SOURCE: Ternium S.A.

November 04, 2009 16:00 ET

Ternium Announces Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2009 Results

LUXEMBOURG--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) - Ternium S.A. (NYSE: TX) today announced its results for the third quarter and nine-month period ended September 30, 2009.

The financial and operational information contained in this press release is based on Ternium S.A.'s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and presented in U.S. dollars and metric tons.

Summary of Third Quarter 2009 Results

                                3Q 2009    2Q 2009          3Q 2008

Shipments (tons)               1,683,000  1,519,000    11% 1,844,000    -9%
Net Sales (US$ million)          1,278.8    1,140.3    12%   2,436.9   -48%
Operating Income (Loss) (US$
 million)                          158.9      (52.1)           524.2   -70%
EBITDA (US$ million)               254.3       43.4   486%     636.0   -60%
EBITDA Margin (% of net sales)        20%         4%              26%
EBITDA per Ton, Flat & Long
 Steel (US$)                         147         18   717%       327   -55%
Net Foreign Exchange Result
 (US$ million)                     (47.6)     219.1           (150.1)
Discontinued Operations Result
 (US$ million)                         -      428.0             (2.8)
Net Income (US$ million)           104.7      584.7   -82%     247.3   -58%
Equity Holders' Net Income
 (US$ million)                      88.5      562.8   -84%     211.7   -58%
Earnings per ADS (US$)              0.44       2.81   -84%      1.06   -58%

--  EBITDA(1) of US$254.3 million in the third quarter 2009, up US$210.9
    million quarter-over-quarter, mainly as a result of a US$113 decrease in
    operating cost per ton and a 11% increase in shipments compared to the
    second quarter 2009, as revenue per ton remained relatively stable.
--  Earnings per American Depositary Share (ADS)(2) of US$0.44 in the
    third quarter 2009, which includes a US$0.17 gain as a result of the
    transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela compared to a US$2.31 gain in the
    second quarter 2009.  Additionally, the third quarter 2009 includes a
    US$0.18 non-cash foreign exchange loss per ADS on Ternium's Mexican
    subsidiary's US dollar denominated debt, compared to a US$0.76 gain in the
    second quarter 2009.
--  Positive free cash flow(3) of US$248.2 million in the third quarter
    2009. In addition, Ternium collected a first installment of US$266.5
    million in connection with the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela.
--  Net financial debt(4) of US$485.7 million at the close of the third
    quarter 2009, a decrease of US$520.9 million compared to the company's net
    financial debt at the close of the second quarter 2009.
    

Ternium's operating result in the third quarter 2009 was a gain of US$158.9 million, compared to a loss of US$52.1 million in the second quarter 2009, mainly due to higher shipments and lower operating cost per ton. Ternium's cost of sales in the third quarter 2009 was impacted less than it was in the second quarter 2009 by higher cost inventories manufactured with raw-materials and semi-finished products purchased before input prices declined as a result of the financial crisis. Operating income in the third quarter 2009 was US$365.3 million lower than in the third quarter 2008, mainly due to a 161,000 tons decrease in shipments and a US$530 decrease in revenue per ton, partially offset by a US$356 decrease in operating cost per ton.

Net income was US$104.7 million in the third quarter 2009, compared to net income of US$584.7 million in the second quarter 2009. Net income before discontinued operations and net foreign exchange results was US$214.7 million higher in the third quarter 2009 than in the second quarter 2009, mainly as a result of higher operating income. Additionally, there was a US$428.0 million discontinued operations gain in the second quarter 2009 related to the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela. There also was a US$266.7 million non-cash sequential decrease in net foreign exchange results in the third quarter 2009 from the second quarter 2009 that was offset by changes in Ternium's net equity position in the currency translation adjustments line.

Net income in the third quarter 2009 was US$142.6 million lower than in the third quarter 2008. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a US$365.3 million decline in operating income, partially offset by a net foreign exchange loss that was US$102.5 million lower, a reduction of US$62.5 million in income tax expense and interest income in connection with the Sidor financial asset that was US$38.3 million higher.

