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Press Release: Olympic Steel Reports Improved 2017 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results

2 Mar 2018 11:05 am

Olympic Steel Reports Improved 2017 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results

Full-Year Net Sales Climb 26% in 2017 and by 21% in Fourth-Quarter, Versus 2016

Full-Year 2017 Operating Income of $24 Million, Highest in Six Years

Company Achieves Record High Market Share in All Three Operating Segments in 2017
CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 02, 2018-- 

Olympic Steel Inc., (Nasdaq: ZEUS), a national metals service center, today announced improved financial results for the full year and three months ended Dec. 31, 2017.

Full-Year 2017 Results

Full-year 2017 net sales climbed 26%, reaching $1.3 billion, compared with $1.1 billion in 2016. Increased year-over-year shipping volume and higher average selling prices throughout 2017 contributed to the net sales increase. Full-year 2017 net income (GAAP) improved to $19.0 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.10 per share in 2016.

"Demand for metals improved during 2017, driven by stronger GDP growth in the U.S. and abroad," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Siegal. "Olympic Steel was, and remains, ideally positioned to support this rebound in U.S. industrial activity. The determined execution by our operations and sales teams resulted in our most profitable year since 2011."

Strong pricing dynamics for metals and healthy demand have continued in early 2018, he added.

"Improving economic conditions have revitalized the U.S. manufacturing sector. Our customers are currently benefiting from recent tax legislation and higher capital equipment spending, and stand to gain further from potential infrastructure investments," Siegal said. "We enter 2018 primed for growth and expect to prosper in this environment. With diversified products and superior customer service, combined with a strong balance sheet and an energized management team, we are poised for continued success."

Fourth-Quarter 2017 Results

Fourth-quarter net sales increased 21% in 2017, to $308 million, which was up from $255 million in the same quarter of 2016. GAAP net income rose to $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.1 million, or $0.19 per share in 2016's fourth quarter.

In addition to increased shipping volume and higher sales prices, 2017 net income also benefited from a fourth-quarter $6.2 million deferred tax liability revaluation related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This was partially offset in the 2017 fourth quarter by $2.7 million in LIFO expense, a $1.0 million commercial settlement, and a write-off of $0.2 million in deferred financing expenses related to the Company's new 5-year $400 million credit facility.

After adjusting for unusual items in 2017, and LIFO income in 2016, the adjusted net loss narrowed to $0.04 per share in 2017's fourth quarter, compared with an adjusted net loss of $0.23 per share in the same quarter of 2016. Similarly, full-year 2017 adjusted net income increased to $1.18 per diluted share, up from an adjusted loss of $0.18 per share in 2016.
                      Olympic Steel, Inc. 
     Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Per Diluted Share 
        to Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Diluted Share 
 The following table reconciles adjusted net income (loss) per 
  diluted share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial 
                 Three Months Ended      Twelve Months Ended 
                      Dec. 31,                 Dec. 31, 
                --------------------  -------------------------- 
                   2017       2016         2017          2016 
                ----------  --------  --------------  ---------- 
                    (unaudited)             (unaudited) 
Net income 
 (loss) per 
 diluted share 
 (GAAP):         $   0.37   $ (0.19)   $    1.67      $ (0.10) 
Excluding the 
    plan                -         -         0.16            - 
    from Tax 
    Cuts and 
    Jobs Act         0.54         -         0.54            - 
    income          (0.07)     0.04        (0.15)        0.08 
    cost            (0.06)        -        (0.06)           - 
    write-off       (0.01)        -        (0.01)           - 
                    -----    ------       ------       ------ 
Adjusted net 
 income (loss) 
 per diluted 
 (non-GAAP):     $  (0.04)  $ (0.23)   $    1.18      $ (0.18) 
                    =====    ======       ======       ====== 

Conference Call and Webcast

A simulcast of Olympic Steel's 2017 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings conference call can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.olysteel.com. The simulcast will begin at 10 a.m. EST on March 2, and a replay of the call will be available for approximately 14 days thereafter.

Forward-Looking Statements

It is the Company's policy not to endorse any analyst's sales or earnings estimates. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "anticipate," "should," "intend," "expect," "believe," "estimate," "project," "plan," "potential," and "continue," as well as the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general and global business, economic, financial and political conditions; competitive factors such as the availability, global production levels and pricing of metals, industry shipping and inventory levels and rapid fluctuations in customer demand and metals pricing; cyclicality and volatility within the metals industry; fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar and the related impact on foreign steel pricing, U.S. exports, and foreign imports to the United States; the levels of imported steel in the United States and any associated and threatened tariffs and duties; the availability and rising costs of transportation and logistical services; the successes of our efforts and initiatives to increase sales and earnings, maintain or improve working capital turnover and free cash flows, improve our customer service, and achieve cost savings; our ability to generate free cash flow through operations and repay debt within anticipated time frames; events or circumstances that could impair or adversely impact the carrying value of any of our assets; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including additional impairment charges related to indefinite lived intangible assets; events or circumstances that could adversely impact the successful operation of our processing equipment and operations; the amounts, successes and our ability to continue our capital investments and strategic growth initiatives, including acquisitions and our business information system implementations; the successes of our operational initiatives to improve our operating, cultural and management systems and reduce our costs; the ability to comply with the terms of our asset-based credit facility; the ability of our customers and third parties to honor their agreements related to derivative instruments; customer, supplier and competitor consolidation, bankruptcy or insolvency; reduced production schedules, layoffs or work stoppages by our own, our suppliers' or customers' personnel; the impacts of union organizing activities and the success of union contract renewals; the timing and outcomes of inventory lower of cost or market adjustments and last-in, first-out, or LIFO, income or expense; the ability of our customers (especially those that may be highly leveraged, and those with inadequate liquidity) to maintain their credit availability; the inflation or deflation existing within the metals industry, as well as our product mix and inventory levels on hand, which can impact our cost of materials sold as a result of the fluctuations in the LIFO inventory valuation; the adequacy of our existing information technology and business system software, including duplication and security processes; the adequacy of our efforts to mitigate cyber security risks and threats; access to capital and global credit markets; our ability to pay regular quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; our ability to repurchase shares of our common stock and the amounts and timing of repurchases, if any; unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation, arbitration and environmental matters, including any developments that would require any increase in our costs for such contingencies; and changes in laws or regulations or the manner of their interpretation or enforcement could impact our financial performance and restrict our ability to operate our business or execute our strategies.

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