SOURCE: Ternium S.A.

Ternium S.A.

February 22, 2011 05:30 ET

Ternium Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results

LUXEMBOURG--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) - Ternium S.A. (NYSE: TX) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2010.

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 Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

                              4Q 2010       3Q 2010            4Q 2009

Shipments (tons)             2,106,000  2,009,000     5%   1,655,000    27%
Net Sales (US$ million)        1,927.5    1,877.2     3%     1,365.2    41%
Operating Income (US$
 million)                        133.7      267.6   -50%       216.1   -38%
EBITDA (US$ million)             237.0      362.3   -35%       315.9   -25%
EBITDA Margin (% of net
 sales)                           12.3%      19.3%              23.1%
EBITDA per Ton, Flat & Long
 Steel (US$)                       109        172   -37%         177   -39%
Net Foreign Exchange Result
 (US$ million)                    23.5       32.0               72.2
Net Income (US$ million)         102.8      200.8   -49%       194.8   -47%
Equity Holders' Net Income
 (US$ million)                    77.5      151.7   -49%       159.3   -51%
Earnings per ADS (US$)            0.39       0.76   -49%        0.79   -51%

-- EBITDA(1) of US$237.0 million in the fourth quarter 2010, down 35%
   compared to the third quarter 2010 as a result of higher cost per ton
   and lower revenue per ton, partially offset by a slight increase in
   shipments. EBITDA(2) of US$1.4 billion in 2010, up 103% year-over-year.
-- Earnings per American Depositary Share (ADS)(3) of US$0.39 in the fourth
   quarter 2010 compared to US$0.76 in the third quarter 2010.  EPADS of
   US$3.10 in 2010, down 13% year-over-year.
-- Net cash position of US$0.7 billion as of December 31, 2010.

Ternium's operating income in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$133.7 million, a decrease of US$133.9 million compared to the third quarter 2010, mainly due to higher cost per ton as a result of increased raw material and purchased slab prices and a slight reduction in revenue per ton, partially offset by an increase in shipments. Shipments increased 97,000 tons in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the third quarter 2010, mainly due to a 75,000 ton increase in shipments in the North America Region and an 18,000 ton increase in the South & Central America Region.

Operating income in the fourth quarter 2010 decreased US$82.4 million when compared to the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to higher cost per ton partially offset by higher revenue per ton and shipments. Cost per ton increased year-over-year mainly as a result of higher raw material and purchased slab prices. Shipments and revenue per ton increased in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the fourth quarter 2009 in all of Ternium's regions.

Ternium's net income in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$102.8 million, a decrease of US$98.0 million compared to the third quarter 2010 mainly due to the above mentioned US$133.9 million decrease in operating income and a US$14.2 million decrease in net financial income, partially offset by a US$47.7 million decrease in income tax expense.

Summary of Full Year 2010 Results

                                                2010              2009

Shipments (tons)                              8,055,000   6,361,000     27%
Net Sales (US$ million)                         7,382.0     4,959.0     49%
Operating Income (US$ million)                  1,053.9       296.4    256%
EBITDA (US$ million)                            1,437.2       708.5    103%
EBITDA Margin (% of net sales)                     19.5%       14.3%
EBITDA per Ton, Flat & Long Steel (US$)             170         103     65%
Net Foreign Exchange Result (US$ million)         123.7        83.1
Discontinued Operations Result (US$ million)          -       428.0
Net Income (US$ million)                          779.5       767.1      2%
Equity Holders' Net Income (US$ million)          622.1       717.4    -13%
Earnings per ADS (US$)                             3.10        3.58    -13%

-- EBITDA of US$1.4 billion in 2010, an increase of US$728.7 million
   compared to 2009, mainly due to higher revenue per ton and shipments,
   partially offset by higher cost per ton.
-- Earnings per ADS of US$3.10 in 2010, compared to US$3.58 in 2009.
   Earnings per ADS in 2009 included a US$2.05 after-tax discontinued
   operations gain as a result of the transfer of the Sidor shares to
   Venezuela.

