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Olympic Steel Reports 2016 First-Quarter Financial Results

April 29, 2016 06:00 AM Eastern Time
Board Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend

Olympic Steel Inc. (Nasdaq: ZEUS), a leading national metals service center, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First-quarter 2016 net sales were $258.3 million, compared with $345.9 million in 2015’s first quarter, due to significantly lower year-over-year metal prices and moderately less consolidated sales volume. The Company reported a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.07 per share, in the first quarter of 2016, versus net income of $1.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in same quarter last year.

“We successfully navigated challenging industry conditions that began in 2014 by quickly reducing operating expenses and carefully managing working capital,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Siegal. “Since that time, we lowered debt, strengthened our balance sheet and reduced inventory levels to better align with a lower demand environment.”

For the first time in more than a year, metal prices started increasing in mid-December 2015 and have been progressively rising in 2016, according to Siegal.

“Our market share gains and profit improvement initiatives, combined with continuing positive momentum in metal prices bode well for future financial results,” he added.

The Company’s Board of Directors also approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, which is payable on June 15, 2016, to shareholders of record on June 1, 2016.

Conference Call and Webcast

A simulcast of Olympic Steel’s 2016 first-quarter earnings conference call can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Company’s website at The simulcast will begin at 9 a.m. ET today and a replay of the call will be available for 14 days thereafter.

Forward-Looking Statements

It is the Company’s policy not to endorse any analyst’s sales or earnings estimates. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “anticipate,” “should,” “intend,” “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” or “continue,” as well as the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general and global business, economic, financial and political conditions; competitive factors such as the availability, global production levels and pricing of metals, industry shipping and inventory levels and rapid fluctuations in customer demand and metals pricing; cyclicality and volatility within the metals industry; the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and the related impact on foreign steel pricing, U.S. exports, and foreign imports to the United States; the levels of imported steel in the United States; the availability and costs of transportation and logistical services; the successes of our strategic efforts and initiatives to increase sales volumes, maintain or improve working capital turnover and free cash flows, improve our customer service, and achieve cost savings, including our internal program to improve earnings; our ability to generate free cash flow through operations and limited future capital expenditures, reduce inventory and repay debt within anticipated time frames; events or circumstances that could impair or adversely impact the carrying value of any of our assets; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including additional impairment charges related to indefinite lived intangible assets; events or circumstances that could adversely impact the successful operation of our processing equipment and operations; the amounts, successes and our ability to continue our capital investments and strategic growth initiatives, including our business information system implementations; the successes of our operational excellence initiatives to improve our operating, cultural and management systems and reduce our costs; the ability to comply with the terms of our asset-based credit facility; the ability of our customers and third parties to honor their agreements related to derivative instruments; customer, supplier and competitor consolidation, bankruptcy or insolvency; reduced production schedules, layoffs or work stoppages by our own, our suppliers’ or customers’ personnel; the impacts of union organizing activities and the success of union contract renewals; the timing and outcomes of inventory lower of cost or market adjustments and last-in, first-out, or LIFO income, especially during periods of declining market pricing; the ability of our customers (especially those that may be highly leveraged, and those with inadequate liquidity) to maintain their credit availability; the inflation or deflation existing within the metals industry, as well as our product mix and inventory levels on hand, which can impact our cost of materials sold as a result of the fluctuations in the LIFO inventory valuation; the adequacy of our existing information technology and business system software, including duplication and security processes; the adequacy of our efforts to mitigate cyber security threats; access to capital and global credit markets; our ability to pay regular quarterly cash dividends and the amounts and timing of any future dividends; our ability to repurchase shares of our common stock and the amounts and timing of any repurchases, if any; and unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation and environmental matters, including any developments that would require any increase in our costs for such contingencies.

About Olympic Steel

Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel is a leading U.S. metals service center focused on the direct sale and distribution of large volumes of processed carbon, coated and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate steel and aluminum products. The Company’s CTI subsidiary is a leading distributor of steel tubing, bar, pipe, valves and fittings, and fabricates pressure parts for the electric utility industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Olympic Steel operates from 33 facilities in North America.

