July 22, 2008

Synalloy Corporation Announces Strong Second Quarter Results

SPARTANBURG, S.C., July 22, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq:SYNL), a producer of specialty chemicals, pigments, stainless steel pipe, vessels and process equipment, announces for the second quarter of 2008 a 6% increase in net earnings to $3,391,000, or $.54 per share, on a 20% sales increase to $52,922,000. This compares to net earnings of $3,196,000, or $.50 per share on sales of $43,941,000 in 2007's second quarter. The Company experienced a 22% decline in net earnings for the first 6 months of 2008 to $5,254,000, or $.84 per share, on an 18% sales increase to $103,896,000, compared to net earnings of $6,721,000, or $1.06 per share, on sales of $88,339,000 in the first 6 months of 2007.

Specialty Chemicals Segment

The Specialty Chemicals Segment generated excellent increases in sales of 32% and 22% and operating income of 40% and 4% in the second quarter and first 6 months of 2008, respectively, over the same periods last year. The increases in revenues came primarily from several new products that were added late in 2007, an increase in demand for our contract manufacturing products, and increased selling prices on our basic chemical products to pass on higher energy-related costs, partially offset by modestly lower pigment sales. The significant increase in operating income experienced in the second quarter was the result of an improvement in our contract manufacturing business coupled with profits generated from sales of our fire retardant products. The improved second quarter performance more than offset the negative impact on the first quarter's operating income, caused primarily by excess costs and inherent inefficiencies related to starting up several new contract manufacturing products during the first quarter, resulting in the 4% profit increase realized in the first 6 months compared to the same period last year.

Metals Segment

The Metals Segment generated sales increases of 17% and 16% for the second quarter and first 6 months of 2008, respectively, from the same periods a year earlier. The increase for the quarter resulted from a 7% increase in average selling prices coupled with a 9% increase in unit volumes compared to the second quarter of 2007. These increases came from excellent results from specialty pipe and piping systems while commodity pipe unit volume was down 13% and selling prices were down modestly. It appears that the unfair-trade case filed in January 2008 by U.S. producers of stainless steel pipe and the United Steelworkers Union against China had an impact on imports during the second quarter. Commodity pipe unit volumes increased 125% from the extremely depressed level in the first quarter of 2008. The increase for the 6 months resulted from a 39% increase in average selling prices, partially offset by a 17% decline in unit volumes compared to the same period last year. The first half also produced outstanding results from specialty pipe and piping systems, while commodity pipe unit volumes were down 43% and prices were down slightly. Operating income declined 3% for the second quarter and 21% for the first 6 months of 2008 compared to the same periods last year. The decline in both periods was more than accounted for by significant profits generated in the 2007 periods from rising prices of stainless steel that led to increased profit under our FIFO inventory method. Stainless steel price changes have had only a modest effect on the 2008 periods. Our piping systems business continued its strong performance generating significant increases in sales and profits in the second quarter and first 6 months of 2008 compared to the same periods last year, as we continued to experience the favorable impact of our backlog throughout the first half of 2008. Piping systems' backlog was $44,500,000 at the end of the second quarter of 2008 compared to $62,200,000 at the end of the second quarter of 2007, and $49,800,000 at the end of the first quarter of 2008.

Other Items

The decrease in interest expense in the second quarter of 2008 compared to the same period last year came from a significant reduction in the liability from our interest rate swap as the fair market value declined in the quarter to $195,000 at June 28, 2008 from $336,000 at March 29, 2008, along with a reduction in the interest rate and our average borrowings during the period. The decline for the first six months of 2008 compared to 2007 came primarily from a reduction in the interest rate and our average borrowings during the period.


The Specialty Chemicals Segment began 2008 experiencing difficult conditions during the first 2 months of the year. However, as discussed above, revenues and profits improved over the last 4 months. Management is hopeful that this favorable trend will continue, reflecting their efforts to generate new products, improve existing products, and compete in markets not as susceptible to foreign imports. We are experiencing significant price increases from our raw material suppliers and it may not be possible to increase our selling prices to match these increases in raw material as well as higher energy-related costs. Based on these factors and the uncertainty of the domestic economy, it is difficult to predict the performance of this Segment over the remainder of 2008.

