Novelis Reports Strong Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results

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    - Net income of $120 million, up 94% YOY

    - Strong EBITDA of $301 million, up 3% YOY

    - Free Cash Flow before CapEx of $237 million

    - Liquidity of $993 million

    - Strategic Expansion Projects on Track and on Budget




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ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ -- Novelis Inc., the world's leading producer of aluminum rolled products, today reported net income attributable to its common shareholder of $120 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to net income of $62 million for the same period in fiscal 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was the second highest quarterly EBITDA in the Company's history.

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    (in $M)            Q2FY12      Q2FY11 Variance
                    9/30/2011 9/30/2010
    Net Income           $120       $62        94%
    Adjusted EBITDA      $301      $291         3%
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Shipments of aluminum rolled products totaled 720 kilotonnes for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, a decrease of 2 percent compared to shipments of 737 kilotonnes in the second quarter of the previous year. This slight decrease in shipments was driven by economic uncertainty in the United States and Europe and unseasonably cool and wet weather across a number of the Company's operating regions which resulted in customer destocking in the quarter.

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 were $2.9 billion, an increase of 14 percent compared to the $2.5 billion reported in the same period a year ago, mainly the result of strong conversion premiums and higher average aluminum prices.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $301 million, representing a 3 percent increase from adjusted EBITDA of $291 million posted for the same period a year ago. These operating results were primarily due to strong conversion premiums and effective cost management.

"We are particularly proud of the results we realized for the second quarter. Together with our record first quarter performance, this positions us well to achieve another record year," said Phil Martens, Novelis President and Chief Executive Officer. "As a result of our premium product portfolio, which is largely comprised of recession resistant products and other products which have strong, favorable substitution trends, we've produced consistent and predictable results."

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    (in $M)                                 Q2FY12       Q2FY11
                                              9/30/2011       9/30/2010
    Income Before Income Taxes                       $123            $129
    Significant Items Affecting
     Comparisons:
      Restructuring, net                              (11)             (9)
      Unrealized gains/(losses) on
       derivatives                                     (1)              1
      Gain/(Loss) on Sale of Assets                    (1)              -
      Gain on Litigation                                8               -
    Adjusted Pre-tax Income                        $128            $137
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The Company reported pre-tax income of $123 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, a decrease when compared to the $129 million pre-tax income reported in the same period of fiscal 2011. Excluding restructuring charges, unrealized gains/losses on derivatives, loss on sale of assets and gain on litigation, adjusted pre-tax income decreased 7%. "These are very strong operating results, considering shipments were down 2% year-over-year and net interest was up $36 million due to higher interest expense resulting from our debt issuance and refinancing in the third quarter of 2011," said Steve Fisher, Chief Financial Officer for Novelis.

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    (in $M)                               Q2FY12          Q1FY12
                                               9/30/2011       6/30/2011
      Cash and cash equivalents                       $286            $307
      Overdrafts                                        (8)            (18)
      Gross availability under the ABL
       facility                                        715             576
    Total Liquidity                                   $993            $865
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For the second quarter of fiscal 2012, free cash flow was $130 million, compared to free cash flow of $97 million reported in the second quarter of the previous year. "Free cash flow for the quarter was particularly strong given the 123% increase in capital expenditures year-over-year," said Fisher. "Going forward, we expect continued strong cash flow generation which will enable us to fund our global expansion projects."

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    (in $M)                               Q2FY12          Q2FY11
                                               9/30/2011       9/30/2010
      Free Cash Flow                                  $130             $97
      Capex                                            107              48
      Free Cash Flow before Capex                     $237            $145
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    Business Outlook
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For fiscal 2012, the Company expects to generate between $600-700 million of free cash flow before capital expenditures and invest approximately $550-600 million primarily in its global expansion projects.

As a result of economic uncertainty in the Eurozone, unseasonably cool weather and flooding in some of its operating regions and lower than expected growth in its electronics business, Novelis lowered its guidance to between $1.10-1.15 billion in adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2012. "We are still planning on a record fiscal 2012 despite several factors outside of our control impacting our results. This is a real testament to the structural changes we've made in the business over the last few years that have made us a stronger, more nimble company," said Mr. Martens.

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    Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q
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The results described in this press release have been reported in detail on the Company's Form 10-Q on file with the SEC, and investors are directed to that document for a complete explanation of the Company's financial position and results through September 30, 2011. The Novelis Form 10-Q and other SEC filings are available for review on the Company's website at www.novelis.com.

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    Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Earnings Conference Call
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Novelis will discuss its second quarter fiscal 2012 results via a live webcast and conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Participants may access the webcast at https://cc.callinfo.com/r/15q2p7ar9ygsn. To join by telephone, dial toll-free in North America at 800 736 4610, India toll-free at 0008001007108 or the international toll line at +1 212 231 2921. Access information may also be found at www.novelis.com/investors.

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    About Novelis
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Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling. The Company operates in 11 countries, has nearly 11,000 employees and reported revenue of $10.6 billion in fiscal year 2011. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, electronics and printing markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited (BSE: HINDALCO), one of Asia's largest integrated producers of aluminum and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, please visit www.novelis.com.

