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PhosAgro 1Q 2019 EBITDA Grows 73% YoY to RUB 24.8 bln

16-May-2019 / 11:00 CET/CEST
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For Immediate Release

16 May 2019

 

PhosAgro 1Q 2019 EBITDA Grows 73% YoY to RUB 24.8 bln

 

Moscow - PhosAgro ("PhosAgro" or "the Company") (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world's leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, today announces its consolidated IFRS financial results for the three months (1Q) ended 31 March 2019.

 

Revenue for 1Q 2019 rose by 32% year-on-year to RUB 72.3 billion (USD 1.1 billion). EBITDA increased by 73% year-on-year to RUB 24.8 billion (USD 375 million) in the same period, with PhosAgro's 1Q 2019 EBITDA margin expanding to 34%, compared to 26% in 1Q 2018. Net income adjusted for non-cash FX items increased more than twofold year-on-year to RUB 13.5 billion (USD 205 million).

 

1Q 2019 financial and operational highlights

RUB million or %

1Q 2019

1Q 2018

Chng, % YoY

Revenue

72,287

54,622

32%

EBITDA**

24,778

14,293

73%

EBITDA margin

34%

26%

8pp

Net income

21,160

6,878

208%

Net income adj*

13,540

6,302

115%

 

31.03.2019

31.12.2018

 

Net debt

118,891

135,330

 

ND/LTM EBITDA

1.4x

1.8x

 

Sales, 000' mt

1Q 2019

1Q 2018

Chng, % YoY

Phosphate-based & MCP

1,929

1,753

10%

Nitrogen-based

617

668

(8%)

Phosphate rock

826

691

19%

RUB/USD rates: average 1Q 2019: 66.1; average 1Q 2018: 56.9; as of 31 March 2019: 64.7; as of 31 December 2018: 69.5
** EBITDA is calculated as operating profit adjusted for depreciation and amortisation.
* adjusted for non-cash FX items (Net profit as reported minus FX gain or loss)
 

Commenting on the 1Q 2019 financial results, PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev said:

 

"In 1Q 2019, PhosAgro demonstrated a solid set of results, with EBITDA margin and FCF generation both growing, despite challenging macro conditions. Recent weather conditions in the United States depressed fertilizer demand in the first quarter of 2019, leading to higher inventory levels, which resulted in a 6% quarter-on-quarter decrease in DAP prices. Thanks to PhosAgro's operational excellence and global sales reach, our cash cost of production remained low and we were able to sell our impurity-free products at the best netback prices. I believe that this is a strong endorsement of the success of PhosAgro's strategy.

 

"Our sales strategy proved effective even amid market headwinds and it will remain a cornerstone of our organic growth in the future. In 1Q 2019, our domestic fertilizer sales remained flat year-on-year, while sales in our priority export markets advanced by 8% year-on-year. The strongest growth was in North America, where phosphate sales increased by 25% year-on-year, driven by the expectation of solid demand from agricultural producers.

 

"Additionally, I would underscore our excellent free cash flow generation in the first quarter, which was the highest in 8 years and helped bring PhosAgro's leverage to a two-year low, will enable the Company to continue its generous dividend pay-outs while continuing to implement our investment and social projects. The Board of Directors has recommended distribution in the form of dividends almost 70% of adjusted net income in the amount of RUB 9.3 billion, or RUB 24 per GDR.

 

"Looking at global markets, we see key markets struggling to consume the high levels of inventories in the United States, which is dragging prices down. In response, several fertilizer exporters announced production cuts for 1H 2019. The second quarter is a transitional period, where the high season should start in the main agricultural markets, helping to absorb inventories that remain due to slow demand in the first quarter from the United States."

