SOURCE: AK Steel

AK Steel

October 25, 2016 08:30 ET

AK Steel Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2016

Company Earns Net Income of $50.9 Million for the Third Quarter

WEST CHESTER, OH--(Marketwired - Oct 25, 2016) - AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2016.

3rd Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Net income of $50.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in the third quarter 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $156.6 million increased 31% from the third quarter 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 10.8% from 7.0% in the third quarter 2015
  • Solid liquidity of nearly $1.1 billion

AK Steel reported net income of $50.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share of common stock, for the third quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $6.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015. The company's adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section below) of $156.6 million, or 10.8% of net sales, for the third quarter of 2016 increased from adjusted EBITDA of $120.0 million, or 7.0% of net sales, for the year ago third quarter.

"We continue to see benefits from our decision to focus on higher-value products, optimize our footprint and reduce our exposure to commodity products," said Roger K. Newport, Chief Executive Officer of AK Steel. "De-emphasizing commodity products and introducing new products, such as our recently announced NEXMET™ line of next-generation advanced high strength steels, are examples of our ongoing work to differentiate ourselves in the market today and for the future, and to drive long-term shareholder value."

Primarily as a result of the Company's decision to reduce sales of commodity products, net sales decreased 15% to $1.45 billion for the third quarter of 2016 from $1.71 billion in the third quarter of 2015. Shipments of 1,425,900 tons for the third quarter of 2016 were 24% less than the 1,871,200 tons from the third quarter a year ago. As a result of a better product mix and a more favorable selling environment, selling price per ton increased 11% to $1,016 from $912 for the same quarter a year ago.

The improved product mix, higher average selling price per ton, improved carbon steel market prices, focus on cost reductions and lower raw material costs contributed to the 31% increase in adjusted EBITDA. Results for the quarter included a LIFO credit of $24.2 million, compared to a LIFO credit of $44.8 million in the third quarter a year ago. Costs for planned outages for the third quarter of 2016 were $16.9 million, as compared to $11.8 million from the same quarter a year ago.

The company ended the third quarter of 2016 with total liquidity of $1,079 million, consisting of cash and cash equivalents and $1,034 million of availability under the company's revolving credit facility.

Nine-Month Results
For the first nine months of 2016, the company reported net income of $54.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $363.6 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, in the corresponding nine months of 2015. The first nine months of 2015 included an impairment charge of $256.3 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, to fully impair the company's investment in Magnetation LLC.

Sales for the first nine months of 2016 were $4.46 billion compared to sales of $5.15 billion in the same period a year ago. Shipments for the first nine months of 2016 were 4,639,600 tons compared to 5,433,400 tons in the first nine months of 2015. Average selling prices for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 of $960 per ton were 1% higher than our average selling prices of $947 per ton for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, reflecting our focus on a higher-value sales mix, partially offset by lower year-over-year pricing for spot markets and much of our sales under contracts.

The company's focus on higher value steels, improved carbon steel market prices, cost reduction efforts, strong operational performance and footprint optimization improved adjusted EBITDA to $337.0 million, or 7.5% of net sales, for the first nine months of 2016, from adjusted EBITDA of $225.1 million, or 4.4% of net sales, for the same period in 2015. The first nine months of 2016 included LIFO credits of $15.8 million, compared to LIFO credits of $96.7 million in the first nine months of 2015. The company incurred costs of $40.0 million during the first nine months of 2016 for planned outages, compared to $43.6 million during the first nine months of 2015.

AK Steel
AK Steel is a leading producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, and carbon and stainless tubular products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati), the company employs approximately 8,500 men and women at eight steel plants, two coke plants and two tube manufacturing operations across six states (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) and one tube plant in Mexico. Additional information about AK Steel is available at www.aksteel.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements made or incorporated by reference in this Current Report on Form 8-K reflect management's estimates and beliefs and are intended to be "forward-looking statements" identified in the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "plans," "estimates" and other similar references to future periods typically identify forward-looking statements. The company cautions readers that forward-looking statements reflect the company's current beliefs and judgments, but are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes. They are based on a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently affected by economic, competitive, regulatory, and operational risks, uncertainties and contingencies that are beyond the company's control, and upon assumptions about future business decisions and conditions that may change.

Forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve risks and uncertainties, resulting in the possibility that actual events or performance will differ materially from such predictions as a result of certain risk factors, including reduced selling prices, shipments and profits associated with a highly competitive and cyclical industry; increased global steel production and imports; changes in the cost of raw materials and energy; the company's significant amount of debt and other obligations; severe financial hardship or bankruptcy of one or more of the company's major customers or key suppliers; reduced demand in key product markets due to competition from aluminum or other alternatives to steel; excess inventory of raw materials; supply chain disruptions or poor quality of raw materials; production disruption or reduced production levels; the company's healthcare and pension obligations; not reaching new labor agreements on a timely basis; major litigation, arbitrations, environmental issues and other contingencies; regulatory compliance and changes; climate change and greenhouse gas emission limitations; financial, credit, capital and banking markets; derivative contracts to hedge commodity pricing volatility; potential permanent idling of facilities; inability to fully realize benefits of margin enhancement initiatives; information technology security threats and cybercrime; as well as those risks and uncertainties discussed in more detail in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as updated in subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. As such, the company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only to the company's plans, assumptions and expectations as of the date hereof. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

   
AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Unaudited)  
(Dollars and shares in millions, except per share and per ton data)  
                       
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
  2016     2015     2016     2015  
Shipments (000 tons)   1,425.9       1,871.2       4,639.6       5,433.4  
Selling price per ton $ 1,016     $ 912     $ 960     $ 947  
                               
Net sales $ 1,452.9     $ 1,709.9     $ 4,463.9     $ 5,150.2  
                               
Cost of products sold   1,194.1       1,524.4       3,884.6       4,712.2  
Selling and administrative expenses   80.0       65.7       205.7       198.4  
Depreciation   53.7       55.5       161.7       166.6  
Pension and OPEB expense (income)   (5.7 )     (15.9 )     (29.5 )     (48.1 )
  Total operating costs   1,322.1       1,629.7       4,222.5       5,029.1  
Operating profit   130.8       80.2       241.4       121.1  
Interest expense   40.3       43.0       124.5       130.4  
Impairment of Magnetation investment   --       --       --       (256.3 )
Other income (expense)   (7.0 )     4.3       (5.6 )     (10.9 )
Income (loss) before income taxes   83.5       41.5       111.3       (276.5 )
Income tax expense   14.6       17.2       4.1       39.5  
Net income (loss)   68.9       24.3       107.2       (316.0 )
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   18.0       17.6       52.6       47.6  
Net income (loss) attributable to AK Steel Holding Corporation $ 50.9     $ 6.7     $ 54.6     $ (363.6 )
Basic and diluted earnings per share:                              
  Net income (loss) attributable to AK Steel Holding Corporation $ 0.21     $ 0.04     $ 0.26     $ (2.05 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding:                              
  Basic   237.5       177.2       210.6       177.1  
  Diluted   238.4       177.5       211.4       177.1  
                                 
                                 
                                 
AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Unaudited)  
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)  
           
  September 30,
2016
    December 31,
2015
 
ASSETS              
Current assets:              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 57.5     $ 56.6  
  Accounts receivable, net   489.0       444.9  
  Inventory, net   1,088.4       1,226.3  
  Other current assets   66.1       78.4  
    Total current assets   1,701.0       1,806.2  
Property, plant and equipment   6,565.3       6,466.0  
Accumulated depreciation   (4,537.7 )     (4,379.5 )
Property, plant and equipment, net   2,027.6       2,086.5  
Other non-current assets   192.2       191.7  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 3,920.8     $ 4,084.4  
               
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT)              
Current liabilities:              
  Accounts payable $ 639.5     $ 703.4  
  Accrued liabilities   248.7       261.5  
  Current portion of pension and other postretirement benefit obligations   46.2       77.7  
    Total current liabilities   934.4       1,042.6  
Non-current liabilities:              
  Long-term debt   2,000.2       2,354.1  
  Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations   1,131.0       1,146.9  
  Other non-current liabilities   130.4       136.4  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   4,196.0       4,680.0  
               
Equity (deficit):              
  Common stock, authorized 450,000,000 shares of $0.01 par value each; issued 238,841,983 and 178,284,137 shares in 2016 and 2015; outstanding 238,269,413 and 177,893,562 shares in 2016 and 2015   2.4       1.8  
  Additional paid-in capital   2,520.0       2,266.8  
  Treasury stock, common shares at cost, 572,570 and 390,575 shares in 2016 and 2015   (2.4 )     (2.0 )
  Accumulated deficit   (3,002.4 )     (3,057.0 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (164.2 )     (187.2 )
    Total stockholders' equity (deficit)   (646.6 )     (977.6 )
  Noncontrolling interests   371.4       382.0  
TOTAL EQUITY (DEFICIT)   (275.2 )     (595.6 )
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT) $ 3,920.8     $ 4,084.4  
               

On September 7, 2016, the Company's shareholders approved an amendment of the Company's Restated Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance from 300,000,000 to 450,000,000.

