CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-K

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2003

OR

o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission File Number 0-27918


CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
Delaware   13-3070826
(State or other jurisdiction of   (IRS Employer
Incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)
     
2511 Garden Road   93940
Building A, Suite 200   (Zip Code)
Monterey, California    
(Address of registrant’s principal offices)    

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
(831) 642-9300

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

Title of each class
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes x No o

     Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in a definitive proxy or information statement incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).
Yes x No o

     Based upon the NASDAQ closing price on June 30, 2003, the aggregate market value of the common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $88,721,689. As of January 30, 2004, 21,201,968 shares of common stock of the registrant were issued and outstanding.

Documents Incorporated by Reference:

     All or a portion of Items 10 through 14 in Part III of this Form 10-K are incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, which will be filed within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year covered by this report on Form 10-K, or if the Registrant’s Schedule 14A is not filed within such period, will be included in an amendment to this Report on Form 10-K which will be filed within such 120 day period.



 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I
Item 1. Business
Item 2. Properties
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
PART II
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 6. Selected Consolidated Financial Data
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
PART III
Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant
Item 11. Executive Compensation
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services
PART IV
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules and Reports on Form 8-K
SIGNATURES
Exhibit Index
AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT: DAVIS
AMENDMENT AGREEMENT
AMENDMENT AGREEMENT
EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT: E. JACK GATES
SEVERANCE LETTER
SEVERANCE PROTECTION AGREEMENT
SUBSIDIARIES
CONSENT OF DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
302 CERTIFICATION: CEO
302 CERTIFICATION: CFO
906 CERTIFICATION: CEO AND CFO


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PART I

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

     This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on current expectations and projections about future events. Many of these statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “projects,” “estimates,” “should,” “will,” and “potential” and variations of such word. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, among other things, those discussed under Part I, Item 1, “Business,” Part II, Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” and:

    The Company’s high level of indebtedness reduces cash available for other purposes, such as the payment of dividends, and limits the Company’s ability to incur additional debt and pursue its growth strategy;

    The cyclical nature of the aluminum industry causes variability in the Company’s earnings and cash flows;

    The loss of a major customer would increase the Company’s production costs at those facilities which deliver molten aluminum;

    Glencore International AG owns a large percentage of the Company’s common stock and has the ability to influence matters requiring shareholder approval;

    The Company could suffer losses due to a temporary or prolonged interruption of the supply of electrical power to its facilities, which can be caused by unusually high demand, blackouts, equipment failure, natural disasters or other catastrophic events;

    Due to increasing prices for alumina, the principal raw material used in primary aluminum production, changes to or disruptions in the Company’s current alumina supply arrangements would materially impact its raw material costs;

    Changes in the relative cost of certain raw materials and energy compared to the price of primary aluminum could affect the Company’s margins;

    Most of the Company’s employees are unionized and any labor dispute or failure to successfully renegotiate an existing labor agreement could materially impair the Company’s ability to conduct its production operations at its unionized facilities;

    The Company is subject to a variety of environmental laws that could result in costs or liabilities; and

    The Company may not realize the expected benefits of its growth strategy if it is unable to successfully integrate the businesses it acquires.

     Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot guarantee its future performance or results of operations. All forward-looking statements in this filing are based on information available to the Company on the date of this filing; however, the Company is not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The risks described above should be considered when reading any forward-looking statements in this filing. Given these uncertainties and risks, the reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

     The Company obtained the market data used throughout this Form 10-K from its own research and from surveys or studies conducted by third parties and cited in industry or general publications, including studies prepared by CRU International Inc., an internationally recognized research firm which collects and analyzes data about the aluminum industry. Industry and general publications and surveys generally state that they have obtained information from sources believed to be reliable, but do not guarantee the accuracy and completeness of such information. While the Company believes that each of these studies and publications is reliable, the Company has not independently verified such data and does not make any representation as to the accuracy of such information. Similarly, the Company believes its internal research is reliable but it has not been verified by any independent sources.

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Item 1. Business

Overview

     Century Aluminum Company (“Century” or the “Company”) is a leading North American producer of primary aluminum. The Company’s facilities produce value-added and standard-grade primary aluminum products. Century is the second largest primary aluminum producer in the United States, behind Alcoa Inc. (together with its affiliates, “Alcoa”), having produced over 1.1 billion pounds of primary aluminum in 2003 with net sales of $782.5 million.

     The Company currently owns:

    the Hawesville facility, located in Hawesville, Kentucky, which began operations in 1970 and has an annual production capacity of 538 million pounds of primary aluminum;

    the Ravenswood facility, located in Ravenswood, West Virginia, which began operations in 1957 and has an annual production capacity of 375 million pounds of primary aluminum; and

    a 49.7% ownership interest in the Mt. Holly facility, located in Mt. Holly, South Carolina, which began operations in 1980, contributes 243 million pounds to the Company’s overall annual production capacity and is operated by Alcoa, which holds the remaining 50.3% ownership interest.

     For a description of these facilities, see Part I, Item 1, “Facilities and Production.”

     The Company’s strategic objectives are to grow its aluminum business by pursuing opportunities to acquire primary aluminum reduction facilities that offer favorable investment returns and lower its per unit production costs; diversifying the Company’s geographic presence; and pursuing opportunities in bauxite mining and alumina refining. To date, the Company’s growth activities have been concentrated in acquiring primary aluminum assets. The Company has:

    acquired an additional 23% interest in the Mt. Holly facility in April 2000;

    acquired an 80% interest in the Hawesville facility in April 2001; and

    acquired the remaining 20% interest in the Hawesville facility in April 2003.

     Prior to April 1996, the Company was an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Glencore International AG (together with its subsidiaries, “Glencore”). In April 1996, the Company completed an initial public offering of its common stock. As of December 31, 2003, Glencore, the Company’s largest shareholder, owned 37.5% of Century’s outstanding common shares and all of Century’s outstanding convertible preferred stock.

     The Company files annual, quarterly, and other selected reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The public may read and copy any materials filed with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 (1-800-732-0330). The SEC maintains a website (http://www.sec.gov) that contains reports, statements and other information regarding registrants that file electronically. Additional information about the Company may also be obtained from the Company’s website, which is located at www.centuryaluminum.com. The Company’s website provides access to filings it has made through the SEC’s EDGAR filing system, including its annual, quarterly and current reports filed on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, respectively, and ownership reports filed on Forms 3, 4 and 5 after December 16, 2002 by the Company’s directors, executive officers and beneficial owners of more than 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Information contained in the Company’s website is not incorporated by reference in, and should not be considered a part of, this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Acquisitions

     Additional Interest in the Mt. Holly Facility. On April 1, 2000, the Company increased its 26.7% interest in the Mt. Holly facility to 49.7% when its wholly-owned subsidiary, Berkeley Aluminum, Inc., purchased an additional 23% interest from Xstrata Aluminum Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xstrata AG, for $94.7 million. Glencore is a major shareholder of Xstrata AG.

     80% Interest in the Hawesville Facility. Effective April 1, 2001, the Company completed the acquisition of the Hawesville facility from Southwire Company (“Southwire”), a privately held wire and cable manufacturing

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company. Concurrently with the acquisition, the Company effectively sold a 20% interest in the Hawesville facility to Glencore. The purchase price was $466.8 million, which was paid with proceeds from the issuance of $325.0 million of the Company’s 11 3/4% senior secured first mortgage notes due 2008 (the “Notes”), the sale of 500,000 shares of the Company’s convertible preferred stock to Glencore for $25.0 million, proceeds from the sale of a 20% interest in the facility to Glencore for $99.0 million and available cash. As part of the acquisition, the Company and Glencore each assumed a pro rata share of industrial revenue bonds related to the Hawesville facility in the principal amount of $7.8 million and post-closing payments to Southwire of up to $7.0 million if the market price of primary aluminum exceeds specified levels during any of the seven years following closing.

     Remaining Interest in Hawesville Facility. On April 1, 2003, the Company acquired Glencore’s 20% interest in the Hawesville facility for a purchase price of $99.4 million and assumed Glencore’s pro rata share of the industrial revenue bonds and post-closing payments, if any, to Southwire. As a result of this acquisition, the Company owns all of the Hawesville facility. The Company paid $59.4 million of the purchase price in cash and financed the balance by issuing a six-year $40.0 million note to Glencore bearing interest at a rate of 10% per annum (the “Glencore Note”). In the fourth quarter of 2003, the Company repaid $26.0 million of principal under the Glencore Note, which left $14.0 million in outstanding principal as of December 31, 2003.

Facilities and Production

  Hawesville Facility

     The Hawesville facility is owned by NSA Ltd. and Hancock Aluminum, LLC and operated by Century Aluminum of Kentucky, LLC, each a wholly-owned direct or indirect subsidiary of the Company. The Hawesville facility, strategically located on the Ohio River near Hawesville, Kentucky, began operations in 1970 and has an annual production capacity of 538 million pounds.

     The Hawesville facility’s original four potlines have an annual production capacity of approximately 426 million pounds and are specially configured and operated so as to produce primary aluminum with a high purity level. The average purity level of primary aluminum produced by these potlines is 99.9%, compared to standard-purity aluminum which is approximately 99.7%. This high purity primary aluminum provides the conductivity required by Hawesville’s largest customer, Southwire, for its electrical wire and cable products as well as for certain aerospace applications. In September 1999, a fifth potline became operational, with an annual capacity of approximately 112 million pounds of standard-purity aluminum.

     The Hawesville facility produces primary aluminum in molten, ingot and sow form. The following table shows primary aluminum shipments from the Hawesville facility during each of the periods indicated:

Hawesville Facility Primary Aluminum Shipments
(In Millions of Pounds)

                           
      Year Ended December, 31
     
      2003(3)   2002(2)   2001(1)
     
 
 
Molten aluminum
    310.3       303.2       295.9  
Primary aluminum ingot
    159.8       131.7       114.7  
Foundry alloys
    70.8       104.3       121.2  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    540.9       539.2       531.8  
 
   
     
     
 


(1)   Effective April 1, 2001, Century completed the acquisition of the Hawesville facility from Southwire. Simultaneously, Century effectively sold a 20% interest in the Hawesville facility to Glencore. Shipments for the year ended December 31, 2001 include 133.5 million pounds shipped by Southwire and 79.7 million pounds shipped by Glencore.
 
(2)   Shipments for the year ended December 31, 2002 include 108.4 million pounds shipped by Glencore.
 
(3)   Effective April 1, 2003, Century completed the acquisition of Glencore’s Hawesville interest. Shipments for the year ended December 31, 2003 include 27.1 million pounds shipped by Glencore.

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     The alumina used by the Hawesville facility is purchased under supply contracts with an affiliate of Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation (“Kaiser”) which run through December 31, 2008. The price for alumina purchased under these contracts, which supply all of the Hawesville facility’s alumina requirements, is variable and determined by reference to the price for primary aluminum quoted on the London Metals Exchange (“LME”). Kaiser is presently a debtor in a pending Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and is soliciting proposals to purchase its Gramercy, Louisiana, alumina facility which presently supplies alumina under the foregoing contracts. See the discussion of the Kaiser bankruptcy, Kaiser’s assumption of the Hawesville alumina supply agreements and the Company’s possible acquisition of the Gramercy facility in Part II, Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

     The Hawesville facility purchases all of its power from Kenergy Corp. (“Kenergy”), a local retail electric cooperative, under a power supply contract that expires at the end of 2010. Kenergy acquires most of the power it provides to the Hawesville facility from a subsidiary of LG&E Energy Corp., with delivery guaranteed by LG&E. The Hawesville facility currently purchases all of its power from Kenergy at fixed prices. Approximately 16% of the Hawesville facility’s power requirements are unpriced for calendar year 2005. The unpriced portion of the contract increases to approximately 27% in 2006.

  Ravenswood Facility

     The Ravenswood facility is owned and operated by the Company’s subsidiary, Century Aluminum of West Virginia, Inc. (“Century of West Virginia”). Built in 1957, the Ravenswood facility operates four potlines with an annual production capacity of 375 million pounds. The facility is strategically located on the Ohio River in Ravenswood, West Virginia.

     The Ravenswood facility produces molten aluminum that is delivered to Pechiney’s adjacent fabricating facility and standard-grade ingot that Century sells in the marketplace. Pechiney’s aluminum rolling facility may be sold in connection with a merger between Alcan and Pechiney. See “Sales and Distribution – The Ravenswood Facility.”

     The following table shows primary aluminum shipments from the Ravenswood facility during each of the periods indicated:

Ravenswood Facility Primary Aluminum Shipments
(In Millions of Pounds)

                           
      Year Ended December, 31
     
      2003   2002 (1)   2001
     
 
 
Molten aluminum
    288.4       309.1       291.3  
Standard-grade primary aluminum ingot
    86.9       72.5       73.6  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    375.3       381.6       364.9  
 
   
     
     
 


(1)   Shipments for the year ended December 31, 2002 include 6.0 million pounds of standard-grade primary aluminum ingot purchased and resold.

     Since January 1, 2002, the alumina used at the Ravenswood facility has been supplied by Glencore under a five-year contract at a variable price determined by reference to the LME price for primary aluminum. The Company purchases the electricity used at the Ravenswood facility under a fixed-price power supply contract with Ohio Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, which runs through December 31, 2005.

  Mt. Holly Facility

     The Mt. Holly facility, located in Mt. Holly, South Carolina, was built in 1980 and is the most recently constructed aluminum reduction facility in the United States. The facility consists of two potlines with a total annual production capacity of 489 million pounds and casting equipment used to cast molten aluminum into standard-grade ingot, extrusion billet and other value-added primary aluminum products. Value-added primary aluminum products are sold at higher prices than standard-grade primary aluminum. The Company’s 49.7% interest represents 243 million pounds of the facility’s production capacity.

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     Century’s interest in the Mt. Holly facility is held through its subsidiary, Berkeley Aluminum, Inc. (“Berkeley”). Under the current Mt. Holly ownership structure, the Company holds an undivided 49.7% interest in the property, plant and equipment comprising the aluminum reduction operations at the Mt. Holly facility and an equivalent share in the general partnership responsible for the operation and maintenance of the facility. Alcoa owns the remaining 50.3% interest in the Mt. Holly facility and an equivalent share of the operating partnership. Under the terms of the operating partnership, Alcoa is responsible for operating and maintaining the facility. Each owner supplies its own alumina for conversion to primary aluminum and is responsible for its proportionate share of operational and maintenance costs.

     The following table shows the Company’s primary aluminum shipments from the Mt. Holly facility during each of the periods indicated:

Mt. Holly Facility Primary Aluminum Shipments
(In Millions of Pounds)

                           
      Year Ended December, 31
     
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Standard-grade primary aluminum ingot
    119.5       113.4       104.1  
Rolling ingot, foundry alloys and extrusion billets
    118.0       122.7       130.6  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total
    237.5       236.1       234.7  
 
   
     
     
 

     Glencore supplies all of the Company’s alumina requirements for the Mt. Holly facility under contracts which expire December 31, 2006 and January 31, 2008. The price under both contracts is determined by reference to the quoted LME price for primary aluminum.

     The Mt. Holly facility purchases all of its power requirements from the South Carolina Public Service Authority (also called “Santee Cooper”), at rates fixed by published schedules. The Mt. Holly facility’s power contract was to expire December 31, 2005. In July 2003, a new contract to supply all of the Mt. Holly facility’s power requirements through 2015 was entered into. Power delivered through 2010 will be priced as set forth in currently published schedules, subject to adjustments for fuel costs. Rates for the period 2011 through 2015 will be as provided under then-applicable schedules.

Industry Overview

     The most commonly used bench mark for pricing primary aluminum is the price for aluminum transactions quoted on the London Metals Exchange (“LME”). The LME price, however, does not represent the actual price paid for all aluminum products. For example, products delivered to U.S. customers are often sold at a premium to the LME price, typically referred to as the U.S. Midwest Market Price. Historically, this premium has ranged from $0.02 to $0.05 per pound. In addition, premiums are charged for adding certain alloys to aluminum for use in specific applications and for casting aluminum into specific shapes, such as extrusion billet or rolling slab.

     The market price for primary aluminum declined throughout 2001 due, primarily, to weakness in global economies and the related decline in global demand for primary aluminum. During 2002, global demand increased modestly, however supply growth matched the increase. The market price for primary aluminum declined further during 2002. During 2003, global demand for primary aluminum increased by nearly 8% and global supply increased by approximately 7%. The primary aluminum industry is currently experiencing a period of strong prices based on favorable production and consumption trends. Spot aluminum prices, as quoted on the LME, recently exceeded $0.78 per pound for the first time since the first quarter of 2001 and are above the five and ten-year averages. The key factors in the current strong pricing environment are: (i) strengthening global demand for aluminum driven by the global economic recovery; (ii) strong demand growth in China; (iii) a tightening market for alumina, the major raw material input for aluminum, that has resulted in a rapid escalation of alumina prices; and (iv) the recent weakening of the U.S. dollar. The average LME cash price for aluminum was $0.65, $0.61 and $0.66 per pound for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively.

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Sales and Distribution

     The majority of the products produced at the Company’s facilities are sold to a limited number of customers. The Company derived a combined total of approximately 66% of its 2003 consolidated sales from Pechiney, Southwire and Glencore, Century’s three largest customers. Out of total revenues of $782.5 million for 2003, sales to Pechiney represented $198.4 million, or 25% of Century’s total revenues, sales to Southwire represented $199.4 million, or 25% of total revenues and sales to Glencore represented $121.9 million, or 16% of total revenues. The remaining $262.8 million, or 34% of Century’s total revenues, represented sales to approximately 50 customers.

  Hawesville Facility

     Sales of primary aluminum to Southwire accounted for $199.4 million, or 56% of Century’s revenues from the Hawesville facility in 2003. Sales to third parties other than Southwire accounted for the remaining $153.9 million or 44% of the Company’s revenues from the Hawesville facility during 2003. In connection with the acquisition of the Hawesville facility in April 2001, the Company entered into a 10-year contract with Southwire (the “Southwire Metal Agreement”) to supply 240 million pounds of high-purity molten aluminum annually to Southwire’s wire and cable manufacturing facility located adjacent to the Hawesville facility. Under this contract, Southwire will also purchase 60 million pounds of standard-grade molten aluminum each year for the first five years of the contract, with an option to purchase an equal amount in each of the remaining five years. Southwire has exercised this option through 2008. Prior to April 2003, Century and Glencore supplied the aluminum delivered under the Southwire Metal Agreement on a pro rata basis, with Century responsible for 80% and Glencore responsible for the remaining 20%. On April 1, 2003, the Company assumed Glencore’s delivery obligations under the Southwire Metal Agreement. The price for the molten aluminum to be delivered to Southwire from the Hawesville facility is variable and determined by reference to the U.S. Midwest Market Price. This contract allows the Company to deliver molten aluminum, thereby reducing its casting and shipping costs. This agreement expires on March 31, 2011, and will automatically renew for additional five-year terms, unless either party provides 12 months notice that it has elected not to renew.

     Concurrently with its acquisition of the remaining interest in the Hawesville facility, the Company entered into a ten-year contract with Glencore (the “Glencore Metal Agreement”) under which Glencore agreed to purchase, beginning on January 1, 2004, 45.0 million pounds per year of the primary aluminum produced at the Ravenswood and Mt. Holly facilities, at a price determined by reference to the U.S. Midwest Market Price, subject to an agreed cap and floor as applied to the U.S. Midwest premium.

  Ravenswood Facility

     Sales of primary aluminum to Pechiney represented $192.9 million, or 74% of revenues from the Ravenswood facility in 2003. Sales to parties other than Pechiney represented $67.3 million or 26% of Ravenswood’s revenues in 2003. Century has a contract with Pechiney (the “Pechiney Metal Agreement”) under which Pechiney purchases 23 to 27 million pounds, per month, of molten aluminum produced at the Ravenswood facility through December 31, 2005. This contract will be automatically extended through July 31, 2007 provided that the Company’s power contract for the Ravenswood facility is extended or replaced through that date. The price for primary aluminum delivered under this contract is variable and determined by reference to the U.S. Midwest Market Price. This contract allows the Company to deliver molten aluminum, thereby reducing its casting and shipping costs. Pechiney has the right, upon twelve months notice, to reduce its purchase obligations by 50% under this contract. Alcan has agreed with the U.S. Department of Justice to sell the Pechiney rolling mill in connection with its merger with Pechiney. While any buyer of the rolling mill would be expected to assume Pechiney’s obligations under Pechiney’s existing contract with the Company, the Company may require different terms or terminate that contract if the buyer is not deemed to be creditworthy. If this contract is terminated, or if the buyer materially reduces its purchases or fails to renew the contract when it expires, the Company’s casting, shipping and marketing costs at the Ravenswood facility would increase.

       Mt. Holly Facility

     Sales of primary aluminum to Glencore represented $91.4 million, or 54% of Century’s revenues from the Mt. Holly facility in 2003. Sales to third parties other than Glencore represented $77.6 million or 46% of revenues from

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the Mt. Holly facility in 2003. Century had a contract to sell Glencore approximately 110 million pounds of primary aluminum produced at the Mt. Holly facility each year through December 31, 2009 (the “Original Sales Contract”). In January 2003, Century and Glencore agreed to terminate and settle the Original Sales Contract for the years 2005 through 2009 which had provided for fixed prices. At that time, the parties entered into a new contract (the “New Sales Contract”) that requires Century to deliver the same quantity of primary aluminum as did the Original Sales Contract for these years. The New Sales Contract provides for variable pricing determined by reference to the LME for the years 2005 through 2009. For deliveries through 2004, the price of primary aluminum delivered will remain fixed.

     Prior to the January 2003 agreement to terminate and settle the years 2005 though 2009 of the Original Sales Contract, the Company had been classifying and accounting for it as a normal sales contract under Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (“SFAS”) No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.” A contract that is so designated and that meets other conditions established by SFAS No. 133 is exempt from the requirements of SFAS No. 133, although by its term the contract would otherwise be accounted for as a derivative instrument. Accordingly, prior to January 2003, the Original Sales Contract was recorded on an accrual basis of accounting and changes in the fair value of the Original Sales Contract were not recognized.

     According to SFAS No. 133, it must be probable that at inception and throughout its term, a contract classified as “normal” will not result in a net settlement and will result in physical delivery. In April 2003, the Company and Glencore net settled a significant portion of the Original Sales Contract, and it no longer qualified for the “normal” exception of SFAS No. 133. The Company marked the Original Sales Contract to current fair value in its entirety. Accordingly, in the first quarter of 2003 the Company recorded a derivative asset and a pre-tax gain of $41.7 million. Of the total recorded gain, $26.1 million related to the favorable terms of the Original Sales Contract for the years 2005 through 2009, and $15.6 million relates to the favorable terms of the Original Sales Contract for 2003 through 2004.

