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Schnitzer Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Third Quarter Outlook

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 6, 2016-- Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended February 29, 2016. Significantly weaker export demand in the latter half of the second quarter led to ferrous and nonferrous sales prices falling to multi-year lows during the quarter. The lower price environment adversely impacted scrap flows and compressed metal spreads. At the end of February, export ferrous sales prices for shipments in the third quarter began to improve and continued to show strength through March.

Summary Consolidated Performance

For the second quarter fiscal 2016, the Company announced an adjusted loss per share from continuing operations of $0.25. This compares to second quarter fiscal 2015 adjusted loss per share from continuing operations of $0.28. The improvement in adjusted loss per share from continuing operations compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was primarily due to higher AMR adjusted operating income and decreased corporate expense, partially offset by lower SMB performance. Adjusted earnings per share excludes the impact of goodwill and other asset impairment charges, restructuring and other exit-related costs and, in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the impact of reselling or modifying the terms of certain previously contracted bulk ferrous shipments.

The Company reported a loss per share from continuing operations of $1.48 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. This includes non-cash impairment charges of $9 million, or $0.33 per share, to the carrying value of the goodwill in the Auto and Metals Recycling Business, $18 million of other asset impairments, or $0.68 per share, and $5 million in restructuring and exit-related costs, or $0.23 per share, representing a combined $1.23 per share in the second quarter. This compares to a reported loss per share from continuing operations of $7.08 in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. For a reconciliation to the adjusted results, please see a description of the non-GAAP financial measures provided after the financial statements.

“The combination of weak export demand, constrained supply conditions, seasonal slowdowns and the higher level of steel imports contributed to a challenging second quarter. Our focus on productivity and cost reduction initiatives enabled us to improve our results compared to last year’s second quarter in an environment in which our average ferrous sales prices were down over 40% and near ten-year lows,” commented Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As market conditions strengthen, we anticipate these productivity and cost reduction initiatives will contribute to expanded margins and improved financial performance,” added Lundgren.

Third Quarter Outlook

Although markets remain volatile, for the third quarter, the Company currently anticipates ferrous sales volumes to increase approximately 10% sequentially, subject to timing of shipments. As a result, AMR’s operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 is expected to be approximately double the adjusted operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $5.5 million, reflecting stronger ferrous sales prices and retail activity compared to the second quarter, benefits from higher cost savings and no material impact from average inventory accounting. SMB is expected to deliver positive operating income on higher sales volumes and additional cost reductions.

                   
Summary Results
($ in millions, except per share amounts)
Quarter
2Q16 2Q15 Change 1Q16 Change
Revenues $ 289 $ 437 (34 )% $ 321 (10 )%
Operating Loss $ (37 ) $ (201 ) (82 )% $ (4 ) NM
Goodwill impairment charge 9 141 (94 )% NM
Other asset impairment charges 18 44 (58 )% NM
Restructuring charges and other exit-related costs 5 5 (2 )% 2 175 %
Resale or modification of previously contracted shipments       1   NM     NM
Adjusted Operating Loss(1)(3) $ (4 ) $ (9 ) (52 )% $ (2 ) 113 %
Net Loss attributable to SSI $ (41 ) $ (196 ) (79 )% $ (5 ) 679 %
Net Loss from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ (40 ) $ (191 ) (79 )% $ (5 ) 669 %
Adjusted Net Loss from continuing operations attributable to SSI(2) $ (7 ) $ (8 ) (11 )% $ (4 ) 87 %
Net Loss per share attributable to SSI $ (1.52 ) $ (7.24 ) (79 )% $ (0.20 ) 677 %
Net Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ (1.48 ) $ (7.08 ) (79 )% $ (0.19 ) 667 %
Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to SSI(2) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.28 ) (12 )% $ (0.13 ) 86 %
(1) Adjusted operating income excludes the impact of goodwill and other asset impairment charges, restructuring, and other exit-related costs, and, in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the resale or modification of certain previously contracted ferrous bulk shipments. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
(2) See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
(3) May not foot due to rounding.
NM = not meaningful
 

Auto and Metals Recycling

AMR segment results and operating statistics reflect integrated auto and metals recycling operations for all periods presented.