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    Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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This press release and the presentation slides for the earnings call contain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC rules. We think that these measures are helpful to investors in measuring our financial performance and liquidity and comparing our performance to our peers. However, our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. To the extent we discuss any non-GAAP financial measures on the earnings call, a reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure will be available in the presentation slides filed as Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrent with the issuance of this press release. In addition, the Form 8-K includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.

Attached to this news release are tables showing the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow.

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    Forward-Looking Statements
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Statements made in this news release which describe Novelis' intentions, expectations, beliefs or predictions may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by, or including the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," or similar expressions. Examples of such statements in this news release include our plans to increase production capacity, our growth plans, our expectations with respect to the flat rolled products market and our view of our ability to generate free cash flow this fiscal year. Novelis cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and that Novelis' actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. We do not intend, and we disclaim any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, among other things: changes in the prices and availability of aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw materials we use; the capacity and effectiveness of our metal hedging activities, including our internal used beverage cans (UBCs) and smelter hedges; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of, our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders; fluctuations in the supply of, and prices for, energy in the areas in which we maintain production facilities; our ability to access financing for future capital requirements; changes in the relative values of various currencies and the effectiveness of our currency hedging activities; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation, environmental remediation and clean-up costs, labor relations and negotiations, breakdown of equipment and other events; the impact of restructuring efforts in the future; economic, regulatory and political factors within the countries in which we operate or sell our products, including changes in duties or tariffs; competition from other aluminum rolled products producers as well as from substitute materials such as steel, glass, plastic and composite materials; changes in general economic conditions including deterioration in the global economy, particularly sectors in which our customers operate; changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and our ability to purchase derivative instruments; cyclical demand and pricing within the principal markets for our products as well as seasonality in certain of our customers' industries; changes in government regulations, particularly those affecting taxes, derivative instruments, environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our principal credit agreement and other financing agreements; the effect of taxes and changes in tax rates; the impact of timing differences between the pricing periods for the purchase and sale of aluminum; our ability to increase production capacity and our indebtedness and our ability to generate cash. The above list of factors is not exhaustive. Other important risk factors included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, are specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

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Novelis Inc.

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         CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
                                (In millions)
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                                         Three Months        Six Months
                                            Ended              Ended
                                        September 30,      September 30,
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                                         2011    2010     2011    2010
                                         ----    ----     ----    ----
    Net sales                          $2,880  $2,524   $5,993  $5,057
                                       ------  ------   ------  ------
    Cost of goods sold (exclusive of
     depreciation and amortization)     2,549   2,188    5,257   4,396
    Selling, general and
     administrative expenses               91      97      186     178
    Depreciation and amortization          81     104      170     207
    Research and development
     expenses                              12       9       24      18
    Interest expense and
     amortization of debt issuance
     costs                                 77      40      154      79
    Interest income                        (4)     (3)      (8)     (6)
    Restructuring charges, net             11       9       30      15
    Equity in net loss of non-
     consolidated affiliates                3       3        5       6
    Other (income) expense, net           (63)    (52)     (84)    (39)
                                          ---     ---      ---     ---
                                        2,757   2,395    5,734   4,854
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    Income before income taxes            123     129      259     203
    Income tax (benefit) provision         (7)     56       52      71
                                          ---     ---      ---     ---
    Net income                            130      73      207     132
    Net income attributable to
     noncontrolling interests              10      11       25      20
                                          ---     ---      ---     ---
    Net income attributable to our
     common shareholder                  $120     $62     $182    $112
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Novelis Inc.

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           CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
                (In millions, except number of shares)
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                                              September    March
                                                 30,        31,
                                                   2011      2011
                                                     --      ----
                           ASSETS
    Current assets
    Cash and cash equivalents                      $286      $311
    Accounts receivable, net
      - third parties (net of allowances of
       $6 and $7 as of September 30, 2011
       and March 31, 2011, respectively)          1,415     1,480
     - related parties                               36        28
    Inventories, net                              1,258     1,338
    Prepaid expenses and other current
     assets                                          73        50
    Fair value of derivative instruments            175       165
    Deferred income tax assets                        9        39
                                                    ---       ---
     Total current assets                         3,252     3,411
    Property, plant and equipment, net            2,528     2,543
    Goodwill                                        611       611
    Intangible assets, net                          671       707
    Investment in and advances to
     non-consolidated affiliates                    704       743
    Fair value of derivative instruments,
     net of current portion                           7        17
    Deferred income tax assets                       52        52
    Other long-term assets
      - third parties                               165       193
     - related parties                               17        19
                                                    ---       ---
     Total assets                                $8,007    $8,296
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           LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY
    Current liabilities
    Current portion of long-term debt               $20       $21
    Short-term borrowings                            63        17
    Accounts payable
      - third parties                             1,111     1,378
     - related parties                               45        50
    Fair value of derivative instruments            168        82
    Accrued expenses and other current
     liabilities                                    503       568
    Deferred income tax liabilities                  42        43
                                                    ---       ---
     Total current liabilities                    1,952     2,159
    Long-term debt, net of current portion        4,063     4,065
    Deferred income tax liabilities                 472       552
    Accrued postretirement benefits                 519       526
    Other long-term liabilities                     339       359
                                                    ---       ---
     Total liabilities                            7,345     7,661
                                                  -----     -----
    Commitments and contingencies
    Shareholder's equity
    Common stock, no par value; unlimited
     number of shares authorized; 1,000
     shares issued and outstanding as of
     September 30, 2011 and March 31, 2011            -         -
    Additional paid-in capital                    1,830     1,830
    Accumulated deficit                          (1,260)   (1,442)
    Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)
     income                                        (109)       57
                                                   ----       ---
     Total equity of our common shareholder         461       445
    Noncontrolling interests                        201       190
                                                    ---       ---
     Total equity                                   662       635
                                                    ---       ---
     Total liabilities and equity                $8,007    $8,296
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Novelis Inc.

