February 24, 2015

Century Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 02/24/15 -- Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) reported net income of $61.8 million ($0.64 per common share) for the fourth quarter of 2014. Results were positively impacted by $6.9 million ($0.07 per common share) for purchase accounting related to the acquisition of the remaining 50.3% interest of Mt. Holly and negatively impacted by $5.0 million ($0.05 per common share) in non-cash, non-recurring pension charges and by $2.6 million ($0.03 per common share) related to the separation of former senior executives.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $551.2 million compared with $401.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Shipments of primary aluminum for the fourth quarter of 2014 were 226,082 tonnes compared with 216,755 tonnes shipped in the fourth quarter of 2013.

For the fourth quarter of 2013, Century reported a net loss of $9.7 million ($0.11 per common share). Cost of sales for the fourth quarter of 2013 included a benefit of $16.6 million related to deferred power contract liability amortization and $9.0 million for lower inventory costs. Results also included an $8.4 million charge related to the separation of our former chief executive officer.

For full year 2014, the company reported net income of $112.5 million ($1.16 per common share). Results were positively impacted by a benefit of $5.5 million related to power contract amortization, an unrealized gain of $1.4 million, primarily related to an LME-based contingent obligation and by $6.9 million for purchase accounting related to the acquisition of the remaining 50.3% interest of Mt. Holly. Results were negatively impacted by $5.0 million in non-cash, non-recurring pension charges, $3.6 million for litigation related items and by $2.6 million related to the separation of former senior executives.

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $1,931.0 million compared with $1,454.3 million for 2013. Shipments of primary aluminum for 2014 were 867,125 tonnes compared with 764,598 tonnes for 2013 period.

For 2013, Century reported a net loss of $40.3 million ($0.45 per common share). Results were positively impacted by a $31.0 million benefit for deferred power contract liability amortization, $2.2 million in litigation items and an unrealized gain of $16.8 million, primarily related to an LME-based contingent obligation. In addition, the company recorded a gain on bargain purchase of $5.3 million related to the Sebree acquisition. Results for 2013 were negatively impacted by relocation costs of $5.8 million, a loss on early extinguishment of debt of $3.3 million and an $8.4 million charge related to the separation of our former chief executive officer.

"The global macro environment continues to be buffeted by volatile and unpredictable forces," commented Michael Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Myriad geopolitical developments continue to weigh on the price of risk assets, including base metals. In addition, the rapid decline in the value of crude and other major fossil fuels, while producing a meaningful reduction in the price of electric power, has further weighed on sentiment toward industrial commodities. Lastly, the uncertain pace of near-term economic activity in China continues to provide an overhang. All this said, trading conditions in our markets remain reasonably attractive. The fundamentals that should drive market conditions over the long-term, most specifically an attractive demand growth profile, remain firmly in place. It is thus incumbent on us to continue to manage our business on a balanced basis through the present uncertainties."

"We've had a productive last few months at Century," continued Mr. Bless. "In early December we completed the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Mt. Holly smelter. Having now had a closer look, we have confirmed our long-held opinion of the high quality of the management team and employees, and the production and management processes they employ. We are now focused on the significant transition activities, largely in the area of ERP and other systems, which must be completed during the balance of this year. In addition, our recently started value-added product lines at Sebree and Grundartangi are now producing at full capacity."

Mr. Bless concluded, "We have a lot on our plates over the next few months. We are redoubling our efforts on our key safety initiatives; safety performance, while adequate, has been far from the continuous improvement we demand. At Mt. Holly, we are very focused on achieving a post-2015 power arrangement that will support the operation of and investment in this plant over the long term. We will be conducting in-depth negotiations over labor contracts at both Hawesville and Grundartangi. Last, we hope to be nearing a solution for a power contract that will enable us to restart the Ravenswood smelter."

About Century Aluminum

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century's corporate offices are located in Chicago, IL. Visit www.centuryaluminum.com for more information.

Certified Advisors for the First North market of the OMX Nordic Exchange Iceland hf. for Global Depositary Receipts in Iceland:

Atli B. Gudmundsson, Senior Manager -- Corporate Finance, Landsbankinn hf.

