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Commercial Metals Company Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

IRVING, Texas, March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended February 28, 2021.  Earnings from continuing operations were $66.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.5 billion, compared to prior year earnings from continuing operations of $63.6 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.3 billion.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company incurred $13.5 million in net after-tax charges, chiefly from the previously announced refinancing of long-term debt as well as closure costs associated with the final decommissioning of CMC's Steel California operations, partially offset by a gain on the sale of certain facilities.  Excluding these items, second quarter adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $79.8 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to adjusted earnings from continuing operations of $63.6 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the prior year period.  Details can be found in the non-GAAP reconciliation that follows.

Barbara R. Smith, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am extremely proud of our team's continued hard work, which resulted in outstanding financial results highlighted by record second quarter Core EBITDA.  This was achieved amidst a challenging environment of rising scrap costs and weather-related disruptions, demonstrating both the value of CMC's vertically integrated structure and the agility of our commercial, operational, and support teams."

Ms. Smith continued, "CMC's second quarter results also highlight the benefits of managing the operating factors that are within our control, including leveraging opportunities to improve efficiency throughout our organization.  From this solid foundation, CMC will further enhance our earnings capability in the coming quarters, as we continue to capitalize on benefits from ongoing network optimization efforts and ramp up our third rolling line in Poland this summer."

The Company's liquidity position as of February 28, 2021 remained strong, with cash and cash equivalents of $367.3 million and availability under the Company's credit and accounts receivable facilities of $693.0 million.

On March 17, 2021, the board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share of CMC common stock payable to stockholders of record on March 31, 2021. The dividend will be paid on April 14, 2021, and marks 226 consecutive quarterly dividend payments by the Company.

Business Segments - Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Review

The North America segment generated adjusted EBITDA of $171.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 12% compared to $152.8 million in the prior year period.  This improvement reflects solid management of controllable costs at each stage of our vertically integrated value chain.  Cost performance at the mills was particularly strong, driven by network efficiencies and lower costs for consumables.  Earnings also benefited from expanded margins on sales of raw materials, as well as the impact of selling lower cost inventory within an environment of rising prices for steel products. 

Shipment volumes of finished steel, which include steel products and downstream products, increased by 2% from the prior year quarter.  Demand for rebar from the mills remained strong, growing year-over-year, supported by resilient construction activity.  Single family residential construction within CMC's core geographies has increased significantly over the last year, which has opened additional selling opportunities for the Company, and is a positive indicator of future infrastructure and non-residential spending in these areas.  Shipments of merchant and other products increased by 13% from a year ago, driven by rising industrial activity and the construction of warehouses and metal buildings.  Downstream products volumes declined 6% year-over-year due to a modest backlog contraction and weather-related job site disruptions in several regional markets. 

Margins over scrap cost within the vertical chain declined from the second quarter of fiscal 2020, with compression in both steel products and downstream products.  Average selling price for steel products increased $70 per ton year-over-year, which was more than offset by higher scrap costs.  Steel products margins improved sequentially throughout the second quarter, and exited February at the highest level in nearly a year.  Margin over scrap cost on downstream products declined compared to a year ago, driven by higher input costs and modestly lower pricing in CMC's committed backlog, which led to lower average selling prices. 

The Europe segment reported adjusted EBITDA of $16.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, up 20% compared to adjusted EBITDA of $13.5 million for the prior year quarter.  The improvement was driven by a modest expansion in margin over scrap, as well as the impact of selling lower cost inventory within an environment of rising prices for steel products.  Demand for steel products from both construction and industrial end markets remained healthy during the quarter.  However, shipments declined by 7% year-over-year, due largely to the unusually high volumes that shipped during the second quarter of fiscal 2020.   During the quarter, we shifted product mix to capitalize on opportunities with customers of merchant and other products.  The reduction in rebar shipments from a year ago reflects the operations commercial agility, rather than any softening of market conditions.

Outlook

"We expect finished steel volumes in both North America and Europe to follow typical seasonal trends during the third quarter, which is historically strong given the start of the spring and summer construction seasons," said Ms. Smith.

