Allegheny Technologies (ATI) Issues Updates on Q3 Results

Allegheny Technologies IncorporatedATI provided updates on third-quarter 2017 results. The company announced a non-cash net of tax charge of $114 million, or $1.05 per share, for goodwill impairment related to the Cast Products business.

Allegheny anticipates third-quarter results to be in line with its July outlook excluding the impairment charge. A year-over-year improvement in High Performance Materials and Components segment is expected to continue over the next few years, courtesy of the ongoing next-generation aerospace ramp.

The company's Flat Rolled Products segment results are expected to be adversely impacted by a sharp decline in raw material prices, mainly ferrochrome and nickel. This is expected to reduce profit margins due to out-of-phase raw material surcharges, resulting in a loss in this segment.

Further, the company expects financial results to be at or near break-even in 2018, and drive profitability by the beginning of 2019.

Sales in the third quarter are expected to be in the range of $865-$875 million with a reported loss in the range of $1.11-$1.14 per share, including the $1.05 per share charge for the goodwill impairment. Excluding this charge, the reported loss is expected in the range of 6 cents-9 cents per share.

Allegheny has outperformed the industry it belongs to over a year. The company's shares have moved up around 47.8% during this period compared with a roughly 35% gain recorded by the industry.

Allegheny is likely to benefit from its diversified global growth markets as well as cost-reduction and restructuring measures. The company is seeing healthy demand from aerospace OEMs which should spur growth.

However, Allegheny remains exposed to certain challenges in its core Flat Rolled Products segment including weakness across some major end-use markets.

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Allegheny currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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