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United States Steel Corporation Reports Record First Quarter 2022 Results

April 28, 2022

EXPECTING TO DELIVER RECORD SECOND QUARTER PERFORMANCE

  • Record first quarter net earnings of $882 million, or $3.02 per diluted share
  • Record first quarter adjusted net earnings of $891 million, or $3.05 per diluted share
  • Record first quarter adjusted EBITDA of $1.337 billion

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) reported first quarter 2022 net earnings of $882 million, or $3.02 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings was$891 million, or $3.05 per diluted share. This compares to first quarter 2021 net earnings of $91 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings for the first quarter 2021 was $283 million, or $1.08 per diluted share.

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United States Steel Corporation Reports Record First Quarter 2022 Results (Graphic: Business Wire)

United States Steel Corporation Reports Record First Quarter 2022 Results (Graphic: Business Wire)

Earnings Highlights

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

2022

2021

Net Sales

$

5,234

 

$

3,664

 

Segment earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes

 

 

Flat-Rolled

$

513

 

$

146

 

Mini Mill (a)

 

278

 

 

132

 

U. S. Steel Europe

 

264

 

 

105

 

Tubular (b)

 

77

 

 

(29

)

Other

 

7

 

 

8

 

Total segment earnings before interest and income taxes

$

1,139

 

$

362

 

Other items not allocated to segments

 

(21

)

63

 

Earnings before interest and income taxes

$

1,118

 

$

425

 

Net interest and other financial costs

 

(10

)

 

333

 

Income tax expense

 

246

 

 

1

 

Net earnings

$

882

 

$

91

 

Earnings per diluted share

$

3.02

 

$

0.35

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net earnings (c)

$

891

 

$

283

 

Adjusted net earnings per diluted share (c)

$

3.05

 

$

1.08

 

Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) (c)

$

1,337

 

$

551

 

(a) Mini Mill segment added after January 15, 2021 with the purchase of the remaining equity interest in Big River Steel.

(b) The Fairfield EAF is included in the Tubular segment.

(c) Please refer to the non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this document for the reconciliation of these amounts.

“It was another quarter of records at U. S. Steel with the continued demonstration of the power of our Best for All® strategy,” commented U. S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Burritt. “Another all-time best quarter of safety and continued operational excellence supported adjusted net income of nearly $900 million, adjusted EBITDA of over $1.3 billion, adjusted EBITDA margins of 26% and adjusted earnings per diluted share of $3.05. The team’s stellar performance drove our best ever first quarter results, despite the challenging global dynamics that emerged throughout the quarter. Our Mini Mill segment delivered 38% EBITDA margins, outperforming both mini mill and integrated peers. We also generated free cash flow of over $400 million which enables the opportunity to meaningfully increase our direct returns to stockholders in the second quarter. We continue to prove that our strategy is indeed Best for All ... best for our customers, best for our colleagues, best for our stockholders, and best for the communities where we live and work.”

Burritt continued, “We currently expect the second quarter to be the company’s all-time best second quarter as our balanced customer portfolio, raw materials integration and operating leverage is expected to expand adjusted EBITDA and support another quarter of strong EBITDA margin and cash generation. With each quarter of record performance and continued on-time and on-budget progress on our strategic investments, we believe U. S. Steel is well positioned to earn a significantly higher multiple as we demonstrate improved earnings performance, higher free cash flow, increasing direct returns to stockholders and outstanding leadership in innovation and research and development.”

Commenting on the company’s Best for All strategy, Burritt concluded, “Today’s geopolitical uncertainty and elevated raw material cost environment reinforces to customers the importance of steel that is mined, melted and made in the U.S.A. Our iron ore mines are a unique competitive advantage that cannot be easily replicated by other competitors. Additionally, we continue to progress on our sustainability goals and deliver the 'green' products our customers are increasingly demanding. We are also demonstrating our ESG leadership. Earlier this year, Big River Steel became the first North American steel facility certified by ResponsibleSteel™. This is independent affirmation of our commitment to ESG excellence and sustainable processes and products. We will not stand still and remain bullish because our stakeholders know that for us to be Best for All we need best from all.”

