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United States Steel Corporation Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

United States Steel Corporation Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results07:45 EDT Tuesday, July 31, 2012PITTSBURGH, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Reportable segment and Other Businesses income from operations of $330 million compared to $295 million for the first quarter   Significantly improved European results with a return to profitability  Net income was $101 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to a first quarter loss of $219 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, which included a $399 million after-tax loss on the sale of U. S. Steel Serbia  Second quarter shipments of 5.4 million tons and net sales of $5.0 billion   Maintained strong liquidity position with $565 million of cash and $2.4 billion of total liquidity United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) reported second quarter 2012 net income of $101 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to a first quarter 2012 net loss of $219 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, and second quarter 2011 net income of $222 million, or $1.33 per diluted share.  Adjusted second quarter 2012 net income was $112 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, excluding an $11 million after-tax early redemption premium on our $300 million 5.65% Senior Notes due 2013.  Adjusted first quarter 2012 net income was $110 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, excluding a $399 million after-tax loss on the sale of U. S. Steel Serbia; a $58 million after-tax gain on the sale of transportation assets; and a $12 million after-tax gain on property tax settlements.  Adjusted second quarter 2011 net income was $185 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, excluding $37 million of net foreign currency gains, primarily related to the accounting remeasurement of a U.S. dollar denominated intercompany loan to a European entity.Earnings Highlights(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)2Q 20121Q 20122Q 2011Net Sales$   5,017$   5,172$     5,120Segment income (loss) from operationsFlat-rolled$     177$     183$       374U. S. Steel Europe34(34)(18)Tubular10312931Other Businesses16179Total reportable segment and Other Businesses income from operations$     330$     295$       396Postretirement benefit expense(77)(77)(96)Other items not allocated to segments-(291)-Income (loss) from operations$     253$      (73)$       300Net interest and other financial costs 825013Income tax provision709665Net income (loss) attributable to United States Steel Corporation$     101$    (219)$       222-Per basic share$    0.70$   (1.52)$      1.54-Per diluted share$    0.62$   (1.52)$      1.33Commenting on results, U. S. Steel Chairman and CEO John P. Surma said, "We reported good operating results for the second quarter reflecting positive results from all three of our operating segments.  Our Flat-rolled and Tubular segments had solid results considering the very fragile nature of the U.S. economic recovery.  U. S. Steel Europe returned to profitability with significantly improved results but continues to be challenged by the economic situation in the region."The company reported second quarter 2012 reportable segment and Other Businesses income from operations of $330 million, compared with income of $295 million in the first quarter of 2012 and income of $396 million in the second quarter of 2011.  For the second quarter 2012, we recorded a tax provision of $70 million on our pre-tax income of $171 million.  The tax provision does not reflect any tax benefit for pre-tax losses in Canada, which is a jurisdiction where we have recorded a full valuation allowance on deferred tax assets.  As of June 30, 2012, U. S. Steel had $565 million of cash and $2.4 billion of total liquidity.  Reportable Segments and Other Businesses Management believes segment income from operations is a key measure in evaluating company performance.  U. S. Steel's reportable segments and Other Businesses had income from operations of $330 million, or $61 per ton, in the second quarter of 2012, compared with income of $295 million, or $52 per ton, in the first quarter of 2012 and income of $396 million, or $72 per ton, in the second quarter of 2011.Flat-rolled second quarter results were comparable to the first quarter.  The benefits of an $8 per ton increase in average realized prices more than offset the effects of lower shipments, which reflected the adverse effect of a large increase in flat-rolled imports.  Maintenance costs increased by $40 million over the first quarter, primarily related to scheduled blast furnace and other maintenance projects.  Reduced energy costs in the second quarter partially offset the increased maintenance costs. While the economic conditions in Europe remained challenging, second quarter results for our European segment improved significantly compared to the first quarter. Average realized prices increased due to higher spot market and quarterly contract prices. Operating costs decreased in the second quarter as a result of lower raw materials and energy costs.  U. S. Steel Kosice shipments and utilization rates remained in line with the first quarter as modest end user increases in demand were offset by weaker spot market sales.  The restocking that drove first quarter spot market sales moderated as service centers and distributors reduced purchases to match real demand.  Additionally, first quarter results included a $17 million operating loss from our former Serbian operations. Tubular second quarter income from operations decreased compared to the first quarter.  Shipments of 493 thousand tons were approximately 7 percent lower than the record levels of the first quarter as distributors rebalanced their inventory to reflect lower forecasts for drilling activity and we carried out a planned facility outage.  