Novelis Inc. Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2009



    
    - Pre-tax loss was $32 million, excluding asset impairments, restructuring
    charges and unrealized mark-to-market losses on derivatives.

    - Net loss of $1.8 billion due to impairment charges of $1.5 billion and
    unrealized mark-to-market losses on derivatives of $472 million, both
    non-cash items.

    - Shipments declined in most sectors, but the beverage can market remains
    relatively stable.

    - Actions are under way to reduce costs, including a workforce reduction
of
    more than 10%.

    
    ATLANTA, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -- Novelis Inc., a subsidiary of Hindalco
Industries Limited (BSE: HINDALCO), today reported a net loss of $1.8 billion
for the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, which ended on December 31, 2008.
The loss includes non-cash, pre-tax charges of $1.5 billion for asset
impairments and $472 million of unrealized losses on derivatives which hedge
exposure to commodities and foreign currencies.  For the corresponding period
of fiscal 2008, the company reported a net loss of $73 million, including $24
million of unrealized losses on derivatives.
    
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    On a pre-tax basis, and excluding impairment and restructuring charges as
well as mark-to-market losses on derivatives, the company recorded a loss of
$32 million, compared to a loss of $22 million in the prior-year period. Sales
declined 20 percent to $2.2 billion as a result of lower volumes and decreased
metal prices.
    Shipments of flat-rolled aluminum products decreased 13 percent versus
last year's third quarter to 633 kilotonnes (kt).  Shipments to automotive,
construction and industrial markets were significantly impacted by the
economic downturn.  Can sheet shipments were lower by 5 percent year-over-year
due to inventory reductions in the supply chain.  These trends affected all
regions except South America where shipments were flat when compared to the
prior-year quarter.  The lower shipment volumes negatively impacted pre-tax
income by $78 million, when compared to the prior-year quarter.
    Despite the difficult business conditions, inventory levels continued to
be effectively managed.  Through the end of the third quarter, metal
inventories were down 9 percent for the fiscal year-to-date.
    "The impact of the economic downturn varies across our regions and
business segments," said Martha Finn Brooks, President and Chief Operating
Officer.  "The can sheet market, while dampened by customer de-stocking during
the quarter, remains a relatively stable sector.  This is a positive factor
for Novelis, given that we are the world leader in this market, which
represents approximately half of our shipments."
    In response to market conditions, Brooks stated, "We are making
adjustments in line with the lower demand levels we expect to continue to see
in the near term.  These actions include adjusting our metal intake, reducing
production and aggressively cutting costs.  We are in the process of reducing
our global workforce by more than 10 percent.  In addition, we expect to
benefit in future quarters from lower commodity costs, particularly for
energy, alloying materials and freight."
    The $1.5 billion non-cash asset impairment charge includes a $1.3 billion
impairment in the value of goodwill and a $160 million write-down of our
investment in Aluminium Norf GmbH (Alunorf).  These charges reflect changes in
certain assumptions used to calculate asset impairments under U.S. GAAP.  The
changes include:
    -- The increased market cost of capital, which is due primarily to the
significant deterioration in the capital markets during the third fiscal
quarter.  The market cost of debt required in these calculations is
significantly higher than the interest rates on Novelis' existing debt.
    -- The related decline in the market capitalization of both our parent
company, Hindalco Ltd., and other industry participants.  The relative public
equity values of a company, its parent, and other industry participants are
significant inputs in business valuation models under U.S. GAAP.
    -- The impact of the global recession on our near-term operating
forecast, although the long-term outlook for the business remains positive.
    The current conditions in stock, debt and physical markets have resulted
in goodwill and other asset impairments in a number of U.S. and international
companies, including those in the commodities space.
    The $472 million of non-cash unrealized losses on derivatives in the
current year compares to a $24 million loss in the prior-year quarter.  These
derivatives are used to hedge exposures to aluminum, primarily related to
customer fixed-price contracts, other commodities and currency.  The magnitude
of the mark-to-market loss on the company's derivative portfolio primarily
reflects the dramatic downward movement in the LME price of aluminum.
Generally, the losses on these hedges will be offset in future periods by the
benefits of lower commodity costs, more favorable currency relationships and
fixed exposure to contracts with metal price ceilings.
    Other significant operational factors that created variances between the
third fiscal quarters of the current and prior years include:
    -- Foreign exchange benefit of $52 million related largely to the
strengthening U.S. dollar;
    -- $31 million benefit of metal price lag, net of realized derivatives
instruments;
    
