Century Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 07/30/13 -- Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) reported a net loss of $34.6 million ($0.39 per basic and diluted share) for the second quarter of 2013. Financial results were positively impacted by a gain on bargain purchase of $2.0 million and power contract amortization of $2.7 million associated with the Sebree acquisition. Results were negatively impacted by a charge of $3.3 million for the early extinguishment of our 8.0% Sr. Notes; and a charge for severance and other expenses of $1.7 million related to our corporate headquarters relocation. Cost of sales for the quarter included a $10.2 million charge for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

For the second quarter of 2012, Century reported a net loss of $12.3 million ($0.14 per basic and diluted share). Financial results for the year-ago quarter 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.

Sales for the second quarter of 2013 were $331.9 million, compared with $323.6 million for the second quarter of 2012. Shipments of primary aluminum for the 2013 second quarter were 176,270 tonnes, compared with 160,828 tonnes shipped in the year-ago quarter.

For the first half of 2013, the company reported a net loss of $26.3 million ($0.30 per basic and diluted share). First half results were positively impacted by an unrealized gain of $16.1 million related to a LME-based contingent obligation, a gain on bargain purchase of $2.0 million and power contract amortization of $2.7 million. Results were negatively impacted by a charge of $3.3 million for the early extinguishment of our 8.0% Sr. Notes and a charge of $4.0 million for severance and other expenses related to our corporate headquarters relocation. Cost of sales for the first half included a $16.0 million charge for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

This result compares to a net loss of $16.7 million ($0.19 per basic and diluted share) for the first half of 2012. Results for the prior six-month period 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.

Sales in the first six months of 2013 were $653.2 million compared with $649.8 million in the same period of 2012. Shipments of primary aluminum for the first six months of 2013 were 335,046 tonnes compared with 320,795 tonnes for the comparable 2012 period.

"We are managing through a period of uncertainty in our industry," commented Michael Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The slowing in China's economy, the extent and impact of which remain difficult to determine, has clearly begun to impact European and other developed and developing economies. In contrast, our U.S. customer markets remain generally sound, with particular strength in the transportation and construction sectors. On a macro level, the relative strength of the U.S. dollar, caused in part by the recent rise in interest rates, has pressured the price of all commodities. Lastly, industry participants are trying to assess the potential impact of the recent proposal by the London Metals Exchange for changes in the warehousing rules. In summary, we are prepared to operate through this challenging environment in the near-term, but remain confident that attractive demand coupled with constrained supply outside of China will push aluminum prices upward over time."

Mr. Bless continued, "The past few months have been busy and productive at Century. We reached a definitive agreement with our power supplier for Hawesville; subject to obtaining the required regulatory approvals, this new contract would commence upon the expiration of the existing agreement on August 20. Under the new arrangement, we would buy power at market terms and pay a small fee to the power company to cover its direct costs. We believe that the terms of this new contract would allow Hawesville to be competitive in the global market. In early June, we acquired the Sebree, KY smelter from Rio Tinto Alcan. Sebree's power contract is with the same supplier as Hawesville and expires in January 2014; we are confident that, assuming Hawesville's power contract is approved, we would be able to move this plant to an arrangement similar to Hawesville's pending contract. With these developments, coupled with Mt. Holly's market-based power arrangement, we believe we have significantly improved the competitive dynamic of our U.S. system.

"We are continuing with the investment program at Grundartangi in Iceland," concluded Mr. Bless. "The multi-year expansion of the plant's production capacity is proceeding as planned. The anode plant in Vlissingen, on schedule for a fourth quarter restart, will reduce costs, improve operational readiness and enable Grundartangi's capacity expansion. It will also provide important flexibility for the Helguvik plant when it comes on stream. On that project, we maintain in-depth discussions with the several power providers."

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland. Century's corporate offices are located in Chicago, Illinois. 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.

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 manage and/or improve performance at each of our operating smelters. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding future aluminum sector conditions, including future aluminum prices and future aluminum market supply and demand levels; our ability to successfully access wholesale power for our Hawesville and Sebree smelters and achieve an attractive long-term power solution for each of these plants; our ability to control or reduce power costs at each of our U.S. plants; and our ability to successfully progress the potential restart of our Vlissingen carbon anode production facility and the anticipated financial return and operational benefits 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.

