Tenaris Announces 2012 Third Quarter Results

November 7, 2012

LUXEMBOURG--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2012) - Tenaris S.A. ( NYSE : TS ) ( BAE : TS ) ( BVM : TS ) ( MILAN : TEN ) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012 with comparison to its results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011.

   
Summary of 2012 Third Quarter Results  
   
(Comparison with second quarter of 2012 and third quarter of 2011)  
   
    Q3 2012     Q2 2012     Q3 2011  
Net sales (US$ million)   2,657.1     2,801.5     (5 %)   2,494.8     7 %
Operating income (US$ million)   583.6     620.9     (6 %)   468.6     25 %
Net income (US$ million)   437.5     460.2     (5 %)   365.5     20 %
Shareholders' net income (US$ million)   436.4     461.1     (5 %)   325.0     34 %
Earnings per ADS (US$)   0.74     0.78     (5 %)   0.55     34 %
Earnings per share (US$)   0.37     0.39     (5 %)   0.28     34 %
EBITDA* (US$ million)   679.0     758.6     (10 %)   603.6     12 %
EBITDA margin (% of net sales)   26 %   27 %         24 %      
                               
*EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation, amortization and impairment charges/(reversals) and in Q3 2012 excludes a non-recurring gain of $49 million, recorded in Other operating income corresponding to a tax related lawsuit collected in Brazil.  
   

Sales increased year on year led by higher demand in North and South America, but, sequentially, they were affected by lower shipments to the Middle East and lower demand for industrial products in Europe, in addition to seasonal factors.

EBITDA, excluding extraordinary items, declined 10% sequentially with margins being affected by product mix (a lower proportion of seamless products in the sales mix) and efficiency losses related to operational issues at the Tamsa steel shop and plant maintenance shutdowns.

Cash flow from operations remains strong and amounted to US$491.4 million for the quarter. Our net debt (total borrowings less cash and other current investments) decreased to US$265.8 million, at the end of the third quarter of 2012, from US$540.5 million at the end of the previous quarter.

Interim Dividend Payment

Our board of directors approved the payment of an interim dividend of US$0.13 per share (US$0.26 per ADS), or approximately US$153 million. The payment date will be November 22, 2012 (however, because such date is not a business day in the U.S., shareholders in all jurisdictions may receive their interim dividend on or after November 23, 2012, which is the first business day following the stated payment date), and the ex-dividend date will be November 19, 2012.

Changes in Segment Reporting

Following the acquisition of the non-controlling interests in Confab Industrial S.A. (Confab) and its further delisting, we have changed our internal organization and therefore combined the Tubes and Projects segments.

Therefore, starting with the financial statements for the period ended September 30, 2012, we will report under segments: Tubes (tubular products and services) and Others (other products and services).

Additionally, the coiled tubing operations, which were previously included in the Tubes segment and which accounted for 1% of total sales in 2011, have been reclassified to Others.

Market Background and Outlook

In spite of the weak economic recovery, demand for energy has remained stable and oil prices are at levels which should continue to support investment in exploration and production activity worldwide during 2013.

North American natural gas prices have risen above their early year lows as demand shows strong year on year growth. In 2013, we expect drilling activity for gas to recover gradually.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, however, our sales in North America will be affected by the current market uncertainty that is driving a reduction in OCTG inventories.

In the rest of the world, drilling activity should increase gradually led by the growth in the exploration and development of deepwater and unconventional reserves. In the coming quarters, sales to oil and gas customers in the Middle East are expected to recover from the low level of the third quarter.

Sales to industrial markets, particularly in Europe, are expected to remain at low levels.

EBITDA margins are expected to remain at the level of this third quarter, as the impact of lower prices in less differentiated segments is likely to offset product mix and industrial efficiency improvements.

