Century Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

MONTEREY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/24/12 -- Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) reported a net loss of $12.3 million ($0.14 per basic and diluted common share) for the second quarter of 2012. Financial results were positively impacted by an unrealized net gain on forward contracts of $1.8 million primarily related to the mark to market of aluminum price protection options. Cost of sales for the quarter included a $5.4 million charge for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

For the second quarter of 2011, Century reported net income of $24.0 million ($0.24 per basic and diluted common share). Financial results were negatively impacted by a $7.7 million charge related to the contractual impact of certain changes in the company's Board of Directors and the executive management team; a charge of $2.9 million related to an insurance receivable, reflecting the fact that the matter had entered litigation; an unrealized net loss on forward contracts of $1.5 million, primarily related to the mark to market of aluminum price protection options; and a charge of $0.8 million related to the early retirement of debt. Changes to the Century of West Virginia retiree medical benefits program increased quarterly results by $8.9 million with an associated discrete tax benefit of $2.1 million.

Sales for the second quarter of 2012 were $323.6 million, compared with $366.3 million for the second quarter of 2011. Shipments of primary aluminum for the 2012 second quarter were 160,828 tonnes, compared with 151,483 tonnes shipped in the year-ago quarter.

For the first half of 2012, the company reported a net loss of $16.7 million ($0.19 per basic and diluted share). First half results were negatively impacted by an unrealized net loss on forward contracts of $3.2 million primarily related to the mark to market of aluminum price protection options. Cost of sales for the first half included an $11.6 million benefit for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

This result compares to net income of $49.0 million ($0.48 per basic and diluted share) for the first half of 2011. Results for the prior six-month period were negatively impacted by a $7.7 million charge related to the contractual impact of the changes in the company's Board of Directors and the executive management team; a charge of $2.9 million related to an insurance receivable; an unrealized net loss on forward contracts of $6.2 million, primarily related to the marking to market of aluminum price protection options; and a charge of $0.8 million related to the early retirement of debt. Changes to the Century of West Virginia retiree medical benefits program increased first half results by $18.3 million with an associated discrete tax benefit of $4.2 million. Cost of sales for the first six months of 2011 included an $8.6 million charge related to the restart of a curtailed potline at the Hawesville, Ky. smelter.

Sales in the first six months of 2012 were $649.8 million compared with $692.6 million in the same period of 2011. Shipments of primary aluminum for the first six months of 2012 were 320,795 tonnes compared with 295,661 tonnes for the comparable 2011 period.

"We have witnessed a weakening of global economic conditions and sentiment during the past several months," commented Michael Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The sovereign and banking crisis in the Eurozone, coupled with a deceleration of growth in China and other emerging economies, has weighed on prices of commodities and similar assets. Though we have yet to see any meaningful deterioration in our U.S. customer markets, we are closely watching the situation. Within this present weak environment, we continue to believe the fundamentals of the aluminum sector foreshadow more favorable conditions over the longer term."

"At Century we are planning for the longer term, while continuing to manage the business carefully during these uncertain times," continued Mr. Bless. "Our acquisition of the carbon anode production facility in Vlissingen, the Netherlands is based upon an objective of long-term security of quality supply of this strategic raw material; in addition, the investment carries a favorable financial return. That said, we will carefully manage the capital improvement program, and easily can defer this process should global conditions warrant. We had a strong quarter at our existing operations. Safety performance was generally very good across the company. Cost reduction activities continue to show tangible results; cash operating costs have fallen meaningfully since the third quarter of 2011. We are continuing in our aggressive efforts to secure electric power arrangements which will provide for the long-term competitiveness of our U.S. plants. This process has yielded good results at Mt. Holly and continues in earnest at Hawesville. We have maintained our determined efforts to restart our Ravenswood plant, and are now in detailed discussions with the Public Service Commission and other key constituencies regarding an enabling power contract. We believe restarting the plant will be an attractive investment for our shareholders."

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century's corporate offices are located in Monterey, Calif. More information can be found at www.centuryaluminum.com.

Century Aluminum's quarterly conference call is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today. To listen to the conference call and to view related presentation materials, go to www.centuryaluminum.com and click on the conference call link on the homepage.

