Outokumpu - Third-quarter earnings burdened by raw material-related losses. Group adjusted EBITDA at EUR 56 million

Outokumpu Oyj
Interim statement
October 26, 2017 at 12.00 pm EET

Highlights in the third quarter of 2017

Outokumpu’s third-quarter adjusted EBITDA amounted to EUR 56 million, compared to EUR 116 million in the third quarter of 2016. Despite successful cost reductions, higher base prices in Europe and increased deliveries in the Americas, profitability declined year-on-year due to raw material-related inventory and metal derivative losses of EUR 41 million (gains of EUR 6 million)1, as well as due to third-party supplier production issues in the Americas. The reference period includes a positive impact from a reversal of credit loss allowances of EUR 22 million.

  • Stainless steel deliveries were 623,000 tonnes (608,000 tonnes).
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 was EUR 56 million (EUR 116 million).
  • EBITDA was EUR 62 million (EUR 119 million).
  • Adjusted EBIT3 was EUR 2 million (EUR 38 million).
  • EBIT was EUR 9 million (EUR 40 million).
  • Operating cash flow was EUR 126 million (EUR 61 million).
  • Net debt decreased to EUR 1,130 million (June 30, 2017: EUR 1,239 million).
  • Gearing was 44.4% (June 30, 2017: 48.4%).
  • Return on capital employed (ROCE) was 12.4% (9.3%).

Highlights during the first nine months of 2017

  • Stainless steel deliveries were 1,887,000 tonnes (1,848,000 tonnes).
  • Adjusted EBITDA was EUR 549 million (EUR 211 million).
  • EBITDA was EUR 580 million (EUR 227 million).
  • Adjusted EBIT was EUR 384 million (EUR 18 million).
  • EBIT was EUR 415 million (EUR 34 million).
  • Operating cash flow was EUR 223 million (EUR 190 million).

1) Figures in parentheses refer to the corresponding period for 2016, unless otherwise stated.
2) EBITDA excluding items classified as adjustments. Adjustments are material income and expense items such as restructuring costs, and gains or losses on sale of assets or businesses.
3) EBIT excluding items classified as adjustments. 

Group key figures              
    III/17 III/16 II/17 I–III/17 I–III/16 2016
Sales EUR million 1,482 1,419 1,659 4,898 4,183 5,690
EBITDA EUR million 62 119 209 580 227 355
Adjusted EBITDA 1) EUR million 56 116 199 549 211 309
EBIT EUR million 9 40 154 415 34 103
Adjusted EBIT 2) EUR million 2 38 145 384 18 57
Result before taxes EUR million -24 13 127 327 -56 -13
Net result for the period EUR million -27 13 109 264 -48 144
Earnings per share EUR -0.07 0.03 0.26 0.64 -0.12 0.35
Diluted earnings per share EUR -0.07 0.03 0.25 0.62 -0.12 0.35
Return on capital employed % 12.4 9.3 13.2 12.4 9.3 2.6
Net cash generated from operating activities EUR million 126 61 150 223 190 389
Net debt at the end of period EUR million 1,130 1,396 1,239 1,130 1,396 1,242
Debt-to-equity ratio at the end of period % 44.4 65.3 48.4 44.4 65.3 51.4
Capital expenditure EUR million 40 43 31 90 103 164
Stainless steel deliveries 3) 1,000 tonnes 623 608 625 1,887 1,848 2,444
Personnel at the end of period 4)   10,276 10,785 10,254 10,276 10,785 10,600

1) Adjusted EBITDA = EBITDA – Items classified as adjustments.
2) Adjusted EBIT = EBIT – Items classified as adjustments. 
3) Excludes ferrochrome deliveries.
4) On June 30, 2017 Group employed in addition some 750 summer trainees.                                    

Business and financial outlook for the fourth quarter of 2017

Underlying stainless steel demand is expected to remain healthy in both Europe and the US in the fourth quarter. However, typical seasonal slowdown in the US market is expected to have a negative impact on business area Americas’ deliveries in the fourth quarter. Business area Europe’s deliveries are expected to remain relatively flat compared to the third quarter.

Ferrochrome production is expected to be at normal levels. However, planned maintenance work in European stainless steel mills is expected to have a negative impact on fourth-quarter profitability with additional maintenance costs of approximately EUR 30 million.

The net impact of raw material-related inventory and metal derivative gains/losses is expected to be slightly positive in the fourth quarter.

Outokumpu expects its fourth-quarter adjusted EBITDA to be higher compared to the previous quarter (III/17: EUR 56 million).

CEO Roeland Baan:

“Outokumpu’s third-quarter results reflected the seasonal pattern with an adjusted EBITDA of 56 million euros. In addition to the typical third-quarter dip, profitability was burdened by low ferrochrome production volumes as well as the raw material related timing and hedging impacts. Third-party supplier production issues in the Americas had a notable negative impact on the business area’s profitability. We are confident that strict focus on commercial excellence and ongoing actions will bring the business area’s performance back on track. High deliveries and rigorous cost control during this year show that, operationally, business area Americas is continuously making progress.

Business area Europe’s deliveries were stable and underlying performance improved year-on-year. This development was supported by continued progress in reducing our cost base. I am also happy to confirm that our ferrochrome production is at full speed after the successful maintenance and ramp up of the damaged ferrochrome furnace. Normal production levels were reached at the end of August as planned.

Our actions to decrease net debt continue to pay off. Third-quarter cash flow was on a healthy level at 126 million euros. Net debt decreased to 1,130 million euros demonstrating that our net debt target of less than 1.1 billion euros by the end of 2017 is firmly in reach.

During the final quarter of the year, we expect improving profitability supported by positive market fundamentals and healthy underlying stainless steel demand in our main markets, Europe and the US. We are solidly on our way in achieving our 2020 vision to be the best value creator in stainless steel through customer orientation and efficiency.”

Conference call today on October 26, 2017 at 3.00 pm EET

A conference call for investors and analysts will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 3.00 pm EET (8.00 am US EDT, 1.00 pm UK, 2.00 pm CEST). The results call will be hosted by Outokumpu’s CEO Roeland Baan and CFO Christoph de la Camp. To participate in the conference call, please dial in 5−10 minutes before the beginning of the event:

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A recording of the event will be available at www.outokumpu.com/en/investors/IR-events/webcasts as of October 26, 2017 at around 6.00 pm EEST.

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