   
Analysis of 2012 Third Quarter Results  
   
Tubes Sales volume
 (metric tons)
Q3 2012   Q2 2012     Q3 2011  
Seamless 642,000   701,000   (8 %)   650,000   (1 %)
Welded 305,000   287,000   6 %   266,000   15 %
Total 947,000   988,000   (4 %)   916,000   3 %
                       
                       
Tubes Q3 2012     Q2 2012     Q3 2011  
(Net sales - $ million)                            
North America 1,260.0     1,270.1     (1 %)   1,014.4     24 %
South America 610.3     537.4     14 %   490.3     24 %
Europe 252.9     285.1     (11 %)   273.2     (7 %)
Middle East & Africa 235.9     352.5     (33 %)   355.2     (34 %)
Far East & Oceania 109.4     130.4     (16 %)   142.2     (23 %)
Total net sales ($ million) 2,468.5     2,575.4     (4 %)   2,275.2     8 %
Operating income ($ million) 559.8     589.3     (5 %)   440.8     27 %
Operating margin (% of sales) 23 %   23 %         19 %      
                             

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 8% year on year but decreased 4% sequentially as sales were mainly affected by lower shipments to the Middle East and lower demand for industrial products in Europe. In North America, sequentially lower sales of deepwater line pipe in the Gulf of Mexico were largely offset by higher sales in Mexico. Sales increased in South America, mainly in Argentina and Colombia. In Europe, lower demand from the industrial sector and seasonally lower sales to distributors were the main causes of the sequential decrease. In the Middle East and Africa sales decreased sequentially due to lower shipments relating to the timing of orders. In the Far East and Oceania sales decreased sequentially due to lower sales of OCTG and structural products.

Operating income from tubular products and services, which, in the third quarter of 2012, included a non-recurring gain of US$49.2 million, increased 27% year on year but decreased 5% sequentially. The sequential decline in operating income reflects a lower proportion of seamless pipes in the sales mix and efficiency losses related to operational issues at the Tamsa steel shop and plant maintenance shutdowns.

                   
Others   Q3 2012     Q2 2012     Q3 2011  
Net sales ($ million)   188.5     226.6     (17 %)   219.6     (14 %)
Operating income ($ million)   23.8     31.5     (24 %)   27.7     (14 %)
Operating margin (% of sales)   13 %   14 %         13 %      
                               

Net sales of other products and services decreased 14% year on year and 17% sequentially, reflecting lower sales of industrial equipment in Brazil, which also impacted operating income and margins.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to 17.3% of net sales in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 17.4% in the previous quarter and 18.5% in the third quarter of 2011.

Other operating income, net, amounted to US$44.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to US$0.8 million in the previous quarter and US$1.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. In August, 2012, Confab, our Brazilian subsidiary, collected US$49 million from the Brazilian government, in interest and monetary adjustment over a tax benefit received in 1991.

Net interest expenses amounted to US$8.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to US$7.0 million in the previous quarter and US$8.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Other financial results generated a loss of US$15.2 million during the third quarter of 2012, compared to a loss of US$16.5 million in the previous quarter and a gain of US$28.0 million during the third quarter of 2011. These results largely reflect gains and losses on net foreign exchange transactions and the fair value of derivative instruments and are partially offset by changes to our net equity position. During the third quarter of 2011, these gains were mainly attributable to the revaluation of the US dollar against the Brazilian real (+18.6%), as our Brazilian subsidiaries held a positive net financial position in US dollar in the quarter.

Equity in earnings of associated companies generated a gain of US$14.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to a gain of US$11.1 million in the previous quarter and a gain of US$1.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. These gains were derived mainly from our equity investment in Ternium and reflected higher results at Ternium.

Income tax charges totaled US$136.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, equivalent to 24% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax, compared to 25% in the previous quarter and in the third quarter of 2011.

Results attributable to non-controlling interests amounted to gains of US$1.1 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to losses of US$0.9 million in the previous quarter and to gains of US$40.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. Year on year, the reduction in gains attributable to non-controlling interests is due to the acquisition of all the non-controlling interests in Confab in the second quarter of 2012.

