Novelis Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009

- Pre-tax income of $67 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009.

- Net loss of $1.9 billion for fiscal 2009 due to impairment charges of $1.5 billion and unrealized mark-to-market losses on derivatives of $519 million, both non-cash items.

- Fourth-quarter shipments declined 20 percent overall, but the company's largest end-use sector, the beverage can market, remains relatively stable.

- Actions to adjust the operating cost base to lower sales volumes, including restructuring activities and other reductions in fixed costs, will deliver an estimated $140 million annualized future savings.

ATLANTA, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Novelis Inc., a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited (BSE: HINDALCO), today reported pre-tax income of $67 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, which ended on March 31, 2009. This compares to pre-tax income of $117 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Fourth-quarter results include $145 million of unrealized gains on derivatives, a $122 million gain on a debt exchange transaction and $81 million of restructuring charges.

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For the fiscal year 2009, the company recorded a net loss of $1.9 billion. The loss includes non-cash, pre-tax charges of $1.5 billion for asset impairments, $519 million of unrealized losses on derivatives which hedge exposure to commodities and foreign currencies, and $95 million of restructuring charges, as well as the non-cash gain on debt exchange of $122 million. For the corresponding period of fiscal 2008, the company reported a net loss of $117 million, including $77 million of expenses associated with the Hindalco transaction, $7 million of restructuring charges and $3 million of unrealized losses on derivatives.

"We have taken broad actions in response to the economic downturn," said Philip Martens, President and Chief Operating Officer. "Across the organization we have driven down our operating costs while improving cash management and risk management. For example, by the end of our fiscal year, we had reduced metal inventory levels by 22 percent from the previous year. We estimate the net benefit of these initiatives to be an annualized future savings of $140 million. With these actions, not only are we better able to manage the current difficult market conditions, we are also well positioned to benefit as the global economy recovers."

On a pre-tax basis, excluding the impact of impairments, restructuring charges, mark-to-market losses on derivatives and a gain on a debt exchange transaction, the company recorded a loss of $164 million for fiscal 2009. This compares to income of $47 million in the prior-year period, which also excludes $77 million of fees and compensation expense associated with the Hindalco transaction.

The $519 million of non-cash unrealized losses on derivatives in the current year compares to a $3 million loss in the prior year. These derivatives are primarily used to hedge exposures to aluminum, mostly related to customer fixed-price contracts, other commodities and currency. The magnitude of the mark-to-market loss on the company's derivative portfolio primarily reflects the dramatic downward movement in the LME price of aluminum. Rapidly declining aluminum prices during the second half of fiscal 2009 increased the effect of timing differences between our settlement of aluminum forward contracts and the collection of cash from our customers. We expect that all of these outflows will be recovered through customer payments, except for approximately $141 million of cash outflows related to hedges of our exposure to metal price ceilings.

Cash taxes paid during fiscal year 2009 were $65 million.

Fourth quarter summary

Sales declined 32 percent to $1.94 billion as a result of lower volumes and decreased metal prices. Shipments of flat-rolled aluminum products decreased 20 percent versus last year's fourth quarter to 605 kt. Shipments to automotive, construction and industrial markets were significantly impacted by the economic downturn, while can sheet shipments were flat as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008 and higher on a year-to-date basis. These trends affected all regions except South America where shipments were flat when compared to the prior-year quarter. The lower shipment volumes negatively impacted pre-tax income by $136 million, when compared to the prior-year quarter.

Other significant operational factors that created variances between the fourth fiscal quarters of the current and prior years include:

    --  $64 million benefit related to improved pricing and product mix; and

-- $50 million unfavorable impact of metal price lag, net of realized derivatives instruments.


Our estimated liquidity as of May 31, 2009, March 31, 2009, and December 31, 2008, is as follows:

                                               May 31, March 31, December 31,
     ($ millions)                               2009      2009       2008
     Cash and cash equivalents                   $274      $248       $176
     Overdrafts                                   (13)      (11)       (22)
     Gross availability under the ABL facility    229       233        323
     Borrowing availability limitation due to
      fixed charge coverage ratio                 (80)      (80)       (80)
     Total estimated liquidity                   $410      $390       $397

"Our liquidity position has remained relatively stable the past few months despite challenging market conditions," said Steve Fisher, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We will continue to focus on increasing our liquidity position through the first half of fiscal 2010."

"Since the close of our 2009 fiscal year, we have begun to see the benefits of our cost reductions and restructuring actions coming through in our operating results," said Mr. Fisher. "At the same time, we are encouraged by signs of growing economic stability in our key regions and significant improvements in Asia, driven primarily by the strength of the Chinese market."


Under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), the consolidated financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2008, are presented in two distinct periods as Predecessor and Successor entities are not comparable in all material respects. However, in order to facilitate an understanding of our results of operations for the year ended March 31, 2008, in comparison with the year ended March 31, 2009, our Predecessor results and our Successor results are presented and discussed on a combined basis. The combined results of operations are non-GAAP financial measures, do not include any pro-forma assumptions or adjustments and should not be used in isolation or substitution of the Predecessor and Successor results.

Attached to this news release are comparative tables showing fourth-quarter shipments (Exhibit I) as well as results of operations for the fourth quarter (Exhibit II) and fiscal year (Exhibit III). To facilitate reconciliation of combined schedules to GAAP financial measures, we have included the respective Successor and Predecessor periods in each table, as applicable.

