AK Steel announces Q2 and H1 2012 financial results
AK Steel has announced a net loss of USD 724.2 million or USD 6.55 per diluted share of common stock for the second quarter of 2012. The 2012 second quarter results include the effects of a non cash charge of USD 736.0 million or USD 6.65 per diluted share for a valuation allowance for the company’s deferred tax assets. As discussed more fully below, a tax valuation allowance is required under accounting principles to record the effect on income tax expense of a change in the potential future realization of the company's deferred tax assets. This accounting treatment is subject to reversal upon a return by the company to sustained profitability.
Excluding the effects of this charge, the company's adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2012 was USD 11.4 million or USD 0.10 per diluted share. These results reflect an improvement over the net loss of USD 11.8 million or USD 0.11 per diluted share, incurred in the first quarter of 2012. They compare to net income of USD 33.1 million or USD 0.30 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011.
Net sales for the second quarter of 2012 were USD 1,538.4 million on shipments of 1,335,800 tonnes as compared to sales of USD 1,791.9 million on shipments of 1,497,000 tonnes for the year ago second quarter and sales of USD 1,508.7 million on shipments of 1,325,900 tonnes for the first quarter of 2012.
The company said that its average selling price for the second quarter of 2012 was USD 1,152 per tonne, a 1% QoQ increase over the first quarter of 2012 and about 3% YoY lower than the second quarter of 2011. The higher average selling price for the second quarter 2012 over the first quarter of 2012 was primarily due to a richer product mix and increased contract sales, partially offset by lower selling prices for spot market sales.
The company reported an operating profit for the second quarter of 2012 of USD 56.7 million or USD 42 per tonne as compared to USD 68.5 million or USD 46 per tonne for the second quarter of 2011 and USD 4.1 million or USD 3 per tonne for the first quarter of 2012. The 2012 second quarter operating results reflect an improvement of USD 52.6 million compared to the first quarter of 2012. The 2012 second quarter results include a LIFO credit of USD 18.3 million as compared to a LIFO charge of USD 38.8 million in the second quarter of 2011 and a LIFO credit of USD 12.4 million for the first quarter of 2012.
Mr James L Wainscott chairman, president & CEO of AK Steel said that "During the second quarter, sluggish domestic and global economic conditions impacted shipment volumes and selling prices for our steel products. Despite these market challenges, AK Steel recorded an improved operating profit and adjusted net income performance compared to the previous quarter."
The company ended the second quarter of 2012 with USD 37.4 million of cash and cash equivalents and USD 671.7 million of availability under the company's revolving credit facility, for total liquidity of approximately USD 709 million.
For the first six months of 2012, the company reported a net loss of USD 736.0 million or USD 6.66 per diluted share. The company reported net income for the corresponding 2011 period of USD 41.8 million or USD 0.38 per diluted share. Excluding the effects of the tax valuation allowance charge recorded in 2012, the company would have reported an adjusted net loss of USD 0.4 million or less than USD 0.01 per diluted share for the first six months of 2012.
Sales for the first six months of 2012 were USD 3,047.1 million as compared to USD 3,373.0 million in the first half of 2011. Shipments for the first half of 2012 were 2,661,700 tonnes as compared to 2,920,100 tonnes in the first half of 2011. The company reported operating profit of USD 60.8 million or USD 23 per tonne for the first six months of 2012 as compared to USD 88.0 million or USD 30 per tonne, for the same period in 2011. The negative effect on earnings caused by the decrease in sales and higher coal costs was partially offset by decreases in energy costs.
During the first half of 2012, the company contributed USD 170.2 million to its pension trust fund, which satisfies the company's requirements for the full year.
Source - AK Steel Corporation