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2012 Third Quarter

Net cash provided by operations during the third quarter of 2012 was US$491.4 million, compared to US$414.5 million in the previous quarter and US$336.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. Working capital increased by US$107.1 million during the third quarter of 2012, compared to a decrease of US$53.1 million in the previous quarter and a negligible increase in the third quarter of 2011. The increase in working capital in the third quarter of 2012, was mainly due to a decrease in trade payables, following the conclusion of several plant maintenance shutdowns.

Capital expenditures amounted to US$187.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to US$204.5 million in the previous quarter and US$212.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Our net debt (total borrowings less cash and other current investments) decreased to US$265.8 million, at the end of the third quarter of 2012, from US$540.5 million at the end of the previous quarter.

   
Analysis of 2012 First Nine Months Results  
   
    9M 2012     9M 2011     Increase/
(Decrease)
 
Net sales (US$ million)   8,075.9     7,221.9     12 %
Operating income (US$ million)   1,770.6     1,306.9     35 %
Net income (US$ million)   1,351.1     994.4     36 %
Shareholders' net income (US$ million)   1,341.4     931.6     44 %
Earnings per ADS (US$)   2.27     1.58     44 %
Earnings per share (US$)   1.14     0.79     44 %
EBITDA* (US$ million)   2,142.0     1,707.4     25 %
EBITDA margin (% of net sales)   27 %   24 %      
                   
*EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation, amortization and impairment charges/(reversals) and in 9M 2012 excludes a non-recurring gain of $49 million, recorded in Other operating income corresponding to a tax related lawsuit collected in Brazil.  
   
   
Tubes Sales volume (metric tons)   9M 2012   9M 2011   Increase/
(Decrease)
 
Seamless   2,007,000   1,904,000   5 %
Welded   882,000   833,000   7 %
Total   2,889,000   2,737,000   6 %
               
               
Tubes   9M 2012     9M 2011     Increase/
(Decrease)
 
(Net sales - $ million)                  
North America   3,798.6     2,906.4     31 %
South America   1,612.3     1,531.5     5 %
Europe   799.6     791.7     1 %
Middle East & Africa   869.1     946.0     (8 %)
Far East & Oceania   365.5     410.5     (11 %)
Total net sales ($ million)   7,445.2     6,586.1     13 %
Operating income ($ million)   1,679.6     1,200.5     40 %
Operating margin (% of sales)   23 %   18 %      
                   

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 13% to US$7,445.2 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to US$6,586.1 million in the first nine months of 2011, reflecting a 6% increase in volumes and a 4% increase in average selling prices.

Operating income from tubular products and services increased 40% to US$1,679.6 million in the first nine months of 2012, from US$1,200.5 million in the first nine months of 2011, reflecting a 13% increase in sales and an improvement in the operating margin, mainly reflecting a better absorption of fixed and semi-fixed expenses on higher sales.

                   
Others   9M 2012     9M 2011     Increase/
(Decrease)
 
Net sales ($ million)   630.7     635.8     (1 %)
Operating income ($ million)   91.0     106.5     (14 %)
Operating margin (% of sales)   14 %   17 %      
                   

Net sales of other products and services decreased 1% to US$630.7 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to US$635.8 million in the first nine months of 2011, mainly due to lower sales of industrial equipment in Brazil and coiled tubing, almost offset by higher sales of sucker rods.

Operating income from other products and services decreased 14% to US$91.0 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to US$106.5 million during the first nine months of 2011, reflecting lower sales and operating margins.

SG&A amounted to 17.2% of net sales during the first nine months of 2012, compared to 19.2% in the same period of 2011.

Net interest expenses amounted to US$16.2 million in the first nine months of 2012 compared to US$19.6 million in the same period of 2011.

