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Stelco reports Q3 earnings are down by nearly 74%

The Canadian Press
   

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Stelco says challenging market conditions in the third quarter, which are expected to continue, included lower steel prices and inflationary pressure.

Stelco Holdings Inc. says its net earnings for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 were down by almost 74 per cent year-over-year to $158 million, or $2.33 per diluted share.

The Hamilton-based steel manufacturer says challenging market conditions in the third quarter, which are expected to continue, included lower steel prices and inflationary pressure.

The company’s revenue was $217 million for the quarter, down 38 per cent from last year and down 18 per cent from the second quarter.

The company says its revenue decrease was primarily due to a 36 per cent decline in average selling price per net ton, as well as lower shipping volumes and lower non-steel sales, all compared to last year.

However, executive chairman and chief executive Alan Kestenbaum says despite inflation and downward steel pricing trends, the company saw shipping volumes increase over last quarter.

Stelco reiterated its fourth-quarter guidance that lower prices and shorter lead times will continue to affect results throughout the rest of the year.

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