Schnitzer Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Preliminary Results and Earnings Date

─ Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call 11:30 a.m. Eastern April 6, 2017 ─

PORTLAND, Ore.--()--Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCHN) today announced preliminary results for its second quarter ended February 28, 2017. Schnitzer expects second quarter earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.37 - $0.40 and adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.34 - $0.37. This expected performance compares favorably to results from continuing operations in the prior year second quarter of a loss per share of $1.48 and an adjusted loss per share of $0.25, and in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 of a loss per share of $0.05 and an adjusted loss per share of $0.03. For a reconciliation of adjusted results to U.S. GAAP, see the table provided in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2017, Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) is expected to more than double its operating income compared to the first quarter, delivering operating income in the range of $25 - $27 million, or operating income per ferrous ton of $29 - $31, driven by a combination of higher selling prices, metal spread expansion, and sustained benefits from our cost savings and productivity initiatives. Average ferrous selling prices are expected to be approximately 27% higher sequentially and 47% higher than the prior year quarter. Ferrous sales volumes are expected to be approximately 2% higher sequentially and 16% higher than the prior year quarter. AMR’s expected second quarter results include an estimated $4 million favorable impact from average inventory accounting which compares to an adverse impact of $2 million and $1 million in the first quarter and prior year quarter, respectively.

In the Steel Manufacturing Business, operating performance was impacted by higher beginning inventory costs following the major equipment upgrade in the first quarter, increased raw material costs which rose faster than selling prices, and continued high levels of imports. These factors are expected to contribute to an operating loss of approximately $2 million for the second quarter, an improvement of approximately $1 million sequentially. Finished steel average selling prices are expected to increase approximately 5% sequentially and 3% from the prior year quarter. Sales volumes are expected to be approximately 5% higher sequentially and 4% lower from the prior year quarter.

The Company expects to deliver an estimated $6 million of higher benefits from its targeted cost reductions and productivity initiatives in the second quarter as compared to the prior year quarter. Consolidated financial performance is expected to include Corporate expense of approximately $10 million, an increase sequentially and year-over-year primarily due to higher incentive compensation expense reflecting improved financial performance. The Company’s effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 5%. Total debt was $209 million as of the end of the second quarter.

The preliminary information provided above is based on the Company’s current estimate of its financial results for the second quarter ended February 28, 2017 and remains subject to change based on final review of the Company’s second quarter financial results.

Schnitzer will report its second quarter fiscal 2017 financial results on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and will webcast a conference call to discuss the performance at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on the same day. The webcast of the call and the accompanying slide presentation may be accessed on Schnitzer’s website under the Investor section Event Calendar at The call will be hosted by Tamara L. Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard D. Peach, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Corporate Operations.

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About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in the United States with operating facilities located in 23 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company’s integrated operating platform also includes auto parts stores with approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing business produces finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains expected performance based on adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI, which is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided reconciliations of this measure for each period discussed to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure. Management believes that providing adjusted non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful presentation of our results from business operations excluding adjustments for a goodwill impairment charge, other asset impairment charges, restructuring charges and other exit-related activities, recoveries related to the resale or modification of previously contracted shipments, and income tax expense (benefits) associated with these adjustments, items which are not related to underlying business operational performance, and improves the period-to-period comparability of our results from business operations. Adjusted operating results in fiscal 2015 excluded the impact of the resale or modification of the terms, each at significantly lower prices due to sharp declines in selling prices, of certain previously-contracted bulk shipments for delivery during fiscal 2015. Recoveries resulting from settlements with the original contract parties, which began in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, are reported within SG&A expense in the quarterly statements of operations and are also excluded from the measure. This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure.


Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share From Continuing Operations Attributable to SSI

2Q17     1Q17     2Q16
High     Low        
Income (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ 0.40 $ 0.37 $ (0.05 ) $ (1.48 )
Goodwill impairment charge, per share 0.33
Other asset impairment charges, per share 0.01 0.68
Restructuring charges and other exit-related activities, per share (0.02 ) (0.02 ) 0.01 0.19
Recoveries related to the resale or modification of previously contracted shipments, per share (0.01 ) (0.01 ) (0.01 )
Income tax expense (benefit) allocated to adjustments, per share(1)           0.03  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI(2) $ 0.37   $ 0.34   $ (0.03 )     $ (0.25 )
(1)       Income tax allocated to the aggregate adjustments reconciling reported and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI is determined based on a tax provision calculated with and without the adjustments.
(2) May not foot due to rounding.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Statements and information included in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except as noted herein or as the context may otherwise require, all references to “we,” “our,” “us,” and “SSI” refer to the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding future events or our expectations, intentions, beliefs and strategies regarding the future, which may include statements regarding trends, cyclicality and changes in the markets we sell into; the Company’s outlook or expected results, including pricing, sales volumes and profitability; strategic direction; changes to manufacturing and production processes; the cost of and the status of any agreements or actions related to our compliance with environmental and other laws; expected tax rates, deductions and credits; the realization of deferred tax assets; planned capital expenditures; liquidity positions; ability to generate cash from continuing operations; the potential impact of adopting new accounting pronouncements; obligations under our retirement plans; benefits, savings or additional costs from business realignment, cost containment and productivity improvement programs; and the adequacy of accruals.

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Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Investor Relations:
Alexandra Deignan, 646-278-9711


Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Investor Relations:
Alexandra Deignan, 646-278-9711