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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) reported today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. For the 2012 first quarter, Reliance reported net income of $116.2 million, up 26% from 2011 first quarter net income of $92.3 million, and up 71% from $67.9 million in the 2011 fourth quarter. Earnings per diluted share were $1.54 in the 2012 first quarter, up 25% from 2011 first quarter earnings per diluted share of $1.23 and up 69% from $.91 for the 2011 fourth quarter. Sales for the 2012 first quarter were $2.29 billion, up 20% from 2011 first quarter sales of $1.91 billion, and up 13% from 2011 fourth quarter sales of $2.03 billion. The 2012 first quarter financial results include in cost of sales a pre-tax LIFO charge, or expense, of $7.5 million, compared with a pre-tax LIFO charge of $20.0 million for the 2011 first quarter and $17.8 million for the 2011 fourth quarter. The LIFO adjustments, in effect, reflect cost of sales at current replacement costs.
Reliance’s tons sold for the 2012 first quarter were up 13.8% from the 2011 first quarter and up 11.2% from the 2011 fourth quarter. Average prices per ton sold in the 2012 first quarter were up 5.3% compared to the 2011 first quarter and up 1.3% compared to the 2011 fourth quarter. For the 2012 first quarter, carbon steel sales were 52% of net sales; aluminum sales were 15%; stainless steel sales were 15%; alloy sales were 12%; toll processing sales were 2%; and other sales were 4%.
David H. Hannah, Chairman and CEO of Reliance said, “As we indicated in our earnings guidance update last week, the quarter, overall was better than we originally anticipated. Demand was stronger, especially in January and February, aided in part by a more favorable pricing environment for most of our products. Sales dollars per day in March were down slightly from February due to a drop in tons sold per day, as the direction of carbon steel pricing became a little uncertain and stainless steel surcharges decreased.”