First Quarter 2019 Interim Management Statement
26 May 2019 at 23:45 CEST
|EUR million |
(unless otherwise indicated)
|Metals Processing Underlying EBITDA||59||12||(79%)|
|Mining Underlying EBITDA||17||19||10%|
|Other and Eliminations Underlying EBITDA||(12)||(16)||-|
|Group Underlying EBITDA||64||15||(76%)|
|Underlying EBITDA margin||7%||2%||(74%)|
|Loans and borrowings, end of the period||1,550||1,844||19%|
|Less cash and cash equivalents, end of period||199||147||(26%)|
|Net Debt Exclusive of Zinc Prepay3||1,351||1,698||26%|
|Net Debt Inclusive of Zinc Prepay and Perpetual Securities||1,592||1,829||15%|
|Metals Processing Production|
|Zinc metal (‘000 tonnes)||252||240||(5%)|
|Lead metal (‘000 tonnes)||39||37||(6%)|
|Zinc in concentrate (‘000 tonnes)||33||30||(8%)|
|Copper in concentrate (‘000 tonnes)||0.5||0.4||(16%)|
|Silver (‘000 troy ounces)||108||97||(10%)|
|Gold (‘000 troy ounces)||0.4||0.4||-|
|Zinc price (USD/t)||3,421||2,702||(21%)|
|Lead price (USD/t)||2,523||2,036||(19%)|
|Silver price (USD/t.oz)||16.77||15.57||(6%)|
|Gold price (USD/t.oz)||1,331||1,304||(2%)|
|EUR/USD average exchange rate||1.23||1.14||(7%)|
|EUR/AUD average exchange rate||1.56||1.59||2%|
GROUP FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
Revenue for Q1 2019 of EUR 816 million was down 15% on Q1 2018, primarily driven by lower commodity prices, production volumes and treatment charge terms, partially offset by a stronger US dollar against the Euro.
Group underlying EBITDA of EUR 15 million in Q1 2019, a decrease of 76% on Q1 2018, due to lower treatment charges, commodity prices and production which was impacted by raw material availability in Metals Processing due to liquidity constraints, partially offset by a stronger US dollar against the Euro.
Capital expenditure was EUR 32 million in Q1 2019, representing a decrease of 37% year-on-year driven by a substantial EUR 17 million capex reduction in Mining with an active deferral of planned capital expenditure to support short-term liquidity management whilst the capital restructuring was progressing.
Net debt at the end of Q1 2019, excluding the zinc metal prepay, was EUR 55 million higher compared to the end of 2018 at EUR 1,698 million (EUR 1,643 million at the end of 2018). Net debt increased during the quarter due to substantial working capital outflow due to higher commodity prices, no new silver prepays, reduction in non-committed letter of credit lines from banking counterparties, tightened credit terms with a number of suppliers, weak earnings and the reclassification of EUR 19 million of prepayments for deliveries of zinc metal from deferred income to loans and borrowing at 31 March 2019 as the Group had no ability to settle by physical delivery of zinc metal from its own production. The net debt inclusive of the zinc metal prepay and perpetual securities at the end of Q1 2019 was EUR 1,829 million, up EUR 58 million compared to the end of 2018. Cash balance at the end of Q1 2019 was EUR 147 million compared to EUR 239 million at the end of 2018 with liquidity at the end of Q1 2019 of EUR 151 million.
The zinc concentrate 2019 benchmark treatment charges have been settled at the end of Q1 2019 on the following terms:
SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
“Prevent Harm” is a core priority of Nyrstar. The Company is committed to maintaining safe operations and to proactively managing risks including with respect to people and the environment. At Nyrstar, we work together to create a workplace where all risks are effectively identified and controlled and everyone goes home safe and healthy each day of their working life.
Continuing the positive trend seen in 2018, during Q1 2019, the frequency rate of cases with time lost or under restricted duties (DART) remained at 4.3, similar to 4.2 in the same period of 2018. However, the frequency rate of cases requiring at least a medical treatment (RIR) decreased by 8% compared to the same period of 2018. Three of our sites continue to operate DART free in 2019.
No environmental events with material business consequences or long-term environmental impacts occurred during the period.
OPERATIONS REVIEW: METALS PROCESSING
|(unless otherwise indicated)||2018||2019||Change|
|Metal Processing Capex||22||21||(5%)|
Metals Processing delivered an underlying EBITDA result of EUR 12 million in Q1 2019, a decrease of 78% over Q1 2018 due to lower metal and by-product production due to reduced availability of raw materials caused by liquidity constraints, lower realised treatment charges with a carryover of volumes priced on 2018 terms and higher energy prices, partially offset by a stronger USD.
Capital spend in Q1 2019 decreased by 5% on Q1 2018 with active deferral of planned capital expenditure to support short-term liquidity management.
|Zinc metal ('000 tonnes)|
|Lead metal ('000 tonnes)|
|Copper cathode ('000 tonnes)||1.1||1.2||9%|
|Silver (million troy ounces)||2.8||3.4||23%|
|Gold (‘000 troy ounces)||17.9||13.0||(27%)|
|Indium metal (tonnes)||9.2||9.1||(1%)|
|Sulphuric acid ('000 tonnes)||330||346||5%|
Metals Processing zinc metal production in Q1 2019 was negatively impacted by raw material feed constraints that were imposed to manage Nyrstar’s tight liquidity position during the capital structure review process. In Q1 2019, the Company produced approximately 240,000 tonnes of zinc metal, representing a 5% decrease on Q1 2018. In addition to the feed constraints imposed at all of the smelters, the decrease in zinc metal production was impacted at Auby by a 4 day unplanned maintenance stop in March 2019; at Balen by roaster de-fluidisation in January 2019, a national strike in February 2019 and a reduced rectifier capacity for one week in March 2019; at Budel an unplanned roaster outage in January 2019; at Clarksville a rotary drum cooler failure in January 2019; and at Hobart with the failure of a clean gas fan in March 2019.
