United States Steel Corporation Reports 2016 First Quarter Results With Strong Liquidity And Positive Operating Cash Flow Under Challenging Market Conditions
- Net loss of $340 million, or $2.32 per diluted share
- Adjusted EBITDA loss of $107 million
- Operating cash flow of $113 million
- Total liquidity of $2.3 billion, including $705 million of cash
PITTSBURGH, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) reported a first quarter 2016 net loss of $340 million, or $2.32 per diluted share, which included supplemental unemployment and severance costs of $25 million, or $0.17 per diluted share. This compared to a first quarter 2015 net loss of $75 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, and a fourth quarter 2015 net loss of $1,133 million, or $7.74 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, "Our first quarter results reflect the challenging conditions as we started 2016, but were in line with our expectations. Contract pricing resets had an immediate impact on our results, while our cost reduction efforts progressed as planned and will continue to grow throughout the year. We took significant actions to align our overhead costs with our operations, contributing $100 million to our Carnegie Way benefits for this year. We remain focused on reducing our costs, improving the quality and reliability of our operations, and working with our customers to deliver differentiated solutions that will improve our market position and create value for all of our stakeholders. We are well-positioned to benefit from currently improving market conditions for our Flat-Rolled and European segments."
Segment EBIT was a loss of $252 million, or $70 per ton, for the first quarter of 2016 compared to a segment EBIT loss of $137 million, or $37 per ton, in the fourth quarter of 2015 and a segment EBIT loss of $21 million, or $5 per ton, in the first quarter of 2015.
For the first quarter 2016, we recorded a tax provision of $14 million on our pre-tax loss of $326 million. Due to the full valuation allowance on our domestic deferred tax assets, the tax provision does not reflect any tax benefit for domestic pretax losses.
Despite challenging conditions, we generated positive operating cash flow of $113 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. As of March 31, 2016, U. S. Steel had $705 million of cash and $2.3 billion of total liquidity.
First quarter results for our Flat-Rolled segment declined as compared to the fourth quarter primarily due to decreases in average realized prices for our contract business and slightly lower average spot prices compared to the fourth quarter. Seasonally lower results from our mining operations and a $50 million unfavorable effect from planned liquidations of inventory costed using the last-in-first-out (LIFO) method related to our targeted working capital reductions in 2016 contributed to the decline in results in the first quarter. The favorable impacts of lower raw materials and energy prices, lower spending and overhead costs, and increased operating efficiencies from our current operating configuration only partially offset the unfavorable items.
European segment results declined compared to the fourth quarter. A decrease in average realized euro-based prices and higher repair and maintenance costs, as some outage work was completed, were offset by lower raw materials, energy and operating costs.
First quarter results for our Tubular segment were comparable to the fourth quarter as lower average realized prices and shipments, reflecting the continuing decline in drilling activity and increasing import levels, were offset by lower substrate, spending and operating costs.
Commenting on U. S. Steel's outlook for 2016, Longhi said, "We are encouraged that our efforts to improve U.S. trade laws and their enforcement have started to be reflected in preliminary trade rulings. This is a positive step toward establishing a fair market environment in the U.S., but we remain a long way from truly resolving the trade practices that are harming the domestic steel industry. These rulings have been one of the catalysts for improving conditions domestically, and the recent increases in prices for flat-rolled products will begin to be reflected in our results in the second quarter. While we will benefit from the improving market conditions, the global steel industry continues to face many challenges. We continue to move forward aggressively with our Carnegie Way transformation efforts and will continue to use every trade remedy available to us to confront unfair trade practices in our market."
If market conditions, which include spot prices, customer demand, import volumes, supply chain inventories, rig counts and energy prices, remain at their current levels, we would expect 2016 adjusted EBITDA to be near $400 million.
If market conditions remain at their current levels, we would expect EBITDA for our Flat-Rolled segment to be higher than our 2015 results, we would expect EBITDA for our European segment to be comparable to 2015 results, and we would expect our Tubular segment EBITDA to be lower than our 2015 results.
We expect market conditions to change, and as changes occur during the balance of 2016, we would expect our adjusted EBITDA to change consistent with the pace and magnitude of changes in market conditions.
We expect improved results for Other Businesses, primarily from real estate, and we expect post retirement benefit income of approximately $60 million.
In the first quarter we generated cash benefits of nearly $300 million from working capital improvements. Based on current market conditions, we expect approximately $500 million of cash benefits from working capital improvements in 2016, primarily related to better inventory management, and would expect to be cash positive for the year.
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 first quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 27, 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.
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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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