Steel Dynamics Reports Strong Third Quarter and Nine-Month 2008 Results
FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Steel Dynamics, Inc. today announced third quarter 2008 net income of $193 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, down sequentially 8 percent from $210 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, compared to the second quarter of 2008, but 92 percent higher than the $101 million reported for the third quarter of 2007. Net sales of $2.6 billion for the third quarter were up 7 percent compared to $2.4 billion in the second quarter of 2008, and increased 122 percent from $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2007. For the first nine months of 2008, both net sales of $6.9 billion and net income of $546 million set company records. Earnings were $2.75 per diluted share for the first nine months versus $1.51 for the year-earlier period. Third quarter 2008 results included contributions from the Recycle South operations that were purchased in June 2008.
Third quarter steel shipments of 1.4 million tons were 12 percent lower than second quarter 2008 and 9 percent lower than third quarter 2007 shipments. Reduced volume was due primarily to a 19 percent sequential decrease in flat-rolled steel shipments by the Flat Roll Division and The Techs. Flat-rolled steel shipments for late September were below our expectations as steel customers reduced order entry and deferred order releases when steel selling prices started to fall. Lower September prices resulted in reduced margins for the Flat Roll Division while working down mill scrap inventories that had been purchased at higher prices.
Compared to the second quarter, SDI’s merchant bar shipments were up 8 percent, engineered bar shipments were up 3 percent, and structural steel shipments were down 2 percent. Operating income for the long products steel operations remained very strong. New Millennium Building Systems saw modest improvement in volume and higher selling prices, but continued to experience weak commercial building market conditions.
OmniSource shipments of ferrous scrap were 1.8 million net tons, up 17 percent compared to the second quarter of 2008 and non-ferrous shipments were 242 million pounds, down 5 percent. Iron Dynamics continued to operate well, producing 70,000 net tons of pig iron for use in flat-roll steel production.
“SDI’s third quarter results of $0.98 per diluted share were somewhat below our July 21 third-quarter earnings guidance, principally due to the unprecedented decline in ferrous scrap prices in September,” said Keith Busse, Chairman and CEO of Steel Dynamics. “The steep drop in ferrous and non-ferrous scrap prices in September resulted in significantly reduced profits for OmniSource due to lower selling values for shipments as matched against higher August input costs. Despite record performances in July and August, and although the level of OmniSource’s scrap inventories was within a customary range, the September decline of approximately $300 per ton in prime scrap prices nevertheless caused a significant decrease in OmniSource’s September operating profit, reducing SDI’s expected quarterly earnings results by about $0.12 per diluted share.
“Because scrap-yard inventories typically turn within the month, the impact of this large price reduction on scrap operating profits is primarily confined to September, although there will be some further impact on scrap operating profits in the fourth quarter due to further ferrous pricing declines. Normal margins should return to health in the November-December timeframe, but volumes could be lower, with anticipated further improvement in the first quarter of 2009. The bright side of this recent significant decline in ferrous scrap prices is that with lower scrap costs, raw material costs at our steel operations will be significantly lower.
“It should be noted that had the steep decline in scrap prices not occurred, our third quarter could have, in fact, been a record quarter for the company, despite the difficulties of the U.S. economy,” Busse said. “This speaks volumes about the viability of our low cost variable cost structure.
“Pricing and the volume of steel production and shipments in the fourth quarter will depend on the tenor of the steel market and the economy in general, as well as business and consumer confidence. If business activity is slow to recover, we will generate lower fourth quarter shipping volumes and earnings, primarily in flat-rolled products. Our long products steel operations have recently seen slightly weaker order entry, but they all currently have healthy backlogs. The outlook in the marketplace for flat-rolled steel is currently more uncertain.
“Raw materials inventories for our long products mills were relatively low going into the fourth quarter, but our flat products scrap inventories were relatively high, suggesting it will take longer to work them down with lower anticipated volumes in this part of our steel business. Accordingly, we would expect our overall earnings could be about half that of our earnings in the third quarter. Nevertheless, given the current uncertainties about steel demand and pricing for the fourth quarter, we are not providing specific fourth-quarter guidance at this time, but will provide an update as the quarter progresses. We are withdrawing our previous full-year 2008 earnings guidance of $3.80 to $3.90 per diluted share as market circumstances have changed dramatically. We believe that our steel shipments (primarily flat-rolled) will be significantly lower in the fourth quarter, but I would emphasize that the low, variable-cost structure of our steel operations enables us to operate profitably at lower operating rates than most of our peers,” Busse said.