Average realized prices of $1,706 per ton remained near first quarter levels.Outlook Commenting on U. S. Steel's outlook for the third quarter, Surma said, "We expect total reportable segment and Other Businesses operating results to be positive in the third quarter but below our second quarter results, reflecting the continued weakness in the North American, European and emerging market economies. Average realized prices are expected to be lower for all three operating segments with total reportable segment shipments slightly lower than the second quarter. Our Tubular segment is expected to continue its trend of solid operating profits."We expect near break-even results for our Flat-rolled segment in the third quarter due to lower average realized prices.  Proceeds are expected to be lower compared to the second quarter as spot and index-based contract prices decrease. While average realized spot prices are projected to be lower for the third quarter, spot transaction prices are expected to increase as the quarter progresses.  Shipments for our Flat-rolled segment are expected to be comparable to the second quarter, as end user demand appears stable and supply chain inventories remain balanced. Operating costs are expected to be comparable to the second quarter.We expect our European segment results to remain positive but lower than the second quarter reflecting the continued economic challenges in Europe.  Average realized prices are expected to decrease compared to the second quarter as lower spot market prices carry over into the third quarter.  Shipments are expected to be lower as service centers and distributors maintain a conservative buying pattern to minimize inventory and Europe enters its summer holiday period.  Operating costs should be comparable to the second quarter. We expect third quarter 2012 results for our Tubular segment to be in line with the second quarter results. Shipments are expected to be lower as end users continue to adjust their drilling plans due to economic uncertainty and concern over energy prices.  Similarly, average realized prices are projected to decline as supply has outpaced demand, mainly due to a substantial increase of imported products.  Operating costs are expected to decrease compared to the second quarter due to lower substrate and facility maintenance costs. We are currently negotiating with the United Steelworkers for a new labor agreement covering most of our domestic operations.  The current agreement expires on September 1, 2012.  We anticipate reaching a competitive agreement without a work stoppage.This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to market conditions, operating costs, shipments, prices, capital spending, and employee benefit costs and payments.  Although we believe that we are experiencing a gradual economic recovery, there are signs of continued economic issues in Europe and U. S. Steel cannot control or predict the impact.  Other more normal factors that could affect market conditions, costs, shipments and prices for both North American and European operations include: (a) foreign currency fluctuations and related activities; (b) global product demand, prices and mix; (c) global and company steel production levels; (d) plant operating performance; (e) natural gas, electricity, raw materials and transportation prices, usage and availability; (f) international trade developments, including court decisions, legislation and agency decisions on petitions and sunsets; (g) the impact of fixed prices in energy and raw materials contracts (many of which have terms of one year or longer) as compared to short-term contract and spot prices of steel products; (h) changes in environmental, tax, pension and other laws; (i) the terms of collective bargaining agreements; (j) employee strikes or other labor issues, in particular the outcome of our currently pending labor negotiations; and (k) U.S. and global economic performance and political developments.  Domestic steel shipments and prices could be affected by import levels and actions taken by the U.S. Government and its agencies, including those related to CO2 emissions, climate change and shale gas development.  Economic conditions and political factors in Europe and Canada that may affect U. S. Steel Europe's and U. S. Steel Canada's results include, but are not limited to: (l) taxation; (m) nationalization; (n) inflation; (o) government instability; (p) political unrest; (q) regulatory actions; and (r) quotas, tariffs, and other protectionist measures.  We present adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share, which are non-GAAP measures, to better enable investors and others to assess our results and compare them with our competitors without the distorting impact of items not allocated to segments.  Additionally, the effect of the items not allocated to segments is not considered in the management of our business. In accordance with "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, cautionary statements identifying important factors, but not necessarily all factors, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements have been included in U. S. Steel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and in subsequent filings for U. S. Steel. A Consolidated Statement of Operations (Unaudited), Consolidated Cash Flow Statement (Unaudited), Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited) and Preliminary Supplemental Statistics (Unaudited) for U. S. Steel are attached. The company will conduct a conference call on second quarter earnings on Tuesday, July 31, at 3 p.m. EDT.  