Summary of First Nine Months of 2009 Results

                                            9M 2009    9M 2008

Shipments (tons)                           4,706,000  5,996,000    -22%
Net Sales (US$ million)                      3,593.8    6,743.8    -47%
Operating Income (US$ million)                  80.3    1,489.8    -95%
EBITDA (US$ million)                           392.6    1,808.4    -78%
EBITDA Margin (% of net sales)                    11%        27%
EBITDA per Ton, Flat & Long Steel (US$)           76        289    -74%
Net Foreign Exchange Result (US$ million)       10.9      (10.2)
Discontinued Operations Result (US$ million)   428.0      157.1
Net Income (US$ million)                       572.3    1,223.6    -53%
Equity Holders' Net Income (US$ million)       558.1    1,049.4    -47%
Earnings per ADS (US$)                          2.78       5.23    -47%

--  EBITDA(5) of US$392.6 million in the first nine months of 2009, down
    78% compared to the first nine months of 2008, mainly due to lower
    shipments and revenue per ton, partially offset by lower operating cost per
    ton.
--  Earnings per American Depositary Share (ADS) of US$2.78 in the first
    nine months of 2009, which includes a discontinued operations gain of
    US$2.31 per ADS as a result of the transfer of the Sidor shares to
    Venezuela.
--  Positive free cash flow(6) of US$943.4 million in the first nine
    months of 2009.  Ternium reduced its steel inventories by 550,000 tons and
    its capital expenditures by 65% compared to the first nine months of 2008.
    In addition, Ternium collected US$666.5 million in connection with the
    transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela.
    

Ternium's operating result in the first nine months of 2009 was a gain of US$80.3 million, compared to a gain of US$1.5 billion in the first nine months of 2008, as shipments decreased by 1.3 million tons and revenue per ton decreased US$348 year-over-year, while operating cost per ton decreased US$123.

Net income was US$572.3 million in the first nine months of 2009, compared to US$1.2 billion in the first nine months of 2008. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a US$1.4 billion reduction in operating income, partially offset by a US$331.8 million change in income tax results, a US$270.9 million increase in discontinued operations gain and a US$95.4 million higher interest income in connection with the Sidor financial asset.

Outlook

The economic recovery underway in all regions of the world, driven by the government led stimulus packages and the strong performance of the Asian economies, is also benefiting the Latin-American economies. Mexico is still affected by the more gradual recovery in the US, while Argentina is recovering faster, partly as a result of the high price of commodities.

Ternium expects a slight increase in operating income in the fourth quarter 2009 compared to the operating income it achieved in the third quarter 2009 as a result of higher revenue per ton, relatively stable cost per ton and slightly lower shipments mainly due to the year-end seasonal effect.

Analysis of Third Quarter 2009 Results

Net income attributable to the Company's equity holders in the third quarter 2009 was US$88.5 million, compared to US$211.7 million in the third quarter 2008. Including minority interest, net income in the third quarter 2009 was US$104.7 million, compared to US$247.3 million in the third quarter 2008. Earnings per ADS in the third quarter 2009 were US$0.44, compared to US$1.06 in the third quarter 2008.

Net sales in the third quarter 2009 were US$1.3 billion, 48% lower than net sales in the third quarter 2008. Shipments of flat and long products were 1.7 million tons during the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 9% compared to shipment levels in the third quarter 2008, mainly due to a decrease in demand in Ternium's main steel markets. Revenue per ton shipped was US$747 in the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 42% compared to the same quarter in 2008, mainly as a result of lower prices.

                                                           Revenue / ton
                                          Shipments          (US$/ton)
             Net Sales (million US$)   (thousand tons)      3Q   3Q
               3Q 2009 3Q 2008 Dif.  3Q 2009 3Q 2008 Dif.  2009 2008  Dif.

South & Central
 America         443.3   784.4  -43%   513.8   680.4  -24%  863 1,153  -25%
North America    652.1 1,273.4  -49%   872.8   901.8   -3%  747 1,412  -47%
Europe & other    15.6     2.6          25.3     2.8        616   933
               ------- ------- ----  ------- ------- ----  ---- ----- ----
Total flat
 products      1,111.0 2,060.4  -46% 1,411.9 1,585.1  -11%  787 1,300  -39%

South & Central
 America          12.6   104.2  -88%    26.3    86.0  -69%  478 1,212  -61%
North America    134.0   192.0  -30%   244.6   173.3   41%  548 1,108  -51%
Europe & other       -       -             -       -          -     -
               ------- ------- ----  ------- ------- ----  ---- ----- ----
Total long
 products        146.6   296.2  -50%   271.0   259.2    5%  541 1,142  -53%

Total flat and
 long products 1,257.6 2,356.6  -47% 1,682.8 1,844.3   -9%  747 1,278  -42%

Other
 products (1)     21.2    80.3  -74%
               ------- ------- ----

Total Net
 Sales         1,278.8 2,436.9  -48%


 (1) Primarily includes iron ore, pig iron and pre-engineered metal
     buildings.

Sales of flat products during the third quarter 2009 totaled US$1.1 billion, a decrease of 46% compared with the same quarter in 2008. Net sales decreased as a result of lower shipments and revenue per ton. Shipments of flat products totaled 1.4 million tons in the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 11% compared with the same period in 2008, mainly due to less demand in the South & Central American region. Revenue per ton shipped of flat products decreased 39% to US$787 in the third quarter 2009 compared with the same period in 2008, mainly due to lower steel prices.

