Net interest expenses decreased to US$7.3 million in the first half of 2012 compared to US$11.1 million in the same period of 2011.
Other financial results recorded a loss of US$3.4 million during the first half of 2012, compared to a loss of US$11.4 million during the first half of 2011. These results largely reflect gains and losses on net foreign exchange transactions and the fair value of derivative instruments and are partially offset by changes to our net equity position. These gains and losses are mainly attributable to variations in the exchange rates between our subsidiaries' functional currency (other than the US dollar) and the US dollar, in accordance with IFRS.
Equity in earnings of associated companies generated a gain of US$30.2 million in the first half of 2012, compared to a gain of US$47.0 million in the first half of 2011. These gains were derived mainly from our equity investment in Ternium.
Income tax charges amounted to US$293.0 million in the first half of 2012, equivalent to 25% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax, compared to US$234.0 million in the first half of 2011, equivalent to 29% of income before equity in earnings of associated companies and income tax. During the first half of 2012, the tax rate benefited from a more favorable mix of companies.
Income attributable to non-controlling interests amounted to US$8.7 million in the first half of 2012, compared to US$22.3 million in the corresponding semester of 2011. In May 2012, we completed the acquisition of all the non-controlling interests of Confab.
Cash Flow and Liquidity of 2012 First Half
Net cash provided by operations during the first half of 2012 rose to US$1,019.2 million, compared to US$490.8 million in the first half of 2011, mainly due to higher result and lower investments in working capital in the first half of 2012.
Capital expenditures amounted to $400.9 million in the first half of 2012, compared to US$461.8 million in the first half of 2011.
Following our investments in Brazil during the first semester of 2012, amounting to US$1.3 billion(US$504.6 million in Usiminas and US$758.5 million in Confab) and the payment of a dividend of US$295.1 million, our financial position at June 30, 2012, amounted to a net debt position (total borrowings less cash and other current investments) of US$540.5 million, compared with a net cash position of US$323.6 million at December 31, 2011.
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, 2012 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.
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