe there are no new significant headwinds which would have a material adverse effect on our businesses.”

This is not a comprehensive statement of the Corporation’s financial results and is subject to change. The Corporation has provided ranges, rather than specific amounts, for the preliminary estimates of the unaudited financial data described below primarily because the Corporation’s financial closing procedures for the quarter ended June 30, 2024, are not yet complete and, as a result, the Corporation’s final results upon completion of its closing procedures may vary from the preliminary estimates. These estimates should not be viewed as a substitute for the Corporation’s quarterly and year-to-date financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The Corporation expects to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter (its “Quarterly Report”) on approximately August 12, 2024. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, the Corporation undertakes no responsibility to update this outlook prior to the release of its Quarterly Report.

About Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation manufactures and sells highly engineered, high-performance specialty metal products and customized equipment utilized by industry throughout the world. Through its operating subsidiary, Union Electric Steel Corporation, it is a leading producer of forged and cast rolls for the global steel and aluminum industries. It also manufactures open-die forged products that are sold principally to customers in the steel distribution market, oil and gas industry, and the aluminum and plastic extrusion industries. The Corporation is also a producer of air and liquid processing equipment, primarily custom-engineered finned tube heat exchange coils, large custom air handling systems and centrifugal pumps. It operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, England, Sweden, and Slovenia and participates in three operating joint ventures located in China. It has sales offices in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The Corporation’s corporate headquarters is located in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by us or on behalf of the Corporation. This press release may include, but is not limited to, statements about operating and financial performance, statements related to the preliminary financial estimates and projections related to Q2 2024 and liquidity estimates for July 9, 2024, trends and events that the Corporation may expect or anticipate will occur in the future, statements about sales and production levels, restructurings, the impact from pandemics and geopolitical conflicts, profitability and anticipated expenses, inflation, the global supply chain, future proceeds from the exercise of outstanding warrants, and cash outflows. All statements in this document other than statements of historical fact are statements that are, or could be, deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Act and words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “goal,” “forecast” and other terms of similar meaning that indicate future events and trends are also generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made, are not guarantees of future performance or expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. For the Corporation, these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: economic downturns, cyclical demand for our products and insufficient demand for our products; excess global capacity in the steel industry; limitations in availability of capital to fund our strategic plan; inability to maintain adequate liquidity to meet our operating cash flow requirements, repay maturing debt and meet other financial obligations; fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies; increases in commodity prices or insufficient hedging against increases in commodity prices, reductions in electricity and natural gas supply or shortages of key production materials for us or our customers; inability to obtain necessary capital or financing on satisfactory terms to acquire capital expenditures that may be necessary to support our growth strategy; inoperability of certain equipment on which we rely; inability to execute our capital expenditure plan; liability of our subsidiaries for claims alleging personal injury from exposure to asbestos-containing components historically used in certain products of our subsidiaries; changes in the existing regulatory environment; inability to successfully restructure our operations and/or invest in operations that will yield the best long-term value to our shareholders; consequences of pandemics and geopolitical conflicts; work stoppage or another industrial action on the part of any of our unions; inability to satisfy the continued listing requirements of the New York Stock Exchange or the NYSE American Exchange; potential attacks on information technology infrastructure and other cyber-based business disruptions; failure to maintain an effective system of internal control; and those discussed more fully elsewhere in Item 1A, Risk Factors, in Part I of the Corporation’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and Part II of the latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The Corporation cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. In addition, there may be events in the future that it is not able to predict accurately or control which may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, the Corporation assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise.

Michael G. McAuley

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(412) 429-2472

mmcauley@ampcopgh.com

Source: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

FAQ

What are Ampco-Pittsburgh's expected net sales for Q2 2024?

Ampco-Pittsburgh expects net sales for Q2 2024 to be in the range of $107 million to $112 million.

How does Ampco-Pittsburgh's expected net income for Q2 2024 compare to previous quarters?

The expected net income for Q2 2024 is between $1.1 million and $2.1 million, compared to $0.4 million in Q2 2023 and a net loss of $2.7 million in Q1 2024.

What is Ampco-Pittsburgh's liquidity position as of July 2024?

As of July 9, 2024, Ampco-Pittsburgh has $8.6 million in cash and $27.2 million available on its revolving credit facility.

What factors contributed to Ampco-Pittsburgh's improved earnings in Q2 2024?

Improved earnings in Q2 2024 were driven by the full-quarter benefit of new machinery in the U.S. forged operation and better margins in the Air & Liquid Processing segment.

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