Ternium's operating income in 2010 was US$1.1 billion, compared to US$296.4 million in 2009. The increase was mainly due to a US$137 increase in revenue per ton and a 1.7 million ton increase in shipments, partially offset by a US$57 increase in operating cost per ton. Shipments and revenue per ton in 2009 were significantly impacted by the global economic downturn during the period.

Net income was US$779.5 million in 2010, compared to US$767.1 million in 2009. There were no discontinued operations results in 2010, whereas there was a US$428.0 million discontinued operations gain in 2009 related to the transfer of the Sidor shares to Venezuela. The year-over-year change in net income also included the above mentioned US$757.6 million increase in operating income and a US$315.4 million increase in income tax expense.

Repurchase of Ternium Shares from Usiminas and Closing of Secondary Public Offering

Following the closing of an underwritten public offering by Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais S.A. -- Usiminas ("Usiminas") of Ternium ADSs on February 15, 2011, Ternium and its controlling shareholder Techint Holdings S.àr.l. ("Techint") purchased from Usiminas 41,666,666 and 27,777,780 Ternium shares, respectively. On February 18, 2011, following the sale of additional shares pursuant to the exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option, the ADSs available for trading, or the "free float," have increased from 13.65% to 24.44% of the Company's share capital.

Annual Dividend Proposal

Ternium's board of directors proposed that an annual dividend of US$0.075 per share (US$0.75 per ADS), or approximately US$150.4 million in the aggregate, be approved at the company's annual general shareholders' meeting, which is scheduled to be held on June 1, 2011. If the annual dividend is approved at the shareholders' meeting, it will be paid on June 9, 2011.

Outlook

Ternium expects the NAFTA region to accelerate its growth rate in 2011, with higher industrial activity in Mexico driving local demand for steel products. The company also anticipates that South America's economies will continue to grow during 2011.

Ternium expects an improvement in operating income in the first quarter 2011 compared to the fourth quarter 2010, mainly as a result of a recovery in operating margin in the North America Region due to an increase in prices and higher shipment levels, partially offset by an increase in cost per ton during the same period.

Analysis of Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

Net income attributable to Ternium's equity holders in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$77.5 million, compared to US$159.3 million in the fourth quarter 2009. Including minority interest, net income for the fourth quarter 2010 was US$102.9 million, compared to US$194.8 million in the fourth quarter 2009. Earnings per ADS in the fourth quarter 2010 were US$0.39, compared to US$0.79 in the fourth quarter 2009.

Net sales in the fourth quarter 2010 were US$1.9 billion, 41% higher than net sales in the fourth quarter 2009. Shipments of flat and long products were 2.1 million tons during the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 27% compared to shipments in the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to an increase in demand in Ternium's main steel markets. Revenue per ton shipped was US$900 in the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 13% compared to the same quarter in 2009, mainly as a result of higher prices.


                       Net Sales             Shipments       Revenue / ton
                     (million US$)        (thousand tons)      (US$/ton)
                   4Q       4Q           4Q      4Q          4Q    4Q
                   2010    2009  Dif.   2010    2009  Dif.  2010  2009 Dif.
  North America    859.8   616.4  39%   979.6   772.3  27%   878   798  10%
  South &
   Central
   America         798.3   546.9  46%   773.7   602.0  29% 1,032   909  14%
  Europe & other     9.9     6.5         16.1    13.4        619   482
                 ------- ------- ---  ------- ------- ---  ----- ----- ---
Total flat
 products        1,668.1 1,169.8  43% 1,769.3 1,387.6  28%   943   843  12%

  North America    170.7   124.6  37%   252.3   226.5  11%   677   550  23%
  South &
   Central
   America          48.1    20.0 141%    64.8    37.5  73%   742   533  39%
  Europe & other     9.8     1.5         20.1     3.1        490   500
                 ------- ------- ---  ------- ------- ---  ----- ----- ---
Total long
 products          228.6   146.1  56%   337.1   267.0  26%   678   547  24%
Total flat and
 long products   1,896.7 1,315.9  44% 2,106.4 1,654.6  27%   900   795  13%
Other products
 (1)                30.9    49.3 -37%
                 ------- ------- ---
Total Net Sales  1,927.5 1,365.2  41%

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

Sales of flat products during the fourth quarter 2010 were US$1.7 billion, an increase of 43% compared with the same quarter in 2009. Net sales increased as a result of higher shipments and revenue per ton. Shipments of flat products were 1.8 million tons in the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 28% compared with the same period in 2009, mainly due to an increase in demand in Ternium's main steel markets. Revenue per ton shipped increased 12% to US$943 in the fourth quarter 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, mainly due to higher prices.

