Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation (NYSE: AP) Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results
March 20, 2023 at 16:47 PM EDT
Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation (NYSE: AP) reported net sales of $93.5 million and $390.2 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $84.5 million and $344.9 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively. The increase for both the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, over the prior year periods is principally due to improved pricing, including higher variable-index surcharges, and increased demand for mill rolls, as well as higher shipment volumes of custom air handlers and heat exchange coils.
CEO Brett McBrayer commented, “Our pricing actions in the Forged and Cast Engineered products segment during the year largely kept pace with the inflationary pressures experienced, though with a lagged effect. We announced new price increases in February 2023 for all new roll orders, with material and energy surcharges remaining in effect. Backlog in the Forged and Cast Engineered Products segment rebounded in Q4 from Q3. We have installed our first new lathe and the remainder of our strategic capital equipment is scheduled for delivery and installation over the next few quarters of this year. In addition, our growth agenda in Air & Liquid Processing is proceeding with another record quarter in its backlog, which grew 69% versus prior year.”
The Corporation reported income from operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, of $0.9 million and $2.8 million, respectively, compared to loss from operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, of $(7.7) million and $(4.8) million, respectively. The three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2022, include an asbestos-related benefit of $2.2 million resulting from a reduction in the estimated long-term defense cost portion of the Corporation’s asbestos liability (the “Asbestos Credit”). By comparison, the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2021, include a $6.7 million asbestos-related charge resulting from the revaluation of the asbestos liabilities and the related insurance receivables (the “Asbestos Charge”). Both the Asbestos Credit and the Asbestos Charge are recorded in the Air and Liquid Processing segment’s operating results. Excluding the Asbestos Credit and the Asbestos Charge, the improved profitability of the Air and Liquid Processing segment was approximately offset by the higher costs of raw material, energy and other operating costs, net of improved pricing, in the Forged and Cast Engineered Products segment.
Interest expense for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, increased due to a rise in total debt and interest rates for the current year periods when compared to the same periods of the prior year. “Other – net” declined for the three months ended December 31, 2022, when compared to the prior year period, primarily due to larger foreign exchange losses; however, “Other – net” improved year over year primarily due to favorable foreign exchange fluctuations, partly offset by unrealized losses on Rabbi trust investments in the current year versus a gain for full year 2021.
Net (loss) income for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, was $(0.5) million, or $(0.02) per diluted share, and $3.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, respectively. This compares to net loss for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, of $(7.4) million, or $(0.39) per diluted share, and $(3.9) million, or $(0.20) per diluted share, respectively.
Change in method of accounting for inventory valuation
Effective December 31, 2022, the Corporation changed its method of accounting for the cost of its domestic inventories from the LIFO method to the FIFO method. At December 31, 2021, approximately 35% of the Corporation's inventories were accounted for using the LIFO method and, at December 31, 2022, approximately 42% of the Corporation's inventories would have been accounted for using the LIFO method had the Corporation not changed. The Corporation believes the change to the FIFO method of inventory valuation is preferable as it provides a better matching of costs with the physical flow of goods, standardizes the Corporation’s inventory valuation methodology among the locations, and improves comparability with industry peers. A change from the LIFO method to the FIFO method is considered a change in accounting principle requiring all prior periods to be restated as if the Corporation had used the FIFO method to value its domestic inventories for those periods and with a cumulative adjustment recorded to retained deficit, net of tax, of the earliest year presented (i.e., January 1, 2021). The cumulative impact reduced the Corporation's consolidated retained deficit on January 1, 2021, net of tax, by $11.5 million. The change reduced net loss for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, by $4.9 million and $8.8 million, respectively.
Forged and Cast Engineered Products
Sales for the three months ended December 31, 2022, increased 8% compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher pricing and variable-index surcharges passed through to customers as a result of higher raw material, energy and transportation costs, offset in part by an unfavorable currency translation effect. Sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, improved 15% compared to the prior year period due to including improved pricing and higher product surcharges, a higher volume of mill roll shipments and improved mix, offset in part by unfavorable currency translation.
Operating results for the segment declined for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, primarily due to higher costs of production not being fully offset by the effects of price increases, higher product surcharges, higher sales volumes and, for the twelve-month period, improved mix.
Air and Liquid Processing
Sales for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, improved when compared to the prior year periods by 20% and 7%, respectively, due to higher shipments of air handling units and heat exchange coils resulting from actions to strengthen the segment sales distribution network and capture incremental demand, which more than offset declines in sales of centrifugal pumps from project delays associated with the ongoing supply chain issues at U.S. Navy shipbuilders.
Operating results improved for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, primarily due to the Asbestos Credit in the current year periods and the Asbestos Charge in the prior year periods. In addition, segment operating results improved due to the higher volume of shipments, changes in product mix and savings generated from process improvements offset, in part, by higher operating costs.
Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation will hold a conference call on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2022. The Corporation encourages participants to pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time via this link: https://dpregister.com/sreg/10176178/f60a50e408. Those without internet access or unable to pre-register should dial in at least five minutes before the start time using:
For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available one hour after the event concludes on the Corporation’s website under the Investors menu at www.ampcopgh.com.
About Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation
Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation manufactures and sells highly engineered, high-performance specialty metal products and customized equipment utilized by industry throughout the world. Through its operating subsidiary, Union Electric Steel Corporation, it is a leading producer of forged and cast rolls for the global steel and aluminum industries. It also manufactures open-die forged products that are sold principally to customers in the steel distribution market, oil and gas industry, and the aluminum and plastic extrusion industries. The Corporation is also a producer of air and liquid processing equipment, primarily custom-engineered finned tube heat exchange coils, large custom air handling systems and centrifugal pumps. It operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, England, Sweden, and Slovenia and participates in three operating joint ventures located in China. It has sales offices in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Corporate headquarters is located in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
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Michael G. McAuley