Lead market metal production at Port Pirie of 37kt was 6% lower compared to Q1 2018. This reduced production was due to the suspension of the sinter plant operation which resulted in reduced lead throughput to the blast furnace compared to Q1 2018. Gold production in Q1 2019 was 27% lower and silver production was 23% higher compared to Q1 2018 due to a different feed mix consumed with higher silver and lower gold contained.
OPERATIONS REVIEW: MINING
|(unless otherwise indicated)||2018||2019||Change|
Mining underlying EBITDA of EUR 19 million in Q1 2019 was EUR 2 million higher than in Q1 2018 due to continued operating performance improvements at the East Tennessee mines, partially offset by the negative EBITDA contribution of Myra Falls which had its operations on temporary suspension in Q1 2019 and reduction in ore milled and head grade at the Middle Tennessee mines. The Myra Falls mine commenced ore extraction during April 2019 and is expected to begin contributing positive EBITDA when it makes its first shipments and sales of concentrate in Q3 2019.
Mining capital expenditure in Q1 2019 was EUR 11 million, down EUR 17 million year-on-year, due to the active deferral of planned capital expenditure to support short-term liquidity management.
|unless otherwise indicated||2018||2019||Change|
|Total ore milled||974||947||(3%)|
|Zinc in Concentrate|
|Copper in concentrate||0.5||0.4||(16%)|
|Silver (‘000 troy oz)||108||97||(10%)|
|Gold (‘000 troy oz)||0.4||0.4||(8%)|
Nyrstar’s Mining operations produced approximately 30kt of zinc in concentrate in Q1 2019, a decrease of 8% compared to Q1 2018. During Q1 2019, the Middle Tennessee Mine, which restarted during 2017, had relatively weak operating performance with a 15% reduction in ore milled and a 20% reduction in its zinc mill head grade compared to Q1 2018. Production at the East Tennessee Mines and Langlois mine was relatively flat year-on-year.
As communicated in the second interim management statement for 2018 that was published on 30 October 2018, the Myra Falls mine commenced zinc production during September 2018. This production was made possible due to the fact that the primary components of the restart scope of works had been completed, including the rehabilitation of the underground mines, the rebuilding and refurbishment of the processing plant, repair of the underground crusher, rehabilitation and upgrade of key infrastructure including roads and loading facilities and upgrade of the underground fleet of mobile equipment.
Following the restart, at the end of Q4 2018 Nyrstar was required to suspend ore extraction and production at the mill to address deficiencies identified in compliance orders from the Ministry for Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources in British Columbia. The necessary repairs were completed in Q1 2019 and production resumed in April 2019 with first shipments of zinc in concentrate expected in Q3 2019.
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Nyrstar is a global multi-metals business, with a market leading position in zinc and lead, and growing positions in other base and precious metals, which are essential resources that are fuelling the rapid urbanisation and industrialisation of our changing world. Nyrstar has mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, the Americas and Australia and employs approximately 4,100 people. Nyrstar is incorporated in Belgium and has its corporate office in Switzerland. Nyrstar is listed on Euronext Brussels under the symbol NYR. For further information please visit the Nyrstar website: www.nyrstar.com.
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MINING PRODUCTION ANNEX
|PERIOD||Production KPI by Site||Ore milled ('000 tonnes)||Mill head grade||Recovery||Concentrate||Metal in concentrate|
|Lead (%)||Copper (%)||Gold (g/t)||Silver (g/t)||Zinc |
|Lead (%)||Copper (%)||Gold (%)||Silver (%)||Zinc|
1 Underlying EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure of earnings, which is used by management to assess the underlying performance of Nyrstar’s operations and is reported by Nyrstar to provide additional understanding of the underlying business performance of its operations. Nyrstar defines “Underlying EBITDA” as profit or loss for the period adjusted to exclude loss from discontinued operations (net of income tax), income tax (expense)/benefit, share of loss of equity-accounted investees, gain on the disposal of equity-accounted investees, net finance expense, impairment losses and reversals, restructuring expense, M&A related transaction expenses, depreciation, depletion and amortization, income or expenses arising from embedded derivatives recognised under IAS 39 “Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement” and other items arising from events or transactions clearly distinct from the ordinary activities of Nyrstar. For a definition of other terms used in this press release, please see Nyrstar’s glossary of key terms available at: http://www.nyrstar.com/investors/en/Pages/investorsmaterials.aspx
2 “Zinc metal prepay” is the Politus prepay whereby Nyrstar Sales & Marketing AG received a prepayment amount of USD 150m for the future delivery of refined zinc metal to Politus, under an English law governed prepayment agreement dated 28 May 2018. Politus is party to a separate facility agreement with a syndicate of lenders and has granted security over its rights under the prepayment agreement and other related contracts to the security agent under the facility agreement. As at 31 March 2019, the full amount of USD 150m was drawn.
3 As at 31 March 2019, an aggregate total of EUR 183 million (31 March 2018: EUR 186 million) of Perpetual Securities had been issued. The Perpetual Securities have been accounted for entirely as financial liabilities at 31 March 2019 whilst at 31 March 2018 the Perpetual Securities were accounted for as equity and not included in loans and borrowings
4 Zinc, lead and copper prices are averages of LME daily cash settlement prices. Silver/Gold price is average of LBMA daily fixing / daily PM fixing, respectively