Reliance Steel (RS - Free Report) posted a profit of $103 million or $1.40 per share in the second quarter of 2017, up around 2.1% from $100.9 million or $1.38 per share a year ago. Earnings per share topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.38.
Reliance Steel recorded net sales of $2,475.2 million, up around 12.3% year over year, coming ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,416.1 million. The company witnessed strength across automotive and aerospace markets along with higher pricing levels in the quarter, which contributed positively to earnings.
Overall sales volume rose 1.9% year over year while average prices per ton went up 10.5%.
Reliance Steel ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $146.5 million, up roughly 25.7% year over year. Long-term debt increased roughly 18.1% year over year to $1,990.1 million. Cash flow from operations was $15.2 million during the first half. Net debt-to-capital ratio was 30.7% as of Jun 30, 2017, down from 33.4% as of Jun 30, 2016.
Reliance Steel did not repurchase any shares during the second quarter. It had 8.4 million shares available for buyback under its existing share repurchase program at the end of the quarter.
Moving ahead, Reliance Steel remains carefully optimistic regarding activity levels of business in the third quarter due to normal seasonal patterns. The company anticipates current demand to remain steady except for decline in shipping volume owing to customer vacation and shutdowns schedules in the third quarter. As a result, the company expects tons sold will be down 3% to 5% in third-quarter 2017, compared with the previous quarter. Average selling price for the quarter is expected to be flat to up 3% from the second quarter. The company expects earnings for the third quarter in the band of $1.15 to $1.25 per share.
Reliance Steel has lost 5.6% of its value in the last three months versus the 1.2% gain of its industry.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Reliance Steel currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW - Free Report) , Ternium S.A. (TX - Free Report) and Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd. (HCHMY - Free Report) . All three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks Rank #1 stocks here.
Sherwin-Williams has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 11.4%.
Ternium has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 18.4%.
Hitachi Chemical has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 5%.
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