Schnitzer Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results
January 07, 2021 at 08:00 AM EST
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) today reported results for its first quarter of fiscal 2021 ended November 30, 2020.
First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights
The Company’s performance benefited from strong market demand for recycled metals and finished steel products, as well as from the execution of commercial initiatives and productivity improvements enabled by the full transition to the One Schnitzer functionally-based operating model. Markets strengthened during the quarter, with domestic ferrous selling prices returning to pre-COVID levels and nonferrous and export ferrous selling prices reaching multi-year highs by the end of the quarter. The West Coast finished steel markets also continued to demonstrate resilience.
Tamara Lundgren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We were very pleased with our first quarter results, which reflect our second highest first quarter operating income in the last ten years. This strong performance reflects the resiliency of our operations and the agility of our team in leveraging positive market conditions while delivering on our productivity and operational efficiency initiatives and continuing to execute on our longer-term strategic initiatives. Our transition to a functionally-based One Schnitzer model is complete, and our improved first quarter results reflect the benefits of this more efficient structure. We believe that our strategic investments in advanced metal recovery technologies will further enhance our operational efficiencies, and we expect to complete construction of these projects by the end of this fiscal year.”
Ms. Lundgren continued, “There are many trends that support strong and sustainable ferrous and nonferrous scrap demand. The recent sharp increases in prices have been driven by low inventory levels after many quarters of de-stocking, followed by significantly higher steel mill and smelter buy plans and production levels, the transition to lower carbon technologies, and the prospect of China’s re-emergence as an importer in the global ferrous scrap market. In a world that is seeking de-carbonization, we expect recycled scrap metal to be an increasingly important metals carbon solution and for demand to accelerate.”
First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Review and Analysis
Higher average selling prices and a strong focus on productivity improvements led to an expansion in metal spreads and operating margins, reflected in net income per ferrous ton of $14 and adjusted EBITDA per ferrous ton of $38 in the quarter, both of which reflect a strong sequential increase from $4 and $27, respectively.
On a sequential basis, ferrous sales volumes were down 1%. Nonferrous sales volumes were down 13%, as sales volumes in the previous quarter partially benefited from the timing of shipments. Both average ferrous and nonferrous net selling prices were up 14%. Average pricing for the quarter reflected the timing of shipments and orders made earlier in the quarter. Finished steel sales volumes were down 3% and rolling mill utilization in the quarter was 97%. Average net selling prices for finished steel products were flat.
The first quarter of fiscal 2021 had negative operating cash flow of $(7) million, as cash flows associated with profitability were more than offset by an increase in working capital due to the timing of the annual cash payment of incentive compensation accrued in fiscal 2020 and the impact of the higher scrap price environment. Total debt at the end of the quarter was $143 million and debt, net of cash, was $136 million (for a reconciliation of adjusted results and debt, net of cash, to U.S. GAAP, see the table provided in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section). The Company has a revolving credit facility of $700 million and CAD$15 million that matures in 2023. The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was an expense of 27%.
During the first quarter, the Company returned capital to shareholders through its 107th consecutive quarterly dividend. Capital expenditures were $32 million in the quarter, including investments in maintaining the business, environmental projects, advanced metal recovery technologies and other growth projects.
Declaration of Quarterly Dividend
The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.1875 per common share, payable February 1, 2021 to shareholders of record on January 18, 2021. Schnitzer has paid a dividend every quarter since going public in November 1993.
Analysts’ Conference Call: First Quarter of Fiscal 2021
A conference call and slide presentation to discuss results will be held today, January 7, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and will be hosted by Tamara L. Lundgren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Peach, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. The call and the slide presentation will be webcast and accessible on the Company’s website under Company > Investors > Event Calendar at www.schnitzersteel.com/events.
Summary financial data is provided in the following pages. The slide presentation and related materials will be available prior to the call on the above website.
About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in North America with operating facilities located in 23 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company’s integrated operating platform also includes 50 stores which sell serviceable used auto parts from salvaged vehicles and receive approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing operations produce finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains performance based on adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI shareholders, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA per ferrous ton which are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided a reconciliation of these measures for each period discussed to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure. Management believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures adds a meaningful presentation of our results from business operations excluding adjustments for charges for legacy environmental matters (net of recoveries), business development costs not related to ongoing operations, restructuring charges and other exit-related activities, asset impairment charges and the income tax expense (benefit) allocated to these adjustments, items which are not related to underlying business operational performance, and improves the period-to-period comparability of our results from business operations. We believe that presenting debt, net of cash is useful to investors as a measure of our leverage, as cash and cash equivalents can be used, among other things, to repay indebtedness. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.
Forward Looking Statements
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