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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2013-- Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Sales were $2.44 billion, up 18.9% from $2.06 billion in the third quarter of 2012 and down 0.2% from $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Tons sold were up 31.3% from the third quarter of 2012 and up 2.0% from the second quarter of 2013.
  • Net income attributable to Reliance was $95.1 million, down 3.1% from $98.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 and up 17.4% from $81.0 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Earnings per diluted share were $1.22, down 6.2% from $1.30 in the third quarter of 2012 and up 16.2% from $1.05 in the second quarter of 2013.
  • A pre-tax LIFO credit, or income, of $27.5 million, is included in cost of sales compared to a pre-tax LIFO credit of $27.0 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a credit of $5.0 million for the second quarter of 2013.
  • Cash flow from operations was $229.1 million and net debt-to-total capital was 34.9% at September 30, 2013.
  • Increased quarterly cash dividend to $0.33 per share in July 2013.

Management Commentary

“Overall demand in the third quarter was a bit better than anticipated with third quarter tons sold up 2.0% compared to the prior quarter,” said David H. Hannah, Chairman and CEO of Reliance. “Although a significant portion of the increase was due to an additional two weeks of Metals USA activity in the third quarter, our same-store tons sold were up 0.4%. The normal seasonal trend is for third quarter demand to be down from second quarter; however, our 2013 second quarter demand was lower than expected. Metals pricing, on the other hand, was weaker than we had expected, with our average selling price per ton sold down 2.3% from the prior quarter, and down 9.5% compared to the third quarter last year. Despite the persistently soft pricing environment, which weighs heavily on our net sales and profitability, the strong operational execution by our managers in the field partially offset the pricing impact as demonstrated by Reliance’s increase in gross profit margin.”

Mr. Hannah continued, “We continue to profitably grow through successful M&A activity to supplement organic growth. Including acquisitions that were completed in 2012 and 2013, third quarter consolidated net sales were up 18.9% and tons sold were up 31.3% compared to the same period last year. This solid growth was driven primarily by the acquisition of Metals USA, which was completed early in the second quarter this year and has been accretive to our earnings. We are very pleased with the Metals USA integration progress and our ability to grow despite economic and cyclical challenges.”

Third Quarter 2013 Business Metrics

(tons in thousands)
                  Sequential             Year-Over-
Q3 Q2 Quarter Q3 Year
        2013       2013       Change       2012       change
Tons sold         1,452.5         1,423.5       2.0 %         1,105.9       31.3 %
Tons sold (same store)         1,137.2         1,132.9       0.4 %         1,102.9       3.1 %
                                         
Avg. price per ton sold       $ 1,679       $ 1,718       (2.3 %)       $ 1,856       (9.5 %)
 

 

Third Quarter 2013 Major Commodity Metrics

            Average Selling Price per Ton Sold
        Tons Sold (tons in thousands; percent change)       (percent change)
            Sequential             Year-Over- Sequential       Year-Over-
Q3 2013 Q2 2013 Quarter Q3 2012 Year Quarter Year
        Tons Sold       Tons Sold       Change       Tons Sold       Change       Change       Change
Carbon steel       1,195.3       1,170.6       2.1 %       887.1       34.7 %       (1.1 %)       (7.1 %)
Aluminum       75.0       76.2       (1.6 %)       59.4       26.3 %       (2.9 %)       (7.4 %)
Stainless steel       74.4       72.4       2.8 %       59.0       26.1 %       (4.1 %)       (13.7 %)
Alloy       74.6       70.9       5.2 %       73.8       1.1 %       (3.6 %)       (6.2 %)
 
        Sales ($’s in millions; percent change)
                  Sequential             Year-Over-
Quarter Year
        Q3 2013 Sales       Q2 2013 Sales       Change       Q3 2012 Sales       Change
Carbon steel       $ 1,338.3       $ 1,325.6       1.0 %       $ 1,069.5       25.1 %
Aluminum       $ 378.0       $ 395.5       (4.4 %)       $ 323.3       16.9 %
Stainless steel       $ 348.9       $ 353.9       (1.4 %)       $ 320.1       9.0 %
Alloy       $ 219.9       $ 216.8       1.4 %       $ 231.8       (5.1 %)
 
