URALCHEM, one of the largest producers of nitrogen fertilizers in Russia, announced its unaudited IFRS financial results for the first six months of 2014.
Online PR News – 29-December-2014 – Moscow – Revenue for the first six months of 2014 decreased by 9% to 36.54 bln RUB, compared to 40.06 bln RUB in January-June, 2013. Operating profit amounted to 9.70 bln RUB compared to 12.22 bln RUB in the first half of 2013. Operating profit margin in the reporting period was 27% compared with 30% in the same period of 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA in the reporting period comprised 11.57 bln RUB, compared to 14.01 bln RUB, a decrease of 17%. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the first six months of 2014 amounted to 32% of revenue, compared with 35% of revenue for the same period of 2013.
The decrease in net profit and operating profit is connected with the Companys expenses on its debt service and the sharp rise in the foreign exchange rate in the first quarter of 2014. It is also due to the forced shut down of the Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers enterprise. In early 2014 the plant had to go into forced downtime caused by the absence of the main raw material for the production of phosphate fertilizers, apatite concentrate.
Despite the difficult situation for the producers of mineral fertilizers market in 2014, URALCHEM is showing the sustainability of its business model and feels comfortable in the unfavourable conditions. The company continues to upgrade production facilities, and to develop its distribution network, as well as to increase its logistics capacity.
In January, activity on the ammonia markets remained low. Quotes on the basis of FOB Yuzhny Port remained in the area of $410 to $430/tonne. In February, prices for ammonia in the ports of the CIS began to rise; this continued until mid-April, when quotes exceeded $500/tonne. However, in May there began a decline related to the decrease in demand from the United States as well as to the shut down of production of caprolactam and acrylonitrile in Asia. The average price for ammonia in the first half of 2014 amounted to $462/tonne, which is 13.2% lower than in the first six months of 2013.
In January urea prices reached a peak growth of $350 – $360 per tonne FOB Baltic due to the high activity in the USA, Europe and Brazil markets. In late January – early February, prices started to decline due to the devaluation of the national currency of Turkey and Brazil, making it difficult to import. The decline continued in March, when expectations of imports in South Asia were not fulfilled. In the first half of April, prices continued to decline due to the lack of spot demand. Mid-April marked stabilization of the prices was associated with the beginning of the end users product procurement and product purchases by traders for delivery execution. From the beginning to the middle of May prices went down due to lack of current demand. The second half of May marked recovery in prices associated with large procurement orders in Brazil and China for the delivery of the product to the United States. In June, prices stabilized and even showed a slight increase due to the limited supply from Egypt, Ukraine and Libya. The average price for six months of this year amounted to $311/tonne FOB Baltic, compared with $361/tonne in the same period last year.
During January and February, there was steady growth of quotations for ammonium nitrate due to the lack of product available for export, caused by the supplies to the domestic market of the CIS countries: FOB Baltic quotes grew from $300/tonne up to $320/tonne. But from the beginning of March, quotations began to decline amid weakening demand in the domestic markets of the CIS countries and growing volumes of available products. In May, the market reached the bottom: prices dropped to 245 to 250 $/tonne, FOB Baltic / Black Sea. Since early June, prices stabilized and even grew slightly stronger thanks to the return to the market of Brazilian buyers, as well as to the suspension of production at the plants of the Ostchem holding (Ukraine).
In the segment of phosphate fertilizers (MAP / DAP) average quotations (FOB Black Sea) for the first quarter of 2014 amounted to $469/tonne, which is 6% lower than a year earlier. Since mid-March, the activity of the demand in this segment declined markedly; importers, relying on high inventories postponed new purchases in anticipation of more lucrative offers. In the first months of the second quarter, prices continued to decline, but in June there began a steep rise – distributors in the United States, Russia and China sent large volumes to the domestic markets, providing a higher yield. By the end of the first half of 2014, quotes almost reached the peak values of $500/tonne registered in March.
Production and sales
Thanks to the modernization of production facilities and effective marketing policy in the first half of 2014, the Company was able to increase production and sales of key products, ammonium nitrate and its derivatives by 13%. The main reason for the decline in the performance of some other segments is the shut down of the Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers enterprise. Total prodution output in the first half of 2014 amounted to 2,8 million tonnes.
Cash generated from operating activities in the first half of 2014 amounted to 10.21 bln RUB, compared to 9.84 bln RUB in the same period last year. As at 30 June 2014, the Companys net debt amounted to 151.28 bln RUB.
URALCHEM, OJSC is the holding company of the URALCHEM Group (uralchem.com) including four plants manufacturing fertilizers in Russia. The Group is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tonnes of ammonia, 0.8 million tonnes of phosphate and compound fertilizers and 1.2 million tonnes of urea and per year. The URALCHEM Group ranks second in the world and first in Russia for the production of ammonium nitrate. It is second in Russia for the production of nitrate fertilizers. Key production assets of URALCHEM include Azot Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia, Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.