Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) today announced that its
first quarter 2019 earnings per share is expected to be in the range of
$0.10 to $0.13. Sales for the first quarter are expected to be
approximately $1.0 billion.
“Our first quarter financial results are below our expectations as we
faced unexpected operational headwinds in both of our business
segments,” said Robert S. Wetherbee, ATI President and Chief Executive
Officer. In the High Performance Materials and Components (HPMC)
segment, the company cited a greater than anticipated negative impact
from the continued disruption in third party nickel powder billet
supply, as well as higher operating costs due to the accelerated ramp of
nickel powder production and the temporary margin compression caused by
the rapid drop from prior months’ cobalt prices.
In ATI’s Flat Rolled Products (FRP) segment, the STAL joint venture
experienced lower than anticipated demand in China, including continued
softness in the high-end consumer electronics market, which drove an
extended production downtime around the Lunar New Year holiday period.
“This lower demand, coupled with increased operating costs for the newly
expanded STAL joint venture production facilities, resulted in lower
than expected profitability in the quarter,” said Mr. Wetherbee.
Additionally, ATI’s U.S. Flat Rolled business faced weaker than expected
demand for commodity stainless products due to customer inventory
destocking actions that resulted in operational inefficiencies in its
downstream finishing operations.
For both segments, the company believes that these negative impacts will
lessen in the second quarter. They are not expected to affect company
performance in the second half of 2019.
“We continue to work proactively with our customers to jointly address
current supply constraints related to the ongoing aerospace production
ramp. In addition, we have full confidence in Boeing’s ability to
address the current 737 MAX issues, and as previously announced, we
expect to maintain our current production and delivery schedules related
to that aircraft. Accordingly, we believe that our financial results
will improve in the second quarter and throughout the balance of 2019
and that progress toward our longer-term objectives remains on pace,”
concluded Mr. Wetherbee.
ATI will announce its first quarter financial results on Tuesday, April
23 and conduct a teleconference at 8:30 am Eastern Time.
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of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking
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