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January 24, 2014
13:06 EDTGTIGrafTech issues statement regarding board nominations
The GrafTech Board will review the notice of nomination for compliance with the Stockholders’ Agreement with the Nathan and Daniel Milikowsky group, as well as GrafTech’s governing documents and applicable law, in due course. GrafTech stockholders are not required to take any action at this time. The company issued the following statement: "GrafTech’s Board and management team are always open to the views of its stockholders and value input towards the goal of enhancing value for all stockholders. The Board and management team continue to focus on profitably operating the business and strategically positioning GrafTech for long-term stockholder value creation. On January 21, 2014, we provided an update to the strategic initiatives we announced on October 31, 2013 that are designed to significantly improve GrafTech’s competitiveness, allow the Company to better serve customers and position our Industrial Materials business for success. The strategic initiatives address three key areas: profitability, cash flow and future growth. Consistent with our stated strategy, we announced our intention to close three facilities, including our two highest cost graphite electrode plants and a machine shop. All three plant closures are proceeding on schedule and as expected. Once implemented, the strategic initiatives are expected to yield approximately $75M in in annual cost savings, with $35M in anticipated savings in 2014."
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March 2, 2015
08:34 EDTGTIGrafTech sees 1H15 EBITDA $45M-$55M
The company’s expectations, excluding the impact of special charges, are as follows: First half 2015 EBITDA target of $45M-$55M; First half 2015 operating cash flow of approximately $40M-$50M; Full year 2015 inventory reduction of approximately $50M; and Full year 2015 capital expenditures of approximately $60M-$70M. GrafTech is reviewing plans to further optimize the production platform for its advanced graphite materials business and expects a potential charge of up to $10M in the first half of 2015 related to this review. Current estimates indicate that the optimization could improve operating income by $5M annually. The 2015 graphite electrode order book continues to be built, with approximately 60 percent of targeted order volumes confirmed. Of the orders booked to date, 2015 graphite electrode prices are on average lower than 2014 year-end pricing. Pricing for products in the Engineered Solutions segment is also lower. The company's previously announced cost savings programs remain on track and are anticipated to deliver $50M in cash savings to benefit 2015 EBITDA results, offsetting the impact of lower pricing. While the company expects to benefit from falling oil prices in its needle coke and graphite electrode businesses, lower near-term graphite electrode operating rates, driven by plans to further reduce inventory, are expected to largely offset this benefit.
08:32 EDTGTIGrafTech reports Q4 adjusted EPS 6c, consensus (7c)
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