United States Steel Corporation Reports 2015 Second Quarter Results
- Net loss of $261 million, or $1.79 per diluted share; Adjusted net loss of $115 million, or $0.79 per diluted share
- Adjusted EBITDA of $20 million
- Second quarter operating cash flow of $79 million; first half operating cash flow of $215 million
- Total liquidity of $2.7 billion, including $1.2 billion of cash
- Full-year 2015 adjusted EBITDA guidance of $700 - $900 million
PITTSBURGH, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) reported a second quarter 2015 net loss of $261 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, which included a $136 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, non-cash write-down of our retained interest in U. S. Steel Canada (USSC) and a net loss of $10 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to non-cash restructuring and other charges. This compared to a second quarter 2014 net loss of $18 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, and a first quarter 2015 net loss of $75 million, or $0.52 per diluted share.
For a description of the non-generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) measures and a reconciliation to net earnings (loss) attributable to U. S. Steel and earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes (EBIT) see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.
Commenting on results, U. S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi said, "We've taken aggressive and decisive actions to address the extremely challenging conditions we continue to face in North America. Our Carnegie Way efforts, combined with short-term cost improvements, have helped to partially offset the continued depressed volumes and low prices in both the tubular and flat-rolled markets as well as the negative impact of tremendously high levels of imports. U.S. trade laws have been strengthened by the signing of the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, which will improve the means by which domestic companies may seek relief from unfairly traded imports. We are also maintaining our customer focus and our flexibility to respond as market conditions change."
Segment loss before interest and income taxes was $104 million, or $27 per ton, for the second quarter of 2015 compared to segment loss before interest and income taxes of $21 million, or $5 per ton, in the first quarter of 2015 and segment earnings before interest and income taxes of $132 million, or $26 per ton, in the second quarter of 2014.
During the second quarter of 2015, management continued to assess the recoverability of our retained interest in USSC and as a result of this assessment, we recorded a $255 million non-cash, pre-tax charge to write-down our retained interest in USSC. Further information will be provided in our Form 10-Q.
For the second quarter 2015, we recorded a tax benefit of $186 million on our pre-tax loss of $447 million. The tax provision reflects a benefit for percentage depletion in excess of cost depletion for iron ore that we produce and consume or sell.
Despite the significantly challenging market conditions, we maintained positive operating cash flow of $215 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015. As of June 30, U. S. Steel had $1.2 billion of cash and $2.7 billion of total liquidity compared to cash and total liquidity of $1.4 billion and $3.1 billion, respectively, at December 31, 2014.
Second quarter results for our Flat-Rolled segment were comparable to the first quarter despite the adverse impact of significant and increasing volumes of unfairly traded sheet imports in addition to elevated import activity caused by the continued strength of the U.S. dollar, which have served to drastically depress both spot and contract prices in the second quarter. The earnings power of our Carnegie Way efforts, combined with our aggressive actions to reduce operating costs in alignment with our low utilization levels enabled us to offset the effect of lower average realized prices, which declined by more than $70 per ton in the second quarter.
European segment results remained positive but decreased compared to the first quarter. Planned maintenance outages in the second quarter resulted in reduced shipments and higher repairs and maintenance costs. These negative effects were partially offset by a slight increase in averaged realized euro-based prices and a reduction in raw materials costs.
Second quarter results for our Tubular segment decreased significantly as compared to the first quarter primarily due to considerably lower shipments. Shipments continue to be adversely impacted by reduced drilling activity caused by low crude oil prices and the near record levels of tubular imports, much of which we believe are unfairly traded. The decrease in results is also attributable to operating inefficiencies as a result of reduced production levels.
We currently expect commercial conditions to improve in the second half of 2015 from the conditions we experienced in the first half, as supply chain inventories continue to rebalance, primarily in our flat-rolled markets. Based on increasing benefits from our Carnegie Way transformation and our aggressive efforts to reduce operating costs to align them with our utilization levels, we currently expect to be within our full-year adjusted EBIT of $115 million to $315 million, or full-year adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $700 million to $900 million, guidance range for 2015. While we continue to find additional short term cost reductions and generate additional Carnegie Way benefits, if the current pace of commercial improvement in our markets does not increase, we would expect to be near the low end of the range. Consistent with our Carnegie Way transformation process, we are focused on converting as much of the short term cost reductions as possible into permanent improvements in our cost structure.
We present adjusted net earnings (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) per diluted share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures, as additional measurements to enhance the understanding of our operating performance and facilitate a comparison with that of our competitors.
A consolidated statement of operations (unaudited), consolidated cash flow statement (unaudited), condensed consolidated balance sheet (unaudited) and preliminary supplemental statistics (unaudited) for U. S. Steel are attached.
The company will conduct a conference call on second quarter earnings on Wednesday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight. To listen to the webcast of the conference call, visit the U. S. Steel website, www.ussteel.com, and click on "Current Information" under the "Investors" section.
For more information on U. S. Steel, visit our website at www.ussteel.com.
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UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION
We present EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings (loss) and adjusted net earnings (loss) per diluted share, which are non-GAAP measures, as an additional measurement to enhance the understanding of our operating performance and facilitate a comparison with that of our competitors. EBITDA is defined as earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings (loss) 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.
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