"Shipments of steel and downstream products in North America should be supported by our construction backlog, with steel products also benefiting from elevated residential construction spending, continued manufacturing recovery, and anticipated strong highway infrastructure activity.  Volumes in Europe are anticipated to remain healthy, driven by growing demand from construction and industrial end markets.  We expect margins over scrap on steel products in both North America and Europe to increase sequentially following the realization of price adjustments made throughout the second quarter."

Conference Call

CMC invites you to listen to a live broadcast of its second quarter fiscal 2021 conference call today, Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. ETBarbara Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Paul Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. The call is accessible via our website at www.cmc.com. In the event you are unable to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived and available for replay on our website on the next business day. Financial and statistical information presented in the broadcast are located on CMC's website under "Investors."

About Commercial Metals Company

Commercial Metals Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle and fabricate steel and metal products, related materials and services through a network including seven electric arc furnace ("EAF") mini mills, two EAF micro mills, a rerolling mill, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, and metal recycling facilities in the U.S. and Poland.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws with respect to general economic conditions, key macro-economic drivers that impact our business, the effects of ongoing trade actions, the effects of continued pressure on the liquidity of our customers, potential synergies and organic growth provided by acquisitions and strategic investments, demand for our products, metal margins, the effect of COVID-19 and related governmental and economic responses thereto, the ability to operate our steel mills at full capacity, future supplies of raw materials and energy for our operations, share repurchases, legal proceedings, the undistributed earnings of our non-U.S. subsidiaries, U.S. non-residential construction activity, international trade, capital expenditures, our liquidity and our ability to satisfy future liquidity requirements, estimated contractual obligations and our expectations or beliefs concerning future events. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by phrases such as we or our management "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "intends," "plans to," "ought," "could," "will," "should," "likely," "appears," "projects," "forecasts," "outlook" or other similar words or phrases. There are inherent risks and uncertainties in any forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.

Although we believe that our expectations are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, new information or circumstances or any other changes. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include those described in Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2020, as well as the following: changes in economic conditions which affect demand for our products or construction activity generally, and the impact of such changes on the highly cyclical steel industry; rapid and significant changes in the price of metals, potentially impairing our inventory values due to declines in commodity prices or reducing the profitability of our downstream contracts due to rising commodity pricing; impacts from COVID-19 on the economy, demand for our products and on our operations, including the responses of governmental authorities to contain COVID-19 and the impact from the distribution of various COVID-19 vaccines; excess capacity in our industry, particularly in China, and product availability from competing steel mills and other steel suppliers including import quantities and pricing; compliance with and changes in existing and future government laws, regulations and other legal requirements and judicial decisions that govern our business, including increased environmental regulations associated with climate change and greenhouse gas emissions; involvement in various environmental matters that may result in fines, penalties or judgments; potential limitations in our or our customers' abilities to access credit and non-compliance by our customers with our contracts; activity in repurchasing shares of our common stock under our repurchase program; financial covenants and restrictions on the operation of our business contained in agreements governing our debt; our ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate acquisitions, and the effects that acquisitions may have on our financial leverage; risks associated with acquisitions generally, such as the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, required approvals under applicable antitrust legislation and other regulatory and third party consents and approvals; operating and start-up risks, as well as market risks associated with the commissioning of new projects could prevent us from realizing anticipated benefits and could result in a loss of all or a substantial part of our investment; lower than expected future levels of revenues and higher than expected future costs; failure or inability to implement growth strategies in a timely manner; impact of goodwill impairment charges; impact of long-lived asset impairment charges; currency fluctuations; global factors, such as trade measures, military conflicts and political uncertainties, including the impact of the 2020 U.S. election on current trade regulations, such as Section 232 trade tariffs, tax legislation and other regulations which might adversely impact our business; availability and pricing of electricity, electrodes and natural gas for mill operations; ability to hire and retain key executives and other employees; competition from other materials or from competitors that have a lower cost structure or access to greater financial resources; information technology interruptions and breaches in security; ability to make necessary capital expenditures; availability and pricing of raw materials and other items over which we exert little influence, including scrap metal, energy and insurance; unexpected equipment failures; losses or limited potential gains due to hedging transactions; litigation claims and settlements, court decisions, regulatory rulings and legal compliance risks; risk of injury or death to employees, customers or other visitors to our operations; and civil unrest, protests and riots.

