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* Q1 adj EPS $0.20 vs est $0.16
* Sales $1.99 bln vs est $2.05 bln
* Sees slow second quarter
Jan 6 (Reuters) - Commercial Metals, which has been trying to fend off a $1.73 billion takeover bid from Carl Icahn, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a rise in volumes, selling prices and margins.
The metals recycler, which last month asked its shareholders to reject the billionaire investor's $15-a-share tender offer, said it expects a seasonally slow second quarter. It, however, expects a rise in scrap prices to benefit its recycling operations.
The company's net earnings from continuing operations were $125.0 million, or $1.07 per share, compared with $14.9 million, or 13 cents per share, a year ago.
Excluding items, it posted a profit of 20 cents a share, higher than the average Wall Street estimate of 16 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Revenue rose 11 percent to $1.99 billion. Analysts had expected $2.05 billion.
Shares of the Irving, Texas-based company closed at $14.42 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.