MRC Global Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results Sales of $1.45 billion, up 6% from prior year's quarter

Net income of $55.5 million and diluted EPS of $0.54

Excluding a special charge, net income of $62.0 million and diluted EPS of $0.61

Adjusted EBITDA of $125 million, up 14% from prior year's quarter

HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MRC Global Inc. (NYSE: MRC), the largest global distributor, based on sales, of pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) and related products and services to the energy and industrial sectors, today announced third quarter 2012 financial results.  MRC's sales of $1.451 billion in the third quarter of 2012 were up 6% from $1.366 billion in the third quarter of 2011.  MRC's net income was $55.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $21.9 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.  Included in the third quarter of 2012 net income was a $10.3 million pre-tax charge ($6.5 million after tax, or $0.06 per diluted share) related to the purchase and early retirement of a portion of MRC's senior secured notes.  Excluding the impact of this charge, net income was $62.0 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012.  In addition, third quarter 2012 results benefited from a $15.4 million reduction in cost of sales relating to the use of the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of inventory cost accounting.  This reflects a change in the Company's full year LIFO estimate because of deflation recently experienced in certain of the indices used to determine our LIFO cost of sales.  Adjusted EBITDA rose 14% to $125.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $109.6 million for the same period in 2011.  See the table below for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income.

For the first nine months of 2012, MRC's sales were $4.264 billion compared to $3.526 billion for the first nine months of 2011, an increase of 21%.  MRC's net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $124.4 million or $1.31 per diluted share, compared to net income of $25.4 million or $0.30 per diluted share in the first nine months of 2011.  In a series of transactions from June to September 2012, MRC purchased, in the open market, $189 million in face value of the Company's 9.50% senior secured notes due 2016 for $205 million. We recorded a pre-tax charge of $21.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012, or $13.8 million after-tax ($0.14 per diluted share), related to these transactions.  Excluding the impact of these charges, net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $138.2 million or $1.45 per diluted share.

Commenting on the company's results, Andrew R. Lane, MRC's chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, "Our third quarter results reflect strong infrastructure spending in both the upstream and the midstream end sectors for us. The 6% year-on-year top line growth was driven by strength in our North American operations, and in August, we recorded the second highest monthly revenue in the company's history. The 14% Adjusted EBITDA improvement represents our improving volumes and continued emphasis on improved profitability including our inventory rebalancing strategy."

MRC's sales of $1.451 billion set a record for the third quarter and increased 6% over the third quarter of 2011.  Within the company's North American segment, sales of $1.298 billion in the third quarter of 2012 increased 3% over the third quarter of 2011. International segment sales of $154 million in the third quarter of 2012 increased 47% over the same period in 2011 due to the acquisition of OneSteel Piping Systems (MRC PSA) in March 2012.

Third quarter 2012 sales to the upstream sector grew 7% from the third quarter of 2011 to $654 million, or 45% of sales.  Third quarter 2012 midstream sales increased 8% over the same period in 2011 to $404 million, or 28% of sales.  Third quarter 2012 sales to the downstream sector grew 4% over the same period in 2011 to $394 million, driven by the company's Australian acquisition, which is more heavily weighted toward the downstream sector than the company as a whole. 

MRC's gross profit of $277.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 improved by 440 basis points to 19.1% of sales, compared with $201.1 million, or 14.7% of sales, in the third quarter of 2011.  The increase in gross profit percentage reflected a $15.4 million third quarter 2012 reduction in cost of sales resulting from the use of LIFO.  Excluding the impact of LIFO, gross profit improved by 200 basis points, driven primarily by improved product sales mix and the leveraging of the fixed component of cost of sales. For the first nine months of 2012, gross profit was $755.4 million, or 17.7% of sales compared with $520.8 million, or 14.8% of sales in the first nine months of 2011.

For the third quarter of 2012, selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $155.0 million as compared to $134.7 million the same period in 2011.  This increase was attributable primarily to an increase in variable personnel expenses and the inclusion of expenses from the acquisition MRC PSA in Australia.  As a percent of sales, SG&A expense was 10.7% in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 9.9% in the third quarter of 2011.

Mr. Lane continued, "On top of our strong growth and earnings improvement, we continue to take steps to de-lever our balance sheet and to lower our overall interest expense. In addition to the steps taken in the second and third quarters, we've also announced that we are taking further measures in the fourth quarter to lower our total interest expense by launching a transaction to obtain a new term loan, which along with draws against our asset based lending facility, is expected to replace our senior secured notes from 2009. We expect the impact of all of the steps we've taken in 2012 to have a significant improvement in lowering our total interest expense as compared to 2011."

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2012 results at 4:45 p.m. Eastern (3:45 p.m. Central) on Friday, October 26, 2012.  To participate in the call, dial (480) 629-9835 and ask for the MRC Global conference call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. To access it live over the Internet, please log onto the web at http://www.mrcglobal.com, and go to the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live call, a replay will be available through November 9, 2012 and may be accessed by dialing (303) 590-3030 and using passcode 4566244#. Also, an archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call at http://www.mrcglobal.com for 90 days.