 

1Q 2019 market conditions

 

  • Prices for DAP (FOB Tampa) gradually softened in the course of 1Q 2019 and averaged USD 400 per tonne, almost flat year-on-year:
    • Usually active in the first quarter, European markets saw low demand for fertilizers due to the weak euro and low farmer purchasing power due to bad weather conditions in 2H 2018.
    • The US market was the main driver of a fertilizer price correction. Throughout the winter, the industry stockpiled fertilizers in expectation of seasonal demand, but record flooding in the Midwest at the end of 1Q 2019 caused farmers to delay purchases. In response, Mosaic announced a 300 kt cut in its phosphate production in the United States in order to balance the market.
    • The price correction was slightly offset by the Indian market, where distributors accelerated DAP imports on the back of a relatively strong rupee against the US dollar, soft DAP prices and high maximum retail price.
  • Prices for urea (FOB Baltic) were on a downward trajectory and averaged around USD 244 per tonne, but remained 8% higher year-on-year, primarily driven by slow demand recovery in the United States and Europe.
  • Ammonia FOB Baltic prices declined by 7% year-on-year to average USD 276 per tonne on slow demand for nitrogen-based fertilizers in Europe, impacted by last summer's heatwave and an unusually warm winter. On top of that, a price correction for natural gas in Europe since October 2018 continued to exert pressure on ammonia prices.
  • Prices for sulphur CFR China contracted by 11% year-on-year to USD 126 per tonne, primarily driven by soft prices for phosphate-based fertilizers. Changes in China's approach to purchasing sulphur also affected prices. Environmental reform in the country triggered a consolidation of sulphur consumers, which prefer to import sulphur on quarterly contracts rather than buying from the spot market.

 

Financial performance

 

In 1Q 2019, PhosAgro's revenue was up 32% year-on-year to RUB 72.3 billion (USD 1.1 billion) driven by 5% year-on-year growth in fertilizer volumes and an 8% year-on-year increase in average realised prices (in USD terms), which were supported by 16% year-on-year rouble depreciation against the US dollar.

Overall, sales growth was due to the release of inventory accumulated in the last months of 2018 and relatively strong demand in the first months of 2019. Revenue growth for 1Q 2019 was partially offset by a 32% year-on-year decrease in AN sales due to the early start of the high season in Russia in 4Q 2018, which is PhosAgro's main market for this product.

 

Revenue by key products

RUB million or %

1Q 2019

1Q 2018

Chng, % YoY

DAP/MAP

26,112

18,630

40%

NPK(S)

17,321

13,111

32%

PhosRock

6,652

4,862

37%

MCP

2,837

2,266

25%

Other phosphate-based products

4,642

3,598

29%

Urea/AN

11,064

9,303

19%

Other sales & services

3,659

2,852

28%

Total revenue

72,287

54,622

32%

 

In 1Q 2019, PhosAgro's gross profit was RUB 34.6 billion (USD 522 million). The gross profit margin expanded to 48% from 41% in 1Q 2018. Gross profit and margin performance for the phosphate and nitrogen segments were as follows:

 

  • The phosphate segment saw a 61% year-on-year increase in gross profit to RUB 27.7 billion (USD 419 million), with a gross margin of 48%, compared to 41% in 1Q 2018.
  • Gross profit for the nitrogen segment increased by 33% year-on-year to RUB 6.6 billion (USD 100 million). Gross margin for the segment rose to 58% from 52% in 1Q 2018.

 

EBITDA increased by 73% year-on-year to RUB 24.8 billion (USD 375 million), with an EBITDA margin of 34% for 1Q 2019, compared to 26% in 1Q 2018. Net profit adjusted for non-cash FX items increased more than twofold year-on-year to RUB 13.5 billion (USD 205 million) for 1Q 2019.

 

In 1Q 2019, the RUB/USD exchange rate increased by 16% year-on-year to average RUB 66.1, from RUB 56.9 in 1Q 2018. This had a net positive impact, as prices for most of the Company's products are denominated in USD, while costs are primarily rouble-based. The appreciation of the rouble as of 31 March 2019 (RUB 64.7 per USD) compared to 31 December 2018 (RUB 69.5 per USD) resulted in an FX gain of RUB 7.6 billion (compared to a RUB 0.6 billion gain in 1Q 2018).

 

Net operating cash flow almost tripled to RUB 27.5 billion (USD 416 million) on solid EBITDA performance and working capital release.