     The Company determined the fair value by estimating the excess of the contractual cash flows of the Original Sales Contract (using contractual prices and quantities) above the estimated cash flows of a contract based on identical quantities using LME-quoted prevailing forward market prices for aluminum plus an estimated U.S. Midwest Premium adjusted for delivery considerations. The Company discounted the excess estimated cash flows to present value using a discount rate of 7%.

     On April 1, 2003, the Company received $35.5 million from Glencore, $26.1 million of which relates to the settlement of the Original Sales Contract for the years 2005 through 2009, and $9.4 million of which represents the fair value of the New Sales Contracts, discussed below. The Company will account for the unsettled portion of the Original Sales Contract (years 2003 and 2004) as a derivative and will recognize period-to-period changes in fair value in current income. The Company will also account for the New Sales Contract as a derivative instrument under SFAS No. 133. The Company has not designated the New Sales Contract as “normal” because it replaces and substitutes for a significant portion of the Original Sales Contract which, after January 2003, no longer qualified for this designation. The $9.4 million initial fair value of the New Sales Contract is a derivative liability and represents the present value of the contract’s favorable term to Glencore in that the New Sales Contract excludes from its variable price an estimated U.S. Midwest premium, adjusted for delivery considerations. Because the New Sales Contract is variably priced, the Company does not expect significant variability in its fair value, other than changes that might result from the absence of the U.S. Midwest premium.

Pricing and Risk Management

     The Company’s operating results are sensitive to changes in the price of primary aluminum and the raw materials used in its production. As a result, Century attempts to mitigate the effects of fluctuations in primary aluminum and raw material prices through the use of various fixed-price commitments and financial instruments.

  Pricing

     The Company offers a number of pricing alternatives to its customers which, combined with Century’s metals risk management activities, are designed to lock in a certain level of price stability on its primary aluminum sales. Pricing of Century’s products is generally offered either at a fixed-price, where the customer pays an agreed-upon price over an extended period of time, or an indexed or “market” price, where the customer pays an agreed-upon premium over the LME price or relative to other market indices.

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  Risk Management

     The Company manages its exposure to fluctuations in the price of primary aluminum by selling primary aluminum at fixed prices for future delivery, through financial instruments, and by purchasing alumina under supply contracts with prices tied to the same indices as the Company’s aluminum sales contracts. Additionally, to mitigate the volatility of the natural gas markets, the Company enters into fixed price financial purchase contracts. The Company’s metals and natural gas risk management activities are subject to the control and direction of senior management. These activities are regularly reported to the Board of Directors of Century. The Company’s risk management activities do not include trading or speculative transactions. See Part II, Item 7A, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.”

Competition

     The market for primary aluminum is diverse and highly competitive. The Company competes in the production and sale of primary aluminum with numerous other producers. The Company’s principal competitors are Alcoa, Alcan and various other smaller primary aluminum producers. Aluminum also competes with other materials such as steel, plastic and glass which may be used as alternatives for some applications based upon functionality and relative pricing.

     The Company believes that it competes on the basis of quality, price, timeliness of delivery and customer service. Some of the Company’s competitors have substantially greater manufacturing and financial resources, and some have cost structures that are more advantageous than the Company’s. The Company anticipates that continuing industry consolidation will intensify competition and further emphasize the importance of cost efficient operations.

Environmental Matters

  Environmental Contingencies

     The Company is subject to various environmental laws and regulations. The Company has spent, and expects to spend, significant amounts for compliance with those laws and regulations. In addition, some of the Company’s past manufacturing activities have resulted in environmental consequences which require remedial measures. Under certain environmental laws which may impose liability regardless of fault, the Company may be liable for the costs of remediation of contaminated property, including its current and formerly owned or operated properties or adjacent areas, or for the amelioration of damage to natural resources. The Company believes, based on information currently available to its management, that its current environmental liabilities are not likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. However, the Company cannot predict the requirements of future environmental laws and future requirements at current or formerly owned or operated properties or adjacent areas. Such future requirements may result in liabilities which may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

     The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act impose stringent standards on the aluminum industry’s air emissions. These amendments affect the Company’s operations as technology-based standards relating to reduction facilities and carbon plants have been instituted. Although the Company cannot predict with certainty how much it will be required to spend to comply with these standards, its general capital expenditure plan includes certain projects designed to improve its compliance with both known and anticipated air emissions requirements.

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  Hawesville Facility

     On July 6, 2000, while the Hawesville facility was owned by Southwire, the EPA issued a final Record of Decision (“ROD”), under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, which detailed response actions to be implemented at several locations at the Hawesville site to address actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances. Those actions include:

    removal and off-site disposal at approved landfills of certain soils contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”);

    management and containment of soils and sediments with low PCB contamination in certain areas on-site; and

    the continued extraction and treatment of cyanide contaminated ground water using the existing ground water treatment system.

     Under the Company’s agreement with Southwire to purchase the Hawesville facility, Southwire indemnified the Company against all on-site environmental liabilities known to exist prior to the closing of the acquisition, including all remediation, operation and maintenance obligations under the ROD. The total costs for the remedial actions to be undertaken and paid for by Southwire relative to these liabilities are estimated under the ROD to be $12.6 million and the forecast of annual operating and maintenance costs is $1.2 million. Century will operate and maintain the ground water treatment system required under the ROD on behalf of Southwire, and Southwire will reimburse Century for any expense that exceeds $0.4 million annually.

     If on-site environmental liabilities relating to pre-closing activities at the Hawesville facility that were not known to exist as of the date the acquisition closed become known before March 31, 2007, the Company will share the costs of remedial action with Southwire on a sliding scale depending on the year the liability is identified. Any on-site environmental liabilities arising from pre-closing activities which do not become known until on or after March 31, 2007, will be the responsibility of the Company. In addition, the Company will be responsible for any post-closing environmental costs which result from a change in environmental laws after the closing or from its own activities, including a change in the use of the facility. In addition, Southwire indemnified the Company against all risks associated with off-site hazardous material disposals by the Hawesville plant which pre-date the closing of the acquisition.

     The Company acquired the Hawesville facility by purchasing all of the outstanding equity securities of Metalsco Ltd., which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwire. Metalsco previously owned certain assets which are unrelated to the Hawesville facility’s operations, including the stock of Gaston Copper Recycling Corporation (“Gaston”), a secondary metals recycling facility in South Carolina. Gaston has numerous liabilities related to environmental conditions at its recycling facility. Gaston and all other non-Hawesville assets owned at any time by Metalsco were identified in the Company’s agreement with Southwire as unwanted property and were distributed to Southwire prior to the closing of the Hawesville acquisition. Southwire indemnified the Company for all liabilities related to the unwanted property. Southwire also retained ownership of certain land adjacent to the Hawesville facility containing Hawesville’s former potliner disposal areas, which are the sources of cyanide contamination in the facility’s groundwater. Southwire retained full responsibility for this land, which was never owned by Metalsco and is located on the north boundary of the Hawesville site.

     Southwire has secured its indemnity obligations to the Company for environmental liabilities until April 1, 2008 by posting a letter of credit, currently in the amount of $14.2 million, issued in the Company’s favor, with an additional $15.0 million to be posted if Southwire’s net worth drops below a pre-determined level during that period. The amount of security Southwire provides may increase (but not above $14.7 million or $29.7 million, as applicable) or decrease (but not below $3.0 million) if certain specified conditions are met. The Company cannot be certain that Southwire will be able to meet its indemnity obligations when and if they arise. In that event, under certain environmental laws which impose liability regardless of fault, the Company may be liable for any outstanding remedial measures required under the ROD and for certain liabilities related to the unwanted properties. Southwire’s failure to meet its indemnity obligations or any significant increase in the Company’s anticipated shared or assumed liability could have a material adverse affect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations and liquidity.

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  Ravenswood Facility

     Century of West Virginia is performing certain remedial measures at its Ravenswood facility pursuant to a RCRA 3008(h) order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in 1994 (the “3008(h) Order”). Century of West Virginia also conducted a RCRA facility investigation (“RFI”) under the 3008(h) Order evaluating other areas at Ravenswood that may have contamination requiring remediation. The RFI was submitted to the EPA in December 1999. Century of West Virginia, in consultation with the EPA, has completed interim remediation measures at two sites identified in the RFI, and the Company expects that neither the EPA, nor the State of West Virginia will require further remediation under the 3008(h) Order. The Company believes a significant portion of the contamination on the two identified sites is attributable to the operations of Kaiser, which had previously owned and operated the Ravenswood facility, and will be the financial responsibility of Kaiser.

     Kaiser owned and operated the Ravenswood facility for approximately 30 years before Century of West Virginia acquired it. Many of the conditions that Century of West Virginia is remedying exist because of activities that occurred during Kaiser’s ownership and operation. Under the terms of the purchase agreement for the Ravenswood facility (the “Kaiser Purchase Agreement”), Kaiser retained responsibility to pay the costs of cleanup of those conditions. In addition, Kaiser retained title to certain land within the Ravenswood premises and is responsible for those areas. On February 12, 2002, Kaiser and certain wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Company believes that the bankruptcy will not relieve Kaiser of its responsibilities as to some of the remedial measures performed at the Ravenswood facility. The Company cannot be certain of the ultimate outcome of the bankruptcy and, accordingly, the Company may be unable to hold Kaiser responsible for its share of remedial measures.

     Under the terms of the agreement to sell its fabricating businesses to Pechiney (the “Pechiney Agreement”), the Company and Century of West Virginia provided Pechiney with certain indemnifications. Those include the assignment of certain of Century of West Virginia’s indemnification rights under the Kaiser Purchase Agreement (with respect to the real property transferred to Pechiney) and the Company’s indemnification rights under its stock purchase agreement with Alcoa relating to the Company’s purchase of Century Cast Plate, Inc. The Pechiney Agreement provides further indemnifications, which are limited, in general, to pre-closing conditions that were not disclosed to Pechiney and to off-site migration of hazardous substances from pre-closing acts or omissions of Century of West Virginia. Environmental indemnifications under the Pechiney Agreement expire September 20, 2005 and are payable only to the extent they exceed $2.0 million. Payments under this indemnification would be limited to $25.0 million for on-site liabilities, but there is no limit on potential future payments for any off-site liabilities. The Company does not believe there are any undisclosed pre-closing conditions or off-site migration of hazardous substances, and it does not believe that it will be required to make any potential future payments under this indemnification.

  Mt. Holly Facility

     The Company is not aware of any material cost of environmental compliance or any material environmental liability for which it would be responsible at the Mt. Holly facility.

  Vialco

     Century is a party to an Administrative Order on Consent with the Environmental Protection Agency (the “Order”) pursuant to which Century and other past and present owners of an alumina facility at St. Croix, Virgin Islands have agreed to carry out a Hydrocarbon Recovery Plan to remove and manage hydrocarbons floating on top of groundwater underlying the facility. Pursuant to the Hydrocarbon Recovery Plan, recovered hydrocarbons and groundwater will be delivered to the adjacent petroleum refinery where they will be received and managed. Lockheed Martin Corporation (“Lockheed”), which sold the facility in 1989 to one of the Company’s subsidiaries, Virgin Islands Alumina Corporation (“Vialco”), has tendered indemnity and defense of this matter to Vialco pursuant to terms of the Lockheed–Vialco Asset Purchase Agreement. Management does not believe Vialco’s liability under the Order or its indemnity to Lockheed will require material payments. Through December 31, 2003, the Company has spent approximately $0.4 million on the Recovery Plan. Although there is no limit on the obligation to make indemnification payments, the Company expects the future potential payments under this indemnification will be approximately $0.2 million, which may be offset in part by sales of recoverable hydrocarbons. However, under the indemnification, there is no limit to the potential future payments.

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     It is the Company’s policy to accrue for costs associated with environmental assessments and remedial efforts when it becomes probable that a liability has been incurred and the costs can be reasonably estimated. The aggregate environmental related accrued liabilities were $1.3 million and $1.4 million at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. All accrued amounts have been recorded without giving effect to any possible future recoveries. With respect to ongoing environmental compliance costs, including maintenance and monitoring, such costs are expensed as incurred.

     Because of the issues and uncertainties described above, and the Company’s inability to predict the requirements of the future environmental laws, there can be no assurance that future capital expenditures and costs for environmental compliance will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s future financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity. Based upon all available information, management does not believe that the outcome of these environmental matters, or environmental matters concerning Mt. Holly, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity.

Intellectual Property

     The Company owns or has rights to use a number of patents or patent applications relating to various aspects of its operations. The Company does not consider its business to be materially dependent on any of these patents or patent applications.

     The Company owns the rights to the aluminum reduction technology used at the Hawesville facility. Southwire purchased the original technology from Kaiser, and under the terms of the purchase agreement, ownership rights to the basic technology and certain improvements vested in Southwire. These improvements included the redesign of production systems, equipment and apparatus used in the reduction of alumina into primary aluminum products.

Employees and Labor Relations

     The Company employs a work force of approximately 1,450 persons, consisting of approximately 1,160 hourly employees and approximately 290 salaried employees. The Company has approximately 540 hourly employees and 110 salaried employees at the Ravenswood facility, and approximately 620 hourly employees and 167 salaried employees at the Hawesville facility. The hourly employees at the Ravenswood and Hawesville facilities are represented by the United Steelworkers of America (“USWA”). The employees at the Mt. Holly facility are employed by Alcoa and are not unionized. The Company’s corporate office, located in Monterey, California, has 13 salaried employees.

     The hourly employees at the Ravenswood facility are covered by a labor agreement with the USWA which expires May 31, 2006. The agreement calls for fixed increases in hourly wages and provides for certain benefit adjustments each year.

     In connection with the Hawesville acquisition in April 2001, Century negotiated a five-year collective bargaining agreement expiring March 31, 2006 which covers all of the represented hourly employees at the Hawesville facility. The agreement provides for fixed increases in hourly wages in the first, third, fourth and fifth years and certain benefit adjustments over the life of the agreement.

     Century maintains noncontributory defined benefit pension plans for all salaried employees and the hourly employees and the Company contributes to a multi-employer benefit plan for the hourly employees at the Hawesville facility. In addition, the Company maintains postretirement healthcare and life insurance benefit plans and defined contribution 401(k) plans for its salaried and hourly employees. Management believes that its relations with its employees are good.

Item 2. Properties

     The Hawesville facility occupies 189 acres on a site totaling 747 acres located on the Ohio River in Hawesville, Kentucky. The Hawesville facility began operations in 1970 and has an annual production capacity of approximately 538 million pounds. As of April 1, 2003, Century owns 100% of the Hawesville facility. From April 1, 2001 to April 1, 2003, Century’s portion of the annual production capacity of the Hawesville facility was 430 million pounds. See Item 1, “Business — Facilities and Production — Hawesville Facility.”

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     The Ravenswood facility occupies 350 acres on a site totaling 2,290 acres located on the Ohio River near Ravenswood, West Virginia. The Ravenswood facility was built in 1957 and has an annual production capacity of approximately 375 million pounds. See Item 1, “Business — Facilities and Production — Ravenswood Facility.”

     The Hawesville and Ravenswood facilities are subject to mortgages in connection with the Company’s outstanding debt as further described in Part II, Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis – Debt Service.”

     The Mt. Holly facility occupies 1,000 acres on a site totaling 6,500 acres located in Mt. Holly, South Carolina. The Mt. Holly facility was constructed in 1980 and has an annual production capacity of approximately 489 million pounds. Century owns a 49.7% interest in the Mt. Holly facility and the remaining interest is owned by Alcoa. Alcoa manages and operates the facility pursuant to an owners’ agreement whereby each owner furnishes its own alumina for conversion to aluminum and is responsible for its pro rata share of the operating and conversion costs. See Item 1, “Business — Facilities and Production — Mt. Holly Facility.”

     Equipment failures at the Ravenswood, Mt. Holly or Hawesville facilities could limit or shut down the Company’s production for a significant period of time. In order to minimize the risk of equipment failure, the Company follows a comprehensive maintenance and loss prevention program and periodically reviews its failure exposure.

     The Company may suffer losses due to a temporary or prolonged interruption of the supply of electrical power to its facilities, which can be caused by unusually high demand, blackouts, equipment failure, natural disasters or other catastrophic events. The Company uses large amounts of electricity to produce primary aluminum, and any loss of power which causes an equipment shutdown can result in the hardening or “freezing” of molten aluminum in the pots where it is produced. If this occurs, the Company may experience significant losses if the pots are damaged and require repair or replacement, a process that could limit or shut down production operations for a prolonged period of time. Although the Company maintains property and business interruption insurance to mitigate losses resulting from catastrophic events, the Company may still be required to pay significant amounts under the deductible provisions of those insurance policies. The Company’s coverage may not be sufficient to cover all losses, or certain events may not be covered. For example, Century’s insurance does not cover any losses it may incur if its suppliers are unable to provide the Company with power during periods of unusually high demand. Certain material losses which are not covered by insurance may trigger a default under the Company’s revolving credit facility.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

     Prior to the Kaiser bankruptcy, Century was a named defendant, along with Kaiser and many other companies, in civil actions in various jurisdictions brought by employees of third party contractors who alleged asbestos-related diseases arising out of exposure at facilities where they worked, including Ravenswood. All of those actions relating to the Ravenswood facility have been dismissed or settled with respect to the Company and as to Kaiser. Only 14 plaintiffs were able to show they had been on the Ravenswood premises during the period the Company owned the plant, and the parties have agreed to settle all of those claims for non-material amounts. The Company is awaiting receipt of final documentation of those settlements and the entry of dismissal orders. The Company does not expect the Kaiser bankruptcy, which is described in more detail in Part II, Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” will have any effect on the settlements it has reached on those asbestos claims. Since the Kaiser bankruptcy, the Company has been named in an additional 82 civil actions based on similar allegations with unspecified monetary claims against Century. Three of these civil actions have been dismissed. The Company does not know if any of the remaining 79 claimants were in the Ravenswood facility during the Company’s ownership, but management believes that the costs of investigation or settlements, if any, will be immaterial.

     The Company has pending against it or may be subject to various other lawsuits, claims and proceedings related primarily to employment, commercial, environmental and safety and health matters. Although it is not presently possible to determine the outcome of these matters, management believes the ultimate disposition will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity. For a description of certain environmental matters involving the Company, see Item 1, “Environmental Matters.”

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Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

     No matters were submitted to a vote of security holders of the Company during the fourth quarter of 2003.

Executive Officers of the Registrant

     The following table sets forth certain information concerning the executive officers of the Company. Each such person serves at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

             
            Business Experience and Principal Occupation or Employment
Name   Age   During the Past 5 Years; Positions Held with Company

 
 
Craig A. Davis  
63

  Chairman of the Company for more than five years. Chief Executive Officer of the Company for more than five years.
             
Gerald J. Kitchen  
63

  Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of the Company for more than five years.
             
David W. Beckley  
59

  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company for more than five years.
             
E. Jack Gates  
62

  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since October 2003, Vice President, Reduction Operations, of the Company since December 2000; President and Chief Executive Officer of F.G. Pruitt, Inc., from 1997 until December 2000; various management positions with Reynolds Metals Company from 1964 until 1997.
             
Daniel J. Krofcheck  
50

  Vice President and Treasurer of the Company for more than five years.
             
Steve Schneider  
48

  Vice President and Corporate Controller of the Company since April 2002; Corporate Controller of the Company since April 2001; Private Business Consultant from 2000 through April 2001; various management positions with Alcoa Inc. from 1977 until 2000.
             
Peter C. McGuire  
56

  Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Company since April 2002; Associate General Counsel for the Company for more than five years.

     Craig A. Davis, who served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer prior to January 1, 2003, was elected as its Chief Executive Officer on October 15, 2003.

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PART II

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters

     The Company’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ National Market tier of the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol: CENX. The following table sets forth, on a quarterly basis, the high and low sales prices of the common stock during the two most recent fiscal years.

                   
      High   Low
     
 
2002
               
 
First Quarter
  $ 16.50     $ 11.00  
 
Second Quarter
  $ 17.51     $ 12.70  
 
Third Quarter
  $ 15.19     $ 6.71  
 
Fourth Quarter
  $ 8.63     $ 5.70  
2003
               
 
First Quarter
  $ 7.65     $ 5.61  
 
Second Quarter
  $ 7.61     $ 5.82  
 
Third Quarter
  $ 12.71     $ 6.90  
 
Fourth Quarter
  $ 22.25     $ 10.41  

     At January 30, 2004, there were 28 holders of record of the Company’s outstanding common stock, which does not include the number of beneficial owners whose common stock was held in street name.

     The Company did not declare or pay any dividends in 2003 on its common or preferred stock. The Company declared and paid annual dividends of $0.15 per share of common stock (paid in quarterly amounts of $0.05 per share through the third quarter) during 2002. Additionally, the Company declared and paid preferred dividends of $1.5 million on its preferred stock in 2002. The Company’s revolving credit facility and the indenture governing the Company’s senior secured first mortgage notes contain, among other things, restrictions on the payment of dividends by the Company. The terms of the Company’s convertible preferred stock restrict the Company from paying dividends on its common stock unless all dividend arrearages have been paid on the convertible preferred stock. The Company suspended its common and preferred stock dividends in the fourth quarter of 2002. This action was taken because the Company was near the limits on allowable dividend payments under the covenants in its indenture. See Part II, Item 7, “Liquidity and Capital Resources.”

Equity Compensation Plan Information (1)
As of December 31, 2003

                         
            Weighted   Number of Shares Remaining
    Number of Shares   Average   Available for Future Issuance
    to be Issued Upon Exercise   Exercise   Under Equity Compensation Plans,
Plan Category   of Outstanding Options   Price   Excluding Outstanding Options (2)

 
 
 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders
    677,020     $ 12.94       869,795  
 
   
     
     
 
Total
    677,020     $ 12.94       869,795  
 
   
     
     
 


(1)   All equity compensation plan information presented in this table relates to the following plans approved by the Company’s shareholders:
     1996 Stock Incentive Plan
     Non-Employee Directors Stock Option Plan
 
(2)   Includes 635,608 unvested performance shares to be awarded pursuant to the Company’s 1996 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) upon attainment of certain performance objectives. The performance shares vest and are issued in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Plan, as implemented by the Company’s Board of Directors.

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Item 6. Selected Consolidated Financial Data

     The following table presents consolidated financial data of the Company for the years indicated. The selected consolidated historical balance sheet data as of each of the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002 and the selected consolidated statement of operations data for each of the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002, and 2001 is derived from the Company’s consolidated financial statements audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP which are included herein. The selected consolidated historical balance sheet data as of each of the years ended December 31, 2001, 2000 and 1999 and the selected consolidated statement of operations data for each of the years ended December 31, 2000 and 1999 is derived from the Company’s consolidated financial statements audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP which are not included herein. The Company’s selected historical results of operations include:

    the results from the rolling and fabrication businesses until their sale in September 1999;

    the results from the additional 23% interest in the Mt. Holly facility since the Company acquired it in April 2000;

    the results from the 80% interest in the Hawesville facility since the Company acquired it in April 2001; and

    the results from the remaining 20% interest in the Hawesville facility since the Company acquired it in April 2003.

