Schnitzer Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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Schnitzer Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Sequential Improvement in Revenues and Earnings

Continued Momentum on Growth Strategy in Auto Parts and Metals Recycling Businesses


PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NAS: SCHN) today reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.36 and earnings per share of $0.32 for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended February 28, 2013. Adjusted results for the quarter exclude a $2 million pre-tax restructuring charge associated with cost reduction initiatives announced in August 2012. Performance exceeded our second quarter market outlook issued in February due to better than anticipated operational performance in our Metals Recycling and Auto Parts Businesses, lower corporate expenses and additional tax benefits. In the first quarter of 2013, the Company reported an adjusted loss per share of $0.02 and a loss per share of $0.06.

During the second quarter, ferrous export selling prices strengthened with average prices for February shipments approximately $40 per ton higher than average prices for shipments at the end of the first quarter. Higher commodity prices, together with significant improvements in sales volumes in our Metals Recycling Business and car purchase volumes in our Auto Parts Business, drove improved performance sequentially in the second quarter.

     
Summary Results
($ in millions, except per share amounts)
Quarter
2Q131Q13Change 2Q12Change
Revenues$662$59312%$887(25)%
 
Operating Income$11$1NM$18(37)%
Restructuring Charges 2 2 (3)%  

NM

 

Adjusted Operating Income(1)$13$3361%$18(28)%
 
Net Income (Loss) attributable to SSI$9$(2)NM$10(10)%
Restructuring Charges, net of tax 1 1 %  

NM

 
Adjusted Net Income (Loss) attributable to SSI(1)$10$(1)NM$10%
 
Net Income (Loss) per share attributable to SSI$0.32$(0.06)NM$0.35(7)%
Restructuring Charges, net of tax, per share 0.04 0.04 %  

NM

 
Adjusted diluted EPS attributable to SSI(1)(2)$0.36$(0.02)NM$0.353%
 
(1) Adjusted for restructuring charges. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.

(2) Second quarter of fiscal 2013 includes tax benefits of $3 million, or $0.10 per share, relating to the release of a valuation allowance which had been recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 and other discrete tax benefits. First quarter of fiscal 2013 includes tax expense of $2 million, or $0.06 per share, relating to recording the valuation allowance.

NM = Not meaningful
 

"Our operating performance improved significantly during our second quarter, led by rising commodity prices, improved volumes in both our Metals Recycling and Auto Parts Businesses, and the operational efficiencies we have gained through the implementation of our cost reduction program," said Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer. "During the first half of fiscal 2013, our restructuring initiatives delivered an 11% reduction in SG&A year over year while we continued to advance our strategic growth initiatives. In the second quarter, our Auto Parts Business significantly improved its sequential operating margin to 11% for stores owned more than a year and added ten new sites which will provide access to additional supply in our core markets. In our Metals Recycling Business, we completed testing of our new shredder which will provide increased processing capabilities in Western Canada during the third quarter of fiscal 2013. Embedded in both growth initiatives is the opportunity to generate enhanced synergies between our Metals Recycling and Auto Parts Businesses. As 2013 progresses, we will continue to focus on delivering improved operational performance, maintaining our strong balance sheet and optimizing our cost base, while continuing to pursue our growth strategy."

Key business drivers during the second quarter of fiscal 2013:

  • Metals Recycling Business (MRB) generated operating income per ferrous ton of approximately $13, an increase of 117% from the first quarter of fiscal 2013, due to a combination of higher selling prices and sales volume for both ferrous and nonferrous products.
  • Auto Parts Business (APB) improved its operating income margin from the first quarter, excluding the adverse impact related to the new sites added during the quarter which include transaction, integration and startup costs. In addition, APB increased its car purchase volume to 88 thousand cars, reflecting an 11% sequential increase which includes a partial quarter contribution from new sites.
  • Steel Manufacturing Business (SMB) generated $1 million in operating income on sequentially lower selling volumes, primarily due to the typical seasonal slowdown in demand during the second quarter.

Metals Recycling Business

Summary of Metals Recycling Business Results
($ in millions, except selling prices; Fe volumes 000s long tons; NFe volumes M lbs)
           
Quarter
2Q131Q13Change2Q12Change
Total Revenues$576$49417%$782(26)%
 
Ferrous Revenues$443$37020%$613(28)%
Ferrous Volumes1,10395516%1,353(18)%
Avg. Net Ferrous Sales Prices ($/LT)(1)$372$3584%$421(12)%
 
Nonferrous Revenues$125$1177%$159(21)%
Nonferrous Volumes1261196%169(26)%
Avg. Net Nonferrous Sales Prices ($/lb)(1)$0.97$0.952%$0.917%
 
Operating Income(2)$14$6150%$20(29)%
 
(1) Sales prices are shown net of freight
(2) Operating income does not include the impact of restructuring charges
 

Sales Volumes: Ferrous sales volumes of 1.1 million tons in the second quarter increased 16% from first quarter levels, primarily due to higher demand in the export markets and the timing of sales. Nonferrous sales volumes of 126 million pounds increased 6% sequentially, primarily due to the impact of higher production levels and the timing of sales.