   
AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(Unaudited)  
(Dollars in millions)  
     
  Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2016     2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:              
  Net income (loss) $ 107.2     $ (316.0 )
  Depreciation   150.8       155.9  
  Depreciation--SunCoke Middletown   10.9       10.7  
  Amortization   14.3       17.0  
  Impairment of Magnetation investment   --       256.3  
  Deferred income taxes   6.1       37.8  
  Pension and OPEB expense (income)   (29.5 )     (48.1 )
  Contributions to pension trust   --       (24.1 )
  Contributions to retirees VEBA   --       (3.1 )
  Other pension payments   (32.6 )     (1.3 )
  Other postretirement benefit payments   (24.3 )     (32.9 )
  Changes in working capital   37.5       122.0  
  Other operating items, net   47.5       25.9  
    Net cash flows from operating activities   287.9       200.1  
               
Cash flows from investing activities:              
  Capital investments   (81.9 )     (71.0 )
  Proceeds from sale of equity investee   --       25.0  
  Other investing items, net   2.2       1.5  
    Net cash flows from investing activities   (79.7 )     (44.5 )
               
Cash flows from financing activities:              
  Net borrowings (payments) under credit facility   (360.0 )     (55.0 )
  Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt   380.0       --  
  Redemption of long-term debt   (392.8 )     (10.1 )
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock   249.4       --  
  Debt issuance costs   (20.4 )     --  
  SunCoke Middletown distributions to noncontrolling interest owners   (63.2 )     (69.7 )
  Other financing items, net   (0.3 )     (1.0 )
    Net cash flows from financing activities   (207.3 )     (135.8 )
               
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   0.9       19.8  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   56.6       70.2  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 57.5     $ 90.0  
               
               
AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in millions)
 

In certain of its disclosures in this news release, the company has reported adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin that exclude the effects of noncontrolling interests and an impairment charge for its investment in Magnetation. EBITDA is an acronym for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. It is a metric that is sometimes used to compare the results of different companies by removing the effects of different factors that might otherwise make comparisons inaccurate or inappropriate. The adjusted results, although not financial measures under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and not identically applied by other companies, facilitate the ability to analyze the company's financial results in relation to those of its competitors and to the company's prior financial performance by excluding items that otherwise would distort the comparison. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin are not, however, intended as alternative measures of operating results or cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Neither current nor potential investors in the company's securities should rely on adjusted EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA margin as a substitute for any GAAP financial measure and the company encourages current and potential investors to review the following reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA.

   
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA  
   
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(dollars in millions, except per ton)   2016     2015     2016     2015  
Net income (loss) attributable to AK Steel Holding   $ 50.9     $ 6.7     $ 54.6     $ (363.6 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     18.0       17.6       52.6       47.6  
Income tax expense (benefit)     14.6       17.2       4.1       39.5  
Interest expense     40.3       43.0       124.5       130.4  
Interest income     (0.3 )     (0.3 )     (1.2 )     (0.9 )
Depreciation     53.7       55.5       161.7       166.6  
Amortization     1.1       1.5       4.2       7.5  
EBITDA     178.3       141.2       400.5       27.1  
Less: EBITDA of noncontrolling interests (a)     21.7       21.2       63.5       58.3  
Impairment of Magnetation investment     --       --       --       256.3  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 156.6     $ 120.0     $ 337.0     $ 225.1  
Adjusted EBITDA margin     10.8 %     7.0 %     7.5 %     4.4 %
                                 

(a) The reconciliation of EBITDA of noncontrolling interests to net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is as follows:

         
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  (dollars in millions)   2016   2015   2016   2015
  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   $ 18.0   $ 17.6   $ 52.6   $ 47.6
  Depreciation     3.7     3.6     10.9     10.7
  EBITDA of noncontrolling interests   $ 21.7   $ 21.2   $ 63.5   $ 58.3
                           
                           
                           
AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION
STEEL SHIPMENTS
(Unaudited)
(Tons in thousands)
               
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
Tons Shipped by Product              
Stainless/electrical 212.2   216.1   663.1   667.0
Coated 758.1   883.4   2,414.6   2,493.2
Cold-rolled 219.3   344.6   777.9   998.2
Tubular 28.0   28.8   88.7   87.9
Subtotal value-added shipments 1,217.6   1,472.9   3,944.3   4,246.3
Hot-rolled 168.7   354.0   573.0   1,046.1
Secondary 39.6   44.3   122.3   141.0
Subtotal non value-added shipments 208.3   398.3   695.3   1,187.1
Total shipments 1,425.9   1,871.2   4,639.6   5,433.4
               
Shipments by Product (%)              
Stainless/electrical 14.9%   11.5%   14.3%   12.3%
Coated 53.2%   47.2%   52.0%   45.9%
Cold-rolled 15.4%   18.4%   16.8%   18.4%
Tubular 1.9%   1.6%   1.9%   1.6%
Subtotal value-added shipments 85.4%   78.7%   85.0%   78.2%
Hot-rolled 11.8%   18.9%   12.4%   19.2%
Secondary 2.8%   2.4%   2.6%   2.6%
Subtotal non value-added shipments 14.6%   21.3%   15.0%   21.8%
Total shipments 100.0%   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%
               

Contact Information

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    Media
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    Corporate Manager, Communications and Public Relations
    (513) 425-2510

    Investors
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    General Manager, Investor Relations
    (513) 425-5215