Sales of long products were US$228.6 million in the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 56% compared to the same period in 2009 mainly due to higher shipments and revenue per ton. Shipments of long products totaled 337,100 tons in the fourth quarter 2010, a 26% increase versus the same quarter in 2009. Revenue per ton shipped was US$678 in the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 24% compared to the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to higher prices in Ternium's main steel markets.

Sales of other products totaled US$30.9 million during the fourth quarter 2010, compared to US$49.3 million during the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to lower iron ore shipments partially offset by higher iron ore prices.

Sales of flat and long products in the North America Region were US$1.0 billion in the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 39% versus the same period in 2009. Shipments in the region totaled 1.2 million tons during the fourth quarter 2010, or 23% higher than in the same period in 2009, mainly reflecting higher demand for flat steel products. Revenue per ton shipped in the region increased 13% in the fourth quarter 2010 over the same quarter in 2009 to US$837, mainly due to higher prices.

Flat and long product sales in the South & Central America Region were US$846.4 million during the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 49% versus the same period in 2009 as a result of higher shipments and revenue per ton. Shipments in the region totaled 838,400 tons during the fourth quarter 2010, or 31% higher than in the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to a recovery from the 2009 global economic downturn and an increased participation in the Colombian steel market. Revenue per ton shipped was US$1,009 in the fourth quarter 2010, an increase of 14% compared to the same quarter in 2009, mainly due to higher prices.

Cost of sales was US$1.6 billion in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to US$1.0 billion in the fourth quarter 2009. Cost of sales increased mainly due to higher shipments and higher cost per ton. Cost per ton increased mainly as a result of higher raw material and purchased slab costs.

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses in the fourth quarter 2010 were US$182.7 million, or 10% of net sales, compared with US$137.8 million, or 10% of net sales, in the fourth quarter 2009. The US$44.9 million year-over-year increase was mainly due to higher freight expenses and taxes related to higher activity levels, higher services costs and the impact of the consolidation of Ferrasa in the fourth quarter 2010.

Operating income in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$133.7 million, or 7% of net sales, compared with an operating income of US$216.1 million, or 16% of net sales, in the fourth quarter 2009.

EBITDA in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$237.0 million, or 12% of net sales, compared with US$315.9 million, or 23% of net sales, in the fourth quarter 2009.

Net financial results were a US$19.3 million gain in the fourth quarter 2010, compared with a US$93.0 million gain in the fourth quarter 2009.

During the fourth quarter 2010, Ternium's net interest expenses totaled US$8.5 million, US$6.9 million lower than in the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to lower net indebtedness.

Net foreign exchange result was a gain of US$23.5 million in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to a gain of US$72.2 million in the same period in 2009. The fourth quarter 2010 gain was primarily due to the impact of the Mexican Peso's 1.15% revaluation on Ternium's Mexican subsidiary's US dollar denominated debt. This result is non-cash when measured in US dollars and is offset by changes in Ternium's net equity position in the currency translation adjustments line, as the value of Ternium México'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 México prepares its financial statements in Mexican Pesos and registers foreign exchange results on its net non-Mexican Peso positions when the Mexican Peso revaluates or devaluates relative to other currencies.

Interest income on the Sidor financial asset was US$4.3 million in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to US$40.6 million in the fourth quarter 2009. These results are attributable to the Sidor financial asset in connection with the transfer of Sidor shares on May 7, 2009.

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter 2010 was US$52.6 million or 34% of income before income tax, discontinued operations and minority interest, compared with an income tax expense of US$114.5 million in the same period in 2009, or 37% of income before income tax, discontinued operations and minority interest.

