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Tree Island Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/13 -- Tree Island Steel Ltd. (TSX: TSL)(TSX: TSL.DB) -

Q4 2012 Financial Highlights:

-- Revenue of $28.7 million as compared to $35.1 million in Q4 2011-- Gross Profit of $1.3 million or 4.6% of revenues as compared to $1.1 million or 3.1% of revenues in Q4 2011



2012 Financial Highlights:

-- Revenue of $146.2 million as compared to $150.0 million in 2011-- Gross Profit of $13.0 million or 8.9% of revenue as compared to $10.5 million or 7.0% of revenues in 2011-- EBITDA(3) (before foreign exchange) at $3.6 million as compared to $1.3 million in 2011



Tree Island Steel Ltd. (formerly Tree Island Wire Income Fund or the "Fund") ("Tree Island"(1) or the "Company") announced today its financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2012.

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2012(2), gross profit improved to $1.3 million from $1.1 million and gross profit per ton also improved to $61 per ton from $44 per ton in the same period in 2011. The increase in gross profit and gross profit per ton primarily reflects Tree Island's ongoing focus on profitable growth coupled with the decrease in raw material costs during the quarter. Gross profit and gross profit per ton continued to demonstrate improvement on a year over year basis as the Company maintained price discipline and further improved operational efficiencies. Despite a $0.4 million decrease in foreign exchange gain, EBITDA remained consistent at $1.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to the corresponding period in 2011 as a result of Tree Island's ongoing focus on pricing and cost management.

For the year ended December 31, 2012(2), Tree Island's gross profit and EBITDA increased to $13.0 million and $3.6 million, respectively. The year-over-year improvement in financial results is largely the result of management initiatives.

During the year ended December 31, 2012, Tree Island purchased 1,050,900 shares / units at an average price of $0.30 per share / unit, under its previously announced normal course issuer bid. These shares / units were cancelled by the Company at the end of the month of purchase. On September 6, 2012, the normal course issuer bid was extended to September 6, 2013. Under the renewed normal course issuer bid the Company may purchase up to 1,700,000 shares / units.

"I am pleased with our ability to navigate through the continued industry wide challenges faced in 2012. Our focus and sound strategies during the past year allowed Tree Island to further strengthen its position as a manufacturer and supplier of choice in a recovering market," said Dale R. MacLean, President and CEO of Tree Island Steel "On the heels of improved financial performance in 2012, we are seeing early market signals of demand recovery and price stabilization emerging which provides us with a reasonable opportunity to build a path to a stronger year in 2013."

Amar S. Doman, Chairman of Tree Island Steel noted, "2012 came with its challenges but the Tree Island team once again responded with strength and commitment to the industry-wide issues, focused on operational efficiencies and provided best in class service to customers and partners, all of which led to a significant year-over-year improvement in the Company's overall operational and financial performance. I am looking forward to working with the management team and another improvement year ahead for Tree Island."

Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31 December 31 2012 2011 2012 2011Summary of Results ($000's except for tonnage and per unit amounts)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sales Volumes - Tons(1) 21,583 25,282 102,408 110,314Sales $ 28,657 $ 35,081 $ 146,238 $ 150,030Cost of sales (26,568) (33,196) (130,132) (136,331)Depreciation (775) (782) (3,074) (3,241)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Gross profit 1,314 1,103 13,032 10,458Selling, general and administrative expenses (3,221) (3,018) (12,527) (12,411)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating (loss) income (1,907) (1,915) 505 (1,953) Foreign exchange gain (loss) 12 517 87 (722) Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment 18 - 448 11 Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value 10 30 (717) 2,331 Gain (loss) on renegotiated debt - - 17,805 (3,234) Financing Expenses (1,324) (2,241) (7,299) (8,500)----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Loss) income before income taxes (3,191) (4,467) 10,829 (12,925) Income tax (expense) recovery 846 210 (458) 64----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net (loss) income (2,345) (4,257) 10,371 (12,861)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating (loss) income (1,907) (1,915) 505 (1,953) Add back depreciation 775 782 3,074 3,241----------------------------------------------------------------------------EBITDA (2) (1,132) (1,133) 3,579 1,288----------------------------------------------------------------------------Foreign exchange gain (loss) 12 517 87 (722)----------------------------------------------------------------------------EBITDA including foreign exchange (1,120) (616) 3,666 566----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net (loss) income (2,345) (4,257) 10,371 (12,861)Add back significant non- cash itemsNon-cash financing expenses 648 1,387 3,961 5,349Non-cash (gain) loss on renegotiated debt - - (17,805) 3,234Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value (10) (30) 717 (2,331)Deferred income tax recovery 200 99 1,207 (13)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Adjusted net loss (2) (1,507) (2,801) (1,549) (6,622)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Per share / unit Net (loss) income per share / unit - basic (0.11) (0.19) 0.47 (0.56) Net (loss) income per share / unit - diluted (0.11) (0.19) 0.25 (0.56)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Per ton Gross profit per ton 61 44 127 95 EBITDA per ton (52) (45) 35 12---------------------------------------------------------------------------- As at As at December December 31 31,Financial position 2012 2011---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total assets $ 81,102 $ 91,005 Total non-current financial liabilities $ 29,790 $ 42,789----------------------------------------------------------------------------(a) Sales volumes exclude tons which were processed as part of tolling arrangements(b) See definition of EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss in footnote 3 to the press release



