PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCHN) today announced preliminary results for its third quarter of fiscal 2019 ended May 31, 2019.
Schnitzer expects fiscal 2019 third quarter earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.52 - $0.56 and adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.58 - $0.62, a sequential improvement from the second quarter reported and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.46 and $0.48, respectively. For the third quarter of fiscal 2018, reported and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.31 and $1.26, respectively, reflecting significantly higher ferrous and nonferrous selling prices. For a reconciliation of adjusted results to U.S. GAAP, see the table provided in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.
Divisional Operating Performance
Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) expects to report operating income in the range of $28 million - $29 million. Operating income per ferrous ton is expected to be in the range of $30 - $31, which is an improvement of $5 - $6 per ferrous ton sequentially but is lower than the prior year third quarter. Sequentially, AMR’s expected performance reflects benefits from higher ferrous and nonferrous sales volumes which were up approximately 9%, seasonally improved supply flows and retail sales, and continuing benefits from productivity initiatives. Year-over-year, AMR’s performance is expected to decrease primarily due to lower average net nonferrous selling prices of approximately 16% and lower average net selling prices for ferrous products of approximately 13%, partially offset by the benefits from productivity initiatives.
Cascade Steel and Scrap (CSS) expects to report operating income of approximately $8 million, which is a $2 million improvement sequentially but is lower than the prior year third quarter. Sequentially, the expected improvement in performance is due primarily to the benefits of seasonally higher finished steel sales volumes of 38% and significantly increased utilization, which more than offset the impact of lower average net selling prices which were down approximately 5%, and high beginning inventory costs resulting from lower production in the second quarter. The expected year-over-year decrease in CSS’s performance primarily reflects lower finished steel sales volumes, the impact of the high beginning inventory costs, and a $1 million impact from a spike in gas prices in March, partially offset by benefits from productivity initiatives.
Consolidated financial performance in the third quarter is expected to include Corporate expense of approximately $13 million compared to Corporate expense of $8 million in the second quarter and $14 million in the prior year third quarter. Sequentially, the expected increase in expense is driven by a $2 million charge related to the settlement of a wage and hour class action lawsuit and higher incentive compensation accruals. The expected year-over-year decrease in expense is driven primarily by lower incentive compensation accruals and benefits from productivity initiatives, partially offset by the class action settlement charge. The Company’s effective tax rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 is expected to be an expense of approximately 26%.
For the third quarter, the Company expects to report operating cash flow in the range of $32 million - $37 million. As of the end of the third quarter, total debt was $142 million and debt, net of cash, was $134 million (for a reconciliation of debt, net of cash, see the table provided in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section). This represents a total debt reduction of $21 million during the quarter.
The preliminary information provided above is based on the Company’s current estimates of its financial results for the quarter ended May 31, 2019 and remains subject to change based on final review of the Company’s third quarter financial results.
Schnitzer will report its third quarter fiscal 2019 financial results on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 and will host a webcast 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 Company > Investors > Event Calendar at www.schnitzersteel.com/events. The call will be hosted by Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard 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 North America 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 operations produce 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 a reconciliation of this measure for each period discussed to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure. Management believes that presenting non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful presentation of our results from business operations excluding adjustments for a charge related to the settlement of a wage and hour class action lawsuit, asset impairment charges net of recoveries, restructuring charges and other exit-related activities, and the income tax expense (benefit) allocated to 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. Further, management believes that debt, net of cash is a useful measure for investors because, as cash and cash equivalents can be used, among other things, to repay indebtedness, netting this against total debt is a useful measure of our leverage. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.
Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations Attributable to SSI
|($ per share)|
|Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI||$||0.56||$||0.52||$||0.46||$||1.31|
|Charge related to the settlement of a wage and hour class action lawsuit||0.08||0.08||—||—|
|Asset impairment charges (recoveries), net||—||—||—||(0.05||)|
|Restructuring charges and other exit-related activities||—||—||0.02||—|
|Income tax expense (benefit) allocated to adjustments||(0.02||)||(0.02||)||—||—|
|Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI||$||0.62||$||0.58||$||0.48||$||1.26|
Debt, Net of Cash
The following is a reconciliation of debt, net of cash (in millions):
|May 31, 2019||February 28, 2019||August 31, 2018|
|Less: cash and cash equivalents||8||13||5|
|Total debt, net of cash(1)||$||134||$||150||$||103|
|(1) May not foot due to rounding.|
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