Income attributable to minority interest for the fourth quarter 2010 was US$25.3 million, compared to US$35.5 million in the fourth quarter 2009, mainly due to a lower result attributable to minority interest in Ternium México.

Analysis of Full Year 2010 Results

Net income attributable to the Company's equity holders in 2010 was US$622.1 million, compared to US$717.4 million in 2009. Including minority interest, net income in 2010 was US$779.5 million, compared to US$767.1 million in 2009. Earnings per ADS were US$3.10 in 2010, compared to US$3.58 in 2009.

Net sales in 2010 were US$7.4 billion, 49% higher than net sales in 2009. Shipments of flat and long products were 8.1 million tons in 2010, up 27% compared to shipments in 2009. Revenue per ton shipped was US$895 in 2010, an 18% increase compared to 2009, mainly as a result of higher prices.

                      Net Sales             Shipments       Revenue / ton
                     (million US$)        (thousand tons)      (US$/ton)
                   2010    2009   Dif.   2010   2009   Dif.  2010 2009 Dif.
  North America   3,464.9 2,371.9  46% 3,852.1 3,114.5  24%   899  762  18%
  South & Central
   America        2,886.2 1,717.1  68% 2,877.0 1,903.6  51% 1,003  902  11%
  Europe & other     25.3   161.0         42.6   287.0        594  561
                  ------- ------- ---  ------- ------- ---  ----- ---- ---
Total flat
 products         6,376.4 4,250.0  50% 6,771.7 5,305.2  28%   942  801  18%

  North America     640.7   512.0  25%   974.2   931.2   5%   658  550  20%
  South & Central
   America          163.9    57.3 186%   258.7   118.4 118%   634  484  31%
  Europe & other     28.6     3.5         50.0     6.1        571  583
                  ------- ------- ---  ------- ------- ---  ----- ---- ---
Total long
 products           833.1   572.9  45% 1,282.9 1,055.6  22%   649  543  20%
Total flat and
 long products    7,209.5 4,822.9  49% 8,054.6 6,360.8  27%   895  758  18%
Other products
 (1)                172.5   136.1  27%
                  ------- ------- ---
Total Net Sales   7,382.0 4,959.0  49%

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

Sales of flat products in 2010 totaled US$6.4 billion, a 50% increase compared to 2009. Net sales increased as a result of higher shipments and revenue per ton. Shipments of flat products totaled 6.8 million tons in 2010, an increase of 28% compared to 2009 mainly due to a recovery from the 2009 global economic downturn. Revenue per ton shipped increased 18% to US$942 in 2010 compared with 2009, mainly due to higher steel prices in Ternium's main steel markets.

Sales of long products were US$833.1 million in 2010, an increase of 45% compared to 2009, mainly due to higher volumes and prices. Shipments of long products totaled 1.3 million tons in 2010, a 22% increase versus 2009. Revenue per ton shipped was US$649 in 2010, an increase of 20% compared to 2009 due to higher prices.

Sales of other products totaled US$172.5 million in 2010, compared to US$136.1 million during 2009, an increase of 27%. The increase includes the impact of higher iron ore prices.

Sales of flat and long products in the North America Region were US$4.1 billion in 2010, an increase of 42% versus 2009 due to higher shipments and prices. Shipments in the region totaled 4.8 million tons in 2010, or 19% higher than 2009, as a result of higher demand. Revenue per ton in the North Region increased 19% to US$851 in 2010 over 2009, mainly due to higher prices.

Flat and long product sales in the South & Central America Region were US$3.1 billion in 2010, an increase of 72% versus 2009, due to higher shipments and prices. Shipments in the region totaled 3.1 million tons in 2010, or 55% higher than in 2009, mainly due to a recovery from the 2009 global economic downturn. Revenue per ton shipped was US$973 in 2010, an increase of 11% compared to 2009.