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY
FINANCIAL & OPERATING STATISTICS (UNAUDITED)



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(in thousands, except per ton amounts)


2/28/2021


11/30/2020


8/31/2020


5/31/2020


2/29/2020


2/28/2021


2/29/2020

North America















Net sales


$

1,257,486



$

1,195,013



$

1,224,849



$

1,167,081



$

1,161,283



$

2,452,499



$

2,378,003


Adjusted EBITDA


171,612



155,634



174,219



159,394



152,831



327,246



327,563

















External tons shipped















Raw materials


302



330



300



288



321



632



641


Rebar


472



486



498



463



461



958



936


Merchant and other


268



264



234



211



238



532



474


Steel products


740



750



732



674



699



1,490



1,410


Downstream products


343



371



429



427



366



714



779

















Average selling price per ton















Raw materials


$

846



$

630



$

605



$

517



$

595



$

733



$

571


Steel products


695



612



600



624



625



653



625


Downstream products


929



934



970



966



984



931



979

















Cost of raw materials per ton


$

629



$

458



$

427



$

348



$

435



$

540



$

414


Cost of ferrous scrap utilized per ton


344



266



237



239



256



304



238

















Steel products metal margin per ton


$

351



$

346



$

363



$

385



$

369



$

349



$

387
































Europe















Net sales


$

202,066



$

194,596



$

179,855



$

173,817



$

180,079



$

396,662



$

345,468


Adjusted EBITDA


16,107



14,470



22,927



14,270



13,451



30,577



24,810

















External tons shipped















Rebar


78



128



150



122



145



206



267


Merchant and other


275



269



230



252



235



544



451


Steel products


353



397



380



374



380



750



718

















Average selling price per ton















Steel products


$

532



$

461



$

446



$

437



$

449



$

495



$

455

















Cost of ferrous scrap utilized per ton


$

328



$

262



$

250



$

239



$

251



$

296



$

248

















Steel products metal margin per ton


$

204



$

199



$

196



$

198



$

198



$

199



$

207


 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY
BUSINESS SEGMENTS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

Net sales


2/28/2021


11/30/2020


8/31/2020


5/31/2020


2/29/2020


2/28/2021


2/29/2020

North America


$

1,257,486



$

1,195,013



$

1,224,849



$

1,167,081



$

1,161,283



$

2,452,499



$

2,378,003


Europe


202,066



194,596



179,855



173,817



180,079



396,662



345,468


Corporate and Other


2,718



2,194



4,428



785



(399)



4,912



2,200


Total net sales


$

1,462,270



$

1,391,803



$

1,409,132



$

1,341,683



$

1,340,963



$

2,854,073



$

2,725,671

















Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations















North America


$

171,612



$

155,634



$

174,219



$

159,394



$

152,831



$

327,246



$

327,563


Europe


16,107



14,470



22,927



14,270



13,451



30,577



24,810


Corporate and Other


(45,986)



(26,471)



(64,846)



(26,882)



(28,561)



(72,457)



(54,847)


 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (UNAUDITED)


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(in thousands, except share data)

February 28, 2021


February 29, 2020


February 28, 2021


February 29, 2020

Net sales

$

1,462,270



$

1,340,963



$

2,854,073



$

2,725,671


Costs and expenses:








Cost of goods sold

1,228,343



1,123,096



2,403,162



2,269,610


Selling, general and administrative expenses

115,417



115,538



229,044



226,537


Loss on debt extinguishment

16,841





16,841




Interest expense

14,021



15,888



28,280



32,466


Asset impairments

474





4,068



530



1,375,096



1,254,522



2,681,395



2,529,143


Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

87,174



86,441



172,678



196,528


Income taxes

20,941



22,845



42,534



50,177


Earnings from continuing operations

66,233



63,596



130,144



146,351










Earnings from discontinued operations before income taxes

197



301



447



1,196


Income taxes

73



99



141



401


Earnings from discontinued operations

124



202



306



795










Net earnings

$

66,357



$

63,798



$

130,450



$

147,146










Basic earnings per share*








Earnings from continuing operations

$

0.55



$

0.53



$

1.08



$

1.23


Earnings from discontinued operations







0.01


Net earnings

$

0.55



$

0.54



$

1.09



$

1.24










Diluted earnings per share*








Earnings from continuing operations

$

0.54



$

0.53



$

1.07



$

1.22


Earnings from discontinued operations







0.01


Net earnings

$

0.55



$

0.53



$

1.07



$

1.22










Cash dividends per share

$

0.12



$

0.12



$

0.24



$

0.24


Average basic shares outstanding

120,345,432



118,919,455



120,052,459



118,644,823


Average diluted shares outstanding

121,751,859



120,407,256



121,672,194



120,303,259



* Earnings Per Share ("EPS") is calculated independently for each component and may not sum to net earnings EPS due to rounding.

