Reliance Steel & Aluminum Tops Q2 Earnings; Expects Supply Constraints To Continue In Q3

  • Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co RS reported second-quarter net sales growth of 69.3% year-over-year and 20.4% sequentially to $3.42 billion, beating analysts consensus of $3.14 billion.
  • Adjusted EPS improved to $5.06 from $1.36 last year, beating consensus estimates of $4.73.
  • Sales by commodities: Carbon steel $2.09 billion (+95.4% Y/Y); Aluminum $498.8 million (+26.8% YY); Stainless steel $539.5 million (+60.4% Y/Y); and Alloy $134.9 million (+35% Y/Y).
  • The gross margin improved by 130 bps to 31.7% compared to a year ago and declined 190 bps sequentially.
  • The operating margin expanded by 760 bps to 13.5%.
  • Tons sold increased 1% sequentially and 17.5% Y/Y, and the average selling price per ton sold was $ 2,418 (+43.8% Y/Y and +19.7% Q/Q), experienced strong demand trends in the majority of its end markets.
  • Net cash generated by operating activities year-to-date was $263.4 million, compared to $646.5 million a year ago.
  • The company closed the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $727.6 million, versus $222.7 million at the end of Q2'20.
  • Reliance Steel increased the existing share repurchase program to $1 billion, set to expire at the end of 2021.
  • Reliance had total debt outstanding of $1.66 billion and a net debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 0.7x.
  • Outlook: The company expects third-quarter non-GAAP EPS of $5.55 to $5.75, versus a consensus of $4.16.
  • It estimates tons sold will be down 1% to up 1% sequentially and estimates average selling price per ton sold will be up 7% to 9%.
  • It expects factors impacting shipment levels in Q2, such as metal supply constraints and supply chain disruptions, to continue to persist in Q3.
  • Price Action: RS shares are down 1.13% at $149.13 on the last check Thursday.

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