 

Year-to-Date (9 months) Business Metrics

(tons in thousands)
                  Year-Over-
Year
        2013       2012       change
Tons sold         3,981.9         3,425.8       16.2 %
Tons sold (same store)         3,362.3         3,418.9       (1.7 %)
                         
Avg. price per ton sold       $ 1,736       $ 1,916       (9.4 %)
 

 

Year-to-Date (9 months) Major Commodity Metrics

            Average Selling Price per
        Tons Sold (tons in thousands; percent change)       Ton Sold (percent change)
2013       2012       Year-Over- Year
        Tons Sold       Tons Sold       Change      

Year-Over-Year Change

Carbon steel       3,234.5       2,745.7       17.8 %       (9.3 %)
Aluminum       213.8       184.4       15.9 %       (6.3 %)
Stainless steel       208.7       179.8       16.1 %       (12.8 %)
Alloy      

228.3

      238.6       (4.3 %)       (6.8 %)
 
        Sales ($’s in millions; percent change)
                  Year-Over- Year
        2013 Sales       2012 Sales       Change
Carbon steel       $ 3,676.2       $ 3,442.7       6.8 %
Aluminum       $ 1,113.2       $ 1,024.8       8.6 %
Stainless steel       $ 1,019.5       $ 1,007.6       1.2 %
Alloy       $ 680.2       $ 762.5       (10.8 %)
 

End-market Commentary

Continued strength in automotive (through the Company’s toll processing operations) along with solid but lower operating results in aerospace, energy (oil and gas) and manufactured goods including agriculture and heavy equipment continue to offset the slow recovery in non-residential construction.

  • Aerospace remains relatively strong although both pricing and overall volumes declined compared to the third quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2013. Reliance expects that demand in the aerospace market will improve in 2014 and beyond, although pricing will be under some pressure due to excess mill capacity.
  • Automotive, supported by the Company’s toll processing operations in the U.S. and Mexico, was strong during the quarter. Reliance continues to anticipate a solid automotive end-market for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.
  • Energy (oil and gas) continues to perform well, despite lower demand levels than 2012 with some normal seasonal improvement during the 2013 third quarter compared to the second quarter of 2013. Demand for the products Reliance sells is expected to improve, with continued pressure on pricing due to excess industry capacity.
  • Heavy industry continues to perform reasonably well. The Company expects a seasonal decline in demand in the 2013 fourth quarter.
  • Non-residential construction continues to show signs of a slow but steady recovery, albeit at significantly reduced demand levels from its peak. During the third quarter, North American industrial construction related to manufacturing and energy exhibited the most improvement. Reliance is cautiously optimistic that this important end-market will improve modestly in 2014.

Balance Sheet & Liquidity

As of September 30, 2013, total debt outstanding was $2.15 billion, for a net debt-to-total capital ratio of 34.9%, down from 37.6% at June 30, 2013. $183.1 million of debt was paid down in the 2013 third quarter, with only $500 million outstanding on the $1.5 billion credit facility at September 30, 2013. Year-to-date, the Company generated $513.0 million in cash flow from operating activities, compared to cash flow from operating activities of $268.8 million during the first nine months of 2012. Reliance remains pleased with its overall financial position and strong cash flow.

Corporate Developments

On October 22, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.33 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on December 19, 2013 to shareholders of record as of November 21, 2013. The Company has paid regular quarterly dividends for 54 consecutive years and most recently increased the quarterly dividend rate by 10% in July 2013.

Business Outlook

The Company expects that global economic and political uncertainty, complicated further by political issues in the U.S., will continue to present challenges to industrial growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, fewer shipping days due to the holiday season and extended holiday-related closures at many of our customers’ facilities are expected to reduce tons sold in the fourth quarter as compared to the 2013 third quarter, a typical seasonal trend. Overall pricing is expected to remain near the current low levels for the remainder of the year. As a result, for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2013, management currently expects GAAP earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $.90 to $1.00.

