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Reliance Steel And Aluminum Co (NYSE:RS)
Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Feb 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings. Welcome to the Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Fourth Quarter Full year 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this conference is being recorded. I will now turn the conference over to your host, Kim Orlando with ADDO Investor Relations. You may begin.

Kimberly Orlando -- Analyst

Thank you, operator. Good morning, and thanks to all of you for joining our conference call to discuss Reliance's fourth quarter and Full Year 2020 financial results. I am joined by Jim Hoffman, CEO; Karla Lewis, President; and Arthur Ajemyan, Vice President and CFO. Bill Sales, Executive Vice President, Operations, will also be available during the question-and-answer portion of this call. A recording of this call will be posted on the Investors section of our website at investor.rsac.com. The press release and the information on this call may contain certain forward-looking statements, which are based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic conditions on our future operations, which may not be under the company's control, which may cause actual results, performance or achievement of the company to be materially different from the results, performance or other expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited, to those factors disclosed in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and as updated in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, under the caption Risk Factors, disclosure in our press release this morning and other documents Reliance files or furnishes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The press release and the information on this call speak only as of today's date, and the company disclaims any duty to update the information provided therein and herein. I will now turn the call over to Jim Hoffman, CEO of Reliance.

James D. Hoffman -- Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today to discuss our fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results. Despite the extraordinary challenges 2020 presented on a global scale, we are extremely pleased with the strong execution of our team -- that our team has shown, not only in the field, but by all of the employees within the family of companies, who demonstrated the true resiliency of the Reliance business model. I applaud each and every one of you for your tremendous efforts to quickly and nimbly adapt to the changing environments, ensure our customers were always taken care of, and most importantly, maintain your unwavering commitment to health and safety, our most important core value. Since 2017, our SMART Safety program has been focused on embedding our culture of safety across our entire family of companies. Working together as one company, we focused on this initiative in 2020 like never before in response to the new and unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to developing new policies and procedures to prevent the spread of the virus, we improved our safety performance in 2020 with an approximately 23% reduction in our incident rate compared to 2019. While this is a significant milestone, as I've stated in the past, we will not be satisfied until this rate reaches 0. I'd like to thank everyone at Reliance for their commitment to making it personal in 2020 in order to keep our employees, their families, our customers, suppliers and communities safe. I'd like to take a moment to congratulate both Karla Lewis and Arthur Ajemyan for the recently announced well-deserved promotions.

Consistent with our Board's strategic executive leadership succession plan, Karla was promoted from CFO to President and was simultaneously appointed to our Board of Directors effective January 15. Karla has demonstrated excellent judgment and leadership in each role she has held since joining Reliance in 1992, and her unique abilities and talents have earned the respect of our employees and shareholders. Karla's promotion recognizes her significant contributions to Reliance. It will allow her to broaden her knowledge of Reliance's field operations and increase the diversity of her experience. In addition, Arthur Ajemyan was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 15. Arthur has held various positions in Reliance's finance and accounting department for over 15 years and has done a phenomenal job. I congratulate both Karla and Arthur on their promotions and look forward to continuing to work closely with them in their new roles. Now let's turn to our 2020 results. We delivered a solid financial performance in 2020, driven by consistently strong operational execution despite considerable turbulence in the market. Our results demonstrate the strength and resiliency of our people and unique business model as well as our ability to execute through both good times and bad given the diversity of our products, end markets and geographies. Our decentralized structure allowed us to respond rapidly to fluid market conditions and demand trends.

These factors, combined with pricing discipline and continuous improvements to our value-added processing capabilities, enabled us to achieve our second consecutive year of record annual gross profit margins at 31.5%, up 120 basis points from 2019 and exceeding our estimated sustainable range of 28% to 30%. We also maintained healthy profitability levels despite the extraordinarily volatile and challenging market conditions. For the full year, we generated non-GAAP earnings per share of $7.71 as a result of the combination of strong margin discipline and effective expense control, which helped mitigate our decline in profitability. On the heels of a record year in 2019, we maintained strong cash flow from operations of $1.17 billion in 2020 driven by our profitability and focus on working capital management. Fueled by our ongoing focus on rightsizing our inventory to reflect current demand levels and our differentiating advantage of cross-selling inventory among our family of companies, we achieved our companywide inventory turn goal of 4.7 times based on tons for 2020. In line with historical trends and the cornerstone of our business model, a significant portion of our metal we purchase is from domestic suppliers. And it is paramount that we continue to support our mill partners who, in turn, have consistently been there for Reliance during challenging times.