     Accordingly, the results for those periods and prior periods are not fully comparable to the results of operations for fiscal year 2003 and are not indicative of the Company’s current business. The information set forth below should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” and notes thereto appearing in Part II, Items 7 and 8, respectively.

                                           
      Year Ended December 31,
     
      2003(6)   2002   2001(3)   2000(2)   1999(1)(5)
     
 
 
 
 
      (in thousands, except per share data)
Statement of Operations Data:
                                       
 
Net sales — third party customers
  $ 660,593     $ 603,744     $ 543,453     $ 299,277     $ 497,475  
 
Net sales — related parties
    121,886       107,594       111,469       129,320       68,801  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Total net sales
    782,479       711,338       654,922       428,597       566,276  
 
Cost of goods sold
    734,441       691,277       634,214       396,139       572,921  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Gross profit (loss)
    48,038       20,061       20,708       32,458       (6,645 )
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    20,833       15,783       18,598       13,931       18,884  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Operating income (loss)
    27,205       4,278       2,110       18,527       (25,529 )
 
Gain on sale of fabricating businesses
                      5,156       41,130  
 
Interest expense – third party
    (41,269 )     (40,813 )     (31,565 )     (408 )     (5,205 )
 
Interest expense – related parties
    (2,579 )                        
 
Interest income
    339       392       891       2,675       1,670  
 
Other income (expense)
    (688 )     (1,843 )     2,592       6,461       (2,917 )
 
Net gain (loss) on forward contracts (4)
    25,691             (203 )     4,195       (5,368 )
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Income (loss) before income taxes and minority interest and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    8,699       (37,986 )     (26,175 )     36,606       3,781  
 
Income tax benefit (expense)
    (2,841 )     14,126       8,534       (11,301 )     138  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Income (loss) before minority interest and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    5,858       (23,860 )     (17,641 )     25,305       3,919  
 
Minority interest
    986       5,252       3,939              
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    6,844       (18,608 )     (13,702 )     25,305       3,919  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of tax benefit of $3,430 (7)
    (5,878 )                        
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Net income (loss)
    966       (18,608 )     (13,702 )     25,305       3,919  
 
Preferred dividends
    (2,000 )     (2,000 )     (1,500 )            
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders
  $ (1,034 )   $ (20,608 )   $ (15,202 )   $ 25,305     $ 3,919  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 

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      Year Ended December 31,
     
      2003(6)   2002   2001(3)   2000(2)   1999(1)(5)
     
 
 
 
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share:
                                       
Basic:
                                       
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ 0.23     $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )   $ 1.25     $ 0.19  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (0.28 )                        
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Net income (loss)
  $ (0.05 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )   $ 1.25     $ 0.19  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Diluted:
                                       
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ 0.23     $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )   $ 1.24     $ 0.19  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (0.28 )                        
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
Net income (loss)
  $ (0.05 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )   $ 1.24     $ 0.19  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Dividends Per Common Share
  $ 0.00     $ 0.15     $ 0.20     $ 0.20     $ 0.20  
                                           
      December 31,
     
      2003 (6)(7)   2002   2001(3)   2000(2)   1999(1)
     
 
 
 
 
      (in thousands)
Balance Sheet Data (at period end):
                                       
 
Working capital
  $ 78,534     $ 94,618     $ 62,312     $ 76,701     $ 124,391  
 
Intangible asset – power contract -net
    99,136       119,744       146,002              
 
Total assets
    810,326       765,167       776,706       333,770       310,802  
 
Long-term debt
    336,310       321,852       321,446              
 
Total noncurrent liabilities
    513,758       453,011       441,329       74,511       58,831  
 
Total shareholders’ equity
    187,697       192,132       217,185       202,639       179,728  


(1)   On September 21, 1999, the Company sold its rolling and fabrication businesses to Pechiney for $234.3 million and recorded pre-tax gains of $41.1 million in 1999 and $5.2 million in 2000. Accordingly, the results of operations following that date do not include results from the rolling and fabrication businesses. Similarly, balance sheet data as of and following December 31, 1999 does not include the assets and liabilities related to the rolling and fabrication businesses.
 
(2)   On April 1, 2000, the Company purchased an additional 23% interest in the Mt. Holly facility from Xstrata, an affiliate of Glencore, increasing the Company’s ownership interest to 49.7%. Accordingly, the results of operations following that date reflect the increased production which resulted from that purchase. Similarly, balance sheet data as of and following December 31, 2000 includes the assets and liabilities related to the additional 23% interest in the Mt. Holly facility.
 
(3)   On April 1, 2001, the Company purchased the Hawesville facility from Southwire Company. Simultaneously, the Company effectively sold a 20% interest in the Hawesville facility to Glencore. Accordingly, the results of operations following that date reflect the increased production which resulted from Century’s 80% interest. Similarly, balance sheet data as of and following December 31, 2001 includes assets and liabilities related to the Company’s 80% interest in the Hawesville facility.
 
(4)   On January 1, 2001, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (“SFAS”) No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities” and related amendments. As a result, to the extent that the Company’s derivatives are designated as effective cash flow hedges, unrealized gains (losses) are reported as accumulated other comprehensive income, rather than reported in the Statement of Operations as was done in 2000 and 1999. Beginning in 2001, realized gains (losses) resulting from effective cash flow hedges are reported as adjustments to net sales and cost of goods sold.
 
(5)   In April 2002, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued SFAS No. 145, “Rescission of FASB Statements No. 4, 44, and 64, Amendment of FASB Statement No. 13, and Technical Corrections.” The provisions of the Statement require that any gain or loss on extinguishment of debt that was classified as an extraordinary item in prior periods presented that does not meet certain criteria shall be reclassified. In 1999, the Company had previously recorded an extraordinary loss of $1,364 for the write-off of deferred bank fees, net of income tax benefit of $766. This item was reclassified to Other income (expense) for the year.

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(6)   In April 2003, the Company purchased Glencore’s 20% interest in the Hawesville facility. Accordingly, the results of operations following that date reflect the increased production which resulted from Century’s additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility. Similarly, balance sheet data as of December 31, 2003 includes assets and liabilities related to the Company’s additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility.
 
(7)   With the adoption of SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations” on January 1, 2003, Century recorded an asset retirement obligation (“ARO”) asset of $6,848, net of accumulated amortization of $7,372, a Deferred Tax Asset of $3,430 and an ARO liability of $14,220. The net amount initially recognized as a result of applying the Statement is reported as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. The Company recorded a one-time, non-cash charge of $5,878, for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle.

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Overview

     The Company produces primary aluminum. The aluminum industry is cyclical and the price of primary aluminum (which trades as a commodity) is determined by global supply and demand. The key determinants of the Company’s results of operations and cash flow from operations are as follows:

    The Company’s selling price is based on the LME price of primary aluminum and fixed price sales contracts.

    The Company’s plants operate near capacity, and fluctuations in volume, other than through acquisitions, generally are small.

    The principal components of cost of goods sold are alumina, power, and labor, which were in excess of 70% of the 2003 cost of goods sold. Many of these costs are covered by long-term contracts as described below.

     Average realized price and cost of goods sold per pound shipped are key performance indicators. Revenue varies significantly from period to period due to fluctuations in the LME price of aluminum. Any adverse changes in the conditions that affect the market price of primary aluminum could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations and cash flows. Revenue is also impacted by the Company’s hedging activities. Working capital is relatively stable. Fluctuations in working capital are influenced by the LME price of primary aluminum and by the timing of cash receipts and disbursements from major customers and suppliers.

     Cost of goods sold, excluding alumina, is expected to remain relatively stable because the Company’s plants operate near capacity and its major cost drivers are covered by long-term contracts. Fluctuations in the cost of alumina are expected as the pricing in these contracts is variable, based on LME prices. Power contracts provide for primarily fixed priced power through 2005, subject to adjustments for fuel costs for Mt. Holly. Power usage is expected to be consistent with prior periods. Labor costs should be consistent with modest increases for negotiated salary and benefit increases.

     The following discussion reflects the Company’s historical results of operations, which (1) do not include results from the Company’s interest in the Hawesville facility until the 80% interest was acquired in April 2001 and (2) do not include the Company’s 20% interest in Hawesville facility until it was acquired in April 2003. Accordingly, the results for fiscal years 2001 and 2002 are not fully comparable to the results of operations for fiscal year 2003 and are not indicative of the Company’s current business. The reader should read the following discussion in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this filing.

     Through ownership interests in the Mt. Holly, Ravenswood, and Hawesville facilities, the Company has an annual production capacity of approximately 1.2 billion pounds of primary aluminum.

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Key Long-Term Primary Aluminum Sales Contracts

     The Company routinely enters into fixed and market priced contracts for the sale of primary aluminum. A summary of Century’s long-term primary aluminum sales contracts is provided below. See Part I, Item 1, “Sales and Distribution” for further discussion of these contracts.

                 
Contract   Customer   Volume   Term   Pricing

 
 
 
 
Pechiney Metal Agreement   Pechiney   276 to 324 million pounds per year   Through December 31, 2005   Variable, based on U.S. Midwest market
                 
Original Sales Contract   Glencore   110 million pounds per year   Through December 31, 2004   Fixed price
                 
New Sales Contract   Glencore   110 million pounds per year   January 2005 through December 31, 2009   Variable, LME based
                 
Glencore Metal Agreement   Glencore   45 million pounds per year   January 2004 through December 31, 2013   Variable, based on U.S. Midwest market
                 
Southwire Metal
Agreement
  Southwire   300 million pounds per year   Through March 31, 2011   Variable, based on U.S. Midwest market

     Apart from the Pechiney Metal Agreement, Original Sales Contract, New Sales Contract, the Glencore Metal Agreement, and Southwire Metal Agreement, the Company had forward delivery contracts to sell 351.8 million pounds and 329.0 million pounds of primary aluminum at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. Of these forward delivery contracts, the Company had fixed price commitments to sell 70.5 million pounds and 42.9 million pounds of primary aluminum at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively, of which, 53.5 million pounds and 0.3 million pounds at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively, were with Glencore.

Key Long-Term Supply Agreements

  Alumina Supply Agreements

     The Company is party to long-term supply agreements with Glencore and Kaiser that supply a fixed quantity of alumina at prices indexed to the price of primary aluminum quoted on the LME. A summary of these agreements is provided below. See Part I, Item 1, “Facilities and Production,” for additional discussion of these alumina agreements.

             
Facility   Supplier   Term   Pricing

 
 
 
Ravenswood   Glencore   Through December 31, 2006   Variable, LME based
             
Mt. Holly   Glencore   Through December 31, 2006 (54% of requirement)   Variable, LME based
             
Mt. Holly   Glencore   Through January 31, 2008 (46% of requirement)   Variable, LME based
             
Hawesville   Kaiser (1)   Through December 31, 2008   Variable, LME based


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(1) Kaiser filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in February 2002. Subsequent to that date, and with bankruptcy court approval, Kaiser agreed to assume the Company’s alumina supply agreement, and it agreed to a new alumina supply agreement for the Company’s Hawesville facility for the years 2006 through 2008. To date, Kaiser has continued to supply alumina to the Company pursuant to the terms of its agreement. In June 2003, Kaiser announced it was exploring the sale of several of its facilities, including Gramercy. The Company, together with a partner, is considering purchasing that facility. If the Company were to acquire the Gramercy facility, the price the Company would pay for alumina used by the Hawesville facility would be based on the cost of alumina production, rather than the LME price for primary aluminum. Those production costs may be materially higher than an LME-based price. If the Company were not to purchase the Gramercy facility, and Kaiser or a successor failed to continue to supply alumina to the Hawesville facility pursuant to the terms of the agreements, the Company’s costs for alumina could increase substantially, and it may not be able to fully recover damages resulting from breach of those contracts.

Electrical Power Supply Agreements

     The Company uses significant amounts of electricity in the aluminum production process. A summary of these power supply agreements is provided below.

             
Facility   Supplier   Term   Pricing

 
 
 
Ravenswood   Ohio Power Company   Through December 31, 2005   Fixed price
             
Mt. Holly   Santee Cooper   Through December 31, 2015   Fixed price, with fuel cost adjustment clause through 2010; subject to a new fixed price schedule after 2010
             
Hawesville   Kenergy   Through December 31, 2010   Fixed price through
2004, 16% unpriced
in 2005, 27% unpriced 2006
though 2010

Labor Agreements

     The Company’s labor costs at the Ravenswood and Hawesville facilities are subject to the terms of labor contracts which generally have provisions for annual fixed increases in hourly wages and benefits adjustments. The employees at the Mt. Holly facility are employed by Alcoa and are not unionized. A summary of key labor agreements is provided below. See Part I, Item 1, “Employees and Labor Relations” for additional discussion about the Company’s work force.

         
Facility   Organization   Term

 
 
Ravenswood   USWA   Through May 31, 2006
         
Hawesville   USWA   Through March 31, 2006
         
Mt. Holly   Not Unionized   Not Applicable

Application of Critical Accounting Policies

     The Company’s significant accounting policies are discussed in Note 1 of the consolidated financial statements. The preparation of the financial statements requires that management make subjective estimates, assumptions and judgments in applying these accounting policies. Those judgments are normally based on knowledge and experience about past and current events and on assumptions about future events. Critical accounting estimates require management to make assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain at the time of the estimate and a change in these estimates may have a material impact on the presentation of the Company’s financial position or results of operations. Significant judgments and estimates made by the Company include expenses and liabilities related to pensions and other postemployment benefits and forward delivery contracts and financial instruments.

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     Pension and Other Postemployment Benefit Liabilities

     The Company sponsors various pension plans and also participates in a union sponsored multi-employer pension plan for the collective bargaining unit employees at the Hawesville facility. The liabilities and annual income or expense of the Company’s pension and other postemployment benefit plans are determined using methodologies that involve several actuarial assumptions, the most significant of which are the discount rate and the long-term rate of asset return.

     In developing its expected long-term rate of return assumption for pension fund assets, the Company evaluated input from its actuaries, including their review of asset class return expectations as well as long-term inflation assumptions. Projected returns are based on historical returns of broad equity and bond indices. The Company also considered its historical 10-year compound returns. Century anticipates that, as the economy recovers, the Company’s investments will generate long-term rates of return of 9.0%. The Company’s expected long-term rate of return is based on an assumed asset allocation of 65% equity funds and 35% fixed-income funds.

     The discount rate that the Company utilizes for determining future pension and post employment obligations is based on a review of long-term bonds that receive one of the two highest ratings given by a recognized rating agency. The discount rate determined on this basis has decreased to 6.25% at December 31, 2003 from 6.5% and 7.25% at December 31, 2002 and 2001, respectively.

     Lowering the expected long-term rate of return by 0.5% (from 9.0% to 8.5%) would have increased the Company’s pension expense for the year ended December 31, 2003 by approximately $0.2 million. Lowering the discount rate assumptions by 0.5% would have increased the Company’s pension expense for the year ended December 31, 2003 by approximately $0.4 million.

     The Company provides postemployment benefit plans that provide health care and life insurance benefits for substantially all retired employees. SFAS No. 106 requires the Company to accrue the estimated cost of providing postretirement benefits during the working careers of those employees who could become eligible for such benefits when they retire. The Company funds these benefits as the retirees submit claims.

     Measurement of the Company’s postretirement benefit obligations requires the use of several assumptions about factors that will affect the amount and timing of future benefit payments. The assumed health care cost trend rates are the most critical assumptions for measurement of the postretirement benefits obligation. Changes in the health care cost trend rates have a significant effect on the amounts reported for the health care benefit obligations.

     The Company assumes medical inflation is initially 10%, declining to 5% over six years and thereafter. A one-percentage-point change in the assumed health care cost trend rates would have the following effects in 2003:

                 
    One Percentage   One Percentage
    Point Increase   Point Decrease
   
 
    (in thousands)
Effect on total of service and interest cost components
  $ 2,051     $ (1,706 )
Effect on accumulated postretirement benefit obligation
  $ 18,126     $ (15,707 )

     Forward Delivery Contracts and Financial Instruments

     The Company routinely enters into fixed and market priced contracts (physical and financial) for the sale of primary aluminum and the purchase of raw materials in future periods. The Company applies the provisions of SFAS No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, as amended,” in accounting for these types of contracts. For those physical delivery contracts which management believes are probable of future delivery, such contracts are classified as normal purchases and normal sales and are not accounted for as derivatives.

     The aluminum-based financial and physical delivery contracts that are derivatives, as provided for in current accounting standards, are marked-to-market using the LME spot and forward market for primary aluminum. Because there is no quoted futures market price for the U.S. Midwest premium component of the market price for primary aluminum, it is necessary for management to estimate the U.S. Midwest premium. Fluctuations in the LME price of primary aluminum have a significant impact on gains and losses included in the Company’s financial statements from period to period. Unrealized gains and losses are either included in Other comprehensive income (loss) or Net gain (loss) on forward contracts, depending on criteria as provided for in the accounting standards.

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     The forward natural gas purchase contracts are marked-to-market using the NYMEX spot and forward market for natural gas. Fluctuations in the NYMEX price of natural gas can have a significant impact on gains and losses included in the Company’s financial statements from period to period. The Company has designated these forward contracts as cash flow hedges for forecasted natural gas transactions in accordance with the provisions of SFAS No. 133 (as amended). The Company assesses the effectiveness of these cash flow hedges quarterly. The effective portion of the gains and losses are recorded in Other comprehensive income (loss) and subsequently reclassified into earnings when the forecasted transaction affects earnings. The ineffective portion of the gain or loss is reported in earnings immediately.

     The principal contracts affected by these standards and the resulting effects on the financial statements are described in the consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto.

Results of Operations

     The following table sets forth, for the years indicated, the percentage relationship to net sales of certain items included in the Company’s Statements of Operations. The following table includes the results from the Company’s 80% interest in the Hawesville facility since its acquisition on April 1, 2001, and results from the Company’s additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility since its acquisition in April 2003.

                           
      Percentage of Net Sales
     
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Net sales
    100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %
Cost of goods sold
    (93.9 )     (97.2 )     (96.8 )
 
   
     
     
 
Gross profit
    6.1       2.8       3.2  
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    (2.6 )     (2.2 )     (2.9 )
 
   
     
     
 
Operating income
    3.5       0.6       0.3  
Interest expense
    (5.6 )     (5.7 )     (4.8 )
Interest income
    0.1       0.1       0.1  
Other income (expense)
    (0.1 )     (0.3 )     0.4  
Net gain on forward contracts
    3.3              
 
   
     
     
 
Income (loss) before income taxes, minority interest and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    1.2       (5.3 )     (4.0 )
Income tax benefit (expense)
    (0.4 )     2.0       1.3  
 
   
     
     
 
Income (loss) before minority interest and cumulative effect of accounting change
    0.8       (3.3 )     (2.7 )
Minority interest
    0.1       0.7       0.6  
 
   
     
     
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    0.9       (2.6 )     (2.1 )
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (0.8 )            
 
   
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
    0.1 %     (2.6 )%     (2.1 )%
 
   
     
     
 

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     The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the pounds and the average sales price per pound shipped:

                     
        Primary
        Aluminum
       
        Direct
        Pounds   $/Pound
         
   
          (pounds in thousands)
2003
               
 
First Quarter
    257,040     $ 0.70  
 
Second Quarter(2)
    290,023       0.68  
 
Third Quarter
    292,567       0.69  
 
Fourth Quarter
    286,912       0.72  
 
   
   
 
   
Total
    1,126,542     $ 0.69  
2002
               
 
First Quarter
    263,019     $ 0.68  
 
Second Quarter
    262,470       0.69  
 
Third Quarter
    262,262       0.67  
 
Fourth Quarter
    261,544       0.67  
 
   
   
 
   
Total
    1,049,295     $ 0.68  
2001
               
 
First Quarter
    149,274     $ 0.74  
 
Second Quarter(1)
    255,145       0.74  
 
Third Quarter
    259,408       0.71  
 
Fourth Quarter
    254,616       0.68  
 
   
   
 
   
Total
    918,443     $ 0.71  


(1)   The table includes the results from the Company’s 80% interest in the Hawesville facility since its acquisition in April 2001.
 
(2)   The table includes the results from the Company’s additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility since its acquisition in April 2003.

  Year Ended December 31, 2003 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2002

     The following discussion reflects Century’s historical results of operations, which do not include results for the Company’s additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility until it was acquired from Glencore in April 2003.

     Net sales. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2003 increased $71.1 million or 10.0% to $782.5 million. Increased shipment volume of 77.2 million pounds in 2003, primarily associated with the additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility beginning in April 2003, accounted for $52.4 million of the increase. Higher price realizations for primary aluminum in 2003 due to an improved LME price for primary aluminum contributed an additional $18.8 million in sales.

     Gross profit. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2003 increased $28.0 million or 139.5% to $48.0 million from $20.1 million for the same period in 2002. Increased shipments, primarily from the additional 20% interest in the Hawesville facility beginning in April 2003, improved gross profit by $5.7 million. The remaining $22.3 million improvement in gross profit was a result of lower depreciation and amortization charges, $5.4 million, primarily due to lower amortization charges related to the intangible asset, see Part II, Item 8, Note 1 to the “Consolidated Financial Statements,” reduced charges to cost of goods sold for lower-of-cost or market inventory adjustments, $7.3 million, and improved price realizations net of increased alumina costs, $10.2 million, other net benefits of $1.0 million partially offset a charge for the excess cost of spot alumina purchases of $1.6 million due to a production curtailment at a supplier’s production facility.

     Selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2003 increased $5.1 million to $20.8 million. The increase was primarily a result of a $3.1 million charge related to an executive resignation in 2003. The remaining increase of $2.0 million was a result of increased incentive compensation associated with improved 2003 financial and operational results.

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     Interest Expense. Interest expense during the year ended December 31, 2003 increased $3.0 million or 7.4% to $43.8 million. The change in interest expense was primarily a result of related party interest expense of $2.6 million associated with the Glencore Note.

     Other Income/Expense. Other Expense for the year ended December 31, 2003 declined by $1.2 million primarily due to a write-off in 2002 of $1.7 million in deferred costs associated with a prospective acquisition.

     Net Gain on Forward Contracts. Net Gain on Forward Contracts for the year ended December 31, 2003 was $25.7 million with no gain or loss reported for the same period in 2002. The gain recorded in 2003 primarily relates to the early termination of a fixed price forward sales contract with Glencore. See Part I, Item 1, “Business – Sales and Distribution — Mt. Holly.”

     Tax Provision/Benefit. Income tax provision increased $17.0 million to $2.8 million from an income tax benefit in 2002. The change in income taxes was a result of a pre-tax gain in 2003 compared to a pre-tax loss in 2002. The 2002 tax benefit was affected by a $1.5 million reduction in estimated income taxes payable relating to the reversal of prior period accruals.

