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General Cable Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -Friday, November 3rd 2017 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)--General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) reported today results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2017. For the quarter, reported loss per share was $0.28 and reported operating income was $1 million inclusive of $27 million in non-cash charges primarily related to the sale of operations in China. Adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating income were $0.25 and $43 million, respectively, for the quarter. See page 2 of this press release for the reconciliation of reported to adjusted results and related disclosures.

Michael T. McDonnell, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to report a strong third quarter. Our team continues to execute well on our strategic roadmap initiatives to drive performance improvement in our core segments in North America, Europe and Latin America, despite ongoing challenging industry dynamics. Overall, our second half performance remains on track with our previously communicated expectations. We anticipate the second half of 2017 to be consistent with the first half of the year and up approximately 30% as compared to the second half of 2016.”

Third Quarter Summary

    Reported operating income of $1 million primarily impacted by non-cash charges of $27 million principally related to the sale of operations in China
    Adjusted operating income of $43 million increased $11 million year over year as restructuring savings, metal price tailwinds and continued performance improvement in Latin America more than offset the impact of lower subsea project activity
    Divestiture program nearly complete with the sale of China bringing total proceeds to $220 million and on target to meet previously communicated range of $250 to $300
    Maintained significant liquidity with $363 million of availability on the Company’s $700 million asset-based revolving credit facility and $72 million of cash and cash equivalents
    Impact of higher metal prices was a $6 million benefit compared to a negative $2 million impact in the prior year period
    Board continues to execute on its previously announced review of strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including a potential sale of the Company

Third Quarter Segment Demand

North America – Unit volume was up 12% versus prior year driven principally by stronger demand for aerial transmission cables and industrial, construction and specialty (ICS) products.

Europe – Unit volume was flat versus prior year as stronger demand for electric utility products including land-based turnkey projects helped to offset the easing performance of the subsea turnkey project business and continued weakness in industrial and construction markets throughout the region.

Latin America – Unit volume was up 11% versus prior year driven by the shipment of aerial transmission cables in Brazil. The region continues to experience uneven spending on electric infrastructure and construction projects.

Net Debt

At the end of the third quarter of 2017 and the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, total debt was $1,091 million and $939 million, respectively, and cash and cash equivalents were $72 million and $101 million, respectively. The increase in net debt was principally due to investment in working capital, partly due to higher metal prices, and payments totaling $52 million related to our FCPA resolution through the first half of 2017.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted operating income (defined as operating income before extraordinary, nonrecurring or unusual charges and other certain items), adjusted earnings per share (defined as diluted earnings per share before extraordinary, nonrecurring or unusual charges and other certain items) and net debt (defined as long-term debt plus current portion of long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents) are “non-GAAP financial measures” as defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Metal-adjusted revenues, and return on metal-adjusted sales on a segment basis, both of which are non-GAAP financial measures, are also provided herein. See “Segment Information.”

These Company-defined non-GAAP financial measures exclude from reported results those items that management believes are not indicative of our ongoing performance and are being provided herein because management believes they are useful in analyzing the operating performance of the business and are consistent with how management reviews our operating results and the underlying business trends. Use of these non-GAAP measures may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with the Company’s results reported according to GAAP. Historical segment adjusted operating results are disclosed in the Third Quarter 2017 Investor Presentation available on the Company’s website.

A reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) and diluted earnings (loss) per share to adjusted operating income and earnings per share follows:
Third Quarter of 2017 versus Third Quarter of 2016
            Third Quarter
            2017                 2016
            Operating                             Operating           
In millions, except per share amounts           Income           EPS                 Income           EPS
Reported           $ 0.8           $ (0.28)                 $ 4.7           $ (0.29)
Adjustments to reconcile operating Income/EPS                                                     
Non-cash convertible debt interest expense (1)           -           0.01                 -           0.01
Mark to market (gain) loss on derivative instruments (2)           -           (0.18)                 -           (0.01)
Restructuring and divestiture costs (3)           7.7           0.09                 24.1           0.29
Legal and investigative costs (4)           0.4           -                 0.8           0.01
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (5)           6.3           0.12                 (6.4)           (0.08)
Project settlements (6)           3.5           0.04                 -           -
Asia Pacific and Africa (income)/loss (7)           24.3           0.45                 8.9           0.14
Total adjustments           42.2           0.53                 27.4           0.36
Adjusted           $ 43.0           $ 0.25                 $ 32.1           $ 0.07
NOTE: The tables above reflect EPS adjustments based on the Company's full year effective tax rate for 2017 of 40% and 2016 of 50%.
(1)           The Company's adjustment for the non-cash convertible debt interest expense reflects the accretion of the equity component of the 2029 convertible notes, which is reflected in the income statement as interest expense.
(2)           Mark to market (gains) and losses on derivative instruments represents the current period changes in the fair value of commodity instruments designated as economic hedges. The Company adjusts for the changes in fair values of these commodity instruments as the earnings associated with the underlying contracts have not been recorded in the same period.
(3)           Restructuring and divestiture costs represent costs associated with the Company's announced restructuring and divestiture programs. Examples consist of, but are not limited to, employee separation costs, asset write-downs, accelerated depreciation, working capital write-downs, equipment relocation, contract terminations, consulting fees and legal costs incurred as a result of the programs. The Company adjusts for these charges as management believes these costs will not continue at the conclusion of both the restructuring and divestiture programs.
(4)           Legal and investigative costs represent costs incurred for external legal counsel and forensic accounting firms in connection with the restatement of our financial statements and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation. The Company adjusts for these charges as management believes these costs will not continue at the conclusion of these investigations which are considered to be outside the normal course of business.
(5)           Gain and losses on the sale of assets are the result of divesting certain General Cable businesses. The Company adjusts for these gains and losses as management believes the gains and losses are one-time in nature and will not occur as part of the ongoing operations.
(6)           Project settlements represents losses associated with claim settlements related to the Company's German submarine power cable business. The Company adjusts for these losses as management believes they are one-time in nature and will not occur as part of the ongoing operations.
(7)           The adjustment excludes the impact of operations in the Africa and Asia Pacific segment which are not considered "core operations" under the Company's strategic roadmap. The Company is in the process of divesting or closing these operations which are not expected to continue as part of the ongoing business. For accounting purposes, the continuing operations in Africa and Asia Pacific do not meet the requirement to be presented as discontinued operations. Third quarter of 2017 principally reflects the loss on the sale of the Company’s business in China of $19.9 million.

About General Cable

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), with headquarters in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, communications, transportation, industrial, construction and specialty segments. General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world, operating manufacturing facilities in its core geographical markets, and has sales representation and distribution worldwide. For more information about General Cable visit our website at

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release including, without limitation, statements regarding future financial results and performance, plans and objectives, capital expenditures, understanding of competition, projected sources of cash flow, potential legal liability, proposed legislation and regulatory action, and our management’s beliefs, expectations or opinions, are forward-looking statements, and as such, we desire to take advantage of the “safe harbor” which is afforded to such statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are those that predict or describe future events or trends and that do not relate solely to historical matters. You can generally identify forward-looking statements as statements containing the words “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “assume,” “seek to” or other similar expressions, or the negative of these expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.

Actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements as a result of factors, risks and uncertainties over many of which we have no control. These factors, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) general economic conditions, particularly those in the construction, energy and information technology sectors; (2) the volatility in the price of raw materials, particularly copper and aluminum; (3) the announced review of strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the Company, and the decision to engage or not to engage in any strategic alternative, could cause disruptions in the business; (4) our ability to maintain or negotiate and consummate new business or strategic relationships or transactions; (5) impairment charges with respect to our long-lived assets; (6) our ability to execute our plan to exit all of our Asia Pacific and African operations; (7) our ability to achieve all of our anticipated cost savings associated with our previously announced global restructuring plan; (8) our ability to invest in product development, to improve the design and performance of our products; (9) economic, political and other risks of maintaining facilities and selling products in foreign countries; (10) domestic and local country price competition; (11) our ability to successfully integrate and identify acquisitions; (12) the impact of technology; (13) our ability to maintain relationships with our distributors and retailers; (14) the changes in tax rates and exposure to new tax laws; (15) our ability to adapt to current and changing industry standards; (16) our ability to execute large customer contracts; (17) our ability to maintain relationships with key suppliers; (18) the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency rates; (19) compliance with foreign and U.S. laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; (20) our ability to negotiate extensions of labor agreements; (21) our ability to continue our uncommitted accounts payable confirming arrangements; (22) our exposure to counterparty risk in our hedging arrangements; (23) our ability to achieve target returns on investments in our defined benefit plans; (24) possible future environmental liabilities and asbestos litigation; (25) our ability to attract and retain key employees; (26) our ability to make payments on our indebtedness; (27) our ability to comply with covenants in our existing or future financing agreements; (28) lowering of one or more of our debt ratings; (29) our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; (30) our ability to maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting; (31) the trading price of our common stock; and (32) other material factors.

See Item 1A of the Company’s 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2017 and subsequent SEC filings for a more detailed discussion on some of these risks.

Forward-looking statements reflect the views and assumptions of management as of the date of this press release with respect to future events. The Company does not undertake, and hereby disclaims, any obligation, unless required to do so by applicable securities laws, to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or other factors. The inclusion of any statement in this press release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

General Cable Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except per share data)
            Three Fiscal Months Ended           Nine Fiscal Months Ended
            September 29,           September 30,           September 29,           September 30,
            2017           2016           2017           2016
Net sales           $     994.0                 $     924.5                 $     2,855.3                 $     2,948.4     
Cost of sales                 884.8                       821.6                       2,526.6                       2,615.4     
Gross profit                 109.2                       102.9                       328.7                       333.0     

Selling, general and administrative expenses
                108.4                       86.1                       326.9                       238.0     
Goodwill impairment charges                 -                       7.4                       -                       9.0     
Intangible asset impairment charges                 -                       4.7                       -                       7.5     
Operating income (loss)                 0.8                       4.7                       1.8                       78.5     
Other income (expense)                 10.7                       (2.1     )                 17.9                       4.7     
Interest income (expense):                                               
Interest expense                 (19.2     )                 (22.5     )                 (59.3     )                 (67.2     )
Interest income                 0.3                       0.2                       1.4                       1.2     
                  (18.9     )                 (22.3     )                 (57.9     )                 (66.0     )
Income (loss) before income taxes                 (7.4     )                 (19.7     )                 (38.2     )                 17.2     
Income tax (provision) benefit                 (6.8     )                 5.7                       (32.3     )                 (7.7     )
Equity in net earnings of affiliated companies                 -                       0.3                       -                       0.7     
Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interest                 (14.2     )                 (13.7     )                 (70.5     )                 10.2     
Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest                 -                       0.6                       2.1                       (0.6     )
Net income (loss) attributable to Company common shareholders           $     (14.2     )           $     (14.3     )           $     (72.6     )           $     10.8     
Earnings (loss) per share - Net income (loss) attributable to Company common shareholders per common share                             
Earnings (loss) per common share - basic           $     (0.28     )           $     (0.29     )           $     (1.45     )           $     0.22     
Weighted average common shares - basic                 50.0                       49.6                       49.9                       49.5     

Earnings (loss) per common share - assuming dilution
          $     (0.28     )           $     (0.29     )           $     (1.45     )           $     0.21     