The company will conduct a conference call on the first quarter 2022 earnings on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. To listen to the webcast of the conference call and to access the company's slide presentation, visit the U. S. Steel website, www.ussteel.com, and click on the “Investors” section. Replay will be available on the website after 10:30 a.m. on April 29, 2022.

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

PRELIMINARY SUPPLEMENTAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

2021

OPERATING STATISTICS

 

 

Average realized price: ($/net ton unless otherwise noted) (a)

 

 

Flat-Rolled

 

1,368

 

 

888

 

Mini Mill (b)

 

1,372

 

 

967

 

U. S. Steel Europe

 

1,109

 

 

748

 

U. S. Steel Europe (€/net ton)

 

988

 

 

620

 

Tubular

 

2,349

 

 

1,372

 

 

 

 

Steel shipments (thousands of net tons): (a)

 

 

Flat-Rolled

 

1,947

 

 

2,332

 

Mini Mill (b)

 

507

 

 

447

 

U. S. Steel Europe

 

1,110

 

 

1,043

 

Tubular

 

128

 

 

89

 

Total Steel Shipments

 

3,692

 

 

3,911

 

 

 

 

Intersegment steel (unless otherwise noted) shipments (thousands of net tons):

 

 

Flat-Rolled to USSE (iron ore pellets and fines)

 

 

 

216

 

Mini Mill (b) to Flat-Rolled

 

89

 

 

61

 

 

 

 

Raw steel production (thousands of net tons):

 

 

Flat-Rolled

 

2,205

 

 

2,581

 

Mini Mill (b)

 

601

 

 

510

 

U. S. Steel Europe

 

1,088

 

 

1,197

 

Tubular

 

156

 

 

93

 

 

 

 

Raw steel capability utilization: (c)

 

 

Flat-Rolled

 

68

%

 

62

%

Mini Mill (b)

 

74

%

 

75

%

U. S. Steel Europe

 

88

%

 

97

%

Tubular

 

70

%

 

42

%

 

 

 

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES (dollars in millions)

 

 

Flat-Rolled

 

117

 

 

74

 

Mini Mill (b)

 

211

 

 

36

 

U. S. Steel Europe

 

17

 

 

14

 

Tubular

 

4

 

 

12

 

Other Businesses

 

 

 

 

Total

$

349

 

$

136

 

(a) Excludes intersegment shipments.

(b) Mini Mill segment added after January 15, 2021 with the purchase of the remaining equity interest in Big River Steel.

(c) 2022 based on annual raw steel production capability of 13.2 million net tons for Flat-Rolled, 3.3 million for Mini Mill, 5.0 million net tons for U. S. Steel Europe and 0.9 million for Tubular. 2021 based on annual raw steel production capability of 17.0 million net tons for Flat-Rolled, 3.3 million for Mini Mill, 5.0 million net tons for U. S. Steel Europe and 0.9 million for Tubular.

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

2022

2021

Net Sales

 

5,234

 

 

3,664

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses (income):

 

 

Cost of sales

 

3,823

 

 

3,074

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

117

 

 

102

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

198

 

 

189

 

Earnings from investees

 

(36

)

 

(14

)

Gain on equity investee transactions

 

 

 

(111

)

Restructuring and other charges

 

17

 

 

6

 

Net gains on sale of assets

 

(2

)

 

 

Other gains, net

 

(1

)

 

(7

)

Total operating expenses

 

4,116

 

 

3,239

 

 

 

 

Earnings before interest and income taxes

 

1,118

 

 

425

 

Net interest and other financial (benefits) costs

 

(10

)

 

333

 

 

 

 

Earnings before income taxes

 

1,128

 

 

92

 

Income tax expense

 

246

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

882

 

 

91

 

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to United States Steel Corporation

$

882

 

$

91

 

 

 

 

COMMON STOCK DATA:

 

 

Net earnings per share attributable to United States Steel Corporation

 

 

Basic

$

3.37

 

$

0.36

 

Diluted

$

3.02

 

$

0.35

 

Weighted average shares, in thousands

 

 

Basic

 

261,453

 

 

249,351

 

Diluted

 

293,267

 

 

261,969

 

Dividends paid per common share

$

0.05

 

$

0.01

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

CONDENSED CASH FLOW STATEMENT (Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

(Dollars in millions)

2022

 

2021

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

Operating activities:

 

 

 

Net earnings

$

882

 

