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MOODY'S UPGRADES RUSSEL METALS AND ASSIGNS Ba3 TO PROPOSED SR. NOTES; STABLE OUTLOOK

05 Feb 2004
MOODY'S UPGRADES RUSSEL METALS AND ASSIGNS Ba3 TO PROPOSED SR. NOTES; STABLE OUTLOOK

Approximately US$530 Million of Rated Debt Affected

New York, February 05, 2004 -- Moody's Investors Service upgraded its ratings for Russel Metals Inc., raising its senior implied rating to Ba2 from Ba3, and assigned a Ba3 rating to the company's proposed offering of senior unsecured notes. The company has a stable rating outlook.

The following ratings were upgraded:

(i) Russel's senior implied rating upgraded to Ba2 from Ba3,

(ii) senior unsecured issuer rating upgraded to Ba3 from B1,

(iii) C$254 million senior secured revolving credit facility maturing June 2005, upgraded to Ba1 from Ba2,

(iv) US$115.6 million of 10% guaranteed senior unsecured notes due 2009, upgraded to Ba3 from B1,

(v) C$30 million of 8% subordinated debentures due 2006, upgraded to Ba3 from B1, and

(vi) C$30 million of 7.5% cumulative redeemable preferred shares, upgraded to B2 from B3.

Moody's also assigned a Ba3 rating to Russel's proposed offering of US$175 million of senior unsecured notes due 2014. Net proceeds from the new senior notes and from a C$45 million equity offering will be used to repurchase the 10% senior notes, 8% subordinated debentures, and 7.5% preferred shares, and reduce borrowings under the credit facility. Following the refinancing, Russel will have debt of approximately C$242 million and book equity of C$303 million, consisting solely of common stock.

The rating upgrades reflect the company's solid competitive position in the Canadian metal service center industry, a history of stable cash flow throughout a full economic cycle, discerning and superior management, and relatively low leverage. The long-term ratings also acknowledge the counter-cyclical nature of Russel's working capital needs and its good liquidity.

The ratings are constrained by the sensitivity of Russel's financial performance to general economic conditions and its dependence on cyclical end-use industrial sectors such as manufacturing, construction, transportation, and energy. The company's operating margins are fairly low, 3-6%, as befits its service center and steel import/export operations, and margins and cash flow can be pressured by fluctuating steel selling prices and imports. The recent surge in steel prices should bolster Russel's margins in the short-term, but is expected to increase its working capital investment, which could increase credit facility borrowings. When steel prices decline, as they inevitably will, Russel's margins will very likely narrow. The ratings also take into account the potential for Russel to continue to expand through acquisitions and the risk this entails.

Russel's stable rating outlook reflects its relatively solid cash flow, particularly during downcycles when it reduces metal purchases in response to slower customer demand, its demonstrated ability to adjust its operations to a reasonable range of economic conditions, its prudent approach to acquisitions and its balance sheet, and good liquidity. Its ratings or outlook could be lowered if it was unable to achieve historical margins over an extended period, working capital management failed to counter an economic or industry downturn, or it altered its past aversion to risk, for example in connection with its steel import/export segment or acquisition strategy. Prerequisites for an upgrade include an extended period of consistently strong financial performance and a commitment to significantly lower debt levels.

Russel's free cash flow (CFO minus capex) was positive in four of the last five years, despite the challenges of operating in the metals distribution sector. Free cash flow averaged C$49 million per year over the four-and-one-half years ending June 30, 2003. It is notable that in the years when Russel's free cash flow was weakest, 2000 and 2002, steel demand and prices were rising. Conversely, when demand from its industrial customers was declining, Russel was able to reduce its working capital investment and its debt, as occurred in 2001 and 2003, when cash generated by working capital changes was C$55 million and C$112 million, respectively. Management has also been proactive in fixing or disposing of underperforming operations, such as Total Distributors and the US operations of Acier Leroux, and Moody's expects this cold-eyed realism will continue. This attention to business is critical when operating margins are inherently slim.

The proposed refinancing, including the announced C$45 million equity offering, will allow Russel to simplify its balance sheet, remove costly preferred shares, and get pro forma debt to around C$242 million, or around 2.5 times annualized 2H2003 EBITDA (C$49 million), which includes the contribution of Leroux since it was acquired on July 3, 2003. The Leroux acquisition enabled significant rationalization of Russel's Quebec operations and associated working capital reductions.

While Moody's expects Russel's 2004 operating results will be similar to pro forma 2003, the recent sharp rise in steel prices and the potential need for Russel to rebuild inventory are likely to increase working capital investment and may elevate debt balances. The performance of Russel's energy sector distribution segment is difficult to predict but it could enjoy a good year due to high oil and gas prices and a rising Canadian drill rig count. Based on Moody's expectation of increased credit facility borrowings in 2004, and acknowledging lower average interest rates following the refinancing, Moody's anticipates Russel's debt to EBITDA ratio will be under 3 times and EBITDA to interest around 5 times.

The Ba1 rating for Russel's Canadian credit facility, one notch above the senior implied rating, reflects the benefits of the credit facility's covenants and security package, which includes trade accounts receivable and inventories of a significant portion of the company's operations. Russel's net working capital modestly exceeds potential maximum borrowings under both its Canadian and US credit facilities, but the company's fixed assets are relatively small. Therefore, Moody's has rated the senior unsecured notes Ba3, one notch below the company's senior implied, reflecting the uncertain asset coverage of the notes in the event Russel incurred a high level of secured debt, the effective subordination of the notes to borrowings under the credit facilities, and structural subordination to the debt and liabilities at Russel's subsidiaries that do not guarantee the notes.

Russel Metals Inc., a Canadian company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, operates steel service centers and conducts international steel trading activities throughout North America.

New York
Mark Gray
Managing Director
Corporate Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
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New York
Steven Oman
Senior Vice President
Corporate Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
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