About Tree Island Steel

Tree Island Steel has a 100% ownership interest in Tree Island Industries Ltd. and its performance depends on the performance of Tree Island Industries Ltd. Headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, since 1964, Tree Island, through its four operating facilities in Canada and the United States, produces wire products for a diverse range of industrial, residential construction, commercial construction, agricultural, and specialty applications. Its products include bright wire; a broad array of fasteners, including packaged, collated and bulk nails; stucco reinforcing products; concrete reinforcing mesh; fencing and other fabricated wire products. The Company markets these products under the Tree Island, Halsteel, K-Lath, Industrial Alloys, TI Wire, and Tough Strand and Select Brand names. Tree Island also owns and operates a China-based company that assists the international sourcing of products to Tree Island Industries Ltd. and its customers.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking information with respect to Tree Island and Tree Island Industries Ltd., including their business, operations and strategies, as well as financial performance and conditions. The use of forward-looking words such as, "may", "will", "expect" or similar variations generally identify such statements. Any statements that are contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Although management believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties including risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tree Island's most recent annual information form and management discussion and analysis.

The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect management's current beliefs and are based upon certain assumptions that management believes to be reasonable based on the information currently available to management. By their very nature, forward looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and a number of factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking statements. In evaluating these statements, prospective investors should specifically consider various factors including the risks outlined in the Fund's most recent annual information form and management discussion and analysis which may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward looking statement. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions, the cyclical nature of our business and demand for our products, financial condition of our customers, competition, volume and price pressure from import competition, deterioration in the Company's liquidity, disruption in the supply of raw materials, volatility in the costs of raw materials, significant exposure to the Western United States due to lack of geographic diversity, dependence on the construction industry, transportation costs, foreign exchange fluctuations, leverage and restrictive covenants, labour relations, trade actions, dependence on key personnel and skilled workers, reliance on key customers, intellectual property risks, energy costs, un-insured loss, credit risk, operating risk, management of growth, changes in tax, environmental and other legislation, and other risks and uncertainties set forth in our publicly filed materials.

This press release has been reviewed by the Company's Board of Directors and its Audit Committee, and contains information that is current as of the date of this press release, unless otherwise noted. Events occurring after that date could render the information contained herein inaccurate or misleading in a material respect. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information and management of the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by applicable securities laws.

