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Schnitzer Reports Strong First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Performance

Recent Acquisitions Accelerate Strategic Growth

First Quarter Revenues Up 71% and Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations up 178% to $0.64

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) today reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.64 for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended November 30, 2010. This compares with diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.23 during the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, Schnitzer reported record first quarter revenues of $675 million, compared to $394 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010.

Summary Results from Continuing Operations
($ in millions)
First First Fourth
Quarter Quarter Quarter
2011* 2010* % Change 2010* % Change
Revenues $ 675 $ 394 71 % $ 639 6 %
Operating Income $ 28 $ 9 206 % $ 24 17 %
Income from continuing operations attributable to SSI**
$ 18 $ 6 177 % $ 16 10 %
* Excludes results from discontinued operations
** Excludes the income attributable to noncontrolling interests

"We generated significant momentum during the first quarter of our fiscal year due to the strong global demand for recycled metals," said Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Each of our operating businesses delivered improved financial performance, and we continued to execute successfully on our strategic growth plan, announcing seven acquisitions since our fiscal year-end. These acquisitions provide us with a strong platform for our Metals Recycling Business in Western Canada and enhance our supply networks in the Northeast and the Southeast, and our Auto Parts Business in Texas, California and Oregon. We also commenced early stage operation of our new separation technologies at our recycling facilities in Oregon and Washington."

"As our record first quarter revenues demonstrate, global demand continues to drive prices and volumes higher," said Lundgren. "Asian economies have maintained steady demand due to strong infrastructure spending, and China's recent announcement of its new 5-year plan suggests increased purchases of recycled metals due to the environmental and economic benefits. We also anticipate stronger demand in the domestic markets in the new year due to inventory replenishment and a slowly improving domestic economy. We believe all these favorable dynamics signal strong long-term demand for our products."

Key business drivers during the first quarter fiscal 2011:

  • Our Metals Recycling Business achieved ferrous sales volumes during the last four quarters which approximated the record volumes delivered in fiscal 2008. In addition, prices were driven higher by strong global demand during the quarter. We were able to increase operating income as compared to both the first and fourth quarters of fiscal 2010 due to significantly higher ferrous volumes and prices.
  • Our Auto Parts Business delivered record first quarter operating income, with a robust operating margin of 21%, and maintained solid car purchase volumes despite not having the benefit of the Cash for Clunkers program which occurred primarily during the first quarter of 2010.
  • Our Steel Manufacturing Business reported improved year-over-year financial performance in the face of continued weak demand, operating at near break-even levels despite very challenging market conditions.

Recent Acquisition Summary

Since the beginning of our fiscal year in September 2010, we have announced seven acquisitions for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $225 million. In our Metals Recycling Business, our recent acquisitions extend our geographic reach along both the East and West coasts, including into Western Canada, further consolidating our supply network and enhancing operating efficiencies. In aggregate, these acquisitions will provide us with approximately 550,000 gross ferrous tons, approximately 40% of which will be incremental to our existing volumes, as well as approximately 60 million nonferrous pounds, all of which are incremental volumes. In our Auto Parts Business, we are adding new facilities in Waco, Texas and Stockton, California, and expanding our presence in Portland, Oregon. Our Auto Parts Business generates value from its stand-alone retail operations, as well as from synergies with our Metals Recycling Business in key markets.

Metals Recycling Business

In the first quarter, our Metals Recycling Business shipped ferrous volumes of 1.2 million tons and nonferrous volumes of 111 million pounds and generated operating income of $26 million, a $10 million improvement over the prior year first quarter

Summary of Metals Recycling Business Results
($ in millions, except selling prices; Fe volumes

000s long tons; NFe volumes M lbs)