     Minority Interest. Minority Interest reflects Glencore’s interest in the net operating results of Century Aluminum of Kentucky, LLC (the “LLC”), the limited liability company which holds the power contract for the Hawesville facility. The Minority Interest primarily represented the amortization of the power contract. Minority Interest for the year ended December 31, 2003 decreased $4.3 million to $1.0 million. The decrease was a result of eliminating the minority interest in April 2003 through Century’s acquisition of Glencore’s 20% interest in the Hawesville facility.

     Cumulative Effect of Change in Accounting Principle. The Company adopted SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations” on January 1, 2003. The cumulative effect of adopting this standard was a one-time, non-cash charge of $5.9 million, net of tax of $3.4 million.

  Year Ended December 31, 2002 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2001

     The following discussion reflects Century’s historical results of operations, which do not include results for the Company’s 80% interest in the Hawesville facility until it was acquired in April 2001.

     Net sales. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2002 increased $56.4 million or 8.6% to $711.3 million. Increased shipment volume accounted for $93.3 million of the increase, primarily as a result of a full year of production at the Hawesville facility in 2002 versus a partial year in 2001. Lower price realizations for primary aluminum in 2002 partially offset the volume increase by $36.9 million.

     Gross profit. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2002 decreased $0.6 million or 3.1% to $20.1 million from $20.7 million for the same period in 2001. Gross profit remained relatively flat period to period despite an increase in shipments of 130.9 million pounds in 2002, because the additional gross profit from increased shipment volumes in 2002 was offset by (a) declining market prices for primary aluminum which reduced net sales $36.9 million and (b) increased depreciation and amortization charges of $12.2 million, primarily a result of a full year of charges from the Hawesville facility versus nine months in 2001. Gross profit was improved by (a) a reduction of $23.0 million in the cost of alumina purchased under new market based agreements in 2002, (b) reduced charges to cost of goods sold for lower-of-cost or market inventory adjustments, and (c) lower operating costs.

     Selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2002 decreased to $15.8 million from $18.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2001. The decrease was a result of a charge for bad debts of $4.4 million during the year end December 31, 2001, which was partially offset by additional expenses associated with a full year of charges from the Hawesville facility versus nine months in 2001 and increases in insurance and other expenses.

     Interest Expense. Interest expense during the year ended December 31, 2002 increased $9.2 million or 29.3%. The change in interest expense was due to the length of the time the 11 3/4% Senior Secured First Mortgage Notes due 2008 (the “Notes”) were outstanding. The Notes were outstanding for all of 2002 versus nine months in 2001.

     Other Income/Expense. Other expense for the year ended December 31, 2002 was $1.8 million. This compares to Other income of $2.6 million for the same period in 2001. The Other expense in 2002 was a result of a write-off

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of $1.7 million in deferred costs associated with a prospective acquisition. Other income of $2.6 million in 2001 resulted principally from the receipt of $3.4 million in settlement of the Company’s business interruption and property damage claim with its insurance carrier associated with an illegal work stoppage at the Ravenswood facility in August 1999. This settlement was partially offset by a loss on disposal of assets of $0.9 million during the year ended December 31, 2001.

     Tax Provision/Benefit. Income tax benefit for the year ended December 31, 2002 increased $5.6 million to $14.1 million compared to 2001. The change in income tax benefit was a result of a larger pre-tax loss in 2002 compared to 2001. The change in the 2002 effective tax rate from 2001 was affected by a $1.5 million reduction in 2002 of estimated income taxes payable relating to the reversal of prior period accruals.

     Minority Interest. Minority Interest reflects Glencore’s interest in the net operating results of Century Aluminum of Kentucky, LLC (the “LLC”), the limited liability company which holds the power contract for the Hawesville facility. The Minority Interest primarily represented Glencore’s share of the amortization of the power contract. Minority Interest for the year ended December 31, 2002 increased $1.4 million to $5.3 million from $3.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2001. The increase was a result of including a full year of amortization of the intangible asset in 2002 versus nine months in 2001.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

     The Company’s principal sources of liquidity are cash flow from operations and available borrowings under its revolving credit facility. The Company’s principal uses of cash are operating costs, payments of interest on the Company’s outstanding debt, the funding of capital expenditures and investments in related businesses, working capital and other general corporate requirements, and common and preferred stock dividends for periods prior to the fourth quarter of 2002.

  Debt Service

     As of December 31, 2003, the Company had $344.1 million of indebtedness outstanding, including $322.3 million of principal under the Notes, net of unamortized issuance discount, a $14.0 million promissory note payable to Glencore, and $7.8 million in industrial revenue bonds which were assumed in connection with the Hawesville acquisition.

     Notes. Interest payments on the 11 3/4% Senior Secured First Mortgage Notes are payable semiannually in arrears beginning on October 15, 2001. Payment obligations under the Notes are unconditionally guaranteed by the Company’s domestic subsidiaries (other than the LLC) and secured by mortgages and security interests in 80% of the real property, plant and equipment comprising the Hawesville facility and 100% of the same comprising the Ravenswood facility. The Notes will mature in 2008. The indenture governing the Notes contains customary covenants, including limitations on the Company’s ability to pay dividends, incur debt, make investments, sell assets or stock of certain subsidiaries, and purchase or redeem capital stock.

     Revolving Credit Facility. Effective April 1, 2001, the Company entered into a $100.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”) with a syndicate of banks. The Revolving Credit Facility will mature on April 2, 2006. The Company’s obligations under the Revolving Credit Facility are unconditionally guaranteed by its domestic subsidiaries (other than the LLC) and secured by a first priority security interest in all accounts receivable and inventory belonging to the Company and its subsidiary borrowers. The availability of funds under the Revolving Credit Facility is subject to a $30.0 million reserve and limited by a specified borrowing base consisting of certain eligible accounts receivable and inventory. Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility are, at the Company’s option, at the LIBOR rate or the Fleet National Bank base rate plus, in each case, an applicable interest margin. The applicable interest margin ranges from 2.25% to 3.0% over the LIBOR rate and 0.75% to 1.5% over the base rate and is determined by certain financial measurements of the Company. There were no outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility as of December 31, 2003. Interest periods for LIBOR rate borrowings are one, two, three or six months, at the Company’s option. The Company measures its borrowing base at month-end. During the year ended December 31, 2003, the Company had a low borrowing base of $47.7 million and a high borrowing base of $68.1 million under the Revolving Credit Facility. The Company is subject to customary covenants, including limitations on capital expenditures, additional indebtedness, liens, guarantees, mergers and acquisitions, dividends, distributions, capital redemptions and investments. On January 14, 2003, Moody’s Investor Service (“Moody’s”) issued an announcement revising its long-term debt ratings for the Company. Moody’s lowered the rating on the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility from Ba2 to Ba3.

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     Glencore Note Payable. In connection with the acquisition of the remaining 20% interest in the Hawesville facility, the Company entered into a six-year $40 million promissory note payable to Glencore. Amounts outstanding under the promissory note bear interest at a rate of 10% per annum and are secured by a first priority security interest in the remaining 20% interest in the Hawesville facility the Company acquired in April 2003. The promissory note matures on April 1, 2009 and requires principal and interest payments semi-annually, with principal payments based on the average closing prices for aluminum quoted on the LME for the six-month period ending two weeks prior to each payment date. The Company’s obligations under the promissory note are guaranteed by each of its consolidated subsidiaries (other than the LLC). In the fourth quarter of 2003, the Company repaid $26.0 million of outstanding principal under the Glencore note, a $1.0 million required payment and a $25.0 million prepayment of principal, which left $14.0 million in outstanding principal as of December 31, 2003.

     Industrial Revenue Bonds. As part of the purchase price for the Hawesville acquisition, the Company assumed industrial revenue bonds (the “IRBs”) in the aggregate principal amount of $7.8 million which were issued in connection with the financing of certain solid waste disposal facilities constructed at the Hawesville facility. From April 1, 2001 through April 1, 2003, Glencore assumed 20% of the liability related to the IRBs consistent with its ownership interest in the Hawesville facility. The IRBs mature on April 1, 2028, and bear interest at a variable rate not to exceed 12% per annum determined weekly based upon prevailing rates for similar bonds in the industrial revenue bond market. Interest on the IRBs is paid quarterly. At December 31, 2003, the interest rate on the IRBs was 1.55%. The bonds are classified as current liabilities because they are remarketed weekly and, under the indenture governing the bonds, repayment upon demand could be required if there is a failed remarketing.

     The IRBs are secured by a Glencore guaranteed letter of credit. Century has agreed to reimburse Glencore for all costs arising from the letter of credit and has secured the reimbursement obligation with a first priority security interest in the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility. Century’s maximum potential amount of future payments under the reimbursement obligations for the Glencore letter of credit securing the IRBs would be approximately $8.2 million.

  Convertible Preferred Stock

     In connection with the Hawesville acquisition, the Company issued $25.0 million of Century Aluminum Company convertible preferred stock to Glencore. The Company is required to pay dividends on the preferred stock at a rate of 8% per year, which is cumulative (see Note 8 in Consolidated Financial Statements). The notes and the Revolving Credit Facility impose limitations on the Company’s ability to pay cash dividends. In accordance with current accounting guidance, no liability for cumulative preferred dividends is recorded until the dividends are declared. As of December 31, 2003, the Company had total unrecorded cumulative preferred dividend arrearages of $2.5 million or $5.00 per share of preferred stock.

  Working Capital

     Working capital was $78.5 million at December 31, 2003. The Company believes that its working capital will be consistent with past experience and that cash flow from operations and borrowing availability under the Revolving Credit Facility should be sufficient to meet working capital needs.

  Capital Expenditures

     Capital expenditures for 2003 were $18.9 million and were principally related to upgrading production equipment, maintaining facilities and complying with environmental requirements. The Revolving Credit Facility limits the Company’s ability to make capital expenditures; however, the Company believes that the amount permitted will be adequate to maintain its properties and business and comply with environmental requirements. The Company anticipates that capital expenditures will be approximately $20.0 million in 2004.

  Acquisitions, Liquidity and Financing

     The Company’s strategic objectives are to grow its aluminum business by pursuing opportunities to acquire primary aluminum reduction facilities which offer favorable investment returns and lower its per unit production costs; diversifying the Company’s geographic presence; and pursuing opportunities in bauxite mining and alumina refining. In connection with possible future acquisitions, the Company may need additional financing, which may be provided in the form of debt or equity. The Company cannot be certain that any such financing will be available. The Company anticipates that operating cash flow, together with borrowings under the Revolving

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Credit Facility, will be sufficient to meet its future debt service obligations as they become due, as well as working capital and capital expenditures requirements. The Company’s ability to meet its liquidity needs, including any and all of its debt service obligations, will depend upon its future operating performance, which will be affected by general economic, financial, competitive, regulatory, business and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The Company will continue from time to time to explore additional financing methods and other means to lower its cost of capital, including stock issuances or debt financing and the application of the proceeds to the repayment of bank debt or other indebtedness.

  Historical

     The Company’s Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001 are summarized below:

                         
    2003   2002   2001
   
 
 
    (dollars in thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities
  $ 87,379     $ 54,486     $ 38,623  
Net cash used in investing activities
    (78,695 )     (18,196 )     (382,245 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
    (25,572 )     (4,586 )     324,048  
 
   
     
     
 
(Decrease) increase in cash
  $ (16,888 )   $ 31,704     $ (19,574 )
 
   
     
     
 

     Net cash from operating activities in 2003 increased $32.9 million to $87.4 million from the 2002 level. The increase in 2003 was primarily the result of the $35.5 million first quarter termination and settlement of the Original Sales Contract as discussed in Part I, Item 1, “Business – Sales and Distribution.” Gross profit associated with increased shipments of 77.2 million pounds, mainly the result of the April 1, 2003 acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility, improved cash provided from operating activities by an additional $5.6 million. Reduced tax refunds of $8.1 million and increased cash payments for interest of $2.0 million, primarily associated with the Glencore Note, partially offset the favorable change in cash from operating activities discussed above.

     Net cash from operating activities of $54.5 million in 2002 was $15.9 million more than in 2001. The increase in net cash provided by operating activities in 2002 was primarily a result of a $14.4 million increase in gross profit due to increased shipments of 130.9 million pounds due to a full year of ownership of 80% of the Hawesville facility versus nine months in 2001. Tax refunds of $17.6 million received during the year versus tax payments of $0.9 million in 2001 contributed an additional $18.5 million in net cash from operations in 2002. However, increased net interest payments, primarily a result of a full year of outstanding borrowings under the Notes in 2002 versus nine months in 2001, offset these favorable changes by $17.7 million.

     The Company’s net cash used in investing activities was $78.7 million in 2003, consisting of $59.8 million for the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility and $18.9 million of capital expenditures. The use of cash for investing activities in 2002 consisted primarily of capital expenditures. The use of cash in 2001 was primarily for the Hawesville acquisition and $14.5 million for capital expenditures.

     Net cash used in financing activities in 2003 was a result of paying $26.0 million on the Glencore Note. The cash used for financing activities in 2002 related primarily to common and preferred stock dividend payments made during the year. During 2001, the cash provided by financing activities was primarily from borrowings and the issuance of preferred stock related to the Hawesville acquisition and was partially offset by the payment of common and preferred stock dividends.

     The Company believes that cash flow from operations and its unused Revolving Credit Facility will provide sufficient liquidity to meet working capital needs, fund capital improvements, and provide for debt service requirements.

Contractual Obligations

     In the normal course of business, the Company has entered into various contractual obligations that will be settled in cash. These obligations consist primarily of long-term debt obligations and purchase obligations. The expected future cash flows required to meet these obligations are shown in the table below. The purchase obligations consist of long-term supply contracts for alumina and electrical power. The Other long-term liabilities include pension, SERB, other postretirement benefits, workers’ compensation liabilities, asset retirement obligations and estimated deferred tax payments. More information is available on these contractual obligations in Part II, Item 8, “Consolidated Financial Statements.”

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    Payments Due by Period
    Total   <1 Year   1-3 Years   3-5 Years   > 5 Years
                     
    (dollars in millions)
Long term debt (1)
  $ 346.8     $ 2.0     $ 8.0     $ 329.0     $ 7.8  
Operating lease obligations
    0.2       0.2                    
Purchase obligations (2)
    1290.2       312.6       496.9       242.5       238.2  
Other long-term liabilities (3)
    185.8       14.5       30.5       25.0       115.7  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Total
  $ 1,823.0     $ 329.3     $ 535.4     $ 596.5     $ 361.7  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 


     (1) Long-term debt includes principal repayments on the Notes, the Glencore Note, and the IRBs. The Company assumed an LME price of $1,525 per metric ton to determine the principal repayments for the Glencore Note. Long-term debt does not include expected interest payments on the Company’s long-term debt totaling $196.9 million, of which $39.6 million would be due within a year, $78.2 million due within 1 to 3 years, $76.8 million due within 3 to 5 years, and $2.3 million due 5 years and thereafter. The IRBs’ interest rate is variable and the Company estimated future payments based on the December 31, 2003 rate of 1.55%.

     (2) Purchase obligations include long-term power and alumina contracts. The alumina contracts are priced as a percentage of the LME price of primary aluminum. The Company assumed an LME price of $1,525 per metric ton for purposes of calculating expected future cash flows for alumina.

     (3) Other long-term liabilities include the Company’s expected pension contributions, OPEB and SERB benefit payments, workers’ compensation benefit payments, estimated deferred tax payments and asset retirement obligations. Expected benefit payments for the SERB and OPEB plans, which are unfunded, are included for 2004 through 2013. Estimated Company contributions to the pension plans are included for 2004 through 2006. Estimated contributions beyond 2006 are not included in the table because these estimates would be heavily dependent upon assumptions about future events, including among other things, future regulatory changes, changes to tax laws, future interest rates levels and future return on plan assets. Asset retirement obligations consist primarily of disposal costs for spent potliner, the amount and timing of these costs are estimated based on the Company’s number of operating pots and their expected pot life.

  Environmental Expenditures and Other Contingencies

     The Company has incurred and in the future will continue to incur capital expenditures and operating expenses for matters relating to environmental control, remediation, monitoring and compliance. The aggregate environmental related accrued liabilities were $1.3 million and $1.4 million at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. The Company believes that compliance with current environmental laws and regulations is not likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity; however, environmental laws and regulations may change, and the Company may become subject to more stringent environmental laws and regulations in the future. There can be no assurance that compliance with more stringent environmental laws and regulations that may be enacted in the future, or future remediation costs, would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

     The Company has planned environmental capital expenditures of approximately $1.3 million for 2004, $0.4 million for 2005 and $0.2 million for 2006. In addition, the Company expects to incur operating expenses relating to environmental matters of approximately $4.9 million, $5.0 million, and $5.8 million in each of 2004, 2005 and 2006, respectively. As part of the Company’s general capital expenditure plan, it also expects to incur capital expenditures for other capital projects that may, in addition to improving operations, reduce certain environmental impacts. See Part I, Item 1 “Environmental Matters”.

     The Company is a defendant in several actions relating to various aspects of its business. While it is impossible to predict the ultimate disposition of any litigation, the Company does not believe that any of these lawsuits, either individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity. See Item 3, “Legal Proceedings”.

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New Accounting Standards

     In December 2003, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation (“FIN”) No. 46 (revised December 2003), “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities.” This Interpretation clarifies the application of Accounting Research Bulletin (“ARB”) No. 51, “Consolidated Financial Statements” and replaces FIN No. 46, “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities.” The Interpretation explains how to identify variable interest entities and how an enterprise assesses its interests in a variable interest entity to decide whether to consolidate that entity. The effective date of this Interpretation varies depending on several factors, including public status of the entity, small business issuer status, and whether the public entity currently has any interests in special-purpose entities. Century will apply this Interpretation for the first quarter of 2004. The Company is currently evaluating the provisions of the Interpretation, but does not believe that the application of FIN No. 46 (revised) will have any impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Commodity Prices

     The Company is exposed to the price of primary aluminum. The Company manages its exposure to fluctuations in the price of primary aluminum by selling aluminum at fixed prices for future delivery and through financial instruments as well as by purchasing alumina under supply contracts with prices tied to the same indices as the Company’s aluminum sales contracts. See Part II, Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis — Key Long-Term Supply Agreements.” The Company’s risk management activities do not include trading or speculative transactions.

     Apart from the Pechiney Metal Agreement, the Glencore Metal Agreement, Original Sales Contract, New Sales Contract and Southwire Metal Agreement, the Company had forward delivery contracts to sell 351.8 million pounds and 329.0 million pounds of primary aluminum at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. Of these forward delivery contracts, the Company had fixed price commitments to sell 70.5 million pounds and 42.9 million pounds of primary aluminum at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively, of which, 53.5 million pounds and 0.3 million pounds at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively, were with Glencore.

     At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, the Company had financial instruments, primarily with Glencore, for 102.9 million pounds and 181.0 million pounds of primary aluminum, respectively, of which 58.8 million pounds and 181.0 million pounds, respectively, were designated cash flow hedges. These financial instruments are scheduled for settlement at various dates in 2003 through 2005. Additionally, to mitigate the volatility of the natural gas markets, the Company enters into fixed price financial purchase contracts for natural gas, accounted for as cash flow hedges, which settle in cash in the period corresponding to the intended usage of natural gas. At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, the Company had financial instruments for 2.7 million and 1.5 million DTH (one decatherm is equivalent to one million British Thermal Units), respectively. These financial instruments are scheduled for settlement at various dates in 2003 through 2005.

     On a hypothetical basis, a $0.01 per pound increase or decrease in the market price of primary aluminum is estimated to have an unfavorable or favorable impact of $0.4 million after tax on accumulated other comprehensive income, for the contracts designated cash flow hedges, and $0.3 million on net income, for the contracts designated as derivatives, as a result of the forward primary aluminum financial sales contracts outstanding at December 31, 2003.

     On a hypothetical basis, a $0.50 per DTH decrease or increase in the market price of natural gas is estimated to have an unfavorable or favorable impact of $0.8 million after tax on accumulated other comprehensive income for the year ended December 31, 2003 as a result of the forward natural gas financial purchase contracts outstanding at December 31, 2003.

     The Company’s metals and natural gas risk management activities are subject to the control and direction of senior management. The metals related activities are regularly reported to the Board of Directors of Century.

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upon the sales price of primary aluminum products. Because all of the Company’s alumina contracts are indexed to the LME price for aluminum, beginning in 2002, they act as a natural hedge for approximately 25% of the Company’s production. As of December 31, 2003, approximately 51% and 25% of the Company’s production for the years 2004 and 2005, respectively, was either hedged by the alumina contracts and/or by fixed price forward delivery and financial sales contracts.

Interest Rates

     Interest Rate Risk. The Company’s primary debt obligations are the outstanding Notes, the Glencore Note, borrowings under its Revolving Credit Facility, if any, and the industrial revenue bonds the Company assumed in connection with the Hawesville acquisition. Because the Notes and the Glencore Note bear a fixed rate of interest, changes in interest rates do not subject the Company to changes in future interest expense with respect to these borrowings. Borrowings under the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility, if any, are at variable rates at a margin over LIBOR or the Fleet National Bank base rate, as defined in the Revolving Credit Facility. The industrial revenue bonds bear interest at variable rates determined by reference to the interest rate of similar instruments in the industrial revenue bond market. At December 31, 2003, the Company had $7.8 million of variable rate borrowings. A hypothetical 1 percentage point increase in the interest rate would increase the Company’s annual interest expense by $0.1 million, assuming no debt reduction.

     The Company’s primary financial instruments are cash and short-term investments, including cash in bank accounts and other highly rated liquid money market investments and government securities.

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

         
    Page
   
Independent Auditors’ Report
    32  
Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2003 and 2002
    33  
Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Years Ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001
    34  
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001
    35  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001
    36  
Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements
    37-68  

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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of
   Century Aluminum Company:

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Century Aluminum Company and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2003. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Century Aluminum Company and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2003 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

As discussed in Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements, on January 1, 2003, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations”.