 

PhosAgro's capital expenditure for 1Q 2019 totalled around RUB 8.6 billion (USD 130 million), down by 4% year-on-year and representing 35% of the Company's EBITDA for the same period. The main capex items were scheduled maintenance and development of the upstream business, as well as construction of new sulphuric and nitric acid plants.

 

Net debt/LTM EBITDA as of 31 March 2019 declined to 1.4x from 1.8x as of 31 December 2018, reflecting solid EBITDA performance and the gradual RUB appreciation against the USD throughout 1Q 2019. Net debt totalled RUB 118.9 billion (USD 1.8 billion) as of 31 March 2019.

 

Cost of Sales

RUB million or %

1Q 2019

1Q 2018

Chng, % YoY

Materials and services

(8,311)

(6,894)

21%

D&A

(5,709)

(4,754)

20%

Natural gas

(3,649)

(3,497)

4%

Sulphur and sulph. acid

(3,346)

(2,878)

16%

Salaries and social contributions

(3,251)

(3,166)

3%

Potash

(2,716)

(2,272)

20%

Chemical fertilisers and other products for resale

(2,612)

(1,862)

40%

Repair expenses

(2,399)

(2,131)

13%

Electricity

(1,687)

(1,427)

18%

Fuel

(1,492)

(999)

49%

Ammonia

(1,357)

(1,091)

24%

Ammonium sulphate

(1,207)

(1,099)

10%

Total

(37,736)

(32,070)

18%

 

Cost of sales increased by 18% year-on-year in 1Q 2019 to RUB 37.7 billion (USD 571 million). The key factors behind this growth were:

 

  • Materials and services rose by 21% year-on-year to RUB 8.3 billion (USD 126 million). This was driven primarily by growth in expenses for materials by 20% year-on-year and higher transportation costs, which rose by 22% year-on-year on higher volumes of phosphate rock shipments.
  • Depreciation rose by 20% year-on-year to RUB 5.7 billion (USD 86 million) as a result of growth in capitalised repairs and commissioning/upgrades of PP&E during 2018.
  • Sulphur and sulphuric acid costs increased by 16% year-on-year to RUB 3.3 billion (USD 51 million) driven by higher sales of DAP/MAP/NPS, while purchase prices for sulphur remained flat year-on-year.
  • Costs for potash rose by 20% year-on-year to RUB 2.7 billion (USD 41 million), due to a 35% year-on-year increase in purchase prices, which was partially offset by 12% year-on-year decrease in consumption level, as PhosAgro sold less NPK with higher potash content.
  • Repair expenses were up 13% year-on-year to RUB 2.4 billion (USD 36 million), driven by scheduled maintenance.
  • Electricity costs increased by 18% year-on-year to RUB 1.7 billion (USD 26 million), mainly due to growth in the purchase price by 22% year-on-year.
  • Expenses on fuel rose by 49% year-on-year to RUB 1.5 billion (USD 23 million) in response to the higher purchase prices (up 23% year-on-year) and higher consumption levels (up 21% year-on-year).
  • Costs for ammonia increased by 24% year-on-year to RUB 1.4 billion (USD 21 million) due to the growth in sales volumes of MAP and NPS produced at PhosAgro's Balakovo site and an increase in the average purchasing price for ammonia (up 6% year-on-year)

 

Administrative expenses for 1Q 2019 rose by 17% year-on-year to RUB 4.0 billion (USD 60 million), primarily due to growth in salaries and social contributions by 25% year-on-year, as the result of higher bonuses and management remuneration.

 

In 1Q 2019, selling expenses increased by 21% year-on-year to RUB 10.3 billion (USD 155 million). The main factors behind this growth were:

 

  • Freight, port and stevedoring expenses rose by 28% year-on-year to RUB 5.3 billion (USD 80 million), due to a 12% year-on-year increase in export sales and growth in shipping rates. This was also influenced by rouble devaluation, as the majority of freight and stevedoring tariffs are still denominated in US dollars;
  • Growth in costs for Russian Railways tariffs and operators' fees by 9% year-on-year to RUB 3.1 billion (USD 47 million) was driven by a change in shipment structures and indexation of railway tariffs;
  • Spending on customs duties grew by 49% year-on-year to RUB 700 million (USD 11 million), triggered by increased deliveries under DDP terms and rouble depreciation against the US dollar.

