Constellium SE (NYSE: CSTM) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second quarter 2022 highlights:      

  • Shipments of 424 thousand metric tons, up 4% compared to Q2 2021     
  • Revenue of €2.3 billion, up 50% compared to Q2 2021
  • Value-Added Revenue (VAR) of €704 million, up 22% compared to Q2 2021
  • Net loss of €32 million compared to net income of €108 million in Q2 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA of €198 million, up 17% compared to Q2 2021
  • Cash from Operations of €111 million and Free Cash Flow of €60 million
  • Repaid €180 million PGE French Facility and CHF 15 million Swiss Facility

First half 2022 highlights:

  • Shipments of 825 thousand metric tons, up 4% compared to H1 2021
  • Revenue of €4.3 billion, up 49% compared to H1 2021
  • VAR of €1.4 billion, up 22% compared to H1 2021
  • Net income of €147 million compared to net income of €156 million in H1 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA of €365 million, up 25% compared to H1 2021
  • Cash from Operations of €169 million and Free Cash Flow of €86 million
  • Net debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA of 3.0x at June 30, 2022

Jean-Marc Germain, Constellium’s Chief Executive Officer said, “I am very proud of the results our team delivered in the second quarter, including record VAR, record Adjusted EBITDA and strong Free Cash Flow generation. Demand remained strong across most end markets during the quarter, and our team continued to execute very well despite significant inflationary pressures. Both P&ARP and AS&I reported record Adjusted EBITDA as continued strength in packaging and industry demand more than offset continued weakness in automotive caused by the semiconductor shortage and other supply chain challenges. A&T reported very strong second quarter Adjusted EBITDA supported by a greater than 50% increase in aerospace shipments compared to the same quarter last year and continued strength in transportation, industry and defense (TID). Lastly, we generated Free Cash Flow of €60 million and reduced our leverage to 3.0x.”

Mr. Germain continued, "Macroeconomic and geopolitical risks remain elevated and we expect inflationary pressures to continue, particularly for inputs like energy and regions more directly affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine. However, I am confident in our ability to continue to execute well through these challenging times. Based on our strong performance in the first half of this year and our current outlook for the second half which assumes no major deterioration on the geopolitical front, we are raising our guidance and now expect Adjusted EBITDA of €670 million to €690 million and Free Cash Flow in excess of €170 million in 2022. Following this, we expect our leverage to decline further by the end of the year. We remain focused on executing our strategy, driving operational performance, generating Free Cash Flow and increasing shareholder value.”

Group Summary

  Q22022   Q22021   Var.    YTD2022   YTD2021   Var.   
Shipments (k metric tons) 424   406   4 %   825   791   4 %  
Revenue (€ millions) 2,275   1,518   50 %   4,254   2,859   49 %  
VAR (€ millions) 704   575   22 %   1,356   1,112   22 %  
Net income / (loss) (€ millions) (32 ) 108   n.m.    147   156        (6) %  
Adjusted EBITDA (€ millions) 198   170   17 %   365   291   25 %  
Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton (€) 468   418   12 %   443   368   20 %  

The difference between the sum of reported segment revenue and total group revenue includes revenue from certain non-core activities and inter-segment eliminations. The difference between the sum of reported segment Adjusted EBITDA and the Group Adjusted EBITDA is related to Holdings and Corporate.

For the second quarter of 2022, shipments of 424 thousand metric tons increased 4% compared to the second quarter of last year due to higher shipments in each of our segments. Revenue of €2.3 billion increased 50% compared to the second quarter of the prior year primarily due to higher metal prices, improved price and mix and increased volumes. VAR of €704 million increased 22% compared to the second quarter of the prior year primarily due to improved price and mix, favorable foreign exchange translation and higher volumes, partially offset by unfavorable metal costs due to inflation. The net loss of €32 million compares to net income of €108 million in the second quarter of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA of €198 million increased 17% compared to the second quarter of last year due to stronger results in each of our segments.

For the first half of 2022, shipments of 825 thousand metric tons increased 4% compared to the first half of 2021 on higher shipments in each of our segments. Revenue of €4.3 billion increased 49% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to higher metal prices, improved price and mix and increased volumes. VAR of €1.4 billion increased 22% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix, higher volumes and favorable foreign exchange translation, partially offset by unfavorable metal costs due to inflation. Net income of €147 million compares to net income of €156 million in the first half of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA of €365 million increased 25% compared to the first half of 2021 on stronger results in each of our segments.