 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except share data)


February 28, 2021


August 31, 2020

Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

367,347



$

542,103


Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $7,623 and $9,597)


895,604



880,728


Inventories, net


776,561



625,393


Prepaid and other current assets


166,124



165,879


Total current assets


2,205,636



2,214,103


Property, plant and equipment, net


1,557,143



1,571,067


Goodwill


66,235



64,321


Other noncurrent assets


235,027



232,237


Total assets


$

4,064,041



$

4,081,728


Liabilities and stockholders' equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

309,413



$

266,102


Accrued expenses and other payables


341,903



461,012


Current maturities of long-term debt and short-term borrowings


22,777



18,149


Total current liabilities


674,093



745,263


Deferred income taxes


126,789



130,810


Other noncurrent liabilities


242,632



250,706


Long-term debt


1,011,035



1,065,536


Total liabilities


2,054,549



2,192,315


Stockholders' equity:





Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; authorized 200,000,000 shares; issued 129,060,664 shares; outstanding 120,508,215 and 119,220,905 shares


1,290



1,290


Additional paid-in capital


354,620



358,912


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(102,140)



(103,764)


Retained earnings


1,909,443



1,807,826


Less treasury stock, 8,552,449 and 9,839,759 shares at cost


(153,952)



(175,063)


Stockholders' equity


2,009,261



1,889,201


Stockholders' equity attributable to noncontrolling interests


231



212


Total equity


2,009,492



1,889,413


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

4,064,041



$

4,081,728


 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)



Six Months Ended

(in thousands)


February 28, 2021


February 29, 2020

Cash flows from (used by) operating activities:





Net earnings


$

130,450



$

147,146


Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash flows from (used by) operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization


83,372



82,338


Stock-based compensation


21,758



15,805


Loss on debt extinguishment


16,841




Deferred income taxes and other long-term taxes


(8,129)



42,142


Net gain on disposals of subsidiaries, assets and other


(5,481)



(5,585)


Asset impairments


4,068



530


Amortization of acquired unfavorable contract backlog


(3,032)



(14,328)


Other


(105)



1,041


Changes in operating assets and liabilities


(238,539)



(15,673)


Net cash flows from operating activities


1,203



253,416







Cash flows from (used by) investing activities:





Capital expenditures


(87,688)



(96,592)


Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and other


20,338



14,004


Acquisitions, net of cash acquired




(9,850)


Proceeds from insurance




974


Net cash flows used by investing activities


(67,350)



(91,464)







Cash flows from (used by) financing activities:





Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net


296,250



11,299


Repayments of long-term debt


(357,792)



(106,880)


Debt extinguishment costs


(13,051)




Debt issuance costs


(1,124)




Proceeds from accounts receivable programs


8,848



85,686


Repayments under accounts receivable programs


(8,848)



(81,314)


Dividends


(28,833)



(28,480)


Stock issued under incentive and purchase plans, net of forfeitures


(4,536)



(2,463)


Contribution from noncontrolling interest


19



16


Net cash flows used by financing activities


(109,067)



(122,136)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


(419)



337


Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(175,633)



40,153


Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


544,964



193,729


Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

369,331



$

233,882







Supplemental information:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

367,347



$

232,442


Restricted cash


$

1,984



$

1,440


Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


$

369,331



$

233,882


COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

This press release contains financial measures not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided below.