Sales of long products were US$146.6 million in the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 50% compared to the same period in 2008 mainly due to lower prices, partially offset by higher volumes. Shipments of long products totaled 271,000 tons in the third quarter 2009, a 5% increase versus the same quarter in 2008, due to higher shipments in North America partially offset by lower shipments in South & Central America. Revenue per ton shipped was US$541 in the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 53% compared to the third quarter 2008, mainly due to lower steel prices.

Sales of other products totaled US$21.2 million during the third quarter 2009, compared with US$80.3 million during the third quarter 2008. The decrease was mainly driven by lower iron ore shipments and prices and lower sales of pig iron and pre-engineered metal building systems.

Sales of flat and long products in the North America Region were US$786.2 million in the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 46% versus the same period in 2008, due to lower prices partially offset by higher shipments. Shipments in the region totaled 1,117,000 tons during the third quarter 2009, or 4% higher than in the same period in 2008. Revenue per ton shipped in the region decreased 48% to US$704 in the third quarter 2009 over the same quarter in 2008, mainly due to lower prices.

Flat and long product sales in the South & Central America Region were US$455.9 million during the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 49% versus the same period in 2008, due to lower shipments and prices. Shipments in the region totaled 540,000 tons during the third quarter 2009, or 30% lower than in the third quarter 2008, due to a lower overall steel demand in the region. Revenue per ton shipped was US$844 in the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 27% compared to the same quarter in 2008, mainly due to lower prices.

Cost of sales totaled US$1.0 billion in the third quarter 2009, compared to US$1.7 billion in the third quarter 2008. Cost of sales decreased mainly as a result of lower shipments and lower cost per ton. Cost per ton in the third quarter 2009 decreased year-over-year due to lower cost of raw materials and semi-finished products, the effect of write-down charges in the third quarter 2008, the impact on costs of the Mexican Peso's and Argentine Peso's year-over-year devaluation versus the US dollar and lower energy costs, partially offset by the impact on fixed costs per ton resulting from lower production volumes in the third quarter 2009.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses in the third quarter 2009 were US$114.6 million, or 9% of net sales, compared with US$184.8 million, or 8% of net sales, in the third quarter 2008. The decrease in SG&A was mainly due to the initiatives that Ternium launched to mitigate the downturn, the impact on costs of the Mexican Peso's and Argentine Peso's devaluation versus the US Dollar, lower tax charges and lower freight volumes and prices as a result of lower activity levels.

Operating results in the third quarter 2009 were a gain of US$158.9 million, or 12% of net sales, compared with a gain of US$524.2 million, or 22% of net sales, in the third quarter 2008.

EBITDA(7) in the third quarter 2009 was US$254.3 million, or 20% of net sales, compared with US$636.0 million, or 26% of net sales, in the third quarter 2008.

Net financial results were a loss of US$26.5 million in the third quarter 2009, compared with a loss of US$183.4 million in the third quarter 2008. During the third quarter 2009, Ternium's net interest expenses totaled US$19.8 million, a decrease of US$7.0 million compared to the third quarter 2008 due to lower net indebtedness.

Net foreign exchange result was a loss of US$47.6 million in the third quarter 2009 compared to a loss of US$150.1 million in the same period in 2008. The results were primarily due to the impact of the Mexican Peso's 2% devaluation during the third quarter 2009 and 5% devaluation during the third quarter 2008 on Ternium's Mexican subsidiary's US dollar denominated debt. These results are non-cash when measured in US dollars and are offset by changes in Ternium's net equity position in the currency translation adjustments line, as the value of Ternium Mexico's US dollar denominated debt is not altered by the Mexican Peso's fluctuation when stated in US dollars in Ternium's consolidated financial statements. In accordance with IFRS, Ternium Mexico prepares its financial statements in Mexican Pesos and registers foreign exchange results on its net non-Mexican Pesos positions when the Mexican Peso revaluates or devaluates relative to other currencies.

Interest income on the Sidor financial asset was US$38.3 million in the third quarter 2009. This result is attributable to the Sidor financial asset in connection with the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela on May 7, 2009.

Fair value result of derivative instruments was a gain of US$5.4 million in the third quarter 2009 compared to a loss of US$2.4 million in the third quarter 2008. The result was related to certain derivative instruments entered into mainly to mitigate the impact of interest rate and currency fluctuations.

Income tax expense for the third quarter 2009 was US$28.0 million, or 21% of income before income tax, discontinued operations and minority interest, compared with US$90.5 million in the third quarter 2008, or 27% of income before income tax, discontinued operations and minority interest.

Income attributable to minority interest for the third quarter 2009 was US$16.2 million, compared with US$35.6 million in the third quarter 2008, mainly due to a lower result attributable to minority interest in Siderar.