 

$

91

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

198

 

 

 

189

 

Gain on equity investee transactions

 

 

 

 

(111

)

Restructuring and other charges

 

17

 

 

 

6

 

Loss on debt extinguishment

 

 

 

 

255

 

Pensions and other postretirement benefits

 

(60

)

 

 

(25

)

Deferred income taxes

 

121

 

 

 

3

 

Working capital changes

 

(462

)

 

 

(274

)

Income taxes receivable/payable

 

140

 

 

 

3

 

Other operating activities

 

(65

)

 

 

(26

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

771

 

 

 

111

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities:

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(349

)

 

 

(136

)

Acquisition of Big River Steel, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

 

(625

)

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

4

 

 

 

 

Other investing activities

 

(7

)

 

 

(1

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(352

)

 

 

(762

)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities:

 

 

 

Repayment of short-term debt

 

 

 

 

(180

)

Revolving credit facilities - borrowings, net of financing costs

 

 

 

 

50

 

Revolving credit facilities - repayments

 

 

 

 

(671

)

Issuance of long-term debt, net of financing costs

 

4

 

 

 

826

 

Repayment of long-term debt

 

(6

)

 

 

(1,379

)

Proceeds from public offering of common stock

 

 

 

 

791

 

Common stock repurchased

 

(123

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from government incentives

 

82

 

 

 

 

Other financing activities

 

(28

)

 

 

(10

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(71

)

 

 

(573

)

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

(7

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

341

 

 

 

(1,236

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year

 

2,600

 

 

 

2,118

 

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

2,941

 

 

$

882

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

(Dollars in millions)

2022

 

2021

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,866

 

 

$

2,522

 

Receivables, net

 

2,415

 

 

 

2,089

 

Inventories

 

2,663

 

 

 

2,210

 

Other current assets

 

436

 

 

 

331

 

Total current assets

 

8,380

 

 

 

7,152

 

Operating lease assets

 

174

 

 

 

185

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

7,416

 

 

 

7,254

 

Investments and long-term receivables, net

 

727

 

 

 

694

 

Intangible, net

 

509

 

 

 

519

 

Goodwill

 

920

 

 

 

920

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

1,098

 

 

 

1,092

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

$

19,224

 

 

$

17,816

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

 

3,343

 

 

 

2,908

 

Payroll and benefits payable

 

407

 

 

 

425

 

Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt

 

60

 

 

 

28

 

Other current liabilities

 

595

 

 

 

491

 

Total current liabilities

 

4,405

 

 

 

3,852

 

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

 

127

 

 

 

136

 

Long-term debt, less unamortized discount and debt issuance costs

 

3,917

 

 

 

3,863

 

Employee benefits

 

195

 

 

 

235

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

789

 

 

 

627

 

United States Steel Corporation stockholders' equity

 

9,698

 

 

 

9,010

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

93

 

 

 

93

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

19,224

 

$

17,816

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS

(In millions of dollars)

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021

Net earnings and diluted net earnings per share attributable to United States Steel Corporation, as reported

$

882

 

$

3.02

 

$

91

 

$

0.35

 

Restructuring and other charges

 

17

 

 

 

6

 

 

Other charges, net

 

4

 

 

 

42

 

 

Gains on asset sold and previously held investments

 

 

 

 

(111

)

 

Debt extinguishment

 

 

 

 

255

 

 

Adjusted pre-tax net earnings to United States Steel Corporation

$

903

 

 

$

283

 

 

Tax impact of adjusted items

 

(5

)

 

 

 

 

Net reversal of tax valuation allowance

 

(7

)

 

$

 

 

Adjusted net earnings and diluted net earnings per share attributable to United States Steel Corporation (a)

$

891

 

$

3.05

$

283

 

$

1.08

Weight average diluted ordinary shares outstanding, in millions

 

293.3

 

 

 

262.0

 

 

(a) Diluted net earnings per share were adjusted by increasing adjusted net earnings by $3 million in the first quarter of 2022, after the adoption of ASU 2020-06 which assumes outstanding convertible shares are converted at the beginning of the period.