Certified Advisors for the First North market of the OMX Nordic Exchange Iceland hf. for Global Depositary Receipts in Iceland:
Atli B. Gudmundsson, Senior Manager -- Corporate Finance, NBI hf.
Steingrimur Helgason, Director -- Corporate Finance, NBI hf.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements about future, not past, events and involve certain important risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties may include, without limitation, declines in aluminum prices or increases in our operating costs; worsening of global financial and economic conditions; increases in global aluminum inventories and the addition of new or restarted global aluminum production capacity; our ability to successfully obtain long-term competitive power arrangements for our U.S. plants; and our ability to successfully progress the potential restart of our Ravenswood smelter and our Vlissingen carbon anode production facility. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding future aluminum sector conditions, including future industry production capacity; our ability to successfully progress the potential restart of our Ravenswood smelter; and our ability to successfully progress the potential restart of our Vlissingen carbon anode production facility and the anticipated financial return of the project. More information about these risks, uncertainties and assumptions can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake, and specifically disclaim, any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.


                          Century Aluminum Company
                   Consolidated Statements of Operations
                  (in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
                                (Unaudited)

                               Three months ended       Six months ended
                                    June 30,                June 30,
                             ----------------------  ----------------------
                                2012        2011        2012        2011
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
NET SALES:
  Third-party customers      $  184,022  $  207,091  $  372,861  $  395,403
  Related parties               139,597     159,186     276,948     297,211
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                323,619     366,277     649,809     692,614

COST OF GOODS SOLD              317,662     316,763     623,260     600,784
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

GROSS PROFIT                      5,957      49,514      26,549      91,830

OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES
 (INCOME) - NET                   3,817      (5,205)      7,538     (11,089)
SELLING, GENERAL AND
 ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES          7,151      18,557      15,610      29,166
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)          (5,011)     36,162       3,401      73,753

INTEREST EXPENSE - THIRD
 PARTY - NET                     (5,833)     (6,321)    (11,673)    (12,943)
INTEREST INCOME - RELATED
 PARTY                                2          70          62         183
NET GAIN (LOSS) ON FORWARD
 CONTRACTS                        1,450      (1,617)     (3,709)     (6,426)
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) - NET        161      (1,132)        467        (455)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME
 TAXES AND EQUITY IN
 EARNINGS OF JOINT VENTURES      (9,231)     27,162     (11,452)     54,112

INCOME TAX EXPENSE               (3,395)     (3,636)     (6,216)     (6,759)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY
 IN EARNINGS OF JOINT
 VENTURES                       (12,626)     23,526     (17,668)     47,353

EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF JOINT
 VENTURES                           349         460         990       1,679
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

NET INCOME (LOSS)            $  (12,277) $   23,986  $  (16,678) $   49,032
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Net Income (Loss) Allocated
 to Common Shareholders      $  (12,277) $   22,061  $  (16,678) $   45,066

EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON
 SHARE
  Basic and Diluted          $    (0.14) $     0.24  $    (0.19) $     0.48

WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON
 SHARES OUTSTANDING
  Basic                          88,452      93,105      88,589      93,036
  Diluted                        88,452      93,567      88,589      93,432



                          Century Aluminum Company
                        Consolidated Balance Sheets
                           (Dollars in Thousands)
                                (Unaudited)


                                                  June 30,     December 31,
ASSETS                                              2012           2011
                                               -------------  -------------
Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                    $     156,512  $     183,401
  Accounts receivable - net                           71,936         47,647
  Due from affiliates                                 34,671         44,665
  Inventories                                        158,538        171,961
  Prepaid and other current assets                    43,131         40,646
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total current assets                             464,788        488,320
Property, plant and equipment - net                1,208,029      1,218,225
Other assets                                         106,284        104,549
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total                                      $   1,779,101  $   1,811,094
                                               =============  =============

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
  Accounts payable, trade                      $      70,360  $      86,172
  Due to affiliates                                   43,055         41,904
  Accrued and other current liabilities               44,716         40,776
  Accrued employee benefits costs - current
   portion                                            16,107         16,698
  Industrial revenue bonds                             7,815          7,815
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total current liabilities                        182,053        193,365
                                               -------------  -------------

Senior notes payable                                 250,036        249,512
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current
 portion                                              67,762         70,899
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less
 current portion                                     128,429        128,078
Other liabilities                                     39,690         40,005
Deferred taxes                                        90,832         90,958
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total noncurrent liabilities                     576,749        579,452
                                               -------------  -------------

