Commercial Metals Company Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share Of $0.03 And Full Year Profits Of $77.3 Million

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IRVING, Texas, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Metals Company (CMC) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended August 31, 2013.  Net earnings for the fourth quarter ended August 31, 2013 were $4.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.7 billion.  This compares to net earnings of $30.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.8 billion for the three months ended August 31, 2012.  Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 included asset impairment charges related to our Australian operations of $25.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share.  For the year ended August 31, 2013, net earnings were $77.3 million or $0.66 per diluted share on net sales of $6.9 billion; this compares to net earnings of $207.5 million or $1.78 per diluted share on net sales of $7.7 billion for the year ended August 31, 2012.

Joe Alvarado, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO, commented, "We are proud to report our eighth consecutive quarter of positive earnings.  We took action in the fourth quarter to strengthen our Australian operations which we believe will yield benefits in the coming quarters.  Furthermore, our commitment to focus on our core operations is evidenced by the previously announced sale of our copper tube manufacturing operation, Howell Metal Company."

The board of directors of CMC declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 on October 22, 2013 for shareholders of record on November 6, 2013.  The dividend will be paid on November 20, 2013.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Review

For this year's fourth quarter, adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $83.4 million and fourth quarter cash flow from operations was at its strongest level this fiscal year.  After-tax items included in continuing operations were:

  • after-tax LIFO income of $10.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share), compared to $16.9 million ($0.15 per diluted share) of after-tax LIFO income in the fourth quarter of 2012;
  • impairment of goodwill and other assets and a full valuation allowance of tax net operating losses related to our Australian operations of $25.9 million ($0.22 per diluted share); and
  • a tax benefit of $7.2 million ($0.06 per diluted share) related to the reorganization of our Australian legal entities.

Earnings from discontinued operations in the fourth quarter of 2013 were $0.3 million ($0.00 per diluted share), which primarily consisted of earnings related to our copper tube business.  We previously announced the sale of this operation for $58.5 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments, which will be reflected in earnings for our first quarter of fiscal 2014. 

Our Americas Recycling segment recorded an adjusted operating loss of $6.7 million for the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $8.3 million in the prior year's fourth quarter.  LIFO income for the segment decreased $2.8 million to $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, from $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Ferrous volumes, selling prices and margins were all slightly higher during this year's fourth quarter.  However, these increases were not enough to overcome declines in nonferrous volumes and pricing resulting in a $51/ton decline in nonferrous margins.  In addition, we recognized a $2.0 million loss on a long-term supply contract with a customer during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Our Americas Mills segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $58.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $63.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  This segment's volumes were lower by 7% while metal margins declined 2% in the fourth quarter of 2013.  LIFO income for the segment decreased $12.1 million to $7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, from $19.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. In comparison to the sequential quarter, adjusted operating profit improved by 26% primarily as a result of higher shipments.

Our Americas Fabrication segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $8.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, marking a significant improvement over the prior year's fourth quarter adjusted operating profit of $1.5 million.  These results were achieved despite a $2.9 million decrease in LIFO income for the segment when compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  This segment continued to experience margin expansion as input pricing declined while transactional selling prices improved when compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  Bid activity and bookings were also better in the fourth quarter of 2013 when compared to a year ago, resulting in a stronger backlog as we enter fiscal 2014.             

Our International Mill segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $8.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $5.4 million in the prior year's fourth quarter.  These results were also a substantial improvement over the adjusted operating loss of $3.8 million reported in the third quarter of 2013.  Total shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 fell 12% while metal margins expanded 7% when compared to the same quarter in 2012.  Market conditions in Europe continued to be soft, with certain countries showing marginal signs of improvement.  On a positive note, the effects of the value-added tax (VAT) circumvention schemes that have recently negatively impacted this segment should subside as the long-awaited legislation in Poland went into effect on October 1, 2013.

