Our price estimate for U.S. Steel (
) stands at
, roughly 15% ahead of market price. The company competes with
international steel giants like ArcelorMittal (
), BaoSteel, Posco (
), Nippon Steel and ThyssenKrupp. Below we recap U.S. Steel's full
year 2010 results and examine how these numbers affect the road
ahead for the company.
Understanding U.S. Steel's Performance in 2010
U.S. Steel reported revenues of $17.4 billion for 2010, an
almost 60% increase from the $11 billion recorded in 2009. These
figures are still below the peak of $23.8 billion in 2008 - before
the steel industry felt the brunt of the global economic recession.
The operations for the year, however, failed to generate a profit
with $111 million in operating loss reported. But the fact that
losses were in excess of $1.6 billion in 2009 shows that the
company is recovering from the after-effects of the downturn.
Also, U.S. Steel managed to ship more than 22 million tons of
steel in 2010, almost reaching its shipment figures of 24 million
tons in 2008. It is interesting to note that the company's revenue
per ton of steel in 2010 has not increased much from 2009. The
average price for flat-rolled steel increased from $651 in 2009 to
$675 in 2010. In fact, tubular steel generated only $1494 per ton
in 2010, compared to the $1755 per ton in 2009 - a drop of almost
U.S. Flat-Rolled Steel Average Price per Tonne
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The Road Ahead for U.S. Steel
The steel industry's emergence from the shadows of the global
recession is evident. We strongly believe that the company's
flat-rolled steel operations in the U.S. will continue to be its
biggest source of value in the years to come. This conclusion is
based on the fact that, with an imminent recovery in the global
demand for steel, and the expected economic growth among developing
countries like China, India and South Korea, steel prices will be
pushed higher in the future.
Moreover, with the company running at only 70% of its capacity
right now, there also exists ample opportunity to leverage its
reserve capacity to meet the increasing demand for steel in the
years to come.
U.S. Steel is an integrated steel producer of flat-rolled and
tubular products with major production operations in North
America and Europe. It is currently the tenth largest steel
producer in the world, with an annual raw steel production
capability of 31.7 million tons.