 
Summary of Auto and Metals Recycling Results
($ in millions, except selling prices and data per ton; Fe volumes 000s long tons; NFe volumes Ms lbs)
    Quarter
2Q16     2Q15     Change     1Q16     Change
Total Revenues $ 250 $ 389 (36 )% $ 273 (8 )%
Ferrous Revenues $ 140 $ 252 (44 )% $ 163 (14 )%
Ferrous Volumes 737 788 (6 )% 805 (8 )%
Avg. Net Ferrous Sales Prices ($/LT)(1) $ 169 $ 290 (42 )% $ 179 (6 )%
Nonferrous Revenues $ 84 $ 106 (21 )% $ 81 4 %
Nonferrous Volumes 124 124 % 111 11 %
Avg. Net Nonferrous Sales Prices ($/lb)(1) $ 0.59 $ 0.77 (23 )% $ 0.63 (6 )%
Cars Purchased for Retail (000s) 70 78 (10 )% 77 (9 )%
Operating Income (Loss)(2) $ (26 ) $ (189 ) (86 )% $ 2 NM
Operating Income (Loss) per Fe ton $ (36 ) $ (239 ) (85 )% $ 3 NM
Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)(3) $ 1 $ (3 ) NM $ 2 (57 )%
Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) per Fe ton $ 1 $ (4 ) NM $ 3 (53 )%
(1) Sales prices are shown net of freight.
(2) Operating income does not include the impact of restructuring charges and other exit-related costs.
(3) Adjusted operating income excludes the impact of goodwill and other asset impairment charges, restructuring and other exit-related costs and, in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the resale or modification of certain previously contracted ferrous bulk shipments. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
NM = not meaningful
 

Volumes: Ferrous sales volumes in the second quarter declined 8% from the first quarter, primarily due to weaker global demand and the impact of the lower price environment on supply flows. Improvements in market conditions since late February are expected to benefit shipments in the third quarter. Nonferrous sales volumes increased 11% sequentially, reflecting the timing of shipments of processed material. Cars purchased for AMR’s auto stores decreased 9% from the first quarter due to a continuation of tight supply conditions driven by the lower commodity price environment.

Export customers accounted for 62% of total ferrous sales volumes in the second quarter. Our ferrous and nonferrous products were exported to 14 countries, with India, Turkey and Thailand the top export destinations for ferrous shipments.

Pricing: Export demand weakened in the latter half of the quarter which led to declines in ferrous selling prices sequentially, reaching near ten-year lows. Average ferrous net selling prices for shipments during the quarter decreased $10 per ton, or 6% from first quarter levels. Nonferrous prices weakened 6% sequentially with market prices for copper and aluminum reaching seven-year lows in the second quarter.

Margins: Adjusted operating income of $1 per ferrous ton in the second quarter decreased sequentially due to the lower price environment which adversely impacted the spread between direct purchase costs and selling prices of recycled metal and also further constrained the supply of scrap metal, including end-of-life vehicles. Benefits from cost reductions and productivity initiatives were more than offset by the margin compression created by the weak market environment.

Steel Manufacturing Business

 
Summary of Steel Manufacturing Business Results
($ in millions, except selling prices; volume 000s of short tons)
    Quarter
2Q16     2Q15     Change     1Q16     Change
Revenues $ 58 $ 93 (37 )% $ 72 (19 )%
Operating Income (Loss) $ (1 ) $ 4 NM $ 3 NM
Avg. Net Sales Prices ($/ST) $ 504 $ 658 (23 )% $ 554 (9 )%
Finished Goods Sales Volumes 110 129 (15 )% 123 (11 )%
Rolling Mill Utilization 61 % 76 % 68 %
NM = not meaningful
 

Sales Volumes: Finished steel sales volumes were 15% lower as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015 primarily due to increased competition from imported steel products. Lower rolling mill utilization reflected reduced production levels due to the softer sales environment and the planned maintenance outage.

Pricing: Average net sales prices for finished steel products decreased 23% from the prior year quarter and 9% from first quarter levels, reflecting continued pressure on finished steel selling prices from reduced raw material costs and lower priced steel imports.

Margins: Operating performance during the quarter was slightly below break-even levels. Compared to the prior year, results were adversely impacted by substantially lower volumes and selling prices for finished steel.

Corporate Items

During the second quarter, strong focus on cost efficiency and productivity initiatives generated a $9 million reduction, or 20%, in consolidated selling, general and administrative costs as compared to the prior year, the majority of which resulted from the targeted savings programs announced in fiscal 2015.

New savings initiatives of $30 million were identified in the second quarter which are expected to generate approximately $13 million in benefits in the second half of fiscal 2016, with the balance expected to be delivered by the end of fiscal 2017. The new savings are expected to result from a combination of reduced staffing levels, the closure of four feeder yards, increased efficiencies in procurement, and streamlining of administrative and supporting services. Approximately 80% of the new savings are expected to be realized at AMR and the balance is expected to result from Corporate and SMB. The Company incurred restructuring charges and other exit-related costs of $5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

The Company generated operating cash flow of $7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and returned capital to shareholders through its 88th consecutive quarterly dividend. Net debt at the end of the second quarter was $189 million. (See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.)

