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The financial and operational information contained in this press release is based on unaudited consolidated condensed interim financial statements presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board and adopted by the European Union, or IFRS. Additionally, this press release includes non-IFRS alternative performance measures i.e., EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Net cash / debt. See exhibit I for more details on these alternative performance measures.

LUXEMBOURG, July 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tenaris S.A. (NYSE, Buenos Aires and Mexico: TS and MTA Italy: TEN) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 in comparison with its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Summary of 2019 Second Quarter Results

(Comparison with first quarter 2019 and second quarter of 2018)

  2Q 2019 1Q 2019 2Q 2018
Net sales ($ million) 1,918   1,872   2 % 1,788   7 %
Operating income ($ million) 234   259   (9 %) 222   5 %
Net income ($ million) 240   243   (1 %) 166   44 %
Shareholders' net income ($ million) 241   243   (1 %) 168   43 %
Earnings per ADS ($) 0.41   0.41   (1 %) 0.29   43 %
Earnings per share ($) 0.20   0.21   (1 %) 0.14   43 %
EBITDA ($ million) 370   390   (5 %) 363   2 %
EBITDA margin (% of net sales) 19.3 % 20.9 %   20.3 %  

In the second quarter of 2019, sales rose 2% quarter-on-quarter, as higher sales in Mexico and various Eastern Hemisphere markets compensated for a seasonal decline in sales in Canada. Operating income declined 9% quarter on quarter resulting from the non-repetition of the $15 million tariff recovery recorded in the previous quarter and higher maintenance costs associated with a major overhaul of our facilities in Mexico. Net income amounted to 12.5% of sales.

During the quarter, our free cash flow amounted to $245 million, as we continued to reduce our working capital in the amount of $147 million. Following a dividend payment of $331 million in May 2019, we maintained a net cash position (i.e., cash, other current and non-current investments less total borrowings) of $706 million at the end of the quarter.

Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

As previously announced on June 11, 2019, effective as of August 5, 2019, Ms. Alicia Mondolo will assume the position of Chief Financial Officer, replacing Edgardo Carlos.

Market Background and Outlook

In the USA, drilling activity has slowed down and is likely to remain around the present level as oil and gas prices have been subdued and operators maintain a disciplined approach to capital expenditures. In Canada, drilling activity remains well down on last year with no recovery expected before the end of the year.

In Latin America, drilling activity is expected to remain at current levels until the end of the year amid uncertainty about elections in Argentina and the financial position of Pemex.

In the eastern Hemisphere, drilling activity continues to improve, led by gas developments in the Middle East, and a gradual recovery in some offshore basins.

In the third quarter, our sales will be affected by lower average selling prices, seasonal factors and the impact of major maintenance stoppages amplified by the triennial intervention in Mexico, before recovering in the fourth quarter.  We expect to mitigate most of the impact of lower average selling prices with lower costs and complete the year with an overall EBITDA margin similar to that of 2018.

Analysis of 2019 Second Quarter Results

Tubes

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, sales volumes of seamless and welded pipes for the periods indicated below:

Tubes Sales volume (thousand metric tons) 2Q 2019   1Q 2019 2Q 2018
Seamless   674     640   5 %   689   (2 %)
Welded   173     184   (6 %)   146   19 %
Total   846     824   3 %   834   1 %

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, net sales by geographic region, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Tubes 2Q 2019 1Q 2019 2Q 2018
(Net sales - $ million)          
North America 863   893   (3 %) 827   4 %
South America 337   330   2 % 310   9 %
Europe 194   158   22 % 179   9 %
Middle East & Africa 315   301   5 % 299   5 %
Asia Pacific 105   81   29 % 71   47 %
Total net sales ($ million) 1,814   1,763   3 % 1,686   8 %
Operating income ($ million) 216   238   (9 %) 197   10 %
Operating margin (% of sales) 11.9 % 13.5 %   11.7 %  

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 3% sequentially and 8% year on year. Sales increased in all regions except North America, in line with the increase in volumes as average selling prices remained flat. In North America sales declined 3% following the decline in Canada due to the spring break-up season, largely offset by higher sales in Mexico. In South America we had higher sales of conductor casing in Brazil. In Europe we had a strong quarter in the North Sea and higher sales of line pipe to distributors. In the Middle East and Africa sales increased due to higher sales in Kuwait, UAE and Northern Africa. In Asia Pacific, sales increased due to higher sales in China and Indonesia.

