Tronox Limited
Tronox Ltd (Form: 8-K, Received: 05/09/2017 07:31:49)

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 

FORM 8-K
 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):   May 9, 2017 (May 9, 2017)
 

TRONOX LIMITED
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Western Australia, Australia
 
001-35573
 
98-1026700
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
   
263 Tresser Boulevard, Suite 1100
 
Lot 22 Mason Road
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
 
Kwinana Beach, WA 6167 Australia
 
 (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(203) 705-3800
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

Tronox Limited (the “Company”) is scheduled to participate at the Wells Fargo Industrials Conference in New York, New York on May 9, 2017. A copy of the presentation to be used at such conference is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Such information, including the Exhibit attached hereto, shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d)
Exhibits.

Exhibit No.
 
Description
99.1
 
Investor presentation dated May 9, 2017.

SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 
TRONOX LIMITED
     
     
     
 
By:
/s/ Richard L. Muglia
Date: May 9, 2017
Name:
Richard L. Muglia
 
Title:
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
Investor presentation dated May 9, 2017.
 


Exhibit 99.1
 
 Wells Fargo Industrials Conference  May 9, 2017 
 

 Safe Harbor Statement  Additional Information and Where to Find ItThis communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the Transaction Agreement, by and between Tronox Limited (the “Company”), The National Titanium Dioxide Company (“Cristal”) and Cristal Inorganic Chemicals Netherlands Coöperatief W.A. (the “Transaction”), the Company intends to file relevant materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including a proxy statement. Investors and Securityholders are urged to read the proxy statement (including all amendments and supplements thereto) and all other relevant documents regarding the proposed Transaction filed with the SEC or sent to shareholders as they become available as they will contain important information about the Transaction. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (if and when it becomes available) and other relevant documents filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed by the Company with the SEC will be available free of charge on the Company’s website at www.tronox.com or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations at +1.203.705.3722. Certain Information Regarding ParticipantsThe Company, Cristal and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the Transaction. You can find information about the Company’s directors and executive officers in the Company’s definitive annual proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 16, 2017. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement regarding the Transaction and other relevant documents filed with the SEC.   1 
 

 Safe Harbor Statement  Forward-Looking Statements Statements in this presentation that are not historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current beliefs and expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and contain words such as “believe,” “intended,” “expect,” and “anticipate,” and include statements about expectations for future results.  The forward-looking statements involve risks that may affect the company’s operations, markets, products, services, prices and other risk factors discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including those under the heading entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, the risk that the Transaction will not close, including by failure to obtain shareholder approval, failure to obtain any necessary financing or the failure to satisfy other closing conditions under the Transaction Agreement or by the termination of the Transaction Agreement; failure to plan and manage the Transaction effectively and efficiently; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the Transaction is delayed, is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that expected synergies will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; unanticipated increases in financing and other costs, including a rise in interest rates; reduced access to unrestricted cash; compliance with our bank facility covenants; the price of our shares; general market conditions; our customers potentially reducing their demand for our products; more competitive pricing from our competitors or increased supply from our competitors; operating efficiencies and other benefits expected from the Transaction. Neither the Company’s investors and securityholders nor any other person should place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, the Company undertakes no obligations to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or future developments.All reconciliations to GAAP of non-GAAP financial measures used in this presentation can be found in the tables accompanying Tronox’s press releases issued February 21, 2017 and May 4, 2017.   2 
 