First Quarter

First Quarter

Fourth Quarter

2011 2010 % Change 2010 % Change
Total Revenues $ 592 $ 316 87 % $ 556 6 %
Ferrous Revenues $ 481 $ 232 107 % $ 431 12 %
Ferrous Volumes 1,231 757 63 % 1,124 9 %
Avg. Net Ferrous Sales Prices ($/LT)(1) $ 353 $ 277 27 % $ 342 3 %
Nonferrous Volumes 111 110 1 % 139 (20 %)
Avg. Net Nonferrous Sales Prices ($/lb)(1) $ 0.94 $ 0.73 29 % $ 0.84 12 %
Operating Income $ 26 $ 16 60 % $ 21 23 %
(1) Sales prices are shown net of freight

"We benefited from continued broad-based demand for our ferrous scrap in the developing economies, in particular from Asia," said Lundgren. "Both ferrous and nonferrous prices strengthened considerably from the prior year and improved from the fourth quarter as demand for raw materials increased globally."

Sales Volumes: Record first quarter ferrous sales volumes of 1.2 million tons reflected the continuing strong demand for recycled metal from the export markets. Ferrous sales volumes for the four quarters ending in November approximated the record processed sales volumes in fiscal 2008.

Nonferrous sales volumes approximated the volumes in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Although production increased sequentially, low beginning inventories due to the strong nonferrous sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 resulted in a sequential decline in nonferrous shipments.

Ferrous and nonferrous volumes during the quarter were 63% and 1% higher, respectively, than in the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

Export customers accounted for approximately 80% of total ferrous sales volume, including shipments to 11 countries. The top export destinations were China and South Korea.

Pricing: During the quarter, average ferrous net sales prices increased from the prior year first quarter and fourth quarter as higher export prices more than offset a decline in domestic prices. Nonferrous prices also improved during the quarter. Average ferrous and nonferrous prices during the quarter were 27% and 29% higher, respectively, than comparable prices in the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

Revenues increased, both on a year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter basis, driven by higher volumes and average ferrous selling prices. Compared with the first quarter of 2010, revenues increased 87% on volume and selling price gains. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, revenues increased 6%, primarily due to higher ferrous sales volumes.

Margins: Operating income per ferrous ton was $21 in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase from $19 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and approximating the same level as the prior year first quarter. Operating income per ferrous ton during the first quarter was impacted by an increase in purchase prices for raw materials in the latter half of the quarter due to rising export prices for future shipments and relatively weak domestic demand which resulted in lower prices for domestic shipments.

Metals Recycling Business: Outlook

The following summary of management's outlook for the Metals Recycling Business in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 is subject to uncertainty that may affect future results.

Sales Volumes: Ferrous sales volumes are expected to be below the record first quarter levels due to normal seasonal declines in supply flows due to winter weather conditions and timing of shipments. Nonferrous volumes are expected to increase from the first quarter levels due to higher beginning inventory levels.

Pricing: Ferrous net selling prices, on average, are expected to continue their upward trend in both the domestic and export markets, increasing significantly compared to first quarter levels. Nonferrous prices are expected to increase moderately from first quarter levels.

Margins: Operating income per ferrous ton is expected to improve due to the higher sales prices and the increased relative contribution from nonferrous sales volumes.

Auto Parts Business

Our Auto Parts Business achieved record first quarter operating income from continuing operations.

Summary of Auto Parts Business Results
($ in millions, except locations)
First First Fourth
Quarter Quarter Quarter
2011* 2010* % Change 2010* % Change
Revenues $ 67 $ 55 21 % $ 64 5 %
Operating Income $ 14 $ 10 35 % $ 10 46 %
Locations (end of quarter) 45 43 5 % 45 -
* Excludes results from discontinued operations

"Our Auto Parts Business delivered another strong quarter of increasing revenue and higher operating income margins as a result of our strong self-service retail brand network which maximizes operating profit throughout the value chain of parts sales, core extraction and scrap," said Lundgren. "Our purchase volumes remained strong, and we continued to increase our storefronts with new locations in Texas and California, and expanded operations in Oregon."

