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Russel Metals Announces 2016 Annual and Fourth Quarter Results

Friday, Feb 17, 2017

Russel Metals Inc. (RUS - TSX) today announced financial results for the 2016 fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31

 

Year Ended

December 31

       
 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

               

Revenues

$

654

 

$

673

 

$

2,579

 

$

3,112

               

EBIT 1

$

19

 

$

(29)

 

$

93

 

$

57

               

Net Income (Loss)

$

23

 

$

(135)

 

$

63

 

$

(88)

               

Earnings per Share

$

0.37

 

$

(2.19)

 

$

1.02

 

$

(1.42)

               

Cash from Operations

$

55

 

$

188

 

$

172

 

$

366

               

Dividends paid 2

$

0.38

 

$

0.38

 

$

1.52

 

$

1.52

 

All amounts are reported in millions of Canadian dollars except per share, which is in Canadian dollars

 

1 EBIT is a non-GAAP measure.  EBIT represents earnings before interest and taxes.

2 Dividends paid during the period.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, we reported net income of $63 million, or $1.02 per share on revenues of $2.6 billion.  These results compare to a loss of $88 million or $1.42 per share on revenues of $3.1 billion in 2015.  The 2016 net income includes a pre-tax gain on sale of certain properties in Arkansas, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario of $28 million or $0.27 per share and withholding tax on the repatriation of funds from the United States to Canada of $3 million or $0.03 per share.

Revenues of $330 million in our metals service center segment were 1% higher than the 2015 fourth quarter due to higher selling prices as the selling price per ton increased by 1% over the 2015 comparable quarter.  Tons shipped remained consistent compared to the 2015 fourth quarter.  Gross margin was 20.6% compared to 19.1% for the fourth quarter of 2015 due to our continued growth in value-added processing.  Our metals service center operating profits in the 2016 fourth quarter were $7 million which was 71% stronger than the 2015 fourth quarter, mainly due to the improved margins.

Fourth quarter 2016 revenues in our energy products segment decreased 12% to $242 million compared to the 2015 fourth quarter due to continued reduced activity in the energy sector as North American rig counts remained at historic lows.  Gross margin percentage of 13.8% in the 2016 fourth quarter was double the 2015 fourth quarter.  Inventory provisions of $5 million were recorded in the 2016 fourth quarter compared to $27 million in the 2015 fourth quarter.  Operating expenses were reduced by 15% from 2015 levels as our operations continued to reduce costs to coincide with the lower activity levels.  Operating profits were $5 million in the 2016 fourth quarter compared to an operating loss of $15 million in the same quarter last year.

Revenues in our steel distributors segment in the 2016 fourth quarter of $79 million were 11% higher than the 2015 fourth quarter.  Gross margin as a percentage of revenues was 16.1% compared to negative margins in the same period in 2015 as metal prices have significantly improved over 2015 levels.  Inventory provisions of $1 million were recorded in the 2016 fourth quarter compared to $19 million in the same quarter last year.  Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $8 million compared to a loss of $18 million in 2015 as a result of stronger pricing.

Mr. Brian R. Hedges, CEO commented "I am pleased that the pricing environment improved late in 2016. We look forward to a positive first quarter of 2017 and a pickup in demand compared to 2016.  Our increased profitability in 2016 reflects the constant attention of our operators to match expenses with business activity and their focus on managing the working capital levels of their businesses."

Mr. Hedges continued, "In the 2016 fourth quarter we optimized the utilization of two operations through the sale of properties.  In addition we repatriated US$40 million in funds from our U.S. operations to reduce our future interest cost."

Reconciliation of Net Earnings

       

(millions, net of tax)

Quarters Ended December 31

 

Year Ended December 31

 

2016

2015

 

2016

2015

       

GAAP Net Earnings

$

23

$

(135)

 

$

63

$

(88)

   

Less:

 
 

Sale of Properties

(17)

-

 

(17)

-

           
 

Asset Impairments

-

115

 

-

115

   
 

Change in Fair Value

 
   

of Contingent Consideration

-

(21)

 

-

(27)

   
 

Product Warranty Claim and other

2

19

 

2

19

       

Adjusted Net Earnings

$

8

$

(22)

 

$

48

$

19

       

The Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.38 per common share payable March 15, 2017 to shareholders of record as of March 3, 2017.

The Company will be holding an Investor Conference Call on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET to review its 2016 fourth quarter results.  The dial-in telephone numbers for the call are 416-764-8688 (Toronto and International callers) and 1-888-390-0546 (U.S. and Canada).  Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the call to ensure that you get a line.

A replay of the call will be available at 416-764-8677 (Toronto and International callers) and 1-888-390-0541 (U.S. and Canada) until midnight ET Friday March 3, 2017.  You will be required to enter pass code 348549# in order to access the call.

Additional supplemental financial information is available in our investor conference call package located on our website at www.russelmetals.com.