Conference Call Details

A conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss third quarter 2013 financial results and business outlook will be held today, October 24, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. David Hannah, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.'s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Gregg Mollins, President and Chief Operating Officer and Karla Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. To listen to the live call by telephone, please dial (888) 267-2845 (U.S. and Canada) or (973) 413-6102 (International) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time and use the conference entry code: 1799. Additionally, a live webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Information section of Reliance’s web site at www.rsac.com. Participants are encouraged to visit the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and to download and install any necessary audio software.

For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay of the call will also be available beginning that same day at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by dialing (973) 528-0005 and entering the conference entry code: 1799. The webcast will remain posted on the Investor Information section of Reliance’s web site at www.rsac.com for 90 days.

About Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is the largest metals service center company in North America. Through a network of more than 290 locations in 39 states and ten countries outside of the United States, the Company provides value-added metals processing services and distributes a full line of over 100,000 metal products to more than 125,000 customers in a broad range of industries.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, discussions of our business strategies and our expectations concerning future results of operations, margins, profitability, liquidity and capital resources. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" and "continue," the negative of these terms, and similar expressions.

These forward-looking statements are based on management's estimates, projections and assumptions as of today’s date that may not prove to be accurate. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including, but not limited to, those disclosed in reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). As a result, these statements speak only as of the date that they are made, and Reliance undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important risks and uncertainties about our business can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the SEC.

 
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.
SELECTED UNAUDITED FINANCIAL DATA

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

 
      Three Months       Nine Months
Ended September 30, Ended September 30,
2013       2012 2013       2012
Income Statement Data:
Net sales $ 2,443.5 $ 2,055.3 $ 6,917.1 $ 6,553.3
Gross profit1 643.0 535.3 1,793.4 1,682.5
Operating income 163.1 152.6 438.6 523.4
Pre-tax income 142.7 143.8 385.3 488.1
Net income attributable to Reliance 95.1 98.1 259.8 323.1
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Reliance shareholders

$

1.22

$

1.30

$

3.35

$

4.28

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted 77,857,506 75,710,040 77,471,866 75,549,903
Gross profit margin1 26.3 % 26.0 % 25.9 % 25.7 %
Operating income margin 6.7 % 7.4 % 6.3 % 8.0 %
Pre-tax income margin 5.8 % 7.0 % 5.6 % 7.4 %
Net income margin - Reliance 3.9 % 4.8 % 3.8 % 4.9 %
Cash dividends per share $ 0.33 $ 0.25 $ 0.93 $ 0.55
 
           
September 30, December 31,
2013 2012*
Balance Sheet and Other Data:
Current assets $ 2,869.1 $ 2,277.4
Working capital 2,155.4 1,699.2
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,585.2 1,240.7
Total assets 7,492.3 5,857.7
Current liabilities 713.7 578.2
Long-term debt 2,112.9 1,123.8
Total Reliance shareholders’ equity 3,821.2 3,558.4
Capital expenditures (year-to-date) 118.7 214.0
Cash provided by operations (year-to-date) 513.0 601.9
Net debt-to-total capital2 34.9 % 23.8 %
Return on Reliance shareholders’ equity3 9.6 % 12.8 %
Current ratio 4.0 3.9
Book value per share4 $ 49.43 $ 46.82
 

* Amounts were derived from audited financial statements.

