Tenaris Announces 2017 Third Quarter Results

The financial and operational information contained in this press release is based on unaudited consolidated condensed interim financial statements presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board and adopted by the European Union, or IFRS. Additionally, this press release includes non-IFRS alternative performance measures i.e., EBITDA and Net cash / debt. See exhibit I for more details on these alternative performance measures.

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(businesspress24) - LUXEMBOURG -- (Marketwired) -- 11/01/17 -- Tenaris S.A. (NYSE: TS) (BAE: TS) (BMV: TS) (MILAN: TEN) ("Tenaris") today announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2017 with comparison to its results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

(Comparison with second quarter of 2017 and third quarter of 2016)

Sales rose strongly in the Americas quarter on quarter reflecting seasonal factors in Canada, improved product mix and pricing in US onshore and higher activity from private operators in Argentina. Overall growth in sales, however, was held back by a trough in shipments to projects in the Middle East and Africa and for National Oil Company contracts under renewal as well as seasonal factors in European sales to distributors of line pipe and industrial products. Earnings per share, operating income and EBITDA margins all rose on lower general and administrative expenses and a recovery in margins in our non-tubular businesses.

During the quarter, we had a build up of inventories of $216 million in anticipation of higher shipments in the forthcoming quarter and net cash flow used in operations amounted to $2 million. After capital expenditures of $143 million, our net cash position (cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) declined to $974 million at the end of the quarter.

Our board of directors approved the payment of an interim dividend of $0.13 per share ($0.26 per ADS), or approximately $153 million. The payment date will be November 22, 2017, with an ex-dividend date on November 20, 2017 and record date on November 21, 2017.

Our board of directors appointed Mr. Carlos Condorelli to the audit committee. Mr. Condorelli will contribute to the Committee his expertise and extensive experience in audit and accounting.

Drilling activity in the USA and Canada, which rose at a rapid pace in the first half of the year, has now stabilized as operators turn their attention to improving returns on capital amidst uncertainty about the recovery in oil and gas prices and the prospect of higher financing costs. In the rest of the world, recovery remains more elusive, though conditions in some markets, like the North Sea, are gradually improving and Middle East drilling activity remains stable. In Latin America, drilling activity in Argentina has started to recover driven by investments in the Vaca Muerta shale play, while, in Mexico, despite the positive results of the energy reform program, a significant recovery in activity remains distant.

We are currently starting up our Bay City rolling mill with the first pipe rolled on 18 October. This will reinforce our Rig Direct™ service program in North America with a shorter and more efficient supply chain, reducing lead times and inventory requirements.

In the fourth quarter and going into 2018, we expect our sales in the Americas to continue growing as we consolidate and expand our Rig Direct™ program in North America and activity in the Vaca Muerta shale play in Argentina increases. We also expect higher sales in the rest of the world, boosted by shipments for East Meditarrenean pipelines, higher shipments to Middle East customers and higher sales in Europe. EBITDA and operating income should also grow, with margins benefiting from higher plant utilization and containment of fixed costs.

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 5% sequentially and 34% year on year, in line with the increase in shipment volumes. In North America, sales increased due to the seasonal recovery in Canada and better pricing and product mix in the United States. In South America sales increased due to an increase in activity at Vaca Muerta. In Europe sales declined reflecting seasonally lower sales of mechanical and line pipe products and lower sales of premium OCTG in Russia. In the Middle East and Africa sales reached a low point this quarter but are expected to recover strongly in the coming quarters led by shipments for East Mediterranean line pipe projects. In Asia Pacific we had lower sales of line pipe for complex projects.

Operating income from tubular products and services, amounted to $66 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $46 million in the previous quarter and a loss of $32 million in the third quarter of 2016. Sequentially, the increase in operating income is due to a reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses, mainly labor costs and services and fees.

Net sales of other products and services increased 10% sequentially and 8% year on year. The increase in sales and operating income is mostly related to our energy related businesses, sucker rods and coiled tubing.

, amounted to $305 million, or 23.4% of net sales in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $327 million, 26.3% in the previous quarter and $304 million, 30.9% in the third quarter of 2016. The sequential decline in SG&A expenses is mainly explained by lower labor costs and services and fees.

, amounted to a loss of $1 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with a gain of $2 million in the previous quarter and a gain of $17 million in the third quarter of 2016 when we recorded the sale of land not used in the production process of the Company.

amounted to a loss of $7 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of $16 million in the previous quarter and a gain of $4 million in the third quarter of 2016. The loss of the quarter is mainly due to net foreign exchange transactions loss because of the Euro appreciation on Euro denominated intercompany-debt in subsidiaries with US dollar functional currency. These losses are to a large extent offset in equity, in the currency translation adjustment reserve.

generated a gain of $25 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $30 million in the previous quarter and $27 million in the third quarter of 2016. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE: TX) and Usiminas.

amounted to a loss of $10 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of $1 million in the previous quarter and a loss of $1 million in the third quarter of 2016. These results were mainly attributable to non-controlling interests at our Japanese subsidiary NKKTubes and at our subsidiaries in Ghana and Indonesia.