Operating results from tubular products and services decreased 9% sequentially, from a gain of $238 million in the previous quarter to a gain of $216 million in the second quarter of 2019. Despite the increase in revenues, our operating margin decreased 160 basis points mainly due to flat average selling prices despite higher costs (resulting principally from the non-repetition of the $15 million tariff recovery recorded in the previous quarter and higher maintenance costs associated with a major overhaul of our facilities in Mexico).

Others

The following table indicates, for our Others business segment, net sales, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Others 2Q 2019 1Q 2019 2Q 2018
Net sales ($ million) 104   109   (5 %) 103   1 %
Operating income ($ million) 18   21   (12 %)   25   (27 %)
Operating income (% of sales) 17.7 % 19.1 %   24.5 %  

Net sales of other products and services decreased 5% sequentially and increased 1% compared to the second quarter of 2018. The sequential decrease is mainly related to lower sales of energy and scrap.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $339 million, or 17.7% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $345 million, 18.5% in the previous quarter and $338 million, 18.9% in the second quarter of 2018. Sequentially SG&A decreased 2% due to lower allowance for doubtful accounts and logistic costs, partially offset by higher consultancy fees, general expenses and provisions for contingencies.

Financial results amounted to a loss of $6 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to a gain of $24 million in the previous quarter and a gain of $39 million in the second quarter of 2018, as during the 2Q 2019 there was a general appreciation of our most significant currencies versus the U.S. dollar, while in the previous quarter there was a significant depreciation of the Argentine peso. The loss of the quarter corresponds mainly to an FX loss of $8 million; $5 million loss related to the Japanese Yen appreciation mainly on newly recorded leasing liabilities (after adoption of IFRS 16), $1 million loss related to the Argentine peso appreciation on trade, social and fiscal payables at Argentine subsidiaries which functional currency is the U.S. dollar and $1 million loss on Euro denominated intercompany liabilities due to the appreciation of the Euro.

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies amounted to $26 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $29 million in the previous quarter and $41 million in the second quarter of last year. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE:TX).

Income tax charge amounted to $15 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $70 million in the previous quarter and $135 million in the second quarter of last year. During the quarter, our income tax charge was reduced mainly by the effect of the Argentine peso revaluation on the tax base at our Argentine subsidiaries which have U.S. dollar as their functional currency, and the application of the fiscal inflation adjustment in Argentine subsidiaries(~$25 million).

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2019 Second Quarter

Net cash provided by operating activities during the second quarter of 2019 was $342 million, compared to $548 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $351 million in the second quarter of last year. During the second quarter of 2019 we generated $147 million from the reduction in working capital.

Free cash flow amounted to $245 million after capital expenditures of $97 million. Following a dividend payment of $331 million in May 2019, we maintained a net cash position (i.e., cash, other current and non-current investments, derivatives hedging borrowings and investments less total borrowings) of $706 million at the end of the quarter.

Analysis of 2019 First Half Results

  6M 2019 6M 2018 Increase/(Decrease)
Net sales ($ million) 3,790   3,655   4 %
Operating income (loss) ($ million) 494   435   14 %
Net income ($ million) 482   402   20 %
Shareholders' net income ($ million) 484   403   20 %
Earnings per ADS ($) 0.82   0.68   20 %
Earnings per share ($) 0.41   0.34   20 %
EBITDA ($ million) 760   717   6 %
EBITDA margin (% of net sales) 20.1 % 19.6 %  

Our sales in the first half of 2019 increased 4% compared to the first half of 2018. While volumes sold declined 6%, average selling prices increased 10% as the proportion of seamless pipes sold increased after completion of deliveries to Zohr project in the Middle East and Africa region. Sales increased in all regions, except in the Middle East and Africa. EBITDA increased 6% to $760 million in the first half of 2019 compared to $717 million in the first half of 2018, following the increase in sales. Net income attributable to owners of the parent during the first half of 2019 was $484 million or $0.82 per ADS, which compares with $403 million or $0.68 per ADS in the first half of 2018. The improvement in net income mainly reflects a better operating environment together with a lower income tax, partially offset by lower financial results and results from associated companies.

Cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to $890 million during the first half of 2019, including a reduction in working capital of $346 million. Following a dividend payment of $331 million in May 2019, and capital expenditures of $183 million during the first half of 2019, we maintained a positive net cash position (i.e., cash, other current and non-current investments, derivatives hedging borrowings and investments less total borrowings) of $706 million at the end of June 2019.