    -- $25 million unfavorable impact of higher non-aluminum input costs; and
    
    -- $26 million reduction in selling, general and administrative (SG&A)
expenses.
    Cash taxes paid were $20 million and $19 million during the third
quarters of fiscal years 2009 and 2008, respectively.
    Nine Month Results (see Note below regarding combined results of
operations for the prior-year period)
    For the nine months ended December 31, 2008, ("year-to-date" or "current
year"), Novelis reported a net loss of $1.9 billion.  This loss includes non-
cash, pre-tax charges of $1.5 billion for asset impairment and $672 million of
unrealized losses on derivatives, primarily used to hedge exposure to
commodities and foreign currencies.  For the corresponding period of 2008, the
company reported a net loss of $234 million, which included a $121 million
pre-tax unrealized loss on derivatives.
    For further information regarding Novelis' third quarter and year-to-date
results, please review the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on February 17, 2008.
    NOTE REGARDING COMBINED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND SELECTED FINANCIAL AND
OPERATING INFORMATION DUE TO THE ACQUISITION
    Under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of
America (GAAP), the condensed consolidated financial statements for the nine
months ended December 31, 2007, are presented in two distinct periods, as
Predecessor and Successor entities are not comparable in all material
respects.  However, in order to facilitate an understanding of our results of
operations for the nine months ended December 31, 2007, in comparison with the
nine months ended December 31, 2008, our Predecessor results and our Successor
results are presented and discussed on a combined basis.  The combined results
of operations are non-GAAP financial measures, do not include any pro-forma
assumptions or adjustments and should not be used in isolation or substitution
of the Predecessor and Successor results.
    Shown below are comparative (1) shipments, (2) results of operations and
(3) cash flows for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2008, and for
the combined nine months ended December 31, 2007.  To facilitate
reconciliation of combined schedules to GAAP financial measures, we have
included the respective Successor and Predecessor periods in each table.



    
                                                           May 16,    April 1,
                                                            2007       2007
                   Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended   Through    Through
                        December 31,       December 31,  December 31, May 15,
                      2008     2007       2008     2007     2007       2007
                  Successor Successor Successor Combined Successor Predecessor
    Shipments (kt)
     (A):
      Rolled
       products(B)    633       730     2,165     2,234     1,886       348
      Ingot
       products(C)     26        42       126       122       107        15
      Total
       shipments      659       772     2,291     2,356     1,993       363
    

    
    (A) One kilotonne (kt) is 1,000 metric tonnes. One metric tonne is
        equivalent to 2,204.6 pounds.
    (B) Rolled products shipments include tolling (the conversion of customer-
        owned metal).
    (C) Ingot products include primary ingot in Brazil, foundry products in
        Korea and Europe, secondary ingot in Europe and other miscellaneous
        recyclable aluminum.
    



    
                                 Novelis Inc.
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                               ($ in millions)
    

    
                                                         Three Months Ended
                                                             December 31,
                                                          2008        2007
                                                                   (Restated)
                                                        Successor   Successor
    

    
    Net sales                                             $2,176      $2,735
    Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation
     and amortization shown below)                         2,023       2,474
    Selling, general and administrative expenses              73          99
    Depreciation and amortization                            107         108
    Research and development expenses                         11          11
    Interest expense and amortization of debt issuance
     costs, net                                               44          47
    (Gain) loss on change in fair value of derivative
     instruments, net                                        405          56
    Impairment of goodwill                                 1,340           -
    Restructuring charges, net                                15           1
    Equity in net (income) loss of non-consolidated
     affiliates                                              166           3
    Other (income) expenses, net                              20         (17)
                                                           4,204       2,782
    

    
    Loss before provision (benefit) for taxes on
     income (loss) and minority interests' share          (2,028)        (47)
    Income tax provision (benefit)                          (199)         26
    Loss before minority interests' share                 (1,829)        (73)
    Minority interests' share                                  9           -
    Net loss                                             $(1,820)       $(73)
    



    
                                 Novelis Inc.
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                               ($ in millions)
    

    
                                                          May 16,    April 1,
                                                           2007       2007
                                      Nine Months Ended   Through    Through
                                         December 31,   December 31, May 15,
                                        2008     2007      2007       2007
                                                        (Restated)
                                     Successor Combined  Successor Predecessor
    