Cost of sales was US$5.7 billion in 2010 compared to US$4.1 billion in 2009. Cost of sales increased mainly as a result of higher shipments and higher cost per ton. Cost per ton in 2010 increased compared to 2009 mainly due to higher raw material and purchased slab prices, as well as higher labor, services and maintenance costs.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses in 2010 were US$665.3 million, or 9% of net sales, compared with US$531.5 million, or 11% of net sales, in 2009. The US$133.8 million increase in SG&A was mainly due to higher freight expenses and taxes related to higher activity levels, higher labor costs and the impact of the consolidation of Ferrasa on August 25, 2010, partially offset by lower personnel reduction charges.

Operating income in 2010 was US$1.1 billion, or 14% of net sales, compared to an operating income of US$296.4 million, or 6% of net sales, in 2009.

EBITDA in 2010 was US$1.4 billion, or 20% of net sales, compared to US$708.5 million, or 14% of net sales, in 2009.

Net financial results were a US$130.5 million gain in 2010, compared with a $132.9 million gain in 2009.

In 2010, Ternium's net interest expenses were US$45.6 million, compared to a net interest expense of US$84.7 million in 2009, mainly as a result of lower net indebtedness and cost of debt.

Net foreign exchange result was a gain of US$123.7 million in 2010 compared to a gain of US$83.1 million in 2009. The gain in 2010 was primarily due to the impact of the Mexican Peso's 5.4% revaluation on Ternium's Mexican subsidiary's US dollar denominated debt. This result is non-cash when measured in US dollars and is offset by changes in Ternium's net equity position in the currency translation adjustments line, as the value of Ternium México'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 México prepares its financial statements in Mexican Pesos and registers foreign exchange results on its net non-Mexican Peso positions when the Mexican Peso revaluates or devaluates relative to other currencies.

Interest income on the Sidor financial asset was US$61.0 million in 2010, compared to US$136.0 million in 2009. These results are attributable to the Sidor financial asset in connection with the transfer of Sidor shares on May 7, 2009.

Income tax expense for 2010 was US$406.7 million or 34% of income before income tax and minority interest, compared with an income tax expense of US$91.3 million in 2009 or 21% of income before income tax and minority interest. The 2009 result included a non-recurring gain of US$35.4 million due to a favorable resolution on a tax-related dispute in México.

There were no results of discontinued operations in 2010, while 2009 included a US$428.0 million gain in connection with the transfer of Sidor shares on May 7, 2009.

Income attributable to minority interest in 2010 was US$157.4 million, higher than income attributable to minority interest of US$49.7 million in 2009, mainly due to a higher result attributable to minority interest in Siderar and Ternium México.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

Net cash provided by operating activities in 2010 was US$806.8 million, compared to US$1.2 billion in 2009. While operating income was US$757.6 million higher in 2010 than in 2009, there also was a US$448.0 million increase in working capital in 2010 compared with a US$635.2 million decrease in working capital in 2009. The increase in working capital in 2010 included an increase of US$497.4 million in inventory and an aggregate US$149.3 million increase in trade and other receivables, partially offset by an aggregate US$198.7 million increase in accounts payable and other liabilities. Inventories increased in 2010, reflecting higher costs as a result of higher input prices, as well as higher inventory volume of finished goods, goods in process and raw materials as a result of increased operating activity. The decrease in working capital in 2009 included a US$429.1 million decrease in inventories and an aggregate US$308.9 million decrease in trade and other receivables, partially offset by an aggregate US$102.9 million increase in accounts payable and other liabilities. Inventories decreased in 2009 as a result of lower input costs, as well as lower inventory volume of finished goods, goods in process and raw materials.

Capital expenditures in 2010 were US$350.1 million, compared to US$208.6 million in 2009. During 2010 Ternium carried out, among other projects, the upgrading of a cold strip mill and the development of mining activities in México, and the relining of a blast furnace, progress in the expansion of the hot strip mill, progress in repairs and enhancements in the coking facilities, the construction of a river port for barges and the expansion of two service centers in Argentina.

