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April 13, 2014
15:32 EDTGTI'Save GrafTech' responds to settlement proposal rejection by Graftech
Nathan Milikowsky, a former GrafTech International director and a holder of over 15M GrafTech shares, or over 11.2%, of the common stock, sent a letter to GrafTech in response to the company’s rejection of Save GrafTech’s latest settlement proposal. Save GrafTech has nominated five directors for election to the board of directors of GrafTech at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 15. The letter said in part: "On April 11, Save GrafTech proposed a settlement offer for minority representation on a newly reconstituted 10-member Board...Save GrafTech also proposed a solution to address any concerns the company might have about my suitability to rejoin the board...Having served on the Board with your current directors, I was not surprised that GrafTech rejected this eminently reasonable offer and responded in less than eight hours with an unacceptable counter-proposal. However, I was surprised that this rejection clearly betrays the board’s lack of confidence in the “findings" of its own Special Committee investigation, which was the pretext for excluding me from continuing to serve as a director in 2013...It is unfortunate that our settlement discussions have been scuttled by GrafTech’s inability to accept an exceptionally reasonable offer, which included minority representation for the Save GrafTech slate as well as a significant two-year standstill provision...I look forward to providing shareholders with a platform for truly meaningful change at the 2014 Annual Meeting. "
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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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