Steel Dynamics, Inc. (STLD - Free Report) announced that it entered a $1.2-billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility. Notably, the credit facility is expected to mature on Dec 3, 2024.
Per management, the new credit facility is reflective of its balance sheet strength, the recent upgrade to investment grade status and ability to generate stable free cash flow.
Further, the company has the capacity to increase the size of the facility by $500 million, subject to certain conditions. This is expected to support its future growth initiatives.
PNC Capital Markets LLC, BofA Securities, Inc and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners for the revolving credit facility.
Shares of Steel Dynamics have lost 1.9% in the past year compared with the industry’s 16.4% decline.
Considering domestic steel demand fundamentals, Steel Dynamics is optimistic regarding the 2020 North American steel market dynamics. The company believes that the North American steel consumption will experience modest growth. This is likely to be supported by the end of steel inventory destocking and further steel import reductions.
The company, in October, noted that it expects current trade actions to have a favorable impact in further lowering unfairly traded steel imports into the United States.
Steel Dynamics is positive about its Sinton, TX-based flat roll steel mill project as well as the related long-term value it will create through its value-added products and geographic diversification.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Price and Consensus
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Steel Dynamics currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are General Moly, Inc. (GMO - Free Report) , Franco-Nevada Corp. (FNV - Free Report) and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM - Free Report) , each currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
General Moly has an expected earnings growth rate of 12.5% for the current fiscal year. The company’s shares have gained 47.7% in the past year.
Franco-Nevada has a projected earnings growth rate of 46.2% for 2019. The company’s shares have rallied 37.5% in a year.
Agnico Eagle has an estimated earnings growth rate of 168.6% for the current year. Its shares have moved up 67.2% in the past year.
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