In 2010, Ternium generated free cash flow(4) of US$456.7 million, compared to free cash flow of US$953.2 million in 2009. In addition, proceeds from the transfer of shares of Sidor to Venezuela totaled US$767.4 million in 2010. Ternium acquired Ferrasa on August 25, 2010 through a capital contribution in the amount of US$75 million. Ternium's net repayment of borrowings in 2010 was US$520.5 million, mostly related to the scheduled repayments of Ternium México's outstanding debt, while dividends paid in cash to shareholders and minority shareholders totaled US$138.5 million in the same period. As of December 31, 2010, Ternium's net cash position was US$0.7(5) billion.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$225.4 million, compared to US$72.6 million in the fourth quarter 2009. While operating income in the fourth quarter 2010 was US$82.4 million lower than in the fourth quarter 2009, there was a US$37.0 million reduction in working capital in the fourth quarter 2010 compared to a US$212.3 million increase in working capital during the fourth quarter 2009. The reduction in working capital in the fourth quarter 2010 included a US$79.3 million decrease in inventory and an aggregate US$50.8 million decrease in trade and other receivables, partially offset by an aggregate US$93.1 million decrease in accounts payable and other liabilities. Inventories decreased in the fourth quarter 2010 reflecting lower inventory volume and costs of finished goods, goods in process and raw materials. The increase in working capital in the fourth quarter 2009 was mainly due to a US$231.4 million increase in inventories, primarily as a result of a higher volume and cost of finished goods, goods in process and raw materials.

Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter 2010 were US$130.1 million, compared to US$62.8 million in the fourth quarter 2009.

In the fourth quarter 2010, Ternium generated free cash flow(6) of US$95.3 million compared to free cash flow of US$9.7 million in the fourth quarter 2009. Ternium's net proceeds from borrowings in the fourth quarter 2010 were US$16.5 million.

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 México 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 ten million tons of finished steel products. More information about Ternium is available at www.ternium.com.

(1) EBITDA in the fourth quarter 2010 equals operating income of US$133.7 million plus depreciation and amortization of US$103.3 million.

(2) EBITDA in 2010 equals operating income of US$1.1 billion plus depreciation and amortization of US$383.3 million.

(3) 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.

(4) Free cash flow for 2010 equals net cash provided by operating activities of US$806.8 million less capital expenditures of US$350.1 million, while free cash flow for 2009 equals net cash provided by operating activities of US$1.2 billion less capital expenditures of US$208.6 million.

(5) Net cash position at December 31, 2010 equals cash and equivalents plus other investments of US$2.6 billion less borrowings of US$1.9 billion.

(6) Free cash flow in the fourth quarter 2010 equals net cash provided by operating activities of US$225.4 million less capital expenditures of US$130.1 million, while free cash flow in the fourth quarter 2009 equals net cash provided by operating activities of US$72.6 million less capital expenditures of US$62.8 million.



Consolidated income statement

   US$ million    4Q 2010   4Q 2009     Dif.    2010      2009      Dif.

  Net sales        1,927.5   1,365.2   562.3   7,382.0   4,959.0   2,423.0

  Cost of sales   (1,604.5) (1,011.7) (592.7) (5,665.3) (4,110.4) (1,554.9)
                  --------  --------  ------  --------  --------  --------
Gross profit         323.1     353.5   (30.4)  1,716.8     848.6     868.1

  Selling,
   general and
   administrative
   expenses         (182.7)   (137.8)  (44.9)   (665.3)   (531.5)   (133.8)

  Other operating
   (expenses)
   income, net        (6.7)      0.4    (7.1)      2.5     (20.7)     23.2
                  --------  --------  ------  --------  --------  --------
Operating income     133.7     216.1   (82.4)  1,053.9     296.4     757.6

  Interest
   expense           (17.7)    (20.4)    2.7     (73.0)   (105.8)     32.8

  Interest income      9.2       5.0     4.2      27.3      21.1       6.2

  Interest income
   - Sidor
   financial
   asset               4.3      40.6   (36.2)     61.0     136.0     (74.9)

  Other financial
   income, net        23.5      67.8   (44.3)    115.1      81.6      33.5

  Equity in
   earnings of
   associated
   companies           2.5       0.2     2.3       1.7       1.1       0.6
                  --------  --------  ------  --------  --------  --------
Income before
 income tax
 expense             155.5     309.3  (153.8)  1,186.1     430.4     755.7

