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DGAP-UK-Regulatory News vom 17.07.2018

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works: MMK Group Trading Update for Q2 2018

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK)

17-Jul-2018 / 07:58 CET/CEST
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MMK Group Trading Update for Q2 2018

ММК Group: Consolidated results

(thousand tonnes)

 

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2018

%

H1 2018

H1 2017

%

Finished products sales, of which:

2,848

2,828

0.7%

5,675

5,558

2.1%

Long products

364

284

28.0%

648

658

-1.5%

Flat hot-rolled products

1,103

1,198

-8.0%

2,302

2,361

-2.5%

Thick plate (mill 5000)

195

192

1.3%

387

416

-6.9%

Flat cold-rolled products

278

338

-17.8%

615

612

0.5%

Downstream products, of which:

909

815

11.5%

1,723

1,511

14.0%

Tin plate

37

36

3.0%

73

65

13.0%

Galvanised steel

445

435

2.4%

880

786

12.0%

Polymer-coated steel

203

152

34.0%

355

282

26.1%

Band

36

37

-2.4%

73

58

26.7%

Formed section

40

35

13.4%

75

54

38.8%

Pipes

19

11

67.7%

30

38

-21.2%

Metalware

108

95

13.8%

203

198

2.5%

Other metal products

20

14

45.5%

34

31

7.0%

HVA products

1,381

1,345

2.7%

2,726

2,539

7.3%

Share of HVA products

48.5%

47.6%

 

48.0%

45.7%

 

Coal concentrate production

746

666

12.1%

1,412

1,308

8.0%

Iron ore production

780

761

2.6%

1,320

1,604

-17.7%

 

Q2 2018 highlights vs. Q1 2018

       MMK Group's steel products sales in Q2 2018 totalled 2,848 thousand tonnes, up 0.7% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q).

       MMK Group's HVA steel product sales in Q2 2018 were 1,381 thousand tonnes, up 2.7% q-o-q. HVA products accounted for 48.5% of total sales.

       MMK Coal's coal concentrate production in Q2 2018 totalled 746 thousand tonnes, up 12.1% q-o-q.

 

H1 2018 highlights vs. H1 2017

       MMK Group's steel products sales in H1 2018 totalled 5,675 thousand tonnes, up 2.1% year-on-year (y-o-y).

       MMK Group's HVA steel product sales in H1 2018 were 2,726 thousand tonnes, up 7.3% y-o-y. HVA products accounted for 48.0% of total sales.

       MMK Coal's coal concentrate production in H1 2018 totalled 1,412 thousand tonnes, up 8.0 y-o-y.


MMK Group highlights by key segments

MMK

(thousand tonnes)

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2018

%

H1 2018

H1 2017

%

Pig iron

2,276

2,404

-5.3%

4,680

4,648

0.7%

Crude steel

3,029

3,147

-3.8%

6,176

6,094

1.3%

Finished products shipments, incl.:

2,762

2,830

-2.4%

5,592

5,455

2.5%

Long products

464

427

8.7%

892

899

-0.9%

Flat hot-rolled products

1,221

1,277

-4.4%

2,498

2,553

-2.1%

HVA products, of which:

1,076

1,126

-4.4%

2,203

2,003

10.0%

Thick plate (mill 5000)

202

198

2.0%

401

424

-5.3%

Flat cold-rolled products

348

377

-7.7%

724

638

13.5%

Downstream products, of which:

526

551

-4.5%

1,078

941

14.5%

Tin plate

36

37

-4.0%

73

66

9.6%

Galvanised steel

313

330

-5.2%

642

511

25.8%

Polymer-coated steel

88

91

-3.6%

178

208

-14.1%

Band

34

39

-14.3%

73

61

20.3%

Formed section

39

40

-3.7%

79

57

38.7%

Pipes

18

14

29.7%

32

38

-17.2%

Shipments by market:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia + CIS

2,278

2,225

2.4%

4,503

4,185

7.6%

Export

484

605

-20.1%

1,089

1,247

-12.7%

(USD / tonne)