About Russel Metals

Russel Metals is one of the largest metals distribution companies in North America.  It carries on business in three metals distribution segments: metals service centers, energy products and steel distributors, under various names including Russel Metals, A.J. Forsyth, Acier Leroux, Acier Loubier, Alberta Industrial Metals, Apex Distribution, Apex Monarch, Apex Remington, Apex Western Fiberglass, Arrow Steel Processors, B&T Steel, Baldwin International, Comco Pipe and Supply, Fedmet Tubulars, JMS Russel Metals, Leroux Steel, McCabe Steel, Mégantic Métal, Métaux Russel, Métaux Russel Produits Spécialisés, Milspec, Norton Metals, Pioneer Pipe, Russel Metals Processing, Russel Metals Specialty Products, Russel Metals Williams Bahcall, Spartan Energy Tubulars, Sunbelt Group, Triumph Tubular & Supply, Wirth Steel and York-Ennis.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements as to our future capital expenditures, our outlook, the availability of future financing and our ability to pay dividends.  Forward-looking statements relate to future events or our future performance.  All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe" and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us, inherently involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements, including the factors described below.

We are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which could have a material adverse effect on our future profitability and financial position, including the risks and uncertainties listed below, which are important factors in our business and the metals distribution industry.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the volatility in metal prices; volatility in oil and natural gas prices; cyclicality of the metals industry and the industries that purchase our products; decreased capital and other expenditures in the energy industry; product claims from customers; significant competition that could reduce our market share; the interruption in sources of metals supply; manufacturers selling directly to our customer base; material substitution; credit risk of our customers; lack of credit availability; change in our credit ratings; currency exchange risk; restrictive debt covenants; non-cash asset impairments; the unexpected loss of key individuals; decentralized operating structure; the availability of future acquisitions and their integration; the failure of our key computer-based systems, including our enterprise resource and planning systems, failure to renegotiate any of our collective agreements and work stoppages; litigious business environment; environmental liabilities; environmental concerns or changes in government regulations; legislation on carbon emissions; workplace health and safety laws and regulations; significant changes in laws and governmental regulations; fluctuation of our common share price; dilution; and variability of dividends.

While we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct, and our forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be unduly relied upon.  These statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, we do not assume any obligation to update our forward-looking statements.  Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements including as a result of the risk factors described above and under the heading "Risk" in our MD&A and under the heading "Risk Management and Risks Affecting Our Business" in our most recent Annual Information Form and are otherwise disclosed in our filings with securities regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (LOSS)

 
     
 

Quarters ended

Years ended

 

December 31

December 31

(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data)

2016

2015

2016

2015

 

Revenues

$

653.6

$

673.0

$

2,578.6

$

3,111.6

Cost of materials

536.6

604.7

2,076.9

2,624.6

Employee expenses

64.5

55.6

250.5

254.8

Other operating expenses

35.4

42.0

159.9

174.8

Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets

-

123.5

-

123.5

Gain on sale of properties

(27.7)

-

(27.7)

-

Product warranty provision

-

20.0

-

20.0

Earnings (loss) before interest, finance expense

 
 

and provision for income taxes

44.8

(172.8)

119.0

(86.1)

Interest expense

5.2

11.9

21.7

40.6

Other finance income

-

(21.2)

-

(26.7)

Earnings (loss) before provision for income taxes

39.6

(163.5)

97.3

(100.0)

Provision for (recovery of) income taxes

16.9

(28.2)

34.5

(12.4)

Net earnings (loss) for the period

$

22.7

$

(135.3)

$

62.8

$

(87.6)

Basic earnings (loss) per common share

$

0.37

$

(2.19)

$

1.02

$

(1.42)

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$

0.36

$

(2.19)

$

1.01

$

(1.42)

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

     
 

Quarters ended

Years ended

 

December 31

December 31

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Net earnings (loss) for the period

$

22.7

$

(135.3)

$

62.8

$

(87.6)

Other comprehensive income

 

Items that may be reclassified to earnings

 
 

Unrealized foreign exchange (losses) gains on

 
   

translation of foreign operations

11.6

15.0

(14.8)

82.8

Items that may not be reclassified to earnings

 
 

Actuarial gains on pension and similar

 
   

obligations, net of taxes

8.0

3.4

0.8

0.9

Other comprehensive income (loss)

19.6

18.4

(14.0)

83.7

Total comprehensive income (loss)

$

42.3

$

(116.9)

$

48.8

$

(3.9)

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

     
 

December 31

December 31

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

2016

2015

ASSETS

 

Current

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

181.8

$

143.4

 

Accounts receivable

359.4

333.5

 

Inventories

615.8

712.5

 

Prepaid expenses

8.5

10.7

 

Income taxes

6.6

24.2

 

1,172.1

1,224.3

   

Property, Plant and Equipment

239.7

267.8

Deferred Income Tax Assets

5.9

15.8

Financial and Other Assets

5.1

7.1

Goodwill and Intangibles

85.7

92.0

 

$

1,508.5

$

1,607.0

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

Current

 
 

Bank indebtedness

$

34.9

$

94.2

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

313.5

303.1

 

Income taxes payable

5.3

0.4

 

Current portion long-term debt

0.1

0.5

 

