United States Steel Corporation Reports 2013 Second Quarter Results -- Second quarter total reportable segment and Other Businesses income from operations of $47 million

-- Second quarter net loss of $78 million, or $0.54 per diluted share

-- Second quarter shipments of 5.2 million tons and net sales of $4.4 billion

-- Strong liquidity position with $767 million of cash and $2.5 billion of total liquidity

PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:  X) reported a second quarter 2013 net loss of $78 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to a first quarter 2013 net loss of $73 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, and second quarter 2012 net income of $101 million, or $0.62 per diluted share.  Adjusted net loss for the first quarter 2013 was $51 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, excluding an after-tax charge of $22 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, related to repurchases of $542 million principal amount of our 4.00% Senior Convertible Notes due 2014.  Adjusted net income for the second quarter 2012 was $112 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, excluding an $11 million after-tax early redemption premium on our $300 million 5.65% Senior Notes due 2013.

Earnings Highlights










(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

2Q 2013

1Q 2013

2Q 2012

Net Sales

$

4,429

$

4,595

$

5,017

Segment income (loss) from operations




Flat-rolled

$

(51)

$

(13)

$

177

U. S. Steel Europe

10

38

34

Tubular

45

64

103

Other Businesses

43

5

16

Total reportable segment and Other Businesses income from operations

$

47

$

94

$

330

Postretirement benefit expense

(54)

(56)

(77)

Other items not allocated to segments

Income (loss) from operations

$

(7)

$

38

$

253

Net interest and other financial costs

68

104

82

Income tax provision

3

7

70

Less: Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests

Net (loss) income attributable to United States Steel Corporation

$

(78)

$

(73)

$

101

-Per basic share

$

(0.54)

$

(0.51)

$

0.70

-Per diluted share

$

(0.54)

$

(0.51)

$

0.62

Commenting on results, U. S. Steel Chairman and CEO John P. Surma said, "Total reportable segment and Other Businesses operating results of $47 million reflect the effects of the ongoing lockout at our Lake Erie Works and a deceleration in global economic growth during the quarter. Our plants operated well even with increased repairs and maintenance costs." 

The $47 million, or $9 per ton, of reportable segment and Other Businesses income from operations for the second quarter of 2013  compares to income from operations of $94 million, or $17 per ton, in the first quarter of 2013 and income from operations of $330 million, or $61 per ton, in the second quarter of 2012.

Net interest and other financial costs in the first quarter of 2013 includes a $34 million pre-tax charge related to repurchases of $542 million principal amount of our 4.00% Senior Convertible Notes due 2014. 

For the second quarter 2013, we recorded a tax provision of $3 million on our pre-tax loss of $75 million.  The tax provision does not reflect any tax benefit for pre-tax losses in Canada, which is a jurisdiction where we have recorded a full valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. 

As of June 30, 2013, U. S. Steel had $767 million of cash and $2.5 billion of total liquidity. 

Reportable Segments and Other Businesses
Flat-rolled segment results were lower than the first quarter primarily due to increased operating costs and decreased shipments. Operating costs increased due to higher repairs and maintenance costs as well as higher natural gas costs partially offset by lower raw materials costs.  Repairs and maintenance costs were approximately $30 million higher than the first quarter due to maintenance projects at Gary Works and Lake Erie Works.  Shipments decreased from the first quarter primarily due to the maintenance projects and the continuing lockout at our Lake Erie Works that began on April 28, 2013.  Average realized prices, including the effect of a more favorable product mix, were comparable to the first quarter.  We incurred approximately $70 million in idle facility carrying costs at our Hamilton and Lake Erie operations in the second quarter.

Second quarter results for our European segment declined compared to the first quarter due to higher iron ore costs and lower average realized euro-based prices.  A general price deterioration in the spot market occurred during the second quarter due to the completion of the service center and distributor restocking experienced in the first quarter.  Total shipments were comparable to the first quarter.

Second quarter results for our Tubular segment were lower than the first quarter.  Total shipments were higher due primarily to increased participation with our strategic program customers.  Average realized prices decreased reflecting lower prices for line pipe product, continued elevated levels of imports and OCTG mix effects.

Operating profit from Other Businesses increased primarily due to a gain of approximately $30 million from a real estate sale that occurred in the second quarter.

Outlook
Commenting on U. S. Steel's outlook for the third quarter, Surma said, "Results for our Flat-rolled and Tubular segments are projected to improve compared to the second quarter; however, we expect lower results from our European segment due to a planned blast furnace outage in the third quarter.  Operating results for our Other Businesses are expected to decrease compared to the second quarter to near breakeven.  Total reportable segment and Other Businesses results are expected to be comparable to the second quarter."

We expect our Flat-rolled segment results from operations to improve based on an increase in average realized prices, lower raw materials costs, and lower repairs and maintenance costs partially offset by reduced shipments.  Average realized prices are expected to increase compared to the second quarter due to increased spot market prices as well as a more favorable product mix.  Shipments are projected to decrease significantly due to a blast furnace outage at our Great Lakes Works and the Lake Erie Works labor dispute.  The represented employees at Lake Erie Works are scheduled to vote on the company's contract offer on July 31, 2013.  If the contract is approved, we plan to restart operations as soon as possible.  This outlook does not include any effects of a restart of Lake Erie Works.