Export customers accounted for 76% of total ferrous sales volumes in the second quarter. Our ferrous and nonferrous products were shipped to 14 countries, with Turkey, China and South Korea being the top ferrous export destinations.

Pricing: Demand strengthened in the export markets for February shipments, resulting in a 4% increase in average net ferrous selling prices from first quarter levels. Nonferrous prices were in line with the prior quarter.

Margins: Operating income per ferrous ton was $13, a sequential increase of $7 per ton, or 117%, due to a combination of higher ferrous export selling prices and sales volumes and the timing of sales. The supply of scrap continued to be constrained by low US GDP growth which moderated the overall improvement to margins.

Auto Parts Business

Summary of Auto Parts Business Results
($ in millions)
     Quarter
2Q13    1Q13    Change    2Q12    Change
Revenues$78$7012%$78%
Operating Income(1)$7$65%$9(23)%
 
Car Purchases Volumes (000s)887911%845%
Locations (end of quarter)595116%5116%
 
(1) Operating income does not include the impact of restructuring charges
 

Revenues: Revenues in the second quarter increased 12% sequentially due to higher commodity prices and higher sales volumes.

Margins: During the second quarter, operating margins, excluding the impact of new sites, increased sequentially to 11% primarily due to the impact of higher commodity prices on scrap sales, higher car purchase volumes and lower SG&A costs. During the second quarter, APB incurred $2 million of operating losses, including transaction, integration and startup costs, related to the new sites added during the quarter which lowered APB's reported operating margin to 9%. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.

New Sites: During the second quarter, APB invested in ten new sites through a combination of acquisitions and greenfield developments which, in the aggregate, will increase the number of our total stores by 20% and are expected to increase annualized car purchase volumes by approximately 15%. These new sites will expand APB's position in our core markets and further enhance operational synergies with our Metals Recycling Business.

Steel Manufacturing Business

Summary of Steel Manufacturing Business Results
($ in millions, except selling prices; volume in thousands of short tons)
                     
Quarter
2Q131Q13Change2Q12Change
Revenues$ 71$ 92

(23)

%

$ 85

(16)

%

Operating Income (Loss)$ 1$ 3

(69)

%

$ (1)

NM

 
Avg. Net Sales Prices ($/ST)$ 690$ 6801%

$ 725

(5)

%

Finished Goods Sales Volumes96130

(26)

%

112

(15)

%

 
NM = Not meaningful
 

Sales Volumes: Finished steel sales volumes of 96 thousand tons decreased 26% from the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Pricing: Average net sales prices for finished steel products of $690 per short ton approximated the first quarter.

Margins: Compared to the first quarter, higher costs for raw materials, a lower utilization rate resulting from planned maintenance and a typical seasonal slowdown in demand during the quarter resulted in operating income of $1 million.

Cost Reductions

During the first half of fiscal 2013, SG&A was 11% lower as compared to the prior year. In August we announced cost reduction initiatives which are expected to lower annual pre-tax operating costs by $25 million and are anticipated to be substantially implemented by the end of fiscal 2013. Total pre-tax restructuring charges are expected to be approximately $13 million. During the second quarter, we incurred a $2 million expense related to the restructuring charge. In aggregate, we have incurred $8 million of the total $13 million anticipated restructuring charge, and we expect to recognize the balance during the remainder of fiscal 2013.

Corporate Items

Corporate expense in the second quarter was $2 million lower sequentially due to cost reduction initiatives and lower professional fees.

Operating results in the second quarter include a $2 million pre-tax restructuring charge associated with cost reduction initiatives announced in August 2012 which equates to $0.04 per share.

Income tax expense in the second quarter included the release of a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets of a foreign subsidiary of approximately $2 million, which had been recorded in the first quarter. In addition, we had $1 million in other discrete tax benefits. In aggregate, tax benefits in the second quarter equated to $0.10 per share.

Total debt at period end increased by $66 million, compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, to $401 million, primarily reflecting the newly acquired APB sites and higher working capital.

Analysts' Conference Call:Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013

A conference call and slide presentation to discuss results will be held today, April 3, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. EDT hosted by Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Peach, Chief Financial Officer. The call and the slides will be webcast and accessible on the Company's website at www.schnitzersteel.com.

Summary financial data is provided in the following pages. The slides and related materials will be available prior to the call on the website.

 
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
             
 For the Three Months EndedFor the Six Months Ended

February 28,

November 30,

February 29,

February 28,

February 29,
 

2013

2012

2012

2013

  2012
 
REVENUES:
 
Metal Recycling Business:
Ferrous sales$443,418$370,476$612,603$813,894$1,190,627
Nonferrous sales Read Full Story

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