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Why Shares of TimkenSteel Corp. Plunged 17% Today

By Travis Hoium - May 25, 2016 at 12:37PM

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A new debt offering left investors disappointed today.

What: Shares of manufacturer TimkenSteel Corp. (TMST -3.30%) dropped as much as 17% today after the company priced a new debt offering. At  noon EDT, the stock had recovered slightly to a 14% decline.

So what: TimkenSteel announced that it will sell $75 million, or up to $86.25 million if underwriters exercise their full overallotment option, of 6.00% convertible senior notes due 2021. The debt will be convertible into TimkenSteel shares at a price of $12.58 per share. Management plans to use the funds to repay other debts.  

Now what: Clearly, the market isn't happy with the dilution potential and fairly high coupon rate for the new TimkenSteel debt. More worrisome are the company's quarterly losses throughout the past year and that it is not generating a gross profit, meaning it can't cover manufacturing costs.

This certainly takes away some upside potential for investors, but long term the concern should be with steel prices and demand. China has flooded the market with supply, and unless construction demand picks up, prices will remain low for the foreseeable future. That's a bigger challenge than the debt offering today.

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