1. References to Tree Island include references to Tree Island Industries Ltd. as the context may require.2. Please refer to our 2012 MD&A for further information.3. References made above to "EBITDA" are to operating profit plus depreciation and references to "Adjusted Net Income (Loss)" are to net income (loss) per IFRS adjusted for certain non-cash items including non-cash financing expenses, changes in fair value of convertible instruments, gain (loss) on renegotiated debt, and deferred income tax recovery (expense). EBITDA is a measure used by many investors to compare issuers on the basis of ability to generate cash flows from operations. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) is a measure for investors to understand the impact of significant non-cash items that affect our results from operations. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are earnings measures recognized by IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. We believe that EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are important supplemental measure in evaluating the Fund's performance. You are cautioned that EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) should not be construed as alternatives to net income or loss, determined in accordance with IFRS, or as indicators of performance. Our method of calculating EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) may differ from methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, our EBITDA or Adjusted Net Income (Loss) may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.Tree Island Steel Ltd.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION(In thousands of Canadian dollars) December 31 December 31 2012 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------AssetsCurrent Cash 2,371 3,852 Accounts receivable 11,984 13,835 Inventories 32,732 36,123 Prepaid expenses 2,200 2,533---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 49,287 56,343Property, plant and equipment 31,592 34,303Other non-current assets 223 359---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 81,102 91,005----------------------------------------------------------------------------LiabilitiesCurrent Senior Revolving Facility 10,785 11,247 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 9,649 13,745 Income taxes payable 1,346 2,093 Other current liabilities 83 158 Fair value of convertible instruments 312 322 Current portion of long-term debt 1,748 4,882---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23,923 32,447Convertible Debentures 15,634 14,298Senior Term Loan 4,292 -Long-term debt 9,639 28,491Finance Lease 87 -Other non-current liabilities 449 364Deferred income taxes 1,973 766---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 55,997 76,366----------------------------------------------------------------------------Shareholders' Equity 25,105 -Unitholders' Equity - 14,639---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 81,102 91,005----------------------------------------------------------------------------Tree Island Steel Ltd.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except share / units and per-share / unit amounts) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31 December 31 2012 2011 2012 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sales $ 28,657 $ 35,081 $ 146,238 $ 114,949Cost of goods sold 26,568 33,196 130,132 103,135Depreciation 775 782 3,074 2,459----------------------------------------------------------------------------Gross profit 1,314 1,103 13,032 9,355Selling, general and administrative expenses 3,221 3,018 12,527 9,393----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating (loss) income (1,907) (1,915) 505 (38)Foreign exchange gain (loss) 12 517 87 (1,239)Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment 18 - 448 11Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value 10 30 (717) 2,301Gain (loss) on renegotiated debt - - 17,805 (3,234)Financing expenses (1,324) (2,241) (7,299) (6,259)----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Loss) income before income taxes (3,191) (4,467) 10,829 (8,458)Income tax recovery (expense) 846 210 (458) (146)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net (loss) income for the period $ (2,345) $ (4,257) $ 10,371 $ (8,604)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net (loss) income per share / unit Basic $ (0.14) $ (0.19) $ 0.47 $ (0.38) Diluted $ (0.14) $ (0.19) $ 0.25 $ (0.38)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Weighted-average number of shares / units Basic 21,799,448 22,843,741 21,978,006 22,867,849 Diluted 21,799,448 22,843,741 60,590,536 22,867,849----------------------------------------------------------------------------Tree Island Steel Ltd.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands of Canadian dollars) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31 December 31 2012 2011 2012 2011----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flows from operating activitiesNet (loss) income for the year $ (2,345) $ (4,257) $ 10,371 $ (12,861)Adjustments for Depreciation 775 782 3,074 3,241 Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value (10) (30) 717 (2,331) Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (18) - (448) (11) Property, plant and equipment impairment - 858 - 858 (Gain) loss on renegotiated debt - - (17,805) 3,234 Net finance costs 1,324 2,241 7,299 8,500 Deferred income tax (recovery) expense (200) (99) 1,207 (13) Fair value change on Phantom Units (128) (16) (64) 33 Exchange revaluation on foreign denominated debt 123 (1,141) (389) 817Working capital (Note 24) 6,928 3,735 133 (8,260)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 6,449 2,073 4,095 (6,793)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flows from investing activities Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 33 - 520 49 Purchase of property, plant and equipment (117) (152) (349) (471)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (85) (152) 171 (422)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash flows from financing activities Senior Term Loan, net (83) - 4,792 - Repayment of long-term debt (298) (294) (6,812) (2,892) Interest paid (608) (783) (2,929) (2,871) Normal course issuer bid (Note 14) (16) (21) (317) (26) (Payment of) advance on Senior Revolving Facility (5,846) (94) (462) 11,247----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (6,852) (1,192) (5,729) 5,458----------------------------------------------------------------------------Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 8 (17) (18) (25)----------------------------------------------------------------------------(Decrease) increase in cash (479) 712 (1,481) (1,782)Cash, beginning of period 2,850 3,140 3,852 5,634----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cash, end of period $ 2,371 $ 3,852 $ 2,371 $ 3,852----------------------------------------------------------------------------





Contacts:
Tree Island Steel Ltd.
Nancy Davies
Chief Financial Officer
(604) 523-4587
ndavies@treeisland.com
www.treeisland.com



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