About MRC Global Inc.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, MRC, a Fortune 500 company, is the largest global distributor, based on sales, of pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) and related products and services to the energy and industrial sectors and supplies these products and services across each of the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Words such as "will," "expect," "expected" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Despite the company's expectations of entering into a new term loan, the terms and pricing of a term loan and the use of proceeds to refinance its existing Senior Secured Notes are only the company's expectations regarding these actions. Whether the company is actually successful in obtaining such a term loan on expected terms and conditions with expected uses of proceeds is dependent on a number of factors, including (among others) debt market conditions, reaching final agreement with lenders, approval of the company's board of directors and the company's financial condition, results and future prospects, which, in turn are dependent on factors, including (among others) those that impact our business. 

Statements about the company's business, including its strategy, its industry, the company's future profitability, growth in the company's various markets and the company's expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, prospects and assumptions are not guarantees of future performance.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the company's actual results and performance to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include (among others) decreases in oil and natural gas industry expenditure levels, which may result from decreased oil and natural gas prices or other factors; increased usage of alternative fuels, which may negatively affect oil and natural gas industry expenditure levels; U.S. and international general economic conditions; the company's ability to compete successfully with other companies in the company's industry; the risk that manufacturers of the products the company distributes will sell a substantial amount of goods directly to end users in the industries it serves; unexpected supply shortages; cost increases by the company's suppliers; the company's lack of long-term contracts with most of its suppliers; increases in customer, manufacturer and distributor inventory levels; suppliers' price reductions of products that the company sells, which could cause the value of its inventory to decline; decreases in steel prices, which could significantly lower the company's profit; increases in steel prices, which it may be unable to pass along to its customers, which could significantly lower its profit; the company's lack of long-term contracts with many of its customers and its lack of contracts with customers that require minimum purchase volumes; changes in the company's customer and product mix; risks related to the company's customers' credit; the potential adverse effects associated with integrating acquisitions into the company's business and whether these acquisitions will yield their intended benefits; the success of the company's acquisition strategies; the company's significant indebtedness; the dependence on the company's subsidiaries for cash to meet its debt obligations; changes in the company's credit profile; a decline in demand for certain of the products that the company distributes if import restrictions on these products are lifted; environmental, health and safety laws and regulations; the sufficiency of the company's insurance policies to cover losses, including liabilities arising from litigation; product liability claims against the company; pending or future asbestos-related claims against the company; the potential loss of key personnel; interruption in the proper functioning of the company's information systems; loss of third-party transportation providers; potential inability to obtain necessary capital; risks related to adverse weather events or natural disasters; impairment of the company's goodwill or other intangible assets; changes in tax laws or adverse positions taken by taxing authorities in the countries in which the company operates; and adverse changes in political or economic conditions in the countries in which the company operates. For a discussion of key risk factors, please see the risk factors disclosed in the company's SEC filings, which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on the company's website, www.mrcglobal.com.

Undue reliance should not be placed on the company's forward-looking statements. Although forward-looking statements reflect the company's good faith beliefs, reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the company's actual results, performance or achievements or future events to differ materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievements or future events expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

Contacts:
James E. Braun, Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
MRC Global Inc.
Jim.Braun@mrcpvf.com
832-308-2845

Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
DRG&L
ksdennard@drg-l.com
713-529-6600


MRC Global Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)



September 30,


December 31,


2012


2011

Assets


Current assets:




   Cash

$              36,839


$              46,127

   Accounts receivable, net

929,740


791,280

   Inventories, net

1,035,861


899,064

   Other current assets

17,563


11,437

Total current assets

2,020,003


1,747,908









Other assets

38,569


39,212









Property, plant and equipment, net

120,885


107,430





Intangible assets:




   Goodwill, net

580,367


561,270

   Other intangible assets, net

743,418


771,867


1,323,785


1,333,137


$         3,503,242


$         3,227,687

Liabilities and stockholders' equity




Current liabilities:




   Trade accounts payable

$            521,818


$            479,584

   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

134,550


108,973

   Income taxes payable

17,936


11,950

   Deferred revenue

2,536


4,450

   Deferred income taxes

65,699


68,210

Total current liabilities

742,539


673,167





Long-term obligations:




   Long-term debt, net

1,267,971


1,526,740

   Deferred income taxes

288,234


288,985

   Other liabilities

16,693


17,933


1,572,898


1,833,658





Stockholders' equity

1,187,805


720,862


$         3,503,242


$         3,227,687

 


MRC Global Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,



September
30,


September 30,


September 30,



2012



2011


2012


2011











Sales


$ 1,451,114



$1,366,202


$ 4,264,125


$    3,526,054

Cost of sales


1,173,916



1,165,076


3,508,686


3,005,264

 Gross profit


277,198



201,126


755,439


520,790











Selling, general and administrative expenses


154,955



134,685


452,528


376,094

Operating income


122,243



66,441


302,911


144,696











Other income (expense):