 First Quarter 2017 Summary  TiO2 and Alkali combined to deliver $123 million adjusted EBITDA and $132 million free cash flow Strong TiO2 performance sourced from higher pigment selling prices - up 4 percent sequentially and 16 percent above prior year; higher sales volumes - including the highest single-month pigment sales volumes since June 2009 achieved in March; significantly higher titanium feedstock and zircon sales and continued cost savings from our Operational Excellence program TiO2 momentum expected to continue across 2017 with additional pigment selling price increases, firming conditions in titanium feedstock and co-products; margin expansion from top line growth in pigment and historically higher margin feedstock further enhanced by continued cost savingsAlkali adjusted EBITDA of $38 million and free cash flow of $41 million despite record severe winter weather conditions at Wyoming production facility which impacted adjusted EBITDA by $4 millionCash generation further strengthened balance sheet with $265 million cash and $560 million liquidity on March 31, 2017Cristal TiO2 integration planning and process to market Alkali business both underwayConfident that 2017 will be a year of strong performance and that 2018 will be a transformational one for Tronox      1Q17 ($ millions)  Consolidated  TiO2  Alkali  Corporate    Revenue  569  378  191  --    Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)  101  85  38  (22)    Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities  60  111  53  (104)    Free Cash Flow (1) (Non-GAAP)  28  91  41  (104)  3  (1) Free cash flow equals cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures. 
 

 TiO2 First Quarter 2017 Performance  Compared to 1Q16Revenue up 33% - higher pigment sales volumes and selling prices coupled with higher zircon and CP slag sales volumesPigment sales up 26% - sales volume up 9% and selling prices up 16% (17% local currency); selling prices higher in all regions Titanium feedstock and co-products sales up 61% - zircon sales volumes up 89% ; CP slag contract shipments commence; ilmenite sales volumes up 35% ; pig iron selling prices up 28% Adjusted EBITDA up 286% or $63 million - higher pigment sales volumes and selling prices, significant cost reductions from Operational Excellence program and higher pigment production efficiency and plant utilization; despite $20 million FX headwinds Compared to 4Q16Revenue up 7% driven by higher pigment sales volumes and selling prices Pigment sales up 11% - 6% higher sales volumes and 4% higher selling prices (4% local currency); selling prices higher in all regions Titanium feedstock and co-products sales level sequentially - CP slag sales level; ilmenite sales volumes up 86%; zircon sales down 2%; natural rutile sales down 3%; pig iron sales volumes up 11% and selling prices up 26% Adjusted EBITDA up 6% on higher pigment sales volumes and selling pricesFree cash flow of $91 million - cash provided by operating activities of $111 million less capital expenditures of $20 million.      TiO2 ($ millions)  1Q17  4Q16  1Q16    Revenue  378  352  285    Income(Loss) from Operations  32  18  (36)    Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)  85  80  22     TiO2 ($ millions)  1Q17    Cash Provided by Operating Activities  111    Capital Expenditures  (20)    Free Cash Flow (1) (Non-GAAP)  91  4  (1) Free cash flow equals cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures. 
 

   TiO2 Adjusted EBITDA Bridge - 4Q16 to 1Q17   $80  $5  $4  $1  $4  $85  4Q16  FX  Other  1Q17  One-time Costs*  Volume/Mix  $11  Price  * One-time costs associated with 1) startup of two CP slag furnaces and a mineral separation plant, and 2) impact of higher cost/ton material sold in Q1 that was produced in Q4 during scheduled maintenance (reduced utilization rate, higher fixed cost absorption)  5 
 

   TiO2 Adjusted EBITDA Margins Expected to be 30% by YE 2017  Adjusted EBITDA MarginExpansion Q1-Q4 2017  6 
 

   1Q17  YE 2017  22.5%  30%  Sales Drivers:Higher pigment selling pricesHigher feedstock and co-products selling pricesContinued GDP-level pigment volume growth  Sales  TiO2 Adjusted EBITDA Margins Expected to be 30% by Year-end 2017  TiO2 Adjusted EBITDA Margin  Cost  Production Efficiency Gains/Cost Reduction:1Q higher-cost inventory flow-through from Q4 that will not repeat in Q2-Q4CP Slag furnaces 3 and 4 ramp to full production in Q2; fully ramped Q3-Q4Production efficiency gains from CP slag operations and other feedstock processing facilities Continued pigment plant cost reductionIncludes impacts of normal seasonal planned maintenance in Q4      7 
 

