Allegheny Technologies Incorporated ( ATI Quick Quote ATI - Free Report) slipped to a net loss of $7.9 million or 6 cents per share in first-quarter 2021 against net income of $21.1 million or 16 cents per share in the prior-year quarter. Loss per share was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 24 cents.
The company delivered revenues of $692.5 million in the quarter, down 27.5% year over year. Nevertheless, the figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $611.4 million.
In the first quarter, revenues in the High-Performance Materials & Components (“HPMC”) segment declined 42.7% year over year to $240.9 million. The company stated that 75% of unit sales were attributable to the aerospace and defense markets. EBITDA in the unit was $24.6 million compared with $76.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Reduced asset utilization rates and lower overall demand affected operating margins.
The Advanced Alloys & Solutions (“AA&S”) segment’s sales fell 15.6% year over year to $451.6 million. Total sales to aerospace & defense markets declined 44% year over year owing to reduced current year aerospace demand due to the pandemic. EBITDA in the division totalled $49.7 million compared with $41.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Cost-reduction measures enacted in 2020 had a positive impact on EBITDA as volumes increased in the first quarter of 2021. Also, Precision Rolled Strip joint venture in China witnessed record earnings in the first quarter.
Allegheny ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $541.7 million, down 16% year over year. Long-term debt increased 3.1% year over year at $1,598.4 million.
Cash used in operating activities for the first quarter was $68.1 million.
Allegheny expects second-quarter results to benefit from modest recovery in demand for its jet engine products, backed by increasing domestic air travel rates in the United States and other parts of the world. Also, the company’s jet engine forging share gains are beginning to payout dividends with the increase in industry production volumes.
Continued margin improvement in the HPMC segment is anticipated in 2021, accelerating in the second half, driven by aggressive cost-cutting measures undertaken in 2020, the company noted.
The company remains focused in 2021 to undertake strategic business transformation efforts within the Advanced Alloys & Solutions segment to exit production of low-margin standard stainless sheet products, while increasing revenues of profitable specialty products over time.
Shares of Allegheny have surged 228.7% in the past year compared with 123.3% rise of the
industry. Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Allegheny currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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