Acron's Q1 2018 IFRS EBITDA up 11% to USD 140 million
30 May 2018
Acron's Q1 2018 IFRS EBITDA up 11% to USD 140 million
Today Acron (Moscow Exchange and LSE: AKRN) released its consolidated Q1 2018 IFRS financial statements.
- Revenue was RUB 24,050 million, remaining almost flat year-on-year (Q1 2017: RUB 24,073 million). In dollar equivalent, revenue was up 3% to USD 423 million from USD 409 million.
- EBITDA* was up 7% to RUB 7,958 million, against RUB 7,434 million in Q1 2017. In dollar equivalent, EBITDA was up 11% to USD 140 million from USD 126 million.
- EBITDA margin was 33%, against 31% year-on-year.
- Net profit increased 2.6-fold to RUB 4,146 million (USD 73 million), against RUB 1,571 million (USD 27 million) year-on-year.
- Net debt was up 4% to RUB 62,738 million against RUB 60,221 million as of 31 December 2017. In dollar equivalent, net debt was up 5% to USD 1,096 million from USD 1,045 million.
- Net debt/LTM EBITDA** was 2.1, against 2.0 as of 31 December 2017. In dollar equivalent, the ratio was also 2.1, against 2.0 as of 31 December 2017.
- Output of key products was 1.90 million tonnes, up 7% year-on-year.
- Sales of key products totalled 1.81 million tonnes, up 1% year-on-year.
"Acron Group's financial performance is sustainably on an upward drive. In Q1 2018, the Group's revenue was up 3% year-on-year to USD 423 million. Cost management efforts boosted EBITDA 11% year-on-year to USD 140 million, and EBITDA margin was up to 33%. Maintaining a moderate debt burden, we paid dividends of USD 78 million in Q1 2018.
"The Group's new investment programme has built-in flexibility to allow us to adjust our annual volume of investments. In Q2 2018, we started construction of vertical shafts at the Talitsky site using the Group's equity, and slightly adjusted the deadlines for several investment projects at Acron (Veliky Novgorod) and Dorogobuzh. This year, the Group's CAPEX totals approximately USD 200 million. We will continue to focus on paying dividends while our debt burden remains moderate".
Notes on Key Items in the Financial Statements
The Group posted Q1 2018 revenue of RUB 24,050 million, almost unchanged year-on-year. In the reporting period, average indicative prices for mineral fertilisers were on diverse trends: nitrogen fertiliser prices fell, while prices for complex fertilisers increased. The average USD-RUB exchange rate in Q1 2018 was down 3%, and sales of key products were up 1% year-on-year.
Average Indicative Prices, FOB Baltics/Black Sea
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In the reporting period, the cost of sales was RUB 12,791 million, remaining almost flat year-on-year. Selling, general and administrative expenses were down 4% to RUB 1,850 million. Transportation expenses remained almost flat year-on-year at RUB 3,509 million. Other operating expenses were down 43% year-on-year to 432 million due to a decrease in foreign exchange loss on revaluation of assets.
Based on Q1 2018 results, the Group posted a net exchange gain of RUB 525 million, down 79% year-on-year due to a revaluation of loans and liabilities.
In the reporting period, the Group posted a RUB 708 million gain on derivatives, against a loss of RUB 5,079 million in Q1 2017. This paper loss was due to the expiration of a call option on Sberbank Investments' stake in the Talitsky potash project.
In Q1 2018, net profit was RUB 4,146 million, against RUB 1,571 million year-on-year.
In Q1 2018, net operating cash flow increased 3.9-fold to RUB 4,590 million (Q1 2017: RUB 1,169 million). This jump was mainly due to an increase in net profit and a moderate upward swing in working capital. In Q1 2018, working capital increased by RUB 1,663 million, while in Q1 2017 working capital was up RUB 4,327 million.
Net cash used in investing activities in the reporting period was RUB 2,764 million, against RUB 2,270 million in Q1 2017. Capital expenditures were RUB 2,613 million (Q1 2017: RUB 2,462 million).
In Q1 2018, total debt was down 1% to RUB 73,783 million. Net debt was up 4% to RUB 62,738 million. Net debt/ LTM EBITDA was 2.1, against 2.0 at the beginning of the year.
In Q1 2018, the FOB Baltics price for urea was USD 220-230, supported by strong seasonal demand and export cuts in China. That said, the price of coal, which is a key feedstock for urea production in China, remains high, keeping the urea price of local producers at USD 300 FOB China. With an end-of-season slump in demand, Baltics prices are less volatile this year (in May 2018, prices dropped to USD 215 while in May 2017, they were down to USD 180). Despite lessening pressure from Chinese exports, Baltics prices will be restrained by the seasonal nature of demand through Q2 and Q3 2018, but they are expected to recover in Q4 2018.
In Q1 2018, the AN and UAN premium over urea returned to normal levels. The AN premium was down after reaching its peak in Q4 2018, while the UAN premium recovered after disappearing in 2H 2017.
In Q1 2018, NPK prices continued the upward drive that started in autumn 2017, fuelled by positive dynamics in the prices for the basic product basket (urea, DAP and potash). NPK still retains a high premium over the basic product basket.
Average Indicative Prices, FOB Baltic Sea/Black Sea
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** LTM EBITDA is EBITDA calculated for the past 12 months.
Acron Group is a leading vertically integrated mineral fertiliser producer in Russia and globally, with chemical production facilities in Veliky Novgorod (Acron) and the Smolensk region (Dorogobuzh). The Group owns and operates a phosphate mine in Murmansk region (North-Western Phosphorous Company, NWPC) and is implementing a potash development project in Perm Krai (Verkhnekamsk Potash Company, VPC). It has a wholly owned transportation and logistics infrastructure, including three Baltic port terminals and distribution networks in Russia and China. Acron's subsidiary, North Atlantic Potash Inc. (NAP), holds mining leases for 13 parcels of the potassium salt deposit at Prairie Evaporite, Saskatchewan, Canada. Acron also holds a minority stake (19.8%) in Polish Grupa Azoty S.A., one of the largest chemical producers in Europe.
In 2017, the Group sold 7.3 million tonnes of various products to 65 countries, with Russia, Brazil, Europe and the United States as key markets.
In 2017, the Group posted consolidated IFRS revenue of RUB 94,342 million (USD 1,617 million) and net profit of RUB 14,260 million (USD 244 million). Acron's shares are on the Level 1 quotation list of the Moscow Exchange and its global depositary receipts are traded at the London Stock Exchange (ticker AKRN). Acron employs approximately 11,000 people.
For more information about Acron Group, please visit www.acron.ru/en.