Other financial results amounted to a loss of US$18.5 million during the first nine months of 2012, compared to a gain of US$16.7 million during the first nine months of 2011. These results largely reflect gains and losses on net foreign exchange transactions and the fair value of derivative instruments and are partially offset by changes to our net equity position. These gains and losses are mainly attributable to variations in the exchange rates between our subsidiaries' functional currencies (other than the US dollar) and the US dollar, in accordance with IFRS.

Equity in earnings of associated companies generated a gain of US$44.6 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to a gain of US$48.5 million in the first nine months of 2011. These gains were derived mainly from our equity investment in Ternium.

Income tax charges totaled US$429.5 million in the first nine months of 2012, equivalent to 25% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax, compared to US$358.1 million in the first nine months of 2011, equivalent to 27% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax.

Income attributable to non-controlling interests declined to US$9.7 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to US$62.8 million in the first nine months of 2011, as in the second quarter of 2012, we acquired all the non-controlling interests in Confab.

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2012 First Nine Months

During the first nine months of 2012, net cash provided by operations was US$1,513.8 million, compared to US$827.1 million in the same period of 2011. Working capital increased by US$55.7 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared with an increase of US$492.6 million in the first nine months of 2011.

Capital expenditures amounted to US$587.9 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared with US$673.9 million in the same period of 2011.

Following our investments in Brazil during the first half of the year, amounting to US$1.3 billion (US$504.6 million in Usiminas and US$758.5 million in Confab) and the payment of a dividend of US$295.1 million, our financial position at September 30, 2012, amounted to a net debt position (total borrowings less cash and other current investments) of US$265.8 million, compared with a net cash position of US$323.6 million at December 31, 2011.

Some of the statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks include but are not limited to risks arising from uncertainties as to future oil and gas prices and their impact on investment programs by oil and gas companies.

Press releases and financial statements can be downloaded from Tenaris's website at www.tenaris.com/investors.

   
Consolidated Condensed Interim Income Statement  
   
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)   Three-month period ended
September 30,
    Nine-month period ended
September 30,
 
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Continuing operations   Unaudited     (Unaudited)  
             
Net sales   2,657,069     2,494,840     8,075,910     7,221,927  
Cost of sales   (1,658,967 )   (1,563,520 )   (4,964,776 )   (4,534,895 )
Gross profit   998,102     931,320     3,111,134     2,687,032  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (458,716 )   (464,419 )   (1,389,514 )   (1,384,396 )
Other operating income (expenses) net   44,174     1,654     49,027     4,303  
Operating income   583,560     468,555     1,770,647     1,306,939  
Interest income   9,413     5,547     24,702     19,747  
Interest expense   (18,247 )   (14,073 )   (40,860 )   (39,362 )
Other financial results   (15,154 )   28,019     (18,549 )   16,669  
Income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax   559,572     488,048     1,735,940     1,303,993  
Equity in earnings of associated companies   14,406     1,514     44,624     48,519  
Income before income tax   573,978     489,562     1,780,564     1,352,512  
Income tax   (136,491 )   (124,074 )   (429,490 )   (358,124 )
Income for the period   437,487     365,488     1,351,074     994,388  
                         
Attributableto:                        
Equity holders of the Company   436,431     324,991     1,341,360     931,583  
Non-controlling interests   1,056     40,497     9,714     62,805  
    437,487     365,488     1,351,074     994,388  
                         
                         
                         
Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Financial Position
 
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)   At September 30, 2012   At December 31, 2011
    (Unaudited)    
ASSETS                
Non-current assets                
    Property, plant and equipment, net   4,327,490       4,053,653    
    Intangible assets, net   3,242,640       3,375,930    
    Investments in associated companies   1,104,436       670,248    
    Other investments   2,567       2,543    
    Deferred tax assets   222,758       234,760    
    Receivables   129,903   9,029,794   133,280   8,470,414
                 
