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Russel Metals Announces Third Quarter Results

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Russel Metals Announces Third Quarter Results17:04 EDT Tuesday, October 30, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) - Russel Metals Inc. (TSX:RUS) today announced third quarter 2012 earnings of $23 million, or $0.37 per share on revenues of $713 million compared to earnings of $26 million or $0.43 per share in the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $78 million or $1.30 per share compared to earnings of $90 million or $1.50 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Revenues in our metals service center segment decreased 2% to $382 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the 2011 third quarter on decreased demand levels and pricing. Gross margins in this segment were 20.1% compared to 20.6% in the 2011 third quarter. Revenues in our energy tubular products segment for the third quarter of 2012 increased 12% to $249 million compared to the 2011 third quarter due to increased volumes shipped of large diameter line pipe in our U.S. operations and strong demand in our operation servicing the Alberta oil sands. Segment gross margins were down to 13.4% in the 2012 third quarter compared to 14.3% in the 2011 third quarter due to competitive pricing pressure and lower margins experienced on the higher volume line pipe orders. The strong activity in these operations resulted in operating profits for the 2012 third quarter increasing by 5% to $16 million. Revenues in our steel distributors segment decreased 12% in the 2012 third quarter to $78 million compared to the 2011 third quarter. Gross margins in this segment were down to 13.0% compared to 14.5% experienced in the 2011 third quarter. Domestic steel pricing declined in the quarter due to the state of the world economy. Brian R. Hedges, President and CEO, commented, "All of our segments experienced margin pressure in the third quarter as steel prices declined due to lack of demand. The energy segment was able to produce stronger operating results due to higher volumes; however, our other segments were impacted by industry-wide lower shipments. We continue to outpace industry shipments in our metals service center operations."Mr. Hedges continued, "Our issuance of $300 million of 6% Senior Notes earlier this year enables the purchase of Apex Distribution for cash. This acquisition is expected to close in November 2012. We believe that Apex Distribution will be immediately accretive to earnings." The Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share payable December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 26, 2012.The Company will be holding an Investor Conference Call on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET to review its 2012 third 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, Wednesday, November 14, 2012. You will be required to enter pass code 1578004 in order to access the call.Additional supplemental financial information is available in our investor conference call package located on our website at www.russelmetals.com.Russel 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, Alberta Industrial Metals, 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 has declined 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 third 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)(in millions of Canadian dollars, exceptperQuarters ended September 30Nine months ended September 30share data)2012201120122011Revenues$712.6$705.4$2,234.2$1,981.7Cost of materials589.5578.01,836.71,582.2Employee expenses50.949.6159.7152.6Other operating expenses31.932.998.095.7Earnings before interest, finance andprovision for income taxes40.344.9139.8151.2Interest expense9.06.725.120.7Interest income(0.5)(0.4)(1.5)(1.5)Other finance expense-0.44.81.7Earnings before provision for income taxes31.838.2111.4130.3Provision for income taxes9.312.533.040.5Net earnings for the period$22.5$25.7$78.4$89.8Basic earnings per common share$0.37$0.43$1.30$1.50Diluted earnings per common share$0.37$0.43$1.29$1.46CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)(in millions ofQuarters ended September 30Nine months ended September 30Canadian dollars)2012201120122011Net earnings for the period$22.5$25.7$78.4$89.8Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxUnrealized foreign exchange (losses) gains on translation of foreign operations(14.0)27.3(12.6)16.9Unrealized (losses) gains on items designated as net investment hedges-(9.4)(0.9)(5.1)Losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges transferred to net earnings in the current period-0.22.30.8Actuarial losses on pension and similar obligations(5.9)-(9.1)-Other comprehensive (loss) income(19.9)18.1(20.3)12.6Total comprehensive income$2.6$43.8$58.1$102.4CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)September 30December 31(in millions of Canadian dollars) 2012 2011ASSETSCurrentCash and cash equivalents$247.1$270.7Accounts receivable410.3382.4Inventories722.5645.6Prepaid expenses5.34.6Income taxes receivable5.60.51,390.81,303.8Property, Plant and Equipment228.7201.3Deferred Income Tax Assets7.05.3Other Assets2.83.3Goodwill and Intangibles50.224.7$1,679.5$1,538.4LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrentAccounts payable and accrued liabilities$350.9$362.8Income taxes payable0.417.4Current portion long-term debt1.31.3352.6381.5Long-Term Debt451.4296.5Pensions and Benefits44.333.3Deferred Income Tax Liabilities2.20.4Provisions5.15.4Other Non-Current Liabilities3.61.9859.2719.0Shareholders' EquityCommon shares487.1485.4Retained earnings325.0306.7Contributed surplus16.915.7Accumulated other comprehensive loss(37.4)(17.1)Equity component of convertible debenture28.728.7820.3819.4$1,679.5$1,538.4CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASHFLOW (UNAUDITED)(in millions of Quarters ended September 30Nine months ended September 30Canadian dollars)2012201120122011Operating activitiesNet earnings for the period$22.5$25.7$78.4$89.8Depreciation and amortization6.35.818.117.7Deferred income taxes0.71.31.00.1Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment-0.1--Stock-based compensation0.50.31.51.6Difference between pension expense and amount funded(0.7)(0.3)(1.7)(1.3)Debt accretion, amortization and other1.11.58.04.9Cash from operating activities before non-cash working capital30.434.4105.3112.8Changes in non-cash working capital itemsAccounts receivable(20.0)(41.9)(21.4)(90.3)Inventories(7.6)(5.6)(76.9)(99.5)Accounts payable and accrued liabilities3.528.7(16.9)55.5Income tax receivable/payable(3.2)4.8(19.7)3.8Other1.21.60.5(0.9)Change in non-cash working capital(26.1)(12.4)(134.4)(131.4)Cash (used in) from operating activities4.322.0(29.1)(18.6)Financing activitiesIssue of common shares0.50.11.41.3Dividends on common shares(21.1)(18.0)(60.1)(51.0)Issuance of long-term debt (net)--293.1-Repayment of long-term debt(0.4)(8.8)(142.2)(25.9)Deferred financing---(0.5)Cash from (used in) financing activities(21.0)(26.7)92.2(76.1)Investing activitiesPurchase of property, plant and equipment(5.7)(3.3)(26.4)(12.9)Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment---0.7Purchase of businesses(0.1)-(54.9)-Cash used in investing activities(5.8)(3.3)(81.3)(12.2)Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(2.5)7.2(5.4)7.1Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(25.0)(0.8)(23.6)(99.8)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period272.1224.7270.7323.7Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period$247.1$223.9$247.1$223.9Supplemental cash flow information:Income taxes paid$12.5$6.7$54.4$37.9Interest paid (net)$1.0$12.3$15.1$25.0CONDENSED 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-(60.1)---(60.1)Net earnings for the period-78.4---78.4Other comprehensive loss for the period---(20.3)-(20.3)Recognition of stock-based compensation--1.2--1.2Stock options exercised1.7----1.7Balance, September 30, 2012$487.1$325.0$16.9$(37.4)$28.7$820.3(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-(51.0)---(51.0)Net earnings for the period-89.8---89.8Other comprehensive loss for the period---12.6-12.6Recognition of stock-based compensation--1.4--1.4Stock options exercised1.6----1.6Balance, September 30, 2011$485.3$296.3$15.3$1.6$28.7$827.2FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Russel Metals Inc.Marion E. Britton, C.A.Vice President and Chief Financial Officer(905) 819-7407info@russelmetals.comwww.russelmetals.com