Analysis of First Nine Months of 2009 Results

Net income attributable to the Company's equity holders for the first nine months of 2009 was US$558.1 million, compared with US$1.0 billion for the first nine months of 2008. Including minority interest, net income for the first nine months of 2009 was US$572.3 million, compared with US$1.2 billion for the first nine months of 2008. Earnings per ADS(8) were US$2.78 in the first nine months of 2009, compared with US$5.23 in the first nine months of 2008.

Net sales in the first nine months of 2009 were US$3.6 billion, 47% lower than net sales in the first nine months of 2008. Shipments of flat and long products were 4.7 million tons during the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 22% compared to shipments in the first nine months of 2008, mainly due to less demand in Ternium's main steel markets. Revenue per ton shipped was US$745 in the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 32% compared to the same period in 2008, mainly as a result of lower prices.

                                                            Revenue / ton
                                          Shipments           (US$/ton)
             Net Sales (million US$)   (thousand tons)      9M    9M
               9M 2009 9M 2008 Dif.  9M 2009 9M 2008 Dif.  2009 2008  Dif.

South & Central
 America       1,170.2 2,140.2  -45% 1,301.7 2,044.3  -36%  899 1,047  -14%
North America  1,755.5 3,559.0  -51% 2,342.3 3,024.0  -23%  749 1,177  -36%
Europe & other   154.5    17.4         273.6    19.1        565   910
               ------- ------- ----  ------- ------- ----  ---- ----- ----
Total flat
 products      3,080.2 5,716.6  -46% 3,917.5 5,087.5  -23%  786 1,124  -30%

South & Central
 America          37.4   202.7  -82%    81.0   210.6  -62%  461   963  -52%
North America    387.4   632.1  -39%   704.7   688.1    2%  550   919  -40%
Europe & other     2.0     5.8           3.0     9.8        667   591
               ------- ------- ----  ------- ------- ----  ---- ----- ----
Total long
 products        426.8   840.6  -49%   788.6   908.5  -13%  541   925  -42%

Total flat and
 long products 3,507.0 6,557.1  -47% 4,706.2 5,995.9  -22%  745 1,094  -32%

Other
 products (1)     86.8   186.6  -54%
               ------- ------- ----

Total Net
 Sales         3,593.8 6,743.8  -47%


 (1) Primarily includes iron ore, pig iron and pre-engineered metal
     buildings.

Sales of flat products during the first nine months of 2009 totaled US$3.1 billion, a decrease of 46% compared with the first nine months of 2008. Net sales decreased as a result of lower shipments and revenue per ton. Shipments of flat products totaled 3.9 million tons in the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 23% compared with the same period in 2008, mainly due to less demand in Ternium's main steel markets. Revenue per ton shipped decreased 30% to US$786 in the first nine months of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008, mainly due to lower steel prices.

Sales of long products were US$426.8 million in the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 49% compared to the same period in 2008, mainly due to lower volumes and prices. Shipments of long products totaled 789,000 tons in the first nine months of 2009, a 13% decrease versus the first nine months of 2008, mainly due to lower billet shipments. Revenue per ton shipped was US$541 in the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 42% compared to the first nine months of 2008, mainly due to lower steel prices.

Sales of other products totaled US$86.8 million during the first nine months of 2009, compared to US$186.6 million during the first nine months of 2008. The decrease was mainly driven by lower iron ore shipments and prices and lower sales of pig iron and pre-engineered metal building systems.

Sales of flat and long products in the North America Region were US$2.1 billion in the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 49% versus the same period in 2008, due to lower shipments and prices. Shipments in the region totaled 3.0 million tons during the first nine months of 2009, or 18% lower than in the same period in 2008, as a result of lower demand in the region's main markets. Revenue per ton shipped in the region decreased 38% to US$703 in the first nine months of 2009 over the same period in 2008, mainly due to lower prices.

Flat and long product sales in the South & Central America Region were US$1.2 billion during the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 48% versus the same period in 2008, due to lower shipments and prices. Shipments in the region totaled 1.4 million tons during the first nine months of 2009, or 39% lower than in the first nine months of 2008, due to the lower overall steel demand in the region. Revenue per ton shipped was US$873 in the first nine months of 2009, a decrease of 16% compared to the same period in 2008, mainly due to lower prices, partially offset by a more favorable product mix.

