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Tenaris Announces 2020 First Quarter Results

April 29, 2020

The financial and operational information contained in this press release is based on unaudited consolidated condensed interim financial statements presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board and adopted by the European Union, or IFRS. Additionally, this press release includes non-IFRS alternative performance measures i.e., EBITDA, Net cash / debt and Free Cash Flow. See exhibit I for more details on these alternative performance measures.

LUXEMBOURG, April 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tenaris S.A. (NYSE and Mexico: TS and MTA Italy: TEN) (“Tenaris”) today announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 in comparison with its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Summary of 2020 First Quarter Results

(Comparison with fourth and first quarter of 2019)

 1Q 20204Q 20191Q 2019
Net sales ($ million)1,762 1,741 1%1,872 (6%)
Operating (loss) income ($ million)(510)152 (436%)259 (297%)
Net (loss) income ($ million)(666)148 (548%)243 (374%)
Shareholders’ net (loss) income ($ million)(660)152 (535%)243 (372%)
(Loss) earnings per ADS ($)(1.12)0.26 (535%)0.41 (372%)
(Loss) earnings per share ($)(0.56)0.13 (535%)0.21 (372%)
EBITDA* ($ million)280 290 (4%)390 (28%)
EBITDA margin (% of net sales)15.9%16.7% 20.9% 

*EBITDA is defined as operating (loss) income plus depreciation, amortization and impairment charges / (reversals). EBITDA includes severance charges of $23 million in Q1 2020. If these charges were not included EBITDA would have been $303 million (17.2%).

These first quarter results include the consolidation of IPSCO which we acquired on January 2, 2020. Our sales in the first quarter remained in line with those of the previous quarter even after the integration of IPSCO, reflecting a low sales backlog at the completion of the acquisition and continuing declines in key markets in North and South America during the period as well as ongoing destocking actions at Aramco. Our EBITDA declined 4% sequentially to $280 million affected by losses at IPSCO and severance charges amounting to $23 million, primarily in North America.

Our operating income includes impairment charges of $622 million on the carrying value of goodwill and other assets in the United States, mainly related to the former IPSCO business and our welded pipe operations. These impairment charges reflect the severe change in business conditions we are experiencing with the collapse in oil demand and prices, and their impact on drilling activity and the demand for steel pipe products, resulting from the ongoing measures taken around the world to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on economic activity. Our net income for the quarter was further affected by: i) the impact of currency devaluations on income tax and foreign exchange results and ii) a lower contribution from our equity investments.

During the quarter, we reduced our working capital by $317 million, reflecting reductions in receivables and inventories. With operating cash flow of $516 million and capital expenditures of $68 million, our free cash flow amounted to $448 million (25% of revenues). After paying $1.1 billion for the acquisition of IPSCO in January 2020, at March 31, 2020 our positive net cash position amounted to $271 million.

Market Background and Outlook

The rapid decline in economic activity and unprecedented collapse in global oil demand as a result of the measures taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has resulted in an equally unprecedented collapse in oil prices, due to the imbalance between production, storage capacity and demand. At this moment, it is not possible to determine how long it will take for economic activity and oil and gas demand to recover and for supply and demand to rebalance. In this environment, investments in exploration and production of oil and gas are being severely curtailed and are not expected to recover in the short term.

We are taking action to preserve adequate levels of operation while protecting the health and safety of our employees, fulfill our commitments to customers, strengthen the medical response capability in the local communities where we have our operations and ensure the financial stability of the company.

To mitigate the impact of expected lower sales, we are working on a worldwide rightsizing program and cost containment plan aimed at preserving financial resources and liquidity and maintaining the continuity of our operations. The actions include:

  1. adjusting the level of our operations and workforce around the world, including the temporary closure of facilities and production lines in the USA;
  2. downsizing our fixed cost structure, including pay reductions for the board and senior management with aggregated cost savings of approximately $220 million by year end;
  3. reducing capital expenditures and R&D expenses by approximately $150 million compared to 2019;
  4. proposing to limit the payment of the dividend in respect of the 2019 fiscal year to the $153 million payment already made as an interim dividend during November;
  5. reducing working capital in accordance with activity levels.

