Q3/2016: Novelis announces EBITDA increase by higher shipments of sheet

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Source: Novelis Inc.

Atlanta, USA — Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has reported net income of $6 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. Excluding tax-effected special items, the company reported net income of $32 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $54 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Excluding the impact of metal price lag in both quarters, Adjusted EBITDA was $238 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, up four percent compared to $228 million in the prior year. The increase was driven by higher shipments of automotive and beverage can sheet, partially offset by less favorable recycling benefits due to depressed aluminum prices as compared to the prior year. Current year results also reflect higher fixed costs associated with new automotive and recycling operations.

„Our good performance this quarter validates our strategy to grow aluminum rolled products capabilities around the world to serve high growth, high value industries including automotive and packaging,“ underlined Steve Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer for Novelis. „The success of our expansion projects coupled with our steady improvement in operational performance positions Novelis for continued growth and profitability.“

Shipments of rolled aluminum products grew three percent to 779 kilotonnes in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, as compared to 757 kilotonnes reported in the prior year period.Despite higher shipments, revenues decreased 17 percent to $2.4 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 driven by significantly lower average aluminum prices and local market premiums.

While average local market metal premiums stabilized during the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the company reported negative metal price lag of $26 million as it continued to turn higher average metal cost inventory from previous months.Although the company uses derivatives contracts to minimize the price lag associated with LME base aluminum prices, adequate cost-effective hedges are not available for local market premiums.Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 including metal price lag was $212 million.

Source: Novelis Inc. / PRNewswire