Our countercyclical cash flow generation allows us to remain flexible and opportunistic in executing our growth initiatives while concurrently returning value to our stockholders. We invested $172 million in our business through capital expenditures in 2020, including many growth opportunities such as our recent toll processing expansion in Texas and Kentucky. Today, we are introducing our 2021 capital expenditure budget of $245 million that includes new buildings and other projects to expand, upgrade and maintain many of our operating facilities. We are installing energy-efficient lighting and solar panels in certain of our facilities. Our 2021 budget also includes innovative new processing equipment to provide our customers with the highest-quality products and services. Turning to M&A. Although COVID-19 has slowed the pace of acquisitions activity in general, we continue to see a healthy pipeline of potential candidates as we've begun to broaden our view on the universe of prospective growth opportunities. As always, we evaluate opportunities based on a strict set of criteria to ensure a strong fit within the family of companies. Now turning to stockholder returns. In 2020, we repurchased $337.3 million worth of our common stock at an average cost of $91.80 per share and paid $164.1 million in dividends to our shareholders. We've maintained our payment of regularly quarterly dividends for 61 consecutive years without ever suspending payment or reducing our dividend rate. In addition, we've increased our dividend 28 times since our 1994 IPO, including the most recent increase of 10% for the first quarter of 2021. Looking forward into the remainder of 2021. Reliance will continue to execute and improve upon our tried-and-true model that has led us to industry-leading results for many decades. Over the past year, we've adapted to operate more efficiently than ever before without sacrificing our competitive edge and the critical elements of our business that make Reliance a trusted and reliable business partner. We will maintain our focus on opportunities to enhance our products, end markets and geographical diversification, along with our ongoing commitment to strong pricing discipline, diligent expense control, when-needed inventory management, organic growth and innovation. As was evident throughout the past year, our customers rely on Reliance to continue to support them through trying times, often in greater capacity and on a more frequent basis. As I continue to say, and I will say again, America is going to need Reliance to rebuild. Thank you for your time and attention today. I will now turn the call over to Karla to review our operating results and demand trends. Karla?

Karla R. Lewis -- President

Thanks, Jim, and good morning, everyone. I would like to join Jim in thanking everyone in our Reliance family of companies for their truly amazing performance throughout 2020. As an essential business, we were able to continue operating throughout the pandemic, with our 2020 tons sold decreasing only 10.8% compared to 2019. Our average selling price was down 9.6% in 2020 compared to 2019 due to declining mill prices for most of the products we sell during the first nine months of the year. Despite these negative trends, we achieved record gross profit margin in 2020. In the fourth quarter of 2020, healthy demand conditions in the majority of our end markets resulted in our tons sold declining only 1.3% compared to the prior quarter. This was the lowest Q4 seasonal decline we've experienced in the last 10 years and exceeded our guidance by a significant margin. Despite customer holiday-related closures and less shipping days typical of the fourth quarter, we experienced solid demand trends throughout the fourth quarter as the economy continued to regain momentum. Supported by solid demand and rising input costs, metal pricing improved as mill price increases for many of the products we sell accelerated throughout the fourth quarter with prices for certain carbon steel products almost doubling, which led to our average selling price increasing 4.6% compared to the third quarter of 2020, again, exceeding our expectations. The favorable demand and pricing conditions in the fourth quarter contributed to our record gross profit margin of 33%, a 60 basis point improvement from the third quarter of 2020.

