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Olympic Steel Reports Second-Quarter 2020 Results

·15 mins read

Company is benefiting from decisive actions to tightly manage expenses, inventory and liquidity while retaining flexibility to respond to fluctuations in demand

Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZEUS), a leading national metals service center, today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

Net loss for the second quarter totaled $6.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019. The results include $0.5 million of LIFO pre-tax income and $3.6 million of restructuring and other charges in the second quarter of 2020, which together negatively impacted earnings by $0.18 per share. The charges include a loss on the sale of idled real estate, the decision to begin the process of exiting a leased facility in Monterrey, Mexico, and COVID-19-related severance and bad debt expense. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $0.5 million, compared with $10.5 million in the same period a year ago. The impact of LIFO and the restructuring and other charges, along with a reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Share and Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, are included below.

Sales for the second quarter of 2020 totaled $248 million, compared with $429 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decline in sales during the current quarter was the result of lower average selling prices and a significant decline in volume driven by the downturn in industrial markets and temporary closures in the automotive industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I want to thank the Olympic Steel team for their resilience and flexibility in the face of the unprecedented business conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we have reinforced our commitment to a safe work environment, maintained operations as an essential business, and continued to be a reliable partner to our customers and suppliers," said Chief Executive Officer Richard T. Marabito.

"As the pandemic began to affect the U.S. economy, we quickly took decisive actions to sustainably reduce operating expenses, limit capital expenditures to safety and maintenance needs, further tighten inventory management, and preserve liquidity. As a result, while many of our key markets faced extreme disruption and volatility, we benefited from a significantly lower expense run rate and the ability to efficiently respond to fluctuations in demand, resulting in positive adjusted EBITDA for the quarter. Our pipe and tube and specialty metals businesses were particularly resilient, with both segments delivering consistent profitability in a difficult market."

Marabito concluded, "We believe that market conditions will continue to improve and expect the third quarter to be sequentially better than the second quarter. Our operational flexibility and strong liquidity position, along with the diversification we’ve built into our business, give us the foundation to manage through the ongoing challenges. As we look ahead, we believe that the fortitude of our team and the agility of our company position Olympic Steel to capitalize on sustained economic and industry momentum as it occurs."

The Board of Directors also approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, which is payable on September 15, 2020, to shareholders of record on September 1, 2020.

The table that follows provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Olympic Steel, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income Per Diluted Share to Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Share

(Figures may not foot due to rounding.)

The following table reconciles adjusted net income per diluted share to the most directly comparable GAAP

financial measure:

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income per diluted share (GAAP):

$

(0.56

)

$

0.18

$

(0.51

)

$

0.36

Excluding the following items:

LIFO (income) / expense

(0.03

)

(0.02

)

(0.06

)

(0.02

)

Restructuring and other charges:

Net loss on sale of assets

0.13

0.13

Mexico facility exit

0.05

0.05

COVID-related severance and bad debt expense

0.03

0.03

Adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share (non-GAAP):

$

(0.38

)

$

0.16

$

(0.35

)

$

0.34

Olympic Steel, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands)

The following table reconciles adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure:

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income (GAAP):

$

(6,454

)

$

2,081

$

(5,861

)

$

4,155

Excluding the following items:

Foreign exchange (income) loss included in net income

26

59

43

45

Interest and other expenses on debt

1,891

3,174

4,130

6,416

Income tax provision (benefit)

(2,948

)

626

(2,746

)

1,398

Depreciation and amortization

4,927

4,817

9,840

9.567

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)

(2,558

)

10,757

5,406

21,581

LIFO income

(500

)

(250

)

(1,000

)

(250

)

Restructuring and other charges:

Net loss on sale of assets

2,109

-

2,109

-

Mexico facility exit

900

-

900

-

COVID-related severance and bad debt expense

577

-

577

-

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$

528

$

10,507

$

7,992

$

21,331

Conference Call and Webcast

A simulcast of Olympic Steel’s 2020 second-quarter earnings conference call can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.olysteel.com. The live simulcast will begin at 10 a.m. ET on August 6, 2020, and a replay will be available for approximately 14 days thereafter.