Revenues: Revenues from continuing operations for the Auto Parts Business increased 5% over the fourth quarter of 2010 and 21% over last year's first quarter. The year-over-year improvement reflected the impact of higher commodity prices on revenues from scrap and core sales.

Margins: Operating margins of 21% increased from 15% in the fourth quarter due to improved parts sales and scrap prices which increased at a greater rate than the cost of scrapped vehicles. First quarter operating margins also improved from the 19% margins in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year despite not having the benefit from the higher quality vehicles purchased early in fiscal 2010 through the Cash for Clunkers program.

Auto Parts Business: Outlook

The following summary of management's outlook for the Auto Parts Business in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 is subject to uncertainty that may affect future results.

Revenues: Revenues are expected to approximate the first quarter of this fiscal year as the impact of rising commodity prices on core and scrap sales are expected to be offset by normal seasonal declines in admissions and parts sales.

Margins: Second quarter margins from continuing operations are expected to decline slightly from first quarter levels, driven by the normal seasonal impacts of the winter months on admissions and parts sales.

Steel Manufacturing Business

In the first quarter, our Steel Manufacturing Business continued to be impacted by weak demand for finished steel products in its West Coast markets.

Summary of Steel Manufacturing Business Results
($ in millions, except selling prices;
volume in thousands of tons)

First Quarter

First Quarter

Fourth Quarter

2011 2010 % Change 2010 % Change
Revenues $ 64 $ 69 (7 %) $ 74 (15 %)
Avg. Net Sales Prices ($/T)(1) $ 634 $ 520 22 % $ 618 3 %
Finished Goods Sales Volumes(1) 98 100 (2 %) 116 (16 %)
Operating Income (Loss) $ (2 ) $ (8 ) NM $ (0 ) NM
(1) Excludes billet sales
NM - not meaningful

"Our Steel Manufacturing Business reported improved year-over-year performance, although weaker demand compared to the fourth quarter resulted in a negative operating margin for the first quarter," said Lundgren. "This business continues to generate positive cash flow, and our product flexibility and lean cost structure position the mill to take advantage of future improvements in market conditions."

Sales Volumes: Finished steel sales volumes of 98 thousand tons declined 2% and 16% from the first and fourth quarters of fiscal 2010, respectively.

Pricing: The average net sales prices for finished steel products increased by $16 per ton, or 3%, compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and $114 per ton, or 22%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

Margins: Lower sales volumes and capacity utilization led to a decline in operating margins compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. On a year-over-year basis, the operating loss narrowed due to the increased selling prices enabling a higher level of purchase costs to be passed through to customers.

Steel Manufacturing Business: Outlook

The following summary of management's outlook for the Steel Manufacturing Business in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 is subject to uncertainty that may affect future results.

Sales Volumes: Normal seasonal declines in construction activity are expected to be offset by slightly higher demand, resulting in volumes that approximate the first quarter fiscal 2011 levels.

Pricing: Average sales prices are expected to increase from the first quarter fiscal 2011 as a result of price increases due to higher raw material costs.

Margins: Second quarter margins are expected to improve from the margins achieved in the first quarter due to the impact of price increases implemented during the second quarter. Near break-even performance is expected.

Corporate Items

The Company's effective tax rate for the quarter was 33%, which is expected to approximate the tax rate for the remainder of the year.

Total debt increased by $79 million to $180 million from the fourth quarter, primarily reflecting higher cash balances and increased accounts receivable related to the timing of cash collections on shipments near the quarter end date.

Discontinued Operations

The Company completed the sale of its GreenLeaf full-service used auto parts business to LKQ Corporation on October 2, 2009. For comparison purposes, the net losses and losses per share directly attributable to GreenLeaf for prior periods are disclosed separately in the Company's financial statements as "Discontinued Operations."

Analysts' Conference Call:First Quarter of Fiscal 2011

A conference call and slide presentation to discuss results will be held today, January 6, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. EST. It will be hosted by Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Peach, Chief Financial Officer. The call and the slides will be webcast and accessible on the Company's website at www.schnitzersteel.com.

