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AK Steel Holding Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: February 27, 2012 08:15AM
AK Steel Holding Corp. (AKS) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.
Highlight of Business Operations:Net sales in 2011 were $6,468.0, up 8% from net sales of $5,968.3 in 2010. The increase resulted primarily from higher selling prices in 2011 compared to 2010. The average selling price was $1,131 per net ton in 2011, an increase of 7% compared to $1,054 per net ton
Net sales in 2010 were $5,968.3, up 46% from net sales of $4,076.8 in 2009. The increase resulted from higher volumes across all of the Company s product categories as a result of higher demand for steel products driven by the economic recovery. The average selling price was $1,054 per net ton in 2010, a slight increase compared to $1,036 per net ton in 2009. The Company has variable-pricing mechanisms with most of its contract customers, under which a portion of both rising and falling commodity costs are passed through to the customer during the life of the contract. The Company had such variable-pricing mechanisms with respect to approximately 89% of its contract shipments in 2010 compared to 83% in 2009. In 2010, the Company experienced a significant increase in its raw material costs. As a consequence, surcharges to customers were increased, contributing to both the higher average selling price and the higher net sales for the year.
Operating costs in 2010 and 2009 were $6,102.2 and $4,146.9, respectively. The primary reason that operating costs for 2010 were higher was the substantial increase in sales from 2009 to 2010. Also contributing significantly in 2010, however, were increased raw material costs, in particular for iron ore, where the benchmark price almost doubled. As a result of the progressively increasing costs during the year, the Company recorded a LIFO charge of $109.0 in 2010 compared to a LIFO credit of $417.2 in 2009. In addition, 2010 costs include the one-time, non-recurring charges of $63.7 for the Ashland coke plant shutdown and $9.1 associated with the Butler Retiree Settlement.
The Company s net loss attributable to AK Steel Holding Corporation in 2010 was $128.9, or $1.17 per diluted share. In 2009, the Company reported a net loss attributable to AK Steel Holding Corporation of $74.6, or $0.68 per diluted share. The increased loss in 2010 compared to 2009 was principally a result of the special charges of $63.7 for the announced shutdown of the Ashland coke plant and a $9.1 charge taken in connection with the Butler Retiree Settlement. Also, in 2010 the Company recorded the $25.3 income tax charge noted above related to a reduction in the value of the Company s deferred tax asset as a result of a change to the tax treatment associated with Medicare Part D reimbursements. Excluding those special charges the Company s financial performance year-over-year would have improved, reflecting increased sales of $5,968.3 for 2010 versus $4,076.8 for 2009, the benefits of which were substantially offset by higher raw material costs in 2010 versus 2009.
Cash used by operations totaled $180.5 for the year ended December 31, 2011. Primary uses of cash were for a $170.0 pension contribution, the final $65.0 contribution to the VEBA Trust established as part of the Middletown Retiree Settlement, the first contribution of $22.6 to the VEBA Trust established as part of the Butler Retiree Settlement, and pension and OPEB benefit payments greater than expense of $114.7, and were partially offset by cash generated from normal business activities. While working capital was essentially flat compared to the prior year, an increase in accounts receivable as a result of an increased level of sales was offset by an increase in accounts payable due to a higher level of business activity and a decrease in inventory levels.
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