   Interest expense


(28,177)



(34,348)


(92,621)


(102,372)

   Loss on early extinguishment of debt


(10,322)



-


(21,746)


-

   Write off of debt issuance costs


-



-


(1,685)


(9,450)

   Change in fair value of derivative instruments


845



1,768


1,770


5,260

   Other, net  


1,232



(821)


3,554


241



(36,422)



(33,401)


(110,728)


(106,321)











Income before income taxes


85,821



33,040


192,183


38,375

Income tax expense


30,280



11,167


67,783


12,952

Net income


$       55,541



$           21,873


$    124,400


$         25,423











Effective tax rate


35.3%



33.8%


35.3%


33.8%

Basic earnings per common share


$             0.55



$          0.26


$             1.31


$          0.30

Diluted earnings per common share


$            0.54



$          0.26


$             1.31


$          0.30

Weighted-average common shares, basic


101,490



84,418


94,768


84,417

Weighted-average common shares, diluted


102,029



84,657


95,185


84,619












 


MRC Global Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)



Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2012


2011

Operating activities




Net income

$           124,400


$             25,423

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operations:




Depreciation and amortization

13,180


12,819

Amortization of intangibles

37,184


37,799

Equity-based compensation expense

5,859


6,264

Deferred income tax benefit

(3,463)


(14,099)

Amortization of debt issuance costs

7,088


8,057

Write off of debt issuance costs

1,685


9,450

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

21,746


-

Increase in LIFO reserve

3,080


46,000

Change in fair value of derivative instruments

(1,770)


(5,260)

Provision for uncollectible accounts

3,936


733

Other non-cash items

5,218


3,663

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(105,234)


(223,475)

Inventories

(78,889)


(112,100)

Income taxes payable

5,867


16,911

Other current assets

(5,836)


83

Accounts payable

9,562


78,624

Deferred revenue

(1,976)


(13,975)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

24,130


28,135

Net cash provided by (used in) operations

65,767


(94,948)





Investing activities




Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(21,002)


(10,068)

Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant and equipment

2,451


1,511

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired $0 and $1,900 for 2012 and 2011, respectively

(89,893)


(39,865)

Proceeds from the sale of assets held for sale

-


10,594

Other investment and notes receivable transactions

(3,979)


(246)

Net cash used in investing activities

(112,423)


(38,074)





Financing activities




Proceeds from the sale of common stock

333,342


-

Net proceeds (payments) from/on revolving credit facilities

(46,219)


125,708

Purchase of senior secured notes

(205,003)


-

Payments on long term obligations

(31,456)


-

Debt issuance costs paid

(7,930)


(9,690)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

51


3

Tax benefit on stock options

422


-

Net cash provided by financing activities

43,207


116,021





Decrease in cash

(3,449)


(17,001)

Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash

(5,839)


2,246

Cash - beginning of period

46,127


56,202

Cash - end of period

$              36,839


$             41,447


 

MRC Global Inc.

Supplemental Information (Unaudited)

Calculation of Adjusted EBITDA

(Dollars in millions)




Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended



September
30,


September 30,


September 30,


September
30,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Net income


$                55.5


$          21.9


$          124.4


$                 25.4

Income tax expense


30.3


11.1


67.8


12.9

Interest expense


28.2


34.3


92.6


102.4

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


10.3


-


21.7


-

Write off of debt issuance costs


-


-


1.7


9.5

Depreciation and amortization


4.6


4.7


13.2


12.8

Amortization of intangibles


12.4


12.7


37.2


37.8

Increase (decrease) in LIFO reserve


(15.4)


18.3


3.1


46.0

Change in fair value of derivative instruments


(0.8)


(1.8)


(1.8)


(5.3)

Equity-based compensation expense


2.2


3.8


5.9


6.3

Legal and consulting expenses


-


1.5


(1.2)


6.1

Foreign currency  (gains) losses


(2.0)


0.8


(0.5)


0.3

Other non-cash expenses


-


2.3


-


5.9










Adjusted EBITDA


$                125.3


$        109.6


$          364.1


$               260.1

 

Note to above:
MRC Global defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income plus interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, amortization of intangibles, and other non-recurring and non-cash charges (such as gain/losses on the early extinguishment of debt, changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and goodwill impairment) and plus or minus the impact of its LIFO inventory costing methodology.  The company presents Adjusted EBITDA because it is an important measure used to determine the interest rate and commitment fee paid under its Global ABL Facility.  In addition, management believes it is a useful indicator of the company's operating performance.  See the company's Annual Report filed on Form 10-K and the quarterly report filed on Form 10-Q for a more thorough discussion of the use of Adjusted EBITDA.

SOURCE MRC Global Inc.



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