Results by Segment

Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products (P&ARP)

  Q22022   Q22021   Var.    YTD2022   YTD2021   Var.   
Shipments (k metric tons) 292   284   3 %   568   551   3 %  
Revenue (€ millions) 1,348   907   49 %   2,516   1,673   50 %  
Adjusted EBITDA (€ millions) 95   94   2 %   177   162   9 %  
Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton (€) 327   332   (1) %   312   294   6 %  

For the second quarter of 2022, Adjusted EBITDA increased 2% compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix, favorable metal costs, favorable foreign exchange translation and higher shipments, largely offset by higher operating costs mainly due to inflation. Shipments of 292 thousand metric tons increased 3% compared to the second quarter of the prior year due to higher shipments of packaging and automotive rolled products. Revenue of €1.3 billion increased 49% compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to higher metal prices and improved price and mix.

For the first half of 2022, Adjusted EBITDA of €177 million increased 9% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix, favorable metal costs, favorable foreign exchange translation and higher shipments, partially offset by higher operating costs mainly due to inflation. Shipments of 568 thousand metric tons increased 3% compared to the first half of 2021 on higher shipments of packaging rolled products. Revenue of €2.5 billion increased 50% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to higher metal prices.

Aerospace & Transportation (A&T)

  Q22022   Q22021   Var.   YTD2022   YTD2021   Var.  
Shipments (k metric tons) 60   53   13 %   115   101   14 %  
Revenue (€ millions) 461   287   61 %   846   532   59 %  
Adjusted EBITDA (€ millions) 63   42   50 %   116   61   88 %  
Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton (€) 1,056   794   33 %   1,010   610   66 %  

For the second quarter of 2022, Adjusted EBITDA increased 50% compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix and higher shipments, partially offset by higher operating costs due to inflation and the production ramp-up in aerospace. Shipments of 60 thousand metric tons increased 13% compared to the second quarter of 2021 on higher shipments of aerospace rolled products. Revenue of €461 million increased 61% compared to the second quarter of 2021 on higher metal prices, improved price and mix and higher shipments.

For the first half of 2022, Adjusted EBITDA of €116 million increased 88% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix and higher shipments, partially offset by higher operating costs due to inflation and the production ramp-up in aerospace. Shipments of 115 thousand metric tons increased 14% compared to the first half of 2021 on higher shipments of aerospace and TID rolled products. Revenue of €846 million increased 59% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to higher metal prices, improved price and mix and higher shipments.

Automotive Structures & Industry (AS&I)

  Q22022   Q22021   Var.   YTD2022   YTD2021   Var.  
Shipments (k metric tons) 72   69   4 %   142   139   2 %  
Revenue (€ millions) 501   345   45 %   960   695   38 %  
Adjusted EBITDA (€ millions) 46   41   13 %   83   79   6 %  
Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton (€) 641   587   9 %   581   563   3 %  

For the second quarter of 2022, Adjusted EBITDA increased 13% compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix and higher shipments, partially offset by higher operating costs mainly due to inflation. Shipments of 72 thousand metric tons increased 4% compared to the second quarter of 2021 due to higher shipments of automotive and other extruded products. Revenue of €501 million increased 45% compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to higher metal prices and improved price and mix.

For the first half of 2022, Adjusted EBITDA of €83 million increased 6% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to improved price and mix and higher shipments, partially offset by higher operating costs mainly due to inflation. Shipments of 142 thousand metric tons increased 2% compared to the first half of 2021 on higher shipments of other extruded products, partially offset by lower shipments of automotive extruded products. Revenue of €1.0 billion increased 38% compared to the first half of 2021 primarily due to higher metal prices and improved price and mix.

Net Income

For the second quarter of 2022, the net loss of €32 million compares to net income of €108 million in the second quarter of the prior year. The decrease in net income is primarily related to a €158 million unfavorable change in unrealized gains and losses on derivatives mostly related to our metal hedging positions and higher selling and administrative expenses, partially offset by higher gross profit and a favorable change in income taxes.

For the first half of 2022, net income of €147 million compares to net income of €156 million in the first half of the prior year. The decrease in net income is primarily related to a €130 million unfavorable change in unrealized gains and losses on derivatives mostly related to our metal hedging positions and higher selling and administrative expenses, partially offset by higher gross profit and lower finance costs.

Cash Flow

Free Cash Flow was €86 million in the first half of 2022 compared to €81 million in the first half of the prior year. The increase was primarily due to stronger Adjusted EBITDA and lower cash interest, partially offset by an unfavorable change in working capital, higher cash taxes and increased capital expenditures.

Cash flows from operating activities were €169 million for the first half of 2022 compared to cash flows from operating activities of €148 million in the first half of the prior year. Constellium increased derecognized factored receivables by €10 million for the first half of 2022 compared to a decrease of €14 million in the prior year.

Cash flows used in investing activities were €83 million for the first half of 2022 compared to cash flows used in investing activities of €67 million in the first half of the prior year.

Cash flows used in financing activities were €79 million for the first half of 2022 compared to cash flows used in financing activities of €232 million in the first half of the prior year. In the first half of 2022, Constellium drew on the Pan-U.S. ABL due 2026 and used the proceeds and cash on the balance sheet to repay the €180 PGE French Facility due 2022 and the CHF 15 Swiss Facility due 2025. In the first half of 2021, Constellium issued $500 million of 3.75% Sustainability-Linked Senior Notes due 2029 and €300 million of 3.125% Sustainability-Linked Senior Notes due 2029 and used the proceeds and cash on the balance sheet to redeem $650 million of 6.625% Senior Notes due 2025 and $400 million of 5.75% Senior Notes due 2024.

Liquidity and Net Debt

Liquidity at June 30, 2022 was €899 million, comprised of €156 million of cash and cash equivalents and €743 million available under our committed lending facilities and factoring arrangements.

Net debt was €1,997 million at June 30, 2022 compared to €1,981 million at December 31, 2021.

In June 2022, the Pan-U.S. ABL was amended to increase the commitment from $400 million to $500 million, provide an incremental revolving credit facility accordion of up to $100 million, and replace the LIBOR reference rate by the SOFR reference rate.

In June 2022, the factoring facility in the U.S. at Muscle Shoals was reduced from $300 million available to $200 million.

In June 2022, the factoring facilities in Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic were extended from 2023 to 2027 and the combined capacity increased from €150 million to €200 million.

Outlook

Based on our current outlook, we expect Adjusted EBITDA in the range of €670 million to €690 million in 2022.

We are not able to provide a reconciliation of this Adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income, the comparable GAAP measure, because certain items that are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA cannot be reasonably predicted or are not in our control. In particular, we are unable to forecast the timing or magnitude of realized and unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments, metal lag, impairment or restructuring charges, or taxes without unreasonable efforts, and these items could significantly impact, either individually or in the aggregate, net income in the future.

Forward-looking statements

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About Constellium

Constellium (NYSE: CSTM) is a global sector leader that develops innovative, value added aluminium products for a broad scope of markets and applications, including packaging, automotive and aerospace. Constellium generated €6.2 billion of revenue in 2021.

Constellium’s earnings materials for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022, are also available on the company’s website (www.constellium.com).

Jason Hershiser – Investor Relations Delphine Dahan-Kocher – Communications
Phone: +1 443 988-0600 Phone: +1 443 420 7860
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CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (UNAUDITED)

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
                 
Revenue   2,275     1,518     4,254     2,859  
Cost of sales   (2,060 )   (1,319 )   (3,822 )   (2,518 )
Gross profit   215     199     432     341  
Selling and administrative expenses   (75 )   (67 )   (143 )   (127 )
Research and development expenses   (10 )   (9 )   (21 )   (20 )
Other gains and losses - net   (134 )   44     (24 )   87  
(Loss) / income from operations   (4 )   167     244     281  
Finance costs - net   (32 )   (37 )   (62 )   (92 )
(Loss) / income before tax   (36 )   130     182     189  
Income tax benefit / (expense)   4     (22 )   (35 )   (33 )
Net (loss) / income   (32 )   108     147     156  
Net income attributable to:                
Equity holders of Constellium   (34 )   107     143     153  
Non-controlling interests   2     1     4     3  
Net (loss) / income   (32 )   108     147     156  
                 
Earnings per share attributable to the equity holders of Constellium, (in Euros)                
Basic   (0.24 )   0.76   1.00   1.09
Diluted   (0.24 )   0.73   0.97   1.04
                 
Weighted average number of shares, (in thousands)                
Basic   144,186     140,637   142,939   140,302
Diluted   144,186     146,730   147,184   146,730

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME / (LOSS) (UNAUDITED)

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
                 
Net (loss) / income   (32 )   108     147     156  
Other comprehensive income                
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to the consolidated income statement                
Remeasurement on post-employment benefit obligations   79     24     155     89  
Income tax on remeasurement on post-employment benefit obligations   (17 )   2     (30 )   (11 )
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to the consolidated income statement                
Cash flow hedges   (13 )   3     (15 )   (8 )
Income tax on cash flow hedges   3     (1 )   4     2  
Currency translation differences   31     (1 )   42     12  
Other comprehensive income   83     27     156     84  
Total comprehensive income   51     135     303     240  
Attributable to:                
Equity holders of Constellium   49     134     299     236  
Non-controlling interests   2     1     4     4  
Total comprehensive income   51     135     303     240  

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

(in millions of Euros)   At June 30, 2022   At December 31, 2021
         
Assets        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   156   147  
Trade receivables and other   1,027   683  
Inventories   1,360   1,050  
Other financial assets   46   58  
    2,589   1,938  
Non-current assets        
Property, plant and equipment   1,994   1,948  
Goodwill   491   451  
Intangible assets   57   58  
Deferred tax assets   124   162  
Trade receivables and other   60   55  
Other financial assets   14   12  
    2,740   2,686  
Total Assets   5,329   4,624  
         
Liabilities        
Current liabilities        
Trade payables and other   1,784   1,377  
Borrowings   209   258  
Other financial liabilities   97   25  
Income tax payable   28   34  
Provisions   22   20  
    2,140   1,714  
Non-current liabilities        
Trade payables and other   45   32  
Borrowings   1,949   1,871  
Other financial liabilities   18   6  
Pension and other post-employment benefit obligations   463   599  
Provisions   96   97  
Deferred tax liabilities   15   14  
    2,586   2,619  
Total Liabilities   4,726   4,333  
         
Equity        
Share capital   3   3  
Share premium   420   420  
Retained deficit and other reserves   159   (149 )
Equity attributable to equity holders of Constellium   582   274  
Non-controlling interests   21   17  
Total Equity   603   291  
         
Total Equity and Liabilities   5,329   4,624  

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

(in millions of Euros)   Share capital   Share premium   Re-measurement   Cash flow hedges   Foreign currency translation reserve   Other reserves   Retained deficit   Total   Non-controlling interests   Total equity
At January 1, 2022   3   420   (94 )   (4 )   19     83   (153 )   274     17     291  
Net income                     143     143     4     147  
Other comprehensive income / (loss)       125     (11 )   42           156         156  
Total comprehensive income / (loss)       125     (11 )   42       143     299     4     303  
Share-based compensation                   9       9         9  
Transactions with non-controlling interests                                  
At June 30, 2022   3   420   31     (15 )   61     92   (10 )   582     21     603  
                                         
(in millions of Euros)   Share capital   Share premium   Re-measurement   Cash flow hedges   Foreign currency translation reserve   Other reserves   Retained deficit   Total   Non-controlling interests   Total equity
At January 1, 2021   3   420   (192 )   9     (13 )   68   (410 )   (115 )   14     (101 )
Net income                     153     153     3     156  
Other comprehensive income / (loss)       78     (6 )   11           83     1     84  
Total comprehensive income / (loss)       78     (6 )   11       153     236     4     240  
Share-based compensation                   7       7         7  
Transactions with non-controlling interests                             (2 )   (2 )
At June 30, 2021   3   420   (114 )   3     (2 )   75   (257 )   128     16     144  

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
                 
Net (loss) / income   (32 )   108     147     156  
Adjustments                
Depreciation and amortization   70     65     136     128  
Pension and other post-employment benefits service costs   6     10     11     17  
Finance costs - net   32     37     62     92  
Income tax (benefit) / expense   (4 )   22     35     33  
Unrealized losses / (gains) on derivatives - net and from remeasurement of monetary assets and liabilities - net   143     (15 )   85     (45 )
Losses on disposal           1      
Other - net   4     3     8     5  
Change in working capital                
Inventories       (103 )   (256 )   (212 )
Trade receivables   (77 )   (126 )   (287 )   (234 )
Trade payables   5     117     325     300  
Other   20     (7 )   4      
Change in provisions   (2 )       (4 )   (4 )
Pension and other post-employment benefits paid   (10 )   (10 )   (21 )   (21 )
Interest paid   (25 )   (28 )   (54 )   (72 )
Income tax (paid) / refunded   (19 )       (23 )   5  
Net cash flows from operating activities   111     73     169     148  
                 
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (51 )   (42 )   (84 )   (74 )
Property, plant and equipment grants received       4     1     7  
Net cash flows used in investing activities   (51 )   (38 )   (83 )   (67 )
                 
Proceeds from issuance of long-term borrowings       300         712  
Repayments of long-term borrowings   (183 )   (332 )   (186 )   (870 )
Net change in revolving credit facilities and short-term borrowings   124     (3 )   124      
Lease repayments   (9 )   (8 )   (20 )   (17 )
Payment of financing costs and redemption fees       (10 )       (26 )
Transactions with non-controlling interests   (2 )   (2 )   (2 )   (2 )
Other financing activities   5     (32 )   5     (29 )
Net cash flows used in financing activities   (65 )   (87 )   (79 )   (232 )
                 
Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalent   (5 )   (52 )   7     (151 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year   160     342     147     439  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   1         2     2  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period   156     290     156     290  

SEGMENT ADJUSTED EBITDA

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
P&ARP   95     94     177     162  
A&T   63     42     116     61  
AS&I   46     41     83     79  
Holdings and Corporate   (6 )   (7 )   (11 )   (11 )
Total   198     170     365     291  

SHIPMENTS AND REVENUE BY PRODUCT LINE

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in k metric tons)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
Packaging rolled products   221     213     427     407  
Automotive rolled products   61     59     120     122  
Specialty and other thin-rolled products   10     12     21     22  
Aerospace rolled products   20     13     36     26  
Transportation, industry, defense and other rolled products   40     40     79     75  
Automotive extruded products   30     29     60     63  
Other extruded products   42     40     82     76  
Total shipments   424     406     825     791  
                 
(in millions of Euros)                
Packaging rolled products   985     648     1,837     1,167  
Automotive rolled products   308     213     571     421  
Specialty and other thin-rolled products   55     46     108     85  
Aerospace rolled products   183     100     326     187  
Transportation, industry, defense and other rolled products   278     187     520     345  
Automotive extruded products   247     176     473     377  
Other extruded products   254     169     487     318  
Other and inter-segment eliminations   (35 )   (21 )   (68 )   (41 )
Total revenue   2,275     1,518     4,254     2,859  

NON-GAAP MEASURES

Reconciliation of Revenue to VAR (a non-GAAP measure)

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
Revenue   2,275     1,518     4,254     2,859  
Hedged cost of alloyed metal   (1,550 )   (886 )   (2,777 )   (1,651 )
Revenue from incidental activities   (5 )   (3 )   (11 )   (11 )
Metal time lag   (16 )   (54 )   (110 )   (85 )
VAR   704     575     1,356     1,112  

Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
Net (loss) / income   (32 )   108     147     156  
Income tax (benefit) / expense   (4 )   22     35     33  
(Loss) / income before tax   (36 )   130     182     189  
Finance costs - net   32     37     62     92  
(Loss) / income from operations   (4 )   167     244     281  
Depreciation and amortization   70     65     136     128  
Restructuring costs       2         3  
Unrealized losses / (gains) on derivatives   141     (16 )   84     (44 )
Unrealized exchange losses / (gains) from the remeasurement of monetary assets and liabilities – net   2     1     1     (1 )
Losses on pension plan amendments       2         2  
Share based compensation costs   5     3     9     7  
Metal price lag (A)   (16 )   (54 )   (110 )   (85 )
Losses on disposal           1      
Adjusted EBITDA   198     170     365     291  

(A) Metal price lag represents the financial impact of the timing difference between when aluminium prices included within Constellium's Revenue are established and when aluminium purchase prices included in Cost of sales are established. The Group accounts for inventory using a weighted average price basis and this adjustment aims to remove the effect of volatility in LME prices. The calculation of the Group metal price lag adjustment is based on an internal standardized methodology calculated at each of Constellium’s manufacturing sites and is primarily calculated as the average value of product recorded in inventory, which approximates the spot price in the market, less the average value transferred out of inventory, which is the weighted average of the metal element of cost of sales, based on the quantity sold in the year.Reconciliation of net cash flows from operating activities to Free Cash Flow (a non-GAAP measure)

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(in millions of Euros)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
Net cash flows from operating activities   111     73     169     148  
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (51 )   (42 )   (84 )   (74 )
Property, plant and equipment grants received       4     1     7  
Free Cash Flow   60     35     86     81  

Reconciliation of borrowings to Net debt (a non-GAAP measure)

