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Russel Metals Announces Third Quarter Results

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) - Russel Metals Inc. (TSX:RUS) today announced third quarter 2012 earnings of $23 million, or $0.37 per share on revenues of $713 million compared to earnings of $26 million or $0.43 per share in the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $78 million or $1.30 per share compared to earnings of $90 million or $1.50 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Revenues in our metals service center segment decreased 2% to $382 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the 2011 third quarter on decreased demand levels and pricing. Gross margins in this segment were 20.1% compared to 20.6% in the 2011 third quarter.

Revenues in our energy tubular products segment for the third quarter of 2012 increased 12% to $249 million compared to the 2011 third quarter due to increased volumes shipped of large diameter line pipe in our U.S. operations and strong demand in our operation servicing the Alberta oil sands. Segment gross margins were down to 13.4% in the 2012 third quarter compared to 14.3% in the 2011 third quarter due to competitive pricing pressure and lower margins experienced on the higher volume line pipe orders. The strong activity in these operations resulted in operating profits for the 2012 third quarter increasing by 5% to $16 million.

Revenues in our steel distributors segment decreased 12% in the 2012 third quarter to $78 million compared to the 2011 third quarter. Gross margins in this segment were down to 13.0% compared to 14.5% experienced in the 2011 third quarter. Domestic steel pricing declined in the quarter due to the state of the world economy.

Brian R. Hedges, President and CEO, commented, "All of our segments experienced margin pressure in the third quarter as steel prices declined due to lack of demand. The energy segment was able to produce stronger operating results due to higher volumes; however, our other segments were impacted by industry-wide lower shipments. We continue to outpace industry shipments in our metals service center operations."

Mr. Hedges continued, "Our issuance of $300 million of 6% Senior Notes earlier this year enables the purchase of Apex Distribution for cash. This acquisition is expected to close in November 2012. We believe that Apex Distribution will be immediately accretive to earnings."

The Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share payable December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 26, 2012.

The Company will be holding an Investor Conference Call on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET to review its 2012 third quarter results. The dial-in telephone numbers for the call are 416-340-2216 (Toronto and International callers) and 1-866-226-1792 (U.S. and Canada). Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the call to ensure that you get a line.

A replay of the call will be available at 905-694-9451 (Toronto and International callers) and 1-800-408-3053 (U.S. and Canada) until midnight, Wednesday, November 14, 2012. You will be required to enter pass code 1578004 in order to access the call.

Additional supplemental financial information is available in our investor conference call package located on our website at www.russelmetals.com.

Russel Metals is one of the largest metals distribution companies in North America. It carries on business in three metals distribution segments: metals service centers, energy tubular products and steel distributors, under various names including Russel Metals, A.J. Forsyth, Acier Leroux, Acier Loubier, Acier Richler, Alberta Industrial Metals, Arrow Steel Processors, B&T Steel, Baldwin International, Comco Pipe and Supply, Fedmet Tubulars, JMS Russel Metals, Leroux Steel, McCabe Steel, Megantic Metal, Metaux Russel, Metaux Russel Produits Specialises, Milspec, Norton Metals, Pioneer Pipe, Russel Metals Specialty Products, Russel Metals Williams Bahcall, Siemens Laserworks, Spartan Energy Tubulars, Sunbelt Group, Triumph Tubular & Supply, Wirth Steel and York-Ennis.

Statements contained in this press release or on the related conference call that relate to Russel Metals' beliefs or expectations as to certain future events are not statements of historical fact and are forward-looking statements. Russel Metals cautions readers that there are important factors, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive and governmental factors affecting Russel Metals' operations, markets, products, services and prices that could cause its actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those forecasted or anticipated in such forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this document reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. The material assumptions applied in making the forward-looking statements in this document include the following: demand from the manufacturing, resource and construction segments of the Canadian economy has declined and these conditions will continue in the foreseeable future; and oil and gas prices, the price of steel and the value of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar will be at similar levels with what we experienced during the third quarter of 2012. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this document are based upon what management believes to be reasonable estimates and assumptions, Russel Metals cannot ensure that actual results will not be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement other than required by law.