Deloitte & Touche LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 9, 2004

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CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                       
          December 31,
         
          2003   2002
         
 
          (Dollars in Thousands,
          Except Share Data)
ASSETS
               
ASSETS:
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 28,204     $ 45,092  
Accounts receivable — net
    51,370       46,240  
Due from affiliates
    10,957       22,732  
Inventories
    89,360       77,135  
Prepaid and other current assets
    4,101       4,777  
Deferred taxes — current portion
    3,413        
 
   
     
 
   
Total current assets
    187,405       195,976  
Property, plant and equipment — net
    494,957       417,621  
Intangible asset — net
    99,136       119,744  
Due from affiliates — less current portion
          974  
Other assets
    28,828       30,852  
 
   
     
 
     
TOTAL
  $ 810,326     $ 765,167  
 
   
     
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
               
LIABILITIES:
               
Accounts payable, trade
  $ 34,829     $ 37,757  
Due to affiliates
    27,139       15,811  
Industrial revenue bonds
    7,815       7,815  
Accrued and other current liabilities
    30,154       24,114  
Accrued employee benefits costs — current portion
    8,934       10,890  
Deferred taxes — current portion
          4,971  
 
   
     
 
 
Total current liabilities
    108,871       101,358  
 
   
     
 
Senior secured notes payable — net
    322,310       321,852  
Notes payable —affiliates
    14,000        
Accrued pension benefits costs — less current portion
    10,764       10,751  
Accrued postretirement benefits costs — less current portion
    78,218       70,656  
Other liabilities
    33,372       8,376  
Deferred taxes
    55,094       41,376  
 
   
     
 
 
Total noncurrent liabilities
    513,758       453,011  
 
   
     
 
Minority interest
          18,666  
CONTINGENCIES AND COMMITMENTS (NOTE 12)
               
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
               
Convertible preferred stock (8% cumulative, 500,000 shares outstanding)
    25,000       25,000  
Common stock (one cent par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 21,130,839 and 21,054,302 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2003 and 2002, respectively)
    211       211  
Additional paid-in capital
    173,138       172,133  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
    (5,222 )     1,173  
Accumulated deficit
    (5,430 )     (6,385 )
 
   
     
 
 
Total shareholders’ equity
    187,697       192,132  
 
   
     
 
     
TOTAL
  $ 810,326     $ 765,167  
 
   
     
 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                             
        Year Ended December 31,
       
        2003   2002   2001
       
 
 
        (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
NET SALES:
                       
Third-party customers
  $ 660,593     $ 603,744     $ 543,453  
Related parties
    121,886       107,594       111,469  
 
   
     
     
 
 
    782,479       711,338       654,922  
Cost of goods sold
    734,441       691,277       634,214  
 
   
     
     
 
Gross profit
    48,038       20,061       20,708  
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    20,833       15,783       18,598  
 
   
     
     
 
Operating income
    27,205       4,278       2,110  
Interest expense – third party
    (41,269 )     (40,813 )     (31,565 )
Interest expense – related parties
    (2,579 )            
Interest income
    339       392       891  
Other income (expense) — net
    (688 )     (1,843 )     2,592  
Net gain (loss) on forward contracts
    25,691             (203 )
 
   
     
     
 
Income (loss) before income taxes, minority interest and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    8,699       (37,986 )     (26,175 )
Income tax benefit (expense)
    (2,841 )     14,126       8,534  
 
   
     
     
 
Income (loss) before minority interest and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    5,858       (23,860 )     (17,641 )
Minority interest
    986       5,252       3,939  
 
   
     
     
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    6,844       (18,608 )     (13,702 )
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of tax benefit of $3,430
    (5,878 )            
 
   
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
    966       (18,608 )     (13,702 )
Preferred dividends
    (2,000 )     (2,000 )     (1,500 )
 
   
     
     
 
Net loss applicable to common shareholders
  $ (1,034 )   $ (20,608 )   $ (15,202 )
 
   
     
     
 
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:
                       
 
Basic:
                       
   
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ 0.23     $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )
   
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (0.28 )            
 
   
     
     
 
   
Net loss
  $ (0.05 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )
 
   
     
     
 
 
Diluted:
                       
   
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ 0.23     $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )
   
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (0.28 )            
 
   
     
     
 
   
Net loss
  $ (0.05 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )
 
   
     
     
 
DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE
  $ 0.00     $ 0.15     $ 0.20  
 
   
     
     
 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

                                                               
                                          Accumulated        
                  Convertible           Additional   Other   Retained   Total
          Comprehensive   Preferred   Common   Paid-in   Comprehensive   Earnings   Shareholders'
          Income (Loss)   Stock   Stock   Capital   Income (Loss)   (Deficit)   Equity
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
          (Dollars in Thousands)
Balance, January 1, 2001
                  $ 203     $ 166,184             $ 36,252     $ 202,639  
Comprehensive income – 2001
                                                       
Net loss – 2001
  $ (13,702 )                                     (13,702 )     (13,702 )
 
Other comprehensive income:
                                                       
     
Net unrealized gain on financial instruments, net of $7,151 in tax
    12,926                                                  
     
Net amount reclassified to income, net of $3,450 in tax
    (6,174 )                                                
 
   
                                                 
   
Other comprehensive income
    6,752                             $ 6,752               6,752  
 
   
                                                 
Total comprehensive loss
  $ (6,950 )                                                
 
   
                                                 
Dividends –
                                                       
Common, $0.20 per share
                                            (4,236 )     (4,236 )
   
Preferred, $3 per share
                                            (1,500 )     (1,500 )
Issuance of preferred stock
          $ 25,000                                       25,000  
Issuance of common stock — compensation Plans
                    2       2,230                       2,232  
 
           
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance, December 31, 2001
          $ 25,000     $ 205     $ 168,414     $ 6,752     $ 16,814     $ 217,185  
Comprehensive income (loss) – 2002
                                                       
Net loss – 2002
  $ (18,608 )                                     (18,608 )     (18,608 )
 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
                                                       
     
Net unrealized gain on financial instruments, net of $2,752 in tax
    4,803                                                  
     
Net amount reclassified to income, net of $1,624 in tax
    (2,944 )                                                
     
Minimum pension liability adjustment, net of $4,183 in tax
    (7,438 )                                                
 
   
                                                 
   
Other comprehensive loss
    (5,579 )                             (5,579 )             (5,579 )
 
   
                                                 
Total comprehensive loss
  $ (24,187 )                                                
 
   
                                                 
Dividends –
                                                       
Common, $0.15 per share
                                            (3,091 )     (3,091 )
   
Preferred, $3 per share
                                            (1,500 )     (1,500 )
Issuance of common stock – compensation plans
                    1       544                       545  
Issuance of common stock — pension plans
                    5       3,175                       3,180  
 
           
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance, December 31, 2002
          $ 25,000     $ 211     $ 172,133     $ 1,173     $ (6,385 )   $ 192,132  
Comprehensive income (loss) – 2003
                                                       
Net income – 2003
  $ 966                                       966       966  
 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
                                                       
     
Net unrealized loss on financial instruments, net of $2,171 in tax
    (3,940 )                                                
     
Net amount reclassified to income, net of $3,531 in tax
    (6,262 )                                                
     
Minimum pension liability adjustment, net of $1,371 in tax
    3,807                                                  
 
   
                                                 
   
Other comprehensive loss
    (6,395 )                             (6,395 )             (6,395 )
 
   
                                                 
Total comprehensive loss
  $ (5,429 )                                                
 
   
                                                 
Dividends on common stock
                                            (11 )     (11 )
Issuance of common stock – compensation plans
                          1,005                       1,005  
 
           
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance, December 31, 2003
          $ 25,000     $ 211     $ 173,138     $ (5,222 )   $ (5,430 )   $ 187,697  
 
           
     
     
     
     
     
 

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CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                 
            Year Ended December 31,
           
            2003   2002   2001
           
 
 
            (Dollars in Thousands)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
                       
   
Net income (loss)
  $ 966     $ (18,608 )   $ (13,702 )
   
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
                       
     
Unrealized net loss on forward contracts
    6,325              
     
Depreciation and amortization
    51,264       56,655       44,433  
     
Deferred income taxes
    8,892       4,965       (10,148 )
     
Pension and other post retirement benefits
    10,986       10,415       7,679  
     
Workers’ compensation
    1,426       1,619       1,311  
     
Inventory market adjustment
    (7,522 )     (247 )     5,166  
     
Loss on disposal of assets
    1,040       252       919  
     
Minority interest
    (986 )     (5,252 )     (3,939 )
     
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    9,308              
     
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
                       
       
Accounts receivable — net
    (5,130 )     2,125       7,700  
       
Due from affiliates
    (2,155 )     2,918       5,190  
       
Inventories
    (2,762 )     (1,671 )     763  
       
Prepaids and other assets
    (261 )     (1,838 )     2,216  
       
Accounts payable, trade
    (2,928 )     (4,637 )     (13,487 )
       
Due to affiliates
    3,660       10,142       (1,964 )
       
Accrued and other current liabilities
    2,211       (3,447 )     7,528  
       
Other — net
    13,045       1,095       (1,042 )
 
   
     
     
 
       
Net cash provided by operating activities
    87,379       54,486       38,623  
 
   
     
     
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                       
   
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
    (18,858 )     (18,427 )     (14,456 )
   
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
          231       54  
   
Business acquisitions
    (59,837 )           (466,814 )
   
Divestitures
                98,971  
 
   
     
     
 
 
Net cash used in investing activities
    (78,695 )     (18,196 )     (382,245 )
 
   
     
     
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                       
   
Borrowings
                321,352  
   
Payments
    (26,000 )            
   
Financing fees
    (297 )           (16,568 )
   
Issuance of common or preferred stock
    736       5       25,000  
   
Dividends
    (11 )     (4,591 )     (5,736 )
 
   
     
     
 
       
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
    (25,572 )     (4,586 )     324,048  
 
   
     
     
 
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH
    (16,888 )     31,704       (19,574 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF YEAR
    45,092       13,388       32,962  
 
   
     
     
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF YEAR
  $ 28,204     $ 45,092     $ 13,388  
   
 
   
     
     
 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001
(Dollars in Thousands except Share and Per Share Amounts)

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

     Organization and Basis of Presentation — Century Aluminum Company (“Century” or the “Company”) is a holding company, whose principal subsidiaries are Century Aluminum of West Virginia, Inc. (“Century of West Virginia”), Berkeley Aluminum, Inc. (“Berkeley”) and Century Kentucky, Inc. (“Century Kentucky”). Century of West Virginia operates a primary aluminum reduction facility in Ravenswood, West Virginia (the “Ravenswood facility”). Berkeley holds a 49.7% interest in a partnership which operates a primary aluminum reduction facility in Mt. Holly, South Carolina (the “Mt. Holly facility”) and a 49.7% undivided interest in the property, plant, and equipment comprising the Mt. Holly facility. The remaining interest in the partnership and the remaining undivided interest in the Mt. Holly facility are owned by Alumax of South Carolina, Inc., a subsidiary of Alcoa (“ASC”). ASC manages and operates the Mt. Holly facility pursuant to an Owners Agreement, prohibiting the disposal of the interest held by any of the owners without the consent of the other owners and providing for certain rights of first refusal. Pursuant to the Owners Agreement, each owner furnishes its own alumina, for conversion to aluminum, and is responsible for its pro rata share of the operating and conversion costs.

     Prior to April 1996, the Company was an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Glencore International AG (“Glencore” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Glencore Group”). In April 1996, the Company completed an initial public offering of its common stock. At December 31, 2003, Glencore owned 37.5% of Century’s common shares outstanding. During 2001, in connection with the Company’s financing of the Hawesville acquisition, Glencore purchased 500,000 shares of the Company’s convertible preferred stock for $25,000. Based upon its common and preferred stock ownership, Glencore beneficially owns 41.4% of Century’s common stock. Century and Glencore enter into various transactions such as the purchase and sale of primary aluminum, alumina and forward primary aluminum financial sales contracts.

     The Company’s historical results of operations included in the accompanying consolidated financial statements may not be indicative of the results of operations to be expected in the future.

     Principles of Consolidation — The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Century Aluminum Company and its subsidiaries, after elimination of all significant intercompany transactions and accounts. Berkeley’s interest in the Mt. Holly partnership is accounted for under the equity method. There are no material undistributed earnings in the Mt. Holly partnership.

     Prior to the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility on April 1, 2003, discussed in Note 2, the Company had recorded the Hawesville property, plant and equipment that it owned directly (potlines one through four) on a 100% basis and had recorded its 80% undivided interest in the remaining property, plant and equipment (excluding the fifth potline which was owned directly by Glencore) on a proportionate basis. In each case its interest in the property, plant and equipment including the related depreciation, was recorded in accordance with Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) Issue No. 00-01, “Investor Balance Sheet and Income Statement Display under the Equity Method for Investments in Certain Partnerships and Other Ventures.” The Company consolidated the assets and liabilities and related results of operations of the Century Aluminum of Kentucky, LLC (the “LLC”) and reflected Glencore’s 20% interest in the LLC as a minority interest.

     Revenue — Revenue is recognized when title and risk of loss pass to customers in accordance with contract terms. In some instances, the Company invoices customers prior to physical shipment of goods. In such instances, revenue is recognized only when the customer has specifically requested such treatment and has made a fixed commitment to purchase the product. The goods must be complete, ready for shipment and physically separated from other inventory with risk of ownership passing to the customer. The Company must retain no performance obligations and a delivery schedule must be obtained. Sales returns and allowances are treated as a reduction of sales and are provided for based on historical experience and current estimates.

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     Cash and Cash Equivalents — Cash equivalents are comprised of cash and short-term investments having maturities of less than 90 days at the time of purchase. The carrying amount of cash equivalents approximates fair value.

     Accounts Receivable — The accounts receivable are net of an allowance for uncollectible accounts of $3,968 and $4,053 at December 31, 2003 and 2002, respectively.

     Inventories — The majority of the Company’s inventories, including alumina and aluminum inventories, are stated at the lower of cost (using the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method) or market. The remaining inventories (principally supplies) are valued at the lower of average cost or market.

     Property, Plant and Equipment — Property, plant and equipment is stated at cost. Additions, renewals and improvements are capitalized. Asset and accumulated depreciation accounts are relieved for dispositions with resulting gains or losses included in earnings. Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred. Depreciation of plant and equipment is provided for by the straight-line method over the following estimated useful lives:

     
Buildings and improvements   14 to 40 years
Machinery and equipment   5 to 22 years

     The Company periodically evaluates the carrying value of long-lived assets to be held and used when events and circumstances warrant such a review. The carrying value of a separately identifiable, long-lived asset is considered impaired when the anticipated undiscounted cash flow from such asset is less than its carrying value. In that event, a loss is recognized based on the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the fair value of the long-lived asset. Fair value is determined primarily using the anticipated cash flows discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk involved.

     Intangible Asset — The intangible asset consists of the power contract acquired in connection with the Hawesville acquisition. The contract value is being amortized over its term (ten years) using a method that results in annual amortization equal to the percentage of a given year’s expected gross annual benefit to the total as applied to the total recorded value of the power contract. As part of the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility on April 1, 2003, the 20% portion of the power contract that was indirectly owned by Glencore was revalued in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 141, “Business Combinations.” As a result, the gross carrying amount of the contract and the accumulated amortization, both related to the 20% portion of the contract indirectly owned by Glencore, were removed and the fair value of the 20% of the power contract acquired on April 1, 2003 was recorded. As of December 31, 2003 and 2002, the gross carrying amounts of the intangible asset were $153,592 and $165,696, respectively, and accumulated amortization totaled $54,456 and $45,952, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002, and 2001 amortization expense totaled $18,680, $26,258, and $19,694, respectively. The estimated intangible asset amortization expense for the next five years is as follows:

                                         
    For the year ending December 31,
   
    2004   2005   2006   2007   2008
   
 
 
 
 
Estimated Amortization Expense
  $ 12,326     $ 14,162     $ 12,695     $ 13,617     $ 14,669  

     Other Assets — At December 31, 2003 and 2002, other assets consist primarily of the Company’s investment in the Mt. Holly partnership, deferred financing costs, deferred pension assets, and intangible pension assets. Deferred financing costs are amortized on a straight-line basis over the life of the related financing. In 2003 and 2002, the Company recorded an additional minimum liability related to employee pension plan obligations as required under SFAS No. 87.

     The Company accounts for its 49.7% interest in the Mt. Holly partnership using the equity method of accounting. Additionally, the Company’s 49.7% undivided interest in certain property, plant and equipment of the Mt. Holly facility is held outside of the partnership, and the undivided interest in these assets of the facility is accounted for in accordance with the EITF Issue No. 00-01, “Investor Balance Sheet and Income Statement Display

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under the Equity Method for Investments in Certain Partnerships and Other Ventures.” Accordingly, the undivided interest in these assets and the related depreciation are being accounted for on a proportionate gross basis.

     Income Taxes — The Company accounts for income taxes using the liability method, whereby deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effect of temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes. In evaluating the Company’s ability to realize deferred tax assets, the Company uses judgment in considering the relative impact of negative and positive evidence. The weight given to the potential effect of negative and positive evidence is commensurate with the extent to which it can be objectively verified. Based on the weight of evidence, both negative and positive, if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of a deferred tax asset will not be realized, a valuation allowance is established.

     Postemployment Benefits — The Company provides certain postemployment benefits to former and inactive employees and their dependents during the period following employment, but before retirement. These benefits include salary continuance, supplemental unemployment and disability healthcare. Postemployment benefits are accounted for in accordance with SFAS No. 112, “Employers’ Accounting for Postemployment Benefits.” The statement requires recognition of the estimated future cost of providing postemployment benefits on an accrual basis over the active service life of the employee.

     Forward Contracts and Financial Instruments — The Company routinely enters into fixed and market priced contracts for the sale of primary aluminum and the purchase of raw materials in future periods. The Company also enters into fixed price financial sales contracts to be settled in cash to manage the Company’s exposure to changing primary aluminum prices. Certain financial sales contracts have been designated as cash flow hedges. To the extent such cash flow hedges are effective, unrealized gains and losses on the financial sales contracts are deferred in the balance sheet as accumulated other comprehensive income until the hedged transaction occurs when the realized gain or loss is recognized as revenue in the Statement of Operations. The Company has also entered into financial purchase contracts for natural gas to be settled in cash to manage the Company’s exposure to changing natural gas prices. These financial purchase contracts have been designated as cash flow hedges. To the extent such cash flow hedges are effective, unrealized gains and losses on the natural gas financial purchase contracts are deferred in the balance sheet as accumulated other comprehensive income until the hedged transaction occurs. Once the hedged transaction occurs, the realized gain or loss is recognized in cost of goods sold in the Statement of Operations. If future natural gas needs are revised lower than initially anticipated, the futures contracts associated with the reduction would no longer qualify for deferral and would be marked-to-market. Mark-to-market gains and losses are recorded in net gain (loss) on forward contracts in the period delivery is no longer deemed probable.

     The effectiveness of the Company’s hedges is measured by a historical and probable future high correlation of changes in the fair value of the hedging instruments with changes in value of the hedged item. If high correlation ceases to exist, then gains or losses will be recorded in net gain (loss) on forward contracts. To date, high correlation has always been achieved. During 2003 and 2002, the Company recognized a $0 and $189 gain for ineffective portions of hedging instruments, respectively. As of December 31, 2003, the Company had deferred losses of $1,591 on its hedges, net of tax.

     Financial Instruments — The Company’s financial instruments (principally receivables, payables, debt related to the Industrial Revenue Bonds (the “IRBs”) and a six-year $40.0 million note to Glencore bearing interest at a rate of 10% per annum (the “Glencore Note”) and forward financial contracts) are carried at amounts that approximate fair value. At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, the Company’s senior secured first mortgage notes had a carrying amount of $322,310 and $321,852, respectively, and an estimated fair value of $362,375 and $315,250, respectively.

     Concentration of Credit Risk — Financial instruments, which potentially expose the Company to concentrations of credit risk, consist principally of cash investments and trade receivables. The Company places its cash investments with highly rated financial institutions. At times, such investments may be in excess of the FDIC insurance limit. The Company’s limited customer base increases its concentrations of credit risk with respect to trade receivables. The Company routinely assesses the financial strength of its customers.

     Use of Estimates — The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the

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financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

     Stock-Based Compensation — The Company has elected not to adopt the recognition provisions for employee stock-based compensation as permitted in SFAS No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation”. As such, the Company accounts for stock based compensation in accordance with Accounting Principles Board (“APB”) Opinion No. 25 “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees.” No compensation cost has been recognized for the stock option portions of the plan because the exercise prices of the stock options granted were equal to the market value of the Company’s stock on the date of grant. Had compensation cost for the Stock Incentive Plan been determined using the fair value method provided under SFAS No. 123, the Company’s net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share would have changed to the pro forma amounts indicated below:

                                 
            2003   2002   2001
           
 
 
Net loss applicable to common shareholders  
As Reported
  $ (1,034 )   $ (20,608 )   $ (15,202 )
Add: Stock-based employee compensation expense included in reported net income, net of related tax effects
            1,441       172       332  
Deduct: Stock-based employee compensation expense determined under fair value based method for all awards, net of related tax effects
            (2,106 )     (402 )     (421 )
 
           
     
     
 
Pro forma Net loss
          $ (1,699 )   $ (20,838 )   $ (15,291 )
 
           
     
     
 
Basic loss per share  
As Reported
  $ (0.05 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )
   
Pro Forma
  $ (0.08 )   $ (1.01 )   $ (0.75 )
Diluted loss per share  
As Reported
  $ (0.05 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (0.74 )
   
Pro Forma
  $ (0.08 )   $ (1.01 )   $ (0.75 )

     The fair value of each option grant is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following weighted-average assumptions used for grants in 2003, 2002 and 2001:

                         
    2003   2002   2001
   
 
 
Weighted average fair value per option granted during the year
  $ 7.78     $ 6.66     $ 4.04  
Dividends per quarter
  $ 0.00     $ 0.05     $ 0.05  
Risk-free interest rate
    3.11 %     3.82 %     4.55 %
Expected volatility
    75 %     69 %     30 %
Expected lives (in years)
    5       5       5  

     New Accounting Standards — In December 2003, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation (“FIN”) No. 46 (revised December 2003), “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities.” This Interpretation clarifies the application of Accounting Research Bulletin (“ARB”) No. 51, “Consolidated Financial Statements” and replaces FIN No. 46, “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities.” The Interpretation explains how to identify variable interest entities and how an enterprise assesses its interests in a variable interest entity to decide whether to consolidate that entity. The effective date of this Interpretation varies depending on several factors, including public status of the entity, small business issuer status, and whether the public entities currently have any interests in special-purpose entities. Century will apply this Interpretation for the first quarter of 2004. The Company is currently evaluating the provisions of the Interpretation, but does not believe that the application of FIN No. 46 (revised) will have any impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

     Reclassification — The consolidated financial statements contain certain reclassifications of information from previously issued financial statements in order to conform to the 2003 presentation.

2. Acquisitions and Dispositions

     Effective April 1, 2001, the Company completed the acquisition of the Hawesville facility, an aluminum reduction operation in Hawesville, Kentucky, with a capacity of 538 million pounds per year. The purchase price was $466,800 plus the assumption of $7,815 in IRBs and is subject to adjustments for contingent considerations, see Note 12. The Company financed the Hawesville acquisition with: (i) proceeds from the sale of its Notes, see Note 5,

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(ii) proceeds from the sale of its Preferred Stock to Glencore, (iii) proceeds from the sale to Glencore of a 20% interest in the Hawesville facility, and (iv) available cash. The Company accounted for the Hawesville acquisition using the purchase method of accounting. See Note 5 for additional information about the financing of the Hawesville acquisition.