Our International Marketing and Distribution segment recorded an adjusted operating loss of $16.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $1.5 million in the prior year's fourth quarter.  The reduced profitability in the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily the result of charges related to our Australian operations for goodwill and other asset impairments, as well as one-time exit costs to close unprofitable locations.  Our U.S.-based trading divisions recorded improved results for the fourth quarter of 2013 when compared to the prior year's fourth quarter.  Furthermore, our European trading division continued to suffer weakened results in response to the poor Euro zone market conditions.

Full Year 2013 Review

Net earnings from continuing operations for fiscal year 2013 were $75.0 million, or $0.64 per diluted share.  For the year ended August 31, 2013, cash flow from operations was $147.7 million and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $353.5 million.  After-tax LIFO income from continuing operations for fiscal 2013 was $34.4 million ($0.29 per diluted share), compared to after-tax LIFO income of $27.1 million ($0.23 per diluted share) in fiscal 2012.  As of August 31, 2013, cash and short-term investments totaled $378.8 million, an increase of 44% from the end of our 2012 fiscal year.

Earnings from discontinued operations for fiscal year 2013 were $2.4 million, which primarily consisted of earnings related to our copper tube business. 

Outlook

Alvarado concluded, "We are encouraged by our ability to post another positive earnings quarter and strong cash flows even after factoring in restructuring charges recorded in our fiscal 2013 fourth quarter.  From a U.S. perspective, we are further encouraged by the strength of the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), posting a 53.8 for August, the highest mark since February 2013.  In addition, the ABI has been above 50 for 12 of the last 13 months which historically has been a good leading indicator of improved non-residential construction.  Our International Mill segment should see an improvement in margins in light of the newly-passed legislation to curb VAT circumvention arrangements in Poland".

Conference Call

CMC invites you to listen to a live broadcast of its fourth quarter 2013 conference call today, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. ET.  Joe Alvarado, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, and Barbara Smith, Senior Vice President and CFO, will host the call.  The call is accessible via our website at www.cmc.com.  In the event you are unable to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived and available for replay on the webcast on the next business day.  Financial and statistical information presented in the broadcast are located on CMC's website under "Investors".

Commercial Metals Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle and market steel and metal products, related materials and services through a network including steel minimills, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, metal recycling facilities and marketing and distribution offices in the United States and in strategic international markets.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the effects of actions taken to strengthen our Australian operations, the effects of recently enacted legislation regarding VAT circumvention schemes in Poland and general market conditions.  There are inherent risks and uncertainties in any forward-looking statements. Variances will occur, and actual results may differ materially from our current expectations.  Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, new information or otherwise.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include the following: absence of global economic recovery or possible recession relapse and the pace of overall global economic activity; solvency of financial institutions and their ability or willingness to lend; success or failure of governmental efforts to stimulate the economy including restoring credit availability and confidence in a recovery; continued sovereign debt problems in the Euro-zone; construction activity or lack thereof; availability and pricing of raw materials over which the Company exerts little influence, including scrap metal, energy, insurance and supply prices; increased capacity and product availability from competing steel minimills and other steel suppliers, including import quantities and pricing; decisions by governments affecting the level of steel imports; passage of new, or interpretation of existing, environmental laws and regulations; customers' inability to obtain credit and non-compliance with contracts; financial covenants and restrictions on the operation of our business contained in agreements governing our debt; currency fluctuations; global factors including political and military uncertainties; difficulties or delays in the execution of construction contracts resulting in cost overruns or contract disputes; our ability to retain key executives; execution of cost reduction strategies; industry consolidation or changes in production capacity or utilization; ability to make necessary capital expenditures; unexpected equipment failures; competition from other materials; losses or limited potential gains due to hedging transactions; litigation claims and settlements, court decisions and regulatory rulings; risk of injury or death to employees, customers or other visitors to our operations; and increased costs related to health care reform legislation.

