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Tenaris Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results

August 1, 2014



ENP Newswire - 01 August 2014

Release date- 31072014 - LUXEMBOURG - Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) (BAE: TS) (BMV: TS) (MILAN: TEN) today announced its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 in comparison with its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Our second quarter sales increased 3% sequentially and included a record level of sales in Sub-Saharan Africa which offset the usual seasonal effect in Canada. Our EBITDA and operating margins continued to benefit from a favorable product mix.

Cash flow from operations amounted to $566 million during the second quarter of 2014. Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2014, and capital expenditures of $223 million during the quarter, we maintained a net cash position (cash and other current investments less total borrowings) of $1.3 billion at the end of the quarter.

Market Background and Outlook

In the United States, drilling activity has gradually increased in the first half. Higher oil production is boosting operator cash flows which is expected to drive further expansion. The duties on OCTG imports from nine countries, including South Korea, determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, if confirmed by the U.S. International Trade Commission in its injury ruling expected in August, should provide some relief to domestic OCTG manufacturers and result in increased sales and a more favorable pricing environment.

Elsewhere in North America, we expect drilling activity and sales in Mexico to recover slowly in the second half while drilling activity and sales in Canada should be above last year's levels.

In the rest of the world, drilling activity continues to show a gradual increase in many regions, led by gas drilling in the Middle Eastand deepwater drilling in sub-Saharan Africa. However, our sales and product mix in the second half will be affected by inventory adjustments in Saudi Arabia and a continuing low level of sales in Brazil. Sales in the third quarter will be additionally affected by lower shipments to sub-Saharan Africa following the record level of this quarter.

Considering these effects, we confirm our expectation that our overall results for 2014 will be in line with those for 2013, with a decline in the third quarter followed by a recovery in the fourth.

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 1% sequentially but declined 7% year on year. Sales increased sequentially driven by record sales in Sub-Saharan Africa, which offset the spring breakup effect in Canada. In North America sales declined due to the seasonal spring break up in Canada, partially offset by increased sales in Mexico. In South America, sales increased due to higher sales of OCTG in Argentina.

In Europe, higher sales of OCTG more than offset lower sales of line pipe products. In the Middle East and Africa sales increased due to record level of shipments to Sub-Saharan Africa deepwater projects, partially offset by lower sales in the Middle East. In the Far East and Oceania, sales remained stable. The 7% year on year decline in sales was mostly due to lower shipments in Brazil.

Operating income from tubular products and services decreased 4% sequentially and 3% year on year. Sequentially, the decrease in operating income was mainly due to higher SG&A expenses.

Net sales of other products and services increased 32% sequentially, mainly due to higher sales of sucker rods, industrial equipment in Brazil and pipes for electric conduit in the USA. Sequentially, the operating margin increased following the increase in sales and a recovery in operating margins.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $518 million, or 19.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $489 million, 18.9% in the previous quarter and $529 million, 18.7% in the second quarter of 2013. The sequential increase was mainly due to higher service and logistics costs.

Financial results in the second quarter of 2014 amounted to zero, compared to a gain of $42 million in the previous quarter and a loss of $11 million in the second quarter of 2013. The gain in the previous quarter was mainly related to a 22.3% Argentine peso devaluation in the first quarter of 2014.

Equity in earnings of associated companies generated a gain of $14 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a gain of$19 million in the previous quarter and a gain of $12 million in the second quarter of last year. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE: TX).

Income tax charges totaled $144 million in the second quarter of 2014, equivalent to 26.2% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax, compared to $199 million, or 32.7% in the previous quarter and $150 million or 26.4% in the second quarter of 2013.

Results attributable to non-controlling interests amounted to gains of $12 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $6 million in the previous quarter and $12 million in the second quarter of 2013. These results are mainly attributable to NKKTubes, our Japanese subsidiary.

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2014 Second Quarter

Net cash provided by operations during the second quarter of 2014 was $566 million, compared to $612 million in the previous quarter and $607 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Capital expenditures amounted to $223 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $189 million in the previous quarter and$180 million in the second quarter of 2013. The increase has to do with the progress in the construction of the greenfield seamless facility in Bay City, Texas.

Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2014, our financial position at June 30, 2014, amounted to a net cash position (cash and other current investments less total borrowings) of $1.3 billion, a similar level to that of the previous quarter.

Analysis of 2014 First Half Results

Our sales in the first half of 2014 declined 5% compared to the first half of 2013, mainly due to lower shipments of welded pipes in Brazil. EBITDA declined 1% to $1,421 million in the first half of 2014 compared to $1,429 million in the first half of the previous year, as an improvement in margins, driven by a better mix of products sold, partially offset the decline in sales.

Cash flow from operations amounted to $1,178 million during the first half of 2014. Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2014, and capital expenditures of $412 million during the first half of 2014, we reached a net cash position (cash and other current investments less total borrowings) of $1.3 billion at the end of June 2014.

Net sales of tubular products and services decreased 5% to $4,865 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $5,107 million in the first half of 2013, as a result of flat average selling prices and lower shipments of welded pipes in Brazil.

Operating income from tubular products and services increased 2% to $1,099 million in the first half of 2014, from $1,079 million in the first half of 2013. Despite a 5% decrease in net sales, operating income increased due to an improvement in the operating margin, mainly due to a better mix of products sold.

Others

Net sales of other products and services decreased 6% to $376 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $400 million in the first half of 2013, mainly due to lower sales of industrial equipment in Brazil.

Operating income from other products and services decreased 70%, to $16 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $53 million during the first half of 2013, due to a 6% decline in sales and a lower operating margin.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, amounted to $1,007 million in the first half of 2014 and $1,005 million in the first half of 2013, however, it increased as a percentage of net sales to 19.2% in the first half of 2014 compared to 18.2% in the first half of 2013 mainly due to the effect of fixed and semi fixed expenses on lower sales.

Financial results amounted to a gain of $43 million in the first half of 2014, compared to a loss of $20 million in the first half of 2013. Net interest expenses amounted to $5 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $18 million in the first half of 2013.

The decrease in interest expenses was due to an increase in our net cash position. In addition, in the first half of 2014 we had positive other financial results amounting to $48 million, mainly due to the positive impact from the Argentine peso devaluation against the U.S. dollar on our Argentine peso-denominated borrowings and liabilities.

Equity in earnings of associated companies generated a gain of $33 million in the first half of 2014, compared to a gain of $24 million in the first half of 2013. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE: TX) and Usiminas (BSP: USIM).

Income tax charges amounted to $343 million in the first half of 2014, equivalent to 29.6% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax, compared to $284 million in the first half of 2013, or 25.5% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax. During the first half of 2014, the tax rate was negatively affected by the effect of the Argentine peso devaluation on the tax base used to calculate deferred taxes.

Income attributable to non-controlling interests amounted to $18 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $10 million in the first half of 2013. These results are mainly attributable to NKKTubes, our Japanese subsidiary.

Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2014 First Half

Net cash provided by operations during the first half of 2014 amounted to $1,178 million, compared to $1,163 million in the first half of 2013.

Capital expenditures amounted to $412 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $364 million in the first half of 2013. The increase has to do mainly with the progress in the construction of the greenfield seamless facility in Bay City, Texas.

Following a dividend payment of $354 million in May 2014, our financial position at June 30, 2014, amounted to a net cash position (i.e., cash and other current investments less total borrowings) of $1.3 billion, compared with a net cash position of $214 million at June 30, 2013.

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, 2014 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 52-229-989-1940 (from outside the United States).

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.

CONTACT:

Giovanni Sardagna

Tenaris

Tel: 1-888-300-5432

www.tenaris.com


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