Current assets                
    Inventories   2,988,690       2,806,409    
    Receivables and prepayments   278,126       241,801    
    Current tax assets   182,832       168,329    
    Trade receivables   1,919,482       1,900,591    
    Available for sale assets   21,572       21,572    
    Other investments   888,760       430,776    
    Cash and cash equivalents   787,540   7,067,002   823,743   6,393,221
Total assets       16,096,796       14,863,635
                 
EQUITY                
Capital and reserves attributable to the Company's equity holders       11,172,365       10,506,227
Non-controlling interests       179,541       666,716
Totalequity       11,351,906       11,172,943
                 
LIABILITIES                
Non-current liabilities                
    Borrowings   599,053       149,775    
    Deferred tax liabilities   781,588       828,545    
    Other liabilities   206,340       233,653    
  Provisions   67,499       72,975    
    Trade payables   1,222   1,655,702   2,045   1,286,993
                 
Current liabilities                
    Borrowings   1,343,059       781,101    
    Current tax liabilities   256,893       326,480    
    Other liabilities   385,860       305,214    
  Provisions   20,899       33,605    
    Customer advances   160,188       55,564    
    Trade payables   922,289   3,089,188   901,735   2,403,699
Total liabilities       4,744,890       3,690,692
Total equity and liabilities       16,096,796       14,863,635
                 
                 
                 
Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Cash Flow  
   
    Three-month period ended
September 30,
    Nine-month period ended
September 30,
 
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)   2012     2011     2012     2011  
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
Cash flows from operating activities                        
Income for the period   437,487     365,488     1,351,074     994,388  
Adjustments for:                        
Depreciation and amortization   144,713     135,064     420,597     400,465  
Income tax accruals less payments   (20,417 )   62,698     (126,196 )   109,933  
Equity in earnings of associated companies   (14,406 )   (1,514 )   (44,624 )   (48,519 )
Interest accruals less payments, net   (6,126 )   (635 )   (24,382 )   (28,455 )
Changes in provisions   (1,625 )   (9,597 )   (18,182 )   10,319  
Changes in working capital   (107,051 )   5,946     (55,708 )   (492,611 )
Other, including currency translation adjustment   58,804     (221,176 )   11,237     (118,460 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   491,379     336,274     1,513,816     827,060  
Cash flows from investing activities                        
Capital expenditures   (186,964 )   (212,139 )   (587,890 )   (673,930 )
Acquisitions of subsidiaries and associated companies   (6,228 )   -     (510,825 )   -  
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets   883     1,372     3,798     3,339  
Dividends and distributions received from associated companies   6     -     18,708     17,229  
Changes in investments in short term securities   (469,351 )   236,668     (457,984 )   41,986  
Net cash used in investing activities   (661,654 )   25,901     (1,534,193 )   (611,376 )
Cash flows from financing activities                        
Dividends paid   -     -     (295,134 )   (247,913 )
Dividends paid to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries   -     (5,964 )   (905 )   (11,699 )
Acquisitions of non-controlling interests   (38 )   (90 )   (758,577 )   (16,579 )
Proceeds from borrowings   491,143     223,723     1,705,377     713,518  
Repayments of borrowings   (243,114 )   (174,150 )   (682,230 )   (715,262 )
Net cash used in financing activities   247,991     43,519     (31,469 )   (277,935 )
                         
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents   77,716     405,694     (51,846 )   (62,251 )
                         
Movement in cash and cash equivalents                        
At the beginning of the period   693,712     362,043     815,032     820,165  
Effect of exchange rate changes   3,567     (13,621 )   11,809     (3,798 )
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents   77,716     405,694     (51,846 )   (62,251 )
At September 30,   774,995     754,116     774,995     754,116  
                         
    At September 30,     At September 30,  
Cash and cash equivalents   2012     2011     2012     2011  
Cash at banks, liquidity funds and short-term investments   787,540     764,787     787,540     764,787  
Bank overdrafts   (12,545 )   (10,671 )   (12,545 )   (10,671 )
    774,995     754,116     774,995     754,116