Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. ( CLF Quick Quote CLF - Free Report) is slated to release third-quarter 2021 results before the opening bell on Oct 22. Benefits of higher steel prices and contributions of AK Steel and ArcelorMittal USA acquisitions are likely to get reflected on the company’s performance. The company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the last four quarters, while missed twice. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of roughly 28.2%, on average. The company posted a negative earnings surprise of around 1.4% in the last reported quarter. The stock has rallied 163.1% in a year’s time compared with the industry’s 17% rise.
Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Let’s see how things are shaping up for the upcoming announcement. What do the Estimates Say?
Cleveland-Cliffs expects adjusted EBITDA of around $1.8 billion for the third quarter.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter consolidated revenues for Cleveland-Cliffs is currently pegged at $5,649 million, which calls for a rise of 243.2% year over year. The consensus estimate for Steelmaking revenues is $5,547 million, reflecting a 12.7% rise on a sequential comparison basis. Some Factors at Play
Cleveland-Cliffs is likely to have benefited from higher steel prices in the third quarter. Steel prices are on an upswing on the back of robust demand and supply shortages. U.S. steel prices have rebounded strongly and hit record levels after plunging to pandemic-induced multi-year lows in August 2020. The benchmark hot-rolled coil prices shot past the $1,900 per short ton level in August 2021 and remained above that level through September. Higher domestic steel prices are likely to have boosted Cleveland-Cliffs’ margins in the quarter to be reported.
The company is also likely to have gained from its acquisitions of AK Steel and ArcelorMittal USA, which might have had a positive impact on its third-quarter revenues and earnings. It is also expected to have gained from strong end-market demand for steel. Solid demand across steel-consuming sectors is likely to have supported Cleveland-Cliffs’ shipments in the quarter to be reported. However, Cleveland-Cliffs is likely to have faced some headwinds from softer iron ore prices in the third quarter. Iron ore prices have lost steam this year following a rally in 2020, hurt by China’s efforts to cut steel production to reduce carbon emissions and expectations of a pick-up in global iron ore supply. Lower demand in China weighed on iron ore prices in the September quarter.
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Cleveland-Cliffs this season. The combination of a positive
Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here. Earnings ESP: Earnings ESP for Cleveland-Cliffs is -0.23%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for the third quarter is currently pegged at $2.23. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter. Zacks Rank: Cleveland-Cliffs currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. Stocks That Warrant a Look
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