 Alkali First Quarter 2017 Performance  Compared to 1Q16Revenue of $191 million level as sales volumes up 5% and selling prices down 4% ; revenue reduced by $5 million as lower sales volumes resulted from lower production volumes due to record severe winter weather conditions at its Wyoming production facility Domestic sales volumes down 3% - lower container glass and detergent demand; selling prices 2% lower due to customer mix and freight pass-through costsExport sales volumes up 13% driven by strong demand in Asia-Pacific and Latin America ; selling prices 2% lowerAdjusted EBITDA up 6% driven by operating cost reductions and higher plant efficiencies; adjusted EBITDA reduced by $4 million due to record severe winter weather conditions Compared to 4Q16Revenue down 3% on 3% lower sales volumes driven by lower production volumes due to record severe weather; selling prices level Domestic sales volumes down 4% and selling prices up 2%; export sales volumes and selling prices both down 2%Adjusted EBITDA down 17% driven by lower sales and production volumes and higher energy and operating costs , primarily the result of the record severe winter weather conditions in WyomingFree cash flow of $41 million - cash provided by operating activities of $53 million less capital expenditures of $12 million      Alkali ($ millions)  1Q17  4Q16  1Q16    Revenue  191  197  191    Income from Operations  19  31  21    Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)  38  46  36     Alkali ($ millions)  1Q17    Cash Provided by Operating Activities  53    Capital Expenditures  (12)    Free Cash Flow (1) (Non-GAAP)  41  8  (1) Free cash flow equals cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures. 
 

  Debt Maturities and Financial Maintenance Covenants  No meaningful maturities until 2020; annual 1% payment on term loan  No financial maintenance covenants on term loan or high yield notes  48% of total indebtedness set at a fixed rate on March 31, 2017  First Quarter 2017 Financial Position   Tronox ($ millions)  1Q17  4Q16  1Q16    Corporate          Income(Loss) from Operations  (35)*  (16)  (16)    Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)   (22)**  (21)  (18)     Cash Used in Operations  (104)  (44)  (105)    SG&A  74*  59  50    Interest & Debt Expense, Net  46  47  46    * Includes $15 million professional fees primarily related to the Cristal transaction and process to market Alkali plus certain non-cash employee retirement-related and other costs of $10 million** Includes $4 million related to the process to market Alkali           Tronox ($ millions)  Mar 31, 2017  Dec 31, 2016    Gross Consolidated Debt  3,053  3,054    Debt, Net of Cash  2,788  2,806    Cash and Cash Equivalents   265  248    Liquidity  560  533    Blended Cost of Debt   5.6%   5.6%     Tronox ($ millions)  FY 2017 Outlook  Cash Interest  170-180  Capital Expenditures  ~150  DD&A  ~245  9 
 

 2017 Perspectives  TiO2  Momentum in our TiO2 business continues across balance of 2017  Additional pigment selling price increases  Firming conditions in titanium feedstock and co-products  Margin expansion from top line growth in pigment and historically higher margin feedstock plus continued cost savings  Ilmenite supply tightness and rising prices should provide support for rising high grade feedstock and pigment selling prices  Alkali  2017 a year of higher adjusted EBITDA and robust free cash flow  Improving market conditions, especially in export markets, and benefit of cost reduction initiatives currently underway  10  Tronox   2017 a year of strong performance and 2018 a year of transformation   Cristal TiO2 acquisition integration planning and process to market Alkali business both underway  Continue generating high performance in TiO2 and Alkali 
 

 TiO2 Operational Excellence On track to generate more than $600 million cash over 2015-2017    Cash from Cost Reductions and Working Capital Reductions for the three-year period 2015-2017           Versus 2014 Baseline  2015  2016  2017      Actual  Actual  Target     Cost Reduction   99  99       Less Cost to Deliver  (9)  (16)       Sustaining Cost Reduction  90  83        Incremental 2016 Cost Reductions     73        Cash Cost Reduction   90  156       Working Capital Reduction  98  142       Total Cash Generation  188  298   154                Cumulative Cash Cost Reduction  90  246  400      Cumulative Working Capital Reduction  98  240  240      Total Cumulative Cash Generation  188  486  640   Note: Excludes inflation, net non-cash LCM impacts and FX impacts  11 
 