Income tax
 expense             (52.6)   (114.5)   61.9    (406.7)    (91.3)   (315.3)

Discontinued
 operations              -         -       -         -     428.0    (428.0)

Net income for
 the period          102.8     194.8   (91.9)    779.5     767.1      12.3

Attributable to:

  Equity holders
   of the Company     77.5     159.3   (81.8)    622.1     717.4     (95.3)

  Non-controlling
   interests          25.3      35.5   (10.2)    157.4      49.7     107.7
                  --------  --------  ------  --------  --------  --------
                     102.8     194.8   (91.9)    779.5     767.1      12.3





Consolidated balance sheet

             US$ million                          December 31, December 31,
                                                      2010         2009
  Property, plant and equipment, net                   4,262.9      4,040.4
  Intangible assets, net                               1,129.3      1,085.4
  Investment in associated companies                       8.2          6.6
  Sidor financial asset                                   74.5            -
  Other investments                                       35.6         16.4
  Deferred tax assets                                     12.4            -
  Receivables, net                                        56.5        101.3
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total non-current assets                               5,579.4      5,250.1

  Receivables                                             94.6        136.3
  Derivative financial instruments                         0.2          1.6
  Inventories, net                                     1,953.4      1,350.6
  Trade receivables, net                                 663.5        437.8
  Sidor financial asset                                  183.4        964.4
  Other investments                                      848.4         46.8
  Cash and cash equivalents                            1,779.4      2,095.8
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total current assets                                   5,522.9      5,033.3

Non-current assets classified as held for sale            10.0          9.2

Total assets                                          11,112.3     10,292.7

Shareholders' equity                                   5,880.7      5,296.3
Non-controlling interests                              1,135.4        964.9
Non-controlling interests & shareholders' equity       7,016.1      6,261.2

  Provisions                                              16.1         18.9
  Deferred income tax                                    877.7        857.3
  Other liabilities                                      201.3        176.6
  Derivative financial instruments                        18.8         32.6
  Borrowings                                           1,426.6      1,787.2
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total non-current liabilities                          2,540.6      2,872.7

  Current tax liabilities                                294.9        103.2
  Other liabilities                                      123.6         57.0
  Trade payables                                         588.1        413.0
  Derivative financial instruments                        36.0         46.1
  Borrowings                                             513.1        539.5
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total current liabilities                              1,555.6      1,158.8

                                                  ------------ ------------
Total liabilities                                      4,096.2      4,031.4

Total liabilities, non-controlling interests &
 shareholders' equity                                 11,112.3     10,292.7





Consolidated cash flow statement

                      4Q      4Q
   US$ million       2010    2009     Dif.     2010       2009       Dif.

Net income from
 continuing
 operations          102.8   194.8   (92.0)    779.5      339.1      440.4

  Adjustments for:
  Depreciation and
   amortization      103.3    99.8     3.5     383.3      385.1       (1.8)

  Equity in earnings
   of associated
   companies          (2.5)   (0.2)   (2.3)     (1.7)      (1.1)      (0.6)
  Changes in
   provisions          1.3     2.0    (0.7)      5.5        4.6        0.9

  Net foreign
   exchange results
   and others        (16.2)  (50.3)   34.1     (77.6)     (53.6)     (24.0)

  Interest accruals
   less payments       8.3     8.1     0.2      (0.1)      10.7      (10.8)

  Interest income -
   Sidor financial
   asset              (4.3)  (40.6)   36.2     (61.0)    (136.0)      74.9
  Income tax
   accruals less
   payments           (4.3)   71.2   (75.5)    226.8      (49.3)     276.2

  Impairment
   charge                -       -       -         -       27.0      (27.0)
  Changes in
   working capital    37.0  (212.3)  249.2    (448.0)     635.2   (1,083.2)
                    ------  ------  ------  --------  ---------  ---------

Net cash provided
 by operating
 activities          225.4    72.6   152.9     806.8    1,161.8     (354.9)

