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U.S. Steel: Q3 Earnings Resetting Record Books

Written by David Schollaert

U.S. Steel expects its third-quarter earnings to be one for the record books, exceeding even the record-breaking results of the prior quarter.

US SteelThe news comes as both Nucor and Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), two of the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker’s domestic competitors, also predicted record-setting third-quarter earnings this week.

U.S. Steel forecasts third-quarter earnings of roughly $2 billion, exceeding the historic $1.3 billion second-quarter total.

David Burritt, U.S. Steel’s president and CEO, said the company’s “best days are ahead,” adding that he expects “the third quarter to be a quarter of records for U.S. Steel.”

The anticipated results are thanks to sustained demand and rising steel selling prices, the company said. The flat-rolled, minimill and European segments are all projected to set new record earnings for the third quarter.

U.S. Steels remains “bullish that market fundamentals will support a stronger for longer steel market.” And that has positioned U.S. Steel to accelerate the pace of its deleveraging, Burritt said.

Aside from the debt incurred by the acquisition of Big River Steel, the company has reduced its debt by approximate $2.7 billion, aiming to reduce it by another $1 billion by mid-2022.

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