 $98    Maintenance, Supplies & Rentals  2016 TiO2 EBITDA Bridge                            $178  $38  EBITDA after Revenue impacts  OperationalExcellenceTotalCash  ($39)  2016ReportedTiO2 EBITDA  ($36)  Impact of Bringing Supplyin Line with Demand  ($42)  Other Items  $236  ($1)  FX on Revenue  $101  2015 ReportedTiO2 EBITDA  $215  NetNon-CashLCMImpacts  FX on Costs  Selling Prices  $316  SalesVolumesProduct Mix  ($105)  CashEBITDA  ($33)  ($ Millions)              Labor  $9  ($38)  $13  $38  $24  $27  Inflation   Outside Services  Raw Materials  $73    $65    Realized from 2015 Initiatives  $65  Net $73Realized from 2016 Initiatives  Energy  OE CashBalance Sheet--------------OE Cash Income Statement   Includes ~$12m of SG&A transferred from Corp     12 
 

 Cristal Transaction   
 

 Expands Global Footprint, Increases Participation in High Growth Emerging Markets   Increases Growth Rates, Faster-growing EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Earnings   Highly Synergistic and Substantially Accretive and Deleveraging Upon Closing   Very Strong Fourth Quarter 2016 Performance, TiO2 Market Momentum Continues  Creates World’s Largest and Most Highly Integrated TiO2 Producer  Tronox Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cristal TiO2  Cristal is the world’s second largest producer of titanium dioxide and operates 8 titanium dioxide plants, 6 mines and mineral separation plants, and 1 slag plant in seven countries  14 
 

 Substantial Accretion and Rapid Deleveraging Upon Closing  Compelling Strategic Rationale    Creates World’s Largest and Most Highly Integrated Producer of TiO2  EPS accretion of more than 100% expected in year 1Projected pro forma EPS, EBITDA and FCF growth rates over 2018-2021 improve by ~70%, ~30% and ~60%, respectively, versus Tronox standalonePre-tax run-rate synergies of more than $100 million in year 1 and more than $200 million in year 3 expectedNo new debt expected; 50% reduction in net leverage ratio projectedPro forma net leverage of ~4.4x at closing expected; if proceeds from asset sales not available at closing, temporary bridge financing may be put in place  TiO2 pigment production of 1.3MMTPY with 11 production plants in 8 countriesMost highly integrated feedstock production of 1.5MMTPY with 6 ilmenite mines, 2 slag plants (subject to negotiations with Cristal, Tronox has the intention to acquire a 3rd) and 1 synthetic rutile plant 85% vertically integrated on net TiO2 basisAllows full utilization of mining and feedstock assets to minimize cost per ton and maximize marginsHigher mineral sands asset returns from reduced exposure to volatility in high-grade feedstock merchant market with 100% of high-grade feedstock consumed internally  15 
 

 Transaction Summary  Governance & Leadership  Size of Tronox board of directors remains unchanged with 9 membersCristal’s owners will receive 2 board seatsExxaro Mineral Sands will remain on the board with its 3 seatsTom Casey to remain Chairman and CEO  Transaction Overview  Cristal shareholders to receive $1.673 billion of cash plus Class A ordinary shares representing 24% ownership in pro forma Tronox Cash portion of purchase consideration expected to be funded through proceeds from asset sales, including Alkali and selected other non-core assets if appropriate, and cash on hand  Ownership  76% existing Tronox shareholders and 24% Cristal shareholdersCristal can sell a maximum of 4% of total shares for 3 years following closing and can not acquire more than 24% of total shares for 3 years following closing  Key Closing Conditions  Approval of Tronox Class A and B shareholders, voting as a single class, plus regulatory approvals and customary closing conditionsClosing is expected before first quarter 2018   16 
 

