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Russel Metals Announces Solid First Quarter Results

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Russel Metals Announces Solid First Quarter Results16:11 EDT Thursday, May 03, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2012) - Russel Metals Inc. (TSX:RUS) today announced first quarter 2012 earnings of $33 million, or $0.55 per share on revenues of $803 million. These results matched the earnings of $33 million or $0.55 per share on revenues of $658 million in the same quarter last year and are above the fourth quarter 2011 earnings of $0.47 per share. Revenues in our metals service center segment increased 18% to $428 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the 2011 first quarter on stronger demand levels. Our gross margins improved from the 2011 fourth quarter and operating profit as a percentage of revenues improved to 7.5% in the 2012 first quarter from 5.7% in the fourth quarter last year. Brian R. Hedges, President and CEO, commented "Operating profit for the first quarter in our metals service center segment was generated by strong demand levels unlike the comparable first quarter of 2011, which experienced inventory holding gains. The growth in the first quarter reflects a continued healthy recovery in the industrial segment of the North American economy. In Canada, the western provinces were buoyed by high oil prices, which led to a stronger recovery in the west compared to the eastern provinces." Revenues in our energy tubular products segment for the first quarter of 2012 increased 23% to $275 million compared to the 2011 first quarter. Increased volume as a result of large linepipe orders improved the operating profits to $19 million. These large orders have lower gross margin percentages and consequently our operating profits as a percentage of revenues declined to 6.9% from 7.9% reported in the first quarter of 2011. The second quarter is historically the weakest quarter for this segment as spring breakup impacts Canadian shipments.Strong demand was also experienced in our steel distributors segment, which had a 42% increase in 2012 first quarter revenues to $99 million from the 2011 first quarter. Operating profits for the first quarter of 2012 increased by $1 million to $10 million from the 2011 first quarter.Mr. Hedges further commented, "Both of our operations in this segment positioned themselves well during the fourth quarter of 2011 which generated strong operating profits of 9.8% in the first quarter of 2012. This is a strong performance in a market experiencing tighter gross profit margins due to softening domestic steel prices." During April 2012, the market for Canadian denominated high yield bonds strengthened due to a shortage of issuers and we were able to take advantage of this window to strengthen our capital structure. We issued $300 million of Canadian dollar ten year senior notes at a 6% interest rate. Marion E. Britton, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer stated, "We are extremely pleased with our capital structure and the timing could not have been better as the number of acquisition opportunities in the marketplace has escalated in 2012. Our recently announced purchase of Siemens Laserworks allows us to increase our plate processing capabilities by acquiring a leading laser facility in the prairie region."The Board of Directors approved an increase of 17% in our quarterly dividend to $0.35 per common share payable June 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of May 30, 2012.The Company will be holding an Investor Conference Call on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET to review its 2012 first quarter results. The dial-in telephone numbers for the call are 416-340-2216 (Toronto and International callers) and 1-866-226-1792 (U.S. and Canada). Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the call to ensure that you get a line. A replay of the call will be available at 905-694-9451 (Toronto and International callers) and 1-800-408-3053 (U.S. and Canada) until midnight, Friday, May 18, 2012. You will be required to enter pass code 5331872 in order to access the call. Additional supplemental financial information is available in our investor conference call package located on our website at Metals is one of the largest metals distribution companies in North America. It carries on business in three metals distribution segments: metals service centers, energy tubular products and steel distributors, under various names including Russel Metals, A.J. Forsyth, Acier Leroux, Acier Loubier, Acier Richler, Arrow Steel Processors, B&T Steel, Baldwin International, Comco Pipe and Supply, Fedmet Tubulars, JMS Russel Metals, Leroux Steel, McCabe Steel, Mégantic Métal, Métaux Russel, Métaux Russel Produits Spécialisés, Milspec, Norton Metals, Pioneer Pipe, Russel Metals Specialty Products, Russel Metals Williams Bahcall, Siemens Laserworks, Spartan Energy Tubulars, Sunbelt Group, Triumph Tubular & Supply, Wirth Steel and York-Ennis.Statements contained in this press release or on the related conference call that relate to Russel Metals' beliefs or expectations as to certain future events are not statements of historical fact and are forward-looking statements. Russel Metals cautions readers that there are important factors, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive and governmental factors affecting Russel Metals' operations, markets, products, services and prices that could cause its actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those forecasted or anticipated in such forward-looking statements.The forward-looking statements in this document reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. The material assumptions applied in making the forward-looking statements in this document include the following: demand from the manufacturing, resource and construction segments of the Canadian economy will remain at current levels and these conditions will continue in the foreseeable future; and oil and gas prices, the price of steel and the value of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar will be at similar levels with what we experienced during the first quarter of 2012. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this document are based upon what management believes to be reasonable estimates and assumptions, Russel Metals cannot ensure that actual results will not be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement other than required by law. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (UNAUDITED)Quarters ended March 31(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data)20122011Revenues$802.9$657.7Cost of materials659.0519.3Employee expenses57.954.6Other operating expenses32.929.6Earnings before interest, finance and provision for income taxes53.154.2Interest expense6.77.1Interest income(0.4)(0.6)Other finance expense0.40.4Earnings before provision for income taxes46.447.3Provision for income taxes13.314.3Net earnings for the period$33.1$33.0Basic earnings per common share$0.55$0.55Diluted earnings per common share$0.53$0.53CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)Quarters ended March 31(in millions of Canadian dollars)20122011Net earnings for the period$33.1$33.0Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxUnrealized foreign exchange losses on translation of foreign operations(6.7)(8.0)Unrealized gains on items designated as net investment hedges2.13.3Losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges transferred to net earnings in the current period0.30.3Actuarial losses on pension and similar obligations(2.2)-Other comprehensive loss(6.5)(4.4)Total comprehensive income$26.6$28.6CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)March 31December 31(in millions of Canadian dollars)20122011ASSETSCurrentCash and cash equivalents$160.3$270.7Accounts receivable451.6382.4Inventories692.1645.6Prepaid expenses4.44.6Income taxes receivable1.40.51,309.81,303.8Property, Plant and Equipment206.9201.3Deferred Income Tax Assets5.05.3Other Assets3.13.3Goodwill and Intangibles24.324.7$1,549.1$1,538.4LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrentAccounts payable and accrued liabilities$374.7$362.8Income taxes payable4.617.4Current portion long-term debt1.31.3380.6381.5Long-Term Debt294.6296.5Pensions and Benefits36.133.3Deferred Income Tax Liabilities0.60.4Provisions5.35.4Other Non-Current Liabilities2.91.9720.1719.0Shareholders' EquityCommon shares486.0485.4Retained earnings321.8306.7Contributed surplus16.115.7Accumulated other comprehensive loss(23.6)(17.1)Equity component of convertible debenture28.728.7829.0819.4$1,549.1$1,538.4CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASHFLOW (UNAUDITED)Quarters ended March 31(in millions of Canadian dollars)20122011Operating activitiesNet earnings for the period$ 33.1$33.0Depreciation and amortization5.76.0Deferred income taxes0.6(0.5)Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment-(0.1)Stock-based compensation0.50.9Difference between pension expense and amount funded(0.2)(0.6)Debt accretion, amortization and other1.41.3Cash from operating activities before non-cash working capital41.140.0Changes in non-cash working capital itemsAccounts receivable(71.0)(81.5)Inventories(49.7)(8.2)Accounts payable and accrued liabilities13.535.3Income tax receivable/payable(11.5)(3.3)Other0.1(2.0)Change in non-cash working capital(118.6)(59.7)Cash used in operating activities(77.5)(19.7)Financing activitiesIssue of common shares0.50.9Dividends on common shares(18.0)(16.5)Repayment of long-term debt(0.3)(0.3)Cash used in financing activities(17.8)(15.9)Investing activitiesPurchase of property, plant and equipment(11.9)(4.4)Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment-0.7Cash used in investing activities(11.9)(3.7)Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(3.2)1.7Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(110.4)(37.6)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period270.7323.7Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period$ 160.3$286.1Supplemental cash flow information:Income taxes paid$ 26.4$18.3Interest paid (net)$5.0$12.2CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)(in millions of Canadian dollars)Common SharesRetained EarningsContributed SurplusAccumulated Other Comprehensive LossEquity Component of Convertible DebenturesTotalBalance, December 31, 2011$485.4$306.7$15.7$(17.1)$28.7$819.4Payment of dividends-(18.0)---(18.0)Net earnings for the period-33.1---33.1Other comprehensive loss for the period---(6.5)-(6.5)Recognition of stock-based compensation-0.4--0.4Stock options exercised0.6----0.6Balance, March 31, 2012$486.0$321.8$16.1$(23.6)$28.7$829.0(in millions of Canadian dollars)Common SharesRetained EarningsContributed SurplusAccumulated Other Comprehensive LossEquity Component of Convertible DebenturesTotalBalance, December 31, 2010$483.7$257.5$13.9$(11.0)$28.7$772.8Payment of dividends-(16.5)---(16.5)Net earnings for the period-33.0---33.0Other comprehensive loss for the period---(4.4)-(4.4)Recognition of stock-based compensation--0.7--0.7Stock options exercised1.2----1.2Balance, March 31, 2011$484.9$274.0$14.6$(15.4)$28.7$786.8FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Marion E. Britton, C.A.Russel Metals Inc.Vice President and Chief Financial Officer(905)