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Livent Releases Third Quarter 2019 Results

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Livent Corporation (PRNewsfoto/Livent Corporation)

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Revenue of $97.7 million
  • GAAP net income of $18.0 million and GAAP earnings per diluted share of 12 cents
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $28.2 million; adjusted earnings per share of 12 cents

Livent Corporation (NYSE:LTHM) today reported results for the third quarter of 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share were both in-line with the prior quarter and guidance ranges, reflecting favorable product / customer mix and lower costs from sourcing third-party carbonate. Revenue for the third quarter was below previous guidance due to lower carbonate revenues.

In addition to reporting third quarter results, Livent is announcing a memorandum of understanding for a multi-year supply agreement with LG for lithium hydroxide starting in 2020.  Under this arrangement, Livent would be committed to supply significant volumes of various specifications of lithium hydroxide to LG for multiple battery applications.

"We are pleased to partner with LG, a respected leader in the global battery industry, to ensure that their rapidly growing needs for the highest quality lithium hydroxide are met," said Paul Graves, president and chief executive officer of Livent.  "We have a long history of being a leading provider of lithium hydroxide for demanding battery applications.  Multi-year, multi-application partnerships are core to our strategy of remaining the lithium supply partner of choice in a rapidly growing and evolving market."

In the third quarter, Livent commenced construction of its Bessemer City, North Carolina expansion, which will add annual production of 5,000 metric tons of hydroxide.  This expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.  "We remain committed to our capacity expansion plans around the world and are making investment decisions today to ensure we can continue to serve customer commitments in 2020 and beyond, as the shift to high nickel cathode chemistries in EV applications continues to accelerate," continued Graves.

Guidance and Outlook (1)

Livent has revised its fourth quarter and full-year 2019 guidance to align with its decision to carry up to 4,000 metric tons of hydroxide inventory into 2020 in order to meet higher customer commitments.

Livent expects fourth quarter 2019 revenue to be in the range of $90 million to $100 million.  Fourth quarter 2019 Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share are projected to range from $21 million to $26 million and 8 cents to 11 cents per diluted share, respectively.  For the full-year 2019, Livent expects revenue to be in the range of $400 million to $410 million, Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $105 million to $110 million and adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of 44 cents to 47 cents per diluted share.

"In 2020 we expect hydroxide sales volumes for Livent of up to 26,000 metrics tons, with the majority going into multiple battery applications across multiple regions.  Our differentiated product and technology portfolio, our expanding set of customer relationships and the strength of our balance sheet provide Livent with the flexibility to continue to execute on our long-term strategic priorities and grow with our customers," Graves concluded.

The table below provides additional estimates for select financial items: 


Full-Year 2019

-  Interest expense

$0 - $1

million

-  Adjusted tax rate

21 - 23

percent

-  Full-year weighted average diluted shares outstanding

~146.5

million

-  Depreciation & Amortization

$20 - $22

million

-  Adjusted cash from operations

$80 - $90

million

-  Capital additions and other investing activities

$210 - $240

million

Supplemental Information

Livent has posted supplemental information on the web at www.livent.com, including reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

About Livent

For more than six decades, Livent has partnered with its customers to safely and sustainably use lithium to power the world. Livent is one of only a small number of companies with the capability, reputation, and know-how to produce high-quality finished lithium compounds that are helping meet the growing demand for lithium. The company has one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry, powering demand for green energy, modern mobility, the mobile economy, and specialized innovations, including light alloys and lubricants. Livent employs approximately 800 people throughout the world and operates manufacturing sites in the United States, England, India, China and Argentina. For more information, visit Livent.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements.  In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Livent, may include projections of Livent's future financial performance, Livent's anticipated growth strategies and anticipated trends in Livent's business. These statements are only predictions based on Livent's current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause Livent's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including a decline in the growth in demand for electric vehicles; adverse global economic conditions; the success of Livent's research and development efforts; volatility in the price for performance lithium compounds; risks relating to Livent's planned production expansion and related capital expenditures; reduced customer demand, or delays in growth of customer demand, for higher performance lithium compounds, the potential development and adoption of battery technologies that do not rely on performance lithium compounds as an input; risks inherent in international operations and sales, including political, financial and operational risks specific to Argentina, China and other countries where Livent has active operations; customer concentration and the possible loss of, or significant reduction in orders from, large customers; failure to satisfy customer quality standards; fluctuations in the price of energy and certain raw materials; failure to achieve the expected benefits of Livent's separation from FMC as well as the other factors described under the caption entitled "Risk Factors" in Livent's 2018 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2019, the first quarter 2019 Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 8, 2019, and the second quarter 2019 Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 7, 2019. Although Livent believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, Livent cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. Moreover, neither Livent nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. Livent is under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this news release to conform its prior statements to actual results or revised expectations.

 

1.

Although we provide forecasts for adjusted earnings per share, Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted cash from operations, we are not able to forecast the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Certain elements of the composition of the GAAP amounts are not predictable, making it impractical for us to forecast such GAAP measures or to reconcile corresponding non-GAAP financial measures to such GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. For the same reason, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Such elements include, but are not limited to, restructuring, transaction related charges, and related cash activity.  As a result, no GAAP outlook is provided.

 

LIVENT CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)




Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Revenue

$

97.7



$

112.0



$

310.0



$

322.7


Cost of sales

69.4



62.5



215.2



167.2


Gross margin

28.3



49.5



94.8



155.5


Selling, general and administrative expenses

10.2



4.7



29.2



12.7


Corporate allocations



5.6





15.7<

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