To listen to the webcast of the conference call, visit the U. S. Steel website,, and click on "Overview" then "Current Information" under the "Investors" section.For more information on U. S. Steel, visit our website at UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATIONSTATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)Quarter EndedSix Months EndedJune 30March 31June 30June 30(Dollars in millions)20122012201120122011NET SALES$       5,017$       5,172$       5,120$ 10,189$   9,984OPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME):Cost of sales (excludes items shown below)4,4774,6264,4989,1039,119Selling, general and administrative expenses173173189346369Depreciation, depletion and amortization164163171327340Income from investees(44)(24)(31)(68)(39)Net loss (gain) on disposal of assets-309(4)309(10)Other income, net(6)(2)(3)(8)(4)Total operating expenses4,7645,2454,82010,0099,775INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS253(73)300180209Net interest and other financial costs (income)825013132(8)INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS171(123)28748217Income tax provision 70966516681Net income (loss)101(219)222(118)136Less: Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests-----NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION$         101$        (219)$         222$    (118)$     136COMMON STOCK DATA:Net income (loss) per share attributable to UnitedStates Steel Corporation shareholders:-Basic$        0.70$       (1.52)$        1.54$   (0.82)$    0.95-Diluted$        0.62$       (1.52)$        1.33$   (0.82)$    0.85Weighted average shares, in thousands-Basic144,176144,075143,922144,123143,863-Diluted171,416144,075171,591144,123171,583Dividends paid per common share$        0.05$        0.05$        0.05$    0.10$    0.10 UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATIONCASH FLOW STATEMENT (Unaudited)Six Months EndedJune 30(Dollars in millions)20122011Cash (used in) provided by operating activities:Net (loss) income$        (118)$         136Depreciation, depletion and amortization327340Pensions and other postretirement benefits(111)55Deferred income taxes10743Net loss on disposal of assets309-Working capital changes282(516)Income taxes receivable/payable22151Currency remeasurement loss (gain)6(145)Other operating activities37(26)Total86138Cash (used in) provided by investing activities:Capital expenditures(a)(397)(401)Disposal of assets13316Other investing activities96Total(255)(379)Cash provided by (used in) financing activities:Revolving credit facilities- borrowings5231,273- repayments(653)(1,100)Receivables Purchase Agreement payments(380)-Issuance of long-term debt, net of financing costs392-Repayment of long-term debt(315)(14)Common stock issued-4Dividends paid(14)(14)Total(447)149Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(2)7Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents157(185)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year408578Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period$         565$         393(a) Excludes the change in accrued capital expenditures of $40 million for the six months ended June     30, 2012.  The change in accrued capital expenditures was immaterial for the six months ended     June 30, 2011.  UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATIONCONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)June 30Dec. 31(Dollars in millions)20122011Cash and cash equivalents$         565$         408Receivables, net2,4692,053Receivables sold to third party conduits-380Inventories2,4122,775Other current assets179158Total current assets5,6255,774Property, plant and equipment, net6,3166,579Investment and long-term receivables, net643683Goodwill and intangible assets, net2,0382,045Other assets782992Total assets$     15,404$     16,073Accounts payable$       2,030$       2,063Payroll and benefits payable1,0191,003Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt520Borrowings under Receivables Purchase Agreement-380Other current liabilities256183Total current liabilities3,3103,649Long-term debt, less unamortized discount3,8013,828Employee benefits4,2874,600Other long-term liabilities473495United States Steel Corporation stockholders' equity3,5323,500Noncontrolling interests11Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$     15,404$     16,073 UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATIONPRELIMINARY SUPPLEMENTAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)Quarter EndedSix Months EndedJune 30March 31June 30June 30(Dollars in millions)20122012201120122011INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONSFlat-rolled$     177$     183$  374$  360$     338U. S. Steel Europe34(34)(18)-(23)Tubular1031293123263Other Businesses 161793322Reportable Segment and Other Businesses Income from Operations330295396625400Postretirement benefit expense(77)(77)(96)(154)(191)Other items not allocated to segments:Loss on sale of U. S. Steel Serbia-(399)-(399)-Gain on sale of transportation assets-89-89-Property tax settlements -19-19-Total Income (Loss) from Operations$     253$     (73)$  300$  180$     209CAPITAL EXPENDITURESFlat-rolled$     151$     181$  142$  332$     267U. S. Steel Europe122441467Tubular4433864Other Businesses12233Total$     168$     189$  221$  357 (a) $     401(a) Capital expenditures include $40 million of changes in accrued but unpaid capital expenditures for the six months ended June 30, 2012.  Changes in the accrued but unpaid capital expenditures for the six months ended June 30, 2011 were not material.  UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATIONPRELIMINARY SUPPLEMENTAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)Quarter EndedSix Months EndedJune 30March 31June 30June 3020122012201120122011OPERATING STATISTICSAverage realized price: ($/net ton) (a)Flat-rolled772764803768761U. S. Steel Europe767749930757870Tubular1,7061,7271,5651,7171,506Steel Shipments: (a) (b)Flat-rolled3,9864,0923,9368,0787,890U. S. Steel Europe9551,0451,1382,0002,583Tubular4935294241,022849Total Steel Shipments5,4345,6665,49811,10011,322Intersegment Shipments: (b)Flat-rolled to Tubular460499458959847Raw Steel Production : (b)Flat-rolled  4,6885,0434,8949,7319,492U. S. Steel Europe1,1731,2401,4312,4133,112Raw Steel Capability Utilization: (c)Flat-rolled77%83%81%80%79%U. S. Steel Europe94%85%78%89%85%    USSK94%92%83%93%90%(a) Excludes intersegment shipments.(b) Thousands of net tons.(c) Based on annual raw steel production capability of 24.3 million net tons for Flat-rolled and  7.4 million net tons for U. S. Steel Europe (USSE).  Subsequent to the sale of USSS on January 31, 2012, annual raw steel production capability for USSE is 5.0 million net tons.SOURCE United States Steel CorporationFor further information: Media, Erin DiPietro, +1-412-433-6845, or Investors/Analysts, Dan Lesnak, +1-412-433-1184