Olympic Steel Reports 2012 Second Quarter Financial Results

CLEVELAND, Aug. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZEUS), a national metals service center, today announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012.

Net sales for the second quarter of 2012 totaled $367.4 million, a 22.9% increase from the $299.0 million for the second quarter of 2011. Net sales for the first half of 2012 totaled $749.4 million, a 26.3% increase from the $593.4 million for the first six months of 2011. Second quarter 2012 net income totaled $4.5 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $7.9 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, in last year's second quarter. First half 2012 net income totaled $10.8 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, compared to net income of $18.3 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, for last year's first half. The 2012 financial results include the results of Chicago Tube and Iron (CTI), which was acquired by the Company on July 1, 2011.

Commenting on the results, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Siegal stated, "We are pleased with our sales and market share growth in the second quarter. Earnings were impacted by degradation of pricing in both carbon and nickel products, and costs associated with startups not yet fully operational. We are focused on increasing cash flows and reducing debt, and look to the future contributions of our 2012 startup locations in Gary, Indiana; Mount Sterling, Kentucky; Monterrey, Mexico; Kansas City, Missouri; and Streetsboro, Ohio. Our capital spending on these projects concludes in 2012, and we then expect future annual capital spending levels to be below depreciation levels. We are also pleased with CTI and its continued accretion to earnings and the product diversity that the pipe and tube business provides. To date, we have been expanding our investments in CTI's facilities and equipment. The remaining four years on our credit facility provides us with strong future liquidity."

Olympic Steel's Board of Directors approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, which is payable on September 18, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 4, 2012. 

A simulcast of Olympic Steel's 2012 second quarter and first half earnings conference call may be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.olysteel.com . The simulcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today and a replay of the call will be available for 14 days thereafter.

Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel is a leading U.S. metals service center focused on the direct sale and distribution of large volumes of processed carbon, coated and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate steel and aluminum products. The Company's CTI subsidiary is a leading distributor of steel tubing, bar, pipe, valves and fittings, and fabricates pressure parts for the electric utility industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Olympic Steel currently operates from 33 facilities in North America. For further information, visit the Company's web site at http://www.olysteel.com .

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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," or "continue," as well as the negative of these terms or other 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, including the ongoing effects of the global economic recovery; access to capital and global credit markets; competitive factors such as the availability and pricing of metal, industry shipping and inventory levels, and rapid fluctuations in customer demand and metal pricing; the cyclicality and volatility within the metals industry; the ability of customers (especially those that may be highly leveraged and those with inadequate liquidity) to maintain their credit availability; the success of our new startups in Gary, Indiana; Mount Sterling, Kentucky; Monterrey, Mexico; Roseville, Minnesota; Kansas City, Missouri; and Streetsboro, Ohio; the ability to successfully integrate the newly leased locations or newly acquired businesses into our operations and achieve expected results; equipment installation delays or malfunctions, including the new Streetsboro, Ohio facility; the ability to comply with the terms of our asset-based credit facility and to make the required term-loan payments; the ability of our customers 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 our customers' personnel; the availability and costs of transportation and logistical services; the amounts, successes and our ability to continue our capital investments and strategic growth initiatives and our business information system implementations; the successes of our strategic efforts and initiatives to increase sales volumes, maintain or improve working capital turnover and free cash flows, improve inventory turnover and improve our customer service; the timing and outcome of inventory lower of cost or market adjustments; the adequacy of our existing information technology and business system software; our ability to pay regular quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; and our ability to generate free cash flow through operations, reduce inventory and repay debt within anticipated timeframes; the recently enacted federal healthcare legislation's impact on the healthcare benefits required to be provided by us and the impact of such legislation on our compensation and administrative costs; and unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation and environmental matters, including any developments that would require an increase in our costs for such contingencies. Further information on these and other risks and uncertainties is provided under Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which disclosure is incorporated herein by reference, and elsewhere in reports that the Company files or furnishes with the SEC. This release speaks only as of its date and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures the Company makes on related subjects in its reports filed with or furnished to the SEC.
         
OLYMPIC STEEL
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(in thousands, except per share data and ratios)
         
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
SUMMARY RESULTS OF OPERATIONS: (unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales  $ 367,365  $ 299,000  $ 749,417  $ 593,381
Operating income  9,744  13,899  22,007  31,212
Income before income taxes   7,566  13,073  17,755  29,581
Net income  $ 4,526  $ 7,946  $ 10,756  $ 18,269
Earnings per share:        
 Net income per share - basic  $ 0.41  $ 0.73  $ 0.98  $ 1.67
 Net income per share - diluted  $ 0.41  $ 0.73  $ 0.98  $ 1.67
         
