AK Steel Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of 2011

Company Returns to Operating Profit and Net Income Performance

West Chester, OH, April 26, 2011—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) today reported net income of $8.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share of common stock, for the first quarter of 2011, compared to net income of $1.9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2010.  The year-ago results include a non-cash tax charge of $25.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share of common stock, related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the related Heath Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act.  

Net sales for the first quarter of 2011 were $1,581.1 million on shipments of 1,423,100 tons, compared to net sales of $1,405.7 million on shipments of 1,385,800 tons for the year-ago first quarter.  The company said its average selling price for the first quarter of 2011 was $1,109 per ton, which is approximately 9% higher compared to both the first quarter of 2010 and to the fourth quarter of 2010 levels.  The year-over-year and sequential quarterly increases in the average selling price resulted primarily from a richer product mix and higher contract and spot market selling prices.

The company reported an operating profit of $19.5 million, or $14 per ton, for the first quarter of 2011, compared to an operating loss of $154.6 million, or $114 per ton, for the fourth quarter of 2010.  The fourth-quarter 2010 results include pre-tax charges totaling $72.8 million related to the previously announced shutdown of the company’s Ashland (KY) coke plant and a retiree benefit settlement associated with the company’s Butler (PA) Works.  

“AK Steel and our employees again found a way to win by adhering to our core principles in the face of continued economic headwinds,” said James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO.  “Despite slightly lower shipments than we estimated, and continued high raw material costs, we improved operating income by more than $174 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.”

Second-Quarter 2011 Outlook

AK Steel said it expects shipments in the second quarter of 2011 to be between 1,500,000 and 1,550,000 tons, reflecting a strong increase over first-quarter 2011 shipments.  The company anticipates that its second-quarter 2011 average per-ton selling price will be approximately 7% higher compared to the first quarter of 2011 level.  The company said it expects to earn an operating profit of approximately $65 per ton for the second quarter of 2011.

Safe Harbor Statement

The statements in this release with respect to future results reflect management’s estimates and beliefs and are intended to be, and hereby are identified as “forward-looking statements” for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates” and other similar references to future periods typically identify such forward-looking statements. The company cautions readers that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently expected by management, including those risks and uncertainties discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.  Except as required by law, the company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future developments or events.

AK Steel

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, appliance, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.  The company employs about 6,200 men and women in Middletown, Mansfield, Coshocton and Zanesville, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and its corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio.  Additional information about AK Steel is available on the company’s web site at www.aksteel.com.  

AK Tube LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, employs about 300 men and women in plants in Walbridge, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana.  AK Tube produces carbon and stainless electric resistance welded (ERW) tubular steel products for truck, automotive and other markets.  Additional information about AK Tube LLC is available on its web site at www.aktube.com.


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