Shareholders' Equity:
  Series A preferred stock (one cent par
   value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 80,623
   and 80,718 issued and outstanding at June
   30, 2012 and December 31, 2011,
   respectively)                                           1              1
  Common stock (one cent par value,
   195,000,000 shares authorized; 93,253,570
   issued and 88,467,049 outstanding as of
   June 30, 2012; 93,230,848 issued and
   88,844,327 outstanding as of December 31,
   2011)                                                 933            932
  Additional paid-in capital                       2,507,053      2,506,842
  Treasury stock, at cost                            (49,924)       (45,891)
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss              (132,067)      (134,588)
  Accumulated deficit                             (1,305,697)    (1,289,019)
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total shareholders' equity                     1,020,299      1,038,277
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total                                      $   1,779,101  $   1,811,094
                                               =============  =============



                          Century Aluminum Company
                   Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                           (Dollars in Thousands)
                                (Unaudited)


                                                      Six months ended
                                                          June 30,
                                                 --------------------------
                                                     2012          2011
                                                 ------------  ------------
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
  Net income (loss)                              $    (16,678) $     49,032
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to
   net cash used in operating activities:
    Unrealized net loss on forward contracts            3,177         6,170
    Accrued and other plant curtailment costs -
     net                                                2,781       (16,592)
    Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment      (11,617)          (16)
    Depreciation and amortization                      31,288        31,064
    Debt discount amortization                            523         1,355
    Pension and other postretirement benefits            (260)      (28,608)
    Stock-based compensation                              212         2,501
    Non-cash loss on early extinguishment of
     debt                                                   -           763
    Undistributed earnings of joint ventures             (990)       (1,679)
    Change in operating assets and liabilities:
      Accounts receivable - net                       (24,289)      (10,935)
      Due from affiliates                               5,401        11,265
      Inventories                                      25,040       (31,464)
      Prepaid and other current assets                 (3,877)      (28,991)
      Accounts payable, trade                         (15,931)       (1,202)
      Due to affiliates                                 1,151        (5,834)
      Accrued and other current liabilities             1,750         7,575
      Other - net                                         704          (539)
                                                 ------------  ------------
  Net cash used in operating activities                (1,615)      (16,135)
                                                 ------------  ------------

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment            (6,165)       (7,353)
  Nordural expansion                                   (3,586)       (7,968)
  Purchase of carbon anode assets                     (14,524)            -
  Investments in and advances to joint ventures          (200)            -
  Payments received on advances from joint
   ventures                                             3,166         3,056
  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and
   equipment                                               68            56
  Restricted and other cash deposits                        -         3,673
                                                 ------------  ------------
    Net cash used in investing activities             (21,241)       (8,536)
                                                 ------------  ------------

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
  Repayment of debt                                         -       (47,067)
  Repayment of contingent obligation                        -          (189)
  Borrowing under revolving credit facility            18,076             -
  Repayment under revolving credit facility           (18,076)            -
  Repurchase of common stock                           (4,033)            -
  Issuance of common stock - net                            -            32
                                                 ------------  ------------
    Net cash used in financing activities              (4,033)      (47,224)
                                                 ------------  ------------

CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                   (26,889)      (71,895)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD        183,401       304,296
                                                 ------------  ------------

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD         $    156,512  $    232,401
                                                 ============  ============



                          Century Aluminum Company
                           Selected Operating Data
                                 (Unaudited)

                        SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM

                         Direct (1)                        Toll
               ------------------------------ ------------------------------
                 Metric    (000)                Metric    (000)      (000)
                  Tons     Pounds    $/Pound     Tons     Pounds    Revenue
               --------- --------- ---------- --------- --------- ----------
2012
2nd Quarter       93,831   206,862 $     1.05    66,997   147,704 $  105,756
1st Quarter       94,087   207,426       1.06    65,880   145,240    106,416
               --------- --------- ---------- --------- --------- ----------
Year to Date     187,918   414,288 $     1.05   132,877   292,944 $  212,172
               --------- --------- ---------- --------- --------- ----------

2011
2nd Quarter       84,509   186,310 $     1.26    66,974   147,652 $  132,113
1st Quarter       80,479   177,426       1.17    63,699   140,432    117,658
               --------- --------- ---------- --------- --------- ----------
Year to Date     164,988   363,736 $     1.22   130,673   288,084 $  249,771
               --------- --------- ---------- --------- --------- ----------

(1) Does not include Toll shipments from Nordural Grundartangi

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