     The following schedule represents the unaudited pro forma results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2001 assuming the acquisition occurred on January 1, 2001. The unaudited pro forma amounts may not be indicative of the results that actually would have occurred if the transactions described above had been completed and in effect for the periods indicated or the results that may be obtained in the future.

         
    2001
   
    (unaudited)
Net sales
  $ 740,846  
Net income (loss)
    (14,427 )
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders
    (16,427 )
Earnings (loss) per common share (Basic)
  $ (0.80 )
Earnings (loss) per common share (Diluted)
  $ (0.80 )

     On April 1, 2003, the Company completed the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility. The operating results of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility have been included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of acquisition. Century paid a purchase price of $99,400 which it financed with approximately $59,400 of available cash and $40,000 from the Glencore Note. See Note 5 for a discussion of the Glencore Note. In connection with the acquisition, the Company assumed all of Glencore’s obligations related to the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility. In addition, the Company issued a promissory note to Glencore to secure any payments Glencore could be required to make as issuer of a letter of credit in April 2001 in support of the IRBs.

3. Inventories

     Inventories, at December 31, consist of the following:

                 
    2003   2002
   
 
Raw materials
  $ 35,621     $ 32,064  
Work-in-process
    15,868       13,310  
Finished goods
    14,920       9,853  
Operating and other supplies
    22,951       21,908  
 
   
     
 
 
  $ 89,360     $ 77,135  
 
   
     
 

At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, approximately 78% and 78% of inventories were valued at the LIFO cost or market, respectively. At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, the excess of LIFO cost (or market, if lower) over first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) cost (or market, if lower) was approximately $3,762 and $1,105, respectively.

4. Property, Plant and Equipment

     Property, plant and equipment, at December 31, consist of the following:

                 
    2003   2002
   
 
Land and improvements
  $ 13,371     $ 13,375  
Buildings and improvements
    41,029       39,828  
Machinery and equipment
    636,348       521,948  
Construction in progress
    9,398       8,404  
 
   
     
 
 
    700,146       583,555  
Less accumulated depreciation
    (205,189 )     (165,934 )
 
   
     
 
 
  $ 494,957     $ 417,621  
 
   
     
 

     For the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002, the Company recorded depreciation expense of $32,584 and $30,397, respectively.

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     At December 31, 2003 and 2002, the cost of property, plant and equipment includes $153,474 and $148,309, respectively, and accumulated depreciation includes $49,598 and $42,323, respectively, representing the Company’s undivided interest in the property, plant and equipment comprising the Mt. Holly facility.

     At December 31, 2002, the cost of property, plant and equipment includes $261,433 and accumulated depreciation includes $29,619, representing the Company’s interest in the property, plant and equipment comprising the Hawesville facility.

     The Company has various operating lease commitments through 2007 relating to office space, machinery and equipment. Expenses under all operating leases were $331, $319 and $297 for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively. There were no noncancelable operating leases as of December 31, 2003.

5. Debt

     The Company has $325,000 of 11 3/4% senior secured first mortgage notes due 2008 (the “Notes”). No principal payments are required until maturity. The Company had unamortized bond discounts on the Notes of $2,690 and $3,148 at December 31, 2003 and 2002, respectively. The indenture governing the Notes contains customary covenants including limitations on the Company’s ability to pay dividends, incur debt, make investments, sell assets or stock of certain subsidiaries, and purchase or redeem capital stock.

     Effective April 1, 2001, the Company entered into a $100,000 senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”) with a syndicate of banks. The Revolving Credit Facility will mature on April 2, 2006. The Company’s obligations under the Revolving Credit Facility are unconditionally guaranteed by its domestic subsidiaries (other than the LLC) and secured by a first priority security interest in all accounts receivable and inventory belonging to the Company and its subsidiary borrowers. The availability of funds under the Revolving Credit Facility is subject to a $30,000 reserve and limited by a specified borrowing base consisting of certain eligible accounts receivable and inventory. Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility are, at the Company’s option, at the LIBOR rate or the Fleet National Bank base rate plus, in each case, an applicable interest margin. The applicable interest margin ranges from 2.25% to 3.0% over the LIBOR rate and 0.75% to 1.5% over the base rate and is determined by certain financial measurements of the Company. There were no outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility as of December 31, 2003 and 2002. Interest periods for LIBOR rate borrowings are one, two, three or six months, at the Company’s option. As of December 31, 2003, the Company had a borrowing base of $68.1 million under the Revolving Credit Facility. The Company is subject to customary covenants, including limitations on capital expenditures, additional indebtedness, liens, guarantees, mergers and acquisitions, dividends, distributions, capital redemptions and investments.

     Effective April 1, 2001, in connection with its acquisition of the Hawesville facility, the Company assumed IRBs in the aggregate principal amount of $7,815. From April 1, 2001 through April 1, 2003, Glencore assumed 20% of the liability related to the IRBs consistent with its ownership interest in the Hawesville facility. The IRBs mature on April 1, 2028, and bear interest at a variable rate not to exceed 12% per annum determined weekly based on prevailing rates for similar bonds in the bond market, with interest paid quarterly. The IRBs are secured by a Glencore guaranteed letter of credit and the Company will provide for the servicing costs for the letter of credit. The Company has agreed to reimburse Glencore for all costs arising from the letter of credit. The Company’s maximum potential amount of future payments under the reimbursement obligations for the Glencore letter of credit securing the IRBs would be $8,150. The interest rate on the IRBs at December 31, 2003 was 1.55%. The IRBs are classified as current liabilities because they are remarketed weekly and could be required to be repaid upon demand if there is a failed remarketing, as provided in the indenture governing the IRBs.

     As discussed in Note 2, on April 1, 2003, in connection with the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility, the Company issued a six-year $40,000 promissory note payable to Glencore which bears interest at a rate of 10% per annum (the “Glencore Note”). The Glencore Note matures on April 1, 2009 and requires principal and interest payments semi-annually. Required principal payments will range from $0 to $3,000 based on the average closing prices for aluminum quoted on the London Metals Exchange (“LME”) for the six month period ending prior to each payment date. The Company paid $26,000 of principal on the notes in the fourth quarter of 2003, which consisted of a $1,000 required payment and an optional $25,000 prepayment of principal. The Company’s obligations under the Glencore Note and the reimbursement obligations related to the

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Glencore letter of credit securing the IRBs are guaranteed by each of its material consolidated subsidiaries, except for Century of Kentucky LLC (see Note 19 for a discussion of note guarantees), and secured by a first priority security interest in the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility.

6. Composition of Certain Balance Sheet Accounts at December 31

                 
    2003   2002
   
 
Accrued and Other Current Liabilities
               
Income taxes
  $ 2,811     $ 2,811  
Accrued bond interest
    7,956       7,956  
Salaries, wages and benefits
    7,818       7,975  
Asset retirement obligations – current portion
    3,021        
Stock compensation
    2,252       269  
Other
    6,296       5,103  
 
   
     
 
 
  $ 30,154     $ 24,114  
 
   
     
 
Accrued Employee Benefit Costs — Current Portion
               
Postretirement benefits
  $ 4,242     $ 3,766  
Employee benefits cost
    4,692       7,124  
 
   
     
 
 
  $ 8,934     $ 10,890  
 
   
     
 
Other Liabilities
               
Workers’ compensation
  $ 8,971     $ 7,847  
Asset retirement obligations – less current portion
    13,474        
Derivative liabilities
    10,598        
Other
    329       529  
 
   
     
 
 
  $ 33,372     $ 8,376  
 
   
     
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
               
Unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments, net of tax of $864 and $(4,829)
  $ (1,591 )   $ 8,611  
Minimum pension liability adjustment, net of tax of $2,042 and $4,183
    (3,631 )     (7,438 )
 
   
     
 
 
  $ (5,222 )   $ 1,173  
 
   
     
 

     Century of West Virginia and Century of Kentucky are self-insured for workers’ compensation, except that Century of West Virginia has certain catastrophic coverage that is provided under State of West Virginia insurance programs. The liability for self-insured workers’ compensation claims has been discounted at 5.0% for 2003 and 6.5% for 2002. The components of the liability for workers’ compensation at December 31 are as follows:

                 
    2003   2002
   
 
Undiscounted liability
  $ 15,100     $ 14,817  
Less discount
    3,558       4,601  
 
   
     
 
 
  $ 11,542     $ 10,216  
 
   
     
 

7. Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits

  Pension Benefits

     The Company maintains noncontributory defined benefit pension plans for all of the Company’s hourly and salaried employees. For salaried employees, plan benefits are based primarily on years of service and average compensation during the later years of employment. For hourly employees at the Ravenswood facility, plan benefits are based primarily on a formula that provides a specific benefit for each year of service. The Company’s funding policy is to contribute annually an amount based upon actuarial and economic assumptions designed to achieve adequate funding of the projected benefit obligations and to meet the minimum funding requirements of ERISA. Plan assets consist principally of U.S. equity securities, growth funds and fixed income accounts. In addition, the Company provides supplemental executive retirement benefits (“SERB”) for certain executive officers. The Company uses a measurement date of December 31st to determine the pension and OPEB benefit liabilities.

     The hourly employees at the Hawesville facility are part of a United Steelworkers of America (“USWA”) sponsored multi-employer plan. The Company’s contributions to the plan are determined at a fixed rate per hour worked. During the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, the Company contributed $1,407, $1,467 and $771, respectively, to the plan, and had no outstanding liability at year end.

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     As of December 31, 2003 and 2002, the Company’s accumulated pension benefit obligation exceeded the fair value of the pension plan assets at year end. At December 31, 2003 and 2002, the Company was required to record a minimum pension liability of $3,631 and $7,438, net of tax, respectively, the charge for which is included in other comprehensive income. In the future, the amount of the minimum pension liability will vary depending on changes in market conditions, performance of pension investments, and the level of company contributions to the pension plans. The Company will evaluate and adjust the minimum pension liability on an annual basis.

  Other Postretirement Benefits (OPEB)

     In addition to providing pension benefits, the Company provides certain healthcare and life insurance benefits for substantially all retired employees. The Company accounts for these plans in accordance with SFAS No. 106, “Employers’ Accounting for Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions.” SFAS No. 106 requires the Company to accrue the estimated cost of providing postretirement benefits during the working careers of those employees who could become eligible for such benefits when they retire. The Company funds these benefits as the retirees submit claims.

     The change in benefit obligations and change in plan assets as of December 31 are as follows:

                                 
    2003   2002
   
 
    Pension   OPEB   Pension   OPEB
   
 
 
 
Change in benefit obligation
                               
Benefit obligation at beginning of year
  $ 58,442     $ 104,035     $ 47,644     $ 83,775  
Service cost
    3,339       3,757       3,001       3,019  
Interest cost
    3,761       6,823       3,554       6,229  
Acquisition of businesses
                       
Plan changes
    1,649       18       739        
Losses
    2,948       7,087       6,231       14,736  
Benefits paid
    (2,890 )     (4,195 )     (2,727 )     (3,724 )
 
   
     
     
     
 
Benefit obligation at end of year
  $ 67,249     $ 117,525     $ 58,442     $ 104,035  
 
   
     
     
     
 
Change in plan assets
                               
Fair value of plan assets at beginning of year
  $ 38,382     $     $ 39,878     $  
Actual return (loss) on plan assets
    14,383             (3,801 )      
Employer contributions
    3,220       4,195       5,032       3,724  
Benefits paid
    (2,890 )     (4,195 )     (2,727 )     (3,724 )
 
   
     
     
     
 
Fair value of assets at end of year
  $ 53,095     $     $ 38,382     $  
 
   
     
     
     
 
Funded status of plans
                               
Funded status
  $ (14,155 )   $ (117,525 )   $ (20,060 )   $ (104,035 )
Unrecognized actuarial loss
    7,370       36,613       16,183       31,011  
Unrecognized transition obligation
    234             408        
Unrecognized prior service cost
    5,104       (1,044 )     7,135       (1,399 )
 
   
     
     
     
 
Net asset (liability) recognized
  $ (1,447 )   $ (81,956 )   $ 3,666     $ (74,423 )
 
   
     
     
     
 
Amounts Recognized in the Statement of Financial Position
                               
Prepaid benefit cost
  $ 9,274     $     $     $  
Accrued benefit liability
    (12,458 )     (81,956 )     (14,752 )     (74,423 )
Intangible asset
    737             6,797        
Accumulated other comprehensive income
    1,000             11,621        
 
   
     
     
     
 
Net amount recognized
  $ (1,447 )   $ (81,956 )   $ 3,666     $ (74,423 )
 
   
     
     
     
 

The hourly pension plan for the employees of the Ravenswood facility had a projected benefit obligation, accumulated benefit obligation, and fair value of plan assets of $37,781, $37,781 and $39,151, respectively, as of December 31, 2003 and $34,941, $34,282 and $30,512, respectively, as of December 31, 2002. The salaried pension plan had a projected benefit obligation, accumulated benefit obligation, and fair value of plan assets of $18,702, $15,231 and $13,944, respectively, as of December 31, 2003 and $15,987, $12,322 and $7,870, respectively, as of December 31, 2002. The supplemental executive retirement benefits pension plan (“SERB”) had a projected benefit obligation, accumulated benefit obligation, and fair value of plan assets of $10,766, $10,764 and $0, respectively, as of December 31, 2003 and $7,514, $6,530 and $0, respectively, as of December 31, 2002. There are no plan assets in the SERB due to the nature of the plan.

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     Net periodic benefit costs were comprised of the following elements:

                                                 
    Year Ended December 31,
   
    2003   2002   2001
   
 
 
    Pension   OPEB   Pension   OPEB   Pension   OPEB
   
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
  $ 3,339     $ 3,757     $ 3,001     $ 3,019     $ 2,501     $ 2,879  
Interest cost
    3,761       6,823       3,554       6,229       3,149       5,237  
Expected return on plan assets
    (3,454 )           (3,554 )           (3,663 )      
Net amortization and deferral
    2,055       1,148       1,425       401       1,226       339  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
Net periodic cost
  $ 5,701     $ 11,728     $ 4,426     $ 9,649     $ 3,213     $ 8,455  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 

     The following assumptions were used in the actuarial computations at December 31:

                           
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Discount rate
    6.25 %     6.50 %     7.25 %
Rate of increase in future compensation levels Hourly pension plan
    4.00 %     4.00 %     4.00 %
 
Salaried pension plan
    4.00 %     4.00 %     4.00 %
Long term rate of return on pension plan assets
    9.00 %     9.00 %     9.00 %

     In developing the long-term rate of return assumption for pension fund assets, the Company evaluated input from its actuaries, including their review of asset class return expectations as well as long-term inflation assumptions. Projected returns are based on historical returns of broad equity and bond indices. The Company also considered its historical 10-year compound returns. The Company anticipates that as the economy continues its recovery, the Company’s investments will generate long-term rates of return of 9.0%, based on target asset allocations discussed below.

     For measurement purposes, medical cost inflation is initially 10%, declining to 5% over six years and thereafter.

     Assumed health care cost trend rates have a significant effect on the amounts reported for the health care benefit obligations. A one-percentage-point change in the assumed health care cost trend rates would have had the following effects in 2003:

                 
    One Percentage   One Percentage
    Point Increase   Point Decrease
   
 
Effect on total of service and interest cost components
  $ 2,051     $ (1,706 )
Effect on accumulated postretirement benefit obligation
  $ 18,126     $ (15,707 )

     The Company sponsors a tax-deferred savings plan under which eligible employees may elect to contribute specified percentages of their compensation with the Company providing matching contributions of 60% of the first 6% of a participant’s annual compensation contributed to the savings plan. One half of the Company’s contribution is invested in the common stock of Century and one half of the Company’s contribution is invested based on employee election. Company contributions to the savings plan were $590, $607 and $484 for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively. Shares of common stock of the Company may be sold at any time. Employees are considered fully vested in the plan upon completion of two years of service. A year of service is defined as a plan year in which the employee works at least 1,000 hours.

  Plan Assets

     The Company’s pension plans weighted average asset allocations at December 31, 2003 and 2002, by asset category are as follows:

                 
    Pension Plan Assets
   
    At December 31,
   
    2003   2002
   
 
Equity securities
    71 %     68 %
Debt securities
    29 %     32 %
Debt securities
   
   
 
    100 %     100 %
Debt securities
   
   

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     The Company seeks a balanced return on plan assets through a diversified investment strategy. The Company’s weighted average target allocation for plan assets is 65% equity securities and funds and 35% fixed income funds. The Company expects the long-term rate of return on the plan assets to be 9.0%.

     Equity securities include Century common stock in the amounts of $9,505 (18% of total plan assets) and $3,180 (8% of total plan assets) at December 31, 2003 and 2002, respectively. There are no plan assets in the SERB plan due to the nature of the plan.

     The Company’s other postretirement benefit plans are unfunded. The Company funds these benefits as the retirees submit claims.

  Pension and OPEB Cash Flows

  Contributions

     The Company expects to contribute $3,300, $3,600, and 3,700 to its pension plans for the years ended December 31, 2004, 2005 and 2006, respectively.

  Estimated Future Benefit Payments

     The following table provides the estimated future benefit payments for the pension and other postretirement benefit plans.

                 
    Pension Benefits   OPEB Benefits
   
 
2004
  $ 3,144     $ 4,316  
2005
    3,747       4,635  
2006
    4,472       5,100  
2007
    4,616       5,601  
2008
    4,759       6,101  
Years 2009 - 2013
    27,500       39,557  

8. Shareholders’ Equity

     Preferred Stock — Under the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation, the Board of Directors is authorized to issue up to 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, with a par value of one cent per share, in one or more series. The authorized but unissued preferred shares may be issued with such dividend rates, conversion privileges, voting rights, redemption prices and liquidation preferences as the Board of Directors may determine, without action by shareholders.

     On April 2, 2001, the Company issued to Glencore 500,000 shares of its 8.0% cumulative convertible preferred stock (the “Preferred Stock”) for a cash purchase price of $25,000. The Preferred Stock has a par value per share of $0.01, a liquidation preference of $50 per share and ranks junior to the Notes, the IRBs, borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility and all of the Company’s other existing and future debt obligations. Following is a summary of the principal terms of the Preferred Stock:

  Dividends. The holders of the Preferred Stock are entitled to receive fully cumulative cash dividends at the rate of 8% per annum per share accruing daily and payable when declared quarterly in arrears.

  Optional Conversion. Each share of Preferred Stock may be converted at any time, at the option of the holder, into shares of the Company’s common stock, at a price of $17.92, subject to adjustment for stock dividends, stock splits and other specified corporate actions.

  Voting Rights. The holders of Preferred Stock have limited voting rights to approve: (1) any action by the Company which would adversely affect or alter the preferences and special rights of the Preferred Stock, (2) the authorization of any class of stock ranking senior to, prior to or ranking equally with the Preferred Stock, and (3) any reorganization or reclassification of the Company’s capital stock or merger or consolidation of the Company.

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  Optional Redemption. After the third anniversary of the issue date, the Company may redeem the Preferred Stock, at its option, for cash at a price of $52 per share, plus accrued and unpaid dividends to the date of redemption, declining ratably to $50 per share at the end of the eighth year.

  Transferability. The Preferred Stock is freely transferable in a private offering or any other transaction which is exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and any applicable state securities laws.

     On October 22, 2002, the Company announced that it would suspend its common and preferred stock dividends beginning in the fourth quarter of 2002. The action was taken because the Company was near the limits on allowable dividend payments under the covenants in its bond indenture and due to current economic conditions. In accordance with current accounting guidance, no liability for cumulative preferred dividends is recorded until the dividends are declared. As of December 31, 2003 and 2002, the Company had total cumulative preferred dividend arrearages of $2,500 or $5.00 per share of preferred stock and $500 or $1.00 per share of preferred stock, respectively.

9. Stock Based Compensation

     1996 Stock Incentive Plan — The Company adopted the 1996 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Stock Incentive Plan”) for the purpose of awarding performance share units and granting qualified incentive stock options and nonqualified stock options to salaried officers and other key employees of the Company. The Stock Incentive Plan has a term of ten years from its effective date. The number of shares available under the Stock Incentive Plan is 2,000,000. Granted stock options vest one-third on the grant date and an additional one-third on each of the first and second anniversary dates, and have a term of ten years. The service based performance share units represent the right to receive common stock, on a one-for-one basis on their vesting dates.

     During 2001, 156,836 of the service based performance shares granted at the time of the initial public offering, at a value of $13.00 per share, became vested and charged to compensation expense. Additionally, 20,182 performance based shares were awarded at a value of $13.92 per share and were charged to expense in 2001. In 2000, 60,500 shares were granted at value of $12.86 per share and charged to compensation expense over their three year vesting period which was one-third in 2000, 2001 and 2002, respectively.

     The Stock Incentive Plan, as presently administered, provides for additional grants upon the passage of time or the attainment of certain established performance goals. As of December 31, 2003, 635,608 performance share units have been authorized and will vest upon the attainment of the performance goals.

     The Company recognized $2,254, $269, and $519 of expense related to the Stock Incentive Plan in 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively. The service based performance share units do not affect the issued and outstanding shares of common stock until conversion at the end of the vesting periods. However, the service based performance share units are considered common stock equivalents and therefore are included, using the treasury stock method, in average common shares outstanding for diluted earnings per share computations. Goal based performance share units are not considered common stock equivalents until it becomes probable that performance goals will be obtained.

     Non-Employee Directors Stock Option Plan — The Company adopted a non-employee directors’ stock option plan for the purpose of granting non-qualified stock options to non-employee directors. The number of shares available under this plan is 200,000, of which options for 158,000 shares have been awarded. The initial options vest one-third on the grant date and an additional one-third on each of the first and second anniversary dates. Subsequent options vest one-fourth each calendar quarter. Each option granted under this plan will be exercisable for a period of ten years from the date of grant.

