Global Brass & Copper Holdings, Inc.  (BRSS)
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Global Brass & Copper Holdings, Inc. Segments


Business Segments I. Quarter
(in millions $)
(Mar 31 2019)
(of total Revenues)
I. Quarter
(in millions $)
(Mar 31 2019)
(Profit Margin)
430.30 100 % 18.00 4.18 %

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Growth rates by Segment I. Quarter
Y/Y Revenue
(Mar 31 2019)
Q/Q Revenue
I. Quarter
Y/Y Income
(Mar 31 2019)
Q/Q Income
13.66 % 0.09 % 44 % 20.81 %

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  Global Brass & Copper Holdings's

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Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware on October 10, 2007. Holdings, through its wholly-owned principal operating subsidiary, Global Brass and Copper, Inc. (“GBC”), commenced commercial operations on November 19, 2007 following the acquisition of the metals business from Olin Corporation. The majority of our operations are managed through three reportable operating segments: Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster. We also have a Corporate entity which includes certain administrative costs and expenses and the elimination of intercompany balances. Our sales activities are primarily focused in North America under the Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster brand names.

We are a leading, value-added converter, fabricator, processor and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products, including a wide range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube and fabricated metal component products. While we primarily process copper and copper alloys, we also reroll and form certain other metals such as stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminum. Using processed scrap, virgin metals and other refined metals, we engage in metal melting and casting, rolling, drawing, extruding, welding and stamping to fabricate finished and semi-finished alloy products. Key attributes of copper and copper alloys are conductivity, corrosion resistance, strength, malleability, cosmetic appearance and bactericidal properties.

Our products are used in a variety of applications across diversified markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, electronics / electrical components, industrial machinery and equipment and general consumer markets. We access these markets through direct mill sales, our captive distribution network and third-party distributors. We hold the exclusive production and distribution rights in North America for a lead-free brass rod product, which we sell under the Green Dot® and Eco Brass® brand names. The vertical integration of Olin Brass’s manufacturing capabilities and A.J. Oster’s distribution capabilities allows us to access customers with a wide variety of volume and service needs.

All of our segments sell to the building and housing market. While demand within this market is affected by new residential housing, existing home sales and commercial construction, all of which are seasonal and dependent on overall economic conditions, the correlation between housing statistics and our sales is not entirely direct. Our key products are typically installed near the completion of construction, meaning there is an inherent lag time compared to housing starts, and sales of our building and housing products can be affected by factors such as housing mix (unit size, unit price point and the mix of multi-family versus single-family construction). Sales of our products can also be impacted by changes in the composition of materials and fixtures used in construction as well as import and export dynamics.

Olin Brass
In addition to manufacturing, fabricating and converting specialized copper and brass sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated products, the Olin Brass segment also rerolls and forms other alloys such as stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminum. Sheet and strip is generally manufactured from copper and copper-alloy scrap.
Olin Brass manufactures its wide variety of products through four sites in North America. It is not uncommon for Olin Brass to produce 50 different alloys, approximately 30% of which could be high performance alloys (“HPAs”).
Olin Brass’s integrated brass mill in East Alton, Illinois is its main operating facility, which melts metal and produces strip products that are either sold directly to external customers, sold to its affiliate, A.J. Oster, or shipped to Olin Brass’s downstream operations for further value-added processing. Olin Brass’s downstream operations include:

a stamping operation located in East Alton;

a rolling mill in Waterbury, Connecticut with rolling, annealing, leveling, plating and slitting capabilities for various products (“Somers Thin Strip”), including stainless steel thin strip;

a manufacturing facility in Bryan, Ohio specializing in products sold in the automotive and electronics / electrical components markets; and

a manufacturing facility in Cuba, Missouri that produces high frequency welded copper-alloy tube for heat transfer, utility, decorative, automotive and plumbing applications.


Munitions Market
Olin Brass manufactures products utilized in both the military and commercial munitions markets, such as strip and cups, that are used to produce shot shells, bullet jackets, centerfire, rimfire and small caliber military munitions.
Customers in this market include major munitions producers in the U.S., including those producing small caliber ammunition for the U.S. military. Demand within this market is affected by the U.S. government’s security policies and troop size, as well as consumer demand for firearms and munitions. While munitions demand is predominantly domestic, occasional opportunities arise to supply U.S. alliance partners with these products.

Coinage Market
Olin Brass supplies strip for use in the production of dollar coins, quarters, dimes and nickels. Customers in this market include the United States Mint, for which we are a key supplier contracted into 2017. This long-term contract has typically been renewed as Olin Brass has been a highly regarded and valued supplier to the United States Mint for over 40 years.

The demand within this market is affected by the level of activities in retail transactions, the use of vending machines, and the trends affecting forms of payment.

Automotive Market
Olin Brass manufactures both strip and fabricated products used as electronic and electrical connectors for use in automobiles. These products are made with HPAs, suitable for applications requiring high reliability, high temperature and low insertion force. For example, these electrical connectors, along with lead frames manufactured by us, are used in junction boxes, wiring harnesses, ignition systems, lighting and automotive entertainment systems.

Building and Housing Market

A.J. Oster distributes copper-alloy strip and aluminum foil used for products in commercial and residential buildings. The two primary applications are electrical and hardware.
Electrical products are primarily for wiring devices. Other applications include switchgears, switches, controls and circuit breakers. Several of our customers for these products are in Puerto Rico or Mexico. A.J. Oster’s capabilities are well-suited for these geographic locations and the stringent service requirements of the electrical market because A.J. Oster is able to provide customers with high-quality metals, in less-than-truckload quantities, and can deliver products shortly after receiving orders.
Hardware products include products such as faucets, window trim, locksets, hinges and kick plates.


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