 

Market outlook

 

PhosAgro's outlook for phosphate-based fertilizers in 2019 is neutral due to the following:

 

  • Market conditions may begin to improve with the start of the high season in Latin America, which will likely enable the re-export of fertilizers stockpiled in the United States. An additional supportive factor will be the temporary shutdown of Mosaic mines in Brazil due to new environmental regulation.
  • India's imports of phosphate-based fertilizers in the second quarter may be below last year's levels, as local distributors accelerated DAP stockpiling in the previous quarter. The forecast for DAP imports for 2019 will be subject to maximum retail price reduction, the strong rupee and flat nutrient-based subsidies.
  • High season for phosphate-based fertilizers in PhosAgro's domestic Russian market is expected in 2Q and 3Q.
  • The rate at which inventories in the USA and India decline, Chinese export volumes as well as progress on new capacities by OCP and Ma'aden will be the main market barometers this year.

 

Conference call and webcast: 

 

PhosAgro will hold a conference call and webcast today at 14:30 London time (16:30 Moscow; 09:30 New York).

 

The call will be held in English, with simultaneous translation into Russian on a separate line.

Webcast links:

English: http://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/wcc/r/1997002-1/8E2393BE58084E539A8B59984AA6EC07?partnerref=rss-events

Russian: http://event.onlineseminarsolutions.com/wcc/r/1997004-1/3A9E9556385B8C8354A447F41FC555EF

Participant dial-in numbers:

Russian Federation Toll  +7 495 646 9315

Russian Federation Toll-Free  8 800 500 9863


United Kingdom Toll  +44 207 194 3759
United Kingdom Toll-Free 0800 376 6183
United States Toll-Free  1 844 286 0643
United States Toll  +1 646 722 4916

Conference ID numbers:

English call: 37856941#
Russian call: 55699682#

For further information please contact: 

PJSC PhosAgro
Alexander Seleznev, Head of Investor Relations Department
+7 495 232 9689 ext 2187
ir@phosagro.ru

Timur Belov, Press Officer
+7 495 232 9689
 

EM
Sam VanDerlip
vanderlip@em-comms.com
+44 7554 993 032
+7 499 918 3134

 

Dmitriy Zhadan

zhadan@em-comms.com

+7 916 770 89 09

+7 495 363 28 49

 

About the Company

 

PhosAgro is one of the world's leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers in terms of production volumes of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and higher.

 

The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe (by total combined capacity for DAP/MAP/NP/NPK/NPS), the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39%, a top-three producer of MAP/DAP globally, one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia, and Russia's only producer of nepheline concentrate (according to the RAFP).

 

PhosAgro's main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world's inhabited continents. The Company's priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia.

 

PhosAgro's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company's GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes.

 

More information about PhosAgro can be found on the website: www.phosagro.ru.
 

PJSC "PhosAgro"
Consolidated Interim Condensed Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income for the three months ended 31 March 2019 (unaudited)
 

 

 

Three months ended 31 March

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

RUB million

 

RUB million

Revenues

 

72,287

 

54,622

Cost of sales

 

(37,736)

 

(32,070)

Gross profit

 

34,551

 

22,552

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(3,972)

 

(3,392)

Selling expenses

 

(10,272)

 

(8,495)

Taxes, other than income tax

 

(730)

 

(887)

Other expenses, net

 

(1,102)

 

(692)

Operating profit

 

18,475

 

9,086

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

864

 

99

Finance costs

 

(1,204)

 

(1,270)

Foreign exchange gain, net

 

7,620

 

576

Share of profit of associates

 

21

 

87

Profit before tax

 

25,776

 

8,578

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

(4,616)

 

(1,700)

Profit for the period

 

21,160

 

6,878

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

      Non-controlling interests ^

 

8

 

16

      Shareholders of the Parent

 

21,152

 

6,862

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss)/income

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation difference

 

(611)

 