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, Landsbankinn hf.
Steingrimur Helgason, Director -- Corporate Finance, Landsbankinn hf.



                          CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
              (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                (Unaudited)

                                  Three months ended     Six months ended
                                       June 30,              June 30,
                                    2013       2012       2013       2012
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
NET SALES:
  Third-party customers          $ 220,950  $ 184,022  $ 409,464  $ 372,861
  Related parties                  110,987    139,597    243,747    276,948
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                   331,937    323,619    653,211    649,809

  Cost of goods sold               337,635    317,662    641,327    623,260
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Gross profit (loss)                 (5,698)     5,957     11,884     26,549

  Other operating expenses - net     3,018      3,817      4,114      7,538
  Selling, general and
   administrative expenses          15,154      7,151     31,453     15,610
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Operating income (loss)            (23,870)    (5,011)   (23,683)     3,401

  Interest expense - third party
   - net                            (6,038)    (5,833)   (11,983)   (11,673)
  Interest income - related
   parties                               -          2          -         62
  Net gain (loss) on forward and
   derivative contracts                204      1,450     15,711     (3,709)
  Gain on bargain purchase           2,042          -      2,042          -
  Loss on early extinguishment
   of debt                          (3,272)         -     (3,272)         -
  Other income (expense) - net      (1,284)       161     (1,214)       467
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Loss before income taxes and
 equity in earnings of joint
 ventures                          (32,218)    (9,231)   (22,399)   (11,452)

  Income tax expense                (2,791)    (3,395)    (5,308)    (6,216)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Loss before equity in earnings
 of joint ventures                 (35,009)   (12,626)   (27,707)   (17,668)

Equity in earnings of joint
 ventures                              436        349      1,387        990
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net loss                         $ (34,573) $ (12,277) $ (26,320) $ (16,678)
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

Net loss allocated to common
 shareholders                    $ (34,573) $ (12,277) $ (26,320) $ (16,678)

LOSS PER COMMON SHARE
  Basic and Diluted              $   (0.39) $   (0.14) $   (0.30) $   (0.19)

WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
 OUTSTANDING
  Basic and Diluted                 88,597     88,452     88,576     88,589



                          CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 (Dollars in thousands, except share data)
                                (Unaudited)

                                                   June 30,    December 31,
                     ASSETS                          2013          2012
                                                 ------------  ------------
Cash and cash equivalents                        $    127,531  $    183,976
Restricted cash                                           978           258
Accounts receivable - net                              84,067        50,667
Due from affiliates                                    24,964        37,870
Inventories                                           224,707       159,925
Prepaid and other current assets                       41,446        34,975
Deferred taxes - current portion                       19,613        19,726
                                                 ------------  ------------
    Total current assets                              523,306       487,397
Property, plant and equipment - net                 1,230,031     1,188,214
Other assets                                           97,838       100,715
                                                 ------------  ------------
    TOTAL                                        $  1,851,175  $  1,776,326
                                                 ============  ============

      LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable, trade                          $    103,867  $     75,370
Due to affiliates                                      67,345        39,737
Accrued and other current liabilities                  81,172        40,099
Accrued employee benefits costs - current
 portion                                               18,020        18,683
Industrial revenue bonds                                7,815         7,815
                                                 ------------  ------------
    Total current liabilities                         278,219       181,704
                                                 ------------  ------------

Senior notes payable                                  248,961       250,582
Accrued pension benefits costs - less current
 portion                                               63,748        67,878
Accrued postretirement benefits costs - less
 current portion                                      142,978       143,105
Other liabilities                                      37,056        40,162
Deferred taxes                                        111,318       110,252
                                                 ------------  ------------
    Total noncurrent liabilities                      604,061       611,979
                                                 ------------  ------------