353.8

398.2

Long-Term Debt

295.8

295.2

Pensions and Benefits

11.0

21.7

Deferred Income Tax Liabilities

14.5

14.2

Provisions and Other Non-Current Liabilities

8.1

8.8

 

683.2

738.1

Shareholders' Equity

 
 

Common shares

532.4

531.7

 

Retained earnings

161.9

192.1

 

Contributed surplus

15.9

15.2

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

115.1

129.9

Total Shareholders' Equity

825.3

868.9

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

1,508.5

$

1,607.0

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASHFLOW

     
 

Quarters ended

Years ended

 

December 31

December 31

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Operating activities

 
 

Net earnings (loss) for the period

$

22.7

$

(135.3)

$

62.8

$

(87.6)

 

Depreciation and amortization

8.7

8.7

35.1

35.1

 

Provision for (recovery of) income taxes

16.9

(28.2)

34.5

(12.4)

 

Interest expense

5.2

11.9

21.7

40.6

 

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

(28.6)

0.1

(29.2)

(1.9)

 

Share-based compensation

0.2

0.3

0.9

1.2

 

Difference between pension expense and

 
   

amount funded

(0.4)

(2.0)

(9.7)

(3.9)

 

Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets

-

123.5

-

123.5

 

Debt accretion, amortization and other

0.2

5.4

0.7

9.5

 

Interest paid

(10.9)

(11.3)

(22.7)

(38.5)

 

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

-

(21.2)

-

(26.7)

Cash from operating activities

 
 

before non-cash working capital

14.0

(48.1)

94.1

38.9

Changes in non-cash working capital items

 
 

Accounts receivable

(11.4)

111.8

(26.1)

258.1

 

Inventories

24.7

119.8

92.5

276.3

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

19.9

7.0

12.2

(172.6)

 

Other

1.8

0.2

2.2

0.8

Change in non-cash working capital

35.0

238.8

80.8

362.6

 

Income tax paid, net

5.9

(2.6)

(2.9)

(35.3)

Cash from operating activities

54.9

188.1

172.0

366.2

Financing activities

 
 

Increase (decrease) in bank borrowings

(80.3)

80.6

(59.3)

70.0

 

Issue of common shares

0.6

0.1

0.6

0.5

 

Dividends on common shares

(23.5)

(23.5)

(93.8)

(93.8)

 

Issuance of long-term debt

-

-

0.2

-

 

Repayment of long-term debt

(0.4)

(174.5)

(0.7)

(174.9)

 

Deferred financing

-

-

-

(1.0)

Cash used in financing activities

(103.6)

(117.3)

(153.0)

(199.2)

Investing activities

 
 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(5.0)

(8.8)

(16.7)

(38.3)

 

Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment

40.4

0.1

45.8

3.3

 

Purchase of business

(4.7)

-

(4.7)

(27.3)

 

Proceeds on sale of investment

1.8

-

1.8

-

 

Payment of contingent consideration

-

-

(0.1)

(17.5)

Cash from (used in) investing activities

32.5

(8.7)

26.1

(79.8)

Effect of exchange rates on cash

 
 

and cash equivalents

5.2

(13.1)

(6.7)

2.8

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(11.0)

49.0

38.4

90.0

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period

192.8

94.4

143.4

53.4

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year

$

181.8

$

143.4

$

181.8

$

143.4

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

           
       

Accumulated

 
       

Other

 
 

Common

Retained

Contributed

Comprehensive

 

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

Shares

Earnings

Surplus

Income

Total

Balance, January 1, 2016

$

531.7

$

192.1

$

15.2

$

129.9

$

868.9

Payment of dividends

-

(93.8)

-

-

(93.8)

Net income for the year

-

62.8

-

-

62.8

Other comprehensive income

 
 

for the year

-

-

-

(14.0)

(14.0)

Recognition of share-based

 
 

compensation

-

-

0.9

-

0.9

Share options exercised

0.7

-

(0.2)

-

0.5

Transfer of net actuarial gains

 
 

on defined benefit plans

-

0.8

-

(0.8)

-

Balance, December 31, 2016

$

532.4

$

161.9

$

15.9

$

115.1

$

825.3

 

       

Accumulated

Equity

 
       

Other

Component

 
 

Common

Retained

Contributed

Comprehensive

of Convertible

 

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

Shares

Earnings

Surplus

Income

Debentures

Total

Balance, January 1, 2015

$

531.2

$

344.0

$

14.1

$

47.1

$

28.6

$

965.0

Payment of dividends

-

(93.8)

-

-

-

(93.8)

Net loss for the year

-

(87.6)

-

-

-

(87.6)

Other comprehensive income

 
 

for the year

-

-

-

83.7

-

83.7

Recognition of share-based

 
 

compensation

-

-

1.2

-

-

1.2

Share options exercised

0.5

-

(0.1)

-

-

0.4

Redemption of debentures

-

28.6

-

-

(28.6)

-

Transfer of net actuarial gains

 
 

on defined benefit plans

-

0.9

-

(0.9)

-

-

Balance, December 31, 2015

$

531.7

$

192.1

$

15.2

$

129.9

$

-

$

868.9

 

Source:prnewswire.com

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