342

Other comprehensive (loss)/income for the period

 

(611)

 

342

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

20,549

 

7,220

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

      Non-controlling interests ^

 

8

 

16

      Shareholders of the Parent

 

20,541

 

7,204

Basic and diluted earnings per share (in RUB)

 

163

 

53


PJSC "PhosAgro"
Consolidated Interim Condensed Statement of Financial Position as at 31 March 2019 (unaudited)
 

 

 

31 March 2019

 

31 December 2018

 

 

RUB million

 

RUB million

Assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

185,534

 

186,231

Right-of-use assets

 

1,843

 

-

Catalysts

 

2,537

 

2,574

Advances issued for property, plant and equipment

 

8,761

 

6,759

Intangible assets

 

1,718

 

1,786

Investments in associates

 

527

 

506

Deferred tax assets

 

8,717

 

8,995

Other non-current assets

 

1,588

 

1,843

Non-current assets

 

211,225

 

208,694

 

 

 

 

 

Other current investments

 

252

 

313

Inventories

 

26,709

 

31,710

Trade and other receivables

 

36,510

 

36,186

Cash and cash equivalents

 

23,395

 

9,320

Current assets

 

86,866

 

77,529

Total assets

 

298,091

 

286,223

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

372

 

372

Share premium

 

7,494

 

7,494

Retained earnings

 

105,779

 

93,951

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

7,754

 

8,365

Actuarial losses

 

(556)

 

(556)

Equity attributable to shareholders of the Parent

 

120,843

 

109,626

Equity attributable to non-controlling interests

 

203

 

195

Total equity

 

121,046

 

109,821

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

114,419

 

122,877

Lease liabilities

 

1,290

 

376

Defined benefit obligations

 

613

 

630

Deferred tax liabilities

 

9,250

 

9,023

Non-current liabilities

 

125,572

 

132,906

 

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

26,110

 

20,679

Lease liabilities

467

 

718

Trade and other payables

 

24,616

 

21,473

Derivative financial liabilities

 

280

 

626

Current liabilities

 

51,473

 

43,496

Total equity and liabilities

 

298,091

 

286,223


PJSC "PhosAgro"
Consolidated Interim Condensed Statement of Cash Flows for the three months ended 31 March 2019 (unaudited)
 

 

 

 

Three months ended 31 March

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

RUB million

 

RUB million

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

 

25,776

 

8,578

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

6,303

 

5,207

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

 

 

448

 

127

Finance income

 

 

(864)

 

(99)

Finance costs

 

 

1,204

 

1,270

Share of profit of associates

 

 

(21)

 

(87)

Foreign exchange gain, net

 

 

(7,620)

 

(616)

Operating profit before changes in working capital and provisions

 

 

25,226

 

14,380

Decrease in inventories and catalysts

 

 

3,599

 

1,161

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

 

(2,246)

 

(1,990)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

 

3,482

 

(1,516)

Cash flows from operations before income taxes and interest paid

 

 

30,061

 

12,035

Income tax paid

 

 

(2,450)

 

(616)

Finance costs paid

 

 

(114)

 

(988)

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

27,497

 

10,431

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

 

 

(8,617)

 

(8,954)

Repayment of loans issued, net

 

 

64

 

15

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

10

 

3

Finance income received

 

 

93

 

46

Other payments

 

 

(272)

 

(213)

Cash flows used in investing activities

 

 

(8,722)

 

(9,103)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from borrowings

 

 

10,943

 

43,164

Repayment of borrowings

 

 

(4,634)

 

(41,961)

Dividends paid to shareholders of the Parent

 

 

(9,324)

 

(1,563)

Leases paid

 

 

(1,102)

 

(371)

Proceeds from settlement of derivatives, net

 

 

340

 

-

Cash flows used in financing activities

 

 

(3,777)

 

(731)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

14,998

 

597

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

 

 

9,320

 

2,691

Effect of exchange rates fluctuations

 

 

(923)

 

591

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 March

 

 

23,395

 

3,879

 



ISIN: US71922G2093
Category Code: QRF
TIDM: PHOR
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