Forward-Looking Statements

It is the Company’s policy not to endorse any analyst’s sales or earnings estimates. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "anticipate," "should," "intend," "expect," "believe," "estimate," "project," "plan," "potential," and "continue," as well as the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks associated with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic, including, but not limited to supply chain disruptions and customer closures, reduced sales and profit levels, slower payment of accounts receivable and potential increases in uncollectible accounts receivable, falling metals prices that could lead to lower of cost or market inventory adjustments and the impairment of intangible and long-lived assets, reduced availability and productivity of our employees, increased operational risks as a result of remote work arrangements, including the potential effects on internal controls, as well as cybersecurity risks and increased vulnerability to security breaches, information technology disruptions and other similar events, negative impacts on our liquidity position, inability to access our traditional financing sources on the same or reasonably similar terms as were available before the COVID-19 pandemic and increased costs associated with and less ability to access funds under our asset-based credit facility, or ABL Credit Facility, and the capital markets; risks of falling metals prices and inventory devaluation; general and global business, economic, financial and political conditions, including the 2020 U.S. election; competitive factors such as the availability, global pricing of metals and production levels, industry shipping and inventory levels and rapid fluctuations in customer demand and metals pricing; the levels of imported steel in the United States and the tariffs initiated by the U.S. government in 2018 under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and imposed tariffs and duties on exported steel or other products, U.S. trade policy and its impact on the U.S. manufacturing industry; cyclicality and volatility within the metals industry; fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar and the related impact on foreign steel pricing, U.S. exports, and foreign imports to the United States; the successes of our efforts and initiatives to improve working capital turnover and cash flows, and achieve cost savings; our ability to generate free cash flow through operations and repay debt; the availability and rising costs of transportation and logistical services; customer, supplier and competitor consolidation, bankruptcy or insolvency; reduced production schedules, layoffs or work stoppages by our own, our suppliers’ or customers’ personnel; the adequacy of our existing information technology and business system software, including duplication and security processes; the adequacy of our efforts to mitigate cyber security risks and threats, especially with employees working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the amounts, successes and our ability to continue our capital investments and strategic growth initiatives, including acquisitions and our business information system implementations; our ability to successfully integrate recent acquisitions into our business and risks inherent with the acquisitions in the achievement of expected results, including whether the acquisition will be accretive and within the expected timeframe; events or circumstances that could adversely impact the successful operation of our processing equipment and operations; rising interest rates and their impacts on our variable interest rate debt; the impacts of union organizing activities and the success of union contract renewals; changes in laws or regulations or the manner of their interpretation or enforcement could impact our financial performance and restrict our ability to operate our business or execute our strategies; events or circumstances that could impair or adversely impact the carrying value of any of our assets; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including impairment charges related to indefinite lived intangible assets; the timing and outcomes of inventory lower of cost or market adjustments and last-in, first-out, or LIFO, income or expense; the inflation or deflation existing within the metals industry, as well as product mix and inventory levels on hand, which can impact our cost of materials sold as a result of the fluctuations in the LIFO inventory valuation; our ability to pay regular quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; our ability to repurchase shares of our common stock and the amounts and timing of repurchases, if any; and unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation, arbitration and environmental matters, including any developments that would require any increase in our costs for such contingencies.

In addition to financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP, this document also contains adjusted earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Management’s view of the Company’s performance includes adjusted earnings per share, and management uses this non-GAAP financial measure internally for planning and forecasting purposes and to measure the performance of the Company. We believe this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful and meaningful information to us and investors because it enhances investors’ understanding of the continuing operating performance of our business and facilitates the comparison of performance between past and future periods. This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, the presentation of these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is provided above.

About Olympic Steel

Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel is a leading U.S. metals service center focused on the direct sale of processed carbon, coated and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate steel, aluminum, tin plate, and metal-intensive branded products. The Company’s CTI subsidiary is a leading distributor of steel tubing, bar, pipe, valves and fittings, and fabricator of value-added parts and components. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Olympic Steel operates from 31 facilities in North America.

For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.olysteel.com or https://olysteel.irpass.com/Contact_Us?BzID=2195.

Olympic Steel, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Net Income

(in thousands, except per-share data)

Three months ended

Six months ended

June 30

June 30

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

248,296

$

429,151

$

602,676

$

875,070

Costs and expenses

Cost of materials sold (excludes items shown separately below)

196,237

351,494

478,759

717,876

Warehouse and processing

19,626

25,123

42,702

50,734

Administrative and general

17,011

19,396

36,070

39,525

Distribution

9,618

12,495

21,907

25,330

Selling

5,923

7,420

12,733

14,760

Occupancy

2,439

2,466

5,099

5,264

Depreciation

4,559

4,488

9,075

8,919

Amortization

368

329

765

648

Total costs and expenses

255,781

423,211

607,110

863,056

Operating income (loss)

(7,485

)

5,940

(4,434

)

12,014

Other income (loss), net

(26

)

(59

)

(43

)

(45

)

Income (loss) before financing costs and income taxes

(7,511

)

5,881

(4,477

)

11,969

Interest and other expense on debt

1,891

3,174

4,130

6,416

Income (loss) before income taxes

(9,402

)

2,707

(8,607

)

5,553

Income tax provision (benefit)

(2,948

)

626

(2,746

)

1,398

Net income (loss)

$

(6,454

)

$

2,081

$

(5,861

)

$

4,155

Earnings per share:

Net income (loss) per share - basic

$

(0.56

)

$

0.18

$

(0.51

)

$

0.36

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

11,446

11,415

11,445

11,482

Net income (loss) per share - diluted

$

(0.56

)

$

0.18

$

(0.51

)

$

0.36

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

11,446

11,415

11,445

11,482

Olympic Steel, Inc.

Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

As of

June 30, 2020

As of

Dec. 31, 2019

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,105

$

5,742

Accounts receivable, net

129,618

133,572

Inventories, net (includes LIFO debits of $1,598 and $598 as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 respectively)

269,721

273,531

Prepaid expenses and other

8,766

6,997

Total current assets

415,210

419,842

Property and equipment, at cost

419,050

416,511

Accumulated depreciation

(268,422

)

(260,264

)

Net property and equipment

150,628

156,247

Goodwill

3,423

3,423

Intangible assets, net

28,623

29,259

Other long-term assets

16,675

14,439

Right of use asset, net

28,576

26,345

Total assets

$

643,135

$

649,555

Liabilities

Accounts payable

$

65,933

$

69,452

Accrued payroll

8,903

13,196

Other accrued liabilities

13,615

12,850

Current portion of lease liabilities

5,994

5,589

Total current liabilities

94,445

101,087

Credit facility revolver

196,946

192,925

Other long-term liabilities

18,999

14,068

Deferred income taxes

10,068

12,262

Lease liabilities

22,739

20,861

Total liabilities

343,197

341,203

Shareholders' Equity

Preferred stock

-

-

Common stock

131,803

131,647

Treasury stock

-

(335

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(4,885

)

(2,281

)

Retained earnings

173,020

179,321

Total shareholders' equity

299,938

308,352

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

643,135

$

649,555

Olympic Steel, Inc.

Segment Financial Information

(In thousands, except tonnage and per-ton data. Figures may not foot to consolidated totals due to Corporate expenses.)

Three months ended June 30,

Carbon Flat Products

Specialty Metals Flat

Products

Tubular and Pipe

Products

2020

2019

2020

2019

2020

2019

Tons sold

184,824

267,202

24,337

37,392

N/A

N/A

Net sales

$

140,811

$

255,870

$

54,495

$

96,058

$

52,990

$

77,223

Average selling price per ton

762

958

2,239

2,569

N/A

N/A

Cost of materials sold

114,925

212,784

45,083

82,195

36,229

56,515

Gross profit

25,886

43,086

9,412

13,863

16,761

20,708

Operating expenses (1)

35,314

42,614

7,421

9,895

14,536

16,232

Operating income (loss)

$

(9,428

)

$

472

$

1,991

$

3,968

$

2,225

$

4,476

Depreciation and amortization

$

3,070

$

2,960

$

447

$

436

$

1,368

$

1,379

Six months ended June 30,

Carbon Flat Products

Specialty Metals Flat

Products

Tubular and Pipe

Products

2020

2019

2020

2019

2020

2019

Tons sold

447,934

540,373

58,907

73,176

N/A

N/A

Net sales

$

343,778

$

534,406

$

142,983

$

184,155

$

115,915

$

156,509

Average selling price per ton

767

989

2,427

2,517

N/A

N/A

Cost of materials sold

278,062

446,100

121,318

158,440

79,379

113,336

Gross profit

65,716

88,306

21,665

25,715

36,536

43,173

Operating expenses (1)

76,490

86,608

16,939

19,503

30,006

33,082

Operating income (loss)

$

(10,774

)

$

1,698

$

4,726

$

6,212

$

6,530

$

10,091

Depreciation and amortization

$

6,080

$

5,774

$

944

$

962

$

2,732

$

2,747

(1) For the three and six months period ended June 30, 2020, the operating expenses of the Carbon Flat Products segment include $3.6 million of restructuring and other charges.

As of

June 30,

2020

As of

Dec. 31,

2019

Assets

Flat-products

$

422,104

$

432,566

Tubular and pipe products

220,070

215,841

Corporate

961

1,148

Total assets

$

643,135

$

649,555

Other Information

(in thousands except per-share and ratio data)

As of

June 30,

2020

As of

Dec. 31,

2019

Shareholders' equity per share

$

27.08

$

28.04

Debt to equity ratio

0.66 to 1

0.63 to 1

Six Months Ended June 30

2020

2019

Net cash from operating activities

$

3,512

$

52,187

Cash dividends per share

$

0.04

$

0.04

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200806005461/en/

Contacts

Richard A. Manson
Chief Financial Officer
(216) 672-0522
ir@olysteel.com