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     A summary of the status of the Company’s Stock Incentive Plan and the Non-Employee Directors Stock Option Plan as of December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001 and changes during the year ended on those dates is presented below:

                                                 
    2003   2002   2001
   
 
 
            Weighted           Weighted           Weighted
            Average           Average           Average
            Exercise           Exercise           Exercise
Options   Shares   Price   Shares   Price   Shares   Price

 
 
 
 
 
 
Outstanding at beginning of year
    691,200     $ 12.58       595,267     $ 12.82       603,600     $ 12.77  
Granted
    161,750       14.06       96,600       11.05       34,500       13.60  
Exercised
    (60,630 )     12.48       (667 )     8.15       (35,333 )     12.55  
Forfeited
    (115,300 )     12.70                   (7,500 )     13.78  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
Outstanding at end of year
    677,020     $ 12.94       691,200     $ 12.58       595,267     $ 12.82  
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 

     The following table summarizes information about stock options outstanding at December 31, 2003:

                                           
                      Options Exercisable
Options Outstanding  

          Number    
      Number   Weighted Avg.   Weighted Avg.   Exercisable    
Range of   Outstanding   Remaining   Exercise   at   Weighted Avg.
Exercise Prices   at 12/31/03   Contractual Life   Price   12/31/03   Exercise Price

 
 
 
 
 
$14.50 to $19.01     113,750     6.8 years   $ 16.80       82,583     $ 16.16  
$11.50 to $14.49     453,350     3.1 years   $ 13.18       443,667     $ 13.17  
  $7.03 to $11.49     109,920     8.0 years   $ 7.96       81,336     $ 8.05  
 
   
                     
         
 
    677,020                       607,586          
 
   
                     
         

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10. Earnings (Loss) Per Share

     Basic earnings per common share (“EPS”) amounts are computed by dividing earnings after the deduction of preferred stock dividends by the average number of common shares outstanding. In accordance with current accounting guidance, for the purpose of calculating EPS, the cumulative preferred stock dividends accumulated for the period were deducted from net income, as if declared. Diluted EPS amounts assume the issuance of common stock for all potentially dilutive common shares outstanding. The following table provides a reconciliation of the computation of the basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share for income before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle (shares in thousands):

                                                                           
      For the fiscal year ended December 31,
     
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
      Income   Shares   Per-Share   Income   Shares   Per-Share   Income   Shares   Per-Share
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ 6,844                     $ (18,608 )                   $ (13,702 )                
Less: Preferred stock dividends
    (2,000 )                     (2,000 )                     (1,500 )                
 
   
                     
     
     
     
                 
Basic EPS:
                                                                       
 
Income (loss) applicable to common shareholders
    4,844       21,073     $ 0.23       (20,608 )     20,555     $ (1.00 )     (15,202 )     20,473     $ (0.74 )
Effect of Dilutive Securities:
                                                                       
 
Plus: Incremental Shares from assumed conversion Options
          26                                                  
 
   
     
             
     
     
     
     
         
Diluted EPS:
                                                                       
 
Income (loss) applicable to common shareholders with assumed conversions
  $ 4,844       21,099     $ 0.23     $ (20,608 )     20,555     $ (1.00 )   $ (15,202 )     20,473     $ (0.74 )
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

     There were 59,750, 691,200 and 595,267 shares of common stock issuable under the Company’s stock option plan that were excluded in 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively, from the computation of dilutive EPS because of their antidilutive effect. In addition, convertible preferred stock, convertible at the holder’s option into Company common stock at $17.92 per share was not included in the computation of dilutive EPS because of their antidilutive effect.

11. Income Taxes

     Significant components of the income tax expense before minority interest and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, consist of the following:

                           
      Year Ended December 31,
     
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Federal:
                       
 
Current benefit (expense)
  $     $ 20,004     $ (1,417 )
 
Deferred (expense) benefit
    (1,794 )     (7,486 )     8,840  
State:
                       
 
Current expense
    (708 )     (913 )     (197 )
 
Deferred (expense) benefit
    (339 )     2,521       1,308  
 
 
   
     
     
 
 
Total income tax benefit (expense)
  $ (2,841 )   $ 14,126     $ 8,534  
 
 
   
     
     
 

     Income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2002 includes a $1,500 reduction in reserves established for tax contingencies.

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     A reconciliation of the statutory U.S. Federal income tax rate to the effective income tax rate on income (loss) before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle is as follows:

                           
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Federal statutory rate
    35 %     35 %     35 %
Effect of:
                       
 
Permanent differences
    (9 )            
 
State taxes, net of Federal benefit
    7       3       3  
 
Minority interest
          (5 )     (5 )
 
Other
          4        
 
   
     
     
 
 
    33 %     37 %     33 %
 
   
     
     
 

     Permanent differences primarily relate to the Company’s settlement of prior year tax examinations, meal and entertainment disallowance, certain state income tax credits and other nondeductible expenses.

     Significant components of the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities as of December 31 are as follows:

                     
        2003   2002
       
 
Federal
               
Deferred federal tax assets:
               
 
Accrued postretirement benefit cost
  $ 12,718     $ 9,868  
 
Accrued liabilities
    11,919       8,482  
 
Federal NOL carried forward
    2,952       3,389  
 
Pension
    6,384       6,118  
 
Inventory write-down
    1,965       2,780  
 
General business credit
          165  
 
 
   
     
 
   
Deferred federal tax assets
    35,937       30,802  
Deferred federal tax liabilities:
               
 
Tax over financial statement depreciation
    (84,114 )     (68,007 )
 
Equity contra – other comprehensive income
    756       (4,534 )
 
 
   
     
 
   
Net deferred federal tax liability
    (47,421 )     (41,739 )
 
 
   
     
 
State
               
Deferred state tax assets:
               
 
Accrued postretirement benefit cost
    1,817       1,410  
 
Accrued liabilities
    3,023       941  
 
Inventory write-down
    281       397  
 
State NOL carried forward
    1,535       2,133  
 
Pension
    912       874  
 
 
   
     
 
   
Deferred state tax assets
    7,568       5,755  
Deferred state tax liabilities:
               
 
Tax over financial statement depreciation
    (11,936 )     (9,715 )
 
Equity contra – other comprehensive income
    108       (648 )
 
 
   
     
 
   
Net deferred state tax liability
    (4,261 )     (4,608 )
 
 
   
     
 
Net deferred tax liability
  $ (51,681 )   $ (46,347 )
 
 
   
     
 

     The net deferred tax liability of $51,681 at December 31, 2003, is net of a current deferred tax asset of $3,413. Of the $46,347 net deferred tax liability at December 31, 2002, $4,971 is included in current liabilities. At December 31, 2003, the Company has a $4,500 federal net operating loss that expires in 2022. Additionally, the Company has various state net operating loss carryforwards totaling $42,000 which begin to expire in 2010.

12. Contingencies and Commitments

  Environmental Contingencies

     The Company believes its environmental liabilities are not likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. However, there can be no assurance that future requirements at currently or formerly owned or operated properties will not result in liabilities which may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

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     Century of West Virginia is performing certain remedial measures at its Ravenswood Facility pursuant to a RCRA 3008(h) order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in 1994 (the “3008(h) Order”). Century of West Virginia also conducted a RCRA facility investigation (“RFI”) under the 3008(h) Order evaluating other areas at Ravenswood that may have contamination requiring remediation. The RFI was submitted to the EPA in December 1999. Century of West Virginia, in consultation with the EPA, has completed interim remediation measures at two sites identified in the RFI, and the Company expects that neither the EPA, nor the State of West Virginia will require further remediation under the 3008(h) Order. The Company believes a significant portion of the contamination on the two identified sites is attributable to the operations of Kaiser, which had previously owned and operated the Ravenswood facility, and will be the financial responsibility of Kaiser.

     Kaiser owned and operated the Ravenswood facility for approximately 30 years before Century of West Virginia acquired it. Many of the conditions that Century of West Virginia is remedying exist because of activities that occurred during Kaiser’s ownership and operation. Under the terms of the purchase agreement for the Ravenswood facility ( the “Kaiser Purchase Agreement”), Kaiser retained responsibility to pay the costs of cleanup of those conditions. In addition, Kaiser retained title to certain land within the Ravenswood premises and is responsible for those areas. On February 12, 2002, Kaiser and certain wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Company believes that the bankruptcy will not relieve Kaiser of its responsibilities as to some of the remedial measures performed at the Ravenswood facility. The Company cannot be certain of the ultimate outcome of the bankruptcy and, accordingly, the Company may be unable to hold Kaiser responsible for its share of remedial measures.

     Under the terms of the agreement to sell its fabricating businesses to Pechiney (the “Pechiney Agreement”), the Company and Century of West Virginia provided Pechiney with certain indemnifications. Those include the assignment of certain of Century of West Virginia’s indemnification rights under the Kaiser Purchase Agreement (with respect to the real property transferred to Pechiney) and the Company’s indemnification rights under its stock purchase agreement with Alcoa relating to the Company’s purchase of Century Cast Plate, Inc. The Pechiney Agreement provides further indemnifications, which are limited, in general, to pre-closing conditions that were not disclosed to Pechiney and to off-site migration of hazardous substances from pre-closing acts or omissions of Century of West Virginia. Environmental indemnifications under the Pechiney Agreement expire September 20, 2005 and are payable only to the extent they exceed $2,000. Payments under this indemnification would be limited to $25,000 for on-site liabilities, but there is no limit on potential future payments for any off-site liabilities. The Company does not believe there are any undisclosed pre-closing conditions or off-site migration of hazardous substances, and it does not believe that it will be required to make any potential future payments under this indemnification.

     On July 6, 2000, while the Hawesville facility was owned by Southwire, the EPA issued a final Record of Decision (“ROD”), under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, which detailed response actions to be implemented at several locations at the Hawesville site to address actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances. Those actions include:

  removal and off-site disposal at approved landfills of certain soils contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”);

  management and containment of soils and sediments with low PCB contamination in certain areas on-site; and

  the continued extraction and treatment of cyanide contaminated ground water using the existing ground water treatment system.

     Under the Company’s agreement with Southwire to purchase the Hawesville facility, Southwire indemnified the Company against all on-site environmental liabilities known to exist prior to the closing of the acquisition, including all remediation, operation and maintenance obligations under the ROD. The total costs for the remedial actions to be undertaken and paid for by Southwire relative to these liabilities are estimated under the ROD to be $12,600 and the forecast of annual operating and maintenance costs is $1,200. Century will operate and maintain the ground water treatment system required under the ROD on behalf of Southwire, and Southwire will reimburse Century for any expense that exceeds $400 annually.

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costs of remedial action with Southwire on a sliding scale depending on the year the liability is identified. Any on-site environmental liabilities arising from pre-closing activities which do not become known until on or after March 31, 2007, will be the responsibility of the Company. In addition, the Company will be responsible for any post-closing environmental costs which result from a change in environmental laws after the closing or from its own activities, including a change in the use of the facility. In addition, Southwire indemnified the Company against all risks associated with off-site hazardous material disposals by the Hawesville plant which pre-date the closing of the acquisition.

     The Company acquired the Hawesville facility by purchasing all of the outstanding equity securities of Metalsco Ltd., which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwire. Metalsco previously owned certain assets which are unrelated to the Hawesville plant’s operations, including the stock of Gaston Copper Recycling Corporation (“Gaston”), a secondary metals recycling facility in South Carolina. Gaston has numerous liabilities related to environmental conditions at its recycling facility. Gaston and all other non-Hawesville assets owned at any time by Metalsco were identified in the Company’s agreement with Southwire as unwanted property and were distributed to Southwire prior to the closing of the Hawesville acquisition. Southwire indemnified the Company for all liabilities related to the unwanted property. Southwire also retained ownership of certain land adjacent to the Hawesville facility containing Hawesville’s former potliner disposal areas, which are the sources of cyanide contamination in the facility’s groundwater. Southwire retained full responsibility for this land, which was never owned by Metalsco and is located on the north boundary of the Hawesville site.

     Southwire has secured its indemnity obligations to the Company for environmental liabilities until April 1, 2008 by posting a letter of credit, currently in the amount of $14,200, issued in the Company’s favor, with an additional $15,000 to be posted if Southwire’s net worth drops below a pre-determined level during that period. The amount of security Southwire provides may increase (but not above $14,700 or $29,700, as applicable) or decrease (but not below $3,000) if certain specified conditions are met. The Company cannot be certain that Southwire will be able to meet its indemnity obligations. In that event, under certain environmental laws which impose liability regardless of fault, the Company may be liable for any outstanding remedial measures required under the ROD and for certain liabilities related to the unwanted properties. If Southwire fails to meet its indemnity obligations or if the Company’s shared or assumed liability is significantly greater than anticipated, the Company’s financial condition, results of operations and liquidity could be materially adversely affected.

     Century is a party to an Administrative Order on Consent with the Environmental Protection Agency (the “Order”) pursuant to which other past and present owners of an alumina facility at St. Croix, Virgin Islands have agreed to carry out a Hydrocarbon Recovery Plan to remove and manage hydrocarbons floating on top of groundwater underlying the facility. Pursuant to the Hydrocarbon Recovery Plan, recovered hydrocarbons and groundwater will be delivered to the adjacent petroleum refinery where they will be received and managed. Lockheed Martin Corporation (“Lockheed”), which sold the facility to one of the Company’s affiliates, Virgin Islands Alumina Corporation (“Vialco”), in 1989, has tendered indemnity and defense of this matter to Vialco pursuant to terms of the Lockheed–Vialco Asset Purchase Agreement. Management does not believe Vialco’s liability under the Order or its indemnity to Lockheed will require material payments. Through December 31, 2003, the Company has expended approximately $400 on the Recovery Plan. Although there is no limit on the obligation to make indemnification payments, the Company expects the future potential payments under this indemnification will be approximately $200 which may be offset in part by sales of recoverable hydrocarbons.

     It is the Company’s policy to accrue for costs associated with environmental assessments and remedial efforts when it becomes probable that a liability has been incurred and the costs can be reasonably estimated. The aggregate environmental related accrued liabilities were $1,254 and $1,370 at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. All accrued amounts have been recorded without giving effect to any possible future recoveries. With respect to ongoing environmental compliance costs, including maintenance and monitoring, such costs are expensed as incurred.

     Because of the issues and uncertainties described above, and the Company’s inability to predict the requirements of the future environmental laws, there can be no assurance that future capital expenditures and costs for environmental compliance will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s future financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity. Based upon all available information, management does not believe that the outcome of these environmental matters, or environmental matters concerning Mt. Holly, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity.

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  Legal Contingencies

     Prior to the Kaiser bankruptcy, Century was a named defendant, along with Kaiser and many other companies, in civil actions brought by employees of third party contractors who alleged asbestos-related diseases arising out of exposure at facilities where they worked, including Ravenswood. All of those actions relating to the Ravenswood facility have been dismissed or settled with respect to the Company and as to Kaiser. Only 14 plaintiffs were able to show they had been on the Ravenswood premises during the period the Company owned the plant, and the parties have agreed to settle all of those claims for non-material amounts. The Company is awaiting receipt of final documentation of those settlements and the entry of dismissal orders. The Company does not expect the Kaiser Bankruptcy will have any effect on the settlements reached on those asbestos claims. Since the Kaiser Bankruptcy, the Company has been named in an additional 82 civil actions based on similar allegations with unspecified monetary claims against Century. Three of these civil actions have been dismissed. The Company does not know if any of the remaining 79 claimants were in the Ravenswood facility during the Company’s ownership, but management believes that the costs of investigation or settlements, if any, will be immaterial.

     The Company has pending against it or may be subject to various other lawsuits, claims and proceedings related primarily to employment, commercial, environmental and safety and health matters. Although it is not presently possible to determine the outcome of these matters, management believes their ultimate disposition will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity.

  Power Commitments

     The Hawesville facility currently purchases all of its power from Kenergy Corporation (“Kenergy”), a local retail electric cooperative, under a power supply contract that expires at the end of 2010. Kenergy acquires the power it provides to the Hawesville facility mostly from a subsidiary of LG&E Energy Corporation (“LG&E”), with delivery guaranteed by LG&E. The Hawesville facility currently purchases all of its power from Kenergy at fixed prices. Approximately 16% of the Hawesville facility’s power requirements are unpriced in calendar year 2005. The unpriced portion of the contract increases to approximately 27% in 2006.

     The Company purchases all of the electricity requirements for the Ravenswood facility from Ohio Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power Company, under a fixed price power supply agreement that runs through December 31, 2005.

     The Mt. Holly facility purchases all of its power from the South Carolina Public Service Authority (“Santee Cooper”) at rates fixed by published schedules. The Mt. Holly facility’s current power contract was to expire December 31, 2005. In July 2003, a new contract to supply all of the Mt. Holly facility’s power requirements through 2015 was entered into. Power delivered through 2010 will be priced as set forth in currently published schedules, subject to adjustments for fuel costs. Rates for the period 2011 through 2015 will be as provided under then-applicable schedules.

     Equipment failures at the Ravenswood, Mt. Holly or Hawesville facilities could limit or shut down the Company’s production for a significant period of time. In order to minimize the risk of equipment failure, the Company follows a comprehensive maintenance and loss prevention program and periodically reviews its failure exposure.

     The Company may suffer losses due to a temporary or prolonged interruption of the supply of electrical power to its facilities, which can be caused by unusually high demand, blackouts, equipment failure, natural disasters or other catastrophic events. The Company uses large amounts of electricity to produce primary aluminum, and any loss of power which causes an equipment shutdown can result in the hardening or “freezing” of molten aluminum in the pots where it is produced. If this occurs, the Company may experience significant losses if the pots are damaged and require repair or replacement, a process that could limit or shut down production operations for a prolonged period of time. Although the Company maintains property and business interruption insurance to mitigate losses resulting from catastrophic events, the Company may still be required to pay significant amounts under the deductible provisions of those insurance policies. Century’s coverage may not be sufficient to cover all losses, or certain events may not be covered. For example, Century’s insurance does not cover any losses the Company may incur if its suppliers are unable to provide the Company with power during periods of unusually high demand. Certain material losses which are not covered by insurance may trigger a default under the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility. No assurance can be given that a material shutdown will not occur in the future or that such a shutdown would not have a material adverse effect on the Company.

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  Labor Commitments

     Ravenswood’s hourly employees, which comprise approximately 37% of the Company’s workforce, are represented by the USWA and are currently working under a labor agreement that expires May 31, 2006. Hawesville’s hourly employees, which comprise approximately 43% of the Company’s workforce, are represented by the USWA and are currently working under a five-year labor agreement that expires March 31, 2006.

  Other Commitments

     The Company may be required to make post-closing payments to Southwire up to an aggregate maximum of $7,000 if the price of primary aluminum on the LME exceeds specified levels during the seven years following closing of the Hawesville Acquisition in April 2001.

13. Forward Contracts and Financial Instruments

     As a producer of primary aluminum products, the Company is exposed to fluctuating raw material and primary aluminum prices. The Company routinely enters into fixed and market priced contracts for the sale of primary aluminum and the purchase of raw materials in future periods.

     Century has a contract with Pechiney (the “Pechiney Metal Agreement”) under which Pechiney purchases 23 to 27 million pounds, per month, of molten aluminum produced at the Ravenswood facility through December 31, 2005, at a price determined by reference to the U.S. Midwest Market Price. This contract will be automatically extended through July 31, 2007 provided that the Company’s power contract for the Ravenswood facility is extended or replaced through that date. Pechiney has the right, upon twelve months notice, to reduce its purchase obligations by 50% under this contract.

     The Pechiney rolling mill that purchases primary aluminum from the Company under this contract is located directly adjacent to the Ravenswood facility, which allows the Company to deliver molten aluminum, thereby reducing its casting and shipping costs. Alcan has agreed to sell the Pechiney rolling mill in connection with its merger with Pechiney. While any buyer of the rolling mill would be expected to assume Pechiney’s obligations under Pechiney’s existing contract with the Company, the Company may require different terms or terminate that contract if the buyer is not deemed to be creditworthy. If this contract is terminated, or if the buyer materially reduces its purchases or fails to renew the contract when it expires, the Company’s casting, shipping and marketing costs at the Ravenswood facility would increase.

     On April 1, 2000, the Company entered into an agreement, expiring December 31, 2009, with Glencore to sell and deliver monthly, primary aluminum totaling approximately 110.0 million pounds per year at a fixed price for the years 2002 through 2009 (the “Original Sales Contract”). In January 2003, Century and Glencore agreed to terminate and settle the Original Sales Contract for the years 2005 through 2009. At that time, the parties entered into a new contract (the “New Sales Contract”) that requires Century to deliver the same quantity of primary aluminum as did the Original Sales Contract for these years. The New Sales Contract provides for variable pricing determined by reference to the LME for the years 2005 through 2009. For deliveries through 2004, the price of primary aluminum delivered will remain fixed.

     Prior to the January 2003 agreement to terminate and settle the years 2005 though 2009 of the Original Sales Contract, the Company had been classifying and accounting for it as a normal sales contract under SFAS No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.” A contract that is so designated and that meets other conditions established by SFAS No. 133 is exempt from the requirements of SFAS No. 133, although by its term the contract would otherwise be accounted for as a derivative instrument. Accordingly, prior to January 2003, the Original Sales Contract was recorded on an accrual basis of accounting and changes in the fair value of the Original Sales Contract were not recognized.

     According to SFAS No. 133, it must be probable that at inception and throughout its term, a contract classified as “normal” will not result in a net settlement and will result in physical delivery. In April 2003, the Company and Glencore net settled a significant portion of the Original Sales Contract, and it no longer qualified for the “normal” exception of SFAS No. 133. The Company marked the Original Sales Contract to current fair value in its entirety. Accordingly, in the first quarter of 2003 the Company recorded a derivative asset and a pre-tax gain of $41,700. Of the total recorded gain, $26,100 related to the favorable terms of the Original Sales Contract for the years 2005 through 2009, and $15,600 relates to the favorable terms of the Original Sales Contract for 2003 through 2004.

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     The Company determined the fair value by estimating the excess of the contractual cash flows of the Original Sales Contract (using contractual prices and quantities) above the estimated cash flows of a contract based on identical quantities using LME-quoted prevailing forward market prices for aluminum plus an estimated U.S. Midwest premium adjusted for delivery considerations. The Company discounted the excess estimated cash flows to present value using a discount rate of 7%.

     On April 1, 2003, the Company received $35,500 from Glencore, $26,100 of which relates to the settlement of the Original Sales Contract for the years 2005 through 2009, and $9,400 of which represents the fair value of the New Sales Contracts, discussed below. Beginning in January 2003, the Company accounts for the unsettled portion of the Original Sales Contract (years 2003 and 2004) as a derivative and will recognize period-to-period changes in fair value in current income. The Company will also account for the New Sales Contract as a derivative instrument under SFAS No. 133. The Company has not designated the New Sales Contract as “normal” because it replaces and substitutes for a significant portion of the Original Sales Contract which, after January 2003, no longer qualified for this designation. The $9,400 initial fair value of the New Sales Contract is a derivative liability and represents the present value of the contract’s favorable term to Glencore in that the New Sales Contract excludes from its variable price an estimated U.S. Midwest premium, adjusted for delivery considerations. Because the New Sales Contract is variably priced, the Company does not expect significant variability in its fair value, other than changes that might result from the absence of the U.S. Midwest premium.

