Tenaris Announces 2016 Second Quarter Results

The Financial and Operational Information Contained in This Press Release Is Based on Unaudited Consolidated 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

LUXEMBOURG -- (Marketwired) -- 08/03/16 -- Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) (BAE: TS) (BMV: TS) (MILAN: TEN) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 in comparison with its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Summary of 2016 Second Quarter Results
(Comparison with first quarter of 2016 and second quarter of 2015)
Q2 2016 Q1 2016 Q2 2015
Net sales ($ million) 1,121 1,257 (11%) 1,868 (40%)
Operating (loss) income ($ million) (40) 42 (194%) 111 (136%)
Net (loss) income ($ million) (9) 28 (133%) 72 (113%)
Shareholders' net (loss) income ($ million) (13) 18 (173%) 66 (120%)
(Loss) earnings per ADS ($) (0.02) 0.03 (173%) 0.11 (120%)
(Loss) earnings per share ($) (0.01) 0.02 (173%) 0.06 (120%)
EBITDA* ($ million) 124 205 (40%) 265 (53%)
EBITDA margin (% of net sales) 11.1% 16.3% 14.2%

* EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation, amortization and impairment charges/(reversals). EBITDA includes severance charges of $43 million in Q2 2016, $13 million in Q1 2016 and $89 million in Q2 2015. If these charges were not included EBITDA would have been $167 million (15%) in Q2 2016, $218 million (17%) in Q1 2016 and $354 million (19%) in Q2 2015.

In the second quarter, our sales continued to decline (11% compared to the previous quarter). They were affected by continuing declines in activity throughout North America, the termination of shipments to pipeline projects in Brazil and Argentina and the erosion of prices throughout the world. Our margins also declined and we incurred an operating loss on our Tubes business, which, in addition to lower prices, was affected by a higher ratio of fixed costs resulting from low utilization of production capacity and further restructuring charges.

Cash flow from operations, however, remained positive, amounting to $380 million during the quarter, as we made further reductions in our working capital. Even after capital expenditures of $211 million and a dividend payment of $354 million, our net cash position (cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) remains solid at $1.8 billion at the end of the quarter.

Market Background and Outlook

The oil market has moved closer to a balance between supply and demand. North American drilling activity, after falling to a new post-war low in the second quarter, seems to have bottomed out and some oil and gas operators are starting to add back rigs. In the rest of the world, drilling activity may also be close to reaching the bottom. The pace of any recovery, however, will be subdued while oil prices remain low and the financial position of the oil and gas industry and its suppliers continues to deteriorate.

Our sales in the third quarter will continue to be affected by low levels of activity in North America and further price declines reflecting the intense competitive environment in the Eastern Hemisphere. In the fourth quarter, however, we should see a recovery in sales volumes and capacity utilization levels based on the current order backlog for our operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific and a pick up in drilling activity in North America, accompanied by a gradual improvement in our EBITDA.

Analysis of 2016 Second Quarter Results

Tubes

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, sales volumes of seamless and welded pipes for the periods indicated below:

Tubes Sales volume
(thousand metric tons)
Q2 2016 Q1 2016 Q2 2015
Seamless 395 366 8% 494 (20%)
Welded 80 146 (45%) 141 (43%)
Total 475 512 (7%) 635 (25%)

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, net sales by geographic region, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Tubes Q2 2016 Q1 2016 Q2 2015
(Net sales - $ million)
North America 266 380 (30%) 587 (55%)
South America 245 350 (30%) 466 (47%)
Europe 162 133 22% 189 (14%)
Middle East & Africa 276 239 16% 340 (19%)
Asia Pacific 36 28 26% 100 (64%)
Total net sales ($ million) 985 1,130 (13%) 1,682 (41%)
Operating (loss) income ($ million)1 (65) 21 (408%) 99 (166%)
Operating (loss) income (% of sales) (6.6%) 1.9% 5.9%

1 Tubes operating income includes severance charges of $39 million in Q2 2016, $11 million in Q1 2016 and $85 million in Q2 2015.

