Financial performance

Sales review

Steel, North America segment revenues by product
2018 2017
US$ million % of total segment revenues US$ million % of total segment revenues Change, %
Steel products 2,430 94.1 1,774 95.2 37.0
Semi-finished products 39 1.5 4 0.2 n/a
Construction productsIncludes beams, rebar and structural tubing 247 9.6 159 8.5 55.3
Railway productsIncludes rails and wheels 380 14.7 309 16.6 23.0
Flat-rolled productsIncludes commodity plate, specialty plate and other flat-rolled products 597 23.1 427 22.9 39.8
Tubular productsIncludes large-diameter line pipes, ERW pipes and casing, seamless pipes, casing and tubing, and other tubular products 1,167 45.2 875 47.0 33.4
Other revenuesIncludes scrap and services 153 5.9 90 4.8 70.0
Total 2,583 100.0 1,864 100.0 38.6

Steel, North America segment cost of revenues
2018 2017
US$ million % of segment revenues US$ million % of segment revenues Change, %
Cost of revenues 2,215 85.8 1,656 88.8 33.8
Raw materials 746 28.9 645 34.6 15.7
Semi-finished products 569 22.0 303 16.3 87.8
Auxiliary materials 246 9.5 148 7.9 66.2
Services 195 7.5 124 6.7 57.3
Staff costs 286 11.1 254 13.6 12.6
Depreciation 101 3.9 95 5.1 6.3
Energy 119 4.6 111 6.0 7.2
OtherPrimarily includes transportation, goods for resale, certain taxes, changes in work in progress and fixed goods, and allowances for inventories. (47) (1.7) (24) (1.4) 100.0

The segment’s revenues from the sale of steel products grew significantly due to rises of 22.6% in prices and 14.4% in volumes. This was mainly attributable to the improved productivity at the spiral mill and greater demand on the tubular market, mostly for line pipe and large-diameter pipe, as market demand continued to develop through 1H 2018 in support of oil price recovery and the recent approval of new pipelines in Canada and the US pipelines.

Construction products revenues increased by 55.3% due to an upswing in prices of 36.2% and sales volumes of 19.1% as a result of improved demand for concrete reinforcing bar and wire rod products produced at EVRAZ Pueblo and Section 232 tariffs. End use demand improved with increased spending in the energy, infrastructure and non-residential construction markets. The Section 232 tariffs implemented in mid-2018 led to fewer rebar and wire rod imports to the US market, further increasing demand for domestic producers.

Railway product revenues increased by 23.0%, driven by growth in volumes of 12.0%, 11.0% increase was attributed to surges in average prices.

Revenues from flat-rolled products climbed due to an uptick in prices of 28.9% and in sales volumes of 10.9% primarily at EVRAZ Portland. The increase was primarily related to commodity plate sales in the view of the improved demand for US-produced materials as a result ofSection 232 tariffs introduction, which lowered imported tonnes, and greater demand from wind tower business.

Revenues from tubular product sales grew by 33.4% year-on-yeardue to increases of 9.9% in volumes and 23.5% in prices. This was driven by stronger sales of line pipe due to favourable market conditions and large-diameter pipe due to new orders achieved during 2017-18, as well as improved productivity at the spiral mill.

Cost of revenues

In 2018, the Steel, North America segment’s cost of revenues surged by 33.8% year-on-year. The main drivers were:

  • Cost of semi-finished products was up 87.8% due to higher prices for purchased materials, steel import duties and increased sales volumes of steel products;
  • Auxiliary material costs climbed by 66.2%, driven by increased costs of electrodes and higher production volumes of crude steel and finished products;
  • Service costs went up 57.3%, driven by greater volumes of coating, outside repair, finishing and other services, in line with the year-on-year rise in sales volumes;
  • Raw material costs rose by 15.7%, primarily because of higher prices of scrap and ferroalloys, accompanied by greater consumption due to increased sales volumes of tubular products amid the market recovery seen in the reporting period;
  • Other costs were down for the reporting period, primarily due to changes in work in progress and finished goods.

Gross profit

The Steel, North America segment’s gross profit totalled US$368 million for 2018, up from US$208 million a year earlier. While the growth was primarily caused by an increase in revenues due to improving market conditions, it was partly offset by higher prices for purchased semi-finished products, auxiliary materials and scrap.