Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces First Quarter Earnings
By Business Wire News
Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation (NYSE: AP) announces sales and net income for the three months ended March 31, 2015 of $65,087,000 and $72,000 or $0.01 per common share, respectively, against sales and net income of $62,913,000 and $78,000 or $0.01 per common share for the same period in 2014. Income from operations for the first three months of 2015 of $502,000 compares to $777,000 for the first three months of 2014. Operating income for 2015 includes a pre-tax curtailment charge of approximately $1,200,000 associated with a partial freezing of the U.S. Defined Benefit Plan but benefited from a pre-tax credit of approximately $750,000 relating to the collection of accounts receivable previously written off.
For the Forged and Cast Engineered Products segment, sales increased from a year ago principally due to a higher volume of shipments of other forging products offset by a decrease in traditional roll shipments. Operating income improved from a year ago primarily due to the collection of accounts receivable previously mentioned. For the Air and Liquid Processing segment, sales were down slightly from a year ago resulting primarily from a decline in shipments to the fossil-fueled utility and industrial markets. Operating income was comparable.
John Stanik, Ampco-Pittsburgh’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “The curtailment charge related to the partial freezing of the U.S. Defined Benefit Plan, which is a prudent investment, and the credit associated with the collection of previously written-off accounts receivable somewhat cloud the operating results of the business. Considering the extremely difficult conditions of the primary markets we serve, I am pleased with our financial performance.”
“During the first quarter, we made significant strides to revitalize the Corporation, reduce costs that will bear fruit later this year and in 2016, and made much progress in our strategic planning process. While I am concerned about future short-term revenue because of the ongoing steel industry problems, I am excited about the progress we have made and the direction of Ampco-Pittsburgh.”
The matters discussed herein may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Some of these risks are set forth in the Corporation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K as well as the Corporation’s other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Cost of products sold (excl. depreciation)||52,044,000||50,063,000|
|Selling and administrative||9,396,000||9,006,000|
|Loss on disposal of assets||3,000||9,000|
|Total operating expense||64,585,000||62,136,000|
|Income from operations (1)||502,000||777,000|
|Other (expense) income – net||(380,000||)||118,000|
|Income before income taxes||122,000||895,000|
|Income tax provision||(40,000||)||(376,000||)|
|Equity losses in Chinese joint venture||(10,000||)||(441,000||)|
|Earnings per common share:|
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:
2015 includes a pre-tax curtailment charge of approximately $1,200,000 associated with the
partial freezing of the U.S. Defined Benefit Plan offset by a pre-tax credit of approximately
$750,000 relating to the collection of accounts receivable previously written off.
Dee Ann Johnson, 412-456-4410
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer