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GrafTech Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2018-- GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF)(GrafTech or the Company) today announced strong financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, including net income of $199 million, or $0.67 per share, and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $277 million.

“GrafTech delivered another solid quarterly result. We also continued to make progress on the debottlenecking projects at our graphite electrode plants.” said David Rintoul, President and CEO of GrafTech. "Our vertical integration and ongoing operational improvements allow us to provide reliable, high-quality supply to our customers and stable long-term cash flows for our investors."

Key Financial Measures

 

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) 2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Net sales $ 454,890 $ 137,245 $ 1,363,121 $ 358,298
Net income (loss) $ 199,466 $ (3,919 ) $ 624,587 $ (47,646 )
Earnings per share (1) $ 0.67 $ (0.01 ) $ 2.08 $ (0.16 )
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations (2) $ 276,812 $ 22,202 $ 879,108 $ 38,655

(1) Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share after giving effect to the stock split effected on April 12, 2018 and the share repurchase effected on August 13, 2018, resulting in 290,537,612 shares outstanding.

(2) See below for more information and a reconciliation of EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 increased to $455 million, compared to $137 million in the third quarter of 2017. The improvement was primarily due to an increase in the weighted average realized price for graphite electrodes, which rose to $9,744 per metric ton (MT) in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2,903 per MT in the prior year period. Graphite electrode demand and pricing remains strong due to a combination of growth in electric arc furnace steel manufacturing, long-term reductions in electrode manufacturing capacity, and limited supply of petroleum needle coke, the primary raw material for graphite electrodes.

Net income increased to $199 million, or $0.67 per share, in the third quarter of 2018, compared to a loss of $(4) million, or $(0.01) per share, in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations also climbed to $277 million in the third quarter compared to $22 million in the prior year period. Higher graphite electrode revenues were the primary driver of higher net income and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations.

Cash flow from operations increased to $235 million in the quarter up from $30 million in the prior period. This increase was primarily due to higher net income. Capital expenditures in the quarter were $(19) million, in line with full-year expectations of approximately $70 million.

Key operating metrics

 

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

(in thousands, except price data) 2018 2017 2018 2017
Sales volume (MT)(1) 45 44 133 129
Weighted average realized price(2) $ 9,744 $ 2,903 $ 9,932 $ 2,547
Production volume (MT)(3) 39 38 127 122
Production capacity excluding St. Marys during idle period (MT)(4)(5) 39 38 128 123
Capacity utilization excluding St. Marys during idle period(4)(6) 100 % 100 % 99 % 99 %
Total production capacity (MT)(5) 46 45 149 144
Total capacity utilization(6) 85 % 84 % 85 % 85 %

(1) Sales volume reflects the total volume of graphite electrodes sold for which revenue has been recognized during the period.

(2) Weighted average realized price reflects the total revenues from sales of graphite electrodes for the period divided by the graphite electrode sales volume for that period.

(3) Production volume reflects graphite electrodes produced during the period.

(4) The St. Marys, Pennsylvania facility was temporarily idled effective the second quarter of 2016 except for the machining of semi-finished products sourced from other plants. In the first quarter of 2018, our St. Marys facility began graphitizing a limited amount of electrodes sourced from our Monterrey, Mexico facility.

(5) Production capacity reflects expected maximum production volume during the period under normal operating conditions, standard product mix and expected maintenance outage. Actual production may vary.

(6) Capacity utilization reflects production volume as a percentage of production capacity.

Operational Update

Our graphite electrode manufacturing plants operated at high levels during the third quarter of 2018, with production of 39,000 MT, up from 38,000 MT in the prior year period. We are on target to increase annual production capacity by 21% to 202,000 MT by year end. St. Marys is graphitizing and machining some semi-finished electrodes sourced from Monterrey in order to leverage existing infrastructure.

Commercial Strategy

GrafTech has successfully sold approximately two-thirds of its cumulative long-term production through three- to five-year, fixed-volume, fixed-price take or pay contracts. These contracts provide reliability of long-term graphite electrode supply for customers and stability of future operating results for shareholders. Substantially all of our 2018 production is contracted or committed through these long-term contracts and short-term purchase orders.

Capital Structure

As of September 30, 2018, GrafTech has cash and equivalents of $103 million and total debt of $2.2 billion. The Company's target maximum gross leverage ratio is between 2.0 and 2.5 times total debt to Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations compared to current leverage of 1.9 times.(1)

On August 13, 2018, the Company repurchased 11.7 million shares directly from Brookfield at $19.25 per share for a total of $225 million. These shares were purchased with available cash on hand and retired upon purchase. The share repurchase was accretive to all shareholders while helping to minimize potential equity overhang and maintain liquidity in the secondary market.

(1) Leverage is defined as total debt divided by adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations. Current leverage is calculated using annualized adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 of $879 million and total debt of $2,183 million.

Distribution

The Board has declared a dividend of $0.085 per share, payable on December 31, 2018. The dividend will be payable to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 30, 2018.

Conference Call

In conjunction with this earnings release, you are invited to listen to our earnings call being held on November 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast and accompanying slide presentation will be available at www.GrafTech.com, in the Investor Relations section. The earnings call dial-in number is +1 (866) 521-4909 in the U.S. and Canada or +1 (647) 427-2311 for international. A rebroadcast of the webcast will be available following the call until February 2, 2018, at www.GrafTech.com, in the Investor Relations section. GrafTech also makes its complete financial reports that have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other information available at www.GrafTech.com. The information in our website is not part of this release or any report we file or furnish to the SEC. Upon request, GrafTech will provide its stockholders with a hard copy of its complete audited financial statement, free of charge.

About GrafTech

GrafTech International Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high quality graphite electrode products essential to the production of electric arc furnace steel and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The Company has a competitive portfolio of low-cost graphite electrode manufacturing facilities, including three of the highest capacity facilities in the world. GrafTech is also the only large scale graphite electrode producer that is substantially vertically integrated into petroleum needle coke, the primary raw material for graphite electrode manufacturing, which is currently in limited supply. This unique position provides competitive advantages in product quality and cost.

Special note regarding forward-looking statements

This news release and related discussions may contain forward-looking statements that reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “will,” “may,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “target,” “goal,” “continue to,” “positioned to,” "are confident", "remain optimistic" or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon our historical performance and on our current plans, estimates and expectations in light of information currently available to us. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. Our expectations and targets are not predictions of actual performance and historically our performance has deviated, often significantly, from our expectations and targets. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, financial results, financial condition, business, prospects, growth strategy and liquidity. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. We believe that these factors include, but are not limited to: our history of net losses and the possibility that we may not maintain profitability in the future; the possibility that we may be unable to implement our business strategies, including our initiative to secure and maintain longer-term customer contracts, in an effective manner; the possibility that recent tax legislation could adversely affect us or our stockholders; the fact that pricing for graphite electrodes has historically been cyclical and, in the future, the price of graphite electrodes will likely decline from recent record highs; the sensitivity of our business and operating results to economic conditions; our dependence on the global steel industry generally and the EAF steel industry in particular; the possibility that global graphite electrode overcapacity may adversely affect graphite electrode prices; the competitiveness of the graphite electrode industry; our dependence on the supply of petroleum needle coke; our dependence on supplies of raw materials (in addition to petroleum needle coke) and energy; the legal, economic, social and political risks associated with our substantial operations in multiple countries; the possibility that fluctuation of foreign currency exchange rates could materially harm our financial results; the possibility that our results of operations could deteriorate if our manufacturing operations were substantially disrupted for an extended period, including as a result of equipment failure, climate change, natural disasters, public health crises, political crises or other catastrophic events; the possibility that plant capacity expansions may be delayed or may not achieve the expected benefits; our dependence on third parties for certain construction, maintenance, engineering, transportation, warehousing and logistics services; the possibility that we are unable to recruit or retain key management and plant operating personnel or successfully negotiate with the representatives of our employees, including labor unions; the possibility that we may divest or acquire businesses, which could require significant management attention or disrupt our business; the sensitivity of goodwill on our balance sheet to changes in the market; the possibility that we are subject to information technology systems failures, cybersecurity attacks, network disruptions and breaches of data security; our dependence on protecting our intellectual property; the possibility that third parties may claim that our products or processes infringe their intellectual property rights; the possibility that our manufacturing operations are subject to hazards; changes in, or more stringent enforcement of, health, safety and environmental regulations applicable to our manufacturing operations and facilities; the possibility that significant changes in our jurisdictional earnings mix or in the tax laws of those jurisdictions could adversely affect our business; the possibility that our indebtedness could limit our financial and operating activities or that our cash flows may not be sufficient to service our indebtedness; the possibility that restrictive covenants in our financing agreements could restrict or limit our operations; the fact that borrowings under certain of our existing financing agreements subjects us to interest rate risk; the possibility of a lowering or withdrawal of the ratings assigned to our debt; the possibility that disruptions in the capital and credit markets could adversely affect our results of operations, cash flows and financial condition, or those of our customers and suppliers; the possibility that highly concentrated ownership of our common stock may prevent minority stockholders from influencing significant corporate decisions; the fact that certain of our stockholders have the right to engage or invest in the same or similar businesses as us; the fact that certain provisions of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and our Amended and Restated By-Laws could hinder, delay or prevent a change of control; the fact that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the exclusive forum for substantially all disputes between us and our stockholders; our status as a “controlled company” within the meaning of the NYSE corporate governance standards, which allows us to qualify for exemptions from certain corporate governance requirements; and other risks described in the “Risk Factors” section of our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC.

These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements made in this press release relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, except as required by law, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Non-GAAP financial measures

In addition to providing results that are determined in accordance with GAAP, we have provided certain financial measures that are not in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations are non-GAAP financial measures. We define EBITDA from continuing operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, as net income or loss plus interest expense, minus interest income, plus income taxes, discontinued operations and depreciation and amortization from continuing operations. We define adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as EBITDA from continuing operations plus any pension and other post-employment benefit ("OPEB") plan expenses, impairments, rationalization-related charges, initial public offering expenses, non-cash gains or losses from foreign currency remeasurement of non-operating liabilities in our foreign subsidiaries where the functional currency is the U.S. dollar, Related party Tax Receivable Agreement expense and non-cash fixed asset write-offs. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is the primary metric used by our management and our board of directors to establish budgets and operational goals for managing our business and evaluating our performance.

We monitor adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as a supplement to our GAAP measures, and believe it is useful to present to investors, because we believe that it facilitates evaluation of our period-to-period operating performance by eliminating items that are not operational in nature, allowing comparison of our recurring core business operating results over multiple periods unaffected by differences in capital structure, capital investment cycles and fixed asset base. In addition, we believe adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts, ratings agencies, and other parties in evaluating companies in our industry as a measure of financial performance and debt-service capabilities. We also monitor, and present to investors, the ratio of total debt to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, because we believe it is a useful and widely used way to assess our leverage.

Our use of adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect our cash expenditures for capital equipment or other contractual commitments, including any capital expenditures to augment or replace our capital assets;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our indebtedness;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to us;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect expenses relating to our pension and OPEB plans;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect impairment of long-lived assets and goodwill;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect the non-cash gains or losses from foreign currency remeasurement of non-operating liabilities in our foreign subsidiaries where the functional currency is the U.S. dollar;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect initial public offering expenses;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect Related party Tax Receivable Agreement expenses;
  • adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations does not reflect rationalization-related charges, stock-based compensation or the non-cash write-off of fixed assets; and
  • other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In evaluating EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, you should be aware that in the future, we will incur expenses similar to the adjustments in the reconciliation presented below. Our presentations of EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations should not be construed as suggesting that our future results will be unaffected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items. When evaluating our performance, you should consider EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations alongside other financial performance measures, including our net income (loss) and other GAAP measures.

GRAFTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

Unaudited

   
As of
September 30, 2018
As of
December 31, 2017
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 102,507 $ 13,365

Accounts and notes receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of
$965 as of September 30, 2018 and $1,097 as of December 31, 2017

204,704 116,841
Inventories 261,984 174,151
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 60,368 44,872
Current assets of discontinued operations 1,078   5,313  
Total current assets 630,641   354,542  
Property, plant and equipment 685,352 642,651
Less: accumulated depreciation 165,711   129,810  
Net property, plant and equipment 519,641 512,841
Deferred income taxes 46,145 30,768
Goodwill 171,117 171,117
Other assets 135,163   129,835  
Total assets $ 1,502,707   $ 1,199,103  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 80,620 $ 69,110
Short-term debt 106,325 16,474
Accrued income and other taxes 51,043 9,737
Other accrued liabilities 41,007 53,226
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 3,687   3,412  
Total current liabilities 282,682 151,959
Long-term debt 2,077,003 322,900
Other long-term obligations 68,455 68,907
Deferred income taxes 50,614 41,746
Related party payable 61,801
Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations 636 376
 
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, par value $.01, 300,000,000 shares authorized, none issued

Common stock, par value $.01, 3,000,000,000 shares authorized, 290,537,612 and
302,225,923 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and
December 31, 2017*, respectively

2,905 3,022
Additional paid-in capital 819,127 851,315
Accumulated other comprehensive income 34,539 20,289
Accumulated deficit (1,895,055 ) (261,411 )
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity (1,038,484 ) 613,215
   
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,502,707   $ 1,199,103  

* Based on the number of common shares outstanding after giving effect to the stock split that became effective on April 12, 2018

GRAFTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

2018   2017 2018   2017

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Net sales $ 454,890 $ 137,245 $ 1,363,121 $ 358,298
Cost of sales 180,280   120,483   491,339   330,370  
Gross profit 274,610 16,762 871,782 27,928
Research and development 518 1,329 1,528 3,083
Selling and administrative expenses 14,234   13,293   46,349   37,118  
Operating profit (loss) 259,858 2,140 823,905 (12,273 )
 
Other expense (income), net 1,502 (404 ) 2,533 4,322
Related party Tax Receivable Agreement expense 61,801
Interest expense 33,855 7,792 100,387 23,240
Interest income (562 ) (58 ) (1,068 ) (320 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations before
provision for income taxes
225,063 (5,190 ) 660,252 (39,515 )
 
Provision for income taxes 24,871   1,963   36,250   3,249  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations 200,192 (7,153 ) 624,002 (42,764 )
 
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax (726 ) 3,234 585 (4,882 )
       
Net income (loss) $ 199,466   $ (3,919 ) $ 624,587   $ (47,646 )
 
Basic income (loss) per common share:
Net income (loss) per share $ 0.67 $ (0.01 ) $ 2.08 $ (0.16 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations per share $ 0.68 $ (0.02 ) $ 2.08 $ (0.14 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding 296,136,564 302,225,923 300,173,831 302,225,923
Diluted income (loss) per common share:
Income (loss) per share $ 0.67 $ (0.01 ) $ 2.08 $ (0.16 )
Diluted income (loss) from continuing operations per share $ 0.68 $ (0.02 ) $ 2.08 $ (0.14 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding 296,145,453 302,225,923 300,178,704 302,225,923

* Based on the number of common shares outstanding after giving effect to the stock split that became effective on April 12, 2018

GRAFTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands, unaudited)

     

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 199,466 $ (3,919 ) $ 624,587 $ (47,646 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash
provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization 16,050 17,688 47,746 50,982
Impairments 5,300
Related party Tax Receivable Agreement expense 61,801
Deferred income tax provision 3,827 (2,057 ) (18,184 ) (3,049 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt 23,827
Interest expense 1,586 1,706 3,747 5,089
Other charges, net 2,773 (2,997 ) 9,652 1,849
Net change in working capital* 14,893 22,040 (143,695 ) 22,197
Change in long-term assets and liabilities (4,026 ) (2,355 ) 2,763   (1,141 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 234,569 30,106 612,244 33,581
Cash flow from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (18,897 ) (9,582 ) (47,632 ) (23,028 )
Proceeds from the sale of assets 25 882 866 4,038
Proceeds from divestitures   26,818     26,818  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (18,872 ) 18,118 (46,766 ) 7,828
Cash flow from financing activities:

Short-term debt, net

(36 ) 10,801 (12,607 ) 5,945
Revolving Facility borrowings 5,000 35,000
Revolving Facility reductions (59,755 ) (45,692 ) (77,755 )
Debt issuance costs (1,043 ) (27,326 )
Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt, net of
original issuance discount
2,235,000
Repayment of Senior Notes (304,782 )

Related party Promissory Note repayment

(750,000 )
Principal repayments on long-term debt (28,125 ) (36 ) (28,125 ) (107 )
Repurchase of common stock (225,000 ) (225,000 )
Dividends paid (24,695 )   (1,316,189 )  

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(278,899 ) (43,990 ) (474,721 ) (36,917 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (63,202 ) 4,234 90,757 4,492
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (431 ) 215 (1,615 ) 274
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 166,140   11,930   13,365   11,610  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 102,507   $ 16,379   $ 102,507   $ 16,376  
 
* Net change in working capital due to changes in the following components:
Accounts and notes receivable, net $ 14,655 $ 824 $ (96,045 ) $ 1,961
Inventories (11,190 ) 2,590 (93,755 ) 8,588
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (456 ) 1,323 7,828 (187 )
Income taxes payable 14,830 38 35,358 1,160
Accounts payable and accruals 3,789 12,594 4,336 5,975
Interest payable (6,735 ) 4,671   (1,417 ) 4,700  
Net change in working capital $ 14,893   $ 22,040   $ (143,695 ) $ 22,197  

The following table reconciles our non-GAAP key financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures:

 

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

(in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Net income (loss) 199,466 (3,919 ) 624,587 (47,646 )
Add:
Discontinued operations 726 (3,234 ) (585 ) 4,882
Depreciation and amortization 16,050 17,581 47,746 48,564
Interest expense 33,855 7,792 100,387 23,240
Interest income (562 ) (58 ) (1,068 ) (320 )
Income taxes 24,871   1,963   36,250   3,249  
EBITDA from continuing operations 274,406 20,125 807,317 31,969
Adjustments:
Pension and OPEB plan (gain) expenses(1) 483 768 1,478 2,293
Rationalization-related (gains)/charges (2) 1,772 994
Initial public offering ("IPO") expenses (3) 43 5,164
Non-cash loss (gain) on foreign currency remeasurement(4) 1,404 (463 ) 1,629 3,399
Stock-based compensation 476 657
Non-cash fixed asset write-off 1,062
Related party Tax Receivable Agreement expense (5)     61,801    
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations 276,812   22,202   879,108   38,655  

(1) Service and interest cost of our pension and OPEB plans. Also includes a mark-to-market loss (gain) for plan assets as of December of each year.

(2) Costs associated with rationalizations in our graphite electrode manufacturing operations and in the corporate structure. They include severance charges, contract termination charges, write-off of equipment and (gain)/loss on sale of manufacturing sites.

(3) Legal, accounting, printing and registration fees associated with the initial public offering in April 2018.

(4) Non-cash loss from foreign currency remeasurement of non-operating liabilities of our non-U.S. subsidiaries where the functional currency is the U.S. dollar.

(5) Non-cash expense for future payment to our sole pre-IPO stockholder for tax assets that are expected to be utilized.

Source: GrafTech International Ltd.

GrafTech International Ltd.
Meredith Bandy, 216-676-2699
Vice President, Investor Relations