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Series A Preferred stock (one cent par value,
 5,000,000 shares authorized; 80,084 and 80,283
 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2013 and
 December 31, 2012, respectively)                           1             1
Common stock (one cent par value, 195,000,000
 shares authorized; 93,389,230 issued and
 88,602,709 outstanding at June 30, 2013;
 93,335,158 issued and 88,548,637 outstanding at
 December 31, 2012)                                       934           933
Additional paid-in capital                          2,507,996     2,507,454
Treasury stock, at cost                               (49,924)      (49,924)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                 (139,163)     (151,192)
Accumulated deficit                                (1,350,949)   (1,324,629)
                                                 ------------  ------------
    Total shareholders' equity                        968,895       982,643
                                                 ------------  ------------
    TOTAL                                        $  1,851,175  $  1,776,326
                                                 ============  ============



                          CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                           (Dollars in thousands)
                                (Unaudited)

                                                      Six months ended
                                                          June 30,
                                                     2013          2012
                                                 ------------  ------------
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
  Net loss                                       $    (26,320) $    (16,678)
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
   provided by (used in) operating activities:
    Unrealized net (gain) loss on forward
     contracts                                           (397)        3,177
    Gain on bargain purchase                           (2,042)            -
    Unrealized gain on E.ON contingent
     obligation                                       (16,075)            -
    Accrued and other plant curtailment costs -
     net                                                2,268         2,781
    Lower of cost or market inventory adjustment       16,049       (11,617)
    Depreciation and amortization                      29,157        31,288
    Debt discount amortization                            502           523
    Pension and other postretirement benefits          (3,616)         (260)
    Stock-based compensation                              499           212
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt                3,272             -
    Undistributed earnings of joint ventures           (1,387)         (990)
      Change in operating assets and
       liabilities:
      Accounts receivable - net                       (33,883)      (24,289)
      Due from affiliates                              12,906         5,401
      Inventories                                     (22,334)       25,040
      Prepaid and other current assets                 (5,992)       (3,877)
      Accounts payable, trade                          30,696       (15,931)
      Due to affiliates                                27,607         1,151
      Accrued and other current liabilities            (1,827)        1,750
      Other - net                                      13,893           704
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net cash provided by (used in) operating
 activities                                            22,976        (1,615)
                                                 ------------  ------------

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment           (16,565)       (6,165)
  Nordural expansion - Helguvik                        (2,559)       (3,586)
  Purchase of carbon anode assets and
   improvements                                        (3,670)      (14,524)
  Purchase of Sebree smelter                          (48,058)            -
  Investments in and advances to joint ventures             -          (200)
  Dividends and payments received on advances
   from joint ventures                                      -         3,166
  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and
   equipment                                              515            68
  Restricted and other cash deposits                     (720)            -
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net cash used in investing activities                 (71,057)      (21,241)
                                                 ------------  ------------

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
  Repayment of debt                                  (249,604)            -
  Proceeds from issuance of debt                      246,330             -
  Borrowings under revolving credit facility                -        18,076
  Repayments under revolving credit facility                -       (18,076)
  Debt issuance costs                                  (3,926)            -
  Debt retirement costs                                (1,208)
  Repurchase of common stock                                -        (4,033)
  Issuance of common stock - net                           44             -
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net cash used in financing activities                  (8,364)       (4,033)
                                                 ------------  ------------

CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                   (56,445)      (26,889)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period        183,976       183,401
                                                 ------------  ------------

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period         $    127,531  $    156,512
                                                 ============  ============



                          Century Aluminum Company
                           Selected Operating Data
                                 (Unaudited)

                        SHIPMENTS - PRIMARY ALUMINUM

                           Direct (1)                       Toll
                 ----------------------------- -----------------------------
                             (000)                         (000)    $ (000)
                   Tonnes    Pounds   $/Pound    Tonnes    Pounds   Revenue
                 --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
2013
2nd Quarter        106,284   234,317 $    0.98    69,986   154,291 $ 101,290
1st Quarter         93,472   206,070      1.06    65,304   143,971   103,973
                 --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total              199,756   440,387 $    1.02   135,290   298,262 $ 205,263
                 ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= =========

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
                 --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total              187,918   414,288 $    1.05   132,877   292,944 $ 212,172
                 ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= =========

(1) Does not include Toll shipments from Nordural Grundartangi

Century Aluminum Contacts:

Mike Dildine (media)
831-642-9364

Shelly Harrison (investors)
831-392-5856

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