|Olympic Steel Reports First-Quarter 2020 Results
|May 01, 2020 06:30 AM Eastern Time
Disciplined approach to operating expenses and inventory management further strengthens balance sheet and liquidity
CLEVELAND - Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZEUS), a leading national metals service center, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Net income for the first quarter totaled $0.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $2.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019. Sales for the first quarter of 2020 totaled $354 million, compared with $446 million in the first quarter of 2019. The results include $0.5 million of LIFO pre-tax income in the first quarter of 2020, while there was no LIFO adjustment in the first quarter of 2019. The first-quarter earnings impact of LIFO is noted in the reconciliation below.
"We are pleased that our team's efforts resulted in a first-quarter profit despite a challenging environment. Our results include the positive impacts of reducing operating expenses and the continuous improvement of our inventory management. These initiatives, together with our strong balance sheet and liquidity, have created a stronger and more resilient foundation that we believe will enable us to manage through the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Chief Executive Officer Richard T. Marabito.
"We are committed to a safe work environment and are closely following the evolving COVID-19 guidance provided by our government officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including social distancing, restricting travel, disinfecting and sanitizing our facilities, and working remotely whenever possible. We are proud of how our employees have responded and represented Olympic Steel during this difficult time."
Marabito continued, "As an essential business, we continue to safely serve our customers from all of our facilities, and our supply chains remain intact. We have curtailed non-critical spending and quickly right-sized our workforce and inventory to correlate with current business levels. Our decisive actions ensure that Olympic Steel remains a strong, reliable company during this period of economic and end-market uncertainty, with the ability to quickly respond to improved business activity as the United States economy reopens. We finished the quarter with improved liquidity, and approximately $112 million of availability under our asset-based revolving credit facility."
The Board of Directors also approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, which is payable on June 15, 2020, to shareholders of record on June 1, 2020.
The table that follows provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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Reconciliation of Net Income Per Diluted Share to Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Share
The following table reconciles adjusted net income per diluted share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure:
Three Months Ended
Net income per diluted share:
Excluding the following item:
Adjusted net income per diluted share (non-GAAP):
Conference Call and Webcast
A simulcast of Olympic Steel's 2020 first-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 9 a.m. ET on May 1, 2020, and a replay will be available for approximately 14 days thereafter.
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 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, and increased costs and less ability to access funds under our 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, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. 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. 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 30 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.
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Consolidated Statements of Net Income
(in thousands, except per-share data)
Three months ended
Costs and expenses
Cost of materials sold (excludes items shown separately below)
Warehouse and processing
Administrative and general
Total costs and expenses
Other income (loss), net
Income before financing costs and income taxes
Interest and other expense on debt
Income before income taxes
Income tax provision
Earnings per share:
Net income per share - basic
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic
Net income per share - diluted
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
March 31, 2020
Dec. 31, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable, net
Inventories, net (includes LIFO debits of $1,098 and $598 as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 respectively)
Prepaid expenses and other
Total current assets
Property and equipment, at cost
Net property and equipment
Intangible assets, net
Other long-term assets
Right of use asset, net
Other accrued liabilities
Current portion of lease liabilities
Total current liabilities
Credit facility revolver
Other long-term liabilities
Deferred income taxes
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Total shareholders' equity
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
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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 March 31
Carbon Flat Products
Specialty Metals Flat
Tubular and Pipe
Average selling price per ton
Cost of materials sold
Operating income (loss)
Depreciation and amortization
Mar. 31, 2020
Dec. 31, 2019
Tubular and pipe products
(In thousands except per-share data)
Mar. 31, 2020
Dec. 31, 2019
Shareholders' equity per share
Debt to equity ratio
0.68 to 1
0.63 to 1
Three Months Ended March 31
Net cash from (used for) operating activities
Cash dividends per share
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Richard A. Manson
Chief Financial Officer