Weighted average common shares - assuming dilution
                50.0                       49.6                       49.9                       51.7     
General Cable Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Segment Information
(in millions)
            Three Fiscal Months Ended                 Nine Fiscal Months Ended
            September 29,           September 30,           September 29,           September 30,
            2017           2016                 2017           2016
Revenues (as reported)                                                     
North America           $     578.2                 $     496.1                       $     1,681.4                 $     1,565.2     
Europe                 223.8                       212.1                             619.1                       663.5     
Latin America                 185.6                       158.0                             491.5                       481.2     
Africa / Asia Pacific                 6.4                       58.3                             63.3                       238.5     
Total           $     994.0                 $     924.5                       $     2,855.3                 $     2,948.4     
Revenues (metal adjusted) (1)                                                     
North America           $     578.2                 $     552.3                       $     1,681.4                 $     1,705.8     
Europe                 223.8                       229.2                             619.1                       706.2     
Latin America                 185.6                       186.4                             491.5                       550.2     
Africa / Asia Pacific                 6.4                       68.0                             63.3                       268.3     
Total           $     994.0                 $     1,035.9                       $     2,855.3                 $     3,230.5     
Metal Pounds Sold                                                     
North America                 152.5                       136.2                             441.4                       415.5     
Europe                 37.7                       37.3                             112.3                       116.3     
Latin America                 64.3                       57.8                             173.2                       176.8     
Africa / Asia Pacific                 0.8                       16.7                             14.5                       72.3     
Total                 255.3                       248.0                             741.4                       780.9     
Operating Income (loss)                                                     
North America           $     19.0                 $     10.0                       $     64.7                 $     101.5     
Europe                 0.1                       10.8                             (6.0     )                 17.0     
Latin America                 6.0                       (7.1     )                       12.9                       (10.4     )
Africa / Asia Pacific                 (24.3     )                 (9.0     )                       (69.8     )                 (29.6     )
Total           $     0.8                 $     4.7                       $     1.8                 $     78.5     
Adjusted Operating Income (loss) (2)                                                     
North America           $     33.5                 $     33.2                       $     106.7                 $     104.8     
Europe                 3.5                       5.2                             0.1                       25.1     
Latin America                 6.0                       (6.3     )                       13.1                       (7.2     )
Total           $     43.0                 $     32.1                       $     119.9                 $     122.7     
Return on Metal Adjusted Sales (3)                                                     
North America                 5.8     %                 6.0     %                       6.3     %                 6.1     %
Europe                 1.6     %                 2.3     %                       0.0     %                 3.6     %
Latin America                 3.2     %                 -3.4     %                       2.7     %                 -1.3     %
Total                 4.4     %                 3.3     %                       4.3     %                 4.1     %
Capital Expenditures                                                     
North America           $     10.2                 $     13.7                       $     43.5                 $     30.2     
Europe                 6.0                       4.2                             23.0                       13.1     
Latin America                 2.3                       3.2                             5.2                       9.8     
Africa / Asia Pacific                 -                       0.3                             0.2                       0.4     
Total           $     18.5                 $     21.4                       $     71.9                 $     53.5     
Depreciation & Amortization                                                     
North America           $     8.3                 $     10.2                       $     26.6                 $     32.1     
Europe                 5.8                       5.6                             16.8                       17.0     
Latin America                 4.1                       4.3                             12.3                       12.7     
Africa / Asia Pacific                 0.2                       3.4                             1.1                       4.5     
Total           $     18.4                 $     23.5                       $     56.8                 $     66.3     
Revenues by Major Product Lines                                                     
Electric Utility           $     334.5                 $     329.6                       $     988.2                 $     1,054.1     
Electrical Infrastructure                 254.3                       222.7                             732.3                       761.1     
Construction                 230.1                       203.6                             627.2                       603.7     
Communications                 126.8                       115.9                             375.2                       360.7     
Rod Mill Products                 48.3                       52.7                             132.4                       168.8     
Total           $     994.0                 $     924.5                       $     2,855.3                 $     2,948.4     
(1) Metal-adjusted revenues, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in order to eliminate an estimate of metal price volatility from the comparison of revenues from one period to another.
(2) Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company is providing adjusted operating income (loss) on a segment basis because management believes it is useful in analyzing the operating performance of the business and is consistent with how management reviews the underlying business trends. A reconciliation of segment reported operating income (loss) to segment adjusted operating income (loss) is provided in the Appendix of the Third Quarter 2017 Investor Presentation, located on the Company's website.
(3) Return on Metal Adjusted Sales is calculated on Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)


General Cable Corporation
Len Texter, 859-572-8684
Senior Vice President, Finance
Global Controller and Investor Relations

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