Olympic Steel Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Results

23 February 2024

Olympic Steel, Inc. a leading national metals service center, today announced results for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2023.

Fourth-Quarter Results

Net income for the fourth quarter totaled $7.4 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared with net income of $4.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2022. The results include $5.3 million of LIFO pre-tax income in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with $0.9 million of LIFO pre-tax income in the same period a year ago. The fourth quarter 2023 results also include $1.1 million of acquisition-related charges. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $16.7 million, compared with $11.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2023 totaled $489 million, compared with $520 million in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Full-Year Results

Net income for 2023 totaled $44.5 million, or $3.85 per diluted share, compared with net income of $90.9 million, or $7.87 per diluted share, in 2022. The results include $8.3 million of LIFO pre-tax income in 2023, compared with $0.6 million of LIFO pre-tax expense in 2022. The 2023 results also include $5.7 million of acquisition-related charges. Adjusted EBITDA for 2023 was $97.6 million, compared with $152.0 million in 2022. Sales for 2022 totaled $2.2 billion compared with $2.6 billion in 2022.

“Olympic Steel’s strong performance in the fourth quarter and for the full year reflects the success of our strategy to build a more diversified company that delivers results and creates shareholder value even under challenging market conditions,” said Richard T. Marabito, Chief Executive Officer. “For the second year in a row, we withstood a hot-rolled carbon steel index pricing decline of more than 45% during the year. Despite significant pricing fluctuations, we continue to deliver on our commitment to achieve more consistent, profitable results.”

Marabito said, “All three of our business segments positively impacted Olympic Steel’s results for the fourth quarter and full year. Our Pipe and Tube business delivered its second most profitable year ever, and our Carbon business showed its resiliency in navigating the pricing pressures of 2023. While Specialty Metals faced industry-wide stainless steel pricing headwinds, this segment contributed consistent positive EBITDA for both the fourth quarter and the full year.”

Marabito continued, “Our inventory management and strong cash flow have fortified our balance sheet. During 2023, we invested $170 million in the highly accretive Metal-Fab and Central Tube and Bar acquisitions, with both investments producing immediate, strong EBITDA returns. However, our total debt increased by only $25 million to $190 million at year-end, with availability of approximately $339 million. Our disciplined approach and financial strength provide the capacity to invest in higher-return opportunities, while simultaneously rewarding our shareholders with an increased quarterly dividend.”

The Company’s Board of Directors approved a regular first quarter 2024 cash dividend of $0.15 per share, which is an increase of $0.025 per share from the Company’s last quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share. This marks the third increase since 2022, cumulatively raising the quarterly dividend from $0.02 per share to $0.15 per share. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2024 to shareholders on record as of March 4, 2024. The Company expects to maintain the quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share on a regular basis, subject to Board approval. The Company has paid a regular quarterly dividend since March 2006.

Marabito concluded, “As we head into 2024, Olympic Steel is stronger than ever. We remain committed to our disciplines around working capital, operating expenses, cash flow and debt, while we seek opportunities to further expand our portfolio of higher-return, higher-value-add products. We are confident in our ability to build on our success, drive profitable growth and deliver strong value for shareholders.”

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

Conference Call and Webcast

A simulcast of Olympic Steel’s 2023 fourth-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 February 23, 2023, 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 of falling metals prices and inventory devaluation; supply disruptions and inflationary pressures, including the availability and rising costs of labor and energy; risks associated with shortages of skilled labor, increased labor costs and our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; rising interest rates and their impacts on our variable interest rate debt; supplier consolidation or addition of new capacity; risks associated with the invasion of Ukraine, including economic sanctions, and the conflicts in the Middle East, or additional war, military conflict, or hostilities could adversely affect global metals supply and pricing; general and global business, economic, financial and political conditions, including, but not limited to, recessionary conditions and legislation passed under the current administration; reduced production schedules, layoffs or work stoppages by our own, our suppliers’ or customers’ personnel; risks associated with supply chain disruption resulting from the imbalance of metal supply and end-user demands, including additional shutdowns as a result of infectious disease outbreaks in large markets, such as China, and other factors; our ability to successfully integrate recent acquisitions, including CTB and Metal-Fab 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; the adequacy of our existing information technology and business system software, including duplication and security processes; 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; 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 last-in, first-out, or LIFO, inventory valuation; risks associated with infectious disease outbreaks, including, but not limited to 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 net realizable value inventory adjustments and the impairment of intangible and long-lived assets, negative impacts on our liquidity position, inability to access our traditional financing sources 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; increased customer demand without corresponding increase in metal supply could lead to an inability to meet customer demand and result in lower sales and profits; competitive factors such as the availability, and global pricing of metals and production levels, industry shipping and inventory levels and rapid fluctuations in customer demand and metals pricing; customer, supplier and competitor consolidation, bankruptcy or insolvency; the timing and outcomes of inventory lower of cost or net realizable value adjustments and LIFO income or expense; cyclicality and volatility within the metals industry; 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; 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; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including impairment charges related to indefinite lived intangible assets; our ability to generate free cash flow through operations and repay debt; the amounts, successes and our ability to continue our capital investments and strategic growth initiatives, including acquisitions and our business information system implementations; events or circumstances that could adversely impact the successful operation of our processing equipment and operations; 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; 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; our ability to sell shares of our common stock under the at-the-market equity program; 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 adjusted EBITDA, and management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally for planning and forecasting purposes and to measure the performance of the Company. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful and meaningful information to us and investors because they enhance investors’ understanding of the continuing operating performance of our business and facilitate the comparison of performance between past and future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures 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 these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is provided above.

About Olympic Steel

Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel (NASDAQ: ZEUS) is a leading U.S. metals service center focused on the direct sale and value-added processing of carbon and coated sheet, plate, and coil products; stainless steel sheet, plate, bar and coil; aluminum sheet, plate and coil; pipe, tube, bar, valves and fittings; tin plate and metal-intensive end-use products, including bollards, water treatment systems; commercial, residential and industrial venting and air filtration systems; Wright® brand self-dumping hoppers; and EZ-Dumper® dump inserts. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Olympic Steel operates from 47 facilities.

Richard A. Manson
Chief Financial Officer
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