News Release

Schnitzer Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Preliminary Results and Earnings Date

─ Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call 11:30 a.m. Eastern April 4, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 20, 2019-- Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCHN) today announced preliminary results for its second quarter of fiscal 2019 ended February 28, 2019.

Consolidated Results

Schnitzer expects second quarter earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.42 - $0.46 and adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.44 - $0.48. For the first quarter of fiscal 2019, reported and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.57 and $0.58, respectively. For the second quarter of fiscal 2018, reported and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.42, which included discrete tax benefits of $0.52 per share. For a reconciliation of adjusted results to U.S. GAAP, see the table provided in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.

Divisional Operating Performance

Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) expects to report operating income in the range of $21 million - $22 million. Operating income per ferrous ton is expected to be in the range of $24 - $25, which is in-line sequentially but lower than the prior year’s second quarter. Sequentially, AMR’s expected performance reflects benefits from additional productivity initiatives and lower incentive compensation accruals, which substantially offset seasonally lower volumes and retail sales, both of which were exacerbated by unusually severe winter weather. Year-over-year, the expected decrease in AMR’s second quarter performance is due primarily to the compression of operating margins from the decline in net selling prices for nonferrous and ferrous products, which outpaced the reduction in purchase costs for raw materials. Average ferrous and nonferrous net selling prices are expected to decrease by approximately 9% and 19%, respectively, year-over-year. Ferrous sales volumes are expected to decrease by approximately 4% while nonferrous sales volumes are expected to increase by approximately 9% compared to the prior year second quarter.

Cascade Steel and Scrap (CSS) expects to report operating income of approximately $6 million, slightly higher than the prior year second quarter but down sequentially. Year-over year, the expected improvement in CSS’s performance reflects the benefits from higher average net selling prices for finished steel products and productivity improvements partially offset by higher costs of steel-making raw materials, lower finished steel sales volumes and other items. Sequentially, the expected decline in results is due primarily to the lower finished steel sales volumes, which included the impact of construction delays in our West Coast markets resulting from unusually severe winter weather in California and the Pacific Northwest, and higher production costs associated with planned maintenance. Average net selling prices for finished steel products in the quarter are expected to be approximately 19% higher year-over-year. Finished steel sales volumes are expected to be 25% lower year-over-year.

Corporate Items

Consolidated financial performance in the second quarter is expected to include Corporate expense of approximately $8 million, a decrease of $9 million compared to the prior year second quarter and a $4 million decrease sequentially, driven primarily by lower incentive compensation accruals and, compared to the prior year, lower legal and professional services expenses. The Company’s effective tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 is expected to be an expense of approximately 22%.

For the second quarter, the Company expects to report operating cash flow in the range of $30 million - $35 million, reflecting profitable operating performance and a decrease in net working capital. As of the end of the second quarter, total debt was $163 million. Debt, net of cash, was $150 million, a sequential decrease of $7 million (for a reconciliation of debt, net of cash, see the table provided in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section). During the second quarter, the Company also repurchased approximately 263,000 shares, or almost 1%, of its Class A common stock in open market transactions pursuant to its ongoing authorized share repurchase program.

The preliminary information provided above is based on the Company’s current estimates of its financial results for the quarter ended February 28, 2019 and remains subject to change based on final review of the Company’s second quarter financial results.

Schnitzer will report its second quarter fiscal 2019 financial results on Thursday, April 4, 2019 and will host a webcast conference call to discuss the performance at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on the same day. The webcast of the call and the accompanying slide presentation may be accessed on Schnitzer’s website under Company > Investors > Event Calendar at The call will be hosted by Tamara Lundgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Peach, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Corporate Operations.

Replay Information

Toll Free Dial: (855) 859-2056

Toll Free International Dial: (404) 537-3406

Conference ID: 4969577

Replay Available: 04/04/2019 to 04/09/2019

About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in North America with operating facilities located in 23 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 with approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing operations produce finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains expected performance based on adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI which is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules. As required by SEC rules, the Company has provided a reconciliation of this measure for each period discussed to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure. Management believes that presenting non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful presentation of our results from business operations excluding adjustments for asset impairment charges, restructuring charges and other exit-related activities, and the income tax expense (benefit) allocated to these adjustments, items which are not related to underlying business operational performance, and improves the period-to-period comparability of our results from business operations. 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.

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations Attributable to SSI

($ per share)

2Q19     1Q19     2Q18
High     Low    
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ 0.46 $ 0.42 $ 0.57 $ 1.42
Asset impairment charges
Restructuring charges and other exit-related activities 0.02 0.02 0.01
Income tax expense (benefit) allocated to adjustments
Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to SSI $ 0.48 $ 0.44 $ 0.58 $ 1.42

Debt, Net of Cash

The following is a reconciliation of debt, net of cash (in millions):

    February 28, 2019     November 30, 2018     August 31, 2018
Total debt $ 163     $ 169     $ 107
Less: cash and cash equivalents   13       11       5
Total debt, net of cash(1) $ 150     $ 157     $ 103
(1) May not foot due to rounding.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements and information included in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except as noted herein or as the context may otherwise require, all references in this press release to “we,” “our,” “us,” “Company,” “Schnitzer,” and “SSI” refer to Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

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; the Company’s outlook, growth initiatives or expected results or objectives, including pricing, margins, sales volumes and profitability; strategic direction or goals; targets; 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 and the impact of federal tax reform; the impact of tariffs, quotas and other trade actions; 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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We may make other forward-looking statements from time to time, including in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, presentations and on public conference calls. All forward-looking statements we make are based on information available to us at the time the statements are made, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law. Our business is subject to the effects of changes in domestic and global economic conditions and a number of other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in Part I of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented by our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Examples of these risks include: potential environmental cleanup costs related to the Portland Harbor Superfund site or other locations; the cyclicality and impact of general economic conditions; changing conditions in global markets including the impact of tariffs, quotas and other trade actions; volatile supply and demand conditions affecting prices and volumes in the markets for both our products and raw materials we purchase; imbalances in supply and demand conditions in the global steel industry; the impact of goodwill impairment charges; the impact of long-lived asset and equity investment impairment charges; inability to achieve or sustain the benefits from productivity, cost savings and restructuring initiatives; difficulties associated with acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses; customer fulfillment of their contractual obligations; increases in the relative value of the U.S. dollar; the impact of foreign currency fluctuations; potential limitations on our ability to access capital resources and existing credit facilities; restrictions on our business and financial covenants under our bank credit agreement; the impact of consolidation in the steel industry; inability to realize expected benefits from investments in technology; freight rates and the availability of transportation; the impact of equipment upgrades, equipment failures and facility damage on production; product liability claims; the impact of legal proceedings and legal compliance; the adverse impact of climate change; the impact of not realizing deferred tax assets; the impact of tax increases and changes in tax rules; the impact of one or more cybersecurity incidents; environmental compliance costs and potential environmental liabilities; inability to obtain or renew business licenses and permits or renew facility leases; compliance with climate change and greenhouse gas emission laws and regulations; reliance on employees subject to collective bargaining agreements; and the impact of the underfunded status of multiemployer plans in which we participate.

Source: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Investor Relations: Michael Bennett (503) 323-2811
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