The following table shows our net sales by business segment for the periods indicated below:

Net sales ($ million) 6M 2019 6M 2018 Increase/(Decrease)
Tubes 3,578   94 % 3,452   94 % 4 %
Others 212   6 % 203   6 % 5 %
Total 3,790   100 % 3,655   100 % 4 %

Tubes

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, sales volumes of seamless and welded pipes for the periods indicated below:

Tubes Sales volume (thousand metric tons) 6M 2019   6M 2018   Increase/(Decrease)
Seamless   1,314     1,340   (2 %)
Welded   357     431   (17 %)
Total   1,671     1,771   (6 %)

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, net sales by geographic region, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Tubes 6M 2019 6M 2018 Increase/(Decrease)
(Net sales - $ million)      
North America 1,757   1,634   8 %
South America 667   595   12 %
Europe 352   331   6 %
Middle East & Africa 616   755   (18 %)
Asia Pacific 186   137   36 %
Total net sales ($ million) 3,578   3,452   4 %
Operating income ($ million) 455   391   16 %
Operating income (% of sales) 12.7 % 11.3 %  

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 4% to $3,578 million in the first half of 2019, compared to $3,452 million in the first half of 2018, as a reduction of 6% in volumes was offset by an increase in average selling prices as the proportion of seamless pipes increased following the completion of deliveries of welded pipes to Zohr project offshore Egypt. The increase in sales came from all regions, except the Middle East and Africa. In the first half of 2019, the average number of active drilling rigs, or rig count grew 3% worldwide compared to the first half of 2018. Rig count in the United States and Canada declined 3%, while in the rest of the world the rig count grew 10% year on year.

Operating results from tubular products and services increased 16%, from $391 million in the first half of 2018, to $455 million in the first half of 2019. Results improved following an increase in sales and in margins due a richer mix of products sold.

Others

The following table indicates, for our Others business segment, net sales, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Others 6M 2019 6M 2018 Increase/(Decrease)
Net sales ($ million) 212   203   5 %
Operating income ($ million) 39   44   (11 %)
Operating margin (% of sales) 18.4 % 21.6 %  

Net sales of other products and services increased 5% to $212 million in the first half of 2019, compared to $203 million in the first half of 2018, mainly due to higher sales of sucker rods.

Operating income from other products and services decreased from $44 million in the first half of 2018 to $39 million in the first half of 2019 due to a decrease in operating margin from 22% to 18%.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $684 million in the first half of 2019, representing 18% of sales, and $687 million in the first half of 2018, representing 19% of sales.

Financial results amounted to a gain of $18 million in the first half of 2019, compared to a gain of $31 million in the first half of 2018. The gain in the first half of 2019 corresponds mainly to an FX gain of $18 million; $19 million related to the Argentine peso devaluation on Peso denominated financial, trade, social and fiscal payables at Argentine subsidiaries which functional currency is the U.S. dollar. The gain in the first half of 2018 corresponds mainly to a gain of $19 million related to the Argentine peso devaluation and $14 million related to the Euro depreciation on Euro denominated intercompany liabilities (of which $13 million were offset in the currency translation reserve in equity).

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies generated a gain of $55 million in the first half of 2019, compared to a gain of $87 million in the first half of 2018. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE:TX).  

Income tax amounted to a charge of $85 million in the first half of 2019, compared to $151 million in the first half of 2018. The income tax charge in the first half of 2018 was affected by the Mexican and Argentine peso devaluation on the tax base at our Mexican and Argentine subsidiaries which have the U.S. dollar as their functional currency. During the first half of 2019, our income tax charge was reduced mainly by the application of the fiscal inflation adjustment in Argentine subsidiaries(~$32 million).

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2019 First Half

Net cash provided by operating activities during the first half of 2019 amounted to $890 million (including a reduction in working capital of $346 million), compared to cash provided by operations of $322 million (net of an increase in working capital of $358 million) in the first half of 2018.

Capital expenditures amounted to $183 million in the first half of 2019, compared to $196 million in the first half of 2018. Free cash flow amounted to $707 million in the first half of 2019.

Following a dividend payment of $331 million in May 2019, our financial position at June 30, 2019, amounted to a net cash position (i.e., cash, other current and non-current investments, derivatives hedging borrowings and investments less total borrowings) of $706 million.

Tenaris Files Half-Year Report

Tenaris S.A. announces that it has filed its half-year report for the six-month period ended June 30, 2019 with the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The half-year report can be downloaded from the Luxembourg Stock Exchange's website at www.bourse.lu and from Tenaris's website at www.tenaris.com/investors.

Holders of Tenaris's shares and ADSs, and any other interested parties, may request a hard copy of the half-year report, free of charge, at 1-888-300-5432 (toll free from the United States) or 52-229-989-1159 (from outside the United States).