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (UNAUDITED)
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(in millions of Canadian Quarters ended Nine months ended
dollars, except per September 30 September 30
share data) 2012 2011 2012 2011
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Revenues $ 712.6 $ 705.4 $2,234.2 $1,981.7
Cost of materials 589.5 578.0 1,836.7 1,582.2
Employee expenses 50.9 49.6 159.7 152.6
Other operating expenses 31.9 32.9 98.0 95.7
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Earnings before interest,
finance and
provision for income taxes 40.3 44.9 139.8 151.2
Interest expense 9.0 6.7 25.1 20.7
Interest income (0.5) (0.4) (1.5) (1.5)
Other finance expense - 0.4 4.8 1.7
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Earnings before provision for
income taxes 31.8 38.2 111.4 130.3
Provision for income taxes 9.3 12.5 33.0 40.5
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Net earnings for the period $ 22.5 $ 25.7 $ 78.4 $ 89.8
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Basic earnings per common
share $ 0.37 $ 0.43 $ 1.30 $ 1.50
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Diluted earnings per common
share $ 0.37 $ 0.43 $ 1.29 $ 1.46
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
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Quarters ended Nine months ended
(in millions of September 30 September 30
Canadian dollars) 2012 2011 2012 2011
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Net earnings for the period $ 22.5 $ 25.7 $ 78.4 $ 89.8
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Other comprehensive income
(loss), net of tax
Unrealized foreign
exchange (losses) gains
on translation of foreign
operations (14.0) 27.3 (12.6) 16.9
Unrealized (losses) gains
on items designated as
net investment hedges - (9.4) (0.9) (5.1)
Losses on derivatives
designated as cash flow
hedges transferred to net
earnings in the current
period - 0.2 2.3 0.8
Actuarial losses on
pension and similar
obligations (5.9) - (9.1) -
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Other comprehensive (loss)
income (19.9) 18.1 (20.3) 12.6
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Total comprehensive income $ 2.6 $ 43.8 $ 58.1 $ 102.4
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)
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September 30 December 31
(in millions of Canadian dollars) 2012 2011
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ASSETS
Current
Cash and cash equivalents $ 247.1 $ 270.7
Accounts receivable 410.3 382.4
Inventories 722.5 645.6
Prepaid expenses 5.3 4.6
Income taxes receivable 5.6 0.5
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1,390.8 1,303.8

Property, Plant and Equipment 228.7 201.3
Deferred Income Tax Assets 7.0 5.3
Other Assets 2.8 3.3
Goodwill and Intangibles 50.2 24.7
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$ 1,679.5 $ 1,538.4
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 350.9 $ 362.8
Income taxes payable 0.4 17.4
Current portion long-term debt 1.3 1.3
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352.6 381.5