Cost of sales was US$3.1 billion in the first nine months of 2009 compared to US$4.8 billion in the first nine months of 2008. Cost of sales decreased mainly as a result of lower shipments and lower cost per ton. Cost per ton in the first nine months of 2009 decreased year-over-year due to lower raw materials and semi-finished product costs, lower energy costs, the effect in the first nine months of 2009 of inventory write-downs performed in the second half of 2008 and the impact on costs of the Mexican Peso's and Argentine Peso's year-over-year devaluation versus the US dollar, partially offset by the impact on fixed costs per ton from lower production volumes and higher personnel reduction charges in the first nine months of 2009.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses in the first nine months of 2009 were US$393.7 million, or 11% of net sales, compared with US$509.9 million, or 8% of net sales, in the first nine months of 2008. The decrease in SG&A was mainly due to the initiatives that Ternium launched to mitigate the downturn, the impact on costs of the Mexican Peso's and Argentine Peso's devaluation versus the US Dollar, lower tax charges and lower freight volumes and prices as a result of lower activity levels, partially offset by higher personnel reduction charges.

Operating results in the first nine months of 2009 were a gain of US$80.3 million, or 2% of net sales, compared with a gain of US$1.5 billion, or 22% of net sales, in the first nine months of 2008.

EBITDA(9) in the first nine months of 2009 was US$392.6 million, or 11% of net sales, compared to US$1.8 billion, or 27% of net sales, in the first nine months of 2008.

Net financial results were a gain of US$39.9 million in the first nine months of 2009, compared with a loss of US$115.4 million in the first nine months of 2008. During the first nine months of 2009, Ternium's net interest expenses totaled US$69.3 million, lower than they were during the first nine months of 2008. Lower net indebtedness was partially offset by lower interest rates on Ternium's cash position.

Net foreign exchange result was a gain of US$10.9 million in the first nine months of 2009 compared to a loss of US$10.2 million in the same period in 2008.

Interest income on the Sidor financial asset was US$95.4 million in the first nine months of 2009. This result is attributable to the Sidor financial asset in connection with the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela on May 7, 2009.

Fair value result of derivatives was a gain of US$11.6 million in the first nine months of 2009 compared to a loss of US$3.5 million in the first nine months of 2008. The results were related to certain derivative instruments entered into mainly to mitigate the impact of interest rate and currency fluctuations.

Income tax benefit for the first nine months of 2009 was US$23.2 million, compared with an income tax expense of US$308.6 million, or 22% of income before income tax, discontinued operations and minority interest in the first nine months of 2008. The first nine months of 2009 result included a non-recurring gain of US$35.4 million due to a favorable resolution on a tax-related dispute in Mexico, while the first nine months of 2008 result included a non-recurring gain of US$96.3 million on account of a reversal of deferred statutory profit sharing.

Net result of discontinued operations for the first nine months of 2009 was a gain of US$428.0 million related to the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela on May 7, 2009. Net result of discontinued operations for the first nine months of 2008 was a gain of US$157.1 million, including results from non-core US assets that were sold during the first quarter 2008 and from Ternium's participation in Sidor until March 31, 2008.

Income attributable to minority interest for the first nine months of 2009 was US$14.2 million, compared with a gain attributable to minority interest of US$174.2 million in the first nine months of 2008, mainly due to a lower result attributable to minority interest in Siderar and Ternium Mexico.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

Net cash provided by operating activities in the first nine months of 2009 was US$1.1 billion, compared to net cash used in operating activities of US$58.6 million in the first nine months of 2008. The difference was mainly due to a working capital decrease of US$847.4 million in the first nine months of 2009, compared to a working capital increase of US$1.5 billion in the first nine months of 2008, partially offset by lower operating results. The decrease in working capital in the first nine months of 2009 resulted mainly from a US$660.5 million inventory reduction, a US$151.0 million decrease in trade receivables and a US$101.3 million decrease in other receivables, mainly tax credits, partially offset by a US$37.0 million decrease in other liabilities, mainly labor liabilities, and a US$28.4 million decrease in tax liabilities. Inventories decreased principally as a result of a lower volume of finished goods, goods in process and raw materials, as Ternium implemented a de-stocking process during the first half of 2009 in response to lower demand for steel products, and lower costs. Trade receivables decreased due to lower volumes and sale prices and a lower days' sales ratio during the first nine months of 2009. In the first nine months of 2008, working capital increased by US$1.5 billion mainly as a result of the higher inventory value of goods in process and raw materials and higher trade receivables, partially offset by higher accounts payable, reflecting an increase in inventory volumes, steel prices and costs.

Capital expenditures in the first nine months of 2009 were US$145.8 million, compared to US$415.3 million in the first nine months of 2008. Capital expenditures during the first nine months of 2009 were mainly related to the relining of a blast furnace and the revamping of two coking batteries in Argentina, and to iron ore mining and processing activities in Mexico.