Conference call

Tenaris will hold a conference call to discuss the above reported results, on August 1, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Following a brief summary, the conference call will be opened to questions. To access the conference call dial in +1 866 789 1656 within North America or +1 630 489 1502 Internationally. The access number is "2147716". Please dial in 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. The conference call will be also available by webcast at www.tenaris.com/investors

A replay of the conference call will be available on our webpage http://ir.tenaris.com/ or by phone from 12.00 pm ET on August 1 through 12.00 pm on August 9, 2019. To access the replay by phone, please dial 855 859 2056 or 404 537 3406 and enter passcode "2147718" when prompted.

Some of the statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks include but are not limited to risks arising from uncertainties as to future oil and gas prices and their impact on investment programs by oil and gas companies.


Consolidated Condensed Interim Income Statement

(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) Three-month period ended
June 30,

Six-month period ended
June 30,

  2019   2018   2019   2018  
Continuing operations Unaudited
Unaudited
Net sales 1,917,965   1,788,484   3,789,724   3,654,719  
Cost of sales (1,342,819 ) (1,226,557 ) (2,614,618 ) (2,532,063 )
Gross profit 575,146   561,927   1,175,106   1,122,656  
Selling, general and administrative expenses (338,608 ) (337,574 ) (683,974 ) (687,208 )
Other operating income (expense), net (2,050 ) (1,917 ) 2,372   (815 )
Operating income 234,488   222,436   493,504   434,633  
Finance Income 12,736   9,609   23,197   18,982  
Finance Cost (11,287 ) (10,422 ) (18,269 ) (20,596 )
Other financial results (7,585 ) 39,383   13,330   32,317  
Income before equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies and income tax 228,352   261,006   511,762   465,336  
Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies 26,289   40,920   55,424   86,946  
Income before income tax 254,641   301,926   567,186   552,282  
Income tax (14,942 ) (135,454 ) (84,898 ) (150,576 )
Income for the period 239,699   166,472   482,288   401,706  
         
Attributable to:        
Owners of the parent 241,486   168,328   484,365   403,311  
Non-controlling interests (1,787 ) (1,856 ) (2,077 ) (1,605 )
  239,699   166,472   482,288   401,706  
                 



Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Financial Position

(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) At June 30, 2019   At December 31, 2018
  Unaudited    
ASSETS                  
Non-current assets                  
Property, plant and equipment, net 6,173,577         6,063,908      
Intangible assets, net 1,575,561         1,465,965      
Right-of-use assets, net 230,084          -       
Investments in non-consolidated companies 862,905         805,568      
Other investments 26,941         118,155      
Deferred tax assets 205,806         181,606      
Receivables, net 156,173   9,231,047     151,905   8,787,107  
Current assets                  
Inventories, net 2,432,657         2,524,341      
Receivables and prepayments, net 133,878         155,885      
Current tax assets 125,412         121,332      
Trade receivables, net 1,481,076         1,737,366      
Derivative financial instruments 16,696         9,173      
Other investments 360,694         487,734      
Cash and cash equivalents 1,201,987   5,752,400     428,361   5,464,192  
Total assets     14,983,447         14,251,299  
EQUITY                   
Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the parent     11,941,498         11,782,882  
Non-controlling interests     208,698         92,610  
Total equity     12,150,196         11,875,492  
LIABILITIES                  
Non-current liabilities                  
Borrowings 49,375         29,187      
Lease liabilities 193,057           -       
Deferred tax liabilities 355,302         379,039      
Other liabilities 240,749         213,129      
Provisions 37,828   876,311     36,089   657,444  
Current liabilities                  
Borrowings 844,926         509,820      
Lease liabilities 34,431           -       
Derivative financial instruments 1,960         11,978      
Current tax liabilities 121,101         250,233      
Other liabilities 241,704         165,693      
Provisions 32,023         24,283      
Customer advances 44,075         62,683      
Trade payables 636,720   1,956,940     693,673   1,718,363  
Total liabilities     2,833,251         2,375,807  
Total equity and liabilities     14,983,447         14,251,299  
                   



Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Cash Flows

    Three-month period ended
June 30,
Six-month period ended
June 30,
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)   2019   2018   2019   2018  
Cash flows from operating activities   Unaudited  Unaudited
           