Core EBITDA from Continuing Operations is a non-GAAP financial measure. Core EBITDA from continuing operations is the sum of earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes. It also excludes recurring non-cash charges for depreciation and amortization and asset impairments. Core EBITDA from continuing operations also excludes debt extinguishment costs, non-cash equity compensation, certain gains on sale of assets, certain facility closure costs, acquisition settlement costs and labor cost government refunds. Core EBITDA from continuing operations should not be considered an alternative to earnings (loss) from continuing operations or net earnings (loss), or as a better measure of liquidity than net cash flows from operating activities, as determined by GAAP. However, we believe that Core EBITDA from continuing operations provides relevant and useful information, which is often used by analysts, creditors and other interested parties in our industry as it allows: (i) comparison of our earnings to those of our competitors; (ii) a supplemental measure of our ongoing core performance; and (iii) the assessment of period-to-period performance trends. Additionally, Core EBITDA from continuing operations is the target benchmark for our annual and long-term cash incentive performance plans for management. Core EBITDA from continuing operations may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies.

A reconciliation of earnings from continuing operations before income taxes to Core EBITDA from continuing operations is provided below:


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(in thousands)

2/28/2021


11/30/2020


8/31/2020


5/31/2020


2/29/2020


2/28/2021


2/29/2020

Earnings from continuing operations

$

66,233



$

63,911



$

67,782



$

64,169



$

63,596



$

130,144



$

146,351


Interest expense

14,021



14,259



13,962



15,409



15,888



28,280



32,466


Income taxes

20,941



21,593



18,495



23,804



22,845



42,534



50,177


Depreciation and amortization

41,573



41,799



41,654



41,765



41,389



83,372



82,330


Amortization of acquired unfavorable contract backlog

(1,509)



(1,523)



(10,691)



(4,348)



(5,997)



(3,032)



(14,328)


Asset impairments

474



3,594



1,098



5,983





4,068



530


Loss on debt extinguishment

16,841





1,778







16,841




Non-cash equity compensation

12,696



9,062



9,875



6,170



7,536



21,758



15,805


Gain on sale of assets

(5,877)











(5,877)




Facility closure

5,694



5,214



2,903



1,863





10,908



6,339


Acquisition settlement





32,123










Labor cost government refund



(1,348)



(2,985)







(1,348)




Core EBITDA from continuing operations

$

171,087



$

156,561



$

175,994



$

154,815



$

145,257



$

327,648



$

319,670


Adjusted earnings from continuing operations is a non-GAAP financial measure that is equal to earnings from continuing operations before debt extinguishment costs, certain gains on sale of assets, certain facility closure costs, asset impairments, labor cost government refunds and acquisition settlements, including the estimated income tax effects thereof. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations should not be considered as an alternative to earnings from continuing operations or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. However, we believe that adjusted earnings from continuing operations provides relevant and useful information to investors as it allows: (i) a supplemental measure of our ongoing core performance and (ii) the assessment of period-to-period performance trends. Management uses adjusted earnings from continuing operations to evaluate our financial performance. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share is defined as adjusted earnings from continuing operations on a diluted per share basis.

A reconciliation of earnings from continuing operations to adjusted earnings from continuing operations is provided below:


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(in thousands)

2/28/2021


11/30/2020


8/31/2020


5/31/2020


2/29/2020


2/28/2021


2/29/2020

Earnings from continuing operations

$

66,233



$

63,911



$

67,782



$

64,169



$

63,596



$

130,144



$

146,351


Loss on debt extinguishment

16,841





1,778







16,841




Gain on sale of assets

(5,877)











(5,877)




Facility closure

5,694



5,214



2,903



1,863





10,908



6,339


Asset impairments

474



3,594



1,098



5,983





4,068




Labor cost government refund



(1,348)



(2,985)







(1,348)




Acquisition settlement





32,123










Total adjustments (pre-tax)

$

17,132



$

7,460



$

34,917



$

7,846



$



$

24,592



$

6,339
















Tax Impact














Related tax effects on adjustments

(3,598)



(1,593)



(7,392)



(1,648)





(5,191)



(1,331)


Total tax impact

(3,598)



(1,593)



(7,392)



(1,648)





(5,191)



(1,331)


Adjusted earnings from continuing operations

$

79,767



$

69,778



$

95,307



$

70,367



$

63,596



$

149,545



$

151,359
















Adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share

$

0.66



$

0.58



$

0.79



$

0.59



$

0.53



$

1.23



$

1.26


 

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SOURCE Commercial Metals Company

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