Net sales of tubular products and services decreased 13% sequentially and 41% year on year. The sequential decline reflects a volume decline of 7% and an average price decline of 6%. In North America sales declined due to the spring break-up in Canada, lower activity in Mexico and further reductions in drilling activity in the United States and lower prices across the region. In South America, sales declined due to the completion of deliveries to major pipeline projects in Brazil and Argentina. In Europe we had higher sales to industrial and process and power clients. In the Middle East and Africa sales increased due to higher OCTG shipments to the Middle East partially offset by lower sales of OCTG and deepwater line pipe to sub-Saharan Africa. In Asia Pacific, sales increased due to a good level of shipments of OCTG products in Indonesia.

Operating results from tubular products and services were a loss of $65 million compared to a gain of $21 million in the previous quarter and $99 million in the previous year. In addition to the effect of lower sales, following a decline in volumes and prices, Tubes operating income during the quarter was negatively affected by a higher ratio of fixed costs resulting from low utilization of production capacity and further severance costs to adjust the workforce to current market conditions, which amounted to $39 million for the segment.

Others

The following table indicates, for our Others business segment, net sales, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Others Q2 2016 Q1 2016 Q2 2015
Net sales ($ million) 136 127 7% 186 (27%)
Operating income ($ million) 25 21 20% 12 103%
Operating income (% of sales) 18.6% 16.6% 6.7%

Net sales of other products and services increased 7% sequentially, mainly due to higher sales of pipes for electric conduit in the United States. Sequentially, the operating income also increased following an improvement in the results of our electric conduit business in the United States.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $342 million, or 30.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $287 million, 22.8% in the previous quarter and $438 million, 23.4% in the second quarter of 2015. SG&A during the quarter included $24 million of severance charges compared to $3 million in the previous quarter and $34 million in the second quarter of 2015. Additionally, the sequential increase in SG&A is explained by a $31 million variation in the allowance for doubtful accounts as in the previous quarter we had a gain of $28 million from collection of previously provisioned accounts (mainly PDVSA) while in this quarter we have a charge of $3 million.

Financial results improved $25 million versus the previous quarter, amounting to a gain of $10 million, compared to a loss of $15 million in the previous quarter and a loss of $8 million in the second quarter of 2015. Sequentially finance income increased $4 million due to higher returns on our investments while other financial results improved $20 million mostly due to the positive impact from the Euro devaluation on Euro denominated intercompany liabilities in subsidiaries with functional currency U.S. dollar, which are to a large extent offset by changes to our currency translation reserve.

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies amounted to $19 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $12 million in the previous quarter and $4 million in the second quarter of last year. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE: TX).

Income tax amounted to a credit of $2 million in the second quarter of 2016, as we have a loss before equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies and income tax of $30 million.

Income attributable to non-controlling interests amounted to $4 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $10 million in the previous quarter and $6 million in the second quarter of 2015. During the first half of 2016 these results are mainly attributable to our pipe coating subsidiary in Nigeria while last year they were mainly attributable to NKKTubes, our Japanese subsidiary.

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2016 Second Quarter

Net cash provided by operations during the second quarter of 2016 was $380 million, compared to $309 million in the previous quarter and $548 million in the second quarter of 2015. Reductions in working capital (mainly trade receivables and inventories) amounted to $307 million during the second quarter and $103 million in the previous quarter.

Capital expenditures amounted to $211 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to $230 million in the previous quarter and $262 million in the second quarter of 2015. Capital expenditures mainly relates to the progress in the construction of the greenfield seamless facility in Bay City, Texas.

Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2016, and capital expenditures of $211 million during the second quarter, we maintained a net cash position (i.e., cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) of $1.8 billion at the end of the quarter.

Analysis of 2016 First Half Results
H1 2016 H1 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Net sales ($ million) 2,378 4,122 (42%)
Operating income ($ million) 2 490 (100%)
Net income ($ million) 19 326 (94%)
Shareholders' net income ($ million) 5 321 (98%)
Earnings per ADS ($) 0.01 0.54 (98%)
Earnings per share ($) 0.00 0.27 (98%)
EBITDA ($ million)1 329 792 (58%)
EBITDA margin (% of net sales) 13.9% 19.2%

1 EBITDA includes severance charges of $56 million in H1 2016 and $105 million in H1 2015. If these charges were not included EBITDA would have been $385 million (16%) in H1 2016 and $897 million (22%) in H1 2015.