(in millions of Euros)   At June 30, 2022   At December 31, 2021
Borrowings   2,158     2,129  
Fair value of net debt derivatives, net of margin calls   (5 )   (1 )
Cash and cash equivalents   (156 )   (147 )
Net debt   1,997     1,981  

Non-GAAP measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), this press release includes information regarding certain financial measures which are not prepared in accordance with IFRS (“non-GAAP measures”). The non-GAAP measures used in this press release are: Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton, Free Cash Flow and Net debt. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measures are presented in the schedules to this press release. We believe these non-GAAP measures are important supplemental measures of our operating and financial performance. By providing these measures, together with the reconciliations, we believe we are enhancing investors’ understanding of our business, our results of operations and our financial position, as well as assisting investors in evaluating the extent to which we are executing our strategic initiatives. However, these non-GAAP financial measures supplement our IFRS disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the IFRS measures and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

VAR is defined as revenue, excluding revenue from incidental activities, minus cost of metal which includes, cost of aluminium adjusted for metal lag, cost of other alloying metals, freight out costs, and realized gains and losses from hedging. Management believes that VAR is a useful measure of our activity as it eliminates the impact of metal costs from our revenue and reflects the value-added elements of our activity. VAR eliminates the impact of metal price fluctuations which are not under our control and which we generally pass-through to our customers and facilitates comparisons from period to period. VAR is not a presentation made in accordance with IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to revenue determined in accordance with IFRS. 

In considering the financial performance of the business, management and our chief operational decision maker, as defined by IFRS, analyze the primary financial performance measure of Adjusted EBITDA in all of our business segments. The most directly comparable IFRS measure to Adjusted EBITDA is our net income or loss for the period. We believe Adjusted EBITDA, as defined below, is useful to investors and is used by our management for measuring profitability because it excludes the impact of certain non-cash charges, such as depreciation, amortization, impairment and unrealized gains and losses on derivatives as well as items that do not impact the day-to-day operations and that management in many cases does not directly control or influence. Therefore, such adjustments eliminate items which have less bearing on our core operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of Constellium and in comparison to other companies, many of which present an Adjusted EBITDA-related performance measure when reporting their results.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income / (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, results from joint ventures, net finance costs, other expenses and depreciation and amortization as adjusted to exclude restructuring costs, impairment charges, unrealized gains or losses on derivatives and on foreign exchange differences on transactions which do not qualify for hedge accounting, metal price lag, share based compensation expense, effects of certain purchase accounting adjustments, start-up and development costs or acquisition, integration and separation costs, certain incremental costs and other exceptional, unusual or generally non-recurring items.

Adjusted EBITDA is the measure of performance used by management in evaluating our operating performance, in preparing internal forecasts and budgets necessary for managing our business and, specifically in relation to the exclusion of the effect of favorable or unfavorable metal price lag, this measure allows management and the investor to assess operating results and trends without the impact of our accounting for inventories. We use the weighted average cost method in accordance with IFRS which leads to the purchase price paid for metal impacting our cost of goods sold and therefore profitability in the period subsequent to when the related sales price impacts our revenues. Management believes this measure also provides additional information used by our lending facilities providers with respect to the ongoing performance of our underlying business activities. Historically, we have used Adjusted EBITDA in calculating our compliance with financial covenants under certain of our loan facilities.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with IFRS, is not a measure of financial condition, liquidity or profitability and should not be considered as an alternative to profit or loss for the period, revenues or operating cash flows determined in accordance with IFRS.

Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditure, equity contributions and loans to joint ventures and other investing activities. Management believes that Free Cash Flow is a useful measure of the net cash flow generated or used by the business as it takes into account both the cash generated or consumed by operating activities, including working capital, and the capital expenditure requirements of the business. However, Free Cash Flow is not a presentation made in accordance with IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to operating cash flows determined in accordance with IFRS. Free Cash Flow has certain inherent limitations, including the fact that it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary spending, notably because it does not reflect principal repayments required in connection with our debt or capital lease obligations.

Net debt is defined as borrowings plus or minus the fair value of cross currency basis swaps net of margin calls less cash and cash equivalents and cash pledged for the issuance of guarantees. Management believes that Net debt is a useful measure of indebtedness because it takes into account the cash and cash equivalent balances held by the Company as well as the total external debt of the Company. Net debt is not a presentation made in accordance with IFRS, and should not be considered as an alternative to borrowings determined in accordance with IFRS. 

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