Net cash used by operating activities during the third quarter of 2017 was $2 million, compared to $33 million in the previous quarter and a cash generation of $254 million in the third quarter of last year. During the third quarter of 2017 we used $216 million for the increase in working capital related to the increase in shipments and production.

Capital expenditures amounted to $143 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $155 million in the previous quarter and $187 million in the third quarter of 2016. Capital expenditures mainly relates to the progress in the construction of the greenfield seamless facility in Bay City, Texas.

We maintained a net cash position (cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) of $974 million at September 30, 2017.

Net sales of tubular products and services increased 15% to $3,488 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared to $3,033 million in the first nine months of 2016, reflecting a 27% increase in volumes and a 9% decrease in average selling prices.

Operating income from tubular products and services amounted $142 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared to a loss of $76 million in the first nine months of 2016. Results improved following a 27% increase in shipment volumes, increasing sales and the utilization of production capacity and therefore the absorption of fixed costs. Additionally, severance charges were lower as market conditions improved.

Net sales of other products and services decreased 2% to $212 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared to $215 million in the first nine months of 2016, while operating income increased 115% reflecting higher margins.

amounted to $926 million, or 25.0% of net sales during the first nine months of 2017, compared to $916 million, or 28.2% in the same period of 2016. Despite a 1% increase in SG&A expenses, SG&A as a percentage of sales declined following a 14% increase in sales.

were a loss of $27 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared to a loss of $1 million in the same period of 2016. The loss in the first nine months of 2017 is mainly due to the Euro appreciation on Euro denominated intercompany-debt in subsidiaries with US dollar functional currency. These losses are to a large extent offset in equity, in the currency translation adjustment reserve.

generated a gain of $90 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared to a gain of $57 million in the first nine months of 2016. These results are mainly derived from our equity investment in Ternium (NYSE: TX) and Usiminas.

amounted to a gain of $53 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared to a gain of $10 million in the first nine months of 2016, this result reflects primarily the effect of the Mexican peso revaluation on the tax base used to calculate deferred taxes at our Mexican subsidiaries which have the U.S. dollar as their functional currency.

amounted to a loss of $10 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared to a gain of $13 million in the first nine months of 2016. These negative results were mainly attributable to non-controlling interests at our Japanese subsidiary NKKTubes and at our subsidiaries in Ghana and Indonesia while positive results recorded during the first nine months of 2016 were mainly attributable to our pipe coating subsidiary in Nigeria.

During the first nine months of 2017, net cash used in operations was $9 million, compared to $942 million provided by operations in the same period of 2016. Working capital increased by $581 million in the first nine months of 2017, while it decreased by $559 million in the first nine months of 2016.

Capital expenditures amounted to $437 million in the first nine months of 2017, compared with $629 million in the same period of 2016. These investments are to a great extent related to the construction of the new greenfield seamless mill in Bay City, Texas.

We maintained a net cash position (cash, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings) of $974 million at September 30, 2017.

Tenaris will hold a conference call to discuss the above reported results, on November 2, 2017, at 09:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Following a brief summary, the conference call will be opened to questions. To access the conference call dial in +1 877 730 0732 within North America or +1 530 379 4676 Internationally. The access number is "5088749". Please dial in 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. The conference call will be also available by webcast at .

A replay of the conference call will be available on our webpage or by phone from 12.00 pm ET on November 2nd, through 11.59 pm on November 10th, 2017. To access the replay by phone, please dial +1 855 859 2056 or +1 404 537 3406 and enter passcode "5088749" when prompted.

Some of the statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are based on management''s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks include but are not limited to risks arising from uncertainties as to future oil and gas prices and their impact on investment programs by oil and gas companies.

Press releases and financial statements can be downloaded from Tenaris''s website at .

EBITDA provides an analysis of the operating results excluding depreciation and amortization and impairments, as they are non-cash variables which can vary substantially from company to company depending on accounting policies and the accounting value of the assets. EBITDA is an approximation to pre-tax operating cash flow and reflects cash generation before working capital variation. EBITDA is widely used by investors when evaluating businesses (multiples valuation), as well as by rating agencies and creditors to evaluate the level of debt, comparing EBITDA with net debt.

EBITDA is calculated in the following manner:

EBITDA = Operating results + Depreciation and amortization + Impairment charges/(reversals).

This is the net balance of cash and cash equivalents, other current investments and fixed income investments held to maturity less total borrowings. It provides a summary of the financial solvency and liquidity of the company. Net cash / (debt) is widely used by investors and rating agencies and creditors to assess the company''s leverage, financial strength, flexibility and risks.

Net cash/ debt is calculated in the following manner:

Net cash = Cash and cash equivalents + Other investments (Current)+ Fixed income investments held to maturity - Borrowings (Current and Non-current).

Giovanni Sardagna


Tenaris
1-888-300-5432



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