For the second quarter of 2020, we are expecting a substantial reduction in sales and margins, particularly in the Americas, though sales in the rest of the world may remain more stable. In this highly uncertain environment, sales could be around 35% lower than the first quarter and our EBITDA margin, excluding restructuring charges, could fall to a high single digit. We do, however, expect to reduce working capital further and continue to generate positive free cash flow.

Annual Dividend Proposal

The board of directors proposes, for the approval of the annual general shareholders’ meeting to be held on June 2, 2020, to limit the dividend in respect of the 2019 fiscal year to the $153 million payment already made as an interim dividend in November 2019.

Analysis of 2020 First Quarter Results   
Tubes Sales volume (thousand metric tons)1Q 20204Q 20191Q 2019
Seamless  665  6414%  6404%
Welded  170  1644%  184(8%)
Total  835   805 4%  824 1%

Tubes1Q 20204Q 20191Q 2019
(Net sales - $ million)     
North America878 779 13%893 (2%)
South America224 265 (15%)330 (32%)
Europe134 153 (13%)158 (15%)
Middle East & Africa331 352 (6%)301 10%
Asia Pacific90 82 10%81 11%
Total net sales ($ million)1,657 1,631 2%1,763 (6%)
Operating (loss) income ($ million)(478)138 (446%)238 (301%)
Operating margin (% of sales)-28.8%8.5% 13.5% 

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 2% sequentially but declined 6% year on year. Sequentially a 4% increase in volumes was partially offset by a 2% decrease in average selling price. In North America sales increased 13% sequentially, reflecting the increase from the integration of IPSCO and the Canadian seasonal effect. In South America sales declined 15% sequentially, reflecting declining sales in Argentina and Colombia but a good quarter for sales of large diameter casing for offshore drilling in Brazil. In Europe sales decreased 13% due to declining level of sales in line pipe for downstream projects and OCTG in the North Sea as COVID-19 restrictions start to become effective. In the Middle East and Africa sales decreased 6% sequentially, reflecting lower sales in Saudi Arabia due to ongoing destocking by Aramco partially compensated by deliveries of offshore line pipe to a project in West Africa. In Asia Pacific sales increased 10% thanks to an increase in sales in Australia and China.

Operating result from tubular products and services amounted to a loss of $478 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to gains of $138 million in the previous quarter and $238 million in the first quarter of 2019. In this quarter, we recorded an impairment of $582 million on our Tubes segment, affecting our welded pipe assets in the U.S. and the newly acquired IPSCO business. Additionally, during the quarter we had severance charges of $23 million.

Others1Q 20204Q 20191Q 2019
Net sales ($ million)105 109 (4%)109 (4%)
Operating (loss) income ($ million)  (32)14 (329%)  21 (252%)
Operating margin (% of sales)-30.2%12.6% 19.1% 

Net sales of other products and services decreased 4% sequentially and year on year. The sequential decrease in sales is mainly related to lower sales of coiled tubing partially offset by improvement in other businesses. During the quarter Others segment operating income was affected by impairment charges of $40 million related to the sucker rods and coiled tubing businesses in the United States.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $357 million, or 20.3% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $349 million, 20.0% in the previous quarter and $345 million, 18.5% in the first quarter of 2019. Sequentially, our amortization of intangibles increased by $20 million: $8 million due to the integration of IPSCO and $12 million due to a one-off charge as IPSCO’s software was fully amortized. Additionally, our selling expenses increased $11 million and we had leaving indemnities related to administrative workers of $10 million, partially offset by a decline in services and fees of $10 million (consultancy and legal fees in the previous quarter related to acquisition of IPSCO) and $13 million lower taxes.

Other operating results included an impairment of $622 million on our U.S. businesses, mainly our welded pipe assets and the newly acquired IPSCO business.