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-Financial Tables Follow-

Olympic Steel, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per-share data)

Three Months Ended Mar. 31,
2016 2015
Net sales $ 258,349 $ 345,865
Costs and expenses

Cost of materials sold (excludes items shown separately below)

199,820 279,939
Warehouse and processing 20,492 22,537
Administrative and general 16,040 17,330
Distribution 9,207 9,301
Selling 5,687 5,891
Occupancy 2,337 2,710
Depreciation 4,509 4,590
Amortization 222 222
Total costs and expenses 258,314 342,520
Operating income 35 3,345
Other income (loss), net (5) (31)
Income before interest and income taxes 30 3,314
Interest and other expense on debt 1,285 1,563
Income (loss) before income taxes (1,255) 1,751
Income tax provision (benefit) (488) 682
Net income (loss) $ (767) $ 1,069
Earnings per share:
Net income (loss) per share – basic $ (0.07) $ 0.10
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic 11,182 11,195
Net income (loss) per share – diluted $ (0.07) $ 0.10
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted 11,182 11,195

Olympic Steel, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

At Mar. 31, 2016 At Dec. 31, 2015
(unaudited) (audited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,430 $ 1,604
Accounts receivable, net 114,702 92,877
Inventories, net (includes LIFO debit of $6,555 as of Mar. 31, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2015) 189,814 206,645
Prepaid expenses and other 7,847 7,820
Total current assets 314,793 308,946
Property and equipment, at cost 371,886 372,129
Accumulated depreciation (208,461) (205,591)
Net property and equipment 163,425 166,538
Intangible assets, net 24,535 24,757
Other long-term assets 14,892 13,229
Total assets $ 517,645 $ 513,470
Current portion of long-term debt $ 2,690 $ 2,690
Accounts payable 56,038 55,685
Accrued payroll 8,278 6,884
Other accrued liabilities 14,613 11,801
Total current liabilities 81,619 77,060
Credit facility revolver 145,214 145,800
Other long-term liabilities 12,792 11,419
Deferred income taxes 23,443 24,496
Total liabilities 263,068 258,775
Shareholders’ Equity
Preferred stock
Common stock 128,949 128,129
Treasury stock (699) (699)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (23) (70)
Retained earnings 126,350 127,335
Total shareholders’ equity 254,577 254,695
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 517,645 $ 513,470

Olympic Steel, Inc.
Segment Financial Information
(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
Mar. 31,
2016 2015
Net sales
Carbon flat products $ 161,434 $ 228,545
Specialty metals flat products 45,830 52,631
Tubular and pipe products 51,085 64,689
Total net sales $ 258,349 $ 345,865
Depreciation and amortization
Carbon flat products $ 2,954 $ 3,161
Specialty metals flat products 193 160
Tubular and pipe products 1,559 1,466
Corporate 25 25
Total depreciation and amortization $ 4,731 $ 4,812
Operating income (loss)
Carbon flat products $ (2,178) $ 470
Specialty metals flat products 1,756 590
Tubular and pipe products 2,243 4,254
Corporate (1,786) (1,969)
Total operating income $ 35 $ 3,345
Other income (loss), net (5) (31)
Income before interest and income taxes $ 30 $ 3,314
Interest and other expense on debt 1,285 1,563
Income (loss) before income taxes $ (1,255) $ 1,751
Capital expenditures
Flat products segments $ 1,234 $ 1,188
Tubular and pipe products 162 503
Total capital expenditures $ 1,396 $ 1,691
At Mar. 31, At Dec. 31,
2016 2015
Total assets
Flat products segments $ 324,344 $ 329,885
Tubular and pipe products 192,870 183,129
Corporate 431 456
Total assets $ 517,645 $ 513,470

Other information:

(in thousands, except per-share data) At Mar. 31, At Dec. 31,
2016 2015
Shareholders’ equity per share $ 23.23 $ 23.25
Debt-to-equity ratio 0.58 to 1 0.58 to 1
Three Months Ended
Mar. 31,
2016 2015
Net cash from operating activities $ 2,845 $ 14,568
Cash dividends per share $ 0.02 $ 0.02

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Olympic Steel Investor Relations
Matthew J. Dennis, CFA, 216-672-0522

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