Regarding the company’s capital structure, long-term debt was $2.2 billion at the end of the quarter with only $65 million of principal due in the next twelve months. Borrowings on our $874-million senior secured revolving credit facility (maturing July 2012), totaled $575 million. We currently anticipate substantial decreases in working capital requirements during the fourth quarter, providing for a meaningful reduction of our revolver borrowings before the end of the year.
During the third quarter, the company repurchased 18.9 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $439 million, or at an average purchase price of $23 per share. At the end of the quarter, there were 183.1 million shares of Steel Dynamics common stock outstanding. During the quarter, the last of the outstanding 4.0% convertible notes were converted to stock.
“In light of these factors, it is simply beyond comprehension why our share price, which is supposed to reflect rational thinking by rational people, is where it is today. Frankly, in my judgment, those who have literally dumped their shares into a grossly oversold market have made some very poor investment decisions,” Busse said.
“Indeed, we believe that our metals recycling segment will soon return to a solid and sustainable level of profitability and that our long products businesses will remain stable with excellent earnings. And, considering the impact from our flat-rolled products operations, where we have anticipated the possibility of substantial short-term weakness into early next year-including a drop in steel pricing and sharply reduced volumes-substantial earnings growth in the first quarter of 2009 is not an unreasonable expectation in light of our superior cost structure. So, in spite of a weaker economy, 2009 could, with scrap prices remaining soft, be another outstanding year for Steel Dynamics,” Busse concluded.
Regarding capital investments, steelmaking capacity upgrades at the company’s three Indiana steel mills are on track. The Structural & Rail Division’s new medium section rolling mill began commissioning in August. It is ramping up one product family at a time, and made its first shipments of wide-flange beams at the end of August. Construction of the building housing Columbia City’s second caster is underway. After installation of the second caster in mid-2009, the structural mill will be capable of casting and rolling at least 2 million tons per year.
At the Engineered Bar Products mill at Pittsboro, work has been ongoing to expand the existing reheat furnace as well as making equipment modifications in casting and rolling. These changes are expected to be completed early in 2009, increasing the mill’s production capacity to 750,000 tons per year and extending its product capabilities.
At the Butler Flat Roll mill, replacement of the first two EAF furnace shells began in September, two months ahead of schedule. All four shells will be replaced with higher-capacity vessels, and along with other completed upgrades, will increase the mill’s capacity ultimately to 3 million tons per year.
Meanwhile, construction of the Mesabi Nugget plant at Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, is proceeding on plan. The two major processing buildings are in the process of being enclosed for the winter. Installation of the large rotary hearth furnace has begun, and site utility and rail infrastructure projects are proceeding. During the third quarter the re-permitting of the Steel Dynamics Mesabi iron mine received strong public support at a public hearing conducted by Minnesota environmental officials. We continue to expect the start-up of the Mesabi Nugget plant in the third quarter of 2009 and, subject to obtaining on a timely basis the permits needed to operate the mine, commencing mining operations by late 2010.
Third Quarter 2008 Operating Segment Information
The following highlights our third quarter 2008 results for each of SDI’s three primary operating segments.
Steel Operations. Steel Operations represented 53 percent of the company’s third quarter net sales. This segment includes five electric-arc-furnace (EAF) steel mills and related steel processing facilities, including The Techs, which galvanize steel sheet that is sourced primarily from third parties. In addition to flat-rolled steel, the company’s steel operations produce structural steel, merchant bars, special-bar-quality steel, and other specialty shapes.
Third quarter 2008 Steel Operations net sales were $1.7 billion on shipments of 1.4 million tons (including intra-company shipments). Based on tons shipped, including steel shipments made by The Techs, flat-rolled products accounted for 55 percent of third quarter steel segment shipments. Structural steel shipments were 20 percent, engineered bars were 10 percent, merchant bars were 10 percent, and the remaining 5 percent were shipments by the Steel of West Virginia subsidiary. Operating income for the steel segment was $285 million, or $200 per ton shipped, compared to $206 per ton in the second quarter. These figures exclude profit-sharing costs and amortization related to the segment’s intangible assets.
