CHICAGO – May 13, 2022 - Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE: RYI) (the “Company” or “Ryerson”) announced today the closing of an underwritten secondary public offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock by an affiliate of Platinum Equity LLC (the “Selling Stockholder”). Ryerson did not offer any shares of its common stock in the offering and did not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the shares offered by the Selling Stockholder.
Concurrently with the completion of the offering, Ryerson repurchased directly from the Selling Stockholders 1,613,022 shares of common stock. The Company funded the share repurchase with cash on hand.
“The secondary offering and concurrent share repurchase mark an important milestone in the continued transformation of Ryerson. Through this completed secondary offering and repurchase of shares by the Company, we increased our public company share float, accreted increased ownership to non-selling shareholders and completed our authorized share buyback program fourteen months ahead of schedule. This is in addition to reducing long-term debt by more than $275 million in less than two years and increasing our quarterly dividend by more than 56 percent within the past year to $0.125 per share. That is a tremendous amount of important and valuable work of which we can all be proud. We would like to thank Platinum Equity for their ongoing investment and support throughout our nearly 15-year relationship and are delighted to continue that relationship as we continue building Ryerson’s enterprise value in the years ahead.” said Eddie Lehner, Ryerson’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Through this transaction, Ryerson is able to create long-term shareholder value by increasing the ratio of our shares that are floating by approximately 11 percent to represent nearly 57 percent of our total shares outstanding. We estimate this repurchase of our shares to be approximately 4 percent accretive to forward earnings per share. Our strong cash flow generation enabled us to repurchase 1.6 million shares for $47.7 million at an attractive price, while completing our $50 million share buyback authorization of August 2021 more than fourteen months ahead of schedule. Accordingly, in eight months Ryerson has returned more than $60 million to shareholders in share repurchases and dividends.” stated Jim Claussen, Ryerson’s Chief Financial Offer.
The secondary offering was made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (including a prospectus) which was filed by Ryerson with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the Offering may also be obtained by contacting: J.P. Morgan, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, by telephone: 1-866-803-9204, or by emailing: email@example.com.
This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
Ryerson is a leading value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. Founded in 1842, Ryerson has around 4,000 employees in approximately 100 locations.
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