Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) Has A Promising First Quarter


Dallas, Texas 04/29/2014 (FINANCIALSTRENDS) – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) has reported its first-quarter results for 2014. While revenue for the stock was reported at $940 million, the net loss of the stock was reported at $83 million or $0.54 per share.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) reported revenues falling by nearly 18%, in comparison to previous year. The cause of this downfall was not due to failure from within but due to external factors: The fall in prices of iron ore as well as metallurgical coal. Besides, sales were affected in terms of volumes, with nearly 2% fall in the sales volume because of harsh weather conditions over the winter.

CEO Gary Halverson has reported that the company during the first quarter of 2014 has reported that in the 30 years, this was one of the worst winters ever! In a company press release, he reported that “the first-quarter’s winter weather in North America was some of the worst conditions we have experienced in 30 years.”

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) is one of the international mining as well as natural resources company which is an iron ore producer as well as metallurgical coal.

However, the company has also reported good number of positives for the quarter. These include first quarter production of 1.5 million tons at the Bloom Lake, a fact which was remarkable to achieve in rough winter weather.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) however, reported good liquidity of 32% in less than year, to the tune of #1.9 billion. The significance in the numbers reported, was the fact that these liquidity factors were sustained, even after iron ore as well as metallurgical coal markets were down.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) has also announced that its full-year volume as well as cost outlook. The company has also announced that it hopes to arrest the volume decline in the first quarter, in the remaining three quarters of the fiscal.