The third quarter’s average selling price per ton for Steel Operations was $1,186, an increase of $175 per ton from $1,011 in the second quarter of 2008 and an increase of $487 per ton from the year-ago quarter. The average scrap cost per net ton charged increased by $87 compared to the second quarter, and was $290 higher than the third quarter of 2007.
Metals Recycling and Ferrous Resources. This segment includes ferrous and non-ferrous metals processing and trading by OmniSource Corporation and SDI’s Iron Dynamics scrap-substitute operation, which produces pig iron for use by the Flat Roll Division. The segment also includes expenses related to the Mesabi Nugget project, which is currently under construction. The segment’s net sales for third quarter 2008 were $1.3 billion (including intra-company sales), representing 42 percent of SDI’s third quarter net sales. Operating income for this segment was a record $101 million, excluding profit-sharing costs and amortization related to the segment’s intangible assets.
For the third quarter, total ferrous scrap shipments, including shipments to SDI’s Steel Operations, were 1.8 million tons and non-ferrous scrap shipments were 242 million pounds. During the third quarter, the company’s scrap operations supplied 714,000 tons of ferrous scrap to SDI’s steel operations, or approximately 43 percent of the tonnage of ferrous scrap purchased by our mills during the quarter.
Steel Fabrication Operations. Steel Fabrication Operations includes New Millennium Building Systems fabricating plants that produce joists, trusses, and steel decking used in the construction of non-residential buildings. Third quarter net sales were $111 million, or 3 percent of SDI’s third quarter net sales. Operating income for this segment was $5 million, or $58 per ton shipped, excluding profit-sharing costs and amortization related to the segment’s intangible assets. Third quarter shipments totaled 78,000 tons at an average selling price of $1,413 per ton.
This press release contains some predictive statements about future events, including statements related to conditions in the steel and metallic scrap markets, Steel Dynamics’ revenue growth, costs of purchased materials, future profitability and earnings, and the operation of new or existing facilities. These statements are intended to be made as “forward-looking,” subject to many risks and uncertainties, within the safe harbor protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such predictive statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations.
Factors that could cause such predictive statements to turn out other than as anticipated or predicted include, among others: changes in economic conditions affecting steel consumption; increased foreign imports; increased price competition; difficulties in integrating acquired businesses; risks and uncertainties involving new products or new technologies; changes in the availability or cost of steel scrap or substitute materials; increases in energy costs; occurrence of unanticipated equipment failures and plant outages; labor unrest; and the effect of the elements on production or consumption.
In addition, we refer you to SDI’s detailed explanation of these and other factors and risks that may cause such predictive statements to turn out differently, as set forth in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports which we from time to time file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available publicly on the SEC Web site, http://www.sec.gov/, and on the Steel Dynamics Web site, http://www.steeldynamics.com/
Forward-looking or predictive statements we make are based on our knowledge of our businesses and the environment in which they operate as of the date on which the statements were made. Due to these risks and uncertainties, as well as matters beyond our control which can affect forward-looking statements, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these predictive statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no duty to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Conference Call and Webcast
On Thursday, October 16, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, Steel Dynamics will host a conference call in which management will discuss third quarter results. You are invited to listen to the live audio broadcast of the conference call over the Internet, accessible from the Steel Dynamics Web site:
Dial-in information is available on our Web site. An audio replay of the Webcast and a downloadable podcast will be available from the SDI Web site. No telephone replay will be available.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED) (in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Ended September 30, September 30, June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 2008 Net sales $2,563,943 $1,156,593 $6,870,087 $2,933,515 $2,403,939 Costs of goods sold 2,118,737 928,142 5,597,917 2,272,079 1,924,284 Gross profit 445,206 228,451 1,272,170 661,436 479,655 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 67,459 37,670 219,355 98,242 86,557 Profit sharing 30,800 14,699 76,204 43,740 26,897 Amortization of intangible assets 10,765 2,155 30,416 6,556 8,120 Operating income 336,182 173,927 946,195 512,898 358,081 Interest expense, net capitalized interest 37,446 14,602 102,728 29,048 35,475 Other (income) expense, net (8,342) (602) (33,048) 10,205 (16,901) Income before income taxes 307,078 159,927 876,515 473,645 339,507 Income taxes 114,070 59,336 330,456 176,949 129,013 Net income $193,008 $100,591 $546,059 $296,696 $210,494 Basic earnings per share $.99 $.56 $2.85 $1.59 $1.11 Weighted average common shares outstanding 195,347 179,481 191,579 186,324 190,351 Diluted earnings per share, Including the effect of assumed conversions $.98 $.53 $2.75 $1.51 $1.05 Weighted average common shares and share equivalents outstanding 196,859 189,858 198,840 196,898 200,345 Dividends declared per share $.10 $.075 $.30 $.225 $.10 Note: All prior period share data has been adjusted to reflect the company's two-for-one stock split effective March 2008. Steel Dynamics, Inc. UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING INFORMATION Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Steel Operations* Shipments (net tons) Flat Roll Division 576,059 689,762 1,967,660 1,881,361 Structural and Rail Division 281,126 302,141 866,963 895,618 Engineered Bar Products Division 149,708 133,795 442,741 408,130 Roanoke Bar Division 148,128 142,243 436,078 453,253 Steel of West Virginia 62,849 69,024 218,907 214,457 The Techs 209,191 230,691 734,110 230,691 1,427,061 1,567,656 4,666,459 4,083,510 Intercompany (141,113) (134,614) (395,926) (372,537) Net shipments 1,285,948 1,433,042 4,270,533 3,710,973 Average selling price per ton shipped $1,186 $699 $985 $682 Production (net tons, excluding The Techs) 1,279,341 1,284,512 4,019,776 3,781,137 Steel Fabrication Operations** Shipments (net tons) 78,205 70,005 222,829 205,376 Intercompany (552) (683) (868) (3,476) Net shipments 77,653 69,322 221,961 201,900 Average selling price per ton shipped $1,413 $1,403 $1,267 $1,308 Metals Recycling & Ferrous Resources *** Shipments (net tons) Ferrous 1,757,334 106,138 4,655,618 256,979 Scrap substitute 69,658 61,036 204,379 185,275 Intercompany (783,893) (135,039) (2,036,623) (391,232) Net shipments 1,043,099 32,135 2,823,374 51,022 Non-ferrous (pounds) 241,651,104 - 734,586,194 - Other Operations**** Shipments (net tons) 31,882 34,107 130,246 93,576 Intercompany (35) (156) (345) (293) Net shipments 31,847 33,951 129,901 93,283 First Second Quarter Quarter 2008 2008 Steel Operations* Shipments (net tons) Flat Roll Division 685,320 706,281 Structural and Rail Division 299,687 286,150 Engineered Bar Products Division 147,948 145,085 Roanoke Bar Division 151,368 136,582 Steel of West Virginia 75,724 80,334 The Techs 262,011 262,908 1,622,058 1,617,340 Intercompany (130,685) (124,128) Net shipments 1,491,373 1,493,212 Average selling price per ton shipped $782 $1,011 Production (net tons, excluding The Techs) 1,372,364 1,368,071 Steel Fabrication Operations** Shipments (net tons) 68,606 76,018 Intercompany (273) (43) Net shipments 68,333 75,975 Average selling price per ton shipped $1,145 $1,227 Metals Recycling & Ferrous Resources *** Shipments (net tons) Ferrous 1,391,382 1,506,902 Scrap substitute 67,994 66,727 Intercompany (531,886) (720,844) Net shipments 927,490 852,785 Non-ferrous (pounds) 238,787,934 254,147,156 Other Operations**** Shipments (net tons) 48,841 49,523 Intercompany (222) (88) Net shipments 48,619 49,435 * Steel Operations include the company's Flat Roll Division, Structural and Rail Division, Engineered Bar Products Division, Roanoke Bar Division, Steel of West Virginia, and The Techs flat roll galvanizing operations (acquired July 2007). ** Steel Fabrication Operations include the company's five joist and deck fabrication operations. *** Metals Recycling and Ferrous Resources Operations include Iron Dynamics, the company's previously existing five scrap procurement and processing facilities, and most recently, OmniSource Corporation operations (acquired October 26, 2007) and Recycle South operations (acquired June 10, 2008). **** Other Operations include Paragon Steel Enterprises and Dynamic Composites operations. Steel Dynamics, Inc. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands) September 30, December 31, 2008 2007 (unaudited) Assets Current assets Cash and equivalents $ 79,492 $ 28,486 Accounts receivable, net 1,122,648 714,123 Inventories 1,356,992 904,398 Deferred income taxes 12,023 10,427 Other current assets 61,977 38,795 Total current assets 2,633,132 1,696,229 Property, plant and equipment, net 1,997,495 1,652,097 Restricted cash 7,679 11,945 Intangible assets, net 625,537 514,547 Goodwill 781,555 510,983 Other assets 66,838 133,652 Total assets $ 6,112,236 $ 4,519,453 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities Accounts payable $ 710,152 $ 378,849 Income taxes payable 31,614 25,870 Accrued expenses 274,886 150,687 Accrued profit sharing 75,212 53,958 Senior secured revolving credit facility, matures 2012 575,000 239,000 Other current maturities of long-term debt 65,203 56,162 Total current liabilities 1,732,067 904,526 Long-term debt Senior secured term A loan 519,900 481,250 7 3/8% senior notes, due 2012 700,000 700,000 6 3/4% senior notes, due 2015 500,000 500,000 7 3/4% senior notes, due 2016 500,000 - 4.0% convertible subordinated notes, due 2012 - 37,250 Other long-term debt 15,884 16,183 Total long-term debt 2,235,784 1,734,683 Deferred income taxes 333,025 301,470 Minority interest 8,939 11,038 Other liabilities 63,027 38,540 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity Common stock 544 542 Treasury stock, at cost (720,835) (457,368) Additional paid-in capital 538,445 553,805 Other accumulated comprehensive income - 21 Retained earnings 1,921,240 1,432,196 Total stockholders' equity 1,739,394 1,529,196 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 6,112,236 $ 4,519,453 Steel Dynamics, Inc. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) (in thousands) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Operating activities: Net income $193,008 $100,591 $546,059 $296,696 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 55,359 33,853 156,153 96,096 Unamortized bond premium - - - (3,350) Equity-based compensation 3,293 1,817 9,976 6,218 Deferred income taxes (2,047) (562) (9,893) (1,679) Minority interest (3,365) 107 (2,099) (448) Changes in certain assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 89,664 12,544 (307,540) (21,204) Inventories (135,430) 35,212 (353,125) (118,514) Accounts payable (76,554) 29,784 287,626 100,594 Income taxes payable (32,114) 5,374 5,743 1,242 Other working capital 42,778 31,479 70,580 (7,284) Net cash provided by operating activities 134,592 250,199 403,480 348,367 Investing activities: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (115,636) (99,935) (310,625) (255,845) Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired - (373,407) (271,159) (411,626) Purchases of securities - - (20,373) - Sales of securities 32,533 - 32,758 - Other investing activities (1,753) 169 2,176 7 Net cash used in investing activities (84,856) (473,173) (567,223) (667,464) Financing activities: Issuance of current and long-term debt 1,186,000 798,000 2,190,900 1,795,000 Repayment of current and long-term debt (814,665) (366,230)(1,449,820) (1,028,387) Debt issuance costs (28) (2,603) (7,544) (10,591) Issuance of common stock (net of expenses) and proceeds from exercise of stock options, including related tax effect 2,029 4,113 19,483 20,260 Purchase of treasury stock (439,166) (197,867) (485,293) (433,183) Dividends paid (19,819) (13,840) (52,977) (42,564) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (85,649) 221,573 214,749 300,535 Increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents (35,913) (1,401) 51,006 (18,562) Cash and equivalents at beginning of period 115,405 12,212 28,486 29,373 Cash and equivalents at end of period $79,492 $10,811 $79,492 $10,811 Supplemental disclosure information: Cash paid for interest $7,982 $4,563 $76,701 $22,921 Cash paid for federal and state income taxes $153,938 $51,236 $315,847 $183,521
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