Our sales in the first half of 2016 declined 42% compared to the first half of 2015, mainly due to lower shipments of tubular products. EBITDA declined 58% to $329 million in the first half of 2016 compared to $792 million in the first half of the previous year, following the decline in sales and a reduction in the EBITDA margin, from 19.2% to 13.9%. EBITDA includes severance charges, due to the adjustment of the workforce to current market conditions, which amounted to $56 million in the first half of 2016 and $105 million in the first half of 2015. Net income attributable to owners of the parent during the first half of 2016 was $5 million or $0.01 per ADS, which compares with $321 million or $0.54 per ADS in the first half of 2015. The decline in net income mainly reflects a challenging operating environment affected by lower shipments and prices, a higher ratio of fixed costs resulting from low utilization of production capacity and severance costs to adjust the workforce to current market conditions.

Cash flow from operations amounted to $689 million during the first half of 2016, including working capital reductions of $410 million. Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2016, and capital expenditures of $441 million during the first half of 2016, we reached a net cash position (i.e., cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) of $1.8 billion at the end of June 2016.

The following table shows our net sales by business segment for the periods indicated below:

Net sales ($ million) H1 2016 H1 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Tubes 2,115 89% 3,759 91% (44%)
Others 263 11% 363 9% (28%)
Total 2,378 100% 4,122 100% (42%)

Tubes

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, sales volumes of seamless and welded pipes for the periods indicated below:

Sales volume
(thousand metric tons)
H1 2016 H1 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Seamless 761 1,149 (34%)
Welded 226 300 (25%)
Total 987 1,449 (32%)

The following table indicates, for our Tubes business segment, net sales by geographic region, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Tubes H1 2016 H1 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
(Net sales - $ million)
North America 646 1,549 (58%)
South America 595 954 (38%)
Europe 295 425 (31%)
Middle East & Africa 515 654 (21%)
Asia Pacific 64 178 (64%)
Total net sales ($ million) 2,115 3,759 (44%)
Operating income ($ million) 1 (44) 469 (109%)
Operating income (% of sales) (2.1%) 12.5%

1 Tubes operating income includes severance charges of $50 million in the first half of 2016 and $100 million in the first half of 2015. If these charges were not included operating income would have been $7 million in the first half of 2016 and $569 million in the first half of 2015.

Net sales of tubular products and services decreased 44% to $2,115 million in the first half of 2016, compared to $3,759 million in the first half of 2015, as a result of a 32% decline in shipment volumes and a 17% decline in average selling prices. Sales were negatively affected by the adjustment in oil and gas drilling activity in response to the collapse in oil and gas prices and inventory adjustments taking place particularly in North America. In the first half of 2016, the average number of active drilling rigs, or rig count, declined 39% worldwide (56% in the United States and Canada and 19% in the rest of the world) compared to the average rig count in the first half of 2015.

Operating results from tubular products and services decreased 109% to a loss of $44 million in the first half of 2016, from income of $469 million in the first half of 2015. Results have been negatively affected by the decline in sales and a reduction in operating margins affected by a higher ratio of fixed costs resulting from low utilization of production capacity and severance costs to adjust the workforce to current market conditions.

Others

The following table indicates, for our Others business segment, net sales, operating income and operating income as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated below:

Others H1 2016 H1 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Net sales ($ million) 263 363 (28%)
Operating income ($ million) 46 22 115%
Operating income (% of sales) 17.6% 5.9%

Net sales of other products and services decreased 28% to $263 million in the first half of 2016, compared to $363 million in the first half of 2015, mainly due to lower sales of sucker rods, coiled tubing and industrial equipment in Brazil, partially offset by higher sales of pipes for electric conduit in the United States.

Operating income from other products and services increased 115%, to $46 million in the first half of 2016, compared to $22 million during the first half of 2015, following an improvement in the results of our electric conduit business in the United States.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $629 million in the first half of 2016 and $874 million in the first half of 2015, however, it increased as a percentage of net sales to 26.4% in the first half of 2016 compared to 21.2% in the first half of 2015 mainly due to the effect of fixed and semi fixed expenses on lower sales.