Third quarter results for our European segment are projected to decrease compared to the second quarter.  A scheduled blast furnace outage will result in significantly lower shipments and increased facility repairs and maintenance costs. Average realized euro-based prices are expected to be lower compared to the second quarter as decreases in spot and contract market prices are partially offset by the positive effect of a higher percentage of value-added shipments. Raw materials costs are expected to be lower in the third quarter due primarily to lower iron costs.

We expect third quarter results for our Tubular segment to improve compared to the second quarter. Shipments are expected to increase to support anticipated drilling activity and average realized prices are projected to be comparable. Operating costs are expected to decrease due to operating efficiencies related to higher production volumes.

On July 1, 2013, U. S. Steel entered into a supplier contract dispute settlement agreement.  As a result of the agreement, U. S. Steel expects to record a pre-tax gain of $23 million as an item not allocated to segments in the third quarter of 2013.

We expect a minimal tax provision/benefit in the third quarter primarily due to the full valuation allowance on deferred tax assets in Canada.

*****

This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to market conditions, operating costs, shipments and prices.  Although we believe that we are experiencing a gradual economic recovery, there are signs of continued economic issues, including the European sovereign debt and domestic fiscal situations.  U. S. Steel cannot control or predict the impact.  Other more normal factors that could affect market conditions, costs, shipments and prices for both North American and European operations include: (a) foreign currency fluctuations and related activities; (b) global product demand, prices and mix; (c) global and company steel production levels; (d) plant operating performance; (e) natural gas, electricity, raw materials and transportation prices, usage and availability; (f) international trade developments, including court decisions, legislation and agency decisions on petitions and sunset reviews; (g) the impact of fixed prices in energy and raw materials contracts (many of which have terms of one year or longer) as compared to short-term contract and spot prices of steel products; (h) changes in environmental, tax, pension and other laws; (i) the terms of collective bargaining agreements, including the resolution of the Lake Erie Works contract; (j) employee strikes or other labor issues; and (k) U.S. and global economic performance and political developments.  Domestic steel shipments and prices could be affected by import levels and actions taken by the U.S. Government and its agencies, including those related to CO2 emissions, climate change and shale gas development.  Economic conditions and political factors in Europe and Canada that may affect U. S. Steel Europe's and U. S. Steel Canada's results include, but are not limited to: (l) taxation; (m) nationalization; (n) inflation; (o) fiscal instability; (p) political issues; (q) regulatory actions; and (r) quotas, tariffs, and other protectionist measures.  We present adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share, which are non-GAAP measures, to better enable investors and others to assess our results and compare them with our competitors.  In accordance with "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, cautionary statements identifying important factors, but not necessarily all factors, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements have been included in U. S. Steel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and in subsequent filings for U. S. Steel.

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 Tuesday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m. EDT.  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.

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)






















Quarter Ended


Six Months Ended




June 30


March 31


June 30


June 30

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

2013


2013


2012


2013


2012

NET SALES

$

4,429


$

4,595


$

5,017


$

9,024


$

10,189













OPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME):











Cost of sales (excludes items shown below)

4,114


4,242


4,485


8,356


9,118


Selling, general and administrative expenses

151


145


165


296


331


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

170


171


164


341


327


Loss (income) from investees

3


(8)


(44)


(5)


(68)


Net (gain) loss on disposal of assets

(1)


1




309


Other (income) expense, net

(1)


6


(6)


5


(8)















Total operating expenses

4,436


4,557


4,764


8,993


10,009













(LOSS) INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

(7)


38


253


31


180

Net interest and other financial costs

68


104


82


172


132













(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES











AND NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

(75)


(66)


171


(141)


48

Income tax provision

3


7


70


10


166













Net (loss) income

(78)


(73)


101


(151)


(118)


Less: Net loss attributable to the











noncontrolling interests





NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO











UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

$

(78)


$

(73)


$

101


$

(151)


$

(118)

























COMMON STOCK DATA:






















Net (loss) income per share attributable to










  United States Steel Corporation shareholders:











-Basic

$

(0.54)


$

(0.51)


$

0.70


$

(1.05)


$

(0.82)


-Diluted

$

(0.54)


$

(0.51)


$

0.62


$

(1.05)


$

(0.82)












Weighted average shares, in thousands











-Basic

144,485


144,353


144,176


144,419


144,123


-Diluted

144,485


144,353


171,416


144,419


144,123












Dividends paid per common share

$

0.05


$

0.05


$

0.05


$

0.10


$

0.10

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

CASH FLOW STATEMENT (Unaudited)












Six Months Ended





June 30

(Dollars in millions)


2013


2012

Cash (used in) provided by operating activities:







Net loss


$

(151)


$

(118)


