AK Steel Provides Second Quarter 2013 Guidance
WEST CHESTER, Ohio, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) today provided guidance for its second quarter of 2013 financial results.
AK Steel said that it expects shipments of approximately 1,340,000 to 1,360,000 tons in the second quarter of 2013 compared to shipments of 1,289,800 tons in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of approximately 4% to 5%. For the second quarter of 2013, the company said it expects increased shipments to the automotive market and carbon spot market compared to the previous quarter.
The company expects its average selling price per-ton for the second quarter of 2013 to decrease by approximately 1%, to about $1,055 per ton, from its average selling price per ton of $1,062 for the first quarter of 2013. The expected decrease in average selling price is primarily due to lower spot market prices for carbon steel products compared to the previous quarter. Despite this quarter over quarter reduction, pricing has been more favorable in recent weeks and on May 23, 2013 and June 13, 2013, the company announced price increases on carbon flat-rolled steel products. As a result, the company's spot market selling prices have improved recently and the company expects to continue to benefit in future months from these announced price increases.
As previously disclosed, the company's second quarter results will include the effect of a planned seven-day maintenance outage at its Middletown blast furnace, which was the first major maintenance outage that has been required for that furnace since a reline in 2009. Total maintenance outage costs, including for the Middletown blast furnace, are expected to be about $21 million in the second quarter, compared to $1 million in the first quarter, representing an increase of approximately $20 million in costs from the prior quarter. The company does not have any other planned blast furnace maintenance outages for the remainder of 2013.
AK Steel said that it expects to record a non-cash income tax expense of approximately $11 million, or $0.08 per diluted share of common stock, for the second quarter of 2013 using the discrete tax method. In the first quarter of 2013, the company recorded a tax benefit of $2.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. As a result, the company expects its tax expense to be approximately $14 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, higher in the second quarter of 2013 as compared to the first quarter of 2013. The company currently estimates an income tax expense for the year of approximately $15 million. The company's income tax provision is primarily related to changes in the company's LIFO reserve, which results in a tax valuation allowance adjustment related to the company's deferred tax assets and could affect this estimate.
As a result, AK Steel said it expects to incur a net loss of between $0.33 and $0.38 per diluted share of common stock for the second quarter of 2013.
Safe Harbor Statement
AK Tube LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, employs about 300 men and women in plants in Walbridge, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana. AK Tube produces carbon and stainless electric resistance welded (ERW) tubular steel products for truck, automotive and other markets. Additional information about AK Tube LLC is available on its web site at www.aktube.com.
AK Coal Resources, Inc., another wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, controls and is developing metallurgical coal reserves in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. AK Steel also owns 49.9% of Magnetation LLC, a joint venture headquartered in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, which produces iron ore concentrate from previously mined ore reserves.
SOURCE AK Steel
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