Income for the period   239,699   166,472   482,288   401,706  
Adjustments for:          
Depreciation and amortization   135,220   140,401   266,555   282,203  
Income tax accruals less payments   (164,370 ) 92,667   (154,419 ) 67,851  
Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies   (26,289 ) (40,920 ) (55,424 ) (86,946 )
Interest accruals less payments, net   (855 ) 6,155   (295 ) 6,775  
Changes in provisions   2,844   (7,148 ) 974   (5,621 )
Changes in working capital   146,556   (28,220 ) 346,045   (357,655 )
Currency translation adjustment and others   9,496   21,835   4,193   13,362  
Net cash provided by operating activities   342,301   351,242   889,917   321,675  
           
Cash flows from investing activities          
Capital expenditures   (97,378 ) (103,793 ) (183,064 ) (195,731 )
Changes in advance to suppliers of property, plant and equipment   1,535   4,632   2,036   4,218  
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired    -     -    (132,845 )  -   
Loan to non-consolidated companies    -    (1,320 )  -    (3,520 )
Repayment of loan by non-consolidated companies     -    3,520   40,470   5,470  
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets   474   1,224   736   2,708  
Dividends received from non-consolidated companies   28,974   25,722   28,974   25,722  
Changes in investments in securities   163,129   311,462   229,906   396,078  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   96,734   241,447   (13,787 ) 234,945  
           
Cash flows from financing activities          
Dividends paid   (330,550 ) (330,550 ) (330,550 ) (330,550 )
Dividends paid to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries   (672 ) (1,108 ) (672 ) (1,108 )
Changes in non-controlling interests    -    (1 ) 1   (1 )
Payments of lease liabilities   (9,276 )  -    (19,447 )  -   
Proceeds from borrowings   460,320   298,296   644,716   576,007  
Repayments of borrowings   (274,042 ) (448,811 ) (413,094 ) (696,852 )
Net cash (used in) financing activities   (154,220 ) (482,174 ) (119,046 ) (452,504 )
           
Increase in cash and cash equivalents   284,815   110,515   757,084   104,116  
Movement in cash and cash equivalents          
At the beginning of the period   897,502   324,741   426,717   330,090  
Effect of exchange rate changes   700   (8,000 ) (784 ) (6,950 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents   284,815   110,515   757,084   104,116  
At June 30,   1,183,017   427,256   1,183,017   427,256  
                   


Exhibit I – Alternative performance measures

EBITDA, Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization.

EBITDA provides an analysis of the operating results excluding depreciation and amortization and impairments, as they are non-cash variables which can vary substantially from company to company depending on accounting policies and the accounting value of the assets. EBITDA is an approximation to pre-tax operating cash flow and reflects cash generation before working capital variation. EBITDA is widely used by investors when evaluating businesses (multiples valuation), as well as by rating agencies and creditors to evaluate the level of debt, comparing EBITDA with net debt.

EBITDA is calculated in the following manner:

EBITDA= Operating results + Depreciation and amortization + Impairment charges/(reversals).

  Three-month period ended
June 30,
Six-month period ended
June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018  
Operating income 234,488   222,436   493,504   434,633  
Depreciation and amortization 135,220   140,401   266,555   282,203  
EBITDA 369,708   362,837   760,059   716,836  


Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is a measure of financial performance, calculated as operating cash flow less capital expenditures. FCF represents the cash that a company is able to generate after spending the money required to maintain or expand its asset base.

Free cash flow is calculated in the following manner:

Free cash flow = Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities - Capital expenditures.

(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) Three-month period ended
June 30,
Six-month period ended
June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 342,301   351,242   889,917   321,675  
Capital expenditures (97,378 ) (103,793 ) (183,064 ) (195,731 )
Free cash flow 244,923   247,449   706,853   125,944  


Net Cash / (Debt)

This is the net balance of cash and cash equivalents, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings. It provides a summary of the financial solvency and liquidity of the company. Net cash / (debt) is widely used by investors and rating agencies and creditors to assess the company's leverage, financial strength, flexibility and risks.

Net cash/ debt  is calculated in the following manner:

Net cash= Cash and cash equivalents + Other investments (Current and Non-Current)+/- Derivatives hedging borrowings and investments– Borrowings (Current and Non-Current).

(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) At June 30,
  2019   2018  
Cash and cash equivalents 1,201,987   427,960  
Other current investments 360,694   730,240  
Non-current Investments 22,800   192,613  
Derivatives hedging borrowings and investments 15,051   (87,806 )
Borrowings – current and non-current (894,301 ) (840,495 )
Net cash / (debt) 706,231   422,512  
         


Giovanni Sardagna     
Tenaris
1-888-300-5432
www.tenaris.com 

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