As a result of the significant increases in stainless steel pipe imported from China, the Metals Segment along with 3 other U.S. producers of stainless steel pipe and the United Steelworkers Union filed an unfair-trade case against China on January 30, 2008. It is the third case involving pipe and tube imports from China filed in the past 9 months. So far, Department of Commerce's preliminary findings have supported petitioners in the previous cases, although the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") has yet to weigh in with final injury determinations. On March 14, 2008 the ITC determined that there is a reasonable indication that our industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of welded stainless steel pressure pipe from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce ("DOC") will continue to conduct its investigations of imports of welded stainless steel pressure pipe from China, and has issued preliminary countervailing duties at the end of June 2008. Its preliminary antidumping determination is due approximately 90 to 120 days later. Management believes China is exporting pipe from excess capacity at dumped and subsidized prices into the US market. Based on the second quarter's activity, we believe the actions by the ITC and the DOC have already reduced import activity and have had a positive impact on pricing for commodity pipe. As discussed above, unit volume sales of commodity pipe were up 125% over the first quarter of 2008 and 157% over the fourth quarter of 2007. This is encouraging but until this trade case is finalized it will add uncertainty to the future results from commodity pipe. Management is confident that the growth generated by our non-commodity business in 2007 and the first six months of 2008, including our significant piping systems business, should continue in the second half of 2008. Piping systems' backlog, of which management expects about 85% to be completed over the next 12 months, should allow piping systems to continue to provide a strong level of sales and profits over the last half of 2008. Management continues to be optimistic about the piping systems business based on our current bidding activity for projects. With over 90% of the backlog coming from energy and water and wastewater treatment projects, management continues to be confident that it has positioned the Metals Segment to benefit from the long-term growth of these areas.

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                  SYNALLOY CORPORATION COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS                -----------------------------------------                        THREE MONTHS ENDED         SIX MONTHS ENDED                       Jun 28,     Jun 30,      Jun 28,       Jun 30,                        2008        2007         2008          2007                     --------------------------------------------------   Net sales    Specialty     Chemicals     Segment        $ 15,278,000 $ 11,619,000 $ 29,329,000 $ 24,063,000    Metals Segment    37,644,000   32,322,000   74,567,000   64,276,000                    ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------                    $ 52,922,000 $ 43,941,000 $103,896,000 $ 88,339,000                    ============ ============ ============ ============  Operating income    Specialty     Chemicals     Segment        $    736,000   $  527,000 $  1,175,000 $  1,134,000    Metals Segment     5,215,000    5,354,000    8,664,000   10,974,000                    ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------                       5,951,000    5,881,000    9,839,000   12,108,000   Unallocated   expenses    Corporate            785,000      709,000    1,528,000    1,461,000    Interest and      debt expense         21,000      262,000      354,000      471,000    Other income         (2,000)      (1,000)      (5,000)      (2,000)                    ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------   Income before   income taxes        5,147,000    4,911,000    7,962,000   10,178,000   Provision for   income taxes        1,756,000    1,715,000    2,708,000    3,457,000                    ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------   Net income        $  3,391,000 $  3,196,000 $  5,254,000 $  6,721,000                    ============ ============ ============ ============    Net income    Per basic     common share           $.54         $.51         $.84        $1.09                    ============ ============ ============ ============     Per diluted     common share           $.54         $.50         $.84        $1.06                    ============ ============ ============ ============   Average shares   outstanding    Basic              6,246,165    6,210,877    6,243,070    6,186,793    Diluted            6,295,127    6,345,098    6,287,923    6,311,498                    ============ ============ ============ ============   Backlog-Piping Systems & Process Equipment  $ 44,500,000 $ 62,200,000                                              ============ ============      Balance Sheet                         Jun 28, 2008     Dec 29, 2007                                        ------------     ------------  Assets    Cash and sundry current assets      $  3,208,000     $  2,745,000    Accounts receivable, net              26,525,000       19,888,000    Inventories                           47,346,000       48,801,000                                        ------------     ------------      Total current assets                77,079,000       71,434,000    Property, plant and equipment, net    21,423,000       20,859,000    Other assets                           4,332,000        4,328,000                                        ------------     ------------  Total assets                          $102,834,000     $ 96,621,000                                        ============     ============   Liabilities and shareholders' equity    Current portion of long-term debt   $    467,000     $    467,000    Accounts payable                      19,530,000       13,029,000    Accrued expenses                      10,140,000       11,240,000                                        ------------     ------------      Total current liabilities           30,137,000       24,736,000    Long-term debt                         6,724,000       10,246,000    Other long-term liabilities            3,944,000        3,499,000  Shareholders' equity                    62,029,000       58,140,000                                        ------------     ------------  Total liabilities & shareholders'   equity                               $102,834,000     $ 96,621,000                                        ============     ============ 

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