In the first nine months of 2009, Ternium had free cash flow(10) of US$943.4 million, compared to negative free cash flow(10) of US$474.0 million in the first nine months of 2008. In the period, the payments by Corporación Venezolana de Guayana to Ternium for the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela were US$666.5 million. Ternium's net repayment of borrowings in the first nine months of 2009 was US$811.5 million, mostly related to the scheduled repayments of Ternium Mexico's outstanding debt.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter 2009 was US$283.3 million, compared to the US$11.9 million net cash used in operating activities in the third quarter 2008. Working capital decreased US$67.9 million in the third quarter 2009, compared to a working capital increase of US$550.7 million in the third quarter 2008. The decrease in working capital in the third quarter 2009 was mainly due to a US$38.9 million decrease in inventories, a US$38.5 million decrease in other receivables, mainly tax credits, and a US$25.8 million increase in accounts payable, partially offset by a US$29.9 million decrease in other liabilities, mainly labor liabilities.

Capital expenditures in the third quarter 2009 were US$35.1 million, compared to US$168.3 million in the third quarter 2008. In the third quarter 2009, Ternium's free cash flow(11) was US$248.2 million, compared to negative free cash flow(11) of US$180.2 million in the third quarter 2008. In addition, Ternium collected a first installment of US$266.5 million in connection with the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela.

As of September 30, 2009, Ternium's financial debt was US$2.4 billion, while its cash and cash equivalents and other investments totaled US$2.0 billion. Financial debt is mainly comprised of a syndicated loan with scheduled capital repayments of approximately US$500 million in 2010 and 2011, and US$1.3 billion in 2012. Ternium's net debt position(12) of US$485.7 million as of September 30, 2009 decreased by US$1.6 billion compared to its net debt position as of December 31, 2008. The Company maintains sufficient cash and marketable securities and credit facilities to finance normal operations. Although Ternium believes it has access to the credit markets, it has not negotiated additional credit facilities.

Forward Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks include but are not limited to risks arising from uncertainties as to gross domestic product, related market demand, global production capacity, tariffs, cyclicality in the industries that purchase steel products and other factors beyond Ternium's control.

About Ternium

Ternium is a leading steel company in Latin America, manufacturing and processing a wide range of flat and long steel products for customers active in the construction, home appliances, capital goods, container, food, energy and automotive industries. With its principal operations in Mexico and Argentina, Ternium serves markets in the Americas through its integrated manufacturing system and extensive distribution network. The Company has an annual production capacity of approximately nine million tons of finished steel products. More information about Ternium is available at www.ternium.com.

(1) EBITDA in the third quarter 2009 equals operating income of US$158.9 million plus depreciation and amortization of US$95.4 million.

(2) Each American Depositary Share (ADS) represents 10 shares of Ternium's common stock. Results are based on a weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding of 2,004,743,442.

(3) Free cash flow for the third quarter 2009 equals net cash provided by operations of US$283.3 million less capital expenditures of US$35.1 million.

(4) Net financial debt in the third quarter 2009 equals borrowings of US$2.4 billion less cash and cash equivalents of US$1.9 billion and other investments of US$69.5 million.

(5) EBITDA in the first nine months of 2009 equals operating income of US$80.3 million plus depreciation and amortization of US$285.3 million and impairment charges related to intangible assets of US$27.0 million.

(6) Free cash flow for the first nine months of 2009 equals net cash provided by operations of US$1.1 billion less capital expenditures of US$145.8 million.

(7) EBITDA in the third quarter 2009 equals operating income of US$158.9 million plus depreciation and amortization of US$95.4 million.

(8) Each American Depositary Share (ADS) represents 10 shares of Ternium's common stock. Results are based on a weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding of 2,004,743,442.

(9) EBITDA in the first nine months of 2009 equals operating income of US$80.3 million plus depreciation and amortization of US$285.3 million and impairment charges related to intangible assets of US$27.0 million.

(10) Free cash flow for the first nine months of 2009 equals net cash provided by operating activities of US$1.1 billion less capital expenditures of US$145.8 million, while negative free cash flow for the first nine months of 2008 equals net cash used in operating activities of US$58.6 million less capital expenditures of US$415.3 million.

(11) Free cash flow for the third quarter 2009 equals net cash provided by operating activities of US$283.3 million less capital expenditures of US$35.1 million, while negative free cash flow for the third quarter 2008 equals net cash used in operating activities of US$11.9 million less capital expenditures of US$168.3 million.

(12) Net debt position as of September 30, 2009 equals borrowings of US$ 2.4 billion less cash and cash equivalents of US$1.9 billion and other investments of US$69.5 million.

Consolidated income statement

  US$ million    3Q 2009   3Q 2008     Dif.    9M 2009   9M 2008     Dif.