And on a non-GAAP FIFO basis, which we believe is the best measure of our day-to-day operating performance, our gross profit margin of 33.6% increased 180 basis points from 31.8% in the third quarter of 2020. Our record gross profit margin reflects the outstanding performance by our managers in the field who effectively implemented price increases at the time of mill announcement prior to receiving the higher-cost metal into inventory, pushing our gross profit margin above already strong levels, resulting from our focus on higher-margin orders. While we are very pleased with our record Q4 and full year gross profit margin, we continue to believe our estimated sustainable gross profit margin range of 28% to 30% is appropriate as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and operate through this uncertain environment. That said, maintaining our strong gross profit margin remains a cornerstone of our business model. We believe our managers will continue to successfully leverage the significant investments we have made to expand and improve our value-added processing capabilities. In fact, one of the key factors contributing to our record gross profit margin for the full year was our value-added processing capabilities, which have increased in recent years as a result of our significant investments in state-of-the-art equipment. While the percentage of orders with value-added processing declined to approximately 49% from 51% in 2019 due to changes in product mix caused by the pandemic, process orders continue to serve as a stabilizer to our margins in challenging markets with declining demand and pricing trends.

I'll now turn to a high-level overview of the conditions in our key end markets. Demand in nonresidential construction, the largest market we serve, remained relatively steady during the fourth quarter due to ongoing healthy bidding activity for new projects and the restart of projects that had been put on hold earlier in the year. We've been seeing quoting activity in the areas you might expect such as infrastructure projects, schools, utilities, water and power, strip malls and data and distribution centers. Demand for the toll processing services we provide to the automotive market was strong, with activity back to pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter as automotive OEMs and steel and aluminum mills continued to ramp production as a result of reopenings following COVID-19 shutdowns in the second quarter of 2020. We commenced operations at our new facility in Kentucky in late November and also recently broke ground on a new greenfield tolling facility in Texas, with both focused on carbon steel tolling to support increased capacity of our toll processing customers, who are primarily metal producers and their end users. Demand in heavy industry for both agricultural and construction equipment rebounded to solid levels in the fourth quarter as production schedules continued to ramp following customer reopenings from COVID-19-related shutdowns and to meet equipment dealer restocking needs. Semiconductor demand steadily improved from the third quarter of 2020, and the market continues to be one of our strongest. And in regard to aerospace, I'd like to remind you all that our aerospace businesses service diverse segments, with commercial aerospace representing roughly half of our aerospace exposure.

Demand in commercial aerospace further declined in the fourth quarter as a direct result of reduced air travel due to COVID-19, which has reduced airplane build rates. We believe the fourth quarter represented the trough. That said, demand in the military, defense and space portions of our aerospace business remained stable at solid levels throughout the fourth quarter. Finally, demand in the energy sector, which is mainly oil and natural gas, remained under pressure in the fourth quarter of 2020. And throughout 2020, we took prudent cost-reduction measures, including the closure of certain facilities, which helped strengthen our overall efficiency and position us to support a recovery in this market. We are optimistic on both demand and pricing trends in the first quarter of 2021 as we have experienced strength in both so far in the first quarter. Before I turn it over to Arthur, I would like to commend our folks on our improved safety performance in 2020 and remind them to keep it personal in 2021. Thank you. And Arthur will now review our financial results. Arthur?

Arthur Ajemyan -- Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Karla, and good morning, everyone. I'll start with our sales discussion. Fourth quarter 2020 sales were down 12.8% from the prior year period as our markets continued to recover following the reopening of the economy. Approximately half of the decline in our sales can be attributed to our businesses supporting the commercial aerospace and energy end markets, as evidenced by the disproportionately higher declines in our sales of aluminum and alloy products. For the full year of 2020, sales were down 19.7% from 2019. Approximately half of the decline in sales was due to lower shipping volumes across all major end markets we sell to, and the remaining half was due to lower average selling prices. However, both recovering demand and pricing from the reopening of the economy in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 helped to mitigate the annual decline in our sales. As Jim and Karla highlighted, we generated a record quarterly gross profit margin of 33% in the fourth quarter of 2020, up 60 basis points from both Q3 2020 and Q4 2019 and a record gross profit margin of 31.5% for the full year of 2020, up 120 basis points from our previous annual record of 30.3% in 2019. Our non-GAAP FIFO gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2020 was up 450 basis points from Q4 2019, and for the full year of 2020 was up to 280 basis points from 2019. Please refer to our earnings release, where we provide a reconciliation of LIFO to non-GAAP FIFO gross profit margin for each reported period. We incurred LIFO expense of $15.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 due to rapidly increasing mill costs for most of our products.

