Schnitzer Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 9, 2019--Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCHN) today reported results for its first quarter of fiscal 2019 ended November 30, 2018. The Company reported earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.57 and adjusted earnings per share of $0.58. In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company reported earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.64 and adjusted earnings per share of $0.63. For a reconciliation of the adjusted results to U.S. GAAP, see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures provided after the financial statements in this document.
Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) achieved operating income of $23 million, or $25 per ferrous ton, compared to operating income in the first quarter of the prior year of $35 million, or $44 per ferrous ton. AMR’s year-over-year performance included benefits from 15% higher ferrous sales volumes and 18% higher nonferrous sales volumes, which were more than offset by operating margin compression resulting primarily from a 19% decline in average net selling prices for nonferrous products that outpaced the reduction in purchase costs for raw materials.
Cascade Steel and Scrap (CSS) achieved first quarter operating income of $12 million, an increase of 41% year-over-year. CSS’s operating performance improvement was driven primarily by a 25% year-over-year increase in finished steel average net selling prices, which significantly outpaced the increase in the cost of steel-making raw materials. Finished steel sales volumes were 6% lower year-over-year primarily due to lower production resulting from the combination of a temporary disruption to a major external natural gas pipeline and downtime related to the implementation of mill equipment upgrades aimed at improving productivity.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, consolidated financial performance included Corporate expense of $12 million, a decrease of $4 million from the prior year first quarter, which had included a charge for a legacy environmental liability of $4 million.
“In challenging market conditions that saw a significant decline in the net selling prices for our nonferrous products, AMR delivered solid operating performance with significant year-over-year improvement in ferrous and nonferrous volumes, demonstrating the benefits of our sales diversification strategy and our commercial initiatives to increase supply volumes. Looking forward, we are expanding the scope of our productivity initiatives aimed at improving AMR’s operating margins in the current market environment, while continuing to invest in advanced nonferrous technologies to support our strategic objectives to lower processing costs, increase recovery rates, and further develop our product optionality so we continue to meet our customers’ needs,” commented Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer. “CSS continued to deliver excellent results, reflecting a 41% year-over-year increase in operating income, underpinned by significant operating margin expansion through higher steel prices and improved productivity. Our strong balance sheet provides us with the ability to invest in capital projects, while continuing to return capital to our shareholders through both our share repurchases and quarterly dividend.”
Auto and Metals Recycling
Volumes: Ferrous sales volumes in the first quarter increased 15% compared to the prior year first quarter, primarily due to stronger domestic demand and commercial initiatives to increase our supply flows. Ferrous sales volumes decreased 11% sequentially primarily due to seasonality. Nonferrous sales volumes were 18% higher compared to the prior year first quarter, mainly due to higher supply flows and 8% lower sequentially, primarily due to seasonality.
Export customers accounted for 63% of total ferrous sales volumes. Our products, including ferrous, nonferrous and recycled auto parts, were shipped to 22 countries in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, with Bangladesh, Turkey and Taiwan representing the top export destinations for ferrous shipments.
Pricing: Average ferrous net selling prices increased $14 per ton, or 5%, compared to the prior year first quarter, and were down $15 per ton, or 5%, sequentially. Average nonferrous net selling prices decreased 19% compared to the prior year first quarter and decreased 14% sequentially.
Margins: Operating income was $23 million in the first quarter, a decrease of $12 million, or 35%, compared to the prior year first quarter and $11 million, or 32%, lower sequentially. Operating income per ferrous ton of $25 represented a decrease of $19 per ton or 43% from the prior year first quarter and a sequential decrease of $8 per ton, or 24%. The margin compression in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 resulted primarily from the significant decline in selling prices for zorba and other nonferrous products that outpaced the reduction in purchase costs for raw materials, more than offsetting the benefits of operating leverage from higher ferrous and nonferrous sales volumes, and higher net ferrous selling prices. Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $4 million higher than in the prior year as a result of higher employee-related expenses and $1 million in environmental-related expenses, and consistent sequentially. First quarter operating results include a neutral impact from average inventory accounting, consistent with the first quarter of the prior year and compared to an adverse impact of $2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.
Cascade Steel and Scrap
Volumes: Finished steel sales volumes in the first quarter were 6% lower year-over-year and sequentially, primarily due to lower production in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 caused by a combination of a temporary disruption to a major external natural gas pipeline and downtime related to the implementation of mill equipment upgrades aimed at improving productivity. Recycling revenues were significantly higher year-over-year as a result of increased ferrous export sales due to increased supply flows, but down sequentially primarily due to seasonality.
Pricing: Average net selling prices for finished steel products increased 25% from the prior year first quarter and 1% sequentially, reflecting the impacts of reduced pressure from steel imports and higher steel-making raw material and other input costs.
Margins: Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $12 million, an improvement of 41% from the prior year first quarter. The improved year-over-year performance reflected an expansion in finished steel margins resulting from higher average net selling prices which significantly outpaced the increase in the cost of steel-making raw materials and offset the impact of lower finished steel sales volumes. Sequentially, operating income was $2 million lower driven primarily by the impact on sales volumes of the lower production and a $1 million adverse impact from the natural gas supply disruption.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, consolidated financial performance included Corporate expense of $12 million, a decrease of $4 million from the prior year first quarter, which included a charge for a legacy environmental liability of $4 million.
The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was an expense of 19.8%, which includes a discrete tax benefit associated with share-based compensation.
Total debt at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $169 million, and debt, net of cash, was $157 million compared to $107 million and $103 million, respectively, at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 (refer to Non-GAAP Financial Measures provided after the financial statements in this document). The first quarter of fiscal 2019 reflected negative operating cash flow of $12 million, as positive cash flows associated with profitability were more than offset by an increase in working capital due to the timing of the annual cash payment of incentive compensation accrued in fiscal 2018 and the impact of the timing of shipments on the collection of receivables.
Pursuant to its ongoing authorized share repurchase program, the Company repurchased a total of 150,000 shares of its Class A common stock in open market transactions during the first quarter. The Company also returned capital to shareholders through its 99th consecutive quarterly dividend.
Analysts’ Conference Call: First Quarter of Fiscal 2019
A conference call and slide presentation to discuss results will be held today, January 9, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. EST hosted by Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Peach, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief of Corporate Operations. The call and the slides will be webcast and accessible on the Company’s website under Company > Investors > Event Calendar at www.schnitzersteel.com/events.
Summary financial data is provided in the following pages. The slides and related materials will be available prior to the call on the website.
About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in North America with operating facilities located in 23 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company’s integrated operating platform also includes auto parts stores with approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing operations produce finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains performance based on adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI and adjusted consolidated, AMR and CSS operating income, which are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliations of these measures for each period discussed to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful presentation of our results from business operations excluding adjustments for other asset impairment charges net of recoveries, restructuring charges and other exit-related activities, recoveries related to the resale or modification of certain previously contracted shipments, and the income tax expense (benefit) allocated to these adjustments, items which are not related to underlying business operational performance, and improves the period-to-period comparability of our results from business operations. Adjusted operating results in fiscal 2015 excluded the impact from the resale or modification of the terms, each at significantly lower prices due to sharp declines in selling prices, of certain previously contracted bulk shipments for delivery during fiscal 2015. Recoveries resulting from settlements with the original contract parties, which began in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and concluded in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, are reported within selling, general and administrative expense in the quarterly statements of income and are also excluded from the measures. Further, management believes that debt, net of cash is a useful measure for investors because, as cash and cash equivalents can be used, among other things, to repay indebtedness, netting this against total debt is a useful measure of our leverage. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.
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