 Net sales       1,278.8   2,436.9  (1,158.1)  3,593.8   6,743.8  (3,150.0)
 Cost of sales  (1,005.4) (1,724.1)    718.7  (3,098.6) (4,751.3)  1,652.7
                --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Gross profit       273.5     712.8    (439.3)    495.2   1,992.5  (1,497.3)
 Selling, general
  and
  administrative
  expenses        (114.6)   (184.8)     70.2    (393.7)   (509.9)    116.2
 Other operating
  (expenses)
  income, net       (0.0)     (3.8)      3.8     (21.1)      7.2     (28.3)
                --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Operating income   158.9     524.2    (365.3)     80.3   1,489.8  (1,409.5)

 Interest expense  (25.6)    (29.1)      3.5     (85.4)   (103.4)     18.0
 Interest income     5.8       2.2       3.6      16.1      26.3     (10.2)
 Interest income
  - Sidor financial
  asset             38.3         -      38.3      95.4         -      95.4
 Other financial
  (expenses)
  income, net      (44.9)   (156.5)    111.6      13.8     (38.3)     52.1

 Equity in
  earnings
  of associated
  companies          0.3      (0.1)      0.4       0.9       0.8       0.2
                --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Income before
 income tax
 expense           132.7     340.6    (208.0)    121.2   1,375.1  (1,254.0)
Income tax
 (expense)
 benefit
 Current and
  deferred income
  tax (expense)
  benefit          (28.0)    (90.5)     62.5      23.2    (404.9)    428.0
 Reversal of
  deferred
  statutory
  profit sharing       -         -         -         -      96.3     (96.3)
Discontinued
 operations            -      (2.8)      2.8     428.0     157.1     270.9
Net income for
 the period        104.7     247.3    (142.6)    572.3   1,223.6    (651.3)

Attributable
 to:
 Equity holders
  of the Company    88.5     211.7    (123.2)    558.1   1,049.4    (491.3)
 Minority
  interest          16.2      35.6     (19.4)     14.2     174.2    (160.0)
                --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
                   104.7     247.3    (142.6)    572.3   1,223.6    (651.3)



Consolidated balance sheet

                                                September 30,  December 31,
                  US$ million                        2009          2008

  Property, plant and equipment, net                  3,967.0       4,212.3
  Intangible assets, net                              1,063.6       1,136.4
  Investment in associated companies                      6.4           5.6
  Sidor financial asset                                 258.2             -
  Other investments, net                                 18.5          16.9
  Receivables, net                                      167.1         120.2
                                                ------------- -------------
Total non-current assets                              5,480.8       5,491.4

  Receivables                                           125.2         249.0
  Derivative financial instruments                        3.9           1.5
  Inventories, net                                    1,093.0       1,826.5
  Trade receivables, net                                467.1         623.0
  Sidor financial asset                                 952.7             -
  Available for sale assets-discontinued
   operations                                               -       1,318.9
  Other investments                                      69.5          90.0
  Cash and cash equivalents                           1,884.4       1,065.6
                                                ------------- -------------
Total current assets                                  4,595.7       5,174.5

Non-current assets classified as held for sale           10.3           5.3

Total assets                                         10,086.9      10,671.2

Shareholders' equity                                  5,073.6       4,597.4
Minority interest in subsidiaries                       916.8         964.1

Minority interest & shareholders' equity              5,990.4       5,561.5

  Provisions                                             20.7          24.4
  Deferred income tax                                   826.8         810.2
  Other liabilities                                     154.9         148.7
  Derivative financial instruments                       35.2          65.8
  Borrowings                                          1,806.5       2,325.9
                                                ------------- -------------
Total non-current liabilities                         2,844.1       3,375.0

  Current tax liabilities                                79.3         194.1
  Other liabilities                                      62.6         103.4
  Trade payables                                        435.5         438.7
  Derivative financial instruments                       41.8          57.2
  Borrowings                                            633.1         941.5
                                                ------------- -------------
Total current liabilities                             1,252.3       1,734.8

                                                ------------- -------------
Total liabilities                                     4,096.5       5,109.8

Total liabilities, minority interest &
 shareholders' equity                                10,086.9      10,671.2




Consolidated cash flow statement

                          3Q      3Q
      US$ million        2009    2008    Dif.   9M 2009   9M 2008     Dif.