Financial results amounted to a loss of $22 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to a loss of $7 million in the previous quarter and a gain of $24 million in the first quarter of 2019. The loss of the quarter corresponds mainly to an FX loss, net of derivatives results of $18 million from a 29% Brazilian Real devaluation on intercompany debt denominated in U.S. dollars at our Brazilian subsidiary which functional currency is the Brazilian Real. This result is to a large extent offset by changes to our currency translation reserve.

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies generated a gain of $2 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to a gain of $13 million in the previous quarter and a gain of $29 million in the first quarter of 2019. This quarter´s results reflect a gain from our investment in Techgen, partially offset by a loss in Ternium (NYSE:TX).

Income tax charge amounted to $136 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $10 million in the previous quarter and $70 million in the first quarter of 2019. During this quarter we recorded deferred tax charges of $111 million related to the devaluation of several currencies against the U.S. dollar, mainly the effect of the 25% devaluation of the Mexican Peso on the tax base used to calculate deferred taxes at our Mexican subsidiaries which have the U.S. dollar as their functional currency.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

Net cash provided by operations during the first quarter of 2020 was $516 million, compared with $264 million in the previous quarter and $548 million in the first quarter of 2019. Working capital decreased by $317 million, reflecting, in part, the reduction in activity and expected demand.

Capital expenditures amounted to $68 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $80 million in the previous quarter and $86 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Free cash flow of the quarter amounted to $448 million (25% of revenues), compared to $184 million in the previous quarter and $462 million in the first quarter of 2019.

After paying $1.1 billion for the acquisition of IPSCO in January 2020, at March 31, 2020 our positive net cash position amounted to $271 million.

Conference call

Tenaris will hold a conference call to discuss the above reported results, on April 30, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Following a brief summary, the conference call will be opened to questions. To access the conference call dial in +1 866 789 1656 within North America or +1 630 489.1502 Internationally. The access number is “7090759”. Please dial in 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. The conference call will be also available by webcast at ir.tenaris.com/events-and-presentations.

A replay of the conference call will be available on our webpage http://ir.tenaris.com/ or by phone from 1.00 pm ET on April 30, through 1.00 pm on May 8, 2020. To access the replay by phone, please dial +1855 859 2056 or +1 404 537 3406 and enter passcode “7090759” when prompted.

Some of the statements contained in this press release are “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks include but are not limited to risks arising from uncertainties as to future oil and gas prices and their impact on investment programs by oil and gas companies.

Consolidated Condensed Interim Income Statement
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)Three-month period ended March 31,
 2020 2019 
Continuing operationsUnaudited
Net sales1,762,311 1,871,759 
Cost of sales(1,293,665)(1,271,799)
Gross profit468,646 599,960 
Selling, general and administrative expenses(357,045)(345,366)
Impairment charge(622,402)- 
Other operating income (expense), net1,256 4,422 
Operating (loss) income(509,545)259,016 
Finance Income1,877 10,461 
Finance Cost(8,442)(6,982)
Other financial results(15,742)20,915 
(Loss) income before equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies and income tax(531,852)283,410 
Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies1,889 29,135 
(Loss) income before income tax(529,963)312,545 
Income tax(135,769)(69,956)
(Loss) income for the period(665,732)242,589 
Attributable to:  
Owners of the parent(660,068)242,879 
Non-controlling interests(5,664)(290)

Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Financial Position
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)At March 31, 2020 At December 31, 2019
Non-current assets     
Property, plant and equipment, net6,450,499  6,090,017 
Intangible assets, net1,470,105  1,561,559 
Right-of-use assets, net251,449  233,126 
Investments in non-consolidated companies853,205  879,965 
Other investments25,238  24,934 
Deferred tax assets230,412  225,680 
Receivables, net152,6479,433,555 157,1039,172,384
Current assets     
Inventories, net2,235,251  2,265,880 
Receivables and prepayments, net104,399  104,575 
Current tax assets140,282  167,388 
Trade receivables, net1,183,989  1,348,160 
Derivative financial instruments7,859  19,929

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