LUXEMBOURG -- (Marketwire) -- 08/01/12 -- Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) (BAE: TS) (BVM: TS) (MILAN: TEN) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter and semester ended June 30, 2012 with comparison to its results for the quarter and semester ended June 30, 2011.
Summary of 2012 Second Quarter Results
(Comparison with first quarter of 2012 and second quarter of 2011)
Q2 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2011Net sales (US$ million) 2,801.5 2,617.3 7% 2,403.1 17%Operating income (US$ million) 620.9 566.2 10% 409.8 52%Net income (US$ million) 460.2 453.4 1% 304.7 51%Shareholders' net income (US$ million) 461.1 443.8 4% 287.2 61%Earnings per ADS (US$) 0.78 0.75 4% 0.49 61%Earnings per share (US$) 0.39 0.38 4% 0.24 61%EBITDA (US$ million) 758.6 704.4 8% 545.8 39%EBITDA margin (% of net sales) 27% 27% 23%
Our results during the second quarter continued to improve as our net sales rose sequentially and we consolidated the margin improvements we made in the first quarter. Higher sales of premium products for deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil and in the Eastern Hemisphere regions, as well as a partial recovery of line pipe shipments in Brazil, more than offset the impact of seasonally lower sales in Canada.
Cash flow from operations remains strong and amounted to US$414.5 million for the quarter. However, we ended the quarter with a net debt position (total borrowings less cash and other current investments) of US$540.5 million, after the acquisition of Confab's non-controlling interests for US$ 758.5 million, the payment of US$295.1 million in dividends and capital expenditures of US$204.5 million.
Market Background and Outlook
Global demand for energy, in spite of the deteriorating economic climate in Europe, remains stable and energy companies are maintaining their programs in exploration and production activity for 2012. Demand for tubular products for complex applications is growing as investments take place in more difficult and unconventional operating environments.
With the recent volatility in oil prices and continuing low natural gas prices, drilling activity in North America is expected to decline by the end of the year, as lower gas drilling is not likely to be compensated by additional oil drilling. In the rest of the world, drilling activity should continue to increase led by the growth in the development of deepwater and unconventional reserves as well as complex conventional gas drilling.
In the second half of the year, sales to oil and gas customers, particularly in South America and in the Eastern Hemisphere, are expected to increase, while sales to the industrial markets will decline reflecting the slowdown in industrial activity, particularly in Europe.
Operating margins for the rest of 2012 are expected to remain close to current levels as mix improvements, lower raw material costs and increased efficiency in our industrial system offset the impact of lower prices in less differentiated segments.