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

341


327


Pensions and other postretirement benefits

10


(111)


Deferred income taxes

(2)


107


Net loss on disposal of assets


309


Working capital changes

162


282


Income taxes receivable/payable

(3)


22


Currency remeasurement loss

21


6


Other operating activities

6


37



Total


384


861








Cash (used in) provided by investing activities:





Capital expenditures


(221)


(397)


Acquisition of intangible assets


(12)



Disposal of assets


1


133


Other investing activities


28


9



Total


(204)


(255)








Cash provided by (used in) financing activities:





Revolving credit facilities

- borrowings


523




- repayments


(653)


Receivables Purchase Agreement payments


(380)


Issuance of long-term debt, net of financing costs

576


392


Repayment of long-term debt


(542)


(315)


Dividends paid


(14)


(14)



Total


20


(447)








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(3)


(2)








Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

197


157

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year

570


408








Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

$

767


$

565

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)












June 30


Dec. 31

(Dollars in millions)


2013


2012

Cash and cash equivalents

$

767


$

570

Receivables, net

2,142


2,090

Inventories

2,269


2,503

Other current assets

238


211


Total current assets

5,416


5,374

Property, plant and equipment, net

6,156


6,408

Investments and long-term receivables, net

621


609

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

2,067


2,075

Other assets

604


751








Total assets


14,864


$

15,217







Accounts payable

1,743


$

1,800

Payroll and benefits payable

950


977

Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt

322


2

Other current liabilities

253


211


Total current liabilities

3,268


2,990

Long-term debt, less unamortized discount

3,611


3,936

Employee benefits

4,122


4,416

Other long-term liabilities

389


397

United States Steel Corporation stockholders' equity

3,473


3,477

Noncontrolling interests

1


1








Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

14,864


$

15,217

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION


PRELIMINARY SUPPLEMENTAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)





















Quarter Ended


Six Months
Ended




June 30


March 31


June 30


June 30


(Dollars in millions)

2013


2013


2012


2013


2012


INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS












Flat-rolled

$

(51)


$

(13)


$

177


$

(64)


$

360



U. S. Steel Europe

10


38


34


48


(a)


Tubular

45


64


103


109


232



Other Businesses

43


5


16


48


33














Reportable Segment and Other Businesses Income
from Operations

47


94


330


141


625



Postretirement benefit expense

(54)


(56)


(77)


(110)


(154)



Other items not allocated to segments:












  Loss on sale of U. S. Steel Serbia





(399)



  Gain on sale of transportation assets





89



  Property tax settlements





19















     Total Income (Loss) from Operations

$

(7)


$

38


$

253


$

31


$

180














CAPITAL EXPENDITURES












Flat-rolled

$

80


$

96


$

186


$

176


$

367



U. S. Steel Europe

8


10


7


18


9



Tubular

15


8


14


23


18



Other Businesses

2


2


1


4


3















     Total

$

105


$

116


$

208


$

221


$

397


(a) Includes income from operations for USSK of $17 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012.

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

PRELIMINARY SUPPLEMENTAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)
















Quarter Ended



Six Months Ended





June 30


March 31


June 30


June 30





2013


2013


2012


2013


2012

OPERATING STATISTICS











Average realized price: ($/net ton) (a)












Flat-rolled

725


719


772


722


768



U. S. Steel Europe

702


718


767


710


757



  USSK

702


718


767


710


761



Tubular

1,510


1,556


1,706


1,532


1,717


Steel Shipments: (a) (b)












Flat-rolled

3,728


4,018


3,986


7,746


8,078



U. S. Steel Europe

1,062


1,048


955


2,110


2,000



Tubular

456


428


493


884


1,022




Total Steel Shipments

5,246


5,494


5,434


10,740


11,100
















  USSK

1,062


1,048


955


2,110


1,927















Intersegment Shipments: (b)












Flat-rolled to Tubular

445


441


460


886


959



U. S. Steel Europe to Flat-rolled



44



121


Raw Steel Production : (b)












Flat-rolled

4,212


4,920


4,688


9,132


9,731



U. S. Steel Europe

1,158


1,203


1,173


2,361


2,413



  USSK

1,158


1,203


1,173


2,361


2,325


Raw Steel Capability Utilization: (c)












Flat-rolled

70%


82%


77%


76%


80%



    Flat-rolled U.S. Facilities (d)

87%


90%


84%


89%


88%



U. S. Steel Europe

93%


98%


94%


95%


89%



    USSK

93%


98%


94%


95%


93%

(a) Excludes intersegment shipments.

(b) Thousands of net tons.

(c) Based on annual raw steel production capability of 24.3 million net tons for Flat-rolled and 5.0 million net tons for U. S. Steel Europe (USSE).  Prior to the sale of USSS on January 31, 2012, annual raw steel production capability for USSE was   7.4 million net tons.

(d)  AISI capability utilization rates include our U.S. facilities (Gary Works, Great Lakes Works, Mon Valley Works, Granite City Works and Fairfield Works).

SOURCE United States Steel Corporation



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