 


Three Months Ended


Fiscal Year Ended

(short tons in thousands)

08/31/13


08/31/12


08/31/13


08/31/12

Americas Recycling tons shipped

588


582


2,312


2,439









Americas Steel Mills rebar shipments

381


384


1,447


1,370

Americas Steel Mills structural and other shipments

272


318


1,114


1,312

Total Americas Steel Mills tons shipped

653


702


2,561


2,682









International Mill shipments

371


420


1,318


1,584









Americas Steel Mills average FOB selling price (total sales)

$

656


$

678


$

669


$

706

Americas Steel Mills average cost ferrous scrap utilized

$

330


$

346


$

343


$

379

Americas Steel Mills metal margin

$

326


$

332


$

326


$

327

Americas Steel Mills average ferrous scrap purchase price

$

290


$

304


$

299


$

339









International Mill average FOB selling price (total sales)

$

567


$

570


$

589


$

601

International Mill average cost ferrous scrap utilized

$

333


$

351


$

360


$

385

International Mill metal margin

$

234


$

219


$

229


$

216

International Mill average ferrous scrap purchase price

$

267


$

291


$

289


$

315









Americas Fabrication rebar shipments

239


251


902


911

Americas Fabrication structural and post shipments

37


35


152


150

Total Americas Fabrication tons shipped

276


286


1,054


1,061









Americas Fabrication average selling price (excluding stock and buyout sales)

$

938


$

920


$

943


$

906

 

 


(in thousands)

Three Months Ended


Fiscal Year Ended

Net sales

08/31/13


08/31/12


08/31/13


08/31/12

Americas Recycling

$

346,671


$

359,300


$

1,391,749


$

1,606,161

Americas Mills

465,433


494,183


1,819,520


1,983,721

Americas Fabrication

384,333


380,951


1,442,691


1,381,638

International Mill

223,460


268,248


826,044


1,033,357

International Marketing and Distribution

503,244


610,485


2,355,572


2,727,319

Corporate and Eliminations

(224,280)


(280,141)


(946,001)


(1,075,821)

Total net sales

$

1,698,861


$

1,833,026


$

6,889,575


$

7,656,375









Adjusted operating profit (loss)








Americas Recycling

$

(6,722)


$

8,346


$

3,170


$

39,446

Americas Mills

58,431


62,971


204,333


235,918

Americas Fabrication

8,154


1,453


28,033


(15,697)

International Mill

7,998


5,353


890


23,044

International Marketing and Distribution

(16,220)


1,488


35,617


47,287

Corporate and Eliminations

(14,987)


(16,359)


(65,605)


(89,286)

Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations

36,654


63,252


206,438


240,712

Adjusted operating profit (loss) from discontinued operations

429


12,213


3,672


(10,660)

Adjusted operating profit (loss)

$

37,083


$

75,465


$

210,110


$

230,052

 


COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)


Three Months Ended


 

Fiscal Year Ended,

(in thousands, except share data)

08/31/13


08/31/12


08/31/13


08/31/12

Net sales

$

1,698,861


$

1,833,026


$

6,889,575


$

7,656,375

Costs and expenses:








Cost of goods sold

1,538,073


1,653,588


6,227,238


6,939,748

Selling, general and administrative expenses

111,070


117,027


468,611


481,746

Impairment of assets

13,836


528


17,270


607

Gain on sale of cost method investment



(26,088)


Interest expense

18,051


17,550


69,608


69,487


1,681,030


1,788,693


6,756,639


7,491,588

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

17,831


44,333


132,936


164,787

Income taxes (benefit)

14,103


26,518


57,979


(45,762)

Earnings from continuing operations

3,728


17,815


74,957


210,549









Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations before taxes

429


12,212


3,672


(11,906)

Income taxes (benefit)

97


(191)


1,310


(8,847)

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

332


12,403


2,362


(3,059)









