NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSM) (the “Company” or “Globe”) today announced that its Bridgeport, Alabama ferrosilicon plant has resumed operations after the completion of repairs from the November fire. As a result of this event, EBITDA for the second quarter ended December 31, 2011 is expected to decline by approximately $5.0 million.
Globe has property and business interruption insurance coverage and has filed an insurance claim for the full loss less the deductible and exclusion period and is working with the insurance carriers to resolve the claim. The Company expects that insurance proceeds will ultimately cover most of the lost profits and all repairs and replaced equipment. Insurance proceeds will serve to offset the loss.
The Company also completed the planned maintenance and upgrade outages on six of its fourteen other domestic furnaces during the fiscal second quarter. The work was completed in December and those furnaces are now operating at full capacity. As a result of the large number of planned outages, Globe produced approximately 5,000 MT less silicon metal in the quarter and incurred significant major maintenance expenses and under-absorbed fixed costs. EBITDA for the quarter is expected to decline by approximately $2.5 million from the preceding quarter as a result of the higher operating expenses incurred during the outages.
Also, as a result of the mark-to-market of our power hedge and foreign exchange, EBITDA for the quarter is expected to decline by approximately $2.5 million from the preceding quarter. Additionally, EBITDA is expected to decline by approximately $2.0 million as a result of lower shipments and pricing.
In total, as a result of the above items, Globe expects to report a decline of approximately $12.0 million of EBITDA in the quarter ended December 31, 2011, from results in the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
The planned maintenance and upgrades that were completed in the quarter ended December 31, 2011 are expected to reduce our production costs and increase output.
Globe is presently running all its furnaces at full production to meet customer demand, which is improving, as highlighted in recent reports on major end market participants.
Globe expects to report fiscal second quarter earnings ended December 31, 2011 and have its earnings conference call on Monday, February 6, 2012.
About Globe Specialty Metals
Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. is among the world’s largest producers of silicon metal and silicon-based specialty alloys, critical ingredients in a host of industrial and consumer products with growing markets. Customers include major silicone chemical, aluminum and steel manufacturers, auto companies and their suppliers, ductile iron foundries, manufacturers of photovoltaic solar cells and computer chips, and concrete producers. The Company is headquartered in New York City. For further information please visit our web site at www.glbsm.com.
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