About Novelis

Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling. The company operates in 11 countries, has approximately 12,300 employees and reported revenue of $10.2 billion in fiscal year 2009. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and printing markets throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, one of Asia's largest integrated producers of aluminum and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this news release which describe Novelis' intentions, expectations, beliefs or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by, or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," or similar expressions. Examples of such statements in this news release include, among other matters, the positive outlook for our business, stabilizing market conditions, the benefit of lower metal and energy prices on our profitability, the changes in currency on our profitability, the net financial benefit of our operating cost reduction initiatives, our ability to increase liquidity, our ability to adjust our production levels, and the recovery of losses on hedging instruments through lower commodity costs. Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and that Novelis' actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among other things: changes in global economic conditions, the level of our indebtedness and our ability to generate cash; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of, our customers and suppliers; changes in the prices and availability of aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw materials we use; the effect of metal price ceilings in certain of our sales contracts; our ability to successfully negotiate with our customers to remove or limit metal price ceilings in our contracts; the effectiveness of our metal hedging activities, including our internal used beverage can and smelter hedges; fluctuations in the supply of, and prices for, energy in the areas in which we maintain production facilities; our ability to access financing for future capital requirements; continuing obligations and other relationships resulting from our spin-off from Alcan; changes in the relative values of various currencies; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation, environmental remediation and clean-up costs, labor relations and negotiations, breakdown of equipment and other events; economic, regulatory and political factors within the countries in which we operate or sell our products, including changes in duties or tariffs; competition from other aluminum rolled products producers as well as from substitute materials such as steel, glass, plastic and composite materials; our ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures in the future; changes in the fair value of derivative instruments; cyclical demand and pricing within the principal markets for our products as well as seasonality in certain of our customers' industries; changes in government regulations, particularly those affecting taxes, environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our principal credit agreements and other financing arrangements; and the development of the most efficient tax structure for the Company. The above list of factors is not exhaustive. Other important risk factors are included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, as filed with the SEC, and may be discussed in subsequent filings with the SEC. Further, the risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

    Exhibit I

    Novelis Inc.

                                                          May 16,   April 1,
                                                           2007       2007
                 Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended Through    Through
                       March 31,           March 31,     March 31,   May 15,
                    2009      2008      2009     2008      2008       2007
                 Successor Successor Successor Combined Successor  Predecessor
     (kt)( A ):
       products( B )   605       754     2,770    2,988     2,640          348
       products( C )    47        40       173      162       147           15
      Total shipments  652       794     2,943    3,150     2,787          363

    ( A ) One kilotonne (kt) is 1,000 metric tons. One metric ton is
          equivalent to 2,204.6 pounds.
    ( B ) Rolled products shipments include tolling (the conversion of
          customer-owned metal).
    ( C ) Ingot products include primary ingot in Brazil, foundry products
          in Korea and Europe, secondary ingot in Europe and other
          miscellaneous recyclable aluminum.

    Exhibit II

    Novelis Inc.
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    ($ in millions)

                                                           Three Months Ended
                                                                 March 31,
                                                              2009      2008
                                                           Successor Successor
     Net sales                                               $1,939    $2,862
     Cost of goods sold (exclusive of
      depreciation and amortization shown below)              1,606     2,577
     Selling, general and administrative expenses                73        90
     Depreciation and amortization                              109       111
     Research and development expenses                            8        12
     Interest expense and amortization of debt issuance costs    44        50
     Interest income                                             (1)       (5)
     (Gain) loss on change in fair value of derivative
      instruments, net                                           40       (94)
     Gain on extinguishment of debt                            (122)        -
     Restructuring charges, net                                  81         4
     Equity in net (income) loss of non-consolidated affiliates   6        (9)
     Other (income) expenses, net                                33         3
                                                              1,877     2,739

     Income before income taxes and minority interests' share    62       123
     Income tax provision (benefit)                              83         -
     Income (loss) before minority interests' share             (21)      123
     Minority interests' share                                    5        (6)
     Net income (loss)                                         $(16)     $117

    Exhibit III

    Novelis Inc.
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    ($ in millions)

                                                          May 16,   April 1,
                                                           2007       2007
                                          Year Ended      Through    Through
                                           March 31,     March 31,   May 15,
                                         2009     2008     2008       2007
                                      Successor Combined Successor Predecessor
     Net sales                         $10,177   $11,246   $9,965     $1,281
     Cost of goods sold (exclusive of
      depreciation and amortization
      shown below)                       9,251    10,247    9,042      1,205
     Selling, general and administrative
      expenses                             319       414      319         95
     Depreciation and amortization         439       403      375         28
     Research and development expenses      41        52       46          6
     Interest expense and amortization
      of debt issuance costs               182       218      191         27
     Interest income                       (14)      (19)     (18)        (1)
     (Gain) loss on change in fair value
      of derivative instruments, net       556       (42)     (22)       (20)
     Impairment of goodwill              1,340         -        -          -
     Gain on extinguishment of debt       (122)        -        -          -
     Restructuring charges, net             95         7        6          1
     Equity in net (income) loss of
      non-consolidated affiliates          172       (26)     (25)        (1)
     Other (income) expenses, net           86        47       (6)        35
                                        12,345    11,283    9,908      1,375

     Income (loss) before income taxes
      and minority interests' share     (2,168)      (37)      57        (94)
     Income tax provision (benefit)       (246)       77       73          4
     Loss before minority interests'
      share                             (1,922)     (114)     (16)       (98)
     Minority interests' share              12        (3)      (4)         1
     Net loss                          $(1,910)    $(117)    $(20)      $(97)

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