 World’s 2nd largest TiO2 pigment producer 858 kMT of nameplate production capacity84% chloride2011-2016 average EBITDA of $385 millionHigh-quality, well-invested assets, with highly automated manufacturing processesHighly integrated into mining, chlorine, air separation, energy facilities and a 500kMT slag production complex under commissioningSignificant co-product and downstream businessLargest producer of merchant high quality TiCl4Global leader in specialty, catalyst grade TiO2Mining and mineral separation facilities in Australia with 258MMT of reserves  Cristal Overview  Key Facts    Facilities  8 TiO2 facilities, 6 mines / MSPs(1) and 1 slagger(2)  Countries  Plants in 7 countries  TiO2 Nameplate Capacity  858 kMT  Feedstock and Co-Products Nameplate Capacity  500kMT ilmenite, 70ktpa rutile, 100ktpa zircon, 500kMT slag(2)  Employees  ~4,100  2016 Sales: $1.7 billion  (1) Mineral Separation Plants (2) Currently in commissioning phase  17 
 

 Creates World’s Largest TiO2 Producer   Nameplate Production Capacity (kMT)    Huntsman  Chemours    14%    15%    10%    9%  Kronos    7%  Lomon Billions    7%    5%  % Global Capacity  New  1,323  Source: IHS and company filings.  18 
 

 World’s second largest mineral sands producer, 85% vertically integrated on net TiO2 basisFull utilization of mining and feedstock assets to maximize margins by minimizing cost per tonHigher mineral sands asset returns resulting from reduced exposure to volatility in high-grade feedstock merchant market as 100% of high-grade feedstock consumed internally    World’s Most Highly Integrated TiO2 and Mineral Sands Producer  New Tronox Mineral Sands Production  (kMT, TiO2 units)  Feedstock Balance Shifts (2018E)  220 Long  New Tronox  Tronox  180 Short      Source: Tronox estimates.  19 
 

     Expanded Global Footprint  ThannFranceCapacity: 32 kMT  Ashtabula 1 & 2USACapacity: 245 kMT  Salvador, BahiaBrazilCapacity: 60 kMT  YanbuKSACapacity: 200 kMT  BunburyAustraliaCapacity: 110 kMT  FuzhouChinaCapacity: 46 kMT  StallingboroughUKCapacity: 165 kMT                                Namakwa SandsSouth Africa  KZN SandsSouth Africa  ChandalaAustralia  KwinanaAustraliaCapacity: 150 kMT  HamiltonUSACapacity: 225 kMT  Jazan(1)KSA    Botlekthe NetherlandsCapacity: 90 kMT          StamfordUSACorporate Offices  ParaibaBrazil  CooljarlooAustralia  WonnerupAustralia  SnapperAustralia  GinkgoAustralia  (1) Subject to negotiations with Cristal, Tronox has the intention to acquire Cristal Jazan slagger.  20  TronoxTronox Corporate PigmentMineral Sands        CristalPigmentMineral Sands     
 

 Balanced Geographical Sales Mix    Tronox  Increased participation in higher growth emerging markets  Cristal  New Tronox    21 
 

 Significant Shareholder Value Creation Potential  ($ millions)    Average EBITDA Bridge(1)  1    (1)  Average EBITDA 2011 – 2016(1)  $428  Tronox TiO2  $385  Cristal  $200  Year 3Synergies  $1,013  New Tronox  (1) Does not reflect any future price recovery.  22 
 

  Highly Synergistic Combination  Pre-tax run-rate synergies of more than $100 million by year 1 and more than $200 million by year 3 expected  Components of Synergies ($ millions)  Full utilization of mineral sands assets Optimizing value in use of our feedstockSharing of best practices across complementary technologies, production facilities and production geographiesSignificant supplier overlapEnhanced global footprint reduces average distance to customers Consolidation of third party spend, overlapping functions, elimination of redundant corporate costs  One-time Costs to Achieve ($ millions)  Sources of Synergies   ($ millions)  ($ millions)  23 
 

 Summary    World’s Largest and Most Highly Integrated TiO2 Producer    Highly Strategic and Synergistic Combination    Substantially Accretive and Deleveraging Upon Closing    Higher Growth Rates, Faster-growing EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Earnings    Expanded Global Footprint, Increased Participation in Emerging Markets   24 
 

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