 
1 Gross profit, calculated as net sales less cost of sales, and gross profit margin, calculated as gross profit divided by net sales, are non-GAAP financial measures as they exclude depreciation and amortization expense associated with the corresponding sales. The majority of our orders are basic distribution with no processing services performed. For the remainder of our sales orders, we perform “first-stage” processing which is generally not labor intensive as we are simply cutting the metal to size. Because of this, the amount of related labor and overhead, including depreciation and amortization, are not significant and are excluded from our cost of sales. Therefore, our cost of sales is primarily comprised of the cost of the material we sell. We use gross profit and gross profit margin as shown above as measures of operating performance. Gross profit and gross profit margin are important operating and financial measures, as fluctuations in our gross profit margin can have a significant impact on our earnings. Gross profit and gross profit margin, as presented, are not necessarily comparable with similarly titled measures for other companies.
2 Net debt-to-total capital is calculated as total debt (net of cash) divided by total Reliance shareholders’ equity plus total debt (net of cash).
3 Calculations are based on the latest twelve months net income attributable to Reliance and beginning total Reliance shareholders’ equity.
4 Book value per share is calculated as total Reliance shareholders’ equity divided by outstanding common shares.
 

 
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in millions, except share amounts)
 
ASSETS
      September 30,       December 31,
2013 2012*
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 104.9 $ 97.6

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of
$22.2 at September 30, 2013 and $20.5 at December 31, 2012

1,073.5

807.7

Inventories 1,582.9 1,272.3
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 50.0 40.9
Income taxes receivable 22.0 28.4
Deferred income taxes   35.8     30.5  
Total current assets 2,869.1 2,277.4
Property, plant and equipment:
Land 186.1 155.6
Buildings 911.4 725.1
Machinery and equipment 1,330.2 1,124.7
Accumulated depreciation   (842.5 )   (764.7 )
1,585.2 1,240.7
 
Goodwill 1,710.0 1,314.6
Intangible assets, net 1,241.3 936.5
Cash surrender value of life insurance policies, net 36.7 45.2
Investments in unconsolidated entities 16.4 15.5
Other assets   33.6     27.8  
Total assets $ 7,492.3   $ 5,857.7  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 406.6 $ 255.6
Accrued expenses 110.4 87.4
Accrued compensation and retirement costs 112.8 112.8
Accrued insurance costs 44.6 38.8
Current maturities of long-term debt and short-term borrowings   39.3     83.6  
Total current liabilities 713.7 578.2
Long-term debt 2,112.9 1,123.8
Long-term retirement costs 102.0 94.9
Other long-term liabilities 34.8 27.1
Deferred income taxes 697.9 466.3
Commitments and contingencies
Equity:
Preferred stock, no par value:
Authorized shares — 5,000,000

None issued or outstanding

-- --
Common stock, no par value:
Authorized shares — 200,000,000

Issued and outstanding shares – 77,326,460 at September 30, 2013

 

and 76,042,546 at December 31, 2012, stated capital 805.0 722.2
Retained earnings 3,026.4 2,837.7
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (10.2 )   (1.5 )
Total Reliance shareholders’ equity 3,821.2 3,558.4
Noncontrolling interests   9.8     9.0  
Total equity   3,831.0     3,567.4  
Total liabilities and equity $ 7,492.3   $ 5,857.7  
 

* Amounts were derived from audited financial statements.

 

 
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
      Three Months       Nine Months
Ended September 30, Ended September 30,
2013       2012 2013       2012
 
Net sales $ 2,443.5 $ 2,055.3 $ 6,917.1 $ 6,553.3
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation
and amortization shown below) 1,800.5 1,520.0 5,123.7 4,870.8
Warehouse, delivery, selling, general and administrative

430.0

345.4

1,213.7

1,049.8

Depreciation and amortization   49.9     37.3     141.1     109.3  
2,280.4 1,902.7 6,478.5 6,029.9
 
Operating income 163.1 152.6 438.6 523.4
 
Other income (expense):
Interest (21.6 ) (14.7 ) (56.8 ) (44.2 )
Other income, net   1.2     5.9     3.5     8.9  
Income before income taxes 142.7 143.8 385.3 488.1
Income tax provision   46.7     44.4     122.9     160.6  
Net income 96.0 99.4 262.4 327.5
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  

0.9

   

1.3

   

2.6

   

4.4

 
Net income attributable to Reliance $ 95.1   $ 98.1   $ 259.8   $ 323.1  
 
Earnings per share:
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Reliance shareholders