  Capital
   expenditures     (130.1)  (62.8)  (67.3)   (350.1)    (208.6)    (141.5)
  Proceeds from
   sale of property,
   plant &
   equipment           0.5     1.0    (0.5)      1.7        3.2       (1.6)
  Acquisition of
   business
    Purchase
     consideration       -       -       -     (75.0)      (0.2)     (74.8)
    Cash acquired        -       -       -       6.6          -        6.6
  Dividends
   received from
   associated
   companies           0.3       -     0.3       0.3          -        0.3

  Contributions in
   associated
   companies          (0.3)      -    (0.3)     (0.3)         -       (0.3)
 (Increase)
  Decrease in
  Other
  Investments       (565.4)   22.7  (588.1)   (820.7)      43.2     (863.8)
  Proceeds from
   Sidor financial
   asset                -    287.1  (287.1)    767.4      953.6     (186.2)
                    ------  ------  ------  --------  ---------  ---------

Net cash (used in)
 provided by
 investing
 activities         (695.1)  247.9  (942.9)   (470.1)     791.2   (1,261.4)

  Dividends paid
   in cash to
   company's
   equity
   shareholders          -       -       -    (100.2)         -     (100.2)
  Dividends paid
   in cash to
   non-controlling
   interests             -       -       -     (38.3)         -      (38.3)
  Contributions
   from
   non-controlling
   shareholders in
   consolidated
   subsidiaries        4.9       -     4.9       4.9         -         4.9
  Proceeds from
   borrowings         17.0    13.2     3.8      35.4      219.0     (183.6)
  Repayment of
   borrowings         (0.4) (124.2)  123.8    (555.9)  (1,141.6)     585.7
                    ------  ------  ------  --------  ---------  ---------

Net cash provided
 by (used in)
 financing
 activities           21.4  (111.0)  132.5    (654.1)    (922.6)     268.5

(Decrease)
 Increase in cash
 and cash
 equivalents        (448.2)  209.4  (657.6)   (317.4)   1,030.4   (1,347.8)





                                  Shipments
     Thousand tons        4Q 2010   4Q 2009   3Q 2010     2010      2009

  North America               979.6     772.3     909.2   3,852.1   3,114.5
  South & Central
   America                    773.7     602.0     748.2   2,877.0   1,903.6
  Europe & other               16.1      13.4       4.9      42.6     287.0
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total flat products         1,769.3   1,387.6   1,662.3   6,771.7   5,305.2

  North America               252.3     226.5     247.6     974.2     931.2
  South & Central
   America                     64.8      37.5      72.7     258.7     118.4
  Europe & other               20.1       3.1      26.6      50.0       6.1
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total long products           337.1     267.0     347.0   1,282.9   1,055.6
Total flat and long
 products                   2,106.4   1,654.6   2,009.3   8,054.6   6,360.8

                                    Revenue / ton
 US$/ton                    4Q 2010   4Q 2009   3Q 2010      2010      2009

  North America                 878       798       925       899       762
  South & Central
   America                    1,032       909     1,037     1,003       902
  Europe & other                619       482       539       594       561
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total flat products             943       843       974       942       801

  North America                 677       550       620       658       550
  South & Central
   America                      742       533       639       634       484
  Europe & other                490       500       635       571       583
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total long products             678       547       625       649       543
Total flat and long
 products                       900       795       914       895       758

                                     Net Sales
 US$ million                4Q 2010   4Q 2009   3Q 2010      2010      2009

North America                 859.8     616.4     841.0   3,464.9   2,371.9
South & Central America       798.3     546.9     775.9   2,886.2   1,717.1
Europe & other                  9.9       6.5       2.7      25.3     161.0
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total flat products         1,668.1   1,169.8   1,619.5   6,376.4   4,250.0

North America                 170.7     124.6     153.6     640.7     512.0
South & Central America        48.1      20.0      46.5     163.9      57.3
Europe & other                  9.8       1.5      16.9      28.6       3.5
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total long products           228.6     146.1     217.0     833.1     572.9

                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total flat and long
 products                   1,896.7   1,315.9   1,836.5   7,209.5   4,822.9

Other products (1)             30.9      49.3      40.7     172.5     136.1
                          --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

Total net sales             1,927.5   1,365.2   1,877.2   7,382.0   4,959.0

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