Long-Term Debt 451.4 296.5
Pensions and Benefits 44.3 33.3
Deferred Income Tax Liabilities 2.2 0.4
Provisions 5.1 5.4
Other Non-Current Liabilities 3.6 1.9
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859.2 719.0
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Shareholders' Equity
Common shares 487.1 485.4
Retained earnings 325.0 306.7
Contributed surplus 16.9 15.7
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (37.4) (17.1)
Equity component of convertible debenture 28.7 28.7
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820.3 819.4
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$ 1,679.5 $ 1,538.4
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASHFLOW (UNAUDITED)
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Quarters ended Nine months ended
(in millions of September 30 September 30
Canadian dollars) 2012 2011 2012 2011
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Operating activities
Net earnings for the
period $ 22.5 $ 25.7 $ 78.4 $ 89.8
Depreciation and
amortization 6.3 5.8 18.1 17.7
Deferred income taxes 0.7 1.3 1.0 0.1
Loss on sale of property,
plant and equipment - 0.1 - -
Stock-based compensation 0.5 0.3 1.5 1.6
Difference between
pension expense and
amount funded (0.7) (0.3) (1.7) (1.3)
Debt accretion,
amortization and other 1.1 1.5 8.0 4.9
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Cash from operating
activities before non-cash
working capital 30.4 34.4 105.3 112.8
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Changes in non-cash working
capital items
Accounts receivable (20.0) (41.9) (21.4) (90.3)
Inventories (7.6) (5.6) (76.9) (99.5)
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 3.5 28.7 (16.9) 55.5
Income tax
receivable/payable (3.2) 4.8 (19.7) 3.8
Other 1.2 1.6 0.5 (0.9)
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Change in non-cash working
capital (26.1) (12.4) (134.4) (131.4)
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Cash (used in) from
operating activities 4.3 22.0 (29.1) (18.6)
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Financing activities
Issue of common shares 0.5 0.1 1.4 1.3
Dividends on common
shares (21.1) (18.0) (60.1) (51.0)
Issuance of long-term
debt (net) - - 293.1 -
Repayment of long-term
debt (0.4) (8.8) (142.2) (25.9)
Deferred financing - - - (0.5)
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Cash from (used in)
financing activities (21.0) (26.7) 92.2 (76.1)
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Investing activities
Purchase of property,
plant and equipment (5.7) (3.3) (26.4) (12.9)
Proceeds on sale of
property, plant and
equipment - - - 0.7
Purchase of businesses (0.1) - (54.9) -
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Cash used in investing
activities (5.8) (3.3) (81.3) (12.2)
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Effect of exchange rates on
cash and cash equivalents (2.5) 7.2 (5.4) 7.1
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Decrease in cash and cash
equivalents (25.0) (0.8) (23.6) (99.8)
Cash and cash equivalents,
beginning of the period 272.1 224.7 270.7 323.7
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Cash and cash equivalents,
end of the period $ 247.1 $ 223.9 $ 247.1 $ 223.9
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Supplemental cash flow
information:
Income taxes paid $ 12.5 $ 6.7 $ 54.4 $ 37.9
Interest paid (net) $ 1.0 $ 12.3 $ 15.1 $ 25.0




CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)
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Equity
Accumulated Component
(in millions Other of
of Canadian Common Retained Contributed Comprehensive Convertible
dollars) Shares Earnings Surplus Loss Debentures Total
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Balance,
December 31,
2011 $485.4 $ 306.7 $ 15.7 $ (17.1) $ 28.7 $819.4
Payment of
dividends - (60.1) - - - (60.1)
Net earnings
for the
period - 78.4 - - - 78.4
Other
comprehensive
loss for the
period - - - (20.3) - (20.3)
Recognition of
stock-based
compensation - - 1.2 - - 1.2
Stock options
exercised 1.7 - - - - 1.7
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Balance,
September 30,
2012 $487.1 $ 325.0 $ 16.9 $ (37.4) $ 28.7 $820.3
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Accumulated Equity
(in millions Other Component of
of Canadian Common Retained Contributed Comprehensive Convertible
dollars) Shares Earnings Surplus Loss Debentures Total
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Balance,
December 31,
2010 $483.7 $ 257.5 $ 13.9 $ (11.0) $ 28.7 $772.8
Payment of
dividends - (51.0) - - - (51.0)
Net earnings
for the
period - 89.8 - - - 89.8
Other
comprehensive
loss for the
period - - - 12.6 - 12.6
Recognition of
stock-based
compensation - - 1.4 - - 1.4
Stock options
exercised 1.6 - - - - 1.6
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Balance,
September 30,
2011 $485.3 $ 296.3 $ 15.3 $ 1.6 $ 28.7 $827.2
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Russel Metals Inc.
Marion E. Britton, C.A.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(905) 819-7407
info@russelmetals.com
www.russelmetals.com

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