Summary financial data provided in the following pages. The slides and related materials will be available prior to the call on the website.

About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled ferrous metal products in the United States with 52 operating facilities located in 14 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. The business has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company's integrated operating platform also includes its auto parts and steel manufacturing businesses. The Company's auto parts business sells used auto parts through its 46 self-service facilities located in 14 states and Western Canada. With an effective annual production capacity of approximately 800,000 tons, the Company's steel manufacturing business produces finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company commenced its 105th year of operations in fiscal 2011.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This news release, particularly the Outlook sections, contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (the "Exchange Act") which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's outlook for the business and statements as to expected product demand, pricing, sales volumes, revenues, operating margins, operating income and benefits of cost containment measures. Such statements can generally be identified because they contain "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate" and other words that convey a similar meaning. One can also identify these statements as statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Examples of factors affecting the Company that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations are the following: volatile supply and demand conditions affecting prices and volumes in the markets for both the Company's products and the raw materials it purchases; world economic conditions; world political conditions; the Company's ability to match output with demand; changes in federal and state income tax laws; government regulations and environmental matters; impact of pending or new laws and regulations regarding imports and exports into the United States and other countries; foreign currency fluctuations; competition; seasonality, including weather; energy supplies; freight rates and availability of transportation; loss of key personnel; the inability to obtain sufficient quantities of scrap metal to support current orders; purchase price estimates made during acquisitions; business integration issues relating to acquisitions of businesses; new accounting pronouncements; availability of capital resources; creditworthiness of and availability of credit to suppliers and customers; adverse impact of climate change, including as a result of treaties, legislation or regulations; and business disruptions resulting from installation or replacement of major capital assets, as discussed in more detail in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" or "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. One should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all factors that could cause actual results to differ from the Company's forward-looking statements. Consequently, the reader should not consider any such list to be a complete statement of all potential risks or uncertainties. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as may be required by law.

SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended
November 30, August 31, November 30,
2010 (1 )

2010 (1 )

2009 (1 )

REVENUES:
Metals Recycling Business:
Ferrous sales $ 480,868 $ 431,002 $ 232,009
Nonferrous sales 108,273 121,798 82,854
Other sales 2,567 3,012 1,609
TOTAL MRB SALES 591,708 555,812 316,472
Auto Parts Business 66,681 63,589 55,261
Steel Manufacturing Business 63,634 74,454 68,680
Intercompany sales eliminations (46,919

)

(54,764

)

(46,131

)

TOTAL $ 675,104 $ 639,091 $ 394,282
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS:
Metals Recycling Business $ 25,533 $ 20,808 $ 15,909
Auto Parts Business 14,039 9,635 10,417
Steel Manufacturing Business (2,035

)

(77

)

(7,565

)

Corporate expense (10,563

)

(6,896

)

(8,349

)

Intercompany eliminations 1,466 833 (1,130

)