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

(Dollars in millions)

2022

2021

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

Net earnings attributable to United States Steel Corporation

$

882

 

$

91

 

Income tax expense

 

246

 

 

1

 

Net interest and other financial (benefits) costs

 

(10

)

 

333

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense

 

198

 

 

189

 

EBITDA

 

1,316

 

 

614

 

Restructuring and other charges

 

17

 

 

6

 

Other charges, net

 

4

 

 

42

 

Gains on asset sold and previously held investments

 

 

 

(111

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,337

 

$

551

 

UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

RECONCILIATION OF FREE CASH FLOW

 

Three Months Ended

(Dollars in millions)

March 31, 2022

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

771

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(352

)

Cash used in Dividends paid

 

(13

)

Free Cash Flow

$

406

 

We present adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share, earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, which are non-GAAP measures, as additional measurements to enhance the understanding of our operating performance. We believe that EBITDA, considered along with net earnings, is a relevant indicator of trends relating to our operating performance and provides management and investors with additional information for comparison of our operating results to the operating results of other companies.

Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per diluted share are non-GAAP measures that exclude the effects of items that include: restructuring and other charges, gains on asset sold and previously held investments, debt extinguishment, tax impact of adjusted items, net reversal of tax valuation allowance and other charges, net (Adjustment Items). Adjusted EBITDA is also a non-GAAP measure that excludes the effects of certain Adjustment Items. We present adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA to enhance the understanding of our ongoing operating performance and established trends affecting our core operations by excluding the effects of events that can obscure underlying trends. U. S. Steel's management considers adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA as alternative measures of operating performance and not alternative measures of the company's liquidity. U. S. Steel’s management considers adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA useful to investors by facilitating a comparison of our operating performance to the operating performance of our competitors. Additionally, the presentation of adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA provides insight into management’s view and assessment of the company’s ongoing operating performance because management does not consider the adjusting items when evaluating the company’s financial performance. Adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for net earnings, earnings per diluted share or other financial measures as computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP and is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Free cash flow is a measure of cash generated from operations, after any investing activity and dividends paid to stockholders. We believe that free cash flow provides further insight into the Company's overall utilization of cash. A condensed consolidated statement of operations (unaudited), condensed consolidated cash flow statement (unaudited), condensed consolidated balance sheet (unaudited) and preliminary supplemental statistics (unaudited) for U. S. Steel are attached.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains information that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We intend the forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in those sections. Generally, we have identified such forward-looking statements by using the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “project,” “target,” “forecast,” “aim,” “should,” “plan,” “goal,” “future,” “will,” “may,” and similar expressions or by using future dates in connection with any discussion of, among other things, financial performance, the construction or operation of new and existing facilities, operating performance, trends, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, statements relating to volume changes, share of sales and earnings per share changes, anticipated cost savings, potential capital and operational cash improvements, anticipated disruptions to our operations and industry due to the COVD-19 pandemic, changes in global supply and demand conditions and prices for our products, international trade duties and other aspects of international trade policy, statements regarding our future strategies, products and innovations, statements regarding our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and statements expressing general views about future operating results. However, the absence of these words or similar expressions does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only the company’s beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the company’s control. It is possible that the company’s actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the time made. However, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements because such statements speak only as of the date when made. Our company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our company's historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and those described from time to time in our future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

References to "we," "us," "our," the "company," and "U. S. Steel," refer to United States Steel Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries and references to “Big River Steel” refer to Big River Steel Holdings LLC and its direct and indirect subsidiaries unless otherwise indicated by the context.

Founded in 1901, United States Steel Corporation is a leading steel producer. With an unwavering focus on safety, the company’s customer-centric Best for All® strategy is advancing a more secure, sustainable future for U. S. Steel and its stakeholders. With a renewed emphasis on innovation, U. S. Steel serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, containers, and packaging industries with high value-added steel products such as U. S. Steel’s proprietary XG3™ advanced high-strength steel. The company also maintains competitively advantaged iron ore production and has an annual raw steelmaking capability of 22.4 million net tons. U. S. Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with world-class operations across the United States and in Central Europe. For more information, please visit www.ussteel.com.

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Arista Joyner
Manager
Corporate Communications
T - (412) 433-3994
E - aejoyner@uss.com

Kevin Lewis
Vice President
Investor Relations
T - (412) 433-6935
E - klewis@uss.com

Source: United States Steel Corporation

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