    
    Net sales                          $8,238   $8,384    $7,103      $1,281
    Cost of goods sold (exclusive
     of depreciation and amortization
     shown below)                       7,645    7,670     6,465       1,205
    Selling, general and
     administrative expenses              246      324       229          95
    Depreciation and amortization         330      292       264          28
    Research and development expenses      33       40        34           6
    Interest expense and amortization
     of debt issuance costs, net          125      154       128          26
    (Gain) loss on change in fair
     value of derivative
     instruments, net                     524       52        72         (20)
    Impairment of goodwill              1,340        -         -           -
    Restructuring charges, net             14        3         2           1
    Equity in net (income) loss of
     non-consolidated affiliates          166      (17)      (16)         (1)
    Sale transaction fees                   -       32         -          32
    Other (income) expenses, net           53       (6)       (9)          3
                                       10,476    8,544     7,169       1,375
    Loss before provision (benefit)
     for taxes on income (loss) and
     minority interests' share         (2,238)    (160)      (66)        (94)
    Income tax provision (benefit)       (333)      77        73           4
    Loss before minority interests'
     share                             (1,905)    (237)     (139)        (98)
    Minority interests' share               7        3         2           1
    Net loss                          $(1,898)   $(234)    $(137)       $(97)
    



    
                                 Novelis Inc.
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                               ($ in millions)
    

    
                                                           May 16,    April 1,
                                 Nine Months Nine Months    2007       2007
                                    Ended       Ended      Through    Through
                                December 31, December 31, December 31, May 15,
                                    2008         2007       2007       2007
                                  Successor   Combined   Successor Predecessor
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Net cash provided by (used in)
     operating activities             $(434)    $(201)       $29      $(230)
    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Capital expenditures               (107)     (137)      (120)       (17)
    Net proceeds from settlement
     of derivative instruments          180        74         56         18
    Proceeds from sales of assets         4         4          4          -
    Changes to investment in, and
     advances to, non-consolidated
     affiliates                          17         6          5          1
    Proceeds from loans receivable
     - net - related parties             18        12         12          -
    Net cash provided by (used in)
     investing activities               112       (41)       (43)         2
    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Proceeds from issuance of common
     stock                                -        92         92          -
    Proceeds from issuance of debt        8     1,250      1,100        150
    Principal repayments                (11)   (1,006)    (1,005)        (1)
    Short-term borrowings - net         193       (43)      (103)        60
    Dividends - minority interests       (5)       (8)        (1)        (7)
    Debt issuance costs                   -       (39)       (37)        (2)
    Proceeds from the exercise of
     stock options                        -         1          -          1
    Net cash provided by (used in)
     financing activities               185       247         46        201
    Net increase (decrease) in cash
     and cash equivalents              (137)        5         32        (27)
    Effect of exchange rate changes
     on cash balances held in foreign
     currencies                         (13)       (2)        (3)         1
    Cash and cash equivalents -
     beginning of period                326       128        102        128
    Cash and cash equivalents -
     end of period                     $176      $131       $131       $102
    About Novelis
    
    Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and
aluminum can recycling.  The company operates in 11 countries, has
approximately 12,500 employees and reported revenue of $11.2 billion in fiscal
year 2008.  Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to
automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and printing
markets throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America.  Novelis is
a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, Asia's largest integrated
producer of aluminum and a leading copper producer.  Hindalco is the flagship
company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in
Mumbai, India.  For more information on Novelis, please visit www.novelis.com.
    
    Forward-Looking Statements
    
    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, among
other matters, the positive long-term outlook for our business, the benefit of
lower metal and energy prices on our profitability, the changes in currency on
our profitability, our ability to adjust our production levels, and the
recovery of losses on hedging instruments through lower commodity costs.
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
global economic conditions, the level of our indebtedness and our ability to
generate cash; relationships with, and financial and operating conditions of,
our customers and suppliers; changes in the prices and availability of
aluminum (or premiums associated with such prices) or other materials and raw
materials we use; the effect of metal price ceilings in certain of our sales
contracts; our ability to successfully negotiate with our customers to remove
or limit metal price ceilings in our contracts; the effectiveness of our metal
hedging activities, including our internal used beverage can and smelter
hedges; 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; continuing obligations and other relationships
resulting from our spin-off from Alcan; changes in the relative values of
various currencies; factors affecting our operations, such as litigation,
environmental remediation and clean-up costs, labor relations and
negotiations, breakdown of equipment and other events; 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; our ability to maintain
effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls
and procedures in the future; changes in the fair value of 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,
environmental, health or safety compliance; changes in interest rates that
have the effect of increasing the amounts we pay under our principal credit
agreements and other financing arrangements; the development of the most
efficient tax structure for the Company; and the ongoing integration with
Hindalco.  The above list of factors is not exhaustive.  Other important risk
factors are included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our amended Annual
Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, as filed with
the SEC, and may be discussed in subsequent filings with the SEC.  Further,
the risk factors included in our amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the
fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for
the period ended December 31, 2008, are specifically incorporated by reference
into this news release.




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For further information: Media: Charles Belbin, +1-404-814-4260,
charles.belbin@novelis.com; or Investors: Randy Miller, +1-404-814-4259,
randy.miller@novelis.com, both of Novelis Inc. Web Site:
http://www.novelis.com

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