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 28,440 24,303 9,282

(1) Excludes discontinued operations

SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended
November 30, August 31, November 30,
2010 2010 2009
Revenues $ 675,104 $ 639,091 $ 394,282
Cost of goods sold 602,546 573,523 350,938
Selling, general and administrative 45,075 41,919 34,446
Environmental matters (200 ) 150 150
(Income) loss from joint ventures (757 ) (804 ) (534 )
Operating income (loss) 28,440 24,303 9,282
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (598 ) (527 ) (618 )
Other income 216 688 419
Other income (expense) (382 ) 161 (199 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 28,058 24,464 9,083
Income tax (expense) benefit (9,164 ) (7,510 ) (1,864 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations 18,894 16,954 7,219
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 23 1,191 (14,974 )
Net income (loss) 18,917 18,145 (7,755 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (1,123 ) (738 ) (814 )
Net income (loss) attributable to SSI $ 17,794 $ 17,407 $ (8,569 )
Basic:
Income (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI (1) (2) 0.65 0.59 0.23
Income (loss) per share from discontinued operations attributable to SSI 0.00 0.04 (0.54 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to SSI $ 0.65 $ 0.63 $ (0.31 )
Diluted:
Income (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI (1) (2) 0.64 0.58 0.23
Income (loss) per share from discontinued operations attributable to SSI 0.00 0.04 (0.53 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to SSI $ 0.64 $ 0.62 $ (0.30 )
Weighted average number of common shares:
Basic 27,563 27,760 27,803
Diluted 27,871 28,082 28,130
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.017 $ 0.017 $ 0.017
(1 ) Excludes income attributable to noncontrolling interests
(2 ) Net income (loss) used in EPS calculation:
Income (loss) from continuing operations $ 18,894 $ 16,954 7,219
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (1,123 ) (738 ) (814 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to SSI 17,771 16,216 6,405
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 23 1,191 (14,974 )
Net income (loss) attributable to SSI $ 17,794 $ 17,407 $ (8,569 )
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
SELECTED OPERATING STATISTICS
(Unaudited)
Fiscal Year Fiscal Year
Q1 FY11 2011 Q1 FY10 Q2 FY10 Q3 FY10 Q4 FY10 2010
Metals Recycling Business
Ferrous Processing Selling Prices ($/LT)(1)
Domestic(2) $ 327 $ 327 $ 271 $ 294 $ 368 $ 339 $ 322
Exports 359 359 280 298 382 343 330
Average 353 353 277 297 378 342 328
Ferrous Processing Sales Volume (LT)(2)
SMB 90,537 90,537 122,171 80,728 139,404 115,869 458,172
Domestic 161,301 161,301 134,595 160,424 197,226 158,487 650,732
Export 979,063 979,063 499,899 933,123 838,766 849,863 3,121,651
Total Processed 1,230,901 1,230,901 756,665 1,174,275 1,175,396 1,124,219 4,230,555
Nonferrous Average Price ($/LB)(1) $ 0.94 $ 0.94 $ 0.73 $ 0.80 $ 0.94 $ 0.84 $ 0.83
Nonferrous Sales Volume (LB, in 000s) 111,495 111,495 110,247 104,892 124,283 139,063 478,485
Steel Manufacturing Business
Sales Prices ($/NT)(1)(3)
Average $ 634 $ 634 $ 520 $ 556 $ 635 $ 618 $ 587
Sales Volume (NT)(3)
Rebar 63,668 63,668 55,875 42,588 52,792 66,047 217,302
Coiled Products 26,917 26,917 38,051 47,660 70,738 44,233 200,682
Merchant Bar and Other 7,071 7,071 6,249 6,147 7,840 5,296 25,532
Total 97,656 97,656 100,175 96,395 131,370 115,576 443,516
Auto Parts Business
Number of self-service locations at end of quarter 45 45 43 45 45 45 45
(1) Price information is shown after a reduction for the cost of freight incurred to deliver the product to the customer.
(2) Includes sales to the Steel Manufacturing Business (SMB) for all quarters.
(3) Excludes billet sales.
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
November 30, 2010 August 31, 2010
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 57,035 $ 30,342
Accounts receivable, net 161,044 126,156
Inventories, net 275,989 268,103
Other current assets 28,726 36,193
Total current assets 522,794 460,794
Property, plant and equipment, net 465,830 460,810
Goodwill and other assets 427,518 421,814
Total assets $ 1,416,142 $ 1,343,418
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings $ 527 $ 1,189
Other current liabilities 126,991 158,924
Total current liabilities 127,518 160,113
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 179,143 99,240
Other long-term liabilities 109,839 104,433
Equity:
Total Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. ("SSI") Shareholders' equity 994,844 975,326
Noncontrolling interests 4,798 4,306
Total equity 999,642 979,632
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,416,142 $ 1,343,418

SOURCE: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

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