However, for the full year of 2020, we still recognized LIFO income of $22 million as our cost of inventory on hand at the end of the year was still below the levels at the beginning of the year. This compares to LIFO income in the fourth quarter and full year of 2019 of $81 million and $156 million, respectively. We ended 2020 with a LIFO reserve of $115.6 million on our balance sheet. Based on current market conditions, we expect to incur an annual LIFO expense of $340 million in 2021. Consistent with our accounting policy, we allocate our annual estimate on a pro rata basis in each quarter. As such, our current projected Q1 2021 LIFO expense is $85 million. As in prior years, we will update our expectations each quarter based upon our inventory cost and metal pricing trends. Turning to expenses. Our fourth quarter non-GAAP SG&A expenses decreased $51 million or 9.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 on a 7.9% reduction in shipments. For the full year, same-store SG&A expenses declined $241 million or 11.5% on a 10.8% reduction in shipments. The decline in SG&A expenses was due to reduced spend across every major expense category. As you've heard us say before, approximately 60% to 65% of our SG&A expenses are people related. When looking at the 11.5% year-over-year decline in same-store SG&A expenses, approximately half of the decrease was people-related as our headcount declined 14% compared to the prior year. In addition, lower incentive pay due to lower gross profit and pre-tax income levels also contributed to the decline in our compensation costs. Although we are entering the first quarter of 2021 with a more efficient expense structure because of strong volume and pricing trends, we expect our expenses will increase in the first quarter of 2021 from the fourth quarter of 2020, consistent with seasonal trends. I will address our Q1 2021 outlook for demand and pricing shortly.

For the full year of 2020, our effective income tax rate declined to 22.1% from 24% in 2019 mainly due to our lower pre-tax income level in 2020. We currently anticipate our full year 2021 effective income tax rate will be 24%. Our strong gross profit margin and effective expense management resulted in $2.01 of earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2020, well above our outlook of $1.30 to $1.40 per diluted share but down 17.6% from $2.44 in the fourth quarter of 2019 mainly due to reduced demand levels related to the pandemic, with commercial aerospace and energy end market sales being significant contributors to the decline in our sales. In comparison to the third quarter of 2020, fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $2.01 was up 7.5% from $1.87 due to improved pricing, strong gross profit margin and recovering demand in most end markets. Turning to our balance sheet and cash flow. We generated strong cash flow from operations of $230.2 million during the fourth quarter due to our profitable operations and effective working capital management, including our focus on rightsizing our inventory levels. At the end of the year, our total debt outstanding was $1.66 billion, resulting in net debt-to-EBITDA multiple of 1.1 times. Also at the end of the year, no borrowings were outstanding on our $1.5 billion revolving credit facility. As mentioned last quarter, we significantly strengthened our liquidity position through the successful completion of both our $900 million senior notes offering and amended/restated $1.5 billion five-year unsecured revolving credit facility. The facility amendment, combined with the proceeds from the notes offering, provides us with ample liquidity and an improved debt maturity profile. I'll now turn to our outlook. While macroeconomic uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, favorable market conditions have persisted so far into the first quarter of 2021, with improving demand and additional mill price increases on many carbon and stainless steel products.

This environment allows us to maintain higher gross profit margin levels as we increase our selling price prior to receiving the higher-cost metal in our inventory. We expect these favorable conditions to continue for the remainder of the first quarter. As a result of these favorable conditions and the normal seasonal improvement, we estimate our tons sold will be up 10% to 12% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. We also expect our average selling price in the first quarter of 2021 will be up 12% to 14% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. Based on these expectations, we currently anticipate non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $3.40 to $3.50 for the first quarter of 2021. In closing, we are very pleased with our fourth quarter 2020 financial and operational results. Outstanding execution by all of our employees greatly contributed to our success in 2020. Their efforts, coupled with our resilient business model and disciplined execution of our strategy, resulted in yet another quarter of solid profitability and cash flow, enabling us to continue supporting our growth and stockholder return priorities. That concludes our prepared remarks. Thank you for your attention. And at this time, we would like to open the call to questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And our first question is from Seth Rosenfeld with Exane BNP Paribas. Please proceed with your questions.