The Company’s effective tax rate was an expense of 3.3% in the second quarter which was lower than the federal statutory rate primarily due to projected changes in the Company’s full valuation allowance positions, partially offset by increases in deferred tax liabilities.

Analysts’ Conference Call: Second Quarter of Fiscal 2016

A conference call and slide presentation to discuss results will be held today, April 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. EDT 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 is provided in the following pages. The slides and related materials will be available prior to the call on the website.

 
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)
                   
For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended
February 29, November 30, February 28, February 29, February 28,
2016 2015 2015 2016 2015
 
REVENUES:
Auto and Metal Recycling:
Ferrous sales $ 140,126 $ 163,413 $ 251,501 $ 303,539 $ 599,871
Nonferrous sales 84,130 80,896 106,225 165,025 234,610
Other sales   25,556     28,656     31,331     54,213     68,264  
Total AMR Sales 249,812 272,965 389,057 522,777 902,745
Steel Manufacturing Business 58,391 71,901 93,126 130,292 188,344
Intercompany sales and eliminations   (19,126 )   (23,668 )   (44,734 )   (42,794 )   (100,016 )
Total Revenues $ 289,077 $ 321,198 $ 437,449 $ 610,275 $ 991,073
 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS):
Adjusted Auto and Metals Recycling(1) $ 874 $ 2,036 $ (3,179 ) $ 2,910 $ 7,131
Steel Manufacturing Business   (1,202 )   2,754     3,799     1,552     10,006  
Adjusted segment operating income (loss)(2) (328 ) 4,790 620 4,462 17,137
Corporate expense (6,315 ) (8,299 ) (8,488 ) (14,616 ) (17,480 )
Intercompany eliminations   2,161     1,406     (1,543 )   3,569     (2,109 )
Adjusted operating loss(1) (4,482 ) (2,103 ) (9,411 ) (6,585 ) (2,452 )
Goodwill impairment charge (8,845 ) (141,021 ) (8,845 ) (141,021 )
Other asset impairment charges (18,458 ) (43,838 ) (18,458 ) (43,838 )
Restructuring charges and other exit-related costs (5,291 ) (1,925 ) (5,394 ) (7,216 ) (5,987 )
Resale or modification of previously contracted shipments           (1,347 )       (6,928 )
Total operating loss $ (37,076 ) $ (4,028 ) $ (201,011 ) $ (41,104 ) $ (200,226 )
(1) Adjusted operating income (loss) excludes the impact of goodwill and other asset impairments, and the resale or modification of certain previously contracted ferrous bulk shipments. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for reconciliation to U.S. GAAP.
(2) Segment operating income (loss) does not include the impact of restructuring charges and other exit-related costs.
 

 
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
                   
For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended
February 29, November 30,

February 28,

February 29, February 28,
2016 2015 2015 2016 2015
Revenues $ 289,077   $ 321,198   $ 437,449   $ 610,275   $ 991,073  
Cost of goods sold 259,670 284,854 406,649 544,524 914,664
Selling, general and administrative 33,599 38,418 42,167 72,017 86,898
(Income) loss from joint ventures 290 29 (609 ) 319 (1,109 )
Goodwill impairment charge 8,845 141,021 8,845 141,021
Other asset impairment charges 18,458 43,838 18,458 43,838
Restructuring charges and other exit-related costs   5,291     1,925     5,394     7,216     5,987  
Operating loss (37,076 ) (4,028 ) (201,011 ) (41,104 ) (200,226 )
Interest expense (2,015 ) (1,859 ) (2,295 ) (3,874 ) (4,669 )
Other income, net   438     407     1,993     845     2,925  
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (38,653 ) (5,480 ) (201,313 ) (44,133 ) (201,970 )
Income tax benefit (expense)   (1,293 )   578     9,673     (715 )   9,566  
Loss from continuing operations (39,946 ) (4,902 ) (191,640 ) (44,848 ) (192,404 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   (1,024 )   (65 )   (4,242 )   (1,089 )   (5,080 )
Net loss (40,970 ) (4,967 ) (195,882 ) (45,937 ) (197,484 )
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   (275 )   (329 )   240     (604 )   (631 )
Net loss attributable to SSI $ (41,245 ) $ (5,296 ) $ (195,642 ) $ (46,541 ) $ (198,115 )
Net loss per share attributable to SSI:
Basic:
Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ (1.48 ) $ (0.19 ) $ (7.08 ) $ (1.67 ) $ (7.15 )
Loss per share from discontinued operations attributable to SSI   (0.04 )       (0.16 )   (0.04 )   (0.19 )
Net loss per share attributable to SSI(1) $ (1.52 ) $ (0.20 ) $ (7.24 ) $ (1.71 ) $ (7.34 )
Diluted:
Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ (1.48 ) $ (0.19 ) $ (7.08 ) $ (1.67 ) $ (7.15 )
Loss per share from discontinued operations attributable to SSI   (0.04 )       (0.16 )   (0.04 )   (0.19 )
Net loss per share attributable to SSI(1) $ (1.52 ) $ (0.20 ) $ (7.24 ) $ (1.71 ) $ (7.34 )
Weighted average number of common shares:
Basic 27,201 27,121 27,020 27,178 26,982
Diluted 27,201 27,121 27,020 27,178 26,982
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.1875 $ 0.1875 $ 0.1875 $ 0.3750 $ 0.3750
(1) May not foot due to rounding.
 

SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
SELECTED OPERATING STATISTICS
(Unaudited)
                                Fiscal
1Q16     2Q16     1H16 1Q15     2Q15     3Q15     4Q15     2015
Auto and Metals Recycling(1)
Ferrous Selling Prices ($/LT)(2)
Domestic $ 180 $ 161 $ 170 $ 330 $ 293 $ 235 $ 239 $ 275
Export $ 179       $ 174       $ 177   $ 319       $ 286       $ 236       $ 225       $ 265  
Average $ 179 $ 169 $ 175 $ 323 $ 290 $ 235 $ 231 $ 269
Ferrous Sales Volume (LT)
Domestic 290,170 282,200 572,370 379,770 372,408 342,812 376,910 1,471,900
Export   515,109         454,924         970,033     604,683         415,765         663,456         552,573         2,236,477  
Total 805,279 737,124 1,542,403 984,453 788,173 1,006,268 929,483 3,708,377
Nonferrous Average Price ($/LB)(2)(3) $ 0.63 $ 0.59 $ 0.61 $ 0.81 $ 0.77 $ 0.71 $ 0.71 $ 0.75
 
Nonferrous Sales Volume (LB, 000s)(3) 111,077 123,675 234,753 142,661 123,672 143,073 176,029 585,435
Car Purchase Volume (000s)(4) 77 70 147 92 78 79 88 337
Auto Stores at End of Quarter 55 55 55 56 56 55 55 55
Steel Manufacturing Business
Sales Prices ($/ST)(2)(5)
Average $ 554 $ 504 $ 530 $ 688 $ 658 $ 618 $ 600 $ 639
Sales Volume (ST)(5)
Rebar 85,899 71,935 157,834 79,065 74,928 100,413 94,773 349,179
Coiled Products 32,482 33,742 66,224 40,361 49,403 35,477 45,176 170,417
Merchant Bar and Other   4,757         3,974         8,731     6,245         4,567         4,780         4,796         20,388  
Total 123,138 109,651 232,789 125,671 128,898 140,670 144,745 539,984
Rolling Mill Utilization 68 % 61 % 64 % 72 % 76 % 69 % 74 % 73 %
(1) Ferrous and nonferrous volume and price data has been recast to reflect the combined auto and metals recycling operations for all periods presented.
(2) Price information is shown after a reduction for the cost of freight incurred to deliver the product to the customer.
(3) Excludes PGM metals in catalytic converters.
(4) Cars purchased by auto stores only.
(5) Excludes billet sales.
 

 
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
   

February 29, 2016

   

August 31, 2015

Assets

Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,940 $ 22,755
Accounts receivable, net 81,159 111,492
Inventories 146,030 156,532
Other current assets   24,843   31,586
Total current assets 260,972 322,365
Property, plant and equipment, net 393,768 427,554
Goodwill and other assets   197,433   212,380
Total assets $ 852,173 $ 962,299
 