$

1.22

 

$

1.30

 

$

3.35

 

$

4.28

 
 
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Reliance shareholders

$

1.23

 

$

1.30

 

$

3.39

 

$

4.30

 
 
Cash dividends per share $ 0.33   $ 0.25   $ 0.93   $ 0.55  
 

 
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in millions)
 
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2013      

2012

Operating activities:
Net income $ 262.4 $ 327.5
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expense 141.1 109.3
Deferred income tax provision (benefit) 1.2 (2.8 )
Loss (gain) on sales of property, plant and equipment 0.8 (3.1 )
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities (1.6 ) (1.6 )
Dividends received from unconsolidated entities 0.6 1.0
Share-based compensation expense 21.3 17.2
Other (0.4 ) 2.1
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding effect of businesses acquired):
Accounts receivable (66.8 ) (60.6 )
Inventories 62.3 (136.9 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets 4.0 (16.3 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities   88.1     33.0  
Net cash provided by operating activities 513.0 268.8
 
Investing activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (118.7 ) (137.4 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (796.8 ) (83.0 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment 9.4 6.7
Net proceeds from redemptions of life insurance policies 6.9 2.8
Other   0.8     (2.9 )
Net cash used in investing activities (898.4 ) (213.8 )
 
Financing activities:
Net short-term debt repayments (470.0 ) (28.1 )
Proceeds from long-term debt borrowings 2,297.9 531.0
Principal payments on long-term debt (1,414.0 ) (497.9 )
Debt issuance costs (10.3 ) --
Payments to noncontrolling interest holders (1.8 ) (2.1 )
Dividends paid (71.4 ) (41.3 )
Tax benefit from share-based compensation 0.9 --
Exercise of stock options   61.5     20.6  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 392.8 (17.8 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (0.1 )   (1.2 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 7.3 36.0
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   97.6     84.6  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 104.9   $ 120.6  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Interest paid during the period $ 38.4 $ 35.6
Income taxes paid during the period $ 115.2 $ 218.6
 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Debt assumed in connection with acquisitions $ 529.9 $ 29.5
 

 
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.
NON-GAAP EARNINGS RECONCILIATION
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
      Net Income (loss)       Diluted EPS
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
September 30, 2013      

June 30, 2013

      September 30, 2012 September 30, 2013      

June 30, 2013

      September 30, 2012
 
Net income attributable to Reliance $ 95.1 $ 81.0 $ 98.1 $ 1.22 $ 1.05 $ 1.30
Acquisition and related costs 9.3 0.12
Restructuring and other charges 1.0 0.01
Income tax benefit, related to above items     (3.0 )       (0.04 )  

Net income attributable to Reliance, adjusted $ 95.1 $ 88.3   $ 98.1 $ 1.22 $ 1.14 $ 1.30
 
           
Net Income (loss) Diluted EPS
Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30,       September 30, September 30,       September 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
 
Net income attributable to Reliance $ 259.8 $ 323.1 $ 3.35 $ 4.28
Acquisition and related costs 12.4 0.16
Restructuring and other charges 1.0 0.01
Income tax benefit, related to above items   (3.0 )     (0.04 )  
Net income attributable to Reliance, adjusted $ 270.2   $ 323.1 $ 3.48   $ 4.28
 

Our presentation of adjusted net income and adjusted EPS over certain periods is an attempt to provide meaningful comparisons to our historical performance for our existing and future shareholders. The significant costs we have incurred relating to our recent acquisition of Metals USA and restructuring activity make comparisons of our operating results difficult to discern using GAAP measures.

  • Acquisition and related charges includes direct costs incurred to complete our acquisition of Metals USA ($11.4 million) and costs incurred to modify our credit facility ($1.0 million) and includes the write-off of previously capitalized amounts.
  • Restructuring and other charges relate to the closure of one of our metals service centers.

Source: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
Brenda Miyamoto, Investor Relations
213-576-2428
investor@rsac.com
or
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310-829-5400