Seth R. Rosenfeld -- Exane BNP Paribas -- Analyst

Good afternoon. Thank you for taking my questions today. Karla and Arthur, congratulations on the new roles. I had two different questions, please. First, on impact on product mix and price realizations, and secondly, on M&A, please. On product mix, I remember last quarter, I think you spoke at some length about the impact of weak aerospace while energy volumes weighing on your mix and on ASPs. You're sounding a bit more optimistic now than a few months back. How confident are you in that inflection? And to what extent could we see ASPs, not just in Q1 but going forward, begin to outpace the strength in standard grades? And if I may, a separate question on M&A, please. I think in your prepared remarks, you commented on a more broad scope of businesses under consideration for M&A. Can you please give us an update on what that implies in terms of the types of businesses you're looking at going forward? Thank you.

James D. Hoffman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Hi, Seth, this is Jim. Good to hear from you. I'll talk about your second question first on the M&A front, then I'll flip it over to Karla and Bill, and they can talk about individual products. But from an M&A standpoint, the pipeline is full. We've looked at a lot. I believe we've looked at over 100 this year. Now when I say we looked at 100, we didn't do deep dives on 100. We just looked and say this is something we'd be interested in. The ones that we actually did get involved with and took a deeper dive, we just didn't find any that worked the way we would like to. However, there's a lot of interesting companies out there, some adjacent businesses that aren't your traditional service centers. We're expanding our view a little bit there. But we still have a strict criteria. We're very proud of what we've built at Reliance. We're very loyal to our shareholders. We focus on quality of earnings and not just driving our top line up for any reason. But we're -- I'm encouraged. I think there's -- there'll be something that will pop this year that we'll be interested in. And -- but it's part of our DNA. Our acquisitions are alive and well, and we're going to pick the ones that are multiples. And we'll see how all works out that fit our criteria. But I'm enthusiastic about what we're seeing. So we're going to keep that in our quiver, if you will. Now on products themselves, I'm going to ask Karla and Bill to kind of jump in. We're pleasantly surprised on some fronts. Some of them are exactly what we thought they were going to be. But I think -- and Bill can talk to the aerospace. I believe we've bottomed out on that. Hopefully, we have, and we'll be able to have kind of a slow climb out of that. And energy is what it is, although energy has shown a little bit of signs of relief at recent. So those are general statements, Seth. And why don't I go to -- I think we'll go to Bill. He can talk about aerospace. Bill?

William K. Sales, Jr -- Executive Vice President, Operations

Yes. Seth, it's Bill. On the aerospace side, as Jim said, we think we bottomed out in Q4 last year. We still know we have a challenging environment on the aerospace side. We look to see a slow gradual recovery on the commercial aerospace side of the business. We've done a lot to rightsize our business, both in terms of headcount and inventory, and we'll continue to look at that and manage it accordingly. And then as we've said, the other side of the equation is the defense, military and space side of the business continues to be very strong. So that part of it is very positive.

Karla R. Lewis -- President

Seth, it's Karla. And I'll just add in a little -- probably a little more specifically, I think, to your question about the fact that we spent time in the third quarter talking a little more about our product mix and the impact it had on our average sell price because there was a much more significant impact at that time. In Q2, we saw a big downturn in a lot of our products. But aerospace kind of was winding down at a slower pace than some of our other end markets from Q2 to Q3. And then as we saw some other markets coming back more in Q3, it had a bigger impact on the mix. So that's why we spent a lot of time there talking about it. I think Arthur gave some color in his comments about Q4, where we did continue to see some pressure on energy and aerospace during the fourth quarter compared to third quarter. But we think we hit bottom in both of those markets, and that did show up in our aluminum and alloy sales. You could see those down a little more than carbon and stainless in Q4 compared to Q3. We're seeing some activity in Q1 in both aerospace and energy a little more than in Q4, which has been a positive. But nothing really significant that we're anticipating any huge changes in our product mix or average sell price as we go into the quarter.