Steingrimur Helgason, Director -- Corporate Finance, Landsbankinn hf.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements about future events and are based on our current expectations. These forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "hope," "target," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "seek," "estimate," "potential," "project," "scheduled," "forecast" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "might," or "may." Our forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to: future global and local financial and economic conditions; our assessment of the aluminum market and aluminum prices (including premiums); the future financial and operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects; future earnings, operating results and liquidity; future inventory, production, sales, cash costs and capital expenditures; our business objectives, strategies and initiatives, the growth of our business (including with respect to production and production capacity) and our competitive position and prospects; our ability to access existing or future financing arrangements; our ability to successfully manage transmission issues and market power price risk and to control or reduce power costs; our assessment of power pricing and our ability to successfully obtain and/or implement long-term competitive power arrangements for our operations and projects, including at Mt. Holly and Ravenswood; our ability to successfully produce value-added products at our smelters; future construction investment and development, including at the Helguvik Project, the restart of the second baking furnace at Vlissingen and our expansion project at Grundartangi, including our discussions regarding securing sufficient amounts of power, future capital expenditures, the costs of completion or cancellation, timing, production capacity and sources of funding; our ability to derive benefit from acquisitions, including the acquisitions of our Mt. Holly and Sebree smelters, and to successfully integrate these operations with the rest of our business; and tour plans with respect to restarting operations at our Ravenswood smelter.

Where we express an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, our forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by those forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results and events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we have attempted to identify those material factors that could cause actual results or events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that could cause results or events to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Given these uncertainties, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
NET SALES:
Third-party customers $ 188,069 $ 262,782 $ 668,941 $ 943,262
Related parties 363,170 138,392 1,262,101 511,051
551,239 401,174 1,931,042 1,454,313
Cost of goods sold 461,243 385,889 1,728,586 1,414,790
Gross profit 89,996 15,285 202,456 39,523
Other operating expense - net 6,776 2,314 12,481 8,602
Selling, general and administrative expenses 16,369 21,602 49,195 67,477
Operating income (loss) 66,851 (8,631 ) 140,780 (36,556 )
Interest expense (5,474 ) (5,386 ) (22,015 ) (23,091 )
Interest income 104 271 301 728
Net gain on forward and derivative contracts 353 447 179 16,598
Gain on bargain purchase - - - 5,253
Gain on fair value of contingent consideration 7,943 - 7,943 -
Gain on remeasurement of equity investment 1,318 - 1,318 -
Loss on early extinguishment of debt - - - (3,272 )
Other income - net 1,414 1,497 991 496
Income (loss) before income taxes and equity in earnings of joint ventures 72,509 (11,802 ) 129,497 (39,844 )
Income tax benefit (expense) (11,304 ) 1,583 (18,308 ) (3,131 )
Income (loss) before equity in earnings of joint ventures 61,205 (10,219 ) 111,189 (42,975 )
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 644 544 1,305 2,662
Net income (loss) $ 61,849 $ (9,675 ) $ 112,494 $ (40,313 )
Net income (loss) allocated to common stockholders $ 56,824 $ (9,675 ) $ 103,283 $ (40,313 )
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:
Basic $ 0.64 $ (0.11 ) $ 1.16 $ (0.45 )
Diluted 0.63 (0.11 ) 1.15 (0.45 )
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 88,959 88,684 88,823 88,612
Diluted 89,595 88,684 89,428 88,612

CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 163,242 $ 84,088
Restricted cash 801 1,697
Accounts receivable - net 76,165 56,184
Due from affiliates 31,503 43,587
Inventories 283,480 239,615
Prepaid and other current assets 29,768 32,276
Deferred taxes 14,281 13,614
Total current assets 599,240 471,061
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,291,218 1,247,661
Other assets 123,577 91,474
TOTAL $ 2,014,035 $ 1,810,196
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable, trade $ 151,443 $ 108,490
Due to affiliates 22,261 53,582
Accrued and other current liabilities 104,646 69,466
Accrued employee benefits costs 10,159 8,410
Industrial revenue bonds 7,815 7,815
Total current liabilities 296,324 247,763
Senior notes payable 246,888 246,528
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current portion 59,906 39,848
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less current portion 152,894 129,284
Other liabilities 53,272 37,743
Deferred taxes 113,604 106,218
Total noncurrent liabilities 626,564 559,621
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Series A Preferred stock (one cent par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 160,000 issued and 78,141 outstanding at December 31, 2014; 160,000 issued and 79,620 outstanding at December 31, 2013) 1 1
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000 shares authorized; 93,851,103 issued and 89,064,582 outstanding at December 31, 2014; 93,496,798 issued and 88,710,277 outstanding at December 31, 2013) 939 935
Additional paid-in capital 2,510,261 2,508,574
Treasury stock, at cost (49,924 ) (49,924 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (117,682 ) (91,832 )
Accumulated deficit (1,252,448 ) (1,364,942 )
Total shareholders' equity 1,091,147 1,002,812
TOTAL $ 2,014,035 $ 1,810,196
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Twelve months ended December 31,
2014 2013
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income (loss) $ 112,494 $ (40,313 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Unrealized net gain on forward contracts - (1,170 )
Gain on bargain purchase - (5,253 )
Gain on fair value of contingent consideration (7,943 ) -
Gain on remeasurement of equity investment (1,318 ) -
Unrealized gain on E.ON contingent obligation (1,412 ) (16,781 )
Accrued and other plant curtailment costs - net 4,350 4,452
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment (1,247 ) 1,247
Depreciation 70,731 66,570
Sebree power contract amortization (5,534 ) (31,031 )
Debt discount amortization 361 672
Pension and other postretirement benefits 6,939 1,740
Deferred income taxes 2,633 (1,493 )
Stock-based compensation 1,334 1,078
Loss on early extinguishment of debt - 3,272
Equity in earnings of joint ventures, net of dividends 425 871
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable - net (19,981 ) (6,001 )
Due from affiliates 12,084 (5,717 )
Inventories (16,513 ) (21,740 )
Prepaid and other current assets 3,392 5,318
Accounts payable, trade 11,797 25,224
Due to affiliates 3,058 13,845
Accrued and other current liabilities 18,071 5,834
Other - net 2,690 19,094
Net cash provided by operating activities 196,411 19,718
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (41,559 ) (46,533 )
Nordural expansion - Helguvik (337 ) (3,331 )
Purchase of carbon anode assets and improvements (13,230 ) (18,213 )
Purchase of Sebree smelter (1,042 ) (48,058 )
Investments in and advances to joint ventures - (125 )
Purchase of remaining interest in Mt. Holly smelter (53,831 ) -
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 46 525
Restricted and other cash deposits 896 (1,439 )
Net cash used in investing activities (109,057 ) (117,174 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repayment of debt (2,603 ) (249,604 )
Proceeds from issuance of debt - 246,330
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities 92,423 22,725
Repayments under revolving credit facilities (98,423 ) (16,725 )
Debt issuance costs - (3,994 )
Debt retirement costs - (1,208 )
Issuance of common stock 403 44
Net cash used in financing activities (8,200 ) (2,432 )
CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 79,154 (99,888 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 84,088 183,976
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 163,242 $ 84,088
CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(Unaudited)
SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM
Direct (1) Toll
United States Iceland Iceland
Tonnes Revenue $ (000) Tonnes Revenue $ (000) Tonnes Revenue $ (000)
2014
4th Quarter 147,291 $ 377,606 43,364 $ 102,912 35,427 $ 60,001
3rd Quarter 143,338 353,246 38,056 85,117 36,820 60,032
2nd Quarter 143,439 325,650 39,593 82,328 33,012 48,441
1st Quarter 136,532 296,889 36,764 74,370 33,489 47,185
Total 570,600 $ 1,353,391 157,777 $ 344,727 138,748 $ 215,659
2013
4th Quarter 142,411 $ 296,747 3,403 $ 7,136 70,941 $ 97,291
3rd Quarter 138,916 295,969 1,204 2,578 72,677 101,381
2nd Quarter 104,008 225,638 2,276 5,010 69,986 101,290
1st Quarter 87,642 203,727 5,830 13,573 65,304 103,973
Total 472,977 $ 1,022,081 12,713 $ 28,297 278,908 $ 403,935
(1) Excludes scrap aluminum sales.

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