  June 30, December 31,  
  2012 2011 2011  
SUMMARY BALANCE SHEET DATA: (unaudited) (audited)  
Accounts receivable, net  $ 158,853  $ 140,488  $ 122,579  
Inventories, net  312,275  207,578  277,765  
Net property and equipment  199,117  127,500  193,413  
Goodwill  47,370  7,083  47,254  
Total assets   778,807  502,072  707,499  
Current liabilities  151,800  117,535  139,575  
Total debt  288,506  91,190  244,216  
Shareholders' equity  298,172  279,895  286,576  
Shareholders' equity per share  27.31  25.68  26.28  
Debt-to-equity ratio  .97 to 1  .33 to 1  .85 to 1  
         
  Six Months Ended    
  June 30,    
  2012 2011    
OTHER DATA: (unaudited)    
Capital expenditures  15,683  16,416    
Cash dividends per share  $ 0.04  $ 0.04    
         
         
It is the Company's policy not to make quarterly or annual sales or earnings projections for external use and not to endorse any analyst's sales or earnings estimates.
         
                 
OLYMPIC STEEL
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share and tonnage data)
                 
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited)
                 
Net sales  $ 367,365    $ 299,000    $ 749,417    $ 593,381  
 % change 22.9%   40.5%   26.3%   55.9%  
                 
Costs and expenses                
 Cost of materials sold (exclusive of items shown below)  295,878 80.5%  238,618 79.8% 602,556 80.4% 469,580 79.1%
 Warehouse and processing  21,003 5.7%  16,371 5.5%  42,225 5.6%  31,961 5.4%
 Administrative and general  17,508 4.8%  13,667 4.6%  35,882 4.8%  26,878 4.5%
 Distribution  9,219 2.5%  6,139 2.1%  18,278 2.4%  12,347 2.1%
 Selling  6,763 1.8%  5,127 1.7%  13,904 1.9%  10,931 1.8%
 Occupancy  2,115 0.6%  1,667 0.6%  4,438 0.6%  3,493 0.6%
 Depreciation  4,913 1.3%  3,512 1.2%  9,683 1.3%  6,979 1.2%
 Amortization  222 0.1%  -- 0.0%  444 0.1%  -- 0.0%
 Total costs and expenses  357,621 97.3%  285,101 95.4%  727,410 97.1%  562,169 94.7%
 Operating income  9,744 2.7%  13,899 4.6%  22,007 2.9%  31,212 5.3%
Other income, net  (5) (0.0%)  -- 0.0%  (39) (0.0%)  -- 0.0%
 Income before financing cost and income taxes  9,749 2.7%  13,899 4.6%  22,046 2.9%  31,212 5.3%
Interest and other expense on debt  2,183 0.6%  826 0.3%  4,291 0.6%  1,631 0.3%
 Income before income taxes  7,566 2.1%  13,073 4.4%  17,755 2.4%  29,581 5.0%
Income tax provision   3,040 40.2%  5,127 39.2%  6,999 39.4%  11,312 38.2%
Net income  $ 4,526    $ 7,946    $ 10,756    $ 18,269  
                 
                 
Earnings per share:                
 Net income per share - basic  $ 0.41    $ 0.73    $ 0.98    $ 1.67  
 Weighted average shares outstanding - basic  10,960    10,935    10,956    10,935  
 Net income per share - diluted  $ 0.41    $ 0.73    $ 0.98    $ 1.67  
 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted  10,989    10,947    10,987    10,947  
         
OLYMPIC STEEL
SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(in thousands)
         
         
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
SEGMENT INFORMATION: 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales        
 Flat products  $ 307,887  $ 299,000  $ 624,516  $ 593,381
 Tubular and pipe products  59,478  --   124,901  -- 
Total net sales  $ 367,365  $ 299,000  $ 749,417  $ 593,381
         
Operating income        
 Flat products  $ 5,299  $ 13,899  $ 11,118  $ 31,212
 Tubular and pipe products  4,445  --   10,889  -- 
Total operating income   $ 9,744  $ 13,899  $ 22,007  $ 31,212
         
Depreciation and amortization        
 Flat products  $ 3,952  $ 3,512  $ 7,822  $ 6,979
 Tubular and pipe products  1,183  --   2,305  -- 
Total depreciation and amortization  $ 5,135  $ 3,512  $ 10,127  $ 6,979
         
Capital expenditures        
 Flat products  $ 5,286  $ 8,513  $ 10,732  $ 16,416
 Tubular and pipe products  2,428  --   4,951  -- 
Total capital expenditures  $ 7,714  $ 8,513  $ 15,683  $ 16,416
         
         
         
  June 30, December 31,    
  2012 2011    
Total assets        
 Flat products  $ 556,182  $ 494,179    
 Tubular and pipe products  222,625  213,320    
Total assets  $ 778,807  $ 707,499    
         
         
The tubular and pipe products segment is a result of the July 1, 2011 acquisition of Chicago Tube and Iron.   
As a result, there is no segment data for the tubular and pipe products segment for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.
CONTACT: Richard T. Marabito         Chief Financial Officer         Telephone:  (216) 292-3800         Fax:  (216) 292-3974

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