United States Steel Corporation ( X Quick Quote X - Free Report) swung to a profit of $1,012 million or $3.53 per share in second-quarter 2021 from a loss of $589 million or $3.36 per share in the year-ago quarter. Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share were $3.37 compared with a loss of $2.67 in the prior-year quarter. The figure trounced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.16. Revenues climbed around 140% year over year to $5,025 million in the reported quarter. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,702.9 million. The company benefited from strong steel shipments and higher prices in the quarter.
Segment Highlights Flat-Rolled: The segment recorded a profit of $579 million in the second quarter compared with a loss of $329 million in the year-ago quarter. Steel shipments in the segment climbed roughly 30% year over year to 2,326,000 tons and average realized price per ton in the unit was $1,078, up around 50% year over year. Mini Mill: The company added the segment after Jan 15, 2021 with the purchase of the remaining stake in Big River Steel. The segment recorded a profit of $284 million in the quarter. Shipments were 616,000 tons while average realized price per ton was $1,207. U.S. Steel Europe: The segment posted profits of $207 million against a loss of $26 million in the year-ago quarter. Shipments in the segment rose around 91% year over year to 1,167,000 tons. Average realized price per ton for the unit was $905, up around 43% year over year. Tubular: The segment posted breakeven results against a loss of $47 million in the year-ago quarter. Shipments declined roughly 20% year over year to 105,000 tons. Average realized price per ton for the unit was $1,633, up roughly 27% year over year. Financials
At the end of the quarter, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $1,329 million, down around 42% year over year. Long-term debt fell roughly 13% year over year to $4,803 million.
The company expects the prevailing strong market environment to continue moving ahead. It expects to set new records in the third quarter and achieve all-time best adjusted EBITDA.
The company’s shares rallied 282.4% in the past a year, outperforming the
industry’s 146.5% rise.
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U.S. Steel currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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