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DA Davidson Downgrades Sims Metal Management (SMS) to Underperform; Weaker Indicators Reduce Confidence

April 20, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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DA Davidson downgraded Sims Metal Management (NYSE: SMS) to Underperform, price target lowered from $A$14 to A$12.

Analyst, Brent Thielman, said, "Omnisource, the metals recycling division of Steel Dynamics (Nasdaq: STLD), recently reported Q1 operating income of $25 million ($15 per ton), essentially half of the $49 million ($30 per ton) reported in the prior year. Based on our own surveys and recent commentary from industry peers, processors continue to pay relatively high prices to procure scrap material while data indicates current prices paid by consumers (mills) are lower year-over-year. The weaker Omnisource results (Sims also has a considerable North American footprint), combined with softening ferrous scra prices in April and higher average purchase prices for processors in general, reduce our confidence in near-term estimates."

Cuts FY12 EPS estimate from $0.95 to $0.65 and FY13 from $1.33 to $1.00.

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Shares of Sims Metal Management closed at $15.44 yesterday.

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