Net income from
 continuing operations  104.7   250.1  (145.4)    144.3   1,066.5   (922.2)
 Adjustments for:
 Depreciation and
  amortization           95.4   111.8   (16.4)    285.3     318.7    (33.4)
 Equity in earnings of
  associated companies   (0.3)    0.1    (0.4)     (0.9)     (0.8)    (0.2)
 Changes in provisions    0.2     2.8    (2.7)      2.6       4.7     (2.1)
 Net foreign exchange
  results and others     31.7   137.3  (105.6)      3.2     (20.3)    23.4
 Interest accruals
  less payments          (3.4)   (1.1)   (2.4)     (3.8)    (85.7)    81.9
 Interest income -
  Sidor financial asset (38.3)      -   (38.3)    (95.4)        -    (95.4)
 Income tax accruals
  less payments          25.5    37.7   (12.2)   (120.5)    110.0   (230.5)
 Impairment charge          -       -       -      27.0         -     27.0
 Changes in working
  capital                67.9  (550.7)  618.6     847.4  (1,451.9) 2,299.3
                       ------  ------  ------  --------  --------  -------

Net cash provided by
 (used in) operating
 activities             283.3   (11.9)  295.2   1,089.2     (58.6) 1,147.9

 Capital expenditures   (35.1) (168.3)  133.2    (145.8)   (415.3)   269.5
 Proceeds from sale of
  property, plant &
  equipment               1.6     0.4     1.2       2.3       1.4      0.8
 Acquisition of
  business                  -       -       -      (0.2)        -     (0.2)
 (Increase) Decrease in
  Other Investments     (69.5)  (89.1)   19.6      20.5     (23.8)    44.2
 Proceeds from Sidor
  financial assets      266.5       -   266.5     666.5         -    666.5
 Proceeds from sale of
  discontinued
  operations                -    (3.9)    3.9         -     718.6   (718.6)
 Discontinued operations    -   152.6  (152.6)        -     242.4   (242.4)
                       ------  ------  ------  --------  --------  -------

Net cash provided by
 (used in) investing
 activities             163.6  (108.3)  271.9     543.4     523.4     20.0

 Dividends paid in cash
  and other
  distributions
  to company's equity
  shareholders              -       -       -         -    (100.2)   100.2
 Dividends paid in
  cash and other
  distributions to
  minority shareholders     -       -       -         -     (19.6)    19.6
 Proceeds from
  borrowings             43.9   190.7  (146.8)    205.9     372.0   (166.1)
 Repayment of
  borrowings           (421.0) (142.5) (278.5) (1,017.4) (1,074.0)    56.5
                       ------  ------  ------  --------  --------  -------

Net cash (used in)
 provided by financing
 activities            (377.1)   48.1  (425.3)   (811.5)   (821.8)    10.3

Increase (Decrease) in
 cash and cash
 equivalents             69.7   (72.1)  141.8     821.0    (357.1) 1,178.1





                                 Shipments

           Thousand tons            3Q 2009 3Q 2008 2Q 2009 9M 2009 9M 2008

South & Central America               513.8   680.4   424.2 1,301.7 2,044.3
North America                         872.8   901.8   765.5 2,342.3 3,024.0
Europe & other                         25.3     2.8    77.5   273.6    19.1
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total flat products                 1,411.9 1,585.1 1,267.1 3,917.5 5,087.5

South & Central America                26.3    86.0    31.5    81.0   210.6
North America                         244.6   173.3   220.6   704.7   688.1
Europe & other                            -       -     0.0     3.0     9.8
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total long products                   271.0   259.2   252.2   788.6   908.5

Total flat and long products        1,682.8 1,844.3 1,519.3 4,706.2 5,995.9


                               Revenue / ton

              US$/ton               3Q 2009 3Q 2008 2Q 2009 9M 2009 9M 2008

South & Central America                 863   1,153     870     899   1,047
North America                           747   1,412     729     749   1,177
Europe & other                          616     933     590     565     910
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total flat products                     787   1,300     767     786   1,124

South & Central America                 478   1,212     425     461     963
North America                           548   1,108     538     550     919
Europe & other                            -       -     717     667     591
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total long products                     541   1,142     524     541     925

Total flat and long products            747   1,278     727     745   1,094


                                 Net Sales

            US$ million             3Q 2009 3Q 2008 2Q 2009 9M 2009 9M 2008

South & Central America               443.3   784.4   368.9 1,170.2 2,140.2
North America                         652.1 1,273.4   557.8 1,755.5 3,559.0
Europe & other                         15.6     2.6    45.7   154.5    17.4
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total flat products                 1,111.0 2,060.4   972.4 3,080.2 5,716.6

South & Central America                12.6   104.2    13.4    37.4   202.7
North America                         134.0   192.0   118.6   387.4   632.1
Europe & other                            -       -     0.0     2.0     5.8
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total long products                   146.6   296.2   132.0   426.8   840.6

                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Total flat and long products        1,257.6 2,356.6 1,104.4 3,507.0 6,557.1

Other products (1)                     21.2    80.3    35.9    86.8   186.6
                                    ------- ------- ------- ------- -------

Total net sales                     1,278.8 2,436.9 1,140.3 3,593.8 6,743.8

(1) Primarily includes iron ore, pig iron and pre-engineered metal
    buildings.