Net earnings

4,060


30,218


77,319


207,490

Less net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

3


3


4


6

Net earnings attributable to CMC

$

4,057


$

30,215


$

77,315


$

207,484









Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to CMC:








Earnings from continuing operations

$

0.03


$

0.15


$

0.64


$

1.82

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations


0.11


0.02


(0.03)

Net earnings

$

0.03


$

0.26


$

0.66


$

1.79









Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to CMC:








Earnings from continuing operations

$

0.03


$

0.15


$

0.64


$

1.80

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations


0.11


0.02


(0.02)

Net earnings

$

0.03


$

0.26


$

0.66


$

1.78









Cash dividends per share

$

0.12


$

0.12


$

0.48


$

0.48

Average basic shares outstanding

116,943,198


116,267,566


116,677,836


115,861,986

Average diluted shares outstanding

117,841,538


116,904,863


117,552,952


116,783,160

 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

August 31,
2013


August 31,
2012

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

378,770


$

262,422

Accounts receivable, net

989,694


958,364

Inventories, net

757,417


807,923

Other

240,314


211,122

Total current assets

2,366,195


2,239,831

Net property, plant and equipment

940,237


994,304

Goodwill

69,579


76,897

Other assets

118,790


130,214

Total assets

$

3,494,801


$

3,441,246

Liabilities and stockholders' equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable-trade

$

342,678


$

433,132

Accounts payable-documentary letters of credit

112,281


95,870

Accrued expenses and other payables

314,949


343,337

Notes payable

5,973


24,543

Current maturities of long-term debt

5,228


4,252

Total current liabilities

781,109


901,134

Deferred income taxes

46,558


20,271

Other long-term liabilities

118,165


116,261

Long-term debt

1,278,814


1,157,073

Total liabilities

2,224,646


2,194,739

Stockholders' equity attributable to CMC

1,269,999


1,246,368

Stockholders' equity attributable to noncontrolling interests

156


139

Total equity

1,270,155


1,246,507

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

3,494,801


$

3,441,246

 


COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)


Fiscal Year Ended

(in thousands)

08/31/13


08/31/12

Cash flows from (used by) operating activities:




Net earnings

$

77,319


$

207,490

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash flows from (used by) operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

136,548


137,310

Provision for losses (recoveries) on receivables, net

4,430


(2,463)

Share-based compensation

18,693


13,125

Amortization of interest rate swaps termination gain

(12,470)


(5,815)

Loss on debt extinguishment

4,758


Deferred income taxes (benefit)

55,825


(59,999)

Tax expense (benefit) from stock plans

1,444


(1,968)

Net gain on sale of assets and other

(25,371)


(11,932)

Write-down of inventory

3,003


13,917

Asset impairments

17,270


3,316

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:




Accounts receivable

11,065


68,260

Accounts receivable (repurchased), net

(80,580)


(77,116)

Inventories

26,459


53,449

Other assets

1,724


5,001

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other payables

(87,375)


(157,025)

Other long-term liabilities

(5,010)


10,443

Net cash flows from operating activities

147,732


195,993

Cash flows from (used by) investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(89,035)


(113,853)

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and other

13,904


55,360

Proceeds from the sale of cost method investment

28,995


Decrease in deposit for letters of credit


31,053

Net cash flows used by investing activities

(46,136)


(27,440)

Cash flows from (used by) financing activities:




Increase (decrease) in documentary letters of credit

(6,221)


(74,493)

Short-term borrowings, net change

(19,524)


18,607

Repayments on long-term debt

(204,856)


(64,801)

Proceeds from termination of interest rate swaps


52,733

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

330,000


Payments for debt issuance costs

(4,684)


Debt extinguishment costs

(4,557)


Increase in restricted cash

(18,620)


Stock issued under incentive and purchase plans, net of forfeitures

951


(81)

Cash dividends

(56,028)


(55,617)

Tax benefit (expense) from stock plans

(1,444)


1,968

Contribution from (purchase of) noncontrolling interests

13


(55)

Net cash flows from (used by) financing activities

15,030


(121,739)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(278)


(6,782)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

116,348


40,032

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

262,422


222,390

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

378,770


$

262,422


COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED)
(dollars in thousands)

This press release contains financial measures not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided below.