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          CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)
                                 (In millions)
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                                                          Six Months Ended
                                                           September  30,
                                                           --------------
                                                            2011      2010
                                                            ----      ----
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Net income                                              $207      $132
    Adjustments to determine net cash provided by operating
     activities:
     Depreciation and amortization                           170       207
     Gain on unrealized derivatives and other realized
      derivatives in investing activities, net              (106)      (28)
     Deferred income taxes                                    32        18
     Write-off and amortization of fair value
      adjustments, net                                        13         8
     Equity in net loss of non-consolidated affiliates         5         6
     (Gain) loss on foreign exchange remeasurement of
      debt                                                    (1)        1
     (Gain) loss on sale of assets                             2       (13)
     Other, net                                               20         5
     Changes in assets and liabilities:
      Accounts receivable                                     40       (91)
      Inventories                                             45       (84)
      Accounts payable                                      (261)      (45)
      Other current assets                                   (11)       (4)
      Other current liabilities                              (90)       16
      Other noncurrent assets                                 18        (8)
      Other noncurrent liabilities                           (27)        4
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    Net cash provided by operating activities                 56       124
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    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Capital expenditures                                    (174)      (71)
    Proceeds from sales of assets                              1        18
    Proceeds from investment in and advances to
     non-consolidated affiliates, net                          1         -
    (Outflow) proceeds from related party loans
     receivable, net                                          (4)       11
     Proceeds from settlement of other undesignated
      derivative instruments, net                             57        67
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    Net cash (used in) provided by investing
     activities                                             (119)       25
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    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Proceeds from issuance of debt                             6         -
    Principal payments                                       (11)       (8)
    Short-term borrowings (payments), net                     48       (50)
    Dividends, noncontrolling interest                        (1)      (18)
                                                             ---       ---
    Net cash provided by (used in) financing
     activities                                               42       (76)
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    Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
     equivalents                                             (21)       73
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash balances
     held in foreign currencies                               (4)        2
    Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period          311       437
                                                             ---       ---
    Cash and cash equivalents - end of period               $286      $512
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Reconciliation from Net Income Attributable to our Common Shareholder to Adjusted EBITDA

Novelis is providing disclosure of the reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis.

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                                      Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
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    (in millions)                       September 30,        September 30,
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                                         2011        2010  2011       2010
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    Net income (loss) attributable to
     our common shareholder              $120         $62   182        112
     Noncontrolling interests             (10)        (11)  (25)       (20)
     Income tax benefit/(provision)         7         (56)  (52)       (71)
     Interest, net                        (73)        (37) (146)       (73)
    Depreciation and amortization         (81)       (104) (170)      (207)
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    EBITDA                                277         270   575        483
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    Unrealized gain (loss) on
     derivatives                           (1)          1    25        (46)
    Realized gain on derivative
     instruments not included in
     segment income                         -           -     2          -
     Proportional consolidation           (12)        (12)  (25)       (22)
     Restructuring charges, net           (11)         (9)  (30)       (15)
     Gain (loss) on sale of assets         (1)          -    (2)        13
     Other income, net                      1          (1)   (2)        (1)
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    Adjusted EBITDA                      $301        $291  $607       $554
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The following table shows the "Free cash flow" for the six months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, the change between periods, as well as the ending balances of cash and cash equivalents (in millions).

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                                                        September 30,
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     Net cash provided by operating activities   $$56  $$124           $$(68)
     Net cash provided by (used in) investing
      activities                                 (119)    25             (144)
     Less: Proceeds from sales of assets           (1)   (18)              17
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     Free cash flow                            $$(64)  $$131          $$(195)
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     Ending cash and cash equivalents           $$286  $$512          $$(226)
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SOURCE Novelis Inc.

For further information: Media Contact: Charles Belbin, +1-404-760-4120, charles.belbin@novelis.com; Investor Contact: Isabel Janci, +1-404-760-4164, isabel.janci@novelis.com Web Site: http://www.novelis.com

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