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Steel Dynamics Provides Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Guidance And Announces Third Quarter Cash Dividend

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: STLD) today provided third quarter earnings guidance in the range of $0.01 to $0.05 per diluted share, largely reflecting charges related to the company's recent refinancing, which were initially mentioned in the company's August 16, 2012 press release, and anticipated impairment charges.  More specifically, these estimated results include the following anticipated items:

  • Charges related to third quarter refinancing activities of approximately $27 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, primarily associated with prepayment fees.  These transactions extended the company's overall debt maturity profile while reducing annual interest expense by an estimated $10 million; and
  • Impairment charges of between $5 million and $9 million, or $0.01 to $0.02 per diluted share, related to the decision to terminate two small joint ventures.

Before charges related to the refinancing and asset impairments, third quarter 2012 estimated results would have been in the range of $0.09 to $0.14 per diluted share, lower than the $0.20 per diluted share reported for the second quarter 2012, and lower than the $0.19 per diluted share reported for prior year's third quarter.   The combination of global economic and political uncertainty continuing to impact customer confidence, and special-bar-quality customer inventory destocking for realignment of inventory throughout the supply chain, is expected to result in decreased steel shipments in the third quarter, specifically within the company's sheet and special-bar-quality operations.

Metals recycling financial results are expected to improve for the third quarter as compared to the sequential quarter even with decreased shipments, as metal spreads improved mid-quarter.  Despite continued weak demand from non-residential construction markets, the company's fabrication operations are expected to show improvement in bottom line profitability for the third quarter when compared to the sequential quarter, as continued progress is made concerning cost compression and market position.

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