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United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) reported fourth quarter 2021 net earnings of $1.069 billion, or $3.75 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings was $1.038 billion, or $3.64 per diluted share. This compares to fourth quarter 2020 net earnings of $49 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter 2020 was $60 million, or $0.27 per diluted share.
Full-year 2021 net earnings was $4.174 billion, or $14.88 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings was $3.780 billion, or $13.48 per diluted share. This compares to full-year 2020 net loss of $1.165 billion, or $5.92 per diluted share. Adjusted net loss for 2020 were $920 million, or $4.67 per diluted share.
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
Segment earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes
Mini Mill (a)
U. S. Steel Europe
Total segment earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes
Other items not allocated to segments
Earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes
Net interest and other financial costs
Income tax (benefit) expense
Net earnings (loss)
Earnings (loss) per diluted share
Adjusted net earnings (loss) (c)
Adjusted net earnings (loss) per diluted share (c)
Adjusted earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) (c)
(a) Mini Mill segment, added after January 15, 2021 with the purchase of the remaining equity interest in Big River Steel, does not include the electric arc furnace (EAF) at our Fairfield Tubular Operations in Fairfield, Alabama.
(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.
“2021 was a year of records and we delivered with record earnings and free cash flow and record safety, environmental, quality, and reliability performance,” commented U. S. Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt. “We enter 2022 from a position of strength and are relentlessly focused on continuing our disciplined approach to creating stockholder value. Our balance sheet has been transformed, record cash significantly de-risks strategy execution, and our capital allocation priorities have enhanced direct stockholder returns. We are a fundamentally different company from a year ago and expect 2022 to be another strong year.”
Commenting on the Company's Best for All℠ strategy, Burritt continued, “Through our Best for All customer-centric strategy, U. S. Steel continues to gain market share with our clear competitive advantages: low-cost iron ore, mini mill steelmaking, and best-in-class finishing capabilities. 2022 will be another year of strategic progress and upon completion, our announced strategic investments will deliver approximately $850 million of incremental through-cycle earnings power with winning customer solutions while reducing our capital and carbon intensity. We are becoming a better, not bigger company as we continue to innovate and develop the next generation of our sustainable steel solutions for our people and our planet."
Capital Allocation Update:
During the fourth quarter 2021, the Company repurchased $150 million of its common stock under the $300 million stock buyback authorization announced in October 2021. In addition, the Board of Directors has authorized a new $500 million stock repurchase program to commence in the first quarter 2022 under which the Company’s outstanding common stock may be repurchased from time to time at the discretion of management.
“We have never been more confident in our Best for All strategy,” concluded Burritt, “as we reward stockholders with a new $500 million stock buyback authorization as part of a balanced capital allocation approach. This is in addition to our previously announced $300 million authorization and our continued $0.05 per share quarterly dividend. We look forward to another year of progress for investors, customers, employees, and the communities where we live and work.”
The Company will conduct a conference call on the fourth quarter and full-year 2021 earnings on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard. To listen to the webcast of the conference call and to access the Company's slide presentation, visit the U. S. Steel website, www.ussteel.com, and click on the “Investors” section. Replays of the conference call will be available on the website after 10:30 a.m. on January 28, 2022.
UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION
PRELIMINARY SUPPLEMENTAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)
Average realized price: ($/net ton unless otherwise noted) (a)
Mini Mill (b)
U. S. Steel Europe (€/net ton)
Steel shipments (thousands of net tons): (a)
Total Steel Shipments
Intersegment steel (unless otherwise noted) shipments (thousands of net tons):
Flat-Rolled to Tubular
Flat-Rolled to U. S. Steel Europe (iron ore pellets and fines)
Mini Mill (b) to Flat-Rolled
Raw steel production (thousands of net tons):
Raw steel capability utilization:(d)
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES (dollars in millions)
Mini Mill (b) (e)
(a) Excludes intersegment shipments.
(b) Mini Mill segment added after January 15, 2021 with purchase of the remaining equity interest in Big River Steel.
(c) Tubular segment raw steel added in October 2020 with the start-up of the new electric arc furnace.
(d) 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 net tons for Tubular.