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2018

%

H1 2018

H1 2017

%

 Average price per tonne:

655

647

1.2%

651

565

15.3%

Long products

566

566

0.0%

567

462

22.6%

Flat hot-rolled products

588

582

1.0%

584

482

21.3%

HVA products, of which:

769

753

2.1%

760

716

6.2%

Thick plate (mill 5000)

818

843

-3.0%

830

740

12.2%

Flat hot-rolled products

641

628

2.1%

634

578

9.6%

Downstream products, of which:

834

805

3.6%

819

798

2.6%

Tin plate

826

833

-0.8%

829

871

-4.9%

Galvanised steel

814

771

5.6%

792

756

4.7%

Polymer-coated steel

1,008

965

4.5%

986

947

4.2%

Band

680

684

-0.6%

680

687

-1.0%

Formed section

828

851

-2.7%

838

795

5.5%

Pipes

642

687

-6.6%

664

606

9.5%

 

       Pig iron output in Q2 2018 decreased by 5.3% q-o-q. This was due to continued scheduled maintenance work on blast furnace No. 1 during the quarter.

       Continued scheduled repairs to the oxygen converter at the beginning of Q2 2018 led to a decrease in crude steel output by 3.8% q-o-q.

       Sales of finished goods stocks from temporary storage meant shipments of finished products in Q2 2018 decreased at a slower pace (down 2.4% q-o-q) than crude steel output.

       In Q2 2018, the Company continued to increase shipments to the domestic market (up 2.4% q-o-q). As a result, domestic sales accounted for 82.5% of overall sales (up from 78.6% in Q1 2018).

       In Q2 2018, shipments of long products increased by 8.7% q-o-q to 464 thousand tonnes. This growth was due to the seasonal uptick in domestic demand for construction products, leading to increased capacity utilisation of long products production facilities and a significant decrease in warehouse stocks of finished products.

       The 4.4% decrease in shipments of hot-rolled products q-o-q in Q2 2018 was mainly due to the reconstruction of Mill 2500 and equipment upgrades.

       Shipments of HVA products in Q2 2018 decreased 4.4% q-o-q and totalled 1,076 thousand tones. This was mainly due to lower shipments of cold-rolled products and coated steel.

       In H1 2018, shipments of HVA products grew 199 thousand tonnes, or 10.0%, y-o-y. This growth was mainly due to the hot-dip galvanizing line commissioned in mid-2017 reaching its full capacity, higher supplies of cold-rolled products to the Lysvensky Metallurgical Plant, and higher sales of other HVA products on the domestic market.

       The decrease in shipments of cold-rolled products in Q2 2018 (down 7.7% q-o-q) was due to lower exports and the completion of restocking process at Lysvensky Metallurgical Plant.

       In Q2 2018, output at Mill 5000 grew 2.0% q-o-q with a 100% capacity utilisation rate. The decrease in shipments of the Mill's products by 5.5% y-o-y in H1 2018 was due to changes in the product mix, particularly an increase of the share of high-tech but less productive rolled steel.

       In Q2 2018, galvanised steel shipments decreased by 5.2% q-o-q to 313 thousand tonnes. This decline was mainly due to lower export sales as domestic sales increased.

       The increase in shipments of galvanised steel in H1 2018 by 131 thousand tonnes, or 25.8%, was due to the hot-dip galvanizing line commissioned in mid-2017 reaching its full capacity.

       Lower shipments of polymer-coated metal were due to both higher shipments of galvanised steel and changes to how sales of products by Lysvensky Metallurgical Plant are reported following its acquisition in late 2017.

       Shipments of formed section in H1 2018 grew 38.7% y-o-y due to consistently high demand from railcar manufacturers.

       The average sales price in US dollars in Q2 2018 increased by 1.2% q-o-q to USD 655 per tonne. This growth was due to an increased share of domestic sales and continued growth in domestic prices during the quarter.