Financial results amounted to a loss of $5 million in the first half of 2016, compared to a loss of $10 million in the first half of 2015. Net finance income amounted to a gain of $35 million in the first half of 2016, compared to a gain of $7 million in the first half of 2015. Other financial results amounted to a loss of $40 million in the first half of 2016, compared to a loss of $17 million in the first half of 2015. During the first half of 2016 other financial results were negatively affected by the Euro appreciation on Euro denominated intercompany liabilities, largely offset in currency translation adjustment and by the Brazilian Real appreciation on hedging instruments.

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies generated a gain of $30 million in the first half of 2016, compared to a gain of $12 million in the first half of 2015. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE: TX).

Income tax charges amounted to $9 million in the first half of 2016, compared to $167 million in the first half of 2015.

Income attributable to non-controlling interests amounted to $14 million in the first half of 2016, compared to $5 million in the first half of 2015. Results during the first half of 2016 are mainly attributable to our pipe coating subsidiary in Nigeria, while in the previous year they were mainly related to NKKTubes, our Japanese subsidiary.

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2016 First Half

Net cash provided by operations during the first half of 2016 amounted to $689 million (including working capital reductions of $410 million), compared to $1,426 million in the first half of 2015 (including working capital reductions of $912 million). In addition to the lower reduction in working capital the decline is mainly due to lower operating results.

Capital expenditures amounted to $441 million in the first half of 2016, compared to $523 million in the first half of 2015, as we continue progressing in the construction of the greenfield seamless facility in Bay City, Texas.

Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2016, our financial position at June 30, 2016, amounted to a net cash position (i.e., cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) of $1.8 billion, similar to the level we had a year ago.

Tenaris Files Half-Year Report

Tenaris S.A. announces that it has filed its half-year report for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016 with the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The half-year report can be downloaded from the Luxembourg Stock Exchange's website at www.bourse.lu and from Tenaris's website at www.tenaris.com/investors.

Holders of Tenaris's shares and ADSs, and any other interested parties, may request a hard copy of the half-year report, free of charge, at 1-888-300-5432 (toll free from the United States) or 52-229-989-1159 (from outside the United States).

Conference call

Tenaris will hold a conference call to discuss the above reported results, on August 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Following a brief summary, the conference call will be opened to questions. To access the conference call dial in +1 877 730 0732 within North America or +1 530 379 4676 internationally. The access number is "46366875". Please dial in 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. The conference call will be also available by webcast at www.tenaris.com/investors