Adjusted Operating Profit (Loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management uses adjusted operating profit (loss) to evaluate the financial performance of the Company. Adjusted operating profit (loss) is the sum of our earnings (loss) before income taxes, outside financing costs and discounts on sales of accounts receivable. For added flexibility, we may sell certain accounts receivable both in the U.S. and internationally. We consider sales of receivables as an alternative source of liquidity to finance our operations and believe that removing these costs provides a clearer perspective of the Company's operating performance. Adjusted operating profit (loss) may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies.

 


Three Months Ended


Fiscal Year Ended,

(in thousands)

08/31/13


08/31/12


08/31/13


08/31/12

Earnings from continuing operations

3,728


$

17,815


$

74,957


$

210,549

Income taxes (benefit)

14,103


26,518


57,979


(45,762)

Interest expense

18,051


17,550


69,608


69,487

Discounts on sales of accounts receivable

772


1,369


3,894


6,438

Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations

36,654


63,252


206,438


240,712

Adjusted operating profit (loss) from discontinued operations

429


12,213


3,672


(10,660)

Adjusted operating profit (loss)

$

37,083


$

75,465


$

210,110


$

230,052

 

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is the sum of our earnings (loss) before income taxes, outside financing costs and net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests. It also excludes the Company's largest recurring non-cash charge, depreciation and amortization, as well as impairment charges. As a measure of cash flow before interest expense, adjusted EBITDA is one guideline management uses to assess the Company's ability to pay its current debt obligations as they mature and as a tool to calculate possible future levels of leverage capacity. Adjusted EBITDA to interest is a covenant test in certain of the Company's debt agreements. Additionally, adjusted EBITDA is one measure used to assess the Company's unleveraged performance return on its investments. Adjusted EBITDA is also the target benchmark for our annual and long-term cash incentive performance plans for management.  Adjusted EBITDA may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies.


Three Months Ended


Fiscal Year Ended,

(in thousands)

08/31/13


08/31/12


08/31/13


08/31/12

Earnings from continuing operations

3,728


$

17,815


$

74,957


$

210,549

Income taxes (benefit)

14,103


26,518


57,979


(45,762)

Interest expense

18,051


17,550


69,608


69,487

Depreciation, amortization and impairment charges

47,539


33,189


151,002


134,442

Less net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

(3)


(3)


(4)


(6)

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

83,418


95,069


353,542


368,710

Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued operations

1,109


14,082


6,487


(4,475)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

84,527


$

109,151


$

360,029


$

364,235

 

Adjusted EBITDA to interest coverage:


Three Months Ended August 31, 2013



Year Ended August 31, 2013

$84,527

/

18,051


=

4.7



$360,029

/

69,608

=

5.2

Total Capitalization:

Total capitalization is the sum of long-term debt, deferred income taxes, and stockholders' equity. The ratio of debt to total capitalization is a measure of current debt leverage. The following reconciles total capitalization on August 31, 2013 to the most comparable GAAP measure, stockholders' equity:

Stockholders' equity attributable to CMC

$

1,269,999


Long-term debt

1,278,814


Deferred income taxes

46,558


Total capitalization

$

2,595,371


OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Long-term debt to capitalization ratio as of August 31, 2013:

$

1,278,814

/

2,595,371

=

49.3%

Total debt to capitalization plus short-term debt plus notes payable ratio as of August 31, 2013:

($1,278,814

+

5,228

+

5,973)

/

($2,595,371

+

5,228

+

5,973)

=

49.5%

Current ratio as of August 31, 2013:

Current assets divided by current liabilities

$2,366,195

/

781,109

=

3.0


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