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings $ 620 $ 584
Other current liabilities   104,713   119,862
Total current liabilities 105,333 120,446
Long-term debt 197,219 227,572
Other long-term liabilities 72,549 75,730
Equity:
Total Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. ("SSI") shareholders' equity 473,423 534,535
Noncontrolling interests   3,649   4,016
Total equity   477,072   538,551
Total liabilities and equity $ 852,173 $ 962,299
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules such as adjusted consolidated operating income (loss), adjusted AMR operating income (loss), adjusted net loss from continuing operations attributable to SSI and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures. Management believes that each of the foregoing adjusted non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful presentation of the Company’s results from its core business operations excluding adjustments for a goodwill impairment charge, other asset impairment charges and restructuring and other exit-related costs that are not related to the Company’s ongoing core business operations and improves the period-to-period comparability of the Company’s results from its core business operations. In addition, to improve comparability of our operating performance between periods, these measures also exclude the impact on operating results in fiscal 2015 from the resale or modification of the terms during the first and second quarters of 2015 of certain previously contracted ferrous bulk shipments. Due to the sharp decline in selling prices that occurred during the first and second quarters of fiscal 2015, the revised prices associated with these shipments were significantly lower than the prices in the original sales contracts entered into between August and November 2014. Further, management believes that debt, net of cash is a useful measure for investors because, as cash and cash equivalents can be used, among other things, to repay indebtedness, netting this against total debt is a useful measure of our leverage. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.

               
Operating Income (Loss)
($ in millions) Quarter
2Q16 1Q16 2Q15 3Q15
Consolidated Operating Income (Loss):
Operating Loss $ (37 ) $ (4 ) $ (201 ) $ (4 )
Goodwill impairment charge 9 141
Other asset impairment charges 18 44 1
Restructuring charges and other exit-related costs 5 2 5 6
Resale or modification of previously contracted shipment           1      
Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)(1) $ (4 ) $ (2 ) $ (9 ) $ 3  
 
AMR Operating Income (Loss):
Operating Income (Loss) $ (26 ) $ 2 $ (189 ) $ 4
Goodwill impairment charge 9 141
Other asset impairment charges 18 43 1
Resale or modification of previously contracted shipment           1      
Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)(1) $ 1   $ 2   $ (3 ) $ 6  
(1) May not foot due to rounding.
 

   

Net Loss from continuing operations attributable to SSI

($ in millions) Quarter
2Q16     1Q16     2Q15     3Q15
Net Loss from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ (40 ) $ (5 ) $ (191 ) $ (8 )
Goodwill impairment charge, net of tax(2) 9 130
Other asset impairment charges, net of tax(2) 18 44 1
Restructuring charges and other exit-related costs, net of tax(2) 6 2 6 7
Resale or modification of previously contracted shipment, net of tax(2)           3      
Adjusted Net Loss from continuing operations attributable to SSI(1) $ (7 ) $ (4 ) $ (8 ) $  
(1) May not foot due to rounding.
(2) Income tax allocated to adjustments reconciling Reported and Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to SSI and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI is determined based on a tax provision calculated with and without the adjustments.
 
               
Diluted Earnings per share attributable to SSI
($ per share) Quarter
2Q16 1Q16 2Q15 3Q15
Net Loss per share attributable to SSI $ (1.52 ) $ (0.20 ) $ (7.24 ) $ (0.36 )
Less: Loss per share from discontinued operations attributable to SSI   (0.04 )       (0.16 )   (0.05 )
Net Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI(1) (1.48 ) (0.19 ) (7.08 ) (0.31 )
Goodwill impairment charge, net of tax, per share(2) 0.33 4.83
Other asset impairment charges, net of tax, per share(2) 0.68 1.63 0.05
Restructuring charges and other exit-related costs, net of tax, per share(2) 0.23 0.06 0.23 0.25
Resale or modification of previously contracted shipment, net of tax, per share(2)           0.12      
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to SSI(1) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.13 ) $ (0.28 ) $  
(1) May not foot due to rounding.
(2) Income tax allocated to adjustments reconciling Reported and Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to SSI and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI is determined based on a tax provision calculated with and without the adjustments.
 
       
Debt, Net of Cash
($ in thousands)
February 29, 2016 August 31, 2015
Short-term borrowings $ 620 $ 584
Long-term debt, net of current maturities   197,219   227,572
Total debt 197,839 228,156
Less: cash and cash equivalents   8,940   22,755
Total debt, net of cash $ 188,899 $ 205,401
 

About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in the United States with operating facilities located in 24 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. Schnitzer 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 auto parts stores and steel manufacturing. 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 began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.

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Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding future events or our expectations, intentions, beliefs and strategies regarding the future, which may include statements regarding trends, cyclicality and changes in the markets we sell into; expected results, including pricing, sales volumes and profitability; strategic direction; changes to manufacturing and production processes; the cost of and the status of any agreements or actions related to our compliance with environmental and other laws; expected tax rates, deductions and credits; the realization of deferred tax assets; planned capital expenditures; liquidity positions; ability to generate cash from continuing operations; the potential impact of adopting new accounting pronouncements; obligations under our retirement plans; benefits, savings or additional costs from business realignment, cost containment and productivity improvement programs; and the adequacy of accruals.

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