Item 8.01. Other Items.

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This Current Report on Form 8-K is being filed by AK Steel Holding Corporation (“AK Steel”) to recast certain information in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 (the “2017 Form 10-K”), which AK Steel filed on February 15, 2018. AK Steel is filing herewith updated financial statements and other affected financial information for the periods included in the 2017 10-K that reflect retrospective adjustments resulting from certain accounting changes. Specifically, Part I, Items 1A and Part II, Items 6, 7 and 8 of AK Steel’s Form 10-K have been adjusted to reflect changes arising from (i) the adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2017-07, Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost, and (ii) a change in the method of determining the cost of inventories from the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method to the average cost method, both of which have been applied retrospectively in the updated financial statements filed herewith.

The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K is not an amendment to or restatement of AK Steel’s 2017 Form 10-K. This Current Report on Form 8-K should be read in conjunction with the 2017 Form 10-K and the March 31, 2018 Form 10-Q.

Adoption of ASU 2017-07

On January 1, 2018, we adopted ASU No. 2017-07. Under this standard, the service cost component of periodic pension and other postretirement benefit expense is included in cost of products sold and selling and administrative expenses, consistent with our treatment of other employee compensation costs. The remainder of periodic pension and other postretirement benefit income is recorded in a separate line in the consolidated statements of operations below operating profit. We have retrospectively applied the change in accounting principle to all periods presented. The adoption of this standard update had no other effect on our consolidated financial statements.

Change from LIFO to Average Cost Method

We changed our accounting method for valuing certain inventories from the LIFO method to the average cost method effective January 1, 2018, with retrospective application to all periods presented.

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.



Revised Ratio of Earnings to Combined Fixed Charges

Revised Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges

Consent of Ernst & Young LLP

Revised Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors

Revised Part II, Item 6. Selected Financial Data

Revised Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation

Revised Part II, Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Revised Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

Unaudited Selected Quarterly Information

The financial statements and notes thereto included in this Current Report on Form 8-K of AK Steel Holding Corporation formatted in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).

EX-12.1 2 exhibit121-statementrecomp.htm EXHIBIT 12.1 Exhibit EXHIBIT 12.1AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION RATIO OF EARNINGS TO COMBINED FIXED CHARGES (dollars in millions) 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013Combined fixed charges:         Capitalized interest credit$1.9 $3.1 $2.1 $2.7 $2.7Interest factor in rent expense5.2 5.6 5.3 4.3 3.3Other interest and fixed charges152.3 164.0 173.1 144.2 127.6Preference dividends— — — — —Total combined fixed charges$159.4 $172.7 $180.5 $151.2 $133.6          Earnings—pre-tax income (loss) with applicable adjustments$265.4 $137.3 $(452.8) $52.4 $48.4          Ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges1.7 NM* NM* NM* NM** In 2016,…
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AK Steel Holding Corporation is an integrated producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels and tubular products through its subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation (AK Steel). The Company operates approximately eight steelmaking and finishing plants, over two coke plants and approximately two tube manufacturing plants across states, which include Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These operations produce flat-rolled carbon, specialty stainless and electrical steels that it sells in sheet and strip form, and carbon and stainless steel that it finishes into welded steel tubing. The Company also produces metallurgical coal through its subsidiary, AK Coal Resources, Inc. (AK Coal). In addition, the Company operates trading companies in Mexico and Europe that buy and sell steel and steel products and other materials. It sells flat-rolled carbon steel products, consisting of coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon steel products.

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