     In connection with the acquisition of the Hawesville facility in April 2001, the Company entered into a 10-year contract with Southwire (the “Southwire Metal Agreement”) to supply 240 million pounds of high-purity molten aluminum annually to Southwire’s wire and cable manufacturing facility located adjacent to the Hawesville facility. Under this contract, Southwire will also purchase 60.0 million pounds of standard grade molten aluminum each year for the first five years of the contract, with an option to purchase an equal amount in each of the remaining five years. Southwire has exercised this option through 2008. Prior to the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility on April 1, 2003, the Company and Glencore were each responsible for providing a pro rata portion of the aluminum supplied to Southwire under this contract. In connection with the Company’s acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility, the Company assumed Glencore’s delivery obligations under the Southwire Metal Agreement. The price for the molten aluminum to be delivered to Southwire from the Hawesville facility is variable and will be determined by reference to the U.S. Midwest Market Price. This agreement expires on March 31, 2011, and will automatically renew for additional five-year terms, unless either party provides 12 months notice that it has elected not to renew.

     In connection with the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility, the Company entered into a ten-year contract with Glencore (the “Glencore Metal Agreement”) from 2004 through 2013 under which Glencore will purchase approximately 45.0 million pounds per year of primary aluminum produced at the Ravenswood and Mt. Holly facilities, at prices based on then-current market prices, adjusted by a negotiated U.S. Midwest premium with a cap and a floor as applied to the current U.S. Midwest premium.

     Apart from the Pechiney Metal Agreement, the Glencore Metal Agreement, Original Sales Contract, New Sales Contract and Southwire Metal Agreement, the Company had forward delivery contracts to sell 351.8 million pounds and 329.0 million pounds of primary aluminum at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. Of these forward delivery contracts, the Company had fixed price commitments to sell 70.5 million pounds and 42.9 million pounds of primary aluminum at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively. Of these forward delivery contracts, 53.5 million pounds and 0.3 million pounds at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively, were with Glencore.

     The Company is party to long-term alumina supply agreements with Glencore for Ravenswood and Mt. Holly that extend through December 2006 and January 2008 at prices indexed to the price of primary aluminum quoted on the LME.

     Kaiser filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in February 2002. Subsequent to that date, and with bankruptcy court approval, Kaiser agreed to assume the Company’s alumina supply agreement, and it agreed to a new alumina supply agreement for the Company’s Hawesville facility for the years 2006 through 2008. To date, Kaiser has continued to supply alumina to the Company pursuant to the terms of its agreement. In June 2003, Kaiser announced it was exploring the sale of several of its facilities, including Gramercy. The Company, together with a partner, is considering purchasing that facility. If the Company were to acquire the Gramercy facility, the price the Company would pay for alumina used by the Hawesville facility would be based on the cost of alumina production, rather than the LME price for primary aluminum. Those production costs may be materially higher than an LME-

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based price. If the Company were not to purchase the Gramercy facility, and Kaiser or a successor failed to continue to supply alumina to the Hawesville facility pursuant to the terms of the agreements, the Company’s costs for alumina could increase substantially, and it may not be able to fully recover damages resulting from breach of those contracts.

     To mitigate the volatility in its unpriced forward delivery contracts, the Company enters into fixed price financial sales contracts, which settle in cash in the period corresponding to the intended delivery dates of the forward delivery contracts. Certain of these financial sales contracts are accounted for as cash flow hedges depending on the Company’s designation of each contract at its inception. At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, the Company had financial instruments, primarily with Glencore, for 102.9 million pounds and 181.0 million pounds, respectively, of which 58.8 million pounds and 181.0 million pounds, respectively, were designated cash flow hedges. These financial instruments are scheduled for settlement at various dates through 2005. The Company had no fixed price financial purchase contracts to purchase aluminum at December 31, 2003. Additionally, to mitigate the volatility of the natural gas markets, the Company enters into fixed price financial purchase contracts, accounted for as cash flow hedges, which settle in cash in the period corresponding to the intended usage of natural gas. At December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, the Company had financial instruments for 2.7 million and 1.5 million DTH (one decatherm is equivalent to one million British Thermal Units), respectively. These financial instruments are scheduled for settlement at various dates through 2005. Based on the fair value of the Company’s financial instruments as of December 31, 2003 accumulated other comprehensive income of $1,459 is expected to be reclassified as a reduction to earnings over the next twelve month period.

     The forward financial sales and purchase contracts are subject to the risk of non-performance by the counterparties. However, the Company only enters into forward financial contracts with counterparties it determines to be creditworthy. If any counterparty failed to perform according to the terms of the contract, the accounting impact would be limited to the difference between the nominal value of the contract and the market value on the date of settlement.

14. Asset Retirement Obligations

     In June 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations.” This Statement establishes standards for accounting for legal obligations associated with the retirement of tangible long-lived assets and the associated asset retirement costs. The Company adopted the Standard during the first quarter of 2003. SFAS No. 143 requires that the Company record the fair value of a legal liability for an asset retirement obligation (“ARO”) in the period in which it is incurred and capitalize the ARO by increasing the carrying amount of the related asset. The liability is accreted to its present value each period and the capitalized cost is depreciated over the useful life of the related asset. The Company’s asset retirement obligations consist primarily of costs associated with the removal and disposal of reduction plant spent pot liner.

     With the adoption of SFAS No. 143 on January 1, 2003, Century recorded an ARO asset of $6,848, net of accumulated amortization of $7,372, a Deferred Tax Asset of $3,430 and an ARO liability of $14,220. The net amount initially recognized as a result of applying the Statement is reported as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. The Company recorded a one-time, non-cash charge of $5,878, for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. During the year ended December 31, 2003 $1,795 of the additional ARO liability incurred is related to the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility.

     The reconciliation of the changes in the asset retirement obligations is presented below:

                 
    For the year ended December 31,
   
    2003   2002 (Pro forma)
   
 
Beginning Balance, ARO Liability
  $ 14,220     $ 13,734  
Additional ARO Liability incurred
    3,402       2,195  
ARO Liabilities settled
    (2,423 )     (2,842 )
Accretion Expense
    1,296       1,133  
 
   
     
 
Ending Balance, ARO Liability
  $ 16,495     $ 14,220  
 
   
     
 

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15. Related Party Transactions

     The significant related party transactions occurring during the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, are described below.

     The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Century is a member of the Board of Directors of Glencore International AG. One of Century’s Board members is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glencore International AG.

     The Company had notes receivable with officers of the Company of $450 and $458 at December 31, 2003 and 2002, respectively. These notes receivable were all existing loans issued prior to the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and have not been modified since that date.

     Century of West Virginia has purchased alumina, and purchased and sold primary aluminum in transactions with Glencore at prices which management believes approximated market.

     Berkeley has purchased alumina and sold primary aluminum in transactions with Glencore at prices which management believes approximated market.

     Century of Kentucky has sold primary aluminum in transactions with Glencore at prices which management believes approximated market.

     During 2003, all of Century’s facilities participated in primary aluminum swap arrangements with Glencore at prices which management believes approximated market.

  Summary

     A summary of the aforementioned related party transactions for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001 is as follows:

                         
    2003   2002   2001
   
 
 
Net sales (1)
  $ 121,886     $ 107,594     $ 111,469  
Purchases
    99,185       97,469       19,964  
Management fees from Glencore
    121       485       416  
Net gain (loss) on forward contracts
    26,129             (1 )
Derivative liability
    9,342              


(1)   Net sales includes gains and losses realized on the settlement of financial contracts.

     See Note 13 for a discussion of the Company’s fixed-price commitments, forward financial contracts, and contract settlements with related parties.

16. Supplemental Cash Flow Information

                           
      Year Ended December 31,
     
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Cash paid for:
                       
 
Interest
  $ 40,289     $ 38,299     $ 21,114  
 
Income taxes
    257       286       934  
Cash received from:
                       
 
Interest
    341       392       891  
 
Income tax refunds
    9,489       17,574       66  

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  Non-Cash Activities

     During the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, interest cost incurred in the construction of equipment of $685, $810 and $250, respectively, was capitalized. During 2003, the Company incurred $40,000 of borrowings in the form of seller financing related to the acquisition of the 20% interest in the Hawesville facility. During 2002, the Company made non-cash contributions, consisting of 500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $3,180, to the Company’s pension plans.

17. Business Segments

     The Company operates in only one reportable business segment, primary aluminum. The primary aluminum segment produces molten metal, rolling ingot, t-ingot, extrusion billet and foundry ingot.

     A reconciliation of the Company’s consolidated assets to the total of primary aluminum segment assets is provided below.

                         
            Corporate,    
Segment Assets (1)   Primary   Unallocated   Total Assets

 
 
 
2003
  $ 793,101     $ 17,225     $ 810,326  
2002
    742,672       22,495       765,167  
2001
    757,774       18,932       776,706  


(1)   Segment assets include accounts receivable, due from affiliates, inventory, intangible assets, and property, plant and equipment-net; the remaining assets are unallocated corporate assets, and deferred tax assets.

     Included in the consolidated financial statements are the following amounts related to geographic locations:

                           
      Year Ended December 31,
     
      2003   2002   2001
     
 
 
Net Sales
                       
 
United States
  $ 779,229     $ 711,003     $ 654,922  
 
Other
    3,250       335        

     At December 31, 2003, 2002, and 2001, all of the Company’s long-lived assets were located in the United States.

     Revenues from Glencore represented 15.6%, 15.1% and 17.0% of the Company’s consolidated revenues in 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively. Revenues from Pechiney represented 25.4%, 31.0% and 31.1% of the Company’s consolidated sales in 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively. Revenues from Southwire represented 25.4%, 22.2% and 18.9% of the Company’s consolidated sales in 2003, 2002 and 2001.

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18. Quarterly Information (Unaudited)

     The following information includes the results from the Company’s 20% interest in the Hawesville facility since its acquisition on April 1, 2003.

     Financial results by quarter for the years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002 are as follows:

                                           
                      Net Income before        
      Net   Gross   cumulative effect of change   Net Income   Net Income (Loss)
      Sales   Profit   in accounting principle   (Loss)   Per Share
     
 
 
 
 
2003:
                                       
 
1st Quarter (1)(2)(3)
  $ 179,009     $ 7,706       23,473     $ 17,595     $ 0.81  
 
2nd Quarter(4)
    196,167       7,776       (5,007 )     (5,007 )     (0.26 )
 
3rd Quarter(5)(6)
    201,488       10,040       (5,367 )     (5,367 )     (0.28 )
 
4th Quarter(7)(8)
    205,815       22,517       (6,255 )     (6,255 )     (0.32 )
2002:
                                       
 
1st Quarter (9)
  $ 179,100     $ 7,308     $ (3,468 )   $ (3,468 )   $ (0.19 )
 
2nd Quarter (10)
    180,336       4,956       (4,600 )     (4,600 )     (0.25 )
 
3rd Quarter(11)(12)
    176,992       247       (7,764 )     (7,764 )     (0.40 )
 
4th Quarter(13)
    174,910       7,550       (2,776 )     (2,776 )     (0.16 )


(1)   The first quarter 2003 net income includes a gain of $26,129, net of tax, related to a contract termination.
 
(2)   The first quarter 2003 net income includes a charge of $5,878, net of tax, for the cumulative effect of adopting SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations.”
 
(3)   The first quarter 2003 gross profit includes credits of $99 for inventory adjustments.
 
(4)   The second quarter 2003 gross profit includes credits of $295 for inventory adjustments.
 
(5)   The third quarter 2003 gross profit includes a credit of $1,223 for inventory adjustments.
 
(6)   The third quarter 2003 gross profit includes a charge of $1,555 for additional costs associated with spot purchases of alumina due to a supplier curtailment.
 
(7)   The fourth quarter 2003 gross profit includes credits of $5,905 for inventory adjustments.
 
(8)   The fourth quarter 2003 net income includes a charge of $2,004, net of tax, related to an executive resignation.
 
(9)   The first quarter 2002 gross profit includes credits of $1,473 for inventory adjustments.
 
(10)   The second quarter 2002 gross profit includes a charge of $717 for inventory adjustments.
 
(11)   The third quarter 2002 gross profit includes a charge of $3,410 for inventory adjustments.
 
(12)   The third quarter 2002 net income includes an after-tax charge of $1,072 to write-off deferred acquisition costs and an income tax benefit of $1,500 from a reduction in estimated income taxes.
 
(13)   The fourth quarter 2002 gross profit includes credits of $2,901 for inventory adjustments.

19. Condensed Consolidating Financial Information

     The Company’s 11 3/4% Senior Secured First Mortgage Notes due 2008 are jointly and severally and fully and unconditionally guaranteed by all of the Company’s material wholly owned direct and indirect subsidiaries other than Century Aluminum of Kentucky, LLC (the “Guarantor Subsidiaries”). At December 31, 2001, as a result of the acquisition of the Hawesville facility, Century indirectly held an 80% equity interest in Century Aluminum of Kentucky, LLC (“LLC”) and as such consolidated 100% of the assets, liabilities and operations of the LLC into its financial statements, showing the interest of the 20% owners as “Minority Interests.” On April 1, 2003, the Company completed the acquisition of the 20% interest in its Hawesville, Kentucky primary aluminum reduction facility, which was indirectly owned by Glencore, thereby eliminating the Minority Interest. Other subsidiaries of the Company which are immaterial will not guarantee the Notes (collectively, the “Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries”). During 2001, the Company adopted a policy for financial reporting purposes of allocating expenses to subsidiaries. For the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, the Company allocated total corporate expenses of $9,139, $10,900 and $8,500 to its subsidiaries, respectively. Additionally, the Company charges interest on certain intercompany balances.

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     Because the LLC is not a minor subsidiary, the Company is providing condensed consolidating financial information for the periods following the Company’s acquisition of the Hawesville facility. See Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for information about the terms of the Notes.

     The following summarized condensed consolidating balance sheets as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, condensed consolidating statements of operations for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002, and 2001 and the condensed consolidating statements of cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2002, and 2001 present separate results for Century Aluminum Company, the Guarantor Subsidiaries and the Non-Guarantor Subsidiary.

     This summarized condensed consolidating financial information may not necessarily be indicative of the results of operations or financial position had the Company, the Guarantor Subsidiaries or the Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries operated as independent entities.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEET
As of December 31, 2003

                                             
        Combined                   Reclassifications    
        Guarantor   Non-Guarantor   The   and    
        Subsidiaries   Subsidiary   Company   Eliminations   Consolidated
       
 
 
 
 
ASSETS
                                       
Current Assets:
                                       
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 104     $     $ 28,100     $     $ 28,204  
 
Accounts receivable – net
    51,131       239                   51,370  
 
Due from affiliates
    101,489       23,586       455,025       (569,143 )     10,957  
 
Inventories
    76,878       12,482                   89,360  
 
Prepaid and other assets
    4,263       134       3,117             7,514  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total current assets
    233,865       36,441       486,242       (569,143 )     187,405  
Investment in subsidiaries
    78,720             178,483       (257,203 )      
Property, plant and equipment – net
    489,502       5,299       156             494,957  
Intangible asset – net
          99,136                   99,136  
Due from affiliates — less current portion
                             
Other assets
    14,877             13,951             28,828  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total
  $ 816,964     $ 140,876     $ 678,932     $ (826,346 )   $ 810,326  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                                       
Current Liabilities:
                                       
 
Accounts payable, trade
  $ 13,137     $ 21,692     $     $     $ 34,829  
 
Due to affiliates
    25,392       525       116,538       (115,316 )     27,139  
 
Industrial revenue bonds
    7,815                         7,815  
 
Accrued and other current liabilities
    8,929       5,740       15,485             30,154  
 
Accrued employee benefits costs — current portion
    7,306       1,628                   8,934  
 
Deferred taxes — current portion
                             
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total current liabilities
    62,579       29,585       132,023       (115,316 )     108,871  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Long term debt – net
                322,310             322,310  
Notes payable – affiliates
                14,000             14,000  
Accrued pension benefit costs — less current portion
                10,764             10,764  
Accrued postretirement benefit costs — less current portion
    53,234       24,334       650             78,218  
Other liabilities
    478,892       8,237             (453,757 )     33,372  
Deferred taxes
    43,776             11,388       (70 )     55,094  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total noncurrent liabilities
    575,902       32,571       359,112       (453,827 )     513,758  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Shareholders’ Equity:
                                       
 
Convertible preferred stock
                25,000             25,000  
 
Common stock
    59             211       (59 )     211  
 
Additional paid-in capital
    188,424       133,175       173,138       (321,599 )     173,138  
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
    (4,582 )           (5,222 )     4,582       (5,222 )
 
Retained earnings (deficit)
    (5,418 )     (54,455 )     (5,430 )     59,873       (5,430 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total shareholders’ equity
    178,783       78,720       187,697       (257,203 )     187,697  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total
  $ 816,964     $ 140,876     $ 678,832     $ (826,346 )   $ 810,326  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEET
As of December 31, 2002

                                             
        Combined                   Reclassifications    
        Guarantor   Non-Guarantor   The   and    
        Subsidiaries   Subsidiary   Company   Eliminations   Consolidated
       
 
 
 
 
ASSETS
                                       
Current Assets:
                                       
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 745     $     $ 44,347     $     $ 45,092  
 
Accounts receivable – net
    45,936       304                     46,240  
 
Due from affiliates
    87,071       10,102       353,292       (427,733 )     22,732  
 
Inventories
    55,877       21,258                   77,135  
 
Prepaid and other assets
    2,887       178       4,434       (2,722 )     4,777  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total current assets
    192,516       31,842       402,073       (430,455 )     195,976  
Investment in subsidiaries
    74,663             184,234       (258,897 )      
Property, plant and equipment – net
    416,590       780       251             417,621  
Intangible asset – net
          119,744                   119,744  
Due from affiliates — less current portion
    974                         974  
Other assets
    13,041             17,811             30,852  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total
  $ 697,784     $ 152,366     $ 604,369     $ (689,352 )   $ 765,167  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                                       
Current Liabilities:
                                       
 
Accounts payable, trade
  $ 14,588     $ 23,169     $     $     $ 37,757  
 
Due to affiliates
    32,711             64,243       (81,143 )     15,811  
 
Industrial revenue bonds
          7,815                   7,815  
 
Accrued and other current liabilities
    6,257       5,055       12,802             24,114  
 
Accrued employee benefits costs — current portion
    8,966       559       1,365             10,890  
 
Deferred taxes — current portion
    7,763                   (2,792 )     4,971  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total current liabilities
    70,285       36,598       78,410       (83,935 )     101,358  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Long term debt – net
                321,852             321,852  
Accrued pension benefit costs — less current portion
    3,771             6,980             10,751  
Accrued postretirement benefit costs — less current portion
    48,335       21,840       481             70,656  
Other liabilities
    354,297       599             (346,520 )     8,376  
Deferred taxes
    36,862             4,514             41,376  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total noncurrent liabilities
    443,265       22,439       333,827       (346,520 )     453,011  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Minority Interest
                      18,666       18,666  
Shareholders’ Equity:
                                       
 
Convertible preferred stock
                25,000             25,000  
 
Common stock
    59             211       (59 )     211  
 
Additional paid-in capital
    226,998       139,281       172,133       (366,279 )     172,133  
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
    1,173             1,173       (1,173 )     1,173  
 
Retained earnings (deficit)
    (43,996 )     (45,952 )     (6,385 )     89,948       (6,385 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total shareholders’ equity
    184,234       93,329       192,132       (277,563 )     192,132  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total
  $ 697,784     $ 152,366     $ 604,369     $ (689,352 )   $ 765,167  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
For the Year Ended December 31, 2003

                                           
      Combined                    
      Guarantor   Non-Guarantor           Reclassifications    
      Subsidiaries   Subsidiary   The Company   and Eliminations   Consolidated
     
 
 
 
 
Net sales:
                                       
 
Third-party customers
  $ 660,593     $     $     $     $ 660,593  
 
Related parties
    121,886                         121,886  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
    782,479                         782,479  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Cost of goods sold
    715,816       334,020             (315,395 )     734,441  
Reimbursement from owners
          (315,519 )           315,519        
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Gross profit (loss)
    66,663       (18,501 )           (124 )     48,038  
Selling, general and admin expenses
    20,833                         20,833  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Operating income (loss)
    45,830       (18,501 )           (124 )     27,205  
Interest expense – third party
    (41,248 )     (124 )           103       (41,269 )
Interest expense – affiliates
    (2,579 )                       (2,579 )
Interest income
    339                         339  
Net gain (loss) on forward contracts
    25,691                         25,691  
Other income (expense) — net
    (653 )     (56 )           21       (688 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before taxes, minority interest and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    27,830       (18,681 )                 8,699  
Income tax (expense) benefit
    (9,564 )                 6,723       (2,841 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss) before minority interest and cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    17,816       (18,681 )           6,723       5,858  
Minority interest
                      986       986  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss) before cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    17,816       (18,681 )           7,709       6,844  
Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle
    (5,878 )                       (5,878 )
Equity earnings (loss) of subsidiaries
    (10,972 )           966       10,006        
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
  $ 966     $ (18,681 )   $ 966     $ 17,715     $ 966  
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
For the Year Ended December 31, 2002

                                           
      Combined                    
      Guarantor   Non-Guarantor           Reclassifications    
      Subsidiaries   Subsidiary   The Company   and Eliminations   Consolidated
     
 
 
 
 
Net sales:
                                       
 
Third-party customers
  $ 603,744     $     $     $     $ 603,744  
 
Related parties
    107,594                         107,594  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
    711,338                         711,338  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Cost of goods sold
    665,032       279,614             (253,369 )     691,277  
Reimbursement from owners
          (253,541 )           253,541        
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Gross profit (loss)
    46,306       (26,073 )           (172 )     20,061  
Selling, general and admin expenses
    15,783                         15,783  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Operating income (loss)
    30,523       (26,073 )           (172 )     4,278  
Interest expense
    (40,813 )     (134 )           134       (40,813 )
Interest income
    392                           392  
Other income (expense), net
    (1,830 )     (51 )           38       (1,843 )
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before taxes
    (11,728 )     (26,258 )                 (37,986 )
Income tax (expense) benefit
    6,144                   7,982       14,126  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss) before minority interest
    (5,584 )     (26,258 )           7,982       (23,860 )
Minority interest
                      5,252       5,252  
Equity earnings (loss) of subsidiaries
    (13,024 )           (18,608 )     31,632        
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
  $ (18,608 )   $ (26,258 )   $ (18,608 )   $ 44,866     $ (18,608 )
 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
For the Year Ended December 31, 2001

                                           
      Combined                    
      Guarantor   Non-Guarantor           Reclassifications    
      Subsidiaries   Subsidiary   The Company   and Eliminations   Consolidated
     
 
 
 
 
Net sales:
                                       
 
Third-party customers
  $ 543,453     $     $     $     $ 543,453  
 
Related parties
    111,469                         111,469  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 
    654,922                         654,922  
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Cost of goods sold
    614,052       252,615             (232,453 )     634,214  
Reimbursement from owners
          (233,521 )           233,521        
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
Gross profit (loss)
    40,870       (19,094 )   &n