U.S. Steel, the leading American integrated steel producer, has recently updated its third-quarter earnings outlook, surpassing Wall Street analysts’ consensus predictions. On Monday, the company projected adjusted net earnings to range between $1.10 and $1.15 per share, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (Ebitda) estimated at approximately $550 million. Analysts had anticipated an EPS of around $1.03 and Ebitda of nearly $523 million.
Following this announcement, U.S. Steel’s stock price increased by 3.75% to $31.66 per share on Tuesday, outperforming the and , which fell by 0.2%. Despite this positive movement, the company’s stock price has remained relatively stable since August 13th, fluctuating between approximately $30 and $32 per share.
On August 13th, U.S. Steel announced it was considering strategic alternatives for its business, a term often used to indicate the potential for a sale or significant business change. On the same day, Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:NYSE:), another major steel corporation, proposed a cash and stock acquisition bid for U.S. Steel.
Cleveland-Cliffs’ proposal consisted of $17.50 per share in cash and 1.023 shares of its own stock for each U.S. Steel share. Given that Cliffs’ shares were valued at $14.20 on Tuesday afternoon, the total offer amounted to just over $32 per share, slightly exceeding U.S. Steel’s current trading value by about 1.5%.
U.S. Steel declined this offer and has since received bids from other parties, including steel processor Esmark which later withdrew from the bidding process. While investors have responded positively to U.S. Steel’s earnings guidance update, they are keenly awaiting more information regarding the potential sale of the company.
The company’s share price, which hovers close to the value of Cleveland-Cliffs’ bid, suggests that investors anticipate a likely deal that will exceed Cliffs’ initial offer. Prior to the emergence of Cliffs’ bid, U.S. Steel’s stock was trading at less than $23 per share.
U.S. Steel’s third-quarter performance has been bolstered by a resilient commercial portfolio and management actions leading to higher cost benefits. However, the company also acknowledged that its third-quarter financial results would be impacted by the United Autoworkers union strike announced earlier this month.
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