Seth R. Rosenfeld -- Exane BNP Paribas -- Analyst

Very clear. Thank you so much.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And our next question is from Phil Gibbs with KeyBanc Capital Markets. Please proceed with your questions.

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

Hey, thanks. Good morning. Happy new year.

James D. Hoffman -- Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Phil. How are you, buddy?

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

I'm doing well. [Indecipherable] capex for 2021, should we expect a couple of hundred million this year?

James D. Hoffman -- Chief Executive Officer

I believe we said in our comments it's about $245 million. And yes, it's like in the past, Phil. It's a pretty good division between growth and maintenance. As we've stated before in the past, we need about $90 million -- $90 million to $100 million a year on what we call maintenance, but it's really not maintenance. I mean, some of it is, but some of it is buying -- is replacing older equipment, but the equipment that we have that has replaced the older equipment is much better. It's much better technology and tighter tolerances and things that we can actually charge more for. So that's a portion of the capex. Then we've got some growth initiatives in there, some innovative programs that we're going to be rolling out, some IT enhancements and what have you. But yes, you can -- I believe we said $245 million.

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

Okay. I must have missed -- go ahead, Karla, sorry.

Arthur Ajemyan -- Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Phil, yes, this is Arthur. And just from a cash spend perspective, we think cash spend will be north of that because there's a lot of delays in 2020 with approved projects due to COVID and what have you. So there's going to be some catch-up spend. So I think from a full year 2021 perspective, we could probably be north of $245 million, maybe even closer to $300 million.

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you for that. On the auto side, that business, given your tolling, tends to be just in time in a lot of the businesses from what I remember. So with some of these shutdowns, which are just interim base intra-quarter, what are you seeing there? Are they telling you to stage less material while they take this downtime? Or are they still in catch-up mode from last year?

William K. Sales, Jr -- Executive Vice President, Operations

Phil, it's Bill. What we're hearing so far, the mills are continuing to produce. So some of the shutdowns, we still think the impact from the chip shortage is going to be minimal to our business. But we are probably storing more material today than before. And we think that they're going to be a bit in catch-up mode going forward. But so far, auto remains strong. The outlook remains strong, and we're watching the situation with chips very closely.

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

Okay. And then my last one here, Bill, is a good segue because you mentioned chips. What's the pipeline look like for you all on the semis side because you're obviously dealing with a lot of new capacity growth and your business tends to favor more of the newbuilds versus the consumables? But what are your customers telling you in terms of how long this cycle is going to last? It looks like just on the surface, it's got some legs. Thanks.

William K. Sales, Jr -- Executive Vice President, Operations

It does, Phil. I agree with that. We -- I think we said that our outlook, we think it was going to be strong for the -- through the first half. For the first time, I think we could probably go out beyond that based on what our customers are telling us. I'm seeing some forecast where they're looking at double-digit growth for multiple years. So semiconductor is one of those markets, it can really stop on a dime, so we watch it very closely. But this does look like it's got legs and is going to be strong for the foreseeable future.

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

And we have reached the end of the question-and-answer session. And I will now turn the call over to Jim Hoffman for closing remarks.

James D. Hoffman -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you again to all of you on the call today for your time and attention. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact on the global economy, I could not be more pleased with our strong financial results and operating performance in 2020. I'd like to thank each and every one of our Reliance employees for their courage, tenacity and resolve they continue to demonstrate through this pandemic and for their relentless focus on each and every day on the health, safety and well-being of themselves, their coworkers, their families and their communities. We'd also like to thank our investors for your continued support and commitment to Reliance. Please stay safe and healthy.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 42 minutes

Call participants:

James D. Hoffman -- Chief Executive Officer

Karla R. Lewis -- President

Arthur Ajemyan -- Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

William K. Sales, Jr -- Executive Vice President, Operations

Kimberly Orlando -- ADDO -- Analyst

Seth R. Rosenfeld -- Exane BNP Paribas -- Analyst

Philip Ross Gibbs -- KeyBanc Capital -- Analyst

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