 

 

 

 


Lysvensky Metallurgical Plant

(thousand tonnes)

 

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2018

%

H1 2018

H1 2017

%

Finished products output, of which:

69

46

47.7%

115

57

100.2%

Electro-galvanised steel (automotive sheet)

0.4

3

-86.8%

3

3

6.4%

Galvanised steel with polymer coating

66

41

63.0%

107

52

105.1%

Galvanised steel with decorative coating (SteelArt)

2

3

-30.2%

5

2

125.3%

 

       Sales of finished products in Q2 2018 amounted to 69 thousand tonnes, up 47.7% q-o-q. This growth was mainly due to the seasonal uptick in demand for construction metal.

       Sales of finished products in H1 2018 grew 58 thousand tonnes, or 100.2% q-o-q. This significant growth was mainly due to the low base effect in H1 2017, which in turn was related to a shortage of working capital. Capacity utilisation rates and sales in 2018 have stabilized thanks to the plant becoming part of MMK Group.

 

Steel segment (Turkey)

(thousand tonnes)

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2018

%

H1 2018

H1 2017

%

ММК Metalurji finished products, of which:

198

231

-14.3%

428

463

-7.6%

Flat hot-rolled products

9

27

-64.9%

36

81

-55.6%

HVA products, of which:

188

204

-7.6%

392

382

2.6%

Galvanised steel

149

148

0.9%

297

299

-0.7%

Polymer-coated steel

39

56

-30.0%

95

83

14.5%

ММК Metalurji finished output from ММК steel

187

153

22.4%

339

317

6.9%

 

       Sales of finished products in Q2 2018 decreased by 14.3% q-o-q and totalled 198 thousand tonnes.

       Sales of finished products in H1 2018 decreased by 7.6% y-o-y, mainly due to lower volumes of cut sheets as a result of volatility in prices for hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel.

       In H1 2018, production of polymer-coated products increased by 14.5% due to changes in the market situation, as these products have become relatively high margin in hourly terms.

 

MMK Coal

(thousand tonnes)

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2018

%

H1 2018

H1 2017

%

Coking coal mining

1,323

865

53.0%

2,187

1,634

33.9%

Coking coal processing

1,493

1,259

18,5%

2,752

2,304

19.5%

Mined

1,325

943

40.4%

2,268

1,657

36.9%

Purchased

168

316

-46.8%

483

647

-25.3%

Coking coal concentrate

746

666

12.1%

1,412

1,308

8.0%

       Coking coal production in Q2 2018 increased by 53.0% q-o-q and amounted to 1,323 thousand tonnes. This increase was due to the completion of maintenance work at Kostromskaya mine and after an area with complex geology at Chertinskaya-Koksovaya mine was passed.

       Coal concentrate production in Q2 2018 amounted to 746 thousand tonnes, up 12.1% q-o-q. This growth was due to higher volumes of own materials processing.

       In H1 2018, coking coal production increased by 33.9% y-o-y to 2,187 thousand tonnes. This growth was due to the commissioning of a new longwall at Chertinskaya-Koksovaya mine.

       In H1 2018, coal concentrate production increased by 8.0% y-o-y to 1,412 thousand tonnes. This growth was due to higher volumes of own material processing, which in turn allowed the company to significantly cut coal purchases from the third parties.

Outlook

Currently, the Company's management sees sustainable demand for its products from the domestic customers, which together with completion of scheduled maintenance and equipment modernisation should lead to an increase in finished products sales in Q3 2018.

The company expects the stabilization of steel prices on exports markets to support domestic prices and limit their correction over a period of weaker business activity.

    

 

MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel producing complex encompassing the entire production chain, from preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2017, the company produced 12.9 million tonnes of crude steel and 11.6 million tonnes of commercial steel products. MMK Group had sales in 2017 of USD 7,546 million and EBITDA of USD 2,032 million.

 

 

Contacts

Investor Relations Department:

Andrey Serov

+7 3519 24-52-97

[email protected]

Communications Department:

Dmitry Kuchumov Dmitry Bulin

+7 499 238-26-13 +7 499 238-26-13

[email protected]   [email protected]

 

 




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