(e) Includes Mini Mill #2 capital expenditures of $144 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
Operating expenses (income):
Cost of sales (excludes items shown below)
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Depreciation, depletion and amortization
(Earnings) Loss from investees
Gain on sale of Transtar
Asset impairment charges
Gain on equity investee transactions
Restructuring and other charges
Net losses (gains) on sale of assets
Other (gains) losses, net
Total operating expenses
EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INTEREST AND INCOME TAXES
Net interest and other financial costs
EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES
Income tax (benefit) expense
Net earnings (loss)
Less: Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests
NET EARNINGS (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION
COMMON STOCK DATA:
Net earnings (loss) per share attributable to
United States Steel Corporation stockholders:
Weighted average shares, in thousands
Dividends paid per common share
CONDENSED CASH FLOW STATEMENT (Unaudited)
Year Ended December 31,
(Dollars in millions)
Cash provided by operating activities:
Loss on debt extinguishment
Pensions and other post-employment benefits
Deferred income taxes
Net gain on sale of assets
Working capital changes
Income taxes receivable/payable
Other operating activities
Cash used in investing activities:
Acquisition of Big River Steel, net of cash acquired
Investment in Big River Steel
Proceeds from sale of Transtar
Proceeds from sale of assets
Proceeds from sale of ownership interests in equity investees
Other investing activities
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities:
Issuance of short-term debt, net of financing costs
Repayment of short-term debt
Revolving credit facilities - borrowings, net of financing costs
Revolving credit facilities - repayments
Issuance of long-term debt, net of financing costs
Repayment of long-term debt
Proceeds from public offering of common stock
Proceed from Stelco Option Agreement
Common stock repurchased
Other financing activities
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the year
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the year
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents
Other current assets
Total current assets
Operating lease assets
Property, plant and equipment, net
Investments and long-term receivables, net
Other noncurrent assets
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities
Payroll and benefits payable
Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt
Other current liabilities
Total current liabilities
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities
Long-term debt, less unamortized discount and debt issuance costs
Other long-term liabilities
United States Steel Corporation stockholders' equity
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS (LOSS)
Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
(in millions of dollars)
Net earnings (loss) and diluted net earnings (loss) per share attributable to United States Steel Corporation, as reported
Big River Steel - acquisition-related items (a)
Losses (gains) on assets sold & previously held investments (b)
Net reversal of tax valuation allowance (c)
Environmental remediation charge
Adjusted net earnings (loss) and diluted net earnings (loss) per share attributable to United States Steel Corporation
Weighted average diluted ordinary shares outstanding, in millions
(a) The year ended December 31, 2021 includes the amortization of the step-up to fair value for acquired inventory ($24 million), acquisition-related costs ($9 million), and a net loss of $2 million related to unrealized mark-to-market movement from acquired derivatives.
(b) The three months ended December 31, 2020 primarily consists of a gain of $145 million from the sale of property at the Fairless facility. The year ended December 31, 2021 consists of a gain of $111 million on the previously held investment in Big River Steel, a gain of $15 million for the sale of property, partially offset by a loss of $8 million on the sale of a subsidiary of USSE. The year ended December 31, 2020 consists of a gain of $145 million from the sale of property at the Fairless facility, a net gain of $39 million from the earnings impact of the change in fair value of options related to our previous 49.9% ownership interest in Big River Steel and the recognition of the contingent forward for the exercise of the call option to purchase the remaining interest in Big River Steel, and a gain of $25 million from the previously held investment in UPI.
(c) The $513 million and $633 million adjustments recorded in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, were related to partial reversals of the tax valuation allowance recorded against the Company's net domestic deferred tax asset as a result of the Company's three-year cumulative income position and a change in the projections of income in future years. The adjustment of $513 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 includes the reversals of the valuation allowance due to the finalization of current year earnings.
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
Net earnings (loss) attributable to United States Steel Corporation
Income tax (benefit) provision
Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense
Big River Steel - acquisition-related items
Losses (gains) on assets sold & previously held investments
We present adjusted net earnings (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) per diluted share, earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and adjusted EBITDA, 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 (loss), 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 (loss) and adjusted net earnings (loss) per diluted share are non-GAAP measures that exclude the effects of items that include: debt extinguishment, restructuring and other charges, asset impairment charges, Big River Steel - acquisition-related items, losses (gains) on assets sold & previously held investments, gain on sale of Transtar, net reversal of tax valuation allowance, pension de-risking, environmental remediation charge and other items (Adjustment Items). Adjusted EBITDA is also a non-GAAP measure that excludes the effects of certain Adjustment Items. We present adjusted net earnings (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) 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 (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) 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 (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) 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 (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) 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 (loss), adjusted net earnings (loss) per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for net earnings (loss), earnings (loss) 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. 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,” “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, the timing, size and form of stock repurchase transactions, 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, changes in global supply and demand conditions and prices for our products, international trade duties and other aspects of international trade policy, the integration of Big River Steel in our existing business, business strategies related to the combined business 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, 2020 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, references to “Big River Steel” refer to Big River Steel Holdings LLC and its direct and indirect subsidiaries unless otherwise indicated by the context, and “Transtar” refers to Transtar 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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