A replay of the conference call will be available on our webpage http://ir.tenaris.com/ or by phone from 12:00 pm ET on August 4 through 11:59 pm on August 12, 2016. To access the replay by phone, please dial +1 855. 859.2056 or +1 404 537.3406 and enter passcode "46366875" 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 June 30, Six-month period ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Continuing operations Unaudited Unaudited
Net sales 1,120,673 1,868,078 2,377,927 4,121,633
Cost of sales (814,847 ) (1,324,377 ) (1,742,240 ) (2,765,069 )
Gross profit 305,826 543,701 635,687 1,356,564
Selling, general and administrative expenses (341,996 ) (437,620 ) (628,563 ) (873,727 )
Other operating income (expense), net (3,644 ) 5,041 (4,774 ) 7,658
Operating (loss) income (39,814 ) 111,122 2,350 490,495
Finance Income 24,212 10,978 44,107 23,085
Finance Cost (4,814 ) (9,363 ) (9,118 ) (15,620 )
Other financial results (9,776 ) (9,718 ) (39,934 ) (16,988 )
(Loss) income before equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies and income tax (30,192 ) 103,019 (2,595 ) 480,972
Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies 18,612 4,269 30,339 12,184
(Loss) income before income tax (11,580 ) 107,288 27,744 493,156
Income tax 2,403 (34,965 ) (8,971 ) (166,890 )
(Loss) income for the period (9,177 ) 72,323 18,773 326,266
Attributable to:
Owners of the parent (13,266 ) 66,314 4,895 321,396
Non-controlling interests 4,089 6,009 13,878 4,870
(9,177 ) 72,323 18,773 326,266
Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Financial Position
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) At June 30, 2016 At December 31, 2015
Unaudited
ASSETS
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,945,317 5,672,258
Intangible assets, net 2,032,412 2,143,452
Investments in non-consolidated companies 524,625 490,645
Available for sale assets 21,572 21,572
Other investments 330,856 394,746
Deferred tax assets 197,906 200,706
Receivables 201,547 9,254,235 220,564 9,143,943
Current assets
Inventories 1,533,666 1,843,467
Receivables and prepayments 126,817 148,846
Current tax assets 162,188 188,180
Trade receivables 1,019,342 1,135,129
Other investments 1,879,082 2,140,862
Cash and cash equivalents 394,351 5,115,446 286,547 5,743,031
Total assets 14,369,681 14,886,974
EQUITY
Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the parent 11,468,566 11,713,344
Non-controlling interests 161,922 152,712
Total equity 11,630,488 11,866,056
LIABILITIES
Non-current liabilities
Borrowings 32,859 223,221
Deferred tax liabilities 661,377 750,325
Other liabilities 228,634 231,176
Provisions 64,291 987,161 61,421 1,266,143
Current liabilities
Borrowings 787,187 748,295
Current tax liabilities 124,813 136,018
Other liabilities 250,208 222,842
Provisions 14,296 8,995
Customer advances 68,939 134,780
Trade payables 506,589 1,752,032 503,845 1,754,775
Total liabilities 2,739,193 3,020,918
Total equity and liabilities 14,369,681 14,886,974
Consolidated Condensed Interim Statement of Cash Flows
Three-month period ended June 30, Six-month period ended June 30,
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) 2016 2015 2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities Unaudited Unaudited
Income for the period (9,177 ) 72,323 18,773 326,266
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and amortization 163,963 153,464 327,118 301,201
Income tax accruals less payments (52,560 ) (101,751 ) (68,731 ) (87,614 )
Equity in earnings of non-consolidated companies (18,612 ) (4,269 ) (30,339 ) (12,184 )
Interest accruals less payments, net (10,786 ) 1,838 (30,185 ) (2,613 )
Changes in provisions 1,373 3,396 8,171 (7,190 )
Changes in working capital 307,317 396,846 410,232 912,482
Other, including currency translation adjustment (1,790 ) 26,242 53,836 (4,366 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 379,728 548,089 688,875 1,425,982
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures (211,174 ) (261,928 ) (441,423 ) (523,187 )
Changes in advance to suppliers of property, plant and equipment 20,094 13,605 34,352 15,899
Investment in non-consolidated companies (17,108 ) - (17,108 ) -
Net loan to non-consolidated companies (13,464 ) (3,461 ) (23,848 ) (9,749 )
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 2,256 1,319 3,979 1,873
Dividends received from non-consolidated companies 20,674 20,674 20,674 20,674
Changes in investments in securities 195,754 (193,956 ) 325,682 (730,687 )
Net cash used in investing activities (2,968 ) (423,747 ) (97,692 ) (1,225,177 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Dividends paid (354,161 ) (354,161 ) (354,161 ) (354,161 )
Dividends paid to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries - - (4,311 ) -
Acquisitions of non-controlling interests (111 ) (854 ) (477 ) (854 )
Proceeds from borrowings 242,471 516,584 495,942 1,123,894
Repayments of borrowings (407,071 ) (441,268 ) (627,904 ) (859,463 )
Net cash used by financing activities (518,872 ) (279,699 ) (490,911 ) (90,584 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents (142,112 ) (155,357 ) 100,272 110,221
Movement in cash and cash equivalents
At the beginning of the period 530,743 671,817 286,198 416,445
Effect of exchange rate changes 4,012 264 6,173 (9,942 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents (142,112 ) (155,357 ) 100,272 110,221
At June 30, 392,643 516,724 392,643 516,724
At June 30, At June 30,
Cash and cash equivalents 2016 2015 2016 2015
Cash and bank deposits 394,351 519,230 394,351 519,230
Bank overdrafts (1,708 ) (2,506 ) (1,708 ) (2,506 )
392,643 516,724 392,643 516,724
Net financial position
At June 30,
2016 2015
Cash and bank deposits 392,643 516,724
Bank overdrafts 1,708 2,506
Other current investments 1,879,082 2,569,066
Fixed income investments held to maturity 329,182 -
Borrowings (820,046 ) (1,260,695 )
Net cash / (debt) 1,782,569 1,827,601

Giovanni Sardagna
Tenaris
1-888-300-5432
www.tenaris.com

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